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Publication Date: Friday, January 30, 2002

Around Town 30 Around Town 30 (January 30, 2002)
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WHEN CAN WE RETURN TO NORMAL? . . ."That's the $64,000 question," said Congresswoman Anna Eshoo , referring to mail deliveries to the Capitol. If you need to reach the congresswoman's office, it is better to fax or e-mail, since the strict mail opening procedures following the anthrax scare significantly slow down deliveries to all congressional offices in Washington. "We can't guarantee that the U.S. mail will even get to us in D.C," Eshoo said. That's why she is asking that all letters be mailed to her Palo Alto office, for those constituents who still prefer the old-fashioned snail mail. Eshoo says her office receives some of the highest volume of mail in the Congress. "It's huge," she said, commenting on the sheer number of letters. The staffers in Palo Alto are aware of the new mail opening procedures and don protective gloves and masks everyday to open the letters, Eshoo said. There are a variety of ways to contact Eshoo in her Palo Alto office. Phone number is (650)323-2984, fax number is (650) 323-3498, e-mail address is and the mailing address is 698 Emerson St., Palo Alto CA 94301.

JOE BITES THE DUST . . . A note on the door is all that is left. Palo Alto Joe's is no more. The landmark restaurant in southeast Palo Alto closed its doors forever in December. It was a very tough decision for Joe's owner Rick Vargas, who operated the eatery with his brother, Miguel Vargas, Jr. "We had some very loyal customers," Vargas said. The decision to close was three-fold: the recession, the Sept. 11 tragedy and the need to sell the Bayshore land as part of a real estate settlement. Vargas hopes to find a new spot for the restaurant, but doubts he'll be able to relocate in Palo Alto. Arrivederci for now, to the succulent beef medallions in Madera sauce.

TOP COP DOGS . . .The Menlo Park Police Department held a memorial ceremony earlier this month, honoring three of its finest who dedicated their lives to the police force. Dick vom Ensgraben, Falk Von Der Langanstrasse and Lassa vom Frakengrund , all police dogs, were memorialized as Police Chief Greg Rothaus gave a brief history of the canines, while Commander Chris Boyd listed each dog's accomplishments. The three dogs had a total of 23 years of service and had participated in several arrests. The department is committed to making the memorial event an ongoing tradition to honor lost members of its force.

AIRFARES TO RISE UP TO $10 . . . Don't say we didn't warn you. Travelers will pay $5 to $10 more for an airline ticket, starting Feb. 1. That's the cost for new and improved airport security, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Officially dubbed the "September 11 Security Fee," the new charges will be $5 for a round-trip flight and $10 for a connecting flight. Buy airline tickets before February and you'll save the extra fee.

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