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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Windmill School buys former nursery site

After more than 55 years of renting in Portola Valley, Windmill School, a nonprofit preschool, has become a property owner. The school has completed its purchase of 900 Portola Road, the 1.68-acre former site of Al's Nursery.

Thursday, 11:57 AM | No comments yet
Crowd questions Cal Water on drought restrictions

A crowd of nearly 250 people showed up at a Tuesday night meeting to ask officials from Cal Water about the new drought restrictions that will be imposed on all Bear Gulch District customers beginning June 1.

Thursday, 10:33 AM | 2 comments
Surf Air continues plans to expand local flights

Local residents and officials who had been trying to meet with Surf Air CEO Jeff Potter since the company announced a major expansion in its flights in and out of the San Carlos Airport finally got that meeting last week, but the news was not good.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 15 comments

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Murder conviction in DUI case that killed Menlo Park couple

A woman who was driving drunk when her car struck and killed a Menlo Park couple in 2013 was convicted of murder on Wednesday, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Wednesday, 3:23 PM | 11 comments
Residents evacuate neighborhood for annual wildland fire drill

Had there been a real wildfire along Old La Honda Road in Woodside on Saturday morning, May 16, firefighters might have seen scared residents hurrying along with boxes of possessions. Many more people would have been evacuating, and in an atmosphere tinged by panic and chaos.

Wednesday, 10:49 AM | 1 comment
Woodside shop holds benefit for Nepalese women

Emily Joubert Home & Garden at 3036 Woodside Road in Woodside is hosting a get-together with sparkling wine and light food from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, for the benefit of Nepalese women following the devastation of the country by two major earthquakes.

Wednesday, 10:25 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Meeting about Flood Park's future

San Mateo County will host a community meeting in Menlo Park on Wednesday, May 20, to talk about options for Flood Park. Translators and child care will be provided.

Wednesday, 9:27 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wednesday: Staff recommends Atherton not pass water-restriction laws

Saying it is not the town's job to enforce Cal Water's drought restrictions, Atherton's city manager has recommended that the town adopt only a resolution supporting the restrictions, rather than adopt the rules as town law.

Tuesday, 5:02 PM | 38 comments
Tuesday: City improvements, police contract before Menlo Park council

A new contract for the Police Sergeants' Association and potential capital improvement projects for the next fiscal year are on the agenda for the open session of tonight's (May 19) Menlo Park City Council meeting.

Tuesday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
Los Trancos water district dissolves, but services continue

For residents of Los Trancos Woods and Vista Verde, community efforts toward wildfire safety, effective storm drainage and well maintained public spaces will continue as normal, but it will be a new normal.

Tuesday, 9:35 AM | No comments yet
Police calls: $3,500 bike stolen from Menlo Park garage

A stereo was taken from an unlocked car and sunglasses from a locked car, while an expensive bike vanished from a garage -- locked status unknown -- in Menlo Park recently.

Tuesday, 9:30 AM | 2 comments

Monday, May 18, 2015

Bill eliminating personal belief vaccination exemption clears state senate

A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children has passed the California Senate and is now being considered by the state Assembly.

Monday, 11:38 AM | 13 comments
Tonight: Two downtown Menlo Park projects, public benefit discussions

Two downtown Menlo Park development proposals with different options for public benefits will be discussed during separate study sessions at the May 18 Planning Commission meeting.

Monday, 11:10 AM | 2 comments
Tuesday: Workshop on Cal Water drought plan

Cal Water will hold a public workshop on its proposed drought restrictions and ways customers can reduce water use at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Las Lomitas Elementary School's Cano Hall.

Monday, 9:36 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Coroner releases name of man killed by train in Atherton

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who was struck and killed by a train at the Atherton station on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, 3:07 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, May 16, 2015

High school graduation rates move up across county

Students in public high schools in San Mateo County are graduating at a higher rate, according to state data for the four-year period from 2010 to 2014. The graduation rates are up significantly for student groups with traditionally lower graduation rates.

