2011

State court says yes to RDA shutdown

Court also strikes bill that let agencies pay state to stay open
Menlo Park bids farewell not only to 2011 this week, but also its redevelopment agency (RDA). The California Supreme Court upheld a bill that shut down the nearly 400 RDAs scattered around the state in a ruling issued on Dec. 29.

December 30, 2011 | 4 comments
Las Lomitas offers transitional kindergarten

For the first time, the Las Lomitas School District is offering a transitional kindergarten program called "Young Fives," under the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.

December 29, 2011 | No comments yet
New law requires car seats for kids 8 and younger

California law will go into effect Jan. 1
A new child safety law effective Jan. 1 will require kids in California to use a booster seat in a vehicle until they are 8 years old, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

December 29, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto triples force for New Year's Eve

'Maximum effort' to stop celebratory gunfire, department says
East Palo Alto plans to add more than three times its usual police patrols in a major effort to reduce New Year's Eve celebratory gunfire.

December 29, 2011 | No comments yet
DUI checkpoint tonight

Redwood City police screening on El Camino real
'Tis the season: The Redwood City police department will run a DUI checkpoint tonight from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

December 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Blockbuster goes bust

Store to close on Feb. 19
It's lights off for Menlo Park's Blockbuster store at 3532 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park. The store plans to shut its doors on Feb. 19.

December 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton environmental committee in doghouse

Questions revolve around the use of the committee's website
With accusations of misconduct and misuse of funds flying, Atherton's City Council has suspended one of its own committees, the Environmental Programs Committee, until its activities and finances can be investigated.

December 29, 2011 | 7 comments
Local partying, dining out on New Year's Eve

Many local restaurants are planning special events for New Year's Eve. Among them: the British Bankers Club, Madera restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, the Left Bank Bistro, Flea Street Cafe, Oak City Bar & Grill, and the Village Pub.

December 28, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo School, Pinewood girls win hoop tourney openers

Tuesday's prep roundup: While some local basketball teams remain on vacation, a handful of others continue to make final preparations for next week's league openers -- fine tuning their games in holiday tournaments.

December 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Coroner identifies man killed in motorcycle crash

Crash involved motorcycle and pickup truck on Highway 1
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of a man killed in a motorcycle crash on state Highway 1 near Devil's Slide Tuesday afternoon.

December 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Left Bank hires architect for new steakhouse

Restaurant may open on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park in 2012
The new year will welcome a new Left Bank steakhouse at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, the former location of Marche restaurant at the corner of University Drive. According to spokesman Tom Walton, the restaurant plans to debut in the first quarter of 2012.

December 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Now departing: The year 2011

Top stories of 2011
What happened in 2011? The better question might be: What didn't happen? Photo: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg checks out a vision of Belle Haven at a design charrette on March 5 as teams of architects turn the community's wish list into realistic designs for the neighborhood near the company's new Menlo Park headquarters.

December 28, 2011 | 2 comments
Kettle donation in Menlo may set record

$10,000 check will go to Salvation Army's Monterey Corps
When an unidentified woman dropped a $10,000 check into a Salvation Army kettle in Menlo Park on Dec. 23, she may have set a record. But the money will go to the Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps rather than staying local.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman wounded in Christmas Eve shooting

Woman shot in hand in East Palo Alto Saturday morning
A woman was shot in the hand in East Palo Alto Saturday morning (Dec. 24), police said.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Residential burglary in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Marion Softky covered community for 40 years

Longtime Almanac writer died on Christmas evening
Marion Softky, who wrote thousands of articles for the Almanac over more than 40 years, died at The Sequoias in Portola Valley on Christmas evening of complications from long-term abdominal cancer. She was 84.

December 27, 2011 | 9 comments
Air district urges public to avoid burning wood

Bay Area skies must recover from holiday-weekend smoke pollution, district says
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking the public to refrain from burning wood today (Tuesday, Dec. 27).

December 27, 2011 | 1 comment
College district asked for $564 million, but quietly

Monetary figure left off all campaign brochures asking voters to approve bond measure.
A voter relying on campaign mailers would have been hard pressed this fall to determine how much money was on the table with respect to Measure H, a construction bond measure proposed by the San Mateo County Community College District. The $564 million figure wasn't included in any of the slick, expansive direct-mail pieces.

December 27, 2011 | 16 comments
Review: 'War Horse'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The vast scope required for certain film projects, such as this harrowing World War I epic, has never intimidated Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg. In fact, it seems to invigorate him. -- TH

December 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton council appeals to agency to keep interim city manager

One of the few things the warring Atherton City Council members can agree on is that they like the job John Danielson, the interim city manager, is doing for them. And they want him to stay around awhile longer.

December 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

(Three stars)
Not exactly lean, but plenty mean, David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's mystery novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" judiciously pares down 480 pages to 158 minutes. -- PC

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Shooting wounds 17-year-old boy in Menlo Park

For the second time in one week, Menlo Park police are investigating a shooting. A caller reported gunfire around 6:25 p.m. on Thursday on Plumas Avenue. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy shot.

December 23, 2011 | No comments yet
SF archdiocese says Myers cannot act as priest

Church silent on review board's investigation of former St. Raymond pastor
The San Francisco Archdiocese declared the findings of its independent review board (IRB) investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a Menlo Park priest a "personnel issue" and thus confidential.

December 23, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo Park man honored for World War II heroism

This is an expanded version of an earlier-posted story. Carl Clark, a 95-year-old African-American war veteran and longtime Menlo Park resident, received an early Christmas gift Thursday afternoon, Dec. 22, in the form of a phone call from Congresswoman Anna Eshoo: Mr. Clark will be recognized, for his heroic, life-saving actions 66 years ago, aboard a ship attacked by kamikaze planes during World War II, the congresswoman informed him.

December 22, 2011 | 5 comments
Atherton won't book large events in park

Wedding bells will not be ringing in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park next year, after a divided City Council on Wednesday night voted not to allow future bookings of large events in the park, despite a report from town staff saying the events would bring the financially-strapped town more than $85,000 in profit.

December 22, 2011 | 13 comments
Widmer appointed mayor by Atherton council

Bill Widmer said he has several goals, including trying to replace the town's many interim employees with permanent ones. "It needs to be a year of settling things down," he said.

December 22, 2011 | 4 comments
Charges filed against former Menlo coach

He is accused of stealing iPads from Menlo School students
Michael William Taylor, the 28-year-old former Menlo School assistant coach who Atherton police say stole iPads from Menlo School students, has been charged with misdemeanor theft by the San Mateo County district attorney. He is due in court on Jan. 24 at 9 a.m., District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Marshals, helicopter hunt man in Mountain View

Parolee may be connected to Menlo Park shooting
Officers from the Mountain View and Menlo Park police departments and a helicopter crew assisted United States marshals in the search for a man near the intersection of Central Avenue and Moffett Boulevard Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 21).

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Service for church leader Hattie Bostic

A memorial and service for Elder Hattie L. Bostic, founder and pastor of Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, are set for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the church at 605 Hamilton Ave. For more information, call 853-0355.

December 22, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto police desperate for toy donations

Officers make a public call for donations to fulfill families' and children's needs
On the morning of Dec. 24 East Palo Alto police officers and staff plan to distribute toys to needy families and their children in the community. But just five days before Christmas, the department is making a public appeal for toys.

December 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Today: Another 'Spare the Air' day

Wood-burning ban in place as district warns of unhealthy air quality
Yule logs may have to go unburned this holiday weekend if cold, still weather conditions persist across the Bay Area.

December 21, 2011 | 3 comments
The holidays on film

Movies that appeal to all sorts of family members
The holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. But what if the family get-together feels less "together" and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton has lots on its plate

Whether the town should resume booking events in Holbrook-Palmer Park is among the items on the agenda when Atherton's City Council meets Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 94 Ashfield Road in Atherton.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Small Treasures

"Eucalyptus in Spring" by Alice Weil is included in the Portola Art Gallery's December show "Small Treasures," small works for holiday gift-giving.

December 21, 2011 | No comments yet
The holidays on film

Movies that appeal to all sorts of family members
The holidays are here, and that can only mean one thing: hours upon hours spent with relatives you barely know. But what if the family get-together feels less "together" and more, well, awkward? Simple: Let Hollywood save your holiday.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
More blessed to give

Jenn Holden of Woodside knows about hunger, and what to do about it
It's a little after 10 on Friday morning when the little white truck with the words on its side, "Angel Food -- Good Deeds Delivered," pulls up to Hoover School in Redwood City. Before Jenn Holden of Woodside has finished parking, a group of women appear to unload the food crammed into every nook and cranny of the former Moffett Field utility vehicle.

December 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council returns next year

City Hall closes on Fridays in December
The Menlo Park City Council has concluded its official schedule for 2011 -- no more meetings are planned for December.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Food bank needs cash

Second Harvest at 25 percent of fundraising goal
With 250,000 people needing its services each month, the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties is asking for help to keep the shelves stocked.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook completes move to Menlo Park

Facebook on Monday completed a move from its former headquarters in Palo Alto to its new home in Menlo Park.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Man, 30, killed in I-280 crash is identified

A man who died in a crash off of Interstate 280 in Woodside early Monday morning has been identified as 30-year-old Steven Shalendra Raj, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Computers, jewelry stolen in home burglary

Police calls: Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Mounted Patrol, neighbors reach new deal

Woodside: A last-minute proposal almost unraveled a compromise between the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County and neighbors residing near the Patrol grounds, located on a 23-acre site along Kings Mountain Road in Woodside.

December 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Former coach is suspect in campus thefts

Assistant coach had helped nab suspects in other campus thefts
A former Menlo School assistant coach, who had chased down and captured a suspect in other campus thefts, is now himself the subject of an investigation connecting him to the theft of computers from students at the school, according to the Atherton Police Department.

December 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Those were the days

In 1938, Pacific Greyhound Lines moved its depot and cafe to 1181 El Camino Real (between Santa Cruz and Oak Grove avenues) in Menlo Park, and christened one of its new coaches "The City of Menlo Park." Photo courtesy Menlo Park Historical Association.

December 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Postal Service to move out of main Menlo office

Bohannon Drive building will be sold
Update: The U.S. Postal Service plans to move its operations out of its main Menlo Park post office at 3875 Bohannon Drive as part of a nationwide effort to cut costs.

December 18, 2011 | 10 comments
Update: Two more booked in Menlo Park shooting

Police report finding five weapons
Menlo Park police were shot at early Sunday morning in front of a house in the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park. Police report finding five weapons at the crime scene.

December 18, 2011 | 24 comments
Boy, 12, shot in East Palo Alto

A 12-year-old boy on Friday night became the latest shooting victim in a series of gun violence against young people in East Palo Alto.

December 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Service today for Virginia Davison of Portola Valley

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park for Virginia B. "Ginny" Davison of Portola Valley, who died at home Dec. 1. She was 81.

December 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton manager back in town, but how long?

John Danielson, Atherton's interim city manager since Jan. 3, is back in town and partially back on the job after suffering a medical emergency while out of the state in mid-November.

December 17, 2011 | 3 comments
Review: 'Young Adult'

(Three stars)
Simultaneously off-kilter and pat, this anti-romantic comedy has plenty to admire even though its attempt to cohere into a satisfyingly rounded narrative proves clumsily abrupt (perhaps that's the price to pay for the film's 94-minute concision, or just a reflection of its anti-hero). -- PC

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"Game of Shadows" is like the cinematic equivalent to a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats -- the adult in me likes the thought-provoking mystery, but the kid in me likes seeing Sherlock kick a thug in the sternum. -- TH

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Father, son collaborate on three books for children

Peter Weck of Atherton grew up enjoying his father's bedtime stories about Lima Bear and his friends. Now the father of three little girls, he has teamed up with his dad to capture these and other stories in print.

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Researchers fit deer with GPS collars

Study aims to reduce deer-auto collisions on I-280
The state's Department of Fish and Game announced this week that it has successfully completed the first phase of a project to capture and monitor deer along a 13-mile stretch of Interstate 280 on the Peninsula.

December 15, 2011 | 21 comments
New mayors in Portola Valley, Woodside

Maryann Moise Derwin is the new mayor of Portola Valley, and Dave Tanner is Woodside's new mayor. New council members were also sworn in on both Town Councils.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Eric Hartwig to retire as Las Lomitas district superintendent

He headed the Las Lomitas School District
Eric Hartwig, the superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District since 2007, said he plans to retire next June, wrapping up a 36-year career as a teacher and school administrator.
■ No binding limit on students at Ladera site

December 15, 2011 | 7 comments
East Palo Alto police investigate shootings

Brandon Bradford, 19, killed, second person injured Wednesday morning
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man and the shooting of another in East Palo Alto Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Pinewood boys race to a hoop win over M-A

Wednesday's prep roundup: Any team taking the floor against the Pinewood boys' basketball team this season had better be in good shape because they're in for a footrace.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Clique workshop for adults

Author Trudy Ludwig presents an adults-only workshop on Thursday night (Dec. 15) focused on understanding the social world of children.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Parking plaza may reopen in time for Christmas

Menlo Park close to finishing renovation
Closed for several months, the parking plaza at Oak Grove and Chestnut Street in Menlo Park may reopen temporarily before Christmas.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Holiday sing-along in Portola Valley

Musician Jim Stevens leads an all-ages holiday sing-along tonight (Dec. 15) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
No binding limit on students at Ladera site

Las Lomitas district promises a limit will be in the lease
Despite pleas from neighbors to put a binding limit on the number of students that could be allowed at the site, the board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District voted Dec. 14 to begin the process of leasing the school site in Ladera without such a limit.

December 14, 2011 | 9 comments
Services for Paula Ann Zappettini of Atherton

She was a community volunteer
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 13, for Paula Ann Zappettini, who died at her Atherton home Dec. 7 following a long illness. She was 75.

December 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Update on Hillview Middle School construction

In an update on the Hillview Middle School construction project in Menlo Park, the facilities director said the contractor plans to begin work at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, to lift mechanical units and roofing material onto the performing arts building.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park forges ahead with plan changes

Council approves $225,980 for revisions to downtown plan
The desire to make the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan process as comprehensive as possible boxed the Menlo Park City Council into a corner on Dec. 13.

December 14, 2011 | 31 comments
Ivy League honors for former local preps

Local collegians: Castilleja grad Taylor Doctor and Menlo-Atherton grad Alexandre Popp, both students at Harvard, are among 10 Crimson athletes who were among the 80 overall named to the 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy League team.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP girls' soccer gets first goal and first victory

Tuesday's prep roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep girls' soccer team was still looking for its first goal and first victory of the season when it took on visiting South San Francisco in a nonleague match Tuesday. The Gators took care of both those goals by posting a 4-0 triumph.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Taking out trash to cost more in Menlo Park

Eight percent increase passes council 5-0
A reluctant council unanimously passed an 8 percent increase for garbage service in Menlo Park during its Dec. 13 meeting. "I think it's hard for people to fathom that when we recycle more, our rates go up," Mayor Kirsten Keith commented.

December 14, 2011 | 6 comments
Vikings return from memorable Orlando trip

PeeWee players with the Menlo-Atherton Vikings were filtering back to area schools this week, impressions of the unforgettable trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Orlando, Florida,. still vivid and fresh.

December 15, 2011 | 1 comment
Norm Colb to retire as head of Menlo School after two decades

Norm Colb, who for two decades has served as head of school at Menlo School in Atherton, will retire in June 2013, he announced Tuesday, Dec. 13.

December 13, 2011 | 1 comment
Supes reject Stanford's $10.4 million trail offer

'It's over,' says Stanford spokesman Larry Horton
Update: For a third time, San Mateo County supervisors have rejected an offer by Stanford to spend millions of dollars to upgrade a deteriorating asphalt path that runs along the south side of Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 13, 2011 | 42 comments
Update: Fire damages Menlo home near M-A

Firefighters extinguished a one-alarm fire Tuesday morning (Dec. 13) at a Menlo Park home near Menlo-Atherton High School, a fire official said.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Residents seek vote on 'library in park' issue

Some Atherton residents plan to petition for a special election on whether a new library should be built in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

December 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Transportation Commission views Facebook EIR

The amount of potential traffic that would be generated by Facebook's plans to employ up to 9,400 workers in Menlo Park presents a challenge to the city's hopes for making the social networking giant feel at home.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Kiwanis, Nativity sell Christmas trees

For the 56th year, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club is selling Christmas trees. The lot is on the El Camino Real at Embarcadero in Palo Alto, in front of the Stanford University football stadium.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Toy drive under way in Menlo Park

Firefighters sponsor collection
Drop off new, unwrapped toys, food, and money at spots around Menlo Park until Wednesday, Dec. 21, as part of the Menlo Park Firefighters Association annual toy drive.

December 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Upcoming Facebook EIR meetings

How to express your views
The draft environmental impact report and fiscal impact report are available for viewing online and in person at the Community Development Department in Menlo Park. The review period ends Jan. 23.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Create tax zone to pay for flood protection?

Creek authority eyes finance district for residents in flood-prone areas
With federal funding up in the air, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park officials may look to residents who live near the volatile San Francisquito Creek to tax themselves in order to pay for flood protection.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire district disputes Facebook EIR

Traffic not only impact on Menlo Park
Lessons learned from the draft environmental impact report for Facebook's upcoming campus development: (1) 9,400 employees can make a lot of traffic. (2) A lot of traffic makes a lot of noise. (3) Traffic's not the only problem, at least according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
■ Wednesday: Transportation Commission views Facebook EIR
■ How to express your views

December 13, 2011 | 52 comments
Tonight: Garbage rate hike on Menlo agenda

Council will also consider downtown plan, Flood Park
It's that time of year again. No, not the holidays. The return of the annual garbage rate hike. The Menlo Park City Council sits down on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to decide whether to approve a rate hike of up to 10 percent for 2012.

December 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Cab-driver murderer killed by cellmate

A man convicted of killing a taxi driver during a series of cab driver kidnappings and robberies in San Mateo County in the 1990s was murdered by another inmate at a state prison in Folsom over the weekend, prison officials said.

December 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Laptops, jewelry targets in home burglaries

Police Calls: Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Atherton.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Where innovation is abundant

SRI International sees unprecedented opportunities, says CEO Curtis Carlson.
SRI International, founded by Stanford University and celebrating its 65th year, is testing a device that absorbs atmospheric CO2. "It's a world of abundance," says SRI president and chief executive Curtis Carlson. "I have never seen so many opportunities. Every field is wide open."

December 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside School previews $5.4M facilities plan

Woodside Elementary School's campus needs $5.4 million of work with another $827,000 in projects, such as installing solar panels, considered lower priority, the one-school district's board learned at its Dec. 7 meeting.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park church founder Hattie Bostic dies at 76

Update: The rafters may ring again at Mt. Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood, but not to the vocal Amens and enthusiastic clapping and singing associated with the weekly sermons of Elder Hattie L. Bostic, the church's founder (in 1963) and its only pastor.

December 12, 2011 | 12 comments
Volunteer chosen for presidential award

Leonard Friedman recognized for 19 years of service
Playing cards at the Peninsula Volunteers Little House has led to national recognition for one Menlo Park man.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Bike commission looks at Facebook EIR

Given the Menlo Park Bicycle Commission's desire to have bicyclists boldly go wherever they may go in the city, it's no surprise that the commissioners want to study the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for Facebook's campus development plans.

December 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Land could create continuous habitat corridor

Report offers 'greenprint' for protecting nearly 1 million acres
More than 1 million acres of private lands in the Bay Area, much of it deemed essential to the preservation of animal species, have been identified for potential conservation by the Bay Area Open Space Council, according to a massive new report.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Talk at Hillview on 'cyber-bullying'

Menlo Park Police Officer Jaimee Tassio will talk about how to keep children safe online in a talk on cyber-safety at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Hillview Middle School library at 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fined $50,000

California Department of Public Health cites hospital for violation related to the administration of medications
Five Bay Area hospitals, including Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, were issued a total of $215,000 in penalties by the California Department of Public Health for noncompliance with policies and administrative errors that could have resulted in serious injury or death, the state agency announced Thursday.

December 11, 2011 | No comments yet
At St. Patrick's Seminary

Julie Cronin, holding her daughter Caroline, with her son Will, at left, listens to a sermon at the third annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony held recently at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

December 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday events abound on Midpeninsula

There are many holiday event options on the Midpeninsula calendar, from concerts and ballet to skating, museums and church services.

December 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund

The Almanac and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation offer you the opportunity to multiply your charity dollars and support 10 local community-service organizations. Donate today.

December 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford OKs expanded list of trail routes along Alpine Road

Supervisors meet Tuesday on this issue
Tuesday meeting: Stanford University has agreed to expand the range of options it would consider in its 2006 offer to pay up to $10.4 million to upgrade an aged asphalt path along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 11, 2011 | 12 comments
Spare-air alert issued fourth straight day

A fourth consecutive winter Spare the Air Day has been issued for the Bay Area on Saturday because of continued unhealthy air quality in the region.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Some rebuilding will be needed for Paly, M-A football

They won a combined 19 games this season and advanced all the way to their respective Central Coast Section championship games before seeing their seasons end in losses. The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton football teams have something else in common, too.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Longtime treasurer Lee Buffington dies at 81

Lee Buffington, San Mateo County long-time treasurer and tax collector and a resident of Menlo Park, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to Sandie Arnott, who succeeded him in that office. He was 81.

December 9, 2011 | 3 comments
Review: 'New Year's Eve'

(One-and-a-half stars)
The crass sentimental manipulation of this bright, colorful, glossy "Hallmark Hall of Shame" is all part of the bargain, the audience fully expecting to laugh, cry and kiss 12 bucks goodbye. -- PC

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Service Saturday for Emil Magrin

He was a carpenter, racer and pilot
A memorial service for Emil Magrin, a carpenter, racer of automobiles, airplane pilot and a resident of Woodside for 43 years, is set for noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Redwood City Elks Lodge at 938 Wilmington Way in Redwood City. He died on Dec. 4 from complications of a fall. He was 84.

December 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Financing keeps Bohannon hotel on drawing board

Facebook may wait a while for hotel
When the Menlo Park Planning Commission sat down for its annual review of the Bohannon Menlo Gateway project Dec. 5, there were no surprises, but maybe some disappointment from those tracking the development.

December 9, 2011 | 9 comments
Atherton library: More comment time added

Residents sought more time to comment on scope of environmental impact report
Some Atherton residents have asked the town to give them two extra weeks to comment on what should be in an environmental impact report on the proposed new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

December 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Celebration of life of Emil Magrin

A celebration of the life of Emil Magrin, a resident of Woodside for 43 years, will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Redwood City Elks Lodge at 938 Wilmington Way. Mr. Magrin died Dec. 4 at age 84 after complications from a fall.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Burnetts say they didn't provide alcohol

They say they patrolled party, but police say that's not good enough
William and Cynthia Burnett said in an NBC "Today Show" interview Thursday (Nov. 8) that they did not provide alcohol during a high school post-football-game party at their Menlo Park home on Friday night, Nov. 25, when Mr. Burnett, 54, was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

December 8, 2011 | 34 comments
Kiwanis, Nativity sell Christmas trees

For the 56th year, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club is selling Christmas trees. The lot is located on the El Camino Real at Embarcadero in Palo Alto, in front of the Stanford University football stadium.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Mitsunobu restaurant opens in Sharon Heights

Mitsunobu Japanese restaurant has opened in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center in Menlo Park, replacing the highly rated Kaygetsu.

December 11, 2011 | 9 comments
Church opens pop-up store for holidays

Store in downtown Menlo Park sells products from developing countries
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church has opened a pop-up store at 846 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park to sell handcrafted products from developing countries daily through Dec. 24.

December 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: Facebook DEIR community meeting

Public comment period opens
Menlo Park will introduce the draft environmental impact report for Facebook's proposed campus development tonight at 7 p.m. in the senior center at 100 Terminal Ave.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park drug raid nets one suspect

Menlo Park's narcotics enforcement team arrested one man on Dec. 7 after investigating a Dunsmuir Way home in the wake of complaints about illegal activity.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Football legend sues over Atherton home sale

Jerry Rice sues after sale falls through
Retired San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice and wife Jacqueline filed a lawsuit on Nov. 18 over the failed sale of their $13.9 million Atherton home.

December 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Those were the days

Hazele Jelich, a member of a Portola Valley pioneer family who died Oct. 17 at age 96, was the gatekeeper at Searsville Lake Recreation Park in the early 1940s.
■ See Hazele Jelich obituary in Lasting Memories

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Gingerbread house baking class for kids

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Village Pub will offer a holiday baking class for children ages 5 and up.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Air district issues second 'Spare the Air' alert

Wood-burning ban in place Thursday as district warns of unhealthy air quality
For the second day in a row, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District is asking residents to refrain from burning wood.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Section champ SHP well-represented on All-CCS

Five players who competed in the Central Coast Section Division II boys' water polo championship match for Sacred Heart Prep and Los Altos have been named to the 2011 All-CCS Division II team.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep's Temple is CCS Division II MVP

Girls' water polo: Sacred Heart Prep senior Pippa Temple, who led the Gators to a 24-5 record and a record fifth straight Central Coast Section Division II title in girls' water polo, has been named the CCS Division II Most Valuable Player for 2011.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Cooley Landing Park breaks ground

East Palo Alto nature park is becoming a reality after 20 years
The transformation of Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto from a toxic wasteland into a nature park for recreation seekers and endangered species got underway on Monday (Dec. 5), after 20 years of struggle and negotiation.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A students conduct canned food drive

Menlo-Atherton High School students are conducting their annual canned food drive, started many years ago by the late Coach Ben Parks.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Christmas tea at Yerba Buena

Reservations are being taken for Christmas tea and lunch at the 1905 farmhouse at Yerba Buena Nursery in the hills above Woodside.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Top honors for M-A players on All-PAL Bay football team

Three members of the Menlo-Atherton football team who helped the Bears reach the Central Coast Section Division I championship game last weekend have earned top honors on the 2011 All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division squad.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Bicyclist robbed at knifepoint in Menlo Park

A bicyclist pedaling along the Ringwood Avenue pedestrian bridge lost $25 after being confronted by a man brandishing a knife on Tuesday (Dec. 6) morning.

December 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Keith steps into mayoral spotlight in Menlo Park

Ohtaki chosen as vice mayor
It would be hard to surpass last year's mayoral selection mayhem in Menlo Park, but this year's selection was particularly dry by comparison.

December 6, 2011 | 2 comments
How Tinsley program affects students

Under court settlement, some Ravenswood minority students transfer to other local districts
When students from the Ravenswood school district transfer to other Midpeninsula schools through the Tinsley program, they learn things that can't be measured on achievement tests, such as how to negotiate in very different social contexts, Stanford researcher Kendra Bischoff told the Menlo Park City School District board.

December 6, 2011 | 6 comments
Opinion shifts against high-speed rail

New Field Poll shows nearly two-thirds of California voters support a new election on project
As the price tag for California's proposed high-speed-rail system continues to swell, so does public opposition to the voter-approved project, a new poll has found.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
A pair of Menlo soccer players named NAIA All-Americans

Menlo College Oaks' report Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein has been all-league in both soccer and baseball. Now he can say he's an All-American. Zipperstein, a senior defender at Menlo College, was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention Monday along with Oaks' junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
House fire damages bedroom

Update: A woman suffered a minor burn on her hand and a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office was examined for smoke inhalation in connection with a two-alarm house fire Dec. 1 in Woodside.

December 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebucks: Economic impact study released

Facebook employees will get credit to spend at local businesses
With all the fanfare over Facebook relocating to Menlo Park,the question of why that was such a boon to the city sometimes led to hazy answers: "This is fantastic!" "Why?" "Because it's Facebook, and fantastic!" But now there are some concrete answers in the form of an economic impact study.
Facebook: Draft environmental and fiscal impact reports will be available Dec. 8.

December 6, 2011 | 8 comments
Examining impact of new Atherton library

Public is asked what to include in environmental report on proposed library
Thursday: The public has a chance to say what should be included in an environmental impact report on the the proposed new Atherton library. A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Atherton Council Chambers.

December 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Reports on Facebook project to be released

Draft environmental and fiscal impact reports on the Facebook campus project will be available for review starting Thursday, Dec. 8, online and at the library and Community Development Department in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

December 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley burglary loss estimated at $25,000

Police calls: Crime reports from Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Atherton.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Santa visits fire stations

Continuing a 20-year tradition, Santa will visit the Woodside Fire Protection District stations on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

December 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Supervisors to face music on Stanford trail offer

The issue returns to the supervisors Dec. 13.
Tuesday: A moment of truth is coming Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. when San Mateo COunty supervisors meet to weigh in a third time on a 2006 offer from Stanford to pay millions of dollars to upgrade the roadside path along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 7, 2011 | 3 comments
Board meets on leasing Ladera School site

Ladera residents want binding limit on number of students allowed
Wednesday: A decision on starting the bid process for leasing the Ladera School site, which was put off last month so Las Lomitas Elementary School District board members could consult with their absent attorney, is scheduled for the board's Wednesday, Dec. 14, meeting.

December 5, 2011 | 1 comment
Town sues resident for building without permits

Woodside: More than three years after the town of Woodside cited Gregory Smith of 37 Upenuf Road for the construction of a two-story building on the property without having acquired the necessary permits, the town has taken Mr. Smith to court.

December 7, 2011 | No comments yet
How do you know it's a police officer?

Police impersonator steals driver's keys
After a young woman from Atherton was pulled over last week by what turned out to be a police impersonator who stole her car keys, Atherton police advise that there are several things that can be done to make sure the driver of an unmarked vehicle is really a police officer.

December 5, 2011 | 4 comments
Kevin Carlsmith, psychology professor, dies at 44

Kevin M. Carlsmith died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 19, from cancer in his boyhood home in Portola Valley, surrounded by his family. He was 44.

December 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Two people killed by trains identified

Three deaths on Saturday: Palo Alto death occurred at the California Avenue station; second occurred in Menlo Park
Two of three people who died on Bay Area railroad tracks on Saturday have been identified.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Meeting on toxic spraying issue postponed

Activist wants earlier meeting
A meeting to discuss how to control unwanted vegetation on roadsides and in parks without using toxic chemicals has been postponed until January.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Tap water may turn milky on Peninsula

San Francisco Public Utility Commission warns that water color may temporarily change because of increased air pressure
If Peninsula residents notice their tap water turning white or milky in the coming month, it's not just their imagination at work.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Driver killed near Pescadero identified

A 70-year-old man was killed when his car went off the road and struck a tree in unincorporated San Mateo County near Pescadero Sunday morning, Dec. 4, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A falls to Serra in Division I championship game, 42-21

Senior running back Erich Wilson rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries and scored four touchdowns to lead Serra to a 42-21 victory over No. 2 Menlo-Atherton in the Central Coast Section Division I football championship game Saturday afternoon at Terra Nova High School.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Population soared on the Peninsula after World War II. Here Portola Valley students demonstrate the rapid growth. The three youngsters in front represent the number of students in the 1948 eighth-grade graduation class from Portola Valley School; those in the back, the 1957 graduating class. Photo courtesy Portola Valley Archives.

December 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Vikings win consolation game after heartbreaker

49ers also fall in first round
Pop Warner update: A 10-yard touchdown pass with less than a second remaining cost the Menlo-Atherton Vikings a 12-6 defeat Saturday in the Pop Warner Division II Pee Wee Championships in Orlando, Florida. The Redwood City Junior Pee Wees also fell in the first round. Photo: Coach Steve Stenstrom consoles son Blake, Vikings quarterback, following last-second loss. Photo by Mari Chazen.

December 3, 2011 | 3 comments
Tuesday: Council to pick new mayor

The Menlo Park City Council will decide Tuesday, Dec. 6, which among its members will serve with the title of mayor for the next year.

December 5, 2011 | 2 comments
Two people hit, killed by trains Saturday

Palo Alto death occurred at the California Avenue station; second occurred in Menlo Park
Within a little more than one hour, two people were struck and killed by trains in Palo Alto and Menlo Park Saturday, a Caltrain spokesperson has confirmed. The first person died at Palo Alto's California Avenue station; the second person was hit just north of the Menlo Park station.

December 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Model railroad show in Menlo

Model trains in three scales will be on display and operating at the West Bay Model Railroad Association's annual Christmas show Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at the model railroad building in Menlo Park.

December 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Hotel financing holds up Bohannon project

Challenges in financing a major hotel are holding up the huge office-hotel project known as Menlo Gateway, developer David Bohannon said in a letter to the city of Menlo Park.

December 2, 2011 | 13 comments
Recordings could tell what happened at party

Each officer wore a recording device
Evidence that may be hard to refute could answer questions about whether there was misconduct by police in their response to a complaint about alleged underage drinking at a party in a Menlo Park home Nov. 25.

December 2, 2011 | 28 comments
Review: 'The Artist'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Though "The Artist" has been crafted by film nerds and largely for them, Michel Hazanavicius' feature has an emotional generosity that speaks louder than words. And the picture's underlying sentimentality makes it well-timed as a holiday release. -- PC

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Seminar on chronic disease management

Peninsula Volunteers in partnership with the Sequoia Healthcare District will hold an information session on chronic disease management from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Little House community center, 800 Middle Road in Menlo Park.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Breakfast With Santa

Menlo Park invites kids and families to have "Breakfast with Santa" on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Firefighters 'knock down' house fire

At least one person is reported injured
Firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District "knocked down" a two-alarm fire in a large one-story house at 214 Eleanor Drive in Woodside Thursday, Dec. 1, at about 3:20 p.m.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Girls soccer team wins AYSO area championship

The Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Girls (under 19) team recently won the AYSO Silicon Valley Area Championship. This area covers Menlo Park, Atherton, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Portola Valley and Woodside.

December 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Pop Warner: Watch Vikings game Saturday online

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pop Warner Pee Wee football team (ages 11-12) will play Saturday, Dec. 3, in the first round of the Division II national championships from the Wide World of Sports Center in Orlando, Florida.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A students conduct canned food drive

Menlo-Atherton High School students are conducting their annual canned food drive. The drive was started many years ago by the late Coach Ben Parks.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto skate park opens

East Palo Alto's first skateboarding park will open to the public today (Dec. 1), city officials announced.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
An abundance of holiday home tours

Women's Club at Saint Francis High School, Junior League host themed fundraisers
'Tis the season to check out snazzy houses -- all gussied up for the holidays. Two home tours take place this weekend -- Christmas at Our House, the 23rd annual holiday home tour put on by the Women's Club of Saint Francis High School, and Finishing Touches, the fourth annual fine-home tour sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid Peninsula.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Ball wins USTA Junior Sportsmanship Award

Menlo School junior Andrew Ball has won the U.S. Tennis Association Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award for his honorable tournament play during the season. Chosen among all junior players nationwide, Ball is one of four winners who will be honored in a July ceremony during the International Hall of Fame weekend in Rhode Island.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Friend of library wins state honors

If it were up to Bill Harris, his award from the state library association would bear at least 30 other names. "The award is the result of volunteers who have been working for years and putting in long hours without being paid," he said.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
New art gallery opens in downtown Menlo

The new Erricson-Himmelberger art gallery at 855 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park has reclaimed the former site of, Reclaim, an eco-friendly home furnishings store, which closed earlier this year.

December 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday: Memorial for Nancy DiSanto of Ladera

A Mass for Nancy DiSanto of Ladera will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Menlo Park. A nurse and active community volunteer, she died Nov. 19 at age 48 due to complications from breast cancer.

November 30, 2011 | 5 comments
Tonight: Workshop on energy-efficient homes

Menlo Park residents who want to learn about making their homes more energy efficient with a little help from state rebates can attend a city workshop on the Energy Upgrade California program on Monday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

December 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Maltbie gets $100 an hour as interim manager

A pay rate of $100 per hour, starting Thursday, Dec. 1, will be the full compensation for John Maltbie, the interim county manager for San Mateo County until the Board of Supervisors can recruit a permanent successor to David Boesch, who announced his resignation on Nov. 4.

December 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: Rosewood hotel tree lighting

The Rosewood Sand Hill hotel will welcome the beginning of the holiday season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, when the hotel's Christmas tree is illuminated.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Daughter alleges misconduct in father's arrest

Father was held on suspicion of allowing teen drinking
The daughter of Menlo Park resident William Burnett, an assistant professor at Stanford University, is alleging police misconduct in connection with his arrest on suspicion of allowing teenage drinking at a party at his house in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue at around 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

November 30, 2011 | 39 comments
Volleyball: Paly girls beat M-A, head for state finals

NorCal volleyball: Menlo-Atherton finished 31-7, setting a school record for single-season victories.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tosello named to senior football all-star game

Menlo College senior defensive lineman Chris Tosello will get a taste of winter next month as he has been selected to play in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis on Dec. 17.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Plan to pay for high-speed rail draws fresh scrutiny

Legislative Analyst's Office finds that rail authority's latest proposal to build the line would conflict with state law
The California High-Speed Rail Authority's new business plan, which shows the price tag of the controversial project nearly tripling from initial estimates, is drawing a fresh wave of criticism from local officials, rail watchdogs and independent analysts who claim that the latest proposal to pay for the rail line would violate state law.

November 30, 2011 | 5 comments
Man shot in East Palo Alto Tuesday night

Police investigate shooting on Verbena Drive
A man was shot in the buttocks while he was walking in East Palo Alto on Tuesday evening, police said.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Portola Valley holds holiday fair

Kids' holiday auction and Ladera fair planned on the same day
The Portola Valley Holiday Fair will return to the Old Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside singer releases single from album

Sixteen-year-old Julia Belanoff of Woodside has just released "Goodnight San Francisco," the first single from her upcoming classical-pop album, "Winner in Your Heart," which will be released in January.

November 30, 2011 | 3 comments
Apartment burgled via open bathroom window

Police calls: Crime reports from the Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Gary Garratt, former Woodside resident, dies at 64

Friends of Mansfield (Gary) White Garratt III, a former 20-year resident of Woodside and a person with many interests, are invited to a memorial service for Mr. Garratt at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Hiller Aviation Museum at 601 Skyway Road in San Carlos.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Renovating Ford Field: Cost doubles

Portola Valley: It may be time to lay aside such bland euphemisms as "project" and "plan" and give the proper name to efforts to obtain state funding to renovate Portola Valley's Ford (baseball) Field: quest.

November 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Get what you want, for free, at Alice's Restaurant

In the spirit of Thanksgiving portrayed in the 1967 song "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie, the management and staff of Alice's Restaurant in Woodside offered free meals all day long, including dinners on white table cloths.

November 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Defining ideal candidate for town manager

The search for someone to take over for outgoing Portola Valley Town Manager Angie Howard has begun in earnest with the Town Council's approval on Nov. 9 of a recruitment brochure, now circulating.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Book sale at Menlo library

Books for the whole family will be featured at the Sunday, Dec. 4, book sale in the downstairs meeting room of the main Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

December 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Friday: High school dance competition

Last year's winning dance team from Woodside High will defend its title in a high school dance team competition on Friday, Dec. 3, at Carrington Hall, 1202 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City, starting at 8 p.m.

December 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Man arrested in alleged teen drinking incident

Menlo Park: The presence of more than 40 teenagers, ages 16 and 17, possibly under the influence of alcohol, at a home in the 1200 block of Woodland Avenue on Friday, Nov. 25, led officers from the Menlo Park Police Department to arrest William Burnett, 54, on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minors, a police department spokeswoman said.

November 28, 2011 | 24 comments
Computer heist estimated at $31,000 at Hillview

Another school-based computer theft, this time 30 laptops valued at $31,000 at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, occurred Friday, Nov. 25, police said.

November 28, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Palo Alto hosts M-A for NorCal title

SHP, Priory fall in girls volleyball semifinals
CIF girls' volleyball: Dave Winn is not one to look past the next match. That formula worked for his Palo Alto girls' volleyball team last year when the Vikings won the CIF Division I state championship. Winn, however, admitted on Saturday that his team has been looking ahead to a possible opponent for the NorCal Championships. As it turned out, he didn't need to.

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Man killed by Caltrain Saturday is identified

Gregory Brown, 54, of Redwood City killed Saturday morning
A middle-aged man who was struck and killed by a train at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto Saturday morning has been identified as Gregory Brown, 54, of Redwood City, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner said Monday. Related story:
Man struck, killed by Caltrain Saturday

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'My Week With Marilyn'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
If you liked "Me and Orson Welles," consider yourself the target audience for "My Week with Marilyn," a mostly frothy glassful of awards-season nog. -- PC

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Muppets'

(Three stars)
Your friends in felt are back on the big screen, ready and waiting to charm a new generation of ... moppets. It's "The Muppets" show, with very special guest star/co-writer Jason Segel orchestrating a fun kiddie flick and a heart-tugging nostalgia exercise for Generation X. -- PC

November 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Pop Warner: Redwood City 49ers win regional title

The team travels to Florida this week
The Redwood City 49ers Junior Pee Wees won the Pop Warner football Pacific Northwest Regional Championship in the 10-11 age group on Saturday at Woodside High School and will travel this week to Orlando, Florida, to compete for the national championship.

November 27, 2011 | 3 comments
Pop Warner: Vikings win -- 'Orlando, here we come!'

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings PeeWee footballers earned a trip to the Pop Warner National Championships in Florida with a 20-6 victory on Saturday, Nov. 26, over the Cowlitz County (Washington) Colts at Woodside High.

November 27, 2011 | 5 comments
Dec. 5: Plan for new school facilities

Woodside school board will receive facilities master plan
Woodside School: A plan for making repairs to roofs and eroding creek banks and improving campus facilities will be presented to the board of the Woodside Elementary School District at its Monday, Dec. 5, meeting, starting at 3:30 pm in the Wildcats Room.

November 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by Caltrain Saturday

A middle-aged male was struck and killed by a train at the California Avenue Caltrain station in Palo Alto Saturday morning.

November 26, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A runs into CCS Division I title game

Sacred Heart Prep loses to top seed in Division IV
Section football playoffs: Senior running backs Cameron Moody and Taylor Mashack (picture) outran Salinas for a combined 377 yards and five touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 49-14 Central Coast Section Division I semifinal win over visiting Salinas on Friday afternoon. In Division IV, Sacred Heart Prep lost to top-seed Palma in Salinas.

November 26, 2011 | No comments yet
CCS football: M-A wins big, 49-14

The No. 2-seated Menlo-Atherton Bears romped past No. 6 Salinas 49-14 in the Central Coast Section Division I semifinals action Friday, Nov. 25, at M-A.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Effects of Tinsley transfer program

The program is a court-ordered school desegregation effort
School desegregation: A Stanford researcher will discuss the effects of the Tinsley transfer program at a special meeting of the Menlo Park City School District board at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. Under the court-ordered program, several local school districts agreed to allow minority students from the Ravenswood City School District to transfer into their districts.

November 25, 2011 | 2 comments
Today: M-A faces Salinas in football playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep takes on Palma
Menlo-Atherton will get the Central Coast Section semifinals off to an early start when the No. 2-seeded Bears (8-3) play host to No. 6 Salinas (7-4) in Division I action Friday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.

November 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Those were the days

Several boarding houses served Menlo Park when the city was incorporated on March 23, 1874, after residents complained about drainage problems and the condition of the town's streets. The boundaries included most of present-day Atherton and east to the Bay, absorbing all of what was then called Ravenswood. Photo courtesy Menlo Park Historical Association.

November 25, 2011 | 2 comments
Sweet treats abound at Angel Heart Cakes

Business: Opening a bakery is no cakewalk. Just ask Chris Rivera and Debbie Umphreys. Since these Menlo Park moms launched Angel Heart Cakes bakery at Marsh Manor in Redwood City in February, they've been working "sometimes 12 hours a day, six days a week," says Debbie.

November 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside: Old miniature golf course uncovered

Golf course was built in 1920s in Woodside
Remnants of a forgotten piece of history have surfaced right on Woodside Road in Woodside -- some earthy mounds of dirt, rocks and concrete that blend right into the landscape despite their colorful past.

November 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday: Another Pop Warner team in championships

Vikings will play at 11 a.m. the same day and place
The Redwood City 49er Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner football team (ages 10-11) will play in a regional championship game at Woodside High School at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. The 49ers are the second local Pop Warner football team competing for a regional title that will qualify them for the nationals.

November 25, 2011 | 4 comments
State meet provides SHP runner a fitting ending to accident-marred season

A cross-country season that almost never was, will continue on Saturday when Sacred Heart Prep junior Courtney Schrier continues her comeback from an auto accident by running in the CIF State Meet in Fresno.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton, SHP and Priory advance in NorCals

Girls' volleyball: Four local girls' volleyball teams took the floor on Tuesday in the opening round of the CIF Northern California playoffs. Only three of those squads, however, will be playing in the semifinals on Saturday -- joined by Palo Alto, which had a first-round bye.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP grad Dearborn helps Princeton earn NCAA bid

Men's water polo: With Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn playing a starring role in the cage, the 19th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team captured its second CWPA Eastern Championship in the past two seasons with a 10-7 win over Navy on Sunday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Wildcats trim the Oaks, 73-49, in hoops contest

Andrew Young scored 15 points but the Menlo College men's basketball team dropped a 73-49 decision to host Cal State Chico, 73-49, on Tuesday night.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Thanksgiving dinner at Little House

Little House will serve a Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the trimmings from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, in the Little House cafe at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
All lanes open following rollover crash

All lanes have reopened on U.S. 101 after a rollover crash earlier this morning blocked traffic in both directions near San Francisco International Airport.

November 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Almanac's Holiday Fund amplifies your giving

Your donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund help support local nonprofit organizations that provide a safety net for children, families and individuals.
■ Donate to the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: DUI checkpoint

Police plan post-holiday crackdown
Expect to see a lot of police activity at the intersection of southbound El Camino Real and Edgewood Road in Redwood City on Saturday, Nov. 26.

