2013

New year, old rule: Spare the Air

The new year is starting in the Bay Area the same way the old year ended -- with a Winter Spare the Air alert banning wood burning throughout the region.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo, M-A girls win tournament consolation titles

Monday's prep hoops
The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls continued their preparations for the upcoming league basketball seasons by capturing consolation titles in tournaments that concluded on Monday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Driver responds to lawsuit over Menlo Park crash that injured 6-year-old twins

The 90-year-old driver of a car that reportedly pinned 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall on Santa Cruz Avenue has denied all responsibility for the resulting injuries, claiming the children were engaged in behavior that was reckless, careless and negligent.

December 31, 2013 | 95 comments
Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 1 crash is identified

A motorcyclist who died after crashing into a car on state Highway 1 near Pescadero last week has been identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as Barry Davis, 57, of San Mateo.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Free public transit on New Year's Eve

Starting at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 5 a.m. on New Year's Day, SamTrans will let people ride for free on all bus lines. Caltrain is following suit with extra trains.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside students wrap 800 gifts for children in need

Two hundred students gathered at Woodside Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 20, to help wrap 800 Christmas gifts for children in need.

December 29, 2013 | No comments yet
22nd 'spare the air' alert issued for Sunday

For the seventh time this week and the 22nd time since Nov. 1, Bay Area residents will be banned from burning wood on Sunday.

December 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

(One-and-a-half stars)
Reborn as a flashy but soppy new adventure directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the film is sentimental claptrap about (to paraphrase a character) "courage and going into the unknown."

December 28, 2013 | 13 comments
Review: 'Her'

(Four stars)
All people in romantic relationships want to know their love is real. But when half of the intelligence involved is artificial, can love be real?

December 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
"The Wolf of Wall Street" charges out of the gate with immediate evidence of Martin Scorsese's skill, abetted by Terence Winter's whip-crack screenplay and Thelma Schoonmaker's brilliant editing.

December 28, 2013 | No comments yet
San Mateo man killed in Highway 1 motorcycle crash

A San Mateo man was killed and his passenger injured in a motorcycle crash on state Highway 1 south of Pescadero on Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

December 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Looking back

Elmwood, the 22-acre estate of Silas and Olive Holbrook Palmer in Atherton, is surrounded by foliage in this 1881 photo. The Holbrook Palmers lived in the home until it burned down in 1958, the same year Olive died.

December 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks'

(Two stars)
There's enough spin at work in "Saving Mr. Banks" -- a Walt Disney Pictures account of the making of the 1964 Disney musical "Mary Poppins" -- to make audiences dizzy, which is essential to the film's design.

December 26, 2013 | 4 comments
Another 'Spare the Air' alert Friday

More air will be spared on Friday, as a series of "Winter Spare the Air" alerts issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District continues.

December 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Wood burning banned on Christmas Day

It's official: Bay Area residents will not be allowed to light fires in their fireplaces on Christmas Day.

December 24, 2013 | 3 comments
Wood burning banned on Xmas eve, possibly Christmas Day

Put away the chestnuts; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that wood burning will be banned in the region on Christmas Eve -- and possibly on Christmas Day, too.

December 23, 2013 | 46 comments
Local AYSO girls, boys teams win division titles

The Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Girls under 12 and Boys under 12 soccer teams both won in their respective divisions at the AYSO Silicon Valley Area Championships, held Dec. 7-8 in Menlo Park and Sunnyvale.

December 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Atherton town offices closed

Atherton town offices are closed from Monday, Dec 23, through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

December 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park community activist Harry Harrison dies at 91

Longtime local developer, Menlo Park political figure and community activist Harry Harrison died Sunday at age 91.

December 23, 2013 | 8 comments
Fire board chooses new officers

Rex Ianson and Virginia Chang Kiraly were elected by fellow board members as president and vice president, respectively, of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Top stories of 2013

Schools deal with growing enrollment; large developments proposed in Menlo Park
This was not a year reporters spent idling at their desks, desperate for news to write. On the contrary, 2013 brought a deluge of stories. Menlo Park struggled with growth pains; Woodside brainstormed how to grow. Atherton took a large step toward better transparency.

December 30, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo police officer in lawsuit identified

When Menlo Park resident Hiruy Amanuel filed a lawsuit that alleged illegal stops, searches and harassment and named three police officers, his complaint included an officer who technically didn't exist: "Officer Jeffries."

December 27, 2013 | 2 comments
Spare the Air day on Monday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared Monday, Dec. 23, a "Spare the Air Day," with the air quality in the Bay Area forecast to be unhealthy.

December 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Turnovers doom Sacred Heart Prep in state football finale

Sacred Heart Prep reached its first-ever appearance in a CIF state championship game by being successful in running the ball, keeping turnovers to a minimum and holding opponents to an average of just 8.7 points a contest over a 14-game season. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested on sexual battery charges

Palo Alto police have arrested a massage therapist on charges of misdemeanor sexual battery of four young women in 2012.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
2013 All-PAL Bay Division water polo teams

BOYS
Most Valuable Player: Nick Bisconti (Menlo School) Jr.
Most Valuable Goalie: John Wilson (Menlo School) Sr.
GIRLS
Most Valuable Player: Jessica Heilman (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
Most Valuable Goalie: Francesca Gilles (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
2013 All-West Catholic Athletic League water polo teams

BOYS
Harrison Enright (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.
Nelson Perla-Ward (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.
Will Conner (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.
Michael Swart (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton boys shoot down rival Menlo, 50-38

Menlo-Atherton senior shooting guard Royce Branning scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Bears to a 50-38 nonleague basketball victory over crosstown rival Menlo School on Friday night. The Bears improved to 3-2 as the Knights fell to 1-4.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'American Hustle'

(Three stars)
"American Hustle" is a dark-comedy lark with flair, letting the best (con) man win.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

(Four stars)
Like a rolling stone, singer-guitarist Llewyn Davis tumbles through the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the '60s. It's the Coen Brothers' most compelling character study to date.

December 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Two districts don't plan to offer transitional kindergarten

State legislators may make kingergarten mandatory for all 4-year-olds
The bad news for Menlo Park parents whose children will turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2 of next year is that neither the Las Lomitas nor Menlo Park City districts plans to offer the transitional kindergarten programs that all other local districts provide.

December 26, 2013 | 7 comments
Holiday Fund: Compassion in action at family health center

Juvenal comes with his parents to the Belle Haven Clinic in east Menlo Park for his 6-month well-child checkup. When asked how he is doing, his mother laughs as she watches her son chewing vigorously on a teething ring.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Helping families recover from life's tragedies

Over the last few months, the Fair Oaks Community Center has been deeply involved in the relief and recovery efforts for over 140 households displaced by two six-alarm multi-unit apartment fires that occurred in July and October of this year.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park assault: Ex-49er Kwame Harris sentenced

Four days in county jail and three years of probation are ahead for Kwame Harris, the former San Francisco 49er offensive tackle and Palo Alto resident. Mr Harris was sentenced Dec. 20 after being convicted of several misdemeanors, including misdemeanor domestic violence.

December 20, 2013 | 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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Barber walks from Fremont to Menlo Park on 79th birthday

On Saturday, Jym Marks, owner of Markstyle Barber Salon, plans to walk 12 miles from his home in Fremont to his barber shop at 828 Willow Road in Menlo Park, in celebration of his 79th birthday.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Video: 'Ladera Granola Saves Christmas'

Ladera Granola, founded by Brian Tetrud, has released its latest video,"Ladera Granola Saves Christmas," and teamed up with InnVision to donate 100 bags of the hand-baked granola to the shelter.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Student entries sought for SamTrans art contest

"SamTrans, See the County" is the theme for SamTrans' annual "Art Takes a Bus Ride" program, which gives students the opportunity to display their creative visions aboard transit vehicles. Deadline for entries is Monday, Feb. 14. Winners will be announced in May.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday hours at Menlo Park Civic Center

Menlo Park City Hall will shut down Dec. 23 through Dec. 27, as will the Arrillaga Recreation Center. The Gymnastics Center will be open Dec. 24, then closed until Jan. 6.

December 23, 2013 | 2 comments
Letter: Tribute to Portola Valley Councilman Ted Driscoll

Ted Driscoll stepped down from the Portola Valley Town Council on Dec. 11 after five terms of office and five stints as mayor.

December 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Jan. 2-16: Caltrain working nights in Atherton

As part of its program to upgrade signal and train-control systems, Caltrain will be working on its right-of-way in Atherton from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16. The work hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford connects SHP and Corona del Mar in state finale

Sacred Heart Prep assistant coach Matt Moran may have some mixed emotions when his team takes on Corona del Mar in the Division III finals of the 2013 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games presented by Farmers. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Wiest named Atherton's new mayor

Cary Wiest, elected a little more than a year ago to the Atherton City Council, was chosen by his fellow council members at their Dec. 18 meeting to serve as mayor for the next year, with just-elected Rick DeGolia elected as vice mayor.

December 19, 2013 | 3 comments
Long-time city employee bids farewell to Menlo Park

Thirty-two years ago, Pat Carson came to work for the city of Menlo Park. Now the executive secretary to the city manager, she started as a part-time office assistant in the recreation department, called community resources back then, in 198l.

December 26, 2013 | 9 comments
Donnenwirth helps Menlo women win tournament opener

Laurel Donnenwirth scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the No. 22 Menlo College women's basketball team downed No. 7 Campbellsville, 61-55, in overtime Wednesday at the Hawaii Pacific Classic in Honolulu.
● Read this story
and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Redwood City officials meet with Sims on fire prevention

Redwood City officials met Wednesday with Sims Metal Management after a second fire in two months broke out at the recycling plant in Redwood City on Tuesday morning.

December 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Man pleads no contest to assault, felony burglary

A Palo Alto man accused of assaulting a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy with a baseball bat and crashing his SUV into a ravine following a police chase pleaded no contest Dec. 17 to charges of felony assault and felony auto burglary.

December 18, 2013 | 2 comments
Woodside: Man seeks emergency assistance, and winds up in jail

Deputies find stolen goods in truck stranded on a Woodside road
A man who sought emergency assistance for a stranded truck on a Woodside road in the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 13, ended up in jail later that day when deputies found stolen goods in his truck.

December 18, 2013 | 3 comments
Rotary Club serves

A volunteer battles Menlo Park Rotary Club president Glen Rojas on a new ping-pong table donated by the Rotary Club to the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

December 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Fine Arts feast

Work progressing on new home for Anderson Collection at Stanford
Harry Anderson stands smiling in his dining room, near a table that offers no food, no drink. His gaze sweeping the walls displaying work by some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, he says, "It's a room where you can have a feast without having a meal."

December 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo's Meshkaty invited to play in NAIA Senior Bowl

Menlo senior defensive lineman Camyar Meshkaty accepted an invitation to play in the D2 vs. NAIA Senior Bowl on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The football game, in its third year, is designed to bring together players who represent both the Div. II and NAIA college football levels to an all-star game format. Click here to read the story.

December 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep standouts head All-CCS water polo teams

Sacred Heart Prep seniors Harrison Enright and Caitlin Stuewe earned top honors on their respective teams to highlight the 2013 All-Central Coast Section boys' and girls' water polo teams. Click here to read the story.

December 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves home loan for city manager

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre will receive a home improvement loan from the city and other benefits during the next year of his employment.

December 18, 2013 | 19 comments
Tonight: Atherton council to elect new mayor, consider El Camino traffic signal

Issues on the table when Atherton's City Council meets tonight (Dec. 18)include the naming of a new mayor and vice mayor, whether a traffic signal or pedestrian-controlled signal should be installed on El Camino Real at Selby Lane, and a public hearing on amending the use permit for Sacred Heart Schools to eliminate a traffic-improvement requirement that would destroy a dozen heritage trees.

December 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Bohannon to tweak Menlo Gateway

Type of hotel, sports club likely to change
It's back to the drawing board for at least part of Menlo Gateway. The project remains a concept three years after voters approved it in 2010, and in the face of a changing economy, developer David Bohannon plans to make some adaptations.

December 18, 2013 | 7 comments
Review: Song and sentiment

'Little Women' features a superb ensemble and an inspirational message
Christopher Vettel (playing Professor Bhaer) and Emily Koch (Jo March) find an unlikely friendship in TheatreWorks' "Little Women." The other March sisters get a little stage time, too.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
St. Raymond students give back for Christmas

This year the sixth-grade class at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park decided to give back for their holiday party. The students brought in new books and rattles to give to young children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on Christmas morning.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Fire district cancels holiday burn demonstration

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has cancelled today's annual holiday burn and safety education demonstration because of air quality concerns.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Hanretty gets pension despite his conviction

Tim Hanretty, the former Woodside and Portola Valley school official who was recently released on probation from state prison for stealing or misappropriating money from both districts, has been receiving more than $41,000 a year in pension pay-outs since retiring in February 2012, about five months before he pleaded "no contest" to six felony charges related to the misdeeds.

December 18, 2013 | 9 comments
Menlo, SHP and M-A standouts earn top honors in PAL Bay Division

Menlo School's Jack Heneghan, Sacred Heart Prep's Ben Burr-Kirven and Menlo-Atherton's Isiah Nash all were among the players of the year on the 2013 All-Peninsula Athletic League (Bay Division) football team this season. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Cota named to All-West soccer team

Menlo College's Andrew Cota picked up another postseason award recently when he was named to the 2013 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Continental Tire NAIA Men's All-West Region Team. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police try new strategy against gang violence

Landlords to be notified of violent crime on properties
Fall has been riddled with bullets in Menlo Park, with four shootings in the past month alone. The police are trying a new strategy to counter the violence -- notifying landlords when a violent crime occurs on their properties.

December 17, 2013 | 7 comments
Tonight: Home improvement loan to city manager, general plan update before Menlo Park council

It's full steam ahead tonight for the Menlo Park City Council's last meeting before the city's administration shuts down for a week during the Christmas holiday.

December 17, 2013 | 7 comments
Fire extinguished at Sims metal recycling

A two-alarm fire at a metal recycling plant in Redwood City that broke out this morning has been extinguished, although the smell of smoke and burning plastic was reported as far south as Mountain View, a fire department spokesperson said.

December 17, 2013 | 64 comments
Views of full moon in Woodside

Melinda Stoker sent us these photos of the full moon rising behind the large lit evergreen and creche opposite Roberts Market in Woodside on Monday night, Dec. 16.

December 16, 2013 | 5 comments
Wednesday: Fire stations host Santa

Santa Claus will be coming to three towns on Wednesday, Dec. 18, when he visits the Woodside Fire Protection District's fire stations from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Schwarz president of college board

The five members of the board of the San Mateo County Community College District elected Karen Schwarz as president and Patricia Miljanich as vice president at the board's Dec. 11 meeting.

December 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside gives green light to 'safe routes to school'

Council directs staff to act on safety-audit findings.
On the annual Walk to School day at Woodside Elementary School, about 300 students walk or ride bikes to school. This exercise has included a "walking bus" in which students walk in formation, as if they were riding a bus. There is safety in numbers.

December 19, 2013 | 5 comments
Police report: Atherton woman wakes to intruder in her bathroom

Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

December 17, 2013 | 3 comments
Longtime Atherton resident Herman Christensen dies

Herman Christensen, an Atherton resident since 1965 and chair of the town's Planning Commission, died unexpectedly on Dec. 9 at the age of 83.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP earns Goliath role and a trip to the state championships

Sacred Heart Prep versus El Cerrito in the CIF Division III Northern California regional championship game was a matchup billed as David going up against Goliath in football. In some ways the pregame hype was correct, as the game turned out to be a blowout. It just happened that the roles of David and Goliath were reversed. Read this story and see more local sports news at PASportsOnline.com.

December 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Raise a fork to 2014

Local restaurants ring in the new year with many courses
Fancy celebrating the new year with grilled quail. chicken with waffles or bison with squash? The many Midpeninsula eateries with special NYE menus have you covered.

December 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Football: SHP earns first berth in CIF state finals

Sacred Heart Prep defeats El Cerrito, 42-7
With junior Ben Burr-Kirven scoring on runs on 9, 44, 1 and 7 yards, Sacred Heart Prep (13-1) earned its first-ever berth in the CIF state finals with a dominating 42-7 victory over heavily favored El Cerrito in the CIF Division III NorCal Regional championship football game Saturday night at De Anza High in Richmond.

December 14, 2013 | 5 comments
Review: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

(Four stars)
Peter Jackson's grandiose vision of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth reaches a crescendo with this thrilling second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy.

December 14, 2013 | 2 comments
Former mosquito district official remanded to custody

Formal sentencing for a former mosquito district financial director who embezzled more than $450,000 was delayed a fifth time on Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court, but this time Jo Ann Dearman will await her next court date in a county jail cell, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

December 14, 2013 | 5 comments
Saturday: Winter Wooferland in Menlo Park

Fresh snow, therapy dogs at VA Welcome Center
Therapy dogs and 2,000 pounds of fresh snow for the enjoyment of canine and human alike will help turn the Veterans Affairs Welcome Center in Menlo Park into a "Winter Wooferland" on Saturday (Dec. 14).

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Newly elected Mayor Ann Wengert sees full agenda in 2014

New Portola Valley Mayor Ann Wengert is thinking about a list of issues facing the Town Council in 2014, including affordable housing, aircraft noise, skateboard ramps, a green building ordinance, updates to the zoning code and the town's 50th anniversary.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: Safe routes to school a priority for Mayor Dave Burow

Councilman Dave Burow, the new mayor of Woodside, puts the highest priority for the year ahead on making it safer for children to walk and bike to school.

December 13, 2013 | 1 comment
SHP grad Dahlkemper a finalist for college soccer's top award

It has been quite a week for Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper, a junior defender on the UCLA women's soccer team. After helping the Bruins win the NCAA title and then being named to the U.S. Under-23 National Team, she received yet another honor. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Hard times despite improving economy

The Second Harvest Food Bank benefits from your donations to the Holiday Fund
The Second Harvest Food Bank is one of 10 community organizations that benefit from your donations to the Holiday Fund.

December 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: How Ecumenical Hunger Program changed a life

The Ecumenical Hunger Program is one of 10 community organizations that benefit from your donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

December 22, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A students collect food for needy families

Continuing their annual holiday tradition, students at Menlo-Atherton High School have collected more than 150,000 cans of food and raised $22,000 in donations in this year's Canned Food Drive, surpassing the original goal of 100,000 cans and $10,000.

December 12, 2013 | 1 comment
New 'transitional' house named for Mike Nevin

Service League staff, supporters and clients gathered Dec. 3 to celebrate the dedication of "Mike's House," a newly acquired transitional house for men, in remembrance of the late county supervisor and former Service League executive director, Mike Nevin.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Jazz concert in Portola Valley

The Joe LaBarbera Quintet, with Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Clay Jenkins, Bob Sheppard and Tom Warrington, will present straight-ahead jazz at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Rothrock Performance Hall on the Woodside Priory campus, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Gingerbread House workshop

The Village Pub will host a Gingerbread House workshop from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the restaurant, 2967 Woodside Road in Woodside.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Local man sentenced for child pornography

Sentence includes lifetime registration as a sex offender
Stephen Wolf, who pleaded no contest in March 2013 to possessing child pornography, now faces eight months in jail and three years of supervised probation.

December 12, 2013 | 2 comments
Pet of the week

Santa baby, she's been nice -- we swear! Meet Bella, a sweet female pit bull available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

December 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Put down those pruners!

Tips on dealing with frost-damaged plants
With nighttime temperatures dropping near or below freezing for more than a week, Peninsula gardeners are seeing frost damage in their gardens not experienced for many years.

December 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves union contract

'Twas a long winter's night as the Menlo Park City Council met on Dec. 10, deciding much and debating more.

December 11, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Big rig loses load on Sand Hill Road

Police expect a traffic delay of at least an hour on eastbound Sand Hill Road Lane because a big rig lost its load at Saga Lane.

December 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley Schools Foundation insured to cover losses, executive says

Foundation expects full recovery of $182,500 in fraud losses
The Portola Valley Schools Foundation, a major donor to the Portola Valley School District and recently defrauded of $182,500 from its investment account, is insured to cover such losses, a foundation executive said.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Residents air noise, safety concerns at Surf Air meeting

More than one local resident testified at a community meeting in Atherton on Monday (Dec. 9) that they remember exactly when Surf Air began flying – it was the day they thought a plane was about to land on their home.

December 10, 2013 | 6 comments
SHP grad Clark leads USA women to gold medal in Canada

With the 2013 Holiday Cup set to begin this Wednesday at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team head coach Adam Krikorian has announced the Team USA roster, which includes six local players.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Hub hosts singles dance

Break out those Santa hats! A Menlo Park restaurant is hosting a dance on Saturday, Dec. 14. Tickets are $20 and the dress code is "festive holiday attire."

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident targeted by fake IRS

A Menlo Park resident lost $14,000 in a recent scam that has the IRS warning people nationwide, according to police.

December 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Lawsuit filed against Menlo police officers

Menlo Park resident Hiruy Amanuel has filed a lawsuit against the City of Menlo Park and three Menlo Park police officers because of the officers' alleged handling of two incidents involving Amanuel earlier this year.

December 12, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Keith continues to lead council in reimbursement requests

Turns out you can spend more taxpayer money attending local dinners than on a trip to Ireland: For the third time in a row, Kirsten Keith tops the list in reimbursement requests by Menlo Park council members, according to city records obtained by the Almanac.

December 12, 2013 | 36 comments
There and back again: Menlo Park's Peter Ohtaki visits Ireland

Peter Ohtaki has had a lot of explaining to do lately, but not for the usual reasons, now that the former mayor (still councilman) has returned from a five-day trip to Galway, Ireland. Total cost to Menlo Park taxpayers? Exactly nothing.

December 10, 2013 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Town Hall holiday hours

Town Hall in Portola Valley will close for a nine-day holiday break at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Town Hall will reopen for regular business at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Winter hours set for farmers' market

The Portola Valley farmers' market sets up as usual on Thursdays in the parking lot of the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road, but earlier. In recognition of the shorter days, the market opens at 2 p.m. and closes at 5.

December 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Milo Gates, chief executive, Swinerton Builders

The West Coast construction business lost an icon with the Dec. 1 death of Woodside resident Milo S. Gates, known as Ned to his family and friends.

December 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Town looks at ways to coax walking, cycling to school

About 8 percent of Woodside Elementary School students walk or ride a bike to school. Students driven to school are the majority and most vehicles carry just one student. A Safe Routes to School audit is on the agenda for the Dec. 10 Town Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall.

December 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Feature story: Friendly persuasion

Woodside's Rebekah Witter helps equestrians learn the language of their horses
If films and TV shows about the Old West are any guide, cowboys and ranchers back then persuaded a horse to perform on command by subduing it. Part of the process, the photogenic part, was getting on the horse's back when it was an untamed bucking bronco and staying there until the horse calmed down and learned who was boss.

December 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Police calls: $95,000 diamond ring missing from Atherton home

Crime reports from Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

December 10, 2013 | 3 comments
Safe containing $200,000 in valuables is missing from Woodside home

In the days just before Thanksgiving, when the owners of a home on Godetia Drive in Woodside were away, someone entered the house and stole a safe with high-value jewelry inside, according to a report by deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

December 9, 2013 | 1 comment
Hanretty released from prison, appeals court order

Tim Hanretty, the former Woodside and Portola Valley school official who was imprisoned for embezzlement and misappropriating public funds in 2012, has been released after serving a year of his two-year sentence and has taken steps to appeal a court order to repay $2.67 million to the Woodside Elementary School District.

December 9, 2013 | 4 comments
Portola Valley Schools Foundation defrauded of $182,500, deputies say

An investigation has turned up seven bad checks, a total of $182,500, written this fall against an investment account for the Portola Valley Schools Foundation, according to a Dec. 9 report from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

December 9, 2013 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Salaries, parking on tonight's council agenda

Some Menlo Park city officials are cramming before the holidays, with a series of meetings scheduled during the next couple weeks. This week, the Planning Commission has a light agenda, while the City Council faces a lengthy one.

December 9, 2013 | 23 comments
Pet of the week

So, he isn't THE Morris, made famous by the classic 9Lives cat food commercials, but he could be the grandson of Morris. Think of him as Morris III, one of more than 100 cats available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 15-year-old girl shot in drive-by as spate of shootings continues

The fourth drive-by shooting in Menlo Park in three weeks may be gang-related, according to investigators.

December 9, 2013 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Great Beauty'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
It is, perhaps, impossible to make an ode to Rome without invoking Fellini. Though Paolo Sorrentino does so only indirectly in "The Great Beauty," it's impossible not to think of how he pales in comparison to the maestro.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Out of the Furnace'

(Two stars)
What, one might ask, is the point of understated melodrama? It's a bit like decaf coffee or near-beer. But understated melodrama, for the most part, is the stuff of "Out of the Furnace."

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo girls fall in state volleyball title match

Menlo School saw its record-breaking girls' volleyball season come to an end in a 21-25, 30-28, 25-15, 25-16 loss to San Diego champion Francis Parker (29-5) in the CIF Division IV state championship match on Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange County.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Football: Sacred Heart Prep defends its CCS Division IV football title

Gators in state regional: With senior running back Andrew Segre running for a school-record 351 yards on 28 carries and scoring six touchdowns, top-seeded Sacred Heart Prep successfully defended its Central Coast Section Division IV title with a 56-21 blasting of No. 7 Pacific Grove on Saturday night at Independence High in San Jose. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on ==B PAOnlineSports.com.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Conference today: Meeting challenges of sea-level rise

The issue of sea level rise and what San Mateo County can do about it will be discussed at length in San Mateo today with local legislators and a nationally acclaimed expert on the subject of high tides.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Merrill Newman returns home

Veteran, 85, declines to discuss his arrest, captivity in North Korea
Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto grandfather who had been detained by North Korean officials since Oct. 26, arrived home on Saturday morning.

December 7, 2013 | No comments yet
North Korea releases Merrill Newman

Palo Altan heads home after 'apology'
Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto resident detained by North Korean authorities earlier this fall, has been released, the U.S. State Department announced Friday evening.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
North Korea 'deports' Merrill Newman, CNN says

Palo Altan heads home after North Korea releases him
CNN is citing a North Korean state news agency report that Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Palo Alto resident detained by North Korean authorities earlier this fall, has been "deported."

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Surf Air pilots trying different strategy to mitigate noise

Pilots flying Surf Air planes into the San Carlos Airport have begun trial use of a visual approach technique in an attempt to mitigate the increased noise level over Atherton, North Fair Oaks and other mid-Peninsula communities.

December 6, 2013 | 21 comments
Weekend holiday events in Menlo Park

This weekend is stuffed fuller than a Christmas stocking as Menlo Park celebrates the upcoming holidays.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: The dough, re, mi's of pizza

It's all about the crust, not the toppings, at Blue Line Pizza
On the Midpeninsula, there are more than 100 restaurants serving pizza between Menlo Park and Los Altos. The upshot is: Muscling into the business isn't easy. But, build a better mousetrap and ...

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: TEDx program at Woodside Priory

The TEDx club at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley is inviting practitioners from technology, entertaining and design (TED) to talk about their life experiences at the club's first event at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 302 Portola Road.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park runner competes in endurance challenge

Gary Gellin of Menlo Park is taking part in the North Face Endurance Challenge Championships on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, in the Golden Gate Recreation Area in San Francisco.

December 5, 2013 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Rich Gordon holds office hours in Menlo Park

Assemblyman Rich Gordon is inviting the public to his "office hours" event at Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park, from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Cafe Zoe exhibit features works by Joseph Fuchs

The artwork of Joseph Fuchs, a former Menlo-Atherton High School English teacher, are on display through Jan. 5 at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park, with a reception set for Saturday, Dec. 7.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton tonight: Community meeting on aircraft noise

Atherton town officials and representatives of the San Carlos Airport and a new private firm whose flights out of that airport have boosted the noise level over Midpeninsula communities will be among those present at a community meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, in Atherton.

December 5, 2013 | 3 comments
SHP grad Dahlkemper will play in women's College Cup

Of local note: Sacred Heart Prep grad and Menlo Park resident Abby Dahlkemper and her UCLA teammates have advanced to the NCAA College Cup in women's soccer for the ninth time in program history following a 1-0 double-overtime win over No. 1 seed North Carolina. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com

December 5, 2013 | 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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: FBI seeking 'sports cap' bandit

The FBI is seeking a woman they have dubbed the "Sports Cap Bandit," who robbed two banks in Menlo Park in October and November.

December 5, 2013 | 2 comments
Holiday Fund: Changing lives through literacy

Project Read-Menlo Park is one of 10 community organizations that benefit from donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

December 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: Health education for all abilities

Teen Talk is one of 10 local community organizations that benefit from donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund. Click here for more information and to donate.

December 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: How St. Anthony's helped bring Mel back from the brink

St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room is one of 10 local community organizations that benefit from your donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Meet Elisa, 4, 'Helper of the Week'

InnVision Shelter Network is one of 10 community organizations that benefit from your donations to the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

December 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: StarVista - a place to turn to after foster care

Your gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund help 10 local community organizations, including StarVista, which offers comprehensive services for youth and others in crisis.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
La Entrada spelling bee nearly dropped

Stress and anxiety can accompany any spelling bee, but this year, students at La Entrada Middle School weren't just worried about getting their words right. They were concerned that there wouldn't be a spelling bee at all.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Obituary: Robert Carey, Superior Court judge

Judge Robert E. Carey died peacefully at his home in Atherton on Nov. 16, surrounded by his family. He was 93.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: Under the big top

'Circus Arts' classes in Menlo Park have kids flying high for fun
You've probably never been as impressed with yourself as a 7-year-old girl hanging upside down from a set of aerial silks.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Women's vocal ensemble concert in Menlo Park

Kitka, the women's vocal ensemble, will return to Arts at St. Bede's at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, for its annual Wintersongs concert. The program showcases music from Eastern Europe. Ticket prices range from $10 to $35.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Toys for Tots drive

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is holding its annual Toys for Tots drive through Dec. 13.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Gingerbread House decorating event

The Youth Group of Bethany Lutheran Church will hold its fifth annual Gingerbread House decorating event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church, 1095 Cloud Ave. in Menlo Park.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
This week: Sacred Heart Prep's holiday boutique

The annual Sacred Heart Preparatory holiday boutique will be held Dec. 4, 5 and 6 in the historic 115-year-old school building on the Atherton campus.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Holiday book sale in Menlo Park

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a holiday mini-sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the meeting room downstairs at the library, 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: Marsh Road repair work will close eastbound lane

Eastbound Marsh Road between Middlefield Road and Fair Oaks Avenue will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for emergency repairs to the Atherton Channel fencing, which was severely damaged by a vehicle collision in the early morning of Dec. 4, the town of Atherton has announced.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: West Bay performs opera classics in Atherton

A benefit concert with orchestra and chorus, featuring mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook and a cast from recent West Bay Opera productions, will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, in Atherton.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo girls a win away from reaching their final goal

At the beginning of the 2013 girls' volleyball season, Menlo first-year head coach Steve Cavella gathered his squad to discuss the overall team goals for the upcoming year. Click here for the story.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New mayor, vice mayor chosen

Mueller and Carlton to lead council in 2014
The first Tuesday in December sees a shuffling in the ranks of Menlo Park City Council members each year as they choose the new mayor and vice mayor. The process, in general, is orderly.

December 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Wednesday: DeGolia to be sworn in as Atherton's new council member

Rick DeGolia will be sworn into office as the Atherton City Council's newest member at a special council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at will be followed by a reception.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: F. Tracy Schilling, 92

Memorial services are pending for F. Tracy Schilling, a Woodside resident and "a gentle force for good," the family said. Ms. Schilling, 92, died on Nov. 26 at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley.

December 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Get a photo of your pet with Santa

Santa Claus is visiting the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's new adoption center in Burlingame on three dates in December, beginning today (Dec. 4) giving residents an opportunity to have their pets pose for a holiday photo.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Watchdogs happy with high-speed rail ruling

High-speed rail watchdogs in Menlo Park were thrilled when a California judge ruled that the funding plan for the $68 billion high-speed rail system must be rescinded and refused to endorse the selling of bonds for the project.

December 5, 2013 | 27 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park selects new mayor

With a few memorable exceptions, the selection of a new mayor in Menlo Park proceeds with about as much drama as a PBS special on woodworking. Tonight's meeting should be no exception.

December 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Managers to get raises under new contract

Approximately 34 city of Menlo Park employees would see raises of 4.5 percent and a bump in health benefits under the terms of a proposed contract.

December 5, 2013 | 3 comments
Novel: Peninsula reporter enters a strange new world

A novel by former Almanac reporter Rebecca Wallace tells the story of a Peninsula newspaper reporter who lives to chase down police stories, and the radical turn she takes when everything changes in her life.

December 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: To retreat or not to retreat?

Off-site retreats by city staff invite questions
Trips by Menlo Park city staff to Half Moon Bay and Napa during the past two months came as a surprise to at least one council member, and have raised questions about where the money -- and how much -- should be spent.

December 3, 2013 | 23 comments
Menlo Park: Bay Road open after collision

A driver is critically injured
A car accident that left one driver critically injured shut down a portion of Bay Road for several hours during the Tuesday morning commute, according to Menlo Park police.

December 3, 2013 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Steve Marra is SEAL for a day

'Ordeal' barely captures Steve Marra's 24 hours in April
Portola Valley resident Steve Marra would be the first to acknowledge the harsh and unrelenting character of his recent special-forces-like training. But his instructors did not resort to using typical vulgar metaphors, he says.

December 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday seminar: Sea level challenges in San Mateo County

As the climate changes, the coastline of San Mateo County may change as well. Assemblyman Rich Gordon and county Supervisor Dave Pine are inviting the public to a Monday, Dec. 9, morning seminar on "Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County."

December 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Sunday: Holiday Fair in Portola Valley

The fifth annual Portola Valley Holiday Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Woodside Priory School at 302 Portola Road.

December 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Petitioners protest Planned Parenthood clinic's opening

It's become as predictable as dawn and dusk: Where a Planned Parenthood clinic opens, there will be protests. And the protest over the new clinic on the old Chevys restaurant El Camino Real site near Atherton has begun.

December 3, 2013 | 79 comments
Police calls: $10,000 bicycle stolen from locked garage

Crime reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Menlo Park.

December 3, 2013 | 5 comments
Hillview playing field woes continue with lawsuit

The problem-plagued project to construct, then reconstruct, Hillview Middle School's playing field may finally be finished, but the headache continues for the Menlo Park City School District, which is named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed Nov. 20 by a subcontracting firm that hasn't been fully paid for work performed.

December 4, 2013 | 6 comments
Clef Hangers seek new members; singers perform at Crane Place on Monday

The Clef Hangers choral group will give a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Crane Place in Menlo Park.

December 4, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP runs into CCS championship game with 34-7 victory

Sacred Heart Prep junior running back Ben Burr-Kirven ran for 112 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Gators to a 34-7 Central Coast Section semifinal victory over visiting Monterey Saturday afternoon. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

December 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Libraries to accept food for fines

San Mateo County residents' overdue library books will become opportunities to help out hungry families as the county library system launches its "Food for Fines" program.

December 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: Real estate icon Frances Bohannon Nelson dies

She was a resident of Woodside for 55 years
Frances Bohannon Nelson, a resident of Woodside for 55 years and a Peninsula real estate icon and philanthropist, died in her sleep on Saturday, Nov. 23. She was 91.

November 30, 2013 | 3 comments
Review: 'Homefront'

(Three stars)
Standard Statham action gets a solid acting boost courtesy of James Franco in the Louisiana-based "Homefront." We can put this in the "co-stars you thought you would never see" category.

November 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Philomena'

(Three stars)
The film "Philomena," starring Judi Dench, takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away. Co-producer and co-screenwriter Steve Coogan plays a journalist investigating the story.

November 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Nebraska'

(Three stars)
It's never too late to play a few grace notes. With Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," this proves true for two septuagenarians: addled heartland grump Woodrow "Woody" Grant and the Hollywood royal who plays him, Bruce Dern.

November 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Suspect released for lack of evidence in drive-by shooting cases

The East Palo Alto man jailed on Nov. 27 in connection with three recent drive-by shootings in Menlo Park was freed on Monday, Dec. 2, pending further investigations by police in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Updated story

November 29, 2013 | 9 comments
Those were the days

Between 1898 and 1900, Swedish immigrant Capt. William Matson, of Matson Navigation Co., built a 38-room Tudor-style house on 70 acres along Woodside Road near Bear Gulch Creek.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Arts for the holidays

December calendars are full for local arts groups, offering performances, exhibits, bazaars and other events
Still making holiday plans? There are plenty of festivities to choose.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Dec. 7: 'Tree Treasures' at county history museum

The San Mateo County History Museum will present "Tree Treasures" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'A Christmas Carol' in Menlo Park

Stage and film actor Duffy Hudson will present a one-man production of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Holiday train will visit Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 8

Glowing with lights and holiday decorations, the Caltrain Holiday Train will visit Menlo Park for a 20-minute stop on Sunday, Dec. 8.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton, Menlo Park: Junior League holds holiday house tour

The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its sixth annual fundraiser, "Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes and Boutique," on Dec. 6 and 7.

November 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Roadway reopens after four rescued from car down an embankment

Both directions of state Highway 92/state Highway 35 in San Mateo County reopened Thursday morning after four occupants were rescued from a car that went over an embankment just east of Half Moon Bay, according to the California Highway Patrol.

November 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Second drive-by shooting this week

No one injured
A second drive-by shooting in four days rattled nerves in Menlo Park, but left no one physically hurt on Wednesday.

November 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad earns All-American status in volleyball

Menlo School graduate Allie Frappier, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter for Pomona Pitzer, has been named an NCAA Division III First Team All-American in women's volleyball by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Click here to read the story.

November 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Yao wins CCS individual tennis championship

The storied Menlo School girls' tennis program added another colorful chapter when junior Elizabeth Yao become the school's first Central Coast Section singles champion on Tuesday at Courtside Club in Los Gatos. Click here to read the story.

November 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo, Palo Alto advance in NorCal volleyball playoffs

The girls' volleyball season has been extended for Menlo School and Palo Alto, but not for Priory following the opening round of the CIF Northern California playoffs on Tuesday night.

Read this story
and see more local sports coverage on ==B PASportsOnline.com--.

November 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Software valued at $500,000 stolen in home burglary

A laptop computer containing proprietary software that the owner says is worth $500,000 was part of the take in a residential burglary of a home on Alamos Road in Portola Valley, deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

November 27, 2013 | 9 comments
Stray turkey is pardoned

Since no owners have come forward claiming a stray domestic turkey left in the Peninsula Humane Society's after-hours kennels on Nov. 18, the PHS will seek to place the big bird – as a pet.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Man killed in motorcycle crash near Devil's Slide is identified

A motorcyclist who was killed Monday night in a crash on state Highway 1 near Devil's Slide has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as 24-year-old Salvatore O'Brien.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
A page from our history

An outbreak of Spanish influenza at Camp Fremont in Menlo Park resulted in the camp's quarantine in October 1918, just before the end of World War I. Military policeman surrounded the base and visitors were turned away.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College hoops picks up Cal Pac weekly honor

Vanessa D'Amico of Menlo College led her team to a win in its California Pacific Conference opener and earned Cal Pac Player of the Week honors for the first time this season. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Rulings deal financial blow to high-speed rail

Monday decisions by Sacramento judge force rail authority to revise its funding plan
California's proposed high-speed-rail system ran into a legal barrier Monday when a Sacramento judge ruled that the funding plan for the $68-billion project must be rescinded and refused to endorse the selling of bonds for the project.

November 25, 2013 | 5 comments
Tuesday: Galaxy clusters and what they do

Dr. Julie Hlavacek-Larrondo, a NASA Einstein Fellow at Stanford University, will give a talk, "Here Be Monsters: Tales of the Hot Universe," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

December 2, 2013 | No comments yet
New director for human services

Iliana Rodriguez, the current director of child support services in San Mateo County, will take over as director of the Human Services Agency in January.

December 2, 2013 | 1 comment
New law protects mountain lions

A celebration of a new law authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill that protects mountain lions is set for 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Mac Dutra Park in Half Moon Bay.

November 29, 2013 | 2 comments
Vineyard gets green light; five-year quest may end

On a 3-2 vote, the Portola Valley Planning Commission granted an application from residents Dr. Kirk Neely and Holly Myers to grow grapes in a field they own at 555 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

December 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Neighbors raise concerns about proposed Skyline rehab center

Among concerns: wildfires started by smokers.
Fear of wildfire permeated the room of the Kings Mountain Community Center on Nov. 20 as the Skyline Boulevard community gathered to weigh in on a proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility nearby where resident clients would be allowed to smoke.

November 26, 2013 | 6 comments
Investigation done in bus vs. railroad crossing gate probe

A SamTrans bus entered a railroad crossing as lights were flashing, but before the gate lowered, according to an internal investigation of a July incident in Menlo Park that left a railroad crossing arm broken.

November 27, 2013 | 1 comment
Police calls: Thieves abscond with desk, rug and dining room table

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

November 27, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Second housing plan update takes shape

Focus on homeless shelter zoning, granny units
Menlo Park is deep into a housing plan update for the second time in as many years, this time to develop a framework for housing for 2014 through 2022 in compliance with state law.

November 27, 2013 | 1 comment
Lawsuit filed against driver who struck 6-year-old twins

Menlo Park boy returns home after five weeks in hospital
A Menlo Park family has filed a lawsuit against the driver of a car that reportedly jumped a curb and pinned two 6-year-old twin brothers against a wall.

November 26, 2013 | 7 comments
Atherton: Group to grapple with aircraft noise

Should communities situated under the flight path of a relatively tiny, public-use facility that accommodates small aircraft be expected to accept a significant noise increase because of new commercial use of the airport?

