In this edition:                             December 1, 2016

A Great Place to Play is on the Way
Burlingame Library Book Sale
Help Reduce Burglaries & Theft
Calling Burlingame Businesses
Food For Fines
Senior Activities Committee

Events Around Town

Community Corner
Link to Full City Calendar
Link to Weekly Caltrain Notices
playA Great Place to Play is on the Way!
Opening March 2017

Construction to replace the playground at Village Park began this week! Weather permitting, the new playground should open in early March, 2017. For more information on this city project click here. Thanks for your patience during construction.
 

booksaleBurlingame Library Book Sale
Everything is under three dollars!

 
The holidays are fast approaching and the bookstore at the main branch of the library is a good place to purchase a gift for the readers in your life. Operated by the Library Foundation, all proceeds directly benefit the Burlingame libraries. Adult fiction, children's picture books, young adult, biographies, travel, history, finance, health, self-help, the arts, cookbooks, cd's, dvd's, and audiobooks are just some of what's available. Everything is under three dollars. 
 
Also, your book, dvd, and cd donations are always welcome. Just bring them to the information desk at the entrance to the library. Large donations may also be scheduled for pick-up.
 
Sign-up for the LibraryAware Newsletter that will keep you up to date on the latest library news and events by clicking here or go to the information desk the next time you visit the main branch of the library.
reduceburglariesHelp Reduce Burglaries & Theft
Follow these prevention tips from the Burlingame Police Dept

 
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Burlingame Police would like to remind citizens that they can reduce their chances of becoming a victim of a burglary by following some simple crime prevention tips.
  
Residential burglaries primarily take place during the day when homeowners are at work. Therefore:
  • Keep your homes locked (you would be surprised how many thieves specifically target unlocked homes).
  • Install an effective alarm system, if possible, and always use it (even if you are only going out for 5 minutes).
  • Ensure exterior home doors have a solid core or are metal.
  • Use quality, heavy duty dead bolt locks, knob-in lock sets, strike plates, and wide angel peepholes with exterior doors.
  • Use secondary blocking devices on all sliding glass doors and windows.
  • Block accessible windows or sliding doors and open no more than six inches for ventilation. Make sure someone cannot reach through the opening and unlock them.
  • Use highly visible alarm signs, beware of dog signs, or neighborhood watch signs on windows, doors, and gates.
  • Use home safes, record the serial numbers of your valuables, and mark valuables with your drivers license number when possible.
  • Get to know your neighbors and be aware of suspicious activity or subjects in your neighborhood.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity or subjects. Most burglars are caught because of alert neighbors calling the police when they see suspicious activity.
Help prevent car burglaries by doing the following:
  • Do not leave valuables in your car, if at all possible (holiday packages, shopping bags, GPS devices, lap tops, tablets, cell phones, wallets, purses, briefcases, backpacks, luggage, loose change, etc.).
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, do not leave them in plain view.
  • Move valuables to the trunk prior to reaching your destinations. Do not move them while in plain view.
  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  • Do not leave doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave keys in vehicle.
  • Do not leave garage door openers in plain view.
  • Do not leave items with personal information.
  • Slow down and use common sense before you leave your car.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity or people.
As the holidays approach, packages will be delivered to residences. Here are some tips to take if you are expecting packages for the holidays.
  • Use tracking numbers so you know when your package is supposed to arrive. This gives you the ability to pick up the package immediately upon delivery or to set up an alternate method of pick up.
  • Ask your neighbor to pick the package up for you or leave a note on your door instructing the carrier, where to leave the package or request the delivery to be at a location where somebody will be home.
  • Request a "Signature Delivery Option." This ensures the package will not be left on your doorstep. If you are unable to sign, the package will be taken to the post/carrier office.
  • Request a specific drop-off time when you will be home.
  • Use a post office box and pick up all your packages there.
  • Have packages delivered to your workplace, if permitted.
  • If purchasing something online from a large retailer, have the item delivered to a local branch of the store so you can pick it up in person.
  • Request that the shipper holds the package at their facility for pick up.
  • If ordering from Amazon.com, have your packages dropped off at an Amazon locker. You can check the internet for the location of the nearest Amazon locker to your residence.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you see a theft in progress
  • Set up a surveillance camera aimed at your porch.
After you verify that the package was delivered but missing from your porch; report package thefts to the Burlingame Police Department non-emergency number (650) 777-4100.
greenbusinessCalling Burlingame Businesses
Seeking nominations for City's first Green Business Awards!

Know of a business that has gone above and beyond to be green? The City of Burlingame wants to know! The City is calling for nominations for its first Green Business Awards. Awardees must be members of the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce and will be publicly recognized at the Chamber's annual event on January 13 and in City materials.
 
To nominate your business or another business, send an email to smichael@burlingame.org  with the following information: 1) business name and contact information; 2) background information including type of business and number of employees; and, 3) brief summary of environmental achievements. Nominations are due December 30.
 
Examples of environmental achievements may include, but are not limited to: being in a green industry that conserves resources or prevents pollution;  implementing green practices in daily operations; or implementing an improvement or action with significant environmental benefits.
foodfinesFood for Fines
Clear fines and help others
 
Clear library fines while providing food for those in need!  From now until the end of the year, bring in non-perishable food items to the Burlingame Library and get your library fines cleared.  Fines must be from items belonging to participating libraries.  All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
seniorcommitteeSenior Activities Committee
Seeking members...input!

We want your input! A new Senior Activities Committee is being formed.  The committee will be responsible for the sharing of ideas and resources to improve the offerings for seniors, in addition to acting as a liaison between the Parks and Recreation Department and seniors in the community to promote activities and events. For more information or an application, please contact Recreation Coordinator, Corrie Fuhrman, at (650) 558-7310 or cfuhrman@burlingame.org .  Applications are due by Friday, December 9 at 5:00 p.m.
EventsEvents Around Town
Annual Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall
Parade on Burlingame Avenue after the Tree Lighting Ceremony
Live Entertainment after Parade on Primrose Road
Kiddie Rides on 1100 Block of Burlingame Avenue
Visit Santa i n front of The Gap on Park Road

City Council Meeting
Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Rd.

Click here to view the agenda.
Envision Burlingame Study Session
Tuesday, December 6 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, 501 Primrose Road

Envision Burlingame, the City's program to comprehensively plan the next 25+ years, has engaged residents and the business community to respond to this key question: "How do we want Burlingame look, function, and feel 25 years from now?" 
 
As part of this effort - and building upon the work of the Citizens' Advisory Committee and input from the public to date - the City Council will conduct a study session to define the level of population and jobs growth to be accommodated in Burlingame over the next two decades and beyond.  This study session follows from discussions the Council conducted this past September to consider growth scenarios in the context of regional trends and plans.  All community members are invited to attend this session.
Broadway Cheer
Friday, December 9 from 5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
On Broadway
 
The Broadway Merchants and the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce invite you to come and share the holidays on Broadway. The Central County Fire Department will be hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive.  Please bring a toy or purchase a toy on Broadway and come enjoy the local holiday music.
Holiday Lunch and Movie (55+)
Wednesday, December 14 at Noon
Burlingame Recreation Center at 850 Burlingame Ave
 
The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department invites you to join them for a holiday celebration including lunch and a movie on Wednesday, December 14th.  Lunch will be served at Noon, and the movie "White Christmas" will begin at 1:00 p.m. The event is free with RSVP to (650) 558-7300.
CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)

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