2019

Menlo Park eyeing project to streamline Bayfront Expressway connection between Dumbarton Bridge and U.S. 101

Open house on city's Transportation Master Plan tonight
The city of Menlo Park has released an "online open house" with an interactive map where people can weigh in on the projects being considered as the city's Transportation Master Plan continues to be developed.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Trump to lunch in the Los Trancos area near Portola Valley

Secrecy around fundraiser location has triggered plenty of speculation
With many conflicting rumors swirling in the past few days, it's been confirmed that President Donald Trump's Bay Area fundraiser luncheon today in the Los Trancos Woods area, at the Portola Valley border. Protests are ongoing.

September 17, 2019 | 4 comments
Gunn beats Menlo in nonleague girls volleyball action

Ella Sheehan helps lead Sacred Heart Prep past Gunn in girls tennis
Senior Odeya Russo returned to attack mode and it helped the Gunn girls' volleyball team sweep visiting Menlo School, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21, in a nonleague match Monday night. Sacred Heart Prep girls tennis beats Gunn, 6-1.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Two home burglaries in Atherton since Friday

Burglars used blunt objects to break into two Atherton homes directly across the street from each other in the last few days, according to police.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school district bond refinancing saves $3.7 million

The Menlo Park City School District will save taxpayers over $3.7 million by refinancing its voter-approved bonds.

September 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton considering how to raise more civic center project funds

The Atherton City Council recently asked staff to explore how to raise additional funding for the town's civic center project, including the possibility of accepting a loan from an Atherton resident.

September 16, 2019 | 2 comments
San Mateo County says no reports of vaping illnesses so far

With reports of vaping-related illnesses on the rise nationwide and six vaping-related deaths, San Mateo County health officials say that they haven't seen any specific cases of illness in the county that have been tied to vaping.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad helps UCSB make men's water polo history

Menlo School grad Tiago Bonchristiano helped the UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team make school history on Sunday. Sacred Heart Prep alum Xavier Marco scored a pair of goals for Pepperdine.

September 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo grad Robert Miranda helps Yale open season with a win

Henry Saul also runs for the Bulldogs; Gillian Meeks runs at Harvard
Menlo School grad Robert Miranda and Palo Alto alum Henry Saul helped the Yale men's cross country beat Harvard 24-33 in a dual meet Friday on the Yale Golf Course to open the season.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep boys finish third at St. Francis water polo tourney

Palo Alto tops Sobrato in a nonleague game, meets Los Altos next
Sacred Heart Prep fell to Bellarmine 11-7 in the semis of the St. Francis boys' water polo tournament and then came back to beat the host Lancers 13-6 to earn third place on Saturday. Paly beat Sobrato 13-6 in nonleague action.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
High school parent education series starts Sept. 19

The Parent Education Series will kick off its annual expert presentations and panel discussions, which take place at local high schools, with a discussion on the transition from high school to college.

September 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Trump won't be coming to Atherton after all, police chief says

Politico reported that president would visit town for fundraiser in mid-September
Atherton will not be the destination of President Donald Trump as he makes his political fundraising visit to the Bay Area this week, Atherton Police Chief Steve McCulley said last week.

September 13, 2019 | 21 comments
Third straight Spare the Air alert issued for Saturday

Bay Area air district officials issued a third straight Spare the Air alert for Saturday (Sept. 14) and expanded an air quality advisory for possible smoke drifting from Northern California wildfires.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 9

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest sale at $9,950,000 for a newly constructed six-bedroom modern home with expansive views of San Francisco Bay.

September 14, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A girls open PAL volleyball with a road win at Burlingame

Sacred Heart Prep tops Menlo School in WBAL action; Paly wins
Junior Emma Spindt recorded six kills and added 22 digs to help the Menlo-Atherton girls' volleyball team open its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division schedule with a victory over host Burlingame on Thursday.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside loses Thursday night football game at Leigh

Injuries are piling up for the Wildcats
Before the season began, Woodside coach Justin Andrews was cautiously optimistic that improved depth might help his team withstand the injuries that have been so debilitating the past few years.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Menlo Park today. Here's where to stay cool.

With a predicted high of about 94 degrees in Menlo Park today, the National Weather Service has declared a heat advisory throughout large swaths of the Bay Area, with the worst heat expected between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
A brilliant career

'Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice' profiles the beloved songster
The new documentary "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" affords Ronstadt the opportunity to tell much of her own story, including how she found her "voice" as an individual, an artist and a social-justice advocate.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Second-straight Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

Air quality advisory also issued due to possible smoke from wildfires elsewhere in the state
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Friday because of elevated levels of smog expected as a result of high temperatures and light winds in the region.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Traffic alert: Skyline Boulevard south of Alpine Road closed following small grass fire

Skyline Boulevard near Alpine Road will be closed for about two to three hours today (Sept. 12) due to downed electrical wires that started a small grass fire, according to a San Mateo County Alert issued just before 3:30 p.m.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Colorful 'Dream' appears in Redwood City

Installation by local artist Fernando Escartiz draws inspiration from Mexican folk art
Visitors to downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square this month will notice some new inhabitants -- large, colorful creatures perched on the roof and hanging within the corner Art Kiosk.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Making time for 'Hickorydickory'

Dragon play is a family dramedy and surreal fantasy
Ultimately, the thought-provoking, preposterous and sometimes-frustrating "Hickorydickory" proves time well spent.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Enrollment up slightly at M-A, Woodside high schools

When Sequoia Union High School District students returned to school last month, they were met with new teachers, classes and facilities, including the just-opened TIDE Academy in Menlo Park.

September 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Portola Valley is ready to party this Saturday with annual picnic

Highlights include 'Zotts to Tots' run, Boy Scout burgers, and kids' activities
Portola Valley will be continuing a long tradition on Saturday when the town comes together for its annual picnic.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Vikings volleyball loses 5-setter to Lancers

Senior middle blocker Amelia Gibbs recorded 14 kills but the Palo Alto girls volleyball team fell to visiting St. Francis 15-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 15-8 Tuesday night in a nonleague match at the Peery Family Center.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Local cross country programs running at full strength

A glance at the results from last Saturday's Lowell Invitational, the first major cross country invitational of the season, gives an indication of just how strong the local mid-Peninsula area is in the sport.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP boys open water polo season with a win

Luke Weigle scored three goals, including the go-ahead goal, as Sacred Heart Prep opened its West Catholic Athletic League season with a 10-5 victory over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday.

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Interested in school board seat? Application deadline is Sept. 16

Menlo Park City School District board will appoint new member to fill Caroline Lucas' seat
The deadline to apply for appointment to a seat on the Menlo Park City School District Board of Trustees is 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

September 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Spare the Air alert issued for Thursday due to hot temperatures, light winds

Conditions expected to create elevated levels of smog, according to air district
High temperatures and light winds forecast in the Bay Area for Thursday have prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Minimum wage ordinance approved

$15 an hour for workers in Menlo Park to be required beginning Jan. 1
Starting on Jan. 1, workers in Menlo Park must be paid a minimum of $15 an hour, following a 4-0-1 vote on Sept. 10 by the Menlo Park City Council to enact a citywide minimum wage ordinance.

September 11, 2019 | 35 comments
Mutts take the spotlight. And who can complain?

Fremont Park could have been christened Muttville Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 8, as canines big and small converged to take a shot at fame during the first annual Mutt Strutt Super Heroes Dog Show.

September 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton to begin exploring gas-powered leaf blower restrictions

After a study session debate about whether Atherton town staff has the time to explore limiting leaf blower use in town, council members asked staff to estimate the amount of time it would take to look into the topic.

September 11, 2019 | 10 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council set to vote on minimum wage ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council could vote to approve a citywide minimum wage ordinance tonight (Sept. 10).

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Uneven Ground Part II: Navigating food deserts and swamps

In part II of "Uneven Ground," reporter Kate Bradshaw explores different ways that the communities of North Fair Oaks, Belle Haven and East Palo Alto experience inequitable access to healthy food and what steps are being taken to help.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Castilleja splashes to PAL Bay Division water polo victory

Castilleja opened Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division water polo play with a 15-1 victory over visiting Woodside on Monday night as Lexi Triantis and Georgia Hutchinson each scored three goals.

September 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors pleads not guilty, remains in custody

At a brief hearing on Monday (Sept. 9), Randolph Haldeman, the Menlo Park man facing 20 sexual assault charges for allegedly molesting several children, pleaded not guilty and received a Nov. 5 date for a preliminary hearing.

September 10, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford's Michele Barry to speak on the climate impact of megacities

When it comes to the climate crisis, are massive "megacities" part of the problem, or part of the solution? According to Stanford University medical professor Dr. Michelle Barry, the answer is both.

September 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Six laptops stolen from Woodside Priory school

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

September 12, 2019 | No comments yet
A hot spot of hospitality

Whether you're a rider or biker, or a neighbor on the hill, going to Alice's is 'like coming home'
On a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of visitors flocked to the same destination: Alice's Restaurant. The scene wasn't unique to this particular Sunday. For decades now, it has happened all weekend, every weekend.

September 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Art and community among the redwoods

The Kings Mountain Art Fair, begun 58 years ago to support the community's volunteer fire brigade and local school, drew typical crowds for festivities and art browsing over the three-day Labor Day weekend.

September 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Open space district opens new Oljon Trail at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve

New trail excites mountain bikers, signals completion of 18-year watershed restoration project
With a snip of a pair of comically large scissors, directors and staff at the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District officially opened the Oljon Trail, a new 1.3-mile trail segment in El Corte De Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.

September 10, 2019 | 2 comments
Missed opportunities cost the Bears in football loss to Serra

After experiencing the heady euphoria of a blowout win over Bellarmine in the first week of the season, the Menlo-Atherton football team was brought down to earth Friday night, in the form of a 38-13 loss to Serra at Levi's Stadium.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Moimoi leads by example, helps SHP to football win over SI

Down by a touchdown at halftime, the Sacred Heart Prep Gators needed a boost, and Tevita Moimoi gave it to them. He led by example, churning out 112 bone-crushing second-half yards and scored the winning touchdown on a 2-yard run.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo earn water polo tournament titles

Eleanor Facey scored five goals and the SH Prep girls' water polo team downed host St. Francis 8-3 in the finals of the St. Francis Invitational on Saturday. The Menlo boys earned their fourth straight Scott Roche Invitational title.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo, M-A and SH Prep enjoy successful volleyball day

Menlo School finished second in its own Chris Chandler girls volleyball tournament on Saturday. Menlo-Atherton finished third and Sacred Heart Prep reached the finals of the silver consolation bracket.

September 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Planning Commission denies permit for equestrian bridge

The Woodside Planning Commission gave a nudge to town traditions on Sept. 4 by denying a request for a conditional use permit for a plan to spend $200,000 in town and donated money to replace a washed-out equestrian bridge.

September 9, 2019 | 21 comments
Saturday: Memorial service for Barbara Douglass of Atherton

A memorial Mass for Barbara Holt Douglass of Atherton, who died on Aug. 13 at the age of 93, is set for Saturday morning, Sept. 7, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Sept. 2

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos Hills recorded the highest sale at $11,650,000 for a recently constructed five-bedroom contemporary home with views of the Bay and mountains.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School hosting pair of tournaments this weekend

The Menlo School and College campuses will be jumping and splashing this weekend as the school hosts the Scott Roche boys water polo Invitational on Friday and Saturday and the Chris Chandler girls volleyball tournament on Saturday.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
When the whistle blows

'Official Secrets' acts out truth-based morality play
Based on a true story, "Official Secrets" looks at what happens when a whistleblower leaks state secrets in the lead up to the Iraq War.

September 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park Library kicks off month of free live storytelling events

For those looking for family-friendly entertainment close to home, prepare for an extensive selection of free live storytelling events coming to the Menlo Park libraries over the coming month.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford group brings K-pop culture to Palo Alto

XTRM celebrates Korean music and dance through videos and public performances
Stanford University's K-pop dance group XTRM has been catching the attention of passersby as they perform dance covers of upbeat K-pop songs while dressed in coordinated outfits.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Pace Gallery celebrates Lynda Benglis with a mini-retrospective

Longtime painter/sculptor's exhibit is first Bay Area solo show in 15 years
sculptor/painter Lynda Benglis is the featured artist at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto until Oct. 23. The show, her first with the New York-based enterprise, consists of 20 works from various points in her long and prolific career.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
'39 Steps,' one great show

Hitchcock spoof is a TheatreWorks triumph
Equal parts loving tribute to and gleeful spoof of the work of "master of suspense" and cinematic hero Alfred Hitchcock, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's "The 39 Steps" is a winner.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
DA's Office investigating former community college chancellor

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has issued search warrants in connection with Ron Galatolo's tenure as San Mateo County Community College District chancellor. Galatolo recently left the chancellor's post.

September 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Menlo Park man arrested in suspected DUI crash that injured 7-year-old sister pleads not guilty

A 21-year-old Menlo Park man arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a crash that injured his 7-year-old sister has pleaded not guilty, according to the San Mateo County DA's Office.

September 5, 2019 | 1 comment
M-A hopes to keep rolling; Paly wants a win at home

Gunn, SHP also at home this weekend
Coming off a 51-14 blowout win over Bellarmine, confidence is high on the defending state champion Menlo-Atherton football team. But coach Steve Papin is concerned heading into the most hyped games in the CCS Friday night at Levi's.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP wins in tennis, Menlo wins in golf

Isa Robinson did not give up a game in beating her opponent and helping the Sacred Heart Prep girls' tennis team beat host The King's Academy 7-0 in a nonleague match on Thursday.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park looking into drone program

Drones may be a part of the Menlo Park City Hall's future.

September 6, 2019 | 3 comments
Housesitter accused of stealing jewelry from Woodside home

A Redwood City man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $70,000 in jewelry from a Woodside home in the 200 block of Eleanor Drive where he was housesitting, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Library kicks off month of free live storytelling events

For those looking for family-friendly entertainment close to home, prepare for an extensive selection of free live storytelling events coming to the Menlo Park libraries over the coming month.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Uneven ground

How unequal land use harms communities in southern San Mateo County
Why do the communities of North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto and Belle Haven experience greater environmental health problems than their neighbors? How do these problems impact residents' health? And what are people doing about it?

September 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Driver killed in freeway collision

The driver of a Honda SUV was killed after the vehicle slammed into the back of a flatbed truck on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Wednesday morning (Sept. 4), according to the California Highway Patrol.

September 4, 2019 | 2 comments
Bill that would provide overnight parking for homeless community college students pushed to next legislative session

Senate Appropriations Committee adopts new exemptions for AB 302
The author of legislation that would require California community colleges to open their parking lots overnight to homeless students has delayed the bill's vote in response to amendments he said watered down its purpose.

September 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton: Leaf blowers, civic center funding on council agenda

Council to consider 'certificate of participation' financing for civic center project
Potential limits on using leaf blowers in town and raising additional funding for the civic center project will be discussed when the Atherton City Council reconvenes after a quiet August at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

September 4, 2019 | 3 comments
Nonprofit trying to lower ADU construction costs

As more Bay Area communities encourage residents to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that could serve as affordable housing, a San Mateo-based nonprofit has come up with a plan to provide an inexpensive road map for building them.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park-based task force to help with Hurricane Dorian

The locally based Task Force 3 search and rescue team is heading to North Carolina to help the region cope with Hurricane Dorian should it make landfall on the East Coast.

September 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Woodside to be the scene of traffic enforcement blitz

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies will be out in force in Woodside on Wednesday (Sept. 4) watching for drivers who fail to obey traffic laws aimed at making the streets safer for pedestrians.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Is Trump coming to Atherton?

Politico says presidential fundraising event may take place in town, though officials can't confirm
Atherton may be the destination of President Donald Trump's Bay Area political fundraising visit on Sept. 17, according to one media outlet.

September 3, 2019 | 42 comments
What to know as California's peak fire months loom

Cal Fire updating map identifying areas of fire danger to help predict where, how wildfires may strike
Having just endured more than a decade of rampaging fires -- 14 of the 20 most destructive fires in state history have occurred since 2007 -- fire bosses say this year the glass is half-full.

September 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton committee considering off-leash dog park postpones meeting

Atherton's Park and Recreation Committee is considering adding a dog park within Holbrook-Palmer Park.

September 4, 2019 | 3 comments
Rainbow flag stolen three times from Menlo Park church

When the Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin arrived at the Menlo Park church she leads on Aug. 10 for a funeral, she was disappointed to find that the gay pride rainbow flag the church displays on its front sign was gone.

September 4, 2019 | 25 comments
Woodside can't get out of early hole in defeat to Sequoia

Wildcats coach sees things to build on
Woodside coach Justin Andrews looked at the glass half full after a 40-20 defeat to rival Sequoia at Terremere Field Friday night. The Wildcats committed too many turnovers and too many penalties to hang with the Ravens.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn boys, girls both win in water polo

Jordan Affeld and Cole Vale each scored four goals as the Gunn boys water polo team opened its season with a 17-6 nonleague victory over visiting Half Moon Bay on Friday.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears put on offensive display in football win over Bells

Menlo-Atherton put a beating on visiting Bellarmine in its football season opener Friday that was hard to believe. The final score was 51-14. After a 21-14 first quarter M-A blitzed the Bells with four touchdowns in the second quarter.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Impressive offensive showing in SH Prep's football opener

Teddy Purcell threw for 253 yards and a touchdown and host Sacred Heart Prep downed Carlmont 28-7 in a nonleague football game Saturday. Tevita Moimoi rushed for 83 yards and scored twice.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School runs past the Tigers in football opener

Senior quarterback Justin Sellers connected with senior receiver Jaden Richardson on a 29-yard scoring toss in the first three minutes and Menlo School went on to beat visiting Fremont-Oakland 65-0 in a nonconference football contest.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Water polo, volleyball tournament results

The Menlo School girls' water polo picked up a pair of wins and some early competition in the Los Gatos First Contact Tournament. Elena Radeff collected at least eight kills in four of the five matches SHP played at Spikefest.

September 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School runs past the Tigers in football opener

Senior quarterback Justin Sellers connected with senior receiver Jaden Richardson on a 29-yard scoring toss in the first three minutes and Menlo School went on to beat visiting Fremont-Oakland 65-0 in a nonconference football contest.

September 1, 2019 | No comments yet
San Jose police arrest 10 residents for burglaries in a dozen cities

San Jose police this week arrested 10 San Jose residents in connection with commercial burglaries in more than a dozen Bay Area cities, including Palo Alto and Mountain View, since January.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
San Jose police arrest 10 residents for burglaries in a dozen cities

San Jose police this week arrested 10 San Jose residents in connection with commercial burglaries in more than a dozen Bay Area cities, including Palo Alto and Mountain View, since January.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
NASA women's leadership summit hosts Pelosi, Eshoo

Despite gains, women still face inequity
It was a mix of corporate executives and political heavyweights, global thought leaders and scientific stars. And by no coincidence, the hundreds squeezed in the room were almost all women.

August 31, 2019 | No comments yet
David Crosby: Lucky, 'legit' and a musical mentor

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend comes to Redwood City Sept. 4
"I don't know how come I'm so lucky," musical icon David Crosby told the Weekly, "But boy, there isn't any question that I am."

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside resident Bill Menta, expert in seismic safety of buildings, dies at 80

William "Bill" Frederick Menta, who grew up in Atherton and lived much of his life in Woodside, died on Aug. 10 at the age of 80. His wife of 55 years, Barbara, and his family were by his side.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton city attorney to retire in December

Bill Conners, Atherton's city attorney, submitted his resignation in early August, effective Dec. 31, according to a town staff report. The City Council will discuss filling his position at a Sept. 4 council meeting.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Homicidal hide-and-seek

Horror comedy 'Ready or Not' capitalizes on 1% hatred
The horror comedy "Ready or Not" revels in the deaths of America's wealthiest 1 percent.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school board votes to appoint new member

The Menlo Park City School District board voted 4-0 at an Aug. 29 meeting to appoint someone to fill a seat left vacant by Caroline Lucas.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
City plans to require most new commercial buildings to be all-electric

The Menlo Park City Council on Aug. 27 took action to support building codes that are more environmentally sustainable than state codes. The policy, when formally adopted, will require most new commercial buildings to be all-electric.

September 3, 2019 | 23 comments
Atherton: Child injured in suspected DUI crash

Brother crashed while under the influence of alcohol, police say
A 21-year-old Menlo Park man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and his 7-year-old sibling was taken to a local hospital following a crash in Atherton on Thursday, Aug. 29, according to Atherton police.

August 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Man charged with Menlo Park embezzlement pleads not guilty

A Sunnyvale man charged with stealing $127,320 from a Menlo Park company pleaded not guilty to felony embezzlement and two other charges in San Mateo County Superior Court on Aug. 29.

September 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Pinewood, Priory open the football season on Friday

Both the Priory and Pinewood football teams were overloaded with youth and inexperience last season and both struggled through their Pacific Coast 8-man football league schedule, finishing a combined overall 2-11.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Aug. 26

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Palo Alto recorded the highest sale at $11,080,00 for a newly constructed 8-bedroom house in Old Palto with a home theater and 800-bottle wine cellar.

September 2, 2019 | 3 comments
Prep report: Menlo, Palo Alto turn in tennis victories

M-A, Menlo, Gunn, SHP all win in volleyball; Knights also win in water polo
Addie Ahlstrom won both her matches and was named tournament MVP as the Menlo School girls' tennis team opened the season Thursday by hosting, and winning, the Tyler Nii Champions Cup, a tournament named in memory of a beloved coach.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook employee killed in Fremont collision

A bicyclist killed in a collision with a vehicle in Fremont early Wednesday morning, Aug. 28, has been identified as a 28-year-old man who worked as a software engineer for Facebook.

August 29, 2019 | 1 comment
School is in session and prep football is finally at hand

Three games on Friday and three on Saturday to open the season
After all those weeks of practice, that elusive target, once shimmering like a mirage under the hot summer sun, is finally a reality. The high school football season gets underway this weekend.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Board of open-space district wants county to protect Stanford foothills for 99 years

An amended measure by Santa Clara County supervisors would extend development limits due to end in 2025
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors voted unanimously on Aug. 28 to support a proposal limiting development in Stanford University's foothills for 99 years.

September 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board member resigns

Gulliver La Valle resigned from the Portola Valley School District board on Wednesday, Aug. 28. He is moving out of the district and beginning a new job in Los Gatos this fall, according to an Aug. 29 press release.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man facing 11 sexual assault charges

A 38-year-old Menlo Park man has been charged with 11 sexual assault offenses that could result in life in prison if he is convicted, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

August 29, 2019 | 3 comments
PG&E now publicizing power shut-off forecasts

PG&E on Tuesday, Aug. 27, launched a new weather website with forecasts for possible power shut-offs.

August 30, 2019 | 3 comments
A season of plenty: Autumn arts on the Midpeninsula

Take a peek into what's coming up in local exhibits, concerts, events and more
What do Willie Nelson, stunt dogs, emergency preparedness and man-eating musical plants have in common? They're all a part of the local arts scene this fall.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Venture capital firm has leased historic Oasis building

The Oasis, a beloved restaurant and bar with wooden booths and an outdoor beer garden that shuttered last year, has been leased by its owner to venture capital firm Pear VC, a spokesperson for the owners confirmed on Aug. 27.

August 28, 2019 | 16 comments
Oaks earn their second straight men's soccer victory

Tim Staerz, Noa Kerr and Alexandros Chaitidis each scored and the Menlo College men's soccer team downed visiting Simpson 3-0 in a nonconference affair Tuesday. Andres Zimmerman recorded a pair of saves.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Card skimmers discovered at Woodside Chevron station

An employee of the Chevron gas station at 2950 Woodside Road in Woodside discovered three card-skimming devices at three gas pump terminals on Monday (Aug. 26), according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

August 27, 2019 | 4 comments
Nonprofit to plant trees at local high schools, community sites

CityTrees is helping to plant 129 trees at high schools, including Woodside and Menlo-Atherton, and in other community spaces through a $42,300 grant.

August 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Stanford chemist, Woodside resident James Trudell dies

His research led to a greater understanding of anesthetics
James Trudell, a Stanford University chemist who spent 50 years working to make anesthetic drugs safer for patients, died July 29 of complications from acute myeloid leukemia at his Woodside home. He was 77.

August 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Speaker addresses learning and the 'limitless mind'

The Menlo Park City School District will kick off its 2019-20 speaker series on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University.

September 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Art Fair this weekend

Popular outdoor event benefits volunteer fire brigade, community school
Each Labor Day weekend, a beautiful redwood grotto off Skyline fills with local artists and volunteers for a three-day fair benefiting the volunteer fire brigade and community school of Kings Mountain.

August 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Local leaders unite to fight development on Bay's salt ponds

San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine joined advocates from local environmental organizations to "announce a broad coalition opposed to development on the Cargill Salt Ponds."

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park district school board considers how to fill vacant seat

Menlo Park City School District school board members will discuss, and possibly vote on, how to fill outgoing board member Caroline Lucas' seat at an Aug. 29 meeting.

August 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board rejects planned limited disaster communication system rollout

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board voted not to move ahead with an audio mass alert system for earthquakes, fires, floods and other natural disasters because of a disagreement about how the program should be implemented.

August 27, 2019 | 9 comments
Renovated Sky Londa 'wellness resort' to reopen Nov. 1

A 28-year-old hotel, resort and conference center in the forest along Skyline Boulevard is taking on yet another identity after being acquired by Canyon Ranch, a chain of "wellness resorts."

September 8, 2019 | 9 comments
Environmental review starts for Facebook's Willow Village plan

An estimated $1.8 million in staff and consultant work to evaluate the environmental impacts of Facebook's proposed Willow Village can now begin, after the Menlo Park City Council approved a series of contracts on Aug. 20.

August 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Redwoods transformed into art you can sit on

The seven redwood trees that for years grew above a parking garage and were the focus of a public outcry earlier this year when the property owner applied to remove them have been felled, but ultimately given new life.

August 28, 2019 | 1 comment
City, community work to iron out minimum wage ordinance

A small gathering of people from the business, labor and public health communities met with city staff Aug. 22 to talk through the logistics of how a minimum wage ordinance might work in Menlo Park.

August 27, 2019 | 20 comments
Menlo College women end volleyball homestand with a victory

Senior Nicole DiMartino took advantage of a rare start to lead the Menlo College women's volleyball team past visiting Simpson 25-10, 25-14, 25-6 in a nonconference match Saturday. DiMartino recorded 10 kills on .444 hitting.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks women open soccer season with a victory at UC Merced

Sophomore defender Haleigh Stoddard scored in the 25th minute and the Menlo College women's soccer team held on to beat host UC Merced 2-0 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

August 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission to look at hotel for millennials and office building with helipad

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to hold study sessions on two major developments proposed on the city's Bay side tonight (Aug. 26).

August 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Spare the Air alert issued for smoggy conditions expected Monday

A combination of expected high temperatures, light winds and vehicle exhaust has prompted Bay Area air district officials to issue a Spare the Air smog alert for Monday.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council extends cannabis ordinance

The Menlo Park City Council voted on Aug. 20 for a two-year extension of the city's current cannabis policy, which prohibits outdoor cultivation of marijuana and smoking it in public, while driving, or near a child care facility.

August 26, 2019 | 4 comments
DA's Office reveals more details in Haldeman sexual assault case

More information has been made public about the alleged sexual assaults of children by Randolph Haldeman, including that one of the incidents allegedly occurred in a bathroom at St. Denis Catholic Church in Menlo Park.

August 23, 2019 | 8 comments
Bay Area: One-cent sales tax for transit could be on 2020 ballot

Preliminary projections indicate up to $100 billion could be raised over 40 years
Bay Area voters may be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax in 2020 that would fund a wide array of transportation projects and improvements across the region.

August 23, 2019 | 1 comment
The Pear goes Wilde with 'An Ideal Husband'

Comedy about Victorian hypocrisy still resonates, director says
A good plan for staging an Oscar Wilde play in which everyone is expected to speak with proper British accents: Hire an experienced director who is actually from Great Britain.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Art Center holds Family Day

Build a replica Palo Alto and more at free art event
A family-oriented, free event with hands-on art projects, performances and a scavenger hunt will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Palo Alto Art Center.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Musical 'As You Like It' has two more free performances this weekend

Shakespeare in the Park in residence in Redwood City through Sunday
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, which offers free performances in Bay Area parks, is back at the scenic grounds of Sequoia High School in Redwood City with two more performances of the comedy "As You Like It."

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Runaway movie

'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' ventures in interesting directions
"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" is hardly perfect, Kate Blanchett's humanization of Bernadette keeps the film relatable and us rooting for her to get back on track and figure it all out, for her to solve the mystery of sustained happiness

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of Aug. 19

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos Hills recorded the highest sale for a five-bedroom home in the Lakeside neighborhood with a professionally tended vineyard and tennis court.

August 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton has a Bear of a nonleague football schedule

The defending state champion Menlo-Atherton football team is loaded with talent, including highly-regarded junior receiver Troy Franklin. It better be because there's a loaded schedule looming for the team to play.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Discovering the 'invisible' faces of Filoli

Filoli House and Garden's current exhibition, "Nest: Creating Home," is a multilayered look at the people who have staffed the mansion over the years, as well as the flora and fauna that have called this majestic Woodside estate home.

August 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley teen advocates for diabetes research in D.C.

How many people can say they've appeared before the United States Senate? Thomas Screven, a 16-year-old Portola Valley resident, can now count himself a part of this exclusive group.

August 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Bus service to M-A High School gets easier this school year

SamTrans, the public bus service for San Mateo County, is adding service to Route 81 to make the commute to and from Menlo-Atherton High School easier for students living in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Registration opens for city's fall classes

Registration for fall classes through the city of Menlo Park is now open for residents and nonresidents.

September 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Wildcats may not be tamed in second half of football season

It's been a struggle in recent years for the Woodside football program, which hasn't had a winning season since 2008. But there's a positive vibe on hand this fall as the Wildcats prepare to open the 2019 season.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Precise attack keys Menlo College volleyball victory

Junior Jaden Scott recorded eight kills on 12 attacks and hit .583 to help the Menlo College women's volleyball team beat visiting Pacific Union 25-7, 25-8, 25-9 in a nonconference match Wednesday night.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man accused of sexual assault of minors arrested again

Randolph Haldeman, who was arrested last month on allegations of sexually assaulting children and then released on bail, was arrested again on Wednesday (Aug. 21) at his Menlo Park home on 20 sexual assault charges.

August 21, 2019 | 11 comments
Golden Acorn Award winners announced

The winners of Menlo Park's Golden Acorn Awards are a varied, accomplished group: a community cafe, a cycling fundraiser, a free meal program, a program to cut fresh water use at a golf course, and nonprofit and for-profit developers.

August 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools sign crossing guard contract

The Portola Valley School District has entered into an agreement with the Woodside Patrol security service to provide crossing guards at its two elementary schools as well as the private Woodside Priory school.

August 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Portola Valley greenlights pursuit of pedestrian, bicyclist safety plan

Portola Valley's public works department received the go-ahead from the Town Council on Aug. 14 to proceed with a plan for a series of safety improvements to make its semi-rural streets and roads safer.

August 22, 2019 | 17 comments
State mandates loom, but where will housing be built?

Portola Valley has been struggling to increase the number of affordable housing units within the town limits.

August 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Council votes to cut 165 street parking spots and add bike lanes on Jefferson and Chrysler drives

Roughly 20 to 25 street parking spots will be preserved on Commonwealth and Chrysler drives
In order to offer safer passage by bike to Menlo Park's new high school, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night (Aug. 20) to remove 165 parking spaces on Jefferson and Chrysler drives and add bike lanes.

August 21, 2019 | 3 comments
Election canceled for Portola Valley school board

The Portola Valley School District's school board election for this fall has been canceled because the number of qualified candidates in the race was equal to the number of open seats, according to county officials.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Local elementary school students return to the classroom this week

The new school year has begun for local public elementary school districts, with most students returning to their classrooms today after the summer break.

August 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women drop home opener in volleyball

Senior outside hitter Moea Kekauoha recorded 15 kills and 10 digs but the Menlo College women's volleyball lost its home opener, 25-21, 25-15, 25-23, to visiting Northwest Christian on Monday.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Cannabis ban, Willow Village EIR contract, new El Camino building and more on Menlo Park council agenda

The Menlo Park City Council has a busy evening in store for its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

August 20, 2019 | 6 comments
Woodside middle school principal moves into superintendent's office

Continuing individualized instruction, social and emotional learning, design thinking and communication are top priorities for Steve Frank
After nearly two decades with the Woodside Elementary School District, Steve Frank is now filling the district's top management role.

August 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park Library to host trivia night

The Menlo Park library will be hosting an after-hours "Book-ish" trivia night for adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.

August 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Thursday: Menlo Park to hold hearing on local minimum wage

A proposal by the city of Menlo Park to require all employers in the city to pay employees a minimum of $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2020, is the topic for discussion on Thursday, Aug. 22.

August 21, 2019 | 17 comments
If it's breakfast you want, you can get it at Alice's Restaurant

Eleven years in, locals and visitors converge for the monthly morning buffet
On the first Wednesday of every month, dedicated pilgrims, from nearby and as far away as San Jose and San Francisco, awaken in the early hours to journey by foot, bike, motorcycle and car to the redwood groves of Sky Londa.

August 24, 2019 | No comments yet
New effort in the works to build trail from Bay to ocean

Trail could connect land from Ravenswood Open Space Preserve and Bair Island to Half Moon Bay
Land conservation agencies and local jurisdictions are teaming up behind a bold new plan to build a trail that would allow people to travel by foot, bicycle or horse from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.

August 21, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo women open volleyball season with five-set victory

Senior outside hitter Moea Kekauoha had 18 kills and 12 digs and the Menlo College women's volleyball team opened its season with a 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 15-11 victory over host UC Merced on Saturday.

August 19, 2019 | No comments yet
'I don't think there is trust on this board.' Fissures emerge between East Palo Alto school trustees during retreat

Strategic planning process sparks tensions, disagreement among Ravenswood board members
Nine months after an election created new dynamics on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the new and old trustees are struggling to find common ground.

August 19, 2019 | 2 comments
Saint Frank Coffee and Schmidt family offices open near Menlo Park Caltrain station

Menlo Park is now officially home to the headquarters of the family foundation and office of former Google chairman Eric Schmidt and a new Peninsula outpost of coffee vendor Saint Frank Coffee.

August 20, 2019 | 10 comments
A conversation with the chefs of Maum

Talking (and eating) with the couple behind Maum, Palo Alto’s game-changing Korean restaurant
Over tater tot poutine and budae jigae, the chefs of Maum talked about why they got into cooking, where they eat on their days off and winning their first Michelin star.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School swimmer Angel More offers hope via fundraising

She has been setting precedents and world records since the age of 10 and Menlo School senior Angel More continues to pave new paths, especially ones with a social conscience.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Another Spare the Air alert issued as heat wave continues across Bay Area

Air district advises the public to get out of their cars, find an alternative mode of transportation
Bay Area communities can expect another hot day Friday, which has led the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a third consecutive Spare the Air alert this week.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
From the fields to canvas

California's Salinas Valley, with its fertile fields and high yield of food crops, is known as the Salad Bowl of the World. Sarah Phillips Deen knew it for much of her 83 years of life as home.

August 18, 2019 | No comments yet
'Sister Act' has soul power

Broadway By the Bay's latest production makes a joyful noise
Broadway By the Bay closes out the summer with another crowd-pleasing musical comedy. "Sister Act," based on the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film of the same name, may have some hackneyed elements but it also has plenty of high-energy tunes.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
On 10-year anniversary, Oshman Family JCC celebrates more than Jewish life

How the Palo Alto campus grew into a culturally diverse destination
On Aug. 18, the Oshman Family JCC will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of its Midpeninsula cultural center, the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, with a free community celebration.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Race to the top

In drama 'Luce,' high school politics are -- and aren't -- black and white
"Luce" tackles race in America when a married couple is forced to reckon with the idealized image of their son, adopted from war-torn Eritrea.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
After two seasons, Pear Theatre artistic director to bow out in January

Betsy Kruse Craig will be taking a new position at Stratford Middle Schools
Betsy Kruse Craig will be stepping down in January to accept a new promotion as program director of speech, debate and performing arts for Stratford Middle Schools.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park high school opens, but construction is ongoing

'Complexity' of project design, lack of workers impacted construction timeline of TIDE Academy, contractor says
TIDE Academy, a new high school in Menlo Park, opened for the first day of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 14, but construction is ongoing because of project setbacks, according to school officials. 

August 16, 2019 | 5 comments
Public comment period for county's Flood Park project review is open

Plans by San Mateo County to renovate Flood Park, a 24-acre park nestled in Menlo Park's residential Suburban Park, Lorelei Manor and Flood Triangle neighborhoods, are slowly moving forward.

August 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park neighborhood hit with auto burglaries

Menlo Park police received reports of five auto burglaries that occurred in the same general vicinity during the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 12.

August 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Heat advisory, Spare the Air alert in effect Thursday

A heat advisory that the National Weather Service issued remains in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday as temperatures climb to the 90s and 100s in parts of the Bay Area.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Teague Hill blaze caused by illegal campfire

An illegal campfire was the cause of a wildfire in the Teague Hill Open Space Preserve in Woodside that broke out early in the morning on Sunday, Aug. 11.

August 14, 2019 | 4 comments
Menlo Park woman loses $25K in phone scam

A Menlo Park woman was apparently the victim of a phone scam when she mailed $25,000 to an address in New York because she was told it was needed to bail her son out of a Mexican jail, according to the Menlo Park police.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford Blood Center sounds the call for donations

Stanford Blood Center is in urgent need of blood donations due to a critically low inventory of blood products resulting from a drop in donations over the summer and a higher than normal need.

August 14, 2019 | No comments yet
High temperatures in forecast prompts heat advisory for parts of the Bay Area

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Wednesday and Thursday for parts of the Bay Area.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

South Bay expected to see buildup of smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside council rules on Menlo Country Club noise ruckus

Debbie Mendelson bought her home on Sheridan Way in Woodside more than 30 years ago, but she says it wasn't until after she moved in that she discovered she had a large and noisy next-door neighbor in the Menlo Country Club.

August 14, 2019 | 15 comments
Portola Valley school district to discuss possible parcel tax renewal

Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14
As Portola Valley students begin to file into classrooms next week for the start of the school year, school board members will explore renewal of a parcel tax that district officials say is necessary to keep current programs afloat.

August 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Preparing for the worst

Atherton emergency group trains, readies for disasters
Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team Pesident Tom Prussing talks about disaster preparedness and how he became passionate about the topic.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Second straight Spare the Air alert issued for Wednesday

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued another Spare the Air alert for Wednesday because of unhealthy levels of smog expected in the region.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park skydivers to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Alan Eustace and Deke Sonnichson, both of Menlo Park, hadn't known each other -- or of each other's skydiving achievement -- until they met recently at Cafe Borrone to speak to The Almanac.

August 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside's electric duo

How two locals built a brand that started the electric vehicle revolution
Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't Elon Musk, but Woodside residents Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning who first built the brand that ignited the electric vehicle revolution.

August 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford grad McNealy makes the cut, earns PGA Tour Card

Maverick McNealy, a former Stanford All-American, has always wanted to test his game against the best players in the world. Now, he will have the opportunity with his newly earned PGA Tour card.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Congresswoman Speier, Menlo Park council talk gun violence

Mayor reveals new plan to support youth
Congresswoman Jackie Speier, whose congressional district includes a portion of Menlo Park and parts of Woodside, met with the Menlo Park City Council the morning of Aug. 9.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Not just horsing around

There was some serious equestrian talent on display during the six-day Menlo Charity Horse Show last week, with some 500 horses and their riders dazzling spectators as they vied for prizes in about 300 classes of competition.

August 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air alert issued for Tuesday in Bay Area

Unhealthy amount of ozone expected in the region
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday, the eighth of the summer season, because of unhealthy levels of smog in the region.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Remembering local sportswriter-columnist Rick Chandler

There weren't many things sportwriter-columnist Rick Chandler liked more than coaching youth baseball and basketball. He had a way of connecting with kids. As a writer Chandler was a league of his own. As a humorist he was brilliant.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Alleged Safeway shoplifter who threatened employees arrested

Menlo Park police have arrested a 28-year-old man who allegedly threatened Safeway employees with a knife while shoplifting on Sunday night.

August 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Deadline extended for Portola Valley school board candidates

The deadline to pull papers to run for a seat on the Portola Valley School District board has been extended to Wednesday, Aug. 14, after one of the incumbents decided not to run for re-election.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area mayors call for Senate action on gun safety laws

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller among signees
More than 20 Bay Area mayors, including four on the Midpeninsula, are among 249 across the country who have signed a letter calling for action on gun violence legislation in the wake of recent mass shootings.

August 13, 2019 | 10 comments
Donations needed for back-to-school program

The Ecumenical Hunger Program is sending out an urgent call for donations to its Back to School Program, which has unexpectedly lost a major source of funding to purchase clothing gift cards for kids in need.

August 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Crews extinguish vegetation fire near Woodside

Blaze reported in Huddart Park, near Teague Hill
San Mateo County Fire Department crews extinguished a vegetation fire off of Kings Mountain Road west of Woodside that broke out early Sunday morning, according to fire dispatch.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Two arrested for DUI, two injured in series of crashes on U.S. 101

Emergency crews transport two passengers with major head injuries to Stanford Hospital
Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of DUI and a woman suffered major head injuries as a result of a series of crashes on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park early Sunday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

August 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Peninsula festivals to offer free EV test drives

Free test drives of electric vehicles will be offered in August and September at four community festivals on the Peninsula.

August 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Making connections — love or otherwise — at TheatreWorks

New Works Festival lets audiences in on the theater-making process
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will always have a special place in the hearts of Kait Kerrigan and Nathan Tysen. Not only because it's a supportive and nurturing place for writers such as themselves, but for more personal reasons, too.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Student-led Shakespeare company debuts in Palo Alto

'Hamlet' will be local teen theater group's first production
Pale Fire Theater, a student-led Shakespearean theater company based in Palo Alto, is presenting its first production, "Hamlet," this month.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Celebrate Shark Day on the Bay

Marine Science Institute hosts event focused on shark appreciation
Budding marine biologists are invited to check out Shark Day at the Marine Science Institute.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Standing the heat

Three women stay in Hell's 'Kitchen' to embrace a life of crime
When three Irish mob lieutenants from Hell's Kitchen get sent up the river, their respective wives have little choice but to take over their rackets.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Local home sales for the week of Aug. 5

A look at the week’s highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $16,750,000 for a six-bedroom home on 8 acres, bordering Stanford University's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.

August 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep football: Menlo School already has better numbers

A series of circumstances contributed to last year being the wrong time for the Menlo School football team to move up to the Peninsula Athletic League's Bay Division.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep football: Gators look to continue upward mobility

Sacred Heart Prep made big progress last season, going from 3-7 in Mark Grieb's first year as head coach to 11-2, a season that concluded with a 35-34 loss to Aptos in the Central Coast Section Open Division III championship game.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood could embark on districtwide naming process

Questions about Cesar Chavez Academy's name prompts suggestion for advisory committee
Community concern about losing East Palo Alto's recognition of Cesar Chavez with the phasing out of a middle school named after the civil rights activist could prompt the school district to re-evaluate all of its campus' names.

August 10, 2019 | 3 comments
Appeals court says class action lawsuit against Facebook can proceed

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled on Thursday (Aug. 8) that Facebook users in Illinois can proceed with a class action lawsuit challenging the social media company's use of facial recognition technology.

August 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Portola Valley rape suspect convicted on all seven counts

A San Francisco man was found guilty by a jury in Redwood City on Thursday (Aug. 8) of the forcible rape of his girlfriend in an incident that took place in Portola Valley in June 2018.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Woman who embezzled charitable funds from Menlo Park insurance company to serve jail time

A 59-year-old Fremont resident was sentenced Aug. 7 to three months in county jail after pleading no contest to embezzling more than $26,000 from Farmers Insurance in Menlo Park.

August 9, 2019 | 1 comment
As KIPP seeks to open new high school, school board expresses reservations

Petition comes as first class of local KIPP middle schoolers to start ninth grade next fall
The national charter school organization KIPP is seeking to expand its presence in San Mateo County with a new high school that would serve about 650 students when fully enrolled.

August 8, 2019 | 3 comments
SamTrans to reduce day pass fares and shift payment systems

The SamTrans board has approved changes in some of the agency's fares to be more affordable for users.

August 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Jackie Speier to hold meeting in Menlo Park Friday

Congresswoman Jackie Speier will hold a meeting on Friday, Aug. 9, in the Menlo Park City Hall conference room where she is expected to discuss local and federal issues with at least some members of the City Council.

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Goods' prices rise faster than wages in the Bay Area

Living expenses outpaced wages over the 12 months ending in June in the San Jose-San Francisco Oakland metropolitan area, federal officials announced Wednesday (Aug. 7).

