AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us <![CDATA[Looking Back: Lurline Matson Roth]]> Lurline Matson Roth, who competed nationally and won many awards for her equestrian skills, and My Joy pose in this 1920s photo. Photo courtesy of Woodside History Committee]]> <![CDATA[How Boys & Girls Clubs offer hope to Nateja and other teens]]> She's the life of the party. She gets along with everyone, cracks jokes with a smile that never leaves her face, and has an energy that shines brighter than the lights in a classroom. ]]> <![CDATA[Tonight: Mosquito fogging in northeast Menlo Park]]> Parts of northeast Menlo Park will be sprayed tonight for mosquitoes (Sept. 2) to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Phone scams continue to hook the unsuspecting]]> A resident of Brandon Way bought prepaid cash cards and provided the card numbers to someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told her she faced being arrested for unpaid back taxes. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Belle Haven residents praise changing neighborhood]]> "I cannot tell you the number of people who tried to persuade me not to buy a house in the neighborhood," Joellen McGruder, who bought a home in Belle Haven in 2011, told the Menlo Park council. "And indeed within a month after I'd been there, there was a drive-by shooting and at least two gun incidents within a two block radius. But now, she has seen the community change "tremendously."]]> <![CDATA[Update: Two bicyclists injured after collision in Woodside]]> Two bicyclists were hospitalized yesterday (Sept. 1) after an attempt by one to pass the other went wrong and they collided on state Highway 84 in Woodside, causing the highway's closure in both directions.]]> <![CDATA[Make a match, not coats]]> The Peninsula Humane Society's 3-year-old chinchilla, Streisand, needs a forever home, ideally without small children. Streisand is confident, curious, and active. She loves to run, jump, chew, take treats from your hand, explore her surroundings and take dust baths.]]> <![CDATA[Bridging the tech gap]]> This summer, 425 kids from under-served communities, such as Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, were on campus at seven private schools on the Peninsula, including Sacred Heart Prep, Woodside Priory and Menlo School.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton police release sketch of 'distraction' burglary suspect]]> Atherton police have released a sketch of a man who posed as a plumber, walked uninvited into a home on Mesa Court, and distracted an elderly resident while an accomplice stole items valued at more than $200,000.]]> <![CDATA[Abigail's story: 'I saw a little fear, but also courage and determination']]> It was a warm September evening. There was a light breeze, and the frogs, birds and crickets were all pleasantly buzzing about, chittering and chattering among themselves. All seemed well, but some surprising news was coming, sneaking up on me like a tiger catching its prey, just about to pounce. ]]> <![CDATA[About 20 residents still displaced following fire]]> About 20 people are still displaced following a Sunday night structure fire that gutted several apartment units in Redwood City, according to the American Red Cross.]]> <![CDATA[Feature story: Portola Valley residents welcome native plants and animals]]> Purple needlegrass is something special in the semi-arid world of the California native plant community. It grows in clumps, and fields of it, each clump a shower of fine blades out-flung from the center, present to the observer an ethereal loveliness.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council votes for yield signs on Wallea Drive]]> Despite the strong recommendations of transportation staff and the majority of the Transportation Commission to install stop signs, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to install yield signs on Wallea Drive instead.
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<![CDATA[Woodside residents can get town cash to build 'defensible spaces']]> If a wildfire gets going in Woodside, there may be residents who, like the grasshopper in Aesop's fable, learn the hard way, in this case about the importance of preparing fire-resistant areas around homes and other buildings.]]> <![CDATA[New gas lines ahead for Portola Valley Ranch]]> A project to replace 1,600 feet of low-pressure PVC gas main and 11 residential service lines will get underway in late October in a Portola Valley subdivision.]]> <![CDATA[3-D "virtual reality" coming to Woodside classrooms]]> Middle school science students at Woodside Elementary School will soon have the ability to look inside an erupting volcano or dissect a human heart, via 3-D virtual reality software.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park tightens water belt]]> New water restrictions will take effect on Thursday, Aug. 28, for all customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Man in truck plunges over embankment on Woodside Road]]> Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[Mandarin school backers seek district sponsorship]]> Backers of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School say they will officially ask the Menlo Park City School District to sponsor their school at the board's Sept. 9 meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: 75 drivers cited for speeding in one day]]> Seventy-five speeding tickets, 15 tickets for "distracted driving" and eight for seat belt violations were issued to drivers at various locations in Woodside on Aug. 20, according to the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: City newsletter criticized for bias against Measure M]]> Menlo Focus, the city's quarterly newsletter, generally garners only as much attention as it takes to decide whether to read it first before recycling it. But that changed when the latest issue came out with an article on Measure M, the initiative on the November ballot that would change Menlo Park's specific plan.]]>