If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Burglar breaks into and ransacks home]]> A burglar or burglars forced open a kitchen door and ransacked a home on Santa Maria Avenue in Portola Valley on Thursday, Feb. 23, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park man sentenced for gun possession with prior conviction]]> A 29-year-old Menlo Park resident was sentenced Feb. 22 to 60 days in county jail and three years of supervised probation after pleading no contest to the felony crime of possessing a gun within 10 years of being convicted of a violent misdemeanor. ]]> <![CDATA[School parcel tax election: Backers raise more than $80K for campaign]]> Backers of the March 7 parcel tax measure in the Menlo Park City School District had reported raising more than $80,000 by Feb. 14 from a long list of donors. That's almost two and a half times as much as the total raised in last year's unsuccessful parcel tax campaign. ]]> <![CDATA[Monday: Portola Valley meets on residential design, home security issues]]> Portola Valley's Architectural & Site Control Commission is inviting the public to a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, to consider changes to residential design guidelines on the use of motion-sensitive lights, signs along roads, and landscaping.]]> <![CDATA[Memory-impaired man found in Menlo Park reunited with family]]> A man who was found wandering in Menlo Park near Santa Cruz Avenue at San Mateo Drive on Feb. 18 who did not know where he lived or where he was going was reunited with family this morning (Feb. 24). ]]> <![CDATA[Late rallies lift SH Prep, Gunn boys to CCS hoops wins]]> Prep report
Sacred Heart Prep needed overtime. Gunn needed a big fourth quarter. Both teams took advantage of their opportunities to reach the quarterfinal round of their respective Central Coast Section Divisions, the Gators in Division IV and the Titans in Division II.]]>
<![CDATA[Lego artist wins 'Art Visionary Award' from Menlo Park nonprofit]]> An artist who claims toys as his artistic medium has been named the 2017 recipient of the "Art Visionary Award," presented by Art in Action, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that teaches students in grades K-8 about art. ]]> <![CDATA[After the rain ... there are rainbows]]> One nice thing about rain -- it's often followed by rainbows. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College names Hart as women's soccer coach]]> San Francisco native Robin Hart was announced as Menlo College women's soccer coach on Thursday. She spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Cal State Sonoma, where she helped the team to a CCAA regular season championship in 2015 and a runner-up finish in 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Shaw's brilliant goals carry the Knights to CCS win]]> In the age of video, one can only hope a camera was rolling when Menlo School's Alistair Shaw delivered what proved to be the game-winning goal on Wednesday. Playing No. 15 Overfelt of San Jose in a Central Coast Section Division II first-round boys soccer match, the junior Shaw had a goal for the ages in the first overtime period.]]> <![CDATA[Sacred Heart Prep boys shock Prospect in CCS soccer]]> The Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team pulled off a shocker. The Gators, seeded No. 16 in the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, went on the road Wednesday and knocked off No. 1 seed Prospect 1-0.]]> <![CDATA[DA: No charges against Menlo Park man arrested on suspicion of rape, robbery]]> No charges will be filed against a Menlo Park man who was arrested Feb. 16 on suspicion of rape and robbery of a woman in Menlo Park in December, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Entrepreneur Elias Zelkha conceived 'ambient intelligence']]> Woodside resident Elias Zelkha, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who coined a term that presaged the internet of things, died Jan. 8 at the age of 66.]]> <![CDATA[Part the Cloud event raises $750K in Menlo Park]]> A sellout and mostly female crowd of 330 attended the latest Part the Cloud event at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park recently, raising more than $750,000 for Alzheimer's research. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: New, secure spot to dump unwanted medicine]]> A secured kiosk has been set up in the main lobby of the Menlo Park Police Department where people can drop off unwanted or expired medications from their households. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council votes to take no action on ethics investigation]]> (Expanded version of previously posted story.) Before an audience of six or seven Woodside residents on Feb. 14, the Town Council put its equivalent of an "Investigation closed" stamp on an ethics complaint launched by former councilman Dave Burow, who was in the audience, against a former member of the Architectural and Site Review Board, Nancy Reyering, who was not.]]> <![CDATA[The Knights record a Boom-ing road victory in Santa Cruz]]> CCS Girls soccer
Freshman Cameron Boom had three goals and an assist to help lead Menlo School to a first-round CCS Division II girls soccer victory in Santa Cruz. Sacred Heart Prep, also in Division II, and Gunn, in Division I, each suffered home losses.]]>
<![CDATA[M-A freshman comes up big in CCS soccer victory over Paly]]> Goalkeeper Charlie McKay's varsity high school career is five games old and he played like a four-year veteran in helping Menlo-Atherton survive penalty kicks and advance in the CCS Division I tournament. ]]> <![CDATA[Despite surplus, Menlo Park fire district considers revenue-raising measures]]> On the same night that the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District heard that it is expected to end the year with a surplus of $6.7 million more than had been projected, the board moved forward two measures designed to bring even more revenue into the district.]]> <![CDATA[Report: Healthy job growth leads to housing shortages, traffic woes]]> The 2017 Silicon Valley Index shows that the area's economy, despite a slight slowdown from 2015, continues to chug along and serve as a magnet for people from all over the world.]]> <![CDATA[Applications invited for Belle Haven mini-grants]]> Applications are now being accepted for the Belle Haven mini-grant program.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Woodside council ducks ethics issue, despite code's mandate]]> The town of Woodside says it spent nearly $27,500 on an ethics-related investigation of one of its longtime volunteers, an expenditure that Woodside residents might hope would result in something beneficial. What they got instead are troublesome unanswered questions, not the least of which is whether the investigation was warranted or merely a witch hunt. ]]> <![CDATA[Police encounters: 'Am I free to leave?']]> What are your rights when you are stopped by a police officer? ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: People of color speak up about personal impact of police stops]]> In Menlo Park's Willows neighborhood, a spate of home burglaries since September has put residents on edge, leading to an undercover police presence, an increase in calls to the police to investigate "suspicious" characters, and a number of recent arrests. ]]> <![CDATA[Obituary: Henry Montgomery, turn-around specialist]]> Henry C. Montgomery, an accounting executive, business turn-around specialist and former resident of Portola Valley, died Dec. 22, surrounded by family and friends in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. He was 80 years old.
<![CDATA[Portola Valley: A mermaid finds her voice in local theater show]]> Local talent is showcased as the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory stages "The Little Mermaid" from Feb. 23 through March 5.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton no longer is the most expensive, Forbes says]]> After three years of sitting at the top of the Forbes priciest American residential real estate list, as of this December Atherton had fallen to third place, the media company said. ]]>