Faces of Menlo

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We were on assignment with InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles when we came upon an astonishing — and puzzling — sight. Parked in the driveway of the new fire station on Oak Grove Avenue was an old Chevy truck whose chassis was completely touching the ground. We’d seen “low riders,” but this was taking it to a new level [down]!

Venturing inside the fire station, we tracked down the truck’s owner, Captain Seth Johnson, who’s been with Menlo Fire for 16 years. He’s working on restoring the 1964 Chevy Truck, which he’s owned for about five years.

“The car is raised and lowered with the touch of a button,” he explained. “When it’s being driven, no one would know. It’s an anti-theft mechanism that was part of the truck when I got it.”

Seth said he’d heard that the system was used on Mercedes Benz vehicles in the UK, but a quick search of the web couldn’t verify that fact. If any InMenlo readers have heard about lowering cars/trucks to prevent theft, we welcome your comments!

Photo by Irene Searles (c) 2018

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Ceramic sculptor Jo Killen’s works will be on display at ACGA Clay & Glass Festival

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Early in her artistic career, Menlo Park resident Jo Killen was a sculptor. Today, she describes herself as “a sculptor who works in ceramics.” The figures she was working on when we visited attest to that intersection. You can see her figure work (pictured in background)  as well some vessels (below right) she’s done at […]

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Dan Fenstermacher blends activism with photography

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Menlo Park resident Dan Fenstermacher combines photography with activism to produce a distinct documentary style. For his master’s thesis at San Jose State, he photographed people with a diagnosed mental illness. “I have OCD myself,” he said, “so it was relevant to me and my family. Mental illness is so misunderstood. Many people with a diagnosis […]

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Spotted: Colorful Fleet Feet runners participate in Rainbow Run

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Yesterday, Lisa Taggart and Jim Gothers, owners of Fleet Feet in downtown Menlo Park, hosted a Rainbow Run to celebrate diversity and inclusivity as part of Pride Month. About 45 runners wore bright and colorful clothing for the flat 4.5 mile run through the city. Post run, the gathered for some drinks and snacks behind […]

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David Bertini is named Menlo Park Chief of Police

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Menlo Park Interim Police Chief David Bertini will assume the post permanently on  July 8, 2018. “Since stepping up as interim chief in January, Dave has shown me that he is the right person to serve this community and lead the department,” said City Manager Alex D. McIntyre, who made the announcement today. Bertini is […]

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Menlo Park family takes action on immigration policy with fundraising campaign

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Update: The Willners have now raised over $20 million of a end of June. It was the photo of a young girl at the border about to be separated from her mother that caught Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner’s attention. She decided to take action, and along with her husband Dave and friend Malorie McGee, […]

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Café Zoë is celebrates its 10th anniversary today

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Café Zoë is celebrating its 10th anniversary today, Tuesday, June 19, and the InMenlo team swung by in time for a champagne toast. The Café — its people and events — has been featured at least four dozen times over the years on InMenlo, which launched just a year later in the summer of 2009. […]

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Shirley D’Andrea unleashes her creativity through fairy house building

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A Menlo Park resident of 50 plus years, Shirley D’Andrea took watercolor classes from Steve Curl after retiring as a family therapist 15 years ago. “I painted until there was no more wall space,” she said. “I couldn’t see any point in having them all stacked up!” But Shirley’s hands are evidently not meant to […]

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Chris DeCardy reflects on his eight years on Menlo Park’s Environment Quality Commission

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Recently, I ended two terms on Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Commission. I wanted to serve to ensure the environmental amenities of our town — trees and clean air and water — are respected and enhanced, and that our inevitable growth and development are managed thoughtfully. What I didn’t expect has been the opportunity to see, […]

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Carrie and Colin Jenkins bid good-by to Menlo Park, but their store, Occasions, etc…, will continue virtually

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The most Menlo of all Menlo downtown merchants — Carrie and Colin Jenkins both grew up here and they’ve raised three children here — are soon packing up and leaving the retail store, Occasions, etc…, they’ve operated for 26 years. Friday, June 8, will be the start of their final clearance sale. At the end of […]

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Spotted: Locals supporting locals at fundraiser for ALS Therapy Development Institute

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The Bay Area Corntoss Challenge may have taken place in Piedmont today but Menlo Park residents turned out to support friends they know who are battling ALS. Every dollar raised benefits ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Malea Bieslin (pictured top, second […]

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