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Monday, December 5, 2016

Menlo Park: Facebook housing displacement fund announced after months of negotiations

Facebook's public commitment to give $20 million over five years to stem the displacement of local residents around its headquarters comes after months of negotiations with a nonprofit coalition called "Envision, Transform, Build - East Palo Alto," according to a member of the coalition.

Monday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside Elementary district board ponders parcel tax

A measure to replace a $289 parcel tax expiring at the end of June 2017 will be on the agenda of the Woodside Elementary School District's governing board when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Wildcats Room of the school at 3195 Woodside Road.

Monday, 9:39 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: County holds Menlo Park meeting on major changes to Flood Park

The public will have an opportunity Tuesday (Dec. 6) to comment on major changes planned for the 21-acre Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Emerald Hills: Firefighters injured in three-alarm house fire

Two firefighters were injured in a possible explosion in a three-alarm fire house fire Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4) in the unincorporated Emerald Hills area, a fire official said.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Monday: Parcel tax vote for Menlo Park school board

The public's last chance to weigh in on the details of a parcel tax measure that the Menlo Park City School District's governing board is pondering putting on the March 7 ballot will be on Monday, Dec. 5, at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Friday, 5:41 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Another sentencing delay for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners

The long-awaited sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed, again, until 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

Friday, 11:48 AM | 3 comments
Monday: Civic center's 'green' features subject of Atherton meeting

How to prioritize energy and water-saving features in the plans for a new Atherton civic center and library will be on the agenda Monday, Dec. 5, when Atherton's City Council holds a special joint meeting with its Civic Center Advisory Committee.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Waste management authority halts hazardous waste pickup

An underutilized program that picks up hazardous household waste materials for many Peninsula residents will be discontinued at the end of this month.

Thursday, 6:30 PM | 1 comment
Almanac Holiday Fund: New effort to serve high-school teens

This fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula converted its Redwood City Clubhouse from a K-12 facility into a teens-only "Forest High School Center," shifting 200 younger students to the club's on-campus programs at adjacent Hoover Community School.

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Menlo Park resident aims to slow down the caffeine scene

If waiting impatiently in line for Starbucks, Philz or Peet's for your caffeine dose isn't your, well, cup of tea, a new shop in Redwood City may offer an alternative.

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Tuesday: Woodside Elementary honors Rudy Driscoll

Rudy Driscoll, a former Woodside Elementary School District board member and school parent who died in June 2015 at the age of 47, will be honored at an event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the school.

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Parcel tax measure in Menlo Park City School District moves toward board approval

As two members of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board finished up their terms Wednesday night, Nov. 30, board members agreed on draft details of a new parcel tax measure that will be voted on when two new board members are sworn in on Monday, Dec. 5.

Thursday, 11:29 AM | 52 comments
Portola Valley: New baker for farmers' market knows art, science of bread-making

In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Ms. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.

Thursday, 10:03 AM | 1 comment
Feature story: Woodside's Bailey is now flea-free

This story started with a very itchy dog in Woodside named Bailey who scratched at hairless hotspots for years. After multiple visits to the vet, and two rounds of prednisone and antibiotics, the underlying issue became clear: fleas had built up immunity to her flea preventative medication.

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Two Menlo Park youths attain Eagle Scout rank

Schuyler Knapp and CJ Box in Troop 206 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and took part in a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.

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New clubhouse planned at Alpine Swim & Tennis Club

At the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, the once-familiar stand of gigantic eucalyptus trees that occupied the space between the club and Alpine Road is gone, cut down in late 2014.
The clubhouse, which dates to the 1950s, may be the next to go.

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Menlo Park fire district hires 20 firefighters this year

The Menlo Park Fire District hired 20 firefighters and firefighter paramedics this year, marking "the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980s, if ever," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said Wednesday.