Saturday, 11:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 15, 2015

German-American International School parades to new school site

On May 15, students, staff and parents from the German-American International School paraded from their current school site to the former Menlo Oaks School site at 475 Pope St., where they will be moving this summer.

Friday, 6:10 PM | No comments yet
Local schools win Kent Awards for innovation

Las Lomitas, Oak Knoll and Ormondale schools, plus the Portola Valley School District, were among the 16 honorees receiving J. Russell Kent awards for innovative programs from the San Mateo County School Boards Association.

Friday, 3:09 PM | No comments yet
State may fine Greenheart committee for campaign finance filing violation

Local developer Greenheart may pay $2,500 for failing to report its non-monetary donation of a telephone survey to the "No on Measure M" committee, according to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The committee was funded exclusively by Greenheart to oppose a measure on the November 2014 ballot that would have restricted development on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Friday, 11:20 AM | 3 comments
Saturday: Benefit concert in memory of Amelie Le Moullac

A benefit concert for children in Haiti and in memory of Menlo School graduate Amelie Le Moullac is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 600 Colorado Ave. in Palo Alto.

Friday, 10:07 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New trail connects Russian Ridge and Mindego open space

A new one-mile trail extension connects the Mideninsula Regional Open Space District's Mindego Gateway parking lot to the Russian Ridge trail system.

Thursday, 11:24 PM | No comments yet
For decades, Woodside home has been a gathering place for family and friends

Woodside memories: Grandfather bought our Woodside property over 96 years ago, and his foresight has provided a gathering place for five generations of our family and the friends of all of us. Until recent years our Woodside home on Kings Mountain Road has always been filled with people.

Thursday, 11:04 PM | No comments yet
Oak Knoll School honors retiring principal David Ackerman

Retiring Oak Knoll School Principal David Ackerman will be honored at the school's annual Spring Fair on Friday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the school's upper playground.

Thursday, 9:02 PM | No comments yet
Tuesday: Memorial service for Michael Dunne in Portola Valley

Steve and Dorian Dunne of Los Trancos Woods will be hosting a memorial get-together to remember Michael Dunne, 31, of San Francisco, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Portola Valley Town Center at 765 Portola Road.

Thursday, 7:22 PM | No comments yet
Monday: Rotary Club holds scholastic achievement ceremony

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park will hold its annual Scholastic Achievement Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center.

Thursday, 3:17 PM | No comments yet
Woodsider wins Anne Frank scholarship

Kiran Sridhar of Woodside, a senior at Lick Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, will receive a scholarship in the name of Anne Frank.

Thursday, 11:31 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park driver testifies in double-fatality DUI trial

Marjorie Reitzell took the stand on Wednesday to testify in her defense, telling the court that she is capable of driving safely while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Menlo Park woman was allegedly drunk when the car she was driving struck and killed a couple walking along Chilco Street.

Thursday, 10:32 AM | 12 comments

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office.

Wednesday, 9:18 PM | No comments yet
Corte Madera and Hillview schools win state honors

Two local middle schools, Hillview in Menlo Park and Corte Madera in Portola Valley, have been named Gold Ribbon schools by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Wednesday, 9:01 PM | 1 comment
Silvia Edwards appointed to Woodside school board

As the school gets ready to begin a major construction project, the governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District has chosen a parent with a background in construction and a history of civic involvement to fill an open board term.

Wednesday, 8:54 PM | 1 comment
Wildfire drill today: Woodside residents evacuate homes

On Saturday, May 16, firefighting crews will be at their jobs as if a major wildfire were burning in the vicinity of Old La Honda Road in Woodside. It's time for the annual wildfire drill.

Wednesday, 10:18 AM | 3 comments
Menlo Park recreation: Commission supports non-resident surcharge

Those who want to play in Menlo Park, but don't live in the city, should expect to keep paying a 35 percent surcharge to participate in recreation programs since the Parks and Recreation Commission has thrown its support behind the higher fee.

