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La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park received the California Gold Ribbon Award (formerly California Distinguished School Award) this year, previously given that designation in 1999 and 2010.

It was one of only four San Mateo County schools to be recognized for excellence in educational programs. The others were Burlingame Intermediate School, Borel Middle School (San Mateo/Foster City ) and Alto Loma Middle School (South San Francisco Unified School District).

“The focus for our Gold Ribbon application was on Parent, Family, and Community Involvement and its positive effect on school climate,” said principal Mark Jones. “We would like to thank our parent volunteers, families, and community members who contribute to our campus’ strong academic and social-emotional frameworks. Your positive contributions afford us the opportunity to create a safe and stimulating campus where all students can thrive. Thank you, La Entrada community!”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Dariusz Paczuski draws on his Polish heritage in founding Rocket Vodka

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Dariusz Paczuski admits “vodka is in my blood.” That’s one reason he started Rocket Vodka in his Menlo Park garage. Dariusz’s family fled Poland to escape communism when he was about a year old, eventually settling in Norway, where he was a member of the Norwegian National Swim Team. When he was 20, a  swimming scholarship […]

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Update on various Menlo Park Fire Protection District news & activities

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Lots of news coming from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, thanks to updates from Chief Harold Schaplehouman. Community meeting in Belle Haven There will be a community meeting on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at Fire Station 77 located at 1467 Chilco Street to discuss the future of essential fire and emergency services in […]

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A visit to Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside is perfect Earth Day outing

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Imagine going on a treasure hunt in a secret garden, one that ranges over 120 acres. Such was the treat today when Runnymede Sculpture Garden was open to the public, part of an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley that also included sustainable landscaping information and garden-focused vendors. Like […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School hosts second annual environmental fair

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On Wednesday, April 19, the seemingly endless rain stopped and the sun came out, as if it wanted to celebrate Earth Day with students at M-A’s environmental fair. In the center of the fair, groups played cornhole while listening to a student band perform live music. Around the perimeter, students and local businesses, such as […]

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Menlo Park’s Earth Day celebration is at Bedwell Bayfront Park

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Celebrate green living in at the very green looking Bedwell Bayfront Park on Earth Day, April 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. At this free event, you can learn more about water conservation, drought tolerant planting, alternative energy and more. You can also get involved by participating in one of the hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy: […]

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Portola Valley goes ECO100: the first city to have 100% renewable electricity supply as default

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Portola Valley is the first city in the country to have 100% renewable energy as the default power supply for all customers in its jurisdiction. All cities in San Mateo County now buy their electric power from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a joint powers authority. Peninsula Clean Energy gives customers the choice of ECOplus, a […]

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Menlowe Ballet company dancers make choreographic debut in spring season, Floraision

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Menlowe Ballet company dancers Stefanie Maughan (pictured, left) and Ali McKeon are making their professional choreographic debut, collaborating on a new contemporary work in the company’s spring season, Floraison, which will debut at the end of April. “Both Stefanie and Ali have rich, creative voices and fabulous contemporary backgrounds,” says Menlowe Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Lowe. […]

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Author Donia Bijan turns to fiction in a novel set in her native Iran

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As Donia Bijan explains it, she carried around “the story in my head” for years before starting to write her first novel, The Last Days of Café Leila, which will be launched at Kepler’s on April 20. “The main characters came to me almost fully formed,” she says. “They’re lots of people I knew distilled into […]

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Jen Mazzon advocates for sanctuary city status for Menlo Park

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Update: The actions taken by the Menlo Park City Council on April 18 are chronicled in this article in the Almanac. For Jen Mazzon, who’s lived in Menlo Park most of her life, it’s all about local families. That’s the reason she’s created a website featuring a petition to support the city of Menlo Park passing […]

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Numerous Earth Day related events planned in Atherton on April 22

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Atherton’s Earth Day celebration runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Town Center (Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane). The Town’s Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library are teaming up to bring residents free garden mulch, e-waste safe recycling, secure shredding, eco-friendly 3-D printing, the San Mateo County Bookmobile, earth […]

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