December 2009

RoadbedStockpile-2-27Dec2009 Along the railroad tracks that parallel Chilco Street in Menlo Park is a large supply of rocks – railroad ballast to be precise.

Ballast is used as a bed for railroad tracks and provides track stability, drainage and support for trains. Wikipedia notes that “a good ballast should be strong, hard-wearing, stable, drainable, easy to clean, workable, resistant to deformation, easily available, and reasonably cheap to purchase.”

About a year ago, Caltrain announced that it would begin receiving railroad ballast at the site which it would use for ongoing maintenance and future construction projects.

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Fire chief Harold Schapelhouman offers winter safety tips to avoid house fires

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 […]

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

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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Rain gauges sprout in local gardens

InMenlo’s rain data comes from serious amateur meteorologist – and Menlo Park resident – Bill Russ. He reports that the rainfall from Saturday evening to Sunday morning (12/27) as measured in his backyard was .65″ bringing the total, season to date  to 6.4″. This compares to 4.65″ at the same date last year. The rain […]

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A Last 2009 Sunday in Sharon Park

All of us at InMenlo hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday with family and friends and can enjoy this slow holiday week ahead before 2010 kicks in with gusto next week! For us, we went for a Sunday late afternoon walk in one of our favorite Menlo Park parks today – Sharon Park in […]

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Spotted: Morris Minor 1000 still putt-putting along

As great as it is to spot a restored flashy sports car like a custom ’53 Corvette – or get acquainted with a rare Kaiser Jeepster, there’s something equally satisfying about coming upon a car that appears to just “keep on trucking” in a more modest way. About half a million Morris Minors were produced […]

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Garrett Gafke and his Kaiser Jeepster

What in the world is that very  green and white “automobile-with-an-attitude” spotted in a Menlo driveway – at least when it’s not under wraps of its car cover? It took owner Garrett Gafke to provide the answer: a 1967 Kaiser Jeepster Convertible, of which only 300 to 400 were ever made. This particular car has […]

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A work of Christmas art that’s edible

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…

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

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

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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