AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Those were the days]]> The Hallidies, like other wealthy San Franciscans, had a summer retreat on the Peninsula. Here they pose for this undated photograph with family and friends at Eagle Home Farm on Spring Ridge. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College football welcomes huge recruiting class]]> Menlo College football coach Mark Grieb and recruiting coordinator Vince Freitas announced the 32-player recruiting class that will join the Oaks this training camp. The class includes 29 true freshman and three transfers. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Rose Hau now an official council candidate]]> Rose Hau has become the third candidate to officially run for one of three open seats on the Atherton City Council in the November election.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: More must be done for safety on El Camino]]> The death last week of 32-year-old pedestrian Shahriar Rahimzadeh, who was struck by a car and killed while crossing El Camino Real in Atherton at Almendral Avenue, near his home, has thrust the issue of pedestrian and bicyclist safety on that major thoroughfare onto center stage, once again.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Silverware valued at $5,000 stolen from Woodside home]]> Crime reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Portola Valley]]> <![CDATA[Potential Menlo Park council candidates weigh in on initiative, conflicts]]> Two questions immediately pop up when newcomers announce that they may run for Menlo Park City Council in the Nov. 4 election: What do they think of the specific plan initiative, which will be on the same ballot? And what matters would they not be able to vote on, if elected, due to conflicts of interest?]]> <![CDATA[Former firefighter shows new works]]> The August show at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park is "New Works" -- acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, vintage windmills, vintage tractors, and new still life and landscape paintings by former Menlo Park firefighter Jerry Peters.]]> <![CDATA[Jim Turner sets world cycling records for his age group]]> Three national cycling records were not enough for Jim Turner. The Menlo Park resident recently set two world cycling records in the 75-79 age group at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs. ]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Trio of local poets at library event]]> Three local poets will read from their work and talk about their writing process at "A Poet, a Poet, a Poet," a free event hosted by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, Aug. 2.
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<![CDATA[Almanac names winners of 2014 Readers' Choice poll]]> You'll see many old favorites — and some newcomers — on the list of winners of the 2014 Almanac Readers' Choice awards.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Probation for man accused of assault with shovel]]> A sentence of year in jail, with credit for time served, and three years probation was handed down to Milo Mcintosh Imrie in connection with a December 2012 incident in Woodside involving an assault with a shovel.
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<![CDATA[Atherton council hikes staff purchasing limits]]> Atherton's town staff has been given more flexibility in making big purchases, but the change didn't come without some opposition. ]]> <![CDATA[Grammy winner Shawn Colvin performing at Stanford Aug. 2]]> When Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin comes to Stanford Bing Concert Hall on Aug. 2, she'll bring just two things: herself and her guitar.]]> <![CDATA[County history goes up online]]> Visitors to the San Mateo County History Museum see only a small part of the museum's collections. Most of the items and archives are stored away until needed for exhibition or research.]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Soul, jazz singer Jessica Johnson at Menlo Park concert in park]]> Singer Jessica Johnson will perform soul and jazz songs on Wednesday, July 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The free event is part of the city's summer concert series.]]> <![CDATA[Deadly triple shooting in East Palo Alto Saturday]]> One man is dead and two women injured following a shooting in East Palo Alto Saturday night, July 26, East Palo Alto police reported. ]]> <![CDATA[Yee accused of racketeering in expanded indictment]]> Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others were charged in federal court in San Francisco on Friday in a revised grand jury indictment that includes new counts of racketeering.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Boyhood']]> You've watched actors grow up on screen before, whether it be Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor or Jerry Mathers (as the Beaver).]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Lucy']]> Big-budget mind-expansion sci-fi has been a thing of late, with "Limitless," "Transcendence" and now Luc Besson's "Lucy" exploring what happens when humanity gains "access to previously unexplored cerebral zones."]]> <![CDATA[Worth A Look]]> Worth A Look this week: the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival comes to town; a two-day flood of blues and barbecue coming to Redwood City; Foothill Music Theatre puts on a Broadway classic.
