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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Ceci Wong, owner of the jewelry store by the same name in downtown Menlo Park, thinks she might want to write her autobiography. And a quick perusal of her life’s journey bears that out. Born in Hong Kong. Educated in London. Lived in Paris and New York. Employed by Tiffany’s and Neiman Marcus before going out on her own. And, oh yes, robbed by pirates.

“I was in Thailand with a girlhood friend,” she recalls. “We were 20 and fearless. We’d come ashore from the boat we were on and looked back at the water to see a sleek speed boat approaching ours. And then there was a lot of shooting. The pirates stole everything on our boat, and we had to find someone to lend us money and get us back to where we were staying.”

Ceci Wong_Menlo Park treeWe’re not certain there is a link between this experience and the fact that Ceci and her daughter, Chloe Lee, are enthusiastic ice hockey fans. They follow the Sharks, have become a corporate partner of the team, and designed a lovely Sharks pin. Mother and daughter also ice skate together.

Where they find time for these pursuits is another matter, as they’re involved at the store, which opened at the end of 2014, most days of the week and always when it’s open Tuesday through Saturday. Both are GIA certified graduate gemologists.

“I’ve always loved jewelry,” says Ceci. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry since I first became involved in the ’90s. Online shopping has had an impact. People are more knowledgeable. Your integrity as a jeweler is very important.”

There’s one thing you’ll find at Ceci Wong’s and no where else. It’s a sterling silver pendant in the shape of the Menlo Park tree symbol. “Catherine Carlton commissioned me to do it,” says Ceci. “It’s so nice to be part of the community.”

As locals are aware, Ceci opened her store in the nick of time with three jewelers — The Jeweler, Hirzel’s and Timothy Fidge — all disappearing from downtown Menlo Park over the past several years.

Photos by Gina Hart

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Brian Tetrud draws on family granola recipe when founding Ladera Foods

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Brian Tetrud is a Ladera born and raised guy who grew up eating his mother’s homemade granola. So it’s no surprise that he’s named his company Ladera Foods and the first product was granola based on her recipe, now called Almond Pecan Granola. “She still bakes her own granola,” he says. “I made it for roommates […]

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M-A teacher, Menlo Park and Las Lomitas school districts – all honored with Kent Awards for outstanding programs

Emailed Carrie Du Bois, President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association: “This Monday evening (May 23) the San Mateo County School Boards Association will be holding our 36th annual Kent Awards Dinner…These awards honor outstanding educators and programs in San Mateo County.” Carrie had attached a list of the winners and we were delighted […]

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Schoolhouse Rock run raises money for Menlo Park schools this morning

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Photographer Laura Hamilton – Menlo Park parent – sent  photos of this morning’s Schoolhouse Rock 5K run, which took off from Oak Knoll School and raised money for the Menlo Park City School District. Laura (white visor, kneeling)  participated with a Girls on the Run team from Laurel School.

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Wine seller Gary Mulleneaux advises Beltramo’s customers for three decades

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For over 30 years, Gary Mulleneaux has been providing expert — and personalized — advice to his loyal customers at Beltramo’s. So, it didn’t come as a surprise that folks were lining up to get his final recommendations before the store closes within the next month or so. What did surprise us is how he […]

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Local illustrator Deborah Melmon wins Christopher Award

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Menlo Park resident Deborah Melmon won a Christopher Award for her illustrations in One Good Deed, written by Terri Fields. “I’m very honored and so happy for the author, Terri Fields.” she said.  “It’s a big responsibility to illustrate someone else’s story, and I was so happy to be given the opportunity. Truly a wonderful and unexpected […]

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“Dine Out” to support Meal on Wheels on May 17

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On May 17, 2016, participating Peninsula restaurants will donate 10% of the day’s sales to support Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s (PVI) Meals on Wheels program that feeds homebound older adults. “More than 16,000 seniors in San Mateo County are threatened by hunger every day,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Meals on Wheels Director for PVI. “We are hoping that […]

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Aviation pioneer Col. Joe F. Cotton “takes his last flight” at age 94

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Aviation pioneer Col. Joe F. Cotton died peacefully at his Atherton home on May 5. Burial was private; the family plans to hold a celebration of his life in July. “My father has always been a legend in my eyes,” his daughter, Connie Jo Cotton, told Living Legends. “Colonel Joe F. Cotton started his flying career in […]

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Former Atherton mayor and avid equestrian, Nan Chapman, dies at 80

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Woodside resident Nan Chapman, who served as the first female member of the Atherton City Council and was involved with the Menlo Charity Horse Show since its inception, died on May 9 from lung cancer. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 4:00 pm at the Menlo Circus Club (190 Park Lane, […]

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Game show contestant Patrick Reed tells what it was like to almost be a millionaire

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Menlo-Atherton High School grad Patrick Reed didn’t walk away from his appearance on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with millions but is happy to be $30,000 richer. As reported earlier on InMenlo, last weekend was momentous for Patrick, with the episode of Millionaire airing on Friday and graduating from American University on Saturday with a degree […]

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Another busy Bike to Work Day in Menlo Park

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As a host to nine energizer stations, Menlo Park was covered north/south and east/west this morning during the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day. We made our regular stop at the San Mateo Bike Bridge where stalwart volunteers KC and Bernadette Callahan were at their usual spot, which they’ve held for over a decade. When […]

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