2014

Jail smuggling defendants appear in court

Seven defendants including three San Mateo County sheriff's employees accused of a conspiracy to smuggle cellphones and drugs into county jail appeared in court together for the first time today, prosecutors said.

December 31, 2014 | 35 comments
Menlo College women open hoop tourney with a victory

It was a tale of two halves inside Haynes-Prim Pavilion on Monday evening as the Menlo College women's basketball team hooked up with Midland University (Neb.) for their first of two games in the 2014 Peninsula Classic. Read the story here.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
High wind advisory issued

The National Weather Service is predicting high winds from noon Tuesday through noon Wednesday for the Bay Area.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto girls shoot past Menlo and into title game

Monday's prep roundup
Sophomore guard Lauren Koyama drilled six 3-pointers for a game-high 18 points to lead the Palo Alto girls to a 51-44 basketball victory over Menlo School in the Steve Geramoni Invitational semifinals on Monday at Notre Dame-Belmont. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Year in review: Tumultuous year for Menlo Park

It will be a long time before anyone in Menlo Park forgets Measure M. Elections in recent years had seemed less divided between the "residentialist" vs. "pro-growth" crowds, but those factions resurfaced with a vengeance during the 2014 campaign season.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Judge: City erred in referring to prior allegations of lying when firing police officer

Arbitrator will decide outcome of termination appeal
A judge has ruled that the city of Menlo Park should not have mentioned prior allegations of dishonesty on the job when it fired a police officer in April.

December 30, 2014 | 8 comments
Sen. Jerry Hill introduces bill requiring DUI offenders to use 'ignition interlocks'

Device blocks ignition from starting if driver's breath indicates blood-alcohol level is higher than pre-set limit
First-time DUI offenders would be required to install "ignition interlock devices" in their cars that will test their breath for alcohol before starting the car, if a new bill introduced by state Sen. Jerry Hill passes in Sacramento.

December 30, 2014 | 8 comments
Year in review: Elementary school districts get ready for growth

In 2014 local school districts continued to deal with two problems that have plagued them for the past several years: burgeoning enrollment and aging facilities.

December 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Police calls: Thief makes off with electric wheelchair

Thieves purloined a wheelchair, greeting cards and a customized clock in this week's crime reports for Menlo Park and Atherton.

December 30, 2014 | 2 comments
Portola Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary

Portola Valley celebrated its 50th year of incorporation in 2014 with an extended party that began in January with a flag-raising. The year also provided news, including incidents of 24-hour surveillance by police, and leaks from the town's natural gas infrastructure.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Another 'Spare the Air' day

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for today.

December 29, 2014 | 7 comments
Menlo School pair earns NorCal honors in cross country

Menlo School athletes Lizzie Lacy and Robert Miranda have been named NorCal Cross Country Runner of the Year in their respective divisions on Thursday. It was the first time the Knights' cross-country program was so honored. Read the story here.

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto, Menlo girls clash in basketball tourney semifinals

Weekend prep roundup
Either the Palo Alto or Menlo School girls will be playing for the championship of the Steve Geramoni Invitational on Tuesday night at Notre Dame-Belmont. Read the story here.

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Those were the days

The Oak Grove Villa Hotel, at Oak Grove Avenue and Merrill Street in Menlo Park, is reputed to have been the area's most celebrated "speakeasy" during Prohibition, according to historians Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett, who included this undated image in their book, "Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate."

December 29, 2014 | 6 comments
Learning science, math and more in school garden

There's a lot more growing in the garden at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley than plants. The school garden has, for the past two years, been used to grow the knowledge of Nancy Rhodes' fifth-grade students in subjects as diverse as math and art.

December 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Wrapping gifts for kids in need

For the fourth year in a row, the Elf Project has called on local students to wrap Christmas presents for children in need.

December 28, 2014 | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: Surrounded by illness, mother turns to Ecumenical Hunger Program

Gifts to the Almanac Holiday Fund benefit the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

December 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Almanac cover picture has backstory

Constance Mills, a longtime Menlo Park resident, was surprised to see her picture on the cover of the Dec. 17 Almanac, looking at photographs taken by Norton Pearl, who has donated 250,000 images to the San Mateo County History Museum.

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Caltrain offers free rides on New Year's Eve

Caltrain and SamTrans have announced their schedules for the New Year's holiday.

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Spare the air alert

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Sunday.

December 27, 2014 | No comments yet
A page from our history

Menlo Park's first City Hall, seen in this undated photo, was a single building located at 1036 Doyle St., between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues. (Photo: Menlo Park Historical Association.)

December 27, 2014 | 3 comments
Recent home sales - Dec. 23

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Dec. 23

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Ring in 2015: Ten different ways to celebrate the New Year

For some, the shift from one year to the next is a time for reflection and contemplation. For others, it's the best excuse of the year for a bang-up party. No matter how you choose to mark it, New Year's Eve is symbolic moment: an annual opportunity to take stock, celebrate and begin again.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Unbroken'

Bestseller becomes a film of prestige and suffering
Angelina Jolie directs this flatfooted recounting of the life of Louis Zamperini, the Italian-American Olympic runner whose Army Air Forces service found him adrift in the Pacific Ocean, then trapped in a Japanese P.O.W. camp.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Big Eyes'

Tim Burton film recalls the sturm, drang and kitsch of painter Margaret Keane
Tim Burton has always loved his kitsch, from Pee-wee Herman to Ed Wood to "Mars Attacks!" trading cards. Turns out Burton's loves also include Margaret Keane, painter of doe-eyed waifs, whose work the director has collected for years. Now, in an ultimate act of fandom, Burton has turned Keane's career and relationship travails into the cockeyed dramedy, "Big Eyes."

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Into the Woods'

Film of Stephen Sondheim's magical musical a success
The 1987 Broadway musical "Into the Woods" -- with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim ("Sweeney Todd") and book by James Lapine is a multilayered work. Luckily, Walt Disney Pictures and director Rob Marshall ("Chicago") haven't broken it with their cinematic adaptation.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'The Gambler'

Remake of 1974's film plays its cards right
Mark Wahlberg as a verbose literature professor isn't exactly likely casting, but the star walks away a winner with "The Gambler," Rupert Wyatt's remake of Karel Reisz's 1974 drama "The Gambler."

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
SamTrans offers free rides on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve revelers in San Mateo County can enjoy the night and get home for free safely on public transit, SamTrans officials said.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunny skies forecast for weekend

Skies will be sunny today with highs in the upper 50s and north winds of 10 to 15 mph.

December 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Wind advisories on bridges

Wind advisories are in effect this morning on four Bay Area bridges, California Highway Patrol officials said.

December 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College moving its athletic affiliation to another conference

Menlo College changes athletic affiliation next school year, moving to the Golden State Athletic Conference after nearly 20 years as a member of the California Pacific Conference.

December 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Man flees bank empty-handed after robbery attempt

A man wearing a leopard-print hat tried to rob the Chase bank at 2977 Woodside Road in Woodside on Friday, Dec. 20, but fled the scene without any of the bank's money, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

December 24, 2014 | 1 comment
Attorney general issues alert for mobile app location services

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued a consumer alert about geographical location services used by mobile apps.

December 23, 2014 | 1 comment
Scenes of the season

Almanac photographer Michelle Le captures holiday scenes in Almanac country
Almanac photographer Michelle Le captures holiday scenes in Almanac country.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Interim public works director now permanent

Jesse Quirion, who has been filling in as interim public works director for Menlo Park for about six months, has now been appointed to the permanent position, the city announced on Monday, Dec. 22.

December 23, 2014 | 1 comment
2014 Boys All-West Catholic Athletic League water polo

First Team
Nelson Perla-Ward (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Michael Swart (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Finn Banks (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Jackson Enright (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Logan MacDonell (Bellarmine) Jr.; Benoit Viollier (St. Francis) Sr.; Andrew Goodenough (St. Francis) Sr.; Eric Reitmeir (St. Francis) Sr. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 Girls All-West Catholic Athletic League water polo

First Team
Malaika Koshy (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Maddy Johnston (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Layla Waters (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Emily Riley (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Anna Edgington (St. Francis) Sr.; Natalie Williams (St. Francis) Sr.; Isabella Mandema (St. Francis) Fr. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police operation finds liquor licensees comply with law

Twenty-seven liquor licensees complied with the law regarding the sale of alcohol to minors during a compliance check Sunday, Menlo Park police announced Tuesday.

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Rancho Palo Verdes rescinds Widmer's city manager job offer

The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council on Monday night, Dec. 22, voted 4-1 to rescind the offer it had made to hire Atherton City Council member Bill Widmer as its new city manager, saying they had been unable to come to an agreement with him over his contract.

December 22, 2014 | 7 comments
Police calls: Stolen vehicle escapade in Woodside

Crime and accident reports in Woodside, Atherton and Menlo Park

December 23, 2014 | No comments yet
JobTrain bakes cookies for inmates

Students from JobTrain, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that specializes in vocational training and placement, have baked more than 10,000 cookies for inmates at San Mateo County jail, to be delivered on Christmas.

December 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves new police contract

Professional arbitrators instead of retired judges to be used for disciplinary appeals
With little comment, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Dec. 16 to approve a new employment contract with the Police Officers' Association that calls for using one of five professional arbitrators instead of using retired county judges as arbitrators in disciplinary appeal cases.

December 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Facebook starts developing third Menlo Park campus

Facebook is starting small when it comes to its third Menlo Park campus, located on Constitution Drive near the corner of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway.

December 24, 2014 | 6 comments
Holiday hours for town facilities

Local town halls and other public facilities will close or operate on special holiday hours over the next two weeks.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton police seek man who followed 13-year-old girl

A 13-year-old girl out jogging in Atherton was followed by a white man in a dark gray Toyota Prius for about 40 minutes on Monday, Dec. 22, Atherton police reported.

December 22, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park officers involved in fatal shooting back at work before review is completed

Although the district attorney's review of the Nov. 11 fatal shooting of a burglary suspect is not yet complete, Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen said he felt comfortable allowing the police officers involved in the incident to return to work.

December 22, 2014 | 8 comments
Portola Valley: Chimney fire knocked down in 20 minutes

Firefighters called to a home at 5 Cherokee Court in Portola Valley on Sunday (Dec. 21) arrived at about 1:53 p.m. to see flames on the roof in the vicinity of the chimney.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Horse-drawn carriages make annual holiday trek through Woodside

Peninsula Carriage Driving Club
On Dec. 21 the Peninsula Carriage Driving Club continued a 20-year tradition by staging a holiday drive through Woodside.

December 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Tokyo Subway to close Wednesday

Tokyo Subway, a three decades-long Japanese staple in downtown Menlo Park, is closing Wednesday, Dec. 24.

December 22, 2014 | 5 comments
Shelter extended for residents displaced by flooding

Redwood City officials will continue to keep shelters open with limited hours Monday and Tuesday to help residents displaced by flooding, city officials said.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No overnight parking enforcement through Jan. 4

Guests driving in from out of town to celebrate the holidays? They now have a place to park overnight without fear of tickets, at least temporarily.

December 22, 2014 | 5 comments
Delightfully daft, wonderfully whimsical: 'Peter Pan' prequel takes flight in Palo Alto

"Peter and the Starcatcher" earned a record number of Tony nominations and five awards when it played Broadway in 2012, cementing it in the pantheon of popular new plays and proclaiming its appeal for both youth and adults. TheatreWorks now brings it to life on the Lucie Stern Theater stage with vigor and verve and a boatload of talent, creating a lively, laugh-filled and heartfelt gift for the holidays.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
A mecca for meat

After 40 years, Sundance retains its high standards and charm
Sundance The Steakhouse is thriving in its 40th year. The classic American steakhouse on El Camino Real in Palo Alto serves up topnotch food, attentive service, an excellent wine list and decor that exudes old-school charm.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Celebrating the race to space

Cantor Arts Center presents rarely seen prints by Pop Art icon Robert Rauschenberg
The Cantor's latest exhibition draws together collages, prints and archival materials that pay tribute to the historic Apollo 11 mission of 1969, when man first set foot on the moon. "Loose in Some Real Tropics: Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon Series'" will be on view from December 20 through March 16.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Chow mein for Christmas Eve

Comedian Cathy Ladman dishes about food, family and being Jewish
Comedian Cathy Ladman will be the featured performer at "Chopshticks," a Christmas Eve event at the JCC that combines stand-up comedy with a buffet-style Chinese dinner from Hunan Garden Restaurant.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Prep roundup: M-A girls win soccer tournament title

Menlo-Atherton wrapped up the Gold Division championship of the Burlingame Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Christopher on Saturday at Burlingame High.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
For the children

In keeping with a holiday tradition, the seventh-grade students at St. Raymond School in Menlo Park collected new books for the children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to open on Christmas morning.

December 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

'The Battle of the Five Armies' makes Peter Jackson's Tolkien saga redundant
Hobbits put their trust in simple pleasures: a nice meal (or two, or six), a cup of tea, a social call. So it's ironic that writer-director-producer Peter Jackson has proven determined to complicate "The Hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien's relatively humble volume, into three, two-hour-plus films, culminating in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

December 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Cure for the uncommon code

Benedict Cumberbatch plays 'The Imitation Game' in WWII spy drama
Rising star Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for making intellect sexy on the BBC's "Sherlock," inhabits WWII codebreaker and computer innovator Alan Turing's social anxiety, fierce determination and keen intellect in this feature film based on a true story.

December 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto: Ming's Restaurant to close Dec. 28

Extended-stay hotel and smaller Chinese restaurant are planned
The absolute last serving of Ming's famous Chinese chicken salad will be Dec. 28. That's the day that Ming's Restaurant, Palo Alto's oldest and largest Chinese restaurant, will close its doors to make way for an extended stay hotel and a newer, smaller Chinese restaurant.

December 20, 2014 | No comments yet
County declares state of emergency after storms

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to declare a state of emergency after recent rain and windstorms caused an estimated $3.4 million in damage.

December 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Toys for Tots campaign ends Wednesday

A Toys for Tots campaign by the Woodside Fire Protection District ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

December 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton couple celebrates 70th anniversary

On Dec. 22, 1944, a young man named Joe Cotton asked Rema Nelson to marry him. Recently returned to the states from being shot down over Greece in World War II, and spending three harrowing months evading the Nazis, Mr. Cotton was ready for a challenge of a more domestic sort.

December 19, 2014 | 2 comments
2014 Girls All-Peninsula Athletic League water polo

See the listings and more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

December 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Middlefield Road, Fair Oaks Lane in Atherton reopen

Fallen power lines closed roads
Middlefield Road between Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue, and Fair Oaks Lane have reopened, Atherton police reported.

December 19, 2014 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Security camera helps capture alleged package thief

A few days after a security camera captured the theft of a package from the doorstep of a home in the Willows neighborhood, Menlo Park police arrested a suspect.

December 19, 2014 | 15 comments
'Cali' girl needs good home!

Parker is a medium-sized, spayed Californian bunny available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

December 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton councilman Bill Widmer is new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes

Mayor DeGolia has asked Mr. Widmer to resign
Bill Widmer, who on Nov. 4 was elected to his second term on the Atherton City Council, has been named the new city manager in Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California. He says that, for now, he is not moving from Atherton and will remain on the council, but new mayor Rick DeGolia says he has asked Mr. Widmer to resign.

December 18, 2014 | 34 comments
Tonight: How should Menlo Park's M-2 district develop?

Menlo Park will host a community workshop on Thursday, Dec. 18, to find out what residents and other interested parties see as the future of the city's M-2 industrial district, which roughly encompasses parcels wedged between the San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, Marsh Road and U.S. 101.

December 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton's new mayor lays out his vision

New Atherton mayor Rick DeGolia's vision for the coming year includes a new civic center that creates all its own energy and a free high-speed fiber Internet system for the whole town.

December 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Recent home sales - Dec. 17

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 17, 2014 | No comments yet
School board gets update on Spanish immersion, world languages

Reports from Menlo Park City School District administrators about the Spanish immersion program and how to make study of world languages available to all district students drew a big crowd to a recent school board meeting.

December 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Deputy pleads not guilty to conspiracy charges

Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office pleaded not guilty on Tuesday (Dec. 16) to two charges of conspiracy in connection with a case involving an inmate in the San Mateo County jail who is accused of acquiring and using a cellphone while in jail.

December 17, 2014 | 18 comments
See Athletes of the Week

December 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Four men rob Menlo Park market at gunpoint

A cashier was beaten and another robbed at gunpoint after four men entered the El Rancho Market around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Menlo Park police.

December 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Tonight: Changes to Menlo Park's heritage tree ordinance discussed

Improving replacement tree planting and survival rates, and better protecting the city's heritage trees, are three of the priorities for proposed changes to Menlo Park's heritage tree ordinance. The Environmental Quality Commission will talk about those changes tonight.

December 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Train strikes car in Atherton

A southbound Caltrain struck a on the train tracks at Fair Oak Avenue in Atherton at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. The driver was able to escape the car before the collision.

December 16, 2014 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Seven homes flooded by broken water main

A broken water main flooded the yards and garages of seven homes in West Menlo Park on Tuesday night.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Engaging the patient in health care

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Ravenswood Family Health Center.

December 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Vast photo collection documents San Mateo County life over several decades

Retired commercial and news photographer Norton Pearl has donated a lifetime's worth of negatives representing his professional work to the San Mateo County Historical Association.

December 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo College terminates contract with tweeting San Jose cop

Phillip White was assistant basketball coach
Phillip White, a San Jose police officer who generated widespread outrage after tweeting threatening statements about civil rights protestors, has had his contract as an assistant basketball coach terminated by Menlo College.

December 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Northbound El Camino reopened near Selby Lane in Atherton

Live power line removed from street
About a half hour after announcing northbound El Camino Real near Selby Lane had been closed because of high voltage wires in the street, Atherton police reported it has been reopened at 12:38 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Food truck event gets five-year permit in Menlo Park

Off the Grid's weekly food truck event rolled away from Monday's Planning Commission meeting with unanimous approval to continue for five years in Menlo Park.

December 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo College football has four competing in all-star game

Menlo College football will have Cam Grad, Brandon Soohoo, Keith Bowman and Ray Roach take part in the D2-NAIA Challenge on Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Police contract, economic and general plan updates before Menlo Park council

The agenda is packed for the Dec. 16 Menlo Park City Council meeting. Topics include goals for the general and economic plan updates, a new contract for police officers and a report on the status of various capital improvements.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton police: Beware 'plumbers' at the door

A pair of men posing as plumbers talked their way into two Atherton homes on Monday, Dec. 15, stealing money and jewelry while the residents were distracted, police said.

December 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Woodside: No crosswalk on Mountain Home Road for now

Children walking to Woodside Elementary School from the south side of town -- from neighborhoods along Mountain Home and Whiskey Hill roads -- have not had the benefit of a crosswalk when crossing Mountain Home Road. A crosswalk was planned, but it's off for now.

December 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Board OKs plans to buy sites for new high schools

The Sequoia Union High School District has entered into contracts to spend up to $12.7 million for two Peninsula properties -- $9.3 million for a 2.1-acre site in Menlo Park near Belle Haven and $3.4 million for a 1-acre site in San Carlos.

December 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Holiday hours for farmers' market

For Christmas week in Portola Valley, the farmers market in front of the Historic Schoolhouse will be held one day early -- on Wednesday, Dec. 24 -- during regular winter hours from 2 to 5 p.m.

December 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside, Portola Valley elect new mayors

Woodside and Portola Valley have new mayors -- Tom Shanahan and Jeff Aalfs. Both councilmen were elected on unanimous votes of their town councils, on Dec. 9 and 10, and both are holding the office for the first time.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Laundry room bandit strikes at apartments

A laundry room bandit or bandits swarmed through Menlo Park recently, hitting coin-operated laundry machines in apartment complexes, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

December 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Glimpse at new building coming to Menlo-Atherton campus

A rendering of a new two-story building at Menlo-Atherton High School showed up in a presentation to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Dec. 9.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Thefts from home construction site in Portola Valley

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

December 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton plans outdoor event area in park

New mayor and vice mayor to be chosen
An outdoor event area that could seat up to 150 people as well as suit smaller gatherings will be considered by the Atherton City Council when it meets on Wednesday, Dec. 17, starting at 7 p.m. Also on the agenda is election of a mayor and vice-mayor.

December 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Sowards scores 15 points as Menlo women win third straight

Aaliyah Sowards scored 15 points, one of four players to reach double figures, and the Menlo College women's basketball team dispatched visiting Cal State San Marcos, 88-56, in a nonconference game on Saturday. Read the story here.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Surf Air adding flights in and out of Oakland airport

Surf Air, the small commuter airline that has engendered noise complaints from Peninsula residents since it started flying into the San Carlos Airport in June 2013, has announced it has added flights to and from Oakland International Airport beginning on Dec. 15.

December 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Third Facebook campus, food truck event before Menlo Park commission

Facebook's plans for its third campus and renewal of Off the Grid's permit for its weekly food truck event will be topics of discussion by the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Dec. 15).

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Six people displaced by house fire in North Fair Oaks

Six people were displaced in a two-alarm house fire in the North Fair Oaks area early Sunday morning, a San Mateo County fire official said.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Storm delivering rain as predicted

Rain will continue in the Bay Area through most of today, according to a forecaster at the National Weather Service.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Ridley Scott's Moses epic 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' leans on CGI spectacle
Ever since the 2004 megahit "The Passion of the Christ," Hollywood has been open-minded to faith-based entertainment, and 2014 has seen both economic true-believer productions ("Left Behind," "God's Not Dead," and "Heaven is for Real") as well as would-be blockbusters "Noah" and now, Ridley Scott's $140 million Moses epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings." There's gold in them thar sand dunes, or so 20th Century Fox hopes.

December 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Top Five'

Comic performer Chris Rock writes, directs, and stars in the semi-autobiographical 'Top Five'
When it comes to comedy, funny always wins, and Chris Rock's third directorial effort does run on engagingly amusing riffs. But "Top Five" also steers hard into undisciplined storytelling, damning the comic's overhyped awards-season comedy with the faint praise of being better than (though just as cannily commercial as) the typical Adam Sandler vehicle.

December 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Suffering and suffrage: 'Women and the Great War' on view at Stanford's Hoover Institution

One hundred years ago this year, World War I began. On the centennial of such a significant event, museums across the world are turning to their archives to offer historical and contemporary perspectives on The Great War.

December 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Lacy finishes 10th in national cross-country finals

Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy didn't run to victory at the 36th annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships National Finals on Saturday, but she did come away with at least a moral triumph at Balboa Park in San Diego.

December 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Recent home sales - Dec. 10

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Dec. 10

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Stray goat found in Woodside

See photo of a goat, currently in the care of the Peninsula Humane Society, found stray in Woodside on Nov. 14. This was called into the PHS by a resident on the 1200 block of Skyline.

December 12, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP's 13-0 football season is certainly worth celebrating

Sacred Heart Prep football coach Pete Lavorato was in need of some holiday cheer earlier this week and headed over to a small Christmas party on campus to perhaps find it.

December 12, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP boys bounce back with hoops win in tournament

Wednesday's prep roundup
With Corbin Koch pouring in 25 points, the Sacred Heart Prep boys bounced back from a season-opening loss on Tuesday to defeat Irvington, 83-75, in the consolation semifinals of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Wednesday.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunset campus sold to real estate investment firm

A little more than a month after employees were first told that the landmark Sunset campus was up for sale, the property has been sold to Embarcadero Capital Partners, a real estate investment and management firm based in Belmont, multiple sources told the Almanac.

December 11, 2014 | 58 comments
Storm brings flooding, roads closures, power outages

The wind-driven storm that blew into the Bay Area Thursday caused flooding, closed roads, closed schools and power outages.

December 11, 2014 | 7 comments
More than 200 flights canceled due to storm

San Francisco International Airport is seeing numerous flight cancellations and delays today due to a storm descending on the Bay Area.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
All local schools expected to be open Friday

According to the San Mateo County Office of Education, all local schools are expected to be open on Friday.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Do you think there 'Oughta Be A law ... Or Not'?

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is now accepting entries for the seventh annual "Oughta Be A Law ... Or Not" contest.

December 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Mandarin charter backers appeal to county board of education

The group trying to establish a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District has appealed to the San Mateo County Board of Education to approve their school after being turned down by the school district in November.

December 10, 2014 | 13 comments
M-A boys hold off SHP in final seconds to open hoop tourney

Tuesday's prep roundup: Menlo-Atherton sophomore guard Eric Norton converted a three-point play with five seconds left in the game to carry the Bears to a 51-49 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in the opening round of the Burlingame Lions Club Tournament on Tuesday night.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Local agencies, residents prepare for storm

With total rainfall projected to range from 1 to 4 inches in urban areas with winds at 20 to 40 mph and gusts up to 40 to 60 mph, the storm is predicted to be one of the strongest to strike the area since October 2009. Click here for an hour-by-hour forecast of the local weather.

December 10, 2014 | 1 comment
Check out an e-reader at county libraries

Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton have them
The San Mateo County library system now has e-reader tablets pre-loaded with best-sellers available for check out in all county libraries.

December 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Fourteen plead not guilty to gang indictments

Fourteen defendants, indicted in March for crimes related to their alleged involvement with East Palo Alto gangs, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges including murder, assault, narcotics trafficking and robbery, prosecutors said.

December 9, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Council considers crosswalk at Cedar Lane

Study session on historic preservation precedes council meeting
The proposal to paint a crosswalk at Cedar Lane and Mountain Home Road returns to the Town Council in Woodside tonight (Dec. 9) for further discussion and possible action.

December 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Overcoming adversity, transforming lives

Both of Mark's parents suffered from serious mental illness: his mother from schizophrenia and his father from bipolar disorder. Between his mother's frequent hospitalizations and his father's extreme mood swings, there was a persistent feeling on Mark's part of depression and loneliness.

December 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Kiwanis, Nativity School tree lots aid local causes

Local Christmas tree lots are open and offering premium fresh-cut trees for sale. Two of the lots are operated by volunteers, with proceeds going to school programs or scholarship funds.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday service for Ronald Kistler, retired USGS research scientist

A memorial service for retired U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Ron Kistler, who died Oct. 30, will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at the USGS campus in Menlo Park.

December 11, 2014 | No comments yet
New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Redwood City to debut Tuesday

Kaiser Permanente's new 149-bed, seven-story Redwood City hospital is set to open Tuesday, Dec. 16. The nonprofit health organization began construction on the 280,000-square-foot building on Veterans Boulevard and Walnut Street in 2011.

December 14, 2014 | 9 comments
Menlo College's Calicdan earns All-American honors

Menlo College senior outside hitter Courtney Calicdan added another major achievement to her long list of accolades when she received honorable mention on the 2014 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Team on Monday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Economic development, general plan update meetings in Menlo Park

The City Council is scheduled to hold a joint study session with the Planning Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to draft the guiding principles for the general plan update and potential land use changes.

December 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two arbitration processes for police misconduct cases

The two unions representing the city's police officers will have two different procedures for handling appeals of disciplinary decisions by binding arbitration, if the council approves a proposed contract with the Menlo Park Police Officers' Association.

December 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Strong storm expected to hit Bay Area Wednesday and Thursday

The Bay Area can expect heavy rain and strong winds that could uproot trees, down power lines and cause flooding and mudslides due to a strong weather system starting late Wednesday and continuing through Thursday, National Weather Service officials said.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Couple pleads no contest to theft of wallet at funeral

Officers found debit cards and an insurance card stolen from a Woodside couple's mail
An East Palo Alto couple pleaded no contest Friday to identity theft charges tied to stealing a wallet while working as caterers at a Belmont funeral reception, prosecutors said. Also, in a search of their apartment, officers found debit cards and an insurance card stolen from a Woodside couple's mail.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Cover story: War is hell

Woodside's Nat Landes talks about his wartime experiences in France and Germany
Woodside resident and former mayor Nat Landes has many military medals sitting on a bookshelf in his living room that recognize his service as a U.S. Army artillery officer during World War II. He talked about his service with the Almanac.

December 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Multi-family zoning in Woodside?

The Woodside Planning Commission dealt recently with a topic with potential to be controversial -- multi-family zoning in a town zoned for single-family homes. But voices did not rise. Positions were taken, but in measured tones.

December 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: School board eyes Menlo Park site for new high school

The Sequoia Union High School District is eyeing a property at 150 Jefferson Drive in east Menlo Park for one of two new 400-student high schools the district is planning to open.

December 9, 2014 | 2 comments
Police calls: Woodside grandmother taken for $3,000 in phone scam

A woman transferred money to a caller claiming to be her grandson, only to later learn it was an impostor.

December 9, 2014 | 1 comment
Tuesday: School board to discuss Spanish immersion, world languages

Keeping a promise made during the recent debate over a Mandarin immersion charter school proposal, the Menlo Park City School District is examining its Spanish immersion program and discussing world languages at a board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 9, with the reports scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m.

December 8, 2014 | 3 comments
Fallen trees damage homes in Menlo Park and Atherton

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District was busy on Saturday, Dec. 6, dealing with trees that fell on homes in Atherton and Menlo Park.

December 8, 2014 | 12 comments
Holiday parking hours kick off in downtown Menlo Park

The two-hour lots in downtown Menlo Park will allow free parking for three hours until Monday, Jan. 5.

December 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Lacy runs herself into national cross-country finals

The Menlo School girls soccer team will have to wait a little longer for Lizzie Lacy to join the team this season after the senior qualified for the Foot Locker National Championships in cross country on Saturday.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls off to fast hoop start with tournament title

Weekend prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team is off a perfect start to the season after winning the Sonoma Dragon Classic on Saturday with a victory over tournament host Sonoma Valley, 40-23.

December 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Woman arrested for alleged stabbing in Menlo Park

A 62-year-old man was allegedly stabbed by an ex-girlfriend after an argument in Menlo Park on Sunday, Dec. 7, according to police.

December 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Tuesday: Meeting on document examining San Carlos Airport's effects on neighbors

A meeting to discuss the draft of a document that looks at the current and projected effect of the San Carlos Airport on its neighbors is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the San Carlos Library at 610 Elm St.

December 8, 2014 | 5 comments
She's the Rod Stewart of the dog world

Meet Bonnie, a 6-year-old, 13-pound female Terrier mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion, 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

December 6, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP improves to 13-0 with CCS Open Division title

The greatest football season in Sacred Heart Prep history was achieved on Friday night as the top-seeded Gators defeated No. 7 Bellarmine, 14-0, in the championship game of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs at San Jose City College.

December 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Judge orders property owner to reopen gate at Martins Beach

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge on Friday issued a final ruling affirming that a Silicon Valley entrepreneur must reopen a popular beach near Half Moon Bay that he closed to the public in 2010.

December 6, 2014 | 8 comments
Families gather for Menlo Park tree lighting

Santa paid a visit Friday to downtown Menlo Park, where families gathered for a holiday tree lighting event.

December 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls capture NorCal tennis title

For the first time since they won four consecutive CIF NorCal tennis titles from 1998-2001, the Menlo School girls captured the regional crown with a 5-2 win over St. Francis on Thursday night at Fremont Tennis Center.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Girls tennis: Menlo School captures regional title

For the first time since Menlo won four consecutive CIF NorCal titles from 1998-2001, the girls tennis team captured the regional title with a 5-2 win over St. Francis on Thursday (Dec. 4) at Fremont Tennis Center.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-Menlo Park worker pleads no contest to misdemeanor embezzlement

A man who worked at the front desk of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor embezzlement, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

December 5, 2014 | 2 comments
SHP football goes from humble beginnings to CCS elite status

Pete Lavorato didn't quite know what to expect when he took over the Sacred Heart Prep football program prior to the 2003 season. He was young, fairly inexperienced as a head coach and only a few years removed from his final season as a player in the Canadian Football League.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Unpretentious French

Zola's high-quality cuisine a welcome addition to downtown Palo Alto
Menlo Park's loss is Palo Alto's gain, twice over. After closing his haute French restaurant Marche in 2011, Howard Bulka gave us Howie's Artisan Pizza in Town & Country Village. And now, Guillame Bienamé , a former executive chef of Marche, gives us Zola, the best food news in downtown Palo Alto this year.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Formal design review can proceed for beekeeping and 'art cave' project

Preparations for a formal design review for a proposal on Whiskey Hill Road in Woodside that includes a beekeeping operation and an underground art gallery can proceed now that the Planning Commission has upheld an appeal by property owner Alex Balkanski.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo, M-A girls battle to scoreless draw in soccer

Tuesday's prep roundup: The Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton girls opened their respective soccer seasons against each other on Tuesday and came away with a 1-1 nonleague deadlock on the Bears' field. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Kepler's holds holiday party

Kepler's Books will hold its annual Literary Circle holiday party from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
State board urges residents to use licensed contractors

As a large storm tapers out after downing trees, flooding roadways, and opening sinkholes throughout the Bay Area, the Contractors State License Board is reminding residents to use only licensed contractors when doing storm repairs.

December 4, 2014 | 1 comment
Atherton swears in newly elected council members

Mike Lempres was sworn in as an Atherton City Council member on Wednesday, Dec. 3, along with returning members Rick DeGolia and Bill Widmer.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside Planning Commission considers 'art cave' proposal

The owner of 230 and 240 Whiskey Hill Road in Woodside hears from the Planning Commission tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 3). Resident Alex Balkanski is appealing a decision by the Architectural and Site Review Board denying a proposal that would include building a large underground tunnel -- an "art cave."

December 3, 2014 | 2 comments
County election stats: 66 percent vote by mail

Only 46 percent of the registered voters in San Mateo County voted in the Nov. 4 election, and twice as many voted by mail as those who cast ballots at the polls.

December 4, 2014 | 3 comments
M-A girls fall in NorCal Division I volleyball title match

It was suppose to be a birthday celebration for Menlo-Atherton senior outside hitter Devin Joos. As it turned out, it wasn't the party she was hoping for.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Dec. 3

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police warn about scam calls from fake Google employees

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to work for Google and asking if you want to retrieve the money from your AdSense account, think twice, Menlo Park police warned in an advisory on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park has a new mayor: Catherine Carlton

Catherine Carlton will serve as mayor of Menlo Park for the next 12 months, with Rich Cline as vice mayor.

December 3, 2014 | 3 comments
Update: Middlefield Road now reopen in Atherton

Although Middlefield Road in Atherton was reopened late Wednesday night, after being closed for more than a day after a falling tree damaged utility poles Tuesday night, police warn that utility work is still ongoing on the street and drivers should use caution.

December 3, 2014 | 1 comment
SHP football team moves into state rankings at No. 18

Sacred Heart Prep has moved among the best football teams in the state, according to this week's rankings by Cal-Hi Sports. The Gators (12-0) are ranked No. 18 in California, reaching the top 25 for the first time this season.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside Road reopens in both directions

Fallen tree branch and power line blocked road in both directions
Woodside Road in the town of Woodside has reopened in both directions, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. The road was blocked in both directions for several hours Tuesday morning due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.

December 2, 2014 | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: Tiffany's family builds new life

Tiffany is a U.S. veteran who served in the Air Force. She was raising her three children when she became a victim of domestic violence. She fled with her children and lived with different family members while she struggled to find the stability to get back on track.

December 5, 2014 | No comments yet
New model railroad layout will encourage close-up viewing

An oil refinery is coming to Menlo Park. And a saw mill, a cement plant and a new train station similar to the Union Stations seen in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. A new mountain range is already here, with steep slopes similar to the dry, brown, sparsely vegetated heights of the Tehachapi Range near Bakersfield.

December 4, 2014 | No comments yet
District may open new high school in San Carlos

The Sequoia Union High School District has entered into a contract to buy a one-acre parcel at 535 Old County Road, just south of Holly Road in San Carlos.

December 2, 2014 | 6 comments
Sunday: Arts and crafts fair in Portola Valley

A holiday arts and crafts fair is set for Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

December 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: $12,000 in beverages stolen from Beltramo's

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Menlo's JobTrain helps thousands gain job skills

JobTrain is committed to helping those who are most in need to succeed. Our purpose is to improve the lives of people in our community through assessment, job-skills training and career placement.

December 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Encinal School celebrates British Isles

Bagpipers, cloggers and morris dancers entertained students at Encinal Elementary School on Nov. 17 during the Atherton school's seventh annual Cultural Arts Day.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Body-worn cameras help, hurt law enforcement in Menlo Park

The fatal shooting by three Menlo Park police officers of a burglary suspect who reportedly drew a gun during a foot pursuit on Nov. 11 has shed light on how the realities of implementing new technology such as body-worn cameras can backfire.

December 3, 2014 | 23 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park to select new mayor

Along with the holidays, there's another event in Menlo Park that happens at this time of year, albeit with a bit less festive extravagance -- the selection of a new mayor and vice mayor.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Fallen tree blocks Palmer Avenue in Atherton

Power out to 70 people
A fallen tree blocked Palmer Avenue, between Middlefield Road and Fair Oaks Avenue in Atherton, to through traffic and caused power outages to about 70 people on Monday, Dec. 1, the Atherton Police Department reported.

December 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley environmental champion Martin Litton dies

Martin Litton of Portola Valley, a World War II glider pilot and a writer for Sunset magazine, was a great friend to the natural world, working tirelessly to preserve its wonders. Mr. Litton died Sunday, Nov. 30, He was 97.

December 1, 2014 | 10 comments
Tonight: Reception for newly elected Atherton council members

A public reception for the three newly elected Atherton City Council members will follow a short meeting of the council on Wednesday, Dec. 3, starting at 4 p.m.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Lacy tops local runners at state cross country finals

The CIF State Cross County Championships is regarded as one of the most competitive in the country. Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy, Pinewood senior Nicole Colonna and Gunn junior Gillian Meeks probably would agree following their efforts on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls advance to NorCal volleyball finals

The second-seeded Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team advanced to the CIF Northern California playoff finals with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-23 sweep of visiting Homestead on Saturday night in Atherton.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Author Richard Ford at Kepler's

Richard Ford resurrects his signature character in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
With "The Lay of the Land" in 2006, Richard Ford led his readers to believe that they'd seen the last of Frank Bascombe, the failed novelist and reasonably successful real estate agent from New Jersey, whose tribulations had begun in "The Sportswriter" and continued in the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Independence Day."

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday cheer: Concerts and gatherings to make spirits bright

As temperatures drop, the days grow shorter and the nights longer, it's harder to rely on sunshine for warmth and light. Instead, it's the time of year for drawing together to generate our own brilliance. There's no better way to celebrate the season than by gathering to enjoy live music, dance and theater: our most radiant expressions of what it means to be human.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Dec. 14: Kitka, women's vocal ensemble, in Menlo Park

Kitka, the critically acclaimed women's vocal ensemble based in Oakland, comes to St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, following an East Coast tour of "Wintersong," a program of seasonal music from Eastern Europe.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Theater review: 'The Other Place' is deeply affecting

Sharr White's "The Other Place," in its current mounting at Dragon Productions, will linger in your thoughts long after show's end, with topical relevance both moving and disturbing.

November 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Sights of the season

Holiday lights along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park on Friday, Nov. 28.

November 29, 2014 | 4 comments
Crazy like a fox

Steve Carell plays real-life madman in 'Foxcatcher'
From the stranger-than-fiction department comes the true-crime story "Foxcatcher," a disturbing meditation on madness enabled by money to run rampant.

November 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Black and white and ... all over

Waddlers test their cuteness in 'Penguins of Madagascar'
"Comic relief" isn't quite the phrase for the quartet of penguins in the "Madagascar" franchise, though the words capture the characters' absolute buffoonery. Now thrust into the spotlight in "Penguins of Madagascar," the aquatic birds prove that they're better in small doses.

November 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Lacy chases a CIF state title in cross country

The top runners in California, many of whom also rank among the best in the country, will converge on Fresno this weekend for the annual CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park. For a select few, only one thing is on their mind Saturday: winning a state title.

November 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Book sale at Menlo Park Library

A range of "gently used" books will be on offer at the Menlo Park Friends of the Library book sale on Sunday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
North Fair Oaks duplex fire displaces at least six

At least six people were displaced following a structure fire in a single-story duplex in the North Fair Oaks area Wednesday afternoon, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man killed in Hayward accident

A Menlo Park man was killed and an Oakland man arrested in multiple collisions on Interstate 880 in Hayward early Thursday morning.

November 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Memorial Saturday for Philip Arcuni of Menlo Park

A memorial will be held for Philip Arcuni of Menlo Park on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton, CA 94027.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Humane Society waives adoption fee for black cats

On Black Friday (Nov. 28), the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is waiving adoption fees for black and mostly black cats and kittens. The promotion will continue through Thursday, Dec. 4.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Parish Bazar at Russian Orthodox Church

The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church in Menlo Park will holds its Parish Bazar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The church is at 1220 Crane St. in Menlo Park.

November 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: 'Vintage Christmas' holiday boutique at Sacred Heart Prep

"Vintage Christmas" is the theme for this year's Sacred Heart Preparatory holiday boutique, set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 3 and 4, on the school campus.

November 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Local students collect backpacks for Kenyan orphans

Two Oak Knoll school brothers recently visited Kenya with their parents and others from their Menlo Park church, and gave backpacks collected by fellow students to 230 orphans in a school there.

December 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Searsville Dam should go

The important new documentary film "Dam Nation" tells the history of American dam building and reveals a range of unintended consequences, including the desecration of some of our most precious ecosystems, particularly for the fish whose existence in a healthy stream and river bed is essential.

December 1, 2014 | 3 comments
SHP's Choy completes perfect tennis season with CCS title

CCS roundup: It's one down and perhaps three to go for Sacred Heart Prep freshman Sara Choy when it comes to her place in Central Coast Section girls' tennis history. The top-seeded Choy wrapped up her first section singles title on Tuesday.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Dec. 2: Meals on Wheels seeks donations on 'Giving Tuesday'

The local Meals on Wheels program is hoping to raise funds on "Giving Tuesday" Dec. 2. It's a new campaign to encourage charitable donations and combat the rampant consumerism that occurs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Caltrain seeks bike advisers

Caltrain is accepting applications for its Bicycle Advisory Committee, made up of nine volunteers from the three counties San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara served by the rail agency.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Unlocking stories helps adults learn to read, write and find success

Project Read-Menlo Park literacy tutors are finding that the personal stories locked inside their students can be sprung loose to become fascinating, valuable tools in the quest for literacy.

December 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Holidays are hard when you're hungry

The holidays are a time when family and friends get together to enjoy good food and celebrate. But for those struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can be a stark reminder of what they don't have: food.

December 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: St. Francis Center provides safe homes for children

Groans of protest from a young boy asked to take out the garbage are all too common, but when the motivation for those groans is fear, our adult reactions are notably different.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Holiday train stops in Menlo Park

Tens of thousands of lights will decorate the Caltrain holiday train when it makes its way from San Francisco to Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7. The train will stop at nine stations, including Menlo Park at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Artscene: Two Menlo Park women pursue art as second career

Elyse Dunnahoo and Krishna Mitra have a lot in common. They live within a half mile of each other in West Menlo Park; they enjoyed successful first careers and are now dedicated to pursuing second careers as artists; and their artwork is on display in a two-person exhibition in the Caldwell Gallery at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City.

