Faces of Menlo

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Just in: photos of Menlo Park moms who completed the Nike Women’s Half Marathon earlier today in San Francisco. They were among 25,000 participants. The overall winner was Victoria Mitchell of Waverley in a time of 1:19:49, of note as there are men in the race.

Liz Ashe and Laura Hamilton_Nike half marathonPictured top right is InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles and Kathy Oppenheimer at race end. At middle right right is Liz Ashe and InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton. Bottom: Some members of the Fleet Feet Menlo Park training group before the race started.

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Contemporary fashions and customer care is offered by Diana Ferrari at her Menlo Park boutique Graciana

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It was amber, which she imported from her native Poland, that led Graciana Boutique owner Diana Ferrari to the world of fashion and jewelry. “I was living on the East Coast when I came to visit my brother in San Francisco,” she recalls. “The weather was gorgeous in December and I moved West. For many […]

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Peter Draeger talks about the family grocery business – and his participation in Walk to Cure Diabetes

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Ask Peter Draeger about his involvement in the three-generation family business, Draeger’s Market, and he’ll admit to surprise at his current role. “I always figured my older brothers would go into the business, that there wouldn’t be a place for me,” he said. “I majored in finance at Santa Clara and went into banking after […]

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Naomi Zamir displays quilts at Café Zoë to raise awareness about the Day Worker Center of Mountain View

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One thing Willows neighborhood resident Naomi Zamir wants to make very clear to her interviewer: “The story is not about me.” We were visiting with Naomi at Café Zoë, where quilts she created in partnership with people who had come seeking jobs at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View are on display. “The most important thing about […]

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M-A grad Brittany Margot’s textile quilt selected to be permanent part of hospital maternity ward

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After graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School, Brittany Margot went on to Stanford University where she majored in human biology. In her senior year she chose to do The Senior Reflection, a three-quarter course  in which life science majors undertake an “in-depth creative project that joins a compelling scientific subject with a passion for the arts.” “TSR […]

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SLAC Director Emeritus and Nobelist Burton Richter to receive National Medal of Science

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President Obama Friday (Oct. 3) named former SLAC Director and Nobel Prize winner Burton Richter as one of 10 recipients of the National Medal of Science, and also named eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The two awards are the nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of […]

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Local author Nick Taylor, aka T. T. Monday, to speak at Menlo Park Library on Oct. 4

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Local author Nick Taylor, who also writes under the pen name T.T. Monday, will talk about his work during a free program to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, October 4, at 11:00 am at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, located at 701 Laurel Street. Nick, a Menlo Park resident,  is the […]

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Seventh grader Jack Barry creates new Super Hero – Masked Man

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There’s a new Super Hero named Masked Man in town, created right here in Menlo Park by Sacred Heart School seventh grader Jack Barry. Masked Man was birthed on a Saturday, Jack recalls, “when I didn’t have much else to do. So I sat down and started drawing and out of it came my own Super Hero.” […]

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First on stage, now in the kitchen, LB Steak Chef de Cusine Kelsey Casavan brings a “can-do” spirit

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When describing Kelsey Casavan, the current Chef de Cuisine at LB Steak in Menlo Park, the words “resolute” if not downright “plucky” come to mind. At age 30, she’s already tackled two career paths that find many people knocking on doors for years. A native of Vancouver, as a teenager she was intent on pursuing […]

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Erin Paruszewski offers fitness and fellowship at The Dailey Method in Menlo Park

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Erin Paruszewski smiles when she says that some people think her business on the Alameda in Menlo Park, The Dailey Method, is a newspaper. “Guess it’s the ‘daily’ part,” she says. And while her business is fitness not publishing, she does strive to be a part of her clients’ daily lives. “My goal is to be the […]

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Novelist Lalita Tademy pens the story of a once-enslaved man and his granddaughter set in Oklahoma

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Best-selling author Lalita Tademy is the first to admit that she’s not one of those novelists who can churn out a book once a year — or even every other year. The former high tech executive, first profiled on InMenlo in 2010, hit the best seller list first with Cane River in 2001 and then Red River in […]

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