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News - June 29, 2011

Briefs: Menlo Park Hardware expands by 1,400 sq. ft.

Tool time: Menlo Park Hardware at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park is growing by 1,400 square feet. "We leased the space almost a year ago," said Vasile Oros, who has owned the store since 2005. He expects to finish the expansion in two weeks. "We need more room; too much stuff in a little, small place."

The store's inventory will also expand. Mr. Oros said he plans to start stocking a wider selection of batteries, from boat to laptop to camera batteries and more.

Compost giveaway

If it's time to fertilize the garden again, check out the free compost giveaway in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 2. Bring a shovel, proof of residency, and containers to help yourself to the large pile of at the entrance of Bedwell Bayfront Park, near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road. The event lasts from sunrise to sunset or until the compost runs out.

Salzman speaks

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Alan Salzman spoke at Menlo College's Commencement ceremony at the business school's campus in Atherton on May 7.

Mr. Salzman, co-founder and CEO of VantagePoint Capital Partners, spoke about clean technology's potential to solve global resource shortages, and encouraged students to adapt to change and use it to their advantage.

VantagePoint, which has offices in San Bruno, specializes in clean-tech and clean-energy investments and said it manages about $4.5 billion.

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