AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Dec. 17]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Board OKs plans to buy sites for new high schools]]> The Sequoia Union High School District has entered into contracts to spend up to $12.7 million for two Peninsula properties -- $9.3 million for a 2.1-acre site in Menlo Park near Belle Haven and $3.4 million for a 1-acre site in San Carlos. ]]> <![CDATA[Deputy pleads not guilty to conspiracy charges]]> Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office pleaded not guilty on Tuesday (Dec. 16) to two charges of conspiracy in connection with a case involving an inmate in the San Mateo County jail who is accused of acquiring and using a cellphone while in jail.]]> <![CDATA[Vast photo collection documents San Mateo County life over several decades]]> Retired commercial and news photographer Norton Pearl has donated a lifetime's worth of negatives representing his professional work to the San Mateo County Historical Association.]]> <![CDATA[See Athletes of the Week]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Four men rob Menlo Park market at gunpoint]]> A cashier was beaten and another robbed at gunpoint after four men entered the El Rancho Market around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Menlo Park police.]]> <![CDATA[Train strikes car in Atherton]]> A southbound Caltrain struck a on the train tracks at Fair Oak Avenue in Atherton at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. The driver was able to escape the car before the collision.]]> <![CDATA[Broken water main in West Menlo Park]]> Two to three fire trucks responded to a broken water main in West Menlo Park at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, a neighbor reported.
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<![CDATA[Woodside, Portola Valley elect new mayors]]> Woodside and Portola Valley have new mayors -- Tom Shanahan and Jeff Aalfs. Both councilmen were elected on unanimous votes of their town councils, on Dec. 9 and 10, and both are holding the office for the first time.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Laundry room bandit strikes at apartments]]> A laundry room bandit or bandits swarmed through Menlo Park recently, hitting coin-operated laundry machines in apartment complexes, according to the Menlo Park Police Department. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College terminates contract with tweeting San Jose cop]]> Phillip White, a San Jose police officer who generated widespread outrage after tweeting threatening statements about civil rights protestors, has had his contract as an assistant basketball coach terminated by Menlo College.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police: Beware 'plumbers' at the door]]> A pair of men posing as plumbers talked their way into two Atherton homes on Monday, Dec. 15, stealing money and jewelry while the residents were distracted, police said.]]> <![CDATA[Food truck event gets five-year permit in Menlo Park]]> Off the Grid's weekly food truck event rolled away from Monday's Planning Commission meeting with unanimous approval to continue for five years in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College football has four competing in all-star game]]> Menlo College football will have Cam Grad, Brandon Soohoo, Keith Bowman and Ray Roach take part in the D2-NAIA Challenge on Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com. ]]> <![CDATA[Glimpse at new building coming to Menlo-Atherton campus]]> A rendering of a new two-story building at Menlo-Atherton High School showed up in a presentation to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Dec. 9.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: No crosswalk on Mountain Home Road for now]]> Children walking to Woodside Elementary School from the south side of town -- from neighborhoods along Mountain Home and Whiskey Hill roads -- have not had the benefit of a crosswalk when crossing Mountain Home Road. A crosswalk was planned, but it's off for now.
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<![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Unlocking stories helps adults learn to read, write and find success]]> Project Read-Menlo Park literacy tutors are finding that the personal stories locked inside their students can be sprung loose to become fascinating, valuable tools in the quest for literacy.]]> <![CDATA[Storm delivering rain as predicted]]> Rain will continue in the Bay Area through most of today, according to a forecaster at the National Weather Service. ]]> <![CDATA[Six people displaced by house fire in North Fair Oaks]]> Six people were displaced in a two-alarm house fire in the North Fair Oaks area early Sunday morning, a San Mateo County fire official said.]]> <![CDATA['Exodus: Gods and Kings']]> Ever since the 2004 megahit "The Passion of the Christ," Hollywood has been open-minded to faith-based entertainment, and 2014 has seen both economic true-believer productions ("Left Behind," "God's Not Dead," and "Heaven is for Real") as well as would-be blockbusters "Noah" and now, Ridley Scott's $140 million Moses epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings." There's gold in them thar sand dunes, or so 20th Century Fox hopes.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Top Five']]> When it comes to comedy, funny always wins, and Chris Rock's third directorial effort does run on engagingly amusing riffs. But "Top Five" also steers hard into undisciplined storytelling, damning the comic's overhyped awards-season comedy with the faint praise of being better than (though just as cannily commercial as) the typical Adam Sandler vehicle.]]> <![CDATA[Suffering and suffrage: 'Women and the Great War' on view at Stanford's Hoover Institution]]> One hundred years ago this year, World War I began. On the centennial of such a significant event, museums across the world are turning to their archives to offer historical and contemporary perspectives on The Great War.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo's Lacy finishes 10th in national cross-country finals]]> Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy didn't run to victory at the 36th annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday, but she did come away with at least a moral triumph at Balboa Park in San Diego.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales - Dec. 10]]> 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 - Dec. 10]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Redwood City to debut Tuesday]]> Kaiser Permanente's new 149-bed, seven-story Redwood City hospital is set to open Tuesday, Dec. 16. The nonprofit health organization began construction on the 280,000-square-foot building on Veterans Boulevard and Walnut Street in 2011. ]]> <![CDATA[Cover story: War is hell]]> Woodside resident and former mayor Nat Landes has many military medals sitting on a bookshelf in his living room that recognize his service as a U.S. Army artillery officer during World War II. He talked about his service with the Almanac.]]> <![CDATA[Multi-family zoning in Woodside?]]> The Woodside Planning Commission dealt recently with a topic with potential to be controversial -- multi-family zoning in a town zoned for single-family homes. But voices did not rise. Positions were taken, but in measured tones.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Fund: Overcoming adversity, transforming lives]]> Both of Mark's parents suffered from serious mental illness: his mother from schizophrenia and his father from bipolar disorder. Between his mother's frequent hospitalizations and his father's extreme mood swings, there was a persistent feeling on Mark's part of depression and loneliness.]]> <![CDATA[Unpretentious French]]> Menlo Park's loss is Palo Alto's gain, twice over. After closing his haute French restaurant Marche in 2011, Howard Bulka gave us Howie's Artisan Pizza in Town & Country Village. And now, Guillame Bienamé , a former executive chef of Marche, gives us Zola, the best food news in downtown Palo Alto this year. ]]> <![CDATA[Holiday cheer: Concerts and gatherings to make spirits bright]]> As temperatures drop, the days grow shorter and the nights longer, it's harder to rely on sunshine for warmth and light. Instead, it's the time of year for drawing together to generate our own brilliance. There's no better way to celebrate the season than by gathering to enjoy live music, dance and theater: our most radiant expressions of what it means to be human. ]]> <![CDATA[Scoreboard]]> ● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores. ]]>