August 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton, Menlo Park communities celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out brought neighborhoods together to meet local police and fire department staff on Tuesday evening, Aug. 6.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley sculptor visualizes the big picture

Portola Valley sculptor Roger White Stoller takes the shapes he finds in nature to create works that connect with viewers' imaginations, often because of the attention they attract due to their size and the familiarity of shape.

August 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford visiting professor among latest Breakthrough Prize winners

Three physicists recognized for influential theory of supergravity to be honored in Mountain View this fall
Three physicists, including one with Stanford University ties, will share $3 million awarded at the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics ceremony in Mountain View in November for their 1976 theory of "supergravity."

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
New Portola Valley school superintendent focuses on parcel tax, curriculum and communication

Roberta Zarea has been getting to know the Portola Valley School District since she became its superintendent on July 1.

August 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Florida man sentenced for mailing explosives to political figures

Bay Area and California residents among intended targets in domestic terrorism campaign
A Florida man was handed a 20-year sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty in March to 65 felonies for mailing 16 explosive devices across the country last October, including to some Bay Area and California political figures.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park library launches new tutoring services

A new homework support center is on its way to the Belle Haven Library.

August 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Grand jury calls for new waste management plan

San Mateo County is running out of dump space. Ox Mountain, the county's sole landfill, will reach capacity in just 15 years, according to a new report from the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Samaritan House opens Menlo Park location

Samaritan House, a San Mateo-based nonprofit that serves residents in need, has opened a new satellite location at 871 Hamilton Ave.

August 6, 2019 | No comments yet
'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Longtime stationery business' last day is Aug. 17
Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

August 7, 2019 | 9 comments
Stanford Inn redevelopment moves forward

Plans to redevelop the 82-year-old Stanford Inn at 115 El Camino Real appear to be headed in a direction favorable to the Menlo Park Planning Commission, following a discussion on the proposal July 29.

August 5, 2019 | 8 comments
Fire district awarded grant for wildfire prevention work

The Woodside Fire Protection District has taken wildfire prevention into its own hands by obtaining a $100,000 grant to remove underbrush and invasive plants in the 626-acre Teague Hill Open Space Preserve in Woodside.

August 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park announces three leadership appointments

City fills public works, community development, public engagement positions
The city of Menlo Park has made three new appointments to leadership positions, according to an Aug. 1 announcement.

August 2, 2019 | 5 comments
'Mental health doesn't go away over the summer:' Local organizations see spike in demand for services

More youth are seeking counseling this summer — and that's a good thing, experts say
Local youth-counseling organizations are seeing a rise in demand during the summer, a time of the year when many teens and families historically haven't sought as much mental health support.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Peninsula Youth Theatre will downsize to stay in Mountain View after rent hike

Peninsula Youth Theatre will keep its longtime home on Old Middlefield Way after all, by giving up one of its studios in order to afford a steep rent increase that threatened to displace Mountain View's longtime youth theater.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Customers follow their noses to Michoacán Market's charcoal-grilled chicken

Couple aims to serve something delicious, fresh and affordable to customers, mostly working-class Latino families
When Janet and Ruben Robles first started cooking whole chickens to bring in more business to their Menlo Park market, they didn't have to do any promotion. The sight and smell alone of mesquite-grilled chicken attracted customers.

August 1, 2019 | 4 comments
SF Mime Troupe takes on 'Treasure Island'

Longtime satirical musical-comedy group returns to Palo Alto Aug. 7
The San Francisco Mime Troupe makes a repeat performance in Palo Alto this summer with its satirical, musical take on "Treasure Island," set amongst the developer "pirates" of San Francisco.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Festival brings blues, barbecue to East Palo Alto

Annual event features 'good food, good music and good weather'
East Palo Alto will be rocking and stomping during two days of music at the annual East Palo Alto Blues Festival.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Foothill's 'Cinderella' proves, yes, charming

A classic tale, refreshed for the modern age
"Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" makes for a lovely, family-friendly show.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Dragon hosts a trio of solo shows in its first 'Singular Stories' festival

Three local authors/performers present autobiographical tales
Dragon Productions Theatre Company is highlighting the art of the solo show with its first "Singular Stories: Celebrating Unique Voices" festival this month, featuring three Bay Area writer/actors.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Family lies

Comedy-drama 'The Farewell' notes what's left unspoken with loved ones
A family discovers its grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark in "The Farewell."

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Community group demands Ravenswood school district retain Cesar Chavez name

City Councilman Ruben Abrica, school board officials, parents among attendees
The name of the new middle school that will operate at the Cesar Chavez Academy campus in East Palo Alto will be the chief topic of a community meeting organized by the Latino advocacy group Comunidad Unida Thursday night.

August 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Second principal of TIDE Academy leaves before new school opens

Vice principal, two teachers also no longer with school
TIDE Academy, a new magnet high school in Menlo Park set to open Aug. 14, is still working to fill staff positions after several people left, including the principal and vice principal.

August 2, 2019 | 7 comments
Guest opinion: It's past time for Menlo Park to go electric on blowers

Up and down the Peninsula, towns and cities are being proactive around our climate change crisis. One of the ways this is happening is by phasing out the use of gas-powered garden tools.

August 3, 2019 | 5 comments
One-woman show spotlights resilience in face of challenge

Menlo Park native Maria Fadiman will take the stage at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto on Aug. 3 in a solo performance about her experience living with an autoimmune disorder.

August 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Worried about wildfires, Californians ready to spend, vote to fight climate change

Survey finds 79% of polled residents rank climate change as a somewhat or very serious threat to life
The majority of Californians believe global warming is happening now and that it's a serious threat to the Golden State's future, according to the results of a poll released Monday.

July 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Troubled Water

Water company in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park faces allegations of election fraud and company mismanagement
Almanac reporter Kate Bradshaw spent more than a year following the story of the Palo Alto Park Mutual Water Company and the resident group trying to get a new board elected, called Neighbors for Better Water.

July 31, 2019 | 24 comments
Plenty of options at quarterback for new M-A football coach

Menlo-Atherton won a state football championship last year while using six different players at quarterback. Only one of the six graduated. Add Raymond Price III, a transfer from Sacred Heart Prep with solid credentials, to the list.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Grand jury calls on cities to be more transparent with pension costs

On the heels of a 2018 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report on "soaring" pension costs, the grand jury has released a new report calling on cities to include more information on pensions on their websites and in annual budgets.

August 1, 2019 | 1 comment
New face in Las Lomitas superintendent's office

Beth Polito interested in bringing design thinking, social and emotional learning to district schools
After eight years as the superintendent of the Woodside Elementary School District, Beth Polito is eager to get her feet wet as the head of the neighboring Las Lomitas School District.

July 31, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Charity Horse Show trots back to Atherton

Horses and humans will once again fill the grounds of Atherton's Menlo Circus Club for six days of equestrian competition to benefit a local charity.

August 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Ladera Preschool closes after 53 years

A celebration on July 14 commemorated the legacy of the Ladera Community Church Preschool, which has closed after 53 years of operation.

July 31, 2019 | 1 comment
Women's tennis; track and field and water polo Junior Olympics

Former Stanford tennis star Kristie Ahn, ranked 178th, upended 42th-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at San Jose State on Monday.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
California steers toward a future of self-driving cars

Self-driving cars will be part of ridesharing fleets, reducing the number of personal vehicles on the road and helping wean motorists off gasoline.
California is laying the groundwork for the next, slightly scary, phase in its push toward zero-emission transportation: self-driving cars packed with computers using finely tuned algorithms and other high-tech gadgetry.

July 30, 2019 | 2 comments
Horticulturist, friend of library Timmy Gallagher dies

Marion Timmy Gallagher, a horticulturist and wildflower expert and a longtime Woodside resident, passed away at the age of 99 on July 3.

July 30, 2019 | No comments yet
National Night Out events set for Aug. 6

National Night Out, an annual event organized to bring neighborhoods together and help residents meet local police departments, will be held on Aug. 6.

August 2, 2019 | No comments yet
County election communications aren't secure, grand jury claims

As 2020 approaches, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury has released a new report that raises concerns about the security of county elections. The threat: that the county's online election communications could be hacked.

July 30, 2019 | 2 comments
San Francisco man on trial for alleged Portola Valley rape

A San Francisco man accused of forcible rape in an incident in Portola Valley in June 2018 is in the midst of a trial on that charge and six other felony charges for which he could receive life in prison.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park to lose community development director to Redwood City

Mark Muenzer, Menlo Park's community development director, is leaving his position to take on the role of Redwood City's community development and transportation director, the city of Menlo Park announced Friday, July 26.

July 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Oregon wildfire smoke prompts air advisory for Bay Area

Faint smell of smoke expected in elevated areas
Bay Area residents may catch the faint smell of smoke this weekend from a wildfire burning in southern Oregon.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Sizzling temperatures forecast, leading to three-day Spare the Air alert

Air district takes 'unusual step' due to high-pressure system over Pacific Southwest
Air quality officials took the unusual step of declaring a three-day Spare the Air Alert due to sizzling temperatures expected around the region this weekend.

July 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man, Ladera swim team photographer, accused of sexually abusing boys

A Menlo Park man who worked as the Ladera Recreation Center swim team photographer is being accused of of sexually abusing young boys and was arrested Thursday, July 25.

July 26, 2019 | 3 comments
Adam Gazzaley And Robert Strong: The Neuroscience Of Magic

Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician/comedian Robert Strong will discuss the connection between brains and "magic" illusions at a Cubberley Theatre event.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
California dreamin'

Quentin Tarantino finally goes 'Hollywood'
For the comedy-drama "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Quentin Tarantino quantum-leaps back to 1969 to tell the tale of fading star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt).

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park school board member trades her post for a teaching position

Caroline Lucas will resign from the Menlo Park City School District board, effective Aug. 1, to take a teaching role within the district she now helps to oversee.

July 25, 2019 | 1 comment
Westridge keeping wary eye on new Portola Valley development rules

Portola Valley's Westridge community is expressing concerns about how the city's efforts to create more housing opportunities may be coming into conflict with its neighborhood development rules.

July 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Home sales for the week of July 22

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most expensive transaction at $25 million for a modern five-bedroom home built this year.

July 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook to pay record-breaking $5B penalty over violating users' privacy

'The accountability required by this agreement surpasses current U.S. law', social media giant says in statement
The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday announced a $5 billion settlement with Menlo Park-based Facebook Inc., the largest-ever penalty imposed on a company for consumer privacy violations.

July 25, 2019 | 5 comments
Caltrain's new vision calls for tripling ridership by 2040

Staff recommends scenario that would accommodate about 180,000 riders, require more than $22B in investment
Caltrain's plan to expand and modernize its train system will hit a critical juncture next month, when the agency's board of directors considers a new proposal that would roughly triple ridership by 2040.

July 29, 2019 | 6 comments
Man who allegedly assaulted woman in Menlo Park pleads not guilty

A Redwood City man who allegedly grabbed a woman and pinned her against a wall in Menlo Park on Monday (July 22) has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges, according to the county District Attorney's Office.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Rep. Anna Eshoo tackles impeachment, health care at Mountain View town hall meeting

Talk of impeachment and health care dominated Monday's town hall meeting hosted by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, at the Mountain View Community Center.

July 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Man wanted for killing of Menlo Park woman extradited to U.S. after fleeing to Mexico

Jaime Cardenas to be prosecuted for separate crimes in Colorado before returning to San Mateo County
Jaime Cardenas, a former East Palo Alto resident and suspect in the 2011 shooting death of Menlo Park resident Catherine Fisher, is being held in the Mesa County Jail in Colorado after serving about eight years in a Mexico prison.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Historic Alpine Inn reopening in Portola Valley on Friday

Two private parties at the historic Alpine Inn, a Portola Valley institution that was recently sold and closed for renovation, celebrated the soft opening for family, friends and construction workers over the July 21-22 weekend.

July 25, 2019 | 35 comments
A taste of work life

Menlo College internship program allows students to explore career paths
Undergraduate business majors at Menlo College must complete a mandatory internship program by the time they graduate. The Almanac took a look at students' experiences in the program.

July 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Defendant in Menlo Park assault case to receive mental evaluation

A judge on July 22 ordered that Marvin Lomeli, 21, of Redwood City be examined by doctors to determined whether he is competent to stand trial after an assault in Menlo Park with a box cutter on April 30.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Filing period open for county elections

The candidate filing period for a place on the Nov. 5 ballot is now open for people hoping to run for the two open school board seats in the Portola Valley School District.

July 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton council wants resident feedback on traffic congestion plan

To address traffic congestion, Atherton officials will start by gathering feedback from residents, and staff will study priority projects to keep traffic moving on the most heavily used streets.

July 23, 2019 | 4 comments
Pay hike for Atherton city manager

Atherton City Council members voted on July 17 to award City Manager George Rodericks a pay increase of about 7%, bringing his total annual base salary to $233,196.

July 25, 2019 | 3 comments
Menlo Park: Facebook hotel developer wants more rooms, less parking than OK'd

Developer seeks more rooms, less parking than originally proposed
Two and a half years after it was approved, in concept, by the Menlo Park City Council, Facebook is moving ahead with its plans to build a new hotel at the corner of Chilco Street and Bayfront Expressway.

July 23, 2019 | 16 comments
Menlo Park: Man arrested after vehicle and foot chase

Drugs, paraphernalia found in suspect's car
A man was arrested after fleeing from a Menlo Park traffic stop and leading police on a brief pursuit into East Palo Alto last night, according to police.

July 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park vandalism, assault defendant to get Sept. 30 jury trial

A San Diego man who was arrested for vandalizing cars, making threats, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest in an April 24 incident in Menlo Park will face a jury trial on Sept. 30.

July 23, 2019 | 2 comments
San Mateo County supervisors consider revised policy following Taser death

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is revising its use-of-force policy, including use of Taser stun guns, following the outcry over the death of Chinedu Okobi by Tasers last October.

July 23, 2019 | 3 comments
Menlo Park #1 for costliest Bay Area apartment rents

At a steep $4,368 a month, Menlo Park has the most expensive average apartment rent prices -- at least at big apartment complexes -- in the Bay Area, according to a recent report from the website RENTCafe.com.

July 23, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park likely to ban gas heating, stoves in some new buildings

Seeking ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Menlo Park council sets crosshairs on natural gas
In a bid to be even more green than California at large, the Menlo Park City Council voted on July 16 to forge ahead with plans to require new buildings to be electrically heated and require some solar production on new nonresidential

July 24, 2019 | 20 comments
Woodside: Motorcylist killed on Friday identified

The motorcyclist killed in a collision with a tow truck on Highway 84/La Honda Road on Friday (July 19) has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Tyler Ross Carlberg of Santa Clara.

July 22, 2019 | 2 comments
Of local note: Caps win big; Atherton teen to baseball camp

Starter Quinn Matthews and three relievers combined to throw a four-hitter in the Pacific Union Capitalists 7-0 victory over the host Marysville Gold Sox in a nonconference baseball game Friday night.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Motorcyclist dies in Woodside crash

A motorcyclist died in a crash with another vehicle in Woodside on Friday afternoon, law enforcement officials said. State Highway 84 was closed and not expected to be reopened until about 8:30 tonight as a result of the crash.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Possible fatality in Woodside motorcycle crash

Law enforcement officials have indicated that a motorcyclist may have been killed in a crash with another vehicle in Woodside this afternoon (July 19).

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man convicted in knife attack sentenced to two years

A Menlo Park man convicted of assault with a deadly weapon was given a two-year sentence in state prison on July 18, but will be released in 85 days after receiving credit for time served and good behavior.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Town land purchase for PV affordable housing looks like a longshot

Any hopes Portola Valley residents have of the town purchasing land to build affordable housing may be in vain, according to an email from Mayor Ann Wengert.

July 29, 2019 | 5 comments
Grand jury recommends coordinated Caltrain grade separation strategy

The San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury on July 18 released a report calling for a more coordinated approach to tackling grade separations along the Caltrain rail line.

July 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Tour de Menlo bike ride set for Aug. 17

Ride benefits Rotary scholarships, Almanac Holiday Fund
Local cyclists are gearing up for the 15th annual Tour de Menlo Scholarship Ride, which offers three Peninsula routes for riders of all abilities and plenty of SAG support for those who need it. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 17.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of July 15

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most expensive transaction at $10,900,000 for a three-bedroom, 8,468-square-foot home.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Road rage incident evolves into armed robbery outside Stanford Shopping Center

A road rage incident between two drivers fueled into an armed robbery in which one of them lost his cellphone at the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot on Thursday morning, police said.

July 19, 2019 | 1 comment
New Stanford Hospital readies for its fall opening

With certificate of occupancy, hospital staff start training in and stocking new facility
The new Stanford Hospital, a seven-story, plus-shaped complex that has been more than a decade in the making, is in the home stretch before its fall debut.

July 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Skyline murder suspect to receive mental evaluation

Malik Dosouqi, the Pacifica man charged with two murders along Skyline Boulevard in June, will be evaluated by doctors about whether he is fit to stand trial.

July 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Caltrain proposes fare increases starting in 2020

Agency seeks opinions on possible price hike through public meetings
People can weigh in on potential Caltrain fare changes at a series of public meetings the agency will hold this month.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
'Stuber' is as 'Stuber' does

Dumb action comedy spins its wheels
A mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu picks up a passenger who turns out to be a cop on the trail of a killer in the new action-comedy "Stuber."

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Grand jury: Measles epidemic risk low in San Mateo County, but could be lower

The threat of a measles epidemic has been drastically reduced since a vaccine for the illness was introduced in 1963, but San Mateo County could take steps to reduce the possibility even further, according to a Civil Grand Jury report.

July 18, 2019 | 2 comments
Trial date set in Menlo box-cutter slashing case

Marvin Lomeli, 21, of Redwood City will face a jury trial on July 22 on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to commit great bodily injury after a stabbing in Menlo Park on April 30.

July 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Summer Fest returns this weekend

This year's Summer Fest in downtown Menlo Park will feature all the fan favorites: local artists, food trucks and craft beer, and "the best two days of music ever in Menlo Park," according to organizers.

July 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Open houses on Stanford Wedge housing project to be held this week

Stanford University is holding a second series of open houses about a proposed housing development on land the university owns along Alpine Road in Portola Valley.

July 22, 2019 | 1 comment
TheatreWorks' 'The Language Archive' is a warmhearted season starter

Linguistics-loving romantic-dramedy opens company's golden anniversary
Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" is a fittingly poignant and warmhearted way to usher in TheatreWorks' 50th year.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Liu Jianhua: The clay's the thing

Pace Gallery presents bold experiments using an ancient medium
For its first summer offering (on view until Aug. 4), Pace Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of ceramic works by Liu Jianhua, one of China's best-known artists.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Aurora Singers and Chorale Assou-Lézert to perform 'Together En Chansons' July 21

It's been said that music transcends language. The 18-year relationship between the Palo Alto-based Aurora Singers and French choir Chorale Assou-Lézert proves this to be true.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City Council supports updates to heritage tree ordinance

Axed trees to get equal-value replacements and other changes ahead
On Tuesday, July 16, the Menlo Park City Council adopted recommendations from a task force to update its tree protection law.

July 17, 2019 | No comments yet
State Sen. Hill holds bill that would lessen secrecy exemptions for clergy who hear reports of child abuse

Following opposition from the religious community, state Sen. Jerry Hill has decided to hold a bill to eliminate an exemption allowing clergy members to not report cases of child abuse revealed during penitential communications.

July 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton: City Council to discuss options for easing traffic in town

Traffic mitigation and a proposal for new police body cameras are among the items on tonight's (July 17) Atherton City Council agenda.

July 17, 2019 | 4 comments
San Mateo County property values reach record highs

Menlo Park experienced the highest growth in assessed value
San Mateo County's property assessment roll increased for the 2019-20 fiscal year, the ninth consecutive year of upward movement.

July 17, 2019 | 10 comments
Obituary: Former Atherton resident, roller derby league owner Jerry Seltzer

Longtime former Atherton resident Jerry Seltzer died on July 1 at the age of 87. The cause of death was pulmonary fibrosis, his family said.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton house under construction for 40 years will be demolished

A house in Atherton that has been under construction for more than 40 years will be demolished, but delays from utility companies have pushed back the date of the teardown, according to City Manager George Rodericks.

July 17, 2019 | 6 comments
Pilot program aims to save food waste from landfills

About one-third of the trash collected at the Shoreway Environmental Center consists of organic waste. A pilot program being launched soon will extract the waste from the rest of the trash and convert it to biofuel.

July 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Back-to-back meetings for City Council

The Menlo Park City Council is holding back-to-back meetings this week, with one held yesterday, July 15, and one scheduled for tonight, July 16, to tackle some of its ongoing challenges.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Teens punch, attempt to rob man at gunpoint on Stanford campus

Three of four boys apprehended near Palo Alto High School, where replica firearm was found
Three teens accused of punching and attempting to rob a man at Stanford University on Monday were arrested by police near Palo Alto High School, but a fourth boy remains on the loose, according to a Stanford public safety alert.

July 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Bell returns to Sacred Heart Prep to coach girls basketball

Kai Bell, an assistant coach for the Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School boys teams over the past decade, has been hired as the girls basketball coach at Sacred Heart Prep. Bell replaces former Stanford standout Melanie Murphy.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Menlo College player joins international roster

Former Menlo College volleyball standout Sofia Salim is participating in the Global Challenge, one of the largest volleyball tournaments in the world. Now in its 15th year, the mission of the Global Challenge, in Pula, Croatia.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Shot fired during confrontation in Menlo Park

A shot was fired during an argument between occupants of an unknown model black sedan and a gray Lexus SUV on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Market Place in Menlo Park, police reported.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals making a difference on soccer's biggest stage

Menlo Park resident Tierna Davidson still had another year of soccer eligibility and could have returned to play her senior year at Stanford this fall. Her effort in USA's Women's World Cup victory over Chile showed why she left early.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
ICE put on notice by federal court, no Bay Area raids occur

After the American Civil Liberties Union took U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to federal court in Northern California, the impact of the planned raids was subdued on Sunday, an immigrants' rights attorney said.

July 14, 2019 | 6 comments
Mandy Harvey to perform at fundraiser to benefit hearing impaired patients

Mandy Harvey, an "America's Got Talent" Golden Buzzer winner a couple of seasons ago, brings her inspirational talent to the Peninsula to raise money to help under-served and under-insured patients obtain hearing health care.

July 16, 2019 | 1 comment
City seeks new strategy to support 'missing middle'

It's a challenge that has long befuddled policymakers grappling with the housing crisis: How can they create incentives for the construction of housing units intended for rent by mid-range income earners?

July 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Grand jury says entire county at risk of wildfire

A San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury report released on July 9 warns residents of urban areas not to be complacent about wildfires since high winds can drive swarms of embers long distances and ignite vulnerable structures.

July 12, 2019 | 7 comments
Residents may be vulnerable if insurance is canceled due to wildfire risk

California's Department of Insurance can help homeowners who lose insurance coverage because of wildfire risk find new coverage, but it can't guarantee what the cost or extent of coverage will be under a new policy.

July 16, 2019 | 2 comments
New Menlo Fire Station 6 combines best of old and new

After a 12-year journey with many detours, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District recently opened its new Station 6, which has an inside that couldn't be more up-to-date with an outside that looks like a throwback to earlier times.

July 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Kings Mountain Road fire safety work begins July 15

A long-delayed fire suppression project along King's Mountain Road in San Mateo County's Huddert County Park was set to start on Monday, July 15.

July 13, 2019 | 5 comments
They may be slow, but they're not easy to find: Keeping up with the elusive Western pond turtle

District launches an app to report sightings of Western pond turtles, other species
A new program by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District aims to help Western pond turtles, California's only native freshwater turtle species, thrive.

July 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Listening to the 'Voices of the Earth'

Stanford Repertory Theater tackles environmental and social justice themes
This summer, Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is not shying away from some big -- global, in fact -- topics, with its annual festival taking the theme of "The Environment and Social Justice."

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Cage the Elephant, Beck, Spoon and more come to Shoreline

'The Night Running Tour' mixes established acts with up-and-comers
Indie rockers Cage the Elephant and singer/songwriter Beck are doing their part to bring a broader swath of musical offerings with their co-headlining 24-city "The Night Running Tour."

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Local artists look forward to annual ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

'Glass is born in a dance of sand, fire and metal that fuels the spirit of my inner caveman,' says first-time exhibitor
More than 135 juried artists will showcase their work at the 27th annual ACGA Clay & Glass Festival set for July 13-14 at the Palo Alto Art Center.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
The 'Maiden' voyage

Join an all-female yachting crew in a race around the world
Alex Holmes' documentary "Maiden" provides a fresh account of the first-ever all-female yacht crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
USGS kicks off move from Menlo Park to Moffett Field

New headquarters at NASA Ames offers opportunities for scientific partnerships
Laying the groundwork for a new epicenter for research, the U.S. Geological Survey this week formally began its relocation from Menlo Park to its new headquarters at Moffett Field in Mountain View.

July 11, 2019 | 6 comments
Summer fun and learning at local libraries

This summer, local libraries are keeping their calendars full of free, drop-in summer events for all ages. Here are some of the highlights.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School's 'M-Term' gets students out of the classroom, into the community

End-of-year program aims to promote understanding, engagement
Menlo School sophomores ended the school year in an unconventional setting: They sat in the church at San Quentin State Prison listening to four inmates, all convicted of violent crimes, with not a guard in sight.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
'Gift of quiet time' offered on moonlight labyrinth walk

Community members are invited to a moonlight labyrinth walk at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Monday, July 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.

July 13, 2019 | No comments yet
The taste of summer

Organic berries of seven varieties are there for the picking at Webb Ranch
For the 15th year, Webb Ranch in Portola Valley is welcoming visitors to its fields to take advantage of one of the many perks of summer: berry season.

July 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside increases maximum defensible space grant

With the threat of wildfires increasing, Woodside is raising its maximum matching grant for clearing brush, pruning trees and other work from $2,000 to $3,000.

July 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Hot temperatures in store for Bay Area this weekend

After a cool few weeks in the Bay Area, residents should anticipate a serious warm-up this weekend with some places expected to see highs in the 90s and even the low 100s.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
After years of discord, Ravenswood teachers, staff to get raises

East Palo Alto school board approves new contracts with its bargaining units
After two years of negotiations on a contract that expired in 2016, Ravenswood City School District teachers will finally receive a 7.5% raise, which was approved by the East Palo Alto school board on Tuesday.

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Calvin F. Quate, inventor of advanced microscopes, dies at 95

Calvin "Cal" F. Quate, a Stanford University applied physics professor, electrical engineer, and inventor of advanced microscopes, died July 6 at age 95 in his Menlo Park home, according to a Stanford News Service announcement.

July 11, 2019 | No comments yet
New voting technology on the way in San Mateo County

San Mateo County will have new voting technology for its Nov. 5 elections.

July 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Following his road not taken

Entrepreneur Steve Blank is known as a Silicon Valley kingpin, but he chose a far different path in his mid-40s
At age 45, Steve Blank retired from a career as a serial entrepreneur who co-founded three startups in Silicon Valley and began following a credo he learned from an old friend: Don't forget the common good.

July 11, 2019 | 4 comments
Rep. Anna Eshoo kicks off annual Congressional App Challenge

Student submissions to be judged by professionals in the academic, software, entrepreneurial industries
Middle and high school students in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other neighboring cities, are invited to participate in U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Two counties react to threat posed by peach fruit flies found in Palo Alto

Eradication treatment set to begin Thursday
County officials are inspecting areas in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park after two male peach fruit flies native to southern Asia were found in Palo Alto, with plans to begin eradication treatments this Thursday.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo-Atherton softball coach faces a tough challenge

Menlo-Atherton announced the hiring of a new softball coach Tuesday with the idea of bringing the program back to life. Steven Griggs, the new coach, brings a wealth of experience, but the state of softball at M-A is at a low point.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Landscapes, light at play in art show

The Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park's Allied Arts Guild is showcasing the pastel and oil paintings of Mary K. Stahl in an exhibition titled "Local Color."

July 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: new assistant community development director named

Chuck Andrews, a senior building inspector working with the city of Menlo Park, has been promoted to become the city's assistant community development director.

July 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Housing proposal on Independence Drive moves forward

A proposal to build 105 apartments and less than 1,000 square feet of commercial space at 111 Independence Drive on the Bay side of Menlo Park is moving forward, following a June 24 discussion by the city's Planning Commission.

July 10, 2019 | 8 comments
Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

July 9, 2019 | 18 comments
Report: County homelessness is up 21 percent from 2017

The number of people experiencing homelessness in San Mateo County is up 21% from what it was two years ago, the results of a one-day count conducted in January show.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Dogged by constant barking, Haven Avenue residents seek relief

The barking is constant, and has been since Jackie Comstock moved in to the Anton Menlo apartment complex on Haven Avenue in April 2017, she says.

July 12, 2019 | 29 comments
Facebook housing program helps teachers stay local

When the Menlo Park City Council approved Facebook's campus expansion in 2016, it required the company to help address some of the challenges associated with its presence in the city, such as the impact on housing costs.

July 11, 2019 | 2 comments
SHP's Bellack shines at All-America lacrosse tournament

Sasha Bellack, who will be a senior at Sacred Heart Prep in the fall, earned 'Standout' mention at the recently concluded girls lacrosse Under Armour All-America Underclass Tournament, Highlight Division in Maryland.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School grad Price continues a strong run at WUGs

Former Menlo School track and field standout Maddy Price, a 2018 Duke graduate, qualified third in the women's 400 meters at the FISU World University Games in Napoli, Italy on Monday.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Two construction site burglaries reported over Fourth of July weekend

A burglar stole $30,000 in tools and other items from two residential construction sites in west Atherton over the Fourth of July weekend, police said on Monday.

July 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Skyline homicide suspect pleads not guilty, wants to defend himself

The man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two men on Skyline Boulevard last month has pleaded not guilty and filed paperwork with the court to represent himself, according to the District Attorney's Office.

July 8, 2019 | No comments yet
The return of Hollywood glam

Selby's to debut with steak, lobster and 'the coldest martini on the West Coast'
Make no bones about it: With white marble floors, custom chandeliers, martinis made tableside and dishes like lobster thermidor and veal marsala, Selby's is a restaurant of opulence. Selby's is set to open in Redwood City on July 23.

July 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Are you prepared for a Bay Area earthquake?

State officials emphasize need to prepare for a big quake
Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on July 4 and a 7.1-magnitude one on July 5 -- both of which originated near Ridgecrest in Southern California -- seismologists are emphasizing the value of preparedness across the state.

July 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Under new leadership, Ravenswood to start school consolidation process

District to hold community meetings, seek feedback on potential closures this fall
The Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto is starting to discuss consolidating schools -- a process that's sure to be thorny but that the interim superintendent of the K-8 district says is necessary to its survival.

July 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Team USA stands alone at the top of women's soccer universe

Former Sacred Heart Prep stars Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson played for the United States women's senior national soccer team in front of a crowd of 57,900 as the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture the Women's World Cup.

July 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Judge finds witness tampering in ADA lawsuit

RICO case judge finds that lawyers attempted to silence witness
Two defendants have been caught tampering with a witness in a lawsuit against a San Jose law firm that has sued thousands of California small businesses for minor accessibility violations, including several in Menlo Park.

July 7, 2019 | 6 comments
Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital opens new facility in North Fair Oaks

"It's not far, and it's far better," the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital says in its explanation for its recent move from a long-standing location on Merrill Street in Menlo Park to its new spot at 2707 El Camino Real in North Fair Oaks.

July 27, 2019 | 4 comments
Guest opinion: Government/business collaboration has led city into a mess

The congestion issues we face are a good example of government and business collaborating to pursue their own interests, which, sadly, don't match those of the community.

August 1, 2019 | 11 comments
Josh Becker endorsed by governor for state Senate

Josh Becker, a Menlo Park resident running for California state Senate in District 13 next year, has landed an endorsement from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

July 6, 2019 | 10 comments
Locals earn All-American, All-Academic lacrosse honors

Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School each landed one boy and two girls on the US Lacrosse High School All-American teams, it was announced Tuesday.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Revelers celebrate Fourth of July at annual parade

Residents were dressed in their red, white and blue best for Menlo Park's annual Fourth of July parade and celebration on Thursday.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
From Bach to the movies: Music@Menlo spans the centuries

This year's Music@Menlo festival highlights seven "Incredible Decades," transporting audiences from the age of Bach through the romantic era to the Roaring Twenties and the new millennium.

July 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Peninsula beekeepers divided on the best way to fight a plague

It's not a matter of if but of when varroa mites will invade a beehive. But what should beekeepers do, if anything, to fight the invaders before they destroy a hive?

August 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Start the presses: Palo Alto Art Center celebrates a 'summer of printmaking' with 'Local Editions' and more

"Local Editions: A Celebration of Bay Area Printmaking," an exhibition currently on view at the Palo Alto Art Center, celebrates the eclectic art of printmaking.

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
SF Mime Troupe returns to Palo Alto for free summer shows

The Tony Award-winning, politically savvy theater company San Francisco Mime Troupe will be offering two free performances of its latest original musical comedy, "Treasure Island," at Cubberley Amphitheater.

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Oh what a tangled web...

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' bears the Marvel standard
With tongue knowingly in cheek, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" plops us firmly into teen-movie territory, even more so than Tom Holland's first solo Spidey movie, "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Survey suggests details of possible development on Bay's salt flats

A recent survey sent to certain Menlo Park residents floated the possibility of a development project on a 1,400-acre wetland property on the Redwood City shoreline.

July 3, 2019 | 19 comments
A passionate voice for theater

Local grad wins vocal competition and Beach Blanket Babylon scholarship
Recent Sacred Heart Prep graduate Armand Akbari is the winner in the voice category of the annual $15,000 Steve Silver Foundation & Beach Blanket Babylon Scholarship for the Arts.

July 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Two Woodside friends brave six-day race in Moroccan Desert

"Brutal." That's how Joel Butler describes one of the toughest races in the world -- a six-day footrace roughly equivalent to running six marathons through the Southern Moroccan Sahara Desert that he ran with his buddy, Garrett Smith.

July 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Officials 'cautiously optimistic' about girl who nearly drowned in Burgess Pool

A 13-year-old girl who was rushed to the hospital after collapsing in Menlo Park's Burgess Pool following a swimming meet on June 28 appears to be slowly improving Wednesday morning (July 3), according to the local fire chief.

July 3, 2019 | 1 comment
State leaders hail decision to drop census citizenship question

Decision comes nearly a week after U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked Trump administration's plan to add question
President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday dropped its plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a decision a local state assemblyman lauded as a "huge victory."

July 3, 2019 | 18 comments
American soccer victory delivered hot off the Press

Former Stanford All-American Christen Press and Alex Morgan, celebrating her birthday, each scored in the first half for Team USA, which beat England 2-1 in the Women's World Cup semifinals Tuesday in France.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Injuries to victim in Tuesday shooting not life-threatening

A man who was shot multiple times late Tuesday night (July 2) in Menlo Park was still in the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police Sgt. Jeff Cooley.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school district's budget sound, but $1.2 million in cuts may come if parcel tax isn't renewed

The Portola Valley School District's budget remains healthy, but the district will need to make over $1 million in budget cuts unless a parcel tax is renewed.

July 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Midpeninsula celebrates Independence Day

Locals can explore numerous Fourth of July festivities this week, including the traditional parade sponsored by the city of Menlo Park, a rodeo in Woodside, an art festival in Redwood City, and a concert and fireworks in Mountain View.

July 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Local real estate agents take top spots in national sales rankings

Five teams of local real estate agents and 11 individual local sales people were among the top-selling 250 teams and 250 agents nationwide this past year, according to REAL Trends.

July 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Man charged with Woodside School break-in pleads not guilty

A 45-year-old San Francisco transient has pleaded not guilty to several charges after allegedly stealing a truck in Millbrae and then breaking into Woodside Elementary School last week, San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Equity for Menlo Park students discussed at school district meeting

Council members, residents and community organizers attended a Menlo Park City School District study session about student equity to let school board members know that they believe the district should take a closer look at the subject.

July 5, 2019 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Stanford study on 'design thinking' shows how it benefits students

Hillview students took part in the 2014 research
Using "design thinking" strategies in the classroom could help lower-achieving students learn better when they're older, according to a recent Stanford University study conducted with Hillview Middle School students.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
New management in Atherton's town hall

Anthony Suber is settling into his new role as Atherton's deputy city manager and city clerk.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Little agreement on sites for Portola Valley affordable housing

Portola Valley officials seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of meeting increasing pressures from Sacramento for more high-density affordable housing and the demands of residents.

July 8, 2019 | 5 comments
Wildfire meeting sparks thoughts on readiness as seasonal threat looms

More than 200 residents received advice on wildfire prevention -- such as creating vegetation-free space around their homes and replacing shingle roofs and wooden siding -- from a panel of officials at a recent town hall meeting.

July 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Update: No hazardous material in Facebook mail room

Mail bin in which sarin was possibly present removed from building for further testing
A Facebook spokesman said authorities have found no dangerous substances in a mail room at the company's Menlo Park campus as of early Tuesday; the buildings were OK'd for re-entry after a mail bin was removed for further testing.

July 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Nerve agent detected in package at Facebook facility

Hazmat crews expected to remain on the scene past midnight
Emergency crews evacuated four of Facebook's buildings in Menlo Park Monday morning (July 1) after the possible presence of a chemical weapon was detected in mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Local Little League all-stars conclude their seasons

The Little League 12U all-stars from Alpine-West Menlo and Palo Alto would have preferred their seasons ended differently though both delivered memories that will last beyond the District 52 tournament hosted at Middlefield Park.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
USA reaches eighth semifinal of FIFA Women's World Cup

Megan Rapinoe was at it again, fighting for and with Team USA at every moment in Friday's 2-1 victory over host France in a quarterfinal match of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Paris.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Baseball report: SHP grad Daschbach signs with Orioles

Palo Alto alum Max Jung-Goldberg having an all-star year
Former Sacred Heart Prep star Andrew Daschbach signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday for $250,000 ($125,000 counting against the bonus pool). He was taken in the 11th round, the 318th overall pick.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside grad King helps PUF Caps nail down a victory

Woodside grad Joseph King pitched three scoreless innings, one of four pitchers used who helped the Pacific Union Capitalists beat the host Lincoln Potters 5-3 in the series finale Sunday.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner's Office IDs motorcyclist killed in Highway 84 collision

A motorcyclist who died Sunday afternoon (June 30) after his motorcycle crashed into a truck on Highway 84 has been identified as 35-year-old Paul Neves, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

June 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Man arrested for attempted burglary at Woodside Elementary

Sheriff's deputies said man also stole van, tried to break into a store
A 45-year-old man was arrested Friday after trying to burglarize Woodside Elementary School, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Girl rushed to hospital after collapsing in Burgess Pool

Bystanders, firefighters tried to revive girl after she slipped underwater following swim meet
A 13-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon after collapsing in Burgess Pool following a swimming meet, according to Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton approves 2019-20 budget

The Atherton City Council voted 5-0 to approve the town's 2019-20 fiscal year budget at its June 19 meeting, and it looks as if the town will maintain a comfortable budget surplus.

July 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Planning Commission backs Stanford's campus expansion

County officials reject university's offer for a development agreement but permit close to 3.5 million square feet of growth
Stanford University's bid to massively expand its campus received the Santa Clara County Planning Commission's endorsement Thursday with a 7-0 recommendation of a new general use permit to govern Stanford's growth over two decades.

June 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Going against the grain

Inside The Midwife and the Baker's devotion to fresh-milled, whole-grain breads
At The Midwife and the Baker in Mountain View, owner Mac McConnell is working to prove whole grains can taste just as good, if not better, than their white wheat flour counterparts.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
St. Lawrence String Quartet performs at Stanford

The St. Lawrence String Quartet will offer free concerts this weekend at Stanford University.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula celebrates Independence Day

The Almanac's picks for fun and festive Fourth of July events
Locals can explore numerous Fourth of July festivities next week, including a food-based tradition in Palo Alto, an art festival in Redwood City, a concert in Mountain View and a rodeo in Woodside.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College grad reaches the major leagues with the Mets

Chris Mazza became the first Menlo College baseball player to be drafted by a major league team when the Minnesota Twins selected him. On Wednesday, he became the first former Oak to reach the major leagues.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
Homes sales is a complete list of residential real estate transactions reported on the Midpeninsula this week. Atherton recorded the highest sale, at $17,808,000.

June 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Not so fab

You won't believe in Beatles-fantasy 'Yesterday'
The Beatles-themed romantic comedy "Yesterday" proceeds from a cutesy what-if premise: Following a 12-second global blackout, no one remembers the Beatles, except Jack Malik, a singer-songwriter languishing in obscurity.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
San Mateo County questions terms of Stanford's $4.7B offer

Stanford announced Monday an offer to Santa Clara County to commit $4.7 billion toward local housing, transportation and schools. In return, the university has asked for permission to build 3.5 million square feet of new development.

June 27, 2019 | 2 comments
Positively determined

Barbara Kalt wraps up a memorable career, but she's still on a mission
Barbara Kalt retired recently from her position as director at Rosener House, Peninsula Volunteers' day care center in Menlo Park for adults with dementia.

June 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Local Eagles fly

Two local young men earn the highest rank in scouting
At twilight one evening, Portola Valley witnessed an unusual sight: a gathering of 17 Eagles at Troop 64's Eagle Court of Honor to welcome and honor Gregory Barth and Jeffrey Frenkel-Popell as they joined them as Eagle Scouts.

July 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Fascinating critters

Wildmind Science Learning handlers brought some critters to an outdoor event at the Menlo Park Library on June 18.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Sundance defends its PABR league tournament title

Dante Black and Brody Simison each recorded two hits and drove in two runs to help Sundance defend its Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Tournament title Tuesday, beating regular-season champion Dutch Goose 9-3 at the Baylands.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Sheriff's Office warns against fraudulent emails

Residents in Portola Valley, Ladera scammed
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office received two separate reports of people being scammed out of money by fraudulent court documents sent to them via email between Monday and Tuesday.

June 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton all-stars see Little League season end

San Carlos had four homers, plus three doubles and nine hits overall, to beat Menlo-Atherton 7-0 in an elimination-bracket game of the District 52 majors (11-12) event at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto on Tuesday.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school district’s budget sound, but $1.2 million in cuts may come if parcel tax isn’t renewed

The Portola Valley School District's budget remains healthy, but the district will need to make over $1 million in budget cuts unless a parcel tax is renewed, school officials say.

June 26, 2019 | 3 comments
Skyline slaying suspect also of Yemeni ancestry

Knife found next to second victim, who authorities say fought back
Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in the Skyline Boulevard double homicide case, shared a Yemeni ancestry with one of the victims in the case, Abdulmalek Nasher, although no evidence has been shown that they knew each other.

June 25, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo School grads off to new adventures

The 138 members of Menlo School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas on June 6 in an outdoor ceremony.

June 26, 2019 | No comments yet
USA, France to meet in Women's World Cup quarterfinals

Megan Rapinoe showed leadership once again in helping the United States women's national soccer team get past Spain, 2-1, in a grueling, physical Round of 16 match at the Women's World Cup in Reims, France on Monday.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College individuals up for NAIA national honors

The Golden State Athletic Conference announced the five individuals from Menlo College Athletics who have been selected as GSAC representatives nominated for NAIA national awards.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Dutch Goose makes it to PABR championship against Sundance

Warren Cook's three-run home run in the first inning gave Dutch Goose a huge lift en route to a 7-4 victory over Old Pro in an elimination baseball game Monday as part of the Palo Alto Babe Ruth League Tournament at Baylands.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford pitches $4.7B deal to county for campus expansion

University continues to call for development agreement to govern future growth, but county supervisor says Stanford offer is 'not in the public interest'
Stanford University offered Santa Clara County a deal on Monday that would commit $4.7 billion toward housing, transportation projects and public schools in exchange for approval of the university's expansion plans.

June 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Hampton Inn project sidelined after split vote by Planning Commission

Members voted 3-1-1 not to approve it, but have to wait until next month for a formal vote
A proposed Hampton Inn hotel on El Camino Real in Menlo Park was sidelined Monday night when the city's Planning Commission voted 3-1-1 not to approve the hotel and to continue further discussion of the matter to its next meeting.

June 25, 2019 | 20 comments
Atherton chemist, a co-developer of the birth control pill, dies at 102

Atherton resident George Rosenkranz, renowned in his field for his work in developing the birth control pill, died on Sunday, June 23, at age 102.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Manzanita Talks move forward

Efforts to bring together public and private sector leaders to talk about how to address regional transportation problems moved forward on June 13.

July 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man convicted of attacking octogenarian mother

Convicted man the son of slain Menlo Park police officer
A Menlo Park man who attacked his 83-year-old mother in September 2016 has been found guilty of felonies of elder abuse, making threats and false imprisonment in a jury trial verdict reached June 19.

