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For its second year in a row, Brisbane has been named a Playful City USA Community by national non-profit KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children. Click here to KaBOOM! CEO and Founder Darell Hammond's congratulatory letter to Mayor Miller.
After receiving its recognition as a Playful City USA Community in 2012, the city applied for a $20,000 Construction Grant from KaBOOM! and was chosen as one of its 25 award recipients! This $20,000 of course went towards the equipment purchase for the new Community Park Playground, which had its official ribbon-cutting on December 15, 2012.
From the press release KaBOOM! released today:
"KaBOOM! selected Brisbane as a Playful City USA Community for its outstanding dedication to play. Brisbane's Let's Play Construction Grant helped forge a relationship with the city and the Mothers of Brisbane organization, which has been a driving force for the importance of play within the community. As a result of this partnership, the Mothers of Brisbane fundraised $33,400 and the Lions Club dismantled the old play structure, both helping build a new park for the city. The city is looking to expand partnerships with community organizations to increase access to play for citizens of Brisbane."
Read the full press release by clicking here.
UPDATE 5/10/13: Bike to Work Day 2013 was another roaring success, thanks to hardworking volunteers: Susan and Robert Maynard Sullivan, Open Space & Ecology Committee Member Barbara Ebel, Dee Sano, Nancy Lacasama, Pete Anastole, and Alison Wilson. At the Tunnel Ave/Lagoon Energizer Station, they helped 384 cyclists to light refreshments and BTWD swag, along with a coupon to be redeemed at the farmers' market later that day, and cheered on 402 ride-bys. The Bayshore/Old County Energizer Station had 30 stops and 78 ride-bys. A highlight of the morning was a surprise visit from SF Bull's mascot, Rawhide! For more pictures, please click here to see photos snapped by Brisbane resident Dee Sano throughout the morning.
On Thursday, May 9th, Bayshore and Tunnel Ave/Lagoon will be filled with cyclists participating in Bike to Work Day. Last year, the Energizer Station at Bayshore and Old County had 50 ride-bys and 58 stops, and the Energizer Station at Lagoon and Tunnel had 260 ride-bys and 307 stops! Bicyclists who stop by these stations can receive a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag full of bike related materials, and fuel up for the rest of their ride. This year, Moola Dollars for the Brisbane Farmers' Market (taking place later that day) will also be handed out. Thank you to Brisbane resident Susan Maynard Sullivan for spearheading the volunteer effort that's necessary to make Bike to Work Day run as smoothly as it does. For more information about Bike to Work Day, please click here.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will be conducting a temporary weekend runway closure to carry out construction activity this weekend from Friday night, April 26th through Monday morning, April 29th, and next weekend from Friday night, May 3rd, through Monday morning, May 6th.
During this closure, the arrival rate at SFO my be reduced, and could potentially cause temporary changes in noise impacts in the area. For additional information on the the runway closure, please visit the SFO Runway Construction updates website:
Join members of the Open Space & Ecology Committee, Councilmembers, representatives from Recology, and staff for this special Cinco de Mayo event. From 3:30pm - 5:30pm this Sunday, a public screening of the 27-minute KRON-4 groundbreaking environmental documentary from 1965 featuring Brisbane's garbage dump, titled "No Deposit, No Return", will be shown in the Community Meeting Room.
Following the short film will be a presentation by Recology on their current recycling efforts and the future of Waste Zero.
See 17 minutes of rare, historic interview footage of three of Brisbane's first City Council Members: Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, shot in 1996 as part of Brisbane's 35th Anniversary Celebration.
"Cinco de Mayo Cinematheque" refreshments will be served! Come and enjoy this fun and free community event!
Click here or the image to view the full-sized flyer.
To view the full-length 1996 interview featuring Ernie Conway, Jess Salmon, and Jim "Red" Williams, please click here.
The broadcast schedule for the May 5th event as well as the full-length 1996 interview is as follows:
OSEC Educational Presentation: No Deposit No Return from May 5, 2013 (1 hr 40 minutes)
Saturday May 18 10am
Sunday May 19: 4pm
Monday May 20: 1pm
Tuesday May 21 7:30pm
Wednesday May 22 1pm
Friday May 24, 5pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Sunday May 26 2pm - 35th Anniversary follows
Brisbane 35th Anniversary video footage (2 hrs 5 minutes)
Saturday May 18 12pm
Sunday May 19: 6pm
Tuesday May 21 1pm
Tuesday May 21 9:15pm
Thursday May 23 1pm
Friday May 24 6:45pm (following OSEC meeting)
Sunday May 26 3:45pm (following OSEC meeting)
Note: It is possible to search the channel schedule by clicking on the link in the bottom right hand corner that says "Filter".
Type the text term (e.g. OSEC) in the "Text Filter" field and press enter.
You can also change the display mode to month by clicking the downward-facing arrow next to "Display" and selecting "Month".
In November of 2011, the city received word from the Environmental Protection Agency that it had been one of the 26 entities nationally selected to receive technical assistance in the form of a renewable energy study for the Brisbane Baylands. That report was published this week and can be viewed electronically by clicking here or on the image below. A hard copy of the report is also available for review at City Hall as well as at the Library. The published feasibility study will be also be included in the Appendix of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Baylands, which is estimated to be released this spring.
Art, not Instagram. Music, not iTunes.
April 29th through May 5th is Screen-Free Week, a national effort to lure parents and children to relinquish their electronic devices and to tune into life. The event was launched in response to concerns over the staggering amount of time children spend watching television and playing video games, as well as a growing body of evidence that suggests this screen time can delay the acquisition of language.
According to Carine Risley, manager of the Millbrae and Brisbane libraries, “This is a week about connection, about slowing things down and following your best intentions. You don’t have to entirely separate from your smartphone, but to the extent possible, set your screens aside and explore the beauty of the world around us. And remember, the library is full of ideas and adventures to keep you engaged and inspired all week long!”
National Screen-Free Week, or Ditch Your Device Week, is a local Brisbane tradition! Last year, Brisbane Library had a knit bombing evening, a baby yoga class, and offered prizes for anyone who significantly reduced their screen time.
This year’s events, which run the gamut from cupcake decorating and collaborative art projects, are free and most are suitable for all ages. While the Brisbane Library has a robust collection of e-books, Risley, jokes, "Those will be off-limits this week." Screen-Free Week events are on a first-come basis and the only prerequisite is that "attendees turn off their devices, or better yet, leave them at home."
For more information about Screen-Free Week, visit http://www.screenfree.org/.
A full schedule of events happening throughout the County can be found by clicking here.
A big Thank You to all the 30 volunteers who participated in Habitat Restoration Day. Costaños Canyon has never looked better. Special thanks to Councilmember O'Connell, Open Space and Ecology Committee Members Michele Salmon and Barbara Ebel, plus the leadership of San Bruno Mountain Watch, who led a special springtime hike on San Bruno Mountain following the clean-up. Click here to view the rest of the photos. Well done, everyone!