If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Diplomas for those whose education was interrupted by war]]> The San Mateo County Office of Education recently announced that it will award diplomas to veterans in San Mateo County whose high school education was interrupted due to wartime circumstances.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton will hire two employees to replace contractors]]> Reversing some changes made in 2011 when Atherton outsourced the jobs of many of its public employees to contractors, the City Council voted to hire two full-time employees to replace contractors.]]> <![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg makes surprise visit to Sequoia High]]> Sequoia High School students and staff were treated to a surprise visit by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a special assembly at the school in Redwood City on Wednesday, Sept. 18.]]> <![CDATA[27 local students are National Merit semifinalists]]> Twenty-seven juniors from three local high schools -- Menlo School, Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Preparatory -- are among 16,000 semifinalists competing for National Merit scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Couple plead no contest to burglaries]]> A San Jose couple, accused of several 2013 Peninsula burglaries, including the theft of a Porsche in Portola Valley, has changed their "not guilty" plea to "no contest" with respect to 11 counts of residential burglary and one count of an attempted residential burglary, San Mateo County prosecutors said.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside School plans major construction project]]> In order to save money, officials at Woodside Elementary School have decided to build three major projects at once -- a new multi-purpose room, a new design lab and two new preschool classrooms -- starting in June 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Saturday: Trees for Menlo celebrates 15 years of work]]> Trees for Menlo, a nonprofit organized by a group of Menlo Park residents to beautify El Camino Real with trees, will celebrate completion of the work on Saturday, Sept. 20.]]> <![CDATA[Officers issue 252 more traffic tickets in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Officers on motorcycles from agencies around San Mateo County spent Wednesday (Sept. 17) patrolling parts of Menlo Park and Atherton and issued 252 citations, most for speeding and cellphone violations.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Tree protest ends peacefully; tree is cut down]]> A man chained himself to an Italian stone pine tree in Fremont Park early Tuesday morning, but the protest came to a peaceful conclusion once city officials explained why the tree had to be cut down for safety reasons, according to Menlo Park staff.]]> <![CDATA[Stop-work order lifted for Woodside mansion]]> The mansion remodeling project at 360 Mountain Home Road in Woodside is on again. The town had posted a stop-work order on July 3 after staff discovered construction activity not within the scope of project permits.]]> <![CDATA[Legal battle erupts over Panzer tank from Littlefield collection]]> A Seattle company led by Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has filed a lawsuit in in a dispute over ownership of a German World War II-era tank. A Panzer IV, built in 1944, was offered in a July 2014 auction of some of the military vehicles owned by the late Jacques Littlefield of Los Trancos Woods.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park council approves duplex purchase]]> With Mayor Ray Mueller dissenting, the Menlo Park City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday (Sept. 16) to approve the purchase of two Willow Road duplexes for $1.12 million.]]> <![CDATA[New law defines 'safe distance' for motorists passing bicyclists]]> A new state law sets 3 feet as a "safe distance" for vehicles passing bicyclists on the road. ]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Six commercial burglaries over four days in Menlo Park]]> Crime and accident reports from Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Portola Valley.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley celebrates its 50th anniversary]]> Portola Valley holds a special event at Town Center on Sunday, Sept. 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Officer, mom disagree about letting child walk home alone]]> Everyone agrees on the basic facts: A fourth-grade boy was walking home alone from Encinal Elementary School on Sept. 11. A Menlo Park police officer driving by saw the boy, pulled over, and after some discussion, decided to give the child a lift. Upon reaching the boy's home, he was greeted by an incensed mother.]]> <![CDATA[Work in progress at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory]]> Construction of a new administrative building at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory started earlier this year.]]> <![CDATA[Motorcycle cops issue 82 tickets for 'distracted driving' in Atherton, Menlo Park]]> Officers on motorcycle patrols in Atherton and Menlo Park issued 76 tickets to drivers using cellphones illegally and six tickets for texting during a special "distracted driving" enforcement event in those two towns on Friday, Sept. 12. ]]>