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News - July 27, 2011

Menlo briefs: Ringwood bridge to stay open during construction

by Sandy Brundage

Caltrans crews broke ground July 20 on a project to build auxiliary lanes along a three-mile stretch of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

The new auxiliary lanes will be built along north and southbound 101 between Marsh Road in Menlo Park and University Avenue in East Palo Alto, Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said.

The project, scheduled to be completed at the end of summer 2012, includes replacing a pedestrian overcrossing at Ringwood Avenue, Haus said.

Chip Taylor, Engineering Services Manager for Menlo Park, said the replacement overcrossing will be built alongside the current one, which will remain open until the new one is finished.

Council agenda: Police contract, parking

The Menlo Park City Council sits down on Tuesday, July 26, to debate the finer points of police salaries and charging for downtown parking, among other items.

Also on the agenda: Allocating $22,500 for a recruitment firm to find a replacement for interim City Manager Glen Rojas, who retired July 15 but remains on as a contractor for up to six months.

The council will also revisit its contract with Capital Advocates, a high-speed rail lobbying company; affordable housing on Hamilton Avenue; and its operating budget. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Go to to see the meeting agenda and view staff reports.

Posh Bagel reopens

Posh Bagel reopened on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park on Saturday, July 23, a little more than a year after a fire shut the shop down.

Of the three businesses destroyed by the fire on June 16, 2010, only Posh Bagel has returned. The Book Rack chose to shut down, as did Cafe Silan.

However, the bagel shop has a new neighbor in the Great Frame Up, which moved in on June 1.

Posh Bagel returns to 869 Santa Cruz Ave. bigger than ever, according to landlord Nancy Couperus, since it expanded into the space formerly occupied by the cafe.

"There seems to be a lot of interest on the street, so we're all very excited," Ms. Couperus said.

Inspectors from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District said an improperly installed flue at Cafe Silan triggered last year's blaze. There were no injuries and about $100,000 in property damage, most of it from water cascading down and behind the walls of the three stores, according to Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Alzheimer's Cafe opens

Peninsula Volunteers has opened the Alzheimer's Cafe in Menlo Park, a free gathering place for those with dementia and their loved ones. Saying it's only the second resource of its kind in California, the nonprofit will hold meetings at the cafe on the third Tuesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m.

Drop by 800 Middle Ave. to visit the cafe, or call Julie Scales, Little House program manager, at 326-2025, ext. 229, for more information.

Blood drive

Local churches are holding a blood drive on Friday, July 29, to reach a goal of 1,500 pints donated to the Red Cross this month. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1105 Valparaiso Ave. in Menlo Park will set up a donation station from noon to 6 p.m.

Go to and enter "Interfaith Community" as the sponsor code to register online or call 1-800-733-2767. The church asks that those wanting to roll up their sleeves and give to make an appointment. You must be at least 17 years old to donate, or have a signed parental consent form if 16.


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