August 2010

Ribbon cutting ceremony at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park

School’s been in session for a week, but Oak Knoll chose this evening’s Back-to-School night for the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially unveil its renovated campus. Following similar ceremonies at Laurel and Encinal last week, for Superintendent of School Ken Ranella (pictured speaking) it must have seemed like a case of deju vu.

The Oak Knoll project, like projects at the two other schools, was funded by a $91 million school facility bond measure passed in 2006. It included $8.6 million in new construction and $2.8 million on renovations of existing structures. Parents gathered tonight could take a look at the new 4th/5th classroom, art room, music room and gymnasium, new doors and windows for existing classrooms, a remodeled library, and resurfaced blacktop play area and reconstructed kindergarten playground.

Work continues on a new grass playing field, new science room, and three new office and small instructional spaces.

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Spotted: Escape route from blazing hillsides

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It sometimes takes an out of town guest to state the obvious. “Don’t you worry about wildfires?” inquired the friend from Ohio, looking out at the golden hillsides from the Madera restaurant patio. Many west-of-the-Alameda neighborhoods in Menlo Park and Atherton are adjacent to hills covered with extra tall grass nurtured by the past spring’s […]

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Become a fan of McNair Group on Facebook & enter contest to win a $500 donation …

Become a fan of McNair Group on Facebook & enter contest to win a $500 donation to MPAEF in your name: http://bit.ly/9vwVSA

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60 years of Tally Ho, benefiting the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

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When this contributor was growing up on Hillview Drive in Menlo Park, there was an annual back-to-school treat in September. She and the other kids in the neighborhood would be shuttled over to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton for an afternoon of Western-themed fun.  That evening, some teenager would be in charge of watching […]

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Menlo Park Fire is holding an Environmental Health Issues After Disasters traini…

Menlo Park Fire is holding an Environmental Health Issues After Disasters training on 8/31 from 6 to 9 pm

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Spotted: Is Menlo becoming a trailer park?

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Well, of course not. Truth is we have a penchant for trailers (and large truck cabs) and finding two trailers parked about a mile from each other on Menlo Park streets presented a good opportunity to snap a couple of photos and dig up a bit of the lore. We were able to verify that […]

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Lauren John provides a great recap of the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream Salon M…

Lauren John provides a great recap of the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream Salon Menlo: http://bit.ly/agS3uK

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Lauren John provides a great recap of the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream Salon M…

Lauren John provides a great recap of the recent Midsummer Night’s Dream Salon Menlo: http://bit.ly/agS3uK

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Nealon Park — and dog park — reopens today (8/30)

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After a six-week closure for annual field maintenance, Nealon Park will reopen this morning. And the city’s dog owners, many of whom are part of the Dog Owner’s Group of Menlo Park (DOGMA), are especially looking forward to getting back to the park. The off-leash dog park will resume its standard rules and hours of operation: […]

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Spotted: Weekly Wamp sports “oarless” new design

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After a one week of daily publication, the Daily Wamp morphed into the Weekly Wamp on Friday with a newly-designed (no more oar logo), color publication printed on bright, high quality paper instead of newsprint. The 16-page publication featured stories on Menlo Park and Atherton city councils and a couple of reader contributed restaurant reviews. […]

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Spotted: Free bikes for the taking

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We were walking along San Mateo Drive about an hour ago and spotted these two bikes offered free for the taking on the Menlo Park side of the bridge the stretches across San Francisquito Creek. Another passerby came up to test the larger of the two, hoping that it would be a good fit. The […]

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