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News - October 4, 2006

Short Takes

Bachelor mayor to marry

... two Atherton residents, that is. Atherton's mayor, Charles Marsala, reports that Stevick Drive residents Sonia and Aydin have asked him to officiate at their Oct. 20 nuptials.

"My mother was so pleased when I told her someone had asked me to marry her," said Mr. Marsala.

Presumably, she was a little less excited when she heard the full story from her unmarried son.

Hell on (two) wheels

Who is the real jock on the Woodside Town Council? Well, let's just say that Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges was presented with an unwieldy trophy by the town's Bicycle Committee honoring her as the "Most Aggressive Rider."

The committee sponsored a "Woodside Wander" ride attended by six of the seven council members on Sept. 23 to familiarize them with the joys and perils of cycling through town. Ms. Hodges apparently left her colleagues in the dust on the final push up Olive Hill Road.

Millo Fenzi, a committee member, judged the event a raging success. Besides getting a seven-mile guided tour, council members Sue Boynton, Paul Goeld, Deborah Gordon, Ron Romines, Dave Tanner and Ms. Hodges were offered bicycle tune-ups and safety checks by Mike Jacoubowsky of Chain Reaction Bicycles.

Perhaps the two-wheeled excursion will improve Woodside's reputation with bicyclists. Town rules currently limit the number of organized bike rides, and other events, to no more than two per month without special Town Council permission, something that has gotten Woodside into hot water with local cycling enthusiasts.

Bird's eye view

A lovely aerial view of Larry Ellison's Woodside estate/compound/replica Japanese village was on last week, and featured on AOL's home page. Mr. Ellison's pad was one of the homes featured in a story to satisfy the apparently insatiable curiosity about how billionaires live.