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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Portola Valley residents report seeing mountain lion in backyard

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a Friday night mountain lion sighting in Portola Valley.

Sunday, 2:33 PM | 1 comment
Monday: Menlo Park hosts small business roundtable

The second quarterly small business roundtable hosted by Menlo Park will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. The discussion theme will be how the economic development plan update can help the city transition from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Two injured in Menlo Park accident

Two people were injured in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street at about 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 13), Menlo Park police reported.

Saturday, 7:31 PM | 3 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mandarin immersion charter school petitions Menlo Park district for approval

Supporters of a new charter school in the Menlo Park City School District that would teach many of its classes in Mandarin have asked the district to authorize the school. The school now has 30 days to hold a hearing on the request and 60 days to make a decision.

Friday, 9:02 PM | No comments yet
Atherton, Menlo Park: Cops focus on distracted driving

A contingent of seven or eight motorcycle officers from around San Mateo County will be in Menlo Park and Atherton on Friday (Sept. 12) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on heightened patrol in various locations and ticketing drivers for distracted driving.

Friday, 11:40 AM | 23 comments
Vi seniors take case to federal court

More than 40 seniors mobilized in the U.S. District Court in San Jose this week to show their displeasure with how the parent company of senior-care community Vi at Palo Alto is handling their money.

Friday, 8:52 AM | 3 comments
Learning by doing: Students acquire multiple skills by working on projects

Portola Valley teachers spent some time being students this summer; learning about project-based learning, in which students study multiple academic subjects while doing broad based projects.

Friday, 8:04 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Library offers lessons, lunch for local kids

This summer, the Atherton Library provided more than books for young students.

Thursday, 11:48 PM | No comments yet
Obituaries: Well-known Realtor Steve Bellumori dies

Services were held Sept. 10 at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park for prominent Realtor Stephen Bellumori, who died unexpectedly of a heart seizure Aug. 14. He was 65.

Thursday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Atherton school completes Ice Bucket Challenge

Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton was next in line to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on a participant's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and encourage donations to research.

Thursday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
Anton Menlo gets ready for construction of 394 apartments

Developer St. Anton Partners has cleared 10 acres of land at 3639 Haven Ave., off Marsh Road, in Menlo Park in preparation for the construction of a 394-unit apartment complex.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | 11 comments
Police calls: Three Woodside High students accused in marijuana cookie incident

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 2 comments
All lanes reopened after major injury accident on 101

The roadway has reopened after three lanes were shutdown on the southbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park due to a major injury accident involving multiple vehicles this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 7:49 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tips on handling a mountain lion encounter

Mountain lion sightings are not uncommon on the Midpeninsula. Local officials are reminding residents of the best way to react when encountering one of the big cats.

Wednesday, 11:48 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park holds forum on general plan update

Menlo Park has plans -- a lot of them: the specific plan, the housing plan, the Willow business area plan, the Belle Haven visioning plan -- and now the general plan and the economic development plan have reached the top of the "to do" list.

Wednesday, 3:39 PM | 15 comments
Update: Teens, teacher hurt after being struck by vehicle in San Mateo

San Mateo police say they do not believe a driver who struck three special needs students and a student teacher Wednesday morning (Sept. 10) drove on to the sidewalk deliberately.

Wednesday, 12:57 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park to spend $45,000 on drought outreach

The city's water fund will chip in $45,000 to help get the word out about mandatory water conservation measures to customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 13 comments
Menlo Park council approves Monte Rosa stop signs

After tabling the issue to allow a homeowners' association time to discuss it, the Menlo Park City Council returned on Sept. 9 to the question of whether to install stop signs on Monte Rosa Drive at Eastridge Avenue in Sharon Heights.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
Woodside: Stop-work order lifted for mansion

After more than two months of enforced idleness, the stop-work order issued in July at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside has been lifted and construction work can resume on a residential remodeling project there.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Park Mandarin school backers may go for county-wide charter

Backers of a Mandarin immersion charter school in Menlo Park have agreed to hold off asking the Menlo Park City School District to authorize the charter school in order to explore going straight to the San Mateo County Board of Education for a county-wide charter.

