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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tonight: Menlo Park may join lawsuit over Caltrain electrification EIR

As with two neighboring cities, Menlo Park is considering whether to challenge the environmental impact report for Caltrain's plan to convert its diesel-powered commuter trains to ones that run on electricity along the Peninsula corridor.

Tuesday, 9:19 AM | 13 comments
Tonight: Menlo Park police propose changes to body-worn camera policy

After the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by three Menlo Park officers in November went unrecorded by their body-worn cameras, the police department will present the council tonight with suggested changes to its camera policy.

Tuesday, 9:13 AM | 2 comments
Editorial: $156K raised for Almanac Holiday Fund

Almanac readers reached deeper into their pockets this holiday season to help their less-fortunate neighbors with food, housing assistance, job-skills training and other needs through the Almanac's Holiday Fund.

Tuesday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet
Most popular baby names in San Mateo County

Olivia was the most popular name for girls, and Lucas the most popular name for boys born in San Mateo County in 2014, says Mark Church, San Mateo County's assessor-county Clerk-Recorder.

Tuesday, 8:16 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Menlo Park forum on sea-level rise, flood control

Options for flood protection and reducing insurance costs will be discussed during a program on, "SAFER Bay: Sea Level Rise and Flood Control on San Francisquito Creek," on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mia competes in three episodes of 'MasterChef Junior' before elimination

Menlo Park's Mia Wurster, the 11-year-old Oak Knoll School fifth-grader, competed in three episodes of the Fox TV show, "MasterChef Junior," before she was eliminated after last week's show.

Monday, 1:53 PM | 3 comments
Coroner IDs Caltrain fatality

A 64-year-old San Jose resident was struck and killed by a train at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has confirmed.

Monday, 11:16 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: iPhone heist alleged at Facebook headquarters

Approximately 30 iPhones ended up in a silver Lexus rather than remaining in storage at Facebook headquarters on Friday, Jan. 23, according to Menlo Park police.

Monday, 11:09 AM | 1 comment
Woodside School District sells $13.5 million in bonds

The Woodside Elementary School District has sold the $13.5 million in bonds approved by the voters in June at interest rates low enough to save taxpayers some money.

Monday, 9:54 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Council holds goal-setting session today

The Menlo Park City Council will be debating "must do" vs. "nice to do" during today's goal-setting session, which will determine the priorities to pursue during the next year.

Monday, 9:42 AM | No comments yet
Obituary: Betty Everson, Menlo Park resident

Betty Christine Wolfe Everson, 83, a longtime resident of Menlo Park, died in Provo, Utah on Jan. 7.

Monday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Obituary: Dr. Norman Coplon, nephrologist and innovator

Dr. Norman Coplon, founder of the nonprofit Satellite Healthcare and an award-winning nephrologist who taught at Stanford University, died at his Portola Valley home on Jan. 11 following a long illness. He was 77.

Monday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park reports 10% drop in collisions

The police department's deployment of two fulltime traffic officers in 2014 contributed to a 10 percent drop in collisions, according to Menlo Park city staff.

Monday, 8:01 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Can you do this trick with one ear?

Didn't think so. Kato can! He's a 3-year-old, 72-pound Siberian Husky mix available for adoption at the Peninsula Humane Society's Center for Compassion in Burlingame.

Sunday, 4:33 PM | No comments yet
Caltrain reports fatality at Charleston Road in Palo Alto

A train struck and killed an adult male at the Charleston Road crossing in Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon, Caltrain has confirmed.

Sunday, 2:07 PM | No comments yet

Friday, January 23, 2015

Menlo Park man pleads no contest to house burglaries

A 19-year-old Menlo Park man pleaded no contest on Thursday, Jan. 22, to two counts of felony house burglary.

Friday, 11:07 AM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Atherton interviews architect finalists

Atherton will soon choose between two finalists bidding to design the town's new civic center, and is scheduled to sign an agreement with the architects, as well as with the group that is raising funds to pay for much of the project, in February.

Friday, 10:56 AM | 1 comment
Refinance could save high school district taxpayers more than $6 million

Taxpayers could save more than $6 million if interest rates remain low until the Sequoia Union High School District can carry through with a bond refinancing approved by the district's board.

Friday, 8:57 AM | No comments yet
Saturday, Sunday: Debate tournament for third-graders at Oak Knoll School

Third graders who have been studying speech and debate at Encinal and Oak Knoll schools will take part in a debate tournament this weekend, Jan. 24 and 25, at Oak Knoll.

