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News - March 26, 2014

Menlo Briefs: Man struck, robbed for change

A man walking from the Safeway on El Camino Real during the pre-dawn hours of March 18 reported that he'd been hit and robbed. The suspect asked for change, then struck the 59-year-old victim in the head.

When the victim fell down, the suspect rifled through his pockets and then fled with his wallet, the victim told Menlo Park police. He was treated at Stanford Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The only item of value lost was the wallet itself, estimated to be worth $25.

He described the assailant as a Somali or Ethiopian man wearing a black hoodie, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds.

Autism center gala raises more than $50,000

The seventh annual Starry Starry Night gala staged by the Morgan Autism Center surpassed its goal to raise $50,000 and nearly doubled the amount raised last year, according to a press release.

The event, held on March 1 at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, welcomed about 320 guests who bid on artwork and other items during a silent auction to raise funds to support the center's programs.

During the gala, Ride a Wave founders Danny and Heather Cortazzo were honored with an award for outstanding leadership for their nonprofit's service in providing tandem surfing, kayaking and boogie-boarding activities to people with disabilities since 1998.

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