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3.8 Earthquake

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Twenty minutes ago, a rumble was heard throughout Brisbane.  It lasted not even two seconds, but it was unquestionable that we had just been hit with an earthquake.

Hopefully, if you were sitting at a desk, your first instinct was to drop to the floor and get under it and hold on.  If you were walking in an office building, perhaps you located the nearest doorway and headed in its direction.  If you were outside, hopefully you thought to move to an area clear of buildings, trees, and power lines.

Information on the quake can be found on the USGS website.  And wouldn't you know...today is the 105th anniversary of the big San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

We hope that this small quake we just experienced will move you to discuss family/household preparedness with your loved ones, and read up on what you need to do before, during and after an earthquake strikes.  We can't predict the future, but we can certainly prepare for it.


Energy Upgrade

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Energy Upgrade California is a new statewide energy efficiency incentive program offered through the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

Visit the Energy Upgrade California website (www.energyupgradeca.org) to find out about:

  • Available incentives for home energy improvements
  • Participating Contractors
  • Innovative financing options

Making energy upgrades can help you save electricity, gas, and water in your home, lower your monthly bills, and qualify you for up to $4,000 in rebates offered through PG&E.

There is also an Energy Upgrade Call Center, which we told you about in a previous post.

And, if you're a contractor who is interested in gaining a certification needed to do the types of upgrades the Energy Upgrade program recommends, you'll want to check out a free introductory workshop.  There is one taking place in Santa Rosa on Saturday, April 30th.  Registration is limited, so sign up quickly if you're interested.  Click here to do so and for more information.


We've Gone Paperless

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If you've been down at the Finance Counter at City Hall recently, most notably to pay your PG&E bill, you would have noticed that your check was returned back to you after it was endorsed on our end.  That's because we have a new system in place that electronically sends the check information over to the bank and we hold onto less paper.  It's a swift process, and - who knows - checkbooks may soon be a thing of the past.  Additionally, the Finance Dept. is no longer receiving paper statements from Bank of America, nor copies of checks.  We like this new system, and you can be assured it's not only smart, convenient online bill storage, but it's secure as well.

Time For Some Weed-Picking

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You may recall receiving a letter earlier this week from North County Fire Authority, asking you to trim down any excessive weeds located on your property.  The importance of doing so should be of no surprise, especially in light of the 2008 fire that erupted on a quiet Sunday evening on San Bruno Mountain, burned the northern side of the Mountain, Owl and Buckeye Canyons, specifically (click here to take a look back at the incident via the former blog).  As the rains cease and fire season approaches, the Fire Department wants to ensure that Brisbane residents are doing all they can to prevent the fire from having any more fuel than what's already afforded by grasses found on the Mountain.

Please make sure your property is in compliance by the deadline outlined in the letter: May 16, 2011, as this will be the week the Fire Department will begin inspecting all properties for compliance.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Clyde Preston, Safety Inspector, Fire Prevention Services Bureau 650-991-5741.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this vastly important effort!


Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/15/2011

In Loving Memory of
Gloria Sevilla
1931 - 2011
Posted 4/14/2011
Masterworks Chorale
"Love Songs and Chocolate"
Sun., Apr. 17th, 4 pm, Miss. Blue Ctr.
Posted 4/11/2011
Brisbane Marina
Derrick Ward Memorial Car/Cycle Show
Sat., Apr. 17, 9 am - 4 pm, Brisbane Marina
Benefits Pancreatic Action Network
For Information (650) 583-6975

AYSO Fundraiser
Pancake Breakfast
and Early Bird Sign Ups


San Bruno Officials Stop In

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At this past Monday night's City Council meeting, San Bruno Vice Mayor Michael Salazar and Finance Director for the City of San Bruno Edmund Suen presented a Proclamation to the City of Brisbane, for assistance provided in response to the tragic September 9, 2011 pipeline explosion and fire.  Nearly 900 Police and Fire personnel from throughout San Mateo County and the Bay Area fought the fire, evacuated residents, and assisted with the initial clean up and re-entry to the Glenview neighborhood.  During that same time, more than 200 non-safety personnel from neighboring jurisdictions, Brisbane included, responded and provided assistance to the community of San Bruno by staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Shifts in the EOC lasted 12 hours each, and staff from Brisbane helped in answering the public information line where residents and reporters caused the line to be ringing far more frequently than they had staff available to answer it.  This helped to quell the anxiety of the residents as well as assist reporters from local TV stations and news groups to report out accurate information to the public.  The City of Brisbane is appreciative of San Bruno stopping and presenting the City with a Proclamation, but wouldn't hesitate to offer the same support and services if ever the need arose.

