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Home Front: Creek monitoring; recycling help


A round-up of local home and garden news and events.

MONITOR THE CREEK ... If the rain starts coming down and you're curious how high the local creeks are getting and you don't want to venture out to see for yourself, you can go to the city's website and see the levels of four different creeks in real time, or even view some from the webcam.

RECYLCLING? TRASH? COMPOST? ... Over the holidays you may have guests, lots of food, and wrapping paper, boxes and other things you don't normally need to dispose of. If you are asking yourself, "what goes where?" Look no further than the City of Palo Alto's Zero Waste curbside recycling webpage for detailed lists of what goes in which colored bin. If you are arguing amongst your family members, these three extremely detailed lists should answer any question or solve any dispute. Go to

STRAY OR DEAD ANIMAL? ...B If you live in San Mateo County and you encounter a stray or dead animal, you can call 650-340-8200. The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, a private nonprofit organization, is contracted with all 20 San Mateo County cities to enforce all animal control laws, shelter homeless animals and provide various other services from investigating animal bites to removal of dead or living wildlife in certain situations. The organization also has animal adoption services and, if you find a lost animal or lose one yourself, there is also a free lost/found animal flyer template on its website at

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