2009

Caltrain has deadliest year since 1995

This year was the deadliest for Caltrain since 1995 after two people were fatally struck by trains this morning (Dec. 31), according to an agency spokeswoman.

December 31, 2009 | 1 comment
M-A wins tournament with miracle shot, 46-45

Capping a successful three-game appearance at the North Monterey County Tournament, the Menlo-Atherton boys' basketball team used a last-second shot to pull off a 46-45 victory over Hollister in the championship game Wednesday afternoon in Castroville.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
High school sports 2009: It was a year of streaks

While two monumental streaks continue, other remarkable ones came to an end
No state champions and no national players of the year. That, however, didn't mean the 2009 high school sports season was lacking because it wasn't. There were plenty of team and individual highlights to mark the end of this decade.
Photo: Menlo School's senior quarterback Danny Diekroeger broke all kinds of records with 470 passing yards and five touchdowns. His 4,187 passing yards (with 35 touchdowns) was a Bay Area single-season record. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Jerry Hill aims to toughen DUI laws

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could soon become a permanent scar on one's record if legislation proposed by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is approved.

December 30, 2009 | 4 comments
Human remains found near open-space area

Authorities will not comment on whether bones could be hiker who went missing in July
Human bones were found in a rugged and remote area of unincorporated San Mateo County on Sunday, a sheriff's lieutenant said Tuesday.

December 30, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo Park man appointed to San Mateo County Superior Court

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Menlo Park resident V. Raymond Swope to a judgeship on the San Mateo County Superior Court. He has served as deputy county counsel since 1998. Previously, he practiced law with several private firms.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
What are you doing New Year's Eve?

Local New Year's Eve events range from a party for the equestrian set at the Mounted Patrol clubhouse to dinner and dancing at the Village Pub.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Tires slashed in Menlo Park

Residents of Hedge Road near Flood Park in Menlo Park awoke to a dismaying scene recently: the tires of their vehicles had been slashed overnight.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton Bears topple Salinas 53-25

With Jeff Keller leading the way for the Bears with 24 points, Menlo-Atherton took charge early and cruised to an easy victory over Salinas in the 2nd round of the North Monterey County Tournament on Tuesday in Castroville.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Human bones found in remote hiking area

A hiker found human bones in a rugged and remote area of unincorporated San Mateo County on Sunday, a sheriff's lieutenant said Tuesday.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside attorney Theodore Zayner named Superior Court judge

Woodside resident and trial attorney Theodore C. Zayner has been appointed as a judge on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today (Dec. 29). Mr. Zayner, 53, has practiced law since 1983 and is currently with the Campbell firm of Adleson, Hess & Kelly.

December 29, 2009 | 3 comments
Woman arrested in philanthropy theft case

San Carlos woman suspected in $100,000 loss
The woman suspected of embezzling $100,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation was arrested Wednesday afternoon, according to Mountain View police. Frances Louise Stewart, 52, of San Carlos, was taken into custody at approximately 3 p.m., said police spokesperson Steve McCoy.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
AYSO honors Jim Madison, Karl Bizjak

James "Jim" Madison of Menlo Park and Karl Bizjak, formerly of Portola Valley, were honored at recent ceremonies at Menlo-Atherton High School by the Southern District of AYSO, now known as areas 2A/2J.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Extra! Top stories of 2009

Good news seemed in short supply in 2009, and that was certainly true for residents of the Midpeninsula. A year of big decisions, tight budgets and stretched resources took its toll on local governments and local school districts, with consequences that will surely resonate through 2010.

December 29, 2009 | 3 comments
Inspired by adversity

Nancy Hey teaches much more than riding
Nancy Hey's voice is sweet and cheerful with a musical lilt. Her walk is strong and determined. Several weeks ago, after 38 years of riding and training at Stanford's Red Barn, she was told she would have to be out before the end of the year. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
A toast to the season

As the old year ends, it's time to break out the bubbly
The closing days of 2009 call for a toast. First, congratulations that we made it through a rough year. Second, a lift of the glass in hope that 2010 brings brighter days. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Passengers at SFO describe international flights following attempted terrorist attack

Passengers arriving on international flights at San Francisco International Airport on Monday said they are glad for increased security measures prompted by an attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound flight Christmas Day, even though their travel time has been increased.

December 29, 2009 | 1 comment
2009 Girls' All-League Tennis Teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
FOOTHILL DIVISION
Most Valuable Player: Giannina Ong (Menlo) Fr.
First Team
Arthi Padmanabhan (Harker) Sr.; Jenny Chen (Harker) Fr.; Nancy Chen (Harker) Sr.; Nancy Nguyen (Notre Dame-San Jose) Sr.; Elysa Kohrs (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Kristen Rodgers (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Emily Zhang (Pinewood) So.; Saga Shermis (Menlo) Fr.; Anjali Ranadive (Menlo) Sr.; Alex Heaney (Menlo) Sr.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Helicopter pilot, Menlo-Atherton grad James Rowen dies at 32

James Marshall Rowen, a 1996 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School and a helicopter pilot with plans to take his flying skills to Africa to monitor wildlife populations, died peacefully at home in Atherton on Dec. 6. He was 32.

December 29, 2009 | No comments yet
$100,000 allegedly stolen from foundation

Former SV Community Foundation employee accused of theft
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation announced Monday (Dec. 28) it has fired an employee who allegedly stole $100,000 from the organization.

December 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Art Gallery: 'Small Treasures'

In an exhibit titled "Small Treasures," small works by 15 Bay Area artists are on display at the Portola Art Gallery through the end of the month. The gallery is at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

December 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park checkpoint nabs 30 drivers

A checkpoint in the 1000 block of Marsh Road in Menlo Park on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 26 and 27) netted 30 vehicles towed away between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., including five for suspicion of drunken driving and 25 due to unlicensed drivers, Menlo Park police report.

December 28, 2009 | 26 comments
Train fatality is 26-year-old Mountain View man

Preliminary reports are that he stepped on the San Antonio Station platform in front of the train
The man killed late Wednesday afternoon by a southbound Caltrain has been identified as Alejandro Escobar Samayoa, 26, of Mountain View, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office announced Thursday.

December 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Sherlock Holmes'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth gets a cinematic adrenaline shot for this wildly entertaining and action-packed mystery. British director Guy Ritchie ("Snatch") makes a welcome return to quality filmmaking after several flops, revitalizing Holmes and his steadfast sidekick Dr. Watson for a new generation of filmgoers. --TH

December 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Broken Embraces'

(Three stars)
For some time, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has been on a winning streak, his handsome and comfortably budgeted films garnering critical praise and strong box-office from the art-house crowd. The streak continues with "Broken Embraces," though with less force. --PC

December 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'It's Complicated'

(Three stars)
One of the appealing things about Nancy Meyers' new romantic comedy is that it's ... complicated. The film's three main characters, played by Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, aren't just names with occupations attached. Jane (Streep), a restaurateur; Jake (Baldwin), her ex, a lawyer; and Adam (Martin), an architect, all have histories: families, relationships. --RP

December 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Nine'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Rob Marshall (of "Chicago" fame) lays a big Christmas goose-egg with this frazzled and frenetic adaptation of the 1982 stageplay of the same name. Daniel Day-Lewis does his charming best to carry this misogynist tale, based on Fellini's classic "8 1/2," as famous -- and infamous -- film director Guido Contini who has a disabling case of writer's block. --JA

December 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Sherlock Holmes'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth gets a cinematic adrenaline shot for this wildly entertaining and action-packed mystery. British director Guy Ritchie ("Snatch") makes a welcome return to quality filmmaking after several flops, revitalizing Holmes and his steadfast sidekick Dr. Watson for a new generation of filmgoers. --TH

December 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Water may be cloudy, says water agency

Peninsula residents may notice cloudiness in their drinking water as early as this week (beginning Dec. 28), but water quality won't be affected, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

December 26, 2009 | 1 comment
Playing with lights

Lights? Check. Camera? Check. Action? Only when a mechanical deer turned its head to gaze at a spiraling "tree of lights," then looked away. As the economy sputters along in this annual celebration, a few Menlo Park residents found the time and resources to let their imaginations play a bit in their front yards.

December 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by train in Mountain View

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Caltrain at the San Antonio station in Mountain View on Wednesday evening, a transit agency spokeswoman said.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
DUI arrests in county down so far

A total of 58 drivers have been arrested for driving under the influence in San Mateo County from midnight Friday (Dec. 18), when the county began its DUI holiday crackdown, to midnight Tuesday (Dec. 22), police reported.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park holiday, parking hours

The Menlo Park Library and City Hall will be closed on New Year's Day. The library, which will close at 5 p.m. New Year's Eve, will reopen Saturday, Jan. 2.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley, Woodside town halls are closed

The Portola Valley and Woodside town halls are closed for the holidays and will reopen Monday morning, Jan. 4. Atherton administrative offices and post office are closed Jan. 1, but otherwise there is no change in the hours, including New Year's Eve.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Former preps scoring points in college hoops

Hayes a standout at CSM while Lin continues to earn honors at Harvard
Menlo-Atherton High grad Erica Hayes scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds, five assists four steals and a block to lead the College of San Mateo women's basketball team to a 75-69 victory over Cabrillo College in the third-place game of the eight annual CSM Women's Basketball Invitational on Sunday.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Four young men arrested for five car burglaries

Two teens and two young adults allegedly burglarized five vehicles
Two teenagers and two young adults are facing prosecution for burglary after they were arrested in Palo Alto early Monday morning on suspicion of burglarizing cars at an apartment complex, police Agent Max Nielepko said.

December 23, 2009 | 3 comments
Atherton family honors slain son

Family and friends of slain East Palo Alto police officer Rich May, including his stepfather Frank Merrill of Atherton, plan to build the first regulation playing field in East Palo Alto through the Rich May Foundation, Mr. Merrill announced Dec. 22 in a news release.

December 23, 2009 | 3 comments
Jurors deliberated hard, but did 'the right thing'

Alberto Alvarez shows no emotion as he hears the death-sentence recommendation from the unanimous jury
Alberto Alvarez showed no emotion when the jury's recommendation for the death penalty was announced. But the jurors, who unanimously recommended the sentence after days of hard deliberations, said they feel they did the right thing.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Unanimous jury recommends death for Alvarez

Verdict read at 5 p.m. before a packed San Mateo County courtroom
Convicted killer Alberto Alvarez should receive the death penalty for murdering East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May, jurors decided Tuesday afternoon.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Project Read learners give back to community

Many adult learners at Project Read-Menlo Park, the adult literacy program in the Menlo Park Library, have gone far beyond studying English. They've become active members of the community.
Donate online to The Almanac's Holiday Fund

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Driver escapes before Caltrain smashes car

Early evening crash in San Mateo delays commute service up and down the Peninsula Monday
Peninsula Caltrain commute service was delayed most of Monday evening when a driver escaped from her stalled car just before it was hit by a southbound Caltrain in San Mateo.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Ladera Community Church signals season with Christmas star

For fifty years a star shining from the top of a tall tree on Alpine Road next to the Ladera Community Church has signaled the holiday season for Portola Valley. It is lit from the beginning of Advent to Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. The first star was hung shortly after the young church congregation was able to construct its sanctuary in 1959.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Morning After' hike

You are invited to leave your stress behind and join docent Keith Johnsgard for a hike at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Free rides on SamTrans buses New Year's Eve

SamTrans buses will offer free rides on New Year's Eve from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., a spokesperson said.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain offers free rides New Year's Eve

Caltrain is offering free rides to passengers after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve to encourage revelers not to drive, according to agency officials.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Holiday train collects thousands of toys

More than 4,000 toys and $2,300 in cash was donated by visitors to Caltrain's ninth annual holiday train Dec. 5 and 6.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Film on local man who was wrongfully convicted

The documentary "$100 a day" about a wrongly convicted East Palo Alto resident's fight for compensation, will air on KQED-TV at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Boy, 14, punched, robbed in Belle Haven

A 14-year-old Menlo Park boy was punched and robbed while sitting on a curb near his house on Sunday night, according to police.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Happy New Year from The Almanac

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Short, busy week for preps before Christmas

The schedule may be limited and the schools may be on break, but high school teams still have a few final games this week before taking off for the holiday break.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Three Christmas classics at Stanford Theatre

The Stanford Theatre is showing three Christmas classics this week: "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Shop Around the Corner" and "It's a Wonderful Life."

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Dorst sisters top All-PAL Bay Division girls' water polo

The Dorst sisters helped lead the Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo team to a 27-2 record this past season, which included a No. 1 ranking in Northern California during the year and a championship in the prestigious NorCal Invitational. Senior Rebecca Dorst provided the offense while junior Emily Dorst anchored the defense from her goalie position. They helped the Bears defend their PAL regular-season and playoff titles and, not too surprisingly, were named the Most Valuable Player and MVP Goalie, respectively.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A, Menlo boys share top honors on all-league water polo teams

Menlo-Atherton senior Jed Springer (photo) and Menlo School junior John Holland-McCowan shared Most Valuable Player honors on the All-PAL Bay Division boys' water polo team this season, while Menlo junior Keegan Williams was the Most Valuable Goalie.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Barber walks 12 miles on 75th birthday

Jym Marks, proprietor of the Markstyle hair salon on Willow Road in Menlo Park, walked 12 miles to work from his Fremont home to celebrate his 75th birthday Sunday, Dec. 20.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Councilman fails in bids for regional seats

At the Dec. 18 meeting of the San Mateo County Council of Cities, Menlo Park Councilman Heyward Robinson failed in bids to secure a place on two regional transportation boards.

December 22, 2009 | 16 comments
Construction to begin on new gym

Menlo Park residents are invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the new gymnasium in the Civic Center complex. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, next to the recreation center on Alma Street.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Council approves labor agreement

A two-year virtual salary freeze for middle management employees was something Menlo Park's council had little trouble agreeing on at its Dec. 15 meeting.

December 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Less junk mail means cuts for U.S. Postal Service

You probably haven't noticed the difference, but the ranks of clerks in Menlo Park post offices and carriers on local routes have thinned over the last few months.

December 27, 2009 | 11 comments
Proposal would restrict lawn size, watering

A Menlo Park proposal on the table would prevent people from running their sprinklers during the day. It would limit lawn size to 500 square feet, or 25 percent of the total landscaped area for properties with over 2,000 square feet of landscaping. The new rules would apply only to properties that undergo a substantial renovation or landscaping overhaul.

December 30, 2009 | 25 comments
High-speed rail: Is this what you voted for?

New business plan for high-speed rail project raises new questions and leaves old ones unanswered, rail watchers say.
New business plan for high-speed rail project raises new questions and leaves old ones unanswered, rail watchers say.

December 22, 2009 | 32 comments
Free custom energy audits for large homes

Acterra, the Palo Alto-based environmental nonprofit, is preparing to offer free residential energy audits to cut electricity waste in high-end homes in five upper-income communities in the Bay Area, including Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley.

December 23, 2009 | 2 comments
Police calls

Crime and accident reports from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

December 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Fire chars ceiling in Portola Valley garage

Radiant heat from a propane tank heater in a garage at 115 Shawnee Pass in Portola Valley ignited a couple of aerosol paint cans sitting nearby and started a one-alarm fire on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 20.

December 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Caroling on horseback in Woodside

Sue Winslow sent us photographs she took Sunday at the "Caroling on Horseback" event in Woodside. She stayed to photograph the Peninsula Carriage Driving Club's Christmas Carriage Parade, which rolled down Canada Road to the center of town around 12:45 p.m.

December 21, 2009 | No comments yet
'A Civil War Christmas:' A rare holiday treat

Theater review: The TheatreWorks' production, "A Civil War Christmas," blends our fondest traditions and historic memories with our contemporary sensibilities and, indeed, our intelligence to rise staggeringly high above the commercial din of this season.

December 19, 2009 | 1 comment
Reader reminder: Beware of property tax scam

"It is time to remind your readers not to be duped by the official-looking 'Property Tax Reduction Form' that instructs property owners to mail a coupon with a fee of $189," says Gail Sredanovic of Menlo Park in an e-mail to The Almanac.

December 19, 2009 | 3 comments
Gunn, SHP and M-A boys all win in basketball

Local teams are making their final tuneups before the start of league play
Senior guard Bharat Reddy scored 17 points to pace the Gunn boys' basketball team to a 51-36 victory over Silver Creek in the opening round of the Fremont/Sunnyvale Holiday Tournament on Thursday night.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

In this scene from 1942, Atherton Police Officer Leroy Hubbard and town librarian Mrs. John Farrell, seated at left, shared the same room. Today, the quarters are occupied by the Atherton Heritage Association, which is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
It's not too late to give: foundations match dollars

If you haven't donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in the last 12 months or more, here's your chance to play Santa.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Former Almanac staffer Joan Sellman dies at 81

Joan Sellman, a longtime resident of Woodside and a former staffer with The Almanac, died Dec. 10 at Brighton Gardens in Santa Rosa, following an extended illness. She was 81.

December 18, 2009 | 2 comments
Confusion over solar panels on new gymnasium leaves Menlo Park to foot the bill

Construction on a new gymnasium in Menlo Park's Civic Center is already underway, but whether it will feature solar panels is suddenly an open question.

December 18, 2009 | 11 comments
Woodside's mayor survives emergency plane landing

Aches and pains after small plane lands in snow field
Dave Burow, Woodside's new mayor, has apparently come away with no major injuries after a small plane he was traveling in made an emergency landing in the snow in mountainous Truckee on Sunday, Dec. 13.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'An Education'

(Three stars)
This is, in broad strokes, the story of Lynn Barber, adapted by novelist Nick Hornby from her autobiographical essay. As rethought by Hornby ("About a Boy") and director Lone Scherfig ("Italian for Beginners"), "An Education" is a fairly standard-issue coming-of-age tale hinging on the disillusionment at the end of the road from innocence to experience. -- PC

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Me and Orson Welles'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The new film "Me and Orson Welles" revisits the heady days when Welles was part "boy genius," part "enfant terrible." Based on Robert Kaplow's novel, "Me and Orson Welles" transports the audience to 1937 New York, where the larger-than-life director is staging his adaptation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." -- PC

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Avatar'

(Three stars)
James Cameron can crown himself king of the 3-D world. He has crafted a science-fiction fantasy filled with visual wonder that never forgets that story -- not digital technology -- keeps movies from sinking under the titanic iceberg of spectacle. An imaginative premise, combined with the fanciful flora and fauna of a faraway moon, plunges the viewer into an otherworldly experience. -- ST

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Audrianne Conyers dies at 84

Audrianne "Audrey" Conyers died peacefully on Dec. 3 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. She was 84.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Louise Barbour dies at 91

Louise Saunders Jones Barbour, the last original resident of Edgewood Lane in the Oakdell Manor development in Menlo Park, died Nov. 9 at Stanford Medical Center, surrounded by her children. She was 91.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Robert Rowe traveled world in his sailboat

Robert "Bob" Rowe of Menlo Park, who spent 24 years traveling the world in his sailboat, died peacefully Sept. 26, surrounded by family and close friends. He was 89.

December 18, 2009 | 2 comments
Basketball: M-A wins thriller, 47-45

The M-A Bears boys basketball team won another tight game, this time against a strong Aragon Team on Thursday night at Aragon. The final score: 47-45.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Church lights 40-foot-high Christmas cross

Bethany Lutheran Church, at the corner of Avy and Cloud avenues in Menlo Park, has set up a 40-foot-high lighted cross on its front lawn for Christmas, says Pastor Jon Coyne, who notes that the cross has been a symbol of Christmas season in the community for 50 years. Photo by K.C. Aarons.

December 17, 2009 | 10 comments
Driver injured in Willow/Bayfront crash

A big rig collided with a Jeep at a notorious intersection in Menlo Park early Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

December 17, 2009 | 7 comments
Will Atherton post office survive subsidy cuts?

New deal with USPS will cost town much more
During the busy holiday season, Atherton's little branch post office is a savvy mailer's best-kept secret. Located in the town's administrative offices building on Ashfield Road, it attracts people who want to avoid the interminably long lines found at most post offices in December. But by next Christmas, the town could be without its little post office.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
A man of characters

Local actor experiences a Civil War Christmas from many angles
Local actor experiences a Civil War Christmas from many angles
Some people who shift back, forth and beyond from one personality to another within the span of minutes might benefit from a good psychiatrist or anti-psychotic drugs. But Cyril Jamal Cooper? No way. Just give the man a stage.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Belle Haven Clinic takes off

What was once a quiet clinic next to the Onetta Harris Senior Center in Belle Haven has, under the leadership of Ravenswood Family Health Center (RFHC), become a bustling clinic for all ages including expectant mothers, children, teens, parents and seniors.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Latest from Ad Libs: Calling all outdoorsy artists

You could whine about turning 40, or you could celebrate by publishing a coffee-table book about yourself, says local arts & entertainment blogger Rebecca Wallace. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District plans to mark the big 4-0 in 2012 by putting out said book, and is calling all poets, photographers, painters and other artists to take part.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Rice Republic, a furniture and accessories store, opens in downtown Menlo Park

Hunting for a Christmas gift for the hard-to-please? How about a Chairman Mao tea set, a shadow puppet from Java, or a hand-stitched silk quilt from Vietnam? These exotic goodies are available at the Rice Republic, a shop featuring Asian furniture, artifacts and accessories, which opened the day after Thanksgiving at 564 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
J. Burke Knapp of Portola Valley, former World Bank executive, dies

A celebration of the life of J. Burke Knapp of Portola Valley, who had a distinguished career in international finance, will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at Stanford Memorial Church on the Stanford campus. Mr. Knapp died Nov. 22 at the age of 96. A resident of Portola Valley for 26 years, Mr. Knapp lived at The Sequoias retirement community for the past 10 years.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Westridge Garden Club celebrates the season

Decking the entrance sign to Westridge with holiday greens is a decades-old tradition of the Westridge Garden Club in Portola Valley. Photo by Joy Somersett.

December 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Viva la Musica!

A choir, orchestra and soloists will present "Magnificent Bach and Holiday Lights" in concert under the direction of Shulamit Hoffmann from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Avenue at Broadway in Redwood City.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Folks invited to visit Christmas Tree Lane

For the 69th year, the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street in Palo Alto will be transformed into Christmas Tree Lane from 5 to 11 p.m. each night through Dec. 26.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
LEGO train layout for the holidays

A LEGO train layout, featuring multiple trains running through local city and suburban scenes, will be on display at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto, through Jan. 17.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Teddy bear tea at Stanford Park

The Stanford Park Hotel will offer a teddy bear tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Children may bring their favorite teddy bear to join them for sandwiches, holiday sweets and hot chocolate.

December 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Preps keeping busy with holiday tournaments

Castilleja, Menlo girls' basketball teams continue to roll with solid wins
The holidays are fast approaching, which means time is short for local high school athletes and teams trying to squeeze in final exams and games before the holiday break.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo bill targeting loud ads passes House

For decades, loud TV commercials have been among the leading complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, says Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park.

December 16, 2009 | 12 comments
Locals are water polo MVPs

Dorst and Smith led their respective teams to prestigious titles
Menlo-Atherton senior Rebecca Dorst (picture) and Sacred Heart Prep senior Heather Smith led their respective water polo teams to prestigious championships this season and have been duly recognized for those efforts. Dorst was named the Central Coast Section Division I Most Valuable Player for the second straight year while Smith earned MVP honors for a first time in Division II.

December 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park schools face unpleasant options

Among the options: suspending the transfer program that allows minority students from Ravenswood district to attend Menlo Park schools.
Menlo Park City School District delayed its decision on opening a new elementary school at the O'Connor campus as officials mull a range of unpleasant options for dealing with an projected surge in student enrollment -- including suspending the Tinsley transfer program that allows minority students in East Palo Alto's Ravenswood district to attend Menlo Park district schools.

December 14, 2009 | 13 comments
Crime report

Reports of residential burglaries, theft of jewelry valued at $100,000, embezzlement involving losses of $51,000, and other crimes.

December 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Shorter meetings? Don't count on it.

Menlo Park's new mayor has pressed for shorter council meetings in the past, but he isn't making any promises as he takes the gavel.

December 16, 2009 | 1 comment
Portola Valley hikes fees for sports teams

Soccer and baseball players can expect to pay substantially more in 2010 for the use of the two baseball and two soccer fields in Portola Valley.

December 15, 2009 | 2 comments
Atherton settles harassment case

Former police officer's claim nets $230,000 settlement
The town of Atherton paid $230,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former police officer who claimed the town did nothing to curb the offensive behavior of a public works supervisor.

December 14, 2009 | 39 comments
Prosecutors decide not to retry M-A coach

One conviction on battery will suffice, prosecutor says
San Mateo County prosecutors have decided not to pursue a retrial in the case of Kelly Weston, a former Menlo-Atherton High School assistant track coach convicted of misdemeanor battery on Dec. 11 after the jury deadlocked on charges that Mr. Weston had also made criminal threats and had engaged in child cruelty.

December 14, 2009 | 41 comments
110th annual bird count starts

Starting Monday, local volunteers joined bird enthusiasts across the country in measuring local bird populations as part of the 110th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

December 12, 2009 | 2 comments
Tonight: Scoping session on downtown plan

A long-term planning project for Menlo Park's downtown will be the subject of a "scoping session" during the Tuesday (Dec. 15) City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

December 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Ordinance would restrict lawn watering

A revised Menlo Park ordinance would prevent some homeowners from watering their lawns during the day, and require them to use water-efficient irrigation techniques. At its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15, the City Council will offer guidance on drafting the new ordinance. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

December 12, 2009 | 15 comments
M-A Bears find redemption in Los Gatos

After a disappointing 2nd round defeat to Leland High, the Menlo-Atherton Bears basketball team bounced back with a convincing 49-37 win over Leigh High to take third place in the Los Gatos Wildcat Shootout.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Models in motion at Museum of American Heritage

Metal construction toys revolve, ramble and whir at Museum of American Heritage
The "Meccano-Mania" exhibit at the Museum of American Heritage in Palo Alto opened a few minutes ago, but Charlie Pack is still making adjustments. Photos and video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

December 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Spike in property crime in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police are conducting undercover operations and increasing patrols in some areas in response to a spike in property crime across the city.

December 11, 2009 | 1 comment
Seasonal delights for children in Atherton

Children can partake in a couple of holiday treats in Atherton, with a puppet show Dec. 14 at the library and a tea party Dec. 13 in the Pavilion.

December 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Overnight parking WILL be relaxed, briefly

Menlo Park's police department brings us the final word on overnight holiday parking (we hope): Enforcement will be relaxed, but only for a few days.

December 11, 2009 | 12 comments
Today: Hanukkah story time at Kepler's

Celebrate the first day of Hanukkah with a special holiday story time at Kepler's books at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

December 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Up in the Air'

(Three stars)
Jason Reitman directs one of the most relevant comedies to come along in years, with dashing George Clooney as his impossibly perfect wingman. Clooney is professional downsizer Ryan Bingham, a certified "transition specialist" with an arsenal of pretty platitudes at his disposal for doing a company's dirty work and salving the wounds of unemployment. --JA

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Princess and the Frog'

(Three stars)
Plenty of change arises in Disney's musical "The Princess and the Frog": people turning into frogs, love transforming two into one, and the studio returning from CGI to 2D animation after a five-year hiatus. Loosely based on E.D. Baker's "The Frog Princess," Disney's latest literally trumpets another important change: the studio's first African-American princess. --PC

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Review: 'Invictus'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Politics and rugby collide in director Clint Eastwood's thoughtful drama about post-apartheid South Africa and two men who helped unite a fractured country. Inspiring messages about equality, forgiveness and understanding resonate thanks to Eastwood's deft hand and standout performances by Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. --TH

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dec. 11-12: Ballet America presents 'The Nutcracker'

Ballet America's production of "The Nutcracker" will be presented at Carrington Hall, 1201 Brewster Ave., in Redwood City. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: La Honda Holiday Fair

The La Honda Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Sunday (Dec. 13) at 8945 La Honda Road in La Honda. A wide variety of handcrafted items from Bay Area and California vendors will be offered.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dec. 11-13: Gift fair with a mission

A Christmas with a Mission Gift Fair, with products from developing countries on sale, will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 11-13, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Teddy bear tea at Stanford Park

The Stanford Park Hotel will offer a teddy bear tea from 1 to 3 p.m. on two Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20. Children may bring their favorite teddy bear to join them for sandwiches, holiday sweets and hot chocolate.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Team success pays off with individual all-league honors

Local prep football teams are duly recognized for reaching CCS playoffs
Success ties together the Most Outstanding and the Players of the Year on the 2009 high school football all-league teams this season. Those local players honored from Gunn, Menlo School, Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep all played on teams that either won league titles, tied for them or contended and made the Central Coast Section playoffs. Photo: Menlo senior quarterback Danny Diekroeger ran and passed his team into the CCS Division IV championship game this season and, not too surprisingly, was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the PAL Ocean Division. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Medical groups to launch new SM County clinic

Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Mills-Peninsula Medical Group will create 'Peninsula Medical Group'
A new medical clinic, the "Peninsula Medical Group," to serve San Mateo County residents is being created by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Burlingame-based Mills-Peninsula Medical Group -- in part because of a physician-recruitment challenge.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A assistant track coach on trial

A jury trial began Monday, Dec. 7, in San Mateo County Superior Court for Menlo-Atherton High School cross-country Assistant Coach Kelly Weston, who is accused of having threatened three Hispanic boys in May of this year after they hit the side of his house trailer with a soccer ball.

December 10, 2009 | 11 comments
MP police arrest two on burglary charges

Pick-up truck loaded with stolen property
Menlo Park police arrested two young men on burglary charges Wednesday (Dec. 9) after pulling over their pick-up truck and discovering stolen property loaded in back.

December 10, 2009 | 5 comments
Vigil at Laurel School for classmate Lisa Xavier

A candelight vigil in memory of Lisa Xavier was held at Laurel Elementary School in Atherton on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Lisa, 6, died in a hit-and-run car accident on Nov. 12 at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

December 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Can this body be happy?

I'm a cynical gal. So when I got this assignment, I thought what many of you readers out there are probably thinking: "Really, another fitness program?"

December 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Creating a Happy Body

Woodside couple stresses inner and outer fitness with Happy Body program
"Think of your body as the piano. You are the pianist -- we are the tuners." Those are the last words you might expect to come out of the mouths of two Olympic weightlifters turned fitness coaches. But Woodside's Aniela and Jerzy Gregorek defy convention in so many aspects of their lives.
Can this body be happy?

December 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Heritage of Christmas concert

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present its 35th annual Heritage of Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the church, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dec. 11-13: Book sale at Selby Lane School

Selby Lane Elementary School, at 170 Selby Lane in Atherton, will hold its annual community book sale Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at the school.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dec. 12-13: Christmas ballet at Woodside theater

The Dancers Repertory Theatre and the Menlo Park Academy of Dance will present a ballet, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, at the Woodside High School performing arts center, Churchill Avenue and Woodside Road.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Holiday concert by Menlo Park Chorus

April McNeely rehearses the Menlo Park Chorus for a holiday concert at the new Menlo-Atherton High School performing arts center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Photo by Jeff Hurn.

December 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Santa rides to the rescue

Ed Begun, vice chairman of the board of the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside, plays Santa at a holiday party for the children and families who come to the center. This photo was taken by Kathy Dugan on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside.

December 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Man arraigned after chain-reaction collision with Atherton patrol car

In an incident that demonstrates the dangers police officers face after pulling someone over for a traffic ticket, a man reported to be intoxicated slammed his vehicle into an Atherton Police Department patrol car on Nov. 11 and caused a chain reaction that knocked to the ground two officers and the driver being ticketed, authorities said.

December 8, 2009 | 11 comments
Early morning fire hits commercial laundry

Fire investigators are looking for possible causes of an early morning fire in a couple of tubs used to store mops at a commercial laundry in a single-story commercial building at 560 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 8.

December 8, 2009 | 1 comment
Update: Son of Barry Bonds arrested in Menlo

The 19-year-old son of home run king Barry Bonds was arrested in Menlo Park on Saturday after an argument with his mother.

December 8, 2009 | 9 comments
Short takes

The meter maid as Grinch, Round Table parties like it's 1959, and downtown trees twinkle.

December 11, 2009 | 1 comment
West Bay Sanitary sued over sewage spills

An environmental watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against the West Bay Sanitary District and two Peninsula cities over violations of clean water laws. San Francisco Baykeeper, in a lawsuit filed Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court, contends that thousands of gallons of sewage overspills reached the San Francisco Bay over the past five years.

December 11, 2009 | 3 comments
Registration opens for MP recreation activities

Registration for Menlo Park's winter and spring recreation programs opens Dec. 7 for Menlo Park residents, and Dec. 14 for everyone else.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Speaking of Simone de Beauvoir

Local scholar presents program on life, work and ideas of French author and philosopher
When Yolanda Astarita Patterson was an undergrad at Smith College majoring in French, there wasn't much debate over who should occupy the pedestals erected in the world of letters. It was the 1950s, and the authors she read were men. But the world opened up for her, outside the classroom, when she discovered the works and ideas of French author Simone de Beauvoir. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

December 8, 2009 | 2 comments
Police calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Woodside, Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

December 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Towns top scales for residential energy use

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, Dec. 9, will consider endorsing a neighborhood energy audit program proposed by Palo Alto environmental nonprofit Acterra and funded by a state grant. The council will also consider raising usage fees for recreational fields in town.

December 8, 2009 | 8 comments
Tonight: Vigil for Lisa Xavier at Laurel

Community members are holding a vigil on Wednesday for 6-year-old Lisa Xavier, the Menlo Park girl who was killed last month when an alleged street racer hit the car she was riding in with her parents.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Police nab suspect in Stevens Creek Trail assault

Mountain View police have arrested the man they believe is behind last week's attempted sexual assault of a jogger on Stevens Creek Trail, and behind at least two other recent attacks as well.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
New city contract freezes salary

Menlo Park contract with middle managers applauded by critics of past labor agreements.

December 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Rich Cline, new Menlo Park mayor, promises measured approach to contentious land-use debates

New mayor Rich Cline looks to guide Menlo Park with a steady hand through emotional debates over 30-year downtown plan and 1-million-square-foot development project that many feel could shape the future of the city, for better or worse. Mr. Cline's refusal to take a firm ideological position in either debate early on has cost him the support of some of his backers.

December 9, 2009 | 10 comments
Political maneuver kicks off celebratory meeting

Under pressure from council majority, Menlo Park councilman bows out of contention for regional post.

December 9, 2009 | 1 comment
Anthony Rose not at fault in death of bicyclist, jury finds

This is an expanded version of a story previously posted here.
Anthony Rose, a former superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, was not at fault when his car struck and killed bicyclist Rodney Smith in a May 2007 accident on Sand Hill Road, a San Mateo County jury decided Dec. 1.

December 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley loses an icon

A new Wednesday morning routine has settled in at Portola Valley Hardware at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads: the absence behind the register of former store owner Helen "Tommy" Simpson.
■ Join the conversation on Tommy Simpson on Town Square.

December 9, 2009 | 7 comments
Virginia Bacon photos of snow on local hilltops

"What a joy to wake up this morning and find snow on the local hilltops," says Virginia Bacon of Portola Valley, who sent links to her photos.

December 7, 2009 | 2 comments
Local prep grads help Princeton to third place in NCAA water polo

Merlone, Hale and Wigley all factor into Tigers' 6-5 win over Loyola Marymount
On a day when USC edged UCLA, 7-6, in the championship match of the men's NCAA Water Polo Championships, host Princeton perhaps made an even bigger splash with a 6-5 win over Loyola Marymount to claim third place in the national finals. Menlo School grad Mike Merlone (photo) of Atherton had seven saves in goal for the No. 13-ranked Tigers (16-12) in their own pool on Sunday.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Breakfast with Santa

Xavier Jones, 6, tells Santa what's on his wish list at the city of Menlo Park's annual "Breakfast with Santa" event held Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Burgess Recreation Center. Kids ate pancakes, made holiday crafts and waited in line to tell an emissary from the North Pole that they'd been nice and not naughty this year. Photo courtesy of Cecilia Mello.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo crunched by Carmel in CCS football championship game

Knights fall in Division IV title game, 56-35, despite Diekroeger's 470 passing yards
Menlo School's football team knew it needed a near-perfect performance Saturday to defeat unbeaten Carmel and earn the school's first-ever Central Coast Section championship. Instead of perfect, the Knights will have to settle for title-game worthy.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Local scholar presents Simone de Beauvoir lecture

Yolanda Patterson of Ladera will present a lecture on French author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Winter weather advisory as snow falls

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the East Bay Hills, Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range after snow fell throughout the Bay Area early this morning.
Check conditions, forecasts in Almanac country.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Public hearing on Courthouse Square events

Elected officials in Redwood City will hold a public hearing Dec. 14 to gather input on an ordinance regarding events in the downtown Courthouse Square, where concerts, plays, festivals, art shows, movies and family events are held.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Benefit concert for local kids

Musician Yasuko Hattori, a former violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, will perform with other musicians at a benefit chamber music concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Eastside College Preparatory Performing Arts Center, 1041 Myrtle St. in East Palo Alto.

December 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo crunched by Carmel in CCS football finale

Knights fall in Division IV title game, 56-35, despite Diekroeger's 470 passing yards
Menlo quarterback Danny Diekroeger (7) found room to scramble in Saturday's CCS Division IV championship game against No. 1 seed Carmel until the Padres grabbed the lead for good and held on for a 56-35 victory. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

December 5, 2009 | No comments yet
City plans to rely on attrition to balance budget

A report issued by Menlo Park reveals plans to rely heavily on attrition to balance the city's budget in coming years. The City Council will weigh in on the report at a goal-setting meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8, starting at 6 p.m.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Holiday open houses at fire stations

The Woodside Fire Protection District will hold open houses, with Santa and refreshments, at each of its three fire stations from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.

December 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Man suffers major injuries in crash off Hwy. 84

A man is hospitalized with major injuries after a crash near state Highway 84 in unincorporated San Mateo County in La Honda this afternoon (Dec. 4), a California Highway Patrol officer said.

December 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Russian Christmas bazaar in Menlo

The annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, at 1220 Crane St. in Menlo Park, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

December 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district gets AA+ bond rating

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is tooting its horn over recently receiving the highest rating possible from Standard & Poor's, and is asking residents with money to invest to participate in its $11.9 million bond issue for capital projects.

December 4, 2009 | 1 comment
Former chief of orthopedics at Sequoia Hospital, dies at 89

Dr. Frank Ruys, a former chief of orthopedics at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, died Nov. 23 at the age of 89. A former resident of Woodside and Atherton, Dr. Ruys was an orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedics at Sequoia Hospital, practicing for 38 years.

December 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Russian Christmas bazaar in Menlo Park

The annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church, at 1220 Crane St. in Menlo Park, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

December 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Architect William A. Churchill dies at 75

William Arthur Churchill, a former resident of Portola Valley who served on the town's Planning Commission and headed architectural firms in several cities, died Nov. 18 in Carson City, Nevada, of complications from diabetes and Parkinson's disease. He was 75.

December 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Ernest Collins, Bon Appetit founder, dies at 67

Ernest W. "Ernie" Collins, a resident of Woodside since 1974, a vice president and general counsel for Saga Corp., and founder of Bon Appetit, a catering company, died Nov. 21 at home after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 67.

December 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton council meeting cancelled

A special Atherton City Council meeting set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts, said City Manager Jerry Gruber.

December 4, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo College loses in final seconds

Harris scores 19 for the Oaks, who have lost three straight
Julian Harris scored 19 points but the Menlo College men's basketball team fell to George Fox, 69-67, in the first round of the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tournament in Currier Gym in Redlands on Thursday night.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo eyes football revenge and CCS title

Second-seeded Knights face No. 1 Carmel (11-0) for Division IV crown
It has been nearly three months since the Menlo School football team suffered its first, and worst, loss of the season. That was a 49-14 blasting at the hands of host Carmel. The obvious question as both teams head into Saturday's Central Coast Section Division IV championship game at Westmont High in Campbell (3 p.m.) is how much has changed since the team's first meeting?
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
High-speed rail slow down: Report rejected

California High-Speed Rail Authority board rescinds environmental-impact study that had endorsed Pacheco Pass route
The California High-Speed Rail Authority board Thursday (Dec. 3) rescinded its approval of an environmental impact report on a section of the statewide high-speed rail project between the Bay Area and Central Valley.

December 3, 2009 | 1 comment
San Mateo County residents plead not guilty to burglary of deceased family's home

Two San Mateo County residents pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court to four felony charges in connection with the burglary of the home of a Sonoma family killed in a crash Saturday night.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo opposes Afghan troop surge

Calling Afghanistan "the graveyard of nations," Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced Wednesday her opposition to President Barack Obama's plan to increase the number of U.S. military troops in that country.

December 3, 2009 | 12 comments
Dec. 11-13: Model railroad show in Menlo Park

It's all aboard for the West Bay Model Railroad Association's annual Christmas show to be held Dec. 11, 12 and 13 at the model railroad building at the Menlo Park train station, 1090 Merrill St.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Crime report: Residential, commercial burglaries

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Chef Elperin's cooking keeps Village Pub patrons coming back, and the Michelin star shining

Dmitry Elperin's TV-viewing habits as a child were hardly what you'd call typical: While most kids get revved up weekend mornings on action-packed cartoons, young Dmitry watched culinary programs. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Short Takes

Public relations complications for high-speed rail, and a Menlo Park native made it big in Hollywood.

December 7, 2009 | 5 comments
Burglary suspects resided in Skyline area

The suspects in the burglarizing of the home of a Sonoma family killed in a crash last weekend resided on Marine Road in a rural area west of Skyline Boulevard in San Mateo County, authorities said.

December 3, 2009 | 2 comments
Second Harvest helps meet food needs of community

I joined Second Harvest Food Bank in August of this year. In the past four months I've learned a great deal about food insecurity on the Peninsula.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Dec. 10: Chanticleer performs Christmas music

Chanticleer vocal ensemble will present "A Chanticleer Christmas" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Stanford University's Memorial Church. The program is sponsored by Stanford Lively Arts.

December 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Women's chorus at St. Patrick's

The Peninsula Women's Chorus will present a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

December 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside fire district to hold open houses

The Woodside Fire Protection District will hold open houses, with Santa and refreshments, at each of its three fire stations from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
State releases report on climate change

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger joined other political and business leaders on San Francisco's Treasure Island this morning to announce the release of the final report of the state's strategy to address climate change.

December 2, 2009 | 5 comments
Today: Talk on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Ten scholars of Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold a discussion session at 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 3) in hopes of arriving at a "nuanced and culturally and historically informed understanding of the entangled politics" of the two countries.

December 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Jury rejects claim in wrongful-death suit

A San Mateo County jury, after 10 hours of deliberation, voted 9-3 on Dec. 1 to reject a claim that Woodside resident Anthony Rose was at fault in a May 2007 accident on Sand Hill Road that resulted in the death of bicyclist Rodney Smith.

December 2, 2009 | 3 comments
Taylor Eigsti: A career of note at 24

Grounded in tradition, he goes far beyond, as jazz pianist, composer
At 24, Taylor Eigsti has a resume that most musicians twice his age would envy. Six recordings of his own, including the two-Grammy-nominated "Lucky to Be Me" and the most recent "Let it Come to You"; numerous performances as a sideman on other recordings; tour dates that have taken him to Japan, Brazil, and many European countries; and solid name recognition in the jazz world here at home — the birthplace of jazz.

December 2, 2009 | No comments yet
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December 2, 2009 | No comments yet
City reaches agreement with employee union

Union that represents Menlo Park city management has agreed to a two-year pay freeze, the city announced Tuesday.

December 1, 2009 | 6 comments
Cline, Boyle win posts by acclamation

As expected, Menlo Park's City Council voted Rich Cline into the mayor's seat and John Boyle into the role of vice mayor at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service held in Portola Valley for Ryan Ferrari of Woodside

A memorial service was held today at Our Lady of the Wayside Church at 930 Portola Road in Portola Valley for Ryan Ferrari, the 21-year-old Woodside man who died in a car crash early on Nov. 28. Burial in the Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos followed the memorial service. Mr. Ferrari's car crashed early on the morning of Nov. 28 in the Woodside Hills neighborhood.

December 2, 2009 | 46 comments
Today: Yoga event for at-risk girls

Menlo Park-based Be Yoga is holding an event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, to celebrate a program that helps at-risk girls in the juvenile justice system.

December 3, 2009 | No comments yet
City tries 3-hour holiday parking limit

Holiday shoppers, be warned: If you're planning a marathon shop-'til-you-drop spree in Menlo Park, you may have to move your car once or twice.

December 1, 2009 | 3 comments
Holiday activities on Sunday

Among holiday events planned for Sunday, Dec. 6, are a Peninsula School crafts fair and a teddy bear tea at the Stanford Park Hotel.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SHP and Castilleja volleyball teams have much to look forward to next season

All will return veteran talent following season-ending losses in NorCal semifinals
Dave Winn knew it was going to end eventually. His Palo Alto girls' volleyball team was down to its final three matches of the season and chances were good that it wasn't to last that long. It didn't.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: Free evening of poetry

Writers Kim Addonizio (author of "Lucifer at the Starlite") and Cheryl Dumesnil (author of "In Praise of Falling") will speak at a free poetry program at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Dec. 1) at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP girls' soccer team starts where it left off

Defending CCS champion Gators kick off the season with 10-3 triumph in Palo Alto Winter Classic
The first girls' soccer tournament of the season is also one of the best, with the Palo Alto Winter Classic featuring some of the top teams in the Central Coast Section -- including defending section champ Sacred Heart Prep.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Almanac launches online 'virtual edition'

A new enhanced online version of The Almanac is now available on TheAlmanacOnline.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Friday: Magnificat Baroque Ensemble at St. Pat's

The Magnificat Baroque Ensemble will perform the music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani in a recreation of a Midnight Mass from 17th century Milan at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man running for Ruskin's seat

A Menlo Park man has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for the California Assembly's 21st district.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Four pianists perform at jazz concert

Taylor Eigsti, a Woodside Priory graduate and jazz pianist, will return to his alma mater to join three other acclaimed pianists for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
Taylor Eigsti: A career of note at 24.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Tree lighting at Rosewood Sand Hill

Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, at 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, will mark the beginning of the holidays from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, when the hotel's 30-foot tree is lighted.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Junior League house tour in Atherton

For the second year, the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will host "Finishing Touches," a holiday house tour and marketplace. The tour of four West Atherton homes is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6.

