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Welcome to Town Square!

Original post made by Bill Johnson, publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, on May 30, 2006

Palo Alto residents may now publish their own news, share opinions and engage in dialogue on local issues in this new section of Palo Alto Online.
With more than 300,000 unique users now coming to Palo Alto Online for news and information each month, it has become a phenomenally successful community resource. Now it's time to open up Palo Alto Online and encourage the concept that has become known as "citizen journalism" to flourish.
We want residents to turn to Town Square to ask their neighbors for everything from information on art classes to advice on good places to stay in Tuscany, and to express opinions on local, state, national and international issues.
Posting topics on Town Square is easy and requires no registration. Users must identify themselves as living in a specific neighborhood or school community and are encouraged but not required to use their full names.
Readers of the Weekly will be urged to respond to news stories, movie and restaurant reviews, editorials and opinion pieces by posting comments in Town Square. Results of high school sports competitions can be quickly posted by parents as soon as games are over.
In essence, Town Square turns everyone into potential publishers and makes it possible to communicate directly with other community members without depending on the newspaper. If we miss a news story, hopefully someone will post their own story in Town Square.
All postings to Town Square will be monitored by the staff of Palo Alto Online and must adhere to guidelines explained on the site. Users are asked to be respectful of others and to help create a thoughtful forum where divergent ideas and opinions are welcome.
Let us know what you think--and enjoy!

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Posted by Enoch Choi
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 31, 2006 at 9:19 am

Welcome to the blogosphere!

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Posted by Grateful reader
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jun 1, 2006 at 12:53 pm

Thanks for creating this Town Square. I think it\'s a great concept and look forward to reading it! What a community treasure we have in the Weekly and PA On-line.

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Posted by Veronique Christensen
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 2, 2006 at 1:18 pm

I'm sure this will turn into a wonderful resource for the community -- Thank you!

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Posted by Richard
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 3, 2006 at 2:27 pm

Back Yard Smoke:
I'm wondering if anyone else is bothered by the seemingly recent trend of back yard fire pits?
When my neighbors start a fire in thier back yard pit as they've done today, my house immediatly fills with smoke. You would think that with the warm summer day's upon us that a back yard fire would be unecessary if not counter productive. When we smell smoke we have to scramble and close all the windows and doors, on a day like today this seems ludicrouse.
With the current EPA attitued toward fireplaces in individuale homes how is it that you can't go into your locale hardware store or Home Depot without seeing these fire place pits on display for the summer sales.
Does anyone else have problems with this?
Are there any local ordinances related to this topic?

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Posted by mary jane leon
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 18, 2006 at 5:44 am

Sheralee Hill Iglehart was awarded one of nine Bay Area Woman Achievers of the Arts 2006 this year, selected by the National League of American Pen Women, Santa Clara County Branch. She was honored as an author. The author is a resident of Stanford.

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Posted by Richard
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 22, 2006 at 1:08 pm

Street Light Antennas
I've noticed what look like big WiFi antennas hanging from the street lights on the College Terrace. Does anyone know what these are for or who is installing them?

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