Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mail Theft Solution

By now, everyone should have a locking mailbox. We got ours 10 years ago when people were regularly snagging bank and credit card statements from mailboxes in our neighborhood. They do it with such impunity they take the info off and put the statement back — the more to lull you into a false sense of security.

There are models approved by the Post Office so the mail can be put in without a key, but a key is required to remove anything. You can buy a locking insert for your existing mailbox, or a purpose-built one of varying price and quality. New ones come in post-mounted models, wall mount, etc. Top-of-the-line “architectural” or “designer” models are about $100 - $125, but you can get something workable for $20 and up. Amazon has a good assortment, and there’s for the high end. 


If you would prefer a local, employee-owned hardware store:

Jackson's Hardware (415) 454-3740

Barbed Goat Grass Removal - Saturday, May 10. 9am to 1pm

Saturday, May 10. 9am to 1pm 

Save Springs Hill in Terra Linda!

Join Marin County Parks for a community meeting and volunteer day.

Natural Resources staff will discuss our Barbed Goat Grass Removal Project on the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Preserve,share the results of our management efforts, and explain future plans to address this agricultural pest. Following the meeting, we’ll roll up our sleeves to pull goat grass.

Naturalist David Herlocker will provide environmental education throughout the day. Pulling goat grass is easy work but the site is located on a hillside and the terrain is uneven. Suitable for volunteers 7 years and older. Dress in layers that you can get dirty: long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and a hat.Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Please bring gloves (if you have them).

Questions: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at (415) 473-3778 or

Meet at the end of Wintergreen Terrace in San Rafael. DIRECTIONS: from Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take exit 455 for Freitas Parkway west.

Turn right onto Las Gallinas Ave, left onto Las Colindas Rd, and right onto Wintergreen Terrace (dead end).