Energy Retrofit Call Center

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The Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center is now open to provide Bay Area residents with information about the benefits of retrofit improvements and available financial incentives. Hours of operation are between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. The call center’s toll free phone number is 855-464-8484 and the local Oakland number is (510) 464-8484.

The Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center call center works with an associated website (www.energyupgradeca.org) to help homeowners and others navigate the Energy Upgrade California process. Call center staff provides information to residents with questions or for those unable to access the internet. Energy Upgrade California is designed to encourage California residents to conduct home improvement projects to lower energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and to make homes healthier and more comfortable.

ABAG Energy Upgrade Bay Area Information Center and Energy Upgrade California are funded by the California Energy Commission and the federal America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information about Energy Upgrade Bay Area, call 855-464-8484 or visit the Energy Upgrade California website at http://www.energyupgradeca.org.

"Take a Hike 2011"

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San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson invites you to the "Take A Hike 2011" kick-off Saturday, April 9th, 9:00am, at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park, located right near our City of Stars.

So mark your calendars and get on your hiking shoes! 

Supervisor Jacobs Gibson initiated "Take A Hike" three years ago as a way to encourage residents to become more active and learn about the beautiful parks and trails in San Mateo County.  On April 9, the Supervisor will welcome hikers and introduce the 2011 season, which features a new schedule of parks and trails, including a special “Dog Days of Summer: Bring Your Dog” walk in August.

Known for its wild flowers, San Bruno Mountain is the ideal location for an April walk.  Participants will be guided by a park ranger who will discuss the park’s history and uniqueness.  Participants of this first hike will receive an official "Take A Hike 2011" T-shirt.

For more information about San Bruno Mountain Park and driving directions, visit www.SMCoParks.org

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/5/2011

City of Brisbane
Habitat Restoration Day
Sat., Apr. 30, 9am-1pm, @ Firth Canyon
Info: www.brisbaneca.org or 415-508-2118

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Summer Camp Reg.
Filling up fast, so sign-up right away
www.brisbaneca.org or call 508-2140

Signboard Postings

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Posted 3/30/2011

City of Brisbane
Tennis Classes
Adult and Youth, Starts on April 5th
Info: www.brisbaneca.org or 508-2140

Live at Mission Blue
Camerata Capistrano
Sat., April 2, 7:30pm, Mission Blue Center
Tickets: www.LiveAtMissionBlue.com or City Hall

To be posted 4/2/2011

City of Brisbane
Water Bills are
Due April 5th

Earthquake Preparedness Month

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They say, "Timing is everything."  When spoken in regards to earthquakes, the effect can be bone-chilling.  Consider this: four major earthquakes have taken place worldwide in the span of just over a year, starting with the catastrophic magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, followed just one month later on February 27th with the magnitude-8.8 earthquake devastated Chile.  Then, almost exactly one year later, on February 22, 2011, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand.  And, of course, Japan a few weeks ago on March 11th was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake in its northeast region.  An article published on www.newsweek.com, entitled, "The Scariest Earthquake is Yet to Come", states that three corners of the Pacific plate have been hit with recent earthquakes - the northwest with Japan's quake, the southwest with New Zealand, and the southeast with Chile.  That leaves just one point - the northeast - or, more specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area, unaffected.

While that is very sobering to hear, perhaps even frightening, the truth of the matter is this: we live in a beautiful and picturesque region of the state, but the Bay Area is also home to a number of fault lines, most notable being the San Andreas and the Hayward Fault.  Check out the below eye-opening video to see just how much destruction an earthquake would cause if one were to strike the Bay Area today.

While it is true that earthquakes, unlike tornadoes and hurricanes, know no season – April is observed as National Earthquake Preparedness month. For our protection and for the protection of our families, we need to take specific earthquake precautions so that we can be prepared when disaster strikes.  Click here to be taken to the Specific Disasters section of City's Office of Emergency Services webpage to see what you need to do before, during, and after an earthquake.  We hope you not only find the information useful, but that it moves you to action in preparing for the next "big one", because, It could be here before we know it.