June 26, 2019 | 5 comments
Thursday: USGS lecture about wildfires

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold a free public lecture about wildfire science at its Menlo Park campus on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Skyline murder suspect declines to enter plea, asks for time

Malik Dosouqi, the suspect in two separate homicides on Skyline Boulevard near Woodside on June 17 and 18, declined to enter a plea at his arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court on June 24.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission to hold public hearing on Hampton Inn proposal

Nearby residents object to counting hotel taxes as 'public benefit'
Menlo Park residents concerned that a proposed Hampton Inn hotel would be too big for the neighborhood and wouldn't provide adequate public benefits are urging the Planning Commission to say no to the project.

June 24, 2019 | 7 comments
District 52 Little League: Menlo-Atherton 11-12 drops opener

Menlo-Atherton's Majors (11-12 year-old) all-star little league team lost to Hillsborough, which won the NorCal State Championship last season in the 10-11 year, 7-1 in the District 52 tournament opener in Palo Alto on Saturday.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Sundance advances to Babe Ruth championship Tuesday

Dutch Goose plays Monday in an elimination game
Dutch Goose won the Palo Alto Babe Ruth regular-season title but after a 3-2 loss Saturday to Sundance, the Goose needs a win Monday to earn a return engagement with Sundance on Tuesday for the 15U league tournament championship.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo on target in 11-12 Little League all-stars

Max Courson threw a complete-game shutout, striking out 13, and singled home the eventual winning run in Alpine's 2-0 victory over Foster City in the District 52 Little League Majors (12-under) Tournament on Sunday at Middlefield Park.

June 24, 2019 | No comments yet
East Palo Alto to add affordable homes, new transit connections with $20M grant

Funds to be used for 91 new apartments, three zero-emissions buses
An East Palo Alto coalition will receive $20 million to add additional affordable housing units at Light Tree Apartments and expand transit services that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, a state committee announced on Friday.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
All Stars are shining

A June 18 scrimmage at Burgess Park brought these players on local 12-year-old Little League All star teams together. The teams compete in an All Star tournament starting Saturday, June 22.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
U.S. women advance into Round of 16 at Women's World Cup

The world No. 1 U.S. women national soccer team did not allow a goal in Women's World Cup group play for the first time in history and advanced into Round of 16 with its 2-0 victory over No. 9 Sweden on Thursday. Next is No. 13 Spain.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Skyline suspect charged with two murders

The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has filed two murder charges and five other felony counts against Pacifica resident Malik Dosouqi in relation to the two killings on Skyline Boulevard earlier this week.

June 21, 2019 | 10 comments
Menlo Park: Council signs off on $160K contract for Belle Haven Library designs

Efforts to build a new Belle Haven Library moved forward on June 18 after the Menlo Park City Council unanimously approved a $160,000 contract with Noll & Tam Architects to develop concept designs.

June 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Palo Alto, rejoice. Mike's Cafe is back.

Midtown restaurant opening for dinner June 20
The return of Mike's Cafe, a humble, longtime neighborhood eatery owned by Mike Wallau of Portola Kitchen, might be one of Palo Alto's most anticipated restaurant openings of the year.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
'One Man, Two Guvnors' delivers laughs, tomfoolery and songs

Palo Alto Players hosts a British Invasion
Carlo Goldoni's 1746 commedia dell'arte-inspired play "The Servant of Two Masters" gets a swinging '60s, oh-so-British makeover in "One Man, Two Guvnors."

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Summer restaurant openings abound

A roundup of what's new in food and drink on the Midpeninsula
Looking for something new? From vegan fare and organic wine to pho, sushi and pupusas, there are a lot of new places on the Midpeninsula to tempt you. Read on for our roundup of recent openings.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Summertime and the livin' is jazzy

For Midpeninsula jazz lovers, the season looks bright
With Friday, June 21, marking the first official day of summer, the days are long and the local live jazz offerings particularly plentiful.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales for the week of June 17

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
Homes Sales is a complete list of residential real estate transactions reported on the Midpeninsula this week.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley plans street resurfacing this summer

Portola Valley will begin a street resurfacing program on 17 streets on Monday (June 24) that will continue until Aug. 9.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Toy'-ing with your feelings

Pixar's fourth (and final?) 'Toy Story' hits the road
High-tension action-adventure has always been a key ingredient in the "Toy Story" films, but "Toy Story 4" may well be the most consistently anxiety-inducing of them all.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Celebrate quidditch, 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings' at Menlo Park's Comic Con

Watch two local quidditch teams compete, experience live music, film screenings, crafts and panel discussions, and celebrate all things comics and sci-fi for free at the Menlo Park Library's fourth annual Comic Con.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Fire training teaches response to any disaster

With earthquakes, fire, floods, landslides and other disasters at a very real level of possibility in the area, the Woodside Fire Protection District is helping individuals help others and stay safe.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Kiwanis boosts scholarship fund; eight students benefit

Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships from the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club this year.

June 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton Police Activities League awards four $5,000 scholarships

The Atherton Police Activities League (PAL) has awarded scholarships to be used toward college to four 2019 high school graduates.

June 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Dance floor therapy

Rosener House first in U.S. to host French tango program for Alzheimer's patients
This spring, the Rosener House in Menlo Park launched an experimental therapeutic tango program aimed at improving cognition, gait and balance in participants with Alzheimer's disease. It's proving to be a mood-booster, too.

June 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Award-winning independent films screened in Atherton June 27-29

Five award-winning independent films are being featured at the Windrider Film Forum Bay Area's 10th anniversary event June 27, 28 and 29 at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center in Atherton.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College softball has two players named all-region

Menlo College softball players Ariana Belarde and Sarah Reyes were named to the NAIA All-Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Belarde earned first-team honors while Reyes received second-team recognition.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Jones earns Gatorade's National Player of Year award

Recent Menlo School graduate Sophia Jones walked into the middle of a celebration in her honor on Wednesday and she didn't have an inkling of it. She learned she was named Gatorade's National Women's Soccer Player of the Year.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Babe Ruth opens league tournament on Friday

The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball league played its final regular-season games Wednesday, with Dutch Goose claiming the title. It starts again Friday when the league tournament opens at Baylands.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Longtime Atherton resident dies at 105

Memorial for Lou Matas to be held June 29
A memorial will be held on Saturday, June 29, for longtime Atherton resident Louis Matas, who died in April at the age of 105.

June 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Assemblyman Berman holding wildfire town hall Saturday

State Assemblyman Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) is sponsoring a June 22 wildfire town hall meeting in Portola Valley that will include a panel made up of representatives from state and local firefighting agencies and PG&E.

June 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park set to enact cannabis business ban

Citing a lack of public pushback to the city's nearly two-year moratorium on cannabis businesses in Menlo Park, the City Council moved June 18 to line up an ordinance to ban such businesses from setting up shop in Menlo Park.

June 19, 2019 | 29 comments
Woodside: Murder suspect named; second slaying victim was a tow truck driver

Tuesday night's stabbing death was near the scene of where first homicide victim was found the night before
Authorities have identified the suspect arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly killing a man found Tuesday night on Skyline Boulevard near where another stabbing victim was found the night before as Malik Dosouqi, 26, of Pacif

June 19, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo Park school district financially stable, but salaries, benefits continue to outpace revenues

Expenditures continue to outpace revenues for the Menlo Park City School District, but the district will remain financially stable until at least the 2021-22 fiscal year.

June 21, 2019 | 9 comments
Atherton budget remains healthy

The Atherton City Council will consider approving the town's 2019-20 fiscal year budget at its Wednesday (June 19) meeting, and it looks like the town will maintain a comfortable budget surplus.

June 19, 2019 | 3 comments
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS GOLF TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's Jonathan Dicks was named the Peninsula Athletic League Golfer of the Year. Menlo's Charlie Hsieh and Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly shared the honor in the West Bay Athletic League. They're joined by several locals.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto hosting District 52 Majors 11-12 all-star tourney

Menlo-Atherton, which reached last year's championship game, opens the District 52 11-12 Majors Little League all-star tournament Saturday with a 9 a.m. game against Hillsborough at Middlefield Park in Palo Alto.

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Selby Lane School celebrates library renovation

Officials and students celebrated the opening of Selby Lane School's newly renovated library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 12.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Longtime Oak Knoll teacher enters her 'next phase'

After more than three decades of teaching -- with nearly 24 years spent in Menlo Park -- Oak Knoll School teacher Renee Lavezzo is retiring.

June 24, 2019 | 3 comments
Update: Victim identified as detectives continue investigating apparent homicide

San Mateo County Sheriff's detectives are investigating an apparent homicide after a 32-year-old Pacifica man's body was found on Skyline Boulevard near the El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve at 11:35 p.m. last night (June 17).

June 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to mull cannabis ban

Menlo Park city staff is recommending that the City Council prohibit cannabis business-related land uses and ban growing marijuana outdoors. The City Council is scheduled to take up the matter at its meeting tonight (June 18).

June 18, 2019 | 9 comments
Menlo Park City Council moves swiftly in the right direction

The Menlo Park City Council on June 11 rejected an idea to enact a moratorium on commercial development, which disappointed many residents. But the debate sparked by the proposal, and the resulting decisions, are cause for optimism.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
County transportation authority launches new strategic plan process

The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is working on a new plan to guide the authority's procedures and spending plans for its Measure A and Measure W dollars from 2020 through 2024.

June 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Celebrate quidditch, 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings' at Menlo Park's Comic Con

Watch two local quidditch teams compete, experience live music, film screenings, crafts and panel discussions, and celebrate all things comics and sci-fi at the Menlo Park Library's fourth annual Comic Con.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Electric vehicles a no-go for police department, for now

Despite requests for the city of Menlo Park to update its police fleet with electric vehicles, the department will buy eight hybrid SUV patrol vehicles instead, since electric vehicles don't meet certain police vehicle standards yet.

June 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No-contest plea in stabbing case

A man who repeatedly tried to stab another man in a Menlo Park homeless encampment last August pleaded no contest on June 11 to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

June 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Better barbecue

A tasty hobby turns into a full time job for John Capelo
Quality barbecue is notoriously hard to find in the Bay Area. John Capelo is working to change that, one slow-smoked piece of meat at a time.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Police arrest man suspected of burglary near Nealon Park

Menlo Park police arrested a man last night (June 16) suspected of burglary at a construction site on the 600 block of University Drive near Nealon Park.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Two former SHP Gators help USA beat Chile in Women's World Cup

Carli Lloyd and Julie Ertz each finished off headers into the back of the net off corner kicks and the U.S. women's soccer team downed Chile 3-0 in group play at the Women's World Cup in Paris on Sunday.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park woman using oxygen dies in accidental fire

A woman who was smoking in her Menlo Park home while also using oxygen in a medical cylinder to breathe died last night (June 14) when she caught on fire, according to a news bulletin from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.

June 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Attempted murder suspect to undergo mental competency review

Man allegedly struck woman with stolen vehicle in Nealon Park
The man charged with attempted murder after allegedly hitting a pedestrian with a stolen vehicle on June 7 in Menlo Park showed up in court on Friday (June 14) after refusing to appear at two previously scheduled arraignment hearings.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Man accused of 1974 cold-case killing near Stanford campus pleads not guilty

John Arthur Getreu denies first-degree murder charge for the death of Janet Ann Taylor
A 74-year-old man accused of murdering two 21-year-old women whose strangled bodies were found on Stanford University property about a year apart in the 1970s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in one of the cases on Friday.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine-West Menlo Majors Peak scores late for victory

For three innings, Alpine-West Menlo Park 11-12 Little League champion Peak and Menlo-Atherton champion Shell Sharon Heights were locked in a scoreless duel Thursday at Ford Field in Portola Valley.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Driver arrested for attempted murder at Nealon Park scheduled to enter plea Friday

Maurice Kalhil Vasquez Lopez has refused to come to court twice
A man charged with attempted murder after allegedly striking a pedestrian with a stolen car on June 7 at Nealon Park refused to come to court Wednesday and Thursday, June 12 and 13, and is scheduled to plea Friday.

June 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Home sales: Three homes sell for over $10M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the most-expensive transaction this week with the sale of a $23 million home.

June 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley aboard the pickleball bandwagon

Portola Valley is among hundreds of communities nationwide that are getting addicted to a sport with the strange name of pickleball.

June 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Last vestiges of Woodside's Jackling House still in limbo

Steve Jobs may have hated his George Washington Smith-designed house in Woodside and had it torn down, but many homes designed near the architect's home in Santa Barbara County are now worth millions of dollars.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Girls rock on first Little League all-female team, the Rockies

Gender equality in sports took a happy step forward on the local baseball field this season as the Menlo Atherton Little League put together an all-girls team for the first time ever.

June 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Reporter's notebook: Lesson learned the hard way: A mount is a must when driving with a cellphone

I admit to being a distracted driver that day, busy shuttling two cars to the shop so I could leave town on short notice. But when I was pulled over for touching my cellphone at a stoplight, I didn't think I was also a criminal.

July 30, 2019 | 3 comments
Guest opinion: Let's tackle the moral crisis of our time: affordable housing

Portola Valley planners know that ideal communities have people of all income levels and all ages. If we do not grow, we will wither on the vine. We can build housing without destroying the rural character of this town.

June 28, 2019 | 8 comments
Birds in the spotlight in 'Learning to Fly' exhibit

Atherton photographer Larry Calof is showing works featuring images of owls and other birds at the Portola Art Gallery, located in the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Glens development rules further honed

Woodside planning officials received a boatload of feedback at a study session about a proposal that would have allowed most residents of the Glens neighborhood to add on to their homes without triggering an environmental impact report

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside coalition raising $200K to replace equestrian bridge

A coalition of horse lovers is joining the town of Woodside to build a bridge that will replace a section of a popular equestrian trail along Bear Gulch Creek that was washed out in 2017.

June 24, 2019 | 2 comments
Video: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley accepts Tony Award

Honor comes as Palo Alto-rooted company approaches milestone season
Theatreworks Silicon Valley Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, Executive Director Phil Santora and Board Chair Judy Heyboer were in New York to accept the Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 9.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks' 'Archduke' satirizes the assassination that set off World War I

In Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy, Gavrilo Princip is neither hero nor villain
Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, 19-year-old Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip, draw parallels between century-ago conspirators and modern-day terrorists.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Laughs plentiful in Pear Theatre's 'Present Laughter'

939 Noël Coward farce explores the madcap life of an actor
Laughs are available by the bushelful in the Pear Theatre production of Noël Coward's "Present Laughter," a frantic farce written and set in 1939 and based fairly strongly on Coward's own life.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto Music Day returns June 16

University Avenue to host 50 musicians and bands in a variety of genres
Returning for its 11th year, Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Sunday, June 16, 3-7:30 p.m. at outdoor locations along University Avenue, which will be closed to traffic.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Meh in 'Black'

A tired sci-fi franchise goes 'International'
With Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones retired, the latest attempt to resuscitate the "Men in Black" franchise just seems wearying and tiresome.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
'The Cubberley Project' celebrates community voices

New public-art installation on display at Cubberley Community Center
"The Cubberley Project," a temporary audio-visual installation by the Cubberley Artist Studio Program's Martha Sakellariou and writer Jennifer Lee, is currently on display at Cubberley Community Center.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Block party perks up downtown Menlo Park

Downtown Menlo Park was a lively scene Wednesday evening as the city and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the 13th annual community block party. Photographer Magali Gauthier was there to capture the spirit of the evening with pictures.

June 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Give an assist to O'Hara, Press in USA's World Cup victory

Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press got in on the action Tuesday as the United States women's national soccer team walloped Thailand in its first game of the FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday in Reims, France.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Jones named Gatorade California Player of the Year

Recent high school graduate in the running for national award
Menlo School's Sophia Jones was named Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year it was announced Thursday. She becomes the first Menlo School player to receive the honor and is also a finalist for the Gatorade National honor.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School board approves election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms up in December, the board voted at a June 5 meeting to authorize an election for the seats on the November ballot. Trustee Gulliver La Valle said he won't seek re-election.

June 14, 2019 | No comments yet
$27K in restitution ordered for man who hacked The Almanac

Colby claims he committed the crime at the request of convicted felon and former Menlo Park resident Hiruy Amanuel
The 36-year-old man who hacked and temporarily shut down AlmanacNews.com and other Embarcadero Media websites nearly four years ago was sentenced on June 12 in federal court.

June 12, 2019 | 4 comments
Former Woodland School director files age discrimination suit

A former employee of the private Woodland School in Portola Valley is suing the school for age discrimination.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton Police Department lobby closed until Tuesday

The Atherton Police Department lobby will be closed beginning Thursday (June 13) and reopen next Tuesday.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Ex-Stanford sailing coach who accepted nearly $800K in bribes through college admissions scam sentenced

John Vandemoer allowed fake profiles that portrayed applicants as a 'competitive sailor' to enter university's review process
Stanford University's former head sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

June 12, 2019 | 3 comments
Same-day Spare the Air alert issued as poor air quality persists

Lack of strong ocean breeze, fog layer prompts fourth consecutive alert
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a belated Spare the Air Alert for Wednesday after increased ocean breezes and a fog layer that were forecast to bring improved air quality didn't show up.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A program offers free Latin lessons to K-8 students

The Aequora Program aims to improve literacy, English skills
A group of Menlo-Atherton High School students will spend their Saturdays tutoring elementary and middle schoolers in Latin to improve their literacy and English language skills through a newly launched, free program.

June 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council: No moratorium

Council members fear city would become 'poster child' for using local powers to block housing growth
The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday backed away from a proposal to enact a citywide moratorium on nonresidential development and a Bayside ban on large housing developments.

June 12, 2019 | 15 comments
ALL-LEAGUE COED BADMINTON TEAMS

Menlo-Atherton's mixed doubles team of Alexander Waitz and Athena Xue were named to the all-Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division badminton team after winning a league title. Check out who else made it.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS TENNIS TEAMS

Menlo School's Andrei Volgin was named the Most Valuable Player in the West Bay Athletic League. Central Coast Section boys tennis semifinalist Tim Berthier of M-A was named to the all-PAL Bay Division team. Find out who else made it.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep awards diplomas to 121st class

Graduates headed to 78 colleges in California and across the country
On May 23, Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 149 students at its 121st commencement ceremony.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Civic center, traffic and public safety at top of Atherton's priorities list

Concerns over funding for the civic center, traffic and public safety are of greatest importance to Atherton City Council members over the next two years, they said at a recent goal-setting meeting.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area under third straight Spare the Air alert Tuesday

Public encouraged to limit outdoor activities due to excessive smog
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a Spare the Air Alert for Tuesday since high temperatures and light winds are expected to persist in the region.

June 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park school district to host meeting on equity

Educational equity for students throughout the Menlo Park City School District will be the topic of a special meeting of the district's school board on Wednesday.

June 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Nativity Carnival draws crowds over weekend

Sun, fun and games were on the program for those attending the Nativity Carnival last weekend, June 7-9.

June 11, 2019 | 1 comment
Fire burns rail line on Dumbarton's Fremont side

Flames recently burned the abandoned wooden railroad trestle just south of the Dumbarton Bridge in the East Bay, near Fremont.

June 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Santa Cruz Avenue shut down Wednesday for downtown block party

Menlo Park's 13th annual downtown block party will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue.

June 11, 2019 | 1 comment
County to expand flood district to create 'resilient shoreline'

Flooding isn't a new problem in San Mateo County. But with climate change-driven sea level rise and development along the Bay, there's new urgency in the county to combat water-related threats to the county.

June 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Semitruck driver suffers moderate injuries in crash

A semitruck driver was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries on Monday morning (June 10) following a three-vehicle collision in Atherton, according to Atherton police.

June 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Lawmaker behind SB 50 makes case for zoning reforms to address state housing crisis

Despite delay, state Sen. Scott Wiener says his housing bill will pass
Scott Wiener, whose housing bill has energized housing advocates and galvanized local officials, came to Palo Alto on Friday to push back against local critics and assure a receptive crowd that Senate Bill 50 remains on track to pass.

June 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: Driver of stolen vehicle arrested for attempted murder

Police say he 'intentionally' drove into a Menlo Park pedestrian
Menlo Park police arrested a 34-year-old man for attempted murder on Friday night after he allegedly drove a stolen vehicle into a 33-year-old Menlo Park woman who was filming an altercation between him and a neighbor.

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Sixteen-year-old arrested for having gun on M-A campus

Arrest took place during the school's graduation ceremony
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy who they suspect brought a gun on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus on June 6 during the Atherton school's graduation ceremony. The suspect is not an M-A student, police said.

June 8, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist taken to hospital after collision

A 24-year-old motorcyclist was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after he collided with a car at the corner of Ringwood and Coleman avenues in Menlo Park at 6:54 a.m. on Friday, June 7.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Bay Area to see warm weather and gusty, dry winds this weekend

Hottest days will likely be on Sunday and Monday in the South Bay
A widespread warming trend will envelop the Bay Area starting Saturday, with hot temperatures luring people to beaches and dry, gusty winds increasing fire risks.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside sends off its graduates

About 400 seniors in Woodside High School's Class of 2019 gathered on the school's football field at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to receive their diplomas and take the first step in a new journey of their lives.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A's Class of 2019 says farewell

Menlo-Atherton High School's Class of 2019 received their diplomas during a graduation ceremony held on the school's football field on Thursday, June 6, at 4 p.m. There were 564 graduation candidates, according to the school.

June 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo Park, Atherton water main work underway

A water main replacement project began on May 31 in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton and the Menlo Oaks neighborhood of unincorporated Menlo Park.

June 12, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park school board member decides not to resign

Stacey Jones will not resign from the Menlo Park City School District board, following a November announcement that she may need to leave her post this summer because she and her family would likely move away.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park sports trainer charged in sexual assault case involving teenage girl

Arraignment proceedings continued to June 14
Tristan Arfi of Redwood City, owner of the Boxing Theory Gym in Menlo Park, is facing arraignment next week on sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl he trained, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

June 7, 2019 | 1 comment
'Night Shift: A Jewish Cultural Experience' comes to Town & Country Village after hours

Art installations, interactive workshops, music, food and more will be offered as part of a multidisciplinary festival celebrating the holiday of Shavuot on Saturday, June 8.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Theater companies keep the Redwood City arts scene lively this June

While a decade or so ago the sign in downtown Redwood City proclaiming "Theatre District" may have seemed a stretch, these days, Broadway Street is hopping with patrons of the Century 20 cinema and real live theater.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
'Monster' producer

Mountain View's Brian Rogers talks about reviving 'Godzilla'
Working with a 393-foot-tall reptilian monster named Godzilla is serious business, as in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars serious.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
The thrilla that's 'Godzilla'

'King of the Monsters' ups the creature-feature ante
The new American film "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" honors a tradition that has won over millions of Japanese "kaiju" (giant monster movie) fans for the past 60 years.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton resident, Warriors investor Mark Stevens receives one-year ban from NBA games after pushing player

Stevens says 'I need to be better' in apology
Atherton resident and Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens has been fined $500,000 and barred from attending NBA games for one year after pushing a Toronto Raptors player during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on June 5.

June 6, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park school district conducts survey to help it plan for future

The Menlo Park City School District is conducting its annual community survey.

June 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Woman breaks into home, makes herself at home

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

June 8, 2019 | No comments yet
ShakeAlert safeguards Menlo fire district quake response

In an earthquake, seconds can make the difference between being able to take shelter and being caught by surprise.

June 7, 2019 | No comments yet
County aiming to avoid Election Day backups with new equipment, more staff

Some waited for hours to cast ballots in November 2018 election
Voters in San Mateo County who experienced, in some cases, hours-long waits to cast their ballots this past November should have a better time this November.

June 20, 2019 | 1 comment
State releases new earthquake hazards map

The Woodside area has a new reference for liquefaction and earthquake-induced landslide hazards in the form of an online map from the California Geological Survey.

June 28, 2019 | 2 comments
'Champion' activist and journalist Nita Spangler dies

Nita Reifschneider Spangler, who helped keep Almanac readers informed of San Mateo County matters as a reporter from 1969 to 1977, died on April 18, one day after her 96th birthday.

June 10, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Josh Kasevich, Menlo School's Justin Nam and Woodside's Joseph King were honored as the MVP of their respective leagues. Find out who else made all-league from the area.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAMS

Palo Alto's Lindsey Kim and Gunn's Tori Mock each won a major award in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division. Woodside and Pinewood also had players honored on their respective all-league teams.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Daschbach taken by Baltimore Orioles during MLB draft

Former Sacred Heart Prep standout Andrew Daschbach was one of three Stanford baseball players drafted in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft during Wednesday's third day. Brandon Wulff and Duke Kinamon were also picked.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales: Mountain View sees 20 transactions

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the most homes sales with 20 transactions and Los Altos recorded the highest sale at $6M for a 3,232-square-foot home.

June 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council to weigh development moratorium next week

Spurred by a proposal from two council members, the Menlo Park City Council will next week consider adopting a moratorium on new nonresidential development, as well as on large-scale housing development on the city's Bay side.

June 5, 2019 | 41 comments
Woodside teachers to see 2% pay bump

The Woodside Elementary School District board voted on Tuesday, June 4, to give teachers a 2% raise for the 2019-20 school year.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Steve Frank to head Woodside school district

The Woodside Elementary School District's middle school principal Steve Frank will take the top management position in the district beginning July 1.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commuter bus burns, ignites grass fire near Alpine Road

Crews from five fire agencies responded to a bus fire and two grass fires that were ignited by the commuter bus, which caught fire in the southbound lanes of I-280 at Alpine Road at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday morning.

June 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Former Menlo Park mayors share reflections of the city

Photographs of Menlo Park's last 38 mayors now hang in the City Council chambers, many of which were hung by the former mayors themselves in a ceremony held June 4.

June 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School board to vote on election for two seats

With two Portola Valley School District board members' terms expiring in December, the board will be asked to approve putting the positions on the November ballot. One trustee has announced he won't be seeking re-election.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College announces its 2019 Hall of Fame class

Menlo College Athletics announced its 2019 Hall of Fame Class, which is set to be inducted on Friday, October 18th in conjunction with the weekend's OAKtoberFest Families and Alumni Weekend. Seven former Menlo athletes were chosen.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park boxing gym owner arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting teen girl

The owner of a boxing gym in Menlo Park has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl he trained, according to a statement from the Menlo Park Police Department.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Environmental review process launches for new Sobrato office building

A proposal to construct a third office building on a 13-acre property owned by the Sobrato Organization at 162-164 Jefferson Drive in Menlo Park is moving into its environmental review phase.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton to discuss town budget

The Atherton City Council will meet on June 5 and review the 2019-20 town budget.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Fiction or the future?

Longtime Atherton resident is both doctor and novelist who spotlights AI and medicine
Atherton resident Dr. Rick Novak is a published novelist and practicing anesthesiologist. His latest, "Doctor Vita" was published in March.

June 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory names new head of school

Patrick Ruff has been named the new head of school of the Woodside Priory, taking over from Tim Molak, who is retiring after 30 years.

June 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn grad takes over girls water polo program at M-A

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Director Steven Kryger announced the hiring of former Gunn standout Lauren Lesyna as the new head coach of the girls' varsity water polo team in addition to her teaching duties a biology instructor.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook hosts series of free festivals

Facebook will host a series of free festivals in the coming months. The next is June 22.

June 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Volunteers wanted for nonprofit Discovery Shop

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Menlo Park is seeking volunteers to work in the store.

June 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside commission to review new proposals for the Glens

Some proposed rules to expand options to residents of the Glens neighborhood to improve their homes will be the subject of a meeting of the Woodside Planning Commission on Wednesday, June 5.

June 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo fire district, Coast Guard adopt safety plan for drones and aircraft

A new plan is in place for firefighters' search and rescue drones and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters to share the skies over the San Francisco Bay.

June 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Man involved in hit-and-run that killed a Menlo Park 6-year-old sentenced to prison

Shannon Steven Fox, who was extradited from Guatemala last year, pleads no contest in 2009 crash
Shannon Steven Fox, 33, has pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and admitted to fleeing the scene after a November 2009 hit-and-run that killed six-year-old Menlo Park resident Lisa Xavier and severely injured her mother.

June 3, 2019 | 4 comments
Top 2 most expensive home sales this week? $21M and $11.5M in Atherton

A look at this week's highest, lowest transactions
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the top 2 most expensive transactions at $21 million, $11.5 million. Palo Alto recorded the third highest sale at $9 million.

June 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Food trumps hate

Tapestry Suppers aims to combat intolerance, one meal at a time
Feeling unnerved by increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Danielle Tsi started a local supperclub series to celebrate diversity and unity through food.

June 6, 2019 | 10 comments
Residents, students sound off on Stanford expansion

As county Planning Commission considers approving university's growth plan, graduate students call for more housing, child care services
With Stanford University preparing for its next growth spurt, residents and students crammed into Palo Alto City Hall on Thursday night to request more affordable housing as part of the expansion.

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Precautionary power shutdowns loom again this fire season, PG&E warns

Outages could last more than two days
With wildfire season approaching, PG&E is again warning customers, particularly in wooded, high-fire-risk areas like Woodside and Portola Valley, that it may shut off power during heat emergencies to avoid power lines igniting fires.

May 31, 2019 | 3 comments
Los Altos Stage Company tackles mental-illness musical

Strong cast sings of familial tragedy in 'Next to Normal'
"Next to Normal" won three Tony Awards in 2009, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010. Los Altos Stage Company has installed it in the Bus Barn Theatre through June 22.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
A Palo Altan's quest to recreate Leonardo's horse-head lyre

While Stanford University is marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a series of lectures and exhibitions, Palo Altan Jane Moorman celebrates the visionary artist's innovative spirit in a hands-on way:

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
What's in Leonardo's library?

Stanford exhibition offers a literary peek into artist and 'renaissance reader' da Vinci's world
"Leonardo's Library: The World of a Renaissance Reader" consists of displays of books (drawn from the university's rare book and map collections) known to have been owned by the artist, as well as examples of other writings.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Inaugural BraveMaker Film Festival comes to Redwood City May 31-June 2

BraveMaker, the Peninsula arts nonprofit that supports filmmaking and storytelling from diverse voices, is holding its first film festival May 31-June 2 in downtown Redwood City.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Genre distinction

'Non-Fiction' explores new media and age-old relationship issues
An editor and an author find themselves in over their heads as they cope with a middle-age crisis, in the amusing new comedy "Non-Fiction."

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Who pays for public art?

15 years after Arts Commission dissolves, Menlo Park arts nonprofit is in the works
Efforts are underway to launch a new nonprofit dedicated to public art in Menlo Park, a city that hasn't had an Arts Commission for 15 years.

May 31, 2019 | 5 comments
M-A hires former Bears standout as girls basketball coach

Menlo-Atherton High Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of Steve Yob as head coach of the varsity girls basketball team. He takes over for Markisha Coleman, who compiled a 120-37 record in five years.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo fire district replacing oldest station

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will eliminate a significant part of its history when it replaces the oldest of its seven stations, Station 4, in the next couple of years.

May 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Child drowns in Atherton pool accident

A 3-year-old girl drowned on Thursday in the backyard swimming pool of an Atherton home during a party, town officials have confirmed.

May 29, 2019 | 6 comments
Local quintet performs music composed by Willow Oaks fourth graders

To the rhythm of tap clap clap, oboist Kyle Bruckmann accompanied a group of fourth graders from Willow Oaks Elementary School at a concert Wednesday (May 29).

May 31, 2019 | No comments yet
County looks to shield foothills from Stanford's growth for the next century

Proposed amendment to university's Community Plan would retain 'academic growth boundary' for 99 years
As Santa Clara County prepares to ramp up its demands for housing on Stanford University's campus, county planners are proposing new measures that would curtail Stanford's ability to build in the foothills.

May 29, 2019 | 2 comments
Holland promoted to head volleyball coach at Menlo School

Tony Holland has been a mainstay around Menlo School and the world of club volleyball so long it seems that his hiring as the head coach of the program is a natural progression. His appointment was announced Tuesday.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley to hold housing meeting Saturday

Portola Valley will be holding a community meeting on housing Saturday to cover what's going on with housing development, including affiliated housing, housing on town-owned property, and its new Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance.

May 30, 2019 | No comments yet
ALL-LEAGUE BOYS LACROSSE TEAMS

Find out which local high school student-athletes were picked to join this year's all-league lacrosse teams.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
A personal best gives Menlo's Tomkinson second place

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson came very close to winning the girls 800 meters Saturday at the state track and field finals at Buchanan High in Clovis. She came in second place with a personal-best time of 2:09.41.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Team USA heading to France after sweeping send-off series

Christen Press, the former Stanford standout, scored Team USA's final goal before opening the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, as the Americans' earned a 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Avalanche topples Legends in 14U spring baseball game

James Gray scored on a wild pitch and Jake Sonsini scored on an error in the fourth inning to lift Xtreme Avalanche 14U to a 5-3 victory over the Menlo Park Legends 14u in a spring baseball contest Monday at Irvington High.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hosts its first youth poetry competition

Number of entries were threefold the number expected, library director says
Four local students came away with prizes for Menlo Park's first annual youth poetry competition, according to the city of Menlo Park and Menlo Park Library Foundation, which co-sponsored the contest.

June 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Girl power: How 12 fourth-grade basketball players banded together for equal rim heights

Tucked away behind a partition in Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park, fourth-grade girls played basketball using hoops with rims that were lower than those of their male classmates.

May 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside School stages 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'

Woodside School students will perform in "The Little Mermaid Jr.," based on Hans Christian Andersen's classic about a mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, for this year's traditional eighth-grade operetta production.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Fiery Menlo Park collision leads to DUI arrest

A collision at El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue caused a vehicle with four people in it to catch fire. The occupants escaped.
An SUV driver who collided with a 1960s Buick Riviera occupied by four young men and women in Menlo Park Sunday has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to Menlo Park police.

May 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton police: Avoid sinkhole on El Camino Real

Atherton Police have barricaded and put caution tape up around a sinkhole on El Camino Real in the left-hand turn lane used to access eastbound Maple Avenue.

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Police looking for man who stabbed East Palo Alto resident

Injured man expected to recover from wound
East Palo Alto police are looking for a man who stabbed a 26-year-old male on the 400 block of East O'Keefe Street early in the morning on May 15. Investigators on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes that he'll be located.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: San Mateo County among 25 U.S. counties with highest measles outbreak risk

San Mateo County is among the top 25 U.S. counties facing the highest risk of a measles outbreak, according to a May report from The Lancet.

May 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Boarding house proposal on Willow Road faces scrutiny

Planning Commission criticizes the current site maintenance at 555 and 557 Willow Road
A proposal to build a 16-room boarding house on a property at 555 and 557 Willow Road was heavily criticized by the Menlo Park Planning Commission May 20.

May 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Moving forward: New CEO plans for Silicon Valley Community Foundation's 2.0 version

Following a workplace bullying and misconduct scandal that rocked the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, its new president and CEO, Nicole Taylor of Menlo Park, says she's on a mission to bring the foundation into its 2.0 version.

May 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park woman who paid $15K in college admissions scam pleads guilty

Marjorie Klapper engaged in scandal to help boost her son's ACT score
Menlo Park resident Marjorie Klapper pleaded guilty Friday in the national college admissions scam, becoming the fourth parent with Midpeninsula ties to make such a move in federal court.

May 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Ride-share driver uses a Taser on passenger

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

May 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Home Sales

Lowest-priced sale: $675K for one-bedroom condo in Mountain View
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Mountain View recorded the lowest home sale at $675,000 for a one-bedroom, 662-square-foot condo built 1971.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo suffers tough 7-5 defeat in CCS baseball semifinals

Ian Collins had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, including a game-tying home run but it was Monte Vista Christian who won Thursday's Central Coast Section Division III playoff 7-5 over Menlo to reach the finals.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council pumps brakes on Middle Avenue bike lanes

Council urges more public outreach before removal of street parking
The Menlo Park City Council chastised staff May 21 for not doing enough public outreach before drawing up potential plans for new bike lanes on Middle Avenue that could eliminate street parking for up to 135 cars along the road.

May 25, 2019 | 7 comments
'This is not saying we're anti-charter.' Ravenswood school board backs state charter bills

Charter leaders, parents urge trustees against limiting parent choice
The Ravenswood City school board unanimously approved Thursday night a charter school moratorium that throws their support behind a raft of state legislation that they insist is not anti-charter, but rather pro-local control.

May 24, 2019 | 2 comments
A whole old world

Disney's latest pointless remake? 'Aladdin'
Director Guy Ritchie ("Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Sherlock Holmes") tackles his first musical in Walt Disney Pictures' remake of the animated classic "Aladdin," and it shows.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley brings choreographers, classes to Mountain View

In the final months of 2016, Alyssa Mitchel choreographed her broken friendship for the stage.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Dragons and monsters and ghosts, oh my!

'Shoggoths on the Veldt' is a wild and wacky Lovecraftian spoof
If you go see Cameron McNary's "Shoggoths on the Veldt" at the Dragon Theatre, leave your seriousness at the door, sit back and be prepared for maximum silliness.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Boba cafe headed to Menlo Park

Mr. Green Bubble, a Bay Area boba cafe, is opening this summer in downtown Menlo Park.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford Theatre celebrates Jimmy Stewart

Annual film festival showcases 21 films starring the versatile Hollywood actor
The annual festival will showcase 21 of the versatile Hollywood actor's films over the next five weeks.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Foothill College

POST and Midpeninsula Open Space District to co-host environmental film event
A plethora of short films showcasing the beauty of nature, the importance of environmental conservation, the wonders of science and more will be screened as part of the free Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Sunday.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Katharina Fritsch's eye-catching sculptures come to Cantor's courtyard

An enormous purple egg; a gigantic, yellow human skull; a large white snake; and life-size depictions of St. Catherine and St. Nicholas in deep red and bright green, respectively, are visiting the courtyard of the Cantor Arts Center.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton's annual goals workshop

The Atherton City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday (May 28) to outline its goals for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

May 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Feminist world premiere, plus best-of highlights, to mark dance company Smuin's 25th anniversary

Contemporary ballet company Smuin will celebrate the end of its 25th anniversary season with "DANCE SERIES 02," a program pairing a world premiere with some "best-of" highlights from Smuin's history.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Despite Stanford objections, county calls for more housing in campus expansion

New conditions of approval call for nearly quadrupling the housing units as part of Stanford's growth plan
Stanford University would be required to build more than 2,000 housing units and to offer nearly half of them at below market rate to secure permission for its expansion plan under conditions that Santa Clara County released Wednesday.

May 23, 2019 | 5 comments
Trujillo takes over as baseball coach at Menlo-Atherton

Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Directors Paul Snow and Steven Kryger announced the hiring of David Trujillo as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He coached the JV team the previous three years.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto school district eyes charter school moratorium

Ravenswood school board to vote on anti-charter resolution Thursday
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

May 23, 2019 | 4 comments
Verdi, Shakespeare and the #MeToo era

West Bay Opera stages the Bard-based comedy -- and Verdi's 'ultimate masterpiece' -- 'Falstaff'
So, why did West Bay Opera General Director José Luis Moscovich choose Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" to close the venerable company's 63rd season?

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
By pleading guilty in college-admissions scandal, Menlo Park father could face prison time

Peter Sartorio is one of four local parents so far to submit a guilty plea
A Menlo Park father charged with taking part in a nationwide college-admissions scam to get his daughter into a top-ranked university pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Wednesday morning.

May 22, 2019 | 1 comment
First Portola Valley School District superintendent Tony Rose remembered

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, for Tony Rose, the founding superintendent of Portola Valley School District, who died March 13 at the age of 99.

May 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Priory affordable housing gets financing

Woodside Priory School, nestled next to Portola Road in Portola Valley, has received a tax-exempt $13 million loan from the California Municipal Finance Authority to expand faculty housing and renovate its kitchen and dining hall.

May 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Emerald Lake Hills woman is snatch-and-run victim

A pair of thieves stole a purse from a woman seated in her car in the Emerald Lake Hills area of unincorporated San Mateo County Tuesday afternoon (May 21), according to the county Sheriff's Office.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Expert says paying for train tunnel would require 'significant' new development

Last week, Palo Alto scrapped its exploration of an underground rail line. Tuesday, Menlo Park's City Council heard from a Stanford professor about the real costs of undergrounding its portion of the Caltrain line.

May 22, 2019 | 9 comments
Renowned architect Frank Gehry helps East Palo Alto students imagine future cities

Fourth graders learn about architecture from man who helped design Walt Disney Concert Hall, Facebook campus
Architect Frank Gehry brought the same concepts he has used with teams to design buildings acclaimed for their innovation, including the Facebook campus facilities in Menlo Park, to an East Palo Alto classroom on May 21.

June 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Martinez featured in Sports Illustrated

Menlo College freshman Alleida Martinez is featured in the May 20, 2019 issue of Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" section. Recognition is given to student-athletes who have achieved a significant individual achievement .

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park Rotary awards scholarships

More than 100 students from four local high schools received scholarships and academic achievement awards during the Rotary Club of Menlo Park's scholastic achievement awards ceremony on May 13.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo School students win laurels at state Latin convention

Students in the Menlo School Junior Classical League (JCL) won multiple high honors at a recent state convention of JCL chapters from around the state, including first-place overall award in the medium-size high school division.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park budget dedicates $23.9M in new funds for capital improvements

The city of Menlo Park on Friday (May 17) revealed a new draft budget, laying out a $171.9 spending plan, $23.9 million of which represents new funding allocated for the city's capital improvement plan.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Empowering through science

M-A sophomore starts nonprofit to inspire a love of science in underserved youth
M-A student Rachel Park started Curieus, a nonprofit aimed at fostering interest in STEM among underserved elementary school kids in the Bay Area, this school year.

May 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Memorial service Friday for Laurel School teacher Monique Christian Donecho

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 24, for Monique Christian Donecho, an art teacher at Laurel School in Menlo Park who passed away on May 15 at the age of 37 after a 15-month battle with breast cancer.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Jobless rate falls among all Bay Area regions

Over nearly the last two years, unemployment has fallen in the seven urban regions of the Bay Area, according to the latest data released Friday (May 17) by the California Employment Development Department.

May 21, 2019 | No comments yet
San Mateo County court partners with Stanford to send text reminders before traffic hearings

San Mateo County Superior Court has partnered with Stanford Law School to deliver text message reminders to people who have upcoming traffic court hearings, according to court officials.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley winery seeks tasting room permit

The economics of the wine business and preserving open space are a couple of key considerations facing Neely Wine and the town of Portola Valley in the winery's effort to open a tasting room on its property.

May 24, 2019 | 4 comments
Rob Lindner steps up to top job in Woodside fire district

Rob Lindner, who was among the first paramedics hired by the Woodside Fire Protection District, officially took over as the district's fire chief on April 25.

May 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Thursday: Menlo Park meeting focuses on creek plans

A meeting to discuss proposed changes to the plan to provide flood protection along the San Francisquito Creek, upstream of U.S. 101, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Laurel School Upper Campus.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Library events focus on mental health awareness

The Menlo Park Library has been hosting a series of activities this month focusing on mental health and improving awareness about it in the community.

May 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Community role model: Rita Williams conquered 'barriers to success,' and now helps others who face them

Star journalist Rita Williams of Portola Valley retired from her job at KTVU television in 2013, but after a 35-year career in Bay Area TV she was not about to sit still.

May 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo girls win first-ever CCS track and field title; M-A girls win 4x100 relay, 100 meters

As the season unfolded it became apparent Menlo School had a special group of girls track and field athletes. On Friday they showed just how special they are, bringing home the Central Coast Section team championship from Gilroy High.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP grad Choy sets the stage for NCAA semifinal tennis win

Sacred Heart Prep grad Sara Choy, inserted into Stanford's starting singles lineup for Saturday's NCAA National Women's Tennis semifinal, never missed a beat, helping the Cardinal beat North Carolina 5-2 and advance to Sunday's final.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo reaches semifinal of CCS Division III baseball playoffs

Julien Hernandez and Bennett Norman combined to pitch a two-hitter and Menlo School beat Thomas More 8-0 in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division III baseball playoffs Saturday at Wilcox High in Santa Clara.

May 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley may update its 1964-vintage general plan

Portola Valley is considering an update to its current general plan, which was adopted in 1964. The plan would take a long-term perspective into the future and would be a road map for future development.

May 20, 2019 | 3 comments
Cal Fire plans work along Kings Mountain Road next month

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) is planning to begin its major fire suppression project along Kings Mountain Road in and near San Mateo County's Huddart Park early in June.

May 17, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford looks forward to a Frost-y summer

Historic outdoor amphitheater, comfortably remodeled and ready to host big-name artists, reopens
Tucked away in the northeast end of the Stanford University campus and sequestered behind construction fencing for the past several years, the 82-year-old Frost Amphitheater is reopening on May 18, with the 2019 Frost Music & Arts Fest

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Shakespeare: Endgame

Kenneth Branagh becometh renowned playwright in 'All is True'
Shakespeare nerds -- and here I include myself -- will drink deeply from "All is True," a new work of historical fiction about the great playwright's "retirement" years.

May 17, 2019 | No comments yet
National Merit Scholarship winners announced

Five high school students who attend schools in The Almanac's coverage area have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships of $2,500.

