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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Firefighters respond to grass fire on Bear Gulch Road near Skyline Boulevard

Firefighters are headed to a grass fire in the vicinity of Skyline Boulevard and Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

Thursday, 1:24 PM | No comments yet
Rodeo, festivals celebrate Fourth

There should be no problem finding a way to celebrate the Fourth of July in local communities.

Thursday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?

An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns.

Thursday, 7:19 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Jasmine spends month on the lam

The bichon frise, not much more than a ball of fluff at less than 15 pounds, was lost and wandering the hills of Woodside, where mountain lions and coyotes roam, for a month.

Thursday, 6:30 AM | 1 comment
Atherton, Menlo Park police warn about fireworks, firearms

Atherton and Menlo Park police are reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in every city in San Mateo County except Pacifica and San Bruno, which allow state-approved fireworks.

Thursday, 6:26 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Former state senator Yee pleads guilty to racketeering charge

Former state Sen. Leland Yee, who formerly represented Portola Valley and Woodside, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco on July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to solicit campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

Wednesday, 11:41 AM | 3 comments
Lutticken's owner opens Main & Elm in Redwood City

The owner of Lutticken's in Menlo Park has taken over a Redwood City coffee shop, transforming it into a full restaurant.

Wednesday, 9:43 AM | No comments yet
A page from our history

This 1893 photo shows the grand house on Los Trancos Road known as The Hawthorns, home at the time to the Judge James Allen family, according to the Portola Valley history book "Life on the San Andreas Fault" by Nancy Lund and Pamela Gullard.

Wednesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Atherton estate traces 145 years of local history

As the long, long driveway to the home at 151 Laurel St. in Atherton winds back, and back and back, through walls of vegetation, it feels almost as if the decades are winding back with it

Wednesday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet
Atherton: Police give safety tips after attack on runner

Atherton police are offering tips for runners and walkers after a 17-year-old Atherton girl out on a noon-time run was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her.

Wednesday, 7:49 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Road, trail improvements draw focus in new budget

Town Hall in Portola Valley is projecting a budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, but it's a year that follows previous years of operating surpluses, and the reserves are healthy, the town manager says.

Wednesday, 7:17 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trainers should monitor all high school athletes for concussions, grand jury says

High schools in San Mateo County need to take steps to detect concussions in athletes in all sports and use care in determining when students can return to play, the county's grand jury says.

Tuesday, 11:30 AM | 6 comments
There is a free lunch this summer in Atherton

The Atherton Library is refuting the old saying -- "There's no such thing as a free lunch" -- by offering a free lunch at the library from June 22 through Aug. 14, Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, 7:43 AM | 2 comments
Police calls: Jumping-jack soil compactor stolen from unoccupied Menlo Park home

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

Tuesday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 29, 2015

Service on July Fourth for Mark Patrick Hanley, Menlo Park

A memorial service will be held on July Fourth for Mark Patrick Hanley of Menlo Park, who died June 18 after a long battle with cancer. He was 52.

Monday, 4:26 PM | No comments yet
Governor signs bill eliminating 'personal belief' exemption for vaccinations

Come July 2016, California parents will no longer be able to claim a "personal belief" exemption from requirements that all children in schools or daycare be immunized.

Monday, 10:37 AM | 12 comments
Circus Club: 'Let's be a role model' for water use

With a 10-acre polo field visible from the street, it's almost inevitable that passersby would complain when they notice that the Menlo Circus Club is continuing to water the field with above-ground sprinklers, even during the day.

Monday, 9:59 AM | 11 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

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

Monday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Friday, June 26, 2015

Stanford Driving School closes; students stranded

One of the Bay Area's oldest driving schools suddenly closed its doors last month, and hundreds of parents and student drivers are feeling ditched by the side of the road, former clients are saying.

Friday, 7:50 PM | 2 comments
Troop 206 honors three Eagle Scouts

Three scouts from Menlo Park Troop 206 – Patrick Tornes, George Archbold and Cole Shaffer – have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout and been recognized in a Court of Honor at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.

Friday, 7:28 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police focus on Ravenswood Avenue traffic problems

Menlo Park police have been more visible lately along Ravenswood Avenue, concentrating traffic enforcement efforts there.

Friday, 11:43 AM | 31 comments
Whiz kid: At 13, Cameron Jones is already a veteran on the science fair circuit

Indulging in his curiosity has taken 13-year-old Cameron Jones of Portola Valley a long way - as in, so far, all the way to Washington, D.C.

Friday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today that the federal Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage -- an action Assemblyman Rich Gordon called historic "for all Americans who value fairness and equality."

Friday, 10:24 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, June 25, 2015

San Mateo County: Vets ID card now available

To make it easier for the approximately 33,000 military veterans living in San Mateo County to apply for and receive benefits, the county's Veterans Services Office started a program June 3 to provide them with ID cards.

Thursday, 1:45 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Junior League helps girls in tech

A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.

Thursday, 1:43 PM | No comments yet
Obituary: Helen Reist of Menlo Park

Helen Elizabeth Reist died at home in Menlo Park on June 5. She was 84.