December 1, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo Park man, 30, injured in shooting

A 30-year-old Menlo Park man was wounded in a shooting in East Palo Alto Monday evening, police said.

December 1, 2009 | 1 comment
St. Anthony's serves 600 hot meals a day

Leonard comes to St. Anthony's Dining Room to talk with his buddies, as well as to eat his main meal of the day. He is one of more than 600 guests a day who can get a complete hot meal, Monday through Saturday, all year long at St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room on Middlefield at the Atherton-North Fair Oaks border.

December 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Hwy. 84 reopens following major-injury crash

State Highway 84 in unincorporated San Mateo County has reopened after a motorcycle crashed Monday afternoon (Nov. 30), causing major injuries to its rider, according to the to the California Highway Patrol.

November 30, 2009 | 3 comments
Woman fights off assault on Stevens Creek Trail

Police say a 27-year-old Mountain View woman jogging Stevens Creek Trail on Sunday afternoon fought off a sexual assault after she was attacked by a man who tried to pull her into some bushes off the path.

November 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Fire district dedicates new building

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will celebrate the opening of a new administrative office building in a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 9 a.m.

November 30, 2009 | No comments yet
DUI arrests up over Thanksgiving weekend

California Highway Patrol reports 207 arrests over five-day span compared to 202 in 2008
The number of Bay Area drivers the California Highway Patrol arrested for being under the influence during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is slightly up compared to last year.

November 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Rich Cline set to be Menlo Park mayor

Councilman Rich Cline is set to be sworn in as Menlo Park's next mayor at the council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1.

November 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: 'Epic Search for Truth'

Christos Papadimitriou, author of "Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth," which follows philosopher Bertrand Russell's spiritual journey, will speak at Kepler's bookstore at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Nov. 30).

November 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Haven Family House provides shelter and hope

Passing by Shelter Network's Haven Family House in Menlo Park, a visitor might never know the life-changing work taking place inside. The site appears like any apartment complex in the community. There are one- and two-bedroom units, kids running in the playground, a child care center, and a lobby of friendly faces.
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November 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Santa comes to Menlo Park by rail

Decorated with thousands of lights, the Caltrain holiday train will stop at four Peninsula stations each night on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, for a show featuring music and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The train will stop in Menlo Park from 7:25 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

November 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Breakfast with Santa in Menlo Park

Kids and families are invited to have "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Burgess Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

November 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Portola Valley holds its first holiday fair

A holiday fair, which Portola Valley resident Steve York and the town's Cultural Arts Committee hope will became an annual tradition, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Old Schoolhouse.

November 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Seems like old times

It was a nostalgic morning (Nov. 13) for Kathryn Williams, 96, of Menlo Park when she read "The Story of Peter Rabbit" to her great-granddaughter Kathryn's kindergarten class at Las Lomitas School. Ms. Williams taught first and third grade at the school from 1963 to 1971. She joins 15 or 20 other retired Las Lomitas District teachers for lunch once a month.

November 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo tops Sacred Heart Prep to reach CCS Division IV football finale

Two big defensive plays by Knights earn them a first-ever trip to section title game
Two big defensive plays and a touchdown from special teams Saturday vaulted Menlo School past Sacred Heart Prep, 20-14, and into the Central Coast Section Division IV championship game against unbeaten Carmel. Ryan Stasny recovered two fumbles, the first for a first-quarter touchdown after a nine-yard run, and the second at the Menlo 9 with less than 45 seconds remaining in the game to prevent the Gators from driving for the tying score.
PREP SCORES, game details from PA Online Sports.

November 28, 2009 | No comments yet

PREP SCORES, game details from PA Online Sports.

November 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Driver, 21, dies in Woodside crash

A 21-year-old man died in Woodside early this morning after his car hit two trees and another vehicle before flipping, a San Mateo County
Sheriff's Office sergeant said.

To see the story, go to http://www.almanacnews.com

November 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Ryan Ferrari, 21, of Woodside killed in car crash

Car hits two trees, oncoming car, flips -- driver pronounced dead at scene
Ryan Ferrari, a 21-year-old Woodside resident, died in a car accident early Saturday morning, Nov. 28, after the vehicle he was driving hit two trees and another vehicle before flipping over.

November 28, 2009 | 18 comments
Police arrest man, 79, in shoplifting spree

Police arrested a 79-year-old Daly City man following a shoplifting spree in downtown Menlo Park on Nov. 17.

November 27, 2009 | 3 comments
Menlo, SHP meet to decide CCS football finalist

Only one will advance to Division IV championship game when rivals meet Saturday in semis
Less than a week ago, Menlo School was looking for its first-ever Central Coast Section football victory. On Saturday, it will be playing Sacred Heart Prep for a berth in the championship game.

November 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Taste of Ragtime' at The Sequoias

Pianist Bob Milne performs his "A Taste of Ragtime" show, in which he shares music and stories about the origins and development of ragtime music, today (Nov. 27) at 7 p.m. at Hanson Hall, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

November 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Odessa Daniels Bock

Odessa Alice Tarr Daniels Bock, who lived in Woodside from 1981 to 2004, died Oct. 15 in San Diego. She was 97.

November 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Susan Jane Conley

Susan Jane Conley of Menlo Park died peacefully Sept. 15 at Stanford Medical Center. She was 57.

November 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Court upholds conviction of Menlo Park jewelry store owner in murder conspiracy

A state appeals court in San Francisco on Wednesday upheld a Menlo Park jewelry store owner's conviction for kidnapping and conspiring to rape and murder a former employee who rebuffed his romantic advances.

November 26, 2009 | No comments yet
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November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Alvarez found guilty of first-degree murder

Man who killed police Officer Richard May could face death penalty or life in prison
Alberto Alvarez, 26, who killed East Palo Police Officer Richard May in 2006, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday and is now guaranteed to spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Air district bans wood burning on Thanksgiving

Bay Area residents are being asked not to throw a log on the fire this Thanksgiving due to poor air quality, and could face a substantial fine if they ignore a Bay Area Air Quality Management District warning.

November 25, 2009 | 4 comments
Alvarez guilty -- first-degree murder

Alberto Alvarez has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 killing of East Palo Alto police officer Richard May. The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated for less than six hours Tuesday and today before announcing the verdict shortly after 12:30 p.m. today. More information will be posted soon. Related stories:
Alberto Alvarez murder trial submitted to jury

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Film focuses on girls orphaned by AIDS

Coming to the Woodside Village Church at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, is a one-hour documentary entitled "Where the Water Meets the Sky." The film tells the tale of 23 women from Zambia who learn filmmaking to show the plight of girls orphaned by AIDS.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Alberto Alvarez murder trial submitted to jury

Officer Richard May 'died for his community,' prosecutor said in final summation
Comparing the defense summation to the Wizard of Oz, a San Mateo County prosecutor implored jurors in the Alberto Alvarez murder case not to be swayed by defense tactics to portray slain East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May as a rogue cop out to kill their client.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Girls' volleyball: SHP, Paly and Castilleja advance in NorCals

Menlo-Atherton is only local team to fall in volleyball opener
The first big step has been taken by three local teams in the CIF Northern California girls' volleyball playoffs as Sacred Heart Prep, Palo Alto, and Castilleja all won their openers on Tuesday night. No. 6 seed Menlo-Atherton (21-9) saw its season end in a loss to No. 3 Amador Valley (30-7) in Pleasanton.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man chases burglar

A Menlo Park man chased a burglar from his home Friday, Nov. 13, though he wasn't able to recover the antique doormats the man stole.

November 25, 2009 | 1 comment
Safe stolen from Left Bank restaurant

A burglar (or burglars) broke into the Left Bank restaurant in downtown Menlo Park through the roof and stole a safe overnight on Sunday, Nov. 15, according to the Menlo Park police department.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Hikes on open space reserves

Updated list of free, docent-led hikes and other activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP grads help Princeton polo reach NCAAs

Former Knights Hale and Merlone help Tigers beat Navy while SHP grad Wigley is named the MVP
The NCAA men's water polo championships will be held at Princeton University on Dec. 5-6. It isn't often the tournament is held there, so the host Tigers wanted to make sure they got a chance to not only host but to compete, as well. The nationally No. 18-ranked Tigers needed to upset No. 12 Navy in the 2009 Men's Eastern Championship to get an automatic berth, and did just that on Sunday with a 5-4 victory.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Monday deadline for assessment appeal

Property owners in San Mateo County who are planning to appeal the assessed value of a property have until the close of business on Monday, Nov. 30, to file an appeal with the office of the county assessor.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Gerry's Cakes not closing, at least not yet

Rumors that Gerry's Cakes in Menlo Park is closing are not true, according to the owner, though she acknowledged that the bakery is not on firm ground.

November 24, 2009 | 4 comments
Crime report: Four stores struck by shoplifters

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Filoli 'Winter Wonderland' opens

Filoli's annual "Holiday Traditions" opens Friday, Nov. 27, for a nine-day celebration at the grand Woodside estate and continues through Saturday, Dec. 5.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Topographic maps of the future

Mark DeMulder, director of the National Geospatial Program for the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss the future of topographic map making in the Menlo Park offices of the USGS at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

December 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Film focuses on girls orphaned by AIDS

Coming to the Woodside Village Church at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is a one-hour documentary entitled "Where the Water Meets the Sky." The film tells the tale of 23 women from Zambia who learn filmmaking to show the plight of girls orphaned by AIDS.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP girls lead volleyball teams into NorCals

CCS Division IV champion Gators will be joined by Palo Alto, Menlo-Atherton and Castilleja
Sacred Heart Prep dominated Central Coast Section girls' volleyball in the 1990s, winning nine straight Division V titles from 1990-98. After that, the Gators made only one appearance in the section finals, a Division IV loss to rival Menlo in 2001. Things were pretty quite on the Sacred Heart Prep campus after that. Until Saturday.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Parking tickets on the rise?

Financial numbers don't support claims that Menlo Park is ticketing more during the recession.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
City now gets Tesla sales tax

Menlo Park only recently began receiving sales tax revenue for roadsters sold at Tesla Motors' flagship dealership, according to the city's finance director.

November 26, 2009 | 15 comments
Menlo Park councilman ailing

After a change in medication sent him to the hospital for a brief stay, Menlo Park Councilman Andy Cohen is on the mend, he says -- though he doesn't expect to be back on the job for one to three weeks.

November 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Homeless shelter still looking for new home

The 60-bed Clara Mateo shelter on the campus of the Menlo Park Veterans Affairs hospital is still looking for a new home.

November 24, 2009 | 1 comment
Bohannon deal might hinge on cutting car trips

Reducing traffic, carbon emissions will be a focal point in negotiations over Menlo Park development project.

November 24, 2009 | 2 comments
High rent forces out local advocate of affordable housing

Elizabeth Lasensky advocated for a number of local causes, pulling no punches in criticizing Menlo Park's "old guard."

November 27, 2009 | 3 comments
Portola Valley struggles with defining open space

The state has a definition for open space in a town's general plan, and Portola Valley is now working on a related definition: "open space preserve."

November 26, 2009 | 3 comments
High marks for Portola Valley Town Center

Earth tones, homespun textures and subordination to the landscape are central to the very green three-building complex at Portola Valley's Town Center. Now the town makes room for a new element: a platinum award from the U.S. Green Building Council.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Night games at Menlo-Atherton High School?

A recent football game between Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Prep created a sensation in M-A's school community and concern in M-A's immediate neighborhood.

November 24, 2009 | 16 comments
Dramatic final arguments in Alvarez trial

Prosecution and defense both blame 'bad choices' in tragic death of Officer Richard May
The death of East Palo Alto Police Officer Richard May comes down to bad choices made by both the officer and defendant Alberto Alvarez, attorneys for both sides claimed during final arguments Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton resident dies in homebuilt-plane crash

Gary Lampert, 58, radioed that his engine was on fire just before the Saturday crash
Atherton resident and businessman Gary Lampert, 58, died after his experimental aircraft caught fire and crashed north of an apple orchard near Watsonville Saturday, according to the Santa Cruz County coroner's office and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

November 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Donors give $106,000 to Holiday Fund

As of Jan. 4, a total of 186 donors have given a total of $106,315 to The Almanac's Holiday Fund.
■ Donate online or mail your check to: The Almanac Holiday Fund, 3525 Alameda de las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025. Specify if you don't want us to publish the amount of the gift or your name.

November 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton resident Gary Lampert dies in crash of home-built aircraft

Atherton resident and attorney Gary Lampert, 58, died after his experimental aircraft caught fire and crashed north of an apple orchard near Watsonville Saturday, according to the Santa Cruz County coroner's office and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

November 22, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP girls win CCS polo title but M-A is upset again

Gators win their third straight but No. 1 Bears fall in overtime to St. Francis, 12-11
A third straight victory and a second straight loss. That was the bottom line for two top-ranked teams at the Central Coast Section girls' water polo championships on Saturday at Santa Clara University. Sacred Heart Prep (22-8) was expected to win and did, with a dominating defense and just enough offense.

November 22, 2009 | 1 comment
Portola Valley parties for Bill

Bill Lane Portola Valley's first mayor and considered by many to be the founding father of the town, met with some 60 friends and associates for cake, punch and lots of balloons in a get-together celebrating his 90th birthday at a Sunday, Nov. 22, celebration in Portola Valley's community hall. Photo by Dave Boyce/The Almanac.

November 22, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP boys make CCS Division II water polo history

Gators' 15-6 dunking of Menlo is their third consecutive section crown
David Culpan (right) capped his career at Sacred Heart Prep with seven goals in a 15-6 victory over Menlo in the CCS Division II finals Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

November 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep advance in CCS football playoffs

Knights and Gators will meet in the section semifinals after big wins
Menlo School on Saturday won its first-ever Central Coast Section football playoff game. Meanwhile, just down the street and at the same time, Sacred Heart Prep's handiwork on both sides of the ball delivered the Gators a playoff victory. The result of both first-round triumphs is a date next week in the semifinals of the CCS Division IV playoffs at a date and neutral site to be determined. Menlo (8-3), the second seed in the playoffs, dispatched No. 7 Greenfield, 42-27, while Sacred Heart Prep made short work of San Lorenzo Valley, 45-14.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

November 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Man shot, reports being hit in drive-by shooting

A 27-year-old man being treated at Stanford Hospital said he was the victim of a drive-by shooting Friday night in the area of Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue, according to Menlo Park police.

November 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Ormondale Turkey Trot

Yes, it's time for the Ormondale Turkey Trot. The family fun run is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at Ormondale School, 200 Shawnee Pass Road in Portola Valley.

November 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Preuss to close; Safeway buys business

Preuss Pharmacy, a fixture in downtown Menlo Park since 1947, is closing. The store at 844 Santa Cruz Ave. will shut down soon and the phone lines and prescription files transferred to the Safeway pharmacy at 525 El Camino Real in Menlo Park the morning of Friday, Nov. 20.

November 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: New building proposed for meadow

The owner of Spring Ridge winery in Portola Valley proposes to add 23,000 square feet of residential floor area that would include a greenhouse, an entertainment/cabana building, a guest house/art studio, a barn and an "agricultural building." The town's Architecture and Site Control Commission will hold an on-site public meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. The review will continue later that night at the ASCC's regular meeting.

November 20, 2009 | 1 comment
There's more at stake in Big Game than the Axe

Plenty of good bowl games to be had for Stanford, along with possible Pac-10 title
There have been stranger weeks leading up to the Big Game than this one, but they would be difficult to find.

November 20, 2009 | 2 comments
Siegel appointed to fill vacant Las Lomitas seat

Jay Siegel, who has a child at La Entrada School and has been an active volunteer on the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, has been appointed to the five-member Las Lomitas School District board.

November 20, 2009 | 10 comments
On the fault

Geophysicist and Portola Valley resident Sheldon Breiner explained tectonic plate movement with Town Hall staff in the town library recently using a homemade seismometer (on the table) as a prop. The Library's heritage room, which sits about 100 yards from the San Andreas Fault, houses a seismometer designed by Mr. Breiner. Photo by Dave Boyce/The Almanac.

November 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Christmas concert at Memorial Church

Peninsula Symphony will perform selections from Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" and Reicha's (a colleague of Beethoven) "Requiem" from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Stanford Memorial Church.

November 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Cooking class for kids at Village Pub

Kristianna Zabala, pastry chef at The Village Pub, will hold a cooking class for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Woodside restaurant.

November 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: 'Alice in Wonderland' at Woodside Priory

High school and middle school students at Woodside Priory will present "Alice in Wonderland on Saturday, Nov. 21, in Rothrock Performance Hall at the school, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

November 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Adriana, friends stage benefit concert at Menlo School in memory of her father

Adriana Kwicinski, a senior at Menlo School, will present — with her musical friends — a "Songs for Life" pop and jazz benefit concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Florence Moore Auditorium at Menlo School in Atherton. The concert benefits the Larry Kwicinski Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Research Fund, which she established in honor of her father, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006 at age 57.

November 20, 2009 | No comments yet
PV superintendent to run for county post

Anne Campbell, the superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, announced her plans to run for the post of San Mateo County superintendent of schools in 2010. Ms. Campbell's candidacy has been endorsed by Superintendent of Schools Jean Holbrook, who is retiring at the end of her term.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, SHP girls reach CCS volleyball finals

Vikings reach title match for first time since 2000 while Gators make first trip since 2005
The seniors on the Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball teams are venturing into unknown territory, which includes playing for Central Coast Section titles and qualifying for the NorCal playoffs for the first time following impressive semifinal victories on Wednesday.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Sprinkler douses office fire in Woodside home

An interior sprinkler system extinguished a home-office fire on Buck Court in Woodside before firefighters arrived and before the fire had a chance to do any damage to the house itself Wednesday night.

November 19, 2009 | 46 comments
Caltrain offers special service for the Big Game

Few things on the Peninsula have been around as long as Caltrain, but one of the closest competitors is the Big Game. Caltrain will provide special service to the 112th game when Stanford faces California on Saturday in Stanford Stadium.
■ Caltrain changes schedule for Thanksgiving.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain changes schedule for Thanksgiving

Caltrain will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving and run a modified Saturday schedule the day after, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
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November 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo School meet in boys' CCS Division II water polo final

Menlo-Atherton knocked out by St. Francis in CCS Division I boys' semifinal
For the past 12 years, either Menlo or Sacred Heart Prep (or both) have played in the Central Coast Section Division II boys' water polo finals. That number jumps to 13 this week now that the Knights and Gators have reached the championship match once again.

November 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley Town Center wins the highest green-building rating: platinum

The results are in. As green buildings go, Portola Valley's new complex of library, Town Hall and community hall join a select few municipal buildings awarded the top rating by the green building community.

November 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Bohannon office/hotel project too big? Not necessarily, Menlo Park City Council says

Menlo Park's City Council has directed the city to enter negotiations on a major office/hotel project, setting the stage for a final vote in spring 2010.
■ Touchy debate over polarizing Bohannon project.
■ Dreams of revitalization in Belle Haven.
■ Perceived benefits a fantasy, critics say.

November 18, 2009 | 6 comments
Expert: Officer May shot in the head first

Officer shot Alvarez first, defense says
A gunshot-trajectory expert attempted to demolish assertions on Tuesday morning that Alberto Alvarez, 26, murdered East Palo Alto Police officer Richard May in January 2006 in an execution-style shooting.

November 17, 2009 | No comments yet
POST to sell 4,262 acres near Montara and Moss Beach to National Park Service

The Peninsula Open Space Trust plans to sell Rancho Corral de Tierra, a large tract of land surrounding Montara and Moss Beach, to the National Park Service. The 4,262-acre area is one of the largest undeveloped properties on the San Mateo County coast, according to POST spokeswoman Nina Nowak.

November 17, 2009 | 2 comments
Armed men invade, rob Menlo Park home

Two men armed with semiautomatic handguns confronted a resident outside his home in the 700 block of Pierce Road at around 6:30 p.m. Monday night (Nov. 16), forced him inside the home, and held him and his girlfriend at gunpoint while they looted "several electronic items and an undisclosed amount of cash," according to Menlo Park police.

November 16, 2009 | 5 comments
Bursting at the seams

Despite a spate of new construction, growing enrollment might induce the Menlo Park school district to open another campus
If closing a school is the hardest decision a school board ever has to make, then the second most difficult is deciding whether to open a new school. Next month, the Menlo Park City School District's board of trustees is going to have to decide if growing student enrollment justifies the expense and difficulty of opening an elementary school at the old O'Connor site. It's a decision with far-reaching implications.

November 17, 2009 | 27 comments
Laurel student, 6, dies in hit-and-run crash

The 6-year-old Menlo Park girl who died after a hit-and-run accident Thursday has been identified as Lisa Xaiver, a student at Laurel school in Atherton.
To view pictures of Shannon Fox, whom police are "actively searching for," click here and here. These pictures are from the Menlo Park Police Department.

November 16, 2009 | 15 comments
Tonight: Atherton may drop road impact fee

Council meeting to be held at Holbrook-Palmer Park
Tonight's Atherton City Council meeting at Holbrook-Palmer Park could signal the end of the town's road impact fee. Town staff is recommending that the fee, charged to builders to compensate the town for construction-related wear and tear on its roads, be rescinded.

November 17, 2009 | 3 comments
Police calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

November 17, 2009 | No comments yet
SamTrans seeks comment on 10-year plan

The San Mateo County Transit District is preparing a 10-year plan in the context of a $28.4 million shortfall and a structural deficit and is seeking comment from members of the public on a draft of the plan.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A boys hope to join local teams in finals

No. 3-seeded Bears only area squad not favored in CCS water polo semifinals
The Menlo-Atherton boys will take on defending Central Coast Section water polo champ St. Francis on Tuesday in a Division I playoff semifinal at Lynbrook High. Photo: M-A senior Eric Wright, being defended here by Gunn's Ben Hendricks, scored two goals in the Bears' 12-4 CCS Division I quarterfinal victory Saturday. Photo by Forrest Carmichael.

November 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Country Club faces uphill battle

The Menlo Country Club on Woodside Road predates the high school across the street and the town of Woodside. The club is appealing a decision tonight by the town planning director that denies the club a zoning change that could allow it to expand.

November 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Portola Valley celebrates Bill Lane

Portola Valley is celebrating its first mayor, Bill Lane, on Sunday, Nov. 22, with a town party from 2 to 4 p.m. at Town Center. Photo: Mr. Lane received a proclamation at the Nov. 11 Town Council meeting in honor of his recent 90th birthday. Mayor Ann Wengert, right, congratulates Mr. Lane's wife, Jean Lane.

November 18, 2009 | No comments yet
1940s fashion exhibit at Little House

Sketches of 1940s women's couture designs, photos of women from that era, and actual clothing items are on display in an exhibit at the Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Longtime community activist moving

Elizabeth Lasensky, who has been involved in a variety of community groups and activities during her 19 years in Menlo Park, is moving to San Carlos.

November 19, 2009 | No comments yet
High-speed rail planners ramp up communication spending; locals skeptical

Critics see the new $9 million public relations contract as an effort to stifle dissent, rather than promote dialogue.

November 18, 2009 | 6 comments
Tonight: Key meeting on Bohannon project

Menlo Park's City Council is expected to give general guidance Tuesday (Nov. 17) on negotiations with the Bohannon Development Co. over the proposed "Menlo Gateway" project.

November 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Perceived benefits a fantasy, critics say

Critics have argued that perceived benefits associated with the Bohannon project are based on wishful thinking.

November 16, 2009 | 7 comments
Dreams of revitalization in Belle Haven

Belle Haven residents explain support for Bohannon project.

November 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Touchy debate over polarizing Bohannon project

City's divided history, Bohannon family's Menlo Park ties complicate debate over huge office/hotel project.
City's divided history, Bohannon family's Menlo Park ties complicate debate over huge office/hotel project.
■ Dreams of revitalization in Belle Haven.
■ Perceived benefits a fantasy, critics say.

November 16, 2009 | 8 comments
Recognize anyone here?

This early 1920s photograph shows a group of young adults relaxing at an unknown location in Atherton. The Atherton Heritage Association would like to know more about this group, and invites anyone with information about the photo to call 688-6540. Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

November 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo gains some revenge with Valpo Bowl win

Knights make up for back-to-back losses to SHP last season with satisfying 27-21 victory
Menlo quarterback Danny Diekroeger runs away from Sacred Heart Prep's Sean Joy while scoring one of his two touchdowns on Friday in the seventh annual Valparaiso Bowl. He also threw for two more in a 27-21 victory over the Gators. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

November 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Six-year-old Menlo Park girl dies from injuries in hit-and-run street race

The 6-year-old Menlo Park girl injured in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Willow Road and Bayfront Expressway on Thursday died at 4:05 p.m. today at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the San Mateo County coroner's office reported.

November 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: St. Raymond 'Havana Nights'

Cuban music and mojitos will put guests in a festive mood at "Havana Nights," St. Raymond School's annual auction, to be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Photo: Bob Vanhoy, Draeger's wine specialist, is shown with St. Raymond parents, from left, Deana Berquist, Stacey Anstead and Betsy Tripaldi.

November 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Defense expert: Officer May broke rules

Alvarez was not a suspect; officer had no justified reason for stop, baton strikes
A use-of-force expert for Alberto Alvarez, who is on trial for the murder of East Palo Alto Police Officer Richard May, testified Thursday there was no justifiable reason for May to stop Alvarez on Jan. 7, 2006. Related story: • Alberto Alvarez testifies

November 13, 2009 | 21 comments
Gun battle erupts in East Palo Alto

Shootout wounds two persons, one critically
Twenty-five to 30 shots were fired in a gun battle in East Palo Alto Thursday evening, injuring two men, according to an East Palo Alto detective.

November 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Pitching in for kids in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto

Two foundations coexist to fill unmet needs in impoverished schools
Two foundations have organized to raise support for public school children in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

November 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Police: Sexual assault victim 'very uncooperative'

Police still trying to determine whether victim knew his attackers
The victim of a Nov. 12 sexual assault by two men near the footbridge to Palo Alto at the southern end of Alma Street in Menlo Park is being "very, very uncooperative" with investigators from the Menlo Park Police Department, police said.

November 13, 2009 | 8 comments
Laurel student, 6, dies in hit-and-run crash

The 6-year-old Menlo Park girl who died after a hit-and-run accident Thursday has been identified as Lisa Xaiver, a student at Laurel school in Atherton.
To view pictures of Shannon Fox, whom police are "actively searching for," click here and here. These pictures are from the Menlo Park Police Department.

November 13, 2009 | 15 comments
Tonight: New clothing boutique holds fundraiser

Menlo Park clothing boutique Pink & Harmony will hold an event to benefit cancer victims Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Fleet Feet recognized for 'green' renovation

Tyco, Senior Center, Green Ribbon committee also among environmental award winners.
Six other companies, residents recognized in Menlo Park's annual environmental awards.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Family: Drowned man was a loving son, brother,

Family members of Gabriel Estrada, 21, say his death was not a suicide
The 21-year-old man found dead in a Redwood City swimming pool last week was a loving son and brother who always gave without reserve, family members said.

November 12, 2009 | 2 comments
Community invited to party for Bill Lane

The public is invited to a Sunday, Nov. 22, celebration of the 90th birthday of Bill Lane, Portola Valley's first mayor, the former publisher of Sunset Magazine, and a town benefactor many times over.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Willows burglaries: police on alert; four arrested

One adult, three juveniles arrested after Nov. 10 burglary
Menlo Park police report they are on "heightened alert" following what the police department has characterized as a recent increase in burglaries in the city's Willows neighborhood. Officers tracked down and arrested one adult and three adolescents following a burglary Nov. 10.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
ELECTION RESULTS

Sequoia Union High School District. (Elect two to board.)
Menlo Park Fire Protection District. (Elect three to board.)
Atherton tax measures S & T (Measure S renews town's parcel tax at existing rate. Measure T allows town to raise appropriation limit to spend revenue from tax. Two-thirds' majority required for passage.)
Portola Valley tax measures P, Q & R ((Simple majority required for passage. See story explaining these measures.)
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November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
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November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
InnVision kicks off holiday gift drive

InnVision, which provides services for homeless and at-risk families, including in Menlo Park, has kicked off its drive for donations and volunteers for the holiday season.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Preuss Pharmacy in downtown Menlo Park to close; business sold to Safeway

Preuss Pharmacy, in business in downtown Menlo Park since 1947, will close Nov. 19, owner and chief pharmacist John Celedon announced Wednesday.

November 11, 2009 | 16 comments
Teens get rare inside view of Google, Facebook

Touring Silicon Valley giants is one of several activities for local teens at upcoming Youth Leadership conference this weekend
About 30 teenagers from lower-income families in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto will get a rare insider's look at Silicon Valley giants such as Google and Facebook this Friday, while others will tour NASA Ames and a half-dozen other sites.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bekowies is Cal Pac Player of the Year

Three Lady Oaks are named to the first team; six honored overall
Menlo College middle blocker Deborah Bekowies was named California Pacific Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season as the all-conference team was announced Wednesday.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted in Emerald Hills

A mountain lion sighting was reported in Redwood City's Emerald Hills neighborhood this afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
City joins appeal of 'unfunded mandate'

In a unanimous closed session vote at its Nov. 10 meeting, Menlo Park's City Council opted to join an appeal of new regulations related to storm water pollution that could cost the city $300,000 per year.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park to hold special meeting

The city of Menlo Park has scheduled an additional closed session meeting to discuss negotiations with its non-police employee unions.

November 11, 2009 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Rat trips circuit breaker, leaves The Sequoias without power for 26 hours

Rat trips main circuit breaker; electrician delayed for hours in Oakland
A tenacious Portola Valley rat, now deceased, shut down electrical service at The Sequoias retirement community on the morning of Monday, Nov. 9, when it managed to get into a rodent-proofed electrical facility on the grounds and place itself across the main circuit breaker.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
House-flipping: Not for the weak-willed

Slow real-estate market dampens zeal for fixer-uppers
Slow real-estate market dampens zeal for fixer-uppers

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Tennis: Competition heats up in second round of CCS

Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo and M-A tennis teams will take to the courts
The Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton girls' tennis teams both won league titles with unbeaten records this season. The Knights took the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with a 10-0 mark while the Bears captured the PAL Bay Division with a 12-0 effort. The Central Coast Section team tournament won't be so easy.
Photo: Sacred Heart Prep freshman Alyssa Kohrs helped the Gators advance to the second round of the CCS Team Tournament with a straight-set victory in a 5-2 win over Scotts Valley on Tuesday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park asks for underground rail system

After some wrangling, Menlo Park's City Council approved the text of a letter to the High-Speed Rail Authority at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, stating the city's preference for the high-speed rail to run below ground.

November 11, 2009 | 33 comments
Counties getting bigger doses of H1N1 vaccine

State to increase supply of vaccinations due to underserving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties in past shipments
San Mateo and Santa Clara counties are about to get larger doses of H1N1 vaccines because they have so far come up short in state allocations.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
There's more than meets the eye in Woodside Community Theatre's production of 'Fiddler'

If done right, a theatrical production, such as the current Woodside Community Theatre production of "Fiddler on the Roof," appears effortless. The actors move seamlessly from scene to scene; the stage sets change without being noticed; the orchestra, hidden, is a pleasant backdrop. Photo: Part of the cast of 50 ready to take their bows. Photo by Barbara Wood.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Six military members to be naturalized at Veterans Day ceremony in Redwood City

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will naturalize six military members today (Nov. 11) as part of the city of Redwood City's observance of Veterans Day, a spokeswoman said.

November 11, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A football lights: a permanent fixture?

Success of first night game provides a push to brighten the Bears' football future
The temporary lights brought in by Menlo-Atherton High for last week's M-A vs. Sacred Heart Prep football game proved so popular that there is an aggressive push taking place to make the lights a permanent fixture.

November 10, 2009 | 4 comments
Menlo Park plans to channel some blight-eradication funds to 'economic breadbasket'

In what city officials have described as a shift in emphasis, Menlo Park plans to devote a chunk of its redevelopment funds over the next five years to strengthening business in a key revenue-generating area.
Hope, frustration for Belle Haven residents.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Hope, frustration for Belle Haven residents

Residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood have offered plenty of suggestions for what the city could do to help the community as part of the five-year redevelopment area plan the City Council will take up at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton Library needs your help

The San Mateo County Library is leading an effort to understand the current and future needs of the Atherton Library.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
White House nominates Portola Valley resident Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe to U.N. ambassadorship

She would be official U.S. voice at human rights council.
The White House on Monday, Nov. 9, announced the nomination of Portola Valley resident Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe to the post of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

November 10, 2009 | 14 comments
Prep teams gear up for CCS playoff openers

girls' tennis, volleyball plus water polo gets under way
The second season begins this week in fall high school sports. For some, it's another opportunity to improve upon an already successful season. For others, it's another chance to make up for some disappointments in this or past seasons. Those opportunities get under way in girls' tennis and volleyball, plus boys' and girls' water polo.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council revisits open space definition and field use fees

The Portola Valley Town Council revisits two topics Wednesday (Nov. 11) that have generated discussion and some disagreement during previous council meetings.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Police calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
John Richards elected to Portola Valley council

John Richards, an architect and Portola Valley native, will take a seat on the Town Council on Dec. 9. Councilman Richard Merk did not run for re-election and is stepping down after some 30 years of volunteering for the town.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Anne Kasten joins the Woodside Town Council

Anne Kasten, the newest member of the Woodside Town Council and a current member of the Architecture & Site Review Board, will assume the seat of retiring Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges starting with the Dec. 8 meeting.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Campaigning ends, governing begins

Three months of campaigning are over for high school district board candidates Chris Thomsen and Alan Sarver. Ahead of them: four years of governing and representing a constituency of some 120,000 registered voters.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Big plans for Ford Field in Portola Valley, but no funds

The town of Portola Valley has about enough money to complete a study of how to improve the baseball diamond and social amenities at Ford Field, but no funds in the budget to bring the plans to fruition.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley voters renew utility taxes

The different percentages by which majorities of Portola Valley voters renewed the three measures related to the utility users tax show a correlation with recommendations from the tax's opponents.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: New Menlo Park officers to be sworn in

Menlo Park will celebrate the hiring and promotions of several new police officers at a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 17.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dramatic rebound in MP child care revenue

Revenue for a threatened city-run child care program is way up, according to a recent report.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A Vikings wrap up Pop Warner season

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings football teams ended their season in the second week of the Peninsula Pop Warner conference playoffs, held Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Salina Sports Complex.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Lt. Mike Guerra named Atherton's next police chief by city manager

Atherton police Lt. Mike Guerra (picture) has been appointed the town's next police chief. He's set to take over on Nov. 29, the day after Chief Glenn Nielsen retires, said City Manager Jerry Gruber. News of Chief Nielsen's decision to retire became public late last week. He's served as police chief for a little more than a year, but his history with the department stretches back nearly 35 years.

November 9, 2009 | 12 comments
Police arrest man found in Atherton backyard

Responding to a resident's report of a burglar at an Atherton home in the 100 block of Heather Drive, police captured a man on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 5, as he was climbing over a fence behind some bushes in the backyard.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Ira Ruskin calls 'town hall' meeting

State Assemblyman Ira Ruskin will hold a "town hall" meeting with constituents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Redwood City council chambers, 1017 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park starts discussion on housing project in Belle Haven neighborhood

Discussion about a potential housing project along Hamilton Avenue in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood will get under way at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Power out in Portola Valley

An electrical power outage in Portola Valley has affected some homes and businesses along Portola Road from about Old La Honda Road at the border with Woodside to Grove Drive near the Woodside Priory.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Water polo playoffs: SHP, Menlo boys join M-A girls as champs

Gators and Knights use solid defenses for playoff titles while Bears roll behind a big offense
The Central Coast Section water polo playoffs get under way this week and there should be little surprise to who the top-seeded teams will be following a handful of league tournaments that wrapped up on Saturday. Photo: Menlo junior John Holland-McCowa. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

November 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Terra Nova defeats M-A to clinch division title

The Bears had their best statistical game of the season, but it still didn't matter as the host Tigers kept M-A winless in PAL Bay Division action on Friday night in Pacifica.

November 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo fights back, defeats Carlmont, 42-35

The Knights kept their CCS playoff hopes alive with a wild triumph over visiting Carlmont to close the PAL Ocean Division season on Friday afternoon.

November 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep overpowers Aragon, 35-12

With senior Matt Walter rushing for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, the host Gators rolled over Aragon, 35-12, in a PAL Bay Division finale on Friday afternoon.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

November 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Body found in covered pool identified

The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified the body found decomposing in a covered public swimming pool in Redwood City Thursday.

November 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Police tie incident at BBC with 7-11 robbery

Menlo Park police arrested three men on Thursday, Nov. 5, in connection with a bottle-throwing incident at the British Bankers Club night club on El Camino Real, and a later robbery at the nearby 7-11 convenience store at Alma Street and Oak Grove Avenue.

November 7, 2009 | 6 comments
Samaritan House begins holiday drive early

Nonprofit reports a 30 percent increase in service requests
A San Mateo nonprofit is beginning its holiday food and toy drives early this year in anticipation of what will likely be the busiest holiday season it has ever experienced.

November 7, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A invites community to first play in new theater

Menlo-Atherton High School International Thespians will present its first production in the school's recently opened performing arts center. Opening night for the "Rimers of Eldritch" is Thursday, Nov. 12.

November 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Pedestrians killed on Caltrain tracks

A man was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Redwood City on Friday evening, the second fatality on Caltrain tracks Friday, a spokeswoman said.

November 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Community comes together for 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Broadway favorite, "Fiddler on the Roof," is on stage in Woodside this weekend and next as the Woodside Community Theatre presents its annual production.
It truly takes a village to put on 'Fiddler'

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park teacher dies at 81

Irene Martha Johnson of Oak Park Heights, Minnesota, who taught in the primary grades at Oak Knoll School in the Menlo Park School District from 1961 to 1995, died Sept. 16. She was 81.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing on master plan for La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve

The public is invited to a hearing on Thursday, Nov. 12, to comment on a 30-year master plan being considered for the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, which includes a working ranch, grasslands and forests near the town of La Honda and a part of the Midpeninsula Open Space District.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Portola Valley holds R&B dance

Tickets are still available for a rhythm-and-blues dance under the stars in Portola Valley from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 14.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Voters got message in Woodside Elementary board race

It was a race two of the five candidates didn't want to win. And they didn't.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Friday: 'Baubles, Bangles and Bags' benefit

More than 100 new, vintage, designer and celebrity handbags will be featured at the Peninsula Volunteers' fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton police chief to retire

Atherton police Chief Glenn Nielsen will be retiring on Nov. 28. While his tenure as chief was relatively short, his history with the department stretches back nearly 35 years. He became an officer in 1980 and rose through the ranks, holding numerous positions, including field training officer, school resource officer, sergeant and lieutenant.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park baker wins $10K in Cake Challenge

BethAnn Goldberg, who bakes amazing cakes in her Studio Cake shop in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, whipped up an especially spectacular creation for the Food Network's Cake Challenge — and took home $10,000 in cash for her efforts.

November 6, 2009 | 2 comments
Body found in covered pool in Hoover Park

A decomposing body was found Thursday in a Redwood City public swimming pool that had been covered since July, police said.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Prep football teams in running for playoff berths

This we know for sure: The Sacred Heart Prep football team has qualified for the Central Coast Section playoffs for a second straight season. This is what we also know: Palo Alto is all but a lock for yet another appearance in the postseason. For Gunn, its first return to the CCS playoffs since 2002 is probable. For Menlo, the Knights certainly are on the bubble. With the 2009 high school football regular season winding down, a lot still can happen starting this weekend.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
This morning: Event on bullet train outreach

Expert in 'context sensitive solutions' to explain ways for community to get involved in process
Peninsula residents concerned about California's proposed high-speed-rail system will have an opportunity Friday (Nov. 6) to learn how they can help shape the controversial, $45 billion project.

November 5, 2009 | 1 comment
Bill Lane turns 90 and is still going strong

Former Sunset publisher, philanthropist, and Portola Valley town father, Bill Lane is still active in good causes, from the local to the international. As he turns 90 on Saturday (Nov. 7), family, friends and admirers are taking stock of his many achievements and contributions. Portola Valley is planning a big birthday party for him on Sunday, Nov. 22.

November 5, 2009 | 1 comment
Vikings triumph in first week of playoffs

Menlo-Atherton Vikings football teams were victorious in the first week of the Peninsula Pop Warner conference playoffs, held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Torres, Mitchell named Players of the Week

Menlo College soccer players honored by the Cal Pac Conference
Both the Menlo College women's and men's soccer teams had a player named as Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week. Amanda Torres was named Offensive Player of the Week and Dominic Mitchell (picture) earned the conference's Defensive Player of the Week award.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Missing Menlo Park man is found

Paul McAdoo, an 86-year-old Menlo Park man who has been missing for nearly three weeks, was located at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 4) in Daly City, Menlo Park police reported.

November 4, 2009 | 2 comments
Obituary: Elisabeth Ullman Wills: Hostess, chef, teacher, activist, longtime Portola Valley resident

Elisabeth Ullman "Babette" Wills died peacefully on Oct. 19 at the age of 97. Ms. Wills was a longtime resident of Portola Valley, living in a hand-built house called Willy Nilly.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: William Halford Jr.

A celebration of the life of William Wilson Halford Jr. was held Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Mr. Halford, a resident of Atherton and Palm Springs and an investment banker, died Oct. 23 after a short battle with lymphoma. He was 78.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
County sees 26 percent voter turnout

Far more cast ballots by mail than at voting places
Voter turnout in San Mateo County was low on Tuesday, but election officials said Wednesday that the lack of voters was to be expected for such a small election.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo settles volleyball race with upset victory

Knights make the most of Senior Night to upend rival Sacred Heart Prep
Beating a rival is always good. Denying them a shot at a championship is even better. The Menlo School girls' volleyball team accomplished both on Tuesday night with a five-game victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton parcel tax renewal wins handily

Atherton's parcel tax renewal, Measure S, won a resounding victory, passing 1,104 votes to 319. Measure S, and its companion Measure T, give the town a four-year extension of the current parcel tax that costs most homeowners $750 a year.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Monday: Ladera meditation group

A Ladera meditation group, called Ladera Sunday Morning Mindfulness Meditation Sangha, will hold a free introduction to its program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at a home in Ladera.

November 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Broadcast Legends return to The Sequoias

The Broadcast Legends, an organization of broadcast veterans, will present the "Golden Memories of Radio" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Hanson Hall at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

November 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Native sons in Yukon gold rush

Chris Goode of Menlo Park will discuss his book, "Sourdoughs at Seventy Miles: California Native Sons in the Yukon Gold," at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley tax measures pass

Voters approved measures Tuesday to renew utility users' taxes in Portola Valley.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district fire board: Ianson, Nelson win; Nachtsheim likely to take third seat

Semi-official results reported by the county elections office in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board race show a clear victory for incumbent Rex Ianson and challenger Jack Nelson, with challenger Stephen Nachtsheim the likely winner of the third seat on the five-member board.

November 3, 2009 | 12 comments
Sequoia school board: Thomsen, Sarver win

Chris Thomsen and Alan Sarver won the election Tuesday for two seats on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 3, 2009 | 23 comments
ELECTION RESULTS

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Sequoia Union High School District.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: Joyce Carol Oates

Author Joyce Carol Oates will talk about her book, "Little Bird of Heaven," about the aftermath of the murder of a young mother, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Voter's ritual

Menlo Park resident Mary Calderwood-Working casts her votes today via eSlate at the First Baptist Church on Middle Ave in Menlo Park. The church hosts three precincts. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Firefighter group reports election spending

The Menlo Park firefighters' political action group that endorsed three candidates for three open seats on the local fire board spent $18,316 in support of those candidates in the period ending Oct. 17, according to documents filed Monday afternoon, Nov. 2.

November 3, 2009 | 21 comments
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Two students expelled in drug incident

Two students were expelled from Sacred Heart Preparatory for using marijuana, but there was no drug bust on the private Catholic school's Atherton campus, a spokeswoman for the school said.

November 3, 2009 | 31 comments
Chefs for a night

Will prepare great meal for money: Woodside High staff
Put Woodside High School staff members in kitchen. Add salmon, chicken, vegetables, bread, cheeses, things like that. Go away for appropriate interval. Return. Enjoy great meal.

November 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside council reaffirms location for equine statue on Village Hill

In a unanimous vote, the Woodside Town Council gave the final go-ahead to install a bronze statue of a mare and foal on Village Hill along Woodside Road across the street from the Village Pub restaurant.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Drug agents raid two homes in East Palo Atlo

State narcotics agents and local authorities raided two houses containing dozens of people in East Palo Alto this morning, arresting one person and seizing drugs and a gun.

