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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Farmers' Market comes to Facebook

Lines formed beneath a floating blue and white balloon archway as Facebook's first farmers' market, held in the company's transformed parking lot, launched on Sunday morning, Oct. 4.

Tuesday, 9:18 PM | No comments yet
Bedbug closes Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center was closed Tuesday evening (Oct. 6) after a bedbug was found in a chair, City Manager Alex McIntyre said.

Tuesday, 8:27 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tentative deal would gives 3% pay boost to city employees

Thirty-six supervisorial and management employees of the city of Menlo Park would receive a 3 percent increase in base salaries under a tentative agreement with the city on a new two-year labor contract, the city announced Oct. 5.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | 1 comment
Murder charges dropped in Menlo Park drive-by shooting case

The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighters flip pancakes, raise funds

Menlo Park firefighters rappelled down ropes, simulated a live auto crash and showed off the "jaws of life," a pincer-like metal device used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles.

Tuesday, 11:32 AM | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton council reviews plan for civic center

The recommended conceptual plan and budget for Atherton's new civic center will be reviewed by the Atherton City Council when it meets Wednesday.

Tuesday, 10:33 AM | 1 comment

Monday, October 5, 2015

Post office 'institution' Robert Delvishio retires

For years, Robert Delvishio has been telling visitors to the West Menlo Park post office that he's wanted to have his name in the Almanac. For his retirement, he'll finally get his wish.

Monday, 11:32 AM | 2 comments
Prosecutors add to the sexual-misconduct charges against former basketball coach

Authorities have added more allegations of sexual activity with a minor to the charges against Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former coach at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Monday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Woodside school board race: Challenger criticizes incumbent's attendance record

A challenger for a seat on the Woodside Elementary School District board is accusing an incumbent of poor board meeting attendance.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Firefighters looking into the cause of Filoli estate grass fire

Fire investigators have not yet settled on what started a nearly five-acre grass fire in the vicinity of Edgewood and Canada roads on a northern portion of the Filoli estate in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Sunday, 1:27 PM | 1 comment

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sunday: Facebook holds first farmers' market

Facebook will host its inaugural weekly farmers' market on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park.

Friday, 5:48 PM | No comments yet
That's right: Menlo Park council takes on both general plan and specific plan tonight

The Menlo Park City Council has a packed agenda for its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with reviews of the two major documents that guide the city's development: the general plan and the El Camino/downtown specific plan.

Friday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: New member named to architectural review panel

Portola Valley resident Alvin Sill, currently the chair of the town's Water Conservation Committee, is the newest member of the town's Architectural & Site Control Commission.

Friday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo Park fundraising walk to combat hunger

Local walkers and joggers will flock to Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, to spend the afternoon covering one-, three-, and five-mile routes at the CROP Hunger Walk.

Friday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested on possession of concealed weapon

An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening in East Palo Alto. The arrest was made after the Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of people openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Community says farewell to Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The farewell celebration for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30, attracted no less than a marching band, a TV crew, and a crowd of people substantial enough to consume the entirety of the shop's remaining ice cream supply within an hour.

Thursday, 12:23 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park Police Department wins statewide award for work to reduce crime in Belle Haven

In recognition of its community policing strategies in the Belle Haven community, the Menlo Park Police Department was awarded the state-wide Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by the League of California Cities at its annual conference in San Jose.

Thursday, 11:00 AM | 7 comments
Belle Haven Open House showcases community programs

Traditional Aztec dancers, a Zumba class, and kids doing karate were among eight performances that took the stage at the Belle Haven community open house at the Onetta Harris Community Center on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Saturday: Menlo Park Pancake Breakfast benefits burn victims

The 15th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 6:46 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Goodbye party for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The community is invited to a goodbye party from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 30) in the Fosters Freeze parking lot at 580 Oak Grove Ave., about half a block east of El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
New Woodside preschool building opens

Woodside Elementary School's new two-classrooom preschool building opened on Sept. 21 with a ribbon-cutting.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Early reactions to Stanford's revised development plans for Menlo Park

Since Stanford submitted its revised proposal Sept. 28 to develop its 8.4-acre property along roughly half a mile of El Camino Real, stretching from the Stanford Park Hotel to Big 5 Sporting Goods, city officials and residents have been voicing their opinions about what this development could mean to Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
Obituary: Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley, ardent environmentalist

If personal magnetism were a measurable force, if it could be calculated on its ability to draw people in and give them feelings of warmth and importance, the force would have been strong in Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 3 comments
Thursday: Meet Woodside school board candidates

Three candidates for two seats on the board of the Woodside Elementary School District will participate in an election forum at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road in Woodside.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Is it something in the water?

