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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Portola Valley: $15,000 pearl necklace stolen from home

Police calls from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Board may hike sewer rates 9 percent

Citing needed maintenance to the sewer system and waste-water treatment plant, the West Bay Sanitary District proposes to increase sewer rates by 9 percent as of July 1. The district's governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to consider the proposal.

Wednesday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Can you be Jessie's Girl?

This sweet, 2-year-old Queensland Heeler is looking for the perfect partner or family. Our pet of the week, Jessie, can be a bit cautious when it comes to new places and things, but she has rock star potential.

Tuesday, 7:46 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park school board meets on 'Mandarin immersion'

A Mandarin-language immersion program for the Menlo Park City School District will be one of the topics on the agenda when the school board meets Wednesday.

Tuesday, 1:09 PM | 1 comment
Wednesday: Board may hike sewer rates 9 percent

Citing needed maintenance to the sewer system and waste-water treatment plant, the West Bay Sanitary District proposes to increase sewer rates by 9 percent as of July 1. The district's governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to consider the proposal.

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Suspect arrested in Menlo Park robberies

A fake gun, a purse and several stolen cellphones led police on Monday night to arrest a Menlo Park teenager on suspicion of robbery.

Tuesday, 7:57 AM | 4 comments
City of Menlo Park launches new website

First a refreshed logo, then a new mascot, and now a revamped website: The city of Menlo Park's image reinvention continued when the city launched an updated website on April 21.

Tuesday, 7:37 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police substation 'more like a neighborhood service center'

The new Menlo Park Police Department substation holds some surprises for the Belle Haven neighborhood. The long-awaited facility, scheduled to open April 26, will offer some equally long-awaited community services in addition to its policing functions.

Tuesday, 7:31 AM | 3 comments
SamTrans sued by former accountant

Ling La, a former accountant for the San Mateo County Transit District, has sued the district and her former bosses, district CEO Michael Scanlon and manager Sheila Tioyao, whom Ms. La alleges fired her in retaliation for whistleblowing complaints about improper accounting practices.

Tuesday, 7:20 AM | 2 comments

Monday, April 21, 2014

Menlo Park: Herb Wong, jazz icon and educator, dies at 88

Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator.

Monday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Woodside High student sold marijuana-laced treats to fellow students

A 15-year-old student has been disciplined after school authorities learned that she had sold marijuana-laced Rice Krispies treats to four of her fellow students.

Monday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Bicyclists rob man at gunpoint

Two teens riding bikes robbed a Menlo Park man at gunpoint near Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue on Saturday night, according to police.

Monday, 9:43 AM | 8 comments

Friday, April 18, 2014

Update: Menlo Park gas main break repaired

A gas main damaged by a backhoe was repaired about 30 minutes after the leak occurred, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

Friday, 12:31 PM | 11 comments
Baseball and cars at Menlo-Atherton this weekend

A day of baseball, cars on display, and barbecue is set for Saturday, April 19, at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Friday, 11:52 AM | No comments yet
Monday: Menlo Park school district to discuss principles and new funding

Menlo Park City School District will meet on April 21 to discuss guiding principles and a new school funding model.

Friday, 11:29 AM | 1 comment
Deputies seek two men in Ford pickup

Deputies are looking for two white men in a late-model gray Ford pickup in connection with an attempted burglary on April 17.

Friday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park hosts small business roundtable

Menlo Park will host its first quarterly meeting for small businesses, defined as those with 100 or fewer employees, on Monday, April 21.

Friday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet
Atherton challenges Caltrain electrification report

Less than a mile of train tracks runs through Atherton, but that hasn't stopped the small town from making an outsized effort to fight changes in rail service.

Friday, 9:04 AM | 11 comments

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First person: Witnessing pain, human resilience in Oso

As a Red Cross volunteer I've seen areas devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires.

Thursday, 5:09 PM | 2 comments
Saturday: Hunt Easter eggs in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's annual Easter egg hunts take place on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Burgess Park and at Kelly Park.

Thursday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 16

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Thursday, 12:59 PM | No comments yet
One killed after sailboat collides with buoy during race

One person was killed and one injured Wednesday evening when a sailboat taking part in a race near Redwood City collided with a channel marker buoy, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

Thursday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two win 2014 environmental awards

Menlo Park bestowed two Environmental Quality Awards this year, one to a resident, and another to a business.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
Nine purported gang members could face death penalty

Alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs who were indicted for murder with special circumstances in March could face the death penalty, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Thursday, 9:07 AM | 5 comments
Atherton: Making roads safer for bicyclists, walkers

An El Camino Real shrunken to four traffic lanes, with a shared bike and pedestrian trail on one side and a bike lane buffered from traffic on the other, is just one of the projects envisioned in a draft master plan for bicycle and pedestrian circulation in Atherton.

Thursday, 8:05 AM | 13 comments
Today: Emergency response exercise at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park

Emergency response teams and community volunteers, in cooperation with the county and Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will attempt to deliver thousands of "anthrax vaccines" door to door in three hours on Thursday, April 17.

Thursday, 8:02 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FAA invites comment from residents under flight paths

A strong turnout from Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside is expected at the workshop hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the San Mateo Public Library at 55 W. 3rd Ave. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

Wednesday, 10:47 AM | 6 comments
No charges against driver in accident that killed bicyclist Joy Covey

San Mateo County prosecutors have decided not to bring charges against the driver of a delivery van involved in a fatal accident in September 2013 that took the life of Woodside cyclist and former Amazon CFO Joy Covey.