November 3, 2009 | 3 comments
M-A girls topple top seeds, win NorCal polo title

Bears (23-1) beat Monte Vista and Campolindo to capture prestigious crown
The only blemish on the Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo schedule this season is a loss to Davis in the third match of the season. That's it. Otherwise, the Bears have been downright perfect with a 23-1 record.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Flu vaccine shortages

The vaccine for H1N1 flu is in short supply, but even seasonal flu vaccine has been running out in San Mateo County. In this picture, staff at a Kaiser Permanente flu clinic in Redwood City explain to a member on Thursday, Oct. 29, that supplies of both types of flu shots had run out. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

November 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Fundraiser for Christian college in Bethlehem

Martha Meyer of Atherton is chairman of a fundraising Middle Eastern dinner to be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, to raise money for Dar al Kalima College in Bethlehem.

November 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Sudden oak death test results are in

Last April, residents of Portola Valley and Woodside went out and collected samples to test for sudden oak death (SOD), and gave them to scientists from the University of California at Berkeley.

November 2, 2009 | 2 comments
Short Takes

Dusting off scrapbooks in Woodside, toasting the Internet in Menlo Park, and contemplating the library in Atherton.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Raising chickens: A few tips

Interested in raising chickens in your backyard? Here are a few words of wisdom from other local people who do it, and some tips on where and how to get started.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Your own backyard

As raising chickens returns to vogue, local people forge a new relationship with key food source
As raising chickens returns to vogue, local people forge a new relationship with key food source. Picture: Theo Freidenrich, right, mixes bird feed as his sisters Beverly (center) and Sylvia (left) coax the chickens out of their coop in the family's yard in Woodside. Photo by Michelle Le.
Raising chickens: A few tips.

November 5, 2009 | 3 comments
Sunday: Meet the mayor at farmers' market

Menlo Park Mayor Heyward Robinson plans to hold an informal "meet the mayor" event at the Menlo Park Farmers' Market on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. The market is in the parking lot next to Trader Joe's.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Thursday: George Shultz at St. Bede's

Former Secretary of State George Shultz will lead a discussion at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. The topic: his advocacy for a world free of nuclear weapons.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
What public benefits from Bohannon project?

What would it take for Menlo Park's City Council to approve one of the largest single land development projects in the city's history? The council will begin the discussion at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Johns lawsuit gets go-ahead from judge

The ongoing legal battle between the town of Atherton and its former finance director, John Johns, got the go-ahead from a judge Oct. 27.

November 3, 2009 | 7 comments
City revenues fell faster than expected

City of Menlo Park revenues have sloughed off during the economic recession even more than initially anticipated, a recent budget report revealed.

November 3, 2009 | 16 comments
Atherton fire causes fuel tanks to explode

Residents of an Atherton neighborhood awoke to the sound of an explosion Monday morning, Nov. 2. Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm fire on Lloyden Drive that caused several fuel tanks to explode, Menlo Park fire officials said.

November 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Piano teacher walks after judge dismisses retrial

Menlo Park family would not revisit child molestation case, prosecutors say
Piano teacher Boping Chen, 59, whose March 2006 conviction on child molestation charges involving an 8-year-old Menlo Park girl had been overturned on appeal, got a reprieve of sorts on Monday, Nov. 2, when a San Mateo County judge dismissed a retrial of his case.

November 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton fire causes fuel tanks to explode

Residents of an Atherton neighborhood awoke to the sound of an explosion Monday morning, Nov. 2. Firefighters quickly extinguished a one-alarm fire on Lloyden Drive that caused several fuel tanks to explode, Menlo Park fire officials said.

November 2, 2009 | 7 comments
Bay Bridge reopens after five-day closure

First cars allowed back onto bridge shortyl before 9 a.m. Monday
The California Department of Transportation reopened the Bay Bridge this morning, nearly one week after the bridge was shut down when a repair failed and sent debris falling onto the upper deck.

November 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man, 29, killed in motorcycle crash

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office today identified a motorcyclist who died after crashing on state Highway 84 near La Honda on Sunday morning as 29-year-old Sundararajan Venkatesh of Menlo Park.

November 1, 2009 | No comments yet
No estimated time when Bay Bridge will reopen

Bay Area drivers should plan alternate routes for the Monday morning commute with still no estimated time for when the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will reopen, a California Department of Transportation spokesman said Sunday.

November 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Season of bans on wood burning begins

Nov. 1 marks the beginning of a four-month period when burning wood will be outlawed on days when weather conditions are expected to cause air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

November 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College wins third straight football game Saturday at home

Cruz Castillo threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns as the Menlo College football team downed visiting Lewis & Clark, 26-14, in a Northwest Conference contest Saturday. Kenny Cavness caught five passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns as the Oaks (3-1, 4-4) won their third straight for the first time in six years. Photo: Beau Bussani had 13 tackles and two interceptions.

October 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Election night gathering at the Rotunda

Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum is hosting an election night gathering for those interested in following the returns on Tuesday (Nov. 3) at the Rotunda at 555 County Center (corner of Middlefield Road and Bradford Street) in Redwood City.

October 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Draeger's calls meeting of Gluten-Free Club

Draeger's Markets has announced that the third meeting of the Draeger's Gluten-Free Club will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Danville store at 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle.

October 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo beats first-place Burlingame, 21-14

Danny Diekroger completed 19 of 27 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Menlo School football team to a big 21-14 victory over first-place Burlingame on in a PAL Ocean Division football game on Friday night.

October 31, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP beats Bears to clinch a CCS playoff berth

Gators roll to a 48-14 victory in first-ever football meeting between the schools
Menlo-Atherton turned the lights on its football field for the first time Friday night. Sacred Heart Prep turned off the lights for the Bears in a flash.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

October 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Janet Bell & Associates wins business award

Janet Bell & Associates, a landscape design and construction firm owned by local businesswoman Janet Bell, has been named the woman-owned business of the year in Menlo Park by the Women's Initiative for Self Employment.

October 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Solo exhibit by artist Adele Seltzer

A solo exhibit of recent paintings, sculptures and monotypes by Portola Valley artist Adele Seltzer is on display through Nov. 30 at Bryant Street Gallery in Palo Alto. Picture: "Spirals #16," mixed media acrylic on canvas, is among the works by Adele Seltzer in the exhibit.

November 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Firefighter group yet to divulge spending on campaign endorsement effort

Spending report on effort supporting three fire board candidates more than a week overdue
Scores of union-sponsored campaign endorsement signs are visible all over the local landscape, but the state-mandated campaign spending report stating how much has been spent by the local firefighters' association on the signs -- and mailers, advertisements and "robocalls" -- in support of three candidates for the fire board is nowhere to be seen more than one week after it was due.

October 30, 2009 | 44 comments
Atherton parcel tax campaign raises $10,000

Supporters of Measures S and T, a renewal of the Atherton parcel tax on the Nov. 3 ballot, raised more than $10,000 as of Oct. 17. With the addition of Councilman James Dobbie, the financial supporters now include all five members of the City Council.

October 30, 2009 | 3 comments
Sacred Heart Prep students expelled for 'marijuana-related activities,' official says

Two students have been expelled from Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton for "marijuana-related activities," a school official said in a statement released Friday (Oct. 30).

October 30, 2009 | 21 comments
Police: Be on lookout for missing man

Police are searching for Menlo Park resident Paul McAdoo, 86, who has been reported missing and was last seen at 8 a.m. on Oct. 16 in the vicinity of his residence in the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue in the Belle Haven neighborhood. Mr. McAdoo suffers from dementia.

October 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Big drug bust at Sacred Heart Prep? It's news to Atherton police

While they've heard the rumors, Atherton police said they don't know of any major drug bust occurring at Sacred Heart Preparatory this week. Atherton police Sgt. Kristin Nichols said she's been fielding calls from the community asking about an alleged bust at the private school. "I have no idea what they're talking about," she said.

October 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Sen. Yee proposes 'opt-in' phone books

Piles of unwanted phone books littered throughout the Bay Area and the state could soon be reduced under legislation proposed Thursday by state Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside.

October 30, 2009 | 4 comments
Former Menlo College baseball star to coach at Sacramento State in 2011

Fulp-Allen ranked first in her her wrestling weight division
Menlo College grad Reggie Christiansen will succeed long-time Sacramento State baseball coach John Smith, who announced his retirement following the 2010 season after 32 years. Christiansen is in his second season with the Oaks Corner: Hornets, and his first as associate head coach. He had been at South Dakota State the previous four years, overseeing the school's transition to Division I from Division II. The Jackrabbits were 34-19 in his final year.

October 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Internet birthday a local affair

An SRI computer was at one end and a UCLA computer at the other in the first attempt, forty years ago today, to log in to a computer from a remote site. Now, Oct. 29 is thought of as the official birthday of the Internet.

October 29, 2009 | 1 comment
H1N1 vaccine trickles into county

Nine thousand doses of the H1N1 vaccine were delivered to San Mateo County on Tuesday but the county still needs thousands more, a health department spokeswoman said today.

October 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton library study seeks opinions

Do you patronize the Atherton library? If so, the library staff wants to hear your opinion. A needs-assessment survey is underway for the branch library at 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane

October 29, 2009 | No comments yet
November 2010 election could include vote on state constitutional convention

A group advocating an overhaul of the state constitution submitted ballot language in Sacramento Wednesday (Oct. 28) that would allow Californians to vote on a constitutional convention next year.

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Be seen on Halloween

Atherton police officers are doing their part to make sure little trick-or-treaters stand out in a crowd on Halloween. They're giving away glow necklaces.

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: State superintendent at education town hall

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell will participate in an education town hall with Assemblyman Jerry Hill at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo tonight (Oct. 28).

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Latest from Ad Libs: Sing me a cimbalom

It wasn't your everyday orchestra moment at the Palo Alto Philharmonic on Saturday: In the middle of a concert, somebody brings out a cimbalom.

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tim Brady named to board of Woodland School

Tim Brady of Portola Valley is the newest member of Woodland School's board of director. Mr. Brady is the CEO of Questbridge, an Internet-based nonprofit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students with top colleges and universities.

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
George Baier of Troop 64 achieves Eagle Scout rank at age 12

George Baier of Troop 64 in Portola Valley was recently honored at a Court of Honor for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He was 12 when he passed his Eagle Board of Review last November, appearing to be one of the youngest scouts in the organization's 100-year history to receive the honor, according to the Troop 64 parents' committee.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
'There Oughta Be A Law' contest extended

State Sen. Joe Simitian extends deadline for legislation contest to Nov. 15
Californians have more time to develop and submit ideas for new state legislation after State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, extended the deadline for his ninth annual "There Oughta Be A Law" contest to Sunday, Nov. 15.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Military veterans to be honored on USS Hornet

American veterans will be honored during a public ceremony on the historic aircraft carrier USS Hornet in Alameda on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m.

November 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Elections 2009: View candidate forums online

Too busy to make it to the candidate forums for the two hot local races -- for the boards of the Sequoia Union High School District and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District? You can view the forums online.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Witness describes an aggressive Alvarez

Woman describes how Officer Richard May backed up as Alberto Alvarez moved toward him
Alberto Alvarez moved aggressively forward while East Palo Alto Police Officer Richard May retreated in the seconds before Alvarez fatally shot May, a witness said Tuesday morning in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Attorneys probe 'Who shot first?' in May case

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: M-A Big Band Dance

This is final year under direction of Frank Moura
The 26th annual Menlo-Atherton Big Band Dance is this Friday evening, Oct. 30, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in Ayer's Gymnasium on the M-A High campus. It's open to the public. This is the final year the band will be under the direction of Frank Moura.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Docent-led hikes on open space preserves

Volunteers docents lead free outdoor hikes and other activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Photo: The Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Photo by Karl Gohl.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Crime report: residential burglaries, etc.

Stolen vehicles in Menlo Park, swiped street signs in Woodside and injuries in Atherton after vehicle lands in creek. The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Goats and chickens have left Woodside

The little Woodside "farm" known as Goat Hill at the corner of Hacienda Drive and Woodside Road is still producing eggs and goat milk, but not at that address.

October 27, 2009 | 2 comments
How much the high school district candidates have raised

Three candidates for the board of the Sequoia Union High School District have five-figure fundraising totals, according to campaign finance statements filed with the county Elections Office.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Producing documentaries in Menlo Park

Tucked away on Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park, surrounded by medical buildings, is the office of a bona fide television production company.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
'Botany of Desire': Plants, as you've rarely seen them

Menlo Park filmmaker takes the plants' perspective in bringing Michael Pollan's "The Botany of Desire" to the small screen.
Producing documentaries in Menlo Park

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Voters have choice of change or continuity in Sequoia high school district election

Will there be a marked change of tone in decisions from the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District over the next two years? It may depend on which candidates voters choose to replace two outgoing trustees.
How much the high school district candidates have raised.

October 27, 2009 | 6 comments
Tonight: Where should Woodside put equine statue?

Also on agenda: What is a new building?
The question of exactly where on Woodside's Village Hill will be the future home of a bronze statue of a mare and her foal comes before the Town Council as the first item of new business at the Tuesday, Oct. 27, meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at Independence Hall.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Weather forecast: windy today

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be mostly sunny and very windy today (Oct. 27). High temperatures in the lower 60s to lower 70s and northwest winds of 10 to 30 mph are anticipated. Local gusts of up to 45 and 50 mph are predicted in some areas.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Memorial service for William Dickens, 17

Services have been set in Menlo Park at 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 1) for William Dickens, a 17-year-old Stanford resident and Gunn High School junior who died Oct. 19 at the Caltrain crossing at West Meadow Drive.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Local teen deaths topic of KQED Forum today

Philippe Rey of Adolescent Counseling Service will be one of the panelists
Philippe Rey, executive director of the Adolescent Counseling Service, will discuss factors contributing to adolescent depression and suicide as part of a panel Tuesday morning on KQED's Forum program, broadcast throughout Northern California. It will be aired at 9 a.m. on KQED, 88.5 FM.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls defend Peninsula Athletic League regular-season water polo title

Bears (18-1) haven't lost since September 12 after toppling Castilleja, 9-1
It was Senior Day for the Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo team on Monday. That in itself is plenty of motivation to win. But, the Bears had a lot of other things at stake, as well.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Service reductions announced at state parks

The California Department of Parks and Recreation on Monday announced that in just a few days, parks across the state will reduce service and adopt other cost-saving measures in order to meet budget cuts.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Black cats available for adoption this week

Although some animal shelters avoid black cat adoptions just before Halloween, the Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA in San Mateo will continue searching for homes for its 22 black cats this week.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Vikings Pop Warner football report: week 8

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league played their final games of the regular season on Oct. 25-25 at Menlo-Atherton High School. The opponent was the West Bay Rams of Cappuccino High School.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Esther Irene Hemm

Retired seamstress and sales associate
Esther Irene Hemm died Oct. 14 in Redwood City at the age of 83. After moving to California in 1987, she lived in Menlo Park before moving to Redwood City.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Keith George Coblentz

Property manager
A celebration of the life of Keith George Coblentz will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park. Mr. Coblentz died Oct. 6 at his Lake Tahoe vacation home. He was 54. Mr. Coblentz was born in Santa Monica and moved to Australia with his family when he was an infant. The family later settled in Menlo Park, where he attended Menlo-Atherton High School and Canada College.

October 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Helen Jensen

Retired special education teacher
Services will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, for Helen Jensen of Ladera, who died peacefully at Stanford Medical Center on Oct. 18. She was 75. The services start at 2 p.m. at Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road. She was a retired special education teacher. An avid horsewoman until back problems forced her to give up riding, she was a longtime member of the Woodside Trail Club and enjoyed riding the Portola Valley and Woodside trails.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Thursday: Training fair aims to help job-seekers

A training resource fair will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at 555 Marshall St. in Redwood City. The event is hosted by PeninsulaWorks, the career centers operated by San Mateo County Human Services Agency.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Halloween hoopla in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's annual Halloween costume parade will take place at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Trick-or-treating starts at 1 p.m.

October 28, 2009 | No comments yet
St. Raymond School wins trivia contest

Students at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park won this year's annual trivia contest and scavenger hunt sponsored by Serra High School in San Mateo.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Harvest Fest at Allied Arts Guild

Bratwurst, beer and holiday crafts will be featured at the Allied Arts Guild's first Harvest Fest on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new event is taking the place of Pumpkin Day and Creative Arts Day.

October 28, 2009 | 4 comments
Tonight: Redesign of Ford Field on agenda

The Portola Valley Town Council will hear a presentation Wednesday (Oct. 28) on a redesign of the facilities surrounding the baseball diamond at Ford Field at the corner of Alpine Road and Westridge Drive.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Say what?

Menlo Park council members go to great rhetorical lengths to reassure business interests that they will have a say in crafting plans for the downtown area.

October 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Reconsiderations, accusations, recriminations, insinuations ... just another council meeting

In a Menlo Park City Council term that has enjoyed its share of strange, puzzling, and temperamental behavior by council members, the Oct. 20 meeting might have taken the cake in terms of entertainment value.
■ ... Say what?

October 26, 2009 | 22 comments
City Council's decisions on development projects underscore need for green policy

Menlo Park council has been inconsistent in setting
Menlo Park's City Council has been inconsistent in setting "green" requirements for recent development projects.

October 27, 2009 | 7 comments
Banning smoking in apartments, condos?

Should Menlo Park ban smoking in apartment and condominium units? In parks and gardens? Everywhere within city limits? Those are some of the questions Menlo Park's City Council will take up in a study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.

October 26, 2009 | 12 comments
Thursday: USGS talk on science, tradition

The U.S. Geological Survey, together with Coast Salish Peoples, blend science and tradition to sample Puget Sound water quality along ancestral canoe routes to balance needs of coastal ecosystems and human livelihood.

October 25, 2009 | No comments yet
New conference room at Allied Arts Guild

Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park has opened a conference room designed for executive meetings.

October 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Cadet completes basic training at West Point

Cadet Matthew Fitzgerald, son of Sarah and Cliff of Menlo Park, has completed six weeks of cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

October 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Training for environmental volunteers

The Environmental Volunteers organization is looking for adults who would like to help school children gain an appreciation for the great outdoors. A training program begins Monday, Oct. 26.

October 25, 2009 | No comments yet
County cancels its seasonal flu vaccine clinics

The San Mateo County Health System has canceled the remainder of its temporary clinics offering vaccines for seasonal flu.

October 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College rallies for Northwest football win over Whitworth, 14-10

Bell's fourth quarter touchdown lifts Oaks to 14-10 win over host Whitworth
Payton Bell (photo) scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the middle of the fourth quarter to lift the Menlo College football team to a 14-10 victory over host Whitworth on Saturday in a Northwest Conference contest in Spokane. Nolon Doss intercepted a fourth-down pass in Menlo territory to halt a late Whitworth drive.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Football: M-A Bears fall to Aragon Dons, 34-7

Despite having just one win going into Friday's game against visiting Aragon, Menlo-Atherton still controlled its postseason destiny.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School wins wild one in San Mateo, 42-34

With senior quarterback Danny Diekroeger throwing for a career-high 450 yards and five touchdowns on 28 of 49 completions, Menlo School kept its slim playoff hopes alive with its exciting 42-34 PAL Ocean Division victory at San Mateo on Friday afternoon.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Football: Sacred Heart Prep wins big in upset

In a showdown between two of the top running teams in the PAL Bay Division, Sacred Heart Prep upset league-favorite King's Academy, 42-17, Friday night in Sunnyvale as two Gators combined for over 400 rushing yards.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside's Village Pub rates Michelin star

The Village Pub in Woodside is one of 34 restaurants in the Bay Area to receive one star from Michelin's 2010 San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Guide.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
ELECTION RESULTS

Sequoia Union High School District. (Elect two to board.)
Menlo Park Fire Protection District. (Elect three to board.)
Atherton tax measures S & T (Measure S renews town's parcel tax at existing rate. Measure T allows town to raise appropriation limit to spend revenue from tax. Two-thirds' majority required for passage.)
Portola Valley tax measures P, Q & R ((Simple majority required for passage. See story explaining these measures.)
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October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Looks like a great weekend

The San Francisco Bay Area is expected to be sunny today with some areas of low clouds and patchy fog in the morning. High temperatures in the mid 60s to lower 80s and northwest winds of 5 to 20 mph are anticipated.
Check conditions, forecasts in Almanac country.

October 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo volleyball grads are keeping busy

Four of six starters from last season have adjusted well to college game
Four of the six members of the Menlo School class of 2009 have made a seamless adjustment to collegiate volleyball after helping the Knights capture three consecutive CCS championships.

October 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Thursday: Parent presentation focuses on Woodside's middle school program

Parents of fourth- and fifth-graders living in the Woodside Elementary School District are invited to attend a Thursday, Oct. 29, presentation on the district's middle school program.

October 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Author Barbara Ehrenreich says get real

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America," will discuss her new book on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

October 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Artistry in Fashion in Woodside

Some 60 professional designers will show and sell clothing, jewelry and accessories Monday, Oct. 26, at "Artistry in Fashion" at Canada College in Woodside.

October 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: 'Paint Allied Arts'

The second annual plein air "Paint Out" and exhibit by artists of the Portola Art Gallery will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the gardens of Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. This painting, "Allied Staircase," is by Julia Munger Seelos, one of the artists taking part in the event.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Bill Lane remembers Sunset magazine

The Museum of American Heritage will present "Bill Lane remembers Sunset," an evening with Bill Lane of Portola Valley, former publisher of Sunset magazine, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the museum.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Guest opinion against Portola Valley tax

This guest opinion was submitted by Ed Wells, a Portola Valley resident, the town's first treasurer, and a municipal finance consultant.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Guest opinion for Portola Valley tax

This guest opinion is by Portola Valley Councilman Steve Toben.
On a quiet autumn evening in Portola Valley, it's easy to think that our town is immune from the financial turbulence that is roiling cities up and down the state.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Election: names on ballots, but no contests

Both Woodside and Portola Valley will have one new member each on the respective town councils after the Nov. 3 election, but the new members will not have had to make a contest of it.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Prep football teams at the crossroads

We've come to that juncture in the high school football season known as the crossroads, where it's time to go in one direction or another.
Latest prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

October 22, 2009 | 3 comments
Tonight: Aiding mental health services in schools

In a bid to broaden free K-12 mental health services offered at schools such as Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools and La Entrada Middle School, Liz Schoeben, the former head therapist at M-A, is giving a presentation at an Atherton home on Friday evening, Oct. 23.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Nov. 6 deadline to apply for school board seat

Residents of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District who are interested in filling the board seat left vacant by the Oct. 5 resignation of David Bailard have until Friday, Nov. 6, to submit an application.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Cafe Zoe hosts 'meet and greet'

Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park will host a "meet and greet" event for candidates seeking a seat on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., according to cafe owner Kathleen Daly.

October 22, 2009 | 3 comments
Murder convict found suitable for parole

A 48-year-old man convicted of murder in 1985 in San Mateo County Superior Court for helping kill another man to prevent him from testifying in a $3 million computer chip theft case was found suitable for parole Wednesday.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton City Manager Jerry Gruber wins 10 percent pay raise

Jerry Gruber, Atherton's city manager, has been on the job fewer than two years, but clearly, he's won the whole-hearted support of the City Council. He is getting a 10-percent raise, bringing his annual salary up to $160,000.

October 22, 2009 | 22 comments
Three candidates remain willing to serve

Two withdraw from race, although their names will be on the ballot
There will be five names on the ballot for three seats on the Woodside Elementary School board, but two candidates have sent out urgent messages to the public since late August: "Please don't vote for me."

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Foundation gives $100 million to hospital

'Lead gift' to push for new Packard Children's Hospital to expand services and care for children
A $100 million gift was announced today by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to help with the construction of the $1 billion new Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Three top area athletes are headed to Stanford University next year

Menlo sends Diekroeger (baseball) and Ball (tennis); Bellarmine sends Taylor (soccer)
Three Stanford men's teams could very well be strengthened next fall by the addition of three top area athletes who have made commitments to continue their athletic careers on The Farm next fall. Menlo School seniors Danny Diekroeger (baseball) and Jamin Ball (tennis - see photo) will be joined by Bellarmine senior Matt Taylor (soccer). All three are among the best in their sports in the Central Coast Section.

October 21, 2009 | 3 comments
'I thought he was going to ... shoot me next'

Explorer Scout on a ride-along testifies emotionally of witnessing shooting incident when Officer Richard May was killed
"I thought he was going to come and shoot me next," Marco Marquez, a key witness who rode along with Officer Richard May the day he was killed, testified Tuesday afternoon in the murder trial of Alberto Alvarez. Related story:
Prosecution cites 'execution' murder of May -- defense challenges that

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Search still on for missing frog-fountain

The frog was donated in memory of a 4-year-old boy who loved frogs and visited the garden frequently
The staff at Palo Alto's Gamble Garden is asking the public for help finding a missing statue of a frog. The 12-inch statue was donated in memory of a 4-year-old boy who loved frogs and visited the garden frequently with his mother.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo council approves new office project

A proposal to build a two-story office building on El Camino Real cleared Menlo Park's City Council Tuesday, Oct. 20, in a 4-1 vote.

October 21, 2009 | 18 comments
Tonight: Concert celebrates Hungarian culture

The Palo Alto Philharmonic will perform a concert Saturday (Oct. 24) celebrating the "Hungarian Cultural Year."

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Six candidates welcome fire district challenges

Three seats open in November race, with only one incumbent running
Labor talks are stalled, firefighters are working without a contract, morale is low, and financial concerns are causing capital improvement projects and other spending to be put on hold in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. So why would anyone want to join the district's governing board at times like this?

October 21, 2009 | 35 comments
Tonight at Kepler's: 'The Clinton Tapes'

Taylor Branch, author of "The Clinton Tapes," will speak at Kepler's bookstore at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21. Mr. Branch interviewed Mr. Clinton 78 times.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Woods Institute symposium

Stanford President John Hennessy hosts a symposium highlighting major accomplishments of the Woods Institute for the Environment on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Hewlett Teaching Center, Auditorium 200, at 370 Serra Mall at Stanford.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Climate change, and potential solutions

Tim Flannery, chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, will talk about climate change and potential solutions during a Commonwealth Club talk at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 21) at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
State to restore domestic violence funds

Governor says he will restore $16.3 million cut in July for shelters, education, including local programs
California's domestic violence program will be spared from elimination this year with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to sign legislation Wednesday (Oct. 21) to restore $16.3 million to shelters and centers across the state -- including $200,000 for local programs of Asian Americans for Community Action.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Bekowies named Cal Pac Co-Player of the Week

Menlo College's career leader in kills, blocks helps keep the Oaks in first place
Menlo College senior middle blocker Deborah Bekowies was named California Pacific Conference Co-Player of the Week after helping the Oaks win three matches last week.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Man shot while waiting for friend in parked car

A 22-year-old man was critically injured Tuesday night when he was shot several times while sitting in a parked car in East Palo Alto, police said.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Brass Quintet in Portola Valley

The Menlo Brass Quintet will play selections ranging from Albinoni to Irving Berlin during a concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Hanson Hall at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain fatality identified as Gunn High junior William Dickens, 16

W. Meadow crossing has been the site of several suicides and suicide attempts this year
The Gunn High School student who died on the Caltrain tracks Monday night has been identified as William Dickens, 16, a junior at the school. He had been a member of the water polo team since his freshman year, but reportedly quit the team in early October.

October 20, 2009 | 11 comments
Menlo clinches title tie, tunes up for big tourney

Knights remain unbeaten in boys' PAL water polo and are a win away from 14th straight league title
Taking care of business will accomplish a couple of goals for the Menlo boys' water polo team this week. One more victory will give the Knights their 14th straight PAL Bay Division championship, which would be their 16th in the past 17 years. That triumph, an expected one over Sequoia on Wednesday, also will give Menlo a seven-match winning streak heading into the season's toughest tournament.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain fatality is a teenage boy, police say

Crossing has been the site of several suicides and suicide attempts
Another Caltrain-related fatality, believed to be a teenage boy, occurred about 10:50 p.m. Monday on the tracks about 50 yards south W. Meadow Drive in Palo Atlo, Caltrain officials announced. Few details are available.

October 20, 2009 | 1 comment
Judge lengthens prison term by 74 years in rape of Menlo Park high school teacher

An appeal has resulted in a much-longer prison sentence for a 45-year-old man convicted of raping a Menlo Park high school teacher.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Listen to Anna Eshoo on KQED's 'Forum'

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, appeared Monday on the "Forum" program with Michael Krasny on KQED-FM. She talked about health care reform, including her support for the "public option," and other issues, such as the economy in Silicon Valley and decisions about sending more troops to Afghanistan.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
A host of homecoming events awaits Cardinal alumni

Kate Paye will be part of Friday's panel on The Business of Sports
A full week of homecoming activities have been scheduled leading up to Stanford's conference match-up with Arizona State on Saturday night. The Alumni Association is sponsoring a multitude of events, with one of the more intriguing events being Friday's Stanford Law School Panel Discussion on Players, Owners and Fans: The Business of Sports. Photo: Kate Paye will be part of Friday's panel on The Business of Sports.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: 'Silicon Valley Thriller'

Palo Alto entrepreneur and author Keith Raffel will give a free talk on his book, "Smasher: A Silicon Valley Thriller," at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 20) at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
New Caltrain fatality is a teenage boy, police say

Crossing has been the site of several suicides and suicide attempts this year
Another Caltrain-related fatality occurred about 10:50 p.m. Monday on the tracks about 50 yards south W. Meadow Drive in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials announced.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
How to run a Frankenstein discussion group

How do you run a Frankenstein book/film discussion group? It helps if you have a dark and stormy night, says librarian and book group leader Lauren John of the Menlo Park Library.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Ives Quartet at The Sequoias

The Ives Quartet will give a free performance at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Hanson Hall in The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. The public is invited.

October 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Vikings Pop Warner football report: week 7

Menlo Atherton Viking Jr. Midget player #32 Isiah Nash runs 99-yards for a touchdown after stripping the ball from the opponents, with #14 Alex Andrighetto blocking. The Vikings played the Bay City Bulldogs of San Mateo High on Sunday at Menlo-Atherton High School. Photo by Greg Stroud.

October 19, 2009 | No comments yet
At Portola Art Gallery

"Verdun sur Doub," an acrylic painting by Doriane Heyman of Hillsborough, is among her works on view through October at Portola Art Gallery at 75 Arbor Road in the Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 321-0220.

October 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Crime report: identity theft, residential burglaries

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
It truly takes a village to put on 'Fiddler'

"Fiddler on the Roof," the full-blown Broadway musical, is being staged by the Woodside Community Theatre the first two weekends of November.

October 19, 2009 | 5 comments
High school district redesigns its Web site

The Web site for the Sequoia Union High School District has a new look, and some new content, including a listing of district charter schools and links to sites at the state Education Department of use to parents wanting to involve themselves more in their children's education.

October 20, 2009 | 2 comments
Brief bios of high school district board candidates

The Almanac is running brief biographies of the eight candidates running for two open seats on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District. The information is based on interviews and material from SmartVoter.org.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Jeff Kinney at Menlo Park Library

Jeff Kinney, author of the New York Times bestselling series "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," will be at the Menlo Park Library at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to sign his latest book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days." The free event is co-sponsored with Kepler's Books.

October 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Daniel Vinson, former Woodside School District superintendent, dies at 62

Daniel Vinson, the retired superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, died Oct. 11 surrounded by his family. He was 62.

October 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Community vigil for teen suicides

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is hosting a "Community Vigil for Hope" to reflect on the recent suicides of teenagers, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, in the chapel, located at 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Participants are invited to light a candle, say a prayer, walk the labyrinth or simply sit in silence.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Goat Hill: Farm operations must end Thursday

The chickens and goats at Woodside's Goat Hill should be fine if they're moved to a new home, but drive-by visitors to the corner of Hacienda Drive and Woodside Road may never see them again. The property has been sold and farm operations are likely to end by Thursday, Oct. 22, the animals' owner Lisa Green said. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley seeks renewal of utility taxes

The quadrennial choice for Portola Valley voters is once again on the November ballot. The utility users tax, first levied in 1985, funds about 10 percent of the town's operations and bankrolls funds for the purchase of open space.

October 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside council sticks with $10,000 fine

The Woodside Town Council did not change its decision to fine a Woodside couple $10,000 for the felling of 10 significant trees, an echo of fines in nearby communities, a staff report showed.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Charter schools big issue in school board race

Eight candidates compete for two seats on five-member school board
The candidates for the contentious race for two seats on the high school district board race show potential to reshape the district's policies on charter schools, budgets and teaching methods.
■ Brief bios of high school district board candidates.

October 20, 2009 | 52 comments
Green committee launches 'cool roof' campaign

Simply converting your dark-colored roof to a reflective "cool" one would have the same effect on preventing atmospheric warming as taking two or three cars off the road, according to Menlo Park's Green Ribbon Citizens' Committee.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Fire board candidates respond to flap over ads

With a contract dispute unresolved and an election looming, the union that represents 93 firefighters in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has provoked the ire of one board member by launching what he views as a misleading election campaign.

October 20, 2009 | 9 comments
The Manhattanization of Menlo Park?

As activists campaign in opposition to long-term plans for the downtown area, city officials struggle to assuage concerns of residents and business interests.
As activists campaign in opposition to long-term plans for the downtown area, city officials struggle to assuage concerns of residents and business interests.

October 20, 2009 | 16 comments
Council urged to oppose Cargill project

(Editor's note: This is an in-depth version of a story that already ran on The Almanac's Web site.) Two members of Menlo Park's City Council and a former mayor are urging the council to take a stand against a project that would create a community rivaling the size of Menlo Park on the city's border.

October 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park council may OK office building at former Gaylord India restaurant site

A plan for a two-story office building on the east side of El Camino Real, near Buckthorn Way, could see approval from the City Council at its meet Tuesday, Oct. 20.

October 18, 2009 | 8 comments
Tonight at Kepler's: Alicia Silverstone

Actress Alicia Silverston will be at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, to discuss her new book, "The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet."


October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Docent-led tours of Cantor Arts Center

Docents lead introductory tours of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford on Saturdays and Sundays. Meet at 1 p.m. in the main lobby.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
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October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
King's Academy defeats M-A, 45-19

The struggling Bears had no answer for Stanford-bound Amir Carlisle, a junior running back who carried 16 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns to lead King's Academy (2-0, 5-1) to an easy PAL Bay Division victory on Friday night in Sunnyvale.

October 18, 2009 | 1 comment
Sacred Heart Prep overpowers Woodside, 42-7

Sacred Heart Prep evidently likes the No. 42. The Gators have scored that many points in four of their six games this season. Fortunately for SHP, three of those have been victories.
Prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo upended despite a big offensive show

Diekroeger throws for 351 yards and four touchdowns in 40-34 loss
If there's one thing to be said about the Menlo School football team it's that the Knights are not dull. In the past two games, Menlo has scored 55 points and senior quarterback Danny Diekroeger has thrown for 701 yards and six touchdowns. Photo: Menlo's Clay Robbins (2) is upended during the Knights' 40-34 loss to visiting Half Moon Bay on Friday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: 'Bride of Frankenstein' in Menlo Park

The public is invited to join filmmaker and reference librarian Nick Szegda and book group leader Lauren John at the Menlo Park Library Sunday (Oct. 18) for a farmers' market brunch, Peet's coffee, and a movie screening (75 minutes) of James Whale's "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935).

October 17, 2009 | 2 comments
Tonight: Teens take over Menlo Park Library

Teens have the main Menlo Park Library to themselves Friday night, Oct. 23, for a "Bollywood extravaganza" with henna artistry, Wii Rock Band, online gaming, music, snacks and entertainment.
■ Calendar listings for next 7 days. (Use Ctrl-f to search by key words.)

October 17, 2009 | No comments yet
'I survived quake' exhibit at history museum

An exhibit called "I Survived the Great Quake of 1989: Recollections of Loma Prieta Earthquake" is on display at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

October 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Michael V. Parsells

Services were held Friday, Oct. 16, for Michael V. Parsells of Menlo Park who died Sept. 16. He was 64. In 1971 he started his own executive search firm in Silicon Valley. Thirty years later, he launched ExecutiveWorld, a professional networking group for high-tech executives.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Edna Murray Schreyer

Edna Murray Schreyer of Menlo Park died Oct. 1, one week after her 91st birthday, surrounded by family and friends. For the past 30 years, Ms. Schreyer lived in Menlo Park, where she was active in the community.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
20 years later, experts predict bigger quake

The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake did sizable damage, but experts say there is a 62 percent chance that a far more devastating quake could strike the Bay Area within the next 30 years.

October 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley forum on health care

A public forum on the moral dimensions of health care reform is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Parish Hall at Christ Episcopal Church at 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley. The event is free and open to all.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Eshoo town hall on health care reform

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is holding a town hall meeting on health care reform at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Redwood City.

October 16, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo College hoops grad heads for Germany

Fushikoshi signs with DBBL's Saarlouis Royals
Menlo College grad and school recordholder Kelci Fushikoshi has signed a contract to play for the Saarlouis Royals of Germany's Damen Basketball Bundesliga (Federal Women's Basketball League) through the 2010-11 season, the team announced in a press release Thursday.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Cargill proposal: City to consider taking a stand

Two Menlo Park City Council members and a former mayor are urging the city to take a stand against a project that would create a community rivaling the size of Menlo Park on the city's border.

October 16, 2009 | 11 comments
Today: Memorial for former superintendent

A memorial service for Daniel Vinson, the retired superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, is set for 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at Saratoga Federated Church.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Madrigal Singers at St. Patrick's

The Philippine Madrigal Singers will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Main Chapel of St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Native plant sale at Hidden Villa

The annual fall native plant sale by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Hidden Valley Ranch, 26870 Moody Road in Los Altos Hills.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: 'Holidays on a High Note' in Atherton

"Holidays on a High Note," a home entertaining benefit, launches the holiday season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Art League shows works of local artists

The 34th annual juried show of the Menlo Art League is on display through Oct. 31 at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park. Picture: "Palo Alto Afternoon," an oil painting by Alice Weil, was named "Best in Show" by the Menlo Art League.

October 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Vikings Pop Warner football report: week six

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league played in various places in the sixth week of the season.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Friday: 'Horse Boy' author visits Woodside

Rupert Isaacson will read from his bestseller, "The Horse Boy," from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the Mounted Patrol grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools to go solar

Solar power has a bright future at Portola Valley schools, with a newly approved plan to install photovoltaic systems at the Corte Madera and Ormondale campuses.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley seeks renewal of utility tax

Portola Valley's 24-year-old utility users tax is up for four-year renewal once again in three linked ballot measures in the Nov. 3 election -- Measure P, Q and R.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton voters asked to renew parcel tax

Atherton voters are being asked to renew a parcel tax -- $750 a year for the typical homeowner -- that provides critical funds for the operation of the town.

October 15, 2009 | 1 comment
South Bay will operate regional recycling center

A contract to operate a revamped regional recycling facility in San Carlos that serves Menlo Park, Atherton, and several other communities has been awarded to South Bay Recycling, based in Southern California.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Nobel Prize-winning geneticist visits local school

He talks of knock-out mice, and the school of hard knocks
Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Mario Capecchi stopped by Beechwood School in Menlo Park recently to visit with fifth- through eighth-graders at Beechwood School in Menlo Park. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Letters pushed board member to resign

A teachers' union letter-writing campaign to lobby Las Lomitas Elementary School District board members over stalled contract negotiations appears to have backfired.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Short Takes

Treasured family heirloom goes missing; family fun at the brew pub.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Stanford panel on Loma Prieta quake

Stanford University will host a panel discussion Thursday night Oct. 15) on the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake and how to approach future Bay Area temblors. Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman will be on hand to discuss the role emergency responders.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Bicyclist fatally hit by truck identified

A 58-year-old San Mateo woman has been identified as the bicyclist who was hit and killed by a truck in Redwood City Wednesday morning, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep looks solid again in volleyball

Gators are ahead of schedule after beating Castilleja in a battle of the Gatorsto
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team didn't win its 16th game of the 2008 season until Oct. 28. The Gators reached that point on Tuesday night and now are two weeks ahead of last year's pace. Whether that translates into a very successful ending remains to be seen. However, everything points in that direction following Sacred Heart's 25-10, 25-20, 27-29, 25-13 triumph over host Castilleja on Tuesday.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Winters springs into action, heats up fall season for Menlo football

Junior linebacker nabs Northwest Conference Player of the Week honors
Menlo College junior linebacker Shawn Winters was named Northwest Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week after a strong performance in the Oaks 14-3 victory at Puget Sound over the weekend. Freshman quarterback Cruz Castillo earned honorable mention in the offensive category.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo boys hold off M-A in crucial PAL water polo match

Knights rally from a goal down with 4:40 to play to pull out an 8-7 victory
The Menlo boys' water polo team rallied from a goal down with 4:40 left to play and pulled out an exciting 8-7 victory over rival Menlo-Atherton in a PAL Bay Division showdown on Wednesday at Menlo College.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Stanford hospitals bar visitors under 16

Citing concerns about the H1N1 flu virus, Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital announced Wednesday that visitors younger than 16 will not be able to visit patients, including relatives.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep looks solid again in volleyball

Gators are ahead of schedule after beating Castilleja in a battle of the Gatorsto
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team didn't win its 16th game of the 2008 season until Oct. 28. The Gators reached that point on Tuesday night and now are two weeks ahead of last year's pace. Whether that translates into a very successful ending remains to be seen. However, everything points in that direction following Sacred Heart's 25-10, 25-20, 27-29, 25-13 triumph over host Castilleja on Tuesday.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside reaffirms $10K fine for tree-cutting

The Woodside Town Council agreed Tuesday (Oct. 13) that more research is needed to refine the town's penalty structure for cutting down significant trees without a permit. The council, however, unanimously reaffirmed its decision to levy a $10,000 fine for felling 10 trees without a permit.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Fire board member decries union ads

With a contract dispute unresolved and an election looming, the union that represents 93 firefighters in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has provoked the ire of one board member by launching what he views as a misleading election campaign.

October 14, 2009 | 68 comments
Tonight: Sequoia district candidates forum

Candidates for two seats on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District will be asked questions in a League of Women Voters forum set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the district office board room at 480 James St. in Redwood City.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Friday: March marks HIV awareness

An HIV Awareness March will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in East Palo Alto.

October 14, 2009 | 3 comments
Hewlett Foundation names new officer

Helena Choi, an expert in health policy issues in the developing world, will join the population program of the Menlo Park-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Atherton workshop on sudden oak death

The virulent pathogen that strikes down oak trees is the topic of a workshop to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 17, at the carriage house at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave in Atherton.

October 15, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A volleyball players will host clinic on Friday

The Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team will be busier with more than just two PAL Bay Division matches this week. On Friday, the Bears will host the Menlo-Atherton Girls Volleyball Community Clinic from 3:30-6 p.m. in the school's Ayer's Gym.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Great ShakeOut earthquake drill

If you see someone drop to the floor at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, don't be alarmed.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Election forums tonight, Thursday

Two local election forums -- one for candidates for the Sequoia district school board and the other for the Menlo Park district fire board -- will be held this week.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: 'Dorothea Lange'

Historian Linda Gordon will discuss her new book, "Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limit" about photographer Dorothea Lange, on Wednesday (Oct. 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Another water polo showdown is set for Menlo and M-A boys

First-place Knights can wrap up PAL title by beating Bears on Wednesday
The second big showdown of the season is all set in the PAL Bay Division boys' water polo race and this one can mean more than the first, if host Menlo can defeat Menlo-Atherton on Wednesday in a battle between the league's two best teams.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Where to pick up sand bags

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Flood warning in effect for creeks, streams

The National Weather Service this morning has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for parts of San Mateo County as well as Marin, Sonoma, Napa and San Francisco counties.
■ Where to pick up sand bags.

October 13, 2009 | 1 comment
Fatal crash shuts down Hwy. 1 at Devil's Slide

State Highway 1 is closed in both directions at Devil's Slide due to a fatal crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Kroncke said.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Crime report: Break-ins at Menlo Park restaurants

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside may re-examine penalties for those who illegally cut down trees

A Woodside couple were in line for a $10,000 fine for having felled 10 trees on their Sand Hill Road property, but the Town Council could revisit the size of the fine after examining fines in other Bay Area communities.

October 12, 2009 | 2 comments
Portola Valley's Craig Johnson, a pathbreaking entrepreneur, dies

Portola Valley attorney Craig Johnson, a force for change in the local legal community, died Sept. 29 at 62. His career included the Peace Corps and being in on the ground floor for Silicon Valley's phenomenal high technology saga.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Sidewalk arts festival this weekend

Sidewalk arts and crafts festival will run from Friday through Sunday in Menlo Park.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
City will try to prevent foreclosures

Menlo Park authorizes a program designed to keep homeowners in the Belle Haven neighborhood from being foreclosed upon.

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Banks help Habitat in Menlo Park

Banks are helping Habitat for Humanity buy foreclosed homes in Menlo Park.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Draeger's raises questions about protecting local businesses

How far should Menlo Park's city government go to protect the local businesses community members seem to value so much?

October 12, 2009 | No comments yet
A decision, but little clarity on 1300 El Camino

Proposal to develop site of defunct Cadillac dealership could move ahead without housing. Or not.
An 11th-hour letter and shifting political winds marked the latest -- though perhaps not final -- chapter in the history of a real estate development proposal that has seen its share of theatrics as it navigated the treacherous waters of Menlo Park's political scene.
Related stories:
■ Missed chance for housing?
Mysterious letter challenges El Camino project
Draeger's raises questions about protecting local businesses

October 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Thursday: Millions expected to participate in quake drill

Almost 7 million people are expected to participate in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill on Thursday, according to event organizers.

