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We were alerted by Menlo Park resident John Reis that Stan Shelsta, who grew up locally and had a home in Menlo Park for many years, lost his home in the Paradise fire.

Emails John: ” He relocated to Paradise not long ago [with his son Dan], and although they survived the fire, they lost absolutely everything because they had so little time to evacuate. Luckily, they are safe and have a relative they are staying with currently.”

A Go Fund Me campaign has been launched to help Stan and Dan.

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Local schools have different responses to serious air quality issues

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UPDATE: Late Thursday evening MPCSD Superintendent Eric Burmeister issued a statement saying schools would be closed on Friday. He posted a comment on this post; you can read his statement by clicking on “comments.” On Friday morning, the San Mateo County Office of Education reports that in addition to Menlo Park City Schools, Las Lomitas […]

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Two M-A students share Sugar Plum Fairy role in Pacific Ballet Nutcracker performance

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Menlo-Atherton High School senior Tara Ellingson (pictured right) and junior Toni Shindler-Ruberg are sharing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Pacific Ballet Academy‘s 28th annual Nutcracker performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts the weekend after Thanksgiving. Emailed parent volunteer Diane Lee: “Tara will be dancing the role of Sugar […]

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Opinion: What Atherton needs to do to avoid a fire disaster

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When Atherton approved, many years ago, the subdivision of the Flood Estate into the individual properties that now constitute Lindenwood a serious error was made. That subdivision approval did not include any emergency egress or access on either the North side or the East side of Lindenwood.  In the intervening years the fuel load, the […]

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“Noises Off” is Menlo School Drama’s fall production

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Menlo Drama is presenting Noises Off , a play-within-a-play where the drama behind the curtain is as funny as the farce on stage. Performances run Friday, November 16 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 pm in Florence Moore Auditorium at Menlo School, 50 […]

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Capturing street scenes of Japan with an iPhone

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I recently traveled to Japan, visiting two of that countries great cities: Tokyo and Kyoto. As an avid street photographer, I was looking forward to hitting the streets with my usual camera gear — Fujifilm mirrorless cameras. Over the last five years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many cities with this gear and have come […]

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Menlo Park Historical Association commemorates end of World War I and the beginning of Fremont Park

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Locals, including veterans (pictured top), gathered at Fremont Park today to commemorate the end of World War I 100 years ago today — and the 80th anniversary of the Park itself. At the event, organized by the Menlo Park Historical Association, Bo Crane (pictured right) talked about how 20 years after the Armistice on Nov. 11, […]

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How Camp Fremont and World War I impacted the Menlo Park Fire District

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The Menlo Park Fire District’s first Fire Station was built in 1919 and paid for by the War Department that supported Camp Fremont, which was training Army soldiers for World War I. At one point the Camp supported 28,000 soldiers, thousands of horses and mules, and 1,125 mostly temporary (flammable), wood buildings. A fire at […]

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Menlo Park Deputy Fire Chief checks in from Paradise, reporting widespread devastation

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The City may be called Paradise but the reality on the front lines of the firefight is anything but, reports Deputy Chief Don Long with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District who is leading a Northern San Mateo County Strike Team of 20 personnel and five municipal or “heavy” Fire Engines. Participating personnel are from Foster […]

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Haydi Danielson carries on the family business at Boething Treeland in Portola Valley

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Maybe we aren’t the only ones curious about what was down the long driveway off Alpine Road marked “Treeland.” Given that the sign says “wholesale only,” we never ventured down, at least until we met Haydi Danielson. Haydi, along with her sisters, are the daughters of Susan and John Boething, who started Boething Treeland Farms […]

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100th anniversary of Armistice Day to be celebrated at Fremont Park

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Beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 11, the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) will host an event at Fremont Park in downtown Menlo Park celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended the Great War, now known as the World War I. The celebration will also include the 80th anniversary of the […]

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