May 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park fire board meeting gets contentious

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board moved forward with a plan for an emergency notification system and agreed to ratify a Joint Powers Authority agreement May 14, but there was disagreement behind both those decisions.

May 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Home sales

Menlo Park reports highest weekly sale at $6.8M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Menlo Park recorded the highest home sale at $6.8 million for a 5,196-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms on Bay Laurel Drive.

May 19, 2019 | 2 comments
Contentious state housing bill punted to 2020

Senate committee makes SB 50 a 'two-year' bill, pushing vote until next January
Senate Bill 50, a contentious bill that aimed to encourage more housing near transit, suffered a setback Thursday when the state Senate Appropriation Committee chair announced that the bill will not be brought for a hearing until 2020.

May 16, 2019 | 4 comments
Talking trash

Where will our recyclables be sent for processing now that China has changed its rules?
Local garbage-processing centers face new challenges because of a change in China's policy on accepting recycling, which severely restricts the type and purity level of material that can be shipped there for processing.

May 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu to make first court appearance for death of Janet Ann Taylor this afternoon
Nearly six months after a Hayward man was charged in another murder that had gone unsolved for decades, DNA evidence has led investigators to accuse him of the 1974 killing of a 21-year-old woman near the Stanford University campus.

May 16, 2019 | 2 comments
Spurred by loss, Palo Alto teacher organizes suicide awareness walk in Woodside

Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope to take place Sunday, May 19
Jaclyn Petty, a fourth-grade teacher in Palo Alto whose brother died by suicide in 2016, is organizing the Peninsula's first-ever Hike for Hope on May 19 in Woodside to raise money for suicide awareness.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: SB 50 may enable conversion of single-family homes to multi-family

One of Woodside's long-term goals has been to protect the "rural character" of the community, but a new provision of the proposed state Senate Bill 50 could work to create more housing density than currently exists.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS report: Gunn, M-A lose in baseball; tennis gets rained out

Gunn and Menlo-Atherton each lost in the first round of the Central Coast Section Division I baseball playoffs Wednesday. The CCS tennis singles and doubles tournaments in Aptos were rained out and will be rescheduled.

May 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Academics, lacrosse tryouts, alumni news

Menlo College junior outfielder Lauren Harrison was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Softball team CoSIDA announced Wednesday. She earned the recognition in District 4.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood board approves contract for interim superintendent

Gina Sudaria to lead East Palo Alto district until permanent superintendent is hired
Gina Sudaria will stay on as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent through next year or until a new superintendent is hired under a contract the school board approved for her last week.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Ravenswood redwoods to face ax after council's final ruling

Property owner commits to planting 76 new trees throughout city
Following a months-long appeal process led by a group of residents seeking to preserve seven redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real at Ravenswood Avenue, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-0 to let the trees come down.

May 15, 2019 | 4 comments
Forecast: Unseasonable weather could last all week

Rain, gusty winds, cool temperatures and chance of thunderstorms forecast through Sunday
A stretch of unseasonable weather is back in the Bay Area, starting last night and continuing through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College golfer in contention after first round

Julika Grosspietsch became the first Menlo College golfer to represent the school at the NAIA National Championship when she fired a 5-over 77 on Tuesday's first round at the Lincoln Park Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Doubles teams from Menlo and M-A to meet in CCS semifinals

Local golf season ends in the Central Coast Section tournament
The three boys doubles tennis teams who played Tuesday in the Central Coast Section individual tournament each won their first round match at Imperial Courts on the Cabrillo College campus in Aptos.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
A record-setting baseball night for Stanford's Daschbach

Sacred Heart Prep alum Andrew Daschbach hit four home runs and drove in five runs in helping third-ranked Stanford topple visiting Cal Poly 7-1 in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday night.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Construction on Portola Valley schools to start this summer

District to begin $49.5 million bond measure projects
The Portola Valley School District will launch construction projects this summer funded by Measure Z, a $49.5 million bond to pay for repairs and renovations on its two campuses.

May 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Ester Bugna, historian, library commissioner and lifelong Menlo Park resident, dies at 84

Ester Bugna, a dedicated member of the Menlo Park Historical Association and Library Commission until her last days, died May 6 at the age of 84.

May 16, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo Park unveils three conceptual plans for Middle Ave bike/ped crossing

Menlo Park transportation engineers and consultants unveiled three conceptual designs for a bike and pedestrian crossing beneath the Caltrain tracks at Middle Avenue on Monday.

May 15, 2019 | 18 comments
Tonight: Final decision expected on Ravenswood redwoods

An appeal months in the making over the proposed felling of seven prominent redwood trees at the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue is scheduled to come to the Menlo Park City Council tonight for a final decision.

May 14, 2019 | 2 comments
Locals on both sides of the field in U.S. win over South Africa

Menlo wrestlers populating U.S. women's teams this summer
While Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press and Sacred Heart Prep products Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson had their own local fans Sunday, so did South Africa back-up goalie Kaylin Swart, a 2018 grad from Menlo College.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep sending 25 student-athletes to the collegiate level

Sacred Heart Prep is sending at least 18 student-athletes to play at the collegiate level for the 10th time in 11 years. The current seniors have 25 student-athletes, second most in school history, representing 12 different sports.

May 14, 2019 | 1 comment
Polito to head Las Lomitas district

Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito will head the neighboring Las Lomitas School District beginning July 1.

May 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Local photographer illuminates the many faces of immigration

Menlo Park resident Mark Tuschman has earned accolades for his international photography. Now, he has turned his photographic lens closer to home to explore a topic that resonates with him on a deep personal level: immigration.

May 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Woodside council to consider solar panel study

The Woodside Town Council will discuss a feasibility study on installing solar panels to power town facilities at its meeting tonight (May 14) -- a plan that has generated some controversy.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
The Blitz aims to wipe out sudden oak death

The Peninsula version of "The SOD Blitz," which will take place in Portola Valley on May 18, aims to identify evidence of sudden oak death.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Helping neighbors in need

Volunteers fix up Belle Haven homes for National Rebuilding Day
More than 1,500 volunteers spent a Saturday late last month repairing homes and community centers on the Peninsula as part of National Rebuilding Day.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Forecast: Back-to-back storms to hit Bay Area this week

Rain likely starting on Wednesday
A pair of back-to-back storms will move through the Bay Area this week, with the first coming through on Tuesday through Thursday and the second on Friday through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

May 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: M-A grad into Santa Clara Hall of Fame

Menlo-Atherton and Santa Clara University grad Kevin Dunton will be inducted into the Santa Clara Athletic Hall of Fame on May 18. Dunton, who played with Bob Melvin at M-A and the Palo Alto American Legion program, was inducted into M-A's Hall of Fame in 1996.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo falls in championship match of CCS tennis

The Knights played well enough to win it all but Bellarmine played a little better Friday, getting a few shots to go its way at important moments, and took home the title trophy with a 4-3 decision over Menlo at the Courtside Bay Club

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A wins a berth in CCS tourney; SHP loses final game

Jake Albro drove in two runs, Tyler Nelson had three hits and drove in a run and Menlo-Atherton drove itself into a Central Coast Section berth, beating Jefferson 5-0 in Saturday's Peninsula Athletic League divisional playoff.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Freeman throwing his weight around at CCS trials

Gunn's Jared Freeman posted the top qualifying marks in both the shot put and discus Saturday at the Central Coast Section track and field trials at Gilroy High. Menlo School's Charlotte Tomkinson qualified with the second-fastest time

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly boys, Menlo girls each capture a league lacrosse title

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won their final regular-season match last week to move into a three-way tie for the SCVAL lead. On Saturday, the Vikings won the league title outright after beating Los Gatos 12-6 at Mountain View.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
A good day for Gunn, SHP swimmers and Gunn badminton

The Gunn girls swimming team ended its season on a good note, placing fifth at the CIF State Championships at Clovis West on Saturday. The Gunn badminton doubles team of Cynthia Wong and Cindy Tung won a CCS title Saturday.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Open house to discuss bike/pedestrian rail crossing in Menlo Park

The city of Menlo Park is moving forward with plans to build a grade-separated bike and pedestrian rail crossing at Middle Avenue. It's hosting a meeting tonight (May 13) to get community feedback on early project designs.

May 13, 2019 | 3 comments
Home sales

Atherton home sells for $24 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $24 million for a contemporary 13,014-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on Faxon Road.

May 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Library nonprofit turns to rare and vintage vinyl for latest fundraiser

Saturday sale features huge record collection of jazz, rock, classical, among other genres
Henry Yu and Frank McConnell have spent the last two months sorting through boxes and crates filled with vinyl records.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Hippies, Hells Angels and the Grateful Dead

Palo Alto's Pace Gallery showcases Irving Penn's sublime portraits from the heyday of the Haight Ashbury
Some of photographer Irving Penn's best work from the Summer of Love era is on display at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Pear's 'Slices' delights in Mountain View

Theater's annual collection of original one-acts is a success
Pear Theatre has outdone itself, overall, with "Pear Slices 2019," its annual adventure into new one-act plays.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
The thriving spirit of food technology

Silicon Valley Eats exhibit comes to the Los Altos History Museum
The Los Altos History Museum last weekend debuted a new exhibit to educate visitors about Silicon Valley's rich food and farming culture, both past and present.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Elementary, my dear Pokémon

The popular franchise gets a live-action spin in
"Pokémon: Detective Pikachu" brings the gigantic global video and card game/anime/comic-book franchise to the big screen in a big way, but it feels more like a sales pitch than a fully realized story.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man heads to trial on attempted murder charge

A Menlo Park resident accused of attempted murder will get a jury trial beginning on June 17 following his May 10 arraignment in Superior Court, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

May 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Radioactive material found in late SLAC scientist's home identified

Radioactive material that was removed from a shed behind a vacant San Carlos home and partially catalogued on May 3 has been identified, city officials said.

May 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo vs. SHP, Paly vs. Los Gatos for girls lacrosse tiles

Menlo School beat Menlo-Atherton 11-10 in the semifinals of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division semifinals. Sacred Heart Prep topped Mitty 13-4 just up the street, setting up a rematch of last year's league title contest.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Views from the Trail

Menlo Park photographer's monthlong exhibit showcases local hiking spots
Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg Blackburn is exhibiting her work in a show called "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through May, with an artist's reception set for Saturday, May 11.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
San Mateo County coalition demands major contributions from Stanford

Committee releases bold list of requirements demanding Stanford address its growth impacts north of Santa Clara County line
Stanford has long been trying to win support from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for its big growth plans. Now a coalition of San Mateo County leaders is saying: "What about us?"

May 10, 2019 | 3 comments
Saturday in Portola Valley: Big Barn Bash celebrates 10 years of therapeutic animal programs

The nonprofit Jasper Ridge Farm, which offers animal-based therapy for special-needs and sick children as well as veterans and other adults, is holding its annual fundraiser on May 11.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Free Horse Fair in Portola Valley on May 11

Horse lovers are in luck on Saturday, May 11, when the sixth annual Horse Fair comes to Portola Valley Town Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Suspect pleads not guilty to murder charge

Francis Wolke, the man accused of killing Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, pleaded not guilty of murder in court today.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
'Women/Mujeres' art show this Saturday in downtown Menlo Park

Marcela's Village Gallery at 883 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park, is hosting an exhibit called "Women/Mujeres," which is curated to celebrate women of all types -- women who have kids and women who don't.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Two suspects arrested in Willows neighborhood market burglary

Menlo Park police arrested two men on May 7 who allegedly tried to flee after burglarizing La Hacienda Market at 1933 Menalto Ave. in the Willows neighborhood.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: A tale of two different one-run games

Menlo earned a one-run PAL Bay Division victory though the Knights needed 14 innings and four hours to earn a 3-2 home decision over Burlingame on Wednesday. Sacred Heart Prep scored the game's first nine runs but needed a double play in the bottom of the seventh to secure its 11-10 PAL Bay Division victory over Hillsdale.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: SHP, PA lacrosse; Menlo tennis going for titles

Max Sloat scored six goals and added an assist and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team downed visiting Bellarmine 18-10 in the semifinals of the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs. Menlo School will be looking to add another Central Coast Section boys tennis championship trophy to its extensive inventory Friday at Courtside Bay Club in Los Gatos.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Friday: Woodside's Walk for Water

The Woodside Elementary School community will host the 10th annual Walk for Water in Woodside on Friday, May 10. The goal is to raise $15,000 for clean water in Samburu, Kenya, according to a press release.

May 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Community meetings on Stanford Wedge project begin Thursday

The town of Portola Valley is working with Stanford University to build housing on the Stanford Wedge property, a 75-acre site along Alpine Road between Westridge and Golden Oak drives, and two community meetings to discuss the plan have been scheduled.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley keeping pace with affordable housing target

Portola Valley has met its target for total number of affordable housing units under California state rules three years early, but the quest is continuing to develop more.

May 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council takes step toward possible minimum wage ordinance

Menlo Park is surrounded by cities that have adopted minimum wage ordinances, and now, the City Council is considering passing such an ordinance here.

May 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton: Road rage leads to robbery

A road rage incident on Monday (May 6) afternoon led to an assault and robbery in Atherton, according to police.

May 8, 2019 | 5 comments
Menlo Park: 'Willow Village' should have more affordable housing, better jobs-housing balance, locals say

In the second formal study session the City Council has held to discuss Facebook's enormous development proposal in Menlo Park, its "Willow Village," it was clear that residents are going to be asking for more than a grocery store and pharmacy, and specifically, more housing.

May 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Hate crime charge dropped in Menlo Park vandalism case

Prosecutors have dropped two initial counts against a San Diego man after a court hearing for an April 24 incident in Menlo Park in which he is accused of vandalizing cars and making threats, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Al Serrato.

May 9, 2019 | 3 comments
M-A, Gunn advance to semis of girls lacrosse tourneys

Hannah Shaw took care of the draws and added some scoring while Theresa McGannon made the most of her scoring opportunities to help Menlo-Atherton beat St. Francis 16-3 in the first round of the West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse playoffs Tuesday. Gunn topped Pioneer 18-6 in a SCVAL playoff.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Late rally gives Woodside a PAL Ocean Division baseball victory

Woodside scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally from behind and beat host Menlo-Atherton 7-5 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Tuesday. Joseph King had three hits, including a triple and double, and drove in three runs for the Wildcats.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside school district names choice for new superintendent

The Woodside Elementary School District has chosen its middle school principal to fill the post of outgoing Superintendent Beth Polito, pending a vote in an open-session meeting.

May 8, 2019 | 2 comments
With new plan, Caltrain prepares for ridership surge

Agency looks to add trains, take a more proactive role in 'grade separation' projects
Facing persistent funding challenges, a growing ridership base and a patchwork of plans from Peninsula cities for redesigning rail crossings, Caltrain is advancing a new business plan to help it navigate the competing pressures.

May 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals are ready for CCS badminton, boys volleyball

Palo Alto's fourth-seeded Brandon Wu will open the Central Coast Section boys singles badminton tournament at Independence High in San Jose on Saturday against Branham's Tommy Song.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Palo Alto edges Fremont in SCVAL softball

Ella Jones drove in two runs, Fabiana Teofan and Lindsey Kim combined to limit Fremont to a single run and Palo Alto downed the Firebirds 4-1 at home Monday in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League softball game.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: Menlo, Menlo-Atherton reach the semifinals

Timothy Berthier clinched Menlo-Atherton's 4-3 upset over host Monta Vista in the Central Coast Section boys tennis team tournament on Monday. Menlo's top player Andrei Volgin also won to help Menlo beat Gunn 5-2 and reach the semis.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos records highest sale at $5.5 million
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Los Altos recorded the highest home sale at $5.5 million.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
For stressed-out families, local doctors are prescribing a new fix: public parks

It's no secret that getting outdoors is good for people. Bay Area health officials have been at the heart of a growing movement that encourages families and individuals to enjoy time in nature.

May 11, 2019 | 15 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park council to discuss minimum wage ordinance, Facebook's 'Willow Village'

The Menlo Park City Council has a busy agenda set for its meeting tonight, including a discussion of a possible minimum wage ordinance and a study session on Facebook's large new "Willow Village" development proposal.

May 7, 2019 | 1 comment
When it comes to housing bill, neighboring cities see things differently

In a rare summit, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto city councils voice hopes, anxieties over Senate Bill 50
With a range of housing bills now sweeping through Sacramento, elected leaders from Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto met in a rare summit Monday night to swap ideas and share concerns about the shifting political landscape and its implications for local zoning.

May 7, 2019 | 10 comments
Roberta Zarea appointed new PV schools superintendent

The Portola Valley School District school board selected Roberta Zarea as its new superintendent at a May 1 meeting.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Ward and Mary Paine: Pioneer preservationists honored with lifetime achievement award

Portola Valley duo Ward and Mary Paine have been key players in preserving tens of thousands of acres of Peninsula hills, baylands and coastside as permanent open space over more than five decades.

May 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Robert Kelley: Theater founder honored with lifetime achievement award

Longtime Menlo Park resident hooked on theater from age 9
When he joined a Palo Alto Children's Theatre production at age 9, Robert Kelley didn't know he would dedicate his life to local theater or ultimately impact generations of local actors and audiences.

May 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton police update residents on burglaries

Officers share annual crime statistics, prevention tips at meeting
Around 60 people attended a follow-up Atherton Police Department meeting about a recent rash of burglaries in town at Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on April 30.

May 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside's May Day brings town together

On a normal day, Woodside can appear to be a sleepy place, but when it's time for the annual May Day celebration it is anything but.

May 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Track and field: Freeman wins twice, Menlo girls rule WBAL

Jared Freeman has been an easy double winner in the throws more often than not this season. On Friday he faced his primary competition in the shot put in the form of Los Gatos duo Matt Monti and Max Gurevitz, and pulled out a tight one at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League track and field championships at Los Gatos High.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Friday preps: Sacred Heart Prep wins WBAL lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep responded to an early deficit with six unanswered goals en route to a 12-6 victory over Menlo-Atherton in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse match at Coach Ben Parks Field on Friday.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
CCS tennis: M-A, Gunn, Menlo into the quarterfinals

Top-seeded Menlo School and sixth-seeded Menlo-Atherton each took care of league rivals in advancing into Monday's quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section Team Tennis Tournament.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Gunn, M-A win, Paly loses on final play

The tying run was thrown out at the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, leaving Palo Alto frustrated over a 5-4 non-league road baseball loss to San Benito on Saturday. Cole Mantovani collected two hits and drove in a run and Gunn topped Mills 5-2.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn girls keep their CCS swim title; SHP boys are second

Gunn didn't win its first girls swimming race Saturday at the Central Coast Section finals until late in the meet when sophomore Melanie Julia won the 100 breaststroke, the final individual race of the day.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Matching PAL track and field titles for Menlo-Atherton

Francisco Sanchez, Cole Mediratta and Jessica Eagle were all double winners and Menlo-Atherton was a double winner as both the boys and girls track and field teams won the Peninsula Athletic League title Saturday in Atherton.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Hearing for man charged with evading police, stealing car in Atherton moved to May 21

A Redwood City man, charged with stealing a car, then driving on the wrong side of the street to evade police on April 21 in Atherton, will have a preliminary court hearing on May 21 instead of the original scheduled date of May 2.

May 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Almanac takes home prizes in statewide news contest

The Almanac won first- and second-place awards for coverage of local government, artistic photo and coverage of youth and education at the 2018 California Journalism Awards event held in Long Beach on Saturday, May 4.

May 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton hires new deputy city manager/city clerk

Anthony Suber will replace Theresa DellaSanta
The town of Atherton has hired Anthony Suber as its city manager and city clerk to take over for Theresa DellaSanta starting May 30, according to a May 3 town press release.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals on U.S. women's soccer World Cup and basketball news

Former Stanford star soccer players Tierna Davidson, Kelley O'Hara and Christen Press earned spots on the United States' roster for the World Cup in France that begins in June. Sacred Heart Prep alum Abby Dahlkemper was also named to the team and will be making her World Cup debut. Stanford sophomore Kiana Williams has been selected to attend trials for the U.S. Pan American Games Women's Basketball Team.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Boys lacrosse: PA, M-A and LG fit to be tied in the SCVAL

The Palo Alto boys lacrosse team won its sixth straight, beating Los Gatos 6-5 at home in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Thursday.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Defendant in Menlo Park stabbing pleads not guilty

Marvin Lomeli, 21, of Redwood City remains in San Mateo County jail after pleading not guilty at a hearing Thursday, May 2, to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault with intent to create great bodily injury stemming from a stabbing in Menlo Park on April 30, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Nothing to be blu about

Porta Blu offers upscale hotel dining with a Mediterranean twist
Porta Blu did win me over for the most part: It's a restrained, classy and calm sanctuary with a modern Mediterranean-California sensibility.

May 10, 2019 | 1 comment
'Flower Drum Song' blossoms anew

Palo Alto Players' version of Rodgers and Hammerstein Chinatown musical is kitschy, moving and fun
Palo Alto Players present an updated version of "Flower Drum Song," a musical set in 1950s San Francisco Chinatown.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Campaign-romance reform

Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron come together in love and politics in 'Long Shot'
The funniest bit in "Long Shot" comes in its first five minutes. Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), a Jewish journalist working undercover as a neo-Nazi pledge, attempts to ingratiate himself with the group. Surrounded by Nazi-saluting wack jobs, Flarsky finds himself obliged, repeatedly, to offer his own noncommittal heil in return. The gestural gag sets the tone for a silly, superficial romantic comedy.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: Menlo rallies to win, Gators get trapped

Justin Nam collected three hits, including a game-tying home run, and Menlo School rallied to a 4-3 victory over Hillsdale in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball contest Tuesday. Ronan Donnelly did not allow an earned run in five innings of relief but Sacred Heart Prep could not overcome an early four-run deficit and lost 6-3 at home to Carlmont.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo wins WBAL golf title; Paly boys win in VB

Menlo School's Kripa Dharan shot a 1-over 73 to earn medalist honors for the West Bay Athletic League Boys Golf Championships at Coyote Creek Golf Course on Wednesday. He helped lead the Knights to the team title with a score of 388.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Jason's Cafe, a Menlo Park diner, shutters following ADA suits

Jason's Cafe, which had been in operation in Menlo Park for 11 years, closed May 1, according to Jason Kwan, the cafe's owner.

May 2, 2019 | 111 comments
Stanford student allegedly paid $6.5 million for admission

Yusi Zhao's family worked with leader of national scam, William 'Rick' Singer, article says
The family who paid the most to get their child into a selective college as part of a national college admissions scandal was identified on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times as a Chinese family whose daughter gained admission to Stanford University.

May 2, 2019 | 5 comments
Woodside celebrates May Day on May 4 with a parade of traditions

It's time to get ready for May Day in Woodside, when the town turns out in force to celebrate with a full day of activities.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Women, Figures and Frida Kahlo

Local art events this month include an exhibit of Jack Hooper's works, "Views from the Trail" at Portola Art Gallery and Silicon Valley Open Studios.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Music, music and more music on tap this spring in Woodside

Cellist performs Bach on Friday in Independence Hall
Looking for some local live music? In the next few weeks a range of musical guests will perform at two different venues in Woodside.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Kite Hill wildflowers reappear following restoration project

Craig Dremann and his crew of two helpers are using string trimmers to trim the meadow on Woodside's Kite Hill, allowing wildflowers to reappear.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Kepler's showcases student art about housing crisis

Students from Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto high schools were recognized at Kepler's on April 29 for their artistic endeavors in depicting aspects of the housing crisis.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Hillsborough couple pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Couple admits to paying $600,000 for their daughters to attend the University of Southern California
A Hillsborough couple formally entered guilty pleas Wednesday, May 1, for paying a college prep counselor $600,000 to guarantee their two daughters' enrollment into the University of Southern California, according to federal prosecutors.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Facing a rent hike, Peninsula Youth Theatre launches fundraiser

Performing arts theater sets $75,000 goal
Peninsula Youth Theatre, a regional group that works with local kids who want to experience life under the spotlight, is facing a 45% rent increase, so it's launching a fundraising campaign to help it stay in its longtime home in Mountain View.

May 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Defending CCS boys' tennis champion Menlo earns top seed

West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School (19-2) was awarded the overall No. 1 seed for the Central Coast Section team tennis tournament that opens Wednesday. Menlo is the defending section champion.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A golfers look to extend their season as long as possible

Jackson Lee was a little worried when the boys' golf season got underway earlier this spring. After all, Menlo-Atherton lost two important seniors from last year's Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division championship team and its streak of consecutive league titles was at risk. He didn't have to be so concerned.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man arrested for attempted murder

A Redwood City man was arrested for attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man in the 3700 block of Haven Avenue in Menlo Park at 1:13 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, according to police.

May 1, 2019 | 1 comment
High school district sues charter school organization for $4 million

The Sequoia Union High School District is suing a national charter school organization for the return of a $4 million loan, alleging it has failed to enroll an adequate number of district students in its East Palo Alto charter school, according to an April 22 lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Facing trip cap slip-ups, Facebook restricted Uber and Lyft access to its campuses

When Facebook began to rack up significant fines with the city of Menlo Park for violating its trip cap, the company stopped letting ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft access certain areas of its campuses.

May 1, 2019 | 6 comments
Menlo School presents 'Bye Bye Birdie'

Menlo School Drama will perform the Tony Award-winning musical "Bye Bye Birdie" for two weekends in May, beginning Friday, May 3.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Reyes, Belarde named to all-GSAC softball team

Menlo College senior infielder-pitcher Sarah Reyes and junior outfielder Ariana Belarde earned all-Golden State Athletic Conference softball honors it was announced Monday.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Maxwell earns spot on all-GSAC baseball team

Menlo College senior infielder Dalton Maxwell earned a spot on the all-Golden State Athletic Conference baseball team it was announced Monday. Maxwell earned his second conference honors in three years.

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Local students' research, experiences to inform Facebook-funded housing study

In an emotional presentation, four local high school students recently shared their experiences of the housing crisis with the Menlo Park City Council. These students, whose lives have been intimately impacted by the high cost of local housing, have done research that will inform a housing study of the area expected to be released this summer.

May 3, 2019 | No comments yet
New Pope-Chaucer Bridge proposed

San Francisquito Creek JPA releases draft environmental impact report
About two years in the making, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has released a draft environmental impact report exploring a series of options to minimize the threat of flooding caused by San Francisquito Creek upstream of U.S. 101.

April 30, 2019 | 6 comments
March home sales slowest in 11 years

Median price drops for first time since 2012
Bay Area home sales in March were the slowest the region has seen in 11 years, according to new data released Monday, April 29, by real estate research firm CoreLogic.

May 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside, Portola Valley councils bestow raises on town managers

Woodside and Portola Valley rewarded their town managers with raises in late March, with Woodside's Kevin Bryant receiving about a 3% bump to $218,000 annually and Jeremy Dennis of Portola Valley enjoying about a 6% annual increase, to $216,625.

April 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Midnight follies at the Guild

It's Saturday night, and The Bawdy Caste is all dressed up, with someplace to go
At midnight on the first Saturday of every month, fans line up outside the Landmark Guild Theatre in Menlo Park for a late-night showing of the cult film, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

May 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley School District selects superintendent finalist

School board to vote on appointing Roberta Zarea at May 1 meeting
The Portola Valley School District has selected Roberta Zarea as the finalist for the superintendent position, according to an April 28 press release.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Coroner's Office identifies motorcyclist killed in Highway 84 crash

A motorcyclist killed in a crash on Highway 84 on Sunday, April 28, has been identified as 26-year-old Matthew Wong of Campbell, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

April 29, 2019 | 11 comments
Preps: Paly loses late, Gunn wins late, SHP lacrosse wins

Josh Kasevich singled in a pair of runs in the fifth inning to give Palo Alto a lead but Carlmont came back to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 3-2 non-league baseball decision on Saturday. Gunn, who leads the SCVAL El Camino Division by 1 1/2 games, earned an 8-2 road victory at San Mateo in another non-league contest.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
TheatreWorks to receive Tony Award

Local theater company granted American Theatre Wing national honor
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will receive the Regional Theatre Tony Award for 2019, founder and Artistic Director Robert Kelley announced over the weekend.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep continues winning streak in WBAL swimming

Junior Sloane Reinstein and freshmen Margot Gibbons and Kaia Li each won two individual events and were on two winning relays to help the Sacred Heart Prep girls swimming team dominate the West Bay Athletic League Championships on Saturday in Atherton.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Motorcyclist killed in crash on Highway 84

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on Highway 84 Sunday, April 28, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Rubio's restaurant has close call

A phone call and a sprinkler system apparently averted the possibility of major damage the morning of April 25 at Rubio's Coastal Grill at 515 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep tennis: M-A, Menlo duos earn league doubles titles

Menlo-Atherton tennis players Tim Berthier and Jake Andrew have practiced together, played a few games here and there but until Thursday afternoon at Burlingame had never played a competitive match against each other.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton crowd marks start of civic center construction

Nearly 100 people gathered in Atherton on Tuesday, April 23, to celebrate what speakers said had taken at least two decades to accomplish -- the start of construction of a new town civic center.

April 25, 2019 | 2 comments
How Menlo Park's star triathlete wound up on LeBron's new TV show

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2016, life for Max Fennell has very much centered around being a "go-getter." Now, 'go' and 'get' have taken on new meaning for Fennell, who stars as a "defender" on NBA superstar LeBron James' new TV show competition "Million Dollar Mile."

April 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Local teen 'recycles the brainpower' of her peers to help better the world

Menlo School student gives keynote speech at UN youth summit
When Menlo Park's Charlotte Acra was 15, she saw a problem she thought had big implications - the small number of girls and minorities in technical and science fields - and set out to do something about it.

April 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Guest opinion: We need the Green New Deal

Our world will become a much more hazardous place unless we stop climate change. The Green New Deal (GND) is a plan to stimulate the U.S. economy while transitioning the country to 100% renewable, zero-emission energy sources by 2045.

May 4, 2019 | 38 comments
Guest opinion: SB 50 the wrong solution to state's housing problem

State Senate Bill 50 is focused on a serious problem that all of California faces: the need for housing, especially affordable housing. However, SB 50 doesn't currently provide a solution that is good for all of California.

April 30, 2019 | 5 comments
Guest opinion: City moving forward toward a sustainable, healthy future

The Menlo Park City Council unanimously passed a Climate and Sustainability Resolution, setting forth an ambitious, detailed and appropriate framework of policy goals for both city greenhouse gas emissions reduction and natural environment protection.

April 27, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: George Comstock memorial this Saturday

A celebration of the life of George Comstock, a resident and former mayor of Portola Valley, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Community meeting with police department tonight

The Atherton Police Department has scheduled a community meeting for residents about the recent rash of residential burglaries in town on Tuesday, April 30, in the Jennings Pavilion at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Mary Poppins brings her magic to Hillview stage

Hillview Middle School students will revive the Disney classic "Mary Poppins" with their upcoming spring musical, which is being staged from April 25 through 27.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
'The Manic Monologues' puts a spotlight on mental illness

Stanford collaboration turns true stories into powerful theater
"The Manic Monologues," a theatrical performance premiering at Stanford May 2-4, showcases the stories of people living with mental illness.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
'Go Forth' ponders the mysteries of mourning and mortality around the world

A Q&A with theater artist Kaneza Schaal
Kaneza Schaal's "Go Forth" is a multimedia performance piece inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the 3,000-year-old funerary text that gives the soul instructions on how to navigate the afterlife.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
From Vietnam to small-town USA

Performer Judi Le ponders the question, 'So, What Are You?' in her autobiographical show at the Menlo Park Library
Judi Le fled her native Vietnam as a child and grew up in small-town America. She'll tell her family's heartbreaking, harrowing and humorous stories at the Menlo Park Library on April 30.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Some assembly required

'Avengers: Endgame' an epic valedictory address for Marvel
Count on gasps, applause, laughs and tears if you sit down to "Avengers: Endgame," the 22nd film in the unprecedented cinematic bonanza called the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie amounts to the biggest series finale ever.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
To all, a good knight

Portola Valley's Armand Neukermans works hard to make the world a better place
Brilliant scientist. Prolific inventor. Entrepreneur and philanthropist. Armand Neukermans of Portola Valley is all of these things plus, as of last year, a knight in his native Belgium.

April 26, 2019 | 3 comments
Woodside school district superintendent announces move to Las Lomitas

Beth Polito is top pick to head school district in west Menlo Park and Atherton
Woodside Elementary School District Superintendent Beth Polito is leaving her post at the end of the school year to head the nearby Las Lomitas School District, pending a school board vote, according to a April 25 Las Lomitas district press release.

April 25, 2019 | 2 comments
Prep baseball: Palo Alto goes offensive on the Falcons

Hyunwoo Roh and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Josh Kasevich hit a home run and Palo Alto knocked out visiting Saratoga 14-0 in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division on Wednesday. SHP and Menlo dropped tough games in the PAL Bay Division.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Girls lacrosse: Bears keep slim title hopes alive; Gunn wins

Menlo-Atherton has a slim chance at a co-championship in the West Bay Athletic League girls' lacrosse race. While it's unlikely, the Bears' remaining two league matches are both at home, including the regular-season finale against current leader Sacred Heart Prep (11-5, 9-0).

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Local winners in SB, VB, golf and diving

Tori Mock and Ashley Ng each drove in a pair of runs as the Gunn softball team won its seventh straight, beating host Saratoga 13-3 on Wednesday. Palo Alto and Gunn each won in boys volleyball, SHP tops in golf and Paly diver wins league title.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
An all-M-A boys tennis singles final in PAL tournament

The Menlo-Atherton boys tennis team will have six of its current players on the court Thursday for the final day of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division individual tournament at Burlingame High.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man charged with vandalizing vehicles, making racial threats

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in custody
A man who allegedly vandalized cars, shouted racial epithets at multiple people and threatened and resisted police officers on Bohannon Drive in Menlo Park Tuesday afternoon pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of three felonies and one misdemeanor tied to criminal threats, vandalism and resisting arrest.

April 25, 2019 | 6 comments
Bike safety classes for middle school students start June 8

Wheel Kids Bicycle Club is hosting a series of classes to teach bike safety to middle school students on Saturday, June 8, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, July 28.

May 30, 2019 | 8 comments
Mary Poppins brings her magic to Hillview stage

Hillview Middle School students will revive the Disney classic "Mary Poppins" with their upcoming spring musical, which is being staged from April 25 through 27.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Study: Atherton traffic at 'saturation level'

Two long-awaited reports on traffic in Atherton were presented to the City Council at its last meeting, but council members asked for a study session to look at the reports in detail and the possible options available to the town.

April 24, 2019 | 9 comments
Menlo Park fire board criticizes JPA, county ambulance agreements

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board has expressed its objections to an Emergency Medical System Joint Powers Agreement and an ambulance contract with San Mateo County following a brief opportunity to take a look at the deals.

April 24, 2019 | 6 comments
PAL baseball: M-A, Woodside each gain on league leader

Menlo-Atherton second baseman Jake Wang collected three hits, including a double and triple, and drove in four runs, lifting the Bears past El Camino 8-2 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest Tuesday. Woodside beat Mills 3-2.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: WBAL lacrosse race gets interesting; also softball, VB

Devon Sheehan pitched an eight-hitter and helped herself with two hits and two RBIs in Woodside's 4-2 victory over Half Moon Bay on Tuesday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest that included a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Monday preps: Menlo tennis unbeaten in WBAL play again

Menlo School's 7-0 win over Harker on Monday cemented yet another undefeated league regular-season mark for the Knights. Max Moreno collected four hits and drove in a pair of runs as Woodside beat Menlo 13-10 in baseball.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City manager announces three top leadership appointments

Atherton's deputy city manager moves south to Menlo Park City Hall
The city of Menlo Park has made three new appointments to leadership positions, according to an April 23 announcement from City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Missing Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man found safe

Authorities: Rebecca Parker Mankey, who didn't return from Lake County on Thursday, has been located
A Palo Alto woman who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat on April 1, has been located after she was reported missing on Friday, April 19.

April 23, 2019 | 6 comments
M-A rally falls short; Paly loses in final at bat

Jake Albro hit a three-run homer and Tyler Nelson drove in two runs but it wasn't quite enough as Menlo-Atherton fell to Hillsdale 6-5 in a non-league baseball game Monday in San Mateo.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton hires Steve Papin as its football coach

Menlo-Atherton Athletic Director Paul Snow announced Steve Papin, most recently at Independence High in San Jose, as the football coach at Menlo-Atherton High on Monday.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood appoints new principals for 2019-20 school year

District could face more leadership shuffles ahead
The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education approved new leaders for two schools on Thursday, while other principals remain in interim district-level roles through the summer.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New appointees on city commissions

The Menlo Park City Council voted to appoint the following people to city commissions on April 16.

April 25, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park city manager finds renewal at City Hall

Standing in her City Hall office, which overlooks the Burgess Park duck pond and draws in the spring sunshine, Menlo Park's new City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson describes Menlo Park as being in a state of renewal.

April 24, 2019 | No comments yet
New Belle Haven Library plans move forward

The population of Menlo Park on the Bay side of 101 could triple in the coming years, and the city of Menlo Park has been working to streamline a process to build a new library in Belle Haven as soon as possible.

April 23, 2019 | 1 comment
Residential burglary, car theft reported in Atherton

Atherton police have responded to a residential burglary and a car theft in recent days, according to department press releases.

April 22, 2019 | 3 comments
Chan hurdles to a personal best at Sacramento meet

Menlo sophomore Alexandra Chan followed a solid effort in the afternoon with an even better performance at night Saturday during the Sacramento Meet of Champions at American River College.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Alumni report: Locals in the junior college baseball world

Former Woodside baseball star Jamie Kruger is enjoying a banner year with College of San Mateo while Gunn product Samio Uze is doing the same at De Anza College. A pair of former Palo Alto stars are also with the Dons.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Policy discussion about Caltrain, Dumbarton rail

Menlo Park's rail subcommittee to weigh in on policy approach to regional rail projects
A Menlo Park City Council subcommittee made up of members Drew Combs and Ray Mueller will meet tonight (April 22) to iron out the city's formal policy on the proposed Dumbarton transportation project and Caltrain's efforts to craft a new business plan.

April 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist who died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning has been identified as 34-year-old East Palo Alto resident Fredrick Mahoni, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist killed in freeway crash

A motorcyclist died in a Menlo Park crash on U.S. Highway 101 early Saturday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

April 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto woman who berated MAGA hat-wearing man reported missing

Authorities: Rebecca Parker Mankey hasn’t returned home since leaving Lake County on Thursday
Rebecca Parker Mankey of Palo Alto, who made national headlines when she verbally assaulted a man wearing a Make America Great Again hat in a Palo Alto Starbucks on April 1, has been reported missing.

April 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Four Bay Area counties have strongest labor markets in state

Four Bay Area counties have the strongest labor markets in the state, according to data released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. San Mateo County takes the top spot on that list.

April 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Village Stationers to close Menlo Park and Los Altos locations

Closure signifies end of four-generation family business
For 53 years, Village Stationers has helped Peninsula residents find gifts, cards, office supplies and more at its family-run stationery shops. But the owner of the business says Village's two remaining locations, in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be shuttered before the end of the summer.

April 19, 2019 | 15 comments
Menlo College signs women's golfer, two women wrestlers

Scripps Ranch High senior Franchesca Garcia became the third recruit to sign with the Menlo College women's golf team. Reigning WCWA and NAIA national women's wrestling champion Menlo College received commitments from Alana Vivas and Deirdre Creed, who represent the nation's 49th and 50th states.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Woodside wins a nail-biter; M-A loses to SI

Joseph King and Anthony Acevedo combined on a four-hitter and the Woodside baseball team downed visiting El Camino 2-1 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division game Thursday. M-A lost 4-1 to St. Ignatius in a nonleague contest.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton council digest: Sea level rise and waste haulers

After a lengthy discussion, Atherton's City Council voted at its April 17 meeting to pitch in funding to help transform the county's flood control district into a more comprehensive agency that will also address sea level rise.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School's tennis legacy continues to shine brightly

The Menlo School boys' tennis team won Thursday's nonleague match 7-0 over Mitty in Atherton and that was just the opening act as the Knight seniors took center stage following the match. The seniors have been part of four West Bay Athletic League championships, a Central Coast Section title, and a NorCal title.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood school district, KIPP charter school reach facilities-rental agreement

KIPP to stay at Brentwood, Los Robles/McNair, will pay district much more
In an eleventh-hour agreement, lawyers for the Ravenswood City School District and KIPP Valiant Community Prep Charter School reached a contract on Thursday night to expand the growing charter school at its current two school sites.

April 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Midpeninsula mayors, tech company transportation leaders convene to talk traffic

In view of a hulking manzanita tree branch hung from the wall at the Unitarian Universalist Church in south Palo Alto, mayors and other elected officials from Redwood City to Sunnyvale met with transportation program leaders from the area's biggest employers on Thursday, April 18.

April 20, 2019 | 4 comments
Is Silicon Valley a threat to humanity?

In his new book, pioneering environmentalist Bill McKibben sounds the alarm on technology's role in our extinction
Journalist and activist Bill McKibben's new book takes stock of how well humankind is coping with the effects of climate change.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Portola Valley records highest sale at $9.2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Portola Valley recorded the highest home sale at $9.2 million for a five-bedroom house that last sold in 2014 for $10 million.

April 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday in Menlo Park: Community fair to offer locals disaster prep guidance

What should people do to prepare for an earthquake on the Midpeninsula? What if Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside or Portola Valley is hit by fire or flooding?

April 26, 2019 | No comments yet
'Teen Spirit' smells familiar but has its charms

Ella Fanning proves she can sing in role as rising pop star
"Teen Spirit" serves mostly as a vehicle for star Elle Fanning, who provides her own vocals in her role as a pop star rising from obscurity.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Grosspietsch earns trip to national golf tournament

Menlo College freshman Julika Grosspietsch earned medalist honors at the Golden State Athletic Conference women's golf championships, earning a trip to the NAIA national tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course (West) in Oklahoma City beginning May 14.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep Baseball: Menlo wins 8th straight, fifth in league play

The Menlo School baseball team has come a long way since getting swept by rival Sacred Heart Prep, 9-0 and 9-3, to begin Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play. The Knights haven't lost since.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo prevails at home in final WBAL track and field meet

Ayinde Olukotun and Kamran Murray each won a pair of individual events and Menlo School won eight events at the West Bay Athletic League boys track and field meet on Wednesday in Atherton as the Knights hosted its first meet since 2015.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Rhiannon Giddens, Joshua Bell and more to feature in Stanford Live's next season

University performance organization announces 2019-2020 lineup
Stanford Live's 2019-2020 season will "explore the intersection of art and politics."

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Man convicted in death of toddler

A jury has convicted a 27-year-old man of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child resulting in death for his role in the death of his girlfriend's 18-month-old son in 2014, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

April 17, 2019 | 1 comment
'Grapes of Wrath' boasts fine cast but lacks depth

Los Altos Stage Company takes on Steinbeck's Dust Bowl masterpiece
Los Altos Stage Company's current production of "The Grapes of Wrath" is blessed with a mostly excellent cast, fine direction from Jeffrey Lo, a pretty set and even a good little barefoot band in the corner. What it's missing is desperation, starvation, a sense of place and palpable death.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Pacific Art League's exhibition celebrates the 'timeless quality' of black-and-white photography

Juried show, 'Noir,' on view through April 25
We live in an image-driven society and, thanks to cell-phone technology, most of us have the ability to document our every encounter, action and meal. But when one thinks of photography as an art form, the black-and-white print is a dominant image.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears take Knights in WBAL girls lacrosse match

Audrey Koran scored five goals, Theresa McGannon added three and Menlo-Atherton beat rival Menlo School 11-10 in a West Bay Athletic League girls lacrosse contest Tuesday at Menlo. Sally Norman added two goals for the Bears (7-5, 5-3), who beat the Knights (8-4, 6-2) for just the second time in 12 years.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo frosh Ibrahimovic named to NAIA All-American team

Menlo College freshman Edin Ibrahimovic, who led the Oaks to the championship match of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament, became the first Menlo men's volleyball player to be named to the NAIA/AVCA All-America team it was announced Tuesday.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Measures to curb Belle Haven's cut-through traffic fast-tracked

In response to previous complaints that Menlo Park was moving too slowly to install critical measures to deter cut-through traffic in Belle Haven, plans to remove street parking and install bulb-outs and other measures to slow traffic throughout the neighborhood are moving forward on an expedited timeline.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer

Selby's, the latest restaurant project from the local Bacchus Management Group, will be a fine-dining affair, set to open in Redwood City this summer.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Easter egg hunts planned in Menlo Park, Atherton

The city of Menlo Park and the town of Atherton are preparing for Easter activities for kids and families that will take place this Saturday, April 20. Here's what's on the program for both towns.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Bill to mandate safe parking for homeless students raises concerns

Community college students in California, many of whom are vulnerable to food, housing and financial insecurity, may soon have a safe place to park while they sleep in their cars, if a bill authored by a Peninsula state assemblyman, Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), passes. But local community college district board members have raised a number of questions about the bill.

