2015

Pharmacist Chester Yee dies at 77

A memorial service for Chester Douglas Yee, a pharmacist, pharmacy professor and the owner of the Menlo Park Pharmacy, was held on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Woodside Village Church at 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Water main break in downtown Menlo Park leaves two blocks without water

Service restored next morning after nine-hour disruption
Two blocks in downtown Menlo Park had no water service for more than nine hours after a water main broke late Wednesday, Dec. 30. Cal Water says the district has had several water main breaks recently.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Late free throws lift Menlo women to dramatic hoops victory

Madison Michelis hit one of two free throws with 26 seconds remaining to snap a tie and help lead the Menlo College women's basketball team to a 69-67 victory over visiting Cal Maritime as part of the Peninsula Classic on Wednesday.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: $2,670 worth of goods stolen in auto burglary

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Free rides, extended hours for New Year's revelers

BART will extend service until the early morning hours on New Year's Day and party-goers can ride for free on multiple bus or transit services from New Year's Eve into New Year's Day, transit officials said.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Accident victim 'lifted up the lives of so many'

Charles Theophilus Derwin of Portola Valley -- Charlie to those who knew him -- was in his final year of studies at the University of San Francisco and working toward a career in teaching at the time of his death, his mother Maryann Moise Derwin said.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Former Menlo Park mayor and councilman Andy Cohen dies

An expanded version of an earlier story. Andy Cohen, former Menlo Park mayor and two-term council member, was found dead in his Menlo Park home Tuesday, Dec. 29, after emergency responders received a call for assistance. He was 75 years old.

December 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Firefighters to get stipend to live near Menlo Park fire station

There's new incentive for employees of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to stay near the action: Under a new agreement, firefighters and other fire district employees will receive a monthly stipend if they live within a certain distance of the main fire station.

December 30, 2015 | 17 comments
A bumpy reorganization for Sequoia district board

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District earlier this month reorganized with new officers, installing Alan Sarver as board president. The election was not unanimous.

December 29, 2015 | 1 comment
County may spend $600K to defend suit over Skyline rehab center

The county Board of Supervisors recently authorized spending up to $600,000 to defend the county in a discrimination lawsuit brought by the owners of the Stillpath Retreat Center on Skyline Boulevard in the unincorporated woods above Woodside.

December 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park fills 31 job openings

Interim human resources director Dave Bertini explains why it's harder than it sounds to hire in Menlo Park
Since September, when Menlo Park police commander Dave Bertini began work as the city's interim human resources director, the city has hired or promoted 31 people, he said.

December 29, 2015 | 15 comments
Sharon Heights apartments sell for $245 million

At $828,000 per unit, the sale may be a record for the Peninsula
The Sharon Green Apartments in Menlo Park's Sharon Heights neighborhood were recently sold for $245 million, or $828,000 per apartment, according to the seller, San Mateo-based Essex Property Trust.

December 31, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo Park Eagle Scouts to be honored Jan. 9

Robert Lane and Anders Chiang have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and will be recognized at a Court of Honor Jan. 9 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

December 28, 2015 | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Car crash kills man, 23, Sunday morning on Portola Road

Mayor's son dies in single-vehicle crash
Portola Valley resident Charles Derwin, the 23-year-old son of the town's mayor, died early Sunday morning (Dec. 27) in a single-car accident on Portola Road, according to firefighters from the Woodside Fire Protection District.

December 28, 2015 | 7 comments
MPPD says it won't tolerate home fireworks or firearms New Year's Eve

Menlo Park Police Department issues a reminder: don't ring in the new year with a big bang and a misdemeanor or felony
Even on New Year's Eve, it is illegal to discharge a firearm and to use or possess fireworks within the city of Menlo Park, according to a reminder from the Menlo Park Police Department.

December 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Intruder found in Atherton home Monday morning

Only a blanket reported stolen
Atherton police say a homeowner on Winchester Drive woke up Monday morning, Dec. 28, at 7:20 a.m. to find an intruder in the house.

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Local filmmakers' make documentary on Michael Pollan book

Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany of Kikim Media made film about Pollan's "On Defense of Food"
Menlo Park filmmakers Michael Schwarz and Kiki Kapany's Kikim Media has made a documentary about Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food".

December 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Road rage leads to armed robbery

Updated version of an earlier story. Police have provided more detail about the road-rage incident the night after Christmas that led to an armed robbery in an Atherton driveway, saying the victims were from out of town and were followed from Palo Alto.

December 28, 2015 | 14 comments
Intersection closed at Highway 84 and Skyline Boulevard

The intersection of Highway 84 and Skyline Boulevard in La Honda is closed due to downed wires in the road, according to a message from the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls reach championship game and have a CCS rematch

Prep basketball: The Menlo School girls will play for the championship of the Steve Geramoni Old School Basketball Tournament following a solid 54-38 victory over Moreau Catholic in the semifinals Tuesday at Notre Dame-Belmont.

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Christmas Eve memorial service for jogger fatally struck by car in Menlo Park

Amit Goutam Bagchi, 41, died after being hit by SUV in Menlo Park
A memorial service is set for Thursday, Dec. 24, for a Palo Alto man who was struck and killed by an SUV on Saturday, Dec. 19, in Menlo Park, according to his family.

December 23, 2015 | 3 comments
JobTrain culinary arts students bake thousands of cookies for county inmates

Over six days of mixing flour and rolling dough, students of the JobTrain Culinary Arts program baked 6,551 cookies, which will be given to approximately 600 inmates at San Mateo County jails on Christmas day.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park won't enforce overnight parking restrictions Dec. 23-Jan. 3

Menlo Park police will not enforce overnight parking restrictions from the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 23, to the morning of Sunday, Jan. 3, the city announced.

December 22, 2015 | 6 comments
Firefighters, cops deliver thousands of toys to kids

Christmas came early this year for hundreds of local children, thanks to the efforts of a large group of volunteers involved with the Redwood City/San Mateo County Toy and Book Drive.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Train, bus holiday schedule

On Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, Caltrain will operate a regular weekday schedule of 92 trains. SamTrans will run regular weekday service, but will not operate bus routes that primarily serve local schools.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
PG&E nearly doubles fee for those who leave for 'clean energy' programs

Peninsula Clean Energy can still work, San Mateo County says
The California Public Utilities Commission voted Dec. 17 to allow Pacific Gas & Electric Company to increase by 95 percent its "exit fee," a monthly charge levied on customers who leave PG&E for other providers. Large numbers of people are expected to exit PG&E for "community choice" energy programs, which give consumers the option to buy more electric energy from renewable sources at competitive rates.

December 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo girls open basketball tourney with a victory

With junior Sam Erisman pouring in 23 points, the Menlo School girls jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 61-41 victory over Lincoln (SF) in the opening round of the Steve Geremoni Old School Basketball Tournament on Monday at Notre Dame-Belmont

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police chase, arrest suspect in Trader Joe's robbery

After a "lengthy foot pursuit," police captured and arrested a 56-year-old man Monday afternoon on suspicion of stealing alcohol and threatening to shoot a security guard at Trader Joe's store in Menlo Park, police reported.

December 22, 2015 | 5 comments
The gift of hearing

A family's journey from Russia to Menlo Park
"Ga ga ooh la la." Five-year old Ivan "Vanya" Priimak, sat on the floor of a Menlo Park home, glued to an iPad streaming a YouTube video of Elsa from "Frozen" dancing to Lady Gaga's song, "Bad Romance."

December 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Police calls: Pedestrian's wallet taken in Willow Road robbery

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

December 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday hours for local public facilities

Local town halls and other public facilities will have special hours and be closed a number of days during the holiday period.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Borrone MarketBar to host holiday pop-up event

Six months after its unexpected closure, Borrone MarketBar, the neighboring sister restaurant of the ever-popular Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park, will be reopening temporarily for a "market pop-up" this week — and possibly permanently in the new year.

December 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park councilman to run for state Assembly

Peter Ohtaki said he'll seek election to District 24 seat held by Rich Gordon.
Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki has announced plans to run in 2016 for the District 24 California Assembly seat currently held by Rich Gordon.

December 21, 2015 | 9 comments
Atherton: Marsh Road closed today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for fence repairs

Another accident takes down fence on Marsh Road
Marsh Road will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to make repairs to the Atherton Channel fence, something the town of Atherton has had to do at least four times since March after vehicles ended up in the Atherton Channel.

December 21, 2015 | 24 comments
SHP falls short of its goal in state championship game

For the second time in three seasons, Sacred Heart Prep reached the state championship game. Unfortunately for the Gators, they also came up short for the second time as Rancho Bernardo handed SHP a 35-14 loss in the CIF Division III-A state championship game at Rancho Bernardo on Saturday.

December 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Both lanes of Marsh Road now open

Both lanes of Marsh Road in Atherton are now open, Atherton police reported at 1:03 p.m. today, Dec. 20.

December 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Jogger killed by SUV on Sand Hill Road is identified

A 41-year-old Palo Alto man who was jogging was struck and killed Saturday morning by a Chevy Tahoe SUV at the intersection of Sand Hill Road and Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park, police report.

December 19, 2015 | 14 comments
Saturday: Celebration of life of Katherine Dugoni

A celebration of the life of Katherine Agnes (Kaye) Dugoni will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. Pius Church, 1100 Woodside Road in Redwood City. The former Atherton resident was 89.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Former client now contributes to Ecumenical Hunger Program

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

December 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Holiday Fund: After-school program helps youth realize potential

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.

December 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Home fire destroys workshop on Olive Hill Lane

A residential fire Thursday evening at 275 Olive Hill Lane in Woodside destroyed a workshop and the tools and materials inside.

December 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Randall, SHP get a shot at football redemption in state finale

Most high school football players never have a chance to play for a state championship. For those who do, it's often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For Mason Randall and his Sacred Heart Prep teammates, they get a second chance in three seasons for a shot at redemption.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: A $564,000 difference

What a difference 45 years makes. This is especially true for a home sale in East Palo Alto. The property was last purchased in 1970 for $6,000; in November, it sold for $570,000. That's a $564,000 difference.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Safeway denies bank card skimming at its Menlo Park stores

Safeway Inc. is denying reports that incidents of bank card skimming may have occurred at stores in Menlo Park.

December 18, 2015 | 7 comments
Facebook, Little House give to senior center

Red umbrellas hung festively from the ceiling of the Menlo Park Senior Center while the girl scouts of Beechwood Elementary School sang carols at the center's annual holiday party on Dec. 15.

December 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton: Peninsula Clean Energy a step closer to reality

Atherton council casts first vote to join the group
The move to bring clean energy to San Mateo County moved a little closer to reality on Wednesday night when the Atherton City Council cast the first vote needed to join the Peninsula Clean Energy joint powers authority.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park home burglary: Hayward man pleads no contest

In exchange for eight months in jail and no time in state prison, Christopher Sheard, 21, of Hayward, pleaded no contest Dec. 14 to one count of residential burglary in connection with a June 2015 burglary of a Menlo Park home.

December 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton: Lewis elected mayor, Lempres vice mayor

Elizabeth Lewis has been elected by the Atherton City Council to serve as mayor for the coming year, with Mike Lempres elected as vice mayor.

December 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School trio all set for next step of careers

Three Menlo School student-athletes -- Payton Mack, Nikky Price and Polly Finch -- will continue their studies and athletics after signing with NCAA Division I teams recently.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 All-Central Coast Section cross country teams

Gunn senior Gillian Meeks, Palo Alto junior Kent Slaney and Menlo School sophomore Robert Miranda all ran to first-team honors on the 2015 All-Central Coast Section cross country teams, released this week.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Three arrested in connection with residential burglary in Redwood City

East Palo Alto man among those suspected of burglarizing home
Three suspects were arrested Tuesday in connection with a residential burglary in Redwood City that briefly prompted a shelter-in-place order for neighbors, police said.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Rain expected in Bay Area for several straight days starting Friday

Wet weather is coming to the Bay Area starting Friday and it should last through much of next week, a National Weather Service forecaster said.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park makes progress on review of downtown plan

At its last meeting of 2015, the Menlo Park City Council again discussed its vision for the future of Menlo Park's downtown area on Dec. 15, as part of its biennial review of the city's El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan.

December 16, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park, Stanford medical facilities penalized over patient safety

Medicare penalty programs aim to reduce hospital-acquired health issues
Stanford Health Care and Palo Alto Medical Foundation's Menlo Park Surgical Hospital will see their Medicare reimbursements drop by 1 percent after Medicare found their patients had too many hospital-acquired conditions, according to documents recently released by the federal Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.

December 16, 2015 | 8 comments
2015 All-Peninsula Athletic League football teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Offensive Player of the Year: Leipeli Palu (Burlingame) Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Bryce Rodgers (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.
Utility Player of the Year: Devin Grant (Aragon) Sr.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Jordan Mims (Menlo-Atherton) Jr.
Co-Coaches of the Year: Adhir Ravipati (Menlo-Atherton), John Philipopolous (Burlingame)

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Economy booms but food bank sees spike in local demand

Second Harvest Food Bank says it distributes more than a million pounds of food across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties each week.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Mixed reception to changes in home-design review

A change to the Woodside municipal code designates one person rather than a review board to determine whether applications for small construction projects meet residential design standards.

December 17, 2015 | 7 comments
A time for fun

These children, who are students in the Ravenswood City Elementary School District, were among those who gathered in East Palo Alto on Dec. 11 to receive toys and games from the nonprofit Peace Builders organization, headed by Woodside resident Diane Eskanazi.

December 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Jane Wilson appointed to architectural commission

Jane Wilson, a resident of Portola Valley for nearly 12 years and a native of Great Britain, is the newest member of the town's Architectural & Site Control Commission (ASCC).

December 15, 2015 | 1 comment
Preparing for El Nino at home

Households wanting to come out safe and sound in the aftermath of a severe storm in this winter of El Nino should take four significant steps.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Bracing ourselves for El Nino storms

How local communities are preparing for El Nino floods
El Nino, the periodic concentration of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean, may result in severe storms this winter, and possibly flooding. New rain gauges should give creek-side residents 90 to 120 minutes advance notice of high water.

December 17, 2015 | 2 comments
Tarlton Properties to match up to $20K in donations to Belle Haven Bikes

Last year, John Tarlton, a self-proclaimed "bike nut," participated in the 3,000-mile "Bike Across America" cross-country bike race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD, to fundraise for the Stanford Cancer Institute.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, he announced another plan to combine his love of biking with philanthropy.

December 15, 2015 | 3 comments
All-girl TigerBots team wins robotics competition at Menlo School

The TigerBots all-girl robotics team, made up of students from Notre Dame High School, won the FIRST Robotics NORCAL Qualifier tournament at Menlo School in Atherton on Dec. 6.

December 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Train horns, civic center design on Atherton council agenda

New mayor, vice mayor to be chosen
Atherton City Council members may soon no longer have to compete with train horns to be heard at meetings.

December 15, 2015 | 3 comments
Arrest made in connection with Atherton burglary

Atherton police on Thursday, Dec. 10, arrested Jason Daniel Cerrutti, 39, of Sunnyvale on suspicion of the burglary of a home on Santiago Avenue.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council, staff to review downtown plan changes

The Menlo Park City Council will continue its discussion and provide staff direction on changes it wants to make in the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan, when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

December 14, 2015 | 1 comment
SHP girls remain perfect by winning hoop tourney title

Weekend prep roundup
With tournament MVP Riley Hemm leading the way with 14 points, the Sacred Heart Prep girls made it a clean sweep in the King's Academy Winter Classic by topping the host team, 49-36, in the championship game Saturday night in Sunnyvale.

December 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Two Menlo Park sales on the same lane
Stone Pine Lane in Menlo Park shows up twice in this week's list of 47 sales. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Gamble Garden shares its recipes

Cookbook lets others make luncheon, tea favorites
Just in time for holiday shopping, Gamble Garden releases its first-ever cookbook, titled "Treasured Recipes." The cookbook includes recipes for dishes and treats from the nonprofit's monthly luncheons, afternoon teas and special events.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Several local roads closed due to downed trees, wires

Several local roads are closed, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services is reporting.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP rolls to 56-20 victory and into a state championship game

Undefeated McClymonds made it to the Division III-A regional bowl game on the strength of its defense, having allowed just 20 points total in its last seven games. Sacred Heart Prep exceeded that total in the first quarter on Saturday's NorCal regional playoff contest.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Wind advisory issued for Bay Area

Winds expected to be strongest near the coast and in the hills
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the San Francisco Bay Area in effect through Sunday night.

December 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park may oppose PG&E fee hike

The fee is for customers who opt out of PG&E services for 'community choice' energy program
Menlo Park's City Council may vote Tuesday, Dec. 15, to send a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission denouncing PG&E's plans to double its exit fees for customers who opt out of its services for a "community choice" clean electric energy program.

December 14, 2015 | 5 comments
Caine-Desplat wedding

Lindsey Elspeth Caine and Florian Henry Jacques Yves Desplat were married Sept. 5 at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Helping families through times of crisis

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Fair Oaks Community Center.

December 22, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP takes on McClymonds with state football berth at stake

Andrew Daschbach heard the grumbling and read the negative words. A 1-2 start by his Sacred Heart Prep football team had led outsiders to believe the Gators were overrated and over-hyped.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Financial report shows county has robust economy, healthy budget

San Mateo County has released its annual financial report for 2014-15, showing the county has the lowest unemployment rate in the state and steadily rising housing prices accompanied by steadily rising property tax revenues.

December 11, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Relaxed holiday parking in downtown lots

The city of Menlo Park is rewarding holiday season shoppers with relaxed parking time in parking plazas, extending parking from two to three hours. But the city's holiday goodwill isn't enough to extend parking limits on street parking, which is still strictly enforced at one hour.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park has $14 million in its affordable housing fund

Affordable housing report shows Menlo Park has plenty in its fund. So where's the housing?
Menlo Park has more than $14.1 million set aside to spend on below-market-rate (BMR) housing, according to the city's annual BMR report, scheduled to come before the City Council at its Tuesday, Dec. 15, meeting.

December 11, 2015 | 7 comments
Property tax assessments to rise about 1.5 percent

San Mateo County property taxpayers should receive some welcome news with their 2016 tax bill.

December 15, 2015 | 13 comments
New mayors in Woodside and Portola Valley; high school board reorganized

The town councils of Portola Valley and Woodside chose new mayors for 2016: Maryann Moise Derwin in Portola Valley and Deborah Gordon in Woodside. The board of the Sequoia Union High School District chose Alan Sarver as president and Carrie DuBois as vice president.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

December 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Facebook expands office space in Menlo Park (again)

Facebook to lease 210,000 square feet from neighbor, Intuit
Facebook has leased three buildings from its Menlo Park neighbor, Intuit, the finance software company behind Quickbooks and TurboTax. Those three buildings, located at 180 Jefferson Dr. in Menlo Park, will add to Facebook's sizable office stock new 210,000 square feet of office space, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

December 10, 2015 | 3 comments
Atherton dance performance: 'It's a Wonderful Nutcracker'

Local ballet company merges 'Nutcracker' with 'Wonderful Life' in premiere production
The Lone Ranger, chimney sweeps and a Duke Ellington number. These are just some of the innovations Menlowe Ballet is adding to its new hybrid version of "The Nutcracker," blended with the classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life," in a premiere production of "It's a Wonderful Nutcracker."

December 9, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP girls struggling without soccer standout Davidson

The Sacred Heart Prep girls are trying to get through the opening few weeks of the soccer season without Stanford-bound senior Tierna Davidson, who is with the U-20 women's team that is competing in the 2015 CONCACAF qualifying tournament in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

December 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside changes home design review process

Architectural and Site Review Board to be reduced to five members from seven
Instead of seven Woodside residents on the Architectural and Site Review Board reviewing plans for home construction and remodels, the board will have five members as of Jan. 8. And instead of those five members reviewing certain smaller projects, there will be just one person doing so.

December 9, 2015 | 9 comments
Filmmaker fights bullies, one screening at a time

"I knew he'd be victimized," the father of a bullying victim said onscreen as 30 people in the Hillview Middle School auditorium in Menlo Park viewed the documentary, "Bully," on Dec. 2.

December 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Farewell Su Hong, hello Yum Cha Palace

Jason Kwan's forthcoming Menlo Park restaurant, Yum Cha Palace, will be somewhat of a departure from the Su Hong sit-down location that he's taken over.

December 8, 2015 | 7 comments
Goodbye, Sunset

Sunset Publication Corp. permanently vacated its offices Friday, Dec. 4.

December 8, 2015 | 4 comments
Making Menlo Park 'healthiest possible place to raise a child'

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller says he wants to make Menlo Park the "healthiest possible place to raise a child."

December 9, 2015 | 25 comments
Caltrain hikes fares 50 cents each way

Caltrain says it carries nearly 60 percent more passengers than it did five years ago
Caltrain commuters, prepare your wallets to take a hit. Caltrain announced Monday, Dec. 7, that it will raise its fares by 50 cents each way, effective Feb. 28.

December 8, 2015 | 11 comments
Woodside mayor steps down after one term

Woodside mayor Tom Shanahan is leaving the Town Council after one four-year term. Leaving with him will be his uncommon skill at running meetings, his outspoken Libertarian viewpoint, and his abiding sense of humor.

December 16, 2015 | 5 comments
Police calls: Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

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

December 8, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo-Atherton girls fall in state volleyball title match

Weekend prep roundup: The first-ever trip to the CIF State Division I volleyball championship match for the Menlo-Atherton girls ended in defeat as the Bears (27-7) fell to defending state champion Redondo Union, 25-16, 25-18, 25-16, on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

December 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Sipping wine for a cause in Menlo Park

Santa Cruz Avenue draws 150 for wine tasting to support education foundation
Santa Cruz Avenue witnessed an odd sight the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 5. The toy store, Cheeky Monkey, was filled not with children playing (or pleading with their grown-ups for early holiday gifts), but with adults sipping wine and laughing amid the shelves of stuffed animals and games.

December 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Weapons brandished along El Camino Real in two incidents, police say

Two separate disputes along El Camino Real in Menlo Park led to weapons being brandished: in one case a pistol, and in the other a hammer, according to police.

December 9, 2015 | 26 comments
Tea time treats

Thomas, left, and Christopher Toolan decide what treats to try at the Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park's Holiday Tea on Dec. 6 in Atherton.

December 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Portola Road open to traffic

The 1000 block of Portola Road in Portola Valley is partially open with one way traffic control, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported at 4:43 p.m. today.

December 7, 2015 | 1 comment
SHP heads to NorCal playoffs after winning CCS title

Andrew Daschbach caught a 33-yard flea-flicker pass from fellow senior Mason Randall following a double-reverse with just 40 seconds left in the game to lift Sacred Heart Prep to a thrilling 35-28 football victory over Riordan in the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game on Saturday night at Westmont High in Campbell.

December 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Today: Kepler's Books holds holiday party in Menlo Park

Literary Circle Members and those who would like to be members can celebrate at the Kepler's Books Holiday Party from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

December 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Basketball: Woodside tops Terra Nova

The Woodside High boys basketball team defeated Terra Nova 51-48 to open its season on the road on Saturday afternoon.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Big weekend for holiday events

There are tons of holiday events in the area this weekend. Check out the Almanac's A&E page online – AlmanacNews.com/arts – for details.

December 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Health Connected leads in sexual health education

The Almanac's Holiday Fund benefits 10 community organizations, including Health Connected, a leading provider of sexual health education in San Mateo County.

December 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Art: 'Chasing Light and Reflection'

In an exhibit entitled "Chasing Light and Reflection," artist Alice Weil will show her oils and acrylics, inspired by the rolling hills and oaks of the Bay Area, during December at the Portola Art Gallery, located at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

December 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside may streamline home design review

In its first meeting since October, the Woodside Town Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, will say goodbye to three members and say hello to three, hear about alternative sources for electric power, and consider streamlining architectural design reviews for small residential projects.

December 6, 2015 | 12 comments
Atherton dentist pleads not guilty to defrauding patients

Trial date is set for April
Kim Chi Vu, the 52-year-old dentist from Atherton who was charged in May with defrauding patients and an insurance company by charging for services that were not completed or were misrepresented, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

December 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Plenty at stake for SHP in rematch with Riordan in CCS finals

When Sacred Heart Prep opened its football season by losing two of its first three games, a lot was lost at that point. First and foremost, the Gators would not repeat their remarkable 13-0 season of 2014 when they captured the Open Division title of the Central Coast Section playoffs.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School looking for new girls volleyball coach

Menlo School girls volleyball coach Steve Cavella is stepping down after three seasons, during which the Knights advanced to the 2013 Division IV state finals and made two trips to the Central Coast Section title match.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Surf Air co-founder sues airline and backers for $125 million

David Eyerly says financial backers forced him out and took his equity
One of the founders of Surf Air has filed a lawsuit for more than $125 million against the company, its financial backers and several board members, saying he was forced out by unscrupulous investors who then took his equity in the company.

December 4, 2015 | 57 comments
Saturday: Menlo Park Library book sale

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a one-day holiday book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

December 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Kiwanis Christmas tree lot now open

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas tree lot is open at the corner of Embarcadero Road and El Camino Real, across the street from the Town & Country Village shopping center in Palo Alto.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Attorney general issues tips, warnings to avoid charitable donation scams

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has issued some tips and warnings to help consumers make sure their holiday-season donations go to worthy causes and not to swindlers.

December 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Portola Valley Holiday Fair

More than 40 local artists and craftspeople will take part in the annual Portola Valley Holiday Fair from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Woodside Priory School Performing Arts Center.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Changes in Menlo Park city executive staff

City Manager Alex McIntyre announced three high-level management changes Dec. 2.

December 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Barbara Snow retires after 42 years with Menlo Park school district

Celebration in office manager's honor planned for Dec. 14
Oak Knoll School's office manager, Barbara Snow, will retired this month after working 42 years for the Menlo Park City School District. A celebration in her honor will be held at the school Dec. 14.

December 10, 2015 | 7 comments
Saturday: Family geocaching event

Young outdoor treasure hunters are invited to attend a hike and introductory geocaching event for families Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Trancos Preserve, hosted by The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sen. Jerry Hill calls for 'Oughta Be A Law ... or Not' contest submissions

Submissions are due Jan. 15, 2016
State Sen. Jerry Hill's eighth annual "Oughta Be a Law ... or Not" contest, where people are invited to suggest ideas for new state legislation, is open, Hill announced Friday, Nov. 27.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's new mayor has his hands full

The new mayor of Menlo Park says the city is at a unique moment, when community processes, such as the city's general plan update, and development projects, including those proposed by Stanford University and Greenheart Land Co., are on the verge of being implemented.

December 2, 2015 | 4 comments
M-A girls advance to their first volleyball state finals

Fletcher Anderson was going to celebrate his first-year wedding anniversary on Tuesday night. He didn't, and he has his Menlo-Atherton girls volleyball team to thank for it. But, Anderson didn't mind as the Bears gave him quit a gift.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Zuckerberg, Chan promise to give 99% of Facebook shares for public good

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced on "Giving Tuesday" (Dec. 1) that they will give 99 percent of their Facebook shares (currently valued at about $45 billion) to a limited liability company that, over their lifetime, will fund investments in nonprofit, for-profit and public-sector initiatives in health, education and technology.

December 1, 2015 | 2 comments
Holiday performance: 'Twas the Night'

Coleen Duncan directs tradition holiday ballet for 11th year
Performances of the holiday ballet, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," by the Dancers Repertory Theatre will be at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on three days: Sunday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Woodside High Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Angel Heart Cakes changes hands

The Angel Heart Cakes bakery, located at Marsh Manor Shopping Center near Atherton, is changing hands after four years, the owners announced on Facebook.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside Elementary is a district with resources

Woodside Elementary School District gets 21 percent of its budget from the Woodside School Foundation, or $4,800 per student, much more than any other local district.

December 1, 2015 | 3 comments
Woodside School fails in bid to dismiss tenured teacher

It's not easy to fire a teacher in California, especially one with tenure. Woodside Elementary School, a kindergarten to eighth-grade school with 434 students in a very well-funded one-school district, recently found that out the hard way.

December 1, 2015 | 15 comments
King tides provide preview of sea level rise

Gray water, rippling with rainfall, lapped at the banked edge of the Coyote Point waterfront at the San Francisco Bay, covering the high-water mark – a line of white bricks – by at least a foot.

December 1, 2015 | 6 comments
Sunday: Annual Children's Holiday Tea in Holbrook-Palmer Park

A visit with Santa, entertainment by the Fratello Marionettes, holiday crafts, and tea sandwiches and treats from Lutticken's will be featured at the annual Children's Holiday Tea at Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Sunday, Dec. 6.

December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Community Notebook: 20 local organizations receive grants

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in Palo Alto announces $500,000 distribution
In anticipation of Giving Tuesday, a global effort to celebrate charitable giving, the Palo Alto-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced Monday its distribution of $500,000 to 20 local organizations providing critical services to women.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A pulls big upset, but Menlo School falls in semifinals

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both had an opportunity to avenge volleyball losses on Saturday night in the semifinals of the CIF Northern California playoffs. The Bears were successful, but the Knights were not. Read the story here.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Thieves steal tools worth more than $33,000 in three burglaries

Tools valued at more than $33,000 were reported stolen in three burglaries at residential construction sites in Atherton on the evening of Nov. 24, and a later residential burglary is also under investigation.

November 30, 2015 | 1 comment
SHP advances to CCS football final

The 2015 high school football season will continue for Sacred Heart Prep, but not for Palo Alto following the Central Coast Section semifinals on Friday night. Read the story here.

November 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Rusty's Roadside Grill opens in Ladera

Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack, is officially open for business at Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera.

November 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Theater review: TheatreWorks reprises Jane Austen's 'Emma'

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is reviving Jane Austen's "Emma," the musical it debuted to rave reviews in 2006. Lianne Marie Dobbs will reprise her title role.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Sweet on nostalgia

Rocket Fizz stocks sweet and funny treats from yesteryear
With its collection of old-fashioned candies, strange soda flavors, vintage gag gifts and toys, Rocket Fizz aims to stoke feelings of childhood nostalgia.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
A November 'Nutcracker'

Pacific Ballet Academy unveils its 25th annual holiday production
The Pacific Ballet Academy celebrates its 25th year of the "Nutcracker" with performances through the Thanksgiving weekend.

November 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Invites for all

Stationery, invite experts share tips and tricks for holiday party invitations
Stationery and invite experts share tips and tricks for holiday party invitations this season, such as what to include on invites, how to dress up snail mail, and how to use mail apps and digital invites.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday highlights

Local organizations, artists host a bounty of seasonal entertainment
Before or after your stroll down the streets to gaze at Christmas lights, the Midpeninsula has more holiday events and traditions to offer from "The Nutcracker" ballets to comedy shows.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
County advisory: beware of extra high tides

King tides expected to raise water up to a foot along the coast
Water levels at high tide along the San Mateo County coast are expected to be a few inches to a foot higher than usual from now to Nov. 29, due to king tides.

November 26, 2015 | 4 comments
App challenge for high school students

High school students are invited to create apps for mobile, tablet or desktop computer and submit them for the second annual Congressional App Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Congress.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Schools receive Wells Fargo grants

Three local schools &3150; La Entrada, Oak Knoll and Woodside Elementary – have each received $1,000 grants from Wells Fargo Bank.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Food donations will pay your library fines

Those with overdue books or DVDs may clear their fines by donating boxed or canned food during the San Mateo County Library's Food for Fines program, which runs through Dec. 21.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
SamTrans citizen advisers sought

SamTrans is seeking public members to apply for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday celebration of life for R. Hollis Elliott, retired Menlo Park attorney

A celebration of the life of R. Hollis Elliott, a longtime Menlo Park resident, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Harry's Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, in Redwood City.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Community volunteer, artist Laura Pool Huber dies at 47

At Oak Knoll School, Laura Pool Huber chaired many volunteer committees and organized the after-school sports program. She was a volunteer coordinator for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Circle of Friends ambassadors.
She was an avid tennis player, competing in the Women's USTA League at the University Club in Palo Alto.

December 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Meet Genevieve, a courageous single mother

Genevieve and her young son, Adrian, became homeless when a sudden and significant rent increase made it impossible for her to afford her apartment.

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December 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Food or rent? Nobody should have to choose

Gifts to the Almanac's Holiday Fund benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.

December 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: New health center serves thousands more

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

December 1, 2015 | 1 comment
M-A, Menlo girls advance in CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs

The Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School girls both moved on to the second round of the CIF NorCal volleyball playoffs following victories on Tuesday night.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Business: Village Stationers, Accent Arts to leave California Avenue

The retailers are the latest to move due to rising costs, shifting shopping habits
Two of California Avenue's independent retailers, whose stores have contributed to the small-town charm that has long characterized Palo Alto's so-called "second downtown," have announced they plan to move out.

November 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park City Council to pick new mayor

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to go through a yearly rite, passing the mantle of mayorship from one member to the next, during its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

December 1, 2015 | 5 comments
Family sues city, Caltrain in train fatality

The family of Jahyun Jennifer Koo, who was killed when a train struck her car Feb. 23 at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park, has filed a lawsuit against several agencies, including the city of Menlo Park and Caltrain.

November 24, 2015 | 4 comments
Business: Women entrepreneurs aim to take on Silicon Valley

"Three percent of startups succeed. But why can't we be part of that 3%?" Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, asked a group of eight entrepreneurs gathered for a recent two-week accelerator program for female startup founders.

November 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park searches to define, prioritize 'public benefits'

During its review of the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan Nov. 17, the City Council decided the city needs to prioritize the "public benefit" projects it wants done, and determine how to pay for them.

November 27, 2015 | 7 comments
Saturday: 'Indies First Day' at Kepler's Books

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your bookwormy loved ones? Kepler's Books in Menlo Park is inviting holiday shoppers to drop by on "Small Business Saturday," Nov. 28, when it'll host an "Indies First Day" celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Bully' film screening and Q&A with director

"Bully," a 2012 documentary about bullying in U.S. schools by Sundance and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, will be screened at the Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight in Menlo Park: Get ready, Downton Abbey fans

Downton Abbey fans, ready yourselves. A talk about England's Edwardian period, tailored to Downton Abbey fans and music lovers, is coming to Menlo Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

December 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave

Facebook offers one of the most generous family leave policies in the county, and CEO Mark Zuckeberg plans to take advantage of it.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire district director joins harbor district board

Menlo Park resident Virginia Chang Kiraly, about to begin her second four-year term on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, has joined the board of the San Mateo County Harbor District.

November 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Costs soar for plans to build new high school in Menlo Park

Price inflation has exacted a toll on Sequoia Union High School District plans to build two new small high schools (including one in Menlo Park) to address 2013-14 projections of a 22 percent surge in district enrollment by 2020.

November 24, 2015 | 16 comments
Police calls: Bathrobe and headphones stolen in auto burglary

Crime and accident reports from Atherton and Menlo Park.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Tennis: SHP's Choy, Menlo's Vielma advance in CCS singles tourney

CCS roundup: Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy opened defense of her singles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament by posting a pair of straight-set wins on Monday at Bay Club Courtside in Los Gatos.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Singers give holiday performances

A local group of 10 women will be singing their hearts out this holiday season, starting with caroling on Nov. 30 at some local assisted living facilities before fanning out to make public appearances.

November 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside memories: Thanksgivings present and past

This year we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving with special anticipation. It looks as though almost all the family will be together, including the distant Maryland branch.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
This weekend in Menlo Park: Holiday Train, model train show

Lots of events will be held in Menlo Park this weekend, including a model railroad display, and the full-sized Caltrain Holiday Train.

November 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton drops permit fee for solar installations

Town to examine ramifications of 'zero net energy' proposal
Atherton's City Council made two moves toward becoming a more environmentally friendly town on Nov. 18 when it eliminated the fees for installing solar panels and agreed to look at the ramifications of a proposed climate action plan.

November 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Atherton council members hike town's drainage system

With a wet winter predicted and more than $40 million in improvements said to be needed in Atherton's storm drain system, Atherton's City Council members donned hard hats, waterproof boots and safety vests for a recent first-hand look at some of the system.

November 27, 2015 | 12 comments
SHP girls, boys make a splash with more CCS polo titles

After eight years, Jon Burke finally got it right on the ninth try. As the final buzzer sounded, the Sacred Heart Prep girls water polo coach raised his arms and leaped into the pool. It was picture perfect.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A girls successfully defend their CCS volleyball crown

Saturday CCS roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls successfully defended their Central Coast Section Division I volleyball title with a 25-14, 27-25, 25-17 victory over Carlmont on Saturday at Independence High School in San Jose. Read the story here.

November 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Galway, Ireland, to become Menlo Park's first 'Sister City'

Bo Crane, a former Menlo Park resident, held up his phone to the microphone at the podium of the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. From its tiny speakers, a traditional Irish drinking song, called "Galway Bay," echoed plaintively.

November 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside Bakery owners say they have been told to close by Jan. 15

Owners say they hope for an extension of time to avoid bankruptcy
Woodside residents Mark Sweyer and his sister Jan Sweyer, since 2006 the co-owners of the popular Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road, said they have been told to close up shop and vacate the premises by Jan. 15.

November 23, 2015 | 24 comments
Real Estate Matters

Behind the hype: An objective look at the Silicon Valley market
Recent television shows and online documentaries paint quite a sensational portrait of Bay Area real estate, with over-the-top personalities, $2 million teardowns, frenzied bidding wars and prices that seemingly have no ceiling.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
PAL names all-league girls water polo teams

Peninsula Athletic League names members of all-league girls water polo teams in the Bay and Ocean divisions.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly, SHP advance in playoffs, but M-A's season ends

The Palo Alto and Sacred Heart Prep football teams will be playing for at least another week as they won their respective Central Coast Section first-round playoff games on Friday night. Menlo-Atherton, however, did not.

November 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Boutique hotel may produce $600K in city taxes its first year

Is that enough to meet Menlo Park's "public benefit" requirements?
"Public benefits" was a refrain at the Nov. 16 Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting, this time with regard to Pollock Financial Group's proposal to build a four-story "boutique" hotel on a half-acre site at 1400 El Camino Real.

November 23, 2015 | 18 comments
Menlo Park conference: What China can learn from Silicon Valley

How can the "ecosystem of innovation" that has come to characterize Silicon Valley be replicated in China?

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Four changes the council wants in downtown plan

The Menlo Park City Council has given staff direction on a number of changes it wants to see in the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan.

November 20, 2015 | 11 comments
Saturday: Workshop in Portola Valley on alternative electricity sources

An informational workshop on an alternative energy program planned for San Mateo County is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside High athletes sign letters of intent

Seniors Karl Arvidsson and Jamie Kruger from Woodside High School signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 18, during a lunchtime ceremony before the student body, their coaches, friends and family.

November 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Water polo: SHP boys seek another CCS title, Menlo wants to end streak

CCS roundup: The Sacred Heart Prep boys have won four straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo championships. Menlo School would like to see that streak end when the rivals meet in the section finals on Saturday.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Bruce Wellings named Menlo Park Kiwanis Club president

Bruce Wellings, a CPA and financial adviser with Wellings & Company in Menlo Park, has been named president of the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park debuts holiday wine walk

The first "Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk" in downtown Menlo Park will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. The event is part of a holiday weekend that includes a Friday night tree lighting and a Saturday morning breakfast with Santa.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: M-A big band dance

The Menlo-Atherton High School Big Band dance will be held Saturday night, Nov. 21, in the Ayers (the old) Gym on the school's campus.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Residents concerned about herbicide spraying plan to meet with Senator Hill

Java with Jerry is Saturday in Pescadero
Residents protesting Caltrans' spraying herbicides along local highways say they will show up for a coffee scheduled by Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, on Saturday to share their concerns.

November 19, 2015 | 1 comment
PAL names all-league boys water polo teams

Peninsula Athletic League names members of all-league boys water polo teams in the Bay and Ocean divisions.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Basketball: Menlo College takes aim from long range to record victory

Adam Griffin scored a game-high 17 points, an effort that included a 5-of-7 performance from long range, and the Menlo College men's basketball team downed visiting Northwest Christian, 66-62, Wednesday night in a nonconference contest.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Nov. 30: Shakespeare festival actors take Portola Valley stage

Two Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors will take the spotlight on the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory stage on Monday, Nov. 30, presenting a 90-minute performance that includes excerpts from Shakespeare's work and other classical and contemporary literature.

November 27, 2015 | No comments yet
The four new Eagles in Menlo Park

Alex Elcavage, Hunter Thompson, Drew Wadsworth and Andrew Tan achieve Eagle Scout rank
Menlo Park's Troop 109 now has four new Eagle scouts.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Golden Shears barbershop to be put up for sale

A change in ownership may be ahead for the Golden Shears barber shop in downtown Menlo Park. After more than five decades cutting hair at 814 Santa Cruz Ave., owner and barber Louis Arenas says he will be easing himself out of the business and looking for a buyer.

November 18, 2015 | 5 comments
SHP girls reach CCS finals, but M-A and Gunn boys knocked out

Water polo
After one night of semifinals in the Central Coast Section water polo playoffs, this is what has been decided: There will be no matchup between the Gunn and Menlo-Atherton boys in Division I while Sacred Heart Prep and St. Francis will meet in the finals for the first time since 2007.

November 18, 2015 | No comments yet
School adds local twist to innovative learning

The multipurpose room at Laurel Elementary School in Atherton was abuzz with excitement on a recent Monday morning, as 43 third-graders stood behind desks, presenting their ideas for what Stanford developers should do with the public space that will become Middle Plaza, located at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Why one Harvard MBA is dedicating his career to narrowing the opportunity gap

Thirteen years ago, Peter Fortenbaugh, who holds a Harvard MBA and a Princeton bachelor's degree in economics, left the job he had been groomed to do as senior vice president of strategic planning at Exodus Communications and went to work full-time at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula as its operations director.

