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May 2018 Newsletter

Millbrae CERT May 2018 Newsletter

“The earth laughs in flowers” are words attributed to E. E. Cummings.   May is a transition from April showers to May flowers and a month in which we recognize, honor, celebrate and pay tribute to many of the persons and institutions who value what we hold dear.  There are several that we all can be grateful for and to:

Teacher Appreciation Week (4/30-5/06), May Day and Law Day (5/01), National Day of Prayer (5/03), Cinco de Mayo (5/05), National Nurses Day (5/o6), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (5/11), Mother’s Day (5/13), Armed Forces Week  and National Police Week (5/13-5/19), Peace Officer’s Memorial Day (5/15),  National Emergency Services – EMS Week (5/20-5/26), Harvey Milk Day (5/22),  EMS for Children’s Day, National Missing Children’s Day (5/25) and Memorial Day (5/30).  Older Americans and Asian Pacific American Heritage is also celebrated throughout the month of May.  It is amazing that so much of May recognizes those in “Public Service.”  Our Millbrae CERT Coordinator – Dino De Ranieri has added our CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers to this list saying again “we could not do what we do in our great Emergency Preparedness Programs without the sacrifices of time and talents of our community volunteers who continuously step-up when called upon and I thank you for being the best!”

A couple of updates:                                                                                                                                                                             

*We welcome Tom Williams who has been hired by the City Council to act as the “Interim City Manager” while a search is conducted for a “Permanent” City Manager.  We look forward to a visit from Mr. Williams as he makes the rounds meeting our various volunteer groups in the City.

* On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 10:00am, law enforcement personnel from agencies throughout San Mateo County will come together to remember their fallen colleagues at a ceremony in honor of National Police Week and Police Officer Memorial Day.  San Bruno Police Chief (Former Millbrae Police Chief) and President of the SMC Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association will serve as Master of Ceremonies during the event that will be held on the steps of the SMC History Museum – 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.  The public is invited to attend.

In Memoriam:

This is also a time when our Millbrae Community recalls and pays tribute to our own MILLBRAE POLICE OFFICER DAVID J. CHETCUTI (BADGE NO. 6) whose end of watch occurred on April 25, 1998 when he was brutally shot and killed in the line of duty while assisting a fellow Officer in the apprehension of a man being chased down Hwy. 101 for a vehicle violation.  April 25, 2018 marked the “20th Anniversary of the murder of Officer David J. Chetcuti.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and our then Millbrae Police Officers and Firefighters who served alongside Officer Chetcuti.  You are not forgotten.


* May 10:  Monthly LEND Radio Net Check-in and Roll Call (check up-coming emails for details).                                    

* June  7:  CERT “GREEN DAWN” Exercise – Junipero Serra County Park/San Bruno – this is the replacement exercise for prior “Silver Dragon.”  We need as many Millbrae participants as possible.  Be sure to look for detailed emails from Dino.  We appreciate those who have already signed-up to volunteer.   If you haven’t done so please email Dino:                                                                                                                                                 

* Please sign in to our CERT website: to maintain your current contact information and read our monthly newsletter on line.  

A special “THANK YOU” to Alex Lee (MARC Volunteer) who continuously manages our CERT website –always a job well done!


Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                   

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                  


Millbrae CERT Public Information Officer and                                                                                                                                         

Monthly CERT Newsletter Editor


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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :04/28/2018

April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

We begin the month of April today with some “welcomes” that include Easter, Passover, other religious, patriotic and miscellaneous observances throughout the United States and beyond.  We hope as the flower buds begin to open and the flowers of spring appear that we’ll be reminded of the new daily opportunities we have to be of service to families, neighbors and friends.

“We celebrate the selfless individuals around our country who channel their civic virtues through volunteerism… devoted to a cause bigger than themselves… Volunteers help drive our country’s progress, and day in and day out, they make extraordinary sacrifices to expand promise and possibility.”  (Barack Obama, April 8, 2016)

The CERT class offered by CCFD in Millbrae concluded on March 10th with a very well attended “Skills Day.”  Thanks go to the CCFD and SMC OES instructors, the Millbrae authorized trainers, the many volunteers including LEND, CERT, MARC and SVIP who assisted during the eight-week session and to the 24 persevering students who received their Certificates of Completion after the exercises were tested on Skills Day.  We congratulate everyone for a job very well done and are very pleased to welcome 8 Millbrae residents from the graduating class to our community CERT program.  Dino reminds us that “there is strength in numbers and with our newest graduates we will have a stronger Millbrae volunteer CERT force.”  We also thank our community donors and CCFD who helped with providing food and beverages for Skills Day.  Gratitude is also expressed to the CCFD Administration staff for their efforts to ensure a delicious luncheon.

You may have read about an event that took place at Parkside Intermediate School in San Bruno on Wednesday, March 7th during which time San Bruno students interviewed Astronaut Scott Tingle who was working with his crew in the international space station.  The communication between the students and the space station was quite successful due to students and help from licensed local amateur radio experts.  We thank and congratulate SEVEN Members of our very own Millbrae Amateur Radio Club (MARC) who participated in the International Space Station (ISS) discussion experience.  Kudos to Parkside students for being selected as one of only thirteen schools in the country to experience the ten-minute chat.

