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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.

Farmers' Market

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Yesterday was the third consecutive week of the Brisbane farmers' market, and it looks like from a comment left by a representative of Frittle Factory, the vendors are happy...and impressed with the Community's spirit and care for one another.  Now let's make sure we don't let them down - keep shopping the market and letting everyone you know that the vendors will be here EVERY THURSDAY from 3pm - 7pm in the Community Park (11 Old County Rd., Brisbane)

And now it's time to highlight some of those vendors, which we'll continue to do on a consistent basis.

First off, it's important to remember that when coming to shop the market with your dog in tow, that they're not allowed to be near the vendors, per State and County regulations.  So be sure to drop them by to be walked, groomed, and entertained by Marie (center) and her helper friend, Denise (left).  There's even an assortment of outfits and toys laid out, for purchase or just to try on, not to mention treats and water bowls.  It's a FREE service, but Marie kindly accept tips!

Next up are the strawberries...and it doesn't matter which vendors you buy them from (this week's were from Medina Berry Farms) - they're all equally sweet and delicious.  This entire bowl was $10.

Beckmann's out of Santa Cruz offers a variety of breads, focaccia, sweet loaves, and even pies, shortcake and cookies.  Focaccia was priced 2 for $8.  Once toasted up, it's a great snack!

Yogi's Cooking is primarily gluten free and vegan, offering mostly various chutneys and spreads, but they also have pakodas and samosas which have been flash-fried. Pakodas can be best described as an Indian-style falafel, while samosas have more of a potato filling.  They are quite tasty, especially with some garlic cilantro chutney to go with it (which Yogi's also sells).  This plateful was $5.

And who doesn't like pie?  Miz Lynn's Pies are made without any artificial starches or fillers, and come sized either mini (4") and regular (8").  This 4" sweet potato pie was $5 and makes for a great single-serving treat.

With that, enjoy shopping the market and trying new things!  There's quite the offering at your doorstep every Thursday.  And if you're musically-inclinded and like performing, Jerry is looking for local musicians to play during the farmer's market.  If you're interested, give him a call at (650) 290-3549 or e-mail him at

Below is a list of the participating vendors:


  • 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

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/23/2012

Volunteers Needed!

Community Center
Gardern Beautification Day
Sat. April 28 at 9 am, 250 Visitacion
Refreshments, BBQ, & t-shirt for all volunteers

Brisbane Community Day
at SF Giants Game
Memorial Day May 28, 2:05 pm Game
Tickets $20, On Sale in Parks & Rec. Office

National Rebuilding Day

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National Rebuilding Day is nearly upon us.  It's safe to say that events like these would not be possible without the effort and sacrifice of dedicated VOLUNTEERS.  And we're looking for them to help with the Community Center Garden Beautification Project on Saturday, April 28th!  From 9:00am - 4:00pm, volunteers will help transform the garden behind the Library, located at 250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane, into a comfortable and inviting space to spend time in quiet, in peace, and of course, in a good book!  Coffee, lunch, and T-Shirts will be provided, as well as a BBQ afterwards to celebrate the successful completion of this much-needed beautification project.  Please bring a shovel and work gloves if you have them.  For any questions, please contact Sheri Spediacci at 508-2113 or

Habitat Restoration Day 2012

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Habitat Restoration Day was another success this year, where volunteers were afforded an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day a week early by rolling up their sleeves and helping pull invasive brush and weeds from Costaños Canyon.  Approximately 55 individuals gave up their Saturday mornings, from 9:00am - 1:00pm but all seemed happy to do so.  And, there was a BBQ lunch to be enjoyed, as well as T-shirt distributed to help commemorate the day.  If you'd like to see more pictures from the event, please click here to be taken to the photo set of Habitat Restoration Day 2012 on the City's photostream on Flickr.  Thank you to all who volunteered, and for those who couldn't, there will be another opportunity to do so in the future!

Be Prepared!

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Did you know that there is a 63% chance of a major earthquake occurring in the Bay Area within the next 30 years? After such an event, your water supply might be unavailable for up to 72 hours or more.  To help communities understand the gravity of this very possible situation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission wanted to make this week a point to encourage all Bay Area residents to ready their home or office for an emergency.  And, as some of you may be aware, April 18th was the 106th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake. 