Thursday, 1:36 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man sentenced to year in jail for drunken driving

A Menlo Park man pleaded no contest to one count of felony drunken driving in a case involving collisions with several vehicles and a roadside electrical box in January 2015, according to prosecutors.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 3 comments
Atherton philanthropist Lorey Lokey is honored

Business Wire founder and Atherton philanthropist Lorry Lokey received an honorary doctorate degree recently from Tel Aviv University in Israel.

Thursday, 7:55 AM | 1 comment
Kindles let students read on long school commutes

A pilot program to lend Kindles to Ormondale School students who have long commutes has resulted in more than 1,600 books being read in the first five weeks, Ormondale principal Kevin Keegan says.

Thursday, 7:50 AM | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Independent analysis of aircraft noise is on

Portola Valley has taken another step along a hard road. The Town Council is proceeding with plans to hire a consultant to analyze commercial aircraft noise in a search for data that might amplify complaints about flight altitudes and routes.

Thursday, 7:48 AM | 21 comments

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Architects continue to refine plan for Atherton's new civic center

If designing something by a committee is an almost impossible task, how about trying to involve an entire town, as Atherton is attempting with its new civic center?

Wednesday, 11:42 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council to consider budget for the coming fiscal year

The Portola Valley Town Council is set to vote tonight (Wednesday, June 24) on a budget that includes deficit spending of about $477,200 for the 12-month-period that starts July 1.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs budget with projected $1.9M deficit

The Town Council of Woodside voted 4-0 Tuesday night to adopt a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget includes spending of $12.2 million, anticipated revenues of $10.29 million and a projected $1.9 million deficit.

Wednesday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
Man pleads no contest to resisting arrest and injuring Menlo Park officer

A San Francisco man pleaded no contest Monday to felony resisting arrest and injuring a Menlo Park officer after a struggle with police in March.

Wednesday, 8:20 AM | 1 comment
Demolition marks start of Woodside School construction

The Sellman Auditorium, home of generations of Woodside students' eighth-grade operettas, cotillion classes, basketball games and school assemblies, is no more as demolition begins the construction of several new Woodside Elementary School buildings.

Wednesday, 7:00 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: Five bikes stolen and $15,650 in losses

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 6:58 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Menlo Park council settles on balanced budget

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night quickly settled on a way to balance the general fund budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1 without touching a plan to add approximately 11 full-time employees.

Tuesday, 10:07 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Woodside to vote on town budget

With healthy finances in Woodside, the town is embarking on a five-year program to repair and rehabilitate its infrastructure.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment
Atherton council won't cut parcel tax

Although Atherton is in better financial shape than it has been for years, the parcel tax paid by residents won't be going down, at least for the coming year.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | 5 comments
Today: Two meetings on design of Atherton civic center

The last of a series of June meetings in Atherton to find out what residents and others who use its public buildings want in the design of a new civic center will be held on Tuesday, June 23.

Tuesday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tonight: Community meeting on reimagining Flood Park

The San Mateo County Parks Department wants to hear from you about the future of Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.

Monday, 8:05 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council meets again on city budget

The Menlo Park City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, to consider and adopt an operating budget and capital improvement program for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Monday, 7:33 PM | No comments yet
Downtown Menlo Park gets a French patisserie

Debora Ferrand of Atherton, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who was raised in France, is opening her own patisserie in the former home of Sugar Shack on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

Monday, 7:26 PM | 10 comments
Man grabs girl out for run in Atherton

Atherton police say a girl out for a run early Saturday afternoon was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her, but she was able to break free and run home.

Monday, 11:09 AM | No comments yet
Council sets 'maximum development' for M2 area

The Menlo Park City Council has authorized the city to begin the process of preparing environmental impact reports for two big projects: the city's update of zoning in the M2 industrial area in the eastern part of the city, and the Facebook campus expansion at 300-309 Constitution Drive.

Monday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Woodside gives Stanford habitat award

In Woodside's fourth year of recognizing residents who allow their properties to be open and accessible to wildlife, the town has honored a non-resident for erecting a fence on land not within town boundaries.

Sunday, 4:58 PM | 3 comments
County creates veterans commission

Veterans of military service who live in San Mateo County will have a representative body that speaks directly to the county Board of Supervisors on issues that affect them.

Sunday, 12:37 AM | 5 comments

Friday, June 19, 2015

Atherton: Sacred Heart Prep graduates 146

Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton held its 117th commencement ceremony on May 22, with 146 graduates.

Friday, 6:44 PM | No comments yet
Roadwork closes Atherton streets

Road work will close parts or all of Atherton Avenue, Fair Oaks Lane and Middlefield Road in Atherton from Monday through Friday, June 22-26.

Friday, 11:43 AM | 3 comments
Atherton praises Phil Lively's civic contributions

Many involved in Atherton civic activities say the town would not be the place it is without the contributions of Philip Lively, who died June 12 at the age of 86 from complications from a recent stroke.

Friday, 11:27 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman killed at El Camino crosswalk

Menlo Park resident Emiko Chen, 86, was struck by a vehicle and killed last night while walking at the intersection of El Camino Real and Alejandra Avenue, according to Menlo Park police and the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.

Friday, 8:32 AM | 50 comments

Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 9 comments | 2,244 views

Constitution Guarantees Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage
By Chandrama Anderson | 33 comments | 1,666 views

Family Outing - Inside Out
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 466 views