If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Almanac Online <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[Nov. 30: Shakespeare festival actors take Portola Valley stage]]> Two Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors will take the spotlight on the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory stage on Monday, Nov. 30, presenting a 90-minute performance that includes excerpts from Shakespeare's work and other classical and contemporary literature.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.
<![CDATA[The original matchmaker]]> TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is reviving Jane Austen's "Emma," the musical it debuted to rave reviews in 2006. Lianne Marie Dobbs will reprise her title role.]]> <![CDATA[Sweet on nostalgia]]> With its collection of old-fashioned candies, strange soda flavors, vintage gag gifts and toys, Rocket Fizz aims to stoke feelings of childhood nostalgia. ]]> <![CDATA[Invites for all]]> Stationery and invite experts share tips and tricks for holiday party invitations this season, such as what to include on invites, how to dress up snail mail, and how to use mail apps and digital invites.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday highlights]]> Before or after your stroll down the streets to gaze at Christmas lights, the Midpeninsula has more holiday events and traditions to offer from "The Nutcracker" ballets to comedy shows.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[SamTrans citizen advisers sought]]> SamTrans is seeking public members to apply for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park celebrates the holidays]]> Lots of events will be held in Menlo Park from Dec. 4 through 6 to celebrate the holidays, including a tree-light ceremony, breakfast with Santa, a model railroad display and the full-sized Caltrain Holiday Train.]]> <![CDATA[M-A, Menlo girls advance in CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs]]> The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both moved on to the second round of the CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs following victories on Tuesday night.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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? ]]> <![CDATA[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.
<![CDATA[Nov. 27-Dec. 5: 'Holiday Traditions' at Filoli estate in Woodside]]> Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, will hold its annual Holiday Tradition event from Nov. 27 through Dec. 5, with holiday music and decorations and merchandise at the Holiday Boutique. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Bathrobe and headphones stolen in auto burglary]]> Crime and accident reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Tennis: SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney]]> CCS roundup: Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[The four new Eagles in Menlo Park]]> Menlo Park's Troop 109 now has four new Eagle scouts. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> Recent television shows and online documentaries paint quite a sensational portrait of Bay Area real estate, with over-the-top personalities, $2 million teardowns, frenzied bidding wars and prices that seemingly have no ceiling.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[SHP girls, boys make a splash with more CCS polo titles]]> After eight years, Jon Burke finally got it right on the ninth try. As the final buzzer sounded, the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach raised his arms and leaped into the pool. It was picture perfect.]]> <![CDATA[M-A girls successfully defend their CCS volleyball crown]]> Saturday CCS roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls successfully defended their Central Coast Section Division I volleyball title with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Carlmont on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose. Read the story here.]]>
<![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[PAL names all-league girls water polo teams]]> Peninsula Athletic League names members of all-league girls water polo teams in the Bay and Ocean divisions. ]]> <![CDATA[Paly, SHP advance in playoffs, but M-A's season ends]]> The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep football teams will be playing for at least another week as they won their respective Central Coast Section first-round playoff games on Friday night. Menlo-Atherton, however, did not.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside High athletes sign letters of intent]]> Seniors Karl Arvidsson and Jamie Kruger from Woodside High School signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 18, during a lunchtime ceremony before the student body, their coaches, friends and family. ]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 5: Menlo Park debuts holiday wine walk]]> The first "Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk" in downtown Menlo Park will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The event is part of a holiday weekend that includes a Friday night tree lighting and a Saturday morning breakfast with Santa. ]]> <![CDATA[Latest local scores, game details]]> See local sports scores and game details. ]]>