The SFPUC operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which provides high-quality drinking water to 2.6 million residents and businesses across four Bay Area counties. The SFPUC is making the investment to seismically upgrade regional and local water facilities, tunnels, and pipelines. However, it is important for you to know that smaller pipelines leading to your home might be damaged as a result of an earthquake. As a result, water from your tap may be unavailable for up to 72 hours or more. Check out their tips on how to prepare for this.

Keep a 3-day water supply just in case

  • Each family member (including pets!) needs 1 gallon per day
  • Store tap water in food-grade plastic containers; replace every 6 months
  • Store bottled water in the original sealed containers; replace every 6 months

If your supply runs out, you can treat your tap water

  • Boil it for 3 minutes, or disinfect it by adding regular household bleach
  • Add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water
  • Shake or stir then let it stand for 30 minutes

For more information and to view their videos, visit or

Videos have also been made available in Spanish and Chinese:

Spanish -
Storing Water
Treating Water

Chinese -
Storing Water
Treating Water

Farmer's Market in the Park

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Yesterday's farmer's market made for a much more pleasant shopping experience with the beautiful weather and doubling of vendors from the week before.  Everyone looked pleased, the farmers were happy, and there was even a kid in the Festival Tree (with his grandpa nearby) so that he could watch the kettlecorn being made!  Executive Director of West Coast Farmers Market Association, Jerry Lami, was also enjoying himself as he watched people shopping and sampling oranges, strawberries, hummus, roasted almonds, and even a cross between a grapefruit and an orange!

One thing that will be different next Thursday is the addition of a "doggy daycare" near the picnic tables.  It's County and State regulation to not have dogs be too close to the vendors during farmers' markets, so Marie Holmes of Precious Pets Homecare will be on-site to look after your pooch while you shop.  There is no cost, but she will graciously accept tips if you'd like for her to groom and pamper your dog while you shop! The way we see it, t's a win-win-win for everyone, your dog included. 

Concerts in the Park

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Concerts in the Park has become a late-summer staple in Brisbane, and we are excited to be planning the Series in conjunction with the Concerts Planning Subcommittee of the Parks and Recreation Commission.  There will be a mixture of genres being played every Friday night in Brisbane from 5:45pm – 8:30pm, ranging from Classic Oldies of the 50s and 60s to Country Western, and danceable hits from the past few decades you’ll be able to sing along to.  The Concerts will begin in late August (tentatively August 24th) and continue for five consecutive Fridays, capped off with a Sunday Afternoon Jazz Concert on September 30th.  One of the bands that have been booked so far is The Hot Rods.  You may have heard them play at a past Marina Festival.  From Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, and Motown, they are excited to be able to bring their energy and excitement of the greatest era of Rock & Roll to Brisbane on September 21st.

It should be said that NONE of the Concerts would be able to take place if it weren’t for the donations from the Business Community as well as Brisbane residents!  The Concerts have always been 100% funded by these means, and to show our appreciation, their names are included in the banner that hangs in-between the trees on Old County Road adjacent to the Park, as well as in all of the City’s print publications including its website, and will be publicly recognized by the Mayor at a City Council following the Concerts.  If you would like to donate towards the Concerts (any amount is acceptable), please contact Caroline Cheung at 508-2157 or  She is working with the Concerts Planning Subcommittee to ensure that the 2012 Summer Concert Series is a hit.  Stay tuned for more information about the Concerts and the line-up as August draws near.  In the meantime, keep your Friday evenings in late August – September from 5:45pm – 8:30pm open!   

Signboard Postings

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Posted 4/19/2012

Brisbane Eagles & Max Baer Heart Fund
Benefit Fajitas Dinner
Sat., Apr. 21, 5 - 8 pm, 185 Visitacion
Fajitas Dinner w/ Beans, Rice & Salad, $10.00

Posted 4/16/12

Brisbane School District Fundraiser
Spring Thing Gala 2012
Featuring:  Tommy Castro and Band
Sat., Apr. 21, 5:30 - 11 pm, 100 Cypress Ln.

West Coast Farmers Market Assoc.
Farmers Market
Open Every Thursday, 3- 7 pm
Community Park

Brisbane Community Day

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Join your fellow Brisbane residents for Community Day at AT&T Park on Monday, May 28th!  The Giants will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the first pitch taking place at 2:05pm.  Tickets are only $20 (View Reserved Section 321) and will be available at the Brisbane Parks & Recreation Office starting Tuesday, April 17th.  Brisbane residents only.  Check out the flyer for more details.