November 26, 2013 | 8 comments
Sacred Heart Prep boys win a third straight CCS water polo title

It was a highly successful season for the Sacred Heart Prep boys in water polo even before the Gators headed into the Central Coast Section playoffs. On Saturday, it got even better. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 25, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP girls wrap an unprecedented seventh straight CCS water polo title

After coaching his teams to seven straight Central Coast Section titles in girls' water polo, one might think Sacred Heart Prep coach Jon Burke is getting tired of it all -- sort of a been there, done that. Not so, says Burke, who made it seven in a row Saturday as his top-seeded Gators (22-7) dunked No. 3 Castilleja, 14-7. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls win CCS Division IV title in volleyball

Menlo School won its first Central Coast Section title in girls' volleyball since 2008 with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-22 victory over No. 3-seeded Soquel in the Division IV finals on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday: Spare-the-air alert issued

The first Spare the Air alert of the winter season has been issued for Monday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

November 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Shots fired at vehicle occupied by children, mother

Shots were fired Sunday afternoon at a parked vehicle in Menlo Park that was occupied by two children, ages 4 and 5, and their mother.

November 24, 2013 | 3 comments
In times past

Then Atherton resident Lucie Stern gazes fondly at her daughter Ruth, who suffered from epilepsy, during a moment at the Stern's Byde-A-Whyle 30-acre estate, located where today's Polhemus Avenue and Selby Lane meet.

November 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Happy Thanksgivukkah!

This year, Hanukkah is a once in a lifetime event.
For the first time since 1888 — and the last time for tens of thousands of years, according to one calculation — Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same week.

November 24, 2013 | 4 comments
Man, 23, killed in Highway 1 crash

A 23-year-old man who was killed in a crash on Highway 1 in San Mateo County on Saturday has been identified as Sanjeev Joshi, of Visalia, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

November 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton advances with two big touchdown plays

Menlo-Atherton senior running back Isiah Nash piled up 145 yards on a pair of touchdown pass receptions to lead the Bears to a 21-7 Central Coast Section first-round victory over visiting Oak Grove Friday night. In other action, with starting quarterback Jack Heneghan sidelined by injury, No. 4-seeded Menlo School fell to No. 5 Monterey, 30-12, in a CCS Division IV football opener on Friday night at Sequoia High in Redwood City. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

(Three stars)
It would be easy to damn "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with the faint praise of calling it a competent sequel, which it is. But the film gives audiences more to chew on than its predecessor.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

(Three stars)
It would be easy to damn "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with the faint praise of calling it a competent sequel, which it is. But the film gives audiences more to chew on than its predecessor.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Delivery Man'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
This tale of an accidental (multiple) father manages to be high-concept and squishy at the same time. At least the star power of Vince Vaughn adds some comedy.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Book Thief'

(One-and-a-half stars)
There will, of course, never be enough Nazi Germany-set dramas to fill the awards-season maw. Unfortunately, "The Book Thief" is conspicuously phony in its ruthless attempt to manipulate audiences.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Palo Alto woman dies after car crash in Menlo Park

A 57-year-old Palo Alto woman has died after sustaining injuries in a car crash on Wednesday in Menlo Park.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park bicyclist struck by motorist, sustains major injuries

A Menlo Park man was struck by a motorist in the early morning darkness at Stanford University on Wednesday, according to the California Highway Patrol and a witness.

November 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton bans vehicle-camping

Atherton's ordinance banning overnight camping in vehicles was finalized on Nov. 20 by a unanimous vote of the City Council. The ordinance, the town's attorney insisted, "is a safety thing, not a homeless issue."

November 25, 2013 | 2 comments
Gunn girls join SHP and Menlo boys in CCS title matches

Water polo
The 2013 Central Coast Section water polo finals will bring together a lot of familiar teams, but also will provide a variety of story lines for veteran coaches and historically successful programs. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Menlo and Priory reach CCS volleyball finals

It will be a busy day for local volleyball fans with Palo Alto, Menlo School and Priory all playing for Central Coast Section titles on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose. All three squads also will play in the CIF NorCal playoffs next week. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park names new city clerk

The new city clerk looks a lot like the interim city clerk in Menlo Park, and in fact, the two are one and the same. The city announced on Nov. 13 that Pam Aguilar has been promoted to the permanent post.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Sinnott files lawsuit over driveway

The battle over a Louise Street driveway in Menlo Park has now moved to the courtroom.

November 22, 2013 | 8 comments
Molestation retrial ends in conviction for Menlo Park man

A retrial on multiple charges of child molestation ended with a conviction for a 50-year-old Menlo Park man on Wednesday.

November 21, 2013 | 4 comments
Saturday: Cats, kittens looking for a home

Peninsula CatWorks will have cats and kittens looking for a home at the Pet Place in Menlo Park on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 3 p.m.

November 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula Youth Ballet performs 'Nutcracker'

The Peninsula Youth Ballet will present its annual production of "Nutcracker" Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the recently refurbished San Mateo Performing Arts Center.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Nov. 21-23: Woodside Priory stages 'Macbeth'

Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley is staging Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a style that is "a homage to the greatest SciFi films and TV shows," says theater teacher and director John Sugden.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday & Sunday Menlo Pres holds Global Gift Fair

Artisans from more than 13 developing countries will be represented at the Global Gift Fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park specific plan review culminates in medical office cap, minor changes

Council votes to limit medical office development along El Camino Real
Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan emerged in one piece following its first review: The council decided to cap medical office development along El Camino Real and adopted several minor tweaks, but otherwise seemed content to leave the plan in place.

November 20, 2013 | 90 comments
Update: Crash leaves two seriously injured

Multiple lanes on University Avenue shut down during Wednesday morning commute
Lanes on University Avenue at Bayfront Expressway shut down for hours on Wednesday following a crash that seriously injured two drivers around 7:30 a.m.

November 20, 2013 | 4 comments
Days of yore

This watercolor by Rachel Bentley depicts the spectacular Atherton home built for James and Mary Emma Flood. The construction project began in 1876 and took two years to complete. The land that was later subdivided is now Lindenwood.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Meet Wally, a "designer" Chorgi available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society. Haven't heard of a Chorgi? It's a Chihuahua/Corgi mix. Small, a little stumpy and totally adorable, Wally is 16 pound and 1 ½ years old.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep earns No. 1 seed for CCS Division IV playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep will defend its Central Coast Section Division IV football title as the No. 1 seed. The Gators (9-1) will open Saturday at home against No. 8 Seaside (5-5) at 1 p.m. While Sacred Heart Prep won last year's title with a victory over rival Menlo School, that matchup won't happen in this year's bracket. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Memorial Mass for William Walsh of Atherton

A memorial Mass is set for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, for William Desmond Walsh of Atherton. Mr. Walsh died Nov. 16 at Stanford Hospital at the age of 83.

November 21, 2013 | 1 comment
Historic Woodside estate is still a summer home for the Fleishhacker family

Not long after the 1906 earthquake, Mortimer Fleishhacker, a successful San Francisco businessman, decided he wanted to build his family a summer home in the country and began buying property, eventually totaling 75 acres, in the heart of Woodside.

November 19, 2013 | 6 comments
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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo girls reach CCS tennis final, but Palo Alto is ousted

The job is halfway done for the Menlo School girls in their quest to capture a long-awaited Central Coast Section tennis title. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Priory's Will Latta earns MVP honors in MTAL football

Priory senior two-way player Will Latta was named the Most Valuable Player in the Mission Trail Athletic League for eight-man football after leading the Panthers to a 7-0 league record and 9-0 overall mark. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls: Grand piano missing from Atherton home

Police calls from Atherton, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

November 19, 2013 | 4 comments
Menlo Park commission supports eliminating Laurel Street parking

City considering removing parking on northbound Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues
The proposal to eliminate street parking along northbound Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues forged ahead following a meeting of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.

November 19, 2013 | 6 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council starts specific plan review

Planning Commission recommendations focus on fine-tuning
Judging by the flurry of emails to the city's public log, interest in tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting is running high, thanks to one item on the agenda -- a review of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

November 19, 2013 | 3 comments
Feature story: Olympic outreach

Olympic gold-medal winner is drawing Belle Haven girls and families into aquatic sports
Not many kids can say that their water polo coach is a four-time Olympic medalist. But at Menlo Park's Belle Haven Pool, members of the new girls' water polo teams can.

December 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Donations sought for emergency shelter

Project WeHope, an emergency shelter covering the coldest six months of the year, is holding a supply drive for key shelter needs.

November 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Business: David Barca heads new Pacific Union office

The Pacific Union real estate firm has tapped David Barca of Atherton as regional vice president to lead the firm's expansion, focusing on the high end market in Silicon Valley.

November 25, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside: Drug rehab facility seeks home on Skyline

A proposal now under consideration by the San Mateo County Planning Commission would authorize a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to replace the Stillheart Institute, a meditation center, at 16350 Skyline Blvd. in unincorporated Woodside.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
The troubled beauty of Skyline Boulevard

The 26 miles of Skyline Boulevard between Highway 9 in Saratoga and Highway 92 in San Mateo is used by some as an adult playground for vehicular pastimes. But the complications are serious and plentiful.

November 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Aircraft noise over Atherton on council agenda

Atherton residents have been making some noise of their own over the increase in aircraft noise that's resulted from a start-up company's new flight service into and out of the San Carlos Airport.

November 18, 2013 | 497 comments
Holiday arts activities on the Peninsula

There are still some holiday arts activities coming up on the Peninsula. Below are some of them. Also, check the Almanac's Community Calendar page.

November 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park commission confirms specific plan recommendations, starts housing element update

Rarely does a week go by without mention of Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, and that will continue to be the case for a while, now that the City Council has a chance to evaluate modifications proposed by the Planning Commission.

November 18, 2013 | 6 comments
Update: Bicyclist severely injured in Menlo Park accident

Car and cyclist collided at Bayfront Expressway and Marsh Road
Menlo Park police are investigating a collision that left a bicyclist with life-threatening injuries Monday morning.

November 18, 2013 | 23 comments
Humane Society offers reward for information about abandoned, injured puppy

The Peninsula Human Society is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who abandoned a wounded pit bull puppy in East Palo Alto earlier this month. The puppy later died.

November 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Before there was the Ladera we know today, the La Siesta ranch occupied the hilly landscape that was dotted with blue, valley and live oak trees.

November 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Thursday & Friday: Holiday boutique for Menlo Park schools

The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation will hold a holiday boutique fundraiser Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22, at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

November 17, 2013 | No comments yet
SH Prep grad Rudolph helps Stanford stun the Trojans

Cardinal corner
One buzzer-beater in overtime wasn't enough for Paul Rudolph Saturday in Los Angeles. The redshirt senior, minutes after tying the game at 15-apiece at the end of the first overtime session, beat the clock at the end of the second to give No. 4 Stanford a 17-16 victory over No. 2 USC.

November 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Mitch Albom at Kepler's

Mitch Albom, author of such bestsellers as "Tuesdays with Morrie," will talk about his new book, "The First Phone Call from Heaven," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

November 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo-Atherton tops Woodside, 40-33

Senior running back Isiah Nash rushed 33 times for 245 yards and scored four touchdowns to pace Menlo-Atherton to a nonleague football win over host Woodside to cap the regular season for both teams.

November 16, 2013 | 1 comment
SHP holds off rival Menlo School in Valparaiso Bowl, 10-3

Friday's prep football: Sacred Heart Prep defensive back Riley Tinsley intercepted Menlo quarterback Will King at the seven-yard line with 28 seconds left to end a potential game-tying touchdown as the Gators held on to defeat the Knights, 10-3, in a PAL Bay Division football game Friday night at Sequoia High. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsAOnline.com.

November 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Gas lines cut on Second Harvest trucks

Food bank suffers $17,000 in damage
Gas stolen from two Second Harvest Food Bank trucks earlier this week will cost the nonprofit the equivalent of 34,000 meals for hungry residents of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, according to a spokeswoman.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton police urge more vigilance in face of latest overnight thefts

The rash of burglaries in Atherton's Selby Lane neighborhood continues, with three residents calling police to report thefts between Wednesday night and Thursday morning (Nov. 13-14), the police department said.

November 15, 2013 | 3 comments
SHP's Howe joins Stanford's latest class of swim recruits

Sacred Heart Prep senior Ally Howe of Portola Valley has signed a national letter of intent to swim for Stanford. She is one of six swimmers and one diver to join the Cardinal for the 2014 school year. Howe is the most accomplished female swimmer in SHP history. She currently holds seven of eight possible school records.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Armstrong Lie'

(Three stars)
The title of Alex Gibney's film derives from a 2005 headline in the French paper "L'Equipe." The paper alleged what many had assumed to be true: Banned substances had fueled Armstrong's endurance and speed.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo girls finally catch a break with a No. 1 CCS seeding

Menlo School girls tennis coach Bill Shine had a number of reasons to be happy with receiving the No. 1 seed for the 2013 Central Coast Section Team Tournament. Read this story and see more local sports news on PASportsOnline.com

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
This movie is billed as "The story of a young lesbian couple's beginning, middle and possible end." It's also an NC-17 film with a seven-minute sex scene that has made it cinema non grata in Idaho.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Whatever floats your boat

Kids are encouraged to pull items from the recycling bin and build their own seaworthy (or tub-worthy) vessel from everyday objects at a workshop to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Menlo Park Library.

November 18, 2013 | No comments yet
'Baubles,Bangles and Bags' benefit

It was a sellout crowd when 300 guests gathered at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on Nov. 4 for the Peninsula Volunteers' fifth annual "Baubles, Bangles and Bags" benefit.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Turkey Trot run/walk in Portola Valley

The Portola Valley PTO Turkey Trot will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Open-space district to hold workshop

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is conducting a "vision plan" regional workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Redwood City.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Skateboarding experiment takes next step

A low-cost experiment on the value and popularity of a skateboard facility in Portola Valley got rolling Wednesday.

November 14, 2013 | 1 comment
All-PAL Bay Division teams named in tennis, volleyball

● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Thanksgiving cooking class at Village Pub in Woodside

Chef Dmitry Elpirin will give his annual Thanksgiving-inspired cooking classes at the Village Pub in Woodside from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 23.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Think Pink! Lola is a 1-year-old female pit bull available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

November 13, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A girls get an Olympic-sized pep talk before CCS

The Menlo-Atherton girls water polo team had quite a successful season under first-year coach Paul Felton, claiming the PAL Bay Division title and finishing the regular season 16-8. Click here for story.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park working to improve emergency alert coverage

Police urge residents to sign up for text message and email notification
Smoke and confusion lingered in the air after Sunday's fire at a metal recycling plant left Menlo Park residents trying to figure out why some people received a "shelter in place" advisory while others heard nothing.

November 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Alleged drunken driver pleads not guilty

Marjorie Reitzell charged with felonies in death of Menlo Park couple
A woman accused of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday (Nov. 12).

November 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Commission looks at Nativity School parking

City proposes eliminating street parking on portion of Laurel Street in Menlo Park
Whether to eliminate street parking along northbound Laurel Street between Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues will be taken up by the Menlo Park Transportation Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

November 13, 2013 | 9 comments
Sharon Heights debate on heritage trees

Apartment renovations stirs concern
If a proposed development in Menlo Park involves trees, the level of public interest goes up a notch.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Shows on the road

SFMOMA brings exhibitions to Stanford and the streets of Los Altos
While it's closed for renovations, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is sending exhibitions, outdoor art and new works around the Bay Area. Next up: "Project Los Altos."

November 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford student pleads not guilty after fatal crash

A Stanford Graduate School of Business student pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple felony charges related to a fatal wrong-way crash on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Francisco last month, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

November 12, 2013 | 2 comments
Funding challenges cloud high-speed rail's future

Judge to consider impacts of rail authority's flawed business plan
With California's high-speed rail system preparing for a groundbreaking in Central Valley, the fate of the $68-billion project remains clouded by allegations that the agency charged with building it has violated state law -- an argument that was at the heart of a Friday court hearing in Sacramento.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Election turnout only 25 percent

A record 76 percent of voters use vote-by-mail ballots
Only 25 percent of registered voters in San Mateo County cast ballots in the Nov. 5 election. A record 76 percent of the voters used vote-by-mail ballots.

November 14, 2013 | 2 comments
Finally, Purple Heart for slain soldier

Woodside resident accepts posthumous high honor for her brother at VA Palo Alto on Veteran's Day
It took 43 years and the insistence of family and friends, but finally a Vietnam War soldier was given a Purple Heart posthumously.

November 12, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council holds affordable housing study session

Affordable housing and authorized skateboarding at Town Center are two key topics on the agenda for the Portola Valley Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov 13, at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

November 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Workshop ahead on water district's future

A Nov. 19 community workshop is ahead for residents within the Los Trancos County Water District. At issue is the possible dissolution of the district and an end to its habit of spending property tax revenues to prevent wildfires, channel storm-water runoff, and preserve open space.

November 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley military tanks heading to East Coast

Nonprofit will use armored vehicles to re-enact battles
At this time a year from now, about 80 armored vehicles of war from the Jacques Littlefield collection in Portola Valley will be at a new home 20 miles west of Boston.

November 21, 2013 | 12 comments
Thursday: Venture capital pioneers to be honored

Venture capital pioneers William K. Bowes Jr., Reid W. Dennis, William H. Draper and F.P. "Pitch" Johnson will be honored Thursday, Nov. 21, by the San Mateo County Historical Association.

November 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Beyond bullying

A workshop on promoting empathy and respect among youth will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the San Mateo County Office of Education.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Almanac launches Holiday Fund drive

The Almanac is launching its annual Holiday Fund drive this week with a goal of raising $175,000 from readers and supporting foundations.

November 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Officials investigate Sims fire

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is investigating Sunday's fire at a scrap metal recycling facility in Redwood City that led to "shelter in place" warnings in the area, including in Atherton and Menlo Park.

November 11, 2013 | 5 comments
'Ice Fantasy' theme for Filoli's Holiday Traditions

"Ice Fantasy: New Traditions," Filoli's annual holiday fundraiser, opens Friday, Nov. 29, and runs through Dec. 7, at the historic estate in Woodside.

November 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Lehman losses: County settles for $5.2 million

San Mateo County will receive the lion's share of a $9.6 million settlement to be paid by a handful of former Lehman Brothers investment bank officers.

November 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton parcel tax opposition fizzles

Expanded version of an earlier story. Opposition to Atherton's parcel tax-renewal measure failed to gather steam.

November 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Relative unknown wins landslide council victory

(Expanded version of an earlier story) Atherton voters gave political newcomer Rick DeGolia a giant thumbs-up on election day, with 62 percent of them backing his bid for a one-year term on the City Council to fill the seat left vacant by Jerry Carlson's July resignation.

November 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton, Menlo take No. 1 seeds into CCS volleyball

The Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton girls received No. 1 seeds in their respective divisions for the Central Coast Section volleyball playoffs that begin this week. The Bears (20-9) will defend their section title in Division I while the Knights (26-5) will seek a long-awaited one in Division IV. See this story and more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 11, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo School girls earn No. 1 tennis seed for CCS playoffs

Menlo School will seek its first Central Coast Section title in girls' tennis since 2005 when the Knights take the No. 1 seed into the playoffs that begin this week. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 11, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A girls run into CCS finals after winning PAL title

Consistency was the keyword for the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls in cross country this season. See this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Redwood City fire: 'Shelter in place' advisory lifted

A shelter in place health advisory was lifted around 6:20 a.m. Monday after huge clouds of smoke from a fire at a metal recycling facility near the Port of Redwood City on Sunday caused police in Atherton, Menlo Park and other nearby cities to urge residents to stay inside with their windows shut.

November 10, 2013 | 68 comments
Theater review: 'God of Carnage'

Social niceties are lost when the affluents clash in 'God of Carnage'
This show is billed as a comedy of manners "without the manners." It's an apt description for this humorous poke at social graces and modern family life.

November 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP title hopes gone in PAL Bay Division losses

The annual Valpo Bowl, which pits rivals Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep, has lost some of its luster for next Friday's showdown. While both teams entered their respective PAL Bay Division games with title hopes on their minds, both exited with sobering defeats and thoughts of possible titles gone. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 9, 2013 | No comments yet
It's a second straight perfect football finish for Priory

It all began two years ago for the Priory football team. It was the last game of the 2011 season and the Panthers were thumped badly by rival Pinewood. Priory coach Doug Sargent left that game with a simple, but determined goal. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com

November 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park bank robbed

Female suspect may be linked to other Bay Area robberies
A woman walked into the U.S. Bank in Menlo Park on Friday afternoon and, after handing the teller a note demanding money, left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

November 8, 2013 | 8 comments
Menlo Park karate teacher pleads no contest to molestation, child porn charges

Ralph "Euguene" Todd III faces three years in state prison
A child molestation case that began nearly a year ago ended with Ralph "Eugene" Todd III, 32, of Menlo Park, pleading no contest on Nov. 7 to felony charges of molestation and possessing child pornography.

November 8, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo girls wrap up a perfect volleyball season in the WBAL

Thursday's prep roundup: The Central Coast Section girls' volleyball seedings will be determined on Saturday. Don't be surprised if Menlo School receives the No. 1 spot for the Division IV playoffs. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 8, 2013 | No comments yet
No ice for this ice cream

New Scoop Microcreamery makes small-batch ice cream with liquid nitrogen
Yet another ice cream shop in Palo Alto? It's a crowded field, but it would be wrong to dismiss Scoop Microcreamery, a small-batch, mom-and-pop ice cream shop that opened on University Avenue in late September.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Work in progress

Housing project on College Avenue
Construction is underway on a housing project, known as Artisan, at 603 College Ave. in Menlo Park. (Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac)

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Park Theatre torn down

Demolition work at the building housing the old Park Theatre, built in 1947 and closed in 2002, was underway Thursday.

November 7, 2013 | 30 comments
Atherton walking/biking tour this Saturday

Residents interested in the Atherton's ongoing planning process to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on town roadways can take part in a Nov. 9 walking and biking tour of key corridors being studied for improvement.

November 7, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside resident to accept Purple Heart on brother's behalf

Woodside resident Teresa Dentino will accept a Purple Heart medal on behalf of her brother, Sgt. Merle Dentino, a U.S. Army sergeant killed by friendly fire during the Vietnam War. The noon ceremony at the Palo Alto VA medical center complex is set for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.

November 7, 2013 | 3 comments
Saturday talk: Origins of San Francisco Bay

Geologist Ken Lajoie will discuss the origins of the San Francisco Bay at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the San Mateo County History Museum.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Book talk by Bill Fernandez

"Kaua'i Kids in Peace and War," a memoir of his life as a child in Kaua'i, will be the subject of a talk by retired Judge Bill Fernandez at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Menlo Park City Council chambers.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
New chef for LB Steak

John Gurnee, former chef de cuisine at the Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, is the new chef for LB Steak restaurant at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Silicon Valley Symphony performs in Menlo Park

"Liszt of Favorites" is the theme of the Silicon Valley Symphony's fall concert to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Last Vegas'

(Three stars)
At first glance, "Last Vegas" seems like "The Hangover" for the 60-and-over crowd (minus the raunch). But the class-act cast and a solid script keep the film fresh and funny.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Kill Your Darlings'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
An oft-overlooked chapter in literary history comes to life in "Kill Your Darlings," a lurid yet penetrating look into Allen Ginsberg's formative influences.

November 6, 2013 | 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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police look for DUI crash witness

Police are looking for a specific witness who may have watched an alleged drunken driving accident that claimed the lives of a Menlo Park couple out walking their dog on Oct. 24.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Trio of Menlo College athletes earn Cal Pac honors

Three Menlo College athletes came away from solid performances last week with player-of-the-week honors in the Cal Pac Conference this week. Click here for full story.See more local sports news on PASportsOnline.com.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

We've all had a bad hair day, right? Dixie, a spry 12-year-old Bichon Frise mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society, can relate.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district: Carpenter, Bernstein, Ianson elected

Three candidates who had run as a slate in opposition to two union-supported candidates were elected Tuesday to seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors.

November 5, 2013 | 43 comments
Big win for Menlo Park City School District's Measure W

Voters overwhelmingly approved the $23 million bond measure that will fund a fifth campus in the Menlo Park City School District.

November 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Las Lomitas district's $60 million bond measure passes

Voters said yes to the Las Lomitas School District's construction plans for its two schools by approving Measure S, a $60 million bond measure, by a wide margin.

November 5, 2013 | 24 comments
Atherton parcel tax renewal measure wins by large margin

With all eight precincts in town counted, Atherton's parcel tax renewal measure supporters are likely to be celebrating tonight.

November 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton council: DeGolia wins

Rick DeGolia has won the vacant seat on the Atherton City Council by a huge margin, with all precincts counted.

November 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Incumbents, Pollioni win Woodside school board seats

The two incumbents running for re-election to the Woodside Elementary School District board and newcomer Claire Pollioni have won the race for three seats.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Derwin: 'Great day for ... inclusive culture, community spirit'

Richards, Derwin, Hughes elected to Portola Valley council
The tentative mood at the election-night party in the Hughes home in Portola Valley gave way to joy on Tuesday night as the results for the Town Council race came in.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Sequoia high school board: Sarver, Thomsen elected

Incumbents Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen were elected Tuesday to two seats on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 5, 2013 | 5 comments
Election roundup: School bond measures pass; Carpenter slate wins fire board race

Links to election results in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: Deer killed by mountain lion on private property

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is advising residents to be on the lookout for mountain lions after a deer was killed by a mountain lion on private property in Woodside.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Dish parking plan irks residents

Proposal would shift parking from Stanford Avenue to Coyote Hill Road
With plans afoot to expand the trail network near the Stanford Dish, dozens of residents who frequent the scenic hiking hub are lashing out against one aspect of the plan -- the transfer of parking spaces from Stanford Avenue to a site more than half a mile away from the main entrance.

November 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Former 49er found guilty of misdemeanors in domestic violence case

Trial ends with conviction for Kwame Harris
After a six-day trial, jurors found former San Francisco 49er offensive tackle and Palo Alto resident Kwame Harris guilty of multiple misdemeanors related to an assault of an ex-boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Shell gas station may expand repair shop

The Shell gas station at 1400 El Camino Real and Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park may be undergoing some changes. According to city staff, the owner inquired about a month ago about discontinuing the gas sales, but expanding the repair shop.

November 8, 2013 | 5 comments
Menlo Park thief sentenced to prison

Garry Ronald Darnell, 27, of East Palo Alto received a sentence of four years in state prison on Nov. 1 after a conviction in May of robbery, grand theft and other charges over an incident in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park.

November 8, 2013 | No comments yet
The other big project in downtown Menlo Park

Greenheart previews its 420,000-square-foot project on El Camino at Oak Grove
While attention has been focused on what Stanford University plans to build in Menlo Park, another developer has quietly acquired the long-empty site that used to be a Cadillac dealership at 1300 El Camino Real, along with the former Derry project site. Greenheart Land Company sat down with the Almanac to unveil "the other project" -- the mixed-use development of office space, retail and apartments it plans to build there on its 7 acres.

November 5, 2013 | 21 comments
Menlo Park: New store beckons budding builders

Build It Again With Bricks, at 611 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, is a store where kids can build almost anything trains, ships, castles, vehicles and walking robots using Legos. What's more, parents don't need to buy expensive sets of the colorful plastic bricks for their little engineers.

November 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

November 6, 2013 | 5 comments
Lolly Font on living life to its fullest

Lolly Font of Menlo Park teaches yoga at the California Yoga Center in Palo Alto, which she co-founded in 1980. She loves to cook and work in her garden.

November 11, 2013 | 2 comments
Saturday: Harvest Moon Auction benefits Bing school

"BINGO: Celebrating 25 Years on the Farm" is the theme of the 25th Harvest Moon Auction to be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford University campus.

November 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlowe Ballet honors its lineage

Dance company performs Nov. 15-17 at M-A Performing Arts Center
Founded a mere two and a half years ago, Menlowe Ballet is chronologically just a kid. But its lineage? That's an entirely different story -- one that links the Menlo Park-based regional dance company to rich and revered traditions of ballet art.

November 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Services for Joe Whelan, Portola Valley Ranch developer

A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and a memorial service for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park for Joe Whelan, the Portola Valley resident and property developer behind the innovative subdivision of Portola Valley Ranch.

November 7, 2013 | 2 comments
Woodside council promises no parking garage in town center

Expanded version of earlier story. Anyone doubting the power of ideas and wanting to be proven wrong would have been well served by attending the Woodside Town Council meeting on the evening of Oct. 29.

November 7, 2013 | 1 comment
Pieces of the Park sold off as old theater prepped for final curtain

They may not ever see their names on a movie house marquee, but many of the shoppers at the Park Theatre pre-demolition sale last weekend reached for the next best thing: marquee letters big and small.

November 5, 2013 | 2 comments
Atherton poised to prohibit sleeping in vehicles on street

Although the town has had few problems with homeless people camping on its streets, Atherton is in the process of adopting a new ordinance that will prohibit camping and sleeping in motor vehicles or trailers overnight.

November 7, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park fire board election: Reports show union held $17,000 heading into final days

Big money was not quite flying around in the final week before the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board election on Nov. 5, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports filed with the San Mateo County elections office.

November 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo College women in position to win Cal Pac soccer title

Menlo College report: The Menlo College women's soccer team clinched at least a second-place tie in the Cal Pac Conference following Sunday's 2-1 victory over host Soka University. Read this story and see more local sports news on PASportsOnline.com.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP girls' water polo finishes third in NorCal Championship

Saturday prep roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep girls turned in perhaps their best effort of the season in girls' water polo as they finished third at the annual NorCal Championships that wrapped up Saturday in Atherton. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Man sentenced for 2011 police-chase death

59 years to life for second death at hands of Eric Anthony Banford
An East Palo Alto man who killed a motorcyclist in a head-on crash while fleeing police has received a prison sentence that will not make him eligible for parole until he is 105 years old.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Towns look for volunteers for planning and architectural review panels

Three seats in Woodside and one in Portola Valley
The town councils of Woodside and Portola Valley are looking for volunteers to serve on advisory panels.

November 15, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park tonight: Commission reviews specific plan, Sharon Heights apartment renovations

Renovations would require cutting down 62 heritage trees
The Menlo Park Planning Commission will attempt to wrap up its downtown/El Camino Real specific plan review tonight (Nov. 4), but first, it will consider whether to allow the owners of a Sharon Heights apartment complex to make improvements to the property that would require cutting down 62 heritage trees.

November 4, 2013 | 19 comments
Thousands of books at La Entrada book fair

More then 6,000 books have been donated and will be on sale during the La Entrada Used Book Fair, open to the community from Tuesday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 15.

November 11, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto announces interim police chief

Federico Rocha has worked within the department, running anti-gang and anti-violence programs
East Palo Alto City Manager Magda Gonzalez announced today that Cpt. Federico Rocha will succeed Police Chief Ronald Davis.

November 2, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP sets up a PAL Bay Division showdown with another win

Prep football: With a marquee football matchup next week against fellow undefeated PAL Bay Division rival Terra Nova, Sacred Heart Prep could have easily overlooked a physical Sequoia squad on Friday afternoon in Atherton. Read this story and see more local sports news at PaloAltoOnline.com/sports.

November 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday in Menlo Park: InnVision holds 'Landlord Leaders' brunch

The homeless services nonprofit InnVision Shelter Network is launching a "Landlord Leaders" program designed to connect landlords with "hardworking individuals seeking housing and self-sufficiency," says Jamie Henderson of InnVision.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Park Theatre pre-demolition sale this Saturday and Sunday

With Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering about that special gift for the guy who seems to have everything. How about a dumbwaiter -- does he have one of those? A ticket booth? Or how about a popcorn machine with snack bar and candy display case ensemble for the foyer?

November 1, 2013 | 7 comments
Water polo: Best teams in four sections head to NorCal tournament

The most competitive girls' water polo tournament in Northern California gets under way this weekend in Atherton with Olympic connections highlighting the 2013 NorCal Championships. Read this story and see more local sports news on PAOnlineSports

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer teams contending for Cal Pac Conference titles

Menlo College roundup: The Menlo College men's and women's soccer teams remain in contention for Cal Pac Conference titles following wins on Wednesday over host Simpson. The Oaks men beat the Red Hawks, 4-0, while the Lady Oaks won their contest, 1-0.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: '12 Years A Slave'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
This is the story of a man: another tale of physical and emotional survival that, unlike "All is Lost" and "Gravity," derives from a true story.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'About Time'

(Two stars)
Though you'll feel like you've seen this movie before, the film's strength is the ensemble cast effortlessly exuding affection for one another.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
15 students seek Project Read tutors

A total of 18 new tutors recently completed training sessions conducted by Project Read, the Menlo Park Library's adult literacy program. Still, there are 15 students in need of tutors.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Open space workshop in La Honda

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is holding several public workshops on the district's "vision plan" for protecting open space preserves while making them available for public use.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School stages 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Menlo School's drama department will present the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 and 3, in the school's Florence Moore Theater, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Four teams wrap up league titles in water polo

Winning league water polo titles has seemingly been routine for the Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep boys plus the Menlo-Atherton girls, all of whom did just that on Wednesday.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Argh! The Peninsula Humane Society's featured pet of the week, Short Stack, may be late for Halloween, but doesn't he look dashing in his costume?

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad earns national volleyball honor

Of local note
Junior outside hitter Allie Frappier from Menlo School was named the Division III National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association after breaking the Pomona-Pitzer record for kills in a match with 40 in a four-set win last week. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Funds started to help Menlo Park teens orphaned by alleged drunken driver

As an alleged drunken driver awaits arraignment, the Menlo Park community is raising funds to help the three teenage children who lost their mother and father in the fatal accident in Menlo Park on Oct. 24.

October 31, 2013 | 4 comments
Saturday: 'Toque of the Town' gala in Menlo Park

The second annual "Toque of the Town" gala, featuring Michelin-starred chefs, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park. The evening will benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Book sale at Woodside Library

The Friends of the Woodside Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the library, 3140 Woodside Road.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Wreaths: a sign of something special

During Hidden Villa's hands-on class students will create wreaths from organically grown flowers
As a child, Lanette Anderson's mom would hang a wreath on the door around Thanksgiving, "a symbol in our house that something special was happening."

October 31, 2013 | 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.

October 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Emergency training drill in Redwood City

To prepare for a train-related emergency, Caltrain and SamTrans, along with local public safety agencies, will conduct an emergency training exercise in Redwood City on Saturday, Nov. 2.

October 31, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley theater: Persephone's journey revisited

Theater company spotlights original play based on story of change and transformation
The myth of Persephone is as old as storytelling itself, a rich narrative about a young girl's abduction into the underworld, and of how the wrenching anguish of her mother, Demeter, led to the Earth's changing seasons. A local theater company offers its own telling of the ancient tale.

November 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside council acquiesces to complaints about ideas for downtown's future

An observer looking in on the Woodside Town Council meeting in Independence Hall last night would have picked up on an atmosphere of distrust, would have heard repeated demands for reassurance, and would even have witnessed a touch of civil disobedience.

October 30, 2013 | 12 comments
Woman robs Bank of the West in downtown Menlo Park

A woman in her mid-20s robbed Bank of the West in downtown Menlo Park on Tuesday, police report.

October 30, 2013 | 3 comments
Arraignment postponed again in Menlo Park DUI fatality case

The arraignment of a 53-year-old woman accused of killing a Menlo Park couple in a drunken driving crash last week has been postponed for a second day in a row, the district attorney said Tuesday.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Ingram earns Cal Pac soccer honor

Oaks' roundup
Menlo College senior senior Natalie Ingram scored her sixth and seventh goals of the season during a two-win week and earned Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district election: Carolyn Clarke releases answers to union questionnaire

Jack Nelson only candidate to refuse to disclose responses
Carolyn Clarke, candidate for the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, has now released her answers to a questionnaire used by a labor union to help determine endorsements.

October 30, 2013 | 4 comments
Tonight: Woodside weighs next steps for Town Center plan

The Woodside Town Council meets tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 29) to consider hiring a facilitator to conduct community meetings on the character of the Town Center, given longstanding concerns about parking and traffic circulation as well as amenities such as bicycle parking and water fountains.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Remembering Cate Fisher

Menlo Park memorial dedicated to 19-year-old gymnastics instructor
Sunshine and memories warmed the air on Saturday, Oct. 26, as about 40 family, friends and students attended the dedication of a memorial for Cate Fisher, a 19-year-old Menlo Park gymnastics instructor shot and killed two years ago.

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Wednesday in Menlo Park: Kelley brothers at Kepler's

"'We're not saying creative work is easy. It's hard. It's hard, but you love it." -- Tom Kelley, Menlo Park resident and best-selling author
The whirlwind that is Tom Kelley was heading to San Francisco International Airport for "the ninth city in 10 days" on Oct. 23, another stop on the book tour for "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All," which the long-time Menlo Park resident co-authored with brother David.

November 5, 2013 | 3 comments
Services set for Menlo Park couple killed by alleged drunken driver

Driver's arraignment postponed
A private funeral service for Balbir and Kamal Kaur Singh will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, followed by a public memorial on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward.

October 29, 2013 | 3 comments
Atherton: Police arrest two in separate burglary incidents

Atherton police have arrested two women over the last two days on suspicion of burglary and other crimes, the town reports.

October 28, 2013 | 3 comments
Saturday in Menlo Park: Seminar on family history

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society, working with the Menlo Park Family History Center, will hold a seminar on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Menlo Park for people interested in learning more about family history research techniques.

October 31, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park talk: 'Raising Teens Without Losing Your Mind'

Hillview Middle School Principal Erik Burmeister will give a talk on "Raising Teens Without Losing Your Mind" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Hillview Performing Arts Center at 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Art at Allied Arts

"17 Mile Drive, Asilomar Beach" by Jan Prisco is one of the paintings to be featured in the artist's November show at the Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Wednesday at Kepler's: New book for working parents

Joanna Strober and Sharon Meers will discuss and sign their book, "Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
County reissues 120 ballots due to boundary-change snafu

The county's failure to officially authorize school boundary changes approved by government agencies and voters over the last two years has led to a snafu in the San Mateo County Elections Office, which has had to reissue ballots to 120 residents of four areas, including 38 in the Pacific Parc area of Menlo Park.

October 30, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park school district meeting on building new school

The Menlo Park City School District will hold the first of two community meetings tonight (Nov. 6) to provide information and hear ideas from residents about the building of a fourth elementary school at the O'Connor school site in Menlo Park.

November 4, 2013 | 10 comments
M-A's growth won't diminish 'excellence,' superintendent says

The more that enrollment grows at Menlo-Atherton High School, the more the school district and M-A administrations will be working to maintain the "positive learning environment (and) academic focus" that families in the Menlo Park and Las Lomitas school districts have come to expect.

November 1, 2013 | 4 comments
Local water district may face dissolution

The residents of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde have common interests in preventing wildfires, safely channeling away storm-water runoff, conserving fresh water, and preserving open space. Can they preserve the essence of the system now in place for addressing these issues?

October 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Got a warm coat to give? Drive begins on Nov. 4

Recology San Mateo County is teaming up with Menlo Park and Atherton for its annual Coats for Kids drive, which aims to collect new and lightly used coats to donate to people in need of a warm coat during the cold-weather season.

October 30, 2013 | No comments yet
New supervisorial map divides Menlo Park

Expanded version of earlier story: Menlo Park is one of four communities in San Mateo County that will have two representatives on the Board of Supervisors when the new map of the county's five supervisorial districts goes into effect in June 2014.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Mohr leads college-district fundraising

In the Nov. 5 election for the board of the San Mateo County Community College District, campaign finance reports show candidate Thomas Mohr standing alone in terms of fundraising among the four candidates running for two open seats.

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
DeGolia is biggest fundraiser in Atherton council race

Rick DeGolia has raised far more funds -- and has spent considerably more of that money -- than his two competitors for a one-year seat on the Atherton City Council, the latest campaign finance reports show.

October 29, 2013 | 2 comments
Bike lanes open in memory of cyclist

Cyclists and officials from San Mateo County, the California Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition gathered Thursday, Oct. 24, in the parking lot of the Ladera Country Shopper mall to remember Lauren Perdriau Ward.

October 31, 2013 | 4 comments
$38,400 in jewelry missing from Portola Valley home

Police calls from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

October 31, 2013 | 3 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission reviews specific plan

Commissioners will also hold hearings on Facebook development agreement, Phillips Brooks expansion
The fourth discussion in the ongoing Planning Commission's review of the Menlo Park downtown/El Camino Real specific plan takes place tonight (Oct. 28). The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St., will be shown online.

October 28, 2013 | 28 comments
Facebook tagged

Fanny Yang and Alei Captain have their photo taken by Will Ruan in front of Facebook's tagged sign.

October 28, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park man faces elder-abuse charges

A 51-year-old registered sex offender living in Menlo Park was held to answer on multiple charges related to elder abuse after a preliminary hearing Oct. 22 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

October 28, 2013 | 1 comment
Provocative, playful art that touches all of us

In Cantor exhibit, Carrie Mae Weems tackles matters of race, gender and more
Carrie Mae Weems' art tells the story of everyone and no one. She looks at marginalized people who are no one to society -- then creates a photography series so personal that all viewers can relate.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto Police Chief to leave

Chief Davis to take post in the U.S. Department of Justice
Ronald Davis, East Palo Alto's police chief for the past eight years, will leave his post to take a new job in Washington, D.C., the city announced Friday, Oct. 25.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Prep football: M-A, Sacred Heart Prep and Priory win

In Friday prep football action, Menlo-Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep and the Prior all won.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Muscle Shoals'

(Three stars)
There must be something in the water. That cliche gets taken seriously in "Muscle Shoals," the documentary about two legendary recording studios nestled near the Tennessee River.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'All Is Lost'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Batten down the hatches for the unusual new sailing drama "All Is Lost." The only actor on screen for 106 minutes is Robert Redford, and words are pared down to a bare minimum, but all is riveting.

October 26, 2013 | No comments yet
A Halloween story

They say Halloween is the most popular holiday for elementary-age children. As I trooped through a Woodside neighborhood with my three grandchildren last year, I had to agree. This special holiday rivals others in that it contains all the important ingredients: excitement, intrigue, family, friends, pretend, magic, and best of all, the gathering of treats!

October 25, 2013 | 1 comment
Sunday in Menlo Park: Tenor Pasquale Esposito performs

Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito, accompanied by Ettore Gatta and Davide Simi, will perform opera arias, Neapolitan songs and original compositions at "In the Spirit of Hope," a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Update on housing construction, including Artisan in Menlo Park

Construction of new housing abounds
All around the sounds of hammers ring out, as new housing-construction projects get underway. Some are near completion, others partially sold out.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Suspect in DUI death of Menlo Park couple has prior drunken driving conviction

The alleged drunken driver suspected of striking and killing two people Thursday in Menlo Park has a DUI conviction from 2012, according to San Mateo County court records.

