December 2017

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Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2017. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The #11-20 rankings were published yesterday.

#1: Country Corner’s beloved owner Bob passes away For the second year in a row, the death of a beloved resident got the most notice. Last year it was Freewheel Brewing’s Malcolm McGinnis. This year it’s news of Bob Wehab’s passing.

#2:  Menlo-Atherton High School senior Cameron Bozdog achieves top ACT score Cameron joined a very elite group: On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score.

#3: Menlo Park resident says goodbye to trees many locals may have taken for granted The removal of all the oaks and redwoods at the Willow Road/101 interchange, which is being rebuilt, brought consternation to many readers.

#4: Solar eclipse viewing at Menlo Park Library planned for Aug. 21 People reacted with much enthusiasm at news of the library’s eclipse viewing event.

#5: Charlie Parker returns to his hometown as new chef at Flea Street Cafe Charlie remembers dining at the Cafe when he was a kid; now he’s shaping the menu and overseeing the kitchen. Photo above by Irene Searles

#6: Grateful Dead in Ladera?  Yes it really happened 50 years ago There are enough Laderans who remember when the famous Bay Area band played at Ladera School for the Ladera Christmas Dance on the night of December 17, 1966.

#7: The building of a Menlo Park family’s mini retreat featured on Tiny House Nation The Menlo Park family built their tiny house in Amador County as a retreat from their busy Silicon Valley lives.

#8: M-A’s Pam Wimberly gets new accolades as she’s poised to begin her 50th teaching year We caught up with Pam before her induction into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Photo right by Irene Searles

#9: Farewell to a Menlo Park treasure – the family who ran the Plantation Cafe The news of the closing of the Plantation Cafe brought sadness to the many locals who regarded it as a very special place, including kids who stopped by after school.

#10: Rooftop bar and eatery in Menlo Park provides bird’s-eye views both east and west The re-opened British Banker’s Club has a rooftop bar with separate kitchen and menu.

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Looking back on 2017: Most viewed posts #11-20

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Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2017. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. (Remembering downtown Menlo Park back in the day, first published in 2012, continues to be in the top 20 year after year.) Today’s post focuses on #11-20; the top 10 list will be […]

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Memorial tree grows over 50 plus years, as does the person who planted it!

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016/17. As part of a year-end wrap-up, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman sent out a fun “then and now” photo. The first, captured in May, 1961, shows a very young Bob Blach helping plant a tree at Menlo City Center with his sisters, grandmother and […]

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M-A Leo Club initiates Virtual Giving Tree for homeless veterans in Menlo Park

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Throughout the month of December, the Leo District 4-C4 created and executed the first Virtual Giving Tree for veterans. The Leos provided gifts to approximately 50 veterans, all part of the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP) at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park.  Elise Kratzer and Dina Zheng, Leo District 4-C4 Board First VP […]

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83 “blessed” bats at Menlo Park home rescued, pronounced fit, and released

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This has the makings of a perfect Onion story, yet it’s true. Workers removed a mural of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, from an exterior wall of a Menlo Park home only to find it housed the living quarters of 83 bats. According to Peninsula Humane Society spokesperson Buffy (can’t make […]

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Menlo Park is inviting citizens to apply for new Advisory Districting Committee

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Menlo Park is recruiting to fill up to nine seats on the City’s newly created Advisory Districting Committee. This Committee will be responsible for reviewing and recommending City Council district boundaries for the 2018 election. Eligibility requirements are this: Application due by 5:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 Registered voter Menlo Park resident and resided […]

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Local author Constance Vincent explores karma in latest book

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Karma is not a religious term. And it is not a judgment from a past life. Karma really means “a call to action,” appropriate as one starts thinking of New Year’s resolutions. In her latest book Karma in Action, psychologist and author Constance L. Vincent, a Menlo Park resident, has written the only book that […]

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Spotted: Studio Cake with a snow flake theme

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We’re lucky enough to attend a Christmas dinner hosted by long time friends that each year has a different theme. This year is was snowflakes, and as she does every Christmas for this dinner, Bethann Goldberg of Menlo Park-based Studio Cake carries out the theme in a cake. This year’s was particularly elegant!

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Merry Christmas and goodwill to all people!

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Squirrel is likely culprit in Christmas Eve fire on San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park

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Shortly after 6:00 am this morning, Menlo Fire responded to smoke coming from the roof of a home on San Mateo Drive in Menlo Park where they found a fire burning around the door casing of the front door of the home. The small fire was quickly brought under control, and the rest of the home […]

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Merry Christmas cheese tree to wow your guests

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Cheese platters are a crowd pleaser. Cheese platters are easy. Cheese platters are delicious. Cheese platters should never be boring! I keep lots of cheese on hand during the holidays. It seems like someone is always stopping by or we need to bring something over to a friend’s house. Turning Christmas Cheese into Christmas Trees is my favorite way […]

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