If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2016 Almanac Online <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Former mayor Kirke Comstock dies]]> A memorial service for former Portola Valley mayor Kirke Comstock is in the works, but not yet scheduled. Mr. Comstock was 86 when he died Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Saratoga, his son William Comstock said.]]> <![CDATA[Schools: State releases results of new standardized testing]]> California has released the 2016 results of the state's new computerized standardized assessments that test whether students are meeting the Common Core curriculum standards.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Two council members named to 'educational equity' subcommittee]]> Goals of starting a multi-city, county and district group that could help spread needed funds to the Ravenswood City School District are one step closer to reality after the Menlo Park City Council appointed two of its members to an "education equity" subcommittee on Aug. 23.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Construction worker lifted out of open basement after fall]]> A construction worker was lifted out of an open basement on a residential construction site in Menlo Park on Wednesday, Aug. 24, after he fell in and injured himself, fire officials said.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: No council election in November]]> It's official: Atherton has reappointed incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the only candidates who filed for their seats, and will not hold a City Council election in November.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Residents asked to imagine Town Center's future]]> The Portola Valley Town Center, a pastoral complex for sports and outdoor recreation, community get-togethers and civic activities of all kinds, is eight years old. What will it look like and who will be using it when it's 28?]]> <![CDATA[Back to school: What's up at local elementary schools]]> Gone are the days when summer lasted until Labor Day: This year local elementary school districts began classes as early as Aug. 18 and as late as Sept. 1.]]> <![CDATA[Grants available to replace wood-burning heating devices]]> Money will be available starting Friday morning for roughly 1,500 Bay Area homeowners and landlords to help them upgrade their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner ones to reduce winter air pollution, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said today.]]> <![CDATA[New school vaccination rules now in effect]]> Children in California schools and daycare can no longer be exempted from vaccination requirements for personal belief or religious reasons under a new state law that went into effect in July. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park bans drones, remote-controlled aircraft from parks]]> The Menlo Park City Council held another marathon meeting the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 23, as it heard the public comments of a full house speak out on two controversial issues: whether drones and remote-controlled aircraft should be banned from city parks, and what traffic policies the city should implement for when the Upper Laurel elementary school campus opens Oct. 17. ]]> <![CDATA[Back to school: What's new at Woodside, M-A high schools]]> New courses, staff and facilities are greeting Woodside and Menlo-Atherton high school students, who returned to class Aug. 17.]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains home sale data from local county recorders' offices. ]]> <![CDATA[Peter deCourcy Hero, who transformed Silicon Valley philanthropy, has died]]> The man who was instrumental in helping tech tycoons channel their millions to charitable giving, Peter deCourcy Hero, has died, according to close sources.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: New high school will focus on technology, engineering, design]]> The disciplines of technology, engineering and design will be the focus of the new magnet high school set to open in the fall of 2018 on Jefferson Drive east of U.S. 101 in Menlo Park's industrial zone.]]> <![CDATA[New program to help first-gen students prepare for and navigate college]]> Step by step, about 35 rising 10th-graders walked across the Golden Gate bridge on Aug. 4. For some, it was the first time they'd walked beneath the iconic beams connecting San Francisco to the North Bay. ]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Memorial celebration for Rosemarie Luce of Portola Valley]]> A three-hour gathering and memorial celebration for friends and relatives of active and engaged Portola Valley resident Rosemarie Luce is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at a private home in town. (Call 650-888-8829 for information on the celebration.) ]]> <![CDATA[New bus route takes students from East Palo Alto to M-A High]]> New school year, new bus route. Effective Aug. 7, SamTrans will operate a new school bus route running from the intersection of Clarke Avenue and East Bayshore Road in East Palo Alto to Menlo-Atherton High School in the mornings and in the afternoons the reverse direction. ]]> <![CDATA[Civil rights group pushes school district to change method for electing board members]]> A civil rights group is pushing the board of the high school district to change its system for electing members and correct possible noncompliance with the Voting Rights Act, or face a lawsuit that would likely compel the change.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Five commercial burglaries in Menlo Park]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[State Supreme Court upholds California teacher tenure law]]> The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's laws on public-school teacher tenure after a lower court found them to be unconstitutional.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: SRI International spins off new business to automate fruit picking]]> In as soon as two years, robots, not people, could be picking apples in orchards.]]> <![CDATA[Grand jury: Law library in crisis over inadequate funding]]> Financial problems stemming from an unreliable funding mechanism are threatening the viability of the 100-year-old San Mateo County Law Library in Redwood City, according to a recent report by the county's civil grand jury.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: SLAC and Stanford scientists advance water purification technology]]> Scientists at SLAC and Stanford University have come up with a tiny device that uses ordinary sunlight to create reactions that, before dissipating, will chemically clean a bottle of contaminated water by killing bacteria.]]>