BEEN BOOED? ... A new pre-Halloween tradition has cropped up in the last few years in Old Palo Alto, according to neighborhood association leader Nadia Naik. Since her family moved to the neighborhood six years ago, Naik said they have been booed. A mysterious note appears at least two weeks prior to Halloween with a notice that the recipient has been "booed." A few candies are left at the home. Recipients are asked to replicate the boo, secretly distributing three treat bags to other homes. People who have been booed tape the message to their door so they won't get booed again, she said.
NEIGHBORHOOD HEROES ... Two Palo Alto Neighborhoods volunteers will be recognized by the Palo Alto Stanford Citizen Corp Council in a ceremony on Nov. 3 with a CCC Community Partnership Award for helping to ensure that the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies. Old Palo Alto Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator Camelia Sutorius and Barron Park Block Preparedness Coordinator Daniel Lilienstein are among the honorees. The others are: Vinnie Biberdorf, American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter; Alex Schubek, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; and Barbara and Ron Green, Palo Alto Community Emergency Response Team. A panel discussion on disaster preparedness follows the ceremony and will include: Brandon Bond, director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Dr. Colin Bucks, interim medical director of the hospital's emergency office; Vicky Powell, a social worker and American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter volunteer; and David Lipin, San Francisco Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team commander. The event is open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. in the Palo Alto City Council chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.