If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Saturday: M-A High holds its Big Band Dance]]> Family, friends and neighbors are invited to come swing to the sounds of the Menlo-Atherton High School Bands and Orchestra at the Big Band Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the school's Ayers Gym, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton. ]]> <![CDATA[Series of storms, heavy winds to lash Bay Area]]> A series of storms will be moving through the Bay Area over the next several days, bringing heavy winds and more rain to an already saturated region, according to the National Weather Service.
<![CDATA[Through the fog]]> Cyclists and a runner were out in the fog in Portola Valley on Sunday morning, Jan. 15. These scenes were taken from a spot adjacent to the Town Center at 765 Portola Road. ]]> <![CDATA[Greenheart project goes to Menlo Park council on Tuesday]]> A 420,000-square-foot housing, office and retail development proposed at 1300 El Camino Real by the Greenheart Land Co. is scheduled to go before the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 24, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre.]]> <![CDATA[Update: Woodside OKs larger floor areas for main residences]]> (Expanded version of story previously posted.) The Woodside Town Council has taken action on complaints registered in 2014 by residents of the Woodside Heights neighborhood over limitations on floor area allowed for main residences. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo-Atherton RB Mims commits to Fresno State]]> Football: Menlo-Atherton senior Jordan Mims, who led the Bears to the state championship football game in Division 3-AA in the fall, announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he has verbally committed to Fresno State.]]> <![CDATA[A day for Knights basketball and a twin bill WBAL sweep]]> Menlo School came out on the winning end of both games in the boys-girls doubleheader played Tuesday at Sacred Heart Prep. The Menlo boys improved to 5-0 in West Bay Athletic League play with a 62-45 win in the nightcap. The Menlo girls broke a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought 69-65 win in the matinee.]]> <![CDATA[M-A, Pinewood win, maintain status quo in girls hoops]]> Prep report: Carly McLanahan and Ilana Baer combined for 16 points in the second quarter to turn a deficit into a 10-point halftime advantage and the Menlo-Atherton's girls' basketball team downed host Mills, 58-37, in a PAL Bay Division contest on Tuesday.]]> <![CDATA[Catching up with Chris Lorway]]> The Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall executive director chats about his time at Stanford thus far, his hopes for the future and why there's no such thing as "an audience." ]]> <![CDATA[Artscene: Muralists enliven walls of new Menlo Park gallery]]> Brightly colored paintings spilled off of large canvases and onto the walls of a soon-to-open art gallery in downtown Menlo Park that was transformed into a painting studio for three days last week.]]> <![CDATA[Rich Gordon takes government relations job at nonprofit]]> Rich Gordon, who served 24 years in elected office locally and recently termed out as representative to the state Assembly, has a new job: as a government relations officer for the nonprofit Caminar for Mental Health.]]> <![CDATA[Man pleads not guilty to burglarizing Menlo Park construction site]]> One of three men arrested in December on suspicion of attempting to steal tools from the Menlo Gateway construction site at 100-190 Independence Drive in Menlo Park pleaded not guilty Jan. 10 to commercial burglary and grand theft charges. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo College women finish third at wrestling tournament]]> Menlo College report: The eighth-ranked Menlo College women's wrestling team went 3-1 and finished third at the Oregon Classic over the weekend at Southern Oregon.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters deserve high pay, chief says]]> Firefighters, says Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman, deserve to be well paid. ]]> <![CDATA[Cause for alarm? How the Menlo Park Fire Protection District pays its employees]]> The employees of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District had the highest average wages of any California government agency in 2014. That was before a new contract was approved that the district projected would increase the amount it paid in pay and benefits by 41 percent over the life of the contract.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: One-way traffic likely for months on storm-damaged section of Hwy. 84]]> Erosion from recent storms has weakened part of Highway 84 in the hills above Woodside. A 75-to-100-foot section located a few minutes north of Skylonda and just past Grandview Drive dropped by about 9 inches, according to a foreman directing a clean-up crew on Jan. 14.]]> <![CDATA[Guest opinion: Small gains for cyclists; big losses for everyone else]]> Make a mental note: Dec. 6, 2016, will prove to be a more important date than most Menlo Park residents now realize. That day, three City Council members approved a one-year field trial of the soon-to-be-controversial Oak Grove-Crane-University Bike Project without understanding its true benefits and negative impacts, and with little input and feedback from residents.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside Elementary principal explains her mid-year departure]]> A day after Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito announced Principal Pam Duarte's retirement, Ms. Duarte emailed a letter explaining why she is leaving.]]> <![CDATA[Hartwig to head Portola Valley schools for two more years]]> Eric Hartwig, hired as interim superintendent of the Portola Valley School District when Superintendent Lisa Gonzales abruptly left the district in October 2015, has agreed to stay at the district through June 2019.]]> <![CDATA[Gators rally to earn MLK Shootout basketball victory]]> Prep report
Sacred Heart Prep overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to beat St. Mary's-Berkeley, 63-60, at the Piedmont Hills MLK Shootout on Saturday. Menlo School lost to California-San Ramon, 77-65, at the Piedmont Hills MLK Shootout.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo Park: Police nab 13-year-old boy driving stolen car]]> Menlo Park Police are investigating whether a 13-year-old driver and his three passengers, whom officers detained on Saturday, Jan. 14, for driving a car reported stolen, are connected to a string of recent burglaries in and around Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: E. Gary Smith sentencing postponed again]]> The sentencing and restitution hearing for Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed once more, at the request of Mr. Smith's defense attorney, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Cops, residents meet to battle burglaries]]> Every chair and seat in a back bleacher section was occupied in the auditorium of Laurel School Upper Campus during the Jan. 11 meeting to talk about a rash of burglaries that occurred in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park between September and December. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside elementary principal leaving district next month]]> Pam Duarte, hired in 2014 as a principal at Woodside Elementary School, will be leaving the district in mid-February, Superintendent Beth Polito announced on Jan. 12.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton no longer is the most expensive, Forbes says]]> After three years of sitting at the top of the Forbes priciest American residential real estate list, as of this December Atherton had fallen to third place, the media company said. ]]> <![CDATA[The most -- and least -- memorable films of 2016]]> Palo Alto Weekly movie critic Peter Canavese shares his highlights in film from 2016, including his top 10 -- and bottom five -- movies, the year's best heroes, worst villains, top documentaries and animated winners.]]>