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Diamond Day at BES

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Last Friday, October 28th, many from the Brisbane community gathered on the Brisbane Elementary School field to help celebrate the school's 75th "Diamond" Anniversary.  Principal Chad Carvey served as Master of Ceremonies, with the program opening with the ringing of the Brisbane School Bell, used in 1936 when the school was established.  Doing the honors was a gentleman who actually attended BES in its fouding year.  The trio of photos below show Chad asking for a raise of hands from folks who graduated from BES in the 40s.  He then proceeded down through the late-30s...

Until there was only one hand left.

Being handed the Brisbane School Bell, this gentleman rang the same bell used in his elementary school days!

Afterwards, Lipman Students performed the Brisbane School Song (lyrics at end of post):

There were many guest speakers who were all ready to stand before the crowd, including Toni Presta, Brisbane School District Superintendent; Bob Dettmer, Brisbane School District Board Member; Steve Keener, Brisbane School Teacher; Cy Bologoff, Brisbane Mayor; Clay Holstine, Brisbane City Manager; Lisa Macias, Brisbane Police Chief; and Clarke Conway, Brisbane City Councilmember.

Dolores Gomez, BES Alumnus; Bonnie Bologoff, Brisbane Parks and Recreation Commissioner; Diane Van Stralen, Brisbane School District Board Member; Amanda Olson, BES Alum and Diamond Day Lead Volunteer; and Julianna Johnson, BES Library Clerk also helped to either share their BES memories, open the three BES Time Capsules, fill the Time Capsule of 2011-2036, or read letters of recognition from Governor Jerry Brown and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

The Fond Memories Trio performed songs reminicent of the days when BES was founded, whose jazzy tunes that were hits from the 30s may have been news to some of the students in attendance.

After the unveiling of the BES Painting by BES Art Teacher Ilana Caplan, it was time for viewing BES memorabilia including class photos from 1936, which Police Chief Macias and Councilmember Conway thoroughly enjoyed.

A hot dog lunch was provided by the Brisbane Lions, whose members Marc Salmon, John Olson, Joe Sulley, Ernie Fillppo, and Dave Crocker volunteered their time and grillmaster skills in celebration of Diamond Day.

As you can was a fabulous celebration and one filled with many great memories, laughs, food and cheer.  Congratulations, BES!  We'll see you in 2036 for when you turn 100!

Brisbane School Song

Hail to Brisbane School my fellows, cheer the Mountaineers!
Children, teachers, all together, through the golden years!
Upstairs, downstairs, big toys, green, our mountain reigns above.
Hail to school and noble mountain, sing to thee with love!

Emergency Alert System

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San Mateo County residents watching television or listening to the radio on the morning of Wednesday, November 9, will hear the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). 

The 11 a.m. test will provide local, state and federal authorities the opportunity to ensure vital safety information can be communicated from the nation’s capital to the public via television and radio broadcasters and cable operators. 

No action will be needed on the part of the public. The test will look very much like standard emergency alerts and will begin with three tones and the words, “This is a test.” 

Federal officials will initiate the three and half minute test from Washington, D.C. and it will activate Emergency Alert System across the nation. Once the test is completed, regular programming will resume and broadcasters, cable, and satellite providers will provide the FCC with details of their participation. 

Quick Facts:

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
  • You will hear the familiar Emergency Alert System tone and a voice say “this is a test,” and potentially see a message on your television
  • It will last less than 4 minutes
  • No action is needed or required on the part of the public 

Although the public is not required to take any action during the test, San Mateo County officials recommend residents to take the opportunity to review their own emergency plans and to update emergency supplies. County officials also urged residents to sign up for to receive local emergency alerts at 

SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your e-mail accounts and cell phones, smartphones and other hand-held devices. 

Contact: San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, (650) 363-4955.


It's Flu Season

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Flu season is here and with new cases of the flu now confirmed, San Mateo County Health officials urge everyone ages 6 months and older to get a flu shot.  In addition to healthcare providers, retail stores and pharmacies, such as Costco and Walgreens, also have seasonal flu vaccine available. For people who do not have a healthcare provider, the Health System and partner organizations are now offering the flu vaccine at clinics throughout the County.  Click here to see the list of flu shot clinic locations.  No appointment is necessary for these clinics, and no I.D. is required. Some clinics may request a small donation.  The next nearest clinic, in terms of date and location, is being held in South San Francisco this Sunday, 11/6 at St. Augustine's Church (3700 Callan Blvd.) from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

For more information about the flu, and for a schedule of Health System-sponsored vaccine clinics in San Mateo County, visit, or call (650) 573-3927.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/14/2011

Community Park Playground
Design Discussion at
Parks & Recreation Comm. Mtg
WEDS, 11/16 @ 6pm | City Hall

Posted 11/13/2011

Pavement Maintenance 2011
Annis between San Bruno and Humboldt - Tuesday Nov. 15 and Monday Nov. 21
Alleys from Mariposa to Klamath - Tuesday Nov. 15 and Monday Nov. 21
Kings from Trinity to Humboldt - Wednesday Nov. 16 through Friday Nov. 18 
Roads closed 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. | No Parking allowed.