November 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Why 'Menlo Pres' is now 'Menlo Church'

A local landmark known as Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for 142 years adopted a new name a few months ago.

November 19, 2015 | 23 comments
FAA vows to take fresh look at flight paths, altitudes

Federal agency responds to flurry of Bay Area complaints about airplane noise
Responding to a rising volume of complaints about airplane noise, the Federal Aviation Administration has agreed to take a fresh look at flight paths, plane altitudes and new procedures that would bring some peace to the afflicted skies above San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

November 17, 2015 | 11 comments
Yes, Atherton still has the most expensive real estate, says Forbes

Atherton has, for the third year in a row, been named as the zip code with the most expensive residential real estate in the country by Forbes Magazine. This year Woodside joins Atherton in the top 10.

November 20, 2015 | 7 comments
Wednesday: Atherton council to vote on no-cost solar permits

Atherton's City Council will discuss offering no-cost permits to install new solar systems when it meets on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New low-cost housing for homeless vets unveiled

For Veterans Day this year, local homeless veterans saw the completion of a new low-cost apartment complex in Menlo Park that some may soon call home.

November 20, 2015 | 27 comments
Police calls: Shotgun and handgun stolen in Menlo Park burglary

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

November 18, 2015 | 11 comments
Voter turnout rises in 'all-mail' ballot election

Voter turnout was 15 percent higher for the Nov. 3 election in San Mateo County than it was in November 2013, the last off-year election that can be considered as a fair comparison, county election officials say.

November 17, 2015 | 3 comments
Woodside town engineer reflects on career in public works

Woodside Deputy Town Manager and Town Engineer Paul Nagengast has said to an Almanac reporter that he has room for improvement. Maybe now that he is retiring, he'll be able to concentrate on those improvements he said he has room for.

November 17, 2015 | 4 comments
Feature story: Connecting with a camera

Sheldon Breiner knows a striking scene when he sees one
Geophysicist, inventor and world traveler Sheldon Breiner informed a relaxed gathering of about 100 people at Portola Valley's Community Hall that he has at least two serious hobbies: finding things and photography.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council to conduct first downtown plan review since Measure M

Will council address complaints that big developers aren't doing enough to provide public benefits?
The Menlo Park City Council will review tonight (Nov. 17) the city's "El Camino Real/downtown specific plan," a set of policies approved in 2012 that direct downtown development. (The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Civic Center.)

November 17, 2015 | 22 comments
True team effort leads Menlo girls to another CCS tennis title

Menlo School freshmen Ashley Vielma and Taylor Gould had a big tennis decision to make before Saturday's Central Coast Section Team Tournament semifinals and finals at Monta Vista High in Cupertino. Read the story here.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College drops GSAC volleyball finale; Chessin a champion

Oaks report
Maddie Clegg had 10 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .474 but the Menlo College women's volleyball team dropped a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 decision to host San Diego Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest Saturday. Read the story here.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
C'est magnifique

Mademoiselle Colette brings a taste of Paris to Menlo Park
Mademoiselle Colette, the elegant French patisserie that opened in Menlo Park last month, has quickly proven popular.

November 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Good news, bad news from Caltrans on herbicide spraying

Caltrans has given San Mateo County residents some good news and some bad news about the state's plans for spraying herbicides alongside local state highways.

November 16, 2015 | 16 comments
SHP, M-A roll to winning tuneups for the CCS playoffs

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton made successful tuneups for the Central Coast Section football playoffs, but Palo Alto and Menlo School did not, following losses on the final night of the regular season.

November 14, 2015 | 2 comments
This weekend: Global Gift Fair at Menlo Church

Handmade artisan crafts and wares from around the world will be for sale at the Global Gift Fair this weekend, Nov. 14 and 15, at Menlo Church.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Monday: Talk on raising happy and successful digital age children

Richard Freed, PhD will challenge myths about technology
Richard Freed, a child and adolescent psychologist and author of "Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age," will speak Monday at Las Lomitas School in Atherton.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Service for Jose Diaz, longtime Menlo Park resident

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. Denis Church, 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park, for Jose Diaz, who died Oct. 28 at the age of 89.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
McDonald has 27 kills in Menlo College volleyball victory

Oaks report
Maggie McDonald recorded 27 kills and 13 digs to help lead the Menlo College women's volleyball team to a 23-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17 victory over host Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Thursday. Read the story here.

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council reviews downtown development plan

More than a month after the topic was tabled, Menlo Park's City Council will return Tuesday, Nov. 17, to its review of the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan.

November 13, 2015 | 7 comments
Tonight: Party to celebrate two Woodside Town Hall retirements

The public is invited to a party to celebrate the retirement of Woodside Town Clerk Janet Koelsch and Deputy Town Manager Paul Nagengast on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the town's Independence Hall.

November 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park moms and dog owners battle over Nealon Park's open field

Renovations for Nealon Park are on the drawing board, but how will the city balance the interests of parents and their small children with those of dog owners and their frisky charges?

November 18, 2015 | 17 comments
Menlo Park offers extended free parking hours downtown, for holidays and beyond

Council supports six-month trial, but exempts Draeger's lot
From Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 4, 2016, downtown Menlo Park will reward holiday season visitors with relaxed parking time in the plazas. This has been done in past years, but the lengthened free parking time won't end come January, except for the Draeger's parking lot.

November 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Woodside write-in votes released: Shaw tops Reyering for council seat

Shaw gets 663 votes to Reyering's 585
Write-in candidate Chris Shaw has won a seat on the Woodside Town Council in a victory over Nancy Reyering, who had been running for the District 3 seat unopposed.

November 12, 2015 | 22 comments
Los Gatos tops Woodside in CCS water polo opener

The Woodside High varsity boys water polo team finished the season facing strong competition in its match with Los Gatos in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I championship games at Monta Vista High School on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Filoli head Cynthia D'Agosta is no longer with organization

Abrubt departure of executive director announced Wednesday afternoon
Volunteers at Filoli, the historic estate located north of Woodside, learned Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 11, via an email that Cynthia D'Agosta, the organization's executive director since late 2012, has left her job.

November 11, 2015 | 10 comments
Saturday: Unity Bike Ride in Belle Haven

Belle Haven Bikes, a community hub and bike workshop, will host a "Unity Ride" Saturday morning, Nov. 14, set to depart from the McNeil Family Clubhouse at 401 Pierce Road in Menlo Park at 10 a.m.

November 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Two Menlo Park residents named to new Veterans Commission

Two Menlo Park residents, Paul "Hank" Scherf and Sherry Corcoran, are members of the new San Mateo County Veterans Commission.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: America Recycles Day

Free compost, facility tours, e-waste recycling, a poster exhibition and arts and crafts await visitors to the region's first annual "America Recycles Day."

November 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Suspended deputy's appeal rejected by commission

The county Civil Service Commission on Tuesday (Nov. 10) voted unanimously to uphold disciplinary action against Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office in connection with allegations that he violated jail policies and procedures.

November 11, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo Park council likes green energy plan

Enthusiasm for the Peninsula Clean Energy program was very clear during a study session with the Menlo Park City Council held Tuesday, Nov. 10.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Some SamTrans fares increasing next year

Some fares for SamTrans bus service are changing next year and again in 2019 after approval last week by the district's board of directors, SamTrans officials said.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford creates center for youth mental health

Center looks to open new health clinics to serve 12- to 25-year-olds
Stanford Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has consolidated all of its existing youth mental health efforts — as well as some new ones — under one roof and a new name: the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Pet of the week: Neo

This week's featured pet, Neo, looks like a cross between a Chihuahua and Miniature Pinscher. So, we're calling him a Chiniature Pinscher.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Caring for community

After 20 years of giving, Sand Hill Foundation is just getting started
InnVision Shelter Network. The Peninsula Open Space Trust. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. Dana Schmidt, programs officer at the The Hewlett Foundation. What do these have in common?

November 16, 2015 | 1 comment
County plans to help residents buy green power

San Mateo County's 20 cities are being asked to decide whether to become part of a county program that would give PG&E customers the option to buy electricity from sources that provide more renewable energy.

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Tueday: Menlo Park community meeting seeks comment on dog park

A meeting to gather public comment on where to locate a dog-run area in Nealon Park will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Cypress Room of the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center at 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park panel to discuss why city zoning matters

What is city zoning, and why is it important? Three speakers will answer those questions and others at a symposium to be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St.

November 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Eshoo's bills aim to lower volume on aircraft noise

Congresswoman proposes reforms to Federal Aviation Administration, re-opening of EPA's Office of Noise Abatement and Control
Responding to an upswell of concern from local residents about increasing airplane noise, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo on Nov. 6 unveiled a pair of bills that designed to restore some peace to local skies.

November 9, 2015 | 16 comments
Tuesday: Renewable energy, downtown parking on Menlo Park council agenda

A new way for local residents to buy electricity from renewable sources, a trial project to extend free parking times downtown, and plans to prepare for flooding and storms this winter are all on a hefty agenda for the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night, Nov. 10.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Good news for taxpayers in Menlo Park City School District

The Menlo Park City School District has some good news for local taxpayers -- after being given the highest possible long-term debt rating in October, the district has refinanced some of its bonds, saving taxpayers $12.47 million.

November 10, 2015 | 6 comments
Boys water polo: Woodside beats Burlingame in PAL tourney

The Woodside varsity boys water polo team won the third and final game in the PAL Tournament at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday (Nov. 7) to finish fifth overall in the tournament.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton wants more info on 'zero net energy' plan

Atherton's City Council has asked for a lot more information about the costs and impacts of proposals by the town's Environmental Program Committee to reduce Atherton's greenhouse gas emissions, including a measure that would require all new buildings to be "zero net energy" (generating as much energy as they use).

November 11, 2015 | No comments yet
PAL cross country

Prep cross country
The one constant for the Menlo-Atherton girls in cross country over the past four years, and likely longer, has been success. The current group of seniors have never lost a Peninsula Athletic League championship. Read the story here.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Kualapa, Swart provide dramatic ending for Menlo College women

Oaks report
The Menlo College women's soccer team has displayed a penchant for the dramatic when it comes to postseason play and Saturday's Gold State Athletic Conference tournament opener at The Master's College in Santa Clarita fit right in. Read the story here.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Sheldon Breiner talks photography and staying fresh behind the lens

Portola Valley resident, geophysicist and world traveler Sheldon Breiner is skilled with a camera, a talent he plans to talk about in a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Portola Valley Community Hall at 765 Portola Road.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A sophomore, 15, competes in soccer on world stage

Fifteen-year-old Josephine Cotto of Menlo Park felt intimidated. It was mid-September and she had just flown to Puerto Rico to try out for its Women's national under-17 soccer team.

November 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo-Atherton settles for three-way co-title

Friday prep football
At the conclusion of the Menlo Atherton-Burlingame football game on Friday night, there was a vast difference in the two teams' post-game reactions, as the Panthers players and coaches celebrated on their home field with friends and family, while the Bears' squad quickly and quietly exited the stadium.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
More rain forecast for today

Today's forecast has a 90 percent chance of rain, with a small chance of thunderstorms.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton settles for three-way co-title

Friday prep football
At the conclusion of the Menlo Atherton-Burlingame football game on Friday night, there was a vast difference in the two teams' post-game reactions, as the Panthers players and coaches celebrated on their home field with friends and family, while the Bears' squad quickly and quietly exited the stadium. Read the story here.

November 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Michael Pollan, Jesse Ziff Cool on 'feeding our families'

Writer Michael Pollan says his decades-long explorations into food and the American diet were inspired, at least in part, by his son Isaac, for whom the term "picky eater" sounds like a vast understatement.

November 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

November 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside blood donor celebrates milestone

Alden R. Tagg of Woodside sometimes has cookies for dinner. "They're just first-class cookies," he said. "I don't know anybody who makes better cookies."

November 12, 2015 | 3 comments
Sheriff Greg Munks announces plans to retire in 2018

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said he plans to retire in December 2018, at the conclusion of his third four-year term in office.

November 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Appeals court upholds Hanretty $2.7 million restitution ruling

Former school district official pleaded no contest to embezzlement, theft of public funds
A state appeals court has upheld the ruling that Tim Hanretty, a former official in both the Woodside and Portola Valley school districts, must repay the Woodside Elementary School District nearly $2.7 million.

November 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Education leader Margaret Draper dies

Margaret "Marge" Draper, a 40-year Menlo Park resident and a former member of the Menlo Park City School District Board of Trustees, died on Oct. 10 at the age of 74.

November 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside: Write-in vote count to start this week

The counting of write-in votes for Chris Shaw in his contest with Nancy Reyering for the District 3 seat on the Woodside Town Council will begin early this week, the San Mateo County Elections Office said.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Choy successfully defends her WBAL tennis title

It has been quite a sophomore tennis season for Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Sara Choy, who navigated the dual-match campaign without a loss. That perfection continued in the West Bay Athletic League Individual Tournament on Tuesday.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Ravenswood Avenue will have traffic controls for four days

Lanes closed Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday
Lane closures are scheduled Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday on Ravenswood Avenue between Middlefield Road and Marcussen Drive, in Atherton near Menlo- Atherton High School.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Winter hours begin for Portola Valley farmers market

With the end of daylight saving time, winter hours – 2 to 5 p.m. – have begun for the Portola Valley farmers' market, starting with the market on Thursday, Nov. 5.

November 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Public workshop on Caltrans' Hwy. 84 pilot spraying program

State agency will spray herbicides on only one side of highway
Caltrans has scheduled a public workshop tonight (Nov. 5) in La Honda about a pilot program to cut back on herbicide spraying along Highway 84.

November 5, 2015 | 2 comments
In business: Woodside entrepreneurs create talking toy for kids

So you grow up in the land of startups and major in mechanical engineering in college. You're in your 20s and tired of working for someone else. What do two childhood friends do next? Move back in with your parents in Woodside to save money and launch your own startup.

November 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley workshop on green energy alternatives

An informational workshop on an alternative energy program planned for San Mateo County is set for Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

November 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Flowers on Village Hill: A memorial to Nancy Gonzalez

The spirit of longtime local resident Nancy Gonzalez lives on in a beautification project on Woodside Road, a swath of Village Hill that volunteers sowed with native flowers and grass seed on Halloween.

November 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Police calls: Battery stolen from electric car in garage

Reports of crime and traffic accidents in Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside.

November 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Local customers continue to exceed water-saving mandates

Water customers in Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley exceeded their water saving goals in September, and came close in Atherton.

November 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Unspoiled Peninsula now on display in Woodside Town Hall

Robert L. Buelteman Jr., a Woodside native and practiced maker of fine art with a camera, is also an admirer of the B-2 stealth bomber, that airborne manta ray with the spider eyes and the deadly payload.

November 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Nov. 27-Dec. 5: 'Holiday Traditions' at Filoli estate in Woodside

Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, will hold its annual Holiday Tradition event from Nov. 27 through Dec. 5, with holiday music and decorations and merchandise at the Holiday Boutique.

November 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Community college district: Mandelkern, Schwarz, Goodman elected

Incumbents Dave Mandelkern and Karen Schwarz and challenger Maurice D. Goodman are leading in the election for three seats on the board of the San Mateo County Community College District.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside Town Council: District 3 results

The vote count in the contested election for the District 3 seat on the Woodside Town Council shows only votes cast for Nancy Reyering, whose name was on the ballot. Write-in votes for her opponent will be counted later.

November 3, 2015 | 2 comments
Final election results

Final vote counts from the San Mateo County Elections Office.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sequoia Union High School District: DuBois, Jack and Weiner elected

Carrie DuBois, Georgia Jack and Allen Weiner were elected Tuesday to the board of the Sequoia Union High School District.

November 3, 2015 | 3 comments
Saturday: Stanford holds 'open house' on its proposed El Camino development in Menlo Park

Stanford University is holding an "open house" event Saturday, where the public is invited to ask questions and make comments about the university's revised plans for a 459,000-square-foot office, housing and retail development along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

November 4, 2015 | 23 comments
Woodside school board: Edwards, Johnson elected

Incumbents Silvia Edwards and Kevin Johnson were elected Tuesday to the board of the Woodside Elementary School District.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: public hearing on Caltrain's proposed fare hike

Caltrain will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, to discuss proposals to increase fare by 50 cents each way.

November 4, 2015 | 7 comments
Offering help

Woodside college student's website is for families and friends of those with mental illness
In the months after Mackenzie Drazan lost her younger sister, Shelby, to suicide last year, the 20-year-old Woodside resident and Duke University sophomore says she learned a lot of things she wished she had known while her sister was still alive.

November 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park mayor paints vibrant future for city

"Who would want to live anywhere else?" asked Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton during the mayor's annual "State of the City" talk Oct. 29.

November 4, 2015 | 12 comments
In business: New barbershop opens in West Menlo Park

Contrary to what overeager holiday decorators might think, the new red and white striped pole spotted at 2100 Avy Ave. in West Menlo Park is not a premature candy cane, but is, in fact, a permanent fixture signaling Menlo Park's newest barber shop.

November 3, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park Planning Commission approves Alma Street development

The proposed development raises questions about downtown Menlo Park regulations
What should the city of Menlo Park require the developers of a proposed three-story office building on Alma Street to provide in public benefits in exchange for exceeding building size limits?

November 5, 2015 | 15 comments
Woodside council election: write-in vote count won't start until Wednesday

The write-in votes for Chris Shaw, who is challenging Nancy Reyering for a seat on the Woodside council, won't be reported tonight, a San Mateo County elections official said.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sister of O.J. Simpson's slain wife wants more awareness of domestic abuse

Denise Brown speaks at Domestic Violence Awareness Month event for CORA
Domestic violence can be hard to recognize, even if it takes place right in front of you, Denise Brown, the sister of O.J. Simpson's slain wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, recently told a group gathered in Burlingame.

November 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls open PAL water polo playoffs with a win

Monday's prep roundup
The postseason in water polo is officially under way and the Menlo School girls have earned the right to play another day.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Signals on Middlefield and Oak Grove working again

The Atherton police reported at about 6 p.m. on Monday that traffic signals at Middlefield Road and Oak Grove Avenue are working again after being out much of the day because of downed electrical wires.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Monday: Menlo Park Planning Commission talks public benefits

What should the city require the developers of a planned office building on Alma Street to provide in public benefits in exchange for exceeding the allowable building size? The Menlo Park Planning Commission will discuss that question tonight.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP water polo teams set for postseason, title defenses

The first half of the high school water polo season is over. Now it's time for the second half -- the postseason. Based on results from this past weekend, it appears the Sacred Heart Prep boys and girls are ready to make runs at yet more Central Coast Section Division II titles. Read the story here.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: All Dumbarton Bridge lanes now open after 5-vehicle crash, nail-spill

Thousands of nails that spilled on the Dumbarton Bridge in a five-vehicle crash this morning (Nov. 2) have been cleaned up and the bridge has reopened, according to the California Highway Patrol.

November 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Your voting options in 'all mail' election

Although San Mateo County is participating in a historic trial of a so-called "all mail" election this year, voters can still vote at the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3).

November 2, 2015 | 10 comments
Football: SHP moves back into title contention in PAL Bay Division

M-A takes over first place
With Sacred Heart Prep seniors Mason Randall and Andrew Daschbach possibly playing in the final home game of their high school football careers, it was no surprise the three-year starters once again played a major role in another Gators' victory.

November 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton considers strict 'green' regulations for new buildings

City Council study session considers greenhouse gas reduction measures
Atherton's City Council will have a discussion about how "green" the town should be on Wednesday when it holds a study session on its environmental committee's recommendations for far-reaching greenhouse gas reduction measures.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside candidate identifies funders of campaign mailer, signs

Chris Shaw, a write-in candidate for the Woodside Town Council, has formed a campaign committee and filed campaign finance reports identifying who funded a mass mailing, yard signs and a banner in support of his candidacy.

October 31, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton: Eastbound Marsh Road is closed today

Eastbound lane closed Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Atherton town officials say eastbound Marsh Road will be closed Saturday, Oct. 31, from Middlefield Road to Fair Oaks Avenue between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the town works on repairs to the Atherton drainage channel wall.

October 30, 2015 | 1 comment
People: The story behind Menlo Park's Legion of Honor recipient

Walter Jaye and his wife Diana seem, at first, like many other couples in Menlo Park. The two met over a game of bridge in 1965. At the time, Mr. Jaye was an electrical engineer working at Stanford Research Institute following an assistantship at Stanford University and a Fulbright scholarship.
Sounds like a typical Menlo Park success story, right?
Not quite.

November 4, 2015 | 1 comment
M-A girls get some help to win PAL volleyball title early

Thursday's prep roundup
The Menlo-Atherton girls probably didn't know it at the time, but their 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 volleyball victory over visiting Sequoia on Thursday night wrapped up the PAL Bay Division regular-season title. Read the story here.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP girls take on water polo's best in NorCal Championships

For a team that had won eight straight Central Coast Section Division II water polo titles, it was an inauspicious start to the 2015 season for the Sacred Heart Prep girls. Read the story here.

October 30, 2015 | No comments yet
New bike routes for Menlo Park proposed by city commissions

Proposed downtown bike lanes among project ideas to make Menlo Park more green, bike friendly
The Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission during its meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 28, discussed several topics near and dear to Menlo Park's "green" interests: new bike lanes downtown, renewable energy, and the city's trees.

October 30, 2015 | 50 comments
Three water polo teams wrap up titles, but SHP boys do not

Prep roundup
As expected, the Sacred Heart Prep girls, Castilleja girls and Menlo School boys put the finishing touches on their regular-season water polo titles on Wednesday. The SHP boys, however, did not.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Boys water polo: Menlo 20, Woodside High 5

Host Menlo School in Atherton won the PAL Bay Division water polo crown for the 21st time in 23 years with a 20-5 defeat of Woodside on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
History association seeks volunteer docents

A docent orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, at the San Mateo County History Museum, housed in the county's old courthouse at 2200 Brooadway in downtown Redwood City.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Nov. 14: Talk on Julia Morgan

Karen McNeill will give a talk about "Julia Morgan in San Mateo County" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Nov. 7: Folksinger concert in Menlo Park

Singer/songwriter Michael McNevin will present a free concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside venture capitalist John Doerr to be honored

Venture capital leader and philanthropist John Doerr of Woodside will be honored at the 11th annual "Pioneers & Purpose" dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

October 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Sunday: Day of the Dead event at county history museum

There will be music, traditional food, a processional and a Festival of Altars at a Day of the Dead event to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the San Mateo County History Museum.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunset's gardens now closed to the public

The iconic western lifestyle publication is leaving Menlo Park for Oakland and Sonoma
Sunset Publishing Corp., which has been at 80 Willow Road in Menlo Park for 63 years, permanently closed its gardens to the public on Friday, Oct. 30.

October 29, 2015 | 9 comments
The only thing scary is how cute they are

The Peninsula Humane Society is using that tagline for its current black cat and kitten promotion. The society is waiving fees for all black cats and kittens through Nov. 1.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Forum on plan for affordable, renewable energy

A community forum to talk about a county-wide program to improve household access to affordable renewable energy will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the San Mateo Main Library located on 55 W. 3rd Avenue in San Mateo.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park kids "Read for the Record"

The children's book, "Not Norman: A Goldfish Story" by Kelly Bennett, was read aloud at six sessions at the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, Oct. 22, during "Read for the Record," a national campaign to break the world reading record for most people reading the same book on the same day.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Nov. 4-5: Asia Society holds innovation conference in Menlo Park

A conference called "Innovation 2015: From China to Silicon Valley," co-sponsored by the Asia Society of Northern California and Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area (THT), will take place at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel at 2825 Sand Hill Road on Nov. 4 and 5.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A girls extend PAL Bay Division volleyball lead

Tuesday's prep roundup:
The Menlo-Atherton girls extended their lead in the PAL Bay Division volleyball race with a little help on Tuesday night as the Bears topped visiting Burlingame while second-place Carlmont was upset by Aragon.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Ahead for Woodside: Larger houses and faster project reviews?

When a new Town Council, with three new members, convenes in Woodside on Dec. 8, it will have before it proposals on two major changes that would have a significant effect on residential construction in town.

October 28, 2015 | 3 comments
Phones and Internet out at Menlo Park City School District schools and offices - again

For the second time in a little more than two weeks, the phone lines for Menlo Park City School District schools and offices have gone down -- this time affecting the Internet as well.

October 28, 2015 | 2 comments
Family has date for brain tumor treatment

Eight-year-old Woodside brain cancer patient Zamora Moon Martinez-Lusinchi is scheduled to begin an experimental treatment for her cancer in Bristol, England, on Nov. 28, her mother says.

October 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park officials agree to 3% raise for city employees

Menlo Park city officials on Monday announced a tentative agreement with city workers that includes a 3 percent raise and improved benefits.

October 27, 2015 | 14 comments
Wednesday: Woodside-Menlo showdown in boys water polo

The Woodside Wildcats varsity boys water polo team will plays its last regular-season game Wednesday, Oct. 28, against the Menlo Knights in a match where two brothers will face each other for the first time.

October 27, 2015 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park mayor gives 'state of city' talk

Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton will give a "state of the city" talk Thursday, Oct. 29, on recent city accomplishments and her reflections as mayor.

October 28, 2015 | 12 comments
Parents ask for new charter school to serve East Palo Alto and Belle Haven

KIPP Bay Area Schools will seek to open school in 2017
A leading charter school organization said Monday it would seek to open a new elementary school in East Palo Alto in the fall of 2017 to serve East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven area of Menlo Park.

October 27, 2015 | 3 comments
Alleged gang member arrested in connection with shooting

An alleged gang member was arrested Monday morning (Oct. 26) in connection with a shooting earlier this month in North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Cover story: Seniors sojourn at Burning Man

Do you like fires? Huge fires? Rolling infernos with flames 50 to 100 feet in the air? What about playing outside without a care about getting all sandy and dirty? Maybe Burning Man, the annual party in a dry lake bed in Nevada, is for you.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Anonymous campaign blossoms for council seat

Candidate says he's 'not fond' of anonymity, but understands fears
Chris Shaw, a write-in candidate, is up against Nancy Reyering for a seat on the Town Council, but to the extent that he has a campaign, it's one that is "running itself," Mr. Shaw said.

October 27, 2015 | 27 comments
Atherton raises dollar limits on no-bid contracts

The dollar limits on public works contracts in Atherton that can be approved without using a formal bidding process were raised by the City Council on Oct. 21.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Pay raise for Atherton city manager

Atherton has given City Manager George Rodericks the same 2 percent raise that other non-union employees received, upping his annual salary to $203,592.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton wants fire district in civic center

Atherton has asked the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to have a place in the town's new civic center.

October 29, 2015 | 2 comments
Water polo: A solid finish for SHP boys in North-South Challenge

Prep water polo
It goes without saying that the best boys water polo teams are located in Southern California. That was evident at the 10th annual North-South Water Polo Challenge that saw Mater Dei edge defending champion Harvard-Westlake, 11-10, in the championship match on Saturday at Sacred Heart Prep.

October 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Missing Atherton SUV found in Utah Monday

Red Mercedes SUV stolen from McCormick Lane
A red Mercedes SUV stolen from a McCormick Lane driveway over the weekend was found in Utah on Monday, according to the Atherton Police Department.

October 26, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside Town Council election: statements by candidates

The Almanac asked candidates for the Woodside Town Council District 3 seat in the Nov. 3, 2015, election to write up to 600 words on why voters should vote for them instead of their opponent.

October 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Statement by Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is a write-in candidate for the Woodside Town Council seat in District 3 in the Nov. 3, 2015, election.

October 25, 2015 | 3 comments
Statement by Nancy Reyering

Nancy Reyering is a candidate for the Woodside Town Council District 3 seat in the Nov. 3, 2015, election.

October 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Boys' water polo: M-A 17, Woodside High 4

The Woodside High boys' water polo team encountered a strong challenge from Menlo-Atherton in the last home game of the regular season, with M-A winning 17-4 on Oct. 21 at Woodside High.

October 27, 2015 | No comments yet
On stage: An elegant 'Proof'

TheatreWorks stages outstanding production of David Auburn play
David Auburn's "Proof" is a slim, sneaky wonder of theatrical storytelling. TheatreWorks stages an outstanding production of the play now through Nov. 1 in Mountain View.

October 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School drops important PAL Ocean Division test

Friday prep football: In a crucial showdown for second place in the PAL Ocean Division, Menlo School lost its final home football game of the year in a 35-21 setback to King's Academy on Friday.

October 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton shocks SHP in PAL Division football upset

There is always a lot at stake when Menlo-Atherton and Sacred Heart Prep meet on the football field, but there was a laundry list of reasons the Bears were especially amped-up to play their cross-town rivals this season.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
'DamNation' film shows Sunday at Stanford

Audience discussion with Matt Stoecker follows screening
"DamNation," the documentary film on dam removal produced by Portola Valley's Matt Stoecker will be part of the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University on Sunday.

October 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Show and tell

During a fire safety show-and-tell Oct. 15 at Belle Haven Library, Menlo Park firefighter-paramedic Mick Hughes crawls on the floor to emulate what it is like to look for people in a fire.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Speedier home-design reviews for Woodside?

Council to vote on smaller review board, continue study of house size limits
An ordinance that would reduce the size of Woodside's Architectural and Site Review Board to five members from seven comes before the Town Council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, for the first of two votes to approve the change.

October 23, 2015 | 4 comments
Feature story: New book offers glimpse into Menlo Park's past

Two years ago, Fran Dehn, president of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, saw a gap in books about Menlo Park history.

November 10, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo girls earn tie for first in WBAL Foothill Division volleyball

Avenging its only league loss, the Menlo School girls moved into a tie for first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball race with crucial victory over first-place Harker on Thursday night.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
West Menlo Park traffic: Parents fear for kids' safety

Town hall meeting Nov. 2 to discuss traffic and street safety
Community members concerned with traffic, safe routes to school, and sidewalks along Alameda de las Pulgas will have a chance to share their concerns with local and state officials at a town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 2. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Cano Hall at Las Lomitas School, 299 Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton.

October 26, 2015 | 20 comments
Facebook's Zuckerberg, Chan to open new local school

Couple partners with Ravenswood Family Health Center to create new integrated health-education model
Philanthropist couple Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are investing in yet another educational venture, this time in their own backyard: a private, pre-K through eighth-grade school in East Palo Alto that will integrate health and education to serve disadvantaged children.

October 23, 2015 | 10 comments
Book Talk: Silicon Valley design, battling drug addiction and more

This month's book news
This month, local authors release books on the history of Silicon Valley design, forensic psychology thrillers, true stories of drug addiction and more.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Air district approves stricter rules for wood burning

As winter weather approaches and homes and businesses begin firing up fireplaces and heaters, the air district has strengthened its wood-burning regulations, including prohibiting wood-burning devices from being installed in new buildings.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
More groups ask Caltrans to stop spraying herbicides in San Mateo County

Caltrans offers two-year pilot program on Hwy. 84
More local groups, public officials and farmers and ranchers have asked Caltrans to stop spraying herbicides along San Mateo County highways. Caltrans has offered a two-year pilot along part of Highway 84 to try out mowing, mulching and manual weed controls.

October 23, 2015 | 13 comments
He can dance

Mountain View native pursues life on stage
As a boy, Nick Lazzarini attended Springer Elementary School and took dance classes through the City of Mountain View's Recreation Division. Now, he's got his own L.A.-based commercial dance company.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
New mobile clinic supports medically underserved youth

Stanford's Teen Health Van aims to meet adolescents where they are
The Teen Health Van, now in its 20th year of operation, is a mobile medical clinic that aims to reach medically underserved youth, ages 10 to 25 years old, many of whom are homeless, uninsured or underinsured, at-risk and with little or no access to health care.

November 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Combating bullies in Menlo Park

Anti-Bullying Month to be recognized with workshops, film screening, and lots of orange
Did you see an unusual number of people wearing orange yesterday?

October 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Development plan for Roger Reynolds nursery site ruffles neighbors

Commission recommends approval of the proposal to build 24 townhouse-like residential units
Residents of Stone Pine Lane in Menlo Park were none too pleased when developer Derek "Deke" Hunter presented revised plans Oct. 19 to build 24 townhouse-like residential units at 133 Encinal Ave., the former site of Roger Reynolds Nursery.

October 22, 2015 | 8 comments
Stanford Shopping Center announces 10 new retail stores

Stanford Shopping Center is entering its final phase of renovation, and on Tuesday, Simon Property Group, which owns the center, unveiled a list of 10 retail stores among more than 25 new stores expected to open in the spring of 2016.

October 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Sew excited

FabMo Textile Art Boutique showcases goods made with repurposed material
Joan Zwiep joins more than 40 other makers at the seventh annual FabMo Textile Art Boutique on Saturday, Oct. 24.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: School board reviews plans for new Menlo Park high school

A new public high school is coming to Menlo Park, and a discussion of the school's curriculum is set for a school board meeting tonight (Oct. 21) at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Free parking hours in downtown Menlo Park extended

Six-month trial to start in January
Parking in downtown Menlo Park will be extended on the street from 1 hour to 90 minutes and in parking plazas from two to three hours, following several votes by the Menlo Park city council on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

October 21, 2015 | 8 comments
Menlo Park's Rosener House raises nearly $50,000

Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House in Menlo Park raised nearly $50,000 in the Alzheimer Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's, held recently in San Francisco.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Specific plan not on Menlo Park council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council has a full agenda on Tuesday, Oct. 20, even though it will not continue its review of the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan. That review has been tentatively postponed until the council's Nov. 17 meeting.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton gets permit for new stoplight

Construction expected to end before summer
Atherton has finally received the encroachment permit it has been waiting for from Caltrans to install a pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue.

October 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Wednesday: City manager raise among items on Atherton agenda

A light agenda is on tap for the Atherton City Council when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 21, starting at 7 p.m. in the town's council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Former secretary at St. Patrick's Seminary sentenced to 90 days in jail

Evelyn D. Vallacqua, a former secretary at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, was sentenced Friday, Oct. 16, to 90 days in San Mateo County jail in connection with charges of embezzling money from the seminary.

October 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls in Menlo Park: Reports of thefts, burglaries

This information is based on reports from the Menlo Park Police Department.

October 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Changes in architectural review process may start soon

The ways and means of Woodside's Architectural & Site Review Board (ASRB) are headed for change. The Town Council will be considering an ordinance that could shrink the board to five members and engage a consulting architect to help applicants prepare projects to avoid rejection by the ASRB.

October 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside council race: Clash over perceptions of rural character and freedom to build

With just two weeks remaining in the fall election, Woodside voters suddenly have a choice of candidates in the race for one of four open seats on the Town Council, a choice also shaping up as a contest over the character of the town.

October 20, 2015 | 23 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Public school heads offer update on state of education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and county superintendents Anne Campbell and Jon Gundry answered the public's questions a town hall on education last week at Canada College in Woodside.

October 22, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A's Mims rushes for 324 yards in big win over Aragon

Friday roundup: Menlo-Atherton junior running back Jordan Mims set a school single-game record with 324 rushing yards and added four touchdowns as the Bears earned a 31-10 PAL Bay Division Division football victory over visiting Aragon Friday night.

October 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Rocktober Fest in Woodside

The Children's Health Council invites the public to attend its third annual Rocktober Fest from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, 880 Runnymede Road in Woodside.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday morning: Unity Bike Ride in Belle Haven

Local cyclists of all ages are invited to attend a "unity" bike ride on Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at the McNeil Family Clubhouse, located at 401 Pierce Road in Menlo Park.

October 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park may increase free parking time downtown

Visitors to Menlo Park's downtown area may no longer have to race against the clock to complete their business before their parking time runs out.

October 16, 2015 | 16 comments
Woodside: Write-in candidate adds some heat to Town Council race

New candidate says he's unhappy with opponent's ASRB track record
With four candidates running for four seats, the Nov. 3 election for the Woodside Town Council had been looking to be uneventful, but overnight it's become competitive.

October 16, 2015 | 17 comments
Woodside Elementary celebrates fall with Garden Festival

Students and parents at Woodside Elementary celebrated fall on Oct. 14 with their annual Garden Festival, raising money to operate the school's garden.

October 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park names new assistant city manager to oversee development projects

Former public works director Chip Taylor heading back to City Hall for No. 2 post
Charles "Chip" Taylor, former Menlo Park public works director, will return to service in Menlo Park as its new assistant city manager after departing in June 2014 to work as Millbrae's assistant city manager.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Local officials roll out storm plans

Efforts include clearing creek of debris and vegetation, new flood-warning website
Warning that rainwater might not be contained if the predicted El Nino storms hit the Bay Area this winter, local officials said they are making a number of efforts to reduce hazards to homes and residents if the volatile San Franciscquito Creek surges out of its banks.

October 17, 2015 | 4 comments
'Best-Looking' Pumpkin comes to Menlo Park

Menlo Park's own pumpkin patch on El Camino Real at Valparaiso Avenue, owned by Ronald Pantano of San Mateo, just got 390 pounds of pure gourded beauty delivered to its grounds. This hefty attraction comes in the form of the pumpkin awarded the "best-looking" prize at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 12.

October 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Improving education outcomes: Local partnership aims for more Google Challenge dollars

San Mateo County urges voting to get Google funds for kids' summer learning
The Big Lift, a large-scale partnership between San Mateo County and more than 200 private, public, and nonprofit agencies, whose goal is to improve children's educational outcomes in the county, could get a $250,000 boost from Google to support summer learning programs. However, the partnership needs votes.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Deer spotted near Allied Arts

Menlo Park resident John Patun sent the Almanac this photo of a solitary deer seen grazing Oct. 12 at about 11:50 a.m. at 505 San Mateo Drive near Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

October 15, 2015 | 2 comments
SRI biosciences wins $100 million for radiation research

One hundred million dollars over five years. That's how much the SRI International biosciences division is being awarded as part of a contract to research and develop products to address the effects of radiation exposure.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside family to go to England for child's clinical trial

Experimental treatment delivers chemotherapy directly into brain tumor
A Woodside 8-year-old, diagnosed in July with an up-to-now untreatable and always fatal brain tumor, has been accepted into a clinical trial in Bristol, England, where chemotherapy drugs will be injected directly into the tumor.

October 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Firefighters raise money for burn victims

Pancake Breakfast in Menlo Park raises $14,000 for burn victims.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Project Read orientation session canceled

Project Read-Menlo Park has canceled a tutor orientation sessions set for Saturday, Oct. 17. The organization will announce when the next orientation is set.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: E. Gary Smith pretrial conference continued

A pretrial conference for Edwin Gary Smith, 64, former owner of Menalto Cleaners in Menlo Park who is accused of unauthorized charges on customers' credit cards, was held Oct. 13 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

October 15, 2015 | 5 comments
Voter Guide: Woodside school board election

After this Voter Guide story was prepared, the Almanac learned that candidate Joel Hornstein had announced he was "suspending" his campaign.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Jeb Bush to visit for fundraiser on Oct. 20

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is set to visit Woodside on Tuesday, Oct. 20, for a fundraiser at the home of Silvia Edwards, a board member of the Woodside Elementary School District, and her husband Paul Edwards.

October 14, 2015 | 18 comments
Riding the whole foods wave

Homemade Cooking teaches members to prepare nutritious meals
Palo Alto-based Homemade Cooking offers weekly two-hour cooking classes at which members are introduced to seasonal ingredients, taught various cooking methods and given a wide variety of healthy recipes.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Palo Alto blasts high-speed rail project for moving too fast

City Council urges more collaborative process for Peninsula segment of controversial rail line
With plans for California's high-speed rail system accelerating on the Peninsula, Palo Alto officials on Tuesday ramped up their opposition to a process that they argue is moving too fast and in the wrong direction.

October 14, 2015 | 20 comments
Looking back

The current Atherton council chambers, shown in this undated photo, was not only used for council meetings beginning in March 1929, but also housed the town's police department and city clerk's office, according to the Atherton history book "Under the Oaks" by Pamela Gullard and Nancy Lund.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
County conducts historic test of 'all-mail' voting system

All registered voters in the county will get a ballot. But will it increase turnout?
This year's elections in San Mateo County will not only determine the composition of governing boards and whether ballot measures pass. It will also be the testing ground for running an "all-mail" election.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Raising Menlo Park fire district's spending limit

Should the district's annual spending limit be raised from $40 million to $50 million?
Measure Y on ballots in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will ask voters to raise the district's annual appropriation limit to $50 million a year, from the current $40 million.

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
New co-director at SRI International to research STEM learning via tech

Howard T. Everson, named co-director at SRI International for assessment research in education, will research student digital learning of STEM subjects with online games and digital environments.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Book giveaway in Belle Haven gathers 2,000-plus books

More than 100 families attended a book giveaway at the Belle Haven Community Garden on Saturday, Oct. 10, hosted by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Facebook.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Nov. 5: Space, tide pools, robots at kids' science night in Menlo Park

The Chabot Space & Science Center will set up an inflatable indoor planetarium, or "Cosmic Ray Planetary Theater," at a science night event for children on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center.

October 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council to consider streamlining residential building reviews

Changes to the processes in Woodside for government review of residential building and remodeling plans are set a discussion and possible vote tonight (Oct. 13) at the Town Council meeting.

October 13, 2015 | 4 comments
Phone lines working again in Menlo Park City School District

Land lines were down most of Tuesday
The Menlo Park City School District announced at about 8 a.m. today (Oct. 14) that all the district's phone lines are working again after going down Tuesday morning.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Report: Violent crime rate in East Palo Alto plunges

City saw a large drop in aggravated assaults in 2014
East Palo Alto's violent crime rate has plunged by 64 percent in one year, according to a newly released Federal Bureau of Investigation report.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

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

October 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Town hall meeting in Woodside on public education

State Sen. Jerry Hill and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are expected to participate in a town hall meeting on education in public schools at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Canada College in Woodside.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: Seven run for community college board seats

In the 2014-15 school year, the San Mateo County community colleges enrolled about 25,000 students. Seven candidates are competing for the opportunity to oversee operations of the these colleges.

