Holidays 2009

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Data shows that home fires  occur twice as often during the winter months. Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman offered advice to Menlo residents on how to stay safe from  fires and other hazards this winter at a recent safety demonstration.

  • Never leave a fire of any kind, including candles, unattended, especially if children or pets are present.
  • Have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned before the start of the winter months – creosote buildup presents a serious fire hazard.
  • Use a fireplace screen and be sure it’s in good repair and properly positioned.
  • Burn only seasoned firewood in a fireplace. Never burn materials like trash, including holiday wrappings.
  • Always put out fireplace fires before going to bed (most fatal fires occur between midnight and 6:00 AM).
  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide alarms are tested monthly and have fresh batteries (it’s a good idea to do this when it’s time to reset clocks for daylight savings).
  • Have gas furnaces and heaters inspected periodically by a certified professional to make sure they are burning cleanly, and that vents and flues are in good repair to avoid introducing carbon monoxide into living areas.

Other tips include using a spark arrestor over your chimney, especially if you have one of Menlo Parks’ older, picturesque but dangerous and now-deprecated shake roofs.

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What to wear on New Year’s Eve? Ask Diane at Alta

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A destination women’s clothing store in downtown Menlo Park? Apparently so, given the brisk holiday business on a recent week night at Alta, a fixture on Santa Cruz Avenue for 13 years. Cynthia O’Brien had driven down from San Francisco. “The women who work here are great” she said. “They’re delightful – and honest!” Store […]

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A work of Christmas art that’s edible

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Most of the Christmas dinner guests who walked into their hosts’ dining room presumed that the fanciful house surrounded by snow and candy canes was part of the decoration for the evening’s Candy Land theme. But this was a completely edible piece of decoration, in fact “just a cake” – another marvel created by Menlo […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…

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From the staff at InMenlo, a  warm wish to all for very happy holidays. The lights in the photo adorn the tree at the corner of Oak Avenue and Oak Knoll Lane – a Redwood that is among the tallest, if not the tallest lit tree in Menlo. A neighborhood tradition, the tree has been […]

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Surfin’ Santa led by pink flamingos

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We’re figuring this Santa – spotted near the San Mateo Dr. bike bridge – flew into Menlo from Hawaii. He’s clearly a more tropical dude than the North Pole’s St. Nick. Who needs reindeer when you have pink flamingos?

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Three Wise Men approach the manger at Nativity scene on Cotton St. in Menlo Park

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When last checked on 10 days ago, the Three Wise Men were at the far end of the lawn, almost the farthest point they could be from the Nativity scene at 455 Cotton St. Not surprisingly tonight – just hours before Christmas Eve day begins – their journey is almost complete. A joyous Christmas to […]

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Cars parked overnight may be ticketed

Kids home from college? Relatives up from LA? If you’re having overnight guests in the next week, Menlo residents beware. Unlike past years when the ban on parking from 2:00 am to 6:00 am  was not enforced from Christmas Eve through New Years to accommodate residents who were having guests stay the night, this year’s […]

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Spirit of the Taizé Community

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It was a “time out” with a payoff tonight in the chapel at Trinity Church in Menlo. Those gathered said “stop” to all the holiday madness and spent 45 minutes in the “spirit of Taizé,” an ecumenical Christian community of brothers located in a small village in Southern Burgundy, France. Each day the brothers and […]

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UPS cyclist delivers in time for naughty and nice

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Bruce was a bit startled when this contributor raced across the street to get a photograph. She ‘d heard whispers about these cart pedalers descending on mid-Peninsula residents; an internet search confirmed that UPS was deploying about two dozen in the area. Writes Mike Cassidy in the San Jose Mercury: “You might think UPS’s bike […]

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Fire safety during the holidays

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The Menlo Park Fire Department holds an annual fire safety demonstration at its Bayfront training facility near the Dumbarton Bridge. This year’s demo highlighted the hazards of solid fuels that are most often the cause of holiday fires – candles, firewood and fireplaces, and, as seen here, Christmas trees. Menlo Park has seen three fatalities […]

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Holiday treats for Menlo’s trash men

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It’s not infrequent to see a box of donuts set atop curbside garbage cans, especially at this time of the year. But this Menlo household went a step further, putting a ribbon around a two-package presentation  in advance of the Friday morning pick up as thanks for the team’s good work.

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