April 19, 2019 | 5 comments
Palatella, McGlashan plead not guilty in college bribery scam

Gregory and Amy Colburn of Palo Alto ask court to dismiss second indictment
Two Midpeninsula parents in the college-admissions bribery scandal pleaded not guilty to charges in the nationwide $25-million scandal while a Palo Alto couple has asked the federal court to dismiss the same charges against them in the case, according to court documents.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: baseball, softball, golf all have winning days

Max Coupe collected three hits and drove in three hits as Menlo-Atherton went on a hitting spree Monday, beating Mills 15-1 in a Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division contest. The M-A boys golf team won the Mustang Invitational at Marin CC with Max Reyes the medalist.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Alpine Road sewer repair project slows traffic

Alpine Road drivers may face delays because of a construction project expected to be ongoing into July.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
New PV school trustee hopes to foster community involvement

Kimberley Morris Rosen joined the Portola Valley School District's school board as its latest member at a March 27 meeting.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton groundbreaking marks start of civic center work

On Tuesday, April 23, Atherton officials and community members will gather for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new town civic center with police, administration, and building and planning offices plus a library.

April 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton looks at ways to reduce traffic congestion

While its lack of commercial and multifamily zoning has kept the population of Atherton relatively stable in recent years, town officials have become increasingly concerned about the problems caused by traffic passing through Atherton as the cities surrounding it and the region continue to grow.

April 16, 2019 | 13 comments
Facts about homelessness in the Bay Area

Here are some facts about homelessness in the Bay Area.

April 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Understanding the unsheltered among us

New report says the Bay Area has third-worst homelessness problem in the U.S. What's being done to help?
It's the day before an atmospheric river is supposed to dump over Menlo Park and Steven Hough is on the go.

April 18, 2019 | 8 comments
Street parking could be removed on stretch of Middle Avenue

Members of Menlo Park's Complete Streets Commission voted 6-0 on April 10 to recommend that the City Council permit the removal of more than 100 street parking spaces on both sides of Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive.

April 15, 2019 | 24 comments
Friday preps: Nam strikes again for Knights baseball

Justin Nam used his right arm to help Menlo win its seventh straight baseball game on Friday, pitching a five-hitter over six innings as the Knights completed a Peninsula Athletic League sweep of Carlmont with a 5-2 victory Friday in Atherton.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Gunn's Freeman a double winner at meet in Los Gatos

Gunn's Jared Freeman solidified his standing as the top thrower in the Central Coast Section by pulling off a double win, taking the shot put at 52-7 and the discus at 167-8, at the Top 8 meet in Los Gatos on Saturday.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Softball sweeps GSAC doubleheader

A day after Menlo College's softball team was shut out in both games of doubleheader, a different host team showed up Sunday as the Oaks beat No. 9 Hope International in back to back extra inning games, 5-4 and 2-1. With the wins, the Oaks improve to 19-27 and 10-12 in the GSAC, while HIU falls to 36-11 and 16-6 in conference play.

April 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Menlo Park fire board to discuss concerns with JPA agreement

Faced with the complexity of the issue, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has asked for more time to evaluate a proposal for the first new countywide joint powers authority operating agreement in 10 years.

April 15, 2019 | 3 comments
Murder suspect's plea postponed due to delayed coroner's report

Francis Wolke, the man who allegedly killed Menlo Park resident and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson in her home on Dec. 12, was scheduled to enter his plea in court today (Friday, April 12) following several postponements.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep boys have a chance at a WCAL lacrosse title

Sacred Heart Prep won't be playing another West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse match for three weeks and that one should be a doozy. Tommy Barnds scored five goals and recorded three assists to help the Gators beat Mitty 15-6 in a league contest Thursday in San Jose,

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo clinches WBAL title ties in tennis and golf

The Menlo School boys' golf team clinched at least a share of the West Bay Athletic League title after posting a 210-235 victory over The King's Academy and the Menlo boys tennis team topped Sacred Heart 7-0 to earn at least a share of the WBAL title.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Bud Eisberg recognized by town for decades of volunteer service

Longtime Portola Valley resident Bud Eisberg was posthumously honored on March 16 with the town's Volunteer of the Year Award, given for his many years of civic service.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
'Woodlands' features art of Portola Valley photographer

The work of Portola Valley photographer Alan McGee is on exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through April 30.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Helen Alburger, early Ladera resident, dies at age 94

Helen Eileen Alburger, who with her husband was among the earliest residents of the Ladera community, died at her home on Jan. 4 at the age of 94.

April 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Civil rights and wrongs

'Peterloo' resurrects a historical tragedy
Seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh ("Topsy-Turvy") makes no concession to the passive viewer with his new historical film "Peterloo."

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Fenn Coffee opens inside Willows Market in Menlo Park

You can now get your morning coffee fix at The Willows Market in Menlo Park, where a new small-batch coffee bar has launched.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Choreography meets climate change at Stanford

'Ocean Trilogy' and 'Rap Guide to Climate Change' to be performed April 13 as part of Art-SCI initiative
Art-SCI, a new Stanford University endeavor (short for "Art as Science Communication Initiative") to support the intersection of arts and sciences, is hosting its first event, a workshop and performance of "Ocean Trilogy" and excerpts from "Rap Guide to Climate Chaos," on April 13.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
A pianist in Paris

Hershey Felder's latest celebrates the music of Debussy and the City of Light
In "A Paris Love Story," Hershey Felder switches between speaking as himself and as Debussy, who also posthumously watches over young Felder on his first trip to Paris as a 19-year-old.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Alan Cumming prepares to be vulnerable in Palo Alto

Scottish-American performer brings cabaret show to the JCC
Alan Cumming is bringing his critically-acclaimed one-person cabaret show, "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs," to the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Gunn's Sloan enjoying a dream softball week

Gunn sophomore Emma Sloan is enjoying the best streak of her high school softball career and it seems to have sparked something with her teammates as the Titans beat Lynbrook 21-7 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division game Wednesday in San Jose.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Last inning rally keeps Gunn in first place

Eric Epstein doubled home two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and Gunn beat Fremont 4-3 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division baseball game Tuesday in Palo Alto.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Baseball: Menlo is hot, hot, hot; Palo Alto is not, not, not

Menlo School is the hottest baseball team in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division and senior Justin Nam made a big deal out of it Wednesday night. Sacred Heart Prep topped Santa Teresa 11-8 in a nonleague slugfest and the Vikings lost to Wilcox.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Fire chief leaving Woodside district with priorities intact

Woodside Fire Protection District Chief Dan Ghiorso has a lot to reflect on after his 28 years in the department, with his retirement coming up on April 27.

April 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Report: Bay Area has nation's third-highest homeless population

Research group calls for more shelters, housing, funding to solve humanitarian crisis on streets
The nation's third largest population of homeless people, roughly 28,000, reside in the Bay Area, and most of them are unsheltered, according to a study released Wednesday by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute.

April 11, 2019 | 5 comments
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Santa Clara County resident traveled up and down the Peninsula, visited San Francisco
Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
How would SB 50 impact Menlo Park?

Across California, Senate Bill 50, a proposed law that would require cities to relax height, density and parking restrictions in areas that have lots of jobs and reliable public transit, is sparking waves of controversy, especially in affluent suburban areas that prize low-density, single-family homes.

April 12, 2019 | 24 comments
Menlo Park's red light camera program to end

The Menlo Park City Council opted Tuesday to not renew a contract with Redflex, a red light camera company, thereby ending the city's red light camera enforcement program.

April 10, 2019 | 21 comments
Measles-carrying Caltrain commuter sparks public health warning

Santa Clara County resident traveled up and down the Peninsula, visited San Francisco
Public health officials are warning the public of possible exposure to measles -- this time involving a Santa Clara County resident who traveled to San Francisco via Caltrain, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Tuesday.

April 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Man arrested after reportedly firing gun in home with toddlers inside

A 33-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly firing his gun in a home in unincorporated Menlo Park in which two toddlers were in the next room over, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

April 10, 2019 | 22 comments
Grand jury adds money-laundering charge for four local parents in college admissions scandal

Defendants could face lengthier sentences for alleged bribes that cost tens of thousands of dollars
Federal authorities on Tuesday let the other shoe drop on parents involved in the college admissions scandal, adding fraud and money laundering charges against 16 parents, including four from the Midpeninsula.

April 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Woodside Glens residents get new piece to their puzzle

The Glens is what could be called the "less-fashionable side" of Woodside, as F. Scott Fitzgerald might say. And some residents of the community of 185 homes on the east side of Canada Road say they aren't being treated fairly compared with those in the other areas of the town.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Woman arrested for grand theft from employer

Local officers respond to calls: from workplace theft and a construction site fight, to rummaging through trash while naked and assault with an umbrella.

April 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Solar panel plan to face council scrutiny

A proposal from a previous Woodside Town Council to install solar panels to power town facilities has raised questions about the viability of the panels as an energy source in light of recent developments in the renewable energy field.

April 9, 2019 | 7 comments
Atherton to hold memorial, tree planting in honor of former town arborist

Kathy Hughes Anderson, Atherton's former town arborist who was stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home in December, will be honored by the town in conjunction with its Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, April 18.

April 16, 2019 | No comments yet
On a roll: Menlo-Atherton's Bike Shed puts emphasis on carless commutes

Alongside a swath of bike racks on the northwest part of Menlo-Atherton High School's campus, a teacher is spearheading an effort to enable more students to commute to school by bicycle.

April 11, 2019 | 2 comments
Students turn goat milk into soap on school farm

Students at one Atherton high school are getting a chance to take a break from sitting in classrooms, and instead take in fresh air and bond with animals while they learn.

April 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools host third annual Maker Faire

The Portola Valley School District will highlight the work of inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and "Do it Yourselfers" at its third annual Maker Faire on Friday, April 12, at Corte Madera School.

April 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks have their moments in doubleheader loss in Phoenix

What started out well for the Menlo College baseball team did not end well as the Oaks dropped a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader Monday, 9-6 and 7-4, to Arizona Christian in Phoenix.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo rallies for a nonleague baseball victory over Gunn

Kevin King doubled with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally Menlo School past Gunn 5-4 in a nonleague game played in Atherton on Monday. Justin Nam drove in two runs for the Knights.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Burglaries reported at Atherton construction sites

There were two burglaries at construction sites off of Middlefield Road in Atherton on April 8, according to the Atherton Police Department.

April 9, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Motorcyclist injured in Highway 101 crash

A motorcyclist involved in a multiple-vehicle collision early Tuesday morning (April 9) on northbound Highway 101 near Willow Road in Menlo Park suffered a compound fracture in one of his legs, according to the California Highway Patrol.

April 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Locals among 14 defendants who plan to plead guilty in college-admissions bribery scam

Parents, a coach face jail time, hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines
Four Midpeninsula residents are among the 14 people who agreed to plead guilty in the national college-admissions bribery scandal, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced on Monday.

April 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Home sales

Atherton home sold for $2.8 million more than previous deal
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Atherton recorded the highest sale at $4.7 million for a newly built five-bedroom house on a 10,654-square-foot lot that last sold for $1.9 million.

April 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Council to reconsider red-light cameras

Following a six-month contract extension, the question of whether Menlo Park should continue its contract with Redflex, a red-light camera company involved in a bribery scandal in Chicago, will be returning to the City Council Tuesday.

April 9, 2019 | 17 comments
Memorial service Saturday for Linda Jo Miller

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13, for Linda Jo Miller, a Menlo Park resident for nearly 40 years who died on March 29 at the age of 72.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's parks could undergo massive revamp

Survey to collect ideas for parks across the city closes April 19
Want to weigh in on what should be changed at city parks in the coming years? Menlo Park's draft park master plan recommends changes such as a new Belle Haven community center, more dog parks, restrooms, field lighting and more.

April 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Complete Streets Commission to consider Middle Avenue bike lanes

New bike lanes would nix street parking. The question is: how many spaces?
The Menlo Park Complete Streets Commission is scheduled to discuss two potential options for adding bike lanes on Middle Avenue, between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive, at its meeting on Wednesday, April 10. Both involve the elimination of street parking.

April 10, 2019 | 1 comment
Oaks report: Men's volleyball reaches championship match

Edin Ibrahimovic recorded 35 kills, including on the game-winning point, as Menlo College stunned ninth-ranked Hope International, 19-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 19-17, in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference men's volleyball playoffs at UC Merced on Friday night.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep reports: Top relays on the track and in the pool

Menlo's sprint medley relay team of Michelle Louie, Lauren Hamilton, Charlotte Lee and Kyra Pretre placed second in the seeded division, racing 4:06.17, less than a second behind the winning time of 4:05.21, at the Arcadia Invitational on Friday.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP boys, girls lacrosse continue win streaks

Genna Gibbons scored six goals, Allison Carter added three and Sacred Heart Prep topped Castilleja 16-1 in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division contest Saturday at El Camino Park in Palo Alto.

April 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Bills to encourage housing density near transit advance in Senate

Lawmakers seek compromise between competing visions for addressing housing shortage
Two state bills that would allow more housing density in transit corridors cleared their first legislative hurdles this week, though each proposal will likely see significant changes before either becomes law.

April 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Cellphone video captures heated MAGA confrontation that went viral

Stanford professor says political incivility, while fanned by social media, is 'abnormal'
Even as a 28-second cellphone video of an explosive April 1 confrontation in Palo Alto over a Make America Great Again hat surfaced on Thursday, a Stanford University political science professor who has researched political polarization called such behaviors "abnormal."

April 5, 2019 | 9 comments
Boys lacrosse: Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo win WCAL matches

Tommy Barnds and Cody Wiebe each had a big game as Sacred Heart Prep beat Sacred Heart Cathedral 16-3 in a West Catholic Athletic League match in San Francisco on Wednesday. Menlo School beat 14-2 in San Jose.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo goes for the team dynamic at Arcadia Invitational

Charlotte Tomkinson has the state's fastest time in the girls 800 and will run that race Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational against other elite runners. Her focus this weekend is on her team, rather than on individual achievement.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College sweeps nonconference DH

The Menlo College softball team ended a four-game losing streak with a nonconference doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame de Namur, 7-3 and 5-4, Thursday in Atherton. Both teams battled but the Oaks came through with the key hits and solid pitching. Menlo improves to 16-24 on the season.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators rate a '10' in boys lacrosse

Tommy Barnds scored four goals, one of 10 players to reach the scoring column, and the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team topped visiting Bishop's School (La Jolla) 18-6 in a nonconference match Thursday.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Hershey Felder breaks box-office records with one-man shows

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announced recently that Hershey Felder's latest show has already established a new all-time box office record for the 49-year-old theater company.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Palo Alto JCC features Israeli-American artist Edo Rosenberg

Sculpture retrospective represents a continuum of creativity
The Palo Alto JCC lends itself to temporary visual art exhibitions, including the current outdoor display of sculpture by local artist Edo Rosenberg.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Going Native Garden Tour showcases 53 Peninsula gardens that require minimal maintenance

Palo Alto's Gamble Garden is participating for the first time in the event's 17-year history
Dozens of landscapes throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will be open to the public next month at an annual weekend-long event to encourage residents to be better stewards of the environment.

April 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Facebook sued for alleged housing discrimination

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing Menlo Park-based Facebook for housing discrimination.

April 4, 2019 | 3 comments
'Shazam!' is a blast of superheroic fun

Movie joins same cinematic universe as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman
"Shazam!" brings the first superhero ever to appear in live action to the big screen 78 years later, and the break was worth the wait. The film is a family-friendly, comical comic-book adventure!

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Investigation finds Menlo Park horse facility owner housed workers in stables, cheated on wages

Owner ordered to pay $1.3M in back pay and damages
Workers at a prestigious Menlo Park horse training center and a second facility owned by the same person were denied minimum wage and overtime pay for years while the owner housed workers in converted stables without running potable water and took kickbacks on their visa fees, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

April 5, 2019 | 18 comments
A growing business

Portola Valley's Brookside Orchids grows, sells and boards the cherished but demanding blooming plants
Just off Alpine Road, where Menlo Park meets Portola Valley at Interstate 280, is one of the Peninsula's hidden treasures, open to the public six days a week.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Snow survey shows twice as much as average in some locations

The latest survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on April 2 found what a state water official called "practically a California water supply dream" with twice as much snow as normal in some locations.

April 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Of local note: Wrestling recruits, Players of the Week

The defending national women's wrestling champion Menlo College announced its first two recruiting signings on Wednesday. Mission San Jose senior Nikita Dhaliwal and Newark Memorial senior Sierra van Rossem, four-year rivals in high school from the North Coast Section, each signed with the reigning WCWA and NAIA national champions.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: TKA-SHP game goes dark, M-A loses in tourney

Sacred Heart Prep finds itself down 6-4 with no outs in the bottom of the tenth inning in its Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game with visiting The King's Acacdemy that was suspended due to darkness.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
A year out, census prep efforts abound in San Mateo County

Jobtrain to hold census jobs workshop Saturday
The countdown is on: In just a little under a year, the U.S. census will take place, a once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S. and divvy up government dollars and political representation accordingly.

April 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Rain returning to the Bay Area on Thursday, with greater intensity on Friday

Gusty winds expected ahead of the storm, weather forecasters say
Rain will be light on Thursday but will become more widespread on Friday in the Bay Area, producing locally moderate rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man expected to plead guilty on college scam-related charge

A Menlo Park father told a federal court in Boston Wednesday that he plans to plead guilty to an unspecified charge in a college admissions scam case revealed last month.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Proposed bill would allow homeless students to sleep in community college parking lots overnight

Legislation by Marc Berman passes through committee on Tuesday
Homeless community college students will be permitted to park and sleep in their cars overnight at any community college in California if Assembly Bill 302, proposed by local
Assemblyman Marc Berman, passes.

April 3, 2019 | 5 comments
Political polarization sparks confrontation at Starbucks, triggering online fury

On social media, woman tries to 'dox' MAGA-hat-wearing man, becomes target of 'doxing' herself
In the latest example of social-media fueled extremism, a heated confrontation over politics in a Palo Alto Starbucks on Monday has gone viral nationwide, leading to reported death threats and also calls for greater dialogue and empathy.

April 3, 2019 | 37 comments
M-A loses another one-run baseball game at tourney

Kyle Hartmanis drove in three runs and Tyler Nelson had three hits but Menlo-Atherton suffered a 5-4 loss to Palos Verdes at the Elks Tournament in Santa Ana on Tuesday. M-A suffered its second straight one-run loss at the tournament.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gators take a bite of Wilcox; SHP, Casti win in LAX

Senior Jack Loftus recorded 20 kills, senior Garrett Pinkston added 18 kills and the Sacred Heart Prep boys volleyball knocked off previously unbeaten Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division leader Wilcox, 25-16, 23-25, 24-26, 25-17, 15-7, in Atherton on Tuesday.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Applications sought for transportation authority advisory committee

People interested in giving input on transportation funding in San Mateo County are being encouraged to apply for seats on an advisory committee for the county's Transportation Authority.

April 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Trail closure scheduled for tonight

Late-night or early-morning walkers and cyclists take note: The segment of the Bay Trail between Willow Road and Chilco Street in Menlo Park will be closed overnight from April 3 to 4.

April 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley's fire-danger challenges raise level of urgency among residents

A standing-room-only crowd showed up at a March 27 Portola Valley Town Council study session on wildfire preparation as part of an ongoing effort to get the jump on a potential emergency.

April 3, 2019 | 3 comments
Wednesday: Atherton to hold study session on town budget

Atherton's City Council will meet Wednesday (April 3) afternoon for a study session on the town's 2019-20 fiscal-year budget.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Girl Scouts huddle and cuddle with Minnie the therapy dog

Giddy Girl Scouts lined up in Woodside Elementary School's library on March 27 to meet the Palo Alto Humane Society's resident therapy dog Minnie, a 6-year-old white poodle.

April 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area homes sales hit 11-month low in February

Over the course of February in the Bay Area, 4,354 new and existing homes and condominiums were sold, up nearly 13 percent from the previous month, but the year-over-year trajectory is trending downward, according to a report by CoreLogic, a housing research firm.

April 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Portola Valley School District receives credit rating upgrade

The Portola Valley School District has received a double upgrade in its bond credit rating from financial services company Standard & Poor's, according to a March 8 district press release.

April 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Kiwanis Club donates $5,000 to M-A Football Association

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park donated $5,000 to the Menlo-Atherton Football Association, according to a Kiwanis press release.

April 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Rescued kitten and siblings thriving

The kitten that was rescued from a drain pipe in Atherton by firefighters on March 15 - and named Ryle after the firefighter credited with saving him - is thriving, along with his three litter mates.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ibrahimovic earns fifth GSAC volleyball honor

Menlo College freshman outside hitter Edin Ibrahimovic earned Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Attacker of the Week honors for an unprecedented fifth time this season out of the 11 weeks the award has been issued.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: A day for Knights pitcher Hernandez

Junior Julien Hernandez fired a one-hitter, striking out seven, and Menlo beat host Santa Clara 5-0 at Washington Park on Monday. Rowen Barnes took a one-hitter into the fifth but only retired one batter as four hits, two errors and a walk led to four unearned runs and Menlo-Atherton dropped a 5-4 decision to Northwood.

April 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Councilman who works for Facebook gets answers on political restrictions

Contrary to some earlier concerns raised during Menlo Park City Councilman Drew Combs' council election campaign, a letter from California's Fair Political Practices Commission indicates that Combs may not have to recuse himself from all potentially Facebook-related discussions.

April 2, 2019 | 4 comments
Locals lament plans to raze Feldman's

A proposal to build a pre-fabricated, three-story housing structure with nine apartments at 1162-1170 El Camino Real, the site of Feldman's used bookstore and SafeSpace, a youth mental health clinic, was met with criticism by fans of the bookstore and the Menlo Park Planning Commission at a March 11 study session.

April 2, 2019 | 12 comments
Menlo Park: Housing, offices proposed for Koma Sushi site

A flood of emails has arrived in the City Council inbox expressing opposition to a new housing and medical office project proposed at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue, where the Koma Sushi restaurant, a parking lot and an apartment building are now, near the former Oasis Beer Garden.

April 4, 2019 | 10 comments
Transportation master plan inches forward

Following a lengthy late-stage discussion over what the goals of the Transportation Master Plan should be, the Menlo Park City Council on March 26 unanimously adopted a new goal for the plan: managing traffic congestion.

April 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Internet service restored following widespread outage

More than 3,000 Palo Alto Utilities customers were without electricity and about 30,000 Midpeninsula Comcast subscribers were without internet access, affecting businesses and residences in the area on Monday, April 1.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested after fight over gas pump

A San Jose man is suspected of seriously injuring another man in a fight over a gas pump in North Fair Oaks on Friday night (March 29).

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Balanced attack leads SHP girls to WBAL lacrosse victory

Allison Carter and Genna Gibbons each scored twice and seven other individuals added a goal as the Sacred Heart Prep girls lacrosse team flummoxed Saint Francis 11-3 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Friday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Pitching helps SHP and Menlo; hurts the Vikings

Reece Lindquist collected three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs to support Nathan Fleischli's one-hitter in Sacred Heart Prep's 8-0 victory over host Capuchino in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Friday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep swims to solid times in invitational

Sacred Heart Prep finished second to defending state champion Santa Margarita on the girls side and fourth to defending Central Coast Section champion Bellarmine Prep on the boys side of the California Catholic High School Swim Challenge in Atherton on Saturday.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Serving up a second act

Local esthetician-turned-chef shows it's never too late to start a second career
Chantale Doinel, an esthetician who has worked in skin care for 35 years, decided to become a chef at age 62. Her catering business specializes in upscale French cuisine with a European influence.

April 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Traffic delays expected on Portola Road

Motorists can expect "very minor traffic delays" on the portion of Portola Road between the Town Center and the town limit with Woodside beginning the week of April 1, according to the town of Portola Valley.

March 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley school board appoints new trustee

Kimberley Morris Rosen is district parent, attorney
The Portola Valley School District school board chose district parent Kimberley Morris Rosen as the board's new member at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 27. Morris Rosen fills the vacancy left by former trustee Michael Maffia, who resigned from the board in early March.

March 29, 2019 | 2 comments
MP swimmer earns spot at USA Swimming's Diversity Camp

Alto Swim Club's Jackson Picard, a student at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, earned his way to USA Swimming's 13th Annual National Diversity Select Camp, to be held May 2-5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep track and field: A Stanford Invitational primer

With hundreds of athletes expected to swarm the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, here's a mid-season look at how the top local track and field athletes have performed.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Solid pitching helps Gunn, M-A in league baseball

Nathan Nakamitsu threw a five-hitter, Kylen Liu drove in three runs and Gunn beat host Monta Vista 9-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino baseball contest on Thursday.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood enrollment decline worse than predicted

Consultant says district could have fewer than 1,800 students by 2023
An enrollment consultant is projecting that the Ravenswood City School District will lose 27 percent of its 2,400 students over the next five years, a decline that is far sharper than the district itself has predicted.

March 29, 2019 | 6 comments
'Dumbo' takes flight under Tim Burton

Revamp a 'feast for the senses'
"Dumbo" is a strange beast, indeed. I don't mean the character of an elephant born with ears so big he can flap them and take flight. And I don't mean the 1941 Disney animated feature starring that elephant. No, I mean Disney's new live-action, CGI-heavy reimagining of "Dumbo," which turns out to be part bland kids-and-animals adventure and part Coen Brothers-esque period satire.

March 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Breathing new life into 'Macbeth'

Dragon Theatre offers surprisingly powerful take on well-known tragedy
Led by local-theater power couple Max Tachis and Roneet Aliza Rahamim, who co-produce, co-direct and co-star, this "Macbeth" is powerful, visceral and haunting.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Microgrant competition lets the public pick the art

Event debuts in Palo Alto, combining dinner party with 'elevator pitches' by teams of creatives
A multimedia installation designed to showcase the faces, voices and stories of Cubberley Community Center was declared the winner of Cubberley Stock: a dinner party and micro-grant competition sponsored by the Palo Alto Public Art Program and hosted by artist/chef Lexa Walsh.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Boba tea shop to replace cobblery in Menlo Park

Plans for a new boba tea shop in town moved forward when the Menlo Park Planning Commission gave the proposal its full support on Monday, March 25. It would replace a shuttered cobblery at 993 El Camino Real.

April 1, 2019 | 10 comments
Despite protests, commission upholds removal of redwoods

Seven prominent redwood trees near the intersection of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park are closer to facing the ax after a city commission voted Wednesday night (March 27) to uphold a decision that permits the property owner to cut them down.

March 28, 2019 | 18 comments
Prep report: Gunn nine wins big; SHP girls atop WBAL lax

Cole Mantovani collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice as Gunn turned 12 hits, 11 walks and three hits batsmen into a 20-3 victory over visiting Monta Vista in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League baseball game Tuesday.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL baseball: Gators show patience in win over Cap

Sacred Heart Prep scored four runs on one hit in the fifth inning to rally past visiting Capuchino, 5-1, in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Wednesday. Parker Isaacson threw a five-hitter for the Gators.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
SH Prep boys, Gunn girls win league lacrosse matches

Tommy Barnds scored six goals and had two assists as the Sacred Heart Prep boys lacrosse team remained undefeated with a 15-1 West Catholic Athletic League victory over host St. Francis on Wednesday night.

March 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Who are Menlo Park fire district's highest-paid staff?

District reports 25 employees compensated more than $300K each in 2018
The number of Menlo Park Fire Protection District employees whose compensation surpassed $300,000 continued to increase in 2018, with 25 employees making over that amount, and one - Deputy Chief Don Long - passing the $400,000 mark.

March 28, 2019 | 81 comments
Menlo Park council dedicates $6.7M loan for 140-unit affordable housing project

The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday, March 26, voted unanimously to make a $6.7 million loan to MidPen Housing, a nonprofit housing developer, to build 140 below-market-rate apartments on the 1300 block of Willow Road and replace the 82 units that are there now.

March 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Portola Valley's highest weekly sale hits $5.65 million for hillside home
This week along the Midpeninsula, Portola Valley recorded the highest home sale at $5.65 million for a 4,010-square-foot hillside home while Menlo Park reported the lowest home sale at $580,000, for a 1,240-square-foot condominium.

March 31, 2019 | 1 comment
Two Atherton residents indicted in visa fraud scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted two Atherton residents for an immigration visa fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday (March 26).

March 27, 2019 | 12 comments
Council takes hard look at eastern Menlo Park plan

Two years in, Menlo Park's plan to convert the city's former light-industrial and warehouse district into a high-density office, housing and biotech hub is hitting some snags.

March 27, 2019 | 9 comments
Woodside considers how to tackle future pension woes

A problem that's been known as the "pension tsunami" across many California cities over the past two decades is now hitting home, albeit in more manageable proportions, in Woodside.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo volleyball coach Paglialunga to coach in Italy

Menlo School girls volleyball coach Marco Paglialunga is leaving the school to coach Italy at the World University Games this summer in Naples. Italy.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn nine wins big; SHP girls atop WBAL lax

Cole Mantovani collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice as Gunn turned 12 hits, 11 walks and three hits batsmen into a 20-3 victory over visiting Monta Vista in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League baseball game Tuesday.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep softball: Panthers power past Bears; Wildcats walk-off

Hannah Johnson and Ellery Mitchell each drove in five runs and the Pinewood softball team downed visiting Menlo-Atherton, 15-7, in a nonleague contest on Tuesday. Sydney Grech singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, giving Woodside a 2-1 win over Capuchino.

March 27, 2019 | No comments yet
A 'Suitable' occupation

Menlo Park man's kid costume biz inspired by local trick-or-treat scene
It all started in October 2014, when Mike Goedde's son, a precocious 2-year-old, insisted he wanted to be a diesel train for Halloween.

March 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Atherton considers license plate readers as burglaries continue

In response to a rash of residential burglaries that have plagued the town since November, Atherton staff will study the impacts of installing license plate readers and security cameras around town to "detect, solve, prevent and deter" crime. But the City Council wants to hear more from residents before making a final decision on purchasing the devices.

March 27, 2019 | 23 comments
Linda Creighton: principal of 'the best place to spend your childhood'

In a single day, Laurel School Principal Linda Creighton transitions from making the eight-minute drive between her school's two campuses to visiting classrooms, to filling out paperwork and answering emails. Her days are the opposite of stagnant.

March 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park council to consider $6.7M loan for affordable housing project

Transportation, development issues also on the agenda
The Menlo Park City Council tonight will consider a $6.7 million loan for MidPen Housing Corp. and potentially changing the trajectory of the city's transportation master plan.

March 26, 2019 | 5 comments
Wednesday: LinkedIn CEO to speak at Hillview

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will sit down with Menlo Park City School District officials on Wednesday, March 27, to discuss the value of teaching students compassion.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College collects a handful of weekly honors from GSAC

Menlo College became the first team to sweep the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Player of the Week honors as the conference announced Monday that Edin Ibrahimovic was named Attacker of the Week, Trey Lake earned Setter of the Week and Akash Dhothar claimed Defender of the Week.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College golfers improve scores on second day of event

The Menlo College men's and women's golf teams improved their scores in the final round of the Desert Intercollegiate Invitational, which concluded Monday. The men climbed into a tie for sixth place and the women shaved 16 strokes off their day one total.

March 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Portola Valley council looks at 'Stanford Wedge' housing option

A study session with Stanford University officials on the topic of adding housing to the university's 89 acres of open space known as the "Stanford Wedge" is on the agenda of the Portola Valley Town Council on Wednesday, March 27.

March 27, 2019 | 6 comments
Tuesday: Woodside council considers pension burdens

How Woodside should prepare to deal with the increasing burden employee pensions are placing on its budget will be discussed by the Town Council when it meets on Tuesday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Six vie for open PV school board seat

The Portola Valley School District school board plans to appoint a new board member at a public meeting on Wednesday (March 27) to fill the slot of trustee Michael Maffia, who resigned from the board in early March.

March 26, 2019 | 11 comments
Prep report: SHP wins, Paly loses first SCVAL game in baseball

Nathan Fleischli threw a three-hitter and Sacred Heart Prep had another big day at the plate in beating host Menlo School 9-0 in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division baseball game Friday.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Top marks turned in at Serra, De Anza and Azusa

While the Menlo-Atherton girls were winning the Serra Top 7 meet and the M-A boys were placing third, a handful of Gunn athletes were entered in the De Anza/Cupertino Invitational and at Azusa Pacific's Meet of Champions on Saturday with solid results.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Ousted superintendent violated harassment policy in comments about employees with children

Outside law firm probes former Belle Haven principal's discrimination complaint
An external investigation found that Gloria Hernandez-Goff, the ousted superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District, violated the district's harassment policy in making repeated comments about employees' family status and their leave history, according to documents released under the Public Records Act.

March 25, 2019 | 3 comments
George Comstock: Silicon Valley pioneer and Portola Valley civic leader dies

Celebration of life set for April 27
George Comstock, who managed to fit several lifetimes of achievements into his 95 years, died on March 11 at his beloved home in Portola Valley.

March 25, 2019 | 2 comments
Raging to save the redwoods

A group of residents, joined on Saturday by the Raging Grannies, gathered on Saturday and Sunday at El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park to protest the planned felling of seven redwood trees.

March 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Grill reopens as Menlo Tavern

What was once Menlo Grill has reopened with a new name, chef and menu at the Stanford Park Hotel at 100 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
In East Palo Alto, a microcosm of the state's heated charter school debate

Rapid rise of public-school alternatives leaves school districts scrambling for funding and students
As California's charter school movement booms and polarizes public education, educators, elected officials and researchers on both sides of the debate, including in the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, are grappling with how the two systems can co-exist.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area's largest real-estate firm? It's a New York startup

Compass buys Alain Pinel in latest acquisition
Compass, the venture-funded real-estate startup that launched its first office in the local market just over two years ago, became the Bay Area's largest residential brokerage firm this month after acquiring Peninsula powerhouse Alain Pinel Realtors for an undisclosed amount on March 9.

March 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls' relay sets another track and field record

Menlo School's girls' 4x400 continues to set records, this time with Michelle Louie, Lauren Hamilton, Kyra Pretre and Charlotte Tomkinson clocking a school- and league-record 4:02.14 at the West Bay Athletic League, Meet No. 2, at Bellarmine College Prep on Wednesday.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
NAIA tabs two Menlo women for basketball All-America

The NAIA announced Thursday that Menlo College's Destinee Bowie and Aliyah Brantley were named to the Women's Basketball All-American team. Bowie is on the second team and Brantley earned honorable mention, marking the first Oaks duo in the same season in five years. Menlo's Jolise Limcaco and Laurel Donnenwirth were named in 2014.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
A nice day to swim, play with sticks and throw a ball around

Senior Larsen Weigle and junior Ryan Kim each won two individual events and swam on a winning relay to help host Sacred Heart Prep edge Valley Christian, 89-83, in a nonleague swimming meet Thursday.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pioneering pediatric transplant surgeon Oscar Salvatierra dies

Dr. Oscar Salvatierra, renowned for his breakthrough work that profoundly improved kidney transplantation for children, died March 16 in his Menlo Park home at the age of 83.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Stay for the dumplings

Tasty northern Chinese fare shines at tiny Redwood City eatery
A tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant three doors down from El Camino Real on Broadway Street in Redwood City, i Dumpling serves genuine, homemade northern Chinese dumplings and a small selection of other dishes.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Cubberley Stock' art event planned for March 24

Attendees to vote on favorite project
Palo Alto's Public Art Program, in partnership with Oakland-based artist/chef Lexa Walsh, will host "Cubberley Stock," a community event supporting local art, on Sunday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Cantor installation explores the multiverse

Josiah McElheny's 'Island Universe' on view through August
Artist Josiah McElheny current installation at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is a metal, glass and light representation of theories of the multiverse.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
'Sojourn' premiere is less-than-stellar

Outer-space play has strong cast, intriguing premise but needs revisions
The good news about "Sojourn," which just had its world premiere at The Pear Theatre in Mountain View, is that it has a really good, five-person cast.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Say 'hallelujah' to 'Marie and Rosetta'

TheatreWorks brings the music of rock 'n' roll trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the stage
Musical icons abound in the pantheon of rock 'n' roll, but like so many brilliant African-American trailblazers in the roots of American music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe has been forgotten by many. Until now.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Go, go to 'Joseph'

Broadway By the Bay's production is a Technicolor dream
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," when done well, is a ridiculously colorful, humorous and melodic spectacular that retells the biblical story of Joseph as a gleeful pop-rock opera. Broadway By the Bay's current production fits the bill to perfection.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Just the two of 'Us'

Jordan Peele delivers doppelganger horror
What will surely be the single-most commonly cited moment of "Us" is when a dumbfounded American dad asks psychopathic home invaders, "What are you people?" and they answer: "We're Americans." It's a punchline and a promise of scary, but satirical, social commentary in Jordan Peele's follow-up to his smash success "Get Out."

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Atherton's highest weekly sale hits $14.6M
This week along the Midpeninsula, Atherton recorded the highest home sale at $14.6 million, while Menlo Park reported the most homes sold at 11.

March 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep baseball finds its groove, beats Menlo School

The Sacred Heart Prep baseball team finally broke out. The Gators parlay a seven-run inning into a 9-3 victory over Menlo School on Wednesday in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division contest.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Gunn, Paly meet for city dominance in softball

Ashley Ng tripled and drove in two runs, Michele Scwarzwalder had two hits and drove in a run and ther Gunn softball team beat visiting Lynbrook 11-0 in five innings in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division contest Wednesday.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Sacred Heart Prep boys stay unbeaten in WCAL lacrosse

Max Sloat Scored five times, Tommy Barnds added four and Sacred Heart Prep beat Bellarmine, 16-6, in a West Catholic Athletic League boys lacrosse match Wednesday.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
In it to win: Menlo College's freshman wrestling phenoms fight tough

Menlo College is home to California's only all-women collegiate wrestling team, which won the championship title earlier this month.

March 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Relieve traffic congestion by reviving a rail line

The time is now to explore how to leverage the potential of a public-private partnership in order to determine if we can accelerate the possibility of launching passenger train service on the Dumbarton Rail Corridor.

March 26, 2019 | 5 comments
Buildings, RV destroyed in two-alarm North Fair Oaks fire

Six people displaced by fire in structures allegedly built without permits
No one was injured in a two-alarm fire in North Fair Oaks on Tuesday morning (March 19) that Menlo Park fire district officials say consumed backyard structures built without permits.

March 21, 2019 | 3 comments
Earthquake drill scheduled Saturday in Woodside

Volunteer CERT members will drill at Mounted Patrol grounds
Passersby who see a lot of emergency activity in Woodside Saturday morning (March 23) will probably just be noticing an earthquake drill taking place at the Mounted Patrol grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

March 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Embattled Ravenswood superintendent forced to resign

Unanimous vote by Board of Education ends Gloria Hernandez-Goff's controversial tenure as head of East Palo Alto school district
Three weeks after placing the Ravenswood City School District's controversial superintendent on paid administrative leave, the Board of Education quietly -- and unanimously -- accepted her resignation in a special closed-session meeting on Tuesday night.

March 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Menlo fire board OKs study of district's property needs after $30M in spending

After spending nearly $30 million on real estate acquisitions since 2006, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's board has voted to undertake a space needs study to find out how to best use the properties the district now owns.

March 20, 2019 | 10 comments
What's new in Midpeninsula dining

Local openings, closings and anticipated arrivals
We've got the details on the eateries that have closed, opened and are headed to the Midpeninsula this year.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Tennis powers and overtime in girls lacrosse

Menlo School rules boys tennis in the West Bay Athletic League and Menlo-Atherton reigns as kings of the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division, so it's no surprise both teams won league matches on Tuesday.

March 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Deputy pleads not guilty to excessive force charges

A San Mateo County sheriff's deputy accused of using excessive force on inmates at the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

March 20, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton considers license plate readers to combat crime spree

Also on agenda: How to fund $41 million in improvements to stormwater system
In response to a rash of burglaries in town, the Atherton Police Department will ask the City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, March 20, to direct staff to study installing license-plate readers around town to "detect, solve, prevent and deter" crime, according to a staff report.

March 20, 2019 | 11 comments
SafeSpace offers mental health support line app

Youth seeking mental health support can now download a free app provided by a local nonprofit.

March 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Panel features local experts on changing climate

Reserve free seats by March 26
While the event is free, reservations for the April 2 "Living Locally, Acting Globally: Celebrating Local Climate Leaders" panel discussion by local climate experts are due by March 26.

March 25, 2019 | 14 comments
A birdie leads Menlo School junior to golf title

Menlo School junior Gianna Inguagiato birdied the 21st hole to edge Pleasanton's Charlotte Ryoo in Sunday's championship match of the Juli Inkster Flight of the San Francisco City Golf Championship at Harding Park.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Academy volleyball rewarded with a trip to junior nationals

The Academy Volleyball 17 Gold team, comprised almost entirely of local high school juniors, won the American Division title at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in Denver over the weekend to earn a bid into the Junior Nationals this summer.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP's Finn O'Kelly has golf game under control

Sacred Heart Prep's Finn O'Kelly continues to enjoy a solid golf season and he only seems to be getting better. O'Kelly shot a 3-under 32 at Sunnyvale Muni on Monday and the Gators topped The King's Academy, 189-228, in a West Bay Athletic League match.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Former president of Peru arrested in Menlo Park

A former president of Peru was arrested Sunday, March 17, in unincorporated Menlo Park on suspicion of being drunk in public, San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Monday.

March 19, 2019 | 3 comments
Chicken tests positive for contagious disease

An Alameda County rooster tested positive for a highly contagious disease at a veterinary clinic in Redwood City Thursday, March 14.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: 500-pound safe that was bolted to closet floor stolen in Woodside

Police seeking owners of five suitcases found on roadside
In this week's police reports: Menlo Park police are looking for the owners of five suitcases found on the side of the road, while in Woodside a 500-pound safe that had been bolted to the floor was stolen.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Paly baseball keeps winning; Paly VB a winner

Hyunwoo Roh and Dean Casey combined on a two-hitter and Palo Alto beat visiting Homestead 3-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday, extending its winning streak to nine.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Big inning leads to Sacred Heart Prep nonleague baseball win

Sacred Heart Prep finally caught a break and ended its five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over visiting Aragon in a nonleague baseball game Saturday. Three pitchers combined on a six-hitter for the Gators.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SH Prep boys stay unbeaten in lacrosse

Cody Wiebe recorded five saves, helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Redwood 10-5 in a nonleague boys lacrosse contest Saturday. Senior Ingrid Corrigan and sophomore Genna Gibbons each scored four goals but host Sacred Heart Prep suffered an 11-10 setback to Novato in a nonleague girls' lacrosse contest on Saturday.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Track and field: Stanford, Menlo compete at Hornet Invitational

The javelin has been a Stanford track and field strength for years and that's not going to change this season. Defending NCAA champion Mackenzie Little and NCAA runner-up Jenna Gray duplicated their national placings as the Cardinal opened its outdoor season at the Hornet Invitational on Saturday. Menlo College held its own and put up a number of PRs and school records in their effort in Sacramento.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women win second national title of the year

Menlo College sent 12 wrestlers to the first ever NAIA Women's Championships in Jamestown, N.D. over the weekend. All 12 returned to Menlo as All-Americans and five came back with an individual national title.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Top marks in track and field at Dublin and St. Francis

Menlo School junior Charlotte Tomkinson raced 2:10.61 in the 800 meters at the Dublin Distance Fiesta on Saturday, the top mark in the state. Gunn senior Jared Freeman was a double winner, setting personal bests in winning the shot put (53-1) and discus (158-4), at the St. Francis Invitational.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighters rescue kitten from pipe 14 feet underground

A tiny black kitten that slipped into a drain pipe and ended up 14 feet underground was rescued by persistent Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters in Atherton on Friday, March 15.

March 18, 2019 | 6 comments
Safe reported missing in Atherton home burglary

Police investigating whether Mulberry break-in is linked to others
Atherton Police reported Sunday night that someone shattered a rear window of a home on Mulberry Lane and stole a safe from inside the house sometime between Friday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17. It was the eighth home burglary this year, police said.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bride's side

'The Wedding Guest' plods through a genre exercise
The new so-called thriller "The Wedding Guest" plods along with a minimum of character development and chemistry between its leads.

March 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo fire board meets Tuesday to discuss board's job

The Menlo fire district's board meets Tuesday night, March 19, to discuss how the board should best operate and prepare for the future.

March 19, 2019 | 1 comment
Fire breaks out at Family Farm Saturday

No injuries reported at property owned by exclusive San Francisco club
A one-alarm fire at Family Farm, located at 1400 Portola Road in Woodside, was contained Saturday morning with no injuries reported, according to Dan Ghiorso, chief of the Woodside Fire Protection District.

March 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Planning Commission supports 140-unit affordable apartment complex

Housing project will offer amenities and services, and replace 'functionally obsolete' units
A proposal to build a large affordable housing complex in Menlo Park cleared another hurdle March 12 when the city's Planning Commission gave the project a thumbs-up.

