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Viewpoint - October 30, 2013

Letter: Mayor's visit sparks ties with Galway

They came, they spoke and they left... but not without making a significant contribution to the quality of life for Menlo Park citizens.

The recent visit to Menlo Park by Padraig Conneely, mayor of Galway, Ireland; Ciaran Hayes, deputy city manager of Galway; and Gerry Hayes, a citizen of Galway has helped to set in motion a friendship agreement between our city and their city. During their visit the group had the opportunity to visit our beautiful Civic Center and meet Mayor Peter Ohtaki, and join in and speak at the annual State of the City event and celebrate the 150th anniversary of Caltrain last week.

I want to thank the Menlo Park City Council for supporting the efforts of many Menlo Park civic-spirited citizens, including, among many others, Fran Dehn from the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and Jym Clendenin from the Menlo Park Historical Association along with myself as co-chairs of the newly formed Two Menlos.

We are excited and pleased with this new-found link, which may provide in the days ahead a unique opportunity for both cities to enhance education, sports, dance, other cultural ties, as well as business and industry along with the potential of many other Irish connections to promote world peace and understanding. The possibilities are limitless as our lives are enriched in ways that a solid relationship can help foster.

Jim Lewis, co-chair, Two Menlos

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