Thursday, 9:27 AM | 40 comments
Fuel spill reported after dump truck crash on Dumbarton Bridge

Fuel apparently spilled into the Bay after a crash between a dump truck and a car on the Dumbarton Bridge this morning (Dec. 1), according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 9:19 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership to prevent suicides

Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous "There is Help" signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.

Wednesday, 10:05 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Oak Grove Avenue fire station bites the dust

The demolition of the fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park on Monday, Nov. 28, was a necessary step before construction could begin on a new station set to open in May of 2018.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park council OKs significant changes in city's general plan for development

A set of policies for what can get built in Menlo Park between now and the year 2040 was approved 4-1 late Tuesday night (Nov. 29) by the Menlo Park City Council, with Councilman Ray Mueller opposed.

Wednesday, 11:36 AM | 28 comments
Menlo Park: Nick Colasanti's life to be celebrated Dec. 8 at Hillview School

Friends, colleagues and former students of Nick Colasanti, who spent 36 years in roles including teacher, counselor, coach and vice principal at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, will gather at Hillview on Dec. 8, to celebrate his life.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet
Atherton panel: Stepping off college admissions treadmill

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Harvard educator Richard Weissbourd and Challenge Success founder Denise Pope recently shared some ideas about how to step off college admissions treadmill -- for colleges, for families and for local schools.

Wednesday, 8:30 AM | 9 comments
San Mateo County enhances protection for 'significant' trees

San Mateo County has beefed up its tree protection regulations after residents of Menlo Oaks, in unincorporated Menlo Park, complained that their namesake oak trees were falling prey to development at an alarming rate.

Wednesday, 8:22 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Menlo Park: Longtime library volunteer has retired

Jackie Drew, who has volunteered at the Menlo Park Library for almost 30 years, and lived in the city for 32 years, has retired from her duties at the library and moved to her childhood home in Billings, Montana, according to Menlo Park city staff.

Tuesday, 10:38 AM | No comments yet
Business: Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage names new manager

Chris Rasmussen is the new manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Menlo Park, Woodside, and Portola Valley. He succeeds longtime local manager Wendy McPherson, who retired.

Tuesday, 8:35 AM | No comments yet
Woodside extends temporary ban on commercial cultivation of marijuana

Numbers can tell a tale. For example, 65 percent of Woodside voters in the Nov. 8 election voted in support of statewide Proposition 64, which made it legal to grow, use and sell marijuana for recreational and commercial use.

Tuesday, 8:34 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: New high school clears environmental hurdle

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District recently gave its unanimous approval to a final environmental impact report on the 400-student magnet school that will focus on technology, engineering and design.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Losses exceed $54K in two Menlo Park home burglaries

Crime and traffic accident reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton

Tuesday, 8:29 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 28, 2016

Editorial: Menlo Park general plan update promising, but not ready for adoption

The Menlo Park City Council is poised to approve zoning changes to the portion of the general plan governing the city's M-2 area, east of U.S. 101, when it meets on Nov. 29. If the update is approved, the action will conclude a two-year process that included dozens of community meetings and deliberation by city advisory committees and commissions, as well as the council. But a bit more time is needed to improve the 30-year plan.

Monday, 3:00 PM | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Locals seek to protect vulnerable groups before Trump takes office

Before President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20, some people in Menlo Park are trying to cement protections for populations that may face increased threat under Mr. Trump's proposed policies.

Monday, 11:26 AM | 55 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council could act on general plan update

(This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.) The Menlo Park City Council will continue its public hearing on proposed changes to the general plan on Tuesday night, Nov. 29.

Monday, 11:03 AM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: More work needed on Menlo Park general plan before approval

At the outset, let us say collectively that we believe there are many positive attributes contained in the proposed general plan currently under consideration by the City Council.

Monday, 8:25 AM | 25 comments

Friday, November 25, 2016

Final vote count leaves school board outcome unchanged

With what San Mateo County says is its last vote count update, issued on Wednesday, Nov. 23, David Ackerman and Caroline Lucas still lead the race for two seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park City School District.