November 25, 2011 | 3 comments
Ideas for greenhouse gas reduction?

Menlo Park has posted a survey online to solicit ideas on what the criteria should be for adopting a greenhouse gas reduction target.

November 23, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo Park council takes two weeks off

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, the Menlo Park City Council is taking a couple weeks off to prepare (and possibly recuperate).

November 25, 2011 | 22 comments
City eases downtown parking rules for holidays

Parking limit extended for some plazas
Menlo Park police want to help Santa make his way to your house, so they will loosen up on parking enforcement from Dec. 5 through Jan. 3.

December 2, 2011 | 5 comments
Monday: Tree lighting

St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park holds its third annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 28.

November 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Hirzel Fine Jewelry store closing

A jewelry store that has helped adorn Menlo Park shoppers since 1952 is closing, according to store staff.

November 23, 2011 | 6 comments
Does Menlo Park really need Flood Park?

Parks commission says yes - if city can find the money
Despite a staff report questioning whether Menlo Park truly needs more open space, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted 5-0 to recommend the city move forward with acquiring Flood Park -- as long as there's a solid plan to cover operating costs.

November 23, 2011 | 35 comments
Simitian aide arrested for drunkenness, vandalism

State senator counsels staff member to take responsibility for actions
A senior field representative to California Sen. Joe Simitian was arrested after two police officers said they saw him lift a concrete cigarette receptacle and smash it on the sidewalk.

November 22, 2011 | 7 comments
Tracking deer to reduce vehicle collisions

Biologists aim to put radio collars on deer in Woodside area
Starting next month, game wardens with tranquilizer guns might be visible along Interstate 280 in San Mateo County.

November 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Firearm taken in $28,000 Menlo Park burglary

Police calls: Crime reports in Menlo Park.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Mountain lion kills three goats

Update: A mountain lion killed three dwarf goats in a fenced enclosure on Tripp Court in Woodside on Nov. 14, but the chances of the goats' owner finding and killing the lion have diminished.

November 22, 2011 | 6 comments
It's one for the record books

SHP girls win fifth straight CCS water polo title: It was only a year ago that Sacred Heart Prep juniors Pippa Temple and Erin Sheridan helped make program history by leading the Gators win a fourth straight Central Coast Section Division II title, tying St. Francis (2000-03) for the most consecutive crowns.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Simitian aide arrested for drunkenness, vandalism

State senator counsels staff member to take responsibility for actions
A senior field representative to California Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) was arrested for public drunkenness and vandalism on Nov. 13, after two police officers witnessed him lift a city-owned concrete cigarette receptacle and smash it on the sidewalk, according to Palo Alto police.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrans spraying herbicides along Hwy. 84

Despite vociferous protests by county residents, Caltrans was spraying herbicides along Highway 84/La Honda Road early this week.

November 21, 2011 | 4 comments
Saturday: Vikings play for Western supremacy

Pop Warner football: Easily disposing of their remaining Northern California challenger, the Menlo-Atherton Vikings PeeWees meet their counterparts from Cowlitz County, Washington, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Woodside High to determine the Pop Warner football "Best of the West" for 2011.

November 21, 2011 | 6 comments
Geron Corp. quits stem cell work

The Menlo Park-based biotechnology firm Geron Corp. announced recently that it was abandoning its stem cell research in favor of focusing on two cancer drugs.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Open-space district surpasses 60,000 acres

October Farm near Half Moon Bay added to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
A 270-acre farm near Half Moon Bay will bump the amount of preserved open space managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to 60,000 acres, district officials announced Thursday.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Oaks lose in the opening round of NAIA tournament

Men's college soccer: Menlo's first ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament ended in heartbreaking defeat, as the Oaks lost, 1-0, in double overtime of their opening round game against host Southern Polytechnic State on Saturday.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Great need for holiday turkeys in Bay Area

Second Harvest Food Bank needs 4,500 holiday birds and is asking the public for donations
A food bank in the Bay Area is banking on the generosity of residents as it tries to collect enough turkeys to feed families this Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep boys turn to defense for another CCS title

Water polo: Brian Kreutzkamp had been battling illness this past week, along with a handful of his players on the Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team. The last thing Kreutzkamp needed to do on a cold day was jump into a swimming pool. But, that comes with the job when your team wins a Central Coast Section Division II championship.

November 21, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A wins opener but Menlo School is eliminated

CCS football: Menlo-Atherton won its Central Coast Section football playoff opener on Friday night, but Menlo School was eliminated following a 41-7 loss to No. 2-seeded Carmel (11-0) at Pacific Grove High.

November 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Priory hosts hoops camp with former NBA players

Former NBA players Christian Laettner and Mark Madsen will be on hand for the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy on Saturday at the Priory in Portola Valley.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Into the Abyss'

(Three stars)
Basic cable has been chockablock with true-crime coverage for some time, but the new feature documentary "Into the Abyss" has an ace in the hole: the distinctly off-kilter perspective of German director Werner Herzog. -- PC

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Happy Feet Two'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Adults who venture here will wonder if director George Miller has "lost the plot," since the somewhat redundant, narratively sluggish "Happy Feet Two" doesn't really have one. Instead, it has what feels like dozens of micro-storylines. -- PC

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto in unique position to begin defense of CCS title

Prep football: One way to look at the Central Coast Section football playoffs is that it's a new season, a chance to correct the flaws from earlier games and perhaps meet or exceed expectations. Palo Alto is not exactly in that situation. The Vikings won last year's CIF Division I state championship game to cap a 14-0 season, the most single-season victories in school history.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, M-A advance to a CCS rematch

Priory, Castilleja meet in Division V volleyball final: This has been a special week for Palo Alto volleyball coach Dave Winn. On Wednesday, two of his players (seniors Melanie Wade and Kimmy Whitson) were named to the sixth annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America team. On Thursday, Winn reached a personal milestone that put the Vikings in position to achieve one, as well.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Martinez wins third spot on Sequoia high school board

She finished 77 votes ahead of a fellow incumbent
The Elections Office has confirmed victory for Olivia Martinez, one of two incumbents who ran for re-election to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 18, 2011 | 4 comments
Tonight: M-A holds Big Band dance

Menlo-Atherton High School's 28th annual Big Band dance -- a benefit for the school's bands and orchestra -- will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Ayers Gym on the M-A campus.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrans postpones spraying on Hwy. 84

Patty Mayall of La Honda protests planned herbicide spraying on Hwy. 84
After protests by county residents and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Transportation has postponed plans to spray herbicides along Highway 84/La Honda Road from the coast to Skyline Boulevard, a 15-mile-long swath.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Group of men jump bicyclist in Menlo Park

Suspects vanish from car
Five men streamed out of a Mercedes Benz around 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 16) to jump a 23-year-old man riding a Huffy mountain bike, Menlo Park police said.

November 18, 2011 | 4 comments
SHP seniors lead the way on All-WCAL water polo

Five seniors and three underclassmen make up the Sacred Heart Prep representatives on the 2011 All-West Catholic Athletic League boys' and girls' water polo teams. The SHP boys captured the overall league title by winning the league tournament while the girls shared the crown after winning the regular-season title but losing the playoff tourney.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo's Newton earns coach of the week award

Prep football: Menlo School football coach Mark Newton has been named the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week by the San Francisco 49ers' Foundation. Newton will appear on KRON-TV on the Gary Radnich show on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday will be busy for Sacred Heart Prep with four teams in CCS, three in finals

For one who likes to support his teams as much as possible, Sacred Heart Prep Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez could be a busy man on Saturday with four of his squads participating in Central Coast Section playoffs -- three of them in championships.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Gentle horse who carried kids in Woodside dies

Hundreds of people met Kai over her 18 years in Woodside. Their childhood memories, though lost to time, may include being excited and maybe a little afraid despite Kai's reportedly mild-mannered, intelligent and gentle ways.

November 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Thief grabs $17,600 in jewelry

A thief stole an antique gold pocket watch along with other jewelry from a Menlo Park home on Tuesday.

November 17, 2011 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: free sandbags available

Rain ahead
Just in time for the winter rains, Menlo Park now has free sandbags available at Burgess Drive and Alma Street, and Pope Street and Laurel Avenue.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: Ed Flint named 'acting interim city manager'

Update: Atherton's Interim Police Chief Ed Flint has added "acting interim city manager" to his job title after John Danielson, the interim city manager, became seriously ill and unable to return to Atherton while on a trip out of California this week.

November 17, 2011 | 21 comments
Local passes Good Samaritan gift forward

Missing wallet turns up with note, $200 cash
After realizing his leather wallet had slipped out of his pocket during a trip to the Starbucks in Sharon Heights, Palo Alto resident Dr. Julian Gomez figured it was gone for good.

November 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Caltrans plans to spray chemicals along Hwy. 84

Patty Mayall of La Honda protests herbicide spraying
San Mateo County may have a moratorium on broadcast roadside spraying of herbicides, but that isn't helping some county residents who were informed this week that the California Department of Transportation plans to spray herbicides along Highway 84/La Honda Road from the coast to Skyline Boulevard on Friday, Nov. 18.

November 16, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside: Mountain lion kills three goats

A large mountain lion entered a fenced enclosure containing three dwarf goats and two alpacas, killed the goats, and carried one off to feed on it outside a home on Tripp Court in Woodside sometime after 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

November 16, 2011 | 17 comments
Atherton may name interim chief Ed Flint 'acting interim manager'

Atherton's Interim City Manger John Danielson is out of the state and unable to return due to medical issues, so the council has been asked to appoint interim Police Chief Ed Flint as "acting interim city manger" until Mr. Danielson can return to the job.

November 16, 2011 | 12 comments
Menlo College men's soccer heads to NAIA nationals

Oaks' report: The Menlo College men's soccer team, which capped a 10-0 season in the California Pacific Conference last week with a 2-0 victory over Holy Names in Oakland, is packing its bags for a trip to Georgia and the first round of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP boys advance to CCS water polo finals again

Overcoming a one-goal deficit with under five minutes to play, the top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep boys' water polo team advanced to the Central Coast Section Division I championship match with a 16-13 semifinal victory over No. 4 Soquel on Tuesday at Serra High.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
High-speed rail hearing draws hundreds

Critics and advocates clash over controversial, $98.5 billion project
Critics and supporters of California's proposed high-speed rail system faced off Tuesday in Palo Alto over a $98.5 billion question: Is the voter-approved project a desperately needed job engine or an out-of-control boondoggle that needs to be stopped?

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Changes to child safety law announced

Press conference at noon
If your child is under 8 years old or shorter than 4'9", California's child safety law now requires a backseat child restraint for car trips. Failure to comply can rack up a $500 fine and a point against your driving record.

November 16, 2011 | 2 comments
John Maltbie is back as county manager

He will serve as interim manager following resignation of David Boesch
John Maltbie, a 20-year veteran of the county manager's office in San Mateo County, will return to that job as interim manager, the Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday. Current manager David Boesch has resigned from the post.

November 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Sequoia race: Olivia Martinez moves into third place

She moves ahead of Rumley by 53 votes
Olivia Martinez, one of two incumbents who ran for re-election to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District, has displaced her fellow incumbent Lorraine Rumley for the third spot in the race for three open seats, according to the latest vote count.

November 16, 2011 | 4 comments
Menlo Park approves new union contract

Passes by 3-1 vote
Despite a flood of emails protesting a time off policy that gives some city employees a minimum seven weeks off a year, no one spoke during public comment as the Menlo Park City Council prepared to vote on a proposed two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on Nov. 15.

November 15, 2011 | 40 comments
Canada College professor wins presidential science award

A Canada College engineering professor and a Stanford University science program for low-income high school students were among 17 honorees selected by President Obama to be recognized for mentoring students in science and engineering.

November 15, 2011 | 1 comment
Flood Park costs could hit $595,000 a year

City expenses estimated nearly three times as high as county
When San Mateo County asked Menlo Park to take over Flood Park in hopes of saving the park from closure, the city decided to do its homework before saying yes. Now it looks like running the 21-acre park on Bay Road could cost the city $595,000 a year. The city's parks commission will examine the matter Wednesday night, Nov. 16.

November 15, 2011 | 4 comments
Thieves target bicycles and laptop computers

Recent crime reports from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office show bicycles and laptop computers to be prized objects for theft.

November 15, 2011 | 1 comment
Friday/Saturday: Atherton holiday house tour

Four Atherton homes decorated for the holidays will be featured on the fourth annual "Finishing Touches: A holiday tour of fine homes & boutique" to be held Dec. 2-3 by the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula.

November 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Report of mountain lion sighting

Someone reported spotting a mountain lion today (Nov. 15) in a neighborhood near Tripp Road and Tripp Court in Woodside at about 9:45 a.m., San Mateo County emergency officials said.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park weighs new contract for city employees

Judging by the flood of emails protesting the amount of time off in the proposed two-year contract for the 35 city employees represented by the American Federation of State, City, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, tonight's (Nov. 15) meeting of the Menlo Park City Council could see some spirited public engagement.

November 15, 2011 | 12 comments
Rail advocates, critics to face off today

Assemblyman Rich Gordon to host Tuesday meeting on new business plan for high-speed-rail line
Top officials from the California High-Speed Rail Authority will join some of the rail project's toughest critics in Palo Alto Tuesday afternoon for a public discussion of the controversial, voter-approved rail line.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Open space district acquires 79 acres

Already rich in open space, the town of Portola Valley is richer still with the gift Tuesday (Nov. 15) to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District of 79 acres of upland meadows and ridges just south of the intersection of Alpine and Portola roads and just east of the Sweet Springs hiking trail.

November 15, 2011 | 17 comments
Six local teams seek berths in CCS water polo finals

Just imagine a Gunn vs. Menlo-Atherton matchup in the Central Coast Section girls' water polo final. Or a Menlo-Sacred Heart Prep rematch for the boys' Division II crown. Or the Palo Alto boys and Sacred Heart Prep girls playing for section titles. It could all happen.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
'Youth of the Year' finalists speak out

Eighth-graders speak of struggles, perseverance in contest sponsored by Boys & Girls Club
Words like "perseverance" and "sagacious" peppered the speeches of eighth-graders vying to be named "Youth of the Year" last week in a competition of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Photos by Marcus Jackson.

November 15, 2011 | 2 comments
Woodside's website is new, improved

Woodside's redesigned website went live on Sept. 23 at a price of $30,200 for a month's work by aHa! Consulting Inc. of Lake Oswego, Oregon, a consultant chosen by an ad hoc town subcommittee from among 21 proposals.

November 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Pilots violate altitude limits, Portola Valley complains

The Portola Valley Town Council on Nov. 9 gave its unanimous consent to send a letter of complaint about low flying aircraft and the noise they make to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, who in 2000 helped arrange an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to establish altitude limits.

November 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Charter school would focus on jobs

If you're lucky, as a teen you take a job or an internship that becomes an instructive watershed moment. You think you like baking, so you intern in a bakery and have to show up every day at 3 a.m. When it's over, you reflect: "I may not know yet what I want to do in life, but I know now that college is important, and that I don't want to be a baker."

November 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Woodside house fire extinguished

Firefighters have extinguished a structure fire at around 3:50 p.m. that appears to have burned part of a garage in a large two-story house at 900 Espinosa Road off Highway 84 near Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.

November 14, 2011 | 36 comments
A pair of local wins tops history-making day

CCS cross country: This was one for the record books. Priory senior Kat Gregory won her third straight title in Division V. Gunn's Sarah Robinson ran one of the fastest sophomore times ever while winning her first. And five teams and three individuals all advanced to the CIF State Meet in cross country following Saturday's Central Coast Section Championships.

November 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, M-A, SHP and Menlo School head to postseason

A coin flip likely saved defending state champion Palo Alto from possibly making an early exit from the 2011 Central Coast Section football playoffs. The SCVAL De Anza Division champion Vikings won a coin flip with PAL Bay Division champ Terra Nova, thus getting a No. 4 seed while the Tigers got the No. 7 seed.

November 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Drive-by shooting wounds two in Menlo Park

Both victims recovering
Gunfire shattered a quiet Sunday morning in Menlo Park along Sevier Avenue around 10 a.m. on Nov. 13.

November 14, 2011 | 1 comment
Vikings advance to Pacific Northwest playoffs

Championship Pop Warner football frenzy continues to heat up for the Menlo-Atherton Vikings, as the local PeeWee squad prepares for the Pacific Northwest semifinals on Nov. 19.

November 13, 2011 | 10 comments
PG&E crews repair small pipeline leak

PG&E resumed pressure testing Thursday on a 4-mile section of natural gas pipeline between Menlo Park and Palo Alto where a small leak was detected late last week, a utility spokesman said.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Man injured in East Palo Alto shooting

Man, 22, had been shot in East Palo Alto and was driving himself to the hospital
A man was found injured after a shooting Saturday evening in East Palo Alto, but his wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Big-rig crash: Driver likely fell asleep

Truck driver was not injured
The driver of a big-rig truck that crashed through a center divide on U.S. Highway 101 near Menlo Park this morning likely fell asleep at the wheel, according to the California Highway Patrol.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Judge dismisses suit over Lehman losses

Local school districts lost about $4.6 million
A San Francisco judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 12 San Mateo County school districts against the county seeking to recover about $20 million in losses due to the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. Local districts lost about $4.6 million.

November 13, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo shocks SHP to move closer to CCS berth

Sophomore quarterback Jack Heneghan threw for 169 yards and ran for 92 more to lead Menlo School to a surprising 26-0 nonleague football victory over rival Sacred Heart Prep Friday night at Foothill College.

November 12, 2011 | 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.

November 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton meets on library issue

Should town survey residents on where to put library?
Atherton's City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park. On the agenda is the topic that has split the town: the location of a new library in the town's only park.

November 14, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo-Atherton's Spindt earns MVP honors in volleyball

PAL all-league teams: Versatile junior Alison Spindt, who did just about everything on the court for the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team this season while helping the Bears win the PAL Bay Division title with a 14-0 record, has been named the league's Most Valuable Player.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Oaks win Cal Pac title with 2-0 victory over Holy Names

Matheus Barbosa and Jose Castaneda each scored in the second half and the Menlo College men's soccer team clinched the Cal Pac Conference championship with a 2-0 victory over host Holy Names, the five-time defending conference champs, at Merritt College in Oakland on Thursday.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Traffic accident closes Woodside Road

Woodside Road (Highway 84) is closed in both directions from Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) to Portola Road due to a traffic accident, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported at 10:49 a.m.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Gas main repair and tests today and tomorrow

Crews from Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. will be out there today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) repairing and testing the natural gas main that ruptured during a pressure test on Sunday, Nov. 7, in Woodside near Farm Hill Boulevard and Interstate 280.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
High-speed rail hit with legal setback

Lawsuit from Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto forces rail authority to revise environmental analysis
A coalition that includes Menlo Park, Atherton and Palo Alto scored a legal victory over the California High Speed Rail Authority Thursday when a Sacramento judge ruled that the state agency has to reopen and revise its environmental analysis of the controversial line.

November 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Review: 'Melancholia'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The end is nigh in "Melancholia," writer-director Lars von Trier's latest wading pool of misery. If you had two hours and 17 minutes to live, how would you spend them? Weeelll, probably not in the company of "Melancholia." -- PC

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'J. Edgar'

(Two stars)
Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" is a solid character study, but one better suited for the History Channel or an HBO special. The film is interesting but not compelling, about a protagonist who is neither likable nor despicable. -- TH

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
'Recent Works' at Allied Arts Guild

"February at Allied Arts" by Carolyn Jones of Menlo Park is one of her works on exhibit through November at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. The exhibit, "Recent Works," includes her landscapes from recent travels in California, Vermont and France. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the gallery.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
'Master plan' meet reflects divisions over library

Atherton residents who requested a special city council meeting about creating a master plan for all town facilities got the discussion they had asked for on Nov. 8, but no resolution, because the council did not vote on the issue.

November 10, 2011 | 21 comments
New charter high school makes a pitch

Former charter school opponent is advising
A proposed fifth charter high school in the Sequoia Union High School District would be modeled on Big Picture Learning, a network of more than 100 charters.

November 9, 2011 | 6 comments
Menlo Park business development manager leaving

Dave Johnson's last day will be Dec. 2
Menlo Park has announced that the city's business development manager, Dave Johnson, will leave his post on Dec. 2. Mr. Johnson, who has worked for the city since 2003, is the first to hold that position.

November 9, 2011 | 19 comments
Menlo Park couple give $150 million to Stanford

Dorothy and Robert King donate to spur entrepreneurship in poor countries
Stanford University's Graduate School of Business has received a $150 million gift -- one of the largest in the university's history -- to create an institute to alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship.

December 10, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Teen substance use forum at M-A

Adolescent Counseling Services, a community-based nonprofit, will host an open education forum on teen substance use at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Menlo-Atherton High School.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
High school board: Challengers, incumbent elected

Two new members and one incumbent were elected Tuesday, Nov. 8, to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Dumbarton Rail meeting in Menlo Park

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority seeks community input on plans to revive the Dumbarton Rail service between Newark and Redwood City. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Menlo Park.

November 9, 2011 | 4 comments
Thursday: Shelter Network celebrates Veterans Day

Agency expanding veterans services
On Thursday (Nov. 10), Shelter Network hosts a Veterans Day Celebration at its Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City. Fourteen of the 76 homeless adults living at Maple Street Shelter are veterans, according to agency representatives.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Community college bond measure fails

Three incumbents elected to board
Update: School bond construction measures have had an easier time of it since 2001, when state Proposition 39 lowered the threshold for passage to 55 percent (from the normal two-thirds majority). Voters have rarely rejected such measures. Last night was an exception.

November 9, 2011 | 17 comments
Newcomers win Woodside school board seats

Rudy Driscoll and Kevin Johnson are elected
Voters in the Woodside Elementary School District have put two new faces on their governing board by choosing Rudy Driscoll and Kevin Johnson over incumbent Ginger Bamford.

November 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Updated: Menlo fire board gains two newcomers

Incumbent appears voted out
As of 1 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 9), a razor-thin margin separated the two top vote-getters in the election for two open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

November 9, 2011 | 43 comments
Saturday: Women's health conference

A free Women's Health Conference, sponsored by Sequoia Hospital and the Peninsula Urology Center of Atherton, will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park history group marks anniversary

It's a trip down memory lane when the Menlo Park Historical Association celebrates its 40th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the downstairs conference room at the Menlo Park Library.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
'Stage Door': Final shows this week

Hanna Berggren playing Jean Maitland, surrounded by members of the "Stage Door" ensemble. The Menlo-Atherton High School Drama Department has two shows left: Thursday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the M-A Performing Arts Center, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road on the M-A campus. Photo by Sandy Napel at the Nov. 3 performance.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Election results links

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Election: Several important races

A voter leaves the polling place at Oak Knoll Elementary School's multipurpose room on Tuesday. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.
Check Voter Guide links

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Thursday: Forum on teen substance abuse

Adolescent Counseling Services, which staffs the mental health counseling offices at Menlo-Atherton High School, will host a free forum and panel discussion on teen substance abuse at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Performing Arts Center at M-A.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Rich Gordon hosts hearing on high-speed-rail

Assemblyman to lead discussion of rail authority's new business plan
California's controversial and increasingly expensive high-speed-rail system is the subject of a public hearing hosted by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Palo Alto City Hall.

November 13, 2011 | 1 comment
Hale, Dillon top the All-PAL Bay Division boys' water polo team

The top offensive player and top defensive player on the the top boys' water polo team in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division not too surprisingly earned top honors on the 2011 all-league team.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP's Kremer will swim for Stanford men next fall

Prep notes: Sacred Heart Prep senior Tom Kremer, one of the top freestylers and backstrokers in the nation, won't be leaving the area to continue his swimming career next fall. Kremer has verbally committed to swim for the Stanford men's team in 2012.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Election Day: Several important races

Today is Election Day and the polls are open until 8 p.m. Photo: A voter leaves the polling station in Oak Knoll Elementary School's multipurpose room on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.
Check Voter Guide links

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Talk on global innovation economy

The eureka moment is a vital part of discovery and innovation, but is also just the beginning of a process by which a new idea makes the transition into something that adds value to society. according to Curtis R. Carlson. The chief executive at SRI in Menlo Park, Mr. Carlson will talk about innovation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the November Cafe Scientifique at SRI.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Supes up ante on Stanford's trail offer

Weekend Acres residents win a round.
Update: The ball, suddenly, is in Stanford University's court. With an expiration date looming for San Mateo County to accept an offer of millions of Stanford's dollars to redesign a narrow and unsafe roadside path along Alpine Road, the county supervisors set their own new deadline.

November 7, 2011 | 6 comments
Chris Paine returns with 'Revenge'

Chris Paine of Portola Valley revisits electric car in documentary
It's time to celebrate the electric car, according to Chris Paine, a Portola Valley native and documentary film director who visited Palo Alto's Aquarius movie theater Saturday, Nov. 5, to talk about "Revenge of the Electric Car."

November 10, 2011 | 2 comments
Woodside election: No contest for council seats

Woodside has a Town Council election Tuesday, Nov. 8, but there is no contest. All four candidates will be elected.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
New classes on Jewish culture

The Brooklyn-based Rohr Jewish Learning Institute has begun offering classes on the Midpeninsula in Jewish heritage, thought and tradition.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Nov. 15: Recycle e-waste at Woodside School

Anyone wanting to recycle unwanted electronic items while helping a local school can bring their old computer equipment and other e-waste to Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 7:30 to 10:30 am.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Friday: Ragtime music at The Sequoias

Ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist Bob Milne will give a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Hanson Hall at The Sequoias, 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. The public is invited to attend.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain bike committee openings

Applications due Nov. 21
Caltrain seeks four volunteers to fill openings on its bicycle advisory committee. The panel meets every other month at 6:45 p.m. in San Carlos

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Veterans Day closures in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's City Hall and Chamber of Commerce will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veteran's Day.

November 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Boesch won't pursue Menlo Park city manager job

No one issue led to resignation from county, Groom says
San Mateo County manager Dave Boesch resigns with severance package, no definitive plans for what comes next.

November 8, 2011 | 4 comments
Saturday: Brahms concert in Menlo Park

Silicon Valley Symphony playing at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
"Fall for Brahms-again" is the theme of a concert to be presented by the Silicon Valley Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Philz Coffee shop coming to Facebook campus

Employees clocking long hours at Facebook's new Menlo Park campus require fuel in the form of caffeine, of course, so Philz Coffee plans to open up shop there later this year.

November 11, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Blanket drive for veterans

It's time to appreciate the country's veterans. The Menlo Democrats Club, in association with the North Peninsula Democrats, is collecting new blankets for veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
The right to remain silent

What Menlo Park's "snitch tickets" won't tell you
Quiz time: You get a "traffic violation notice" from the Menlo Park police department in the mail saying you must identify the person who ran a red light while driving a car registered to you. Included is a photo of the violation snapped by a red-light camera. What are your options, if any?

November 8, 2011 | 10 comments
Top seeds for local girls in CCS volleyball

Menlo girls No. 4 in CCS tennis: The Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Priory girls' volleyball teams all received No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions for the start of this week's Central Coast Section playoffs.

November 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Pop Warner Vikings in Peninsula championships

Two Menlo-Atherton Vikings teams face their Redwood City Junior 49ers counterparts Sunday, Nov. 13, at Andrew Hill High in San Jose in the Pop Warner Peninsula Conference Football Championships.

November 7, 2011 | 6 comments
Simitian announces bid for Santa Clara County supervisor

State senator announces candidacy in Palo Alto; Kniss to term out in 2012
State Sen. Joe Simitian announced his candidacy for Santa Clara County supervisor at an annual brunch in Palo Alto Sunday morning. Current Supervisor Liz Kniss will be termed out of the District 5 seat at the end of 2012.

November 7, 2011 | 7 comments
PG&E: Burst pipeline likely caused by backhoe

No injuries or damage to homes or buildings reported
Update: A PG&E natural gas pipeline that exploded during pressure testing on Sunday afternoon, causing a mudslide across Interstate 280 in Woodside, was likely damaged by a backhoe, a utility spokesman said Monday.
■ PG&E gas-main leak detected near here

November 6, 2011 | 3 comments
Tonight: Atherton meets on 'master plan'

Council will discuss whether to prepare a master plan for all town facilities
A special meeting of the Atherton Town Council will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with a single topic: discussion of a request by the public for a master plan for all town facilities and buildings, including the library.

November 7, 2011 | 6 comments
'Lost interview' with Jobs to screen in Palo Alto

Old VHS tape found in film director's garage following Apple co-founder's death last month
A "lost interview" with the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be screened in Palo Alto Nov. 16 through Nov. 22. Parts of the 70-minute interview, conducted between Jobs' two stints at Apple, were used in a 1996 miniseries "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires."

November 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton falls out of first in PAL Bay Division race

Prep football: Luke Pinkston was one of the bright spots for Menlo-Atherton, which had a five-game winning streak snapped, 35-0, by host Terra Nova on Friday night. He recovered a fumble and recorded a sack for the Bears, who can only look forward to their rivalry game with Woodside.

November 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Reward now $8,400 in cat-drowning case

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a Redwood Shores cat drowning has reached $8,400, Scott Delucchi, spokesman for the Peninsula Humane Society, announced Saturday (Nov. 5).

November 5, 2011 | 1 comment
PG&E gas-main leak detected near here

Pinhole leak poses no public danager, PG&E says
Workers examining a section of a PG&E gas main discovered a small leak in the vicinity of Menlo Park or Palo Alto, a Pacific Gas and Electric Company spokesman said Friday.

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park residents question country club well

Residents ask city whether public really benefits
Menlo Park residents giving the city feedback on an irrigation well requested by the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club had little to say about the location, but had lots of questions about the project at a meeting on Thursday (Nov. 4).

November 7, 2011 | 4 comments
Menlo girls shock WBAL champ SHP in volleyball

Thursday's prep roundup: The Menlo School girls' volleyball team handed West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) champion Sacred Heart Prep its only league loss with a 3-1 victory Thursday at home.

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
David Boesch resigns as San Mateo County manager

David Boesch, the current county manager and former Menlo Park city manager, will resign the county post Dec. 31, the county announced today. In a statement, Mr. Boesch said he and the Board had "different philosophies" and that it was in the "best interest of the organization" that he resign.

November 4, 2011 | 18 comments
Review: 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The indie psychodrama "Martha Marcy May Marlene" doesn't hide that it's a two-note film. Rather, writer-director Sean Durkin structures his film to play these two notes, alternatingly, until they blend into one another. -- PC

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Tower Heist'

(Two stars)
The action comedy "Tower Heist" has the perfect "generic brand" title to match its Teflon blandness. But "Heist" may become a popular hit, not only due to its marquee stars, but its theme of 99-percenters angrily striking back against a slimy, hypocritical 1-percenter. -- PC

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Reward offered in cat-drowning case

The Peninsula Humane Society is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an animal cruelty case. A black-and-white cat was found drowned in the Redwood Shores lagoon on Wednesday with a 5-pound dumbbell tied around its neck.

November 4, 2011 | 8 comments
Menlo College students arrested in thefts

Two Menlo College students were arrested this week after a security guard said he saw them stealing backpacks at neighboring Menlo School in Atherton.

November 3, 2011 | 10 comments
Chili Cook-off raises funds for fire foundation

About 450 people attended the 1st Alarm Chil Cook-off and BBQ, a fundraiser for the Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Protection Foundation, held recently at Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside, said Jessica Lonergan, a foundation board member.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
New gallery at Allied Arts

Esther Baran's watercolor, "Artichoke 2", will be among her works on exhibit during the grand opening of her gallery, Esther Baran Artwork, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located next to the woodshop at the end of the Rose Allee.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Public invited to watch artists paint at Allied Arts

About 20 artists have been selected to join with the artists of the Portola Art Gallery to paint in the gardens of the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 5.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Brookside Orchids holds open house

Brookside Orchids, at 2720 Alpine Road in Menlo Park, will hold a holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. There will be tours of the facilities, potting demonstrations, and a wide selection of blooming orchids for sale.

November 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Bill to help businesses raise cash moves ahead

U.S. House of Representatives passes bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, that would raise limit for 'mini-offerings'
A bill that aims to help small businesses amass capital and go public overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives Wednesday morning.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Local prep swimmers earn All-American honors

A group of 15 local swimmers have been honored by having individual or relay times among the nation's top 100 on the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) 2010-11 high school All-American lists.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls sweep WBAL tennis titles

Wednesday's prep roundup: Menlo School swept the West Bay Athletic League girls' singles and doubles tennis titles on Wednesday behind the play of junior Giannina Ong and the team of sophomore Christine Eliazo and junior Laura Gradiska.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Flood Park returns Saturday

Funding approved to keep park open for six months
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Flood Park reopens with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration complete with food trucks, live music, and healthy outdoor activities like scavenger hunts.

November 3, 2011 | 4 comments
Woodside murder case: Accused pleads not guilty

Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, a resident of unincorporated Woodside and a real estate investor, pleaded not guilty on Nov. 2 to a charge of premeditated murder for financial gain in the April 13, 2010, shooting death of his wife, Parima Parineh.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Labor union signs on to benefit cuts

Menlo Park council to vote on new contract on Nov. 15
A proposed two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Menlo Park freezes pay and brings new hires in under a two-tier, "2 percent at 60" pension system based on the average of three years' highest pay.

November 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton sets date for 'master plan' meeting

Council will discuss whether to prepare a master plan for all town facilities
A special meeting of the Atherton Town Council will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with a single topic: discussion of a request by the public for a master plan for all town facilities and buildings, including the library.

November 2, 2011 | 6 comments
Woodside picks Kevin Bryant as next town manager

Kevin Bryant, assistant to Susan George, will succeed her in January
Kevin A. Bryant, currently the assistant town manager for the town of Woodside, beat out 94 other candidates and will take over as town manager on Jan. 14.

November 2, 2011 | 3 comments
Burglars hit two Menlo Park businesses

Police believe cases connected
The end of the work day for employees was just the start of the work day for some burglars, who hit two Menlo Park businesses overnight on Halloween.

November 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Espinosa, Villeneuve help Brown men capture Ivy League water polo title

Local collegians: With Palo Alto native Toby Espinosa and Atherton resident Grant Villeneuve both contributing, the Brown University men's water polo team defeated Harvard, 15-5, and went on to dominate Princeton, 16-5, to claim top honors at the Ivy Championships hosted at Harvard last weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

November 2, 2011 | 1 comment
It was a night to wrap up prep volleyball titles

The final match of the regular season will provide an opportunity for three local girls' volleyball teams to remain perfect in league play this season. Other than that, there will be little drama for the Palo Alto, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton squads.

November 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Council selects Dumbarton Transit Station site

Community meeting on Nov. 10 to solicit feedback
Location, location, location was the focus of Tuesday's discussion of where to put the future Dumbarton Transit Station in Menlo Park. The council decided the Menlo Science and Technology Park looked promising. A community meeting is set for Thursday, Nov. 10, for residents to weigh in on the Dumbarton rail plan.

November 2, 2011 | 4 comments
Portola Valley native Chris Paine returns as director of second film on the electric car

Portola Valley native Chris Paine, director of "Who Killed the Electric Car," a harsh documentary analysis of the automotive industry's connection to fossil fuels, is back with a follow-up: "Revenge of the Electric Car," which opens Friday, Nov. 4, at the Aquarius theater at 430 Emerson St. in Palo Alto.

November 2, 2011 | 4 comments
Price tag swells for high-speed rail

New $98.5 billion cost projection adds fuel to criticisms of controversial project
The cost of California's proposed high-speed-rail system, originally pegged at about $36 billion, has nearly tripled since the project was presented to voters in 2008, according to a business plan that the agency charged with building the new system released Tuesday.

November 1, 2011 | 12 comments
Supes up ante on Stanford's Alpine trail offer

On 4-1 vote, county supervisors ask Stanford to revise offer to examine three more alternatives
In the five-year poker game between Stanford University and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors over the fate of a decrepit and unsafe trail on the south side of Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park, the supervisors saw Stanford's $10 million pile of chips this morning and, in effect, raised the bet.

November 1, 2011 | 11 comments
Drell to step down as SLAC director

Laboratory's fourth chief says she wants to return to research and teaching
Persis S. Drell, director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park since December 2007, will resign the post and return to research and teaching.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A's LaPorte on All-PAL girls' tennis first team

Menlo-Atherton junior Erin LaPorte has been named to the All-Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division first team for girls' tennis in 2011. LaPorte was a mainstay on the Bears' squad that finished 9-5 in the division this season, losing a playoff match to Carlmont last week, 4-3, to end the regular season.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Despite football loss, Oaks' player earns defensive honors

Menlo College notebook: Thanks to his big-time showing against NCAA Division III football powerhouse Linfield College, Menlo College's Chris Tosello was recognized as a Beyond Sports Network NAIA Defensive Player of the Week.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: SamTrans workshop on route changes

Menlo Park workshop on Monday night
It's that time again -- SamTrans is thinking about changing its bus service, and would like to know what you think. The agency will hold a workshop in Menlo Park Monday night.

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Shred those secrets for free

Menlo Park hosts free document shredding on Saturday
Free document shredding comes to Menlo Park on Saturday, Nov. 5. In addition to files to shred, residents can also drop off old electronic items and up to five fluorescent light bulbs

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook hitches a Zimride

New ride-sharing program coming to Menlo Park
Facebook will soon launch a new way to connect -- by car. In an Almanac exclusive, the company announced a partnership with Zimride, a ride-sharing service that relies on social networking online, that will debut in Menlo Park by December.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo eyes eight possible sites for one club well

Community meeting on Nov. 3 to guide site selection
The Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club's dream for one public well to water its private golf course now has eight chances to come true -- Menlo Park has announced that the city is considering eight potential well sites, with six in Nealon Park and two in Jack Lyle Park.

November 1, 2011 | 10 comments
Tonight: Dumbarton Transit Station on agenda

Menlo Park to pick site at tonight's meeting
Menlo Park's City Council will gather on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to decide where to put the future Dumbarton Transit Station.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Stargazing at the library

Weather permitting, the San Mateo County Astronomical Society invites the public to stargaze on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

November 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Resident reports $78,000 loss in burglary

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

November 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Woodside general plan: Public comment sought

Comment period closes Nov. 17
The character of Woodside and the ongoing effort to maintain it is coming to a milestone soon with the 2012 update to the town's general plan. The public comment period on the plan closes Nov. 17.

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Should barn be allowed in 'the meadow'

Portola Valley: A few ambiguous phrases in the town's general plan about a scenic field of grass -- commonly referred to as "the meadow" -- along the scenic corridor of Portola Road became a hot potato for the members of the Portola Valley Town Council.

November 4, 2011 | 12 comments
Rohan cruising at Halloween Hoopla

Latha Palaniappan, of Menlo Park took this picture of her son, Rohan Ramanathan, 3, with Menlo Park police officer Stephen Neumann at Saturday's Menlo Park Halloween costume parade. The picture was taken at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, in front of Peet's coffee.

October 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Pay-by-space parking arrives in Menlo Park

The city's trial run of pay-by-space meters starts this week in Menlo Park, as part of a new range of options offering people the choice of dashing into a 15-minute spot for a quick errand, or parking up to nine hours at a time for a more leisurely day.

October 31, 2011 | 5 comments
Football: Pop Warner Vikings win playoffs

Two of three Menlo-Atherton Vikings playoff teams scored victories over the weekend, continuing the football club's pattern of success in Peninsula Pop Warner postseason play.

October 30, 2011 | 7 comments
Atherton residents create their own library survey

Atherton residents, whose request to the City Council to survey the town about the location of a new library was not approved, have taken matters into their own hands and created their own survey.

October 30, 2011 | 12 comments
Update: Atherton finance director to retire

Update of earlier post: Atherton's Director of Finance Louise Ho will retire in November, Interim City Manager John Danielson announced Thursday, Oct. 27. "It is my decision to retire," Ms. Ho told the Almanac on Monday, Oct. 31.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Man shot in leg while driving

Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting in East Palo Alto, which left a man injured with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford-sponsored high school in Menlo Park forges ahead

Campus offers small classes, extra support for students set on college
The Stanford University School of Education has a nationally recognized track record in research and training, but its decade-old venture in hands-on management of schools has been rough going.

October 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Big changes in firefighter work practices, benefits

Menlo fire chief may recommend two-tier retirement system
Major changes are coming in work practices and benefits for firefighters with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

October 30, 2011 | 139 comments
Football: M-A 27, Sacred Heart Prep, 14

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October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Bookkeeper sentenced for embezzlement

Ann Ray, 67, a bookkeeper and former resident of Woodside, was sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 26, to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $6 million for embezzling at least $5 million from her former employer, a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman said.

October 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Skin I Live In'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Undoubtedly, "The Skin I Live In" will get under yours. Writer-director Pedro Almodovar -- sometimes referred to as the Man of La Mania instead of the Man of La Mancha -- once again delves into the dark side of human nature with his signature blend of desire and violence, creepiness and camp. -- PC

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Anonymous'

(Two stars)
Back in 1976, when "Saturday Night Live" was still irreverent, Garrett Morris would do a bit called "News for the Hard of Hearing," shouting through cupped hands. That's a bit what it's like watching Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous," a loud and ludicrous historical rewrite. -- PC

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Bears clinch PAL title tie in volleyball

Thursday's prep roundup: Jennifer Wilson knows a thing or two about balancing academics and athletics. She did it for three years as a member of the Stanford women's volleyball team. At Menlo-Atherton, she has coached the Bears to a pair of CCS championship matches. On Thursday, she coached her first league champion.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Local art exhibit: 'Other Seasons'

Decker Walker's oil painting, "Pescadero Dunes in Winter," is part of his exhibit "Other Seasons" at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through Oct. 31. The small oil paintings were done outdoors in nearby parks and gardens. The gallery is in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road.

October 29, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP girls qualify for CCS golf tournament

Wednesday's prep roundup: Sacred Heart Prep earned an at-large berth into the Central Coast Section girls' golf tournament during the West Bay Athletic League Championships/CCS Qualifier on Wednesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
NO ... LEFT ... TUNR

Donald Landwirth of Atherton spotted this spelling error in new roadside lettering at the intersection of Semicircle Road and Eighth Avenue in Redwood City on Oct. 19. As you approach the intersection, the lettering said: NO ... LEFT ... TUNR. The error was subsequently corrected.

October 27, 2011 | 4 comments
Those were the days

The Peanut Farm was located on Canada Road at the entrance to the Glens subdivision, and was one of Woodside's most popular "watering holes" until 1989. The "Farm" featured peanut shells thrown on a wooden plank floor, which did not stop dancing at the popular club. The Peanut Farm has since been converted to a private residence. Photo courtesy Woodside Historical Association.

November 19, 2011 | No comments yet
The good old days

Menlo Park Fire Department firefighters stand proudly with their equipment in this undated photo. The district was authorized in 1918 and now serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and parts of unincorporated San Mateo County. Photo courtesy Menlo Park Historical Association.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Another quake strikes near Berkeley

A 3.6-magnitude earthquake centered near Berkeley shook the Bay Area Thursday morning (Oct. 27), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

King James Wieekie and Queen Lucille John preside over the 1932 May Day celebration at Woodside School. Photo courtesy Lucille John James.

November 13, 2011 | No comments yet
How it all started

In 1949 the Peninsula Housing Association began the development of Ladera as a cooperative community. Here the first structures rise on the corner of Aliso Way and La Cuesta Drive. The building on the right was the sales office. Photo courtesy of Portola Valley Archives.

October 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Days of yore

The Audiffred family of Woodside often spent summer vacations camping in La Honda, off what is now Highway 84. During a month's vacation, the family would enjoy fishing, hunting, and visiting the Sears Hotel in La Honda. Photo courtesy of the Jacques Audiffred Collection.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Mounted Patrol will meet to work out compromise

The end is in sight as critics of and advocates for the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County spoke to the Woodside Town Council last night (Tuesday) as it reconsidered several decade-old questions about the Patrol's use permit and what activities are allowed on the Patrol's 23-acre property.

October 26, 2011 | 2 comments
Serial bank robber hits banks in Los Altos, Sunnyvale

Police hope image from security camera helps identify bank robber
A man who robbed two U.S. Bank branches within 20 minutes of each other on Monday is a serial bank robber who has struck three or four other U.S. Bank branches in the area, Los Altos police said.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A's Fang finishes second at PAL girls' golf tournament

Menlo-Atherton junior Xin Fang finished second at the Peninsula Athletic League Individual Championships at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo on Tuesday.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Eshoo holds long-distance town hall

Constituents worried about jobs, the environment, health care
Nearly 7,000 people listened to a telephone town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, on Tuesday night (Oct. 25), according to the congresswoman's office. Constituents from Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, and La Honda participated.

October 26, 2011 | 32 comments
Woodside celebrates 'Walk to School' day

Students walk, bike, skate to school
Update: Woodside was transformed for about 45 minutes Wednesday as a good portion of the more than 500 pre-school to eighth-grade students at Woodside Elementary School celebrated their second annual Walk-to-School Day by walking, riding bikes or even skateboarding to school. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

October 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Sunday: Lacrosse coach-training event in Menlo

The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club (the "Grizzlies") is working with US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse, to bring a one-day lacrosse coach-training event to Menlo Park on Sunday, Nov. 6.

November 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Valparaiso Bowl raises money for Bridge

A friendly rivalry between two neighboring high schools in Atherton is helping hundreds of middle school students in underserved communities on the Peninsula get a leg up in their academics. This year, for the first time, the games will be held at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The date is Friday, Nov. 11. The JV game will start at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 7 p.m.

November 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: New book on Eisenhower

Veteran journalist Jim Newton will discuss his new book, "Eisenhower: The White House Years," at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
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October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Budgets, communication topics at Woodside School forum

Three run for two seats on Woodside School board
A crowd of nearly 50 people stopped by Woodside Elementary School on Oct. 19 to hear from the three candidates for two open spots on the one-school district's board of directors, but by the end of the two-hour forum, only 20 remained.