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Click Here to read the April CITYNEWS

Kinder Morgan

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Kinder Morgan, owners of what is known as the Tank Farm, located on Tunnel Avenue just past Tunnel Ave. Bridge, will attend the April 4th City Council meeting at the request of the City.  Events following the earthquake in Japan a few weeks ago prompted officials to ask Kinder Morgan to present an overview of their operations and the safety precautions they have in place should a disaster strike.  The public is encouraged to attend the City Council meeting or watch the presentation live on Ch. 27 starting at 7:30pm (if you subscribe to Comcast), or streaming live on the City's website here (if you don't).

2-1-1 "Look-up" Service

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It's like dialing 4-1-1, but specific to the needs of San Mateo County residents.  Do you know who to call with questions about Medicare, MediCal or Medicaid? Rent Assistance? Home-delivered meals or if a loved one, friend or neighbor needs help? As of right now, just dial 2-1-1 from any phone - including cell phones - and a live person will help you with information and referrals to local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care, volunteer opportunities and more. The service, provided through a partnership between San Mateo County and United Way of the Bay Area, is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in 150 languages.  There is a also a website specific to San Mateo County - all 9 Bay Area counties now have access  to 2-1-1.  Nationally, 2-1-1 is available to more than 245 million people in 47 states, plus Washington D.C and Puerto Rico.

Brisbane PD has Zero Tolerance

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Commander Robert Meisner
415 508-2175
Brisbane Police Department To Hold
‘Zero Tolerance’ Distracted Driving
Enforcement Operation
Brisbane, CAAs part of this month’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, Brisbane Police will be offering “zero tolerance” to those texting or operating hand-held cell phones on April 4th & 5th. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279.
Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. As a result, law enforcement agencies across the state, including Brisbane PD are increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the 103 CHP Area Commands conducting zero tolerance enforcements. 
Brisbane PD is deploying traffic officers above and beyond with other regional agencies on the following dates:
April 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
April 28th from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
“We take the issue of distracted driving very seriously.” said Brisbane Police Chief Elizabeth Macias. “Cell phone use and texting while driving is such a serious concern that we are putting officers on the road to enforce zero tolerance. Is that text message or cell phone call really worth $159?”
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.   In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.
Studies show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road.

Distracted Driving FAQ's

Seeking a Job?

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier's upcoming Job Hunters Boot Camp is set for 10am - 2:30pm, Friday, April 8, at the College of San Mateo, Building 10, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo 94402.

The day's workshops and panels are all designed to help job seekers be more successful in their searches. The event is for residents of the 12th Congressional District and San Mateo County.

The boot camp is free, but space is limited. Sign-up online at Speier.House.Gov or call 650-342-0300, or e-mail your contact information to Speier.Events@Mail.House.Gov.

Signboard Postings

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Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Volunteers Needed for
Lipman Field Renovations
Sat., Mar. 26, 9 am, 2 Solano
Information 508-2144

Brisbane Lions Club
Scholarships Available
or 415.467.6990, Deadline April 1st

City of Brisbane
Sandbags Available
1020 Tunnel Ave. (Corp. Yard)
Free for Brisbane residents

Sand Bags Available

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It's going to be wet, wet, wet for the next few days.  Sand bags have been made available for Brisbane residents.  You can pick them up outside the City of Brisbane Public Works Corp. Yard, located at the intersection of Tunnel & Lagoon.  They will be outside the gate on palettes, covered by a black tarp to keep them dry (as shown below).   If you know your property is prone to flooding during heavy rains, come on down and pick up some sand bags- they're free!

Lift a Hand for Lipman!

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It's often said that the tattered sweatshirt you keep in the back of your closet is "well-loved" and that there's no way you could part from it.  Well, the same can be said for Lipman Field.  It is well-loved in the sense that it is used for youth baseball practices and games, AYSO, CYSA, and CYO have their soccer games and tournaments there, adults can be seen playing pick-up games during some lunch hours, and in the evenings and on the weekends, dogs love it for getting a good run-around. 