Wednesday, 7:10 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

No signs of trauma on Menlo Park woman found dead on Mt. Tam

An autopsy on Magdalena Glinkowski, the Menlo Park woman who was found dead in Mt. Tamalpais State Park on Saturday, showed no obvious signs of trauma, Marin County sheriff's officials said this afternoon.

Tuesday, 3:18 PM | 7 comments
Wednesday: Carriage house restoration plan on Atherton council agenda

Plans for a $2.5 million renovation of the carriage house in Holbrook-Palmer Park will be presented to the Atherton City Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

Tuesday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Atherton teen honored for efforts 'to make a lasting impact'

High school senior Jessica Bird's volunteer work to combat sex-trafficking worldwide, an effort she began while on a church mission in Costa Rica, has earned her a national award.

Tuesday, 10:13 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Bicyclist dies 5 months after collision

A bicyclist severely injured last November after colliding with a car has died, according to Menlo Park police.

Tuesday, 10:10 AM | 8 comments
Woodside: Revolver on console undermines driver's statement

Police calls: Deputies headed west on Kings Mountain encountered a vehicle traveling east and made a traffic stop. The driver, when asked if there were firearms in the vehicle, said "No," but a deputy saw a revolver on the center console.

Tuesday, 8:59 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hidden license-plate cameras captured drive-by traffic

Radar-equipped vehicle-speed-monitoring trailers often seen along the side of the road in Portola Valley have been doing double duty recently: informing motorists of their forward velocity and taking photographs of their license plates.

Tuesday, 8:58 AM | 17 comments

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two arrested in Menlo Park burglary

On Friday afternoon, a Menlo Park resident noticed that the house seemed a bit emptier than it had that morning, what with computers, electronics and jewelry missing, and called police to report a burglary.

Monday, 9:44 AM | 3 comments
City looks into flooding near Nealon Park

Menlo Park Public Works Director Chip Taylor said the city is working to fix a flooding problem at the intersection of Middle Avenue and University Drive, near Nealon Park.

Monday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Body of Menlo Park hiker found on Mt. Tamalpais

Sheriff's detectives confirmed that a body found April 12 by search-and-rescue teams on Mt. Tamalpais is that of the missing 33-year-old Menlo Park woman Magdalena Glinkowski.

Saturday, 7:59 PM | 31 comments

Friday, April 11, 2014

Stanford professor and poet Wesley Trimpi dies at 85

Wesley Trimpi, a poet and professor emeritus of English at Stanford University, died on March 6 at the age of 85. He is remembered fondly by his former colleagues and students as a dedicated academic who inspired others through his lectures, writings and poetry.

Friday, 2:15 PM | No comments yet
Mosquito with potential to carry yellow fever found again in Menlo Park

The county's vector-control agency has again issued a warning that a potentially dangerous mosquito was found in the vicinity of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Santa Cruz and Avy avenues in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park rescue team member describes grim search for mudslide victims

A Menlo Park firefighter and another member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District-based search and rescue team are working alongside as many as 500 other rescue professionals and volunteers in the effort to find the remains of victims of the massive March 22 mudslide that devastated an entire neighborhood in Oso.

Friday, 11:32 AM | 1 comment
Busy bees

Local honey is becoming a sweet business for beekeepers on the Peninsula these days.

Friday, 10:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park starts drafting response to Caltrain electrification report

The Menlo Park City Council weighed in on the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project, and decided to take a longer pause for thought before finalizing its comments.

Friday, 9:17 AM | 5 comments
Today: Sidewalk arts festival

The annual sidewalk fine arts festival returns to Menlo Park from April 11 through 13. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will exhibit works by 90 artists, displayed along Santa Cruz Avenue.

Friday, 9:13 AM | No comments yet
SamTrans seeks mobility volunteers

The SamTrans Mobility Ambassador Program is looking for volunteers to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the Bay Area's public transportation systems.

Friday, 7:41 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, April 10, 2014

No punitive damages in lawsuit over crash that hurt 6-year-old twins on Menlo Park sidewalk

A judge has denied a second request to include punitive damages in a lawsuit filed against an elderly driver who crashed into 6-year-old twin brothers on a sidewalk in downtown Menlo Park.

Thursday, 9:50 AM | 7 comments
Earth Day scavenger hunt in progress until April 21

Selfie on Caltrain? Electric car charging station? Why are SamTrans and Caltrain asking people for photographs of such items? To celebrate Earth Day, which falls on April 22.

Thursday, 8:14 AM | No comments yet
Environmental report opens door for comment to FAA about aircraft noise

For some residents of Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, the current level of commercial aircraft noise in the skies above may lessen as the years go by, but it just as easily may not.

Thursday, 8:12 AM | 4 comments

Indian street food and ... bitcoins?
By Elena Kadvany | 4 comments | 2,908 views

I Spy
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 879 views

Dear Chandrama, Everywhere I turn . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 799 views

Life, Death and Rails
By Paul Bendix | 3 comments | 720 views

Live! Menlo Park’s New Website
By Erin Glanville | 9 comments | 624 views