If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Service Sunday for longtime Woodside resident]]> A memorial service will be held for longtime Woodside resident Matthew Joseph Shanks on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church at 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Election roundup: Two incumbents on Woodside council not running]]> San Mateo County's candidate roster for town councils and governing boards of school districts and special districts is settling out as the candidate filing period for the fall election draws to a close.]]> <![CDATA[Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus]]> Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School baseball coach is a minor league player of week]]> Kansas City T-Bones infielder Ryan Cavan, Menlo School's baseball coach and '05 graduate, has been named Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week ending July 26. Read the story here.]]> <![CDATA[Want a sustainable food garden? NanoFarms guild can supply]]> Interested in having a garden to grow your own vegetables, even though backyard space is limited and the soil depleted? The NanoFarms guild offers a sustainable garden-installation service that customizes the garden according to space restrictions and the customer's preferences in produce.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Downtown, El Camino specific plan up for review]]> The specific plan governing development in Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real corridor is undergoing its second periodic review since it was adopted in 2012. The process begins Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[One small seed]]> The mission of nurturing bodies and souls at St. Patrick's Seminary took on an added dimension last year with the launch of a new program based on an old idea: a guild in which Catholic laypeople with common interests work cooperatively in an environment of equality and shared profits. ]]> <![CDATA[Bellis steps up in class to face top field in Bank of West]]> Atherton resident Catherine Cartan "CiCi" Bellis captured the attention of tennis enthusiasts everywhere with her unexpected victory over then-No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of last year's US Open.]]> <![CDATA[West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes found in Menlo Park]]> In response to the discovery of adult mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in ‎Menlo Park on July 29, the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District has scheduled an adult mosquito control fogging for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2, in areas of Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus]]> Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley digital artist shows her work]]> Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley reveals the diverse patterns, rhythms and textures of life in her show "Life Lines," running through Aug. 2 at the Main Gallery in Redwood City.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police invite residents to National Night Out]]> It should be an old-fashioned night of family fun, including a barbecue, games, face-painting and music, as well as a helicopter landing, in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 4 for the town's second National Night Out.]]> <![CDATA[All-mail-in ballot election is on for November]]> The all-mail-in ballot election is on for November in San Mateo County. This pilot project -- being tried in two counties in the state -- needed and now has the support of all jurisdictions in the county having elections this fall. ]]> <![CDATA[Air district board approves $20M for Caltrain electrification project]]> The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board Wednesday approved $20 million in funding for a Caltrain electrification project expected to greatly reduce emissions and allow for expanded passenger service. ]]> <![CDATA[Pony Club championships come to Woodside]]> About 150 junior riders, ages 10 and up, from the western United States are expected to compete in the 2015 U.S. Pony Clubs Championships West events, to be held at the Horse Park at Woodside from July 31 to Aug. 9.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton committee still can't agree on civic-center concept]]> Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee has asked architects to come back for a fourth time with refinements to the conceptual design for the new complex.]]> <![CDATA[Labor board rulings lead to deal with firefighters]]> A ruling by a state labor-relations board led the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters, who have been working without a contract for seven years, to settle their differences and agree to a new contract.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton dance champions]]> Winston and Lilly Chow of Atherton successfully defended their title as U.S. National Amateur Senior Ballroom Champions in the Senior IV category at a recent dance competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence]]> After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, an East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Third high-level city employee leaving Menlo Park]]> Jesse Quirion, Menlo Park's public works director, has announced he is leaving Aug. 20 for a job with Google in Tennessee. He is the third high-level city employee whose departure has been announced within a week.]]> <![CDATA[Eshoo on aircraft noise: FAA knows 'something has changed dramatically']]> The Federal Aviation Administration "clearly knows something has changed dramatically" with regard to local aircraft noise issues, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, following a recent meeting with FAA representatives.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday: Atherton's mayor to moderate water crisis panel]]> Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Water Control Board, will be part of a panel on the California water crisis on Thursday night in Palo Alto. Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will moderate.]]> <![CDATA['Daring Journey': New documentary by Menlo Park filmmaker]]> Concentric Media and Eastside College Preparatory School will host a showing of "A Daring Journey, From Immigration to Education," a film by Dorothy Fadiman and Owen Tomlins, on Aug. 2 in East Palo Alto.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College women add two basketball prospects]]> The Menlo College women's basketball team has added two new players for the 2015-16 season, junior transfer Madison Michelis from De Anza College and Emma Pastorino from Notre Dame-Belmont. ]]> <![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[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[Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO kids bring home buckets of medals]]> More than 200 kids, ages 8 to 19, with the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO program competed in the Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League and their teams brought home lots of medals.]]> <![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[Franz Schubert, music's 'first romantic']]> This year's Music@Menlo festival, which runs from July 17 to Aug. 8, focuses on Schubert: his best-known chamber works, his well-loved lieder and piano pieces, his life and his place in music history.]]> <![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[I'm melting]]> From pulpy paletas to boozy "poptails" to all-natural icy desserts made from fresh produce, 'tis the season for Popsicles.]]> <![CDATA[Comedy of bad manners]]> In NoŽl Coward's 1925 comedy, "Hay Fever," an eccentric English family's lack of social graces proves a bit much for its weekend guests. The work is part of Stanford Repertory Theater's 2015 Summer Festival.]]> <![CDATA[TheatreWorks: Affecting new musical 'Triangle' turns tragedy around]]> The dramatic new musical, "Triangle," uses the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 as the background context for a pair of love stories.]]> <![CDATA[Sales at a glance - July 13]]> This week, Atherton reported the single highest home sale at $8 million. Woodside and Palo Alto came in next with $7.65 million and $7.45 million, respectively. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto Weekly locations compared.]]> <![CDATA[July 31-Aug. 1: Garden Bonanza at Filoli]]> Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, will hold a Great Big Garden Bonanza on Friday and Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Home Front]]> Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes Filoli's Great Big Garden Bonanza, cooking classes, vegetable planting and ice cream (education and tasting).]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - July 13]]> After being purchased for $12,000 in 1968, a Woodside home sells for more than $1.8 million. A lot can happen in 47 years. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales. ]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters: The quick and the slow]]> Why do some homes sell faster than others? That's a question those wanting to sell their homes have surely pondered in markets across the United States. In the Bay Area, we've heard all about record speeds at which homes are selling. But that doesn't mean every home here appears and then disappears from the market in the blink of an eye.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - July 6]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Charity Horse Show artist selected]]> Heather Theurer of Las Vegas has been selected as the official artist for the 45th anniversary of the Menlo Charity Horse Show, which will be held Aug. 4-9 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. ]]>