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News - July 10, 2013

Briefs: Menlo Presbyterian walks for clean water overseas

The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church hosts a one-mile walk through Menlo Park on Saturday, July 13, to raise funds for clean water projects in rural overseas areas.

Participants will start at the church, located at 950 Santa Cruz Ave., walk to a water source to fill buckets, and then return, " to simulate the experience of villagers in rural Africa," according to the MPPC.

The event starts at 1 p.m. For every person who registers and participates in Walk4Water, MPPC will donate $25 toward clean water projects.

Go to mppc.org/walk4water to register. The event will also be held in Mountain View on July 14 and San Mateo on July 16.

Facebook effect?

Since Facebook's relocation to Menlo Park, it's become business as usual to see the city mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other national publications.

Last week, it happened again — this time as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics unveiled data for 2012 that showed San Mateo County had the largest jump in weekly wages of any county in the country, with a gain during the past year of 107.3 percent to yield a weekly average wage of $3,240. The professional and business services sector, with a wage gain of $6.9 billion, made the largest contribution.

Media analysts attributed the wage increase to Facebook's public stock offering, noting that the Bureau's definition of "wage" includes bonuses and stock options in addition to paychecks.

July 15: SamTrans

focus group

SamTrans will hold a focus group in Menlo Park on Monday, July 15, as part of a series of meetings in San Mateo County. The outreach meetings will collect input about how SamTrans should conduct outreach, according to the transportation agency.

The Menlo Park meeting focus group will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the main library at 800 Alma St.

July 26: Police BBQ

Grab a hot dog and gab with members of the Menlo Park Police Department on July 26. The community barbecue, hosted by the department as a prelude to National Night Out in August, starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. in Burgess Park, located in the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

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