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Editor’s note: Celeste reported around noon that she and her husband were on the way up to the North Bay with supplies. Please call Seaport Storage – (650) 249-4843 – to see if drivers are still needed. Celeste emailed that they are not currently collecting more donations.

Menlo Park resident Celeste Wiberg was one of the earliest people to email InMenlo inquiring about where to drop off supplies for victims of the North Bay Fire. She read InMenlo’s post on October 13 and sprung into action. Here’s an update and a plea for drivers to get supplies to those in need:

“My husband and I took our stuff to Seaport Storage,and there were a lot more people bringing their stuff so I volunteered all weekend organizing these donations. There had been people bringing donations in their cars and some other trucks.

“At this moment what is needed is drivers. My husband and I spoke with David [Brett] the owner of Seaport Storage and that is what he told us. He said: “The trucks are there, but what we don’t have are the drivers.”

“It is very touching to see what people bring to the storage. A lot of baby formula, diapers, children socks, and new underwear. New Jackets, they are going to need this as winter is coming. I have been organizing the children storage, sorting bags and putting things in different boxes

“The need for sleeping bags, blankets, pillows is great as this is one of the things trucks take first.

“My husband is going to drive a truck on Tuesday. Drivers can call the storage and see what is needed: (650) 249-4843.

“I will be going again to the warehouse to work all day again.”

Photos courtesy of Celeste Wiberg; taken by her husband, Ola Wiberg

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Just in time for Halloween parties – soft frosted pumpkin cookies

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Editor’s note: We welcome a new contributor to InMenlo today, former chef and now Menlo Park stay-at-home mom, Andrea Potischman who blogs at Simmer and Sauce, from which we’ll be drawing her contributions. Frosted pumpkin cookies are a common request by my older son, these and my coconut cake that is. With just a subtle pumpkin […]

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Horses to ride, reptiles to pet, slides to skitter down – all part of this year’s Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch

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Accompanied by our three reviewers — two 9-year-old girls and a 6-year-boy — we headed out to Webb Ranch to check out this year’s pumpkin patch. Two of the three have been visiting the annual Halloween attraction for their entire lives. Was it only a year or so ago that James didn’t want any part […]

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Where to donate – and what’s needed – for victims of North Bay fires

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Seaport Storage, just off of Woodside Road and Highway 101, has arranged to deliver needed items for fire victims to its facility in the North Bay. A complete list is below. Justin Wethington, manager of Seaport Storage, is in direct communication and cooperation with the shelters in the wine country. The list was sent to […]

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More local fire personnel and equipment headed to North Bay

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Fire Agencies from throughout San Mateo County have stepped up to send any available additional personnel and apparatus to fires in the North Bay and northern California. Early Thursday morning, four more Engines from Belmont and Central County Fire Departments along with the Menlo Park and Woodside Fire Protection Districts combined with a Fire Crew […]

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M-A cancels all outdoor athletic events including Friday’s football game

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InMenlo received this email from M-A co-athletic director Steven Kryger: “Our district, school, and athletic administrators have been monitoring the communications from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District the past few days in response to the local air quality being effected by the wildfires in the North Bay. “In the best interest of the […]

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New scholarship fund established in honor of M-A student Aisea Bojack Mataele

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Three M-A parents – Stella Bergan, Susan Mohr, and Stacey Alexander – along with M-A football coach Adhir Ranipati worked together to establish the Aisea Bojack Mataele Scholarship Fund to honor the Menlo-Atherton High School student who passed away last December from a rare illness. Here is the announcement: “It is with enormous “Bear Pride” that we […]

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Moni Santini-Kelly teaches circus arts in Menlo Park

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At some point doesn’t every child fantasize about running away and joining the circus? In Menlo Park, they don’t have to run far thanks to circus arts classes taught by Moni Santini-Kelly (pictured top) at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium covering such disciplines as aerial silks, rope trapeze and partner acrobatics. There is some irony in […]

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Hillview Middle School teacher Richard Vaughn takes the stage in “Annie”

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Occasionally someone we interview has roots that are deeply local. Such was the case when we stopped by Hillview Middle School to interview music teacher Richard Vaughn. We’d learned that he was going to be in the cast of Annie, the next production of the Woodside Community Theater. That was reason enough to catch up […]

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Pumpkins and the preschool set take center stage at St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival

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InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most stopped by the St. Raymond Pumpkin Festival over the weekend where activities included pony rides, bungee trampoline, bounce houses, games,  and face painting. Adults enjoyed the beer garden and live music. But looking at Robb’s resulting photos, one thing stood out: the delight of preschoolers as they went about selecting just […]

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Animals get blessed this morning at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Accompanying their humans in the pews of Trinity Church this morning were well-behaved dogs along with other more skittish pets — cats, birds, bunnies — in pet carriers. It was the Menlo Park church’s annual blessing of the animals service held nearest to the Feast of St. Francis, known — somewhat mythically noted the Rev. […]

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