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Schools: Enrollment study shows low-income families leaving area
A new report shows the Peninsula's high cost of living driving low-income families away from elementary school districts... Last comment 18 hours ago | 111 comments

Menlo Park school board places two tax measures on May ballot
It's official. Two parcel taxes will go to voters in the Menlo Park City School District in a special May 3 mail-in ballot.... Last comment 20 minutes ago | 151 comments

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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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Portola Valley: Woodside man found dead at bottom of embankment
Jeffrey Adan, 47, of Woodside was the man found dead in a Jeep Cherokee at the bottom of an embankment off Skyline Boulevard in Portola Valley on Thursday morning, Feb. 11, according to the San Mateo County Coroner's Office. Friday, 10:29 AM

Menlo Park: Observant neighbor helps police nab home burglary suspects
A man and a teenage boy suspected of a home burglary in Menlo Park were caught and jailed, after police responded to a call from a neighbor reporting suspicious activity. Friday, 7:42 AM | 1 comments

POST wants to protect 1,000 acres of farmland
The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) announced Feb. 4 that the organization is working to conserve more than a thousand acres of farmland on the San Mateo County coastside over the coming decade, tripling the amount of protected farmland. Friday, 11:43 AM | 1 comments

13 openings for Menlo Park commissions
There are 13 current openings on various commissions and committees across Menlo Park, and all residents of the city who are registered voters are eligible to apply. Friday, 11:42 AM

Obama in Atherton Thursday for fundraiser
With tickets costing up to $25,000 each, Atherton was an unsurprising choice as the location for a Democratic Party fundraiser, with President Obama as the special guest. Thursday's event was hosted by Steve Westly and Anita Yu. Thursday, 1:02 PM | 8 comments

Obama asks Congress for $125M for Caltrain electrification
President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $125 million in the fiscal 2017 budget for the electrification of Caltrain, U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced Wednesday. Thursday, 10:19 AM | 3 comments

Caltrans: No broadcast spraying of herbicides along Highways 84 and 35 this year
Following up on recent promises, Caltrans has announced that it will forego broadcast spraying of herbicides along Highway 84 (Woodside/La Honda/San Gregorio Road) and Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) this year and use only spot spraying and manual removal of vegetation.
Wednesday, 10:23 PM

Menlo Park council picks priorities, talks sidewalk plans
The Menlo Park City Council voted Feb. 9 to approve a list of its priority projects for the 2016 calendar year and offered guidance to staff on at least two of those high priority projects: getting more sidewalks installed on Santa Cruz Avenue and completing the general plan update.
Thursday, 11:42 AM

M-A High enrollment appears to be growing as predicted
In an apparent confirmation of projections that the number of students at Menlo-Atherton High School would begin to rise significantly with the 2015-16 school year, enrollment is up about 6 percent from a year ago. Thursday, 7:53 AM | 1 comments

Woodside's Kate Laubscher pockets $10,000 on 'Jeopardy'
Though Kate Laubscher, a sophomore at Northeastern University from Woodside, won't advance to the Jeopardy college championship finals, she will walk away from the competition with a $10,000 semifinalist prize.
Thursday, 7:52 AM

Saturday: Memorial service for Mary Roberts Ripley, a life as a volunteer
A memorial service for Mary Roberts Ripley, a Portola Valley resident recognized repeatedly over her life for her service as a volunteer, is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Sequoias at 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Thursday, 8:53 AM

Obituary: Dr. George Hogle, 100, advocate for peace
In April 2015, the Woodside Town Council issued a proclamation to honor 50-year resident Dr. George Hollister Hogle, a psychiatrist, world traveler and advocate for peace, in celebration of his 100th birthday. Dr. Hogle died Nov. 28, 2015. Thursday, 8:11 AM

Sellman Pavilion is name for Woodside's new theater/gymnasium
Nearly 75 people packed into the board meeting room at Woodside Elementary School on Tuesday to tell the school board to keep Sellman as the name of the school's theater/gymnasium. The board listened, and then voted unanimously to name the new building Sellman Pavilion. Wednesday, 10:39 AM

Editorial: Why is Caltrans still spraying toxics along roadside?
Opponents of roadside herbicide spraying in San Mateo County are watching closely as Caltrans reviews its weed-removal policies affecting the county's state highways, including Highway 84. Wednesday, 2:49 PM | 3 comments

Atherton sends civic center architects back to the drawing board, again
A public meeting scheduled to unveil the design for Atherton's new civic center has been postponed for a month, after the committee that has been working with architects sent them back to the drawing board for one more try. Tuesday, 2:47 PM | 12 comments

Menlo Park: Unlicensed contractor pleads no contest to fraud
A 60-year-old man from South San Francisco pleaded no contest Monday, Feb. 8, to falsely signing another contractor's name and license number without permission, alongside his own, on a contract to remodel a four-unit apartment building in Menlo Park.
Tuesday, 3:45 PM

Police calls: Crime reports from Menlo Park, Atherton
Reports made to the Menlo Park and Atherton police departments. Wednesday, 7:54 AM

Portola Valley signs up for greener energy
The Portola Valley Town Council recently took action on two environmental fronts -- irrigation efficiency and options for greener sources of electricity. Wednesday, 11:17 PM

App aims to make friendly messages more personal
Your phone buzzes. You look down and see you have a new audio message. You hit play, but instead of a nagging "Hiiiii, call me baaack," you hear the voice of a long-lost friend telling you a story, or perhaps unloading some of the things he or she has been thinking about lately. Wednesday, 8:17 AM | 4 comments

How to apply for Belle Haven mini grants
Assistance with applying for mini grants of $500 or $1,000 from the Belle Haven Community Development Fund will offered Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Onetta Harris Community Center computer lab, 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park. Wednesday, 7:44 AM

Menlo Park: Renovation plans for Malaysian restaurant approved
Menlo Park is one step closer to getting a new Malaysian restaurant. Tuesday, 11:36 AM | 7 comments

A page from our history
The original Menlo Park Hardware Store was founded by J. William Ryan and opened in 1924. In 1928, younger brother Dominic Ryan joined the business. The brothers are shown in this 1929 photo. (Photo: Menlo Park Historical Association.) Tuesday, 1:56 PM

Despite high alert, Almanac area is incident-free on Super Bowl Sunday
Despite doubled patrol forces, Menlo Park's police department saw zero reported incidents or arrests related to the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7, reported Nicole Acker, spokesperson for the Menlo Park police department. Monday, 5:11 PM

Atherton party raises $1 million for charity, organizers say
Nearly 500 people, including a number of sports stars and celebrities, attended the "Big Game Big Give" party in Atherton Saturday night, Feb. 6, raising what event organizers say was close to $1 million for charities. Monday, 10:52 AM | 1 comments

Hillary Clinton will be in Atherton Feb. 21
February is proving to be a busy month for high-profile visitors to Atherton. Monday, 10:40 AM | 3 comments

Caltrans says it will consider alternatives to spraying herbicides along highways
Opponents of using herbicides to kill weeds say they are "cautiously optimistic" about news from Caltrans that the state agency is considering alternatives to broadcast spraying herbicides in San Mateo County. Monday, 11:06 AM

Recent home sales: Menlo Park, Portola Valley
Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the county recorder's offices. Tuesday, 6:46 PM

Neuroscience pioneer tapped to lead Stanford

Friends of Menlo Park Library seeks volunteers

Portola Valley attorney Vic Schachter teaches dispute resolution skills around the world

'Changing the tide' on youth mental health

Earthquake warning prototype discussed at summit


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