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Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday: Water shutdown scheduled in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Municipal Water District will shut down its Burgess Park pressure valve on Monday, May 2, from 2 to 6 a.m.

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A Woodside family marks its passage with athletic excellence

It's been a drama-filled life in recent years for Woodside brothers Erik and Karl Arvidsson, and tangentially for their parents Par and Carol Arvidsson as they have looked on.

Friday, 10:17 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Menlo Park: Twin sisters charged with defrauding county

A pair of Menlo Park psychologists are accused of billing San Mateo County out of thousands of dollars by charging for therapy sessions that never happened, prosecutors said. Their clients were victims of violent crime.

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Tonight: Meeting on Marsh Road construction, closure

A public meeting will be held tonight on the upcoming construction of a drainage culvert along Marsh Road in Atherton, which will close the road from May 31 to August 11.

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Today: Menlo Park celebrates solar power installations

Solar panel installations at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium and Gymnastics Center, the city corporation yard and the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park have been completed. To celebrate, the city is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

Thursday, 10:34 AM | 1 comment
Tuesday deadline to vote on school parcel taxes

Voters in the Menlo Park City School District have until Tuesday, May 3, to mail or drop off their ballots, or vote in person, on two parcel tax measures.

Thursday, 9:08 AM | 38 comments
Wood-chipper program aims to cut wildfire risks in Woodside, Portola Valley

Crews from the Woodside Fire Protection District will be coming around to neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, starting Tuesday, May 3, to convert residents' excess brush and branches into wood chips.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update - Surf Air: New flight path will avoid Midpeninsula

Surf Air representatives say they have identified an alternative flight path that would put their planes, and the noise of their turboprop engines, over the Bay during much of their approach to the San Carlos Airport whenever they have clear visibility.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 4 comments
Woodside council OKs limits on basement size, location

On its sixth try, the Woodside Town Council voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday to regulate the size and location of basements.

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Portola Valley: Fire leaves house under construction uninhabitable

A structure fire significantly damaged a two-story house under construction at 10 La Sandra Way in Portola Valley early this morning.

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

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices.

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Suspected gang member charged after leading deputies on pursuit

A suspected gang member pleaded not guilty Monday to crashing his car and abandoning a pregnant woman and a 13-year-old child while fleeing deputies in East Palo Alto on Friday, prosecutors said.

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Thursday: Menlo Park fire district to dedicate new station

A fire station that was rebuilt at a cost of $7.6 million and that is nearly three times larger than the former station will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at 2290 University Ave. in East Palo Alto.

Wednesday, 8:04 AM | 3 comments
Fee changes planned for Holbrook-Palmer Park

Atherton's City Council has approved a number of changes in the fees charged at Holbrook-Palmer Park and is also considering allowing bicycles to use one of the park's paths.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley: Service for Carlo Besio, veterinarian, vintner

A memorial service for Portola Valley veterinarian, gardener, vintner and longtime resident Carlo Besio is set for June 1 in Portola Valley. Dr. Besio, who died April 11, was 86.

Wednesday, 8:03 AM | No comments yet
Driver's guide to road construction in Menlo Park

With El Nino rains largely past, and the dry season upon us, motorists can expect to encounter a lot more roadwork. Road repairs and traffic signal upgrades are underway on Sand Hill Road, Willow Road and Chilco Street in Menlo Park.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tonight: Woodside may OK limits on basement size, location

The Woodside Town Council may approve a basement ordinance tonight (Tuesday, April 26) that would loosen requirements on keeping excavated soil on site, add a staff review for deep basements, and set an allowance on how much of a basement could be outside the footprint of the main house.

Tuesday, 11:36 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside School holds meeting on summer construction

A public meeting to discuss construction projects scheduled at Woodside Elementary School this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the school's Wildcat Room at 3195 Woodside Road.

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Menlo Park, Portola Valley police calls: Dog alerts resident to attempted break-in

Crime and accident reports from West Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.

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School parcel tax backers raise $16K

The committee backing two parcel tax measures in the Menlo Park City School District has reported that it raised $16,241 from 29 donors but spent only around $350 as of April 16.

