LTWCA Newsletter - December 2001/January 2002



Be Prepared for an Emergency

Chances are if you perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), it will be on SOMEONE you know. Be prepared. Sign up now for one of the 2002 CPR Classes that are offered by the Woodside Fire Dept., 19 Jan., 16 Feb., 20 Apr., 18 May, 20 Jul., 17 Aug., 19 Oct., or 16 Nov., from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call Gaylynne Mann at 851-1594 to register.


Do you have children or elderly neighbors, or do you hike or jog, or are you around other living, breathing people? Then you need to make sure your first aid skills are current. Sign up now for a First Aid Class offered by the Woodside Fire Dept., 16 Mar., 15 June, or 21 Sept., from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call Gaylynne Mann at 851-1594 to register.


The Woods needs people trained in Disaster Search and Rescue! If anything happens, we will have to help ourselves. Learn how to identify hazards, search a building, and extricate a victim. Woodside Fire Dept. will conduct the training in March from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call Gaylynne Mann at 851-1594 to register.

Submitted by Carol Wagner


Zoning Committee News

The Zoning Committee met on 13 Nov. and discussed the tasks ahead and who will take on what. Armin had attended a San Mateo County meeting in Ladera and he gave a synopsis of the proposed San Mateo County Ordinance which covers property owners on creeks. The next meeting is scheduled for mid-Jan. Call Armin Staprans in Jan. for the exact date.

Submitted by Rebecca Reynolds


District II News

The Woods lost a long time resident, Lou Beckwith, who died on Saturday, 1 December. Lou moved here in 1960 and rented the Hodgson cabin at the time. He later bought it and renovated it in 1980. Lou will always be remembered for his love of his 1937 Ford Woody station wagon. He was often seen in his garage tinkering with the Woody. Lou’s newer cars never rated a spot in the garage.


Another long time resident, Duke Eisenberg, is temporarily (we hope) laid up with a hip problem at the Veteran’s Hospital.


Cole Gardner, the son of Sally and David Gardner, became a big brother on 17 Oct. when his first sibling “Jake” Jacob Price Gardner was born. At lbs. and inches, Jake is a healthy and contented baby. Congratulations from the Woods!


District IV News

The Woods welcome Peri and Arthur Nielsen’s first child, Somerset Laurel Nielsen. Their daughter was born on 15 Oct. and weighed in at a healthy 7 lbs. 15 oz. Congratulations!


Town of Portola Valley Activities

- Town Council Meetings are being held on Wednesdays, 12 Dec., 9 Jan., 23 Jan., at 8 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse.

- Planning Commission Meetings are being held on Wednesdays, 19 Dec. (tentative), 16 Jan., at 8 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse.


A Heap of Holiday Hangovers

What hangs on after the holidays are over? Waste and lots of it. Here are a few ideas of how to either avoid the waste or what to do with the waste.

1. Use either a living (potted) tree, an artificial tree, or an unflocked tree. (The flocked trees must be put in the garbage, while the unflocked trees can be completely stripped of decorations, including tinsel, cut in 4 ft. lengths and put out on 7 Jan. for yard waste pickup.)

2. Instead of yards of wrapping paper, use the decorative bags which can be used again next year. If you have an unusually large box, get out the Sunday comics to wrap it in. At least the comics can be recycled once you have removed the tape. Decorative wrapping paper cannot be recycled. It is considered garbage.

3. Flatten all cardboard boxes and tie up for pickup on recycle day. Paperboard boxes can be used again, or if they do not have foil, shiny decorations, or plastic windows, they can be flattened and put in mixed paper for recycling.

4. Holiday greeting cards cannot be recycled; however, the envelopes, if they have no foil liners, decorations, or plastic windows, can be recycled. If the front flap of the card has no writing on the back, it can be cut off and used for a holiday postcard.


Next Board Meeting - 2 Jan., 7:00 p.m., at 21 Old Spanish Trail. There will be a discussion of dues collection and emergency preparedness. For minutes of the last meeting, please see the LTWCA Web Site or your District Representative.


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