Faces of Menlo

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Mary Ann Somerville, former superintendent of Las Lomitas Elementary School District, is also a former Stanford basketball player. Her basketball and education pasts converge at Maples Pavilion on Friday, Jan. 26, as Stanford women’s basketball celebrates Graduate School of Education Night.

Mary Ann will be throwing T-shirts into the crowd and will be recognized as one of the Graduate School of Education’s five alumnae hoops players as part of the school’s centennial celebrations.

Mary Ann admits the game has changed a lot since she played in the pre-Title IX 1960s: “We didn’t have uniforms. We had pinnies – little aprons with our numbers on them. There was no training time. … I wouldn’t call what I feel jealousy, exactly. It’s more like, ‘We could have been contenders, if we’d had the resources.’

“I have a very kinesthetic reaction at the games. As I watch, I can feel myself doing what Kiana Williams and some of the other point guards have done.”

Mary Ann watches a lot: She’s been a season-ticket holder all these years. The game vs. Arizona State tips off at 7pm. Friday, Jan. 26. Tickets are $10 and up with code GSEWBB.

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Spotted: InMenlo photographer Irene Searles at Women’s March in Oaxaca

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Your InMenlo team is spread across the globe at the moment. While Menlo Park and Atherton women participated in Bay Area Women’s Marches, contributing photographer Irene Searles (far right) was taking part in a march in Oaxaca, Mexico And she made the local paper: “… I was interviewed  at the Women’s Vigil in Oaxaca. My […]

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Women from Menlo Park and Atherton take part in variety of Bay Area Women’s Marches

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Marchers that numbered in the ten thousands across a variety of Bay Area locations took part in the Women’s March today, a year after the inaugural event. The issue remained the same: opposition to Trump and his policies. But did the fact that sun greeted marchers rather than the rain of last year mean good […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg speaks to MPCSD community at Parent Speaker Series Event

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The Menlo Park City School District’s Speaker Series welcomed Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In and Option B to the Hillview stage on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Ms. Sandberg engaged in an intimate, wide-ranging conversation with MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister to a packed house of district parents, leadership, and invited guests including […]

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Park in Menlo Park is renamed for war hero and Belle Haven activist Karl E. Clark

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Congress person Anna Eshoo, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Marc Berman Menlo Park City Council members Ray Mueller, Cat Carlton, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki, along with family and friends of the late Karl E. Clark, gathered on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 15, to dedicate a park named in Clark’s honor for his many […]

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Belle Haven community activist Cecilia Taylor works to keep neighborhood civically engaged

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Cecilia Taylor is a third-generation resident of Menlo Park. Both her mother and grandfather have been active in the Belle Haven neighborhood where she was raised and now lives. After living in the northern Peninsula for a number of years, she came home in 2015 and promptly ran for a Menlo Park City Council seat […]

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Katharina Powers brings contemporary, meaningful art to downtown Menlo Park

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Intellectual property attorney on Sand Hill Road. Then owner of a coffee company in Germany called, of all things, San Francisco Coffee Company. Returning to  Menlo Park five years ago, Dr. Katharina Powers is now the owner of Art Ventures Gallery, which opened on Santa Cruz Avenue last fall. Growing up in Germany, Katharina recalls […]

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Michelle DeWolf’s aim is to get people to stick to their healthy New Year’s resolutions

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For Menlo Park resident Michelle DeWolf, what started as a volunteer project teaching cooking classes at Oak Knoll School  morphed first into cooking classes and party planning for kids and parents, and, more recently, health and wellness coaching. And it’s all under the umbrella of The Festive Table. “This is what I was born to […]

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Jeannie Cole pivots to a new career with ReBoot Accel paving the way

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Jeannie Cole’s story is not unlike other Menlo Park moms. She came to Menlo soon after marrying and has stayed in the same neighborhood — if not the same house — ever since. She started her career in educational publishing before turning freelance when her second child was born. As her children got older, she […]

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Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery are linked by artistic endeavors, now on display at Gitane

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Dogs and art sparked a friendship between Lisa Frick and Casey Raftery that’s led to an art show currently on display at Gitane in downtown Menlo Park. Lisa, a relative newcomer to the Bay Area, works in collage and mixed media. She’s been making art off and on for the past 20 years, although she […]

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Naomi Shanson makes her writing and directing debut with “Studio K”

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For Menlo Park resident Naomi Shanson, it’s all about theater. The sophomore at Kehillah Jewish High School acts, designs lighting, writes and directs. The latter two will be on display this Monday and Tuesday at Kehillah Black Box Theater with the presentation of Studio K.  RSVP to this free performance online. “It’s about a group of […]

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