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InMenlo reader Doug Andserson tipped us off to a Ford Model A “roundup” yesterday afternoon, and we were able to stop by to get a few shots of these cars and drivers as they headed out on an annual drive from Atherton down to Los Altos for an ice cream social. The drive was organized by 99-year-old Louis Matas who led the way in his own Ford Model A.

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Spotted: Skateboards in rack at Hillview School

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Sometimes art is where you find it, a combination of shape and light. We thought so when we spied a jumble of skateboards in a rack at Hillview School earlier this week. We’re guessing the rack will stand empty for the next few days, given the holiday weekend. Photo by Irene Searles

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Spotted: Bee removal at Menlo Park’s Trader Joe’s

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What’s that man in white doing on a ladder leading up to a tree adjacent to the parking lot at Menlo Park’s Trader Joe’s? Removing a swarm of bees, we’re told, wearing little protective gear, we note. Folks trying to pick up groceries or dinner on their way home from work early this evening were […]

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More awesome Fall colors on the streets of Menlo

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Neddie Barnett sent in a great selection of fall foliage photos taken in and around Menlo Park. Here are two of her best, taken on Laurel St. near Burgess Park. Hard not agree that our streets are at their prettiest now, just in time for Thanksgiving visitors. Photos by Neddie Barnett

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Spotted: Remembering 9/11 at Menlo Park fire station

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The lawn in front of the downtown Menlo Park fire station is filled with flags on this day we remember the terrorists attacks 10 years ago. The fire trucks are all sporting “FDNY IN MEMORY” signs as well. Menlo Park Fire District Chief Harold Schapelhouman and his crew were part of the clean up crew […]

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Spotted: The ever dwindling neighborhood mailbox

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If you value your neighborhood mailbox — and want it to stay put — then start using it to mail letters. At least that’s the message in an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, which says: “If a mailbox gets fewer than 25 pieces of mail per day over a six-to-eight-week period, it gets targeted […]

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Spotted: Little dog, big truck

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Earlier today a trucker from Desmond, Iowa parked his mammoth eight-wheeler in front of Oak Knoll School. He was there, he said, to make a delivery of benches to the school. But that’s not what really caught our eye. Rather it was the sight a small poodle dog sitting in the big king cab. When […]

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Race cars in Menlo? Yes, goldRush Rally bound

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More than one person pulled over on Middle Ave mid-afternoon today to gawk at three races cars being loaded into a huge racing van. What was going on? The van driver explained the three cars, owned by a Menlo Park resident who lived nearby, were bound for Denver and the goldRush Rally, including the Lamborghini […]

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Spotted: Gnome making his way around Menlo’s western hills

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If you’re traveling around SLAC,  you might catch a glimpse of an elusive gnome. The tight-lipped traveler was most recently spied keeping an eye on traffic from his vantage point in front of the guest parking lot, but he’s also been seen across the street near the Kavli auditorium, as well as various other locations […]

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Spotted: “Old school” in Atherton

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Given that some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest and most famous executives live in Atherton – all who are used to communicating 24/7 via wireless devices – it was amusing to see a bit of “old school” on the corner of Atherton Ave. and Selby Lane. Protected from the elements by a roof of sorts, sits […]

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Spotted: Willows flamingos corraled for speaking out

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We recently spotted the Willows flamingos rounded and up penned behind a fence. Had they disobeyed? Started taking flight? Neither. The posted sign explains what’s going on: “First Amendment Area. This area has been set aside for individuals or group exercising their constitutional first amendment rights. The Fictional Park Service neither discourages, or otherwise endorses, […]

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