June 2014

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We guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the well-tended rose garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park would yield such a beautiful rose. But we think photographer Gillian Bostock captured it perfectly.

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Rain year 2013-14 report: not very wet in Menlo Park

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Here is my rainfall report for the 2013-14 rain year that began on July 1, 2013 and ends today:  9.55″ fell in my Menlo Park backyard. That compares to 16.50″ in the 2012-2013 rain year. Local weather watchers may be reminded that there have been worse rain years: 8.2″ fell in the 2o06-07  year. In the […]

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The Wheels of San Francisco

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I was in San Francisco recently doing some street photography with my friend Doug Kaye. Here are a couple of grab shots – one on rollerblades, the other on a skateboard. Both images shot with my Fujifilm X100S. For more images from the day, see my album on Flickr.

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We live where the rest of the world vacations – here are three reasons why

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Barely a day goes by where I don’t see a Facebook posting from somebody enjoying a visit to Nepal or Tasmania or, at a minimum, the back roads of Cinque Terre. Each of those trips, wonderful as they are, call for thousands of dollars, numerous hassles, and hours spent in phobia-inducing airline seats. My thought for […]

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Menlo Park Fire Protection District responds to two-alarm fire at SLAC last night

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A fire alarm last night at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park at 9:47 pm brought response from Menlo Park Fire Protection District Engine 6, which arrived to find heavy black smoke pouring from one of the structures. The Captain requested a full first alarm response on arrival. A second alarm at 10:02 pm brought in additional Menlo […]

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Tennis teaching pro Marcus Cootsona writes first novel – Slammin’

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Local tennis teaching pro Marcus Cootsona admits that he finds it difficult to stay off the court and away from the writing desk. Following up on his nonfiction book of tennis tips — Occam’s Racquet: 12 Simple Steps To Smarter Tennis — published in 2011, he’s written a novel: Slammin’. The book tells the story of Wally Wilson, who […]

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Charity rummage sale at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on June 28 will benefit GAIA

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St. Bede’s semi-annual rummage sale offers clothes, shoes, books, CDs, household items, toys, knickknacks, craft items and more — you never know what treasures you’ll find — plus free refreshments. The church promises prices that are famously low and friendly volunteers to help you find what you are looking for. The sale takes place in Lehman Hall, the […]

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Menlo resident Alan Propp heads to Ghana this summer to work at orphanages

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Menlo-Atherton High School grad Alan Propp, who’s finishing up his second year at Stanford, is headed to Ghana this summer to work with the Kaeme Foundation in partnership with the Ghanian Department of Social Welfare. There he’ll be interviewing children who are housed in orphanages, even though in some cases they have families. “The goal […]

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To mark National Oceans Month, USGS public lecture looks at “living without light” on June 26

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Into the Abyss: Living Without Light is the topic of a free public USGS lecture in Menlo Park on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m (Conference Room A, Bldg. 3. Nancy Prouty, Research Oceanographer, will discuss: As archives of natural and human activities, deep-sea corals are windows to the past. Scientific studies of these slow-growing and […]

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Menlo Park native competes in 2014 World Rowing Cup II at Lake Aiguebelette, France

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Seth Weil (far right above and wearing red shirt below), who grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School, is one of the more than 700 athletes from 46 countries who competed in the 2014 World Rowing Cup II at Lake Aiguebelette, France this weekend. He is part of the U.S. men’s four crew that includes Michael Gennaro (Havertown, Pa.), […]

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Small and reusable, Urban Market Bags come to market again

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While being first to market is typically an advantage in Silicon Valley, Kerri Stenson (pictured left) of Woodside learned firsthand the pitfalls of being too early. Back in 2007, motivated by an entrepreneurial drive with an environmental bent, Kerri and a friend came up with the idea of packaging multiple reusable bags in a sack. […]

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