Friday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet
Ford opens new research center in Palo Alto

Seeking to hit the gas pedal on new technologies such as self-driving cars and immerse itself in Silicon Valley's big-data culture, Ford Motor Company on Thursday opened its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Friday, 8:13 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kindergarten registration time for local schools

Four local elementary school districts -- Woodside, Portola Valley, Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City -- have announced kindergarten registration procedures.

Thursday, 2:26 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Creekside Learning Lab holds open house

The Creekside Learning Lab in Portola Valley will hold an open house Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school, 884 B-1 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

Thursday, 2:25 PM | No comments yet
Saturday: Menlo Park conference to explore mental health stigma

Two well-known mental health advocates and individuals with mental illness will speak at a free conference in Menlo Park on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the goal of reducing mental health stigma.

Thursday, 1:16 PM | No comments yet
Atherton considers lawsuit over rail electrification report

Atherton's City Council has asked for a closed-session meeting with the town's attorney to discuss suing Caltrain over the environmental report on its electrification project, recently approved by the Caltrain board.

Thursday, 11:40 AM | 29 comments
Menlo Park prepares to take on downtown parking garage issue

Most people make their resolutions around Jan. 1. For cities, the process is a bit more involved, and Menlo Park is no exception. The City Council is expected to decide sometime this spring what capital improvement projects and goals to prioritize for the next five years, months before the new fiscal year starts in July.

Thursday, 9:31 AM | 27 comments
Man fatally shot in East Palo Alto

Police in East Palo Alto are investigating a Wednesday night shooting death.

Thursday, 8:27 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park, Woodside recent home sales - Jan. 21

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Thursday, 8:19 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday: Code-enforcement officer holds forum in Belle Haven

The officer in charge of code enforcement will be on hand to answer questions and share ideas during a community forum on Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Belle Haven police substation.

Wednesday, 4:06 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: County Mounted Patrol adds nine members

Nine men have been sworn in as new members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at the organization's Woodside headquarters and grounds at 521 Kings Mountain Road.

Wednesday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
VIDEO: Bay Area Freedom Train makes its final ride

Thousands of people came out to San Jose's Diridon Station on Monday, Jan. 19, to ride the final Freedom Train up to San Francisco.

Wednesday, 1:13 PM | No comments yet
Jury trial set for man with 15 prior felony convictions

A man with 15 prior felony convictions and identified as a suspect in the 2014 intrusion into an Atherton home and the burglary of a Menlo Park home is set to have a jury trial in San Mateo County Superior Court on Feb. 2.

Wednesday, 1:00 PM | 3 comments
Menlo Park fire district, city to meet over development issues

The governing board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on Tuesday night stepped back from a proposal that the district oppose new development in the city's M-2 industrial zone until the city can guarantee funds for additional fire services.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | 18 comments
North Fair Oaks: Two arrested in connection with burglary

Two Redwood City residents were arrested Tuesday (Jan. 20) in connection with a series of crimes in North Fair Oaks, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday, 11:39 AM | 1 comment
Feature story: Menlo Park fire district's growing pains

The approval to build a new downtown station comes at a time when the fire district, like the city of Menlo Park, is figuring out how to adjust to a boom in development and the accompanying growing pains.

Wednesday, 10:05 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Menlo Park: Sobrato breaks ground on corporate office park

The Sobrato Organization has broken ground on two four-story office/research and development buildings totaling approximately 259,000 square feet at 151 Commonwealth Drive in Menlo Park's M-2 area.

Tuesday, 5:41 PM | No comments yet
Atherton unhappy about Caltrain electrification project

Caltrain's governing board has approved the environmental report needed to go ahead with electrification of the rail service it runs between San Francisco and San Jose, and Atherton isn't happy about it.

Tuesday, 5:06 PM | 21 comments
Trinity School students inspire Ebola donation

Moved by a Trinity School students project on Ebola awareness, a local family has anonymously donated 20 Ebola worker protection kits and $30,000 worth of medical supplies through MAP International.

Tuesday, 2:43 PM | No comments yet
Substance found on Peninsula birds after hundreds in East Bay affected

An unidentified substance that has led to the deaths of at least 25 birds in the East Bay has also impacted birds on the Peninsula.

Tuesday, 2:03 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Woodside and Menlo Park crime reports

In Woodside,someone deactivated an alarm system and evaded a guard dog to steal jewelry from a home on La Questa Way on Jan. 8.

Tuesday, 10:58 AM | No comments yet
County offers commemorative picnic tables, with donation

Commemorative picnic tables and benches are now available through San Mateo County.

