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Summer 2012 STAR

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Click here to read the Summer 2012 STAR publication.

May Native Plant Sale

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Did you ever want to grow a garden with native plants?  Well now is your opportunity to get started.  Attend the Mission Blue Nursery's second annual May Native Plant Sale (click here for the flyer) and go home with plants native to, and adapted to, San Bruno Mountain.

The nursery is located behind the Brisbane Firehouse next to the Machinery Equipment facility.  Take the first right turn off of Old Bayshore when you leave central Brisbane heading north - before you get to the fire station.  For directions, please click here.

Stompy Jones

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Thinking about summer plans yet?  Well you may want to make sure you're in town between August 24th - September 30th for this Summer's Concerts in the Park Series.  Kicking off the Series is Stompy Jones, a swing band who actually recorded a video in Brisbane at The 23 Club, back in 2007.  You can see that recording on their website by clicking here.  Don't they look like a fun band?

Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Erv Ervin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Christopher Binnings' soulful vocals have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.

Stompy Jones will be performing in Brisbane under the Gazebo in the Community Park on Friday, August 24th from 5:45pm - 8:30pm.  Tell all your neighbors and friends that they won't want to miss this!

If you're a Brisbane Business or even a resident who would like to help sponsor the Concerts, please contact Caroline Cheung at (415) 508-2157 or  Deadline to become a sponsor is Friday, June 29th!

National Public Works Week

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Since 1960, the American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week.  We'd like to take this moment to thank the Public Works Department for their work behind the scenes to make sure we can live our fullest lives...with healthy drinking water, an environmentally-friendly wastewater system, paved roads, and clean parks and facilities.  They are also the ones who ensure the grass is nicely mowed before each Thursday's farmers' market.  So next time you see them out there emptying trash cans, checking water pressure, repairing pot holes, taking water readings, maintaining the facilities, or mowing the grass, make sure you show them your appreciation!

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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Have you visited the farmers' market yet?  What are your thoughts?  We've been hearing that there aren't enough vendors.  Right now, there are 24...and the farmers' market association can't bring in any more unless there is more attendance at the market.  So far, the vendors have been happy with the turnout, but more folks shopping the market wouldn't hurt!  Check out the pics for what you can find at the market, and the previous posts if you missed them.

The nice thing about farmers' markets is you have the option to buy as little or as much as you'd like.  These baby bok choy were $1 apiece and taste great when stir-fried with just a pinch of salt and light oil.

Who doesn't like a sweet, juicy orange?  This bag-full was only $5!

Spices and dried herbs aren't something you'll find at every farmers' market, so we're fortunate to have Samantha and Ashley Farms Organic Herbs and Salts.  They were having a special yesterday - two jars for $10.  And did you know that Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts available, containing a bunch of minerals, but with very little sodium?  They sold out of this jar yesterday.

And, there's a sweet side to Beckmann's.  Their Bodacious Brownies are more fudgey than cakey, and have chocolate chips inside and a sprinkle of walnuts on top.  Print out a coupon and get this mini tray for only $5!

Check out the rest of the vendors next Thursday for yourself!  It's worth waiting, and stocking up, for!


  • J & M Ibarra Farm
  • Mellows Nursery & Farm
  • Medina Berry Farms
  • Las Hermanas C.C. Produce
  • Heirloom Organics
  • Rio de Parras Organics
  • Swank Farms
  • Bay Fresh Produce
  • Rezendiz Fruit Barn

And what's a farmers' market without some food vendors sampling their tasty offerings.  Every Thursday, you'll find:

Food Vendors:

  • Nut N Bean
  • Be Happy Honey
  • Dalex (sausages, dips, and other German Food Products like piroshkies)
  • Hummus Heaven
  • Sinbad Catering
  • Debbie Does Dinner
  • Miz Lynn's Pies
  • Yogi's Cooking
  • Kettle Corn
  • Frittle Factory
  • Grain Sweet
  • Beckmann's Bakery

Arts and Crafts:

  • Table of Light Jewelry


  • Prem Lall - San Mateo County Credit Union

SFO Roundtable Meeting

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On April 23, 2012, Councilmembers, city staff, and members of the community met with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) staff and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) staff to continue the dialogue of the impact of aircraft noise over the Brisbane community.  During the meeting, FAA staff provided their analysis of recommended changes to departure procedures and identified some initiatives to attempt to alleviate the over-flight situation.  Some initiatives are ones that the FAA are implementing currently, such as FAA operational personnel briefings on noise abatement procedures and noise sensitive areas surrounding the airport.  Other initiatives are still in the analysis process for future implementation.  Representatives from the FAA will present the information provided at this meeting at the May 2 SFO Roundtable Meeting, located at the David Chetcuti Community Room at Millbrae City Hall, 450 Poplar Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030.  Click here for the agenda.  The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and concerned community members are encouraged to attend. 

