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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Local author cooks up easy entertaining

Skylonda resident Erin Gleeson's three "The Forest Feast" vegetarian cookbooks are known around the world -- more than 250,000 copies have been published in 10 different languages.

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Menlo Park: Toys, volunteers needed for holiday drive

The annual Willows neighborhood toy drive to benefit children and families in the Ravenswood City School District is underway, and organizers are sounding the call for donations and volunteers.

Sunday, 4:07 PM | No comments yet
Longtime aging expert, now 88, heeds his own advice

At 88 years old, aging expert and retired Stanford University professor Walter Bortz is personally experiencing some of the health trials he's spent a career studying and writing about.

Sunday, 9:00 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A Woodside treasure

The Fleishhacker estate in Woodside, recently revealed to be on the market for an unnamed price that local real estate agents speculate could surpass $150 million, has been a summer retreat for members of the Fleishhacker family for more than a century.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

WHOA! responding to animals in need

The toll of losses from the Camp Fire continues to climb. Along with the devastation to the human population, thousands of animals have been impacted. WHOA!, the Woodside area equestrian organization, responded to the situation with a call for donations to assist in feeding and caring for the animals.

Friday, 7:44 PM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Upward Scholars offers 'life-changing' educational help

Upward Scholars provides financial and academic support to low-income adults so they can continue their education in community college, get better jobs, and serve as role models and advocates for their children. The nonprofit is one of 10 that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

Friday, 4:16 PM | 1 comment
High school district forms committee to address student performance, absenteeism

The Sequoia Union High School District will form a committee to look at improving its school climate and students' academic performance, Superintendent Mary Streshly announced Tuesday (Dec. 4).

Friday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
County officials certify results for local elections

San Mateo County election officials released the certified results for the Nov. 6 election on Thursday, Dec. 6. And given the preliminary counts that have trickled in since election night, there were no surprises except perhaps for the approval of the countywide sales tax Measure W.

Friday, 10:57 AM | 6 comments
Final election results: Pulido, Sobomehin, Fitch win seats on Ravenswood school board

Incumbent Ana Pulido and newcomers Tamara Sobomehin and Stephanie Fitch have officially been elected to the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, according to certified election results released on Thursday.

Friday, 8:53 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Recycled-water irrigation coming to Menlo golf course

The West Bay Sanitary District has begun construction of a 500,000-gallons-per-day wastewater recycling facility on the grounds of the Sharon Heights Golf Course in western Menlo Park.

Thursday, 6:30 PM | 1 comment
Unspecified threat found in M-A bathroom

Menlo-Atherton High School officials notified parents of M-A students in a Dec. 5 email that the school had contacted Atherton police after someone found an unspecified threat written in a bathroom stall. The email didn't say when the threat was discovered.

Thursday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
'Tis the season indeed

You know ‘tis the season of giving when 300-plus people drive up the hill to Alice's Restaurant in Woodside in rainy conditions to attend a Paradise Camp Fire Relief Fundraiser.

Thursday, 12:27 PM | No comments yet
40 years after surviving Jonestown, Rep. Jackie Speier talks about trauma, politics

She was shot five times and left for dead in the jungles of Guyana. She lost her first husband in a fatal car accident. But Jackie Speier, undaunted, hasn't let personal tragedy or professional challenges stop her from rising through the ranks of elective office to congresswoman.

Thursday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park council gives $275,000 to local nonprofits

Nonprofits that serve people in Menlo Park earned a combined $275,000 on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when the Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously to approve a spending plan for its community funding program.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Thursday: Public meeting in Portola Valley on pedestrian safety

Residents of Portola Valley who have concerns and complaints about pedestrian safety in town may want to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, to hear from a traffic consultant who has studied and assessed the issue.

Thursday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet
Upcoming meetings in Menlo Park

It's business as usual between now and the holidays when it comes to Menlo Park's public meeting schedule. Here are a few upcoming gatherings to look out for.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Landmark Theaters bought by Cohen Media Group

Landmark Theaters, which includes the Guild in Menlo Park and the Aquarius Theatre in downtown Palo Alto, has been bought by the Cohen Media Group, the company announced this week.

Thursday, 7:53 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Menlo Park district registering preschool students

Registration is underway for enrollment in Menlo Park City School District's new preschool next school year.

Wednesday, 5:39 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Four burglaries reported on Tuesday

Laptop computers were the target in two commercial burglaries on Adams Drive in Menlo Park last night. And there were two burglaries reported on Sharon Park Drive: one attempted entry of an apartment and one incident in which a smashed car window was the only apparent damage.

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Today: PV school board begins process for Measure Z rollout

The Portola Valley School District will meet Wednesday evening (Dec. 5) to begin implementing a bond measure that focuses on fixes to its aging and leaky buildings.

Wednesday, 11:11 AM | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office warns of scam involving SMC Alert system

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam involving text messages claiming to be associated with the county's SMC Alert emergency notification system.

Wednesday, 8:21 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Cyclist injured in hit-and-run at Alpine Road and I-280

A Palo Alto man riding his bicycle on Alpine Road on Nov. 18 was sent to the hospital with head injuries when someone driving a Porsche SUV struck the bicycle from behind and fled the scene.

Tuesday, 9:17 PM | 28 comments
Facebook's international drama has its day in county court

A years-old lawsuit in San Mateo County has made international headlines in recent days after a the founder of a company that is now suing Facebook handed a committee of British lawmakers an unknown number of highly confidential Facebook documents that, under court order, were strictly limited for access by his attorneys.