December 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Menlo Park holiday tree lighting party

The city of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Menlo Park Holiday Tree Lighting festivities on Friday, Dec. 5, at Fremont Park, located at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Town facilities, libraries closed Thursday and Friday

Local town facilities, including town halls and libraries, will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales -- Nov. 24

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
InnVision Shelter Network holiday appeal

The Menlo Park-based InnVision Shelter Network, which provides housing and services for homeless families and individuals, received a donation of home furnishings from IKEA in East Palo Alto as a kickoff for its annual holiday fundraising drive.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Dec. 6: Santa visits Children's Health Council

Santa Claus will visit the Children's Health Council in Palo Alto from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, for a morning of creative activities for children ages 2 to 8.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Dec. 6: Holiday traditions around the world

A children's crafts program featuring holiday traditions from around the world will be presented by the San Mateo County History Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Dec. 4-6: 'Christmas at Our House' home tours

St. Francis High School's 26th annual "Christmas at Our House" will feature tours of three homes in the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills area on Dec. 4, 5 and 6.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: Construction starts on controversial Little League field

Upgrades to the Little League baseball field in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park are underway, with the league hoping to be able to use the field by mid-February, but some Atherton residents are still hoping to stop the project.

November 25, 2014 | 43 comments
Menlo Park fire district gains new marshal

After more than 14 years with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, inspector Jonathan Johnston has been promoted to marshal, a position where he will serve as the senior code enforcement officer managing a prevention bureau.

November 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley farmers market

The Portola Valley farmers market happens one day early this week -- between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- instead of the usual Thursday.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 girls all-league tennis teams

The Menlo-Atherton girls were rewarded for going 14-0 and claiming the PAL Bay Division tennis title by having three players named to the all-league first team and seven to the second team. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Sugar Shack bids farewell to downtown Menlo Park

The memories are sweet, but Sugar Shack proprietor Suzi Tinsley is closing the door of Menlo Park's downtown candy store at the end of December.

November 25, 2014 | 7 comments
Menlo Park police chief: Pursuit, fatal shooting 'happened in seconds'

Department has now ordered extra body cameras
"Seconds is how quickly everything went down. Literally seconds," said Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen in describing the foot pursuit and fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by three police officers on Nov. 11.

November 26, 2014 | 22 comments
Vida Verde expands horizons for underserved kids

The organization offers free outdoor education adventures
Two former teachers are working hard to offer free outdoor education to thousands of underserved students in the Bay Area.

November 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Woodside plans to replace, rehabilitate old bridges

With the completion of a $190,000 engineering study, the future is now less uncertain for four elderly but vital two-lane, single-span bridges in Woodside on Mountain Home, Kings Mountain, Portola and Old La Honda roads.

November 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Libraries will waive fines for food donors

Have an overdue book from the library? Now's your chance to clear fines and help others by donating food during the San Mateo County Library's "Food for Fines" program, which runs through Dec. 31.

December 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Model railroaders showcase new layout

The West Bay Model Railroad Association will show the progress it's made on a new model railway layout with open houses on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6 and 7, at the Model Railroad Building at 1090 Merrill St. in Menlo Park, just south of the train station and near Ravenswood Avenue.

November 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Micro-quake hit Woodside on Sunday evening

A magnitude 2.2 earthquake -- a micro earthquake -- struck Woodside at about 10:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center.

November 24, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A principal named district's chief facilities officer

In gearing up to manage the expansion of classroom facilities to meet a coming surge in enrollment, the board of the Sequoia Union High School District named Matthew Zito, principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, to be the district's chief facilities officer.

November 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton Thanksgiving display celebrates the bounty of nature

The bounty of nature that represents Thanksgiving can be seen in the front yard of Atherton resident Ellenrose Goddard's home, where for the past 17 years she has decorated with local gourds, pumpkins and squashes.

November 24, 2014 | No comments yet
VA leases Menlo Park land to developer for housing

Sixty units intended for homeless, at-risk veterans
The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.

November 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Belle Haven community garden now open

The Belle Haven community garden is now open. The Menlo Park Rotary Club, council members and other volunteers officially cut the ribbon on Saturday, Nov. 22.

November 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Volleyball: M-A girls win CCS title 3-1 over Homestead

The top-seeded Menlo-Atherton girls won the second Central Coast Section volleyball title in program history with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-14, 25-17 victory over No. 3 Homestead (24-14) on Saturday night at Independence High in San Jose.

November 24, 2014 | 2 comments
CCS boys water polo: SHP makes history by not letting history repeat

The Sacred Heart Prep senior class had history on its mind heading into the Central Coast Section Division II boys water polo championship match on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
CCS water polo: Eighth straight title for SHP girls

CCS water polo: For eight straight years, the Sacred Heart Prep girls have won their final water polo match of the season. That has translated into a remarkable streak of eight consecutive Central Coast Section Division II championships.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Football: SHP rolls to big victory in CCS Open Division

Senior running back Ben Burr-Kirven led a sturdy defense and ran for 196 yards to lead the Sacred Heart Prep football team to a 37-13 Central Coast Section Open Division first-round playoff victory over Oak Grove on Saturday in Atherton.

November 23, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP will get its shot at the big boys in Open Division playoffs

The Sacred Heart Prep football team played in the CIF Division III State Championship game last season. Yet, the 2014 campaign has offered something new to the program. Read the story here.

November 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College soccer players earn spot on academic team

For the first time in Menlo College Athletics history, two players from the same team have claimed a place on the prestigious Capital One Academic All-America list as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Read the story here.

November 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Facebook shuttle drivers vote to form union

After presenting a petition and holding a rally at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, the 87 drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have voted to unionize, according to Teamsters Local 853.

November 21, 2014 | 13 comments
Atherton wants residents to pay town's costs for special events

Atherton residents who host events that cost the town money for police or other services, ranging from presidential visits to teenagers' parties, would have to pay back the town's expenses under proposed regulations.

November 21, 2014 | 6 comments
Atherton moves ahead with Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan

Moving ahead with a plan to add bike lanes and to make it easier to get around town on foot, Atherton has adopted a Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan and will now study how to best start putting the plan into action.

November 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Woodside: Council makes appointment to architecture review board

In a 5-2 vote after 30 minutes or so of deliberation, a majority on the Woodside Town Council on Nov. 18 approved the appointment of resident Bruce Carlsmith to a brief term on the town's Architecture and Site Review Board.

November 20, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo School grad Frappier repeats as an All-American

Of local note
Pomona-Pitzer senior outside hitter Allie Frappier from Atherton earned first-team All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association for the second year in a row, it was announced Wednesday by the AVCA office. Read the story here.

November 20, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A girls advance to CCS volleyball finals once again

Playing in the Central Coast Section Division I volleyball playoff finals is nothing new for the Menlo-Atherton girls. After all, the Bears have been in the title match the past five years. That number is now up to six following a semifinal sweep on Wednesday. Read the story here.

November 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College wants to buy, preserve Sunset campus

College needs room for more students
An idea that could preserve the existing Sunset Magazine buildings has been put forth by Menlo College, which has outgrown its Atherton campus and needs room for more students.

November 20, 2014 | 20 comments
DA sheds more light on sheriff employees' arrests

Hells Angels gang member is accused of conspiring with sheriff's employees to smuggle contraband into Redwood City jail
Prosecutors will seek to revoke bail this morning (Nov. 20) for a Hells Angels member accused of conspiring with sheriff's employees, including a deputy who ran against his boss for the office of sheriff in June, to smuggle cellphones and drugs into a Redwood City jail, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

November 20, 2014 | 2 comments
Train 'clipped' car at Menlo Park crossing

A southbound train "clipped" an eastbound car at the Ravenswood Avenue Caltrain crossing in Menlo Park at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18), according to Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann.

November 19, 2014 | 9 comments
Inmate pleads not guilty in cellphone smuggling case

The jail inmate accused of participating in a conspiracy with a sheriff's deputy and two correctional officers to smuggle cellphones and drugs into the county jail pleaded not guilty to all charges before a San Mateo County judge on Tuesday.

November 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls gain redemption with CCS tennis title

It was all about redemption as the Menlo School girls took to the courts at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos for the Central Coast Section Girls Tennis Team Tournament finale on Tuesday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

November 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fatal shooting by police officers may not have been recorded

Only two of three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect on Nov. 11 were wearing body cameras. One camera may have been turned on after the shooting, and one may have been left off, according to the District Attorney's Office.

November 19, 2014 | 96 comments
San Mateo County says all election votes now counted

Hau says she will not request a recount
The three open seats on the Atherton council have gone to Rick DeGolia, Mike Lempres and Bill Widmer, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County late on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

November 18, 2014 | 3 comments
Third-grade Woodside girls raise money for Ebola fight

A group of third-grade girls from Woodside Elementary School is raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders every weekend during November in front of Roberts Market on Woodside Road in Woodside.

November 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Menlo Park church holds Global Gift Fair

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church will hold a Global Gift Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

November 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Looking back: The Lane family at Sunset headquarters

The Lane family posed at the Sunset headquarters on Willow Road in this undated photo. Brothers Mel, left, and Bill flank their parents, Ruth Bell and Laurence Lane, who purchased the magazine in 1928.

November 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo girls upset top-ranked Saratoga in CCS tennis

Menlo School senior Elizabeth Yao won the third set of the final match to carry the No. 5-seeded Knights' tennis squad to a 4-3 upset of No. 1 Saratoga in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

November 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers how to extend lives of four bridges

The town of Woodside has invested about $180,000 in studies to analyze the stability of four key bridges in town. Tonight (Nov. 18), the Town Council is set to consider the analysis and steps to extend the lives of the bridges and restore them to their full carrying capacity.

November 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Third generation of Hassetts opens new hardware store

The fifth family-owned Hassett Hardware store has opened in Redwood City, with the family proving that the little guy really can be a success.

November 21, 2014 | 3 comments
Tonight: License plate data report goes to Menlo Park council

The first report on how Menlo Park's new mobile automated license plate readers are working will be delivered to the council tonight. Of the 263,430 license plates recorded by the readers, one led to the recovery of a stolen car.

November 18, 2014 | 8 comments
Police calls: Atherton resident fraudulently billed for $48,000

In this week's police calls, fraud was committed via automatic bill pay, hospital bills and contracting services in Atherton and Menlo Park.

November 19, 2014 | No comments yet
What's the future for Sunset campus in Menlo Park?

What will be, will be. It has a certain logic for Jim Cogan, the Menlo Park official responsible for economic development in the city.

November 18, 2014 | 28 comments
Wednesday: Atherton aims to improve biking and walking safety

Council consider Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan
Ways to make Atherton a safer place for biking and walking as envisioned in the town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will be up for approval when the council meets this Wednesday, Nov. 19.

November 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools leader on her way to White House technology conference

Superintendent Lisa Gonzales
The superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, Lisa Gonzales has a very important meeting on her calendar this Wednesday, Nov. 19 -- a technology conference at the White House.

November 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton girls advance to CCS volleyball semifinals

CCS volleyball
Senior Devin Joos had 22 kills and 12 digs to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 victory over visiting Gunn in a Central Coast Section girls' volleyball quarterfinal on Saturday night. Read the story here.

November 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep gets No. 1 seed for CCS Open Division

With a 10-0 record, Sacred Heart Prep has compiled the best regular season in program football history. No doubt about it. The perfect campaign earned the Gators their first PAL Bay Division title and, with it, an automatic berth into the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. Read the story here.

November 17, 2014 | No comments yet
School district demolishes Atherton home to make more room for students

District purchases one-acre Atherton property for $3 million
A home on Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton has been demolished by the Las Lomitas Elementary School district to make more room for the campus of the neighboring elementary school. The district purchased the one-acre property for $3 million.

November 17, 2014 | 6 comments
'The Theory of Everything'

The extraordinary Stephen Hawking gets an ordinary bio in 'The Theory of Everything'
The film relies on convention and mawkish melodrama, keeping the deeper implications of Hawking's disease and his research submerged. Only Redmayne's performance overcomes to elevate "The Theory of Everything" to something special: an actor's showcase.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart makes his directing debut with Iranian prison tale 'Rosewater'
With "Rosewater," Stewart makes comprehensible for a broad audience the contemporary political situation in Iran.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls advance to CCS volleyball semifinals

CCS volleyball: Senior Devin Joos had 22 kills and 12 digs to lead Menlo-Atherton to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-9 victory over visiting Gunn in a Central Coast Section girls' volleyball quarterfinal on Saturday night.

November 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton council vote: Lempres now ahead of Widmer

Mike Lempres has squeaked past Bill Widmer -- by one vote -- for second place in the race for three open seats on the Atherton City Council, with Rose Hau remaining in fourth place, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

November 14, 2014 | 9 comments
Dance, music at Menlo Park 'state of city' event

The "state of the city" event, hosted by Mayor Ray Mueller on Thursday, drew quite a crowd to a temporary paseo set up outdoors at 1080 Chestnut St., between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Deputy, two corrections officers arrested

Deputy Juan Lopez was a candidate for sheriff in June; he was arrested Thursday at gunpoint
Juan Lopez, a deputy in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and a candidate for sheriff in the June election, was arrested on conspiracy charges along with two other Sheriff's Office employees on Thursday night (Nov. 13), according to prosecutors.

November 14, 2014 | 52 comments
Cordova save, Aguilar penalty kick lift Menlo to soccer win

Cal Pac tournament
The fourth-seeded Menlo College women's soccer team knocked off visiting top seed Marymount, 5-4, in penalty kicks following a scoreless 110 minutes Thursday in the semifinal of the conference tournament. Read the story here.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Nine local teams remain in CCS water polo after M-A, Paly girls win

CCS water polo
Water polo fans don't have to travel very far to catch all the Central Coast Section quarterfinal action on Saturday as all four divisions will be playing at St. Francis, Menlo-Atherton or Sacred Heart Prep. Read the story here.

November 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor changes mind about independent investigator

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller has backed away from asking the city to hire an independent investigator to review a consultant's work on specific plan initiative-related materials in light of the District Attorney's Office involvement.

November 14, 2014 | 29 comments
Menlo Park police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

The three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect are veterans with more than a decade of experience, according to the police department.

November 14, 2014 | 13 comments
Time Inc. may sell Sunset campus in Menlo Park

The news that Time Inc. is considering selling its property at 80 Willow Road, the iconic home of Sunset magazine, elicited a mixture of sadness and resolve in Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller.

November 13, 2014 | 27 comments
Nov. 21: 'Nutcracker' at Menlo Park Library

The Western Ballet Company will present a free dress rehearsal of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: College students arrested on drug charges

Officers from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of Atherton police, arrested two men in connection with the discovery of 20 bags of cocaine, 77 Xanax pills and jars of marijuana in a dorm room at Menlo College on Nov. 10.

November 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Palo Alto, M-A girls advance in Division I water polo playoffs

CCS roundup: The Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton girls have survived to play another day in the Central Coast Section Division I water polo playoffs. Whether either advances to the weekend, however, is yet to be seen.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Nov. 12

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school board denies Mandarin school petition

A petition to start a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District was unanimously denied by the school board on Wednesday night, Nov. 12.

November 12, 2014 | 23 comments
Update: City manager releases consultant's drafts of letters to editor, talking points

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre sent the Almanac on Wednesday night (Nov. 12) what he described as all of the documents that consultant Malcolm Smith "originally submitted (to the city) that were discarded." The documents are drafts of proposed letters to the editor, talking points and an "op-ed" opinion piece on the topic of the Menlo Park El Camino Real/downtown specific plan in the context of a proposed ballot initiative to revise the plan.

November 12, 2014 | 32 comments
Atherton race for third council seat still close; Lempres ahead

Lempres leads Hau by 26 votes in Nov. 12 vote count
Mike Lempres is inching ahead of Rose Hau in the latest vote count for the Atherton City Council race. He had a lead of 26 votes in the Nov. 12. update.

November 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Update: Man dead in Menlo Park police shooting; police say he drew a gun

A man who allegedly drew a gun during a police pursuit is dead this afternoon after being shot by Menlo Park police officers. The shooting happened on Willow Road, near Willow Place, at about 12:50 p.m.

November 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Attorney: Menlo Park police sergeant in fatal shooting saw man reach for gun, heard shot

Suspect was at-large parolee
The attorney representing one of the Menlo Park police officers involved in Tuesday's fatal shooting said the officer returned fire after the suspect allegedly drew a gun.

November 11, 2014 | 21 comments
Menlo Park: Police officer reportedly involved in Willow Road shooting

Menlo Park police are responding to an officer-involved shooting this afternoon, according to a police dispatcher.

November 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Report says Mandarin charter school not 'likely to succeed'

A report citing flaws in the petition to start a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District concludes the school is not "likely to succeed." The district board is scheduled to vote on the petition on Wednesday, Nov. 12.

November 11, 2014 | 7 comments
Facebook starts planning process for third Menlo Park site

Facebook may make use of the 59 acres it bought earlier this year from TE Connectivity sooner rather than later, according to city documents.

November 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday gift-giving tips: Don't sweat the small stuff

Pleasing stocking-stuffers can be found for all
For those who don't want to fill their stockings with generic goods from department stores this holiday season, consider the shops nestled along the local downtown strips.

November 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP meet in Valpo Bowl on Friday

For the 12th year in a row, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep football teams are facing off in the Valpo Bowl. This year's contest will be on Friday, Nov. 14, at the lighted field at Woodside High School.

November 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Nov. 22: Big Band Dance at M-A

The Big Band Dance, Menlo-Atherton High School's annual music program fundraiser, will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, in the Ayers (old) Gym on the high school campus.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Community college district can raise $388M more for facilities

The San Mateo County Community College District will get to borrow up to $388 million in the bond market to finance new and updated facilities and equipment on its three campuses, including Canada College in Woodside, as a result of the Nov. 4 election.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Council to consider wider, safer trail along Alpine Road

Safety on the narrow trail along the south side of Alpine Road between Saddleback Drive and Hillbrook Drive has long been an issue in Portola Valley. The Town Council meets tonight (Nov. 12) at 7 p.m. at The Sequoias retirement community to discuss a wider and safer trail.

November 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Health care district: Hickey elected, but others in his slate fall short

Sequoia Healthcare District board candidate Jack Hickey had just come home from collecting some 20 campaign signs he had placed in a failed appeal to voters to elect his slate of candidates. Collecting the signs "helped me walk off a funk," he said.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Ride-along on 'saturation' traffic enforcement day

Reporter, photographer join patrol officer duiring enforcement event
In enforcing traffic laws out on the streets, officers on motorcycles have advantages, police say. They have a higher seat than when inside a patrol car and they can share a lane and get right next to a vehicle.

November 14, 2014 | 2 comments
Police calls: Saddles stolen from unlocked shed in Woodside

Thieves pick up saddles, an electric guitar, laptops and bicycles in this week's crime reports.

November 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Incendiary Revelations

'Citizenfour' chronicles a pivotal moment in American history
Laura Poitras' exemplary documentary "Citizenfour" shares the privileged access NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden granted to her and Guardian reporters, thereby humanizing a man previously seen mostly in iconic terms.

November 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Late bloomer

Rom com 'Laggies' is surprisingly satisfying
In "Laggies," Keira Knightley plays 28-year-old Megan, a woman who's trying not to feel the burn of a quarter-life crisis.

November 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Paly, Menlo, SHP and M-A head into girls CCS tennis playoffs

Four local girls tennis squads will begin the 2014 Central Coast Section Team Tournament on equal footing. After that, all bets are off in one of the more balanced tourneys in recent years.

November 9, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A girls open CCS volleyball playoffs as a No. 1 seed

For the second straight year, the Menlo-Atherton girls have received the No. 1 seed for the Central Coast Section Division I volleyball playoffs. The Bears, however, can only hope this season ends better than last.

November 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park paid consultant to draft talking points, letters to editor on Measure M

City manager says talking points and letters were ultimately rejected; mayor expresses concern about dealings with consultant
Invoices show that the city of Menlo Park paid $5,125 to a consultant for drafting talking points, letters to the editor and website content related to Measure M, the specific plan initiative. Mayor Ray Mueller said he is concerned about the city's dealings with the consultant and expected "to meet with my colleagues to discuss appropriate action."

November 9, 2014 | 70 comments
Tonight: Board set to vote on Mandarin charter school

A decision on whether to authorize a Mandarin immersion charter school in the Menlo Park City School District is on the agenda for the district's board when it meets Wednesday, Nov. 12.

November 12, 2014 | 3 comments
Football: Sacred Heart accomplishes goals with 35-14 win over Burlingame

Ben Burr-Kirven threw his weight around on both sides of the ball Friday night, helping Sacred Heart Prep win the battle of PAL Bay Division undefeated football teams, 35-14, over host Burlingame.

November 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-sheriff's deputy convicted of beating romantic rival

A former San Mateo County sheriff's deputy was convicted Thursday of forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend's home and severely beating a romantic rival in a jealous rage last year, prosecutors said.

November 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Deadly assault suspect skips court hearing

A bench warrant was issued after a 66-year-old man accused of backing a pickup truck into a Menlo Park police officer didn't show up for a court hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to the District Attorney's Office.

November 7, 2014 | 2 comments
PetSmart employee, boyfriend sentenced to 29 years in prison

A former San Carlos PetSmart employee and her boyfriend were sentenced to a total of 29 years in prison Thursday morning for a series of break-ins at homes they learned were vacant when the residents' pets were boarded at PetSmart.

November 7, 2014 | 2 comments
'Grateful Gathering' at Valley Presbyterian Church

Seven-year-old Nathan plopped down on a chair and said, "Wow, this is comfortable!" And then just like Goldilocks, he tried out a couch, then another couch, and finally declared: "This is the most comfortable of all!"

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Mandarin charter school asks district to provide facilities

School says they will have more than 80 in-district students
Saying they have 84 in-district students who have said they'll attend the yet-to-be approved charter school next year, the Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School has asked the Menlo Park City School District to provide classroom and other facilities for the school, as provided for by state law.

November 7, 2014 | 6 comments
Menlo grad Frappier repeats as SCIAC volleyball player of year

Pomona-Pitzer senior outside hitter Allie Frappier of Atherton earned the SCIAC Volleyball Athlete of the Year Award for the second year in a row, it was announced Wednesday by the league office.

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP freshman Choy punches her ticket to CCS with tennis title

The singles finale of the West Bay Athletic League Individual Tournament was like a boxing match on Tuesday at Menlo School. In one corner was Elizabeth Yao, whose heavyweight tennis credentials included winning last year's Central Coast Section singles crown.

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton asks five architects for civic-center design proposals

Atherton has asked five architects to submit proposals for designing the town's new civic center.

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Nov. 5

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

November 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: MacNivens to be honored at 'Sillycon' Valley event

"Fun, informal laugh therapy" is how Becky Witter of Woodside describes her "brainchild," Sillycon Valley LOL, a fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer's Association research and set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.

November 5, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park police officer follows nose to pot bust

A Menlo Park police officer following the scent – literally – on Tuesday afternoon reportedly discovered 101 marijuana plants and 14 pounds of processed pot .

November 6, 2014 | 7 comments
School district phone system crashes

All schools in Menlo Park City School District
All the phone lines in and out of schools and the district offices in the Menlo Park City School District went out on Tuesday, forcing the district to use email for communication.

November 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo voters defeat Measure M

Measure M, the resident-sponsored initiative to change the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, has been the center of a maelstrom in Menlo Park. But 62 percent of the voters said no.

November 5, 2014 | 159 comments
Menlo Park re-elects council incumbents

Voters in Menlo Park apparently like the City Council as is, and really didn't like Measure M.

November 5, 2014 | 8 comments
Health care district: Hickey re-elected but loses his battle

All three incumbents re-elected to the health care district board
A longtime plan by Sequoia Healthcare District board member Jack Hickey to have voters decide on the future of the district met with failure again on Tuesday, although Mr. Hickey and two other incumbents -- Dr. Gerald Shefren and Art Faro -- were re-elected to the board.

November 5, 2014 | 32 comments
Lempres now leads Hau for Atherton Council; race still too close to call

County first update moves Lempres to lead
As Atherton residents wait to find out who has been elected to the third open seat on their City Council, a Friday afternoon update of vote totals put Mike Lempres ahead of Rose Hau by 18 votes.

November 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Community college bond measure passes easily

Measure H, the $388 million community college bond measure, passed easily Tuesday.

November 4, 2014 | 4 comments
Incumbent re-elected to open space district seat

Larry Hassett, who has served for 14 years on the governing board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, was re-elected by a wide margin on Tuesday.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Latest election results

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Nov. 10, 12: Book fair at La Entrada School

La Entrada Middle School will hold its annual used book fair from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, and Wednesday, Nov. 12.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park holds state of the city event downtown

Breaking with tradition, Menlo Park's state of the city event this year will take place downtown, at a temporary paseo created on Chestnut Street.

November 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park Rotary Club hosts networking event

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is hosting a business networking event on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at SMB Fitness (1019 El Camino Real) from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: General plan update in Belle Haven

Belle Haven's new police substation at 871 Hamilton Ave. will host an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Work starts on Belle Haven's garden

There's one construction project in Menlo Park that may be expected to proceed with no drama and even a helping hand from the community.

November 6, 2014 | 1 comment
Election 2014: Voters face major decisions on measures, races

Decision day is finally here, and topping the list in terms of local voter interest is Measure M, the controversial specific plan initiative in Menlo Park. The polls close at 8 p.m. today.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
New documentary by Woodside producer

Woodside documentary producer Steve Brown's latest film, "Occupy the Farm," is being released in Berkeley on Nov. 7 and then in New York and Pasadena, he said.

November 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Artscene: Metalsmith Bill Sorich creates art with welding tools

The stereotype of a welder is a burly guy perched high on a steel beam, torch in hand, putting the bones of a skyscraper together. Bill Sorich is not that guy.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Nov. 7-9: Menlo School musical

Menlo School's drama department will present "Urinetown, The Musical" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-9, in the school's Florence Moore Auditorium, 50 Valparaiso Ave. in Atherton.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Chain-saw sculptor at work

Taken down in September after reports that it was leaning precariously, the huge pine tree in Fremont Park at the corner of University Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue no longer towers over its space, but it will continue to inhabit it.

November 4, 2014 | 2 comments
Police calls: Man loses wallet at gas station, but may see it again

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

November 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Truck shears off hydrant, water gushes

A column of water erupted from the southwest corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in Menlo Park after a pickup truck making a turn sideswiped a fire hydrant and sheared it away at about 1:25 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, police said.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Fine diluted again for felling trees

It's been eight years since Woodside's Town Council amended the town's tree protection law. Take down three or more significant trees and it can cost you $10,000 per tree. Except that it never does.

November 4, 2014 | 3 comments
Electronic eyes along Portola Valley roads?

The Sheriff's Office wants license plate cameras, and the council wants to hear from the public about this.
Portola Valley residents are soon to confront a tradeoff: continuing privacy in their driving habits or giving up some measure of that privacy in the interest of combating crime.

November 9, 2014 | 12 comments
Portola Valley: Potentially hazardous trees may be downed by year's end

While the exact number of trees living in Portola Valley is not known, there is now one tree-related number that is: 31.

November 6, 2014 | 5 comments
Solid postseason tuneups for SHP water polo teams

Weekend prep roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys will be defending while the SHP girls will be avenging when the West Catholic Athletic League water polo playoffs get under way this week at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. Read the story here.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Consultant's proposal was rejected

A consultant's proposal that Menlo Park take a proactive role in swaying public opinion with regard to the specific plan before Measure M qualified for the ballot was rejected, according to City Manager Alex McIntyre.

November 3, 2014 | 110 comments
SHP remains perfect, sets up showdown for PAL title

Prep football: Junior quarterback Mason Randall threw for 235 yards and accounted for two touchdowns to lead Sacred Heart Prep to a 31-21 football victory over visiting Menlo-Atherton on an overcast Friday afternoon, keeping the Gators atop the PAL Bay Division standings. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park school board to discuss 'guiding principles'

Guiding principles to help the school board make decisions in the future for the Menlo Park City School District will be discussed when the board meets Tuesday morning. The board will also hear a progress report on plans for the new Laurel School upper campus.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton narrows architect choices for new civic center

Wednesday meeting to discuss request for proposals
Five architectural firms are competing to design Atherton's new civic center. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, the City Council will discuss what it would like to see in the architects' proposals.

November 2, 2014 | 1 comment
'Curtains' rises on Broadway spoof

Woodside Community Theatre's production sparkles with toe-tapping songs, clever dialogue
The whodunit Broadway musical is a wise-cracking comedy seasoned with risqué innuendos and campy song-and-dance numbers.

November 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Atherton holds civic center 'scoping session'

Just what should be included in the environmental impact report on the master plan for Atherton's new Civic Center will be topic of a meeting Monday afternoon in Atherton's Council Chambers.

November 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Four homes burglarized, with losses of at least $10,500

Burglars hit four Portola Valley homes in mid-October, stealing jewelry and computers for total estimated losses to the residents of at least $10,500, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Mandarin charter to get $375,000 federal grant

The Mandarin immersion charter school that has been proposed in Menlo Park is set to receive a $375,000 grant that will go toward start-up costs if the charter is approved.

October 31, 2014 | 23 comments
Sunday: Chainsaw meets pine tree in Menlo Park

The remnants of a beloved Italian stone pine tree will take on new shapes on Sunday (Nov. 2) in Menlo Park.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Looks like this week's featured pet, a lovebird named Jillian, dyed her feathers to celebrate the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, but it's all natural.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Stanford doctor in voluntary quarantine

University to keep travelers from Ebola-stricken regions off campus for 21 days
A Stanford physician who recently returned from Liberia has voluntarily gone into quarantine, and the university has announced precautions barring faculty, students and medical professionals who have traveled to areas affected by the Ebola virus from campus for 21 days after they return home.

October 30, 2014 | 5 comments
Students skip World Series finale for Atherton candidate forum

It was the final game of the World Series on Wednesday, but on the campus of Menlo College in Atherton, a group of nearly 80 students skipped the game to listen to four candidates for three seats on the Atherton City Council.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Legend comes to life: Menlowe Ballet premieres dance based on Mongolian folktale

Menlowe Ballet's "Legend of the Seven Suns" will be performed at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton from Nov. 8, 9 and 15.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: TheatreWorks celebrates its 45th anniversary

Donald Kennedy, Stanford University president emeritus and longtime TheatreWorks supporter, will be honored at the theater company's 45th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City. The theme of the event is "Original and Timeless."

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Dave Iverson's 'Capturing Grace' wins honors

"Capturing Grace" by Dave Iverson of Menlo Park was honored as the Audience Favorite Documentary at the 37th Mill Valley Film festival held Oct. 10-11.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Local water polo teams wrap up regular-season titles

Prep roundup: Water polo champions were crowned in the PAL Bay Division and West Catholic Athletic League on Wednesday in two very distinct ways.
The PAL titles both went into overtime while the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls cruised to easy victories.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident arrested for alleged graffiti vandalism

An 18-year-old Menlo Park resident has been arrested for allegedly spray-painting graffiti on public and private property along U.S. 101 from San Francisco all the way down to Santa Clara counties, according to police.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police seek three suspects in attempted sexual assault

Three men confronted a woman early Thursday and attempted to pull her clothes off as she carried trash to a dumpster enclosure behind businesses in the 100 block of El Camino Real in Menlo Park, police reported.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves specific plan changes

Menlo Park now allows less medical office space within the boundaries of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, following a unanimous vote by the City Council on Oct. 29.

October 30, 2014 | 43 comments
Redwood City district approves Mandarin immersion program

Open house for interested parents Tuesday
While the Menlo Park City School District struggles with a Mandarin Immersion Charter School proposal, the Redwood City School District recently approved a Mandarin immersion program that will start next year and accept transfer students if it has room for them.

November 3, 2014 | 5 comments
State launches Halloween crackdown on underage drinking

California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is ramping up its statewide efforts to reduce the number of minors injured or killed in crashes or incidents involving alcohol this Halloween.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Oct. 29

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Human Services director 'horrified' by allegations against social worker

The director of the San Mateo County Human Services Agency said Wednesday she is "horrified" by allegations that one of her employees was arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he was supposed to help.

October 29, 2014 | 3 comments
Man arrested in stabbing death at Courthouse Square

Police arrested a San Carlos man on suspicion of a fatal stabbing in downtown Redwood City on Tuesday night.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
New law establishes veterans' program

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill providing veterans with increased access to home-based assisted living care. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, the bill creates a three-year medical foster home pilot program, which provides veterans the option to choose to live and receive care in a private home.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Specific plan changes go before Menlo Park council

A cap on medical office space, along with two minor changes proposed for the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, goes before the Menlo Park council tonight (Oct. 29).

October 29, 2014 | 36 comments
Not much spending in open space race

The two candidates for the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District board's Ward 6 have each spent very little on their race; although challenger Brandon Lewke says he was told by Republican Party officials to not report their phone bank donations in his behalf until after the election.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Free screening of 'DamNation' features Q&A with producer Matt Stoecker

A free screening of "DamNation," a new documentary about the history of dams and dam removal, will be followed by a Q&A with producer Matt Stoecker at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Community Center at Portola Valley's Town Center.

November 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Keith raises $20,274 for council campaign

As befits a small city election, Menlo Park council candidate campaigns are weighed in thousands of dollars, rather than hundreds of thousands. This holds true for the latest batch of campaign finance reports.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: New crosswalk may improve safety for children

The Woodside Town Council may approve tonight a new crosswalk at the intersection of Mountain Home Road and Cedar Lane, part of an ongoing effort to create safe routes to school. The council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Priory's state-leading football win streak ends at 20

Weekend prep roundup: For the past three weeks, the Priory football team has been in the spotlight with the state's longest winning streak. The number of consecutive victories was 20, until this past weekend.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
School board examines law governing charter schools

An attorney led a study session Monday night for the board of the Menlo Park City School District about the details of charter school law that will govern its Nov. 12 decision on a proposed Mandarin immersion charter school in the district.

October 28, 2014 | 3 comments
Yikes!

Will there be a soft scuttling from above as little ones visit this creepy corner at Princeton Road and Cambridge Avenue in Menlo Park on Halloween night?

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Twelve to be inducted into M-A Athletic Hall of Fame

Menlo-Atherton High School has inducted 12 members into its eighth Athletic Hall of Fame class. The list includes five athletes, a coach, two teams, and for the first time, athletic boosters and a parent volunteer.

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment
'Unbridled Passion' exhibit; reception Saturday

"Morning Run-Just Horses" is part of an exhibit of photographs by Merrie Asimow on display Nov. 4-30 at Gallery 9, 143 Main St. in Los Altos.

October 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Will voters weigh in on future of Sequoia Healthcare District?

One race in the Nov. 4 election has the potential to correct what some see as a miscarriage of the democratic process. But a correction would likely jeopardize grants for local health-care-related activities, including food banks, drug-and-alcohol abuse programs, school nurse programs and K-5 physical fitness programs.

October 29, 2014 | 6 comments
College bond measure: Big donors boost 'Yes on H' coffers

The campaign for Measure H, a bond measure in the Nov. 4 election that would pay for more modernizing of the county's three community college campuses, received $116,500 in campaign contributions in October, including $95,000 from three donors.

October 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Man doesn't have the goods, so robber walks off

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Measure M fundraising, spending pick up

The latest batch of campaign finance reports show big spending on both sides of the Measure M debate.

October 28, 2014 | 30 comments
Atherton police offer Halloween safety tips, free glow necklaces

The Atherton Police Department will give out free glow necklaces to children and their parents on and before Halloween, starting Oct. 30.

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment
Rose Hau still top Atherton council fundraiser

Rose Hau remains the top fundraiser of the four candidates running for three Atherton City Council seats, according to campaign finance statements for the period Oct. 1 through Oct. 18.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Public forum on West Nile virus

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will hold a public informational session at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 27) in San Mateo to address concerns about the West Nile virus and the measures used to keep it under control.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Water polo: Menlo wins preview of PAL showdown over M-A

North-South water polo: Before the top two teams in the nation -- Harvard-Westlake and Mater Dei -- battled it out for the championship of the ninth annual North-South Water Polo Challenge on Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep, local rivals Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton provided a preview for this week's PAL Bay Division championship showdown.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo has plenty to celebrate in homecoming win

Prep football: Senior cornerback/wide receiver Jack Marren accounted for three touchdowns, including an interception for a score, to lead the Knights to a 28-20 PAL Bay Division football victory over crosstown rival Menlo-Atherton on Friday afternoon. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PA
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October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Fashion show and luncheon

The fifth annual Kainos fashion show and luncheon benefiting Kainos Vocational services will be held at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at Hotel Sofitel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City.

October 29, 2014 | No comments yet
The tortured artist

Musical mentorship drama "Whiplash" proves that nothing focuses like pain
What does it take to be "one of the greats?" That's the question at the dark heart of "Whiplash," an indie "Amadeus" set in a New York City music conservatory.

October 25, 2014 | No comments yet
You talking to me?

"Dear White People" addresses race and racism
At this point in American history, we'd like to believe we've come a long way on the subject of race. But viewers of this engaging satire will have to confess we've still got a long way to go.

October 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Study session on Mandarin immersion charter

With only a few weeks before it must vote on authorizing a Mandarin immersion charter school in the district, the board of the Menlo Park City School District is scheduled to hold a study session on the laws and process that will guide their decision.

October 26, 2014 | 6 comments
Saturday conference in Menlo: trafficking of women, girls

A conference on the trafficking of women and girls will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.

October 30, 2014 | No comments yet
College bond measure faces a new kind of opponent

Former planning commissioner takes on Measure H
When there is opposition to school construction bond measures, it usually comes from voters opposed to the concept of taxation. This time, they have company.

October 24, 2014 | 5 comments
Recent home sales - Oct. 22

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Residents, city officials gear up to fight increased airplane noise

Angry local residents say the Midpeninsula's skies are turning into an aeronautic superhighway and that federal levels for acceptable noise, which date to the 1970s, are obsolete and need to be updated -- pronto.

October 29, 2014 | 5 comments
Residents have growing concerns over small commuter planes

Fledgling airline Surf Air's marketing slogan is "Disruptive Innovation -- A Revolutionary Approach to Air Travel." Some residents in Menlo Park, Redwood City and Atherton say it sums up their experience with the commuter airline's turbo-propeller planes.

October 29, 2014 | 11 comments
Government officials attempt to influence aircraft regulations

Palo Alto and other government officials have so far been fighting an uphill battle to decrease airplane noise over their cities. For nearly 20 years, Palo Alto officials have been trying to join the San Francisco International Airport Community Roundtable, a group that represents 19 cities within San Mateo County; San Francisco and San Mateo counties; the San Francisco Airport Commission; and The Association of Governments of San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee.

October 29, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Atherton candidates forum at Menlo College

Menlo College wants to play a role in Atherton council election
A forum featuring the four Atherton City Council candidates will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Menlo College, which now has nearly 6 percent of Atherton's registered voters and also wants to rebuild the athletic facilities it shares with Menlo School.

October 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Five indicted in bid-rigging scheme at foreclosure auctions

Five real estate investors accused of rigging bids at foreclosure auctions in San Francisco and San Mateo counties have been indicted in federal court in San Francisco, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

October 24, 2014 | 8 comments
Local 2015 Michelin stars: Baume, Madera, Chez TJ, Village Pub

The Michelin guide released its latest San Francisco Bay Area stars list Tuesday, yet again granting distinction to Baume in Palo Alto, Madera in Menlo Park, Chez TJ in Mountain View and The Village Pub in Woodside.

October 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Voter Guide 2014

Links to Voter Guide stories in the Almanac for the Nov. 4 election.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Oak Knoll teacher John Fuller writes a book inspired by his long commute

Driving 100 miles each day back and forth from his home in Orinda to his job teaching at Menlo Park's Oak Knoll School gave John Fuller time to think about and the inspiration for his recently published book, "Fly Car."

October 22, 2014 | 3 comments
Fire district gets green light to buy a drone

A hand-held aerial drone, probably one with four helicopter blades, will likely take up residence soon in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to help survey the scene of a fire from above.

October 22, 2014 | 13 comments
Voter info available to candidates, journalists

It may come as a surprise to voters that much of the information they provide when they register to vote (including name, party affiliation and address) can be legally obtained by candidates and ballot measure committees, as well as scholars and journalists. They also can find out whether or not you voted.

October 24, 2014 | 10 comments
Supes OK going forward with Middlefield Road redesign plan

San Mateo County is ready to design improvements that will slim down the section of Middlefield Road between Redwood City and Atherton to three lanes while adding bike lanes, wider sidewalks and other other amenities.

October 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Grandson talks about growing up with Ty Cobb

Herschel Cobb, Menlo Park resident and author of the memoir, "Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb," will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Menlo Park City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Kepler's holds book swap

Author Alice LaPlante will be featured at the next Book Swap on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to study changing public benefits trigger in specific plan

The Menlo Park City Council agreed Tuesday night to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller's request to have the city schedule a time to study the process in which developers in the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan area are allowed extra square footage if they provide public benefits.

October 22, 2014 | 42 comments
Menlo School to induct five new members into its Hall of Fame

Menlo School will have five new inductees for its Athletics Hall of Fame to highlight homecoming week. The induction ceremony is Friday at the Athletic Center at 5:30 p.m., following the Burlingame at Menlo football game at 3 p.m. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 22, 2014 | No comments yet
County bans smoking in apartments, condos in unincorporated areas

E-cigarettes included in ban
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to change the definition of "smoking" and "tobacco product" to include electronic smoking devices. The board also voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance prohibiting smoking of all types in and around multi-unit residences, which include owner-occupied condominiums and townhouses, in unincorporated areas of the county.

October 22, 2014 | 12 comments
Facebook funds upgrades to fire district technology and equipment

Thanks to $150,000 from Facebook, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is upgrading a system that turns red traffic lights to green as emergency vehicles approach, and is adding emergency equipment to some of its stations and vehicles.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Deja vu all over again?

Today's market parallels 2000 boom, but with some significant differences
Home prices along the Peninsula continue to rise with no indication of coming down any time soon, according to real estate experts.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Fall Real Estate 2014

Links to stories in the Almanac's Fall Real Estate publication.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre stages 'Curtains'

Dozens of locals are involved in all phases of the production
Rehearsals are in full swing in Menlo Park and Woodside, with the new director commuting from the East Bay and actors coming from as far away as San Francisco and San Jose.

October 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park mayor hosts Chinese delegation

A Chinese delegation seeking to strengthen economic ties between the United States and China visited Menlo Park on Oct. 17 as part of a two-week trip to several U.S. cities.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Sneak peek: Bradley's Fine Diner in Menlo Park

Renowned chef Bradley Ogden's much-anticipated Bradley's Fine Diner, or BFD, is officially opening in Menlo Park the first week of November.

