News - October 13, 2010

Menlo briefs: Residents invited to learn about new recycling service

Menlo Park residents have a chance to learn more about the city's new curbside recycling service at a community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The new service, called CartSMART, begins January 2011. Recology, San Mateo County's service provider, began dropping off residential carts two months ago.

Blue carts provide single-stream recycling — no sorting required. Green carts take compost from yard cleanups, food scraps, and paper products used for food and beverages, like pizza boxes. However, Recology asks that no one dump food into the green carts until Jan. 3. The black carts non-recyclables.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center, 701 Laurel St.

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Fake distress call doesn't fool grandmother

Someone pretending to be the grandson of an 83-year-old Menlo Park woman called to beg her to send a $5,000 money order to bail him out of jail. Instead of calling Western Union, the woman called police. "She did not fall for it," said police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

Meeting cancelled

The Menlo Park City Council has cancelled its Tuesday, Oct. 12, meeting. The council will reconvene on the following Tuesday, Oct. 19.


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