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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Woodside School safety gets boost with upgraded crosswalks, path

The safety of students getting to and from Woodside Elementary School has taken a big step forward.

Thursday, 5:35 PM | No comments yet
Bills to curb antibiotic use head to governor's desk

The California Legislature recently sent to the governor two bills sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that will prohibit the use of antibiotics as growth enhancers in farm animals and promote more responsible use of antibiotics in humans.

Thursday, 5:30 PM | No comments yet
Man suspected of burglarizing Sharon Heights home arrested

After a brief chase, deputies with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office captured and arrested a 34-year-old Belmont man Wednesday in connection with a number of burglaries, including in Menlo Park and Atherton.

Thursday, 12:05 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves Sobrato office complex

While the Menlo Park City Council didn't take action on every item on the agenda for its Aug. 19 meeting, there were still plenty of actions taken, including a unanimous approval of a new office complex in the M-2 industrial zone.

Thursday, 9:51 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: New bright green bike lanes on Middlefield near Marsh

Bright green paint and new pavement markings reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists can now be seen on both sides of Middlefield Road near Marsh Road in Atherton. It's part of a test designed to see if the changes will improve safety.

Thursday, 9:23 AM | 7 comments
It's back to class for local students

Students in the Almanac area go back to school either this week or next.

Thursday, 8:01 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: Bills would help curb growing crisis over antibiotics

Good news hails from Sacramento in the form of two bills successfully sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill. Both are important first steps in reining in the overuse of antibiotics in an effort to control the growing health crisis that results from that excess.

Thursday, 7:17 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School: Menlo Park district makes plans for new campus

As children in the Menlo Park City School District headed back to classes on Aug. 20, the district is moving ahead with the planning for a new campus for Laurel School at the old O'Conner School site.

Wednesday, 3:52 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop sign approval temporarily stopped

At Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton's request, the Menlo Park council last night tabled the question of whether to install stop signs in all directions at the intersection of Monte Rosa Drive and Eastridge Avenue.

Wednesday, 11:34 AM | 14 comments
Woodside: Overturned truck closes King's Mountain Road

Drivers intent on using King's Mountain Road between Skyline Boulevard and Woodside Road should find an alternate route, according to a bulletin issued at 10:54 a.m. today by the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Avenidas names new president and CEO

Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 10:39 AM | No comments yet
Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases

Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office.

Wednesday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Charm bracelet and gold bangles taken in $45,000 burglary

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 9:00 AM | No comments yet
'Grandmother' gives 'grandson' scammer a piece of her mind

A would-be confidence man tried the grandson-impersonation scheme on Menlo Park travel consultant Carolyn Bakar with an early morning telephone call on Aug. 14, but got nowhere. He did get an earful, though.

Wednesday, 8:58 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pet of the week

Make it an "Orange Friday" this week -- adopt Vincent, a 2-year-old, male looker with a soft coat and golden eyes, from the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Tuesday, 6:45 PM | No comments yet
Three of five candidates want to change healthcare district

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District in the Nov. 4 election, including three who advocate allowing voters to decide whether the district should exist.

Tuesday, 12:53 PM | 10 comments
Tonight: Drought, Monte Rosa stop signs on Menlo Park council agenda

A presentation on the mayor's trip to China, followed by a study session on drought control measures, kicks off tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting.

Tuesday, 10:04 AM | 1 comment

Monday, August 18, 2014

No charges against deputy who shot woman armed with knife

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday he would not file charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an 18-year-old woman wielding a kitchen knife near Half Moon Bay in June.

Monday, 11:00 PM | 29 comments
Menlo Park: Tom Wing & Sons closing at end of September

After seven years in Menlo Park and more than 40 years in business, Tom Wing & Sons is closing its Menlo Park store and the family is retiring, says George Tom, president of the company that specializes in providing fine quality jade and other gemstones.

Monday, 5:58 PM | 2 comments
Contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail

A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15.

Monday, 5:13 PM | 5 comments
Burglars rob cash register at Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Burglars on Saturday broke into Fosters Freeze, a Menlo Park landmark at 580 Oak Grove Ave., and stole $115 in coins from the cash register.

Monday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission studies Haven Avenue housing

Part of tonight's Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting will be dedicated to a study session on a proposed Haven Avenue apartment complex.

Monday, 11:40 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Initiative ballot arguments released

The arguments that have been filling the air at city meetings for months are now officially on the Nov. 4 ballot. Those for and against "Measure M," an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, have submitted the primary arguments in support of their positions.

Monday, 11:38 AM | 75 comments
East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, four injured

An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and four injured, according to East Palo Alto police.

Monday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer with truck

A 65-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded not guilty Aug. 7 to assaulting a code enforcement officer with a deadly weapon -- in this case, his 1966 Chevy.

Monday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks riders for van service

Calling more riders -- the city of Menlo Park's free van service is looking for more patrons.

Monday, 8:04 AM | 1 comment
Obituary: Jack Byrne, grocer, carpenter

John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, a resident of Portola Valley and once the co-owner of a family grocery store in San Francisco, died peacefully on Aug. 1. He was 92.

