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After calling Recology San Mateo, we have some answers. The trees are being picked up by a special collection service (not the regular compost truck) and must be under 8 feet, and be completely bare — no stand or lights. Trees over 8 feet must be cut in two.

So, if you’ve left your tree at the curb and it doesn’t fit those requirements, that may be the reason.

But in our little corner of Menlo Park, three trees that do fit those requirements — and have been curbside for two weeks in a row — have yet to be picked up. The Recology representative said she’d alert the driver and send out a truck. So, you may need to call.

Note: After January 31st, tree pick up service will cease. If you still have a tree at that time, it will need to be chopped up and put in the compost bin.

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Waterbirds in a Changing Landscape is topic of USGS public lecture on Nov. 19

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USGS research wildlife biologist Susan De La Cruz will give the next free public lecture at the organizations offices in Menlo Park on November 19 at 7:00 pm. She will look at: The urbanized San Francisco Bay is a critical wintering and stop-over area for more than a million migratory annually that rely on a mosaic […]

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Fire-climate relationships in the Sierra Nevada is next USGS evening public lecture

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USGS research scientist Jon E. Keeley will present the next USGS evening lecture on October 22nd at 7:00 pm. The topic is: Fire-climate Relationships in the Sierra Nevada: Surprises relevant to future regime forecasts. It will take place on the USGS campus (Middlefield and Ravenswood) in Menlo Park and is free and open to the […]

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Are you and your family prepared for the next earthquake? Some things to consider

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Do you ever go to make a call or send a text on your mobile phone and it doesn’t work? Some glitch in your phone or the fact that you’re in an out-of-service area renders you unable to complete the call. Even just a few minutes of this is really frustrating. The next time this happens to you, […]

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Young buck spotted in front yard of San Mateo Drive home

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Yesterday, we got reports that a deer was roaming around near the intersection of San Mateo Drive and Middle Avenue in Menlo Park. We reached out and got this report from John Patun, who was at his sister’s house at the time. “I was doing work on my computer facing the front yard on San […]

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Menlo Spark co-hosts Electric Vehicle Expo on September 12

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Menlo Spark in partnership with the City of San Mateo and Plug In America is hosting the first Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo to take place in San Mateo on Saturday, September 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The event, which takes place on the Franklin Templeton Campus at Saratoga Drive and Franklin Parkway, features the latest models […]

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David Barry talks about the promise of Mist, the “world’s smartest sprinkler system”

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Brown lawns may turn green again if weather forecasters are correct in predicting a strong El Niño with heavier than average precipitation throughout California this fall and winter. At the same time, residents are urged to conserve. Enter the promise of a device named Mist, branded as the “world’s smartest sprinkler system,” watering just the […]

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M-A grad Georgia Reid starts environmental-related company focused on capturing rainwater

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Since graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School in 2014, Georgia Reid has participated in a Global Citizen Year in Ecuador where she did an apprenticeship involving potable water. She’ll head off later this month to Lewis and Clark College in Portland, but her focus in the meantime is funding for Raindrop Box, a system to collect, store, […]

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Spraying for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus scheduled for Sunday night in Menlo Park

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected on July 29, 2015 in Menlo Park. The District will conduct truck-mounted adult mosquito treatment around the detection site in an effort to prevent human cases of WNV. Weather permitting, the adult mosquito treatment is scheduled for […]

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Menlo Park resident Jonathan Nash participates in National Outdoor Leadership School

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Menlo Park resident Jonathan Nash, 20, recently completed a semester course in New Zealand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Nash and his coursemates kicked of their semester with a 24-day canoeing section traveling on the Clarence river of New Zealand for 120 miles. The group traveled in 6 tandem canoes down the river. […]

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Litterati exhibit on display at Cafe Zoë in Menlo Park – founder to speak on July 15

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The  internationally acclaimed Litterati.org photo exhibit is visiting Menlo Park. The exhibit is on display at Cafe Zoë (1929 Menalto Ave) and available for viewing during normal business hours through July 31. There will be an evening reception on Wednesday, July 15, at 6:00 pm with Litterati founder Jeff Kirschner. He will discuss how the Litterati movement began with a single […]

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