Brisbane Named Playful City USA

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Update 5/5/12 - Thank you to everyone who "Liked" Brisbane's picture on Facebook!  We didn't win the contest, but KaBOOM! did tell us that they were so impressed with Brisbane that they're still going to send us some free t-shirts and - most importantly - we're still in the running for a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground.  That announcement will be made on June 4, 2012.

Today, May 1st, marks a very exciting day in Brisbane history.  For the first time ever, Brisbane was named by the national non-profit KaBOOM! as one of its 2012 Playful USA communitiesWe are now participating in an online contest to see which of the cities given this distinction is the most playful!  Click on the image above and "Like" it.  Feel free to "Share" it on your Facebook pages, as well, so that others can do the same!  If we win first place, then it could open the door to a $20,000 Construction Grant for a new playground in town!  Hurry, the contest ends Friday 5/4 at midnight!

KaBOOM! is dedicated to saving play, having built more than 2,000 playgrounds, successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country, and provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  Click here to read the press release which announces Brisbane's recognition as a KaBOOM! 2012 Playful City and see which other communities across the nation which were also named Playful Cities.

The City would like to thank KaBOOM! for this notable recognition, as well as the Mothers of Brisbane who have engaged the public to inventory and audit all playspaces and provide suggestions to the City.  With that, enjoy this YouTube video featuring Mayor Lentz which was submitted along with our Playful City USA application to KaBOOM!

Signboard Postings

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Posted 5/2/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Dawn L. Bayne
Come Celebrate and Remember Her Life
Sat., May 5th, 3 pm, 301 Visitacion Ave

Brisbane Community Pool 657-4321
Water Aerobics Spring Hours
M/W/F: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Tu/Thu: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Posted 4/30/2012

Brisbane School District Measure Q

Election Results

 Yes:  938 votes (67.5%)
No:    452 votes (32.5%)

Bike to Work Day 2012

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It's time to get set for Bike to Work Day 2012!  Leave your car at home on Thursday,  May 10th and hop on your bike instead.  This is a great way to celebrate National Bike Month, and will afford you some great exercise!  Brisbane will once again have two Energizer Stations - one at Lagoon & Tunnel and the other at Bayshore & Old County.  The Energizer Station at Lagoon & Tunnel was the best-attended out of all the Energizer Stations in San Mateo County last year!  Be sure to swing by to pick up some free bike-friendly swag, and re-energize yourself with some light refreshments!  Volunteers will be cheering you on, as well.  Speaking of which, if you know of any high schools who would be interested in volunteering a few hours of their time, have them check out the Volunteer Description and submit a Volunteer Form.

And don't forget to pledge to take public transit or bike to work a minimum of eight times - you'll be entered to win the grand prize of a $250 transit incentive or a folding bicycle!  And even if you're not selected to win that grand prize, you'll still get to choose between a $40 gift certificate to a local bicycle shop or a $40 transit incentive.  Have fun, and bike safe!

Fire Station Update

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So what's been going on with the Fire Station since the firefighters moved into the modular trailers in November 2010, after mold was discovered inside the Fire Station on October 16, 2010?  Well after costing out replacing the roof (which was cause for there being mold in the first place), along with the sheetrock where mold was also detected, the City is looking at other options.  That is because the cost of replacing the roof and sheetrock was in the hundreds of thousands, dollars which the City is not right now in a position to spend.  The modulars cost the City about $17,000 annually, so for the time-being this is the best viable option available, as it keeps the firefighters close enough to town for response times to remain at a minimum, and at a cost the City can afford.  As alternative options for Station 81 become available, we will be sure to let the Community know at that time.