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News - February 22, 2012

Briefs: Police commend officers, employees

Five members of the Menlo Park Police Department can add awards to their resumes. The department announced Officer Stephen Neumannas Officer of the Year, and Nicole Acker, analyst and spokesperson, as Professional Staff of the Year, at a ceremony held Thursday, Feb. 16.

Sgt. Kevin Paugh was commended for his team's role in arresting six men and confiscating six guns connected to a shooting in Menlo Park on Dec. 18, 2011.

The suspects were arrested after police responded to a call that several people were in front of a house on Hollyburne Avenue, including a man with a gun. Shots were fired at the police as four of the men tried to flee the scene; one officer returned fire and no one was seriously injured.

Finally, Officer Joshua Venzon and Officer Allen Swanson received pins and certificates from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their efforts to make drunken driving arrests.

Matteson condo project draft EIR released

Resurfacing after a year out of the public eye, the Matteson condo development project at 389 El Camino Real, near College Avenue, in Menlo Park returned with the release of a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) on Friday, Feb. 17.

Of the 26 proposed homes, three would be set aside for the city's below-market-rate housing program.

The public comment period for the DEIR runs through Monday, April 2.

The Planning Commission expects to hold a hearing and study session on the project on Monday, March 19, in the council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Commissioners previously expressed concerns that the developer, the Matteson Companies, requested 13 waivers on development standards. Residents living near the site also raised questions about overcrowding and parking.

Go to to view the city's web page for the project, which includes a copy of the DEIR.

SusieCakes recruiting event

A new business is coming to town, and that business needs new employees. SusieCakes, opening at 642 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park in March, is holding a recruitment open house at its new store on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another hiring event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SusieCakes is a bakery specializing in classic desserts baked from scratch, according to its website. Open positions include assistant general manager, celebration specialist, hourly guest services, and culinary team members.

Go to to learn more.


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