October 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Free and equal

Film festival focuses on universal human rights
Between Oct. 16 and 26, the United Nations Association Film Festival will screen more than 70 films from around the world that touch on issues from religious freedom and poverty to women's rights and immigration.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth a Look

This week's A&E events
Learn the story of how Santa Clara County came to be the Silicon Valley, check out one-act plays directed by high school students and catch a movie at the Jewish Film Festival.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks sets a murderous tale in WWII London

TheatreWorks sets Steven Sondheim's 1979 musical "Sweeney Todd" in WWII London in the midst of the blitz.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Should Portola Valley allow deputies to deploy license-plate-reading cameras?

In June, sheriff's deputies asked Portola Valley for permission to place license plate reading cameras in town and were denied pending a Town Council discussion with law enforcement authorities. That discussion is set for Wednesday evening, Oct. 22.

October 21, 2014 | 25 comments
Police calls: Bobcat construction vehicle stolen from Woodside home

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

October 21, 2014 | No comments yet
New laws aim to level playing field for LGBT community members

Two bills by Assemblyman Rich Gordon to improve healthcare and economic opportunities for the LGBT community have been signed into law. The bills were among 17 Mr. Gordon authored in 2014 that passed in both houses of the state Legislature.

October 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Lacy, Hill run to runner-up finishes at Monterey Bay race

Prep roundup: Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill both ran to second-place finishes during races Saturday at the Monterey Bay Invitational at Toro Park in Salinas. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Man, 27, convicted of Woodside burglaries, sentenced to 33 years in prison

Justin Ralph Mitchell, 27, of Redwood City, who was convicted in June of two Woodside residential burglaries, was sentenced to 33 years in state prison on Friday, Oct. 17.

October 21, 2014 | 60 comments
Tonight: Menlo mayor asks council to study public benefit thresholds of specific plan

Mayor Ray Mueller plans to ask the rest of the Menlo Park council on Tuesday (Oct. 21) to schedule a study session on the public benefit thresholds of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

October 20, 2014 | 17 comments
Movie review: 'The Boxtrolls'

"The Boxtrolls" falls into the category of classical fairy tale, with its shadowy world inhabited by innocents in contention with monstrous adults.

October 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Fury'

Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman shine in "Fury," a throwback combat movie that offers vivid performances and a decidedly anti-war sentiment.

October 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School boys hold off Bellarmine in water polo OT

If it hasn't already, the balance of power in boys water polo apparently has shifted from Division I of the Central Coast Section to Division II. Cases in point: Division II Sacred Heart Prep knocked off Division I St. Francis on Wednesday and Division II Menlo School toppled Division I Bellarmine on Friday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 18, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP overcomes a big hurdle in quest for PAL Bay Division title

Prep football: For the past five years, Terra Nova has stood in Sacred Heart Prep's way of a PAL Bay Division football championship. That streak, however, ended Friday night as the Gators rolled to a 49-28 victory in Pacifica. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Lacy, SHP's Hill run to titles in WBAL cross country

Thursday's prep roundup
Menlo School's Lizzie Lacy and Sacred Heart Prep's Daniel Hill ran away with individual honors to highlight the West Bay Athletic League's second cross-country meet of the season on Thursday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale. Read the story here.

October 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Earthquake! Atherton gets ready for a big one

As scientists warn that a major earthquake is almost certain to strike California in the near future, Atherton residents and city officials worked this week to make sure they will be ready by holding two earthquake response drills on Oct. 16.

October 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Reducing lanes on El Camino: Atherton moves toward study

Atherton's City Council has asked firms to propose how they would study the effects of reducing El Camino Real in Atherton from six lanes to four.

October 17, 2014 | 25 comments
Voter Guide: Incumbent faces challenger for open space district seat

A newcomer aiming for his first public office is running against a 14-year-veteran for a seat on the board of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the district begins to spend the proceeds of a $300 million bond.

October 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Police calls: Portola Valley home burglary during errand run

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

October 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodland students help schools in West Africa

McKenna Brown, 14, an eighth-grader at Woodland School in Ladera, recently organized two drives to collect classroom materials for schools in Equatorial Guinea in West Africa.

October 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Almanac endorsement: Menlo Park City Council race

With six candidates running for three seats, we believe that the incumbents are the best choices in the Menlo Park City Council race.

October 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Sweep nets 207 traffic citations, 93 in Menlo Park

Twenty-two officers made more than 240 traffic stops locally on Wednesday and issued 207 citations, as part of a "saturation" traffic enforcement event.

October 16, 2014 | 3 comments
SHP upset throws WBAL girls' golf race into another tie

Prep roundup: The West Bay Athletic League girls' golf title is still up for grabs after Sacred Heart Prep threw the race into a logjam after upsetting first-place Castilleja, 205-209, on Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 16, 2014 | No comments yet
First water from new Bay Tunnel reaches Crystal Springs

The first water to come through the newly completed Bay Tunnel reached the Crystal Springs Reservoir on Wednesday (Oct. 15) and was greeted with fanfare in a ceremony at the Pulgas Water Temple.

October 16, 2014 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: More than 200 at hearing on Mandarin school

More than 200 people filled the Multi-Use Room at Encinal School on Tuesday (Oct. 14) for a public hearing on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School.

October 16, 2014 | 22 comments
Caltrain reports pedestrian fatality in Palo Alto

Trains to travel in both directions on northbound side
Caltrain confirmed on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. that a pedestrian fatality had occurred near Charleston Avenue on the Caltrain right of way.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Oct. 15

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Local neighborhoods: Westridge in Portola Valley

The Almanac produces an annual "Our Neighborhoods" publication with stories about neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park and Atherton. Here is a story on the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg, Chan join fight against Ebola

Palo Alto couple donates $25 million to CDC Foundation
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Tuesday that they have committed $25 million to help address the Ebola epidemic.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Looking for your white knight? Meet Moby, an adorable, snow-white terrier with a black button nose available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

October 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside teen who died in I-280 incident is identified

The California Highway Patrol has reported the death at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 14) of a 17-year-old Woodside girl who, witnesses said, jumped from the Sand Hill Road overpass at Interstate 280 and was struck by a vehicle driving north on the freeway.

October 14, 2014 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: PG&E responds to 1-inch gasline rupture

A plumbing contractor damaged a one-inch natural gasline at a single-story home in Menlo Park this morning, a PG&E spokesman said.

October 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Motorcycle officers to blanket Menlo Park, again

It's been 28 days. Time for another daylong blanketing of Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto this time, by motorcycle patrol officers from around the county on the lookout for speeders and distracted drivers.

October 14, 2014 | 16 comments
Voter's Guide: Downtown/El Camino real specific plan timeline

The process of developing the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan began in 2007, and continues today. Creating the initial plan cost Menlo Park approximately: $1.7 million.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: The Greenheart project

Greenheart has the backing of Scott Hassan, who helped create Google. He now works as a technology entrepreneur, creating ventures such as Menlo Park's new incubator, Hello Startups.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: The Stanford project

The initial proposal by Stanford University and developer John Arrillaga for El Camino Real shocked the Menlo Park community with the amount of medical office and general office space it included. Revisions have changed the current iteration substantially, but not enough to suit the City Council, which recently indicated that the project requires further refinement to minimize traffic impacts and the amount of office space included.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Voter's Guide: Measure M in Menlo Park

What it is, what it does and what we don't know
It's not over until it's over, and in Menlo Park, that may be never. The downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, which determines what may be built during the next three decades in the heart of the city, was approved in 2012 after five years of public input. But the finish line isn't in sight.

October 15, 2014 | 54 comments
Keith leads Menlo Park council fundraising

Incumbent Kirsten Keith raised $13,943 according to the campaign finance report that covers the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, outpacing the other five candidates running for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council. The reports were filed by Monday, Oct. 6, with the city clerk's office.

October 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Chinese delegates visit Menlo Park

Thirteen executive officers and nine vice mayors from China will visit Menlo Park on Friday, Oct. 17, city officials announced.

October 14, 2014 | 8 comments
Ratings firms give community college district top marks

The San Mateo County Community College District has received top marks from two rating services: Standard & Poor's gave the district an AAA rating, and Moody's assigned it Aaa.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Council concurs, hazardous trees and power lines a real threat

Roadside stands of eucalyptus trees, with their tendency to drop limbs and sometimes fall over, can be a very significant danger when power lines are present, firefighting authorities say. Even if the power line is across the road, as they are at least three locations in Portola Valley, the trees are so tall that the power line is still vulnerable.

October 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Second units key to 'affordable housing'

Portola Valley Town Council members had a lively and generally upbeat discussion recently on what is usually a difficult and controversial topic in this town -- affordable housing.

October 20, 2014 | 4 comments
Saturday: Drought Action Day in Portola Valley

Living in a time of water scarcity will be the theme of Drought Action Day, a free event open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Town Center in Portola Valley.

October 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Construction firms heavy donors to bond measure for community colleges

It's a season of giving for construction interests from around the Bay Area. Contributions from architectural firms, builders and organized labor made up much of the $167,600 total to a campaign committee backing Measure H.

October 14, 2014 | 12 comments
Wednesday: Atherton may study El Camino lane reduction

Atherton's City Council plans to decide Wednesday (Oct. 15) whether to authorize a study of the effects of reducing El Camino Real from six to four lanes on the 1.6 mile segment running through the town.

October 13, 2014 | 21 comments
Atherton candidates' forum highlights town issues

A recent forum for the four candidates for three open seats on the Atherton City Council provided a snapshot of the issues that are important to the town's residents as well as the candidates.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Defense puts out the fire in Menlo's 35-14 football win

With the crowd already in a good mood thanks to homecoming festivities and Hall of Fame inductions, the Menlo football team added to the fun with a 35-14 victory over visiting Arizona Christian in a nonconference game Saturday.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Sheldon Breiner honored by Explorers Club

The name of Sheldon Breiner, a geophysicist and Portola Valley resident, is now on a list that includes astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Kathryn D. Sullivan, deep-sea explorers Robert Ballard and David Gallo, mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Barbara Washburn, and naturalists Dian Fossey and Sir David Attenborough.

October 13, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo School boys post impressive efforts in water polo

Weekend prep roundup
There's a very good reason why the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys are a combined 25-2 in water polo this season. Both teams showed why with impressive efforts on Saturday. Read the story here.

October 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Hearing on Mandarin immersion charter school

The public will have a chance to comment on the Mandarin immersion charter school that has been proposed in the Menlo Park City School District at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Encinal school's multi-use building.

October 13, 2014 | 2 comments
Movie Review: 'The Judge'

Here comes "The Judge." It's been a while since we've seen a movie so...Grisham-y. But here we are again with big movie stars and character actors facing courtroom cases converging with personal crises -- including, crucially, one of conscience.

October 12, 2014 | 3 comments
Kill the Messenger

This weak-tea drama follows San Jose Mercury News senior investigative reporter Gary Webb as he investigates the CIA's involvement in domestic crack cocaine sales that are funding the rebels in Nicaragua.

October 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Absurdly irresistible

West Bay Opera presents Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'
Packed with music of brilliance, power and intensity, Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 masterpiece, "Il Trovatore" ("The Troubadour"), opens West Bay Opera's season next Friday, Oct. 17.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Forbes again ranks Atherton No. 1 for real estate prices

For the second year in a row, Forbes magazine says Atherton has the most expensive real estate in the country.

October 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls remain unbeaten in WBAL volleyball

A tough preseason schedule continues to pay dividends for the Menlo School girls volleyball team as the Knights remained unbeaten in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) with a big victory on Thursday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Scoreboard

● Click here for the latest high school, college and other local sports scores.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Mandarin charter proposal scrutinized by community, district

In preparation for a public hearing on a proposed Mandarin immersion charter school, officials from the Menlo Park City School district met with community members to discuss the proposal on Thursday (Oct. 9).

October 9, 2014 | 5 comments
Menlo Park police ask dry cleaner customers to review charges

Menlo Park police are asking customers who used Menalto Cleaners to review credit card statements and receipts for the past three years.

October 9, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday: Hazardous waste disposal day in Portola Valley

Many materials excluded from Portola Valley neighborhood cleanup days may be disposed of on Saturday, Oct. 11. The town is hosting a household-hazardous-waste collection event between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council backs removal of hazardous trees

Eucalyptus trees in Portola Valley on town-owned property received an evaluation of "no confidence" Wednesday night (Oct. 8) by the Town Council after a discussion on the species' positive and negative qualities.

October 9, 2014 | 1 comment
SHP girls hoping injuries won't derail their water polo title hopes

Prep roundup: After winning seven straight Central Coast Section Division II titles in girls water polo, Sacred Heart Prep coach Jon Burke is facing a supreme challenge this season. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park graffiti arrests lead to drug bust

Menlo Park police officers conducting a graffiti sting Wednesday night arrested two 18-year-olds who were caught allegedly spray-painting on the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 101, from Pierce Road to Van Buren Road, in Menlo Park.

October 9, 2014 | 3 comments
Real Estate Matters

Managing risk
The real estate industry faces many challenges. The industry is made up of agents from all walks of life and educational backgrounds that range from a high school diploma to graduate degrees from the world's best law and business schools.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

We often hear people describe their cat as being "more like a dog." That describes Nylah, a 2-year-old beauty available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Delucchi Market opens at Marsh Manor

It's been a busy fall for the Delucchi family. Patriarch Richard Delucchi of Woodside celebrated his 105th birthday Sept. 14 and Delucchi's Market, named for him, opened Oct. 3, in the Marsh Manor shopping center, located on Marsh Road at Florence Street in Redwood City.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Pizza night with Menlo Park police

The community is invited to join Menlo Patrol patrol officers for pizza, drinks, popcorn and giveaways as a part of Menlo Park Police Department's version of "Friday Night Lights" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council candidate forum

The League of Women Voters will host a forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, for the six candidates running for Menlo Park City Council.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Developer contributes $200K to defeat Measure M

Some of the funds are going to re-elect council incumbents
Greenheart Land Co., which is proposing to build a 420,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on El Camino Real at Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park, has contributed $200,000 to a political committee it organized to defeat Measure M on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to its campaign finance filing. Some of the money was spent to re-elect the three council incumbents.

October 8, 2014 | 10 comments
Open space district candidates raising little money

Not much money is being raised in the race for the local seat on the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District, with both candidates largely financing their own campaigns.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Update: Missing Menlo Park man found

Menlo Park police reported this afternoon (Oct. 7) that the 84-year-old Menlo Park man whose family reported him missing earlier today has been found.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Rose Hau leads Atherton candidates in fundraising

Mike Lempres has spent the most so far
Rose Hau had raised more than twice as much money as any of the other three candidates running for three open seats on the Atherton City Council, according to campaign finance reports for the period July 1 through Sept. 30.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Does Menlo Park fire district need drones?

Fire chief seeks public comment before Oct. 21 board meeting
Do firefighters need aerial drones to help them do their jobs? Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is seeking public comment ahead of a discussion on drones with the district board on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

October 8, 2014 | 19 comments
'We are changing the specific plan' - Menlo Park Planning Commission

Menlo Park planning commissioners are hoping to send "a positive message" with their unanimous action last night to support three changes to the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, most significantly the implementation of a cap on medical office space.

October 7, 2014 | 11 comments
Voter's Guide: Six vie for three Menlo Park council seats

Described by more than one candidate as a "battle for the soul of downtown" Menlo Park, this year's election will decide some issues that will shape the city's future for decades, with Measure M, the specific plan initiative, looming the largest.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Tasers, water and Belle Haven garden go before Menlo Park council

The agenda for Tuesday's (Oct. 7) council meeting in Menlo Park runs the gamut from police use of Tasers to hiring a consultant to update the city's water management plan and authorizing the creation of a community garden in Belle Haven.

October 7, 2014 | No comments yet
La Entrada named National Blue Ribbon School

For the second time in six years, La Entrada School in Menlo Park has been named a National Blue Ribbon School.

October 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park elections: campaign finance reports

Here are links to campaign finance reports (PDF documents) for the Nov. 4, 2014, Menlo Park elections. They cover the period from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

October 6, 2014 | 23 comments
Police calls: Graffiti vandal visits Woodside

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Fogarty to receive technology medal from the White House

Thomas J. Fogarty of Portola Valley, a noted medical-device inventor, surgeon and vintner, will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House later this year to receive a medal in recognition of his distinguished technological achievements.

October 13, 2014 | 1 comment
SLAC physicist, Nobelist Martin Perl dies

Martin L. Perl, a physicist who specialized in the study of elementary particles, a Nobel Prize winner and an original member of the team of scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, died Sept. 30 at Stanford Hospital. He was 87.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Election: Community college district asks voters for $388 million

If it's not broken, why fix it? It's a question one might ask on a tour of Canada Community College on Farm Hill Boulevard in Woodside. The college district board has a $388 million bond measure -- Measure H -- on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 10, 2014 | 4 comments
Caltrain changes timetable, fares

Caltrain adjusted its timetable, starting Oct. 5, due to upcoming construction work along the rail corridor and the fact that trains are stopping longer at stations to accommodate larger crowds.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Removing hazardous trees to reduce fire risks in Portola Valley

Portola Valley Town Council examines its tree-removal policy
A new policy on removing trees and shrubs considered high risks of igniting or spreading a fire comes before the Portola Valley Town Council for action on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Event benefits St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room

David B. Grusky, director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University, will be the guest speaker at Cocktails at Carolands, on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 10.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Dine Out benefit for Meals on Wheels

What could be easier than feeding hungry seniors by going out to eat? On Tuesday, Oct. 14, participating restaurants in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will donate a percentage of the day's sales to support Peninsula Volunteers' Meals on Wheels program to feed homebound seniors.

October 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Benefit for Horse Park at Woodside

Local and world-class equestrians will participate in a benefit for the Horse Park at Woodside from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

October 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Leon Panetta at Kepler's event

Former secretary of defense Leon Panetta will celebrate 50 years of public service and publication of his autobiography, "Worthy Fights," on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Service set for Judy Grass

A memorial service is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, for Judy Grass, who grew up in Portola Valley and later operated Judy's House day care center out of her Menlo Park home. Ms. Grass died Sept. 2 at age 62.

October 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Film festival shows documentary by Menlo Park's Dave Iverson

"I am the luckiest guy in the world," says filmmaker Dave Iverson of Menlo Park, and from the conviction in his voice you know he means it.

October 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday: Day of the Horse in Woodside

The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association will celebrate the 10th Woodside Day of the Horse on Saturday, Oct. 11, with a horse fair and a progressive trail ride. The theme is the Chinese Year of the Horse.

October 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Priory football gets career-high game, stretches state streak

Weekend prep roundup
Priory stretched its state-leading winning streak and got a career-high effort from Bailey Marsheck to highlight a 40-32 victory over host Crystal Springs in an Mountain Trail Athletic League eight-man football game on Saturday. Read the story here.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Voting process starts

The Elections Office has begun mailing vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 4 election to registered voters in San Mateo County, and in-person voting services have begun at two voting centers: in San Mateo and Redwood City.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission looks at medical office cap

The council's recommendation to cap medical office space for an individual project within the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan area at 33,000 square feet will make its way back to the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight (Oct. 6). It's one of the last steps remaining before the cap becomes official.

October 6, 2014 | 20 comments
Tonight: Local 4-H club holds open house

Families and students interested in learning more about the Canada 4-H Club can attend an open house on Thursday, Oct. 9 in Redwood City.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Video: Former council members discuss pros, cons of Measure M

The Almanac invited two former Menlo Park councilmen -- John Boyle and Heyward Robinson -- to discuss Measure M, which is on the Nov. 4 ballot.

October 10, 2014 | 6 comments
Sunday: Keb' Mo' performs at Portola Valley benefit

An evening of music, food and wine to benefit music education programs will be presented by Heart of Silicon Valley from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at a private estate in Portola Valley.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP's Hill, Menlo's Lacy run to individual titles in WBAL opener

Prep cross country
Sacred Heart Prep senior Daniel Hill and Menlo School senior Lizzie Lacy each won individual honors at the first West Bay Athletic League cross-country meet of the season on Wednesday at San Bruno Mountain Park.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's perfect WBAL volleyball start erases a tough preseason

Despite reaching the CIF Division IV state championship match last season, the Menlo School girls volleyball team got the 2014 season off to a slow start when standout junior outside hitter Maddie Stewart was lost for the season due to an injury. Read the story here.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Two arrested after police find trove of narcotics in Menlo Park apartment

Menlo Park police arrested two men in connection with a trove of narcotics found in a Menlo Park apartment.

October 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday: Pancake benefit in Menlo Park for burn victims

Menlo Park firefighters will be flipping flapjacks on Saturday, Oct. 4, for the 14th annual pancake benefit breakfast to benefit burn victims.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Artful Harvest at Djerassi ranch

Artful Harvest, an afternoon of food, art and entertainment to benefit the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12, at the program's ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Training for history docents

Would you like to learn about the Ohlone Indians, Spanish and Mexican days on the Peninsula, and the early American period of San Mateo County history?

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Volunteers needed for Project Read

Fall tutor training dates for Project Read begin Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Nature walk with Diane West-Bourke

Bay Area naturalist Diane West-Bourke will lead a leisurely autumn walk through a variety of habitats at Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Pride'

In telling the little-known story of how gay and lesbian activists in 1980s England supported striking miners, Matthew Warchus' "Pride" pays heartwarming testament to the many faces of solidarity.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Gone Girl'

David Fincher's film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's runaway bestseller goes from intriguingly puzzling to downright alienating.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Atherton holds earthquake response drill

Loma Prieta 25th anniversary nears
There should be a lot of action in Atherton on Thursday, Oct. 16 as the town holds an earthquake response drill involving local schools, neighborhood groups,the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and other organizations.

October 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Caltrain launches suicide-prevention webpage

Former Palo Alto mayor calls suicide a 'public health crisis'
"Suicide prevention is everyone's responsibility" was the message at the unveiling of Caltrain's new webpage for suicide prevention at the San Mateo Caltrain Station on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Arts & Olive Festival in Woodside

The hilltop campus of Canada College in Woodside will be the setting for the 17th Arts & Olive Festival on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Local writer, historian shines the light on Menlo College

After completing her studies at Stanford University, Menlo Park resident Pamela Gullard didn't have a lot of formal education in English or history under her belt. In fact, her bachelor's degree was in philosophy.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodsider Richard Delucchi celebrates 105 years

Richard "Rich" Delucchi of Woodside, who was 105 on Sept. 14, not only looks back on a wonderful life, he's looking ahead. He's participating as an investor in Delucchi's Market, which is opening Oct. 2 at Marsh Manor in Redwood City, in the former Key Market location.

October 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Saturday: Sale to benefit Friends of the Woodside Library

Books, books and more books will be available at the Friends of the Woodside Library book sale on Saturday, Oct. 25.

October 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park City School District promotes Sheikholeslami to CBO

The Menlo Park City School District has promoted Ahmad Sheikholeslami to be its new chief business officer with the retirement of Diane White.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Stanford mixed-use project to undergo environmental impact analysis

For such a contentious issue, there's agreement more often than not between Stanford University and the Menlo Park City Council over what needs to happen next regarding the university's proposed mixed-use complex at 500 El Camino Real.

October 2, 2014 | 29 comments
A tale of parricide, a shoot-out, and a sheriff now at rest in Holy Cross

Two of the graves in Menlo Park's Holy Cross Cemetery tell a tale of their own - one is of Patrick Flannelly, who was shot by his son in 1897, and one is of William Phillip McEvoy, the sheriff who also died while apprehending the son.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Feature story: A walk through Holy Cross

The Midpeninsula's history can be found in Menlo Park's tranquil cemetery
Menlo Park's Holy Cross Cemetery contains much of the Midpeninsula's history within its gates.

October 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Voter Guide: Four vie for Atherton council seats

Things are much quieter than they were two years ago, when Atherton held its last regular City Council election.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton City Council candidate forum

Atherton's four City Council candidates are scheduled to appear at a forum in Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School football tackles new season with rugby in mind

Long a leader in the evolution of player safety, the Menlo School football team has embraced a method of shoulder-leverage tackling as one of its priorities. In August, all of the Knights were taught rugby-style tackling, in which you lead not with your head but rather your body. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 1, 2014 | 1 comment
M-A girls take control of PAL Bay Division tennis race

Prep roundup: The Menlo-Atherton girls grabbed sole possession of first place in the PAL Bay Division and knocked Carlmont out of a share of the top spot with a 5-2 victory over the host Scots on Tuesday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Oct. 1

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Meet "Old Blue Eye," available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor calls for do-over of Stanford proposal

Saying that a recently released traffic analysis concluded that the Stanford Arrillaga complex proposed at 500 El Camino Real would dump more than double the amount of traffic anticipated by the specific plan onto a single residential street, Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller called for the university to go back to the drawing board.

October 1, 2014 | 38 comments
Surf Air gets some noise from local residents

At least 150 people showed up in Atherton on Tuesday night (Sept. 30) for a public meeting with officials from Surf Air, a small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport last June. Many said that the noise from the airline has affected their lives and, sometimes, their businesses.

October 1, 2014 | 36 comments
Housing in mixed-use projects can count toward state housing requirement

Menlo Park -- and other California cities and towns -- will now be able to count housing within mixed-use projects toward its state-mandated affordable housing requirements, thanks to Assembly Bill 1690, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

October 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Gov. Brown signs law on public access to Martins Beach

A movement to reopen a popular surfing beach in San Mateo County was given a boost Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring the State Lands Commission to negotiate with Martins Beach owner Vinod Khosla to acquire a public access route.

September 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School, SHP team up to host Valpo 5K Fun Run

Of local note
Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep have teamed to host the second annual Valpo 5K Fun Run on Sunday in Atherton. All proceeds go toward the Peninsula Bridge Program, which is a summer academic enrichment program for underserved children in the community. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Neighborhood cleanup day in Portola Valley

A neighborhood cleanup day for Portola Valley residents is set for Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

October 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Series of meetings planned on proposed charter school

With the clock ticking down the time the Menlo Park City School District has to decide whether to authorize a Mandarin immersion charter school, a series of public meetings are planned to discuss the proposal.

September 30, 2014 | 1 comment
This weekend: Sidewalk arts and crafts festival in Menlo Park

The annual sidewalk fine arts & crafts fall festival along Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park is set for Oct. 3 to 5.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: Assemblyman holds office hours in Menlo Park

Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, is holding office hours at Café Zoe on Thursday, Oct. 2.

September 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Tour Menlo Park by double-decker bus

As part of its general plan update, Menlo Park is offering a free tour of the city by double-decker bus at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, with an eye toward talking about land use and traffic circulation issues.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday: El Camino Real workshop in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will host a community workshop for its ongoing study of the El Camino Real corridor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Preserving memory of a felled pine tree

At the site where a beloved Italian stone pine tree was cut down to prevent it from toppling over in Fremont Park, people left flowers, and a memorial written on wood: "RIP / We loved you / Killed 9/20/14 / ICUMP."

October 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday: Local author Nick Taylor speaks in Menlo Park

Menlo Park author Nick Taylor, sometimes known as "T.T. Monday," will discuss his work on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Menlo Park Civic Center.

October 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Community garden may sink roots in Belle Haven

The land at Ivy Drive and Hill Avenue may get greener, if the City Council approves an agreement that would allow the creation of a Belle Haven community garden.

October 6, 2014 | No comments yet
New water rates have residents paying less per gallon despite drought

Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and parts of Menlo Park affected
The latest price of having fresh water at home from the California Water Service Company went up and it went down for residents of Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside and parts of Menlo Park -- all located within Cal Water's Bear Gulch District. The increase was in the service charge; the drop was for water usage.

September 30, 2014 | 3 comments
Locals sue FAA over aircraft noise

For years, residents in Portola Valley, Ladera and along Skyline Boulevard have complained to Northern California aviation authorities about noise from commercial aircraft. Three residents from Woodside and one from Portola Valley have taken their concerns to federal court

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Can a dangerous route to school be made safe?

No easy solution for troublesome Mountain Home Road crossing
Students at Woodside Elementary School are using new and improved crosswalks in front of the school, but still to come this fall are several improvements to safety for those walking to school. One trouble spot, however, remains.

October 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Losses of $15,700 in tool thefts in two Atherton burglaries

Thieves cut the padlock on a gate to get into a construction site on Atherton Avenue and then broke into two equipment trailers and a tool storage box.

September 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews cut-through traffic study for Stanford complex

Just in time for the November elections, a study of potential neighborhood cut-through traffic associated with Stanford University's proposed mixed-use complex at 500 El Camino Real was released by the city of Menlo Park on Monday, Sept. 29.

September 29, 2014 | 37 comments
Oaks drop nonconference football game to Webber International

Menlo roundup
Menlo College gave up two late touchdowns and dropped a 20-17 decision to visiting Webber International in a nonconference football contest on Saturday in Atherton. Read the story here.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
It's a three-peat for SHP boys in water polo tournament

Players come and players go but, evidently, not much as changed for the Sacred Heart Prep boys in water polo team when it comes to winning titles. The Gators went 4-0 this past weekend at the 32-team St. Francis/Acalanes Invitational. Read the story here.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Priory football team can claim a No. 1 ranking in the state

Priory may be one of the smallest schools in California, but the idyllic Portola Valley campus can claim something no other school in the state can. Yes, the Panthers' football team is No. 1. Read the story here.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Making Atherton more walkable and bikeable

Setting priorities for projects laid out in a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and discussion of possible new sign regulations are on the agenda for the Atherton City Council when it meets in a study session on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
A Walk Among the Tombstones

Writer-director Scott Frank brings clever writing and moody atmosphere to this crime thriller centered on ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder, played by Liam Neeson.

September 26, 2014 | No comments yet
This weekend: Skate Jam closes part of Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park

The Skate Jam returns to Menlo Park this weekend. The annual two-day festival will attract skateboarders zooming along Valparaiso Avenue starting on Saturday, Sept. 27.

September 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Monday: No on M gathering

Three council incumbents up for re-election to attend
Menlo Park Deserves Better -- also known as the "No on Measure M" coalition -- is hosting a community gathering on Monday, Sept. 29, to answer questions about the ballot initiative meant to change the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.

September 26, 2014 | 18 comments
Pet of the week: Naga needs a home

There are dog people and there are cat people. And, yes, there are also snake people, and the Peninsula Humane Society is hoping one falls for Naga, a beautiful 3-year-old, female ball python.

September 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Looking back

Civic protest was a presence at the 1957 May Day parade in Woodside. These kids were protesting the proposed construction of Interstate 280 through Woodside, according to Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty in their Woodside history book.

September 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Report: Silicon Valley income gap continues to widen

New study also shows an increase in health insurance coverage, decrease in poverty rate
Silicon Valley incomes have increased for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend, according to a Sept. 24 report released by Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, a nonprofit think tank.

September 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary School seeks bond oversight committee members

After the passage of a $13.5 million bond measure last June, Woodside Elementary School District is looking for people to serve on an oversight committee that will track and report on how the money is spent.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College introduces a solid baseball recruiting class

Menlo College baseball coach Jake McKinley likes what he sees from his 14-player recruiting class that will take the field for the Oaks in the spring. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls avenging '13 tennis losses to Monta Vista

Tuesday's prep roundup
Menlo School suffered only three losses in girls tennis last season while winning 26 times. Two of those setbacks were to Monta Vista, once in the Central Coast Section final and the second at the NorCal title match. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Pair arrested for allegedly stealing mail in Menlo Park, Woodside and other cities

A traffic stop on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of two probationers in possession of mail stolen from several Peninsula cities, according to the Palo Alto police department.

September 25, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council candidate forum

All six candidates for three open seats on the Menlo Park City Council have been invited to a forum at Cafe Zoe on Thursday, Sept. 25.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
STPO your CRA here

A work crew responded quickly on Wednesday (Sept. 24) to a call from a Ladera resident pointing out a problem with recently completed roadwork -- but not before another Laderan took photos of the roadway gaffe.

September 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Friday: Karen Joy Fowler to speak at Kepler's

Author shortlisted for prestigious Man Booker Prize
The author of the New York Times bestselling novel "The Jane Austen Book Club," Fowler is the first American woman ever to be shortlisted for the highly prestigious Man Booker Prize, in recognition of her latest novel, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves."

September 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Project Read volunteers needed

Fall tutor training for Project Read-Menlo Park, an adult literacy program, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Marsh Road reopened

Marsh Road in Atherton was reopened in both directions shortly before 4 p.m. after a cement mixer truck with a broken axle blocked much of the roadway for several hours this afternoon.

September 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park commission meets in Belle Haven

Parks and Recreation commissioners will discuss fate of Fremont pine
The Parks and Recreation Commission returns from its summer hiatus on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to meet in Belle Haven for a presentation on that community's visioning process, among other topics.

September 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Learning from the Loma Prieta quake

USGS research geophysicist Brad Aagaard will talk about what scientists have learned about the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake from a 25-year perspective on Sept. 25 in Menlo Park.

September 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection

New museum dedicated to renowned works of American art
The much-anticipated Anderson Collection at Stanford Museum, a new museum of Modern and contemporary American art collected over more than 50 years by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter, has opened.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park general plan symposium

City hosts meeting on growth management and economic development
Menlo Park is hosting a discussion Tuesday night on growth management and economic development as part of its general plan update.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers new measures for safe routes to school

Three school-related safety measures proposed in a 2013 Safe Routes to School audit are coming before the Woodside Town Council for possible action on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: More green bike lanes coming to Willow Road

Willow Road is about to get greener: Menlo Park will be installing additional green bike lanes through Sept. 25 between Middlefield Road and Alma Street.

September 24, 2014 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Group celebrates completion of El Camino Real tree project

It's easy to take the 350 graceful trees lining El Camino Real in Menlo Park for granted, but the green vistas only came about after 15 years of dedicated work by a group of residents and battles that reached the state Legislature.

September 24, 2014 | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Stanford 'conflicted' about continuing talks before Measure M is decided

Will they or won't they? Stanford University's abrupt announcement that it would postpone negotiations over its proposed mixed-use complex on El Camino Real sparked some irritation with city of Menlo Park officials.

September 23, 2014 | 100 comments
Key Market closing after 20 years at Marsh Manor

Dehoff's Key Market, part of Marsh Manor in Redwood City for about 20 years, is in its last week at that location, according to the owner.

September 23, 2014 | 12 comments
Tonight in Atherton: Another chance to discuss airplane noise

Meeting in Atherton on Sept. 30
Surf Air, the small commuter airline that began flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport in June 2013, has received more funding and ordered 15 new planes, and local residents are meeting again to try to find ways to reduce the airline's noise.

September 22, 2014 | 44 comments
Tonight: PG&E to update council on pipelines

Representatives from Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. are set to visit the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, Sept. 24, to update the council on a project to replace underground gas pipelines in the Portola Valley Ranch subdivision.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley dances

Square dancing closed out a day of celebration in Portola Valley on Sunday in honor of the town's 50th year of incorporation.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Maasai warrior hikes Wunderlich Park

Sabore Ole Oyie is here to raise money for wells for his people.
Maasai warrior and chief Sabore Ole Oyie is in the United States to solicit aid to drill 400 wells to provide safe drinking water for 9,000 residents of the undeveloped Ewaso Nyiro region of Kenya. He recently hiked in Wunderlich Park in Woodside, along with several local residents, looking for signs of mountain lions.

September 26, 2014 | 1 comment
Police calls: $1,000 in liquor stolen from Woodside grocery

Someone stole 10 bottles of "high-end liquor" from Roberts Market at the corner of Woodside and Mountain Home roads, according to a Sept. 12 report.

September 23, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo team up for fun run

For the second year in a row, neighboring rival schools Sacred Heart and Menlo are co-hosting the Valpo Fun Run to raise money for Peninsula Bridge's summer program. This year's event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Vehicle-registration fee to rise $1

The next time they register their vehicles, residents of San Mateo County will be paying an additional dollar in annual fees to fund operations of the county's vehicle-theft task force.

September 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo boys capture Scott Roche Invitational water polo title

Weekend prep roundup
After watching San Ramon Valley win the Scott Roche Invitational water polo title for two straight years in Menlo School's own pool, the host Knights figured enough was enough. Read the story here.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Skeleton Twins'

Erstwhile "SNL" cast-mates Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as adult siblings Maggie and Milo who struggle with depression in this likeable Craig Johnson dramedy.

September 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Maze Runner'

A group of teens struggle for survival in a dystopian world in this film, which, like the novel on which it's based, can be read as an allegory of puberty.

September 21, 2014 | No comments yet
School helps start 13 libraries in Africa

Through Portola Valley-based organization, school collects more than 13,000 books for African students, communities
Since 2006, Palo Alto's Jordan Middle School has worked through the African Library Project to collect enough books and money to build 13 libraries in Ghana, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and Swaziland. The project was founded by Chris Bradshaw of Portola Valley.

September 20, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP pulls out a thrilling 27-21 victory in the final nine seconds

Friday prep football: Sacred Heart junior quarterback Mason Randall found Nick O'Donnell in the back of the end zone with just nine seconds left in the game and the Gators came out with a thrilling 27-21 nonleague victory over visiting Salinas Friday afternoon.

September 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Diplomas for those whose education was interrupted by war

The San Mateo County Office of Education recently announced that it will award diplomas to veterans in San Mateo County whose high school education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School boys tune up for Roche tourney with win

The Menlo School boys opened defense of their PAL Bay Division water polo title, and tuned up for this weekend's Scott Roche Invitational, with a 20-6 victory over visiting Sequoia on Wednesday. Read the story here.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton will hire two employees to replace contractors

Reversing some changes made in 2011 when Atherton outsourced the jobs of many of its public employees to contractors, the City Council voted to hire two full-time employees to replace contractors.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Stanford unveils the Anderson Collection

New museum dedicated to renowned works of American art
The much-anticipated Anderson Collection at Stanford Museum, a new museum of Modern and contemporary American art collected over more than 50 years by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter, has opened.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Cafe Zoe opens second location

Holds fundraiser for Young Minds Advocacy Project
Cafe Zoe, which opened in 2008 in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, has opened a second location at 2074 Broadway in downtown Redwood City.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High

Facebook founder and CEO participates in Q&A at special assembly
Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

September 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Atherton music festival benefits Lyme foundation

A free music festival to raise awareness of Lyme disease in the Bay Area will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Menlo Polo Club field in Atherton, adjacent to the Menlo Circus Club at 190 Park Ave.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Volunteers clean up Pilarcitos Creek

The Coastside Land Trust is hosting its 30th annual "California Coastal Cleanup Day" on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pilarcitos Creek in Half Moon Bay.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Couple plead no contest to burglaries

Charges include the theft of a Porsche in Portola Valley
A San Jose couple, accused of several 2013 Peninsula burglaries, including the theft of a Porsche in Portola Valley, has changed their "not guilty" plea to "no contest" with respect to 11 counts of residential burglary and one count of an attempted residential burglary, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

September 18, 2014 | 3 comments
Sept. 20-25: Woodside native co-hosts big art party

Woodside native Anne Sconberg has always had a passion for the arts. She studied photography at Stanford University, did photography in Paris for three years, and studied design and interior design at schools in Madrid and London.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Officers issue 252 more traffic tickets in Atherton, Menlo Park

Officers on motorcycles from agencies around San Mateo County spent Wednesday (Sept. 17) patrolling parts of Menlo Park and Atherton and issued 252 citations, most for speeding and cellphone violations.

September 18, 2014 | 13 comments
27 local students are National Merit semifinalists

Twenty-seven juniors from three local high schools -- Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Preparatory -- are among 16,000 semifinalists competing for National Merit scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2015.

September 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Tree protest ends peacefully; tree is cut down

A man chained himself to an Italian stone pine tree in Fremont Park early Tuesday morning, but the protest came to a peaceful conclusion once city officials explained why the tree had to be cut down for safety reasons, according to Menlo Park staff.

September 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo College women reach defining moment with volleyball win

There are certain points over the course of a season that helps define a team's progress. The Menlo College women's volleyball team experienced just such a moment Wednesday night when it downed No. 17 Vanguard, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13, in a nonconference contest in Atherton. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls are hoping to join local volleyball elite

Prep roundup: In recent years, a handful of local volleyball teams have reached the state finals. The Palo Alto girls accomplished that in 2010 and 2011, Sacred Heart Prep in 2010 and 2012 and Menlo School last year. Menlo-Atherton may be figuring it's finally time to join that elite group. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Best friends make all-tourney teams in college volleyball

Of local note: Sarah Daschbach and Ali Spindt have a lot in common. Both played high school volleyball in Atherton, Daschbach at Sacred Heart Prep and Spindt at Menlo-Atherton. Both were the Most Valuable Players in their respective teams. And, both are continuing to play in college. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves duplex purchase

Units will continue to be rented as below-market-rate housing
With Mayor Ray Mueller dissenting, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) to approve the purchase of two Willow Road duplexes for $1.12 million.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP girls win first St. Francis Invitational polo title since 2007

Weekend prep roundup
Despite winning the past seven Central Coast Section Division II water polo titles, the Sacred Heart Prep girls had struggled in the annual season-opening St. Francis Autumn Invitational. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School rolls to a big 68-8 football win to remain unbeaten

While Menlo School graduated a lot of its offense from last year's successful football team, there certainly hasn't been much of a drop off following back-to-back victories. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Trees for Menlo celebrates 15 years of work

Trees for Menlo, a nonprofit organized by a group of Menlo Park residents to beautify El Camino Real with trees, will celebrate completion of the work on Saturday, Sept. 20.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council may buy duplexes for city

Units may be used for below-market-rate housing
Menlo Park may pay $1.12 million for two duplexes, at 1175 and 1177 Willow Road, to potentially use as below-market-rate housing.

September 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Officer, mom disagree about letting child walk home alone

Should parents have to weigh traffic safety vs. freedom?
Everyone agrees on the basic facts: A fourth-grade boy was walking home alone from Encinal Elementary School on Sept. 11. A Menlo Park police officer driving by saw the boy, pulled over, and after some discussion, decided to give the child a lift. Upon reaching the boy's home, he was greeted by an incensed mother.

September 16, 2014 | 53 comments
Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates 50th anniversary at Town Center

It's been nine months since the first occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Portola Valley's incorporation. The celebration concludes, more or less, on Sunday, Sept. 21, with events for residents at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Work in progress at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Construction of a new administrative building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory started earlier this year.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Fall book sale at Menlo Park Library

A wide selection of gently used books for everyone in the family will be featured at the fall book sale on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Locals plan Sept. 28 benefit for parks

Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks will celebrate horses, and the power they inspired in vehicles that replaced them, in "Carts to Cars," a fundraiser to be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Folger Stable in Woodside.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary

A town that loves its open spaces observes the golden anniversary of its incorporation
Portola Valley holds a special event at Town Center on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Yale grad comes home to give back to Menlo Park community

For many Menlo Park residents, sending a child to an Ivy League school is not entirely out of the ordinary. In fact, a place in a prestigious university is often expected.