October 24, 2013 | 22 comments
Old West melodrama at M-A

Menlo-Atherton High School will present the Morland Cary play, "Love Rides the Rails," an Old West melodrama, complete with songs, pantomime and audience participation, at 7:30 p.m. on five dates: Oct. 24, 25 and 26, and Nov. 1 and 2, at the school's Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Dinner and dancing at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton

An evening of dinner and dancing Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Circus Club in Atherton will benefit the St. Francis Center of Redwood City.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Bird Discovery Day in Portola Valley

Bird is the word from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley's Halloween heroes

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts of Portola Valley are collecting new and "gently-used" Halloween costumes to donate to the InnVision Shelter Network, which helps local homeless families.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday: Jerry Hill holds hearing on gas pipeline safety

State Sen. Jerry Hill asks whether cities are getting enough information
State. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is hosting a daytime public hearing in San Carlos on Monday, Oct. 28, to discuss gas pipeline safety.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Castilleja defends its WBAL golf tournament title

Prep roundup
Castilleja continued its success in the West Bay Athletic League by defending its league tournament title on Wednesday at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Salon Menlo revisits Halloween 1938 -- when Martians invaded New Jersey

Salon Menlo invites the public on Sunday (Oct. 27) to revisit Halloween 1938 on the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. This science fiction radio drama, presented in the form of a real-time news report, caused panic in the streets -- convincing listeners that Martians were attacking New Jersey.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
At Viewpoints Gallery

Twenty paintings By Woodside resident Cynthia DeBenedetti are on view now through Oct. 27 at the Viewpoints Gallery at 315 State St. in Los Altos. The gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Cate Fisher memorial dedication

A memorial for Cate Fisher, the 19-year-old gymnastics instructor who was shot and killed more than two years ago, will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, according to her mother, Michelle Sutton.

October 23, 2013 | 2 comments
Monday: Simon Winchester at Kepler's in Menlo Park

Simon Winchester will discuss his first book about America, "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation Indivisible," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

October 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Costumes, carnivals and concerts

The Midpeninsula marks Halloween with artistic and family-friendly events
Ready to get spooked? In a nice way, that is. Halloween events in our area tend to be more friendly than frightening, and always festive.

October 23, 2013 | 1 comment
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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hunts yellow fever mosquitoes door-to-door

Officials say species is attempting to establish itself in area
The county has stepped up efforts to eradicate a species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti, known for carrying yellow fever, from Menlo Park.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
New map of supervisorial districts splits Menlo Park

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has approved new boundaries for supervisorial districts that will split Menlo Park into two districts.

October 22, 2013 | 18 comments
Priory football wins in overtime to maintain perfect season

Weekend prep roundup
With Priory's perfect season at stake, running back James McDaniel scored from five yards out in overtime to lift the Panthers to a 58-52 victory over host Trinity Christian in Mission Trail Athletic League eight-man football action Saturday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district election: Big battle over union issues

Three vs. two for three open seats on board of directors
The line is clearly drawn in the upcoming Menlo Park Fire Protection District board elections, with three seats at stake. Chuck Bernstein, Peter Carpenter and Rex Ianson are running as a slate to defeat the candidates backed by the resources of the firefighters union: Carolyn Clarke and Jack Nelson.

October 22, 2013 | 2 comments
Three take shot at Atherton City Council seat

Three Atherton residents were undeterred last summer by the City Council's inability to agree on whom to appoint to a vacant council seat, and are now asking voters to make that decision on Nov. 5.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls: $16,400 in earrings and a ring missing in Portola Valley

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Green light may be ahead for vineyard

The outlines were sketched in a little more sharply at a recent meeting of the Portola Valley Planning Commission on what is looking increasingly like a split decision in November that will allow the owners of a much admired "meadow preserve" at 555 Portola Road to put in a small vineyard.

October 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside cuts some slack on nonconforming homes

The Woodside Town Council has asked the Planning Commission to slightly relax town regulations on the footprints of buildings, including homes, that are technically out of compliance with the standards of the town's land-use rules.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton's Measure X would renew parcel tax

Four years ago, Atherton's parcel tax renewal measure passed overwhelmingly, with 77.4 percent of voters supporting the annual levy on their properties. This year, renewal of the tax in the Nov. 5 election is proving to be a harder sell.

October 24, 2013 | 3 comments
Woodside Elementary School board: Four vie for three seats

Two incumbents are asking voters to return them to the Woodside Elementary School District board, and two other parents are vying for a third open board seat in the Nov. 5 election.

October 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 90-year-old driver ordered to test for license after horrific crash

6-year-old remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition
The 90-year-old driver whose car jumped a curb in downtown Menlo Park and pinned twin 6-year-old brothers against the wall is without a license -- at least for now.

October 21, 2013 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Kepler's holds 'state of bookstore' event tonight

To celebrate the end of its first year as a restructured business, Kepler's Books and Magazines will hold a "state of the bookstore" community meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

October 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man shot in East Palo Alto

A Palo Alto man was shot and seriously injured Sunday afternoon while driving on University Avenue, according to police.

October 21, 2013 | 5 comments
More photos: Menlo Park celebrates 150 years of rail service

Menlo Park got a glimpse of what life was like in 1863 during a celebration of 150 years of Peninsula train service at the Menlo Park train station on Saturday.

October 20, 2013 | 2 comments
First Person: David Winsberg, East Palo Alto Farmer

David Winsberg talks with Lisa Van Dusen about what it's like to operate one of the last commercial farms in East Palo Alto. Son of a Florida pepper farmer, during his "bachelor days" in 1980, he started Happy Quail Farms.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Restaurants: Border crossing

Green Elephant offers both familiar Chinese dishes and the chance to try Burmese flavors
Green Elephant Gourmet offers an extensive menu of easily recognized Chinese dishes -- and the chance to try something new from the Burmese side of the menu.

November 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Realtors offer advice on dealing with a fast-paced market

Prices are exploding and days on market diminishing, but there are fewer houses offered for sale.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
'Poor schools endanger U.S. prosperity'

U.S. schools not catching up in international rankings, Stanford economist says
Though academic achievement of U.S. students is improving, it still ranks poorly compared to other developed countries and is not catching up, Stanford University education economist Eric Hanushek told a room full of students Tuesday.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School dominates in 42-10 football win over Sequoia

Menlo School racked up 376 yards on offense and won its fifth straight with a dominating 42-10 PAL Bay Division football victory over host Sequoia on Friday night in Redwood City. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 19, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP rallies from 12 points down to topple Menlo-Atherton

Sacred Heart Prep (1-0, 6-0) scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Friday night, stunning Menlo-Atherton (1-1, 4-2) on its homecoming night, in a thrilling 15-12 comeback victory.Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Woodside's Barn Dance

Woodside's biennial Barn Dance has a new location and lots of new activities for both adults and children this year as it moves to the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road, on Saturday Oct. 19, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday: last day to register

Monday, Oct. 21, is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: More thefts on Selby

Atherton police report a residential burglary and a bicycle theft occurred on the unit block of Selby Lane sometime between 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, and 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Fire injures firefighters, damages two homes

Two Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters were injured and two homes were rendered uninhabitable by a three-alarm fire in East Palo Alto early Friday morning, fire officials said.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday talk in Menlo Park: 'Everyone Needs to Plan Ahead'

"Everyone Needs to Plan Ahead: Organizing Your Records for Yourself and Your Loved Ones," a presentation by Arna Shefrin of Menlo Park, will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton's Jim Clark donates $60 million to Stanford

Jim Clark's gift will fund interdisciplinary research efforts at the university
Atherton resident Jim Clark, a former Stanford University professor and founder of several well-known Silicon Valley companies, has donated $60 million to support interdisciplinary research at Stanford.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'A.C.O.D.'

(Three stars)
"A.C.O.D." stands for "Adult Children of Divorce," a demographic big enough to ensure this dry-witted indie comedy a wide audience.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Fifth Estate'

(Two stars)
This slickly edited drama plays like the account of a jilted lover, with the would-be dazzle attempting to misdirect from the ordinariness of the personal melodrama.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo in control of volleyball race after sweeping SHP

Only a year ago, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep were locked in a battle for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) girls' volleyball race. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton police contract OK'd; one issue remains unresolved

Atherton police officers are working under a new contract after the City Council on Oct. 16 unanimously approved the recently negotiated agreement, but the issue of retiree eligibility for health-care benefits remains unresolved.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Galway mayor signs friendship pact with Menlo Park

Menlo Park mayor reports on state of the city
Despite the proliferation of social media these days, not all befriending happens on Facebook. The mayor of an Irish city flew 13 hours to come here and sign a friendship agreement with Menlo Park during the annual "state of the city" event Thursday night.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Man arrested in connection with Woodside burglaries

Police have arrested Justin Ralph Mitchell, 26, of Redwood City in connection with a string of residential burglaries, including three in Woodside on Oct. 13 and 14.

October 17, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park update: Boy in critical but stable condition

No charges for driver at this time
A 6-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a warm fall afternoon turned dangerous when a car jumped a curb, trapping him and his twin brother against the wall next to Walgreen's on Santa Cruz Avenue on Thursday (Oct. 17).

October 17, 2013 | 96 comments
Former SHP volleyball teammates turn rivals

Of local note: Jesse Ebner and Sarah Daschbach once were volleyball teammates at Sacred Heart Prep. In fact, they helped the Gators reach the CIF Division IV state championship match in 2010.

October 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Open space district holds 'vision plan' workshops

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is holding several workshops on the district's "vision plan" for protecting open space preserves while making them available for public use.

October 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Apartment building gutted by fire had no sprinklers

Four people were injured
The absence of sprinklers in a Redwood City apartment building was a factor in the rapid spread of an early-morning fire Thursday that grew to six alarms and sent four residents to hospitals, fire officials said.

October 17, 2013 | 8 comments
Real estate: What's happening at the high end?

Local real estate moves slowly -- and very quietly
Multiple Listing Service (MLS) recently showed 25 Peninsula properties with asking prices at $10 million and above. The lion's share, 10, were in Atherton.

October 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Deputy police chief named to new county post

Michael Callagy takes job as deputy county manager
The San Mateo Police Department's loss is San Mateo County's gain, as the city's longtime deputy police chief Michael Callagy takes on the new post of deputy county manager.

October 16, 2013 | 2 comments
M-A adds to staff with new girls lacrosse coach

Menlo-Atherton has hired Juliet Mittlemann as the new varsity girls lacrosse head coach. She comes to M-A via Santa Monica, with a prolific background in the sport. Read this story and see more sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A loss creates three-way tie in PAL volleyball

Tuesday's prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls controlled their volleyball destiny in the PAL Bay Division heading into this week as the Bears sat alone and atop the standings. That drastically changed Tuesday night.
View this story and see other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Track Caltrain online

Caltrain has launched a website as well as a smartphone application to let people track train departures in real time, thanks to GPS units mounted on the trains and the operating control system.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bicyclist anti-harassment law under consideration

May make civil lawsuits easier to file against motorists
Menlo Park is considering whether to implement a bicyclist anti-harassment ordinance at the request of the Bicycle Commission, which discussed the matter at its Oct. 14 meeting, but did not make any recommendations yet.

October 16, 2013 | 72 comments
Menlo Park resident honored for new voting law

Menlo Park resident Dan Hilberman earned a certificate of recognition from State Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, for suggesting a law that allows those who vote by mail to verify that their ballot was counted.

October 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Kepler's holds 'state of bookstore' event tonight

To celebrate the end of its first year as a restructured business, Kepler's Books and Magazines will hold a "state of the bookstore" community meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.

October 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Creating curb appeal, beginning at the curb

Home staging has extended to landscape tweaks and garden tidying
Home staging usually involves a designer coming in and making changes to spruce up a property. The process can involve decluttering, replacing outdated fixtures, repainting, adding plants, rearranging furniture and renting eye-catching pieces for the home.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: Why you aren't selling your home

There are major socioeconomic forces at work in keeping the inventory of property in the Bay Area at historic lows and in many cases prices at historic highs. Understanding these forces will make you a more informed buyer or seller.

October 15, 2013 | 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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: String of home burglaries reported

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a string of residential burglaries that occurred in Woodside between Sunday night and Monday morning.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside pumpkin festival on Mounted Patrol grounds

Over two Sundays and a Saturday in October, a pumpkin festival is to take place on the grounds of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County in Woodside at 521 Kings Mountain Road.

October 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Cal Pac soccer honors for Menlo men, women

Menlo College roundup
Menlo College's Andrew Cota was named Offensive Player of the Week and Kayla Cisneroz earned Defensive Player of the Week from the Cal Pac Conference on Monday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Fire board director sues John Woodell for defamation

Virginia Chang Kiraly files countersuit
The ongoing saga of a defamation lawsuit filed by the husband of a Menlo Park council member against a fire board director as well as a resident now running for the fire board has added a new chapter.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Transitional kindergarten debate: Required or not?

Las Lomitas district doesn't offer it, but state says it's mandatory
In June 2012 Phil and Christie Kiekhaefer moved from Redwood City to Menlo Park, downsizing their family of four into a tiny two-bedroom, one-bath rental they owned, because they felt the Las Lomitas School District would provide a superior education for their children.

October 20, 2013 | 33 comments
Local wins gold in rowing for USA

In his first year on the U.S. Rowing Team, Seth Weil, 26, has already won medals twice for his country. In July the Menlo Park native won gold in the Men's Four at the Samsung World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, his first international competition.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Webb Ranch opens its doors to Halloween visitors

Pumpkin patch pleasures
At Halloween time, the Pumpkin Patch at Webb Ranch on Alpine Road is the place to be. Kids and their families are flocking to the ranch where 25 acres of pumpkins are ready to meet Halloween demand.

October 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre stages 'The Producers'

The Woodside Community Theatre's production of "The Producers" opens Friday, Oct. 25, at Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. It's the theater group's 11th annual music since it reorganized in 2003.

October 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside artist at Pumpkin Festival

Dr. Vicki Coe Mitchell of Woodside will display her paintings at the 43rd Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Tosca' captivates with outstanding cast

Puccini's three-act masterpiece staged through the weekend at Lucie Stern Theatre
Italian grand opera isn't known for happy endings, but local opera lovers are likely to exit West Bay Opera's latest production of Puccini's Tosca with a grand, satisfied smile.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton burglary, prowler reports

Atherton police are advising residents to take precautions to protect their property in the wake of two prowler reports, a residential burglary and an auto burglary, all of which took place on Friday, Oct. 11, police said.

October 15, 2013 | 4 comments
Coroner identifies Menlo Park teen killed by train

The San Mateo County coroner has released the name of the 16-year-old Menlo Park boy killed by a train on Monday afternoon.

October 14, 2013 | 20 comments
Voter Guide: Four seek seats on Portola Valley council

A residential community that is cohesive and vibrant may, over time, settle on a particular word or two to describe itself. In Portola Valley, one such word is "rural." The word appears 41 times in the general plan.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: Portola Valley holds Harvest Festival

Portola Valley will hold its first Farmers' Harvest Festival from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Dr. Sax tells how gender matters

Dr. Leonard Sax, a psychologist and family physician, will give a talk on "Yes! Gender Matters" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

October 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews general fund, landscape contract

The Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting of the Menlo Park council takes a turn away from controversial topics such as police surveillance and village character to consider the decidedly more prosaic subjects of the city's median greenery as well as the general fund.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on enrollment surge

James Lianides, superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, will give a presentation on the effects of the enrollment surge at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at La Entrada Middle School, 2200 Sharon Road in Menlo Park.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires new wrestling coach

Weekend prep roundup: Menlo-Atherton has named Nathan Pantoja as its new head wrestling coach. Pantoja has been working in the community for the past seven years. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: More yellow fever mosquitoes trapped

Three adult yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) and 14 larvae have been trapped in Menlo Park since late August, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

October 14, 2013 | 4 comments
Voter Guide

Links to Almanac Voter Guide stories covering elections in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside.

October 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford Shopping Center rebuild to bring major changes

Reshuffling of Bloomingdale's, Fleming's makes room for four new buildings
The third phase of Stanford Shopping Center's renovation would include some of the most dramatic changes the center has seen in its three-year remodeling effort.

October 13, 2013 | 3 comments
Review: 'Captain Phillips'

(Three stars)
The "real-life thriller" "Captain Phillips" may be obvious and it may be clumsy, but it's also a little bit thoughtful, and there's never a dull moment.
​★ ★ ★ -P.C.

October 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College sweeps first match at home in three weeks

The Menlo College women's volleyball team played at home for the first time in three weeks Friday, beating Embry-Riddle, 25-13, 25-10, 25-20, to remain undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play.

October 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park celebrates 150 years of rail history

Caltrain is kicking off a year of festivities celebrating 150 years of continuous commuter rail service on the Peninsula with a community festival in Menlo Park on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton council candidates forum

An Atherton City Council candidates' forum will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park at 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

October 12, 2013 | 3 comments
Friday's prep football: M-A, Priory win

In Friday prep football action, M-A defeated South San Francisco, 31-19, and the Priory defeated Stuart Hall, 36-8.

October 12, 2013 | No comments yet
SLAC workers, others could miss back pay

National laboratory employees at risk of temporary job loss due to shutdown
More than 13,400 Bay Area Department of Energy laboratory workers -- including 1,500 at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park -- could miss out on back pay if the federal shutdown continues.

October 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Romeo and Juliet'

(Zero stars)
Call it the "Drunk History" version of "Romeo and Juliet." -P.C.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Harvest supper at Djerassi Ranch in Woodside

A multi-course gourmet harvest supper, created by Chefs Mark Sullivan and Dmitry Elperin of Spruce and the Village Pub, will highlight the seventh annual Artful Harvest to be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Djerassi Ranch, 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Firefighters flip pancakes for burn foundation

Firefighters will be flipping flapjacks from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the 13th annual annual pancake breakfast to benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The event takes place at Fire Station No. 1 at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College women off to their best soccer start

Jocelyn Aguilar and Danielle McCarthy each scored a goal and the Menlo College women's soccer team remained undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play, and earned its sixth straight overall, following a 2-0 victory over host UC Merced on Wednesday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula Symphony reports $500,000 missing

Group notified police after discovering disappearance of nearly all of its endowment, operating funds
The Peninsula Symphony is scrambling to raise pledges and donations after recently learning that most of its endowment and operating funds have gone missing.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula Symphony reports $500,000 missing

Group notified police after discovering disappearance of nearly all of its endowment, operating funds
The Peninsula Symphony is scrambling to raise pledges and donations after recently learning that most of its endowment and operating funds have gone missing.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Symphony finds nearly all assets are missing

The Peninsula Symphony of Northern California has discovered that about $500,000 is missing from its endowment and operating funds and has reported it to Los Alto police, a symphony spokesman said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Symphony finds nearly all assets are missing

The Peninsula Symphony of Northern California has discovered that about $500,000 is missing from its endowment and operating funds and has reported it to Los Alto police, a symphony spokesman said Thursday.

October 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Saturday: Woodside's Day of the Horse

"Riding Around the World" is the theme for the ninth annual Day of the Horse trail ride and horse fair on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Woodside.
During the event, riders will travel the town trails dressed in costumes from "Around the World."

October 10, 2013 | 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. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: JobTrain fall gala in Menlo Park

Thirteen Silicon Valley couples and Google are hosting a benefit for JobTrain on Saturday night, Oct. 12, at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Service for Alice Gilbert, longtime Woodside resident

A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Denis Catholic Church, 2259 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park for Alice C. Gilbert of Woodside, who died peacefully Sept. 27. She was 91.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park fire district candidate forum

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County is sponsoring a candidate forums for the Menlo Park Fire Protection board at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

October 10, 2013 | 68 comments
High school board OKs shift of East Palo Alto students to M-A

If Menlo-Atherton High School has room, students from East Palo Alto (in the Ravenswood City Elementary School District) now have the right to request a transfer to M-A without having to participate in the lottery associated with the open-enrollment program.

October 10, 2013 | 51 comments
Suspect arrested in shooting of 17-year-old boy

A suspect in the Oct. 5 shooting of a 17-year-old East Palo Alto youth has been arrested, according to police.

October 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Legends heading to a new league

The Menlo Park Legends will be heading to a new summer league to play baseball in 2014 as the California Collegiate League has announced plans to add four new teams to its roster for the 2014 collegiate baseball summer season. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Tech changes fuel new Project Read strategies

Guest article: Literacy education at Project Read-Menlo Park is evolving as quickly as the sweeping technology changes in Silicon Valley, says Roberta Roth, Project Read's literacy outreach specialist.

October 9, 2013 | 2 comments
Bond measure would fund rebuilding of school

This would be the fifth school in the Menlo Park City School District
Voter Guide: Being an elementary school principal can't be easy even under normal circumstances, but it's likely that Encinal School Principal Sharon Burns never expected that she'd have to hone the skills of a juggler.

October 9, 2013 | 8 comments
Ecumenical Hunger Program seeks help

The Ecumenical Hunger Program based in East Palo Alto is in "a bit of a crisis this year," says Vera Popova, development manager of EHP.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College: Cota leads the way in soccer rout

Menlo College sports: Andrew Cota scored twice and five other Menlo College men's soccer players recorded a goal in the Oaks' 7-0 Cal Pac Conference victory over host Pacific Union on Tuesday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Election: Portola Valley council candidates face voters

Verbal sparks flew briefly Tuesday night at a Q-and-A forum for candidates running for Portola Valley Town Council.

October 9, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton: Tentative police contract announced

The town of Atherton and its police department, operating without a contract since Sept. 30, have agreed on a tentative three-year contract that will come before the City Council at its Oct. 16 regular meeting.

October 9, 2013 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Burglars get away with safe, cash

Burglars broke into Lulu's Mexican Food restaurant at 3539 Alameda de las Pulgas in West Menlo Park and got away with an $800 safe and $10,540 in cash, according to an Oct. 7 report from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

October 9, 2013 | 4 comments
Sunday in Atherton: Emerson String Quartet performs

The renowned Emerson String Quartet will perform music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Peforming Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
San Mateo County gets first poet laureate

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors this morning appointed a Montara woman to serve as the county's first poet laureate.

October 8, 2013 | 2 comments
M-A girls run to another title in cross country

Weekend prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls continued their fine season in cross country by winning the varsity division of the Del Oro Invitational on Saturday.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
The power of one

United Nations Association festival brings 70 films about individuals making change
In this year's United Nations Association Film Festival, which begins Oct. 17, documentaries focus on different kinds of courage displayed by people from various parts of the world and periods of history.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Soundtrack of the state

Ensemble travels California to highlight fresh sounds by young composers
What does California sound like? The Now Hear Ensemble is touring the Golden State performing music by young composers from all around California.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Runner Runner'

(Two stars)
Sadly, there's no actual running here -- or anything else that might raise your pulse. -P.C.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Review: 'Runner Runner'

(Two stars)
Sadly, there's no actual running here -- or anything else that might raise your pulse. -P.C.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Dine out to help seniors

Peninsula Volunteers is holding its annual "Dine Out" fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit's food delivery program for homebound seniors.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park mayor to give 'state of city' talk, sign sister-city pact

Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki will present the annual State of the City speech Thursday, Oct. 17. The event will include welcoming Galway, Ireland, as a sister city.

October 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Las Lomitas seeks $60 million for schools

Money would be earmarked for additional classrooms, upgraded infrastructure
Sixty million dollars is a lot of money. The Las Lomitas Elementary School District is hoping voters think it'll be money well spent and will approve Measure S, a $60 million bond measure, on the Nov. 5 ballot.

October 9, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Commission focuses on Middle Avenue plaza

As they debated and discussed their way through a third night of reviewing the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, the Menlo Park Planning Commission took a closer look at how to ensure the community gets the sort of public plaza on Middle Avenue that it wants.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Almanac launches new website

The Almanac has launched a new website designed to make the content more readable and accessible.

October 8, 2013 | 4 comments
Menlo Park resident wins Nobel Prize in medicine

Thomas Sudhof studies how nerve cells communicate with each other
Menlo Park resident and Stanford University neuroscientist Thomas Sudhof was at a conference in Baeza, Spain, when he got the news Monday – he won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council to study streamlining permits, forming small business commission

The Menlo Park City Council reaffirmed that the devil's in the details as it started exploring whether to create a small business commission.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: Intero wins appeal over awnings

The black awnings that have been up will stay up at the offices of Intero Real Estate Services near the main intersection in downtown Woodside.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: 'The Watercolor Landscape'

"Napa Harvest" is one of the paintings featured in Steve Curl's October show at the Portola Art Gallery, located at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Open space district unveils sweeping 'vision plan'

More public access to district lands, focus on families are priorities
Bay Area residents could gain access to much more open space, including more family-friendly areas, according to a new Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District "vision plan" unveiled Wednesday night.

October 7, 2013 | 6 comments
Thursday: Talk on building girls' high school in Kenya

Margo McAuliffe of Menlo Park and the Rev. Daniel Kiriti of Kenya will talk about the creation of St. Francis Xavier High School in Naivasha, Kenya, at a 7:15 a.m. breakfast Thursday, Oct. 17, at the University Club in Palo Alto.

October 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside home ransacked, housekeeper reports

Police calls from Woodside, Ladera, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Big issues face Sequoia board candidates

Perhaps a middle-aged hermit sequestered in the Santa Cruz mountains, someone with uncanny powers and unpleasant high school memories, is tormenting the Sequoia Union High School District with an ancient curse: "May you live in interesting times."

October 9, 2013 | 5 comments
Tuesday: Dine Out for Meals on Wheels

What could be easier than feeding hungry seniors by going out to eat? On Tuesday, Oct. 15, local restaurants will donate a percentage of the day's sales to support Peninsula Volunteers' Meals on Wheels program to feed homebound seniors.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A girls run to another title in cross country

Weekend prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls continued their fine season in cross country by winning the varsity division of the Del Oro Invitational on Saturday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission meets on Facebook housing, specific plan review

Continuing their ongoing review of the specific plan, the Menlo Park planning commissioners will take up the topic for a third time tonight, with a possible focus on infrastructure funding, how to ensure compliance for renovations and the design of a public plaza at Middle Avenue.

October 7, 2013 | No comments yet
La Honda Road in Woodside is now open

La Honda Road (Highway 84), which was closed in both directions between Frias Lane and Foxhill Road this afternoon, has reopened, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported at 4:35 p.m. Sunday.

October 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Teen in critical condition after shooting

A 17-year-old boy was in critical condition Saturday evening after a shooting at 2:10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Farrington Way in East Palo Alto, police said.

October 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo College volleyball records big hitting night

Menlo College roundup: Senior outside hitter Nicole Yap recorded 20 kills on 48 swings and added 15 digs for the Menlo College women's volleyball team, which downed host Simpson, 25-14, 25-8, 26-28, 25-21, on Friday night in a Cal Pac Conference match. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Gravity'

(Three-and-a-half stars)
Life is one hell of a ride, as George Clooney's character puts it. So is "Gravity." ​★ ★ ★ ½
-- Peter Canavese

October 5, 2013 | 3 comments
Prep football: Sacred Heart Prep wins one but loses more

Friday's football: Andrew Segre was the star performer on Friday night for Sacred Heart Prep (5-0), as the senior running back ran for two touchdowns and caught two touchdown passes, in the Gators' 42-2 nonleague rout over Woodside (0-4). However, the Gators' focus was not completely on their impressive road victory after the game ended. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 5, 2013 | No comments yet
High school board candidates discuss big issues

It was an evening of 90-second statements, one after another. The three candidates running for election to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District fielded questions from an audience of about 30 in the district's Redwood City offices on Thursday (Oct. 2).

October 4, 2013 | 11 comments
Menlo girls win 200th straight league match

Thursday's prep roundup: The Menlo School girls tennis team made some state history by defeating Harker, 6-1, on Thursday for the Knights' 200th straight league dual-match victory. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Update: Mom, young children slightly injured in crash near Atherton

A woman and three young children were among those slightly injured in a car accident near Atherton this morning, a California Highway Patrol official said.

October 4, 2013 | 8 comments
Saturday: PortFest in Redwood City

Redwood City will hold PortFest on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port of Redwood City Marina and public access area.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Summit Prep: Jury finds student guilty in attempted rape of teacher

A former Summit Preparatory Charter High School student faces life in prison after a jury Wednesday found him guilty of trying to rape a teacher in a school parking lot in Redwood City.

October 4, 2013 | 10 comments
Saturday in Portola Valley: Sudden Oak Death treatment and mitigation

A program on controlling Sudden Oak Death will be held from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Portola Valley Town Hall conference room, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Meeting tonight on changes brought by high school enrollment growth

Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent Jim Lianides and Menlo- Atherton High School principal Matthew Zito will speak about the high school district's plans for managing anticipated district student enrollment growth at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Hillview Middle School's Performing Arts Center, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Adolescent Counseling Services holds open house

Adolescent Counseling Services will hold an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at its Palo Alto offices to introduce a new program called Outlet, which provides services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Heaton named to Las Lomitas school board

Christine Marie Heaton, a high school teacher who has two children in the Las Lomitas School District, has been appointed to fill the seat on the Las Lomitas school board vacated by the August resignation of Ann Jaquith.

October 4, 2013 | 25 comments
Menlo Park: Pumpkin Festival Friday, Saturday at St. Raymond School

Pony rides, climbing wall, bounce houses, trampoline, face painting, and, of course, pumpkins will highlight the fourth annual St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival to be held from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the school, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., in Menlo Park.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Polo event benefits Lyme Foundation

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation will hold its second annual Polo for Lyme benefit from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Cleanup day in Portola Valley

A neighborhood cleanup day for Portola Valley residents is set for Saturday morning, Oct. 3, at at the Town Center at 765 Portola 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.

October 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Puccini's 'Tosca' brings song, passion to West Bay Opera stage

A new production of Puccini's classic tale of passion, oppression and death, "Tosca," will be presented Oct. 11 through 20 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

October 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Head-of-line privileges likely for East Palo Alto kids (expanded story)

(This is an expanded version of a story previously posted.) A change in policy is increasingly likely for eighth-graders from East Palo Alto, who are assigned to Woodside and Carlmont high schools but who want to attend Menlo-Atherton High School.

October 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo, M-A boys set up water polo showdown

Wednesday's prep roundup: While each team still has a nonleague game to play, the showdown for the title in the PAL Bay Division boys' water polo race is all set. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
A billion-dollar year for Silicon Valley foundation

In annual meeting, local nonprofits and donors discuss needs, relationships, numbers
A contribution worth $500 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg helped propel the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to a record-breaking year in amassing charitable funds -- $985 million altogether, officials said Tuesday.

October 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park scrambles to cover planning staff departures

City looks for contractors and interns
Two planners from the city of Menlo Park will be leaving within the next two months, just as the city finds itself facing a development boom.

October 3, 2013 | 8 comments
Portola Valley tonight: SOD Blitz results

Matteo Garbelotto, professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley, will report on the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) "Blitz" (collection of data by citizens in May) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Community Hall in Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Ride for Ravenswood

The fifth annual Ride for Ravenswood benefit for the Ravenswood Family Health Center will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, beginning and ending at 210 Park Lane in Atherton.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Laurel Street parking in Menlo Park

City examining whether to prohibit parking in bike lane
Nativity School will host a community meeting Thursday, (Oct. 3) at 6 p.m. to talk about the potential removal of parking in bike lanes along Laurel Street in Menlo Park.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Workshop on Japanese tea

A Japanese tea ceremony will be featured in "The Way of Tea" workshop to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's in Menlo Park: Author Katy Butler

Author Katy Butler discusses and signs her new book, "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Kepler's bookstore. The event is free.

October 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Today: community concert at Stanford

The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs a free Concert for the Community for students in grades 3 through 12 on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. on the Stanford campus.

October 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside Barn Dance has new location, activities

Woodside's biennial Barn Dance will have a new location and lots of new activities for both adults and children this year as it moves to the Mounted Patrol Grounds on Kings Mountain Road, on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 10 p.m.

October 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls help reach a tennis milestone

A week of milestones for the Menlo School girls tennis team and its coach, Bill Shine, has started out well.
Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside school board candidates share common ground and goals

The four candidates for three open seats on the board of Woodside Elementary School's one-school district proved at a candidates forum on Oct. 1 that, at least on the local level, some elected officials can "all get along."

October 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Deputy charged with molesting relative

A San Mateo County sheriff's deputy has been arrested and charged with molesting an underage female relative, a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney said Tuesday.

October 2, 2013 | 5 comments
Summit Prep: Former student, charged with attempted rape, claims attack was a 'prank'

A former student at Summit Preparatory Charter High School, accused of trying to rape a female teacher at knifepoint in a school parking lot, said the whole incident was a "senior prank" intended to scare her.

October 1, 2013 | 5 comments
Facebook enters partnership to build 394 apartments in Menlo Park

Complex will include15 below-market-rate units
One question that quickly arose when Facebook decided to relocate to and then expand in Menlo Park was, "What about employee housing?" The social media company answered that question on Tuesday by announcing its partnership with St. Anton, a real estate developer, to build a 394-unit apartment complex on 10 acres of land off Marsh Road.

October 1, 2013 | 63 comments
Menlo Park: Larger motel on the way

Mermaid Inn to expand
A Menlo Park motel is getting a makeover along with more rooms, but according to the Planning Commission, the proposal highlights a potential problem with downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

October 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may remove bike lane parking on Laurel Street

City to consider other streets as well
Some parents pick up their children from school using bikes; others use cars. This has launched a quest by the city of Menlo Park to figure out how to safely allow both -- a quest for the moment centered on Nativity School on Laurel Street, but one that could lead to the elimination of parking in bike lanes along other city streets.

October 2, 2013 | 33 comments
Wednesday: Author of "Cartwheel" at Kepler's

On Wednesday, PEN finalist and author Jennifer duBois will discuss her new book, "Cartwheel," a novel about an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder and a father trying to hold his family together, at Kepler's in Menlo Park.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College junior earns Cal Pac women's soccer honor

Menlo College junior Janelle Gaddy was named Cal Pac Offensive Player of the Week for women's soccer on Monday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
NASA, USGS among agencies affected by shutdown

Several government operations, including some local branches, ground to a halt at midnight Monday after Congress failed to pass a budget in the culmination of a bitter battle over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council looks at El Camino Real lane configuration

Following labor negotiations in closed session tonight, the Menlo Park City Council will get an update on state legislation, including high-speed rail issues, from State Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo).

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Specific plan review focuses on public benefits

The Menlo Park Planning Commission intends to take a closer look at how to ensure developments proposed under the new specific plan regulations will help pay for infrastructure improvements to benefit the entire community.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Filoli festival celebrates autumn

From pumpkins and puppets to barbecue and bubbles, event is a feast for the eyes and palate
Heirloom fruit tasting, nature hikes, orchard tours, flower-arranging demonstrations, and a barbecue lunch drew hundreds of visitors to the annual Autumn at Filoli Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the historic estate in Woodside. Photo by Michelle Le

September 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Our Regional Heritage

U.S. Senator Charles N. Felton with his granddaughter, Marie Louise Elkins, in the 1870s. Sen. Felton built a pink-frescoed mansion on 35 acres north of Encinal Avenue near the train tracks that was called Felton Gables. (Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.)

November 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Playing it safe in cougar country

Tips on co-existing with mountain lions from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Keep Me Wild website.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Mountain lions roam Woodside: Don't be alarmed, experts say

It was around 3 a.m. on Sept. 18 when strange noises roused residents of Audiffred Lane in Woodside, a small cul-de-sac off Miramontes Road a few blocks from Woodside Elementary.

October 1, 2013 | 13 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council candidate forum

The public is invited to hear from Portola Valley Town Council candidates at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 'Shelter in place' alert lifted

Construction accident breaks small gas line
A shelter in place alert issued for residents and businesses near the 1300 block of Hoover Street in Menlo Park has been lifted now that a gas leak has been contained.

September 30, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo-Atherton runs to another big football victory, 52-13

Menlo-Atherton's game plan coming into Saturday afternoon's football game was to run the ball first and foremost, and it did not take long for that strategy to pay off. Click here to read the story.

September 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Three emergencies leave two men dead, snarl traffic

Three emergencies leave two men dead, snarl traffic on Friday
Three emergencies dramatically slowed north-south traffic through Redwood City and Atherton on Friday, including two incidents that left two men dead.

September 30, 2013 | 20 comments
Water polo teams excel in tourneys with titles

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School duplicated their finishes from a year ago, but Palo Alto and Gunn made it a special weekend for boys water polo at the annual NCS-CCS Challenge that wrapped up Saturday. Click here to read the story.

September 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday at Kepler's

Jennifer duBois will discuss her new book, "Cartwheel," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. The event is free.

September 30, 2013 | No comments yet
SLAC develops 'accelerator on a chip,' journal reports

New technology could reduce 2-mile linear accelerator to 100 feet
Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have successfully used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology -- and in a glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

September 28, 2013 | 3 comments
Woodside Elementary school board candidate forum set for Oct. 1

The four candidates for three open spots on the Woodside Elementary School District board will be featured at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

September 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Southbound El Camino at Selby in Atherton closed Friday after major accident

Another traffic snarl developed Friday (Sept. 27) afternoon in Atherton -- this one a major-injury accident that closed southbound El Camino Real at Selby Lane for many hours and into the night, according to the county Office of Emergency Services. The expected reopening of the roadway is at 5 p.m.

September 27, 2013 | 8 comments
'Fun Run' benefit this Sunday

Menlo School in Atherton is hosting the first annual Valpo Fun Run this Sunday, Sept. 29, to raise money and awareness for the Peninsula Bridge Program.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside Road at El Camino Real reopened after hours-long closure

Traffic officers began reopening El Camino Real at Woodside Road at about 4:15 this afternoon after an hours-long closure in the aftermath of a propane-tank explosion this morning in Redwood City.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside chili cook-off

The weather's cooling off, just in time for the chili cook-off benefit for the Woodside Fire Protection District on Sunday, Sept. 29.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Chili Cook-off

The 2nd Alarm Chili Cook-off and BBQ, a benefit for the Woodside Fire Protection District, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Runnymede Farm in Woodside.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls pull off a big shocker in volleyball

Something special is going on for the Menlo School girls in volleyball season as the Knights have knocked off two nationally ranked teams in the space of just two days. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Ravenswood foundation raises $1.3 million for students

Seeks Adopt-a-Teacher volunteers
The Ravenswood Education Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million during the past year to support student achievement, according to Executive Director Renu Nanda.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park changes project noticing process

Rather than getting copies of plan sheets in the mail, those living in or occupying buildings within a certain distance of proposed developments will now get postcards instead from the City of Menlo Park.

September 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Pedestrian killed in Atherton

Police seeking surveillance camera video from neighbors; schools extend staff supervision hours
A man was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in Atherton early Friday morning, according to police. Middlefield Road between Encinal and Oak Grove avenues was closed to traffic much of the day, and reopened at about 4 p.m.

September 27, 2013 | 15 comments
East Palo Alto kids likely to get head-of-line privilege (more or less) to attend M-A

The high school district board is leaning strongly toward giving East Palo Alto eighth-graders a preference that would put them at the head of the line of most of the eighth-graders who want to attend M-A but are not automatically assigned there.

September 26, 2013 | 84 comments
Hillview playing field opens

Soccer balls will soon be flying on the new playing field at Hillview Middle School, which has been closed since summer for reconstruction after its initial opening in March.

September 26, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo, SHP boys have solid tuneups for tournament

Prep water polo
The Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep boys both competed in water polo tournaments last weekend and came away with solid efforts. The CCS rivals will be back in the pool this weekend at the annual NCS-CCS Challenge as preparation for the postseason continues.Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police add two motorcycle officers

One staffing shortage in the Menlo Park Police Department will be resolved through the appointment of two officers to traffic patrol.

September 26, 2013 | 4 comments
Saturday: Artistry in Fashion

On Saturday (Sept. 28), the Canada College fashion department hosts its 22nd annual "Artistry in Fashion" event that features 60 designers selling clothing, jewelry and other fashions

September 26, 2013 | No comments yet
County seeks new operator for Folger Stable

Operator loses contract amid conflict over payments, other programs
Three years after a historic renovation, Folger Stable finds itself facing empty stalls in the near future as San Mateo County cancels its contract with the Bay Area Equestrian Connection.

September 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Tonight: Jasper Ridge presentation in Portola Valley

Tonight (Thursday, Sept. 26) at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley, the staff of the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve will be on hand to give the general public an idea of what goes on at the preserve.

September 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: State reps to host seminar to help keep seniors from being scammed

Crimes against dependent adults and elders are on the rise. On Friday, a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar will be hosted by state Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Rich Gordon.

September 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: awnings at Intero office will stay

The black awnings that have been up will stay up at the offices of Intero Real Estate Services near the main intersection in downtown Woodside. The Town Council, on a 4-1 vote, granted Intero's appeal of a decision by the planning director that the awnings were out of character with the downtown plan and in conflict with the municipal code.

September 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Committee recommends splitting Menlo Park in county redistricting move

Menlo Park would be split into two San Mateo County supervisorial districts under all three possible redistricting maps an advisory committee has forwarded to the Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to make a decision on district boundaries on Oct. 8.

September 25, 2013 | 4 comments
Menlo Park to buy surveillance equipment, but delay use until crafting privacy policy

Council to write privacy ordinance first
After several hours of sometimes spirited discussion on Tuesday night, the Menlo Park City Council voted to approve the purchase of three automated license plate readers and four surveillance cameras, but delayed deployment of the technology.

September 25, 2013 | 21 comments
Menlo Park Planning Commission review of specific plan continues

Infrastructure funding a key issue
On the second day of reviewing the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, the Menlo Park Planning Commission indicated a desire to take a closer look at how to ensure developments proposed under the new regulations will contribute to funding infrastructure improvements to benefit the entire community.

September 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Ormondale is launch pad for science project

A newly installed telescope was the star of a recent community event at Ormondale School, where it was introduced by representatives of the organization that provided it: the Cork Institute of Technology's Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, Ireland. Photo by Michelle Le

September 27, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton whittles down unfunded liability with portion of surplus funds

Atherton's unfunded liability debt will be $2 million lighter with the City Council's decision to apply that portion of the town's $4.9 million surplus toward employee retirement obligations.