Tuesday, 8:14 AM | 8 comments

Monday, April 25, 2016

Woman who died in I-280 crash near Palo Alto is identified

A 47-year-old Los Gatos woman died Monday morning after her car crashed into a cement wall on northbound Interstate 280 near Palo Alto, overturned and landed on its roof.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Woman dies after being struck by train in Palo Alto

A 19-year-old woman who was struck by a train Friday afternoon near downtown Palo Alto has died, Caltrain has confirmed. She was identified as Sarah Marie Longyear, a graduate of Gunn High School.

Sunday, 4:19 PM | 2 comments
Today in Menlo Park: What to do if disaster strikes

What should you do if a fire, flood, earthquake or some other disaster or emergency hits your community?

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Menlo Park: Sharon Heights fire leaves 50 temporarily homeless

A structure fire reported just after midnight on Saturday (April 23) in a Sharon Heights apartment complex in Menlo Park displaced 50 residents from 30 apartments, firefighters said.

Saturday, 7:09 PM | 12 comments

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tuesday: Board of Supervisors update on San Carlos Airport issues

An update on San Mateo County's study of "aircraft disturbance" at the San Carlos Airport is on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, April 26, at 9:15 a.m.

Friday, 5:24 PM | 32 comments
Menlo Church people to package 350K meals for hungry California kids

More than 1,050 participants affiliated with Menlo Church are expected to package 350,000 meals by hand at three of the church's campuses in Menlo Park, San Mateo and Mountain View on Saturday, April 23, and and Sunday, April 24.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Menlo Park: Neighborhood feathers ruffling over Cuckoo's Nest club

Menlo Park and Palo Alto residents living near San Francisquito Creek say a proposed bar at a private club for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs should not be allowed because it is too close to their homes.

Thursday, 6:54 PM | 20 comments
Obituary: Ronald Allen Kovas, Menlo College professor, former Sunset magazine exec

Atherton resident Ronald Allen Kovas, a professor at Menlo College who had a long career with J. Walter Thompson, died on April 8 at the age of 74.

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Guest opinion: A remembrance of Walt Gerber, a 'titan of grace' whose impact lives on

Walt Gerber, the former senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (now Menlo Church) who died earlier this month, touched many hearts in the community.

Thursday, 3:06 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park: How locals are doing their part to reduce greenhouse gases

In observance of Earth Day and in the face of the challenge of climate change, Menlo Spark, the nonprofit that is working to make Menlo Park a climate-neutral city by 2025, asked many people and agencies in the community what they were doing to reduce their energy use, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Thursday, 12:49 PM | No comments yet
Woodside celebrates opening of new Sellman Pavilion

Woodside residents and alumni of Woodside Elementary School gathered on April 20 with current students and families to dedicate the school's new auditorium in honor of longtime school superintendent, the late George Sellman.

Thursday, 11:58 AM | 1 comment
Tonight: Menlo Park advisory panel discusses general plan update

The Menlo Park General Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to discuss possible zoning changes in the city's M-2 area, roughly bounded by San Francisco Bay, University Avenue, U.S. 101 and Marsh Road.

Thursday, 11:25 AM | No comments yet
Drug-selling case at Menlo College is settled

A plea bargain has finally ended a case that began in November 2014 when drugs and cash were found in the dorm room of a Menlo College student.

Thursday, 10:51 AM | No comments yet
How new Woodside Library changes things

The remodeled Woodside Library, which reopened April 16 after a nine-month renovation, includes mobile book shelves capable of being rolled away, creating a new capacity for large indoor community events such as performances and talks.

Thursday, 10:04 AM | 1 comment
Woodside council shifts preference on basement ordinance

A majority of Woodside council members now favors an ordinance that would allow the floor area of a new basement to extend no more than 50 percent beyond the footprint of the main residence above it.

Thursday, 9:42 AM | 3 comments
Portola Valley council sets 'affordable housing' as high priority

The Portola Valley Town Council has agreed to set "affordable housing" as one of nine high-priority issues for the budget year starting July 1.

Thursday, 9:37 AM | 2 comments
Menlo Park: Attorneys call for city action on housing crisis

The city of Menlo Park needs to take action now to deal with a housing crisis that is driving low- to moderate-income families out of the city. That's the message to the city from attorneys with Community Legal Services, a nonprofit agency based in East Palo Alto that provides free and low-cost legal services to low-income residents.

