If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Motorcycle cops issue 82 tickets for 'distracted driving' in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Officers on motorcycle patrols in Atherton and Menlo Park issued 76 tickets to drivers using cellphones illegally and six tickets for texting during a special "distracted driving" enforcement event in those two towns on Friday, Sept. 12. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police stage training at former school this week]]> Explosions, gunfire and yelling -- all simulated -- may be heard coming from the former campus of James Flood Elementary School this week as the Menlo Park police and other law enforcement agencies stage a training exercise.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Atherton public hearing on housing element]]> A public hearing on Atherton's housing element, a state-mandated plan for providing housing to people of all income levels, is on the Planning Commission's agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 16. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.
<![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Library offers lessons, lunch for local kids]]> This summer, the Atherton Library provided more than books for young students. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Three Woodside High students accused in marijuana cookie incident]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Transit CEO Michael Scanlon to retire]]> After 15 years leading San Mateo County's transit operations, Michael Scanlon has decided to retire.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]>