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News - August 1, 2012

Briefs: Menlo Park psychiatrist dies by drowning

by Sandy Brundage

Edward B. Solomon, 75, a Menlo Park psychiatrist, slipped underwater while swimming on Saturday afternoon, July 21, at Sugar Lake, Minnesota, and despite rescue efforts, died the following day at a hospital.

His wife of 44 years, Mary Solomon, said that as she pulled him out of the lake he looked peaceful, the Parkinson's disease he'd had for two decades finally gone.

A Jungian analyst, Dr. Solomon retired from private practice five years ago, according to his wife. He was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University in Canada before completing a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University.

Ms. Solomon said he enjoyed golfing, skiing and dancing. Lately, he'd acquired a taste for pool, walking to Little House to play a round, as the Parkinson's disease began making golf too difficult.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Solomon is survived by daughters Catherine Solomon and Justine Keefer; two grandsons, five nieces and nephews; and caregiver Ana Ramirez. The family is planning a memorial gathering.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to "PD Dance," a class offered by the Parkinson's Institute at 675 Almanor Ave., Sunnyvale CA 94085.

City hires HR director

It may be time for Menlo Park's former human resources director, Glen Kramer, to start enjoying a leisurely retirement: the city has hired Gina Donnelly to replace him.

Ms. Donnelly, who spent the last 11 years working for the city of San Jose, most recently as deputy director of employee relations, began working for Menlo Park on Monday, July 23, staff said.

She arrives with experience in labor negotiations, according to the city's announcement. Ms. Donnelly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from San Jose State University and has worked as a child care center director and behavioral therapist.

City Manager Alex McIntyre, also a relative newcomer to Menlo Park, told the Almanac he wants Ms. Donnelly "to take a fresh look at helping me create a 21st century progressive public sector organization."

Ms. Donnelly replaces Glen Kramer, who worked on contract following his retirement after nearly 40 years with the city. She starts with an annual salary of $135,000 and retirement benefits that fall in line with the two-tier pension system implemented by Measure L.

Tri-E-Z robbed by man

with semi-automatic gun

The clerk at a Menlo Park liquor store got an unwelcome customer on Wednesday night, July 25. Around 10:30 p.m., a man brandishing a semi-automatic handgun entered Tri-E-Z Foods & Liquor and demanded cash, along with three bottles of alcohol, police said.

He ran southbound on El Camino Real after the clerk complied by handing over money, two bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey, and one bottle of Hennessy cognac. No one was injured.

The suspect wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black sunglasses and a black mask, according to the police report.

The store, located at 1820 El Camino Real was also robbed in 2007 and again in 2011.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crime to call the police department at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

Peet's Coffee acquired

Longtime Bay Area fixture Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc. will be sold to a German company for $1 billion, the Emeryville-based company announced July 23.

Peet's, which was founded in Berkeley in 1966 and opened its second shop in 1971 in Menlo Park, will be acquired by Joh. A. Benckiser (JAB) for $73.50 per share in cash.

Peet's will go private but continue to be operated by the current management team and employees, the company said


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