October 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Friday: Vikings to play at M-A halftime

The Menlo-Atherton Vikings, a local Pop Warner football program, will parade their skills before an expanded audience on Friday night, Oct. 28.

October 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Monday deadline to apply for 'Rebuilding'

Oct. 31 is the deadline for homeowners and community centers to apply for free renovation and repair assistance from Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which mobilizes about 3,000 volunteers each April to help community centers and struggling homeowners.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
The Mix opens hot chocolate bar

Just in time for coming cold and dreary winter days, The Mix frozen yogurt shop at 3536 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park is opening a hot chocolate bar in the shop on Saturday, Oct. 29.

October 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Memorial for former principal William Carrico

A celebration of the life of William Noel Carrico, who served as an administrator and teacher in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District for 25 years, will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington Drive in Sunnyvale.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton residents surveyed on library in park

Atherton residents, whose request to the City Council to survey the town about the placement of a new library was not approved, have taken matters into their own hands and created their own survey.

October 25, 2011 | 12 comments
Tonight: Woodside meets on Mounted Patrol

Tonight, the Woodside Town Council will revisit and possibly resolve a decade-long unanswered question for the members and neighbors of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County on their Kings Mountain Road property: What activities are and are not permitted on their 23-acre grounds?

October 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Water polo tourney losses still provide some positives

Sacred Heart Prep went just 2-2 and finished 11th. Menlo School went 1-3 and took 12th. Even the Sacred Heart Prep girls suffered a rare loss during water polo tournament action this past weekend. Nonetheless, some good things came out of some not-so-good results.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Good Samaritan saves day planner

A man got a mysterious call from a stranger in Menlo Park, who said she'd found his day planner abandoned by the side of the road.

October 25, 2011 | 10 comments
Saturday: Halloween Hoopla

Menlo Park hosts costume parade
Get your ghoul on. The annual Menlo Park Halloween costume parade marches through the city on Saturday, Oct. 29.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Reserve traffic court date online

Court cuts half of weekly traffic court hearings
The San Mateo County Superior Court system has launched an online court reservation tool, although you can still do things the old-fashioned way by phone or in-person if you insist.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Little House focus group

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. seeks focus group participants to preview a new web application designed to help build friendships.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Something Ventured' at Kepler's

Kepler's Books will screen "Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists" on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Mountain lion forum

Mountain lion experts will speak at a "Living with Wildlife" forum on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Los Altos Hills.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman shot after 'horsing around' with boyfriend

Woman taken to hospital following Sunday night shooting
A man was arrested Monday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for being in violation of his probation after allegedly accidentally shooting his girlfriend in her living room in East Palo Alto on Sunday night.

October 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Anthony Andrighetto, 21, was 'terrific athlete'

He recently discovered he liked coaching, his father says
Anthony C. Andrighetto grew up a Woodside kid in a Portola Valley neighborhood -- Woodside's Family Farm/Hidden Valley is surrounded by Portola Valley -- went to school in Menlo Park and Mountain View, and played sports wherever he went, including Little League, Pop Warner and, most recently, intramural sports at the University of Arizona.

October 25, 2011 | 4 comments
Teacher, district reach settlement framework

M-A math teacher alleges discrimination and retaliation by school district.
Update of story posted earlier: A Menlo-Atherton High School math teacher, who sued the Sequoia Union High School District on grounds of discrimination, has reached a framework for a settlement with the district, lawyers say. But the terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

October 25, 2011 | 3 comments
Portola Valley to recharge electric cars

The town of Portola Valley is considering collecting $2 an hour to use one of the four electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed at Town Center at 765 Portola Road within the next 60 days (at no cost to the town).

October 26, 2011 | 3 comments
Portola Valley looks for new town manager

The executive recruiting firm of Ralph Andersen & Associates, based in Rocklin, California, is the choice of the Portola Valley Town Council to locate suitable candidates to take the place of Town Manager Angela Howard, who announced in June that she plans to retire in April 2012.

October 27, 2011 | 1 comment
Deadline to apply for 'Rebuilding'

Oct. 31 is the deadline for homeowners and community centers to apply for free renovation and repair assistance from Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which mobilizes about 3,000 volunteers each April to help community centers and struggling homeowners.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlowe Ballet debuts

The new Menlowe Ballet features original work with a cultural touch
Even as the economy continues to ail, Bay Area residents who value the art of dance have reason to feel significantly richer this year with the grand entrance on the Peninsula scene of Menlowe Ballet.

November 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Volunteers build playground in one day

Volunteers from Adobe, KaBOOM!, SAP America Inc. and the Ravenswood City School District, as well as residents of Menlo Park, finish building a new playground at Willow Oaks School on Oct. 19. The playground was built in a day. Willow Oaks, part of the Ravenswood City School District, is at 620 Willow Road in Menlo Park. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

October 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Woman, 18, shot in East Palo Alto apartment

Police investigate Sunday night shooting on Newell Court
A woman was shot in an East Palo Alto apartment Sunday night, but is expected to survive, police said.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo strikes late to stay unbeaten in Cal Pac

Oaks' report: Gunn High graduate Sam Zipperstein helped the Menlo College men's soccer team produce a thrilling, 1-0, victory over visiting William Jessup on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Cal Pac Conference play.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Campaign sign cell phone reunited with owner

Woodell says he would never pull up signs
Menlo Park police have closed the case, but the Saga of the Missing Campaign Sign continued to unfold over the weekend as John Woodell surfaced with a few terse comments for the press.

October 24, 2011 | 26 comments
Shooting leaves one person in critical condition

Modesto residents found with gunshot wounds in East Palo Alto Friday night
East Palo Alto police are investigating a double shooting Friday night that sent two people to the hospital -- one in critical condition.

October 23, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A runs past Jefferson, remains in tie for first

Friday's prep football: Senior running back Taylor Mashack ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 21-7 PAL Bay Division win over visiting Jefferson Friday night.

October 23, 2011 | No comments yet
La Entrada School celebrates life of teacher Jason Picetti

A celebration of the life of Jason Picetti was held Saturday, Oct. 22, at La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park, where he taught. He died Oct. 13 at age 42 after a long illness. Photo: Emma Zahra Picetti, 3, dances at the event during a slideshow of her late father's life. Almanac photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

October 22, 2011 | 3 comments
Teacher blames fatal accident on sun glare

East Palo Alto girl, 6, killed while in crosswalk Sept. 28
A teacher who struck and killed a 6-year-old East Palo Alto girl in a crosswalk Sept. 28 told police that sun glare prevented her from seeing the girl, Sioreli Torres Zamora, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis has confirmed.

October 21, 2011 | 3 comments
SHP, Menlo boys split in North-South water polo tourney

It was a mixed bag of results for the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys' water polo teams as both dropped their openers in the annual North-South Tournament, but bounced back with victories in the second round. Palo Alto wasn't as fortunate.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Walk to school day in Woodside

Woodside Elementary School students will hit the streets Wednesday morning, Oct. 26, for their second annual Walk To School day.

October 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Daniel Feeny, 15, of Woodside wins $25,000 science prize

Woodsider takes first place in national competition
Woodsider Daniel Feeny, 15, has won a national science award worth more than $25,000 for the science fair project he did as an eighth-grader at Woodside Elementary School.

October 21, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside man, at college, dies after collision

Woodside resident Anthony C. Andrighetto, 21, has died as a result of a collision involving several vehicles at a major highway intersection in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday, Oct. 19. An earlier version of this story said that Mr. Andrighetto lived in Portola Valley.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Margin Call'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Movie critics love to trot out the term "stagy" to knock a film, but some of us consider that a compliment of sorts. And something tells me J.C. Chandor -- writer-director of the economic-crisis thriller "Margin Call" -- knows what I mean. -- PC

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Oak Knoll School holds book fair

Oak Knoll Elementary School will hold its annual book fair, in partnership with Books Inc., from Sunday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 28 on the school campus, 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park.

October 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Nominations sought for Women's Hall of Fame

San Mateo County is seeking nominations for its 28th annual Women's Hall of Fame. The deadline is Nov. 1.

October 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Conference today: All about housing

The talk will be all about housing in San Mateo County when public officials and others meet Friday, Oct. 21, at a housing conference at the Oracle Conference Center, 350 Oracle Parkway in Redwood City. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A High presents 'Stage Door' Nov. 3-12

Would you follow your dream or sell out? Go for it or give up? Coming to grips with big life decisions is at the heart of the Menlo-Atherton High School production of "Stage Door," which runs on five dates from Nov. 3 through Nov. 12 at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

November 1, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside theater stages 'South Pacific'

Production opens Friday, Oct. 28
If "South Pacific" can enjoy a successful revival on Broadway, then why not try in Woodside, too? Woodside Community Theatre first staged the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical 20 years ago, and is mounting it again. The musical opens Friday, Oct. 28, and will be staged six times through Nov. 6.

October 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Woodside School meets on campus improvements

Woodside community members interested in knowing more about possible Woodside School campus improvements may want to attend a community forum hosted by the school district at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

October 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on former Ladera School site

A community meeting to discuss the Las Lomitas School District's plan to lease out the former Ladera School site through an open-bid process is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Ladera Recreation Center.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Sharp rise in sudden oak death disease

The results are in for Woodside and Portola Valley and they are sobering. Biologists are coming to the Portola Valley Community Hall for a 7 p.m. meeting on Friday, Oct. 21, to discuss their analysis of local botanical samples for sudden oak death, which kills oak and other tree species.

October 21, 2011 | 1 comment
'Spelling Bee' play at Sacred Heart Prep

The Sacred Heart Preparatory's Drama Department is presenting the musical, "The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Coldwell Banker to move to remodeled offices

More visibility and the need for more space are the reasons Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 800 El Camino Real will move to 1377 El Camino Real the second week in November, says office manager Wendy McPherson.

October 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Celebrating release of Woodside book

The release of the book "Woodside," part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, will be celebrated at Woodside's Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. The book will be available for purchase and the authors, Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty, will sign books.

October 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Learn about salt-pond restoration

One year ago, the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project opened the flood gates to restore a former Ravenswood salt pond near Menlo Park to tidal action.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
No fireworks at fire board candidate forum

Five candidates, two seats on Menlo Park Fire Protection District board
The clear winner of the night may have been the World Series, given the sparse crowd attending the forum for the five candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board.

October 20, 2011 | 6 comments
Second quake strikes near Berkeley

A second earthquake centered near Berkeley struck the Bay Area tonight, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Trash collection: Another steep round of hikes

Rates that already went up in July will go up again, with the total of the two increases meaning many Atherton residents' garbage bills will have doubled in a little more than six months.

October 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Atherton gets peek at Town Center concepts

Architectural firms presented their visions for what the civic heart of town could look like during a recent community meeting.

October 20, 2011 | 7 comments
Atherton council votes 3-2 for library in park

Council plans to meet to discuss master plan for town facilities
On Wednesday night, in a meeting that didn't end until early Thursday morning, Atherton's council members voted 3 to 2 to choose town-owned Holbrook Palmer Park as the "preferred site" for a new library.

October 20, 2011 | 34 comments
Man, 23, shot in East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto police seek information on Sunday shooting
A 23-year-old man was found shot on an East Palo Alto sidewalk Sunday (Oct. 16) and East Palo Alto police are seeking the public's help to solve the crime.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Water polo honors for Paly, SHP graduates

Princeton's Tim Wenzlau and Ben Dearborn have been honored by Collegiate Water Polo Association's Southern Division for their performances last weekend in Princeton's three wins over 15th-ranked Bucknell, Johns Hopkins and 17th-ranked Navy.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Just what makes these Sunset homes so smart?

Four Palo Alto condominiums model high-tech green living
"Imagine control of every aspect of your home -- from anywhere at any time. Having control of your lighting, security systems, temperature management, entertainment. This is the magic of a smart home." The "Sunset Smart Homes" -- four Palo Alto condos -- can be toured through Nov. 13.

October 28, 2011 | 1 comment
Bears still have some bite in PAL girls' water polo

Wednesday's prep roundup: It was only a year ago that the Menlo-Atherton girls' water polo team captured the Central Coast Section Division I title and Castilleja finished second in the CCS Division II finals. So much has changed since then.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
West Bay Opera review: 'Samson et Dalila' is 'richly rewarding entertainment'

Plucky West Bay Opera brings its version "Samson et Dalila" to the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto this month to herald the opening of its 56th season. The enterprising team headed by Maestro Jose Luis Moscovich packaged a beautifully seamless production for a very pleased audience at the opening weekend.

October 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Service for Michele Daschbach Fast

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, for Michele Daschbach Fast, the youngest daughter of the well-known Daschbach family of Atherton, who died Oct. 12 in the Seal Beach rampage in Orange County that left eight dead. She was 47. The service will start at 11 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park.

October 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Memorial for teacher at La Entrada

Picetti family establishes college fund
A memorial service will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, for Jason Picetti, the La Entrada Middle School teacher who died Oct. 13 at age 42 after a long illness.

October 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Purple Swingers top Portola Valley softball

The town of Portola Valley celebrated its 13th adult coed summer softball season with a new champion, the Purple Swingers.

October 21, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A High's Snack Shack goes gourmet

The term snack shack conjures thoughts of limp hot dogs, soda pop, and candy bars sold at the high school football game. Not at Menlo-Atherton High School. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Campaign signs go missing, and so does cell phone

Menlo Park election season takes quirky turn
Who will be elected to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District (MPFPD) Board of Directors is not a question keeping most people awake at night, but some are taking it very, very seriously.

October 19, 2011 | 56 comments
Public invited to watch vote-processing

Staff of the San Mateo County Elections Office will start opening and processing vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 8 election on Friday, Oct. 28. The public is invited to observe.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES

October 19, 2011 | 1 comment
The sisters are even as Menlo girls' volleyball tops Castilleja

Tuesday's prep roundup: It was payback time for Menlo School girls' volleyball coach Atlee Hubbard as her Knights bounced back from an earlier loss to Castilleja and rallied in the third set to defeat the Gators in West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) action Tuesday night in Atherton.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council appoints Facebook liaisons

Company negotiating how to develop new Menlo Park campus
The latest council appointments came wrapped in an agreement to not allow Facebook to pressure subcommittee members during negotiations over how the social networking company can develop its new Menlo Park headquarters.
Facebook gets social with Menlo Park

October 19, 2011 | 7 comments
VOTER GUIDE 2011 links

■ Voter information
■ Community College District: Candidates | Bond measure | Contractors contribute $75,000
■ Menlo Park Fire Protection District: Candidates | Forum | Endorsements make strange bedfellows
■ Sequoia Union High School District: Candidates
■ Woodside Elementary School District: Candidates | Forum

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
VOTER INFORMATION

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, but many people are voting early by mail or at the county election offices. Polls are open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check your county voter information pamphlet for the location of your polling place and for information about registration and early voting.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A teacher, school district settle dispute

Menlo-Atherton High School algebra teacher Manuel Delgado has settled out of court with the Sequoia Union High School District in a dispute over teaching assignments and classroom accommodations.

October 18, 2011 | 7 comments
Today: Woodside School candidate forum

Candidates for the Woodside Elementary School District board will take questions from the audience at a election forum at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. (That's right, 8:30 a.m.)

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Sawyer Camp Trail closed for two days

The entire Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for two days -- Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19-20 -- to prepare for the rainy season at construction sites near the trail.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton council asked to OK library in park

A citizens committee is asking Atherton's City Council to approve Wednesday a plan to build a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park. But the Parks and Recreation Commission wants to the town to survey residents before making that move.

October 18, 2011 | 2 comments
Police calls: $52,000 loss in residential burglary

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

October 19, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: High school district candidate forum

The pubic is invited to ask questions tonight (Oct. 24) of five candidates running for three seats on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District. The forum starts at 7 p.m. at the district office at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Contractors contribute $75,000 to bond measure campaign for community college district

The companies have done work for the district valued at $134 million
UPDATE: The campaign for Measure H, a $564 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot for the San Mateo County Community College District, received contributions totaling $251,641, including $75,000 from two construction companies that have done $134 million in work for the district, according to a campaign finance report.

October 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Parks and Rec meeting canceled

The Wednesday, Oct. 19, meeting of the Menlo Park Parks and Recreation Commission has been postponed until Oct. 26.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Facebook, labor on Menlo agenda

With labor negotiations, lawsuits, and Facebook on its agenda, the Menlo Park City Council reconvenes on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook gets social with Menlo Park

Hosts preview party on new campus
When someone moves into a new home, usually at some point there's a housewarming party, and Facebook proved no exception.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Board endorsements make strange bedfellows

Unions back pension-reform advocates for Menlo Park fire board
You'd expect unions to get along with pension reform advocates about as well as cats get along with water. But this year's election for two seats on the Menlo Park fire district board developed an interesting twist.
Thursday: Candidate forum for Menlo Park fire board.

October 18, 2011 | 42 comments
A page from our history

During World War I, Camp Fremont officials issued many rules about the off-time conduct of the thousands of young soldiers stationed in what is now downtown Menlo Park. One soldier is said to have spent 30 days in the guardhouse for accompanying a base hospital nurse to a movie at the Fremont Theatre. Photo courtesy Atherton Heritage Association.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Supes change trail vote to Nov. 1

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has set Nov. 1 to decide whether to ask Stanford University for a two-year extension of its offer to upgrade a trail along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
PG&E to vent Sand Hill Road pipeline

Residents could smell natural gas
Pacific Gas & Electric will be venting natural gas from a pipeline in the Menlo Park area Monday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. in preparation for hydrostatic pressure testing, county officials said Sunday.

October 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Eshoo supports Occupy Wall Street protesters

In 'telephone town hall,' congresswoman calls on Obama to refinance mortgages
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, supports the Occupy Wall Street protests and said she is "surprised people weren't out there sooner." In a telephone town hall meeting with constituents Thursday night, she called on the Obama administration to refinance all mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

October 16, 2011 | 35 comments
SHP gets the better of Menlo in WBAL volleyball showdown

Thursday's prep roundup: Sacred Heart Prep junior Cammie Merten and her sister, Menlo School freshman Elisa, faced off for the first time this season in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) match. While both sisters played significant roles, it was SHP senior Sarah Daschbach who took over and led the Gators to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 victory.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Late drive stalls in Menlo College football loss

Oaks' report: Matt Pelesasa threw for 170 yards and a touchdown but the Menlo College football team dropped a 14-6 nonconference decision to host Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.

October 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Take Shelter'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
In some ways, "Take Shelter" is a psychological horror film, an ambiguous mood piece that flirts with entering "Donnie Darko" territory. It's also a compassionate drama about the gray areas of slow-encroaching mental illness. -- PC

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Big Year'

(Two stars)
With its near-total absence of humor, birding comedy "The Big Year" invites its audience to amuse itself with the names of avian species: hoary redpoll, arctic loon, pink-footed goose and olive-backed pipit, to name but a few. -- PC

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Truck driver dies when cement truck overturns

Accident occurred in La Honda
A 62-year-old Dublin man driving a fully loaded cement truck died Wednesday, Oct. 12, when his truck overturned on Roquena Drive at Esmeralda Terrace in La Honda west of Skyline Drive, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Trio of teens try to break into home

Redwood City resident fights, detains suspect
Three teenagers who entered a Redwood City home through the backyard were arrested after a confrontation with a 34-year-old man at the home Thursday morning, police said.

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook gets social

Company hosts preview party on new campus
Facebook invited city luminaries to a preview of its new Menlo Park campus on Thursday. Photo: Mayor Rich Cline, left, and Facebook's director of real estate, John Tenanes, doing some social networking at a party hosted on the company's new Menlo Park campus on Thursday, Oct. 13. Photo courtesy of Steve Schmidt

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Ex-Atherton resident dies in Seal Beach shooting

Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, a former resident of Atherton who had attended elementary school at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park, died in the Wednesday, Oct. 12, shooting spree that took eight lives in a beauty salon in the Orange County community of Seal Beach.

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Man arrested in 1995 murder of teenager

Incident started with argument at Menlo Park party, deputy says
A man accused of murdering a teenage mother in front of her 2-year-old daughter more than 15 years ago appeared in a San Mateo County courtroom Thursday.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Teacher Jason Picetti dies after four-year battle with ALS

Jason Picetti, who taught math at La Entrada School in Menlo Park until illness forced him to retire, died peacefully early this morning (Oct. 13) at Kaiser hospital in Santa Clara, with his wife, father and brother-in-law by his side, according to a close friend. He was 42 years old.

October 13, 2011 | 6 comments
Law aims to protect seniors from fraud

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, discussed in San Jose Tuesday the recent passage of legislation aimed at protecting senior citizens from financial fraud.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Girl, 5, who went missing on camping trip reunites with search teams that found her

A 5-year-old girl's glowstick necklace helped a helicopter search crew spot her when she was lost in Huddart County Park on Oct. 1.

October 12, 2011 | 5 comments
Saturday: 'Revenge of the Electric Car'

Kepler's hosts preview screening of film
On Saturday, Oct. 15, the electric car gets even. Kepler's Books is hosting a preview screening of "Revenge of the Electric Car," followed by a question-and-answer session with Jay Friendland from Plug In America and Dorian West from Tesla Motors.

October 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo College men remain unbeaten in Cal Pac soccer

The Oaks' report: Ricardo Urruela and Alex Vukic each scored in the first half and the Menlo College men's soccer team remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal State Maritime on Tuesday.

October 12, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A runner is a winner just by finishing this race

Tuesday's prep roundup: Junior John Lovegren failed to score any points for his Menlo-Atherton boys' cross-country team on Tuesday. Then again, just finishing took every ounce of courage and determination he could muster. It would have been easier to give up on the race and call it a day.

October 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Lawyer hired to fight Nealon Park golf club well

Menlo Park plan riles neighbors
Attorney Craig Breon, a Portola Valley native and conservationist, now represents a group of neighbors living near Nealon Park, the proposed site of a city well to irrigate the private Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club.

October 12, 2011 | 12 comments
Tonight: Commission examines red-light cameras

The Menlo Park Transportation Commission meets tonight (Oct. 12) to review the city's use of red-light cameras, among other topics.

October 12, 2011 | 8 comments
Menlo fire district race short on cash

Candidates not trying to outspend each other
Of the five candidates running for two open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board, only one seems serious about campaign fundraising.

October 14, 2011 | 1 comment
Bomb threat prompts school evacuation

The incident happened at Fair Oaks Elementary School
A bomb threat prompted the evacuation of an elementary school in North Fair Oaks Tuesday (Oct. 11), the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Five candidates for Menlo fire board

Candidates forum set for Oct. 20
Candidates for seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors will participate in a forum starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.
Menlo fire district race short on cash.

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Thursday: Candidate forum for Menlo Park fire board

Candidates for seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors will participate in a forum starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
When the price is right ...

Well-valued properties are selling quickly along the Midpeninsula
If you price it right, they will come.
At least that's what Realtors are saying -- especially this year. Photo: At the top of Menlo Park's market is this home at 1835 White Oak Drive, offered for $4.65 million in early September. Photo by Michelle Le.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: $40,000 in unauthorized charges

Resident discovers charges on returning home from two-week vacation
When a resident of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley was out of the country on a two-week vacation, someone ran up $40,000 in charges on his credit card.

October 11, 2011 | 2 comments
Emily Greco solos in 'Amelia Lives' in Portola Valley

One-woman show explores the life of Amelia Earhart
Emily Greco, a member of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory staff for seven years, is entering new territory with her presentation of "Amelia Lives" Oct. 21-23 at the Lane Hall Theatre, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Tesla Model S draws crowd to Menlo showroom

Tesla S is an attempt to build a luxury car with a sports car feel
Dozens of prospective buyers and curious gearheads formed a line on Saturday at Menlo Park's Tesla Motors dealership to sit inside the first mass production car to be developed and built entirely by a Silicon Valley company.

October 11, 2011 | 6 comments
Doubleheader water polo sweep for SHP girls

Weekend prep roundup: As always, this water polo season for the Sacred Heart Prep girls is all about improving and getting ready for the Central Coast Section championships. The Gators made some big strides in that direction with a pair of important nonleague victories on Saturday.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: PG&E does hydrostatic pressure test

PG&E will be assessing a section of pipeline in Menlo Park today (Oct. 11) as part of ongoing hydrostatic pressure test work, according to PG&E and San Mateo County Emergency Services officials.

October 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Library hosts Menlo Art League show

An oil painting by Lilly Raga Abbot took "best of show" honors at the annual Menlo Art League exhibit. For 35 years, the league has held a juried art show and displayed the winners.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Heavy truck traffic near Crystal Springs Dam

Near the southern trailhead of Sawyer Camp Trail, work continues on the Lower Crystal Springs Dam stilling basin.

October 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Police calls: New outfits stolen from porch

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

October 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Woodside School board race

Two challengers in the Woodside School District board race for two seats in next month's election are hoping to bring what they say are their complementary strengths to the board, while the third candidate in the race says her depth of knowledge as an incumbent makes her the voters' best choice.

October 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Steve Jobs died too soon to fulfill his plans to return to Woodside

He wanted to move with his family to a new home on Mountain Home Road
For years, Steve Jobs had planned to move with his family to Woodside, to the site of the Jackling house on Mountain Home Road where he lived in the 1980s. He wanted to tear down the Spanish Colonial-style mansion and build a modern home. Due to a fight with preservationists, that first step took 10 years.
Former Jackling house focus of exhibit.

October 11, 2011 | 5 comments
Staff calls for extension of Stanford trail offer

The San Mateo County supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 1, may vote to ask Stanford University for a two-year extension on its controversial offer of $10 million to upgrade the rickety trail along Alpine Road through the unincorporated communities of Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres.

October 13, 2011 | 16 comments
Voter Guide: Community college bond measure

Voters asked to OK $564 million bond measure
Measure H on the Nov. 8 ballot asks voters in the San Mateo County Community College District to approve a $564 million bond measure to upgrade facilities on the campuses.

October 17, 2011 | 2 comments
Voter Guide: Community college board

Seven candidates are running for three open seats on the governing board of the San Mateo County Community College district in San Mateo County, which includes Canada College in Woodside.

October 17, 2011 | 1 comment
Voter Guide: 'Achievement gap' issue in school election

Five candidates compete for three seats in Sequoia Union High School District.
This fall is decision time for voters, with three seats open on the five-member board governing the Sequoia Union High School District. The district is home to Woodside, Menlo-Atherton, Summit Prep and Everest high schools among others. Five candidates are running in the Nov. 8 election, including two incumbents first elected in 1999.

October 13, 2011 | 5 comments
Simitian's red-light-camera bill vetoed

Legislator's proposal sought to create new restrictions on cameras, added protection for drivers
A proposal by Sen. Joe Simitian to set new restrictions on red-light cameras hit the wall Thursday when Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it.

October 10, 2011 | 9 comments
Pelesasa helps Menlo beat weather, Warriors

Menlo junior quarterback Matt Pelesasa threw for a pair of touchdowns within a two minute span of the second quarter, providing all the offense the Oaks would need in a 13-0 victory over host Webber International in Lake Wales, Fla., on Saturday.

October 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Oracle pays GSA $200 million settlement

Oracle Corp. and Oracle America Inc. have agreed to pay the General Services Administration $199.5 million plus interest for failing to meet their contractual obligations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
A page from our history

This photograph of Stephen and Victoria Mariani is thought to be their 1879 wedding portrait. A prosperous San Francisco hardware merchant for most of the 20th century, Stephen Mariani and his family spent summers on the Mariani Ranch, now the Portola Valley subdivision called Blue Oaks. Portola Valley Archives.

October 10, 2011 | 1 comment
A page from our history

These four Atherton women are taking part in a "Polly of the Circus" charitable event that in the 1920s became an annual tradition at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Hiker reports mountain lion sighting

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office received a report of a mountain lion sighting in the Portola Valley area on Saturday morning.

October 9, 2011 | 2 comments
Governor signs pipeline safety laws

San Bruno explosion took eight lives
Six state bills on gas pipeline safety written in response to the deadly Sept. 9, 2010, explosion in San Bruno were signed into law Friday.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Voters can register online in California

Sen. Yee authors bill that allows registration on the Internet
Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will allow online voter registration.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Governor signs California Dream Act

The law allows undocumented students to receive public financial aid for higher education
One day before the Oct. 9 deadline to approve or veto a bill that would allow undocumented students to receive public financial aid for higher education, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed the California Dream Act.

October 9, 2011 | 31 comments
Bay Area Council opposes HSR fund freeze

A Bay Area public policy organization announced its opposition to federal legislation introduced Friday that would freeze federal funding for California's high-speed rail.

October 9, 2011 | 8 comments
Football: SHP can't hold on to its perfect season

Sacred Heart Prep junior quarterback Jack Larson took one final lunge toward the end zone as the clock expired on Sacred Heart Prep's 44-30 setback to visiting Terra Nova in a PAL Bay Division opener Friday. Larson came up three yards short, but he'd be doggoned if he was going to show any sign of a letdown.

October 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Review: 'Real Steel'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Strong production values and another charismatic performance by triple-threat talent Hugh Jackman help keep this heavy-metal offspring of "Rocky" and "Transformers" out of the cinematic junk heap. -- TH

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Ides of March'

(Three stars)
Stop me if you've heard this one: How can you tell when a politician is lying? If you know the well-worn punchline, you probably won't learn anything from George Clooney's "The Ides of March," but you may enjoy it all the same. -- PC

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Former Jackling home focus of exhibit

The former home of copper baron Daniel C. Jackling may have been demolished, but in Woodside it is not forgotten. A new exhibit at the Woodside Community Museum is devoted to Mr. Jackling and the home. Steve Jobs owned the property and had long planned to build a home there. He also made many efforts to find a new location for the Jackling house.

October 7, 2011 | 4 comments
Al Gore visits Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton

It isn't every day that a former vice president speaks at a high school. Tuesday, Oct. 4 , was one of those days.

October 7, 2011 | 26 comments
M-A Bears hit the ground running in PAL football win

Prep football: The San Mateo Union High School District spent a million dollars to fix up the multipurpose field at Burlingame High. The Menlo-Atherton football team looked like a million bucks in christening the newly-laid synthetic grass with a 35-13 victory over the host Panthers in a PAL Bay Division opener Thursday night.

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Volleyball: SHP girls grab first place

Prep volleyball: Sacred Heart Prep grabbed sole possession of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' volleyball race with a 25-15, 25-14, 21-25, 25-13 victory over host Castilleja on Thursday evening. SHP improved to 4-0 in league (14-4 overall) while Castilleja fell to 3-1 (15-9).

October 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Tesla sedan drives into Menlo Park

Sometimes considered a figment of the imagination, the new Tesla Model S sedan proved to be real, according to the journalists who got to take a test ride..

October 7, 2011 | 15 comments
Menlo Park school burglar sentenced

After pleading no contest to burglary charges in connection with local school break-ins, Jaime Maldanado, 20, was sentenced Thursday to 16 months in county jail, with credit for 32 days served, the San Mateo County district attorney's office said.

October 7, 2011 | 5 comments
Oct. 17: Holidays on a High Note

Benefit will be held at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton
The Foothill Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service will host its 14th annual "Holidays on a High Note" home entertaining benefit on Monday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

October 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Palomarez helps Menlo stop the Slugs

Oaks' report: Goalkeeper Alex Palomarez stopped two penalty kicks and Menlo College took advantage to beat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 3-2, in a nonconference men's soccer match Wednesday.

October 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Steve Jobs, Apple's creative visionary, dies at 56

Apple co-founder battled pancreatic cancer
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the creative force behind the company's transformation into one of the world's most iconic and pace-setting technology giants, died Wednesday, the company announced. Related material:
Video of Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Town Square: Steve Jobs, Apple, and Palo Alto
Statement from Jobs' family

October 6, 2011 | 4 comments
Steve Jobs dies at 56

Apple founder battled pancreatic cancer
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the creative force behind the company's transformation into one of the world's most iconic and influential technology giants, died Wednesday, the company announced.

October 5, 2011 | 11 comments
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dies

Steve Jobs, 56, the former CEO of Apple, has died, the company announced today.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park downtown plan moves to final review

"And there's a lot to discuss," Mayor Rich Cline commented at one point during Tuesday night's review of Menlo Park's draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A seniors earned extra credit for teamwork

Girls' volleyball: Sarah Collins, Hannah Branning and Seini Moimoi all played for the same Vision Club volleyball team over the summer. The extra teamwork paid off. The seniors helped the Menlo-Atherton High girls' volleyball team recover from a first set loss to beat visiting Carlmont, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17, on Tuesday in a PAL Bay Division match.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Woman faces gunman during Menlo Park stroll

Menlo Park police hunt armed robber
A nighttime stroll turned terrifying for a woman on Sharon Road in Menlo Park on Monday night when she was confronted by a man with a gun.

October 4, 2011 | 36 comments
Today: Woodside celebrates 'Day of Horse'

Hundreds will gather for progressive trail ride
The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (known as WHOA!) will hold the seventh annual Woodside Day of the Horse on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a horse fair and progressive trail ride.

October 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Today: Walk to School Day

More than 3,000 schools in the United States are taking part in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Class-action lawsuit filed against Stanford

Information from 20,000 patients was posted on a teaching website in August
A class-action lawsuit for $20 million has been filed against Stanford Hospital & Clinics over a patient-information breach, the hospitals announced Monday (Oct. 3).

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Photo: Breakfast at Sharon Park pond

Derek Marsano wishes to share this picture he took at about 10 a.m. today (Oct. 4) at Sharon Park pond in Menlo Park. He says a female osprey visited the pond and took a carp for breakfast. Photo by Derek Marsano.

October 4, 2011 | 6 comments
Today: 'What Happened to Cold Fusion'

Michael McKubre of the Materials Research Laboratory at SRI International will give a talk on "What Happened to Cold Fusion" on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at SRI International, Middlefield Road at Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodsider races in Sahara

Trevor Nibbie is in 150-mile race in Egypt
Call it ironic or somewhat insane, but a 20-year-old Woodside resident and college student is willing to race for days in the Sahara desert, braving sandstorms and temperatures of over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, to raise money for water.

October 4, 2011 | 3 comments
Thursday: Italian table etiquette talk at Beltramo's

How to dine properly with Italians will be the topic of a talk by Valentina Cirasola at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at Beltramo's Wines and Spirits in Menlo Park.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Oct. 14-16: Arts and crafts fest

More than 90 artists and craftspeople will take part in the 15th Menlo Park Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Fall Fest on Oct. 14-16.

October 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Finding a place at life's table

Former restaurateur Donia Bijan describes in a new memoir her family's journey of exile and quest for belonging
At the time former restaurateur Donia Bijan began writing down memories of her parents' lives, she was wracked by grief over the unexpected and gruesome death of her beloved mother, Menlo Park resident Atefeh "Amy" Bijan. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Nine horses were used to pull a triple set of tanbark wagons over the hills to Woodside, as seen in this undated photo. The wagon is stopped at what was known as the Tole House on Kings Mountain Road.
Photo courtesy Woodside Library Collection.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton to unveil visions of new Town Center

Residents will examine conceptual designs by two architectural firms
Two visions of what the civic heart of town might look like if Atherton decides to revitalize its Town Center will be unveiled at a community meeting set for Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Holbrook-Palmer Park Pavilion.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Ladera school site likely to go to highest bidder

The apparent change in course has raised concerns among Woodland School officials
In a move that surprised the Ladera community and officials of the private Woodland School, which leases the former Ladera School site, school district officials have indicated that the district will launch an open bid process, rather than a more restricted process, to choose the next lessee of the school site.

October 5, 2011 | 3 comments
Today: Dine-out benefit for Meals on Wheels

Peninsula Volunteers Inc. is sponsoring its second annual "Dine Out" fundraiser for Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Class-action lawsuit filed against Stanford

Information from 20,000 patients was posted on a teaching website in August
Keller Grover, a law firm that has been investigating a patient-information breach at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the hospital and Multi-Specialty Collection Services, LLC, the outside vendor that caused the breach, the hospitals announced Monday.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Stanford's trail offer

A community meeting in Ladera is set for tonight to discuss a staff report from the county manager's office recommending that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors accept a longstanding offer of $10 million from Stanford University to improve a trail along Alpine Road.
Portola Valley council 'neutral' on Alpine trail.

October 4, 2011 | 1 comment
More than 5,000 marijuana plants eradicated

About $1.5 million of marijuana was eradicated from five grow sites found in isolated spots in San Mateo County through an annual marijuana eradication operation, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force officials said Monday.

October 4, 2011 | 8 comments
Old La Honda Road now open

It had been blocked by a jackknifed tractor-trailer
Old La Honda Road in Woodside, which was closed this morning due to a jackknifed tractor-trailer, is now open, San Mateo County officials reported at 2:15 p.m.

October 4, 2011 | 2 comments
Police calls: Motorcycle stolen then abandoned

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

October 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council 'neutral' on Alpine trail

Expanded version of story posted earlier. The Town Council of Portola Valley on Sept. 28 rejected the advice of George Mader, the town planner for 40 years and currently a planning consultant for the town, and has instead taken a neutral stance on an offer by Stanford University to improve a trail on Alpine Road, in part because the trail is not in Portola Valley.

October 4, 2011 | 4 comments
Tonight: Community meeting on Alpine trail

As the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors weighs a third vote on whether to accept $10 million from Stanford University to upgrade a trail that runs along Alpine Road, the county manager's office is hosting a follow-up session on Tuesday, Oct. 4, to discuss the results from two round-table discussions held in September.
Portola Valley council 'neutral' on Alpine trail.

October 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Town OKs model-plane flight trial at Town Center

The Portola Valley Town Council recently gave the nod to the flight of small, quiet and unobtrusive aircraft above the baseball field at Town Center three mornings a week.

October 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook wants fries with that

Facebook's quirky additions to its new Menlo Park headquarters at 1601 Willow Road continue.

October 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council may vote on downtown plan

The Menlo Park City Council is expected to vote on whether to approved the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and the plan is the only item of regular business on the agenda.

October 4, 2011 | 1 comment
Should local towns ban plastic bags?

Menlo Park commission to discuss banning the bag
Someday, that plastic bag you carried home from Safeway might be worth something on eBay. OK, probably not, but it may become an endangered species in San Mateo County.

October 6, 2011 | 12 comments
Granny saved: SFPUC agrees to tunnel under tree

After months of concern over Granny's fate, the heritage oak tree will survive the construction of a new water pipeline.

October 3, 2011 | 3 comments
Atherton: Driver arrested on assault charges

A Menlo Park man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after he reportedly tried to run down a worker directing traffic at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

October 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Suspicious fires in the baylands Saturday

Three blazes cause two-alarm response
Three grass fires that occurred in the baylands between Palo Alto and East Palo Alto Saturday afternoon (Oct. 1) are being called suspicious by fire officials.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP grad Vukic, Gunn grad Zipperstein help Menlo soccer

The Oaks' report: With Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Vukic and Gunn grad Sam Zipperstein contributing in a big way, the Menlo College men's soccer team remained unbeaten in the California Pacific Conference with a 7-0 victory over visiting Pacific Union last weekend.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Customers save Ladera's pizza restaurant

With the help of the community, a crisis has passed at the Round Table restaurant on Alpine Road in Ladera.

October 3, 2011 | 5 comments
Fine arts show in Portola Valley

A gallery show featuring nine Portola Valley artists -- from sculptors to painters -- will be on display at the Kriewall-Haehl Gallery at the Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley, from Oct. 3 to Nov. 5.

October 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Night-vision goggles, glow stick help rescue girl

Night-vision goggles and a glow-stick necklace were instrumental in a search-and-rescue team locating and rescuing a 5-year-old girl who disappeared from a family outing on Saturday night in the rugged forested hills west of Woodside.

October 2, 2011 | 2 comments
Runaway reptile returns home

Woman reunites lost tortoise, missing for months, with her Palo Alto family
As Menlo Park resident Holly Thompson drove up Palo Alto Avenue after a grocery-shopping trip last week, she noticed a strange shape moving on the road in front of her. "I thought, 'Oh gosh, a tortoise!'" she said. Photo: Ursula Heise is reunited with her tortoise after the reptile had been missing for more than three months. Photo by Veronica Weber/Embarcadero Media.

October 2, 2011 | 1 comment
Officials look for answers in death of girl

East Palo Alto city officials are looking for answers in the death of a 6-year-old girl who was struck and killed in a crosswalk on Bay Road last week.

October 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council neutral on Alpine trail

Stanford wants to give county $10 million to rebuild trail
A majority on the Portola Valley Town Council agreed on Sept. 28 to send a message of neutrality to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors as the board wrestles with whether to accept some $10 million from Stanford University to rebuild a roadside trail that runs through Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres.

September 30, 2011 | 11 comments
Images of Menlo

This painting by Susan Elwart Hall of Atherton shows the opening day of the plein air art event on the Menlo College campus in Atherton in 2010. The event takes place this year on Oct. 1 and 2.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'What's Your Number?'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Based on Karen Bosnak's novel "20 Times a Lady," "What's Your Number?" is frothy and predictable, occasionally annoying (the persistent, pandering Facebook and Twitter jokes), but a crowd pleaser for those who don't blanche at the term "chick flick." -- PC

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: '50/50'

(Three stars)
In the last 15 years or so, cancer memoirs have become de rigueur, in straight prose and even graphic-novel format (Brian Fies' "Mom's Cancer," Harvey Pekar's "Our Cancer Year"). Now the movies have gotten into the act by way of "50/50," a cancer comedy for twentysomethings. -- PC

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Creek project close to securing state funds

State Department of Water Resources recommends $8 million grant for flood control around creek
An ambitious effort by Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park to calm the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek could get a major boost next month when the California Department of Water Resources is expected to release $8 million for the project.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Poll: Opinions sour on high-speed rail

Republican pollster finds close to two thirds of California voters would vote to halt project
Nearly two thirds of Californians now oppose the state's high-speed rail project -- and the more they know about it, the less they like it, according to a new poll.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Ravenswood school district helping raise money for Sioreli Torres memorial service

Torres, 6, died Sept. 28 after being hit by a car in East Palo Alto
The Ravenswood Elementary School District is helping to raise money for a memorial service for a student who was struck and killed in an East Palo Alto crosswalk Wednesday morning.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Barn Dance' in Woodside

The Woodside Recreation Committee hosts its fifth biennial Woodside Barn Dance on Saturday, Oct. 1.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Murder charges in death of motorcyclist

East Palo Alto resident Eric Banford, 46, has two prior strikes for felony convictions
A driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in East Palo Alto Wednesday morning while fleeing police will be charged this afternoon with murder, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

September 30, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo College gets a baseball coach

Oaks report: Stefan McGovern, who was named the baseball coach at Menlo College on Thursday, is a Bay Area native. He attended Bellarmine Prep and graduated from San Francisco State.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tennis coaches feel aced by new playoff format

It was less than two years ago that the Menlo School and Saratoga boys' tennis teams were locked in a battle for the 2010 Central Coast Section team title. Menlo senior Jamin Ball rallied from a first-set loss to pull out a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1 victory over John Lamble and lift the Knights to a thrilling 4-3 victory. That scenario may never happen again.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Criminal charges to be filed in motorcyclist fatality

Criminal charges will likely be filed today against a driver who killed a motorcyclist Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) in East Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Eshoo 'very concerned' about Wells Fargo's apartment sale

As Wells Fargo Bank prepares to sell about 1,800 housing units in East Palo Alto to a real-estate trust, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, has joined city officials in calling for the bank to make sure the sale doesn't spell the end of affordable housing in the Woodland Park neighborhood.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Report: High cost of youth gun violence

Gun violence in San Mateo County costs taxpayers an estimated $50 million each year, according to a report on youth and guns released Thursday by county officials and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

September 30, 2011 | 2 comments
A look at the district's past

The 150-year-old Portola Valley School District got off to an unusual start. The first schoolhouse, built in the lumber boomtown of Searsville, was forced to move by the flooding resulting from the construction of the Searsville Dam on Stanford University property in 1891.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Writing the book on the school district

The cover features a colorful drawing of the Historic School House, and inside are memories going back to as early as those of teacher Miss Mamie Shine, from 1887-1904.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools celebrate 150 years

Portola Valley School District's 150th birthday celebration -- an event for the entire community -- will bring alumni, students and teachers from across several decades to Portola Valley Town Center on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Writing the book on the school district
Timeline: A look at the district's past

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Betty and Ernst Meissner honored by Chamber

Ernst and Betty Meissner, shown in their Menlo Park home, were honored recently for their volunteer community service by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce with a Golden Acorn Award.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'The Price of Sex'

Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova and State Assembly candidate Sally Lieber present "The Price of Sex," an award-winning documentary on sex trafficking, at Kepler's bookstore at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Silicon Valley Roots & Shoots

"Silicon Valley Roots & Shoots," an insider's travel guide phone application to the companies, people and products of the area, is the topic of a talk by David Laws at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Ladera community rallies to save pizza place

After 24 years of serving pizza in Ladera, Round Table restaurant in the Alpine Road shopping center could be closed as soon as this weekend.

September 29, 2011 | 3 comments
Castilleja grabs early lead in sister showdowns

Tuesday's prep roundup: It was three against one as the Castilleja and Menlo School girls' volleyball teams met on Tuesday to open their West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) seasons in Palo Alto.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed near Woodside identified

A man who was killed riding his motorcycle Tuesday evening (Sept. 27) through a county park near Woodside has been identified, according to the coroner's office.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Girl, 6, killed on her way to school

Two deaths within two blocks shake residents
A 6-year-old girl was killed Wednesday morning (Sept. 28), the second traffic fatality in less than three hours within a two-block area in East Palo Alto.

