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Saturday, October 10, 2015

East Coast-style pizza coming to Ladera

Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera will soon be home to Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack.

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Recent home sales: Two $11 million sales in Atherton

During a low week in sales (only 25), two homes sold for eight figures. They include the $11 million sales along Almendral Avenue in Atherton, which is quite the alliteration, and another $11 million sale along Juniper Drive in Atherton.

Saturday, 10:24 AM | No comments yet
Fire chief releases recording of response in heavy traffic to Sept. 21 motorcycle fatality

Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has released an audio recording of the Menlo Park Fire District's response to a Sept. 21 collision on U.S. 101 in East Palo Alto that left a motorcyclist dead.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Portola Valley Superintendent Lisa Gonzales resigns

Portola Valley School District Superintendent Lisa Gonzales is leaving the district, effective Friday, Oct. 9, with Eric Hartwig, former Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent, the choice for interim superintendent.

Friday, 12:52 PM | No comments yet
Study: Lyme disease-infected ticks found in 'all kinds of habitats'

A study funded by the Portola Valley-based nonprofit Bay Area Lyme Foundation found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease "in every place we looked" in this region, according to Executive Director Linda Giampa.

Friday, 11:30 AM | 3 comments
Atherton council approves civic center conceptual plan

Atherton City Council members have approved a conceptual design for the town's new civic center, but not without grousing about the fact that they don't know exactly how much money is available to spend on the new town library, administration and police offices.

Friday, 10:35 AM | 3 comments
Belle Haven residents give Facebook a thumbs-up

Facebook officials say they have built a positive relationship with residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood adjoining their headquarters, and it's difficult to find Belle Haven residents who don't agree.

Friday, 8:20 AM | No comments yet
Cover story: Building Bridges

When Facebook moved its first employees into the old Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park in August 2011, some outsiders were skeptical that the company could survive, much less grow to occupy the additional nearby land Facebook owned.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Old Port Lobster Shack closing in Redwood City, expanding to Los Altos

Old Port Lobster Shack, a New England-style seafood restaurant with locations in Redwood City, Portola Valley and San Jose, will be closing its original Redwood City location and reopening in Los Altos, owner Russell Deutsch confirmed Thursday.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thursday: 49ers' Dennis Brown to give keynote at InnVision benefit breakfast

When Bay Area residents think of Dennis Brown, they likely picture the former defensive end of the 49ers. They probably don't know that he has been homeless.

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Peninsula College Fund helps scores of students

Peninsula College Fund has lots to celebrate at its upcoming 10-year anniversary party.

Wednesday, 5:53 PM | No comments yet
Junior League resale shop has new look

The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula invites the public to its newly renovated resale shop at 785 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park for its sapphire anniversary sale. The 25 percent off sale, taking place Monday, Oct. 12, celebrates The Shop's 45 years of supporting the community.

Wednesday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Local Junior League history: from humble beginnings

Like many of the well-established companies and nonprofits in our region, the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula started off small and scrappy.

Wednesday, 4:50 PM | No comments yet
Cover story: Empowering girls

In its 50th year, local Junior League reboots to focus on helping girls become leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.

Wednesday, 4:50 PM | 1 comment
Belle Haven residents don't like 'Bayfront' label for M-2 zone

Some residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood say they don't like the fact that the industrial district around them, long known as the M-2 zone, is now being relabeled the Bayfront.

Wednesday, 11:21 AM | 5 comments
Thursday: Tri-county panel on economic inequality

Top administrators in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and San Francisco County will convene on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Conference Center (5001 Great America Parkway) for a panel discussion on economic inequality.

Wednesday, 10:51 AM | 1 comment
Talks to change Menlo Park's specific plan tabled

By the time the clock struck 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Menlo Park City Council had not yet broached its second major discussion on the agenda: a review of proposed updates to the city's specific plan, a 365-page document adopted in 2012 to guide development in downtown Menlo Park for decades to come.

Wednesday, 10:34 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Public hearing on proposed increases in bus fares

A public hearing on proposed changes in SamTrans bus fares is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos.

