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Publication Date: Friday, December 31, 2004

News Briefs News Briefs (December 31, 2004)

Donate to tsunami victims

Local residents who want to send help to victims of the tidal wave in Southeast Asia can make donations to the International Red Cross. The local Red Cross chapter will not be accepting non-monetary items.

Donations can be sent to American Red Cross International Response Fund, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013, or the Palo Alto Area Red Cross, 400 Mitchell Lane, Palo Alto 94301. Visit the local Red Cross Web site at for updated information.

Housing may be added at Whisman

After two long meetings on the contentious Mayfield project, the environmental planning commission will hear another rezoning proposal.

The commission will discuss appropriating another piece of vacant industrial land to high-density housing as part of the Whisman Station development. A developer is planning to build 120 rowhouses on the 5.7-acre parcel, located on Ferguson Drive.

The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.

Honors for Harrell

Mountain View-based Harrell Remodeling won 10 awards at the 2005 National Association of Remodeling Industry's local award ceremony on Dec. 15. Harrell's honors include two first-place awards in the categories of Residential Interior over $100,000 and Residential Addition over $250,000.

Santa's toy chest

Presents, toothbrushes and school supplies were given to 1,300 low-income children in the city from the Mountain View police on Dec. 23 and Dec. 24.

"We just blew the doors open from what we did last year," said police spokesperson Josef Kachman. Police gave out presents to 500 kids last year.

Kids, who started lining up with their parents more than an hour before police opened the doors to their "toy chest," visited with Santa Claus before picking out an unwrapped gift of their choosing. Included among this year's offerings were digital radios, bikes and sports equipment. The toys, toothbrushes and school supplies were donated by various public and private organizations, Kachman said.

The "Cops Who Care" toy giveaway was started last year by Officer Ron Cooper.

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