September 28, 2011 | 3 comments
Police link two Menlo Park burglaries

Two 16-year-old boys who tried -- and failed -- to break into a home on Windermere Avenue have now admitted to also ransacking a house.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Two more homes burglarized in Menlo Park

Continuing a losing streak, burglars struck at least twice in Menlo Park on Tuesday (Sept. 27), but only stole once.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed by driver fleeing police

Collision on University Avenue follows early morning pursuit
A motorcyclist died this morning in East Palo Alto after being struck by a car whose driver was fleeing from police.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Girl, 7, killed in East Palo Alto crash

Two deaths within two blocks shake residents
A 7-year-old girl was killed this morning, the second fatality within a two-block area on Bay Road in East Palo Alto.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Pancake breakfast at fire station

Pancakes and fire trucks are on the menu for Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District at 300 Middlefield Road.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Foreclosure fair in Menlo Park

About to lose your home? The county wants to help. Drop by the free foreclosure resource fair in Menlo Park on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

September 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Aquatics users group to be picked from open pool

The group charged with evaluating customer satisfaction with the city's privately managed public pools may now include people not nominated by either Team Sheeper or SOLO.

September 28, 2011 | 5 comments
Eshoo seeks auction of broadcast spectrum

Lawmaker highlights Congress' technology priorities at 'State of the Net' event
Spectrum auctions and privacy protection top U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's list of technological priorities, though with partisanship and the economy dominating Washington, D.C., progress on Internet issues may be tough to reach during the current legislative session, the Silicon Valley lawmaker told a group of tech executives and attorneys Tuesday afternoon.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert today

Air district officials urge people to use public transit, ease energy use
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Wednesday, warning of unhealthy pollution levels and asking residents to use public transit.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
A page from our past

Menlo Park and Atherton residents loved the popular sport of polo, seen here in an undated photo at the Menlo Circus Club. Regular play began in 1915 and continued until the Depression hit in the 1930s; it resumed in 1954, when Atherton resident William Gilmore revived twice-a-week contests at the Circus Club. Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

September 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Obama tackles jobs questions at forum in Mountain View

President's town hall meeting at LinkedIn draws a range of queries on economy
In Mountain View on Monday morning, President Obama aimed to convince viewers of his town hall meeting hosted by LinkedIn that he can lead the country through its myriad economic problems. A crowd of several hundred was assembled by LinkedIn at the Computer History Center near Google, including some LinkedIn users who had been flown in from around the country. Photo by Veronica Weber.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer has created a sense of community

Oaks' roster full of players from area high schools, junior colleges
Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein recruited himself to Menlo College to play men's soccer and second-year coach Mike Keller couldn't be happier. Zipperstein scored a goal and recorded an assist in the Oaks' 2-1 victory over visiting Simpson in the Cal Pac Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman busts teen burglars

Around 3 p.m. on a quiet, sunny Monday afternoon, a 41-year-old Menlo Park woman noticed something peculiar in her backyard.

September 27, 2011 | 5 comments
Four weeks of free training for green jobs

Canada Community College in Woodside is starting a free four-week jobs program that includes a promise to make its graduates "heroes," as in preparing them for careers in Home Energy Retrofit Occupations.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: High-value wedding ring stolen

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

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire consumes home in Portola Valley

Update: A two-alarm fire completely destroyed a home at 35 Valencia Court in Portola Valley on Friday evening, Sept. 23, Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said Monday.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Neither cyclist nor truck driver found at fault

DNA evidence led to conclusion but not closure in the Alpine Road accident.
The full and final report on the death of Lauren Ward, 47, of Los Altos Hills will likely remain unavailable to the public, but the California Highway Patrol investigative team has concluded that Ms. Ward was not responsible for her death on Nov. 4, 2010, when her bicycle and a tractor trailer truck collided on westbound Alpine Road at Interstate 280.

September 27, 2011 | 31 comments
Road safety: Portola Valley reshapes traffic committee

Rights, responsibilities and interests of cyclists are key
Portola Valley changes name and mission of its traffic committee to focus on problems and conflicts between bicyclist, drivers and pedestrians.

September 29, 2011 | 7 comments
Shanahan could amp up fiscal prudence on Woodside council

Horseman, investment banker and longtime Woodside resident Tom Shanahan is running for an open seat on the Woodside Town Council in November. Among his priorities is outsourcing as an option to keep in mind for some government functions.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley may support trail upgrade

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 28, will discuss and possibly approve a letter to the San Mateo County supervisors recommending acceptance of an offer of up to $10.2 million from Stanford University to upgrade a section of trail along Alpine Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

September 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: author readings

Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson will be at Kepler's to discuss the latest in their "Peter and the Starcatchers" series, "The Bridge to Neverland," today (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Authors: Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick
Author Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Leland Myrick present their graphic novel "Feynman," a biography of the Nobel-prize winning quantum physicist Richard Feynman, today (Sept. 26) at Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep goes to the air to stay unbeaten

Just when you think you have the Sacred Heart Prep football team figured out, the Gators throw you a curve. Or, more to the point, some accurate passes.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire destroys house in Portola Valley

A two-alarm fire completely destroyed a home at 35 Valencia Court in Portola Valley on Friday evening, Sept. 23, Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said Monday.

September 26, 2011 | 5 comments
CHP searching for pickup that caused fatal collision

A Daly City woman was killed in a collision on southbound U.S. Highway 101 Sunday morning in Menlo Park, and the California Highway Patrol is searching for a pickup truck that fled the scene. The collision occurred near Marsh Road, and blocked southbound traffic for nearly three hours.

September 26, 2011 | 2 comments
M-A , Paly girls are finalists for PCA scholarship

Senior water polo players Skylar Dorosin of Palo Alto and Marie-Charlotte Popp of Menlo-Atherton are among 50 finalists for 10 scholarships being offered at the Positive Coaching Alliace (PCA) Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program awards ceremony on Saturday at Stanford.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
It'll be a family affair for Menlo-Castilleja volleyball showdown


It was one big happy family for the Hubbards last fall as dad and three of his four daughters coached at all levels of the Castilleja volleyball program. That one big happy family is now a family divided, if only for two matches every season. Tracie (Meskell), Gwen and Tom still make up Castilleja's coaching staff but Atlee has moved to rival Menlo School and is the Knights' varsity head coach this season.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Polo match at Circus Club

Thirty-two men and women — amateur and professional polo players from the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York — will compete for trophies in the finals of the first Silicon Valley Polo Classic, the ExpertQuote Cup, on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Pop Heart' fashion show at Sacred Heart

With inspiration derived from the paintings of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, and other Pop Art innovators, this year's Sacred Heart Senior Fashion Show is certain to be a spectacle of bold color and high energy. The show, "Pop Heart," is set for Saturday evening, Sept. 24, at the school in Atherton.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Reel innovation

New film festival salutes technology and risk-takers, behind and in front of the camera
The inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Feature films and shorts will be shown at the Palo Alto Square at 3000 El Camino Real and the Aquarius Theatre at 430 Emerson St., both in Palo Alto.

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Killer Elite'

(Two stars)
Some may mistake "Killer Elite" for a remake of "The Killer Elite" (1975). Rather, the new actioner is a renamed adaptation of the 1991 book "The Feather Men." But you can't call a Jason Statham picture "The Feather Men." It just isn't done. -- PC

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Moneyball'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The unlikely tandem of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill helps drive what is arguably the most compelling and insightful baseball-themed film since Robert Redford launched a homerun into the stadium lights in "The Natural" (1984). -- TH

September 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion and cub reportedly spotted in Portola Valley

Animals reportedly seen in 5900 block of Alpine road Wednesday
A mountain lion with a cub was reportedly seen in Portola Valley Wednesday night, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

September 23, 2011 | 4 comments
The state of Menlo Park: Good - for some

Mayor calls on residents to fight social injustice
Menlo Park Mayor Rich Cline found himself doing something he'd never expected on Thursday night – delivering the annual state of the city speech for the second year in a row.

September 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Thieves burglarize cars Thursday morning while hikers walk The Dish

Thieves broke into and burglarized six vehicles parked at the informal dirt parking area at the Alpine Road intersection with Piers Lane between 9:30 and 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning, according to an account from Menlo Park resident Jeff Jonker, whose car was broken into.

September 22, 2011 | 3 comments
HP names Meg Whitman new CEO

Board says she has the right 'additional attributes' to execute company strategy
HP has named former eBay CEO and 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman as president and CEO effective immediately, the company announced today. Whitman replaces Leo Apotheker, who departs after less than a year on the job. In a statement, the HP board said Whitman, who herself joined the HP board eight months ago, possesses "additional attributes" to help the company execute its strategy.

September 22, 2011 | 12 comments
Update: Atherton fundraiser to follow Obama's visit to Woodside this Sunday

When President Obama swings south down the Peninsula next Sunday (Sept. 25), he will follow his afternoon fundraising gathering at the Woodside home of Sandi and John Thompson with another opportunity for locals to open their wallets on behalf of the president's re-election effort, this one at the Atherton home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, according to the Oakland Tribune.

September 22, 2011 | 7 comments
Menlo College seniors named top players

Menlo College seniors Matheus Barbosa and Amanda Sutter were each named the Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week in their respective sports. Barbosa won the Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Sutter was named Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Melvin signs three-year deal to manage Oakland A's

M-A grad owns a 532-551 record as a major league manager
Menlo-Atherton High grad Bob Melvin, who also attended California and Canada College, got to play for the San Francisco Giants. Now he's getting a chance to manage the Oakland A's. He signed a three-year extension Tuesday and officially had the 'interim' removed from his title. "This is a special day for me and my family," Melvin said.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Castilleja grabs control of WBAL golf race

Castilleja shared the 2010 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' golf title with Sacred Heart Prep after the teams split their two regular-season matches. Castilleja has begun the 2011 the same way and yet another showdown could be in store.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
No last call yet for Menlo Park's downtown specific plan

Council extends review timetable
It was, perhaps, an optimistic schedule -- three meetings to evaluate the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, then on to other business. And indeed, the Menlo Park City Council found that three meetings weren't nearly enough.

September 22, 2011 | 7 comments
Car hits girl walking bike across street and flees

No serious injuries in Menlo Park accident
A14-year-old girl walking her bike across the street in a crosswalk had a too-close-for-comfort encounter with a car that then fled the scene on Wednesday, Sept. 21, according to Menlo Park police.

September 22, 2011 | 3 comments
Truant iPads go back to Hillview School

Items stolen in Sept. 9 burglary of the Menlo Park school
Twelve of 26 iPads stolen from Hillview Middle School have gone back to class, according to Principal Mike Melton.

September 21, 2011 | 6 comments
Menlo Park picks legal battles

Will defend Measure L, but won't fight redistricting
There's no shortage of opportunities for a city like Menlo Park to see some legal action in the courtroom, but on Tuesday night the City Council decided to pick its battles, opting to defend the legality of a pension initiative passed by voters, but not sue over the state's redistricting plan.

September 21, 2011 | 6 comments
Meg Whitman to help fund Summit Public Schools, other charter schools

Former gubernatorial candidate, eBay CEO, backs Silicon Valley 'college readiness' initiative
Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO and the 2010 Republican nominee for California governor, will help fund 10 new charter high schools on the Peninsula, a charter school organization has announced. Beneficiaries will include Summit Prep and Everest Public high schools, chartered by the Sequoia Union High School District.

September 21, 2011 | 34 comments
Update: CHP investigators mum on key details of fatal truck-bike accident

Cyclist Lauren Ward not at fault in her death, CHP says, but questions remain
Investigators for the California Highway Patrol have now concluded that Lauren Ward, 47, was not responsible for her death on Nov. 4, 2010, in a collision with a tractor trailer truck on westbound Alpine Road at Interstate 280, but the CHP offers slight evidence as to what led to that conclusion.

September 20, 2011 | 11 comments
Tonight: Groundwater reserves lecture

USGS hosts event in Menlo Park
Water, water, nowhere and not a drop to drink? Find out how much groundwater the country has left at a free public lecture.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Author event at Kepler's

Diana Reiss, a leading expert in dolphin intelligence, will discuss and sign her new book, "The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives," on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Filoli program features work of Syrie Maugham

"Syrie Maugham: Staging the Glamorous Interior" will be the topic of a talk by author and historian Pauline Metcalf at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at Filoli.

September 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo girls stay on course for tennis showdown with SHP

Playing in temperatures much like they endured in Fresno a couple weeks ago, the Menlo girls' tennis team overcame the heat and visiting Aragon, 6-1, in a nonleague match on Monday.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Ready to roll

Skaters assemble at the top of Valparaiso Hill in Menlo Park at the Menlo Park Skate Jam held Sunday, Sept. 18. The event was sponsored by Ladera Longboards and Black Diamond Sports in Palo Alto. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Thursday: Youth gun violence forum

San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who represents Menlo Park, is hosting a public forum on teens, guns, and local violence on Thursday, Sept. 29.

September 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Fence restoration begins on pipeline parcels

As the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission continues to install a new pipeline to carry water from the Hetch Hetchy, portions of the project in North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park are nearing completion.

September 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council's last look at draft specific plan

Prepare to settle in for a long night at Menlo Park City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as the council holds its last discussion of the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
City Council tweaks draft specific plan for downtown Menlo Park

This is an expanded version of an article that previously appeared online. The Menlo Park City Council carried on into the wee hours of Wednesday morning while continuing its evaluation of the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan on Sept. 13.

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Impersonation via Twitter

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

September 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Residents revisit Stanford's offer to upgrade trail along Alpine Road

Residents of Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres gathered last week to reconsider a controversial offer by Stanford University to spend up to $10.2 million to repave and upgrade the timeworn trail that meanders through their communities along Alpine Road between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

September 20, 2011 | 10 comments
Young Woodside resident in SF opera production this month

Henry Phipps, a Woodside resident and a seventh-grader at Nueva School in Hillsborough, has a significant singing role in "Heart of a Soldier," a San Francisco Opera world-premiere production based on a true story of an Englishman who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center after leading 2,700 people to safety.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School boys top Menlo-Atherton in Roche Invitational water polo finale

Palo Alto girls' volleyball finishes sixth in Mitty tournament
Despite bringing in some of the top teams from Northern and Southern California, the championship match of the 14th annual Scott Roche Invitational turned into an all-PAL Bay Division affair on Saturday at Menlo School.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
SHP runs past Los Altos to stay unbeaten

Sacred Heart Prep came up with its best rushing effort of the season, gaining 308 yards on the way to a 34-13 nonleague football victory over host Los Altos (0-2) on Saturday afternoon.

September 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Unions sue Menlo Park over pension initiative

Measure L under legal attack
Two labor unions filed a lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court on Sept. 15, challenging the legality of Measure L, the pension reform initiative passed last year by 72 percent of Menlo Park voters.

September 19, 2011 | 198 comments
Update: Arrests made in burglaries of three local schools

Same suspect linked to break-ins at Hillview, Laurel and private school
Atherton police last week arrested a Menlo Park man in connection with the burglaries of three local schools: Hillview, Laurel, and the German-American International School. The man and a suspected accomplice were apprehended after an alarm at Laurel School summoned police to the campus.

September 19, 2011 | 2 comments
Obama to return to Woodside this Sunday

President Barack Obama is returning to Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, for a 4 p.m. gathering to meet and presumably break bread with campaign contributors, according to an announcement from his 2012 re-election campaign.

September 19, 2011 | 69 comments
Tonight: Big band returns to Oak City Bar & Grill

After a short hiatus, the College of San Mateo Monday Night Big Band returns to the Oak City Bar & Grill in Menlo Park on Monday, Sept. 19, performing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m..

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Remembering Coach Parks

Friends, family, colleagues and students gathered on the Menlo-Atherton High School football field on Sept. 17 for a memorial for Coach Ben Parks, who died Aug. 19 at age 77.

September 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Investigation leads CHP to change findings on Alpine Road fatal bicycle-truck accident

Human DNA found near the front axle of a tractor-trailer truck has led investigators from the California Highway Patrol to conclude that the November 4, 2010, collision and death of Los Altos Hills cyclist Lauren Ward was not the fault of Ms. Ward, authorities said. This story is an update to a previous version.

September 16, 2011 | 31 comments
Sacred Heart Prep volleyball bounces back from tough loss

Bouncing back from a tough five-set loss to nationally ranked Palo Alto earlier in the week, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' volleyball team swept by visiting Carlmont on Thursday, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14, in nonleague action. Senior Sarah Daschbach led the Gators (7-3) with nine kills, nine digs and four aces while junior Ellie Shannon added eight kills and four blocks.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: New school bells disrupting neighborhood peace, residents claim

The bell tones that indicate class breaks over the loudspeakers at Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley are different for the 2011-12 school year, as annoyed residents, through a couple of representatives, attested to at the Sept. 14 Town Council meeting.

September 16, 2011 | 7 comments
Review: 'Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'

(Three stars)
Highly stylized and over-the-top nuttiness characterizes Tsui Hark's generic hybrid of historical epic, mystery and martial-arts extravaganza. -- ST

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Drive'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Adapted by Hossein Amini from the book by James Sallis, "Drive" tips its hat to Walter Hill's 1978 film "The Driver." But one might just as well say the L.A. story unfolds at the corner of Michael Mann and David Lynch. -- PC

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Two local schools hit by burglars in one week

Hillview and Laurel targeted by thieves
Reading, writing, breaking and entering -- two local schools discovered an unfortunate addition to their curriculum during the past week.

September 16, 2011 | 5 comments
SHP boys and girls open WCAL water polo seasons impressively

The Sacred Heart Prep boys' and girls' water polo teams both took positive steps forward in the early season with impressive victories against rival St. Francis in West Catholic Athletic League openers on Wednesday in Mountain View.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Possible mountain lion sighting in Portola Valley Wednesday night

A mountain lion was reportedly seen Wednesday night in Portola Valley, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo council tweaks specific plan for downtown

Parking, merchant access key points
The Menlo Park City Council continued its evaluation of the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan on Sept. 13, starting on Tuesday night and carrying on until the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

September 15, 2011 | 14 comments
This weekend: Friends of Library annual outdoor book sale

Menlo Park libraries benefit
Take a few books home from the library, this time for keeps: The annual Friends of the Menlo Park Library book fair happens on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18.

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Priory grad Leslie Barkmann earns Big West soccer honors

Local collegians

Former standout Priory soccer player Leslie Barkmann of Cal Poly-SLO provided contributions on both ends of the field while in earning the Big West Defensive Player of the Week award in women's soccer after the junior was named the defensive Most Valuable Player of the Viking Soccer Classic.

September 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Seven hours, three burglaries in Menlo Park

Some people spend seven hours during the day working, while others use that time to take advantage of other people's being at work.

September 14, 2011 | 21 comments
Menlo Park votes to pay state to keep redevelopment agency

On Tuesday night, Menlo Park joined a long list of other California cities, including Foster City, Millbrae, and Belmont, that voted to pay the state millions of dollars to keep their redevelopment agencies open.

September 14, 2011 | 6 comments
Nail salon chain hit with class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court today against a popular nail salon chain accused of wage theft and
other violations against their employees, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus said today. Natalie Salon has a shop in Menlo Park.

September 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Adding bikers and hikers to Traffic Committee responsibilities?

A more expansive role may be coming someday soon for the Traffic Committee, one of many citizen-volunteer committees in Portola Valley that advise the Town Council on matters of policy. A new Traffic Committee charter is one topic for discussion when the council meets on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls finish third in tennis tournament

Weekend prep roundup

Withstanding near-100 degree heat and some of the top teams in the state, the Menlo School girls' tennis team won three of four matches and finished third in its 16-team division at the prestigious California High School Classic this past weekend at Clovis and Clovis West highs near Fresno.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Party raises funds for Garden Conservancy

Event will be held at Green Gables estate, observing 100th anniversary
The public is invited to an old fashioned garden party, being held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Green Gables estate in Woodside to raise money for the Garden Conservancy and its educational programs. The 75-acre estate is celebrating its 100th anniversary since Charles Sumner Greene of Greene & Greene designed the country home in the Arts and Crafts style.

September 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Thanks, WHOA

A group of volunteers from the equestrian community gathered recently at the Folger Stable in Wunderlich County Park with one of the new tack trunks donated by the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association. The volunteers are, from left, Donna Poy, Holly Nash, Dan Byrum (stable operator), Eldona Hamel, M. Fentress Hall and Yvonne Kerno. Photo by Yvonne Kerno.

September 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Sept. 17: Memorial service in Ladera for Margaret McCaleb

A reception to honor the life of former language teacher and librarian Margaret McCaleb of Portola Valley is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Ladera Community Church at 3300 Alpine Road in Ladera.

September 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: meeting in Ladera on Stanford hiking trail

A public meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Ladera Oaks Swim and Tennis Club as the communities in Ladera and Stanford Weekend Acres consider the future of their hiking and biking trail.

September 13, 2011 | 6 comments
Thanks, WHOA

A group of volunteers from the equestrian community gathered recently at the Folger Stable in Wunderlich County Park with one of the new tack trunks donated by the Woodside-area Horse Owners Association. The volunteers are, from left, Donna Poy, Holly Nash, Dan Byrum (stable operator), Eldona Hamel, M. Fentress Hall and Yvonne Kerno. Photo by Yvonne Kerno.

October 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Wedding bands stolen in Menlo Park

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

September 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Peninsula Humane Society moves

New facility completely funded by private donors
Dog dorms and cat condos are two features of the Peninsula Humane Society's new home at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame, which opened on Sept. 10.

September 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Debate over Atherton library heats up

Should the town of Atherton survey residents about where to rebuild the town's library? That's what a number of vocal residents are asking the town to do before the City Council decides whether to relocate the library to Holbrook-Palmer Park.

September 13, 2011 | 36 comments
Tonight: Menlo Chamber of Commerce mixer

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce is holding its September mixer at Left Bank, at 635 Santa Cruz Ave., on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

September 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park downtown plan review

Council also considers paying $3.5 million to keep RDA
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Menlo Park City Council returns to contemplate a subject near and dear to residents' hearts, judging by the amount of email sent to the council during the past week: the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

September 13, 2011 | 8 comments
Honoring firefighters who died in 9/11 attacks

Jim Vanides of Menlo Park submitted these photos of the flags at the Menlo Park fire station on Middlefield Road, set there in honor of the firefighters who died as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. The photographs were taken on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies in Highway 101 crash

59-year-old rider was from Los Altos
A motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 Friday night in East Palo Alto after he lost control of the bike and hit the roadway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
More local prep football updates

September 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Ravenswood foundation aims for longer school day

New Ravenswood director links classroom hours, higher scores
A tight focus on academics has slowly but surely boosted test scores in the Ravenswood City School District, which has schools in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The kids and teachers have worked hard -- but Renu Nanda of Menlo Park thinks outside volunteers deserve some small credit as well.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School holds on again for another close victory

Prep football: Senior wide receiver Tommy Ford hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter and the Menlo School defense forced an incompletion on its own 10-yard line as time expired to secure a 16-12 nonleague football victory over the Mission (San Francisco) Bears in Atherton on Friday afternoon.
More local prep football updates.

September 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Robots as benign workmates

Talk at 6 p.m. at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park
With robots vacuuming rugs at home, competing in feats of dexterity in high schools, and helping surgeons in heart and prostate operations, views of robots as demon machines are misplaced, says SRI International engineer and robotics scholar Rich Mahoney, who will give a talk on the state of robotics at the September Cafe Scientifique at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at SRI International headquarters, Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Tally HoeDown benefits hospital

The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary will host its 61st annual fundraiser for the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
NCEFT celebrates 40th with gala

Tickets must be reserved by Sept. 16
Tickets must be reserved by Sept. 16 for the 40th anniversary gala for a Woodside institution, the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy. The gala, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at NCEFT's 12-acre facility at 880 Runnymede Road in Woodside.

September 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Developer accepts reduced refund from Atherton

Deal settles lawsuit over road-impact fees
The town of Atherton will pay a Menlo Park development firm $72,500 to settle a lawsuit over road-impact fees -- a sum that is $225,500 less than the company originally sought last year when it launched its legal fight against the town.

September 9, 2011 | 15 comments
Saturday: Portola Art Gallery reception

A reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild for the gallery's September exhibit, featuring works by Marsha Heimbecker.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Running backs will have to carry the load for a while

Young quarterbacks still finding their way after Week 1 of the season
This weekend in prep football: Four local football teams opened the 2011 high school season last weekend, with three of the squads starting new quarterbacks. Perhaps not too surprising, explosive aerial games did not come to pass.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Funeral held for scientist killed in lab explosion

Investigation into blast continues
Adrian Martin, the 56-year-old scientist killed in an explosion at Membrane Technology and Research Inc. in Menlo Park on Sept. 2, was quietly laid to rest this week.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Warrior'

(Three stars)
Sure, "Warrior" delivers on its surface promise of "Rocky"-style inspirational sports-drama theatrics, but it also boasts amazing faces: from the soul-boring eyes of Tom Hardy to the determined grimaces of Joel Edgerton to Nick Nolte's craggy visage, desperation for redemption written all over it. -- PC

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Contagion'

(Three stars)
Director Steven Soderbergh is a master craftsman at assembling impressive ensemble casts. From "Traffic" (2000) to "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007), Soderbergh has been a magnet for stellar Hollywood talent. His well-crafted and thought-provoking "Contagion" follows the same pattern. -- TH

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford Hospital probes medical data breach

Names, diagnosis codes of up to 20,000 emergency-room patients posted on Web
Stanford University Hospital said it is investigating a data breach reportedly involving records of 20,000 patients seen in the emergency room between March and August of 2009.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Where the boys are

Ormondale School accommodates 'boy-heavy' third-grade group with all-boy classes
From the start, the third-graders at Portola Valley's Ormondale School set records. A larger-than-usual group when the children arrived at the school as kindergartners, the class was unusual in another way: The boys outnumbered the girls on a scale never seen before, at least in recent recollection, in the Portola Valley School District, according to Superintendent Tim Hanretty.

September 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Lanes reopened after I-280 injury accident

A Sig-alert issued after an injury-accident was blocking three lanes on southbound Interstate 280 near Portola Valley was canceled Thursday morning (Sept. 8), according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Salesman suspected in Woodside tractor theft

A salesman who worked for a regional tractor dealer is being sought in connection with the theft of a tractor and its attachments that the same salesman had earlier sold to a resident of Old La Honda Road in Woodside, according to a report from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A grad earns weekly honor in men's water polo

The college scene: Senior goalie Alexandre Popp has been named the Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) for matches last weekend. Popp, a native of Palo Alto and a Menlo-Atherton High graduate, led a strong Crimson defensive effort throughout the MIT Invitational on Saturday.

September 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Update: Menlo Park addresses latest pool incident

Operator says investigation continues into Aug. 12 episode
It's like deja vu, only without the public disclosure: A swimmer at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park received emergency medical treatment after inhaling "pool fumes or chemicals" on Aug. 12, according to dispatch logs for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 7, 2011 | 13 comments
It's wine time at Lutticken's

After 5 p.m., the longtime deli is transformed into a wine bar, and small plates are served
Lutticken's Deli, a fixture in West Menlo Park for 30 years, has had an "extreme makeover." The once-worn interior has been transformed with "okra" green walls with white crown molding and woodwork, handsome lighting, and comfortable seating areas.

September 9, 2011 | 8 comments
Woman killed in hit-and-run on East Bayshore

Nora Fuentes-Arias, 53, of Redwood City found by police Tuesday evening
A woman killed in a Redwood City hit-and-run crash Tuesday evening has been identified as 53-year-old Nora Fuentes-Arias of Redwood City, a San Mateo County deputy coroner said.

September 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton meeting on new library

Community members can learn the latest information about Atherton's plans for a new library at a meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park.

September 6, 2011 | 35 comments
Those were the days

Fireman Vern Kelly, Chief Volpiano, Emmett O'Neill and Robert Nahmens with a fire truck outside the main station of the Woodside Fire Protection District in 1934. Photo courtesy Jacque Audiffred Collection.

September 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Volunteers make big difference at Eastside College Prep

Some put in many hours a week at Eastside Prep
As students head back to classes at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto this fall, so do close to 60 volunteers who come from all over the Peninsula every week to provide a vital layer of extra academic support. Photo: Teacher-volunteer Susan Adams of Portola Valley leads a critical thinking discussion at Eastside Prep. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

September 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Sept. 13: Robots as benign workmates

Talk at 6 p.m. at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park
With robots vacuuming rugs at home, competing in feats of dexterity in high schools, and helping surgeons in heart and prostate operations, views of robots as demon machines are misplaced, says SRI International engineer and robotics scholar Rich Mahoney, who will give a talk on the state of robotics at the September Cafe Scientifique at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at SRI International headquarters, Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park.

September 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Supes discuss district boundaries

A meeting is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, to discuss the results of five workshops held for the once-a-decade task of adjusting the boundaries of the five supervisory districts in San Mateo County to achieve "nearly equal" populations in each district.

September 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Anna Eshoo reflects on loss of Belle Haven in redistricting

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will not be forgetting Belle Haven, a Menlo Park neighborhood that she has represented since 1992 but that is not part of the new district she hopes to represent after 2012.

September 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Organizations plan commemorative events

10-year anniversary of 9/11 marked by art,benefits
Local churches and other organizations are planning events to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

September 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Rescuing the Rescuers

Local responders reflect on 9/11
Task Force Leader Harold Schapelhouman from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District at an observation post on a high-rise building across the street from the World Trade Center in 2001. Photo by California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 3
● Locals plan commemorative events

September 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Hazmat team checks out 55-gallon drums

Alpine Road on-ramp was closed temporarily Monday
The Alpine Road on-ramp to Interstate 280 near Portola Valley was reopened at noon Monday after crews removed two mysterious containers that prompted a hazardous materials investigation, fire officials said.

September 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission seats available

Apply by Sept. 20
If you've ever dreamed of sitting on the Environmental Quality, Housing, or Transportation commissions, here's your chance.

September 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Emergency well meeting

Menlo Park seeks input on sites
As part of its plan to install two to three emergency water wells in Menlo Park, the city is holding a community meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, to seek public input on possible locations.

September 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Reclaim closing Menlo Park store

Doors shut once inventory sold
Reclaim, a Menlo Park home furnishings and design store with an eco-friendly emphasis, will close once its remaining inventory is sold, probably by October, owner Bridget Biscotti Bradley said.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No council meeting tonight

There's nothing like following up a holiday with a day off. The Menlo Park City Council has cancelled its meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 6.

September 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Help Menlo Park choose new city manager

Tell Menlo Park what you want in a city manager -- the city has posted an online survey to ask residents what skills, experience, and attributes the successful applicant should have.

September 7, 2011 | 2 comments
Bernstein calls for rejection of financial report on downtown plan

Menlo Park council begins specific plan evaluations
A relatively peaceful Menlo Park City Council discussion about the draft downtown plan on Aug. 30 was followed later that week by harsh criticism again targeting the plan's fiscal impact analysis (FIA) and calling for its withdrawal.

September 6, 2011 | 13 comments
Woodside: report of mountain lion sighting

Someone reported spotting a mountain lion in a residential area near 350 Jane Road in Woodside at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, San Mateo County emergency officials said Monday.

September 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Authors spotlight going to the movies before the cineplex

New book recalls the drive-ins, nickelodeons and elegant movie palaces that once proliferated on the Peninsula
When Gary Lee Parks looks at a photo of an old movie theater, he focuses on the visual details: etched-glass chandeliers, Art Deco patterns, gilded plaster scrolls. Jack Tillmany sees the theaters and films as more of a sociology lesson. Parks and Tillmany have combined their different viewpoints into a photo-rich book: "Theatres of the San Francisco Peninsula."

September 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Pulgas Water Temple reopens

The Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside reopened to the public Friday morning, Sept. 2.

September 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Football: M-A wins under the lights

Menlo School wins a thriller in Santa Cruz
Menlo-Atherton High School played its first night game under its new permanent lights on Friday and rolled to a 43-7 nonleague victory over El Camino. In Santa Cruz, Menlo School rode the wave of a fourth-quarter rally for a thrilling 19-18 last-second win over host Santa Cruz on Friday night.

September 3, 2011 | 4 comments
Scientist killed in explosion is identified

Twenty-three evacuated from Membrane Technology
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the scientist who was killed in Friday's explosion in a laboratory at Membrane Technology & Research Inc. at 1360 Willow Road in Menlo Park. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

September 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: More school computers stolen

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

September 6, 2011 | No comments yet
PV councilman-elect say he'll uphold 'nature trumps structure' ethic

Jeff Aalfs is one of two candidates for two seats.
Jeff Aalfs, appointed by the Town Council to the Architectural & Site Control Commission (ASCC) in December 2008, is poised to join the council himself in December. He and incumbent Ann Wengert are the only candidates for two open seats.

September 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Plenty of challenges ahead as prep football season opens

A new season brings all kinds of challenges and hopes for local football teams as the 2011 campaign prepares to get under way on Friday night. Among the many storylines, Sacred Heart Prep has a Central Coast Section title to defend.

September 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Kaygetsu prepares to say goodbye

Two new restaurants opening in Menlo Park, one in former Marche location
Kaygetsu, a seven-year-old Japanese restaurant in Menlo Park that made Zagat's top 10 list and has consistently made the San Francisco Chronicle's list of best Bay Area restaurants, will shut its doors next month, according to the owners.

September 2, 2011 | 2 comments
New pitch made for sparing Granny oak tree

Neighbors approve public access to tree
Four days ahead of a Sept. 6 deadline for destruction, the neighbors of a centuries-old heritage oak tree called "Granny" in North Fair Oaks voted to send the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission a new proposal for saving the tree that appears to resolve the one issue standing between failure and success.

September 2, 2011 | 1 comment
Review: 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Imagine if the characters on TV's beloved sitcom "Friends" lost their leases and decided to mark the end with an orgy. That's the basic idea of the new big-screen raunch-fest "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," which gives new meaning to "I'll be there for you." -- PC

September 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Debt'

(Three stars)
The common moviegoing assumption that "art films" are medicinal and mainstream genre films are candy doesn't always hold true. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in "The Debt," a thriller that successfully partners high and low-art sensibilities. -- PC

September 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Another Native American skull found

Another human skull believed to belong to a long dead Native American has been found, this time in the backyard of a home in the 1000 block of Croner Avenue in unincorporated West Menlo Park, authorities say.

September 2, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday: Tally HoeDown benefits hospital

The Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary will host its 61st annual fundraiser for the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

September 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Art Fair this weekend

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, a popular local tradition for 48 years, takes place Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5, at 13889 Skyline Blvd. in the hills above Woodside.

September 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Video of Coach Parks football clinic

Marc Rogers, of the Menlo-Atherton High School class of 1975, who is helping organize a Sept. 17 tribute at the school to legendary Coach Ben Parks, sent us a link to a video of the Coach Parks Angel Tree Football Clinic 2011.

September 2, 2011 | 2 comments
Ravenswood district schools celebrate scores

Superintendent notes improvement, despite failure to make 'adequate yearly progress'
The Ravenswood City School District, with schools in East Palo Alot and Menlo Park, celebrated a growth in standardized test scores Wednesday (Aug. 31), despite failing to make "adequate yearly progress" under the No Child Left Behind law.

September 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Sea lion rescued from East Palo Alto creek dies

'Verbena' euthanized after suffering stroke
A young male sea lion rescued from San Francisquito Creek has been euthanized after having a stroke, a spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center said Thursday.

September 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain shifts to new rail operator

TransitAmerica Services Inc. to take over operations from Amtrak
Over the next five months, Caltrain operations will transition from Amtrak to TransitAmerica Services Inc., following the unanimous approval Thursday by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board to contract with the St. Joseph, Missouri, firm.

September 1, 2011 | 3 comments
Two plead not guilty in iPhone leak case

Two men suspected of selling an iPhone 4 prototype that was lost last year in a Redwood City bar pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday (Sept. 1).

September 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Driver in CHP pursuit drove wrong way on 101

Officers stop car south of Woodside Road on Highway 101
A driver who fled from police by driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 101 Tuesday was stopped after California Highway Patrol officers rammed the car and pinned it between the police cruiser and a concrete divider wall, police spokesman Officer Art Montiel said.

September 1, 2011 | No comments yet
What's new at local schools

Returning students greeted by new programs, people and facilities
As students returned to class last week, they discovered new course offerings, facilities, and staff. An increased focus on math, science and technology was a common theme.

September 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Two reported mountain lion sightings at college

Repored sightings were early Tuesday morning
Two reports of mountain lion sightings at Canada College in Woodside were received early Tuesday morning (Aug. 30), San Mateo County emergency officials said.

August 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Postal Service consolidates mail routes

Twelve fewer routes means 12 fewer carriers, but they will be assigned elsewhere.
For some residents of Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton, the consolidation of mail routes this week could switch delivery times from early morning to late afternoon, but postal workers will not be laid off locally, Menlo Park Postmaster Jeffrey D. Gaskill said in a telephone interview.

August 31, 2011 | 1 comment
Going behind the scenes of county government

Sept. 5 deadline to apply for Civics 101 course.
Two field trips -- to the county jail in Redwood City and to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve on the coast north of Half Moon Bay -- are included in Civics 101, a free course open to the public on the workings of San Mateo County government.

August 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Remembering Andrew Garcia on 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

The event starts at 9 a.m. on Labor Day at Triangle Park in Portola Valley
The annual Andy Garcia 5K run, walk and bike event in Portola Valley will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. The community event is held in memory of Andrew Sonny Garcia of Portola Valley, who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. The public is invited to participate in the Portola Valley event, which starts at 9 a.m. at Triangle Park, at the corner of Portola and Alpine roads.

September 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Is your organization planning a 9/11 remembrance?

Do you wish to share your personal recollections of that day?
Is your church or organization planning a special remembrance on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001? Do you wish to share your personal recollections of that day?

August 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Tara Rolle of Atherton named principal of St. Raymond School

She succeeds Sister Ann Bernard
Tara Rolle, formerly the assistant principal and director of admissions at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, is the new principal of St. Raymond, the K-8 Catholic school in Menlo Park.

August 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Clinic teaches youth more than water polo

Members of Boys & Clubs of the Peninsula participated
The South Peninsula Water Polo Club (SoPen), made up of high school water polo players from Menlo School and other local high schools, hosted its 7th annual water polo clinic this past summer with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula at the Menlo School pool.

August 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Plan for 'blended' rail system gains steam

Rail Authority's peer review group latest panel to support Peninsula lawmakers' proposal to blend Caltrain, high-speed rail
A proposal by three lawmakers to blend high-speed rail and Caltrain on the Peninsula received a boost Friday when a panel of experts retained by the California High-Speed Rail Authority decided to lend its support to the idea.

August 30, 2011 | 10 comments
Bears under the lights

Members of the M-A Bears football team spent their Saturday repainting the grandstand at Menlo-Atherton High School in preparation for the school's first season of Friday night games under the lights. The Bears open their season on Friday, Sept. 2, with a game against El Camino High School. The JVs play at 4 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m. Photo by Carrie Sweetnam.

August 30, 2011 | 5 comments
2011 High School Football Schedules

Among high school football openers Friday, Sept. 2, Priory will host Stuart Hall at 4 p.m., Menlo-Atherton will host El Camino at 7 p.m., and Menlo School will face host Santa Cruz at 7:30 p.m.

August 30, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: 6 p.m. presentation on downtown plan

Healthy living, specific plan on agenda
The star attraction at tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting is the draft downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

August 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Money for energy-efficient home upgrades

San Mateo County residents who decide to lower their utility bills by upgrading the energy-efficient elements of their homes can also qualify for up to $8,000 in incentives, thanks to a collaboration between the county and Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.

September 1, 2011 | No comments yet
New director chosen for Ravenswood Foundation

The Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF), which supports the Ravenswood City School District, has a new executive director: Renu Nanda of Menlo Park. The district includes three schools in Menlo Park: Belle Haven and Willow Oaks elementary schools, and East Palo Alto Academy High School.

September 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo plan: City fixes errors in financial report

Revised report to be released this week
A scant week before the Menlo Park Planning Commission finished reviewing the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, the commissioners finally received the project's fiscal impact analysis (FIA).

August 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Council prepares to scrutinize downtown plan

Menlo Park's future on tonight's agenda
This is an expanded version of a story that previously appeared online. When the City Council takes up the Menlo Park downtown/El Camino Real specific plan tonight (Aug. 30), it will also have a package of recommendations from the Planning Commission to consider.

August 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Town official departs abruptly

The staff at Town Hall in Portola Valley is one person smaller with the abrupt departure of Assistant Town Manager Janet McDougall after four years with the town.

August 29, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside: Teens, ages 13-16, rounded up in arson incidents at Woodside Elementary School

Teens admit involvement; two are girls
Arson and vandalism at Woodside Elementary School over three days in early August have led deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office to make two arrests in a roundup of seven teens from the local community, including four from Woodside and one from Portola Valley, authorities said. The teens admitted their involvement.

August 29, 2011 | 17 comments
Tonight: Emergency well meeting in Menlo Park

As part of its plan to install two to three emergency water wells in Menlo Park, the city is holding a community meeting tonight (Aug. 29).

August 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Granny oak tree faces one-week deadline

North Fair Oaks residents negotiate with SFPUC
Granny, the heritage oak tree at the center of a battle between a coalition of North Fair Oaks residents and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), may be cut down despite the neighborhood's best efforts to save the tree.

August 29, 2011 | 3 comments
Eshoo to seek another term

Congresswoman announces plan to run for reelection; says she will focus on jobs
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who has been representing Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, and other cities in the 18th Congressional District for nearly two decades, announced Monday (Aug. 29) her plans to seek another term, but this time in the recently redrawn 18th District.

August 29, 2011 | 45 comments
Downed tree closes part of Eleanor Drive

'There are energized wires down in the area'
A downed tree and a utility pole fire have caused the closing of the 200 and 300 blocks of Eleanor Drive in Woodside, the Sheriff's Office reported at 9:34 morning.

August 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Disappearance of honeybees

At 7 p.m. tonight (Aug. 27), Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park will host a screening and discussion of the documentary film, "Queen of the Sun," about the disappearance of honeybees.

August 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Taking down live oak

Alice Newton of Menlo Park sent us this picture she took Aug. 24 of Jil Antonio of Brothers Services (Redwood City) cutting a top branch from a live oak tree across the street from Ms. Newton's house in the 1000 block of Del Norte Avenue. The tree had been leaning lower and lower over Del Norte Avenue and scaring many people for years, she says. "They did a superb job of taking down this huge tree, cleaning up, and planting the new one," she says.

August 26, 2011 | 3 comments
Review: 'Senna'

(Three stars)
Anyone curious about the death-defying sport of motor racing and the individuals compelled to participate in it will find plenty that's engrossing in Asif Kapadia's dramatically danger-fueled film. -- PC

August 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Our Idiot Brother'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The flimsy but funny enough "Our Idiot Brother" makes a pact with its audience. In time-honored movie tradition, it will teach us something that's not especially true, but we'll all agree upon it for the sake of an unbothered evening out. -- PC

August 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Dailey leaves Menlo College baseball program

Menlo College roundup: Matt Dailey, who led the Menlo College baseball team to its first ever postseason appearance last spring, has accepted an assistant coaching position at Pacific University in Oregon it was announced Thursday.

August 26, 2011 | No comments yet
SLAC beam used to develop new melanoma drug

With X-ray light source, scientists design molecule to disable cancer enzyme
A melanoma drug approved last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was developed with the help of an X-ray light source at the SLAC National Laboratory in Menlo Park, as well as two other federally funded national labs.

August 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Services for Peter J. Wong, 70

He was a resident of Menlo Park for more than 40 years
A celebration of the life of Peter J. Wong, a resident of Menlo Park for more than 40 years, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St. in Palo Alto.

August 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Pop Warner looks for Tiny-Mites

The Menlo-Atherton Pop Warner Vikings football team is looking for 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds to play tackle football for the Tiny-Mites.

August 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Residents protest private club's wish for public well

Benefit to Menlo Park unclear
The city's proposal to install an irrigation well in Nealon Park, a popular communal open space owned by Menlo Park, aroused the ire of the park's neighbors at an informational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

August 25, 2011 | 14 comments
Council election in Woodside, not Portola Valley

Tradition has held once again in Woodside and Portola Valley. With four candidates running unopposed for the town council this fall in Woodside and two running unopposed in Portola Valley, one town will have an election and the other will have the new members appointed in December.

August 25, 2011 | 4 comments
Bay Area News Group to lay off workers, rebrand papers

Company to lump East Bay papers under two mastheads, shift focus on digital media
In the latest sign of economic distress in the newspaper industry, the Bay Area News Group announced Tuesday its plan to consolidate its printing operations and rebrand its newspapers -- a move that the company said would lead to elimination of about 120 jobs.

August 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple; Cook succeeds him

Ailing Palo Alto resident says he can no longer meet 'duties and expectations' of job
Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Wednesday submitted his resignation to the company's board, saying he could no longer meet his "duties and expectations" as head of the company. In his resignation letter, Mr. Jobs said he "strongly recommended" that the company "execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple." The board confirmed Cook's promotion to CEO.

August 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Bicyclist, 64, dies after collision with car

Traffic diverted from Bayfront Expressway until 2:30 p.m.
A 64-year-old bicyclist has died after his bike and a Lincoln Town Car collided in Menlo Park on Wednesday.

August 24, 2011 | 6 comments
Back to school

Las Lomitas Elementary School kids play at recess during the first day back to school, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

August 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton OKs settlement deal with developer

Pacific Peninsula Group sued for full road-impact fee refund
The Atherton City Council has approved a tentative agreement to settle a lawsuit with the development firm Pacific Peninsula Group, which sued the town to recover some $298,000 in road-impact fees it claimed were charged illegally. The town won't provide details until the deal is signed by Pacific Peninsula Group.

