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Friday, January 24, 2020

TIDE Academy honors students in first awards ceremony

A new Menlo Park high school marked the end of its first semester with an awards ceremony for students.

Friday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Setting the bar: Nine seniors who exemplify the meaning of being selfless

This year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honorees have gone beyond the call of duty to create positive changes in their communities by donating countless hours to local organizations.

Friday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Safe gun-storage requirement debate ahead in Menlo Park

Menlo Park Vice Mayor Drew Combs has proposed that the City Council consider an ordinance requiring all community residents who own guns to store them in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.

Friday, 8:32 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Who's watching?

Crimes and a heightened awareness about school security are leading local school district officials to join other school administrators in a recent nationwide trend: installing surveillance cameras on their campuses.

Thursday, 3:39 PM | 1 comment
Police calls: Loss of $15,000 in Menlo Park home burglary

Someone entered a residence in the 1100 block of Sevier Avenue by kicking in a rear kitchen door and ransacking the house before stealing diamond earrings, wedding rings, a laptop and a handbag, with an estimated loss of $15,000.

Thursday, 10:02 AM | No comments yet
Facebook unveils preliminary drawings of new Belle Haven community center

Facebook's proposal to build a new library and multi-generational community center in Belle Haven is moving forward in earnest with a series of recent and upcoming activities.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 1 comment
Helen Pflaum, nature lover and numbers whiz, dies at 79

Menlo Park resident Helen Gannon Pflaum died on Jan. 1, 2020, at the age of 79.

Thursday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested for alleged Woodside burglary

A Menlo Park man was arrested on suspicion of burglary in the 100 block of Crest Road in Woodside after he was seen entering a home by a witness who called sheriff's deputies, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

Thursday, 7:54 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Community safety advocate announces run for Menlo Park council

Jennifer Wolosin, the founder of the Parents for Safe Routes organization, has announced she is running for the Menlo Park City Council to represent District 3.

Wednesday, 6:53 PM | 8 comments
Former teacher sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for sex acts with minor

A former teacher who pleaded no contest to engaging in sex acts with a minor was sentenced by a San Mateo County judge to six years and eight months in state prison on Jan. 17. The victim in the case was a Woodside High School student.

Wednesday, 3:50 PM | No comments yet
County health department developing plan to stanch red ink

Discussions about Medicare For All and the Affordable Care Act in the presidential debates are highlighting the affordability crisis in health care nationwide.

Wednesday, 11:34 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park school board considers parcel tax measure in November

Menlo Park City School District officials are undecided on whether they'll place a ballot measure to renew or replace a parcel tax on the November ballot to help address the district's financial woes.

Wednesday, 9:57 AM | 6 comments
Feldman's Books not eligible for historic protections, Planning Commission decides

The Menlo Park building that houses Feldman's Books -- and was formerly home to Martin J. McCarthy Groceries and East-West Books over the structure's more than centurylong existence -- is now one step closer to demolition.

Wednesday, 9:54 AM | 9 comments
State Senate candidate’s mom puts $460K toward son’s campaign

A candidate hoping to represent South San Francisco to Sunnyvale in the California Senate received a major campaign boost when his mother created a $460,000 independent expenditure committee to help in his run for higher office.

Wednesday, 8:42 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Childhood education focus of film screening in Menlo Park

San Mateo County officials will meet for a film screening and discussion about a problem plaguing local families -- a shortfall of early childhood education options -- on Jan. 22 at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 3:11 PM | No comments yet
Newsom's big move on homelessness may be just in political time, new poll suggests

Gov. Gavin Newsom kicked off 2020 by pledging to plow an extra $1.4 billion into homeless services and proposing a state constitutional amendment to make it easier to sue cities that fail to shelter their unhoused populations.

Tuesday, 11:39 AM | No comments yet
Woodside council rejects solar project at Town Hall

The Woodside Town Council backed away from a project that would have used solar panels to supply Town Hall and the historic Independence Hall meeting venue with electricity.

Tuesday, 11:38 AM | 5 comments
Recycled water, community engagement and clean energy: State Senate candidates weigh in on ideas to tackle climate crisis

Five of the seven candidates running for state Senate in District 13 vied to win over Peninsula voters by showing their passion and knowledge on a range of environmental topics at a panel held Jan. 15 at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Tuesday, 10:13 AM | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative awards $3.5M to tackle 'pressing community needs'

The nonprofit Chan Zuckerberg Initiative distributed nearly $3.5 million in grants to 40 Bay Area organizations working to address critical community needs in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City.

Tuesday, 6:57 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 20, 2020

Guild Theatre construction temporarily narrows El Camino to one lane

Locals, brace for traffic. Construction work at the Guild Theatre site is narrowing sections of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue to one lane on weekdays for two weeks, starting this week.

Monday, 3:10 PM | 5 comments
Concerts sound the message: 'Hold Fast to Dreams'

Musicians and guest artists of the African American Composer Initiative will present benefit concerts dedicated to the rich heritage of music by African American composers at Eastside College Preparatory School on Jan. 25 and 26.

Monday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet
State Senate candidate forum set for Jan. 22 in La Honda

A candidate forum to hear from state Senate candidates running to represent California's 13th District is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at 120 Scenic Drive in La Honda, at the Cuesta La Honda Clubhouse.

Monday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Teenager arrested in Portola Valley robbery

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office announced on Jan. 19 that it had arrested a 17-year-old suspected of an early morning robbery in Portola Valley.

