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Oct 14

Hundreds experience Menlo Park’s first pop-up bike lane on Chilco Street

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:27 pm by Clay Curtin

As part of the City's Safe Routes to School program, the city’s first pop-up bike lane demonstration project provided a preview of the permanent version planned for the near future on Chilco Street, between the railroad tracks and Hamilton Avenue.

From October 2 to 4, residents, students and workers had the opportunity to visualize the new street design, experience a more connected bicycle network and share their feedback. City staff took bike counts in the morning (7:30–9 a.m.) for all three days. On average, approximately 100 bicyclists used the bike lane daily, including 10 to 15 students.

The permanent bike lane is expected to improve bicycle connectivity and offer a critical connection between the Belle Haven neighborhood and recreational and open space opportunities along the San Francisco Bay, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the new TIDE Academy High School on Jefferson Drive, and other local destinations in the Bayfront area. The permanent bike lane is expected to be installed by the end of this year or early next year.

For more information, please contact Associate Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

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Oct 14

Youth community police academy graduates 10 students

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:21 pm by Clay Curtin

After six weeks of presentations, demonstrations and interactive exercises, 10 participants completed the Menlo Park youth community police academy and were recognized at a graduation ceremony Saturday, October 12, 2019.

The participants were commended for their commitment and active involvement in this 30-hour program spanning over six Saturdays. They learned about the various aspects of public safety. The curriculum consisted of presentations and practical, hands-on exercises in areas of laws of arrest, crime scene investigations, traffic enforcement, narcotics enforcement, firearms, defensive tactics, fire rescue and rappelling, and many other law enforcement functions and responsibilities. 

Police officers, fire personnel and various department staff facilitated the sessions on topics in their areas of knowledge, skill and experience. The energetic and curious young adults were engaged, attentive and motivated to learn. The next community police academy will be an adult academy held in 2020. The next youth community police academy will be offered again in 2021.

Participants are encouraged to continue learning about law enforcement through the local Police Explorer program. The program proves to be a successful tool in the recruitment of future police officers, as several Menlo Park Police Explorers have gone on to graduate at the top of their Police Academy classes, receiving some of the highest achievement awards and entered successful law enforcement careers. Besides becoming police officers, additional police explorer participants have been hired in parking and community service officer positions within the Police Department. 

For more information, visit the Police Explorer webpage or contact Officer Victoria Trask.

2019 Community Youth Police Academy graduates class group photo
Oct 14

Join us for the second annual Viva Frida and Dia de Los Muertos

Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:01 pm by Clay Curtin

The second annual Viva Frida and Dia de los Muertos is fast approaching at the Menlo Park Senior Center. Seniors and local community members, as well as Beechwood first-grade students, are preparing. The senior folkloric dancers are practicing for their performance, and the menu for the evening is being readied by the kitchen staff.

As one of the few evening special programs hosted at the Menlo Park Senior Center for the community, the event last year drew in an unprecedented crowd to enjoy the music, singing and dancing, as well as crafts, incredible displays and delicious food. Day of the Dead celebrates those gone, and remembers them through festivities, lights, altars and gathering of loved ones.

This year's event is Friday, November 1, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free to public, and everyone is encouraged to come as Frida Khalo or another character of his or her choice. There will be food and refreshments to purchase.

decorated alters for Dia de los Muertos