If it is local and useful, it is on en-us <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley resident halts apparent burglary]]> A Portola Valley resident came home just in time to prevent an apparent burglary on Wednesday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park celebrates the Fourth]]> Kids with their decorated bikes, trikes and wagons paraded down Santa Cruz Avenue and headed for a festival in Burgess Park on Saturday to celebrate July Fourth in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[A page from our history]]> In this 1915 photo, children pose in front of Woodside School, built in 1910. The Mission Revival-style building had multiple classrooms, unlike the one-room schoolhouses in the area at the time. ]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain loses bid for exemption from state environmental law on electrification project]]> Caltrain must comply with the state's environmental quality act in electrifying its rail system between San Francisco and San Jose, according to a ruling July 2 by the federal Surface Transportation Board. ]]> <![CDATA[Heroin ring has ties to Menlo Park, police say]]> Bay Area law enforcement agencies have arrested the alleged leader and three alleged co-conspirators in a heroin distribution ring based in Sonoma County but with ties to Menlo Park, a Santa Rosa police sergeant said. ]]> <![CDATA[Can social media play a role in youth suicide prevention?]]> An internationally known suicide prevention researcher visited the Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday to share her work on how social media can be used to prevent suicide, offering insight into alternative avenues for addressing teen mental health concerns. ]]> <![CDATA[Woodside: Jasmine spends month on the lam]]> The bichon frise, not much more than a ball of fluff at less than 15 pounds, was lost and wandering the hills of Woodside, where mountain lions and coyotes roam, for a month. ]]> <![CDATA[Former state senator Yee pleads guilty to racketeering charge]]> Former state Sen. Leland Yee, who formerly represented Portola Valley and Woodside, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco on July 1 to one count of participating in a racketeering conspiracy to solicit campaign contributions in exchange for political favors.]]> <![CDATA[Lutticken's owner opens Main & Elm in Redwood City]]> The owner of Lutticken's in Menlo Park has taken over a Redwood City coffee shop, transforming it into a full restaurant.]]> <![CDATA[A page from our history]]> This 1893 photo shows the grand house on Los Trancos Road known as The Hawthorns, home at the time to the Judge James Allen family, according to the Portola Valley history book "Life on the San Andreas Fault" by Nancy Lund and Pamela Gullard.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton estate traces 145 years of local history]]> As the long, long driveway to the home at 151 Laurel St. in Atherton winds back, and back and back, through walls of vegetation, it feels almost as if the decades are winding back with it]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Police give safety tips after attack on runner]]> Atherton police are offering tips for runners and walkers after a 17-year-old Atherton girl out on a noon-time run was grabbed by a man who tried to rob her.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Road, trail improvements draw focus in new budget]]> Town Hall in Portola Valley is projecting a budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, but it's a year that follows previous years of operating surpluses, and the reserves are healthy, the town manager says.]]> <![CDATA[Trainers should monitor all high school athletes for concussions, grand jury says]]> High schools in San Mateo County need to take steps to detect concussions in athletes in all sports and use care in determining when students can return to play, the county's grand jury says.]]> <![CDATA[Police calls: Jumping-jack soil compactor stolen from unoccupied Menlo Park home]]> Crime reports from Menlo Park and Woodside.]]> <![CDATA[Governor signs bill eliminating 'personal belief' exemption for vaccinations]]> Come July 2016, California parents will no longer be able to claim a "personal belief" exemption from requirements that all children in schools or daycare be immunized.]]>