InMenlo’s most read 2011 posts: #11 to 20

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on December 31, 2011

Julie Kaufman by photograher Scott R. Kline

As we did last year, we thought it would be fun to look at what attracted the most attention on InMenlo during the last 12 months. We begin with #11 to 20 today and will kick off the new year with #1 to 10 tomorrow.

The subject matter runs the gamut, from topical (Facebook’s move to Menlo) to profiles of the many interesting people who live or work in Menlo Park or Atherton, such as Julie Kaufman, who’s featured in the photograph above, taken by Scott Kline (more of his work tomorrow!).

11. Lobster Shack debuts at Ladera Shopping Center
The Ladera neighborhood of Menlo Park waited patiently as a deli at Ladera Shopping Center was transformed into the second Lobster Shack restaurant owned by Portola Valley residents Lynn and Russell Deutsch.

12. President Obama spotted in Menlo Park
The whir of big helicopters overhead gave hint of the action to come, the arrival of President Obama on a Stanford soccer field. From there, he boarded his limousine and drove through Menlo Park on Sand Hill Rd., cheered on by the people from the adjacent neighborhood.

13. Holly Cogan: M-A’s Dance Team Captain gets ready for annual show
The then M-A senior talks about her passion for dance — “I can’t live without it!” — and her hopes that it will continue to be important in the years to come. She wowed the audience at the show and is now attending SMU.

14. Bear Ta Tas set to walk 60 miles in three days
Five Menlo-Atherton High School teachers — and one of their mothers — participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk Sept. 9-11 with a goal of raising $15,000.

15. Julie Kaufman: How to clothe yourself in confidence
For the past seven years, Atherton resident Julie Kaufman (pictured) has been advising people about how to look professional when every day is “casual Friday”.

16. Marianne and Jay Dean: Hooked on rowing on the Bay<
Menlo Park residents Marianne and Jay Dean are passionately enthusiastic about rowing on the San Francisco Bay. Why not? It offers a great workout, expansive vistas and sufficient thrills.

17. Menlo Park guitar enthusiasts celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday
What better way to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday than a class dedicated to his songs with discussion about his contributions as both an acoustic musician/poet and rock ‘n roll icon.

18. Have your cake and ice cream, too
Debbie Umphreys and Chris Rivera opened a retail Angel Heart Cakes store at Marsh Manor in February — and made it extra convenient to have your cake and ice cream, too, by sharing the space with Queen Bee Ice Cream. The cake makers have since expanded into other products such as cupcakes and granola.

19. It’s official: Facebook is moving to Menlo Park
What Mayor Rich Cline called “the single biggest event in our town’s history,” was Facebook’s official announcement on Feb. 8 that the social networking company was moving into the buildings once occupied by Sun Microsystems at the end of Willow Road. The press conference attracted worldwide attention to Menlo Park.

20. Happy clucking sounds at Sacred Heart turkey drive
Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton faced off with Presentation High of San Jose in a just before Thanksgiving competitive turkey drive. The big winner: St. Anthony’s Dining Room in Menlo Park that feeds 800 to 1,000 people on Thanksgiving.

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