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Small American flags, 343 at each of four fire stations in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, waved on Saturday, Sept. 11, in memory of the firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City. Shown here is the display on the lawn at Station 4 at 3322 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park.
Local firefighters help out in San Bruno By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
ocal firefighters played a role in fighting the massive residential fire that began with the explosion of a gas pipeline at 6:24 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in San Bruno. A message to the southern end of the Peninsula came in almost immediately asking for a watertender group of four water trucks. The Woodside Fire Protection District provided a 3,000-gallon tender and four firefighters from Station 8 in Portola Valley, according to Battalion Chief Don Romero. Other participants in the group were the Kings Mountain and La Honda fire stations, staffed by trained volunteers, and the Skylonda station, which is staffed by firefighters who work for San Mateo County under contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Mr. Romero said. The Menlo Park Police Department had two officers on the scene for duties as needed, Chief Bryan Roberts said. Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection
District said that he and about 14 other members of his team were at the fire at one time or another. They went on a voluntary basis since commanders on the scene did not request more firefighters from this far south of the action, he said. In addition to Chief Schapelhouman and several of his deputies, there were a logistics specialist, a fleet mechanic, and three men from the Menlo Park-based California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, he said. Some of the men, including himself, worked all night. They helped map the scene, including counting and locating
burned vehicles with a GPS, doing an initial count of damaged structures, damage assessment, and pumping out a crater 15 or 20 feet deep, Chief Schapelhouman said. “Typically, we don’t self-dispatch,” he said. “I have to tell you,” he added, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fireball that big.” It measured some 800 feet across and 200 feet high, he said. For firefighters on the scene in San Bruno, there was a lot of checking for and extinguishing small fires, Mr. Romero said. “You want to make sure you don’t get a wildland fire out of this.”
west onto Capistrano Road at the light. For cleanup of San Francisquito Creek, volunteers will meet at the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Woodland Road in Menlo Park. For cleanup in Bedwell Bayfront Park, located on the east side of U.S. 101 off Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway, volunteers will meet in the park’s first parking lot. For more information, call Judi Shils at 415-378-0504.
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Water-Efficient Landscaping Class Cal Water is partnering with the town of Portola Valley and BAWSCA to offer a free landscaping class to Cal Water customers:
Volunteers mobilized to clean up coast Tens of thousands of Californians are expected to take part in the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 25. Volunteers are asked to show up at cleanup locations at 9 a.m., and bring their own bucket or reusable bag, gloves, and reusable water bottle. Most cleanups end by noon. On the coast, volunteers for Pillar Point should meet at Pillar Point Harbor near the HMB Kayak Company. From Highway 1, turn
Water-Efficient Irrigation Techniques for the Garden, September 23, 6–9 p.m. To register, contact BAWSCA at (650) 349-3000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to specify your name, address, and telephone number, as well as the class name, date, and time. For more information about water conservation and water-efficient gardening, visit www.calwater.com.
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CLOVER ORGANIC LOW FAT YOGURT
3015 Woodside Road Woodside,650-851-1511 4420 Alpine Road Portola Valley, 650-851-1711 Open 6:30AM - 8PM
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ROMAINE, RED, AND GREEN LEAF LETTUCE
Meat and Seafood
CHILEAN SEABASS KOBE BEEF ZABUTON
WE NOW CARRY THESE MEXICAN CHEESES: COTIJA & QUESO FRESCO
1 GENERAL MILLS $ 69 HONEY NUT CHEERIOS 2 MUIR GLEN ORGANIC $ 29 TOMATO SAUCE 1 FRISKIES CLASSIC CAT FOOD 55¢ KRUSTEAZ BUTTERMILK WAFFLES
Try them in a custom-made burrito. Every Monday and Thursday choose from: Chicken or Beef, Rice, Beans, Cheese, Sour Cream, Salsa, Guacamole, Onion, and Cilantro.
12oz. – Also Original
15oz. – Also Diced Tomatoes
2005 Martin Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Thérèse Vineyards Martin Ranch has released their ’05 Thérèse Cabernet, a more than worthy successor to the excellent 2004. This is Santa Cruz Mountain's Cabernet at its best with great intensity and complexity, but never heavy or clumsy. A very serious wine at an affordable price.
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Stop signs and cyclists: is there an answer? By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
hen a knot of 30 or 40 or even 100 bicyclists passes through Portola Valley and Woodside, as happens regularly, the cyclists tend to behave like a flock of birds: the individuals sense a change in direction or speed and seem to act as one. The comparison goes only so far, though. Birds, for example, don’t have to pay attention to stop signs. Bicyclists do have to pay attention, but often do not. Twenty-five of them received tickets and were accused by sheriff’s deputies of running a stop sign at Canada and Woodside roads on Aug. 28. A pair of deputies on motorcycles were on the scene and pulled them over. What is it about that groupriding thing? It does have an
appeal, and it’s speed. The cyclists arrayed behind the leaders pedal against much lower air resistance and move at much higher speeds. There are risks, however. Mere inches separate rear and front wheels as the cyclists lead and follow each other. A mistake at high speed in very close quarters can be disastrous. The real physical grind is on the cyclists out front, a cast of characters that continuously changes as they fall back and are replaced by fresher riders from within the group. The result is a blistering pace, and stop signs present a conundrum. When a road is temporarily a race course, the conundrum goes away. The course is mapped out, the intersections are cleared, the traffic rules are fairly simple: go for it. In a race, there is a word for cyclists when they bunch up: peloton.