September 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Sept. 25: Farm-to-table dinner at Filoli

Filoli will hold its first farm-to-table dinner with seating at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in front of the historic mansion at the Woodside estate.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Six commercial burglaries over four days in Menlo Park

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

September 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Stop-work order lifted for Woodside mansion

The mansion remodeling project at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is on again. The town had posted a stop-work order on July 3 after staff discovered construction activity not within the scope of project permits.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Legal battle erupts over Panzer tank from Littlefield collection

A Seattle company led by Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in in a dispute over ownership of a German World War II-era tank. A Panzer IV, built in 1944, was offered in a July 2014 auction of some of the military vehicles owned by the late Jacques Littlefield of Los Trancos Woods.

September 18, 2014 | 7 comments
Officers again target traffic-law violators in Atherton, Menlo

82 tickets issued on Friday for 'distracted driving'
A total of 28 motorcycle officers will conduct a saturation traffic enforcement in Atherton and Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

September 16, 2014 | 11 comments
Motorcycle cops issue 82 tickets for 'distracted driving' in Atherton, Menlo Park

Officers on motorcycle patrols in Atherton and Menlo Park issued 76 tickets to drivers using cellphones illegally and six tickets for texting during a special "distracted driving" enforcement event in those two towns on Friday, Sept. 12.

September 15, 2014 | 13 comments
Sacred Heart Prep adjusts enough to beat Riordan, remain undefeated

Friday prep football
Sacred Heart Prep is a run-first football team and Riordan knew that coming into their nonleague matchup Friday in San Francisco. Thus, the Crusaders' game plan was simple and effective. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police stage 'critical incident' training at former school this week

Explosions, gunfire and yelling -- all simulated -- may be heard coming from the former campus of James Flood Elementary School this week as the Menlo Park police and other law enforcement agencies stage a training exercise.

September 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Portola Valley residents report seeing mountain lion in backyard

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a Friday night mountain lion sighting in Portola Valley.

September 14, 2014 | 6 comments
Two injured in Menlo Park accident

Two people were injured in a rear-end collision at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Chilco Street at about 11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 13), Menlo Park police reported.

September 13, 2014 | 3 comments
Prep football: Sacred Heart Prep adjusts enough to beat Riordan

Friday prep football: Sacred Heart Prep is a run-first football team and Riordan knew that coming into their nonleague matchup Friday in San Francisco. Thus, the Crusaders' game plan was simple and effective.

September 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Mary Kom'

Mary Kom holds enough world boxing championship titles and influence in the sport to merit a keen cinematic look at her career's progression. However, this film botches that opportunity, succumbing instead to the common pitfalls of its genre, and topping it off with an inelegant style of execution.

September 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Movie review: 'Dolphin Tale 2'

"Dolphin Tale 2" will no doubt be a delightful experience for animal-loving tots. But for the adults who bring them, it's pretty much guaranteed to be a surreal experience.

September 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: Reverse outsourcing, at least for two employees?

Atherton's City Council will consider making two current part-time contract jobs into full-time town positions when it meets on Wednesday, Sept. 17. A report on the town's talks with Caltrans about El Camino is also on the agenda.

September 16, 2014 | 7 comments
Mandarin immersion charter school petitions Menlo Park district for approval

Supporters of a new charter school in the Menlo Park City School District that would teach many of its classes in Mandarin have asked the district to authorize the school. The school now has 30 days to hold a hearing on the request and 60 days to make a decision.

September 12, 2014 | 11 comments
New law defines 'safe distance' for motorists passing bicyclists

A new state law sets 3 feet as a "safe distance" for vehicles passing bicyclists on the road.

September 17, 2014 | 35 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park: Cops focus on distracted driving

A contingent of seven or eight motorcycle officers from around San Mateo County will be in Menlo Park and Atherton on Friday (Sept. 12) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on heightened patrol in various locations and ticketing drivers for distracted driving.

September 12, 2014 | 23 comments
Woodside School plans major construction project

In order to save money, officials at Woodside Elementary School have decided to build three major projects at once -- a new multi-purpose room, a new design lab and two new preschool classrooms -- starting in June 2015.

September 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Vi seniors take case to federal court

Class-action lawsuit alleges CC-Palo Alto illegally transferred millions of dollars owed to its residents
More than 40 seniors mobilized in the U.S. District Court in San Jose this week to show their displeasure with how the parent company of senior-care community Vi at Palo Alto is handling their money.

September 12, 2014 | 4 comments
Saturday: Making music, changing lives

Concert series aims to strengthen community
What makes Bodhi Tree Concerts North truly different is its mission: to use music as a catalyst for social change.

September 12, 2014 | No comments yet
10 fall arts events to check out

With the fall arts season upon us, here are 10 events you might want to check out.

September 12, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP water polo teams pick up where they left off

Prep roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep water polo teams have won seven Central Coast Section titles apiece, with the girls winning a record seven straight. The squads also have reached the section finals a combined 19 times since 2003. Neither teams looks to be slowing down.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Obituaries: Well-known Realtor Steve Bellumori dies

Services were held Sept. 10 at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park for prominent Realtor Stephen Bellumori, who died unexpectedly of a heart seizure Aug. 14. He was 65.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton school completes Ice Bucket Challenge

Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton was next in line to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on a participant's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and encourage donations to research.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton public hearing on housing element

A public hearing on Atherton's housing element, a state-mandated plan for providing housing to people of all income levels, is on the Planning Commission's agenda for Tuesday, Sept. 16. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

September 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley theater company snags heavy-hitter as artist-in-residence

When the San Jose Repertory Theatre went under earlier this year, it left the regional theater community in dismay.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
All lanes reopened after major injury accident on 101

The roadway has reopened after three lanes were shutdown on the southbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park due to a major injury accident involving multiple vehicles this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 11, 2014 | 6 comments
Tips on handling a mountain lion encounter

Mountain lion sightings are not uncommon on the Midpeninsula. Local officials are reminding residents of the best way to react when encountering one of the big cats.

September 10, 2014 | 2 comments
Five local girls teams rack up nonleague volleyball victories

Prep roundup: It was a perfect night for five local girls volleyball teams as each squad came up with a solid victory in nonleague action Tuesday night.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Panoramic cinema

Next Friday, Sept. 19, Redwood City's Cinemark 20 theater unveils Barco Escape: a new, immersive movie-watching experience.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales -- Sept. 10

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Update: Teens, teacher hurt after being struck by vehicle in San Mateo

Four pedestrians are expected to recover
San Mateo police say they do not believe a driver who struck three special needs students and a student teacher Wednesday morning (Sept. 10) drove on to the sidewalk deliberately.

September 10, 2014 | 1 comment
Woodside: Stop-work order lifted for mansion

After more than two months of enforced idleness, the stop-work order issued in July at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside has been lifted and construction work can resume on a residential remodeling project there.

September 10, 2014 | 6 comments
Menlo Park Mandarin school backers may go for county-wide charter

Charter school advocates hold off on petitioning Menlo Park school district
Backers of a Mandarin immersion charter school in Menlo Park have agreed to hold off asking the Menlo Park City School District to authorize the charter school in order to explore going straight to the San Mateo County Board of Education for a county-wide charter.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to spend $45,000 on drought outreach

City to lower suggested water use reduction from 30 percent to 20 percent
The city's water fund will chip in $45,000 to help get the word out about mandatory water conservation measures to customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.

September 10, 2014 | 14 comments
Menlo Park council approves Monte Rosa stop signs

After tabling the issue to allow a homeowners' association time to discuss it, the Menlo Park City Council returned on Sept. 9 to the question of whether to install stop signs on Monte Rosa Drive at Eastridge Avenue in Sharon Heights.

September 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

She's almost 60 pounds, but will still try to sit in your lap. That's Glinda, a 4-year-old, female Akita mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Cover story: Taking charge when cancer strikes

Woodside woman starts business to help cancer patients negotiate their own health care
Woodside resident Vanessa Deen Johnson's new business builds on her years of experience in the health care field and in helping her mother after a cancer diagnosis to assist others navigating the health care maze.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside report: Mountain lion and three cubs spotted in Wunderlich park

Deputy sheriffs and park rangers are patrolling the woods at Wunderlich county park in Woodside after the reported sighting of an adult mountain lion and three cubs at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

September 9, 2014 | 24 comments
Calicdan earns Cal Pac Player of the Week honors in volleyball

Menlo College outside hitter Courtney Calicdan has been dominant all season long for the Lady Oaks women's volleyball team. On Monday, she was rewarded for her efforts. She was named the Cal Pac Player of the Week.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Anton Menlo gets ready for construction of 394 apartments

Developer St. Anton Partners has cleared 10 acres of land at 3639 Haven Ave., off Marsh Road, in Menlo Park in preparation for the construction of a 394-unit apartment complex.

September 11, 2014 | 15 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park holds forum on general plan update

Menlo Park has plans -- a lot of them: the specific plan, the housing plan, the Willow business area plan, the Belle Haven visioning plan -- and now the general plan and the economic development plan have reached the top of the "to do" list.

September 10, 2014 | 15 comments
Tonight: Project Read honored by Menlo Park council

Project Read-Menlo Park is set to receive a City Council proclamation on Sept. 9, recognizing the literary work being done by Project Read adult learners and volunteer tutors. A reception will be held prior to the meeting.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Monday: Menlo Park hosts small business roundtable

The second quarterly small business roundtable hosted by Menlo Park will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15. The discussion theme will be how the economic development plan update can help the city transition from a manufacturing-based economy to an innovation-based economy.

September 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

The Sept. 2 fogging of 220 acres in northeast Menlo Park, Redwood City and unincorporated county areas killed mosquitoes, but none tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews Measure M critique

Criticisms of a consultant's analysis of Measure M, the initiative meant to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, are largely a matter of "interpretative disagreement," according to the consultant.

September 9, 2014 | 5 comments
Police calls: Three Woodside High students accused in marijuana cookie incident

Crime and accident reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

September 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo women record volleyball sweep of William Jessup

Oaks report
Courtney Calicdan recorded 14 kills, including the go-ahead kill in the third set, and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed visiting William Jessup, 25-16, 25-9, 25-23, Saturday in a nonconference match. Read the story here.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Late score lifts Menlo College to first football win of season

DJ Jones scored three times, including the game-winning touchdown late in the game, and Menlo College beat host Simon Fraser, 31-24, in a nonconference football contest Saturday. Read the story B== here==.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP rolls to a 32-20 football win even without Burr-Kirven

Weekend prep roundup Ben Burr-Kirven is arguably Sacred Heart Prep's best overall football player, doubling as a standout linebacker and running back. He began the 2014 prep football season, however, on the sideline with a leg injury. Read the story here.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Study session on charter schools reveals possible issues

Menlo Park City School District board members held a study session last week on charter schools, in anticipation of receiving a petition at their Sept. 9 meeting asking for authorization of a Mandarin immersion charter school.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton police arrest burglary suspect they say entered occupied home

Atherton police are warning residents to keep doors and windows locked after the arrest of a woman who allegedly entered a Wilburn Avenue home on Sunday, Sept.7, through an open sliding glass door while the occupants were at home.

September 8, 2014 | 3 comments
Tonight: Commission reviews Menlo Park food truck event

Off the Grid, a weekly food truck event, launched in Menlo Park earlier this year over the protests of about 20 downtown business owners and patrons. Tonight (Sept. 8), the Planning Commission will conduct a review of the event's operations.

September 8, 2014 | 5 comments
Peninsula Humane Society pet of the week

Let's be honest. Some animals have a face only a mother could love! This week's featured pet is the opposite.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Church of the Nativity loses longtime priest

Father Davenport was a military chaplain and avid golfer
Menlo Park's Church of the Nativity recently lost a cherished former parish priest, Father Clement Arthur Davenport, who died at the age of 90 after a long and interesting life that included serving as an Army chaplain in Korea and Vietnam.

September 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Caltrain to buy more cars to ease commute crowding

16 cars will add seating capacity to peak-hour trains, rail officials say
Caltrain officials have announced plans to purchase 16 surplus Metrolink rail cars that will be used to extend train sets and provide more capacity for peak-hour trains.

September 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Cantor Arts Center presents Robert Frank's iconic photographs of 1950s America

The Cantor Arts Center on Sept. 10 unveils many of photographer Robert Frank's iconic images, alongside some of his never-before-seen works, in "Robert Frank in America."

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood'

Two and a half stars
There's something telling about "The Last of Robin Hood" being the first project to emerge from Lifetime Films. The sordid tale of Errol Flynn's last days clinching with a Lolita and soaking in booze and drugs, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's by-the-numbers account technically qualifies as a true crime tale, and seems to exist mostly because of its marketable prurience: a hallmark of Lifetime's infamous cable movies.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
From sit-down dining to takeout to cocktails, Borrone MarketBar shines

What's a "marketbar?" Please, let it be not another pricey, erratic new eatery that's trendier than thou and louder than garbage trucks backing up. Rest assured, the restaurant that opened in Menlo Park early this year is none of the above.

September 5, 2014 | 5 comments
Woodside: Council considers fate of mansion, town's eucalyptus trees

Water conservation also on the agenda
In its first meeting of the fall, the Woodside Town Council starts with a full and significant agenda: an appeal to accept partial demolition of the mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road and continue the "remodel;" culling eucalyptus trees to prevent fires; and taking steps to conserve water.

September 8, 2014 | 2 comments
Large hoops recruiting class should keep Menlo competitive

Menlo College men's basketball coach Jon Surface officially introduced his latest recruiting class, which will need to fill some shoes this season. Six true freshmen, and one sophomore transfer, look to help the Oaks reload after the graduation of seven seniors. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 4, 2014 | No comments yet
2.9 earthquake hits Ladera

Temblor felt in Menlo Park, Palo Alto
A magnitude 2.9 earthquake hit Ladera along the San Andreas Fault Wednesday evening around 8:24 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

September 3, 2014 | 7 comments
Sign-up deadline Friday for free course on county government's workings

If you've even wanted to learn more about how local government operates, San Mateo County has a deal for you: a free 10-week course called "Civics 101," all about local government. But act quickly -- registration ends Friday, Sept. 5.

September 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man sentenced to more than nine years in felony elder abuse case

A man convicted of felony elder abuse related to withholding medication and forging loans has been sentenced to nine years and four months in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

September 3, 2014 | 8 comments
County's first poet laureate launches contest

Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County's first poet laureate, has announced a contest open to all county residents. Entries may be submitted until the end of September.

September 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Transit CEO Michael Scanlon to retire

After 15 years leading San Mateo County's transit operations, Michael Scanlon has decided to retire.

September 10, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo College football needs to turn around things around

The Menlo College football team is off to an 0-2 start and things don't appear to get any easier for the Oaks, who will hit the road for the first time this season to head to Canada to take on NCAA Division II Simon Fraser this Saturday. Read the story here.

September 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Developer Ryland Kelley of Woodside dies

'Renaissance man' included poetry, theater and community involvement in a rich life
Ryland Kelley, a prominent real estate developer who with his brother was responsible for such local planned communities as Lindenwood in Atherton and Ladera in Portola Valley, died on Saturday, Aug. 30, friends and family have confirmed. He was 88.

September 2, 2014 | 4 comments
Woodside Elementary adds new principals

The Woodside Elementary School District's superintendent, who had also been the principal of the one-school district, has given up that part of her job to two new principals, one for the Transitional Kindergarten to fifth grade and one for the middle school at Woodside.

September 4, 2014 | 3 comments
Portola Valley earthquake expert shares his knowledge

Sheldon Breiner, a geophysicist from Portola Valley, wants local residents to prepare for an earthquake much bigger than the one that recently struck Napa County.

September 4, 2014 | 1 comment
'They turned my world upside down'

Atherton man says he lost his home in a foreclosure sale after judge kicks him out
James Kristofferson, the Atherton man who in July was barred by court order from his Redwood Way home for a year after town officials had it declared a "drug house," has lost the home in a foreclosure sale, he said.

September 3, 2014 | 29 comments
Looking Back: Lurline Matson Roth

Lurline Matson Roth, who competed nationally and won many awards for her equestrian skills, and My Joy pose in this 1920s photo. Photo courtesy of Woodside History Committee

September 2, 2014 | No comments yet
German-American International School finds a temporary home

The German-American International School, which must move off the site it had been leasing in the Willows neighborhood to make way for a new public school, has found a temporary home in the nearby Menlo Oaks School.

September 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Menlo Park district board study session on charter schools

The laws and issues surrounding charter schools will be the subject of a study session for the Menlo Park City School District board at a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 3. District residents have announced they intend to petition for a Mandarin immersion charter school this month.

September 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo School looks to its past for its baseball future

As a player, Ryan Cavan helped the Menlo School baseball team to a Central Coast Section title in 2004. Now, Cavan hopes to keep the Knights in the championship picture as the team's new head coach. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton's Bellis wins tennis opener in US Open Juniors

Of local note
Atherton teen CiCi Bellis began her quest to win the girls' division of the US Open by posting a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mexico's Renata Zarazua on Monday at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

September 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Mosquito fogging in northeast Menlo Park

Parts of northeast Menlo Park will be sprayed tonight for mosquitoes (Sept. 2) to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

September 2, 2014 | 6 comments
Menlo Park: Belle Haven residents praise changing neighborhood

"I cannot tell you the number of people who tried to persuade me not to buy a house in the neighborhood," Joellen McGruder, who bought a home in Belle Haven in 2011, told the Menlo Park council. "And indeed within a month after I'd been there, there was a drive-by shooting and at least two gun incidents within a two block radius. But now, she has seen the community change "tremendously."

September 2, 2014 | 8 comments
Update: Two bicyclists injured after collision in Woodside

Highway 84 temporarily closed; re-opened in early afternoon
Two bicyclists were hospitalized yesterday (Sept. 1) after an attempt by one to pass the other went wrong and they collided on state Highway 84 in Woodside, causing the highway's closure in both directions.

September 1, 2014 | 39 comments
Make a match, not coats

The Peninsula Humane Society's 3-year-old chinchilla, Streisand, needs a forever home, ideally without small children. Streisand is confident, curious, and active. She loves to run, jump, chew, take treats from your hand, explore her surroundings and take dust baths.

August 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton police release sketch of 'distraction' burglary suspect

Atherton police have released a sketch of a man who posed as a plumber, walked uninvited into a home on Mesa Court, and distracted an elderly resident while an accomplice stole items valued at more than $200,000.

August 29, 2014 | 6 comments
Review: 'Love Is Strange'

Three and a half stars
Marital domesticity is tough enough. Add in the obstacle of Kafkaesque sociopolitical forces -- still the lot of many gay couples -- and any marriage would feel the strain.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: Timely and tender

'Water by the Spoonful' wins you over
The current offering in TheatreWorks' new season is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegria Hudes, who previously won a Tony for the book of the musical, "In the Heights." In this newest work, Hudes follows a cluster of recovering crack cocaine addicts who only meet virtually, as well as a pair of cousins dealing with family death and denial.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Timely and tender

'Water by the Spoonful' wins you over
The current offering in TheatreWorks' new season is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegria Hudes, who previously won a Tony for the book of the musical, "In the Heights." In this newest work, Hudes follows a cluster of recovering crack cocaine addicts who only meet virtually, as well as a pair of cousins dealing with family death and denial.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Timely and tender

'Water by the Spoonful' wins you over
The current offering in TheatreWorks' new season is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Quiara Alegria Hudes, who previously won a Tony for the book of the musical, "In the Heights." In this newest work, Hudes follows a cluster of recovering crack cocaine addicts who only meet virtually, as well as a pair of cousins dealing with family death and denial.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Taste of Woodside benefits Rotary charities

The Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley is holding its annual Taste of Woodside wine tasting event from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road.

September 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Feature story: Back in the saddle

Riders take on challenges a cowboy encounters on a ranch
A posse of extreme cowboy racers clearly enjoyed splashing through the water hole on a dusty obstacle course at the Horse Park at Woodside on a recent hot and sunny weekend.

September 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Phone scams continue to hook the unsuspecting

A resident of Brandon Way bought prepaid cash cards and provided the card numbers to someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told her she faced being arrested for unpaid back taxes.

September 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Firefighters, too, seek to reduce water use due to drought

In fighting wildland or structural fires, it's hard to overstate the value of water to firefighters. A drought makes water precious, but firefighters say their methods are what they would be without a drought. When they're not fighting fires, the drought is an issue.

September 4, 2014 | No comments yet
'Plumbers' rob Atherton home while resident distracted

Atherton police say a home on Mesa Court was burglarized on Thursday, Aug. 28, after a man who said he was a plumber investigating a nearby sewage problem talked his way into the house and distracted the owner while another person took valuables.

August 29, 2014 | 1 comment
About 20 residents still displaced following fire

About 20 people are still displaced following a Sunday night structure fire that gutted several apartment units in Redwood City, according to the American Red Cross.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College drops home soccer match to the Mustangs

Danielle McCarthy and Kayla Cisneroz each scored goals for the Menlo College women's soccer team Wednesday but the Lady Oaks fell to visiting No. 18 The Master's College in a nonconference match. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council votes for yield signs on Wallea Drive

Despite the strong recommendations of transportation staff and the majority of the Transportation Commission to install stop signs, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to install yield signs on Wallea Drive instead.

August 28, 2014 | 4 comments
Friday: Menlo Park vice mayor holds 'office hours'

Menlo Park's vice mayor, Catherine Carlton, will hold "office hours" at the Dutch Goose on Friday, Aug. 29.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Fifth-grader raises money to buy gear for basketball program

For fifth-grader Shay Patel, basketball is more than just a pastime. It's a passion. So it's no surprise that this summer, the Menlo Park native began a crowd-funding campaign to bring basketball equipment to 60 low-income students involved in after-school basketball at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

September 5, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park tightens water belt

City implements mandatory conservation
New water restrictions will take effect on Thursday, Aug. 28, for all customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District.

August 27, 2014 | 10 comments
Atherton's Bellis receives USTA sportsmanship honor

Cici Bellis of Atherton has been honored with the inaugural US Open Junior Sportsmanship Award for girls by the USTA. Bellis received the award after best demonstrating excellent sportsmanship at this summer's USTA National Championships. Bellis won the girls' 18s national crown.

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton's Bellis, 15, pulls stunning upset at U.S. Open

American teen CiCi Bellis of Atherton became the youngest player to win a US Open match since 1996 -- almost three years before she was born -- when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova on Tuesday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

August 26, 2014 | 2 comments
Friday: Portola Valley's annual star party

A bare trace of a crescent moon is expected on the evening of Friday, Aug. 29. Gazing at stars, star clusters, galaxies and planets should be particularly enjoyable through the many telescopes that will be available after 8 p.m. at the soccer field at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton takes look at housing plan

An update of Atherton's housing element, a state-mandated plan for providing housing to people of all income levels, is on the agenda of the Atherton Planning Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Learning by doing: Students acquire multiple skills by working on projects

Portola Valley teachers spent some time being students this summer; learning about project-based learning, in which students study multiple academic subjects while doing broad based projects.

September 12, 2014 | 2 comments
3-D "virtual reality" coming to Woodside classrooms

Middle school science students at Woodside Elementary School will soon have the ability to look inside an erupting volcano or dissect a human heart, via 3-D virtual reality software.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park honors history association

Mayor Ray Mueller and the City Council presented the Menlo Park Historical Association on Aug. 19 with a proclamation recognizing its accomplishments.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Mandarin school backers seek district sponsorship

Backers plan to present charter and petition to school board on Sept. 9
Backers of the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion Charter School say they will officially ask the Menlo Park City School District to sponsor their school at the board's Sept. 9 meeting.

August 27, 2014 | 20 comments
Bosch scores twice in Menlo College men's soccer victory

Sebastian Bosch scored twice and added an assist and the Menlo College men's soccer team beat Oregon Tech, 6-0, Monday in a nonconference match at Simpson University in Redding. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: U.S. 101 reopened after early morning fire

All lanes have reopened after a car fire blocked two lanes on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park this morning.

August 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Drought, Wallea Drive stop sign before Menlo Park council

The agenda for tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting may sound a little familiar -- drought control and a neighborhood stop sign are scheduled for discussion.

August 26, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: City newsletter criticized for bias against Measure M

Menlo Focus, the city's quarterly newsletter, generally garners only as much attention as it takes to decide whether to read it first before recycling it. But that changed when the latest issue came out with an article on Measure M, the initiative on the November ballot that would change Menlo Park's specific plan.

August 26, 2014 | 129 comments
Smartphone 'kill switch' bill signed into law

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday (Aug. 25) should make smartphones a lot less vulnerable to prospective thieves in the Bay Area and beyond.

August 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Feature story: Portola Valley residents welcome native plants and animals

Purple needlegrass is something special in the semi-arid world of the California native plant community. It grows in clumps, and fields of it, each clump a shower of fine blades out-flung from the center, present to the observer an ethereal loveliness.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
New gas lines ahead for Portola Valley Ranch

A project to replace 1,600 feet of low-pressure PVC gas main and 11 residential service lines will get underway in late October in a Portola Valley subdivision.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: 75 drivers cited for speeding in one day

Seventy-five speeding tickets, 15 tickets for "distracted driving" and eight for seat belt violations were issued to drivers at various locations in Woodside on Aug. 20, according to the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association.

August 26, 2014 | 27 comments
Police calls: Man in truck plunges over embankment on Woodside Road

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

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto woman gets 15 years to life for high-speed-chase murder

Crash in June 2011 killed 22-year-old Lorina Veamatahau
An East Palo Alto woman has received 15 years to life in prison after a 2011 high-speed chase that led to the death of her friend, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

August 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Roger Reynolds site may sprout townhomes

When the Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop abruptly closed in 2013 after 97 years in business, patrons lamented its loss and wondered what would become of the site. It looks like the answer is housing.

August 25, 2014 | 29 comments
Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Two and a half stars
In a sense, "When the Game Stands Tall" the Hollywood-ization of De La Salle High School's legendary Spartans football team -- is about what it's not about. It's not about winning.

August 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'If I Stay'

Two stars
"Romance novels" function on idealization, including fulfilling a teen's yen for drama -- any kind of drama -- to alleviate the tedium of school days and curfew nights.

August 24, 2014 | 1 comment
Thursday: Open space district study session on spending bond money

How will the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District spend money from a $300 million bond measure approved by voters in June?

August 27, 2014 | No comments yet
More than 500 riders turn out for Tour de Menlo

More than 500 bicycle riders from all over the Bay Area participated the 10th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride on Saturday, Aug. 23, organizers said.

August 24, 2014 | 3 comments
Caltrain 'cleared for maximum authorized operating speeds'

Caltrain has completed its inspection of all bridges, signals and track structures, and no defects have been found, spokesperson Jayme Ackemann said at 10:40 a.m. today, following the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Napa County this morning.

August 24, 2014 | No comments yet
6.1 earthquake rattles Bay Area

Officials: expect small aftershocks during the next week
A 6.1 earthquake that centered near South Napa shook Bay Area residents in their beds early Sunday morning. U.S. Geological Survey officials said the earthquake is the largest to hit the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta Earthquake almost 25 years ago.

August 24, 2014 | 1 comment
Reports: Multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it has received reports of multiple mountain lion sightings in Portola Valley, including a report of seeing three mountain lions in the vicinity of Westridge Drive and Cervantes Road in Portola Valley at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

August 23, 2014 | 4 comments
Drought: Cal Water lists restrictions on water use

The California Water Service Company has a list of restrictions on water use during the drought, but doesn't have a final plan for how those restrictions will be enforced.

August 22, 2014 | 9 comments
Neighbors protest water waste at Corte Madera School

Portola Valley residents who live near Corte Madera School have become increasingly upset this summer as water continues to run down nearby streets from the school grounds, but school officials say they are doing their best to solve the problem.

August 22, 2014 | 12 comments
County clerk sentenced for workers' comp fraud

A hidden video was the undoing of a San Mateo County medical-records file clerk who had been drawing workers' compensation benefits after convincing doctors she had suffered a work-related back injury.

August 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Oaks open football season Saturday with a home game

Menlo report
Wade Hawkins took over quarterbacking duties in the third week of last season. The fifth-year senior has hit the ground running as the clear starter this year. Read the story here.

August 22, 2014 | 1 comment
Worth A Look: Festival of the Arts, 'Dreamgirls,' A Taste of Egypt

Check out this roundup of local arts events worth a look this weekend.

August 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park cyclist Jim Turner sets more veledrome records

Jim Turner just keeps on going. A couple weeks after setting two world cycling records in the 75-79 age group, the Menlo Park resident improved both his times and set a third record in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on what's considered to be the fastest velodrome track in the world.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Aug. 27: Atherton benefit for 49ers Academy

A fundraiser will be held in Atherton on Wednesday, Aug. 27, to benefit the San Francisco 49ers Academy, a public middle school in East Palo Alto.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Sept. 13: Atherton benefit for scholarships

A "Wine, Croquet and Music" fundraiser, sponsored by the Rho Delta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, will be held in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Andrew Tan wins national essay contest

Out of hundreds of entries, Andrew Tan of Menlo Park was named one of the winners of a national essay contest held by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

September 7, 2014 | 2 comments
Saturday: Seminar on water-efficient gardening

The public is invited to a free seminar on drought-tolerant gardening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

September 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Library offers lessons, lunch for local kids

This summer, the Atherton Library provided more than books for young students.

September 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Abigail's story: 'I saw a little fear, but also courage and determination'

It was a warm September evening. There was a light breeze, and the frogs, birds and crickets were all pleasantly buzzing about, chittering and chattering among themselves. All seemed well, but some surprising news was coming, sneaking up on me like a tiger catching its prey, just about to pounce.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside residents can get town cash to build 'defensible spaces'

If a wildfire gets going in Woodside, there may be residents who, like the grasshopper in Aesop's fable, learn the hard way, in this case about the importance of preparing fire-resistant areas around homes and other buildings.

August 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside down to one farmers' market

The Sunday afternoon farmers market at the elementary school in Woodside is now the town's sole farmers' market. In June, market manager Maggie Foard ended the Wednesday afternoon market for the Skyline community at Four Corners, the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Highway 84.

August 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Senior Showcase at Little House

An information fair for seniors will come to Menlo Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little House, located at 800 Middle Ave.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Bills to curb antibiotic use head to governor's desk

The California Legislature recently sent to the governor two bills sponsored by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, that will prohibit the use of antibiotics as growth enhancers in farm animals and promote more responsible use of antibiotics in humans.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
How Boys & Girls Clubs offer hope to Nateja and other teens

She's the life of the party. She gets along with everyone, cracks jokes with a smile that never leaves her face, and has an energy that shines brighter than the lights in a classroom.

September 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Art Fair returns this weekend

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, to be held once again over the Labor Day weekend at Kings Mountain, continues to rise in the ranks of fine art fairs in California.

August 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Man suspected of burglarizing Sharon Heights home arrested

After a brief chase, deputies with San Mateo County Sheriff's Office captured and arrested a 34-year-old Belmont man Wednesday in connection with a number of burglaries, including in Menlo Park and Atherton.

August 21, 2014 | 1 comment
McCarthy helps Menlo women open soccer season with a win

Sophomore Danielle McCarthy scored a goal and recorded a pair of assists as the Menlo College women's soccer team kicked off the season with a 3-1 victory over visiting Warner Pacific on Wednesday.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves Sobrato office complex

While the Menlo Park City Council didn't take action on every item on the agenda for its Aug. 19 meeting, there were still plenty of actions taken, including a unanimous approval of a new office complex in the M-2 industrial zone.

August 21, 2014 | No comments yet
It's back to class for local students

Students in the Almanac area go back to school either this week or next.

August 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Saturday: Allied Arts Guild holds open house

Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild, home to shops, artists' studios, and Blue Garden Cafe, will hold a community open house on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: New bright green bike lanes on Middlefield near Marsh

Bright green paint and new pavement markings reminding motorists to share the road with cyclists can now be seen on both sides of Middlefield Road near Marsh Road in Atherton. It's part of a test designed to see if the changes will improve safety.

August 21, 2014 | 8 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley summer concert

The final concert of the Portola Valley summer concert series will showcase guitarist Terry Hiatt and the band Running with Scissors on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. The musicians will perform a blend of rock, blues and American country rock.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Back to School: Menlo Park district makes plans for new campus

As children in the Menlo Park City School District headed back to classes on Aug. 20, the district is moving ahead with the planning for a new campus for Laurel School at the old O'Conner School site.

August 20, 2014 | 1 comment
Woodside: Overturned truck closes King's Mountain Road

Drivers intent on using King's Mountain Road between Skyline Boulevard and Woodside Road should find an alternate route, according to a bulletin issued at 10:54 a.m. today by the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Avenidas names new president and CEO

Nonprofit manager Amy Andonian experienced with services to seniors
Amy Andonian, a nonprofit executive with experience in services to seniors and caregivers, will become the new president and CEO of Avenidas, the senior services organization based in downtown Palo Alto.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Four charged with perjury in 'Operation Sunny Day' cases

District attorney: mother, girlfriend and friends of alleged gang members lied during grand jury testimonies
Four people who testified in cases relating to the San Mateo County District Attorney Office's "Operation Sunny Day" case, under which 16 alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs were arrested for a string of violent crimes, were arraigned this week on perjury charges, according to the district attorney's office.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Aug. 20

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Monte Rosa stop sign approval temporarily stopped

Council tables issue until Sept. 9
At Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton's request, the Menlo Park council last night tabled the question of whether to install stop signs in all directions at the intersection of Monte Rosa Drive and Eastridge Avenue.

August 20, 2014 | 27 comments
Pet of the week

Make it an "Orange Friday" this week -- adopt Vincent, a 2-year-old, male looker with a soft coat and golden eyes, from the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

August 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Three of five candidates want to change healthcare district

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District in the Nov. 4 election, including three who advocate allowing voters to decide whether the district should exist.

August 19, 2014 | 22 comments
Tonight: Drought, Monte Rosa stop signs on Menlo Park council agenda

A presentation on the mayor's trip to China, followed by a study session on drought control measures, kicks off tonight's Menlo Park City Council meeting.

August 19, 2014 | 1 comment
No charges against deputy who shot woman armed with knife

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Monday he would not file charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an 18-year-old woman wielding a kitchen knife near Half Moon Bay in June.

August 18, 2014 | 35 comments
The next generation

Venerable Hunan Garden segues to Mandarin Roots
Mandarin Roots, the revamped version of Palo Alto's longtime Chinese standby Hunan Garden, is fresh, contemporary and inviting. Don't miss a standout happy hour, banh mi sliders or peking duck served with kumquat preserves and pomegranate hoisin.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tom Wing & Sons closing at end of September

After seven years in Menlo Park and more than 40 years in business, Tom Wing & Sons is closing its Menlo Park store and the family is retiring, says George Tom, president of the company that specializes in providing fine quality jade and other gemstones.

August 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Contractor pleads no contest to theft, sentenced to jail

A Palo Alto contractor who had been accused of defrauding an Atherton homeowner pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor charge of grand theft and was sentenced to 60 days in county jail under a plea agreement accepted by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum on Friday, Aug. 15.

August 18, 2014 | 5 comments
Police calls: Charm bracelet and gold bangles taken in $45,000 burglary

Crime reports from Atherton, Woodside, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside School safety gets boost with upgraded crosswalks, path

The safety of students getting to and from Woodside Elementary School has taken a big step forward.

August 21, 2014 | 3 comments
'Grandmother' gives 'grandson' scammer a piece of her mind

A would-be confidence man tried the grandson-impersonation scheme on Menlo Park travel consultant Carolyn Bakar with an early morning telephone call on Aug. 14, but got nowhere. He did get an earful, though.

August 20, 2014 | 14 comments
Burglars rob cash register at Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Burglars on Saturday broke into Fosters Freeze, a Menlo Park landmark at 580 Oak Grove Ave., and stole $115 in coins from the cash register.

August 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Initiative ballot arguments released

The arguments that have been filling the air at city meetings for months are now officially on the Nov. 4 ballot. Those for and against "Measure M," an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, have submitted the primary arguments in support of their positions.

August 18, 2014 | 83 comments
East Palo Alto shooting leaves one dead, four injured

An unidentified shooter opened fire on a vehicle driving in East Palo Alto Sunday night, leaving one person dead and four injured, according to East Palo Alto police.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
More than their 15 minutes

'Pop Art from the Anderson Collection' stars at Cantor Arts Center in year-long exhibition
It's a small exhibition, only 10 works of art, but "Pop Art from the Anderson Collection," on display at the Cantor Arts Center, carries a big, bold punch that is the hallmark of Pop Art.

August 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission studies Haven Avenue housing

Part of tonight's Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting will be dedicated to a study session on a proposed Haven Avenue apartment complex.

August 18, 2014 | 2 comments
Review: 'The Expendables 3'

One and a half stars
A week ago, director and producer Menahem Golan died, but his spirit is alive and well in "The Expendables 3."

August 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Giver'

Two stars
It's odd to watch a film about the rediscovery of love, faith, passion and color, and for the film to be so by-the-numbers colorless.

August 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Calvary'

Three stars
To believe or not to believe: That is the question of religious faith. And while the Catholic Church, battered by scandal, may be waning, it remains that you can take the man out of Catholicism, but not Catholicism out of the man. Just ask John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of "Calvary."

August 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton volunteers rebuild plane-crash victim's home

Volunteer efforts, donations will get an East Palo Alto woman back into her house
Four years after a Tesla employee's plane plummeted into an East Palo Alto neighborhood, destroying Lisa Jones' home and child care center, residents of Atherton and dozens of community volunteers have stepped forward to rebuild Jones' home — and life.

August 17, 2014 | 15 comments
Three robbery suspects arrested after attack on elderly cyclist

Three male suspects who allegedly conducted a string of strong-arm robberies were arrested Thursday after attacking an elderly man who was riding his bicycle in East Palo Alto, police said.

August 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Trio allegedly robs, attacks man on bicycle in East Palo Alto

Three males arrested, also found to be in possession of stolen property from burglaries
Three East Palo Alto males, two adults and one juvenile, were arrested Thursday after they allegedly attacked and robbed an elderly man riding his bicycle near University Avenue and Sacramento Street in East Palo Alto.

August 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Garrick bows out of U.S. Amateur Championship

Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick bogeyed the 16th hole to fall behind and eventually lose, 1 up, to Texas Christian grad Eli Cole of Los Angeles in the Round of 32 match play at the U.S. Amateur on the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands Course on Thursday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man sentenced to 17 years for assault and resisting arrest

A 21-year-old Menlo Park man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for multiple felony convictions related to a shooting and resisting arrest.

August 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: North Fair Oaks festival

The 13th annual North Fair Oaks Community Festival will take place on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m on Middlefield Road between 1st and 5th avenues in North Fair Oaks.

August 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park hosts downtown fitness event

Booths for more than 30 local fitness businesses lined Santa Cruz Avenue on Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the city of Menlo Park's family fitness event, one of many efforts by the city to attract more people downtown.

August 14, 2014 | 8 comments
Jackie Speier tours Menlo Park companies

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, visited two manufacturing companies -- Acclarent and Qbotix -- on O'Brien Drive in Menlo Park on Wednesday.

August 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: After fogging, no mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Public forum to be held
After fogging 1,300 acres of Menlo Park with insecticide, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that none of the dead mosquitoes collected tested positive for West Nile virus.

August 14, 2014 | 11 comments
Residents near volatile creek make a plea for flood control

Dozens of speakers from East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park urge regional water board to approve long-planned project around San Francisquito Creek
It's been more than 16 years since a flood swept through the homes of Spencenia Sims and her neighbors in East Palo Alto, and the day rarely strays far from their minds come winter time.

August 14, 2014 | 4 comments
Menlo Park, Las Lomitas school board elections over before they began

Only three candidates file for three open seats in each district
The election is over before it began in the Menlo Park City and Las Lomitas school districts because only three candidates filed for the three open seats in each district by the end of the filing period Wednesday, Aug. 8.

August 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Three women arrested in stings on two massage parlors

Police investigations into two Redwood City massage parlors for alleged prostitution ended with the arrest of three women, police said Wednesday.

August 13, 2014 | 5 comments
Sunday: Meetings on Mandarin immersion charter school

An additional information session on the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion School has been added to the original two-hour meeting on Sunday, Aug. 24.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Two seek local seat on open space district board

Incumbent Larry Hassett and challenger Brandon Lewke are running for the Ward 6 seat on the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in the Nov. 4 election. The ward encompasses Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and five other cities.

August 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Evening walks at Filoli estate

The historic Filoli estate in Woodside will be open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, so visitors can take a docent-led sunset hike or an orchard walk, or just enjoy the historic house and garden.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton golfer advances to match play at U.S. Amateur

Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick, a junior on the men's golf team at UCLA, finds himself in a six-way tie for second place following two rounds of the U.S. Amateur Championships in Atlanta on Tuesday.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton residents replace lawn with artificial turf

A local couple who replaced 8,500-square-feet of lawn with artificial turf hope their water-saving move will inspire other local residents to take action to save water.

August 14, 2014 | 20 comments
DA finds no criminal misconduct in SamTrans accounting probe

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has concluded his office's investigation into allegations of improper accounting practices at the San Mateo County Transit District after finding no evidence of criminal misconduct.

August 13, 2014 | 5 comments
Atherton's 'National Night Out' event

Atherton's first "National Night Out" event at Holbrook-Palmer Park on Tuesday, Aug. 5, brought the 9-1-1 Ready Fox from "9-1-1 for Kids," a nonprofit organization focused on 9-1-1 emergency dialing education. (Photo by Tiffany Lam/The Almanac.)

August 12, 2014 | No comments yet
The new laptop you've been wanting

National Black Cat Appreciation Day is Aug. 17 and we're celebrating in a big way at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

August 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: BevMo burglar gets away with an empty box

A burglar apparently stole a valuable bottle of 30-year-old MacAllan whisky from Beverages and More at 700 El Camino Real on Saturday, Aug. 9, but what he actually got away with was the tall box meant to hold the bottle.

August 13, 2014 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Man robs Rubio's restaurant at gunpoint

A man wearing a white mask and carrying a pistol robbed Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill restaurant at 515 El Camino Real shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, and got away with about $900 in cash, police said.

August 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man pleads not guilty to assaulting officer with truck

A 65-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded not guilty Aug. 7 to assaulting a code enforcement officer with a deadly weapon -- in this case, his 1966 Chevy.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks riders for van service

Calling more riders -- the city of Menlo Park's free van service is looking for more patrons.

August 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park fire district sued over crash

A collision between a fire vehicle and car last fall has led to a lawsuit filed against the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the firefighter who was behind the wheel.

August 12, 2014 | 11 comments
Saturday: 500 expected for Tour de Menlo

About 500 bicycle riders from all over the Bay are expected to participate in the 10th annual Tour de Menlo bike ride on Saturday, Aug. 23, organizers said.

