Holidays 2015

After calling Recology San Mateo, we have some answers. The trees are being picked up by a special collection service (not the regular compost truck) and must be under 8 feet, and be completely bare — no stand or lights. Trees over 8 feet must be cut in two.

So, if you’ve left your tree at the curb and it doesn’t fit those requirements, that may be the reason.

But in our little corner of Menlo Park, three trees that do fit those requirements — and have been curbside for two weeks in a row — have yet to be picked up. The Recology representative said she’d alert the driver and send out a truck. So, you may need to call.

Note: After January 31st, tree pick up service will cease. If you still have a tree at that time, it will need to be chopped up and put in the compost bin.

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Add a little more bubble – gum that is – to your New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is all about the Bubbly. The champagne is already chilling for the adults, but I just whipped up a little fun for all ages to enjoy — a Bubble Gum Bar. I gathered a gaggle of gum balls and put them in a plethora of plastic champagne glasses. Tied on tags because this year is all about […]

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A Christmas cake that’s hard to slice – but dazzling to see and good to eat!

Once again Beth Ann Goldberg, who owns Studio Cake in Menlo Park, has outdone herself in creating a totally edible masterpiece of a cake, this year featuring a swan. The graceful bird and a forest of trees were the theme at one local Christmas dinner that we’ve been lucky enough to attend for a number of […]

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It’s a wrap – and Santa is exhausted

The sun is shining this Christmas Day, and Santa Claus has feed the reindeer and stored his sled until next year. On to the New Year’s festivities… Photo by Scott Loftesness (c) 2013

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Luminaries will again line streets of Hillview Manor on Christmas Eve

We checked in earlier this month with Jim Schott, who along with Debbie Hall and John Dumulac, organizes the display of luminaries on Hillview Dr., Hobart and Cotton streets (Hillview Manor) on Christmas Eve. “We’re going electronic with flameless, flickering, battery-powered candles to make setup easier and quicker,” he emailed us. “They should last all […]

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Chocolate Teddy Bear milk is perfect holiday treat

Here’s a tradition we’ve had since my kids were little, chocolate treats filled with milk. This year I put an unBEARably adorable spin to it — Chocolate Teddy Bear Milk. Start with hollow, chocolate bears. Gently pierce the back with a skewer and twirl making the hole your desired size. Fill with milk. Insert a straw and […]

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Overnight parking enforcement in Menlo Park suspended for the olidays

The City of Menlo Park would like residents and their guests to enjoy the holidays, and therefore, will not be enforcing the overnight parking ordinance from Wednesday morning, December 23, 2015, to Sunday morning January 3, 2016. Overnight parking enforcement will resume on Monday, January 4th at 2:00 am.

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Good news for fans of Borrone MarketBar

We were delighted to spot a chalkboard sign outside of Cafe Borrone heralding the two-day pop up of Borrone MarketBar, which closed unexpectedly last June. The “market side” will be open on December 23 & 24 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can pick up a menu of what’s being offered at Cafe Borrone […]

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M-A’s canned food drive another resounding success

Menlo-Atherton High School leadership teacher Michael Amoroso emailed us a report of this year’s canned food drive, which culminated on Dec. 5 with distribution day: “We raised over 100,000 pounds of food which was delivered directly to Second Harvest Food Bank. “Our monetary donations are still being counted but I do know that we raised over $25,000, […]

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Spotted: A whole lot of Christmas on Hobart Street

We think “too much Christmas” is a bit judgmental, so we’re going with a “whole lot of Christmas” which is once again on display on Hobart Street in Menlo Park. What we’re hoping is that you’ll tell us what streets/houses have even more Christmas going. ([email protected]) And just so you know, we’re being a bit […]

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Buying a Christmas tree from the Cozzolino family takes on special meaning this holiday season

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle last Friday got us motivated to go over the hill to Half Moon Bay where the Cozzolino Christmas tree lot is tucked in next to Spanish Town off of Highway 92  just before getting into town. For years, we’ve been fans of the Cozzolino family, who bring their […]

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