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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fire damages three apartments, displaces 10 people

Firefighters say that no one was injured in a fire that displaced 10 and destroyed a second-story apartment and left two others uninhabitable in a three-story, 22-unit complex on Fourth Avenue in North Fair Oaks on Friday, Sept. 22.

Saturday, 8:59 PM | No comments yet

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tuesday: Menlo Park Council could approve two major Stanford projects

The Menlo Park City Council may settle some unfinished business with Stanford University Tuesday night.

Friday, 11:50 AM | 4 comments
Atherton: City manager 'disheartened' by 'Nazi scum' graffiti on Town Hall wall

A defaced exterior wall on Atherton Town Hall is now clean, but the impact of the graffiti lingers for City Manager George Rodericks, whose office is right above the spot the miscreant chose for the message.

Friday, 10:38 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Responding to disaster: how locals are preparing

Seeing the damage and death caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the earthquakes in Mexico raises a question: What's happening with a local effort to equip residents to take care of themselves following a disaster?

Thursday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Emergency-response preparedness classes start Monday

The next Community Emergency Response Training course being offered by the Woodside Fire Protection District and the Citizens Emergency Response Preparedness Program starts on Monday, Sept. 25.

Thursday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside's Joan Baez to be honored for environmental work

Folksinger and activist Joan Baez of Woodside will be honored Sunday, Sept. 24, during "Nature's Inspiration," an annual celebration and fundraiser hosted by the environmental group, the Committee for Green Foothills.

Thursday, 2:00 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks lobbyist, communications consultant

The city of Menlo Park is searching for two consultants: one to represent the city interests in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist and another to analyze the city's communications efforts and recommend how to improve them.

Thursday, 1:35 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffeebar cafe coming to Chestnut Street in Menlo Park

The owner of a string of cafes in the Tahoe area is expanding to the Midpeninsula with a new outpost in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:54 PM | 1 comment
Stranger grabs teen's hand, threatens her

A stranger grabbed a 15-year-old girl's hand and threatened her on a street in the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks last weekend, but she was able to flee without injury, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Sept. 20.

Wednesday, 10:44 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Grade-separation issue divides commissions

Presented with two options for how Menlo Park should separate Ravenswood Avenue (and possibly other roads) from the Caltrain tracks, two of Menlo Park's commissions came to different conclusions.

Wednesday, 10:37 PM | 2 comments
Update: Animal photographed on school campus is 'likely a raccoon,' scientist says

A scientist with the state Fish and Wildlife Department thinks the animal photographed on the Sacred Heart Schools campus Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was "likely a raccoon."

Wednesday, 7:42 PM | 5 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Wednesday, 6:30 PM | No comments yet
Cover story: Facing the unthinkable

Kim and Zach Nye had the storybook Peninsula life. After their first daughter was born, their lives took a turn that would lead them to help discover a new genetic disorder and create a foundation to research a treatment.

Wednesday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Vacated seat on fire board unfilled after five-hour meeting

The recently vacated seat on the five-member board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District remains open after a five-hour board meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 19) that included extensive deliberations on appointing someone to fill it.

Wednesday, 11:35 AM | 9 comments
Police calls: Breaking and entering, or just entering, via sliding glass door

Crime reports from West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

Wednesday, 7:46 AM | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Trash pickup rates may rise

Menlo Park residents and businesses may face increases in trash pickup rates over the next three years, some as steep as 60 percent.

Wednesday, 7:45 AM | 13 comments

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Menlo Park mayor's 'community conversation' on education raises specter of secession

A meeting convened by Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith to discuss educational quality in eastern Menlo Park drew what appeared to be a triple-digit crowd eager to share opinions on what might be done to tackle the disparities in funding and education outcomes across the city of Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 2:07 PM | 8 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park district fire board set to fill vacant seat

Seven people have applied for an open seat on the five-member governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. The board is expected to pick one of those candidates at its meeting tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 19).

Tuesday, 9:45 AM | No comments yet
Firefighters contain wildfire near Woodside

The Skeggs fire, reported to be 100 percent contained as of 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, burned about 50 acres of underbrush and leaf litter in the hills west of Woodside and east of Skyline Boulevard over several days.