October 12, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A High School theater opens in style

In weekend celebrations, audiences got their first look inside the architecturally bold new theater at Menlo-Atherton High School.
Photo: Friday night at the opening of the performing arts center. Photo by Bruce Deal, board member of the M-A Foundation for the Future.

October 11, 2009 | 1 comment
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October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Motorcyclists collide, suffer major injuries

Two Bay Area men suffered major injuries after their motorcycles collided on state Highway 84 east of Old La Honda Road Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

October 11, 2009 | 2 comments
SHP, Menlo both suffer PAL football losses

Gators give up 49 points and Knights allow 41 in tough setbacks
Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo had plenty of offense, but not enough defense as both football teams suffered big losses on Friday night to open their respective Peninsula Athletic League seasons. PHOTO: Victor Ojeda of Sacred Heart Prep (5) sprints past Chris Forbes of Terra Nova for the Gators' first touchdown in Friday's PAL Bay Division opener. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
Latest prep scores, game details from PA Online Sports.
Menlo College defeats Puget Sound, 14-3.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Storm: sand bags available

The National Weather Service is warning that an especially potent storm is expected to move into the Bay Area late Monday. Sand bags are available for San Mateo County residents who live in flood-prone areas.

October 11, 2009 | 4 comments
Atherton fire leaves home unlivable, chief says

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a two-alarm fire in Atherton on Saturday, Oct. 10, that destroyed 60 percent of a 3,500-square-foot, single-story home and damaged the remaining 40 percent with heat and smoke, said fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. This photo of the fire at 51 Hawthorne Drive in Lindenwood was taken by neighbor Bruce Deal. ■ View more pictures by Bruce Deal.

October 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Judge won't halt work on high-speed rail

Ruling in Atherton, Menlo Park lawsuit over EIR
Sacramento County Superior Court judge Michael Kenny ruled on Friday, Oct. 9, that he would allow work to proceed on the California high-speed rail project, in spite of flaws the court found in the rail agency's environmental review process.

October 9, 2009 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Woodside could reconsider fines for those who illegally cut down trees

The Woodside Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Independence Hall. On the agenda is a discussion of its policy to fine those who cut down trees without a permit.

October 9, 2009 | 2 comments
Opening events at new M-A High theater

A number of opening events are planned this weekend at the new Menlo-Atherton High School performing arts center.
■ Sophistication is everywhere in the new theater at Menlo-Atherton High School.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park businesses, property owners organize to oppose downtown plan

Several prominent downtown property and business owners challenge emerging plans to reconfigure Menlo Park's downtown.

October 9, 2009 | 11 comments
Sunday memorial for Craig Johnson includes bike ride

A memorial is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, for friends and relatives of Craig Johnson, the entrepreneurial Portola Valley attorney who died unexpectedly on Sept. 29 at the age of 62. A bike ride that takes in some of Mr. Johnson's regular rides begins at noon Sunday at the Alumni Center at Stanford and ends there in time for the memorial. Bike clothes are encouraged.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Panel OK's $2.35 million settlement with county

The commission that oversees a wastewater treatment facility that sued San Mateo County, claiming jail inmates clog the sewer system by flushing clothing and other items down the toilet, accepted Thursday a $2.35 million proposed settlement from the county.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Robert Charles Wersted

Longtime Menlo Park resident Robert Charles "Bob" Wersted died Sept. 28 in Arcadia. He was 93. In 1935 he formed R.C. Wersted Construction and built commercial and residential buildings. During World War II, he contributed to the war effort, building mine sweepers and liberty ships in the Long Beach shipyards.

October 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Martel Scroggin, ad executive, novelist

Martel Scroggin, a resident of Menlo Park and Atherton since 1953, died Sept. 20 of cancer in Prineville, Oregon. He was 80. After retiring from his advertising career, he wrote three fiction-based-on-fact books about the history and development of Central Oregon, where he had a cattle ranch.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
To Your Health: Don't overlook autumn's gnarly but tasty bounty

Perched upon my kitchen stool, lingering over a glass of Domenichelli petit sirah and nibbling on a bruschetta of toasted Japanese eggplant and sweet red onion, I am struck at how delightfully relaxed autumn makes me feel; it is the close to summer and the lull before the holidays.

October 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Harvest supper benefits Djerassi artists' program

Chefs Mark Sullivan and Demitry Elpin of Spruce and the Village Pub will prepare a five-course harvest supper for the fourth annual fundraiser, Artful Harvest, to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
New restaurant at Allied Arts is a cafe for all seasons

Cafe Primavera is the latest incarnation of the restaurant at Allied Arts. Opened just last month, it offers an appealing selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and specials. On weekdays, the clientele is mostly "ladies who lunch," but on Saturdays there is a lively mix of couples and families with young children enjoying themselves.

October 14, 2009 | No comments yet
She's ga-ga about being a grandma

After witnessing the birth of her first grandchild, Juliet, six years ago, Donne Davis of Menlo Park says she "went completely ga-ga." So much so that she founded the GaGa Sisterhood, an organization of enthusiastic grandmas; started a blog (gagasisterhood.com); and began writing a column, "The Go-To Grandma," for Parenting on the Peninsula newspaper.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
100th birthday party for Rich Delucchi, Mounted Patrol pioneer

He was a founding member of the Mounted Patrol
Rich Delucchi of Woodside, who was 100 year old on Sept. 14, was recently honored by members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County with a birthday dinner at the Patrol grounds. A founding member of the organization, he was was instrumental in putting together the purchase of the Mounted Patrol grounds in 1947.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Longtime resident Pete Dias celebrates 90th birthday

Pete Dias, a resident of Menlo Park since 1941, celebrates his 90th birthday on Oct. 11. In 1941, Mr. Dias and his brother Tony found work at Menlo Fruit & Meat Market (at the corner of El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue), where they worked for 14 years and provided groceries to many homes in Atherton and Menlo Park.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Fire board candidate forum

The six candidates for three seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board are expected to attend a candidates' forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the fire district headquarters.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Judge tentative rules environmental impact study of high-speed rail route can continue

A Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively ruled today (Oct. 8) that the California High-Speed Rail Authority can continue studying the environmental impact of routing a bullet train through the Pacheco Pass.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Sunset magazine and its influence on local architecture

Montgomery Anderson and Christopher Wasney, principals with Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, will speak on Sunset magazine and its influence on local architecture tonight (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m. at the Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
UPDATE: Tentative ruling in high-speed rail suit

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that work may proceed on the California high-speed rail project, in spite of flaws the court found in the rail agency's environmental review process.

October 8, 2009 | 5 comments
Today: Day of the Horse in Woodside

Expect to see "Annie Oakley," "Wyatt Earp" and "Calamity Jane" riding the roads in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 10, as part of the "Characters of the Old West" theme of this year's Day of the Horse.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Craig named Defensive Player of the Week in Cal Pac Conference

Defender records a pair of goals, steady defense in a pair of Menlo victories
Menlo College senior defender Maryn Craig was named California Pacific Conference Defensive Women's Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Oaks to a pair of wins last week. Craig, a three-year starter, scored twice and had an assist in the Oaks 6-0 victory over Bethany.
Latest prep sports scores from PA Online Sports.

October 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Open house at JobTrain in Menlo

JobTrain, the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides training, counseling and job-placement services for low-income people, is holding its annual open hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at 1200 O'Brien Drive.

October 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: A Canterbury Tale at The Sequoias

"The Wife of Bath," a Canterbury tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, will be staged in a free performance for the public at The Sequoias retirement community at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: New seismic monitor in Portola Valley

Portola Valley geologist Sheldon Breiner will discuss the town's new seismograph between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Oct. 10, in the library at 765 Portola Road. Across the plaza, in the Community Hall, will be presentations on earthquakes, a collection of rocks unique to earthquake country, hands-on earthquake experiments, and information on how to survive earthquakes.

October 7, 2009 | No comments yet
SRI receives $6.3 million mental health grant

Menlo Park-based SRI International has received a $6.3 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study a new product involved in brain imaging and the treatment of mental disorders, the company announced Oct. 5.

October 7, 2009 | 1 comment
Today: Woodside High will rock with robots

Students with 36 teams will compete in a one-day robotics competition -- Cal Games for Robotics -- at Woodside High School on Saturday, Oct. 10.

October 7, 2009 | 1 comment
Tonight: Stanford professor on sleep disorders

Stanford professor William C. Dement will discuss sleep disorders at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Cafe Scientifique, meeting at SRI International, Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park. This event is free.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas trustee resigns

David Bailard, a member of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District board, resigned on Monday, Oct. 5, district officials said.

October 7, 2009 | 25 comments
Mysterious letter challenges El Camino project

A mysterious letter challenging the legality of a new development project proposed for a parcel on El Camino Real arrived at City Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday, two hours before the scheduled start of a City Council meeting on the project.

October 7, 2009 | 7 comments
Today: New Fadiman film to premiere

Tickets are on sale for a premiere of local filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman's latest work, "Reclaiming Their Voices: The Native American Vote in New Mexico." It will be shown, along with two more films by Ms. Fadiman, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson St. in Palo Alto.

October 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Council approves El Camino development

New development project cleared to proceed without housing.

October 7, 2009 | 4 comments
City discovers $400,000 accounting error

Pencil-sharpening begins anew as city tries to re-balance budget.

October 7, 2009 | 28 comments
Update on docent-led open space hikes

Schedule of upcoming docent-led hikes and other free activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

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Tonight: Talk on Hubble telescope

Professor Paul Kalas of the University of California at Berkeley will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on the Hubble space telescope at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's boosktore: Author Amber Tamblyn

Actress Amber Tamblyn will talk about her new book, "Bang Ditto," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The talk is free. For more information, click here.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Helen Thomas, Barbara Lee at Kepler's

Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas and Rep. Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will participate in a book-signing event at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Blue Angels arrive as Fleet Week approaches

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels are scheduled to fly in formation into San Francisco International Airport this morning (Oct. 6), days before the city's annual Fleet Week celebration officially kicks off.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School adds three new head coaches

Gunn boys have a coaching change in basketball
Menlo School will have some new faces on the sidelines this winter and next spring with the addition of three new varsity head coaches.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Craig Johnson, founder of Virtual Law Partners, dies at 62

Family plans memorial service for Sunday, Oct. 11
Craig Winfield Johnson of Portola Valley, who founded Venture Law Group and, more recently, Virtual Law Partners in Palo Alto, died Saturday after suffering a stroke. He was 62 and had just returned from a European honeymoon with his wife and law partner RoseAnn Rotandaro, according to Law.com. The two had married on Aug. 15.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Finding homes for 15 miniature horses

Riley's Place, a Woodside nonprofit, adopts a horse
Fifteen miniature horses that were rescued last month by the Peninsula Humane Society have all found homes, according to the animal shelter.

October 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Alumni polo game in Atherton

Pony up, lads. The Menlo Circus Club in Atherton will be the site of the first alumni polo game between Stanford and Cal Poly on Sunday, Oct. 11.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Opera preview in Menlo Park

Musicologist Mary Ann Smart will provide an in-depth look at Donizetti's opera, "The Daughter of the Regiment," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

October 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Vikings Pop Warner football report (Oct. 4 games)

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league played the South Valley Grizzlies in the fifth week of the season. The games took place Sunday, Oct.4, at Gunderson High School in San Jose.

October 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Author Richard Dawkins at Kepler's

Evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins is featured in a book-signing event at Kepler's at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

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Short Takes

A principal sundae at Corte Madera, a swimming success in Atherton, a bountiful crop of boys in Portola Valley, and parceling out information on the election.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
No cell phone antenna at Portola Valley school

The board of the Portola Valley School District turned down a proposal from T-Mobile to install cellular phone equipment atop the roof of the district office located on the Corta Madera campus.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Numbers tell a tale

As local campus-based theaters go, Menlo-Atherton's new performing arts center is about in the middle in terms of cost per square foot when compared to the facilities at Woodside High and Woodside Priory in Portola Valley.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Habitat dedicates first renovated home in MP

A family is poised to move into a home renovated by Habitat for Humanity as part of a joint venture with the city to turn foreclosures into opportunities for new homeowners.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Puttin' on the Ritz

Sophistication is everywhere in the new theater at M-A High School
The grand entrance to the Menlo-Atherton High School performing arts center includes an upstairs lobby framed by structural members that display the mechanical forces that hold up the roof. The $32 million, 492-seat complex should wow theater-goers with high-end acoustics and sophisticated lighting and sound systems. Photo by Don Feria.
Numbers tell a tale.

October 9, 2009 | 7 comments
Smart lights: Addressing energy drain

HID Labs is trying to bring an ancient lighting technology up to date.
While it's unlikely that manufacturers could be convinced to give up the high-intensity discharge lights they've relied upon for so long, HID Labs thinks it has found a way to reduce the energy used by the bulbs by 40 percent or more. Photo: TheatreWorks has installed in its Menlo Park costume warehouse the new lighting system pioneered by HID Labs. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hikes developer fees

At its Oct. 6 meeting, the City Council approved an ordinance that would in many cases greatly increase fees paid by real estate developers for traffic mitigation.

October 6, 2009 | 2 comments
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Judo artist arrested in assault

Menlo Park police arrested an accomplished judo artist after he and an accomplice assaulted and robbed cell phones from a Menlo Park man and a friend from New York at the Menlo Park train station.

October 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Fragile comity unwinds between Everest, district

Sequoia trustee's use of enrollment data infuriates charter official.
Board president's disclosure of charter school enrollment data in proposed guest opinion and to selected school board candidates widens rift between Everest (charter) Public High School and the Sequoia Union High School District.

October 6, 2009 | 105 comments
Draeger's market says it might close if council approves development project

This is an expanded version of an earlier story.
If Menlo Park's City Council doesn't require the developer of the site of the defunct Cadillac dealership to provide housing, not to worry: the Draeger family could build residential units --after shuttering its market.

October 5, 2009 | 51 comments
Crews respond to wind-toppled power lines

Utility crews were working Saturday night to restore power to more than 200 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers after an outage in parts of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. There were reports of power lines toppling in Woodside.

October 4, 2009 | No comments yet
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Today: Bridging gap between teens, parents

Chap Clark, an author on youth culture, will speak on the topic, "Inside the World of Today's Teenagers," at a free event from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church meeting room at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Benefit events for Village Enterprise Fund

The San Carlos-based Village Enterprise Fund (VEF) is sponsoring a series of local events Oct. 10-17 to raise funds for its mission of helping the rural poor of East Africa start small businesses.

October 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight in Portola Valley: Preparing for wildfire

A presentation on wildfire preparation will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Hansen Hall, The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Bomb threat empties newspaper office

A telephone bomb threat to the Daily News offices on Constitution Drive in Menlo Park led to an evacuation of the offices for two hours Friday morning, the newspaper reported.

October 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Judo champ arrested in Menlo assault

A judo champion was arrested Thursday after two men were severely beaten at the Caltrain station in Menlo Park, the Associated Press reported.

October 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Priory girls cap busy week of cross-country running with a team title in first WBAL meet

Gunn boys and girls also successful with team titles in Chicago
Placing five runners among the top 20 finishers, The Priory girls' cross-country team ran away with the first West Bay Athletic League meet of the season on Thursday at San Bruno Mountain Park. Senior Lauren Allen led the Panthers with a sixth-place finish of 19:18 on the 2.8-mile course.
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October 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Yard sale benefits Children's Center

The Menlo Children's Center will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include baby gear, toys, clothing, and household items.

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls' tennis team runs league winning streak to 160

Knights blank Sacred Heart Prep in WBAL tennis opener
The last time the Menlo School girls' tennis team lost a league match, most of its current players weren't even born. The Knights lost the final regular-season match in the Girls Private School League in 1993 and haven't lost since. The Knights are now 160-0 in league play since the start of the 1994 season.
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October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart dedicates new building

Sacred Heart Schools is dedicating a new science and student life building on Sunday, Oct. 4, at its Atherton campus. The Homer Center is the first commercial building in Atherton to meet LEED Platinum standards for environmentally friendly design, according to school officials.

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Film on Portola Valley green home

Peninsula filmmaker and gay rights activist Pam Walton's new short documentary, spotlighting the lives of Iris Harrell and Ann Benson and their Portola Valley home, is scheduled to air at 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) on KQED-TV, kicking off its home improvement month.

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: Author Malinda Lo

Local author Malinda Lo will talk about her debut young-adult novel, "Ash," a retelling of the classic tale of Cinderella, at Kepler's bookstore at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 2).

October 2, 2009 | 1 comment
Today: 'Tip a Cop' event in Portola Valley

San Mateo County sheriff's personnel will wait tables at Amigo's Grill in Portola Valley today (Oct. 2) to raise money for the Special Olympics.

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
No cell phone antenna at Portola Valley school

Everyone wants good cell phone reception, but no one seems to want the cell phone antennas that make it possible.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Mel and Bill Lane receive Coastal Heroes Awards

Mel Lane, left, and his brother Bill Lane were honored recently by Sunset magazine and the California Coastal Commission for their work in preserving and protecting the California coastline. "Few people have done more to preserve the California coast than have the Lane brothers, who arrived in California from their native Iowa in 1928, when their father, Lawrence Lane Sr., became owner of Sunset magazine," says Peter Fish, Sunset's editor-at-large.

October 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Breakfast benefits burn foundation

The 9th annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's main station, 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing on 1300 El Camino project

Menlo Park will hold a public hearing before the City Council Tuesday, Oct. 6, on a proposed 110,000-square-foot, 40-foot-high commercial and office development on 3.5 acres at 1300 El Camino Real, the former site of a Cadillac dealership.
■ Missed chance for housing?

October 1, 2009 | 1 comment
Missed chance for housing?

Development project on El Camino that once featured 134 apartment units could get council OK with no housing.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Rail agency analyzing underground option

Peninsula residents crowded around tables, examined maps, shared their opinions and asked questions of officials representing the High-Speed Rail Authority on Wednesday evening at the SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos.

October 1, 2009 | 16 comments
Portola Valley school board seeks applicants

There's a seat to fill on the Portola Valley School District Board, and volunteers are invited to apply for a four-year term. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, and the seat is available to registered voters who are residents of the district.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A girls grab control of PAL water polo race

Defending champs knock co-leader Castilleja from share of first with 9-5 victory
The first half of the PAL Bay Division girls' water polo season is nearly over and one thing is perfectly clear: Menlo-Atherton is the team to beat.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Winning heart of reluctant dog

Steven Winn presents his new book, "Come Back Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog," about his life with a difficult pet pooch, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 1) at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo girls run league winning streak to 159

Knights blank Sacred Heart Prep in WBAL tennis opener
The last time the Menlo School girls' tennis team lost a league match, most of its current players weren't even born. The Knights lost the final regular-season match in the Girls Private School League in 1993 and haven't lost since.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Simitian in D.C. for summit on distracted driving

He says traffic fatalities have declined 20% in three years
A local state lawmaker responsible for California's "hands-free" cell phone law is one of about 200 people participating in a summit on distracted driving today (Sept. 30) in Washington, D.C.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer teams take best shots

Oaks' men and women combine for 88 shots and two wins Tuesday
Menlo College roundup
It doesn't matter how many shots a team takes, its how many goals it can score. For the Menlo College men's soccer team, one was enough despite an overwhelming advantage in shots, and shots on goal. The Oaks downed visiting Cal Maritime, 1-0, in a Cal Pac Conference match on Tuesday, snapping a season-opening seven-match losing streak.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Update on docent-led open space hikes

Schedule of upcoming docent-led hikes and other free activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside: power restored, tree cleared from state Highway 84 at state Highway 35

A fallen tree that blocked state Highway 84 at state Highway 35 in Woodside for more than four hours Tuesday night has been cleared, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Doriane Heyman works at Portola Art Gallery

"Verdun sur Doub," an acrylic painting by Doriane Heyman of Hillsborough is among her works on view through October at Portola Art Gallery at 75 Arbor Road in the Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 321-0220.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls: Residential burglary in Atherton, four Rolex watches stolen in Portola Valley

This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

September 29, 2009 | 1 comment
Our Regional Heritage

A common sight on Alpine Road or Portola Road in the 1950s would be Walter Jelich taking a load of apples from his ranch to market. Parts of the Jelich orchards survive today along Portola Road. Photo courtesy of Portola Valley Archives.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service for Ann Skrabo Morey Goodwin

Member of Portola Valley pioneer family
A celebration of the life of Ann Katherine Skrabo Morey Goodwin will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Gove Ave. in Menlo Park. A member of a Portola Valley pioneer family, Ms. Goodwin died peacefully in her Menlo Park home on Sept. 17. She was 93.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Rutters observe golden wedding anniversary

Dick and Joanne Rutter of Emerald Hills celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a recent trip to New York City, accompanied by their children. The Rutters were married Sept. 12, 1959 (photo), at Stanford Memorial Church and spent their honeymoon in New York.

October 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Schools: Trying to get in

Tiny neighborhood seeks to transfer into Las Lomitas district
A tiny neighborhood near Woodside High School is petitioning to be included in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District.

September 29, 2009 | 45 comments
Sunday: Grand opening event at M-A Performing Arts Center

The new performing arts center at Menlo-Atherton High School is said to be ideally suited acoustically for the intimate sounds of chamber music, and that assertion will be put to the test by top-flight performers at the center's grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 11. The concert is sold out but you can get on a waiting list .

October 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Open space docent honored for 30 years of service

Chris MacIntosh of Menlo Park, who was one of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's first volunteers, was honored for her 30 years of service at the district's annual recognition event, held Aug. 22 at the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve.

October 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton couple observes 60th anniversary

Dona and Damon Wedding of Atherton recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. The Weddings were married on Aug. 19, 1949, in Fresno and have lived in Atherton for 52 years.

October 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Russian Orthodox church celebrates feast day

A procession, with parishioners bearing icons and banners, was a highlight of the recent feast day celebration of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin, a Russian Orthodox church in Menlo Park. Photo by Don Feria.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
D.C.' summit' on distracted driving

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has announced that he is he one of 200 people from around the country invited to participate in a "Distracted Driving Summit" this week in Washington, D.C., called by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to "determine the best ways to reduce the number of crashes and deaths due to distracted driving."

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Another school board candidate withdraws

A second candidate for the Woodside Elementary School District board has announced he is withdrawing from the race -- leaving only three candidates for three seats, but five names on the November ballot. Millo Fenzi announced Sept. 28 that he is no longer asking voters to support him for a seat on the board.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Nonprofit pushes for tobacco licensing

A nonprofit group is urging the city of Menlo Park to require vendors to obtain a city license to sell tobacco.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Bohannon backs job fair

JobTrain and the Bohannon Development Co. will sponsor a job fair Saturday, Oct. 3, at the site of the proposed "Menlo Gateway" office/hotel project.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Residents get a look at downtown plans

Preliminary designs for downtown/El Camino plan available on city's Web site; three public meetings on the subject over the next two weeks.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Rail authority to hold 'open house'

The agency charged with designing the California high-speed rail project will hold a set of "open house" meetings in late September and early October, giving Peninsula residents a glimpse into the planning process now under way.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Panel to review Bohannon project

Members of Menlo Park's Planning Commission will review the 950,000-square-foot office/hotel project proposed by developer David Bohannon at its meeting tonight (Monday, Oct. 5). The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers in the Civic Center.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Calla reopens with new look

Menlo Park clothing boutique scheduled to re-open with new name and location. Photo: Alys Grace (formerly Calla) employee Betsy DeLong prices items as Linda Hadlock works in the background, preparing for the clothing boutique's scheduled Oct. 1 opening. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former councilman Paul Collacchi presses council to act on climate change

Former council member urges city to set greenhouse gas standards for new developments.
Former council member urges city to set greenhouse gas standards for new developments.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Missed chance for housing?

Development project on El Camino Real that once featured 134 apartment units could get council approval with no housing included.
Development project on El Camino Real that once featured 134 apartment units could get City Council approval with no housing included. The council will review the proposal at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 6

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Police identify homicide victim

Menlo Park police have identified the 23-year-old man shot to death in front of his apartment in Menlo Park this morning as Oscar Martinez.

September 29, 2009 | 1 comment
Election write-in filing period is open

Write-in candidates have until Oct. 20 to enter the races for seats on governing boards in local school districts, special districts and Town Halls in the Nov. 3 election.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
New parking restrictions for Woodside Road

No-parking signs will be going up along Woodside Road near Woodside Elementary School to increase safety and put an end to illegal parking in the bike lanes. The signs notwithstanding, limited parking will be allowed on the south side of the road on school days to drop off and pick up kids.

September 29, 2009 | 1 comment
Woodside race goes to the swift, again

The second annual wheelchair race at Buck's restaurant in Woodside was predictable in that a woman won -- all the racers were women -- and that she won by pedaling her feet on the ground, as the winner did last year in this no-holds-barred contest.
Check out this video on YouTube.

September 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College has momentum entering conference play

Oaks beat host Whittier, 28-24, with Ruhl throwing for 361 yards
Nick Ruhl, who transferred to Menlo College from Stanford, threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns as the Oaks (1-3) beat host Whittier, 28-24, on Saturday night. He also rushed for another score. as the Oaks' offense found its rhythm, scoring more points than in its first three games, all losses, combined. Menlo opens conference play against Linfield in the Oaks' homecoming game Saturday at noon.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Vikings Pop Warner football report

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league played the Berkley Jr. Bears in the fourth week of the season on Sunday, Sept. 27, at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland.

September 28, 2009 | 3 comments
Wednesday at Kepler's: Writers reflect on their dreams

Creative writing instructor Victoria Zackheim will talk about her book, "The Face in the Mirror: Writers Reflect on Their Dreams of Youth and the Reality of Age," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Candidates backing charter schools answer questions on school board election

Two candidates who support a public-education scene that includes robust charter schools are running for the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District and will speak to the public at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Sept. 29) at the Alpine Hills Tennis & Swim Club in Portola Valley.

September 28, 2009 | 2 comments
Simitian: Slashing higher-ed crippling California

State Senator Joe Simitian warns of imminent impacts of cutting funding for higher education
California's already faltering economy will be further damaged by severe cuts to to higher education, State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, warned warned about 120 persons Saturday at a "town hall" meeting in Palo Alto' City Council chambers.

September 28, 2009 | 1 comment
SHP offense takes a break after a big 42-21 football victory

Gators have a bye week after a 3-1 start; PAL season starts on Oct. 9
Sacred Heart Prep has a bye in its football schedule this week, which may be a good thing for its opponents. The Gators are off to a 3-1 start and are averaging 31.2 points a game while allowing just 18. Sacred Heart Prep scored more than 40 points for the second straight time last Saturday in a 42-21 nonleague triumph over visiting Silver Creek. Photo: Sacred Heart Prep senior Chris Gaertner rushed five times for 177 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. File photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Google donates $2.5 million to Stanford in honor of late mentor, Rajeev Motwani of Atherton

Google Inc. has given Stanford University $2.5 million to create an endowed chair in honor of a computer science professor who mentored Google's founders and died in a swimming accident in Atherton in June, according to the university.
Rajeev Motwani's memorial service at Stanford.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
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Rajeev Motwani's memorial service at Stanford

Sergey Brin sat in the front pew and Larry Page sat farther back at Stanford Memorial Chapel on Friday to pay tribute to the man who guided Google when it was just two graduate students and a big idea.
Read story on mercurynews.com.

September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Bears earn an unconventional, long-awaited football win

Bears rally for 21-20 victory over Leigh after an 0-3 start
The way Menlo-Atherton's football team earned its first victory of the season Saturday over Leigh was quirky, unconventional and as far as the Bears were concerned, long overdue. Photo:
Abraham Simon of Menlo-Atherton returns the second half kickoff 72 yards to set up a touchdown for the Bears during their 21-20 come-from-behind victory over visiting Leigh. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Water polo: Menlo-Atherton girls, SHP boys win tournament titles

Bears capture MacDonald tourney while Gators take the CCS-NCS Challenge
It was payback time for the Menlo-Atherton girls' and Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo teams on Saturday, and the payoff was well worth earlier losses for both teams. The M-A girls defeated St. Francis, 6-5, in the championship game of the 15th annual Amanda MacDonald Invitational while the SHP boys topped Acalanes, 9-8, in the finals of the Richison-St. Francis CCS-NCS Challenge.
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September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Weekly completes new, green headquarters

Thirty-year-old news organization moves to California Avenue district
After 30 years in downtown Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Weekly is moving to new headquarters — an environmentally friendly, three-story building in the California Avenue business district.

September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
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Devils Slide reopens after car removed from clift

State Highway 1 at Devil's Slide in San Mateo County reopened shortly after 10 a.m. today (Sept. 27) after closing for an hour so crews could remove a car that went off the roadway and over a cliff early Friday.

September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Rail authority to hold 'open house'

The agency charged with designing the California high-speed rail project will hold a set of "open house" meetings in late September and early October, giving Peninsula residents a glimpse into the planning process now under way.

September 27, 2009 | 2 comments
'Spare the Air' alert for today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air advisory for Sunday (Sept. 27), urging residents to avoid unnecessary driving.

September 26, 2009 | No comments yet
People encouraged to sign up for quake drill

More than half a million Bay Area residents have signed up for a statewide earthquake drill in October to mark the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, event organizers said Thursday.

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
JFK-friend Paul 'Red' Fay dies in Woodside; they met in PT boat training during World War II

He was undersecretary of the Navy in Kennedy Administration
Paul Burgess "Red" Fay of Woodside was known for his close friendship with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, whom he met while in PT boat training during World War II. Mr. Fay died Sept. 23 at his home in Woodside surrounded by family, after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. He was 91.
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September 25, 2009 | 2 comments
Two accused of embezzling from woman, 81

Two people have been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from an 81-year-old Menlo Park woman, police said.

September 25, 2009 | 2 comments
Local youths reach Eagle Scout rank

Spence Petersen and Thomas Wiebe were recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at a national Eagle Scout Court of Honor in Menlo Park.

October 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Governor on green technology, economy

With the end of his term approaching and the three-year anniversary of the signing of the California Global Warming Solutions Act less than a week away, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke Thursday in San Francisco about the role of green technology in California's economy.

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Glimmers of change in stress-filled high schools?

High achievement can go hand in hand with less stress, scholar says
When she convened her first student stress conference six years ago, Stanford lecturer Denise Clark Pope never imagined the annual event would grow to huge proportions.

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Plight of stressed-out teens

Is school stressing out your child? A free public event on the topic featuring two best-selling authors, Stanford lecturer Denise Clark Pope, local students, and Facebook's chief privacy officer is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Memorial Auditorium on the Stanford University campus.
■ Glimmers of change in stress-filled high schools?

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Victorian Days at history museum

A return to Victorian Days will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the San Mateo County History Museum, located inside the 1910 courthouse at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Praising, criticizing children

The Menlo Park Library Foundation is sponsoring a talk by Stanford psychology professor and author Carol S. Dweck on "Mindset: the new psychology of success" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Moon glow at Cantor Arts Center

Party-goers are hoping for a "starry, starry night" on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the eighth Rodin by Moonlight gala takes place at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Arthur Krakower

Arthur J. Krakower, an Atherton resident who found success as a painter late in life, died June 10. He was 88.

September 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Mary Louise Miller

Mary Louise Miller of Palm Desert died Sept. 9 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage after a brief illness. She was 85. While living in Atherton, Ms. Miller was a member of the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, the Junior League of the Mid Peninsula/Palo Alto, and the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

October 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Tour for Woodside bike event

The fourth annual Tour for Woodside, a bicycle riding fundraiser for Woodside High School, is being held today (Sept. 27).

September 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Recycling fans push reusable grocery bags

Cities and recycling advocates across the Bay Area encouraged grocery shoppers this week to embrace reusable shopping bags -- and reminded them to actually bring the bags to the grocery store.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

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

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
This weekend: Gary Hamel speaks at Menlo Pres

Gary Hamel, a resident of Woodside and a leading author of management books, will join senior pastor John Ortberg at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27, to talk about the church in a changing world.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Support literacy while indulging your sweet tooth

Project Read-Menlo Park's third annual dessert-tasting fundraiser is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Room 105 of the Burgess Recreation Center.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Building confidence, strengthening community

Individuals aren't the only ones to benefit from building English skills
Martin Reyes, a custodian at Belle Haven School, got a hefty boost in self-confidence from a Project Read leadership program for English literacy students, leading him to become more involved in his community.
Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
Saturday: Support literacy while indulging your sweet tooth.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Meg Whitman event in Atherton

Candidate for governor to be at Atherton councilman's house
Atherton resident Meg Whitman, the former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial hopeful, is set to appear at a meet-and-greet in Atherton on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

September 24, 2009 | 34 comments
City to negotiate with new waste collector

The city of Menlo Park will begin negotiations on a contract with a new waste management provider to take over collection services in 2011.

September 24, 2009 | 6 comments
Today: Signing party for Atherton book

A book-signing party is set for 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, to celebrate the publication of "Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton," a glossy history of the town penned by local authors Pamela Gullard and Nancy Lund. The event will be held at the Gen Merrill carriage house at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may OK office building in October

A plan for a two-story office building on the east side of El Camino Real, near Buckthorn Way, could see approval from the Menlo Park City Council in October.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: 'The Flaw of Averages'

Sam L. Savage discusses his new book, "The Flaw of Averages: Why We Underestimate Risk in the Face of Uncertainty" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24) at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Oaks volleyball frutrated by Banana Slugs' comeback

Williamson records 41 assists in Menlo's five-set setback
The Menlo College women's volleyball team let a two-set advantage slip away, and then let a three-point lead escape in the deciding set and dropped a 19-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-19, 15-13 nonconference decision to visiting UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday night. The Oaks (3-7) open defense of their Cal Pac Conference championship at Holy Names on Friday night. Photo: Stephanie Williamson.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Ad Libs blog: New theater sure beats J Building

Which is worse: sweltering in a stifling theater, or having a key moment in a play ruined because an old air-conditioning system came roaring on at the wrong moment and drowned out the dialogue?

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Survivor tells of being struck by train

Caltrain officials and a survivor of a Caltrain collision last year gathered at the agency's San Mateo station Wednesday to highlight the importance of safe behavior around the trains.

September 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Benefit ice cream social at Cold Stone

Cold Stone Creamery in Menlo Park will participate in a national "ice cream social" to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Collacchi challenges city on Bohannon project

A law firm representing former Menlo Park council member Paul Collacchi has sent a letter to the city of Menlo Park, challenging the finding that a major office/hotel project proposed by developer David Bohannon would make a less than significant contribution to global warming.

September 23, 2009 | 16 comments
Big turnout for meeting on public employee pay

Menlo Park saw a big turnout Tuesday night for a meeting on city employee pay and benefits, but the great majority of the people who showed up were the employees themselves -- not the residents whose agitation encouraged the city to hold the meeting in the first place.

September 23, 2009 | 32 comments
Grand opening of M-A performing arts center

Music@Menlo, which runs a chamber music festival, will observe the grand opening of the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School with a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the school, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.
■ Ad Libs blog: New theater sure beats J Building.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: What we learned from 1989 quake

USGS seismologist Jack Boatwright will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, on Bay Area preparedness for the next big quake, and what scientists have learned about the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Woodside holds Barn Dance

Woodside will celebrate its rural heritage on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Runnymede Sculpture Farm with a Community Barn Dance, sponsored on alternate years by the Woodside Recreation Committee.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Raising 'authentic, confident' girls

Parents, girls fifth grade and up invited to Sept. 24 event
"Raising Authentic, Courageous, Confident Girls" is the title of a PTA-sponsored program to be held Thursday, Sept. 24, at Gunn High School's Spangenberg Theatre. Rachel Simmons, founder of the Girls Leadership Institute and author several books on girls, will discuss how to help all girls reach their full potential.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Man Who Loved Books Too Much'

Allison Hoover Bartlett will discuss her new book, "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo boys win first of two PAL water polo showdowns

Knights' defense tough again in 10-6 PAL Bay Division win over rival Menlo-Atherton
Jack Bowen has written a book and lectures quite often both at Menlo School and De Anza College. While he has no problem speaking in front of a crowd, trying to describe the defense his Menlo boys' water polo team plays can leave him tongue-tied. Menlo's defense probably is easier to play than describe. Whatever it is, it works.
Photo: Menlo junior John Holland-McCowan. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
Latest prep sports scores from PA Online Sports.

September 22, 2009 | 1 comment
Pop Warner: Vikings sweep Sunnyvale teams

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings of the Pop Warner football league swept Sunnyvale in the third week of the season. The games took place Sunday, Sept. 19, at Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale. Following are the game summaries.

September 22, 2009 | 1 comment
Today: Simitian holds town hall meeting

State Sen. Joe Simitian is inviting the community to a town hall meeting to discuss state government issues from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday (Sept. 26) in Palo Alto.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: What's it like to be hit by a train?

Man hit by train lives to tell the tale
A man who was struck by a locomotive and lived to tell the story will speak about his experience at the San Mateo Caltrain station at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of a "rail safety month" event held by the rail agency.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: City could approve waste contracts

Menlo Park's City Council could approve two waste management contracts at its Sept. 22 meeting.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Public pension costs on the rise

With the fund for the California Public Employees' Retirement System dropping 23 percent in the 2008-09 fiscal year, local jurisdictions will be asked to shoulder more of the burden.

September 22, 2009 | 51 comments
District declares third straight Spare the Air day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a third consecutive Spare the Air day today (Sept. 22) due to anticipated unhealthy levels of ozone.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Coroner identifies man killed on tracks

12th fatality this year involving Caltrain
The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified a man fatally struck by a train in San Mateo Monday afternoon as 49-year-old Peter Manion.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Priory triumphs in its first football game

Woodside Priory of Portola Valley, in its first season of eight-man football, picked up its first-ever triumph with an impressive 42-16 road victory over Cornerstone Christian on Saturday (Sept. 19).
■ Valley Christian 30, Menlo-Atherton 17

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Docent-led open space hikes

Volunteer docents lead hikes and other free activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Talk on swine flu at Stanford

An infectious disease expert will discuss the swine flu at the Stanford Blood Center on Tuesday (Sept. 22) as part of the university's Cafe Scientifique program.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
POST transfers rare wetlands to land trust

The Peninsula Open Space Trust announced Monday that it has transferred 95 acres of rare wetlands and agricultural land, situated west of Highway 1 in Watsonville, to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Rebuilding veterans

Local man works to provide financial help for U.S. service men and women coming home disabled from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are creating disabled veterans in greater numbers due to advanced life-saving techniques and greater awareness of the emotional impact of war. Menlo Park resident Dana Hendrickson helps some of these men and women until they get situated and start receiving disability benefits. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Health department prepares for flu season

The county's public health department has set up a Web site, a hotline and handouts to inform residents about the two varieties of flu expected this winter and where to get vaccinated.

September 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Photo of horses rises on Woodside's Village Hill

In a preview of things that could come to Woodside, a photo of two horses now overlooks Woodside Road from Village Hill, where a bronze equestrian statue will go if donors contribute the necessary $20,000 for the $100,000 work of art. Photo by Dave Boyce.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Putting cell phone antenna atop school

The school board is set to decide on a plan to install a cellular phone antenna atop the Portola Valley School District office, located at Corte Madera School, at its Sept. 30 meeting.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas district is first in state in API test

The Las Lomitas School District is once again ranked No. 1 in the state among elementary districts in the Academic Performance Index. All four local districts ranked in the top 20.

September 21, 2009 | 6 comments
Atherton: New fees unfair?

Town seeks input from residents on fee schedule.
In the face of withering criticism by a single resident, the Atherton City Council has decided to postpone a decision until November on changing its schedule of fees charged for everything from building permits to facility rentals at Holbrook-Palmer Park.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP's Walter runs for 321 yards and 6 TDs

Gators rally from slow start to beat Valley Christian-Dublin
Sacred Heart Prep senior running back Matt Walter (26) rushed for 321 yards and scored six touchdowns in a 42-23 non-league football victory over visiting Valley Christian-Dublin on Friday.
Both the touchdown total and yardage total are thought to be school records. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.
Latest prep sports scores from PA Online Sports.

September 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School wins wild offensive football battle, 48-39

Diekroeger throws for 336 yards and two TDs in addition to running for two in win over Justin Siena
Menlo senior quarterback Danny Diekroeger threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 48-39 non-league victory over visiting Justin-Siena on Saturday night. File photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

September 21, 2009 | No comments yet
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September 20, 2009 | No comments yet
'Spare the Air' day alert issued for Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Monday, Sept. 21, a "Spare the Air" day due to anticipated unhealthful levels of ozone.

September 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Ristorante Mataro opens in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's newest Italian restaurant, Ristorante Mataro, located at 827 Santa Cruz Ave., recently celebrated its grand opening.

September 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School names its '09 Hall of Fame class

Four new members will be inducted this October
Two aquatic standouts, one basketball player and one two-sport athlete headline Menlo School's 2009 Hall of Fame class.

September 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council could OK no-parking signs on Woodside Road

The Woodside Town Council will consider authorizing the installation of no-parking signs on Woodside Road, with an exemption for student drop-off and pick-up, when it meets on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

September 18, 2009 | 1 comment
Caltrain will return whistles to underside of trains

After moving train whistles to the tops of its engines, then installing a muffler to quiet them, Caltrain is now working to return the whistles to their original location beneath the engines, amid sustained complaints from residents. A Caltrain spokeswoman said she didn't know when the project would be completed, but that the whistles have already been moved on some trains.

September 17, 2009 | 10 comments
Tonight: Hearing on MP employee contracts

Menlo Park will hold a public meeting on employee costs tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 22) in the City Council chambers, located between Alma and Laurel streets in the Civic Center complex. The city's presentation on the topic will begin at 6 p.m.
Click here to watch the meeting.

September 17, 2009 | 4 comments
Wine & Roses benefit for St. Francis Center

The second annual Wine and Roses benefit for St. Francis Center in Redwood City will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Burns estate in Atherton. Premium wines and specimen roses will be featured in a silent auction, along with gourmet dining certificates.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
'Taste of Woodside' this Sunday

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley is sponsoring its annual Taste of Woodside event from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in the courtyard of the Woodside Village Church. Guests will sample wine and food pairings and take part in live and silent auctions. Providing food for the event are Encore Performance Catering, the Mountain House, the Woodside Bakery, Buck's restaurant, the Little Store, and Amigos restaurant.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Talk on eating for a healthier planet

Chef co-authors book about food choices, shopping practices
Chef and Portola Valley resident Laura Stec and atmospheric scientist Eugene Cordero will present a program in Portola Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 22, about food choices and shopping practices that can affect global warming. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Community Hall of the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. Photo: Laura Stec at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale with the farm's education manager, Dan Hafeman. Photo by Michelle Le.

September 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Book Fair offers 30,000 books for sale

One of Menlo Park's oldest traditions, the Menlo Park Friends of the Library Book Fair, takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, on the grounds adjacent to the library, at the corner of Ravenswood Avenue and Laurel Street in the Menlo Park Civic Center. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo, M-A water polo teams move closer to showdowns

Knights, Bears remain unbeaten in PAL heading into Roche Invitational
One of the top boys' water polo tournaments in the state will take place this weekend when Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton play host to the annual Scott Roche Invitational. The 16-team tourney will be held Friday and Saturday at both sites and will feature at a handful of Central Coast Section contenders plus three highly rated teams from San Diego.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools may go solar with federal stimulus funds

Portola Valley schools may go solar, thanks to a nearly $3 million windfall from federal stimulus funds.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
A future for Tinker Park?

MP board saves space for tot lot on Hillview campus
A transformation of the Hillview campus, set to start next year, would have eliminated Tinker Park and used the space as a sort of landscape buffer. But, acting on a request from the city of Menlo Park, the Menlo Park City School District's board opted to carve out a new one-eighth-acre spot for Tinker Park from the 9-acre campus.

September 17, 2009 | 11 comments
Rapid growth in Menlo Park school enrollment

District may open a new school on the O'Connor campus
Student enrollment is climbing dramatically in the Menlo Park City School District, and if the trend keeps up, the only solution may be to open an additional elementary school. District officials are looking at reopening a school at the district-owned O'Connor site.

September 18, 2009 | 2 comments
Plans for Habitat project may be dead

After hearing repeated, vociferous opposition from Belle Haven residents over plans for a Habitat for Humanity housing project, Menlo Park's City Council has reluctantly decided to turn its attention to another possible location for housing in the neighborhood.

September 16, 2009 | 2 comments
Atherton to vote on raising fees

Master fee schedule is on council agenda
Tonight, residents will have possibly their last chance to weigh in on changes to Atherton's fee schedule, the document that dictates prices for everything from building inspections to copies of documents. The Atherton City Council is scheduled to vote on a comprehensive overhaul of the master fee schedule at tonight's meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 16. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road.

September 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Gluten-free event at San Mateo Draeger's market

A day-long event with samples of gluten-free products, cooking demonstrations and lectures is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, as part of Draeger's new Gluten-Free Club at its San Mateo store, 222 East 4th Ave., in San Mateo.

September 15, 2009 | No comments yet
A swimming success?

Three years after Menlo Park's controversial decision to let a private operator run its public pool, Menlo Swim and Sport is winning over swimmers -- and expanding the notion of what a community pool can be

September 16, 2009 | 7 comments
Wednesday: Menlo Park chamber holds mixer

Menlo Park's Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Vizions Artwear and Salon at 644 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

September 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: SRI and environmental sustainability

Dr. Alex Beavers, SRI International's corporate director, will speak about environmental sustainability, and SRI's contributions, at a meeting of Sustainable Menlo Park at 5:30 p.m. today (Sept. 23) at the SRI campus.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Water-efficient landscaping classes

Menlo Park residents can sign up for two water-efficient landscaping classes, co-sponsored by the city and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency.

