If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Saturday: Menlo Park retirement celebration for Martha of Martha's Pastries]]> Martha Merz, recognized by locals as the Martha of Martha's Pastries, is retiring after spending the past 28 years running her Sharon Heights bakery. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton loses lawsuit over Caltrain electrification project]]> A Superior Court judge has ruled against Atherton and other plaintiffs that had tried to stop progress on Caltrain's electrification project by claiming the project's environmental report was flawed. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: New Ormondale School principal named]]> Veteran educator Lynette Hovland will be the next principal of Ormondale Elementary School in Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside council agrees in principle to moving elections to even-numbered years]]> In a move that should prove cost effective and compliant with state law, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 27, agreed to shift council elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years in alignment with statewide and federal elections.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton city manager and police get pay raises]]> Atherton police officers and City Manager George Rodericks have been awarded pay increases.
<![CDATA[Thursday: Menlo Park City School District candidates forum]]> A forum for the four candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center.]]> <![CDATA[Friday: Portola Valley focuses on disaster planning]]> Portola Valley's Emergency Preparedness Committee is asking physicians, nurses and other resident healthcare providers to meet Friday, Sept. 30, to discuss the town's current emergency plans and related issues.]]> <![CDATA[Lennie Roberts named 'Environmental Hero']]> Ladera resident Lennie Roberts, a local legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills, has long been a local hero to the living beings that make up what is commonly referred to as "the environment." Now it's official.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside's new bakery, cafe will be 25 percent larger]]> The new bakery and cafe going in at the corner of Canada and Woodside roads in Woodside will be 25 percent larger than the Woodside Bakery & Cafe, which closed in March 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: 'Skate Jam' returns to Menlo Park]]> What's more fun to do at the Sharon Hills Park in Sharon Heights than fulfilling your masochistic fitness needs sweating your way up the steep incline? For some, the answer is easy: bombing down the same hill on a longboard at insane speeds. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Facebook expansion clears Planning Commission]]> Up next: Facebook's got a date with the City Council. On Sept. 26, the company cleared the penultimate hurdle for its expansion project when it earned the unanimous support of the Planning Commission.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district plans to use drones, robot]]> A few years from now, if technology at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District develops as planned, responses to fire emergencies are likely to include a camera-equipped drone taking to the skies from the fire station on Chilco Street. ]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Portola Valley reconsiders license-plate-reading cameras]]> In the wake of a home-invasion robbery in Portola Valley in June and community meetings, the Town Council is revisiting the question of whether to allow fixed, automatic license-plate-reading cameras in town.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College cross country: Thompson repeats as winner at Pacific Union]]> College cross country: Menlo College's Megan Thompson successfully defended her title at the Pacific Union Cross Country Invitational on Sunday, racing a 21:07 to complete the 5K course in Angwin and beating a foursome from UC Merced, which won the team title.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Homemade fireworks thought to be behind Sunday night explosion]]> Homemade fireworks are being reported as the cause of an explosion heard around 9:15 p.m. in Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to a message from Town Manager Kevin Bryant.]]> <![CDATA[Oaks men complete sweep of road conference soccer matches]]> Menlo College report
Isaac Miselewicz scored late in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand Sunday in a 1-0 victory over host Biola in a Golden State Athletic League match.]]>
<![CDATA[SHP grad Swart collects a hat trick for Princeton water polo]]> Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad Michael Swart scored three goals and the No. 11 Princeton men's water polo team downed Whittier, 15-9, on Saturday at the Mountain Pacific Invitational at Northgate High]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo Park City School District gives a raise and bonuses to all employees]]> In addition to awarding a 2.5 percent raise to all its employees, the Menlo Park City School District has given all its workers a bonus worth 2.5 percent of their salary to make up for the lack of a raise during the last school year.]]> <![CDATA[Sacred Heart Prep girls win important league tennis match]]> Prep report
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team made a statement Thursday with its 7-0 home victory over a very good Castilleja team in West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division action.]]>
<![CDATA[Candidate drops out of Menlo Park school board race]]> Scott Hinshaw has announced he is withdrawing from the contest for a seat on the Menlo Park City School District's governing board for personal reasons.
<![CDATA[Worth a Look]]> This week, check out ZiRu Dance and the Silicon Valley Dance Festival; a free concert at Backyard Coffee Co. in Redwood City as part of the nationwide series of live concerts to end gun violence and more.]]> <![CDATA[Under the sea]]> Palo Alto Players has pulled out all the stops for its season opener with a colorful, extravagant and fun production of "The Little Mermaid" as adapted for stage by Alan Menken and Doug Wright. It's big, it's bold and it pays wonderful homage to one of the most beloved animated films of all time. ]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Celebrating fall]]> Filoli is kicking off the fall harvest season with its Autumn at Filoli Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24. ]]> <![CDATA[District considering appointing Erik Burmeister as new superintendent]]> The Menlo Park City School District announced on Friday, Sept. 23, that the school board is considering making current assistant superintendent Erik Burmeister the district's new superintendent.]]> <![CDATA[Robotics pioneer Victor Scheinman of Woodside is dead at 73]]> Victor David Scheinman, a pioneer in industrial robotics and a longtime Woodside resident, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, of complications of heart disease. He was 73.]]> <![CDATA[A tough schedule only makes SH Prep that much stronger]]> Brian Kreutzkamp handed the Sacred Heart boys water polo team a tough assignment: an unrelenting schedule against some of the top teams in the nation.]]>