Wednesday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
Transit CEO Michael Scanlon to retire

After 15 years leading San Mateo County's transit operations, Michael Scanlon has decided to retire.

Wednesday, 12:00 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Church of the Nativity loses longtime priest

Menlo Park's Church of the Nativity recently lost a cherished former parish priest, Father Clement Arthur Davenport, who died at the age of 90 after a long and interesting life that included serving as an Army chaplain in Korea and Vietnam.

Tuesday, 7:23 PM | No comments yet
Cover story: Taking charge when cancer strikes

Woodside resident Vanessa Deen Johnson's new business builds on her years of experience in the health care field and in helping her mother after a cancer diagnosis to assist others navigating the health care maze.

Tuesday, 6:57 PM | No comments yet
Pet of the week

She's almost 60 pounds, but will still try to sit in your lap. That's Glinda, a 4-year-old, female Akita mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion.

Tuesday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
Woodside report: Mountain lion and three cubs spotted in Wunderlich park

Deputy sheriffs and park rangers are patrolling the woods at Wunderlich county park in Woodside after the reported sighting of an adult mountain lion and three cubs at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 22 comments
Tonight: Project Read honored by Menlo Park council

Project Read-Menlo Park is set to receive a City Council proclamation on Sept. 9, recognizing the literary work being done by Project Read adult learners and volunteer tutors. A reception will be held prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Study session on charter schools reveals possible issues

Menlo Park City School District board members held a study session last week on charter schools, in anticipation of receiving a petition at their Sept. 9 meeting asking for authorization of a Mandarin immersion charter school.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

The Sept. 2 fogging of 220 acres in northeast Menlo Park, Redwood City and unincorporated county areas killed mosquitoes, but none tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews Measure M critique

Criticisms of a consultant's analysis of Measure M, the initiative meant to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, are largely a matter of "interpretative disagreement," according to the consultant.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 5 comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

Feature story: Back in the saddle

A posse of extreme cowboy racers clearly enjoyed splashing through the water hole on a dusty obstacle course at the Horse Park at Woodside on a recent hot and sunny weekend.

Monday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police arrest burglary suspect they say entered occupied home

Atherton police are warning residents to keep doors and windows locked after the arrest of a woman who allegedly entered a Wilburn Avenue home on Sunday, Sept.7, through an open sliding glass door while the occupants were at home.

Monday, 11:06 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Commission reviews Menlo Park food truck event

Off the Grid, a weekly food truck event, launched in Menlo Park earlier this year over the protests of about 20 downtown business owners and patrons. Tonight (Sept. 8), the Planning Commission will conduct a review of the event's operations.

Monday, 11:02 AM | 4 comments
Woodside: Council considers fate of mansion, town's eucalyptus trees

In its first meeting of the fall, the Woodside Town Council starts with a full and significant agenda: an appeal to accept partial demolition of the mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road and continue the "remodel;" culling eucalyptus trees to prevent fires; and taking steps to conserve water.

Monday, 9:20 AM | 2 comments
Peninsula Humane Society pet of the week

Let's be honest. Some animals have a face only a mother could love! This week's featured pet is the opposite.

Monday, 8:17 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Andrew Tan wins national essay contest

Out of hundreds of entries, Andrew Tan of Menlo Park was named one of the winners of a national essay contest held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Sunday, 6:19 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Caltrain to buy more cars to ease commute crowding

Caltrain officials have announced plans to purchase 16 surplus Metrolink rail cars that will be used to extend train sets and provide more capacity for peak-hour trains.

Saturday, 7:22 AM | No comments yet

Friday, September 5, 2014

When Imogen came to visit

In the winter of 1976, Imogen Cunningham traveled from her home in San Francisco to Atherton in order to take pictures of the nuns living at the Oakwood Retirement Center, on the campus of Sacred Heart Schools.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Fifth-grader raises money to buy gear for basketball program

For fifth-grader Shay Patel, basketball is more than just a pastime. It's a passion. So it's no surprise that this summer, the Menlo Park native began a crowd-funding campaign to bring basketball equipment to 60 low-income students involved in after-school basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

Friday, 8:29 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saturday: Seminar on water-efficient gardening

The public is invited to a free seminar on drought-tolerant gardening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

Thursday, 10:09 PM | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary adds new principals

The Woodside Elementary School District's superintendent, who had also been the principal of the one-school district, has given up that part of her job to two new principals, one for the Transitional Kindergarten to fifth grade and one for the middle school at Woodside.

