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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fine art landscape photographer Phillip Nicholas Photographer. Guide. Teacher. Ask Phillip Nicholas, who moved to Menlo Park from El Portal just outside Yosemite a few months ago, which hat he most enjoys and he can't quite narrow it down. "My passion is teaching," he says. "But that said, I love to go outside for the photography and then come in and teach. Being out in the elements with a camera in hand is really important to me." With his fiancée enrolled in a PhD program at Stanford, Phillip is involved in a number of pursuits now that he's landed in suburbia. He's working at Mike's Camera in downtown Menlo Park and guiding some photography workshops through Stephen Oachs' Aperature Academy. Half Dome by Phillip Nicholas While in Yosemite, he worked at the Ansel Adams Gallery. "There's still a sense of family there," he said. "Ansel's son Michael pops into the Gallery several times a year, and his son Matthew was my boss." Phillip, who majored in photographic imaging in college, describes himself as a landscape fine art photographer. He shoots primarily with a Canon, although he said he picks up an old Hasselblad from time to time. He shoots in color, digitally turning some images to black and white. "That gives a fuller image with a wider tonality range," he explained. "Sometimes I pre-visualize the black and white composition, usually because of the contrast I see in the scene." Russian Ridge Open Space by Phillip Nicholas As he did when he was in Yosemite, Phillip is starting to explore the out-of-doors close to his new home in Menlo. "Before I came to California, I saw a documentary on the Coast Range," he said. "I'm intrigued by the Redwoods and the Santa Cruz mountains as they intersect with the ocean. It's a cool clash of earth and sea." Phillip's images are available for purchase on his website. He chose two to share with InMenlo readers: Russian Ridge, Harvest Moon taken this year at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and Half Dome, Sunset Haze also taken this year at Yosemite National Park. Phillip Nicolas Photographs (c) 2014; used with permission Photograph of Phillip Nicolas by Irene Searles

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“Go Giants!” shout Laurel School kids decked out in orange and black (and some pink!)

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Today was Go Giants Day at Laurel School in Atherton. Kids were asked to wear their orange and black to show support for the San Francisco Giants as they play their first 2014 World Series home game at AT&T Park starting  later this afternoon. We’d say these kids do what they’re told — and very well! Photos by Laura Hamilton

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Oak Knoll School parents organize bike safety check

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We stopped by Oak Knoll School this morning where three Oak Knoll moms — Katie Behroozi, Annette Lewis (both pictured) and Janet Bellantoni — organized a bike safety check. Explained Katie: “Rainer Zaichelein (pictured far right) from Menlo Velo and staff (Christian Parker) are volunteering to inspect the bikes that kids are riding and making minor tweaks/fixes (e.g. truing a […]

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Interview with a vampire: Dracula comes to Menlo-Atherton High School for six performances

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Since first surfacing in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Count Dracula has endured as one of the most iconic figures of Gothic horror. Now his sinister countenance has landed in Atherton. M-A sophomore Teddy Pagee, who has been interested in acting since he was a third grader at Encinal School, stars as the Count in the Menlo-Atherton High School production of […]

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Peninsula College Fund hosts community engagement breakfast on Oct. 28

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The Peninsula College Fund is holding a community engagement breakfast at the Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton, on Tuesday, October 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 am. Peninsula College Fund, founded by Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck, is a local non-profit dedicated to assisting low-income, first generation college students from the Mid-Peninsula in their quest […]

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“Go Giants” says this giant of a dog, Cash

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Growing up in Menlo Park, Rob Dell’Ergo was such a San Francisco Giants fan that he ended up working for the Giants in guest services later in life and writing a book about the team’s first season in its current ball park. For today’s “good luck, Giants” photo, we’re featuring Rob’s dog Cash in Giants attire. […]

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Bark for Life at Holbrook Palmer Park on October 25

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Register today for Bark for Life Halloween, a charitable event taking place Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, benefiting Relay for Life of Menlo Park and Palo Alto. The event celebrates canines and their caregiving qualities and takes place at Holbrook Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave., Atherton. We welcome dog owners, their lovable furry […]

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“Go Giants!” is message of Panda hat clad Halloween scarecrow in Menlo Park

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We liked the whimsy of this dressed up Halloween scarecrow in the front yard of a west Menlo Park home, all set to rally on the Giants in game one of the World Series today. The Panda hat, we think, is the perfect touch!

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Survivor Carissa Phelps is one of the featured speakers at Trinity Church program on human trafficking

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When she was 12 years old, Carissa Phelps was trafficked. She tells that story in her book Runaway Girl. Today, armed with a PhD and MBA from UCLA, she works to provide career development and employment opportunities for runaways and former runaways through the organization of the same name. On November 1st,  she will bring her story […]

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park hosts 4th annual Ghost Run on Oct. 25

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Fleet Feet Menlo Park owners Lisa Taggert and Jim Gothers are inviting all neighborhood critters, creatures, ghosts and goblins to participate in the store’s 4th annual Ghost Run on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 am, starting at Nealon Park (800 Middle Ave.). “Join us a flat, fast 5K in downtown Menlo Park,” they say. “Enjoy snacks and […]

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Menlo Park women shine at Nike Women’s Half Marathon today

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Just in: photos of Menlo Park moms who completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon earlier today in San Francisco. They were among 25,000 participants. The overall winner was Victoria Mitchell of Waverley in a time of 1:19:49, of note as there are men in the race. Pictured top right is InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles and Kathy Oppenheimer […]

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