May 2014

Artist Mitchell Johnson talks about his current exhibits and new book

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We’ve stopped by Mitchell Johnson’s studio a number of times since first meeting him in 2010, but were overdue for a longer visit to learn what he’s been up to in the last few years. The Menlo Park-based artist told us that he’d recently returned from Reykjavik, Iceland, and had already sold one of the […]

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Barbara Wilcox hopes to go on MPPC mission trip using unique fundraising approach

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Barbara Wilcox is a relatively new resident of Menlo Park, but the street she lives on has historical roots. It was once the site of Camp Fremont’s bakery. Barbara knows little nuggets of facts like this because the World War I training camp is the subject of her Master’s thesis at Stanford. A former journalist, […]

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The Jeweler proprietors bid adieu to Menlo Park and Santa Cruz Avenue after almost three decades

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The brown and pink banner outside The Jeweler on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Parks says it all: “Retirement Sale.” Charles and Mercedes Horvath are not only closing  up shop, they’re leaving their Menlo home, bound for Colorado. “We have three grandchildren there,” explains Mercedes. “From there we’ll make frequent trips to Arizona where […]

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La Entrada student Andrew Tan wins first place in national essay contest

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La Entrada Middle School student Andrew Tan of Menlo Park was recently named one of the winners of the 2013 Making Democracy Work Student Essay Contest. Andrew was awarded First Place in the Junior Division and earned a cash prize of $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C, with his parents and younger brother. “…Andrew’s […]

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City of Menlo Park provides online information about the proposed Specific Plan Ballot Initiative

The City of Menlo Park has unveiled a new section of its website to provide the community with factual information about the ballot initiative proposed to revise Menlo Park’s El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan. The online information summarizes the proposed ballot measure’s primary elements and clarifies how the Specific Plan currently addresses relevant key issues […]

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The Couples Institute in Menlo Park focuses on helping people navigate successful relationships

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When psychologists Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson first met in the late 70s — and then married in the early 80s — there was no such thing as a specialization in marriage or couples therapy, “The common wisdom was that you’d go broke specializing in couples because your clients could only come at night,” recalled Ellyn, sitting […]

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Coming: Two campuses, one Laurel School in Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park

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At the most recent Menlo Park School District Board of Education meeting, the decision was made on the name of the new Laurel campus at the O’Conner school site Elliot Drive site in the Willows neighborhood. When that campus opens in the Fall of 2016, Laurel will join Oak Knoll and Encinal offering grades K-5 […]

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New planting boxes bring extra burst of Spring to downtown Menlo Park

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In early 2013, the Menlo Park City Council decided to invest in an upgrade of the street plantings and furniture on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue (SCA). The project was completed in early 2014. The following is a reconstruction of an interview on April 24th with the project leader, Ruben Niño, Assistant Director of Public Works. […]

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Menlo School students display inventions and projects in advance of upcoming Bay Area Maker Faire

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Last Friday (5/9) at Menlo School’s 5th annual Maker Faire, teenage makers demonstrated the science inventions and innovative projects they’d worked on this year in classes such as Engineering, Robotics and Applied Science Research, including a singing Tesla coil, robots that wrestle, a self-parking car, and a solar-powered bike. In each of these courses, students […]

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Grab Bag Theater kids are back with The Wizard of Oz

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The student-run theater group, Grab Bag, is presenting The Wizard of Oz the next two weekends — May 16-17 and May 23-24. Performances will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center in Redwood City at 7:30 pm with an additional 1:00 pm matinee on May 24. In major roles are a number of Menlo-Atherton High […]

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Teresa Silvestri’s animal paintings are featured at Portola Art Gallery in May

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“In the Company of Animals,” an exhibit of animal paintings in watercolor by Belmont resident Teresa Silvestri, is on display during May at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, May 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Teresa’s love of animals and nature has inspired […]

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