If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2015 Almanac Online <![CDATA[East Coast-style pizza coming to Ladera]]> Ladera Country Shopper in Ladera will soon be home to Rusty's Roadside Grill, an East Coast-style pizzeria from the owner of Old Port Lobster Shack. ]]> <![CDATA[Recent home sales: Two $11 million sales in Atherton]]> During a low week in sales (only 25), two homes sold for eight figures. They include the $11 million sales along Almendral Avenue in Atherton, which is quite the alliteration, and another $11 million sale along Juniper Drive in Atherton. ]]> <![CDATA[Fire chief releases recording of response in heavy traffic to Sept. 21 motorcycle fatality]]> Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman has released an audio recording of the Menlo Park Fire District's response to a Sept. 21 collision on U.S. 101 in East Palo Alto that left a motorcyclist dead. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley Superintendent Lisa Gonzales resigns]]> Portola Valley School District Superintendent Lisa Gonzales is leaving the district, effective Friday, Oct. 9, with Eric Hartwig, former Las Lomitas Elementary School District Superintendent, the choice for interim superintendent.]]> <![CDATA[Study: Lyme disease-infected ticks found in 'all kinds of habitats']]> A study funded by the Portola Valley-based nonprofit Bay Area Lyme Foundation found the bacteria that cause Lyme disease "in every place we looked" in this region, according to Executive Director Linda Giampa. ]]> <![CDATA[Atherton council approves civic center conceptual plan]]> Atherton City Council members have approved a conceptual design for the town's new civic center, but not without grousing about the fact that they don't know exactly how much money is available to spend on the new town library, administration and police offices.]]> <![CDATA[Belle Haven residents give Facebook a thumbs-up]]> Facebook officials say they have built a positive relationship with residents of the Belle Haven neighborhood adjoining their headquarters, and it's difficult to find Belle Haven residents who don't agree.]]> <![CDATA[Cover story: Building Bridges]]> When Facebook moved its first employees into the old Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park in August 2011, some outsiders were skeptical that the company could survive, much less grow to occupy the additional nearby land Facebook owned.]]> <![CDATA[Old Port Lobster Shack closing in Redwood City, expanding to Los Altos]]> Old Port Lobster Shack, a New England-style seafood restaurant with locations in Redwood City, Portola Valley and San Jose, will be closing its original Redwood City location and reopening in Los Altos, owner Russell Deutsch confirmed Thursday. ]]> <![CDATA[Peninsula College Fund helps scores of students]]> Peninsula College Fund has lots to celebrate at its upcoming 10-year anniversary party.]]> <![CDATA[Junior League resale shop has new look]]> The Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula invites the public to its newly renovated resale shop at 785 Santa Cruz Ave. in downtown Menlo Park for its sapphire anniversary sale. The 25 percent off sale, taking place Monday, Oct. 12, celebrates The Shop's 45 years of supporting the community.]]> <![CDATA[Local Junior League history: from humble beginnings]]> Like many of the well-established companies and nonprofits in our region, the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula started off small and scrappy.]]> <![CDATA[Cover story: Empowering girls]]> In its 50th year, local Junior League reboots to focus on helping girls become leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.]]> <![CDATA[Belle Haven residents don't like 'Bayfront' label for M-2 zone]]> Some residents of Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood say they don't like the fact that the industrial district around them, long known as the M-2 zone, is now being relabeled the Bayfront.]]> <![CDATA[Talks to change Menlo Park's specific plan tabled]]> By the time the clock struck 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Menlo Park City Council had not yet broached its second major discussion on the agenda: a review of proposed updates to the city's specific plan, a 365-page document adopted in 2012 to guide development in downtown Menlo Park for decades to come. ]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley: Seeking to renew harmony in Town Hall, council hires help]]> If the harmony inside Portola Valley Town Hall was as real as it's said to have been, that fabric has been frayed by recent events and the Town Council has hired help as it tries to restitch it, maybe with more modern threads.]]> <![CDATA[Sheriff's Office warns public of phone scam]]> The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is warning residents to beware of a telephone scam involving a caller who claims to be affiliated with the Sheriff's Office in attempt to defraud people of money. ]]> <![CDATA[Farmers' Market comes to Facebook]]> Lines formed beneath a floating blue and white balloon archway as Facebook's first farmers' market, held in the company's transformed parking lot, launched on Sunday morning, Oct. 4.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park Library reopens after bedbug scare]]> A bedbug found in the Menlo Park Library in the Civic Center shut down the library the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 6 and all day Wednesday, Oct. 7. The library reopened Thursday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m., according to Menlo Park Library Director Susan Holmer. ]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park: Tentative deal would gives 3% pay boost to city employees]]> Thirty-six supervisorial and management employees of the city of Menlo Park would receive a 3 percent increase in base salaries under a tentative agreement with the city on a new two-year labor contract, the city announced Oct. 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Murder charges dropped in Menlo Park drive-by shooting case]]> The case of East Palo Alto resident Eric Barragan, who had been in San Mateo County jail for more than 10 months on charges of attempted murder in Menlo Park, has been dropped for a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors with the District Attorney's Office.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo Park firefighters flip pancakes, raise funds]]> Menlo Park firefighters rappelled down ropes, simulated a live auto crash and showed off the "jaws of life," a pincer-like metal device used to pry apart the wreckage of crashed vehicles.]]> <![CDATA[Post office 'institution' Robert Delvishio retires]]> For years, Robert Delvishio has been telling visitors to the West Menlo Park post office that he's wanted to have his name in the Almanac. For his retirement, he'll finally get his wish.]]> <![CDATA[Prosecutors add to the sexual-misconduct charges against former basketball coach]]> Authorities have added more allegations of sexual activity with a minor to the charges against Julio Edgardo Ortiz, a former coach at Selby Lane School in Atherton and Clifford School in Redwood City, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.]]> <![CDATA[Woodside school board race: Challenger criticizes incumbent's attendance record]]> A challenger for a seat on the Woodside Elementary School District board is accusing an incumbent of poor board meeting attendance.]]>