August 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Extreme cowboy' racing in Woodside

Extreme cowboy racing is coming to the Horse Park at Woodside on Saturday, Aug. 23, thanks to local organizer and competitor Michael Raynor.

August 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Obituary: Jack Byrne, grocer, carpenter

John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, a resident of Portola Valley and once the co-owner of a family grocery store in San Francisco, died peacefully on Aug. 1. He was 92.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Obituary: George Bull, Ladera pharmacist

George Bull Jr., the longtime owner and pharmacist of Bull's Ladera Pharmacy in the Ladera Country Shopper mall, died July 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 90.

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Con men scam local author and physician

It can happen to the best and the brightest, apparently. Physician, author, speaker and world traveler Walter Bortz of Portola Valley was duped out of thousands of dollars by con men in a crafty telephone scam.

August 13, 2014 | 13 comments
Fix it, keep it

Reviving the notion of repairing things, not tossing them
In the mantra of the green movement -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- recycling gets all the attention. It's simple to do, it can create virtuous feelings and it's become big business. What about reuse?

August 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: $25,000 in rings stolen from Woodside home

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

August 13, 2014 | No comments yet
PHS offers $1,000 reward in shooting of dog in Menlo Park

The Peninsula Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a dog in Menlo Park on or just before Aug. 1.

August 11, 2014 | 2 comments
PHS offers $1,000 reward in shooting of dog in Menlo Park

The Peninsula Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting a dog in Menlo Park on or just before Aug. 1.

August 11, 2014 | No comments yet
One family, two gold medals at Masters world championships

Menlo School grad Thomas Foley earned All-American recognition as a water polo player. Sean Foley, his father, showed off the genes that helped shape Thomas into a top athlete when both competed at the FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal, which concluded last Sunday. Read the story here.

August 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Mosquito fogging in Menlo Park

Parts of Menlo Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

August 11, 2014 | 14 comments
Two lanes of I-280 reopened after multi-vehicle crash

Two lanes of southbound Interstate 280 in San Mateo County have reopened following a multi-vehicle injury collision this evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.

August 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Six candidates running for three council seats

The final roster for the upcoming Menlo Park City Council election holds few surprises, with six campaigning for three open seats.

August 10, 2014 | 18 comments
Portola Valley caller spots suspicious person; deputies arrest man on burglary charges

Sheriff's Office deputies, responding to a suspicious-person 911 call from a Portola Valley resident on Aug. 7 at 7:40 a.m., stopped a vehicle fitting the caller's description a short time later on Alpine Road in Ladera and made an arrest.

August 9, 2014 | 4 comments
School board elections: Filing period extended to Aug. 13

Because eligible incumbents did not file as candidates in the Nov. 4 election, the filing period for races in two local school districts will remain open until Wednesday, Aug. 13, for the Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City school district boards.

August 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton will have four candidates for three council seats in November

With the close of the filing period on Aug. 8, Atherton has an official roster of candidates for the Nov. 4 election: incumbents Bill Widmer and Rick DeGolia will be joined by challengers Rose Hau and Mike Lempres.

August 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth A Look

In Worth A Look this week: International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley in Mountain View; and an expressive print exhibit on display inside a Palo Alto cafe.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'

Two stars
Unless you're an 8-year-old just getting acquainted with them, you probably made up your mind about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles long, long ago.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Two and a half stars
There's a moment in "The Hundred-Foot Journey" -- Lasse Hallstrom's film adaptation of Richard C. Morais's bestselling novel -- when the female ingenue gives the male ingenue a hot tip on how to prepare corn.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Into the Storm'

One and a half stars
Sometimes the line between real-life tragedy and action escapism is mighty fine. Wide-release movies have been known to get cold feet (post-9/11 and post-mass shootings) but always return to the well of exploiting our anxieties for cash.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto VA head called to lead controversial Arizona network

Lisa Freeman on temporary assignment for up to four months
The director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes the Menlo Park VA campus, has been called to temporarily head the VA Southwest Health Care Network in Arizona, the epicenter of this year's national scandal over VA wait times and standard of care.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Email indicates that Zuckerberg offered to help developer

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently recalled he had once offered to help a real estate developer who is suing him for failing to give him references and contacts for his business, an email filed in Santa Clara County Superior on Aug. 6 indicates.

August 8, 2014 | 5 comments
Woodside: Mansion owner appeals to council on plans for Mountain Home Road

An appeal was filed this week in Woodside Town Hall asking the Town Council to decide on the future of a partially demolished mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fergusson joins council race

Combs, Duriseti, Keith file papers
A familiar name has popped on to the list of contenders for the 2014 Menlo Park City Council election: Kelly Fergusson, who lost a bid for a third council term in 2012, has announced that she's running again.

August 8, 2014 | 57 comments
Vote-by-mail election trial coming to San Mateo County

Voters in San Mateo County will soon be part of a trial that could help the state decide if it wants to adopt a system of primarily voting by mail, with a greatly reduced number of physical polling places.

August 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College makes baseball coaching changes

David Tufo was rehired as an assistant baseball coach at Menlo College. He returns to the school as Jake McKinley's top assistant, a role that includes infielders and team offense. McKinley also announced second-year assistant coach Jason Ochart will assume a full-time role as hitting coach. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council works on ballot argument against specific plan initiative

Remarks were heated during a short Menlo Park council meeting on Wednesday (Aug. 6) to discuss the procedure for writing a ballot argument against the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative, and the rising temperatures had little to do with the busted air conditioning at city hall.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park closing downtown Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic for fitness event

As part of its efforts to attract more people downtown, the city of Menlo Park is hosting a "Family Fitness Extravaganza" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, along Santa Cruz Avenue.

August 11, 2014 | 22 comments
Woodside equestrian vaulters win national competition; now on to world championship

Athletes from Woodside Vaulters and Pacific Coast Vaulting on their way to France
Woodside happens to be the home of two internationally competitive athletic teams: the Woodside Vaulters and Pacific Coast Vaulting. Athletes from both teams were recently named national champions in their sport, in which gymnastics and dance moves are performed on the back of a cantering horse, and both are sending athletes to an international championship in France later this month.

August 7, 2014 | 3 comments
Two incumbents file for Sequoia Healthcare District seats

Two candidates have filed so far to run in the Nov. 4 election for seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Healthcare District. The district has a five-member Board of Directors, and three seats are up for election.

August 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Residents meet neighbors, police at local 'Night Out' events

Residents of Atherton and Menlo Park attended "National Night Out" events on Tuesday, Aug. 5, to meet their neighbors and get involved in crime prevention and building police-community partnerships.

August 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Hassett seeks re-election to open space district board

Larry Hassett is running for another term on the governing board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

August 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo boys tennis ace season-long fundraising project

The Menlo School boys tennis team keeps on winning. Its latest achievement was a season-long fundraiser for East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring. The Knights made their presentation at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center during the Bank of the West Classic.

August 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council holds special meeting on how to write initiative ballot argument

With the Aug. 15 deadline fast approaching, the Menlo Park City Council will meet tonight (Aug. 6) to clarify who will write and sign the ballot argument against the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative.

August 6, 2014 | 32 comments
Pet of the week

Meet Kelly, a large, 9-month-old female rabbit available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

August 5, 2014 | 2 comments
Worker, 24, killed when car veers off 101 was part of JobTrain program in Menlo Park

A 24-year-old worker who was killed Tuesday morning when a car veered off U.S. 101 near Marsh Road was part of a nine-person crew associated with the JobTrain nonprofit program in Menlo Park that helps people develop job skills.

August 5, 2014 | 8 comments
Judge pleads not guilty to drunken driving

A San Mateo County judge pleaded not guilty in a Redwood City courtroom Tuesday (Aug. 5) to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was driving on U.S. 101 in Redwood City during the Memorial Day weekend when he was stopped by police and arrested.

August 5, 2014 | 10 comments
Backers of Mandarin immersion program plan charter school in Menlo Park

With ambitions to open by fall 2015, supporters of a Mandarin-language immersion program who were turned down by the Menlo Park City School District now plan to open a charter school.

August 6, 2014 | 63 comments
Thursday: Creative arts recital at Riekes Center

Creative arts students at the Riekes Center in North Fair Oaks will showcase their music, art, film and photography at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the center, 3455 Edison Way.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Shakespeare in the Park

The Bard is back in Redwood City, when the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival performs "The Taming of the Shrew" on the park-like grounds of Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave. at Broadway in Redwood City.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Illuminating art in a high-tech culture

Visionary theorist Gyorgy Kepes' works come to light at Stanford's Cantor Art Center
The relevance of art in a world dominated by technology and science was a question that confronted visionary art theorist and artist Gyorgy Kepes in 1946, and art historians say it is still relevant more than ever in the digital age -- and especially in Silicon Valley.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Regional Indian cuisine still shines

As Amber India expands its empire, it stays true to its Mountain View roots
Good news: Amber India is moving to modern quarters in Los Altos, just across the Mountain View border, with plenty of parking. Even better news: The old location still provides the excellent food and service that introduced the South Bay to white-tablecloth, multi-regional Indian cuisine in 1994.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
A whale of a show

Stanford Repertory Theatre's Moby Dick -- Rehearsed' is a thrill ride
For any fan of the great, late director and playwright Orson Welles or for those who are only familiar with his films, Stanford Repertory Theatre's production of "Moby Dick -- Rehearsed" offers a rare chance to view his theatrical genius in full.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton's first 'National Night Out' event

Atherton will hold its first "National Night Out" event from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 5, at Holbrook-Palmer Park. The event is an opportunity for residents to come together, meet with the police and learn about At the event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., residents will have the opportunity to learn about and become involved in both crime prevention and disaster preparedness.

August 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Greenheart's mixed-use complex draws kudos, questions

During their discussion Monday night of the environmental impact report and architectural features of Greenheart's proposed 420,000-square-foot mixed-use project on El Camino Real, several Menlo Park planning commissioners said they thought the project demonstrated that the city's controversial specific plan is working the way the community wants it to.

August 5, 2014 | 8 comments
Police calls: Sports drinks stolen from Menlo Park porch

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

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Facebook holds game day with kids

Facebook summer interns took a short break from their computers for the company's first intern game day during the afternoon of Wednesday, July 30.

August 11, 2014 | 2 comments
Today: Relay for Life Menlo Park

Relay for Life Menlo Park, an overnight community fundraising walk, will be held in Burgess Park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the closing ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Hazardous waste drop-off in Menlo Park

On Saturday, Aug. 9, residents of Menlo Park may drop off hazardous household waste such as car batteries, flammable liquids and cleaning products, so long as they have an appointment.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks views of downtown business owners

The city of Menlo Park is trying to make communication a two-way street, but so far the response from downtown business owners asked to complete a survey has been sparse.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Specific plan initiative supporters critique consultant's analysis

The backers of an initiative to change the Menlo Park downtown/El Camino Real specific plan have released their take on a consultant's analysis of the initiative.

August 5, 2014 | 31 comments
Documentary chronicles history of dam-building, removal

A new award-winning documentary produced by Portola Valley native Matt Stoecker chronicles the history of dam building and removal in the United States.

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Matt Stoecker transforms a love of creeks into life's work as a conservation biologist

Matt Stoecker grew up in Portola Valley exploring Corte Madera Creek. His realization that Searsville Dam was blocking steelhead trout from spawning in the creek led him to a career as a conservation biologist and now, to producing a documentary on dam removal called "DamNation."

August 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton works to reduce pedestrian risks on El Camino Real

Atherton has been working with Caltrans on ways to make El Camino Real safer for at least 18 months, since a September 2012 accident in which two women were severely injured after being hit by a car in a crosswalk at Isabella Avenue.

August 7, 2014 | 22 comments
Atherton homeowner fined, barred from use of home

Judge rules in Atherton's favor in "drug house" lawsuit
The owner of a home on Redwood Way in Atherton has been barred from his home for a year and fined after a judge ruled in favor of the town of Atherton in its lawsuit alleging the home was a "drug house."

August 5, 2014 | 2 comments
Portola Valley's Jim Kohlberg behind 'Outlander' TV series

Portola Valley's Jim Kohlberg says he's excited to see positive reviews come out in the Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly about his latest Hollywood project, "Outlander," a new TV series adapted from Diana Gabaldon's best-selling historic fantasy book with the same name.

August 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Alexa Cafe aims to close gender technology gap

Designing the ads for LalaChic, a clothing line where users personalize outfits online, can be tricky especially for its founder, 13-year-old Zoe, who just started using Photoshop thanks to the Alexa Cafe.

August 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-police officer sues Menlo Park over firing

Claims alleged history of lying to supervisors should not have been considered
Rolando Igno, formerly of the Menlo Park Police Department, has filed a lawsuit against the city on grounds that previous allegations of lying to his supervisors should not have been considered in a recent decision to terminate his employment.

August 4, 2014 | 2 comments
32-year-old accident victim had lived in Atherton for 22 years

Shahriar Rahimzadeh
Shahriar Rahimzadeh, the 32-year-old Atherton resident who died after being struck by a car on El Camino Real on July 23, had lived in Atherton for most of his life, and attend Menlo Park school and Menlo-Atherton High School.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park looks at Greenheart mixed-use project on El Camino Real

Amount of office space vs. retail depends on market
The scope of an environmental impact report for Greenheart's proposed 420,000-square-foot mixed-use development on El Camino Real will be outlined by the Menlo Park Planning Commission tonight.

August 4, 2014 | 4 comments
College district puts $388 million bond measure on November ballot

The San Mateo County Community College District is going back to voters and asking them to approve a large bond measure for construction and modernization projects. On July 23, the college district board voted to put a $388 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.

August 4, 2014 | 13 comments
Redwood City hikes downtown parking rates

Parking spots in a popular area of downtown Redwood City will face higher parking rates starting Monday, Aug. 4.

August 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton man, Menlo Park woman arrested in connection with burglary investigations

An Atherton man and a Menlo Park woman, both age 22, were arrested Saturday in connection with an investigation into recent home and vehicle burglaries in Menlo Park.

August 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Three stars
If the denizens of the Island of Misfit Toys were packing heat, you might get the Guardians of the Galaxy, the heroes of the latest Marvel comic-book-to-screen extravaganza. As shepherded by director James Gunn ("Super"), "Guardians of the Galaxy" lurches along a bit awkwardly, but always with utterly dazzling visuals and a goofy gag at the ready.

August 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Two stars
There have long been notable connections between filmmakers and magicians. Houdini became a film star, Orson Welles delighted in performing magic (sometimes on film), and stand-up performers turned actor-directors Steve Martin and Woody Allen have also shown a marked interest in magic and affectionately spoofing it.

August 1, 2014 | 2 comments
Review: 'Get On Up'

Three stars
James Brown's life was so darkly rich that it would take someone like Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola in his prime to come close to fully capturing it. Rather than let itself get bogged down in a pretentious display of over-ambition, however, "Get On Up" succeeds in providing an entertaining representation of Brown's rise to stardom.

August 1, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP grad completes a dream by swimming English Channel

Heather Smith helped the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo team win three straight Central Coast Section Division II titles. That was easy compared to what she endured last week while becoming the 452nd woman in recorded history to swim the English Channel. Read the story here.

August 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Two people require surgery after car crashes into Palo Alto restaurant

Six injured after driver in his 90s crashes into University Cafe
Two people who were injured, one critically, required surgery after a silver Nissan crashed into a downtown Palo Alto cafe on Thursday. The accident, which injured six people including the driver, prompted police to shut down a section of University Avenue to traffic.

August 1, 2014 | 14 comments
Atherton police seek info on Melanie Lane burglary

Thieves ransacked a home and stole jewelry from a master bedroom in a Melanie Lane home in Atherton Thursday afternoon. Police are seeking video footage and information to help their investigation.

August 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Tour de Peninsula biking event

Tour de Peninsula, a big family bike ride event that benefits the San Mateo County Parks Foundation and Bicycle Sunday (car-free biking on Canada Road), will be held Sunday, Aug. 3.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week: Beauty and strength

Meet Bella, a 2-year-old, spayed female pit bull available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Portola Valley holds cleanup day

Portola Valley residents who want to get rid of electronic equipment, lawn furniture, pots and pans, and expired medications can do so at the town Neighborhood Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Teen punched and robbed in Menlo Park

A 14-year-old boy walking in the vicinity of Willow Road and Newbridge Street in Menlo Park was punched and robbed Wednesday night.

August 1, 2014 | 13 comments
Six injured after car crashes into downtown Palo Alto restaurant

One person was critically injured and five suffered less serious injuries Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into University Cafe in downtown Palo Alto, prompting police to shut down a section of University Avenue to traffic.

July 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Applewood Pizza robbed at gunpoint

A man wearing a black mask robbed Applewood To Go pizza restaurant at gunpoint around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, police said.

July 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Six injured after car crashes into downtown Palo Alto coffee shop

One person was critically injured and five suffered less serious injuries Thursday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into University Cafe in downtown Palo Alto, prompting police to shut down a section of University Avenue to traffic.

July 31, 2014 | 3 comments
Atherton: Fourth candidate joins council race

Atherton now has four official candidates for the three open seats on its City Council, with Michael Lempres joining the race.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Power outage in West Menlo Park

A power outage in West Menlo Park is affecting traffic lights at two intersections on Alameda De Las Pulgas: at Sharon Road and Santa Cruz Avenue, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services reported at 11:30 a.m. this morning.

July 30, 2014 | 4 comments
Woodside: Report says dog in distress rescued by passersby and deputy

Passersby and a deputy from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office rescued a Husky dog from heatstroke in Woodside over the weekend, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

July 30, 2014 | 7 comments
Those were the days

The Hallidies, like other wealthy San Franciscans, had a summer retreat on the Peninsula. Here they pose for this undated photograph with family and friends at Eagle Home Farm on Spring Ridge.

July 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Election 2014: Five candidates file for school board seats

A total of five people have filed so far to run in the Nov. 4 election for school board seats in the Menlo Park city and Las Lomitas school districts. There are three open seats in each district.

July 30, 2014 | 5 comments
Menlo College football welcomes huge recruiting class

Menlo College football coach Mark Grieb and recruiting coordinator Vince Freitas announced the 32-player recruiting class that will join the Oaks this training camp. The class includes 29 true freshman and three transfers. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park seeks general plan advisors

Here's a chance to shape the future of Menlo Park's industrial zone, otherwise known as the M-2 district. The city seeks volunteers to serve on a general plan advisory committee. Applications are due Aug. 11.

August 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Register for National Night Out

The annual National Night Out is almost upon us. This year, the event falls on Aug. 5.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
San Mateo County seeks poll workers

The San Mateo County Elections Office is seeking people to work as election officers in polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

August 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park studies lane changes on El Camino Real

The quest for lane changes on El Camino Real in Menlo Park -- maybe with three travel lanes in each direction -- is moving forward.

July 30, 2014 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Overall crime stats down

Compared with the first six months of 2013, Menlo Park saw a 14 percent drop in the total number of reported crime incidents during the first half of 2014, according to statistics released by the city.

July 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park plans for tighter water restrictions

With more than half of California experiencing "extreme drought," Menlo Park's greenery will look thirstier than ever starting Sept. 1, once the state gives the expected final approval to mandated water restrictions.

August 4, 2014 | 3 comments
Atherton: Rose Hau now an official council candidate

Rose Hau has become the third candidate to officially run for one of three open seats on the Atherton City Council in the November election.

July 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Potential Menlo Park council candidates weigh in on initiative, conflicts

Two questions immediately pop up when newcomers announce that they may run for Menlo Park City Council in the Nov. 4 election: What do they think of the specific plan initiative, which will be on the same ballot? And what matters would they not be able to vote on, if elected, due to conflicts of interest?

July 29, 2014 | 2 comments
Woodside: Officials still puzzled by no arcing when high-voltage wires fell on car

Maybe the wires weren't touching the car, fire chief says
When a Woodside eucalyptus tree fell on July 24 and took down a 60,000-volt power line that draped itself over a car, why were there no arcs and sparks when the women in the car decided to get out?

July 31, 2014 | 6 comments
Reporter's Notebook: Respect for the cows and the horses, but the pigs? No.

Respect seemed the order of the day at the junior rodeo in Woodside. If the cows and horses were stressed, they weren't showing it with their voices. No bawling, no whinnying. What, then, was passing through the minds of the pigs?

August 4, 2014 | 4 comments
Woodside: Council green-lights revised plans for new home on La Questa Way

After two hearings before the Town Council, Woodside residents Nick and Ling Triantos now have a green light to proceed with plans to build a zero-emissions house along with a guest house, four-car garage, swimming pool and cabana.

July 31, 2014 | No comments yet
Infected mosquitoes not found in Ladera post-treatment

After six hours of fogging in San Mateo and Ladera to control mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus, infected mosquitoes were still found in San Mateo but not in Ladera,

July 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Arizona men charged in burglary

Two Arizona men flew to the Bay Area for a brief stay in March 2012 and, while here, burglarized an unoccupied Woodside home of jewelry with an estimated value of $30,000 to $50,000, prosecutors said.

July 30, 2014 | 4 comments
Bridging the tech gap

Peninsula Bridge brings robotics, computer coding to kids from under-served communities
This summer, 425 kids from under-served communities, such as Belle Haven and East Palo Alto, were on campus at seven private schools on the Peninsula, including Sacred Heart Prep, Woodside Priory and Menlo School.

August 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Silverware valued at $5,000 stolen from Woodside home

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

July 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Former firefighter shows new works

The August show at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park is "New Works" -- acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, vintage windmills, vintage tractors, and new still life and landscape paintings by former Menlo Park firefighter Jerry Peters.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Jim Turner sets world cycling records for his age group

Three national cycling records were not enough for Jim Turner. The Menlo Park resident recently set two world cycling records in the 75-79 age group at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome in Colorado Springs.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Trio of local poets at library event

Three local poets will read from their work and talk about their writing process at "A Poet, a Poet, a Poet," a free event hosted by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, Aug. 2.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Almanac names winners of 2014 Readers' Choice poll

You'll see many old favorites — and some newcomers — on the list of winners of the 2014 Almanac Readers' Choice awards.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Charity Horse Show jumps into its 44th year

The 44th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show, benefiting Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, will be held Aug. 5-10 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton. Some 450 exhibitors are bringing horses to the show.

August 5, 2014 | 1 comment
Crime prevention is goal of Atherton's 'Night Out'

"We want to send a message to criminals," says Theresa DellaSanta, Atherton's city clerk who is helping organize the town's first National Night Out event on Aug. 5 in Holbrook-Palmer Park. The message, she says is "our neighborhoods are organized and fighting against crime."

July 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Probation for man accused of assault with shovel

A sentence of year in jail, with credit for time served, and three years probation was handed down to Milo Mcintosh Imrie in connection with a December 2012 incident in Woodside involving an assault with a shovel.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Deadly triple shooting in East Palo Alto Saturday

One man dead, two women injured
One man is dead and two women injured following a shooting in East Palo Alto Saturday night, July 26, East Palo Alto police reported.

July 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Yee accused of racketeering in expanded indictment

Suspended state Sen. Leland Yee, Chinatown association leader Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 27 others were charged in federal court in San Francisco on Friday in a revised grand jury indictment that includes new counts of racketeering.

July 26, 2014 | 6 comments
Review: 'Boyhood'

Four stars
You've watched actors grow up on screen before, whether it be Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor or Jerry Mathers (as the Beaver).

July 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Lucy'

Three stars
Big-budget mind-expansion sci-fi has been a thing of late, with "Limitless," "Transcendence" and now Luc Besson's "Lucy" exploring what happens when humanity gains "access to previously unexplored cerebral zones."

July 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth A Look

Worth A Look this week: the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival comes to town; a two-day flood of blues and barbecue coming to Redwood City; Foothill Music Theatre puts on a Broadway classic.

July 25, 2014 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto youth program aims to build qualities for success

Summer lessons focus on the perils of second hand smoke, the meaning of friendship
Curiosity, persistence, resilience. After decades of teaching and mentoring at-risk youth, Anna Waring knows that kids armed with those qualities have a better shot at succeeding against the odds.

August 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Former Atherton councilman Jim Dobbie dies

Jim Dobbie, who resigned his seat on the Atherton City Council in March because of poor health, died yesterday (July 24) at Stanford Hospital. He had celebrated his 84th birthday earlier this month.

July 25, 2014 | 4 comments
Grammy winner Shawn Colvin performing at Stanford Aug. 2

Singer-songwriter's journey reflects love, loss and redemption
When Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin comes to Stanford Bing Concert Hall on Aug. 2, she'll bring just two things: herself and her guitar.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Corte Madera School principal named

Cyndi Maijala is principal of Bret Harte Middle School in San Jose
Cyndi Maijala, principal at Bret Harte Middle School in the San Jose Unified School District, has been named principal of Corte Madera School, a fourth- through eighth-grade school in Portola Valley with about 350 students.

July 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Atherton: Burglars break into locked home

One or more burglars forced their way through a locked door of a home on Nora Way in Atherton on Thursday, July 24, and stole a 50-inch flat-screen television, police reported Friday.

July 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park mayor holds office hours

You'll have four opportunities to share your opinions with Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller on Saturday (July 26) as he holds office hours at four different locations throughout the day.

July 25, 2014 | 9 comments
Woodside: Falling tree led to grass fire near Interstate 280

A eucalyptus tree fell on a vehicle traveling along Canada Road in Woodside at about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (July 24) and caused a grass fire that interrupted electrical power to the area and snarled traffic on Interstate 280.

July 24, 2014 | 4 comments
Sunday: Victorian Days return to history museum

Re-enactors will portray well-to-do Peninsula residents of the past, gossiping about neighbors and discussing fashion of the times, at the San Mateo County Historical Association's Victorian Days event, set for Sunday, Aug. 10.

August 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Sunday: Djerassi arts program holds open house

The Djerassi Resident Artists' Program will hold at open house Sunday, July 27, at the Djerassi Ranch, located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Traffic delays due to gas main repair

Drivers should expect delays this afternoon due to one-way traffic control at the intersection of Woodside and Kings Mountain roads in Woodside while PG&E repairs a gas main, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reports.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Bunny of the week

If you are a rabbit fan or curious about bunnies, it doesn't get any better than this. The Peninsula Humane Society is currently waiving the entire adoption fee for all bunnies and we have many to choose from, including rare breeds like Chip, a Netherland Dwarf, who's this week's Pet of the Week.

July 24, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Repeat DUI driver sentenced to five years in prison

Woman pleads no-contest to charges in connection with collision that injured boyfriend and baby
With three prior drunk driving convictions, the driver in a DUI crash in Menlo Park that left her and a passenger seriously hurt, and her infant son with minor injuries, pleaded no contest in court on Tuesday (July 22) to felony drunk driving causing injury.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Middlefield Road set for $12.5 million makeover

At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, a public meeting is scheduled for discussion of parts of the redesign plans for a six-block stretch of Middlefield Road, from Pacific Avenue to 5th Avenue. Up for discussion are proposals to reduce the number of lanes, install new traffic lights, add more trash bins, add gathering places for community events, and commission public art.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
County history goes up online

Visitors to the San Mateo County History Museum see only a small part of the museum's collections. Most of the items and archives are stored away until needed for exhibition or research.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton council hikes staff purchasing limits

Atherton's town staff has been given more flexibility in making big purchases, but the change didn't come without some opposition.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton tops national real estate price lists

The Midpeninsula has always been an attractive place to live, but recently it has achieved another distinction: home of the most expensive real estate in the country.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Price advances in 400 at World Junior track

Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price had the fourth-fastest qualifying time during the women's 400-meter prelims at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Wednesday.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: July 23

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

July 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton pedestrian struck by car dies of injuries

Atherton resident Shahriar Rahimzadeh, 32, was crossing El Camino Real
Atherton resident Shahriar Rahimzadeh, 32, died at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Stanford Hospital of injuries sustained after being struck by a car earlier that day as he was crossing El Camino Real in Atherton, police said.

July 23, 2014 | 126 comments
Readers' Choice 2014 winners announced

Readers name favorite restaurants, shops, services
Almanac readers name their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun in the Readers' Choice 2014 reader poll.

July 23, 2014 | 3 comments
Sheriff's Office warning: beware of unsolicited phone calls

The county Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be wary of unsolicited phone calls that make demands for payment and include a threat of consequences -- such as arrest or prosecution -- if payment is not made.

July 23, 2014 | 1 comment
Thursday: Portola Valley holds summer concert

Swing sounds of the 20-piece Legacy Band can be heard at a free outdoor summer concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road.

July 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Fixit' clinic may help you fix your broken products

RethinkWaste — also known as the South Bayside Waste Management Authority — is holding a free "fixit" clinic at its Shoreway Environmental Center (the recycling center) on 225 Shoreway Road in San Carlos on Saturday, July 26.

July 25, 2014 | 3 comments
West Menlo Park: New daycare with hourly drop-offs gets a boost

County supervisors recently added momentum to plans to proceed with a daycare center in West Menlo Park, one designed for parents with busy and varied schedules.

July 22, 2014 | 19 comments
City launches monthly movie nights

Monthly movie nights are coming to Menlo Park. The first screening will be of the 2013 movie, "Frozen," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, at the Arrillaga Recreation Center in the Civic Center at 700 Alma St.

July 22, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Fifth person pulls papers in council race

A fifth potential contender has pulled nomination papers for November's Menlo Park City Council race -- Kristin Duriseti, who has served on the Environmental Quality Commission for the past six years.

July 22, 2014 | 3 comments
Woodside: Section of Highway 84 closed after crash

A car crash on state Highway 84 in Woodside this morning (July 21) knocked down a power pole and has shut down both sides of the roadway, according to a San Mateo County sheriff's spokeswoman.

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Clinton at Facebook in Menlo Park

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host a live question-and-answer session during her visit to Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters today (July 21).

July 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Spraying for West Nile Virus in Ladera, part of Westridge

"Fogging" for a six-hour period to combat the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus is set to begin at 11 p.m. tonight (Monday, July 21) in an area that includes most of Ladera and, in Portola Valley, the Westridge neighborhood east of Westridge Drive on and around Alamos Drive.

July 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council approves union contract

The Menlo Park City Council voted 5-0 on July 15 to approve a new contract with Service Employees International Union, which represents approximately 134 workers.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cline, Combs pull papers for council race

Two people so far have pulled papers to potentially run for the Menlo Park City Council this year: incumbent Rich Cline and Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs.

July 21, 2014 | 16 comments
Menlo Park city hall remodel still on hold

Frustrations arose at a recent Menlo Park City Council meeting over plans to renovate city hall. The council and the city's staff agree that renovating city hall -- currently stuffed to the seams with employees -- is the right course of action. The point of disagreement is over how much to spend.

July 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Review: 'Sex Tape'

Two stars
There's a sequence early on in "Sex Tape" during which the married couple played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel try repeatedly to rekindle their sexual flame. Time after time, they almost get "there," but something keeps frustrating their enjoyment.

July 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Wish I Was Here'

One star
Gee, life is tough. But "We move forward -- that's the only direction God gave us." These and other Big Important Life Lessons can be yours for the low, low price of a movie ticket to "Wish I Was Here," Zach Braff's mawkish new comedy-drama.

July 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Almanac publisher commended

Tom Gibboney, center, who retired June 27 as editor and publisher of the Almanac, was commended by the Menlo Park City Council on July 15 for his 21 years of service in that position.

July 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Soul, jazz singer Jessica Johnson at Menlo Park concert in park

Singer Jessica Johnson will perform soul and jazz songs on Wednesday, July 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park. The free event is part of the city's summer concert series.

July 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Man says he was 'traveling' without a license, not driving

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park

July 21, 2014 | 10 comments
Portola Valley: Interim principal appointed for Corte Madera

Search firm to be hired to find permanent principal
John Dean, the Portola Valley School District's director of learning and media, has been named interim principal at Corte Madera School. The appointment was made by the district's governing board at a special meeting July 18.

July 22, 2014 | 4 comments
Two incumbents file for re-election to Atherton council

Two incumbents have filed to run for re-election in November to the Atherton City Council. Two other residents active in civic affairs had taken the first steps to becoming candidates by taking out nomination papers as of Friday afternoon, July 18.

July 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Hangin' with the goats

These goats may have sensed a friend in Bobby Targ at the Hayfields open space area at the northern edge of Portola Valley.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Water mandates signal 'get tough' approach

The state Water Resources Control Board on July 15 took steps to enable local water agencies to move beyond voluntary compliance with water conservation guidelines for residents of "urban settings."

July 21, 2014 | 2 comments
The issue that just won't die: Atherton's Parker Avenue

Street issues still not resolved
Some residents of Parker Avenue in Atherton, a dead-end street of 21 homes on 7,800-square-foot lots, just want their street to stay the way it is. But others have been trying for years to get town regulations changed so they can further develop their property.

July 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Deputies use Taser on 'physically combative' Redwood City man

Allegations of illegal narcotics possession and a physical altercation with deputies in the Woodside town center led to the use of a Taser to arrest a Redwood City man.

July 18, 2014 | 7 comments
Two show interest in running for school boards

Voters may fill three seats on each of two local school district boards, but a week into the month-long filing period for those offices, the county Elections Office hasn't exactly had to raise the flood gates.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
HP CEO Meg Whitman named board chair

Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld joins board of directors, HP says
Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman, an Atherton resident, will add "chairman of the board of directors" to her title, the company announced Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Crepes Cafe closing on July 28

Crepes Cafe in Menlo Park will be closing on July 28, according to a message posted on its doors from owner Janet Scopazzi. The message said the building's new landlords have other plans for the space.

July 17, 2014 | 21 comments
Author, model, and comedic talent Fran Kearton dies

The final curtain has come down on the life of Menlo Park resident Frances Peace Kearton, whose varied career included performing on and writing for TV with Dick Van Dyke.

July 18, 2014 | 5 comments
Atherton council chooses civic center project manager

Atherton's City Council approved a contract with a project manager for the town's new civic center, moving the project a step closer to reality.

July 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Senior engineer leaves

In the latest in a steady stream of departures by Menlo Park's staff, senior civil engineer Roger Storz has announced that he has accepted a new position with the city of Campbell.

July 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: BBC restaurant plans move ahead

Rob Fischer's plans to renovate the historic BBC in Menlo Park into a three-floor restaurant are moving along; he requested building permits, according to the city's staff.

July 22, 2014 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: New El Camino Real mixed-use project

Pinnacle Group, a real estate developer based in Atherton, has submitted an application to build a mixed-use complex at 1283-1295 El Camino Real, according to the city.

July 17, 2014 | 18 comments
Better with beer

Silicon Valley Beer Week celebrates craft brew with local events
The second annual Silicon Valley Beer Week will kick off next Friday, July 25, with brew-centric festivities lasting through Aug. 2. A total of 75 local venues, restaurants and breweries will host more than 200 events from tap takeovers and food pairings to educational forums and more.

July 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - July 15

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

July 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Dahlkemper, Stanford players sharpening their soccer skills

This summer is proving to be a busy time for current and soon-to-be Stanford women's soccer players plus a Menlo Park resident as two US Soccer national teams sharpen their skills in training camps. Read the story here.

July 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Concert in the park tonight

The band Con Brio will perform funk and blues songs on Wednesday, July 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive, opposite Peet's Coffee, in downtown Menlo Park. The event is part of the city's summer concert series. (Photo by Jenny Cash.)

July 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Specific plan initiative goes to ballot

Voters will have a chance to determine the fate of a grassroots group's proposed changes to Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan in the November election, the council decided on Tuesday night with a 5-0 vote.

July 16, 2014 | 50 comments
Three potential candidates start process in Atherton

Three people have taken the first steps toward running for the Atherton City Council in November.

July 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park girl, 9, drowns in pool

Lahee Hong, a 9-year-old Menlo Park girl, died Tuesday night as a result of a drowning at an apartment community pool in the 300 block of Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park, police reported.

July 15, 2014 | 8 comments
Mama Coco restaurant opens in downtown Menlo Park

Mama Coco Cocina Mexicana, a family-owned Mexican restaurant, opened this month at 1081 El Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park, at the site formerly occupied by Mex To Go. The restaurant offers a casual dining experience, blending authentic Mexican cuisine and brightly colored décor.

July 15, 2014 | 12 comments
Trio from Menlo Park Legends set for all-star baseball game

Of local note
Matthew Blais, Dylan Cook, and Trevor DeMerritt of the Menlo Park Legends have been selected to play in the California Collegiate League All-Star Game on Thursday at the Compton Urban Youth Academy in Southern California. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Initiative opponents cite 'unintended consequences'

For those affiliated with Menlo Park Deserves Better, the grassroots coalition formed to fight the specific plan initiative proposed by another grassroots coalition, Save Menlo, the consultant's analysis of the initiative highlighted the ballot measure's unintended consequences.

July 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Initiative proponents note flaws in consultant's analysis

As several people have noted, there's something for everyone in a consultant's analysis of the specific plan initiative proposed by grassroots coalition Save Menlo.

July 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews specific plan initiative report

Council to decide whether to adopt proposed changes or put on ballot
There's plenty for Menlo Park residents to evaluate in the analysis of Save Menlo's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative, which was released July 10 in advance of tonight's council meeting.

July 15, 2014 | 18 comments
Music@Menlo spotlights Dvorak

It's difficult to imagine the Bay Area chamber music scene without the Music@Menlo summer festival. Each year, a theme is selected as the festival's centerpiece. And, each year, it's a little different.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Charity Horse Show artist of the year

This photo, titled "Ready When You Are," was taken by the Menlo Charity Horse Show's "Artist of the Year," Peter Samuels.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Seminars on running for office

Prospective candidates can learn about the election process at free seminars sponsored by the San Mateo County elections office.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton may name project manager for Town Center

Finalizing a contract with mack5, the company chosen to manage the building of a new Atherton Town Center, will be on the agenda when the Atherton City Council meets on Wednesday, July 16.

July 14, 2014 | 4 comments
July 19-20: Ten local chefs to share tips at Menlo Park street fair

Ten local chefs will offer cooking tips at the 28th annual Connoisseur's Marketplace, the downtown street festival in Menlo Park that will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside construction site burglarized for $18,900 in losses

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

July 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Sold out ... or nearly so

All but three vintage military fighting vehicles sold at Littlefield auction
The bright and airy warehouses at the estate of the late Jacques Littlefield at 499 Old Spanish Trail in Los Trancos Woods will slowly empty of Mr. Littlefield's huge collection of military vehicles now that the auction is over.

July 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside water use exceeds Portola Valley's

Woodside's per-capita water use grew significantly in 2013, substantially exceeding water consumption even in Portola Valley, according to data from the California Water Service Company, Woodside's primary supplier of fresh water.

July 15, 2014 | 13 comments
Woodside: Fencing setbacks debated

A passionate three-hour conversation about fence regulations? It happened in Independence Hall in Woodside before the Town Council on July 8, and not a seat was left unfilled.

July 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh to speak at fundraiser

Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers head coach, will speak Tuesday, July 15, at an Atherton fundraiser for the charitable organization, California Against Slavery (CAS) Research and Education, which works to combat human trafficking in California.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Teens robbed at gunpoint in Willows

A man armed with a semi-automatic pistol confronted two teenagers on Sunday night, demanding they hand over their wallets and cellphones, according to Menlo Park police.

July 14, 2014 | 8 comments
In transition programs, local teens prepare for rigors of high school

From 'mindsets' to science labs, at-risk freshmen preview life on the big campus
This month the Menlo-Atherton High School campus is host to at least three initiatives aimed at easing the transition to high school for at-risk students, most of them from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District.

July 14, 2014 | No comments yet
In transition programs, local teens prepare for rigors of high school

From 'mindsets' to science labs, at-risk freshmen preview life on the big campus
This month the Menlo-Atherton High School campus is host to at least three initiatives aimed at easing the transition to high school for at-risk students, most of them from East Palo Alto's Ravenswood City School District.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Three stars
"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the latest in a series of modern Hollywood action reboots, which aim to transform a campy and droll movie into a gloomy and serious film. In the case of "Dawn," it has succeeded.

July 11, 2014 | 3 comments
Local swim All-Americans ranked among the nation's best

Palo Alto's Andrew Liang and Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe are not only headed to Stanford in the fall, but they've left quite a swimming legacy for next year's aspiring prep stars. Read the story here.

July 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Analysis of specific plan initiative released

There is plenty for Menlo Park residents to evaluate in the analysis of Save Menlo's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative that was released on July 10.

July 11, 2014 | 48 comments
Man killed by train in Atherton

A Walnut Creek man, 33, was struck and killed by a train at Watkins Avenue in Atherton around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

July 11, 2014 | 16 comments
When Imogen came to visit

1976 portraits taken by famous photographer Imogen Cunningham are recently rediscovered at Atherton retirement community
In the winter of 1976, Imogen Cunningham traveled from her home in San Francisco to Atherton in order to take pictures of the nuns living at the Oakwood Retirement Center, on the campus of Sacred Heart Schools.

September 5, 2014 | No comments yet
July hikes in open space preserves

For those seeking exercise in the great outdoors in July, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has lined up a number of activities.

July 10, 2014 | 1 comment
Atherton resident donates 65 percent of Save Menlo funding

Venture capitalist, traffic mitigation proponent is major donor to group backing specific plan initiative
One Atherton resident donated 65 percent of the funding during the first half of this year for grassroots coalition Save Menlo, the group backing an initiative to change Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, according to its most recent finance report.

July 14, 2014 | 33 comments
Menlo School's Bisconti helps USA youth men win in polo

Of local note
Menlo School senior Nick Bisconti scored the opening goal to get the U.S. National Youth team rolling toward a 15-8 water polo victory over Puerto Rico on the first day of the UANA Junior Pan American Championships on Tuesday in Riverside. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo iGreyhounds sending track group to National JOs

A handful of local athletes competing for the Menlo iGreyhounds Track Club will be headed for Texas in less than two weeks to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympics in Houston.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Prairie Rose Band performs in Menlo Park

The Prairie Rose Band brings "music of the Old West and of the West that never was" to Menlo Park with a free program on Saturday, July 12.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man allegedly backs truck into police officer

Driver arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon
A Menlo Park police officer investigating a code violation complaint wound up being treated at the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck on Wednesday. The driver was arrested.

July 10, 2014 | 11 comments
Judge upholds settlement in Menlo Park fire director defamation lawsuit

Ruling states John Woodell must abide by agreement with Virginia Kiraly
A judge has denied a request to nullify the settlement agreement reached in a defamation countersuit between a Menlo Park fire board director and John Woodell.

July 9, 2014 | 14 comments
SHP's Ackerman finishes tied for second in NCGA junior tourney

Derek Ackerman needed just one more round of even-par golf to claim a title at the 85th annual NCGA Junior Championships on Tuesday at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach. The Sacred Heart Prep senior didn't get it.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Local vets laud, decry VA system

VA leadership, congresswoman answer questions, hear stories at town hall meeting
At a local meeting, an auditorium full of veterans, their children and spouses spoke candidly to representatives Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier and Palo Alto VA Director Lisa Freeman about their experiences with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which includes the Menlo Park campus.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - July 7

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley photographer shows his works in Menlo Park

Alan McGee of Portola Valley is showing his photographic exhibit, "Onions Observed: An Animistic Perspective," during July at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
News of recent college graduates

These local residents recently graduated from college.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Candidate filing period now open

Yearning to get involved in local politics? The candidate filing period for the Nov. 4 election opens Monday, July 14. Seats on the Menlo Park and Atherton city councils as well as several school boards are up for election.

