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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Town facilities, libraries closed Thursday and Friday

Local town facilities, including town halls and libraries, will be closed both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, 9:23 AM | No comments yet
Holiday Fund: St. Francis Center provides safe homes for children

Groans of protest from a young boy asked to take out the garbage are all too common, but when the motivation for those groans is fear, our adult reactions are notably different.

Wednesday, 8:45 AM | No comments yet
Dec. 2: Meals on Wheels seeks donations on 'Giving Tuesday'

The local Meals on Wheels program is hoping to raise funds on "Giving Tuesday" Dec. 2. It's a new campaign to encourage charitable donations and combat the rampant consumerism that occurs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Wednesday, 8:43 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park fire district gains new marshal

After more than 14 years with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, inspector Jonathan Johnston has been promoted to marshal, a position where he will serve as the senior code enforcement officer managing a prevention bureau.

Wednesday, 8:36 AM | No comments yet
Vida Verde expands horizons for underserved kids

Two former teachers are working hard to offer free outdoor education to thousands of underserved students in the Bay Area.

Wednesday, 8:17 AM | 1 comment
Caltrain seeks bike advisers

Caltrain is accepting applications for its Bicycle Advisory Committee, made up of nine volunteers from the three counties San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Clara served by the rail agency.

Wednesday, 8:12 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park police chief: Pursuit, fatal shooting 'happened in seconds'

"Seconds is how quickly everything went down. Literally seconds," said Menlo Park Police Chief Bob Jonsen in describing the foot pursuit and fatal shooting of a burglary suspect by three police officers on Nov. 11.

Wednesday, 8:09 AM | 12 comments

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Atherton: Construction starts on controversial Little League field

Upgrades to the Little League baseball field in Atherton's Holbrook-Palmer Park are underway, with the league hoping to be able to use the field by mid-February, but some Atherton residents are still hoping to stop the project.

Tuesday, 11:17 AM | 12 comments
Sugar Shack bids farewell to downtown Menlo Park

The memories are sweet, but Sugar Shack proprietor Suzi Tinsley is closing the door of Menlo Park's downtown candy store at the end of December.

Tuesday, 10:26 AM | 6 comments
Wednesday: Portola Valley farmers market

The Portola Valley farmers market happens one day early this week -- between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 -- instead of the usual Thursday.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | No comments yet
Woodside plans to replace, rehabilitate old bridges

With the completion of a $190,000 engineering study, the future is now less uncertain for four elderly but vital two-lane, single-span bridges in Woodside on Mountain Home, Kings Mountain, Portola and Old La Honda roads.

Tuesday, 9:11 AM | 1 comment

Monday, November 24, 2014

Micro-quake hit Woodside on Sunday evening

A magnitude 2.2 earthquake -- a micro earthquake -- struck Woodside at about 10:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center.

Monday, 4:59 PM | No comments yet
Atherton Thanksgiving display celebrates the bounty of nature

The bounty of nature that represents Thanksgiving can be seen in the front yard of Atherton resident Ellenrose Goddard's home, where for the past 17 years she has decorated with local gourds, pumpkins and squashes.

Monday, 11:48 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Belle Haven community garden now open

The Belle Haven community garden is now open. The Menlo Park Rotary Club, council members and other volunteers officially cut the ribbon on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Monday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
M-A principal named district's chief facilities officer

In gearing up to manage the expansion of classroom facilities to meet a coming surge in enrollment, the board of the Sequoia Union High School District named Matthew Zito, principal at Menlo-Atherton High School, to be the district's chief facilities officer.

Monday, 11:20 AM | No comments yet
VA leases Menlo Park land to developer for housing

The Department of Veteran Affairs has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for at-risk veterans, a press release announced on Saturday.

Monday, 9:50 AM | 2 comments

Friday, November 21, 2014

Atherton moves ahead with Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan

Moving ahead with a plan to add bike lanes and to make it easier to get around town on foot, Atherton has adopted a Pedestrian Bicycle Master Plan and will now study how to best start putting the plan into action.

Friday, 11:04 AM | 2 comments
Third generation of Hassetts opens new hardware store

The fifth family-owned Hassett Hardware store has opened in Redwood City, with the family proving that the little guy really can be a success.

Friday, 10:36 AM | 3 comments
Facebook shuttle drivers vote to form union

After presenting a petition and holding a rally at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, the 87 drivers who take Facebook employees to and from work have voted to unionize, according to Teamsters Local 853.

Friday, 10:16 AM | 13 comments
Atherton wants residents to pay town's costs for special events

Atherton residents who host events that cost the town money for police or other services, ranging from presidential visits to teenagers' parties, would have to pay back the town's expenses under proposed regulations.

Friday, 9:34 AM | 6 comments

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Woodside: Council makes appointment to architecture review board

In a 5-2 vote after 30 minutes or so of deliberation, a majority on the Woodside Town Council on Nov. 18 approved the appointment of resident Bruce Carlsmith to a brief term on the town's Architecture and Site Review Board.

Thursday, 11:55 AM | 2 comments
Menlo College wants to buy, preserve Sunset campus

An idea that could preserve the existing Sunset Magazine buildings has been put forth by Menlo College, which has outgrown its Atherton campus and needs room for more students.