Sunday, 9:35 PM | No comments yet
Home sales: Atherton continues to record area's highest sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $13,750,000 for a three-bedroom home that sold for $5,500,000 in 2017.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Remembering Woodside circa 1966

Years after an idyllic experience at Woodside Elementary School, 35 members of the class of 1966 have written about their time there after experiencing the real world of adulthood.

Saturday, 7:40 AM | 1 comment

Friday, January 17, 2020

Saturday: Library to host voter information session

People looking to learn more about how to vote in the March 3 primaries may consider attending an event scheduled at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday morning called "Voting in the Primaries: What you Need to Know."

Friday, 6:15 PM | No comments yet
Atherton signs off on Caltrain proposal to permanently close its train station

The Atherton City Council decided on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to accept a proposal from Caltrain to permanently close the town's train station.

Friday, 3:50 PM | 29 comments
Judge may order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers, removers

A federal judge announced in San Francisco Thursday that he is considering ordering PG&E to hire and train enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires.

Friday, 11:54 AM | 2 comments
Become a barista, a beekeeper or a lighthouse keeper with website's help

Amava, an online start-up founded by Atherton resident Mark Silverman, helps connect people with part-time jobs, volunteer work and travel adventures.

Friday, 8:06 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Auto burglars hit 10 vehicles in Ladera shopping center Wednesday evening

Ten vehicles were reported burglarized in the parking lot of the Ladera shopping center on Wednesday evening (Jan. 15), according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, 8:12 PM | 9 comments
New Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Mountain View after months of delays

Mountain View's Planned Parenthood clinic, which shuttered last year for a redevelopment project, reopened on Monday at a new site that will provide reproductive health and specialty services through a deal with Santa Clara County.

Thursday, 2:06 PM | No comments yet
New Portola Valley mayor embraces thoughtful change

As a professional energy consultant, new Portola Valley Mayor Jeff Aalfs is well-positioned to help write new rules to make homes more energy-efficient, one of the Town Council's objectives for 2020.

Thursday, 9:54 AM | 10 comments
Founder of Menlo Park Academy of Dance, RoseAnn Sayler, dies at 96

RoseAnn Sayler, a longtime Menlo Park resident who founded the Menlo Park Academy of Dance and participated in the city's civic life for many years, died on Jan. 5 at the age of 96.

Thursday, 9:40 AM | 3 comments
Caltrain app adds parking permit option

A new feature recently rolled out on Caltrain's mobile app allows riders to pay for their parking.

Thursday, 8:16 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Stanford to share a historic anti-war speech by MLK

A newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic speech against the Vietnam War, "Beyond Vietnam," will be played as part of a special program at Stanford's Memorial Church on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Wednesday, 5:11 PM | No comments yet
Council agrees to pay up for study of fully elevated grade separation option

In the ongoing discussion of how best to separate at-grade rail crossings, the Menlo Park City Council took a small step forward Tuesday to commit additional funding toward studying a fully elevated grade separation option.

Wednesday, 11:58 AM | 20 comments
Senate Bill 50 returns -- and so does Peninsula's housing debate

Responding to local concerns about the top-down mandates of his contentious bill, SB 50, state Sen. Scott Wiener in early January revised the bill to allow cities to craft their own zoning laws to facilitate home construction.

Wednesday, 9:55 AM | 17 comments
Menlo Park's downtown employers adapt to new minimum wage law

With the implementation of Menlo Park's new $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance on Jan. 1, The Almanac asked local businesses what impacts, if any, they were experiencing.

Wednesday, 9:46 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Six auto burglaries reported on Menlo Park street

Six auto burglaries were reported on Jan. 2 in the 100 block of Seminary Drive with miscellaneous items taken.

Wednesday, 8:41 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Greening the grid

How is San Mateo County's green energy program, which was created with the promise of lowering costs for customers while being significantly better for the environment, working three years after its launch?

Tuesday, 3:47 PM | No comments yet
All Five preschool receives national accreditation

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently accredited All Five preschool, making it the only preschool program in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood and the East Palo Alto area to receive the recognition.

Tuesday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment
Residents urge Facebook to preserve Belle Haven history

Menlo Park residents packed the Belle Haven senior center on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 11, to hear more about Facebook's proposal to build a new community center and library at the Senior Center/Belle Haven campus.

Tuesday, 11:14 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park to reevaluate locking up public tennis courts

Menlo Park, unlike many neighboring cities (with the exception of Atherton), keeps its public tennis courts under lock and key. It's a holdover from a bygone era, Community Services Director Derek Schweigart explained.

Tuesday, 11:11 AM | 2 comments
Atherton Caltrain station may close permanently

Caltrain is proposing to permanently close the Atherton train station, which currently operates only on weekends. The City Council will discuss the matter on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Tuesday, 8:12 AM | 21 comments

Monday, January 13, 2020

State Senate candidates to discuss climate crisis

A coalition of local environmental nonprofits has organized a forum to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at which local voters can get more information on how District 13 state Senate candidates stand on environmental issues.

Monday, 5:10 PM | 1 comment
Stanford Blood Center has critical need for all blood types

The Stanford Blood Center is asking Bay Area residents to donate blood to any nearby center, as supplies are at critically low levels.

Monday, 10:44 AM | No comments yet
Slocum leads San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2020

San Mateo County District 4 Supervisor Warren Slocum began a second term as president of the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 7, and he is looking forward to handling a slate of issues countywide and in his district in 2020.

Monday, 8:19 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Exhibit highlights student partnership with The Almanac

Throughout January and February the Menlo Park Library is hosting a photo exhibit showcasing the photography of students from East Palo Alto who participated in reporter Kate Bradshaw's September 2019 "Uneven Ground" reporting series.

Sunday, 8:55 AM | No comments yet

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