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News - June 1, 2011

Menlo Park briefs: Tip-A-Cop

For one day only, it's OK to offer money to a police officer — as long as it's part of the Tip-A-Cop Special Olympics fundraiser at Stacks restaurant on Wednesday, June 8.

The event raises money to give local athletes free training and competition in 15 sports, according to a press release. The fundraiser runs from 8 a.m. to noon at 600 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. Contact Victoria Martinez at 330-6300 or vlmartinez@menlopark.org for more information.

Council meeting canceled

In keeping with tradition, the Menlo Park City Council won't meet on the day after a holiday — in this case, it's skipping Tuesday, May 31.

The council is expected to reconvene on June 7. One possible agenda item: the Willows traffic study, generator of many unhappy emails from neighborhood residents and consumer of many, many hours of staff time, not to mention $120,000.

Civil grand jury recommends Tasers

Menlo Park is a rarity in San Mateo County, one of only two cities that doesn't arm police officers with Taser guns. The county civil grand jury would like to change that.

A grand jury report released May 24 stated Tasers were fired 130 times in the county within the past two years, with no reports of death or serious injury. Finding non-lethal alternatives appealing, the jury recommended that both Menlo Park and East Palo Alto add Tasers to their law enforcement toolbox.

'Passive energy' house unveiled

Clarum Homes said it has now built the first home in the county that relies upon solar power and heat generated by people and appliances to reduce energy consumption by 90 percent, according to a press release issued by the company.

Clarum will host a tour of the house on Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1206 North Lemon Ave. in Menlo Park.

Bark party

Dogs on parade, now coming to this summer's Menlo Park Block Party! Participating dogs will earn a certificate, while the owners will have to settle for listening to bystanders compliment their canines.

Visit tinyurl.com/3j9msjz to sign up. The registration deadline is June 15.

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