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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 | 9 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
April 21: 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 | 1 comment

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 | 8 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 | 3 comments

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Making connections through film

Sacred Heart prep juniors Brenten Brandenburg and Justin McWilliams have organized the school's first annual International Film Festival, which will debut on Thursday, April 10, on the Atherton campus.

Wednesday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council requests more data before voting on animal shelter funding

Animal control services are important -- no one on the Menlo Park council disputes that -- but what they are disputing is who should provide them to the city and at what cost.

Wednesday, 10:17 AM | 5 comments

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Carburetors and carbohydrates

Downtown Menlo Park may seem like an odd location for an exotic car show, given the city's predilection for "green" modes of transportation. But it was the site for such a show last weekend -- the first of monthly "Cars and Croissants" events.

Tuesday, 4:36 PM | 3 comments
Trial delayed in defamation suit against Menlo Park fire board directors

In a ruling that one party to the lawsuit compared to the last-minute cancellation of an anticipated baseball game, a judge has delayed the trial of John Woodell's defamation lawsuit against Virginia Chang Kiraly and Chuck Bernstein for nine months.

Tuesday, 11:42 AM | 19 comments
Menlo Park school district sued over student injured by piano on playground

In the land of earthquakes, even IKEA has kits to bolt heavy indoor furniture to the walls just in case. Turns out, securing heavy furniture -- in this case, a piano -- outdoors on a school playground might also be a smart idea.

Tuesday, 10:34 AM | 16 comments
Police calls: $34,500 in losses in Woodside residential burglary

Crime reports from Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 1 comment

Monday, April 7, 2014

Search suspended for missing Menlo Park woman

With no new evidence or leads as to the location of a missing Menlo Park woman believed to have been hiking on Mt. Tamalpais, search and rescue crews have suspended a widespread, three-day search for her, a Marin County sheriff's lieutenant said today.

Monday, 3:20 PM | 3 comments
Charges being weighed in weekend weapons incident at Woodside Elementary

Probation department authorities in San Mateo County are weighing whether to charge two teens with a misdemeanor for having allegedly carried weapons to the outskirts of Woodside Elementary School during a soccer game on Saturday, April 5.

Monday, 10:54 AM | 10 comments

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