Archive of Jym Clendenin

Jym Clendenin has lived in Menlo Park for 35 years and thinks the town’s best attributes are its attractive housing, friendly residents, and just-right downtown, not to mention the near perfect weather. He worked nearby at SLAC for 33 years as an experimental and accelerator physicist, retiring in 2008. Now he enjoys running, biking, backpacking, cooking and reading as well as unearthing facts about Menlo Park’s little known corners and hidden past.

Jym has written 55 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Editor’s note: This article was co-written by Lucy Spaziano.

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Menlo Park welcomed Galway City’s Mayor Donal Lyons (left in photo) and Chief Executive Brendan McGrath (right) for a two-day visit March 11th and 12th. This visit continues the Friendship Agreement signed by the two cities in 2013.

Galway is a city of about 70,000 located on the western coast of Ireland. In 1840, at the age of 17, Dennis Oliver immigrated to New York City from Galway City, and then in 1849 migrated to San Francisco. Soon thereafter he and his business partner Daniel McGlynn purchased land just north of the San Francisquito Creek where they started a ranch they named Menlo Park after the park-like village of Menlo on the edge of Galway City where Oliver had enjoyed family holidays.

In addition to tours of local businesses, including Facebook, Bootup Ventures, CS Bio and HP Corporate Headquarters (note that the European headquarters of HP is in Galway City) and also St. Patrick’s Seminary, Lyons and McGrath met privately Tuesday morning with Menlo Park’s Mayor Catherine Carlton (middle in photo) and Economics Developer Jim Cogan.

Afterwards Mayor Carlton, along with City Manager Alex McIntyre and others, hosted Lyons and Brendon for lunch at Menlo Park’s Left Bank Restaurant. That evening at the City’s regular Council Meeting, Mayor Carlton made an official proclamation marking the visit and the two mayors then exchanged gifts.

Throughout the visit, members of Two Menlos, a local organization that supports the Friendship Agreement, assisted in hosting, especially Jim Lewis. Lyons and McGrath will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle, which is a Sister City with Galway.

Galway City was founded in the 12th century by Norman traders. It was granted a charter in the 15th century by Richard III (of England).  Today the center of the city consists of well-preserved buildings with many busy restaurants, bars and retail shops.

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Former Menlo Park City Attorney Jack Jorgeson talks about the 60s and 70s at Menlo Park Historical Association annual meeting

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At the annual meeting of the Menlo Park Historical Association an audience of about 50 were taken back to the City of the 1960s and 70s by Jack Jorgenson, the Menlo Park City Attorney from 1961 to 1985. In 1960, Jorgenson was assistant to City Attorney James O’Keefe, Jr. when O’Keefe left to take an elective […]

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Italian stone pine in Fremont Park gives birth to art & play structure – with new trees to come

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From disaster and death can come the birth of something good (myth of the phoenix). The big Italian stone pine that guarded the eastern side of Fremont Park had to be taken down in September, a disturbing event for many in our community. From the collective brainstorming of residents and city of Menlo Park staff, […]

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City of Menlo Park honors the Menlo Park Historical Association

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At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Ray Mueller presented the Menlo Park Historical Association with a proclamation recognizing its accomplishments since 1971 in preserving the history of Menlo Park and in making its archived materials available to the public, including through its website Most recently the Association was instrumental in the creation of the […]

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New planting boxes bring extra burst of Spring to downtown Menlo Park

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In early 2013, the Menlo Park City Council decided to invest in an upgrade of the street plantings and furniture on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue (SCA). The project was completed in early 2014. The following is a reconstruction of an interview on April 24th with the project leader, Ruben Niño, Assistant Director of Public Works. […]

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One thing leads to another – and end result is one of Menlo Park’s most enchanting home & garden

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In the Bay Area it’s not unusual for a house to be painted a non-traditional color or colors. But here in Menlo Park, there is a house that has gone beyond just color: It’s a house plus garden that together presents an enchanting picture for the passer-by. A typical reaction is “it makes me feel […]

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The tale of Two Menlos on display at the Menlo Park Library through February

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During the month of February, a display at the Menlo Park Library entrance will feature the recently signed Friendship Agreement between the City of Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland. As many are aware, Menlo Park is named for the very old Gaelic village of Mionloch (anglicized to Menlough and usually shortened to Menlo), which […]

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Friendship with Galway City results in visit to Menlo Park from Senator Cáit Keane

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Senator Cáit Keane, who grew up in Galway City and represents South-West Dublin in the Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, visited Menlo Park last Tuesday, Jan. 7th. She met  with Menlo Park Council Member and last year’s Mayor, Peter Ohtaki, at City Hall. She was here on holiday to visit […]

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Friendship agreement signed between Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland

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Almost exactly one-year ago Gerry Hanley came from his hometown of Menlo (or Menlough, the anglicized version of the Irish Gaelic Mionloch, which means “small lake”), now a section of Galway City, Ireland, to Menlo Park with a personal mission to establish a friendship relationship between the two cities. His point of contact here was […]

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Festivities celebrating Caltrain’s 150th anniversary set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Menlo Park train station

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On October 17, 1863, the construction of the rail line for the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad was completed from San Francisco to Mayfield. A festive train brought 400 dignitaries, including Gov. Leland Stanford and Gov. A. C. Gibbs (Oregon), to a grand picnic just north of the San Francisquito Creek in today’s Menlo […]

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Summer adventures: Kibbie to Many Island Lakes backpack trip takes unexpected twists and turns

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My backpacking trip this summer was one of the most difficult I’ve ever experienced. Seven of us set out to conquer the wilderness between Kibbie and Many Island Lakes in the southwest corner of Yosemite National Park, but we failed. The distance between these lakes is only about two miles as the crow flies, and the […]

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