December 2010

Year-end rainfall report

by Bill Russ on December 31, 2010

Awoke New Year’s Eve day to find .1″ of water in my gauge bringing my season-to-date total to 9.35″. We came into January 2010 with 6.55″ and were dry until the 11th. The 11  Santa Clara water banks are at 54% capacity. Hetch Hetchy is 84% and Crystal Springs 90%. Back around December 21st there was nine hours and 35 minutes of daylight. By June 21st that will be about 14 hours and 25 minutes. Many will look forward to that increase. Menlo Park’s birches have all shed their leaves but the many liquid ambars are about half empty. By January’s end they should be stark clean of leaves. Such goes the cycle of life.

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InMenlo’s most read 2010 posts: #11 to 20

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As we looked over the posts that caught the most attention in 2010, we were struck by the diversity of subject matter. So to wrap up the end of this year and start 2011, we thought we’d share the top 20 posts of 2010 with you. Here are numbers 11 to 20; we’ll look at […]

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Know where these mystery lanes are located?

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Locals know the lots Menlo cross streets:  Santa Cruz Ave and University (downtown), Middle and San Mateo Drive (west Menlo), Alma and Willow (Linfield Oaks), Gilbert and Pope (Willows). But where oh where is the corner of Ryan and Escondido located? We’re guess it’s a mystery location to most (and no far using Google maps).

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Transformation of a home – the architect’s view

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There are remodels and then there are transformations such as occurred at 740 Menlo Oaks Dr. in Menlo Park. It was a team effort among the architect Ana Williamson, homeowner/designer Surinder Kang and landscape architect Keith Willig. For their efforts, Williamson was awarded a 2010 AIA San Mateo Design Award and the homeowners received 98 […]

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Spotted: Abominable snowman displays new talents

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Not sure why this Abominable Snowmen – spotted in the Allied Arts neighborhood – became affixed to soccer net but it seems like a seasonable photo, even if it’s rain we’re getting, not snow. And maybe the new trend in recyling!

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It rained cats and dogs!

This is a fun, fresh number to report. It also shows how much rain can fall while we are sleeping. Okay, 1.4″ from yesterday afternoon through this morning – perhaps our most concentrated drop so far this season. My total season-to-date is now 9.25″ with a 20″ year a strong possibility. Last year at his […]

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Catching up with the Menlo Park Library Foundation

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Despite a successful capital campaign that funded the renovation of the Children’s Library, many locals aren’t aware of the relatively new Menlo Park Library Foundation. Founded in 2005, its mission is to develop a private endowment to supplement the library’s resources for  the enhancement of facilities, services and programs. “The Children’s Library was our first […]

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Spotted: Pink flamingo migrates westward

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As chronicled on InMenlo, the major pink flamingo action in Menlo Park takes place in the Willows, thanks mostly to artist S2 and his ever changing front yard. But the plastic birds evidently have devoted followers in west Menlo as well. We spotted this flamingo – all decked out for the holidays with Santa hat […]

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Under Menlo: San Francisquito Creek railroad bridge

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In the photo above, El Palo Alto looms above the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge that spans San Francisquito Creek. Built in 1902 when the original single track line was expanded to 2 tracks, this bridge replaced the original wooden bridge built in 1864 by the then newly-organized San Francisco and San Jose Railroad (absorbed in […]

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Is Menlo’s two-hour parking limit business away? http://bit.ly/fc2LxP

Is Menlo’s two-hour parking limit business away? http://bit.ly/fc2LxP

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Front yard brimming with Christmas trees

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Surely this household on University in Menlo Park evoked the KISS mantra, just celebrate the season with lights and trees. The result – the most Christmas tree-filled front yard in Menlo Park. The home’s proximity to Draeger’s has undoubtedly cheered many a harried shopped – and will continue to do so through New Year’s weekend

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