August 2018

InMenlo covered the local branch of Random Act of Flowers before it was forced to shut down due to high rent last March.

Carrying on that non-profit’s work of recycling and repurposing flowers from events — weddings, funerals, fundraisers — as well as from retail outlets where the flowers have reached their shelf life, are three offshoots: Flowers of Comfort, headed by Vicki Rasmussen of San Jose; Blossom Buddies, headed by Sheela Veerina of Los Altos Hills; and Avenidas Blooms, sponsored by Avenidas of Palo Alto. The resulting bouquets are delivered to local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

We stopped in recently at Cubberly Community Center where Menlo Park resident Anne Krause (pictured, right) was busy arranging flowers on behalf of Avenidas Blooms. Anne had been involved with RAF when it was on Edison near J Floral Art and cites owners Jeff and Craig as “being fantastic in both donating flowers and vases.”

Anne, who also volunteers at Blossom Buddies, finds the work very rewarding. “First, there’s the companionship of the other volunteers,” she said. “Then there’s the artistic challenge of making making really attractive arrangements out of throwaway flowers, especially on those days when that resource is in very short supply. We never know what our supply will be on a given day.

“And for those of us who deliver the bouquets, there’s the reward of seeing the reactions of the recipients.  On numerous occasions, we’ve had recipients burst into tears, or tell us that they’ve never been given flowers before, or that we’ve brightened their day in ways they can’t describe.  Taken together, these things make the volunteer experience truly rewarding.”

One thing Anne underscores is always the need for more volunteers at both of the two organizations she creates and delivers bouquets for. Contact Avenidas or Blossom Buddies for details.
Photos by Irene Searles (c) 2018

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Battery and cell phone recycling starts Sept. 3

Starting Monday, September 3, 2018, Menlo Park residents in single-family homes can place household batteries and cell phones in a clear zip lock bag and place it on top of their black garbage cart for pickup on your regular collection day. Due to fire risks, residents are asked to tape lithium-ion batteries and wrap cell […]

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New two story, 21-classroom building debuts at La Entrada School in Menlo Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon marked the opening of a new building at La Entrada School in Menlo Park, followed by a look around at what’s inside Collaboration is the primary goal of the building. Explained InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most who was on scene: “The building was designed to be flexible so that […]

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Spotted: California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 presenting flag to FEMA director in Hilo

Members of California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, which is sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, presented a signed Task Force 3 flag to FEMA Director Brock Long on the Hilo Airbase Tarmac during a rain squall before heading back to the Bay Area. The 36 members and two search dogs […]

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Community Boost comes to Facebook in Menlo Park

As part of Facebook’s pledge to train one million people by 2020, its Community Boost program landed at its Menlo Park headquarters this week. It’s part of a 50-city tour across the U.S. to train small businesses and entrepreneurs in digital skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Participating as a panelist on Monday was Joshua Kozak […]

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Man wanted for vehicular manslaughter in death of 6-year-old extradited and arrested

On August 28, 2018, at about 8:30 pm, Shannon Steven Fox, escorted by FBI agents, landed at SFO and was taken into custody by Menlo Park Police investigators. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for vehicular manslaughter in the death of six-year-old Lisa Xavier in 2009. In that year, Lisa’s parents Charles […]

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Much anticipated Camper opens in Menlo Park

Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel had just returned from the Palo Alto farmers market when we encountered him last Saturday at his new restaurant, Camper, which officially opens Labor Day weekend in Menlo Park. But if you go to OpenTable you’ll discover a few reservations available starting today and over the next few days (at least as […]

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Lumber truck overturns at Station 1300 construction site in Menlo Park

A truck carrying a full-load of lumber overturned this morning a little after 7:00 am at the Station 1300 construction site in Menlo Park, tumbling into the underground parking area. The driver of the truck, owned by Channel Lumber, was transported by paramedics to Stanford Hospital with back and shoulder injuries. According to Menlo Fire […]

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Upcoming USGS evening lecture looks at what’s happening with the Kilauea Volcano

“What on Earth is going on at Kilauea Volcano?” is the title of a talk by USGS Research Geophysicist Kyle Anderson on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm. It will take place in USGS’s Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park.

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Atherton Police and Menlo Fire share summer intern

The Town of Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District shared an summer intern through the NexGen Regional Internship Program for local government interns. The Regional Summer Internship program is coordinated through the Two County Next Generation Committee and is designed for every city, county and special district in San Mateo and Santa Clara […]

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Menlo Fire Task Force continues search and damage assessments on big island of Hawai

Menlo Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman emailed that yesterday [Sunday, Aug. 26), California Task Force 3 Members were assigned remote search areas in the Fern Forest and Mountain View areas outside Hilo, Hawaii, where they conducted home-by-home welfare and area-wide damage assessments under the guidance of Hawaiian Civil Defense Agency.

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