September 16, 2009 | No comments yet
More clothing retailers open in downtown Menlo

Two new clothing retailers are opening in Menlo Park, the latest additions in an influx of new clothing stores to the downtown area.

September 15, 2009 | 2 comments
Monday: Commission to review El Camino office proposal

Menlo Park's Planning Commission is scheduled to review a proposal to build a two-story office building on El Camino Real.

September 17, 2009 | 1 comment
Thursday: City to unveil plan to revamp downtown area

Menlo Park lays out plans for one or more parking garages, and a small covered marketplace downtown. Public workshop set for Thursday.

September 16, 2009 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council discusses below-market-rate housing in Belle Haven area

Menlo Park is considering two possible locations to add below-market-rate housing units in the Belle Haven neighborhood, despite a sense among some nearby residents that the city is trying to cram ill-advised projects into their neighborhood.

September 15, 2009 | 1 comment
Police Calls

Reports from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 23, 2009 | No comments yet
New garden takes shape at Woodside High

A new vegetable garden at Woodside High is the future home of broccoli, red cabbage, parsley, lettuce and radishes, not the whole list but enough to hint at what the school's new Green Academy is up to.

September 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Sequoia district asks judge to throw out parts of Everest charter school lawsuit

High school district attorneys, in answer to a lawsuit from Everest Public High School, allege portions of the suit are irrelevant and improper and are asking the court to dismiss substantial portions of it. Everest calls the moves "absurd."

September 15, 2009 | 18 comments
Express bus service to city to shrink

Fewer San Mateo County Transit buses will be running, waiting times will be longer, and fares will be higher now that the governing board has adopted a series of schedule and fare changes.

September 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Town Council fines Woodside couple $10,000 for felling trees without a permit

A couple who cut several significant trees in Woodside without a permit drew a hefty fine. The Town Council dramatically reduced the penalty while trying to send a message that in this community, trees have standing.

September 14, 2009 | 8 comments
M-A Vikings Pop Warner football report

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings played against the Tri-Cities Titans and the Junior Midgets against the Andrew Hill Raiders on Sept. 12-13 at Menlo-Atherton High School. Following are the game summaries.

September 14, 2009 | 5 comments
Man robbed in Sand Hill parking lot

Two men broke into an occupied vehicle in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park at about 7:25 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and robbed a 41-year-old man visiting on business from Switzerland, police said.

September 14, 2009 | 1 comment
Thursday: Sunset, Coastal Commission to honor 'heroes'

Thursday event commemorations 25th anniversayr of Coastal Cleanup Day, which has spread worldwide
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, Menlo Park-based Sunset magazine and the California Coastal Commission will hold a gala in San Francisco honoring nine California "coastal heroes" on Thursday, Sept. 17.

September 13, 2009 | 3 comments
Residents share high-speed-rail ideas -- civilly

Transportation officials, residents and elected leaders talk rail at Palo Alto 'teach-in'
High-speed-rail officials vowed Saturday to collaborate with Peninsula residents on the design of the controversial rail line, which has galvanized pockets of opposition in Palo Alto and surrounding communties.

September 13, 2009 | 1 comment
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September 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Docent-led open space hikes

Volunteer docents lead hikes and other free activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

September 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Missing teen found safe

A 15-year-old girl reported missing this morning in unincorporated San Mateo County has been located, according to the Sheriff's Office.

September 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Football: Local schools need to bounce back

All three football teams suffer losses in Week 2 of prep season
Gunn won't be alone in its goal for Week 3 of the high school football season. The Titans, along with Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton, need to find a way to put losses behind them after all three dropped nonleague games on Friday night.
Latest prep sports scores from PA Online Sports.

September 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls' tennis team opens season with a new look

For the first time in coach's 14-year career, Knights have two freshmen atop the singles ladder
Bill Shine has pretty much done it all and seen it all during his 13 years as the head coach of the Menlo School girls' tennis team. He has won seven Central Coast Section titles, 13 consecutive league titles and 321 matches (against 45 losses). This season, however, marks something different in his career. Photo: Menlo School freshman Saga Shermis.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Oaks paint a pretty victory in women's soccer

Rodriguez header gives Menlo a 1-0 victory over Academy of Art
Junior Christine Rodriguez perfectly timed a crossing pass in the air from Megan Wells and headed it into the net and the Menlo College women's soccer team defeated visiting Academy of Art, 1-0, in a nonconference match on Wednesday. Rodriguez, a San Mateo resident, played at Canada College last season. Photo: Christine Rodriguez.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Dining for a good cause

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's Menlo Park El Camino office and Chevy's restaurant, 2907 El Camino Real in Redwood City, invite the public to dine for a good cause from noon to 10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district honors Sept. 11 firefighters

Three hundred and forty three flags, in memory of the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City, adorned the front yard of the fire station at 3322 Alameda De Las Pulgas on Friday's eighth anniversary of the attack. Station 4 was one of three stations in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District so decorated, said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. Photo by Dave Boyce/The Almanac.

September 11, 2009 | 4 comments
Obituary: Dr. Henry Mayer

A memorial gathering for Dr. Henry Mayer, a 60-year-resident of Woodside, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Mendelssohn concert in Atherton

The Saint Michael Trio, artists in residence at Menlo College, will present the first of two concerts celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of composer Felix Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Florence Moore Auditorium at Menlo College in Atherton.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton benefit for My New Red Shoes

Thirty local students will model back-to-school fashions from Old Navy at the Clothing for Confidence fashion show and silent auction to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Swinging festivities in Atherton

Potato sack and spoon and egg races will be among the family activities at "Swing in the Park" from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. The annual fundraiser for the park is sponsored by the Atherton Dames and the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: City offers parents a brief break

For $10, parents can drop their children (ages 8 to 13 only) at Menlo Park's recreation center while the parents enjoy an evening out, at least a short one, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
CCS finalists highlight girls' water polo tourney

St. Francis, SHP, Castilleja and M-A among 16-team field for St. Francis Invitational
The first big girls' water polo tournament of the young season gets under way Friday with many of the top teams in Northern California headed to the annual St. Francis Invitational in Mountain View.

September 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Ex-NFL quarterbacks helping out at Palo Alto High and Menlo School

Former 49ers Steve Bono and John Paye pass along their experience to prep teams
It may seem like only yesterday, at least to some, that Steve Bono and John Paye were running around their respective collegiate and NFL playing fields rifling passes and winning games -- for UCLA, Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers. Their college and NFL careers became footnotes in a media guide and both moved on -- just not too far away from the sport where they made their mark.
Latest prep sports scores from PA Online Sports.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: New women's clothing store opens

A new women's clothing store, Pink & Harmony, will hold a grand opening at its 1155 Crane St. location in Menlo Park on Friday, Sept. 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Bus service to city to shrink as fares grow

Fewer SamTrans buses will be running in San Mateo County after mid-December, and the wait for the next one on some routes will be longer.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Judge to issue Jackling house ruling in 90 days

The judge overseeing the disposition of the 85-year-old Woodside mansion known as the Jackling house heard on Sept. 8 from preservationists and the homeowner and will deliver an opinion within 90 days, Woodside Town Attorney Jean Savaree said.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
SamTrans to hike fares, reduce service

In the wake of a $28.4 million budget deficit, the San Mateo County Transit District's Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday to reduce SamTrans bus service and increase fares.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Readers' Choice awards

Almanac readers pick their superheroes among local shops and services
Ready for a magic carpet ride? Check in with Stephen Miller (left) and Jose Orellano of Stephen Miller Gallery, Readers' Choice pick for best oriental carpet.
Click here to view all photos. (Click on thumbnails to enlarge and view captions.)

September 9, 2009 | 12 comments
The good life, Atherton style

Local authors chronicle 200 years of town's history in new book
In the past 200 years, there's been a rich assortment of stories lived out by debutantes, inventors and tycoons, and now that history of Atherton has been compiled into a 281-page full-color coffee table book. Photo: Early Atherton residents John and Ruth Merrill, with friends and family, in 1888. Courtesy, Merrill family archives.
View all photos. Click on thumbnails to enlarge and view captions.

September 11, 2009 | 4 comments
Stable authorized by U.S. Pony Club

The Glenoaks stable on Alpine Road in Portola Valley is now an authorized member of the U.S. Pony Club, which means the methods and practices of riding lessons there follow established standards of the national organization.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: PV council to discuss citizen task force

A Town Council discussion on public employee pay and benefits in Portola Valley is set for tonight (Sept. 9) at the Historic Schoolhouse. A possible upshot: a citizens advisory committee on the matter.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Homeless facility wins silver 'green' rating

Homeless shelter in Redwood City that has received donations from The Almanac's Holiday Fund is a much greener place with their new building that the U.S. Green Building Association has rated highly.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
High school board's big thinker is retiring

After decades on public school boards, including 12 in Portola Valley and 26 in the high school district come December, Sally Stewart, a conceptual thinker on education issues, is stepping down.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Armed men invade Menlo Park home

Two masked men armed with handguns invaded an occupied home in the 700 block of Ivy Drive in Menlo Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, at about 10:45 a.m. and got away with cash and property after forcing the occupants to lie on the floor, police reported.

September 8, 2009 | 3 comments
Two men robbed on Willow Road

Two men were robbed at gunpoint on Willow Road in Menlo Park on Friday, police reported. A juvenile has turned himself in to police in connection with the robbery, said police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

September 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Rail 'teach-in' moves to Cubberley

Big advance signup exceeds capacity of Palo Alto council chambers
The City of Palo Alto will host a six-hour workshop on the California high-speed rail project Saturday, Sept. 12, designed to teach Peninsula residents about the design process for the $40 billion project, and about high-speed rail systems in general.

September 9, 2009 | 2 comments
Free compost at Bayfront Park

Free compost and mulch can be picked up by Menlo Park residents at Bedwell Bayfront Park on five consecutive Saturdays, beginning Sept. 12, and concluding Oct. 10.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Comment deadline on Bohannon project

Sept. 21 is the deadline to comment on the environmental impact report for the Menlo Gateway office-hotel project proposed by developer David Bohannon.

September 9, 2009 | 4 comments
M-A grad creates Web series on aspiring actors

It's a peculiar kind of purgatory, the life of an actor trying to make it in Hollywood. Waiting in lobbies to audition, sitting through workshops with casting directors, hanging around the craft service table as an extra.

October 13, 2009 | 1 comment
No housing proposed in 1300 ECR project

Plans for new development on El Camino Real proceed without housing units, which some say are sorely needed.

September 9, 2009 | 17 comments
How schools are handling Obama talk

With all the hubbub over whether schools should show President Barack Obama speech Tuesday that urges students to take responsibility for their education, local districts appear to have left it up to principals and teachers.

September 8, 2009 | 4 comments
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September 7, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A Vikings Pop Warner teams kick-off season

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings opened their season against the Redwood City 49ers on Sept. 5 and 6 at Menlo-Atherton High School. The Vikings split the games with the tough close-town rivals.

September 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo wins big; M-A routed by Wilcox

Blowouts resulted in victories for Menlo and an ugly loss for Menlo-Atherton to kick off the 2009 high school football season on Friday night.

September 6, 2009 | No comments yet
SHP rushes to a 34-0 season-opening victory

Gators have three running backs all gain over 100 yards in another solid effort
Sacred Heart Prep has a lot to prove this football season after a surprising 11-1-1 record in 2008 that included a PAL Ocean Division co-title and the program's first-ever Central Coast Section playoff berth.
Latest prep sports scores from Palo Alto Online Sports.

September 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Student charged in shooting pleads not guilty

A Skyline College student charged with bringing a firearm onto campus in connection with the shooting of another student Wednesday pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court Friday afternoon.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
New principal

Laurel Elementary's new principal Linda Creighton introduces herself to new kindergarten students Mila and Julia during Bryn Cahill's class. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside therapy programs uses horses to help veterans

Woodside therapy program uses horses to help military veterans suffering from traumatic injuries. Photo: Military veteran Derek Liu works on trunk stability and core strength while balancing himself on the horse, Boon, as volunteer Susan Bosse-Atwell steers at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 28, 2009 | No comments yet
CCS title game rematch gets girls' water polo season under way

Two-time defending champ Sacred Heart Prep takes on 2008 runnerup Castilleja in season opener on Friday
The Sacred Heart Prep girls' water polo team has won back-to-back Central Coast Section Division II championships. The Castilleja girls' squad has won none. Sacred Heart Prep has ended Castilleja's season four straight years. Castilleja would like to end that string of frustration.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School gets fresh start in a new league

Five losses to finish 2008 football season puts Knights in PAL Ocean this year
Menlo School's football team is hoping a new league will give it a new outlook in 2009. The Knights, who finished 6-5 last season after a 6-0 start, were moved down to the Ocean Division of the PAL at the expense of rival Sacred Heart Prep and The Kings' Academy. South San Francisco also was moved down to the "B" level league.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A wants less drama this season

After a wild and whacky 2008 season, Bears have a new coach looking for fewer theatrics
The Menlo-Atherton football team's 2008 campaign had more drama and turmoil than a Hollywood script. Call it "High School Unusual I." It didn't have Academy award written all over it but, it was a doozy of a campaign. Try this one on for size: Coach quits during preseason. Interim coach takes over and leads team to eight straight victories and a Central Coast Section Large School Division. Interim coach then wins the league's Coach of the Year award. Coach, however, doesn't get hired back. Junior quarterback transfers after the football season.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep kicks off football season with high hopes

Gators hoping to recreate some more excitement in the postseason after 11-1-1 finish in '08
For some, it's springtime in Paris. For others, it's Christmas in New York City. For Sacred Heart Prep football coach Pete Lavorato, the most magical time of the year is November and high school football playoffs.
Latest prep sports scores.

September 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Breakfast benefit for Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate will hold a benefit breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

September 3, 2009 | No comments yet
El Camino development clears commission

Plans for a 110,000 square-foot, 40-foot-high building at the site of an abandoned auto dealership on El Camino Real have cleared Menlo Park's Planning Commission.

September 3, 2009 | 8 comments
Passionate boos, cheers mark Eshoo meeting

Congresswoman holds Town Hall Wednesday night at Gunn High School to explain her bill, answer questions
A vocal crowd of nearly 1,000 people turned out Wednesday night for a town hall meeting with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, on national health care proposals. Boos and applause, in what seemed to be nearly equal measures, greeted the congresswoman at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

September 3, 2009 | 22 comments
Woodside vaulters take first, second spots

Members of the Woodside Vaulters equestrian vaulting club took home first place in the one-star team event, and second place at the two-star team event, at the Kentucky Vaulting Cup competition in Lexington, Kentucky.

September 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Phillips Brooks' Bitsie Root marries Bill Epperly

Elizabeth "Bitsie" Root presided over countless ceremonies at Phillips Brooks School during the nearly 20 years she served as head of the school. The most meaningful ceremony she's ever taken part in at the school, however, took place Aug. 15, when the school's amphitheater was the setting for her marriage to William "Bill" Epperly.

September 11, 2009 | 1 comment
Giant oak falls at M-A High

A large oak tree in the Menlo-Atherton High School parking lot collapsed over a wall, landing on the sidewalk and covering half of Middlefield Road between Ringwood and Ravenswood avenues around 3 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2). Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 2, 2009 | 28 comments
Menlo Park Legends wrap up first season

The Menlo Park Legends finished their inaugural season with a 14-15 record, good for sixth out of the 12 teams in their league.

September 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Life sciences companies make pitches

Life sciences companies seeking funding will make pitches to potential investors at a private networking event on the Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park Wednesday, Sept. 9.

September 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Back to School: Public school roundup

• M-A High to open new performing arts center
Students returning to the classroom are being greeted by new teachers, programs, and facilities.
Elementary school districts in Menlo Park and Atherton reported higher enrollments over last year, while Portola Valley schools' enrollment was slightly down and Woodside's was almost the same as last year.

September 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Forbes: Atherton home asking prices drop

Are there bargains to be had in the Atherton real estate market? Forbes, which ranks Atherton No. 2 on its list of "America's 500 Most Expensive ZIP Codes," reports that home asking prices have tumbled 23 percent in the town over the past year.

September 2, 2009 | 1 comment
Labor Day schedule for trains, buses

Going somewhere on Labor Day? Caltrain and SamTrans announced limited service holiday schedules for Monday, Sept. 7.

September 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Parent education nights at M-A, WHS

Parents of families who are new or returning to Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools have opportunities on Thursday, Sept. 3, to become acquainted with the schools.

September 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Summer Symphony celebrates its 50th

This year Summer Symphony will celebrate its 50 years in style with a performance by British soul singer Seal, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Frost Amphitheater. Photo: Quin Whitman, left, and Betsy Matteson are co-chairs of Summer Symphony.

September 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Nursery celebrates 90 years in Menlo Park

Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop will be decked out in red, white and blue during September to celebrate its 90 years of business in Menlo Park. The patriotic theme will be carried out in banners, balloons and bunting, says manager Gary Entwistle.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Private schools: new facilities for new year

The new school year brings new students, facilities and programs to local private high schools. Among the changes: a new science and student life building at Sacred Heart Preparatory, a new gym at Menlo School, and a new football program at Woodside Priory.

September 2, 2009 | No comments yet
MP man accused of having sex with child

A Menlo Park man and two other American men accused of traveling to Cambodia to have sex with children will face federal charges in the United States, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

September 1, 2009 | 6 comments
Caltrain says whistle volume back to normal

Over a month after local residents started complaining about the greatly increased volume of Caltrain horns, the rail agency has lowered the volume of the whistles on all the trains back to their pre-increase decibel levels.

September 1, 2009 | 18 comments
Water polo players earn All-American honors from Junior Olympics

Stanford Water Polo Club has four players named to first team
Water polo success at the 2009 S&R Sport Junior Olympics this summer was rewarded again recently when local boys and girls were recognized with All-American honors from the national tournaments held in the area and based at Stanford University.

September 1, 2009 | No comments yet
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September 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Eshoo town hall on health care

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, says she will hold a face-to-face "town hall" meeting on health care issues Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Gunn High School in Palo Alto. It will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road.

August 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Solar array to offset huge electricity bills

A Woodside homeowner who pays about $40,000 yearly for 105,000 kilowatt hours of electricity is having a 10-500-square foot ground-mounted solar array installed on a secluded meadow to cover all his electricity needs.

September 1, 2009 | 2 comments
Today: Blues & Barbecue in Portola Valley

The schoolhouse/council chamber in Portola Valley is the guest of honor at this year's annual Blues & Barbecue festival from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. The Community Events committee announces that the Blues & Barbecue silent auction listing is now available for preview.

September 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Boys would testify if coach goes to trial

The boys who accused M-A longtime cross-country assistant coach Kelly Weston of racially charged remarks and threats would have to testify in trial, if the case comes to that.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
School board member withdraws from race

Elianne Frenkel-Popell, a member of the Woodside Elementary School board who filed for re-election in July, has withdrawn her candidacy, leaving four people in the running for the three open seats.

August 31, 2009 | No comments yet
New restaurant to open at Allied Arts

Cafe Primavera replaces Red Currant
A new restaurant, Cafe Primavera, will open Friday, Sept. 4, at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. It replaces the Red Currant, a Mediterranean bistro, which closed Aug. 31 after nearly two years at the location.

August 31, 2009 | 1 comment
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

September 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools gets $2.9 million

The 735-student Portola Valley School District hit the jackpot in the recent lottery for federal stimulus money. The district will receive $2.85 million in federal income tax credits.

September 2, 2009 | 2 comments
Forming medical marijuana clubs

San Mateo County is accepting applications for medical marijuana clubs in unincorporated areas.

September 4, 2009 | 3 comments
Talk on twins as a key to nature's secrets

The monthly Cafe Scientifique event at SRI International on Tuesday, Sept. 8, presents a scientist's view of twins and how they have aided in the study of human illnesses. The program starts at 6 p.m.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Police videotape crowd at rail meeting

Tipped off by blogs that there would be a big crowd at the Aug. 26 high-speed rail meeting, a Menlo Park police officer videotaped the crowd in the hopes of deterring violence among groups of protesters.

August 31, 2009 | 22 comments
600 come to Eshoo's high-speed rail meet

A chance to question Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, face-to-face drew hundreds of people to the Menlo Park City Council chambers on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26. A capacity crowd filled the building, with police officers assisting in turning away insistent gate-crashers. A couple hundred folding chairs were set up outside the chambers, and they filled up quickly. Police estimate that about 600 people attended.

September 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Tempers flare in debate over public pay

Long-simmering political tensions boiled over at Menlo Park's City Council meeting Aug. 25, sparked by a San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report on rising public employee costs.

August 31, 2009 | 19 comments
Signup time for fall classes in Portola Valley

It's not a school, but it can be educational in the fall at Portola Valley Town Center. A new catalog of children and adult classes held there includes the martial arts, physical fitness, science and nature, and creative and language arts.

August 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Report forecasts Bay Area growth

Santa Clara will be the largest populated county, report says
The Bay Area will be home to an additional 1.7 million people over the next 25 years and they will witness rising sea levels, a reduced snow pack, additional forest fires and more record heat days, according to a report released Friday by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

August 29, 2009 | 2 comments
Readers' Choice awards

Almanac readers pick their superheroes among local shops and services
In a league of their own are the folks at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park, which won for best live music and tied with Cafe Borrone for best cafe.
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August 28, 2009 | 12 comments
Monday: Andy Garcia memorial run

The eighth annual Andy Garcia Memorial 5K Run-Walk-Bike event takes off on Labor Day, Sept. 7, from Triangle Park in Portola Valley.

September 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Labor Day weekend: Kings Mountain Art Fair

Kings Mountain Art Fair, a favorite Labor Day weekend outing since 1963, will be held on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 5-7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd., near Woodside.

September 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday at Webb Ranch: Kids read to the animals

Children who have difficulty reading and reading aloud may find it not as daunting when the audience is a cute farm animal at an event Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Webb Ranch produce stand on Alpine Road just east of Interstate 280.

August 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Margaret Gale Moore

A memorial service was held Friday (Aug. 28) for Margaret "Maggie" Gale Moore at Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park. A journalist who worked on several south Peninsula newspapers, she died Aug. 19 at her home in Menlo Park at age 85.

August 28, 2009 | No comments yet
A Bridge to somewhere

Local program gives motivated students resources to succeed in school
Not many middle school students know very much about college, let alone what school they would like to attend. Seventh-grader Dominique Johnson, however, knows exactly where she'd like to be.

August 28, 2009 | No comments yet
REAL ESTATE: Woodside home sells for $1.1 million

A house on Ware Road in Woodside sold for $1,125,000 on July 21, 2009. The house previously sold for $1,595,000 in October 2002. TheAlmanacOnline's real estate Web site features a listing of homes sold in local towns, maps of homes for sale, neighborhood guides, virtual tours and more.

August 27, 2009 | 2 comments
Menlo grad Jackson catches on with the Cleveland Browns

Former Oaks' All-American still has a pro football career after signing as a free agent
Nate Jackson's professional football career was extended Monday when the former Menlo College All-American signed with the Cleveland Browns as a tight end. Jackson, who will be inducted into the Oaks Athletics Hall of Fame in October, was released by the Denver Broncos following last season.

August 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Plenty of changes for 2009 prep football season

Priory will play seven-man football; Sacred Heart Prep joins PAL Bay Division
The 2009 high school football season will find a new team in the area and a handful of changes when things officially get under way on Sept. 4 with three nonleague games.

August 27, 2009 | 2 comments
Sunday: Car wash benefits soccer team

A car wash for the benefit of the local Juventus Thunder soccer team will be held Sunday (Aug. 30) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mel's Bowl at 2580 El Camino Real in Redwood City. The charge is $7 per car.

August 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Students sought for journalism 'boot camp'

The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club will host its second annual "High School Journalism Boot Camp" on Sept. 11 for Bay Area high school students interested in studying journalism.

August 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Couple found dead in Woodside identified

San Mateo County authorities have identified the deceased Woodside couple discovered on Aug. 27 in a home on Woodside Drive in the Woodside Hills neighborhood after what appeared to be a murder-suicide by handgun.

August 27, 2009 | 10 comments
Sunday: Benefit concert in Portola Valley

Six graduate students from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music will perform a two-hour fundraising concert at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, to benefit a clean-water program in Mexico.

August 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Jackson makes contact with Cleveland

Menlo College grad still has a pro football career after signing as a free agent
Nate Jackson's professional football career was extended Monday when the former Menlo College All-American signed with the Cleveland Browns as a tight end. Jackson, who will be inducted into the Oaks Athletics Hall of Fame in October, was released by the Denver Broncos following last season.

August 27, 2009 | 1 comment
Huge crowd vents rail woes

Health care protesters turn up to Eshoo's rail meeting
Several hundred gathered outside of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's high-speed rail meeting in the Menlo Park City Council chambers Wednesday night, Aug. 26. With the 170-seat council chambers filled, most people listened in via loudspeakers. Some in the crowd were there to demonstrate on health care issues. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
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August 26, 2009 | 5 comments
Tonight: Talk on future of geothermal energy

Geophysicist Colin Williams will discuss the challenges and future of geothermal energy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in Building 3, Conference Room A, of the Menlo Park offices of the USGS at 345 Middlefield Road.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Judge sides with Menlo Park, Atherton over flaws in high-speed rail review

Opponents of a plan to send high-speed trains shooting down the Peninsula's Caltrain corridor -- including the Menlo Park and Atherton city councils -- won a lawsuit challenging the environmental study of the project.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Judge sides with MP, Atherton over flaws in high-speed rail review; could delay project

Opponents of a plan to send high-speed trains shooting down the Peninsula's Caltrain corridor -- including the Menlo Park and Atherton city councils -- won a ruling in a lawsuit challenging the environmental study of the project.

August 26, 2009 | 22 comments
Teen suspect in court on pipe-bomb incident

A 17-year-old boy being charged as an adult for allegedly bringing weapons and explosives to Hillsdale High School in San Mateo on Monday was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday (Aug. 26).

August 26, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo Park credit union robbed

An armed man robbed the Tyco Credit Union at 220 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park on Wednesday (Aug. 26) at about 3 p.m. and got away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Ribbon-cutting for Marqs in Menlo

Marqs in Menlo, the new restaurant at 1143 Crane St. in downtown Menlo Park, will hold a grand opening celebration at 5 p.m. Friday night (Aug. 28), starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Heyward Robinson.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Teen dance in Portola Valley

Portola Valley is sponsoring a teen dance at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road. Local seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, with guests, are invited.

August 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Coroner releases name of Caltrain victim

Catrina Holmes, 13, identified as the Palo Alto girl who took her life last Friday night
Catrina Holmes, 13, of Palo Alto was officially identified as the girl who stepped in front of a Caltrain late Friday night, ending her life. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner and Coroner's Office confirmed her identity, which already was widely known in the community. Related stories:
Catrina was active, honest, private, friend says
Caltrain calls for community mental-health effort
District worries about suicide 'cluster'

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Catherine R. McCartney

Catherine R. "Kitty" McCartney, who died July 21 at the age of 79, is a former Menlo Park resident who lived in Portola Valley for 28 years. Her Portola Valley home was a log cabin, formerly used as a hunting cabin, says longtime friend Janie Barman.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Irene W. Stainback, 101

Irene W. Stainback, a resident of The Sequoias in Portola Valley, died July 18. She was 101 years old.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Albert "Steve" Rogers

Albert "Steve" Rogers, drafted weeks after graduation in 1940, became an Air Force fighter pilot and was sent to Europe, flying 72 combat missions in his P-38 in England, North Africa and Sicily. He died July 9 at age 91.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Rep. Eshoo message on rail, health meetings

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
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August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo plans in-person town hall on health care

Tow more 'telephone town halls' are planned for Thursday, Aug. 27
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, says she will hold a face-to-face "town hall" meeting on health care issues on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.
Rep. Eshoo message on high-speed rail, health meetings.
Highlights of Eshoo's responses on health care reform

August 25, 2009 | 21 comments
Cop killer case: Jury selection begins

Jury selection begins Wednesday in the San Mateo County Superior Court trial of a man accused of fatally shooting East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May in January 2006. May had family connections in Atherton.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Child care: Council leaning toward privatization

City may give parents chance to operate program
A majority of City Council members are trying to find a way for the city to extricate itself from running the program for preschool-age children, without leaving parents in the lurch.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Author puts human face on climate change, water crisis

Book offers compelling narrative of survival, and hope for tackling future water scarcity challenges
Menlo Park native James G. Workman reads from his book, "Heart of Dryness," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The event is free. Information: 324-4321. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Eshoo session on high-speed rail

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will host a question and answer session on high-speed rail with project experts at a public forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, according to Ms. Eshoo's Web site.
Palo Alto to host workshop on high-speed rail Sept. 12.

August 25, 2009 | 5 comments
Review: 'The Frogs' shines with fine acting

The winds of change are unrelenting, tastes and attitudes shift with the times, the players' brief candles burn out and the next cast struts and frets upon life's stage, but this remains constant: In the eyes of the elders, the world is always going to hell in a handbasket.

August 26, 2009 | 2 comments
School bomb: Police say teen likely acted alone

San Mateo police believe that a former Hillsdale High School student who was arrested after he allegedly detonated an explosive device inside the school Monday morning acted alone, but his motive for the attack is still unclear.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Golden Acorn Award winners announced

Menlo Park's Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its Golden Acorn Awards, recognizing community service and business excellence in the city.

August 27, 2009 | 1 comment
Charter high school gets off to running start

Freshmen to spend first two weeks on Stanford campus.
Ninth graders inaugurating the first school year at Everest (charter) Public High School in Redwood City got to know faculty and staff through a scavenger hunt for facts about them. And to help them with an overview of their goals, they're spending the first two weeks of school on the Stanford University campus.

August 25, 2009 | 29 comments
Tonight: Study session on El Camino plan

A Menlo Park City Council study session to review the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the City Council Chambers, in the Civic Center, between Alma and Laurel streets.

August 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park tried to land Tesla headquarters

When Tesla Motors announced Aug. 18 that it plans to relocate its headquarters from San Carlos to Palo Alto later this year, several Menlo Park residents asked whether their city made a push for the electric car maker, which has a showroom in Menlo Park.

August 25, 2009 | 11 comments
Technology problems, late notice on first teleconference

Technology problems and critical omissions meant late arrival for some.
While some other members of Congress are mixing it up with constituents face-to-face in heated discussions of health care legislation, taking questions via teleconference is becoming a staple for U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park).

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Zero-tolerance on cell phone driving law

650 drivers were cited on Aug. 11
The California Highway Patrol today will conduct the second zero-tolerance enforcement this month of the state's hands-free cell phone law.

August 25, 2009 | 5 comments
Caltrain, suicide experts address teen deaths

Caltrain officials said Monday that the best way to deter teen suicides on Caltrain tracks is to address mental health issues on a community level and tone down news coverage of the deaths of several young people at a Palo Alto crossing since May.

August 24, 2009 | No comments yet
District: Kids' emotional health a top concern

But schools cannot solve the problem alone, officials warn
In the wake of three student Caltrain suicides in four months, student emotional health has become a top priority for the Palo Alto Unified School District -- but school officials say they cannot solve the problem alone. A community-wide coalition is being formed.
Related story:
Terman teachers to counsel students tonight

August 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Train death averted by quick-thinking engineer

A recent spate of tragedies along the tracks has everyone, perhaps especially Caltrain engineers, on edge. But among the horrible stories is one from Mountain View with a relatively happy ending: a near miss, where the engineer was able to stop the train in time.

August 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Cyclists find their groove at Tour de Menlo

About 500 cyclists from all over the Bay Area took part in the fifth annual Tour de Menlo Saturday, enjoying a beautiful day on the Peninsula as they tackled a few hills along the way. Photo: After taking a lunch break at Picchetti Winery, a cyclist walks his bike down to the road back toward Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

August 24, 2009 | 5 comments
San Mateo high school evacuated after explosion

No injuries or damages were reported
Hillsdale High School in San Mateo has been evacuated and one person has been arrested after he allegedly set off a device believed to have been pipe bomb inside the school this morning, according to Kirk Black, associate superintendent of the San Mateo Union High School District.

August 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Police step up presence at schools, tracks

In wake of Friday night suicide at West Meadow Drive, Palo Alto police, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office boost track patrols
Rocked by the Friday night suicide of a 13-year-old girl, Palo Alto police plan "a large presence" at schools and at train crossings this week to reach out to the community's young people, Sgt. Dan Ryan, a police-department spokesman announced this morning.

August 24, 2009 | 6 comments
Palo Alto to host workshop on high-speed rail

The city of Palo Alto will host a workshop Sept. 12 to teach participants about the high-speed rail plans on the Peninsula, event officials announced.

August 24, 2009 | 1 comment
Docent-led open space hikes

Hikes on preserves of Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Volunteer docents lead hikes and other free activities on the preserves of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

August 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Cyclists find their groove at Tour de Menlo Saturday

About 500 cyclists from all over the Bay Area took part in the fifth annual Tour de Menlo Saturday, enjoying a beautiful day on the Peninsula as they tackled a few hills along the way.

August 23, 2009 | 5 comments
Our Regional Heritage

This 1983 photo shows the new ramp to the Atherton Community Library before landscaping was installed. The library is an active part of life in Atherton, offering books and programs for all age groups. Photo courtesy Atherton Heritage Association.

August 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo plans another "phone meeting" today

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has announced another "Telephone Town Hall Meeting" on health care reform. This one is set for 6:40 p.m. Monday. Aug. 24.
Eshoo shares details of health care proposal

August 23, 2009 | 1 comment
Tonight: capturing and conserving water

August's Green-Speaker event in Portola Valley highlights water conservation in two talks scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the community hall at the Portola Valley Town Center.

August 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Cyclist suffers head injury in collision

A bicyclist suffered serious head injuries after colliding with a vehicle on state Highway 92 in unincorporated San Mateo County this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Girl, 13, dies at train crossing

A Caltrain struck and killed a girl on the tracks Friday night in Palo Alto at the same crossing where two teenagers were fatally hit by trains earlier this summer, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said today. The girl was a 13-year-old Terman Middle School student, Dunn said. She was initially identified as being 16-years-old.

August 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain cuts service, hikes parking fees

Caltrain will increase parking fees and reduce train frequency effective Monday, Aug. 31, in an effort to eliminate a $2.7 million deficit, a spokeswoman said Friday.

August 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Grab your earplugs: Caltrain starts four weeks of night work

Residents living near the Caltrain tracks and their intersections with Encinal, Glenwood, Oak Grove and Ravenswood avenues can expect to have their sleep disrupted beginning Sunday, Aug. 23, for the next four weeks as Caltrain works on railroad crossings.

August 21, 2009 | 26 comments
Eshoo shares details of health care proposal

Congresswoman held 'Telephone Town Hall' Wednesday, plans another one for Monday
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, talked about the need for health care reform, the status of the current proposals and the legislative process of getting the bills passed during a "Telephone Town Hall" with her constituents Wednesday evening.

August 21, 2009 | 42 comments
San Mateo County court to lay off 60 employees

The San Mateo County Superior Court expects to lay off about 60 employees in the coming weeks due to an estimated $3.89 million budget shortfall, according to county officials.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: It's food drive day at county fair

The San Mateo County Fair is offering $3 off admission to anyone who brings donated canned food items by 5 p.m. today (Friday, Aug. 21). The offer is part of a drive to promote community awareness of poverty and hunger, a spokesperson said.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday: Celebration of African culture

African Library Project plans blow-out party Sunday in Portola Valley
The roots of rhythm in African music will be brought to Portola Valley on Sunday with a celebration of African culture, art, food and people. "Celebrate Africa!" will also mark the success of a young organization -- the African Library Project -- dedicated to creating community libraries and spreading literacy throughout Africa.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
City skeptical about Children's Hospital design

Architectural board praises landscaping elements, but calls building too massive and intimidating
A revised plan to expand the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital ran into a skeptical group of Palo Alto Architectural Review Board members Thursday, who criticized the proposed addition as boxy, intimidating and far too massive.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Ruptured gas main repaired

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews repaired a broken gas main on College Ave. in Menlo Park on Thursday, PG&E reported.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service on Saturday for Dr. Andrew White of Menlo Park

A celebration of the life of Dr. Andrew Willis White Jr., a 41-year resident of Menlo Park, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, 2440 Leghorn St. in Mountain View. Dr. White, who died July 15 at Sunny View Retirement Community in Cupertino, was 87.

August 20, 2009 | 1 comment
It's green transportation day at county fair

The San Mateo County Fair is offering a $3 admission discount to any adult who arrives by 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 20) via Caltrans, SamTrans, or bike. The fair grounds are at 2495 S. Delaware Street in San Mateo.

August 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Lacrosse boys win silver, advance to championships

The Norcal Boys Under-15 (U15) Vail lacrosse team received the silver medal at the recent Warrior Vail 2009 Shootout. As a result, the team qualified for the Dick's Sporting Goods National Championships, which will take place Jan. 1-3 in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Members of the team include locals, from left, Alex Lopez, Kotaro Kihira and Nicholas Mullen.

August 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunday at Peet's: How to brew 'perfect' cup

Jamie Michel, the assistant store manager at the new Peet's Coffee & Tea on El Camino Real in Menlo Park, will host a program Sunday, Aug. 23, about how to brew the "perfect cup" of coffee with various at-home brewing methods.

August 20, 2009 | 2 comments
'Running with the Tiger' follows a life through World War II China

Ansie Lee Sperry of Portola Valley will present her memoirs of growing up in China — from her birth in 1914, through the Japanese invasion, to a prison camp in the Philippines — at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.

August 19, 2009 | 2 comments
Atherton: Higher fees raise big-picture questions

Advertising an event with a big banner sign at the intersection of Marsh and Middlefield roads is going to get a lot more costly.

August 19, 2009 | 3 comments
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August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo: 'Phone Town Hall' on health care tonight

Participants are asked to register on her website by 3 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, will hold a telephone meeting with constituents tonight (Wednesday) to discuss health care reform -- if they register by 3 p.m. on her website: www.Eshoo.house.gov.

August 19, 2009 | 2 comments
Free admission until 3 at county fair

The San Mateo County Fair, located at 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo, is providing free admission for anyone who arrives before 3 p.m. today (Aug. 19).

August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Give blood, receive career counseling

Donors who give blood at one of Stanford Blood Center's three locations, in Palo Alto and Mountain View, from now until Saturday, Aug. 22, will be eligible to attend a free career-counseling event on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
150,000 expected at Palo Alto weekend art fest

Downtown Palo Alto will be filled with artists and art lovers, the curious and the kids Saturday and Sunday
Art lovers are expected to arrive in droves to Palo Alto's University Avenue this weekend for the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. This is the 28th year of the festival, which features hundreds of fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting their creations.

August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Author Melanie Gideon at Kepler's

Author Melanie Gideon will present her new book, "The Slippery Year," today (Aug. 19) at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. ==B Click here for more information.

August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
It's senior day at the San Mateo County Fair

The San Mateo County Fair, located at 2495 S. Delaware Street in San Mateo, is hosting Senior's Day today (Aug. 18). People over 55 can enter the fair for free.

August 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Tour de Menlo rolls out

Cyclists are invited to sign up for the 2009 Tour de Menlo, a scenic ride over Peninsula roads that benefits Rotary Club tutoring and scholarship programs. The ride, set for Saturday, Aug. 22, has three routes, all starting at Menlo-Atherton High School, with a lunch stop at the Picchetti Winery in the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino.

August 18, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A track coach charged with threatening kids

An assistant track coach at Menlo-Atherton High School is facing misdemeanor charges after being accused of making racially charged remarks to three pre-teen Hispanic youths in connection with a soccer ball that hit the wall of the coach's home.

August 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Council flare-up over controversial postcard

An exchange between members of the Portola Valley Town Council exposed the controversy behind a Town Hall decision to mail a postcard on the town's financial condition three months ahead of an election that could decide the fate of a tax on utility bills.

August 19, 2009 | 1 comment
Tesla plans to move headquarters to Palo Alto

Electric-vehicle manufacturer to occupy former Agilent building in Stanford Research Park
Tesla Motors, whose sleek, flashy roadsters have become a visible emblem of Bay Area's growing electric-car industry, is moving its headquarters to Palo Alto.

August 18, 2009 | 16 comments
Woodsiders win gold in cycling at senior games

Dawn Neisser and John Novitsky, both of Woodside, came away from the 2009 Summer National Senior Games with gold medals in cycling.

August 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Chambers hold tri-city mixer

The chambers of commerce from Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto plan to hold a business networking event at the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26.

August 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Housing development wins award

The "Lane Woods" housing development, near the Sunset magazine campus at Willow and Middlefield roads, won two "Gold Nugget" awards at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in July.

August 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Accident near Draeger's wasn't first since '05

Woman says she sustained major injuries when struck March 13 at intersection near Draeger's market.

August 17, 2009 | 2 comments
Office building proposed at Sand Hill, Santa Cruz

The owner of two parcels at Santa Cruz Avenue and Sand Hill Road in unincorporated San Mateo County is applying to build a two-story multi-use building on the property.

August 18, 2009 | 4 comments
Getting a handle on the Bohannon project

Menlo Park is holding a general meeting for city commissions and residents today (Wednesday, Aug. 19), on the Bohannon project. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Civic Center complex, between Laurel and Alma streets.

August 19, 2009 | 7 comments
Sunday: Fundraiser benefits African Library Project

African drummers and dancers will perform at "Celebrate Africa," a benefit for the African Library Project, to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Portola Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

August 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo resident, 103, asks city to repave street

Menlo Park resident Dorothy Bolton says she has waited patiently for 53 years for the city to resurface her street.

August 19, 2009 | 4 comments
Kepler's celebrates Julia Child's birthday

With everybody talking about Julia Child, the beloved chef, author and television personality featured in the movie, "Julie & Julia," Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park is celebrating her Aug. 15 birthday with a party Thursday, Aug. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. -- complete with cake and champagne.

August 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo: No plans for health care town hall?

As people pack town hall meetings across the country on plans for health care reform, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has not announced plans to hold a similar meeting with her constituents during Congress' August recess.

August 17, 2009 | 59 comments
Early start

Preschool graduates, from left, Adrian Lisala, Alex Parker, Eseta Feao and Rosalba Montes anticipate their graduation ceremony held recently at Family Service Child Development Center at Haven in Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

August 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Vehicles vandalized in Emerald Lake Hills

At least 19 vehicles were damaged early Saturday morning allegedly by occupants in a truck who were spotted throwing rocks at the windows of parked cars in the Emerald Lake Hills area of San Mateo County, a sheriff's sergeant said.

August 15, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Interview with Roger Gentilhomme, age 100

Centegenarian an inspiration at the Senior Games
Roger Gentilhomme fought a high-noon battle against his opponent on the court at Taube Family Tennis Center during the hottest part of the day Tuesday. The oven-like radiating heat on the tennis court in mid-August was enough to wilt even the most robust athlete, but Gentilhomme, 100 years old, fought on.

August 15, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Competition fierce on volleyball court

San Diego Mavericks edge Utah in women's 50-54 age group
The tension on the volleyball courts was high Wednesday as two groups of undefeated teams played each other until one moved forward towards the championship round. In the women's 50-54 age bracket, the favorites to take the gold medal were the BAD team from Utah and the Mavericks from San Diego. Related material:
VIDEO: Interviews with Senior Games athletes
VIDEO Celebration of Athletes features Steve Young, Jennifer Azzi
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 13, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 12, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES ARCHIVE

August 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Report: Valley jobs decline while pay increases

Despite record unemployment rates, some sectors of Silicon Valley's high-tech economy continue to shine, according to a report released Wednesday.

August 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Test of new Atherton emergency siren

Residents of West Atherton can expect to hear a really loud noise at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, but they needn't worry -- it's only a test. A ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new emergency evacuation siren for the Walsh Road neighborhood of West Atherton is set for 3 p.m., followed by a demonstration of the siren's ear-splitting peal a half-hour later.

August 13, 2009 | No comments yet
More candidates emerge for local races

Late filing period ended Wednesday
A last chance for newcomers to run for election in November brought out a handful of late-filing candidates for local districts. The extended filing period ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, for all races in which an incumbent chose not to run for re-election.

August 13, 2009 | 4 comments
Teens with cancer to enjoy 'Girls Day Out'

A group of teenage girls being treated for cancer at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital will be given a special "girls day out" today.

August 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Dog walk raises funds for animals

The Peninsula Humane Society will hold the 15th annual Mutt Strutt community dog walk fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. Registration and festivities begin at 9 a.m.

August 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Howard Wilshire on 'American West at Risk'

Howard Wilshire, author of "The American West at Risk: Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery," will be featured at a reception and book reading on Thursday, Aug. 13, in Menlo Park.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo College adds six freshman to its women's volleyball roster

Several of the newcomers could compete for playing time right away
The Menlo College women's volleyball team probably didn't need to stock up on talented players for the upcoming season. But they did. Cal Pac Coach of the Year Bill Imwalle probably didn't need to add another sharp volleyball mind to his coaching staff either. But he did. Photo: Freshman Stephanie Moderine.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Another mountain lion sighting in Woodside

Second report within four days triggers a warning to residents, hikers, joggers
A mountain lion sighting was reported tonight in Woodside, according to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services. The lion was spotted on Roan Place near Patrol Road at about 8:05 p.m., emergency officials said. It was the second reported sighting in four days.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
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August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Suspect briefly escapes from sheriff's custody

A burglary suspect who managed to escape from a San Mateo County sheriff's van while being transported back to jail from a court appearance Tuesday was apprehended almost immediately, a sheriff's lieutenant said today.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Trial date for man accused of ringing doorbells while naked

Peter Allen Steele, a tall 38-year-old Union City man accused of ringing residential doorbells near Woodside High School while naked, pleaded not guilty at an Aug. 11 arraignment.