Monday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
32-year-old accident victim had lived in Atherton for 22 years

Shahriar Rahimzadeh, the 32-year-old Atherton resident who died after being struck by a car on El Camino Real on July 23, had lived in Atherton for most of his life, and attend Menlo Park school and Menlo-Atherton High School.

Monday, 7:53 AM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto youth program aims to build qualities for success

Curiosity, persistence, resilience. After decades of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth, Anna Waring knows that kids armed with those qualities have a better shot at succeeding against the odds.

Monday, 7:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vote-by-mail election trial coming to San Mateo County

Voters in San Mateo County will soon be part of a trial that could help the state decide if it wants to adopt a system of primarily voting by mail, with a greatly reduced number of physical polling places.

Sunday, 7:16 PM | No comments yet
Atherton volunteers rebuild plane-crash victim's home

Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.

Sunday, 9:25 AM | 14 comments

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Trio allegedly robs, attacks man on bicycle in East Palo Alto

Three East Palo Alto males, two adults and one juvenile, were arrested Thursday after they allegedly attacked and robbed an elderly man riding his bicycle near University Avenue and Sacramento Street in East Palo Alto.

Saturday, 10:14 PM | 2 comments
Three robbery suspects arrested after attack on elderly cyclist

Three male suspects who allegedly conducted a string of strong-arm robberies were arrested Thursday after attacking an elderly man who was riding his bicycle in East Palo Alto, police said.

Saturday, 10:14 PM | No comments yet

Friday, August 15, 2014

Menlo Park man sentenced to 17 years for assault and resisting arrest

A 21-year-old Menlo Park man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for multiple felony convictions related to a shooting and resisting arrest.

Friday, 11:04 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Menlo Park hosts downtown fitness event

Booths for more than 30 local fitness businesses lined Santa Cruz Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the city of Menlo Park's family fitness event, one of many efforts by the city to attract more people downtown.

Thursday, 2:44 PM | 7 comments
Jackie Speier tours Menlo Park companies

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, visited two manufacturing companies -- Acclarent and Qbotix -- on O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park on Wednesday.

Thursday, 2:20 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: After fogging, no mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

After fogging 1,300 acres of Menlo Park with insecticide, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that none of the dead mosquitoes collected tested positive for West Nile virus.

Thursday, 10:33 AM | 10 comments
Residents near volatile creek make a plea for flood control

It's been more than 16 years since a flood swept through the homes of Spencenia Sims and her neighbors in East Palo Alto, and the day rarely strays far from their minds come winter time.

Thursday, 9:47 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park, Las Lomitas school board elections over before they began

The election is over before it began in the Menlo Park City and Las Lomitas school districts because only three candidates filed for the three open seats in each district by the end of the filing period Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Thursday, 9:22 AM | 1 comment
Fix it, keep it

In the mantra of the green movement -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- recycling gets all the attention. It's simple to do, it can create virtuous feelings and it's become big business. What about reuse?

Thursday, 9:07 AM | No comments yet
Atherton residents replace lawn with artificial turf

A local couple who replaced 8,500-square-feet of lawn with artificial turf hope their water-saving move will inspire other local residents to take action to save water.

Thursday, 7:28 AM | 20 comments

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Police calls: $25,000 in rings stolen from Woodside home

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:49 PM | No comments yet
Sunday: Info sessions on Mandarin immersion charter school

An additional information session on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion School has been added to the original two-hour meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Wednesday, 8:07 PM | No comments yet
Three women arrested in stings on two massage parlors

Police investigations into two Redwood City massage parlors for alleged prostitution ended with the arrest of three women, police said Wednesday.

Wednesday, 5:44 PM | 4 comments
Two seek local seat on open space district board

Incumbent Larry Hassett and challenger Brandon Lewke are running for the Ward 6 seat on the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in the Nov. 4 election. The ward encompasses Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and five other cities.

Wednesday, 3:41 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: BevMo burglar gets away with an empty box

A burglar apparently stole a valuable bottle of 30-year-old MacAllan whisky from Beverages and More at 700 El Camino Real on Saturday, Aug. 9, but what he actually got away with was the tall box meant to hold the bottle.

Wednesday, 10:08 AM | 8 comments
Obituary: George Bull, Ladera pharmacist

George Bull Jr., the longtime owner and pharmacist of Bull's Ladera Pharmacy in the Ladera Country Shopper mall, died July 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 90.

Wednesday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Con men scam local author and physician

It can happen to the best and the brightest, apparently. Physician, author, speaker and world traveler Walter Bortz of Portola Valley was duped out of thousands of dollars by con men in a crafty telephone scam.

Wednesday, 8:10 AM | 13 comments
DA finds no criminal misconduct in SamTrans accounting probe

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has concluded his office's investigation into allegations of improper accounting practices at the San Mateo County Transit District after finding no evidence of criminal misconduct.

