Faces of Atherton

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Two days after the seventh anniversary of the Seal Beach Salon Meritage mass shooting in which Michele Daschbach Fast and seven others were killed, the Annual Michele Daschbach Fast Swim and Paddle was held in Seal Beach, California.

The event, organized annually by Michele’s older brother Rooney Daschbach and his wife Claire, is a swim held in the ocean near the Seal Beach Pier just feet away from the memorial plaque installed by the City to remember those lost in the shooting on October 12, 2011.

The Swim is followed by a taco party at the Daschbach home in Sunset Beach. The swim is open to anyone who wants to participate. This year, Rooney asked that donations be made in Michele’s memory to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center at 1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Michele was the youngest of six Daschbach children who grew up in Atherton. She was living in Seal Beach with her husband and three children at the time of her death.

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Ninth grader Audrey Ha is eager to start a public speaking club at Menlo-Atherton High School

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Menlo-Atherton High School ninth grader Audrey Ha describes herself as an “avid app developer, and dedicated advocate of human-to-human interaction.”  “Because student interaction now occurs overwhelmingly through technology platforms, I am passionate about inspiring my generation to become more powerful public speakers and in-person communicators,” she said.  That passion has led her to start a […]

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Photographer Scott R. Kline explores how people are “facing time”

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Some time after turning 50, InMenlo contributing photographer Scott R. Kline became a bit obsessed about living a long life, at least to 100 if not longer. He read local author Dr. Walter Bortz’s books [We Live Too Short and Die Too Long; Dare to Be 100] and in the course of his work both editorially […]

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Sacred Heart Prep teacher receives OZY Educator Award

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Sacred Heart Prep English teacher Dr. Lisa Harper is one of just five educators nationwide awarded the prestigious OZY Educator Award in 2018. Lisa is committed to teaching high school students how to become better writers and critical thinkers. “I wanted to teach in a place where I could be of real service,” she said […]

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M-A senior Kelly Warren is Beach Blanket Babylon finalist in dance catergory

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Menlo Atherton High School senior Kelly Warren is a finalist in the dance category for The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” Each of the nine finalists will perform live in front of family, friends and a panel of celebrity judges on Monday, June 4. One winner in each category […]

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School seniors win National Merit scholarships

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Menlo-Atherton High School seniors Chris Iyer (pictured left) and Maanek Sehgal both received $2,500 National Merit scholarships. They were among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees nationwide chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Maanek plans on attending UCLA to study Computer Science and Engineering. Outside of the […]

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Renee Batti takes the helm at The Almanac

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Renee Batti’s appointment as Editor of The Almanac brings things full circle, so to speak. But you need to be a long-term, mid-Peninsula resident to know that one of The Almanac’s founding papers, The Country Almanac, was started in 1965 by three women. Jean Heflin, Betty Fry and Hedy Boissevain started the paper, which circulated […]

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Philanthropist Bita Daryabari receives honorary doctorate and delivers Golden Gate University commencement address

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Atherton resident Bita Daryabari was the 2018 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from her alma mater, Golden Gate University (GGU), where she also delivered the commencement address titled, “The Human Network Effect.” “Bita Daryabari exemplifies Golden Gate University’s mission to prepare individuals to lead and serve,” said GGU President David J. Fike, […]

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Two local musicians playing at legendary Slims in San Francisco

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Two local guys we’ve covered before, Jack Mosbacher and Rooney Pitchford, are playing at Slims in San Francisco on March 16. Jack went to Menlo School and Stanford; Rooney to Sacred Heart Prep and Stanford. We talked to Jack in 2012 when he was working for his mentor Larry Diamond as a research assistant and covered Rooney […]

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Protecting memories though digitization is promise of start up, The Cloud Life

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There are some things that are just too precious to go up in smoke. Such was the realization of Anna Morris (right) and Brittany Messmer. Following the tragic natural disasters in 2017, they kept hearing from people they knew who were affected about how most things are replaceable, but photos and other precious memories are not. So, they decided […]

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For Ted Robinson, becoming a sports announcer was always number one priority

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Editor’s note: It was great to hear Atherton resident Ted Robinson’s commentary during the short track speed skating competition at this year’s Winter Olympics. Given that this is the 11th Olympics that he’s had announcing responsibilities, we thought it would be good to rerun an interview we had with Ted back in 2012 where he […]

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