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Growing up in Lindenwood, Dr. Paul Jemelian’s backyard always featured a vegetable garden, lovingly tended by his mother. The gardening bug bit him early, and through friends, he spent three summers on a Iowa farm. Ultimately he chose medicine over farming.

He’s been able to blend the two pursuits since joining the Menlo Medical Clinic two years ago, turning what he describes as an area “with a few dead trees and lots of weeds” into an eighth of an acre vegetable garden.

“It’s for everyone here,” he says. “Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the garden and what it produces.”

His planting began this year in March with a variety of tomatoes, onions and potatoes, and a little cilantro. It will evolve over the summer, ending in the fall with a pumpkin patch.

The plants are watered via a drip irrigation system he installed, with each row being individually controlled so there’s no over-watering. The two scarecrows that guard the garden were given to him by a nearby resident after Halloween last year.

On Fridays, he sends out an email announcing what is ripe and ready to be eaten. “I think the garden fits well here,” he says. “We care for our patients and through the garden we care for each other.”

Photo by Irene Searles

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Local bicyclists view coastal farms on 20-mile POST organized ride

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On Saturday morning (6/27), over 75 bicyclists of all ages and skills — many from Menlo Park —participated in the first Bike the Coast with POST (Peninsula Open Space Trust). The 20-mile loop began on Cloverdale Road just outside of Pescadero. Riding south, the first stop was at the Root Down Farm , a new organic […]

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In honor of the Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts, a guide to Dead places in Menlo Park and Atherton

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Editor’s note: In advance of their farewell tour appearance at Levi Stadium tonight and tomorrow night. We touched base with music chronicler — and Grateful Dead historian/expert — Corry Arnold to see if he had a list of places in Menlo Park that are part of Grateful Dead lore. And sure enough, he had that […]

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Photographer Scott Loftesness explores Sydney shooting architectural landscapes

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Menlo Park-based photographer (and InMenlo co-founder) Scott Loftesness packed his Fujifilm X100T camera on a trip to Sydney, Australia. We sat down to talk to him about some of the night shots he took around the Sydney harbor. He explained that he looks for “interesting light.” “I’ve learned that I’ll look in the direction of the […]

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Board chair Gillian Growdon talks about Random Acts of Flowers Silicon Valley

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We met Gillian Growdon, Board Chair of Random Acts of Flowers Silicon Valley, at a place that smells sweet. The local branch of the national organization has office and warehouse space in Menlo Park, and the Wednesday afternoon we visited, a crew of adult volunteers, sprinkled with a few kids, was arranging bouquets to be delivered to individuals […]

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Menlo College hosts free summer concerts starting Friday, June 26

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Five bands ranging from pop to rock to improvisational Latin jazz to a cappella will be featured at Menlo College during a series of free summer concerts. The NASDAQ Private Summer Concert Series at Menlo College will include a mixture of live music, food, and fun. Each concert will also include a celebrity MC, food […]

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Raising the barre: Erin Paruszewski takes the Dailey Method private, opening Alkalign Studios

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I just finished taking an entire year of chemistry in high school, only to find out —ironically, through the owner of an exercise studio — that alkaline does not just refer to certain metals on the periodic table. As Erin Paruszewski, former owner of two Dailey Method franchises and founder of Alkalign Studios in Menlo […]

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One daughter salutes a great Menlo Park dad on Father’s Day

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Editor’s note: Debbie (Morris) Evangel let us know about her father’s model train table, a conglomeration of memories from Menlo Park and Redwood City. She writes: “He grew up in Menlo on Live Oak and ECR and met my mom in Redwood City, so the places he frequented growing up and in married life we […]

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NorCal Crew participates in USRowing Youth National Championships with good results

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Norcal Crew recently participated at the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships. USRowing divides the country into seven regions, each of which is allowed to send their top three finishers in each place to compete at the nationals. Norcal placed 2nd in the Men’s Pair and 1st in the Lightweight Men’s 8 at Southwest Regionals early […]

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Rosewood Hotel’s managing director Alan Campey reflects on career in the luxury hospitality industry

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The idea occurred to Alan Campey while teaching water skiing on Lake Muskoka in northern Ontario. “I spent my summers there during high school,” he recalled over lunch at Madera in Menlo Park’s Rosewood Hotel, where he is Managing Director. “The basic job requirement was drive the boat safely and be able to pull people out of the water. […]

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Classic cars take center stage at Downtown Menlo Park Block Party held last night

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Hats off to the person from the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce who had the good idea of adding classic cars to the annual Downtown Menlo Park Block Party held last night on Santa Cruz Avenue. In our opinion, they’re a hit — lots to look and see covering decades of automotive history, with people respectful of the “look […]

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