Around the blockCELEBRATING PRESIDENTS DAY ... Palo Alto resident Joseph Baldwin will display his collection of original letters, documents and signatures of all 44 U.S. presidents on Feb. 17 and 18, in the parish hall at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Starting with President Barack Obama, visitors can "step back in time" all the way to George Washington as they peruse original autographs, hand-written letters, notes and other assorted manuscripts on display between noon and 4 p.m. on both days. The exhibition will include a 1799 letter from George Washington (complete with writing errors and crossed-out lines), a letter James Madison wrote during his last days, a note from Ronald Reagan, and a 1969 Gerald Ford letter from his time as House minority leader.
NEIGHBORHOOD VALENTINE ... The trees at Bryant Street and Lowell Avenue in Palo Alto are blooming with hearts of love to the Stanford University football team this Valentine's Day. The hearts each contain a player's name and jersey number, in a tribute to the team's Rose bowl win. "They deserve a parade," said resident Catherine Debs, who has made decorating the trees for holidays an ongoing project for the past year. The decorations usually stay up for a month.
LOCK UP! ... A Crescent Park resident recently became the target of a residential burglary while he was at home. Two burglars claimed to be checking on a water problem behind the property on the 1800 block of Pitman Avenue near Newell Road. As the homeowner accompanied one of the men to the backyard, the second man entered through the open door and stole jewelry, according to an email the resident sent to neighbors.
BURGLARIES REDUX ... At least eight residential burglaries occurred in a four-day period from Feb. 8 to 11, according to the Palo Alto Police Department. Three occurred in the Midtown neighborhood, with one each in Crescent Park, College Terrace, Triple El, Old Palo Alto and Charleston Gardens. Police suspect the crimes could be related.
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