Thursday, 11:11 AM | 20 comments
DA sheds more light on sheriff employees' arrests

Prosecutors will seek to revoke bail this morning (Nov. 20) for a Hells Angels member accused of conspiring with sheriff's employees, including a deputy who ran against his boss for the office of sheriff in June, to smuggle cellphones and drugs into a Redwood City jail, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Thursday, 9:24 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Train 'clipped' car at Menlo Park crossing

A southbound train "clipped" an eastbound car at the Ravenswood Avenue Caltrain crossing in Menlo Park at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 18), according to Caltrain spokesperson Jayme Ackemann.

Wednesday, 5:35 PM | 9 comments
Inmate pleads not guilty in cellphone smuggling case

The jail inmate accused of participating in a conspiracy with a sheriff's deputy and two correctional officers to smuggle cellphones and drugs into the county jail pleaded not guilty to all charges before a San Mateo County judge on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 4:24 PM | No comments yet
Police calls: Atherton resident fraudulently billed for $48,000

In this week's police calls, fraud was committed via automatic bill pay, hospital bills and contracting services in Atherton and Menlo Park.

Wednesday, 10:41 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Fatal shooting by police officers may not have been recorded

Only two of three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect on Nov. 11 were wearing body cameras. One camera may have been turned on after the shooting, and one may have been left off, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Wednesday, 9:28 AM | 71 comments

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

San Mateo County says all election votes now counted

The three open seats on the Atherton council have gone to Rick DeGolia, Mike Lempres and Bill Widmer, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County late on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Tuesday, 6:37 PM | 3 comments
Third-grade Woodside girls raise money for Ebola fight

A group of third-grade girls from Woodside Elementary School is raising money for Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders every weekend during November in front of Roberts Market on Woodside Road in Woodside.

Tuesday, 4:16 PM | No comments yet
Looking back: The Lane family at Sunset headquarters

The Lane family posed at the Sunset headquarters on Willow Road in this undated photo. Brothers Mel, left, and Bill flank their parents, Ruth Bell and Laurence Lane, who purchased the magazine in 1928.

Tuesday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet
Tonight: Woodside council considers how to extend lives of four bridges

The town of Woodside has invested about $180,000 in studies to analyze the stability of four key bridges in town. Tonight (Nov. 18), the Town Council is set to consider the analysis and steps to extend the lives of the bridges and restore them to their full carrying capacity.

Tuesday, 11:10 AM | No comments yet
Wednesday: Atherton aims to improve biking and walking safety

Ways to make Atherton a safer place for biking and walking as envisioned in the town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will be up for approval when the council meets this Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Tuesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet
Portola Valley schools leader on her way to White House technology conference

The superintendent of the Portola Valley School District, Lisa Gonzales has a very important meeting on her calendar this Wednesday, Nov. 19 -- a technology conference at the White House.

Tuesday, 9:58 AM | 1 comment
What's the future for Sunset campus in Menlo Park?

What will be, will be. It has a certain logic for Jim Cogan, the Menlo Park official responsible for economic development in the city.

Tuesday, 8:21 AM | 28 comments
Tonight: License plate data report goes to Menlo Park council

The first report on how Menlo Park's new mobile automated license plate readers are working will be delivered to the council tonight. Of the 263,430 license plates recorded by the readers, one led to the recovery of a stolen car.

Tuesday, 8:20 AM | 8 comments

Monday, November 17, 2014

Atherton: College students arrested on drug charges

Officers from the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of Atherton police, arrested two men in connection with the discovery of 20 bags of cocaine, 77 Xanax pills and jars of marijuana in a dorm room at Menlo College on Nov. 10.

Monday, 11:24 AM | 5 comments
School district demolishes Atherton home to make more room for students

A home on Alameda de las Pulgas in Atherton has been demolished by the Las Lomitas Elementary School district to make more room for the campus of the neighboring elementary school. The district purchased the one-acre property for $3 million.

Monday, 10:40 AM | 5 comments

Friday, November 14, 2014

Atherton council vote: Lempres now ahead of Widmer

Mike Lempres has squeaked past Bill Widmer -- by one vote -- for second place in the race for three open seats on the Atherton City Council, with Rose Hau remaining in fourth place, according to the vote count released by San Mateo County at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Friday, 5:29 PM | 9 comments
Dance, music at Menlo Park 'state of city' event

The "state of the city" event, hosted by Mayor Ray Mueller on Thursday, drew quite a crowd to a temporary paseo set up outdoors at 1080 Chestnut St., between Santa Cruz and Menlo avenues.

Friday, 2:32 PM | No comments yet
Deputy, two corrections officers arrested

Juan Lopez, a deputy in the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and a candidate for sheriff in the June election, was arrested on conspiracy charges along with two other Sheriff's Office employees on Thursday night (Nov. 13), according to prosecutors.

Friday, 11:58 AM | 36 comments
Menlo Park mayor changes mind about independent investigator

Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller has backed away from asking the city to hire an independent investigator to review a consultant's work on specific plan initiative-related materials in light of the District Attorney's Office involvement.

Friday, 10:18 AM | 29 comments
Menlo Park police release names of officers involved in fatal shooting

The three Menlo Park police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect are veterans with more than a decade of experience, according to the police department.

Friday, 10:06 AM | 13 comments
Ride-along on 'saturation' traffic enforcement day

In enforcing traffic laws out on the streets, officers on motorcycles have advantages, police say. They have a higher seat than when inside a patrol car and they can share a lane and get right next to a vehicle.

Friday, 7:28 AM | 2 comments

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