If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Atherton couple celebrate 70th anniversary]]> On Dec. 22, 1944, a young man named Joe Cotton asked Rema Nelson to marry him. Recently returned to the states from being shot down over Greece in World War II, and spending three harrowing months evading the Nazis, Mr. Cotton was ready for a challenge of a more domestic sort.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Security camera helps capture alleged package thief]]> A few days after a security camera captured the theft of a package from the doorstep of a home in the Willows neighborhood, Menlo Park police arrested a suspect.]]> <![CDATA[Middlefield Road in Atherton reopens]]> Middlefield Road between Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue has reopened, Atherton police reported at 3:23 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19).]]> <![CDATA[School board gets update on Spanish immersion, world languages]]> Reports from Menlo Park City School District administrators about the Spanish immersion program and how to make study of world languages available to all district students drew a big crowd to a recent school board meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Thefts from home construction site in Portola Valley]]> Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA['Cali' girl needs good home!]]> Parker is a medium-sized, spayed Californian bunny available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton's new mayor lays out his vision]]> New Atherton mayor Rick DeGolia's vision for the coming year includes a new civic center that creates all its own energy and a free high-speed fiber Internet system for the whole town.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton councilman Bill Widmer is new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes]]> Bill Widmer, who on Nov. 4 was elected to his second term on the Atherton City Council, has been named the new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California. He says that, for now, he is not moving from Atherton and will remain on the council, but new mayor Rick DeGolia says he has asked Mr. Widmer to resign.]]> <![CDATA[Board OKs plans to buy sites for new high schools]]> The Sequoia Union High School District has entered into contracts to spend up to $12.7 million for two Peninsula properties -- $9.3 million for a 2.1-acre site in Menlo Park near Belle Haven and $3.4 million for a 1-acre site in San Carlos. ]]> <![CDATA[Deputy pleads not guilty to conspiracy charges]]> Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office pleaded not guilty on Tuesday (Dec. 16) to two charges of conspiracy in connection with a case involving an inmate in the San Mateo County jail who is accused of acquiring and using a cellphone while in jail.]]> <![CDATA[Vast photo collection documents San Mateo County life over several decades]]> Retired commercial and news photographer Norton Pearl has donated a lifetime's worth of negatives representing his professional work to the San Mateo County Historical Association.]]> <![CDATA[Four men rob Menlo Park market at gunpoint]]> A cashier was beaten and another robbed at gunpoint after four men entered the El Rancho Market around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Menlo Park police.]]> <![CDATA[Train strikes car in Atherton]]> A southbound Caltrain struck a on the train tracks at Fair Oak Avenue in Atherton at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. The driver was able to escape the car before the collision.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Seven homes flooded by broken water main]]> A broken water main flooded the yards and garages of seven homes in West Menlo Park on Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside, Portola Valley elect new mayors]]> Woodside and Portola Valley have new mayors -- Tom Shanahan and Jeff Aalfs. Both councilmen were elected on unanimous votes of their town councils, on Dec. 9 and 10, and both are holding the office for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Laundry room bandit strikes at apartments]]> A laundry room bandit or bandits swarmed through Menlo Park recently, hitting coin-operated laundry machines in apartment complexes, according to the Menlo Park Police Department. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College terminates contract with tweeting San Jose cop]]> Phillip White, a San Jose police officer who generated widespread outrage after tweeting threatening statements about civil rights protestors, has had his contract as an assistant basketball coach terminated by Menlo College.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police: Beware 'plumbers' at the door]]> A pair of men posing as plumbers talked their way into two Atherton homes on Monday, Dec. 15, stealing money and jewelry while the residents were distracted, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Food truck event gets five-year permit in Menlo Park]]> Off the Grid's weekly food truck event rolled away from Monday's Planning Commission meeting with unanimous approval to continue for five years in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Glimpse at new building coming to Menlo-Atherton campus]]> A rendering of a new two-story building at Menlo-Atherton High School showed up in a presentation to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Dec. 9.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: No crosswalk on Mountain Home Road for now]]> Children walking to Woodside Elementary School from the south side of town -- from neighborhoods along Mountain Home and Whiskey Hill roads -- have not had the benefit of a crosswalk when crossing Mountain Home Road. A crosswalk was planned, but it's off for now.
<![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Unlocking stories helps adults learn to read, write and find success]]> Project Read-Menlo Park literacy tutors are finding that the personal stories locked inside their students can be sprung loose to become fascinating, valuable tools in the quest for literacy.]]> <![CDATA[Storm delivering rain as predicted]]> Rain will continue in the Bay Area through most of today, according to a forecaster at the National Weather Service. ]]> <![CDATA[Six people displaced by house fire in North Fair Oaks]]> Six people were displaced in a two-alarm house fire in the North Fair Oaks area early Sunday morning, a San Mateo County fire official said.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Dec. 10]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Redwood City to debut Tuesday]]> Kaiser Permanente's new 149-bed, seven-story Redwood City hospital is set to open Tuesday, Dec. 16. The nonprofit health organization began construction on the 280,000-square-foot building on Veterans Boulevard and Walnut Street in 2011. ]]> <![CDATA[Cover story: War is hell]]> Woodside resident and former mayor Nat Landes has many military medals sitting on a bookshelf in his living room that recognize his service as a U.S. Army artillery officer during World War II. He talked about his service with the Almanac.]]> <![CDATA[Multi-family zoning in Woodside?]]> The Woodside Planning Commission dealt recently with a topic with potential to be controversial -- multi-family zoning in a town zoned for single-family homes. But voices did not rise. Positions were taken, but in measured tones.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Overcoming adversity, transforming lives]]> Both of Mark's parents suffered from serious mental illness: his mother from schizophrenia and his father from bipolar disorder. Between his mother's frequent hospitalizations and his father's extreme mood swings, there was a persistent feeling on Mark's part of depression and loneliness.]]>