Tuesday, 9:17 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley hardware store changes hands after 25 years

Darkness had settled in on Oct. 17, 1989, by the time Portola Valley resident Mark Parris pulled up to his hardware store at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads in Portola Valley. The power was out and a crowd had gathered.

Tuesday, 9:05 AM | No comments yet
Woodside extends moratorium on marijuana sale, cultivation

If a Woodside market were to carry marijuana muffins, provided they're on a high shelf, Town Councilman Daniel Yost said he'd be OK with that. The council extended a ban on marijuana-related commercial activities and outdoor cultivation.

Tuesday, 8:09 AM | 5 comments

Monday, September 18, 2017

Police calls: $37K in handbags reported stolen at Atherton party

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and West Menlo Park

Monday, 1:32 PM | 5 comments
Skylonda: Drinking water supplies returning to normal, board member says

The recent heat wave and significant leaks discovered in two residential drinking water lines interrupted drinking water supplies for customers of the Skylonda Mutual Water Company and resulted in the need for some customers to boil their water.

Monday, 11:43 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Menlo Park: Search and rescue team returns from Florida deployment

An 81-person search and rescue team based out of Menlo Park is scheduled to return from Florida Sunday (Sept. 17), according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which sponsors the team.

Sunday, 9:09 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Skeggs wildfire near Woodside 100 percent contained

A 50-acre wildfire burning near Woodside in San Mateo County is now 100 percent contained, fire officials reported Friday night.

Saturday, 9:38 AM | 1 comment

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stanford plans to hike payment to education foundation

Stanford officials announced Sept. 15 that the university proposes to increase its contribution to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation by $500,000 over 15 years to a total of $1.5 million as part of its development agreement for a 430,000-square-foot office, apartment and retail complex along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Friday, 5:39 PM | 4 comments
Sunday in Atherton: Valpo Fun Run benefits Peninsula Bridge

The Valpo Fun Run is back for the fourth year in a row, offering an easy 5k (3.16 mile) flat course for walkers, runners and strollers in the Atherton neighborhood surrounding its hosts, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools.

Friday, 1:08 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Car fire temporarily blocks Oak Grove Avenue

A vehicle fire that broke out on Oak Grove Avenue near Marcussen Drive around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, causing a PG&E pole to burst into flame, occurred when someone started a parked car, according to witnesses. The would-be driver got out safely and no one was hurt.

Friday, 11:59 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park talk tonight: Making safe routes to school happen

Jen Wolosin, founder of Parents for Safe Routes, will give a talk, "Between Home and School: Why Safe Routes Matter and How to Make Them Happen," to start the Parent Education Speaker Series for the Menlo Park City School District.

Friday, 10:08 AM | 25 comments

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mark Rich plane crash: NTSB releases preliminary report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on its investigation into a plane crash that killed the pilot, Mark Rich of Menlo Park, and destroyed a home-built plane he was flying from San Carlos to Oregon for the solar eclipse in August.

Thursday, 5:29 PM | No comments yet
Atherton reports water main break on Larch Drive

A contractor struck a water main Thursday afternoon (Sept. 14) on Larch Drive near Greenoaks Drive in Atherton.

Thursday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Rebuilding Together Peninsula are among the six winners of 2017 Golden Acorn Awards, given by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce for community service and professional excellence.

Thursday, 4:38 PM | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District trustee resigns

Jennifer Youstra, who was elected to the Portola Valley School District Board of Trustees in November 2015, resigned from her post on Sept. 8, effective immediately. Her term was to expire in December 2019.

Thursday, 11:01 AM | 6 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information form the county recorder's offices.

Thursday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Menlo Park: Groundbreaking held for 'Station 1300' development

To launch the redevelopment of a 6.4-acre site at 1300 El Camino Real, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Wednesday, 11:21 PM | 4 comments
Improving traffic flow in Dumbarton corridor

In light of findings from a $1 million study paid for by Facebook, SamTrans is recommending a phased revamp of the Dumbarton transportation corridor with changes to the highway bridge, a rehabilitation of the old rail bridge that runs parallel to it, and a reconfiguring of arteries that feed the bridge.

