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.

has written 3697 article(s) for InMenlo.


Holidays officially begin in Menlo Park with lighting of tree at Fremont Park

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In 2013, a new tradition began in Menlo Park, the lighting of the holiday tree at Fremont Park. It continued tonight with Mayor Kirsten Keith doing the duties (ceding to one of the youngsters on the podium). We think we caught her saying “ahhh!”(blue coat far right). The extra component tonight was a toy drive […]

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Volunteers needed on Sunday to build Sierpinski holiday tree using balloons

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Last year we covered the Sierpinski “forest” in Paula Hamilton’s front yard on Lucky Avenue in Menlo Park. Paula emailed us about her plans for this year: “We’re getting ready for our 3rd annual holiday Sierpinski design challenge on Sunday, December 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Details and sign-up form are on her website. “Our […]

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Once a physicist, Lee Middleman is now a ceramicist

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Is there something about physics that leads to art? We were curious about that as ceramicist Lee Middleman is the second physicist we’ve met who has had a passion for both. (The first was Hideo Mabuchi, profiled in 2015.) After getting a PhD in physics from Stanford, Lee worked in a number of successful Silicon Valley […]

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker” involved since inaugural year

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Seven dancers in this year’s production of Menlowe Ballet’s It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker have been involved since the inaugural year in 2015. The Menlo Park Academy of Dance students, all who attend local high schools, will be alongside professional dancers in the Waltz of the Flowers and the Snow scenes. “Training at this level demands 20 […]

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Special City Council meeting on at-large and by-district elections set for Nov. 29

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The City Council will hold a Public Hearing to review and consider options regarding at-large and by-district elections on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). These hearings are very important to our community as they will determine how we elect City Council going forward. Here is some background […]

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Ana Williamson is the go-to architect for Menlo Park home building projects

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Menlo Park-based architect Ana Williamson uses a number of descriptions about herself, among them rebel, agnostic, editor, that seemingly have nothing to do with her profession. Context gives the words meaning. She grew up in Colombia, the only girl amidst four brothers. Her uncle was a well-known architect there, and early on she hung out […]

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Ernst Meissner: Patron saint of downtown Menlo Park beautification passes away

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Editor’s note: Ernst Meissner passed away yesterday (November 26). The retired architect was the spark behind many of the beautification projects that make Menlo Park such a good place to live. We are reposting the interview we did with Ernst in October, 2010. Among his many projects, Ernst was the original motivator and founder of […]

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Overnight rain means for wet streets in the morning

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Menlo Park folks stepping out to get the morning paper or take the kids to school encountered wet streets, the product of overnight rain. InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded another .25″, bringing his season-to-date to 3.25″. Contributing photographer Robb Most captured some wet leaves on a tree trunk.

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Christmas Market at Allied Arts Guild on December 2

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Emails Menlo Park resident Louise DeDera of the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary: “Christmas Market is coming to the Allied Arts on Saturday, December 2, from 10-4. Lots of outside vendors. Merlot Notes sing 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Simply Jazz and Santa are there 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Drawings for gift certificates or merchandise. Free admission […]

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Sunday’s rain is more a trickle than a drencher

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If you read the weather forecast a few days, it was supposed to rain all day today. Instead it simply sputtered off and on, with temperatures feeling almost balmy. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Just a paltry .1”. That is 3” season-to-date. Last year at this time, 5.1”, and two years ago, 2.5”. I […]

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#GivingTuesday is November 28 – here’s a list of local non-profits

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Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Below is a list of local, 501(c)3 non-profits in InMenlo’s coverage area, many of which we’ve profiled in the past. We’ve tried to be comprehensive, listing […]

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