Menlo Park Briefs: Police and fire explorers visit 467 homes for holiday donationsYouth participating in Menlo Park police, fire and Peninsula law enforcement Explorers programs knocked on 467 doors in Menlo Park to collect donations for Toys for Tots, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the One Warm Coat drive.
That's a lot of doors, and it yielded a lot of donations, according to Menlo Park police: three 32-gallon bins of coats, enough toys to fill an 8-foot long truck, and 390 pounds of food. The Explorers also collected $151, which went to the Menlo Park Firefighters Association to purchase gift cards for children participating in Toys for Tots, and five bags of clothes, which were donated to St. Anthony's Church.
If you didn't answer the door, you can still participate — the Explorers will accept new or "gently used" coat donations until Jan. 31 via a bin located in the lobby of the Menlo Park Police Department.
Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in
A 19-year-old man turned himself in the day after he allegedly struck a mailbox and tree in the 1000 block of Lemon Street while driving a 2004 silver Infiniti, according to Menlo Park police.
McKinley Mathon, of Goleta, reportedly fled from the scene, but turned himself in to police the next day, on Dec. 23, and admitted the hit-and-run. He was cited and released, police said.
Civil rights talk
Elizabeth Kristen, a San Francisco attorney who works for the Legal Aid Society, will present a talk about Title IX, the civil rights legislation that established a policy of non-discrimination in education on the basis of gender.
Sponsored by the Menlo-Atherton chapter of the American Association of University Women, the talk, "Forty Years of Title IX: There Is Still Much to Be Done," will examine the impact of the law and potential for future changes.
The free event takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park. Doors will open at 10 a.m.; the talk starts at 10:30 a.m.