Wednesday, 8:06 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Atherton's 'National Night Out' event

Atherton's first "National Night Out" event at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, brought the 9-1-1 Ready Fox from "9-1-1 for Kids," a nonprofit organization focused on 9-1-1 emergency dialing education. (Photo by Tiffany Lam/The Almanac.)

Tuesday, 7:25 PM | No comments yet
The new laptop you've been wanting

National Black Cat Appreciation Day is Aug. 17 and we're celebrating in a big way at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Tuesday, 6:02 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man robs Rubio's restaurant at gunpoint

A man wearing a white mask and carrying a pistol robbed Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill restaurant at 515 El Camino Real shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, and got away with about $900 in cash, police said.

Tuesday, 11:29 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district sued over crash

A collision between a fire vehicle and car last fall has led to a lawsuit filed against the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the firefighter who was behind the wheel.

Tuesday, 8:56 AM | 11 comments

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tonight: Menlo Park closing downtown Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic for fitness event

As part of its efforts to attract more people downtown, the city of Menlo Park is hosting a "Family Fitness Extravaganza" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, along Santa Cruz Avenue.

Monday, 4:52 PM | 22 comments
PHS offers $1,000 reward in shooting of dog in Menlo Park

The Peninsula Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a dog in Menlo Park on or just before Aug. 1.

Monday, 3:01 PM | 2 comments
PHS offers $1,000 reward in shooting of dog in Menlo Park

The Peninsula Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a dog in Menlo Park on or just before Aug. 1.

Monday, 1:56 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Mosquito fogging in Menlo Park

Parts of Menlo Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Monday, 8:46 AM | 14 comments
Alexa Cafe aims to close gender technology gap

Designing the ads for LalaChic, a clothing line where users personalize outfits online, can be tricky especially for its founder, 13-year-old Zoe, who just started using Photoshop thanks to the Alexa Cafe.

Monday, 8:23 AM | No comments yet
Facebook holds game day with kids

Facebook summer interns took a short break from their computers for the company's first intern game day during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 30.

Monday, 7:17 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Two lanes of I-280 reopened after multi-vehicle crash

Two lanes of southbound Interstate 280 in San Mateo County have reopened following a multi-vehicle injury collision this evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sunday, 7:31 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Six candidates running for three council seats

The final roster for the upcoming Menlo Park City Council election holds few surprises, with six campaigning for three open seats.

Sunday, 3:20 PM | 18 comments

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Portola Valley caller spots suspicious person; deputies arrest man on burglary charges

Sheriff's Office deputies, responding to a suspicious-person 911 call from a Portola Valley resident on Aug. 7 at 7:40 a.m., stopped a vehicle fitting the caller's description a short time later on Alpine Road in Ladera and made an arrest.

Saturday, 4:44 PM | 4 comments
School board elections: Filing period extended to Aug. 13

Because eligible incumbents did not file as candidates in the Nov. 4 election, the filing period for races in two local school districts will remain open until Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City school district boards.

Saturday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Atherton will have four candidates for three council seats in November

With the close of the filing period on Aug. 8, Atherton has an official roster of candidates for the Nov. 4 election: incumbents Bill Widmer and Rick DeGolia will be joined by challengers Rose Hau and Mike Lempres.

Saturday, 10:04 AM | No comments yet

Friday, August 8, 2014

Palo Alto VA head called to lead controversial Arizona network

The director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes the Menlo Park VA campus, has been called to temporarily head the VA Southwest Health Care Network in Arizona, the epicenter of this year's national scandal over VA wait times and standard of care.

Friday, 11:24 PM | No comments yet
Email indicates that Zuckerberg offered to help developer

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently recalled he had once offered to help a real estate developer who is suing him for failing to give him references and contacts for his business, an email filed in Santa Clara County Superior on Aug. 6 indicates.

Friday, 11:21 PM | 5 comments
Documentary chronicles history of dam-building, removal

A new award-winning documentary produced by Portola Valley native Matt Stoecker chronicles the history of dam building and removal in the United States.

Friday, 4:19 PM | No comments yet
Matt Stoecker transforms a love of creeks into life's work as a conservation biologist

Matt Stoecker grew up in Portola Valley exploring Corte Madera Creek. His realization that Searsville Dam was blocking steelhead trout from spawning in the creek led him to a career as a conservation biologist and now, to producing a documentary on dam removal called "DamNation."

Friday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Mansion owner appeals to council on plans for Mountain Home Road

An appeal was filed this week in Woodside Town Hall asking the Town Council to decide on the future of a partially demolished mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road.

Friday, 10:31 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fergusson joins council race

A familiar name has popped on to the list of contenders for the 2014 Menlo Park City Council election: Kelly Fergusson, who lost a bid for a third council term in 2012, has announced that she's running again.

Friday, 10:16 AM | 57 comments

Touring the Southern California “Ivies:” Pomona and Cal Tech
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By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 2,078 views

Couples: Parallel Play or Interactive Play?
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Getting High in Menlo Park
By Paul Bendix | 3 comments | 781 views

As They Head Back To School, Arm Them With This
By Erin Glanville | 1 comment | 111 views