AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[SHP's Choy completes perfect tennis season with CCS title]]> CCS roundup: It's one down and perhaps three to go for Sacred Heart Prep freshman Sara Choy when it comes to her place in Central Coast Section girls' tennis history. The top-seeded Choy wrapped up her first section singles title on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Town facilities, libraries closed Thursday and Friday]]> Local town facilities, including town halls and libraries, will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, for the Thanksgiving holiday. ]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Fund: St. Francis Center provides safe homes for children]]> Groans of protest from a young boy asked to take out the garbage are all too common, but when the motivation for those groans is fear, our adult reactions are notably different.]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 2: Meals on Wheels seeks donations on 'Giving Tuesday']]> The local Meals on Wheels program is hoping to raise funds on "Giving Tuesday" Dec. 2. It's a new campaign to encourage charitable donations and combat the rampant consumerism that occurs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district gains new marshal]]> After more than 14 years with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, inspector Jonathan Johnston has been promoted to marshal, a position where he will serve as the senior code enforcement officer managing a prevention bureau.]]> <![CDATA[Vida Verde expands horizons for underserved kids]]> Two former teachers are working hard to offer free outdoor education to thousands of underserved students in the Bay Area. ]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain seeks bike advisers]]> Caltrain is accepting applications for its Bicycle Advisory Committee, made up of nine volunteers from the three counties San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara served by the rail agency.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police chief: Pursuit, fatal shooting 'happened in seconds']]> "Seconds is how quickly everything went down. Literally seconds," said Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen in describing the foot pursuit and fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by three police officers on Nov. 11.]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 7: Holiday train stops in Menlo Park]]> Tens of thousands of lights will decorate the Caltrain holiday train when it makes its way from San Francisco to Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7. The train will stop at nine stations, including Menlo Park at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. ]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 5: Menlo Park holiday tree lighting party]]> The city of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Menlo Park Holiday Tree Lighting festivities on Friday, Dec. 5, at Fremont Park, located at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales -- Nov. 24]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Construction starts on controversial Little League field]]> Upgrades to the Little League baseball field in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park are underway, with the league hoping to be able to use the field by mid-February, but some Atherton residents are still hoping to stop the project.]]> <![CDATA[InnVision Shelter Network holiday appeal]]> The Menlo Park-based InnVision Shelter Network, which provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals, received a donation of home furnishings from IKEA in East Palo Alto as a kickoff for its annual holiday fundraising drive.]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 6: Santa visits Children's Health Council]]> Santa Claus will visit the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, for a morning of creative activities for children ages 2 to 8.]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 6: Holiday traditions around the world]]> A children's crafts program featuring holiday traditions from around the world will be presented by the San Mateo County History Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. ]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 4-6: 'Christmas at Our House' home tours]]> St. Francis High School's 26th annual "Christmas at Our House" will feature tours of three homes in the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills area on Dec. 4, 5 and 6.]]> <![CDATA[Dec. 6-7: Model railroaders showcase new layout]]> The West Bay Model Railroad Association will show the progress it's made on a new model railway layout with open houses on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, at the Model Railroad Building at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park, just south of the train station and near Ravenswood Avenue. ]]> <![CDATA[Sugar Shack bids farewell to downtown Menlo Park]]> The memories are sweet, but Sugar Shack proprietor Suzi Tinsley is closing the door of Menlo Park's downtown candy store at the end of December.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Portola Valley farmers market]]> The Portola Valley farmers market happens one day early this week -- between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- instead of the usual Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[2014 girls all-league tennis teams]]> The Menlo-Atherton girls were rewarded for going 14-0 and claiming the PAL Bay Division tennis title by having three players named to the all-league first team and seven to the second team. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.
