News - March 21, 2012

Menlo Park briefs: Art Commission finds friends; water main break in Sharon Heights

A mysterious group of benefactors has decided to breathe new life into Menlo Park's defunct Arts Commission. The "Friends of the Menlo Park Arts Commission" will soon start fundraising to create a foundation to support an arts commission, according to member Jim Lewis.

But his colleagues in the endeavor prefer to remain anonymous. "Far too many groups would love to have the names of altruistic, philanthropic individuals with both heart and funds," Mr. Lewis said.

Instead, the group wants to focus on coordinating existing artistic organizations into a council that shares ideas, programs, and perhaps funding to create "a culturally rich environment" for Menlo Park, he said.

Water main break investigated

It was a wet wakeup call after a rainy weekend — a water main broke in Sharon Heights around 3 a.m. on Monday, March 19.

Located near Monte Rosa Drive and Sharon Park Drive, the busted pipe sent water gushing along the ground for almost three hours. Police and public works crews arrived to take control of the scene and put up barricades, and the water flow was stopped shortly before 6 a.m..

Public Works Director Chip Taylor said crews were digging up the pipe later on Monday morning to figure out how it broke.


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