August 2016

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Longtime Menlo Park resident Willie Mae Jones (left in photo) visited Facebook on August 30 — in honor of her 101st birthday, which was on August 24.

Willie Mae received a tour of the campus led by her great granddaughter, Keyanna Adger (middle in photo), who works with the News Feed team. After receiving a “Happy Birthday” serenade from the people at Facebook in Hacker Square, eating lunch, and experiencing an Oculus demo, Willie Mae capped off her visit by meeting with COO Sheryl Sandberg (right in photo).

Willie Mae moved to Menlo Park in 1950 from Mississippi and has always wanted to visit the campus. When her great granddaughter Keyanna joined the team this month, she shared that her birthday wish was to visit Facebook and proudly proclaim, “I know someone who works there.”

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ConnectMenlo open house set for September 7

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ConnectMenlo is an update of the City’s General Plan, which guides future development, land uses, and transportation in the city. As part of the ConnectMenlo update, the City will be examining land uses and development standards for the M-2 zoning area, as well as mobility issues citywide. The open house on September 7 from 7:00 […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School announces its Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2016

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Six student athletes, three teams, one coach, and two parent volunteers make up the Menlo-Atherton High School 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, which were announced at the school on Monday, Aug. 29. They are: Howie and Kerry Dallmar, 2001-2004 (Athletic Boosters). They were the driving force behind resurrecting the Menlo-Atherton Athletic Boosters after the organization had gone dormant […]

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Riekes Center staff member Steven Toyoji is competing in Paralympics In Rio

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Currently in Rio competing in the Paralympics, Riekes Center staff member Steven Toyoji was introduced to adaptive sports in his home state of Washington. His athletic career developed as he began competing at the University of Arizona for the men’s wheelchair basketball team and wheelchair track and road-racing team. He represented the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field […]

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Menlo Park Library plans Fall series of storytelling performances

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The Menlo Park Library is kicking off a new series of storytelling performances featuring its own resident tale-spinner, storyteller John Weaver (pictured). Storytelling is different than library story times. Storytelling is telling stories — without using a book. It’s an ancient art form that predates libraries, and books, and writing. According to the National Storytelling Network, […]

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Facebook hosts old-fashioned county fair along with its weekly farmers market

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There was a last gasp of summer fun this afternoon at Facebook. The company hosted a county fair along with its weekly farmers market. There were amusement rides, games, and live animals to pet and ride. It was fun with a purpose. The fair benefited a number of local non-profits including Ecumenical Hunger and Project […]

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NanoFarms plants the seed for economic growth and sustainable farming

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“My mother loved gardens,” says Father George E. Schultze, S.J., “and so did my father. We normally had lots of flowers and also always tomatoes, sometimes corn. That experience has given me a love for being around a garden.” And today, as a priest at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Fr. George is doing just […]

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Menlo-Atherton’s football team ranked #21 in San Francisco Chronicle poll

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We admit we haven’t followed M-A football much, but we’ve been around long enough to know the school doesn’t usually field a powerhouse team. So, we were surprised when we saw that prep sports reporter Mitch Stephens had ranked the Bears #21 in his pre-season list published in the San Francisco Chronicle. We were curious why. Mitch replied via […]

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Menlo Fire makeshift “sky crane” lifts injured man from construction site

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Menlo Park Firefighters responded to 1650 Oak Avenue in Menlo Park on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 1.42 pm to a report of a construction worker who had accidentally fallen into a basement under construction at the site. Upon their arrival at 1.49 pm, firefighters located the conscious male victim in a corner of an […]

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Spotted: Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka proclaiming “Now Is the Time” at Hillary fundraiser

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Portola Valley artist Drue Kataoka, who graduated from Sacred Heart Prep before attending Stanford, came dressed Wednesday afternoon for a local fundraising lunch for Hillary Clinton as she did at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She explained:  “I created this  artwork [pointing to her t-shirt)] that celebrates the 240-year journey towards electing our first […]

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Prophetic preacher and justice seeker, The Rev. Ed Bacon preaches at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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It’s easy to go “all celebrity” when writing about the Rev. Ed Bacon, who recently retired from All Saints Church, Pasadena, one of the largest Episcopal churches in the country. After all, Ed counts Oprah Winfrey as a friend and colleague, appearing on Oprah’s Soul Series and Super Soul Sunday as well as contributing to […]

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