September 25, 2013 | 5 comments
Tonight: Student robotics teams visit Cafe Scientifique

Robots will make an appearance at Cafe Scientifique, which meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at SRI International in Menlo Park.

October 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Oaks' Onizuka scores twice in 2-2 draw with Banana Slugs

Freshman midfielder Ryan Onizuka, from nearby Foster City, scored twice for Menlo, but host UC Santa Cruz had a player to match his output as the Oaks' men's soccer team played to a 2-2 draw with the Banana Slugs in a nonconference match Monday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council to hear appeal on realtor's proposal for awnings

Awnings will be the subject of a public hearing tonight (Sept. 24) at the Woodside Town Council meeting.

September 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Thursday: Free senior health screening

Seniors are invited to a free health screening at the Menlo Park Senior Center at 100 Terminal Ave. on Thursday, Sept. 26. Appointments are required.

September 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council looks at buying license plate readers, surveillance cameras

As the Menlo Park Police Department seeks council approval tonight to purchase three automated license plate readers and four surveillance cameras, the council continues to work on hammering out a privacy policy delineating who may access the collected data and when.

September 24, 2013 | 23 comments
Special report: Surveillance programs raise safety-vs-privacy questions

As government agencies step up the use of technology to follow our movements and mine our personal information, what's being done to protect our privacy and civil liberties?
We are being watched. Surveillance programs operated by government agencies, from the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security to local police departments, are accumulating untold amounts of information on residents who, in the vast majority of cases, are law-abiding citizens.

September 24, 2013 | 9 comments
Joy Covey's independence of mind was key to her future

A decision made at the age of 15 was to prove pivotal for Joy Dianne Covey, a former CFO of Amazon and Woodside resident who was killed when the bicycle she was riding collided with a van on Skyline Boulevard last week.

September 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Will drones fly the county skies?

There may be a time when a small airborne mechanical drone operated by a law enforcement agency flies above the heads of San Mateo County residents, but that time is not now and not in the near future, officials say.

September 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: School board may change policy on busing EPA kids

High school board could end busing to Woodside and Carlmont.
A decades-long policy of having East Palo Alto teens take a bus to high school in Woodside or Belmont may come to an end on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

September 24, 2013 | 10 comments
New and sturdy buttress for Ramona Road in Los Trancos Woods

A new and massive retaining wall of sturdy wooden and steel beams topped by concrete now rests alongside the 200 block of Ramona Road in Los Trancos Woods.

September 27, 2013 | 1 comment
Police calls: High-value rings and bicycles missing

Crime reports from West Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park.

September 25, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo girls win own volleyball tourney title

Weekend prep roundup: The Menlo School girls' volleyball captured the third annual Chris Chandler Invitational on Saturday by defeating Menlo-Atherton, 2-0, in the Gold Division final in Atherton. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission continues specific plan review

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to continue its review of downtown/El Camino Real specific plan during tonight's (Sept. 23) meeting.

September 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police arrest shooting suspect

24-year-old man booked on weapon and drug charges
Friday night phone calls reporting gunfire led Menlo Park police to the 1100 block of Willow Road around 10:37 p.m.

September 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: 'Modern American Military'

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy will discuss the book, "The Modern American Military: How the advent of the all-volunteer force and the evolving nature of modern warfare have transformed the military" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

September 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Former probation chief sentenced

A former San Mateo County probation chief convicted of possessing child pornography was sentenced Friday to 10 months in county jail and was led away from court in handcuffs.

September 22, 2013 | 4 comments
RECENT HOME SALES

October 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Local students and grads drowning in debt

Student loans weigh heavy on a record number of students and graduates
With student debt exceeding national credit-card debt — crossing the $1 trillion point last year — and college becoming costlier each year, local students and their families are borrowing more and more to finance their futures.

October 3, 2013 | 2 comments
M-A holds off defending CCS Open champ SI

Friday prep football: Senior running back Isiah Nash had a combined 137 rushing and receiving yards to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 21-16 football upset of defending Central Coast Section Open Division champion St. Ignatius in nonleague Friday night action in Atherton. Other scores: Menlo School 48, San Mateo 7 | Sacred Heart Prep 25, Salinas 10 | Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Staff extinguish fire at Encinal School

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responding to a 911 call arrived at the scene of a small electrical fire at Encinal School in Atherton around 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 20, but school staff had already extinguished it, firefighters said.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP water polo standout Enright commits to Stanford

Thursday's prep roundup: Sacred Heart Prep senior Harrison Enright has verbally committed to the Stanford class of 2018 and will play water polo for the Cardinal next fall. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident spots alleged burglar

For many residents, it was a warm and quiet afternoon in Menlo Park on Wednesday (Sept. 18). But for one person, the pace of the day quickened as the citizen spotted a man and car that looked out of place.

September 20, 2013 | 7 comments
Sunday: Classical music on the square

The Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company will give a free performance of various opera arias and ensembles at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Taylor Eigsti performs

Taylor Eigsti, a Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer, will play at the benefit for Ability Production from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Rancho Day Fiesta

The San Mateo Historical Association will hold the annual Rancho Day Fiesta from noon to 4 pm. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd. in Pacifica.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Woodside: Art & Poetry Reception

Persian artist and poet Fariba Raisi will be at the Woodside Library from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, to celebrate her "Room with a View" art collection, on display through September.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Coastal cleanup day

Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in the 29th annual coastal cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Hidden Villa 'Humanitarian' dinner

Audrey Rust, the Noble and Lorraine Hancock family, and Sibella Kraus will be honored for their contributions to environmental, social and educational causes at the 17th annual Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Awards dinner on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: District lines advisory panel meets

A committee tasked with studying the boundaries of San Mateo County's five supervisorial districts and recommending possible adjustments will hold its 10th and final meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

September 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday and Sunday: Fall book fair benefits Friends of Menlo Park Library

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a fall book fair on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, at the library in the Menlo Park Civic Center at 800 Alma St.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Fall arts preview: an exuberance of culture

Fall arts preview shows off what's new and notable this season
Though the weather's not exactly what you'd call "crisp" yet, a few trees are tentatively going scarlet. And rain or shine, local arts groups are all set for autumn.

September 20, 2013 | No comments yet
EVs hold classes for junior naturalists

Environmental Volunteers, a nonprofit that promotes environmental education in the schools, is holding Junior Naturalist classes for students in grades 3 through 5.

October 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday: Community event unveils new telescope at Ormondale School in Portola Valley

A newly installed telescope will be the star of a community event at Ormondale School in Portola Valley on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday: Annual Moonlight Run

Songs and books have been written and movies made about the harvest mooon. Neil Young suggested going dancin' in its light. But for the locally and athletically inclined, the harvest moon means just one thing: running in the Baylands as part of the Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run & Walk.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A's one-two punch a knockout once again in PAL

Wednesday's prep roundup
For the second straight week, sophomore Madeleine Baier and senior Taylor Fortnam led the Menlo-Atherton girls to a team victory in Peninsula Athletic League cross-country action. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside resident Joy Covey killed in bicycle-van collision on Skyline Boulevard

Joy Covey, a former CFO of Amazon and a Woodside resident, was killed Wednesday (Sept. 18) when the bicycle she was riding collided with a van on Skyline Boulevard.

September 18, 2013 | 74 comments
Woodside: Two mountain lion reports in one day

Two reports were issued Tuesday for mountain lion sightings in Woodside, just four miles apart from one another, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services reported.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Rich Gordon on education

Assemblyman Rich Gordon will speak on "Focus on Education and Education Funding" at the fall kick-off of the Palo Alto League of Women Voters from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at at the Palo Alto Unified School District board room at 25 Churchill Ave. in Palo Alto.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday: Riekes Center holds fundraiser

The Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, a nonprofit community center in North Fair Oaks, is hosting a fundraiser Friday night, Sept. 20, to raise money for scholarships to help more people participate in the center's programs for athletic fitness, creative arts and nature awareness.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College women record soccer shutout in win over Mills

College roundup Freshman forward Danielle McCarthy came off the bench to score two goals as the Menlo College women's soccer team beat visiting Mills College, 9-0, in a nonconference match on Tuesday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Rail foes seek to bar further spending on project

Plaintiffs in suit against High Speed Rail Authority submit proposed 'remedies'
After scoring a victory in a Sacramento court last month, opponents of California's proposed high-speed rail system are now asking the judge to bar the agency responsible for the line from spending any money on the $68 billion project until a new business plan is in place.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: Councilman holds office hours

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller will hold a second round of "office hours" on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Oasis Beer Garden, located at 241 El Camino Real.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: Rail safety film festival

Caltrain will host a free film festival next week to mark railroad safety month.

September 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commissioners 'favorably disposed' toward specific plan's height, density allowances

The Menlo Park Planning Commission signaled its confidence in the provisions of the city's new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, during the first of what's expected to be a multiple-meetings review.

September 18, 2013 | 22 comments
Thursday in Portola Valley: free concert on the lawn

Dave Crimmen & the Band brings music from the 1950s to a free concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Supervisors reject part of amendment allowing Sheriff's Office to sell old guns

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors rejected part of a proposed ordinance amendment today that would have allowed the Sheriff's Office to sell more than 700 guns.

September 17, 2013 | 12 comments
Today: Atherton community meeting on new Town Center

Atherton residents can offer their ideas and opinions about the town's budding plans to build a new Town Center at a meeting tonight (Sept. 17) from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo men play to soccer draw with the Penguins

A late goal cost the Menlo College men's soccer team a victory on Monday in a nonconference contest. The Oaks, who remained unbeaten, settled for a 1-1 draw with visiting Division II Dominican College. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Kepler's presents extreme adventures

Tuesday (Sept. 17) offers a treat for vicarious thrill seekers, as Kepler's and National Geographic present behind-the-scenes moments in producing films about extreme feats and high adventure.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
SamTrans seeks a few good citizens

Advisory committee looking for volunteers
If you've got opinions and suggestions for SamTrans, the transportation agency has openings on its 15-member citizens advisory committee.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park examines sites for homeless shelter zoning

City working on second update to housing plan
As Menlo Park starts work on a second update to the city's housing plan, its goals include identifying sites to zone for potential homeless shelters and developing an amnesty program for granny units built before the city legalized them in June.

September 17, 2013 | 9 comments
A passion for pickling

Hidden Villa class will teach how to make sauerkraut, pickled veggies and more
Anna Cameron, who is teaching a class on home fermentation called "Pick a Peck! Lacto-fermented Veggies" at Hidden Villa on Saturday, Sept. 28, is a self-created queen of fermentation.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Teen organizes literacy drive

"It all started when a friend and I entered a Reading Rainbow contest in third grade," says Emerald Hills teen Ryan Traynor of his efforts to spread literacy in the Redwood City and North Fair Oaks area.

September 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: North Fair Oaks park to be dedicated

A small pocket park at Bay Road and 18th Avenue in North Fair Oaks will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Local teens learn sailing, leadership skills

The combination of white sails, saltwater, fresh breezes and youthful enthusiasm combine to make for a good time on most weekends just off the Port of Redwood City.

September 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Students named National Merit semifinalists

Thirty-two high school seniors in the Almanac circulation area have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

September 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Structures rise for a wedding in Woodside

The wild creatures that normally inhabit the grassy pasture and scattered trees in the 500 block of Mountain Home Road in Woodside may wonder what's going on. Two redwood boardwalks are winding their way into the property, crews have been seen hauling in construction materials and, in the distance, structural framing is rising from the ground.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Collision sends 3 cyclists to hospital

A collision on Sept. 5 in Woodside involving three bicyclists and a vehicle sent the cyclists to the hospital with major injuries, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 17, 2013 | 46 comments
Police calls: Student cited in knife incident

Crime reports from Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Hanretty faces huge restitution debts after prison release

(An expanded version of an earlier article) The attorney for former school official Tim Hanretty, who last week was ordered to pay $2.67 million in restitution to the Woodside School District, argued in court that the restitution amount should be reduced because of shared fault on the part of school board members, who should have known Mr. Hanretty had secured a fraudulent loan.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Little League asks for more time with ball park proposal for Holbrook-Palmer Park

The Atherton public and City Council members are likely to call it an early night on Wednesday, Sept. 18, after two potentially lengthy agenda items were dropped from the agenda late last week.

September 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Application deadline this Wednesday for vacant Las Lomitas school board seat

Residents of the Las Lomitas School District interested in serving a one-year term on the school board have until noon Wednesday, Sept. 18, to apply for appointment to a vacant seat.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep roll to easy victories

Weekend prep football: Menlo School bounced back from a tough loss and Sacred Heart Prep continued to roll to highlight high school football action on Saturday. Read this story and see other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Junior League home tour kickoff party

In anticipation of its annual holiday home tour Dec. 6 and 7, the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold a kickoff party from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at HOME, the home furnishings store and design group at 789 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, and next door at The Shop, the League's resale store. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Football: M-A tops Los Gatos, 19-10

Isiah Nash scored on runs of 50 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter Friday to carry the Menlo-Atherton Bears (1-1) to its stirring nonleague win over the host Wildcats, 19-10. See other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Monarch spotted in Portola Valley

Anne Hillman of Portola Valley emailed us this photo taken of a monarch butterfly at her home on Saturday. "Look who showed up today on our milkweed!" Anne said in her email. "(S)he's been here all afternoon. I'm totally thrilled. We haven't had any monarchs for years."

September 14, 2013 | 3 comments
Today: Children's Moon Festival

The Parents' Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park is hosting the free annual Children's Moon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Mitchell Park Bowl, 600 E. Meadow Drive in Palo Alto.

September 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Porsche stolen from Portola Valley recovered

A silver Porsche 911S, stolen from a Portola Valley home on Wednesday, was recovered in Belmont later that day, according to deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

September 13, 2013 | 6 comments

September 13, 2013 | 4 comments
Tonight: Nancy Lewis exhibit in Menlo Park

Communication Arts Magazine will host a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, for former Sharon Park Gallery owner Nancy Lewis' exhibition of drawings and assemblages made from common, found and reused materials.

September 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Open space district festival

The public is invited to join the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in celebrating "40 years and over 60,000 acres" of open space preservation at a "Founders' Day Festival" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve.

September 13, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo College names McKinley as baseball coach

Jake McKinley was named the baseball coach at Menlo College, Oaks athletic director Keith Spataro announced Wednesday. He becomes the school's seventh baseball coach since the Oaks transitioned to a four-year college from a junior college. Read this story and see other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Changes in the wrestling department at Menlo College

Joey Bareng was hired as the women's wrestling associate head coach at Menlo College as part of a reorganization of the wrestling program, Oaks' athletic director Keith Spataro announced Thursday. Read this story and see other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Eshoo pledges 'no' vote on Syria strike

Congresswoman doubts effectiveness, fears backlash
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Meno Park, came out Wednesday against U.S. military action in Syria, saying she would prefer a diplomatic solution to address the country's chemical weapons stockpile.

September 12, 2013 | 3 comments
Guest article: Healy takes over at Menlo School

Nathaniel (Than) Healy has taken over as head of school at Menlo School, replacing longtime head Norman Colb, who left Menlo at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, after 20 years at Menlo.

September 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Friday: Menlo Park celebration of the life of John Chaput

A celebration of the life of John Chaput, who died Aug. 31 at his childhood home in Menlo Park, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at St. Raymond Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Service for Mary Ruth Berrett

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, for Mary Ruth Berrett of Menlo Park, who died at home Aug. 29 after a battle against cancer.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
New law protects mountain lions

Animal-control authorities now have a mandate to explore options other than lethal when dealing with mountain lions that visit residential areas but behave in non-threatening ways.

September 13, 2013 | 26 comments
Facebook 2.0

Facebook starts construction on second Menlo Park campus
Facebook recently started construction work on its "west campus," located on Constitution Drive, down the road from its Menlo Park headquarters. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

September 12, 2013 | 1 comment
America's Cup: Oracle drops San Mateo County native from crew

Defending champion Oracle Team USA today dropped a Bay Area native from its sailing crew as the team tries to find a way to come back from a large deficit in the America's Cup Finals, which resumes this afternoon in San Francisco.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Sequoia high school district board studies enrollment options for Ravenswood kids

A thread emerged last night from the tangle of priorities facing the Sequoia Union High School District as the board discussed a jump in enrollment: Fix the problems associated with high-school assignments for eighth-graders from the Ravenswood City Elementary School District.

September 12, 2013 | 101 comments
Tennis: Menlo School, Palo Alto girls roll to easy victories

Wednesday's prep roundup Things are back to normal as the girls' tennis season unfolds, with the Central Coast Section playoffs returning to the four singles, three doubles format this postseason. Read this story and see other sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Caltrans previews Willow-101 interchange redesign

Caltrans will hold an open house tonight (Sept. 12) for the public to provide feedback on the proposed partial cloverleaf redesign of the U.S. 101-Willow Road interchange.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by train in Belmont

A man was struck and killed by southbound train No. 146 near Bragato Road, just north of the San Carlos border in Belmont, at 12:55 p.m. today.

September 11, 2013 | 4 comments
Former CFO sues Menlo College

He says he lost his job after he complained about misuse of funds
A former chief financial officer of Menlo College filed a lawsuit Monday against the college, claiming he was terminated after he complained that the college misused funds in violation of state and federal laws.

September 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: What to do about enrollment growth, particularly at Menlo-Atherton High School

Changes to open-enrollment policies for the Sequoia Union High School District and tentative revisions to the map assigning communities to high schools are set for discussion tonight at 5:30 p.m. at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

September 11, 2013 | 26 comments
Hanretty must pay Woodside School District $2.67 million for misappropriation

Tim Hanretty, the former superintendent of the Portola Valley School District now serving a two-year prison term for embezzlement from that district and other financial crimes, must pay the Woodside Elementary School District about $2.67 million in restitution, a judge has ruled.

September 11, 2013 | 14 comments
Flags mark 9/11

Three hundred and forty-three American flags greeted the morning on the lawns of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District stations today to remember firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac

September 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Today: Mountain Goat Farmers' Market

The Mountain Goat Farmers' Market, Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside, features typical outdoor market fare including organic fruits and vegetables, wild and local seafood, free range eggs, fresh goat cheese, and more.

September 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Running for Jim'

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter will present the documentary "Running for Jim" at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

September 11, 2013 | No comments yet
No criminal charges in San Bruno blast

Local prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges against PG&E for the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, though the U.S. Attorney's Office has another two years to file a criminal case, an assistant district attorney said Tuesday.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton adopts new fees for town services

Some fees will dramatically increase, others will go away or be reduced
In November Atherton residents will see changes in the fees they pay the town for everything from a building permit to getting a copy of a police report. A new fee schedule was approved by the City Council at its Sept. 4 meeting.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Code enforcement gets a boost in Atherton

Although Atherton will continue to cite violators of its city ordinances only when a complaint is received or a public official notices a violation, the town will soon increase the hours of its code-enforcement officer from 12 to 20 hours a week.

September 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Atherton Little League plans face opposition

Last November, in an Atherton election that sharply divided the town, there was one measure on the ballot most voters agreed on: renovation of the Little League baseball facilities in Holbrook-Palmer Park, a measure approved by 75 percent of the voters.

September 10, 2013 | 45 comments
Today: Menlo Park vice mayor holds office hours

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller will hold "office hours" on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 1 p.m. on the patio at the Oasis Beer Garden.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park moves ahead with Cate Fisher memorial

Two years after she died, plans to formally remember Menlo Park gymnastics instructor Cate Fisher on the grounds of the center where she loved to teach are finally underway, according to city staff.

September 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park housing plan workshop

If you missed your chance to get in on the housing plan action in Menlo Park during the last update, you've got another opportunity tonight (Sept. 10).

September 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Town weighs redwood-planting guidelines

Redwood trees don't do well in dry upland areas, and the Town Council in Portola Valley, a town with plenty of dry upland, will be considering new guidelines for where and where not to plant redwoods at its Wednesday, Sept. 11, meeting.

September 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Will bike-sharing work on the Peninsula?

Getting around on the crowded streets of downtown Redwood City could be easier and less stressful with the recent launch of Bay Area Bike Share. The pilot program, set to run over the next year or two, will test the popularity and practicality of some 700 green and blue rental bikes installed along the Peninsula.

September 16, 2013 | 8 comments
Three vehicles burglarized near Alpine Inn

Police calls from Portola Valley, Atherton and Menlo Park.

September 10, 2013 | 3 comments
No U.S. bombing in Syria, protestors say

A street protest over a White House proposal to bomb government installations in Syria in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons came to Menlo Park Monday, Sept. 9, on El Camino Real outside Cafe Borrone.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Women Writing Their Lives' at Kepler's

U.C. Davis Professor Judith Newton and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Linda Joy Myers, discuss their personal writing journeys on Thursday.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School gets a "Friday Night Lights" experience

The big-screen movie "Friday Night Lights" from 2004 shined a big spotlight on high school football in Texas. That was followed by a long-running and popular television series by the same name. The Menlo School football team got a chance to be a part of that real-life experience last weekend. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park kicks off specific plan review

Developers wait to see if rules will change
The Greenheart Land Company said it waited for Menlo Park's new specific plan before moving forward with a project for 1300 El Camino Realand the former Derry project site. Then Menlo Park decided to review the specific plan, starting with the Planning Commission on Monday night.

September 10, 2013 | 39 comments
JobTrain enters new era

Menlo Park nonprofit has helped thousands land jobs
Bells ringing in the workplace: Fire alarm? Stock exchange closing? If you're at JobTrain, that sound means someone got a job, and everyone spills into the hallways to celebrate.

September 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside tonight: Reducing speed limit on Harcross Road; seismic upgrade for library

After its August summer recess, the Woodside Town Council returns on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to discuss lowering the speed limit by 5 mph on a short section of Harcross Road between Fernside Street and the Adelante Spanish Immersion School.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park commission reviews downtown/El Camino Real specific plan

Tonight, the Menlo Park Planning Commission kicks off the city's review of its new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.
Click here to watch the meeting live online. It starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

September 9, 2013 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Below-market-rate house goes on market

A house at 25 Riordan Place that was formerly part of Menlo Park's below-market-rate inventory went up for sale on Sept. 7 at market rate.

September 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Prep football: SHP rolls to 48-0 win

The Sacred Heart Prep defense allowed only 71 total yards to lead the Gators to a 48-0 home-opening football win against visiting Branham in a nonleague game Friday. In other action, Menlo-Atherton lost to Campolindo, 38-21. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Community holds party at Belle Haven Pool

A picture-perfect poolside party was held at the Belle Haven Pool in Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, designed to make the community more aware of pool programs and activities.

September 8, 2013 | 2 comments
High-speed-rail 'safeguard' bill signed into law

Senate Bill 557 gives Bay Area agencies veto power over four-track alignment
Legislation spearheaded by state Sen. Jerry Hill that makes it next to impossible for the California High-Speed Rail Authority to build a four-track rail system on the Peninsula was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 8, 2013 | 7 comments
Presidential visits: Atherton plans to charge hosts for costs of extra police protection

Here's a heads-up for Atherton residents: If you plan to host a fundraiser for Paul Ryan, Hillary Clinton or any other future presidential contender, the town plans to charge you if the town provides extra police protection, closes down streets, or otherwise spends public money in connection with your event.

September 6, 2013 | 6 comments
'Spare the Air Day' Saturday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has designated Saturday, Sept. 7, a "Spare the Air Day."

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Public Safety memorial service

The 12th annual San Mateo County Public Safety memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Cunningham Memorial Chapel at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Grass fire 'knocked down' near Webb Ranch

Firefighters from San Mateo County and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have "knocked down" a grass fire at 2720 Alpine Road, a location in the vicinity of the Webb Ranch fruit and vegetable stand near the Interstate 280 interchange.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo teams get the best of their M-A rivals

Thursday's prep roundup: The Menlo School boys' water polo team and girls' volleyball squad opened their respective seasons in a big way on Thursday as both took the measure of defending championship teams from Menlo-Atherton. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Portola Valley docent talk on Larry Ellison exhibit at Asian Art Museum

This docent lecture on the Asian Art Museum exhibit, "In the Moment," Japanese art from the Larry Ellison Collection, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

September 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's in Menlo Park: Swap books

Kepler's will present the "World Literature Edition" of a book swap on Saturday, Sept. 7, at its bookstore at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Guests will mingle over drinks and "munchies" at 6:30 p.m., with book discussions starting at 7 p.m.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Sept. 12: Housing element workshop

Menlo Park's "housing element" has made the news all year, but what exactly is a housing element? The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County is hosting a workshop on Thursday, Sept. 12, to answer that question.

September 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Removed barrier frees steelhead to migrate

Representatives of federal, state and local agencies on Thursday announced the elimination of a 105-year-old barrier in a creek between Palo Alto and Menlo Park to allow endangered steelhead trout to migrate upstream from San Francisco Bay.

September 6, 2013 | 6 comments
Sunday: Belle Haven Pool celebration

Belle Haven Pool will host the Menlo Masters and the Belle Haven aquatic community for a Menlo United celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.

September 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Kiwanis 'Summer Fest' in Menlo Park

The Sunset Room and Terrace at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park will be the setting Saturday, Sept. 7, for "Summer Fest," a fundraiser for the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club's many charities.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
For Priory girls volleyball, it will be a numbers game

Priory girls' volleyball coach Dustin Moore showed up for the first day of practice a few weeks ago and was underwhelmed by the turnout. He had just six players. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday and Saturday: Atherton art show in park

Twenty-four artists from Atherton and Silicon Valley will display their paintings, watercolors, sculpture and photography at Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton on Friday and Saturday.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Seminar series on living a healthy life

Dr. Walter Bortz, author of "Dare to be 100: 99 Steps to a Long, Healthy Life," will lead this four-week seminar series on health, life and aging well.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Beechwood School breaks ground

The past 12 months have been a challenging time for Beechwood School, a private Belle Haven facility for grades K-8, as it overcame a fire that destroyed a third-grade classroom and the administration department last year.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Apple opens new Stanford store

After two years of blithe "no comment" from Apple, the tech company is finally acknowledging what has long been apparent to all -- it built a new store at Stanford Shopping Center.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
2013 high school football schedules

Friday's games
Woodside at Dublin, 7 p.m.
Branham at Sacred Heart Prep, 4:15 p.m.
Campolindo at Menlo-Atherton, 7 p.m.

September 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Chinese homebuyers hone in on Palo Alto

Even high-end properties are less expensive than in home country, Realtors say
Mei Wu spent several weekends this summer checking out Palo Alto properties, but so far she hasn't located her dream home.

October 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park cops post stolen-bike photos online

Mug shots of lost or stolen bicycles recovered by the Menlo Park Police Department will be on the web soon.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside superintendent's pay to top $200,000

Beth Polito's contract as superintendent/principal of the Woodside Elementary School District has been renewed for three more years at a salary that will make her the highest paid superintendent of any similar local district.

September 5, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park police creating database of private security cameras

In an effort to help figure out where to install up to four surveillance cameras of its own, the Menlo Park Police Department is creating a database of locations that already have private cameras.

September 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook starts building second Menlo Park campus

Facebook has broken ground on its second campus in Menlo Park, which was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry to resemble an "office in a forest."

September 4, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park sets study session on binding arbitration in police disciplinary appeals

Council will look at other ways of handling the appeals
The fight to end binding arbitration in Menlo Park is not over. While the council voted 4-1 to approve a new contract with a police union that makes only slight changes to the process, it also agreed to consider alternative ways of handling disciplinary appeals.

September 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: Chef gives grilling tips at Portola Valley farmers' market

Portola Valley chef Laura Stec will teach grilling tips at the Portola Valley farmers' market from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

September 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Roger Reynolds Nursery closes after 97 years

After 97 years in the same location in Menlo Park, Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop "has closed its doors for the last time," owner Sally Halstead said Tuesday.

September 4, 2013 | 25 comments
Award-winning ad man, Maxwell Arnold, dies

Maxwell "Bud" Arnold, who produced groundbreaking ads for John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, died May 24 at Stanford Medical Center at the age of 94. He was a 50-year resident of Ladera.

September 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Nak's Oriental Market to stay open

Good news. Nak's Oriental Market — Menlo Park's last downtown mom-and-pop grocery store — will stay in business.

September 4, 2013 | 8 comments
Guest article: CDC says Lyme disease is much bigger risk than previously thought

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that Lyme disease is a much more significant health risk than previously thought, with as many as 300,000 new cases each year.

September 3, 2013 | 1 comment
Tuesday: Menlo Park talk on genomics, personalized medicine

Dr. Michael Snyder, chair of genetics in the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford University, will give a talk in Menlo Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, on the impact of genome sequencing in the treatment of disease and in everyday care of healthy people.

September 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Eshoo and Lofgren seek more answers before Syria vote

Congresswomen issue joint letter seeking information about impacts of possible strike
With the U.S. Congress preparing to debate a military strike at Syria, Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, have co-authored a letter laying out the major questions that they say must be answered before they make a decision.

September 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Tennis: Menlo School busy at regionals

Current members of the Menlo School boys' and girls' tennis teams were busy at their respective USTA regionals held over the weekend at Alpine Hills Tennis & Swim Club and at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 3, 2013 | No comments yet
New interim Menlo Park fire chief appointed

Daniel Belville moves into lead position
As Chief Harold Schapelhouman continues to recuperate, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board has appointed Daniel Belville to serve as interim chief.

September 3, 2013 | 8 comments
Wednesday: Slocum, Ohtaki hold office hours

For those who would like to bring a few things to the county's (or city's) attention, San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum and Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki will hold "office hours" on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

September 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Two wounded in Saturday night shooting

Two people, including a Menlo Park man, were injured in a shooting in East Palo Alto on Saturday night, according to police.

September 1, 2013 | 2 comments
Firefighters knock down fire near Portola Valley

A small carport with unoccupied living quarters above it at 230 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods is now uninhabitable and a total loss after a two-alarm fire destroyed it Sunday morning, firefighters said.

September 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday: Caltrain, SamTrans on Sunday schedule

SamTrans and Caltrain will operate on Labor day, Sept. 2, under a Sunday schedule.

September 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Closed Circuit'

(Two stars)
You've seen worse than the new legal thriller "Closed Circuit," but you've also seen a lot better. Despite breathless proclamations about "the biggest, most high-profile murder case in British history" and timely trappings of closely held government secrets threatening to come to light, it all turns out to be rather boilerplate.

August 31, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Michael Svanevik class on 'Influential Families'

Historian Michael Svanevik will conduct a class about local history, "Influential Families of San Francisco & the Peninsula," on Wednesdays from Sept. 4 through Oct. 30 at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park.

September 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Local philanthropists help bring ancient artifact to Asian Art Museum

A small ancient artifact that some historians call "the first bill of human rights" is now on exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, with critical support by the Iranian American community and a prominent Atherton couple.

September 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton: Hosts of Obama visit may be off the hook for extra police, public works costs

Council meets Sept. 4 to discuss special events policy, Little League ballfield
The town of Atherton is likely to drop its efforts to require two Atherton couples who hosted fundraising events for President Obama to pay the town's costs of providing extra police and public works services for the April events.

September 3, 2013 | 34 comments
Tuesday at Kepler's in Menlo Park: Author talks on 'Business Solution to Poverty'

Mal Warwick will discuss his new book, "The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: A boy's life in Portola Valley

Ed Jelich visits his old home and recalls the times of his youth
There was a time in Portola Valley when civility regularly took a holiday, when Sunday, a day of rest and worship, also meant fisticuffs.

September 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside: Thieves raid car with dog inside

Police calls from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Atherton and Menlo Park.

September 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley welcomes native species

In a conscious echo of Woodside's 2011 launch of a Backyard Habitat program to encourage residents to create wildlife corridors by welcoming native plants and animals to their yards, the town of Portola Valley has begun its own program.

September 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hot food at farmers' market

Council's green light will allow rotisserie chicken and tamales.
As Portola Valley's Thursday afternoon farmers' market heads into its first fall season, an expansion is coming: the market manager now has the discretion to include a limited selection of hot, ready-to-eat food, including rotisserie chicken.

September 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Woman killed by train ID'd as Stanford professor

Palo Alto resident had founded Mexican dance nonprofit
The Santa Clara County Coroner's office has identified the woman who was struck and killed by a train the morning of Aug. 29 as Susan Cashion, 70, a Palo Alto resident and former professor at Stanford.

August 30, 2013 | 1 comment
Ruling sparks hope for high-speed-rail critics

Kings County lawsuit raises new hurdle for rail authority
A fresh verdict from a Sacramento County judge threatens the one source of money that high-speed-rail officials felt was a sure thing — the $9 billion in state funds that state voters approved for the $68 billion project in November 2008, when the price tag of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles system was pegged at $45 billion.

August 30, 2013 | 4 comments
Five deputies honored for bravery

Five members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were commended at a ceremony in Redwood City on Thursday morning for showing heroism in two incidents.

August 30, 2013 | 5 comments
Police find truck driver at fault in collision that killed cyclist Amelie Le Moullac

San Francisco's police chief said on Aug. 29 that a big-rig driver has been found at fault in a collision that killed bicyclist Amelie Le Moullac, 24, in the city's South of Market neighborhood on Aug. 14. She was a graduate of Menlo School.

August 29, 2013 | 5 comments
September arraignment set for man accused in Portola Valley incidents

A 21-year-old Palo Alto man arrested in Portola Valley in April in connection with a series of incidents, including assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, auto burglary and reckless driving, now has a court date to respond to these charges.

August 29, 2013 | 2 comments
Wednesday: SamTrans hearing on bus fares

SamTrans wants to know what you think lowering the price of bus day passes. It will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

September 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two appointed to transportation commission

Bicycle commissioner Michael Meyer has now joined the Menlo Park Transportation Commission, and incumbent Penelope Huang has been reappointed.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Train strikes, kills woman in Palo Alto

Passengers on southbound train 210 uninjured
An elderly woman was struck and killed by a train at 7:35 a.m. today at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto, Caltrain said.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Train strikes, kills pedestrian in Palo Alto

A southbound train struck and killed a pedestrian on the tracks at Charleston Road in Palo Alto at 7:35 this morning, Caltrain reports.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Train strikes person at Charleston Road

A person was struck by a train at 7:35 a.m. today at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto, Caltrain officials have announced. Trains in the area have been stopped.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man shot in traffic altercation

Police arrested a 21-year-old Menlo Park man Wednesday after a shooting during a traffic altercation in the 1200 block of Willow Road in Menlo Park, police said.

August 29, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Shooting victim taken to hospital

Police suspect the shooting was gang-related
Police said they suspect that a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of Hamilton Avenue in Menlo Park was gang-related.

August 28, 2013 | No comments yet
County has 66 firefighters at Yosemite fire

The firefighting crews battling the huge forest fire burning into Yosemite National Park include 66 firefighters from San Mateo County.

August 28, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park to start Stanford project traffic study

Project changes a 'good starting point'
The Menlo Park City Council subcommittee on the Stanford Arrillaga project has finished its work, but it's still only a good starting point, the council noted on Tuesday night (Aug. 27).

August 28, 2013 | 12 comments
Menlo-Atherton grads return to help Oaks continue success

Menlo College men's soccer: Menlo-Atherton grads Christian Abrego and Enrique Ortiz hope to help continue the run of success enjoyed by the Menlo College men's soccer program the past two years. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Thefts, burglaries prompt warning

The Atherton Police Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and the doors and windows of their homes on the heels of a series of thefts and burglaries in the northwest area of town.

August 28, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park votes to keep red-light cameras

City will add fifth camera at Chilco and Bayfront
Breaking away from a trend of cities canceling red-light camera programs, the Menlo Park City Council decided on Tuesday (Aug. 27) to renew the town's contract and add a fifth red-light camera.

August 28, 2013 | 32 comments
La Honda Road reopened after blockage

Crews worked to clear La Honda Road (Highway 84) in Woodside, which became impassable in both directions at about 8:40 a.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 27) when a fallen tree and a mud slide blocked the road near the intersection with Portola Road, emergency services authorities said.

August 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council subcommittee reports on Stanford project

Subcommittee presents findings
A Menlo Park council subcommittee will deliver its report on the Stanford Arrillaga project tonight (Aug. 27). Watch the meeting online here.

August 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Voters to be able to verify mail ballot counted

Ever wonder whether that ballot you dropped in the mail actually counted in an election? Thanks to Senate Bill 589, which is on its way to the governor's desk for a signature, an end to the wondering is at hand.

August 27, 2013 | 4 comments
Should Menlo Park change council elections?

Councilman wants to explore three-district, two at-large model
Menlo Park, like most cities of similar size, elects at-large council members -- in this case, five -- that represent the entire city. But Vice Mayor Ray Mueller, serving his first term on the council, is wondering whether that leaves some areas of the community under-represented.

August 27, 2013 | 12 comments
Two die when SUV plunges off 100-foot drop

Two people died Monday evening (Aug. 26) when their SUV plunged 100 feet off of Interstate 280 outside of Burlingame, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Former child psychiatrist sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting boys

A former San Mateo psychiatrist did not flinch when a San Mateo Superior Court judge sentenced him Monday (Aug. 26) to eight years in state prison for molesting boys who were patients of his in the 1990s.

August 26, 2013 | 7 comments
Menlo Park today: 'Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley'

Robin Chapman, author of the new book, "California Apricots: the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley," will explore the history of California apricot orchards, which long dominated life in the Santa Clara Valley, at a talk at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's

Author and futurist Alex Pang will discuss and sign his new book, "The Distraction Addiction," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Admission is free.

August 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Schools: New superintendent shares her history, plans

Gloria Hernandez aims to build on strength of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood district
Although she's the U.S.-born daughter of a U.S.-born Air Force employee, Gloria Hernandez — the new superintendent of Ravenswood City School District — spoke Spanish at home throughout her childhood.

August 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Sports: M-A grad helps U.S. boat advance at championships

Menlo-Atherton High grad Seth Weil helped the United States men's four boat recover from an early slip to win its heat on the first day of racing of the World Rowing Championships at the Tangeum International Regatta Course in Chungju, South Korea on Sunday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Veteran now considered competent to stand trial over Woodside shovel attack

Milo Mcintosh Imrie, a former Marine infantryman in Afghanistan, is now competent to stand trial in connection with a December 2012 incident in Woodside that led to charges of assault with a deadly weapon (a shovel) and attempting to disarm a police officer, San Mateo County prosecutors say.

August 26, 2013 | 1 comment
High schools move to Common Core standards

The new school year opens at Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high schools with changes. Some are subtle but significant, and others may simply be welcomed.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley meets on food trucks

On what occasions are food trucks allowed to park and open their shutters to customers in Portola Valley? The Town Council, which will consider this question at its Wednesday, Aug. 28, meeting, has all but ruled out the weekly farmers' market on Thursday afternoons as a venue for food trucks.

August 28, 2013 | 4 comments
Comment sought on rehabbing Alpine Road trail

Repaving and creek-bank reinforcement are under consideration for the aged and poorly maintained trail that follows the path of Alpine Road and Los Trancos Creek between Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

August 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Recycling authority launches new website

What do a box of chicken soup, a broken tea cup and a potato chip bag have in common? If you think you've mastered which items should be recycled, composted and tossed in the garbage can, a surprise or two may be awaiting you at the website of RethinkWaste.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park panel meets on housing plan

Granny units, homeless shelter and workshop on agenda
The last round of meetings for updating the city's housing plan has barely ended, but Menlo Park is now embarking upon the next round to keep up with the state's housing compliance regulations.

August 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Commission to review specific plan

Review on Sept. 9 agenda
Those demanding that Menlo Park review the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan can take heart -- the Planning Commission has scheduled a review for Sept. 9.

August 26, 2013 | 43 comments
Menlo Park OKs action plan for Belle Haven

Council approves next phase of Belle Haven engagement
Consultants came, surveyed, researched and questioned some more, and now they have formulated an action plan designed to increase Belle Haven's community engagement and address the neighborhood's priorities as far as education, crime and traffic.

August 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Rim fire grows to 133,000 acres; San Francisco Bay Area water, power supply remain safe

The Bay Area's supply of water and electricity remained safe on Sunday as a forest fire continued to burn out of control near Yosemite National Park and the Hetch Hetchy water source, fire and utility officials said.

August 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

In the early 1900s (the photo is undated), Leon and Victoria Douglass pose on a ship bound for Europe with four of their six children. The Douglass family lived on an Atherton estate off Valparaiso Road that is now the site of Menlo School. Leon Douglass was a pioneer in the world of recorded sound and color motion pictures. Photo courtesy, Atherton Heritage Association.

August 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Deadly limo fire ruled accidental

Authorities announced Aug. 19 that a mechanical problem was the cause of a fire that killed five women in a limousine on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in May and that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the tragedy.

August 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Yellow fever mosquito found in Menlo Park

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Friday that it found a yellow fever mosquito this week at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Yellow fever mosquito found in Menlo Park, officials confirm

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Friday that it found a yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) this week at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Exploring San Francisco Bay marshlands

Environmental Volunteers is launching free guided canoe trips for 30 people, offering an opportunity to explore and learn about the marshlands of the San Francisco Bay.

August 26, 2013 | No comments yet
The Almanac's Readers' Choice 2013 winners

Readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services
Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops and services in the 2013 Readers' Choice poll. Photo: Studio Rincon wins for favorite fitness and yoga classes.

August 28, 2013 | 5 comments
Today: Menlo Park teen organizes music festival

Four teen bands will perform on Sept. 7
Steffan Salas, a Menlo Park resident and a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, has once again organized a free teen-band music festival that will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

September 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday at Kepler's: Patricia Polacco

Picture-book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco will discuss her new book, "The Blessing Cup," at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

August 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside School hosts bond measure meetings

Residents of the Woodside Elementary School District who want to know more about the district's facilities plans and funding needs can learn about them during meetings scheduled for today Wednesday (Aug. 28) and in September.

August 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Back to School: K-8 schools making transition to Common Core standards

As students at local K-8 public schools return to the classroom this month, their teachers and school administrators will continue pushing on toward the finishing line in implementing what's known as Common Core standards in anticipation of the state's first assessment test on the standards in spring 2015.

August 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Parcel tax opponents miss deadline

There will be no ballot argument against Atherton's parcel tax renewal measure in November -- but not for lack of trying on the part of several civic-minded residents, including former mayor Kathy McKeithen, who want assurances that tax proceeds won't enable the town to overpay its police officers.