October 14, 2015 | 2 comments
Today: Eat out to help seniors eat in

Locals looking for an excuse to eat out mid-week can fill their stomachs and ease their guilt on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at a "Dine Out" fundraiser to support Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit that cooks, packages, and delivers nutritious meals to people who cannot leave their homes.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Voter Guide: High school district candidates vie for three board seats

Of the four active candidates running for the three open seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District, none gave any hint of the district having any time to rest on any laurels any time soon.

October 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside school board challenger is 'suspending campaign'

Joel Hornstein drops out after board members endorse opponents
Woodside Elementary School District board candidate Joel Hornstein said on Sunday, Oct. 11, that he is suspending his campaign after many members of the current school board and the Woodside School Foundation board endorsed one or both of his opponents in the race, incumbents Silvia Edwards and Kevin Johnson.

October 12, 2015 | 14 comments
Bechtel's return helps Menlo College women earn conference victory

Oaks roundup
Ana Bechtel and Bailey Gamez each recorded 10 kills and the Menlo College women's volleyball team downed host William Jessup in a Golden State Athletic Conference match Saturday. Read the story here.

October 12, 2015 | No comments yet
How a Sarah Silverman skit played a role in Menlo Park's ban on payday lenders

Comedian Sarah Silverman showed surprise when the mayor of Menlo Park, Catherine Carlton, called in to say thank you during a radio interview on Friday, Oct. 9, on KQED-FM.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Boys water polo: Woodside clinches spot in CCS tournament

Woodside edges Half Moon Bay in PAL Bay Division game
Woodside High School varsity boys water polo team is now 4-0 in the PAL Bay Division (6-5 overall) and has clinched a spot in the CCS tournament, the first time in over five years.

October 11, 2015 | 5 comments
More details on abrupt departure of Portola Valley superintendent

District gives a more than $100,000 severance package to Lisa Gonzales
When the Portola Valley School District announced the departure of Superintendent Lisa Gonzales in a press release on Friday, Oct. 9, they left out a few details - like a more than $100,000 severance package.

October 12, 2015 | 24 comments
See photos from Woodside Day of the Horse

Woodside celebrated its 11th annual Day of the Horse on Saturday, Oct. 10, with the theme of "Fiesta de Caballo," saluting Spanish horse culture. See 11 photos by Magali Gauthier.

October 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Local effort to help animal victims of Valley wildfire

When Joanne Klebe learned of the many animals who perished in September's Valley wildfire in Lake County, she says: "It hit me to the core. I live in the wonderful community of Portola Valley, which is horse country and realized this could happen in my own backyard."

October 11, 2015 | 3 comments
Sunday: Sweat for a cause

Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood benefit welcomes cyclists, yogis
Slather on your sunscreen, grab your bike and pull on your yoga pants for the 7th Annual Ride & Yoga for Ravenswood this Sunday, October 11.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo School (5-0) opens division play with victory over Woodside (4-1)

Menlo School quarterback Mackenzie Morehead and running back Charlie Ferguson combined for 326 total yards to lead the Knights to a 35-20 victory over visiting Woodside to open the PAL Ocean Division football season on homecoming Friday.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
East Coast-style pizza coming to Ladera

Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera will soon be home to Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack.

October 10, 2015 | 3 comments
Recent home sales: Two $11 million sales in Atherton

Also sales in Menlo Park and Woodside
During a low week in sales (only 25), two homes sold for eight figures. They include the $11 million sales along Almendral Avenue in Atherton, which is quite the alliteration, and another $11 million sale along Juniper Drive in Atherton.

October 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire chief releases recording of response in heavy traffic to Sept. 22 motorcycle fatality

Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has released an audio recording of the Menlo Park Fire District's response to a Sept. 22 collision on U.S. 101 in East Palo Alto that left a motorcyclist dead.

October 10, 2015 | 13 comments
Portola Valley Superintendent Lisa Gonzales resigns

Eric Hartwig, former Las Lomitas district head, will be interim superintendent
Portola Valley School District Superintendent Lisa Gonzales is leaving the district, effective Friday, Oct. 9, with Eric Hartwig, former Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent, the choice for interim superintendent.

October 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo women win, men lose in GSAC soccer split on the road

Oaks roundup
Taylor Morrow scored the go-ahead goal late in the first half and the Menlo College women's soccer team held on to beat host Hope International, 2-1, in a Golden State Athletic Conference match on Thursday. Read the story here.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton council approves civic center conceptual plan

Council wants more updates from fundraisers
Atherton City Council members have approved a conceptual design for the town's new civic center, but not without grousing about the fact that they don't know exactly how much money is available to spend on the new town library, administration and police offices.

October 9, 2015 | 3 comments
Sunday: Flamenco fever

Three Spanish siblings bring their dances to Redwood City
The acclaimed Spanish flamenco company, Suite Española, comes to Redwood City this Sunday.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Old Port Lobster Shack closing in Redwood City, expanding to Los Altos

Old Port Lobster Shack, a New England-style seafood restaurant with locations in Redwood City, Portola Valley and San Jose, will be closing its original Redwood City location and reopening in Los Altos, owner Russell Deutsch confirmed Thursday.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Woodside's 'Day of the Horse' celebrates Spanish horse culture

The 11th annual free Woodside Day of the Horse will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 10, with activities from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Woodside Town Hall and a progressive trail ride from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
In His Majesty's service

"Or" explores the fascinating life of playwright, spy Aphra Behn
In her 2009 play, currently presented by Redwood City's Dragon Theatre, Liz Duffy Adams offers a window into the adventuresome existence of 17th-century English playwright Aphra Behn.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Turn me on

Upscale comfort food is hit-and-miss at Turn Bar & Grill
Three-month old Turn Bar & Grill in Los Altos specializes in upscale American comfort food.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo boys top M-A, grab control of PAL water polo race

Prep water polo: The Menlo School boys took a big step toward taking back the PAL Bay Division water polo title they lost to rival Menlo-Atherton last season by defeating the Bears, 11-8, on Wednesday in the Knights' pool.

October 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Through my ears

Anna Deavere Smith on the music of language and the fallacy of separateness
For much of the month of October, playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith will be in residence at Stanford University.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Oct. 23: Menlo Park holds Halloween party for teens

Teenagers ages 13-18 are invited to a Halloween party and pumpkin carving contest at the Menlo Park Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

October 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Parks foundation names new executive director

Michele Beasley has been named the new executive director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation. Starting Nov. 2, she replaces retiring director Julie Bott.

October 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Study: Lyme disease-infected ticks found in 'all kinds of habitats'

A study funded by the Portola Valley-based nonprofit Bay Area Lyme Foundation found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease "in every place we looked" in this region, according to Executive Director Linda Giampa.

October 9, 2015 | 7 comments
Curious about Curious.com in Menlo Park?

"I'm curious. I love being curious," says Robert Redford in the newly released movie, "A Walk in the Woods." That could be a slogan for the Menlo Park online startup Curious.com.

October 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside Community Theatre stages 'Chicago'

After five years of waiting, Woodside Community Theatre is finally putting on "Chicago."

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Peninsula College Fund helps scores of students

Peninsula College Fund has lots to celebrate at its upcoming 10-year anniversary party.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: free books and activities for kids

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park and Facebook will host a book giveaway at the Belle Haven Community Garden at 261 Ivy Drive on Saturday, Oct. 10, from noon to 3 p.m.

October 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Belle Haven residents don't like 'Bayfront' label for M-2 zone

Some residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood say they don't like the fact that the industrial district around them, long known as the M-2 zone, is now being relabeled the Bayfront.

October 7, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo School girls top rival SHP in WBAL volleyball

Tuesday's prep roundup: The Menlo School girls remained within a match of first place in the West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) volleyball race with a 26-28, 25-21, 25-11, 20-25, 15-6 victory over host Sacred Heart Prep on Tuesday night.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: 49ers' Dennis Brown to give keynote at InnVision benefit breakfast

When Bay Area residents think of Dennis Brown, they likely picture the former defensive end of the 49ers. They probably don't know that he has been homeless.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Tri-county panel on economic inequality

Top administrators in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and San Francisco County will convene on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Conference Center (5001 Great America Parkway) for a panel discussion on economic inequality.

October 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Talks to change Menlo Park's specific plan tabled

Council plans to discuss the changes on Oct. 20
By the time the clock struck 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Menlo Park City Council had not yet broached its second major discussion on the agenda: a review of proposed updates to the city's specific plan, a 365-page document adopted in 2012 to guide development in downtown Menlo Park for decades to come.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School is set to induct its 2015 Hall of Fame

Menlo School will present five new inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday at 4 p.m., in the West Gym of the Athletic Center.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office warns public of phone scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to beware of a telephone scam involving a caller who claims to be affiliated with the Sheriff's Office in attempt to defraud people of money.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Belle Haven residents give Facebook a thumbs-up

Facebook officials say they have built a positive relationship with residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood adjoining their headquarters, and it's difficult to find Belle Haven residents who don't agree.

October 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Library reopens after bedbug scare

Curly, an Australian shepherd cattle dog mix, set to work sniffing out the Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center on Thursday morning, Oct. 8. Curly wasn't searching for stashed drugs or on a rescue mission.

October 6, 2015 | 15 comments
Cover story: Building Bridges

As Facebook grows, it works to make Belle Haven neighbors into friends
When Facebook moved its first employees into the old Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park in August 2011, some outsiders were skeptical that the company could survive, much less grow to occupy the additional nearby land Facebook owned.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Tentative deal would gives 3% pay boost to city employees

Thirty-six supervisorial and management employees of the city of Menlo Park would receive a 3 percent increase in base salaries under a tentative agreement with the city on a new two-year labor contract, the city announced Oct. 5.

October 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Murder charges dropped in Menlo Park drive-by shooting case

The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton council reviews plan for civic center

The recommended conceptual plan and budget for Atherton's new civic center will be reviewed by the Atherton City Council when it meets Wednesday.

October 6, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park firefighters flip pancakes, raise funds

Menlo Park firefighters rappelled down ropes, simulated a live auto crash and showed off the "jaws of life," a pincer-like metal device used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles.

October 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Seeking to renew harmony in Town Hall, council hires help

If the harmony inside Portola Valley Town Hall was as real as it's said to have been, that fabric has been frayed by recent events and the Town Council has hired help as it tries to restitch it, maybe with more modern threads.

October 7, 2015 | 6 comments
Wednesday: Public hearing on proposed increases in bus fares

A public hearing on proposed changes in SamTrans bus fares is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

October 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Farmers' Market comes to Facebook

Lines formed beneath a floating blue and white balloon archway as Facebook's first farmers' market, held in the company's transformed parking lot, launched on Sunday morning, Oct. 4.

October 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Mimosas and atheism: Richard Dawkins comes to Kepler's Books

More than 100 audience members gave a standing ovation at a reading by world-renowned scientist and stalwart atheist Richard Dawkins at Kepler's Books on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4.

October 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Prosecutors add to the sexual-misconduct charges against former basketball coach

Authorities have added more allegations of sexual activity with a minor to the charges against Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former coach at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls net perfect tennis finish in Battle of the Bay

The Northern California tennis championship for girls has been in existence since 2004 and the finalists every year have been from the Central Coast Section. Menlo School coach Bill Shine believes the CCS dominance is over after watching North Coast Section teams hold their own in the second annual Battle of the Bay. Read the story here.

October 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside school board race: Challenger criticizes incumbent's attendance record

Moderator warns "the personalization of some of these issues is not appropriate in this forum"
A challenger for a seat on the Woodside Elementary School District board is accusing an incumbent of poor board meeting attendance.

October 5, 2015 | 2 comments
Firefighters looking into the cause of Filoli estate grass fire

Fire investigators have not yet settled on what started a nearly five-acre grass fire in the vicinity of Edgewood and Canada roads on a northern portion of the Filoli estate in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 3.

October 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo College women sweep to a volleyball victory over La Sierra

Fresh off a Tuesday night victory over former Cal Pac Conference foe Pacific Union and a six-hour drive Thursday morning, the Menlo College women's volleyball team made the Golden Eagles of La Sierra its second Cal Pac victim this season following a sweep in Riverside on Thursday night. Read the story here.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
That's right: Menlo Park council takes on both general plan and specific plan tonight

The Menlo Park City Council has a packed agenda for its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with reviews of the two major documents that guide the city's development: the general plan and the El Camino/downtown specific plan.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Facebook holds first farmers' market

Facebook will host its inaugural weekly farmers' market on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Boys water polo: Woodside High wins two at tournament

Moving up to the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division this year, the Woodside High School varsity boys water polo team, led by new coach Peter Davis, finished the Saint Francis Acalanes Varsity Invitational on Sept. 26 at Los Gatos High School with two wins and two losses.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Unbeaten Castilleja takes control of the WBAL golf race

Prep roundup
The Castilleja golf team grabbed control of the West Bay Athletic League race with a 201-226 dual-match victory over the Sacred Heart Prep girls on Wednesday at Stanford Golf Course. Read the story here.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Today: Junior League resale shop holds anniversary sale

The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula invites the public to its newly renovated resale shop at 785 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park for its sapphire anniversary sale. The 25 percent off sale, taking place Monday, Oct. 12, celebrates The Shop's 45 years of supporting the community.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Local Junior League history: from humble beginnings

Like many of the well-established companies and nonprofits in our region, the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula started off small and scrappy.

October 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Cover story: Empowering girls

In its 50th year, local Junior League reboots to focus on helping girls become leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.

October 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Saturday: 'Frozen Sing-Along' in Menlo Park

Kids and fans of all ages of the movie "Frozen" are invited to attend an interactive "Frozen Sing-Along" event, hosted by the city of Menlo Park, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
'In a beautiful world'

Oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker, inspired by the orphaned elephants of Tsavo, will be on display at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through October.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo Park fundraising walk to combat hunger

Local walkers and joggers will flock to Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, to spend the afternoon covering one-, three-, and five-mile routes at the CROP Hunger Walk.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Community says farewell to Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The farewell celebration for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30, attracted no less than a marching band, a TV crew, and a crowd of people substantial enough to consume the entirety of the shop's remaining ice cream supply within an hour.

October 1, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Police Department wins statewide award for work to reduce crime in Belle Haven

In recognition of its community policing strategies in the Belle Haven community, the Menlo Park Police Department was awarded the state-wide Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by the League of California Cities at its annual conference in San Jose.

October 1, 2015 | 7 comments
Man arrested on possession of concealed weapon

Bernard Valentine, 20, was smoking marijuana in front of kids when officers contacted him
An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening in East Palo Alto. The arrest was made after the Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of people openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
What's beneath that hood?

Redwood City hosts Horses to Horsepower car show
Ooh and aah at more than 250 vehicles on Sunday, Oct. 4, at the Horses to Horsepower car show in Redwood City.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Autumnal festivities

Los Altos Fall Festival features food, art, music and more
This Saturday and Sunday, Oct 3-4, downtown Los Altos celebrates the arrival of fall with arts and crafts booths, live music, microbrews and more.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
A dancing legacy

Classical Indian dance company prepares for annual showcase
Palo Alto-based classical Indian dance school Guru Shradha will perform Odissi dances at Cubberley Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 4.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Pancake Breakfast benefits burn victims

The 15th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

September 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Goodbye party for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The community is invited to a goodbye party from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 30) in the Fosters Freeze parking lot at 580 Oak Grove Ave., about half a block east of El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
This weekend: Menlo Park hosts 19th annual arts & crafts fest

More than 50 artists and craft makers will descend on downtown Menlo Park's Santa Cruz Avenue from Friday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 4, to sell their art and showcase their original works at the 19th annual Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Fest. The sidewalk festival is free to the public and will be open Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton finds a new head coach for boys soccer

Of local note: Menlo-Atherton has hired Leonid ("Leo") Krupnik as the new head coach for the boys varsity soccer team. Krupnik comes to M-A with an extensive background in collegiate and professional soccer.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Obituary: Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley, ardent environmentalist

If personal magnetism were a measurable force, if it could be calculated on its ability to draw people in and give them feelings of warmth and importance, the force would have been strong in Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley.

September 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: New member named to architectural review panel

Portola Valley resident Alvin Sill, currently the chair of the town's Water Conservation Committee, is the newest member of the town's Architectural & Site Control Commission.

October 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Arsonist sets roadside couch on fire

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

September 29, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo College's Thompson delivers big cross country victory

In just the second race of the young season, the Menlo College women's cross country team got its first individual win on Sunday at the Pacific Union Invitation in Angwin. Megan Thompson put in a gutsy performance on one of the toughest, hilliest courses the Oaks will race all season and bested Simpson's Holly Pebbles in the final mile to claim the first place finish with a time of 21:46. Read the story here.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Early reactions to Stanford's revised development plans for Menlo Park

Since Stanford submitted its revised proposal Sept. 28 to develop its 8.4-acre property along roughly half a mile of El Camino Real, stretching from the Stanford Park Hotel to Big 5 Sporting Goods, city officials and residents have been voicing their opinions about what this development could mean to Menlo Park.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
New Woodside preschool building opens

Woodside Elementary School's new two-classrooom preschool building opened on Sept. 21 with a ribbon-cutting.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
After unplanned day off, M-A resumes normal schedule today

Troubles replacing a power pole disabled electrical power longer than expected
M-A students had a day off from classes on Monday (Sept. 28) because, with the exception of the small gymnasium, the campus had no electrical power, Principal Simone Rick-Kennel said.

September 28, 2015 | 9 comments
Thursday: Meet Woodside school board candidates

Three candidates for two seats on the board of the Woodside Elementary School District will participate in an election forum at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road in Woodside.

September 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Su Hong Menlo Park changes hands after 38 years

Su Hong To Go in Menlo Park, the longtime takeout Chinese-food favorite of generations of customers, has been sold, owner Bee King confirmed Monday.

September 28, 2015 | 23 comments
SHP ends two-game losing streak by scoring 76 points

Weekend prep roundup
The defensive coaches on both sides of the field couldn't be happy with the final score in Saturday's nonleague football game between Sacred Heart Prep and host Carmel. The offensive coaches, however, had be smiling. Read the story here.

September 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford proposes more housing, less office space in Menlo Park development

New proposal would enlarge Middle Avenue plaza
Stanford University proposes to increase housing and reduce office space in its latest development plan for its 8.4 acres of land along El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The plaza near Middle Avenue would occupy about half an acre, "over twice as big as the original proposal," said Steve Elliott, Stanford's managing director for development.

September 28, 2015 | 57 comments
Football: M-A 49, Monterey 14

Varsity Football: Menlo-Atherton 49, Monterey 14
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September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Six homes in this week's edition of "Recent home sales" hadn't been sold since the 1970s. With more than 35 years between sale dates, it's no surprise you need more commas in your bank account number to purchase all of the Midpeninsula real estate today.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo rolls to another impressive football victory

Quarterback Mackenzie Morehead and running back Charlie Ferguson combined for 350 yards passing and running, to lead Menlo School to a commanding 42-0 nonleague football win over visiting Carlmont at Woodside High on Friday night.

September 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Top field awaits local water polo trio in MacDonald Invitational

Three local girls water polo teams hope they'll be better than their seeds for the 21st annual Amanda K. MacDonald Invitational this weekend at Menlo School and Menlo-Atherton High. Read the story here.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Belle Haven Open House showcases community programs

Traditional Aztec dancers, a Zumba class, and kids doing karate were among eight performances that took the stage at the Belle Haven community open house at the Onetta Harris Community Center on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24.

October 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Bradley's Funky Franks: new hot dog joint in Menlo Park

Bradley's Funky Franks, a gourmet hot dog restaurant owned by award-winning Chef Bradley Ogden, opened its doors to customers on Monday, Sept. 21, at 1195 Merrill St. in Menlo Park.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Is it something in the water?

Atherton has two council members who are open water swimmers
What are the odds? Last week we reported that an Atherton City Council member had swum from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park. It turns out he had coaching from another council member who is a veteran open water swimmer, Mike Lempres.

September 29, 2015 | No comments yet
​Marriott Residence Inn in Menlo Park holds grand opening

With a satisfying "snip," Mayor Catherine Carlton used a pair of scissors as long as her forearm to slash the red ribbon at the grand opening of the Marriott Residence Inn in Menlo Park on Sept. 16.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Post office 'institution' Robert Delvishio retires

For years, Robert Delvishio has been telling visitors to the West Menlo Park post office that he's wanted to have his name in the Almanac. For his retirement, he'll finally get his wish.

October 5, 2015 | 2 comments
Former Selby Lane School coach arrested on suspicion of sex crimes

A former coach from Selby Lane School in Atherton was arrested on Friday, Sept. 18, by officers from the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of sex crimes with a 14-year-old boy.

September 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Consultants: Delays add $2.8 million to cost of Atherton civic center

Conceptual plan for civic center forwarded to Atherton council
It took five tries, but the committee charged with advising Atherton's City Council about the plans for the town's new civic center on Sept. 21 finally approved a conceptual design to recommend to the council.

September 24, 2015 | 6 comments
Students lead tour of JobTrain facilities

In a blur of activity, beaming students led visitors through an open house Sept. 17 at the Menlo Park JobTrain facilities on O'Brien Drive, where hundreds of people are receiving job training and career placement services at no cost to them.

September 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Tara VanDerveer talks team building at Rotary event

Stanford women's head basketball coach Tara VanDerveer shared tips on building a winning team at a Rotary Club of Menlo Park networking event at the Galata Bistro restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park on Sept. 16.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Local effort to preserve memory of Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller, board members with the Menlo-Atherton Little League, and other residents have rallied to create a "living monument" to Fosters Freeze. Why?

September 24, 2015 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Downtown pop-up park trial ends soon

As summer winds to a close, so will lounging in the pop-up park in downtown Menlo Park -- perhaps, but not definitely, forever.

September 28, 2015 | 22 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley workshop on preventing sudden oak death

In a bit of positive news about the extended drought, there's been an upside for oak trees in that the moisture-loving pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been less of a threat. A workshop is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Innovative Menlo Park school has kids of all backgrounds learning together

All Five School is the embodiment of the long-nurtured dreams of a Menlo Park woman who believes putting children of diverse backgrounds into the same classrooms helps them get the best start.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside man raises reward funds in effort to nab tack-scatterer on Kings Mountain Road

Tacks are a hazard for bicyclists; goal is to raise $10,000
There are still no leads as to who is scattering carpet tacks on Kings Mountain Road in Woodside, a steep winding route popular with bicyclists who are riding between Town Center and Skyline Boulevard.

September 24, 2015 | 31 comments
Menlo girls pull off marathon volleyball win over SHC

Tuesday's prep roundup: The Menlo School girls pulled off a marathon volleyball victory over visiting Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday night by rallying for a 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 28-26, 24-22 nonleague triumph.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Belle Haven open house, clean energy fair

About 20 community and nonprofit organizations are expected to exhibit their work from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire chief says response to fatal crash was delayed by traffic

CHP: Motorcylist was splitting lanes at high rate of speed
A collision on southbound U.S. 101 left a motorcyclist dead in Palo Alto on Monday evening after emergency crews headed to the crash were delayed by heavy traffic, said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 23, 2015 | 45 comments
Oaks draw up overtime ties in their GSAC soccer openers

Oaks report: The Menlo College men's and women's soccer teams each finished with the same result in their Golden State Athletic Conference openers on Tuesday. The men played to a scoreless draw with visiting Biola. The women tied Biola, 1-1.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
CHP: Motorcyclist splitting lanes on 101 when fatal crash occurred

A motorcyclist killed Tuesday in a crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto appears to have been splitting lanes at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Arizona man sentenced to 13 years for Woodside home burglary

A man accused of flying to the Bay Area from Arizona to burglarize a Woodside home in 2012 was sentenced to 13 years in prison Tuesday, Sept. 22, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

September 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Thursday at Kepler's: Local writers collaborate on 'A History of Female Friendship'

Keeping it local, Woodside writer Theresa Donovan Brown and co-author Marilyn Yalom of Palo Alto are launching their first collaborative book at Kepler's Books on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls topple Harker to open WBAL golf season

Monday's prep roundup
The Menlo School girls opened their 2015 golf season Monday with a 214-217 West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) victory over Harker at Menlo Country Club's front nine par 35. The match was not decided until the last foursome posted their scores.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
County will look into San Carlos Airport noise problems

Supervisors approve subcommittee
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has created a subcommittee to look at noise and other problems caused by the steadily increasing air traffic at the county-owned San Carlos Airport.

September 22, 2015 | 163 comments
San Mateo County names new housing director

San Mateo County officials Monday announced the name of the person who could be filling in as executive director of the county's Department of Housing in light of the current director's pending departure.

September 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Obituary: Gary Henkel, 30-year veteran of Menlo Park fire district

The ranks of former firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District still around to talk about their experiences were reduced by one recently with the death of Gary Henkel.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Council seeks guidance in transition to new town manager

If there is anything to be learned by the Portola Valley Town Council in hiring of Nick Pegueros as town manager in 2012 and in his abrupt "involuntary resignation" three years later, the council is taking steps to find out.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Tacks scattered on Woodside roads are hazard to bicyclists

Bicyclists have a nemesis roaming the upper reaches of Kings Mountain Road in unincorporated Woodside. Someone is scattering carpet tacks on the road, giving flat tires to the cyclists who pass over them.

September 22, 2015 | 32 comments
Police calls: Woodside, Portola Valley, Menlo Park

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

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council meets on ASRB changes, tree protection, library funding

The Architectural and Site Review Board in Woodside has seven members. Would five be more effective? Are town regulations to protect large trees working? Should Woodside give away some library rainy day funds? The council meets tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss these matters.

September 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man, 27, charged with rape of 15-year-old girl

Isaac Adam Rodriguez, 27, of Menlo Park, pleaded not guilty Friday, Sept. 18, to six felony charges relating to the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl, according to Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County district attorney.

September 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Love and burgers

J Love Burger: Enticing, but not without identity crisis
Mountain View's J Love Burger offers tasty, Japanese-style burgers in a no-frills interior on Castro Street.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Prep foodtball: Menlo School stays perfect, but SHP drops its second straight

Weekend prep football: Menlo School won its third straight, but Sacred Heart Prep suffered a rare second straight setback to highlight weekend high school football action on Saturday.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Monday

A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for Monday due to hot weather, smoggy conditions and smoke from wildfires around the region, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park general plan rewrite goes to Planning Commission

After a year of "visioning" and another year of public meetings and presentations, Menlo Park is getting ready to stop talking and start making decisions about the future of its M-2 industrial area, now being called the Bayfront.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton gives go-ahead to new bike routes

The Atherton City Council has unanimously approved plans for the first phase of the town's Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, designating some streets as shared bike and auto routes.

September 28, 2015 | 4 comments
Holbrook-Palmer Park buildings could get national historic status

The Friends of Holbrook-Palmer Park want to honor some of the last remainders of Atherton's agricultural legacy by getting Holbrook-Palmer Park's 1897 carriage house and 1883 water tower put on the National Register of Historic Places.

September 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton council member swims from Alcatraz to San Francisco

Bill Widmer completes swim in under 40 mintues
Atherton City Council member Bill Widmer on Sept. 13 swam from Alcatraz to the San Francisco's Aquatic Park in under 40 minutes.

September 22, 2015 | 5 comments
Atherton says PG&E can start process to remove sixteen trees

Atherton's City Council has agreed to let PG&E begin the process to remove sixteen trees on six private properties in the town that the utility says pose a danger to its gas transmission pipelines.

September 21, 2015 | 5 comments
Decapitated rabbit found in Menlo Park

A small rabbit was found decapitated in the 200 block of Hanna Way in Menlo Park, police reported Sept. 18.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Football: Woodside upsets Sequoia, 33-32

Woodside High (3-0) pulled off a major upset with a 33-32 overtime win Friday over rival Sequoia (1-2).

September 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Gas leak sealed, roads reopened

The natural gas leak in the area of Ringwood Avenue and Van Buren Road in Menlo Park has been shut off, Menlo Park police report.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Almanac website back online after cyber attack

Hacker's message used language associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous
The five online news sites of Embarcadero Media Group, including AlmanacNews.com, were hacked Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. but are now back online.

September 18, 2015 | 7 comments
Facebook to open farmers' market on its Menlo Park campus

Fresh produce fans will have a new market to "like" when Facebook launches a weekly farmers' market Oct. 4 on its campus in Menlo Park.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Flight Night once again in Portola Valley

Portola Valley will hold its fifth annual "Flight Night" for flying model aircraft from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Portola Valley Town Center.

September 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Restaurant burglar sentenced to four years in jail

After pleading no contest to four counts of commercial burglary involving four Menlo Park restaurants, Alfred Lee Banks of East Palo Alto was sentenced Aug. 7 to four years in jail, with a year's credit for time already served.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday and Sunday: Book sale at Menlo Park Library

Thousands of gently used books will be on sale Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Workshop: Preventing sudden oak death

In a bit of positive news about the extended drought, there's been an upside for oak trees in that the moisture-loving pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been less of a threat.

September 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo boys seek to defend their title in Roche tournament

Prep water polo: The 2014 water polo season for the Menlo School boys didn't end the way coach Jack Bowen wanted. His 11 seniors wrapped up their careers by losing the PAL Bay Division title to rival Menlo-Atherton and the Central Coast Section Division II crown to rival Sacred Heart Prep.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Insult comedy and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, the "queen of mean" -- comedian Lisa Lampanelli -- comes to Redwood City, Kepler's Books celebrates 60 years and more.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton moves ahead with new stoplight for El Camino

Fire district will pay half the cost of pedestrian-activated light
After years of pressing Caltrans to make crossing El Camino Real safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, Atherton appears poised to do that in at least one location, with the help of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

September 17, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park's JobTrain to receive $1.5 million multi-year grant

JobTrain, a Menlo Park nonprofit that provides job training and career placement at no cost to low-income Bay Area residents, will receive a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support its programs.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Prime Minister of India to visit Facebook in Menlo Park

India's Prime Minister Narenda Modi will visit Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park later this month, following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to India last October.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Man charged with murder of 18-month-old child

A 24-year-old man from North Fair Oaks has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son last year after the woman came forward and accused him of months of abuse.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Wild parrots spotted in Menlo Park

A raucous flock of six to 10 wild parrots spotted Tuesday evening outside of Trader Joe's in Menlo Park caught the eyes and ears of shoppers and birdwatchers alike.

September 16, 2015 | 11 comments
Memorial for Menlo School's Michael Harris on Oct. 3

The family of Michael Harris – a 2008 graduate of Menlo School, a member of the school's counseling team, and a former assistant basketball coach – has announced plans for a memorial and celebration of his life on Saturday, Oct. 3.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Couple steals 20 wallets from Village Stationers

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Confronting challenges of teen mental health, stress, suicide

Navigating the tides of adolescence
More than 350 people gathered Monday night to hear a panel talk about topics that make many uncomfortable: the mental health of our children, the stress they are under, and what can be done to improve the former, relieve the latter, and ultimately, combat teen suicides.

September 16, 2015 | 5 comments
Today: Intense traffic enforcement back in Atherton, Menlo Park

Twenty-two officers from police agencies throughout San Mateo County will conduct a saturated traffic enforcement campaign in Atherton and Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 15, 2015 | 6 comments
Community rallies to save Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

News of the imminent closing of Fosters Freeze on Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park has given birth to a groundswell of support for finding a way for the community to continue to enjoy the shop's burgers and ice cream treats.

September 15, 2015 | 29 comments
Saturday: Kitchen tour benefits Children's Health Council

The Children's Health Council Auxiliary is holding its Fall Kitchen Tour on Saturday, Sept. 19, featuring a tour of five Palo Alto kitchens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton back on line

Atherton sent out an email message Tuesday morning just before 10 a.m. saying all the town office's phones and Internet services were not working. The town was back online by about 2 p.m.

September 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton council has packed agenda

ECR stoplight, civic center, bike routes, PG&E's tree plans are all on agenda
Perhaps it's what they get for taking August off. The Atherton City Council has such a packed agenda for its Wednesday, Sept. 16, meeting that Mayor Rick DeGolia may have to break his vow to have all council meetings end at a reasonable hour while he's mayor.

September 15, 2015 | 1 comment
What's going on here?

A new retaining wall is going in along Alpine Road across from the intersection with Arastradero Road in Portola Valley.

September 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Master plan update in cards for Portola Valley Town Center

The future of Portola Valley Town Center is up for community discussion, and probably a fairly long discussion.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Feature story: A good life

Charlotte Rayfield and Dozer, her right-hand man
Dozer, a black Labrador retriever belonging to Portola Valley resident Charlotte Rayfield, doesn't like anyone putting a hat on his head. But he'll be wearing his metaphorical service-dog a lot when Charlotte goes to college.

September 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Kepler's celebrates 60 years in Menlo Park

A grand public party on Saturday, Sept. 19, will mark the 60th birthday of Kepler's Books. But the iconic bookstore in downtown Menlo Park perhaps has an even greater reason to celebrate a 10-year milestone this fall: After abruptly closing down in late August 2005, shocking the community, the store was reborn about five weeks later after the public rallied to save it.

September 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton pushes for action to limit Surf Air

Atherton has send a letter demanding something be done about the noise impacts of Surf Air flights, asking for action by the San Carlos Airport, county officials, the FAA and the body that governs the airport.

September 14, 2015 | 45 comments
It's all but over for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

Landmark burger and ice cream shop to close at end of month
For almost 30 years, Sung Lee has been managing his Fosters Freeze burger and ice cream joint, a Menlo Park landmark at 580 Oak Grove Ave. But the end is near.

September 14, 2015 | 28 comments
Sacred Heart Prep suffers its first football loss in 15 games

It would have been perfectly understandable if the Sacred Heart football team did not know how to properly react after Friday afternoon's disappointing result. After all, it had been nearly two years since the Gators had experienced defeat on the gridiron. Read the story here.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo girls grab third in prestigious 16-team tourney

When the annual High School All-American Tennis Classic for girls in Newport Beach was canceled about eight years ago, it left the top teams in the state without a place to test themselves. The inaugural Golden State Tennis Classic, which wrapped up Saturday at Stanford University and Menlo School, may be that new event. Read the story here.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo stays unbeaten behind Morehead's 350 passing yards victory

After a 60-point football loss to Menlo School last season, Mission-San Francisco certainly came in hungry for a rematch. The result wasn't quite as lopsided, but Menlo prevailed, 28-14, in a gritty win thanks to some fourth-quarter fireworks Saturday night at Sequoia High in Redwood City. Read the story here.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
James Franco begins 'revolutionary' film class with local high schoolers

Actor returns to his alma mater, duplicating hands-on educational model he experienced
Forty local high schoolers began on Sunday a nine-part special film class taught by famed actor and Palo Alto native James Franco, who has described the course as "the class I would have wanted in high school."

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

Home sales data are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district fire crew deployed to Butte Fire

Menlo Fire Engine 4 with a crew of four was deployed Saturday to the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District said on Sunday.

September 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: JobTrain says it will have major news at open house

Curious about JobTrain, the Menlo Park non-profit that specializes in vocational training and placement? Tour JobTrain's training facility and try out some of its training at an open house on Thursday, Sept 17.

September 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Learn more about Common Core and new tests

Three education experts will share information about the Common Core and the new standardized testing from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Hillview Middle School library in Menlo Park.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer speaks at 'Rotary Connects' event

Stanford women's basketball coach to talk on 'Building a Winning Team'
Stanford University women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer of Menlo Park will speak about "Building a Winning Team" at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's next "Rotary Connects" community event Wednesday, Sept. 16.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Police target DUI drivers in Atherton, Menlo Park

Police officers from the Burlingame Police Department and the South San Francisco Police Department will be in Atherton and Menlo Park Saturday, Sept. 12, to stop and arrest alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers as part of the San Mateo County Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association's ongoing traffic safety campaign.

September 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Two motorcyclists seriously injured in Skylonda crash

Two motorcyclists were seriously injured in a collision with a box truck in San Mateo County's Skylonda area Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 12, 2015 | 3 comments
Left Bank chefs at Filoli 'farm to table' dinner

The second annual farm-to-table outdoor dinner at the Filoli estate in Woodside is set for Thursday, Sept. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. Guest chefs will be from the Left Bank restaurant in Menlo Park.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
New tennis tournament will bring its own heat this weekend

This time of year usually finds Menlo School girls tennis coach Bill Shine and his team heading to Fresno for the annual California Classic. But, not this weekend. That, of course, makes Shine quite happy for at least of couple of reasons. Read the story here.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Call for action on sea level rise

Picture this: the San Francisco International Airport is underwater. As many as 120,000 residents of San Mateo County have been displaced by flooding.

September 14, 2015 | 16 comments
Saturday: Electric vehicle show in San Mateo

Menlo Spark is a co-sponsor
Menlo Spark is co-sponsoring an event in San Mateo on Saturday, Sept. 12, where the latest electric vehicles from Mercedes, BMW, Ford, Fiat, Nissan, and Volkswagen will be shown, along with other types of electric vehicles.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Police out in force in Menlo Park, Atherton today

Anti-distracted driving campaign continues
Police from four jurisdictions will be in Menlo Park and Atherton on Friday looking for distracted drivers to ticket.

September 10, 2015 | 19 comments
Menlo Park to remove right-turn barriers on Ravenswood Avenue by next week

City found some changes made crossing less safe
The results of a trial of roadway changes intended to make the Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing in Menlo Park safer have shown that some of the changes may have actually made the crossing more dangerous.

September 10, 2015 | 53 comments
High-speed rail shifts focus back to the Bay Area

In launching environmental review, officials hope to placate critics on Peninsula, elsewhere
After gaining some momentum in the Central Valley, California's beleaguered high-speed rail project is now hoping for a fresh start – and a smoother journey – on the Peninsula.

September 11, 2015 | 46 comments
M-A grad Melvin getting a contract extension with the A's

The Oakland Athletics announced a contract extension with Menlo-Atherton High grad and current A' manager Bob Melvin through the 2018 season on Wednesday.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Third-straight Spare the Air alert issued for today

A third-straight Spare the Air alert has been issued for the Bay Area Thursday because of the expected unhealthy air quality.

September 10, 2015 | 1 comment
For the love of butter

Local pastry chef makes a name for himself up and down the Bay Area, from Chez TJ to b. patisserie
Menlo Park native John Shelsta is a self-made chef who hopes to one day open his own restaurant with an in-house bakery on the Peninsula.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Art & Wine Festival, Foo Fighters and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, head to Mountain View for the popular annual Art & Wine Festival, catch the Foo Fighters at Shoreline Amphitheatre and more.

September 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Schools: First Common Core test results are released

The first results from California's new standardized testing, which looks at how students meet the new Common Core standards, were released on Wednesday.

September 9, 2015 | 4 comments
JobTrain cafe celebrates grand opening

New cafe is joint venture with CALSO
Menlo Park's JobTrain celebrated the opening Wednesday of Rendezvous Cafe & Catering, a new joint venture with another nonprofit, in the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood Shores.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council approves salary increase for assistant city manager position

Council praises city manager for creativity and innovation
Praising City Manager Alex McIntyre for creativity and innovation in changing the duties of the assistant city manager, the Menlo Park City Council on Sept. 8 unanimously voted to increase the salary for the vacant position.

September 9, 2015 | 7 comments
Spare the Air alerts called for Wednesday, Thursday as heat wave continues

Continuing hot weather has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to call Spare the Air alerts for Wednesday and Thursday.

September 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Monday: Navigating teen stress, helicopter parents and social media

Free event is Monday, Sept. 14 at Sacred Heart Prep
A panel discussion called "Navigating the Tides of Adolescence," will be held at Sacred Heart Prep on Monday, Sept. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Harman Auditorium, 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton.

September 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Alameda de las Pulgas reopens following accident

Alameda de las Pulgas, which had been closed in both directions from Atherton Avenue to Camino Al Lago, has been cleared and reopened in both directions, Atherton police reported at 3:08 p.m. today.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Save the last dance

Cheryl Burke Dance Studio closing at the end of the month
Later this month, a close-knit group will bid farewell to their "home away from home." The Cheryl Burke Dance Studio in Mountain View, one of the largest ballroom-dancing venues in the Bay Area, will shut its doors permanently at the end of September.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School counselor, coach killed in boat crash

Michael Harris was the son of former 49ers president Peter Harris
Michael Harris, who worked as counselor and assistant basketball coach at Menlo School, was killed early Sunday morning, Sept. 6, in a boating collision off Catalina Island in Southern California. He was the son of Peter Harris, former president and CEO of the San Francisco 49ers.

September 8, 2015 | 6 comments
Marjorie Mader: Covering schools for four decades

Marjorie Mader joined the Almanac reporter corps in 1970, five years after the paper was born. For the next 40 years, she focused primarily on school coverage, attending hundreds of board meetings and gaining a close and inside knowledge of school affairs.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Recalling the early days of the Almanac

As the Almanac observes its 50th anniversary this year, longtime staff writer Jane Knoerle recalls the early days of the paper and how it has evolved over the years.

September 8, 2015 | 1 comment
Almanac: Covering community for 50 years

On Sept. 8, 1965, the first issue of the Country Almanac appeared in mailboxes all over Portola Valley and Woodside. The paper was the creation of three Portola Valley women who thought local issues were not getting enough attention from the daily papers of that day.

September 8, 2015 | 3 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area today

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for today because of a high-pressure system producing clear skies, light winds and high inland temperatures.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Local high school students invited to apply for James Franco film class

Deadline for applications is Sept. 10
People like to use the phrase, "Only in Palo Alto." It certainly will be thrown around with the news that actor and Palo Alto native James Franco will be making a film with local high school students this year.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
A 'structured and sane' reckoning with the end of life

Channing House residents invite speakers to explore issues, choices
Planning — as much as possible — for the unknowable but inevitable circumstances at the end of life is the topic of a fall lecture series organized by residents of Channing House.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford, Toyota launch artificial-intelligence research center

Toyota to invest $50 million in research into autonomous cars, intelligent robots at Stanford, MIT
Toyota Motor Corporation announced Friday that it will be investing approximately $50 million over the next five years to establish joint artificial-intelligence (AI) research centers at Stanford University and MIT.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Football: Menlo opens with a victory, but Menlo-Atherton does not

Weekend prep roundup: Six seasons after the teams met in the Central Coast Section Division IV championship, the Menlo School football team defeated host Carmel, 28-21, in a season opener Saturday afternoon. Menlo held a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter then held off a persistent Carmel team.