Wednesday, 7:44 AM | 7 comments
Lydian Academy in Menlo Park graduates 14

Lydian Academy, a private middle and high school in Menlo Park, said it will graduate 14 seniors at ceremonies at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Arrillaga Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Caltrain ridership hits new high

The annual head count of riders on Caltrain found that the average weekly number of passengers has hit 58,245 -- a 71 percent increase since 2010, the agency announced.

Tuesday, 11:31 PM | 2 comments
Willie Mays love-fest at dedication of new Atherton Little League field

Atherton resident Willie Mays was the subject of a grand slam of loving tributes on Saturday, May 9, as Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark officially opened in Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Tuesday, 10:59 AM | 2 comments
Police Calls: A $9,000 pair of earrings is missing in Portola Valley

Earrings, rented chairs and of course, bikes disappear in this week's crime blotter for Portola Valley, Menlo Park and Woodside.

Tuesday, 9:08 AM | 4 comments
Woodside: Portion of Old La Honda Road closed

The 400 block of Old La Honda Road is closed until work crews finish repairing low-hanging electrical wires this morning.

Tuesday, 8:42 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Trial underway in double DUI fatality

Nearly two years has passed, but the second-degree murder trial of Marjorie Reitzell is finally underway. The 55-year-old Menlo Park woman is charged with the deaths of a couple who were walking their dog when they were struck by her car as she drove along Chilco Street.

Tuesday, 8:32 AM | 6 comments

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cal Water answers customer questions about drought measures

California Water Service officials recently sat down with the Almanac to answer questions about their proposed drought plan.

Monday, 10:47 AM | 7 comments
Menlo Park tonight: Santa Cruz Ave. sidewalks, bike lanes

Wondering why those electronic signs along Santa Cruz Avenue are notifying the public about the installation of sidewalks and bike lanes along the busy Menlo Park street? Learn why tonight at an informational community meeting.

Monday, 9:27 AM | 3 comments
Almanac wins statewide awards for photography, business story

The Almanac won two awards in the statewide newspaper contest sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association, it was announced Saturday.

Monday, 9:01 AM | 1 comment
Today: Cal Water hosts water awareness festival in Atherton

The California Water Company will hold a "Water Awareness Festival" with activities for adults and children from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park.

Monday, 7:40 AM | 1 comment
Guest opinion: On departing, thinking about city's future

Arriving in Menlo Park in 1981, I discovered the pleasures of a 10-minute commute to work and no more fines for parking in a San Francisco alley. My new apartment featured a lawn, a patio and, inexplicably, sun.

Monday, 7:39 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Portola Valley troop: Three earn Eagle Scout rank

The three newest Eagle Scouts in Portola Valley Boy Scout Troop 64 are Alex Duff, Kevin Kelly and Weston Bourgeois.

Sunday, 11:36 AM | 1 comment
Homer Field at Willie Mays Ballpark opens in Atherton

A crowd gathered in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park on Saturday, May 9, to celebrate the official opening of the new Little League field in the park.

Sunday, 8:45 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Guest opinion: Searsville proposals muddy San Francisquito Creek flooding questions

There has been a strong push by the group Beyond Searsville Dam to have the dam removed entirely, citing environmental damage to fish and other factors. And there is an equally long-running concern about downstream flooding every decade or so of San Francisquito Creek.

Saturday, 9:47 PM | No comments yet
East Palo Alto teen was victim in trailer fire

He was the "king" of skateboarders in his hometown of East Palo Alto; the young man who always had a smile for everyone. Now family and friends are wondering how his body came to be burned beyond recognition in a trailer at an abandoned hazardous-materials sight.

Saturday, 9:46 PM | 2 comments
Firefighters rescue one from stranded boat, three remain on-board

A water-rescue crew transported one person to shore while assisting a boat in distress near East Palo Alto on Saturday morning, according to firefighters.

Saturday, 9:44 PM | 1 comment

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