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<![CDATA[Woodside plans to replace, rehabilitate old bridges]]> With the completion of a $190,000 engineering study, the future is now less uncertain for four elderly but vital two-lane, single-span bridges in Woodside on Mountain Home, Kings Mountain, Portola and Old La Honda roads.]]> <![CDATA[Micro-quake hit Woodside on Sunday evening]]> A magnitude 2.2 earthquake -- a micro earthquake -- struck Woodside at about 10:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton Thanksgiving display celebrates the bounty of nature]]> The bounty of nature that represents Thanksgiving can be seen in the front yard of Atherton resident Ellenrose Goddard's home, where for the past 17 years she has decorated with local gourds, pumpkins and squashes.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Belle Haven community garden now open]]> The Belle Haven community garden is now open. The Menlo Park Rotary Club, council members and other volunteers officially cut the ribbon on Saturday, Nov. 22.
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<![CDATA[M-A principal named district's chief facilities officer]]> In gearing up to manage the expansion of classroom facilities to meet a coming surge in enrollment, the board of the Sequoia Union High School District named Matthew Zito, principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, to be the district's chief facilities officer.]]> <![CDATA[VA leases Menlo Park land to developer for housing]]> The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Volleyball: M-A girls win CCS title 3-1 over Homestead]]> The top-seeded Menlo-Atherton girls won the second Central Coast Section volleyball title in program history with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17 victory over No. 3 Homestead (24-14) on Saturday night at Independence High in San Jose. ]]> <![CDATA[CCS boys water polo: SHP makes history by not letting history repeat]]> The Sacred Heart Prep senior class had history on its mind heading into the Central Coast Section Division II boys water polo championship match on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.]]> <![CDATA[CCS water polo: Eighth straight title for SHP girls]]> CCS water polo: For eight straight years, the Sacred Heart Prep girls have won their final water polo match of the season. That has translated into a remarkable streak of eight consecutive Central Coast Section Division II championships.]]> <![CDATA[Football: SHP rolls to big victory in CCS Open Division]]> Senior running back Ben Burr-Kirven led a sturdy defense and ran for 196 yards to lead the Sacred Heart Prep football team to a 37-13 Central Coast Section Open Division first-round playoff victory over Oak Grove on Saturday in Atherton.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton moves ahead with Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan]]> Moving ahead with a plan to add bike lanes and to make it easier to get around town on foot, Atherton has adopted a Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan and will now study how to best start putting the plan into action.
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<![CDATA[Third generation of Hassetts opens new hardware store]]> The fifth family-owned Hassett Hardware store has opened in Redwood City, with the family proving that the little guy really can be a success.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook shuttle drivers vote to form union]]> After presenting a petition and holding a rally at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, the 87 drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have voted to unionize, according to Teamsters Local 853.
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<![CDATA[Atherton wants residents to pay town's costs for special events]]> Atherton residents who host events that cost the town money for police or other services, ranging from presidential visits to teenagers' parties, would have to pay back the town's expenses under proposed regulations.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College wants to buy, preserve Sunset campus]]> An idea that could preserve the existing Sunset Magazine buildings has been put forth by Menlo College, which has outgrown its Atherton campus and needs room for more students.]]> <![CDATA[DA sheds more light on sheriff employees' arrests]]> Prosecutors will seek to revoke bail this morning (Nov. 20) for a Hells Angels member accused of conspiring with sheriff's employees, including a deputy who ran against his boss for the office of sheriff in June, to smuggle cellphones and drugs into a Redwood City jail, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.]]> <![CDATA['The Theory of Everything']]> The film relies on convention and mawkish melodrama, keeping the deeper implications of Hawking's disease and his research submerged. Only Redmayne's performance overcomes to elevate "The Theory of Everything" to something special: an actor's showcase.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Rosewater']]> With "Rosewater," Stewart makes comprehensible for a broad audience the contemporary political situation in Iran.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Nov. 12]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday gift-giving tips: Don't sweat the small stuff]]> For those who don't want to fill their stockings with generic goods from department stores this holiday season, consider the shops nestled along the local downtown strips. ]]> <![CDATA[Fall Real Estate 2014]]> Links to stories in the Almanac's Fall Real Estate publication. ]]> <![CDATA[Scoreboard]]> ● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>