If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2017 Almanac Online <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[M-A offense flexing its offensive muscle; Paly looks for a win]]> It's the beginning of league play this week for Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Gunn. Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Woodside have byes and begin league play next week.]]> <![CDATA[Prep volleyball: Menlo takes control in the WBAL race]]> Menlo School beat visiting Sacred Heart Prep, 25-19, 25-16, 25-14, in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division contest Thursday to take control of the league race.]]> <![CDATA[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? ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA['Diamonds & Denim' gala for Mission Hospice]]> Diamonds & Denim, the annual fall gala of the Mission Hospice Auxiliary, will take place Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Sept. 28: Talk by collector on art inspired by religious faith]]> Self-taught artists inspired by religious faith, such as the Rev. Howard Finster and R.A. Miller, will be the topic of a talk by art collector Steven Pattie on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Menlo Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Prep roundup: Gators, Knights grab early momentum in boys water polo]]> Sacred Heart Prep grabbed the inside track in the race to the West Catholic Athletic League boys water title, beating host Bellarmine 7-5 on Wednesday. Menlo School grabbed the inside track in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, beating visiting Menlo-Atherton 10-4.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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." ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Breaking and entering, or just entering, via sliding glass door]]> Crime reports from West Menlo Park and Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Oaks report: Freshman golfer has solid tournament in Santa Rosa]]> Menlo College freshman Fredrik Ingul completed the Sonoma State Invite with a three-round total of 235, tying him for 21st overall Tuesday a the Fountaingrove Golf Club in Santa Rosa.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Weems stepping down at Menlo to join Warriors D-league team]]> After more than three years as the director of Menlo School Athletics program and 10 total years at Menlo, Kris Weems is taking a coaching position with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors D-League affiliate Santa Cruz.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: $37K in handbags reported stolen at Atherton party]]> Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside and West Menlo Park]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[Iconic musician Buffy Sainte-Marie on art, activism and reasons for hope]]> Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Canadian-American songwriter and social activist, will perform at Stanford University on Sept. 22. ]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Downtown Menlo Park]]> Downtown Menlo Park is an "idyllic" place to live, with a mix of apartments and single-family homes that is "really easy to get to."]]> <![CDATA[Local realtors rank nationally in real estate sales]]> Six teams of local Realtors as well as 17 individual agents ranked among the top 250 sellers nationwide this year, according to Real Trends, a private communications company that publishes "The Thousand" list each year.]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Triangle in Menlo Park]]> Family friendly is how Jessica Clark, a marriage and family therapist, describes her Suburban Park neighborhood where she's lived for seven years. That quality is what sold her on the neighborhood. When she and her family wanted to move from San Jose to Menlo Park, they drove around the neighborhood and even from the car, she knew it would be a great place to raise a family. ]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Park Forest in Menlo Park]]> If you want to meet your neighbors in Park Forest, a development of about 75 multi-story townhomes off El Camino Real in Menlo Park, walk your dog, says Peri Caylor.]]> <![CDATA[Our neighborhoods: Stanford Weekend Acres]]> Bay Area residents often venture out to Lake Tahoe or the Santa Cruz Mountains to get a little fresh air and some peace and quiet. But one Menlo Park neighborhood has all that and proximity to everything else the Peninsula has to offer.]]> <![CDATA[Our Neighborhoods: Linfield Oaks in Menlo Park]]> Back in 1982, Lynne and Tony Reynolds and their daughter were looking for a larger space in Menlo Park, ideally with a "nice-sized yard and a pool." ]]>