But all that activity has taken a toll on Lipman Field and it is now in need of some major restorative work.  Therefore, if you have the time, energy, and desire to see Lipman Field restored to what it should be - free of weeds and excess grasses (that above photo should be displaying an all-dirt infield!), then please come out on Saturday morning, March 26th at 9am to help renovate the field and baseball diamondThere will be light refreshments served in the morning. 

If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Supervisor Steve Beaty at (415) 508-2144 or e-mail him at sbeaty@ci.brisbane.ca.us.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help!

SMC Transportation Authority

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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity and big on reducing commute corridor congestion, making regional transportation connections, enhancing safety, and meeting local mobility needs?  Then applying for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) may be just up your alley.  The 15-member, volunteer CAC acts as a liaison between the public and the board of directors, providing valuable input to the board on the projects and programs in the Transportation Expenditure Plan. If you'd like more information about the SMCTA or are interested in applying, then please visit their website at www.smcta.org, call 650-508-6223 or e-mail cacsecretary@smcta.com.

SFPUC Public Notice

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The City was informed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) that they will be pile driving metal sheets in preparation for tunneling work at the intersection of Sunnydale Ave.  This work is being conducted to prepare a shaft for the tunneling equipment to enter the ground and to help eliminate flooding.  See below for the construction location:

Though not within Brisbane's city limits, residents coming into and leaving town may be affected with minor delays or inconveniences, including but not limited to: single-lane blockages, traffic re-routing, and pedestrian re-routing.  A flagger will be provided for traffic control, but no streets will be closed during construction hours -- Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 4:00pm, weather permitting.  Work will end on March 31, 2011.

Residents and businesses can also expect noise from the use of heavy construction equipment and maybe even some dust.  The SFPUC apologizes for any inconvenieces caused by this work and thanks you in advance for your patience during the construction.

If you have any questions, please contact Samuel A. Murray at (415) 554-3275 or e-mail smurray@sfwater.org.

The Ultimate Civic Duty

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The San Mateo County History Museum, formerly the old San Mateo County Courthouse

Would you make a good Grand Juror? Can you say yes to the following questions? 

·         Are you a good listener?

·         Are you interested in trying to increase the efficiency of local governments and save taxpayer’s dollars?

·         Are you willing to serve without personal gains or hidden agendas?

·         Have you the stamina to commit yourself to a full year of productive work?

·         Can you keep a secret?

·         Can you cooperate with 18 other diverse personalities?

·         Can you ask thoughtful questions, review documents and help write lucid reports?

·         Can you chair a committee?

·         Can you devote a minimum of 20 hours of service per week?

·         Can you attend a minimum of six daytime meetings or field trips and two general meetings per month? 

If you can say yes to all of the above questions, the San Mateo County Superior Court invites you to submit an application for consideration for service on the 2011-2012 Grand Jury. Applications are now available and will be accepted until April 8, 2011.The next Grand Jury term commences July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2012. 

Any resident of San Mateo County for more than one year, who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, of sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language, is eligible for selection by the Appointed Grand Jury Advisor, the Honorable Gerald J. Buchwald of the San Mateo County Superior Court. Elected public officials are not eligible. 

The Court encourages all interested individuals to apply. The Court strives to obtain a cross section of the county population. After the completion of an interview process by Judge Buchwald, jurors will be selected through a random draw.

Application forms can be obtained by writing the Grand Jury Clerk, Court Executive Office, 400 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063 or by telephoning 650-599-1200. You may also obtain applications from Barbara Arietta, President of the San Mateo County Grand Jurors Association by emailing barietta@hotmail.com or by calling 415-246-0775.

Thank you for Volunteering

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When the plea for help went out, it certainly did not return back void.  Thank you to everyone who came out to help Eagle Scout Jonathan Williamson clean up the steps at Firth Park as well as pull invasives and re-plant native plant species.  There was a lot accomplished last weekend, and you should be very proud of your efforts. 

Firth Park got a mini makeover last weekend, and will be restored even more come April 30th when residents gather for Habitat Restoration Day, sponsored each year by the City.  Watch the signboard and blog for more details...

Police Community Outreach Event

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All residents are invited to come to the Community Park and meet the members of the Brisbane Police Department on Saturday, May 21st, from 11:00am - 3:00pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to see the tools used by police officers and ask questions about police work.  There will be displays and information available for traffic and child safety.