August 12, 2009 | 2 comments
Memorial service for David Coldoff

A memorial service for David Elliott Coldoff, a longtime Atherton resident, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Mr. Coldoff died Aug. 5 at age 75.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Heat doesn't stop track and field athletes

Canadian Pam Stuart adds to her medal collection with win in triple jump
The heat may have been oppressive at Stanford Monday, but it apparently didn't faze Canadian Pam Stuart, who took home the gold medal in the women's triple jump with a leap of 8.03-meters in the Senior Games 50-54 age group.
Related material:
VIDEO: Interviews with Senior Games athletes
VIDEO Celebration of Athletes features Steve Young, Jennifer Azzi
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 11, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 10, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES ARCHIVE

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service for David Coldoff

A memorial service for David Elliott Coldoff, a longtime Atherton resident, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Mr. Coldoff died Aug. 5 at age 75.

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Dr. Robert Constantz

Kaiser Permanente, Redwood City, founding physician
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley, for Dr. Robert B. Constantz Sr., who died Aug. 4 at age 86. Dr. Constantz practiced medicine with Kaiser Permanente for 45 years, and at one time served as president of staff. They built one of the original homes on La Mesa Drive in Ladera, where their sons Mark and Brent were born. They moved to Alpine Hills in 1966.
Memorial service Tuesday (Aug. 18) for David Coldoff

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Friday: Kids' concert at Menlo Park Library

The musical group The Raytones will play for kids outside the Menlo Park Library Friday, Aug. 14, at 11:15 a.m., in the last in a series of free summer performances, sponsored by the Friends of the Library foundation.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
High-speed rail: Menlo Park resident files suit

Accompanied by attorneys Mike Brady and Zachary Tyson, Menlo Park resident Russell Peterson filed a lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board in San Mateo County Superior Court Tuesday, Aug. 11.

August 11, 2009 | 14 comments
$3 million house raffled to help the homeless

Services provider InnVision will draw grand-prize winner Nov. 30 -- hopes to raise $1 million
Buy a raffle ticket, help the homeless -- and possibly win a $3 million house in Los Altos Hills. That's the pitch in a new fund-raising campaign by InnVision, Silicon Valley's largest provider of services to the homeless.

August 11, 2009 | 1 comment
Hospital takes fresh approach to patients' meals

Stanford's new 'Farm Fresh' program offers organic, locally grown meals
In the hierarchy of dreaded dinners, hospital food typically ranks somewhere around high-school cafeteria's mystery meat and the plastic trays served on airplanes. But a new initiative by Stanford Hospital & Clinics and local chef Jesse Cool looks to change all that.

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton artist holds reception

Nancy Wagstaff of Atherton, who paints items left behind by society, is holding an exhibit entitled "Urban Still Lifes: Faded Glories, Forgotten Stories," at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through August. A reception for Ms. Wagstaff will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the gallery in the Allied Arts Guild complex at 75 Arbor Road.

August 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside roadside attraction

A pasture offers food, shelter and love for farm animals, but for how long?
Lisa Green and her son Evan (in picture) maintain a barnyard habitat of chickens, goats, ducks, geese and a llama in a Woodside pasture. It could all go away fairly quickly. The property, including a house at the top of the hill behind the trees, is for sale. If she must leave, Ms. Green says she would keep the animals together and look for another place to set up. As an alternative, Ms. Green is seeking an angel investor to buy the property and allow it to become an example of sustainable living.

August 13, 2009 | 1 comment
Short Takes

A duck blind for the Goose, high-climbing twins conquer Mt. Whitney, a maitre d's excuse falls flat, and Chief Glenn Nielsen swings for silver.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

August 11, 2009 | 2 comments
Menlo Park cops nab bike-napper

An item on Craigslist has led to the arrest of a suspected bicycle thief, Menlo Park police reported Aug. 6. An undercover officer arrested a San Jose man July 30 in connection with two Menlo Park thefts.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
City seeks environmental award nominations

Menlo Park is seeking nominations for the city's Environmental Quality Awards by Friday, Sept. 11.

August 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission vacancies

Menlo Park residents interested in serving on a city commission are invited to apply before the Sept. 15 deadline.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Block party in downtown Menlo Park

Menlo Park will hold its second and final block party of the summer Wednesday, Aug. 12, featuring a performance by a Beatles tribute band. The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, is scheduled to play from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Businesses arrive, expand downtown

With rents falling and companies closing their doors, a number of businesses have expanded or set up shop in Menlo Park over the past few months.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Recession brings new life to downtown

With rents falling and vacancies abounding, business owners have jumped at the opportunity to open new shops, or expand old ones.

August 11, 2009 | 1 comment
VIDEO: Celebration of Athletes at the 2009 Summer National Senior Games

Former SF 49ers quarterback Steve Young joins ceremony honoring athletes 50 and older
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young gives his own words of wisdom at the Celebration of Athletes at the 2009 Summer National Senior Games Saturday at Stanford University. The ceremony included a parade of state flags, speeches, the induction of two athletes into the Senior Games Hall of Fame, musical performances and the arrival of the solar-powered Senior Games torch. Related material:
VIDEO: Interviews with Senior Games athletes
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 10, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 9, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 8, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES ARCHIVE

August 11, 2009 | No comments yet
CHP crackdown on violators of 'hands-free' law

The California Highway Patrol is on the lookout for drivers flouting the state law requiring hands-free devices for anyone talking on a cell phone while driving.

August 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Men sentenced in brutal assaults, robberies

Three East Palo Alto men receive prison sentences and a fourth some time in jail for a rampage that, after being robbed of their cell phones, left one Menlo Park pedestrian with several skull fractures and another with bruises from being punched and kicked.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Eight years is enough for trustee Gordon Lewin

After two terms on the governing board of the high school district that followed one term on the local elementary school district board, Menlo Park resident Gordon Lewin is stepping down. He talked about his experiences with The Almanac.

August 11, 2009 | 4 comments
More parent parking at school

Woodside Elementary School has a plan to accommodate about 30 more parent vehicles on campus on school-day mornings to relieve crowding that often forces parents to park in bike lanes on Woodside Road.

August 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Merk to step down from council

After 30 years of public service, he would like some time off.
With 30 years of serving the town in one way or another, including about 13 years on the Town Council and 13 on the Planning Commission, Richard Merk will be taking a break.

August 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley postcard: Is there a message between the lines?

Did Town Hall in Portola Valley inadvertently send a signal of support for the utility user tax? The 4.5 percent tax brings in 10 percent of the town's revenues and is up for renewal in a town-wide election in November.

August 11, 2009 | 1 comment
Filing deadline extended in many local races

No election in several races due to lack of contestants
The deadline for filing candidate papers for the Nov. 3 election has been extended until Wednesday, Aug. 12, in a number of local races -- including those for seats on the Woodside and Portola Valley town councils -- because incumbents whose terms are expiring in December did not file for re-election by last week's deadline.

August 10, 2009 | No comments yet
SLAC gets another $21.8 million in fed funds

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory received an additional $21.8 million in the final round of funding for national laboratories through the federal economic stimulus package. All told, SLAC has received $90 million of the $220 million awarded to national laboratories through the stimulus package.

August 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley will 'Celebrate Africa' on Aug. 23

Fundraiser supports projects that send books to African libraries
The African Library Project, a Portola Valley-based nonprofit that collects and ships thousands of books to libraries in Africa, will hold a fundraising event, "Celebrate Africa," from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

August 10, 2009 | 1 comment
VIDEO: Interviews with athletes from the 2009 Summer National Senior Games

Reporter Sue Dremann talks to a few of the 10,000 athletes participating in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games at Stanford University. Related material:
VIDEO: Celebration of Athletes featuring Steve Young, Jennifer Azzi
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 7, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 6, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES

August 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Perkins Twins win Alpine Hills Junior Fall Classic Open

The Perkins Twins, Jesse and Christian, won the Boys 16 Doubles championship on Aug. 4 with a 7-6(6); 7-6(3) win over Standifer and Tashjian at the Alpine Hills Tennis and Swim Club.

August 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Mountain lion reported near Phillips Lane

A mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of 140 Phillips Lane near Woodside very early Sunday morning, according to an alert from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 9, 2009 | 2 comments
Docent-led open space hikes

Docents will lead hikes and other free activities on open space preserves during August.

August 9, 2009 | No comments yet
'Recovery' funds for research, including at SLAC

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new round of federal stimulus funding Saturday for scientific research, including boosts for two Bay Area research facilities.

August 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

The early Woodside adobe home was built in 1840 by members of the Greer family near what is now the intersection of Woodside and Kings Mountain roads. The main building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Courtesy, Woodside Library Collection.

August 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: 'Treasures in the Garden' at Allied Arts

The Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park invites the community to a "Treasures in the Garden" event on Saturday, Aug. 15, to help visitors know "what happens at Allied Arts Guild and why," says Elaine Scotten of Menlo Park, chairperson for the event.

August 14, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Senior Games a winner with local merchants

Hotel bookings, restaurant reservations up in Palo Alto
The 2009 Summer National Senior Games are bringing in the gold to Palo Alto businesses, merchants say. But exactly how much is yet to be seen. In the first five days since the Games opened Aug. 1, parties of as many as 30 people are booking reservations at Palo Alto restaurants and hotel shuttle buses are full, with guests riding to shopping districts, business managers said. Related material:
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 7, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 6, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES

August 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Filing deadline extended in numerous races

The deadline for filing candidate papers for the Nov. 3 election is likely to be extended until Wednesday, Aug. 12, in a number of local races, including those for seats on the Woodside and Portola Valley town councils.

August 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Stanford coach at Alpine Inn in Portola Valley

Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh will be talking with fans on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Alpine Inn at 3915 Alpine Road in Portola Valley, according to the Examiner.com.

August 7, 2009 | No comments yet
In high-speed rail battle, Peninsula residents may have found their Goliath

• Citing potential common ground between Peninsula dwellers and Union Pacific, local residents plan to file an action to assure the railroad behemoth has a seat at the table in high-speed rail negotiations.
Those who would like to see the high-speed rail line run in a tunnel or a trench, rather than on a berm, as it passes through the Peninsula might have found an ally in the negotiating process -- in the form of, ironically, a major railroad company.

August 7, 2009 | 41 comments
Menlo Park cops nab bike-napper

An item on Craigslist led to the arrest of a suspected bicycle thief, Menlo Park police said. An undercover officer arrested a San Jose man in connection with two Menlo Park thefts.

August 7, 2009 | 8 comments
In harsh economy, food bank waives fee

For first time, Second Harvest Food Bank will not charge partner agencies for its food services
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is waiving its annual fee for its 300 partner agencies, the food bank announced this week. Canceling the fee comes in response to the financial woes currently burdening most agencies providing "safety-net" services during the economic recession, agency officials said.

August 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Rail crossing to be closed for two weekends

Fair Oaks Lane to be closed for rail work
Caltrain will close the Fair Oaks Lane railroad crossing in Atherton over two weekends to reconstruct the crossing and adjacent track. Crews also will repave the street.

August 6, 2009 | 3 comments
Friday: Roots, blues and soul at courthouse square

California Honeydrops play roots, blues and soul music Friday (Aug. 7) at 6 p.m. at courthouse square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.

August 6, 2009 | No comments yet
New Peet's Coffee opens in Menlo Park

Peetniks now have two local Peet's Coffee & Tea stores, where they can find their favorite brew. Peet's Menlo El Camino opened June 29 in the shopping plaza adjoining Safeway at 515 El Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park.

August 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park girl plays Young Cosette in 'Les Miserables: School Edition'

Young Cosette is played by Anna Daily of Menlo Park in the Peninsula Youth Theatre's production of "Les Miserables: School Edition," which runs through Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

August 6, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Summer National Senior Games: Badminton duo takes gold

Florida team takes two straight on way to 50-54 title
Brian Haddad began playing badminton long before many Americans even begin playing baseball. Growing up in Jamaica, Haddad took up the sport when he was three. "I could barely hold a racket," he said. Then, when they were teenagers, he met Dudley Chen while playing on the Jamaican national team. On Wednesday, Haddad and Chen took the gold in the men's 50-54 badminton doubles tournament at the 2009 Senior Games.
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 6, 2009) (PDF)
2009 SUMMER NATIONAL SENIOR GAMES

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Update: 'Shelter in place' lifted on gas main leak

A request to shelter in place was lifted at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, following a gas main break on Fifth Avenue in unincorporated North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
No-contest pleas in 2008 robbery/assault case in Menlo Park

Plea bargains will mean prison sentences for three East Palo Alto men and possible jail time for a fourth after they all pleaded no-contest on Aug. 4 to charges related to the Feb. 24, 2008, burglary of the Safeway store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park and the robbery and assault of two men, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Locals protest plans to cut bus service

Citing the effects on seniors and global warming, community members spoke passionately against proposed cuts in bike service, and hikes in fares, at a recent SamTrans meeting in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
County treasurer won't seek re-election

Lee Buffington, San Mateo County's treasurer-tax collector, announced he will not seek re-election to a seventh term. Mr. Buffington has headed the treasurer's office and its 60 employees for nearly 25 years, and said that he is looking forward to retiring. His term expires in January 2011.

August 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Refunds look unlikely for Atherton's road fee

Atherton has had a problem with some of its construction-related fees in recent years. Amid threats of litigation, the off-haul fee was dropped and a business license tax targeting subcontractors was re-worked. In both cases, the town issued refunds. It doesn't look like that will be the case with the town's controversial road-impact fee, meant to cover the cost of repairing roads battered by construction trucks.

August 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Solid finishes in Junior Olympics water polo finals

Seven of nine local teams win their final matches in national tournament
There were no medals given out to the nine local girls' water polo teams playing on Sunday on the final day of the S&R Sport Junior Olympics. Nevertheless, seven of the nine won their finales to finish strong.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Margaret Haneberg, arts docent

Margaret Russell Haneberg, 98, volunteered as a docent for the Cantor Arts Center on the Stanford University campus.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Hugh Nadaner, photographer, pilot

Longtime Ladera resident Hugo Nadaner, a civilian photographer for the U.S. Navy, private pilot and real estate developer, died on July 29 at the age of 94.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
A brief history of The Almanac

The Country Almanac, the Portola Valley kitchen-table publishing startup, sparked by the community's desire for its own weekly paper, began publishing in 1965.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Covering the community for 40 years

Marion Softky has kept Almanac readers informed about interesting people, environmental issues, and local government for four decades. Photo: Marion Softky shares a laugh with former Sunset publisher Bill Lane and his assistant, Karen Hamilton, at an Aug. 2 party celebrating Marion's 40th anniversary with The Almanac. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Community celebrates Marion Softky.
A brief history of The Almanac.

August 4, 2009 | 2 comments
Community celebrates Marion Softky

Lots of familiar faces turned out Sunday at the Portola Valley Town Center to fete veteran reporter Marion Softky at a celebration marking her 40th year of writing for The Almanac. Colleagues, local dignitaries, council members, environmental leaders and family members mingled and shared stories about Marion's long career chronicling the Midpeninsula and its people.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Bringing the funk to Fremont Park

Dave & the Diamonds, a band that mixes R&B, soul, and funk, will perform Wednesday, August 5 in Menlo Park. Photo: Lead singer Moorea Dickason.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
JoAnn Loulan: Heeding the call to action

JoAnn Loulan's story of illness and sorrow is one heard far too often, told by our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. In Ms. Loulan's case, a 1993 diagnosis of breast cancer was part of an ongoing horror story: Her grandmother, mother, great-aunt, aunt, and other family members had also been afflicted with the disease.

August 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Senior Games: Archer nails near perfect score

Dedication, practice are key to success in precision sport
Glenn Campbell believes that a good coach is crucial to success in archery. If Campbell's performance on Day One of the Senior Games men's 60-64 Compound Release archery competition is any indication, he may be correct. Photo: Meagan Reidinger/Brooks Institute 2009. Related material:
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 4, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 3, 2009) (PDF)
VIDEO: Fireworks, torch relay open Senior Games

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Police to conduct DUI checkpoint

The Redwood City Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday on westbound Woodside Road at Spring Street, police said.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Recycling center cleared for construction

Waste agency proceeds with plan despite grand jury report alleging lack of due diligence, transparency.
Waste agency proceeds with plan despite grand jury report alleging lack of due diligence, transparency.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Resident accuses city of racial profiling

Police say they stopped Darryl Warren because he didn't have a bike light. He says they stopped him because he's black.

August 6, 2009 | 6 comments
Local towns rank high in solar power use

In using solar power, local cities and towns rank high on the Northern California Solar Energy Association's 2008 list.

August 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Bohannon project meetings on traffic, housing

Menlo Park will hold two meetings Wednesday, Aug. 5, on the Menlo Gateway project proposed by developer David Bohannon.

August 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Teen identified in fatal head-on collision

Woodside woman injured in collision on Highway 84
A Millbrae teenager was killed and a Woodside woman was injured July 26 in a head-on collision on Highway 84, about 4.5 miles east of Highway 1.

August 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Parents win delay in parking crackdown

The Woodside Town Council is determined to put an end to illegal parking along Woodside Road between Canada and Miramontes roads, and has the given the community of Woodside Elementary School until Sept. 22 to come up with ideas for alternatives.

August 4, 2009 | 6 comments
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August 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Pedestrian hit at intersection near Draeger's

A car struck a pedestrian in the notoriously problematic intersection by Draeger's market in Menlo Park on Sunday, Aug. 2. The 75-year-old man, a Menlo Park resident, was taken to Stanford Hospital as a "precautionary measure," but had no visible injuries, said police spokeswoman Nicole Acker.

August 3, 2009 | 25 comments
VIDEO: Fireworks, torch relay open Senior Games

Hundreds turn out for cauldron lighting ceremony in downtown Palo Alto Saturday
More than 40 runners brought the excitement of the Olympics to downtown Palo Alto Saturday evening, carrying the first solar-powered torch to King Plaza to inaugurate the 2009 Summer National Senior Games. Related material:
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 3, 2009) (PDF)
Senior Games Daily (Aug. 2, 2009) (PDF)
2009 Senior Games: Getting their Games on

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Local JO water polo teams out of medal chase

A tough third day knocks out Stanford, NorCall and SOLO teams
The final day of the S&R Sports Junior Olympics will be a matter of playing for pride for a handful of local girls' water polo teams after they saw their medal hopes dashed on Saturday.

August 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Frances Freyberg shows photos from five continents at Little House

This 2006 photo of Venice is part of a travel photography exhibit by Menlo Park native Frances Freyberg at the Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park. The exhibit, which includes photos from five continents, will run through August and is open to the public during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

August 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Middle College appeals to many high school students

Traditional high school was not the right fit for Melissa Sandoval. When one of Melissa's teachers at Woodside High School noticed her falling grades, she recommended she apply to Canada Middle College, a program conducted on the community college campus in Woodside.

August 9, 2009 | 5 comments
Clowning in the park

Menlo Park Library's recent Reading in the Park event featured Boswick the Clown performing a magic trick with the aid of Emile Raff. Photo by James Tensuan/Special to The Almanac.

August 26, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Getting their Games on

30,000 people expected at 2009 Summer National Senior Games
After more than five years of planning, it's crunch time for organizers of the 2009 Summer National Senior Games. The event's Encina Way headquarters in Palo Alto -- just a stone's throw from Stanford University's main athletic venues -- was bustling with activity Monday.
Related material:
Senior Games Daily (July 30, 2009) (PDF)
It's more than athletics: Free concerts, lectures
Still playing to win: 100-year-old tennis player
Senior Games sporting events
Road closures during the Senior Games

August 1, 2009 | No comments yet
James Fox given distinguished service award

San Mateo County District Attorney James Fox, who has held his post since 1983, has been selected by a state judicial agency for a distinguished service award.

August 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart's Nicholas Caine, 16, swims across English Channel

Nicholas Caine, 16, of Atherton, a junior at Sacred Heart Preparatory, swam across the English Channel on July 29, completing the swim of about 20 nautical miles in 13 hours and 11 minutes. He started from Shakespeare Beach in England and finished at Cat Blanc in France. Nicholas had been hoping to finish in eight or nine hours, but he is proud that he finished the swim. Photo from Nicholas Caine's blog.

August 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Outcry over train whistle: Caltrain will reduce volume

Following an outcry from people who live near the tracks, Caltrain has announced plans to reduce the volume of its locomotives' horns to a level residents are accustomed to. A spokesperson estimated the change will take two to three weeks.

July 31, 2009 | 19 comments
Sunday: Art compound celebrates anniversary

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program celebrates its 30th anniversary with an open house and open studio Sunday (Aug. 2) from 1-5 p.m. at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

July 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Locals rally for single-payer health care system

About 25 people stood along El Camino Real in front of Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park on Thursday, July 30, rallying for a single-payer health care system. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 31, 2009 | 60 comments
Investigation busts huge heroin-smuggling ring

Authorities say smugglers used hidden compartments in cars to smuggle heroin into California and money back to Mexico
A major heroin-smuggling operation that fed the addictive drug into East Palo Alto, Oakland and San Francisco and funneled cash back to Mexico has been dismantled, federal investigators announced Thursday. The drug-trafficking ring imported an estimated $17.5 million worth of heroin from Mexico to California, authorities said.

July 31, 2009 | No comments yet
2009 Senior Games: Getting their Games on

30,000 people expected at 2009 Summer National Senior Games
After more than five years of planning, it's crunch time for organizers of the 2009 Summer National Senior Games. Related material:
Senior Games Daily (July 30, 2009) (PDF)
It's more than athletics
Still playing to win
Senior Games sporting events
Road closures during the Senior Games

July 31, 2009 | No comments yet
County braces for state cuts

San Mateo County officials are expecting a big hit to property tax revenues as a result of the state budget compromise to bridge California's $26 billion shortfall.

July 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Short Takes

Of menacing dogs and bristling gentry, poor timing for the Plantation, and a presidential lift for Willie Mays.

July 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Senior Games ready to roll

Age no barrier to thousands of Senior Games athletes
Nearly 10,000 highly motivated athletes of a certain age are poised to descend on Palo Alto as the 2009 Senior Games begin this weekend on the Stanford University campus and at other venues in the Bay Area.
Related stories:
Road closures during the Senior Games

July 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo police stop murder suspects on U.S. 101

Three murder suspects from Oakland were taken into custody along U.S. 101 late Wednesday afternoon -- without incident other than a miles-long southbound traffic backup that stretched past Woodside Road in Redwood City.

July 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Charity Horse Show: If it weren't for Betsy ...

The Menlo Charity Horse Show, which runs Aug. 4-9 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, almost didn't happen, according to longtime horse show committee member Nan Chapman.

July 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Authors present their memoirs Saturday

Memoirists Lorraine Macchello of Menlo Park and Phyllis Matson of Cupertino will read from their work and share their life stories at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Menlo Park Library.

July 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League: Alpine wins Majors all-star Super Bowl

With one of the most potent batting line-ups in recent memory, the Majors Division Alpine-West Menlo All Stars recently took the District 52 Super Bowl Championship at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City.

July 30, 2009 | 2 comments
Today: Charity Horse Show opens in Atherton

500 equestrians competing through Aug. 9
More than 500 equestrians, including 2008 Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson, plan to compete in the 39th Menlo Charity Horse Show, set for Aug. 4 through 9 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Photo: Peggy Munkdale on RunAway at the Menlo Charity Horse Show.
Charity Horse Show: If it weren't for Betsy ...

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Park officials: Budget cuts mean park closures

California could be forced to close up to 100 state parks after last-minute line-item vetoes and other cuts in the state budget resulted in an estimated $38.6 million loss in parks funding for the coming fiscal year, California State Parks officials said Tuesday.

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
County treasurer won't seek reelection

Lee Buffington, San Mateo County's treasurer-tax collector, announced he will not be seeking re-election to a seventh term. Mr. Buffington has headed the treasurer's office and its 60 employees for nearly 25 years. His term expires in January 2011.

July 29, 2009 | 4 comments
Caltrain horns getting louder

Locals who have complained recently that horn blasts from Caltrain locomotives have gotten louder aren't imagining things. The horns actually have gotten louder, after the rail agency moved them from the underside of the trains to the top, according to a Caltrain spokesperson.

July 29, 2009 | 39 comments
Stanford boys finish second, third in JO polo

Red 16s fall in title match, but Red 18s win third-place game in national tournament
Jon Barnea and his Stanford Water Polo Club 16-under boys' water polo team played for gold, but settled for silver. Brian Kreutzkamp and his 18-under squad played for bronze and won it. While both teams should have been pleased with their finishes on the final day of the S&R Sport Junior Olympics at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center, Kreutzkamp's team clearly was the happier of the two.

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Historian Kevin Starr at Kepler's

The title "Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance" may cause smirks nowadays, but in the era when Kevin Starr's book takes place, 1950-1963, these words rang true.

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
10,000 athletes to compete in Senior Games

Games begin Saturday at Stanford campus
The public is invited to the 2009 Summer National Senior Games at Stanford, where 10,000 athletes from all over the country -- ranging in age from 50 to 100 -- will compete in 17 sports Aug. 1-15. Admission is free to all sporting events.

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
FBI agents arrest former SLAC employee

Silvya Oommachen allegedly destroyed $500,000 worth of protein samples to reverse 'bad karma'
A former employee of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was arrested Monday for allegedly destroying $500,000 worth of protein crystal samples at the lab, the FBI announced. Related stories:
SLAC vandalism triggers FBI investigation

July 28, 2009 | 1 comment
Meeting tonight: SamTrans plans to cut service, hike fares

Community meeting set for Wednesday in Menlo Park
SamTrans has called a community meeting in Menlo Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday (July 29) to hear comment on its plans to cut bus service and hike fares.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cocktail Monkeys perform in Fremont Park

The Cocktail Monkeys, a band that plays rock and pop covers from all eras, will perform Wednesday, July 29, in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The concert, part of the city's Wednesday evening concert series, is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cocktail Monkeys perform in Fremont Park

The Cocktail Monkeys, a band that plays rock and pop covers from all eras, will perform Wednesday, July 29, in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The concert, part of the city's Wednesday evening concert series, is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Bohannon project

Menlo Park will hold a citywide meeting on the massive "Menlo Gateway" office/hotel project Wednesday, July 29.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Candidates seminar Thursday ; 28 seats open

There are 28 seats up for election this year on local town councils, school boards, and special district boards. People interested in running for local public office are invited to a two-hour "how to run" seminar at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, in San Mateo.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
25-year transportation 'vision' now online

The 142-page document was developed over two years, officials say
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's newly released Transportation 2035 Plan for the Bay Area is now available for viewing online, along with companion technical reports.

July 28, 2009 | 1 comment
Junior Olympics: Two local teams remain unbeaten

Unbeaten ranks trimmed after SOLO 16s and Stanford 14s fall on Sunday
The second day of the S&R Sport Junior Olympics saw two local teams remain undefeated in the boys' national water polo competition on the Peninsula while others fell by the wayside for the first time. The Stanford Water Polo Club's top teams in the 18s and 16s won twice on Sunday while improving to 4-0 and moving closer to Tuesday's medal rounds at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
VIDEO: Hanging mannequin prompts 911 calls

Exercise part of search-and-rescue simulation in East Palo Alto
A man purported to be hanging by the neck from the Howrey law offices next to the Four Seasons Hotel in East Palo Alto Saturday turned out to be a dummy. Dozens of people telephoned 911 on Saturday morning to report the hanging man. Click on headline for more information and photos.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Lyme disease program in Woodside

Lyme disease, the bacterial infection spread through the bites of ticks, can be a big problem for residents and visitors of the woody areas of San Mateo County. A presentation on the disease is set for the evening of Thursday, July 30, in Woodside.

July 28, 2009 | 1 comment
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
State budget: Less local impact than feared

Towns will keep gas tax, but Menlo Park's redevelopment agency may be in for a hit.
Towns will keep gas tax, but Menlo Park's redevelopment agency may be in for a hit.

July 28, 2009 | No comments yet
New gym: How 'green' will it be?

With City Council members touting Menlo Park's commitment to environmentally sound practices, how "green" will the city's new gym be?

July 28, 2009 | 1 comment
New gym: Is green certification worth $250,000?

Menlo Park will spend a quarter-million dollars to certify its new gym as environmentally friendly. Is it worth it?

July 28, 2009 | 22 comments
Today: Free talk on solar energy in Portola Valley

A free talk on how to take advantage of solar energy at home is set for Tuesday evening, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Portola Valley Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Cohen: standing alone on gym issue

Councilman says colleagues tiptoed around key issues.
Councilman Andy Cohen explains why he abstained in decision to build a new gymnasium in Menlo Park, saying he was the only council member to take an "even-handed approach" to the project.

July 29, 2009 | 24 comments
M-A's theater to open in October

The new 490-seat, $32 million theater at Menlo-Atherton High School is set to open on the weekend of Oct. 9 with a concert by chamber music ensemble Music@Menlo on Sunday, Oct. 11.

August 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Everest files lawsuit against district

Everest lawsuit says offer by Sequoia illegal
In a lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 20, Everest High School officials allege illegal behavior on the part of the Sequoia Union High School District and are seeking damages.

July 28, 2009 | 4 comments
Gym decision: readers vs. athletes?

Menlo Park's decision to place a new gymnasium near the library in the Civic Center complex has set up an opposition reminiscent of grade school, pitting library users against gym users, readers against athletes.

July 31, 2009 | 5 comments
Suit likely over redevelopment money grab

State budget cuts could cost Menlo Park's redevelopment agency $3.6 million.

July 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Meeting on new parking restrictions

Today: The Woodside Town Council will consider no-parking signs on Woodside Road at its 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, meeting in Independence Hall. Photo: Illegal parking that intrudes into, and even completely occupies, bike lanes is a frequent problem on Woodside Road. (Note the proximity of the fire hydrant in the foreground and the no-parking sign next to the van on the far side of the road.) Photo by Bob Page.

July 27, 2009 | 3 comments
28 seats open; candidates seminar Thursday

There are 28 seats up for election this year on local town councils, school boards, and special district boards. People interested in running for local public office are invited to a two-hour "how to run" seminar at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 30, in San Mateo.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Jazz drummer performs outdoors in Redwood City

Jazz drummer Wally Schnalle gives a free performance tonight (July 27) from 6 to 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Main Street and Broadway in Redwood City. For more information, ==B check the Redwood City event calendar.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Highway 84 reopened after fatal crash

All lanes of state Highway 84 in unincorporated San Mateo County east of San Gregorio reopened this morning after a fatal multi-vehicle crash Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

July 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Stanford teams advance in JO water polo

Five local boys' water polo are unbeaten after opening two matches
Stanford, which is hosting the world's largest water polo tournament over a nine-day period, had four of its seven teams finish 2-0 on Saturday. In addition, the Menlo-Atherton based SOLO 16s also went 2-0 while the 18s went 1-1 as did the 14s in this Junior Olympics tournament.

July 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Two suspected gang members arrested

East Palo Alto police arrested two suspected gang members, one a resident of Menlo Park, after a brief standoff at a home in the city early Saturday morning after receiving a tip about a suspect involved in a carjacking last week, police Detective Angel Sanchez said.

July 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Edible landscapes are focus of garden tour Aug. 1

The purpose of the 20-mile, self-guided tour on Saturday, Aug. 1, is to inspire, educate and build an ever-growing community of gardeners growing delicious food in their landscapes, according to Patricia Becker, director of Common Ground.

July 25, 2009 | No comments yet
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July 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Quest for JO polo honors begins this weekend

Stanford Red 18s and 16s among the nation's best in boys' competition
Ben Dearborn is ready and waiting. After all, that's his job as the backup goalie for the Stanford Water Polo Club's 18-under team as it heads into the start of the 2009 S & R Sport Junior Olympics this weekend at Stanford University and and local area pools.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
SLAC vandalism triggers FBI investigation

FBI, San Mateo County officials probe weekend incident, which ruined 3,500 protein samples
An act of vandalism at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory over the weekend that left thousands of protein samples thawing to their destruction has prompted an FBI investigation.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Charter school sues high school district

The Summit Institute, on behalf of Everest (charter) Public High School, filed a lawsuit against the Sequoia Union High School District on Friday (July 24) in San Mateo County Superior Court.

July 24, 2009 | 5 comments
SF Creek anti-flood plans move forward -- at last

Flood control agency approves lowering a marshlands levee for overflow and widening the downtream channel
An ambitious plan to tame the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek by widening a downstream channel and lowering a marshlands levee Thursday night won the unanimous support of the regional agency charged with protecting against a major flood. Ironically, the plan is virtually an identical plan to one proposed more than 50 years ago.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine loses to Danville in all-star tourney

The baseball season came to an end for the Alpine/West Menlo Little League 10-11 all-stars Wednesday night as they lost 13-8 to Danville in the championship game of the Section 3 Tournament in Tracy.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

The weekly crime and accident report for Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley and the unincorporated areas of Ladera, West Menlo Park, Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Docent-led open space hikes in August

Docents will lead hikes and other free activities on open space preserves during August.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Vehicle thefts dropped statewide, CHP reports

Thefts drop nearly 8 percent in San Mateo County, says CHP
Vehicle thefts were down in California for the third year in a row in 2008, according to the California Highway Patrol. The number of reported thefts statewide dropped 12.2 percent, the biggest decrease in more than 10 years.

July 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Disaster preparedness event Sunday

Stanford Oaks Neighborhood Association and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will hold a disaster preparedness event and demontrations for the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at 1766 Stanford Ave. in Menlo Park.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday's high-speed rail meeting canceled

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) has postponed a community meeting on the state's high-speed rail project, originally scheduled for this Saturday afternoon, July 25, in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

July 23, 2009 | 2 comments
Today: Bohannon project outreach meeting

Menlo Park will hold a meeting tonight on the massive "Menlo Gateway" office/hotel project for Belle Haven residents.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Bohannon project outreach meeting

Menlo Park is planning to hold several outreach meetings in the coming weeks on the massive "Menlo Gateway" office/hotel project proposed by developer David Bohannon.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Her art is 'The Sum of Parts'

"I like taking broken bits of things and reassembling them so they have meaning," says Marianne Lettieri, whose mixed-media constructions are now on display at Little House in Menlo Park through Friday, July 24.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Allied Arts event benefits Nepalese girls

It's whimsically being billed as the "Get Your Goat" exhibit and reception, but the July 25 event at an Allied Arts Guild studio is a way to get your art fix and at the same time help Nepalese girls get educated and liberated.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Indian dance group performs in Portola Valley

Swetha Dixit and her dance group Kalaikoil will be at the Portola Valley library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, to perform Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style of Southern India that includes dance expression with spiritualism.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Local lacrosse players bring home a title

It was a perfect weekend for a local lacrosse team made up of players from Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep and other local schools. The team traveled to Lake Tahoe for a tournament and came home as the champion following four straight victories. Photo courtesy of Mike McLaughlin.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Local lacrosse players bring home a title

It was a perfect weekend for a local lacrosse team made up of players from Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep and other local schools. The team traveled to Lake Tahoe for a tournament and came home as the champion following four straight victories.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Repair work on Dumbarton Bridge extended

Repair work on the Dumbarton Bridge will continue over the next few days, a California Department of Transportation spokesman said Wednesday.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Banning sale of violent video games to children

Sen. Yee asks high court to reinstate video game law
State Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside, and two psychology and psychiatry associations urged the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to reinstate a California law barring the sale and rental of violent video games to children.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Fire investigation halted as unsafe

Officials suspend investigation into five-alarm blaze until structures deemed safe
An investigation into the cause of a five-alarm fire in Menlo Park Thursday that destroyed two homes and damaged a third has been suspended because the structures have been deemed unsafe for investigators to enter.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Funeral for Sue Burns, Giants co-owner

A funeral Mass for Atherton resident Sue Burns, the senior general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet

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July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
State budget proposal would cut city funds

Belle Haven neighborhood would be hit hardest
A proposal to balance California's budget would cut $3.6 million from Menlo Park's redevelopment agency over the next two years.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine all-stars top Tracy in tourney

The Alpine/West Menlo 10-11 Little League all-star team stayed alive in the Section 3 Tournament with an 8-6 over host Tracy American on Tuesday.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Agents seize $7 million in heroin

Seventy pounds of drugs, largest heroin bust in county, discovered in man's Lincoln Town Car
The largest heroin bust ever in San Mateo County occurred Tuesday in East Palo Alto when agents from the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement arrested a Mexican national, Adam Alfonso Herrera, and seized 70 pounds of heroin, worth about $7 million, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced.

July 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Gym project cleared for construction

Construction on a new gymnasium in Menlo Park's Civic Center complex could begin as early as this fall, now that Menlo Park's City Council has given the project the green light.
See related story on city's final proposal..

July 22, 2009 | 20 comments
Wednesday: Creole, R&B and soul in the park

CHELLE! & Friends, a band that fuses Creole, R&B and soul, will perform in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Creole, R&B and soul in the park

CHELLE! & Friends, a band that fuses Creole, R&B and soul, will perform in Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine loses to Tracy in Section 3 tourney

The Alpine/West Menlo 10-11 all-stars suffered their first loss in the Section 3 Tournament on Monday in Tracy, a 7-3 decision to Danville.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Allied Arts exhibit, reception benefit Nepalese girls

It's whimsically being billed as the "Get Your Goat" exhibit and reception, but the July 25 event at an Allied Arts Guild studio is a way to get your art fix and at the same time help Nepalese girls get educated and liberated.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo, Simitian to talk high-speed rail in MP

State Sen. Joe Simitian will join Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at a meeting in Menlo Park on Saturday to discuss the California high-speed rail project.

July 21, 2009 | 14 comments
Theatre in the Woods goes Greek

Is ancient Greek theater too challenging for modern audiences? Director Stuart Bousel doesn't think so. Aristophanes' "The Frogs" will be performed in the forested hills above Woodside in this summer's Theatre in the Woods production. The play runs Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 1 through Sept. 6.

July 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Indian dance group performs in Portola Valley

Swetha Dixit and her dance group Kalaikoil will be at the Portola Valley library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, to perform Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style of Southern India that includes dance expression with spiritualism.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Wildlife photography at Atherton Library

Larry Calof will present his exhibit of wildlife photography with a slide show and lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 22) at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Stewart, Lewin stepping down from high school board

There will be two new faces on the Sequoia Union High School District board this fall, as both incumbents with seats up for election on Nov. 3 have decided not to run again.

July 21, 2009 | 7 comments
Short Takes

Downtown Menlo's abuzz, Andy Cohen seeks references, Belle Haven police station inches toward construction

July 21, 2009 | 4 comments
Woodside agrees to Jackling house deal

It's not the end of the affaire du Jackling house in Woodside, but the end of the beginning may be near. A majority on the Town Council agreed to approve a contract that could see historic parts of the house extracted and given new life in a new house.

July 21, 2009 | 3 comments
Everest charter high school outflanks district

In its oft-thwarted efforts to find a home in Redwood City, officials of Everest (charter) Public High School have invoked the sovereign right of all public schools and now have a site that cannot be challenged through city planning processes.

July 21, 2009 | 54 comments
Sportsmanship award winners named

Little League
Every year in the M-A Little League, one player is chosen from each team (in each division except T-Ball) to receive the Sportsmanship Award.

July 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Chorus gives free concert Saturday

The city-sponsored Menlo Park Chorus will give an open air concert, "Americana: From Folk to Broadway," at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the patio of the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. Photo: Menlo Park Chorus members rehearse for the free outdoor concert. The program features pops favorites, including folk and Broadway tunes.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Fire destroys two townhouses, damages third

A Sharon Heights fire Thursday night destroyed two townhouses and caused major damage to a third. Photo: Har-Bro restoration Division Manager Robin Montgomery checks out the damage the day after the July 16 five-alarm fire. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 21, 2009 | 19 comments
Victims thank firefighters for kindness

Victims of the July 16 Sharon Heights fire in Menlo Park discover, amid their tragedy and loss, the kindness of the strangers who wear the hats and gear of the firefighter.

July 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Chorus gives free concert Saturday

The city-sponsored Menlo Park Chorus will give an open air concert, "Americana: From Folk to Broadway," at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the patio of the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. Photo: Menlo Park Chorus members rehearse for the free outdoor concert. The program features pops favorites, including folk and Broadway tunes.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Registration time for Pop Warner football

The Menlo Atherton Vikings Pop Warner football team will hold registration near the M-A High football field by the last parking lot off of Ringwood on Saturday, July 25.

July 20, 2009 | No comments yet
City, library backers at odds over new gym

City management and members of the library community differ over how much parking the city should provide. The City Council could approve architectural plans for the project at its meeting Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m.
Watch the meeting.

July 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Crosswalks go solar

If Menlo Park acts on plans to install a lighted crosswalk across Middlefield Road at its intersection with Linfield Drive, the system will be wireless and solar, according to Transportation Manager Chip Taylor.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Sue Burns, part owner of SF Giants, dies

Atherton resident Sue Burns, the senior general partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, died of cancer at age 58 on Sunday, July 19.

July 20, 2009 | 2 comments
Atherton's 'best friend' touched many hearts

While some people consider dogs mere pets, Atherton resident Phoebe Rowles takes to heart the expression "a dog is man's best friend." "Jill [my dog always kept her eyes on me," Ms. Rowles said. "She was like a person: such a companion."

July 20, 2009 | 1 comment
Sportsmanship award winners named

Little League
Every year in the M-A Little League, one player is chosen from each team (in each division except T-Ball) to receive the Sportsmanship Award.

July 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League sportsmanship award winners named

Every year in the M-A Little League, one player is chosen from each team (in each division except T-Ball) to receive the Sportsmanship Award.

July 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Nathan Ford of Portola Valley named athlete of the year at Cornell

He played football and baseball for Cornell
Portola Valley resident Nathan Ford, a graduate of Palo Alto High School's class of 2005, was named athlete of the year by the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell's newspaper. Ford, a recent Cornell graduate, played football and baseball for Cornell throughout college. He was a three-year starting quarterback.

July 19, 2009 | 1 comment
Reining event showcases equestrian skills

The 10th annual Reining By The Bay, a venue for riders and their mounts to showcase their skills and compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes, will be held this week, July 21-26, at the Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road.

July 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Artist's reception Sunday at Cafe Zoe

Patrons of Trader Joe's in Menlo Park have long seen Michael Denning behind the counter, punching the cash register and bagging their groceries. Now they can see what he does when he's off the clock by dropping by Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park, where an exhibit of Mr. Denning's artwork is on display.

July 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Fiber fanatics

One person's scrap heap is another's treasure trove
One person's scrap heap is another's treasure trove

July 18, 2009 | No comments yet
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July 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Bay Area home sales rise in June

Bay Area home sales in June jumped to their highest level in almost three years because of the perception among home buyers that prices have bottomed out, according to an organization that monitors real estate data.

July 17, 2009 | 6 comments
Menlo Park holds street festival this weekend

Santa Cruz Avenue downtown will be closed from 4 p.m. Friday
The 23rd annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, the annual food, art and music festival in downtown Menlo Park, continues Sunday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to traffic, from El Camino Real to Johnson Street, until Sunday night.

July 16, 2009 | 2 comments
Update: New jail in Menlo Park?

Community meetings will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday
A plot of land in Menlo Park is one of seven potential sites for a new county jail -- a fact that seems to have caught Menlo Park city officials by surprise.

July 16, 2009 | 15 comments
Firefighters battle house fire Sharon Heights

Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at a home at 15 Susan Gale Court in Sharon Heights.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Huge losses in Sharon Heights fire

A Sharon Heights fire Thursday night destroyed two townhouses and caused major damage to a third. Photo: Har-Bro restoration Division Manager Robin Montgomery checks out the damage the day after the July 16 five-alarm fire. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 16, 2009 | 19 comments
Chris Hipp dies during bike ride

Chris Hipp, a former professional bike rider and a founding member at Blade Systems Alliance, died Tuesday morning, July 14, during a bike ride on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Naked man arrested near Sand Hill Road

Man leads police on chase after allegedly ringing doorbells in the nude
A man described as being 6 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighing 250 pounds, was arrested early Saturday morning, July 11, near the 500 block of Sand Hill Circle in Menlo Park after allegedly ringing residents' doorbells naked then leading deputies on a chase in a pickup truck.

July 16, 2009 | 3 comments
Nathan Ford named athlete of the year

He played football and baseball for Cornell
Portola Valley resident Nathan Ford, a graduate of Palo Alto High School's class of 2005, was named athlete of the year by the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell's newspaper.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Locals top Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League

For the second consecutive year, the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Region 109 Boys-under-19 (BU19) team captured the Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League championship. This AYSO-sponsored spring soccer league includes teams from San Jose to San Bruno.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Man pleads not guilty to meth sales at Safeway

A Safeway stock clerk charged with selling methamphetamine in the Safeway parking lot at 525 El Camino Real in Menlo Park has pleaded not guilty to those charges, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Locals win Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League title

For the second consecutive year, the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Region 109 Boys-under-19 (BU19) team captured the Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League championship. This AYSO-sponsored spring soccer league includes teams from San Jose to San Bruno.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton puts parcel tax on fall ballot

Atherton voters will be asked to approve a four-year renewal of the $750 annual parcel tax when they head to the polls on Nov. 3. The Atherton City Council voted unanimously at its July 15 meeting to put the parcel tax on the ballot.

