Almanac

News - June 11, 2008

Menlo Watch: Downtown block parties are back

by Rory Brown

The Menlo Park downtown block parties will return this summer, and the events have been scheduled for three Wednesday evenings: June 25, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20.

Similar to last year's parties, the city will close the downtown portion of Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic, stores will extend their hours, restaurants will offer outside dining, and local music groups will perform for several hours in the downtown area.

All three block parties are scheduled for 6 to 9:30 p.m., and will coincide with the city's "Music in the Park" concert series at Fremont Park.

This year, the city is inviting local nonprofits to set up informational booths at the event.

There is no charge for nonprofits to take part in the block party, but participants must be registered 501(c)(3) organizations and have a significant presence in Menlo Park.

Nonprofits wishing to participate can register by going to the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce Web site at MenloParkChamber.com, and click on the "Downtown Block Party" link on the home page.

Gangs forum

Local gangs, and how to keep teenagers from joining them, will be the topic of a forum organized by Menlo Park Mayor Andy Cohen scheduled for Wednesday, June 11.

The forum is the second in the mayor's "Healthy Communities" speaker series — an effort to get Menlo Park and other cities to work together to tackle regional issues. The series kicked off May 28 with a forum dedicated to homelessness.

The panel of speakers for the June 11 event includes Cmdr. Lacey Burt and Sgt. Eric Cowans from the Menlo Park Police Department; Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Peter Fortenbaugh; and David Cherniss, the manager of juvenile mediation programs for the San Mateo County Superior Court.

The event is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.

Recycle electronics

San Mateo County residents can drop off old computers, televisions, batteries, cell phones, and other electronic equipment for recycling at Tyco Electronics' Menlo Park campus on Saturday, June 21.

Residents can drop off the equipment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main entrance to the Tyco campus, at 300 Constitution Drive, near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street. There is no fee.

Other items that can be recycled include stereos, printers, copiers, microwaves, and compact fluorescent bulbs and tubes.

Stoves, refrigerators and washing machines will not be accepted.

For more information, call the South Bayside Waste Management Authority at 802-3500.

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