What are the odds? Last week we reported that an Atherton City Council member had swum from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park. It turns out he had coaching from another council member who is a veteran open water swimmer, Mike Lempres.

Tuesday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Arsonist sets roadside couch on fire

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton and Menlo Park

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 28, 2015

After unplanned day off, M-A resumes normal schedule today

M-A students had a day off from classes on Monday (Sept. 28) because, with the exception of the small gymnasium, the campus had no electrical power, Principal Simone Rick-Kennel said.

Monday, 8:20 PM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Downtown pop-up park trial ends soon

As summer winds to a close, so will lounging in the pop-up park in downtown Menlo Park -- perhaps, but not definitely, forever.

Monday, 4:54 PM | 21 comments
Su Hong Menlo Park changes hands after 38 years

Su Hong To Go in Menlo Park, the longtime takeout Chinese-food favorite of generations of customers, has been sold, owner Bee King confirmed Monday.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 23 comments
Atherton gives go-ahead to new bike routes

The Atherton City Council has unanimously approved plans for the first phase of the town's Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, designating some streets as shared bike and auto routes.

Monday, 10:48 AM | 4 comments
Stanford proposes more housing, less office space in Menlo Park development

Stanford University proposes to increase housing and reduce office space in its latest development plan for its 8.4 acres of land along El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The plaza near Middle Avenue would occupy about half an acre, "over twice as big as the original proposal," said Steve Elliott, Stanford's managing director for development.

Monday, 7:55 AM | 52 comments

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Six homes in this week's edition of "Recent home sales" hadn't been sold since the 1970s. With more than 35 years between sale dates, it's no surprise you need more commas in your bank account number to purchase all of the Midpeninsula real estate today.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Bradley's Funky Franks: new hot dog joint in Menlo Park

Bradley's Funky Franks, a gourmet hot dog restaurant owned by award-winning Chef Bradley Ogden, opened its doors to customers on Monday, Sept. 21, at 1195 Merrill St. in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Holbrook-Palmer Park buildings could get national historic status

The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park want to honor some of the last remainders of Atherton's agricultural legacy by getting Holbrook-Palmer Park's 1897 carriage house and 1883 water tower put on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

What's going on here?

A new retaining wall is going in along Alpine Road across from the intersection with Arastradero Road in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 11:49 PM | No comments yet
Students lead tour of JobTrain facilities

In a blur of activity, beaming students led visitors through an open house Sept. 17 at the Menlo Park JobTrain facilities on O'Brien Drive, where hundreds of people are receiving job training and career placement services at no cost to them.

Thursday, 11:40 PM | 1 comment
Woodside man raises reward funds in effort to nab tack-scatterer on Kings Mountain Road

There are still no leads as to who is scattering carpet tacks on Kings Mountain Road in Woodside, a steep winding route popular with bicyclists who are riding between Town Center and Skyline Boulevard.

Thursday, 7:08 PM | 30 comments
​Marriott Residence Inn in Menlo Park holds grand opening

With a satisfying "snip," Mayor Catherine Carlton used a pair of scissors as long as her forearm to slash the red ribbon at the grand opening of the Marriott Residence Inn in Menlo Park on Sept. 16.

Thursday, 7:02 PM | No comments yet
Local effort to preserve memory of Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller, board members with the Menlo-Atherton Little League, and other residents have rallied to create a "living monument" to Fosters Freeze. Why?

Thursday, 5:45 PM | 8 comments
Former Selby Lane School coach arrested on suspicion of sex crimes

A former coach from Selby Lane School in Atherton was arrested on Friday, Sept. 18, by officers from the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of sex crimes with a 14-year-old boy.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Council seeks guidance in transition to new town manager

If there is anything to be learned by the Portola Valley Town Council in hiring of Nick Pegueros as town manager in 2012 and in his abrupt "involuntary resignation" three years later, the council is taking steps to find out.

Thursday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
Consultants: Delays add $2.8 million to cost of Atherton civic center

It took five tries, but the committee charged with advising Atherton's City Council about the plans for the town's new civic center on Sept. 21 finally approved a conceptual design to recommend to the council.

Thursday, 9:39 AM | 6 comments
Innovative Menlo Park school has kids of all backgrounds learning together

All Five School is the embodiment of the long-nurtured dreams of a Menlo Park woman who believes putting children of diverse backgrounds into the same classrooms helps them get the best start.

Thursday, 9:32 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley workshop on preventing sudden oak death

In a bit of positive news about the extended drought, there's been an upside for oak trees in that the moisture-loving pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been less of a threat. A workshop is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

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