July 16, 2009 | 9 comments
Autopsy: alcohol a factor in drowning death

Toxicology results show Rajeev Motwani had blood-alcohol level of .26
Autopsy results show that Rajeev Motwani, 47, an Atherton resident and Stanford University computer science professor, was intoxicated at the time of his death. Mr. Motwani was found dead in his backyard swimming pool on June 5.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Council favors lighted crosswalk on Middlefield

Traffic signal not justified at Linfield Road intersection, council decides
The experience of crossing Middlefield Road at Linfield Road may be a harrowing one, but that doesn't warrant putting a traffic signal at the intersection, a majority of City Council members agree.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Golfers look for berths in Amateur Match Play

Eight local players tee it up Wednesday for berths in championship in August
A handful of local golfers, including recent Menlo-Atherton High graduate Nick Sako, will be in the field for the Amateur Match Play qualifying on Wednesday at Coyote Creek Golg Club (Valley Course) in San Jose.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park holds street festival this weekend

Santa Cruz Avenue downtown will be closed from 4 p.m. Friday
The 23rd annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, the annual street festival in downtown Menlo Park, will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. The celebration of art, music, food and all-around family fun runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Thousands of visitors are expected to pour onto downtown Santa Cruz Avenue, which will be closed to traffic, from El Camino Real to Johnson Street, from 4 p.m. Friday until Sunday night.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Agency wins fed funds for Green Job Corps

A San Mateo County social services agency will receive more than $936,000 in federal funds to launch a regional site for the state's new Green Job Corps, aimed at benefiting local at-risk youth.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Salsa band in downtown Menlo Park tonight

Salsa band Rumbache will perform in Fremont Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, as part of Menlo Park's summer concert series.

July 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs Jackling house deal

Woodside's Town Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night for a resolution that approves a contract between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and a venture capitalist with the aim of resolving a longtime dispute over an 85-year-old mansion in town known as the Jackling house.

July 15, 2009 | 3 comments
Take Caltrain to Connoisseurs' Marketplace

Caltrain is urging people to go green this weekend and take the train to the "eco-friendly" 23rd annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace, the annual street festival in downtown Menlo Park. Photo: The band Livewire will perform on the Fremont Park stage in downtown Menlo Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday night, July 18. Read more.

July 14, 2009 | 1 comment
Woodside: Creating natural back yard habitats

The Open Space Committee in Woodside will make a presentation tonight, Tuesday, July 14, on a new program to encourage residents to create natural back yard habitats that echo the Bay Area's ecosystem.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Short Takes

Nancy Hendry the child prodigy, long-lost lizards of Menlo Park, and an education foundation has more donors but fewer dollars.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton to vote Wednesday on tax renewal

The Atherton City Council is slated to decide Wednesday whether to ask voters for a five-year renewal of the $750 annual parcel tax.

July 14, 2009 | 4 comments
Palo Alto 13-year-olds win district title

Pitchers Aguiar, Lee are impressive in 10-5 win over Bel-Mateo
For the second consecutive game, the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars knocked off Bel-Mateo South at Baylands field, this time for the District 6 championship. The margin of victory on Saturday, 10-5, was closer than Thursday's 18-1 thrashing. New photos added.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

Nan Chapman, Atherton's first city councilwoman, is shown with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Franks, at their home on Park Lane in Atherton in the 1930s. Ms. Chapman served as mayor of Atherton from 1986 to 1988 and was a member of the Town Council from 1980 to 2000. Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside meets tonight on Jackling house

Woodside's Town Council meets tonight to consider approving a contract between Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and a venture capitalist with the aim of resolving a longtime dispute over an 85-year-old mansion in town known as the Jackling house.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Senior Games recruiters feel the crunch

With three weeks to go, thousands of volunteers still needed for athletic competition
Recruiters for the 2009 National Senior Games are looking for as many as 4,000 local volunteers for the biennial event, which is the largest gathering of athletes ages 50 and older in the country.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Salsa band in downtown Menlo Park tonight

Salsa band Rumbache will perform in Fremont Park at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, as part of Menlo Park's summer concert series.

July 14, 2009 | No comments yet
'Spare the air' alert for Tuesday

Hot weather and light winds predicted for Tuesday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert, the eighth this season.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Big divide over pay, benefits for firefighters

Menlo Park firefighters have been working for over a year without a contract, and a new one seems nowhere in sight as negotiations stall between the district and the union in differences over wages and benefits.

July 13, 2009 | 50 comments
Key meeting Tuesday on building new gym

The project has met with some controversy in recent months
Menlo Park's City Council could approve a project to build a new, donor-funded city gymnasium at its meeting Tuesday, July 21, which starts at 7 p.m. Picture: Rendering of proposed new gym in the Menlo Park Civic Center, courtesy of the city of Menlo Park.
Watch the meeting.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
You made this decision how?

With the promise of an $8 million donation for a new gymnasium, Menlo Park raced ahead with its plans. But in the city's rush to secure the funding, did it overlook important considerations?

July 15, 2009 | 2 comments
Tonight: Meeting on Bohannon project

Menlo Park will hold a citywide meeting on the massive "Menlo Gateway" office/hotel project Wednesday, July 29.

July 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Big dreams for summer baseball

David Klein, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School, is trying to make amateur summer baseball a Menlo Park institution. Photo: David Klein, founder of the Menlo Park Legends, coaches the team from beside the dugout, stopwatch and clipboard in hand. Photo by James Tensuan/Special to The Almanac.

July 16, 2009 | 2 comments
Grand jury trashes waste-contract process

The four-year-long search for new garbage contractors got a vote of no-confidence from a San Mateo County civil grand jury in a report issued July 10.

July 14, 2009 | 1 comment
How green is my middle school?

Parent aims to make Hillview Middle School carbon-neutral
When construction at Hillview Middle School is finishes in 2012, students could have more than just extra elbow-room at the reconfigured campus. They could be spending their days at one of the first carbon-neutral public schools in America

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Nomination period opens for Nov. 3 election

Nomination papers are available for would-be candidates in the Nov. 3 election.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Possible mountain lion sightings in Woodside

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is reporting that ranch workers twice spotted an animal that may have been a mountain lion in the vicinity of 218 Family Farm Road in Woodside.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Traffic signal, or lighted crosswalk?

At its meeting Tuesday night, Menlo Park's City Council could decide whether to install a traffic signal or a lighted crosswalk on Middlefield Road at Linfield Drive.

July 13, 2009 | 9 comments
Palo Alto 13-year-olds win district title

Pitchers Aguiar, Lee are impressive in 10-5 win over Bel-Mateo
For the second consecutive game, the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars knocked off Bel-Mateo South at Baylands field, this time for the District 6 championship. The margin of victory on Saturday, 10-5, was closer than Thursday's 18-1 thrashing. New photos added.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
The 'Color of Light' by Weil and Stahl

Portola Art Gallery presents "The Color of Light," an exhibit of works in oil and pastel by artists Alice Weil of Menlo Park and Mary K. Stahl of Palo Alto. Exhibit dates: July 1-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 650-321-0220 or go to www.portolaartgallery.com. Portola Art Gallery, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Homeowner Workshop: The Forever Home

This workshop covers ideas, products and plans for multi-generational living. July 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, go to Kepler's Web site. Kepler's Bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

July 13, 2009 | No comments yet
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July 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Obama to name professor as USGS director

A Stanford University geophysics professor is expected to be the next director of the U.S. Geological Survey after President Obama said Thursday that he intends to nominate her to the position.

July 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Sara Bareilles at Atherton benefit Saturday

An evening of music, food and wine at an Atherton estate will benefit the music education program Music for Minors and the West Coast Songwriters on Saturday, July 11.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Simitian holds 'office hours' Sunday in Menlo Park

Local residents will have an opportunity to chat with state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, when he holds "sidewalk office hours" at the Menlo Park farmers' market Sunday, July 12.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Gubernatorial hopeful Tom Campbell outlines budget fixes

Former Stanford professor and congressman advocates cuts and gas tax
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Campbell Thursday called for budget cuts and a temporary gas tax to close California's $26.3 billion budget gap. He spoke to the business-oriented Association for Corporate Growth in Los Altos Hills.

July 10, 2009 | 3 comments
Reining event showcases equestrian skills

The 10th annual Reining By The Bay, a venue for riders and their mounts to showcase their skills and compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes, will be held July 21-26 at the Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Eshoo calls for probe of covert CIA program

Says eight-year-old program was never disclosed to Congress
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, Thursday called for an investigation of a covert CIA program that she said ran from 2001 to June 2009 without Congressional knowledge. She denied that her request for a public correction from CIA Director Leon Panetta was an effort to vindicate her close friend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
New York Times: Cheney Is linked to concealment of CIA project.

July 9, 2009 | 5 comments
Sara Bareilles at Atherton benefit Saturday

An evening of music, food and wine at an Atherton estate will benefit the music education program Music for Minors and the West Coast Songwriters on Saturday, July 11.

July 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Moutain lion sighting reported in Woodside

A possible mountain lion sighting was reported at Wunderlich County Park in Woodside at about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, July 9.

July 9, 2009 | 2 comments
Reining event showcases equestrian skills

The 10th annual Reining By The Bay, a venue for riders and their mounts to showcase their skills and compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes, will be held July 21-26 at the Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road.

July 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Oaks top Legends in game at M-A High

The Palo Alto Oaks won their seventh straight game, using a triple play to help defeat the Menlo Park Legends, 9-7, in a non-league baseball game Wednesday at Menlo-Atherton High.

July 9, 2009 | No comments yet
Train kills pedestrian in Redwood City

A train struck and killed a male pedestrian in Redwood City on Wednesday night, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine/West Menlo wins 10-11 all-star title

PA National is eliminated in District 52 Little League 9-10 tournament
Alpine/West Menlo had the pitching and Hillsborough didn't, and that translated into a 24-6 victory for Alpine in the championship game of the District 52 Little League 10-11 All-Star Tournament at Arguello Field in San Carlos on Tuesday night.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
100 acres of Foothills to blaze today

The sky may be smoky above Skyline Boulevard in Portola Valley today (July 8) as a team of firefighters burns about 100 acres of the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, according to the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, the regional agency that oversees the preserve.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine/West Menlo wins 10-11 all-star title

PA National is eliminated in District 52 Little League 9-10 tournament
Alpine/West Menlo had the pitching and Hillsborough didn't, and that translated into a 24-6 victory for Alpine in the championship game of the District 52 Little League 10-11 All-Star Tournament at Arguello Field in San Carlos on Tuesday night.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Hard-won achievements

New technology gives special-needs students a boost at AchieveKids
Speech therapist Raji Srirangarajan congratulates AchieveKids student Sebastian for successfully negotiating the crosswalk near the school campus. Special needs students from San Mateo County school districts can opt to go to AchieveKids, a non-public school with a campus in Palo Alto, where there's a move toward assistive technology to give students better tools for learning and life. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 12, 2009 | No comments yet
100 acres of foothills to blaze on Wednesday

Smoke likely to be visible from Midpeninsula and coastside
Don't be alarmed if you see smoke billowing up from Skyline Boulevard Wednesday. Fire officials plan a "prescribed burn" on 100 acres of public open space land along Skyline and north of Page Mill Road.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Free zydeco concert in Redwood City Wednesday

A free zydeco concert will be held Wednesday (July 8) from 6 to 8 p.m. when the Zydeco Flames perform, featuring Andre Thierry and Billy Wilson on accordion.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
'Sunset Way' series explores magazine's influence

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, architecture critic Alan Hess will give the first lecture of the series, "Ranch Houses and the Influence of Sunset Magazine." An architect and architectural preservation advocate, Mr. Hess has been the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
'Sunset Way' explores magazine's influence

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, architecture critic Alan Hess will give the first lecture of the series, "Ranch Houses and the Influence of Sunset Magazine." An architect and architectural preservation advocate, Mr. Hess has been the architecture critic for the San Jose Mercury News since 1986.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Ravenswood trails closed until next year

Would-be hikers won't be able to use the trails in the northern area of the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, abutting the Dumbarton Bridge, until late 2010.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Junior League hosts open house July 18

Women who are interested in learning more about the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula are invited to attend two open houses for prospective members -- on July 18 and Aug.27.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Simitian holds 'office hours' at farmers' market

Local residents will have an opportunity to chat with state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, when he holds "sidewalk office hours" at the Menlo Park farmers' market Sunday, July 12.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Opera night at Little Store restaurant

The 29th evening of opera at the Little Store restaurant in Woodside will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Dance songs in Fremont Park on Wednesday night

Livewire, a band that covers "dance songs" by such artists as Kool and the Gang, Maroon 5 and No Doubt, will perform in Fremont Park Wednesday, July 8.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Dance songs in the park Wednesday

Livewire, a band that covers "dance songs" by such artists as Kool and the Gang, Maroon 5 and No Doubt, will perform in Fremont Park Wednesday, July 8.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Construction under way at Menlo Park VA

New nursing home, radiology center expected to open by 2010
The Menlo Park VA expects to complete several construction and renovation projects by the end of the year, aimed at expanding the campus' services, and meeting standards for seismic safety.

July 7, 2009 | 1 comment
MP gym project clears divided commission

Commission requires city to implement parking plan, makes several recommendations to City Council.
A project to build a new city gymnasium in Menlo Park's Civic Center complex has cleared another hurdle, and now faces a vote of the City Council before construction can begin. Picture: Architect's rendering of proposed gymnasium, as seen from Alma Street, courtesy city of Menlo Park.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Want to run for local office? Candidates' seminar set for Wednesday in San Mateo

People interested in running for local public office this fall are invited to a two-hour "how to run" seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, in San Mateo. There are 26 seats up for election on local town councils, school boards, and special district boards.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Free to the public: docent-led outdoor activities

Docents for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District have scheduled free outdoor activities in July, all taking place on the district's open space preserves throughout the South Bay, Peninsula and Coastside areas.

July 7, 2009 | 1 comment
Free family concert today

Menlo Park residents can bring a blanket to the lawn under the oak tree next to the library in the Civic Center for a free outdoor family concert Friday, July 10, at 11:15 a.m.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Free to the public: docent-led outdoor activities

Docents for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District have scheduled free outdoor activities in July, all taking place on the district's open space preserves throughout the South Bay, Peninsula and Coastside areas.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton Councilman Jim Dobbie says he's now cancer-free

Atherton Councilman Jim Dobbie told The Almanac that he is now cancer-free, following chemotherapy to treat lymphoma. Mr. Dobbie said that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma and underwent the removal of his spleen. His initial prognosis was not good, he said. "Now I'm trying to recover from the chemotherapy, but the cancer is all gone," he said.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
New Atherton rule: Is aim to stifle dissent?

Members of a city council might detest each other in private, but they usually manage to keep things civil in public, at least for the duration of a council meeting. A brouhaha over getting things on the Atherton City Council agenda, however, appears to have fractured whatever veneer of collegiality that body possessed.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Crackdown targets cyclists, drivers

Sheriff's deputies and police from nearby towns descended on Woodside and Portola Valley on two recent days to reinforce rules of the road to cyclists and multi-tasking drivers.

July 7, 2009 | 25 comments
High school district eyes staff pay cuts

An additional $3 million in budget cuts could lead to a shorter school year, staff furloughs and higher health insurance co-pays for teachers and staff at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools.

July 7, 2009 | 8 comments
Fans of the night sky behold views of the universe at star-gazing party in Portola Valley

The moon was young on on the evening of June 26, when star gazers gathered in a Portola Valley soccer field with a few telescope-equipped astronomers and were rewarded with views of the solar system and beyond. Photo by Dave Boyce/The Almanac.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Will Everest charter school open in August?

Sequoia district amends facilities offer; charter school pushes ahead to open in fall
With the clock ticking on preparations for the first day of school at the new Everest (Charter) Public High School -- set for Aug. 24 -- the investigation continues into the viability of the school's proposed home in Redwood City.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Two sentenced in commercial burglary cases

Two men from the Central Valley received prison sentences after pleading no-contest to burglary charges in connection with commercial burglaries in Menlo Park and Redwood City in mid-May.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
Arrest believed connected to auto burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested a man found hiding in the bushes near a reported auto burglary and matching a description of the suspect.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Bocce ball tourney brings winnings to church

Talk about beginner's luck. David Dubbs of Woodside knew nothing about bocce ball, yet his team, "Bocce This," won the $15,000 first-place award in the 11th annual Battle of the Bay, a bocce ball tournament hosted by former Bay Area NFL coaches Steve Mariucci and John Madden.

July 8, 2009 | No comments yet
A guide for the bride

Father Riley's new book offers sage wedding advice
"If you want a Martha Stewart wedding, don't buy this book," Father Miles O'Brien Riley told guests at a book-signing event at the Menlo Park home of his longtime friend, Marianne Walters (right). In the center is Ms. Walters' sister, Elizabeth Kibbey. Father Riley officiated at both women's weddings. Photo by Ed Zappia.

July 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League 9-10 all stars: Alpine edged, 16-15, in three-hour battle with Redwood City National

Alpine/West Menlo battled for 3 hours and 20 minutes while playing eight innings, but all its work went for naught in a 16-15 loss to Redwood City National in a District 52 Little League 9-10 all-star tournament game Sunday (July 5) at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League 10-11 all-stars: Alpine-West Menlo enters title game Tuesday in San Carlos

One more victory separates the Alpine/West Menlo Little League all-stars from the championship of the District 52 10-11 tournament. Alpine put itself in that position with a 4-2 victory over San Carlos on Friday (July 2) at North Highland Field in San Carlos.

July 6, 2009 | 1 comment
Mandolin/guitar duo at Atherton Library tonight

Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at Atherton Library: Kenny Blackwell and Dorian Michael are a mandolin/guitar duo that play a wide range of music, from bluegrass to blues, jazz, Celtic, and Brazilian.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service for Ruth Ann Jordan will be held at Valley Presbyterian Church

The place of the memorial service for Ruth Ann Jordan has been changed to Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, in Portola Valley. The service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 17. Ms. Jordan died at her Menlo Park home on June 22 at the age of 74.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
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July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League 9-10 all stars: Alpine edged, 16-15, in three-hour battle with Redwood City National

Alpine/West Menlo battled for 3 hours and 20 minutes while playing eight innings, but all its work went for naught in a 16-15 loss to Redwood City National in a District 52 Little League 9-10 all-star tournament game Sunday (July 5) at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Want to run for local office? Candidates' seminar set for Wednesday in San Mateo

People interested in running for local public office this fall are invited to a two-hour "how to run" seminar at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, in San Mateo. There are 26 seats up for election on local town councils, school boards, and special district boards.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Summer fun

Emil Galhotra, left, and James Pflaging jump out of a bouncy house during a recent Mini Madness Summer Camp at the Burgess Recreation Center. Photo by James Tensuan/Special to The Almanac.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Another top staffer to leave city post

Days after the resignation of a Menlo Park department manager, the city has confirmed that another key staffer is retiring.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Former doctor sentenced to house arrest

A former Colorado doctor who illegally prescribed anti-depressants to a Menlo Park resident and Stanford student who later committed suicide was sentenced July 1 in San Mateo County Superior Court to house arrest at his Colorado home.

July 6, 2009 | No comments yet
Sweet corn showcase at Marche on July 17-18

Marche Restaurant, 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, is having a summer corn celebration on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Plans under way for new Cool Cafe

Restaurateur Jesse Cool says a "huge, new, beautiful catering kitchen" is under construction at her newest venture, The Cool Cafe at Menlo Business Park, which is scheduled to open in August.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League 10-11 all-stars: Alpine-West Menlo enters title game Tuesday in San Carlos

One more victory separates the Alpine/West Menlo Little League all-stars from the championship of the District 52 10-11 tournament. Alpine put itself in that position with a 4-2 victory over San Carlos on Friday (July 2) at North Highland Field in San Carlos.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Alpine all-stars enter title game Tuesday

One more victory separates the Alpine/West Menlo Little League all-stars from the championship of the District 52 10-11 tournament. Alpine put itself in that position with a 4-2 victory over San Carlos on Friday (July 2) at North Highland Field in San Carlos.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Diekroeger earns a spot as first team high school All-American

An offensive tackle from Colorado gives Stanford another recruit for 2010
Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger's summer just keeps getting more interesting. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop, who has committed to attending Stanford this fall if he doesn't sign a professional baseball contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, was named first team High School All-American by Baseball America it was announced Wednesday.

July 16, 2009 | No comments yet
Diekroeger earns a spot as first team high school All-American

An offensive tackle from Colorado gives Stanford another recruit for 2010
Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger's summer just keeps getting more interesting. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound shortstop, who has committed to attending Stanford this fall if he doesn't sign a professional baseball contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, was named first team High School All-American by Baseball America it was announced Wednesday.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Chevron drives home point in finals

Babe Ruth 15s team finally lives up to preseason expectations by winning City Tournament title
The preseason predictions had Menlo Park Chevron winning the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-under regular-season championship this season. But, it didn't happen. MP Chevron, however, turned things around in the postseason and lived up to its preseason expectations by capturing the 15-under City Tournament title on Wednesday night.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain gets $9 million from feds

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain service in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties, will receive a $9 million grant for track, bridge, signal and bicycle improvements, Rep. Anna Eshoo announced.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Today is deadline to vote for your favorites in Readers' Choice 2009

CLICK HERE TO VOTE TODAY!
In this year's Readers' Choice, we salute the superheroes of the local economy: the best businesses and hot spots in or around town. Vote in at least five categories by July 12 to qualify for prizes.

July 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain to hike parking fees, cut service

Parking fees to jump from $2 to $3 in September
The board of directors for Caltrain Thursday unanimously approved several changes, including service reductions and parking fee increases, intended to eliminate the agency's $2.6 million deficit.

July 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Chevron drives home point in finals

Babe Ruth 15s team finally lives up to preseason expectations by winning City Tournament title
The preseason predictions had Menlo Park Chevron winning the Palo Alto Babe Ruth 15-under regular-season championship this season. But, it didn't happen. MP Chevron, however, turned things around in the postseason and lived up to its preseason expectations by capturing the 15-under City Tournament title on Wednesday night.

July 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Restaurant review: Marqs in Menlo hits the mark

Menlo Park bar and grille offers harmonious combination of music, fine food, and good cheer. Photo: Regular customers, from left, Anne Chissler, Vicki Ferrando and Michelle Brown, dine at the bar at Marqs in Menlo. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 8, 2009 | 3 comments
Campaign nets 45 citations

An "Honor the Stop" enforcement campaign that was inspired by the deaths of two bicyclists killed by a sheriff's deputy in 2008 was carried out July 1 and netted 45 citations in San Mateo County.

July 2, 2009 | 41 comments
Documentary salutes Pete McCloskey

A documentary on the life and career of former congressman Pete McCloskey will run on KQED-TV (Channel 9) at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5.

July 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Public works supervisor found not guilty

Police officer painted as victim by prosecution, victimizer by defense
On Thursday, July 2, a jury returned verdicts of "not guilty" on misdemeanor counts of assault and battery against Atherton public works supervisor, Troy Henderson. Mr. Henderson, a 33-year employee of the town, was accused of lunging at and grabbing Atherton police officer Pilar Ortiz-Buckley in an incident caught on the police station's surveillance video.

July 1, 2009 | 26 comments
Documentary salutes Pete McCloskey tonight

A documentary on the life and career of former congressman Pete McCloskey will run on KQED-TV (Channel 9) at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5. Photo: Pete McCloskey, left, and the late actor Paul Newman, who narrates the film about Mr. McCloskey. Photo by Rob Caughlan.

July 1, 2009 | 2 comments
City official resigns post

Barbara Santos George, director of Menlo Park's community services department, has resigned.

July 1, 2009 | 1 comment
Local nonprofits get $1M in 'safety net' grants

Food and shelter are focus of aid from Silicon Valley Community Foundation and San Mateo County
Thirty-two San Mateo County nonprofit organizations will share $1 million in "safety net" grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the county, the Foundation announced today.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Fireworks and festivals for the Fourth

A weekend of parades, carnivals, a street fair, and the NorCal Junior Rodeo await local Fourth of July celebrants. All the events will be held on Saturday, July Fourth, unless otherwise noted. Photo: Steer-riding is one of the highlights of the NorCal Junior Rodeo, held in Woodside on July Fourth. Photo by Holly Winnen.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Accused cop killer a victim of stress disorder?

Jury selection to begin Aug. 26 in case against man accused of murdering East Palo Alto police officer Richard May
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge heard a motion Monday to limit or prevent psychiatric testimony in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May in January 2006. Judge Craig Parsons has nearly two months to decide whether the defense attorney for Alberto Alvarez, 25, charged with first-degree murder, can argue that his client had a mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder. Photo: Officer Richard May.

June 30, 2009 | 5 comments
Details released on drowning of mother, child

A mother and her young daughter who drowned after a strong current yanked them into the Pacific Ocean from Montara State Beach on Monday were nearly able to make it back to shore, but the riptide was too powerful, a sheriff's lieutenant said Tuesday.

June 30, 2009 | 3 comments
Closing arguments Wednesday in assault case against Atherton public works supervisor

Closing arguments are expected Wednesdays in the trial of Atherton public works supervisor Troy Henderson, a 33-year employee of the town who is facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges for allegedly attacking an Atherton police officer.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Corte Madera middle school names graduates

Corte Madera School in Portola Valley lists the 72 eighth-grade students who graduated in June.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Hillview Middle School names 2009 graduates

Hillview Middle School lists the 224 graduates of the class of 2009.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Victoria Madison Rathbun Gill

A celebration of the life of Victoria Madison Rathbun Gill will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Swedenborgian Church, 2107 Lyon St. in San Francisco. Ms. Gill died at her home in San Francisco on May 30. She was 57.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Barbara Greer

Barbara Greer died peacefully on May 25 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, where she had lived since 1991. She was 96.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Just for Fun makes horse Hall of Fame

Just for Fun, a hunter ridden by Cindy Brooks of Woodside throughout his horse-show career, was posthumously inducted into the National Hunter Hall of Fame in May at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Photo: Local horse trainer Cindy Brooks is shown riding the thoroughbred, Just for Fun.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Transit agencies get $16 million from feds

The Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which oversees Caltrain service in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco counties, will receive a $9 million grant for track, bridge, signal and bicycle improvements, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced June 10.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Fireworks and festivals for the Fourth

A weekend of parades, carnivals, a street fair, and the NorCal Junior Rodeo await local Fourth of July celebrants. All the events will be held on Saturday, July Fourth, unless otherwise noted. Photo: Steer-riding is one of the highlights of the NorCal Junior Rodeo, held in Woodside on July Fourth. Photo by Holly Winnen.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside School names graduates

Woodside Elementary School lists the 51 eighth-grade graduates in class of 2009.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Eva Spitz-Blum: psychologist, rancher, researcher

Eva Maria Spitz-Blum of Ladera, a psychologist who did research around the world on folklore, shamanism, alcohol and drugs, before moving to Skyline where she took up ranching, was honored at a memorial service Sunday at the Stanford Faculty Club. Ms. Spitz-Blum died peacefully at Stanford Hospital on May 2, just a month after she celebrated her 90th birthday on April 1.

June 30, 2009 | 2 comments
Smythe offers solution to Jackling house dilemma

Venture capitalist says he would extract historic elements and rebuild with them elsewhere.
A Palo Alto venture capitalist and enthusiast of homes designed by architect George Washington Smith may reuse significant parts of Steve Jobs' Jackling house, possibly resolving an eight-year battle between preservationists and Mr. Jobs over the house's fate.

June 30, 2009 | 4 comments
Chili's in Menlo Park to close July 8

The Chili's restaurant in Menlo Park is closing July 8, a spokeswoman has confirmed. The restaurant, at the intersection of El Camino Real and Roble Avenue, has operated in Menlo Park for 26 years, according to Alex Andrade, the city's business development specialist.

June 30, 2009 | 19 comments
Sequoia board to meet today

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District has scheduled a meeting at 3 p.m. today to discuss a resolution to reserve the right to trim compensation of teachers and staff for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Local woman named among top 100 financial advisers

Barron's magazine named financial adviser Hilary Giles of Portola Valley to the 2009 list of the top 100 financial advisers who are women. Ms. Giles works out of the Menlo Park office of Merrill Lynch's Private Banking and Investment Group and manages more than $1 billion in assets for individuals with a typical net worth of $50 million and a typical account under management of $15 million, the Barron's listing said.

July 8, 2009 | 1 comment
Mother and daughter who drowned are identified

A mother and daughter from Walnut Creek drowned Monday after being swept into the Pacific Ocean from Montara State Beach.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Santana tribute band in Fremont Park tonight

Menlo Park's summer concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight with a performance by a Santana tribute band. The one-hour concert is in Fremont Park, at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Hyatt Classic quells gastroenteritis outbreak

Dining room, pool, gym reopen at Sand Hill retirement community
The gym, pool and dining room at Palo Alto's Classic Residence by Hyatt were back to business as usual Monday morning after a gastroenteritis outbreak shut down the facilities for nine days, staff said today.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Jay D. Webster

Jay D. Webster of Paradise died April 14 at the age of 50. A former Portola Valley resident, Mr. Webster was a graduate of California State University at Chico, where he majored in hydrology.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Philip Forsyth

Philip Leland Forsyth died peacefully at the home of his daughter, Pamela Forsyth, in Sunnyvale on May 25. The former Woodside resident was 79.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Richard L. Johnson

Richard L. Johnson, who lived in Menlo Park for nearly 20 years, died May 1 in Mountain View at the age of 80.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: Nancy Gilliland performs at Marqs in Menlo

Vocalist and pianist Nancy Gilliland performs tonight (June 30) at 6 p.m. at Marqs in Menlo, 1143 Crane St. in Menlo Park.

June 30, 2009 | 1 comment
Tonight: Nigerian author at Kepler's

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks tonight (June 30) at 7:30 p.m., about her latest collection of short stories, "The Thing around Your Neck," at Kepler's Books and Magazines at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Stuart Whittelsey Jr.

Stuart Gordon Whittelsey Jr. of Woodside, who was a financial officer for high-tech companies, died June 1 at the age of 79.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Antique Appraisal Day

At Antique Appraisal Day at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on June 4 are, from left, Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers & Appraisers vice president and director Gary Espinosa examines a Japanese doll; and painting specialists Aaron Bartel Bastian and Holly Sherratt (in back with their faces covered by the paintings) appraise paintings. The woman on the right is unidentified. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Cultural Arts Day

Bismarck Delgado of Xiuhcoatl Danza Azteca dances in front of Encinal Elementary School students in May for Cultural Arts Day. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
City Beach digging Miami

Local girls' volleyball club is third in the nation at the Junior Olympics
The City Beach 16 Black team (7-1) finished in a tie for third place overall in the Open Division of the 16-year-old age group at the girls' volleyball Junior Olympics at the Miami Convention on Monday.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
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June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Two die after being pulled from beach water

A mother and her young daughter have died after being pulled from the waters of Montara State Beach Monday afternoon, a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant said.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Local all-star teams have work to do in 9-10 Little League tournament

All five local Little League squads lose in their District 52 openers
Five local Little League all-star teams took to the field last weekend in the District 52 9-10 tournament at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark. And all five squads lost. Out of that group, only two teams are guaranteed to advance past the second round.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Cities in no rush to meet housing mandates

But Attorney General Brown's lawsuit against Pleasanton suggests state might become more vigilant over housing, traffic requirements
California's effort to require cities to provide their "fair share" of housing gained some muscle last month when Attorney General Jerry Brown sued Pleasanton over the city's housing cap. But in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park and other California cities currently revising their long-term housing plans, planning officials aren't exactly rushing to meet the state's ambitious housing mandates.

June 29, 2009 | 8 comments
At Kepler's

Joanna Smith Rakoff will discuss and sign her first novel, "A Fortunate Age," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park. The book, which has been compared to Mary McCarthy's "The Group," details the lives of a group of Oberlin graduates whose ambitions and friendships threaten to unravel as they navigate life in Brooklyn during the late 1990s and into the next decade.

June 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Read summary of high-speed rail comments

The agency that oversees the high-speed rail project has released a report summarizing comments it received in regard to the section of the proposed route from San Jose to San Francisco.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Local volleyball clubs meet in Junior Olympics Open Division

Paly, M-A and Menlo players face off against each other in gold division
When Vision 16 Gold, which features Menlo School junior Allie Frappier and Palo Alto junior Trina Ohms, meets City Beach 16 Black early Monday morning in a gold division match of the USAV Junior Olympics Open Division, it will seem like a regular, local girls' volleyball match.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Partners team wins Little League championship

The Partners team of the Alpine-West Menlo Little League Majors Division faced as formidable a challenge as it had all season in Mike's Cafe of the Menlo-Atherton Little League. But Partners scored two runs in the top of the sixth to earn a 2-0 victory June 19 at Burgess Park and win city bragging rights in the 37th renewal of the Menlo Park city championship.

June 29, 2009 | 2 comments
When nature meets suburbia

Filmmakers explore changing natural landscape, and its human effects
Brian Rasmussen wrote and directed the 21-minute film, "The Fenceline," and Travis Schoen, an M-A graduate, is the film's producer and editor. The film has met with considerable success on the film festival scene, taking the Audience Award at the California Independent Film Festival, and the Best Student Film award at the Tiburon International Film Festival.

July 7, 2009 | No comments yet
Lanes reopened after crash off Hwy. 92

A vehicle went down a steep embankment near westbound state Highway 92 in unincorporated San Mateo County Sunday night, blocking the highway for more than four hours, a California Highway Patrol officer said this morning.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
McLain leaps to second at USA championships

Former Stanford All-American earns berth on U.S. track and field team for World Championships
Stanford grad and Menlo Park resident Erica McLain finished second in the women's triple jump at the USA Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
U.S. Energy Secretary Chu looks to innovation to solve warming crisis

Dire predictions, innovative technologies top list for new energy strategy outlined Friday at SLAC
In a talk in Menlo Park on Friday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu outlined a set of new energy-policy goals. He predicted dire consequences if the country conducts "business as usual" in the talk given before SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory scientists.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Creek funding OK'd by House subcommittee

A House of Representatives subcommittee has approved nearly $10 million in funding for projects in the 14th Congressional District, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Partners team wins Little League championship

The Partners team of the Alpine-West Menlo Little League Majors Division faced as formidable a challenge as it had all season in Mike's Cafe of the Menlo-Atherton Little League. But Partners scored two runs in the top of the sixth to earn a 2-0 victory June 19 at Burgess Park and win city bragging rights in the 37th renewal of the Menlo Park city championship.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Third 'spare the air' day issued for Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is declaring Monday a Spare the Air day, the third one in three days.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Top seed advances in Babe Ruth City tourney

In2Change moves on to face Menlo Park Chevron in Palo Alto 15-under tournament
Top-seeded In2Change and Menlo Park Chevron advanced in the winners' bracket of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth City Tournament with one-run victories Friday night at Baylands Athletic Center.
Sports score updates on PA Online.

June 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident McLain leaps to second at USA championships

Former Stanford All-American earns berth on U.S. track and field team for World Championships
Stanford grad and Menlo Park resident Erica McLain finished second in the women's triple jump at the USA Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University of Oregon in Eugene. McLain reached a season best of 45-7 3/4 on her fourth jump to make the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany, later this summer.

June 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Partners team wins Little League championship

The Partners team of the Alpine-West Menlo Little League Majors Division faced as formidable a challenge as it had all season in Mike's Cafe of the Menlo-Atherton Little League. But Partners scored two runs in the top of the sixth to earn a 2-0 victory June 19 at Burgess Park and win city bragging rights in the 37th renewal of the Menlo Park city championship.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley to ban commercial use of chippers, chain saws on Saturdays

Efforts to include leaf blowers came too little and too late
There will be quieter weekends in Portola Valley, quieter than they would have been, that is.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Ravenswood schools trim budget by $5 million

Stimulus funds help district plug a larger gap
Responding to the statewide fiscal crisis, board members of the Ravenswood City School District, which has schools in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, has passed an operating budget of $37 million, down from $42 million last year.

June 26, 2009 | No comments yet
At the Guild: "Whatever Works"

"Whatever Works," Woody Allen's new comedy starring Larry David, is now playing at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
John McKay case: Judge to decide whether doctor serves time in California or Colorado

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge plans to decide Wednesday whether a Colorado doctor, who was sentenced to nine months in jail for illegally prescribing anti-depressants to a 19-year-old Menlo Park resident who later committed suicide, will serve his sentence in California or Colorado.

June 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Steven Chu speaks in Menlo Park on U.S. energy future

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is coming to Menlo Park Friday to talk about his vision for the country's energy future.

June 26, 2009 | 2 comments
Star-gazing event tonight in Portola Valley

In tonight's deeper darkness in Portola Valley, people will gather near a soccer field at Town Center to gaze through telescopes at objects in the universe.

June 26, 2009 | 1 comment
Classic car show in Palo Alto Sunday

The Palo Alto Councours D'Elegance, which showcases classic cars as a fundraiser for the Palo Alto Lions Club, will be held Sunday (June 28) from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the field on Sand Hill Road at Pasteur Drive, Stanford University. Check out Councours D'Elegance Web site.

June 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Classic car show in Palo Alto Sunday

The Palo Alto Councours D'Elegance, which showcases classic cars as a fundraiser for the Palo Alto Lions Club, will be held Sunday (June 28) from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the field on Sand Hill Road at Pasteur Drive, Stanford University. Check out Councours D'Elegance Web site.

June 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Steven Chu speaks in Menlo Park on U.S. energy future

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is coming to Menlo Park Friday to talk about his vision for the country's energy future.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Steven Chu speaks in Menlo Park on U.S. energy future

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is coming to Menlo Park Friday to talk about his vision for the country's energy future.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Shakespeare, Kipling under the stars this weekend

Festival Theatre Ensemble will stage Shakespeare and Rudyard Kipling this weekend under the stars at Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park. This year's series of productions closes Sunday.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Shakespeare, Kipling under the stars

Festival Theatre Ensemble will stage Shakespeare and Rudyard Kipling this weekend under the stars at Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park. This year's series of productions closes Sunday.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Trial starts for Atherton public works supervisor

Opening arguments are set for 9:45 a.m. on Monday, June 29, for the trial of Atherton public works supervisor Troy Henderson. Mr. Henderson, a 33-year employee of the town, is facing misdemeanor assault and battery charges for allegedly attacking an Atherton police officer.

June 25, 2009 | 11 comments
Local volleyballers head to Junior Olympics

Paly, Gunn, M-A, SHP, Menlo are all represented on various teams
Menlo-Atherton High grad Kelli Branning and Sacred Heart Prep grad Marissa Alvarez will be competing at the USA Girls' Volleyball Junior Olympics Open Division tournament beginning Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Local volleyballers head to Junior Olympics

Paly, Gunn, M-A, SHP, Menlo are all represented on various teams
Menlo-Atherton High grad Kelli Branning and Sacred Heart Prep grad Marissa Alvarez will be competing at the USA Girls' Volleyball Junior Olympics Open Division tournament beginning Friday at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Panel to focus on youth depression tonight

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to host evening event
A free parent-education session on child and adolescent depressive disorders will take place at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital tonight (June 25) at 6:30 p.m.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
'Extremely difficult' budget passes easily

Portola Valley Town Manager Angela Howard had used the words "extremely difficult" to describe her recent efforts to balance the town's budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. But that budget's passage by a unanimous Town Council on Wednesday, June 24, could not have been smoother.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Solar contractor arrested, charged with fraud

Peter Be, 38, facing 18 years in prison for bilking homeowners in Santa Clara County
A 38-year-old solar-energy contractor has been arrested and charged with 53 criminal offenses against 30 homeowners in Menlo Park, Santa Clara County, and as far as the Central Valley.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Tesla CEO: Roadster nearing profitability

The cost of materials for Tesla Motors' Roadster has dropped to $80,000, a fact that should help the electric car company "cross over into profitability next month," according to Tesla's CEO.

June 24, 2009 | 2 comments
Tursunov forced to quit first round match

A bad ankle continues to plague the former Menlo School tennis star
Former Menlo School tennis star Dmitry Tursunov retired from his first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday after falling behind to Germany's Mischa Zverev, 6-4, 6-2, 3-0.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Tursunov forced to quit first round match

A bad ankle continues to plague the former Menlo School tennis star
Former Menlo School tennis star Dmitry Tursunov retired from his first round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday after falling behind to Germany's Mischa Zverev, 6-4, 6-2, 3-0.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg at Kepler's today

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, author of "The Years of Talking Dangerously," will talk about his new book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Mr. Nunberg appears frequently on the PBS program, "Fresh Air," and writes for the New York Times and other publications.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Woodside Town Council reaches tentative agreement on Jackling house

The Woodside Town Council on a 5-2 vote Tuesday night granted a conditional demolition permit to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to tear down the Jackling house. The condition is that Mr. Jobs and Palo Alto venture capitalist Gordon Smythe sign a contract allowing Mr. Smythe to deconstruct historically significant parts of the house with the intention of using them to rebuild the house at a yet-to-be determined site.

June 23, 2009 | 1 comment
Thursday talk: USGS scientist on mercury accumulation in ecosystems

Just as there was gold in California's hills, there was also mercury, including in the Santa Cruz Mountains. USGS scientist Tom Suchanek
will give a talk at the USGS offices in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, about mercury accumulation in ecosystems.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
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June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Thursday talk: USGS scientist on mercury accumulation in ecosystems

Just as there was gold in California's hills, there was also mercury, including in the Santa Cruz Mountains. USGS scientist Tom Suchanek will give a talk at the USGS offices in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, about mercury accumulation in ecosystems.

June 23, 2009 | 2 comments
Menlo Park City Council OKs budget

At its June 16 meeting, Menlo Park's City Council gave final approval to the budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Tonight: How will new gym impact Civic Center?

In a meeting tonight, Menlo Park's Planning Commission will review an environmental impact report on a new city gymnasium proposed for the Civic Center complex.

June 25, 2009 | 26 comments
Child care: Give city a chance, commission says

A city commission has recommended that the city continue to operate the child care center in the Civic Center complex, for the time being.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Construction yet to begin on substation

Construction on police substation in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood was delayed when a power line was discovered under property.

June 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Can't park in front of your own home?

New resident complains about lack of notice.
One Menlo Park resident received a rude surprise recently, when she was slapped with a $45 ticket for parking in front of her apartment overnight. She's asking the city to better notice the policy.

June 29, 2009 | 2 comments
Is state's financial stress a lesson for city?

In setting a policy on using its general fund reserve, the city should learn from the state's free-spending ways, says Councilman Andy Cohen.

June 29, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Frustration surfaces over reliance on consultants

The familiar complaint that Menlo Park would rather study a problem than fix it has come whistling through the city again, with one member of the City Council joining in the chorus of frustrated voices.

June 24, 2009 | 24 comments
Portola Valley school board to vcte on budget

The Portola Valley School District board is expected to vote on a proposed $11.5 million budget for the 2009-10 school year at its Wednesday, June 24, meeting.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Sharon Park mystery: Who hacked down trees?

One man's quest to encourage new trees to grow at Sharon Park took a strange turn when someone apparently took a chainsaw to fledgling trees in the park.

June 25, 2009 | 4 comments
Concert in park, block party today

A Johnny Cash tribute band will kick off Menlo Park's summer concert series Wednesday, June 24, in conjunction with the first of two downtown block parties. Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fremont Park, at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The block party will run until 9:30 p.m.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Stanford reps face questions on Rice, El Camino

Mixed-use development on El Camino is appealing, says Stanford real estate manager.
Should the U.S. government investigate whether Condoleezza Rice and other Bush administration officials violated the Constitution? It wasn't the only tough question Stanford executives faced at a June 17 meeting of Sustainable Menlo Park at Burgess Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

June 23, 2009 | 20 comments
PV school board may act on budget tonight

The Portola Valley School District board is expected to vote on a proposed $11.5 million budget for the 2009-10 school year at its Wednesday, June 24, meeting.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
School district could face $1 million more in cuts

Menlo Park school district OKs $29 million budget.
Chief Business Official Diane White joked that she should have come dressed as "the goddess of gloom and doom" as she presented the $28.7 million budget for the 2009-2010 school year to the board of the Menlo Park City School District. It's belt-tightening time in the district, for several reasons.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
New history book is all about Atherton

Atherton is the latest town to get the local history treatment, with a new coffee-table book called "Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton." The book is available for presale at a discount -- $60 -- if ordered by June 30.

June 25, 2009 | 6 comments
Raising fees in Atherton: council to meet at 9 a.m. Thursday

There's no such thing as a free lunch, and in Atherton, there could soon be no such thing as free copies. A special meeting is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, June 25, to discuss changes to the town's master fee schedule, covering everything from building permits to copying documents.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton dips into reserves with $17 million town budget

Atherton is trimming staff, cutting expenses, and dipping into its reserve fund to make ends meet in the fiscal year beginning July 1. The $17 million operating and capital improvement budget for 2009-10 was approved by the City Council at its June 17 meeting.

June 24, 2009 | 15 comments
Atherton council members accuse their colleagues of censorship over agenda rules

Two members of the Atherton City Council are accusing their colleagues of censorship for making it harder to place issues on meeting agendas. At the June 17 meeting, a divided City Council passed new rules requiring an additional step -- not only does a pair of council members have to agree in order to propose an agenda item, but it will require a majority vote of the council to authorize the item's placement on a future meeting agenda.