Tuesday, 10:47 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: New books, plus food and drink, at the Atherton Library

The Atherton Library staff has figured out how to make a good thing - an hour spent perusing a selection of staff's favorite new books - even better: It's pairing the Tuesday, Jan. 20, event with food and drinks, including a wine tasting by Beltramo's Wine & Spirits of Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 10:46 AM | No comments yet
Bay Area Freedom Train, honoring Martin Luther King Jr., makes its final ride

Monday's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was its last after three decades, and all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Tuesday, 10:42 AM | 2 comments
Stanford students arrested after protest shuts down San Mateo bridge

Dozens of protestors, including Stanford students, were arrested Monday night after they shut down traffic for more than an hour on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | 24 comments

Monday, January 19, 2015

Jury awards $4M to family of Menlo School grad killed by truck

The family of a 24-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a truck while riding her bicycle in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 2013 was awarded $4 million by a San Francisco Superior Court jury.

Monday, 5:50 PM | 1 comment
Freedom Train honoring Martin Luther King Jr. makes its final run

Today's 54-mile round trip of the Bay Area's Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco to honor the civil rights legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may be its last after three decades, but all 1,400 seats were sold out.

Monday, 2:05 PM | No comments yet
Rash of suspicious incidents in Atherton

Atherton police say residents should take precautions in the wake of a series of recent suspicious incidents that appear to be attempted burglaries.

Monday, 11:06 AM | 8 comments
Woodside Library gets ready for the 21st century

Woodside's Library, first opened late in 1968, is scheduled to undergo some updating with a remodel project that the town hopes to start in June.

Monday, 9:57 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bellumori auction raises money for M-A Partnership for Success

Local Realtors raised more than $18,500 in an auction honoring the late Steve Bellumori at their annual holiday party, which also celebrated the life of the longtime Realtor who died in August.

Saturday, 10:23 AM | No comments yet
Health officials warn flu season could get worse

There have been at least four flu-related deaths in the Bay Area so far, and public health officials warn that while flu-season has been mild so far, it could still become severe.

Saturday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet

Friday, January 16, 2015

Another homicide suspect arrested in Menlo Park

For the second time in two weeks, a suspect wanted for homicide in Merced County has been arrested in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
District reviews possibilities for new Menlo Park high school

While it is still early in the process, the discussion at a meeting of the Sequoia Union High School District's board Wednesday night, Jan. 14, offered a glimpse of what some district officials are envisioning for a new small high school in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Housing plan reveals snapshot of Woodside

Woodside's state-mandated plan for providing more housing in the town is being updated, and while the plan doesn't offer many policy changes, it reveals some interesting information about the town.

Friday, 10:33 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Rotary Club offers $20,000 to nonprofit groups

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is offering grants up to $20,000 to local nonprofit groups that identify a compelling public need in Menlo Park or a nearby community and propose a project to help solve that problem.

Thursday, 5:08 PM | No comments yet
Pet of the week

Nope, this isn't a Geico ad and this isn't a gecko.

Thursday, 4:18 PM | No comments yet
Atherton police catch alleged burglars inside home

Atherton police responding to a call about an open door at a home on Mesa Court on Wednesday morning caught and arrested two alleged burglars.

Thursday, 11:53 AM | 5 comments
Woodside OK's multi-family zoning on Canada College campus

Woodside's Town Council has voted to allow the first multi-family zoning in the town, limited to part of the Canada College campus away from any current Woodside residences.

Thursday, 11:45 AM | No comments yet
Drug charges dropped against Menlo College student

Charges against one Menlo College student arrested in November on drug dealing charges have been dropped while another student faces an arraignment on drug charges Feb. 6.

Thursday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police calls: Shoppers lift 24 bottles of wine, baby formula

Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.

Thursday, 9:25 AM | No comments yet
Local events commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Celebrations honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. are set to begin Friday. Here is a list of events in the Palo Alto area.

Thursday, 8:52 AM | No comments yet
Helping in the fight against human trafficking

Showa Sahle recently gave a party at La Migliore, her hair salon at 644 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park. Clients, neighbors and "friends of friends" enjoyed music, goodies and wine, with proceeds benefiting Lambadina Foundation, founded to fight human trafficking.

Thursday, 8:36 AM | 1 comment

A Love Script? A Dyadic Encounter
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USA - United Stuffed of America
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Teavana Palo Alto closes
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Sometimes the Rules Go Out the Window
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