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Friday, September 19, 2014

Diplomas for those whose education was interrupted by war

The San Mateo County Office of Education recently announced that it will award diplomas to veterans in San Mateo County whose high school education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances.

Friday, 7:20 PM | No comments yet
Atherton will hire two employees to replace contractors

Reversing some changes made in 2011 when Atherton outsourced the jobs of many of its public employees to contractors, the City Council voted to hire two full-time employees to replace contractors.

Friday, 10:55 AM | No comments yet
Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High

Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Friday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Saturday: Volunteers clean up Pilarcitos Creek

The Coastside Land Trust is hosting its 30th annual "California Coastal Cleanup Day" on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pilarcitos Creek in Half Moon Bay.

Thursday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
27 local students are National Merit semifinalists

Twenty-seven juniors from three local high schools -- Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Preparatory -- are among 16,000 semifinalists competing for National Merit scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2015.

Thursday, 5:15 PM | No comments yet
Couple plead no contest to burglaries

A San Jose couple, accused of several 2013 Peninsula burglaries, including the theft of a Porsche in Portola Valley, has changed their "not guilty" plea to "no contest" with respect to 11 counts of residential burglary and one count of an attempted residential burglary, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Thursday, 3:39 PM | 2 comments
Woodside School plans major construction project

In order to save money, officials at Woodside Elementary School have decided to build three major projects at once -- a new multi-purpose room, a new design lab and two new preschool classrooms -- starting in June 2015.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Trees for Menlo celebrates 15 years of work

Trees for Menlo, a nonprofit organized by a group of Menlo Park residents to beautify El Camino Real with trees, will celebrate completion of the work on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Thursday, 2:56 PM | No comments yet
Officers issue 252 more traffic tickets in Atherton, Menlo Park

Officers on motorcycles from agencies around San Mateo County spent Wednesday (Sept. 17) patrolling parts of Menlo Park and Atherton and issued 252 citations, most for speeding and cellphone violations.

Thursday, 10:44 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Tree protest ends peacefully; tree is cut down

A man chained himself to an Italian stone pine tree in Fremont Park early Tuesday morning, but the protest came to a peaceful conclusion once city officials explained why the tree had to be cut down for safety reasons, according to Menlo Park staff.

Thursday, 8:10 AM | 2 comments
Stop-work order lifted for Woodside mansion

The mansion remodeling project at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is on again. The town had posted a stop-work order on July 3 after staff discovered construction activity not within the scope of project permits.

Thursday, 12:13 AM | No comments yet
Legal battle erupts over Panzer tank from Littlefield collection

A Seattle company led by Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in in a dispute over ownership of a German World War II-era tank. A Panzer IV, built in 1944, was offered in a July 2014 auction of some of the military vehicles owned by the late Jacques Littlefield of Los Trancos Woods.

Thursday, 12:10 AM | 5 comments

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Menlo Park council approves duplex purchase

With Mayor Ray Mueller dissenting, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) to approve the purchase of two Willow Road duplexes for $1.12 million.

Wednesday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
New law defines 'safe distance' for motorists passing bicyclists

A new state law sets 3 feet as a "safe distance" for vehicles passing bicyclists on the road.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | 19 comments
Police calls: Six commercial burglaries over four days in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary

Portola Valley holds a special event at Town Center on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Officers again target traffic-law violators in Atherton, Menlo

A total of 28 motorcycle officers will conduct a saturation traffic enforcement in Atherton and Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Tuesday, 6:46 PM | 11 comments
Atherton: Reverse outsourcing, at least for two employees?

Atherton's City Council will consider making two current part-time contract jobs into full-time town positions when it meets on Wednesday, Sept. 17. A report on the town's talks with Caltrans about El Camino is also on the agenda.

Tuesday, 9:26 AM | 7 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council may buy duplexes for city

Menlo Park may pay $1.12 million for two duplexes, at 1175 and 1177 Willow Road, to potentially use as below-market-rate housing.

Tuesday, 8:23 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Officer, mom disagree about letting child walk home alone

Everyone agrees on the basic facts: A fourth-grade boy was walking home alone from Encinal Elementary School on Sept. 11. A Menlo Park police officer driving by saw the boy, pulled over, and after some discussion, decided to give the child a lift. Upon reaching the boy's home, he was greeted by an incensed mother.

Tuesday, 8:20 AM | 53 comments

Monday, September 15, 2014

Work in progress at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Construction of a new administrative building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory started earlier this year.

Monday, 9:19 PM | No comments yet
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.

Monday, 1:28 PM | 13 comments
Menlo Park police stage 'critical incident' 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.

Monday, 9:06 AM | 1 comment
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.

