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Friday, January 18, 2019

Bay Area storms boost rainfall almost to normal levels

The National Weather Service on Friday (Jan. 18) reported the Bay Area has reached 85 to 95 percent of normal rainfall for this point in the season.

Friday, 5:52 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain running Celebration Train for MLK Day

Caltrain will offer a NorCalMLK Celebration Train to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, Jan. 21.

Friday, 1:53 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No injuries reported after crash on Caltrain tracks

An SUV crashed Friday morning at the Caltrain crossing at Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, blocking the northbound rail line for about 45 minutes and triggering restricted southbound speeds, according to Dan Lieberman, Caltrain spokesperson.

Friday, 11:54 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Council considers pairing main and Belle Haven library projects

The Menlo Park City Council voted 3-1 on Jan. 15 to move forward with a strategy and timeline to build a new Belle Haven branch library and rebuild or renovate the main library, as well as combine elements of the two projects to streamline efficiency.

Friday, 11:48 AM | 4 comments
Draeger's Market to undergo 'extensive remodel'

Draeger's Market, a long-standing gourmet food market in downtown Menlo Park, will undergo an "extensive remodel" to expand many departments' offerings and improve energy efficiency, according to co-owner Richard Draeger.

Friday, 10:14 AM | 1 comment
Local food pantries prepare for more clients if government shutdown continues

Bay Area families that depend on federal programs for their basic food needs could find themselves without a lifeline by the end of February, according to local food pantries concerned about a sudden influx of new clients.

Friday, 8:38 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Teen arrested for sexual battery at Woodside High School

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly grabbing a girl's buttocks while riding a bicycle at Woodside High School on Monday evening (Jan. 14), San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Thursday, 3:57 PM | 9 comments
Rotary Club accepting grant applications for nonprofit education programs

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is now accepting 2019 grant applications from nonprofits.

Thursday, 2:16 PM | 1 comment
Former Almanac staff writer wins education reporting award

The California School Boards Association has named former Almanac reporter Barbara Wood a recipient of its inaugural Golden Quill Award for fair, insightful and accurate education reporting.

Thursday, 10:35 AM | 8 comments
New mayor's goals: Better communication, public safety and livability

For 2019, Woodside's mayor is looking forward to restoring a community newsletter, improving communication between Town Hall and the community, considering a ban on new wood shake roofs, and continuing efforts to advance pedestrian safety.

Thursday, 8:09 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Atherton to re-examine Caltrain stops in town

Atherton Rail Committee members are backtracking on their recommendation to add service to the Atherton Caltrain station in light of the recent introduction of a state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

Wednesday, 3:25 PM | 8 comments
New Menlo Park council reverses decision on Caltrain separations

The wheels of Menlo Park's grade separation project lurched forward Tuesday night in a markedly different direction from where plans were headed under the city's previous City Council.

Wednesday, 11:51 AM | 23 comments
Police calls: Girlfriend robbed, broker threatened

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Major storm bears down on Bay Area, flooding possible

Flash floods and high winds are expected in the Bay Area starting Wednesday morning as a major storm bears down on the region, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued warnings.

Tuesday, 4:15 PM | No comments yet
Charity soccer tournament set for Jan. 19

Soccer players of all ages and levels are invited to play in a charity tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. The proceeds from the event will support a nonprofit that uses the sport to educate youth in developing countries to lead healthier and more productive lives.

Tuesday, 3:06 PM | 1 comment
Suspect sought after sexual battery at Woodside High School

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are seeking a suspect who grabbed a girl's buttocks at Woodside High School on Monday evening.

Tuesday, 1:26 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council to set work plan for 2019

In-neighborhood conversations about revising property development standards for the Glens and other neighborhoods with parcels that don't conform to town standards is a high priority in for Woodside's Planning Department in 2019. The Town Council reviews these priorities and others in a work plan for Town Hall when it meets tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 15).

