AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Carl Djerassi, 'Father of the Pill,' dies at 91]]> Carl Djerassi, 91, known as the father of the birth control pill and the founder of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program at his Woodside ranch, died Friday, Jan. 30, at his home in San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Hit and run driver knocks out power in parts of Atherton and Menlo Park]]> A hit and run driver struck a power pole on Bay Road early Saturday morning, knocking out power to as many as 300 people in parts of Atherton and Menlo Park. PG&E estimated power will be back on by 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31.]]> <![CDATA[All aboard the pastry train]]> Los Altos bakery and cafe Voyageur du Temps, located in the city's former train station, offers high-quality pastries and bistro cuisine made the old-fashioned way.]]> <![CDATA['Two Days,' one dark night]]> Turning workplace ethics into moral fable is delicate work, but directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne prove they're up to the task of creating wrenching drama that avoids melodrama. Above all, Marion Cotillard's heartbreakingly raw work carries the day.]]> <![CDATA[No gray area]]> Acknowledging the discomfort of brushing against racial stereotypes and prejudices occasionally takes "Black or White" into intriguing territory, but it's too little, too late to balance the film's scale-tipping sentiment.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain fatality ID'd as Palo Alto man]]> The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has identified the man struck and killed by Caltrain south of the Mountain View Caltrain station on Jan. 29 as Daniel Snyder, 28, of Palo Alto. ]]> <![CDATA[Social worker accused of child molestation faces additional charges]]> A former San Mateo County Child Protective Services Agency social worker accused of molesting East Palo Alto girls to which he was assigned is facing 10 additional felonies for allegedly having sexual relations with a third minor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
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<![CDATA[Off the Grid bringing food trucks to Palo Alto]]> Bay Area food-truck market operator Off the Grid is setting up shop in Palo Alto this month, helping to fill a mobile-eats void left by the popular Edgewood Eats market in 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo can't end SHP streak as rivals tie in WBAL soccer]]> The Menlo School boys had a shot at beating rival Sacred Heart Prep for the first time in 14 matches, but it didn't happen. The Sacred Heart Prep boys had a shot at extending their lead over the Knights in the West Bay Athletic League soccer race, but it didn't happen.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College baseball slams its way past Bethesda in home opener]]> Oaks report: Dan Comstock and Chris Freeman each hit a grand slam, which was more than enough for starting pitcher Thomas Cox, who took a no-hitter into the sixth and settled for a two-hitter over six innings as the Menlo College baseball team opened its home season with a 22-5 pasting of visiting Bethesda on Friday. ]]> <![CDATA[County releases report on Mandarin immersion charter school proposal]]> The San Mateo County Office of Education has released its analysis of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter school, concluding that there are plenty of grounds to deny the school's petition.]]> <![CDATA[Beyond the veil]]> Now on view at the Cantor Arts Center, "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World" is the first exhibition of its kind in the United States: a collection of images of women, by women from across the Middle East. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College women remain unbeaten in Cal Pac basketball race]]> Oaks report
Laurel Donnenwirth recorded her 12th double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Menlo College women's basketball team remained unbeaten in Cal Pac Conference play, downing visiting Simpson, 73-46, Thursday evening. Read the story here.
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<![CDATA[Fire district plans to build new station in Woodside]]> A new and larger fire station on Woodside Road in Woodside is in the preliminary planning stages, according to officials from the Woodside Fire Protection District.]]> <![CDATA[Longtime school board member steps down]]> Olivia Martinez, who has served on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District since 1999, has announced she is leaving the board March 1 to move to Dallas, Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Isaacson named president of real estate association]]> Chris Isaacson is the 2015 president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. He grew up in Portola Valley, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, and is a Realtor with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[CJW Architecture designs new Menlo Park firehouse]]> CJW Architecture of Portola Valley designed the planned new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue at Hoover Street in downtown Menlo Park for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo School celebrates centennial]]> Menlo School in Atherton is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a number of activities, including a speakers series and the posting of historical information and photos on its website.]]> <![CDATA[Music@Menlo releases recordings from local concerts]]> Music@Menlo Live has released a collection of nine CDs, "Around Dvorak," featuring live recordings from the chamber music festival's 12th season. ]]> <![CDATA[Menalto Cleaners owner pleads not guilty to 40 felony counts]]> Edwin Gary Smith, the owner of Menalto Cleaners, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to 40 felony counts stemming from alleged credit card fraud.]]> <![CDATA[Rev. Jesse Jackson to East Palo Alto: Fight gentrification]]> East Palo Alto residents must fight to keep their city, said the Rev. Jesse Jackson during events on Monday in the city and at Stanford. Otherwise, residents will be pushed out by gentrification, a process that hasn't changed in communities of color since Jackson, 73, began fighting it in the 1960s, he said.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside salon focuses on healthful food, habits]]> SOUL (short for: seasonal, organic, unprocessed, local) Food Salon is so popular it sold out in 12 hours the two times it has happened in Woodside. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Jan. 28]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Feature story: Bob Sawyer of Woodside discovers his latent talent in forecasting]]> An experiment organized by the national intelligence community is attempting to demonstrate that reliable forecasts can be made about economic and geopolitical events. And that some people, including Woodside resident and investment adviser Bob Sawyer, are good enough at it to earn the title of super forecaster.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain electrification: Menlo Park, Atherton examine litigation options]]> Now that the final environmental impact report for Caltrain's plan to electrify its rail service between San Francisco and San Jose has been approved by the agency's board of directors, cities along the Peninsula with concerns about electrification are pondering what steps to take next.]]> <![CDATA[Man, 61, sentenced to 25 years to life for Atherton, Menlo Park crimes]]> A 61-year-old man who dropped his cell phone and ID while being chased by police, left his DNA and fingerprints at the crime scene and was seen by a witness when he intruded into an Atherton home, has pleaded no contests to charges related to the 2014 crimes. He was sentenced to 25 years to life. ]]> <![CDATA[More outdoor dining coming to Menlo Park]]> A pilot program that tested an expanded outdoor dining area at Left Bank went so well that the Menlo Park City Council unanimously signed off Tuesday night on letting more restaurants -- and potentially other types of businesses -- put their outdoor space to greater use.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Fire hydrant sheared off by hit-and-run driver in Woodside]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park property transfer tax revenue jumps]]> Menlo Park saw an increase in revenue garnered from the transfer of real estate during the first six months of this fiscal year, as compared to the same time period for 2013-14.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: $156K raised for Almanac Holiday Fund]]> Almanac readers reached deeper into their pockets this holiday season to help their less-fortunate neighbors with food, housing assistance, job-skills training and other needs through the Almanac's Holiday Fund.]]> <![CDATA[Most popular baby names in San Mateo County]]> Olivia was the most popular name for girls, and Lucas the most popular name for boys born in San Mateo County in 2014, says Mark Church, San Mateo County's assessor-county Clerk-Recorder.]]> <![CDATA[Striking the right note]]> "2 Pianos 4 Hands" is more than just a show for classical music fans. It's for anyone who loves a good laugh, who appreciates virtuoso acting or who ever watched a childhood dream recede at the cusp of adulthood.]]> <![CDATA[Standing still, 'Alice' moves]]> There's a master class in screen acting coming to a theater near you, which is reason enough to see "Still Alice." Heavily favored to take home a Best Actress trophy at this year's Oscars, Julianne Moore plays the titular character afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Jan. 21]]> 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[Worth a Look: Aeschylus updated, fabric sculptures]]> This week, catch a contemporary version of an ancient play and check out new fabric sculptures at the Palo Alto Art Center.]]> <![CDATA[Scoreboard]]> ● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>