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Menlo Park Updates

Aug 19

Upscale coffee kiosk opens near Menlo Park Caltrain station

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 7:05 pm by Clay Curtin

Train-going commuters and Menlo Park residents now have a new upscale option for their coffee needs. Saint Frank, a coffee shop with locations in San Francisco and at the Facebook campus, opened for business Monday, August 19, at 1018 Alma St. The operating hours for the kiosk are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to at least 1 p.m. on weekends.

The kiosk opened directly across from the Menlo Park Caltrain station and close to the Civic Center as a part of a publicly-accessible plaza at the Schmidt Family Foundation office building at 1010 Alma St. The kiosk and plaza were approved by the Planning Commission in 2015 as a public benefit in conjunction with the new office building.

Kevin Bohlin established Saint Frank in 2013 with their first location in the Russian Hill area of San Francisco. Following the initial opening, the coffee purveyor quickly expanded with a SOMA location that serves as their roastery and a kiosk within Facebook’s MPK 20 building. The café specializes in seeking out and serving the highest quality beans from around the world while treating the farmers that grow them with respect and fairness. The high-end coffee crafted by Saint Frank’s employees has garnered excellent reviews, and the new location near the Caltrain station will serve to increase the number of options available to caffeine-seekers coming to Menlo Park by train. The quality and location of this new business combine to create a very exciting new addition to the Menlo Park coffee scene.

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Aug 19

Have you created a family emergency plan?

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm by Clay Curtin

In an emergency, the first thought almost always goes to family. Where are they? Have they been affected? How will the family be reunited? Part of preparation is talking with all family members about the potential for a disaster and making several important decisions.
  • Pick a location outside of your home, but still in the neighborhood, to meet.
  • Pick a second location outside of your neighborhood to gather in case you can’t return home. Make sure everyone knows the address and phone number.
  • Select an out-of-state relative or friend to be your family contact point. After a disaster it is sometimes easier to call long distance than across town. Family members should memorize this phone number and call there to say where they are.
  • Make plans to take care of infants, elderly or other family members with disabilities or special needs.
  • Talk about how you will take care of pets. How would you evacuate them? Do you have enough supplies to feed and water them for at least 72 hours?
Learn more and take steps now to prepare. Get ideas and tips online at ready.gov/plan.

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Aug 19

Girl Scout project highlights invasive plant species along San Francisquito Creek

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm by Clay Curtin

While volunteering to pull out invasive plant species along the San Francisquito Creek at a Grassroots Ecology program, local Girl Scout Cadette Nathalie Auslander learned how invasive species are disrupting the original ecosystem of our local creeks. 

After researching the risks and challenges due to invasive plants, she decided to spread the word among her Menlo Park neighbors as the focus of her Girl Scout Silver Award project.

Ms. Auslander created informational pamphlets and posters, which are now posted around Menlo Park. “I want to educate my community members about invasive plants to raise awareness and explain how they affect our local creek areas,” Nathalie said. “After I learned about this issue, I saw the need to let people know.”

Invasive Plant Species poster