Speaking of Ham Radio Operators – Dino sent an email on March 28th that provided information about two opportunities for those who wish to become licensed Ham Radio Operators.   If you are interested please take another look at the email and sign-up as indicated – session is weekend of April 7 & 8.

Congratulations to our CERT Media Partner Millbrae Community Televisions (MCTV).  The Western Region Alliance for Community Media presented the prestigious Western Access Video Excellence (WAVE) award to MCTV!  The western region includes California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico.  The MCTV award was for the MCTV live 4-hour production of the 2017 Millbrae Chamber of Commerce Art and Wine Festival.  MCTV was competing against media centers with budgets in the multi-million dollar range.  Competing agencies include public, educational and government access channels.  MCTV was also a finalist in two other categories:  Live Sports Coverage of the Mills v. Cap game and the San Mateo Tea Garden Anniversary videos also in 2017.

You should have received an invitation from MCTV to join them for their Open House: Thursday, April 5, 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the David J. Chetcuti Community Room.  Event is “free” and lite refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP ASAP to: or phone to: 259-2343.

Reminder that on Thursday – April 26 SMC Human Services Agency will be providing a special class:  Shelter Fundamentals from 1PM to 5pm.  If you are interested please let Dino know ASAP:

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) issues a reminder in a recent FEMA newsletter article entitled - Keep the “Invisible Killer” Out of Your Home:  Breathe easy in your home.  Learn about the hazards of carbon monoxide (CO).  This colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas can be an “invisible killer.”  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports that more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental CO poisoning.  Stay safe with these tips:

  • Install and maintain a CO alarm centrally on every level of your home, and outside each sleeping area
  • Use portable generators outdoors, away from the house;
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear

of snow and other debris.

Dino and our CERT Team Leaders wish everyone a bright, happy and colorful month of April -- you help give our community a feeling of pride and joy for all that you do.  WE THANK YOU!

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                         

Marge Colapietro, Volunteer                                                                                                                                                              

Millbrae CERT Public Information Officer


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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :03/31/2018

March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

I expressed to Dino last week that I didn’t think I’d have too much to write about this month, especially because February is the shortest month of the year.  Well … Oh contraire!  I now know why March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”

March kicks-off Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Fire Prevention Month, Flood Safety Awareness Month, National Poison Prevention Month and probably many more celebrations with families, schools and friends.

Women’s History Month remembering and honoring the many women fearless, daring, compassionate, passionate, persistent, strength of character and unafraid to challenge the status quo.  National Nutrition Month calls our attention to healthy lifestyles and the choices we make to maintain better living.  Since WWII the work of the American Red Cross (ARC) has been recognized for the work they do and celebrates the people who make it possible for ACR to continue their humanitarian work and deeds such as establishing Blood Drives, encouraging eligible persons to donate their blood to help save lives, emergency and disaster preparedness classes, the life-saving importance of using smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, installation of home fire sprinklers, and much more.  Fire Prevention Month calls attention to the need to be prepared and ready to respond at home and in the workplace.  Urges the public to take fire safe, fire prevention and fire safety for kids and CERT Training Classes.  Flood Safety and Poison Prevention information can be found at:

Highlighting some interesting, fun and relevant happenings to us as CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP Volunteers follows for your reading, appreciation and action considerations – enjoy!

March 1st is the 7th CERT training class:  Terrorism & Refresh past sessions.  Volunteers needed.     

March 2nd is “Read Across America Day” and happens to be the birthday of Dr. Seuss – HB Dr. Seuss! 

March 8th is “International Women’s Day” celebrating contributions of women to events in our history and contemporary society – “a woman’s work is never done” – take a look at the number of women who are participants in our Community Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Programs.                         

March 10th is the final CCFD Millbrae CERT Skills Development/Application Session at CCFD Station 37.  This will be followed by the presentation of Certificates of Completion for those who completed all 8 training sessions. 

Reminder:  Dino has emailed request for much needed “volunteers” on Skills Day – please be sure to make an effort to participate and email Dino ASAP your        Reminder – Breakfast and Lunch will be provided – yum, yum, delicious!                                                                

 March 11th is the beginning of “Daylight Savings Time” – remember to set you clocks 1-hour ahead. 

March 14th is Pi Day on which Math Junkies can celebrate and have lots of fun!                                                 

March 17th St. Patrick’s Day – enjoy and celebrate in moderation – Patrick would want you to do so!   

March 20th is the first day of Spring – let’s hope that lots of blooming flowers abound.                       

March 25th Begins the Holy Week of Easter and Passover – blessings to everyone.

Please take the time to read the four important attachments of upcoming CERT events.  Links are provided below.

“Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life’s blood.  But everyone has to give.”  (Barbara Bush, Former First Lady of the United States of America)

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro, Millbrae LEND-CERT Public Information Officer                             

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :02/28/2018