September 7, 2015 | No comments yet

September 7, 2015 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: New role, higher salary for assistant city manager

City Council meets tonight to consider salary change
In order to make it easier to recruit a new assistant city manager, Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre has asked permission to increase the salary as well as to change the duties for the position. He has asked the City Council to approve the change when it meets Tuesday night, Sept. 8.

September 8, 2015 | No comments yet
More Friday night movies in Menlo Park

Outdoor Friday night movies in Menlo Park continue Sept. 11 with the screening of "Planes Fire and Rescue" at 7:30 p.m. in the new "Pop-Up Paseo" park on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

September 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Latest local scores, game details

See local sports scores and game details.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Football: Sacred Heart Prep opens its season with an impressive win

With seniors Mason Randall, Andrew Daschbach, Nick O'Donnell and Lapitu Mahoni leading the way on offense, Sacred Heart Prep rolled to a convincing 47-7 nonleague football victory over host Leland on Fridayto open the 2015 season.

September 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Displacement of residents among concerns as Menlo Park revises general plan

Community workshop on ConnectMenlo project set for Sept. 9
Draft revisions to rules and policies affecting the future of the eastern portion of Menlo Park will be reviewed by the Planning Commission later this month, but residents have one more chance before then to come together at a public meeting for an update on the project and to offer their views. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Menlo Park Senior Center, located at 110 Terminal Ave.

September 8, 2015 | 10 comments
Sunday: Project Read-MP celebrates 30 years with a party

Friends and staff of Project Read-Menlo Park are throwing a party on Sunday, Sept. 20, to mark the 30th birthday of the program, which offers free tutoring to adults needing to improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills.

September 17, 2015 | No comments yet
How locals are fighting wildfires up north

Around you are smoking ruins, destruction at every point of the compass. Tall structures, blackened and weak, teeter and fall with little warning. Sounds like a war zone and, in a way, it is. Wildfire is a formidable force to be humbled.

September 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Aircraft noise: Should residents get rebates for double-pane windows?

Aircraft noise has become such a problem for Atherton resident Mary Wheeler that she "cannot carry on a conversation in my house," she told the Atherton City Council recently. "It's so bad it has a detrimental effect on our quality of life."

September 9, 2015 | 13 comments
This weekend: Kings Mountain Art Fair features 130 juried artists

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, ranked the No. 1 fine arts fair in Northern California by the 2015 Art Fair SourceBook, will take place Labor Day weekend. A local tradition for 52 years, the fair is set in the redwoods near Huddart Park, and features 130 juried artists across a wide range of mediums and prices.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Arrested deputy sues, claims retribution

The year 2014 had some tough stretches for Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, according to the lawsuit he filed recently in federal court.

September 4, 2015 | 31 comments
Atherton must act to weather winter storms, report says

If the coming winter in the Bay Area is as rainy as long-range forecasts have been predicting, Atherton will have problems handling storm-water runoff as it makes its way to and out of the Atherton Channel.

September 4, 2015 | 4 comments
Does Woodside Town Hall make it too difficult to build or remodel?

Town Council plans to survey users of its building and planning departments.
For years, Woodside Town Hall has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism over how it reviews plans to build or renovate homes in town. To learn more about the criticism, and whether it is justified, the Town Council is considering a survey.

September 11, 2015 | 25 comments
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data is provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's office.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: This week's A&E highlights

This week, head to Menlo Park for an outdoor movie night at a pop-up park, catch Dave Matthews Band at Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre and weigh in on the future of public art in Palo Alto.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's football blueprint for success is a proven winner

As Pete Lavorato enters his 13th season as head coach of the Sacred Heart Prep football team, the message he conveys to his squad is simple -- continue to build a legacy at the school. Read the story here.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Crews cap gas line break near train station

Menlo Park police reported at 2:49 p.m. yesterday (Sept. 3) that crews had capped a leak from a gas line damaged 45 minutes earlier near Santa Cruz Avenue and Merrill Street.

September 3, 2015 | 4 comments
Tuesday: Celebration of life of Scott Carey of Portola Valley

A celebration of the life of Scott T. Carey, a former mayor of Palo Alto and a well-known figure in Silicon Valley real estate, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. He died Aug. 11 at his home in Portola Valley.

September 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrans offers $25K prize for ideas to improve transportation

Caltrans is giving Californians an opportunity to earn $25,000 in exchange for submitting the most innovative idea to improve transportation and other state services.

September 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Deputies see mountain lion feed on deer carcass

Of the many local reports of mountain lions sightings, this is a rare one. When the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputies showed up, they actually observed the mountain lion.

September 3, 2015 | 9 comments
Nunez scores twice in Menlo College men's soccer victory

Oaks report: The Menlo College men's soccer team played like it was on familiar turf, beating Whittier, 5-0, in a nonconference game played at De Anza College in Cupertino on Tuesday.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Cover story: What to do about El Camino Real?

Menlo Park ponders options for bikes, cars and parking
One thing is inevitable in an area filled with well-educated, bright and articulate people – they will have opinions.

September 2, 2015 | 51 comments
Board of Supervisors approves funding for Ravenswood section of Bay Trail

At its Tuesday, Sept. 1, meeting, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors awarded $1 million in Measure A funds to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) to close a gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail in East Palo Alto, according to a County of San Mateo Parks Department press release.

September 1, 2015 | 8 comments
Wednesday: Downtown meeting focuses on Menlo Park's M-2 zone

A community meeting that will give residents a chance to learn the latest about Menlo Park's ongoing project to update goals, policies, land use and design requirements in the city's M-2 industrial area is set for Wednesday night (Sept. 2) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown "paseo."

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton examines drainage study, aircraft noise

Updates on storm water running through Atherton and aircraft noise happening above are on the agenda for the Wednesday, Sept. 2, meeting of the City Council.

September 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Restaurant review: When in France ...

A mainstay for decades, Cafe Brioche continues to deliver
Cafe Brioche has been an anchor on California Avenue since 1995. The food is uncomplicated and well-prepared by chef Ricardo Molina, prices are rational, the service competent and the dining room cozy.

September 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Community to hear three design alternatives for Flood Park

Three design options for Flood Park will be presented tonight (Sept. 1) at a community meeting on the future of the park. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

September 1, 2015 | 3 comments
On stage: Stories from the Great Plains

"The Voice of the Prairie" spins spellbinding yarns
Redwood City's Dragon Theatre is currently presenting a compelling version of "The Voice of the Prairie," a play by John Olive set in the early days of radio.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

The top sale this edition happened in Atherton on Park Lane. The property was last sold in 1979 for $555,000. The most recent sale happened on July 22, 2015, and brought in more than $10 million. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Pentagon to invest $75 million in local tech industry

Flexible electronics touted as emerging field
In a bid to fortify United States security and manufacturing, the Pentagon and a consortium of partners are making a $171 million bet that Silicon Valley can emerge as the global leader in the nascent field of flexible hybrid electronics.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
High school grads intern at homeless services nonprofit

Sophie Scheinman witnessed the challenges facing homeless families during an eight-week summer internship with InnVision Shelter Network, the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides shelter and services for homeless people in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Want to attend Pope's address in D.C.?

It will be standing room only, on grass, to hear Pope Francis speak to Congress on Sept. 24, via JumboTron, but some of Anna Eshoo's constituents will have a place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Questions raised over silencing staff on town manager's exit

Silence surrounds the details of the recent "involuntary resignation" of former town manager Nick Pegueros from Portola Valley Town Hall, but some council members are willing to talk about the clause forbidding staff from talking.

August 31, 2015 | 25 comments
Fire board member's opposition to contract raises questions

Chuck Bernstein went on record to oppose a new four-year contract with firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and his letter did provoke a question or two for the district, and a call for his censure.

September 2, 2015 | 59 comments
Menlo Park: Tailgate party, Friday night movies at pop-up park

Menlo Park patrol officers will host a tailgate party before the free outdoor screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy" at the "Pop-Up Paseo" in downtown Menlo Park on Friday night, Sept. 4.

September 3, 2015 | 4 comments
Saturday talk: 'Psychologist Fights Back Against Alzheimer's'

Constance L. Vincent of Woodside will discuss her book, "Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back Against Alzheimer's for Her Mother ... and Perhaps Herself," at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

September 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Old oak falls

An oak tree that Atherton's town arborist Sally Bentz estimates was close to 200 years old and about 50 inches around, fell on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 27, closing Linden Avenue near Elm Place for more than four hours.

August 31, 2015 | 3 comments
West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park

A large portion of Menlo Park will be sprayed Wednesday night and early Thursday morning after the West Nile virus was again detected in adult mosquitoes collected in the city.

August 31, 2015 | 8 comments
One free kick for Onizuka, one soccer victory for the Oaks

Oaks report
Ryan Onizuka scored on a free kick just before halftime and the Menlo College men's soccer team made it stand up as the game-winner in a physically demanding nonconference contest on Saturday at Sequoia High in Redwood City. Read the story here.

August 31, 2015 | No comments yet
U.S. 101 to be closed Sunday night

All lanes of U.S. 101 in the Millbrae/Burlingame area will be closed for seven hours starting Sunday night (Aug. 30) for an emergency repair project.

August 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club names September speakers

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park meets each Tuesday, from noon to 1:15 p.m., at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Friday movie nights at pop-up paseo

Visitors to downtown Menlo Park have likely noticed the colorful array of astroturf, colorful chairs, and young families at play in the new "Pop-Up Paseo" on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
City of Menlo Park loses a fourth top manager

Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly leaving for new job in Monterey
The city of Menlo Park has lost its fourth administrator since mid-July, with the departure of Human Resources Director Gina Donnelly, announced by City Manager Alex McIntyre on Aug. 27.

August 28, 2015 | 2 comments
Sunday: 'Mockingbird Revisited' in Menlo Park

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library hosts a free discussion of Harper Lee's books, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman," from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Stand-up comedy, soul and wine lounge and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch an evening of stand-up comedy based on the book, "Take My Spouse, Please," check out Art on the Square in Redwood City and enjoy soul music and fine wine at the Oshman Family JCC.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Linden Avenue in Atherton reopened

Fallen tree cleared from road
Linden Avenue in Atherton has now been reopened at Elm Place in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton after being closed by a fallen tree, town officials announced at a little after 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27.

August 27, 2015 | 1 comment
Feature: Boys & Girls Club kids take off at aviation museum

"My head is in the clouds," says 14-year-old Alberto Vilchis, describing his plan for a career in aviation engineering.

September 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside 4-H Club scores awards

The Canada 4-H Club of Woodside was well represented at the recent San Mateo County Fair with entries in leather craft, cooking, dogs, hand drawings, photography and livestock projects, including lamb, pigs, poultry and rabbits.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park is next on PG&E tree removal plan

Utility examining 1300 trees in gas line easements in Menlo Park
PG&E has begun examining 1,300 trees in Menlo Park that are growing in its gas transmission line easements and might have to be removed. Of those trees, 500 are in public right-of-ways and 800 are on private property, according to PG&E.

August 28, 2015 | 3 comments
Cardinal Levada, a Menlo Park resident, charged with DUI in Hawaii

A resident of St. Patrick's Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Cardinal William Joseph Levada, has been charged with drunken driving after being stopped on Aug. 20 by a police officer on a street in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii.

August 27, 2015 | 8 comments
Atherton gives Menlo School go-ahead on expansion plans

After neighbors objected to an earlier version of its expansion plans, Menlo School on Wednesday gained unanimous approval of the Atherton Planning Commission for revised plans, including a height variance.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Koshy named a first team All-American in water polo

Malaika Koshy had a pretty good junior season with her Sacred Heart Prep water polo teammates in 2014. The season began with the Gators winning their first St. Francis Invitational in eight years and ended with the SHP girls claiming their eighth straight Central Coast Section Division II championship.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
SH Prep's Davidson training with Under-20 national soccer team

Sacred Heart Prep senior midfielder Tierna Davidson of Menlo Park is among the 31 members of the United States Under-20 women's national soccer team at the National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson through Sunday.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Freshmen lead Menlo College men to opening soccer victory

The Menlo College men's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over host Pacific Union on Tuesday.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley's Cameron Jones makes it to semifinals in national science competition

Cameron Jones, the Portola Valley science fair whiz who graduated from Corte Madera School last June has done it again by being named a semi-finalist in a national middle school science fair competition, one of 300 students in the country to do so.

August 31, 2015 | 2 comments
Back to school: Woodside preschool changes more than its building

While as many as 60 construction workers swarmed over Woodside Elementary School's campus each day last week, it was a little hard to believe the school would be ready to welcome more than 400 students by its Aug. 25 opening day of school.

August 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Back to school: Portola Valley students get new 'Maker Spaces'

It may be hard to convince the students at Ormondale and Corte Madera schools in Portola Valley that what they will be doing in the two new "Maker Spaces" at their schools is actually work.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district expands language programs

The Menlo Park City School District is working hard this year to achieve a goal it adopted in 2008: to offer world language programs to all district students.

August 28, 2015 | 24 comments
Menlo Park: Pilot program to make city parks herbicide-free OK'd by council

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously adopted revisions to the city's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy last night, including implementing a pilot program at four city parks to eliminate all herbicide use.

August 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Fire district board approves four-year contract with firefighters

Board may discuss censure of Chuck Bernstein in September
The long running dispute between firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is officially over, but the discussion by members of the governing board is not.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Air district report: Leaf blowers present health risks

Blasting air at up to 185 mph, leaf blowers can whip up hazardous particles and contaminants from the ground at speeds greater than a Category 5 hurricane, sending them long distances. Epidemiological studies have long recognized the harm these particles cause to people's respiratory systems, according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports.

August 31, 2015 | 21 comments
Former Portola Valley town manager has interim job with Menlo Park

Nick Pegueros is interim administrative services director
Nick Pegueros, whose "involuntary resignation" as the Portola Valley Town Manager was announced Aug. 12, has been named the interim administrative services director in Menlo Park, City Manager Alex McIntyre announced on Aug. 25.

August 25, 2015 | 26 comments
Eastbound Marsh Road to be closed today until 3 p.m. for fence repair

Marsh Road fence must be repaired after crash
The eastbound lane of Marsh Road in Atherton will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26 to repair the fence between the road and the drainage channel. The fence was damaged when a car crashed through it on Tuesday.

August 25, 2015 | 3 comments
Fire on roof of Woodside Bakery extinguished by alert nearby employees

Quick action on the part of employees at the Woodside Tennis Shop and the office of Dave Tanner's home design and remodeling business put out a small roof fire at the Woodside Bakery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

August 25, 2015 | 3 comments
Can Menlo Park afford to make city parks herbicide-free?

In response to community concerns about the use of the herbicide Roundup Pro Max in city parks, the Menlo Park City Council will consider tonight (Aug. 25) a pilot program to create herbicide-free areas at four of those parks.

August 25, 2015 | 3 comments
First day of school photos at Las Lomitas School

Classes began this week and last at most of our local schools. Almanac photographer Michelle Le visited Las Lomitas Elementary, a kindergarten through third-grade school in Atherton, on Aug. 20 and captured these opening day scenes.

August 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Back to School: Las Lomitas prepares for growth

The Las Lomitas School District, home to La Entrada (grades 4-8) and Las Lomitas (kindergarten to grade 3), has been busy over the summer planning for the expansion of its two school campuses.

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Atherton weighs Menlo School expansion plans

Planning Commission considers height variance, conditional use permit
Whether the town should give Menlo School a height variance for a third-floor addition at the rear of the school's most historic building will be considered by the Atherton Planning Commission when it meets Wednesday night.

August 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Police calls: Attempted arson suspected at Woodside Elementary School

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera, Woodside and Menlo Park

August 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside High prepares for 19 percent enrollment growth

The 2015-16 school year will be well along at Woodside High School by the time construction crews break ground for a new two-story, 10-classroom building between the gym and the softball fields.

August 27, 2015 | 6 comments
New principal, construction at M-A High

As fall classes resume at Menlo-Atherton High School, a new principal is at the helm: Simone Rick-Kennel. And ground has been broken for a new G wing in the form of a two-story classroom building.

August 27, 2015 | 21 comments
Cyclist injured in Alpine Road collision

A 65-year-old Portola Valley woman on a bicycle traveling east on Alpine Road was injured in a collision with a westbound car turning left at Indian Crossing at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19.

August 25, 2015 | 15 comments
Bobcat visits a Portola Valley home

It was about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, when Ron Johnson of the Alpine Hills neighborhood, in his hand a single-lens reflex camera with zoom lens, caught an image of this bobcat alongside his house.

August 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park puts 'pop-up park' downtown on Chestnut

Menlo Park's latest public park will be around for only six weeks, but during that time the "pop-up park" on Chestnut Street between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues will host a plethora of events.

August 24, 2015 | 21 comments
Tonight: New contract with Menlo Park Firefighters up for vote

A contract with firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is up for approval before the district governing board on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The firefighters have been working without a contract for seven years.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data 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.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales data 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.

August 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Kiwanis talk on plan for Stanford plaza in Menlo Park

Lucy Wicks, associate director of community relations at Stanford University, will give a talk on Tuesday, Aug. 25, on "The Planned Stanford Plaza at 500 El Camino Real" in Menlo Park.

August 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Cal Water chair named president of Rotary Club foundation

Peter Nelson, chairman of the board of the California Water Service Group and its six subsidiaries, has been named president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation for the 2015-16 year.

September 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient pleads not guilty

A Redwood City doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient during an acupuncture session in June pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

August 22, 2015 | No comments yet
San Mateo County has lowest unemployment rate in state

San Mateo County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 3.7 percent, according to July employment data released Aug. 21 by the California Employment Development Department.

August 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo falls short in volleyball, gains a tie in soccer

Oaks report: The Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season at the Biola Summer Slam on Thursday, dropping a pair of competitive matches to Top 25 teams.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Hundreds expected at Tour de Menlo bicycle ride

If you are out early on Saturday, Aug. 22, watch out for cyclists who will be setting out from Menlo-Atherton High School for the annual Tour de Menlo bicycle ride.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Highway 84 closed in Woodside

Live power lines are down in the 1400 block of La Honda Road (state Highway 84) in Woodside, and eastbound and westbound lanes are closed, San Mateo County authorities reported at 11 a.m. today.

August 21, 2015 | 3 comments
San Mateo County corrections officer accused of selling drugs in jail

Jason Jurow, a corrections officer in the San Mateo County jail, faces a preliminary hearing in a Redwood City courtroom on Sept. 14 to answer to drug-related charges brought by county prosecutors.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Correction in statistics on average water use in July

The Almanac misinterpreted water use data from Cal Water in our reporting an earlier version of this story. The average usage number is per water meter per month in units (1 unit = about 748 gallons or 100 cubic feet of water) – not daily per capita use in gallons.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Wire mesh art, bluegrass music and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch author David Shields discussing his latest book, check out art made from wire mesh at a Ladera coffee shop and more.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front: Sip tea, cook summer meals and more

Sip tea, cook summer meals, compost at home and maintain a landscape during a drought
Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes afternoon tea at Filoli, cooking classes at Sur La Table, backyard composting workshop at Hidden Villa and drought landscape maintenance information from the City of Palo Alto.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Hundreds expected at Tour de Menlo bicycle ride

If you are out early on Saturday, Aug. 22, watch out for cyclists who will be setting out from Menlo-Atherton High School for the annual Tour de Menlo bicycle ride.

August 20, 2015 | 6 comments
Feature story: Burgers and brews among friends at the Dutch Goose

Scott Davis pored over a newspaper while nursing a golden ale as a bright afternoon sun peeked into the patio of one of the Midpeninsula's most iconic watering holes.

August 20, 2015 | 21 comments
Suspects sought in armed robbery of man kicked in face

Sheriff's deputies are looking for three suspects who stole a man's wallet Tuesday night in unincorporated San Mateo County near Atherton after knocking him down and kicking him in the face and head.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
North Fair Oaks: Man, 18, wounded in shooting

An 18-year-old man was shot by an occupant of an SUV during an argument in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood of unincorporated Redwood City on Sunday night, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Friday: High-tech a cappella groups to belt 'em out at Menlo College

Menlo College will cap its free summer concert series on Friday, Aug. 21, when vocal groups from Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Dropbox, and Twitter appear at an a cappella night. Emcees are Heidi Roizen and Menlo College President Richard Moran.

August 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Packed agenda for Menlo Park City Council

El Camino corridor, pesticide use, tree-removal plan and more on agenda
The Menlo Park City Council's Aug. 25 agenda is scheduled to include: the El Camino Corridor report, the city's pesticide policy, a response to a grand jury report on sea level rise, and a PG&E presentation on plans to remove trees in gas transmission line easements.

August 24, 2015 | 5 comments
Saturday: Kiwanis Club 'Arts & Appetizers' event in Atherton

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park will hold an "Arts & Appetizers" event featuring local artists at a private residence in Atherton on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 9 p.m.

August 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park holds downtown Family Fitness event

The city of Menlo Park holds its second annual downtown Family Fitness event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, on Santa Cruz Avenue. About 30 fitness businesses, social groups and nonprofits will participate.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Pear Theatre moves on to the next stage

Bigger crowds, bigger productions in store as Google expansion triggers move to larger space
The Pear Avenue Theatre and its plucky band of drama enthusiasts are used to working in a tight space. Now, with a little more elbow room in its new digs, the group is looking forward to bigger things this season.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is moving, but not retiring

40-year Almanac veteran relocating to Southern California
Longtime Almanac staffer Jane Knoerle is leaving Menlo Park, where she's lived in Sharon Heights since 1961, but she not retiring from the Almanac. She promises to keep writing from her new home in Southern California.

August 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park OKs downtown housing-commercial complex

First such project to win approval in specific plan area
Menlo Park's Planning Commission has approved the first mixed housing and commercial project under the downtown-El Camino Real specific plan since the plan's 2012 adoption. Pinnacle Group plans 15 corporate apartments and about 2,000 square feet of commercial space on the west side of El Camino between Valparaiso and Oak Grove avenues.

August 18, 2015 | 31 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

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

August 18, 2015 | No comments yet
District meets water-reduction target in June-July period

Atherton and Menlo Park customers of the California Water Service Company's Bear Gulch District didn't quite meet the 36 percent water use reduction goal in July while customers in Woodside and Portola Valley exceeded that number.

August 18, 2015 | 3 comments
Peninsula Bridge gets $25K Google grant

Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit that provides social and academic support to motivated and underserved middle school students, received a $25,000 grant this year from Google to fund computer science education.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Still waiting for a new home

Program uses animals to comfort children under stress
So near and yet so far. That describes the place Jasper Ridge Farm finds itself in now that the nonprofit has run into more delays on building a new home at Webb Ranch.

August 19, 2015 | 4 comments
Police calls: Road rage in Woodside

Crime reports from Woodside and Menlo Park.

August 18, 2015 | 7 comments
Contractor's equipment started Aug. 11 grass fire near Webb Ranch

Fire Marshal Denise Enea of the Woodside Fire Protection District said she plans to talk with the land management department at Stanford University about fire-safety protocols when working in dry grass.

August 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Understanding the world through science

Portola Valley ecologist says the public needs to get science now
Humans like to think about the past as a simpler time, and when viewed through the lens of scientific progress, that kind of thinking has an element of truth to it.

August 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Monday: Menlo Park Planning Commission reviews El Camino mixed-use proposal

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will review a three-story mixed-use project proposed for two adjacent parcels on El Camino Real between Valparaiso and Oak Grove avenues when it meets tonight (Monday).

August 17, 2015 | 6 comments
Spare the Air alert issued Monday for Bay Area

A Spare the Air Smog Alert has been issued for Monday due to unhealthy levels of smog and smoke in the air, and residents are being advised both to limit their exposure to the unhealthy conditions and avoid making them worse.

August 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Officials urge: Avoid driving to 'Spare the Air' today

A Spare the Air alert has been issued for today(Aug. 16) due to concerns about smog, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Officials are asking the public to avoid driving.

August 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Smoke from Lake County fires now in San Mateo County

Please don't call 911, officials say
Please don't call 911 about the smoke apparent in local communities, emergency officials urged Saturday morning. The smoke has drifted into the area from fires elsewhere in the state, including Lake County, they say.

August 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Psychologist writes of dealing with Alzheimer's in family

Constance Vincent's late father suffered from dementia, and now her 95-year-old mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. At 74, Ms. Vincent, a Menlo Park psychologist, fears she could one day lose her memory, too.

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Charged Particles at Portola Vineyards

The jazz band Charged Particles, led by Portola Valley resident and drummer Jon Krosnick, performs Sunday at Portola Vineyards.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Today: Kiwanis Club talk on combating homelessness

Brock Burrell, business outreach specialist for the organization, Downtown Streets Team, will give a talk in Menlo Park on Tuesday, Aug. 18, on how his agency combats homelessness.

August 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Seven candidates running for three seats on community college board

Three newcomers to Woodside council face no competition
It's a crowded field for the November election to the governing board of the San Mateo County Community College District with seven candidates for three seats. In Woodside, three incumbents are leaving the Town Council, and three residents will replace them with no competition.

August 15, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton dentist charged with defrauding patients

Kim Chi Vu, a 52-year-old dentist from Atherton, has been charged with defrauding patients by charging them for services that were not completed or were misrepresented.

August 16, 2015 | 3 comments
Worth a Look: Live Latin music, a skit competition and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, watch the 1971 classic, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," check out a skit competition conducted entirely in Mandarin and catch a concert by Latin and world music vocalist Kat Parra.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Other people's stories

'Fortune Smiles' on Adam Johnson's latest short-story collection
Author Adam Johnson will speak about his new short story collection, "Fortune Smiles," at Menlo Park's Kepler's Books on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
District will remove oak on new school site

Third arborist reports tree is filled with rot
A report from an outside arborist has confirmed that a large old oak tree on the site where the new Upper Laurel School is being built is filled with rot. The Menlo Park City School District says it will cut down the tree in the next few weeks.

August 14, 2015 | 32 comments
Saturday to be hottest day in Bay Area in three-day warm-up

Temperatures will rise starting Friday and continue through this weekend in the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service.

August 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Town manager resigns after three years

Staff forbidden to talk by clause added to contract in December.
The Portola Valley Town Council accepted the "involuntary resignation" of Town Manager Nick Pegueros last night (Wednesday, Aug. 12), effective immediately.

August 13, 2015 | 19 comments
M-A grad Harrier joins UC Davis women's soccer program

Of local note
Menlo-Atherton High grad Annie Harrier joined the UC Davis' women's soccer program just in time for the Aggies exhibition at San Jose State at 3 p.m. Friday. Read the story here.

August 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton wants to have new bike routes done by early 2016

Atherton wants to have the first phase of its master plan for making improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians in town, designating some streets as shared bike and auto routes, completed by early 2016.

August 13, 2015 | 6 comments
Portola Valley home burglarized while woman inside was resting

Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for a brazen burglar or burglars who stole artwork and cash from a Portola Valley home yesterday afternoon while a resident rested inside.

August 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Scott Carey of Portola Valley dies at 82

Scott T. Carey, a former Palo Alto mayor and a well-known figure in Silicon Valley real estate, died on Aug. 11 at his home in Portola Valley surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. He was 82.

August 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Noel completes Menlo College track and field recruiting

Menlo College track and field and cross country coach Dan Noel hit the ground running, recruiting 14 athletes, 10 men and four women, to help christen his first year with the Oaks. Read the story here.

August 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Competitive riding is a way of life for local family

Behind the scenes at the Menlo Charity Horse Show
Sofia Jain, a 13-year-old from Atherton, says she doesn't have time for much but horses and school in her life, but she wishes she could do even more -- as in being home schooled so she could spend even more time riding.

August 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Mower-ignited grass fire quickly extinguished at Webb Ranch

Local firefighters responded quickly to a small grass fire off Alpine Road on the Webb Ranch shortly after noon Tuesday (Aug. 11), and extinguished the blaze by 12:30, according to the county Office of Emergency Services.

August 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Planning Commission starts another review of specific plan

If Menlo Park residents believe the specific plan governing development in Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real corridor is still flawed, they didn't share their views with the city's Planning Commission when it met on Aug. 3 to review the plan.

August 11, 2015 | 6 comments
Daschbach hits his share of home runs; locals at USTA event

Local roundup
Sacred Heart Prep senior Andrew Daschbach participated in the Area Code Games Home Run Derby, Menlo Park's Elena Van Linge made a nice run deep into the USTA National Championships in San Diego and Palo Alto's Sara Choy enjoyed a successful USTA tournament as well. Read the story here.

August 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Obituary: Susan Sheehan, equestrian, Woodside resident

Susan Gail Sheehan, a nurse and longtime resident of Woodside, was compassionate, caring, giving, an active member of the Peninsula equestrian community and a true friend, her friends and family said. Ms. Sheehan died July 19. She was 74.

August 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Obituary: Helen Hausman, long career in education governance

A service was held Aug. 9 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills to remember Helen Hausman, an Atherton resident and former longtime member of the governing boards for the local high school district and community college district.

August 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Vehicle impound problem: Menlo Park city manager reviewing issue

Legislation is in the works in Sacramento that could ease the pain of impoverished drivers who see their vehicles impounded because they're driving with a suspended license. The issue has resonance in Menlo Park.

August 11, 2015 | 8 comments
Fire board member opposes proposed contract

It's been seven years since Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters have worked under a contract. If district governing board member Chuck Bernstein were to have his way, they will be working without a contract into the fall.

August 12, 2015 | 30 comments
How to help Zamora Moon and her family

Here are some links to websites where you can help the Martinez-Lusinchi family and learn more about Zamora Moon's cancer.

August 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Looking for a miracle

Woodside family refuses to give up hope of saving their child's life
Marisa Martinez says she refuses to accept what doctors tell her - that her daughter Zamora Moon, not quite 8 years old, has a brain cancer that can't be cured.

August 11, 2015 | 5 comments
The romance of ballroom dance

Dance floor partners rekindle their marriage, win national ballroom titles
When Winston and Lilly Chow of Atherton met in college, they had a common interest in ballroom dancing, each having taken one class for their physical-education requirement. But they couldn't predict that more than 40 years later they would be ballroom-dance champions.

August 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Perseid meteor shower lights the sky this week

This week will be one of the best times to watch the Perseid meteor shower, the chair of Foothill College's astronomy department said.

August 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Filing deadline extended for four local elections; three contested elections ahead

As the list of candidates for the Nov. 3 election settles, the boards of four local public agencies will have extended candidate filing deadlines, and three will have contested elections.

August 10, 2015 | 4 comments
Wednesday: Con Brio performs in Menlo Park

The band Con Brio will close out the summer concert series at Fremont Park on Wednesday, Aug. 12. The group, which plays R&B, soul and funk, will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the park at Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday talk: 'Concussions & Athletics' at Menlo Kiwanis Club

Scott Anderson, director of athletic training at Stanford University, will give a talk Tuesday, Aug. 11, on "Concussions & Athletics" at the meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
St. Patrick's former finance director sentenced to jail

The former finance director of St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her former employer, was sentenced Friday, Aug. 7, to nine months in San Mateo County jail and five years of probation.

August 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park report on El Camino study now available

Menlo Park has released the final version of a report on the El Camino Real corridor, which is scheduled to be the topic of an Aug. 25 City Council study session.

August 12, 2015 | 12 comments
Arizona man who burglarized Woodside home is sentenced

One of two Arizona men who flew to the Bay Area in 2012 with the purpose of burglarizing homes was sentenced Friday, Aug. 7, in a San Mateo County courtroom.

August 8, 2015 | 4 comments
Performance in progress

New Works Festival supports, demystifies the creative process
For its 14th season, TheatreWorks' New Works Festival brings six works in progress to Palo Alto, including a new Andrew Lippa musical.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Memorial for Helen Hausman, former college district board member

A memorial service for Helen Hausman, a longtime member of the governing board for the San Mateo County Community College District and an Atherton resident, is set for Sunday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. A reception follows later that day in Atherton.

August 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Sunday: Memorial service for former firefighter Frank Vitale

A memorial to celebrate the life of Frank Tom Vitale is set for Sunday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church at 2250 Avy St. in Menlo Park.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton police on the look-out for prowler

Atherton police converged in the Stockbridge Avenue area early this morning (Aug. 7) after a house guest at a residence in the first block of Stockbridge reported seeing a prowler looking through a window.

August 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside movie producer involved in documentary that screens Friday

Woodside's Steve Brown and his film production and distribution company are involved in a new documentary that will be shown in a local theater on Friday, Aug. 7. The documentary traces the story of identical twin girls who were separated at the time of their birth through adoption and who discovered each other via social media 25 years later.

August 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Fire danger warning issued, Peninsula watershed closed

Dry thunderstorms moving through the Bay Area from Thursday afternoon through this morning (Aug. 7), led the National Weather Service to issue a "Red Flag Warning" for the period from 2 p.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. Friday. The warning prompted the closure of some Bay Area parkland as a precaution.

August 6, 2015 | 2 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Home sales in Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside and other towns.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - July 31

In Mountain View during the past two weeks, Sierra Vista Avenue saw a little flurry of sales. The three combined sales along the avenue added up to more than $3.6 million. Learn about these home sales and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Learn about Atherton's plans for bicyclist and pedestrian improvements

First phase of Bike Pedestrian Master Plan will be presented
The first phase of Atherton's plans for making the town a friendlier and safer place for bicyclists and pedestrians will be presented to the public at a meeting on Tuesday night, Aug. 11. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

August 10, 2015 | 7 comments
Menlo College adds plenty of talent to baseball program

Menlo College Baseball has added a slew of talent into the fold for the upcoming season with the announcement of its 10-player recruiting class. Six members of the class will enter this season as true freshman while three junior transfers and one senior adding a veteran presence to the talented class.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Troop 206 honors Eagle Scouts

Two scouts from Menlo Park Troop 206, Mitchell Calbert and John Mulhern, have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and been recognized in a Court of Honor at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Bellis takes another important step in her tennis journey

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis took her final bow from this year's Bank of the West Classic after losing in doubles, with partner Jacqueline Cako, to the second-seeded pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santtonja, 6-4, 7-6 (4), on Tuesday afternoon. The popular 16-year-old will most certainly be asked to return.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Concert in Menlo Park tonight: Tia Carroll sings the blues

Tia Carroll sings the blues at a concert in the park tonight (Aug. 5) in downtown Menlo Park. Ms. Carroll and her band will perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fremont Park, on Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Locals seek meeting with FAA over Surf Air, which added 10 round-trip flights this week

Local officials have requested Federal Aviation Administration representatives meet with them to discuss noise from Surf Air, a commuter airline that started flying in and out of the San Carlos Airport in June 2013.

August 6, 2015 | 72 comments
Saturday: 'Gathering of Poets' at Menlo Park Civic Center

Five area wordsmiths will read from their work at "A Gathering of Poets" on Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers in the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

August 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton's Bellis loses but happy; Gibbs pleased about winning at Stanford

Taking part in a tournament she's watched from the stands for so many years made 16-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton one happy tennis player, even though she lost her match.

August 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Skylonda residents await hydrogen fuel station

Bugatti, Ducati, Austin Healey, MV Agusta, Ferrari ... Toyota Mirai. Yes, for now, the Mirai belongs in that list of exotic transportation to Four Corners. It runs on hydrogen, which when used as a fuel, is exotic. A Mirai may be visiting the gas station there in a year or so.

August 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Police calls: Burglar smashes Porsche rear window; thief steals 25 spoons

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera, Atherton and Menlo Park.

August 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Cover story: Refusing to turn away

Menlo Park poet recalls atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki through his verse
J. David Cummings of Menlo Park left an 11-year career as a theoretical physicist at Lawrence Livermore laboratory, a center of nuclear weapons research, and turned his focus to writing. He offers readers a powerful meditation on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in his collection of poetry, "Tancho."

August 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Hoops team goes 7-2 at tourney

A local sixth-grade girls basketball team, called TNT Undisputed, won seven and lost two games at the Amateur Athletic Union Division II national championship, held recently in Hampton, Virginia.

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Mosquito control operation went as planned, vector control district says

The campaign to kill mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus came to Menlo Park's Allied Arts neighborhood and parts of downtown on Sunday evening.

August 3, 2015 | 7 comments
Housing report: Cost increases greatly exceed income gains

San Mateo County's latest statistics on housing costs show what everyone probably already knew – that rents and home prices are rising far faster than incomes in the county.

August 5, 2015 | 28 comments
Chowchilla kidnapper, former Atherton resident, to be paroled soon

Three kidnappers were from families in Atherton and Portola Valley
One of the three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 and buried them in a quarry in Livermore for ransom will be paroled soon because Gov. Jerry Brown has let a parole board's ruling stand.

August 2, 2015 | 8 comments
Woodside: Roadside brush fire extinguished along I-280

Firefighters responded to a small roadside brush fire along Interstate 280 in Woodside on Sunday morning (Aug. 2).

August 2, 2015 | 2 comments
Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan to become first-time parents

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl, according to an announcement Zuckerberg posted on Facebook Friday.

August 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Service Sunday for longtime Woodside resident

Matthew Shanks dies July 20 at age 65
A memorial service will be held for longtime Woodside resident Matthew Joseph Shanks on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Christ Church at 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Election roundup: Two incumbents on Woodside council not running

San Mateo County's candidate roster for town councils and governing boards of school districts and special districts is settling out as the candidate filing period for the fall election draws to a close.

July 31, 2015 | 5 comments
Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus

Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.

July 31, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo School baseball coach is a minor league player of week

Kansas City T-Bones infielder Ryan Cavan, Menlo School's baseball coach and '05 graduate, has been named Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week ending July 26. Read the story here.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Want a sustainable food garden? NanoFarms guild can supply

Interested in having a garden to grow your own vegetables, even though backyard space is limited and the soil depleted? The NanoFarms guild offers a sustainable garden-installation service that customizes the garden according to space restrictions and the customer's preferences in produce.

July 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Bellis steps up in class to face top field in Bank of West

Atherton resident Catherine Cartan "CiCi" Bellis captured the attention of tennis enthusiasts everywhere with her unexpected victory over then-No. 13 Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of last year's US Open.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park: Downtown, El Camino specific plan up for review

Menlo Park Planning Commission starts the review process
The specific plan governing development in Menlo Park's downtown and El Camino Real corridor is undergoing its second periodic review since it was adopted in 2012. The process begins Monday night.

July 31, 2015 | 1 comment
West Nile virus: Mosquito fogging tonight in Menlo Park

In response to the discovery of adult mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in ‎Menlo Park on July 29, the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District has scheduled an adult mosquito control fogging for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2, in areas of Menlo Park.

July 30, 2015 | 13 comments
One small seed

Exchange of ideas by three friends produces worker-owned farming enterprise on seminary grounds
The mission of nurturing bodies and souls at St. Patrick's Seminary took on an added dimension last year with the launch of a new program based on an old idea: a guild in which Catholic laypeople with common interests work cooperatively in an environment of equality and shared profits.

July 31, 2015 | 1 comment
All-mail-in ballot election is on for November

The all-mail-in ballot election is on for November in San Mateo County. This pilot project -- being tried in two counties in the state -- needed and now has the support of all jurisdictions in the county having elections this fall.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Air district board approves $20M for Caltrain electrification project

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District board Wednesday approved $20 million in funding for a Caltrain electrification project expected to greatly reduce emissions and allow for expanded passenger service.

July 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo College names new chief fundraiser

Joanne Ferchland-Parella replaces John Ring
Joanne Ferchland-Parella, an experienced college administrator and fundraiser, has been named chief advancement officer, the chief fundraiser for Atherton's Menlo College.

August 4, 2015 | No comments yet
It's the 45th year for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

Coming up Aug. 4 to 9 at the Menlo Circus Club
The Menlo Charity Horse Show, celebrating its 45th year, will be held Aug. 4 to 9 at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane in Atherton with 500 competitors, ranging from local children on lead lines to internationally ranked professional riders.

August 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Pony Club championships come to Woodside

About 150 junior riders, ages 10 and up, from the western United States are expected to compete in the 2015 U.S. Pony Clubs Championships West events, to be held at the Horse Park at Woodside from July 31 to Aug. 9.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Fashion: Woodside inspires local designer's new collection of handbags

Normally the fashion industry thrives on constantly changing styles to keep it alive, so it comes as somewhat of a surprise to hear local leather goods designer and retailer Lisa Rissetto say, "I'm fine with them (customers) buying one and making it last."

August 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton dance champions

Winston and Lilly Chow of Atherton successfully defended their title as U.S. National Amateur Senior Ballroom Champions in the Senior IV category at a recent dance competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

July 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Third high-level city employee leaving Menlo Park

Jesse Quirion, public works director, leaves Aug. 20
Jesse Quirion, Menlo Park's public works director, has announced he is leaving Aug. 20 for a job with Google in Tennessee. He is the third high-level city employee whose departure has been announced within a week.

July 29, 2015 | 17 comments
Menlo Park car-chase incident ends with prison sentence

After pleading no contest to charges of recklessly evading arrest and child endangerment in an April 2015 car chase that ended in Menlo Park, an East Palo Alto man was sentenced to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside fire district: What you should avoid during heat wave

The Woodside Fire Protection District issued an alert today urging residents to take extra caution during the heat wave.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Atherton's mayor to moderate water crisis panel

Deadline July 29 to RSVP
Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Water Control Board, will be part of a panel on the California water crisis on Thursday night in Palo Alto. Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia will moderate.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
'Daring Journey': New documentary by Menlo Park filmmaker

Concentric Media and Eastside College Preparatory School will host a showing of "A Daring Journey, From Immigration to Education," a film by Dorothy Fadiman and Owen Tomlins, on Aug. 2 in East Palo Alto.