July 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Seth Weil competes in world rowing events

Nothing can stop Seth Weil from rowing not even the flu. Weil, who grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, has competed in two rowing competitions on recent consecutive weekends.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Norcal Crew rowing team wins gold in national event

A Norcal Crew rowing team won the gold medal in the lightweight four with coxswain event at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship at Lake Natoma, California.

July 13, 2014 | No comments yet
July 9: Portola Valley to hear water-conservation ideas

Portola Valley may hold a community forum on water conservation. It's one of several ideas that a water-conservation task force will present to the Town Council at its meeting on Wednesday night.

July 8, 2014 | 6 comments
Woodside halts work at mansion

The top floors of the three-story mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside are reported to be resting on steel beams above a large empty space where the foundation, basement and first floor used to be. It could be that way for a while.

July 8, 2014 | 6 comments
Vintage fighting vehicles to be sold in Los Trancos Woods

Jacques Littlefield's collection goes on the auction block.
For those with deep pockets and a deep hunger to own an authentic military fighting vehicle from World War II or the Cold War, there will be rich pickings on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, in unincorporated Los Trancos Woods.

July 9, 2014 | 3 comments
Police calls: License-plate-reading camera stolen from campus

Someone in a white pickup truck used tools to remove and steal a license-plate-reading camera from the campus of Canada College at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd.

July 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Meals on Wheels seeks drivers

The Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteer drivers to make deliveries on Monday or Friday mornings.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Caltrain increases fares

Caltrain fare increases will take effect during the next several months. The agency's board of directors approved the changes during its July meeting.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Kickstarter for women's rights photo essay

Menlo Park photographer Mark Tuschman has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish a photo essay collection documenting women's rights issues in developing countries.

July 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Downtown fitness fest

Another event is joining Menlo Park's roster of downtown festivities: The city is partnering with SBM Fitness in August to showcase ways to have fun exercising.

July 14, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: SLAC reopened after fire

All facilities at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park were up and running again 48 hours after a fire broke out on June 25.

July 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: CEQA prevents expediting fire station remodel

Fire district votes to spend no more money on Station 6 renovation
Seven years in the planning, the redevelopment of Fire Station 6 on two lots at Oak Grove Avenue and Hoover Street in Menlo Park may now be abandoned by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

July 8, 2014 | 13 comments
Menlo School grad Price wins 400 at Canadian Jr. Championships

Menlo School graduate Maddy Price saw her highly successful season extended to the end of the month after capturing the women's 400 meters at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Sainte-Therese, Quebec.

July 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Boomers will 'age differently,' Avenidas director says

Agency seeks more space as it braces for building wave of seniors
A "boot camp on aging" for Baby Boomers is under consideration at Avenidas as the senior services agency braces for a spike in the area's senior population.

July 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Holiday DUI arrests down from last year

Law enforcement officers in San Mateo County said there were eight DUI arrests in the county on Thursday and Friday during a holiday weekend when police agencies set up checkpoints to catch drunken drivers.

July 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Former assemblyman Ira Ruskin dies at age 70

Services will be held Wednesday, July 9, for former state assemblyman Ira Ruskin, who represented the 21st Assembly District for six years. He died July 3 at the age of 70.

July 6, 2014 | 9 comments
A look back

Marcia Elias entertains young Atherton residents during a 1989 story hour at the Atherton Library. (Photo courtesy the Atherton Heritage Association.)

July 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth A Look

Stanford alumna has flow, mimes take on gentrification, rotting onions are beautiful
This week in Worth A Look, a Stanford alumna breaks up with her major label, hops on the Warped Tour and releases a fantastic DIY full length album; the San Francisco Mime Troupe is taking on gentrification caused by the tech bubble; and a Portola Valley man finds beauty in an unexpected place: a rotting onion.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Beyond pizza

Downtown Palo Alto's Pizzeria Delfina offers tasty Italian dishes, full bar
The pizzas are good, but three-month-old Pizzeria Delfina's uniqueness comes with its creative use of market vegetables and its salads, thoughtfully composed but not fussy.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Community connections make theater work

Palo Alto stage company TheatreWorks thrives on Silicon Valley culture
The New York City Opera was forced to close its doors in 2013, and the San Jose Repertory Theatre filed for bankruptcy just weeks ago. However, the Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks, the third-largest theater company in the Bay Area continues to soldier on.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'Tammy'

Two stars
By all rights, the new comedy "Tammy" would be the ultimate expression of Melissa McCarthy's comedy.

July 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Local real estate agents among top sellers in country

Two teams rank in top 10, 14 make top 250 list
Three local Realtor teams and 14 individuals were among the top 250 salespeople in the country in 2013, in rankings announced by Real Trends in ads that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on June 27.

July 4, 2014 | 5 comments
Only one local Little League left unbeaten in District 52 all-stars

Of local note
Only one local Little League baseball team remains unbeaten in District 52 all-star action following games Wednesday at saw Alpine/West Menlo post a victory in 10-11 action and Palo Alto American lose in 11-12s. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College signs a couple of transfers for sports programs

Oaks roundup
The Menlo College men's soccer program put the finishing touches to their 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday when Oaks coach Eric Bucchere announced the signing of Cal State Fullerton transfer David Beary. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

July 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Today: Town hall on veterans' health care

Public officials will host a town hall meeting on Monday, July 7, at the Palo Alto VA campus to discuss access to health care.

July 3, 2014 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League 9-10 all-star tournament

At Ford Field and La Entrada School
MONDAY's games
Game 15 -- Alpine/West Menlo 6, Redwood City West 3
Game 17 -- Hillsborough 18, Menlo-Atheton 8

July 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: Budget shows surplus, healthy reserves

Atherton residents are certain to be happy that their City Council was able to sign off on a new budget for fiscal year 2014-15 that showed revenues surpassing spending and healthy reserves. But they may also be appreciative of the planned upgrades for the public meeting hall used for council meetings -- including plans to fix the holes in the restroom walls and replace the hall's tired carpet.

July 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Library drops hold fee

The Menlo Park Library will no longer charge patrons for placing holds on items, according to the city.

July 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Two officers named to Menlo Park motorcycle patrol

Menlo Park police officers Roy Lacy and Felicia Byars have been appointed to new positions with the recently reinstated motorcycle traffic unit, according to the city.

July 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Celebrating Gay Pride Day at Facebook

James Brechney traveled from Australia to chalk a rainbow with interns and employees at Facebook's headquarters to celebrate Gay Pride Day.

July 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Willow Road goes green

A crew from the city of Menlo Park recently installed new green bike lanes on Willow Road between Middlefield Road and U.S. 101.

July 2, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park looks at changing pesticide policy

City to test non-synthetic herbicide
In the wake of residents' concerns about Menlo Park's spraying of a synthetic herbicide called "Roundup," the city is working on updating its pesticide use policy, which was first developed 16 years ago.

July 2, 2014 | 2 comments
Farewell from the publisher: Guiding the Almanac has been a rewarding adventure

As I retire from the Almanac after more than 20 years as publisher, it is rewarding to look back at what a fascinating job it has been and how warmly I was received by the staff and the communities we serve.

July 2, 2014 | 11 comments
Local Little League teams battling in 10-11 all-stars

Local Little League teams battling in 10-11 all-stars See the story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League 9-10 all-star tournament

District 52 Little League 9-10 all-star tournament See the scores and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park reaches tentative agreement with employees' union

Menlo Park has reached a tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union, the city announced on Monday (June 30). The one-year contract includes a 4.5 percent pay raise, four hours less paid time off, and maintains employee contributions toward retirement benefits at the levels set in 2011.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district votes to find new site for downtown station

City denies fire district's request to expedite Station 6 remodel
The redevelopment of Fire Station 6 on two lots at Oak Grove Avenue and Hoover Street seems an unlikely ground zero for Menlo Park's pitched battle over its new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, but it has turned out t be so.

July 1, 2014 | 46 comments
Menlo Park: Top sales tax producer leaving city

Office Depot Max warehouse distribution facility is decamping for Fremont
In the wake of a merger, Office Depot Max, one of Menlo Park's top sales tax producers, is leaving for Fremont this fall, according to the city.

July 1, 2014 | 11 comments
Little League Majors 12 all-stars scores

Check the scores and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Those were the days

In 1931 a chauffeur enjoys a moment with a small dog, seen on the running board of this elegant coupe. (Photo courtesy of Menlo Park Historical Association.)

July 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Woodside woman writes romantic suspense novel

Lisa Frieden, a Woodside resident with a background in science but a Ph.D. in English, was working on her autobiography, telling the story of her successful fight against kidney disease in her 30s, when she abruptly set out on a completely different course.

July 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Celebrating the Fourth with parades, festivals, rodeo

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day need look no further than local communities, where lots of activities, including parades, festivals, fireworks, and even a rodeo, will be held.

July 2, 2014 | 1 comment
Good listeners: Dogs give young readers undivided attention

Robbie came from Redwood City to the Woodside library on June 11 just so he could read to his longtime friend, Annie, who happens to be a 132-pound soft, cuddly and very, very patient Newfoundland dog.

July 7, 2014 | 2 comments
Assessed property values rise steadily

The assessed value of property in the county increased by $8.75 billion from Jan. 1, 2013, to Jan. 1, 2014, the San Mateo County Assessor's Office has announced.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Demolition work has Woodside reviewing mansion's remodel

Plans approved in mid-2013 for a significant remodel of a 7,750-square-foot mansion at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside are coming back to the town's Planning Commission for further examination on Wednesday, July 2.

July 1, 2014 | 6 comments
GreenWaste says it needs higher rates because people are producing less garbage

The Portola Valley Town Council approved a 5.58 percent rate increase for recycled materials and garbage collection in town. GreenWaste officials said that customers are producing less garbage -- the key to revenues under the current rate structure.

July 3, 2014 | 4 comments
Boundary map affirms intact school communities

By a 4-0 vote on June 25, the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District made significant changes to the high school boundary maps, changes that will affect the lives of thousands of students in the years ahead.

July 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside adds funds for bridge rehabilitation

A long-term bridge rehabilitation program and the occasional presence at the planning desk in Woodside Town Hall of an in-house architectural consultant are among late-approved budget allocations for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

July 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Bicycles valued at $11,000 stolen from open garage

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park and Ladera

July 2, 2014 | 3 comments
Sheriff's Office warns of rise in burglaries

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an increase in burglaries throughout the Peninsula, south of Highway 92.

June 30, 2014 | 1 comment
Review: 'Third Person'

Two stars
Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis ("Crash") raises navel-gazing to an art form with "Third Person," a "Crash"-y, borderline trashy entry in the genre of global interlocking stories. Those who scoffed at "Crash" will have even more to sniff at here, and the Best Picture's defenders may think twice after slogging through the 137 minutes of "Third Person."

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Speier: 'Elaborate ingenuity' needed to tackle sea-level rise

The threat of rising seas in San Mateo County was the focus of a planning conference in Foster City on Friday morning, hosted by federal, state and county government leaders.

June 27, 2014 | 5 comments
Peninsula College Fund provides more than scholarships

Among low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college, less than 50 percent graduate from college in six years, according to the Peninsula College Fund.

June 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Services set for Mary Madison, journalist, Menlo Park resident

A memorial service will be held July 22 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park for Mary Massey Madison, a veteran reporter and longtime resident of Menlo Park who died of heart failure on May 1.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
'Step Back in Time' at Filoli estate

Fans of Downton Abbey who also happen to be fans of Woodside's Filoli can combine their loves at a Thursday, July 17, fundraiser for the historic estate and gardens, where guests are invited to come in 1920s costume, if they chose, and explore Filoli in the moonlight.

June 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Fire temporarily shuts down SLAC linear accelerator

The linear accelerator at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park has been shut down after a June 25 fire that damaged an electrical cabinet and its interior equipment that serve the accelerator.

June 27, 2014 | 2 comments
Recent home sales - June 25

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Connecting creative minds

McMurtry Building to bring artists, art historians together
Construction of the McMurtry Building -- one of three recent projects aimed at creating an "arts district" on the Stanford campus -- is well underway and poised to be completed on schedule, and, according to the head of the university's arts programs, the new facility is eagerly anticipated.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth A Look

Orson Welles remembered, the Pear does 'Pygmalion,' slack-key guitar virtuoso
This week in Worth A Look, the recently renamed Stanford Repertory Theatre (formerly the Summer Theatre, celebrates the legacy of Orson Welles, with two plays and a free film series; the Pear Avenue Theatre is staging a production of "Pygmalion," George Bernard Shaw's pointed critique of class divisions; and the "virtuoso" ukulele and slack-key guitarist Led Ka'apana plays a benefit concert for his native Hawaii.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Those were the days

In the 1880s, the Palo Alto Trotting Stables, near Menlo Park, was the home of hundreds of valuable horses owned by Leland Stanford. His farm was said to attract horse-loving visitors from around the world, with stable space for up to 750 horses. (Photo courtesy Menlo Park Historical Association.)

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Council halves fine for three trees felled without a permit

It has become a familiar pattern. A Woodside resident comes to the Town Council to appeal a five-figure fine for having felled mature trees without having first obtained a permit, and the council reduces the fine.

June 26, 2014 | 5 comments
Sacred Heart Prep is looking for a new head baseball coach

Of local note
Veteran baseball coach Gregg Franceschi of Sacred Heart Prep resigned last week. He had stepped away from his full-time, on-campus position during the baseball season and is looking to work/coach closer to his home/family in San Francisco. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 26, 2014 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League Majors 9-10 All-Stars

At Ford Field and La Entrada School
SATURDAY
Game 4 -- Alpine/West Menlo vs. Palo Alto American (Ford), 12:30 p.m. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fire crews control 2-alarm fire at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park on Wednesday night.

June 26, 2014 | 5 comments
Fast finish

Steven Toyoji, right, a member of the nationally ranked wheelchair rugby team sponsored by the Riekes Center in North Fair Oaks, took second place in the 1,500-meter run at the Paralympics Track & Field National Championships at the College of San Mateo June 20-22.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park names interim transportation manager

Environmental programs manager leaves city
With Jesse Quirion's promotion to interim public works director for Menlo Park, the city was left with a vacant transportation manager position. That has been filled with an interim manager, but now the city needs to find a new environmental programs manager too.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park names consultant for general plan, M2 zoning update

Menlo Park's facelift of its M2 industrial district, as well as the city's overall "constitution" for development, has taken the first step on the long road toward completion.

June 26, 2014 | 3 comments
Today: Sequoia district board votes on new boundary map

Map would determine assignment of households to high schools
The board of the Sequoia Union High School District, at its Wednesday, June 25, meeting, will consider and likely vote on a new boundary map for assigning households to high schools. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers budget, appeal in illegal tree-felling

The Woodside Town Council holds a public hearing tonight (June 24) on the budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
District 52 Little League Majors 11-12 All-Stars

At Red Morton Park, Redwood City
SATURDAY
Game 1 -- Palo Alto American vs. Menlo-Atherton (Kiwanis Field), 9 a.m.
Game 2 -- Foster City vs. Ravenswood
● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo grad Price settles for silver at Brooks PR Invitational

Recent Menlo School grad Maddy Price was hoping for a rematch with California state champ Kaelin Roberts at the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday in Seattle, Wash. That didn't happen, nor did Price get the gold medal she was looking for. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City hall remodel almost approved

The three members of the Menlo Park City Council attending its June 17 meeting tiptoed up to the edge of proceeding with a $1.2 million remodel of city hall, only to decide at the last minute to delay the vote until all five council members could vote.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
SFPUC urges water conservation to avoid mandatory rationing

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission gave its mid-year water supply update Monday and announced that the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System storage is at less than 65 percent capacity.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Services for Marylou Taylor, chaplain and teacher

The community of St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Menlo Park will be gathering on Thursday, July 3, for a Rite of Burial and to say goodbye to the Rev. Marylou McClure Taylor, who died June 5 at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley. She was 90.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Memorial for Clyde De Benedetti, Woodside horseman

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Woodside Village Church for Clyde Carl De Benedetti, a longtime Woodside resident and horseman. Mr. De Benedetti died at his home on Tuesday, June 10. He was 88.

June 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Moving to music

The music was from the 1960s, when dances had names, but for the first hour of this free June 19 concert to celebrate Portola Valley's 50th anniversary, only the children danced, and they probably did not know of the Twist or the Mashed Potato, the Monkey or the Frug. The band "Up and to the Right" played at Town Center for 300 to 400 people.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Capital improvements focus of Portola Valley budget

Portola Valley's work plan for the new fiscal year shows is a multi-front effort, on capital improvements, effective communications between Town Hall and the community, preparing for disasters and saving water.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: CO2 tank used to break open door in steak house

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

June 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Storm drains a concern if it's a wet winter

Estimates from the U.S National Weather Service put the chances of a moderate El Nino climate pattern to 70 percent during summer and fall, and 80 percent in the fall and winter. Woodside has taken notice.

June 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Kids with airsoft gun mistaken for armed suspect

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies responded to an elementary school in Portola Valley on reports of an armed suspect, but instead found three juveniles with an airsoft gun Monday afternoon, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

June 23, 2014 | 22 comments
Atherton City Council OKs maximum parcel tax

Atherton property owners will pay the maximum rate -- $750 annually for most of them -- in parcel taxes for the next fiscal year, the City Council decided at its June 18 meeting.

June 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: An appeal for preservation

Atherton Dames launch fundraising effort to restore Carriage House to its former grandeur
A volunteer nonprofit group has embarked on a ambitious plan to raise $2.5 million to restore and renovate the Carriage House in Holbrook-Palmer Park -- "an icon of a bygone era that represents the rural town that Atherton once was," according to the great-grandson of the couple that built the 118-year-old structure.

June 25, 2014 | 11 comments
John Tarlton completes Race Across America

Nearly 12 days on a bike, racing for 3,020 miles
Menlo Park businessman John Tarlton left Oceanside, California, on June 10 around noon, his bicycle headed in an easterly direction. Eleven days, 21 hours and 17 minutes later, on Sunday, June 22, he arrived in Annapolis, Maryland, having ridden 3,020 miles in completing the 2014 Race Across America.

June 23, 2014 | 7 comments
Review: 'Jersey Boys'

Two and a half stars
Let's face it: "Jersey Boys" has never been high art. The wildly successful jukebox musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ran on chart-topping hit songs and ample corny shtick in nominally telling the story of the beloved pop act. Now, it's all been folded into a Clint Eastwood film that's neither theatrical fish nor cinematic foul.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Obvious Child'

Two and a half stars
The title of "Obvious Child" refers to its heroine, another protagonist suffering from severely arrested development. What makes "Obvious Child" different is that this protagonist is a woman saddled with an unwanted pregnancy.

June 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Smoldering railroad tie stops trains

A railroad tie on the Caltrain tracks in Palo Alto shut down train service on Friday afternoon, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Specific plan initiative signatures certified

Save Menlo's initiative qualifies for November ballot
The grassroots initiative to change sections of Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real plan has enough registered voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the city announced Thursday.

June 20, 2014 | 46 comments
Women found dead on trails died accidentally, coroner decides

Two women hikers, including one from Menlo Park, who were found dead on Mt. Tamalpais trails in April died of accidental causes, not foul play, the Marin County coroner's office said June 17.

June 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Hints on how to reduce unwanted mailings - and more

In light of complaints about receiving 17-pound bundles of Restoration Hardware catalogs, people have been asking how they can stop receiving unwanted mail and phone calls.

June 19, 2014 | 8 comments
In business: Portola Valley salon holds open house June 25

Virtual Image Salon in Portola Valley is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, to celebrate its remodeling and invite the public to meet its new stylists.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
San Mateo County creates LGBTQ commission

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has voted to add one more citizens' advisory board to the 30 they have -- this time a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Commission (or LGBTQ Commission), which officials say is the first such county or city advisory board solely concentrating on the LGBTQ community in the state.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Menlo Park police Special Olympics torch run

The annual Special Olympics torch run in Menlo Park kicks off at 9 a.m. on Friday (June 20).

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Party time in Portola Valley

Band plays music from 1964; farmers' market, food trucks
In the first of the 2014 summer concerts, the band "Up and to the Right," led by resident and venture capitalist Ray Rothrock, plays tonight (June 19) on the grass at the Portola Valley Town Center.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Drowning in Restoration Hardware catalogs

Local residents bring nearly 2,000 pounds of catalogs to Palo Alto store
Nancy Reyering and six other volunteers from Woodside and Portola Valley made a delivery to the Restoration Hardware store in Palo Alto on Wednesday that they hope might send a message.

June 18, 2014 | 38 comments
Write-in candidate for sheriff gets 997 votes

The votes are in. Deputy Sheriff Juan Lopez received 997 votes in his campaign to unseat incumbent Sheriff Greg Munks in the June 3 election. Mr. Lopez received 1.43 percent of the total, according to a report from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

June 18, 2014 | 5 comments
Portola Valley School District graduates 69 students

Sixty-nine local eighth-graders completed their educational careers in the Portola Valley School District on Friday, June 13. Commencement activities were held in the Corte Madera Multi-Purpose Room with more than 300 staff members, families, and friends on hand.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Shelter-in-place lifted in PV Ranch

As of 3:26 p.m. today, authorities lifted the request that some Portola Valley Ranch residents in the vicinity of 5 Valley Oak shelter in place out of concern over a reported natural gas leak.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Man dies on Caltrain tracks in Mountain View

An adult male pedestrian was struck and killed by a train in Mountain View this morning, Caltrain officials said.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council passes $72 million budget

Approves converting two temporary development staff positions to permanent ones
Responding to pleas for mercy, the Menlo Park City Council unanimously passed a budget for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year that includes some flexibility for the city to convert two temporary positions related to development to permanent ones, in hopes of stemming turnover.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Bike racer John Tarlton has crossed the Mississippi River

As of about 10:15 a.m. Pacific time today, John Tarlton, a Menlo Park businessman who left Oceanside on June 10 in a time-trial-like bicycle race across the country, had crossed the Mississippi River, completing 2089.84 miles.

June 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Portola Valley council reviews housing element

The Portola Valley Town Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse to review and take public comment on the chapter of the town's general plan devoted to housing -- referred to as the housing element.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College announces its latest Hall of Fame class

The Menlo College Athletics Department announced its 2014 Hall of Fame class, which will enshrine six former standout student-athletes: Bill LeBlanc (baseball & football 1967-68), Mike Bettega (Baseball & Football 1967-68), Mike Simmons (football 1972-74), Maria Gomez (women's basketball 2001-05), Melissa Hara (softball 2001-04) and Kari Shimomura (volleyball 2002-06). Read the story here.

June 18, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 All-West Bay Athletic League boys track & field

Most Outstanding Track: Ross Corey (Priory)
Most Outstanding Field: Paul Touma (Menlo School)
First Team
Ricky Grau (Sacred Heart Prep); Griffin Kraemer (Sacred Heart Prep); Daniel Hill (Sacred Heart Prep); Wyatt Welch (Sacred Heart Prep); Connor Cody (Sacred Heart Prep); Scott Fitchen (Sacred Heart Prep); Paul Westcott (Sacred Heart Prep)

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 All-West Bay Athletic League girls track & field

Most Outstanding Track: Maddy Price (Menlo School) Sr.
First Team
Gabriela Triant (Notre Dame-SJ); Juliana Mount (Notre Dame-SJ); Maggie Cusick (Notre Dame-SJ)
Chloe Eackles (Pinewood); Niki Iyer (Harker); Mackenzie Duffner (Menlo School); Makiya Francis (Eastside Prep); Nicole Colonna (Pinewood); Lauren Henske (Menlo School)

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Block party, concert in downtown Menlo Park

Music, outdoor dining, local artisans and family activities will liven up Santa Cruz Avenue on Wednesday, June 18, as Menlo Park holds its 8th annual block party and a summer concert.

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
A look back

The Woodside mansion of San Francisco coffee baron James A. Folger shows a slight dusting of snow in this undated photo. The mansion was located on Woodside Road next to Wunderlich Park. (Photo courtesy of the Woodside History Committee.)

June 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park looks at 'east side' zoning

Council to vote on consultant for general plan, M2 update
With all the attention focused on Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real corridor, it's easy to overlook the development activity happening on the city's east side, in the M2 district. Now Menlo Park is working on updating the zoning for that district as well as the city's general plan to help guide its future.

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Downtown Greenheart complex starts environmental review

Greenheart Land Company is commencing the environmental review for its proposed 420,000-square-foot mixed-use complex, located within the specific plan's boundaries at 1300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

June 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Woodside School graduates 48 eighth-graders

Forty-eight eighth-graders at Woodside Elementary School took part in the school's graduation and received diplomas in the school's amphitheater on June 13.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Fish-oil pills stolen from vitamin shop

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

June 18, 2014 | 4 comments
Windrider Film Forum returns to Atherton

Three feature films and a series of three shorts will be shown at the Windrider Film Forum at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center from Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside garbage collection rates rise

Rates for collection of household recyclable and compostable materials in Woodside will rise 5.6 percent on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Legal team hammers on tenure rules, and wins

Nine students ages 7 to 15, including Kate Elliott, 15, of San Carlos and the Sequoia Union High School District, had their day in court last week before a Los Angeles judge and came away with a victory.

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Simitian: Tenure ruling 'fairly reasoned'

Joe Simitian termed out of the state Senate in 2012, but it seemed appropriate to ask him about the meaning of a June 10 Superior Court judge's decision declaring laws governing teacher tenure, dismissal and seniority in California's public schools as unconstitutional.

June 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Educators: Ending 'tenure' no magic bullet

Atherton entrepreneur behind lawsuit challenging teacher tenure and seniority rules.
A court decision last week to throw out state teacher tenure rules may lead people to think that this is the solution for providing quality education for all students, a shortsighted view in the opinion of local educators.

June 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Sheriff changes policy on dealing with immigration agents

Echoing decisions made by local law enforcement agencies around the state and across the country, the Sheriff's Office in San Mateo County recently changed its policy with respect to cooperating with federal immigration agents.

June 22, 2014 | 6 comments
Sunday: Portola Valley celebrates the horse

The banners are up in town and the countdown has begun to Portola Valley's "Celebration of the Horse, Past, Present and Future" on Sunday, June 22, a part of the town's 50th anniversary celebrations.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
School foundation raises $3.6 million for Menlo Park district

For the second consecutive year, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation has raised $3.6 million to supplement funding for teachers and classroom programs in the Menlo Park City School District.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Parcel tax on Atherton council agenda

Resolutions assessing Atherton's annual parcel tax at the maximum rate and approving small salary increases for town staff, including the city manager, are on the June 18 City Council agenda.

June 17, 2014 | 4 comments
Sacred Heart Prepatory graduates 136 students

Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 136 students on May 23 at the 116th commencement ceremony at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton.

June 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Filoli showcases garden sculpture

Filoli wants to show how sculpture can be used in gardens to replace water guzzling landscaping. The Woodside historic estate is holding its Summer Garden Sculpture Exhibit now through Sunday, Sept. 7.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Kids raise funds for effort to build village health center

Local woman returns to her old school for help with Uganda project
In the era of big-buck philanthropy in which six-figure donations get you a seat at the table and eight figures will mean your name's on the building, a $1,300 check almost doesn't seem worth mentioning. Unless the money was raised, a few coins at a time, by third-graders over a two-week period.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside rider, 15, to compete in Iceland

Emma Erickson, 15, of Woodside is busy riding her horses whenever she can, getting ready to fly to Iceland to compete in July.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Michele Turner helps navigate the world of words as Dictionary.com CEO

Sports talk for Michele and Brad Turner can take an odd turn on occasion. For example, picture the couple sitting in their Portola Valley home, watching the recent NBA finals on TV.

June 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Local preps step up to the big time vs. Phelps, Franklin

Recent high school graduates Andrew Liang from Palo Alto and Ally Howe from Sacred Heart Prep were among the nation's best in their respective events this past season. Next week, however, the competition goes up a notch for both.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Spataro named top A.D. by Cal Pac athletic directors

Menlo College Athletic Director Keith Spataro was voted by his peers as the Cal Pac's A.D. of the Year following another year of success and growth in the Oaks athletic department.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Pajama Party Adopt-a-thon

Odette, a 65-pound, 3-year-old, with an adorable, wrinkled face and a passion for belly rubs, is among the 200 or so dogs, cats, bunnies and other animals that will be available during the Peninsula Humane Society's Pajama Party Adopt-a-thon on Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to midnight, at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame.

June 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Caltrans sprays herbicides along Highway 84

Residents ask the county to help them stop the spraying
Residents of rural San Mateo County who oppose the roadside spraying of herbicides to control weeds were upset to find out recently that a fight they thought they had won in 2012 when the county ordered a stop to most spraying isn't really over.

June 14, 2014 | 11 comments
Police ask for help in locating scene of fatal shooting

A 16-year-old East Palo Alto boy died of a gunshot wound early Friday morning in a Redwood City hospital and police are asking the public for help in determining where and when he was shot.

June 14, 2014 | 3 comments
Car avoids deer, sparks fire in Palo Alto hills

Brush fire under control, no injuries along Page Mill Road
A fire in the Palo Alto hills burned 1.5 acres on Friday afternoon after a car swerved to avoid a deer, hit a ditch and caught fire, Palo Alto fire officials said.

June 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Cabin fire 'knocked down' in Family Farm neighborhood

Firefighters have gotten control of and "knocked down" a roof fire of a single story cabin at the southern end of the Family Farm neighborhood of Woodside, the 1400 block of Portola Road.

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside's Nick Woodman expands GoPro stock offering

GoPro, the maker of rugged wearable video cameras founded by Menlo School grad and Woodside resident Nick Woodman, is going public soon and taking steps to make sure its loyal fans can get in on the action.

June 13, 2014 | 2 comments
Review: 'How to Train Your Dragon'

Three stars
Children's movies don't really have to work very hard for their target audience, but of course, they're better when they do. A good children's film doesn't talk down to kids, and the animated adventure "How to Train Your Dragon 2" fits this bill.

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: '22 Jump Street'

Two stars
"Do the same thing!" Ice Cube bellows at Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum -- or, rather, Captain Dickson bellows at Schmidt and Jenko, the buddy-cops of "22 Jump Street."

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Judge charged with DUI

A San Mateo County judge is a facing a DUI charge following a May arrest, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

June 12, 2014 | 18 comments
Atherton photographer shows 'Spirits of the Wild'

"Spirits of the Wild," a collection of wildlife and landscape photography by Larry Calof of Atherton, is featured in June at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Peninsula Ball Foundation holds Debutante Ball

The 55th Peninsula Debutante Ball is set for Saturday, June 14, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Services for 'Bitsie' Root, former head of Phillips Brooks School

Memorial services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 21, in the amphitheater of the Phillips Brooks School, 2245 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park, for Elizabeth "Bitsie" Root, who died May 26. She was 81.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: 'Wags & Whiskers' adoptathon

Pets in Need will hold a music festival and "adoptathon" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21, on the main concourse at Canada College in Woodside.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Memoir writing class at Little House

Phyllis Butler will teach a class on memoir writing in four Thursday sessions, from June 12 through July 3, at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park. The classes will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Filoli celebrates nature days June 20-21

"Discover Nature" days at the Filoli estate in Woodside will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley woman adopts tortoise refugees

At the Hufty-Alegria home in Portola Valley, the sign posted on the gate clearly states: "Keep out, endangered wildlife habitat." In reality, though, Dr. Mary Hufty, a family doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, couldn't be more welcoming in sharing her unusual pets: two California desert tortoises named Duke and Heston.

June 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Portola Valley's Rita Williams receives top honor for TV news career

Veteran television news reporter Rita Williams of Portola Valley will receive the Governor's Award, the highest honor of the San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

June 13, 2014 | 1 comment
Recent home sales - June 11

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county Recorder's Office.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Going with the flow

Ian Ross lets paint guide him on mission to bring good vibes to high-tech offices
Today, Ian Ross runs his own gallery and is a go-to artist for Silicon Valley firms seeking in-office murals. Like so many of technology's best-known inventors and entrepreneurs, his path to success was an unorthodox one.

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Taste of Menlo Park benefit

The Rotary Club hosts the second annual Taste of Menlo Park high school scholarship benefit tonight (June 11).

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Refuge celebrates Menlo Park anniversary

Refuge will celebrate one year in Menlo Park tonight (June 11). Mayor Ray Mueller will open the restaurant's festivities at 5 p.m.

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Judge strikes down state teacher tenure laws in suit brought by Menlo Park nonprofit

Unions vow to appeal
California's teacher tenure laws were declared unconstitutional Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, ruling on a lawsuit sponsored by Students Matter, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit group founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch.

June 10, 2014 | 15 comments
Galway, thataway

Brian Henry, Menlo Park's city aborist, took this photo of a new sign on a Civic Center light post showing the way to Menlo Park's "friendship city," Galway, Ireland.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week: Chloe

The popularity of birds as pets is soaring. Meet Chloe, a sweet, 9-year old conure, available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School, SHP highlight All-WBAL girls lacrosse

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Foothill Division
Attacker of the Year: Ally Mayle (Sacred Heart Prep) So.
Midfielder of the Year: Sophia Donovan (Menlo School) Fr.
Defender of the Year: Alyssa Sherman (Menlo School) Sr.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Alena Stern (Menlo School) Sr.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 prep girls swimming all-league teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Most Outstanding: Ally Howe (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.
First Team
Lindsey Miller (King's Academy) Jr.
Heidi Katter (Castilleja) Jr.
Kathryn Bower (Sacred Heart Prep) Fr.; Selby Sturzenegger (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Kayla Holman (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Natalie Tuck (Castilleja) Fr.; Janna Safran (Menlo School) Jr.; Carolyn Akers (Priory) So.; Joceyln Chan (Menlo School) So.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 prep boys swimming all-league teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Most Outstanding: Chris Hinrichs (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.
First Team
Will Conner (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; John Reinstra (Menlo School) So.; Harrison Enright (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Scott Little (Menlo School) Fr.; Michael Swart (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Finn Banks (Sacred Heart Prep) So.; Nelson Perla-Ward (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cafe Zoe to stay on Menalto Avenue

Kathleen Daly plans a second location in Redwood City
Kathleen Daly, owner of the popular Cafe Zoe at 1929 Menalto Ave. in the Willows area of Menlo Park, said she has signed a long-term lease with the new owner of the building. In addition, she plans to open a second location in downtown Redwood City.

June 10, 2014 | 4 comments
Judge arrested for alleged DUI; D.A. reviewing case

A San Mateo County judge was arrested on U.S. 101 in Redwood City during Memorial Day Weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said June 9.

June 9, 2014 | 42 comments
John Tarlton tackles the Race Across America

As anyone who's flown to California from the East Coast knows, the daytime view of fly-over country west of Kansas reveals the meaning of the term "earth tones." John Tarlton, president of Tarlton Properties in Menlo Park, should be passing through those brown lands soon, bicycling rapidly along State Route 78.

June 11, 2014 | 4 comments
Bond measure pays for more classrooms

Plans to add many more classrooms at local public high schools can now move into a more detailed phase with the passage on June 3 of Measure A, a $265 million bond measure.

June 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Abandoned

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office say they are investigating what happened to this 2003 Lincoln LS, reported stolen from East Palo Alto and found on June 3 along the south side of Alpine Road between Rural Lane and Junipero Serra Boulevard.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Election: Low turnout, high mail-in percentage

A total of 85,537 votes were cast in the June 3 election in San Mateo County, 24 percent of the registered voters, according to data from the elections office at noon Monday, June 9.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Portola Valley resident says necklace worth $50,000 is missing

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

June 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton parcel tax cut unlikely

The Atherton City Council is poised to approve a full-rate parcel tax for the 2014-15 fiscal year at its regular meeting later this month, although one councilman argued during a June 4 study session that the rate should be reduced 25 percent as a gesture to taxpayers during a period of robust revenue.

June 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park selects interim public works director

Transportation Manager Jesse Quirion will now serve as interim public works director, the city of Menlo Park announced June 6.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ex-clerk pleads not guilty to embezzlement

A 48-year-old man who collected program fees at the front desk of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ex-employee gets jail for stealing city's gas

A former Menlo Park public works employee charged with stealing gas from city-owned pumps has been sentenced to 60 days in county jail and three years of supervised probation.

June 11, 2014 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook to buy 59 acres next door to new campus

Facebook's domination of Menlo Park is not yet over: The social media company has a deal in the works to buy a 59-acre property next door to its upcoming "west campus."

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hillview students briefly evacuated after fire breaks out

Hillview Middle School students were evacuated from their Menlo Park campus on Santa Cruz Avenue shortly after 10 a.m. this morning after a "shopvac" caught fire in the Industrial Arts Room, creating smoke and setting off the alarm. It was quickly put out by a supervising teacher, the Menlo Park City School District said in an email bulletin.

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Dismissal of lawsuit against Menlo Park fire board directors may be appealed

Once all the legal maneuvering is over, this may wind up being the most expensive campaign sign in history: John Woodell has filed a court notice that he intends to appeal a judge's dismissal of the defamation lawsuit he brought against two Menlo Park fire board directors.

June 9, 2014 | 3 comments
Open space bond measure clears two-thirds hurdle

It was a close vote, but Measure AA, the $300 million bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, passed narrowly in the June 3 election.

June 8, 2014 | 13 comments
Review: 'Edge of Tomorrow'

Three stars
The new Tom Cruise sci-fi action movie "Edge of Tomorrow" uses the narrative structure of a video game to present a "what-if" scenario: What if we could keep pressing "restart" every time we fail?

June 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway"

Three stars
"Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway" is a terrific gift for American theater lovers who can't just hop a plane to Melbourne to see the 87-year-old Lansbury play Miss Daisy opposite the 82-year-old Jones.

June 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway"

Three stars
"Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway" is a terrific gift for American theater lovers who can't just hop a plane to Melbourne to see the 87-year-old Lansbury play Miss Daisy opposite the 82-year-old Jones.

June 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside High Class of 2014 -- say hello to the future

Orange and white, the colors of Woodside High School, once again decorated the football field at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 6, a bright spring morning with good weather to accompany the graduation of the Class of 2014.

June 6, 2014 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Driver charged with murder in alleged DUI double fatality

Marjorie Reitzell facing second-degree murder charges in deaths of Menlo Park couple
An extensive history of driving under the influence and an earlier car accident the same day led to the filing of second-degree murder charges against a driver who struck and killed a Menlo Park couple out for a walk, according to the district attorney.

June 6, 2014 | 8 comments
Hanretty's appeal alleges former official complicit in misappropriation

Tim Hanretty, who served time in prison for embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds from local school districts, has asserted in a recently filed court document that his former boss, now deceased, was complicit in some of the illegal deeds. The legal action challenges the amount of restitution he was ordered to pay the Woodside Elementary School District.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton High graduates celebrate their big day

Graduation for Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2014 began at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, with three celebratory musical numbers this year -- "America the Beautiful," "Amparito Roca" and "Pomp and Circumstance" -- before getting to the usual routines of the opening ceremony.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Open space district bond measure picks up yes votes

The latest vote count shows that Measure AA, the $300 million bond measure for the open space district, has picked up a lot more yes votes.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
High school rowers qualify for national championships

Eight local high school students qualified this year to compete in the USRowing Youth National Championships, to be held June 13-15 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pickup carrying rocks, concrete flips on U.S. 101

A pickup truck flipped on U.S. 101 this afternoon, blocking three lanes of the highway and seriously injuring the driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Fire burns small abandoned house near Atherton

A small abandoned house near Atherton was damaged in an electrical fire this afternoon, according to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: School district hosts candidate information night

A candidate information night will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, for district residents interested in running for the Menlo Park City School District Board of Education in November.

June 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: Motorcyclist suffers major injuries on El Camino Real

A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital with major injuries late Tuesday night (June 3) after he struck the rear of a car traveling in the same direction on El Camino Real near Fifth Avenue in Atherton.

June 5, 2014 | 1 comment
Save Menlo, meet Menlo Park Deserves Better

New group forms to fight specific plan initiative
An election season without opposing factions is like throwing a party no one is invited to. As it turns out, Menlo Park doesn't have to worry about that this year. Besides the three council seats up for election, a new grassroots coalition has now formed to combat the specific plan initiative proposed by another grassroots group: Save Menlo, meet Menlo Park Deserves Better.

June 5, 2014 | 89 comments
2014 All-SCVAL De Anza Division baseball team

Most Valuable Player: Cameron Ackerman (Los Gatos) Sr. P/OF
First Team
Johnny Breidenthal (Los Gatos) Sr. pitcher/OF; Matt Wilcox (Los Gatos) Jr. SS; Jack Cleasby (Palo Alto) Sr. INF; Chris Smith (Palo Alto) Sr. pitcher; Phil Lewis (Palo Alto) Jr. OF; Chase Eller (Los Altos) Sr. INF; Danny Malave (Mountain View) Sr. SS/DH

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 boys' all-league golf teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Co-Player of the Year: Bradley Knox (Sacred Heart Prep) Sr.; Shrish Dwivedi (Harker)
First Team
Derek Ackerman (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Riley Burgess (Menlo School) Sr.; Rashad Jaymes (Crystal Springs) So.; Bradley Keller (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Dakota McNealy (Harker) So.; Sandip Nirmel (Harker) Fr.; Ethan Wong (Menlo School) Jr.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Have you hugged your lizard today?

Meet Steve, our 5-year-old bearded dragon, available for adoption. This type of lizard is originally from Australia, and so he requires high temperatures and UVA/UVB light to stay happy and healthy.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto VA positions itself within national scandal

Local hospital claims 18-day wait times for new patients seeking primary care
In light of the recent scandal involving false record-keeping and long wait lists at VA hospitals in other parts of the country, the Palo Alto VA is making efforts to encourage open dialogue about its stance on the issue, including a meeting this Thursday with local elected officials.

June 5, 2014 | 11 comments
Former SLAC director Persis Drell to head Stanford School of Engineering

Drell will be the school's first female dean, ninth overall
Persis Drell, former director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will be Stanford University's first female dean of engineering, the university announced Tuesday.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - June 4

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Horse Park at Woodside aims to raise $2M for capital projects

The Horse Park at Woodside has launched a $2 million capital campaign to fund long-term improvements to the facility at 3674 Sand Hill Road.

