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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John Freier (pictured above), founder of start up Statricks located on Haven Avenue in Menlo Park, believes he’s lucky to be alive.  But he also feels a bit snake bit as cars keep crashing into his building. He tells the story:

“At about 2:00 am Saturday, February 15, a drunk driver plowed off the road in Menlo Park and drove straight into our office. In the process, the driver took out a main water line, which then proceeded to flood everything that wasn’t already destroyed on impact. An office chair, previously mine, was pinned between the car and the steel hallway studs, but thankfully I had just left.

“Unfortunately, since the police arrest the suspect at the scene, you’re not able to get any insurance information for at least two weeks until the police report is released.

damaged office
“We were stuck in limbo with none of our stuff , not knowing if the person who had destroyed it had insurance. We were really nervous.

“As it turned out, the person had $5000 worth of insurance, which didn’t cover all of our losses. We used the magic of credit cards.”

With that boost, John and staff were able to get things running again, although they are still looking for additional money. They moved one office down the hall.

Then, about a month ago, he was sitting at his desk, which looks out at Haven Avenue just north of Bayfront Expressway, when he heard a big boom.

second accident

“It was another accident, this time involving two vehicles which came flying straight toward us. Luckily they were stopped by a tree and the new cement slab that was put up after the drunk driving accident.

“We didn’t suffer any damage this time, but I lost my protection as the boulders that were put in got taken out by the two cars.”

John added that the building’s landlord has been trying to get the City of Menlo Park to put in a protective guard rail in front of the building for some time.

Photo of John Freier by Linda Hubbard

Photos of damage courtesy of John Freier

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Spotted: Sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co in Menlo Park front yard

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Menlo Park resident and physical therapist Robin Tobias spotted this sign supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in west Menlo Park this morning. The oyster farm on Tomales Bay was going to be forced to close today until a group of restaurants filed a lawsuit saying closure would violate the Aquaculture Act and harm businesses. Carolyn […]

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Find out why fog is one of Menlo Park’s best friends at USGS lecture on July 31

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Growing up in Menlo Park, my house faced West toward the hills. My mother would use that vantage point to reliably predict summer heat — or lack thereof. The best summer days, from a comfortable temperature viewpoint, occurred when the fog from the Coast would extend inland, reliably burning off by 11:00 am or so. The […]

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“And hello kitty!” What’s your guess about this west Menlo visitor?

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A homeowner in west Menlo Park had a visitor (yellow image in center of photo) to his yard, which is a half mile or so from (the dry) San Francisquito Creek, early this morning. It took him by surprise due to its size “much larger than a domestic cat.” The Menlo Park Police were alerted. Our […]

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Plans take shape for Aug. 9-10 Relay for Life at Burgess Park in Menlo Park

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The theme for this year’s Relay for Life in Menlo Park is Carnival for a Cure. It takes place from Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10 at Burgess Park over a 24-hour period. Because cancer never sleeps, teams strive to have a member on the course every minute of the event. Emails organizer/participant Betty Meissner: “The illuminated pathway of luminaria from 9:00 […]

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Ted Minnis returns to Menlo Park, recruiting water polo players for Harvard Univeristy

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A tall and athletic 8th grader at Nativity School, Ted Minnis had caught the attention of legendary Menlo-Atherton High School football coach Ben Parks.  But on the way to the football field, Ted took a dip in the water. “My friend Ken’s dad, Jim MacKenzie, had played water polo at M-A,” recalls Ted. “Ken was going to follow in his […]

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Photographer Barry Fleisher is drawn to street photography and construction sites

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Although it took some decades for Barry Fleisher to re-embrace photography, he remembers first getting bit by the camera bug while in his 20s. “I got a Nikkormat in the 1960s and started taking photos of friends and the trips I took,” he recalls. “I was mostly into landscapes.” A retired neonatologist, Barry has lived […]

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Community members needed to serve on Menlo Park’s General Plan Advisory Committee

The General Plan is the City’s “constitution” for physical development. All decisions regarding land use, development, transportation and infrastructure should be consistent with the General Plan. The City Council has requested an update to the M-2 (General Industrial Zoning District) Area portion of the General Plan and the City now seeks Menlo Park residents to […]

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What caught our eye at the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in downtown Menlo Park

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The 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace is taking place this weekend in downtown Menlo Park along Santa Cruz Avenue, and we wandered down this morning to take a look. Like similar summer street festivals there’s something for everyone — food, shopping, beer/wine and entertainment. The fun t-shirts from YeahYeah!PonyPrince, which sells original hand-painted linoleum block printed designs […]

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Director of Wine Paul Mekis oversees close to 2,000 bottles of wine at Madera restaurant in Menlo Park

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Madera restaurant’s Director of Wine Paul Mekis was not always a “wine guy”. But he did have early influencers. Raised in Santa Cruz, his father and grandfather made wine. He also remembers a trip to the Napa Valley when he was in his early 20s with his Missouri grandparents. “I’d done some research before and took […]

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West Menlo Park home is on the Edible Landscaping tour on July 19

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One of the reasons Kristin Kuntz-Duriseti and husband Ram bought their west Menlo Park home eight years ago was to have a bigger piece of land in order to start a suburban fruit and vegetable garden. “The fruit trees were the defining thing,” Kristen said. “And being sustainable was a huge value to us. “We planted 20 […]

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