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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Woodside Elementary is a district with resources

Teacher dismissal hearings in California are expensive. Even a winning district has to pay for an attorney and half the costs of the hearing. The Woodside Elementary School District, however, has more resources per student than many other public school districts.

Tuesday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Cover story: Woodside School fails in bid to dismiss tenured teacher

It's not easy to fire a teacher in California, especially one with tenure. Woodside Elementary School, a kindergarten to eighth-grade school with 434 students in a very well-funded one-school district, recently found that out the hard way.

Tuesday, 4:17 PM | 2 comments
Angel Heart Cakes changes hands

The Angel Heart Cakes bakery, located at Marsh Manor Shopping Center near Atherton, is changing hands after four years, the owners announced on Facebook.

Tuesday, 1:28 PM | No comments yet
Community Notebook: 20 local organizations receive grants

In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, a global effort to celebrate charitable giving, the Palo Alto-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Monday its distribution of $500,000 to 20 local organizations providing critical services to women.

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Wednesday: 'Bully' film screening and Q&A with director

"Bully," a 2012 documentary by Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, will be screened at the Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Tuesday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: New health center serves thousands more

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center.

Tuesday, 11:05 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday: Menlo Park City Council to pick new mayor

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to go through a yearly rite, passing the mantle of mayorship from one member to the next, during its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 3 comments
King tides provide preview of sea level rise

Gray water, rippling with rainfall, lapped at the banked edge of the Coyote Point waterfront at the San Francisco Bay, covering the high-water mark – a line of white bricks – by at least a foot.

Tuesday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 30, 2015

Atherton: Thieves steal tools worth more than $33,000 in three burglaries

Tools valued at more than $33,000 were reported stolen in three burglaries at residential construction sites in Atherton on the evening of Nov. 24, and a later residential burglary is also under investigation.

Monday, 10:19 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Rusty's Roadside Grill opens in Ladera

Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack, is officially open for business at Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera.

Saturday, 8:49 PM | No comments yet

Friday, November 27, 2015

Atherton council members hike town's drainage system

With a wet winter predicted and more than $40 million in improvements said to be needed in Atherton's storm drain system, Atherton's City Council members donned hard hats, waterproof boots and safety vests for a recent first-hand look at some of the system.

Friday, 3:36 PM | 12 comments
Why one Harvard MBA is dedicating his career to narrowing the opportunity gap

Thirteen years ago, Peter Fortenbaugh, who holds a Harvard MBA and a Princeton bachelor's degree in economics, left the job he had been groomed to do as senior vice president of strategic planning at Exodus Communications and went to work full-time at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula as its operations director.

Friday, 3:33 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park searches to define, prioritize 'public benefits'

During its review of the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan Nov. 17, the City Council decided the city needs to prioritize the "public benefit" projects it wants done, and determine how to pay for them.

Friday, 3:29 PM | 7 comments

Thursday, November 26, 2015

County advisory: beware of extra high tides

Water levels at high tide along the San Mateo County coast are expected to be a few inches to a foot higher than usual from now to Nov. 29, due to king tides.

Thursday, 10:44 AM | 4 comments

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

App challenge for high school students

High school students are invited to create apps for mobile, tablet or desktop computer and submit them for the second annual Congressional App Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Congress.

Wednesday, 2:08 PM | No comments yet
Schools receive Wells Fargo grants

Three local schools &3150; La Entrada, Oak Knoll and Woodside Elementary – have each received $1,000 grants from Wells Fargo Bank.

Wednesday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Food donations will pay your library fines

Those with overdue books or DVDs may clear their fines by donating boxed or canned food during the San Mateo County Library's Food for Fines program, which runs through Dec. 21.

Wednesday, 2:01 PM | No comments yet
SamTrans citizen advisers sought

SamTrans is seeking public members to apply for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Editorial: A means to help neighbors in need

Almanac readers have for 22 years risen to the challenge of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season, and we trust that this year will be no exception. Our Holiday Fund supports 10 local nonprofits, with private donations doubled by three foundations.

Wednesday, 10:14 AM | 6 comments
Business: Village Stationers, Accent Arts to leave California Avenue

Two of California Avenue's independent retailers, whose stores have contributed to the small-town charm that has long characterized Palo Alto's so-called "second downtown," have announced they plan to move out.

Wednesday, 8:13 AM | 2 comments
Woodside memories: Thanksgivings present and past

This year we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving with special anticipation. It looks as though almost all the family will be together, including the distant Maryland branch.

Wednesday, 7:29 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Menlo Park conference: What China can learn from Silicon Valley

How can the "ecosystem of innovation" that has come to characterize Silicon Valley be replicated in China?

Tuesday, 7:00 PM | No comments yet
Bruce Wellings named Menlo Park Kiwanis Club president

Bruce Wellings, a CPA and financial adviser with Wellings & Company in Menlo Park, has been named president of the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 6:39 PM | No comments yet
Fire district director joins harbor district board

Menlo Park resident Virginia Chang Kiraly, about to begin her second four-year term on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, has joined the board of the San Mateo County Harbor District.

Tuesday, 6:33 PM | 3 comments
Business: Women entrepreneurs aim to take on Silicon Valley

"Three percent of startups succeed. But why can't we be part of that 3%?" Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, asked a group of eight entrepreneurs gathered for a recent two-week accelerator program for female startup founders.

