Marin News

SMART Train Service Begins Today!

August 25, 2017

SMART Train

The Federal Government has given the go-ahead for the long-awaited SMART Train to start service, and the first trains begin rolling from Santa Rosa to San Rafael on Friday, August 25. To celebrate the start of rail service from Sonoma to Marin, fares will be free on opening day, then 50% off through Labor Day, September 4. Full-price fares will kick in on Tuesday, September 5. SMART will run 34 trips each weekday and 10 trips a day on weekends.

Christmas Tree Recycling in Marin

January 1, 2017

Christmas tree recyclingAs December draws to a close and the New Year begins, the time comes bid farewell to your Christmas tree. It's a sad but inevitable fact of life that your tree has to go at some point, unless you have an artificial Christmas tree, in which case you can stop reading right here.

Fortunately, your local disposal agency is usually more than happy to take your dried out old Noble Fir off your hands and do the green thing with the tree by recycling it. If for some reason you can't leave your tree out by the curb with your yard waste, you can drop it off at a number of different locations, including all Marin County Fire Department stations (through January 21), throughout Marin County.

Keep in mind that you need to remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, and plastic tree bags from the tree before you put it out for pick up. (Don't forget to remove metal or plastic stands, too.) Here's a rundown of Christmas tree disposal details for communities in Marin:

Marin Sanitary

For Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Las Gallinas Valley, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Ross Valley (Sleepy Hollow and Oak Manor): Trees will be collected at the curb on your regular yard waste pickup day during the month of January. One pickup per residence. If trees are greater than 6 feet in length, please cut them in half. Remove all metal stands, plastic tree bags, and ornaments. Flocked trees will not be accepted.

Christmas in Marinwood: The Nisja Bear's House

December 13, 2016

the Nisja's Bear's House in Marinwood

Marin is home to many communities that really go above and beyond the call of duty when getting into the holiday spirit, and of all the places in the county I think Marinwood, the neighborhood sandwiched between Novato and San Rafael, has the most decorated holiday houses per capita!

Volunteer to Help End Hunger and Food Waste in Marin with ExtraFood.org

March 23, 2014

Kerry volunteer at ExtraFood.orgLooking for a fantastic volunteer opportunity that helps feed those in need and reduces food waste in Marin? Become a volunteer food runner for ExtraFood.org!

ExtraFood.org is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping end hunger and reduce food waste in Marin County. Volunteers pick up extra fresh food from Marin organizations and businesses, like grocery stores, restaurants, congregations, events, and caterers, and deliver it immediately to nonprofit programs that serve the hungry. ExtraFood.org's services are free of charge. It's food rescue with "the human touch".

If you're interested, consider joining in to help the 30,000 residents of Marin who don't have access to a secure food supply, and in reducing the millions of pounds of food waste that go into Marin's landfills each year. You can do pickups and deliveries when and where it's convenient for you, or volunteer in other ways. (Pictured in the photo is volunteer and Marin mom Kerry McIntosh with some of the food delivery bags and ice packs used by food runners.)

Vote Yes on Measure A for Novato Schools!

March 8, 2014

Yes on Measure A for Novato SchoolsNovato residents may have heard by now that Measure A is up for renewal soon. What is Measure A? It's a parcel tax that's been in place since 1992 that helps fund Novato's fantastic public schools. Renewing Measure A will not raise taxes—it just renews a source of existing school funding (and the State of California can't touch a penny of it). And as most Novato parents know, our local schools need all the funds they can get.

Measure A will help maintain comptetitive science, engineering, and math programs; help attract and retain high-quality teachers and maintain managable class sizes; and protect important music, arts, library, and athletic programs. None of the funds generated by Measure A can be taken by the state or used for administrator salaries.

Marin Real Estate Market Starts 2014 on a Good Note

January 9, 2014

Mt Tam from Phoenix LakeHow did the Marin real estate market fare in 2013? Marin Realtor Kevin McGinnis takes a look at the year in Marin housing in this guest article.

The Marin real estate market continues to show strong gains. All the data from 2013 are in, so here’s a look at where we stand, by the numbers:

Marin Real Estate Prices

In 2013, the average price for a single-family home was $1,191,748. That’s an 18% increase in just one year. To the average home seller, that meant an extra $182,103 in their pocket compared to 2012. For a breakdown of average Marin home prices by city, scroll to the bottom of this article.

The graphic below shows Marin real estate home prices over the past decade. As a result of the Great Recession, prices fell starting in 2008 and continued to tumble through 2009. The year 2010 saw improvement, but then 2011 gave up the modest gains and proved to be the low point for prices in the Marin real estate market (for single-family homes).

Give the Gift of TLC this Holiday Season!

December 14, 2012

The Gift of TLC

This holiday season, Marin Mommies is partnering with local Marin County business Dhana EcoKids and other community organizations to help promote the Gift of T.L.C—Thoughts, Love, and Care. All kids are invited to send an original doodle to the children impacted by Hurricane Sandy this holiday season, including those from the New Jersey town of Lavellete, which was especially hard-hit by the storm, and whose residents are only being allowed to move back home this weekend!

So go ahead, make a child's day and share your thoughts, love and care and doodle the Gift of T.L.C. on a plain piece of paper. Make sure you sign your kid’s first name, age, city, and state on the front of the paper with the doodle. Submissions can be a photo of the doodle, the original paper, or a scanned image of the doodle.

Kids are encouraged to send up to three doodles of their creation. Please send them via email to TLC@DhanaEcoKids.com, or post it on the Dhana Eco Kids Facebook page, or mail it to Dhana EcoKids, P.O. Box 1634, Mill Valley, CA 94942. All doodle submissions must be received by Monday, December 17, 2012 to be part of this wonderful campaign.

The 2012 Esurance Tennis Classic in Mill Valley

September 12, 2012

Esurance Tennis ClassicThe annual Esurance Tennis Classic at Mill Valley's Harbor Point Tennis Club is a great event for all tennis lovers big or small. This year the Esurance Tennis Classic will host legendary tennis players including Lindsay Davenport, Bryan Brothers, Gigi Fernandez, Murphy Jensen, and others.

This fundraiser takes place this Friday–Sunday, September 21–23, and and raises funds for a variety of charitable causes, including the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation and the Youth Tennis Advantage. Tickets are $35 per day or $50 for both days for adults, and $20 per day for juniors under 18.

On Friday, September 23 from 3–4:30 pm the Esurance Tennis Classic presents Kids' Day, where inner-city youth play with tennis legends; the public is welcome to watch from the stands. The gates open at 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. Don't miss the World Cup Team Challenge: USA vs. the World on both days from 12:30–4:30 pm, and the tennis village and food court offering refreshments, product booths, and fun on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am–5 pm.

Fundraisers for Kayla Rose

January 16, 2012

Kayla Rose DehnertKayla Rose Dehnert, a second-grade student at Novato's Lu Sutton Elementary School, was diagnosed on November 11 with a brain tumor after experiencing weeks of migraine headaches. Within six days, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor and the family received notice that it was cancerous just two days before Thanksgiving. Kayla Rose is currently receiving treatment at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

The community has rallied behind Kayla Rose with numerous benefit fundraisers and events. Local restaurants Las Guitarras de Novato and Moylan's offer Dine & Donate events where a portion of the proceeds go to help the Dehnert family. Las Guitarras' event takes place from 11 am to 11 pm on Thursday, January 19, and Moylan's is on Monday, January 23 from 5 pm to 11 pm. Simply show up to dine on those dates and mention to your server that you're there in support of Kayla and they'll donate a portion of your check to her fund.

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