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"Pancake Breakfast 2015"
Firefighters James Kanzler, Will Fitzsimmons, and Joseph Foster serve pancakes at the 15th annual Pancake Breakfast in Menlo Park. 1,000 attendees enjoyed pancakes and fire safety demonstrations at the event at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters on October 3, cosponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula. The event raised $14,000 to benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, to provide needed programs for burn survivors in California. Submitted by Frances Freyberg on Oct 12, 2015

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Editorial: A means to help neighbors in need
Almanac readers have for 22 years risen to the challenge of helping neighbors in need during the holiday season, and we trust that this year will be no exception. Our Holiday Fund supports 10 local nonprofits, with private donations doubled by three foundations. Wednesday, 10:14 AM

Woodside memories: Thanksgivings present and past
This year we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving with special anticipation. It looks as though almost all the family will be together, including the distant Maryland branch. Wednesday, 7:29 AM

Business: Women entrepreneurs aim to take on Silicon Valley
"Three percent of startups succeed. But why can't we be part of that 3%?" Ari Horie, founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab, asked a group of eight entrepreneurs gathered for a recent two-week accelerator program for female startup founders. Tuesday, 6:21 PM | 1 comments

Business: Village Stationers, Accent Arts to leave California Avenue
Two of California Avenue's independent retailers, whose stores have contributed to the small-town charm that has long characterized Palo Alto's so-called "second downtown," have announced they plan to move out. Wednesday, 8:13 AM | 2 comments

Food donations will pay your library fines
Those with overdue books or DVDs may clear their fines by donating boxed or canned food during the San Mateo County Library's Food for Fines program, which runs through Dec. 21. Wednesday, 2:01 PM

App challenge for high school students
High school students are invited to create apps for mobile, tablet or desktop computer and submit them for the second annual Congressional App Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Congress. Wednesday, 2:08 PM

Schools receive Wells Fargo grants
Three local schools &3150; La Entrada, Oak Knoll and Woodside Elementary – have each received $1,000 grants from Wells Fargo Bank. Wednesday, 2:05 PM

Menlo Park conference: What China can learn from Silicon Valley
How can the "ecosystem of innovation" that has come to characterize Silicon Valley be replicated in China? Tuesday, 7:00 PM

SamTrans citizen advisers sought
SamTrans is seeking public members to apply for the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee. Wednesday, 1:53 PM

Fire district director joins harbor district board
Menlo Park resident Virginia Chang Kiraly, about to begin her second four-year term on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, has joined the board of the San Mateo County Harbor District. Tuesday, 6:33 PM | 3 comments

Family sues city, Caltrain in train fatality
The family of Jahyun Jennifer Koo, who was killed when a train struck her car Feb. 23 at the Ravenswood Avenue rail crossing in Menlo Park, has filed a lawsuit against several agencies, including the city of Menlo Park and Caltrain. Tuesday, 6:17 PM | 4 comments

Costs soar for plans to build new high school in Menlo Park
Price inflation has exacted a toll on Sequoia Union High School District plans to build two new small high schools (including one in Menlo Park) to address 2013-14 projections of a 22 percent surge in district enrollment by 2020. Tuesday, 9:47 AM | 13 comments

Woodside Bakery owners say they have been told to close by Jan. 15
Woodside residents Mark Sweyer and his sister Jan Sweyer, since 2006 the co-owners of the popular Woodside Bakery & Cafe at 3052 Woodside Road, said they have been told to close up shop and vacate the premises by Jan. 15. Monday, 11:23 AM | 22 comments

Bruce Wellings named Menlo Park Kiwanis Club president
Bruce Wellings, a CPA and financial adviser with Wellings & Company in Menlo Park, has been named president of the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.
Tuesday, 6:39 PM

Atherton drops permit fee for solar installations
Atherton's City Council made two moves toward becoming a more environmentally friendly town on Nov. 18 when it eliminated the fees for installing solar panels and agreed to look at the ramifications of a proposed climate action plan. Tuesday, 9:06 AM | 2 comments

Feature story: Connecting with a camera
Geophysicist, inventor and world traveler Sheldon Breiner informed a relaxed gathering of about 100 people at Portola Valley's Community Hall that he has at least two serious hobbies: finding things and photography. Tuesday, 8:10 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave
Facebook offers one of the most generous family leave policies in the county, and CEO Mark Zuckeberg plans to take advantage of it. Tuesday, 6:00 PM

Police calls: Bathrobe and headphones stolen in auto burglary
Crime and accident reports from Atherton and Menlo Park. Tuesday, 9:46 AM

The four new Eagles in Menlo Park
Menlo Park's Troop 109 now has four new Eagle scouts. Tuesday, 8:51 AM

Menlo Park: Boutique hotel may produce $600K in city taxes its first year
"Public benefits" was a refrain at the Nov. 16 Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting, this time with regard to Pollock Financial Group's proposal to build a four-story "boutique" hotel on a half-acre site at 1400 El Camino Real. Monday, 8:42 AM | 18 comments

Galway, Ireland, to become Menlo Park's first 'Sister City'
Bo Crane, a former Menlo Park resident, held up his phone to the microphone at the podium of the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. From its tiny speakers, a traditional Irish drinking song, called "Galway Bay," echoed plaintively. Monday, 10:50 AM | 1 comments

Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Woodside

Menlo Park: Four changes the council wants in downtown plan

Menlo Park: New low-cost housing for homeless vets unveiled

Yes, Atherton still has the most expensive real estate, says Forbes

School adds local twist to innovative learning

In business: Woodside entrepreneurs create talking toy for kids

Why 'Menlo Pres' is now 'Menlo Church'

Menlo Park: Golden Shears barbershop to be put up for sale

Menlo Park moms and dog owners battle over Nealon Park's open field

Police calls: Shotgun and handgun stolen in Menlo Park burglary

FAA vows to take fresh look at flight paths, altitudes


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