August 24, 2011 | 44 comments
Tonight: Talk on 'repeat photography' in geological research

In a free lecture open to the public on Thursday, Aug. 25, USGS hydrologist Robert Webb will explain the uses and techniques of repeat photography -- repeatedly photographing the same scene, such as a glacier or a forest, to detect changes over time. The talk starts at 7 p.m.

August 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo rejects Walgreens bid to sell beer, wine

Drugstore loses appeal to sell beer and wine
With far less contention than accompanied BevMo's successful request to sell alcohol on El Camino Real, the Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to deny Walgreens a permit to sell beer and alcohol.

August 23, 2011 | 7 comments
Going behind the scenes of county government

Sept. 5 deadline to apply for Civics 101 course
Field trips -- including to the county jail in Redwood City -- are included in Civics 101, a free course open to the public on the workings of San Mateo County government. Sept. 5 is deadline to apply

August 23, 2011 | No comments yet
'I'm happy -- lucky -- alive,' instructor says after emergency landing

Small aircraft makes emergency landing in baylands west of Palo Alto Airport
A small airplane made an emergency landing in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve near East Palo Alto this morning. The 30-year-old student pilot of a single-engine Beechcraft 2324 Musketeer was practicing takeoff and landing maneuvers in a plane he bought just last week when the engine stalled, said Frank Fraone, division chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

August 23, 2011 | 2 comments
East Palo Alto residents protest sale of apartments

Residents, activists riled by Wells Fargo's plan to sell about 1,800 units to Equity Residential
As Wells Fargo prepares to unload its huge apartment portfolio in East Palo Alto, city residents, officials and tenant activists are gearing up for another battle to preserve rent control in the city's Woodland Park neighborhood.

August 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Commission punts downtown plan to council

Recommends modified plan with 6-1 vote
The 6-1 vote in favor of recommending the Menlo Park downtown/El Camino Real specific plan didn't quite reflect the heated debate voiced by the Planning Commission at its Aug. 22 meeting.

August 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'Conan the Barbarian'

(One star)
"Conan" is one part hero myth, one part fantasy with supernatural magic, and several parts "that guy's evil and deserves to die, preferably by being hacked to bits with this big sword." -- PC

August 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'One Day'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Like so many pictures about love, the romantic drama "One Day" seems to take place in an unrecognizable alternate universe, albeit a boring and annoying one. -- PC

August 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Five contested elections in Almanac area

No contests for town councils in Woodside and Portola Valley.
There will be five contested elections in the Almanac circulation area in November, but not for town council seats in Woodside and Portola Valley.

August 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: No leads in oak tree beheadings

About 25 oak trees were topped near the 500 block of Portola Road
Violence was done to the tops of about 25 oak trees late last year along the 500 block of Portola Road in Portola Valley, a town known for its pride in its trees.

August 23, 2011 | 8 comments
Unreleased iPhone trafficked in Menlo Starbucks

Two charged with misappropriation of lost property
A deal consummated at the Starbucks coffee shop at 3590 Alameda de las Pulgas in unincorporated Menlo Park has led to charges against two men.

August 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police reports: Car strikes stroller

Child ok, police say
A Toyota Prius struck a stroller, tossing a child out, as the driver tried to make a left turn on to Ravenswood Avenue from Laurel Street on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

August 22, 2011 | 4 comments
Tonight: Council weighs Walgreens alcohol appeal

Beer and wine are on the menu for the next meeting of Menlo Park's City Council. Walgreens has appealed the Planning Commission's 4-3 denial of a permit to sell beer and wine at its Santa Cruz Avenue store.

August 23, 2011 | 4 comments
Tonight: Tap well water to irrigate golf course?

Menlo Park to hold community meeting
The Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club would like to keep its greens well-watered; Menlo Park would like to help, it seems. The city has called a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, to discuss the club's proposal to build a groundwater irrigation well in Nealon Park.

August 23, 2011 | 22 comments
Transportation Commission backs specific plan

Menlo Park releases fiscal impact analysis
The downtown specific plan got a thumbs up from one Menlo Park commission on Aug. 18. Tonight (Aug. 22), it goes before the Planning Commission for possibly the last time, to collect recommendations for the council.

August 22, 2011 | 3 comments
Tonight at Kepler's: Stalking victim talks on college safety

She will speak at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park
Former stalking victim Kathleen Baty will speak about her newest book, "College Safety 101," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park. "I cover the five essential keys to safety at these talks," says Ms. Baty, who adopted the "Safety Chick" handle after someone called her that. "Personal safety (intuition), getting to know your campus, partying and socializing, date rape drugs, and the social media."

August 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Q&A: Jane Fonda on life, longevity and activism

Jane Fonda spoke Aug. 18 at Kepler's bookstore
Actress, activist, author and fitness guru Jane Fonda answers Almanac questions about longevity and its effects, and activism for seniors. She spoke Thursday, Aug. 18, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park about her new book, "Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life."

August 21, 2011 | 17 comments
Sunday: Kids 4 Sports holds Fun Run

The Kids 4 Sports Foundation will hold its second annual 5K Fun Run on Sunday morning, Aug. 28, starting at Oak Knoll School at 1895 Oak Knoll Lane in Menlo Park.

August 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Memorial arrangements announced for Coach Parks

Longtime M-A football and wrestling coach died Friday at 77
Longtime Menlo-Atherton football and wrestling coach Ben Parks died in his sleep Friday night. He was 77. Known simply as "Coach Parks," he had profoundly influenced thousands of students, not just the athletes he coached.

August 21, 2011 | 19 comments
Tour de Menlo a hit with local cyclists

More than 450 riders enjoyed good weather and good food during the seventh annual Tour de Menlo on Aug. 20. Photo: Rider gives a fist pump on Montebello Road during the final stretch of his ride. Photo for the Almanac by Nick Gonzales.

August 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: 'Victorian Days in the Museum'

Free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the history museum
The San Mateo County Historical Association promises a return to the "age of gilded elegance and luxurious refinement" at "Victorian Days in the Museum" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

August 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Rock on, Readers' Choice

Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services
Readers pick their favorite local restaurants, shops and services. Photo: Klara Turner, owner of Los Salonez in Menlo Park, won for favorite hair salon.

August 23, 2011 | 61 comments
19-year-old man killed in Menlo Park

Unidentified suspects opened fire on car
Menlo Park police responding to a report of gunshots on Thursday night found a 19-year-old man, Carl Purvis Jr., dead behind the wheel of his car.

August 19, 2011 | 5 comments
Atherton council moves ahead with outsourcing

Town hires Interwest Consulting Group to do building department services
After a few words of regret by Councilwoman Elizabeth Lewis, the Atherton City Council voted Wednesday night to proceed with outsourcing town services.

August 18, 2011 | 11 comments
Saturday: 'Tapestries of Hope' to be shown at Kepler's

"Tapestries of Hope," a documentary by Woodside filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Roy Kepler Pavilion in Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.

August 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside woman faced terror in Zimbabwe

Her documentary will be shown at Kepler's on Saturday
Michealene Cristini Risley seems to be a typical Woodside mom -- she has coached her three sons' soccer and basketball teams, works from home while juggling the boys activities and play dates, and she loves to garden, write and hang out with her investment banker husband and her best friends.

August 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Businesses protest Amazon tax resistance

Brick-and-mortar retailers call Amazon a selfish 'scofflaw' for trying to repeal an Internet sales-tax bill
Brick-and-mortar businesses that pay sales taxes are protesting Amazon.com's attempts to get an exemption for Internet sales it conducts in California.

August 18, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Mutts strut at Coyote Point Park

Event raises money for Peninsula Humane Society
A parade of pooches will be gallivanting through Coyote Point Park in San Mateo on Saturday morning, but it is not the usual dog and pony show.

August 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Police arrest Menlo Park robbery suspects

A trio of men suspected of strong-arm robberies throughout two counties were arrested for a Menlo Park crime on Wednesday (Aug. 17).

August 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Blending high-speed rail with Caltrain?

Study looks at shared system on 2-track corridor
Caltrain officials on Wednesday presented the results of a study that tested the feasibility of integrating high-speed rail with Caltrain on its Peninsula tracks.

August 17, 2011 | 1 comment
Today: Senior information fair

Information booths and free services will be on offer at the Senior Showcase Information Fair, set for Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Luau at Little House

Polynesian culture will be celebrated when Peninsula Volunteers hosts a luau at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Riekes Center holds fundraiser

Aug. 28 is deadline to order tickets
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement is hosting a fundraiser Sept. 10 to raise scholarships to help more people participate in the center's programs for athletic fitness, creative arts, nature awareness, and physical therapy.

August 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: How to coexist with mountain lions

A woman who for two years has been monitoring mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains will give a talk in Woodside about how to coexist with them. The talk starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

August 17, 2011 | 1 comment
Man spots mountain lion crossing road

The big cat was seen on Wayside Road in Portola Valley
A reader notified the Almanac that he spotted a mountain lion on Wayside Road near 180 Wayside Road in Portola Valley at 4:20 pm Tuesday, Aug. 16.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Car meets pole in Atherton

John Woodell sent us this photo of a car that crashed into a telephone pole on Valparaiso Avenue near Emilie Avenue in Atherton shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. AMR treated the driver at the scene for minor injuries while AT&T replaced the pole.

August 17, 2011 | 5 comments
Public hears update on Hillview Middle School construction

New middle school campus should be ready in a year
By next fall, sixth- through eighth-grade students in the Menlo Park City School District should have a brand new school complete with the latest technology, including a solar system that should produce much of the energy used by the campus.

August 17, 2011 | 1 comment
Oaks' Mazza joins Minnesota Twins

Chris Mazza became the first Menlo College player to be taken in the First-Year Major League Draft in June. On Tuesday, he officially became a member of the Minnesota Twins organization. Mazza became the first Oaks' player to sign a professional contract.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Local businesses fight Amazon on sales tax

Amazon seeks ballot referendum to reverse new state law
Local brick-and-mortar businesses that pay sales taxes are protesting Amazon.com's attempts to get an exemption for Internet sales it conducts in California.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Progress report on rebuilding Hillview

School officials will update the community on rebuilding middle school
Community members curious about the progress of the massive Hillview Middle School reconstruction project at Santa Cruz Avenue and Elder Street in Menlo Park can get an update by school district officials at a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m.

August 16, 2011 | No comments yet
$400,000 in health grants for schools

The Sequoia Healthcare District will distribute more than $400,000 in grants for health-related programs in public schools.

August 16, 2011 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Thieves snatch $14,500 in copper

Copper thieves targeted a PG&E substation and a parking garage over the weekend.

August 17, 2011 | 3 comments
Chili cook-off, barbecue benefits fire district

Money goes to fire district foundation
A chili cook-off and barbecue is coming to the Runnymede Farm in Woodside on Sunday, Sept. 25, when firefighter/cooks from the local fire protection district square off against their cooking counterparts from local restaurants, including Alice's Restaurant and The Village Pub.

August 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park downtown plan meeting

The subject of many (many) late-night discussions, the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan stars as the topic of a special meeting of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton set to hire firm to outsource services

Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17
The town of Atherton is poised to hire Interwest Consulting Group to provide services now performed by its building department staff, a move Interim City Manager John Danielson says will save the town more than $350,000 in the current fiscal year.

August 16, 2011 | 4 comments
Atherton: Adapting for disaster

On a sunny afternoon at an outdoor cafe, disasters are far from the minds of most people -- but Peter Carpenter and Scott Barnum aren't most people. Discussions of earthquakes, Hurricane Katrina, and camp toilets only whet their appetites.

August 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: Jazz quartet at Portola Valley Town Center

The jazz quartet "Three Colors of the Flame" will give a free, informal concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center.

August 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Texting-while-driving bill gets Legislature's OK

The law would apply to cyclicsts as well
The fines for texting on or holding a cell phone while driving in California could get much steeper if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill the California State Legislature passed Monday.

August 16, 2011 | 2 comments
Mountain lion spotted near Old La Honda Road

Big cat was seen at around 9:15 p.m. Monday
A mountain lion was spotted walking near the 400 block of Old La Honda Road in Woodside around 9:15 p.m. Monday, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

August 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Police calls: Assault at Portola Valley fire station

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park and Portola Valley
Crime reports from Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park.

August 16, 2011 | 3 comments
Portola Valley crime: Woman faces prison, again

She has been to prison nine times.
Updated version of previously posted story.
Another confinement in state prison, or in the San Mateo County jail, could be ahead for San Francisco resident Jennifer Leigh Prince, 40, who has a connection to a series of December 2010 Portola Valley property crimes.

August 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Man sought after suspicious Woodside incident

Suspect drives off, crashes through fences, flees on foot
Authorities are looking for a man a sheriff's deputy discovered pushing buttons on a call box at the gate of a residence on Mountain Home Road in Woodside on Aug. 12. The suspect drove off, crashed through fences, and escaped on foot.

August 16, 2011 | 4 comments
California redistricting commission makes it final: Menlo Park gets two congressional districts

Disputes about the maps will go directly to the California Supreme Court
The city of Menlo Park will have two representatives in Congress when the June 2012 election rolls around, a distinction shared with 35 of the approximately 1,050 cities and towns in California. Ten others will have more than two representatives.

August 16, 2011 | 3 comments
Voters face election contests, bond measure

A half-billion-dollar community college bond measure is on the ballot in November, as are several local races that are now officially contested.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Fourteen food vendors cited at block party

Chamber of Commerce foots bill
A county health inspector followed a trail that started with a dead pig and led four hours later to 14 unrelated citations for food vendors at the June 22 Menlo Park Block Party.

August 16, 2011 | 9 comments
Ally Howe swims to gold medal in 100 backstroke

USA Junior Nationals: A year ago, Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Ally Howe of Portola Valley was still working with her developmental coach. On Thursday, she became a Junior National champion.

August 14, 2011 | 1 comment
More photos from Menlo Charity Horse Show

Here are photos from the 41st annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, held Aug. 9-14, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Photo: Taylor Siebel, a big winner in several jumping events, rides past the crowd after finishing an event on Aug. 10. Justin Lai/The Almanac

August 15, 2011 | 1 comment
Thursday: Luau at Little House

Polynesian culture will be celebrated when Peninsula Volunteers hosts a luau beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Deputies look for burglary suspect

Man fled during traffic stop at Portola and La Honda roads
Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are looking in Portola Valley and Woodside for a burglary suspect described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a shaved head and wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and white shoes, according to a Sheriff's Office alert.

August 12, 2011 | 1 comment
"The Kiss" to highlight WWII memories weekend

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, an event in San Jose will honor veterans of World War II, including a convoy of contemporary military vehicles and a 6-foot bronze statue of "The Kiss," the famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on the day the war ended.

August 12, 2011 | 1 comment
College board puts $564M measure on ballot

Money would pay for facilities at three community college campuses
A measure that would raise $564 million for community college facilities will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

August 12, 2011 | 12 comments
Knapp is competing for more playing time

Stanford football: Menlo-Atherton High grad Sam Knapp enters his third season with the Stanford football team and this time around he can think about receiving a little more playing time. He's earned the chance.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Brother of homicide victim among 3 arrested

Narcotics bust in East Palo Alto
Police arrested three men in East Palo Alto Thursday night in a search of a home that yielded a stash of cocaine and other illicit drugs as well as a large sum of cash.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Court rejects order to halt Atherton layoffs

Union plans to continue lawsuit
UPDATE: Describing it as a "very, very difficult decision," and a "profoundly sad case," a judge denied the Teamsters Union Local 856 request for an injunction that would have stopped the town of Atherton from laying off 11 employees.

August 11, 2011 | 25 comments
Feature story: Slices of life

Jesse Eisenberg plays a pizza boy, and Aziz Ansari his best friend, in the explosive comedy '30 Minutes or Less'
What would you do with the proverbial gun to your head? That's the question posed by the new action comedy "30 Minutes or Less." Except the movie replaces the gun with a bomb strapped to the chest of overgrown pizza boy Nick, who's forced to rob a bank by crooks who wire him to explode. -- PC

August 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Feature story: Rolling stone

With three summer movies, actress Emma Stone has momentum
Emma Stone is having a moment. Within a period of less than three weeks this summer, three major movies featuring Stone are seeing their release: "Friends with Benefits," "Crazy, Stupid, Love" and "The Help," based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel. And next summer? A little something called "The Amazing Spider-Man." -- PC

August 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Political activists rally outside Eshoo's office

Newly-formed Mid-Peninsula American Dream Council expresses frustration with 'money in politics'
About 50 local political activists sang, chanted and waved picket signs in front of U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo's office in Palo Alto on Wednesday (Aug. 10) as part of a nationwide "Jobs Not Cuts" campaign organized by nonprofit liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org.

August 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Jet Ski patrols proposed for Mavericks

The goal: Provide safety net for surfers
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office on Thursday will present a plan to federal officials that could provide for a voluntary Jet Ski patrol for the safety of surfers at the famous Mavericks break.

August 10, 2011 | 3 comments
Four arrested after thefts from nonprofit

The suspects range from age 12 to 16
Four boys were arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of stealing computer and electronic equipment from a nonprofit in Redwood City that mentors youth and is designed to keep young people out of trouble.

August 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Today: Fire trucks take part in relay

Relay benefits Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Local fire districts and departments will participate in the annual Peninsula Firefighters Burn Relay on Thursday, Aug. 18.

August 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: History of recorded sound

Speaker will discuss Stanford's collection of 300,000 items
Jerry McBride, head librarian of the Braun Music Library at Stanford, will give a presentation on the "History of Recorded Sound" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Menlo Park council chambers in the Civic Center. He will discuss Stanford's collection of more than 300,000 items of historical interest, including speeches by John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill and Will Rogers, readings by poets such as T.S. Eliot, and radio broadcasts from the 1940s.

August 11, 2011 | No comments yet
County joins bike-share pilot program

Pilot program may start in summer of 2012
San Mateo County has joined a pilot program that would lend bikes to Caltrain commuters for the day. A pilot may begin by the summer of 2012.

August 10, 2011 | 4 comments
Woman killed on Caltrain tracks

This is 12th fatality in Caltrain right-of-way
A woman was killed on the Caltrain tracks in Burlingame this morning (Aug. 10), and trains are behind schedule by up to an hour, a spokeswoman said.

August 10, 2011 | No comments yet
High-speed rail price tag rises again

New reports show spiking cost of two Central Valley segments of proposed rail line
California's planned high-speed rail line could cost billions more than the state's initial projections indicated, according to newly released documents from the agency spearheading the project.

August 10, 2011 | 7 comments
All lanes open after 101 multi-car crash

Fve cars may have been involved
A Sig-alert that was issued this morning for a multi-vehicle crash on southbound U.S. 101 just north of Whipple Avenue in Redwood City has been canceled.

August 10, 2011 | No comments yet
IRS warns of tax scams

Targets are elderly and disabled
The Internal Revenue Service is warning Northern California residents of scams that targets the elderly and disabled.

August 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Tour de Menlo bike ride

The ride benefits Rotary and Almanac Holiday Fund charities
Hundreds of Bay Area cyclists are expected to take part in this year's Tour de Menlo, the annual bike ride that starts and ends at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Aug. 20.

August 19, 2011 | No comments yet
M. Kenneth Oshman, tech pioneer and Atherton resident, dies at 71

His family foundation donated $10 million to build Jewish community center in Palo Alto
Silicon Valley pioneer and Jewish community center benefactor M. Kenneth Oshman has died at 71. An Atherton resident, he co-founded ROLM Corp., a telecommunications company, in 1969 and had been executive chairman of Echelon, a San Jose clean-tech company, since 1989.

August 9, 2011 | 2 comments
Fire damages portable classroom in Belle Haven

No one was injured
Firefighters battled a fire in a double-wide trailer behind Belle Haven Elementary School on Tuesday morning (Aug. 9). No one was injured.

August 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Judge may rule on Atherton layoffs this week

After weeks of waiting, the future employment of 11 Atherton employees may be decided in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday, Aug. 11.

August 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley crime: Woman faces prison, again

She has been to prison nine times
Confinement in state prison again could be ahead for San Francisco resident Jennifer Leigh Prince, 40, who has a connection to a series of December 2010 Portola Valley property crimes. Updated from an earlier version of this story.

August 9, 2011 | 3 comments
Three Menlo Park break-ins during past week

Burglars bust window in Willows
As-of-yet-unidentified burglars broke the side window of a home in the 200 block of Marmona Drive in Menlo Park on Monday. Two other burglaries were reported in Menlo Park in the past week.

August 9, 2011 | 2 comments
VanDerveer to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Women's basketball: While the majority of her illustrious coaching career has been spent patrolling the Stanford sideline, Tara VanDerveer's road to Springfield has included stops at Ohio State and Idaho, as well as multiple stints at the helm of the U.S. Senior Women's National Team.

August 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Tara VanDerveer to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Women's basketball: While the majority of her illustrious coaching career has been spent patrolling the Stanford sideline, Tara VanDerveer's road to Springfield has included stops at Ohio State and Idaho, as well as multiple stints at the helm of the U.S. Senior Women's National Team.

August 9, 2011 | 2 comments
Police calls: Diamond necklace reported stolen

Grand theft reports in Menlo Park, vandalism report in Portola Valley.

August 9, 2011 | 3 comments
Flood Park: A venue for semi-pro baseball?

Would semi-professional baseball and Flood Park be a fit? It's a question that David Klein, the founder and general manager of the Menlo Park Legends semi-pro collegiate baseball team, recently posed to the Menlo Park City Council.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park ballplayer looks for path to major league

Menlo Park resident Skylar Brewer, 22, would like to have a living in which he is paid to play a game, and he may have a shot at it.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Only a game?

Not for David Klein, manager of the Menlo Park Legends
Not for David Klein, an inductee in the Menlo-Atherton High School Sports Hall of Fame, a veteran of college baseball, and the founder, general manager and back-up catcher, pinch-hitter and pinch-runner for the semi-pro Menlo Park Legends.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Law enforcement funds restored

There's good news and bad news out of Sacramento for the extra Sheriff's Office squad car that patrols Woodside and Portola Valley during the day.

August 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside cuts back on tree-cutting fines

Were residents victims of contractor misconduct?
The Woodside Town Council has again chosen to dramatically reduce a resident's fine for having large trees cut down without a permit. It's the second such case in a month for the council, and for the second time the residents appear to be victims of misconduct by a tree-cutting contractor.

August 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Steel deer sculpture under repair

Portola Valley's rust-brown deer of steel will be returning soon to the lawn at Triangle Park at the corner of Alpine and Portola roads. Sculptor Kristine Taylor of Corte Madera Road is repairing the sculpture in her driveway by replacing parts that have fallen off over the years.

August 10, 2011 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Free Music@Menlo master class

The class will be given by cellist Paul Watkins
The public can observe a free Music@Menlo master class at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Atherton. The class will be given to young students by the cellist Paul Watkins as part of the Music@Menlo chamber-music festival.

August 8, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto skate park breaks ground

Temporary center kicks off a permanent park to open later in August
A skateboarding center designed to move young people away from violence on the streets broke ground in East Palo Alto on Friday.

August 8, 2011 | No comments yet
New rebate for home energy efficiency

Other benefit: lower utility bills
San Mateo County homeowners interested in making their homes more energy efficient could be eligible to receive up to $8,000 in construction rebates, county officials said Monday.

August 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: 'Taste of Woodside'

Food and wine event raises money for Rotary Club charities
The eighth annual "Taste of Woodside" event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley, will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Grace Memorial Courtyard of the Woodside Village Church.

August 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: County workshop on climate action plan

County will outline new zoning code
San Mateo County will hold a public workshop Tuesday, Aug. 9, on its recently launched climate action plan. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks.

August 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Young readers get boost with home libraries on Saturday

East Palo Alto nonprofit 10 Books a Home to host bookshelf painting, distribution event for 40 early readers and families
A few years ago, Paul Thiebaut came up with a simple mantra: Success starts at home. These days, he wants to make that happen. On Saturday (Aug. 6), his two-year-old literacy nonprofit 10 Books a Home (10BH) will host its first event, A Bookcase in Every Home, at a private residence in Redwood City.

August 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Buchanan wins his first Junior Golf Association title

Also results from Alpine Hills Junior Open tennis tournament
Of local note: Menlo School junior Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills shot a final-round, even-par 72, leading wire-to-wire to win the Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open on Thursday.

August 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Our local heritage

Artist Jean Groberg drew this view of the tank house in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park. The structure was part of the original 1875 estate that ultimately was given to the town in 1964 by Olive Holbrook Palmer. This picture is courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.

August 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Sarah's Key'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
The French drama "Sarah's Key" gives genealogy a twist as a modern-day woman obsessively plumbs the past of a family not her own, eventually turning up a descendant who has forgotten never to forget. -- PC

August 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Change-Up'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Body-switching comedy "The Change-Up" announces its laziness and puerile intentions early, not least in the sequence in which the two leading men inexplicably switch bodies by peeing in a magic fountain. -- PC

August 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Community members speak out at EPA forum

Violence, Measure C topics of Thursday forum
Community members voiced their frustration in an open community forum held Thursday by East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero and Police Chief Ron Davis.

August 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Tour de Peninsula traffic advisory

Traffic congestion, lane closures expected
You can expect some traffic congestion and lane closures Sunday, Aug. 7, due to Tour de Peninsula, expected to attract 1,500 bicyclists.

August 5, 2011 | 1 comment
Making it safer to cross El Camino Real

Menlo commission focuses on pedestrian safety in specific plan review
Focusing on the El Camino Real portion of the proposed downtown specific plan for Menlo Park last night, the Planning Commission decided to emphasize the need to make it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the busy street.

August 5, 2011 | 12 comments
Photos released of suspects in East Palo Alto killings

Jaime Cardenas and Fidel Silva are also both wanted for homicide in Grand Junction, Colo.
The photos of two East Palo Alto men linked to a string of homicides in two states were released by police Thursday (Aug. 4). Fidel Silva, 24, (left) and Jaime Cardenas, 19, are wanted for homicide in Grand Junction, Colorado, and for questioning in two homicides in East Palo Alto.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto meets tonight to combat violence

Goal is to improve interchange of information between community and police
East Palo Alto police Chief Ron Davis said he will welcome "openness and communication" at this evening's special town hall meeting to address a recent surge in violence in the city.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley driver charged with felony DUI

Carter Madsen Boyce, 19, of Portola Valley has been charged with felony drunken driving in a July 30 incident in which he was at the wheel of a 2007 BMW when it crashed into a tree at about 1:15 a.m. at Westridge and Mapache drives, authorities said.

August 4, 2011 | 64 comments
Palo Alto, Menlo fire district forge new agreement

New contract enhances automatic-aid arrangement between agencies
The Palo Alto Fire Department has forged a new partnership with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District -- an agreement that officials say strengthens the mutual-aid arrangement between the two agencies.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park downtown specific plan

Planning Commission continues review
Three down, at least one more to go. The Menlo Park Planning Commission meets tonight (Thursday, Aug. 4), to continue and perhaps finish its review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
'Small Works for a Big Cause'

Reception Saturday at Allied Arts Guild
This photograph of northern Albania is part of an exhibit by Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, "Small Works for a Big Cause," running through August at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the gallery, located in the Allied Arts Guild at 75 Arbor Road.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Charity Horse Show this weekend

Three ongoing arenas will feature jumping competitions
The 41st annual Menlo Charity Horse Show warps up today at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo: Jillian Wolf and her horse GF TradeMark compete at the show on Aug. 9. Photo for the Almanac by Nick Gonzales.

August 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Championship volleyball is family affair for the Shaws of Woodside

In this Woodside family, dad is legendary coach, kids compete worldwide
Most young children dedicate their early years to master the art of walking, but for Jordan and James Shaw, even walking fell second to their true passion: volleyball. From a young age, the siblings were content with bumping around a volleyball and participating in Shaw family games.

August 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Google buys Menlo Park's The Dealmap

The Dealmap, a Menlo Park company, just joined the Google family.

August 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Photo from Menlo Park Historical Association
This service station was a fixture on El Camino Real in 1940, soon after the state widened the two-lane gravel road to four lanes. The project pushed back many buildings on the west side of the street but the Menlo Theater, later called the Guild, was too substantial to be moved, so its spacious lobby was sliced away by workers to accommodate the highway. Photo courtesy Menlo Park Historical Association.

August 3, 2011 | 3 comments
Carpenter to recuse himself from computer votes by fire board

His wife chairs Intel Corp/'s board of directors
Peter Carpenter, a member of the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, has decided, "in an abundance of caution," to recuse himself from computer purchasing decisions by the board. The reason: His wife is chairman of Intel Corp.

August 3, 2011 | 37 comments
People: Katie Blodgett's trifecta: teaching, triathlon, theater

Kate Blodgett, 24, of Menlo Park juggles all three
For some people, any one of these activities would be a challenge: teaching a third-grade class through Teach for America, training for the Ironman Triathlon, landing a major role in a musical. But Menlo Park resident Kate Blodgett, 24, juggles all three. She's now playing in "Curtains" at Foothill College through Aug. 14. For information on that play, click here.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Aiming to raise $365K for Habitat for Humanity

A month-long raffle has kicked off Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage's 13th annual affordable housing fundraising campaign. The goal: Raise $365,100 for Habitat for Humanity.

August 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Valley entrepreneurs share job-creation ideas

Welcome entrepreneurial immigrants, transform schools, get more engineers, panelists say
To create jobs America must welcome entrepreneurial immigrants, transform education and get more students to choose engineering, leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs said Tuesday.

August 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad lands role in Dreamworks' feature film 'The Help'

Ahna O'Reilly plays Southern housewife in film based on popular novel
Ahna O'Reilly is breaking into the Hollywood spotlight, with a supporting role in the Dreamworks' production of "The Help," based on a 2009 debut novel by Kathryn Stockett. The film is due to be released Aug. 10.

August 2, 2011 | No comments yet
House OKs debt-ceiling bill; Eshoo votes yes

Local representative calls the crisis 'inexcusable'
Ending weeks of partisan bickering over raising the debt ceiling that threatened to plunge the federal government into default, a last-minute deal was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening (Aug. 1). Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, became one of 95 Democrats who voted in favor of the Budget Control Act of 2011 in a 50-50 split among House Democrats.

August 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Mountain lion spotted in Woodside

Cat seen early Monday morning near Portola Road
A mountain lion was seen early Monday morning (Aug. 1) in Woodside, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

August 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Panel finds flaws in high-speed-rail forecasts

Peer-review group calls for changes in California rail authority's ridership model
The California agency charged with building America's first high-speed-rail system has been using a flawed forecasting model to predict ridership for the proposed system, a peer-review panel concluded in a report that largely confirms previous criticism from transportation experts and rail watchdogs.

August 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Nutrition in age of obesity

With obesity and Type 2 diabetes considered national epidemics, nutrition professor Marjorie Freedman will talk about her research at the Cafe Scientifique, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at SRI International headquarters in Menlo Park.

August 8, 2011 | 1 comment
Election update: One contested election so far

With a little more than two weeks left to register as a candidate for the November election, there is one contested election so far in the Almanac circulation area.

August 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Redistricting still splits city, but along 101

All of Menlo Park west of 101 would be in Eshoo's district.
This is an expanded version of a previously posted story.
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has divided Menlo Park into two congressional districts, but the border will be U.S. 101 under the latest proposal released Friday, July 29, not the broad swath that had run through the center of the city under an earlier proposal, running from 101 and stopping roughly just east of Sharon Heights.

August 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Bay Road pipeline construction starts

As part of its $4.6 billion Hetch Hetchy seismic upgrade project, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission starts work this week on a section of pipeline passing under Bay Road in Menlo Park.

August 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Mountain lion seen walking the links

A mountain lion was seen walking the links on a golf course in unincorporated Burlingame on Sunday morning (July 31), San Mateo County officials said.

July 31, 2011 | 2 comments
Recent home sales in local towns

Data on recent home sales in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park, and other local communities.

July 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Rail exec's resignation prompts call for reform

Jeffrey Barker had overseen communications for California High-Speed Rail Authority for two years
The resignation Thursday of a California High-Speed Rail Authority executive, Jeffrey Barker, has led a Palo Alto watchdog group to renew its call for a "giant culture change" at the state rail agency.

July 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Redistricting still splits Menlo, but along 101

All of Menlo Park west of 101 would be in Eshoo's district
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has divided Menlo Park into two congressional districts, but the border will be U.S. 101, not the broad swath that had run through the center of the city, stopping roughly just east of Sharon Heights.

July 29, 2011 | 4 comments
Facebook's new home from the inside out

Employees begin the move to Menlo Park
If any office building has that coveted "new car" smell, it's Facebook's renovated Menlo Park headquarters. Earlier this year the social networking giant signed a 15-year leaseback agreement for a 1-million-square-foot, 11-building campus that used to house Sun and Oracle employees.

July 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
No one is particularly crazy or stupid in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's sad-funny movie about love. The directing team ("I Love You Phillip Morris") has crafted a relatively tame romantic comedy with strong undercurrents of loss and longing. -- ST

July 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Cowboys & Aliens'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
This entertaining genre mash-up -- one part western, one part sci-fi -- stretches believability but boasts an excellent cast and impressive action. But there is a certain absurdity to the whole affair that makes the picture seem a bit small in scope. -- TH

July 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Volatile public comment on downtown plan

Commission recommends phased approach for Santa Cruz Avenue
The third session of the Menlo Park Planning Commission's review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan inspired more than two hours of volatile public comment on Thursday night.

July 29, 2011 | 41 comments
Police: Outrage over homicides leads to tips

Major leads in recent East Palo Alto killings mark turning point for community, leaders say
After decades of adhering to a "no-snitch" culture, East Palo Alto residents are coming forward with tips about recent murders as they never have before, East Palo Alto police are saying.

July 29, 2011 | 11 comments
Homeless vets: Shelter Network lands grant

Shelter Network, a nonprofit that provides services for homeless people on the Peninsula, has been awarded a federal grant of $753,399 for a new program to help homeless veterans and their families, and those at risk of becoming homeless.

July 28, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo downtown specific plan

Planning Commission holds third review
The Menlo Park Planning Commission meets tonight (July 28) to study the downtown portion of the proposed specific plan.

July 28, 2011 | 6 comments
Tonight: Housing for homeless veterans

VA holds hearing in Menlo Park
The Veterans Administration holds a public hearing tonight (July 28) to discuss creating housing on Willow Road in Menlo Park for homeless veterans, seniors, and other at-risk populations.

July 28, 2011 | 7 comments
Two men arrested after high-speed chase

They are not suspects in East Palo Alto homicides
Two men taken into custody Wednesday night after leading law enforcement officials on a lengthy car chase through the East Bay are not the men suspected of homicides in East Palo Alto and Grand Junction, Colorado.

July 28, 2011 | 9 comments
Tonight: USGS biologist talks on battered Bay

Talk will also be streamed live online
Senior research biologist Jim Cloern will discuss the obstacles faced by the fragile San Francisco Bay environment in a free public lecture at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

July 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Liquor store robbed at gunpoint

Robbery happened in North Fair Oaks
Investigators are looking for a robber who stole cash from a liquor store in North Fair Oaks at gunpoint on Saturday night.

July 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Paying for 'overtime' parking in downtown Menlo

Council approves parking meter installation for two plazas
Start saving your quarters: In three months, plazas 1 and 5 in downtown Menlo Park will sprout multi-space parking meters.

July 27, 2011 | 29 comments
Teen killed in Sunday shooting identified

The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified a 19-year-old who died in a Sunday night shooting in East Palo Alto as Kevin Guzman.

July 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: Freud's decades-long use of cocaine

Dr. Howard Markel will talk about his book, "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The book is about the decades-long cocaine use of Sigmund Freud and William Halsted.

July 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion believed to have killed livestock

Animals found dead near Half Moon Bay
State fish and game officials believe a mountain lion is responsible for killing several sheep and goats overnight near Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County emergency officials said Tuesday.

July 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Thursday: Live music at Marsh Manor

Steel Jam will perform "Caribbean music and more" at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Marsh Manor Shopping Center, 3700 Florence St. at Marsh Road in Redwood City.

July 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Free concert in the park

Concert in downtown Menlo Park starts at 6:30 p.m.
Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Cartel will perform dance-friendly salsa music Wednesday, July 27, in Fremont Park at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

July 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford's $8 million offer gets another shot

Residents will be asked whether they want a new trail on Alpine Road
Call it the $8 million offer that won't die: Stanford University's proposal to pay for trail improvements along Alpine Road between the Menlo Park and Portola Valley boundaries (with interest, now up to $10.5 million), which was unanimously rejected by the San Mateo Count Board of Supervisors in 2008 and again in 2010. Well, it has sprung back to life.

July 26, 2011 | 2 comments
Saturday: Art benefit in Woodside for Shelter Network

Benefits Shelter Network and its homeless shelter in Menlo Park
Artists Angelica Di Chiara and Jean-Marc Brugeille have collaborated on an exhibition of their work to benefit the Shelter Network, and its homeless shelter in Menlo Park, Haven Family House. The outdoor benefit, sponsored by the Istituto Educazione Italaian of Atherton will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., in Woodside.

August 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Rich May sports field benefits from fundraising event in Portola Valley

Dana Cappiello recently turned her Portola Valley home into a Parisian flea market for the day, raising $10,000 for a sports field that is being sponsored by the Rich May Foundation. Based in Atherton, the foundation is named after the East Palo Alto police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty in 2006.

July 27, 2011 | 1 comment
Friday: Blood drive in Menlo Park

Local churches are holding a blood drive on Friday, July 29, to reach a goal of 1,500 pints donated to the Red Cross this month.

July 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Alzheimer's Cafe opens

Peninsula Volunteers has opened the Alzheimer's Cafe in Menlo Park, a free gathering place for those with dementia and their loved ones.

July 27, 2011 | 3 comments
Tonight: Menlo police salaries, parking meters

Council meets at 7 p.m.
The Menlo Park City Council sits down on Tuesday, July 26, to debate the finer points of police salaries and installing paid parking meters in downtown plazas 1 and 5, among other items.

July 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Computer heists at Portola Valley schools

Deputies look at possible connection between thefts
A total of 31 computers, valued at $28,000, have been stolen from Portola Valley schools in recent weeks, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reports.

July 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Stanford trail back before supes

Stanford's proposal to build a trail along Alpine Road is back before the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 26.

July 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Jewelry missing from Atherton home

Recent crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

July 26, 2011 | 2 comments
Trash-bin clutter: Atherton residents face fines

Not everyone is happy about law requiring bins to be moved within 24 hours of pickup.
Atherton's City Council has adopted a new ordinance regarding the timely rolling out and rolling in of recycling and trash bins on residential roadsides. The vote got a mixed reception from the audience in the council chambers.

July 25, 2011 | 2 comments
Contested election likely in high school district

Jeff Aalfs may run for Portola Valley council.
With more than two weeks left to register as a candidate for public office in the November election, a contested election looks likely in the Sequoia Union High School District. Inside: a roundup of local election activity.

July 26, 2011 | 3 comments
East Palo Alto: Four homicides in 12 days

Suspects named in shootings, including slaying of Cate Fisher
East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis said police officers will sacrifice their days off and work overtime to fight the recent outbreak in violent crimes, including four homicides in 12 days. The chief also named three suspects in recent shootings, including the slaying of Cate Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park.

July 25, 2011 | 15 comments
Man, 19, dies in East Palo Alto shooting

Shooting marks fourth homicide in East Palo Alto since July 13
Police are investigating a shooting that killed one East Palo Alto teenager and hospitalized another Sunday night (July 24). This is the fourth East Palo Alto homicide since July 13.

July 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Another teen shot, killed in East Palo Alto

Fourth homicide in the city since July 13
Police are investigating a shooting that killed one East Palo Alto teenager and hospitalized another Sunday night (July 24). This is the fourth homicide in East Palo Alto since July 13.

July 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Police name suspects in slayings of Catherine Fisher and Hugo Chavez

The East Palo Alto Police Department reports that it has identified persons of interest in the recent murders of Catherine Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, on July 13, and Hugo Chavez, 26, on July 19.

July 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Police name 'persons of interest' in homicides

Three are wanted in connection with killings of Catherine Fisher and Hugo Chavez
The East Palo Alto Police Department reports that it has identified "persons of interest" in the recent homicides of Catherine Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, who was shot on July 13, and Hugo Chavez, 26, who was killed July 19.

July 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Posh Bagel reopens in Menlo Park

Back and bigger than ever
Posh Bagel reopened on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park on Saturday, July 23, a little more than a year after a fire shut the shop down.

July 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Review: 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

(Three stars)
Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee once half-jokingly described the first adventure of Captain America as "so full of lightning-swift action scenes that you'll almost suspect we somehow forgot the story itself!" Now "Captain America" is a blockbuster that resembles the remark, delivering pulpy fun in the cliffhanger vein. -- PC

July 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Affordable housing project terminated in Menlo

Council agrees to buy back Habitat for Humanity land
Ten years ago, Habitat for Humanity bought property at 297 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park to build affordable housing. On July 19, the Menlo Park City Council killed that dream with the nonprofit's blessing.

July 22, 2011 | 8 comments
Man found hiding in resident's closet

An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home in unincorporated Redwood City on Thursday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

July 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Graduate: 'Be open to spontaneous things'

Spontaneity, caring and sanctuary are a few of the things that have helped Lowry Yankwich through high school. An athlete and serious classical pianist, the Menlo School graduate said he's had the most fun by "being open to trying anything, and then allowing myself to commit a little, and then more and more." Photo by Veronica Weber/Embarcadero Media.

July 21, 2011 | 3 comments
Memorial service, reception held for Cate Fisher

Police report some progress in investigation
Hali Lindgren touches a portrait of Cate Fisher when she was in her early teens, during the reception held at Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park on Friday, July 22, following a memorial service. A college student who had planned to become a high school math teacher, Cate Fisher, 19, was shot July 13 while sitting in a vehicle in East Palo Alto, and died later at Stanford Hospital. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

July 21, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo's Buchanan makes a move in tourney

Junior golf: Menlo School junior Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills fired a 1-under 69 on Wednesday and moved into a tie for 20th after two days of the Trader Joe's Jr. Championship at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

July 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton mayor delays action on outsourcing

Judge blocks layoffs pending court hearing
The Atherton City Council met Wednesday night (July 20) but pulled from the agenda a legal step to implement a plan to outsource work now being handled by City Hall employees, some of whom were to be laid off last Friday, July 15.

July 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Spencer Harris memorial

Family and friends gather at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Tonight the friends and family of Spencer Harris will gather to honor the 74-year-old Menlo Park man who died on May 17. According to police reports, Mr. Harris received a 24-hour notice to leave his Roble Avenue apartment six days before shooting himself. Of the three hoarding cases the Menlo Park police department has handled since 2006, only Mr. Harris got a 24-hour notice to vacate the property.

July 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Third East Palo Alto homicide in the past week

Man shot multiple times is found by police in a driveway
Another young person has died after being shot multiple times in East Palo Alto on Tuesday, July 19, police said. The shooting marks the city's third homicide in a week.

July 21, 2011 | 8 comments
Former Woodside woman embezzled millions

She pleads guilty to income tax evasion
Ann Ray, a bookkeeper and former resident of Woodside, pleaded guilty in federal court July 19 to six felony counts of income tax evasion in connection with the embezzlement of $4.7 million from her employer of 34 years, federal authorities said.

July 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo moves closer to greener building standards

Approves first reading of new ordinance
Revised standards for green building returned to the Menlo Park City Council on July 19, about a month after it asked staff to tweak the proposed ordinance. Seeming satisfied with the changes, the council members voted 4-0, with Mayor Rich Cline absent, to accept the ordinance at its first reading.

July 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday: Chef Martin Yan in Atherton

The Atherton Library is hosting a cooking demonstration by chef Martin Yan, of "Yan Can Cook" TV fame, on Saturday, July 23. Book-signing starts at noon. The demo starts at 12:30 p.m.

July 22, 2011 | No comments yet
County considers adopting heritage oak 'Granny'

SFPUC and neighbors study new proposal
People plan estates for their parents, their spouses, their children and pets. Now some Menlo Park residents are being asked to plan an estate for Granny, a centuries-old oak tree, and the county may come to the rescue.

July 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Friday service for Cate Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park

Gymnastics instructor shot while sitting in car in East Palo Alto
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 22, for Catherine (Cate) Fisher, 19, of Menlo Park, who died July 13 after she was shot while sitting in a car in East Palo Alto. A gymnastics instructor in Menlo Park, she was a college student who intended to teach math to high school students.

July 20, 2011 | 2 comments
Update: New auxiliary lanes being built on 101

Ringwood overcrossing to remain open
Caltrans crews broke ground Wednesday (July 20) on a project to build auxiliary lanes along a three-mile stretch of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

July 20, 2011 | 12 comments
Tonight: Menlo Parks and Rec Commission meets

Taking a change of scenery, the Menlo Park Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday, July 20, in the multipurpose room of the library at 800 Alma St.

July 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton council meets on outsourcing

Layoffs delayed at last minute
The Atherton City Council meets tonight (Wednesday, July 20) to consider outsourcing contracts for public works and emergency staffing of the building department despite a judge's restraining order that temporarily prevents layoffs.

July 20, 2011 | 12 comments
Menlo police agree to pay freeze

The new contract for the city's 36 line officers goes before the City Council on July 26 and contains almost identical terms to the one approved for the sergeants.

July 22, 2011 | 5 comments
Menlo Park studies specific plan sans fiscal impact report

Planning Commission meets Thursday for second review
When the Menlo Park Planning Commission commenced its multi-session review of the proposed downtown/El Camino Real specific plan last week, it quickly pointed out there wasn't quite enough paper on the dais.

July 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire board approves new compensation policy

Directors of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District voted unanimously Tuesday night (July 19) to change the way they look at the pay and benefits offered to firefighters and other district employees.

July 19, 2011 | 7 comments
Tonight: Bell Brothers play in the park

The Bell Brothers will perform country music at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night (July 20) as part of a series of free summer concerts in Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park.