July 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside may seek public opinion on planning, building services

Are Woodside residents and others who deal with the town's planning and building operations dissatisfied with the services?

July 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: National Night Out events in Menlo Park and Atherton

Atherton and Menlo Park are among communities throughout the country planning events Tuesday, Aug. 4, for National Night Out, a program
that promotes neighborhood and police relations.

July 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo College women add two basketball prospects

The Menlo College women's basketball team has added two new players for the 2015-16 season, junior transfer Madison Michelis from De Anza College and Emma Pastorino from Notre Dame-Belmont.

July 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton committee still can't agree on civic-center concept

Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee has asked architects to come back for a fourth time with refinements to the conceptual design for the new complex.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Season's first Spare the Air Day called for Tuesday

As a heat wave moves into the Bay Area, the summer's first Spare the Air Day has been called for Tuesday.

July 28, 2015 | 5 comments
Police calls: Road rage in Menlo Park

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Ladera and Menlo Park.

July 28, 2015 | 10 comments
Labor board rulings lead to deal with firefighters

A ruling by a state labor-relations board led the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters, who have been working without a contract for seven years, to settle their differences and agree to a new contract.

July 29, 2015 | 3 comments
Eshoo on aircraft noise: FAA knows 'something has changed dramatically'

Meeting with community groups, public officials seeks short- and long-term remedies
The Federal Aviation Administration "clearly knows something has changed dramatically" with regard to local aircraft noise issues, said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, following a recent meeting with FAA representatives.

July 29, 2015 | 22 comments
Atherton resident says neighbor cut down tree without permission

Atherton police have sent the results of an investigation into the alleged cutting down of a neighbor's tree without permission to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution on charges of trespassing and grand theft, police say.

July 27, 2015 | 8 comments
Portola Valley digital artist shows her work

Fine art photographer and digital artist Jeanne Gadol of Portola Valley reveals the diverse patterns, rhythms and textures of life in her show "Life Lines," running through Aug. 2 at the Main Gallery in Redwood City.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Public invited to comment on proposed firefighters' contract

The public is invited to comment on a four-year tentative agreement between the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and its firefighters that is posted on the district's website.

July 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Early-morning blaze causes $1M damage to Sharon Heights home

Firefighters are estimating that an early morning blaze caused $1 million in damage to an unoccupied residence in Menlo Park early Saturday morning.

July 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Gas leak capped in Woodside; no injuries

PG&E asks residents to check where gas lines are before digging into the ground
Portola Road reopened after crews stopped a gas leak Friday afternoon in Woodside that had residents restricted to their homes for safety, according to PG&E and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

July 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Gas leak reported on Portola Road

The Sheriff's Office reported at 2:35 p.m. today that Portola Road is closed between Old La Honda Road and Tadin Lane due to a gas leak.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO kids bring home buckets of medals

More than 200 kids, ages 8 to 19, with the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO program competed in the Pacific Coast Spring Soccer League and their teams brought home lots of medals.

July 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Longtime local family business moves back to its roots

Lyngso Garden Supply moving to San Carlos
In the more than 60 years since John and Mary Lyngso started Lyngso Garden Materials in the early 1950s, Lyngso has sold a lot of stone to Peninsula residents.

July 28, 2015 | 2 comments
Drought, warm weather increase concerns about West Nile virus

Trapping mosquitoes, testing live chickens, vaccinating horses, unleashing bacteria. All of that is happening in San Mateo County right now in hopes of preventing a deadly outbreak of West Nile virus, the mosquito-borne virus that killed a record 31 people in California last year.

July 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Franz Schubert, music's 'first romantic'

Music@Menlo festival features chamber works, lieder, lectures
This year's Music@Menlo festival, which runs from July 17 to Aug. 8, focuses on Schubert: his best-known chamber works, his well-loved lieder and piano pieces, his life and his place in music history.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Actress portrays Julia Morgan at Menlo Park Library

Julia Morgan, one of the most famous architects of the 20th century, will be portrayed by performer Jill Jackson in a free one-woman show at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Menlo Park Library.

July 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Execs exit two top city posts

Menlo Park Assistant City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson will retire effective July 31 and Finance Director Drew Corbett will leave Aug. 14 to take the same post for the city of San Mateo, it was announced Friday, July 24.

July 24, 2015 | 13 comments
Tonight: DUI checkpoint planned for undisclosed location in Menlo Park

Somewhere in Menlo Park tonight (Friday, July 24), police officers will be stopping vehicles, checking driver's licenses and looking at drivers for signs of intoxication, whether from alcohol or drugs.

July 24, 2015 | 3 comments
I'm melting

Ice-pop pros share tips on making frozen treats at home
From pulpy paletas to boozy "poptails" to all-natural icy desserts made from fresh produce, 'tis the season for Popsicles.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police arrest woman in embezzlement case

Menlo Park police arrested a 39-year-old San Mateo woman Thursday on suspicion that she embezzled more than $1 million over two years from a Menlo Park company, Creekside Landscaping Inc.

July 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Friday: Alexander Eccles performs at Menlo College

At the next Nasdaq outdoor summer concert in the Quad at Menlo College, pianist and composer Alexander Eccles will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 24.

July 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo festival: If you liked it or not, chamber wants to hear

The management of the Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Menlo Park's recent annual midsummer art and wine festival, would like to hear from the festival's critics as well as from its fans, and particularly from critics with constructive ideas.

July 23, 2015 | 24 comments
Atherton, Menlo Park: PG&E says hundreds of trees near gas pipelines may be removed

Nearly 1,400 Menlo Park and Atherton trees to be examined
More than 130 Menlo Park and Atherton property owners should soon receive letters from PG&E saying up to 1,400 trees near PG&E gas transmission pipes on their properties may need to be removed as safety hazards.

July 24, 2015 | 12 comments
Comedy of bad manners

Stanford Repertory Theatre presents 'Hay Fever'
In Noël Coward's 1925 comedy, "Hay Fever," an eccentric English family's lack of social graces proves a bit much for its weekend guests. The work is part of Stanford Repertory Theater's 2015 Summer Festival.

July 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Police: Burglars ransack East Palo Alto church

Suspect or suspects remain at large
Less than a month before a scheduled 75th anniversary celebration and fundraiser to repair church grounds, burglars have broken into the New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ in East Palo Alto, making off with an estimated tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and damaging the church, the Rev. Albert Macklin said.

July 24, 2015 | 2 comments
Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre reopens

Opening weekend features 'Stanford Prison Experiment,' free popcorn
After more than three months of closure for remodeling, downtown Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre, at 430 Emerson St., reopened Friday, July 24.

July 23, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 Readers' Choice: The winners are ...

Almanac readers pick their favorite restaurants, shops, services and places to have fun
You'll see many old favorites – and some newcomers – on the list of winners of the 2015 Almanac Readers' Choice awards.

July 22, 2015 | 6 comments
Updated: Menlo Park water district rate changes approved

Rates up most for conservative users but drop for most commercial users
Rate increases with drought surcharge added to story.
After making sure they understood the reasons why they had little choice about doing it, the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted new rates for the city's municipal water district.

July 22, 2015 | 4 comments
Jury returns guilty verdict in Woodside burglary case

A jury has found Arizona resident Bradley Sullivan guilty of burglary and grand theft in the residential burglary of a Woodside home in 2012, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

July 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Keep up with the local news

Sign up for Express to get news updates on Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Good golly, Miss Molly

Our Molly isn't quite as colorful as the one from the famous Little Richard song, but she's a looker, no doubt, says Scott Delucchi of the Peninsula Humane Society.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Electrical malfunction causes hotel fire

An electrical malfunction started a fire Monday night at the Stanford Inn on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College track/cross country program adds depth

Menlo College track & field head coach Dan Noel has added a trio of new signees to his squad for 2015-16, as well as announcing current Menlo College student Megan Thompson as a member of the team.

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Boy rescued from Burgess Pool 'doing well,' city official says

The aftermath has been a positive one so far for a 6-year-old boy rescued Sunday from a swimming pool by a lifeguard at Burgess Park in Menlo Park, according to Derek Schweigart, community services manager for the city.

July 21, 2015 | 14 comments
Atherton moves toward town-wide, high-speed optical fiber system

Backer claims it would be 'best in the world' system
Mike Farmwald says his plans to install a state-of-the-art optical fiber cable stystem in Atherton would provide the town with the "very best in the world" Internet access.

July 21, 2015 | 5 comments
Assembly race: Berman, Kasperzak off to fast starts

Two leading candidates in Assembly race each raise more than $100,000
The primary election is still nearly a year away but the two leading contenders to succeed Assemblyman Rich Gordon in Sacramento have hit the ground running, with each raising more than $100,000 and picking up a list of endorsements from regional dignitaries.

July 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Police calls: Firefighters use Jaws of Life in Woodside accident

Crime and accident reports for Woodside, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park

July 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Microwave sparks fire in home near Atherton

A structure fire caused by a microwave in a home just outside of Atherton caused an estimated $50,000 in damage Saturday, Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials said today.

July 20, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A teacher wins presidential award for environmental education

Lance Powell, who teaches environmental chemistry and advanced-placement environmental science at Menlo-Atherton High School, has won a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Education.

July 22, 2015 | 4 comments
Tonight: Hearing on 30% Menlo Park water rate hike

Rates would rise most for conservative users but drop for most commercial users
Menlo Park wants to change the way it charges for water, and the change would result in a nearly 30 percent increase for the average residential user but a decrease for almost all commercial users.

July 20, 2015 | 5 comments
Water use in June down dramatically for local communities

Water customers in Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton cut water use by 47 percent and more in June when measured against consumption in June 2013, according to numbers released by the towns.

July 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Latin guitar fusion band performs in Menlo Park

David Correa and Cascada, a Latin guitar world fusion band, will play at a concert in the park on Wednesday evening, July 22, in downtown Menlo Park.

July 20, 2015 | No comments yet
A real feel-good film

'Batkid Begins' has local origin story
On Nov. 15, 2013, 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott had his wish come true. For one day, he got to don a costume and become Batman's new sidekick, "Batkid."

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks: Affecting new musical 'Triangle' turns tragedy around

The dramatic new musical, "Triangle," uses the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 as the background context for a pair of love stories.

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Arts open house, a swing dance concert and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, attend an art-and-science open house at Djerassi, head to Redwood City's Music, Arts & BBQ Festival and check out a swing dance concert at the JCC.

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Major renovation planned for Avenidas senior center

Proposed project would have fitness rooms, tech center and three-story wing
The Avenidas senior center in Palo Alto unveiled plans recently for a modern, technologically advanced senior center that would include amenities and programming to accommodate the booming senior population. The proposal calls for a new 11,000-square-foot, three-story wing and a remodel of the existing historic building on Bryant Street.

July 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Sales at a glance - July 13

This week, Atherton reported the single highest home sale at $8 million. Woodside and Palo Alto came in next with $7.65 million and $7.45 million, respectively. Read the rest of the real estate numbers below to see how other Palo Alto Weekly locations compared.

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
July 31-Aug. 1: Garden Bonanza at Filoli

Filoli, the historic estate in Woodside, will hold a Great Big Garden Bonanza on Friday and Saturday, July 31-Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Home Front

Garden celebrations, cooking classes, vegetable tutorials and ice cream
Find local news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening. This week includes Filoli's Great Big Garden Bonanza, cooking classes, vegetable planting and ice cream (education and tasting).

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
We Sushi food truck to open restaurant in Menlo Park

We Sushi, which claims to be the Bay Area's first sushi food truck, is opening a brick-and-mortar Japanese restaurant on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park this fall.

July 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Woodside home bought for $12K sells for $1.8 million

After being purchased for $12,000 in 1968, a Woodside home sells for more than $1.8 million. A lot can happen in 47 years. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

July 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Recent home sales - July 13

After being purchased for $12,000 in 1968, a Woodside home sells for more than $1.8 million. A lot can happen in 47 years. Learn about this home sale and others in this week's list of recent home sales.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Real Estate Matters: The quick and the slow

Two sides of the Palo Alto housing market
Why do some homes sell faster than others? That's a question those wanting to sell their homes have surely pondered in markets across the United States. In the Bay Area, we've heard all about record speeds at which homes are selling. But that doesn't mean every home here appears and then disappears from the market in the blink of an eye.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Woodland School graduates 21

A total of 21 eighth-graders graduated June 12 from Woodland School in Portola Valley.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College adds softball, track athletes for coming year

The Menlo College women's softball team has added another important player to the program when head coach Matt Lisle announced the signing of Kari Grow, a sophomore transfer from Green River CC in Auburn, Wash. Read the story here.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Ruth Anne Bortz, long-distance runner and Portola Valley resident, dies

Ruth Anne Bortz of Portola Valley, a long-distance runner of marathons and back-country races, died July 14 at her home. She was 84.

July 17, 2015 | 4 comments
North Fair Oaks fire displaces two

A fire in a North Fair Oaks shoe repair shop Thursday afternoon (July 16) damaged two buildings and displaced two residents, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

July 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Cafe Zoe in Redwood City closes

Menlo Park cafe continues, with gusto
Although Cafe Zoe, a hub of community in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park, continues to keep its doors wide open, owner Kathleen Daly has closed its sister cafe in Redwood City after less than a year in operation.

July 16, 2015 | 2 comments
Cal Water: Towns cut June water use by 40% and more

Cal Water revises May numbers
Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton water customers cut their use by 40 percent and more in June compared with June 2013, according to numbers released by the towns. Cal Water also revised significantly the numbers originally reported for May.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton OKs changes to basement ordinance

The Atherton City Council last night (July 15) approved changes to its ordinance regulating basements.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Library celebrates healthy eating at Family Fun Day

The Menlo Park Library is holding a "Family Fun Day" on Saturday, July 18, where there will be "good eats and good fun" while learning about eating well, according to Lucinda Abbott, the youth services librarian.

July 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - July 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.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Aircraft noise: Rep. Eshoo asks constituents to voice concerns

Acting on numerous complaints by her constituents regarding an increase in aircraft noise, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is asking residents to participate in a survey she plans to take to the Federal Aviation Administration for possible changes to flight altitudes.

July 16, 2015 | 38 comments
Atherton sports stars named to Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame

Three Atherton sports stars are among 10 inductees into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame who will be recognized at the 2015 induction banquet on July 23 in San Mateo.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Friday services for Bette Moorman of Atherton, lifelong advocate for children

A celebration of the life of Bette Moorman of Atherton will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Near the train tracks? It may get noisy overnight

Caltrain testing new train-control system
Atherton and Menlo Park residents may hear train horns in the middle of the night this week as Caltrain runs "test" trains from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to check out new signaling and train-control systems.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident converts yard to drought-tolerant in two days

She says she did all the work herself and it cost just $471
Menlo Park resident Ashlee Bentley has redone her front yard on Mills Street, replacing her 1,000-square-foot front lawn with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. And, she says, she did all the work herself, it took only two days, and it cost just $471.

July 21, 2015 | 16 comments
Crochet circle helps artist create museum installation

The exhibit at the Peninsula Museum of Art will run from July 19 though Oct. 18. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Charity Horse Show artist selected

Heather Theurer of Las Vegas has been selected as the official artist for the 45th anniversary of the Menlo Charity Horse Show, which will be held Aug. 4-9 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Open house at Djerassi artists grounds

For one day each year, the Djerassi Artists Barn and private grounds in Woodside are open to the public. This year visitors may meet the resident artists and scientists, and walk the stunning landscape from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Seeing the world anew

Cantor exhibits Italian drawings from Princeton
On view now at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum" tracks the development of disegno in Italy from the 16th to the early 20th century.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Pluto is ready for its close-up

A watch party at NASA Ames gathered Tuesday to see images of Pluto that were 10 years in the making.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: Train collides with damaged crossing gate on tracks

The remains of a crossing gate lying on the Caltrain tracks at Oak Grove Avenue in Menlo Park disabled a southbound train at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday (July 14) after a piece of the gate damaged an air hose on the underside of the train, according to Caltrain.

July 14, 2015 | 9 comments
Firefighters reach tentative deal with Menlo Park fire district

After seven years of working without a contract, firefighters and the management of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have reach a tentative agreement over pay and benefits.

July 15, 2015 | 2 comments
Thursday: Summer concert in Portola Valley

Stan Ekhart and The A Team will perform R&B, blues and soul-jazz music at a free two-hour summer concert starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, on the performance lawn at the Portola Valley Town Center.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Water use drops in Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley

Water consumption dropped by percentages in the double digits in the month of May for Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley when compared with two years ago, according to reports from the California Water Service Co.

July 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Major remodel to close town library for several months

The Woodside Library will close Saturday, Aug. 1, for six to nine months for a major remodel.

July 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Cover story: How big is too big?

As Woodside residents propose large and complex basements, the town weighs limits on size and location
Make a large hole in the ground and line it with concrete and there will be impacts. It may interrupt an underground stream and cause it to find a new path. Excavated soil being hauled out in 12-ton dump trucks will affect the roads, bridges and traffic, and may annoy neighbors who must endure their passage.

July 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Woodside explores new regulations on basements

The Woodside Town Council meets Tuesday night, July 14, to consider recommendations to restrict the size and location of basements.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Arizona man pleads no contest in Woodside residential burglary case

One of two Arizona men accused of burglarizing a Woodside home in 2012 pleaded no contest on July 13 to three felonies in exchange for three years in state prison, county prosecutors said.

July 14, 2015 | 2 comments
As NASA probe nears Pluto, Ames hosts live screening

Closest look yet at solar system's dwarf planet expected Tuesday
The world will get an unprecedented view of Pluto on Tuesday when a NASA spacecraft launched nine years ago nears the icy dwarf planet. To commemorate the historic event, the NASA Ames Research Center is inviting the public to watch a live broadcast as New Horizon begins its closest approach of Pluto and comes within 7,800 miles of the planet's surface.

July 14, 2015 | 1 comment
Wednesday: El Camino safety, basement rules on Atherton council agenda

Public hearings on changes to the town's basement and special events ordinances, and an update on efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety on El Camino Real, are on the Atherton City Council's agenda for its Wednesday, July 15, meeting.

July 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Public comment sought on Facebook development proposal

The public is invited to comment on a proposal by Facebook to develop its 58-acre third campus with about 963,000 square feet of new office buildings and possibly a 200-room hotel.

July 13, 2015 | 14 comments
Caltrain will run at night to test new train-control system

Caltrain is upgrading its signaling and train-control systems this week. Beginning Monday, July 13, and extending through Friday, July 17, workers will be installing new technology, and test trains will be begin traversing the rail corridor between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to a Caltrain statement.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Clark's lucky seven leads Team USA to victory at Pan Am Games

USA water polo
Menlo Park resident KK Clark scored seven goals and the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team completed group play undefeated, beating Argentina, 30-3, on Saturday at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Read the storyhere.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Garden as gallery: Filoli displays 40 pieces of sculpture in its gardens

The 2015 Summer Sculpture Exhibit at Filoli features 40 works by 9 regional artists, displayed around the estate's gardens.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Electric jazz show, 'Puss N' Boots' and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch electric jazz band Charged Particles at Palo Alto's Rinconada Library, a production of "Puss N' Boots" and San Francisco Mime Troupe's newest show, "Freedomland."

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
A bittersweet union

We seek out the best affogato on the Midpeninsula
Affogatos prove that opposites do, indeed, attract. They bring hot and cold, sweet and bitter together in holy, delicious matrimony.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Game on for Ernest Cline

Sci-fi writer to speak at Kepler's
Ernest Cline's career as a science fiction novelist is only slightly less unlikely than the tales he spins of alien invasions and virtual reality.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
A page from our history

Former U.S. Sen. Milton S. Latham bought a 380-acre property east of the railroad tracks in Menlo Park from the estate of William E. Barron, according to "Menlo Park: Beyond the Gate" by Michael Svanevik and Shirley Burgett. On that site, the 50-room Thurlow Lodge rose.

July 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Looking back

This 1956 photo shows Woodside's first Town Council.

July 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office warns of phone scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to be on the lookout for a telephone scam involving callers pretending to be with the Sheriff's Office and demanding payment on an outstanding warrant.

July 11, 2015 | 2 comments
Saturday: 'Bike 4 Breath' ride stages at M-A High

Local nonprofit Breathe California is hosting the 24th annual Bike 4 Breath charity ride on Saturday, July 11, from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ride starts and stops at Menlo-Atherton High School.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Teens make a difference at Rosener House

Rosener House in Menlo Park, has created an outlet for teenagers to help their community.

July 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton police advise residents to lock doors, arm security systems

Atherton police, citing reports of a residential burglary on Selby Lane and prowlers on Cebalo Lane, are advising residents to lock their doors at night, arm their security systems, and call 911 immediately upon seeing a suspicious person.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet

July 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Woman who crashed into and killed Menlo Park couple sentenced to 30 years to life

A woman with a prior DUI conviction who drove a car that struck and killed a Menlo Park couple walking their dog in 2013 was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison Wednesday.

July 8, 2015 | 7 comments
HP's Bill Veghte to head SurveyMonkey

Palo Alto-based SurveyMonkey has announced it is hiring former Hewlett-Packard Co. executive Bill Veghte as CEO, replacing the late Dave Goldberg, the company's founder, who died unexpectedly in May.

July 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Scout McNealy captures golf title at NCGA Junior Championships

Of local note: Portola Valley resident Scout McNealy captured the Boys' 10-13 division at the 86th annual NCGA Junior Championships on Tuesday at Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach. McNealy fired rounds of 70-81 for a 151 total.

July 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Hillary Clinton due at Atherton fundraiser in August

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to attend an evening fundraising reception at the Atherton home of Chris Kelly and Jennifer Carrico on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

July 8, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park resident calls cops; three teens nabbed on suspicion of multiple burglaries

A call to police from an alert Menlo Park resident who spotted three people ransacking his car on Stanford Avenue in the early hours of Tuesday, July 7, led police to arrest three young people – two females and a male – on suspicion of multiple burglaries in Menlo Park.

July 8, 2015 | 5 comments
Horse owners alerted to dire situation for horses

The San Mateo County Horsemen's Association is alerting local horse owners to a critical situation at Fancier Farm in Acampo (just outside of Stockton in San Joaquin County), where many horses from Woodside and nearby communities are being boarded in retirement.

July 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Design of Atherton civic center coming into focus

An Atherton civic center with connected two-story police and administration buildings and a renovated council chambers becoming part of the library was given the nod by the Civic Center Advisory Committee on Monday, July 6.

July 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bike lanes raise concerns by pedestrians

The recently installed temporary bike lanes on Santa Cruz Avenue have left some Menlo Park residents worried that the street is not safe for walking.

July 8, 2015 | 9 comments
Veteran shopkeeper opens 'No. 6' in Menlo Park

Lee Murphy of Menlo Park just opened her sixth women's retail store on the Peninsula, so naturally she is calling her newest shop No. 6.

July 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Hot Rods Band plays classic rock 'n' roll in Menlo Park

The Hot Rods Band will play classic rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and 1960s at 6:30 p.m. tonight (July 15) in Fremont Park, located on Santa Cruz Avenue and University Drive in downtown Menlo Park.

July 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Actor aims to debunk myths about Ty Cobb

Actor Norm Coleman will reenact baseball legend Ty Cobb, who lived in Atherton for many years, in a performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.

July 8, 2015 | No comments yet
July 18-19: Connoisseurs' Marketplace returns to downtown Menlo Park

A new Culinary Arts Corner will feature demonstrations by 10 Bay Area chefs at the 29th annual Connoisseurs' Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, along Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

July 13, 2015 | 8 comments
Assessed property values rise 11% in Menlo Park, 7.6 % countywide

Menlo Park has the highest percentage growth, 11.36 percent, in assessed property value in the county. Atherton's growth is 8.97 percent; Portola Valley's, 7.23 percent; and Woodside's, 6.96 percent.

July 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Tools stolen from locked storage containers in Ladera

Crime and accident reports from Ladera, Portola Valley, Woodside, West Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park.

July 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Local Rotary clubs help launch West Bank birthing center

After a seven-year effort by Donna Baranski-Walker of the Rotary Club of Woodside/Portola Valley, a birthing center and pre-natal clinic opened at the northern end of the West Bank in March.

July 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Candidate filing period opens

Twenty-four seats are up for election.
The candidate filing period for the Nov. 3 election opens Monday, July 13, and closes Aug. 7. In Almanac towns, a total of 24 seats on town councils, school boards and special district boards are up for election.

July 10, 2015 | 3 comments
Local schools test for concussions

When school resumes at Woodside High, students planning to play tennis or golf don't face the same preparation for play as students interested in contact sports such as football or soccer or lacrosse.

July 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district to further study oak tree removal

The Menlo Park City School District has promised to further study a plan to remove an old oak tree on the campus where the district is getting ready to build the new Upper Laurel School. Some residents had objected to the planned removal of the tree this week.

July 6, 2015 | 12 comments
Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee meeting Monday

Staff, consultants available to public before meeting
Staff and consultants will be available at 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, before Atherton's Civic Center Advisory Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m., in the town's council chambers to answer questions or take comments about the project.

July 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Wearable technology, Elvis Costello and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch Steely Dan and Elvis Costello in concert, sign up for improv acting classes and check out wearable technology at the Computer History Museum.

July 6, 2015 | No comments yet
This is what democracy sounds like

Stanford Collaborative Orchestra forgoes a conductor
The newly minted Stanford Collaborative Orchestra (SCOr) works democratically and without a conductor, each member taking responsibility for staying in sync.

July 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Local Realtors reign in national rankings

Palo Alto team takes No. 1 spot, 17 make top 250 list
Six local Realtor teams and 17 individuals were among the top 250 salespeople in the country in 2015, according to rankings announced by Real Trends, a private communications company, in its annual "The Thousand" list, published in The Wall Street Journal.

July 7, 2015 | 4 comments
Atherton's Cheryl Burke turns thumbs down to Trump's pageant

Cheryl Burke, a 2002 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School and a well-known professional dancer on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," was to be the co-host of the Miss USA pageant on July 19, but no longer.

July 7, 2015 | 13 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - June 29

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.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
How NOT to landscape

From straight lines to inharmonious colors, designer cites common landscaping errors
If you want an attractive front yard that enhances your home and reflects your creativity, avoid these common landscaping errors.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Last remaining local Little League teams fall in tourneys

The Palo Alto American 11-12s and the Alpine/West Menlo 10-11s bowed out of District 52 Little League all-star baseball action on Friday following losses in the consolation bracket. Both squads were the last remaining local teams in postseason play.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley resident halts apparent burglary

A Portola Valley resident came home just in time to prevent an apparent burglary on Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

July 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park celebrates the Fourth

Kids with their decorated bikes, trikes and wagons paraded down Santa Cruz Avenue and headed for a festival in Burgess Park on Saturday to celebrate July Fourth in Menlo Park.

July 4, 2015 | 6 comments
A page from our history

In this 1915 photo, children pose in front of Woodside School, built in 1910. The Mission Revival-style building had multiple classrooms, unlike the one-room schoolhouses in the area at the time.

July 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain loses bid for exemption from state environmental law on electrification project

Caltrain must comply with the state's environmental quality act in electrifying its rail system between San Francisco and San Jose, according to a July 2 ruling by the federal Surface Transportation Board.

July 3, 2015 | 8 comments
Heroin ring has ties to Menlo Park, police say

Bay Area law enforcement agencies have arrested the alleged leader and three alleged co-conspirators in a heroin distribution ring based in Sonoma County but with ties to Menlo Park, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said.

July 3, 2015 | 5 comments
Firefighters respond to grass fire on Bear Gulch Road near Skyline Boulevard

Firefighters are headed to a grass fire in the vicinity of Skyline Boulevard and Bear Gulch Road in Woodside.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Rodeo, festivals celebrate Fourth in these parts

There should be no problem finding a way to celebrate the Fourth of July in local communities.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Honey on the hands

Los Altos resident shares the tactile, tasty rewards of beekeeping
Beekeeper Kendal Sager is passionate about bee education, and has begun teaching workshops to encourage others to take up the hobby.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Chevron takes Palo Alto Babe Ruth city title

Menlo Chevron celebrated a championship in the Palo Alto Babe Ruth City Tournament game with a 9-4 triumph over Draper Fisher Jurvetson on Tuesday night at Baylands Athletic Center.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Former state senator Yee pleads guilty to racketeering charge

Former state Sen. Leland Yee, who formerly represented Portola Valley and Woodside, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco on July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to solicit campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.

July 1, 2015 | 3 comments
Lutticken's owner opens Main & Elm in Redwood City

The owner of Lutticken's in Menlo Park has taken over a Redwood City coffee shop, transforming it into a full restaurant.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
A page from our history

This 1893 photo shows the grand house on Los Trancos Road known as The Hawthorns, home at the time to the Judge James Allen family, according to the Portola Valley history book "Life on the San Andreas Fault" by Nancy Lund and Pamela Gullard.

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton estate traces 145 years of local history

If these walls could talk
As the long, long driveway to the home at 151 Laurel St. in Atherton winds back, and back and back, through walls of vegetation, it feels almost as if the decades are winding back with it

July 1, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A grad joins Princeton women's polo coaching staff

Former Menlo-Atherton High standout and UCLA All-American water polo player Becca Dorst has been added to the Princeton University women's team staff as an assistant coach. Tigers' head coach Luis Nicolao made the announcement on Tuesday.

June 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Road, trail improvements draw focus in new budget

Town Hall in Portola Valley is projecting a budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, but it's a year that follows previous years of operating surpluses, and the reserves are healthy, the town manager says.

July 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside ranch restarts produce-delivery service

The growing season is here and farmers' markets are busy. An annual local alternative -- a weekly box of produce from the SMIP Ranch in Woodside -- began Friday, June 19.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Trainers should monitor all high school athletes for concussions, grand jury says

High schools in San Mateo County need to take steps to detect concussions in athletes in all sports and use care in determining when students can return to play, the county's grand jury says.

June 30, 2015 | 6 comments
Woodside: Jasmine spends month on the lam

Dog traveled from near I-280 to Skyline, and farther
The bichon frise, not much more than a ball of fluff at less than 15 pounds, was lost and wandering the hills of Woodside, where mountain lions and coyotes roam, for a month.

July 2, 2015 | 3 comments
Top local golfers shoot for U.S. Junior Amateur berths

Many of the top young golfers on the Peninsula will be touring the Stanford Golf Course on Monday with hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in July.

June 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Local Little League teams fall from the winners' bracket

District 52 all-stars
It's an uphill battle from this point on for local Little League teams in the District 52 all-star tournament with remaining local survivors all playing in the consolation bracket.

June 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?

Benefits outweigh potential risk factors in using new media to address suicide, researcher says
An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns.

July 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Rodeo, festivals celebrate Fourth

There should be no problem finding a way to celebrate the Fourth of July in local communities.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Service on July Fourth for Mark Patrick Hanley, Menlo Park

A memorial service will be held on July Fourth for Mark Patrick Hanley of Menlo Park, who died June 18 after a long battle with cancer. He was 52.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton, Menlo Park police warn about fireworks, firearms

Fireworks illegal in most of San Mateo County
Atherton and Menlo Park police are reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in every city in San Mateo County except Pacifica and San Bruno, which allow state-approved fireworks.

July 2, 2015 | 8 comments
Police calls: Jumping-jack soil compactor stolen from unoccupied Menlo Park home

Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

June 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Local Little League teams fall from the winners' bracket

District 52 all-stars
It's an uphill battle from this point on for local Little League teams in the District 52 all-star tournament with remaining local survivors all playing in the consolation bracket. Read the story here.

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor signs bill eliminating 'personal belief' exemption for vaccinations

Come July 2016, California parents will no longer be able to claim a "personal belief" exemption from requirements that all children in schools or daycare be immunized.

June 29, 2015 | 12 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

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

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - June 22

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

June 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Police give safety tips after attack on runner

Atherton police are offering tips for runners and walkers after a 17-year-old Atherton girl out on a noon-time run was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her.

July 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Circus Club: 'Let's be a role model' for water use

With a 10-acre polo field visible from the street, it's almost inevitable that passersby would complain when they notice that the Menlo Circus Club is continuing to water the field with above-ground sprinklers, even during the day.

June 29, 2015 | 14 comments
Stanford Driving School closes; students stranded

Thousands of refunds remain in limbo
One of the Bay Area's oldest driving schools suddenly closed its doors last month, and hundreds of parents and student drivers are feeling ditched by the side of the road, former clients are saying.

June 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Troop 206 honors three Eagle Scouts

Three scouts from Menlo Park Troop 206 – Patrick Tornes, George Archbold and Cole Shaffer – have all earned the rank of Eagle Scout and been recognized in a Court of Honor at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 high school all-league track & field teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
BOYS
Most Outstanding Track: Derek Friske (King's Academy)
Most Outstanding Field: Connor Cody (Sacred Heart Prep)
GIRLS
Most Outstanding Track: Lizzie Lacy (Menlo School)
Click here for the complete list.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton tennis standout named to USA National Junior Team

Of local note
Sixteen-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton is among eight girls selected for the 2015 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give America's best young players opportunities to train together during the summer and to compete against other top juniors from around the world. Read the story here.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park police focus on Ravenswood Avenue traffic problems

Menlo Park police have been more visible lately along Ravenswood Avenue, concentrating traffic enforcement efforts there.

June 26, 2015 | 34 comments
Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage

Assemblyman Rich Gordon issues celebratory statement
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today that the federal Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage -- an action Assemblyman Rich Gordon called historic "for all Americans who value fairness and equality."

June 26, 2015 | 6 comments
There is a free lunch this summer in Atherton

The Atherton Library is refuting the old saying -- "There's no such thing as a free lunch" -- by offering a free lunch at the library from June 22 through Aug. 14, Monday through Friday.

June 30, 2015 | 2 comments
San Mateo County: Vets ID card now available

To make it easier for the approximately 33,000 military veterans living in San Mateo County to apply for and receive benefits, the county's Veterans Services Office started a program June 3 to provide them with ID cards.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Junior League helps girls in tech

A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Obituary: Helen Reist of Menlo Park

Helen Elizabeth Reist died at home in Menlo Park on June 5. She was 84.

June 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man sentenced to year in jail for drunken driving

A Menlo Park man pleaded no contest to one count of felony drunken driving in a case involving collisions with several vehicles and a roadside electrical box in January 2015, according to prosecutors.

June 25, 2015 | 3 comments
Whiz kid: At 13, Cameron Jones is already a veteran on the science fair circuit

Indulging in his curiosity has taken 13-year-old Cameron Jones of Portola Valley a long way - as in, so far, all the way to Washington, D.C.

June 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Little League: Lutticken's wins Menlo Park title

Lutticken's defeated Sharon Heights Shell to claim the Menlo Park Little League title on June 13.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Architects continue to refine plan for Atherton's new civic center

If designing something by a committee is an almost impossible task, how about trying to involve an entire town, as Atherton is attempting with its new civic center?

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside council OKs budget with projected $1.9M deficit

The Town Council of Woodside voted 4-0 Tuesday night to adopt a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget includes spending of $12.2 million, anticipated revenues of $10.29 million and a projected $1.9 million deficit.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Portola Valley council to consider budget for the coming fiscal year

The Portola Valley Town Council is set to vote tonight (Wednesday, June 24) on a budget that includes deficit spending of about $477,200 for the 12-month-period that starts July 1.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Man pleads no contest to resisting arrest and injuring Menlo Park officer

A San Francisco man pleaded no contest Monday to felony resisting arrest and injuring a Menlo Park officer after a struggle with police in March.

June 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Pear Theatre announces new home

Mountain View company will occupy larger space this fall
After months of building anticipation and community speculation, Mountain View's Pear Avenue Theatre has announced the location of its new home.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council settles on balanced budget

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night quickly settled on a way to balance the general fund budget for the next fiscal year starting July 1 without touching a plan to add approximately 11 full-time employees.

June 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Two local golfers in good position at Cal State Amateur

Menlo School grad Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos and Portola Valley resident Dakota McNealy got off to solid starts at the 104th annual California Amateur Championships following Monday's opening round of stroke play at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

June 23, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A grad wins gold at World Cup 2 rowing event in Italy

Menlo-Atherton grad Seth Weil was part of a gold medal effort as the U.S. rowed in 10 finals Sunday on Lake Varese in Italy at the World Cup 2 and delivered big, taking gold medals in the men's four, the women's four and the women's eight, silver in the women's single, the women's double and women's pair and bronze in the women's quadruple sculls and men's eight.

June 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Today: Two meetings on design of Atherton civic center

The last of a series of June meetings in Atherton to find out what residents and others who use its public buildings want in the design of a new civic center will be held on Tuesday, June 23.

June 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Community meeting on reimagining Flood Park

The San Mateo County Parks Department wants to hear from you about the future of Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park council meets again on city budget

The Menlo Park City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, to consider and adopt an operating budget and capital improvement program for the fiscal year starting July 1.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Downtown Menlo Park gets a French patisserie

Debora Ferrand of Atherton, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who was raised in France, is opening her own patisserie in the former home of Sugar Shack on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

June 22, 2015 | 10 comments
Tonight: Woodside to vote on town budget

Woodside's five-year plan would upgrade bridges, storm drains
With healthy finances in Woodside, the town is embarking on a five-year program to repair and rehabilitate its infrastructure.

June 23, 2015 | 1 comment
Portola Valley: Independent analysis of aircraft noise is on

Portola Valley has taken another step along a hard road. The Town Council is proceeding with plans to hire a consultant to analyze commercial aircraft noise in a search for data that might amplify complaints about flight altitudes and routes.

June 25, 2015 | 23 comments
Menlo Park police calls: Five bikes stolen and $15,650 in losses

Crime reports from Menlo Park.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton council won't cut parcel tax

Although Atherton is in better financial shape than it has been for years, the parcel tax paid by residents won't be going down, at least for the coming year.

June 23, 2015 | 5 comments
Council sets 'maximum development' for M2 area

The Menlo Park City Council has authorized the city to begin the process of preparing environmental impact reports for two big projects: the city's update of zoning in the M2 industrial area in the eastern part of the city, and the Facebook campus expansion at 300-309 Constitution Drive.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Man grabs girl out for run in Atherton

She broke free and ran home
Atherton police say a girl out for a run early Saturday afternoon was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her, but she was able to break free and run home.

June 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Demolition marks start of Woodside School construction

The Sellman Auditorium, home of generations of Woodside students' eighth-grade operettas, cotillion classes, basketball games and school assemblies, is no more as demolition begins the construction of several new Woodside Elementary School buildings.

June 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires a new girls volleyball coach

Fletcher Anderson has been hired as the new girls volleyball coach at Menlo-Atherton High, as announce by co-athletic directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger. Anderson comes to M-A with an extensive background in competitive volleyball, including as a player.

June 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Sacred Heart Prep graduates 146

Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton held its 117th commencement ceremony on May 22, with 146 graduates.

June 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton praises Phil Lively's civic contributions

Services Saturday for community leader who died June 12
Many involved in Atherton civic activities say the town would not be the place it is without the contributions of Philip Lively, who died June 12 at the age of 86 from complications from a recent stroke.

June 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman killed at El Camino crosswalk

Menlo Park resident Emiko Chen, 86, was struck by a vehicle and killed last night while walking at the intersection of El Camino Real and Alejandra Avenue, according to Menlo Park police and the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office.

June 19, 2015 | 67 comments
Graduation news: Names of graduates

Links to graduation stories on Mid-Pen, Woodside Priory and Sacred Heart Prep high schools and Corte Madera, La Entrada and Hillview middle schools.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Roadwork closes Atherton streets

Streets impacted June 22 to 26, Monday to Friday
Road work will close parts or all of Atherton Avenue, Fair Oaks Lane and Middlefield Road in Atherton from Monday through Friday, June 22-26.

June 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: 68 graduate from Corte Madera middle school

Sixty eighth-graders in Corte Madera School's class of 2015 graduated from the middle school and the Portola Valley School District on Friday, June 12, during a ceremony in the school's multi-purpose room.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Woodside Priory graduates 65

Sixty-five seniors from the class of 2015 at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley graduated on June 6 at the Father Christopher Field on the Priory campus.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Mid-Pen High awards 27 diplomas

Mid-Peninsula High School awarded 27 diplomas to its senior class during graduation ceremonies on May 30 at the school's campus on Willow Road in Menlo Park.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: La Entrada graduates 149 eighth-graders

La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 11, in the school gym.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: 299 eighth-graders graduate from Hillview

A total of 299 eighth-graders graduated from Hillview Middle School on June 10 in a ceremony held in the Menlo Park's school's Hillview Quad.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Music for Minors: Taylor named education director

Ben Taylor, director of education for the Santa Rosa Symphony for the past 12 years, has been named education director for Music for Minors, a nonprofit that provides music education for elementary school students in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Actor portrays baseball legend Ty Cobb

The San Mateo County History Museum will present Norm Colman, who will portray the life and times of baseball legend Ty Cobb at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in Courtroom A of the museum, at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

July 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Three earn Eagle Scout rank

The three newest Eagle Scouts in Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 are Alex Duff, Kevin Kelly and Weston Bourgeois.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside gives Stanford habitat award

In Woodside's fourth year of recognizing residents who allow their properties to be open and accessible to wildlife, the town has honored a non-resident for erecting a fence on land not within town boundaries.

June 21, 2015 | 7 comments
Atherton philanthropist Lorey Lokey is honored

Business Wire founder and Atherton philanthropist Lorry Lokey received an honorary doctorate degree recently from Tel Aviv University in Israel.

