Feb 11

City to host 19th annual Black History Month celebration

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The City is planning its 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest for February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This traditionally sold-out event will start with a welcoming speech by Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor, followed by a poetry reading from local poetess Kalamu Chache and a dance performance by Menlo Park Senior Center's very own Soul Line Dance Troupe. 

Gospel singers from local churches, and as far away as Oakland, will take the program to its final stage with heart-warming songs. Our celebrity piano accompanist will be Nate Branch, a former Harlem Globetrotter from Oakland, who donates his time to this festive event each year.

The celebration is one of the city’s longest running programs and held annually at the Menlo Park Senior Center. Authentic Soul food prepared by staff and volunteers, coupled with sweet potato pie, make the food component of this event not to be missed! Festive patron attires, a feast for the eyes, are also a wonderful addition to the event every year. For more information, please contact Avideh Yaghmai-Samardar.

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Feb 11

Residents urged to never blow/rake leaves into the street or storm drain

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm by Peter Ibrahim

With the National Weather Service forecasting more rain this week as part of a moderate storm arriving Wednesday and Thursday this week, residents are encouraged to help keep storm drains clear of leaves and debris.

Menlo Park’s incredible tree canopy is part of what has made it a Tree City USA for the last 18 years. That same tree canopy produces an incredible amount of leaves each winter just before and during the rainy season. The leaves that fall to the ground should be collected and disposed of properly. Leaves that end up in the street or curb can clog storm drains and increase the potential for local street flooding. Never blow or rake leaves into the street, and ensure any landscape service providers know the proper way to dispose of leaves. Place fallen leaves into the green compost cart along with grass clippings, weeds, hedge and shrubbery cuttings, small tree branches and flowers for weekly curbside collection and recycling.

It is also a good idea to keep an eye on your neighborhood storm drain catch basin. Clogged catch basins can cause street flooding when it rains. If a catch basin is clogged with leaves and can be accessed safely, clear it with a broom or rake or call the city’s Maintenance Division at 650-330-6780 for assistance.

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Feb 11

Police Chief to hold Belle Haven community meeting

Posted on February 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Police Chief Dave Bertini and other Police Department representatives invite residents to join them February 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Service Center at 871 Hamilton Ave., to learn about  police services provided in the Belle Haven community. This community meeting is an opportunity for residents and neighborhood businesses to have a conversation with Chief Bertini regarding community concerns that impact the area. The discussion will include crime trends, traffic safety and a question and answer session.

Spanish translation will be available and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Nicole Acker.

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