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News - December 1, 2010

Menlo Park briefs: City names winners of environmental quality awards

The five winners of Menlo Park's annual environmental quality awards have been announced.

Boy Scout Troop 109 won in the cultural/historical category for restoring the signage along the Great Spirit Path in Bedwell Bayfront Park, and creating a permanent orienteering course in the park. Eagle Scouts Daniel and Philipp Kopisch led the effort.

In the heritage tree category, the Sharon Park Homeowners Association won for its dedication to caring for more than 200 heritage trees in their gated neighborhood at the west end of Sharon Park Drive.

The Dailey Method, an exercise studio at 3528 Alameda de Las Pulgas, got top honors for resource conservation. Owner Erin Paruszewski renovated the studio with the goal of making it as green as possible by using high-efficiency lighting, bamboo towels, energy-saving hand dryers, and other features.

Two pairs of homeowners received awards. Bobbie and Joseph Carcione won for sustainable landscaping improvements at 1817 Oakdell Drive. The couple created a Victorian-style garden, complete with bocce ball courts and vegetable beds for the community.

Finally, Chris and Trudy VanIngen won in the architectural category for home improvements at 1835 Oakdell Drive that earned the home a place among the top five green-rated houses in California, according to Build It Green's rating system.

The winners will receive their awards at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Toys needed

Starting on Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will have a collection barrel at its office for donations of new, unwrapped toys for disadvantaged children in San Mateo County.

Toys may be dropped off at the chamber offices at 1100 Merrill St. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive will run through Thursday, Dec. 16.

No council meeting

Menlo Park's City Council won't meet again until Tuesday, Dec. 7. That will be the final night on the dais for council members John Boyle and Heyward Robinson, as incumbent Rich Cline, attorney Kirsten Keith, and former Menlo Park Fire Protection District board president Peter Ohtaki will be sworn in.

That night also ends Mr. Cline's first term as mayor, although no one knows yet who will replace him. Council policy suggests that the title rotate among members who have served at least one year, with priority going to whoever has had the most amount of time go by since last holding the position. That leaves Kelly Fergusson as the likely choice — if the council follows the non-binding policy.

Chamber mixer

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will have a toy drive with holiday spirits at its mixer on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Marche restaurant, 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

The chamber asks those attending to bring a new, unwrapped toy or a donation for the Menlo Park Firefighters Association's food and toy drive. The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m.

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