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Along with the environmental and social benefits of the City of Menlo Park’s expansive tree canopy comes the winter task of removing all the fallen leaves.

Every residential and commercial street in the City is swept on a regular schedule. The peak of leaf removal season is from November through February, when all of the streets are swept once per week.

Residents can help the process by not parking on the street during their street sweeping day. The street sweeping day is generally the next business day after trash collection.

Leaves that do not fit in the green compost cart can be spread into a row on the street. The edge of the row should be about 12 inches from the gutter and no higher than 12 inches tall.

To ensure a clean street, do not create leaf piles or place sticks and branches in the street. Leaf piles, sticks and branches cannot be removed by the street sweeper, requiring the operator to stop and sort the debris, delaying leaf removal.

More information about the street sweeping schedule can be found on the City’s street sweeping page.

Originally appeared in Menlo Park Updates; used with permission

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Climate versus weather: Find out the difference on Dec. 12 at the Menlo Park Library

Climate and weather — the two are so often confused. A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will be at the Menlo Park Library to explain the distinctions and to answer questions on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The National Weather Service is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (a division […]

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Café Zoë hosts 2nd annual Gingerbread House decorating competition on Dec. 14

Café Zoë is hosting the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Decorating Competition on Thursday, December 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Participants must use the gingerbread house provided by Café Zoë, but you can bring as many decorations as you’d like as well as use the free supply at the café. There will be two rounds: participants […]

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Menlo Fire will visit Belle Haven Library on Saturday, Dec. 9

Members of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will visit the Belle Have Branch Library (413 Ivy Dr.) for  a fire safety show-and-tell on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. This is an opportunity to meet some of Menlo’s firefighters and have a close-up look at a fire engine. No registration is necessary. […]

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Ravenswood School District toy drive for holiday party is underway through Dec. 14

The Ravenswood Educational Foundation is sponsoring a toy drive for students in the Ravenswood School District for a holiday event on December 16, 2017 at Costaño Elementary School. (Photo is from last year’s event). If you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy for a K-8th grade student to help them have a happy […]

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Spotted: MPCSD students participating in Hour of Code

During the week of December 4th, all Menlo Park City School District elementary schools are participating in Code.org’s Hour of Code. Over 700  students will join the millions worldwide learning to code this week with a variety of exercises and apps, including Kodable, Scratch, JR., and Hopscotch. The organization believes “every student should have the […]

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New pedestrian lights on El Camino in Atherton

There are now several operating pedestrian hybrid beacons on El Camino Real in Atherton. The pedestrian beacons are installed on El Camino Real at the intersections of Isabella Ave., Alejandra Ave. and Almendral Ave. The pedestrian beacon is designed to stop vehicles at crosswalks and provide pedestrians a controlled crossing through a series of steady and flashing […]

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Meals on Wheels program serves local seniors – and always needs new volunteer drivers

The Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels is now partners with the Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) “America, Let’s Do Lunch” campaign. This campaign connects volunteers with local Meals on Wheels programs. Every weekday throughout  San Mateo County, PVI Meals on Wheels drivers deliver hot, nutritious meals to homebound older adults and adults with […]

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Kitka concert at St. Bede’s on Dec. 10 coincides with release of holiday album

Women’s vocal ensemble, Kitka, will bring its annual Wintersongs tour to St Bede’s Church in Menlo Park on Dec. 10, playing new holiday music from the recently-released CD titled Evening Star along with unusual seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. In celebration of their new CD, Kitka dedicates this year’s […]

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Listen to traditional Hawaiian music from Hiram Kaailua Bell on Dec. 9

Multi-talented musician Hiram Kaailau Bell promises a performance of traditional Hawaiian music, as well as other styles of music that are innovative and not what you might expect to hear from an ukulele, on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11:00 to noon at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). He will even take […]

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“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” continues its run on Dec. 9 and 10

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas continues its run at the Woodside High School Theater on Dec. 9 (3:00 pm) and Dec. 10 (1:00 and 4:00 pm). Presented by The Dancers Repertory Theatre and performed by over 85 dancers, the dance/theater show follows the famous Clement C. Moore poem. Tickets are available online.

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