If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Menlo Park mayor and son celebrate Bike to Work Day]]> George Carlton-Ridenour and his mother, Menlo Park mayor Catherine Carlton, participated in the regional Bike to Work Day on May 14.]]> <![CDATA[Three M-A students awarded National Merit scholarships]]> Three Menlo-Atherton High School students -- Christopher W. Jarrett, Ryan J. Cole and Alexander Anand Iyer -- now share a distinction enjoyed by economists Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.]]> <![CDATA[District holds groundbreaking for new Upper Laurel School]]> On Thursday, May 21, the Menlo Park City School District held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new third- to sixth-grade Upper Laurel School.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton supports water restrictions, but leaves enforcement to Cal Water]]> The Atherton City Council on May 20 approved a resolution "endorsing and supporting" the California Water Service Company's (Cal Water) drought regulations, but leaving the enforcement of the water rules up to Cal Water.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]>