Wednesday, 9:40 AM | 2 comments
Portola Valley: Seeking to renew harmony in Town Hall, council hires help

If the harmony inside Portola Valley Town Hall was as real as it's said to have been, that fabric has been frayed by recent events and the Town Council has hired help as it tries to restitch it, maybe with more modern threads.

Wednesday, 8:45 AM | 5 comments
Sheriff's Office warns public of phone scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to beware of a telephone scam involving a caller who claims to be affiliated with the Sheriff's Office in attempt to defraud people of money.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Farmers' Market comes to Facebook

Lines formed beneath a floating blue and white balloon archway as Facebook's first farmers' market, held in the company's transformed parking lot, launched on Sunday morning, Oct. 4.

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Menlo Park Library reopens after bedbug scare

A bedbug found in the Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center shut down the library the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6 and all day Wednesday, Oct. 7. The library reopened Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m., according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer.

Tuesday, 8:27 PM | 15 comments
Menlo Park: Tentative deal would gives 3% pay boost to city employees

Thirty-six supervisorial and management employees of the city of Menlo Park would receive a 3 percent increase in base salaries under a tentative agreement with the city on a new two-year labor contract, the city announced Oct. 5.

Tuesday, 2:32 PM | 3 comments
Murder charges dropped in Menlo Park drive-by shooting case

The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park firefighters flip pancakes, raise funds

Menlo Park firefighters rappelled down ropes, simulated a live auto crash and showed off the "jaws of life," a pincer-like metal device used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles.

Tuesday, 11:32 AM | 1 comment
Wednesday: Atherton council reviews plan for civic center

The recommended conceptual plan and budget for Atherton's new civic center will be reviewed by the Atherton City Council when it meets Wednesday.

Tuesday, 10:33 AM | 3 comments

Monday, October 5, 2015

Post office 'institution' Robert Delvishio retires

For years, Robert Delvishio has been telling visitors to the West Menlo Park post office that he's wanted to have his name in the Almanac. For his retirement, he'll finally get his wish.

Monday, 11:32 AM | 2 comments
Prosecutors add to the sexual-misconduct charges against former basketball coach

Authorities have added more allegations of sexual activity with a minor to the charges against Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former coach at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Monday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Woodside school board race: Challenger criticizes incumbent's attendance record

A challenger for a seat on the Woodside Elementary School District board is accusing an incumbent of poor board meeting attendance.

Monday, 10:00 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Firefighters looking into the cause of Filoli estate grass fire

Fire investigators have not yet settled on what started a nearly five-acre grass fire in the vicinity of Edgewood and Canada roads on a northern portion of the Filoli estate in Woodside on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Sunday, 1:27 PM | 1 comment

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sunday: Facebook holds first farmers' market

Facebook will host its inaugural weekly farmers' market on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park.

Friday, 5:48 PM | No comments yet
That's right: Menlo Park council takes on both general plan and specific plan tonight

The Menlo Park City Council has a packed agenda for its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with reviews of the two major documents that guide the city's development: the general plan and the El Camino/downtown specific plan.

Friday, 10:59 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: New member named to architectural review panel

Portola Valley resident Alvin Sill, currently the chair of the town's Water Conservation Committee, is the newest member of the town's Architectural & Site Control Commission.

Friday, 8:29 AM | No comments yet
Sunday: Menlo Park fundraising walk to combat hunger

Local walkers and joggers will flock to Burgess Park in Menlo Park on Sunday, Oct. 4, to spend the afternoon covering one-, three-, and five-mile routes at the CROP Hunger Walk.

Friday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet
Man arrested on possession of concealed weapon

An East Palo Alto man was arrested on suspicion of illegally carrying a concealed weapon Tuesday evening in East Palo Alto. The arrest was made after the Menlo Park Narcotics Enforcement Team contacted a group of people openly smoking marijuana in front of children, according to police.

Friday, 8:02 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Community says farewell to Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The farewell celebration for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30, attracted no less than a marching band, a TV crew, and a crowd of people substantial enough to consume the entirety of the shop's remaining ice cream supply within an hour.