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<![CDATA[Former Atherton councilman Jim Dobbie dies]]> Jim Dobbie, who resigned his seat on the Atherton City Council in March because of poor health, died yesterday (July 24) at Stanford Hospital. He had celebrated his 84th birthday earlier this month.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Corte Madera School principal named]]> Cyndi Maijala, principal at Bret Harte Middle School in the San Jose Unified School District, has been named principal of Corte Madera School, a fourth- through eighth-grade school in Portola Valley with about 350 students. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Burglars break into locked home]]> One or more burglars forced their way through a locked door of a home on Nora Way in Atherton on Thursday, July 24, and stole a 50-inch flat-screen television, police reported Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Falling tree led to grass fire near Interstate 280]]> A eucalyptus tree fell on a vehicle traveling along Canada Road in Woodside at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (July 24) and caused a grass fire that interrupted electrical power to the area and snarled traffic on Interstate 280.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Repeat DUI driver sentenced to five years in prison]]> With three prior drunk driving convictions, the driver in a DUI crash in Menlo Park that left her and a passenger seriously hurt, and her infant son with minor injuries, pleaded no contest in court on Tuesday (July 22) to felony drunk driving causing injury.]]> <![CDATA[Bunny of the week]]> If you are a rabbit fan or curious about bunnies, it doesn't get any better than this. The Peninsula Humane Society is currently waiving the entire adoption fee for all bunnies and we have many to choose from, including rare breeds like Chip, a Netherland Dwarf, who's this week's Pet of the Week.]]> <![CDATA[Middlefield Road set for $12.5 million makeover]]> At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, a public meeting is scheduled for discussion of parts of the redesign plans for a six-block stretch of Middlefield Road, from Pacific Avenue to 5th Avenue. Up for discussion are proposals to reduce the number of lanes, install new traffic lights, add more trash bins, add gathering places for community events, and commission public art.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton tops national real estate price lists]]> The Midpeninsula has always been an attractive place to live, but recently it has achieved another distinction: home of the most expensive real estate in the country.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: July 23]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Readers' Choice 2014 winners announced]]> Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun in the Readers' Choice 2014 reader poll. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton pedestrian struck by car dies of injuries]]> Atherton resident Shahriar Rahimzadeh, 32, died at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Stanford Hospital of injuries sustained after being struck by a car earlier that day as he was crossing El Camino Real in Atherton, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff's Office warning: beware of unsolicited phone calls]]> The county Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls that make demands for payment and include a threat of consequences -- such as arrest or prosecution -- if payment is not made.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Council approves union contract]]> The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 on July 15 to approve a new contract with Service Employees International Union, which represents approximately 134 workers.]]> <![CDATA[Hangin' with the goats]]> These goats may have sensed a friend in Bobby Targ at the Hayfields open space area at the northern edge of Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Two show interest in running for school boards]]> Voters may fill three seats on each of two local school district boards, but a week into the month-long filing period for those offices, the county Elections Office hasn't exactly had to raise the flood gates.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Senior engineer leaves]]> In the latest in a steady stream of departures by Menlo Park's staff, senior civil engineer Roger Storz has announced that he has accepted a new position with the city of Campbell.]]> <![CDATA[West Menlo Park: New daycare with hourly drop-offs gets a boost]]> County supervisors recently added momentum to plans to proceed with a daycare center in West Menlo Park, one designed for parents with busy and varied schedules.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Man says he was 'traveling' without a license, not driving]]> Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Sex Tape']]> There's a sequence early on in "Sex Tape" during which the married couple played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel try repeatedly to rekindle their sexual flame. Time after time, they almost get "there," but something keeps frustrating their enjoyment.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - July 15]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Music@Menlo spotlights Dvorak]]> It's difficult to imagine the Bay Area chamber music scene without the Music@Menlo summer festival. Each year, a theme is selected as the festival's centerpiece. And, each year, it's a little different. ]]>