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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Menlo College names new chief fundraiser

Joanne Ferchland-Parella, an experienced college administrator and fundraiser, has been named chief advancement officer, the chief fundraiser for Atherton's Menlo College.

Tuesday, 11:02 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglar smashes Porsche rear window; thief steals 25 spoons

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

Tuesday, 10:49 AM | No comments yet
Skylonda residents await hydrogen fuel station

Bugatti, Ducati, Austin Healey, MV Agusta, Ferrari ... Toyota Mirai. Yes, for now, the Mirai belongs in that list of exotic transportation to Four Corners. It runs on hydrogen, which when used as a fuel, is exotic. A Mirai may be visiting the gas station there in a year or so.

Tuesday, 10:48 AM | 1 comment

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosquito control operation went as planned, vector control district says

The campaign to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus came to Menlo Park's Allied Arts neighborhood and parts of downtown on Sunday evening.

Monday, 11:49 AM | 7 comments
It's the 45th year for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, celebrating its 45th year, will be held Aug. 4 to 9 at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton with 500 competitors, ranging from local children on lead lines to internationally ranked professional riders.

Monday, 9:55 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Chowchilla kidnapper, former Atherton resident, to be paroled soon

One of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore for ransom will be paroled soon because Gov. Jerry Brown has let a parole board's ruling stand.

Sunday, 9:37 PM | 7 comments
Woodside: Roadside brush fire extinguished along I-280

Firefighters responded to a small roadside brush fire along Interstate 280 in Woodside on Sunday morning (Aug. 2).

Sunday, 2:27 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to become first-time parents

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, according to an announcement Zuckerberg posted on Facebook Friday.

Saturday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 31, 2015

Service Sunday for longtime Woodside resident

A memorial service will be held for longtime Woodside resident Matthew Joseph Shanks on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church at 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Friday, 12:43 PM | No comments yet
Election roundup: Two incumbents on Woodside council not running

San Mateo County's candidate roster for town councils and governing boards of school districts and special districts is settling out as the candidate filing period for the fall election draws to a close.

Friday, 10:47 AM | 1 comment
Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus

Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.

Friday, 10:25 AM | 2 comments
Want a sustainable food garden? NanoFarms guild can supply

Interested in having a garden to grow your own vegetables, even though backyard space is limited and the soil depleted? The NanoFarms guild offers a sustainable garden-installation service that customizes the garden according to space restrictions and the customer's preferences in produce.

Friday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park: Downtown, El Camino specific plan up for review

The specific plan governing development in Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real corridor is undergoing its second periodic review since it was adopted in 2012. The process begins Monday night.

Friday, 8:21 AM | 1 comment
One small seed

The mission of nurturing bodies and souls at St. Patrick's Seminary took on an added dimension last year with the launch of a new program based on an old idea: a guild in which Catholic laypeople with common interests work cooperatively in an environment of equality and shared profits.

Friday, 7:40 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, July 30, 2015

West Nile virus: Mosquito fogging tonight in Menlo Park

In response to the discovery of adult mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in ‎Menlo Park on July 29, the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District has scheduled an adult mosquito control fogging for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2, in areas of Menlo Park.

Thursday, 3:52 PM | 13 comments
Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus

Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.

Thursday, 3:40 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: National Night Out events in Menlo Park and Atherton

Atherton and Menlo Park are among communities throughout the country planning events Tuesday, Aug. 4, for National Night Out, a program
that promotes neighborhood and police relations.

Thursday, 3:16 PM | 2 comments
All-mail-in ballot election is on for November

The all-mail-in ballot election is on for November in San Mateo County. This pilot project -- being tried in two counties in the state -- needed and now has the support of all jurisdictions in the county having elections this fall.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Air district board approves $20M for Caltrain electrification project

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board Wednesday approved $20 million in funding for a Caltrain electrification project expected to greatly reduce emissions and allow for expanded passenger service.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 3 comments
Atherton committee still can't agree on civic-center concept

Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee has asked architects to come back for a fourth time with refinements to the conceptual design for the new complex.

Thursday, 8:58 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Labor board rulings lead to deal with firefighters

A ruling by a state labor-relations board led the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters, who have been working without a contract for seven years, to settle their differences and agree to a new contract.