Tuesday, 6:21 PM | 1 comment
Family sues city, Caltrain in train fatality

The family of Jahyun Jennifer Koo, who was killed when a train struck her car Feb. 23 at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park, has filed a lawsuit against several agencies, including the city of Menlo Park and Caltrain.

Tuesday, 6:17 PM | 4 comments
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

Facebook offers one of the most generous family leave policies in the county, and CEO Mark Zuckeberg plans to take advantage of it.

Tuesday, 6:00 PM | No comments yet
Costs soar for plans to build new high school in Menlo Park

Price inflation has exacted a toll on Sequoia Union High School District plans to build two new small high schools (including one in Menlo Park) to address 2013-14 projections of a 22 percent surge in district enrollment by 2020.

Tuesday, 9:47 AM | 16 comments
Police calls: Bathrobe and headphones stolen in auto burglary

Crime and accident reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Atherton drops permit fee for solar installations

Atherton's City Council made two moves toward becoming a more environmentally friendly town on Nov. 18 when it eliminated the fees for installing solar panels and agreed to look at the ramifications of a proposed climate action plan.

Tuesday, 9:06 AM | 2 comments
The four new Eagles in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's Troop 109 now has four new Eagle scouts.

Tuesday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet
Feature story: Connecting with a camera

Geophysicist, inventor and world traveler Sheldon Breiner informed a relaxed gathering of about 100 people at Portola Valley's Community Hall that he has at least two serious hobbies: finding things and photography.

Tuesday, 8:10 AM | No comments yet

Monday, November 23, 2015

Woodside Bakery owners say they have been told to close by Jan. 15

Woodside residents Mark Sweyer and his sister Jan Sweyer, since 2006 the co-owners of the popular Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road, said they have been told to close up shop and vacate the premises by Jan. 15.

Monday, 11:23 AM | 24 comments
Galway, Ireland, to become Menlo Park's first 'Sister City'

Bo Crane, a former Menlo Park resident, held up his phone to the microphone at the podium of the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. From its tiny speakers, a traditional Irish drinking song, called "Galway Bay," echoed plaintively.

Monday, 10:50 AM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Boutique hotel may produce $600K in city taxes its first year

"Public benefits" was a refrain at the Nov. 16 Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting, this time with regard to Pollock Financial Group's proposal to build a four-story "boutique" hotel on a half-acre site at 1400 El Camino Real.

Monday, 8:42 AM | 18 comments

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

Saturday, 11:18 AM | No comments yet

Friday, November 20, 2015

Menlo Park: New low-cost housing for homeless vets unveiled

For Veterans Day this year, local homeless veterans saw the completion of a new low-cost apartment complex in Menlo Park that some may soon call home.

Friday, 11:39 AM | 27 comments
Menlo Park: Four changes the council wants in downtown plan

The Menlo Park City Council has given staff direction on a number of changes it wants to see in the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan.

Friday, 11:13 AM | 11 comments
Saturday: Workshop in Portola Valley on alternative electricity sources

An informational workshop on an alternative energy program planned for San Mateo County is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Friday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet
Yes, Atherton still has the most expensive real estate, says Forbes

Atherton has, for the third year in a row, been named as the zip code with the most expensive residential real estate in the country by Forbes Magazine. This year Woodside joins Atherton in the top 10.

Friday, 8:41 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In business: Woodside entrepreneurs create talking toy for kids

So you grow up in the land of startups and major in mechanical engineering in college. You're in your 20s and tired of working for someone else. What do two childhood friends do next? Move back in with your parents in Woodside to save money and launch your own startup.

Thursday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
School adds local twist to innovative learning

The multipurpose room at Laurel Elementary School in Atherton was abuzz with excitement on a recent Monday morning, as 43 third-graders stood behind desks, presenting their ideas for what Stanford developers should do with the public space that will become Middle Plaza, located at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Thursday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet
Residents concerned about herbicide spraying plan to meet with Senator Hill

Residents protesting Caltrans' spraying herbicides along local highways say they will show up for a coffee scheduled by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, on Saturday to share their concerns.

Thursday, 11:28 AM | 1 comment
Why 'Menlo Pres' is now 'Menlo Church'

A local landmark known as Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for 142 years adopted a new name a few months ago.

Thursday, 7:23 AM | 23 comments

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Menlo Park moms and dog owners battle over Nealon Park's open field

Renovations for Nealon Park are on the drawing board, but how will the city balance the interests of parents and their small children with those of dog owners and their frisky charges?

Wednesday, 11:38 AM | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Golden Shears barbershop to be put up for sale

A change in ownership may be ahead for the Golden Shears barber shop in downtown Menlo Park. After more than five decades cutting hair at 814 Santa Cruz Ave., owner and barber Louis Arenas says he will be easing himself out of the business and looking for a buyer.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 5 comments
Police calls: Shotgun and handgun stolen in Menlo Park burglary

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Atherton.

Wednesday, 10:00 AM | 11 comments

La Bohème, now open on California Avenue
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,929 views

Woodside Bakery is Closing?
By Laura Stec | 24 comments | 2,510 views

Neighborhood Retail, Customers and Parking
By Steve Levy | 22 comments | 1,028 views