Posted 11/8/2011

Dont Forget to... 
on Tuesday, November 8th

City of Brisbane
14th Annual Winter Clean Up
November 12 & 13, 2011
Yard trimmings less than 4" in diameter only
Info: 508-2146 on Nov. 12 between 10 am-3pm or
Nov. 13 between 9 am - 1 pm


Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/4/2011

Get your Flu Shot
This Sunday, 11/6, from 10am-3pm
St. Augustine’s Church in SSF
3700 Callan Blvd. | No I.D. required

Posted 11/2/2011

Brisbane Parks and Recreation Dept.
Youth Winter Camp
Dec. 19-Dec. 30
Information and Registration 508-2143

14th Annual Winter Clean-Up
November 12-13, 2011
Yard Trimmings Only


Winter 2011 STAR

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Click here to read the Winter 2011 STAR.

Myoporum Replacement

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If you've been down to the Brisbane Marina lately for a stroll along the walkway, you may have noticed that some of the shrubs aren't as full and lush as they once were.  This is due to the multi-trunk shrubs and trees, Myoporums, having become infested with Klambothrips Myopori, or thrip, a pest native to Australia. 

The thrips, being less than 1/20 inch long, have been causing considerable leaf deformation on the plant species, resulting in the Myoporum's leaves turning brown and becoming curled, as shown in the photo below of one of the younger Myoporum shrubs:

Numerous control methods have been used to stop the thrips from continuing to puncture their host and sucking out its cell contents, but none of the methods resulted in a reduced number of the pest.  Therefore, a three-phase project is starting this week to remove the Myoporum trees and shrubs, and replace them with plant species suited to the windy, salt air environment which are also bee-friendly and non-invasive to the region.  For the remainder of this year, only Phase 1 will be completed as the project is being completed using fees collected through the Sierra Point Lighting and Landscaping Assessment District.  Next year, Phase 2 will be completed, followed by Phase 3 in 2013.  As depicted in the illustration below, the shrubs and trees that are to be removed fall along the Marina walkway, between the parking lot and the paved walkway.  Contractors will begin at the south end (right side on map) near Dock 1 and continue north and remove the trees near Docks 5 - 6.

The picture below is the parking lot view of the Myoporum that will be removed in the coming few days:

Please exercise caution in the Marina Shared Use Lot over the next few weeks.  Parking near the lot's eastern edge will be limited as the project begins.  Prior to the replanting taking place, the ground needs to be properly mulched and the existing water irrigation system retrofit to be water-efficient.  Thank you for your patience as Phase 1 of this project gets underway!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 10/29/2011

BEST/PTO Fundraiser
Halloween Portraits
Mon., Oct. 31, 4:30-8pm, 402 Visitacion
Facepainting 2-7 pm, Under 5 yrs. 4:30-5 pm
Everyone Else 5-8 pm

Posted 10/28/2011

Brisbane Lions Club
Flu Shot Clinic
Sat., Oct 29, 9;30 - 12:30, 2 Visitacion
Free for Brisbane Residents

Mothers of Brisbane
Halloween Carnival
Mon., Oct. 31, 5-8 pm, Comm. Ctr.
Famliy Event Aimed at 0-5 yrs. old, $5/child donation


Ribbon-Cutting at Lipman

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This past Wednesday, Brisbane School District Boardmembers joined City staff at the Lipman Slide area which had been enhanced over the summer with a retaining wall that will keep the hillside intact during the rainy season.  This was a Brisbane School District project, with City staff lending project management and engineering support, as well as assistance with securing the grant from FEMA which paid for this project, in addition to the resurfacing and painting of the Lipman Tennis Courts. 

Brisbane School District Boardmembers Tom Ledda, Diane Van Stralen, Ken Walker and Bob Dettmer join Mayor Cy Bologoff and Councilmember Cliff Lentz in dedicating the new Lipman walkway to the Brisbane community. 

Superintendent Toni Presta presents City Engineer Randy Breault with an award for the City's assistance in this project.

For more information and an overview of this project, please click here.

Active Threat Presentation

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With more and more incidents of workplace shootings having taken place in recent months, the Brisbane Police Department saw a need to ensure that the businesses in Brisbane were properly equipped with the information and knowledge of what to do, if ever an active threat should take place at their places of business.  Officer Sevilla gave the presentation (see Part I and Part II), which was held at the Radisson on Monday, October 24th.  More than 50 employees attended the presentation, with agency representatives saying how good of an idea it was to host such an event.  The 7 Mile House, who sponsored the event along with the Radisson, even brought lumpia, fried zuchini, chicken strips, and small donuts and coffee for all.

Thank you to the Brisbane Police Department, Officer Sevilla for making the presentation to the businesses, as well as Sergeant Garcia and Officer Nelson for also helping provide the business community with great knowledge and education about this important topic area.