Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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An electric fire engine, which is black and yellow and looks more like a bus than a typical red fire truck, made its public debut yesterday at Menlo Park Fire Station 6. Also on display was a firefighting robot (bottom photo), used at chemical fires or in situations where it is too dangerous to send a person.

The burning question, of course, is whether an electric fire engine could run out of juice during a call.

“I’m not concerned about that and I’ll tell you why, because we, in the design phase, we’ll make sure that we don’t have a single point of failure,” said Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

While the fire engine is electric, it does use diesel to fuel the generator for its back up battery. It can run for about eight hours. If the engine is still out on scene after eight hours, more diesel can be added to keep the back up power supply running.

Schapelhouman said the plan is to make changes to the truck to fit the department’s needs. It would first be used and tested as a rescue truck before its used as an engine for fighting fires.

He said the cost of an electric engine is about $1.2 million, which is comparable to a traditional tiller ladder truck. But the electric engine will save money in the long run because there is no need for fluids, filters or fueling it, according to the Chief. Representatives from Rosenbauer, the company that manufactures the electric fire truck, presented a draft contract to the Menlo Park Fire District Board yesterday evening.

To secure an engine, the department would have to put down a $200,000 deposit. The decision to proceed – or not – will be made at the regular Fire Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 pm.

“I am very excited that the fire board is considering moving forward with this purchase and am hopeful that we will purchase it,” said Fire District Board Chair Virginia Chang Kiraly.

“The fire district always strives to serve our community in the best way possible. Our community is, of course, the residents of the fire district but also includes our hardworking firefighters. These cutting-edge electric fire trucks will pollute the air less, be quieter, more energy efficient, and more nimble than our current fire vehicles. The health of our environment is important to the fire board, as is the health of our firefighters who use our apparatus and equipment daily.

“The community response has been extremely positive. Being in the Silicon Valley, the fire district is very fortunate that our constituents are so supportive of, and expect, us to be leaders in emergency response and preparedness. climate change in the best way we can as a public agency.

“I encourage the community to attend our board meeting next Tuesday, December 17 [at Station 1, 300 Middlefield Ave.] to give their input, which is important because how we move forward should be a shared vision between the fire district and those we serve.”

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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Christy Heaton receives award for excellence in teaching economics

Menlo Park resident Christy Heaton, who teaches at Homestead High, is the recipient of the Bob Hahn Economics Teacher of the Year award. The Award is given in honor of businessman Bob Hahn, a longtime supporter of CASET (California Association of School Economics Teachers) conference. He became a generous donor for teachers wishing to attend […]

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Round Table’s 60th anniversary is celebrated with a proclamation

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller stopped by the Round Table restaurant on El Camino in Menlo Park yesterday to current franchise operator Bob Larson a proclamation extolling the pizza parlor’s longevity on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. The first Round Table was opened by Bob’s father, Bill Larson, in 1959, using his life savings […]

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Showers continue to dampen Menlo Park

Last night’s pounding rain yielded to showers this morning, with precipitation forecast to continue off and on into the evening. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “An additional .2” this as of just before 8:00 am. My season to date total is 3.5”, the same as last year’s on this date.” We spotted a rain […]

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Spotted: Local Raging Grannies participating in #FacebookBlackout days

Menlo Park resident Gail Sredanovic (pictured in pink jacket) was among the Raging Grannies that joined a protest in front of the Facebook thumbs up sign on December 9 (International Anti-Corruption Day) calling for a 48-hour Facebook blackout. The campaign was spurred on by Facebook’s decision in October to amend its political advertising policy — exempting politicians […]

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Holiday train makes its annual appearance at Menlo Park Caltrain station

Decorated with more than 75,000 glittering lights, the Holiday Train stopped at Menlo Park’s Caltrain station last Sunday night, combining holiday fun with a toy drive and featuring onboard carolers and the Salvation Army Christmas Brass Ensemble. Santa, Mrs. Claus and their extended family – including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer – got […]

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View new Electric Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck on Dec. 12 at Fire Station 6

The public is invited to a community open house at Menlo Park Fire Station 6 (700 Oak Grove Ave.) to view the Electric Rosenbauer Concept Fire Truck (CFT) on December 12, 2019, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman asks “why does an All-Electric Fire Engine make sense for a municipal Fire Agency like […]

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Requested: Donations to support holiday dinner for local veterans

The Holiday Dinner for the Veterans housed at Building 520 at the Palo Alto VA Hospital will happen once again this year on December 18. Get Human, Cafe Zoë, Habibi’s Salon, Peninsula Veterans Lions Club, and more, will return to spread cheer for the veterans residing there over the holidays. The dinner spread is provided […]

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Pointing to the trains at the West Bay Model Railroad Association holiday open house

Continuing  a holiday tradition, the West Bay Model Railroad Association held its annual open house last weekend. As InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured, there was a lot of delightful finger pointing, accompanied by smiles and looks of wonder. The WBMRA was founded in 1947 and is housed in the former Southern Pacific baggage building adjacent […]

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Hey Menlo Park: Time to celebrate Round Table Pizza’s 60th anniversary

While Round Table Pizza® has more than 440 restaurants across the United States, the only one that really matters to Menlo Park is the location at 1225 El Camino Real. The very first Round Table was opened by Bill Larson on Dec. 21, 1959, at 1235, now the restaurant’s parking lot, with the simple mission […]

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Tree lighting in Fremont Park kicks off the holidays in Menlo Park

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was on hand last Friday evening, Dec. 6, for the annual kick off to the holiday season with the lighting of the tree in Fremont Park. We feature selection his photos that capture the fun and festivities. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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