Tuesday, 3:01 PM | 4 comments
Tonight: Dinner at Alice's Restaurant to benefit Camp Fire victims

If you're looking for a way to help victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County, Alice's Restaurant in Woodside is putting on a family-style pasta dinner tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 4), with 100 percent of proceeds going to victims.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park council to discuss rail line report, community funding decisions

At the Menlo Park City Council meeting tonight (Dec. 4), there's only one item of regular business scheduled: deciding whether to put $275,000 into the council's discretionary community funding program.

Tuesday, 11:13 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission OKs Middlefield office building

The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 4-1 Monday, Dec. 3, to approve a use permit for a proposed office building at 40 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:18 AM | 16 comments
Holiday Fund: Maria’s story: Not letting diabetes win

Ravenswood Family Health Center staff work hand-in-hand with patients, providing them the tools they need to become empowered individuals and to take control of their health. The center is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

More rain headed to Bay Area

Periods of rain are forecast through Thursday in the Bay Area before dry conditions return by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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A peek at Atherton Library’s past

As the Atherton Library is demolished to make room for a new $22.8 million library, The Almanac took a look back at the library's history.

Monday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Man wangles $100,000 from woman online

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton

Monday, 9:18 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Holiday Fund: More than just a garden ornament

The St. Francis Center began as a food and clothing program, but evolved, over 32 years, into a multiservice, nonprofit serving families in the Bay Area. The organization is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

Sunday, 10:01 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Guest opinion: Help fight proposed rule that would harm immigrant families

The residents of Menlo Park must take action to protect our immigrant families by opposing one of the latest moves in the Trump administration's attack on immigrants and refugees.

Saturday, 12:23 PM | 17 comments

Friday, November 30, 2018

Atherton tops most expensive real estate list

For the second year in a row, Atherton topped the list for most expensive residential real estate in the country, according to real estate website PropertyShark.

Friday, 4:51 PM | 36 comments
How Peninsula Clean Energy is bringing renewable energy to San Mateo County

An assortment of elected officials from across San Mateo County recently took part in the groundbreaking of the "Wright Solar Project," a solar farm that is going to be a 1,200-acre, 200-megawatt collection of solar panels that will meet the energy needs for about 15 percent of the county.

Friday, 11:36 AM | 2 comments
Saturday: Breakfast with Santa coming up in Menlo Park

A pancake breakfast, holiday activities and visits with a certain jolly old elf will be part of the festivities at the city-hosted "Breakfast with Santa" event on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Friday, 10:21 AM | No comments yet
Holiday fair this Saturday in Portola Valley

Portola Valley's holiday fair celebrates its 10th year on Saturday, Dec. 1, with sales of fine art, ornaments, textiles, clothing and items of wood, leather and ceramic.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Saturday: Menlo Park wine walk and education fundraiser

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association will partner with businesses in downtown Menlo Park on Saturday, Dec. 1, to host wine tastings at different downtown shops. All ticket proceeds will go to the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation.

Thursday, 6:28 PM | No comments yet
Middle school floods for second time in five weeks

A water main break at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park on Thursday, Nov. 29, flooded the campus for the second time in five weeks, leading officials to cancel classes.

Thursday, 3:36 PM | 3 comments
Update: Deputies arrest suspect in Woodside burglary

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested a man suspected in a residential burglary in Woodside on Wednesday, Nov. 28, according to a social media post from the Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 2 comments
22-year-old killed by train in Menlo Park

A 22-year-old man from Redwood City was struck and killed by a train in Menlo Park around 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Thursday, 11:49 AM | 2 comments
Virginia Nalley Woodson dies at 86

Virginia Nalley Woodson, a longtime staff member at Menlo Presbyterian Church, died Nov. 13 at age 86 at Stanford Hospital, surrounded by close family.

Thursday, 11:01 AM | No comments yet
Model railroad association hosts annual train show this weekend

The West Bay Model Railroad Association at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park is hosting a free holiday open house of its two-tiered model train layout on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 10:26 AM | 2 comments
Ikie Kurose of former Nak's Oriental Market dies at 78

Ikie Kurose, a longtime fixture of the community at the former Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park, died Saturday, Nov. 24, at age 78.

Thursday, 8:25 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rain and strong winds forecast for today

Wet weather, strong winds and big surf are expected across the Bay Area through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday, 4:08 PM | No comments yet
Litterbug laments? Pothole predicaments?

Government employees in Portola Valley keep regular hours, but trees have no such scruples when they drop limbs, nor does asphalt when it creates a pothole. Now residents can alert Town Hall to such problems around the clock through a smartphone app.

Wednesday, 9:04 AM | No comments yet
San Mateo County plans 100-plus affordable apartments, child care center

San Mateo County has begun a process to contract with a developer to build at least 100 affordable housing units, a child care center and some community-serving commercial space at "Middlefield Junction," at 2700 Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks, between Atherton and Redwood City.

Wednesday, 7:57 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Atherton: Family holiday tea party is Dec. 2

Holbrook-Palmer Park's annual Family Holiday Tea, which includes a cabaret puppet show, holiday card making and hot chocolate, is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 2, in the park's Jennings Pavilion.

Tuesday, 6:37 PM | No comments yet
Search-and-rescue team returns from Camp Fire

After a weeklong search for the victims of the Camp Fire, California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3 has been demobilized and returned to the Bay Area on Sunday.

Tuesday, 3:54 PM | 1 comment
Measure W poised for last-minute win

With very few ballots remaining to be counted, San Mateo County's Measure W appears poised for a last-minute win, according to the latest election results.

Tuesday, 12:53 PM | 15 comments
Fire district to station employee inside Facebook

The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently voted 3-2 to station an employee inside Facebook's offices to help prepare emergency response plans for the company and help in employee training, drills and team building.

Tuesday, 9:01 AM | 9 comments

Camper opens for lunch in Menlo Park
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Couples: Child Loss, "No U-Turn at Mercy Street"
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Which Cocktail Has the Least Calories?
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