March 21, 2019 | 5 comments
Woodside's Carroll Ann Hodges: An 'irrepressible force of nature'

Research geologist served three terms on the Town Council
A celebration of the life of former Woodside Town Council member Carroll Ann Hodges, who died at the age of 82 on the evening of March 2 after a long illness, is set for Sunday, March 31.

March 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Sunday: Ceremony for new 'Menlo Gates'

In a tip of the hat to Menlo Park's Irish roots, a St. Patrick's Day ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to formally recognize the completion of the new "Menlo Gates" that sit near the intersection of Ravenswood Avenue and Alma Street, near the Menlo Park Library.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
County calls on Stanford to ramp up faculty housing

Santa Clara County planning staff recommend requiring university to quadruple the number of units as part of its General Use Permit application
Santa Clara County may require Stanford University to nearly quadruple the number of units it has to produce for faculty and staff to secure permission for its ambitious campus-expansion plan.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: M-A, Menlo continue to dominate boys tennis locally

Menlo-Atherton and Menlo School both appear not to have any intention of giving up their respective league's boys' tennis titles. M-A delivered 7-0 knockout of host Burlingame in a Peninsula Athletic League match and the Knights took out host The King's Academy by the same 7-0 score in the West Bay Athletic League.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College ousted from NAIA women's tournament

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Menlo College's women's basketball team never got warmed up, matching the cold outside the Rimrock Auto Arena on opening night of the NAIA National Championships. The Oaks, who reached the Elite Eight last year, lost to Alabama's Talladega 65-49 on Thursday, ending their season at 20-10 overall.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
What's next for the Menlo-Atherton football program?

Observers of prep athletics are well aware of the competitive disparities that exist between public and private schools. Private schools have an obvious edge in terms of the pool of available potential athletes. Public schools are limited by attendance boundaries. Private schools have none.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley makes it easier to add second living units

New rules allow small accessory housing units in almost all town zones
Fulfilling its goal of encouraging more housing in Portola Valley, the Town Council on March 13 unanimously gave preliminary approval to a new ordinance offering more flexibility to add additional living units on properties.

March 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Pressure over college admissions 'out of control'

Expert: Parents mean well, but misguided 'help' can harm students
A multimillion-dollar college admissions bribery scandal that involved both Palo Alto area parents and hundreds of thousands of dollars was shocking -- but not wholly unexpected, said local parents, high school students and college counselors.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
School board OKs new administrator position despite outcry

After a bristly back-and-forth between the Las Lomitas Elementary School District school board and a group of parents and teachers, board members unanimously voted Wednesday night (March 13) to give a district administrator a new title and pay hike.

March 14, 2019 | 35 comments
M-A grad Paulsen dives into the NCAA Championships

Menlo-Atherton grad Mia Paulsen was among the six Stanford divers who qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships that begin next Wednesday in Austin, Texas.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: City could explore further development downtown

Council starts downtown plan review
While the Menlo Park City Council decided to put off making any major decisions about the city's El Camino Real/downtown specific plan until a later meeting, it was clear at the March 12 council meeting that people are interested in participating in the process of reviewing the plan.

March 22, 2019 | 10 comments
Menlo's Bowie named honorable mention NAIA All-American

Menlo College's Destinee Bowie was named an honorable mention NAIA All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday. She is currently averaging 18.6 points and 10.1 rebounds.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside approves 30-foot-tall water tank off Skyline despite neighbors' protest

Cal Water says tank needed for firefighting, drinking water
In a debate described as pitting the needs of the larger community against those of individuals, Woodside's Town Council voted Tuesday night to allow Cal Water to put a new, much larger water storage tank in a neighborhood off Skyline Boulevard, rejecting an appeal by neighbors of an earlier approval.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Another home burglary reported in Atherton

Another home burglary in Atherton was reported earlier this week, the latest in a string of such crimes that started in late 2018, according to an Atherton Police Department press release.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Two unlocked vehicles stolen in Menlo Park

Two vehicles, both unlocked and with the keys inside, were recently stolen in Menlo Park.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council takes steps to support anti-homelessness efforts

The Menlo Park City Council held a one-hour discussion on March 12 to listen to community experts respond to three primary questions about homelessness in the city.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
William 'Rick' Singer, head of college-admissions scam, had many local connections

Defendant in national scandal pleaded guilty to federal charges
William Singer, the Newport Beach man at the head of an elaborate fraud to get students of wealthy families into top-rated colleges by cheating on college admissions exams and bribing coaches and admissions officers, has a long history of dealing with Silicon Valley clients.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A girls net lacrosse victory over Gunn

Theresa McGannon and Leiney Paul each scored three goals and Menlo-Atherton downed Gunn 14-3 in a nonleague game Tuesday. Laurel Comiter and Irene Kim scored early to give the Titans a lead.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep baseball: Bears shut down Half Moon Bay in PAL opener

Pete Discher and Elliot Zeien combined on a four-hitter and Menlo-Atherton beat host Half Moon Bay 6-0 in the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division opener on Tuesday.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council hopes to partner with nonprofit on tenant fund

Given limited staff availability and a lack of expertise, the Menlo Park City Council agreed on Tuesday (March 12) to explore whether the nonprofit Samaritan House would consider administering the city's planned $100,000 fund for renters in the city who are forced to relocate and are facing homelessness.

March 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Feds: Parents paid tens of thousands to game the admissions system

Cheating on college-entrance exams included using a proctor who gave students the answers, using false pretenses to secure more time for students to take tests
The 204-page federal complaint filed by the United States Attorney's Office on March 12 in the case of a nationwide college-admissions scam details the lengths to which wealthy parents of high school students were willing to go to get their children into elite universities.

March 12, 2019 | 4 comments
Proposed administrator pay bump, new position raise teacher concerns

Some Las Lomitas Elementary School District teachers are concerned about a proposal on the school board's March 13 agenda to give a district administrator a new title and a “more than substantial" pay bump.

March 13, 2019 | 34 comments
Remembering Woodside: Dolores Degnan's memories of eight decades in the town she loved

In the weeks before her death, Dolores Degnan shared her memories of nearly eight decades of living in Woodside with reporter Barbara Wood.

March 16, 2019 | No comments yet
'Mamma Mia!' comes to Woodside High

With a live orchestra and a cast of 49 students acting, singing and dancing, Woodside High School is bringing "Mamma Mia!" to the big stage for two weekends in March.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
State report: Local roadside clearing a top wildfire prevention priority

Clearing vegetation from the side of Kings Mountain Road in Woodside above Huddart Park is ranked as the second most important project in California to reduce the risk of wildfires in a new state report.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Secondary living units back on Portola Valley agenda Wednesday

A topic that has become contentious in Portola Valley -- new regulations governing secondary living units -- will return to the agenda for a public hearing when the Portola Valley Town Council meets on Wednesday, March 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the historic schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
New Woodside school board members are district parents with business backgrounds

There's some new blood on the Woodside Elementary School District Board of Trustees: Peter Bailey and Jenny Hayden, parents of district students, officially joined the board on Jan. 15.

March 18, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A stages 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

"The Man Who Came to Dinner," a Broadway comedy about a radio personality who recuperates in a small town in Ohio after a fall, will be presented at Menlo-Atherton High School during the weekends of March 15-17 and March 22-24.

March 15, 2019 | No comments yet
A death on the tracks

Months after a young man is killed in a Menlo Park Caltrain incident, questions remain
Nobody saw what happened to 22-year-old Connor McElroy late last year between the time he stepped off the train at the Menlo Park Caltrain Station at about 1:06 a.m. and the time the train left the station, when he was run over and killed by a rear car of the train.

March 15, 2019 | 7 comments
Local parents, Stanford coach indicted in college-admissions scandal

Nationwide FBI investigation uncovers alleged bribes in exchange for false athletic profiles, SAT and ACT scores
Numerous local parents and a Stanford University coach are among the dozens indicted in a nationwide college-admissions investigation that involved alleged bribes totaling $25 million in exchange for help getting students into top universities, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston announced Tuesday.

March 12, 2019 | 40 comments
Tuesday: Busy night ahead at the Menlo Park council chambers

Menlo Park Council scheduled to talk about chronic homelessness, review downtown plan, discuss travel policy and consider creating community housing fund
The Menlo Park City Council has a busy night ahead, if it sticks to an ambitious agenda laid out for its March 12 meeting, with plans to cover the topics of homelessness, the city's downtown plan, an updated travel policy, and the potential creation of a fund to support low-income displaced renters.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Caltrain launches Bikes Board First program

Caltrain riders with bikes are now allowed to board first onto designated bike cars.

March 12, 2019 | 6 comments
A doubleheader sweep for Menlo College softball

After a rough go of things over the weekend, the Menlo College softball team returned to action Monday for a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with host William Jessup. Whatever hampered the Oaks bats over the weekend seemed to be cured as the Oaks swept the Warriors 16-2 and 8-6. With the sweep, the Oaks improve to 9-14 and 4-1 in GSAC play.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Volume low, Mountain View, Los Altos each have five sales
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

March 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Cross Bay Transit Partners hosts Q&A about Dumbarton rail project

Representatives from Cross Bay Transit Partners, a partnership formed between Facebook and the infrastructure investment company Plenary Group, answered questions about the future of the Dumbarton rail corridor before a standing-room-only crowd at the Menlo Park Senior Center on March 2.

March 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Another Paly pitcher paints a masterpiece

Matthew Caren drove in four runs on five hits and Hyunwoo Roh nearly joined the no-hit club as Palo Alto downed host Cupertino 16-1 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest Friday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP gets great pitching but not much else

Nathan Fleischli threw a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits, in a 2-1 loss to visiting Serra in a nonleague contest Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's young group plays big to win state D-2 hoops title

The Menlo School girls basketball team put on a show on the big stage, leading nearly the entire way in a 70-63 win over Rolling Hills Prep for the state Division II girls basketball championship in Sacramento on Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Big track and field wins for Gunn, Palo Alto at K-Bell

Charlotte Tomlinson runs a PR at New Balance Indoor Meet
Gunn's Jared Freeman and Maansay Rishi and Palo Alto's Henry Saul each won individual events, highlighting action at the K-Bell Invitational track and field meet on Saturday at Westmont High.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Local gymnasts help Twisters Xcel Platinum set team record

The Twisters Gymnastics Xcel Platinum team, which includes girls from Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos, set a team record to win the Girl Power Meet in Burlingame on Saturday with a team score of 113.525.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights make up big deficit in girls lacrosse

Sophomore Alta Knuff scored with 45 seconds remaining to play, lifting the Menlo School girls' lacrosse team to a 13-12 nonleague victory over host Miramonte on Saturday.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside neighbors appeal approval of CalWater tanks near Skyline

An appeal of the approval for CalWater to install a new 250,000-gallon steel water tank to replace two leaking 60,000-gallon tanks in the Skywood Acres neighborhood near Skyline Boulevard is on the agenda of the Woodside Town Council when it meets Tuesday night, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside man killed in Lake County crash

David James Killilea, 64, of Woodside was killed in Lake County on Feb. 28 when the pickup truck he was driving overturned into Clear Lake, according to law enforcement officials.

March 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Visiting choir brings MLK's message to Portola Valley

The public is invited to a rare performance when 40 students from historically black Stillman College lift their voices to sing a work based on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo in the state title game for the first time since 1991

Expectations weren't particularly high for the Menlo School girls basketball team heading into this season. Six seniors had graduated off last year's team, leaving the Knights with a very young roster. Yet here they are playing for a state championship.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo college's Oroczo named CCC Wrestler of the Year

Menlo College junior Anthony Orozco earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Year honors by a vote of the league coaches it was announced Thursday. The All-American amassed a 37-2 overall record.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo golfers, Paly baseball each with nice swings

The Menlo School boys' golf team earned its second win in as many days, beating Crystal Springs 181-267 in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Poplar Creek Golf Course. Zander Darby doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as Palo Alto baseball won its fifth straight.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
County services resume after strike over working conditions

San Mateo County services resumed Thursday after the conclusion of a two-day union strike that started Tuesday over working conditions and retiree health care.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Commission to review plan to redevelop Feldman's Books site

Planning Commission to host March 11 study session on apartment building
A proposal to build a three-story, nine-unit apartment building where Feldman's Books and a youth mental health clinic sit now will head to the Menlo Park Planning Commission for a study session Monday, March 11.

March 8, 2019 | 15 comments
Fundraiser brings in more than $1 million for Alzheimer's research

The recent Part the Cloud Luncheon in Menlo Park raised more than $1 million for the Alzheimer's Association.

March 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Downtown's observer-on-wheels receives an uplifting gift to keep him rolling on

Menlo Park residents and downtown visitors are likely to have observed a man regularly wheeling along Santa Cruz Avenue sidewalks, helmet on his head and a hand on the controls of his electric wheelchair. He certainly will have observed them.

March 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Visiting choir brings MLK's message to Portola Valley

The public is invited to a rare performance when 40 students from historically black Stillman College lift their voices to sing a work based on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
'Keeping the jazz legacy going'

Pianist Larry Vuckovich performs in Mountain View
Jazz is a world that's rich with connections and history that's nurtured on the bandstand. Pianist and bandleader Larry Vuckovich knows, loves and is part of this history.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
'Bullets' over Foothill

Woody Allen musical is Roaring '20s fun
Based on the 1994 Woody Allen dark comedy, "Bullets Over Broadway The Musical" takes a story about mobsters mixing with the cast of a Broadway show and weaves in classic songs from the Jazz Age, creating an amusing, frisky musical that had the opening-night audience at Foothill College hooting and hollering.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
High-flying heroine

Meet Brie Larson's 'Captain Marvel'
The 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. "Captain Marvel" introduces Marvel Studios' first headlining female hero, but her origin story doesn't diverge far from Marvel's successful "house style" of sci-fi MacGuffins. Watching this obscure hero give rise to another franchise-building, smash-hit movie will leave viewers marveling at Marvel once again.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A football coach Ravipati announces he's stepping down

Menlo-Atherton football coach Adhir Ravipati announced Thursday he will be stepping down to focus on the next chapter in his life/career. The search for a new coach begins immediately.

March 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Artist raising funds for Selby Lane School mural project

Bright colors and whimsical imagery will soon fill a 175-foot-long, 10-foot-high “dull concrete wall" at Selby Lane School in Atherton with the help of local artist Florence de Bretagne.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park mayor suggests Sequoia Union absorb Ravenswood school district

City Council to study idea for K-12 district at June meeting
The mayor of Menlo Park has floated an idea with major implications for the Ravenswood City School District: that the Sequoia Union High School District could absorb the struggling K-8 district and create a hybrid K-12 system.

March 7, 2019 | 12 comments
PV school board member resigns

Michael Maffia cites 'increasing work demands' as reason for stepping down
Portola Valley School District board trustee Michael Maffia resigned from the board on Wednesday (March 6), effective immediately.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Menlo golfers, SHP boys lacrosse win openers

The Menlo School boys golf team followed its tournament victory over the weekend with a 206-221 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League dual meet Wednesday at Palo Alto Hills G&CC.

March 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park man who set fire to restaurant, car sentenced

Osvaldo Madrigal was rescued from abandoned building, later identified as arsonist
A man found responsible for torching the former Compadres Mexican Bar & Grill and a car nearly four months ago in Palo Alto was sentenced Tuesday to two years in state prison, according to a Santa Clara County prosecutor.

March 7, 2019 | 2 comments
Stanford removes dam, giving endangered fish room to roam

Section of San Francisquito Creek restored following decades of controversy
Water is now flowing freely along a 480-foot stretch of San Francisquito Creek after Stanford University removed the aged Lagunita Diversion Dam.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Fire and city officials join forces for better emergency response


In a joint meeting held March 5, the Menlo Park City Council and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board discussed how the district and city can work together to improve emergency vehicle response times and community responses to large-scale emergencies.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park council picks top 2019 priorities

It's become a tradition for the Menlo Park City Council to narrow down its list of top projects into a top five do-or-die list. Here's what those projects are, plus other priority initiatives the council aims to accomplish in 2019.

March 6, 2019 | 2 comments
Fire at Woodside Store museum site damages motorcycles, carport

Woodside firefighters quickly extinguish early morning blaze
Three motorcycles were damaged in an early Wednesday morning fire in the carport of the ranger's residence at San Mateo County's Woodside Store museum on Tripp Road in Woodside, but the fire did not affect the museum, the Woodside Fire Protection District reports.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A drops NorCal D-4 championship game

Senior Erica Fischer scored 17 points, senior Oron Estes added 11 but Menlo-Atherton fell to Oakland Tech, 59-46, in the championship game of the CIF NorCal girls basketball finals Tuesday at M-A.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls are looking forward to repeating hoops history

Avery Lee scored 19 points and Sharon Nejad recorded a double-double and the Menlo girls basketball team is making its own history these days, beating Enterprise, 53-38 Tuesday night in the NorCal Division II Championship game.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A senior McDonnell earns prestigious state award

Menlo-Atherton High School student-athlete Lauren McDonnell was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious “2018-2019 Winter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Spirit of Sport Award." For each of the three sport seasons, the CIF chooses one female and one male from over 1,600 California high schools.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo softball, men's volleyball, hoops players honored

Menlo College junior Victoria Cervantes was named Golden State Athletic Conference's Pitcher of the Week after she helped lead the Oaks during their first weekend of conference games. Menlo College libero Pedro Almeida was named the Golden State Athletic Conference's Defender of the Week.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Scholarship boosts plans for DACA recipient's law career

A Menlo Park teenager and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who plans to become a lawyer has been named the inaugural recipient of a scholarship created to honor retired Judge LaDoris Cordell.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Sunday: Facebook mobile farmers' market launches new season

Facebook will bring back its community mobile farmers' market this Sunday (March 10).

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Local boys water polo players compete at USA Nationals

Fletcher Middle School's Jordan Affeld and JLS' Julien Chow were two of the seven members of the Stanford Water Polo Foundation to play with the Pacific Zone Red team, which earned a bronze medal at the Olympic Development Program National Tournament in Riverside over the weekend.

March 5, 2019 | 1 comment
MPCSD preschool is expanding in next school year

A new preschool in the Menlo Park City School District will expand during the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Erik Burmeister told the district's school board at a Feb. 12 meeting.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Menlo grad Miranda sets personal best

Former Menlo School track and field star Robert Miranda finished fifth in the 3,000 meters in 8:11.19 at the ICAAAA Indoor Championships, hosted by Boston University on Sunday.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo wins golf tourney in Fairfax; SHP's O'Kelly is second

The defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School boys golf team opened its season Monday with an impressive victory at the 23-team Wildcat Invitational at Fairfax's Meadow Club.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Laurel School's Creighton recognized out of field of 300 schools' principals

Laurel School Principal Linda Creighton has been honored by the Association of California School Administrators as recipient of the organization's regional Elementary Principal of the Year award.

March 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Construction rolls on for new magnet high school

TIDE Academy in Menlo Park will focus on preparing kids for STEAM careers
Construction is well underway for a new Menlo Park magnet high school scheduled to open at the beginning of next school year. A part of the Sequoia Union High School District, TIDE Academy, is located on a 2-acre site in a light-industrial area east of U.S. 101.

March 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside loses a champion: Carroll Ann Hodges dies

Woodside resident and former Town Council member Carroll Ann Hodges died at her home Saturday evening, March 2, after a long illness. She was 82.

March 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Plans for fire stations show one new and one improved

If plans proceed as envisioned for a new fire station in Woodside and a remodeled fire station in Portola Valley, the improvements will include more bedrooms for firefighters, a safer environment and new and larger garage bays.

March 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Portola Valley council sends housing ordinance back for more analysis

The maximum floor area for new second units in Portola Valley is probably going to be 1,200 square feet, and the homes will probably be allowed separate addresses and utility services. A draft ordinance is in the works to revise policies governing second-unit design.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook may be exceeding trip cap on East Campus

Facebook's adherence to its East Campus trip cap, the maximum number of vehicle trips permitted in and out of its campus, is requiring further review following an annual check-in with the city of Menlo Park.

March 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Planning Commission critiques Greystar housing proposal

Members of the Menlo Park Planning Commission were frank in their skepticism that a large new housing development proposed by development company Greystar would work at the scale proposed without significant modifications during a study session held Feb. 25.

March 5, 2019 | 7 comments
Menlo Park woman debuts device to help nursing moms

Soody Tronson, a Menlo Park resident, has a Silicon Valley overachiever's resume. Over the last few years, she's been combining her skills and credentials in new ways, nursing plans to develop a device to help breastfeeding mothers.

March 6, 2019 | No comments yet
SamTrans hosting annual youth art contest

Deadline for entries is April 5
SamTrans is holding its annual youth art contest that will end with the winning entries displayed as a wrap on a bus for an entire year, according to the transit agency.

March 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Crossing guard pilot program begins in Portola Valley

A pilot program to post crossing guards at two intersections near schools in Portola Valley began today (March 4) and will continue for two or three weeks, according to a statement from Town Hall.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks corner: Orozco earns a national wrestling title

Hollywood could not have scripted a better season for Menlo College junior wrestler Anthony Orozco and his road to the national title at the NAIA National Championships in Iowa on Saturday.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Local lacrosse teams pick up season-opening wins

Menlo-Atherton, Gunn and Castilleja each opened the girls lacrosse season with victories. Palo Alto won its second straight baseball game at home and the Vikings swept visiting Gunderson in boys volleyball.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls turn it around for NorCal D-2 hoops victory

The Menlo School girls executed an amazing turnaround Saturday, rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat San Joaquin Memorial 61-54 at Sacred Heart Prep in the NorCal Division II semifinals.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
The Fischer Queen leads M-A hoops victory celebration

Erica Fischer had plenty to celebrate Saturday as the Menlo-Atherton girls basketball team stormed back from an 11-point deficit early in the third quarter to prevail over Lowell of San Francisco, 42-39, in the semifinals of the CIF NorCal Girls Basketball playoffs at M-A.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pinewood shoots into NorCal final; Priory falls just short

Pinewood, the No. 3 seed in the NorCal Open Division girls basketball playoffs, traveled to Concord on Saturday and beat No. 2 seed Carondelet 51-39 to advance to the NorCal Open Division championship game.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Weekend preps: M-A a winner on the track and in the pool

Both the Menlo-Atherton boys and girls track and field teams placed second at the season-opening Rustbuster Invitational in Cupertino. Athletes from M-A, Gunn and Castilleja also won individual titles. The Bears also opened their swimming and diving season with wins in both girls and boys. Menlo took third in the Bay Area Tennis Classic.

March 4, 2019 | No comments yet
County officials brace for possible strike

San Mateo County officials are bracing for up to 915 human services employees to go out on strike Tuesday and Wednesday.

March 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Preps: Boys tennis, swimming on tap for the weekend

Tennis takes over the courts at Menlo School, Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo-Atherton on Friday as the Bay Area Classic is scheduled as a one-day, four-match event Friday, adjusted with the expectation of rain on Saturday.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo wins, Eastside loses in girls NorCal D-II hoops

Avery Lee scored 19 points to lead CIF NorCal girls Division II Menlo past Central of Fresno, 67-55, and No. 12 San Joaquin Memorial stunned No. 4 Eastside Prep, 51-42, in games played Thursday.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory, M-A reach semifinals of NorCal girls playoffs

Ila Lane and Aniyah Augmon each scored 18 points and the sixth-seeded Priory girls basketball team won at No. 3 South San Francisco 56-27 in a Division III NorCal quarterfinal on Thursday. Menlo-Atherton rallied to beat visiting Foothill, 66-53, in Division IV.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Consultant: Staffing cuts ahead for Ravenswood

Board member suggests calling in fiscal experts to help district with budget woes
Difficult budget decisions are looming for the Ravenswood City School District, where staff is projecting potential layoffs and the school board is turning to a national nonprofit for help scrutinizing its finances.

March 3, 2019 | 1 comment
Tuesday: Response times and emergency preparedness on agenda for joint Menlo Park council, fire board meeting

Alerting residents when mass evacuation is necessary, traffic congestion and its impact on emergency response times, and a proposed new traffic signal are on the agenda for the joint meeting between the Menlo Park City Council and Menlo Park Fire Protection District board on Tuesday, March 5.

March 4, 2019 | 1 comment
Community gives mixed response to sidewalk plans for Sharon Road

An existing plan to install sidewalks on Sharon Road between Alameda de las Pulgas and Altschul Avenue over the next several years faced criticism from some of the street's residents at the Menlo Park City Council's Feb. 27 meeting, several of whom said the proposal caught them by surprise.

March 1, 2019 | 8 comments
Student-services director named Ravenswood's acting superintendent

Board of Education split 3-2 in decision to place controversial superintendent on paid leave
The Ravenswood school board has appointed Gina Sudaria, the district's director of student services and a longtime employee, as acting superintendent while Superintendent Gloria Hernandez-Goff is on paid administrative leave.

March 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Flying off into the sunset

'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' caps a franchise
DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon" animation trilogy has always been something special, an out-of-left-field surprise that prioritized artfully telling a good story rather than bowing to the presumptions of what makes a hit animated family picture (talking animals, pop song and dance...). The third and final installment stays true to form, satisfactorily wrapping up the story of characters in whom audiences have become invested.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Former New York Times executive editor visits Kepler's Books for radio interview

Jill Abramson discusses future of news, plagiarism allegations
A large audience turned out at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park on Feb. 27 to listen to Angie Coiro, who runs the radio program "In Deep with Angie Coiro," interview former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.

March 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Local teens on the big screen

'The Edge of Success' lets Palo Alto students speak for themselves
The documentary "The Edge of Success," screening this month as part of the annual Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival in Redwood City and San Jose, takes an intimate look at the stresses faced by Palo Alto teenagers.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
The medium is the medicine

Artist Lonnie Holley to perform at Cantor Arts Center
According to sculptor and musician Lonnie Holley, art is a healing form of storytelling.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Rescue pup makes stage debut

Shelter dog Cardi to appear in Foothill production
There are no small parts, the old saying goes, only small actors. This month, the stars of Foothill Music Theatre's production of "Bullets Over Broadway" may find themselves in danger of being upstaged by an adorable 5-pound performer making her stage debut.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park meeting on Dumbarton transportation project

SamTrans and a new partnership between Facebook and the Plenary Group, a public infrastructure investor, developer and manager, are exploring "new, environmentally appropriate alternatives for a high-quality, high-capacity public transit system" along the Dumbarton corridor. They're holding a series of public meetings this week.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Bids come in below cost estimate for civic center project

Council expected to award construction contract Wednesday
Three out of four bids for the construction of a long-awaited new civic center in Atherton have come in below the estimated project cost of $48 million, according to a Feb. 27 town email.

March 2, 2019 | 7 comments
Saturday: Ribbon-cutting for restrooms at Jack W. Lyle Park

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new public restrooms at Jack W. Lyle Park, located at 640 Fremont St. in Menlo Park, will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2.

March 1, 2019 | 3 comments
Preps: Paly baseball a big hit in tournament victory

Kyle Mostofizadeh drove in a pair of runs to help the Palo Alto baseball team beat Willow Glen, 7-1, in the Mike Hazlett Tournament at Washington Park in Santa Clara on Wednesday.

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood superintendent placed on paid leave

Board of Education president provides no reason for sudden action against school district's top administrator
Gloria Hernandez-Goff, the superintendent of the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, was suddenly placed on paid leave on Wednesday, effective immediately.

February 28, 2019 | 13 comments
Friday: Master gardeners to speak on growing vegetables

Two master gardeners -- Woodside residents Kathleen and Lisa Putnam -- are coming to the Woodside Town Center on the evening of Friday, March 1, to discuss gardening on the Midpeninsula.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: A tribute to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks

February is Black History Month, and a tribute is being made to Mrs. Gertrude Dyer Wilks, a graceful African-American woman from East Palo Alto, who passed last month. She died on Jan. 20, the same date Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States of America 10 years ago.

February 27, 2019 | 6 comments
Council OKs stripped-down law to aid evicted renters

Menlo Park's ordinance, passed on 3-2 vote, is modeled on Redwood City law
Menlo Park landlords won a compromise they likely won't file suit over following a fierce, hours-long debate at the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 26 over the details of a proposed ordinance requiring landlords to pay a fee to aid renters in the moving process when they are evicted.

February 27, 2019 | 23 comments
Preps: Soccer season ends for Menlo, SHP; Baseball starting

Sasha Bellack and Juliana Rosen each scored a goal but the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team fell to visiting Campolindo, 3-2, in the CIF NorCal Division IV Tournament on Tuesday.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
NorCal girls hoops: SHP bows out, Priory, M-A advance

Sacred Heart Prep was not at full-strength for Tuesday's CIF Girls NorCal Division III first-round contest with Marin Catholic of Kentfield. Even if the fifth-seeded Gators had been 100 percent healthy, it still might not have been enough to top the 12th-seeded Wildcats, a 61-47 victor.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
NorCal boys hoops: Eastside advances; M-A loses in Clovis

Raymond Reece had a rather typical night on Tuesday, scoring 14 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and registering five assists in Eastside's 57-34 win over Williams in a CIF Division V first-round Playoff Game on Tuesday in East Palo Alto.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo girls make basketball history in NorCal victory

The Menlo School girls got back on the right track Tuesday with a 66-56 win over Bradshaw Christian in the first round of the NorCal playoffs. Menlo started the season 20-2 before losing three of its last four going into the NorCal playoffs

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Dolores Degnan, 'rummage queen' and Woodside historian, dies at 80

Dolores Degnan, who moved to Woodside soon after her first birthday and lived in and loved the town for the rest of her life, died on Feb. 19 of complications from liver cancer at the age of 80.

February 26, 2019 | 6 comments
Oak Knoll School's unique multi-age classroom program emphasizes individual learning

Doors remain open between classrooms at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park as kids -- a mix of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders -- watch their student-produced morning news broadcast.

March 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Local leaders, teachers gather for workforce housing town hall

About 70 people gathered at Sequoia High School in Redwood City earlier this month to discuss possible solutions to a crisis that's plaguing educators in San Mateo County: the scarcity of affordable places to live in the communities in which they work.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton forms subcommittee to examine town's rail service levels

The Atherton City Council will leave it to a subcommittee to come up with a recommendation on Caltrain service in town.

February 28, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: Police make arrest in connection with auto burglaries

Menlo Park police arrested a San Francisco man in connection with several Sunday night auto burglaries in the Suburban Park - Lorelei Manor - Flood Park Triangle neighborhood.

February 26, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park Council considers two tenant relocation assistance ordinance options

The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to consider two options for a tenant relocation assistance policy tonight (Feb. 26).

February 26, 2019 | 4 comments
Atherton: Auto burglaries reported in Lindenwood

Someone broke into four cars in the Lindenwood neighborhood of Atherton early Sunday, Feb. 24, according to the Atherton Police Department.

February 26, 2019 | 2 comments
Prep Report: Paly baseball loses; SHP golf wins

Zander Darby collected two hits, stole two bases and scored a run but Palo Alto fell to host Leigh, 6-2, in a nonleague baseball game Monday.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Paine, Bowie named GSAC Players of the Week

Menlo College's John Paine and Destinee Bowie each earned Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for the final week of the regular basketball season. Paine was awarded for the first time and Bowie was named for the fourth time this season and fifth in her career.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Where have all the women gone?

Woodside's citizen government heavily weighted with men
In past decade or two, there were always plenty of women on the Woodside Planning Commission and the Architectural & Site Review Board. But membership has been declining, and rising for men. What's going on? have women given up?

February 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Roadside remnant in Portola Valley has affordable-housing potential

Apartments at Town Center also a possibility, drawings show
The Portola Valley Town Council on Feb. 13 informally examined a set of conceptual drawings, prepared by the firm CJW Architecture, that showed possibilities for multi-family homes along Alpine Road and at Town Center, both town-owned sites.

February 28, 2019 | 2 comments
Wednesday: Affordable housing on the agenda in Portola valley

The Portola Valley Town Council meets Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road to consider an ordinance to alter affordable housing regulations for such matters as maximum floor area, zoning and review of plans.

February 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park's Black History Month celebration a jubilant event

Poetry reading, group line dancing and a cappella and gospel singing shaped the lively atmosphere of Menlo Park's 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest, held Feb. 22 at the Menlo Park Senior Center in the city's Belle Haven neighborhood.

February 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Legal rights training for domestic workers in Menlo Park

Training to launch domestic worker empowerment effort in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
A legal rights training for domestic workers -- a broad term for people who work as nannies, house cleaners or home care providers, among other roles -- will be held in Menlo Park on Tuesday evening, courtesy of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA).

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Bird man

Woodside photographer stalks perfect avian shots
Marquis Kuhn of Woodside spends as many as 30 hours weekly photographing birds.

February 26, 2019 | No comments yet
Wet weather brings wind advisory, flood watch

Atmospheric river takes aim at Bay Area Monday, Tuesday
A flash flood watch has been issued for the central and southern Bay Area as another atmospheric river is expected to drench the region with rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Auto burglars hit Menlo Park in a dozen incidents Sunday night

Auto burglars struck several neighborhoods in Menlo Park on Sunday night (Feb. 24), according to reports from the crime log of the Menlo Park Police Department.

February 25, 2019 | 26 comments
Cyborg revival

'Alita: Battle Angel' a mixed bag of sci-fi spare parts
When was the last time you heard an enthusiastic "Hi-yah!" in a movie not starring Miss Piggy? The martial-arts exclamation is just one indication of how unpretentious the new cyberpunk action film "Alita: Battle Angel" is.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Would-be Menlo Park 'Robin Hood' found guilty of burglary

A 43-year-old Menlo Park resident has been found guilty of two counts of residential burglary and one count of petty theft tied to Brisbane burglaries following four days of jury trial in San Mateo County Superior Court.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Academic honors for Stanford's Smith, Menlo's Testa

Stanford senior forward Alanna Smith is included on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America it was announced Thursday. Menlo's Jeremiah Testa was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District teams

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
A Sacred Heart-breaking loss for Gators in CCS final

Sacred Heart Prep's Denise Stine nearly had her prayer answered at Santa Clara High. Down by two points with time running out in Saturday's Central Coast Section Division IV girls basketball championship with Seaside, Stine cast off from 35 feet for a potential, buzzer-beating victory. The ball, however, caromed off the rim and the Spartans prevailed 49-47.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
A little down but never out, SHP girls win CCS D-IV soccer title

Senior Caitlin Carcione scored twice, including the game winner in the second overtime, and Sacred Heart Prep beat Priory 2-1 in the championship match of the CCS Division IV girls soccer tournament Saturday night at Del Mar High, its first CCS title in four years.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School girls need one goal to win CCS D-I soccer title

Sophomore Stella El-Fishawy scored in the fourth minute, all the offense Menlo School needed in a 1-0 victory over Christopher at Fremont High on Saturday in the Central Coast Section Division I girls soccer final.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls eye return to NorCal after winning CCS hoops title

Ila Lane and Aniyah Augmon each scored 20 points and the Priory girls basketball team beat Notre Dame Salinas 60-37 at Palo Alto on Saturday to win its second straight CCS Division V title and its third straight CCS crown.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Preps: Akinola a state champion, SHP wins in baseball

Menlo-Atherton senior Folashade Akinola completed her girls wrestling career by winning the 189 division of the CIF Girls State Championship in Bakersfield on Saturday and helping the Bears finish second with 92 points.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pedestrian struck by train at Oak Grove rail crossing

A northbound train struck a man in his 50s on the Caltrain tracks at the Oak Grove Avenue crossing in Menlo Park at about 10:17 a.m. Sunday morning (Feb. 24), according to a Caltrain spokesman.

February 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Speier among lawmakers pushing phone app ban

A Bay Area congresswoman is trying to pressure Google and Apple into removing a restrictive Saudi Arabian phone app that allows men to track women and migrant workers.

February 22, 2019 | 2 comments
Shed fire draws firefighters to Los Trancos Woods

A burning shed adjacent to a guest house at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods brought firefighters in from Woodside, Redwood City, Menlo Park and CalFire last night (Thursday, Feb. 21) to fight the fire.

February 22, 2019 | 3 comments
Gators snap out of slow start to reach D-IV title game

Reserve sophomore guard Jacqueline Chin hit a buzzer-beating 17-foot jumper at the end of the first quarter to give the Gators their first lead of the game, changing the momentum that set them on course to a 45-30 victory over No. 5 Monte Vista Christian of Watsonville.

February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls looking for a three-peat in CCS D-5 hoops

Lala Niu scored 14 points, one of four Priory players to reach double figures, leading the Panthers to a 69-48 victory over Castilleja in the Central Coast Section Division V semifinal Thursday at Palo Alto High on Thursday.

February 22, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A wrestler voluntarily dismisses lawsuit against coach, school district

Wrestler’s father was ‘violent, erratic’ in front of student wrestlers, district's court documents claim
A Menlo-Atherton High School student voluntarily dismissed a complaint against the Sequoia Union High School District, district administrators, the M-A athletic director and a wrestling coach for alleged retaliation against her and her father after they complained about "disturbing behavior" by a wrestling coach at the school.

February 22, 2019 | 1 comment
Firefighters 'knock down' Los Trancos Woods structure fire Thursday

Firefighters have "knocked down" a single-story guest house fire at 20 Ciervos Road in Los Trancos Woods, an unincorporated community in the hills south of and above Portola Valley, that had been burning since around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso of the Woodside Fire Protection District said less than an hour later.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
It's unofficial: Jerome-Robinson named new Menlo Park city manager

City Council expected to take appointment vote Tuesday, Feb. 26
The Menlo Park City Council wants to appoint Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson to the position permanently, the city announced late this afternoon (Feb. 21).

February 21, 2019 | 5 comments
Plea deal in attempted kidnapping

Two Menlo Park men plead guilty to assault, weapons and kidnapping charges
Two Menlo Park men pleaded guilty after they reportedly grabbed a woman leaving a downtown Mountain View nightclub last year, brandished guns when people tried to intervene, and fired two rounds out of a vehicle as they drove away.

February 21, 2019 | 2 comments
BraveMaker hosts film, music, discussion

This month's event to focus on the LGBTQ experience
BraveMaker, a local nonprofit arts organization that supports independent filmmakers, is hosting a film screening, discussion and live music event on Friday, Feb. 22.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
A portrait of the city

Pace Gallery presents work of muralist JR
"JR, The Chronicles of San Francisco-Sketches" attempts to capture the essence of San Francisco through its residents.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New deputy director hired to lead city's housing efforts

New deputy community development director of housing to start March 4.
Rhonda Coffman has been hired as Menlo Park's new deputy community development director overseeing housing, Interim City Manager Starla Jerome-Robinson announced Wednesday, Feb. 20.

February 21, 2019 | 1 comment
It's the WBAL against the CCS in girls' soccer finals

West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo School became the latest league representative to reach a Central Coast Section girls soccer championship game. The fourth-seeded Knights traveled to Santa Cruz County and celebrated the trip with a 2-0 CCS Division I victory over top-seeded host Soquel on Wednesday night.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears have no luck with the Irish in CCS Open hoops

Menlo-Atherton's bid for a Central Coast Section Open Division boys basketball title came up a little short Wednesday in a 62-55 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the CCS semifinals at Independence High.

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP, M-A boys soccer fall short of title match; Menlo advances

The Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team wasn't always the most athletic team on the field but the Gators continually won all season because of a dedication to tactical and technical efficiency.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls into soccer finals; baseball opens

Juliana Rosen had a goal and an assists as Sacred Heart Prep reached the championship match of the Central Coast Section girls Division IV tournament with a 3-2 win over visiting Seaside on Tuesday.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Man pleads no contest to 2011 Kelly Park sex assault charge

A 27-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a teen eight years ago in a public bathroom in Menlo Park has pleaded no contest to a felony charge related to the assault.

February 20, 2019 | 1 comment
More home burglaries in Atherton

Burglars hit two more Atherton houses in the last week, the latest in a rash of burglaries in town, according to the Atherton Police Department.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Feds cancel high-speed rail grant, may seek refund

Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that they are terminating an agreement worth $929 million for the California high-speed rail project.

February 20, 2019 | 8 comments
Bears roar, Paly survives in CCS girls Division I hoops

Annika Shah scored 26 points and Carly Martin had 14 as Paly defeated Los Gatos 54-49 in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals at the Peery Center. The Vikings advance to play another team they've faced before, Menlo-Atherton, on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals, also at Paly. M-A went on the road and thrashed No. 4 seed North Salinas 64-37.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Top girls hoop seeds Priory, SH Prep advance to semifinals

Shannon Fitzgerald made her coach proud by the way she competed during Priory's 74-33 victory over visiting Summit Shasta in the quarterfinals of the Central Coast Section girls Division V playoffs on Tuesday night.

February 20, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

East Palo Alto weekly median at $1.2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council discusses city manager recruitment behind closed doors

The Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday, Feb. 19, to discuss recruitment for a new city manager, during a meeting not open to the public.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton council examines restoring weekday Caltrain service

The Atherton City Council will review a Rail Committee recommendation to expand Caltrain service in town and explore how transit-oriented housing measures could affect the town at its Wednesday (Feb. 20) meeting.

February 20, 2019 | 2 comments
Facebook to hold open house on revised 'Willow Village' project

Facebook will host a series of public open houses over the coming weeks to allow people to learn more about the revised plans for "Willow Village" the company has submitted.

February 24, 2019 | 1 comment
Middlefield Road office building gets go-ahead

A small office building proposed for the high-traffic area near the intersection of Middlefield and Willow roads in Menlo Park has been cleared to move forward after the City Council denied an appeal of an earlier approval of the project.

February 21, 2019 | 4 comments
Free San Jose Art Museum passes on First Fridays, courtesy Facebook

Facebook recently announced that it has partnered with the San Jose Museum of Art to offer free general admission to all exhibitions and programs the first Friday of each month between 5 and 9 p.m. for a full year.

March 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Rail separation talks move forward

Menlo Park City Councilman Drew Combs and Mayor Ray Mueller recently met in a crowded room at City Hall to discuss the city's next steps for how to separate the city's roads from the Caltrain line, and whether just one crossing, Ravenswood Avenue, should be separated, or others as well.

February 22, 2019 | 4 comments
Monday: Planning Commission to review Greystar apartment proposal

Plans for the Menlo Park Planning Commission to hold a study session and discuss a proposal by the developer Greystar to build 483 new apartments in eastern Menlo Park were rescheduled for discussion at the commission's Monday Feb. 25, meeting.

February 23, 2019 | 6 comments
Caltrain to launch low-fare pilot program

The Caltrain board of directors has signaled support for a regional pilot program led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to give low-income transit riders discounted fares.

March 1, 2019 | 1 comment
Tonight: Fire board discusses goals and priorities for 2019

Topics include water-rescue services, drones and smaller first-response teams
The Menlo Park fire district board will discuss goals and priorities for 2019 tonight, touching on rescues in the Bay, drone use in emergency situations, and smaller vehicles staffed by one or two people in emergency responses when traffic is congested.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A boys take on another WCAL school in CCS Open Division

As a No. 4 seed Menlo-Atherton was expecting to go up against No. 1 seed Mitty in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals. But Mitty never got there. The Monarchs were upset by Sacred Heart Cathedral, the first time a No. 8 seed knocked off the top seed in Open Division boys basketball history.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Ibrahimovic earns second straight GSAC honor

Freshman outside hitter Edin Ibrahimovic was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Volleyball Attacker of the Week for the second straight week. This marks the third time on the season that Ibrahimovic has won the award in its inaugural season from the conference, and is the fourth time that the Oaks have taken home the award.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A girls win CCS wrestling team title; four place first

Menlo-Atherton won its third consecutive Central Coast Section girls wrestling championship Saturday at Independence High. Four wrestlers took home individual titles, including four-time champion Folashade Akinola.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Community meetings to explore new cross-bay link between San Mateo, Alameda counties

Project planners coming to Menlo Park on March 2
A series of community meetings are planned to help guide the development of a proposed new connection linking San Mateo and Alameda counties along the Dumbarton corridor.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Report: Inequality on the rise in Silicon Valley

Index of region highlights spiking housing costs, income gap
Despite a sizzling economy and an influx of wealth, Silicon Valley remains a bastion of inequality, with more residents now struggling to afford the growing costs of housing, child care and transportation, according to a newly released snapshot of the regional economy.

February 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Popular burger joint is closed until March for remodeling

The Alpine Inn is set to reopen in mid-March, according to a post on the inn's website. The new owners, all of whom live in the community, add: "We plan to maintain the casual good cheer and historical integrity of the place."

February 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: License-plate cameras show some criminal-tracking value

A license-plate-reading camera in Portola Valley played a role in an ongoing investigation, a Sheriff's Office captain told the Town Council recently. "We are very, very close to an arrest," she said.

February 20, 2019 | 7 comments
West Bay creates magic with Verdi's 'Foscari'

There are many reasons to recommend seeing West Bay Opera's staging of Verdi's rarely performed "I due Foscari," but the extraordinary talent of the lead singers soars above all else.

February 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Three Woodside horses win national honors

Diva, Sting and Top Top named 2018 Horses of the Year
Three horses owned by Woodside residents have won a total of four Horse of the Year titles, three in vaulting and one in jumping.