Thursday, 3:44 PM | 1 comment
Portola Valley earthquake expert shares his knowledge

Sheldon Breiner, a geophysicist from Portola Valley, wants local residents to prepare for an earthquake much bigger than the one that recently struck Napa County.

Thursday, 10:47 AM | 1 comment
Firefighters, too, seek to reduce water use due to drought

In fighting wildland or structural fires, it's hard to overstate the value of water to firefighters. A drought makes water precious, but firefighters say their methods are what they would be without a drought. When they're not fighting fires, the drought is an issue.

Thursday, 10:43 AM | No comments yet
Taste of Woodside benefits Rotary charities

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley is holding its annual Taste of Woodside wine tasting event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road.

Thursday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2.9 earthquake hits Ladera

A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, 10:10 PM | 7 comments
'They turned my world upside down'

James Kristofferson, the Atherton man who in July was barred by court order from his Redwood Way home for a year after town officials had it declared a "drug house," has lost the home in a foreclosure sale, he said.

Wednesday, 4:07 PM | 27 comments
Sign-up deadline Friday for free course on county government's workings

If you've even wanted to learn more about how local government operates, San Mateo County has a deal for you: a free 10-week course called "Civics 101," all about local government. But act quickly -- registration ends Friday, Sept. 5.

Wednesday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man sentenced to more than nine years in felony elder abuse case

A man convicted of felony elder abuse related to withholding medication and forging loans has been sentenced to nine years and four months in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, 11:32 AM | 7 comments
German-American International School finds a temporary home

The German-American International School, which must move off the site it had been leasing in the Willows neighborhood to make way for a new public school, has found a temporary home in the nearby Menlo Oaks School.

Wednesday, 11:27 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Developer Ryland Kelley of Woodside dies

Ryland Kelley, a prominent real estate developer who with his brother was responsible for such local planned communities as Lindenwood in Atherton and Ladera in Portola Valley, died on Saturday, Aug. 30, friends and family have confirmed. He was 88.

Tuesday, 7:28 PM | 4 comments
Today: Menlo Park district board study session on charter schools

The laws and issues surrounding charter schools will be the subject of a study session for the Menlo Park City School District board at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3. District residents have announced they intend to petition for a Mandarin immersion charter school this month.

Tuesday, 2:36 PM | 2 comments
Looking Back: Lurline Matson Roth

Lurline Matson Roth, who competed nationally and won many awards for her equestrian skills, and My Joy pose in this 1920s photo. Photo courtesy of Woodside History Committee

Tuesday, 2:01 PM | No comments yet
How Boys & Girls Clubs offer hope to Nateja and other teens

She's the life of the party. She gets along with everyone, cracks jokes with a smile that never leaves her face, and has an energy that shines brighter than the lights in a classroom.

Tuesday, 8:50 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Mosquito fogging in northeast Menlo Park

Parts of northeast Menlo Park will be sprayed tonight for mosquitoes (Sept. 2) to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Tuesday, 8:41 AM | 6 comments
Police calls: Phone scams continue to hook the unsuspecting

A resident of Brandon Way bought prepaid cash cards and provided the card numbers to someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told her she faced being arrested for unpaid back taxes.

Tuesday, 8:33 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven residents praise changing neighborhood

"I cannot tell you the number of people who tried to persuade me not to buy a house in the neighborhood," Joellen McGruder, who bought a home in Belle Haven in 2011, told the Menlo Park council. "And indeed within a month after I'd been there, there was a drive-by shooting and at least two gun incidents within a two block radius. But now, she has seen the community change "tremendously."

Tuesday, 8:31 AM | 8 comments

Monday, September 1, 2014

Update: Two bicyclists injured after collision in Woodside

Two bicyclists were hospitalized yesterday (Sept. 1) after an attempt by one to pass the other went wrong and they collided on state Highway 84 in Woodside, causing the highway's closure in both directions.

Monday, 12:56 PM | 38 comments

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