June 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Obituary: Rudy W. Driscoll Jr., 47, Woodside

He was a community volunteer, philanthropist, businessman and former Menlo Park police officer
Rudy W. Driscoll Jr., 47, a Woodside resident who served until last week on the local school board, died on June 16. He was a former Menlo Park police officer, a businessman and a philanthropist.

June 18, 2015 | 4 comments
Zuckerberg, Chan give $5M to undocumented-immigrant college fund

Donation aims to aid Bay Area students who are eligible for U.S. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan are donating $5 million to TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for young undocumented immigrants, Zuckerberg announced Wednesday.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

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

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent homes sales - June 15

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

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Lisle is named the softball coach at Menlo College

Gators earn academic honor
Former Santa Clara assistant Matt Lisle, an East Bay native, was named Menlo College's softball coach by Director of Athletics Keith Spataro on Tuesday. Read the story here.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park's Borrone MarketBar closes unexpectedly

Borrone MarketBar, the latest restaurant project from the Borrone family that opened next door to Cafe Borrone last year, suddenly closed this week.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Up to a year in jail ahead for seminary's former finance director

A San Mateo County judge is considering a sentence of up to a year in county jail for Jennifer Margret Morris, the former finance director of St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park.

June 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Photos from Menlo Park block party

Almanac photographer Cristian Ponce shot these photos at the ninth annual Menlo Park Block Party on Wednesday night, June 17, along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 18, 2015 | 3 comments
Cars gone wild: Menlo Park trial street barriers lead to unusual driving

After Menlo Park installed barriers to limit turns at the Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street intersection, some drivers apparently lost it.

June 17, 2015 | 43 comments
Armed men steal from taqueria's patrons

Three armed men robbed a restaurant in the North Fair Oaks area of unincorporated San Mateo County late Tuesday, sheriff's officials said.

June 17, 2015 | No comments yet
County supes adopt Laura's Law

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to implement Laura's Law, which allows courts to order outpatient treatment for those over 18 years old with severe mental illnesses who may be a danger to themselves and others.

June 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council sends budget back for redo

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night sent a proposed deficit budget back to the city manager with a request that he make changes so the budget will be in balance with anticipated general fund revenues for the fiscal year starting July 1.

June 17, 2015 | 12 comments
Wednesday: Menlo Park holds block party, closes Santa Cruz Avenue

Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the ninth annual Menlo Park Block Party on Wednesday, June 17, will close Santa Cruz Avenue to traffic for a night of local shopping, live music, classic cars, food and more. The free event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Asian-fusion restaurant headed to Menlo Park

Banana Leaf, an Asian-fusion restaurant in Milpitas, has snagged the former Menlo Hub location in Menlo Park for a second location.

June 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Motorcyclist killed in U.S. 101 crash is identified

A motorcyclist killed in a crash in San Mateo on Sunday has been identified as 45-year-old Belmont resident John Stark, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

June 16, 2015 | 2 comments
State high court upholds right of cities to require affordable housing in new developments

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled in San Francisco on Monday that cities have the right to require developers to make a portion of new units available as affordable housing.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ribbon-cutting for Ceci Wong jewelers

With its vibrant purple sign and bright interior, Ceci Wong jewelers is a colorful addition to downtown Menlo Park. Opened quietly last December, the store is having its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, at 611 Santa Cruz Ave.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Filoli holds sculpture exhibit

The second sculpture exhibit by local artists is now open at Filoli and will continue through Sept. 13.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Stanford plans to add housing, reduce offices in Menlo Park complex

In addition to revamping the design for a public plaza at Middle Avenue, Stanford University is looking at adding housing units and reducing the amount of office space in the approximately 430,000-square-foot mixed-use complex it plans to build at 500 El Camino Real in Menlo Park in partnership with developer John Arrillaga.

June 18, 2015 | 15 comments
County creates veterans commission

Veterans of military service who live in San Mateo County will have a representative body that speaks directly to the county Board of Supervisors on issues that affect them.

June 21, 2015 | 5 comments
Drought, disease claim pines

Pine trees are not native to Portola Valley, Woodside and the Woodside Fire Protection District in general, and large numbers of them are suffering from the drought.

June 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Redesigning entrance to Historic Schoolhouse

To a group of Portola Valley residents, the unremarkable character of land in front of the town's meeting hall represents an opportunity to add charm, improve safety and plant landscaping appropriate for a semi-arid environment.

June 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Summer concert in Portola Valley

The Lara Price Band will provide the music for the first of Portola Valley's 2015 summer evening concerts on Thursday, June 18, on the grass at the Town Center, located at 765 Portola Road.

June 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Keys borrowed from hiding place under gas-cap door

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, Atherton, West Menlo Park, Menlo Park and Woodside

June 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside youth is All American swimmer

His name is Karl Arvidsson, his hometown is Woodside and his list of athletic accomplishments, were one to be compiled, would now include All American swimmer.

June 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton leader Phil Lively dies; service on Saturday

Philip D. Lively of Atherton, whose public service to his community over the last 25 years was wide-reaching and consequential, died Friday, June 12, after suffering complications from a recent stroke.

June 15, 2015 | 2 comments
U.S. women win another international water polo title

U.S. national teams
Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark, Stanford senior Maggie Steffens and incoming Cardinal freshman Makenzie Fischer each scored a goal to help the United States women's national water polo team win the FINA World League Super Final championship Sunday, beating Australia, 8-7, in Shanghai, China. Read the story here.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Deficit budget, M2 development caps before Menlo Park council

On Tuesday (June 16), will the Menlo Park City Council follow through on approving a budget that would have the city spending more than it takes in for the next three years? The council will vote on the budget, and also evaluate the maximum potential development to be analyzed by the environmental study of the zoning update for the M2 industrial zone.

June 15, 2015 | 33 comments
Theater review: Devilishly good fun

Noël Coward's rollicking 'Fallen Angels' examines sex, love and friendship
The plot of Noël Coward's drawing room comedy "Fallen Angels" could easily have been transferred to a modern-day setting, but TheatreWorks wisely keeps the show set in the era in which it was written: The Roaring '20s.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Application withdrawn: Atherton schools, neighbors face off over use of playing field

Cartan Field Sunday use is on Atherton City Council Agenda
UPDATE: Atherton planner Lisa Costa Sanders says that Menlo School and Menlo College have withdrawn their application for Sunday use of the Cartan Field athletic field that was scheduled to be considered tonight, Wednesday June 17.

June 16, 2015 | 17 comments
Waste not, want not

Mountain View zero-waste activist offers recipes, lessons and inspiration
For "Zero Waste Chef" blogger Anne Marie Bonneau, zero waste means using absolutely no plastic, reusing everything, simplifying shopping habits and making almost everything from scratch.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
A&E Digest: Pear Avenue Theatre to relocate and more

This week's A&E news
The Pear Avenue Theatre prepares to move, Cantor Arts Center acquires an Edward Hopper painting and winners of the teen Congressional Art Competition are announced.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist dies after crash at Skyline Blvd. near Alpine Road

A 24-year-old man died near Skyline Boulevard on Saturday afternoon after the motorcycle he was riding drifted off an embankment just south of Alpine Road and crashed into several trees, according to California Highway Patrol.

June 15, 2015 | 8 comments
Through Sunday: Healthy fare at county fair

For those looking for a healthful alternative to funnel cakes and corndogs, the Healthy Fare program at the San Mateo County Fair is offering 26 food options at the fair's 12 concession stands. The fair runs through Sunday, June 14.

June 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - June 9

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

June 12, 2015 | No comments yet
How did human remains end up in Atherton backyard?

Police, museum and coroner working to solve the mystery
The caller told the Atherton Police Department she'd found a bucket filled with bones in an Atherton backyard.

June 12, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awards scholarships

Five Menlo-Atherton High School seniors are receiving scholarships totaling $23,500 from the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Vintage Affaire in Atherton

For the 33rd year, Vintage Affaire will be held to benefit the Vista Center for the Blind and the Visually Impaired. This year's gala takes place the afternoon and evening of Saturday, June 13, at an estate in Atherton.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Kindles let students read on long school commutes

A pilot program to lend Kindles to Ormondale School students who have long commutes has resulted in more than 1,600 books being read in the first five weeks, Ormondale principal Kevin Keegan says.

June 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside students learn to be entrepreneurs

Woodside Elementary School students got a taste of running their own businesses recently when the school invited parents to come to the classrooms for Junior Achievement Day.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Man who fled Menlo Park police after ramming car enters plea

A man who rammed a police patrol car last month while fleeing, in a stolen car, from a Menlo Park police officer after a traffic stop pleaded no contest to auto theft charges Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

June 12, 2015 | 3 comments
Sunday: A celebration of the life of geologist Warren Coonrad

A celebration of the life of geologist and former Woodside resident Warren Coonrad is set for Sunday, June 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Woodside home of Doris Coonrad. Mr. Coonrad died April 11 at the age of 91.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Icelandic ponies in Portola Valley for Sunday horse fair

Morning trail ride set for Saturday
Icelandic ponies and miniature horses will visit Portola Valley on Sunday, June 14, for the annual Celebration of the Horse fair. A trail ride is set for the day before.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Luck of the draw: Tech failed to show up to take blood samples in Menlo Park shooting

San Mateo County works to fix problems with blood evidence collection
After three Menlo Park police officers shot and killed a parolee at large last November, a lot needed to happen, including the collection of blood samples from the officers. But no technician from the county's contracted phlebotomy service ever showed up.

June 10, 2015 | 11 comments
Atherton seeks residents' input on design of new civic center

Atherton is holding a series of June meetings to find out what residents and others who use its public buildings want in the design of a new civic center.

June 10, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo's Lacy earns medal at state track and field finals

While this was only the first year that Lizzie Lacy competed in track and field, the Menlo School senior made great strides. She capped her standout career on Saturday in fitting fashion with a medal at the state championships.

June 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park recycles stormwater to wash sidewalks

Given California's severe drought, the sight of city workers starting to power-wash downtown sidewalks on June 1 raised eyebrows from residents.

June 11, 2015 | 11 comments
Pao to appeal discrimination lawsuit verdict

Ellen Pao filed a court notice on June 1 indicating she plans to appeal the verdict in her gender discrimination lawsuit against Menlo Park-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
More outdoor dining likely for Menlo Park

More outdoor dining may pop up along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue this summer. The Menlo Park City Council on June 2 voted 5-0 to invest $253,000 from the capital improvement fund to create up to seven more "street cafes" like the one currently outside Left Bank.

June 9, 2015 | 29 comments
M-A High's longtime college adviser steps down

Alice Kleeman wraps up 20 years and many long days as a college adviser
Over Alice Kleeman's 20 years of advising Menlo-Atherton High School students on their plans for college, with her summers abbreviated to the month of July, she said she's been exhausted by her job and sometimes stressed out, but never bored.

June 11, 2015 | 3 comments
Police calls: Thieves take bedding, bathroom items and a Dutch oven

Crime and accident reports for Menlo Park.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police surround house with burglary suspects inside

Two arrested on residential burglary charges
As recommended by public safety advocates, residents of Lexington Drive in Menlo Park saw something on the morning of Monday, June 8, and then they said something.

June 8, 2015 | 5 comments
Sacred Heart Prep: 146 students graduate

Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton held its 117th commencement ceremony on May 22, with 146 graduates.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo commission considers maximum M2 development guidelines

How much new development should be allowed within Menlo Park's M2 zone? The Planning Commission will tackle that question during tonight's (June 8) meeting.

June 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Thieves target unlocked cars in Lindenwood

Thieves took items from three unlocked cars sitting in driveways in Lindenwood during the night of June 7 or early morning July 8, Atherton police report.

June 8, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Council may agree to spend more than city takes in for three years

Menlo Park's proposed $78.1 million budget for fiscal year 2015-16 may look upside down to some: The city's staff has asked to spend $49.3 million from the general fund, while revenue is projected to lag behind at $48.1 million.

June 8, 2015 | 28 comments
Cal Water proposes 21 percent rate increase

Cal Water has applied for a 21 percent rate increase to go into effect in July, passing on its increased costs for the water it provides to customers in the Bear Gulch District.

June 8, 2015 | 16 comments
Man struck, killed on Atherton train tracks is identified

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the man who was struck and killed by a train shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, June 5, at the Atherton Caltrain Station.

June 5, 2015 | 3 comments
Man who threatened to kill Atherton officer arrested in Florida after attacking officers there

A 35-year-old former Atherton resident who police say recently threatened to kill an Atherton officer was arrested yesterday in Florida after attacking officers there.

June 5, 2015 | 5 comments
SH Prep grad Clark scores twice in U.S. water polo victory

Of local note
Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark and Stanford junior Maggie Steffens each scored twice and the United States women's national water polo team topped the Netherlands, 10-3, on the first day of the Kunshan Cup in China on Wednesday. Read the story here.

June 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Grand jury to county: Get going on addressing rising sea levels

Bay Area experts on climate change have long been saying that sea-level rise between now and the year 2100 is a long-term serious threat to San Mateo County. Now the county's civil grand jury has chimed in with its own report.

June 5, 2015 | 19 comments
Firmly in the black, Atherton ponders the long term in its budget

Atherton's civic budget is looking so good that some long-time council members appear to be having trouble believing it can continue.

June 5, 2015 | 9 comments
Cake caps Mike Gardner thank you celebration

What's the difference between a baseball cap and a cake? Sometimes nothing.

June 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Three arrested after car chase ends on foot in Atherton

Passengers run after car trapped on dead-end street
The driver of a car attempting to evade a San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy chose the wrong Atherton street to flee down on Tuesday by turning off Middlefield Road onto dead-end Lane Place.

June 5, 2015 | 5 comments
Nativity Carnival this weekend

Nativity School in Menlo Park is holding its annual carnival this weekend, with rides, games, entertainment, drinks and food on the school grounds at 1250 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
For Woodside High's class of 2015, the future beckons

The class of 2015 at Woodside High School, following tradition, gave their alma mater a gift: funding for more signs to help people navigate the campus, and for more surfaces painted orange -- a school color.

June 5, 2015 | 1 comment
Fare thee well to Menlo-Atherton's Class of 2015

In keeping with its tradition, Menlo-Atherton High School started its June 4 graduation ceremonies on a patriotic note, including a rendition of "America the Beautiful," a color guard presenting the flag, and the singing of the national anthem.

June 5, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - June 2

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

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Mini-marketers combine enterprise with learning and old-fashioned fun

Even the weather cooperated on May 29 by providing a sunny afternoon for second-graders at Ormondale School in Portola Valley as they held their school's third annual Farmers' Market.

June 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: It's summer party time at Menlo Park Library

The Menlo Park Library will host the onset of the summer reading season with a free outdoor party, featuring music and snacks, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, on the lawn outside the library at 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

June 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Portola Valley town picnic to include soccer aimed at kids under 12

There will be "small-sided" soccer this year along with the usual Zots-to-Tots race, kids' carnival and barbecue at the annual Portola Valley picnic on Saturday, June 6.

June 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunset headquarters to move to Oakland

Publisher plans garden-research facility in Sonoma
After more than a half-century of editorial and business operations based in Menlo Park, Sunset plans to launch a garden-research facility in Sonoma, and move its brand headquarters to Oakland.

June 3, 2015 | 1 comment
Schools: O'Connor Street transfer request denied by county committee

Residents say state appeal is next
Residents of Menlo Park's O'Connor Street who want to move their 31 homes from the Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district were turned down by the county on Tuesday night, but say they will now appeal to the state board of education.

June 3, 2015 | 43 comments
Menlo Park: City manager's contract renewed, salary increased 9%

Council vote is 4-1 with Mueller dissenting
With Ray Mueller casting the dissenting vote, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a new two-year contract for City Manager Alex McIntyre that increases his salary by 9 percent.

June 3, 2015 | 17 comments
Saturday: Playhouses auctioned in annual fundraiser June 6

Twelve one-of-a-kind, life-size children's playhouses will be featured at the "Dreams Happen" fundraising auction on Saturday, June 6, at the Stanford Shopping Center.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

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

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - May 27

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP sends another large group of senior athletes off to college

For fourth time in the past six years, Sacred Heart Prep will send 20 or more student-athletes to play at the intercollegiate level. The Class of 2015 boasts 22 headed to the collegiate ranks, marking the ninth consecutive year the graduating class has sent 12 or more.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School sends 15 student-athletes off to college

For 15 Menlo School seniors, graduation will not mark the end of their athletic careers as all have made official decisions to compete in their respective sports in college.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Sunset Celebration Weekend likely to be the last

Two-day event features demonstrations, exhibits and seminars
What may be the last Sunset Celebration Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, at Sunset's headquarters on Willow Road near Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Women unite to ease return to workforce

Bridging the 'resume gap'
Meeting some of the women who are part of a new local group trying to help women return to paid employment after a "career break" makes one aware that Silicon Valley may be wasting a precious resource that has nothing to do with the drought.

June 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton approves master plan for Holbrook-Palmer Park

A master plan for the future development of Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park was adopted by the Atherton City Council on May 20. The plan envisions adding features such as an amphitheater, a rain garden and an off-leash dog park, and moving the preschool to near the existing Gilmore House near the park entrance.

June 4, 2015 | 2 comments
Portola Valley School District ponders how to cut water use

Officials say they need to reduce usage by 1.2 million gallons next year
If homeowners are panicking about how they can possibly cut their water use by 36 percent, just imagine being the two-school Portola Valley School District, where they are expected to cut about 1.2 million gallons over the next fiscal year.

June 9, 2015 | 9 comments
Thursday: What does the community want in Atherton's new civic center?

Five more meetings scheduled this month on civic center
A presentation and discussion on the plans for a new Atherton civic center will be held tonight in the Holbrook-Palmer Park Carriage House.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Police investigate death threat to Atherton officer

Florida man allegedly made threat via email
Atherton police are investigating an emailed death threat they say a former Atherton resident now living in Florida sent to one of the department's officers last week.

June 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: County committee scheduled to vote on O'Connor Street transfer request

A county committee will decide tonight whether to allow some residents of O'Connor Street in Menlo Park to switch from the Ravenswood to the Menlo Park City school district.

June 2, 2015 | 3 comments
2015 high school boys' all-league golf teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
First Team
Derek Ackerman (Sacred Heart Prep); Rashad Jaymes (Crystal Springs); Jeff Herr (Menlo School); Bradley Keller (Sacred Heart Prep);
Max Ting (Menlo School); Ryan Vaughan (Harker)

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: City manager contract, budget go before Menlo Park council

Tonight's meeting of the Menlo Park City Council will be a busy one. The June 2 agenda includes: A new contract for City Manager Alex McIntyre that includes a 9 percent base salary raise, and a public hearing on the city's budget and capital improvement plans for fiscal year 2015-16.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New plan for Stanford project's Middle Avenue plaza

Organizers said about 150 people attended workshops on May 28 and May 30 to participate in redesigning a public plaza planned for Stanford University's proposed mixed-use complex at El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

June 4, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Changes underway at Ravenswood and Alma intersection

City launches six-month trial
A six-month trial of changes to the Alma Street-Ravenswood Avenue intersection starts this week, according to the city of Menlo Park. The changes are being put in place to try to improve safety at the street-level railroad crossing.

June 2, 2015 | 74 comments
District veteran headed for Hillview principal's office

Willy Haug, Hillview Middle School's associate principal, has been chosen to replace Erik Burmeister as Hillview's principal, Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels announced this afternoon

June 1, 2015 | 7 comments
Police calls: Pillowcase-toting bandit sighted in Ladera?

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Ladera and Menlo Park.

June 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Obituary: Woodside resident Gordon Alex Moore

Toy store owner and traveler
Woodside resident Gordon Alex Moore spent his working life as the owner of a toy store, and his free time enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Basement limits for Woodside homes beginning to take shape

The Woodside Town Council was back at the drawing board on May 26, talking about basements at a second study session on whether to establish rules to regulate their size and location.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP achieves a first in baseball with a section championship

The Sacred Heart Prep baseball team wrapped up a historic season by capturing the program's first-ever Central Coast Section title on Saturday with a 4-2 triumph over Carmel in the Division II finale at San Jose Municipal Stadium. The No. 4-seeded Gators finished 21-12 while No. 7 Carmel concluded its season 23-8. Read the story here.

June 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police body camera policy may let people request video deletion

Menlo Park may amend its police body camera policy to allow the deletion of videos with no investigative relevance upon request if the recorded individuals sign a waiver of liability.

June 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park city manager to get raise under new contract

Menlo Park City Manager Alex McIntyre will get a 9 percent raise and an increase in the city's contribution toward his retirement fund if the City Council approves a new proposed contract that would extend his employment through March 2017. The council is set to vote on the contract tomorrow (June 2).

June 1, 2015 | 14 comments
Sunday: Menlo School celebrates centennial

Menlo School is hosting what it's calling "the picnic of the century" this Sunday (May 31) as part of a year-long centennial celebration.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo School celebrates centennial

Menlo School is hosting what it's calling "the picnic of the century" this Sunday (May 31) as part of a year-long centennial celebration.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: A community festival, garden sculptures and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, check out East Palo Alto's family-friendly Art and Music Festival, catch vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer at the JCC, see sculptural works on display at Filoli and more.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Greed in the age of biotech

West Bay Opera's 'Faust' isn't the way grandma remembers it, but it's a fascinating production
In West Bay Opera's innovative production of Gounod's "Faust," Dr. Faust is a biotech geneticist in 2057 desperate to find a DNA implant to return him to his youth.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 high school boys tennis all-league teams

ALL-WEST BAY ATHLETIC LEAGUE
Most Valuable Player: Gabe Owens (Pinewood) Sr.
First Team
Vikram Chari (Menlo School); Justin Foster (Sacred Heart Prep); Gunther Matta (Menlo School); Victor Pham (Menlo School); Nathan Safran (Menlo School) Read the complete list here.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Details of Cal Water appeals process now available

Irrigation schedule changed from mailer
June 1 marks the first day of mandatory water restrictions in California, and a few bugs remain to be worked out locally, including changes in the days irrigation is allowed for some residents.

May 29, 2015 | 5 comments
Sunday: Menlo Park councilman, commissioners hold 'office hours'

Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller and several city commissioners will hold "office hours" this Sunday (May 31) for residents wanting to talk about "all things Menlo Park."

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
2015 boys high school all-league lacrosse teams

ALL-PAL BAY DIVISION
Coach of the Year: Chris Rotelli (Sacred Heart Prep)
First Team (Attack)
Frank Bell (Sacred Heart Prep) Jr.; Peter Gish (Menlo School) Jr.; Holden Kardos (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Cole Shaffer (Menlo-Atherton) Sr.; Thomas Lopez (Woodside) Sr. See complete list here.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Affordable housing panel in Menlo Park

Tonight (May 28), a panel of housing experts will talk about a range of related issues, including affordability, regional planning and how to prevent people from being forced out of their neighborhoods.

May 28, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park police sergeants have new contract

The Menlo Park City Council gave its blessing on May 19 to a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the union representing its police sergeants, finalizing a deal that includes additional reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses related to health care premiums, along with dental insurance. The agreement includes no pay raise.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Pet of the Week is a standout

Carmelo, a 5-year-old of an unusual mix of breeds, needs a home.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Larson repeats as academic All-American

Oaks notes
Menlo College senior Nicole Larson became one of four softball players in the nation to repeat on the Capital One Academic All-America College Division Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Read the story here.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP reaches its first CCS baseball title game since 1989

The last time Sacred Heart Prep played in a Central Coast Section baseball championship game, none of the current players had been born. And, SHP head coach Anthony Granato probably hadn't started playing baseball yet. Read the story here.

May 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Phone scammers continue to claim to be from IRS, FBI

Atherton police warn: Don't reveal personal information on phone
The Atherton Police Department warns residents to not give out any personal information over the phone as callers posing as federal employees continue to make phone calls demanding information or money.

June 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside studies basement rules

The Woodside Town Council met Tuesday, May 26 for a second study session on the topic of basements and whether their location, design and construction should be regulated to be more aligned with the town's 2012 general plan.

May 26, 2015 | 4 comments
SHP rallies to play another day in CCS baseball playoffs

Joe Armstrong had himself a pretty good day on Friday with Sacred Heart Prep's graduation ceremonies, followed by grad night festivities in Santa Cruz. He had an even better time on Saturday in the Central Coast Section baseball playoffs.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Water rate hikes proposed

Customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District should keep an eye on the mailbox for a notice explaining the utility's proposed increases to water rates.

May 27, 2015 | 4 comments
Thursday and Saturday: Middle Avenue plaza design workshop

Stanford University will host community workshops on May 28 and May 30 to talk about design options for a public plaza off Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

May 27, 2015 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: City manager awaits contract renewal

City Manager Alex McIntyre's employment contract is scheduled for a renewal vote on June 2, prompting residents to offer the council their opinions on his performance.

May 27, 2015 | 13 comments
How should Menlo Park define public benefit?

In the city's ongoing effort to wrangle the meaning of "public benefit" into measurable, comparable terms, the Menlo Park Planning Commission and the planning staff, as well as two developers with projects coming to the table, took a few hours recently to consider what the right questions to ask would be.

May 26, 2015 | 6 comments
Tuesday: Menlo Park budget presentation

A presentation on Menlo Park's proposed budget for next year was held May 26. According to the city's staff, the theme is, "It's time to invest."

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Spreading the Menlo Spark

New nonprofit wants to make Menlo Park the first climate-neutral city in the US
The nine founding members of Menlo Spark -- a small group with a big goal -- are setting out on a mission to guide Menlo Park to "climate neutrality." By when? By 2025.

May 26, 2015 | 13 comments
Tonight: Tina Seelig launches new book at Kepler's

Can creativity be taught? Can entrepreneurial skills? They can, and so can innovation and the concepts of imagination, says Tina Seelig, an engineering professor at Stanford University and a teacher at Stanford's Institute of Design.

June 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Drama is plentiful in WWII camp escape story

Menlo Park resident Bruce Henderson tells the story of American civilians imprisoned in a POW camp in his recently released book, "Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II."

May 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Musician, college president and Woodside resident Bob Stiff

Woodside resident Dwight Robert "Bob" Stiff, a self-taught professional musician, twice president of Canada College, and the husband of former Woodside mayor Joan Stiff, died peacefully at home on March 15. He was 88.

May 27, 2015 | 3 comments
Former Menlo School headmaster Edwin Cole Daly dies

Edwin Cole Daly, a former headmaster of Menlo School in Atherton, a novelist and a Woodside resident, has died at the age of 78.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley native Michael Dunne dies

Michael Dunne, a native of Portola Valley, liked to sail, to sing and to play sports. His focus in college was landscape architecture, and he was in his third year working at The Grove restaurant in San Francisco when he died on May 8. He was 31.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Simple rules for simple uses of untreated grey water

The term "water budget" is making the rounds, so it may be useful to know a bit about recycling untreated grey water. What is it and how can it be used?

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Should Portola Valley's excess library revenues stay within the town?

The use of excess property tax revenues to fund maintenance and services at the town's public library will be a topic of discussion at the Portola Valley Town Council meeting set for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, May 27) in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Pulling out all the stops

Local organist to play Note-Dame Cathedral
Organist James Welch calls Palo Alto's Saint Mark's Episcopal Church his musical home. Following a concert there May 24, he will travel to Paris to play the organ at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: The Corner Laughers, Italian master drawings and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch Midpeninsula indie band The Corner Laughers on KZSU, check out drawings by Italian master artists at the Cantor Arts Center and more.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
A cafe in new Atherton civic center?

Teaching kitchen in library also reviewed positively
Atherton, which now has no commercial zoning, may soon change that so locals can buy a cup of coffee when the town gets its new civic center.

May 28, 2015 | 19 comments
Menlo grad helps CMS men win NCAA D-III tennis title

Menlo School grad Daniel Morkovine helped the No. 1-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's tennis team win the 2015 NCAA Division III championship with a 5-0 victory Middlebury on Wednesday in Mason, Ohio. Read the story here.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton supports water restrictions, but leaves enforcement to Cal Water

Mayor asks for more incentives to save water
The Atherton City Council on May 20 approved a resolution "endorsing and supporting" the California Water Service Company's (Cal Water) drought regulations, but leaving the enforcement of the water rules up to Cal Water.

May 22, 2015 | 8 comments
District holds groundbreaking for new Upper Laurel School

September 2016 is target for completion
On Thursday, May 21, the Menlo Park City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new third- to fifth-grade Upper Laurel School.

May 22, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo School duo wins CCS tennis title in doubles

Despite playing singles much of the year, Menlo School seniors players Vikram Chari and Gunther Matta made a formidable team as they won the doubles title at the Central Coast Section Individual Tournament that wrapped up Wednesday at Imperial Courts in Aptos. Read the story http://paloaltoonline.com/news/2015/05/21/menlo-school-duo-wins-ccs-tennis-title-in-doubles here.

May 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Gunn, SHP advance in CCS baseball but Paly, M-A fall

Softball teams lose
The Gunn and Sacred Heart Prep baseball teams have survived to play another day in the Central Coast Section playoffs. Palo Alto and Menlo-Atherton, however, have not. Read the story here.

May 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Crowd questions Cal Water on drought restrictions

A crowd of nearly 250 people showed up at a Tuesday night meeting to ask officials from Cal Water about the new drought restrictions that will be imposed on all Bear Gulch District customers beginning June 1.

May 21, 2015 | 9 comments
Murder conviction in DUI case that killed Menlo Park couple

Marjorie Reitzell found guilty of second-degree murder in fatal crash
A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder on Wednesday, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

May 20, 2015 | 15 comments
Wednesday: Meeting about Flood Park's future

San Mateo County will host a community meeting in Menlo Park on Wednesday, May 20, to talk about options for Flood Park. Translators and child care will be provided.

May 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor and son celebrate Bike to Work Day

George Carlton-Ridenour and his mother, Menlo Park mayor Catherine Carlton, participated in the regional Bike to Work Day on May 14.

May 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park offers free water buckets

Taking a shower during a drought can lead to questions about how the water swirling down the drain could be put to better use. The city of Menlo Park can help.

June 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Junior league helps girls in tech with $100,000 grant

A $100,000 grant is on the way to The Tech Museum of Innovation, courtesy of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, to help promote opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math education.

May 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Next stop for track and field will be the CCS semifinals

The next step has been sprinted, run, thrown or jumped as local track and field athletes head into the Central Coast Section semifinals on Saturday at San Jose City College.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: City improvements, police contract before Menlo Park council

Closed session for city manager's contract
A new contract for the Police Sergeants' Association and potential capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year are on the agenda for the open session of tonight's (May 19) Menlo Park City Council meeting.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Return to 'Silicon Valley'

Palo Alto native guest stars in season 2 of HBO series
A graduate of JLS, Gunn and Stanford, actor Joshua Chang was thrilled to land a role on season 2 of the Golden Globe-nominated HBO comedy, "Silicon Valley."

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
No amore in the kitchen

Café Vitale falls short on passion, authenticity
Delicious sandwiches seem to be Café Vitale's métier, but other dishes fall short of the mark.

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
The Beat goes on

Smith Andersen Editions presents work by godfather of West Coast assemblage art
For more than 50 years, Southern California artist George Herms has been making collage, assemblage and sculpture from discarded, everyday objects. An exhibition of Herms' recent work will be on display at Palo Alto's Smith Andersen Editions May 16-June 20.

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Surf Air continues plans to expand local flights

Local residents and officials who had been trying to meet with Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter since the company announced a major expansion in its flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport finally got that meeting last week, but the news was not good.

May 21, 2015 | 107 comments
Wednesday: Staff recommends Atherton not pass water-restriction laws

Saying it is not the town's job to enforce Cal Water's drought restrictions, Atherton's city manager has recommended that the town adopt only a resolution supporting the restrictions, rather than adopt the rules as town law.

May 19, 2015 | 38 comments
Residents evacuate neighborhood for annual wildland fire drill

Had there been a real wildfire along Old La Honda Road in Woodside on Saturday morning, May 16, firefighters might have seen scared residents hurrying along with boxes of possessions. Many more people would have been evacuating, and in an atmosphere tinged by panic and chaos.

May 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside shop holds benefit for Nepalese women

Emily Joubert Home & Garden at 3036 Woodside Road in Woodside is hosting a get-together with sparkling wine and light food from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, for the benefit of Nepalese women following the devastation of the country by two major earthquakes.

May 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Windmill School buys former nursery site

After more than 55 years of renting in Portola Valley, Windmill School, a nonprofit preschool, has become a property owner. The school has completed its purchase of 900 Portola Road, the 1.68-acre former site of Al's Nursery.

May 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Los Trancos water district dissolves, but services continue

For residents of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, community efforts toward wildfire safety, effective storm drainage and well maintained public spaces will continue as normal, but it will be a new normal.

May 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships

Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

May 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Aircraft noise activists seek ear of FAA via FAA veterans

In the search for compelling arguments to present to the FAA on why fewer commercial flights bound to SFO should pass over Ladera, Portola Valley and Woodside, a team of residents is seeking to engage consultants skilled at talking with the FAA.

June 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Thinking mechanically

Lessons are there for the learning in bicycle repair
It was not that long ago when ordinary people could assess the mechanical health of their vehicles as they motored down the road. Their senses, a few dashboard gauges and experience were enough. "Check engine" lights? They didn't need them.

May 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: $3,500 bike stolen from Menlo Park garage

A stereo was taken from an unlocked car and sunglasses from a locked car, while an expensive bike vanished from a garage -- locked status unknown -- in Menlo Park recently.

May 19, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo girls, SHP and Paly boys win lacrosse titles

The final day of the 2015 high school lacrosse season was a busy one with four league championship matches being held. In addition to the Palo Alto girls holding off rival Gunn in two overtimes, the West Bay Athletic League, Peninsula Athletic League and SCVAL De Anza Division all wrapped up with local teams winning all three titles on Saturday. Read the story here.

May 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Two downtown Menlo Park projects, public benefit discussions

Planning Commission to hold study sessions
Two downtown Menlo Park development proposals with different options for public benefits will be discussed during separate study sessions at the May 18 Planning Commission meeting.

May 18, 2015 | 2 comments
Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state senate

A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.

May 18, 2015 | 26 comments
Tuesday: Workshop on Cal Water drought plan

Cal Water will hold a public workshop on its proposed drought restrictions and ways customers can reduce water use at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Las Lomitas Elementary School's Cano Hall.

May 18, 2015 | 1 comment
Coroner releases name of man killed by train in Atherton

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who was struck and killed by a train at the Atherton station on Sunday afternoon.

May 17, 2015 | 2 comments
German-American International School parades to new school site

May 15 parade celebrates imminent move
On May 15, students, staff and parents from the German-American International School paraded from their current school site to the former Menlo Oaks School site at 475 Pope St., where they will be moving this summer.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
June 1 is deadline for Las Lomitas parcel tax senior exemption application

Residents of the Las Lomitas School District who are 65 or older by July 1, 2015 can receive an exemption from the $311 district parcel tax if they apply by June 1.

May 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP boys and girls will meet in lacrosse playoff finals

Neighborhood rivals Menlo School and Sacred Heart Prep will meet in two championship lacrosse matches on Saturday at Burlingame High as the West Bay Athletic League and Peninsula Athletic League playoffs will be decided. Read the story here.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Perla-Ward will join Stanford men's water polo team

Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's water polo program has added Sacred Heart Prep's Nelson Perla-Ward and Marco Stanchi from Bellevue, Wash., for the 2015 season, head coach John Vargas announced Thursday. Read the story here.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
State may fine Greenheart committee for campaign finance filing violation

FPPC proposes $2,500 fine
Local developer Greenheart may pay $2,500 for failing to report its non-monetary donation of a telephone survey to the "No on Measure M" committee, according to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The committee was funded exclusively by Greenheart to oppose a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would have restricted development on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

May 15, 2015 | 3 comments
Saturday: Benefit concert in memory of Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit concert for children in Haiti and in memory of Menlo School graduate Amelie Le Moullac is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Memorial service for Michael Dunne in Portola Valley

Steve and Dorian Dunne of Los Trancos Woods will be hosting a memorial get-together to remember Michael Dunne, 31, of San Francisco, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Monday: Rotary Club holds scholastic achievement ceremony

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will hold its annual Scholastic Achievement Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Images of exoplanets

A presentation, with exoplanet images, by Stanford University physics Professor Bruce Macintosh is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park. The event is sold out, but there is a waiting list and there will be streaming video.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Oak Knoll School honors retiring principal David Ackerman

Retiring Oak Knoll School Principal David Ackerman will be honored at the school's annual Spring Fair on Friday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the school's upper playground.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
For decades, Woodside home has been a gathering place for family and friends

Woodside memories: Grandfather bought our Woodside property over 96 years ago, and his foresight has provided a gathering place for five generations of our family and the friends of all of us. Until recent years our Woodside home on Kings Mountain Road has always been filled with people.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
New trail connects Russian Ridge and Mindego open space

A new one-mile trail extension connects the Mideninsula Regional Open Space District's Mindego Gateway parking lot to the Russian Ridge trail system.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: How Peninsula landscapes inspire painters

Three painters of fine art will speak in Woodside on Sunday, May 17, about Peninsula landscapes and how they inspire their art.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Benefit concert in memory of Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit concert for children in Haiti and in memory of Menlo School graduate Amelie Le Moullac is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park driver testifies in double-fatality DUI trial

Marjorie Reitzell took the stand on Wednesday to testify in her defense, telling the court that she is capable of driving safely while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Menlo Park woman was allegedly drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed a couple walking along Chilco Street.

May 14, 2015 | 12 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

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

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - May 13

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

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School averts possible disaster, advances to CCS tennis final

On the surface, Menlo School's 7-0 tennis victory over St. Ignatius in the semifinals of the boys' Central Coast Section Team Tournament was simply routine. After winning six straight section crowns, that victory might elicit a sigh or ho-hum.

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Silvia Edwards appointed to Woodside school board

As the school gets ready to begin a major construction project, the governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District has chosen a parent with a background in construction and a history of civic involvement to fill an open board term.

May 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo School boys acing more than just the tennis season

While the Menlo School boys are out to defend their Central Coast Section and NorCal tennis titles, the Knights are playing for even more this postseason.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo tennis a step closer to tying historic CCS mark

It has been another season of tests for the Menlo School boys tennis team, which has in most cases reduced opponents to pop quizzes during a 23-1 campaign.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Corte Madera and Hillview schools win state honors

Both named Gold Ribbon schools
Two local middle schools, Hillview in Menlo Park and Corte Madera in Portola Valley, have been named Gold Ribbon schools by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

May 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Willie Mays love-fest at dedication of new Atherton Little League field

Atherton resident Willie Mays was the subject of a grand slam of loving tributes on Saturday, May 9, as Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark officially opened in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

May 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Local schools win Kent Awards for innovation

Las Lomitas, Oak Knoll and Ormondale schools, plus the Portola Valley School District, were among the 16 honorees receiving J. Russell Kent awards for innovative programs from the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

May 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Portion of Old La Honda Road closed

The 400 block of Old La Honda Road is closed until work crews finish repairing low-hanging electrical wires this morning.

May 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Wildfire drill today: Woodside residents evacuate homes

On Saturday, May 16, firefighting crews will be at their jobs as if a major wildfire were burning in the vicinity of Old La Honda Road in Woodside. It's time for the annual wildfire drill.

May 13, 2015 | 3 comments
Woodsider wins Anne Frank scholarship

Kiran Sridhar of Woodside, a senior at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, will receive a scholarship in the name of Anne Frank.

May 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Police Calls: A $9,000 pair of earrings is missing in Portola Valley

Earrings, rented chairs and of course, bikes disappear in this week's crime blotter for Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Woodside.

May 12, 2015 | 4 comments
Saturday: 100 years of fashion and gossip

The San Mateo County History Museum's volunteer auxiliary will present "A Garden Party Fashion Show" at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the museum at 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain ridership hits new high

The annual head count of riders on Caltrain found that the average weekly number of passengers has hit 58,245 -- a 71 percent increase since 2010, the agency announced.

May 12, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park recreation: Commission supports non-resident surcharge

Those who want to play in Menlo Park, but don't live in the city, should expect to keep paying a 35 percent surcharge to participate in recreation programs since the Parks and Recreation Commission has thrown its support behind the higher fee.

May 13, 2015 | 8 comments
Iberia restaurant in Menlo Park to stay open until Dec. 31, owner says

Iberia restaurant, known for its tapas and Spanish cuisine, is definitely open at 1026 Alma St. in Menlo Park, says owner and chef Jose-Luis Relinque, and will stay that way until the end of the year.

June 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Trial underway in double DUI fatality

Marjorie Reitzell faces second-degree murder charges
Nearly two years has passed, but the second-degree murder trial of Marjorie Reitzell is finally underway. The 55-year-old Menlo Park woman is charged with the deaths of a couple who were walking their dog when they were struck by her car as she drove along Chilco Street.

May 12, 2015 | 6 comments
Cal Water answers customer questions about drought measures

California Water Service officials recently sat down with the Almanac to answer questions about their proposed drought plan.

May 11, 2015 | 7 comments
SHP, M-A swim teams sweep their league meet titles

The Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton swim teams had plenty to celebrate on Saturday as they swept their respective league meet championships in impressive fashion.

May 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park tonight: Santa Cruz Ave. sidewalks, bike lanes

Wondering why those electronic signs along Santa Cruz Avenue are notifying the public about the installation of sidewalks and bike lanes along the busy Menlo Park street? Learn why tonight at an informational community meeting.

May 11, 2015 | 3 comments
Almanac wins statewide awards for photography, business story

The Almanac won two awards in the statewide newspaper contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced Saturday.

May 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Portola Valley troop: Three earn Eagle Scout rank

The three newest Eagle Scouts in Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 are Alex Duff, Kevin Kelly and Weston Bourgeois.

