March 2012

Trinity Easter Basket building event 2012

A group of kids and adults built 300 Easter basket bound for children who live in area homeless shelters Saturday morning (3/31) at Trinity Church in Menlo Park. The baskets were filled to the brim — each with a plush toy, book, activity books and markers, outdoor and indoor games and, of course, Easter candy.

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Saturday rainstorm moves on, wind continues

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InMenlo rainfall watcher reports: “As of 3:30 pm, I have an additional .4″ bringing my season-to-date total to 9.6″. That compares to 19.45″ on March 31, 2011. I will check again if more comes down.” A distinctive element of this most recent storm was the wind, not good news for these delicate cherry blossoms photographed […]

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Sun god shines on Filoli’s Spring Fling

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What looked like a washout this morning, turned out to be just a delay of game (of sorts) at Filoli‘s annual Spring Fling today. This long time favorite of local families — activities are geared to for the 8 and under set — went on largely as planned, thanks to a mixture of sun and clouds for […]

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Ooey gooey cake is perfect antidote for rainy day – and next week’s Easter brunch

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Editor’s note: After a spring Friday that personified “shirtsleeve weather”, today’s forecast is for a significant drop in temperature and unfolded umbrellas — just perfect for staying home and baking a luscious cake perfected by Rachel Candeleria. Who knows, it may be just what you need for Easter brunch next week. I’ve been working on whittling […]

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NYT journalist talks about nuclear threat on April 2

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Author and former New York Times journalist Philip Taubman will deliver the April 2 SLAC Colloquium, “Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Abolition.” His latest book, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (Harper Collins), was published in January. The talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium, with refreshments served beforehand […]

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MPPD release photo of one suspect in stabbing near Menlo Park train station on Monday night

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After an in-depth interview with the victim of a stabbing that took place Monday night (3/26), the Menlo Park Police Department released further details and a sketch of one of the suspects. In a statement, the victim reported that about 9:45 pm on March 26, two Hispanic males confronted him with knives as he exited […]

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Spotted: Straws hopping their way to Bunny Day

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For most, but not all, Menlo Park and Atherton schools, this afternoon marks the beginning of Spring Break and the countdown to Easter, which officially starts with Palm Sunday. In the spirit of happily hopping along, here are some fun Easter/Bunny Day party favors designed by the ever creative Alexis Murphy. To feed the rabbit […]

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Female Facebook engineers reach out to potential engineers of the future

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“Don’t be afraid to fail.” That was the resounding message four Facebook engineers relayed to a group of local high school girls at a first-of-its-kind event at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park Thursday night. The gathering was part of an initiative by COO Sheryl Sandberg to get more women involved in technical careers. About […]

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Bruce Good raffles off carpet for charity

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Bruce Good, who owns The Oriental Carpet located on Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, is raffling off a $13,000 handmade carpet from India, in support of his family friend Rene, who is battling cancer. “He will have no means of income while going through chemo and radiation,” emails Bruce. “It’s a chance to help […]

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Speaking of robots, what’s happening at Menlo Park’s Willow Garage: http://t.co/…

Speaking of robots, what’s happening at Menlo Park’s Willow Garage: http://t.co/Q1nvNbCc

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M-A’s robotics team gets ready for regional competition March 29-31

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Post competition update on March 31 from parent Susan Bryan: “TOTALLY AMAZING! Team 766 came from behind to be in the final winning alliance of three!” Next step for the M-A Bears is a trip to the national competition in St. Louis. Two weeks ago, Robotics Team 766 from Menlo-Atherton High School was competing in […]

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