February 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Jail deputy charged with using excessive force against inmates

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Office deputy is facing criminal charges for allegedly using excessive force on inmates, including slamming one inmate's head into a closed elevator door, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Should police protect Facebook's bikes?

Baby-blue bike thefts trigger tough questions for Facebook and its neighbors
Local law enforcement officials have been stopping people riding Facebook bikes, questioning them, and in some instances, arresting them and confiscating the bikes if they find that the cyclists stopped don't work for the giant social media company.

February 19, 2019 | 27 comments
M-A girls look to defend its CCS wrestling championship

The girls wrestling program at Menlo-Atherton has come full circle, having grown from a single wrestler to one on the verge of capturing its third consecutive Central Coast Section title.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Oaks report: Menlo women rally for a GSAC hoops win

Destinee Bowie scored 18 points and the 22nd-ranked Menlo women's basketball team downed host No. 9 Vanguard, 70-59, on Thursday in a Golden State Athletic Conference contest, ending a season-worst three-game losing streak.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Paly boys, M-A girls tabbed for Open Division in CCS soccer

Palo Alto, which placed third in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, earned the No. 5 seed in the Open Division of the Central Coast Section boys soccer tournament. In girls CCS soccer brackets, three-time Peninsula Athletic League champion Menlo-Atherton (7-8-4) was awarded the seventh seed in the Open Division.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood offers KIPP shared middle school space

Charter school, district to negotiate facilities proposal
The Ravenswood school board unanimously agreed Thursday to preliminarily offer the growing KIPP Community Valiant Prep shared space at the district's new comprehensive middle school next fall, a proposal opposed by both the charter school and teachers and students at the district school.

February 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Never too wet for a stroll

The wind eased up enough around noontime Thursday, Feb. 14, for Zach Stamper and Patricia Rodriguez to stroll in the rain, with umbrella intact, down Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Rain and showers are expected to continue tomorrow and Saturday. Photo by Magali Gauthier

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
On thin ice

'Arctic' a chilly showcase for Danish actor
Few films have ever kept it simpler -- in terms of plot and character -- than "Arctic," a calling card from Brazilian YouTube sensation and first-time feature filmmaker Joe Penna. Granted, the 19-day shoot in Iceland probably wasn't very simple, but this showcase for Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen features almost no dialogue in its single-minded focus on a trek toward survival.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Stanford presents 'Michael Richards: Winged'

"Michael Richards: Winged" is a somber tribute to a young artist whose life ended too soon but who left behind a powerful and important body of work that is as relevant today as it was in 2001.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
West Bay Opera stages rarely performed Verdi work

Local music lovers are in for a treat with the two-weekend staging by West Bay Opera of the rarely performed "I due Foscari" by Giuseppe Verdi, which opens Friday, Feb. 15, in Palo Alto.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Suspect arrested for Encinal School burglary

Atherton Police Department detectives arrested an 18-year-old San Jose man on Thursday (Feb. 14) for allegedly stealing about $14,000 worth of electronics from Encinal School in December, according to a police press release.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Power restored to most Portola Valley residents

A power outage in Portola Valley this morning (Thursday, Feb. 14) is affecting more than half the homes in town, according to an emailed alert from Town Hall.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside council chooses newcomers for key local government posts

Woodside council leaves two veteran local government volunteers without seats in making appointments to the Architectural and Site Review Board and the Planning Commission.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College's Piearcy earns national wrestling honor

Menlo College junior Solin Piearcy earned TheMat.com Athlete of the Week honors after winning her division of the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships over the weekend in Georgia.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Regular season closes on a strong note

Junior Liam Johnson scored three goals and Sacred Heart Prep completed an undefeated regular season, beating host Crystal Springs, 9-1, on Wednesday to win the outright West Bay Athletic League boys soccer championship.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A boys are No. 4 in CCS Open Division; Pinewood girls 2nd

Menlo-Atherton received the No. 4 seed in the boys basketball Open Division at Wednesday's Central Coast Section seeding meeting. In the girls Open Division bracket, Pinewood (22-2), as expected, received the No. 2 seed.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council splits on law to help displaced renters relocate

A proposed law to help renters forced out of their homes for no cause or because they cannot afford major rent increases received mixed responses from the Menlo Park City Council on Feb. 12.

February 13, 2019 | 15 comments
Prep report: M-A girls get the point to win PAL soccer title

Menlo-Atherton seemed to be threading a fine line all season, losing three of its first five girls soccer matches by three goals or more and compiling a 1-6-1 mark through eight games. The Bears ended the regular season with a razor thin 1-0 victory over Terra Nova, clinching the league title.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Growing confidence gives M-A the edge in PAL hoops final

The Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team beat Carlmont for the third time this season, 67-43, on Tuesday in the championship game of the PAL Tournament at Sequoia. And each win over the Scots has gotten increasingly easier.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep hoops: Eastside boys, Pinewood girls best of WBAL

Isaiah Saams-Hoy and Raymond Reece combined for 37 points and Eastside Prep held off a second-half challenge to beat host Sacred Heart Prep, 62-56, Tuesday to win the West Bay Athletic League boys basketball title outright.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Newsom scales back high-speed rail plans

Governor plans to limit system to Central Valley
California's decadelong dream of building a high-speed rail system between San Francisco and Los Angeles hit a dead end in Sacramento on Feb. 12, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring his plan to significantly scale back the hugely ambitious but deeply flawed project. (An expanded version of an earlier story.)

February 12, 2019 | 24 comments
Theater companies announce next seasons

TheatreWorks, Palo Alto Players, Pear Theatre release plans for upcoming shows
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley this week announced the schedule for its 2019-20 season, it's 50th and the final season with founder Robert Kelley at the helm of the venerable professional theater company.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Palo Alto leads cities with 9 home sales
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Students advance to regional spelling bee

Five local students are advancing to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, according to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

February 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton Rail Committee recommends restoring weekday train service

In a split vote, the Atherton Rail Committee recommended that the City Council support resuming weekday train stops in Atherton, despite some members' concerns about a recent state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

February 13, 2019 | 10 comments
Atherton: Fair Oaks Avenue rail crossing closed overnight Thursday

The Fair Oaks Avenue railroad crossing in Atherton will be closed starting the evening of Thursday, Feb. 14, for construction.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Roughly $640K in repairs underway at flooded middle school

Crews have begun repairs at La Entrada Middle School after the school flooded three times over a five-week span late last year, causing about $640,000 in damages. The repair work began in late January and should be completed at the end of March, Las Lomitas Elementary School District officials said.

February 14, 2019 | 3 comments
Prep soccer: Winning efforts from all the local teams

Sacred Heart Prep clinched at least a share of the West Bay Athletic League boys soccer title, beating host Harker, 3-0, on Monday. Menlo School clinched no worse than second after beating visiting Eastside Prep, 8-2, in combination with the Gators (16-0-2, 10-0-1) victory over the Eagles (13-4, 8-3).

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
College scene: Stanford tennis and Menlo volleyball

The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 5 Georgia on Monday morning in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
PAL hoops tournament: Menlo-Atherton, Carlmont for the title

Get ready for the third act of the Menlo-Atherton vs. Carlmont boys basketball rivalry because it's set to take center stage Tuesday night at Sequoia High in the Peninsula Athletic League tournament finals. The curtain rises at approximately 7:30 p.m..

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Three deaths prompt San Mateo County supervisors' meeting on Taser safety

Representatives of the company that manufactures Taser stun guns defended the safety of the devices at a Feb. 11 special meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors held to investigate the use of the electronic control weapons in the wake of three deaths last year.

February 13, 2019 | 2 comments
Heavy rain expected starting Tuesday night

Meteorologist: No signs of long dry spell coming soon
An incoming storm that will start affecting the Bay Area on Tuesday night has intensified in strength and will hit a region that has already seen regular rain for the past few weeks, according to the National Weather Service.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood district could ask KIPP to share middle school campus

School board to vote Thursday on preliminary facilities proposal
More specific ideas for how to accommodate KIPP Valiant Community Prep's request for more facilities coalesced at a school board study session on Monday evening, including asking the charter school to share space at the new Ravenswood Middle School campus in East Palo Alto.

February 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton hosts workshop on general plan update

Atherton will host a community workshop to discuss the town's general plan update Wednesday evening, Feb. 13.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo fire district board discusses 2019 priorities

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District board will meet tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 12) to discuss district goals and priorities for the 2019 calendar year.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Progress on the Bay Trail

A critical segment between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park will make 80 miles of trail continuous
Look at the plans for the Bay Trail and it's easy for a cynic to laugh it off as a pipe dream -- 500 continuous miles of trails cutting through 47 cities and nine counties in the Bay Area?

February 19, 2019 | 4 comments
Planned county worker strike suspended pending agreement

A strike planned this week by San Mateo County employees has been averted by a tentative agreement between the county and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

February 11, 2019 | 1 comment
West Bay Opera stages rarely performed Verdi work

Local music lovers are in for a treat with the two-weekend staging by West Bay Opera of the rarely performed "I due Foscari" by Giuseppe Verdi, which opens Friday, Feb. 15, in Palo Alto.

February 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Bridging two worlds

East Palo Alto teen and DACA recipient admitted early to Harvard
Menlo School senior Santy Mendoza, who will be a first-generation college student at Harvard University this fall, is a current beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a policy that gives people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children temporary legal status and protection from deportation.

February 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Four women arrested after Highway 101 chase

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

February 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park considers policy to help displaced renters

Following months of discussion by the public and the Menlo Park Housing Commission, the City Council has scheduled a study session about a potential tenant relocation assistance ordinance in Menlo Park for Tuesday, Feb. 12.

February 11, 2019 | 25 comments
Prep report: It's on to the CCS for local wrestlers

Palo Alto produced three Santa Clara Valley Athletic League champions and Gunn had two champs at the SCVAL tournament Saturday at Lynbrook High.

February 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College women wrestlers earn school's first national title

For the first time in school history, Menlo College can claim a national champion. The Oaks' women's wrestling team turned a lot of hard work, personal sacrifice and desire into a WCWA national title, along with three individual champions and nine All-Americans; Palo Alto grad Sara Aguilar among them.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep hoops: M-A boys, Palo Alto girls clinch league titles

No one scored more than nine points in Menlo-Atherton's 72-27 victory over visiting Woodside on Friday night. Everybody saw action on Senior Night as the Bears (21-3, 12-0) finished an undefeated Peninsula Athletic League South Division season.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Menlo girls win WBAL title with a tie vs. SHP

Sophie Jones and Carolina Espinosa each scored a goal and recorded an assist as the Menlo School girls' soccer clinched the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division championship, tying Sacred Heart Prep, 2-2, at home Friday.

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Supervisor to propose gun safety law on Tuesday

San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that would require the safe storage of firearms in residences.

February 11, 2019 | 28 comments
More snow expected by Sunday on Bay Area peaks

Another very cold storm system is expected to bring snow to Bay Area peaks by Sunday morning, along with a chilly dip in temperatures Sunday
night, forecasters said.

February 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Burglars steal cash, thousands of dollars in merchandise from Country Corner deli

Burglars stole cash and thousands of dollars in merchandise in a predawn break-in at the Country Corner deli and convenience store in West Menlo Park late last month. The owners watched the incident as it unfolded at home through a video surveillance feed.

February 12, 2019 | No comments yet
PG&E proposes more potential shut-offs to prevent wildfires

PG&E Co.'s plans to reduce wildfires could include intermittent power shut-offs for many more of its customers, the company announced Wednesday (Feb. 6).

February 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School songwriter earns national honor

Leo Jergovic, 15, named a National YoungArts Foundation Merit winner
Leo Jergovic's songwriting journey may have begun just one year ago, but his foundation as a musician has been years in the making.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Mountain Mike's Pizza takes over former Applewood space

The space that was for decades home to Applewood Pizza in Menlo Park will soon serve pizza again.

February 8, 2019 | 3 comments
Portola Valley: Alpine Inn has new owners

Popular burger joint is closed until March 1 for remodeling
The Alpine Inn, the Portola Valley beer garden and burger haven also known as Rossotti's, has new owners: Deke and Lori Hunter of the Hunter 1988 Revocable Trust.

February 8, 2019 | 28 comments
Menlo College women ready to stake their claim at WCWAs

Menlo College senior Iman Kazem went from being an unwanted high school teammate to becoming a senior team captain of the nation's top-ranked women's wrestling program and her story is just beginning.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
League championships open wrestling postseason

The wrestling postseason officially gets underway Friday with the Peninsula Athletic League and Santa Clara Clara Valley Athletic League each hosting championships. Palo Alto and Gunn wrestlers compete at Lynbrook in San Jose while Menlo-Atherton wrestles at Oceana High in Pacifica.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Several local teams have a chance at a league title

Alex Moretti scored twice to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys' soccer team inch closer to the West Bay Athletic League title, beating The King's Academy 5-0 on Senior Day.

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Marsh Road reopens after water main break

Westbound Marsh Road at Fair Oaks Avenue in Atherton has reopened after a water main break this morning (Feb. 8).

February 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Facebook submits revised plans for Willow Village

Facebook submitted updated plans this morning (Feb. 8) for Willow Village, a proposal by the company to build 1.75 million square feet of office space, 1,500 housing units, up to 200,000 square feet of retail space, and a hotel with 200 to 250 rooms on a 60-acre parcel currently occupied by about 1 million square feet of office and warehouse buildings.

February 8, 2019 | 11 comments
An American dream

'American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose' is an immigrant's surreal journey through U.S. history
"American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" will very likely make you laugh, may make you sometimes groan and will definitely make you think. It's a wild, wacky, worthwhile trip through an American dreamland.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School brings a nontraditional play to life with music and puppets

Menlo School is staging the West Coast premiere of "The Old Man and The Old Moon," a creatively staged play featuring shadow puppets and magical moments filled with song, this weekend.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Of bands and bonds

Stanford Live hosts the bittersweet song cycle 'Ghost Rings'
For playwright/director Tina Satter, a successful collaboration involves a generosity of spirit, an appreciation for the absurd and surreal, a shared sense of dark humor and a certain amount of intangible chemistry.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Another brick in the wall

'Lego Movie 2' borders on same wacky fun of the original
If you have a kid who loved "The Lego Movie," it's certain they'll like "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part." And not just because kids like most any movie you put in front of them. Care has gone into making this sequel a worthy direct follow-up to the 2014 film that kicked off Lego as a film franchise.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Rain expected starting Friday

Snow levels could drop again Sunday night
After frigid overnight temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning, storms are expected to soak the Friday afternoon commute and linger well into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Heimuli to join Ngalu and play football at Washington

Ten other M-A student-athletes also sign letters at ceremony
Daniel Heimuli and Noa Ngaly were a defensive tandem that contributed greatly to the Menlo-Atherton football team winning a state championship. Now they will continue to work together as teammates in college at the University of Washington.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Gunn girls, M-A boys remain in the title chase

The Gunn girls soccer team beat host Milpitas, 2-0, and remained a game behind Santa Clara Valley Athletic League El Camino Division leader Los Altos with two matches to play.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: M-A girls, boys are both on a roll

Junior Linnea Lindblom scored 19 points and Menlo-Atherton defeated visiting Burlingame 46-33 in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division game Wednesday to stay in the race for a possible berth in the PAL tournament.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Fungus among us

Woodside mushroom hunter travels near and far for the love of fungi
What's the definition of a fun guy? A man with a thousand photos of fungi on his smartphone. The joke aptly describes Dr. George Caughey, the mushroom expert who led The Almanac on a recent two-hour foray from his Woodside home into Huddart County Park.

February 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton resident William Wade Awbrey dies at 87

William Wade Awbrey, who lived in Atherton for 42 years, died Jan. 20 at the age of 87.

February 7, 2019 | 3 comments
Greystar proposes 483-unit housing complex in eastern Menlo Park

Development company Greystar is proposing to build a new 483-unit housing complex that includes apartments and for-sale townhomes at 141 Jefferson Drive and 180-186 Constitution Drive.

February 7, 2019 | 17 comments
Menlo Park: Teen shot Tuesday night in Willows neighborhood

A 17-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after he was shot in the leg in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park Tuesday night (Feb. 5), according to a police press release.

February 6, 2019 | 1 comment
Prep report: Kehillah Jewish finds way to beat Design Tech

Guy Manor and David Kelmar combined to score 10 of Kehillah Jewish's 14 third-quarter points to help the Rams break open a close game en route to a 48-33 victory over visiting Design Tech in a PSAL North Division contest at OFJCC Gym in Palo Alto on Monday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls clinch title tie in WBAL soccer

The Menlo School girls' soccer team has a chance to earn its first outright West Bay Athletic League title in five years when it hosts rival Sacred Heart Prep at 2:45 p.m. Friday. The Knights beat Priory, 1-0, on Tuesday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL boys soccer: Three teams stake a claim to the title

The West Bay Athletic League boys soccer race won't be decided any time soon and there's only two or three matches left to play. The top three teams all won Tuesday and even though Harker is the third place team in the equation behind Sacred Heart and Menlo, the Eagles are going to have a say in the championship race.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Of local note: Pinewood teammates nearing a milestone

Karla Astrom scored a career-high 38 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range, and the nationally-ranked Pinewood girls basketball team topped visiting Priory 74-40 in a West Bay Athletic League contest Tuesday.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Man who helped catch homicide suspect arrested for trespassing at victim's home

Daniel Baggett, 47, the former tenant of Menlo Park homicide victim and former Atherton town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, was arrested Jan. 27 after entering her house on the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue and taking a potted plant, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

February 6, 2019 | 5 comments
Will Ravenswood push back against charter school expansion?

Parents, residents urge board against displacing district school
At a packed community meeting Tuesday night, Belle Haven parents, staff and residents urged the Ravenswood school board against uprooting any district school in order to provide space for an expanding charter school, and some trustees indicated a desire to "fight" the charter school's request.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Menlo Park leads week with highest home price
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Town hall on teacher housing set for Feb. 13

As local school districts grapple with how to help teachers struggling to afford to live in the communities in which they teach, housing advocates, educators and others will sit down for a discussion on solving the issue.

February 12, 2019 | 2 comments
M-A to show documentary on effects of screen addiction

'Child, Disrupted' screening is Feb. 7
It's not uncommon to see a child's eyes glued to an iPad or cellphone. Montessori teacher Krista Riihimaki noticed her students - at increasingly younger ages - spending large amounts of time tied to digital devices.

February 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Valdez earns CCC Wresler of the Week honors

Wrapping up his final week of home action, senior standout Bruce Valdez gained the bonus of being named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week award. This marks the third time during the season that a Menlo wrestler has earned the award, and it marks the second time in the career of Valdez that he has picked up the honor, with his first time coming in 2018.

February 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council hashes out 2019 goals

Following roughly six hours of discussion on Saturday, Feb. 2, the Menlo Park City Council agreed to hold off until later in the month to pick its top priorities for 2019.

February 5, 2019 | 2 comments
Submissions sought for Women's Art Show

In recognition of Women's History Month in March, San Mateo County's Arts Commission and Commission on the Status of Women are teaming up to organize the 15th annual Women's Art Show.

February 7, 2019 | No comments yet
Chain restaurant may replace Applewood Pizza

In the aftermath of Applewood Pizza's closure at the end of December, rumors are swirling that a new pizza parlor is planning to occupy the downtown Menlo Park building at the corner of Ravenswood Avenue and Menlo Avenue.

February 5, 2019 | 30 comments
Las Lomitas superintendent announces retirement

Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent Lisa Cesario will retire at the end of this school year.

February 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Atherton police: At least $2M in jewelry, other items stolen this year

Residents pack Jennings Pavilion for community meeting on burglaries
About 200 Atherton residents filled Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion on Thursday, Jan. 31, for a police meeting on a recent rash of burglaries in town.

February 5, 2019 | 3 comments
Weather service expects low snow levels through Tuesday afternoon

The National Weather Service is predicting snow in some of the Bay Area's higher elevations.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Man with gun, meth arrested at Woodside Park and Ride

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office arrested a 29-year-old transient from San Jose on Sunday night at the Woodside Park & Ride after discovering warrants out for his arrest and finding him in possession of a gun and methamphetamine.

February 4, 2019 | 1 comment
The Super Bowl MVP way back when

One fall evening in 2003 I went out at the last minute to cover a Woodside football game against Capuchino. I was the sports editor of the San Mateo County Times, we covered every football game the 18 SMC teams played and the stringer assigned to the game was a no-show.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Defense turns it up a few notches in M-A boys hoops win

Menlo-Atherton's defense was the dominant dynamic Friday in Belmont in a 53-36 victory over Carlmont. It was M-A's 15th win in a row and provides a two-game lead over Carlmont in the Peninsula Athletic League South Division standings with two games left.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: Menlo girls on verge of clinching WBAL title

Sophomore Julia Deffner gave Menlo an early lead and the Knights just kept adding to their advantage in a 4-0 victory over visiting The King's Academy in a West Bay Athletic League girls soccer game Friday.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: SHP, Menlo boys play to a scoreless draw

Sacred Heart Prep and host Menlo School played to a scoreless tie in a West Bay Athletic League boys' soccer game Saturday, tightening the race just a tad with four games remaining for each.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Gators' journey reaps reward with season sweep of Menlo

The Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team has come a long way since the start of the season.
After a 2-6 start to the season the Gators have climbed out of that hole, elevating their record up and over the .500 mark Saturday with a 60-55 home victory over Menlo School.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: Pinewood girls, boys are both winners

Hannah Jump scored 21 points and had eight rebounds and the nationally-ranked Pinewood girls basketball team kept it place atop the West Bay Athletic League, overwhelming visiting Notre Dame San Jose 90-25 Saturday.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
County workers' union plans two-day strike

Approximately 1,700 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union working for San Mateo County are planning a two-day strike Feb. 13 and 14 in protest of health care cuts and what they say are unfair wages.

February 5, 2019 | 6 comments
Atherton police arrest man for gun violations

Police said man was sitting in 'suspicious vehicle' early Saturday morning
Atherton police arrested a man early Saturday morning who they said was sitting in a "suspicious vehicle" with a loaded firearm.

February 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Art from above

PA Art Center looks up to 'The Sheltering Sky'
The Palo Alto Art Center is pondering the cosmos with its current exhibition, "The Sheltering Sky," which incorporates the work of 18 sky-gazing artists in a variety of media.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
OK 'Cupid'

Pear play ponders internet dating at the end of the world
In local playwright Jeffrey Lo's "Spending the End of the World on OK Cupid," on stage now at the Pear Theatre, a 10-person cast of left-behind characters turn to the dating website OkCupid.com in a last-ditch attempt to form some new human connections before it's too late.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A Music Boosters hosts annual Big Band Dance fundraiser Feb. 2

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters (MAMBO) will bring the spirit of Mardis Gras to the school community on Saturday, Feb. 2, to raise money for M-A's music program.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Another fine mess for 'Stan & Ollie'

Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly revive a classic comedy team
"Stan & Ollie" focuses on the classic comedy duo's tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in the early 1950s during a time when their fame is in decline. Jeff Pope's script wisely begins by introducing beanpole Laurel (Coogan) and portly Hardy (Reilly) in their prime, on the set of 1937's "Way Out West."

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Ravenswood to hold public meetings on charter school expansion request

First meeting to be held Saturday morning, Feb. 2, at Cesar Chavez Academy
The Ravenswood City School District is hosting a series of community meetings through next week to inform the public about a request from KIPP Valiant Community Prep for a long-term location, which would likely displace an existing district school.

February 1, 2019 | 2 comments
San Mateo County conducts biennial homeless count

More than 300 volunteers across San Mateo County woke up well before dawn on Thursday, Jan. 31, to take part in the county's biennial one-day homeless count.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Caregivers grapple with idea of lying to dementia patients

Locals with first-hand experience offer insight into weighty issue
Should you lie to a person with dementia? It's become a common question in the world of caregiving, where lies might be less upsetting than the truth for those with dementia.

February 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area under high wind warning, flash flood watch

National Weather Service advisories issued through Saturday morning
High winds and flash floods are expected to hit the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday as a powerful storm front moves onshore, according to the National Weather Service.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton: Home burglarized as police finish community meeting on recent crime

Thieves struck again Thursday night in Atherton as a community meeting on a recent rash of burglaries in town concluded.

February 1, 2019 | 39 comments
First place in PAL South on the line for M-A, Carlmont

The Peninsula Athletic League South Division regular-season boys basketball title will be on the line Friday when Menlo-Atherton plays at Carlmont. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. M-A (18-3, 9-0) got the best of the Scots the first time the two teams played, 65-62, on Jan. 11. Carlmont (18-3, 8-1) hasn't lost since.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL basketball: Eastside, TKA boys tied for league lead

Isaiah Saams-Hoy scored 22 points, Raymond Reece added 21 and the Eastside Prep boys basketball team downed host Menlo School, 55-49, in a West Bay Athletic League game Thursday night. The Panthers (12-6, 9-1) kept pace with The King's Academy at the top of the standings with four league games remaining.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo-Atherton girls rally to tie Aragon in PAL soccer

Elise Kratzer and Judy Demirkol each scored in the final 15 minutes Thursday to rally the Menlo-Atherton girls soccer team from a two-goal deficit and earn a 2-2 tie with fellow Peninsula Athletic League co-leader Aragon.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP girls fight off Panthers in league play

Zoe Zaharias scored 14 points, Denise Stine had 11 and Sacred Heart Prep outlasted visiting Priory, 53-47, in a West Bay Athletic League girls basketball contest Thursday. Zoe Zaharias scored 14 points, Denise Stine had 11 and Sacred Heart Prep outlasted visiting Priory, 53-47.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Avenidas Lifetime of Achievement honorees unveiled

May garden party will honor notable seniors, fund support programs
The people honored with this year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Award have engaged in meaningful and creative efforts to create change in their local communities and beyond.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Bears defend their lair against Mustangs

Mariah Dunlap scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Menlo-Atherton rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat visiting Capuchino, 50-38, in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division girls basketball game on Wednesday.

January 31, 2019 | No comments yet
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announces 2019 local grantees

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced the recipients of its local grant program for 2019. Nearly 40 local organizations that help to meet the basic needs of people in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City will receive grants of $25,000 to $100,000, according to a press statement released Tuesday.

February 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Questions swirl in aftermath of PG&E's bankruptcy filing

The utility faces around $30 billion in liability from California's destructive fires in 2017 and 2018. How will locals be impacted?
Pacific Gas & Electric filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday, throwing the future of the large investor-owned utility, into the hands of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, state legislators and the California Public Utilities Commission.

February 1, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Council approves hefty raises for police officers, corporals

Union members to earn 12 percent in raises between now and August 2021
Members of the Menlo Park Police Officers' Association will earn 12 percent in raises over the next three years under a contract the Menlo Park City Council approved Tuesday, Jan. 29.

January 31, 2019 | 2 comments
Multiple burglaries, car stolen in Atherton in less than a day

In fewer than 24 hours earlier this week someone stole a car and bicycles and broke into two homes in Atherton.

January 30, 2019 | 15 comments
Guest opinion: Consider Option B for Menlo Park's grade separation project

Before the train leaves the station on the Menlo Park rail grade separation decision, the City Council will open up its options beyond the previously chosen alternatives. Option B is worth considering.

January 30, 2019 | 40 comments
A dozen lead changes in fourth before Menlo girls prevail

The Menlo School girls basketball team found a winning combination down the stretch in its key West Bay Athletic League battle Tuesday with Eastside Prep: When the Knights set up in their halfcourt offense sophomore point guard Avery Lee looked for freshman post player Sharon Nejad. It worked. Menlo outlasted Eastside 71-65 in a compelling, competitive contest.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
WBAL basketball: The Knights (TKA and Menlo) are winners

Sacred Heart Prep boys' basketball coach Tony Martinelli realizes his team's chances at a West Bay Athletic League title shrunk a few percentage points after losing to co-leader The King's Academy, 60-49, Tuesday night.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

February 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Seeing better

Menlo Park painter Mitchell Johnson opens a two-week exhibition Jan. 30 in downtown Menlo Park
Menlo Park painter Mitchell Johnson, who insists that close viewing of art can help you expand your outlook on everyday life, opens a two-week exhibition in downtown Menlo Park on Jan. 30.

January 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Stress, costs and rankings: Experts discuss changes in the college admissions process

Nearly 500 people filled the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center earlier this month to hear experts talk about how the college admissions process has changed over the last two decades.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside Preschool director is author, counselor in spare time

Tom Limbert's books focus on parenting and sports
Tom Limbert knows how to keep busy. He's not only the director of Woodside Preschool, but is also the Woodside Elementary School District's parent education coordinator and social-emotional learning lead, a parenting consultant, and a published author.

February 2, 2019 | 2 comments
Oaks corner: Sidner wins CCC weekly honor in wrestling

Menlo College's Terrill Sidner earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Men's Wrestler of the Week honors on Monday. It's the second time an Oak has won the award and it's the first for Sidner.

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Off to a good start

Menlo Park school district's preschool marks end of first semester
After a single semester in operation, Menlo Park City School District's new preschool is already "a home away from home" for children to "experience wonder and engage their curious minds," according to the program's director.

January 31, 2019 | 22 comments
Search for new Portola Valley superintendent begins

With Superintendent Eric Hartwig leaving the Portola Valley School District at the end of June, the school board on Jan. 16 approved a $19,500 contract with the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea, & Associates to manage the search for his successor.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
M-A Music Boosters hosts annual Big Band Dance fundraiser Feb. 2

The Menlo-Atherton High School Music Boosters (MAMBO) will bring the spirit of Mardis Gras to the school community on Saturday, Feb. 2, to raise money for M-A's music program.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton police to hold community meeting following rash of burglaries

A spate of home and auto burglaries in Atherton has spurred officials to organize a community meeting, set for Thursday, Jan. 31, about the recent uptick in the crimes. Mayor Bill Widmer said that some Atherton residents had requested a formal meeting to address their concerns.

January 29, 2019 | 4 comments
No contest plea in Menlo Park jogger assault

The young man who approached and allegedly tried to force himself on a Menlo Park jogger last September pleaded no contest on Jan. 24 to a charge of felony assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, on the condition that he be sentenced to two years of state prison.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Jym Marks jazz band performs Saturday at Menlo Park Library

The harmonies of progressive jazz are coming to the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Jym Marks Quintet will entertain in the main room of the library from 11 a.m. to noon.

February 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Sam Halsted, a member of the first Portola Valley Town Council, dies

Friends and family of Sam Halsted, who died Jan. 16 in Stanford hospital at the age of 90, are invited to a memorial celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

January 30, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Resident lured into questionable mortgage payment

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

January 29, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park council reschedules goal-setting meeting to Feb. 2

Saturday session set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Menlo Park City Council's goal-setting meeting has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 30, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Library Commission to talk about Belle Haven Library

The Menlo Park Library Commission is scheduled to hold a study session tonight (Monday, Jan. 28) to discuss the Belle Haven Library space needs assessment.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council to review annual financial report Tuesday

"Excellent" was the word used by city staff to describe the state of Menlo Park's financial health in a report released in advance of the council's meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29.

January 29, 2019 | 1 comment
Girls hoops: Pinewood drops a tough one; Priory prevails

Foul trouble and cold shooting plagued Pinewood on Saturday in a 54-45 girls' basketball nonleague loss at Salesian. Priory fared better, collecting a 56-45 victory over Piedmont as part of the Lamorinda Classic.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: M-A girls, Paly, Gunn boys compete at tourneys

The two-time Central Coast Section champion Menlo-Atherton girls wrestling team had three individual champions and finished second at the Lady Baler Bash over the weekend. The Paly boys also had a champion and a fifth-place finish at Mission San Jose and the Gunn boys produced some good results at the Mid Cals.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
New leader takes the reins at equine therapy nonprofit

Nancy Contro became the new executive director of the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside on Jan. 7.

January 28, 2019 | No comments yet
Spare the Air burn ban in place for Monday

Violators will face fines starting at $100
A Winter Spare the Air Alert is in place for Monday when burning wood, manufactured fire logs or any other solid fuel, indoors or outdoors, is banned for 24 hours, Bay Area air quality officials said.

January 27, 2019 | 1 comment
Prep report: M-A bears down in PAL basketball victory

Nick Tripaldi scored 15 points and the Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team stayed atop the Peninsula Athletic League South Division standings with a 58-43 victory over Sequoia on Friday night in Redwood City.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
St. Lawrence String Quartet performs in Woodside Jan. 27

The four professional Stanford resident musicians who teach and play as the St. Lawrence String Quartet will perform the music of Haydn and Brahms at the Village Hub in Woodside on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district expands its property portfolio

House purchased in advance of fire station expansion onto property
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has purchased another house, this time in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

January 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Guest opinion: Let's step up affordable housing funding

As the people who make up the middle class and backbone of our communities continue to be priced out of the housing market, we can do more with voter-approved funding to lessen the pain.

January 26, 2019 | 8 comments
New council on right track with rail separation decision

There is no ideal solution to the challenge of separating the Caltrain tracks from the east-west roadways in Menlo Park, but the commitment to explore the safest and most efficient of viable options was reflected in the City Council's recent choice of a preferred project.

January 25, 2019 | 8 comments
Oaks report: Men's wrestling makes an academic impact

Menlo's men's wrestling team has landed eight on the annual U.S. Bank CCC Academic All-Conference team. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.20 grade point average and have attended their institution for two full semesters.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Knights on a crusade in 6-0 soccer victory

Carolina Espinosa scored twice to help the Menlo School girls soccer team top visiting Mercy Burlingame 6-0 in a West Bay Athletic League contest on Thursday. Sacred Heart Prep beat the TKA Knights.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
New coalition plans to invest $540 million for Bay Area affordable housing

A coalition of businesses, philanthropies, housing advocates and community and faith leaders announced Thursday an ambitious plan to invest $540 million over the next 18 years to preserve and build affordable housing and advocate for policies to protect and construct it in the Bay Area.

January 25, 2019 | 3 comments
Liberte, egalite, sororite

'The Revolutionists' takes on feminism and French history at the Dragon Theatre
Imagining the interactions of various historical characters who likely never met in "real life" often proves a fruitful ground for fiction and drama. Such is the case in Lauren Gunderson's dark comedy "The Revolutionists," which offers a feminist perspective on the French Revolution by giving voice to four women who lived (and/or died) through it.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
A mock-Tudor treat

Palo Alto Players' 'Shakespeare in Love' shines on stage
One of the most charming, albeit cheesy, entries in the category of "Fakespearian" stories that put the Bard himself front and center, "Shakespeare in Love" (Palo Alto Players' current production) is a delightful adaptation of the Oscar-winning film of the same name.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
'Frost/Nixon' is a must-see

History comes alive in TheatreWorks production about disgraced ex-president
"Frost/Nixon," as staged by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, is a brilliant, astounding, not-to-be-missed 110 minutes of theater.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
All's fair in love and 'Cold War'

Oscar-nominated drama beguiling but chilly
As Hollywood awaits the annual presentation of the Academy Awards, two lushly photographed black-and-white foreign-language films have steadily found themselves in competition: Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Pawel Pawlikowski's "Cold War," which picked up three Oscar nominations this week for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography and a surprise nod for Best Director. And now, as "Cold War" rolls out in theaters across the country, those wondering how the Polish would do "La La Land" have their chance to see for themselves.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Free bus, train rides offered to furloughed workers

Furloughed federal workers can now take the bus and train for free, the San Mateo County Transit District announced Wednesday evening (Jan. 23).

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: WBAL girls soccer race getting tighter

Juliana Rosen scored with less than 15 minutes to play and the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team rallied to tie visiting Menlo School, 1-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: M-A leads the PAL and SHP leads the WBAL

Menlo-Atherton senior Kalani Napoleon may have been the most surprised player on the field Wednesday night when his shot from 35 yards out somehow managed to slip past the Sequoia goalkeeper and into the net for the game-winning goal in the Bears' 2-1 Peninsula Athletic League victory.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep basketball: Shah nets career-high in Paly's victory

Sophomore guard Annika Shah scored a career-best 41 points Wednesday night and the Palo Alto girls basketball team needed every one of them to beat Saratoga 51-47 in a SCVAL De Anza Division contest.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Atherton council, Menlo fire board members to explore future ties

Atherton challenges amount of taxes its residents pay for amount of fire services received
Talks are ahead to find a compromise over a disparity that has Atherton property owners paying the Menlo Park Fire Protection District millions more in property tax revenues than their town keeps for itself to fund its operations.

January 24, 2019 | 15 comments
New Facebook exec Nick Clegg buys $9M Atherton home

A former UK deputy prime minister, Clegg previously criticized the company
Former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is now vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, and recently purchased a home in Atherton for $9 million.

January 24, 2019 | 8 comments
Spelling bee winner heads to regional competition

Seventh-grader Nina Barman won the La Entrada Middle School annual spelling bee earlier this month, according to a press release from the Menlo Park school.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Speedster who fled Menlo Park police pleads no contest

East Palo Alto teen caused four-car crash and possessed gun, DA's office says
A 19-year-old man from East Palo Alto pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felonies, evading police and carrying a loaded, unregistered gun in a vehicle, on the condition of a nine-month sentence in county jail and no state prison time.

January 23, 2019 | 2 comments
Speier and Eshoo speak out against shutdown

'Federal employees have become bargaining chips,' says Speier
As the federal shutdown moves past the one-month mark, the toll on federal workers continues to increase and, according to The Almanac's local congressional representatives in Washington, there's no end in sight.

January 23, 2019 | 18 comments
Prep report: WBAL girls soccer race getting tighter

Juliana Rosen scored with less than 15 minutes to play and the Sacred Heart Prep girls soccer team rallied to tie visiting Menlo School, 1-1, in a West Bay Athletic League match Tuesday.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Median Palo Alto home sales dip below $2M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
When nightmare becomes reality

Former Columbine principal shares insights on school safety
Tissue boxes lined the aisles of the Hillview Middle School gym bleachers on Jan. 14 in anticipation of guest speaker Frank DeAngelis, who was principal of Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the nation up to that time.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A freshmen connect through Challenge Day

Event has 'powerful impact' on students
For more than a decade, freshmen, facilitators and parent volunteers have gathered annually for six hours in a room at Menlo-Atherton High School for what has become a rite of passage for M-A ninth-graders.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Police calls: Teen robs elderly woman in Safeway parking lot

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.

January 25, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Not a great day for the local teams

A fourth-quarter rally sparked by 3-pointers from Annika Shah and Lauren Daniel wasn't enough to overcome a double-figure deficit and the Palo Alto High girls basketball team dropped a 45-34 nonleague decision to visiting Presentation on Monday night before a sparse crowd on MLK Day.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo police receive traffic safety grant

The Menlo Park Police Department has received a $70,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a year-long program.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Designing for discovery

Margery Morse graduated from her dad's workshop to a workspace of her own at SLAC
Margery Morse graduated from her dad's workshop to a workspace of her own at SLAC in Menlo Park, where she works with engineers and other members of a deep bench of manufacturing expertise to make machines for scientists exploring the behavior of subatomic particles.

January 27, 2019 | No comments yet
Valparaiso Avenue homicide: Wolke plea to wait until February

The man suspected of killing Kathy Hughes Anderson, a 62-year-old Menlo Park woman, in her Valparaiso Avenue home on Dec. 12, did not enter his plea in court Friday as scheduled.

January 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Man pleads not guilty to fatal 2011 shooting of Menlo Park woman

A 27-year-old man formerly of East Palo Alto pleaded not guilty Jan. 17 to murder charges related to the fatal shooting of Cate Fisher, a 19-year-old from Menlo Park, in 2011.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Boys basketball: Palo Alto survives alarm; Menlo, SHP win

Jamir Shepard provided a spark off the bench, scoring 12 points, Marvin Zou added 11 and Palo Alto defeated visiting Los Altos, 52-38, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League boys basketball game Friday night.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: SHP boys, Gunn and Menlo girls all in first place

Liam Johnson converted a penalty kick and assisted on another goal to help the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team knock off The King's Academy, 3-0, in Sunnyvale on Friday. The SHP girls played to a 1-1 tie with Mercy Burlingame.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Locals participate in special basketball games

In the MLK event at Bishop O'Dowd, the host Dragons squeezed past Priory, 60-57. UC Santa Barbara-bound Ila Lane recorded 26 points and 17 rebounds for Priory (9-7, 3-2), which throws out the welcome mat for Menlo School on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. West Bay Athletic League contest.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A's Akinola wins wrestling title, Bears finish seventh

Menlo-Atherton senior Fola Akinola went 3-0, including two pins, to win her division of the Lady Jaguar Girls Wrestling Tournament in Vallejo on Saturday. The Bears finished seventh out of 41 schools.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo women earn six wrestling titles at tournament

The Menlo College wrestling team tuned up for its appearance next month at the WCWA National Championships in Marietta, Georgia by winning six individual titles at Saturday's Oregon Classic Women's Collegiate Open on Saturday

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Home burglar nabbed after a revealing social media rant

An East Palo Alto woman faces felony burglary and robbery charges after walking into an apparent stranger's house in Woodside on Sunday afternoon
and live-streaming a rant on social media before stripping to her underwear and walking into the backyard of the home, San Mateo County Sheriff's investigators said.

January 20, 2019 | 4 comments
A fresh angle

Hillview Middle School students keep cameras rolling, awards coming in
The Hillview Middle School video broadcast studio is home to a 23-student advanced video broadcast class offered to seventh- and eighth-graders at the Menlo Park school.

January 22, 2019 | No comments yet
Woodside: Vehicle burglary, mail-theft suspect arrested

A 22-year-old Sacramento resident was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing items from unlocked vehicles in Woodside and mail theft, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.

January 20, 2019 | 1 comment
How a beloved family recipe inspired Ladera Foods

The roots for one of the area's most popular granola brands and a growing local business can be traced back to when Brian Tetrud, the CEO of Ladera Foods, was a kid growing up in the community of Ladera.

January 23, 2019 | No comments yet
Bay Area storms boost rainfall almost to normal levels

The National Weather Service on Friday (Jan. 18) reported the Bay Area has reached 85 to 95 percent of normal rainfall for this point in the season.

January 18, 2019 | 1 comment
Developer proposes innovator sculpture walk

Picture this: Life-size sculptures of 13 historic innovators, such as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing and Marie Curie, set around the landscaped perimeter of a new life sciences building.

January 22, 2019 | 11 comments
First place in WBAL is on the line for Menlo, Pinewood

In recent years Eastside Prep has been Pinewood's primary competition in West Bay Athletic League girls basketball. This season, after a 40-34 win over Eastside on Jan. 5, Menlo School has placed itself alongside Pinewood at the top of the WBAL Foothill Division standings. And on Friday the Knights (15-1, 4-0) travel to Pinewood (14-1, 4-0) for a 6 p.m. game with undisputed possession of first place on the line.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Several locals to be inducted into Peninsula Hall of Fame

Former Menlo School and Stanford basketball standout Eric Reveno, former Menlo-Atherton swimming great Tod Spieker and former Woodside track and field athlete Nicole Carroll will be among the six individuals who will be inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on the evening of April 25 at the San Mateo County History Museum.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: No injuries reported after crash on Caltrain tracks

An SUV crashed Friday morning at the Caltrain crossing at Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park, blocking the northbound rail line for about 45 minutes and triggering restricted southbound speeds, according to Dan Lieberman, Caltrain spokesperson.

January 18, 2019 | 3 comments
Tradition healing workshop at Los Altos History Museum

Elisa Marina Alvarado will lead a workshop on indigenous Mexican and Mexican American traditional medicine at the Los Altos History Museum (51 So. San Antonio Road) on Sunday, Jan. 26.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
African American Composer Initiative celebrates 10th anniversary

'Where Freedom Rings' concert to be held Jan. 26-27
The African American Composer Initiative will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year and present its annual concert, a benefit for Eastside College Preparatory School, on Jan. 26-27.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Entering the Dragon

Theater company's new leaders foresee challenges and opportunities
This year, with founder Meredith Hagedorn having stepped down at the end of 2018, Dragon productions Theatre Company will be led by the husband-and-wife team of Bora "Max" Koknar and Alika Spencer-Koknar.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Comin' for ya!

Cha Wa brings its eclectic blend of New Orleans street music to Stanford
Born into the Mardi Gras Indian culture in uptown New Orleans, Cha Wa's lead singer, J'Wan Boudreaux, has lived and breathed street music, pageantry and parades ever since his mother dressed him in his first hand-beaded and feathered parade suit when he was just 2.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Brushstroke of genius

'At Eternity's Gate' unlocks the mind of Van Gogh
Few artists have held a greater fascination for dramatists than Vincent Van Gogh. He's been played on film by Kirk Douglas, John Hurt, Tim Roth and Martin Scorsese, and he's palled around with the Doctor on "Doctor Who."
At this late date, there would seem to be little new to dramatize -- or stylize -- about a man so often scrutinized on screen. But Julien Schnabel's "At Eternity's Gate" finds a filmmaker (and, not incidentally, a painter) in kinship with his subject.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Rethinking Stanford's development plan

In mid-December, Santa Clara County released the final iteration of the environmental impact report (EIR) assessing the impacts of Stanford's development through 2035, which will be facilitated through a new General Use Permit (GUP). In examining the final EIR, it's imperative to recognize its limitations.

