Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ:  “[I found] .35″ of rain in my gauge this morning, raising my season-to-date total to 17.85″. This may not seem like a lot but seperate your fingers to approximate .35″ and realize that much rain fell on Menlo Park overnight. Also, 17.85″ does not qualify, in my opinion, as a drought year [for Menlo itself]. It does follow several low years, and the Sierra snowpack, as reported elsewhere, is non-existent.”

The accompanying photo is a protea in the Menlo Park backyard of Carolyne Zinko and Dan Dieguez, who, according to Carolyne, gets all the credit for making things grow there. She notes that they are blooming early this year.

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M-A grad Adrienne McDonnell is author of novel, The Doctor and the Diva

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After one of her family’s frequent moves, Adrienne McDonnell, whose novel The Doctor and the Diva was published in 2011, arrived at Menlo-Atherton High School as a freshman. She already knew one thing: She wanted to be a writer, an aspiration she’d had since first putting pencil to paper in early grade school. “My father worked for Time Life,” […]

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Spotted: Rainbow of colors on Oak Knoll School fence

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InMenlo contributing photographer spotted this rainbow of clothing colors on the Oak Knoll School fence just before spring break started. If not claimed, the items are donated during the break, so it should be a clothing free fence come Monday!

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Menlo Park Chorus will perform Spring concert on April 25

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The Menlo Park Chorus is performing its spring concert, Saturday evening, April 25, 7:30 pm atTrinity Episcopal Church. The program, “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” includes Vivaldi’s Gloria and a global repertoire of songs. The evening features concert artists Kaia Richards, soprano, and Tim Salaver, bass, along with the a cappella Encore Vocalists. The Chorus performs […]

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Frances Reneau draws on her experience as ranger for MPOSD in her first book, Rangerchick

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When Menlo Park resident Frances Reneau graduated from Stanford with a degree in Germanic Linguistics, she viewed herself as a studious and academic person. That translated into some indoor pursuit, which for her was initially classroom teaching and then teaching ESL. Now after 15 years as a Ranger for the MidPeninsula Open Space District, she looks […]

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Leah Rogers hopes her film on the Tuolumne River makes locals fall in love with their watershed

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Water has always piqued Menlo Park resident Leah Rogers’ interest. “People are curious about the quality of the water they are drinking,” she said. She pursued a career as a hydrogeologist until a few years ago when she stopped working full time. “I’d spent my career writing a lot of papers that nobody read and decided to go in […]

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Jesse Cool and Mitchell Johnson share art, food and admiration for each other

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Think of them as bookending the stretch of the Alameda in Menlo Park between Sharon and Walsh roads. One a restaurateur feeding the body. The other a painter feeding the soul. Jesse Cool, owner of Flea Street Cafe, and artist Mitchell Johnson are joined together in what has been a mutually beneficial partnership for about five years with the […]

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M-A hosts car show fundraiser for baseball team on April 18

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This weekend Menlo-Atherton High School will be hosting the Pastimes Classic Car show, a fundraiser for the baseball team, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, which is free to attendees. Last year we interviewed M-A baseball coach Mike Amoroso, who provided some background about the show and some of the school’s baseball memorabilia. Photo from 2014 […]

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Calling all Add Janes Swim School alums – a reunion is being planned

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A group of swimmers who hung out at Add Janes Swim School, which was located on Willow Road in Menlo Park, are organizing a reunion for anyone who swam there, whether it was for lessons, on the swim team, or recreationally. We stopped by the Dutch Goose a couple weeks back to talk to the organizers […]

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Menlo Park public benefit study session set for April 14

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Emails Menlo Park Economic Development Manager Jim Cogan: “There is a debate raging, in the Bay Area communities experiencing strong development pressure, about how to ensure that the intensification of land uses to meet market demand also improves the community. “The Menlo Park City Council will be hosting a ‘public benefit’ study session to learn […]

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Artist Susan Dunlap’s stone sculpture marks 30th anniversary at Bedwell Bayfront Park in Menlo Park

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Artist Susan Dunlap, a Menlo Park resident since 1977, recalls how she felt 30 years ago when the final phase of her stone sculpture at Bedwell Bayfront Park was completed. “A 505-ton sculpture was what I needed to get Christo off my back!” she exclaims with a wry smile. “With that pressure gone, I was […]

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