Thursday, 12:23 PM | 2 comments
Menlo Park Police Department wins statewide award for work to reduce crime in Belle Haven

In recognition of its community policing strategies in the Belle Haven community, the Menlo Park Police Department was awarded the state-wide Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in Public Safety on Wednesday, Sept. 30, by the League of California Cities at its annual conference in San Jose.

Thursday, 11:00 AM | 7 comments
Belle Haven Open House showcases community programs

Traditional Aztec dancers, a Zumba class, and kids doing karate were among eight performances that took the stage at the Belle Haven community open house at the Onetta Harris Community Center on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Saturday: Menlo Park Pancake Breakfast benefits burn victims

The 15th annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 6:46 PM | 1 comment
Tonight: Goodbye party for Fosters Freeze in Menlo Park

The community is invited to a goodbye party from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 30) in the Fosters Freeze parking lot at 580 Oak Grove Ave., about half a block east of El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:54 AM | No comments yet
New Woodside preschool building opens

Woodside Elementary School's new two-classrooom preschool building opened on Sept. 21 with a ribbon-cutting.

Wednesday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet
Early reactions to Stanford's revised development plans for Menlo Park

Since Stanford submitted its revised proposal Sept. 28 to develop its 8.4-acre property along roughly half a mile of El Camino Real, stretching from the Stanford Park Hotel to Big 5 Sporting Goods, city officials and residents have been voicing their opinions about what this development could mean to Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 11:17 AM | No comments yet
Obituary: Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley, ardent environmentalist

If personal magnetism were a measurable force, if it could be calculated on its ability to draw people in and give them feelings of warmth and importance, the force would have been strong in Adaline Jessup of Portola Valley.

Wednesday, 10:42 AM | 3 comments
Thursday: Meet Woodside school board candidates

Three candidates for two seats on the board of the Woodside Elementary School District will participate in an election forum at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road in Woodside.

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Is it something in the water?

What are the odds? Last week we reported that an Atherton City Council member had swum from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park. It turns out he had coaching from another council member who is a veteran open water swimmer, Mike Lempres.

Tuesday, 10:37 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: Arsonist sets roadside couch on fire

Crime and accident reports from Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton and Menlo Park

Tuesday, 10:31 AM | 3 comments

Monday, September 28, 2015

After unplanned day off, M-A resumes normal schedule today

M-A students had a day off from classes on Monday (Sept. 28) because, with the exception of the small gymnasium, the campus had no electrical power, Principal Simone Rick-Kennel said.

Monday, 8:20 PM | 9 comments
Menlo Park: Downtown pop-up park trial ends soon

As summer winds to a close, so will lounging in the pop-up park in downtown Menlo Park -- perhaps, but not definitely, forever.

Monday, 4:54 PM | 21 comments
Su Hong Menlo Park changes hands after 38 years

Su Hong To Go in Menlo Park, the longtime takeout Chinese-food favorite of generations of customers, has been sold, owner Bee King confirmed Monday.

Monday, 11:57 AM | 23 comments
Atherton gives go-ahead to new bike routes

The Atherton City Council has unanimously approved plans for the first phase of the town's Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan, designating some streets as shared bike and auto routes.

Monday, 10:48 AM | 4 comments
Stanford proposes more housing, less office space in Menlo Park development

Stanford University proposes to increase housing and reduce office space in its latest development plan for its 8.4 acres of land along El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The plaza near Middle Avenue would occupy about half an acre, "over twice as big as the original proposal," said Steve Elliott, Stanford's managing director for development.

Monday, 7:55 AM | 57 comments

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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

Six homes in this week's edition of "Recent home sales" hadn't been sold since the 1970s. With more than 35 years between sale dates, it's no surprise you need more commas in your bank account number to purchase all of the Midpeninsula real estate today.

Sunday, 8:26 AM | No comments yet

Mademoiselle Colette, now open in downtown Menlo Park
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The Big Four - Part one
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How early is too early to make or buy a Halloween costume
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Removing El Camino lanes from parking or vehicle movement >> HSR v BART
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