June 23, 2009 | 20 comments
Portola Valley in tough spot, with rising costs, shrinking income

The proposed balanced budget for Portola Valley for the next 12 months includes salary freezes and capital spending limited to road repairs to cope with higher costs for the town and lower income.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Men's volleyball: Kings Mountain Fog teams win gold

The Kings Mountain Fog men's volleyball team defeated the defending champions, Sao Paulo Masters from Brazil, in the men's 55 and over division to win gold at the recent U.S. open volleyball tournament, held in Minneapolis May 23-30.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council set to act tonight on budget, utility tax, police services

The Portola Valley Town Council considers action on a new budget, a new three-year contract for police services, and an updated noise ordinance at its 8 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, June 24, at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Channeling clotheslines

Woodside artist makes a case for clotheslines with her art, echoing a larger environmental campaign
The loveliness of a clothesline and its economical role in saving energy are passions for Woodside resident Ami Jaqua, who has a series of paintings on display at the Woodside Library until June 30. Her work happens to mesh neatly with a larger campaign advocating the use of clotheslines.

June 25, 2009 | No comments yet
Volleyball: Kings Mountain Fog teams win gold

The Kings Mountain Fog men's volleyball team defeated the defending champions, Sao Paulo Masters from Brazil, in the men's 55 and over division to win gold at the recent U.S. open volleyball tournament, held in Minneapolis May 23-30.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
County health officials report first H1N1-related death

A middle-aged woman has become the first reported death from H1N1 influenza in San Mateo County, health officials announced Monday.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg at Kepler's today

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg, author of "The Years of Talking Dangerously," will talk about his new book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Mr. Nunberg appears frequently on the PBS program, "Fresh Air," and writes for the New York Times and other publications.

June 24, 2009 | No comments yet
First swine flu death reported in county

A middle-aged San Mateo County woman with "underlying health conditions" has become the first county resident to die of swine flu, health officials announced on Monday, June 22.
Read Bay City News Service report.

June 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Ball finishes second; Hoffman wins consolation, doubles titles at sectional tournament

Portola Valley's Savage, Sawal win titles at Canada College Classic
Menlo School senior Jamin Ball saw his surprising run in the NorCal Boys 18 Junior Sectional tennis tournament end in the championship match at Santa Clara University on Saturday.

June 22, 2009 | No comments yet
High-speed chase: suspects flee on foot

Authorities are searching for at least two men who were involved in a carjacking in East Palo Alto, which led to a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspects fleeing on foot near a movie theater in Union City early Sunday morning, a Menlo Park police sergeant said.

June 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Tursonov wins tournament title on grass

Former Menlo School standout wins sixth career ATP World Tour Title
When former Menlo School tennis star Dmitry Tursonov is healthy, he's one of the top players in the world. Tursonov won his first title on grass Saturday when he beat Canadian Frank Dancevic, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the championship match of the ATP AEGON International in Eastbourne, Great Britain.

June 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Tursonov wins tournament title on grass

Former Menlo School standout wins sixth career ATP World Tour Title
When former Menlo School tennis star Dmitry Tursonov is healthy, he's one of the top players in the world. Tursonov won his first title on grass Saturday when he beat Canadian Frank Dancevic, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the championship match of the ATP AEGON International in Eastbourne, Great Britain.

June 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Marian J. Neuman, member of prominent early Woodside family

Marian J. Neuman, who with her twin sister, Barbara "Bobbie" Neuman, helped her parents run the Neuman Brothers Market (now Roberts of Woodside) in Woodside during World War II, died April 26 at a care facility in Modesto. She was 90.

June 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Ball finishes second; Hoffman wins consolation, doubles titles at sectional tournament

Portola Valley's Savage, Sawal win titles at Canada College Classic
Menlo School senior Jamin Ball saw his surprising run in the NorCal Boys 18 Junior Sectional tennis tournament end in the championship match at Santa Clara University on Saturday.

June 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Ball reaches the sectional finals

The Menlo senior wins another three-set match in the semifinals
Menlo School senior Jamin Ball continued his remarkable run in the NorCal Boys' 18 Junior Sectional tennis tournament at Santa Clara University on Friday. The sixth-seeded Ball knocked off fourth-seeded Eric Johnson, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals of the event and will be playing third-seeded Shaun Chaudhuri, the North Coast Section individual winner this spring, for the championship Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

June 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board to vcte on budget

The Portola Valley School District board is expected to vote on a proposed $11.5 million budget for the 2009-10 school year at its Wednesday, June 24, meeting.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Charging ahead

Electric cars are sparking new interest in Menlo Park and around the world
By all accounts, things are looking up for a high-voltage future. And the Midpeninsula is poised to be on the front lines of a global electric-vehicle revolution. Photo: Near the Tesla showroom in Menlo Park sits a row of Tesla roadsters. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.

June 20, 2009 | No comments yet
4.6 earthquake wakes up Central California

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 struck Saturday morning in Central California.

June 20, 2009 | No comments yet
Shakespeare, Kipling under the stars

Festival Theatre Ensemble presents the Midpeninsula Shakespeare Festival under the stars at Mid-Peninsula High School, 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park, through June 28.

June 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Downtown meeting nets 152 participants

Residents crowded into the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church's meeting space at 700 Santa Cruz Ave. on Thursday night to deliberate over plans for the city's downtown area, the stretch along El Camino Real, and the train station area.

June 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley workshop: Green home design

How to design a home's interior to reduce energy and conserve resources is a topic of a two-hour workshop in Portola Valley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.

June 19, 2009 | No comments yet
Saturday: Atherton, Menlo Park garden tour

Six gardens in Atherton and Menlo Park will be on the Master Gardeners "Advice to Grow By" educational garden tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

June 19, 2009 | 1 comment
Vertical Challenge helicopter show Saturday

The 10th annual Vertical Challenge helicopter show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport.

June 19, 2009 | No comments yet
School district could face $1 million more in cuts

MP school district OKs $29 million budget
Chief Business Official Diane White joked that she should have come dressed as "the goddess of gloom and doom" as she presented the budget for the 2009-2010 school year to the board of the Menlo Park City School District.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Teams take shots at water polo qualifying

Stanford Water Polo Club already has two teams earn automatic berths
The National Junior Olympics water polo tournament is the largest such event in the world. The 2009 event will feature some 4,000 athletes competing in 17 facilities with an expected 10,000 spectators watching boys and girls compete over a nine-day period beginning July 25.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Woodside weighs demo permit for Steve Jobs

The Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, June 23, will consider issuing a second demolition permit for the Jackling house, the 1920s-era mansion owned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the target of his ire in an eight-year effort to win permission to destroy it.

June 18, 2009 | 8 comments
Vote for your favorites

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In this year's Readers' Choice, we salute the superheroes of the local economy: the best businesses and hot spots in or around town. Vote in at least five categories by July 12 to qualify for prizes.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: William W. Patton Jr.

William W. Patton Jr. of Menlo Park, a research geologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, died June 2 at the age of 86.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Police Calls

This information is from the Atherton and Menlo Park police departments and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Under the law, people charged with offenses are considered innocent until convicted.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
$1 million pledge for new Sequoia Hospital

The Sequoia Hospital Foundation has announced that foundation board member Howard Girdlestone has pledged $1 million to help build and equip a new Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Barbara Wood: Letter to my daughter, after her last race

Barbara Wood, in her "Dispatches from the home front" column, writes a letter to her daughter upon her graduation from Woodside High School. Photo: Brenna Fitzpatrick relaxes after receiving her diploma from Woodside High School on June 5. She was one of the valedictorians of her graduating class.

June 18, 2009 | 4 comments
Rotary awards $72,000 in scholarships

Seventeen seniors from local high schools received $67,000 in scholarships from the Rotary Club of Menlo Park last week in ceremonies at the club's regular meeting.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Concert in park, block party Wednesday in downtown Menlo

A Johnny Cash tribute band will kick off Menlo Park's summer concert series Wednesday, June 24, in conjunction with the first of two downtown block parties. Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fremont Park, at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The block party will run until 9:30 p.m.

June 23, 2009 | No comments yet
Vertical Challenge helicopter show Saturday

The 10th annual Vertical Challenge helicopter show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Laura Stec at 'Picnic for the Planet' today

Laura Stec of Portola Valley will demonstrate "eco-grilling of fruits and veggies you never thought you could grill" at "Picnic for the Planet," to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Sunset editor writes cookbook for kids

Kids will have a chance to prepare guacamole and cheese puffs, make pastry for quiche, and squeeze fresh juice at a hands-on demonstration of recipes from "You've Got Recipes," a cookbook for kids, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, on the patio at MacArthur Park, 27 University Ave. in Palo Alto.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
U-Pick weekends at Webb Ranch start Friday

The first of three weekends of the U-Pick season at Webb Ranch Farm, located off Alpine Road near Interstate 280, runs Friday through Sunday (June 19-21), from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
U-Pick weekends at Webb Ranch through July 5

People are invited to pick their own berries at Webb Ranch, located off Alpine Road near Interstate 280, for three weekends starting June 19. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

June 18, 2009 | 1 comment
Finding the gold in Chilean wine country

Local woman and her family transform their great-grandfather's Chilean cattle ranch into vineyards, and make their mark in the wine world
Local woman and her family transform their great-grandfather's Chilean cattle ranch into vineyards, and make their mark in the wine world. Photo: Courtney Kingston, left, with winemakers Byron Kosuge and Evelyn Vidal, during harvest time in the pinot noir blocks in late March.

June 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Stanford offers $124 million in 'community benefits' for hospital expansion

Proposal includes fees for affordable housing, wider bus service, bike improvements
New bike lanes, an expanded shuttle service and a $23.1 million payment for affordable housing are all items the Stanford University Medical Center is offering to Palo Alto in exchange for the city's permission to expand its hospital facilities.

June 17, 2009 | 22 comments
Today's events (June 18)

Cantor Arts Center hosts mixer
Stanford's Cantor Arts Center is hosting a social mixer June 18 at 5:30 p.m. for young professionals. The art exhibition "Pop to Present" will be on view while Hawaiian musician Kalae Miles performs. The event is expected to last two hours, and admission is free.
Author: Elizabeth Chapman
Tomorrow (June 18) at 7 p.m., Palo Alto poet Elizabeth Chapman will read from her latest book of poetry, "Light Thickens." The free reading is at Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto.

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Forum on 'grand boulevard' Saturday

Efforts to turn El Camino Real into a "grand boulevard" from Daly City to San Jose will be the topic of discussion at the Forum in Redwood City Saturday, June 20.

June 17, 2009 | 3 comments
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June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Undercover operation leads to drug arrests

Undercover officers, including some from Menlo Park, took to the streets of East Palo Alto Tuesday in an effort to arrest alleged buyers of crack cocaine.

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
TODAY: Stanford reps answer questions on university, development

Steve Elliott, Stanford's managing director of real estate development, will join Stanford Provost John Etchemendy at a meeting of Sustainable Menlo Park on Wednesday, June 17.
Stanford offers $124 million in 'community benefits' for hospital expansion

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Hillview study OK'd by Menlo Park school board

Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park is another step closer to a major rebuild of its campus. The Menlo Park City School District's board signed off on the project's environmental review at its June 9 meeting.

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Bulls win M-A Little League AAA Division

The Bulls defeated the Scappers, 14-1, on June 7 to secure the 2009 Menlo-Atherton Little League AAA championship at Tom Harrison Field in Menlo Park.

June 16, 2009 | 2 comments
How do you gauge community's vision?

Menlo Park city officials have been adamant that the downtown plan the city is working on should reflect the vision of the community as a whole. But in a city of over 30,000 people, how do you measure the will of the community, short of a vote?

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
The best-laid plans ...

Menlo Park has been trying to lay out a plan for its downtown for 40 years, with little more than a pile of expensive reports to show for it. Will the current downtown
Menlo Park has been trying to lay out a plan for its downtown for 40 years, with little more than a pile of expensive reports to show for it. Will the current downtown "vision" make it out of the filing cabinet?

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Today: Workshop on downtown's future

Residents are invited to attend a key community workshop to help plan downtown Menlo Park, and the stretch along El Camino Real, Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
COVER STORY: The best-laid plans ...
How do you gauge community vision?

June 17, 2009 | 1 comment
Mike's Cafe wins Little League Majors Division

Mike's Cafe won a hard-fought game to edge Draeger's 11-10 and capture the 2009 Menlo-Atherton Little League Majors championship on June 7 at Tom Harrison Field in Menlo Park.

June 16, 2009 | No comments yet
City bonds still AAA

In a challenging year for many municipal bonds, Menlo Park has managed to keep its high credit ratings.

June 20, 2009 | 9 comments
Parking too restrictive? City to study it

In response to longstanding complaints that time limits on parking in Menlo Park's downtown are too restrictive, the city is embarking on another costly study to analyze the situation.

June 16, 2009 | 25 comments
Woodside budget: ray of sunshine amid gloom

Woodside's town manager projects balanced budgets and surpluses for the next two years and proposes plans for several projects, including a program to increase back yard biodiversity.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
Workshop tonight on upgrading Ford Field

The community is invited to two public workshops, one at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, to determine the kind of upgrades to be made at Ford Field, the Little League baseball diamond at the eastern border of Portola Valley.

June 17, 2009 | No comments yet
Ninety-four graduates bid Summit Prep goodbye

Summit Prep's Class of 2009, its third class of seniors, graduated on Friday, June 12, at an invitation-only ceremony on the campus of Sequoia High School in Redwood City.

June 18, 2009 | No comments yet
District raises concerns about school site

Officials from the Sequoia Union High School District are criticizing the efforts of Everest Public High School to set up operations in Redwood City and open in September.

June 16, 2009 | 50 comments
Three teens arrested in home burglary

A resident returned to her Hedge Road home in the Flood Triangle neighborhood Friday night (June 12) to find three teenage boys on the way out of her house with stolen property, including $500 in cash, Nicole Acker of the Menlo Park Police Department said.

June 15, 2009 | No comments yet
Grim school-funding outlook will get grimmer

Sen. Joe Simitian briefs area school officials about dire cuts in state funding for schools
Grim and grimmer. That's the outlook for California public school funding at least until 2012, state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, told a room packed with school superintendents and elected school trustees Saturday.

June 14, 2009 | 1 comment
Students say so long to Menlo School

A Menlo School graduate is embraced after receiving her diploma during the commencement ceremony June 9 on the Atherton's school campus. A total of 136 students received diplomas. Photo by Eric Brandt.

June 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

This faded photo shows a gathering of people on the last day of school in the village of Searsville in June 1893. The Spring Valley Water Works bought out the residents so the agency could construct the Searsville Dam, and the children moved to a school on Portola Road. The photo was made by W.N. Collom of San Francisco. Courtesy, Portola Valley Archives.

June 14, 2009 | No comments yet
Big day at La Entrada

La Entrada eighth-grade students walk to their commencement ceremony June 11 on the Menlo Park school campus. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 15, 2009 | 2 comments
Mike's Cafe wins Little League Majors Division

Mike's Cafe won a hard-fought game to edge Draeger's 11-10 and capture the 2009 Menlo-Atherton Little League Majors championship on June 7 at Tom Harrison Field in Menlo Park.

June 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Bulls win M-A Little League AAA Division

The Bulls defeated the Scappers, 14-1, on June 7 to secure the 2009 Menlo-Atherton Little League AAA championship at Tom Harrison Field in Menlo Park.

June 13, 2009 | No comments yet
Alexandra Smith, 14, wins pie-baking contest

A peach pie baked by 14-year-old Alexandra Smith was first place winner in the second annual pie baking contest held June 6 at the Portola Valley town picnic. Peaches were also the choice of Lisa Staprans, whose "luscious peach pie" came in third place.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Jewelry display at Menlo Park Library

Handmade jewelry and tools of the trade are on display at the Menlo Park Library during the month of June.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorials planned for Stanford professor found in pool

Two memorials are in the planning stages for Rajeev Motwani, an Atherton resident and Stanford University computer science professor who was found dead in his backyard swimming pool on June 5. Google co-founder Sergey Brin recalls Stanford days with Rajeev Motwani, his unofficial adviser.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Summer book sale at Menlo Park Library

Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a summer book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in the library meeting room at 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Workshop Thursday on Ford Field upgrade

The first workshop on upgrading Ford Field in Portola Valley begins with a 7 p.m. walk-around at the field at 3399 Alpine Road on Thursday, June 18. Then, the discussion continues at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road at 7:30 p.m.

June 12, 2009 | 1 comment
Bohannon provides space for kids' programs

David Bohannon's development company has offered to house summer programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in one of its office buildings.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
JobTrain graduates 2009 class

JobTrain, a Menlo Park nonprofit that offers vocational training, graduated 239 students in its 2009 class Thursday, June 11.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Home-sharing program celebrates anniversary

San Mateo-based nonprofit HIP Housing is observing the 30th anniversary of its home-sharing program with a luncheon in Redwood City on Friday, June 12.

June 12, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton, Menlo Park garden tour June 20

Six gardens in Atherton and Menlo Park will be on the Master Gardeners "Advice to Grow By" educational garden tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20.

June 19, 2009 | No comments yet
New setting for Tally Ho

Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary announces that, for the first time, its annual gala, Tally Ho, will be held on Saturday, July 25, in the Allied Arts gardens. For many years, Tally Ho was held in September at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

June 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Summer book sale at Menlo Park Library

Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a summer book sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in the library meeting room at 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

June 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Field day at Ormondale

Reaching for a giant bouncing ball -- and trying to keep it off the ground as long as possible -- are, from left, teacher Suzanne Fast and her second-grade students, Justin Brown, Rebecca Newman and Ryan Bair during Ormondale Elementary School's field day, held June 5 at the school in Portola Valley. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 11, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton police officer exonerated in 'theft'

There is "no foundation" for an allegation of theft against an Atherton police officer, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

June 10, 2009 | 16 comments
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June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
County to stop buying bottled water

San Mateo County will stop purchasing bottled water under a new ordinance that takes effect July 1.

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Ansel Adams Day at Allied Arts on Saturday

Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park is celebrating Ansel Adams Day on Saturday, June 13. The famed photographer maintained a studio at Allied Arts in the 1930s and photographed many of its buildings and gardens.

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton meets tonight on budget, fee study

The town of Atherton is expected to be tight on funds next year, so a special City Council meeting on the budget is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10.

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Stanford provost to speak

Stanford Provost John Etchemendy is scheduled to speak and answer questions at a meeting of Sustainable Menlo Park on Wednesday, June 17.

June 15, 2009 | No comments yet
More funds for children's programs at library

Menlo Park looks set to increase the programs it offers to children at the library.

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley to try again with noise ordinance

In a fourth public hearing, the Town Council of Portola Valley will again try to introduce an update to the town's noise ordinance, but a last-minute addition may delay it again.

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
College, yes, but not where they had planned

Recession foils out-of-state plans for two M-A seniors
The recession has changed the college plans for two Menlo-Atherton High School seniors who had hoped to attend out-of-state schools. Photo: Menlo Atherton graduating seniors Rachel Brown, left, and Stephanie Keith, right, stand in Pride Hall at Menlo-Atherton High School the day before their graduation. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

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'Goodbye, Woodside High,' says class of 2009

Woodside High School graduated the Class of 2009 on Friday, June 5. Click headline to view a brief summary of the day's events and the list of Woodside's candidates for graduation.

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Class of 2009 says farewell to Menlo-Atherton High School

Menlo-Atherton High School graduated the Class of 2009 on Thursday, June 4. Click headline or photo to view a brief summary of the day's events and the list of M-A's candidates for graduation.

June 10, 2009 | 1 comment
Green Academy in works at Woodside High

Students would be urged to travel by greener methods.
Woodside High School is planning to install its new Green and Clean Academy in a highly-rated green building that would make a statement as to the school's commitment to the environment.

June 10, 2009 | 2 comments
Stanford professor found dead in his Atherton pool

Google co-founder recalls Stanford days with professor as unofficial adviser
The apparent drowning death of Atherton resident Rajeev Motwani, 47, a computer science professor at Stanford University, is under investigation after his body was found at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 5, floating in his backyard swimming pool, a San Mateo County deputy coroner said today.

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MP school board to consider Hillview EIR, proposed budget

The environmental study of the major rebuilding project at Hillview Middle School is expected to be adopted by the Menlo Park City School District's board of trustees at the Tuesday, June 9, meeting. Also on the agenda is the proposed budget for the 2009-10 school year.

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Atherton man found dead in backyard pool

Rajeev Motwani was renowned computer science professor at Stanford
The apparent drowning death of Atherton resident Rajeev Motwani, a Stanford University professor, is under investigation after his body was found Friday afternoon floating in his backyard swimming pool, a San Mateo County deputy coroner said today.

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Day of exuberance

Woodside High School's Class of 2009 celebrates at the graduation ceremony held on the school's football field on Friday, June 5. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac

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Celebrating with brio -- and silly string

Menlo-Atherton High School seniors celebrated with gusto during their Thursday, June 4, ceremony on the school's football field. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac

June 5, 2009 | No comments yet
Uncertainty drove deputies to unholster their guns

Residents of the 100 block of Ramona Road in the Los Trancos Woods neighborhood may have seen deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office converging on a house with guns out of holsters on Wednesday, June 3.

June 5, 2009 | 3 comments
Woodside: New motion filed in Jackling House litigation

With a new demolition permit in the offing from the Woodside Town Council, defenders of the 1920s-era Jackling House are attempting to re-engage the same San Mateo County Superior Court judge who overturned a 2004 permit that would have given the go-ahead to Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs to destroy the mansion he has owned for many years.

June 5, 2009 | 6 comments
Linda Common heads to Palo Alto

Former Woodside High principal delays retirement for role as assistant superintendent.
Linda Common, a former principal of Woodside High School and the director of special education for the Sequoia Union High School District, has been recommended as assistant superintendent for administrative services in the Palo Alto Unified School District.

June 5, 2009 | 1 comment
PV board OKs early Wednesday dismissal

Portola Valley's fourth- and fifth-graders are going to have an early end to school on Wednesdays, starting this fall. The board of the Portola Valley School District voted at its June 3 meeting to allow class to end at 12:15 p.m. once a week, rather than the usual time of 2:10 p.m.

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June 4, 2009 | No comments yet
Caltrain staff shies away from big fare hikes, service cuts; board discusses options

After announcing that fee hikes and service cuts could be in store for Caltrain as it looks to balance its budget, the rail agency's staff has said that it does not recommend implementing the most dramatic of those options.

June 4, 2009 | No comments yet
John Bentley cooks for a cause

John Bentley of John Bentley's restaurant in Woodside and Redwood City will be one of 10 Bay Area chefs to be featured at the Flavors Culinary Gala on Tuesday, June 23, at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside. The dinner is a benefit for the American Liver Foundation, Northern California and Nevada Division. Each chef will prepare a five-course dinner tableside for a table of 10 guests. Wine will be provided by Thomas Fogarty Winery.

June 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Jesse Cool holds food, wine tasting at home

Restaurateur Jesse Cool will hold a food and wine tasting and garden tour at her home Sunday, June 7, to benefit the Ecological Farming Association.

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Chef Deborah Madison talks in Menlo Park on Friday

Deborah Madison will talk about and sign her new book, "What We Eat When We Eat Alone," at noon Friday, June 5, at Oak City Bar & Grill, 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Ms. Madison is the founding chef of Greens restaurant in San Francisco and the author of nine cookbooks.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Michaud wines featured at Menlo Park tasting

Michael Michaud of Woodside will be pouring his Chalone appellation wines for tasting on Thursday, June 4, at GC's Tasting Cafe & Specialty Market, 657 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park. The tasting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
BethAnn Goldberg takes on Food Network's Cake Challenge

BethAnn Goldberg, owner of Studio Cake in Menlo Park, and her assistant, Arlene Freeman, will compete on the Food Network's Cake Challenge on Sunday, June 7. Ms. Goldberg's entry is based on Princess Fiona, the ogre princess from the book "Shrek" by William Steig.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
'Weekend' aims to bring Sunset pages to life

"Discoveries in Your Own Backyard" is the theme of Sunset magazine's annual Celebration Weekend, to be held Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at Sunset's headquarters at 80 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

June 3, 2009 | 2 comments
Caltrain service disrupted after man runs into train in Menlo Park

A man ran into the side of a moving Caltrain at the Menlo Park station the evening of June 3, a Caltrain spokeswoman said. The incident caused major delays in train service, and was one in a series of recent incidents involving people placing themselves in harm's way on the Peninsula's train tracks.

June 3, 2009 | 3 comments
Parcel tax for Redwood City schools fails

Measure E, a parcel tax to support the Redwood City School District, failed to win the necessary two-thirds vote it needed to pass in the special June 2 election. About one-third of Atherton households are in the Redwood City district, which includes Selby Lane School in Atherton.

June 3, 2009 | 17 comments
Services Saturday for Stuart Whittelsey of Woodside

Services for Woodside resident Stuart Gordon Whittelsey, a financial executive and an avid horseman, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at the Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. Mr. Whittelsey died on June 1 at the age of 79.

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Update: Menlo police officers, sergeants agree to modify contracts

The unions that represent Menlo Park police officers and sergeants have agreed to a contract change that will save the city about $140,000 per year, City Manager Glen Rojas announced at a City Council meeting Tuesday, June 2.

June 3, 2009 | 64 comments
PV board to discuss budget, early school dismissal

The Portola Valley School District is holding the first of two public hearings on a proposed $11.5 million budget for the coming year at its Wednesday, June 3, board meeting. Also on the agenda is a decision on a new, early dismissal time on Wednesdays for fourth- and fifth-graders at Corte Madera School.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Short Takes

You know how you're cruising down the street, and there's a double-yellow line that keeps you from driving down the middle of the road?

June 10, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton police officer sues town, public works supervisor over assault

Atherton's public works supervisor, who's been with the town for 33 years, is facing a criminal trial on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery on an Atherton police officer. He's also named in a civil lawsuit the officer filed.

June 3, 2009 | 17 comments
Habitat for Humanity begins work on foreclosed home in Belle Haven

Habitat for Humanity has begun renovation on a foreclosed home in Menlo Park, less than a month after the city approved funding for the program.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Little League holds player appreciation day

The Menlo-Atherton Little League is holding a player appreciation day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Burgess Park in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
M-A grad forms baseball team

Menlo Park has a new summer league baseball team. Founded by Menlo-Atherton High School alum David Klein, the Menlo Park Legends are scheduled to begin play with a double-header June 21, at 11:30 a.m. at M-A's Bettencourt Field.

June 2, 2009 | 2 comments
Foreclosure plan rescued?

After tabling a plan that would keep homeowners who have defaulted on their mortgages out of foreclosure, Menlo Park may have found a way to fund the program.

June 3, 2009 | 2 comments
City to sell $10-$12 million in recreation bonds

The city of Menlo Park is poised to issue between $10 million and $12 million in bonds to finance improvements to parks and recreation facilities.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
David Bohannon holds outreach meetings, sets up Web site for his office-hotel project

As the city of Menlo Park fine-tunes a schedule for how developer David Bohannon's new proposed project will work its way through the city approval process, Mr. Bohannon is gearing up his own outreach efforts — including setting up a Web site and holding meetings to discuss the project.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Will parking for gym push out library patrons?

As plans progress for a new gymnasium in Menlo Park's Civic Center complex, some residents are arguing that the Civic Center is getting too crowded — and that there aren't nearly enough parking spaces for the new visitors.

June 3, 2009 | 9 comments
Poets, artists, musicians gather in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's recreation center will become a hub of poetry, music and fine art on Saturday, June 6, when the Menlo Park Library hosts "The Gathering of the Poetry Groups" from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Piano teacher gets retrial in molestation case

Defense should have included a psychological profile, judge says
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has overturned a 2006 verdict and ordered a new trial for a Fremont piano teacher convicted of molesting a Menlo Park girl.

June 2, 2009 | 2 comments
Town struggles with definition for 'new building'

In considering how wide a net to cast in requiring ignition-resistant construction in Woodside, the Town Council has asked staff to come up with a more refined definition for the term "new building."

June 3, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley adopts new fire-safety rules

The Portola Valley Town Council has approved a law making the building code less forgiving on the use of construction materials that can ignite in a wildfire.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Green purchasing policy shows its limits

Facing a tight budget and an upcoming ballot measure to renew a utility users tax, the Portola Valley Town Council chose to hold on to $25,000 set aside to purchase a alternatively powered vehicle such as a Toyota Prius.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Four local prep teams are among the smartest

M-A boys' lacrosse, Menlo softball, Castilleja swimming and Menlo boys' track and field rank No. 1 on CCS scholastic list
The Menlo-Atherton boys' lacrosse team had something in common with the Menlo softball team, Castilleja swim squad and Menlo boys' track and field team this season.
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June 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Popular San Mateo County beaches may close

Ten beaches slated for closure due to state budget cuts
Ten San Mateo County beaches, including an elephant-seal rookery and a popular hostel and lighthouse, could be closed if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts take effect. Photo of Pomponio State Beach in San Mateo County. Photo by Sue Dremann.

June 1, 2009 | 4 comments
New executive chef at Marche restaurant

The new executive chef at Marche restaurant in Menlo Park is Guillaume Bienaime, replacing Kolin Vazzoler, who was at Marche for about a year.

June 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Meth sales alleged in Safeway parking lot arrest

The narcotics enforcement team of the Menlo Park Police Department concluded a six-week investigation with Monday's arrest of Cayetano Figueroa-Fernandez, 31, of San Jose in the Safeway parking at 525 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

June 1, 2009 | 2 comments
Peet's opens a second Menlo Park shop

A new Peet's Coffee & Tea will open at the end of June in the shopping plaza adjoining Safeway at 515 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

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Portola Valley starts summer class registration

Portola Valley invites town residents to start registering Monday, June 1, for summer classes in children and adult fitness, and art, dance and science. Open registration starts June 15.

May 31, 2009 | No comments yet
Obituary: Beverly Sue Sorensen

Beverly Sue Sorensen died May 4 at her Menlo Park home, surrounded by her family. Ms. Sorensen was born in 1929 in San Francisco and grew up in Corte Madera. As a young girl, she studied dancing, sang in the church choir, and played the organ.

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Obituary: Nancy Campbell Cator

Nancy Campbell Cator, who lived in Portola Valley for more than 50 years, died May 18 in Belmont from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. She was 82.

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Obituary: Richard K. Arnold

Richard K. "Dick" Arnold of Portola Valley, a longtime figure in public relations, advertising, and politics, died May 17 at Sequoia Hospital following a short illness. He was 85.

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Obituary: David Michael Cleary

A memorial service to celebrate the life of David Michael Cleary was held May 29 at the Ladera Recreation Center in Ladera. Mr. Cleary died in his sleep on April 9 in Ukiah. He was 23. Born March 13, 1986, at Stanford Medical Center, Mr. Cleary was raised in Portola Valley and attended La Entrada Middle School and Menlo-Atherton High School. He played on local soccer teams and was a member of the water polo team at Menlo-Atherton High School.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Saving a life, all in a day's work for Evan Carlton

High school senior saves the life of a stranger
The story could have ended in so many different ways, few of them good. But as it stands, the life of a grandfather was saved and Evan Carlton, left, a senior at Mid-Peninsula High School in Menlo Park, can add "hero" to his resume. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 2, 2009 | 1 comment
Pranksters' robo-call delays M-A's opening

Families in the Menlo-Atherton High School community received an early morning automated call on Friday, May 29, saying that the electricity at the school had been cut off and that classes were canceled.

May 29, 2009 | 31 comments
High-speed rail draws a crowd to Atherton

How do you pack the room at the annual Atherton Civic Interest League meeting? Put a discussion of the California High Speed Rail project on the agenda.

May 29, 2009 | 45 comments
Despite state's grief, city eyes balanced budget

Council holds hearing Tuesday on city budget
As the state of California struggles to find billions of dollars in budget cuts, the city of Menlo Park finds itself with a nearly balanced budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year. A council hearing on the budget is set for Tuesday night, June 2.

May 29, 2009 | 10 comments
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Historic day for Menlo tennis at CCS individual tournament

Knights complete sweep of singles, doubles and team titles for first time in school history
It was a special day in more ways than one for the Menlo School boys' tennis team Thursday at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Actually, two season-ending victories made for quite an historic occasion. Menlo senior Daniel Hoffman won the CCS singles title, his first ever, and teammates Max Glenn (a senior) and Patrick Chase (a junior) teamed to defend their doubles title.
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Ombudsman Services holds open house today

A nonprofit group that investigates complaints of abuse of senior citizens in care facilities will hold an open house Friday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its new facility.

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Wrestling sisters compete for national berth

Fulp-Allen siblings travel to Council Bluff for World Team Trials
Menlo College senior Katherine Fulp-Allen and Menlo College grad Sara Fulp-Allen hope to compete for the United States on an international level for the second consecutive year.

May 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Screening, discussion to honor filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman

The Palo Alto-based Mid-Peninsula Community Media Center will honor the work of Menlo Park filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman by screening her films throughout the month of June. Seats have been filled for a screening of Ms. Fadiman's films, scheduled for Saturday, June 6, but the Media Center plans to broadcast the event on Channel 27 later in the month.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Short sales: boon or burden?

Way to avoid foreclosure seen as last resort
In real estate, a short sale occurs when the homeowner sells a property for less than the mortgage -- and the lender agrees to forgive the difference.

May 27, 2009 | 1 comment
Menlo School's Hoffman moves closer to CCS boys' tennis title

Gunn's Herekar reaches section singles semifinals along with Menlo and Palo Alto doubles teams
Daniel Hoffman has done just about everything during his four years on the Menlo boys' tennis team, including winning two Central Coast Section and Northern California team championships. The only thing that has eluded Hoffman is a CCS individual title.

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May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Meeting tonight on Menlo Park Library parking

Menlo Park's Library Commission is scheduled to meet Thursday, May 28, to discuss how plans for a new gymnasium in the Civic Center complex would affect parking at the library.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Memorial service for David Paul Tinsley

Biochemist, musician, football enthusiast
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 29, for David Paul Tinsley, who was born and raised in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. He died May 25 with his wife by his side, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 40.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Atherton council meets on budget

The Atherton City Council is set to mull over the town budget at a special meeting set for 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 28.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
PV man sentenced for manslaughter, theft

Portola Valley resident and 2007 Woodside High School graduate Keith Knudsen received a sentence of four years and eight months in state prison on Tuesday (May 26) after pleading no contest to felony charges of manslaughter and theft, according to prosecutors.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Should library funds help build town hall?

Atherton needs money for a new city hall. Atherton's library has a healthy bankroll of reserve funds that could be used to expand the library. Is there a mutual benefit here? Depending upon whom you ask, the answer is a hopeful "maybe" or an adamant "no!"

May 27, 2009 | 1 comment
Atherton meeting focuses on high-speed rail

If it's a hot topic in town, chances are that the Atherton Civic Interest League is working on it. The group's annual meeting, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, will feature a panel of experts discussing high-speed rail.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
All together now

More than 250 students participate in a yoga lesson, led by Cheryl Nonnenberg, on May 20 at the Sacred Heart Preparatory School campus in Atherton. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Second-graders get bookcases, books

To help avert the loss over the summer of academic gains achieved during the school year, second-grade students at Costano Elementary School in East Palo Alto are getting a little help from their friends.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Lots of open-space hikes

Docents from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District have set up 13 spring hikes/explorations in local open spaces over the next two weeks. These free hikes are open to the public, though some require reservations.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Stanford president to speak at commencement at Woodside Priory School

John Hennessy, president of Stanford University, will be the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremonies for Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley on Saturday, June 6.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Tax exemption deadline for school district

Senior citizens who own property in the Las Lomitas School District have until Monday, June 1, to apply for an exemption from the $311 parcel tax passed by voters in 2007.

May 27, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo School wins mock trial competition

Menlo School's mock trial team has won first place in the 2009 American Mock Trial Invitational, held May 17-19 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Three arrested on burglary charges

Sheriff's deputies arrested three men in connection with three early morning burglaries in Redwood City and Menlo Park after a high-speed freeway chase on May 17.

May 28, 2009 | 1 comment
Portola Valley holds town picnic June 6 at new Town Center

A pie bake-off is one of the highlights
The town picnic on Saturday, June 6, in Portola Valley includes the Zot's to Tot's 2.2-mile run, a car show, carnival games sponsored by the Cub Scouts, picnic food sponsored by the Boy Scouts, and a pie bake-off contest. The car show -- with vintage race cars, hot rods, motorcycles and exotics -- will set up in the parking lot in front of the Historic Schoolhouse.

May 26, 2009 | 2 comments
Portola Valley talks tonight on greening home

Making a home environmentally sustainable and taking a home apart in a conscientious way are the topics for the Tuesday, May 26, evening event in Portola Valley's Green Speaker series. The two-hour porgram begins at 7 p.m. in the community hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Forums on teen depression set for June 4, 18

With the recent suicide of a student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, and with one in five people reporting experiencing depression during their teen years, a new push is on to raise community awareness of the availability of counseling for teens. Forums on teen depression are set for June 4 and 18.

June 1, 2009 | No comments yet
Donate to library

The Menlo Park Library wants to remind everyone that it's always happy to take donations, in the form of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, or reading glasses.

May 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park extends water contract

Menlo Park will continue to get its water through the San Francisco regional water system until at least 2034.

May 28, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: A top sales tax producer folds

Medical device company made drug-emitting stents
As the city of Menlo Park worries about the potential departure of Sun Microsystems, another of the city's top sales tax producers has announced that it's folding.

May 27, 2009 | 1 comment
What should Menlo Park do about child care?

City's management of child care program is causing headaches, but opinions diverge on what should be done.
As Menlo Park works to cut its subsidy of the city-run child care center in the Civic Center complex, it's become clear to everyone involved that the program's management could be more efficient. What that should mean for the program's future is now being hotly debated. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

May 30, 2009 | 14 comments
Water project topic of Woodside program today

A program on life in the Samburu region of Kenya and the struggles of its people to have access to drinking water is set for Wednesday, May 27, at Woodside Elementary School.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Festival spotlights Shakespeare, Kipling classics

Festival Theatre Ensemble is gearing up for its 11th annual Midpeninsula Shakespeare Festival, which will feature two works by the Bard and a stage adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." Photo: Todd Wright as Sir John Falstaff in William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

May 28, 2009 | No comments yet
'Madama Butterfly' on West Bay Opera stage

The final performances of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," staged by West Bay Opera, will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
State Supreme Court upholds Prop 8

The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8, the state's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Portola Valley seeks photos of the town for Web site

Stacie Nerdahl, the webmaster for the town of Portola Valley, is inviting town residents to submit photos of "your" Portola Valley to post on the new town Web site, www.PortolaValley.net.

May 26, 2009 | No comments yet
Update: Everest (charter) Public High School raises stakes in looming court battle

Everest Public High School is seeking to add $2.3 million to the payout from the high school district if Everest sues the district and wins over a dispute about locating the school in East Palo Alto. This is a corrected story.

May 25, 2009 | 22 comments
Menlo rolls to NorCal tennis championship

Bellarmine puts up a half-hearted effort without its regular lineup in 7-0 loss to Knights
It should have been an exciting time for members of the Menlo School boys' tennis team, when they wrapped up the program's sixth Northern California championship on Saturday with a 7-0 victory over Bellarmine. However, it was anything but that.
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May 25, 2009 | 3 comments
Residents seek flood-control 'stimulus' money

Three-city coalition puts pressure on politicians over stimulus funds for San Francisquito Creek
A new grass-roots lobbying effort made up of neighborhood groups from three cities could snag millions of dollars to help prevent future flooding caused by San Francisquito Creek.

May 25, 2009 | No comments yet
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May 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Online forum on state constitutional convention

San Mateo County supervisors create an online forum to discuss an overhaul of the state government via a constitutional convention

May 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Everest raises stakes in looming court battle

Everest Public High School is seeking to add $2.3 million to the payout from the high school district if Everest sues the district and wins over a dispute about locating the school in East Palo Alto.

May 22, 2009 | 20 comments
State faces $21 billion revenue shortfall

'The consequences can't help but be severe,' says Sen. Joe Simitian
With the failure of five of the six propositions on the May 19 ballot, and with a sharp drop in state income tax revenues, the state of California now faces a $21 billion revenue shortfall, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The repercussions are sure to affect everything from public health to public schools, freeways to firefighters.
Simitian: California in unprecedented fiscal crisis

May 22, 2009 | No comments yet
City adopts climate action plan

Menlo Park has a new plan to address the issue of climate change. How aggressive the city will be in pursuing some of the measures outlined in its "climate action plan" -- and how some of those measures might get funded -- is yet to be determined.

May 22, 2009 | 4 comments
Menlo, SHP advance in CCS baseball playoffs

Both teams will head to Monterey on Saturday for quarterfinal action
The first steps have been taken by the Menlo and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams on this journey they call the Central Coast Section playoffs. How long it lasts for the Knights and Gators will be determined Saturday when both compete in the quarterfinals in Monterey.
Latest prep scores, game details from PA Online

May 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Changing definition of 'new building'

Woodside proposal would require more remodels to be ignition-resistant
The Woodside Town Council, at its May 26 meeting, plans to discuss a staff proposal to establish a standard definition of "new building" that would include any remodeling project that affects 50 percent or more of an existing building's exterior wall-plane surface and/or floor area.

May 21, 2009 | No comments yet
California in an 'unprecedented' fiscal crisis

State Senator Joe Simitian says state budget gridlock plus worldwide economic collapse creates a catastrophe for state education and 'safety net' programs
"It's grim. There's no other word for it," State Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, summed up the economic catastrophe California faces in the wake of the overwhelming voter defeat of a package of budget-related propositions Tuesday.

May 21, 2009 | 1 comment
Kindergarten swells; other grades have room

Enrollment continues to climb in the Menlo Park City School District, as another big wave of kindergartners is set to flood classrooms in the fall. A tough budget year, as well as limited space due to campus construction, means classrooms will be more crowded. But in some grades, class sizes will stay relatively small.

May 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Menlo Park schools must face the music

Changes are ahead for the music program in the Menlo Park City School District. The district's four music teachers are increasingly hard-pressed to serve the growing number of students, but there's no money in the budget to add more teachers next year, according to district officials.

May 21, 2009 | 19 comments
Parents start special-needs support group

Being the parent of a special-needs student can be lonely. But a group of parents in the Menlo Park City School District is trying to change that.

May 21, 2009 | No comments yet
Financial crisis: talk in Woodside tonight by hedge fund manager

Matthew Kratter, president of Kratter Capital, will speak in Woodside on Tuesday, May 26, on the causes of and cures for the economic crisis from the perspective of a hedge fund manager. The free Woodside Forum program, which include time for questions, will run from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. in Guild Hall at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

May 22, 2009 | No comments yet
Cultural Arts Day

Nereida Angulo, wearing a blue and white Jalisco dress, performs the dance "Los Machetes" for Encinal Elementary School's Cultural Arts Day. The dancers are the Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico of South San Francisco High School. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 2, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

At the urging of Dr. Russell Lee of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, Menlo Park women known as Peninsula Volunteers opened Little House 60 years ago, on April 1, 1949, to serve the growing population of senior citizens. The first Little House was located on Menlo Avenue and offered craft classes and a meeting place. Photo and information courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

May 30, 2009 | No comments yet
Working with wood

Joseph Politi, 9, practices woodwork while, from left, Judith Politi, 5, Karen Mueller, 8, and Eric Steinzeig, 8, wait their turn at the Barn Woodshop in the Allied Arts Guild. Tom Kieninger (far right), owner of the Barn Woodshop, opened his doors as part of a "Flavor of the Gardens" event at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on May 9. Donations from the event benefited the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Photo by Eric Lawson/The Almanac.

May 24, 2009 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

Central Grammar School, Menlo Park's first public school house, opened in October 1874 on the east side of what is now El Camino Real, south of Glenwood Avenue. In Victorian style, there were separate entrances and playgrounds for boys and girls in the four-room school, which included an armory and library on the second floor. Photo and information courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

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Central Coast Section baseball playoff hopes are off and running

Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep and Palo Alto all have ideas of finishing strong
Three local baseball teams open Central Coast Section playoff action this week after taking different paths to get to the postseason. The most remarkable journey was taken by Palo Alto, while Sacred Heart Prep used a strong midseason push with Menlo finishing the campaign the strongest.

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CCS baseball hopes are off and running

Menlo, Sacred Heart Prep and Palo Alto all have ideas of finishing strong
Three local baseball teams open Central Coast Section playoff action this week after taking different paths to get to the postseason. The most remarkable journey was taken by Palo Alto, while Sacred Heart Prep used a strong midseason push with Menlo finishing the campaign the strongest.

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Sacred Heart Preparatory graduates 126 Friday

Sacred Heart Preparatory will graduate 126 students Friday, May 22, during the 111th commencement ceremony on the Sacred Heart Schools campus in Atherton. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized 24 students this year, four as finalists. One student was named a National Hispanic Scholar. Photo: Valedictorian John Ceremsak.

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Emergency responders get toll-violation tickets

Menlo Park firefighters and police are being cited for driving through toll plazas without paying -- even though they are on emergency calls.

May 20, 2009 | 9 comments
MDA locks up prominent local citizens

You can help spring them with donation to MDA
Prominent Menlo Park and Atherton citizens have been accused of possessing big hearts and cited for conspiring with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise funds for local Bay Area families living with neuromuscular disease. They will be "locked up" at the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park on Thursday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Portola Valley releases spring issue of newsletter

See new edition of Portola Valley Post

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Post-election: Waiting for other shoe to drop

And now we wait. The special May 19 election is over, with five of the six propositions defeated. Now that California officials can't count on the $6 billion in revenue the propositions would have generated, it's just a matter of time before the other shoe drops.
■ Statewide elections results | ■ San Mateo County vote count
Joe Simitian: California in 'unprecedented' fiscal crisis

May 20, 2009 | 1 comment
Mike Melton named principal of Hillview Middle School

Mike Melton, principal of a middle school in Rocklin, California, has been named the new principal of Hillview Middle School, the Menlo Park City School District announced Wednesday. He will start July 1, and succeeds Mike Moore, who is retiring in June.

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