Faces of Menlo

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Ladera resident Stella Bergan is back for her fourth year at Hillview Middle School this fall coaching the after school cross country program, helping kids increase their running endurance, speed, strength, and overall conditioning.

“I also share nutrition and mental strategies that will help them with running as well as other sports and life in general,” she said.

At the consolation of the eight weeks, the kids will run a 5K at Stanford.

Long a runner herself as well as an adult fitness consultant in the area, she took on her role at Hillview at the urging of one of the parents who was co-PTO president at the time.

“I wasn’t sure at first,” she recalled, “and put off accepting for a year. But I love running and I love middle schoolers. And I also got the assurance that I could create the program I wanted.

“Last year I had 53 kids sign up! This year I am going to limit the sign ups to around 40 to keep it manageable.”

A mother of four herself, with one off to college, two at M-A and one at La Entrada, Stella said her primary goal is to make sure that the kids understand that running can be enjoyable.

“They can use what the learn in cross country and apply it to other sports, like soccer, and they can also set their own goal and see the improvements they make.

“I want every kid who walks onto the track to feel special and good about being there. I try to build a relationship with each and every one of them.  A fair number of 8th graders continue with cross country at high school.

“Being involved with this has really exceeded my expectations. The kids are great — and great to work with, too!”

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2018

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Valerie Mattei named Principal at St. Raymond School

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Long-time first grade teacher Valerie Mattei has been named principal at St. Raymond School. Previously, she served as master teacher to a number of teachers, as a member of the leadership team for the 2012 WCEA/WASC accreditation, as faculty moderator of Student Council, as faculty moderator of Campus Life, as well as a variety of […]

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Events Manager Tiana Wong is operator of Cafe Wisteria at the Allied Arts Guild

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In the decade that Tiana Wong has been Events Manager at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, she’s seen half a dozen cafes come and go on the property. “I observed what worked and what didn’t,” she said matter of factly. So when the space became available again at the beginning of the year, […]

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Spotted: Irene Searles participating in three-day walk to support Alzheimer’s research

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Menlo Park resident — and InMenlo contributing photographer — Irene Searles (left) is spending the weekend walking 49 miles with her boot camp friends at a fundraiser in San Francisco for The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. Yesterday’s leg just happened to be her birthday She’s shown here pausing with Betsy Beasley. You can cheer her on virtually — […]

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2018 Golden Acorn Awards spotlight achievement by Menlo Park organizations and people

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On September 20th, the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will present the Golden Acorn Awards in recognition of leadership throughout the Menlo Park community. The awards, now in their 42nd year, celebrate achievement through innovation, professionalism and contributions by organizations, individuals and volunteers. The keynote speaker will be Rich Gordon, current President/CEO of the California […]

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Consultant Dan Olsen shares what he’s learned in the Lean Product Playbook

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Menlo Park resident Dan Olsen started coding on a Commodore 64 as a teen, but it wasn’t until he landed at Stanford Business School that he discovered there’s a career field called product management. “It fit me because it’s at the intersection of technology and marketing,” he said. “Then I got lucky enough to get […]

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New blooms from the seeds of now defunct Random Act of Flowers

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InMenlo covered the local branch of Random Act of Flowers before it was forced to shut down due to high rent last March. Carrying on that non-profit’s work of recycling and repurposing flowers from events — weddings, funerals, fundraisers — as well as from retail outlets where the flowers have reached their shelf life, are three offshoots: Flowers of Comfort, […]

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Much anticipated Camper opens in Menlo Park

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Chef-Partner Greg Kuzia-Carmel had just returned from the Palo Alto farmers market when we encountered him last Saturday at his new restaurant, Camper, which officially opens Labor Day weekend in Menlo Park. But if you go to OpenTable you’ll discover a few reservations available starting today and over the next few days (at least as […]

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Tian Mayimin brings artisan bread to the Menlo Park Farmers Market

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At last, there’s bread to buy at the Menlo Park Farmers Market. Very good bread baked in a Willows neighborhood kitchen that’s been certified by the County of San Mateo. The baker is Tian Mayimin, who we sat down with on a recent Sunday after what she’d brought to the market was sold out (as […]

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Elise Kratzer awarded International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Club International

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Menlo Park’s Elise Kratzer won the prestigious International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organization in the world. The Leo of the Year Award “recognizes a Leo’s outstanding leadership skills; superior record in implementing successful service projects; identifiable contributions to the development and growth of the Leo […]

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Ashley Mozart Fey launches Teen Rising Project to give teens a chance to talk in a supportive environment

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Ashley Mozart Fey is listening to teens in a cozy upstairs room at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. She calls her endeavor Teen Rising Project. “I worked in commercial real estate for many years at the company my father started. But at the back of my mind, I always thought, ‘If I could […]

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