Tuesday, 12:19 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park reviews grade separations, library improvements

To launch a new year and a majority-new City Council, Menlo Park's council meeting scheduled tonight (Jan. 15) will waste no time diving into one of the city's biggest questions right now: how to separate the Caltrain tracks from the places they intersect with roads in the city.

Tuesday, 11:58 AM | 5 comments
College admissions program Jan. 16

Parents and students hoping to get the inside scoop on college admissions -- from both the admissions department perspective and the college adviser perspective -- might want to head to Menlo-Atherton High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Tuesday, 11:46 AM | No comments yet
Mayor says affordable housing and safety are among priorities

Ahead for 2019, Portola Valley Mayor Ann Wengert cited the importance of moving forward on affordable housing, keeping after the FAA on aircraft noise, wildfire safety, and revisiting the advisory committees in light of the town's changing demographics.

Tuesday, 8:29 AM | 1 comment

Monday, January 14, 2019

Piano teacher arrested for sex crimes involving a relative

Nicholas Robinson has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of an underage relative. He is also a piano teacher who gives lessons from his home, leading police to call on the public for tips of any other victims.

Monday, 1:48 PM | No comments yet
Monday: Public hearing on potential environmental impacts of 92-foot-tall building in Menlo Park

A 260,000-square-foot, five-story research and development building proposed by Tarlton Properties at 1350 Adams Court in Menlo Park will be the topic of discussion as staff and consultants launch the environmental impact review process for the project with the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 14.

Monday, 9:19 AM | 4 comments

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Shareholder sues Google parent company over sexual harassment scandal

A shareholder sued the board of Google Inc.'s parent company, Alphabet Inc., in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday for allegedly tolerating and covering up sexual harassment by senior executives and giving some of them millions of dollars in exit pay.

Sunday, 6:35 PM | No comments yet
Community celebrates Bears' victory with Saturday festivities

Victory was theirs -- and then they partied. In fact, the community partied with them on Saturday to celebrate the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first-ever state championship win.

Sunday, 6:27 PM | 1 comment
Horse DNA-testing service sets up shop in Menlo Park

"The only thing better than science is science with horses," Christa Lafayette, CEO of Etalon Diagnostics, said with a smile on a recent Wednesday afternoon at her pop-up lab situated at the former site of Yogurt Stop along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Sunday, 8:56 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Search-and-rescue mission under a watchful bird's eye

A camera-equipped drone captured this image of a gull, sunlight on the Bay, and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's air boat searching for a missing person in August 2018 near the marshes at the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge.

Saturday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

Saturday, 8:48 AM | 2 comments

Friday, January 11, 2019

NASA employees brace for prolonged shutdown

The full brunt of the government shutdown is hitting home this week as federal employees face their first payday lapse. NASA Ames union officials are sounding alarms that a prolonged shutdown could push talented researchers to seek new employment in the private sector.

Friday, 5:05 PM | 15 comments
Gas-powered leaf blowers banned in Portola Valley

A ban on the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in Portola Valley will take effect in two years after the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment on Wednesday that also bans the use of electricity-powered blowers on soil surfaces in town.

Friday, 11:46 AM | 21 comments
Applewood Pizza closes in Menlo Park

The original Applewood Pizza has closed after decades of business at 1001 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Friday, 8:50 AM | 22 comments

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Update: Menlo Park council's goal-setting meeting rescheduled for Feb. 8

A goal-setting meeting scheduled for Jan. 11, at which the Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to talk through priorities for its 2019 work plan, was canceled and rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 8.

Thursday, 3:27 PM | 7 comments
Gills return with Broadway tunes for benefit concert

Father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill will be back on stage to present "The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled" for the 17th annual benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at Menlo School.

Thursday, 1:12 PM | No comments yet
Former Columbine principal to speak at Hillview on Monday

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine High School 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the United States up to that time. He'll visit Hillview Middle School on Monday, Jan. 14, for a conversation about violence in schools.

