AlmanacNews.com http://almanacnews.com If it is local and useful, it is on AlmanacNews.com. en-us Copyright 2016 AlmanacNews.com Almanac Online http://AlmanacNews.com/art/top_logo.png http://almanacnews.com/news/rss.php <![CDATA[Tonight's Menlo Park council meeting: parking, bike lanes and more]]> The Menlo Park City Council will meet tonight, Dec. 6, for its second-to-last meeting in 2016, and, as may be expected, has a lot of projects to wrap up and follow up with. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton: Study finds Caltrain violates quiet zone]]> Atherton now has documented something many had suspected -- Caltrain is regularly violating the town's six-month-old quiet zone.]]> <![CDATA[Voters will see parcel tax measure on ballot in Menlo Park City School District]]> A ballot measure asking Menlo Park City School District voters to approve a $360 annual parcel tax that would expire after seven years was unanimously approved Monday night by the district's governing board, including two newly seated board members.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Laurel third-grader is state chess champ]]> Laurel School third-grader Shawnak Shivakumar is the new third-grade California state champion chess player. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: General plan change impacts affordable housing]]> In the months leading up to adoption of an updated general plan, a switch was made that may have an impact on Menlo Park's future affordable housing supply. ]]> <![CDATA[On Pearl Harbor anniversary: Museum opens World War II retrospective]]> A retrospective on San Mateo County during the war years opens at the county's History Museum in Redwood City on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by forces of the empire of Japan.]]> <![CDATA[Bad-tasting water due to Hetch Hetchy water reductions]]> Palo Alto and other local cities' residents who have been complaining about nasty-tasting water coming from their taps can blame it on water reductions from the Hetch Hetchy supply and blending from other sources, according to City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Catherine Elvert.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Facebook housing displacement fund announced after months of negotiations]]> Facebook's public commitment to give $20 million over five years to stem the displacement of local residents around its headquarters comes after months of negotiations with a nonprofit coalition called "Envision, Transform, Build - East Palo Alto," according to a member of the coalition. ]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Woodside Elementary district board ponders parcel tax]]> A measure to replace a $289 parcel tax expiring at the end of June 2017 will be on the agenda of the Woodside Elementary School District's governing board when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Wildcats Room of the school at 3195 Woodside Road.]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: County holds Menlo Park meeting on major changes to Flood Park]]> The public will have an opportunity Tuesday (Dec. 6) to comment on major changes planned for the 21-acre Flood Park, located at 215 Bay Road in Menlo Park.
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<![CDATA[Emerald Hills: Firefighters injured in three-alarm house fire]]> Two firefighters were injured in a possible explosion in a three-alarm fire house fire Sunday afternoon (Dec. 4) in the unincorporated Emerald Hills area, a fire official said.]]> <![CDATA[Monday: Parcel tax vote for Menlo Park school board]]> The public's last chance to weigh in on the details of a parcel tax measure that the Menlo Park City School District's governing board is pondering putting on the March 7 ballot will be on Monday, Dec. 5, at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave. in Menlo Park. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Another sentencing delay for E. Gary Smith of Menalto Cleaners]]> The long-awaited sentencing of Edwin Gary Smith has been postponed, again, until 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. ]]> <![CDATA[Waste management authority halts hazardous waste pickup]]> An underutilized program that picks up hazardous household waste materials for many Peninsula residents will be discontinued at the end of this month.
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<![CDATA[Almanac Holiday Fund: New effort to serve high-school teens]]> This fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula converted its Redwood City Clubhouse from a K-12 facility into a teens-only "Forest High School Center," shifting 200 younger students to the club's on-campus programs at adjacent Hoover Community School. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park resident aims to slow down the caffeine scene]]> If waiting impatiently in line for Starbucks, Philz or Peet's for your caffeine dose isn't your, well, cup of tea, a new shop in Redwood City may offer an alternative. ]]> <![CDATA[Tuesday: Woodside Elementary honors Rudy Driscoll]]> Rudy Driscoll, a former Woodside Elementary School District board member and school parent who died in June 2015 at the age of 47, will be honored at an event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the school.]]> <![CDATA[Parcel tax measure in Menlo Park City School District moves toward board approval]]> As two members of the Menlo Park City School District's governing board finished up their terms Wednesday night, Nov. 30, board members agreed on draft details of a new parcel tax measure that will be voted on when two new board members are sworn in on Monday, Dec. 5.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: New baker for farmers' market knows art, science of bread-making]]> In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Ms. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.
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<![CDATA[Feature story: Woodside's Bailey is now flea-free]]> This story started with a very itchy dog in Woodside named Bailey who scratched at hairless hotspots for years. After multiple visits to the vet, and two rounds of prednisone and antibiotics, the underlying issue became clear: fleas had built up immunity to her flea preventative medication. ]]> <![CDATA[Two Menlo Park youths attain Eagle Scout rank]]> Schuyler Knapp and CJ Box in Troop 206 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and took part in a recent Court of Honor ceremony at Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park.]]> <![CDATA[New clubhouse planned at Alpine Swim & Tennis Club]]> At the Alpine Hills Swim & Tennis Club, the once-familiar stand of gigantic eucalyptus trees that occupied the space between the club and Alpine Road is gone, cut down in late 2014.
The clubhouse, which dates to the 1950s, may be the next to go.]]>
<![CDATA[Menlo Park fire district hires 20 firefighters this year]]> The Menlo Park Fire District hired 20 firefighters and firefighter paramedics this year, marking "the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980s, if ever," Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said Wednesday.]]> <![CDATA[Fuel spill reported after dump truck crash on Dumbarton Bridge]]> Fuel apparently spilled into the Bay after a crash between a dump truck and a car on the Dumbarton Bridge this morning (Dec. 1), according to the California Highway Patrol.]]> <![CDATA[Caltrain, Crisis Text Line announce partnership to prevent suicides]]> Starting next week, the now-ubiquitous "There is Help" signs with suicide hotline numbers posted at local Caltrain stations and along the railroad tracks will be joined by a new resource for those in crisis: Crisis Text Line, a free, confidential, 24/7 support service accessible by simply texting the number 741741.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Oak Grove Avenue fire station bites the dust]]> The demolition of the fire station at 700 Oak Grove Ave. in downtown Menlo Park on Monday, Nov. 28, was a necessary step before construction could begin on a new station set to open in May of 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park adopts big changes to general plan]]> After two years and more than 60 public meetings, a set of policies for what can get built in Menlo Park has been approved by the Menlo Park City Council.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Nick Colasanti's life to be celebrated Dec. 8 at Hillview School]]> Friends, colleagues and former students of Nick Colasanti, who spent 36 years in roles including teacher, counselor, coach and vice principal at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, will gather at Hillview on Dec. 8, to celebrate his life.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton panel: Stepping off college admissions treadmill]]> New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, Harvard educator Richard Weissbourd and Challenge Success founder Denise Pope recently shared some ideas about how to step off college admissions treadmill -- for colleges, for families and for local schools.]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County enhances protection for 'significant' trees]]> San Mateo County has beefed up its tree protection regulations after residents of Menlo Oaks, in unincorporated Menlo Park, complained that their namesake oak trees were falling prey to development at an alarming rate.]]>