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2012 Summer Playground Challenge

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KaBOOM!'s 2012 Summer Playground Challenge has officially launched! Get started on rating playgrounds you visit by downloading their Tag! mobile app, available on both iOS and Android:

iPhone | Android

Everyone who registers on Tag! will be automatically registered for the Challenge, and as soon as you begin sharing playground photos, you'll be entered into their first weekly drawing. The more you share, the better your chances of winning!

Here's what's up for grabs this week:

  • One (1) $100 ToysRUs gift card
  • Four (4) $25 Barnes & Noble gift cards
  • Five (5) $10 Ben & Jerry's gift cards
  • Five (5) iPod shuffles

And remember, every playground photo you submit via their Tag! app will earn you points and badges toward one of their three Grand Prizes -- a week-long trip for two to Washington, DC!

If you can't participate using their mobile app, you can still share photos online on their Map of Play. You won't be eligible for their weekly drawings but you can qualify for their Grand Prize. To participate this way, please enter the Challenge by completing these two easy steps:

  1. Sign up for an account on their Map of Play (if you have a KaBOOM! account, you are already signed up and can skip this step)
  2. Send a blank email to Portia Obeng, Program Outreach Coordinator, by clicking here

Now, get thee to the playground!

Brisbane Farmers' Market

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It's been just shy of 3 months since the first Brisbane's Farmers' Market opened in the Community Park, on April 12, 2012 - click on the blue link in each post and see all the previous posts written about the farmers' market.  With those 3 months came more wind and harsh weather than the vendors (and shoppers) woud have liked, but most of the original farmers are still coming out to Brisbane week after week.  And that is due to the consistent farmers' market shoppers, whose favorite items the vendors know by heart by now.  Some of them are even willing to put those favorite items aside, if requested, because they know that Brisbane's faithful shoppers won't let a week go by without them.

If you haven't already heard, there will be a new honey vendor, whose jars of honey come right from Brisbane!  Pete Davis was at the market the week before, and SOLD OUT of the honey he brought with him that day.  We hope he's busy jarring some more, as that is definitely a popular item that many want to get their hands on.

Sapore Messo has a great selection of gluten-free pastas.  You may even win a bag of it if you put your name into the container for the weekly basket drawing.

And lastly, if you know of anyone who would like to play music during the farmers' market, Jerry Lami is looking for talented local musicians - who, by the way, will be paid, and that's not just in tips.  Call him at (650) 290-3549 if you or someone you know may be interested.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 7/6/2012

In Loving Memory Of
Thomas B. Gonzales
Svcs:  Mon., July 9, 11 am, Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Posted 7/5/2012

Brisbane Parks & Recreation Dept.
Arts and Crafts Fair
Sat., Oct. 6, 10 am - 5 pm, Comm. Park
To Reserve A Table:   (415) 508-2143

Posted 7/4/2012

Happy 4th of July!

Posted 7/2/2012

Ray Nowakowski
Gone Fishin'
"Give a man to fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."

Playground Structure Demolition

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If your kids love playing on the current play structure in the Community Park, you may want to visit it as often as possible over the coming two weeks.  Because come Friday, July 13, the Lions Club will start unscrewing the bolts of the structure, leaving just the vertical beams, sand, and rubber pad which will be extracted the following day, Saturday, July 14th, by volunteer Mike Glynn.  The structure will be off limits by Friday afternoon, around 2pm, with the area barricaded off so that the Lions can get to work in the late afternoon.  Private parties taking place in the Park on Saturday, July 14th had been informed upon booking the picnic tables that the play structure would be off-limits and their parties have been re-located to a safe distance from the construction site. 

The wooden beams of the old play structure will be re-purposed by Parks and Recreation Commission Chair, Cris Hart, for "cribbing", which will help aid his locomotive restorative work at the old railyard, and any excess beams will be used at the Dog Park for planter boxes.  We are glad that these playground parts can be alternatively used in a safe manner.  The existing sand in the play box will be brought to the Public Works Corporation Yard to be re-purposed for sand bags which will be made available for Brisbane residents during the rainy season.

Stay tuned for more playground updates here.  Work will continue on the project through the months of July, August, and September, with the new playground scheduled to be dedicated to the Community by late September...just in time for the Day in the Park Festival, which takes place on Sunday, October 6th.

July 2012 CityNews

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Click here to read the July 2012 CityNews.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 6/26/2012

Fireworks are Dangerous and
Illegal in Brisbane

July 4th Reminder: No Fireworks

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The Brisbane Police Department wants to remind all citizens of and visitors to Brisbane that fireworks are illegal and dangerous in Brisbane.  This July 4, think twice before buying, let alone lighting them.  Any person who causes a firework, including "safe and sane fireworks", to be discharged will be issued a citation.  Please report any instances of fireworks being discharged within the city limits to the Police Department by calling 467-1212.  Thank you for your cooperation to ensure the nation's holiday is celebrated safely.

Farmers' Market

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Help spread the word about the Brisbane Farmers' Market and all the goodies it has to offer by clicking on the flyer to download and print it, or simply forward this post to your friends in the area!  The market could use more brave shoppers who are willing to shop in sometimes unpleasant conditions.  To those who support the market rain, WIND, or shine, Thank You! 

West Nile Virus

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On June 21st, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District released a press release stating that a dead bird which had been collected in Woodside on June 11th had tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).  This is the first instance in 2012 that a case of WNV was reported in San Mateo County.  For this reason, it is important that everyone be aware of the "Three D's" - Drain, Dawn and Dusk, and DEET.  View the press release to learn more, or visit the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District's website and listen to an audio file where you will learn how you can protect yourself and your family from West Nile Virus.

Credit-Union-Friendly ATM

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Thank you to the over 200 residents who signed the petition (either online or in-person) to bring a credit-union-friendly ATM to Brisbane.  This indicates that there is a true need, and such an ATM would be highly supported.  Thus, the San Mateo Credit Union's VP of Marketing is currently considering the prospect of expanding their ATM locations to include Brisbane.  When a decision has been made, we will provide another update here on the Blog.  If you have any questions, or have a business in Brisbane and would like to learn how you could have a credit-union-friendly ATM in your place of business, please contact Prem Lall at