Wednesday, 3:57 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence

After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, an East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Third high-level city employee leaving Menlo Park

Jesse Quirion, Menlo Park's public works director, has announced he is leaving Aug. 20 for a job with Google in Tennessee. He is the third high-level city employee whose departure has been announced within a week.

Wednesday, 11:33 AM | 18 comments
Woodside fire district: What you should avoid during heat wave

The Woodside Fire Protection District issued an alert today urging residents to take extra caution during the heat wave.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
Eshoo on aircraft noise: FAA knows 'something has changed dramatically'

The Federal Aviation Administration "clearly knows something has changed dramatically" with regard to local aircraft noise issues, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, following a recent meeting with FAA representatives.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | 22 comments
Thursday: Atherton's mayor to moderate water crisis panel

Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Water Control Board, will be part of a panel on the California water crisis on Thursday night in Palo Alto. Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will moderate.

Wednesday, 7:48 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tonight: Woodside may seek public opinion on planning, building services

Are Woodside residents and others who deal with the town's planning and building operations dissatisfied with the services?

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 1 comment
Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 11:23 AM | 10 comments
Longtime local family business moves back to its roots

In the more than 60 years since John and Mary Lyngso started Lyngso Garden Materials in the early 1950s, Lyngso has sold a lot of stone to Peninsula residents.

Tuesday, 8:38 AM | 2 comments
Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

Tuesday, 8:36 AM | 5 comments

Monday, July 27, 2015

Atherton resident says neighbor cut down tree without permission

Atherton police have sent the results of an investigation into the alleged cutting down of a neighbor's tree without permission to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution on charges of trespassing and grand theft, police say.

Monday, 11:14 AM | 8 comments

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Public invited to comment on proposed firefighters' contract

The public is invited to comment on a four-year tentative agreement between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters that is posted on the district's website.

Sunday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Menlo Park: Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to Sharon Heights home

Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park early Saturday morning.

Saturday, 3:53 PM | No comments yet
Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Saturday, 9:16 AM | No comments yet

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gas leak reported on Portola Road

The Sheriff's Office reported at 2:35 p.m. today that Portola Road is closed between Old La Honda Road and Tadin Lane due to a gas leak.

Friday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Execs exit two top city posts

Menlo Park Assistant City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson will retire effective July 31 and Finance Director Drew Corbett will leave Aug. 14 to take the same post for the city of San Mateo, it was announced Friday, July 24.

Friday, 12:29 PM | 13 comments
Tonight: DUI checkpoint planned for undisclosed location in Menlo Park

Somewhere in Menlo Park tonight (Friday, July 24), police officers will be stopping vehicles, checking driver's licenses and looking at drivers for signs of intoxication, whether from alcohol or drugs.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 3 comments
Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church

Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair church grounds, burglars have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto, making off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaging the church, the Rev. Albert Macklin said.

Friday, 8:33 AM | 2 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park: PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed

More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.

Friday, 8:21 AM | 12 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Menlo Park police arrest woman in embezzlement case

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

Thursday, 11:03 PM | No comments yet
Menlo festival: If you liked it or not, chamber wants to hear

The management of the Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Menlo Park's recent annual midsummer art and wine festival, would like to hear from the festival's critics as well as from its fans, and particularly from critics with constructive ideas.

Thursday, 5:44 PM | 22 comments
Major renovation planned for Avenidas senior center

The Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto unveiled plans recently for a modern, technologically advanced senior center that would include amenities and programming to accommodate the booming senior population. The proposal calls for a new 11,000-square-foot, three-story wing and a remodel of the existing historic building on Bryant Street.

Thursday, 7:56 AM | 1 comment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice: The winners are ...

You'll see many old favorites – and some newcomers – on the list of winners of the 2015 Almanac Readers' Choice awards.

Wednesday, 3:02 PM | 6 comments
Jury returns guilty verdict in Woodside burglary case

A jury has found Arizona resident Bradley Sullivan guilty of burglary and grand theft in the residential burglary of a Woodside home in 2012, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Wednesday, 1:46 PM | 1 comment
Updated: Menlo Park water district rate changes approved

Rate increases with drought surcharge added to story.
After making sure they understood the reasons why they had little choice about doing it, the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted new rates for the city's municipal water district.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 1 comment
M-A teacher wins presidential award for environmental education

Lance Powell, who teaches environmental chemistry and advanced-placement environmental science at Menlo-Atherton High School, has won a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education.

Wednesday, 7:02 AM | 4 comments

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