AlmanacNews.com http://www.almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us Copyright 2015 AlmanacNews.com Almanac Online http://AlmanacNews.com/art/top_logo.png http://www.almanacnews.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Wednesday: Downtown meeting focuses on Menlo Park's M-2 zone]]> A community meeting that will give residents a chance to learn the latest about Menlo Park's ongoing project to update goals, policies, land use and design requirements in the city's M-2 industrial area is set for Wednesday night (Sept. 2) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown "paseo."]]> <![CDATA[Wednesday: Atherton examines drainage study, aircraft noise]]> Updates on storm water running through Atherton and aircraft noise happening above are on the agenda for the Wednesday, Sept. 2, meeting of the City Council.]]> <![CDATA[Tonight: Community to hear three design alternatives for Flood Park]]> Three design options for Flood Park will be presented tonight (Sept. 1) at a community meeting on the future of the park. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside]]> The top sale this edition happened in Atherton on Park Lane. The property was last sold in 1979 for $555,000. The most recent sale happened on July 22, 2015, and brought in more than $10 million. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.]]> <![CDATA[Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry]]> In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Questions raised over silencing staff on town manager's exit]]> Silence surrounds the details of the recent "involuntary resignation" of former town manager Nick Pegueros from Portola Valley Town Hall, but some council members are willing to talk about the clause forbidding staff from talking.]]> <![CDATA[Want to attend Pope's address in D.C.?]]> It will be standing room only, on grass, to hear Pope Francis speak to Congress on Sept. 24, via JumboTron, but some of Anna Eshoo's constituents will have a place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.]]> <![CDATA[High school grads intern at homeless services nonprofit]]> Sophie Scheinman witnessed the challenges facing homeless families during an eight-week summer internship with InnVision Shelter Network, the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides shelter and services for homeless people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. ]]> <![CDATA[West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park]]> A large portion of Menlo Park will be sprayed Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after the West Nile virus was again detected in adult mosquitoes collected in the city.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley's Cameron Jones makes it to semifinals in national science competition]]> Cameron Jones, the Portola Valley science fair whiz who graduated from Corte Madera School last June has done it again by being named a semi-finalist in a national middle school science fair competition, one of 300 students in the country to do so.]]> <![CDATA[Air district report: Leaf blowers present health risks]]> Blasting air at up to 185 mph, leaf blowers can whip up hazardous particles and contaminants from the ground at speeds greater than a Category 5 hurricane, sending them long distances. Epidemiological studies have long recognized the harm these particles cause to people's respiratory systems, according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports.]]> <![CDATA[City of Menlo Park loses a fourth top manager]]> The city of Menlo Park has lost its fourth administrator since mid-July, with the departure of Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly, announced by City Manager Alex McIntyre on Aug. 27.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan]]> PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park school district expands language programs]]> The Menlo Park City School District is working hard this year to achieve a goal it adopted in 2008: to offer world language programs to all district students.]]> <![CDATA[Back to school: Woodside preschool changes more than its building]]> While as many as 60 construction workers swarmed over Woodside Elementary School's campus each day last week, it was a little hard to believe the school would be ready to welcome more than 400 students by its Aug. 25 opening day of school.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside High prepares for 19 percent enrollment growth]]> The 2015-16 school year will be well along at Woodside High School by the time construction crews break ground for a new two-story, 10-classroom building between the gym and the softball fields. ]]> <![CDATA[Linden Avenue in Atherton reopened]]> Linden Avenue in Atherton has now been reopened at Elm Place in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton after being closed by a fallen tree, town officials announced at a little after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.]]> <![CDATA[Cardinal Levada, a Menlo Park resident, charged with DUI in Hawaii]]> A resident of St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, has been charged with drunken driving after being stopped on Aug. 20 by a police officer on a street in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton gives Menlo School go-ahead on expansion plans]]> After neighbors objected to an earlier version of its expansion plans, Menlo School on Wednesday gained unanimous approval of the Atherton Planning Commission for revised plans, including a height variance.]]> <![CDATA[Back to School: Las Lomitas prepares for growth]]> The Las Lomitas School District, home to La Entrada (grades 4-8) and Las Lomitas (kindergarten to grade 3), has been busy over the summer planning for the expansion of its two school campuses.
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<![CDATA[Back to school: Portola Valley students get new 'Maker Spaces']]> It may be hard to convince the students at Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley that what they will be doing in the two new "Maker Spaces" at their schools is actually work.
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<![CDATA[New principal, construction at M-A High]]> As fall classes resume at Menlo-Atherton High School, a new principal is at the helm: Simone Rick-Kennel. And ground has been broken for a new G wing in the form of a two-story classroom building.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Attempted arson suspected at Woodside Elementary School]]> Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[Fire district board approves four-year contract with firefighters]]> The long running dispute between firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is officially over, but the discussion by members of the governing board is not.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Pilot program to make city parks herbicide-free OK'd by council]]> The Menlo Park City Council unanimously adopted revisions to the city's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy last night, including implementing a pilot program at four city parks to eliminate all herbicide use. ]]> <![CDATA[First day of school photos at Las Lomitas School]]> Classes began this week and last at most of our local schools. Almanac photographer Michelle Le visited Las Lomitas Elementary, a kindergarten through third-grade school in Atherton, on Aug. 20 and captured these opening day scenes.]]> <![CDATA[Former Portola Valley town manager has interim job with Menlo Park]]> Nick Pegueros, whose "involuntary resignation" as the Portola Valley Town Manager was announced Aug. 12, has been named the interim administrative services director in Menlo Park, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced on Aug. 25.]]> <![CDATA[Fire on roof of Woodside Bakery extinguished by alert nearby employees]]> Quick action on the part of employees at the Woodside Tennis Shop and the office of Dave Tanner's home design and remodeling business put out a small roof fire at the Woodside Bakery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.]]> <![CDATA[Cyclist injured in Alpine Road collision]]> A 65-year-old Portola Valley woman on a bicycle traveling east on Alpine Road was injured in a collision with a westbound car turning left at Indian Crossing at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.]]> <![CDATA[Bobcat visits a Portola Valley home]]> It was about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when Ron Johnson of the Alpine Hills neighborhood, in his hand a single-lens reflex camera with zoom lens, caught an image of this bobcat alongside his house.]]> <![CDATA[Understanding the world through science]]> Humans like to think about the past as a simpler time, and when viewed through the lens of scientific progress, that kind of thinking has an element of truth to it.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside]]> Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.]]>