Thursday, 8:04 AM | 48 comments

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Menlo Park: Cafe Zoe gets city permit to serve beer and wine, stay open later

For years, people who come to Cafe Zoe, a popular coffee shop in the Willows area of Menlo Park, have asked its owner, Kathleen Daly, whether the shop would ever serve beer or wine.

Wednesday, 11:23 AM | 10 comments
Service Friday for James Crittenden, former Ladera resident

A memorial service is set for Friday, April 22, in Tiburon for world traveler and former Ladera resident James C. Crittenden, who died March 29 in San Rafael at the age of 94.

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Today: Update on new high school planned for Menlo Park

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District is set to receive a progress update Wednesday (Aug. 20) on the thinking and planning for a new public high school planned for the M-2 light industrial district on the east side of Menlo Park.

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Today: Woodside School celebrates opening of $8M auditorium

Woodside Elementary School will show off its brand new state-of-the art $8 million auditorium, combining a theater, gymnasium and cafeteria all in one energy-efficient building that produces as much energy as it consumes, on April 20.

Wednesday, 7:34 AM | No comments yet
Keri Nicholas reports record per square foot home sales price in Menlo Park

Keri Nicholas of Alain Pinel Realtors said she recently closed a sale on a home at 520 Olive St. in Menlo Park for $5,998,000, which she said set a per-square-foot sales price record in Menlo Park at $1,630 per square foot.

Wednesday, 7:24 AM | 9 comments
Encinal School wins Gold Ribbon award

Encinal School in Atherton, a Menlo Park City School District kindergarten- through fifth-grade school, has received a Gold Ribbon award from the California Department of Education.

Wednesday, 7:20 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Menlo Park: Pollock boutique hotel approved

The Menlo Park Planning Commission unanimously approved Monday night a 61-room hotel proposed by the Portola Valley-based Pollock Financial Group to be built at 1400 El Camino Real at Glenwood Avenue in Menlo Park, the former site of a Shell gas station.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 24 comments
Wednesday: Meeting to explain workings of Atherton's Police Department

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Atherton's police department at a special City Council meeting scheduled for noon Wednesday, April 20.

Tuesday, 11:16 AM | No comments yet
Woodside Library gets warm welcome for its reopening

Families from the area converged on Woodside on Saturday, April 16, to celebrate the reopening of the Woodside Library.

Tuesday, 11:06 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton ready to award contracts for $4.2 million Marsh Road project

When the Atherton City Council meets Wednesday, April 20, it will consider approving contracts to allow work to start on a new Marsh Road drainage culvert and may approve more funding for the now estimated $4.2 million project.

Tuesday, 10:19 AM | No comments yet
CHP seeks public's help with fatal hit-and-run

The California Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle involved with a fatal crash earlier this month on northbound U.S. 101 just south of Woodside Road.

Tuesday, 8:51 AM | 2 comments

Monday, April 18, 2016

Woodside Elementary mailer claims district remodeled demolished building

A brochure sent out by Woodside Elementary School last week appears to rewrite history by claiming the district remodeled a building it actually demolished and replaced with a brand new $8.26 million building.

Monday, 4:25 PM | 13 comments
Cafe Zoe could be next to serve beer, wine

After about seven and a half years of business in Menlo Park, Cafe Zoe, located at 1929 Menalto Ave., is ready for its next step: The owner has applied for a permit to serve beer and wine and extend the cafe's evening hours. The permit application will be considered by Planning Commission tonight.

Monday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Monday: Planning Commission could approve boutique hotel in Menlo Park

A new boutique hotel proposed for a site on El Camino Real in Menlo Park could be approved tonight (April 18) at the 7 p.m. meeting of the Planning Commission.

Monday, 11:40 AM | 11 comments
Menlo Park office manager pleads no contest to embezzlement, identity theft

A former office manager accused of embezzling over $1 million from Creekside Landscaping Inc. in Menlo Park entered into a plea agreement on April 15 that included a sentence of no more than seven years and eight months in state prison.

Monday, 11:08 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Menlo Park mom talks about expanded parental leave policy

Following a landmark week when both San Francisco and the state of New York passed laws to broaden paid parental leave, at least one Menlo Park mother will be taking advantage of her own company's newly broadened parental leave policy.

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Some Impacts of Driverless Cars
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