January 21, 2019 | 1 comment
Caltrain running Celebration Train for MLK Day

Caltrain will offer a NorCalMLK Celebration Train to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, Jan. 21.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Teen arrested for sexual battery at Woodside High School

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly grabbing a girl's buttocks while riding a bicycle at Woodside High School on Monday evening (Jan. 14), San Mateo County sheriff's officials said Thursday.

January 17, 2019 | 8 comments
Menlo Park: Council considers pairing main and Belle Haven library projects

The Menlo Park City Council voted 3-1 on Jan. 15 to move forward with a strategy and timeline to build a new Belle Haven branch library and rebuild or renovate the main library, as well as combine elements of the two projects to streamline efficiency.

January 18, 2019 | 7 comments
Local food pantries prepare for more clients if government shutdown continues

Thousands could be affected by food-program closures
Bay Area families that depend on federal programs for their basic food needs could find themselves without a lifeline by the end of February, according to local food pantries concerned about a sudden influx of new clients.

January 18, 2019 | No comments yet
Draeger's Market to undergo 'extensive remodel'

Draeger's Market, a long-standing gourmet food market in downtown Menlo Park, will undergo an "extensive remodel" to expand many departments' offerings and improve energy efficiency, according to co-owner Richard Draeger.

January 18, 2019 | 4 comments
Prep basketball: M-A teams beat San Mateo

Eastside Prep handed several West Bay Athletic League boys' basketball teams a 'Get-of-jail' card in the form of a 53-52 home victory over previously unbeaten The King's Academy on Tuesday night.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo School student-athletes moving on to play in college

Menlo School announced its latest round of 23 student-athletes who have made early official decisions to study and compete in their respective sports. More Menlo students are set to play intercollegiate sports, and will announce their commitments later in the school year.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
On the pitch: League leaders continue their winning ways

The Menlo-Atherton boys soccer team delivered a clutch performance Wednesday, beating visiting Burlingame, 2-0, to kick the Panthers out of a share of first place in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division. Sacred Heart Prep stayed unbeaten in the West Bay Athletic League.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo College men net volleyball victory over Bobcats

Sophomore Collin Jordan recorded 14 kills on .667 hitting and the Menlo College men's volleyball team earned its first victory of the season, beating visiting UC Merced, 25-15, 25-21, 25-21, in a nonconference match Wednesday.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears, Knights go streaking in big basketball victories

Menlo-Atherton turned a tight game into a rout Wednesday, beating visiting Mills, 71-38, in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division boys basketball contest. The Menlo girls did the same in a win over Notre Dame Belmont.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Former Almanac staff writer wins education reporting award

Barbara Wood receives inaugural Gold Quill Award
The California School Boards Association has named former Almanac reporter Barbara Wood a recipient of its inaugural Golden Quill Award for fair, insightful and accurate education reporting.

January 17, 2019 | 7 comments
Taylor Eigsti holds a local 'Reunion'

Pianist to perform with mentors, Peninsula Symphony
The new year is a time for reflecting back and looking forward, and both were a theme for Menlo Park-raised Taylor Eigsti as he returned to the Peninsula to finish moving things out of his childhood home.

January 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Kindergarten registration begins in local districts Jan. 23

Kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will soon be underway in local school districts.

January 19, 2019 | No comments yet
New Menlo Park council reverses decision on Caltrain separations

New majority pushes for three separations; is skeptical of trench or tunnel possibility
The wheels of Menlo Park's grade separation project lurched forward Tuesday night in a markedly different direction from where plans were headed under the city's previous City Council.

January 16, 2019 | 36 comments
Atherton to re-examine Caltrain stops in town

Introduction of new legislation delays decision on weekday train stops
Atherton Rail Committee members are backtracking on their recommendation to add service to the Atherton Caltrain station in light of the recent introduction of a state bill that could require new housing to be built along busier transit corridors.

January 16, 2019 | 9 comments
Pair of M-A wrestlers nationally ranked in prep girls rankings

Menlo-Atherton senior Lauren McDonnell has joined fellow senior teammate Folashade Akinola as a nationally-ranked wrestler on USA Wrestling and FloWrestling's second National Girls High School rankings, with input from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

January 16, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep soccer: League races are beginning to take shape

Castilleja continues to keep things interesting in the Skyline Division of the West Bay Athletic League, beating Eastside Prep 3-0 on Tuesday. In the Foothill Division, Menlo, Priory and SH Prep are still in it despite varying degrees of success.

January 16, 2019 | No comments yet
'Freedom Rings' – along with the music – at benefit concert

Music of African American composers spotlighted in Jan. 26, 27 performances
The African American Composer Initiative, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, presents its annual concert, a benefit for Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27.

January 19, 2019 | No comments yet
Major storm bears down on Bay Area, flooding possible

Flash flood warning in effect starting Wednesday morning
Flash floods and high winds are expected in the Bay Area starting Wednesday morning as a major storm bears down on the region, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued warnings.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Reclaiming the Bay

Work underway on 300 acres bordering Menlo Park
A multi-agency effort is in progress to restore thousands of shoreline acres from Menlo Park to Mountain View to their natural state after more than a century of degradation from industrial salt production.

January 22, 2019 | 2 comments
Suspect sought after sexual battery at Woodside High School

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies are seeking a suspect who grabbed a girl's buttocks at Woodside High School on Monday evening.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
College admissions program Jan. 16

Parents and students hoping to get the inside scoop on college admissions -- from both the admissions department perspective and the college adviser perspective -- might want to head to Menlo-Atherton High School on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council to set work plan for 2019

In-neighborhood conversations about revising property development standards for the Glens and other neighborhoods with parcels that don't conform to town standards is a high priority in for Woodside's Planning Department in 2019. The Town Council reviews these priorities and others in a work plan for Town Hall when it meets tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 15).

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bowie wins GSAC Player of Week honor a third time

If you've heard it once, you've heard it three times. Menlo College's Destinee Bowie was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, winning the honor for the third time in five weeks, a first for a Menlo athlete.

January 15, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Menlo Park reviews grade separations, library improvements

To launch a new year and a majority-new City Council, Menlo Park's council meeting scheduled tonight (Jan. 15) will waste no time diving into one of the city's biggest questions right now: how to separate the Caltrain tracks from the places they intersect with roads in the city.

January 15, 2019 | 5 comments
New mayor's goals: Better communication, public safety and livability

For 2019, Woodside's mayor is looking forward to restoring a community newsletter, improving communication between Town Hall and the community, considering a ban on new wood shake roofs, and continuing efforts to advance pedestrian safety.

January 17, 2019 | No comments yet
Mayor says affordable housing and safety are among priorities

Ahead for 2019, Portola Valley Mayor Ann Wengert cited the importance of moving forward on affordable housing, keeping after the FAA on aircraft noise, wildfire safety, and revisiting the advisory committees in light of the town's changing demographics.

January 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Girlfriend robbed, broker threatened

Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton and Woodside.

January 16, 2019 | 1 comment
Rotary Club accepting grant applications for nonprofit education programs

Deadline to apply is Feb. 6
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is now accepting 2019 grant applications from nonprofits.

January 17, 2019 | 1 comment
Piano teacher arrested for sex crimes involving a relative

Police searching for other potential victims
Nicholas Robinson has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of an underage relative. He is also a piano teacher who gives lessons from his home, leading police to call on the public for tips of any other victims.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Los Altos Hills has highest median sale in this reporting period
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 21, 2019 | No comments yet
Bears stage a comeback to earn PAL boys basketball win

Nick Tripaldi was dead center with his shot in the late going Friday night during Menlo-Atherton's battle with Carlmont. And that was a good thing for the Bears, who came back from an 11-point deficit for a 65-62 victory in a Peninsula Athletic League South Division showdown at M-A.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Gators need overtime to beat Menlo in WBAL basketball

Brendan Carney scored 12 points and came up with key rebounds to lead Sacred Heart Prep past defending West Bay Athletic League champion Menlo, 50-48, in overtime Friday night.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo boys basketball coach Larsen out until Feb. 1

Keith Larsen is taking a break from coaching the Menlo School boys basketball team in preparation for undergoing replacement surgery on his right hip on Jan. 24. Larsen said he expects to be back on the sideline with the team by Feb. 1.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A boys hoops, wrestlers claim victory

James Beckwith scored 12 points to help visiting Menlo-Atherton win its seventh straight with a 52-31 nonleague victory over Menlo School on Saturday. Joshua Meyers earned the championship of the 126-pound weight class at the Jim Root Memorial Tournament at Prospect High.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Priory girls looking to make waves on the soccer field

Priory opened its West Bay Athletic League girls soccer season Friday with a signature victory and earned Panthers' coach Henry Arrendondo bragging rights in the family for the time being.

January 14, 2019 | No comments yet
Shareholder sues Google parent company over sexual harassment scandal

A shareholder sued the board of Google Inc.'s parent company, Alphabet Inc., in San Mateo County Superior Court Thursday for allegedly tolerating and covering up sexual harassment by senior executives and giving some of them millions of dollars in exit pay.

January 13, 2019 | No comments yet
Community celebrates Bears' victory with Saturday festivities

Victory was theirs -- and then they partied. In fact, the community partied with them on Saturday to celebrate the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first-ever state championship win.

January 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Elderly woman out $700 in email scam

Menlo Park police are investigating a case of fraud reported Tuesday, Jan. 8, in which the method used was email and the victim was an 80-year-old woman who lives on Hermosa Way.

January 20, 2019 | No comments yet
NASA employees brace for prolonged shutdown

Debts pile up as furloughed workers face first payday without a check
The full brunt of the government shutdown is hitting home this week as federal employees face their first payday lapse. NASA Ames union officials are sounding alarms that a prolonged shutdown could push talented researchers to seek new employment in the private sector.

January 11, 2019 | 26 comments
Monday: Public hearing on potential environmental impacts of 92-foot-tall building in Menlo Park

Planning Commission to discuss proposed Tarlton building at 1350 Adams Court
A 260,000-square-foot, five-story research and development building proposed by Tarlton Properties at 1350 Adams Court in Menlo Park will be the topic of discussion as staff and consultants launch the environmental impact review process for the project with the Menlo Park Planning Commission on Monday, Jan. 14.

January 14, 2019 | 4 comments
Davidson is No. 1 overall pick of NWSL College draft

Stanford junior defender and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson was the No. 1 overall pick of the National Women's Soccer League College Draft on Thursday. Stanford's Jordan DiBiasi was the No. 3 overall pick and Tegan McGrady was selected with the seventh overall pick.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: Menlo girls rally for WBAL soccer victory

Senior Catie Cassani scored twice, including the game winner, and Menlo School opened West Bay Athletic League play Thursday with a comeback victory, 4-3, over visiting Notre Dame Belmont.

January 11, 2019 | No comments yet
Applewood Pizza closes in Menlo Park

The original Applewood Pizza has closed after decades of business at 1001 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

January 11, 2019 | 27 comments
Gas-powered leaf blowers banned in Portola Valley

Town Council action includes a two-year delay to phase in new regulations.
A ban on the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in Portola Valley will take effect in two years after the Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment on Wednesday that also bans the use of electricity-powered blowers on soil surfaces in town.

January 11, 2019 | 21 comments
Palo Alto artist contemplates mortality

Ken Joye will exhibit carved skull collection this month
Local sculptor Ken Joye will be holding a pop-up exhibition over the weekends of Jan. 12-13 and 19-20.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Byxbee Park hosts bioblitz

The public is invited to take part in a citizen science "bioblitz" event at Byxbee Park in the Palo Alto Baylands on Sunday, Jan. 13.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
A balancing act

Silicon Valley Food Rescue delivers excess meals to those in need
To address high rates of poverty and waste in Santa Clara County, Joint Venture Silicon Valley has launched a food truck to collect leftover food from universities and companies to distribute to those in need.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Listening skills

Bernie Krause champions the voice of the natural world
"The hills are alive," the old song goes, "with the sound of music." For soundscape ecologist, musician and author Bernie Krause, discovering, preserving and sharing the music of the earth is the work of a lifetime.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Redwood City opens 'Art Kiosk'

Installations will be on display at Courthouse Square throughout 2019
A long-empty kiosk on downtown Redwood City's Courthouse Square is now a new venue for art.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
'Street' cred

Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins creates indelible piece of cinema with 'Beale'
There's a reason why the conspicuously picky James Baldwin estate trusted writer-director Barry Jenkins to adapt Baldwin's 1974 novel "If Beale Street Could Talk." It wasn't that Jenkins won an Oscar for co-writing Best Picture "Moonlight" -- that hadn't happened yet. The Baldwin estate looked at Jenkins' work to date and, most importantly, his screenplay for "Beale Street," which richly cultivates a novelistic tone and preserves Baldwin's voice in narration and dialogue.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Update: Menlo Park council's goal-setting meeting rescheduled for Feb. 8

A goal-setting meeting scheduled for Jan. 11, at which the Menlo Park City Council was scheduled to talk through priorities for its 2019 work plan, was canceled and rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 8.

January 10, 2019 | 7 comments
Charity soccer tournament set for Jan. 19

Soccer players of all ages and levels are invited to play in a charity tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton. The proceeds from the event will support a nonprofit that uses the sport to educate youth in developing countries to lead healthier and more productive lives.

January 15, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park Library launches free movie streaming program

Agreement with Kanopy permits users to stream or download 10 free titles a month
Locals no longer need a subscription to stream a selection of quality movies and TV shows -- they just need a library card.

January 24, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo, SHP on collision course in WBAL boys soccer

Liam Johnson converted a penalty kick and added three assists as the Sacred Heart Prep boys soccer team team opened West Bay Athletic League with a 6-0 victory over visiting Priory on Wednesday.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: M-A beats Hillsdale ahead of big games this weekend

Elif Turgut and Carly Martin, both members of the sophomore class at Palo Alto High, each scored 15 points to lead the Vikings past host Cupertino, 56-44, in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest on Wednesday night.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Gills return with Broadway tunes for benefit concert

Father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill will be back on stage to present "The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled" for the 17th annual benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at Menlo School.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Public outcry prompts further scrutiny for prominent redwoods

Environmental Quality Commission to hear appeal of trees slated for removal at 1000 El Camino Real; $500 appeal fee waived
About 30 local residents showed up at Menlo Park City Hall for a public forum on Tuesday, expressing strong opposition to the planned felling of seven redwood trees at 1000 El Camino Real.

January 9, 2019 | 11 comments
Priory girls find open Lane down the stretch in WBAL win

It was all Ila Lane down the stretch Tuesday as Priory pulled out a 49-45 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in a tightly contested West Bay Athletic League game.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: SHP boys thrive on defense to top Pinewood

Brendan Carney scored eight of his game-high 20 points during a decisive third quarter as the Sacred Heart Prep boys basketball team shook off the doldrums of a gloomy first half shooting performance to beat host Pinewood 70-34 in a West Bay Athletic League contest on Tuesday night.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
Recently digitized city photographs illuminate a Menlo Park of yesteryear

"It started, honestly, as office clean up," said Thomas Rogers, principal planner at the city of Menlo Park. He was speaking of the discovery of boxes containing hundreds of old photographs of Menlo Park over the years, many dating as far back as the 1960s, some of which have been digitalized and are now accessible to the public.

January 8, 2019 | 1 comment
Thygesen, Lambert step down from school board dais after years of service

Joan Lambert and Terry Thygesen, who have more than two decades of experience as school board members between them, stepped down from their posts on the Menlo Park City School District board on Dec. 7. They recently sat down with The Almanac to discuss their time on the board and the district's future.

January 9, 2019 | 2 comments
Former Columbine principal to speak at Hillview on Monday

Frank DeAngelis was principal of Columbine High School 1999 when it became the site of the deadliest school shooting in the United States up to that time. He'll visit Hillview Middle School on Monday, Jan. 14, for a conversation about violence in schools.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Cat rescued in Menlo Park up for adoption

Millie survived ingesting rat poison
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is seeking an owner for a cat that improbably survived ingesting rat poison and was rescued at a workplace in Menlo Park in October.

January 8, 2019 | 2 comments
Atherton to discuss future of Caltrain service in town

Atherton is starting off the new year with a discussion on Caltrain's electrification project plans for the near future. Among questions town officials and residents will be considering is one posed by Mayor Bill Widmer: "Has Atherton outgrown the need for a rail stop?"

January 8, 2019 | 15 comments
Menlo, Orozco each earn wrestling accolades from CCC

Menlo College men's wrestlers were named Under Armour Team of the Week and the Cascade Collegiate Conference also named Anthony Orozco Wrestler of the Week on Monday. He was named Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler of the Menlo Invitational.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: Top tourney efforts from Paly, Gunn, M-A

Palo Alto's Charlie Williams and Gunn's Timothy Waymouth each won an individual title at the Cupertino Bianchini Tournament on Saturday and both teams finished among the top 11. Vikings' Dara Heydarpour also reached the championship match in his division. At the Napa Valley Classic girls wrestling tournament, Lauren McDonnell and Abby Ericson each reached the championship match.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Tonight: Planning Commission studies Woodside Glens building regulations

The Woodside Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, to discuss progress on suggested changes to development standards meant to accommodate smaller parcels in the Glens neighborhood.

January 9, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A Bears' victory to bring community out on Saturday

A parade is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, in recognition of the Menlo-Atherton High School football team's first state championship win.

January 10, 2019 | No comments yet
Home repair program launches in Belle Haven neighborhood

Habitat for Humanity, known widely as a home construction nonprofit, runs a less-known program that provides critical home repairs to people in need. Starting this month, homeowners in Belle Haven are eligible to participate in the program.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Home sales

Volume slow at end of 2018
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

January 12, 2019 | 2 comments
Portola Valley civic volunteer, pilot Bud Eisberg dies at 74

Arthur Charles "Bud" Eisberg, a resident of Portola Valley and a town volunteer in civic affairs was also a pilot, a sailor and a fan of winter sports. He died on Dec. 27 while in hospice care, his wife Lynn Eisberg said. He was 74.

January 9, 2019 | 3 comments
Tonight: Council to consider a ban on gasoline-powered leaf-blowers

The Portola Valley Town Council, when it meets Wednesday, Jan. 9, will consider banning gasoline-powered leaf blowers, along with the harmful practice of using electric blowers on soil surfaces.

January 9, 2019 | 7 comments
New year brings with it plenty of new laws

One bill opens up public records about misconduct and officer-involved shootings
A slew of new laws that went into effect on Jan. 1 -- from bills addressing gender issues to new rules banning gun ownership by those convicted of domestic violence -- reflect the progressive politics California has come to be known for.

January 8, 2019 | No comments yet
Search-and-rescue mission under a watchful bird's eye

A camera-equipped drone captured this image of a gull, sunlight on the Bay, and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's air boat searching for a missing person in August 2018 near the marshes at the eastern end of the Dumbarton Bridge.

January 12, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district to expand services

Agency holding ceremonies Monday in East Palo Alto, Belle Haven
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District will hold two dedication ceremonies Monday, coinciding with the expansion of services in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park's Belle Haven residential area.

January 7, 2019 | 15 comments
Five Menlo women wrestlers win titles at Menlo Open

Alleida Martinez's day just got better as it went along. The Menlo College freshman won the 109 division of the Menlo Open women's wrestling tournament Friday and then learned she was named Open Mat's Women's College Wrestler of the Month. Martinez was one of five champions for NAIA No. 1 ranked Menlo, which took the team title with 152 points.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Prep report: basketball, soccer and girls wrestling

Avery Lee scored eight of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping Menlo School rally from behind to beat host Eastside Prep, 40-34, in a West Bay Athletic League girls basketball contest Saturday.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
M-A sinks late shot to edge Paly in boys basketball

James Beckwith's baseline jumper under heavy defensive pressure from Matthew Marzano went in with 21 seconds left and provided the winning points Saturday in Menlo-Atherton's 50-49 victory over Palo Alto.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Rain, high winds to continue into next week

Urban areas could see up to an inch of rain
An onslaught of rain and high winds hit the Bay Area Saturday morning and the bad weather will continue all weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

January 5, 2019 | No comments yet
Tuesday: Public forum set on plan to fell El Camino redwoods

For residents who are concerned about the future of seven redwood trees sentenced to be cut down near the corner of El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue, the city of Menlo Park has scheduled a public forum on the matter.

January 6, 2019 | 8 comments
Team USA chefs visit Menlo Park before competing in Bocuse d'Or

Rosewood hotel to host ticketed reception
The team set to represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d'Or, a prestigious international cooking competition, will be visiting Menlo Park for a ticketed reception at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Jan. 8.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Analysis of Stanford's growth leaves unanswered questions

Cities called for more information about Stanford traffic programs, contributions to local schools
The final report from Santa Clara County on the likely impacts of Stanford University's proposed expansion is unlikely to satisfy local leaders, who for months have been calling for stronger action from Stanford to compensate for the consequences of its growth.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
SHP, Menlo boys open WBAL basketball season with wins

Jai Deshpande scored a career-high 26 points and Sacred Heart Prep opened West Bay Athletic League boys basketball play with a 67-57 victory over visiting Harker on Thursday. TKA downed host Pinewood, 72-51, and two-time defending league champion Menlo School beat visiting Priory, 50-35, in other league openers.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Pinewood, Eastside Prep girls both win WBAL openers

Hannah Jump scored 17 points, Annika Decker added 16 and the Pinewood girls' basketball team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a 58-40 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday. Eastside Prep went overtime to beat Priory in another opener.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Satisfying sushi

Octopus offers ample, creative sushi rolls in Menlo Park
At Octopus Japanese Restaurant in Menlo Park, the sushi rolls are more traditional, assembled with care and very generous in size.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Unlikely heroes ruled the movies in 2018

How underdogs dominated theater screens
At the end of every year after the last films hit the big screen, most movie critics, including me, get asked, "So what did you think of this year?" My response for 2018?

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Statewide snowpack at 67 percent of average for this time of year

Storms have come to California early this winter, but a survey of the Sierra snowpack on Thursday (Jan. 3) shows it is only at 67 percent of average statewide for this time of year, according to the state's Department of Water Resources.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
Picnickers injured by fallen tree branch sue Menlo College

A San Bruno family has filed a lawsuit against Menlo College seeking more than $2.5 million in damages after a woman and her then 2-year-old daughter were injured when a large tree branch collapsed on them during a picnic in August 2017. Another woman who was injured in the incident has filed a separate lawsuit against the Atherton college.

January 3, 2019 | 7 comments
Team USA chefs visit Menlo Park before competing in Bocuse d'Or

The team set to represent the U.S. at the Bocuse d'Or, a prestigious international cooking competition, will be visiting Menlo Park for a ticketed reception at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel on Jan. 8.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo's Bowie earns another GSAC Player of the Week honor

Menlo College senior Destinee Bowie asserted her will in the 14th-ranked Oaks' 83-72 victory over No. 12 Our Lady of the Lake on Sunday, making her an easy choice for Golden State Athletic Conference's Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

January 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Town seeks new bids for civic center project

Atherton has launched a new bidding process for its civic center project.

January 3, 2019 | No comments yet
New members bring business experience to Las Lomitas board

Two new members have taken their seats on the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board: Parents Dana Nunn and Jon Venverloh began four-year terms on the five-person school board on Dec. 12.

January 3, 2019 | 2 comments
Locals protest planned felling of seven redwoods

Period to appeal Planning Commission decision extended to Jan. 9
The clock is ticking for seven redwoods situated near one of Menlo Park's busiest intersections, El Camino Real and Ravenswood Avenue.

January 1, 2019 | 25 comments
'Little Free Library' boxes coming to more Menlo Park neighborhoods

The Menlo Park Library is launching a new pilot program to partner with local homeowners to boost residents' access to books.

January 5, 2019 | 1 comment
Menlo Park: City recruiting for volunteer commissioners

The city of Menlo Park is recruiting applicants for its Complete Streets, Environmental Quality and Planning commissions and its Sister City Committee. These commissions provide policy recommendations to the City Council.

January 6, 2019 | No comments yet
Horse DNA-testing service sets up shop in Menlo Park

"The only thing better than science is science with horses," Christa Lafayette, CEO of Etalon Diagnostics, said with a smile on a recent Wednesday afternoon at her pop-up lab situated at the former site of Yogurt Stop along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

January 13, 2019 | 1 comment
Police calls: Safeway employee helps 86-year-old man sidestep fraud

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

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Disaster plan for large animals? Right now it's up to you

With a lack of resources and the burden placed on first-responding emergency workers to find and rescue people in the wake of a disaster, horses and other large animals may not get the help they need to survive. But there is something that can be done to improve their odds for survival.

January 4, 2019 | No comments yet
Ann Wengert returns to mayor's chair for 2019

Portola Valley Councilwoman Ann Wengert is the mayor for 2019, as she was in 2009 and 2014. Councilman Jeff Aalfs, the mayor in 2015, is the town's new vice mayor.

January 1, 2019 | No comments yet
Three households recognized for welcoming native plants, critters

While Portola Valley is not Eden for the plants that dwell there -- they do have pathogens to contend with -- the yards of the winners of the 2018 Backyard Habitat awards are surely among the friendlier confines on the Peninsula.

January 7, 2019 | 1 comment
Friday: Market Street before and after the great quake

A recently discovered nine-minute film of Market Street in San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake will be screened in a free event, open to the public, in Woodside on Friday, Jan. 4. A discussion follows with a film historian and a specialist in Market Street preservation.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Menlo Park hosts 'January is for the Birds' activity series

Events include screening of 'The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill' and a talk with the duo behind the documentary
The Menlo Park Library is dedicating a series of 13 events throughout the month of January to bird-themed activities for adults and children. The first event is a screening of "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" tonight (Jan. 2).

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet
Year in review: A rough-and-tumble 2018 for the Menlo fire district

The year 2018 was a challenging one for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, with criticism from a county grand jury, from the Atherton town government, and from a number of residents who were unhappy about a contract for firefighters.

January 2, 2019 | 26 comments
Year in review: A look at issues, events in Portola Valley

The year 2018 has been eventful for Portola Valley, with enactment of new laws on marijuana cultivation, new rules for outdoor lighting, the introduction of a new smartphone app for communicating with Town Hall, and the opening of a new home for an old school.

January 2, 2019 | No comments yet

2018

Sunday: Atherton memorial service for Kathy Hughes Anderson

The town of Atherton will hold a memorial service for former town arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson, who was found stabbed to death in her Menlo Park home on Dec. 12, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo girls earn another basketball tournament trophy

Maeia Makoni felt right at home. The Menlo School junior did a little bit of everything in helping the Knights beat Lynbrook, 73-36, in the championship game of the Eastside Division of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Eastside Prep on Saturday.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep wrestling: M-A girls finish third at Corona tournament

Five Menlo-Atherton girls wrestlers finished third or better and the Bears finished third overall at the Queen of the Hill Tournament in Corona on Saturday.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo women stage a comeback in second half of hoops game

Destinee Bowie and the combination of six different guards helped the NAIA 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team navigate its way out of a double-digit deficit, forging an 83-72 victory over visiting No. 12 Our Lady of the Lake in Sunday's Peninsula Classic.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Police locate missing man

At-risk senior last seen in San Jose on Friday afternoon
The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public's assistance in locating an 85-year-old man who has been reported missing.

December 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Affordable housing a crucial piece of Measure K spending

A half-cent sales tax passed in 2012 and again in 2016 boosted San Mateo County revenues by $413 million as of the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year. Some $251.2 million has been spent, including $68.7 million on affordable housing.

December 31, 2018 | No comments yet
Halftime break revitalizes Menlo girls in hoops victory

Avery Lee suffered through a frustrating first half. Her shot wasn't falling and she picked up her third foul with 1:54 left in the second quarter. Menlo School was clinging to a 24-23 lead at the break.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Free tows for the tipsy available on New Year's Eve

Motorists can get a safe and free ride home on New Year's Eve from AAA rather than driving while drunk, AAA officials said Thursday.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Top local theater in 2018

We salute some of our favorite Midpeninsula productions
As 2018 draws to a close it's time once again to take a look back and give an extra shout-out to 12 (it was too hard to pick just 10!) of the best shows we saw on the Midpeninsula theater scene this year.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Girls basketball: It's tournament time in the cities

The three-tiered "Coaches vs. Cancer" girls basketball tournament at Eastside Prep in East Palo Alto and Menlo School in Atherton highlight local hoops action this week.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo boys win Orange Holiday Hoops opener

Cole Kastner scored 17 points and the Menlo boys' basketball team beat Hawaii Baptist Academy, 65-43, in the first round of the 16-team Orange Holiday Classic at Orange High on Wednesday.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
Year in review: Bond measures pass, enrollment dips, new preschool opens in local districts

It was a busy year for local schools, with voters approving two new parcel taxes -- worth nearly $120 million combined -- the opening of a new preschool, and new board members taking their seats.

December 29, 2018 | No comments yet
Year in review: Atherton looks to the skies and its civic center grounds in 2018

Atherton had to go back to the drawing table after bids for construction of a new civic center complex came in 40 percent higher than expected earlier this year. Noisy Surf Air flights overhead and testy relations with the fire district that serves the town were other issues of note during 2018.

December 30, 2018 | 3 comments
2018 in review: Summing up a year of change in Menlo Park

The year 2018 has been one of change in Menlo Park, characterized by growing skepticism as the city has been forced to reckon with the negative impacts of rapid growth citywide.

December 28, 2018 | 2 comments
Menlo Park firm developing device to stop postpartum bleeding

At a nondescript office nestled on Edison Way in North Fair Oaks, a small company is hard at work developing a medical device that could transform the way physicians treat postpartum hemorrhage, the world's leading cause of maternal death.

December 27, 2018 | 2 comments
Prep report: Menlo wins in boys soccer and girls basketball

The Menlo School boys' soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season, beating Branson, 4-0, on the second day of the University Showcase on Saturday at Beach Chalet.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Top boys, girls wrestling tournaments to finish the year

The wrestling season picks up again with a pair of two-day tournaments this weekend. The Palo Alto boys are entered in the Pat Lovell Holiday Coast Classic at the PAC Center at Aptos High while the Menlo-Atherton girls are entered in the Queen of the Hill Tournament at The Rinks Corona Inline in Corona.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Atherton: Child uninjured after tree crashes onto house

Pine tree branch pierces bedroom ceiling
Three residents of an Atherton home got a frightening Christmas Day wake-up call when a large pine tree fell onto their house shortly before 2 a.m.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Fire officials share holiday safety tips

Holidays bring unique fire dangers; public should not hesitate to call 911
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District is reminding the public to take precautions during the holidays to safeguard one's self, family and property from danger.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Ignition-lock mandatory for repeat DUI offenders starting Jan. 1

Program established through bill by state Sen. Jerry Hill
Starting Jan. 1, repeat DUI offenders statewide will be required to install an ignition lock preventing them from driving if they aren't sober.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
How will federal shutdown affect NASA Ames and USGS?

Close to 1,200 employees put on unpaid leave; national parks affected
The NASA Ames Research Center was preparing this week to furlough nearly all its employees and close down most operations with the federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22.

December 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Crosswalks in the cross hairs

"Basically everything is driven by the notion that we're all supposed to stay alive, and there's no amount of convenience that can override that," said Portola Valley resident Kiran Kamboj during a recent discussion of pedestrian safety in town.

December 24, 2018 | 10 comments
An unblinking eye to accompany deputies on patrol starting in June

Encounters with Sheriff's Office deputies on patrol after June should result in video records of the experience stored in the internet cloud. The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of 537 body cameras for the deputies and 80 for the cars.

December 26, 2018 | 3 comments
Cheney day blues

'Vice' dissects George W's shadowy V.P.
At one of many turning points in the historical drama "Vice," Lynne Cheney protests to her husband, Dick, not to pursue a job offer."The Vice President is a nothing job," she says. "Hmm," he replies.

December 21, 2018 | 3 comments
Year in review: Respect for ethics, renters, pedestrians and neighbors in Woodside

Woodside: The year 2018 in review
The Woodside Town Council was busy in 2018, acting on ethics code reform, apartment dormers and safe routes to school, among many matters. The council has new members, Town Hall lost a maintenance man, and firefighting officials are re-evaluating plans for a new station.

December 31, 2018 | 1 comment
Menlo Park school board member may resign her post

Stacey Jones’ family looking to move out of state
Stacey Jones has announced that she may resign from the Menlo Park City School District board next summer because she and her family are likely to move from the state. The school board has begun discussing how to fill her position should her resignation become official.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
City names new assistant public works directors

Menlo Park's interim city manager, Starla Jerome Robinson, has named Nikki Nagaya, Chris Lamm and Brian Henry as the city's three new assistant public works directors, effective Jan. 7.

December 27, 2018 | No comments yet
'It's a Suite Nutcracker'

The ensemble of Menlowe Ballet presented a sensory-sensitive, abridged Nutcracker show, "It's a Suite Nutcracker," for families to accommodate individuals with special needs on Dec. 16.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Overnight parking enforcement lifted for holidays

Menlo Park residents hosting guests for the holidays now have one less source of stress. Now through Jan. 2, people who park on the street overnight won't get ticketed by Menlo Park police.

December 21, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A state football title brings school community together

Menlo-Atherton High School had a great week. Former M-A student and lead singer of the rock band Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Bears football team won their first-ever state championship on Saturday night.

December 21, 2018 | 1 comment
Prep football season ends with M-A winning state title

Menlo-Atherton football coach turned from celebrating a state championship to making sure his players were ready for their finals before the Christmas recess in the space of about 48 hours. He is as proud of his team scholastically as he is for their athletic success.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Priory girls continue hoops improvement, M-A boys win

The defending Northern California champion Priory girls basketball team is slowly rounding into shape and coach Buck Matthews thinks the Panthers can hit their stride in mid-January, just in time for a West Bay Athletic League home game against Pinewood, currently ranked 19th in the nation by MaxPreps regardless of division.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Brantley reaches a milestone in Menlo's hoops victory

Aliyah Brantley carved out a piece of history for herself, Destinee Bowie stepped up big and the 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team figured that one good upset was worth another, recording a 51-46 victory over No. 8 Carroll on Thursday at the Frontier Classic in Chandler, Ariz.

December 21, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford sues Santa Clara County over housing law

University claims it's been unfairly targeted by 'inclusionary housing' ordinance
Stanford University on Wednesday filed two lawsuits against Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, charging county officials of unfairly and illegally targeting the university with a recently adopted law that aims to promote more affordable housing on campus.

December 21, 2018 | 5 comments
Atherton police treat kids in need to a holiday shopping spree

It was an experience they could only have dreamed about: Eight local kids were taken on a holiday shopping spree at Target in Redwood City on Dec. 19 to buy gifts for family members, a treat for themselves, and a necessity like a coat or pajamas, thanks to the Atherton Police Department and its nonprofit supporting groups.

December 23, 2018 | 2 comments
teamLab explores the 'Now of Eternity'

Pace Gallery presents encore exhibition by Japanese art collective
Pace's current exhibition returns to a favorite theme of the gallery: the intersection of art and technology.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Happy camper

Chef-driven Camper brightens the Menlo Park dining scene
Menlo Park's Camper is another welcome, chef-driven, high-quality addition to the local restaurant scene.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Jesse Cool brings in new partner at Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park

Four years ago, Michael Biesemeyer stood outside Flea St. Cafe in Menlo Park and told a server, "Some day, I'm going to own this place." And now, owner Jesse Cool has brought in Biesemeyer, a former captain-server, as managing partner and co-owner of the longtime farm-to-table restaurant at 3607 Alameda de las Pulgas.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park homicide suspect appears in court

Case involving Menlo Park woman's stabbing death postponed until Jan. 18
Francis Wolke, the 26-year-old Ohio man suspected in the killing of Kathleen Anne Hughes Anderson of Menlo Park, appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 20, to be assigned an attorney.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Multi-city flood control project hits major landmark

Under dark clouds and an eventual downpour, public officials on Dec. 14 unveiled the completed first phase of a San Francisquito Creek project that aims to protect 1,000 homes from a 100-year flood event during an extreme high tide.

December 22, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Boys & Girls Clubs help low-income kids achieve college dreams

Serving students from kindergarten through college graduation, BGCP provides year-round expanded learning opportunities to 2,500 low-income youth at 13 locations in Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and Redwood City. It is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 26, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Program's beneficiary eager to give back

When Patrisha brought a donation of a Christmas turkey to the Ecumenical Hunger Program in December, it was a continuation of a story that goes back to the early days of the organization. The nonprofit is one of 10 that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 28, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo women top Providence at Frontier basketball Classic

Aliyah Brantley had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the 14th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball team beat No. 13 Providence, 71-68, on opening day of the Frontier Classic at Chandler-Gilbert CC on Wednesday.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
Stanford, school districts partner to study English learners

Collaborative develops long-term research projects to benefit districts
The Stanford University Graduate School of Education has launched a long-term research partnership with nine local school districts to study the experiences and outcomes for students whose first language is not English.

December 20, 2018 | No comments yet
With record demand, food bank's funding falls short

Second Harvest says donations dropped $1.1M from last year
It's turning into an annual problem -- despite the booming local economy, Bay Area food banks are again dealing with too many hungry mouths to feed and not enough money to help them all.

December 20, 2018 | 1 comment
Three deaths prompt county hearing on Taser use

Dozens attend supervisors' meeting to demand release of video related to man's death
In the wake of three deaths involving Taser stun gun use by law enforcement officers in San Mateo County this year, the county Board of Supervisors voted at its meeting on Tuesday to hold a public forum on the weapons.

December 19, 2018 | 19 comments
Police calls: Burglaries in Atherton and Menlo Park

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

December 19, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park: New mayor's priorities include affordable housing, Caltrain track separation plan

As Menlo Park's mayor for the coming year, Ray Mueller will play a role in shaping what gets put on the City Council's agenda and, by extension, what policymaking gets done over the next 12 months. The Almanac spoke with him to discuss his priorities for 2019.

December 20, 2018 | 54 comments
Menlo women's golf signs South San Francisco student

The Menlo College women's golf team continues to add depth to its roster with the addition of Catherine Batang as the latest signing for Director of Golf Mike Givens. This comes at a time when the program is off to a record start to the 2018-19 season and is only expected to continue rising.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Home sales

Custom-built Atherton home sells for $12.5M
A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula.

December 25, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo Park 12U boys soccer team place second in Foster City

Of local note
The Menlo Park Red Bulls 12U boys soccer team finished second overall at the recently concluded Section 2 tournament in Foster City, which brought together eight first-place teams.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton to vote on rebidding new civic center project

Atherton will soon decide if it will launch a new bidding process for the project to construct its long-awaited civic center project in early January.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Fund for women coaches created in VanDerveer's honor

Inspired by Stanford's Hall of Fame coach, the Women's Sports Foundation has created the Tara VanDerveer Fund for the Advancement of Women in Coaching.

December 18, 2018 | No comments yet
Fire marshal advises on preventing wildfire destruction

Fire Marshal Denise Enea advised the Woodside Town Council on steps to take to prevent and curb wildfires, and in the unfortunate presence of one, to prevent destruction of one's home.

December 19, 2018 | 2 comments
Dreams come true

Stephanie Herman danced her dream into being, and now continues her artistic pursuits
Former principal ballerina Stephanie Herman recalls a brilliant career, the peaks and valleys of which she portrays in a documentary film using spoken word, music and dance. A dinner-theater event for the film is set for Jan. 30 in Redwood City.

December 23, 2018 | No comments yet
Village Hub in Woodside hosts a shopping party this Friday

Attention last-minute shoppers: The Village Hub has you covered with unique gifts at its third annual holiday party and gift fair on Friday, Dec. 21, at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road in Woodside.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A boys make the best of their basketball situation

The short-handed Menlo-Atherton boys basketball team beat previously undefeated Leland, 58-52, in the first round of the DJ Frandsen Memorial Tournament at Bellarmine on Friday.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
SHP girls rally for win, Pinewood in tourney title tilt

Caroline Barclay, who scored a team-best 13 points, kept things simple and the sophomore guard helped turn the tide even as the Sacred Heart Prep girls basketball team lost another of its leaders to injury.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Menlo has three champs at women's wrestling tourney

With eight wrestlers finishing third or higher, including former Palo Alto great Sara Aguilar, the top-ranked Menlo College women's wrestling team won the West Coast Tournament of Champions title in Rocklin over the weekend.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
M-A seniors leave lasting impression on the football field

Menlo-Atherton High defeated Lincoln of San Diego 21-7 for the CIF 3-AA state football championship Saturday at Sequoia High for the first state football championship in school history. What a way to go out for the Menlo-Atherton seniors.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Stabbing victim's death sends shock waves through community

'There was a very bottomless amount of love in her,' friend says
Those who knew Kathy Hughes Anderson are reeling in shock following the news that the former Atherton town arborist and 62-year-old Menlo Park resident was found stabbed to death in her Valparaiso Avenue home on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

December 16, 2018 | 1 comment
M-A student wins Congressional App Challenge

Anna Quinlan, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, won the 2018 18th Congressional District's App Challenge for an insulin pump app she created, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, announced on Dec. 3.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Woodside School honors award-winning student

Georgia Hutchinson was a star at a recent national science and engineering competition
The Woodside Elementary School District celebrated eighth-grader Georgia Hutchinson and her award-winning scientific achievement at an assembly last week.

December 16, 2018 | No comments yet
Rain, wind forecast throughout Bay Area this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain and wind that will impact the Bay Area and Central Coast today through Monday, with a strong storm arriving on Sunday.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Authorities identify homicide victim as former town arborist

Victim was well-respected former Atherton staff member
The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the woman who was found fatally stabbed in her home in the 900 block of Valparaiso Avenue in Menlo Park on Dec. 12 as Kathleen Anne Hughes Anderson, 62, the former arborist for the town of Atherton. There are still many unanswered questions about the killing and the circumstances leading to the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday, Dec. 12, soon after Hughes Anderson's body was discovered.

December 14, 2018 | 15 comments
Menlo College women topple Emmanuel in wrestling

The top-ranked NAIA Menlo women's wrestling team (ranked 6th in the WCWA) took a big step forward Wednesday with its 34-11 dual-meet victory over visiting NCAA Division II Emmanuel College. The Lions came in ranked fourth in the WCWA.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
Prep report: A pair of soccer hat tricks highlight action

The Menlo School boys' soccer team opened West Bay Athletic League play with a convincing 7-0 victory over host Crystal Springs, 7-0, Thursday. In girls soccer, Amaya Gray scored three goals and host Priory beat San Mateo, 4-1, in a nonleague match.

December 14, 2018 | No comments yet
'Rise Up, My Love'

Peninsula Women's Chorus holds winter concert
Peninsula Women's Chorus will present its winter concert, "Rise Up, My Love," on Saturday, Dec. 15.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
After 'ever after'

Los Altos Stage Company goes 'Into the Woods'
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's "Into the Woods" has become a beloved theater staple since its debut in the 1980s and it's understandable why.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Concerts in the spirit of Christmas

Jazz vocalists Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter perform at Stanford
The Stanford campus is a hot spot for jazz vocalists this week, when Dianne Reeves and Gregory Porter will each offer programs of Christmas music and more on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, at Bing Concert Hall and Memorial Auditorium, respectively.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Get schooled for the holidays

Local chefs let you ring in the season with festive cooking classes
This holiday season, look to local chefs and cooking schools for interactive, fun classes to prepare for festive meals and baking.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Hugs and drugs

Julia Roberts mothers a teen addict in 'Ben is Back'
The "twilight zone" of living with a family member in the grip of addiction serves as the existential setting of "Ben is Back." Sure, the literal setting is a rather quaint suburban New York town, made deceptively more charming by its choir-graced church and Christmas-goosed families. But the film's titular return of a teenager to his blended family on Christmas Eve spells 24 hours of secrets and lies.

December 13, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Offering a helping hand to English learners

Project Read-Menlo Park was founded in 1985, and since 2012 alone has supported nearly 750 learners from 56 different countries. It is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 15, 2018 | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: Workshops focus on sexual health, personal boundaries

In the wake of ongoing sexual misconduct headlines during the past year, a Redwood City-based sexual health education organization has unveiled a new workshop series to open up dialogue about sexuality and personal boundaries. Health Connected is one of 10 nonprofits that benefit from The Almanac's 2018 Holiday Fund.

December 17, 2018 | No comments yet
Guest opinion: Who is Menlo Park? The answer is in our values

Like many cities in the Bay Area, Menlo Park faces some daunting challenges, from income disparities to traffic congestion. But we can address basic needs and quality of life without sacrificing the core of our community.

December 14, 2018 | 16 comments
BioCellection, co-founder win Pritzker Environmental prize

Entrepreneur Miranda Wang and BioCellection, the Menlo Park-based company she co-founded, have been named the winners of the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award for 2018.

December 14, 2018 | 2 comments
Summer program at Phillips Brooks School gets OK

A summer academic program at Phillips Brooks S