September 2017

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Local teen Shay Patel (pictured above), whose organization Alley Oop Kids has been featured on InMenlo a number of times, is among the recipients of the 2017 Golden Acorn Awards presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. Most recently Shay ran an after-school camp for summer school kids in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto.

“It’s really cool! I didn’t expect to be recognized!” he told InMenlo.

Now in its forty-first year, the Chamber awards recognize community achievement through the volunteer efforts and contributions of organizations and individuals. There will be a reception for this year’s winners on Sept. 28 at the Stanford Park Hotel from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Registration is available online.

Stanford women’s basketball coach and Menlo Park resident Tara VanDerveer will give the keynote address starting at 5:15 pm.

Other winners are:

• The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, whose Foundation Menlo Park Rotary Foundation each year awards $70,000 to $130,000 in scholarships to deserving local high school seniors who are accepted to four year colleges

• Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners through repairs and clean up days

• Juanita Croft, a founding member and leader of the Belle Haven Community Development Fund, whose mini-grant program offers small grants for local projects and events that benefit the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park

• Rex Ianson, who as a fire fighter and then board member, devoted 48 years of service to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District

• Arlinda Heineck, who as director of community development for the city of Menlo Park, worked on the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan, the city’s housing element in the general plan, and an update to the city’s general plan.

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Science Night returns to the Menlo Park Library on Sept. 28

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On Thursday, September 28, the Menlo Park Library will be hosting its fifth Science Night for adults, teens, and elementary school-aged children. Displays and hands-on activities will be hosted by organizations including Children’s Discovery Museum, Aquarium of the Bay, Science Made Fun, San Francisco Zoo, SETI Institute, MVCode,Tech Rocks and the M-A Robotics team. Attendees […]

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Menlo Fire kept busy with apartment fire and multi-vehicle accident

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Menlo Park firefighters responded to a four-vehicle accident at Bayfront Expressway and University Avenue at 7:50 this morning that resulted in one person being transported to Stanford Hospital. West bound Bayfront at University was shut down while law enforcement conducted an investigation and documented the scene. The accident happened just a little over 12 hours […]

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Steve Westly focuses on clean technology while continuing to eye another run for elective office

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If you want to know what Atherton resident Steve Westly thinks about various issues of the day, his thoughts are easy to find online — both through his Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, which focuses on clean technology, and elsewhere. You can even hear him in person this coming Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 pm […]

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio will appear at M-A PAC on Sept. 23

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The Peter and Will Anderson Trio will be performing at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm as part of the Palo Alto Jazz Alliance’s 25th anniversary celebration. Tickets are available online. The Anderson Twins Trio, featuring Peter and Will Anderson, have been called “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,”,= by the […]

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Facebook switches to 100% renewable energy through Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option

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Facebook switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option, making Facebook the largest participant in Peninsula Clean Energy’s 100% renewable energy option. “Facebook is committed to being a good neighbor and that includes reducing its potential impact on the environment,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook Sustainability and Community Outreach […]

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First hand report on Mexico City earthquake by Dr. Janise Rodgers of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International

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Editor’s note: We interviewed Brian Tucker of Menlo Park-based GeoHazards International a couple of years ago about the risk of earthquakes in populated areas of developing countries. Yesterday he reported the experience of the organization’s COO during Tuesday’s earthquake near Mexico City. Emails Brian: “As a magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City, Dr. Janise Rodgers, […]

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Sacred Heart School camera captures photos of possible mountain lion that turns out to be a raccoon

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Update as of Sept. 21: The Atherton Police Department reached out to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife yesterday after receiving information of a possible mountain lion sighting on the Sacred Heart School camera. It has now been determined through the agency that the animal shown on the school campus camera was not a mountain […]

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“I Superstar” children’s talent competition set for Sunday, September 24

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“I Superstar” Children’s Talent Competition is dedicated to providing a stage for young children in San Francisco Bay Area. The contestants will compete in the order of age group 6-9, age group 10-13, and age group 14-17. All the results will be announced at the very end of the finale. There will be a 1st […]

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Sociologist Cecilia Ridgeway studies status hierarchies and how they impact our lives

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Menlo Park resident Cecilia Ridgeway grew up in a Los Angeles suburb that was a melting pot of sorts, “bringing people together from very different social worlds,” she explains. “My interest in sociology traces back to that experience. When I went to college, I was trying to figure out what to study, stumbled on sociology, […]

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Friends of the Library book sale set for September 23-24

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a two-day book sale on September 23rd and 24th, featuring thousands of books. The event will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, and from noon until 2:00 pm on Sunday. Shoppers on Sunday will be able to fill a bag with books […]

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