Friday, 7:05 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club opens its Christmas tree lot

Santa's elves, disguised as Menlo Park Kiwanis Club members, opened the club's Christmas Tree lot the day after Thanksgiving.

Friday, 6:44 PM | 1 comment

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Laurel students celebrate school's national award

Students and staff at Laurel School's upper and lower campuses gathered Nov. 21 to celebrate the school's National Blue Ribbon School award.

Wednesday, 4:07 PM | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: Feeding our less fortunate neighbors

Mariano is a long-time volunteer at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room, the large soup kitchen in Menlo Park. Each day he helps serve hot food to some 350 patrons, who line up to get a warm meal, surplus groceries, and human contact.

Wednesday, 3:21 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg supports Kepler's, community businesses

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, left, visits Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park and meets Dawn Kepler to support "Small Business Saturday," a celebration of the nation's local community businesses, held on Nov. 26 this year.

Wednesday, 2:12 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park district school board meets again on parcel tax

A discussion about the details of a parcel tax that could be put on the March 7, 2017 ballot is the sole topic of a special meeting of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Wednesday, 9:42 AM | 43 comments

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Earn the bird: Thanksgiving morning exercise fundraiser

A Thanksgiving morning Jazzercise class to benefit Laurel School's Caring and Sharing Program runs from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24.

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Police calls: Menlo Park man loses $4,440 in computer support scam

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

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Pre-construction work starts on Caltrain electrification

Preparations for the construction work needed to electrify Caltrain along the Peninsula corridor have started and will last until the end of February, officials with the transit agency said Thursday.

Tuesday, 5:47 PM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Plaque commemorates equestrian history

Portola Valley has unveiled a trail-side plaque commemorating local ranch history.

Tuesday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teens venture to Japan on cultural exchange trip

Menlo Park has a new crop of young ambassadors.

Tuesday, 5:22 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor gives update on 'state of the city'

Following a Menlo Park tradition in which each mayor delivers a "State of the City" address at the close of his or her one-year mayoral term, Mayor Rich Cline gave his own "honest, off the chest" take on where things stand in Menlo Park to a crowd gathered Nov. 17 at Facebook's recently renovated Building 23.

Tuesday, 5:07 PM | No comments yet
Where volunteers, nonprofits serve free Thanksgiving meals

This Thanksgiving, thousands of community members will come together in kitchens and dining halls throughout the Midpeninsula, including dozens of volunteer kitchen workers who will spend the morning prepping and serving turkey with all the fixings to hundreds of children, families, seniors and those in need.

Tuesday, 3:56 PM | No comments yet
'Make America Kind Again' vigil in Menlo Park

In a vigil with a goal to "Make America Kind Again," organized by Gail Sredanovic, people with candles walk by Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park on the evening of Friday, Nov. 18.

Tuesday, 11:50 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District: Second survey mailing has glitch

A second mailing inviting registered voters in the Menlo Park City School District to participate in an online survey ended up with an even bigger flaw than the original mailing, which lacked a return address and may have caused some recipients to discard it as junk mail.

Tuesday, 11:28 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park man faces more charges of sex acts with minors

Authorities have filed more charges of sexual activity with minors against Menlo Park resident Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former basketball coach at local elementary schools.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Key issue splits board in drawing maps to subdivide school district

Plans to divide the Sequoia Union High School District into five voting areas for school board elections have raised a key question: Should a voting area echo a particular high school's attendance area and possibly put that board member under pressure by voters to represent that school on the board?

Tuesday, 10:53 AM | No comments yet
Stanford seeks to expand academic facilities by 2 million square feet by 2035

Faced with a heavy demand for housing, evolving academic disciplines and anticipated growth in its undergraduate population, Stanford University is preparing to expand its campus by more than 2 million square feet over the next 17 years, according to an application the university submitted Monday with Santa Clara County.

Tuesday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet

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