A roundup of neighborhood news edited by Sue Dremann
AROUND THE BLOCK WATCHING WORKS ... Credit a watchful resident in Redwood City with the Oct. 12 arrest of three men who allegedly had stolen property from a Palo Alto home three days earlier. The resident on Pine Street in Redwood City dialed 911 after seeing three men enter a neighborâ€™s home through a back window, police said. Officers surrounded the home and took the men â€” Raphaelle Jones, 23, of Citrus Heights, Wyatt King, 34, of Sacramento, and Gabriel Carter, 35, of Oakland â€” into custody. The men were also in possession of property from a Belmont home that had been burgled earlier on Oct. 12 and were later linked to the Palo Alto burglary.
NOT A MODEL TRAIN ... When part of a Union Pacific train catapulted into Palo Alto resident Daniel Petersâ€™ Chevrolet Suburban last week, it wasnâ€™t the only piece to end up where it shouldnâ€™t have. Another resident also found pieces and was puzzled by them until he read about Petersâ€™ predicament. The three smaller fragments, weighing 1, 2 and 5 pounds, had landed along Alma Street near Ely Place. Police declined to get involved as no property was damaged, the resident said. HALLOWEEN HAUNTS ... On Oct. 31â€™s bewitching hour, neighborhood haunts will fill with ghosts and goblins. Two neighborhoods that could be particularly haunting include the Duffie familyâ€™s Haunted Yard at 343 Oxford Ave. in the Evergreen Park neighborhood and South Court in Midtown Palo Alto, which always offers a streetful of scary encounters on Halloween night. Danilo Oxford promises his Realm of Darkness, now in its 15th year, will be the scariest ever. It will be open Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. â€” but not on Halloween. He says it is not for the faint of heart, the very young or pregnant women. The address is 1034 Moffett Circle, between Greer Road and Colorado and Amarillo avenues. N
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ALMA ADDITION ... As the Weekly reported last Friday, Mikiâ€™s Farm Fresh Market has opened at Alma Plaza, some seven years after the Albertsons closed. A ribbon cutting will be held at the grocery store, 3445-A Alma St., on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 a.m.
Jan Steele points to one of her 87 witches, collected from all over the world, which she displays before Halloween each year.
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ONE THAT hIS SO UGLY SHE EVEN HAS HAIR COMING FROM THE WART ON HER NOSE v SHE SAID 3HE HELD UP ONE OF VARIOUSLY COLORED BLOWN GLASS WITH A FINELY HOOKED NOSE h4HIS ONE IS EXQUISITE v SHE SAID h) JUST THINK THEY ARE CHARACTERS 4HEY ARE PORTRAYED IN SO MANY WAYS v SHE ADDED 4HE WITCHES GO BACK IN THE BOX ON .OV BUT THATS NOT THE END OF THE 3TEELES FESTIVITIES 4HE CRONES WILL MAKE WAY FOR THE PILGRIMS AND TURKEYS SHELL DISPLAY FOR 4HANKS GIVING *OVIAL 3ANTA #LAUSES WILL SUPPLANT THE TURKEYS AND PILGRIMS FOR #HRISTMAS !ND IF WITCHES SEEM TO BE AN AWESOME QUANTITY 3TEELE HAS A SUR PRISE h4HERE ARE MORE 3ANTA #LAUS ES THAN WITCHESv N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at email@example.com.
Section 1 of the Oct. 19, 2012, edition of the Palo Alto Weekly.