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Menlo Park-based Stanford Park Nannies is not only celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it is also the recipient of the 2017 Honors Award for Excellence given by the Association of Premier Nanny Agencies. The award is given to an agency that not only meets but exceeds APNA standards in its daily business practices.

“Driven by a low unemployment rates and skyrocketing costs of living, it can be easy for an agency to become complacent in regard to tax laws,” said founder — and Menlo Park resident — Daryl Camarillo. “Stanford Park Nannies prides itself on the fact that legal compliance is a requirement.

“In fact, Stanford Park Nannies is only one of two agencies in the country that require legal compliance. Additionally, of the 25-30 agencies that aggressively promote compliance, none of them has gone as far as turning away a client for their unwillingness to pay legally.”

Daryl explained that legal compliance is discussed with prospective families during the initial inquiry phone call. Additionally, during the in-person consultation, Daryl and co-owner Maggie Berkshire invest the time to provide individual counsel regarding legal pay and guide the client through the process.

“We’re motivated by the bigger picture of advancing the in-home childcare industry, respecting everyone we serve, and continuing to lead by example,” said Daryl.

Photo courtesy of Stanford Park Nannies; pictured left to right: Maggie Berkshire, Sarah Kopf, Daryl Camarillo, Jennifer Bongi, Rachel Fonseca

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Jake Scharfman finds rock climbing the perfect sport

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Menlo Park resident Jake Scharfman stumbled upon what would become his passion — rock climbing — in the summer between 7th and 8th grade at Peninsula School. “My uncle was a really big climber, and I knew about Planet Granite,” he recalled. “Then I did a rock climbing camp there, and it just clicked. I’d […]

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Mixed media artist Marianne Lettieri explores the intersection of art and fatih

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After leaving the tech world, Menlo Park resident Marianne Lettieri was determined to focus on her art full time. She began pursuing mixed media and found herself pondering the intersection of art and faith. “It was difficult to have a conversation about that — both at church and within the art world,” she said. “I knew […]

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust conquers another body of water with a swim around Manhattan

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Twenty mile Catalina swim — accomplished in 2014. Twenty-one mile swim across Lake Tahoe — accomplished in 2016. And this year, Dr. Scott Kaloust chalked up another “completed,” swimming 28 miles around Manhattan and finishing first in his group with a time of 7 hours and 45 minutes. “It’s not a race; I was just […]

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Peninsula Volunteer CEO/Executive Director Peter Olson leads the organization past its 70-year mark

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Seventy years ago, a group of forward-thinking local women started an organization, Peninsula Volunteers, that not only endures but thrives today. “This organization has always been at the forefront of something,” says Peter Olson, CEO/Executive Director for the past year. “Little House, established in 1949, was the first suburban senior center in the United States; […]

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Italy travel expert Madeline Jhawar speaking at The Applebee Preschool on Nov. 7

Italy travel expert Madeline Jhawar, who we profiled on InMenlo last January, will be speaking at The Applebee Preschool on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The community is welcome; wine will be served. The preschool is located at 107 Clover Lane, although the entrance is right behind the Willows Market off of […]

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The Bigelow home is a light-filled architectural gem – and you can see it on a AIA tour

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Stand on the upper floor of Ellis and Ron Bigelow’s home in Menlo Park and one thing immediately comes to mind: You’re not in a house but rather a treehouse. Indeed, trees played a large part in how the house, which the Bigelows moved into in late 2013, was designed. Ron recalls: “One of the […]

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William Floyd constructs a maze for Halloween in his front yard

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There’s always something new in Menlo Park when Halloween comes along. Last year it was the colorful paint job at Brandee Barker’s house on Hobart. This year it’s a Halloween maze on Vine Street, constructed by 12-year-old William Floyd. William, who attends Menlo School, thought about doing a maze last year, but made it happen […]

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Newest venture for Rich Gordon is heading the California Forestry Association

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Former California Assemblyman Rich Gordon is the first to admit that he was a somewhat unlikely pick to be named President and CEO of the California Forestry Association (Calforests) given, as he says “my strong environmental record and the fact that I knew little about forestry.” He, in fact, considered retirement when he dropped his candidacy […]

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Mac Harman may well be the man behind your artificial Christmas tree

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We met Mac Harman, founder and owner of Balsam Brands, at Woodland School in Ladera where he is on the Board of Trustees. Sprinkled around the private preschool through 8th grade campus were signs about creating a joyful world. “That happens to be one of our company’s values — spreading joy,” he said with a smile. […]

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Moni Santini-Kelly teaches circus arts in Menlo Park

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At some point doesn’t every child fantasize about running away and joining the circus? In Menlo Park, they don’t have to run far thanks to circus arts classes taught by Moni Santini-Kelly (pictured top) at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium covering such disciplines as aerial silks, rope trapeze and partner acrobatics. There is some irony in […]

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