February 2015

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InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles was shopping for furniture today at Harvest in downtown Menlo Park, when she noticed one of the sales people, Jackie, eating a caesar salad from Vida. Given the two establishments proximity, that’s not surprising, but how she got the salad was. Evidently, every day, Vida owner Ali Esafy hands out four free lunches to nearby merchants — just because he likes to and can.

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Some got rain, some got hail, some got nothing – all depends on where you live in Menlo Park

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There were more than the usual number of variations in today’s rain storm that passed through Menlo Park earlier this afternoon. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ, who lives in Central Menlo emailed: “A shower passed through, today, our first rain since February 8, depositing .1″ in my gauge. My season-todate total, in my backyard, is […]

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Bye Bye Birdie is Menlo-Atherton High School’s winter production and this Conrad Birdie has some fun twists

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People of a certain age know all about the inspiration for Conrad Birdie, the hip-thrusting rock and roll superstar who gets drafted into the Army in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, which debuted on Broadway in 1960 and won a Tony Award for best musical in 1961. It was, of course, Elvis Presley, which leads us […]

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City Councilman Ray Mueller to hold office hours at Cafe Zoe on March 2

Emails Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller: “On Monday night, March 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, I will be holding office hours at Cafe Zoe [1929 Menalto Ave.], specifically to hear from the public, and provide information, regarding the Caltrain crossing at the Ravenswood intersection. “I’d like to thank Kathleen Daly in advance for providing […]

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Laurie Goldman explains how PictureItPostage™ works for your special event

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Any one who has planned a big event that involves a custom-printed invitation has come to that moment of needing to slap a postage stamp on the envelope that may — or may not — complement the carefully designed contents. Yes, there’s always the USPS “love” stamp for wedding invitations, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something […]

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Stedman Graham visits Menlo-Atherton High School

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Bestselling author, educator and entrepreneur Stedman Graham kicked off his day at Menlo-Atherton High School this morning with an inspiring interactive session for staff and community members at the school’s Performing Arts Center. He returned later, along with Justin Tuck and Caroline Jones, to present their mission to the students. Graham is a part of the Sonima […]

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Pars Equality Center hosting 5th annual Nowruz Gala on March 14

Menlo Park-based Pars Equality Center’s (PEC) is holding its 5th annual Nowruz Gala  in honor of the Persian New Year (formally observed on March 20, 2015).  The Gala marks the 5th year anniversary of the non-profit organization that provides social and legal support for members of the Iranian-American community, including American-born, refugees and immigrants. Founder […]

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Karae Lisle is new Peninsula Volunteers CEO

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Menlo Park resident Karae Lisle has been named the Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. new Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead PVI than Karae Lisle,” said Anna Marie Janky, President and Chair of the Board of Directors. “Karae is a proven […]

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Spotted: Junior League member giving blood to commemorate 50th anniversary

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Erica Carillo of the American Red Cross assists blood donor Cynthia Munoz, a Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula volunteer, last Friday. Community members donated a total of 17 liters of blood as part of the Junior League’s 50th anniversary. Photo by Frances Freyberg

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Train collides with passenger vehicle at Ravenswood crossing in Menlo Park, killing the driver

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MPPD update on 2.24: “Due to last night’s accident, repairs are continuing on the rail road tracks. At this time, it’s an unknown ETA for completion, however we have been told that repairs will be hours well into the afternoon.” Around 4:00 pm today (2/23/15), a southbound Caltrain struck a west-bound passenger vehicle at the Ravenswood Avenue crossing in […]

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M-A senior Andre Benz creates YouTube channel featuring Trap music

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Rather than merely enjoying music in his spare time, Menlo-Atherton High School senior Andre Benz has chosen to pursue his passion, leading him to create a now-trending YouTube channel. In 2012, his channel, Trap Nation, made its debut, and has since accrued nearly 800,000 subscribers. “In middle school, I was pretty antisocial, so I played a […]

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