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Wengert to seek re-election to PV council

Ann Wengert, whose term on the Portola Valley Town Council expires in November, said she plans to run for re-election.

July 19, 2011 | 3 comments
Burglars swipe electronics from Woodside church

Burglars appear to have gotten away with electronic sound equipment valued at $2,000 after prying open a side door of the Woodside Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road.

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Burglars swipe electronics from Woodside church

Burglars appear to have gotten away with electronic sound equipment valued at $2,000 after prying open a side door of the Woodside Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road.

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Wengert seeks re-election to council

Ann Wengert, whose term on the Portola Valley Town Council expires in November, said she plans to run for re-election and that she will take out the necessary filing papers the day after she returns from her vacation.

July 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Brothers share Naval Academy tradition

Brothers Brian and Kevin Flaherty from Atherton shared a Naval Academy tradition at graduation on May 27. Tradition dictates that a new graduate must give a silver dollar to the first person who salutes him, according to their father, John Flaherty of Atherton, a Marine Corps veteran.

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Police search for suspect in fatal shooting

Reports of gunfire led police to an East Palo Alto man who was shot and killed Monday night, police said.

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Borders bookstore to close

Landlord envisions future use for the space, including glass atrium over courtyard
Borders bookstore in downtown Palo Alto will close by the end of September as part of the liquidation of the national chain, a spokeswoman said. The Ann Arbor, Mich., company said Monday it will close its remaining 399 stores.

July 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Sports teams pick up more costs for playing fields

The Portola Valley Town Council's 2009 decision to increase playing fees for organized youth and adult sports teams appears to have achieved the council's goal: to have the teams evenly split with the town the costs of maintaining two baseball and two soccer fields.

July 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Emergency radio station for Portola Valley?

It's an idea: a radio station for broadcast in Portola Valley, particularly in the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake, Town Councilman Steve Toben said at the July 13 council meeting.

July 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: More copper wire thefts at Facebook

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton.

July 19, 2011 | 2 comments
Teen Committee promotes civic engagement

In honor of Bill and Jean Lane, Portola Valley's Teen Committee has reconceived its civic mentorship program as the Bill and Jean Lane Civic Involvement Program. Under that name, the program is expected to get going in the fall, said committee chair Sharon Driscoll.

July 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Mark Sweyer of Woodside Bakery to open 25-seat cafe in Woodside

Gilberts oppose the plan, but council OKs permit.
Woodside has no traffic signals, but Mark Sweyer, co-owner of the Woodside Bakery & Cafe, did get a green light on his plans to convert a nearby one-story office building at 2989 Woodside Road to a 25-seat cafe that will feature cooking classes, banquet space and coffee roasted on site and brewed by the cup.

July 19, 2011 | 9 comments
Woodside reduces resident's fine for felling trees

Fine is reduced from $72,500 to $5,000
The Woodside Town Council, echoing a 2009 decision, dramatically reduced a resident's fine for felling major trees without a permit. The fine was reduced from $72,500 to $5,000.

July 24, 2011 | 5 comments
Seats on councils, school boards up for election

Filing period opens for candidates.
The filing period has begun for the Nov. 8 election, when voters will decide the makeup of the Woodside and Portola town councils, plus the governing boards of several school districts and special districts.

July 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Walgreens appeals denial of permit to sell alcohol

City Council to make final decision
Walgreens has filed an appeal of the Menlo Park Planning Commission's 4-3 denial of its request to sell beer and wine at its Santa Cruz Avenue store.

July 18, 2011 | 9 comments
Andronico's market to close July 24

Los Altos store to stay open as firm reorganizes with new investor
Andronico's market, a high-end grocery store that's been a fixture at Stanford Shopping Center for the past two decades, will close its doors July 24.

July 18, 2011 | 5 comments
Palo Alto Art Center will soon have a new look

Renovations to center to be complete by next summer
A new children's wing, gallery shop, classrooms and better exhibition space at the Palo Alto Art Center got one shovelful of dirt closer to completion when Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa "broke ground" on the $7.9 million project Saturday (July 16).

July 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire board: 'Huge shift' in compensation policy?

Are firefighters overpaid? In negotiating pay packages, should fire districts consider only what other fire departments are paying, or the pay and employment levels in the general economy as well?

July 17, 2011 | 11 comments
Court order halts Atherton layoffs

San Mateo County Superior Court granted a temporary restraining order Friday (July 15), blocking the layoff of Atherton town workers until a court hearing is held.

July 15, 2011 | 11 comments
Squatters in home arrested in La Honda area

Three men found unlawfully occupying a home in unincorporated La Honda this morning (July 15) have been arrested, and a fourth remains at large, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Minor quake strikes in San Mateo County

2.1-magnitude temblor hits San Carlos
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.1 struck Thursday night in San Mateo County.

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Stephen Toben won't seek another term

Steve Toben, who has served on the Portola Valley Town Council since 2003, will not seek re-election this year. Two of the five council seats are up for election in November. The other is occupied by Ann Wengert who has not announced yet whether she will run.

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Project Nim'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
With his documentary "Project Nim," James Marsh never comes right out with any judgments, but the story he tells inescapably provokes consideration of the human animal's primal nature. Marsh does so in what amounts to a biopic of a chimpanzee born in 1973: Nim Chimpsky. -- PC

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt. 2'

(Four stars)
Pottermania reaches a crescendo with this taut and thoughtful final installment in the impressive "Harry Potter" film franchise. And they saved the best for last. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" caps the series with visual panache and emotional punch. -- TH

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Clock ticks down toward Atherton layoffs

Town management waits for judge's ruling
Atherton management is waiting until the close of business today to lay off six employees as its city attorney argues against a lawsuit filed in San Mateo Superior Court by union representatives.

July 15, 2011 | 8 comments
This weekend: 25th Connoisseurs' Marketplace

A collectors' car show is a new feature of this year's Connoisseurs' Marketplace street festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park.

July 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo's Buchanan, Castilleja grad Nelsen tee it up at annual Trader Joe's tourney next week

Junior golf: If history plays a role, then perhaps Menlo School's Andrew Buchanan has a good shot at winning the annual Trade Joe's Junior Championship that gets under way Tuesday at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

July 14, 2011 | No comments yet
'Saggy pants' passenger won't face charges

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges against a man who was taken off an airplane at San Francisco International Airport last month after he refused to comply with crew members' orders to pull up his sagging pants.

July 14, 2011 | 15 comments
Police search for two boys who allegedly brought gun to Sequoia High School in Redwood City

Police failed to locate two male juveniles who reportedly entered Sequoia High School in Redwood City with a gun Wednesday afternoon.

July 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park teen dies after shooting

Young woman was sitting in a car with others in East Palo Alto during early-morning attack
A 19-year-old Menlo Park woman who was shot early Wednesday morning (July 13) in East Palo Alto has died, East Palo Alto police said.

July 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Not-guilty plea in killing of infant

A 17-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting an infant in East Palo Alto last month pleaded not guilty to murder in San Mateo County Superior Court on this afternoon (July 13).

July 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Free concert at Portola Valley Town Center

A free summer concert, the second of three this summer, is set for 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center on Thursday, July 21.

July 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Robbers snatch necklace and iPhone

An unidentified assailant punched a Menlo Park man, then yanked a gold chain off his neck as the victim walked near the intersections of Hamilton and Carlton Avenues around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

July 13, 2011 | 4 comments
Fire damages Atherton home, kills two cats

For reasons still unknown, as many as eight smoke detectors failed to alert the occupants of an Atherton house to a fire early Wednesday morning that appears to have started on the first floor and spread to the attic.

July 13, 2011 | 1 comment
A tough hurdle to clear for local track club

Thirteen members of the Peninsula Youth Sports Program did their job recently at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Games in Reno, Nev. All 13 earned a trip to the National Junior Olympics track and field competition in New Orleans, set for July 31-Aug. 6. That was the easy part.

July 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Shooting leaves Menlo Park teen fighting for life

Young woman was sitting in a car with others in East Palo Alto during early-morning attack
A 19-year-old Menlo Park woman was shot early Wednesday morning (July 13) in East Palo Alto and has life-threatening injuries, East Palo Alto police said.

July 13, 2011 | 2 comments
Update: Atherton house fire kills two cats

A disabled security gate and a long private driveway hampered firefighters' efforts to extinguish a two-alarm blaze at a home in Atherton early this morning, a fire official said.

July 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'The Distractions' in the park

The Distractions will perform classic and contemporary rock Wednesday (July 13) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

July 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Atherton council backs staff layoffs; union files lawsuit, seeks restraining order

Twelve staff members to lose jobs this Friday
In a closed-session meeting this afternoon (July 12), the Atherton City Council "affirmed the actions of the City Manager in effecting layoffs of personnel," according to a statement issued by Deputy City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta. The union promptly filed a lawsuit, according to a Teamsters representative.

July 12, 2011 | 12 comments
District attorney closes Menlo priest investigation

Cites 'lack of corroboration' in Myers case
The San Francisco District Attorney's Office has decided not to press charges against Father William Myers, pastor of a Menlo Park church, in connection with an incident involving a 17-year-old boy in San Francisco.

July 13, 2011 | 9 comments
Shakespeare comedy in the woods of Woodside

A series of outdoor matinee performances of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Twelfth Night" runs from July 17 through Sept. 4 at Theatre in the Woods, 2170 Bear Gulch Road West in Woodside.

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council may rule on new downtown cafe

At the Woodside Town Council meeting tonight (July 12), the council will rule on an appeal of a Planning Commission decision to grant a conditional use permit for a 25-seat cafe and sometime cooking school to be called the Woodside Coffee Brewing Company.

July 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Labor council steps into Atherton staff layoff fray

The San Mateo County Central Labor Council sent a sharply worded message to Atherton Mayor Jim Dobbie last week, urging the town to negotiate a "fair and equitable agreement" with the union representing 12 town employees who are almost certain to lose their jobs on July 15.

July 12, 2011 | 6 comments
Bay trees being removed to save oak trees

Crew to fell roughly 250 bay trees in San Mateo, Santa Clara counties
A crew started removing roughly 250 bay trees in several open space lands in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties Monday to stop the spread of a plant pathogen that causes oak tree species to die.

July 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Jasper Ridge burn set for today

Controlled fire is part of environmental, fire-management studies
A prescribed burn will be held Monday (July 18) on 1.2 acres of grassland in the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, according to a press release from Stanford University.

July 12, 2011 | 3 comments
Stanford Hospital project wins final approval

Palo Alto grants $5 billion hospital expansion green light after Stanford reaches agreement with day care center
After an unexpected last-minute delay, Stanford University Medical Center's bid to dramatically expand its hospital facilities surged past the finish line Monday night when the Palo Alto City Council gave the $5 billion project its final approval.

July 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Atherton appoints interim police chief Ed Flint

No plans to outsource police department, manager says
Atherton Police Chief Mike Guerra is leaving the post he has held since November 2009, in a department he has served since 1985. He is being replaced on an interim basis, effective July 18, by former Santa Rosa police chief Ed Flint.

July 11, 2011 | 16 comments
Update: Kent Steffens heads to Sunnyvale

Menlo Park has three weeks to find replacement for deputy city manager
Menlo Park Public Works Director Kent Steffens, who also serves as deputy city manager, takes over as public works director in Sunnyvale on Aug. 1, leaving his current employer scrambling for a replacement.

July 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Police calls from Atherton, Menlo Park

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

July 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Search begins for new town manager

PORTOLA VALLEY: The first step to finding Portola Valley a new town manager, soliciting proposals from executive recruiters, is on the schedule for the Wednesday, July 13, meeting of the Town Council.

July 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Emergency response: New volunteers needed

Portola Valley, one of several similarly situated communities in the Woodside Fire Protection District, does not have a "deep bench" of residents ready to respond to a major emergency such as an earthquake or wildfire. Current volunteers are seeking people to help in the effort to get ready.

July 13, 2011 | 5 comments
Today: Atherton meets on outsourcing, layoffs

The Atherton City Council will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in closed session to discuss matters related to the possible layoff of 12 employees and the outsourcing of town services.

July 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park downtown plan review

Planning Commission holds first of four meetings
Menlo Park enters the next phase of its review of the proposed vision for downtown, otherwise known as the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan, when the Planning Commission holds the first of four special meetings tonight (July 11).

July 11, 2011 | 2 comments
M-A, Palo Alto National all-stars advance

District 52 Little League: Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto National will battle on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for the right to face defending champion Hillsborough in the consolation finals on Sunday of the District 52 Majors 11-12 All-Star Tournament at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark. Photo: JC Marco (42) of Menlo-Atherton beats the throw to Alpine-West Menlo pitcher Ben Stanley after a wild pitch in the first inning. Marco's run gave M-A a 6-0 lead on the way to an 8-7 victory on Friday in the District 52 Majors 11-12 all-star tourney in Palo Alto. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

July 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Native American partial skull found in Ladera

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were called to Ladera on Friday, July 1, after a worker discovered what turned out to be a human skull while digging a trench near a swimming pool in the 100 block of Aliso Way, according to the Sheriff's Office.

July 8, 2011 | 7 comments
Woodside School appoints superintendent

This is an expanded version of an article posted earlier. Woodside Elementary School has a new superintendent/principal: Elizabeth (Beth) Polito will pull up stakes from her job as assistant superintendent of educational services in the Saratoga Union School District to begin work in the local one-school district on Aug. 1. Photo: Elizabeth Polito at her office in Saratoga. Photo by Nick Gonzales for the Almanac.

July 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Man killed by Caltrain is identified

Southbound train strikes, kills pedestrian near Churchill crossing
A 23-year-old man was struck and killed by a train at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday (July 7) near the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County Transit Police.

July 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Review: 'Horrible Bosses'

(Three stars)
Every so often a film about bumbling wannabe criminals comes around and bowls us over. "Horrible Bosses" follows the precedent set by earlier crime-gone-awry comedies with gut-busting gusto. -- TH

July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Woodside Village Band concert

The Woodside Village Band will give its 24th annual summer concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Young man killed on train tracks in Palo Alto

Southbound train strikes, kills pedestrian near Churchill crossing
A white male in his early 20s was struck and killed by a train at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday (July 7) near the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto, according to the San Mateo County Transit Police.

July 8, 2011 | 2 comments
Train kills pedestrian near Churchill crossing

Witness sees distraught woman running from the scene, exclaiming about 'her child'
A person was struck and killed by a train at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday (July 7) near the Churchill Avenue crossing in Palo Alto. Police closed Churchill at El Camino Real immediately after the incident.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Three arrested in connection with burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested three male juveniles Thursday (July 7) in connection with several residential burglaries on Gilbert Avenue, Laurel Avenue and Pope Street in Menlo Park.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain to mount cameras on front of trains

Video cameras to be added to locomotives or cab cars to improve security and record accidents
Video cameras mounted on the front of locomotives could be installed by Caltrain in August, pending a clarification of how the recordings would be saved or retained, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board decided on Thursday (July 7).

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton police chief is retiring

The town of Atherton announced Thursday, July 7, that Police Chief Mike Guerra is retiring.

July 7, 2011 | 55 comments
Little League 11-12 tourney: M-A wins, 3-1

Menlo-Atherton remained alive in the District 52 Majors 11-12 Little League All-Star Tournament with a 3-1 victory over San Mateo American on Wednesday, July 6, at Middlefield Ballpark in Palo Alto.

July 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Briefs: Burglars take 21 laptops from school

One or more burglars broke through an outside door to the computer lab at Corte Madera Middle School in Portola Valley and got away with 21 laptop computers valued at about $16,000, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
The incident was reported to the Sheriff's Office on June 30. The school, located at 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley, is closed for the summer and investigators have no leads, deputies said.

July 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Anti-gang coalition targets Nortenos, Surenos

Feds, state, counties join East Palo Alto police to dismantle gangs associated with infant's death
Federal, state, county and local law-enforcement agencies have joined East Palo Alto police to dismantle gangs blamed for a 3-month-old infant's killing, police announced Wednesday (July 6).

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
A baseball obsession and a Giants' success story unfold in a new book by local writer

Menlo School and Stanford grad Chris Haft grew up a fan of the San Francisco Giants. He took his obsession one step further and became a sportswriter. Haft can add 'author' to his resume when his book, "This is Our Time," (Confluence Books, $16.95) hits the stores Aug. 9.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
News of college graduates

News of recent college graduates who reside in the Almanac's circulation area.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Emerging from the shadows

Spotlight turns to Sarah Stein and her efforts to promote Matisse's work
The galleries were crowded for a Thursday evening as I wandered through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's latest exhibition, "The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde," a treasure trove of modern artworks. The Stein family -- celebrated Oakland writer Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife, Sarah -- collected them in Paris in the early 20th century.

July 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Atherton employees may strike over layoff plan

Members of a union representing 16 Atherton employees authorized a strike yesterday (July 5) after town negotiators, union representatives and a state mediator failed to reach an agreement after about 10 hours of talks regarding the town's plan to lay off 13 employees and outsource public works and building department services.

July 6, 2011 | 21 comments
Two mountain lion sightings reported in Woodside

Big cats spotted on Highland Terrace, Whiskey Hill Road
A mountain lion was seen early Tuesday morning in Woodside, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Gang violence conference in EPA

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials uniting for day-long event
Gang violence in East Palo Alto is the subject of a day-long conference that will bring federal, state and local law enforcement officials to the city today, a police spokeswoman said.

July 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Update on District 52 Little League tournament

San Carlos American beat Alpine/West Menlo, 6-4, in a winners' bracket game Tuesday night, July 5, in the District 52 Majors 11-12 Little League All-Star Tournament at Middlefield Ballpark in Palo Alto.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Twilight concert in Atherton

The Groove Kings band will perform its brand of "rock and soul" at a free concert in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Thursday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Free concert in Fremont Park

The Cocktail Monkeys perform music ranging from rock and pop to funk and disco in a free concert from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, in Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park.

July 5, 2011 | No comments yet
U.S. women win Junior Pan American wrestling title

National team roundup: Menlo College women's wrestling coach Marcie Van Dusen led the United States to the team title in women's freestyle at the Junior Pan American Championships on Saturday in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Lady Oaks' freshman Jasmine Yanez placed fifth for the Americans at 112 pounds.

July 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Scenes from the Menlo Park parade

Here are photos from the 2011 July Fourth parade in Menlo Park. The pictures were submitted by a Menlo Park resident by iPod. If you have photos of July Fourth activities that you would like to share with the community, please post them in the online Photo Gallery.

July 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Man robs 76 gas station at gunpoint

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Redwood City gas station on Sunday night, July 3.

July 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Mountain lion spotted

A mountain lion was spotted early Monday morning (July Fourth) in Woodside, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

July 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Trail connections a focus for POST leader Walter Moore

Walter Moore takes helm at open space trust following 24-year tenure of Audrey Rust
Creating trail connections among open-space parcels on the Peninsula will be the next great focus of local land preservation, says the new president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust. Walter Moore took the helm of the nonprofit Friday following the 24-year tenure of Audrey Rust.
● Editorial: Happy trails, thanks to Audrey Rust.

July 3, 2011 | 2 comments
Update: Private plane lands on I-280, strikes car

That there were no injuries in a Sunday evening incident in which a pilot landed his small plane on I-280 is probably more an indication of the pilot's skill rather than luck, said a spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Frederick, Maryland.

July 3, 2011 | 68 comments
Little League: Dist. 52 11-12 all-star results

Results as of 8:30 a.m. on July 3 of games at Middlefield Ballpark in Palo Alto.

July 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Why leave home when you have this view?

Adam J. Weissman of Portola Valley sent us these photos of fireworks at Stanford behind the Dish. The photos were taken Saturday night from his home, where he said he had a great view and we don't disagree.

July 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Dante Dettamanti is new boys' water polo coach at M-A High School

Former Stanford men's water polo coach Dante Dettamanti, who won eight NCAA titles during his 25 years on The Farm, retired in 2001 as the team's head coach. He resurfaced to coach in the high school ranks in 2003 and now he's doing it again.

July 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Transit agencies offer holiday service

Most transit agencies will be operating on a Sunday schedule on the Fourth of July holiday, with some offering extra service for fireworks and other events.

July 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Driver in fatal crash identified

The man killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Menlo Park on Tuesday night (June 28) has been identified as 78-year-old Newark resident Andres Berdeja, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

July 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls from Menlo Park, Woodside, Atherton

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

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Emergency preparedness: Learning from Mill Valley?

Portola Valley Town Councilman Steve Toben invited two of Mill Valley's emergency coordinators to give their Portola Valley counterparts and the council a look at that city's multi-faceted effort to foster community awareness.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park barber shop misses football helmet

The Simpsons Family Barber Shop has lost a beloved tchotchke. A Stanford football helmet, a gift from a customer, vanished a couple weeks ago.

July 7, 2011 | 2 comments
Habitat finishing work on Menlo Park home

The sound of hammers pounding nails will soon cease at 1440 Modoc Ave. in Menlo Park. Habitat for Humanity said it's putting the finishing touches on its latest home.

July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Keith loses bid for SamTrans seat

Menlo Park council freshman Kirsten Keith campaigned for a vacant seat on the SamTrans Board of Directors, but lost. Redwood City Councilman Jeff Gee defeated both Ms. Keith and East Palo Alto Mayor Carlos Romero after three rounds of voting on June 24.

July 5, 2011 | No comments yet
State kills redevelopment agencies, kinda

Regional agencies say they'll sue
The state simultaneously killed California's redevelopment agencies (RDAs) and offered them a chance at resurrection when the governor signed two bills on June 29. Menlo Park officials said they're still analyzing the impacts, even as two regional associations prepare to sue.

July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
School board agrees to speed up lease process

Under pressure from the Ladera community and the private school leasing the former Ladera School site, the Las Lomitas School District board has agreed to speed up the process of negotiating a new lease of the site.

July 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: Outsourcing bids show 'substantial' cost savings to town, city manager says

Atherton negotiators, union reps and mediator to meet July 5
As 12 town employees watch the clock tick forward toward the July 15 elimination of their jobs, union representatives, town negotiators, and a state mediator plan to meet on July 5 to discuss proposed employee concessions and private companies' bids to take over Atherton's building and public works services -- bids the town's manager has called "really good and very aggressive."

July 1, 2011 | 20 comments
Woodside Vaulters earn blue ribbons

Members of the Woodside Vaulters equestrian vaulting club earned blue ribbons in multiple team and individual events at the Spring Fest vaulting competition, held June 4 and 5 at the Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park. The Trot Team and the A and B Teams each placed first overall out of nine clubs that were represented by an estimated 100 vaulters who competed at the event.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
What can you do about fireworks?

In case you were planning to set off a couple cherry bombs on July Fourth -- don't. The Menlo Park Police Department reminds everyone that all fireworks are prohibited in the city.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Larry Crowne'

(Two stars)
Yes, yes: Everybody loves Tom Hanks. I do too. I just love him a little less after "Larry Crowne." Directed, produced and co-written by Tom Hanks, "Larry Crowne" is a featherweight dramedy of the new economy. -- PC

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
LIttle League: M-A 11-12s advance

Little League baseball: Bret Rodrigues and David Farnham each hit home runs to spark Menlo-Atherton to a 5-2 win over San Mateo National in the District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 all-star tournament at Palo Alto's Middlefield Ballpark on Thursday night.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Man dies, girl injured in Menlo Park crash

Newark man, 78, killed in Tuesday collision
A man died and a girl was injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Menlo Park Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
'Granny' may live if neighbors take responsibility

SFPUC proposes tunnel in exchange for tree care
Granny, the centuries-old heritage tree in North Fair Oaks, may continue to live long and prosper despite sitting in the crosshairs of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for the past two months.

July 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo boys' hoop coach Kris Weem joins Golden State Warriors

A lot of positive things are happening with the NBA's Golden State Warriors these days. The team has new owners, a new coach, three new draft picks and a new franchise in the Development League. And now, the Warriors have Kris Weems. Weems, the former Stanford basketball three-point shooting standout and most recently the boys' basketball coach at Menlo School for the past seven years, has accepted a job with the Warriors and officially will join the team on Aug. 1.

July 1, 2011 | 1 comment
Mid-Peninsula High names grads

Mid-Peninsula High School held graduation ceremonies on June 4 at the school at 1340 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary graduates 48

Forty-eight eighth-graders at Woodside Elementary School took part in the school's graduation and received diplomas in the school's amphitheatre on June 10.

July 1, 2011 | 2 comments
Where is the dead body?

That is the first question people had asked when they smelled the stench at the intersection of Kings Mountain and Greer roads in Woodside recently. Dozens of voodoo lilies were blooming on the corner. The exotic-looking purple flowers may look attractive, but they stink like rotting flesh in order to attract flies. Photo by Kate Daly.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
July Fourth events: Celebrating Bill Lane's legacy at junior rodeo

Activities include rodeo, parades, festivals and ragtime music
The memory of local legend Bill Lane will be celebrated at the Woodside Junior Rodeo, a staple of the Fourth of July activities in these parts. Among other local July Fourth activities are parades, festivals and ragtime music.
What about fireworks? .

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Hillview Middle School hands diplomas to 229

Hillview Middle School's 229 eighth-graders graduated June 15 with traditional pomp, ceremony, and rousing applause from the families, teachers and guests seated on Encinal School's field.

June 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Snow, Kryger share athletic-director duties at M-A

Two coaches who have made an impact during their brief time at Menlo-Atherton High are sharing the duties of athletic director.

June 30, 2011 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League tournament results

Alpine Super Bowl Majors completed the tournament with a 3-2 win over Palo Alto National for a 4-0 mark in their final report card. Photo: Peter Larson of the M-A Little League singles to drive in the walk-off winning run June 29 as M-A defeats Half Moon Bay, 5-4. Photo by Lindsay Bowen of M-A Little League.

June 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Classic California show

Jim Caldwell of Woodside is showing new art from his Classic California collection through June 30 at Woodside Gallery, 3056 Woodside Road in Woodside. Shown here is his painting, "Stanford Hills Without Sky," which is part of the collection. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except Sunday.

June 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Land sale connects Skyline, Russian Ridge

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District acquires 100 acres of La Honda-area land from Peninsula Open Space Trust
In an effort to connect two land preserves and provide the community with greater access to trails and viewing locations, Palo Alto-based Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) sold nearly 100 acres of La Honda-area land to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) on Tuesday, POST announced.

June 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Copper wire thieves hit Facebook offices

Police in Menlo Park are investigating three separate thefts of copper wiring this month from the future headquarters of Facebook.

June 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Those were the days

Principal Tony Rose makes last-minute comments to the excited and nervous 1959 graduating class of Corte Madera School. Names were not available, but Almanac readers who may recognize a student are urged to share their information by sending an email to letters@almanacnews.com. Photo courtesy Portola Valley Archives.

July 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Early Atherton settlers Mary Tutt Eyre and Colonel Edward E. Eyre smile with pride at the collection of family lined up behind them in this undated photo. They are, from left, Perry Eyre, Nina Macondray, Charles Baldwin, Belle Eyre Pinckard, Edward Lilburn Eyre, Linie Ashe McClaren, Margaret Eyre Girvin, Florence Atherton Eyre, George Pinckard and Robert Eyre. Photo courtesy Atherton Heritage Association.

July 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Aldo Cominoli purchased this property at Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads in 1941 and opened the Pioneer Hotel in 1946. In its heyday the hotel was the place to go for dinner and dancing. It is now owned by the Gilbert family and remains a lively saloon, offering music and dancing Tuesday through Sunday. This photo is from the 1960s. Photo courtesy Jac Audiffred Collection.

July 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

This undated photograph came from the collection of Eleanor Weir Tilden, who lived in Atherton during the 1920s to 1930s. The girl is not identified. Photo courtesy Atherton Heritage Association.


July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
EPA police conducting parole, probation sweeps

Police cracking down on gangs in aftermath of infant shooting death
East Palo Alto police are conducting parole and probation sweeps throughout the city today as part of an ongoing crackdown on gang activity.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: Troy Henderson retires after 35 years

Troy Henderson, Atherton's public works supervisor, is retiring Thursday, June 30, after 35 years working for the town. Although he had planned to work another year, he had, along with 12 other employees, received a pink slip last month, and may have been laid off July 15.

June 29, 2011 | 8 comments
PG&E pipeline testing should begin next week

A PG&E spokesman told the Woodside Town Council Tuesday night, June 28, that fitness testing of the natural gas mains that run under parts of Menlo Park and Woodside should begin the week of July 4.

June 29, 2011 | 1 comment
The Almanac launches membership campaign

Support Local Journalism drive asks readers to invest in community reporting
The Almanac has launched a campaign to secure a healthy future by asking readers to begin paying for a portion of the costs of operating the newspaper and its website, AlmanacNews.com.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Strong-arm robbery

A strong-arm robbery and burglarized convertible kept Menlo Park police busy over the weekend.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Compost giveaway in Menlo Park

If it's time to fertilize the garden again, check out the free compost giveaway in Menlo Park on Saturday, July 2.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Activists ask Menlo Park to weed out herbicides

Weeds, there's no getting away from them. But Menlo Park does its best to kill weeds by dousing the plants with herbicide, an approach some call unnecessary.

June 30, 2011 | 8 comments
Menlo Park woman opens yard to concert series

Eight years ago, Gwendolyn Fuller asked herself, "What are the dreams unlived in my life?" While recuperating from an accident requiring extensive surgery, she realized one answer rested in her own backyard.

June 29, 2011 | 1 comment
Belle Haven diving boards closed for summer

Menlo Park pool opening delayed
Cries of "Cannonball!" won't resound at the Belle Haven pool in Menlo Park this summer — rusting around platform bolts led the city to close both diving boards for the season. The $40,000 needed for repairs won't be available until next year.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Concert in the park

As part of the city of Menlo Park's summer concert series, the Hot Rods will play a free outdoor show Wednesday (June 29) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park, University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. The band plays early rock 'n' roll music.

June 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Split vote denies Walgreens alcohol sales

Menlo Park Planning Commission votes 4-3
Who knew wine at Walgreens could threaten the welfare of Menlo Park? After hours of debate, the Planning Commission voted 4-3 on Monday night to deny the drugstore chain's request to sell beer and wine at its Santa Cruz Avenue location.

June 28, 2011 | 16 comments
Violent video games: Yee may craft 'narrower' bill

The U.S. Supreme Court by a 7-2 vote Monday struck down a California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to children under the age of 18. The law was drafted by state Sen. Leland Yee, whose district includes Portola Valley and Woodside.

June 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Atherton: Companies bid to provide town services

Firms submit 18 bids to take over building and public works duties
Atherton town officials will be reviewing a total of 18 bids from private companies offering to provide public services to the town that are now provided by paid staff in the building and public works departments.

June 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Atherton reviews options for new library

A community meeting to review options for a new library in Atherton is set for Tuesday, June 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

June 27, 2011 | 2 comments
PG&E to test underground gas mains

Fire district more involved since San Bruno explosion
PG&E will be testing the condition of natural gas pipelines that pass under parts of Menlo Park and Woodside.

June 28, 2011 | No comments yet
New hiking trail opens

A new hiking trail is now walk-worthy and within sight of the Portola Valley Town Center. The Public Works Department on June 21 announced the opening of a perimeter trail around the 6-acre Spring Down meadow, located at 725 Portola Road, adjacent to the Town Center tennis courts.

July 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Summit Prep cited as 'transformative' high school

Local public charter high school is named in Newsweek's magazine annual listing of the
Newsweek magazine has named Summit Preparatory Charter High School one of 10 "transformative" high schools in its annual report on the "best" public high schools in the United States.

June 29, 2011 | 17 comments
Does Portola Valley need real bike lanes?

Council looks at adding the lanes to Alpine and Portola roads.
The Portola Valley Town Council on June 8 discussed a possible revision to the volunteer Traffic Committee's mandate to address bicycling issues, including safety and sharing the road. The council might go as far widening the roads to accommodate officially designated bike lanes.

June 30, 2011 | 9 comments
Portola Valley prepares for emergencies

WEDNESDAY: The Portola Valley Town Council will hear presentations and discuss emergency preparedness at its meeting on Wednesday, June 29, starting at 7 p.m.

June 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Three break-ins at Facebook

Among the police calls: Loss estimate of at least $8,300 in three break-ins and thefts of copper cable at Facebook Corp., 312 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park on June 17, 20 and 22.

June 28, 2011 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League tournament

Alpine West Menlo advanced with a 13-8 victory over San Mateo National in the 11-12 Majors tournament on Saturday at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto.

June 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Quick thinking, relief pitching lift Menlo Chevron into title game

Kannappan doubles, triples and drives in three runs to help beat B&B Builders, 10-8
Local baseball tournaments: More than the two innings Menlo Chevron batted around, two other offensive rallies and some nifty pitching that got it out of a seventh-inning jam helped Menlo Chevron edge B&B Builders, 10-8, in the second-round winner's bracket contest of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Championships.

June 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Alcohol sales at Walgreens?

Menlo Park's Planning Commission is asked to approve permit
The Walgreens store in Menlo Park wants to sell alcohol and is seeking approval for a permit from the Menlo Park Planning Commission, which will discuss the matter tonight (June 27). The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

June 27, 2011 | 5 comments
Today: Bilingual musical story time

Mariela Herrara will present a 40-minute bilingual musical story time program for all ages at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road.

June 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Ravenswood school libraries saved

But classes will be bigger, school year shorter
School libraries will be open and computers running in Ravenswood City School District schools this fall after the school board narrowly averted layoffs of its entire library and technology staffs.

June 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Tuesday: palm leaf bookmaking workshop

The ancient history and importance of palm leaf bookmaking, and contemporary life in India, are the topics of a 75-minute workshop for ages 6 and up to be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Sixty-eight seniors graduate from Woodside Priory

Sixty-eight seniors received diplomas June 11 at Woodside Priory School's 51st commencement. Corey Cheung was the student speaker. Tina Seelig, executive director of Stanford University's Technology Ventures Program, gave the commencement address.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Corte Madera School graduates 73

Seventy-three eighth-graders in Corte Madera School's Class of 2011 graduated from middle school and the Portola Valley School District on Friday, June 10, during a traditional ceremony in the school's multi-purpose room.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance

Some 300 vintage and collectible cars are on exhibit at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance today (June 26) at 360 Oak Road at Stanford University. > For other community events, go to the master community calendar and click on the dates you want.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Introduction to Irish dance in Atherton

Dancers from the Greene Academy of Irish Dance will present a short show and introductory lesson for kids ages 4 and up from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane in Atherton. The program is free. For more information, call 650-328-2422 or click here.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Investigator: Complaint against police unfounded

Private investigator David Reuben has concluded that a citizen's complaint against Atherton's police chief and police lieutenant filed by former finance director John Johns is unfounded.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Will Durst in Atherton

Comedian Will Durst and friends will present "Comedy for People Who Read" from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton. General admission is $20. The Performing Arts Center is at 555 Middlefield Road.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Grand theft in Sharon Heights

Among police reports: Theft in house being remodeled and estimated loss of $25,000 in stolen clothing and jewelry in Sharon Heights neighborhood, June 10.

June 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Historical group holds ice cream social

Menlo Park association gathers in park
The Menlo Park Historical Association serves up ice cream and local lore on Sunday, June 26. The event starts at 2 p.m. in Burgess Park at 701 Laurel St.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Willows burglary suspects tied to other crime

Police think pair tried another house
Neighborhood watch works. A Willows resident spotted two strangers strolling through his neighbor's backyard on Friday, and called police.

June 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Nathalie Cooper, longtime teacher in Portola Valley, dies at 87

Nathalie Cooper, who lived many years in Portola Valley and devoted years to educating the children of Portola Valley, died peacefully on May 31. She was 87.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Future of Atherton Library

A community meeting to review options for a new Atherton Library will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, beginning at the Carriage House in Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton, with a walk to the sites in the park under consideration for the library.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Stabbing suspect arrested in Menlo Park

A sharp exchange of words on a sunny afternoon turned physical in Menlo Park on Thursday. Police said they arrested city resident Alamoti Finau, 69, for allegedly stabbing another man in the arm.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Cars 2'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Pixar head honcho and "Cars 2" director John Lasseter pushes the credo "Story is king," but the sequel to the 2006 hit "Cars" unwittingly abdicates the throne. -- PC

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Save the Bay one weed at a time

Save The Bay will celebrate 50 years of environmental protection and restoration with a weed-pulling party followed by a "county fair-style celebration" Saturday, June 25.

June 24, 2011 | 2 comments
Supes restore services to county budget

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Thursday adopted a $1.69 billion budget for the next fiscal year after adding back $1.7 million in services that had been slated to be cut.

June 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Governor Brown in SF: 'Patience is important'

Gov. Jerry Brown sounded an optimistic note in a speech in San Francisco Thursday about solving California's budget crisis, while warning that a failure by the state Legislature to reach a deal would bring severe cuts.

June 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain gets $16 million grant for signal upgrades

Federal money would enable design work for 'positive train controls'
Caltrain's effort to upgrade its train service surged ahead Thursday when the Federal Railroad Administration awarded the cash-strapped system a $16 million to design a modern signaling system.

June 23, 2011 | 4 comments
Photos from Menlo Park's block party

Camille Jones, 4, checks out her face at Joanna's Face Painting booth during the annual summer block party in downtown Menlo Park on Wednesday night, June 22. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

June 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Beginners'

(Three stars)
The word "twee" aptly describes the tone of "Beginners," but it's only half the story. A domestic dramedy that puts an unexpected spin on the romantic comedy, this genre-bender gives Christopher Plummer a plum role that may bring him Oscar attention. -- PC

June 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Green Lantern'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Superman" meets "Star Trek" in this fun and vibrant take on the comic icon, though the colorful film feels a bit gluttonous in its feast of effects and action. -- TH

June 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Supes agree to plan to reopen Flood Park

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved a plan that will temporarily keep Flood Park open through the beginning of next year.

June 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Deconstructing history: old gym comes down

A worker uses a hose to control dust created by the demolition of the old gymnasium at the Menlo Park Civic Center. A new gymnastics center will rise on the site, and is due to be completed by January. Almanac photo taken by Michelle Le on June 16.

June 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo Park BevMo robber is suspect in 20-plus crimes

Man armed with gun targets stores, police report
A man suspected of robbing the Menlo Park BevMo store at gunpoint may have carried out at least 20 similar crimes throughout the Bay Area, police say. This sketch of the armed robbery suspect was provided by the San Jose Police Department.

June 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Jeff Child appointed to Menlo Park school board

Each candidate had many strengths on offer, but in the end, the Menlo Park City School District board opted for experience in choosing former member Jeff Child to fill a vacant board seat Tuesday evening.

June 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Friday: Woodside workshop on invasive grass

A free public workshop on identifying and removing slender false brome, an invasive grass, is set for Friday, July 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Independence Hall in Woodside at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Woodside roads.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Klepto Cat' at adoption event

San Mateo's most famous cat will be making a celebrity appearance this weekend at the animal shelter where he was adopted nearly five years ago.

June 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Driver arrested for homicide in fatal crash

In East Palo Alto, 22-year-old passenger died after driver sped away from officers, police say
A 25-year-old East Palo Alto woman has been arrested for the death of her friend after a fatal car crash on June 17.

June 22, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo's Schoof wins state baseball coach honor

Menlo School baseball coach Craig Schoof, whose team captured its second straight Central Coast Section Division III title this spring, has been named the ESPN Rise/Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the Year in the small schools division.

June 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Where should Atherton's new library be built?

Should Atherton's planned new library be built in the town's only park, the spacious and generally tranquil Holbrook-Palmer? Residents will have a chance to join the discussion on that question and other options at community meetings on Saturday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 28.

June 22, 2011 | 3 comments
Fire district labor board hearing to finish Friday

Ruling in union dispute expected by year's end
The state Public Employee Relations Board hearing over union complaints of unfair labor practices in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is expected to finish on Friday, June 24.

June 23, 2011 | 13 comments
Menlo council delays green building standards

Asks staff to revise tighter ordinance
The first phase of implementing new green building standards in Menlo Park was delayed after the City Council on June 14 unanimously asked staff to revise the proposed ordinance.

June 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Atherton: Crackdown on trash cans

Atherton residents who leave their garbage cans out on the street for longer than a designated period will be subject to a warning, then a fine, under terms of an ordinance given preliminary approval by the City Council on June 15.

June 23, 2011 | 1 comment
Tonight: Willows crime meeting in Menlo Park

After another spate of burglaries in the Willows neighborhood, the Menlo Park police department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, June 21.

June 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Ex-mayor may go to voters over outsourcing

ATHERTON: This is an expanded version of a previously published story. In the face of the possible layoff of 13 town employees and elimination of in-house building and public works services, former mayor Malcolm Dudley said he and other citizens will launch a ballot initiative drive if the town won't survey residents to see if they're willing to pay a higher parcel tax to balance the budget.

June 21, 2011 | 7 comments
Saturday: Reunion for Woodside High Class of 1966

The Woodside High School Class of 1966 will hold a reunion at the school on Saturday, June 25.

June 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Going to the mat: new wrestling club already contender

Beechwood's first wrestling club takes team trophy
The Beechwood Wrestling Club started from scratch back in September, thanks to Nathan Pantoja and a former Menlo Park police officer, James Lavano. And the kids on the team are already contenders.

June 22, 2011 | 6 comments
Downtown Alliance hires law firm

Review calls specific plan deficient
Putting its money where its mouth is, the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance hired a law firm to evaluate the environmental impact of the proposed downtown specific plan, and won't dismiss the possibility of a lawsuit.

June 21, 2011 | 12 comments
New Menlo budget includes police pay raise

Commander position gets salary bump
When the Menlo Park City Council passed its balanced budget for the next fiscal year, it also approved a pay raise for police commanders.

June 21, 2011 | 8 comments
Menlo Marauders win Father's Day Classic

The Menlo Marauders 10 and under championship team won the 2011 Father's Day Classic, held over the weekend in Fremont and sponsored by the U.S. Specialty Sports Association.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Midgets win AAA Minors Division city title

The Midgets, the Alpine/West Menlo Little League team, beat the Menlo Park Timber Rattlers (the Menlo-Atherton Little League team), 9-7, on Friday afternoon, June 17, for the city championship in the AAA Minors Division at Burgess Park in Menlo Park.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
First 'Spare the Air" day called

The first Spare the Air day of the season has been called for Tuesday throughout the Bay Area.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Nurses protest cuts to health programs

About two dozen San Mateo County nurses protested Monday afternoon outside the government center in Redwood City over proposed cuts to the county health system.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Cheetah visits Portola Valley

Rob Dicely, of the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund in Sonoma County, brought this African cheetah and three other wild cats to the Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley. Almanac photo by Dave Boyce.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Block party, concert in Menlo Park

The Groove Kings, dogs on parade, and outdoor dining; what more could a Menlo Park resident want on a summer evening? The Chamber of Commerce hosts its Fifth Annual Block Party on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley budget would impact traffic patrol

Portola Valley residents and drivers passing through town may, in coming months, experience a new presence on the side of the road: a deputy sheriff on a motorcycle. The Town Council discussed this and other matters in a review of the proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

June 22, 2011 | 3 comments
State funding loss imperils daytime squad car

Woodside budget deficit to mean smaller staff at Town Hall
WOODSIDE: A risk of losing funding for a second daytime traffic patrol was one of several items discussed on June 14 at the Woodside Town Council meeting. The council reviewed the proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year that starts July 1.

June 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley town manager to retire

She sets a goal to find a spot for below-market-rate homes.
Angie Howard, the town manager of Portola Valley, said she hopes that before April 2012, the town will find a location suitable for several below-market-rate (BMR) homes and thus fulfill a longstanding state mandate.

June 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Driver to be charged with homicide in crash

22-year-old passenger died after driver sped away from officers, police say
A solo car crash in East Palo Alto on Friday night has claimed the life of a 22-year-old woman. Police say they plan to arrest the driver, a 25-year-old woman who was injured and hospitalized, on charges of homicide, drunken driving, and evading the police.

June 20, 2011 | No comments yet
SamTrans installs 'high tech' fare boxes

New "high tech" fare boxes that accept cash, coins, tokens and paper magnetic-stripe tickets are being installed on SamTrans buses. They can issue a change card if a customer overpays and they will eventually be able to sell day passes.

June 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Peak Performances slugs way to Menlo Park city title

Little League: It was a hitter's game at the Menlo Park City championship Little League game Friday at Burgess Park. Peak Performance Chiropractic from Alpine/West Menlo outslugged Left Bank of Menlo-Atherton Little League, 11-5, to capture the title.

June 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: James Fadiman at Kepler's

Psychology professor James Fadiman of Menlo Park will discuss his new book, "The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys," at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

June 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Memorial for Robin Winslow Smith

A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton for Robin Winslow Smith, a 47-year resident of Atherton who died at home June 15 surrounded by family after outwitting cancer for nearly five years.

June 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford MBA attains a life goal

Atherton resident appears on TV's 'The Price is Right'
Atherton resident Joseph O'Brien (upper right) with his posse of friends who made a road trip to Hollywood, where he appeared on TV's "The Price is Right." Courtesy of CBS/ The Price is Right.

July 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Nine graduates win Kelly Kolozsi Scholarships

Nine high school graduates from the Sequoia Union High School District recently received Kelly Kolozsi Scholarships, which are awarded to seniors for their academic achievements, contributions to their schools and communities, and demonstrated financial need.

July 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Pre-Father's Day in the park

The Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County will celebrate Father's Day with kite-flying, face-painting, and a barbecue lunch at its annual "Dad and Me at the Park" event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 18.

June 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted in Portola Valley

A mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of the 400 block of Old Spanish Trail in Portola Valley at around 7:50 p.m. Friday night, county officials reported.