August 23, 2013 | 35 comments
Portola Valley: Mountain lion report at Sequoias

Someone reported spotting a mountain lion in a parking lot at The Sequoias in Portola Valley on Wednesday night, San Mateo County emergency officials said.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday/Sunday: 'Macbeth' in the park

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will give free performances of "Macbeth" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, on the Sequoia High School campus, 1201 Brewster Ave. in Redwood City.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Woodside: Workshop on Skype

The Woodside Library hosts a free workshop on "Skype: Online Video Conferencing" from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Police identify 19-year-old shooting victim

A 19-year-old man who was shot and killed in East Palo Alto on Tuesday night has been identified by the San Mateo County coroner's office as Fremont resident Raymond Lewin-Phipps.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Father charged in November car-crash tragedy

Two daughters died after Lexus rolled over and struck a police car
A father has been charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after a November roll-over crash on U.S. 101 at Embarcadero Road killed two of his daughters and severely injured a CHP officer.

August 23, 2013 | 2 comments
Tennis: Tursunov reaches his 3rd straight ATP Tour quarterfinal

Former Menlo School tennis star Dmitry Tursunov downed Alex Bogomolov, Jr., 6-3, 7-5, in the third round of the Winston Salem Open being played at Wake Forest University on Wednesday.Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Caltrain parking fees increase

The daily parking fee at Caltrain stations will rise to $5, with the monthly fees at $50, starting Sept. 1.

August 22, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Roxy Rapp chases down alleged thief

The real estate business lends itself to financial rather than criminal excitement, or at least it's supposed to. But a Menlo Park developer and his son found themselves chasing a thief through the streets on Aug. 15.

August 22, 2013 | 5 comments
Crews resurface section of La Honda Road

Work crews are to begin resurfacing a nine-mile section of La Honda Road (Highway 84) between Friars Lane and Pescadero Road starting on Monday, Aug. 26.

August 23, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight in Portola Valley: Free concert on the lawn

The band Dutch Uncle will perform American rock and blues from the 1960s through the 1980s at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Student spends month as research scientist

Summer is a time when many kids take a break from homework, relax by the pool and hang out with friends. For Portola Valley native and rising senior Amanda Barth, summer included an intense educational experience.

August 30, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto shooting kills 19-year-old man

Victim succumbs to injuries after being found shot in vehicle
A 19-year-old man succumbed to his injuries after he was shot while in a vehicle in East Palo Alto late Tuesday night, police said.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight in Portola Valley: Fright night screening

The Portola Valley teen committee is hosting the outdoor screening of "Scary Movie 3" at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
McGovern leaves Menlo College baseball for West Hills

Stefan McGovern announced his resignation as Menlo College baseball coach on Monday and is accepting the head coaching position at West Hills College in Coalinga. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Armed man robs 7-Eleven on Oak Grove Avenue

An armed man got away with an unknown amount of cash and a carton of cigarettes in a robbery of the 7-Eleven at the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and Alma Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Aug. 20.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Red-light camera debate continued to Aug. 27

Council asks for more data, better terms
Faced with a clock ticking past midnight and a still-lengthy agenda, the Menlo Park City Council opted on Tuesday to continue the discussion of whether to cancel or expand the city's red-light camera program to its next meeting, on Aug. 27.

August 21, 2013 | 13 comments
Menlo Park council approves Louise Street abandonment

Neighbors agree to indemnify city against potential lawsuit
The fight over Louise Street may head to the courts, which is where some Menlo Park City Council members appear to think it now belongs after efforts at compromise collapsed.

August 20, 2013 | 33 comments
Correction in Menlo Gateway story in paper

A story in the print edition of the Almanac's Aug. 21 issue erred in reporting that Bohannon Development Co. had arranged financing to build a hotel, a key part of the Menlo Gateway office-hotel complex. The company says it has not secured financing for the hotel. The Almanac regrets this error.

August 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Talk on human-machine interaction

The long-standing question of human-machine interaction and how it will evolve is the topic for a panel discussion and forum starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at SRI International at 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: North Fair Oaks Community Festival

The North Fair Oaks Community Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, on Middlefield Road in Redwood City, between 1st and 5th avenues.

August 21, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton council meeting canceled

The town of Atherton has canceled the City Council's Aug. 21 meeting due to the lack of a quorum, City Clerk Theresa DellaSanta announced Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 | 3 comments
JobTrain welcomes new director

After 39 years, local nonprofit JobTrain will have a new director at the helm. It announced that Nora Sobolov will take a position as executive director starting Sept. 3.

August 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Tennis: Tursunov, ranked 35th, begins play at Winston Salem Open

Tennis roundup: Dmitry Tursunov, who spent his freshman year at Menlo School, parlayed a solid showing in Cincinnati last week into a No. 35 ranking this week as he prepares for his first match at the Winston Salem Open on Tuesday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook donates laptops to Menlo Park schools

Ravenswood City School District partners with social media company
Some eighth-graders in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto will go back to school with new laptops, courtesy of Facebook.

August 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No memorial yet for young gymnastics instructor

Cate Fisher, 19, was shot and killed two years ago
There's no sign of 19-year-old Cate Fisher on the premises of Menlo Park's gymnastics center, where she taught for nearly three years until her death in 2011, and residents are asking why.

August 20, 2013 | 14 comments
Kings Mountain Art Fair celebrates 50 years

For 50 years now, every Labor Day weekend, a transformation occurs in the redwood forest in the hills above Woodside.

August 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday in Atherton: Menlo School recital

The Menlo School Orchestra and Chamber Music program presents Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster for the San Francisco Symphony, and Alona Tsoi on violin, with Era Lifschitz on piano, in recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Stent Hall, on the Menlo School campus in Atherton.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Distraction subtraction

Local author offers insights on reducing distraction and regaining focus in an increasingly connected world
What does your smartphone have in common with a 4-year-old child? "When they want your attention, they want it right now. They don't distinguish between what's really important and what can wait," author (and smartphone-owner) Alex Soojung-Kim Pang observes.

August 22, 2013 | 5 comments
Guest opinion: Hillview subcontractor did not follow architect's specifications

The reconstruction of the Hillview Middle School field and its replacement is not a small matter to the Menlo Park City School District. The district is fully aware of the impact to students and community and is working hard to remedy the problem.

August 22, 2013 | 5 comments
Menlo Gateway project moves ahead

Bohannon prepares site for hotel
Correction: A story in the print edition of the Almanac's Aug. 21 issue erred in reporting that Bohannon Development Co. had arranged financing to build a hotel, a key part of the Menlo Gateway office-hotel complex. The company says it has not secured financing for the hotel. The Almanac regrets this error.

August 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls: Hit-and-run leads to arrests

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

August 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Applicants sought for school board seat

The Las Lomitas School District is seeking applicants for an open school board seat after board member Ann Jaquith turned in her resignation last week.

August 19, 2013 | No comments yet
TechShop in Menlo Park faces eviction

TechShop, the do-it-yourself haven in Menlo Park's industrial zone that, since opening in 2006, has expanded around the country, is facing eviction.

August 19, 2013 | 9 comments
Update: Memorial service for Amélie Le Moullac

A memorial service took place Aug. 22 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto for Amélie Le Moullac, the 24-year-old Menlo School grad who was killed while riding her bike in San Francisco.

August 19, 2013 | 2 comments
Tuesday: 'Bay Area Backroads' talk

Doug McConnell, the host of the "Bay Area Backroads" television program that ran from 1993 to 2009 on KRON-TV, will share his adventures discovering Bay Area places and people and give tips on local places to explore at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

August 19, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Should Menlo Park stop or expand its red-light camera program?

City to consider expanding or closing program
Should Menlo Park add a fifth red-light camera, or shutter the program altogether? That question comes before the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 20, as officials weigh whether to approve a five-year, $1.7 million contract with Redflex, which operates the cameras.

August 19, 2013 | 25 comments
Nearly 500 ride in Tour de Menlo

Nearly 500 riders took part in Tour de Menlo on Saturday, riding over three routes from Belmont to Cupertino.

August 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: 'Spare the Air' alert

A "Spare the Air" alert has been issued for the Bay Area on Sunday, Aug. 18, due to higher temperatures and unhealthy pollution levels, air quality officials said.

August 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Jobs'

(Two-and-a-half stars)
This biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs gets the look right in design and casting. But even Jobs, a dedicated aesthete, knew looks weren't everything. -Peter Canavese

August 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Judge: Rail authority's funding plan violated law

Sacramento decision deals legal setback for $68 billion high-speed rail
The California High-Speed Rail Authority violated state law and "abused its discretion" in proceeding with the controversial San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train system without first identifying the funding sources for the line's first usable segment, a Sacramento Superior Court judge wrote in a Friday decision.

August 17, 2013 | 3 comments
A page from our history

In the 1800s, most of the redwood trees were cut and taken down from the hills through what is now Portola Valley and Woodside, to ultimately be used in construction of the growing city of San Francisco. == Courtesy San Mateo County History Museum.==

August 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Contested elections ahead for Portola Valley council and high school and college districts

With the close of the candidate filing period on Aug. 15, contested elections are ahead for the Town Council in Portola Valley, for the school boards in the Sequoia Union High School District and San Mateo County Community College District, and for the board of the Los Trancos County Water District.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside Farmers' Market

The Woodside Farmers' Market is held Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at Woodside Elementary School at 3195 Woodside Road in Woodside.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Developer Sam Sinnott asks for police presence at City Council meeting

Louise Street issue returns to Aug. 20 agenda
Menlo Park council meetings are generally noted for a lack of physical, if not verbal, violence, but developer Sam Sinnott seems worried that may change on Aug. 20.

August 16, 2013 | 42 comments
Sunday in Portola Valley: Jazz and wine

Portola Vineyards' concert series continues with the contemporary Brasilian, Caribbean and Latin jazz of Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina on Sunday night, Aug. 18.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tennis: Tursunov advances in U.S. Open playoffs

Menlo School product and former Central Coast Section singles champion Dmitry Tursunov reached the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati with a 6-2, 6-4 upset over fourth-ranked David Ferrer of Spain on Thursday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: $100,000 in jewels reported stolen

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are reporting a theft from a Greer Road residence in Woodside of about 10 pieces of jewelry with an estimated value of more than $100,000.

August 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Emerald Hills: Report of mountain lion sighting

Someone reported seeing a mountain lion in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of unincorporated San Mateo County early Friday morning (Aug. 16), county emergency officials said.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Warren Slocum guest opinion: Housing donors needed for victims of Redwood City fire

Imagine how you would feel if you and your family lost everything in a fire and you couldn't find a new place to live?

August 16, 2013 | 7 comments
Menlo grad dies when truck strikes her bike

A bicyclist who was struck and killed by a semi truck in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood Wednesday morning has been identified by the medical examiner's office as 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac.

August 15, 2013 | 4 comments
Portola Valley tonight: Secrets for controlling energy use in larger homes

A free in-person class and webinar on the "Secrets for Controlling Energy Use in Larger Homes" will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Community Hall at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Tennis: Former CCS champ Tursunov advances in Western and Southern Open

Menlo School product Dmitry Tursunov defeated American James Blake, 6-4, 6-4, in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside School: 4 candidates for 3 seats

Two incumbents and two challengers will campaign for three open seats on the Woodside Elementary School District board, according to the county's final election roster.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: No race for school district election

Three candidates for three open seats
The Portola Valley School District board has three open seats, and three candidates, according to the county's final election roster.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Carpenter leaps into Menlo Park fire board race

Five campaigning for three open seats
Peter Carpenter, no stranger to the Menlo Park fire district board of directors, decided to enter this year's election with barely 24 hours to spare before the filing deadline.

August 15, 2013 | 16 comments
Woodside: Bella Vista restaurant closes

The neon martini glass sign is dark. The jukebox in the bar is silent. The Bella Vista restaurant, known by generations for its dazzling view of the city lights below, closed on Aug. 10.

August 15, 2013 | 17 comments
Fire destroys remote Baylands boat house at Cooley Landing

A boat house at Cooley Landing in East Palo Alto, caught fire on Monday night, bringing four fire engines and two battalion chiefs to squelch the blaze in the remote Baylands.

August 14, 2013 | No comments yet
News of local college grads

News about three recent college graduates from Menlo Park.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Police identify victim in stabbing

Police have identified the woman who was found stabbed to death in an East Palo Alto apartment as 47-year-old Philomena Ashford-Anderson, according to an East Palo Alto police press release.

August 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Sports: Bosco has two hits in all-star game

Menlo College grad Jimmy Bosco singled and doubled in his two at bats during the New York-Penn League All-Star game Tuesday night at Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. ■ Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire election: Incumbent not running

Filing deadline extended
Stephen Nachtsheim, a Menlo Park fire district board member since 2009, has decided not to seek re-election this year, leaving the filing deadline for prospective candidates open through Wednesday.

August 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Battle heats up over Stanford's proposed mixed-use project on El Camino

Stanford conducts phone poll as opposition raises funds for lawyers
Even as Stanford confirms that it has agreed to make changes to its proposed eight-acre complex on El Camino Real, according to a university spokesperson, Menlo Park residents report that the university has conducted a telephone poll to gauge support for the project and a grassroots coalition has raised thousands of dollars to pay for lawyers to fight the development.

August 14, 2013 | 63 comments
Shelter dogs graduate with help from inmates

Four Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA shelter dogs once burdened with "questionable adoption potential" graduated from an 8-week training program staffed by minimum security inmates at the Redwood City jail.

August 16, 2013 | 1 comment
InnVision to expand services for homeless female veterans

InnVision received a $35,000 grant to help women who served in the military but now find themselves homeless.

August 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook exec joins open space trust

The Peninsula Open Space Trust has added Andrew Bosworth to its board of directors. Mr. Bosworth, director of advertising, participated in 4-H as a child and counts a long line of farmers and ranchers among his ancestors, according to POST.

August 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Former Menlo star advances at ATP tennis tournament

Pro tennis roundup
Menlo School product Dmitry Tursunov used 13 service aces, six in the crucial second set, to beat Martin Klizan in the first round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Monday. Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may keep binding arbitration for police misconduct cases

Proposed contract reduces pension benefits for new police employees
A proposed contract with the police sergeants union eases Menlo Park's retirement obligations for new employees. But the more some things change, the more they stay the same: The city opted to keep binding arbitration for police misconduct cases.

August 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Today: 'Victorian Days' at Old Courthouse

A Victorian tea will highlight "Victorian Days," to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the San Mateo County History Museum in the Old Courthouse, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

August 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Firefighters hold chili cook-off

San Mateo County Firefighters will hold their fifth annual chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at San Mateo's Central Park, located at 50 E. Fifth Ave. in San Mateo.

August 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park distraction zone

Construction workers oversee irrigation pipeline replacement along Santa Cruz Avenue at Evelyn Street in Menlo Park on Aug. 9.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Helping 'Dreamers' build their futures

"I Have a Dream" is a national program whose Belle Haven/East Palo Alto chapter "adopted" an entire class of first-graders back in 2001.

August 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Feature story: Steeped in coffee

Menlo Park resident turns passion for coffee into a business
You could say Oscar Nunez, the proprietor of High Note coffee, has coffee in his blood. "Coffee has always had a place in my life," says Mr. Nunez, who now lives in Menlo Park and imports and roasts the beans and sells them at farmers' markets in Woodside, Portola Valley, Daly City, San Carlos and Palo Alto.

August 19, 2013 | 2 comments
Police calls: Dog bites cyclist on Cloud Avenue

Crime reports from West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

August 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Ride home turns into rescue

A life may have been saved on Sunday, July 21, after a cycling incident outside the Horse Park at Woodside, the equestrian facility at the corner of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads.

August 14, 2013 | 4 comments
Election updates for Portola Valley, Woodside

Updates for the Portola Valley and Woodside town councils, plus the high school and community college districts, the Woodside Fire Protection District, and other districts.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Ravenswood soccer team goes 4-0, wins tournament

The Ravenswood Youth Soccer Club Elite Under-18 boys team swept four matches over the weekend, including a 3-1 victory over the Salinas Arsenal in Sunday's championship match of the Soccer by the Bay tournament. ■ Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Victim identified in fatal party van crash

The victim in the fatal crash of a party van on northbound Interstate 280 near Portola Valley on Sunday, Aug. 11, was Adam Blomquist, 38, of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol is reporting.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire election: 4 qualified so far

Filing deadline may be extended to Aug. 14.
Four out of five prospective candidates have now qualified for the upcoming election for three seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors. Filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

August 12, 2013 | 10 comments
Woodside & Portola Valley: Fire foundation invites community to chili cook-off

The Woodside-Portola Valley Fire Protection Foundation has announced it will hold its 2nd Alarm Chili Cook-off and BBQ at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Runnymede Farm in Woodside.

September 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 101 reopened after 5-car crash

All lanes of northbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park have reopened after a crash blocked lanes for nearly an hour this morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

August 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board: Three candidates for three seats, so far; filing deadline Aug. 14

Will there be a race this November for seats on the Portola Valley School District board? With the filing period closing on Wednesday, Aug. 14, only three district residents have filed papers to run for the three open board seats, leaving that question wide open for now.

August 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight in Menlo Park: Here come the Sun Kings

The Sun Kings, a Beatles tribute band, will perform at the final concert in the park for the summer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Fremont Park on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in Menlo Park.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Three compete for council seat

It will be a three-way race for a single seat on the Atherton City Council in November, with Greg Conlon, Rick DeGolia and Diane Sandhu qualifying for the ballot when the filing deadline closed Friday.

August 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside School election: Filing period extended

Two incumbents and two challengers have qualified for the ballot as of late Friday for three open seats on the Woodside Elementary School District board. Because incumbent Bettina Pike is not running for re-election, the filing period has been extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

August 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Night out in Menlo Park

Brooke Matthes-Davis, 4, plays with a hoola hoop at a National Night Out street festival on Aug. 6 at the Menalto Corners business community in Menlo Park.

August 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula bike-share program launches Aug. 28

A bike share program in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto will begin operating on Aug. 28, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

August 10, 2013 | 8 comments
Brush fire shuts down Highway 92

A grass fire in San Mateo County this afternoon has shut down state Highway 92 east of Half Moon Bay, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Armed man confronts resident

A man armed with a shotgun climbed through a window and confronted a resident in Menlo Park on Thursday afternoon.

August 9, 2013 | 20 comments
Atherton council: Three candidates so far

With only hours left before the filing period closes, three residents have filed candidate papers to run for a single open seat on the Atherton City Council: Rick DeGolia, Diane Sandhu, and Greg Conlon.

August 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Woodside: Film, discussion on hunger

A documentary that investigates hunger in America will be shown and discussed from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside.

August 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Train hits car; two sent to hospital

A commuter train struck a car in Redwood City on Thursday evening, sending the car's two occupants to the hospital, Caltrain officials said.

August 8, 2013 | 3 comments
Saturday: Talent show at health center

To kick off National Health Center Week, the Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto is hosting a talent show and community awards presentation from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Cafe Scientifique looks at clinical trials

Clinical trials, their history and how they might evolve, is the topic for a discussion beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the monthly Cafe Scientifique at SRI International in Menlo Park.

August 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Sports: Legends are winners even after playoff loss

The Menlo Park Legends had a good run this season. Reaching the Far West League playoffs was one of their goals and they can check that off their list. ■ Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Police: Teams of daytime burglars move quickly

Police report rise in property crimes
Teams of daytime burglars use methods refined for quick and efficient action that does not draw attention to what they're doing.

August 8, 2013 | 5 comments
Atherton parcel tax renewal measure approved -- without huge increase to Circus Club

After having second thoughts about a July 17 decision on the town's parcel tax, the Atherton City Council yesterday (Aug. 7) voted to place renewal of the tax on the November ballot, without the 150 percent increase for the Menlo Circus Club that it had approved at the earlier meeting.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park household hazardous waste drop-off

Menlo Park residents may bring household hazardous waste to a drop-off location in central Menlo Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Sports: Howe finishes strong at national meet

Sacred Heart Prep senior Ally Howe lost a swim-off for a spot in the B final of the 100 fly at the Speedo Junior National swimming championships in Irvine on Wednesday. That didn't stop her from winning the C final. ■ Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook interns serve Peninsula community

One group cleans up Menlo Park road
It's not all Hackathons and free food: 160 Facebook interns recently participated in the company's fifth annual day of service.

August 8, 2013 | 1 comment
Bookkeeper found not guilty in Menlo Park embezzlement case

Jury returns verdict for former Menlo Atherton Glass employee
After an 11-day trial, a jury returned a verdict of not guilty in an embezzlement case filed against Jenny Lin Marquardt, a former bookkeeper at Menlo Atherton Glass.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Psychiatrist who molested boys is jailed

He was a former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. William Ayres was a former president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He had treated pediatric patients from the 1960s to 2006, and evaluated hundreds of cases in San Mateo County juvenile court going back to the 1970s.

August 7, 2013 | 16 comments
Woodside: Woman killed in fatal head-on

Update: A woman visiting from India was killed in a head-on crash on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on Wednesday evening, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

August 7, 2013 | 10 comments
Woodsider captures Burning Man festival on film

Steve Brown makes documentary on annual self-expression event in Nevada
"It's a great time for a new generation of directors to enter the film industry," says Steve Brown of Woodside, a first-time filmmaker who is releasing in August his documentary on Burning Man, the annual self-expression festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

August 15, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park laundry-room burglary spree

Coin boxes in Menlo Park apartment laundry rooms have been targets in a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries recently.

August 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Taking steps to fight cancer this weekend

Meissners join Menlo Park's Relay for Life
This weekend, Betty and Ernst Meissner are among those who will participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at the Menlo Park Civic Center.

August 7, 2013 | 1 comment
Las Lomitas school board acts to put $60 million bond measure on November ballot

Voters in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District will be asked in November to approve a $60 million bond measure to pay for building permanent classrooms and upgrading existing buildings. The school board unanimously approved the ballot measure Tuesday (Aug. 6).

August 6, 2013 | 8 comments
Only two candidates file papers so far for Woodside school board race

Incumbent Marc Tarpenning and parent Claire Wilbur Pollioni were the only two official candidates for three open seats on the Woodside Elementary School board as of Tuesday morning (Aug. 6).

August 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Three file for school board race

One incumbent not running, extending filing period to Aug. 14
Three candidates filed papers to run for the three open seats on the Portola Valley School District board as of early Tuesday (Aug. 6), and one incumbent says he's not running, which will extend the filing period to Aug. 14.

August 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside school district may put bond measure on spring ballot

As Woodside Elementary School District officials consider asking residents to pass a bond measure next spring for construction, safety and modernization projects, a team of volunteers is going to work to raise funds from private donors in an attempt to whittle down the amount of money the district would seek.

August 7, 2013 | 5 comments
Saturday: Star party in Portola Valley

The dim light of a crescent moon on Saturday, Aug. 10, will make for good viewing at Portola Valley's annual summer star party. This event starts at 8 p.m at Town Center at 765 Portola Road and is free and open to the public.

August 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Former Gator volleyball star involved at the national level

Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad Denise Sheldon, who works as a manager with USA Volleyball in the High Performance Indoor National Programs in Colorado Springs, served as team leader for the United States girls' youth national team that made history Sunday in Thailand.
Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

August 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford drops medical offices from proposed mixed-use complex in Menlo Park

Agrees to help fund undercrossing, traffic study
Stanford has agreed to make several changes to its proposed eight-acre complex on El Camino Real, Menlo Park council subcommittee members announced on Monday (Aug. 5).

August 6, 2013 | 70 comments
Atherton: Second candidate for council seat

Diane Sandhu, a member of the town's Audit/Finance Committee, has qualified for a spot on the November ballot in the race for a single seat on the Atherton City Council.

August 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Public comment sought on redistricting

The office of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has released 10 online maps that experiment with redrawing the boundaries for the five current supervisory districts. The public is being asked to comment at public meetings and online -- and even submit maps of their own.

August 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Police calls: Eight burglaries of local homes

More home burglaries in Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park
Thieves abscond with $30,000 in goods from Ladera home. Residences in Portola Valley, Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park also burglarized.

August 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: Making Western saddles to order

La Honda resident Jim Milbrath works in one-room shop deep in the woods
Saddle-maker Jim Milbrath of La Honda spends his days in a one-room shop deep in the woods of the western slopes of the Santa Cruz mountains.

August 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Nicholas Targ honored for environmental justice work

The American Bar Association has recognized Portola Valley resident Nicholas Targ, an attorney with the international law firm of Holland & Knight, for his efforts and those of two other attorneys in advancing environmental justice for communities without clean air and water.

August 9, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodland School graduates 14

Woodland School, a private K-8 school in Ladera, graduated 14 eighth-graders on June 7. Head of School John Ora welcomed parents, guests and students before the eighth-grade students gave their talks.

August 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police advisory group has representatives from every neighborhood

Menlo Park's new police advisory group may be the only assembly of civic volunteers under the city's auspices with representatives from every Menlo Park neighborhood, from Sharon Heights to Belle Haven to Linfield Oaks, sitting down together on a monthly basis.

August 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Teacher tells of real-world learning at Summer Academy

Joel Kriner tells of his experience teaching at the Summer Academy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, which held classes in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Palo Alto.

August 5, 2013 | No comments yet
BART strike on hold during inquiry

Governor Jerry Brown stepped in to forestall a BART strike Sunday evening by appointing a three-person board of inquiry to look into contract talks.

August 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

An unusual feature of early Atherton was the combined facilities of the police department and the library. This 1946 photo shows the dual use of a Town Hall room now occupied by the Atherton Heritage Association. Photo courtesy of Atherton Heritage Association.

August 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cajun music in Menlo Park

Tom Rigney and Flambeau will perform Cajun, zydeco and blues music at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Aug. 7, in Fremont Park, located on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

August 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: National Night Out events

Several local neighborhoods are celebrating National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

August 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Las Lomitas school board may place $60 million bond measure on November ballot

Voters in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District may be asked in November to approve a $60 million bond measure to upgrade the district's two over-crowded campuses. The board meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, to decide whether it will place the bond measure on the ballot.

August 2, 2013 | 10 comments
Atherton: Fifth resident pulls candidate papers

Only one has filed papers in City Council race
Michael Stogner, one of seven Atherton residents who applied for appointment to a vacant City Council seat last month, has taken out candidate papers for the Nov. 5 race for the seat.

August 2, 2013 | 6 comments
Old La Honda Road closed

County emergency officials issued a notice at 10:14 a.m. today that Old La Honda Road between the 600 block and Skyline Boulevard is closed to all traffic while tow trucks remove a large vehicle.

August 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Cleanup day in Portola Valley

A neighborhood cleanup day for Portola Valley residents is set for Saturday morning, Aug. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

August 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire board: 4 pull candidate papers

Four people have pulled papers, and one of those has filed them, in the election for three seats on the governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

August 2, 2013 | 13 comments
Car crash leaves teen girl in critical condition

A teenage girl was reported in critical condition following a car crash Wednesday night in the 1900 block of Pulgas Avenue in East Palo Alto.

August 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

During the 1930s, Beltramo's beverage and liquor store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park was a town landmark. In the photo are Mrs. Alexander Beltramo with sons John and Dan. Photo courtesy Daniel and John Beltramo/Menlo Park Historical Association.

August 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Cops pursue, arrest man for carjacking

A man was arrested following a carjacking early Thursday morning in Redwood City, police said.

August 1, 2013 | 3 comments
Saturday: Diebenkorn lecture in Woodside

The Woodside Library docent lecture on Saturday will examine one period from the career of Richard Diebenkorn, whose paintings are on exhibit in San Francisco.

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: 6 show interest in council seats

The November election for three open Town Council seats in Portola Valley is shaping up as a contest of six now that two more candidates have taken out candidacy papers as of Wednesday (July 31).

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hit-and-run felon sentenced to prison

He reportedly rammed a stolen car into a police vehicle
Valentin Arias Jimenez pleaded no contest Wednesday to two felony hit-and-run with injury charges and one felony car theft charge related to two Menlo Park cases. He reportedly rammed a stolen car into a police vehicle.

August 1, 2013 | 5 comments
Woodside School: Incumbent seeks re-election

Incumbent Marc Tarpenning has filed papers to run for a second term on the Woodside Elementary School District board.

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Charity Horse Show this weekend

The show is at the Menlo Circus Club
More than 600 of the West Coast's top equestrians are taking part in the 43rd Menlo Charity Horse Show, running from Tuesday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton.

August 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Tonight at Kepler's

Andrew Sean Greer will read from his new novel, "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Kepler's bookstore.

July 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Edelman wins gold and gets MVP award

Menlo School grad Drew Edelman helped lead the American team to a gold medal in women's basketball at the annual Maccabiah Games that wrapped up last week in Israel. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

July 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Two more pull papers in Atherton council race

Greg Conlon, who came in a close third in last November's race for two Atherton City Council seats, and Diane Sandhu have taken out papers to run for an open council seat on Nov. 5.

July 31, 2013 | 6 comments
Slow start in school board races

Two school board members appointed earlier this year to fill vacancies on the Portola Valley School District board have taken out candidate papers -- and one of them has filed -- to run for the seats in the November election. There are three open seats.

July 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo police officer involved in collision

A Menlo Park police officer making a U-turn against a red light to respond to an emergency call was involved in a crash with another car on July 18, an incident that sent him to the hospital with minor injuries.

July 30, 2013 | 2 comments
Contested elections may be ahead for high school and community college district boards

Of the many seats on local governing boards up for election in November, contests appear to be shaping up for the Sequoia Union High School District and the San Mateo County Community College District.

July 30, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Huge tree limb lands on car

An Almanac reader submitted these photos of a huge oak tree limb that broke off and landed on a car parked near the gym at the Menlo Park Civic Center on Sunday.

July 30, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park Legends will have four players in all-star game

Legends qualify for playoffs
The Menlo Park Legends will be represented by four players on the Far West League All-Star team that will face the Horizon Air Summer Series team on Tuesday night. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

July 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Update: SamTrans confirms its bus was involved in train incident at Menlo Park crossing

Bus breaks lowering rail crossing arm at Oak Grove Avenue crossing
More than 24 hours after witnesses reported that a SamTrans bus broke through a lowering railroad crossing arm and hurtled across the tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue crossing in Menlo Park shortly before the train arrived, the transit agency confirmed it was one of its buses.

July 30, 2013 | 15 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley Town Hall closed

Portola Valley Town Hall will be closed for the morning and early afternoon of Wednesday, July 31, so that staff can participate in training in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillator devices.

July 30, 2013 | No comments yet
One files, two pull papers in fire board race

Carolyn Clarke, who last year ran for a seat on the Menlo Park City Council, has pulled papers to run for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board; current board president Stephen Nachtsheim said he is uncertain whether he will seek re-election.

July 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Jazz singer Jessica Johnson in Menlo Park

Soul and jazz singer Jessica Johnson will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Fremont Park on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

July 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: How to make dumplings

Author and teacher Andrea Nguyen will demonstrate how to make dumplings three ways with just one filling and one dough at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Tour de Peninsula cycling event

Now in its 22nd year, the Tour de Peninsula cycling event will take place Sunday, Aug. 3. Cycling on the short route of 20 miles and the long route of 31 miles start at 8 a.m. at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo.

August 1, 2013 | 2 comments
Pro football player Rhett Ellison teaches life skills to teens

Portola Valley native Rhett Ellison, who plays tight end and fullback for the Minnesota Vikings, mentored students this summer at the Stanford Youth Impact Program, designed to help low-income, urban-based minority male students with academics and life skills.

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: Double duty

How local Red Cross volunteers responded to a simultaneous double disaster
How local Red Cross volunteers responded to a simultaneous double disaster of an airline crash and apartment-complex fire.

July 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park native John Oppenheimer helps save a life

Menlo Park native and Yale University football player John Oppenheimer traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to speak to members of Congress about how he saved a life.

August 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley election shaping up as a race

With three of the five seats on the Portola Valley Town Council up for election this year, four people, including two incumbents, have taken out candidate papers as of July 29.

July 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: A new course at Menlo Country Club

The project to modernize the 25-year-old golf course at Woodside's Menlo Country Club, shown in this July 19 photo, will include about 180,000 cubic yards of grading and about 63,000 cubic yards of added sand, officials say.

July 30, 2013 | 1 comment
New El Camino bus service

A pilot program that has been running buses along El Camino Real from Daly City to Palo Alto on weekends has been so successful that SamTrans is creating a similar weekday service beginning Aug. 12.

August 1, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley extends life of farmers' market

Expanded version of story posted earlier. The Portola Valley Town Council agreed that the new farmers' market at Town Center could continue to operate for another year, but food trucks will not be part of the weekly event.

August 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls: Ten home burglaries reported

Police Calls from Ladera, Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Atherton and Menlo Park.

July 30, 2013 | 9 comments
Tonight at Kepler's: Robin Chapin on 'Lost Orchards'

Author Robin Chapman will discuss and sign her book, "California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

July 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tree limb damages car parked at Civic Center

A Menlo Park resident sent us these photos that show the damage done to a car by a broken limb of an oak tree in a parking lot at the Menlo Park Civic Center, near the new gym.

July 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Rethink Waste reports on hazardous household waste collected from Peninsula homes

One million pounds of hazardous waste has been collected over the past three years from households throughout the Peninsula, according to RethinkWaste, a joint powers authority made up of San Mateo County cities and the West Bay Sanitary District.

July 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Former San Mateo County probation chief convicted on charges of possessing child porn

A former San Mateo County probation chief was found guilty Friday of possessing child pornography.

July 27, 2013 | 2 comments
Today: Menlo Park fundraiser for JobTrain

JobTrain, the Menlo Park job-training nonprofit, will host a golf tournament fundraiser on Monday, July 29, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park.

July 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: DeGolia files candidate papers, Ruggeiro takes them out in City Council race

Two residents who each came within one vote of taking a seat by appointment on the Atherton City Council earlier this month may be rivals on the November ballot: Rick DeGolia filed his candidate papers, and John Ruggeiro took out papers from the city clerk's office today (July 26).

July 26, 2013 | 12 comments
Hillview playing field reconstruction project won't be done by opening day of school

Despite hopes that the project would be completed before the Aug. 22 start of school, work to repair the new Hillview Middle School playing field will continue at least through August, with crews upping their efforts from six to seven days a week, according to a school district official.

July 26, 2013 | 5 comments
Local pitcher discovers how tough pro baseball can be

Former Menlo-Atherton High baseball player Andrew Preimesberger got a chance this summer to live the pro baseball dream with the Hawaii Stars of the Pacific Association.
Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Man convicted of murder in police-chase death

Driver killed motorcyclist during 2011 police chase down University Ave.
A man who struck and killed a motorcyclist after fleeing East Palo Alto police was convicted of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday, July 24, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

July 25, 2013 | No comments yet
County phone service back in business

Emergency officials in San Mateo County report that an earlier disruption of telephone services has been repaired and all phones used by public safety and county offices are now working properly.

July 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley extends life of farmers' market

The welcome mat was not extended to food trucks
The Portola Valley Town Council agreed Wednesday night that the new farmers' market at Town Center could continue to operate for another year, but did not agree that food trucks could be part of the weekly event.

July 25, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Party with Menlo Park police

The Menlo Park Police Department invites the community to a barbecue on Friday, July 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Burgess Park, located in the Menlo Park Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

July 25, 2013 | 2 comments
Grand jury: Cities like contracted police services

Three cities that have contracted with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office for police services report significant costs savings without a reduction in services, the county civil grand jury reported Thursday (July 25).

July 25, 2013 | 24 comments
Stanford reports computer system breach

Stanford University is advising students and other users of its computer system to change their passwords after the school discovered a security breach of its information technology infrastructure.

July 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Eshoo votes to defund NSA phone program

But the amendment failed by a vote of 205 to 217
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, voted Wednesday in favor of an amendment to a defense spending bill that would require the National Security Agency to limit its information-gathering to subjects of national security investigations, rather than all Americans. The amendment failed by a close vote.

July 24, 2013 | 7 comments
County parks nonprofit hires program manager

Portola Valley resident Carrie Davis has been named program manager for the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks, a nonprofit group that supports community outreach and maintenance programs at the two San Mateo County parks in Woodside.

July 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park city employee arrested

Public works employee suspected of stealing fuel from city gas pumps
A Menlo Park public works employee was arrested Tuesday (July 23) on suspicion of stealing about $1,800 worth of fuel from city gas pumps during the last year and a half.

July 24, 2013 | 4 comments
Parking, traffic studies and more downtown plan discussions ahead for Woodside

Plans for fall workshops tabled
The Town Council on Tuesday (July 23) gave a green light to town staff to commission parking and traffic studies for downtown. The council put off plans for three fall workshops on the issue of parking congestion and will instead have two downtown-plan community discussions this fall under the guidance of a facilitator.

July 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Golf: Future Stanford teammates advance in U.S. Junior Amateur Championships

Future Stanford golf teammates Jim Lui of Smithtown, N.Y. and Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley both advanced to match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships on Tuesday at Martis Camp Club in Truckee. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's

Ivy Pochoda discusses her new novel, "Visitation Street," tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.

July 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park police arrest fugitive

Menlo Park police and FBI agents arrested on Monday a 48-year-old Newark man who has been on the run from police in connection with a drug trafficking and weapons violation investigation.

July 23, 2013 | 1 comment
Open space district opens new trail

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Tuesday (July 23) opened a one-half mile trail connecting the Skyline Trail/Bay Area Ridge Trail on California Water Service land to El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.

July 23, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight at Kepler's: Katie Hafner

Journalist Katie Hafner, in conversation with author Abraham Verghese, will discuss and sign her new memoir, "Mother Daughter Me," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

July 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook chef dies in motorcycle accident

Facebook executive chef Josef Desimone was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday morning, according to a Facebook post by the social media company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Details of the accident were not available yet.

July 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: A talk at SLAC on gravitational lensing

What if a galaxy embodied so much gravity that when light passed by it -- for example, light from another galaxy far, far away -- the gravity from the closer galaxy would bend that distant light as it passes by and create a halo around itself? A talk on gravitational lensing is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 23) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

July 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Mountain lion reported in Emerald Hills

A mountain lion was reported spotted in the Emerald Hills on Monday night, county emergency officials said.

July 23, 2013 | No comments yet
New approach at Sharon Heights Shopping Center

Sharon Heights Shopping Center, at 325 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, now has an attractive new entrance, the first major improvement in the center since it was built in the 1960s.

July 26, 2013 | 5 comments
Menlo Park girl wins fencing championship

Maia Chan Chamberlain of Menlo Park won the gold at the USA Fencing Summer National Championship in Columbus Ohio, on July 5. With the win, she finished as the top-ranked sabre fencer in the Youth 14 age group for the 2012-13 season.

July 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodsider mentors on 'Supermarket Superstar'

Have what it takes to be the next Mrs. Fields or Orville Redenbacher? Then you may be a Supermarket Superstar. That's the premise of Lifetime television's new competition show appearing for the next nine weeks at 10 p.m. Monday nights.

July 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: Reflections on the world

Glittering outdoor work of artist Drue Kataoka featured at Djerassi open studio event
Recent Djerassi artist-in-residence Drue Kataoka gave a toppled giant oak tree in the Woodside hills new life with the creation of "After the Celestial Axe," which will be the featured artwork at the July 28 open house/open studio event at the artists' compound.

July 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Chief ushers in new public transparency

Menlo Park police to release data about complaints against officers.
Robert Jonsen, Menlo Park's new police chief, is bringing a touch of Los Angeles sunshine to his post: The department will begin releasing annual reports with statistical data regarding complaints made against officers, and the outcomes.

July 23, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Seats open on transportation panel

Three seats will be open this year on the Menlo Park Transportation Commission. The summer application deadline is July 31 and the fall deadline Sept. 27.

July 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police plan to expand surveillance

Four surveillance cameras will be added to the Menlo Park Police Department's arsenal if city officials agree.

July 23, 2013 | 12 comments
Atherton: Menlo College dorm room burglarized

Police calls from Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Woodside.

July 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire chief returns home after crippling fall

After three decades in a career that saw him deployed for 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, Katrina and local emergencies too numerous to count, the fire chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is used to saving lives rather than being saved.

July 23, 2013 | 15 comments
Woodside and Portola Valley incumbents are seeking re-election to their town councils

Incumbent candidates in Portola Valley, Woodside and the Sequoia Union High School District have taken out papers indicating their interest in running for re-election.

July 25, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton to revisit Circus Club tax hike

(An updated version of a previously published story.) With the clock ticking on the lifespan of Atherton's current parcel tax, which raises about $1.86 million annually, the City Council voted on July 17 to ask voters to renew the tax for four more years. But it will take another look at its decision to raise a private club's rate by 150 percent, the mayor said this week.

July 22, 2013 | 48 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley weighs future of farmers' market

The Portola Valley Town Council in April approved a six-week trial for the Thursday afternoon farmers' market. On Wednesday night, July 24, the council meets to consider extending the trial for a year. Among the issues: effects on local restaurants and grocery stores, and whether food trucks and hot-food carts should be allowed.

July 23, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Child-porn sentencing delayed

Portola Valley resident Stephen Wolf, who in March pleaded no contest to possession of child pornography, was to be sentenced July 19, but with attorneys arguing over how many times Mr. Wolf allegedly downloaded the pornography, the judge delayed sentencing by eight weeks to allow computer forensic examiners to weigh in, according to prosecutors.

July 26, 2013 | 1 comment
County manager John Maltbie responds to grand jury report on budgets

July 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Grand jury: County misled public on finances; county manager calls its conclusion 'bizarre'

The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued a report Monday that says the county did not publicly report the true condition of its finances when tax measures were voted on in the June 5 and Nov. 6, 2012, elections. In a 785-word response, County Manager John Maltbie said the grand jury "demonstrates an abysmal lack of understanding of the principles and practices of budgeting and financial management."

July 22, 2013 | 13 comments
Photos from Connoisseurs' Marketplace

Jimmy Yang's garden sticks at the Connoisseurs' Marketplace in Menlo Park on July 20, 2013. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.

July 21, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead

East Palo Alto police say they are searching for a suspicious person seen fleeing from the scene of a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon.

July 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: 'Good Samaritan' who was killed when he stopped to help victims on I-280 is identified

A man who was killed on Interstate 280 in Woodside on Sunday morning (July 21) had likely stopped to help victims of a crash, the California Highway Patrol said.

July 21, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Woodside to discuss next steps for its downtown plan, including community workshops

Downtown Woodside can be a tough place to find a parking spot, make your way around town, have a picnic, or put on an art exhibit.

