November 2012

M-A by Betsy Snow

We had a couple of folks keeping us posted on the effect to Storm #2 which started overnight and had pretty much passed through by about 1:00 pm today.

InMenlo rainfall Bill Russ watcher provided an update from his earlier report: “Just in case there is some interest, I measured another 1.1″ just before noon. That is 2.3″ in my backyard for today’s storm and 3.5″ for the storms starting Wednesday. Season-to-date is 6.9″ versus 2″ same time last year.”

And Menlo-Atherton High School teacher put together four photographs she has taken (during the pool construction and today), emailing: “Witness history! For the first time at M-A the football field is deeper than the pool!”

Photos by Betsy Snow

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Caltrain Holiday Train stops in Menlo Park on Dec. 2 at 7:45 pm

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The Caltrain Holiday Train returns to Menlo Park for the first time in two years on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:45 pm, with sponsorship provided by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The show train features snowmen, giant Teddy bears, singing carolers – and of course, Santa Claus – set amidst 60,000 glittering lights. Since first […]

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It’s going to be a rainy Friday in Menlo Park

As of 7:00 am, I have 1.2″ of water in my gauge, and it continues to rain steadily.  My season-to-date total is 5.7″ and that compares to 2″ same time last year. More rain is expected as the day goes along.

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Fans of chef Guillaume Bienaime can find him at Portola Kitchen

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In his two years as Executive Chef at the now-shuttered Marché in downtown Menlo Park, Guillaume Bienaime managed to garner a number of accolades and a loyal following. Local fans don’t have to go far to sample his cooking. He’s now heading the kitchen, and other responsibilities, at Portola Kitchen in the Ladera Country Shopper on Alpine […]

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Menlo Park Library book sale scheduled for Dec. 2

Beautiful gift quality books for the entire family will be featured at a book sale on Sunday, December 2 from noon to 4:00 pm. Sponsored by The Friends of the Menlo Park Library, the sale will take place in the downstairs meeting room  at 800 Alma Street. Art & collectible, biography, cooking, children’s, fiction, history, mystery, […]

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Alternative Gift Market scheduled for Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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The 4th Annual Alternative Gift Market will be held at Trinity Church in Menlo Park on two consecutive Sundays, December 2 and December 9 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, features 17 participating organizations. Shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of handmade […]

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You’re invited to ride the rails in Menlo Park at West Bay Model RR at two upcoming holiday shows

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Did you know that here are a couple of other railroads in Menlo Park — other than Caltrain. One, in West Menlo, is a private “live steam” layout. Another is a real Menlo Park treasure – the West Bay Model Railroad Association. Located in the old Southern Pacific freight building just south of the Menlo Park […]

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Richard “Dick” Barr Neal, architect of SLAC’s linear accelerator in Menlo Park, dies at 95

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Richard “Dick” Barr Neal, a key figure in the design, construction and operation of SLAC’s 2-mile-long linear accelerator located in Menlo Park, died Nov. 22, 2012 in Solana Beach, Calif., at age 95. Neal, who retired from SLAC in 1985, was part of a small group of visionaries who met in 1957 in the home […]

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M-A Outreach Club holds holiday gift drive to support local families in need

Last year, the Menlo-Atherton High School Outreach Club fulfilled the holiday wish lists of over 70 families. This year, they club is looking for families and groups to sponsor or adopt a family to help make their wishes come true. By participating in the Holiday Gift Project, your family, office, church, book club, sports team, […]

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Storm #1 brings over an inch of rain to Menlo Park

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It seems storm #1 of the predicted series now through Sunday seems to have passed through, with the rainfall over shortly after noon. I measured 1.2″ in my gauge. That is 4.5″ season- to-date and compares to 2″ same time last year. Many will have likely forgotten that last year we had no rainfall from […]

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Menlo Park and Atherton make storm preparations and give residents lists of resources

With rain expected through the weekend and gale force winds in effect through mid-aftertoon today, both the City of Menlo Park and Town of Atherton issued notices for residents, that include lists of resources and actions taken by each municipality. From Menlo Park: The City of Menlo Park has stocked sandbags at Alma/Burgess and Pope/Laurel […]

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