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SMCounty Fair Highlight

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The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program will hold a tabling event and exhibit at the 2012 San Mateo County Fair, June 9 - 17, 2012. The program is a combined effort of all cities and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, working to prevent water pollution in local creeks, rivers, the Bay and the ocean.  Come and check out how you can properly dispose household chemicals, make safe household cleansers, as well as other valuable insights.  For more information, click here to view the flyer.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/25/2012

The Annual Dog park
Clean Up Day
Sat., June 2, 9 am, City Hall Pkg. Lot
Information (415) 716-0940

Posted 5/21/2012

Save The Date - Citywide Yard Sale
July 28th, 2012
Registration forms available in the library

Posted 5/18/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Pre-School Classes
Resident Only Lottery Deadline May 22
Info:  508-2143


New Community Park Playground

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At their May 7, 2012 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved the recommended design of the Community Park’s new playground by Miracle Playsystems, the Mothers of Brisbane’s Fundraising Strategy, use of the available funding resources, and staff putting site preparation out to bid.  The demolition and off-haul of the current structure and sand (being re-purposed for sand bags) will start after the Fourth of July holiday weekend (July 7-8), thanks to the graciousness of the Brisbane Lions Club.  Their work over the span of a couple weekends will save the City $9,000 in total estimated project costs.

The approved design is shown above, which the Parks and Recreation Commission voted to recommend to the City Council at their March 14, 2012 meeting.  As you can see, there are some familiar features, such as the large twisty slide and sand, but the design also boasts more new features, such as a dedicated water element for sand and water play, climbing rocks and other strength-building apparatuses, shaded play towers, an enclosed bridge with safety netting, poured-in-place rubber surfacing, and a 3-bay swing set featuring two tot swings, two regular swings, and two therapeutic swings.  Near the swing set will be a low seat wall, which, on its vertical sides will feature gold stars with the names of all those who have chosen to donate towards the playground (donations over $1,000 will be honored in a special section on the seat wall).   

The Mothers of Brisbane have a goal to raise $17,000 to close the funding gap, but if more than that is raised through the selling of gold stars, it will just mean more resources will then be available for other play initiatives in Brisbane.  So get your tax-deductible star orders forms in by the deadline of July 1, 2012 – and see your name in stars when the new playground is unveiled to the Community in mid-late September!

New Parking Requirements

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What parking requirements should the City apply to new construction and major remodels of single-family homes?  The Planning Commission would like your input in their consideration of an update to the City’s parking ordinance.  

For further details on the preliminarily proposed requirements, please see "What’s New" on the Planning Department page, then come to the Planning Commission meeting on May 24th at 7:30 pm, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane - to share your comments on these proposed requirements.  If you can’t make it to the meeting, submit your comments in writing to the Planning Department at 50 Park Place, Brisbane, 94005 or by e-mail to

Preschool 2012/2013

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Calling all Brisbane Residents of preschool-aged children - if you haven't already turned in a registration form for the Preschool Lottery, you have until the deadline of Tuesday, May 22nd, 5:00pm, to do so.  The Resident Lottery Drawing will be on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6:00pm at City Hall - 50 Park Place, Brisbane, 2nd floor.  You do not need to be present to win your child a spot, but if selected, your payment MUST be received by the Parks and Recreation Office by noon of Friday, May 25th.  Best of luck to all!

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Posted 5/15/2012

"It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a daily basis"
Moira Lukas

Posted 5/14/2012

Brisbane Baylands Comm. Advisory Group
Speaker Joe LeClair, Bay Conservation &
Development Comm, UPC, Tire Disposal
Tues., May 15, 7 pm, Community Ctr.
All Welcome

Katelyn Lentz
Western National
Gymnastics Champion


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Posted 5/11/2012

Brisbane Eagles Kidney Fund Fundraiser
Tri-Tip BBQ Dinner
Sat., May 12, 1 - 4 pm, 185 Visitacion
Tickets :  $10.00

San Bruno Mountain Watch
Spring Plant Sale
Sat., May 12, 9am-2pm, Behind 3445 Bayshore
Info:  467-6331 or

Posted 5/8/2012

Brisbane Dance Workshop
Annual Spring Show
Sat., May 19, 7:30 pm &
Benefit Gala: Sun., May 20, 1 pm
Advance Tickets 467-8751 

National Assoc.of Letter Carriers Union
"Stamp Out Hunger"  Food Drive
Saturday, May 12th
Place Non-perishables by mail box or USPS

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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The weather was just perfect at yesterday's farmers' market - not too windy, but not too warm, either.  Perfect strolling, sampling, and in some cases, schelpping weather!

This was the scene at around 6:00pm.  Still bright with blue skies in Brisbane! 

If you're on the City's Public Notification e-mail list, you probably saw a notice come through last Friday about a recall on the Italian Herb Extra Virgin Olive Oil sold at the farmer's market, only to have that recall lifted the following Monday.  Well, upon visiting with Rick, who is the vendor for Sapore Messo - distributors of the olive oil - it was clear he had learned a lot about the product since the previous week.  Italians love the tangy bite that the Italian Herb olive oil gives off, but for the average American, it's considered much too bitter.  And it definitely was.  But not all palates are created equal, and at the Brisbane farmers' market, there is definitely something for everyone.

For the palate that prefers a more mild-tasting olive oil, without losing its distinct olive taste, then Sapore Messo's California Arboquina Olive Oil is for you.  Paired with their Aged Balsamic Vinegar (which has been barrel-aged for 18 years!), the result is simply divine.  Imagine the two in your next caprese salad, or with a crusty dipping bread!  Rick's even got fancy bottle stoppers with automatic open-close pour spouts.  The above trio cost $30.

And, do allergies have your sinuses reeling?  Well, Bee Happy Honey may have just the solution - locally-sourced bee pollen!  (By local we're talking San Mateo!)  Take a teaspoon of bee pollen every day and you could have a much more enjoyable allergy season.  You can also try mixing it in yogurt or blending it in a fruit smoothie.

Next week, there will be a cheese vendor - Achadinha (pronounced "osh-a-deen-a") Cheese Company.  Be sure to check them out!

Remember, the farmers' market takes place every Thursday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane).  Invite your friends and family to enjoy Brisbane's farmers' market.  And with that, happy shopping!

Bike to Work Day in Brisbane

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Being one of the first stops outside of San Francisco, Brisbane gets plenty of visitors to its two Energizer Stations during Bike to Work Day.  This 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!  (Overall, San Mateo County’s 2012 Bike to Work Day saw a 61% increase over last year’s counts - read  more about the "record-breaking sucess" of the 18th Annual Bike to Work Day in this news release from  As you can imagine, volunteers like Dee Sano, Susan Maynard Sullivan, and her husband, Bob, stayed quite busy throughout the morning hours of 6:15am - 9:30am when the Energizer Stations were open.

Despite the busy morning, they were still able to snap some photos.  Check them out on the City's Flickr account by clicking on the image above.  Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers, and all the cyclists who made Bike to Work Day another successful event in Brisbane!

Summer 2012 STAR

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Click here to read the Summer 2012 STAR publication.