If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Almanac Online <![CDATA[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? ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]>