Wednesday, 11:15 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Parking permit program on Marcussen Drive approved

The votes are in: 87 percent of voting residents who live on Marcussen Drive in Menlo Park favor a residential parking permit program that bans parking for nonresidents between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except on holidays and weekends.

Wednesday, 11:14 PM | 1 comment
Woodside council: Colleague's comment didn't violate town's ethics code

The Woodside Town Council agreed Tuesday on a resolution to "disapprove" of an online remark posted by Councilman Chris Shaw in which he was critical of a comment by a town resident. The council did not see the remark as violating the town's ethics code.

Wednesday, 11:59 AM | 2 comments
Ravenswood schools' superintendent blasts Menlo Park mayor

The superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District has sent a strongly worded letter to Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, telling her in no unclear terms that any attempt to "secede Belle Haven from the Ravenswood City School District" will be "met with resistance at every step."

Wednesday, 11:53 AM | 19 comments
Menlo Park backs temporary ban on pot businesses

Even though two-thirds of Menlo Park voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in California last year, pot shops, farms or manufacturing or distribution centers likely won't be opening in the city anytime soon, if ever.

Wednesday, 11:32 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

San Mateo County supervisors want to ban 'distracted walking'

"The state rightly banned texting and driving and now it's time to protect pedestrians," Superviosr David J. Canepa said.

Tuesday, 5:39 PM | 6 comments
Portola Valley: Grass fire near Felt Lake contained

Firefighters have contained a grass fire west of Felt Lake near the 3600 block of Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

Tuesday, 3:38 PM | No comments yet
Bay Area hit with 1,200 lightning strikes

Bay Area residents could experience today similar weather conditions to those that rolled through on Monday evening, with chances for additional thunderstorms and lightning, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

Tuesday, 2:19 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council could pass temporary ban on pot-related businesses

In response to California's January 2018 rollout of the "Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (Proposition 64) that voters approved last November, the Menlo Park City Council could vote Tuesday, Sept. 12, to prohibit all commercial cannabis cultivation and businesses for 45 days.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission favors Ravenswood Avenue tunnel under tracks

Opposition to the concept of a maximum 10-foot wall across town was the main reason the Menlo Park Planning Commission did not support a proposed option to separate the Caltrain tracks at three Menlo Park roads.

Tuesday, 11:24 AM | 4 comments
Wildfire near Woodside 80 percent contained, Cal Fire says

Firefighters say they expect full containment of the Skeggs fire by 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15.

Tuesday, 9:02 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 11, 2017

Portola Valley: Water main work underway in Westridge neighborhood

A crew from the California Water Service is working on a water main in the 100 block of Shawnee Pass in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley, according to a 5:04 p.m. emailed announcement from the San Mateo County Alert System.

Monday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Remembering 9/11: Menlo students plant 1,000 flags

When Charlotte Acra and Bella Stuart, two 15-year-old sophomores at Menlo School, think of 9/11, they can't recall what they were doing when they learned the news of what had happened.

Monday, 5:12 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Task Force 3 secures new warehouse facility

California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3, sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will be getting a new permanent warehouse facility in East Palo Alto.

Monday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park mayor hosts discussion on education

Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a community conversation Monday, Sept. 18, about options the city might have to deal with problems regarding education quality in Menlo Park.

Monday, 1:20 PM | 16 comments
Local first responders in Florida after driving across the country

Peninsula first responders engaged in the Hurricane Irma relief effort are at a U.S. Air Force base near Pensacola, Florida, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

Monday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Supes to consider asking state to ban cellphone use in crosswalks

With pedestrian fatalities accounting for 24 percent of traffic-related deaths in California in 2016, county Supervisor David Canepa will ask the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to urge the state Legislature to ban pedestrian use of cellphones in crosswalks.

Monday, 11:12 AM | 14 comments

Truckee cafe to expand to Menlo Park
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Attraction to a Person Outside Your Relationship
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One more year
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 867 views