June 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Five compete for Queen of Festival scholarships

Five high school seniors are competing for Queen of the Festival scholarships, sponsored by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the North Fair Oaks Community Festival, set for Aug. 17.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Steve Blank honored for innovation leadership

Menlo Park resident Steve Blank recently received the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award, jointly presented to him by the National Science Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley picnic set for Saturday

Bounce houses, a magician and carnival games at Town Center will be part of the children's entertainment in Portola Valley on Saturday, June 7, when the town celebrates its annual picnic, free and open to the public.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Green bike lanes tested at Facebook

Facebook's parking lot served as a test site recently for a demonstration of how to install strips of green material that the city of Menlo Park plans to add along Willow Road between Middlefield Road and O'Keefe Street to demarcate bike lanes.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Seven volunteers help Woodside prepare for disaster

In anticipation of a natural disaster -- whether a wildfire, major earthquake, flood or landslide -- the town of Woodside recently formed a Emergency Preparedness Committee, made up of seven volunteers.

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside stages 'Wizard of Oz'

For more than half a century, all Woodside School graduates have shared a culminating eighth-grade experience: They have worked together to put on a full scale operetta for their community.

June 4, 2014 | 1 comment
Jazz at Filoli concerts start Sunday

Tickets are now on sale for the 24th season of Jazz at Filoi. The six outdoor Sunday concerts are held at the historic estate, 86 Canada Road in Woodside.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Young poets of Portola Valley recognized

Friends of the Portola Valley Library have proven themselves to also be friends of poetic expression over the last dozen-plus years, sponsoring an annual poetry contest for local children.

June 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Arts patron, volunteer Betty Ogawa of Atherton dies at 69

Betty Jean Ogawa, an Atherton resident and volunteer whose long reach benefited many causes, died May 16 in San Francisco at the age of 69.

June 7, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 All-SCVAL De Anza Division boys lacrosse teams

The Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School and Palo Alto boys lacrosse teams dominated the first-team honors on the 2014 All-SCVAL De Anza Division honor squad. Read the story here.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 All-West Bay Athletic League boys tennis teams

Co-Most Valuable Player: David Ball (Menlo School), Gabe Owens (Pinewood)
First Team
Victor Pham (Menlo School); Lane Leschly (Menlo School); Gunther Matta (Menlo School); Vikram Chari (Menlo School); Cameron Kirkpatrick (Sacred Heart Prep); Justin Foster (Sacred Heart Prep); Tyler Yun (King's Academy); Nathan Safran (Menlo School); Jackson Lingane (Crystal Springs); Alex Buckley (Crystal Springs); Kevin Xue (Harker). See the complete list here.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: The price of doing business

Rent, parking and a lack of amenities make downtown business retention a challenge
"Business has quadrupled," said Karla Oliveira, the proprietor of the Build It Again Lego store she opened briefly in Menlo Park last fall before packing up shop for a new location in Los Altos within months.

June 6, 2014 | 16 comments
Menlo Park public works director departs for new job in mid-June

June 19 will be Menlo Park Public Works Director Chip Taylor's last day with the city. He has confirmed that he has accepted a similar position with the city of Millbrae.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Officer who shot woman said he felt his life was in danger

An 18-year-old woman shot and killed by a San Mateo County sheriff's deputy near Half Moon Bay Tuesday night was wielding a kitchen knife and came at the deputy in a threatening manner, according to San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dep. Rebecca Rosenblatt.

June 4, 2014 | 20 comments
Election results

Links to local election results.

June 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Open space bond measure close to two-thirds approval

Measure AA -- a $300 million bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District -- received approval Tuesday by almost exactly two-thirds of the voters, the level required for passage.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Measure A passage means more classrooms at local high schools

Plans to expand classroom capacity at local public high schools can now move into a more detailed phase with the passage Tuesday of Measure A, a $265 million bond measure.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Voters approve $13.5 million bond measure for Woodside School

Voters in the Woodside Elementary School District approved a $13.5 million bond measure in Tuesday's election.

June 3, 2014 | 1 comment
Sheriff Greg Munks wins third term

A third term as San Mateo County's top law enforcement officer is ahead for Sheriff Greg Munks. It was unlikely to have worked out any other way.

June 3, 2014 | 5 comments
Supervisor Don Horsley cruises to re-election

District 3 Supervisor Don Horsley was easily re-elected Tuesday.

June 3, 2014 | 5 comments
Woodside burglary cases: Jury selection to start today

Jury selection in a case involving a Redwood City man in connection with several 2013 burglaries, including three in Woodside, begins today (June 9) in a San Mateo County courtroom.

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside School bond supporters raise nearly $38K for campaign

Supporters of Measure D, which would raise $13.5 million in bond revenue to fund modernization and repair projects for Woodside Elementary School, raised $37,763 to campaign for its passage, spending nearly $19,500 of that sum as of May 17.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Will Atherton reduce its parcel tax?

The town's parcel tax, its ongoing effort to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on El Camino Real, and its five-year capital improvement program are on the agenda for the Atherton City Council's June 4 study session, which begins at 4 p.m.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council looks at water policy, budget

Tonight is the time to let the Menlo Park City Council know what you think of the city's proposed budget for 2014-15.

June 3, 2014 | No comments yet
State commission declines to investigate Save Menlo classification

Saying that since a proposed initiative to modify Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan is not yet on the ballot, a state commission has decided not to investigate whether Save Menlo, the group backing the initiative, has misrepresented itself.

June 3, 2014 | 24 comments
Police calls: Police nab man two blocks from supermarket in shoplifting incident

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

June 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Property owner now free to apply for building permits

Development plans for a home on 2.1 acres at 18 Redberry Ridge in Portola Valley took a significant step forward on May 28 after an unpromising start that included the clear-cutting of trees on a public open-space easement.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside gives go-ahead to Moore Road subdivision

The Woodside Town Council has given a green light to a subdivision of the 21.7 acres at 389 Moore Road into three residential lots.

June 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Munks doesn't campaign, but committee collects donations

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks is not running a visible campaign in the June 3 election -- he has no campaign website, for example -- but a committee is collecting money for his re-election.

June 2, 2014 | 5 comments
Locals lead funding for high school bond campaign

The campaign for the passage of Measure A -- a $265 million bond measure for high school construction -- spent $69,787 as of May 17, most of it on direct mail, including $18,101 for postage, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

June 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Settlement reached in lawsuit over crash that hurt 6-year-old twins

Terms of agreement kept confidential
While the physical and mental consequences of a crash that hurt 6-year-old twins remain, the legal repercussions appear resolved: The Cadigan family has settled its lawsuit against the driver, according to court documents.

June 2, 2014 | 14 comments
Horsley raises $35K in supes election

Candidate Stogner raises less than $1K
San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley is running for re-election to his District 3 seat with not only an incumbent's advantage but with a campaign treasury that puts him at the top end of an enormous funding gap between him and his opponent, Michael Stogner.

June 2, 2014 | 4 comments
Thursday: 135 to graduate from Menlo School

The 135 members of Menlo School's Class of 2014 will receive their diplomas on Thursday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m., in an outdoor ceremony that will include welcoming remarks from Upper School Director John Schafer.

June 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Meet Smee, a 13-pound, 1-year-old male poodle mix, available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

June 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Sixty-two graduate from Woodside Priory

Sixty-two seniors received their diplomas May 31 at Woodside Priory's 54th commencement. Venture Capitalist Ray Rothrock was the commencement speaker.

June 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Jim Gallagher, journalist, transit official, dies at 83

Jim Gallagher, a longtime Peninsula journalist and transit official, died at his Redwood City home Thursday. For many years, he wrote stories for the Almanac about the Menlo-Atherton Vikings Pop Warner football games.

May 31, 2014 | 1 comment
Movie review: 'Maleficent'

Two stars
In spite of a virtual feature-length stampede of CGI special effects, it's good old-fashioned movie-star wattage that stuns in "Maleficent." Disney's revisionist take on its own "Sleeping Beauty" almost certainly wouldn't have been made were it not for Angelina Jolie. If only the film around Jolie were worthy of her.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Movie review: 'A Million Ways to Die in the West'

Two and a half stars
There's no accounting for taste, they say, which might explain the $549 million worldwide gross for Seth MacFarlane's 2012 comedy "Ted." Something tells me the planet won't go quite so gaga for his Western-themed sophomore effort, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," but it's considerably better -- even within spitting distance of good.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Paye's Place team wins AAU Pacific district title

The Paye's Place 2017 girls basketball team won the recent AAU Pacific District Championship and qualified for the national championships.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Fifth-grader makes giant horse for school parade

I made a giant Morgan horse for my fifth-grade state float project at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley. My float was 14 feet high and 18 feet long!

June 12, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Rotary awards $128K in scholarships

Twenty-seven graduating seniors from local high schools received scholarships at the 28th annual Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholastic awards ceremony.

June 13, 2014 | No comments yet
MP Legends open summer season in Palm Springs

The Menlo Park Legends will kick off the 2014 summer baseball season with a two-game series against a formidable opponent, the Palm Springs Power, owners of a 46-5 record and a Southern California Collegiate Baseball League (SCCBL) championship last summer.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Balk ends Menlo-Atherton's CCS baseball hopes in 2-1 loss

It was a historic season for the Menlo-Atherton baseball team, which advanced to the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time ever. The Bears, however, will have to wait to make further history. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg, Chan pledge $120 million for local schools

Palo Alto couple continues education philanthropy with five-year investment
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Dr. Priscilla Chan announced Friday a $120 million donation to local high-need schools, primarily in the Ravenswood City School District, which serves East Palo Alto and Belle Haven, and the Redwood City School District.

May 30, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Sunset celebration weekend

The annual Sunset magazine celebration weekend takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, in Menlo Park.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Price takes a run at oldest CCS girls' record

It is said that records are meant to be broken. History has proven that to be true in just about every sport. At the Central Coast Section Track and Field Championships, however, there are plenty of meet records that may be around for quite some time. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Worth A Look

Fred Astaire fest, Ragazzi boys grow up, The Corner Laughers rock for reading,
In this week's Worth A Look, the Fred Astaire Festival celebrates the silver screen icon, a group of former Ragazzi Boys have grown up and continue to sing, local indie band The Corner Laughers rock out for reading, and Danse Libre imagines an epic battle with zombie Nazis.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
On the air

How students created a radio station at Sacred Heart Prep
As a high school freshman with a passing interest in radio, Alex Mitchell couldn't have known that, by his senior year, he would be the founder and president of KSHS Radio, a student-run radio station at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton.

June 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Three soar to Eagle Scout rank in Portola Valley

Portola Valley Troop 64 held a Court of Honor recently to recognize three new Eagle Scouts: Theodore "Teshie" Bronk, Lucas Harris and Wesley Holthous.

June 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside memories: Fashioning a fabulous framtiz

Ninety-five years ago Grandfather bought the Woodside property that has brought joy to five generations of our family.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Bombing survivors return to the marathon

A year after being injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, Amanda North of Woodside got to watch her daughter, Lili Pike, cross the finish line at the marathon on April 21, and they celebrated together.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Feature story: Menlo Park couple find ways to improve life in Nepal

David and Haydi Sowerwine returned to Menlo Park from 14 years in Nepal nearly a decade ago, but working to make better living conditions for residents of Nepal and other developing nations is still central to their lives.

June 30, 2014 | No comments yet
June 1 deadline to apply for parcel tax exemption

Senior citizens who own property in the Las Lomitas School District have until June 1 to apply for an exemption from the $311 parcel tax passed by voters in March 2007.

May 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Public works director leaving for Millbrae

Sources have told the Almanac that Menlo Park's Public Works Director, Chip Taylor, has accepted a similar position with the city of Millbrae.

May 29, 2014 | 8 comments
12 home improvement contractors arrested

An undercover sting operation resulted in the arrest Thursday of 12 home improvement contractors suspected of doing business in San Mateo County without a license, according to a statewide agency that oversees licensed contractors.

May 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Initiative consultant swaps out traffic analyst

Original subcontractor participated in early outreach for Menlo Park specific plan
Reading through the unwieldy pile of documents related to Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan and the proposed initiative that would modify the plan is a time-consuming chore, but a necessary one.

May 29, 2014 | 4 comments
Recent home sales -- May 27

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.

May 29, 2014 | No comments yet
2014 All-PAL Bay Division baseball team

First Team
Erik Amundson (Menlo-Atherton) Sr. pitcher; Jared Milch (Terra Nova) So. pitcher; Chet Silveria (Half Moon Bay) Sr. catcher; Will Johnston (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr. OF; Johnathan Englemann (Burlingame) Jr. OF; Brett Berghammer (Half Moon Bay Sr. OF

May 29, 2014 | No comments yet
It's the end of a baseball era for Menlo School and Schoof

Craig Schoof was very emotional after Menlo School's baseball game at San Jose Municipal Stadium on Tuesday, and the longtime head coach had every reason to be affected by the day's events. Read the story here.

May 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Pride celebration

San Mateo County will host its second annual Pride Celebration on June 14. The free event will feature music, entertainment and informational presentations.

June 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Housing complex previewed

Greenheart plans 195 market-rate apartments on Hamilton Avenue
The Belle Haven neighborhood is seeing an influx of proposed housing complexes, and with a cyber cafe, dog wash and play areas, and "a rather large spa," Greenheart's planned development on Hamilton Avenue looks like it will keep up with the neighbors in terms of creature comforts.

May 30, 2014 | 17 comments
Menlo Park expanding outdoor dining downtown

Not everything to do with Menlo Park's downtown/El Camino Real specific plan leads to months of debate, vitriol and battles at the ballot box: Take outdoor dining, for example.

May 28, 2014 | 18 comments
Menlo Park: Man, 25, found dead in car

Initial investigation suggests accidental overdose
After someone spotted a man slumped over in a BMW and called Menlo Park police on Tuesday morning, officers arrived to find the body of 25-year-old Christopher Shubert, according to the report.

May 28, 2014 | 4 comments
Menlo Park residents set national cycling records

Two Menlo Park residents, masters athletes MaryAnn Levenson and Jim Turner, recently set three national cycling records at the Hellyer velodrome in San Jose.

May 27, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday in Menlo Park: Counselor for human-trafficking victims gives graduation talk

Erica Wilson, a counselor for human-trafficking victims, will give the commencement speech at Menlo Park's private Mid-Peninsula High School on Saturday.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton seeks residents' views on Parker Avenue right-of-way issue

City Council also considers Carriage House question
The Atherton City Council on May 21 discussed the thorny issue of the Parker Avenue right-of-way, and for a second time declined to endorse a proposal to renovate the historic carriage house in the park.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A hires former assistant as new girls basketball coach

When Menlo-Atherton girls basketball coach Morgan Clyburn departed following the season, the Bears didn't have to look past her staff to find a new leader. Clyburn's top assistant, Markisha Coleman has been named as the Bears' new head coach. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo wins NorCal tennis title without three top players

Despite missing three starters, the Menlo School boys extended their run of titles at the CIF-USTA Northern California Regional Tennis Championships after a 5-2 victory over Dougherty Valley of San Ramon on Saturday at the Natomas Racquet Club. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Circus in Portola Valley

The circus team of Coventry & Kaluza will present music, clowning and circus skills (juggling, acrobatics and hula hoops) for all ages at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road.

May 27, 2014 | 2 comments
Today in Menlo Park: Talk on 'Growing Up With Ty Cobb'

Herschel Cobb of Menlo Park will talk about and sign his book, "Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up With My Grandfather, Ty Cobb," at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Little House, 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bike ride kicks off youth workshop project

Menlo Park explored building community through bicycling during the holiday weekend, with a 7.3-mile "unity ride" led by teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula on Saturday, May 24.

May 27, 2014 | 3 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park budget workshop

Tonight, Menlo Park's city manager will present the proposed $72.1 million budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year and a 10-year financial forecast.

May 27, 2014 | No comments yet
June 3 election roundup

Major ballot measures and candidate races will be decided on Election Day, Tuesday, June 3, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

May 27, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's special postseason baseball runs continues

As Menlo head coach Craig Schoof walked to the mound in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Knights' Central Coast Section quarterfinal CCS contest against Santa Cruz, he had every intention of taking his sophomore starting pitcher Davis Rich out of the game. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: "The Magic Flute"

West Bay Opera's "The Magic Flute' boasts fine voices, lush music, fanciful sets and lots of jokes
There have been much more lavish (and expensive) productions of Mozart's most popular work, but Palo Alto's plucky West Bay Opera continues to amaze with its ambitious mounting of this most complex operatic masterwork, "Die Zauberflote" ("The Magic Flute').

May 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Lucile Packard launches rebranded care network

Children's hospital now part of ovearching Stanford Children's Health brand
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is re-branding itself as part of Stanford Children's Health, a network dedicated to the care of children and expectant mothers, the hospital announced Monday.

May 24, 2014 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES - May 21

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

May 24, 2014 | No comments yet
RECENT HOME SALES - May 21

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

May 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Gunn, Menlo girls hoping to repeat some track history

The CIF State Track and Field Championships in 2005 was a special one for the local area as Gunn's Tori Tyler and Menlo School's Libby Jenke ran off with victories. Since then, no local runner or jumper has won a state title. But, that could change in a few weeks with Sarah Robinson and Maddy Price trying to duplicate history.

May 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: Blended

One and a half stars
Sometimes Adam Sandler works for others (notably Paul Thomas Anderson and Judd Apatow) and makes an interesting and sophisticated film. Mostly, though, he churns out branded "Adam Sandler comedies," in which he doubles as both producer and star. "Blended" is one of the latter.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Three and a half stars
The best superhero movies in some way work against the grain. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," A loose adaptation of the beloved two-part comic book story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, does just that. With an outstanding cast and strong editing, the film is poignant and coherent.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton urges Surf Air to fly at higher altitudes

Taking a new approach in efforts to reduce airplane noise over Atherton, the town is sending a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration urging that planes fly at a higher altitude until closer to the San Carlos Airport.

May 27, 2014 | 11 comments
Atherton: Buckheit lawsuit saga appears to be over

A May 20 federal appeals court decision is likely to close the door on the four-and-a-half-year fight involving an Atherton resident's lawsuit against the town of Atherton, three of its officers, and the county over the resident's 2008 arrest.

May 23, 2014 | 10 comments
Police calls: Arrest made in tequila theft incident

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

May 28, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Portola Valley considers plans for Redberry Ridge

Further thawing may be ahead for development of 18 Redberry Ridge in Portola Valley when the Town Council meets Wednesday, May 28.

May 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Meandering path on Woodside Road in line for an upgrade

Plans are afoot to improve the pedestrian and equestrian path along the south side of Woodside Road between Roberts Market and the elementary school.

May 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Residents seek right to build larger homes

Woodside Heights, though within the borders of Woodside, is a community apart: It sits east of Interstate 280 and it is adjacent to West Atherton, where market values tend to be higher by comparison. And the houses tend to be larger, an issue for the Woodside neighbors.

May 29, 2014 | 13 comments
Tonight: Woodside considers three-lot subdivision on Moore Road

A subdivision plan that would create three residential lots from a 21.7-acre property at 389 Moore Road in Woodside returns for further consideration by the Town Council on Tuesday, March 27.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton council: No interest in outsourcing cops

Atherton City Council members began their review of the town's 2014-15 budget at their May 21 meeting by making it clear there is one project in the budget report they have absolutely no interest in -- a study of outsourcing the town's police services.

May 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Saturday: Unity bike ride in Menlo Park

Menlo Park will explore building community through bicycling with teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula on May 24.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A moves closer to making program history in CCS baseball

Erik Amundson tossed a complete-game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as 12th-seeded Menlo-Atherton upset fifth-seeded and Watsonville, 2-1, Thursday evening in the first round of the CCS Division I baseball playoffs. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Judge tosses Woodell lawsuit over evidence destruction

Court: Wiping cellphone data was "patently unjust"
John Woodell's defamation lawsuit against two Menlo Park fire board directors has been dismissed, despite his argument for lesser sanctions, with the court finding that he deliberately deleted cellphone data.

May 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Keeping the tradition alive

Palo Alto-based West Bay Opera perseveres through tough times
Palo Alto-based West Bay Opera -- the second longest-running opera company on the West Coast -- is wrapping up its 58th season with a staging of Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
World War II veteran receives long overdue medals

Palo Alto resident assisted by Rep. Anna Eshoo and staff
Veteran John Indergand fought and was injured, twice, in World War II, but he never received one of the medals he earned for his service. That is, until earlier this year, when U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo heard about his long-missing honor.

May 24, 2014 | 2 comments
Art: Pop-up gallery in Menlo Park: otherworldly forms

Local pop-up art gallery Pace Menlo Park recently opened the doors to its latest exhibition, "Tara Donovan: Untitled," located in the former Tesla dealership at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton council favors using Watkins House as police crash pad

Officers who live out of town would have place to sleep between shifts
Atherton police officers who need to catch some shut-eye between 12-hour shifts will soon have a pretty nice place to do just that -- Holbrook-Palmer Park's Watkins House, empty since the city manager declined the traditional offer of free housing.

May 22, 2014 | 5 comments
Triple play secures crucial first-round win for Menlo School

CCS baseball
Menlo senior shortstop Mikey Diekroeger and the Knights' defense recorded an incredible triple play to cap a 2-1 Central Coast Section Division II first-round victory against host Capuchino on Wednesday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Four reach Eagle Scout status

Four scouts with Menlo Park Boy Scouts of America Troop 109 recently achieved Eagle Scout status.

May 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Memorial for Menlo Park couple killed by drunken driver

These ceramic gardenias are a memorial to Balbir and Kamal Kaur Singh, who were killed Oct. 24, 2013, by a drunken driver while walking their dog along Chilco Street in Menlo Park.

June 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park benefit raises $4M for Alzheimer's Association

"We blew the doors off," said Michaela "Mikey" Hoag of Atherton, after chairing the "Part the Cloud Gala" in Menlo Park recently and raising a record $4 million.

June 2, 2014 | 1 comment
This weekend: Spring Event at Horse Park at Woodside

Equestrians will compete in dressage, cross country jumping and stadium jumping events at a Spring Event on Friday through Sunday, May 23-25, at the Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road.

May 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday in Portola Valley: Docent talk on Legion of Honor exhibit

A docent will present a slideshow in Portola Valley at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 22, on the San Francisco Legion of Honor exhibit, "Intimate Impressionism."

May 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight in Menlo Park: 'Death Rides the Zephyr'

Relive the golden age of rail travel when author Janet Dawson discusses her latest mystery, "Death Rides the Zephyr," at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, in the downstairs meeting room at the Menlo Park Library.

May 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo seniors set to continue sports careers in college

Menlo School is deep into the spring playoffs, and a key factor for the Knights' success is the guidance of a strong senior class. Twenty-seven Menlo student-athletes are set to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

May 21, 2014 | No comments yet
Man pleads no contest to shovel assault in Woodside

Milo Mcintosh Imrie, a 25-year-old military veteran, pleaded no-contest May 16 to felony assault charges in connection with an incident in Woodside in December 2011, when he allegedly assaulted his cousin with a shovel.

May 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton: All clear on Encinal School gas leak

PG&E fixed a gas leak at Encinal School this morning, and the fire district gave the "all clear" to lift a "shelter in place" order.

May 20, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce mixer at Haven Family House

Haven Family House will host a mixer on behalf of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Intuit and InnVision Shelter Network on Wednesday, May 21.

May 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park sets granny unit fees

Although much higher estimates of $20,000 were bandied about during the Menlo Park Planning Commission's discussions of how much fees for secondary, aka "granny," units cost, once the city staff delved into the data, they discovered the average was closer to $7,500.

May 21, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park hires consultant to analyze specific plan initiative impacts

Carpenter files complaint with state commission over Save Menlo's status
As city and county officials work on the painstaking process of verifying the signatures of registered Menlo Park voters submitted as part of an initiative by Save Menlo to change the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan, other analyses are also underway.

May 20, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Judge may dismiss Woodell lawsuit over destroyed evidence

Tentative ruling not yet final
A judge may deliver a devastating blow to the defamation lawsuit filed against two Menlo Park fire board directors. A tentative ruling issued last week states John Woodell allegedly captured data for his own purposes before wiping his cellphone clean "such that all potentially relevant information retained on the phone was destroyed."

May 20, 2014 | 61 comments
Those were the days

The Neuman Brothers Store at the corner of Mountain Home and Woodside roads at it looked in the 1930s. James Neuman had two boys and twin girls who helped operate the store, which was the forerunner of Roberts Market that is open today on the same site. (Photo courtesy Woodside History Committee.)

May 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District names head of programs for special-needs students

Minoo Shah, who oversees the Special Education Department of the San Francisco Unified School District, will take over programs for students with special needs in the Portola Valley School District.

May 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Feature story: Ex-prisoners, others have tattoos removed for free

The "ink" is a combination of water, toothpaste and colored plastic -- melted checkers, for example. The "needle" is a sharpened staple. In the hands of a self-taught artist, the sort you're likely to find in prison, these raw materials become the stuff of prison tattoos, and gang identity.

May 20, 2014 | No comments yet
Candidate says he questioned sheriff about Vegas incident

For Greg Munks, the sheriff of San Mateo County and the incumbent in the June 3 election for his third four-year term, one question refuses to go away.

May 22, 2014 | 18 comments
Election: Deputy challenges incumbent sheriff in write-in campaign

Greg Munks ran unopposed for re-election as San Mateo County sheriff in 2010. This time around, while the ballot for the June 3 election again lists Mr. Munks as the only candidate, he does have an opponent.

May 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Police calls: Driver looks away briefly and crashes into pole

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Menlo Park and West Menlo Park.

May 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Business: Warren Buffett company buys Intero Real Estate

HomeServices of America Inc., an affiliate of Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired Intero Real Estate Services, which has offices in Menlo Park and Woodside.

May 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep girls claim league lacrosse playoff title

In the West Bay Athletic League playoff finale, Sacred Heart Prep completed its first-ever season sweep of rival Menlo School in lacrosse as the Gators held on for a 13-12 victory on Saturday morning at Harker School in Saratoga.

May 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep's Ally Howe makes swim history

There was history to be made at the 2014 Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. Sacred Heart Prep senior Ally Howe followed up her national record in the 100-yard backstroke for Independent Schools during Friday's trials by breaking it again at Saturday's finals. Read this story and see more local sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 18, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP's Howe sets national record at CCS swim prelims

Sacred Heart Prep senior Ally Howe came oh so close to setting a national record in the 100-yard backstroke at last year's Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships. She made up for that on Friday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Baseball: Menlo tops M-A for PAL title

Menlo-Atherton's three-run seventh-inning rally fell 90 feet short on Friday afternoon as the Bears lost to Menlo School, 7-6, in the championship game of the inaugural Peninsula Athletic League postseason tournament.

May 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Ball is in Menlo's court again with another CCS tennis title

Being the third of four tennis-playing brothers at Menlo School, David Ball has watched his older siblings achieve a lot of success over the years. Ball did a good job of following in their successful footsteps by helping the Knights win another Central Coast Section title on Friday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Forward-thinking footwork

Smuin Ballet remembers past fondly while keeping eyes fixed on future
Smuin Ballet has not only survived -- it has thrived -- since the sudden death of it's founder, seven years ago. The company, nearing the conclusion of its 20th season, comes to Mountain View this week.

May 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: Million Dollar Arm

Three stars
A struggling sports agent works to teach a pair of hard-throwing cricket players from India to hit the strike zone in the hopes of making them big league ballplayers in "Million Dollar Arm." Weekly film critic Susan Tavernetti says the result is a heartwarming tale, which despite its lack of urgency is ultimately "charming and uplifting."

May 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton sees rising revenues, spending

Atherton officials are projecting robust revenues and a budget surplus for the 2014-15 fiscal year, prompting them to propose increased spending for some services, particularly in the police and public works departments.

May 19, 2014 | 8 comments
Election: Incumbent faces watchdog in District 3 supervisorial race

Big differences in beliefs on government's proper role in our lives, and on local government's effectiveness in fulfilling its role, separate Don Horsley and Michael Stogner. One key thing on which they find common ground, though, is that each wants to represent District 3 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

May 23, 2014 | 21 comments
Tonight is 'Flight Night' in Portola Valley

Portola Valley will hold its fourth annual "Flight Night," with demonstrations and displays of radio-controlled model aircraft, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 16, 2014 | 2 comments
Girls basketball team wins district title

The California Crush, a third-grade girls basketball team made up of players from Menlo Park and Atherton, recently won the Pacific AAU girls basketball district championship in Reno, Nevada.

May 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: St. Patrick's Seminary secretary pleads no contest to felony embezzlement

A secretary accused of helping her boss embezzle money from St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest, according to the district attorney's office.

May 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Pregnant woman robbed in driveway

A man approached a pregnant woman sitting in a car parked in the driveway of her Menlo Park home and shattered a car window after demanding she hand over her property on Wednesday night, according to the police.

May 16, 2014 | 2 comments
The cream of the crop

Smitten brings cool twist to ice cream in Los Altos
"Growing up, my mom used to say I had two stomachs, and one solely reserved for ice cream, and I still believe that," said Robyn Sue Fisher, owner and creator of Smitten Ice Cream, which just opened a new location in Los Altos.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks appoints 'director of new works'

Nationally recognized Giovanna Sardelli to take over development of new productions at local theater company
Palo Alto-based TheatreWorks has named nationally recognized and award-winning stage director Giovanna Sardelli as its director of new works.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Gia Coppola explores wide-eyed, wild, wasted youth in 'Palo Alto'

The kids aren't all right, but they'll be OK
'Palo Alto,' Gia Coppola's dark, atmospheric coming of age tale, follows a group of listless teens, as they meander from party to party, searching for answers to questions they barely even know how to ask.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Palo Alto'

three stars
The film "Palo Alto" universalizes its setting to an archetypal upscale suburbia, populated by disaffected white kids and their "free-range" parents (Gia Coppola shot the film in southern California). Freely adapting James Franco's stories, writer-director Coppola eschews melodrama, coaxing powerfully resonant performances from her young leads while never pushing style or content into blatant manipulations.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Avenidas senior center head to step down

President and CEO Lisa Hendrickson will work on Palo Alto nonprofit's expansion plans
Menlo Park resident Lisa Hendrickson, the president and CEO for the past 15 years of Avenidas, the Palo Alto senior-services nonprofit, has announced she will step down as the agency's leader to focus on Avenidas' plans for the future.

May 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Sunday: Portola Valley's 'rural values' are topic for study session

Are rural values under threat in Portola Valley? An early morning study session on planning regulations and guidelines -- past, present and future -- is set for 8:15 a.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

May 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Lawsuit against Circus Club alleges age discrimination, retaliation

The former head of maintenance at the Menlo Circus Club who was fired last November is suing the exclusive Atherton club and its general manager, alleging that his firing was due to age discrimination and retaliation, and that he has been cheated out of the bonus he's owed.

May 21, 2014 | 6 comments
Woodside School students learn about 'design thinking'

If their enthusiastic response was any indication, students at Woodside Elementary School who got an introduction to "design thinking" at a special evening event at the school recently are ready to dive into this hands-on, multi-disciplinary way of solving problems.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Business: Showroom combines traditional, modern

Keith Quiggins was destined to be a designer. At age 5, he was helping his mother pick out paint samples for their home, he says with a laugh.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Lyme foundation raises $500K at Portola Valley benefit

The Bay Area Lyme Foundation raised nearly $500,000 at its second annual LymeAid benefit concert at a Portola Valley home.

June 1, 2014 | 2 comments
Election: Open space district seeks voter OK for $300M bond measure

If two-thirds of voters approve Measure AA, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District will be able to issue up to $300 million in bonds to finance improving, preserving and restoring its properties as well as purchasing land needed to connect trails and preserve plant and animal habitats.

May 19, 2014 | 2 comments
SHP, M-A boys and Paly girls return to league lacrosse finales

Wednesday's prep roundup
Three lacrosse championship matches will be held Saturday. Right now, three local teams know who they'll be playing in the finals while two other squads have a pretty good idea, as well. For the boys, Sacred Heart Prep will play Menlo-Atherton for the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League crown at Woodside High. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo boys will play for a sixth straight CCS tennis title

Hot weather couldn't stop the Menlo School boys tennis team on Wednesday, nor could Bellarmine Prep in the Central Coast Section Team Tournament semifinals. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Ruth Reichl sinks her teeth into fiction

Former New York Times restaurant critic and Gourmet editor-in-chief talks dining disguises, her new novel and the best thing she ate in the last week
Ruth Reichl, former New York Times restaurant critic and Gourmet editor-in-chief, talks dining disguises, her new novel and the best thing she ate last week.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Bunny of the week

Easter in May? Not quite, but the Peninsula Humane Society does have several bunnies available for adoption, including Alfie, this week's featured pet.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Thursday event highlights innovation in Portola Valley schools

Teachers from Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley will present overviews on innovative approaches to learning introduced into classrooms this school year in a program on Thursday, May 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton dominates All-PAL Bay Division tennis

The regular-season champion Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team, which compiled an undefeated dual-match record this season, carried that domination the 2014 divisional all-league team. Read the story here.

May 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council votes 3-2 for new law on surveillance data, video

In a rare 3-2 vote for the current Menlo Park council, a new ordinance governing the use of surveillance data by law enforcement took the first step towards implementation last night, despite the police department's opposition.

May 14, 2014 | 14 comments
Couple sentenced to jail for stealing luggage after Asiana Airlines crash

Two people who used the confusion after the Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last summer as an opportunity to steal luggage from diverted passengers were sentenced to jail Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | 5 comments
Menlo survives tennis tests, joins M-A in CCS semifinals

Prep roundup It was a day of tests for the Menlo School and Palo Alto boys as the tennis rivals took to the courts in the quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section Team Tournament on a hot Monday afternoon in Atherton. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Facebook CEO sued for fraud in Palo Alto real estate deal

Developer claims Zuckerberg failed to deliver on promise of business referrals
A Palo Alto real estate developer is suing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for fraud in a deal that allegedly included promises for business introductions in exchange for buying out a contract to purchase a property adjacent to Mr. Zuckerberg's home at a deep discount, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

May 13, 2014 | 7 comments
Menlo College gains all-Cal Pac recognition

Oaks corner
Menlo College junior outfielder Nicole Larson and sophomore outfielder Mary Hall repeated as All-Cal Pac Conference softball selections, while junior transfer Melissa Reynosa earned the Cal Pac Newcomer of the Year distinction for her impressive season. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council shares views on nonresident recreational fee surcharge

Should nonresidents pay 35 percent more, and wait a week longer to register, for the city of Menlo Park's recreation classes? As a prelude to the Parks and Recreation Commission's consideration of the issue later this year, council members set aside some time on May 6 to provide their perspectives, as did several community members.

May 16, 2014 | 5 comments
San Mateo County election info now online

San Mateo County residents can peruse candidate statements, ballot arguments and videos of candidate forums online and on television.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Benefit in memory of Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit will be held on Friday, May 16, in memory of Amelie Le Moullac, a 24-year-old Menlo School graduate who was killed while riding her bike to work in San Francisco last August.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council weighs surveillance policy

Menlo Park police may finally get to deploy their new automated license plate readers in the near future after the council reviews a proposed privacy ordinance tonight.

May 13, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Gas leak may be tied to settling of road

A severed gas line is now repaired, but the question of the proper depth for the pipe is yet to be decided, Portola Valley officials say.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Wildfire drill went well, officials say

About 30 residents in and around Los Trancos Woods evacuated in their cars to Portola Valley Town Center as part of a mock fire drill earlier this month.

May 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Residents win habitat awards

Residents who create wildlife corridors on their lands that allow and encourage the presence of native plants and wild animals will be honored by the town of Woodside on Saturday, May 17.

May 19, 2014 | No comments yet
Skylonda: Work begins on Skyline slope

Crews from Caltrans are working to repair a steep slope off the shoulder of Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) at mile post 13.1 near Skylonda at the intersection of Bear Gulch Road. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

May 16, 2014 | 3 comments
Sheriff adds assistant to management staff

Capt. Tom Gallagher of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office was promoted on May 6 to assistant sheriff.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Blank checks stolen from Menlo Park mailboxes

Two Menlo Park residents told police that blank checks had been stolen from their mailboxes and then used for forgery.

May 13, 2014 | 2 comments
Election: A quarter-billion for Sequoia District high schools?

Measure A would raise $265 million for classrooms and other facilities.
The coming surge in enrollment at area public high schools, particularly at Menlo-Atherton High School, is the issue driving Measure A on the June 3 ballot.

May 13, 2014 | 60 comments
Election: $13.5 million in bonds for Woodside School?

When people pass by Woodside Elementary School, they see a well-manicured campus with attractive, recent-vintage buildings. They could be forgiven, then, if they wonder why the one-school district is asking voters to approve a $13.5 million bond measure next month to fund campus modernization and repair projects, and the replacement of Sellman Auditorium.

May 14, 2014 | 1 comment
Atherton teen honored nationally for volunteer work

Jessica Bird, a senior at Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton, is one of 10 young volunteers across the nation honored with a 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her work combating sex-trafficking worldwide.

May 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Initiative signatures submitted

Save Menlo hopes the council adopts the changes instead of taking the initiative to the ballot box
About a dozen people gathered outside Menlo Park City Hall on May 12 to listen to Save Menlo representatives announce that they've collected a lot more than the 1,780 registered voter signatures needed to get their downtown/El Camino Real specific plan initiative on the November ballot.

May 12, 2014 | 32 comments
Menlo Park: New driveway coming to Louise Street

Developer and residents reach compromise
It turns out that life on Menlo Park's Louise Street as the residents know it may survive the addition of one more driveway after all.

May 12, 2014 | 16 comments
High temperatures, low winds lead to advisory

The Bay Area Quality Management District is issuing a Spare the Air Alert for today.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Baseball: Wins by Menlo, SHP close out PAL Bay Division regular season

The regular season in the PAL Bay Division has come to a close, yet there's still plenty of baseball left to be played with the first annual postseason tournament that begins on Tuesday. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Palo Alto man sentenced to year in jail in Portola Valley attack

A 22-year-old Palo Alto man was sentenced to one year in jail on May 9 after having pleaded no contest to charges of auto burglary and assault of a 13-year-old Portola Valley boy with a baseball bat in April 2013.

May 10, 2014 | 5 comments
Review: 'Belle'

Two and a half stars
In much the same way films based on novels often send moviegoers to bookstores, films "based on a true story" often send moviegoers to historical accounts to find out what really happened, and perhaps that's the best that can be said for the simplifications of "Belle."

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Neighbors'

Two and a half stars
Even more so than its recent forebears (and this is saying something), the new comedy film "Neighbors" is all about the riff. With Seth Rogen taking center stage, that's not such a bad thing: a steady flow of one-liners improves the odds for laughs.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Judge to compel Vinod Khosla to testify in Martin's Beach case

Attorneys presented opening arguments Thursday morning on the first day of the latest courtroom battle of private-property rights versus public beach access at Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay.

May 9, 2014 | 4 comments
Early voting underway in San Mateo County

San Mateo County has opened the early voting period for the upcoming June 3 election and sent out vote-by-mail ballots.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park planning commissioners selected

A new face has joined the return of a familiar one on the Menlo Park Planning Commission. The City Council has reappointed Ben Eiref to a second four-year term, and selected Andrew Combs to replace Henry Riggs, whose term had ended.

May 9, 2014 | 1 comment
Friday: Sacred Heart Schools holds prayer gathering for Nigerian girls

Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton will hold a community prayer gathering at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, in support of the safe rescue of hundreds of girls who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
New name, location for Riley's Place

The fifth annual benefit dinner on May 17 for a local nonprofit with the slogan "animals helping people" has turned into a virtual barn-raising.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: 'Health Matters' community event at Stanford

Health Matters, a free community event hosted by Stanford Medicine, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Li Ka Shing Center at 291 Campus Drive on the Stanford campus.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP advances team in CCS golf; Paly sends two individuals

Wednesday's prep roundup
The entire Sacred Heart Prep boys golf team will play another day, but only two members of Palo Alto's squad will have that opportunity following the Central Coast Section Regional II tournament on Wednesday. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
President Obama to visit the Bay Area

Two-day visit brings president to Mountain View for fundraisers, energy efficiency speech
Walmart may seem an unlikely place for a president to visit, but President Barack Obama is set to come to Mountain View's Walmart Friday morning to give a speech about energy efficiency.

May 8, 2014 | 13 comments
Recent home sales - May 6

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.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Play tackles issue of cyber bullying

The Corte Madera school community enjoys a long-running tradition this week with the 12th Frederick's Follies production. The event, free to students, their families and the community at large, takes place this Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Corte Madera School.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
State assembly candidates to meet in forum

California primary election to take place June 3
Three candidates for the 24th State Assembly will meet in a forum Thursday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palo Alto Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave.

May 7, 2014 | 1 comment
Herb Wong memorial service on Tuesday

A memorial service for Herb Wong of Menlo Park is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Realty agents fix up Haven Family House

Keller Williams Realty agents from the Menlo Park and Palo Alto offices plan to spend Thursday, May 8, at the Haven Family House homeless shelter in Menlo Park planting vegetables and flowers and doing general fix-up and clean-up work.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
New facilities open at Mindego Gateway at Russian Ridge open space

The Mindego Gateway of the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve officially opens a new parking area and other visitor-oriented facilities with a ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

May 8, 2014 | No comments yet
M-A's good fortunes continue with No. 3 tennis seed for CCS

Much has gone Menlo-Atherton's way during a solid tennis season that saw the Bears win a sixth straight PAL Bay Division title while finishing 17-4 overall. On Monday night, good news for Menlo-Atherton continued at the Central Coast Section seeding meeting.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College baseball players earn all-conference honors

Oaks notes
James Threw and Daniel Comstock of Menlo College have been named to the 2014 All-NAIA West Group baseball team after leading the Oaks to their fifth straight winning season. Read the story here.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Fire drill interrupted by out-of-control dump truck

The crashed dump truck that had been sitting among the trees above Los Trancos Creek just west of Ford Field in Portola Valley has been moved. A tow truck now has the truck under control, firefighters told the Almanac.

May 7, 2014 | 2 comments
Menlo Park police investigate Sand Hill Road hit-and-run

A dark blue 2002 GMC truck careened off several traffic signal poles and then ran into a tree in the area of Sand Hill Road and Branner Avenue on Tuesday night, according to Menlo Park police.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves animal control shelter funding -- for now

City to look at other service providers
While the county's request that Menlo Park help pay for a new animal control facility finally got approved by the City Council last night (May 6), it could be a temporary state of affairs.