May 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Lydian Academy in Menlo Park graduates 14

Lydian Academy, a private middle and high school in Menlo Park, said it will graduate 14 seniors at ceremonies at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Arrillaga Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

May 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark opens in Atherton

Photos from opening day
A crowd gathered in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Saturday, May 9, to celebrate the official opening of the new Little League field in the park.

May 10, 2015 | 2 comments
Guest opinion: Searsville proposals muddy San Francisquito Creek flooding questions

There has been a strong push by the group Beyond Searsville Dam to have the dam removed entirely, citing environmental damage to fish and other factors. And there is an equally long-running concern about downstream flooding every decade or so of San Francisquito Creek.

May 9, 2015 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto teen was victim in trailer fire

Boy, 16, found in blaze started at abandoned Romic chemical refinery site
He was the "king" of skateboarders in his hometown of East Palo Alto; the young man who always had a smile for everyone. Now family and friends are wondering how his body came to be burned beyond recognition in a trailer at an abandoned hazardous-materials sight.

May 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Firefighters rescue one from stranded boat, three remain on-board

A water-rescue crew transported one person to shore while assisting a boat in distress near East Palo Alto on Saturday morning, according to firefighters.

May 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo boys wrap up PAL lacrosse title with win over SHP

Employing a balanced attack and strong defense, the Menlo School boys beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 8-3, on Thursday to claim the regular-season lacrosse title in the Peninsula Athletic League.

May 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Willow Road closed between Gilbert and O'Keefe

Water main repair scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Eastbound Willow Road in Menlo Park will be closed on Saturday, May 9, between Gilbert Avenue and O'Keefe Street.

May 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Sheriff's deputy charged with brandishing gun in courtroom

Deputy told prosecutors he was checking the gunsight
A San Mateo County deputy sheriff accused of pointing a gun at a custodian in a Redwood City courtroom in April explained to investigators that he did have his gun out of its holster, but that he was checking the gunsight, prosecutors said.

May 8, 2015 | 39 comments
Gunn, M-A and Menlo boys set to host in CCS tennis

The second round of the Central Coast Section Boys Team Tennis Tournament is all set, with three local squads -- Gunn, Menlo-Atherton and six-time defending champion Menlo School -- set to host matches on Friday at 3 p.m.

May 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Memorial service for Milan Gambhir, 16, of Portola Valley

Service at Memorial Church on Stanford campus
A memorial service for 16-year-old Milan Gambhir of Portola Valley will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in Stanford Memorial Church at 450 Serra Mall on the Stanford campus. Milan died May 2 after a 21-month fight with brain cancer.

May 8, 2015 | 6 comments
Little League baseball field at Holbrook-Palmer Park officially opens Saturday

More than five years after improvements to the baseball field at Holbrook-Palmer Park were proposed by the Menlo-Atherton Little League, the new field will officially open at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at 150 Watkins Ave

May 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Today: Hillary Clinton visits Portola Valley for fundraising lunch

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be in Portola Valley for a fundraising lunch on Friday, May 8, at the home of John and Eileen Donahoe.

May 8, 2015 | 14 comments
North Fair Oaks Festival: High school seniors compete for scholarships

Two Woodside High School seniors are among the five Redwood City students competing for the title of Queen of the Festival at the North Fair Oaks Community Festival, which will be held Aug. 16.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
'Rabbit Dating Game'

Meet Christopher, sure to be a coveted bachelor this Saturday, May 9, during "The Rabbit Dating Game," our version of the wacky 1970s and 1980s game show.

May 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Saturday: Horsemen's Association celebrates 75th anniversary

The San Mateo County Horsemen's Association is celebrating its 75th anniversary on Saturday, May 9, with a cavalcade, live music and lunch at a fundraiser in Woodside.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: On departing, thinking about city's future

Arriving in Menlo Park in 1981, I discovered the pleasures of a 10-minute commute to work and no more fines for parking in a San Francisco alley. My new apartment featured a lawn, a patio and, inexplicably, sun.

May 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Webb Ranch teems with new, old activity

"The jewel of Silicon Valley" is how Doug Galen described Webb Ranch to the crowd assembled for a groundbreaking ceremony at the rustic site in Portola Valley on a sunny day at the end of March.

May 7, 2015 | 1 comment
Giving back: Mothers, sons learn about community through philanthropy

Happy Mother's Day!
It has been a little more than a year since Janie MacArthur overheard a conversation among some women who were part of an organization called the Young Men's Service League, in which mothers and their high-school-age sons do community service together.

May 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton exploring town-wide, very high-speed fiber optic network

Construction could being by next March
Plans for an Atherton-wide, very high-speed optical fiber network, designed to provide faster and more reliable Internet service, with the goal of free basic service for everyone in town, were presented to the Atherton City Council on Wednesday, May 7.

May 7, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park signs off on new water restrictions

Landscape watering is limited to two days per week
To further conserve water during the statewide drought, the City Council approved new restrictions for customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District on Tuesday, May 5. Landscape watering is limited to two days a week.

May 7, 2015 | 8 comments
Cal Water proposes water budgets for each customer

Water supplier's plan includes penalties for 'misuse or waste' of water
Cal Water has asked the state PUC to approve its drought plan, effective June 1, which proposes financial penalties for using more than a budgeted amount of water and more penalties for "misuse or waste" of water.

May 7, 2015 | 30 comments
Menlo Park: Trial changes coming to Ravenswood intersection near rail crossing

Council votes 3-0 to test turn restrictions, study elevated grade separation
Drivers will need to find alternate routes to the Civic Center in Menlo Park, when the city launches a 6-month trial of prohibiting turns to and from Alma Street at the Ravenswood Avenue intersection.

May 6, 2015 | 35 comments
Today: Atherton council looks at cabling town for free Internet

Optical cable system would be much faster than now available
Atherton's City Council members have a busy day today with a goals-and-strategy session starting in the morning and a late afternoon study session devoted to the idea of installing optical fiber cable throughout the town, which could be used to provide free basic high-speed Internet connections to everyone in Atherton.

May 6, 2015 | 11 comments
Fire district faces challenges of development

Atherton Council and Menlo Park Fire Protection District meet jointly
Should Atherton residents care if fire trucks are getting caught in traffic on Menlo Park's Willow Road, on their way to ever-more-frequent emergency calls from East Palo Alto and Belle Haven? According to Chief Harold Schapelhouman, of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, they should.

May 5, 2015 | No comments yet
County committee delays decision on O'Connor Street transfer request

Faced with a stack of new information, the members of the San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization have decided to postpone until June whether 31 properties on Menlo Park's O'Connor Street may transfer from the Ravenswood to the Menlo Park school district.

May 5, 2015 | 17 comments
Tonight: Water restrictions; trial changes to Ravenswood rail crossing go before Menlo Park council

Customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District will see new water restrictions if the Menlo Park City Council votes to approve a more stringent response to the statewide drought tonight (May 5). The council will also consider a six-month trial run of changes to the Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street intersection to improve safety at the railroad crossing.

May 5, 2015 | 16 comments
Today: Cal Water hosts water awareness festival in Atherton

Activities for adults and children
The California Water Company will hold a "Water Awareness Festival" with activities for adults and children from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

May 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Saturday: Affordable home loan workshop

Learn how to join the affordable home loan program administered by HEART of San Mateo County for first-time home buyers at a workshop on Saturday, May 9.

May 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Greenheart starts building Menlo Park apartment complex

Greenheart Land Company's planned 195-unit apartment complex at 777 Hamilton Ave. in Menlo Park has started construction.

May 5, 2015 | 10 comments
Menlo Park work in progress: BBC interior work underway

The Menlo Park landmark is being turned into a three-floor restaurant, complete with rooftop dining, that may open early next year.

May 7, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Suspects charged in home invasion, attempted murder of police officers

Alameda County to prosecute case that started in Fremont and ended in Menlo Park
Two suspects in custody for a violent Fremont home invasion that led to a police pursuit into Menlo Park, complete with shots fired at officers, will be prosecuted by Alameda County, according to the District Attorney's Office. A third suspect remains at large.

May 5, 2015 | No comments yet
High school graduation rates move up across county

Students in public high schools in San Mateo County are graduating at a higher rate, according to state data for the four-year period from 2010 to 2014. The graduation rates are up significantly for student groups with traditionally lower graduation rates.

May 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Mike's Camera hit again; 15 cameras stolen

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

May 6, 2015 | 2 comments
Deputy Juan Lopez sues Sheriff's Office

Deputy Juan Lopez of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has filed a lawsuit against the county and the Sheriff's Office, alleging retaliation over his decision to run for sheriff against sitting Sheriff Greg Munks in 2014.

May 6, 2015 | 7 comments
Landscape irrigation focus of water-reduction effort in Woodside

To meet its water conservation targets, Woodside residents will need to focus on reducing outdoor irrigation, say the town's Sustainability & Conservation Committee, the Town Council and the manager of the local water district.

May 7, 2015 | 5 comments
Man told to pay $19K in restitution for Atherton, Menlo Park crimes

James Grady, 61, of East Palo Alto, who was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in January for charges related to a 2014 intrusion into an Atherton home and the burglary of a Menlo Park home, has been ordered to pay restitution of more than $19,000 to one of his victims, according to district attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

May 4, 2015 | 4 comments
SHP's baseball dream of making CCS Open Division takes a hit

Heading into the weekend, the Sacred Heart Prep baseball team was in good shape to challenge for its first-ever berth in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs. In less than 24 hours, however, that dream is pretty much gone.

May 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Longtime AYSO board members retire after decades of service

Don Yates, MJ Lee and Lowell Sears served local soccer since 1974
Local registration for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is underway, but without the leadership of three of the strongest supporters of the program this area has seen.

May 6, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside turns out for town's 93rd May Day celebration

As it has for 93 years, Woodside on Saturday, May 2, shut down its main street for a parade featuring kids in costumes, dressed-up horses, cool old cars and local "dignitaries."

May 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg of Menlo Park dies at 47

Tributes are flowing in for 47-year-old Dave Goldberg of Menlo Park. The CEO of SurveyMonkey and the husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, he was on vacation in Mexico with his wife when he died on Friday.

May 2, 2015 | 3 comments
Searsville Dam will stay for now; changes will allow fish passage

Some groups pushing for dam removal don't like the plan
Stanford University released a 41-page report on May 1 outlining two plans that would address the future of Searsville Dam and provide passage for endangered steelhead.

May 1, 2015 | 8 comments
Tonight: County committee to consider school district transfer request

O'Connor street residents want to move from Ravenswood to Menlo Park district
The San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization on Monday, May 4, will consider the request by some residents of O'Connor Street in Menlo Park who want to transfer from the Ravenswood school district to the Menlo Park district.

May 1, 2015 | 6 comments
Menlo College hires Aiona as men's basketball coach

Hawaii native Kaniela Aiona was named Menlo College men's basketball coach, Oaks Director of Athletics Keith Spataro announced Thursday. He's served as an assistant coach the past six years, his latest assignment at Saint Leo in Florida. Read the story here.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: General plan workshop in Menlo Park

M-2, Belle Haven zoning changes to guide future development
The Menlo Park Senior Center will host a workshop on Saturday, May 2, for residents to learn more about proposed types of future development in the city, particularly in the M-2 zone and the Belle Haven neighborhood.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: Independent Bookstore Day and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, celebrate all things literary as part of Independent Bookstore Day, peruse art vendors and sample cuisine at Mountain View's A la Carte & Art festival and catch 700 kids singing at 2015 Choralfest.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Four teens arrested in pistol-whipping, robbery

Two 18-year-olds and two juveniles were arrested for allegedly pistol-whipping and robbing a man in unincorporated Redwood City on Wednesday night, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

April 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Marketing at the high end

Zillion-dollar properties require special effort by Realtors
Everyone knows the local real estate market is hot, with many homes continuing to sell almost as soon as they are listed, often with multiple offers and for well over the listing prices.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Thinking of moving?

Local Realtor urges seniors not to wait to sell their homes
Roger and Margaret Smith had always thought of themselves as in the "we're going to die in the house" scenario.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
No excuses

'The Hunting Ground' exposes rape culture on college campuses
Director Kirby Dick's new documentary on sexual assault, "The Hunting Ground," should be required viewing for every current and incoming college student.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two of three suspects arrested after firing at police during pursuit

Third home-invasion suspect remains at large
Two suspects in a Fremont home invasion have been arrested after shooting at police during a pursuit that stretched across the Dumbarton Bridge into Menlo Park, while the third man evaded a search on Wednesday evening.

April 29, 2015 | 1 comment
Police report officer-involved shooting in Menlo Park

Menlo Park police reported at 6:54 p.m. that they are working on an officer-involved shooting in the business park in the area of 1300 Willow Road in Menlo Park.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton: Marsh Road lanes closed due to accident

Marsh Road lanes in Atherton will be closed until about 7 p.m. tonight due to an accident, Atherton police said in a traffic alert at 4:43 p.m.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
The medicine of music

Stanford Hospital concert program brings happiness, healing
Founded in the mid-1990s, the Bing Music Series in the Hospital Atrium brings live music to patients, visitors and staff twice a week. The concerts are free and open to the public.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Driver struck in head with bicycle lock

A man driving along El Camino Real pulled over after a bicyclist threw something at the car, according to Menlo Park police, and was then struck in the head with a bicycle lock.

April 29, 2015 | 21 comments
Hillview students go exploring in week of mini-courses

Students at Menlo Park's Hillview School attended school the week of April 13, but instead of their usual classes, they immersed themselves in a mini-course of their choosing.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Cyclist injured in Portola Valley; blueprints stolen from Menlo Park office building

Crime and accident reports from Portola Valley, North Fair Oaks and Menlo Park

April 29, 2015 | 11 comments
Menlo College softball players sweep Cal Pac weekly honors

Oaks notebook
Menlo College softball players Nicole Larson and Kimberly Wilburn were selected as the Cal Pac Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Larson had a big week at the plate to ignite the Oaks' offense while Wilburn turned in two solid performances in the circle, splitting her two decisions.

April 28, 2015 | No comments yet
Council: Conserve water now or Portola Valley will miss target

New regulations and water conservation targets are expected to be adopted soon to deal with the drought. But Portola Valley officials do not want to wait.

April 28, 2015 | 5 comments
Portola Valley plans retaining wall to make cycling safer

Wooden boards and steel I-beams will be the construction materials for a 400-foot-long retaining wall intended to make cycling safer near the intersection of Alpine and Arastradero roads in Portola Valley.

April 29, 2015 | 4 comments
Landscape consultant: Don't replant now

With drought becoming a way of life, residents thinking of the summer ahead and possibly replacing their landscaping now with vegetation more tolerant of semi-arid conditions should wait. The window for such planting has just closed.

May 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Interim pastor aims to help revitalize church

Atheists have a philosophical belief in common with the Rev. Ama Zenya, the interim head of the congregation at the Woodside Village Church. "I don't believe in the God that atheists don't believe in either," Ms. Zenya told the Almanac.

April 30, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park cemetery tour now taking reservations

A tour of the Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park will be given on Saturday, May 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are limited.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Independent bookstore day at Kepler's

Kepler's, located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 2 with dinosaurs, trivia and rhyme.

April 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Disaster preparedness training in Menlo Park

A free two-hour emergency preparedness workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, hosted by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the U.S. Geological Survey.

April 28, 2015 | No comments yet
JobTrain seeks supplies

The instructors at JobTrain, a nonprofit that provides free employment training for the local community, are asking for donations to the healthcare and the test preparation classes.

May 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Hermosa Way heritage trees escape the ax

Two towering redwood trees at 1020 Hermosa Way escaped the ax after the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission voted 6-0 to deny the homeowner's removal permits after a next-door neighbor appealed.

April 28, 2015 | 20 comments
Are 'ghost homes' becoming a problem?

Neighbors are concerned about empty houses on their block
The house in Palo Alto's Crescent Park neighborhood is large and beautiful, its lawn is regularly manicured and, peering through its large windows from the sidewalk, it looks meticulously clean inside. Problem is, nobody lives there.

April 27, 2015 | 8 comments
Tonight: Atherton council and fire district hold joint meeting

Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park pavilion
Atherton's City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors will hold a joint meeting on Wednesday, April 29, to discuss issues that include finances and coverage.

April 28, 2015 | 5 comments
It's official: Burmeister will be new assistant superintendent

Menlo Park district school board casts unanimous vote
Hillview Principal Erik Burmeister was offically appointed as the new assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District on April 27, and the district has begun the process of finding his replacement at Hillview.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Dishing up a colorful canvas

Artist Mitchell Johnson of Menlo Park, known for his use of vibrant color and bold geometric forms, will speak this Friday in Woodside about his work and the artists who have influenced his ideas about color in a program that shares the title of his newly released large-format book, "Color as Content."

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Special edition: Spring Real Estate

News, trends and tips about local real estate
From concerns over unoccupied "ghost homes" to a look at what's new on the market, the Spring Real Estate edition has the latest news on buying and selling residential property.

April 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Today at 1 p.m.: Menlo Park school board considers assistant superintendent position

School board to vote on job description and Burmeister appointment
The governing board of the Menlo Park City School District is scheduled to discuss the job description for an assistant superintendent and to consider appointing Erik Burmeister, currently the principal at Hillview Middle School, to the position at 1 p.m. today, April 27.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A grad qualifies for JC NorCal track and field meet

Of local note
Menlo-Atherton High grad Jorge Tafolla finished second in the men's 800 meters at the Coast Conference Track and Field Championships Friday at San Jose City College. Read the story here.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Oaks sweep the Yotes in record-setting doubleheader

Oaks notes
The Menlo College baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting College of Idaho, 13-9 and 7-5, Friday to clinch at least a fourth-place finish in the NAIA West Conference. The Oaks set a team record and a couple of individual records, as well. Read the story here.

April 27, 2015 | No comments yet
No excuses

'The Hunting Ground' exposes rape culture on college campuses
Director Kirby Dick's new documentary on sexual assault, "The Hunting Ground," should be required viewing for every current and incoming college student.

April 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Man arrested on suspicion of attempted rape

A 22-year-old man is in custody after a woman reported an attempted rape in unincorporated San Mateo County early Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Office reported.

April 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Report of mountain lion sighting on Westridge Drive

Another sighting in Ladera is reported Saturday night
A day after a deer carcass was found in the driveway of a home on Westridge Drive in Portola Valley, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office received a report late Saturday afternoon of a mountain lion sighting on the street. Later, at 11 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a sighting in Ladera.

April 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Hillary Clinton to make fundraising stop in May

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Portola Valley for a campaign fundraising lunch on Friday, May 8.

April 27, 2015 | 11 comments
First person: Joy of connecting on Compassion Weekend

We were told not to come to our place of worship on that weekend. Instead, many of us (almost 4,000, I'm told) showed up at the more than 55 "Compassion Weekend" projects set up around the Bay Area.

April 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Jerry Hearn recognized as 'environmental hero'

Jerry Hearn, a longtime local environmental leader and resident of Los Trancos Woods, was recognized April 25 as an "environmental hero" of California's 13th Senate District.

April 25, 2015 | 4 comments
No West Nile virus found in Menlo Park mosquitoes

After a dead American crow found in the Willows area of Menlo Park tested positive for West Nile virus on April 20, the county's Mosquito and Vector Control District collected and tested mosquitoes in the area. The mosquitoes tested negative for West Nile virus, the county reported on April 24.

April 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Deer carcass found in Westridge driveway

A deer carcass was found Friday morning (April 24) in a driveway of a home in the 1100 block of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley, the Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies said they think the deer was killed by a mountain lion.

April 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Tonight: Cal Water to meet with public in Woodside

Tonight in Woodside, with the drought as a backdrop, Cal Water is scheduled to make a presentation at a public meeting of the town's Sustainability and Conservation Committee. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. in Independence Hall.

April 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo Park man arrested in connection with multiple gunshots

A report of gunshots sent Menlo Park police officers to Chilco Street during the pre-dawn hours of Friday, April 24.

April 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Southbound U.S. 101 to get metering lights

On-ramp lights activate on April 28
Starting on April 28, Caltrans will phase in metering lights on 17 southbound U.S. 101 on-ramps in San Mateo County.

April 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Bohemian Festival is theme of Woodside May Day parade

Woodside hosts 93rd May Day celebration on Saturday, May 2
The theme of the 93rd annual Woodside May Day parade and carnival, set for Saturday, May 2, is "Bohemian Festival."

April 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton talk: water-wise gardening in time of drought

Master gardener and landscape designer Julie Montanari recently gave an Earth Day talk in Atherton sharing some simple ways to cut water use in landscaping.

April 24, 2015 | 17 comments
Menlo Park chorus performs Saturday

The Menlo Park Chorus will perform its spring concert, "Around the World in 80 Minutes," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.

April 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Burglars heist $140K in property in West Menlo, Ladera

Burglars got away with jewelry, electronics and other items valued at $140,000 in two recent home burglaries in West Menlo Park and Ladera, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

April 24, 2015 | 3 comments
Atherton's municipal trailer park on last legs

While Atherton may be known to outsiders as the community with the most expensive real estate in the country, it would be pretty hard to guess that from the state of the town offices where residents and developers must come for building permits and other business.

April 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo College's Hall named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week

Oaks notes: Menlo College's Mary Hall was named Cal Pac Softball Player of the Week for her efforts in six games last week. The Oaks also signed another recruit for softball on Wednesday.

April 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Primating rituals

Disney film explores 'Monkey Kingdom'
"Monkey Kingdom" follows a group of macaques in Sri Lanka over a period of months as they eat, groom, mate and fight for survival.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Memoir-able

James Franco and Jonah Hill go toe-to-toe over a 'True Story'
In telling the story of real-life fallen journalist Michael Finkel and the convict who stole his identity, "True Story" encourages audiences to be skeptical of truth in the modern media age.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 21

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

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: County health and emergency-response teams conduct exercise

San Mateo County Health System staff will join local response teams in a large preparedness exercise on April 23 designed to practice how each group would respond during a major emergency.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
A&E Digest: Stanford Live announces new season, Kepler's launches radio show and more

This week's A&E news
In this week's A&E news, Stanford Live announces its 2015/2016 season line-up, Kepler's Books launches a new radio program and Palo Alto hosts the 2015 Greenlight Film Festival.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls end losing streak to rival SHP

Prep roundup: The Menlo School girls snapped a five-match losing streak to rival Sacred Heart Prep with a big 16-5 victory in West Bay Athletic League lacrosse action Tuesday.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Rudy Driscoll to resign from Woodside school board

Board will appoint new member; applications due by May 4
The board of the Woodside Elementary School District will appoint a new board member to replace Rudy Driscoll, who is resigning June 13. Applications are due by May 4.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: Gas leak capped; Willow Road partially reopened

A gas leak on Willow Road in Menlo Park was capped this afternoon and the road has been partially reopened, fire and utility officials said.

April 22, 2015 | 4 comments
Man sentenced for beating woman in Menlo Park

A 33-year-old Mountain View man, who pleaded no contest to beating a woman he had been dating, has been sentenced to one year in San Mateo County jail and three years of supervised probation.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
It looks like water rationing is coming for Cal Water customers

The manager of the California Water Service's Bear Gulch District said Tuesday that the district is working on a plan that includes water rationing to meet the district's expected mandate of a 36 percent cut in water use over 2013 levels.

April 22, 2015 | 38 comments
Dead bird in Menlo Park tests positive for West Nile virus

Investigators with the county Mosquito and Vector Control District said that a dead bird found in the Willows area of Menlo Park on April 20 has tested positive for West Nile virus.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Planning Commission again recommends bike lanes on El Camino Real

But this time vote is not unanimous
After a lengthy dissection of a 7-0 vote made at a previous meeting to recommend adding bike lanes, but not car lanes, to El Camino Real, the Menlo Park Planning Commission on April 20 stood by its recommendation, but this time it wasn't unanimous.

April 22, 2015 | 34 comments
Menlo Park development: City seeks clarity on 'public benefit'

City negotiates with builders to provide these benefits in exchange for extra development rights
The city of Menlo Park negotiates with builders to provide "public benefits" in exchange for extra development rights. Both developers and the community want more clarity and consistency on what "public benefit" means.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday in Ladera: Sen. Hill buys coffee, meets constituents

State Sen. Jerry Hill will meet with constituents and answer questions over coffee from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in Ladera.

April 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Three-year old 'officers' visit Atherton Police Department

It's OK to impersonate a cop if you're three years old
Three-year-old Atherton twin brothers got to meet their heroes last week when they made an impromptu visit to the Atherton Police Department, in uniform, to take a look around.

April 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Man, 61, faces charges tied to burglaries at four Menlo Park restaurants

Charge of receiving stolen property dismissed
A 61-year-old man charged with burglarizing four Menlo Park restaurants has been held to answer after a preliminary hearing on Monday, April 20.

April 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Kite Day in Menlo Park

Menlo Park hosts its annual kite day at Bedwell Bayfront Park from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

May 1, 2015 | No comments yet
New mixed-use complex finished in Menlo Park

Construction has finished on a 16-unit townhouse complex with a two-story office building of approximately 26,800 square feet at 1460 El Camino Real.

April 22, 2015 | 13 comments
M-A college adviser Alice Kleeman to retire

Alice Kleeman, a college adviser at Menlo-Atherton High School for 20 years, will retire in June, the school has announced.

April 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Man borrows broom to clean up accident site

Crime and accident reports for Woodside and Menlo Park

April 21, 2015 | 1 comment
Court battle continues over German Panzer tank

The battle continues in San Mateo County court over who owns a World War II-era German Panzer IV tank that once belonged to the late Jacques Littlefield and was on display at his Los Trancos Woods estate.

April 21, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo Park district surpasses state water-reduction goal

While much of the state faces severe water use reductions, customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District may be largely off the hook.

April 21, 2015 | 7 comments
Two Woodside councilmen have clients with underground projects

When the Woodside Town Council voted on April 14 to reject a proposed ordinance that would have set limits on the size of basements in town, two council members -- general contractor Dave Tanner and architect Peter Mason -- had clients in town with underground projects recently submitted to the planning department.

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
More Woodside residents are moving underground

Woodside residents seem to be moving underground at an increasing pace. In the past five years, the town has approved 40 basements. But this year it has already received proposals for nine more.

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Portola Valley pianist's Ensemble San Francisco performs Sunday

Striving for a connected world -- no high-tech needed
Ensemble San Francisco performs at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Christ Church, 815 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

April 22, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park commission may reopen El Camino redesign discussion

At the request of commission member John Kadvany, the Menlo Park Planning Commission may decide tonight (April 20) to reopen a discussion of the options for redesigning El Camino Real.

April 20, 2015 | 9 comments
Recent home sales in Atherton, Menlo Park

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

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent homes sales - April 15

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

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Open space district official asks Caltrans to cut back herbicide spraying

A Midpeninsula Regional Open Space official has sent a letter to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) asking the state agency to consider maintaining at least some of its San Mateo County roadsides without broadcast spraying herbicides.

April 19, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Huge income 'gender gap' — a conspiracy or just socioeconomics?

The existence of a gender gap in pay is a longstanding, well-known fact. The news this year is the size and relation to advanced degrees.

April 19, 2015 | 6 comments
Take some time to smell the roses

It's that time of year when roses go crazy in local gardens. Here are a few from the garden of one of our reporters.

April 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Little House in Menlo Park holds open house

Bring your dancing shoes ... and a yoga mat and some workout clothes ... if you drop by the annual open house at Little House this year, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at 800 Middle Ave. in Menlo Park.

April 22, 2015 | No comments yet
Flowers repurposed to spread cheer

A new nonprofit is starting to bloom here, based on the idea of collecting free flowers and giving them to people to cheer them up.

April 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Atherton park burglary suspect arrested after police chase

Newark police make arrest after suspect crashes motorcycle into police car
Following a police chase, a man was arrested in Newark on Thursday in connection with a series of recent auto burglaries at Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park, where vehicle windows were broken and items taken from cars.

April 17, 2015 | 7 comments
Atherton adopts 'talking points' on use of library tax dollars

Atherton's City Council has approved a set of "talking points" members said will be a starting point in negotiations with the county library system over the future use of library tax funds.

April 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Simone Rick-Kennel will head M-A in new school year

Simone Rick-Kennel, until recently an administrative vice-principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, will take over as principal when the 2015-16 school year begins on July 1.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton police have park-burglary suspect in custody

Atherton police say they have a suspect in custody in connection with an auto burglary at Holbrook-Palmer Park, where a vehicle window was broken and a purse stolen on April 15.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Water woes - Let's focus on the rest of the iceberg

The Almanac's April 7 editorial, "Increase the pressure on water wasters," only touches the tip of the iceberg.

April 16, 2015 | 15 comments
Menlo boys topple Gunn in battle of tennis titans

Prep roundup: The Gunn boys tennis team won the first seven Central Coast Section team titles that were held, starting in 1972. The Menlo School boys have won the past six championships and will be shooting to tie the Titans' record streak next month.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrain's bike bump form now available online

People with bicycles who are bumped off Caltrain due to overcrowding issues can now make reports online.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton OKs pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino

Traffic light will be installed at Almendral Avenue, where Atherton resident was fatally injured
Atherton has given the go-ahead for work on a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, where a pedestrian was fatally injured last July.

April 16, 2015 | 4 comments
2015 Central Coast Section track and field leaders

Girls 3,200 -- Lacy (Menlo) 10:25.05; 2, Gee (Cupertino) 10:29.75; 3, Iyer (Harker) 10:32.37; 4, Meeks (Gunn) 10:38.30; 5, Ratliff (Santa Cruz) 10:46.88; 6, Jacob (Los Altos) 10:46.91; 7, Xu (Monta Vista) 11:15.00; 8, Allen (Homestead) 11:19.98; 9, Skahill (St. Francis) 11:22.82; 10, Abundis (Aptos) 11:24.33.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
School board opposes transfer of homes to Menlo Park district

Despite a last-minute tearful plea from one of the residents asking to move their homes from the Ravenswood to Menlo Park school district, the Menlo Park governing board unanimously approved a resolution against the change on April 14.

April 15, 2015 | 7 comments
Atherton: Daytime auto burglar strikes again in park

Purse left in vehicle stolen; silver Mercedes seen leaving scene
Once again, an auto burglar has struck during the day in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

April 15, 2015 | 7 comments
Residents learn how to survive after an earthquake

Lessons in Atherton will help all communities
Scientists say a big earthquake is inevitable in the Bay Area. Atherton residents learned how to prepare for an emergency at a "Get Ready Atherton" event and the lessons they learned can help all communities.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside council nixes moratorium on 'super basements'

The Woodside Town Council chose not to adopt a moratorium Tuesday on super-sized basements while the town updates basement regulations that date to the 1980s.

April 15, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Burmeister tagged for assistant superintendent

Hillview principal would move into new position next fall
Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister will become the Menlo Park City School District's assistant superintendent next fall, if a proposal made by district Superintendent Maurice Ghysels on April 14 gets final school board approval.

April 15, 2015 | 14 comments
Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto promises new experience when it reopens

Landmark Theatres decides to update 1960s building with new seating, restrooms and lobby
Palo Alto's Aquarius Theatre has closed for significant interior renovations, with new seating, updated restrooms and an area in the lobby for moviegoers to enjoy beer, wine or food before watching a film.

April 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Dance documentary 'Capturing Grace' screened at Stanford April 17, 18

It took top audience awards at film festivals in Denver, Sedona and other cities, but if you weren't able to travel to see "Capturing Grace" by Menlo Park resident Dave Iverson, all is not lost: The documentary is being screened in your backyard this weekend.

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton moving to put stoplight at El Camino & Almendral

Intersection is site of July 2014 fatal accident
Atherton's City Council is quickly moving toward installing a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, the site where a 32-year-old Atherton resident, Shahriar Rahimzadeh, was fatally injured in July 2014.

April 15, 2015 | 27 comments
Tonight: Energy efficiency workshop in Menlo Park

A free workshop on Thursday, April 16, will teach homeowners how to take advantage of up to $6,500 in rebates to make their properties more energy efficient.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Tuolumne River documentary screening

Menlo Park resident Leah Rogers, who volunteers with the Tuolumne River Trust, will debut a documentary about the river on Tuesday, April 21.

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Comcast employees to clean up Flood Park in Menlo Park

An estimated 300 Comcast employees, family members and friends are expected to show up at Flood Park on Saturday, April 25, to weed the 21-acre site.

April 22, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo sweeps Cal Pac softball doubleheader from La Sierra

The Menlo College softball team used the home run ball to complete its second straight doubleheader sweep of visiting La Sierra, beating the Golden Eagles, 18-6 and 9-7 on Monday in Cal Pac action.

April 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: How should Menlo Park define public benefit?

The April 14 Menlo Park City Council meeting kicks off tonight in Belle Haven with a study session on public benefit.

April 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Surf Air adds 31 flights a week at San Carlos Airport

Local officials working on noise issues said they had no warning of expansion
Surf Air, the commuter airline that has been barraged with demands to reduce the noise its aircraft make over the Midpeninsula, announced plans on Monday to expand its service at the San Carlos Airport.

April 14, 2015 | 96 comments
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Woodside

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

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 8

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

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Play ball!

Sure, it's baseball season, but this is also what Coco is thinking. He's a 5-year-old, male Yorkshire Terrier available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Looking back

This circa-1965 photo shows Woodside resident Delia Fleishhacker Ehrlich riding English-style on Country Gal, a prizewinning American three-gaited saddle horse, according to a description in the Woodside history book by Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty.

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Why Atherton might leave county library system

'Talking points' to be discussed at City Council meeting tonight
A set of talking points that will be before the Atherton Council for adoption at its
Wednesday, April 15, meeting make it clear that unless concessions are made, the town could leave the county library system.

April 15, 2015 | 12 comments
Woodside volunteer 'Nancy' Gonzalez dies at 84

Obituaries are based on information provided by the family.
Mary Catherine "Nancy" Gonzalez, a Woodside resident instrumental in organizing town cleanup days, died March 27 in Burlingame after a short illness. She was 84.

April 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Trial date set for lawsuit by driver who struck horse on I-280

Defendants Webb Ranch and Stanford have settled
A jury trial is set for April 27 on a lawsuit brought by a Menlo Park physician seriously injured in December 2012 when her car struck an injured horse lying in an I-280 traffic lane in the early morning darkness. The remaining defendant is San Mateo County. Webb Ranch and Stanford University have settled.

April 16, 2015 | 5 comments
Police calls: Sleeping driver takes out 44 feet of fence

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

April 14, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park school district board to vote on O'Connor boundary change

The Menlo Park City School District's governing board will consider a resolution opposing the request from O'Connor Street residents to transfer into the district from the Ravenswood City School District when the board meets Tuesday, April 14.

April 13, 2015 | 10 comments
M-A girls run to the team title at Serra Top 7

Weekend prep roundup
Members of the Menlo-Atherton girls' track and field team showed no aftereffects of of the school's prom the night before as they piled up 131 points to capture the team title at the Serra Top 7 Invitational for the third straight year on Saturday in San Mateo. Read the story here.

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Sunday: 'Going Native' garden tour shows how to use less water

Tour includes gardens in Portola Valley, Woodside and Menlo Park
A free "Going Native Garden Tour" will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at gardens in Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

April 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: One cart, 17 bottles of booze and three arrests

Despite the number of times such capers go awry, three people allegedly loaded a shopping cart at Safeway with bottles of alcohol and walked out without stopping by the checkout stand first, according to the Menlo Park police, who then arrested the trio for burglary on Saturday, April 11.

April 13, 2015 | 9 comments
Big building projects at Woodside School, Library

Both projects may be underway this summer
If all goes as planned, two major construction projects will be underway in Woodside this summer, on either side of Woodside Road from each other - at Woodside Elementary School and the Woodside Library.

April 14, 2015 | 3 comments
One day botanical art exhibit is in Atherton on April 17

Local artists will show their botanical art works in a special one-day exhibit in the Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on Friday, April 17 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

April 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Jonny Dorsey will headline Riekes scholarship fundraiser

Jonny Dorsey, a former Woodside resident and now a White House fellow, will be the guest speaker at a May 2 Riekes Center scholarship fundraiser.

April 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton talk on water-wise gardening

Atherton celebrates Earth Day
Atherton will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 21, with special events, including a talk on "Water Wise Gardening," starting at 7 p.m. in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

April 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside may block construction of 'super basements'

Moratorium would give town time to study problem and adopt new restrictions.
Construction of super-sized basements in Woodside in recent years has been disrupting land formations, drainage and ground water patterns, according to the town manager.

April 13, 2015 | 13 comments
Taken for a 'Ride'

Sparks don't fly in page-to-screen romancer
"The Longest Ride," like all Nicholas Sparks movies, is cinematic Jello: It sells well, the number one ingredient is sugar and there's always room for it.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Hipsters versus midlifers

'While We're Young' captures a culture clash
Though "While We're Young" practically lionizes the middle-aged and rakes 20-somethings over the coals, director Noah Baumbach makes comic hay from the realization that the future belongs to the young.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: bluegrass musical, landscape paintings and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch the toe-tapping tunes of bluegrass musical "Fire on the Mountain," catch tranquil landscape paintings and pastels at Portola Art Gallery and hear authors and thinkers discuss the links between Judaism and scientific thought.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Spring 2015 Home & Garden Design

This edition of Home & Garden Design features an updating of a 1960 Atherton home; a revamp of an Eichler incorporating a previously roofed-in atrium; a Tudor with trade-offs; and a small home that stays true to its roots.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Spring Home & Garden Design

This edition of Home & Garden Design features an updating of a 1960 Atherton home; a revamp of an Eichler incorporating a previously roofed-in atrium; a Tudor with trade-offs; and a small home that stays true to its roots.

April 11, 2015 | 1 comment
Panel: No easy fixes for teen depression, suicide

Peer-support groups touted at round-table discussion in Mountain View
In the wake of recent suicides on the Caltrain tracks, teen depression and school-related stress are under new scrutiny, as parents and students alike are taking a hard look at what can be done to turn things around.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Man, 34, killed in East Palo Alto shooting Saturday morning

An East Palo Alto resident died after being shot early Saturday morning, police said. East Palo Alto police arrived at the 300 block of Wisteria Drive after a Shot Spotter gunfire activation and found a 34-year-old East Palo Alto man lying in the street.

April 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Worth a Look: bluegrass musical, landscape paintings and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch the toe-tapping tunes of bluegrass musical "Fire on the Mountain," catch tranquil landscape paintings and pastels at Portola Art Gallery and hear authors and thinkers discuss the links between Judaism and scientific thought.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
The joy of music

Retired couple launches concert series
More Joy. That's the name Ann Benson chose for her musical duo back in 1979 in Dallas, Texas. This weekend, More Joy will be resurrected when Benson and her wife Iris Harrell take the stage to perform together in Ladera.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo College wrestling program signs heavyweight from Nevada

Oaks report
Menlo College wrestling coach Joey Martinez announced Thursday a key acquisition to his latest recruiting class, signing Carson High standout Brady Rivera. A dual-sport standout, Rivera was a two-time regional champion and four-time state meet participant on the mat and starred as a three-year starting defensive lineman on the football team. Read the story here.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
M-A boys have plenty to celebrate with another title

Normally at this time of year, the Menlo-Atherton boys are wrapping up another PAL Bay Division tennis title, which they did on Thursday with a 6-1 victory over visiting Burlingame. In that respect, nothing has changed. Read the story here.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park commission recommends bike lanes, no third lane on El Camino Real

Given a choice of three options or leaving El Camino Real alone, the Menlo Park Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs up to one design that would create buffered bike lanes along the city's main corridor – as long as trees at its intersection with Ravenswood Avenue are left alone.

April 10, 2015 | 54 comments
Saturday celebration: Model ships gallery upgraded

A celebration marking completion of an upgrade of the Ships of the World gallery at the San Mateo County History Museum will be held Saturday, April 11.

April 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley takes pass on license-plate-reading cameras

There will be no cameras recording the license-plate numbers of all vehicles passing through Portola Valley anytime soon, though other crime-fighting measures may be ahead.

April 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Local water district may see mandatory cut of 35%

State officials seeking comments on draft framework for regulations
It's not yet official, but it's looking like a mandatory 35 percent reduction in water use is ahead for the California Water Service Company's Bear Gulch district, which includes Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley and parts of Menlo Park and Redwood City.

April 9, 2015 | 24 comments
Tax scams target Woodside, Atherton residents

Residents in Atherton and Woodside have been targets of recent tax scams – one involving attempts by the scam artist to collect a resident's tax refund and the other where impostors claim they are from the IRS and demand payment of back taxes.

April 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Saturday: Earth Day at Shoreway recycling center

RethinkWaste, aka South Bayside Waste Management Authority, is among the hosts of an Earth Day event at the Shoreway Environment Center, 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.

April 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Scientists: State drought likely to worsen

Stanford scientists say dry years and warm conditions likely to lead to severe drought
The likelihood of California experiencing more warm, dry years leading to severe drought is increasing, according to research by Stanford University scientists.

April 8, 2015 | 5 comments
Saturday: Portola Valley class on maintaining landscaping during drought

A free three-hour class on how to save water and still have a beautiful garden is set for Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Hall at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

April 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council budgets $1.3M for city hall remodel

City plans to add eight full-time positions and convert seven temporary positions to permanent ones
The city also plans to add eight full-time positions and convert seven temporary positions to permanent ones.

April 8, 2015 | 3 comments
Second Harvest, tech execs launch 'Stand Up for Kids' campaign

Food bank working to expand partnerships, services for local schools
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and a group of high-level tech executives launched this month a "Stand Up for Kids" campaign with the goal of helping to feed the one in three children in Silicon Valley who struggles with hunger.

April 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Discussion of modifications to Menlo Park rail crossing

A discussion of near-term modifications to the Ravenswood Avenue railroad crossing is among the items on the agenda for the Wednesday, April 8, meeting of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission.

