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 1 to 10 on New Year’s Day. (Pictured with this installment is artist Mitchell Johnson, whose profile on InMenlo ranked #11 for the year.)
20. Lisa Freeman: Skilled civil servant serving the country’s vets
As Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park resident Lisa Freeman over sees the care of 60,000 vets a year and in 2010 received the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award.
19. Jewel of Santa Cruz Ave.
This Italianate house was hidden by foliage for years but can now be seen in all its splendor. Note: we’re still looking for someone who knows the home’s history!
18. Ellerdale Project: Making sense of Twitter’s “fire hose”
We discovered quite a few startups hiding in plain sight in downtown Menlo. The Ellerdale Project was one; it was acquired in July by another start up – Palo Alto’s Flipboard.
17. Get set to watch the Menlo Park Legends in action
Semipro baseball Menlo Park Legends, in its second year of play, drew on current and graduated college ball players to post another winning record.
16. Hello Hanna’s Wishing Tree is award winner
Menlo Park resident Anne Schultz, co-owner of Hello Hanna, drew on the Japanese tradition of leaving a written not on a tree branch to take home the National Stationery Show prize.
15. Dr. Phil Wagner: Adding science to athletic training
Dr. Phil Wagner always knew he wanted to train athletes rather than treat patients and opened Sparta Performance Science, which offers personalized athletic performance analysis and training, two years ago.
14. Frozen yogurt craze sweeps Menlo Park
Yogurt shops sprouted like weeds in 2010 but only one was locally owned – The Mix, which opened in February on the Alameda de las Pulgas and is owned by Susannah Albright and Jamie Schein.
13. Willow Garage: Menlo Park’s little shop of wonders
Robots that can do just about anything abound at this Menlo Park start up that aims to some day bring one to your home.
12. Holiday favorite staged by Menlo Park Academy of Dance
The Menlo Park Academy of Dance – a Menlo mainstay for 60 years – has staged Twas the Night Before Christmas for the past six years, using 120 dancers in the production.
11. Mitchell Johnson: Making sense of the world through painting
Artist and Menlo Park resident Mitchell Johnson is equally comfortable painting landscapes plein air and abstracts in his local studio; his works appear in more than 500 collections.
Photo by Chris Gulker