June 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Dogs graduate from inmate training program

Four dogs graduated from an unusual inmate training program in Redwood City this week and are ready to be adopted, shelter officials said.

June 18, 2011 | 3 comments
Woman, 22, dies in crash during brief chase

A 22-year-old woman died and a 25-year-old woman was injured in a solo-vehicle crash during a brief police chase in East Palo Alto late Friday night, police said.

June 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Four apply for Menlo school board seat

Four applicants for a vacant seat on the Menlo Park City School District board will be interviewed by board members on Tuesday, June 21, at a special meeting that begins at 6 p.m. The board will deliberate and appoint one of the candidates at the end of the meeting.

June 17, 2011 | 16 comments
Ravenswood to shutter two schools

Larger classes, furlough days on tap for Ravenswood school district
Two of Ravenswood's eight campuses will not re-open this fall as the K-8 district serving 3,900 children in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park looks to save on administrative and maintenance costs.

June 17, 2011 | 8 comments
Special Olympics torch run starts in Menlo

Local law enforcement officers today will escort athletes carrying the Special Olympics torch from Menlo Park to San Francisco.

June 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep graduates 132 students

Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 132 students on May 27, during the 113th commencement ceremony on the Sacred Heart Schools campus in Atherton.

June 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School awards diplomas to 145

The 145 members of Menlo School's Class of 2011 received their diplomas June 7 in an outdoor ceremony on the Atherton campus.

June 17, 2011 | 21 comments
La Entrada School awards diplomas to 127

La Entrada's Class of 2011 received diplomas June 8 during a festive ceremony in the Menlo Park middle school's gym that featured class speakers, music, awards, and short recorded student reflections on their times in the Las Lomitas School District.

June 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton postpones police donation discussion

A discussion of a proposed resolution requiring specific donations made to the police department to be made anonymously, through the city manager or city attorney's office, was removed from the Atherton City Council's June 15 agenda.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Green tech event in Menlo Park

Green industry experts and curious entrepreneurs will mix and mingle at the Green Chamber of Commerce's Future of Clean Tech event, to be held at the TechShop in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 16.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Scholarship winners feted

Winners of Peninsula College Fund scholarships will be recognized at an award ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton on Saturday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo police find stolen stereo in two hours

Trespassing call led police to stolen property
A stereo system pried out of a locked car returned home within two hours, according to Menlo Park police.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: Budget reflecting layoffs approved, but outsourcing plan still not firm

An "interim bridge budget" that reflects the layoff of 13 town staff members was passed by Atherton's City Council on June 15, but the question of whether the pink-slipped employees will actually lose their jobs has yet to be resolved.

June 16, 2011 | 5 comments
New districts would shift power on Peninsula


A state-senate redistricting proposal, released by the nonpartisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission, would make Palo Alto a minority in the state Senate's 11th district.

June 16, 2011 | 3 comments
Today: Fun run with former 49er Roger Craig

Roger Craig, the former San Francisco 49er running back, four-time Pro Bowl participant and three-time Super Bowl winner, is hosting a 2.5-mile run at Edgewood Park at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 18.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Rich Gordon helps restrain assemblyman in skirmish on Assembly floor Wednesday

Assemblymen Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, helped restrain another Democratic assemblyman from possible physical contact with a Republican during a debate on the Assembly floor Wednesday.

June 16, 2011 | 1 comment
Andersons give major art collection to Stanford

The university plans to build Anderson Gallery to house 121 works given by the Atherton couple
A veritable arts district is burgeoning at Stanford University, with a new building slated to be built to house a major donation of 20th-century American art. Photo: Donating 121 work by 86 artists are Atherton's Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, and their daughter Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. Photo by L.A. Cicero.

June 15, 2011 | 7 comments
Menlo women's teams announce signings

Oaks' report: The Menlo College women's basketball team announced their signees for next season on Monday. The Lady Oaks signed six-foot forward Tori Conley of Vancouver, WA, Laurel Donnenwirth of El Camino High in Sacramento, Jolise Limcaco of St. Francis High in Sacamento, and College of the Sequoias transfer Carly Tristao.

June 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Legends bounce back with win

Summer baseball: The Menlo Park Legends bounced back from a 1-2 weekend by beating the visiting San Jose Baysox, 8-0, in a semipro baseball game at Menlo College on Tuesday. The Legends improved to 7-4. Richard McCaffery started the game for the Legends and allowed one base runner -- off of a walk -- and struck out five in five innings.

June 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to county: Maybe we'll take Flood Park

City compiles list of needed repairs
Let the wheeling and dealing begin. The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night (June 14) to start negotiating with the county for Flood Park, a 21-acre community gathering place that made San Mateo County's short list of assets slated for closure to save money.

June 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Police commander pay bump passes on split vote

Menlo Park council votes 3-2
Although City Manager Glen Rojas characterized it as a restructuring instead of a pay raise, the end result of a 3-2 vote by the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night was to bump up the salary for police commanders by approximately $14,000.

June 15, 2011 | 42 comments
Revamped creek-bridge planned for U.S. 101

June 15 meeting will display maps of a longer, wider proposed bridge to improve flood water flows from San Francisquito Creek
A proposed replacement bridge over San Francisquito Creek and U.S. 101 between University Avenue and Embarcadero Road will be discussed at a community meeting on Wednesday (June 15).

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
D.A.: Middle-school boys assaulted girls

Five Redwood City middle school boys have been arrested for allegedly attempting to sexually assault two 12-year-old girls on a school field trip in March, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

June 14, 2011 | 4 comments
Tonight: Council looks at Flood Park, downtown

As the Menlo Park City Council picks up its pace with the summer recess in sight, the agendas get longer.

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Rojas temporary contract approved

It's official: City Manager Glen Rojas will retire on July 15, then return to serve on a temporary contract until December or until Menlo Park hires a replacement.

June 16, 2011 | 9 comments
Menlo Park crime online

Can't get enough of police reports? Is reading Ann Rule one of your favorite guilty pleasures? Now Menlo Park residents can track crime happening in their own backyards, from the comfort of home.

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Calling all commissioners

Menlo Park's searching high and low for residents to fill vacancies on the following commissions: Environmental Quality; Parks and Recreation; Housing; and Transportation.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Saving centuries-old oak tree carries steep price

SFPUC and neighbors evaluate costs
A tunnel might be the key to saving "Granny," the 65-foot-tall heritage oak tree standing in the way of a new Hetch Hetchy pipeline, but it won't come cheap. Then again, neither will any other option.

June 15, 2011 | 1 comment
Commission scrutinizes Menlo Park downtown plan

Identifies error in specific plan draft EIR
Is there actually less traffic in Menlo Park now than a decade ago? When the city released the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for a vision of the downtown and El Camino Real corridors, it was a milestone for a plan that's been years in the making. Now that the scrutiny has begun, it didn't take long to identify a glitch.

June 15, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo Park chops tree removal request in half

Country club gets OK to remove 37
Dueling arborist reports suggest the reason for partially denying the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club's request has to do with differing evaluations of tree health.

June 16, 2011 | 4 comments
Bottling plant closure to cost 150 jobs

About 150 people will lose their jobs when an alcohol bottling facility on Commonwealth Drive in Menlo Park closes on July 31. The plant belongs to Diageo, a UK-based company that sells brands that include Smirnoff, Baileys, Guinness, and Captain Morgan.

June 16, 2011 | 14 comments
Truck driver collides with bicyclist

A drunken truck driver and a drunken bicyclist collided on Saturday night on El Camino Real near Redwood City, leaving the cyclist seriously injured, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

June 14, 2011 | 12 comments
Looking at art through science

Scientist and art lover David Stork of Portola Valley has focused in recent years on developing computer imaging methods to look beyond the paint of great artwork. Photo: David Stork poses in front of Frank Stella's "Firuzabad," part of a local private collection of modern art. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

June 15, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton budget may pass, but questions remain

A budget that has yet to be reviewed at a public meeting may be approved by the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, June 15, with the understanding that a revision will be required once key questions -- such as whether public services will be outsourced -- are resolved.

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Frugal innovation for emerging markets

Inexpensive solutions for difficult problems in the world's emerging markets is the subject of this month's Cafe Scientifique, which meets tonight (Tuesday, June 14) at 6 p.m. at SRI International headquarters at Middlefield Road and Ringwood Avenue in Menlo Park.

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
'Art for Lean Times' at Menlo Park Library

Menlo Park artist Donald Wallace is showing representational and abstract works in acrylic media at the entrance lobby of the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St.

June 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Opinion: Councilmen make case for layoffs

The town of Atherton has been discussing our current cost structure for delivering services to our residents for many months, and has determined it is not financially stable.

June 14, 2011 | 14 comments
Obituary: Cyclist dies after accident in Woodside

Richard I. Kadet, the 67-year-old Redwood City cyclist who, on May 29, fell in a reported solo bike accident on eastbound Woodside Road near the intersection with Northgate Drive in Woodside, has died of his injuries, relatives said.

June 14, 2011 | No comments yet
The wilder side of redistricting

Taxation with too much or too little representation?
A proposed state redistricting plan has added some interesting dynamics to the political representation in the Almanac's circulation area, including possibly two state senators for Portola Valley and Woodside and none for Atherton and Menlo Park.

June 14, 2011 | 2 comments
How to use the Almanac archives

Bound volumes of the Almanac from the 1970s to 2003 are available to the public in the Community Heritage Room of the Portola Valley Library whenever the library is open.

July 11, 2011 | No comments yet
How one Woodside resident used Almanac archives

The new home for the Almanac's archives -- in the Community Heritage Room of the Portola Valley Library -- proved useful recently to Woodside resident Harvey Rosenthal.

July 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Pay raises for police commanders?

Council to vote on whether to increase salaries up to $13,956
Right on the heels of the police sergeants union agreeing to a two-year pay freeze, the two police commanders of Menlo Park could see a pay raise of up to $13,956 -- if the City Council approves it on Tuesday, June 14.

June 13, 2011 | 12 comments
Almanac archives find new home in Portola Valley

The Almanac's archives, bound volumes and flat files of old newspapers dating from the first issues in 1965 up to 2003, have a new home in the Community Heritage Center in the Portola Valley library.
How to use the Almanac archives
How a Woodside resident used the archives

July 11, 2011 | No comments yet
New voter districts drawn by citizens' commission

First-draft maps were released June 10, with a public hearing scheduled June 25
The first draft of new voting-district maps that will change legislative boundaries were released by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission on Friday, June 10.

June 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Local 4-H Club members prepare for fair

Several Menlo Park 4-Hers have been raising livestock for the San Mateo County Fair, being held June 11-19. Photo: From left: Peri Wong, Jesse Taylor, and Kathryn Stewart evaluate Jesse's lamb at the San Carlos 4-H farm.

June 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Pride of Woodside at San Mateo County Fair

Merilee Raynor, a sixth-grader at Woodside Elementary School, poses with Pedro, her new big pet, the Peninsula Pride Steer she has been raising as a Canada 4-H Club project for the San Mateo County Fair, which runs June 11-19.

June 11, 2011 | 3 comments
Today: Bayer Ballet performs in Atherton

The Bayer Ballet Academy youth company will present "Springtime Novelettes," including a recital of variations from "La Bayadere" (The Temple Dancer) and "Swan Lake," on Sunday, June 12, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton.

June 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Clear position needed on high-speed rail

OPINION: Menlo Park resident Brielle Johnck says what's missing is a full City Council discussion that would result in an official policy on high-speed rail.

June 16, 2011 | 5 comments
Today: Little League city championship games

The Menlo-Atherton Little League and the Alpine/West Menlo Little League Majors Division champions and the AAA Division champions will play for the "City Title" on Friday, June 17.

June 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Memorial service for Hap Halloran, World War II vet and POW

A memorial service will be held today (Friday, June 17) for Menlo Park resident Raymond "Hap" Halloran, the World War II veteran and prisoner of war who died June 7 at 89. The service is set for noon at St. Raymond Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. During World War II, Mr. Halloran found himself on the giving and the receiving ends in the air war over Japan — first as a B-29 bombardier and then, after his plane was shot down over Tokyo, as a prisoner of war.

June 10, 2011 | 14 comments
Ravenswood may cut entire library staff

Trustees slash technology staff that provides computer services to students
Peering into a future of hard times, trustees of the Ravenswood City School District, which has schools in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, voted Thursday to slash the staff that provides computer services to children and teachers, among other positions.

June 10, 2011 | 58 comments
Monday: Save Flood Park meeting

City gets ready to bargain for park
As Menlo Park prepares to start negotiating to take over Flood Park, residents call a June 13 meeting to figure out how to help.

June 10, 2011 | 1 comment
Remembering joyful Woodside summers long ago

When school closed each June, my brothers and I left our home in foggy San Francisco for a summer in the country.

June 10, 2011 | 3 comments
Today: Simitian holds sidewalk office hours

Meet and greet state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, at the Menlo Park Farmers' Market on Sunday, June 12, from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

June 10, 2011 | 2 comments
Atherton layoffs delayed while talks continue

Union rep says new proposed concessions will save the town more than outsourcing
The town of Atherton agreed on Thursday (June 9) to delay its planned layoff of 13 employees until July 15 while it negotiates with the union representing them, according to Teamsters union representative Peter Finn.

June 9, 2011 | 79 comments
Second Caltrain fatality in two days

For the second time in two days, a person was struck and killed by a train in Burlingame.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Gang member, 17, charged as an adult with murder of infant

Evidence justifies four counts, Zaragoza to be tried as adult, San Mateo County DA's office says
A 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting a 3-month-old baby in East Palo Alto early Sunday was arraigned in San Mateo County Superior Court this afternoon.
Memorial service set for Thursday for Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Workshop on county district boundaries

A workshop to discuss adjusting San Mateo County supervisorial district boundaries based on new census data is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, in the Menlo Park Senior Center, 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg speaks to Belle Haven grads

Families of approximately 75 eighth-graders graduating from the K-8 Belle Haven School in Menlo Park got a surprise Wednesday when Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed up as the commencement speaker.

June 9, 2011 | 10 comments
M-A High grad Melvin is named manager of the Oakland A's

Palo Alto native and Menlo-Atherton High graduate Bob Melvin has been named the interim manager of the Oakland A's. The announcement came from A's general manager Billy Beane, who earlier dismissed manager Bob Geren, who was mired in a nine-game losing streak.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Rep. Anna Eshoo recovering from successful appendectomy

Congresswoman postpones Wednesday meeting with Palo Alto City Council to recuperate from surgery
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, underwent an appendectomy Tuesday and will spend the week recuperating from the successful operation. She had to cancel her scheduled speech Wednesday night at Gunn High School's graduation, but helped to find a substitute.

June 9, 2011 | 1 comment
SHP's Kremer and Howe top swimmers in WBAL

Sacred Heart Prep junior Tom Kremer and freshman teammate Ally Howe, who won a pair of individual events and set school records at the league championships, have been named the boys' and girls' Most Outstanding Swimmer in the West Bay Athletic League this season.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain service restarts after fatality

Caltrain service is slowly getting back to normal after the tracks were shut down earlier this afternoon when a person was struck and killed by a train in Burlingame.

June 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Gang member, 17, charged with murder as an adult in infant death

Evidence justifies four counts, Zaragoza to be tried as adult, San Mateo County DA's office says
A 17-year-old boy arrested for the fatal shooting of an infant in East Palo Alto over the weekend will be charged with murder as an adult, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney said today.
Memorial service set for Thursday for Izack Jimenez Garcia

June 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Willows traffic plan hits dead stop in Menlo Park

Council votes unanimously to halt project
The rhetoric was bloodthirsty, for a Menlo Park City Council meeting: One after another public speaker Tuesday night urged the council to kill it. Kill it dead. Kill it good and dead and beyond hope of resuscitation -- "it" being the latest iteration of the Willows traffic improvement plan.

June 7, 2011 | 15 comments
Walgreens: One-stop shop for ... alcohol?

Menlo Park drugstore asks to sell beer and wine
Next time you stop at Walgreens, you might be able to pick up a six-pack to go with that aspirin. The drugstore has asked Menlo Park to let it sell beer and wine.

June 7, 2011 | 6 comments
Today: Menlo Park Chamber mixer

Marsh Manor Shopping Center plays host to the next Chamber of Commerce mixer on Wednesday, June 15. Located at the corner of Florence Street and Marsh Road, the center kicks off the party at 5:30 p.m.

June 14, 2011 | 3 comments
Today: Kelly Park grand re-opening

Or "re-grand opening," as the city of Menlo Park's announcement put it. Either way, the event takes place on Saturday, June 11, at Kelly Park (100 Terminal Ave.) in Menlo Park. The opening ceremony begins on the park's new synthetic sports field at noon.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Arborist questions fears of pipeline damage

Oak tree roots pose no threat, report says
"There is no reason that the pipeline can't be installed, leaving the tree intact and without killing the tree," wrote arborist Barrie Coate in a report commissioned by the owner of the North Fair Oaks property the tree overlooks.

June 7, 2011 | 6 comments
Seventeen-year-old arrested for infant's homicide

Police say Sunday's triple-shooting in East Palo Alto might have been a case of mistaken identity
Two teenage boys, ages 16 and 17, have been arrested, one in connection with the fatal shooting Sunday (June 5) of a 3-month-old boy in East Palo Alto, police announced at a noon press conference Monday.

June 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Waschura places 5th in state with personal best in 1,600m

After winning two races at the Central Coast Section track championships in Gilroy on May 27, Woodside High School's Chris Waschura knocked nearly 11 second off his CCS time and placed fifth in the state in the 1,600-meter race at Clovis on June 5.

June 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park home cuts energy use by 90 percent

Insulation, airtight window frames, solar power, and a heat-recovery ventilation system helped Clarum Homes earn its first certification for building a passive house that the company says cuts energy use by 90 percent.

June 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Homeless vets

Former homeless veteran Kim Yee, left, wheels himself, as current homeless veteran Oddie Birden, right, is aided by recreation therapist Leanne Young, at the start of the Veteran Affairs 2K walk to end homelessness, held at the VA campus in Menlo Park on June 2. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Employees offer concessions to save jobs

Former mayors urge council to give residents choice before outsourcing services
The union representing 13 Atherton employees who were given pink slips May 31 will meet with town representatives on June 9 to try to save its members' jobs by offering about 12 percent in compensation concessions. Meanwhile, two former mayors are urging the City Council to give residents a choice before outsourcing services.

June 7, 2011 | 53 comments
Youth, 17, charged with murder in infant's death

Police call Sunday's triple-shooting in East Palo Alto a case of mistaken identity
Two teenage boys, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old, have been arrested, one charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting at 12:50 a.m. Sunday of a 3-month-old boy in East Palo Alto, police announced at a noon press conference today. The second youth was arrested on weapons-violation charges.

June 6, 2011 | 1 comment
Bicyclist dies after accident on Woodside Road

Richard Kadet, 67, of Redwood City died June 9 from injuries suffered in a May 29 bicycle accident on Woodside Road near the intersection with Northgate Drive, his family said.

June 6, 2011 | 37 comments
Floyd Carley of Woodside to be honored for D-Day action

On July 1, 2011, at the French consulate in San Francisco, the government of France will recognize Woodside resident Floyd Carley's World War II service by designating him a Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

June 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley examines Shorenstein estate plan

The Portola Valley Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 1, began its review of a proposal that could subdivide the 11.6-acre Westridge neighborhood estate belonging to the heirs of real estate magnate Walter Shorenstein.

June 8, 2011 | No comments yet
PV mayor: Time to get serious about bike safety

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, June 8, will discuss bicycle safety in town and how to improve it. The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

June 7, 2011 | 16 comments
Suspect arrested in infant's death

Police arrest one of two suspects who they said shot three, killed infant, in East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto police have arrested a suspect in the Sunday morning shooting and killing of a 3-month-old baby on Wisteria Drive. The arrest, which police plan to discuss at a noon press conference, follows a manhunt that begun shortly after the shooting.

June 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Should city survey Willows on traffic?

As anyone who tracks letters to the council's email list knows, the topic of the Willows traffic plan study comes before the council on Tuesday, June 7 -- not the plan itself, but the question of whether to survey those living within the study area about the plan, i.e. the question of whether to question.

June 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Class of 2011: M-A High graduates 388

Kevin Martinez gives his friend Alejandro Prieto a mid-air embrace at M-A High's 60th annual commencement on Thursday, June 2. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

June 6, 2011 | 3 comments
Woodside High School graduates enter wide world yonder

Dave Ramirez is embraced by teacher Gay Buckland before the Woodside High School graduation ceremony began June 3. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

June 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Simitian bill boosts charter school oversight

In 'education update,' state senator discusses state budget outlook
State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, has introduced legislation -- favored by charter school interests –- that would boost oversight and accountability for the 912 publicly funded charter schools serving 365,000 California children.

June 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Teens catch alleged purse snatcher

Menlo Park teen was chased down by 17-year-old Good Samaritans
A Menlo Park teenager was chased down and held for police by two 17-year-old Good Samaritans after he allegedly snatched a tourist's purse, according to police.

June 6, 2011 | 3 comments
Guest opinion: 'Granny' oak worthy of saving

At 300 years of age, they call her "Granny." In truth, she is a healthy, robust middle-ager with others like her having been known to exceed 600 years.

June 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Parish stunned by pastor's 'boundary violation'

Police investigation remains open
St. Raymond parishioners said they felt hurt and betrayed by the actions of their pastor, Father William Myers, after the revelation that the pastor has been on administrative leave since May 27 following an incident with a 17-year-old boy.

June 6, 2011 | 20 comments
Infant killed in shooting

Police seek two suspects after Sunday morning shooting that leaves parents wounded
East Palo Alto police are searching for two men suspected of killing a three-month-old infant and seriously injuring his mother and father this morning, a police officer said. The boy and his parents were shot while driving in a vehicle in the 400 block of Wisteria Drive at about 12:50 a.m., acting Capt. Jeff Liu said.

June 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Nativity Carnival this weekend

Nativity School in Menlo Park will kick off summer with its 31st annual Nativity Carnival fundraiser on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-12, on the school's grounds at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Laurel Street.

June 9, 2011 | 2 comments
Infant killed in East Palo Alto shooting

Police seek two suspects after Sunday morning shooting that leaves parents wounded
East Palo Alto police are searching for two men suspected of killing a three-month-old infant and seriously injuring his mother and father this morning, a police officer said.

June 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo school board to appoint trustee

Applications for the post are due on June 17
District residents hoping to win a seat on the Menlo Park City School District Board will be assessed on a range of criteria, including their understanding of public school law and of challenges facing the district, according to criteria crafted by the school board, which will appoint a new board member on June 21.

June 3, 2011 | 83 comments
Saturday: Simitian to discuss state of education

State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, will discuss Gov. Jerry Brown's budget and general trends in an "education update" Saturday in Palo Alto.

June 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Sunday: 'Mildred Pierce' in Menlo

Salon Menlo will celebrate on Sunday the fictional and cinematic character Mildred Pierce through film clips from the 1945 Joan Crawford film and readings from the 1941 James Cain novel.

June 2, 2011 | 1 comment
Ladera bank robbery suspect arrested; photo released

A suspect in the April 4 robbery of the Chase Bank in Ladera was arrested Wednesday in Santa Barbara. In custody on robbery charges is Raymond Donald Davenport (photo), 51, a transient who is also a suspect in a Santa Barbara bank robbery, said Lt. Ray Lunny of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

June 2, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo Park nixes T-Mobile cell tower in park

You can't hear me now: Menlo Park has yanked T-Mobile's application to mount a cell phone antenna on a light pole in Nealon Park.

June 2, 2011 | 9 comments
Friday: Symphony in Menlo Park

Silicon Valley Symphony will perform works of Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Rossini and Prokofiev at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Opera and song at Little Store

The Little Store will present an evening of opera and song from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the restaurant, 3340 Woodside Road in Woodside.

June 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Discoveries that rewrote history'

Stanford professor and archaeologist Patrick Hunt will discuss his book, "Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History," at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the downstairs reading room at the Menlo Park Library, located at Alma Street and Ravenswood Avenue.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by Caltrain in Mountain View

Southbound train strikes man near San Antonio station
A southbound Caltrain struck and killed a man Wednesday night on the tracks south of the San Antonio station in Mountain View.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted in Portola Valley

A mountain lion was spotted near Pony Tracks Ranch in Portola Valley on Wednesday morning, San Mateo County officials said.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Officer injured in tussle, police dog bites suspect

A Menlo Park police officer was roughed up and a San Jose man bitten by a police dog on Tuesday evening in an incident in the Allied Arts neighborhood.

June 1, 2011 | 3 comments
Play dates with pets

Riley's Place offers play therapy to special kids one hug at a time
If animals could talk or text, Riley's Place would outrank Justin Bieber in Facebook friends. For now, the volunteer-powered nonprofit leasing space on a Woodside property is growing one hug at a time when special kids experience its unique hoof and fur therapy.

June 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Cyclist severely injured in crash in Woodside

A 67-year-old bicyclist from Redwood City was admitted to Stanford Hospital with a severe brain injury requiring emergency surgery on Sunday, May 29, after a solo crash on Woodside Road. This is an update to a previously published story.

June 1, 2011 | 18 comments
Simitian's bill to limit cough-medicine sales to minors advances

State Senate votes 37-0 to back Palo Alto lawmaker's bid to restrict sale of cough medicine with dextromethorphan
Joe Simitian's bid to ban sales of certain cough medicine to minors easily sailed through the state Senate Tuesday afternoon. Senate Bill 514 specifically targets medicine with dextromethorphan (DXM), which produces intoxication and hallucinations when ingested in high quantities -- a practice known as "robotripping."

June 1, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: St. Raymond pastor on leave after 'boundary violation' with teen, archdiocese says

Police found no criminal activity
Father William Myers, pastor of St. Raymond Catholic Church in Menlo Park, is on leave following an incident with a 17-year-old boy, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Tuesday (May 31).

June 1, 2011 | 4 comments
Saturday/Sunday: Vaulters hold Spring Fest

More than 100 vaulters will perform at the Woodside Vaulters Spring Fest competition Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, at the Portola Valley Training Center, 100 Ansel Road in Menlo Park.

June 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley cancels Saturday's town picnic

Due to forecasts of stormy weather on Saturday the town of Portola Valley has decided to cancel its town picnic scheduled for that day.

June 2, 2011 | 1 comment
Chris Waschura makes history at CCS

Woodside High's junior Chris Waschura won both the 1,600- and 800-meter titles at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships Friday night at Gilroy High to earn a trip to the state meet. A resident of Portola Valley, he is the first junior to sweep the middle distance races in Central Coast Section championship history, winning with times of 1:56.61 and 4:19.00.

May 31, 2011 | 1 comment
Sunday: Otter Run benefits Oak Knoll School

Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park invites children and adults to participate in its 17th annual Otter Run and Family Fun Run on Sunday, June 5.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Bridging gender gap in science

Menlo School has launched a pilot program to boost the number of girls who study science, technology, engineering and math -- referred to as STEM. This school year, Menlo has been working with about 75 female students, in grades 7 through 12, to give them more exposure to the STEM fields by showing them role models, introducing them to mentors, and creating opportunities to collaborate.

June 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Bookkeeper sentenced for Menlo embezzlement

Although she initially ruled that a bookkeeper who had embezzled thousands of dollars from Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park deserved more jail time than promised under a plea bargain, Judge Lisa Novak reversed course during sentencing.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
June 21: Bark party in Menlo Park

Registration closes June 15
Dogs on parade, now coming to this summer's Menlo Park Block Party! Participating dogs will earn a certificate, while the owners will have to settle for listening to bystanders compliment their canines.

June 10, 2011 | 2 comments
Today: 'Passive energy' home tour in Menlo

Clarum Homes will host a tour of what it describes as the county's first "passive energy" house on Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1206 North Lemon Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Grand jury recommends Tasers for Menlo Park

Menlo Park is a rarity in San Mateo County, one of only two cities that doesn't arm police officers with Taser guns. The county civil grand jury would like to change that.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo council meeting canceled

The council is expected to reconvene on June 7. One possible agenda item: the Willows traffic study, generator of many unhappy emails from neighborhood residents and consumer of many, many hours of staff time, not to mention $120,000.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Tip-A-Cop

For one day only, it's OK to offer money to a police officer -- as long as it's part of the Tip-A-Cop Special Olympics fundraiser at Stacks restaurant on Wednesday, June 8

June 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo Park pulls balancing act with budget

For years, council watchers have called for a balanced Menlo Park budget. Now they might finally get what they want, but will it be a case of "be careful what you wish for?"

May 31, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo Park store robbed at gunpoint

The Tri-E-Z convenience store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park lost cash and booze during an armed robbery on Monday night.

May 31, 2011 | 1 comment
Knights repeat as CCS baseball champions

Freddy Avis stopped the Santa Cruz baseball team with 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Menlo School went on to beat the Cardinals, 4-0, in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Division III tournament at San Jose Muni Stadium on Saturday.

May 30, 2011 | No comments yet
VAs hold Memorial Day events

Memorial Day will be marked by commemorations across the Bay Area, including at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which will host celebrations for veterans at both its Palo Alto and Menlo Park facilities.

May 30, 2011 | No comments yet
New book on Woodside history

The cover picture from a book on Woodside history by Thalia Lubin, president of the Woodside History Committee, and Bob Dougherty, author of a history of La Honda. They are looking for additional photos and artwork as they complete the final draft of the book. The man on the far left is Dr. Robert Orville Tripp, a Massachusetts dentist who came west in 1849 and in 1851 founded the Tripp General Store (now the Woodside Store and museum).

May 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Monday: Memorial Day at Union Cemetery

An annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Historic Union Cemetery in Redwood City at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30.

May 29, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A's Della Morte wins long jump at championships

CCS Track and Field: Menlo-Atherton senior Stas Della Morte earned a state meet berth by winning the long jump at 22-10 1/2 at Friday's CCS championships in Gilroy. Photo by Margaret Gallagher.

May 28, 2011 | 4 comments
Obituary: Service Tuesday for Laura Chinlund

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31, for Laura J. Chinlund, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, who died April 3. She was 93.

May 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Opera review: successful pairing of rarities

Final performances Saturday and Sunday
Concluding its remarkable 55th season with two rarely seen works, West Bay Opera has brought to Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto a run of operas the company has never before performed. Note: There are two more performances at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

May 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Private school feels squeezed by lease delay

Woodland School poised to spend $8 million
A residential community and Woodland School coexist in harmony in unincorporated Ladera, sharing the pleasures of unfenced campus fields surrounding the former Ladera public elementary school. They also share concerns that Woodland may be forced to find a new home because its lease is nearing an end.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls from Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo

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

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park teen arrested in Anaheim

A 17-year-old Menlo Park youth was arrested on sexual battery charges on Friday, May 20, at a dance at the Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, according to a report obtained from the Anaheim Police Department.

May 29, 2011 | 10 comments
Update: Sanitary district liable in sewage spills

If assessed the maximum penalty, the district could pay $2.6 million in fines.
In a partial resolution of a lawsuit by San Francisco Baykeeper against the West Bay Sanitary District, a federal court judge has found the district liable for 21 sewage overflows, each of more than 100 gallons, that entered Peninsula streams, including streams in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park and Portola Valley.

May 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Paly, Menlo go after section titles on Saturday

CCS baseball: Sometimes, just getting to a championship game is more difficult than winning it. The Palo Alto and Menlo School baseball teams will gladly test that theory when they go after Central Coast Section titles on Saturday in San Jose.

May 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Former assemblyman Ira Ruskin diagnosed with malignant tumor

He halts state Senate ambitions to focus on recovery
Former state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, whose district included Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is halting his political career. Mr. Ruskin, 67, said he was advised by his doctors that the tumor, while not curable, is containable.

May 27, 2011 | 2 comments
Open space district fatality is identified

Vehicle carrying contractors for open space district tumbles into canyon
The San Mateo County coroner's office has identified a Newark man who died in a crash Thursday near La Honda while performing weed abatement for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

May 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Kamala Harris speaks to East Palo Alto girls

Executives, judges, doctors meet with middle schoolers
California's first female attorney general, Kamala Harris, was in East Palo Alto on Thursday morning to talk to more than 150 seventh- and eighth-grade girls.

May 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Atherton to outsource two departments

13 town employees to lose their jobs, union says
The town of Atherton is preparing to outsource its entire building and public works departments, handing 13 of 16 non-management staff members their pink slips by the end of the month. Contract employees should be in place in town facilities by July 1, according to Mayor Jim Dobbie.

May 26, 2011 | 127 comments
Youth lacrosse: Grizzlies travel to San Francisco

The Menlo Atherton Youth Lacrosse Club will celebrate the conclusion of its inaugural season when the Grizzlies travel to San Francisco on June 5 to play in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association's year-end Lacrosse Festival.

June 3, 2011 | No comments yet
June 4-5: Sunset celebrates weekend

The event features a home made from a recycled cargo container
Sunset magazine will hold its 14th annual Celebration Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, on its seven-acre campus at 80 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Hangover Part II'

(Two stars)
Viewer buzz (and buzzed viewers) helped make "The Hangover" a surprise sensation in 2009. The principal cast -- led by hunk du jour Bradley Cooper, "Office" standout Ed Helms and oddball funnyman Zach Galifianakis -- returns for this comical romp through the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. -- TH

May 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Midnight in Paris'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
The opening montage of Woody Allen's wistful comedy reveals the director's new love affair. Not a word is spoken, but images of the object of desire cast a spell on you, just as they must have seduced the filmmaker best known for his long-term relationship with New York City. -- ST

May 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park freezes police sergeant pay

Council unanimously approves new contract
Menlo Park's eight police sergeants won't see a pay raise for two years under the terms of a new contract unanimously approved by the City Council that also implemented a two-tier pension system.

May 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Stunning six-run rally helps Menlo School reach finals

CCS baseball: It wasn't looking like a day that Freddy Avis wanted to remember. The Menlo School junior pitcher gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and saw his Menlo School baseball team trailing by five runs after three innings in a Central Coast Section Division III semifinal on Tuesday at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

May 25, 2011 | No comments yet
June 1-4: Woodside eighth-graders stage 'Annie'

Woodside Elementary School will stage the musical "Annie" as its eighth-grade operetta June 1-4 at George Sellman Auditorium on campus, 3195 Woodside Road. In the cast are, from left, Bria Michelsen, Elise Waldow, Paul Henry Lego, Nicole Schumacher, Robert Wang and Lindy Garrett. Tickets are $10-$12. The June 1 dress rehearsal starts at 6 p.m. and other performances at 7 p.m. For information, call the school office at 851-1571, ext. 291. Photo by Jan Sager.

May 31, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Polo Club hosts tournament

The Menlo Polo Club will host its second annual U.S. Polo Association-sanctioned Ladies' Tournament on Saturday, May 28, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

May 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Business: Great Clips opens in Menlo Park

A new Great Clips salon opened Saturday, May 28, at Sharon Heights Shopping Center in Menlo Park.

May 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside man rides to help hospital for Tibetan refugees

Jason Bradeen of Woodside will kick off Memorial Day Weekend by riding his bike from San Francisco, down the Peninsula, and around the Woodside area continuously for 24 hours to raise money for Tibetan Delek Hospital, a charitable hospital in Northern India that provides affordable care to Tibetan refugees and local Indians.

May 25, 2011 | 1 comment
Mark Box resigns from school board

Menlo Park school district superintendent recommends appointing replacement; meeting set for May 31
The superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District is recommending that the school board avoid a costly election and instead appoint a replacement for board member Mark Box, who has announced his resignation, effective June 30.

May 25, 2011 | 29 comments
M-A High wins top prize in climate competition

Menlo-Atherton High School has been awarded the top prize in the 2011 Climate Generation competition.

May 25, 2011 | 2 comments
Neighbors and SFPUC: Move oak tree?

Granny might have to move. Tree advocates and the SFPUC met Tuesday to discuss how to save the 65-foot heritage oak tree standing in the way of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline.


May 25, 2011 | 16 comments
Menlo boys capture third straight NorCal tennis title

It was a weekend of celebrations for the Menlo School boys' tennis team. Head coach Bill Shine celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday and assistant coach David Wermuth turned 32 on Sunday.
While there was no cake and candles for the coaches, they got something even better.

May 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Adam Hochschild at Kepler's

Author Adam Hochschild will talk about his World War I book, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: VC talks of green economy in PV

Venture capitalist and entrepreneur F. Noel Perry will discuss green jobs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

May 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Judge: West Bay liable for 21 sewage spills

The West Bay Sanitary District has been found liable by a federal judge for 21 illegal sewage spills into creeks and sloughs that drain into the Bay.

May 24, 2011 | 4 comments
Atherton council says no to ethics oversight board

Atherton City Councilwoman Kathy McKeithen said she is "horribly disappointed with this council" after a request she and Councilman Bill Widmer put before their colleagues to consider forming an ethics oversight board for the town was rejected by the council majority.

May 25, 2011 | 9 comments
Flight Night in Portola Valley

Watching Jason Anderson (kneeling) use the master controls to steer a radio-controlled model plane are, from left, Kasra Naghshineh, Scott Petry, Antonio Levaggi (with another control), Anton Petry and Wesley Holthaus. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

May 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: New details in parked car assault

Alleged rip-off robbery gone bad
An appointment to buy marijuana turned into a rip-off robbery in Menlo Park that led to the arrest of three men, according to the district attorney's office.

May 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Three burglaries in one day

Homes on Arbor Road targeted
Demonstrating some flexibility in the matter of choosing an entry point, the unknown suspect clambered through a front window, a rear window, and an unlocked back door.

May 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Red-light camera bill passes state Senate

A bill that regulates how cities use red-light cameras passed the state Senate with a unanimous 36-0 vote.

May 26, 2011 | 3 comments
Tonight: Budget before Menlo Park council

Police contract,, green building also on agenda
It could be a long night on Tuesday, May 24, when the Menlo Park City Council meets to review the proposed 2011-12 budget, the capital improvement plan, and the city's proposed contract with the police sergeants union.

May 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Rotary furnishes furniture for troops

Troops catching a break at the USO lounge at the San Francisco International Airport can now lounge in $50,000 of new leather furniture, thanks to local Rotary clubs.

May 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Businesses boom and bust in Menlo Park

As businesses like Great Clips open in Menlo Park and others, such as Marche, close, you may be curious as to how often new businesses open and existing ones close in Menlo Park.

May 27, 2011 | 3 comments
Downtown plan: Commissioners question data

The initial discussion of the newly released downtown/El Camino Real specific plan environmental impact report (EIR) left more questions than answers at the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.

May 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: InnVision garden gala in Atherton

The annual InnVision garden gala will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at a private home in Atherton. With a theme of "InnVision in Wonderland," the benefit will feature a high tea, musical entertainment, croquet, surprise guests, and a live auction.

June 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Wild in Woodside

Woodside honors its wildlife corridors and the residents who maintain them
"Keep the woods in Woodside." A prosaic mission statement, a poetic mission. A group of residents is working to improve and create wildlife corridors on behalf of those who use them but cannot speak for themselves: the town's native plants and wild animals. Photo: Jeanne Sedgwick at her property on Old La Honda Road. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

May 24, 2011 | 1 comment
Police calls from Atherton and Menlo Park

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

May 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man, 51, robbed of wallet

It apparently didn't matter that a 51-year-old Menlo Park man had linked his wallet to his belt loop.

May 23, 2011 | 8 comments
Man robbed, assaulted in parked car

Police arrest two suspects
Two men allegedly robbed on Friday an 18-year-old man who was sitting in his car in Menlo Park. The duo fled in a 2006 Volvo, but didn't get very far.

May 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo home invaded; man, 88, assaulted

Two other attempted break-ins reported
An early-morning call led Menlo Park police to the scene of a home invasion on Sunday in the 1000 block of Windermere Avenue.

May 23, 2011 | 12 comments
Suspects arrested in Sunday beating, robbery

East Palo Alto incident sends resident to the hospital
Two suspects were arrested for the severe beating and robbery of an East Palo Alto man early Sunday, police said. The victim told police the suspects had fled after stealing his wallet.

May 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Julie Orringer at Kepler's

Julie Orringer discusses her novel, "The Invisible Bridge," which takes place in Paris in 1937, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Bruml's no-hitter puts Menlo in the semifinals

CCS baseball: With senior Jake Bruml pitching a no-hitter and striking out nine, Menlo School advanced to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs with a 10-0 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral in a quarterfinal that was shortened to five innings at Washington Park in Santa Clara on Saturday.

May 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford University trail opens

A decade in the making, trail offers panoramic views of the Bay Area
A long-awaited public hiking trail that has been a decade in the making will open Friday (May 20). The new trail, called the Matadero Trail, is the "S1" route in the Santa Clara Countywide Trails Master Plan. The trail runs on Stanford University land from the south corner of Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway and alongside Page Mill to Deer Creek Road.

May 21, 2011 | 2 comments
Highway 84 lanes clear after crash

All westbound lanes of state Highway 84 at Old La Honda Road near Woodside were reported clear Friday night after an earlier crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

May 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Polish, Arab revolutions

A screening of a film on the workers' strikes in Poland in 1980 will be followed by a discussion of past and current revolutions, in Poland and now the Arab world, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton OKs trash-collection rate hikes

Town attempts to deal with shortfall stemming from rates that haven't covered costs
Struggling to reduce a shortfall as high as $1.3 million that the town is projected to owe for garbage collection services, the Atherton City Council approved garbage rate hikes ranging from 15.5 percent to 59 percent, depending on level of service.

May 20, 2011 | 8 comments
Today is last day to vote for favorite shops, services

Almanac readers are a discerning lot, and that's why we turn to their expertise each year as we search for their favorite shops, services and restaurants. Click here to access the online ballot.


May 24, 2011 | 4 comments
Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
"Tides" ratchets back the fantasy factor a bit (no squid-faced hellions here, thank you very much) and focuses more on classic pirate-inspired action. -- TH

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Rich Gordon holds town hall meeting

State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, whose district includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley, is holding a town-hall-style meeting from 10:30 to noon Saturday, May 21, in Redwood City at the county government offices at 455 County Center.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Dave Pine to be sworn in as supervisor

San Mateo County supervisor-elect Dave Pine says tackling budget issues and improving schools are at the top of his agenda after he is sworn in at Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

May 20, 2011 | 11 comments
Tonight: Steve Earle at Kepler's

Musician and writer Steve Earle discusses his new novel, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Dr.Bortz talk in Portola Valley

Dr. Walter Bortz, a specialist on aging and longevity, will talk about his latest book, "The Next Medicine: the Science and Civics of Health," at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep invests big time in iPads

All incoming ninth-graders will receive them
All 157 ninth-grade students at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton will be issued a school-owned Apple iPad 2 this fall.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: St. Raymond says goodbye to principal

St. Raymond School in Menlo Park will say so long to its principal for the past 16 years, Sister Ann Bernard, at a farewell Mass and barbecue on Sunday, May 22. The public is invited.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Collectible book sale at Menlo library

A first edition of Bret Harte's "In a Hallow of the Hills," published in 1895, will be among the featured items in a collectible and special book sale, sponsored by Friends of the Menlo Park Library, to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at the library on Alma Street.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Conference on aging at Little House

Dr. Walter Bortz of Portola Valley will be one of five speakers at the third annual Vital Aging Conference on Sunday, May 22, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 19, 2011 | 1 comment
SHP grad Hemm is back in town for NCAA tennis championships

Of local note: Growing up in Menlo Park and attending Sacred Heart Prep, Haley Hemm was never too far from Stanford University. In fact, Hemm will be on campus when the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Championships get under way Thursday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo, Paly, SHP win CCS baseball openers

The pop quizzes are over for the Menlo School, Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams. Now the real tests begin, even though Paly coach Erick Raich may feel he's been giving a few answers already heading into the Central Coast Section quarterfinals.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Antarctica vet talks of climate change

Canaries in the coal mine, that's how Woodside resident and Antarctica habitue Rob Flint assesses the rapid and unprecedented changes going on at the North and South poles, and he will talk about it at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, in the Guild Hall at the Woodside Village Church.

May 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton considers spiffed-up baseball park

The town of Atherton is moving forward cautiously to examine a proposal by the Menlo Atherton Little League to rebuild, at its own expense, the ballpark at Holbrook-Palmer Park.

May 19, 2011 | 1 comment
Station 1 lights up Woodside dining scene

Only months old, Station 1 is bringing new life to an old building and new zest to the local restaurant scene. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

May 20, 2011 | 12 comments
SFPUC stops work around heritage oak

Granny safe until June 6
The SFPUC ensconced a heritage oak tree within an "avoidance area" and directed the agency's contractor to stop work within that boundary for now in response to a major outcry by residents of the unincorporated Menlo Park neighborhood where it grows. The agency had planned to cut down the tree.

May 18, 2011 | 5 comments
Opponents release poll on Saltworks project

Developer questions credibility of poll
If the decision were up to the participants in a recent survey of 350 residents of Redwood City, they would reject a proposal now under consideration to build some 12,000 new homes on what are now off-shore salt flats in their city.

May 20, 2011 | 10 comments
Menlo police raid wrong home, residents say

Two East Palo Alto addresses differed only by a single number, but that number led Menlo Park police to raid the wrong house, according to a claim filed against both cities by the home's residents.

May 18, 2011 | 68 comments
Trail work on Alpine Road to begin soon

The next six months will see limited access to the hiking trail that runs along Alpine Road from Portola Valley's border with Ladera west to Arastradero Road.

May 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo's Grimes and Buchanan advance to NorCal golf finals

Menlo School senior Patrick Grimes took a shot at history at the Central Coast Section Golf Championships on Tuesday at Rancho Canada (West) in Carmel Valley. He missed. However, Grimes made up for it in another way.

