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News - August 6, 2014

Briefs: Menlo Park seeks views of downtown business owners

The city of Menlo Park is trying to make communication a two-way street, but so far the response from downtown business owners asked to complete a survey has been sparse.

Economic Development Manager Jim Cogan said the survey was created in response to requests for more communication made at the city's first small business roundtable earlier this year.

The seven-question survey asks proprietors to rate the impact of events such as the monthly 100 OCT Cars and Croissants show and the weekly Farmers' Market on their businesses.

The proprietors were also asked what the city can do to support them and whether they'd like to see more foot traffic downtown. Answer options include:

• "No, I like to have free time at work."

• "Maybe, I don't know ... leave me alone!"

• "Yes, but my customers don't care about cars or music."

Other outreach efforts have included going door-to-door, fliers, phone calls, and media coverage "to get the word out that the city is genuinely interested in hearing from our business community," Mr. Cogan said.

With a second roundtable coming up this fall, he encouraged business owners to complete the online survey and said the link could be obtained from his office, reachable via jccogan@menlopark.org.

Hazardous waste drop-off day

On Saturday, Aug. 9, residents of Menlo Park may drop off hazardous household waste such as car batteries, flammable liquids and cleaning products, so long as they have an appointment.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 333 Burgess Drive. Amounts per appointment are limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds of waste. Radioactive, explosive, medical or commercial waste will not be accepted.

Go to smchealth.org/hhw or call 363-4718 to sign up.

Relay for Life set for Aug. 9-10

Relay for Life Menlo Park, an overnight community fundraising walk, will be held in Burgess Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

This year's event theme is "Carnival/Carnaval" to encourage family participation, according to Betty Meissner, one of the organizers.

Events include the survivor's lap, when cancer survivors take the first lap around the track, and the luminaria ceremony, when small candle-lit paper lanterns are used to honor people who have fought cancer.

Relay for Life aims to "increase community awareness to support cancer prevention, treatment, and cure," Ms. Meissner said.

Relay for Life Menlo Park is about halfway to its $77,000 goal, she noted.

Go to RelayForLife.org/MenloParkCA to sign up or donate.

Comments

Posted by resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 10, 2014 at 5:54 am

Over the past few months have come to avoid downtown Menlo Park. A few places regularly have people collecting funds for charity. Some are quite aggressive. As a senior citizen on a limited income I do have funds allocated on a regular basis for a few selected charities. But cannot afford anything more. It makes me very uncomfortable to encounter and refuse these people. So I just have stopped going to these places and even avoid walking near them if possible. Also have noticed an increase in the number of homeless lingering downtown some "panhandle" some not. My heart goes out to them -- but for the grace of God go I. But, again I do not have the funds to consistently give them. So, my visits to downtown have come to be few and far between.


Posted by George, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I've not seen the SURVEY FORM? Have you?


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