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I have a feeling most Menlo Park residents drive right by St. Patrick’s Seminary on Middlefield Road without giving it a second thought. Maybe this photograph will make them turn up the driveway some day, go in the front door and ask to see the chapel —an awe-inspiring structure well worth the one block side trip.

The Seminary is at 320 Middlefield Road, just south of Menlo- Atherton High School and across the street from the United States Geological Survey. It’s open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

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SLAC’s historic ‘End Station A’ hosts electron beams once again in Menlo Park

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Electrons are once again streaming into SLAC’s historic End Station A, setting the stage for a new user facility in the huge, concrete hall where the first evidence for quarks was discovered. Fed by billion-particle bunches of high-energy electrons diverted from the linear accelerator supply to the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the new beamline, […]

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Menlo Park firefighters’ Oklahoma City terrorist attack memorial is a reminder to “never forget”

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Today marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Building in downtown Oklahoma City, which claimed 168 lives and injured more than 680 people. The anniversary follows five days after the bombing that took place during the running of the Boston Marathon on Monday. Menlo Park has distinct ties […]

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SLAC’s Rock: ITIS AROCAN DITIS ABI GONE

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A place like SLAC — dominated by hundreds of technicians, engineers and scientists, all busy building, maintaining, operating and using some of the most exotic machines in the world — is not ordinarily given over to frivolous activities. But on Wednesday, October 20, 1992, the SLAC community in Menlo Park awoke to find a 1,000-pound […]

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St. Denis is Menlo Park’s most historical church

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St. Denis is a church in Menlo Park that has popped up in a numerous places over the years. Its first incarnation came in 1853 when Dennis Martin, a young Irish immigrant who had started a lumber business along San Francisquito Creek, built a church for family and employees near what is now Sand Hill […]

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You’re invited to ride the rails in Menlo Park at West Bay Model RR at two upcoming holiday shows

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Did you know that here are a couple of other railroads in Menlo Park — other than Caltrain. One, in West Menlo, is a private “live steam” layout. Another is a real Menlo Park treasure – the West Bay Model Railroad Association. Located in the old Southern Pacific freight building just south of the Menlo Park […]

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Spotted: Two stone gargoyles on a Menlo Park roof top

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For the past 15 years, two small, grotesque statues have spent their days squatting on the roof of Building 280B on the SLAC campus in Menlo Park, peering out over the cars in Parking Lot G. No one is quite sure how the two stone gargoyles reached their perches — or if they are, they’re not […]

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Add “geocaching” to fun weekend activity for Menlo Park families

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I took my family “geocaching” in our Playborhood for the first time recently . It was an amazing experience for all of us. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that you play whenever and wherever you want. “Caches” – containers stuffed with little treasures – are hidden in nooks and crannies all over the world. […]

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Every tree has its tag on SLAC campus in Menlo Park – and that translates to almost 5,000

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From 150-year-old native oaks to young redwoods, nearly 6,000 trees grace SLAC’s 426-acre campus in Menlo Park.Most of them are labeled with a three-digit number on a one-inch-diameter aluminum disk nailed into their trunk. These tree tags are an integral part of a comprehensive SLAC’s tree-management program, started about six years ago to more efficiently […]

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SLAC celebrates 50th anniversary: What’s gone on underneath Menlo Park?

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Even though the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating its 50th anniversary today, we’re guessing that what goes on at SLAC is probably a mystery to most local reasons. In addition to our conversation earlier this week with Dr. Sidney Drell, one of SLAC’s founding scientists, we asked Media Relations Manager Andrew Freeberg to unearth […]

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Not just science, SLAC shows off its artistic side with campus sculpture

Amid SLAC’s buildings and byways in Menlo Park are a number of outdoor sculptures and technical artifacts that should inspire some amount of awe and wonder among employees and visitors alike. Presented here are eight works, ranging from science-inspired commissions to retired equipment. Waveguide Sculpture Location: outside Panofsky Auditorium (Building 43) Designers: SLAC’s Arnold Eldredge and […]

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