The officers will be showing their equipment, police cars, and motorcycle.  They will have members from the SWAT team, K9 Unit, and Traffic Unit.  There will also be a special section for kids to have their photo and fingerprints taken as part of a take-home child safety kit.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and learn about the police department!

Tsunami Warning Update

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Our hearts go out to the people in Japan who suffered mass destruction and devastation last night when an 8.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan - the largest to ever be recorded on the island nation.  Dozens of aftershocks have followed since, along with a tsunami, which isn't uncommon after such a great mass movement of the earth.  The underwater earthquake went on for over 3 minutes...triggering tsunami alerts to faraway coastal regions, even here - the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services earlier this morning issued a voluntary alert for Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Pescadero and other coast side communities.  There is NO THREAT to Bay side communities, which includes Brisbane.  However, emergency crews are asking the public NOT TO gather or drive towards the coastal area/beaches at this time as this can interfere with their evacuation efforts.

Thank you for your assistance to our neighboring communities.

Recap of 3/9 Energy Savings Forum

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This past Wednesday night's Energy Savings Forum brought out many Brisbane residents with a desire to be energy-efficient, as well as knowledgeable presenters who shared about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies, and reduce impacts on the environment.  In addition, several Brisbane residents shared about their experiences with installing solar panels on their rooftops, their thoughts on the company which did so for them, and how they've seen their energy bills deflate - even dropping to zero some months!  A big thanks to the Open Space & Ecology Committee for hosting this most successful event, the OS&EC Energy Efficiency subcommittee for their work in putting a fabulous agenda together, Chair of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Ray Miller, for facilitating, and staffperson Lisa Pontecorvo for all she did behind the scenes to ensure that this night would flow as smoothly as it did!  For the links to the organizations and resources that were mentioned that night, please see below or the Open Space & Ecology Committee's webpage by clicking here.

Energy Upgrade California | https://energyupgradeca.org | 2-minute Energy Upgrade video

The Energy Ambassador Program, A Project of Sustainable San Mateo County

Ennovationz | http://www.ennovationz.com/ 

SolarCity | http://www.solarcity.com/ 

Recurve | http://www.recurve.com/ 

To purchase energy-efficient lighting:
Brisbane Hardware

Free Car Seat Checks

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On Friday, April 15th between 9:00am - 1:00pm, the Brisbane Police Department, in coalition with Safe Kids Santa Clara and the San Mateo Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will be offering free car seat checks at the Sierra Point Yacht Club (500 Sierra Point Parkway, Brisbane).  To get your child seat checked by a certified technician, please call Community Service Officer Morgan Roller at (415) 508-2188 ext, 554 to schedule an appointmentWe hope you can find a time that works for you to take advantage of this very important event!

Special Energy Savings Forum

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What:   Energy Savings Forum
When:  Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Where: Community Meeting Room, City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane

The Open Space and Ecology Committee will be hosting a special Energy Savings Forum on March 9th at Brisbane City Hall. This will be a unique opportunity for Brisbane residents and businesses to share their experience at improving energy efficiency and installing solar panels. You will also hear from experts about the latest ways to audit energy use, save on energy costs, receive available subsidies and reduce impacts on the environment.  Click here to view the night's agenda.

The evening will be enriched by your presence - hope you can make it! 

Volunteer at Firth Park

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Eagle Scout Jonathan Williamson is looking for volunteers both Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th to help pull invasive plants in Firth Park and replace them with native species.  He will also be cleaning up the stone steps and drinking fountain.  If you are looking for a way to make a marked difference in the beauty of your community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so.  Arrive at 9am and stay as long as you can. Lunch will be served.  And if you're not available to volunteer in this capacity the weekend of March 12-13, there will be another opportunity to pull invasives and restore Firth's Park's natural beauty when Habitat Restoration Day takes place at the end of April, on April 30th.  Details TBA.  In the meantime, come to Firth Park and help an Eagle Scout out!  For any questions, please contact Jonathan directly at (415) 722-1324.

Signboard Posting

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Posted 3/1/2011

Brisbane Chamber of Commerce
High School Scholarships
Applications at www.BrisbaneChamber.com
Information (415) 467-7283
Due March 14th


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