July 22, 2013 | 8 comments
Coroner confirms girl was killed by truck

The San Mateo County coroner Friday confirmed that a 16-year-old girl was fatally struck by a fire truck at the San Francisco International Airport during the response to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 earlier this month.

July 19, 2013 | 22 comments
Man ejected in solo crash on I-280

A solo vehicle crash ejected a male driver onto Interstate Highway 280 near Redwood City on Thursday afternoon (July 18), a California Highway Patrol officer said.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas foundation gives $2.8 million to schools

The Las Lomitas Elementary School District's quest to maintain small class sizes and support educational programs with new technology was given a big boost with the recent $2.8 million gift from the Las Lomitas Education Foundation.

July 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Here we go again ...

Turf that for only a few months covered the playing field at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park is being carted away as crews reconstruct the field. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

July 18, 2013 | 10 comments
This weekend: Connoisseurs' Marketplace

The Connoisseurs' Marketplace summer arts, food and music festival will be held in downtown Menlo Park along Santa Cruz Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton voters to choose council member, decide on parcel tax renewal in November

Atherton voters will choose their new council member after all: The City Council reaffirmed on Wednesday night (July 17) an earlier vote to call an election rather than appoint someone to the vacant seat. At the same time, they will be asked to renew the parcel tax that generates some $1.86 million annually for another four years.

July 18, 2013 | 40 comments
Tonight: Music@Menlo presents Bach

During the first "Encounter" of this season's Music@Menlo, Ara Guzelimian, provost and dean of the Juilliard School, discusses Bach's influence on the entire trajectory of musical history.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College women's basketball player Brown dies

The Menlo College community was rocked last week by news of the untimely passing of senior women's basketball player Sasha Brown, who died on July 10. The cause has yet to be determined.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Break in trial of former county probation chief

The prosecution has rested in its third day of a jury trial against a former San Mateo County chief probation officer facing two charges of possessing child pornography.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Crash blocks two lanes of I-280 near Woodside

The California Highway Patrol has issued a Sig-alert for southbound Interstate Highway 280 near Woodside because of a crash that is blocking two lanes.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto: 2-alarm fire destroys home

A fire that started in a grassy area destroyed an East Palo Alto home and damaged a second this afternoon, a Menlo Park Fire Protection District inspector said.

July 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District names superintendent

Lisa Gonzales, an administrator with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, is the Portola Valley School District board's top choice for superintendent. The board approved her hiring at last night's (July 17) meeting.

July 18, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley concert on lawn

The Charged Particles, a local jazz fusion trio, is set to play a free two-hour concert in Portola Valley on Thursday, July 18, at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road. The concert starts at 6 p.m., with prepared food available from two food trucks: Whisk on Wheels and Tacos de Los Altos.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton may try again to appoint council member

After failing last week to agree on one candidate out of seven who wanted to be appointed to a vacant council seat, the Atherton City Council may consider trying again at its meeting tonight (July 17).

July 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Louise Street compromise possible

Neighbors and developer ask to delay council hearing
The expected showdown over the fate of an approximately 53-by-60-foot tangle of greenery on Louise Street did not come to pass on July 16.

July 17, 2013 | 13 comments
Menlo Park: Man arrested in hit-and-run

He is accused of colliding with two vehicles
Menlo Park police arrested and booked into county jail Friday night Michael Ford, 38, of Palo Alto on felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident after colliding with two vehicles and driving under the influence of alcohol.

July 16, 2013 | 1 comment
DeGolia takes out papers to run for Atherton City Council seat in November election

Rick DeGolia, whose hope to be appointed to the Atherton City Council last week ended with a balloting deadlock, took out papers this morning (July 16) to run for the open seat in November.

July 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Kepler's reboot enters second year

Independent stores in New York and Santa Barbara are following in the footsteps of hybrid business model.
Kepler's, the "Silicon Valley bookstore that keeps reinventing itself," appears to be enjoying a new lease on life after 57 years in business, albeit not without a lot of elbow grease.

July 18, 2013 | 3 comments
Menlo Park red-light cameras under scrutiny

City officials analyzing accident data to decide whether to keep program
Menlo Park transportation commissioners saw red, then gasped as they watched video footage of drivers running red lights at intersections monitored by cameras. The footage was part of a presentation given in advance of a council hearing next month that will decide whether or not to keep the cameras running.

July 17, 2013 | 19 comments
Menlo Park starts next housing update

City must create zoning for emergency shelters and transitional housing
The housing update is finished! Let's get started on the housing update. Menlo Park residents may be forgiven for wondering if they're starring in a civic version of "Groundhog Day" -- no sooner has the city wrapped up its first housing plan update in 10 years than it finds itself facing yet another.

July 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council meets on Louise St.

The Menlo Park City Council meets tonight (July 16) and among matters on its agenda is a public hearing on the Louise Street issue.

July 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Concert at Portola Vineyards

Portola Vineyards, at 850 Los Trancos Road in Portola Valley, will host a concert featuring the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet on Sunday, July 28.

July 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Susan Ann Daniel, Menlo Clinic nurse

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park for Susan Ann Daniel of Morgan Hill who died June 21. She was 76.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Nancy Baker Veitch, community volunteer

Nancy Baker Veitch, a longtime resident of Atherton, died peacefully in the presence of her children on June 24 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley. She was 85.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's: Scott Johnson

Journalist and former foreign correspondent Scott Johnson will discuss and sign his new memoir, "The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park concert in park

The Cocktail Monkeys will perform pop and disco music as part of the Menlo Park free summer concert series in the park from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Fremont Park on Santa Cruz Avenue at University Drive.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Ladera: Green bike lanes coming to Alpine Road

Green-colored pavement is coming to bike lanes along the sides of Alpine Road as they pass under Interstate 280 just east of Ladera. And two-color bike-lane patterns will be at the freeway entrance and exit ramps to indicate "conflict zones," an engineer for county Public Works told the Almanac.

July 22, 2013 | 14 comments
Civil rights lawyers scrutinize school district

In a bid to start a conversation on addressing poor academic performance among students from the Ravenswood City School District who attend high schools in the Sequoia Union High School District, a group of Bay Area civil rights lawyers has issued a report that attempts to put the Sequoia district on notice that its interactions with Ravenswood are under scrutiny.

July 17, 2013 | 22 comments
A tough climb behind him, Ross awarded top prize

Ross Fulkerson of Portola Valley is at the peak of his game and he's just 12 years old. But he is also on a path to encounter peaks that are higher, much higher. Ross, who starts seventh-grade at Corte Madera Middle School in August, is a rock climber.

July 17, 2013 | 1 comment
Higher property values reflect 'strong recovery'

Cities, school districts and other public agencies in San Mateo County will see their revenue from property taxes swell as a result of a significant rise in assessed property values in 2013-14.

July 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Maid reports ransacked house

Police calls from Portola Valey and Menlo Park.

July 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Music@Menlo: Bach and beyond

The string quartet was a futuristic invention that didn't exist when J.S. Bach was alive. The piano trio wasn't much of a thing yet, either. But it's like Herr Bach knew they were coming.

July 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Person beaten unconscious in attack

One person was knocked unconscious in an attack in a liquor store parking lot in North Fair Oaks on Saturday, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Kepler's commemorates Bill Lane

Kepler's Books will host an event Tuesday night, July 16, to commemorate the life of L.W. "Bill" Lane Jr. and to celebrate the publication of his memoir, "The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life."

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Candidate filing period opens

The candidate filing period for the Nov. 5 municipal, school and special district elections in San Mateo County is open from July 15 to Aug. 9.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside man sentenced to life for wife's murder

A Woodside man found guilty of murdering his wife and attempting to make it look like a suicide was sentenced Friday (July 12) to life in prison without the possibility of parole, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

July 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Alma Street closed Saturday morning

A triathlon will shut down part of Alma Street in Menlo Park for four hours on Saturday (July 13).

July 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hires new finance director

Drew Corbett will start work Aug. 14
Menlo Park has convinced the assistant finance director of Sunnyvale to change jobs. Drew Corbett will start work in Menlo Park on Aug. 14 as the city's new finance director.

July 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Swap books at Kepler's party

Kepler's Books in Menlo Park is holding a book swap Saturday night (July 13) with food and wine "for anyone who is new to the area or simply looking to meet new people," the bookstore says.

July 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton council may try again to appoint a colleague on July 17 and avoid election

Update: Is there a City Council election in the near future for Atherton voters? A November election seemed certain after the council on July 11 failed to agree on one candidate out of seven who wanted to be appointed to a vacant council seat, but now it appears that the council will consider trying again to appoint a new colleague at its July 17 meeting.

July 11, 2013 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Junior League holds open houses

The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold three open houses in Menlo Park this summer for prospective members.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Nak's Oriental Market fights for its life

After nearly five decades of selling groceries, Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park is struggling to stay in business despite financial troubles and family illnesses.

July 12, 2013 | 18 comments
Menlo Park police catch man inside Mongolian BBQ restaurant after midnight

A man decided to visit Menlo Park's Mongolian BBQ restaurant late at night. Unfortunately, he chose to patronize the establishment long after closing hours.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton council may choose new member today

The Atherton City Council will interview seven candidates for a vacant council seat at a 5:30 p.m. meeting today (July 11), and possibly appoint one of them to fill out a term ending December 2014.

July 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside: Burglars enter through unlocked windows; deputies chase crowd from party

Unlocked windows figured in two recent Woodside residential burglaries. In another incident, about 50 people made their way into an unoccupied Emerald Hills house, had a party and ran away when sheriff's deputies arrived.

July 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Saturday: Photographer sheds light on his native Peru

Menlo Park author and photographer Guillermo Rivas will present his photos and discuss his perspectives on his native Peru at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Menlo Park Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. at the Civic Center.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Legends hold fundraiser for youth

With summer in full swing, the Menlo Park Legends semi-pro baseball team is bringing the community together for a charitable cause. The baseball program is hosting its second annual Legends Village fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Nealon Park in Menlo Park.

July 16, 2013 | No comments yet
News of local college graduates

Send news about local college graduates to editor@AlmanacNews.com.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Wyatt Giampa to attend Grammy Camp

Wyatt Giampa of Portola Valley, a senior at Woodside High School, is one of 103 students selected to attend Grammy Camp, a 10-day summer program.

July 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Djerassi open studios

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will hold its annual "Open House/Open Studios" from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. This is the one day of the year the program's Artists' Barn and private grounds are open to the general public.

July 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Atherton event raises funds for foundation

The Sequoia Hospital Foundation hosted Cirque du Sequoia, an evening of food and wine for 250 guests at an Atherton estate on June 21. The event raised nearly $225,000 for the redesign, renovation and expansion of the Sequoia Hospital's Birth Center.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Feature story: Woodside film producer with a cause

Woodside woman backs feature film that spotlights early detection of cancer
The Big C usually refers to cancer, but in the case of a new movie coming out in theaters on Friday, July 12, C also stands for comedy and connections, local connections.

July 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday at Kepler's

Novelist Anthony Marra, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, will discuss his new novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," with Stanford creative writing teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
'A Walk in the Woods'

"Reflecting Pool, Corte Madera Creek," a black and white digital print, is one of the photographs featured in Alan McGee's July show at the Portola Art Gallery at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

July 15, 2013 | 1 comment
Council undecided on fate of Jackling House artifacts

Sending Jackling House artifacts to Santa Barbara was one of several new ideas aired at the Woodside Town Council meeting on Tuesday in response to the persistent question of what to do with the collection of antiques.

July 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo's Price heads to the Canadian Juniors meet

Track and field
Menlo School senior Maddy Price will find out if her track and field season will come to an end before August when she competes in the 2013 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships this weekend in Sainte-Therese, Quebec. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Construction equipment falls into Bay

A large piece of construction machinery fell into a dredged area of the San Francisco Bay near Bair Island on Monday afternoon.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rose Scott, 12, dines at White House

Rose Scott created winning pork-and-tofu lettuce cups recipe
Rose Scott, 12, and her mother just returned from dining at the White House, where President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated the 54 winners of the "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge." Photo: Rose Scott in the Red Room of the White House.

July 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Saturday: Menlo Park Presbyterian Church holds walk to raise funds for clean water projects

The Menlo Park Presbyterian Church hosts a one-mile walk through Menlo Park on Saturday, July 13, to raise funds for clean water projects in rural overseas areas.

July 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: BBC acquires new proprietor

Local restaurateur to reopen historic Menlo Park club
It may take a year to reopen the landmark British Bankers Club in Menlo Park, but those longing for its return can feel optimistic, despite yet another change in ownership, given the new proprietor's track record.

July 10, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Letter sheds light on gymnastics teacher firing

City acknowledges 'inappropriate behavior' towards Michelle Sutton, but says firing 'appropriate'
While the city said the public was not entitled to learn the outcome of an investigation into allegations of harassment and a toxic workplace environment in its gymnastics program, a letter from Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre to the former employee who made the accusations sheds some light.

July 10, 2013 | 12 comments
Young poets honored in Portola Valley

Several hundred of Portola Valley's youngest residents participated in a recent poetry contest sponsored by the Friends of the Portola Valley Library, sharing the views and impressions of their world in lyrical style.

July 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight at Kepler's

Combining lessons from their long-time yoga practices with expertise as workplace consultants, authors Maren & Jamie Showkei will discuss their work, "Finding Sanity Off the Mat and on the Job," from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.

July 9, 2013 | No comments yet
New Menlo College football coach on the job

Mark Grieb made a career out of throwing touchdown passes for the San Jose SaberCats. His next job will entail finding players who can help the Menlo College football team score a lot of touchdowns.Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Chase opens second branch in Menlo Park

Chase Bank held a grand opening event Tuesday morning (July 9) for its second branch in Menlo Park, at 3500 Alameda de las Pulgas in unincorporated West Menlo Park.

July 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Seven vie for Atherton council seat

Seven residents have applied for appointment to the Atherton City Council seat left vacant by the July 1 resignation of Jerry Carlson. The council will meet on July 11 in the hope of agreeing on one of the candidates to join them on the dais.

July 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford Blood Center calls for donations

Stanford Blood Center announces need for O-negative, O-positive and platelets donors
With many of Saturday's Asiana Airlines plane crash victims being cared for at Stanford Hospital and the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, the Stanford Blood Center has announced an urgent need for type O-positive, O-negative blood donors and platelet donors.

July 9, 2013 | No comments yet
San Mateo County pay rises: Facebook effect?

Since Facebook's relocation to Menlo Park, it's become business as usual to see the city mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and other national publications.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Fate of Merry Prankster tree in limbo as neighbors rally

County approves removal permit, but also asks architect to preserve heritage tree
The days of "Chloe's Tree," home to hawks and witness to the Dymaxion dance troupe and Merry Pranksters, may be numbered.

July 9, 2013 | 6 comments
One confirmed dead from 6-alarm fire

One victim died in a six-alarm apartment building fire in Redwood City Sunday that also injured 21 people, fire officials confirmed Monday.

July 9, 2013 | 5 comments
Chase opens second branch in Menlo Park

Chase bank will hold a grand opening event Tuesday (July 9) for its second Menlo Park branch, at 3500 Alameda de las Pulgas in unincorporated West Menlo Park.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Thief absconds with $5,000 bicycle

Police calls from Menlo Park.

July 12, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Some free electric vehicle recharges at Town Center to end soon

Over the last 15 months, the town of Portola Valley has given away 4.758 megawatt-hours of electricity to owners of electric vehicles who've taken advantage of the battery charges available at Town Center. But a combination of factors will soon limit free use of the two charging stations.

July 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Fourth candidate for Atherton council seat

Diane Sandhu, a member of the Atherton Audit and Finance Committee, applied this morning (July 8) for the vacant seat on the City Council that may be filled by appointment when the council meets on Thursday, July 11.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Local teams eliminated from District 52 Little League

Palo Alto National and Menlo-Atherton both lost in their respective divisions to close out local Little League play in District 52 Majors All-Star Tournament action Sunday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Man struck by train is identified

The man who was struck and killed Friday morning, July 5, by a train at the Atherton station has been identified as Clifford Planchon, 88, of Redwood City.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Probe into whether fire vehicle struck victim

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating whether of the two people killed in Saturday's Asiana Airlines crash might have been unknowingly hit by a fire vehicle at the scene.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
SFO travelers still facing delays, cancellations

Travelers at San Francisco International Airport continue to face flight delays and cancellations today, though fewer than the airport saw over the weekend following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214.

July 8, 2013 | No comments yet
SFO plane crash: Stanford Hospital evaluates 55 people

At airport, investigators recover 'black boxes' after crash that killed two Chinese students
Stanford Medical Center evaluated 55 patients from Saturday's crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and admitted 18. Two remained in critical condition as of Sunday night, July 7, according to spokesman James Larkin.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Police report 13 incidents of car vandalism, theft

Menlo Park police are investigating 13 cases of auto vandalism or theft that occurred between 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford Hospital treats 55 patients from crash

Stanford Hospital has released revised and updated numbers regarding patients treated from Saturday's crash of the Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
'Black boxes' recovered; two runways closed

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were at San Francisco International Airport Sunday, sifting through the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crashed on Saturday.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
One person unaccounted for in 6-alarm fire

One person remains unaccounted for following a six-alarm apartment building fire in Redwood City that injured 21 people Sunday morning, according to a fire official.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Two killed in SFO crash were teen girls

Two 16-year-old Chinese girls were killed in the fiery crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, the airline has confirmed.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford evaluates people from crash

July 6, 2013 | No comments yet
All crew and passengers accounted for

All remaining passengers and crew members on board Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have been accounted for following a crash at San Francisco International Airport that killed two people Saturday, officials said.

July 6, 2013 | No comments yet
SFO plane crash kills two; dozens injured

Sheryl Sandberg said she was supposed to be on the flight, but changed to United
A Boeing 777 aircraft crashed on the runway at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said she was supposed to be on the flight, but had changed to United.

July 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Bald eagle spotted in Woodside

Jeff Degnan, who lives on Canada Road in Woodside, saw this bald eagle over his house today (July 5). His daughter Emily Degnan took the photo.

July 5, 2013 | 4 comments
Tonight: Woodside Council to consider disposition of Jackling House artifacts

The Woodside Town Council is set to meet at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, to consider a new appraisal of artifacts from the former summer home of copper baron Daniel Jackling, and possibly decide what to do with them.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Possible road rage turns into shooting

East Palo Alto man shot in the face as July 4 celebrations conclude
A 32-year-old man was shot in the face in the early hours of July 5 in what police said was a possible road-rage incident. The shooting occurred in East Palo Alto just after a night of illegal July Fourth celebratory fireworks throughout the city had died down.

July 5, 2013 | 1 comment
Atherton teen travels far and wide for a tennis experience

Catherine Carton Bellis has yet to play a lick of high school tennis and the Atherton teenager is still considered one of the the nation's top players in any age group 18 and under. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

July 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Man struck, killed by train at Atherton station

Caltrain reports that normal service has resumed
A man was struck and killed this morning by a train at the Atherton station, Caltrain has confirmed.

July 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Photos from July Fourth parade downtown

Two friends hold hands while one pulls a wagon during the Menlo Park Fourth of July Parade on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac/2013.

July 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside: Photos from Junior Rodeo

A cowgirl at the Junior Rodeo at the Mounted Patrol Grounds in Woodside on July Fourth. Photo by Magali Gauthier/The Almanac.

July 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Computer pioneer Doug Engelbart of Atherton dies at 88

Atherton resident invented the mouse and the concept of hyperlinking
The fellowship of high-technology pioneers lost another giant Tuesday with the death of Atherton resident Douglas Engelbart. Credited with inventing the computer mouse and coming up with concepts such as point-and-click and hypertext links, Mr. Engelbart interceded on behalf of ordinary people to extend the power of computing far and wide.

July 3, 2013 | 3 comments
Longtime Atherton council watcher hopes to exchange audience seat for one on the dais

Council watcher and longtime Atherton resident John Ruggeiro is the third applicant for the vacant City Council seat, hoping for an appointment when the council interviews candidates on July 11.

July 3, 2013 | 5 comments
District 52 Little League all-star results

11-12s Majors at Belmont Sports Complex Field No. 2
Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Belle Haven pool attempts world record

Facility joins in 'world's largest swim lesson'
People may be forgiven for thinking the Belle Haven swimming pool looked busier than usual on June 18 -- the facility was attempting to join the Guinness Book of World Records by participating in "the world's largest swim lesson."

July 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Paving shuts U.S. 101 University Avenue on-ramp

Work continues through Wednesday
A Caltrans work crew repairing a water pipeline that serves some Menlo Park residents has shut the University Avenue on-ramp and two northbound lanes of U.S. 101 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting on Monday, July 1.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Blood drive in memory of Cate Fisher

A blood drive is being held in memory of Cate Fisher, 19, who taught gymnastics for the city of Menlo Park before she was shot and killed in 2011.

July 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Jubilee for Mt. Olive church

Celebrating 50 years in ministry, the Mount Olive Apostolic Original Holy Church of God in Menlo Park is hosting a jubilee on Saturday, July 6, at 11 a.m. in Burgess Park. The free picnic is just the kick-off event.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Pao sex discrimination lawsuit stays in open court

Appeals court rules against Kleiner Perkins bid for arbitration
Menlo Park venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers lost its bid to force a former employee who filed a sex discrimination lawsuit into confidential arbitration, thanks to a recent appeals court decision.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Second man applies for Atherton council seat

Rick DeGolia, a software executive and private equity investor, submitted his application this morning (July 2) for a vacant seat on the Atherton City Council. He is the second applicant for the post, joining Greg Conlon.

July 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside and Portola Valley Town Halls will be closed on Thursday and Friday

The Town Halls in Portola Valley and Woodside will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5, to observe the Independence Day holiday.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Judge dismisses lawsuit against John Woodell

Court grants an anti-SLAPP motion in Chuck Bernstein's lawsuit
A duel of defamation lawsuits left one standing after a San Mateo County judge ruled in favor of dismissing the claim filed against Menlo Park resident John Woodell.

July 2, 2013 | 3 comments
What's going on here?

Santa Cruz Avenue irrigation project begins
Foreman Raul Aguiarre, right, and operator Luis Felix smooth fresh cement over newly laid irrigation pipes along Santa Cruz Avenue at Chestnut Street in downtown Menlo Park on June 28. Mr. Aguiarre says the project will take about three months to complete.

July 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Lopez wins lacrosse All-American honors

Alex Lopez of Portola Valley is one of 15 Bay Area players to be named as a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American Player.

July 2, 2013 | 5 comments
Peninsula Ball debutantes

Twenty local young women made their debut June 15 at the Peninsula Ball to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

July 2, 2013 | No comments yet
New Eagle Scouts in Troop 215

Two new Eagle Scouts from Menlo Park Troop 215, Scott Kuhnen and Nicholas Landolfi, were recognized in a Court of Honor.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Memories: When it was 'an occasion' to go downtown

In my youth it was great fun to go downtown, and we dressed for it. One of my earliest memories was Mother helping me into a little matching hat and coat, shining my Mary Janes with a dab of salad oil, and handing me my white gloves for a shopping trip.

July 29, 2013 | 2 comments
'We Can Do This'

Stacey Turcotte of San Carlos has been selected as "Artist of the Year" by the Menlo Charity Horse Show committee for her painting, "We Can Do This," which captures a moment of unspoken connection between horse and rider before competition.

July 16, 2013 | 2 comments
News about local college graduates

July 5, 2013 | No comments yet
41 students graduate from Woodside Elementary

Forty-one eighth-graders at Woodside Elementary School took part in the school's graduation and received diplomas in the school's amphitheater on June 14.

July 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Thief strikes Fremont Park concert

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside, Ladera and West Menlo Park.

July 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Old oak in Portola Valley is gone, felled by tree crew

The iconic and stately oak tree that stood in the strip of ground along Portola Road near the Historic Schoolhouse in Portola Valley is gone, having been felled by a tree maintenance crew. The last 20-foot segment of the trunk was to be taken down this morning, an official said.

July 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Budget shows larger revenues

New town employees begin contributing toward pensions.
Budget discussions at a recent Portola Valley Town Council meeting began on a high note. Instead of the expected 3 percent increase in property-tax revenues for the fiscal year, the county assessor's office expects a 6 percent bump, Town Manager Nick Pegueros told the council.

July 2, 2013 | No comments yet
New private high school to open

A new private school, Compass High School, is opening in August in Redwood City for students with "learning differences and high-functioning autism."

July 4, 2013 | 3 comments
Girl killed in I-280 crash is identified

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office has identified the girl who was killed in a crash on Interstate 280 near Palo Alto on Saturday.

July 1, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: New Hillview Middle School playing field must be ripped up and rebuilt

Neighbors of Hillview Middle School may have hoped for a quiet summer after living through three previous summers of major construction work required to rebuild the Menlo Park campus. But that hope was dashed with the school district's recent determination that the new playing field must be ripped up and repaired beginning this week.

July 1, 2013 | 33 comments
East Palo Alto celebrates its 30-year anniversary

When East Palo Alto resident Vicki Smothers was born in 1954, East Palo Alto was unincorporated land governed by San Mateo County. Residents did not have much of a voice in the decisions made for the area.

July 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Arrillaga's latest gift to Stanford tops all others

University announces donation of $151 million from Silicon Valley landowner, developer
Stanford University today announced a new gift of $151 million from Silicon Valley landowner and developer John Arrillaga, a member of Stanford's class of 1960. The largest single gift ever from a living individual will be used over time on a wide variety of projects, the university said.

July 1, 2013 | 24 comments
Festivities for the Fourth

Parades, carnivals, rodeo and fireworks mark traditional holiday
Local communities will celebrate the Fourth of July with old-fashioned family activities, ranging from a pig scramble at the Woodside Junior Rodeo to Menlo Park's annual parade and festival.

July 1, 2013 | 1 comment
Little League all-star play (12-year-olds)

District 52 Little League Tournament: In a winner's bracket game, Alpine-West Menlo ran into a hot pitcher, falling to Redwood City East, 8-1.
Alpine plays again on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

July 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Girl, 11, dies after accident on Interstate 280

Ford pickup truck rolled over just south of Page Mill Road exit
An 11-year-old girl died from injuries sustained in Saturday's rollover accident on Interstate 280, just south of Page Mill Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 30, 2013 | 6 comments
Firefighters extinguish grass fire along I-280

Firefighters extinguished a grass fire Sunday (6/30) along Interstate 280 just north of the Farm Hill Road interchange.

June 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Concours d'Elegance in San Mateo

The Palo Alto Lions Club will hold its 47th annual Concours d'Elegance auto show Sunday, June 30, at the San Mateo County Event Center, instead of Stanford University's athletic field, where it has been held for the past 38 years.

June 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Albert and Harriet Fenn Hahn bought this house on Glenwood Avenue in Atherton in 1908. They renamed their new estate Fennwood, and remodeled the house to eventually comprise 25 rooms.

June 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Registering for Las Lomitas School District

Parents who still need to register a child in the Las Lomitas School District for the 2013-14 school year before Aug. 5 should do so through the district office because both school offices are closed through July.

July 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Las Lomitas School District may put $60 million bond measure on November ballot

Following the example of a neighboring district, officials in the Las Lomitas Elementary School District may be asking voters to approve a bond measure on the November ballot to pay for new classrooms and upgrades on both campuses to meet surging enrollment.

June 28, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto to celebrate 30th anniversary Saturday

East Palo Alto residents will mark the 30th anniversary of their city's incorporation with a parade and festival at a daylong event hosted by the city Saturday, June 29.

June 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park plant exchange

Too much greenery on your hands? Need more variety? The Menlo Park library is hosting a plant exchange on Saturday, June 29.

June 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: One applicant so far for council seat

Greg Conlon, who ran for City Council last November, is the only Atherton resident so far who has applied for appointment to the council seat being vacated July 1 by Jerry Carlson.

June 28, 2013 | 5 comments
District 52 Majors 9-10 all-stars schedule

DISTRICT 52 LITTLE LEAGUE MAJORS 9-10 ALL-STARS
Hosted by Menlo-Atherton, Alpine West/Menlo
Saturday
Game 1 -- Foster City vs. Palo Alto National (Burgess Park), 9 a.m.
Game 2 -- San Mateo American vs. Alpine/West Menlo (La Entrada), 9 a.m.
Game 3 -- Palo Alto American vs. Hillsborough (Burgess Park), 11:30 a.m. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 27, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Skeptic's Guide to the Mind

Author Robert Burton speaks about neuroscience
What neuroscience can and can't tell us is the topic of an author lecture on Thursday night at Kepler's Books.

June 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Old oak tree near farmers' market is half dead and must come down

Root rot has rendered fragile a stately, picturesque -- and now doomed -- Portola Valley oak tree located between Portola Road and the parking lot of the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road. The portion of the tree overhanging the road is dead and a major limb overhanging the parking lot has a crack in it, Town Manager Nick Pegueros said.

June 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Interim deputy fire chief chosen

Daniel Belville comes out of retirement to fill in
Staffing changes continue at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District with the appointment of Daniel Belville as interim deputy fire chief. The district announced this week that the retired firefighter will start July 8.

June 27, 2013 | 8 comments
Menlo Park police highlight elder fraud

Lottery scams and other frauds reported
An elderly Menlo Park couple ripped off in a Jamaican lottery scam is one of several, police announced. The con artists ask victims for money or personal information in exchange for promised prizes, or pose as relatives in need of emergency help.

June 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula residents laud Prop 8 ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling dismissing the Proposition 8 appeal and likely making way for same-sex weddings to resume in California has many throughout the state rejoicing -- including on the Peninsula, where a longtime supervisor-turned-assemblyman called it a dream come true for the LGBT community.

June 26, 2013 | 16 comments
Woodside council again rejects ballot measure on farmers' markets in the heart of downtown

The downtown Woodside farmers' market will be closed for the season when November rolls around, but its fate -- particularly its location when it reopens in the spring -- is an unanswered question. Some residents wanted to resolve the issue at the ballot box, but the Town Council has decided that is not going to happen.

June 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Former SHP standout Cole McConnell heads to Michigan

Former Sacred Heart Prep basketball standout Cole McConnell will attend the University of Michigan beginning this summer. He will join the NCAA runner-up Wolverines as a preferred walk-on. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 26, 2013 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League 10-11 All-Stars

At Red Morton Park, Redwood City
Saturday
Game 1 -- Palo Alto National vs. Redwood City West (Kiwanis Field), 9 a.m.
Game 2 -- Pacifica American vs. Palo Alto American (Mitchell Field), 9 a.m.
Game 3 -- Menlo-Atherton vs. Redwood City East (Kiwanis), 11:30 a.m.
Game 4 -- San Mateo American vs. Half Moon Bay (Mitchell), 11:30 a.m. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Louise Street conflict escalates

Yardwork leaves neighbors fuming
If a tree branch falls on Louise Street, someone will be there to hear it, watch it and photograph it, as the conflict between neighborhood residents and a Menlo Park developer heats up.

June 26, 2013 | 11 comments
Police calls: Grandparent scam

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park and Portola Valley.

June 28, 2013 | 1 comment
Tonight: Portola Valley considers budget

Two notable items are in Portola Valley's new budget up for a vote tonight by the Town Council: Town Hall employees hired in 2013 or later must contribute 6.25 percent of their base pay toward their retirement accounts, and must wait until they're 62 before retiring with the maximum benefit.

June 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Storm drains, bridges are key features of Woodside budget

Town staff would get a pay raise, the first in five years.
Tonight, in voting on the Woodside budget, the Town Council considers initiating major public works projects for the next two fiscal years.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside revisits farmers' market

The Woodside Town Council will tonight (June 25) reconsider putting a ballot measure before the voters in November on whether to amend zoning rules to allow a farmers' market in a parking lot downtown.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League all-stars set to begin

11-12s Majors at Belmont Sports Complex Field No. 2
Saturday
Game 1 -- Menlo-Atherton vs. Redwood City East, 9 a.m.
Game 2 -- Pacifica National vs. Alpine/West Menlo, 11:30 a.m. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Embezzlement case: District sues former official over 'gift' of Menlo Park home

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has sued the district's former finance director alleging that, after she pleaded no contest to embezzlement charges involving more than $450,000 but before a judge determined what she owes as restitution, she improperly divested herself of the ownership of a house at 1311 Henderson Ave. in Menlo Park.

June 28, 2013 | 4 comments
Woodside: Homeowner claims he was falsely accused of arson after house fire

James Irizarry, the owner of the Woodside home at 1200 Bear Gulch Road destroyed by fire a year ago, has filed a defamation lawsuit against a Redwood City real estate agent.

June 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven visioning process steps into action phase

At least 70 people participate in workshop
Menlo Park residents and city officials came together last week in a communal effort to address and prioritize key issues affecting the city's Belle Haven neighborhood.

June 25, 2013 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Safari at the Menlo Park library

On Wednesday, June 26, the Menlo Park library is going a little wild as docents lead an imaginative safari through the Amazon.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A's Fang heads to St. Louis for golf

Recent Menlo-Atherton High grad Xin Fang won't have to learn a new mascot as she heads to Washington University in St. Louis to continue her golfing career for the Bears. She is one of three recruits for the Class of 2017. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Recipe wins invite to White House

Menlo Park girl is a winner in Michelle Obama's 'healthy lunch' contest
Rose Scott, a 12-year-old Menlo Park girl, isn't your average kid baking cookies in an Easy Bake oven. She'll be dining at the White House in July, thanks to her award-winning recipe for pork and tofu lettuce cups.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Seeing what others don't

Photographer sheds light on his native Peru in a Menlo Park talk and exhibit
Sick in bed with a fever, 5-year-old Guillermo Rivas flipped through an old family photo album to pass the time. Entranced by the portraits of his family members, he began a lifelong passion for photography.

June 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton council passes 'healthy outlook' budget

Higher-than-expected property tax revenue and the effects of whittling down spending over the last few years have led to a "healthy outlook" on Atherton's finances, according to City Manager George Rodericks' report to the City Council, which on June 19 unanimously approved a $10.4 million operating budget for the next fiscal year.

June 25, 2013 | 10 comments
Diverse fare at Atherton film forum

From human trafficking, to Internet romance, to Jeremy Lin's journey to the NBA, the fourth annual Windrider Film Forum in Atherton will screen a diverse group of six films between Thursday, June 27, and Saturday, June 29, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

June 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Obituaries: Venture capital exec dies at 59

Tracy Lefteroff of Portola Valley, managing partner of the venture capital practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, died at home June 9.

June 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo student, 14, wins high music honors

Pianist Anna Boonyanit, a ninth-grader at Menlo School, was the winner of many awards, including an invitation to perform a recital at Carnegie Hall, at the recent International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose.

June 26, 2013 | 1 comment
Concours d'Elegance moves to San Mateo

The Palo Alto Lions Club will hold its 47th annual Concours d'Elegance auto show Sunday, June 30, at the San Mateo County Event Center, instead of Stanford University's athletic field, where it has been held for the past 38 years.

June 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park drive-by shooting injures two

Police are seeking a light-colored SUV
Two men sitting in the driveway of a Menlo Park residence were shot on Saturday night, June 22, Menlo Park police said.

June 24, 2013 | 2 comments
'Community heroines'

Keiko Franklin sent us this photo of three "community heroines" picking up trash on Sharon Road in front of La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park a little before 7 a.m. Friday, June 21.

June 24, 2013 | 1 comment
Say cheese!

Got a great picture that deserves to be shared with the community? Send your photos and captions to the Almanac's online Photo Gallery. Include in the captions how the photographer or photo are connected to the Almanac area: Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside.

June 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Safari tour guide lecture

Francis Lenyakopiro, a nomadic tribesman from North Kenya, will give a talk about living and working with wild animals in Kenya from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park.

June 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: San Carlos Airport Day

Free airplane rides for kids, airport tours, dozens of aircraft on display, bounce houses, exhibits and vendors are all part of San Carlos Airport's first Airport Day on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Carrying the torch

Making their way through downtown Menlo Park on El Camino Real, Menlo Park police and Special Olympics athletes carry the torch Friday (June 21) in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California. Photo by Sofia Biros.

June 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Witnesses step forward in Nakano killing, police say

Oakland police say several witnesses have come forward in the investigation of the death of Aya Nakano, a 2008 graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton who was shot and killed June 12 in Oakland.

June 21, 2013 | 3 comments
Atherton council wants to appoint new member; applications accepted until July 8

Atherton residents who want to serve their community at a high level of involvement -- and who have a solid store of tolerance for meeting attendance -- might consider applying for a short term on the City Council to see if the job suits them. Applications are being taken for residents interested in serving out the term of Councilman Jerry Carlson, who is resigning his position on July 1.

June 20, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park man, two others plead not guilty to burglaries of Peninsula homes

Investigators find stolen property in car and suspects' homes
Three suspects in a series of residential burglaries in Redwood City, Palo Alto and other cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties pleaded not guilty to burglary and other charges.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Two local golfers advance in California Amateur

Sacred Heart Prep grad Dalan Refioglu and Atherton's Jonathan Garrick both advanced to match play in the 102nd California Amateur Championships following a second day of solid rounds on Tuesday at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Meeting on Flood Park's future

Menlo Park residents and county to talk about park's future
Saved from death by budget cut, thanks to the combined efforts of Menlo Park residents and San Mateo County officials, Flood Park remains a popular gathering spot - albeit one that could use some sprucing up.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Belle Haven community workshop

Belle Haven residents and other Menlo Park community members are invited to a workshop tonight (June 20) to discuss the city's visioning process for the neighborhood.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Diaper derby steals show

Addison Servatius, 8 months old, left, and Tyler Witlin, 9 months old compete in the diaper derby during a Menlo Park downtown block party on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

June 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 6 burglaries, 4 thefts in 2 days

Menlo Park police report six burglaries, four thefts, and one case of fraud in two days (June 17-18) with a total estimated loss of nearly $26,000.

June 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Vice President Joe Biden dines at Left Bank

Here's another photo of Vice President Joe Biden in Menlo Park on Saturday, June 15. He's with Khephra Molloy, general manager of the Left Bank restaurant in Menlo Park, where he had lunch.

June 18, 2013 | 8 comments
Menlo Park school bond measure officially approved for November ballot

GAIS lease also extended one year
Expanded version of earlier story. There was much agonizing over language but no surprises when the Menlo Park City School District board met Monday night (June 17) and unanimously approved placing a $23 million bond measure on the November ballot.

June 18, 2013 | 17 comments
Menlo teammates win USTA NorCal junior titles

Winning tennis titles is nothing new for Palo Alto's David Ball or Atherton's Lane Leschly, who helped the Menlo School boys sweep the Central Coast Section and NorCal crowns once again this spring. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday: Torch run through Menlo Park

Menlo Park police will carry the torch in support of the Special Olympics of Northern California on Friday, June 21.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Library collecting food

The main Menlo Park public library is collecting food for Second Harvest from now until Aug. 17.

June 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council OKs $76 million budget

Delays decision on staff salaries, red-light cameras
The city of Menlo Park raided its sofa and found some pocket change, bumping up its projected 2013-14 fiscal year budget by approximately $400,000.

June 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Con man busted in Las Vegas

Simon Gann caught after jumping parole in Menlo Park case
Bad news: Convicted con man Simon Gann will be returning to the Bay Area. Good news: He should be doing so courtesy of law enforcement.

June 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Subcommittee delivers update on Stanford-Arrillaga project on El Camino Real

Traffic analysis underway
When last we heard from the Menlo Park council on the proposed eight-acre Stanford-Arrillaga project, a subcommittee had been appointed on April 16 in the hopes of guiding concerned residents and Stanford to a detente.

June 18, 2013 | 19 comments
July 7 service for journalist Bill Workman of Woodside

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 7, at the Kings Mountain Fire Brigade Community Center for William "Bill" Spears Workman Jr., an award-winning journalist and longtime Woodside resident.

June 20, 2013 | 1 comment
Longtime Menlo School teacher, coach dies

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, for longtime Menlo School teacher and coach Robert W.F. Jones, who died June 7 at his home in Menlo Park.

June 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Celebration of life of SHP grad Aya Nakano

A celebration of the life of Aya Nakano, a 2008 graduate of Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton who was shot and killed June 12 in Oakland, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Homer Center on the Sacred Heart Schools campus, 150 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

June 17, 2013 | No comments yet
News of local college graduates

Names and degrees of local residents who recently graduated from college.

June 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Swimmers salute inspiring coach George French

George French trained Ladera Oaks swimmers, including Olympic contenders, during 1960s and '70s
It's been decades since they were swimming together as kids under the direction of Coach George French, but many of the swimmers on the Ladera Oaks Aquatic Club during the 1960s and '70s reunited Saturday, June 15, to reminisce and thank their childhood coach.

June 17, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside may revisit farmers' market measure

There is still a chance for a November 2013 ballot measure asking Woodside voters whether to amend zoning rules to allow a farmers' market in a parking lot downtown, where parking is scarce.

June 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Police calls: $9,000 loss with theft of two bikes

Crime and accident reports from Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside.

June 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park block party features bands, diaper derby, pie-eating contest

Bands, a pie-eating contest and a diaper derby are some of the highlights of the 7th annual Menlo Park summer block party, set for Wednesday, June 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Feature story: Envisioning a 'frontier of possibility'

Hillview Middle School Principal Erik Burmeister blazed new trails during his first year on the job, and promises to continue changing classroom strategies to "prepare kids for their future, not ... for our past."

June 17, 2013 | 18 comments
Thursday: Portola Valley concert on lawn

Bundy Browne and the Expresso Rhythm Section will perform Thursday, June 20, at the first of three free summer concerts on the lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

June 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Farmers' market a hit in Portola Valley

Late afternoon breezes in Portola Valley ruffled the flowers, set rows of delicate wire-wrapped jewelry to dancing, and caressed what fruits and vegetables were left at the town's first farmers' market.

June 21, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside seeks better handling of bike tours

Woodside Town Council members are upset about how deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office handled -- or did not handle -- a June 9 bike tour when hundreds of cyclists passed through town and reportedly jammed the intersection of Woodside and Canada roads for hours.

June 18, 2013 | 13 comments
Tonight: Board meets on school bond measure

Menlo Park City School District seeks approval of $23 million bond for new school
The Menlo Park City School District board meets at 7 p.m. Monday (June 17) in a special session at Hillview Middle School to formally approve placing a $23 million bond measure on the November ballot, and to finalize the ballot language.

