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Four local students named Presidential Scholars candidates

Four local students are among the more than 5,000 candidates in the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Candidates include Adrian M. Deutscher-Bishop and Alexander Parikh-Briggs, both students at Menlo-Atherton High School and Menlo Park residents; Maren C. Deem of Portola Valley, a Woodside Priory School student; and Lucy Knox of Menlo Park, a Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton student.

Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities, according to a press release.

A panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semifinalists in early April. Finalists will be announced in May. U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program in June.

Sheriff's Office community meeting

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office will host a community gathering with Portola Valley residents and provide information about how to keep homes safe from burglaries on Thursday, March 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will also be time set aside for asking questions. The event will be in the Community Hall, 765 Portola Road.

Induction cooktop loaner at Portola Valley Library

An induction cooktop and associated cookware can now be borrowed from the Portola Valley Library.

An induction cooktop gets its power and precision from induction technology, generating energy from magnets below the glass cooktop surface, which vibrates the electrons in magnetic cookware and causes the appliance to heat up through friction.

To borrow the equipment, go to

If you decide to purchase your own induction cooktop, BayREN (Bay Area Regional Energy Network) offers a rebate up to $750 at

Additional rebates may be available through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 when the details are finalized, according to the town of Portola Valley.

Peninsula Clean Energy has additional information on the devices at

—Angela Swartz


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