August 2010

Kids 4 Sports holds first fundraising fun run

Over a hundred kids and adults took part this morning in the Kids 4 Sports 5K family fun run, the inaugural community wide fundraiser to raise money for after school sports programs for underserved kids in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Doing the “on your mark, get set, go” honors was Leiney Paul […]

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Farmer’s market talk this AM: “Challenging growing season on the Coast, weeks of…

Farmer’s market talk this AM: “Challenging growing season on the Coast, weeks of cold & drizzly, then three days of temps in the 100s.”

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Vintage ashtray from Menlo’s Red Cottage Motel – just what you need and want: ht…

Vintage ashtray from Menlo’s Red Cottage Motel – just what you need and want: http://bit.ly/bl57in

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Relay for Life of Menlo Park is happening at Burgess Park

The Relay for Life, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, kicked off this morning with a salute to cancer survivors that included a lap around the field. Earlier, Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline, among others, had spoken poignantly about how cancer had touched their lives. Relay for Life participants form teams that camp […]

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Friday Frolic brings University Park neighborhood together

When the University Park neighborhood of [unincorporated] Menlo Park began holding its summer Friday Frolic gatherings about a decade ago, it was an almost weekly event. It was easy to do – the parents and kids would just spill onto the grounds of nearby Oak Knoll School. (Data point for trivia fans; kids in this […]

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Find out about the potential impact for Menlo Park if Searsville Dam is removed:…

Find out about the potential impact for Menlo Park if Searsville Dam is removed: http://bit.ly/btcgvH

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Menlo Park begins community meetings on high speed rail

The following is from a press alert issued by Kent Steffens, Menlo Park’s Deputy City Manager: Beginning on Monday, August 30, the Menlo Park City Council High Speed Rail Subcommittee will begin holding monthly open public meetings on the topic. Monday’s meeting will be from 5:30 to 6:30 in the City Council Conference Room on […]

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It’s Ace tomato time at Webb Ranch – they’re great for making “Mary’s Famous Rustic Tomato Sauce”

We stopped in at Webb Ranch yesterday afternoon to check  on the supply of just-picked corn and just-ripe Ace tomatoes – the two items that year after year are the ranch’s most popular with customers.  We found both in abundant supply. The Ace tomatoes – “Lycopersicon esculentum” – are newly-arrived and at a season low […]

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Learn why invasive grasses are fueling desert wildfires

USGS senior scientist and desert ecologist Julio Betancourt is giving a public lecture this evening (8/26), Invasives and Wildfires in the West: New crossroads in science, policy and management. He’ll look at why the exponential spread of non-native grasses is a pressing environmental issue in American Deserts and how these grasses are the culprit in […]

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Back-to-school Spotted: Big Oak Knoll traffic jam

Evidently the folks at West Bay Sanitary District and contractor California Trenchless missed that Thursdays are early early dismissal days at Oak Knoll School. Since school resumed on Tuesday, work on the new sewer pipeline going in along Oak Avenue would cease just before school adjourned around 3:00. Today’s standard early dismissal about  90 minutes […]

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Free workshop on lawn alternatives

Learn how to transform your traditional lawn into a beautiful water-efficient landscape at a workshop sponsored by the City of Menlo Park and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) this Saturday (8/28) from 9:00 am to noon. Topics will also include how California native grasses, flowering shrubs, and perennials both save water […]

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