May 18, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain rethinks relationship with high-speed rail

Agency considers other ways to electrify trains, close structural budget deficit
A recent decision to start California's high-speed-rail line in Central Valley has prompted Caltrain to reconsider its seven-year-old partnership with the agency overseeing the controversial rail project, Caltrain officials said at a Town Hall meeting in Palo Alto Tuesday morning.

May 18, 2011 | 4 comments
Feature story: No safe Haven

Child development program and parents fight to survive budget cuts
If you had to cut childcare for 45 families out of 300, how would you decide which families lose? That's a question child development centers across the county hope they never have to answer — but that depends on whether the state approves the governor's proposed 15 percent budget cut. Almanac photo by Michelle Le.

May 19, 2011 | 1 comment
A page from our history

The famed Menlo Park gate, erected in the 1850s by Dennis J. Oliver and Daniel C. McGlynn, immigrants from Menlough, County Galway in Ireland, was destroyed by a speeding car in 1922. The two purchased 1,700 acres on the Peninsula that later became known as Menlo Park. Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

July 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: PVs hold 'Western Bonanza'

The Peninsula Volunteers, known for their spectacular parties, are heading west for "Horsin' Around," a benefit to be held Saturday, May 21, at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, 880 Runnymede Road in Woodside.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Sequoias may reopen dining room soon after highly contagious viral infection

The dining room at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley remained closed Monday, May 23, with residents still taking meals in their apartments in response to a highly contagious viral infection that came to the attention of Sequoias management around May 11. This is an update to an earlier story.

May 17, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: Trip Planning 101 for Teens

A free workshop on how teens can travel safely and smart will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel State Lane in Atherton.

May 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo girls win WBAL title, Paly falls in SCVAL

Prep girls' lacrosse: Menlo School sophomore Michaela Michael is the leading scorer and points leader in the nation. Thus, it wasn't surprising that Michael scored eight goals in the West Bay Athletic League playoff championship match on Saturday at Woodside High.

May 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Jewelry stolen from Emerald Hills neighborhood

Someone got away with several pieces of jewelry estimated to have a total value of $10,645 on May 13 from a house in the 800 block of West California Way in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of Woodside, according to a statement from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

May 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Great Frame Up replaces Book Rack

Decades after first spotting an ideal spot for a store, Marcy Magatelli, owner of the Great Frame Up, finally gets to move in.

May 18, 2011 | 2 comments
Menlo Park's theatrical experiment

City sponsors events at M-A Performing Arts Center
Postcards advertising musicians and comedians popped up in Menlo Park postboxes recently, bearing the city's logo in the bottom right corner. It turns out the city is experimenting with a new model for using the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

May 17, 2011 | 6 comments
Police calls from Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park

Theft and fraud reports from Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park.

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Portola Valley deals with bike safety issues

Portola Valley may emulate Woodside and establish a regular forum for bicycle-related issues. A formal discussion of the matter is likely at an upcoming Town Council meeting.

May 23, 2011 | 36 comments
Ladera: Women's clinic to close doors this fall

For decades, Ladera has been home to a women's medical clinic on Alpine Road just east of the Ladera Community Church. But come the fall, when the lease expires, the Portola Valley Women's Health Center at 3250 Alpine Road will shut its doors for good.

May 17, 2011 | 3 comments
Shorenstein estate may be split into 3 parcels

The Portola Valley Planning Commission will consider a proposal to set in motion the preparation and approval of a map subdividing the 11.6 acres of the Walter Shorenstein estate into three parcels. A public hearing is set for the Wednesday, June 1, meeting of the commission.

May 18, 2011 | 1 comment
Atherton: Garbage rates, ethics panel

Meeting in Jennings Pavilion, Holbrook-Palmer Park
The Atherton City Council will review and possibly approve higher garbage rates, and discuss proposals by two council colleagues that would create an ethics and oversight board for the town, and establish rules on private donations made to the police department when it meets on Wednesday, May 18.

May 17, 2011 | 5 comments
Whose tree is it, anyhow?

Should neighbors have a say in cutting down trees?
Before a new house goes up or an old one comes down in Peninsula cities and towns, it is common practice to invite comment from neighbors. Should the same be done in Woodside for the destruction of a large tree, particularly a tree that screens a neighbor's property?

May 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Ex-Atherton town employee pleads no contest to embezzlement from town's post office annex

Lois English was building department employee during tumultuous period
Former Atherton town employee Lois English pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court on May 2 to charges of embezzlement and petty theft from the post office while she was working at the annex in Atherton Town Hall, according to Deputy District Attorney Kevin Collins.

May 16, 2011 | 24 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park scopes out Facebook

Planning Commission focuses on campus development
A scoping session followed by a study session will attempt to analyze what should be included in the environmental impact report for Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Mystery author at library

Janet Dawson will discuss her latest novel, "Bit Player," at a meeting of the Mystery Readers Group at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the downstairs meeting room of the Menlo Park Public Library.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Six local teams advance in baseball, softball

CCS playoffs: The Palo Alto, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams will open the postseason on Wednesday at home with Central Coast Section first-round games at 4 p.m. Also making the postseason will be the Palo Alto, Castilleja and Menlo softball squads.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A boys splash to another PAL Bay Division swim title

Bouyed by its depth in the sprints and double victories from seniors Kei Masuda and Nick Henze, the Menlo-Atherton boys' swim team successfully defended its title at the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championships on Saturday at Burlingame High, swamping the competition by scoring 461 points. Burlingame was second with 343.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo girls win WBAL title, Paly falls in SCVAL

Prep girls' lacrosse: Menlo School sophomore Michaela Michael is the leading scorer and points leader in the nation. Thus, it wasn't surprising that Michael scored eight goals in the West Bay Athletic League playoff championship match on Saturday at Woodside High. Nor was it too surprising that the Knights produced a 20-15 victory over rival Sacred Heart Prep. The Knights were just as dominant as Michael was this season, especially in the WBAL.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
Quick response stops school fire from spreading

Ginger Brudos, a former Las Lomitas PTA president, took these pictures Saturday night of a fire in a compost pile at La Entrada School, 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park.

May 16, 2011 | No comments yet
SFPUC: Permit not required for it to cut down tree

Neighbors turn to court and legal counsel
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced that it plans to cut down heritage oak tree despite community protest.

May 16, 2011 | 2 comments
Caltrain: Weekend baby bullets a success

Caltrain's experiment with weekend express trains has proven to be a success, according to transit officials.

May 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Mountain lion spotted

A mountain lion was spotted Saturday morning in Woodside, San Mateo County officials said.

May 14, 2011 | No comments yet
A record 10th CCS tennis title for Menlo

The Knights are a smash hit in 7-0 victory over Bellarmine
Andrew Carlisle was hoping for just one Central Coast Section title. Instead, he'll graduate from Menlo School with three of them and the possibility of three Northern California titles as well. Carlisle helped the Knights win their third straight CCS boys' team tennis title Friday, a 7-0 win over Bellarmine at the Courtside Club in Los Gatos,

May 14, 2011 | No comments yet
Duncan Williams service changed to church

A memorial service for Duncan Williams, a longtime resident of Ladera and the founder of Palo Alto's Winter Lodge skating rink, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Ladera Community Church, at 3300 Alpine Road in Ladera.

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford trail set to open

Decade-old agreement with Santa Clara County comes to fruition after years of controversy
A long-awaited trail that runs south of Page Mill Road and Foothill Expressway through the foothills could be open to the public as soon as next week, a Stanford University official said this week. The trail is one of two the university is required to construct to satisfy its land-use agreement with Santa Clara County, approved in 2000.

May 13, 2011 | 4 comments
SHP swim teams splash to WBAL titles

Thursday's prep roundup: Kevin Morris had plenty to be pleased with after watching his Sacred Heart Prep boys' and girls' swim teams splash to easy victories while defending their West Bay Athletic League titles on Thursday in the Gators' pool.

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Beaver'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
What to do when you're hopelessly depressed? In the new Jodie Foster-helmed dramedy "The Beaver," Walter Black tries self-help books, therapy and medication, but nothing works until he hits bottom and embraces the new personality a hand puppet affords him. -- PC

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Bridesmaids'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
This riotous R-rated offering from producer Judd Apatow and director Paul Feig gives the female of the species the same sort of unapologetic, buddy-based chuckler guys have gotten a dozen times over with films like "Old School" (2003) and "The Hangover" (2009). -- TH

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: St. Raymond School dedicates field

St. Raymond School in Menlo Park is dedicating a new grass field at the school on Sunday, May 15, to the Daschbach family.

May 13, 2011 | 1 comment
No criminal charges to be filed in EPA fire

Blaze on Valentine's Day destroyed veterans boarding house on Bay Road
Criminal charges will not be filed against the owner of a former veterans boarding house in East Palo Alto, despite numerous building code violations that forced nearly a dozen residents to escape from second-story windows when the home burned down on Valentine's Day.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Three VA employees indicted for bribery

Owner of drywall construction company accused of bribing officials with cash, airline tickets
Three employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and a contractor have been indicted by a U.S. grand jury in San Jose on bribery charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Deadline nears for parcel tax exemption

Property owners in the Las Lomitas School District who are 65 years and older have until June 1 to apply for an exemption to the district's parcel tax for fiscal year 2011-12.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford Hospital expansion wins key vote

Palo Alto's Planning and Transportation Commission recommends approval of key environmental document for largest project in city's history
After four years of hearings, debates and negotiations, Stanford University Medical Center's proposal to dramatically expand its hospital facilities in Palo Alto is now rounding the final corner en route to the city's approval.
● United Menlo Park council approves Stanford deal.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Burglars hit three Menlo Park homes

Television, photos, and a pink slip stolen during string of daytime burglaries.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
It's a near-perfect day for Menlo athletic teams

Wednesday's prep roundup: It was a big day for Menlo School athletic teams, but not quite a perfect one, as three of four squads all earned significant victories on Wednesday.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
M-A sweeps track and field titles

Stas Della Morte is making the most of his track and field experience. Catherine Carpenter didn't know what to expect this season. Each of them had a hand in helping Menlo-Atherton track and field win both the boys and girls team titles Wednesday at the Peninsula Athletic League finals at College of San Mateo.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Clubs, meetings in Atherton, Menlo Park

Among local clubs that meet regularly in our towns are the Atherton Book Club, the Blackberry REACT emergency preparedness meeting for radio operators, and the Knitting Group at the Atherton Library.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Members of sfSound perform at M-A

Transcending traditional associations and constraints of their instruments, oboist Kyle Bruckmann and pianist Christopher Jones, two members of the San Francisco-based collective sfSound, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Board affirms superintendent choice with unanimous vote

Ghysels' compensation represents a cost-savings to the Menlo Park City School District
The Menlo Park City School District board unanimously approved a three-year contract Tuesday night that will install Maurice Ghysels as superintendent on July 1 at an annual starting salary of $205,000.

May 11, 2011 | 50 comments
Today: Forum/workshop on Sudden Oak Death

A community meeting on the continuing presence of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in Woodside and Portola Valley is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road in Woodside.

May 12, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday/Sunday: Woodside High Dance Team presents 'Le Cirque'

Woodside High School's Dance Team will present "Le Cirque," a carnival-themed show, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Woodside High's Performing Arts Center. Through dance, "Le Cirque" tells the story of a controlling ringmaster and his performers as they try to escape from him and his circus.

May 13, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Free outdoor concert in Portola Valley

A free outdoor concert by the dance band "A Thousand Lovers" is set for Thursday, May 12, and 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

May 11, 2011 | No comments yet
United Menlo Park council approves Stanford deal

Also clears way for Beechwood negotiations
Swapping the right to sue for more money, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to accept Stanford's offer of $3.7 million for traffic mitigation and other improvements related to its planned hospital expansion.

May 11, 2011 | 4 comments
Report: Strip power from high-speed rail authority

Legislative Analyst's Office urges shifting project to Caltrans, reconsidering Central Valley as starting point for proposed line
California's proposed high-speed-rail system is facing potentially crippling threats from looming federal deadlines and weak oversight by the agency charged with building the project, the state Legislative Analyst's Office concluded in a new report.

May 10, 2011 | 5 comments
SHP boys, girls get chance to open their 'presents'

M-A boys and girls hope to defend PAL swim titles Saturday
Christmas will come early for the Sacred Heart Prep swim teams when they seek to defend their titles at the West Bay Athletic League championships on Thursday in their home pool.

May 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: How Google thinks

Steven Levy will discuss his book, "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Books Inc.-Palo Alto at 74 Town & Country Village.

May 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Trying Menlo Park's downtown plan on for size

City to consider trial installations
An environmental impact report revisits an idea for the development of Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real that was first floated in the draft specific plan -- testing proposed changes with trial installations. Photo: A trial sidewalk expansion in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood demonstrates what might be tried in Menlo Park.

May 11, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo proposal: Freeze pay for police sergeants

It's hard to think of a more hot-button topic in Menlo Park right now than public employee compensation.

May 11, 2011 | 5 comments
Those were the days

The 1903 wedding of dry goods heir Eugene Murphy to Frances Sherwood Hopkins was a major social event in Menlo Park. Guests from up and down the Peninsula attended the ceremony at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Warren G. Clark. Photo courtesy of Menlo Park Historical Association.

July 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: rash of thievery hits unlocked vehicles

The Atherton police have been busy. The blotter for Monday (May 9) shows 10 cases of theft or attempted theft and 10 more cases of police investigating suspicious circumstances. Three more thefts occurred the next day. This is an update to an earlier story.

May 10, 2011 | 4 comments
Menlo tennis moves closer to historic CCS title

Monday's prep roundup: The No. 1-seeded team and its hopes for a historic tennis title are still very much alive following Menlo School's 7-0 romp over visiting Los Altos in a Central Coast Section Team Tournament quarterfinals on Monday.

May 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Bike to Work Day

To the joy of bikers and chagrin of drivers, Thursday, May 12, marks the 17th annual Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area.

May 11, 2011 | 2 comments
Tonight: BMR housing before Menlo Park council

After studying the city's below-market-rate housing guidelines at the request of the council, the Menlo Park Housing Commission decided nothing needed to change, according to a staff report.

May 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Arrested development on Terminal Avenue

Habitat for Humanity pulls out of housing project
School or homes? The Menlo Park City Council revisits that question on Tuesday, May 10, when it's scheduled to discuss whether to let Beechwood School, a private Belle Haven facility for K-8, buy a 1.5-acre parcel on Terminal Avenue.

May 10, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls from Woodside, Menlo Park

Woodside: Three victims were taken to hospitals after a fight with uninvited guests at a party broke two windows and other furnishings.

May 11, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Flight night in Portola Valley

Fans of powered flight may want to attend a celebration of model airplanes as they gracefully and quietly navigate the indoor air of Portola Valley's Community Hall at Town Center on Thursday night, May 19.

May 17, 2011 | No comments yet
Betty Flood, a Woodside woman with many interests

Woodside resident Betty Flood, a woman whose many interests over her long life included driving her English sports car, rounding up cattle in the company of cowboys, modeling clothes (briefly) at I. Magnin, and making needlepoint rugs for each of her 22 great-grandchildren, died at home on April 28, her family said. She was 94.

July 17, 2011 | No comments yet
New supervisor Dave Pine has been around the block

New supervisor is old hand at politics.
Dave Pine, a former corporate attorney and a longtime part-time politician -- he held elected office at age 19 -- beat out five other candidates for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in the May 3 election, but it was not a walk in the park.

May 12, 2011 | 4 comments
Design upgrade coming to Woodside's website

A makeover is coming to improve information access on the website for the town of Woodside.

May 12, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton: Resident foils burglar with yells, claps

A resident of West Atherton responded to a suspicious noise and apparently foiled a burglary by yelling and clapping her hands.

May 9, 2011 | 3 comments
Fast and furious in Menlo Park

Police pursue stolen vehicle
A stolen car caught the attention of a Menlo Park police officer during the wee hours of Friday morning.

May 9, 2011 | 3 comments
False alarm at Menlo Park bank

A Menlo Park police officer holding a rifle responds to what turned out to be a false alarm at the Union Bank on Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday, May 7, 2011.

May 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Atherton council greenlights staff, spending cuts

Major staffing and spending cuts are likely to be made soon in Atherton City Hall after the City Council, in a special meeting this morning (May 9), gave the town's interim manager the support he was seeking to begin the difficult process.

May 9, 2011 | 17 comments
Menlo School boys' tennis is three wins from historic CCS title

Prep roundup: Bill Shine and his Menlo School boys' tennis team are hoping to take a step closer to making history in the Central Coast Section Team Tournament when the top-seeded Knights play host to No. 8 Los Altos in a quarterfinal match on Monday at 3 p.m.

May 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Tuesday: California cap & trade

California's cap-and-trade program, proposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is the topic for a luncheon meeting in Menlo Park at noon Tuesday, May 10.

May 9, 2011 | 2 comments
Heather Green named 'Citizen of Year'

At a ceremony held in the amphitheatre following the May Day Parade, Woodside School's PTA recognized Heather Green as "Citizen of the Year" for all her volunteer efforts.

May 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside May Day photos from Stacey Keare

Stacey Keare has sent these photos of the Woodside May Day festivities on Saturday, May 7.

May 8, 2011 | No comments yet
Rockin' out in Woodside

Woodside celebrates at 89th May Day Parade
Members of Woodside Elementary School's third-grade class wait for their cue to perform the annual Maypole Dance during the May Day Parade festivities in Woodside on Saturday, May 7. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
Heather Green named 'Citizen of the Year'.

May 7, 2011 | No comments yet
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg buys historic Palo Alto home

Crescent Park house is the first for Facebook CEO since he arrived in 2004
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly purchased a historic home in Palo Alto that was once owned by a Palo Alto pioneer. Zuckerberg, 26, previously lived in a rental home in Palo Alto's College Terrace neighborhood. His new home is located in the 1400 block of Edgewood Drive in Crescent Park, according to public documents.

May 7, 2011 | 1 comment
Saturday: Atherton, Menlo gardens open

Three private gardens in Atherton and Menlo Park will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, as part of the Garden Conservancy's annual Open Days.
● A peek into private gardens.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Chickens for sale at Flea Street Cafe

Early Bird Ranch farmers Kevin and Shaelynn Watt will be in the Flea Street Cafe parking lot from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, selling their pasture-raised chickens. The large meaty birds "truly tastes like chicken," say the Watts.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Open studio in Menlo Park benefits Mission Hospice & Home Care

Mission Hospice & Home Care will receive all profits from Frances Freyberg's Silicon Valley Open Studio May 7-8 in Menlo Park. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 856 Partridge Ave. in Menlo Park. Ms. Freyberg, a Menlo Park resident, specializes in color portraits of people, wildlife, nature and architecture from her travels in more than 50 countries. She is also director of development for Mission Hospice.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Celebration of reading at Kepler's

For the 17th year, Menlo Park Library and Kepler's will celebrate "The Magic of Reading" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district picks Maurice Ghysels as superintendent

He ended Mountain View district tenure in controversy
Maurice Ghysels, the superintendent of the elementary school district in Mountain View for five years and, for the last 10 months, an administrator in the Santa Clara County Office of Education, has been named the new superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, effective July 1.

May 6, 2011 | 104 comments
Tonight: Tree protection issue returns to Woodside

Woodside's Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, to discuss penalties for illegally cutting down heritage trees and revising laws on the use of fire-resistant materials in accessory buildings.

May 9, 2011 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto home invasion results in shooting

Gun-wielding men enter residence on Sacramento Street
A 33-year-old East Palo Alto man was shot in the leg early Thursday morning (May 5) after two or more men carrying guns entered his home during a robbery, according to police.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Residents OK transfer of 25 townhouses from Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district

Residents of 25 townhouses at 600 Willow Road in Menlo Park will be able to send their children to Menlo Park City School District schools after approving a ballot measure transferring their parcels from the Ravenswood City School District. It's a positive academic move for the children affected, but "not a good financial deal" for the Menlo Park district, according to the district's superintendent.

May 6, 2011 | 16 comments
Safeway recalls kabobs with grape tomatoes

Safeway Inc. has recalled a line of fresh kabobs made with grape tomatoes that may have been contaminated by Salmonella, officials said.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Stanford offers Menlo Park more money

Proposes revised payout plan -- as long as city doesn't sue
Stanford is now offering Menlo Park $3.7 million to ease traffic snarls induced by its proposed hospital expansion and also pay for community improvements.

May 6, 2011 | 12 comments
Review: 'Something Borrowed'

(One-and-a-half stars)
In a week that will see another superhero action movie atop the charts, it's perhaps a bit churlish to complain about another romantic comedy. But "Something Borrowed" is so aggressively "cookie-cutter" that it's hard to just smile and say, "Thank you, sir, may I have another?" -- PC

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Thor'

(Three stars)
Finally, something to relegate Rebecca Black to permanent has-been status. Pop culture fanatics, it's no longer "Friday." It's "Thor"'s day. Yes, Marvel Comics' interpretation of the Norse god of thunder has caught the wave of superhero cinema and ridden it into multiplexes to help kick off the overeager summer movie season. -- PC

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Rail authority stumped by Peninsula's proposed 'blended' system

California High-Speed Rail Authority board members question plan to blend rail system with Caltrain, threatens to halt design work on Peninsula
A proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to blend California's proposed high-speed-rail system with Caltrain ran into opposition Thursday morning from the state agency charged with building the new rail line.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
A peek into private gardens

Evergreen garden vignettes take full advantage of summer
The two sand-colored buildings that make up the Schleins' Menlo Park home are cushioned by a lush array of lavender, orange and olive-green vegetation that instantly captures a summery, Mediterranean feel. But while the sea is nowhere to be seen, an interesting island motif emerges in the multi-purpose layout of the sprawling back garden.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Music@Menlo concert

Four Music@Menlo's chamber musicians perform two works of the piano-quartet literature at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Learning from failure

Looking for lessons in failure is the subject of a talk by scientist Donald Shockey at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park. He will discuss this in the context of recent notable failures of manmade structures.

May 9, 2011 | No comments yet
All set for today's Woodside's May Day Parade?

The 89th May Day parade through downtown Woodside is set for Saturday, May 7, following a fun run and a pancake breakfast at the Woodside Village Church. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

May 5, 2011 | 1 comment
Monday: Atherton meeting on spending cuts

The Atherton City Council will meet at 8 a.m. Monday, May 9, in a special public meeting that is likely to be the prelude to a round of staffing and spending cuts aimed at staunching the town's growing budget deficit.

May 5, 2011 | 25 comments
Portola Valley: Arson suspected in vehicle fire

Emergency crews shut down a section of Alpine Road near Arastradero Road in Portola Valley late Tuesday evening to extinguish a fire inside a blue 2006 Dodge Durango. Arson is suspected.

May 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Supervisor's race: Dave Pine elected

Parcel tax passes in Ravenswood City School District
Dave Pine has been elected to the District 1 seat of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, according to the complete count of ballots by the county Elections Office. Mr. Pine, a San Mateo Union High School District trustee, received 23,856 votes -- 1,556 more than runner-up Richard Holober, who received 22,300.

May 3, 2011 | 34 comments
Friday, Saturday: Local students stage 'Hairspray'

A reader tells us that on Saturday night, she attended a performance of the musical "Hairspray," produced, directed and performed entirely by local high school students calling themselves The Grab Bag Theater Company.

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
A page from our history

In 1998, the 130-year-old Commodore James T. Watkins house was moved from 25 Isabella Ave. to 96 Alejandra Ave. in Atherton by new owners David and Rhoda Herron. The house was cut into two pieces and placed on long steel beams for the trip to its new address.

June 3, 2011 | 1 comment
Finding safety, family, hope

Antonisha Fuller named Youth of the Year by Menlo Boys & Girls Club
It's impossible to believe this girl was ever shy. With a smile that can light up the darkest corners of a memory, 18-year-old Antonisha Fuller, left, talked about the hard road that brought her to the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, and now, nine years later, led to her selection as its Menlo Park Youth of the Year. At right is her mentor, Ruby Fong. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

May 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup in Portola Valley

A neighborhood cleanup day for Portola Valley residents is set for Saturday morning, May 7, at Ford (baseball) Field at 3399 Alpine Road. This free service is available from 8 to 11 a.m. to residents who bring a copy of their garbage bill as proof of residence.

May 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo College hosting NAIA baseball tournament

Oaks in the midst of their most successful season in program history
Menlo College baseball coach Matt Dailey calls it "one of those magical years," and you won't get much argument from anyone who has followed the Oaks' progress this season. Menlo clinched the South Division of the NAIA West (Cascade) Conference and will host the five-team, double-elimination tournament beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m.

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Boys' lacrosse seedings wait until final match

Monday's prep roundup: After playing 21 matches this season, the Menlo School boys' lacrosse team now plays a waiting game. The wait, however, won't take too long as the Knights will discover Wednesday if they are the No. 1 or 2 seed for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League playoffs.

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo boys' tennis has plenty to shoot for in the section playoffs

CCS tennis: After defeating its top two competitors -- Saratoga and Bellarmine -- twice this season, it would seem that the Menlo School boys' tennis team has little to play for as it heads into the Central Coast Section team tournament as the No. 1 seed.

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Election Day: Ballots must arrive by 8 p.m. tonight

To be counted, ballots in the all-mail May 3 election must arrive at the San Mateo County Elections Office by 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, May 3).

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls in Atherton, Woodside, Menlo Park

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

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Police see rise in burglaries, thefts

Police are noticing a rise in property crimes -- burglaries and thefts -- in Menlo Park.

May 3, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park nonprofit supports Project Read

A new nonprofit has been formed to support adult literacy in the Menlo Park area -- a timely development, given the state funding cutbacks that are certain to be felt by libraries and literacy programs across California.

May 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Mandarin language offered at La Entrada School

Middle-school students at La Entrada School have a new option for language studies next school year.

May 4, 2011 | No comments yet
Real estate: Are private council talks OK?

The Portola Valley town attorney claims a Town Council can discuss background questions about potential real estate transactions in private. An attorney representing California newspaper publishers says such discussions violate the state's open meeting law.

May 6, 2011 | 2 comments
Environmental report: Road to spiffed-up downtown Menlo Park would be far more clogged

There's no getting around it -- no package of mitigating measures to call upon: A developed downtown area as envisioned in Menlo Park's downtown specific plan would adversely affect local roadways and already congested intersections significantly, resulting in substantially more clogged streets and dirtier air.

May 2, 2011 | 16 comments
Menlo Park: Two armed robberies on Sunday

Police report two armed robberies in Menlo Park on Sunday. At the new BevMo liquor store at 700 El Camino Real, the robber brandished a revolver and got away with cash. On Willow Road, a teenager was robbed of his cell phone.

May 2, 2011 | 17 comments
Update: Reactions to death of Osama bin Laden

"That he's dead is part of the healing process," said Harold Schapelhouman, chief at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District upon hearing the news that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. military-led firefight in Pakistan Sunday.

May 2, 2011 | 15 comments
Chief: East Palo Alto apartment fire not intentional

75 displaced in Newell Court blaze will be out for several weeks
Investigators have learned that Thursday's two-alarm blaze at an
apartment complex in East Palo Alto was not intentionally set, a fire chief said Friday afternoon. See video of the fire, submitted by John Woodell.

April 30, 2011 | No comments yet
Lawmaker rips plan for 'blended' rail system

Author of Proposition 1A claims Peninsula legislators' plan to blend Caltrain, high-speed rail amounts to a 'bait and switch'
A Central Valley assemblywoman came out swinging on Friday against a proposal by three Peninsula lawmakers to 'blend' Caltrain with California's proposed high-speed rail, calling the proposal a "Great Train Robbery."

April 30, 2011 | 15 comments
Sister and brother arrested in Woodside burglary

Authorities have arrested a sister and brother in connection with a Woodside burglary with losses in excess of $100,000.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Draft EIR released for Menlo Park specific plan

The plan is intended as a roadmap for El Camino Real and downtown development
Menlo Park released its long-awaited, and perhaps eagerly anticipated, draft environmental impact report for the El Camino Real and downtown specific plan on Friday, April 29.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'

(Two stars)
Any filmmaker trying to keep a career afloat has to spend some time being a huckster, but few filmmakers better resemble P.T. Barnum than documentary director and star Morgan Spurlock. -- PC

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Prom'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Perhaps the biggest problem with "Prom" is that there is nothing special about it. Everything feels familiar and rehashed, like eating leftovers that have lingered in the fridge and been picked at for days. -- TH

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Neighbors fight to protect Flood Park

Crowd brainstorms how to save neighborhood resource
What is a neighborhood park worth? San Mateo County estimates $205,000. To those living near Flood Park, its value is more along the lines of priceless.

April 29, 2011 | 9 comments
Car collides with school bus in Menlo Park

Elementary school students are uninjured
An alleged drunken driver traveling south on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park collided with a school bus carrying 32 students Thursday morning. The students were not injured. This photo of the car being towed away from the accident scene was contributed by John Woodell.

April 29, 2011 | 2 comments
Free at Last organization struggles to survive

Shooting death of co-founder David Lewis may be a mortal wound for recovery nonprofit, affecting hundreds of participants
The shooting death of David Lewis last June 6 may have mortally wounded the nationally known recovery and rehabilitation organization he co-founded, "Free at Last," based in East Palo Alto and serving a broader area.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Saturday: Tracing your family history

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society is holding a genealogy seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Menlo Park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
75 people displaced in East Palo Alto apartment fire

Dangerous conditions that could have caused great loss of life worried fire officials
An East Palo Alto apartment complex that has posed a potentially deadly hazard caught fire on Thursday (April 28) evening, displacing 75 people, fire officials said. See video of the fire, submitted by John Woodell.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Service Saturday for Evan North, 28, formerly of Woodside

Evan Armstrong North, a graduate student at Georgetown University who lived his early years in Woodside, died April 4 while working out on a treadmill at the Yates Field House on campus. He was 28. A service will be held Saturday, April 30, in Mill Valley.

April 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Teacher on medical leave after tirade

A Selby Lane School math teacher whose angry tirade and aggressive actions prompted a student to leave his classroom and call Atherton police for help has been granted medical leave to get counseling, and has apologized to parents.

April 28, 2011 | 7 comments
Ravenswood faces critical parcel tax decision

Voters in east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto who are in the Ravenswood City School District have an important parcel tax measure on the May 3 ballot.

April 28, 2011 | 19 comments
Saturday: Hollywood cinema artists in spotlight

Free screening of documentary about six men who mattered in making of classic films
Six cinema artists who helped create 400 Hollywood films take center stage in the documentary, "Something's Gonna Live," which will be screened at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Menlo-Atherton High School performing arts center.

May 5, 2011 | No comments yet
Conners takes over as Atherton attorney

William B. Conners wasted no time before climbing into his new saddle -- a seat on the Atherton City Council dais -- minutes after the council unanimously confirmed his appointment as the new town attorney on April 20.

April 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Road out of town a smooth one for Atherton public works director

One of the key things Atherton's public works director Duncan Jones was striving to do before retiring was "make the streets in Atherton the best streets in the county," he said. As he heads into retirement this week, he can point to greatly improved roadways as one of his achievements.

April 29, 2011 | No comments yet
Mountain lion spotted lying on front lawn

Woodside residents advised to remain indoors
A mountain lion was spotted lying on the front lawn of a home in Woodside on Tuesday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

April 28, 2011 | 19 comments
Menlo golfers beat SHP to wrap up WBAL title

Wednesday's prep roundup: Menlo School senior Patrick Grimes overcame a double-bogey six on the first hole and went on to birdie four holes and finish with a 2-under-par 34 to pace the Knights to a 205-217 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep and clinch the overall West Bay Athletic League boys' golf title on Wednesday at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.

April 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo School stages 'Spelling Bee' musical

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will be staged by Menlo School students at 8 p.m. on these dates: May 5, 6, 7, 8, 13 and 15.

May 4, 2011 | No comments yet
From Spanish Eclectic to Early Modern

Stanford Historical House & Garden Tour offers insights into the way things were
Stanford Historical House & Garden Tour offers insights into the way things were

April 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Supes set to approve coastal plan

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved one step closer to resubmitting the county's Midcoast Local Coastal Program Update to the California Coastal Commission.

April 28, 2011 | No comments yet
City to conduct nationwide search for manager

Rojas asked to serve up to six months post-retirement
Picking their way around legal questions surrounding when a pension reform measure must take effect, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday night to conduct a nationwide search for the next city manager.

April 27, 2011 | 17 comments
Two more mountain lion sightings in Woodside

Two more mountain lions were spotted in Woodside, one at 2:45 a.m. today near Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads, and another around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday near the 100 block of Otis Avenue.

April 27, 2011 | 3 comments
Menlo Park man accused of faking police lights with cellphone app

A 23-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested Monday night for allegedly impersonating a police officer by using a cellphone application that flashes red and blue light.


April 27, 2011 | 2 comments
How tragedy transformed a life

Menlo Park woman, seriously injured in a truck accident, is featured in a new documentary film
Melissa Moody of Menlo Park is the subject of a new documentary on the nature of happiness. After being run over by a truck in 1992, she underwent 30 reconstructive surgeries. Today she has a private practice in massage therapy. Photo: Ms. Moody with one of her patients, Will Fuller. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

April 28, 2011 | 15 comments
San Carlos to pursue hybrid fire department

The San Carlos City Council voted unanimously Monday night to begin negotiations with Redwood City to create a hybrid fire department as a cost-saving measure to reduce the city's $3.5 million budget deficit.

April 26, 2011 | 1 comment
Portola Valley schools celebrate 150 years

Who would guess that a town that is 45 years old would be home to a school district that began 150 years ago?

June 6, 2011 | 2 comments
A look back

From the 1960s until a few years ago, this Chevron station at the corner of Alpine Road and La Mesa Drive served the automotive needs of Ladera residents. The station has now been replaced by a modern building awaiting tenants. Photo courtesy of Portola Valley Archives.

May 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Sacred Hearts Schools construction plan

A question was posted on Town Square about how Sacred Hearts Schools would rebuild its Lower & Middle School campus while students were attending classes.

April 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's dilemma: How to replace Rojas

If Glen Rojas returns as an interim city manager after retiring in July, he would become a second high-level employee in Menlo Park to receive both a monthly pension and contract salary.

April 26, 2011 | 5 comments
Report: 22,000 jobs lost in county since 2007

Nearly 22,000 jobs have been lost in San Mateo County since 2007, according to a report by the nonprofit Sustainable San Mateo County.

April 26, 2011 | 3 comments
Trucker in bike fatality seeks indemnity

Truck driver Gabriel Vera and his employer are seeking indemnity from San Mateo County in connection with a lawsuit brought against Mr. Vera by relatives of Los Altos Hills bicyclist Lauren Ward.

April 26, 2011 | 15 comments
Simitian aims to raise fines for distracted drivers

Bill that would increase fines for drivers who text, talk on cell phones without hands-free devices passes state Senate
A proposal by state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) to raise fines for drivers who text while behind the wheel cleared a legislative hurdle Monday when the state Senate voted to approve it.

April 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Community activist tells of terrifying night

Menlo Park refuses to release 911 call
A Saturday drive for Chinese takeout turned into a terrifying night in Menlo Park, said Vicki Smothers.

April 26, 2011 | 50 comments
Tonight: Sheldon Breiner on Olmec monuments

Geophysicist Sheldon Breiner will give a free presentation in Portola Valley's Historic Schoolhouse at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, on his use of a handheld magnetometer to discover stone artifacts from the Olmec civilization buried for 3,000 years in the rain forests of southern Mexico.

May 2, 2011 | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Ladera, Menlo

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

April 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Spring Down meadow to remain open space

Frogs croak around the pond in the meadow on the southern side of the Portola Valley Town Center, and they now have official encouragement to continue croaking.

April 26, 2011 | No comments yet
Priory wins regional robotics contest

The word "Woodside" appears in the name of the high school that placed highly at the Silicon Valley regional robotics competition, but for a change it was not Woodside High, normally a powerhouse.

April 27, 2011 | No comments yet
Running Boston Marathon at age 80

Ruth Anne Bortz prepares on Portola Valley roads
Portola Valley resident Ruth Anne Bortz celebrated her 80th birthday in October and on Monday, April 18, completed the prestigious Boston marathon. To prepare for the marathon, she ran 50 miles a week on Portola Valley roads and trails, including eight 20-mile days. "I love this town," she said. "I run a lot on Windy Hill and on the trails." Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

April 27, 2011 | 1 comment
Bike ride raises funds for cancer research

With only a month left until the big day, organizers for the first annual Canary Century charity bike ride on the Peninsula are offering incentives to increase participation.

April 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Police seek suspect in Saturday shooting

A man was hospitalized in grave condition after a shooting in East Palo Alto Saturday night, police said.

April 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Living with coyotes in Almanac country

Missing cat posters are a common sight in some parts of Woodside, where cats disappear on a regular basis.

May 2, 2011 | 10 comments
Volunteers discover stranded leopard sharks

Volunteers rescued and removed about a dozen dead and dying leopard sharks in small waterways in Redwood City over the past few days.

April 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Woodside: Two more mountain lion sightings

Two mountain lion sightings were reported near Woodside within 12 hours of each other on Friday night and this morning.

April 23, 2011 | 2 comments
Sunday: 'Broadway and Grand Opera' in Ladera

A concert called "Broadway and Grand Opera:Verdi" will be performed by artists of Franzen Vocal Studio at the Ladera Community Church from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday April 24.

April 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton Easter Egg Hunt

Atherton is holding its annual Easter Egg Hunt today (April 23) at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton, from 10 a.m. to noon.

April 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Online auction benefits M-A High

Travel to Mexico, ski at world-class resorts, tour Facebook ... and support Menlo-Atherton High School at the same time.

April 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Rosewood features 'Angry Birds' pastry

The Rosewood Sand Hill hotel and spa in Menlo Park is sweetening its annual Easter Sunday celebration with the characters of the Angry Birds video game.

April 23, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'African Cats'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
Parents be warned: The characters in the latest Disney film frequently attack each other, sometimes eat each other, and spend the entire running time naked. Before you ring up the MPAA, I suppose you should also know that the stars of the G-rated "African Cats" are animals. -- PC

April 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Review: 'Water for Elephants'

(Three stars)
Star attractions contribute to the allure of the circus, and three of them provide the best moments in Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel of the same title. -- PC

April 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Photo gallery: President Obama visits Facebook

Images from the president's April 13 visit to Facebook headquarters
President Barack Obama visited Facebook in Palo Alto Wednesday (April 20) to take part in a "town hall" meeting entitled "Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity." Photos by Veronica Weber, Michelle Le and Nick Gonzales/Palo Alto Online.
View all photos (click on pictures to enlarge and see captions).

April 22, 2011 | 3 comments
M-A grads are newest head coaches at Menlo School

Two former Menlo-Atherton athletes who used to compete against Menlo School have joined the Knights' staff as the school's newest varsity head coaches for the 2011-12 school year.

April 22, 2011 | No comments yet
Tonight: Protecting heritage trees in Woodside

How severely should Woodside penalize property owners for illegally cutting down heritage trees? That issue returns to the Town Council on Tuesday, April 26.

April 24, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: High school open house

Mid-Peninsula High School, a private, non-sectarian high school, will hold an open house for prospective students and their families from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 23.

April 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Caltrain to keep all trains running -- for now

Agency to retain the current service level in 2012 but warns of deep budget troubles ahead
Caltrain will keep all of its 86 weekday trains running in the next fiscal year, though riders will have to shell out a little extra for tickets and parking, the agency's board of directors decided Thursday morning.

April 21, 2011 | 1 comment
Woodside School will need a new superintendent

Diana Abbati (photo), principal and superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District since mid-2008, plans to leave June 30 to take over as superintendent of the Los Gatos Union School District. The resignation was a surprise, said Woodside school board president Bettina Pike. "I'll be very sad to see her go."

April 21, 2011 | 4 comments
Sacred Heart to rebuild its Lower & Middle Schools

Demolition of buildings to begin in June
Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton plans to demolish its existing Lower and Middle Schools campus to construct four new buildings. Picture: The more than 25 new classrooms on the campus will take advantage of natural lighting and ventilation. Rendering by WRNS Studio.

April 21, 2011 | 28 comments
The spark behind Riekes Center

Serious football injury leads to a new way to inspire athletes, artists
The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement is a place of many contrasts, eclectic, busy, and full of surprises -- much like the man who founded it, Gary Riekes.

April 25, 2011 | No comments yet
Riekes Center works with VA in helping injured veterans

How the Riekes Center works with VA hospitals to help injured veterans and others recover their health and vigor. Photo: Fitness director Ron Curcio works with veteran Carlos Limon on a core workout routine. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
The spark behind Riekes Center.

April 25, 2011 | No comments yet
New deal on Stanford hospital expansion

Palo Alto and hospital reach agreement on 'cost neutrality' for Stanford's massive project
Palo Alto and the Stanford University Medical Center reached a breakthrough Wednesday on a financial agreement that could pave the way for Stanford's massive expansion of its hospital facilities.

April 21, 2011 | No comments yet
InMenlo catches Obama motorcade in Menlo Park

Linda Hubbard of the Menlo Park website, InMenlo.com, caught President Obama's motorcade in Menlo Park on Wednesday. Photo copyrighted (c) 2011, InMenlo.com.

April 20, 2011 | No comments yet
School funding: Bad news keeps getting worse

Local elementary school districts have been bracing and adjusting for dramatic funding cuts for the next school year as the state wrestles with a $12 billion projected budgetary shortfall.

April 21, 2011 | 122 comments
Tonight: Atherton meeting on 'grandparent scam'

The Atherton Police Department is holding a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 21) to discuss a phone scam that targets grandparents.

April 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Monday: Paul Allen to talk on his new memoir at Kepler's event

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will talk about his new memoir at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View in an event co-sponsored by the museum and Kepler's bookstore.

April 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Stories, pictures on President Obama's visit

Check Palo Alto Online for stories and pictures of President Barack Obama's visit to the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto on Wednesday, April 20. Photo: President Obama speaks with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall meeting hosted by Facebook. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

April 20, 2011 | No comments yet
May 3 election: Public invited to observe

The San Mateo County Elections Office will begin opening and processing ballots on April 22 for the all-mail May 3 election. The public is invited to observe the process.

April 20, 2011 | No comments yet
When mountain lions enter residential areas

Local public safety agencies should work with experts on mountain lion behavior to develop contingency plans for cases when the big cats are found in residential areas, said speakers at a public forum on mountain lions held in Redwood City last week.

April 20, 2011 | 11 comments
Caltrain aims to keep all 86 trains running

Cash-strapped agency's newest proposal would use one-time funds to balance 2012 budget, maintain current service levels
Caltrain would keep all of its 86 weekday trains running for the next year if the agency's board of directors approves on Thursday the staff's latest proposal.

April 20, 2011 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton baseball blasts away for third win in tourney

Tuesday's prep roundup: While many of their classmates are on spring break, members of the Menlo-Atherton baseball team are hard at work in a tournament in Rancho Cordova. The Bears aren't complaining, despite having to play two games on Tuesday.


April 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Fire board imposes terms on union employees

Union amends employee relations board complaint
The firefighters of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will get more for health and welfare benefits but no salary increase, according to terms imposed on the union.

April 20, 2011 | 41 comments
Substantial traffic delays expected with Obama visit

Parking restrictions, street closures of up to 30 minutes will affect residents and businesses on Wednesday
President Obama's visit to Palo Alto Wednesday (April 20) is expected to cause traffic delays and limit access to homes and businesses, Palo Alto police Chief Dennis Burns said Tuesday afternoon. Obama is scheduled to take part in a "town hall" meeting from Facebook headquarters, 1050 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto.
■ Watch the town hall meeting live on Facebook. (Begins at 1:45 p.m.)
■ Readers can keep apprised of the president visit via the Palo Alto Weekly's Twitter page.

April 20, 2011 | 6 comments
We've added environment category to web list

We've added an environmental category, and made other changes, to our list of local websites.

May 6, 2011 | No comments yet
23,000 RSVP for Obama's Facebook 'town hall'

April 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo-Atherton Big Bear run

In this season of foot races, the five-kilometer Big Bear Run is open to runners and walkers of all ages and is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Menlo-Atherton High School.

April 28, 2011 | No comments yet
Challenging us to drive less in Menlo Park

If paying more than $4 a gallon for gas doesn't encourage people to drive less, what will? Perhaps the annual Drive Less Challenge, which kicks off on April 22 and ends May 5.

April 21, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

This 1930 view of Woodside Road, looking up the hill from what is now Roberts Market, shows Arata Feed and Fuel at the top, Gene Urban's barber shop, and another service station operated by Bill Jackson and Gayle Shine. Photo courtesy of the Jac Audiffred Collection.

May 9, 2011 | No comments yet
Those were the days

This 1930 view of Woodside Road, looking up the hill from what is now Roberts Market, shows Arata Feed and Fuel at the top, Gene Urban's barber shop, and another service station operated by Bill Jackson and Gayle Shine. Photo courtesy of the Jac Audiffred Collection.

April 19, 2011 | No comments yet
Police prepare for Obama visit to Facebook for 'town hall'

Parking restrictions, street closures expected on Wednesday
Palo Alto police will beef up staff and work with neighboring law-enforcement agencies when President Barack Obama comes to town Wednesday (April 20) to visit Facebook headquarters, where he will hold a "town hall" meeting that will be streamed live on the Internet.
23,000 RSVP for Obama's Facebook 'town hall.'

April 19, 2011 | 20 comments
Portola Valley: Road work to last through June

The stretch of Alpine Road that enters Portola Valley from Ladera is on deck for resurfacing, part of the annual road repair program that starts this year on April 25 and continues through June.

April 21, 2011 | 1 comment
City seeks comments on scope of Facebook EIR

Facebook would like to swap a cap on the number of employees that can work on its new Menlo Park campus for a cap on the number of vehicle trips.

April 20, 2011 | No comments yet
Today: Easter egg hunt in Menlo Park

The Easter bunny hops into Menlo Park on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to