Monday, 7:41 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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.

Sunday, 2:33 PM | 6 comments
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.

Sunday, 8:48 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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.

Saturday, 7:31 PM | 3 comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

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.

Friday, 9:02 PM | 3 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park: Cops focus on distracted driving

A contingent of seven or eight motorcycle officers from around San Mateo County will be in Menlo Park and Atherton on Friday (Sept. 12) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on heightened patrol in various locations and ticketing drivers for distracted driving.

Friday, 11:40 AM | 23 comments
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.

Friday, 8:52 AM | 4 comments
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.

Friday, 8:04 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Library offers lessons, lunch for local kids

This summer, the Atherton Library provided more than books for young students.

Thursday, 11:48 PM | No comments yet
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.

Thursday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
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.

Thursday, 4:02 PM | No comments yet
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.

Thursday, 3:55 PM | 15 comments
Police calls: Three Woodside High students accused in marijuana cookie incident

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

Thursday, 9:16 AM | 2 comments
All lanes reopened after major injury accident on 101

The roadway has reopened after three lanes were shutdown on the southbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park due to a major injury accident involving multiple vehicles this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 7:49 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.

Wednesday, 11:48 PM | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park holds forum on general plan update

Menlo Park has plans -- a lot of them: the specific plan, the housing plan, the Willow business area plan, the Belle Haven visioning plan -- and now the general plan and the economic development plan have reached the top of the "to do" list.

Wednesday, 3:39 PM | 15 comments
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.

Wednesday, 12:57 PM | 1 comment
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.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 14 comments
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.

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | No comments yet
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.

Wednesday, 11:29 AM | 6 comments
Menlo Park Mandarin school backers may go for county-wide charter

Backers of a Mandarin immersion charter school in Menlo Park have agreed to hold off asking the Menlo Park City School District to authorize the charter school in order to explore going straight to the San Mateo County Board of Education for a county-wide charter.

Wednesday, 10:57 AM | No comments yet
Transit CEO Michael Scanlon to retire

After 15 years leading San Mateo County's transit operations, Michael Scanlon has decided to retire.

Wednesday, 12:00 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

Tuesday, 7:23 PM | No comments yet
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.

Tuesday, 6:57 PM | No comments yet
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.

Tuesday, 6:07 PM | No comments yet
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.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 24 comments
Tonight: Project Read honored by Menlo Park council

Project Read-Menlo Park is set to receive a City Council proclamation on Sept. 9, recognizing the literary work being done by Project Read adult learners and volunteer tutors. A reception will be held prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, 9:20 AM | No comments yet
Study session on charter schools reveals possible issues

Menlo Park City School District board members held a study session last week on charter schools, in anticipation of receiving a petition at their Sept. 9 meeting asking for authorization of a Mandarin immersion charter school.

Tuesday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

The Sept. 2 fogging of 220 acres in northeast Menlo Park, Redwood City and unincorporated county areas killed mosquitoes, but none tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews Measure M critique

Criticisms of a consultant's analysis of Measure M, the initiative meant to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, are largely a matter of "interpretative disagreement," according to the consultant.

Tuesday, 8:55 AM | 5 comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

Feature story: Back in the saddle

A posse of extreme cowboy racers clearly enjoyed splashing through the water hole on a dusty obstacle course at the Horse Park at Woodside on a recent hot and sunny weekend.

Monday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police arrest burglary suspect they say entered occupied home

Atherton police are warning residents to keep doors and windows locked after the arrest of a woman who allegedly entered a Wilburn Avenue home on Sunday, Sept.7, through an open sliding glass door while the occupants were at home.

Monday, 11:06 AM | 3 comments
Tonight: Commission reviews Menlo Park food truck event

Off the Grid, a weekly food truck event, launched in Menlo Park earlier this year over the protests of about 20 downtown business owners and patrons. Tonight (Sept. 8), the Planning Commission will conduct a review of the event's operations.

Monday, 11:02 AM | 4 comments
Woodside: Council considers fate of mansion, town's eucalyptus trees

In its first meeting of the fall, the Woodside Town Council starts with a full and significant agenda: an appeal to accept partial demolition of the mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road and continue the "remodel;" culling eucalyptus trees to prevent fires; and taking steps to conserve water.

Monday, 9:20 AM | 2 comments
Peninsula Humane Society pet of the week

Let's be honest. Some animals have a face only a mother could love! This week's featured pet is the opposite.

Monday, 8:17 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Andrew Tan wins national essay contest

Out of hundreds of entries, Andrew Tan of Menlo Park was named one of the winners of a national essay contest held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

Sunday, 6:19 PM | 2 comments

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