June 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park market robbed at gunpoint

A masked man robbed La Michoacana Market in Menlo Park at gunpoint on Saturday.

June 17, 2013 | 3 comments
County seeks nominees for poet laureate

San Mateo County is seeking nominations for poet laureate, someone who can act as an ambassador for literary arts in the county.

June 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Joe Biden drops by Menlo Park

Sandie Timm of Menlo Park sent us this photo of Vice President Joe Biden with her son Ben, 7, at the Harvest furniture store at 639 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park on Saturday, June 15.

June 16, 2013 | No comments yet
All lanes reopened on Hwy. 35 after crash

All lanes have reopened on State Highway 35 in San Mateo County following an injury accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 15, 2013 | 2 comments
Sixty-nine graduate from Woodside Priory

Sixty-nine seniors received diplomas June 1 at Woodside Priory's 53rd commencement on the Portola Valley campus.

June 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Jerry Carlson resigns from council

Jerry Carlson has made it official: He will step down from the Atherton City Council on July 1 after serving for seven and a half years. The council on June 19 will discuss whether to appoint his successor or call for a special election.

June 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Local girls earn All-American honors in lacrosse

Palo Alto High grad Nina Kelty and Menlo School graduate Ali Kim both were among eight girls from Northern California named first team All-Americans by US Lacrosse on Thursday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park decides to sell below-market-rate house at market rate

Funds may support amnesty program for existing granny units
When the Menlo Park council last discussed the below-market-rate house at 25 Riordan Place, council members worried about what condition the property would be in once the city finished buying it back from the two owners.

June 14, 2013 | 3 comments
County fair runs through Sunday

The 79th annual San Mateo County Fair continues through June 16 at the San Mateo Event Center, 2495 South Delaware St. in San Mateo.

June 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Burglary thwarted by homeowner

Would-be burglars were interrupted by a homeowner Thursday morning in the 1300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in unincorporated San Mateo County, a sheriff's deputy said.

June 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Sacred Heart Prep graduate shot and killed in Oakland

Aya Nakano, who graduated from Sacred Heart Prepatory in 2008, was fatally shot in North Oakland late Wednesday, an hour before his 23rd birthday, after getting into a confrontation with two suspects who had rear-ended his car, police said.

June 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Crews contain house fire in Atherton

A fire on Thursday in the 100 block of Almendral Avenue in Atherton damaged a pool house, a storage shed, a carport-like shed and about 25 percent of the main house, a firefighter said.

June 13, 2013 | 4 comments
Menlo Park boys win soccer title

The Menlo Park Boys Under 10 AYSO Select soccer team won the Davis World Cup soccer tournament on Memorial Day weekend in Davis, California.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Taking a breath between high school and college

For many high school seniors, May 1 means one thing: the deadline for accepting admission to college. For some students, however, it may also mean deferring acceptance, and taking a gap year to do something entirely different.

June 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Sharon Heights Golf Club staffer honored at SFSU

She is food and beverage manager at the country club
Kathleen Downing, who works at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park, was honored as one of San Francisco State University's top graduates at graduation ceremonies on May 25.

June 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Walk with a doc in San Mateo County

The San Mateo County Medical Association is sponsoring Saturday morning walks, when physicians walk with members of the public and chat about general health topics.

June 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley report on affordable housing

Volunteer panel favors three approaches
In planning for housing affordable to people of low and moderate incomes, as state law requires, a committee of volunteers advised the Portola Valley Town Council to go with second units, below-market-rate homes built in new subdivisions, and on-site employee housing associated with commercial enterprises or institutions.

June 13, 2013 | 5 comments
Tonight: Jesse Cool helps launch 'Share' recipe book at Kepler's in Menlo Park

Restaurateur and author Jesse Ziff Cool and Women for Women International volunteer Lauri Pastrone will help launch "Share," the first recipe book from Women for Women International, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police chief seeks a few good citizens for advisory committee

Are you an avid follower of all things related to the Menlo Park police? Chief Robert Jonsen would like to talk to you.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Meetings set on supes districts

San Mateo County voters decided last year to have county supervisors run for election within their districts rather than county-wide. Do current district boundaries need changes? The Board of Supervisors recently appointed a committee to engage the public in a series of meetings on this question.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Voters to decide whether to adopt $23 million bond measure for new school in Menlo Park

Menlo Park school board also signals intent to allow private school to remain on O'Connor campus an extra year
School board members last night (June 11) agreed with Menlo Park City School District staff that district voters should be asked to approve a $23 million bond measure in November to pay for the reopening of a fifth campus. A new school is needed, the board determined earlier this year, to address rapidly growing enrollment.

June 12, 2013 | 21 comments
Webb Ranch denies allegations in lawsuit over accident involving horses on Interstate 280

Attorneys for Webb Ranch have filed a response to the lawsuit by Dr. Jean W. Gillon that accuses the ranch of negligence in connection with an accident on Interstate 280 in the early morning darkness in December 2012. Webb Ranch denies all the allegations.

June 12, 2013 | No comments yet
It's a national title for the NorCal Rowers

Menlo-Atherton High senior Katie Kelly and recent Woodside grad Makayla Karr-Warner rowed off with a national title at the USRowing Youth National Championships on June 8-9 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The two, who compete for NorCal Rowers, won the Lightweight Women's Doubles. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 12, 2013 | No comments yet
$3.6 million gift for Menlo Park school district

The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation is giving $3.6 million to the Menlo Park City School District to help fund teachers and educational programs, the foundation announced Tuesday.

June 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Kepler's hosts National Geographic this summer

First lecture on June 18
Lions, polar ecology and Mars are a few of the topics that explorers from National Geographic will present during a series of five lectures hosted by Kepler's Books, beginning June 18.

June 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Carlton appointed to state board

Catherine Carlton to serve on Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind
Menlo Park councilwoman Catherine Carlton has been appointed to the California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind, according to the governor's office.

June 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Music to a tee

Golf and music don't immediately spring to mind as natural companions. The East Palo Alto Junior Golf Program aims to change that, however, through its first annual "Music to a Tee" fundraiser on Sunday, June 16.

June 14, 2013 | No comments yet
SamTrans launches blog

Menlo Park students featured on Peninsula Moves
Dying to know what SamTrans is up to? Go to the transportation agency's new blog. Recently featured: How Menlo Park second graders saved up enough to buy Giants tickets and get to the game via bus and Caltrain.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Tip a cop in Menlo Park

Menlo Park officers wait tables for Special Olympics fundraiser
Drop by Stacks restaurant in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 13, to support the city's police officers in raising funds for the Special Olympics.

June 12, 2013 | No comments yet
Cyclist injured in collision on Alpine Road

A 58-year-old Palo Alto bicyclist was thrown 8 to 10 feet in the air and was injured in a collision with a vehicle on Alpine Road near Interstate 280 on Sunday morning (June 9), according to the California Highway Patrol and the Woodside Fire Protection District.

June 11, 2013 | 34 comments
Today: Farmers' market starts trial run in Portola Valley

Thursday afternoon marks the start of a six-week trial for a farmers' market in the parking lot of the Historic Schoolhouse in Portola Valley.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
It's a national title for the NorCal Rowers

Menlo-Atherton High senior Katie Kelly and recent Woodside graduate Makayla Karr-Warner rowed off with a national title at the USRowing Youth National Championships this past weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 11, 2013 | No comments yet
2013 girls' spring all-league teams

LACROSSE
WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Foothill Division
Tri-MVPs: Caroline Cummings (Sacred Heart Prep); Katherine Hobbs (Castilleja); Ali Kim (Menlo School) Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park weighs privacy versus surveillance

How long should police retain license plate data?
On the heels of an announcement of the long-awaited Belle Haven police substation, the Menlo Park council found itself mulling over privacy rights versus surveillance.

June 13, 2013 | 15 comments
Tonight: Granny units coming to Menlo Park

Council to take final action on legalizing secondary units
Granny's got a new place to stay, or at least she will, once the Menlo Park City Council concludes its authorization of secondary, aka "in-law," aka "granny," units.

June 11, 2013 | No comments yet
News of recent college graduates

Information on college graduates who reside in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside.

June 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Refuge restaurant opens in Menlo Park

It's all about pastrami and Belgian beer at "The Refuge" restaurant in San Carlos. Owner and chef Matt Levin is now bringing his popular concept to Menlo Park, opening a second Refuge at 1143 Crane St.

June 11, 2013 | 10 comments
Tours of Shoreway Environmental Center

The free tours include visiting the transfer station, where garbage and yard trimmings are handled; the outdoor education area with a demonstration garden and composting systems; and the materials recovery facility, where recyclables are processed.

June 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton: Windrider Film Forum features 'Linsanity'

The Windrider Film Forum returns to the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School from June 27 to 29.

June 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Sandberg tells grads how she overcame fears

This is an excerpt from prepared remarks by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, for the Sequoia High School commencement in Redwood City on June 7.

June 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Onslaught of California oak moths

California oak moths are fluttering around right now, particularly in pockets of Woodside and Portola Valley.

June 16, 2013 | 2 comments
Police calls: armed robbery on Menalto Avenue

Crime reports from Menlo Park and West Menlo Park.

June 14, 2013 | 4 comments
Woodside woman hailed as hero after Boston bombings

She is reunited with woman she comforted after the Boston bombings
The woman hailed in last week's national news, "Bombing survivor meets her hero," is Amanda North of Woodside.

June 10, 2013 | 5 comments
Webb Ranch to sell produce at farmers' markets

It's nearly summer, but the Webb Ranch fruit and vegetable stand at Alpine Road and Interstate 280 has been dark and empty. The ranch, in business since 1922, is in the process of trying something new, and old: selling produce at area farmers' markets.

June 12, 2013 | 3 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council to discuss committee report on affordable housing

The Portola Valley Town Council will meet at Wednesday, June 12, to discuss a report from a committee of nine volunteers on how the town should address the controversial topic of affordable housing mandates.

June 11, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park sued over car's collision with train

April 2012 accident injured mother and daughter
The aftershocks of a late April afternoon collision continue to ripple through Menlo Park a year later: Two women who had been traveling in a car struck by a train at the Ravenswood crossing are now suing the city, the county, Caltrain and the state.

June 11, 2013 | 36 comments
Menlo Park City School District voters may be asked to approve $23 million bond measure

Menlo Park City School District board to study bond recommendation for O'Connor campus rebuilding project
School board members on Tuesday (June 11) will consider a staff recommendation to ask residents of the Menlo Park City School District to pass a $23 million bond measure in November to pay for construction of a new school at the former O'Connor school site in Menlo Park.

June 10, 2013 | 14 comments
Woodside budget shows 'structural' surplus

Council will review budget Tuesday
The town of Woodside's proposed budget would raise salaries across the board, initiate contributions by staff to their retirement accounts, and end the town's obligation to pay retirees' health care premiums for life.

June 10, 2013 | 2 comments
'Secret' Apple store taking shape

Apple's newest and possibly grandest store, while still hidden from ground-level view by tall black sheeting, is taking shape on the west end of Stanford Shopping Center.

June 9, 2013 | 2 comments
Woodside High grads leave gift for future

At Woodside High on June 7, the 382 candidates for graduation in the Class of 2013 had something for the two classes coming along behind them in 2014 and 2015: two $1,000 scholarships for each class.

June 11, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Preparing to rehearse for an event at the Menlo Circus Club in the 1920s are, from left, Evelyn Taylor, Clara Bransten, Katherine "Timmie" Doyle and Carol Lapham. Photo courtesy Atherton Heritage Association.

June 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Voting ends Sunday

>> VOTE TODAY to pick your favorite restaurants, shops and services in the Almanac's 2013 Readers' Choice poll. Vote (online only) by July 7 and you'll be entered in a prize drawing.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton awaits reimbursement for Obama visit

Dear Town of Atherton: The check is not in the mail.

June 7, 2013 | 30 comments
Menlo College adds softball, men's soccer player

Menlo College roundup: Menlo College softball coach Michell Vlahos announced the signing of Taylor Snowden, who spent the previous two years at Merced College. Menlo men's soccer coach Eric Bucchere announced the signing of goalkeeper Martin De La Torre. De La Torre. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Obama visits Palo Alto to raise funds for Senate Dems

Protestors crowd street to bring message against Keystone Pipeline to president
President Obama visited Palo Alto Thursday night to attend two fundraisers benefiting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the first at the Crescent Park home of Flipboard CEO Mike McCue. He was greeted by protestors near the first home, on Forest Avenue, where people held a mock Keystone Pipeline and signs against expansion of the oil pipeline.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Peninsula College Fund names 2013 honorees

Fifteen first-generation college students to be feted June 18 at Sacred Heart Prep
Fifteen local high-school graduates will be honored June 18 by the Peninsula College Fund, a nonprofit aimed at helping low-income, first-generation college students achieve educational and career goals.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Whoopee!

Class of 2013 celebrates graduation from Menlo-Atherton High School
Oh, what heights they'll hit. The Looney Tunes Overture, performed by the Menlo-Atherton High School Concert Band and Orchestra, lent an optimistic and mildly comical note to the start of the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013 on June 6.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man in wheelchair struck in hit and run

A man in a wheelchair was struck by a car in a hit and run on University Avenue Saturday morning. The suspect is still at large, according to police.

June 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Next two days hot, and wildfire danger high

The forecast projects a 40 percent chance of rain on Sunday, June 9, but temperatures on Friday and Saturday are expected to exceed 90 degrees. With a severe fire season projected for the entire state, the Woodside Fire Protection District is asking residents of Woodside, Portola Valley and the nearby unincorporated -- and forested -- communities to be particularly alert.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Buchanan, Knox have solid efforts at state golf finals

Menlo School senior Andrew Buchanan played Quail Lodge Golf Course for the first time in competition on Wednesday and shot a respectable even-par 71. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park block party seeks expert crawlers

Registration open for June 19 event
Exhausted from chasing your baby around the house? Put that speedy crawl to good use by registering your child for the diaper derby debuting at the annual Menlo Park block party.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Peninsula Debutante Ball

Twenty young women will bow at the 53rd Peninsula Debutante Ball to be held Saturday, June 15, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto.

June 14, 2013 | 2 comments
Friday: Reservations due for Woodside Vintage Affaire

Event takes place June 22
Invitations are in the mail for the 31st Vintage Affaire to be held Saturday, June 22, in Woodside as a benefit for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

June 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Nativity Carnival this weekend in Menlo Park

The Nativity Parish annual spring carnival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9, at the church grounds, 1250 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Duo holds up bank on Woodside Road

Two masked men wearing black hoodies held up a U.S. Bank branch on Woodside Road in Redwood City on Tuesday afternoon but made no mention of toting a firearm, Redwood City police said.

June 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Local boys on state champion soccer team

Five local boys were members of the Santa Clara Sporting U18 boys soccer team that won the Cal-North State Cup final against Peninsula Extreme in Elk Grove.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: 'Taste of Menlo Park'

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is sponsoring its first annual "Taste of Menlo Park" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Menlo College.

June 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Country stable tour in Woodside

The annual Day in the Country Stable Tour, sponsored by the Los Altos Hounds, will be held Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Woodside.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Troop 206 honors three Eagle Scouts

Three local scouts -- Sean Smith, Sean McBirney, and Peter Bugos -- received their Eagle award from Troop 2006 at a Court of Honor held May 5 at St. Matthias Church in Redwood City.

June 10, 2013 | 2 comments
Saturday: Portola Valley races to town picnic

Running, walking and everything in between will be fine in the Zots to Tots race on Saturday, June 8, to launch the Portola Valley Town Picnic.

June 6, 2013 | 2 comments
Fresh produce from SMIP farm available

The five-acre farm at the SMIP Ranch in the hills above Woodside is, once again, offering weekly boxes of freshly picked produce as part of its Community Supported Agriculture project.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Thor Madsen of Atherton dies at 96

Thor Madsen of Atherton, a former mayor of San Carlos and a founder of the Bay Area Bank of Redwood City, died May 18 at the age of 96.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday/Sunday: Book sale at Menlo library

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a two-day book sale Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, at the library in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

June 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Baseball: Menlo College gets its first All-American

College baseball: Menlo College's Jimmy Bosco put together the most impressive single season of any player in school history.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park aims to cut greenhouse gases

The goal is to cut greenhouse gases 27 percent by 2020
The city will strive to cut the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 27 percent during the next six-and-a-half years, according to the Menlo Park City Council. Implementing the policy will cost an estimated $400,000 annually.

June 5, 2013 | 5 comments
Ronald McDonald House expansion clears final hurdle

Palo Alto quickly approves proposed three-story addition to facility near Sand Hill Road
The Ronald McDonald House, which offers shelter to families of children with life-threatening illnesses, will roughly double in size and add 69 rooms under an expansion plan the Palo Alto City Council enthusiastically approved Monday night.

June 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Two dead birds test positive for West Nile virus

Two dead birds found in San Mateo have tested positive for West Nile virus, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Tuesday.

June 4, 2013 | 2 comments
Obama makes another fundraising trip here

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit two Palo Alto homes on Thursday, June 6, to raise funds for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Update on president's schedule.

June 5, 2013 | 26 comments
SHP, Menlo to join PAL Bay Division for baseball

Baseball just won't be the same in the Peninsula Athletic League next season. In fact, it's likely to get a whole lot better thanks to the pending merger of the West Bay Athletic League and the PAL in baseball only. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 4, 2013 | No comments yet
Income, housing costs separated by growing gap

Sustainable San Mateo County 2013 indicators report released
Incomes are dropping even as housing prices increase, according to the 2013 "Indicators for a Sustainable San Mateo County" report.

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo looks at granny units, budget

Secondary units, aka "granny units," take center stage at tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting.

June 4, 2013 | No comments yet
The unfiring of a Menlo Park police officer

How police officer Jeffrey Vasquez got his job back, and why shrouding binding arbitration in secrecy serves neither the public nor law enforcement
Questions linger months after the Almanac broke the story about the arrest, firing and reinstatement of veteran Menlo Park police officer Jeffrey Vasquez: How, exactly, does a police officer keep his job after being caught naked with a prostitute in a Sunnyvale motel room? Now the public finally has some answers.

June 4, 2013 | 53 comments
Police calls: Generator, paint sprayers missing from Atherton construction site

Crime reports from Atherton, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

June 4, 2013 | 1 comment
Las Lomitas, Woodside High parents spar

There was both faint and full-throated praise for Woodside High School at the May 29 public forum to consider strategies to address a projected 22 percent enrollment surge by the 2020-21 school year in the Sequoia Union High School District.

June 3, 2013 | 47 comments
Woodside: Split council nixes ballot measure on downtown farmers' market

The farmers' market at Woodside Elementary School in downtown Woodside is popular, but also temporary, at least at that location. Recent action by the Town Council that essentially removes an alternative location, at least for the near future, may jeopardize the market, some residents fear.

June 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hires assistant for city manager

Update: Not to be confused with the assistant city manager, Clay Curtin has been hired to be Menlo Park's new assistant to the city manager, sources told the Almanac.

June 3, 2013 | 12 comments
Two medals for Robinson in state track

Gunn junior Sarah Robinson will have every right to be a little tired on Sunday, after running the equivalent of three miles at the 2013 CIF State Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

June 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside recognizes residents for historic home preservation

To the community in Woodside that is concerned with the town's history, the age and historical significance of older homes are of vital interest. Last week, the current owners of three such homes were honored for preserving the historic value in their homes in the first of what is to become an annual ceremony.

June 3, 2013 | 1 comment
Picnicking in Portola Valley like it's 2013

Running, walking and everything in between will be fine in the Zots to Tots race on Saturday, June 8, at the Portola Valley Town Picnic.

June 3, 2013 | 1 comment
When a kiss is not just a kiss

A promise is more than lip service, principal and teachers show
Encinal School Principal Sharon Burns puckered up to kiss Lily the Pig on Friday afternoon as students watched -- their reward for raising nearly $7,300 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Students were motivated to raise money for the nonprofit after a schoolmate was diagnosed with lymphoma, according to an LLS spokeswoman. Holding Lily is owner Terry Tenzing. Photo by Michelle Le

May 31, 2013 | 1 comment
Our Regional Heritage

An unidentified man examines damages on Alpine Road in Portola Valley after the 1906 earthquake.
The site is near today's emergency exit from Portola Valley Ranch. Photo courtesy of Portola Valley Archives

June 3, 2013 | 8 comments
Sign-ups taken for sculpture tours

The Djerassi Artists Program will start taking reservations at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, for the final six two-mile walking tours of sculptures created on the property by resident artists over the past 34 years.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Farmers' market at Ormondale

Second-graders from Ormondale School in Portola Valley will hold a farmers' market from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 31.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Local talent stages show at Valley Presbyterian

The 20th Crossroads & Friends Coffee House and Talent Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Lane Family Hall on the campus of Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet
School board faces tough decisions on new campus, bond measure

The members of the Menlo Park City School District's board of education have had to make some difficult choices in the recent past as they struggle to deal with a flood of new students, and it appears there are still some hard decisions ahead.

May 31, 2013 | 17 comments
Menlo-Atherton honors its senior student-athletes

Menlo-Atherton High honored 26 senior student-athletes, all of whom are planning to continue to play their sport in college, during the school's Sports Awards Night last week at the M-A Performing Arts Center. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Legends open baseball season

The Menlo Park Legends will open their 2013 Far West Baseball League season on Friday in Redding with the same green and gold uniforms, but a decidedly different look to the roster. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet
Big stage awaits CCS track and field athletes

For Menlo School junior Maddy Price, one good turn deserves another. For Palo Alto senior Victor Du, it will be a leap of faith. And, for Gunn junior Sarah Robinson, it'll be a matter of just going the distance. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 31, 2013 | No comments yet

June 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park predicts extreme traffic delays for pipeline project in late June

City says Sand Hill Road work to finish by July 4
The week of June 24 will be marked by construction crews grinding asphalt and paving portions of Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, according to city staff.

June 3, 2013 | No comments yet
NASDAQ hit with $10 million fine in Facebook IPO

Securities and Exchange Commission cites stock exchange for numerous violations
The aftermath of Facebook's glitchy transition to a public company continues to unfold a year after the social media company, headquartered in Menlo Park, held its initial public stock offering (IPO).

May 31, 2013 | 1 comment
Sunset magazine holds Celebration Weekend

Thousands of visitors are expected for Sunset Celebration Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, at the magazine's seven-acre campus in Menlo Park.

May 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Design center grand opening

The Hayward Corporation, a longtime supplier of products and services to the construction market, is opening a Hayward Design Center in Menlo Park.

May 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford baseball trio on All-Pac-12 team

Stanford baseball standouts Justin Ringo, Brian Ragira and Mark Appel each were named All-Pac-12 Conference, as announced Wednesday by the conference office. Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger received an honorable mention citation. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 30, 2013 | No comments yet
New contract: Portola Valley teachers' pay will depend on performance

In a radical departure from the way teachers have been paid in the past, Portola Valley School District teachers will soon receive raises based on their performance, advanced training, and their students' performance, and not on the number of years they have been in the district.

May 30, 2013 | 5 comments
Veteran ordered to state hospital over Woodside shovel attack

Milo Mcintosh Imrie, a former Marine infantryman in Afghanistan, was ordered by a San Mateo County judge to not more than three years at Napa State Hospital in connection with December 2012 incident in Woodside that led to charges of assault with a deadly weapon (a shovel) and attempting to disarm a police officer.

May 30, 2013 | 3 comments
SHP grad leads USA women's water polo to victory

With Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark of Menlo Park scoring a game-high four goals, the USA women's water polo team downed Brazil, 11-1, and took first place at the FINA World League Prelims on Sunday in Los Alamitos. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Reward offered in La Entrada vandalism case

Menlo Park police would really like to know "who done it" -- there's now a $500 reward to help smoke out whoever vandalized La Entrada Middle School.

May 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park staff responds to commissioner's resignation

Public works director says no Brown Act violations committed
Former Transportation Commissioner Charlie Bourne, who resigned after nearly six years of service, and Menlo Park city staff aren't seeing eye to eye on what constitutes adequate public notice.

May 29, 2013 | 17 comments
East Palo Alto crackdown results in 27 arrests

One week after East Palo Alto police Chief Ron Davis responded to a spike in gun violence by declaring a crime emergency in the city, patrol units have made 27 arrests in a crackdown focused on the Norteno street gang, officials announced Tuesday.

May 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo hosts Polo Classic in Atherton

Celebrating its 90th year, the Menlo Polo Club will host its 3rd ExpertQuote Silicon Valley Polo Classic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton. The event is free and open to the public.

June 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Forum at Woodside High on addressing enrollment growth

James Lianides, superintendent of the Sequoia Union High School District, is scheduled to be on stage at the Performing Arts Center at Woodside High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss projections predicting that high school enrollment will expand beyond carrying capacity by the 2020-21 school year.

May 28, 2013 | 6 comments
Tonight: Caltrain presentation in Menlo Park

Electrification, high-speed rail studies on agenda
Marian Lee, executive officer of the Caltrain modernization program, will be in Menlo Park on Wednesday (May 29) to present new studies about the impacts of electrification and track options for a blended system of high-speed rail and Caltrain.

May 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo's Price is right with two wins in finals

CCS track and field
Menlo School junior Maddy Price said her goal for the year was to peak at the CIF State Track and Field Championships. Now, Price will get a chance to test that plan. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo School falls in CCS baseball title game again

In the past two years, the Menlo School baseball team has had no answer for Pacific Grove. On Saturday, the Knights lost to the Breakers for the second straight year in the Central Coast Section Division III tournament championship game, 10-4, at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 28, 2013 | No comments yet
May 31: HIP Housing luncheon with actress Rita Moreno

Actress Rita Moreno will be featured at HIP Housing's annual luncheon on Friday, May 31. The event is open to the public; register in advance.

May 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook may foot bill for Belle Haven substation

Menlo Park appears closer than ever to completing its nearly decade-long quest to open a functioning police substation in the Belle Haven neighborhood. A site has been selected, in a strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Willow Road, and now it looks like Facebook plans to step in to help pay the bill.

May 28, 2013 | 1 comment
Sharing from the garden

The second Garden Share event under the redwoods at Portola Valley Town Center drew a gathering of 20 or 25 people and a picnic table of fresh goods between 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. There was plenty of encouragement to take home what you did not bring.

May 26, 2013 | 6 comments
Ravenswood hires new superintendent

Sacramento-area administrator Gloria Hernandez replaces Maria De La Vega July 1
An administrator from a Sacramento-area school district will become the new superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District on July 1. Gloria Hernandez, assistant superintendent in the Twin Rivers Unified School district, replaces retiring Ravenswood Superintendent Maria De La Vega.

May 25, 2013 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Woodside presents historic preservation award

Woodside's past, and a recognition of those who have made notable efforts to preserve it, will be celebrated between 4 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Woodside Community Museum at Town Center.

May 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Parents push for Mandarin immersion program

Menlo Park City School District already offers popular Spanish immersion classes
With China on a path to becoming the largest economy in the world, the interest in teaching children in the United States the Mandarin language is also growing apace. And given the climate of business innovation that keeps Silicon Valley a key player in the global economy, why shouldn't local schools offer Mandarin immersion programs to prepare kids for the global marketplace many of them will be competing in?

May 28, 2013 | 60 comments
Wanted: Community bloggers

The Almanac Online is seeking community bloggers. Readers who have a passion or expertise, or who are interested in sharing with other readers their thoughts about life in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside, are welcome to apply.

May 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Tonight: What will new school look like, and how much should it cost?

Menlo Park school district holds special meeting May 29 to hear from community on new campus
What kind of school do Menlo Park City School District residents want to see built on the district's former O'Connor School site, and how much are they willing to pay for it? A community meeting to discuss the future of the site and a bond measure that's likely to be on November's ballot is set for Wednesday, May 29.

May 28, 2013 | 3 comments
Learning and giving: A two-way street for local kids and seniors

Karen Rynewicz teaches fourth-graders in a school that's among the highest-achieving in the state. It's located in a town steeped in wealth, inhabited by more holders of doctorates and master's degrees, proportionally, than most communities in the country.

May 28, 2013 | 1 comment
What's to eat?

Answers abound at the new farmers' market in downtown Woodside
As usual in this season, spring is busting out all over, and in Woodside, there's a new venue for farm-grown products: the Sunday afternoon farmers' market at the elementary school. There are organic vegetables, grass-fed beef, fish, vegetables grown in cooperation with fish. It's a cornucopia. Photo by Michelle Le

May 29, 2013 | 4 comments
Police calls: Bag burgled from black BMW

Crime and accident reports from Ladera, Woodside, Menlo Park, and West Menlo Park.

May 30, 2013 | 1 comment
Castilleja teams, Menlo boys' track earn scholastic honors

The Castilleja softball and track team plus Menlo School boys' track team all came away with top honors on the 2013 Spring Scholastic Championships Team Awards as announced by the Central Coast Section. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 24, 2013 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto man pulls own gun on robbers

A would-be robbery victim in East Palo Alto took matters into his own hands on Wednesday afternoon, scaring away two robbers with a gun.

May 24, 2013 | 26 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley's 'Flight Night'

Portola Valley will hold its third annual "Flight Night," with demonstrations and displays of radio-controlled model aircraft, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Jury finds Woodside man guilty of murder

The jury in the murder trial of former Woodside resident Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh reached a verdict this afternoon, declaring him guilty of first degree murder in the April 2010 shooting death of his wife, Parima Parineh, 56.

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Jury finds Woodside man guilty of murdering his wife

The jury in the murder trial of former Woodside resident Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh reached a verdict this afternoon, declaring him guilty of first degree murder in the 2010 shooting death of his wife, Parima Parineh, 56, at their Woodside home.

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park transportation commissioner resigns, criticizing city staff

Charlie Bourne cites Brown Act violations, marginalization
Menlo Park Transportation Commissioner Charlie Bourne resigned on May 21 after nearly six years of service, citing Brown Act violations by city staff and attempts to stop the commission from reviewing projects.

May 23, 2013 | 25 comments
Tesla repays federal loan nine years early

Payment is latest in string of headline-grabbing accomplishments this year by Palo Alto company
Tesla Motors has wired the U.S. Department of Energy nearly a half a billion dollars, paying off the entire loan it was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010 with interest and nine years ahead of schedule.

May 24, 2013 | 8 comments
A look at the 2013 CCS track and field finals

Berths in the 2013 CIF State Meet will be at stake on Friday when the top athletes in the section compete at the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships at Gilroy High.

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Woodside celebrates its history

History committee announces first annual Historic Preservation Award
Woodside's past, and a recognition of those who have made notable efforts to preserve it, will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 29, at the Woodside Community Museum at Town Center.

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Massacre girls win soccer tourney

The Menlo Massacre, an under-10 girls soccer team, defeated San Carlos 2-1, to win the championship game of the El Palo Alto soccer tournament April 28 in Palo Alto.

May 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Locals win ribbons at horse show

The 11th annual California Equine Foundation/United Professional Horseman's horse show took place May 9-12 at The Horse Park in Woodside with more than 170 entries competing.

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Windy Hill band plays at Club Fox

It's called "Lonesome Garbage Man" and it's the second album just released by Windy Hill, the local bluegrass band known for its white shirts, ties and cowboy hats, and its repertoire of new and traditional and lively tunes.

May 22, 2013 | 1 comment
Window on the world

Alina Kalmeyer, a sixth-grader at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, is one of the winners in the SamTrans annual county-wide student art competition.

May 24, 2013 | No comments yet
Grab Bag Theater stages 'Babes in Arms'

The student-run youth theater group Grab Bag Theater will stage Rogers & Harts' "Babes in Arms" at 7 p.m. on three nights May 24, May 25 and June 1 and at 6:30 p.m. May 31st at the Veteran's Memorial Center Theater, 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City.

May 23, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo advances to CCS baseball title game

The Menlo School baseball team will have a shot to avenge last season's loss in the Central Coast Section Division III championship game after upsetting No. 1 seed Palma, 4-3, in eight innings in a semifinal game Tuesday night at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Thursday: 'Downsizing Your Home?'

Friends of Allied Arts will present a talk entitled "Downsizing Your Home?" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 23, at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

May 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Housing update in final stretch

Council delays vote on granny units
The fact that the housing element staff report came with 26 attachments, lettered from A to Z, predicted it would be a very long night on May 21 as the Menlo Park City Council entered the final round of fine-tuning the city's housing plan update.

May 22, 2013 | 5 comments
Tonight at Kepler's: 50 reasons to reread 50 books you haven't touched since high school

Author Kevin Smokler discusses his book "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.

May 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo council looks at budget, housing

How do you spend $75.5 million in one fiscal year? Menlo Park plans to answer that question as the city's 2013-2014 budget season kicks off, starting with the city manager's presentation of his proposed budget, before moving on to the housing element update on Tuesday night (May 21).

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tutors for eBooks

With all the different formats and devices, reading eBooks is not as easy as checking out a hardcover from the library, at least at first.

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park community services director expects cost-of-living increases for employees

A 2 percent cost of living increase and travel expenses for professional development figure into Menlo Park's community services budget for fiscal year 2013-2014, according to a memo from Director Cherise Brandell.

May 21, 2013 | 1 comment
East Palo Alto police chief: 'Crime emergency'

Officers' days-off time canceled to increase number of police on the streets
A series of gun-related crimes over the weekend that culminated with the the death of 16-year-old boy has prompted East Palo Alto police chief Ron Davis to declare a "crime emergency."

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo's Buchanan, SHP's Knox qualify for the state finals

Menlo School senior Andrew Buchanan and Sacred Heart Prep junior Bradley Knox have extended their prep seasons to the fullest following Monday's NCGA/CIF Boys Golf Championships at Diablo Grand Resort in Patterson. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hires consultant to study city's administrative services department

City manager commences second departmental review
Now that a $25,000 review of the police department's internal operations is done, Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has hired a consultant to take a look at the city's administrative services department.

May 21, 2013 | 11 comments
Two head for national rowing championships

Norcal Crew is sending Makayla Karr-Warner and Katie Kelly, gold medal winners in the western regional doubles rowing championship, to the U.S. national championships in Oakridge, Tennessee, the first week of June.

May 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Woodside School eighth-graders stage operetta

The Woodside School class of 2013 presents the medieval musical "Once Upon a Mattress" at 7 p.m. on June 6-8.

June 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Suicide or murder? Attorneys duel in closing arguments

Did Parima Parineh commit suicide in her Woodside home on April 13, 2010, or was she shot and killed by her husband, Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, who is charged with premeditated murder for financial gain? A prosecutor and a defense attorney who argued the case over some 15 days gave their closing arguments to the jury in a San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday.

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Too many students, too few seats

Sequoia Union High School District officials have begun a conversation on the possible effects of enrollment growth on facility use, school choice and neighborhood-school boundaries -- a matter of great concern to parents in the Las Lomitas and Ravenswood school districts.

May 22, 2013 | 15 comments
A headmaster hangs up the chalk after 20 years of transformation

Norman Colb has played a significant role in shaping the Menlo School campus
It was mid-afternoon on a glorious day -- sunny, mild, the air fragrant with spring. But on the Menlo School campus, Norman Colb wasn't out smelling the roses. Instead, he said from his long-familiar office, "I'm inhaling every memory I possibly can."

May 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Paly, Menlo survive but SHP doesn't in playoffs

CCS baseball: It was nearly an improbable day for three local baseball teams in the Central Coast Section quarterfinals on Saturday. But, two out of three certainly wasn't bad. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Highs and lows at CCS track and field semifinals

Gunn High coach PattiSue Plumer probably said it best following a roller coaster day for local athletes at the Central Coast Section track and field semifinals on Saturday at Gilroy High. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 20, 2013 | No comments yet
St. Raymond says goodbye to Nigerian pastor

St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park had a big barbecue event Friday night, with live music and Nigerian dancing, to say goodbye to its pastor, Father Edward Inyanawachi (in center with red hat). He's heading back to his home parish in Nigeria.

May 20, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo Park ... 1927

Downtown Menlo Park, including the building at right that now is known as the British Bankers Club, was photographed in 1927, the year the city incorporated. Photo courtesy of the Menlo Park Historical Association.

May 20, 2013 | 8 comments
Saturday shooting: Juvenile hospitalized

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a shooting that hospitalized a juvenile male Saturday night, police said Sunday.

May 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Teen killed, two others injured in shooting

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a shooting that killed one teen and injured two others Sunday night.

May 20, 2013 | 1 comment
City clerk leaving Menlo Park

Menlo Park needs to break out the recruitment ads once again. City Clerk Margaret Roberts gave two weeks' notice that her last day will be Friday, May 24.

May 20, 2013 | 12 comments
May 31: Portola Valley's 'Flight Night'

Portola Valley will hold its third annual "Flight Night," with demonstrations and displays of radio-controlled model aircraft, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Public asked to help families devastated by fire

Redwood City officials are asking the public to help families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in the unincorporated North Fair Oaks neighborhood May 15.

May 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Monday: Screening of 'Tapestries of Hope'

As part of their senior project at Woodside Priory School, Clara Johnson and Stephanie Brugger are hosting the screening on May 20 of the film, "Tapestries of Hope," a documentary on young rape survivors in Zimbabwe.

May 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Friday shooting: Victim probably shot himself

A 19-year-old man injured in a shooting in East Palo Alto Friday afternoon probably shot himself, Police Chief Ronald Davis said.

May 18, 2013 | 9 comments
Obama to attend June fundraiser in Portola Valley

President Barack Obama will attend a $32,400-a-head June 6 fundraising dinner at the Portola Valley home of Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and his wife, Neeru.

May 18, 2013 | 2 comments
Atherton residents address police contract issues, from outsourcing to pensions

Should the town of Atherton consider outsourcing its police department? If not, how much should the town be willing to pay to keep residents safe, properties secure, and police officers feeling fairly compensated?

May 17, 2013 | 13 comments
Plenty of motivation to chase CCS berths at track semis

For some, the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships is just a mere stepping stone to the finals. For others, it's a much different story. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Filoli volunteer recruitment meeting

Filoli will hold its semi-annual new volunteer recruitment meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Filoli Visitor & Education Center, 86 Canada Road in Woodside.

May 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Party at Rosewood hotel

The Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Sand Hill road at Interstate 280 will hold its annual outdoor party launching the summer pool season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 17.

May 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Symphony gives concert in Menlo

Silicon Valley Symphony, directed by Michael P. Gibson, will present its final concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Prosecutor: Ayres verdict brings relief to victims

After years of legal wrangling, Dr. William Hamilton Ayres, an 81-year-old former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s, has pleaded no contest to the charges against him.

May 17, 2013 | 6 comments
Interim chief named while injured chief recovers

A former chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Douglas Sporleder, will serve as interm chief while Chief Harold Schapelhouman recovers from injuries sustained from a fall. Chief Schapelhouman underwent back surgery Monday.

May 17, 2013 | 2 comments
Golden Shears celebrates 50th year

At 50, Menlo Park landmark aims to look older than its age
When Louis Arenas opened his barbershop in downtown Menlo Park, he wanted it to be an old-fashioned type of place, where customers could feel as if they were returning to another era when they settled in an antique barber chair for a shave or a haircut.

May 16, 2013 | 6 comments
Ormondale principal named

Kevin Keegan, an elementary school principal in the Santa Clara Unified School District, has been appointed the new principal of Ormondale School in Portola Valley.

May 16, 2013 | 2 comments
Atherton city manager gets compensation boost, sort of

With one council member calling the change "outrageous," the Atherton City Council last night (May 15) approved a compensation increase, that by some calculations is a decrease, for City Manager George Rodericks.

May 16, 2013 | 1 comment
Assemblyman seeking summer interns

Application deadline is May 27
State Assemblyman Richard Gordon is accepting applications from high school and college students for part-time summer internships.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Paly, Menlo and SHP all win CCS baseball openers

Palo Alto, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep all advanced in the Central Coast Section baseball playoffs on Wednesday, but Menlo-Atherton couldn't make it a clean sweep while suffering a season-ending loss. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Friday: "City of Ember" author at Kepler's

Marking the 10-year anniversary of her graphic novel "City of Ember," Jeanne DuPrau will give a free author talk on Friday (May 17).

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Fire marshal leaving Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Geoff Aus accepts new position
Geoff Aus, long-time Menlo Park Fire Protection District fire marshal, is changing employers, but not job titles – he has accepted a position as fire marshal for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Two injured in North Fair Oaks fire

Two residents were injured and roughly 25 residents were displaced by a three-alarm fire at an apartment building in unincorporated Redwood City early Wednesday morning, a fire official said.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Lawsuit filed over collision with horses on I-280

A lawsuit has been filed by Menlo Park physician Dr. Jean W. Gillon over an incident in the early morning darkness of Dec. 29, 2012, in which a Mercedes Benz she was driving collided with at least one of four Webb Ranch horses that had gotten loose and wandered on to the northbound lane of Interstate 280 just north of Alpine Road.

May 16, 2013 | 3 comments
Saturday: Imogene Woodruff service

A celebration of the life of Imogene Woodruff of Woodside will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Woodside Road United Methodist Church, corner of Woodside Road and Alameda de las Pulgas, in Redwood City. A longtime dance instructor, Ms. Woodruff died March 14.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Talk on black holes and galaxies

It turns out that, like everything else, black holes and galaxies go through love-hate relationships.

May 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire chief recovering from fall

Fire district board prepares to appoint interim chief
After tumbling off a ladder at his San Jose home over the weekend, Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman is on the mend.

May 15, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park traffic stop turns into drug bust

772 Ecstasy pills found
Running a stop sign can get you a ticket for at least $214, but as two men discovered on Tuesday, it can also rack up some jail time.

May 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Pedestrian killed by train; morning commuter service disrupted

Service was disrupted on the Caltrain tracks after a train in San Bruno fatally struck a pedestrian this morning (May 15), but is now back to normal, according to a Caltrain spokeswoman.

May 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Woodside girls softball in CCS playoff

The girls softball team at Woodside High School at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, will be away to face North Salinas High School in a first round playoff game for the Division 1 of the Central Coast Section of the Peninsula Athletic League.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
New school campus: Bond measure on ballot as early as November

German-American school likely to be given extension on O'Connor site lease
Although no formal action was taken, Menlo Park City School District board members agreed on two key issues they discussed last night (May 13): The district must ask voters to pass a bond measure to build new facilities on its O'Connor campus, and the private school that now occupies that campus should be allowed to remain almost a year longer than its contract allows while the district plans the new campus.