May 7, 2014 | 2 comments
Crews secure gas leak in Portola Valley

Traffic was limited for several hours Tuesday afternoon (May 6) near the intersection of Cervantes Road and Peak Lane in Portola Valley, where a paving crew accidentally hit a one-inch residential gas line at around 1:10 p.m. and broke it. The leak was secured at 2:30 p.m.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside: Willie McCovey helps rededicate ball field

Although he's been retired since decades before they were born, Willie McCovey made a new generation of fans this week when he visited Woodside Elementary School on Monday, May 5, to help rededicate the baseball field that is named in his honor.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Murphy leaves Gunn, takes over girls' basketball team at SHP

After just one year as head coach of the Gunn girls' basketball program, Melanie Murphy is moving on. The move to her next job, however, is a short one. Murphy is the new girls' head basketball coach at Sacred Heart Prep. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Nonresident surcharge, Wallea stop signs before Menlo Park council

The nonresident surcharge for recreation classes returns to the Menlo Park City Council's agenda tonight. Other topics include whether to install stop signs on the north and south ends of Wallea Drive, and whether to contribute up to a new county animal shelter.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Ex-Menlo Park employee charged with misdemeanor embezzlement

Recreation clerk allegedly pocketed class fees
A 48-year-old man who collected program fees at the front desk of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park has been charged with misdemeanor embezzlement, according to the District Attorney's Office.

May 6, 2014 | 8 comments
Hooray, it's May

Woodside turns out for its traditional May Day fete
Woodside's 92nd annual May Day celebration was a lot like the previous 91, and that's exactly the way the town likes it -- a small-town tradition carried on in the traditional way.

May 6, 2014 | 1 comment
Friday: Play tackles issue of cyber bullying

The Corte Madera school community enjoys a long-running tradition this week with the 12th Frederick's Follies production. The event, free to students, their families and the community at large, takes place this Friday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Corte Madera School.

May 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Ormondale named a 'Distinguished School'

Ormondale School in Portola Valley has been named a 2014 California Distinguished School -- one of 424 out of about 6,000 elementary schools in the state to receive the honor.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
The beat goes on: An appreciation of Dr. Wong

Jazz royalty. A visionary, and a legend in the jazz world. Any musician would be thrilled to be characterized by those reverential labels. But would someone who didn't play jazz professionally qualify for such honorifics? Hard to imagine, unless you were lucky enough to know Herb Wong.

May 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Granny unit regulations approved

Council decides not to reduce minimum lot size
If you live on a lot in Menlo Park that's at least 6,000 square feet and meets some other requirements, including setbacks, you can now start planning to build your dream granny unit.

May 5, 2014 | 12 comments
Woodside woman notches her 10th Boston Marathon

Woodside resident Judith Taksa Webb, 70, finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in 4 hours, 18 minutes and 23 seconds, slightly slower than her pace a year earlier.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
A day at the races

Kids having fun in plywood cars they made themselves
It wasn't a flawless soap box derby in Woodside on Sunday, May 4, but what car race is? Front wheels occasionally lost their alignment. Some cars rolled down the hill with their brakes on. Occasionally, a car rolled to a stop after running into the very forgiving orange plastic pylons set out to mark the lanes.

May 6, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: Passenger seat stolen from car in Woodside

Crime and accident reports from West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park.

May 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Woodside: It's not easy being on the ASRB

Spare a thought or two of gratitude for the seven volunteers who serve on Woodside's Architectural and Site Review Board, which has the complicated task of reviewing residents' site development plans and making recommendations to the planning director.

May 9, 2014 | 4 comments
Milestone win gives SHP girls at least tie in WBAL lacrosse

During these past two seasons, Sacred Heart Prep has enjoyed an unparalleled streak of success against its next-door neighbor. Last season, the Gators defeated Menlo for the first time in school history, defeated them again in the WBAL championship game, and earlier this season, secured a three-game winning streak against the Knights with a one-goal home win. Still, there was one goal left to achieve. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Foundation debuts online 'giving day' for nonprofits

Twenty-four-hour give-a-thon is first of its kind locally
On May 6, the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation will be hosting SVGives, the region's first "crowdfunding" event to benefit more than 600 local nonprofit organizations.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Almanac wins state-wide awards

The Almanac won eight awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association contest, including first-place awards for investigative reporting and artistic photo.

May 4, 2014 | 9 comments
Review: 'Fading Gigolo'

Two stars
John Turturro's new film, "Fading Gigolo," has a lot going for it and "almost gets by on its idiosyncrasies," according to Weekly reviewer Peter Canavese. However, "the film never quite rises above a base curiosity value."

May 3, 2014 | No comments yet
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Two and a half stars
It feels a bit uncharitable to chide a blockbuster superhero movie for providing too much. But "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" certainly crams quite a bit in. And runs quite long. Still, Palo Alto Weekly film critic Peter Canavese says, the film is fun and doesn't embarrass itself. Plus, the kids (and kids at heart) are bound to love it.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district: Oak Knoll, Laurel schools win state recognition

(An expanded version of an earlier story) Two schools in the Menlo Park City School District have been named California Distinguished Schools after a judging process that assessed their progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap among their students.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Kepler's throws party for California Bookstore Day with Wizard with Oz cast

Kepler's Books in Menlo Park will join 93 other stores in celebrating California Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 3.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP boys wrap up SCVAL De Anza Division lacrosse crown

The Sacred Heart boys lacrosse team clinched the SCVAL De Anza Division regular-season title with a 12-8 victory over host Menlo School on Thursday. The Gators opened a three-game lead over the Knights with just two to play. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on ==B PASportsOnline.com.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
'Dogs have owners. Cats have staff'

No one is sure who first said this, but the quote is spot-on! And, this week's featured pet, Jasmine, fits the bill.

May 2, 2014 | No comments yet
Council asks if Menlo Park is 'too aggressive' with parking enforcement

How much efficiency is enough? When it comes to parking enforcement in downtown Menlo Park, the answer seems to be "a little less than we have."

May 2, 2014 | 24 comments
Oh, Mickey, he's so fine …

... He so fine, he blows my mind. Hey Mickey! Remember that tune from 1980s one-hit wonder Toni Basil?

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Woodside event offers native plants, tips on water-wise gardening

A local group of garden lovers is offering fresh plants and fresh ideas on water-wise gardening at its biennial plant sale in Woodside on Saturday, May 10.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Women's network helps low-income moms

The Women's Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA), which aims to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income, single mothers in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, is participating in the community-wide Silicon Valley Gives Campaign on May 6, a one-day online fundraiser hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

May 5, 2014 | 1 comment
Community Briefs: Locals join Lyme Foundation

Gib and Susan Myers of Atherton have joined the Bay Area Lyme Foundation's board of advisers, while Woodside resident Lisa Arone has become the organization's marketing and communications director, and Portola Valley resident Linda Giampa has become its development director.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Preparing children for kindergarten

Annye Rothenberg, a child/parent psychologist, will give a talk on Tuesday, May 6, at the Roberts School in Menlo Park about how parents can prepare their children for kindergarten.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP boys easily win WBAL golf title as tuneup for CCS regional

Wednesday's prep roundup
The Sacred Heart Prep boys rolled to an easy victory at the West Bay Athletic League golf championships on Wednesday on a hot and windy day at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Forty-five cars may compete in Woodside soapbox derby Sunday

The second annual Woodside Soapbox Derby takes place Sunday, May 4, in the parking lot of Independence Hall at 2955 Woodside Road. The event begins at noon with practice runs and a barbecue. The race itself is set for 1 p.m.

May 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Saturday: Fun run raises money for Las Lomitas Education Foundation

Las Lomitas is sponsoring a fun run on Saturday, May 17, featuring three events: a short course on the Las Lomitas playground for the youngest participants; a 1-mile road course for adults and children; and a 5K run/walk through Atherton.

May 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park celebrates kite day

Come fly a kite with the city of Menlo Park on Saturday, May 3. Bring your own and fly it for free, or pay $6 to get a kite and a hot dog meal.

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: ABBA sing-along in Menlo Park

Break out the 1970s wardrobe: Mamma Mia!, an ABBA sing-along, is coming to the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 10.

May 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Open house at Sequoia Hospital

Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City unveils its new health care facilities with a community open house on Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a teddy bear clinic, music, food and facility tours.

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Jim Caldwell looks back on 50 years as an artist

Woodside artist and residential architect Jim Caldwell will give a presentation entitled, "Portrait of an Artist ... Looking Back," at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Woodside.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley pioneers

Residents who have lived in Portola Valley for 50 years or more gathered for a party at The Sequoias retirement community on April 3.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Residents warned of telephone scam

Residents are once again being warned to be aware of fraudulent phone calls from people claiming to be with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

April 30, 2014 | 6 comments
A market sampler

What can you find at various price points, in different cities?
Small house on a big lot? Bit house on a small lot? Condo with no yard? Walkable to downtown? Near great schools?

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 29

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Bikes stolen from bike rack near Menlo Park Library

Bikes are being stolen from a bike rack near Alma Street alongside the Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center. A sign posted at the rack warns the public of the thefts.

April 30, 2014 | 10 comments
Menlo Park council votes to raise fees, touches on nonresident surcharge

Council asks to examine cost recovery policy
The usual process of increasing fees for city services each year in Menlo Park goes like this: The staff compiles a new list of prices, the City Council looks it over, there might be some comment about how much child care programs cost, and then the council votes to approve it. The process didn't quite run like clockwork this year.

April 30, 2014 | 33 comments
Woodside's May Day festivities set for Saturday

In the spirit of its "Hometown Hero" theme, Woodside's 92nd annual May Day parade grand marshal Elianne Frenkel-Popell will lead the parade on Saturday, May 3, in a Lexus convertible disguised as a "batmobile."

May 1, 2014 | 3 comments
Grand opening

Pacific Union Real Estate agents and officers pose with representatives of 11 community groups, each of which received a donation of $5,000 from the company at the ribbon-cutting for the new Pacific Union office at 1706 El Camino Real, Suite 200, in Menlo Park.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Authors talk about growing up in wartime

They tell how their childhoods were interrupted by Nazi occupation during World War II
Eva Maiden of Menlo Park and Sophie Stallman of Ladera will talk Saturday, May 3, about their recent memoirs on growing up during World War II. The program starts at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Monday: Willie McCovey to help rededicate Woodside ball field

Willie McCovey, the baseball Hall of Famer and Woodside resident after whom the ball field at Woodside Elementary School is named, will help the school rededicate and celebrate improvements to the field on Monday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m.

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside School devotes program to 'design thinking'

What is design thinking? Parents, students and interested community members can find out at Woodside Elementary School's first Collaborative Design Thinking Project on Thursday, May 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sellman Auditorium on campus.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Those were the days

James "Sunny Jim" Rolph, at the wheel, summered in what is now Portola Valley while he served five terms as mayor of San Francisco starting in 1912.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor plans summer visit to China

Ray Mueller would join other Peninsula mayors on 11-day trip
It's not quite on the same historical scale as President Richard Nixon's visit, but Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller is pretty excited about plans to spend nearly two weeks in China this summer.

April 30, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council looks at rec fees, granny units

Tonight the Menlo Park City Council continues talking about how to implement new regulations for granny units, and also takes a look at how much nonresidents should pay to participate in the city's recreation programs.

April 29, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Workshop on improving travel on El Camino Real

On Wednesday night, a community workshop kicks off Menlo Park's study of potential transportation and safety improvements to the segment of El Camino Real between Sand Hill Road and Encinal Avenue.

April 30, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Woodside studies home design guidelines

The Town Council will meet for a 90-minute study session with the ASRB at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Independence Hall at 3955 Woodside Road. The updates to Woodside's residential design guidelines are nearing their second anniversary, as is the ASRB's required conceptual design review.

April 29, 2014 | 1 comment
Obituary: Barbara Buzza of Ladera

An open house to remember Barbara J. Buzza, for "family and friends to honor a life well lived," is set for 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at the family home in Ladera. Ms. Buzza died April 1. She was 84.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Obituary: Joan 'Jody' Fork of Woodside, 85

A memorial service for Woodside resident and outdoors-woman Joan "Jody" Fork is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

May 12, 2014 | No comments yet
Police calls: West Menlo Park cat shot in shoulder

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

April 29, 2014 | 4 comments
Portola Valley committee has big ambitions for Hawthorns estate

The Portola Valley Nature and Science Committee has ideas about a 79-acre estate with a rundown mansion, a rundown garage, a rundown cottage, a rundown barn, and estate grounds not being put to productive use.

April 30, 2014 | 3 comments
Board hikes sewer rates 9%

Sewer rates for homes and businesses served by the West Bay Sanitary District will be rising by 9 percent starting July 1.

April 29, 2014 | 5 comments
M-A track teams close in on perfect dual-meet seasons

Weekend prep roundup: It has been a highly successful track and field season for the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls, and it only can get better this week when the Bears take on host Terra Nova in PAL Bay Division dual-meet action. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Other Woman'

One and a half stars
The women in "The Other Woman" get the equal opportunity, like the men in Judd Apatow movies, to behave like overgrown children, but the power they give their cheatin' man to occupy all their waking hours makes this comedy more sad than funny.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Particle Fever'

Three and a half stars
Physicist turned filmmaker Mark Levinson gets (and thrillingly shares) VIP access to that moment, as those physicists rev up CERN's Large Hadron Collider to reproduce the conditions just after the Big Bang.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Celebration of life of Lee Lewis Harwood, 96

A celebration of the life of Lee Lewis Harwood, who died March 2 at The Sequoias in Portola Valley, will be held there at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10. She was 96.

May 5, 2014 | No comments yet
Rebuilding Together day in Menlo Park

Volunteers with Rebuilding Together paint the historic Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse in Menlo Park on Saturday, April 26. The volunteers, from left, are Teal Geiger, Patrick Gold, Kirsten Crum and Sara Hollister.

April 26, 2014 | No comments yet
Victims in Menlo Park double fatality are identified

Alcohol and speed appear to have played roles in a car crash that left two people dead off of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park early Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 26, 2014 | 6 comments
Menlo Park compiles comments on Caltrain electrification impact report

About 20 people attended a meeting in Menlo Park last night to chime in on the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project, voicing comments both in favor of and against the project.

April 25, 2014 | 3 comments
Saturday: Meeting on redesigning Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks

A community meeting is set for Saturday, April 26, on a proposed $12.5 million redesign for the Middlefield Road business district in the unincorporated area of North Fair Oaks, immediately north of the Atherton.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Rebuilding volunteers tackle historic Menlo Park gatehouse

When the 25th National Rebuilding Day takes place on Saturday, volunteers will help repair and rehabilitate two Belle Haven homes, the Boys & Girls clubhouse, and the historic Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse, all in Menlo Park.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Sunday: Peninsula Volunteers' Authors Salon in Menlo Park

The 23rd Annual Authors Salon will be held Sunday, May 4, at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club at 2900 Sand Hill Road.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School students win dance titles

Brandon Rabaria and Jessica Fry, students at Menlo School in Atherton, were awarded the titles of Mr. and Ms. Dance of Northern California at the recent All Solo Title Scholarship competition, sponsored by Dance Masters of California, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Obituary: Thomas Borden, 87, active in Rotary Club

Thomas W. Borden, who had a long career in the investment business, was an active member of the Menlo Park Rotary Club, and a resident of Menlo Park for nearly 50 years, died March 14 in Portola Valley after a brief illness.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton's Kathy Jackson honored for improving food distribution to needy

Atherton resident Kathy Jackson, CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, was recently named Feeding America 2014 Network Leader of the Year for her efforts to significantly increase the amount of food provided by Second Harvest and streamline operations to drive down costs.

April 28, 2014 | 2 comments
Crews to replace Atherton water mains

Construction crews from the California Water Service Co. are planning to spend about 17 weeks on Tuscaloosa Avenue in Atherton as they replace 4,300 feet of water mains.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Atheton divided over funding renovation of carriage house

Some Atherton council members balked at a proposal to renovate the 113-year-old carriage house in the park at a cost to the town of $1 million.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Friday: Author Barbara Ehrenreich comes to Kepler's

Barbara Ehrenreich, the bestselling author of first-person investigative reports on working and the American Dream, will be at Kepler's Books at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, to discuss her new book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything."

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Balloting begins for 2014 Readers' Choice Awards

Voting is now open for the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Click here to cast your votes for your favorite restaurants, shops, services, and places to have fun.

April 25, 2014 | 1 comment
Portola Valley calls for quick study on traffic-calming policy

The problem of how to deal with cut-through traffic to and from Corte Madera School via Corte Madera Road and its tributaries is now in the hands of Portola Valley's Bicycle, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Committee

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school board says time isn't right to add Mandarin immersion

District wants to optimize current Spanish programs first
A standing-room-only crowd of parents and proponents of starting a Mandarin immersion program in the Menlo Park City School District next fall failed to get the support of the district's school board at its meeting April 23.

April 24, 2014 | 11 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park solicits comment on Caltrain electrification impact report

Tonight Menlo Park will continue its efforts to write a response to the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook offers grants for Belle Haven and EPA nonprofits

Applications due May 1
Nonprofits with "a history of proven success" in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto can now apply for $3,000 to $5,000 grants available through Facebook's community foundation.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
SHP rallies to upend rival Menlo in PAL Bay Division baseball

Sacred Heart junior Cole March gunned down the tying run at home plate in the seventh inning to secure the Gators' 9-8 PAL Bay Division baseball win over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday afternoon. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo seniors take center stage in Oaks' big victory

Senior Mickey Phelps hit a home run and drove in three runs, John Bowling hit a home run and drove in two runs and the Menlo College baseball team turned Senior Day into a celebration Wednesday, beating visiting Biola, 12-1, in a nonconference game. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Earth Day fair in Portola Valley to focus on water conservation

The towns of Woodside and Portola Valley will celebrate Earth Day with a fair on Saturday, April 26. For the second year in a row, the towns are sharing the fair.

April 25, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Board may hike sewer rates 9 percent

Citing needed maintenance to the sewer system and waste-water treatment plant, the West Bay Sanitary District proposes to increase sewer rates by 9 percent as of July 1. The district's governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to consider the proposal.

April 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Can you be Jessie's Girl?

This sweet, 2-year-old Queensland Heeler is looking for the perfect partner or family. Our pet of the week, Jessie, can be a bit cautious when it comes to new places and things, but she has rock star potential.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Business: Pacific Union opens new Menlo Park office

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller will join Pacific Union executives to cut the ribbon on Pacific Union Real Estate's new office in Menlo Park on Thursday, April 24.

April 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Big Bear 5K run set for Sunday, May 4

The ninth annual 5-K Big Bear Run, open to runners and walkers of all ages, is set for 9 a.m. Sunday, May 4, starting at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park school board meets on 'Mandarin immersion'

A Mandarin-language immersion program for the Menlo Park City School District will be one of the topics on the agenda when the school board meets Wednesday.

April 22, 2014 | 12 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park talk on catastrophic earthquakes

We're just into the 21st century and already there have been several catastrophic earthquakes. Why? A U.S. Geological Survey scientist will discuss that tonight in Menlo Park.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Crucial games in local baseball races this week

Monday's prep roundup
There are seven teams in the PAL Bay Division baseball race this season, five of which will be automatically qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs. While earning one of those berths appears easier than not, determining who gets what is not. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested in Menlo Park robberies

A fake gun, a purse and several stolen cellphones led police on Monday night to arrest a Menlo Park teenager on suspicion of robbery.

April 22, 2014 | 4 comments
City of Menlo Park launches new website

First a refreshed logo, then a new mascot, and now a revamped website: The city of Menlo Park's image reinvention continued when the city launched an updated website on April 21.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Grand opening Saturday for neighborhood service center

Belle Haven facility opens April 26
The new Menlo Park Police Department substation holds some surprises for the Belle Haven neighborhood. The long-awaited facility, scheduled to open April 26, will offer some equally long-awaited community services in addition to its policing functions.

April 22, 2014 | 3 comments
SamTrans sued by former accountant

Ling La, a former accountant for the San Mateo County Transit District, has sued the district and her former bosses, district CEO Michael Scanlon and manager Sheila Tioyao, whom Ms. La alleges fired her in retaliation for whistleblowing complaints about improper accounting practices.

April 22, 2014 | 9 comments
Woodside plans school crosswalk upgrade

When students start the 2014-15 school year at Woodside Elementary School in late August, the crosswalk across Woodside Road in front of the school will have new stripes, new and brighter lights to warn vehicle traffic, and better drainage to redirect rainwater.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Board may hike sewer rates 9 percent

Citing needed maintenance to the sewer system and waste-water treatment plant, the West Bay Sanitary District proposes to increase sewer rates by 9 percent as of July 1. The district's governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to consider the proposal.

April 22, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Are traffic-calming measures coming to Corte Madera Road?

The Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, April 23, will consider whether anything should be done to inhibit cut-through traffic on Corte Madera Road during school drop-off and pick-up times.

April 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Engelbart, Roberts named to Internet Hall of Fame

The Internet Society inducted (posthumously) former Atherton resident Doug Engelbart, credited with inventing the computer mouse and concepts such as point-and-click and hypertext, and Ladera resident Mike Roberts, who led the privatizing of the government infrastructure that kept orderly millions of URLs on the Internet.

April 28, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: $15,000 pearl necklace stolen from home

Police calls from Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park.

April 23, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside wood-chipper program aims to lower wildfire risk

To reduce chances of wildfire in the Woodside Fire Protection District, crews will be coming around to district neighborhoods starting Monday, May 5, to convert residents' excess brush and branches into wood chips.

May 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Candid cameras at Jasper Ridge

Still and video cameras spy on wildlife at local biological preserve
Human trespassers used to frequent the 1,200 wild acres of the private Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve until a collection of heat-sensitive automatic cameras went up in selected areas to monitor the movement of warm-blooded animals. Another frequent presence showed up, one not seen in other camera-trap projects: mountain lions.

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Woodside High student sold marijuana-laced treats to fellow students

A 15-year-old student has been disciplined after school authorities learned that she had sold marijuana-laced Rice Krispies treats to four of her fellow students.

April 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Herb Wong, jazz icon and educator, dies at 88

Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator.

April 21, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Bicyclists rob man at gunpoint

Two teens riding bikes robbed a Menlo Park man at gunpoint near Ivy Drive and Almanor Avenue on Saturday night, according to police.

April 21, 2014 | 8 comments
Review: 'Transcendence'

Two and a half stars
"Transcendence" is as silly as it is sinister. But with cinematographer Wally Pfister -- an Oscar winner for "Inception" -- in the director's chair, "Transcendence" has a sobriety of tone that effectively works against its inner mad scientist.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier'

Three stars
Photographer John Maloof was only looking for some historical photos of the Chicago area when he purchased a box of undeveloped negatives at an auction in the winter of 2007. He ended up discovering the work of a previously unknown artist named Vivian Maier.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park gas main break repaired

A gas main damaged by a backhoe was repaired about 30 minutes after the leak occurred, according to the Menlo Park Police Department.

April 18, 2014 | 11 comments
Baseball and cars at Menlo-Atherton this weekend

A day of baseball, cars on display, and barbecue is set for Saturday, April 19, at Menlo-Atherton High School at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Monday: Menlo Park school district to discuss principles and new funding

Menlo Park City School District will meet on April 21 to discuss guiding principles and a new school funding model.

April 18, 2014 | 1 comment
Deputies seek two men in Ford pickup

Deputies are looking for two white men in a late-model gray Ford pickup in connection with an attempted burglary on April 17.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton challenges Caltrain electrification report

Town asks for analysis of designs not compatible with high-speed rail
Less than a mile of train tracks runs through Atherton, but that hasn't stopped the small town from making an outsized effort to fight changes in rail service.

April 18, 2014 | 11 comments
Recent home sales - April 16

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

April 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 16

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

April 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Hunt Easter eggs in Menlo Park

Menlo Park's annual Easter egg hunts take place on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Burgess Park and at Kelly Park.

April 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two win 2014 environmental awards

Menlo Park bestowed two Environmental Quality Awards this year, one to a resident, and another to a business.

April 17, 2014 | 1 comment
One killed after sailboat collides with buoy during race

One person was killed and one injured Wednesday evening when a sailboat taking part in a race near Redwood City collided with a channel marker buoy, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

April 17, 2014 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 9

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

April 16, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Hall earns Cal Pac softball honor

Oaks' notes: Mary Hall of Menlo College was named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week after having a huge week for the Oaks, pounding out eight hits in 12 trips to the plate while raising her season average to .348. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PASportsOnline.com.

April 16, 2014 | No comments yet
No charges against driver in accident that killed bicyclist Joy Covey

San Mateo County prosecutors have decided not to bring charges against the driver of a delivery van involved in a fatal accident in September 2013 that took the life of Woodside cyclist and former Amazon CFO Joy Covey.

April 16, 2014 | 13 comments
First person: Witnessing pain, human resilience in Oso

As a Red Cross volunteer I've seen areas devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fires.

April 17, 2014 | 2 comments
Atherton: Making roads safer for bicyclists, walkers

An El Camino Real shrunken to four traffic lanes, with a shared bike and pedestrian trail on one side and a bike lane buffered from traffic on the other, is just one of the projects envisioned in a draft master plan for bicycle and pedestrian circulation in Atherton.

April 17, 2014 | 13 comments
No signs of trauma on Menlo Park woman found dead on Mt. Tam

An autopsy on Magdalena Glinkowski, the Menlo Park woman who was found dead in Mt. Tamalpais State Park on Saturday, showed no obvious signs of trauma, Marin County sheriff's officials said this afternoon.

April 15, 2014 | 7 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park hosts small business roundtable

Menlo Park will host its first quarterly meeting for small businesses, defined as those with 100 or fewer employees, on Monday, April 21.

April 18, 2014 | No comments yet
Rugby on wheels

A winning season for the NorCal Quakes
The squeal of metal against metal, the smack of rubber against flesh: Murder was in the air as Kentucky hosted the national tournament of wheelchair rugby -- dubbed "murderball."

April 16, 2014 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Carriage house restoration plan on Atherton council agenda

Plans for a $2.5 million renovation of the carriage house in Holbrook-Palmer Park will be presented to the Atherton City Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 16.

April 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bicyclist dies 5 months after collision

A bicyclist severely injured last November after colliding with a car has died, according to Menlo Park police.

April 15, 2014 | 8 comments
M-A earns share of first place in PAL Bay Division race

Monday's prep roundup
Eric Amundson tossed six shutout innings and Matt McGarry went 3-for-4 with three RBI -- including a two-run homer -- as Menlo-Atherton defeated host Half Moon Bay 8-0, in PAL Bay Division baseball action Monday afternoon. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Nine purported gang members could face death penalty

Attorney asks DA's office to not prosecute as death penalty cases
Alleged members of three East Palo Alto gangs who were indicted for murder with special circumstances in March could face the death penalty, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

April 17, 2014 | 5 comments
Portola Valley: Hidden license-plate cameras captured drive-by traffic

Sheriff's Office used borrowed cameras to try to catch burglars.
Radar-equipped vehicle-speed-monitoring trailers often seen along the side of the road in Portola Valley have been doing double duty recently: informing motorists of their forward velocity and taking photographs of their license plates.

April 15, 2014 | 19 comments
FAA invites comment from residents under flight paths

A strong turnout from Portola Valley, Ladera and Woodside is expected at the workshop hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the San Mateo Public Library at 55 W. 3rd Ave. at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

April 16, 2014 | 6 comments
Woodside: Revolver on console undermines driver's statement

Police calls: Deputies headed west on Kings Mountain encountered a vehicle traveling east and made a traffic stop. The driver, when asked if there were firearms in the vehicle, said "No," but a deputy saw a revolver on the center console.

April 15, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo School's Price sets the bar high in girls' 400 meters

Weekend prep roundup: Whatever plans Maddy Price has for the remainder of the 2014 track and field season, she's probably already ahead of schedule to achieve those goals following a sensational effort in the 400 meters at the Arcadia Invitational. Read this story and see more local sports coverage on PA Sports Online

April 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Two arrested in Menlo Park burglary

Duo may be connected to other Peninsula thefts
On Friday afternoon, a Menlo Park resident noticed that the house seemed a bit emptier than it had that morning, what with computers, electronics and jewelry missing, and called police to report a burglary.

April 14, 2014 | 3 comments
Body of Menlo Park hiker found on Mt. Tamalpais

Sheriff's detectives confirmed that a body found April 12 by search-and-rescue teams on Mt. Tamalpais is that of the missing 33-year-old Menlo Park woman Magdalena Glinkowski.

April 12, 2014 | 31 comments
Stanford professor and poet Wesley Trimpi dies at 85

Former English professor, poet, scholar of literature remembered for his intellectual prowess
Wesley Trimpi, a poet and professor emeritus of English at Stanford University, died on March 6 at the age of 85. He is remembered fondly by his former colleagues and students as a dedicated academic who inspired others through his lectures, writings and poetry.

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Review: 'Draft Day'

(Two stars)
It says something about the culture that the latest American sports-themed movie has almost nothing to do with game play and everything to do with wheeling and dealing: dealmaking itself has become a sport worthy of analysis.

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Mosquito with potential to carry yellow fever found again in Menlo Park

Residents urged to eliminate standing water, take other precautions
The county's vector-control agency has again issued a warning that a potentially dangerous mosquito was found in the vicinity of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Santa Cruz and Avy avenues in Menlo Park.

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park rescue team member describes grim search for mudslide victims

A Menlo Park firefighter and another member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District-based search and rescue team are working alongside as many as 500 other rescue professionals and volunteers in the effort to find the remains of victims of the massive March 22 mudslide that devastated an entire neighborhood in Oso.

April 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo Park starts drafting response to Caltrain electrification report

Council subcommittee to seek input at public meeting
The Menlo Park City Council weighed in on the draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project, and decided to take a longer pause for thought before finalizing its comments.

April 11, 2014 | 5 comments
SHP girls top rival Menlo in WBAL lacrosse showdown

Coming into their final-regular season match of the 2013 season, the Sacred Heart Prep girls' lacrosse team had never beaten Menlo School in its history, falling victim to the Knights many times during Menlo's 59-game league winning streak that stretched over seven seasons. Read the story here.

April 10, 2014 | No comments yet
No punitive damages in lawsuit over crash that hurt 6-year-old twins on Menlo Park sidewalk

A judge has denied a second request to include punitive damages in a lawsuit filed against an elderly driver who crashed into 6-year-old twin brothers on a sidewalk in downtown Menlo Park.

April 10, 2014 | 7 comments
Kris Weems returns to Menlo School as the new athletic director

Menlo School has dug into its past to find a leader for the future, hiring Kris Weems as its new athletic director. Weems, the school's former boys basketball coach, brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, coach and player at all levels from youth to NCAA Division I to the NBA. Read the story here.

April 10, 2014 | No comments yet
Those were the days

Billy Roth and Pete B. play clowns on horseback in 1925 before a performance at the new Circus Club in Atherton. (Photo courtesy of the Atherton Heritage Association.)

April 24, 2014 | No comments yet
Atherton teen honored for efforts 'to make a lasting impact'

High school senior Jessica Bird's volunteer work to combat sex-trafficking worldwide, an effort she began while on a church mission in Costa Rica, has earned her a national award.

April 15, 2014 | 1 comment
Busy bees

Beekeeping is booming on the Peninsula
Local honey is becoming a sweet business for beekeepers on the Peninsula these days.

April 11, 2014 | No comments yet
Making connections through film

SHP students launch high school film festival
Sacred Heart prep juniors Brenten Brandenburg and Justin McWilliams have organized the school's first annual International Film Festival, which will debut on Thursday, April 10, on the Atherton campus.

April 9, 2014 | No comments yet
SamTrans seeks mobility volunteers

The SamTrans Mobility Ambassador Program is looking for volunteers to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the Bay Area's public transportation systems.

April 11, 2014 | 1 comment
Earth Day scavenger hunt in progress until April 21

Selfie on Caltrain? Electric car charging station? Why are SamTrans and Caltrain asking people for photographs of such items? To celebrate Earth Day, which falls on April 22.

April 10, 2014 | No comments yet
City looks into flooding near Nealon Park

Menlo Park Public Works Director Chip Taylor said the city is working to fix a flooding problem at the intersection of Middle Avenue and University Drive, near Nealon Park.

April 14, 2014 | No comments yet
Today: Emergency response exercise at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park

Emergency response teams and community volunteers, in cooperation with the county and Menlo Park Fire Protection District, will attempt to deliver thousands of "anthrax vaccines" door to door in three hours on Thursday, April 17.

April 17, 2014 | 1 comment
Menlo batterymates named Cal Pac pitcher, catcher of the week

Menlo College pitcher Kelly Hager and catcher Melissa Reynosa were both honored as California Pacific Conference softball players of the week it was announced Tuesday. They each played key roles in the Lady Oaks' two wins last week. Read the story here.

April 9, 2014 | No comments yet
Carburetors and carbohydrates

Downtown Menlo Park may seem like an odd location for an exotic car show, given the city's predilection for "green" modes of transportation. But it was the site for such a show last weekend -- the first of monthly "Cars and Croissants" events.

April 8, 2014 | 3 comments
Menlo Park council requests more data before voting on animal shelter funding

Animal control services are important -- no one on the Menlo Park council disputes that -- but what they are disputing is who should provide them to the city and at what cost.

April 9, 2014 | 5 comments
SHP boys knock Menlo out of share of first place in WBAL golf

Monday's prep roundup
Sacred Heart Prep maintained its share of first place in the West Bay Athletic League boys golf race with a 177-183 victory over neighborhood rival Menlo School on Monday at Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. ● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 8, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district sued over student injured by piano on playground

In the land of earthquakes, even IKEA has kits to bolt heavy indoor furniture to the walls just in case. Turns out, securing heavy furniture -- in this case, a piano -- outdoors on a school playground might also be a smart idea.

April 8, 2014 | 16 comments
Trial delayed in defamation suit against Menlo Park fire board directors

Judge moves trial to January 2015
In a ruling that one party to the lawsuit compared to the last-minute cancellation of an anticipated baseball game, a judge has delayed the trial of John Woodell's defamation lawsuit against Virginia Chang Kiraly and Chuck Bernstein for nine months.

April 8, 2014 | 19 comments
Painting with fire

Works of Atherton artist on exhibit at de Saisset Museum
An exhibition of works by Atherton artist Mirang Wonne opens this week at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University, with an opening reception on Wednesday, April 9.

April 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Search suspended for missing Menlo Park woman

With no new evidence or leads as to the location of a missing Menlo Park woman believed to have been hiking on Mt. Tamalpais, search and rescue crews have suspended a widespread, three-day search for her, a Marin County sheriff's lieutenant said today.

April 7, 2014 | 3 comments
Police calls: $34,500 in losses in Woodside residential burglary

Crime reports from Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

April 8, 2014 | 1 comment
Environmental report opens door for comment to FAA about aircraft noise

For some residents of Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, the current level of commercial aircraft noise in the skies above may lessen as the years go by, but it just as easily may not.

April 10, 2014 | 4 comments
Charges being weighed in weekend weapons incident at Woodside Elementary

Deputies evacuated and locked down campus on Saturday afternoon
Probation department authorities in San Mateo County are weighing whether to charge two teens with a misdemeanor for having allegedly carried weapons to the outskirts of Woodside Elementary School during a soccer game on Saturday, April 5.

April 7, 2014 | 10 comments
Menlo water polo standout gets some special training

Menlo junior Nick Bisconti took his offseason training to a new level, more than 5,000 feet higher. Bisconti was one of six junior water polo players invited to train with the U.S. Senior National Team for 10 days recently at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Read the story here.

April 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo's Chavez pitches and fields his way to a no-hitter

Oaks corner
Menlo College senior starter Daniel Chavez put his pitching hand at risk in the ninth inning of a blowout. He had good reason. Chavez pitched his first collegiate no-hitter, and the second in Oaks history, as Menlo beat visiting Simpson, 7-0, in the first game of a Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader Friday. Read the story here.

April 7, 2014 | No comments yet
Mt. Tam search ongoing for missing Menlo Park woman

A large-scale search launched Saturday (April 5) for a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman last seen on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County continues.

April 6, 2014 | 1 comment
M-A orchestra takes the Gold

Menlo-Atherton High School's music director, Kent Kurrus, was not surprised that his student orchestra captured a coveted Gold Medal at the annual Chicago Festival of Gold held at the end of March. "These young musicians give their all," he says.

April 5, 2014 | 4 comments
SHP boys hold off Menlo, take control of SCVAL lacrosse race

Thursday's prep roundup
In a much-anticipated battle of unbeaten teams in the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' lacrosse race, host Sacred Heart Prep held off rival Menlo School, 15-14, in a tightly contest tug-of-war on Thursday.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Saturday: Exotic cars and croissants in Menlo Park

Menlo Park may seem like an odd location for an exotic car show, given the city's predilection for biking, walking and other "green" modes of transportation. But perhaps the offer of baked goods will tempt residents to attend a new monthly event that debuts Saturday, April 5: "Cars and Croissants."

April 4, 2014 | 6 comments
Menlo Park search and rescue team members head to Washington mudslide

Two members of a Menlo Park-based California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force deployed today to Washington State to assist with the search and recovery effort at a Snohomish County mud slide.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commission to continue study of nonresident recreation fees

Are people who don't live in the city paying too much for Menlo Park's recreation programs? The Parks and Recreation Commission recently took a look at whether a 35 percent surcharge is appropriate, and found the question intriguing enough to schedule a second discussion.

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Portola Valley Planning Department to be entirely inside Town Hall

50 years of planning through Spangle Associates will end in December.
The end is coming for the longstanding practice in Portola Valley Town Hall of using an outside consulting firm to oversee planning department activities

April 4, 2014 | No comments yet
Images of Japan

This image is from "Japan Revisited," an exhibit featuring photographs by Frances Freyberg at Portola Art Gallery at Allied Arts Guild through April 30. A reception is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Menlowe Ballet hosts 'Community Day' performance of 'Transcendence'

Menlowe Ballet's latest four-show production, "Transcendence," takes the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center stage this weekend, with a "Community Day" performance at 2 p.m. Saturday giving members of nonprofit and school communities a chance to see the performance free.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Missing man found after nighttime Portola Valley search

Search near Corte Madera School included helicopter patrol
A team of law enforcement officers from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties were looking for a missing person near the southern border of Portola Valley on Wednesday evening (April 2) in a search that for time included a "shelter in place" advisory for nearby residents.

April 3, 2014 | No comments yet
Defamation suit brought by Menlo Park fire board director settled

Suit brought against fire board director by John Woodell still scheduled for trial
Six days before the trial in one defamation case involving a local fire board director is set to begin, a second defamation lawsuit spawned by the same incident was settled, according to a San Mateo County Superior Court filing.

April 3, 2014 | 36 comments
Menlo Park: Proposed office complex would bring traffic plus revenue

Commission examines draft impact reports for Sobrato Commonwealth project
The Menlo Park Planning Commission recently took a look at the draft environmental and financial impact analyses for a proposed project that would, eventually, help revitalize the city's M-2 industrial district.

April 3, 2014 | 4 comments
Update: PV 'shelter in place' lifted; man found

The "shelter in place" advisory for residents in the area of Alpine Road and Indian Crossing in Portola Valley has been canceled, and the man sheriff's deputies were searching for tonight on the trails behind Corte Madera School has been found.

April 2, 2014 | 2 comments
2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

Boys
400 -- Plante (Menlo-Atherton) 50.12, Wright (Terra Nova) 50.26, Friske (King's Academy) 50.43, Morris (Santa Cruz) 50.51, Givens (Palo Alto) 50.62, Orloff (Serra) 50.67, Livengood (Evergreen Valley) 50.69, Galvan (Leigh) 50.84, Catolico (Lynbrook) 50.89, Sullivan (Palo Alto) 50.91. Read the story here.

April 2, 2014 | 1 comment
Eshoo opens inquiry into Silicon Valley toxic cleanup

Sites included are in Palo Alto and Mountain View
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has opened an inquiry with the Environmental Protection Agency into shortfalls in the federal government's Superfund toxic cleanup program, including sites it operates in Palo Alto and Mountain View.

April 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Tree limb blocks Bay Laurel Drive

A tree limb fell and blocked Bay Laurel Drive during Monday's rainstorm.

April 1, 2014 | No comments yet
Montgomery calls it a career as a head hoops coach

Former Stanford head coach and longtime Menlo Park resident Mike Montgomery, one of college basketball's all-time winningest coaches, has announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at the University of California.● Read this story and see other sports coverage at PASportsOnline.com.

April 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Tonight: Housing plan update, animal shelter on Menlo Park council agenda

April kicks off with a busy start for the Menlo Park City Council, with homeless shelters, animal shelters and Caltrain electrification just some of the topics on tonight's agenda.

April 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Local youth basketball team takes national title

Redwood NJB's 6th Grade All-Net Team qualified for the national tournament in Los Angeles by winning the Silicon Valley title. That sent team members to Los Angeles, where they won the National Junior Basketball championship by defeating a strong team from L.A. in a double overtime game.

April 1, 2014 | 1 comment
Learning by doing

School beyond walls: Hillview pioneers week-long hands-on learning courses
Hillview Middle School recently completed a week-long hands-on learning program aimed at preparing students for the dramatically evolving world into which they are graduating. It was "School. Only different."

April 1, 2014 | 5 comments
Woodside: Council open to subdivision on Moore Road

There is one parcel on Moore Road east of Interstate 280 in Woodside that is significantly larger than its neighbors. It seemed that the 21.7 acres at 389 Moore Road would remain 21.7 acres, but the Town Council may allow a subdivision.

March 31, 2014 | 1 comment
New Portola Valley task force focuses on water conservation

Portola Valley residents' water usage: 283 gallons per person per day in 2012 versus 78-gallon average in Bay Area
The Portola Valley Town Council on March 12 considered an emergency with a long lead time: the availability of adequate fresh water. In creating the Water Conservation Task Force, for the moment an ad hoc group, the town may planted the seed for a new standing committee, Mayor Ann Wengert said.

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Saturday: Deadline for White House recipe contest

The April 5 deadline for this year's "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge," sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama, is fast approaching.

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Today: Sidewalk arts festival

The annual sidewalk fine arts festival returns to Menlo Park from April 11 through 13. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the event will exhibit works by 90 artists, displayed along Santa Cruz Avenue.

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Menlo Park search and rescue team deploys to Alaska

With Washington state's search and rescue teams busy with the aftermath of a deadly mudslide, a large-scale disaster exercise in nearby Alaska found itself short on participants.

April 1, 2014 | 2 comments
Tonight: Willow Road housing project meeting

The Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, which plans to build a 78-unit apartment complex with affordable housing in the 1200 block of Willow Road, will hold a community meeting on Thursday, April 3, to talk about the project.

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Wednesday: Caltrain electrification meeting

Need some light reading? The draft environmental impact report for Caltrain's electrification project is now available, and might come in handy for a community meeting about the findings on Wednesday, April 2.

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Menlo Park commission: 'Just say no' for now to golf club well

In the two years since it first considered the idea of allowing a private club to tap an aquifer in a public park, Menlo Park's environmental quality commissioners have not changed their opinion of the proposal: Not now.

April 1, 2014 | 3 comments
A house, piece by piece

The home going up at 455 Yale Road in Menlo Park will have three modules on the first floor and four on the second, with a garage that's probably going to be assembled on-site.

April 2, 2014 | 11 comments
Police calls: Two rings and an iMac stolen in reported $100,000 loss

Crime reports from Portola Valley, Atherton and Woodside.

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Menlo Art League plans final shows

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