April 8, 2015 | 3 comments
Kepler's aims to start national conversation

Menlo Park bookstore launches live radio talk show
Starting on Wednesday, April 8, well-known radio journalist Angie Coiro will host "In Deep," a two-hour talk show recorded live at Kepler's in Menlo Park. The first hour will be dedicated to current issues and the second spent on arts and culture.

April 8, 2015 | 4 comments
Tonight: Fees, city hall remodel and staffing go to Menlo Park council

Managers seek to add eight new positions
The theme of the April 7 Menlo Park City Council meeting appears to be money. Votes are expected on fee changes for some services, and on a work plan that includes a $1.3 million renovation of city hall, raises and new staff positions.

April 7, 2015 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Caltrain to remove ballast rock piles by October

Belle Haven residents are concerned about health hazards from rock dust
When public agencies embark upon projects, delays are -- unfortunately -- expected. Caltrain, however, has turned that expectation on its head by deciding that rather than needing two years to move piles of ballast rock off Chilco Street in Menlo Park, it can now accomplish that task within six months.

April 7, 2015 | 8 comments
School boards expected to oppose Menlo Park residents' attempt to change school districts

Residents want to move from Ravenswood to Menlo Park district
Residents of the 31 homes on O'Connor Street in Menlo Park who are attempting to transfer from the Ravenswood City School District to the Menlo Park City School District are facing opposition from both districts.

April 7, 2015 | 32 comments
Locals help Ronald McDonald House expand

A dedicated group of local donors, board members and volunteers is pitching in to help double the size of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, where families of patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital stay.

April 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Priory senior receives volunteer service award

Menlo Park resident James Phelps, a senior at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, has been awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for his work as a volunteer with the International Institute of the Bay Area, a Redwood City nonprofit that helps immigrants and refugees, and where he teaches an adult citizenship class.

April 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside student leads effort to remake school library

A new reading library was recently created at Summit Prep Charter High School in Redwood City by Woodside resident Erin Miller and many volunteers.

April 13, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park teen finishes 7th in world fencing event

Although it was her first time on the U.S. team, Maia Chan Chamberlain, 16, of Menlo Park finished seventh in the women's competition at the Sabre Cadet Fencing World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 2.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
April 10: Corte Madera students impersonate rock acts

The 14th annual production of Frederick's Follies, featuring Corte Madera students impersonating rock acts (the Bangles, Katie Perry, Queen and Pitch Perfect) will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Corte Madera School, 4575 Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Governor's water-reduction mandate could hit hard locally

Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley's per capita water use greatly exceeds Bay Area average
Gov. Jerry Brown's new order to reduce water consumption by 25 percent could have an unusually high impact on local households. Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley's per capita water use greatly exceeds the Bay Area average.

April 7, 2015 | 55 comments
Tonight: Portola Valley council discusses license-plate reading cameras

A busy night is ahead for the Portola Valley Town Council when it meets at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Historic Schoolhouse. The agenda includes license-plate reading cameras and the governor's water conservation orders.

April 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Closet alarm may have scared off Felton Drive burglar

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park.

April 10, 2015 | 1 comment
STEM, career tech could be focus at new Menlo Park high school

Academic paths through high school typically lead students toward college, with career technical education as an option. What if the paths were mixed up a bit?

April 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Facebook's new Gehry campus changes more than its name

Social media company's expansion shapes future of Menlo Park's industrial district
It's no longer "the Gehry building" – Facebook's newest Menlo Park office has been dubbed "MPK20" as employees started moving in last week. This is building number 20 in Menlo Park (MPK).

April 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Tenorio has another monster day at the plate for the Oaks

The Menlo College baseball team stayed hot offensively Friday, building on an earlier 20-run performance with a pair of 13-run efforts in NAIA West conference action, downing visiting Simpson, 13-6 and 13-3. Read the story here.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook forges ahead with plans to build two office buildings on third campus

Social media company may also build 200-room hotel on Chilco Street
Fresh off the opening of the Gehry building in Menlo Park, also known as the "west campus" and "MPK20" and "that cool building at 1 Facebook Way," the social media company has now submitted a proposal for the 59 acres it bought from TE Connectivity in 2014. The plan includes 985,719 square feet of office space in two new buildings.

April 6, 2015 | 8 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park Planning Commission studies El Camino Real

Does road need three lanes, bike lanes, or no changes?
The Menlo Park Planning Commission will hold a study session tonight (April 6) to consider how to improve El Camino Real. Three alternatives, as well as the option to leave the road as is, will be discussed.

April 6, 2015 | 9 comments
Deputies suspect mountain lion killed goat at La Honda ranch

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies suspect a goat at a La Honda ranch was killed by a mountain lion Sunday morning, according to the county's Office of Emergency Services.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Nothing to write 'Home' about

Alien invasion gets cute in frequent-flying animated film
In the over-saturated market for CGI-animated kids' films, "Home" doesn't stand out as anything special: It's another conspicuously packaged product seemingly designed to wear down an audience more than entertain it.

April 4, 2015 | No comments yet
She was framed

'Woman in Gold' arbitrates the ownership of a classic Klimt
A Nazi-enabled "finders keepers" claim comes under scrutiny in the based-on-a-true-story drama, "Woman in Gold."

April 4, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton not willing to give up library tax revenue without a fight

Atherton's City Council members made it clear at an April 1 study session that they have some major concerns about a county library system proposal that would end the practice of allowing all library tax revenue raised in a town or city to stay in that community

April 6, 2015 | 4 comments
Recent home sales in Menlo Park, Woodside

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

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - April 1

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

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: 'Rough and Tumble' Woodside

Mitch Postel, president of the San Mateo County Historical Society, will talk about "1850s: Rough and Tumble Woodside," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road.

April 3, 2015 | No comments yet
Opposition grows to herbicide spraying

The Committee for Green Foothills has joined the protest over recent roadside spraying of herbicides by the California Department of Transportation.

April 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Fire chief: No one died in Atherton house fire

Investigators searching for possible victims in the abandoned single-story house at 29 Shearer Drive in Atherton that was destroyed in an April 1 fire found no human remains, fire officials report.

April 3, 2015 | 5 comments
Authorities declare Woodside High campus safe after bomb threat

County bomb squad employed a bomb-sniffing dog
Investigators and a bomb-sniffing dog from the San Mateo County bomb squad have completed their search of the campus of Woodside High School and things are more or less back to normal, Principal Diane Burbank said a phone message to the school community at 12:10 p.m. this afternoon.

April 2, 2015 | 45 comments
Menlo Park extends timeline for M2 zoning changes

After a lengthy discussion on March 31, the Menlo Park City Council opted to take a 60-day timeout before pressing forward with the next steps in the process of updating the zoning rules for what can be built in the city's M2 industrial district.

April 3, 2015 | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Two attack, rob woman sitting in car

Two people attacked a woman sitting in her car on Market Place during the early evening of Wednesday, April 1, according to the Menlo Park police.

April 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Chowchilla kidnapper, a former Atherton resident, found fit for parole

Three kidnappers were from families in Atherton and Portola Valley
One of three men who kidnapped a busload of Chowchilla schoolchildren in 1976 was found fit for parole Wednesday by a two-member panel of the state Board of Parole Hearings. The three kidnappers were from families in Atherton and Portola Valley.

April 2, 2015 | 3 comments
Water board tells Stanford it supports removing Searsville Dam

Endanged species threatened by the dam, agency says
The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has told Stanford University it supports removing Searsville Dam as the university moves toward a decision on what to do with the dam and its reservoir.

April 2, 2015 | 14 comments
One of Woodside's favorite sons is getting married

Tyler MacNiven announces his engagement with a viral video
Tyler MacNiven, former star of "The Amazing Race," whose parents Margaret and Jamis own Buck's Restaurant in Woodside, is back in the news – again – this time for his wedding announcement video that's gone viral.

April 2, 2015 | 1 comment
Governor orders mandatory reduction in water-use

California's snowpack at a record low; Gov. Jerry Brown issues executive order for 25 percent cut in water use
Gov. Jerry Brown today issued an executive order for statewide mandatory water use reductions, the first-ever order in California's history, according to the governor's office.

April 1, 2015 | 11 comments
Atherton: Suspicious fire destroys abandoned house

There is little left of a 3,000-square-foot single-story home at 29 Shearer Drive in Atherton. A fire, first reported around 5 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, April 1), destroyed the house and left it uninhabitable.

April 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Occupy Woodside: Town's streets taken over by ... roses

It's time for the annual invasion of climbing roses
Every spring, many of Woodside's roadsides are overtaken by climbing roses, and this year the bloom is prolific.

April 1, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight in Portola Valley: How climate change affects birds

Every morning, songbirds greet the sun with a dawn chorus. Might this timeless phenomenon be changing as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and affect the climate? Can anything be done?

April 15, 2015 | No comments yet
No fooling: Atherton rental available at only $50,000 a month

April Fool joke? Afraid not
Looking for a Midpeninsula rental? There's a nice seven bedroom, 9.5 bath home coming up in Atherton.

April 1, 2015 | 7 comments
Gunn baseball keeps streak alive with nonleague win over Menlo

It has been quite a turnaround for the Gunn baseball team this season. The Titans opened the year with three straight losses, topped by a 26-5 beating administered by rival Palo Alto. Since then, however, the Titans have been nearly perfect.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook opens west campus

It's no longer "the Gehry building" -- Facebook's newest Menlo Park office has been dubbed "MPK20" as employees start moving in this week.

March 31, 2015 | 9 comments
Saturday talk in Menlo Park: 'She Also Served'

Letters from a Navy wife tell of World War II life in Menlo Park and beyond
Shops with luxury goods line Santa Cruz Avenue these days. It's hard to imagine a Menlo Park where candy was hard to come by and white socks for children impossible, but the letters Virgilia Short Witzel wrote during World War II show that those days weren't so long ago.

April 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district renews SLAC contract

When Stanford University's National Accelerator Laboratory calls, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will still come running.

April 6, 2015 | 4 comments
Menlo Park: Crowdfunding tries to save Nak's market

A crowdfunding campaign has kicked off to rescue Nak's Oriental Market in Menlo Park.

April 1, 2015 | 4 comments
Students invited to submit artwork

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, is inviting students in her 18th Congressional District to submit artwork for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park teen competes in world fencing championship

Maia Chan Chamberlain, 16, of Menlo Park has earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the Sabre Cadet Fencing World Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on April 2.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Household waste drop-off

Menlo Park residents may make appointments to drop off household hazardous waste materials on Saturday, April 11, between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

April 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ballast rock update expected by Friday

After holding a meeting with an estimated 45 Belle Haven residents concerned about the dusty piles of ballast rock stored near the Chilco Street railroad tracks, Caltrain said it would provide an update and possible solutions by Friday, April 3.

April 1, 2015 | 2 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park studies proposed M2 zoning changes

It's time for the decision-makers to take a first look at what residents have said they hope to see in Menlo Park's M2 industrial district, when the City Council and Planning Commission hold a joint study session tonight (March 31).

March 31, 2015 | 4 comments
Today: What should Atherton do with millions in excess library funds?

Council study session starts at 4 p.m. in park pavilion
Atherton's City Council will discuss what should be done with the more than $1 million a year in library taxes that the town generates each year but aren't needed to run the library, in a study session on Wednesday, April 1, starting at 4 p.m.

April 1, 2015 | 1 comment
Mass-market hydrogen-powered car at Earth Fair

Of the several factory-manufactured cars parked with their hoods up at the 2015 Earth Fair in Woodside on Saturday, electric motors powered all of them. "OK," a reader might say. "This is 2015. What else have you got?"

April 3, 2015 | 14 comments
Police calls: Security cam sees man with tote bag not his own

Crime reports for Woodside and Menlo Park.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside survey shows: Most cyclists stop for stop signs

The survey was conducted by Woodside fifth-graders
California law requires bicyclists to stop at stop signs, but many bicyclists regularly and blatantly ignore this rule of the road. Are the scofflaws in the majority?

April 1, 2015 | 31 comments
Hourly day care center opens in West Menlo Park

Toddle, the West Menlo Park day care center that takes children by the hour as a convenience for busy parents, opened March 23 at 3131 Alameda de las Pulgas, at the intersection with Manzanita Avenue.

April 4, 2015 | 1 comment
Retreat center sues county over plan to reorganize as drug, alcohol rehab facility

The owners of the Stillpath Retreat Center at 16350 Skyline Blvd. in the unincorporated woods above Woodside are suing San Mateo County in federal court.

April 3, 2015 | 10 comments
Menlo Park police officer honored for work with kids

Home visits, shooting hoops all in a day's work
Going to school pays off, both for the students and for the Menlo Park police officer whose mission it is to make sure the kids get to class.

March 30, 2015 | 1 comment
McNealy wins The Goodwin, Stanford finishes third

Cardinal corner
Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy overcame a three-shot deficit to chase down UAB's Will Cannon and earn medalist honors at The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course on Saturday. Read the story here.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Galway, Ireland, officials visit Menlo Park

The mayor of Galway, Ireland, Donal Lyons, stopped by Menlo Park on March 10-11, at the invitation of Menlo Park Mayor Catherine Carlton. Mayor Lyons was accompanied by Galway Chief Executive (similar to city manager) Brendan McGrath.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Another daytime car burglary reported in Holbrook-Palmer Park

For the second time in a little more than a week, Holbrook-Palmer Park was the site of a broad-daylight vehicle burglary on Friday, March 27, Atherton police say.

March 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park man cited after claiming to be police officer

A "driving incident" on Crane Street led to the citation of a Menlo Park man for allegedly impersonating a police officer.

March 30, 2015 | 2 comments
Spring into the arts: A fresh new season of arts and entertainment

From an emerging contemporary dance company based in Mountain View to a visit from an innovative folk-punk band from Ukraine, we've sorted through hundreds of happenings to bring you some of spring's hottest arts events.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Tall ships visit Port of Redwood City

The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain and their costumed crews will arrive at the Port of Redwood City for a 13-day visit on March 31. The ships will be open to the public and educational groups for tours and re-enacted cannon battles.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Train strikes, kills pedestrian

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Caltrain in Sunnyvale on Sunday morning (March 29).

March 29, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two cited for buying minors alcohol

Two adults were cited for misdemeanors after they bought alcohol for a minor decoy working on behalf of the Menlo Park Police Department on Thursday.

March 28, 2015 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Business authors speak at Menlo College

Bay Area business authors -- including Jeffrey Pfeffer, Paul Freiberger, Leslie Berlin, Lee Caraher and Lisa Kay Solomon -- will participate in an authors roundtable at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Menlo College, 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Jury rejects Ellen Pao's claim of gender bias by Kleiner Perkins

After two full days of deliberation following an almost month-long trial, a jury on Friday found in favor of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers in a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner.

March 27, 2015 | 28 comments
Local schools score high in academic decathlon

Intensive preparation enabled two Menlo Park schools to take first and second place in overall scoring at the recent California Catholic Schools Academic Junior High Decathlon.

March 31, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Presbyterian names new director of children's ministry

Gary Lindsay is the new director of children's ministry at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, where he will be serving more than 2,000 families.

March 28, 2015 | No comments yet
$5 million food-for-kids drive launched

Second Harvest Food Bank is launching a $5 million Stand Up for Kids Campaign by partnering with schools and community organizations to better connect hungry kids and their families to nutritious food.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: M-A dance team holds show, fundraiser

Hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, tumbling and ballet performances will highlight the 12th annual Menlo-Atherton High School Dance Team show and fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in the school's Performing Arts Center.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: Filoli executive talks about moving past recent turmoil

Expanded story on interview with Cynthia D'Agosta and Heidi Brown
Update: Expanded story - Nearly six weeks after she first declined interviews with the Almanac, Filoli's executive director, Cynthia D'Agosta agreed to an interview at Filoli on March 26 to discuss how those at the historic estate are working to move past the recent turmoil.

March 27, 2015 | 33 comments
Tonight: Hearing set on O'Connor Street residents' school district transfer request

They want to move from Ravenswood to Menlo Park district
On Monday night, the public can comment on the request by residents of the north side of Menlo Park's O'Connor Street to be moved into the same school district as their across the street neighbors, from the Ravenswood City to the Menlo Park City school district.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
New Ravenswood Family Health Center to debut Saturday

Multi-million-dollar facility ups care for low-income East Palo Alto, Menlo Park residents
After 15 years of operating out of modular buildings, Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto will host a grand opening celebration for its brand-new, 38,000-square-foot facility on March 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Bus fire snarls traffic on U.S. 101

A casino bus caught fire on southbound U.S. 101 in Menlo Park Thursday evening, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District officials.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Homeless census: Far fewer people living on county streets

A homeless census in San Mateo County shows around 690 people are living on the streets, in vehicles or in encampments, lower by 47 percent from the 1,299 people counted in 2013.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Paly student tells of school stress: 'Students are gasping for air'

My stress began in elementary school, where students were segregated into separate class meetings as "early" and "late" readers, recalls Carolyn Walworth a junior at Palo Alto High School.

March 26, 2015 | 21 comments
Worth a Look: Singing Jewish cowboy, tall ship tours and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, take part in a canon battle at sea, hear a concert by a singing Jewish cowboy and take the whole family to the first-ever Cubberley Community Day.

March 26, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton couple's $50 million donation is part of pledge to give away half their wealth

Mark and Mary Stevens of Atherton funded USC brain research program
Mark and Mary Stevens, the Atherton couple who have given $50 million to USC's Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, are among 129 billionaires worldwide who have signed the Giving Pledge started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, promising to give away at least half their wealth.

March 26, 2015 | 2 comments
Menlo Park district superintendent is back after medical leave

Maurice Ghysels had been recovering from a neck injury
Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels is back on the job, he announced in a communication to the school community on March 25. He had been on a medical leave since late February after injuring his neck.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - March 25

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

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to look at extending parking time limits downtown

Menlo Park will be looking at four changes to downtown parking, including letting people park in the downtown plazas for up to three hours for free and funding parking garages.

March 25, 2015 | 27 comments
Former district attorney Keith Sorenson dies at 93

Keith C. Sorenson, the district attorney in San Mateo County from 1953 to 1982, has died. Mr. Sorenson played a major role in hiring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor after she graduated from Stanford University law school.

March 25, 2015 | 2 comments
Thursday: Atherton prepares for emergency

'Get Ready Atherton' preparedness event is from 6-8 p.m. in Holbrook-Palmer Park
It's emergency preparedness made easy -- Atherton has planned a "Get Ready Atherton" event for Thursday, March 26, in Holbrook-Palmer Park to give residents "one-stop shopping" for information, supplies and answers to their questions about emergency preparedness.

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Atherton couple give brain research institute $50 million

Mark and Mary Stevens endow the Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Mark and Mary Stevens of Atherton have given the University of Southern California $50 million to endow and name the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, the university announced today.

March 25, 2015 | 1 comment
Woodside: Djerassi artists compound open for sculpture tours

The annual Art/Sky sculpture tours at the Djerassi resident artists facility in Woodside begin this month.

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Thursday: Sen. Jerry Hill holds open house

State Senator Jerry Hill, D- San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at their district offices, 1528 South El Camino Real in San Mateo.

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man accused of camera store break-in pleads not guilty

A man in jail over a break-in at Mike's Camera shop has pleaded not guilty to charges that include burglary, vandalism and possession of stolen property, according to a prosecutor's report.

March 24, 2015 | 1 comment
Four robbed at auto shop in North Fair Oaks

Two suspects robbed four people at an auto mechanic shop in unincorporated North Fair Oaks over the weekend, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
One person killed, two injured in head-on crash on Highway 1

One person was killed and two were injured in a collision that blocked state Highway 1 near Ano Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County on Monday evening.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two programs on World War II themes

Two programs devoted to books with World War II themes will be held in the Menlo Park City Council chambers on two Saturdays: April 4 and May 2.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
Feature story: Hands-on learning

Shop teacher sings the praises of working with wood
It's an old dividing line, jobs in the trades that require hand skills with a variety of tools versus jobs that rely mainly on thinking. Hands-on versus intellectual. Are both important?

March 30, 2015 | 1 comment
Hydrogen fuel station planned for Skylonda

The state predicts 6,650 hydrogen-powered vehicles will be on the road in California by 2017.
Electric cars and their charging stations have had the alternative-fuel spotlight mostly to themselves in Silicon Valley in recent years. By the end of October, however, they will have challengers, in Skylonda and along the Peninsula.

March 27, 2015 | 5 comments
Saturday: Portola Valley, Woodside hold Earth Fair

With a theme of "Carbon: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" for the 2015 Portola Valley and Woodside Earth Fair on Saturday, March 28, it should be no surprise that cars that run on fuels not derived from fossilized carbon will be on display.

March 26, 2015 | 1 comment
Police calls: Woodside residents call deputies after unknown man runs into woods

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, North Fair Oaks, Portola Valley and Menlo Park

March 25, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Easter egg hunts in Menlo Park and Atherton

Menlo Park will host two free Easter egg hunts on Saturday, April 4, while Atherton will hold one with a $10 admission.

April 2, 2015 | No comments yet
Water snafu affected 3,500 Menlo Park customers

Untreated water was mixed with treated water in an East Bay reservoir earlier this month and then went on to the regional water system, which delivers to an estimated 3,500 customers of the Menlo Park Municipal Water District, according to the city.

March 27, 2015 | No comments yet
Lawsuit against Menlo Park fire district over crash is dismissed

A lawsuit brought against the Menlo Park Fire Protection District over a collision between a car and an emergency vehicle has been dismissed, but it has led to changes in how emergency vehicles drive to a scene.

March 24, 2015 | 12 comments
Tuesday: Downtown parking on Menlo council agenda

Downtown parking, that perpetual agenda topic in Menlo Park, will reappear yet again before the City Council on Tuesday, March 24, for a study session.

March 23, 2015 | 3 comments
Friday: Art in Action Fundraiser at Computer History Museum

Google's Dennis Hwang will be honored
Art in Action, the Menlo Park-based nonprofit that provides art education to children, is holding a fundraiser, "Object:Art," on Friday, March 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: ASCC meets in Portola Valley to discuss a bridge, a wall and a trailer

The Architectural and Site Control Commission in Portola Valley is set to address a wide-ranging discussion of topics tonight, including a new bridge; a wider road shoulder, perhaps with a retaining wall; and a new radar trailer.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
March 27-29: Menlowe Ballet commissions new work set to Dave Brubeck music

As part of its spring program, "Rapture," Menlowe Ballet has commissioned Oakland-based jazz choreographer Reginald Savage to create a new work on the company. Set to the music of Dave Brubeck, "Bru's Sweet" evokes the jazz spirit of the 1950s.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
El Camino Real study session rescheduled

The Menlo Park Planning Commission has continued a study session on how to improve El Camino Real, with a three-lane corridor or separate bike lanes among the options to consider, to April 6.

March 23, 2015 | 35 comments
Life in the fun-house mirror

'Wild Tales' delivers on its titular promise
Quentin Tarantino, move over. Argentinian writer-director Damián Szifron has his own "Wild Tales" to tell -- six of them, in fact -- in the take-no-prisoners black-comedic anthology film that scored an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Truck smashes through camera shop; cop chases, catches suspect

Police checking whether incident is related to other 'smash and grab' burglaries
After a silver Nissan pickup truck smashed through the rear glass door of Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park early Sunday morning, a Menlo Park officer chased and captured a 46-year-old burglary suspect a short distance away.

March 22, 2015 | 4 comments
'Let Play Ball' exhibit opens at history museum

The San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City opened a new exhibit, "Let's Play Ball," on Saturday, March 21.

March 21, 2015 | No comments yet
Review: 'The Lake Effect' at ThreatreWorks

Rajiv Joseph's play finds the heat beneath the chill
Set in an Indian restaurant in Cleveland during a swirling winter storm, "The Lake Effect" explores tense family dynamics, the immigrant experience and the power of grief to stir up long-buried pain. The play runs through March 29 at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Flor Aquino Ortiz named Woodside High student of the week

Flor Aquino Ortiz has been named Woodside High School's student of the week for achievements in advanced placement environmental science and community service.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Update: Three arrested on burglary charges after Menlo Park pursuit

Three men were taken into custody Friday (March 20) following a pursuit sparked by a resident who reported seeing a suspicious vehicle cruising along Bay Laurel Drive in Menlo Park shortly after 10 a.m., police reported.

March 20, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: Recalling moment of panic on the train tracks

In the aftermath of the recent death of a young driver on the Ravenswood Avenue train tracks, a Menlo Park resident recalls his adrenalin-rush moment of disbelief at being stuck on the same tracks, and watching a train approach.

April 3, 2015 | 34 comments
Atherton police on lookout for suspect in vehicle burglaries

Atherton police are looking for a man they suspect has committed a series vehicle burglaries in town recently.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest Opinion: What we can do to reduce risk for our teens

The pediatricians of Palo Alto Medical Foundation are deeply saddened by the local recent events. The loss of a young person's life is always a tragedy but especially so when preventable. As a medical group and a community we must ask ourselves what we can do differently.

April 6, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires a new head football coach

Menlo-Atherton High didn't have to look far to find a new head football coach when it hired Adhir Ravipati, who has served as the team's offensive coordinator since 2012. Read the story here.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Deputy warns Woodside drivers to be more careful near school

Deputies will enforce traffic laws during dropoff and pickup times
An email sent March 19 to parents at Woodside Elementary School by San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy Ron DeRespini warns that drivers are breaking traffic laws near the school and putting children and adults at risk.

March 20, 2015 | 2 comments
Atherton chooses architecture firm to start civic center work

First two phases should be done by end of June
Atherton is a step closer to making a new civic center complex a reality with Wednesday night's approval of a contract with WRNS Studio to start work on plans for new town facilities.

March 20, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrans cancels second herbicide spray date on Highway 84

Agency says it won't spray next week as planned
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which had said it would spray herbicides along Highway 84 west of Skyline Boulevard on March 17 and March 24, now says the job was completed in one day and has cancelled the second spray date.

March 19, 2015 | 5 comments
How to register your kindergartner

Four local elementary school districts -- Woodside, Portola Valley, Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City -- have announced kindergarten registration procedures.

March 30, 2015 | No comments yet
State sets new water restrictions for urban areas

California's State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday to impose new mandatory restrictions on urban water use as the state enters its fourth year of drought.

March 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Kristen Gracia named new principal at Oak Knoll School

Former vice principal and interim co-principal will lead Menlo Park school
Kristen Gracia, a 16-year veteran of the Menlo Park City School District who has been serving as an interim co-principal at Oak Knoll School, has been named its new principal.

March 19, 2015 | 3 comments
Menlo College's Donnenwirth earns national honors

Laurel Donnenwirth, who just finished her senior year with the Menlo College women's basketball team, earned a pair of national honors this week for her highly successful final campaign.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park plans next steps to improve rail crossing safety

People disagree on whether railroad tracks should be elevated above the street or buried underground in Menlo Park, and whether it's crossing design or inattention that causes the most problems, but everyone agrees: Even after the Feb. 23 fatal collision at the Ravenswood crossing, drivers still get stuck on the railroad tracks on a daily basis.

March 19, 2015 | 43 comments
Complaint about creekside spraying draws quick response in Menlo Park

New policy prohibits spraying near waterways
Sometimes local government does work. Menlo Park responded this week to a motorist's report of seeing herbicide spraying near a local creek by tracking down the culprit and immediately restricting future spraying in the city. The resident wants even more restrictions, however.

March 19, 2015 | 7 comments
Menlo Park: Not guilty plea in truck theft case; home ransacked

A 26-year-old man pulled over by Menlo Park police for a traffic stop in what turned out to be a stolen truck pleaded not guilty to multiple charges on Tuesday, March 17.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday: Fair Oaks Health Center celebrates first anniversary

Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier will be among guest speakers at the Fair Oaks Health Center Health Fair to be held Saturday. March 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 2710 Middlefield Road in Redwood City.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Book Sale at Menlo Park Library

A wide selection of "gently used" books will be sold at the spring book sale Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St. in Menlo Park.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
SAP launches tech cafe at historic Palo Alto theater

HanaHaus at Varsity Theatre prepares to serve up Blue Bottle Coffee to local innovators
Seeking to breathe new life into a venerable downtown landmark, software giant SAP on Tuesday unveiled a product guaranteed to generate some buzz: a sprawling cafe geared toward local innovators in the historic Varsity Theatre.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - Menlo Park, Woodside

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

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - March 18

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

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Scam alert: Deputies warn of home-repair solicitations

Residents of San Mateo County should be wary of scams involving door-to-door solicitations by people claiming to be in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning repair business, according to the Sheriff's Office.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside won't join FCC suit for now

Woodside's Town Council has decided, at least for now, to not join a national lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Rags to riches

Disney's new 'Cinderella' sure is pretty
This "Cinderella" is a lavish, classy affair. Ultimately, though, the film isn't joyful enough to supplant Disney's first take, or sophisticated enough to surpass it in speaking to today's girls.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Boots on the ground

There's big trouble in Belfast in ''71'
Lean, mean craftsmanship defines the compact (para)military thriller "'71," set during the titular time of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

March 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Tonight: Atherton to ink deal with civic center architect

WRNS Studios chosen to design civic center
Atherton's City Council is scheduled to approve tonight an initial contract with WRNS Studio, the architectural firm that has been chosen to design the town's new civic center.

March 18, 2015 | 2 comments
Portola Valley seeks nominees for first 'Environmental Champ' award

The town of Portola Valley is looking for nominees for its first annual Environmental Champion award. The deadline in Friday, March 20.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Keep calm and parent on

What can parents do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in their children?
I am a psychiatrist. After the recent tragedy, my phone has not stopped ringing with calls from concerned fellow parents. They ask me in whispers: What can we do right now to decrease the risk of suicide in our children?

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP's Lavorato wins Positive Coaching Alliance award

Sacred Heart Prep football coach Pete Lavorato has won Positive Coaching Alliance's coveted Double-Goal Coach Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth athletes.

March 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Barbara Wood shares recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage Fitzpatrick

In honor of St. Patrick's Day writer Barbara Wood will become a Fitzpatrick like the rest of her family and share her recipe for corned beef and cabbage, which is a little different from the usual boiled dinner.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man found not guilty of assault on officer

A jury delivered a "not guilty" verdict in the case of a 65-year-old Menlo Park man charged with backing a pickup truck into a code-enforcement officer on purpose.

March 17, 2015 | 8 comments
April 1 Kepler's event: Barney Frank on 'Life in Politics'

Barney Frank, who served in the House of Representatives for 32 years, will talk about his memoir, "Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St. in Redwood City.

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Belle Haven meeting on land-use survey results for M2 industrial zone

You clicked, you voted, and now you can talk about how it turned out: The Belle Haven neighborhood will host a general plan open house at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, to discuss the results of the city of Menlo Park's preferred land use options survey.

March 19, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park meeting on making rail crossings safer

Council members Rich Cline and Kirsten Keith will hold a rail subcommittee meeting Wednesday, March 18, to discuss making railroad crossings safer in light of the recent fatal accident at the Ravenswood Avenue intersection.

March 18, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Community meeting to talk about ballast rock piles in Menlo Park

In 2008, Caltrain started storing ballast, or railroad rock, in piles next to the tracks and near Chilco Street in Menlo Park. There the rock has lingered, much to the chagrin of residents living nearby.

March 23, 2015 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Iberia restaurant plans to move at year-end

Alma Street businesses to be torn down if office complex is approved
By year-end, it will be off to a new, out-of-town home for Iberia, the popular Spanish restaurant on Alma Street in Menlo Park. Owner and chef Jose Luis Relinque said he's in the process of finalizing the paperwork to buy a Belmont property.

March 18, 2015 | 21 comments
Man, 89, struck by car on Stowe Lane at Alpine Road

An 89-year-old man from British Columbia who was visiting his son in Stanford Weekend Acres found himself entering Stanford Hospital on March 12 with major injuries and in the company of medics.

March 17, 2015 | 6 comments
Coach readies M-A students for fashion show spotlight

Seniors will strut for three fashion show performances March 21
Menlo-Atherton's seniors will have ample opportunity to showcase their skills with three fashion show performances: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at M-A's Performing Arts Center.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: SLAC talk in Menlo Park on Jupiter research

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, staff scientist Siegfried Glenzer has devised experiments to view simulated conditions in the center of Jupiter.

March 24, 2015 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Little opposition to recording license plate data

In the second of two forums to gauge community sentiment in Portola Valley on whether to mount license-plate reading cameras along Alpine, Portola and Arastradero roads, opinion tilted toward installing the cameras.

March 17, 2015 | 1 comment
Police calls: Second-story burglar at work in Menlo Park

Crime reports from Menlo Park

March 17, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP boys see their season end in the toughest of losses

The Sacred Heart Prep boys ended their basketball season with a heart-wrenching 64-52 loss to visiting St. Mary's of Albany, which rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, in a CIF Division IV quarterfinal Saturday night. Read the story here.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
SHP girls bounce back from lacrosse losses with big win

Weekend prep roundup
It has been an up-and-down start to the lacrosse season for the Sacred Heart Prep girls, who dominated last season with a 19-5 record and perfect campaign in the West Bay Athletic League. Read the story here.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Eight cited for providing alcohol to minors

It was an unlucky weekend for eight adults in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto who allegedly fell for the police department's latest minor decoy operation.

March 16, 2015 | No comments yet
Airport uses GPS to track ride-sharing services

San Francisco International Airport is using a GPS-based system to track traffic from ride-sharing services such as Lyft or Uber.

March 16, 2015 | 5 comments
Worth a Look: world-class bluegrass, watercolor landscapes and more

This week's A&E highlights
This week, tap your feet to top-notch bluegrass in Palo Alto, check out watercolor paintings of the Baylands and catch a farcical play in Redwood City

March 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Happy Pi Day!

Congratulations Almanac readers. As you read this article, there won't be another "Pi Day" like this for 1,000 years. It's a celebration of one of the most famous irrational numbers in history.

March 14, 2015 | 5 comments
Atherton to bid on providing financial services to waste management agency

Although one council member was strongly opposed to the idea, Atherton's City Council has voted to allow the town to compete for a contract to provide financial and accounting services to the South Bayside Waste Management Authority.

March 13, 2015 | 4 comments
March 28: Workshop on making historical collages

Using copies of old photographs, Leah Lubin will show workshop attendants how to create a historical collage from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the San Mateo County History Museum.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Karae Lisle named CEO of Peninsula Volunteers

Karae Lisle of Menlo Park is the new chief executive officer of Peninsula Volunteers Inc.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Priory, SHP boys advance in NorCal hoop playoffs

Priory senior Andy Isokpehi stole the ball at midcourt, flew down the lane and dunked the ball as the capacity crowd cheered wildly. A few minutes later, Isokpehi was surrounded by students who rushed the court to celebrate a scene they'd never witnessed before.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Basketball: M-A, Palo Alto and Menlo School all fall in playoffs

The postseason has come to an end for the Menlo-Atherton, Palo Alto and Menlo School girls following losses in the opening round of the CIF NorCal basketball playoffs on Wednesday night.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Laura Martinez to serve on Sequoia school board

East Palo Alto councilwoman unanimously appointed Wednesday
East Palo Alto Councilwoman Laura Martinez was appointed to the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Wednesday night.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
O'Connor Street residents ask for transfer into Menlo Park school district

31 homes on north side of street want transfer from Ravenswood district
Menlo Park residents on the north side of O'Connor Street, just about a block from where the Menlo Park City School District plans to build its new Upper Laurel School, have asked to have school district boundaries changed so children who live there could attend the school.

March 13, 2015 | 23 comments
New transit district CEO to get $434K in annual compensation

A former Redwood City councilman and member of the California High Speed Rail Authority board was appointed Wednesday as the new general manager and chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Transit District with an annual compensation of $434,661.

March 12, 2015 | 26 comments
Facebook executive gives $1 million to East Palo Alto nonprofit

Live In Peace strives to build connections between local youth, universities, entrepreneurs and tech companies
Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and his wife have donated $1 million to an East Palo Alto nonprofit group to help train and connect the city's youth to tech companies.

March 13, 2015 | No comments yet
Earthquake forecast shows greater chance of magnitude-8 temblors

Study also finds decreased chances of strong Northridge-sized quakes
A new California earthquake forecast lowers the chances of an earthquake around magnitude-6.7 in the next 30 years, but nearly doubles the chances of a catastrophic magnitude-8 quake.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley

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

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - March 11

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk plan approved

Sidewalks and buffered bike lanes will run from Hillview Middle School to downtown
The Menlo Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to study further a modified version of the preferred alternative option for the Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalk project.

March 11, 2015 | 32 comments
Menlo Park council likes what it sees of new Menlo Gateway plan

Developer David Bohannon presented revamped plans for the Menlo Gateway development to the Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday night, and the council members appeared to like what they saw.

March 11, 2015 | 12 comments
Caltrans statement on herbicide spraying along Route 84

March 11, 2015 | No comments yet
Caltrans again delays, but won't stop, spraying

Experts say chemicals have dangerous side effects
For the second week in a row, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has at the last minute postponed spraying herbicides along Highway 84 west of Skyline Boulevard, due to weather.

March 11, 2015 | 8 comments
M-A High fashion show set for March 21

The Menlo-Atherton High School PTA invites the community to its fashion show when seniors model cloths and raise funds for the school.

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Woodside: Grandmother arrested after vehicle strikes signs, rolls with grandchilden inside

A 64-year-old woman has been arrested on felony drunken driving and child endangerment charges after the vehicle she was driving struck street signs and rolled over in Woodside with three grandchildren inside, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported.

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside Town Council considers suing FCC

Animal control contract, housing element and lawsuit over wireless towers on agenda
Woodside's Town Council will consider joining a lawsuit over cellphone tower rules when it meets on Tuesday night, March 9. Also on the agenda: an animal control contract, the town's housing element and interviews with candidates for the town's Architectural and Site Review Board.

March 10, 2015 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Police department names employees of the year

Code enforcement officer Eleonor Hilario has been tapped as the Menlo Park Police Department's 2014 employee of the year, while Officer Brent Hughes has been selected as the officer of the year, the city announced.

March 16, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: St. Anton to start building 394-unit apartment complex

Developer St. Anton Partners is ready to start building its 394-unit apartment complex at 3639 Haven Ave. in Menlo Park. The city issued permits on March 2 for two of the three planned buildings.

March 12, 2015 | 7 comments
Tonight in Atherton: Forum eyes regional traffic problems

Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City and county offficals meet
A public forum about innovative ways to deal with regional traffic problems, featuring a speaker from the Grand Boulevard Initiative and officials from Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City and San Mateo County, will be held in Atherton at 6 p.m. Monday, March 16.

March 12, 2015 | 1 comment
BBC restaurant get permits to start construction work

Construction of a three-floor restaurant with rooftop dining at 1090 El Camino Real, site of the British Bankers Club, has kicked off, according to the city of Menlo Park.

March 10, 2015 | 11 comments
New owner of Menlo Park dry cleaners asks for clean slate

West Bay Cleaners owner says he's not associated with former tenant
Guilt by association is a pernicious thing, as the new tenant of Menalto Corners in Menlo Park is discovering. Eric Ybarra opened West Bay Cleaners in January, after the popular owner of a different dry cleaning business in that same space was arrested for multiple counts of alleged credit card fraud.

March 10, 2015 | 6 comments
Ted Viray named postmaster for Menlo, Atherton, Portola Valley

Ted Viray, who took over Feb. 27 as postmaster for Menlo Park, Atherton and Portola Valley, said he is looking at hiring more carrier assistants for Amazon package delivery on Sundays.

March 13, 2015 | 2 comments
Woodside, developer find compromises on mansion

The remodeling of the 7,423-square-foot main house and accessory structures at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is evolving, though with fewer surprises than was the case 10 months ago.

March 10, 2015 | No comments yet
'Affordable housing crisis' on county supes agenda

In the realm of problems without ready answers, it's hard to top the scarcity of housing on the Peninsula that is reasonably affordable to households with less than six-figure annual incomes.

March 12, 2015 | No comments yet
Police calls: Burglar ransacks house in Ladera

Crime reports from Woodside, Ladera, North Fair Oaks, West Menlo Park and Menlo Park.

March 12, 2015 | 1 comment
Guest opinion: A volunteer's view on the turmoil at Filoli

In response to the turmoil over the recent rollout of Filoli's new volunteer agreement, Heidi Brown, president of the Friends of Filoli, has stated: "We figure that at least a hundred pair of eyes have seen this document." There may have been a hundred pair of eyes that have seen the document, but clearly not one pair of those eyes has "seen" the problems with the document.

March 13, 2015 | 18 comments
Menlo boys left out of NorCal hoop playoffs

When the CIF NorCal basketball playoffs open this week, seven local squads will be competing. In any normal year, eight local teams would be playing this week. Read the story here.

March 9, 2015 | No comments yet
Tonight: High school district board to pick new member

The governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District plans to interview and vote on candidates for an open board seat tonight.

March 9, 2015 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council to vote on design options for sidewalks on Santa Cruz Ave.

Eight years ago, the City Council chose to make installing sidewalks along Santa Cruz Avenue between Olive and Johnson streets a priority, or as much of a priority as the vagaries of funding allow. On Tuesday, March 10, the current council will decide, finally, what design option to study further.

March 9, 2015 | 2 comments
Caltrain fatality identified as Palo Alto teen

School district to provide counseling and support to students districtwide
A 15-year-old Palo Alto student was killed by a train on the railroad tracks south of Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto at about 6:25 a.m. Monday, Caltrain officials have confirmed.

March 9, 2015 | 18 comments
Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Woodside

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

March 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Recent home sales - March 4

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

March 8, 2015 | No comments yet
Deep waters

'Leviathan' is a whale of a political and moral parable
In this enigmatic, slow-paced film of ideas, an auto-repair shop owner must fight to keep his home and land from being seized by the crooked mayor of a remote fishing village in northern Russia. Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman's stunning images complement the narrative.

March 8, 2015 | No comments yet
La bella vita

Care and taste abound at Arte Ristorante
From zuppa to pesce, t