May 14, 2013 | 28 comments
Las Lomitas parents pepper high school district superintendent in forum

District begins to wrestle with enrollment bulge in kindergarten
Had public comment been darts, Sequoia Union High School District Superintendent James Lianides would have had puncture wounds aplenty after more than two hours on the stage of the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School on Monday (May 13).

May 14, 2013 | 35 comments
Local rowers win gold medals, head to junior championships

Three local high school girls earned gold medals in rowing and trips to the national championships following successful efforts at the USRowing Southwest Junior District Championships earlier this month at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. Read this and other sports coverage at PA Sports Online.com.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Re-designing Willow-101 interchange

Menlo Park council chooses design; project expected to finish by 2018
It has been 25 years since voters approved funding to replace the Willow Road-U.S. 101 outdated interchange, Menlo Park City Council members tried to finally nudge the project closer to reality by giving a nod to one of the design options.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo commission votes on Louise Street issue

Expanded version of a story previously published online.
After much discussion, the Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 4-2 on May 6 that if the city turns over a piece of land in the public right-of-way on Louise Street to adjacent homeowners, it would follow the general plan.

May 14, 2013 | 4 comments
Police calls: Ice skating gear stolen

Crime reports from Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council vetoes artificial grass

Woodside Priory School is required to use real grass in rehabilitating its field.
Expanded version of earlier story. The Portola Valley Town Council by a 3-2 vote overturned a Planning Commission decision allowing the Woodside Priory School to use artificial grass on a soccer field.

May 17, 2013 | 4 comments
Nancy Reyering named environmental champ

Woodside resident Nancy Reyering, an active volunteer in the civic affairs of the town, received the town's Environmental Champion Award for 2013 at the Earth Day Fair on April 27.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
New owner applies to remodel $117 million Woodside mansion

Proposal includes a new dome, oval windows and some entry columns.
The new owner of the mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside has applied to the town to redesign parts of the main house and three accessory buildings on this 8.74-acre estate that sold in November for $117.5 million. The sale was a new U.S. record for a single-family home, according to news reports.

May 15, 2013 | 3 comments
Robert Taylor honored for pioneering work on computers, Internet

Robert W. Taylor, a Woodside resident for 30 years and a visionary in the development of computer networks and modern personal computing, including the availability of information online, has been inducted into the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in Mountain View.

May 14, 2013 | 2 comments
May 23: Service for Henry Blume, engineer, sportsman

A celebration of the life of former Portola Valley and Menlo Park resident Henry Martin Blume Jr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto.

May 16, 2013 | No comments yet
La Entrada seventh-grader performs in state honor band

John McGrory, a La Entrada Middle School seventh-grader, recently performed with the prestigious California Band Director's Association All-State Junior High School Concert Band.

May 14, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Police contract talks on Atherton agenda

Council may also discuss revising city manager's contract
A session to allow the public to comment on upcoming contract talks between the town and the police union, and potential changes in the city manager's contract, are on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets on Wednesday, May 15.

May 14, 2013 | 3 comments
Decorator Show House runs through Friday

The Peninsula Decorator Show House is a "California Monterey Colonial," built in Woodside in 1938 and updated some 20 years ago. It is situated on 21 acres that include gardens and stables.

May 19, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP boys, Menlo girls win WBAL championships

Nico Robinson of Sacred Heart Prep and Maddy Price of Menlo School proved themselves time and again during the regular season as the top track and field athletes in the West Bay Athletic League. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo boys wrap up another CCS tennis title

Menlo School senior co-captain Daniel Morkovine has clinched titles before. Like, for instance, last year at the National Invitational in Newport Beach. His latest title-clinching effort, however, was a little different. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: M-A forum on planning for growth

In a public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, officials from the Sequoia Union High School District will be seeking community input on possibly redrawing boundary maps that connect schools to neighborhoods.

May 13, 2013 | 13 comments
Portola Valley: 'We love horses' essay contest

Strideaway Farms in Portola Valley is hosting a "We love horses" essay contest.

May 13, 2013 | 2 comments
Mitchell Johnson: 'Color and Shape'

"Mitchell Johnson: Color and Shape," an exhibit of the paintings of Mitchell Johnson of Menlo Park, is on display at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View through Sunday, May 26.

May 15, 2013 | No comments yet
Huddart Park fire under control, chief says

Fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters dropped fire retardant
Firefighters on the ground declared a small brush fire in a remote part of Huddart Park in Woodside under control on Friday afternoon (May 10) after some two hours of trying to find it and reach it using hiking trails and fire roads.

May 10, 2013 | 7 comments
Sunday: Singer Daryl Hall at LymeAid benefit

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation will host its first LymeAid benefit concert, featuring singer and guitarist Daryl Hall, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at a private home in Portola Valley.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
This weekend: Horse show at The Horse Park

A United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) Chapter 1 horse show is being held this weekend at The Horse Park, 3674 Sand Hill Road in Woodside.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Walk-in registration for AYSO soccer

All children born between Aug. 1, 1994, and Jan. 31, 2009, are invited to join AYSO's fall soccer league. Walk-in registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Hillview Middle School.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday in Atherton: Gaming careers

Gaming career adviser Brice Morrison will lead a gaming career program at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspeil Station Lane in Atherton.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Stamp Out Hunger drive

The 21st Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be held across the country Saturday, May 11. To take part, residents are asked to place a sturdy bag of non-perishable or canned food items by their mailboxes before mail is delivered that day.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Republican dinner in San Mateo

The San Mateo County Republican Party Central Committee's Lincoln Day Dinner will take place Friday, May 10, at the BPO Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Ave. in San Mateo. No-host bar begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

May 10, 2013 | 4 comments
Saturday: Landscaping class in Menlo Park

A free water-efficient landscaping class, titled "Secrets of drought-tolerant landscaping," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 11, in the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Friends of Edgewood Park celebrate

The Friends of Edgewood Park will celebrate their 20th anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center at Edgewood Park, 6 Old Stage Coach Road off Edgewood Road in Redwood City.

May 10, 2013 | 3 comments
New era of swim stars will be surfacing at CCS finals

Paly's Liang, SHP's Howe and Gunn's Campbell looking to pick up where Tosky, Kremer and Acker left off
When the final race was done and the last of the medals handed out at the 2012 Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships, a special era was brought to a close. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Ravenswood names finalist for superintendent

Trustees to visit Sacramento-area district to learn more on candidate Gloria Hernandez
An administrator from a Sacramento-area school district has been named the finalist to replace the retiring superintendent of East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District.

May 10, 2013 | 4 comments
Tonight: Talk on future of 3D printing

What does the future hold for three-dimensional printing -- the fabrication of machine parts from digital models? Philipp Schmaelzle, a member of the Google[x Rapid Evaluation team, will give a talk on this topic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at SRI International in Menlo Park.

May 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo boys' golf, tennis reach CCS finals

The Menlo School boys' golf and tennis teams are in position to challenge for Central Coast Section championships over the next few days after both earned the opportunity on Wednesday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council rejects artificial grass for soccer field at Woodside Priory School

School required to use real grass in rehabilitating its field
The forces of a plastic modernity were politely shown the door Wednesday night in Portola Valley. After more than two hours of testimony by residents for and against an artificial grass soccer field at the Woodside Priory School, a slim majority on the Town Council told Priory officials that they must use real grass.

May 9, 2013 | 30 comments
Drug dropbox opens at Little House

A dropbox to dispose of old medications is now open at Little House Activity Center at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
Katherine Strehl joins Menlo Park Planning Commission

Katherine Strehl, Menlo Park's newest member of the Planning Commission, barely had time to catch her breath before attending her first meeting in that official capacity.

May 9, 2013 | 4 comments
Menlo Park Rotary Club seeks host family

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is seeking a host family for a 17-year-old female student from Brazil who will be attending Menlo-Atherton High School from mid-August through December.

May 9, 2013 | No comments yet
'Human evolution' talk is June 11

A Cafe Scientifique talk on "'Recent Human Evolution As Revealed by Neanderthals" will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at SRI International in Menlo Park -- not on May 11, as listed in the Almanac's calendar.

May 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Three-vehicle accident snarls Menlo Park traffic

A speeding Honda Accord apparently collided with a Ford truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to preliminary reports from Menlo Park police officers investigating the May 8 accident.

May 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man arrested in drug sales probe

A weeks-long investigation culminated in the arrest of a Menlo Park man Tuesday for allegedly selling cocaine, Menlo Park police announced.

May 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Residents: Don't 'dump' high-density housing in Belle Haven

The Menlo Park City Council met in Belle Haven this week, on May 7, so council members could give an update on their quest to figure out how to improve the neighborhood. They instead received an earful from local residents on something that wasn't even on the agenda: putting more low-income housing in the area.

May 8, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club helps mothers

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park has established a program allowing families to honor their mother on Mother's Day through donations to save mothers and their newborn babies from suffering from neonatal tetanus.

May 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Drought tolerant gardening class in Portola Valley

A garden that tolerates drought? A free two-hour class on how to create such a garden for yourself, and/or how to find and work with someone who can do it for you, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Portola Valley.

May 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Three SHP boys make water polo commitments

Sacred Heart Prep seniors Scott Jollymour, Zoltan Lazar and Alex Swart have committed to play water polo at four-year institutions next season. Jollymour and Lazar both will play for UC Davis, and Swart will attend George Washington University. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Man found guilty of eight felonies in Menlo case

A jury found 27-year-old Garry Ronald Darnell guilty of robbery, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and four other felonies on May 7, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office.

May 8, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools parcel tax passes

Voters support tax renewal, increase by wide margin
Semi-official results reported by the county elections office Tuesday night (May 7) show that Measure O, which renews the Portola Valley School District's annual parcel tax for eight years and increases it by $123 per parcel, has passed by a comfortable margin.

May 7, 2013 | 5 comments
Photos: Woodside celebrates May Day

Two women are named citizens of the year
Woodside Elementary School's eighth-grade class performs a teaser for the upcoming school operetta --"Once Upon a Mattress!" -- during the May Day parade in Woodside on May 4, 2013. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

May 7, 2013 | 5 comments
Viewpoint: Passing on appreciation of heirloom plants

I don't think we can expect the young – or home buyers of any age who've never gardened here – to understand the nature of the land they will inhabit. They need to learn how to sustain and care for its many gifts.

May 13, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Atherton's 'Evening in Paris'

The Mid-Peninsula League of the San Francisco Symphony will celebrate "An Evening in Paris" with cocktails, floral displays, fine dining and musical entertainment on Sunday, May 19, at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

May 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Practice run in Woodside

Firefighters James Lennon, center, and Ross Frazee, right, both of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, were two of the participants from around the county in a wildfire drill held in Woodside on Friday, May 3.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Five women killed in limo identified

The San Mateo County coroner's office released the names of the five women killed in a limousine fire on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Saturday.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo commission votes that turning over city property to neighbors follows general plan

Planning Commission debates Louise Street abandonment legalities
The Menlo Park Planning Commission voted 4-2 on May 6 that the proposal to have the city turn over a piece of land in the public right-of-way on Louise Street to adjacent homeowners follows the general plan.

May 7, 2013 | 12 comments
Portola Valley parcel tax ballots due today

Portola Valley School District wants to renew, increase its parcel tax
Residents of the Portola Valley School District have until 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, May 7) to turn in their ballots for Measure O, which if passed will renew the existing parcel tax for eight years, and increase it by $123 per parcel annually.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley district superintendent resigns

Carol Piraino, who picked up the reins at the Portola Valley School District last year in the wake of her predecessor's abrupt resignation while under investigation for financial irregularities, has announced she will resign as superintendent at the end of the school year.

May 7, 2013 | 23 comments
Local swimmers rank among the best in CCS

Local swimmers rank among the best in the Central Coast Section heading into the section prelims on Friday and finals Saturday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo boys' tennis advances to CCS semifinals

The top-seeded Menlo School boys' tennis team took another big step toward defending its title in the Central Coast Section Team Tournament with a 16-2 romp over No. 8 Leland on Monday in Atherton. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Facebook challenges others to match school fire safety gift

Ring the Bell Fund launches with $20,000 donation
On a mission to connect school fire alarms to fire stations, the new nonprofit Ring the Bell Fund collected $20,000 from Facebook recently. The social media company is challenging others to match its donation.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council meets in Belle Haven

An update on the Belle Haven visioning process is on the agenda Tuesday night (May 7) for the Menlo Park City Council meeting.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Police roll out strategies against gang violence

Five shot at bus stop in East Palo Alto
Outraged by the Cinco de Mayo Day shooting of five people at a bus stop, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis and Mayor Ruben Abrica vowed on Monday to hammer hard on two gangs believed responsible for a surge in violence in the city since January.

May 7, 2013 | No comments yet
Where to put the students?

Growth projections have high schools examining options, including new boundaries, more classrooms.
Facing projections of a 22 percent rise in enrollment in local public high schools over the next eight years, the Sequoia Union High School District wants to hear from parents about how to deal with this growth.

May 9, 2013 | 4 comments
Tonight: Can 'green' Portola Valley coexist with artificial grass?

In a town whose general plan puts determined and repeated emphasis on preserving the natural environment and the town's rural character, is there room in that vision for a playing field covered in artificial grass? That's the question facing the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, May 8.

May 7, 2013 | 12 comments
Menlo: $40,000 in unauthorized bank withdrawals

Police calls from West Menlo Park, Woodside, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Atherton.

May 10, 2013 | 1 comment
Fire chief: Too early to tell cause of limo fire

Five die in limousine fire; four injured
Foster City Fire Chief Michael Keefe said it is still to early to tell what caused the rear of the limousine to catch fire, engulfing the vehicle in flames in about 90 seconds. "We have no comment on the cause or origin of the fire at this point," he said.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Steering kids away from drugs

Couple recognized for 10-year effort
Programs designed to help steer kids away from drugs, such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), can be only as effective as the people who work face to face with the kids.

May 13, 2013 | 7 comments
M-A girls splash to PAL Bay Division swim crown

Weekend prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls' swim team backed up its perfect dual-meet season by splashing to victory at the PAL Bay Division Championships on Saturday at Burlingame High. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Those were the days ... in Portola Valley

In the early 1900s, growing strawberries for the San Francisco market was a big business in Portola Valley. In this undated photo, George Nahmens displays a tray of berries. He is sitting on a chest used to ship the fruit to San Francisco. Each chest could hold 20 trays of berries. Photo courtesy Portola Valley Archives.

May 6, 2013 | 1 comment
Six people injured in shooting

Six people were shot and injured in East Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon near a McDonald's restaurant on University Avenue, according to a fire official.

May 5, 2013 | 4 comments
Five women die in limo fire on San Mateo bridge

Four more are injured
The California Highway Patrol is investigating what led to a fire in a limousine that killed five women and injured four others Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, an officer said Sunday.

May 5, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A celebrates life of Jose Mayen

He was a Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarship winner
A burial service will be held in Menlo Park on Monday, May 6, for Jose Felix Mayen, 23, a 2009 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School who was injured in an automobile accident on the San Mateo bridge on April 24, and died a day later.

May 5, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fired gymnastics instructor says she's filed complaint with state

The public doesn't know the results or how much it cost, but it now knows that on April 29, Menlo Park got the final report of the investigator hired to look into allegations of harassment and a toxic workplace environment within the city's gymnastics program. This, however, doesn't appear to be the end of the matter.

May 3, 2013 | 3 comments
SHP girls shock Menlo in lacrosse showdown

The Sacred Heart Prep girls' lacrosse team achieved the greatest triumph in program history by defeating rival Menlo School for the first time ever, 13-8, to wrap up the regular season in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) on Thursday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo College rebounds from loss to reach championship game

NAIA West Regional: James Jensen pitched a seven-hitter as No. 2 seeded Menlo College beat top-seeded British Columbia, 6-0, Thursday and stave off elimination at the NAIA West Regional in Portland. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Gas leak at Menlo Park home

A third-party contractor working in the backyard of a Menlo Park home struck a gas line this morning, according to a PG&E spokesman.

May 3, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police plan to add ShotSpotter, surveillance tools

Belle Haven police substation on track to open this year
Menlo Park landed on a list no one wants to be on, according to a consultant hired to review the police department's operations. The number of reported traffic accidents in the city, based on traffic volume, has ranked roughly in the top third of the state in recent years.

May 3, 2013 | 2 comments
May 4-5: Six artists exhibit in Menlo Park

Six Peninsula artists -- Alice Weil, Jean Prophet, Julia Munger Seelos, Lynn Montoya, Kim Holl and Frances Freyberg -- will exhibit paintings, jewelery, pottery, textiles and fine art photography in Menlo Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, during Silicon Valley Open Studios.

May 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Friends celebrate Scooter's 29th birthday

Wilson Farrar's horse, Scooter, turned 29 on Sunday, April 28, and Ms. Farrar did what she's done the past five years: She threw him a party, with 100 or so people attending, in Portola Valley.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Raising mental health awareness

The Mental Health Awareness Project will hold an inaugural event on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

May 8, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo College survives baseball marathon at tourney

Daniel Comstock walked with the bases loaded in the top of the 12th inning to drive in the go-ahead run as the second-seeded Menlo College baseball team beat No. 3 seed Corban, 11-5, in the first round of the double-elimination NAIA West Regional on Wednesday at Portland's Porter Park in Oregon. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Former community college district IT director gets three years for forgery and embezzlement

Bradley John Witham, 42, a former IT director for the San Mateo County Community College District, was sentenced to state prison for three years after pleading no contest to forgery and embezzlement charges.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: May Day parade in Woodside

Woodside's annual May Day parade will be held Saturday, May 4, starting at 10 a.m. at Woodside Elementary School. Check-in begins at 9 a.m. The fun run and pancake breakfast start earlier, at 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., respectively. Photo: Preparing for maypole dance in 2011.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Culture of Perfectionism'

Ana Homayoun, author of "The Myth of the Perfect Girl," will speak on "The Culture of Perfectionism" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
This weekend: Filoli flower show

Filoli flower show interprets storybook favorites
Fans of floral designer Kiwi DeVoy of Atherton know where to look for her display at "Petal Tales, Once Upon a Time," Filoli's 25th-anniversary flower show to be held May 9 through 12 at the historic Woodside estate.

May 10, 2013 | 6 comments
Facebook revenue, profit grow in first quarter

Also, 1.11 billion people actively use site each month
Facebook's profit and revenue grew in the first quarter of 2013, boosted by an increase in mobile advertising.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Kite Day in Menlo Park

The city of Menlo Park Community Services Department will hold its annual Kite Day on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 3 p.m., at Bedwell-Bayfront Park at Marsh Road and Bayfront Expressway.

May 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo School stages 'Spamalot'

The Menlo Upper School's drama department presents "Spamalot" as its annual outdoor spring musical for five performances May 3-11 at the outdoor stage on the quad at the Menlo School campus, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Keystone XL pipeline protest at Facebook

Holding pipes, protesters march toward Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on May 1 to speak up against CEO Mark Zuckerberg's alleged ties to political ads supporting the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac. Updated with an FWD.us interview.

May 1, 2013 | 6 comments
Two men grab girl's backpack in Menlo Park

A 15-year-old girl walking along Merrill Street snatched her backpack away from two men who tried to steal it shortly before 6 p.m. on Monday, according to Menlo Park police.

May 1, 2013 | 2 comments
Menlo Park schools 'completely maxed out'

School board reviews options for O'Connor site
The Menlo Park City School District's Board of Education met Tuesday, April 30, to learn more about options for the future use of its O'Connor School site in the Willows neighborhood, but ended the day with a sobering discussion of what to do in the meantime with more and more students entering the district each year and additional classroom space non-existent.

May 1, 2013 | 29 comments
SHP boys earn berth in CCS golf regional

Tuesday's prep roundup: After finishing second during the regular season, the Sacred Heart Prep boys' golf team got to enjoy first place after winning the West Bay Athletic League Tournament on Tuesday at Half Moon Bay's Old Course. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Planning Commission supports housing plan update -- with changes

Commissioners want to explore transportation management association
Menlo Park got a step closer to updating its housing plan on April 29 after the Planning Commission recommended rezoning four sites as potential locations for high-density housing development.

May 1, 2013 | 3 comments
SRI: The 25-year plan

After a decade-long wait, SRI starts a phased modernization of its Menlo Park campus
From small beginnings in 1946, the SRI campus in Menlo Park has grown to 38 buildings sprawled over 63 acres. Along the way the nonprofit research facility helped develop products and technologies that are now commonplace such as the computer mouse and more recently, the Siri virtual personal assistant loaded into Apple's iPhones.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: How media affect child development

The Atherton Library is hosting a parent workshop entitled, "Media, Technology & Early Childhood Development" at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane in Atherton.

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Son testifies in Woodside murder trial

The son of a Woodside man who is charged with killing his wife in April 2010 testified Tuesday that his mother had been depressed and under stress in the months leading up to her death, leaving open the possibility that she committed suicide.

April 30, 2013 | 2 comments
Motorcyclist dies in Woodside crash

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night, April 27, in a solo-vehicle accident on Highway 84 (La Honda Road) at Fox Hill Road in Woodside.

April 30, 2013 | 4 comments

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Former Stanford student sentenced

A former Stanford University student was sentenced to four months in county jail after she pleaded no contest to hacking her ex-boyfriend's computer, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Menlo council study session tonight: Should homeowners pay for new sidewalks?

Labor negotiations, financial review also on agenda
To pave or not to pave? Many residents of the Allied Arts neighborhood answer "not," but during tonight's Menlo Park council meeting, the city will examine requiring sidewalk installation for some home renovations.

April 30, 2013 | 3 comments
Former Cardinal, NBA veteran comes out as gay

Jason Collins' announcement hailed as a major milestone for gay rights in sports
Jason Collins, an NBA center and a Stanford Cardinal from 1998 to 2001, came out as gay on Monday in a Sports Illustrated article, becoming the first active athlete in the nation's four major professional leagues to do so.

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cecile Andrews at Kepler's

Community educator to give talk
Community educator Cecile Andrews will give a free author talk on her book "Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community and the Common Good" tonight.

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Tesla leaves Menlo Park behind this summer

Tesla Motors is preparing to leave Menlo Park in the rear-view mirror. The electric car retailer recently opened a renovated showroom on San Jose's Santana Row, and also got permission to open a second in Burlingame.

April 30, 2013 | 41 comments
Teen burglary suspects busted in Menlo Park

Two teenagers spotted running away from a blaring burglar alarm were arrested by Menlo Park police on Monday morning.

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Five home burglaries in Menlo Park

Police calls from Menlo Park and Ladera.

May 2, 2013 | 1 comment
Artificial grass for Priory field still open question

The question is open as to whether the Woodside Priory School, a Catholic boarding school in Portola Valley, will win permission to use artificial grass for the interior field of a new running track. Environmental consciousness is a high priority in the town's general plan and in its public activities and operations.

April 30, 2013 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Ball field renovation to start in June

The Portola Valley Town Council has agreed to accept a bid of $403,888 from the Jensen Corp., a landscape contractor, to renovate Ford Field, a Little League baseball field at 3329 Alpine Road.

May 6, 2013 | 2 comments
Today: Wildfire drill comes to Woodside

There will be hurrying fire trucks on Woodside's roads on Friday, May 3, as well as a patrolling helicopter or two in the air as members of the Woodside Fire Protection District and other firefighting agencies in San Mateo County take part in a day-long annual woodland fire drill. Portola Valley was the host for the 2012 exercise.

May 1, 2013 | No comments yet
Graphic photographs, 911 call part of opening arguments in Woodside murder case

The jury is now into its second week of the trial of Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, the Woodside man accused of the April 2010 murder of his wife at their mansion on Fox Hill Road.

April 30, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Benefit for Riley's Place in Woodside

May and June are turning out to be big months for Riley's Place, a nonprofit that provides children in need with opportunities to interact with animals at its Woodside location, local hospitals, homeless shelters and events.

May 10, 2013 | No comments yet
'Carving Magic' at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

"Reborn" is one of the carved ceramic creations by Misako Kambe that will be on display at the Portola Art Gallery in the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park, during May. A reception for the artist will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Man killed in East Palo Alto shooting

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating an early morning shooting that left one man injured and another dead.

April 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Local girls selected for national lacrosse event

Of local note: The two teams to represent the Northern California Chapter at the 2013 US Lacrosse National Tournament were selected recently following tryouts at Woodside High. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Local water polo players head to NCAA Championships

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sarah Westcott from Menlo Park and Los Altos grad Katy Schaefer each scored three goals to pace the Pomona-Pitzer women's water polo team to a 10-7 win over Redlands in the championship match of the SCIAC Tournament on Sunday at Caltech. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Saturday: Seminar on family history

The San Mateo County Genealogical Society, working with the Menlo Park Family History Center, will present a seminar on family history with D. Joshua Taylor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Menlo Park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Board meets on O'Connor School site

The governing board of the Menlo Park City School District will meet Tuesday morning, April 30, to discuss options for the O'Connor School site, now used by the German-American International School.

April 28, 2013 | 6 comments
Highway 84 reopened after accident

Both lanes of state Highway 84 between Portola Road and Skyline Boulevard were reopened Saturday night after an accident closed the roadway for nearly three hours.

April 28, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Crews knock down 2-alarm fire

Firefighters were able to knock down a two-alarm blaze in Portola Valley on Saturday night, San Mateo County fire officials said.

April 27, 2013 | No comments yet
Almanac wins five statewide awards

The Almanac won five statewide awards in the annual California Newspaper Publishers Association contest.

April 27, 2013 | 3 comments
Escaped suspect captured in Mountain View

A domestic violence suspect who escaped from a patrol car in North Fair Oaks on Thursday night was captured Saturday evening in Mountain View, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

April 27, 2013 | 6 comments
Sunday: 5K run/walk in Portola Valley

Along with generating financial support for a good cause -- daycare for low-income students from the Peninsula on south to Salinas -- there is prize money at stake for the top individual runners and running teams in a 5K road race in Portola Valley on Sunday, May 5.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Robbery, assault, mail theft, car chase in Portola Valley

A Palo Alto man pleaded not guilty April 24 to robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism, car burglary, possession of stolen property, and reckless driving after a series of incidents in Portola Valley on April 21.

April 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Volunteers work on homes, facilities

Rebuilding Together Peninsula volunteers will be working on 44 homes and 22 community facilities from Daly City to Sunnyvale on on Saturday, April 27, the organization's National Rebuilding Day.

April 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley green-lights farmers' market plan

The Portola Valley Town Council has given its consent to proceed with plans for an eight-week trial run for a weekly Thursday afternoon farmers' market in Portola Valley. The market would tentatively run from 3 to 7 p.m. with as few as 15 or as many as 25 booths.

April 26, 2013 | 3 comments
Today: Woodside book sale

The Friends of the Woodside Library will hold its semi-annual used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the library, 3140 Woodside Road in Woodside.

April 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Frederick's Follies in Portola Valley

The Police, Kiss and the Beach Boys are among the rock bands that will be impersonated at the 11th production of Frederick's Follies from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the multi-use room at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley.

April 26, 2013 | 1 comment
Project Read tutor training begins soon

For 27 years, Project Read-Menlo Park has been helping adults improve their reading and writing. At present, 60 tutors are matched with adults, but many more tutors are needed.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton seeks public input on police contract

With labor talks set to begin soon, Atherton's city manager said he will follow Menlo Park's example and schedule a public discussion of issues that residents think the town should consider as it negotiates a new contract with the local police union.

April 25, 2013 | 12 comments
Business: Locals help seniors 'downsize'

The combination of a shifting economy and aging population has created a new niche in the moving business where the focus is on helping senior citizens downsize.

May 9, 2013 | No comments yet
Back in bloom

Once again 500 daffodils put on a springtime show at the corner of Woodside Road and Northgate Drive in Woodside.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Deputies pursue 'reckless' driver over mountainous Woodside roads

A mid-morning car chase involving deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spilled out on to Interstate 280 north of the Edgewood Road exit, where officers from the California Highway Patrol took over.

April 25, 2013 | 3 comments
VA 'Welcome Center' opens in Menlo Park

The Department of Veterans Affairs held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday (April 25) for a new 10,000-square-foot "Welcome Center" on the VA campus in Menlo Park.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Resident agrees to $75,000 penalty for felling trees without a permit

Portola Valley resident David L. Douglass has agreed to pay a penalty of $75,000 to head off a potential lawsuit from the town over the felling, without a permit, of at least 18 trees on a lightly forested hilltop on his property at 18 Redberry Ridge.

April 25, 2013 | 15 comments
Menlo School, Palo Alto wrap up their league titles

Perfection was the rule of the day for the Menlo School and Palo Alto boys' golf teams as each wrapped up their respective dual-match league titles with perfect records on Wednesday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
USGS cancels April public lecture

The U.S. Geological Survey has canceled its April public lecture, scheduled to be held Thursday (April 25) in Menlo Park, due the sequestration, which requires cuts in federal spending, according to USGS spokesperson Amelia Barrales.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Chorus gives spring concert

"Look to the Rainbow," the Menlo Park Chorus' spring concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Thousands expected for Compassion Weekend

More than 4,000 participants are expected to take part in Menlo Park Presbyterian Church's eighth annual Compassion Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Identity thieves target three Menlo Park residents

Shopping sprees are fun, but not when a stranger is spending your money. A Menlo Park man discovered that someone else had charged $3,186 for online purchases in his name.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Stanford offers lease deal to Menlo Park residents

Stanford's goal is to 'transition' properties into its faculty-housing program over an 'extended period'
Stanford is offering a lease-extension proposal to Menlo Park residents in the Stanford Hills and Stanford Creek neighborhoods who are leasing their land from Stanford. The university's purpose is to "transition the properties into (the university's) faculty-housing program over an extended period of time," Stanford said in a news release.

April 25, 2013 | 3 comments
Residents: Get employee costs under control

Menlo Park City Council members said they wanted to hear what the public thinks about matters they should consider during upcoming labor negotiations. They got what they asked for in spades last night.

April 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Woodside: Mother of Joan Baez dies at 100

Woodside resident Joan Chandos Baez, the mother of famed folk singer and Woodside resident Joan Baez, died at home on Saturday, April 20, just a few days after her 100th birthday.

April 24, 2013 | 2 comments
Woodside council hits back hard on felling trees without a permit

Property owner assessed fine of $26,250 for cutting six trees
It isn't the first five-figure penalty the Woodside Town Council has assessed on a property owner for felling mature trees without first obtaining a $50 permit, but at $26,250, it is the largest since establishing the penalties in 2007.

April 24, 2013 | 4 comments
East Palo Alto may sell school land to developer

Potential deal between Sobrato and Ravenswood school district includes district office
East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District is in talks to sell or exchange many acres of property -- including its own headquarters -- to an office developer.

April 24, 2013 | 43 comments
Outrage remains after Stanford changes project

Reaction from those opposed to Stanford-Arrillaga's joint proposal for an 8.43-acre mixed-use complex on El Camino Real in Menlo Park did not waver after the university recently presented a new version with less medical office space and more housing.

April 23, 2013 | 45 comments
Menlo Park: Condoleezza Rice says immigration reform essential to strong economy

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice led a bipartisan gathering of elite politicians in Menlo Park on Tuesday to discuss the importance of moving ahead with national immigration reform.

April 23, 2013 | 3 comments
Letter from the APOA to Atherton residents

Letter from the Atherton Police Officers Association to residents of Atherton.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Wood-chipper crews aim to reduce wildfire threat

To reduce the chances of wildfire, on selected Wednesdays from May through November, wood chipping crews will be visiting neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby unincorporated communities.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Sunday: Woodside charity walk to bring fresh water closer to Kenyan villagers

The fourth annual Woodside charity walk to benefit the arid Samburu district of Kenya, where women and children sometimes walk miles to find the daily supply of fresh drinking water, takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Woodside Elementary School.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside Town Council to consider fine of $52,500 for tree cutting without a permit

The Town Council will consider an appeal tonight (April 23) by a Woodside property owner facing a fine of $52,500 for the felling of six mature bay laurel trees on his property without a permit.

April 23, 2013 | 6 comments
Today: Upper Alpine Road closed for repairs

A day of road maintenance will close upper Alpine Road to all but local traffic today (April 23) as workers repair damage to the road shoulder where the Razorback Ridge trail intersects with Alpine Road.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
My cousin, my hero!

Avid baseball player, 10-year-old Matt Lev, from Portola Valley, was the first in line to get an autograph on his hat and his baseball from his cousin, Braden Bishop, at the Stanford vs. Washington game on Saturday, April 13.

April 23, 2013 | 1 comment
So you think being a grandma is a cakewalk?

Local writer gives grandparents tips on caring for the 'fragile relationship' with adult children
The sun is always shining and the music is sweet when Grandma and her grandchild get together. That's just the nature of the relationship. But the relationship between a parent and a grandparent of the little darling? That's often an entirely different question.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Guest opinion by Clark Kepler: Ira Sandperl enriched character of Kepler's bookstore

Ira Sandperl and my dad thought they could change the world. Turns out, they were right. Political activism was my dad's passion, dating back to his time as a World War II conscientious objector. Bookselling provided him an income to raise his family. Ira, who died April 13 at the age of 90, was my dad's greatest friend and essential peace ally.

April 29, 2013 | No comments yet
Atherton police union letter raises some residents' ire

Some residents are calling it a scare tactic and a "shameful" attempt to misrepresent reality. But the head of the police union insisted that the letter his group mailed to Atherton residents earlier this month was "intended to help foster communication between the less engaged residents and their elected representatives."

April 23, 2013 | 18 comments
Sunday: M-A's Big Bear 5K run/walk

The five-kilometer Big Bear Run, open to runners and walkers of all ages, is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 5, at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

May 2, 2013 | No comments yet
Thieves abscond with $7,000 in cash, gold coins

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Degnan hits 3 homers in one inning

Record set by Ted Williams in 1936 falls.
Woodside High outfielder Brad Degnan, a junior and a resident of Woodside, attached his name to a state baseball record that will likely stand unbroken for a long, long time. In the first inning of an afternoon home game against Westmoor High on Thursday, April 18, Degnan hit three home runs.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley considers trial farmers' market

Whether to have a trial run of a weekly farmers' market at the Portola Valley Town Center is one of several matters set for consideration by the Town Council at its 7:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at the Historic Schoolhouse.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Jury selection starts in Woodside murder trial

Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of Pooroushasb "Peter" Parineh, a resident of unincorporated Woodside and a real estate investor.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Butterflies and Edgewood Park

Volunteers wage a pitched battle with invasive grasses
Bill Korbholz is an Edgewood Park volunteer who leads tours and works to advance the survival prospects of the endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly, which used to thrive up and down the Peninsula. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.

April 29, 2013 | 54 comments
Menlo girls win battle of the best in lacrosse

Weekend prep roundup: It was the best from the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League and the best from the West Bay Athletic League. But, something had to give when Palo Alto hosted Menlo School in a girls' nonleague lacrosse showdown Saturday. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 22, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Public gets chance to learn about and comment on Menlo Park city labor negotiations

The Menlo Park City Council will hold a study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, to give the public the opportunity to learn about the city's negotiations with unions representing city employees prior to the commencement of the negotiations.

April 22, 2013 | 5 comments
Report: School inequity threatens U.S. prosperity

Panel co-chaired by Stanford professor backs sweeping reforms to education funding, teacher training
"Not every kid's going to be as lucky as I was," says Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar, whose work ethic and smarts propelled him from a mediocre high school on California's border with Mexico to Harvard University, Yale University and an endowed professorship at Stanford Law School.

May 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: Hearing on Menlo Park housing element

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Monday night, April 22, on proposed changes to the housing element of the general plan. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. Watch the meeting online.

April 21, 2013 | 6 comments
Man, 19, injured in Menlo Park drive-by shooting

A 19-year-old man was injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon in Menlo Park.

April 20, 2013 | 3 comments
Mae Mays, wife of Willie Mays, dies at 74

Mae Louise Allen Mays, wife of baseball legend Willie Mays for 41 years, died Friday at their Atherton home after a 16-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 74.

April 20, 2013 | 3 comments
Today: Eshoo hosts meeting on gun control

Town hearing in Palo Alto follows Senate's defeat of gun legislation
The topic of gun legislation, and the Senate's failure this week to pass a bill to strengthen the nation's gun laws, will be the subject of a Saturday community meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo in Palo Alto.

April 20, 2013 | No comments yet
A look back

In 1882, the Irish immigrants Michael and Bridget Byrne built this Victorian Gothic house on Canada Road from a mail order plan.

April 20, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Bike rodeo in Portola Valley

Guided bike rides, bicycle-safety certifications and "power your own" smoothies from bike-fueled blenders are on the agenda for the town of Portola Valley's bike rodeo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

April 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Food truck fundraiser at Woodside School

Sam's ChowderMobile food truck will be at Woodside Elementary School from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, for a fundraiser event for the seventh-grade class.

April 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Man arrested for crashing police barricade along Obama motorcade route is suspect in robbery

Man was arrested last May for crashing his car on President Obama's motorcade route
Palo Alto police have made an arrest in connection with Saturday's bank robbery on El Camino Real after tips from two other law-enforcement agencies led officers to the suspect at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care Systems on Tuesday morning. He is the same man arrested for crashing through a police barricade set up in Redwood City for President Obama's motorcade in May 2012.

April 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Arbor Day tree planting in Menlo Park

The public is invited to help celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Laurel School, 95 Edge Rd. in Menlo Park.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Uncounted ballots found from November election

San Mateo County election officials said Thursday that 65 uncounted provisional ballots from November's election were found April 12 in a vault at the department's headquarters.

April 19, 2013 | 16 comments
Monday: Atherton celebrates Earth Day

The town of Atherton will celebrate Earth Day with a tree-planting, lecture, and gathering in Holbrook Palmer Park at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 22.

April 21, 2013 | No comments yet
Grand jury slams county on pension fund

In its second report in two years on this topic, the San Mateo County civil grand jury lambastes county officials over a pension plan for county employees that it says is underfunded by at least $1 billion and likely $2 billion.

April 18, 2013 | 1 comment
Woodside Elementary School kids shoot hoops for hope

Emmett Morehead, left, and Hailey Warford are among the sixth-graders at Woodside Elementary School who will spend Friday afternoon, April 19, shooting basketball free-throws in the school gym to raise money for children who have lost their parents to AIDS.

April 18, 2013 | No comments yet
M-A named a California Distinguished School

There are 21 public high schools in San Mateo County, and the state Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson named just one to be included in the 2013 list of distinguished schools: Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton.

April 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Jerry Carlson to leave Atherton City Council post

Atherton City Councilman Jerry Carlson announced Wednesday night that he will be moving out of town and stepping down from the council, possibly by the end of June.

April 18, 2013 | 17 comments
Today: Menlowe Ballet's 'Reverie'

The Menlowe Ballet company presents the program "Reverie," featuring the world premiere of "Sweet Sadness" by choreographer Viktor Kabaniaev, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School.

April 19, 2013 | 1 comment
Menlo girls take down SHP's perfect season

Prep roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep girls' lacrosse team had everything going in its favor as it headed into Tuesday's showdown with host Menlo School. The Gators were undefeated in the West Bay Athletic League (5-0) and overall (11-0), in addition to being ranked among the best teams in the state and West Region by laxpower.com. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board appoints members

An administrator at the private Woodside Priory school and a former high-tech executive have been appointed to the Portola Valley School District board to replace board members who resigned this month.

April 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Woodside and Portola Valley link up for Earth Day

Three firsts are coming to the 2013 Earth Day festivities and activities for Portola Valley and Woodside. The events will be held at the same location and at the same time for both towns, you'll have to buy tickets ahead of time to get in, and there will be an attendance limit.

April 25, 2013 | No comments yet
The privilege of giving

Atherton philanthropist Bita Daryabari supports a range of causes not only with funding, but with time, effort and intensity of purpose.

April 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Home burglars make off with $15,000 in goods

Burglars hit three homes in three different Menlo Park neighborhoods and stole jewelry, computers and construction equipment for a total estimated loss of $15,000, on Monday, April 15, police said.

April 17, 2013 | 8 comments
Woman pedestrian robbed of backpack

A woman walking in North Fair Oaks was robbed of her backpack Tuesday afternoon, a San Mateo County sheriff's spokesman said.

April 17, 2013 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo council forms subcommittee to guide Stanford project on El Camino

Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton appointed
After a discussion that started on Tuesday night and stretched into Wednesday morning, the Menlo Park City Council decided to form a subcommittee to help figure out how to make the proposed Stanford-Arrillaga mixed-use complex more palatable to the city.

April 17, 2013 | 111 comments
Sunday: Opera at Fox Theater

"Il Trovatore" by Guiseppe Verdi will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Fox Theater, 2223 Broadway in Redwood City.

April 26, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Locals back benefit for Tanzanian orphanage

"Passport to Tanzania," a benefit for children whose home is an orphanage in Tanzania, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 23, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Earth Day celebration at Shoreway

RethinkWaste, in partnership with Recology San Mateo County and South Bay Recycling, will host an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.

April 18, 2013 | No comments yet
Girl's birthday gifts help the homeless

Kayla Virag of Menlo Park recently celebrated her seventh birthday with a party at San Mateo Gymnastics. Instead of gaily wrapped presents, 30 little guests brought cash donations.

May 6, 2013 | No comments yet
Today: Street art show in downtown Menlo Park

Some 90 artists are expected to show their original works of jewelry, photography, ceramics, paintings and sculptures at the annual sidewalk arts festival this weekend along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

April 19, 2013 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District ballots in mail

Measure O would increase parcel tax to $581 a year
Ballots have begun to make their way to voters' mailboxes for the May 7 measure that would extend the parcel tax for the Portola Valley School District, and raise it by $123 per parcel annually.

April 17, 2013 | No comments yet
SHP's Howe swims well at Arena GP meet

Sacred Heart Prep junior Ally Howe went from being a big fish in a small pond to quite the opposite, yet held her own during last weekend's Arena Grand Prix long course swim meet in Mesa, Ariz. Read this and other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 16, 2013 | No comments yet
Tonight: MP council reviews Stanford project

With many residents expressing opposition to Stanford's development proposal for 300-500 El Camino Real, the Menlo Park City Council will meet Tuesday night, April 16, to review th