AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Sept. 20-25: Woodside native co-hosts big art party]]> Woodside native Anne Sconberg has always had a passion for the arts. She studied photography at Stanford University, did photography in Paris for three years, and studied design and interior design at schools in Madrid and London.]]> <![CDATA[Officers issue 252 more traffic tickets in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Officers on motorcycles from agencies around San Mateo County spent Wednesday (Sept. 17) patrolling parts of Menlo Park and Atherton and issued 252 citations, most for speeding and cellphone violations.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Tree protest ends peacefully; tree is cut down]]> A man chained himself to an Italian stone pine tree in Fremont Park early Tuesday morning, but the protest came to a peaceful conclusion once city officials explained why the tree had to be cut down for safety reasons, according to Menlo Park staff.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College women reach defining moment with volleyball win]]> There are certain points over the course of a season that helps define a team's progress. The Menlo College women's volleyball team experienced just such a moment Wednesday night when it downed No. 17 Vanguard, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13, in a nonconference contest in Atherton. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Sept. 25: Farm-to-table dinner at Filoli]]> Filoli will hold its first farm-to-table dinner with seating at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in front of the historic mansion at the Woodside estate. ]]> <![CDATA[Stop-work order lifted for Woodside mansion]]> The mansion remodeling project at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is on again. The town had posted a stop-work order on July 3 after staff discovered construction activity not within the scope of project permits.]]> <![CDATA[Legal battle erupts over Panzer tank from Littlefield collection]]> A Seattle company led by Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in in a dispute over ownership of a German World War II-era tank. A Panzer IV, built in 1944, was offered in a July 2014 auction of some of the military vehicles owned by the late Jacques Littlefield of Los Trancos Woods.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council approves duplex purchase]]> With Mayor Ray Mueller dissenting, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) to approve the purchase of two Willow Road duplexes for $1.12 million.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton girls are hoping to join local volleyball elite]]> Prep roundup: In recent years, a handful of local volleyball teams have reached the state finals. The Palo Alto girls accomplished that in 2010 and 2011, Sacred Heart Prep in 2010 and 2012 and Menlo School last year. Menlo-Atherton may be figuring it's finally time to join that elite group. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Best friends make all-tourney teams in college volleyball]]> Of local note: Sarah Daschbach and Ali Spindt have a lot in common. Both played high school volleyball in Atherton, Daschbach at Sacred Heart Prep and Spindt at Menlo-Atherton. Both were the Most Valuable Players in their respective teams. And, both are continuing to play in college. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[New law defines 'safe distance' for motorists passing bicyclists]]> A new state law sets 3 feet as a "safe distance" for vehicles passing bicyclists on the road. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Six commercial burglaries over four days in Menlo Park]]> Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary]]> Portola Valley holds a special event at Town Center on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.]]> <![CDATA[Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates 50th anniversary at Town Center]]> It's been nine months since the first occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Portola Valley's incorporation. The celebration concludes, more or less, on Sunday, Sept. 21, with events for residents at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.]]> <![CDATA[SHP girls win first St. Francis Invitational polo title since 2007]]> Weekend prep roundup
Despite winning the past seven Central Coast Section Division II water polo titles, the Sacred Heart Prep girls had struggled in the annual season-opening St. Francis Autumn Invitational. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.
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<![CDATA[Menlo School rolls to a big 68-8 football win to remain unbeaten]]> While Menlo School graduated a lot of its offense from last year's successful football team, there certainly hasn't been much of a drop off following back-to-back victories. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.
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<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Officer, mom disagree about letting child walk home alone]]> Everyone agrees on the basic facts: A fourth-grade boy was walking home alone from Encinal Elementary School on Sept. 11. A Menlo Park police officer driving by saw the boy, pulled over, and after some discussion, decided to give the child a lift. Upon reaching the boy's home, he was greeted by an incensed mother.]]> <![CDATA[Work in progress at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory]]> Construction of a new administrative building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory started earlier this year.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Fall book sale at Menlo Park Library]]> A wide selection of gently used books for everyone in the family will be featured at the fall book sale on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Motorcycle cops issue 82 tickets for 'distracted driving' in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Officers on motorcycle patrols in Atherton and Menlo Park issued 76 tickets to drivers using cellphones illegally and six tickets for texting during a special "distracted driving" enforcement event in those two towns on Friday, Sept. 12. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park police stage 'critical incident' training at former school this week]]> Explosions, gunfire and yelling -- all simulated -- may be heard coming from the former campus of James Flood Elementary School this week as the Menlo Park police and other law enforcement agencies stage a training exercise.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley residents report seeing mountain lion in backyard]]> The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a Friday night mountain lion sighting in Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Monday: Menlo Park hosts small business roundtable]]> The second quarterly small business roundtable hosted by Menlo Park will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. The discussion theme will be how the economic development plan update can help the city transition from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy.]]> <![CDATA[Two injured in Menlo Park accident]]> Two people were injured in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street at about 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 13), Menlo Park police reported.
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<![CDATA[Movie review: 'Mary Kom']]> Mary Kom holds enough world boxing championship titles and influence in the sport to merit a keen cinematic look at her career's progression. However, this film botches that opportunity, succumbing instead to the common pitfalls of its genre, and topping it off with an inelegant style of execution.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Dolphin Tale 2']]> "Dolphin Tale 2" will no doubt be a delightful experience for animal-loving tots. But for the adults who bring them, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a surreal experience.]]> <![CDATA[Mandarin immersion charter school petitions Menlo Park district for approval]]> Supporters of a new charter school in the Menlo Park City School District that would teach many of its classes in Mandarin have asked the district to authorize the school. The school now has 30 days to hold a hearing on the request and 60 days to make a decision.]]> <![CDATA[Vi seniors take case to federal court]]> More than 40 seniors mobilized in the U.S. District Court in San Jose this week to show their displeasure with how the parent company of senior-care community Vi at Palo Alto is handling their money.]]> <![CDATA[Learning by doing: Students acquire multiple skills by working on projects]]> Portola Valley teachers spent some time being students this summer; learning about project-based learning, in which students study multiple academic subjects while doing broad based projects.]]> <![CDATA[10 fall arts events to check out]]> With the fall arts season upon us, here are 10 events you might want to check out. ]]> <![CDATA[Library offers lessons, lunch for local kids]]> This summer, the Atherton Library provided more than books for young students. ]]> <![CDATA[Obituaries: Well-known Realtor Steve Bellumori dies]]> Services were held Sept. 10 at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park for prominent Realtor Stephen Bellumori, who died unexpectedly of a heart seizure Aug. 14. He was 65.]]> <![CDATA[Anton Menlo gets ready for construction of 394 apartments]]> Developer St. Anton Partners has cleared 10 acres of land at 3639 Haven Ave., off Marsh Road, in Menlo Park in preparation for the construction of a 394-unit apartment complex.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley theater company snags heavy-hitter as artist-in-residence]]> When the San Jose Repertory Theatre went under earlier this year, it left the regional theater community in dismay. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Three Woodside High students accused in marijuana cookie incident]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales -- Sept. 10]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'If I Stay']]> "Romance novels" function on idealization, including fulfilling a teen's yen for drama -- any kind of drama -- to alleviate the tedium of school days and curfew nights. ]]>