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Portola Valley: new school bells disrupting neighborhood peace, residents claim

Original post made on Sep 16, 2011

New and reportedly unnatural sounds have come to the neighborhood around Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley: bell-like tones, probably indicating the beginning and end of classes.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 16, 2011, 11:54 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Really?, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Sep 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I guess I've heard everything now. Imagine a school with bells that ring during the school day? Oh, the horror!

Posted by William, a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Sep 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

[Post removed; personal attacks violate terms of use.]

Posted by Jim, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

[Disrespectful comment removed]

Posted by Another PV Resident, a resident of Corte Madera School
on Sep 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

"really shaken about this" (REALLY? oh the drama)
"I can hear this all day long" (interesting given that school is not an all day event)
"it's wildly intrusive" (as opposed to every other year?)
"we will drag in the troops" (over a bell? how about behaving like adults)

Last I heard, school bells were part of having a school...

Typical Almanac reporting - create discord over something trivial

Typical PV drama - same people, new issue

Posted by Joe, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

My guess is that this situation would be hell on Earth for anyone who occupies himself or herself with thinking and/or writing and/or contemplating just about anything during the day.

Compassion for victims of heedlessness is a virtue, and heedlessness by an institution is not a virtue.

Posted by resident, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:17 pm

The same problem exists at Ormondale Elementary School in Portola Valley. Increasing use of a bullhorn has become a nuisance. For a campus that small, is a bullhorn (other than for a dire emergency) really necessary?

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 17, 2011 at 7:49 am

Folks, you bought a house near a school. Did you really think it was going to be quiet when school was in session?

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