AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us Copyright 2016 AlmanacNews.com Almanac Online http://AlmanacNews.com/art/top_logo.png http://www.almanacnews.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Burn victim at Oak Grove Avenue apartment fire]]> One person was injured and is being cared for by medics as a result of a structure fire at a first-floor apartment in a two-story complex at 445 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.]]> <![CDATA[Theatre: Stranger than 'Fiction']]> According to playwright Steven Dietz, "there are really three 'pasts' -- the past we remember, the past that we record and the past that actually happened. I think they are seldom the same thing." The blurry lines between truth, fiction and memory are explored and displayed to riveting effect in Dietz's "Fiction," as staged at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre.]]> <![CDATA[Ragazzi Boys Chorus celebrates the season]]> The Ragazzi Boys Chorus has a lot to celebrate this December. Not only do the choir members (local boys ages 7-18) have their usual busy lineup of holiday performances, but this year they’re also celebrating the release of their brand-new album “I Dream a World.”]]> <![CDATA[German Holiday Market]]> Post-election America got you down? Hankering for a taste of Europe, or perhaps just seeking a bit of holiday cheer? The German International School of Silicon Valley’s annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Holiday Market), which recreates the traditional open-air winter markets of Germany, Austria and the Alps, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Gas leak ignites and melts water main in Sharon Heights]]> A break in a small gas line that burned a hole in a large water main led first to shooting flames and then to jets of water on Tuesday evening (Dec. 6) at 300 Sand Hill Circle in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Election set for Woodside Elementary parcel tax]]> A ballot measure asking voters to approve a parcel tax identical to an existing tax that expires June 30 will go before voters in the Woodside Elementary School District in an April 4 special mail-in election. ]]> <![CDATA[Correction: No loss of potential affordable housing due to Facebook rezoning]]> The Almanac inaccurately reported, in a Dec. 6 online story and in the Dec. 7 print edition, that a rezoning of Facebook's east campus from "residential-mixed use" to "office-corporate housing" in the final months of the process resulted in the potential loss of up to 300 affordable housing units in Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices. ]]> <![CDATA[Voter turnout 'historic,' chief elections officer says]]> Voter turnout in San Mateo County in the 2016 presidential election, at 81.57 percent of registered voters, was well above turnouts for recent off-year elections, but it also exceeded the 78.83 percent turnout for the 2012 presidential election.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park may set 30-day minimum on renting out secondary dwellings]]> A cursory skim of Airbnb listings in Menlo Park shows a number of cottages and private units listed online for $125 to $170 a night. Unless those units were rented out for a minimum term of 30 days, such offerings could soon be illegal.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton grad Klein returns to coach baseball]]> David Klein stayed close to home after graduating from Menlo-Atherton and UC Santa Barbara. Now he's even closer. Klein, an all-Bay Area catcher while playing for the Bears, returns as the school's baseball coach. The school made it official Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Almanac Holiday Fund: Raising expectations through education]]> Nine years ago Carmina Ortuno came to the United States from Mexico to escape threats on her life. Today, she owns a thriving food truck and catering business.]]> <![CDATA[Sunday services for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, longtime Menlo Park resident]]> A Mass of Intention for Mary Elizabeth Rapp, who lived most of her life in Menlo Park, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Denis Church, 3350 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Rapp died Oct. 15 at the age of 92. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Rolex, bike and inflatable turkey stolen in Atherton]]> Crime reports from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Portola Valley]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park business: Pop-up shop sells handcrafted goods]]> A pop-up store selling handcrafted goods, mostly from Southeast Asia, will open for three days (Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10) at 1148 Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[County library system launches mobile Exploratorium-like initiative]]> The Lookmobile will visit the library in East Palo Alto for five days, starting Dec. 12. Visits are scheduled for libraries in Atherton (Jan. 14 to 20), Portola Valley (Feb. 27 to March 5) and Woodside (March 6 to 11).]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Study finds Caltrain violates quiet zone]]> Atherton now has documented something many had suspected -- Caltrain is regularly violating the town's six-month-old quiet zone.]]> <![CDATA[Voters will see parcel tax measure on ballot in Menlo Park City School District]]> A ballot measure asking Menlo Park City School District voters to approve a $360 annual parcel tax that would expire after seven years was unanimously approved Monday night by the district's governing board, including two newly seated board members.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Laurel third-grader is state chess champ]]> Laurel School third-grader Shawnak Shivakumar is the new third-grade California state champion chess player. ]]> <![CDATA[On Pearl Harbor anniversary: Museum opens World War II retrospective]]> A retrospective on San Mateo County during the war years opens at the county's History Museum in Redwood City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by forces of the empire of Japan.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton hosts 3-AA NorCal football playoff game]]> Prep report: Menlo-Atherton will continue its football journey with a Northern California contest at home against Manteca at 7:30 p.m. Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Bad-tasting water due to Hetch Hetchy water reductions]]> Palo Alto and other local cities' residents who have been complaining about nasty-tasting water coming from their taps can blame it on water reductions from the Hetch Hetchy supply and blending from other sources, according to City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Facebook housing displacement fund announced after months of negotiations]]> Facebook's public commitment to give $20 million over five years to stem the displacement of local residents around its headquarters comes after months of negotiations with a nonprofit coalition called "Envision, Transform, Build - East Palo Alto," according to a member of the coalition. ]]> <![CDATA[The Knights make their own state volleyball history]]> After losing in its first five state championship match appearances, the Menlo School girls' volleyball team shook off the negative history, beating Point Loma-San Diego, 25-18, 25-13, 25-21, at Santiago Canyon College for the CIF Division IV title on Saturday.