Thursday, 10:28 AM | No comments yet
M-A Bears' victory to bring community out on Saturday

A parade is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, in recognition of the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first state championship win.

Thursday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Portola Valley civic volunteer, pilot Bud Eisberg dies at 74

Arthur Charles "Bud" Eisberg, a resident of Portola Valley and a town volunteer in civic affairs was also a pilot, a sailor and a fan of winter sports. He died on Dec. 27 while in hospice care, his wife Lynn Eisberg said. He was 74.

Wednesday, 8:30 PM | No comments yet
Thygesen, Lambert step down from school board dais after years of service

Joan Lambert and Terry Thygesen, who have more than two decades of experience as school board members between them, stepped down from their posts on the Menlo Park City School District board on Dec. 7. They recently sat down with The Almanac to discuss their time on the board and the district's future.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | 2 comments
Public outcry prompts further scrutiny for prominent redwoods

About 30 local residents showed up at Menlo Park City Hall for a public forum on Tuesday, expressing strong opposition to the planned felling of seven redwood trees at 1000 El Camino Real.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 10 comments
Tonight: Planning Commission studies Woodside Glens building regulations

The Woodside Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss progress on suggested changes to development standards meant to accommodate smaller parcels in the Glens neighborhood.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Council to consider a ban on gasoline-powered leaf-blowers

The Portola Valley Town Council, when it meets Wednesday, Jan. 9, will consider banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers, along with the harmful practice of using electric blowers on soil surfaces.

Wednesday, 8:47 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Recently digitized city photographs illuminate a Menlo Park of yesteryear

"It started, honestly, as office clean up," said Thomas Rogers, principal planner at the city of Menlo Park. He was speaking of the discovery of boxes containing hundreds of old photographs of Menlo Park over the years, many dating as far back as the 1960s, some of which have been digitalized and are now accessible to the public.

Tuesday, 3:00 PM | 1 comment
Cat rescued in Menlo Park up for adoption

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking an owner for a cat that improbably survived ingesting rat poison and was rescued at a workplace in Menlo Park in October.

Tuesday, 2:46 PM | 2 comments
Atherton to discuss future of Caltrain service in town

Atherton is starting off the new year with a discussion on Caltrain's electrification project plans for the near future. Among questions town officials and residents will be considering is one posed by Mayor Bill Widmer: "Has Atherton outgrown the need for a rail stop?"

Tuesday, 11:53 AM | 15 comments
Home repair program launches in Belle Haven neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity, known widely as a home construction nonprofit, runs a less-known program that provides critical home repairs to people in need. Starting this month, homeowners in Belle Haven are eligible to participate in the program.

Tuesday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
New year brings with it plenty of new laws

A slew of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 -- from bills addressing gender issues to new rules banning gun ownership by those convicted of domestic violence -- reflect the progressive politics California has come to be known for.

Tuesday, 9:34 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 7, 2019

Three households recognized for welcoming native plants, critters

While Portola Valley is not Eden for the plants that dwell there -- they do have pathogens to contend with -- the yards of the winners of the 2018 Backyard Habitat awards are surely among the friendlier confines on the Peninsula.

Monday, 4:22 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park fire district to expand services

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will hold two dedication ceremonies Monday, coinciding with the expansion of services in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven residential area.

Monday, 9:29 AM | 15 comments

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tuesday: Public forum set on plan to fell El Camino redwoods

For residents who are concerned about the future of seven redwood trees sentenced to be cut down near the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue, the city of Menlo Park has scheduled a public forum on the matter.

Sunday, 3:17 PM | 8 comments
Menlo Park: City recruiting for volunteer commissioners

The city of Menlo Park is recruiting applicants for its Complete Streets, Environmental Quality and Planning commissions and its Sister City Committee. These commissions provide policy recommendations to the City Council.

Sunday, 7:51 AM | No comments yet

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