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<![CDATA[Emerald Hills: Firefighters injured in three-alarm house fire]]> Two firefighters were injured in a possible explosion in a three-alarm fire house fire Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4) in the unincorporated Emerald Hills area, a fire official said.]]> <![CDATA[Nobu restaurant to open in Palo Alto]]> "It's time to put the rumors to rest," Seth McDaniels, general manager of Palo Alto's The Epiphany Hotel said in a statement. Renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu is opening its first Northern California location at the hotel next year, he confirmed.]]> <![CDATA[M-A's 30-win volleyball season comes to a close in the state final]]> Menlo-Atherton High's girls volleyball team went out the way they started, with big dreams and unlikely results. There were too many good things that happened this year to consider the Bears anything less than successful.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside teens celebrate their cross-country championships]]> Woodside teenagers Jake Lange and Natalie Novitsky celebrated becoming Central Coast Section cross country champions at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Another sentencing delay for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners]]> The long-awaited sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed, again, until 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. ]]> <![CDATA[Waste management authority halts hazardous waste pickup]]> An underutilized program that picks up hazardous household waste materials for many Peninsula residents will be discontinued at the end of this month.
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<![CDATA[Almanac Holiday Fund: New effort to serve high-school teens]]> This fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula converted its Redwood City Clubhouse from a K-12 facility into a teens-only "Forest High School Center," shifting 200 younger students to the club's on-campus programs at adjacent Hoover Community School. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park resident aims to slow down the caffeine scene]]> If waiting impatiently in line for Starbucks, Philz or Peet's for your caffeine dose isn't your, well, cup of tea, a new shop in Redwood City may offer an alternative. ]]> <![CDATA[Parcel tax measure in Menlo Park City School District moves toward board approval]]> As two members of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board finished up their terms Wednesday night, Nov. 30, board members agreed on draft details of a new parcel tax measure that will be voted on when two new board members are sworn in on Monday, Dec. 5.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: New baker for farmers' market knows art, science of bread-making]]> In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Ms. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.
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<![CDATA[Feature story: Woodside's Bailey is now flea-free]]> This story started with a very itchy dog in Woodside named Bailey who scratched at hairless hotspots for years. After multiple visits to the vet, and two rounds of prednisone and antibiotics, the underlying issue became clear: fleas had built up immunity to her flea preventative medication. ]]> <![CDATA[Two Menlo Park youths attain Eagle Scout rank]]> Schuyler Knapp and CJ Box in Troop 206 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and took part in a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[New clubhouse planned at Alpine Swim & Tennis Club]]> At the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, the once-familiar stand of gigantic eucalyptus trees that occupied the space between the club and Alpine Road is gone, cut down in late 2014.
The clubhouse, which dates to the 1950s, may be the next to go.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district hires 20 firefighters this year]]> The Menlo Park Fire District hired 20 firefighters and firefighter paramedics this year, marking "the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980s, if ever," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Fuel spill reported after dump truck crash on Dumbarton Bridge]]> Fuel apparently spilled into the Bay after a crash between a dump truck and a car on the Dumbarton Bridge this morning (Dec. 1), according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership to prevent suicides]]> Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous "There is Help" signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.]]> <![CDATA[Trading places]]> 'Tis the season for exchanges -- of gifts, of course, but also holiday greeting cards, fancily decorated cookies and, in the case of the Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of maestros.]]> <![CDATA[Thursday in Menlo Park: Nick Colasanti's life to be celebrated at Hillview School]]> Friends, colleagues and former students of Nick Colasanti, who spent 36 years in roles including teacher, counselor, coach and vice principal at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, will gather at Hillview on Dec. 8, to celebrate his life.]]> <![CDATA[Top 12 holiday book picks]]> As the hunt for the perfect gift gets underway this holiday season, we've decided to keep our focus local.]]>