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InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg took this photo of a four-leaf clover on a recent walk near Woodside. We thought it a good way to remember Menlo Park’s Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are links to some relevant InMenlo posts that talk about the link between the two Menlos, one in California and the other in Ireland:

Visiting Menlough in Ireland, origin of Menlo’s name

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: Menlo Park’s history is green from its earliest beginnings

Friendship agreement signed between Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland

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Remembering Shirley Temple Black, the gracious children’s theater ticket taker

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Growing up in Menlo Park, I, along with what seemed like the whole neighborhood, attended children’s plays, I think performed at Sequoia High School. What the plays were, I don’t recall, although I enjoyed them. What I do remember quite distinctly is one of the ticket takers, undoubtedly pointed out to me by my mother, […]

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The tale of Two Menlos on display at the Menlo Park Library through February

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During the month of February, a display at the Menlo Park Library entrance will feature the recently signed Friendship Agreement between the City of Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland. As many are aware, Menlo Park is named for the very old Gaelic village of Mionloch (anglicized to Menlough and usually shortened to Menlo), which […]

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Caltrain celebrates 150 anniversary of rail service with a stop in Menlo Park

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The Sons of the Golden West presented a plaque commemorating the Menlo Park Train Depot (1867) to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller as other City Council members looked on this morning. The occasion was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad from Francisco to San Jose. Photo by Clay Curtin

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As one of his final duties as Mayor, Peter Ohtaki visits Galway City, site of Menlo Park’s historical roots

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We sat down with Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki yesterday, less than 24 hours after he returned from visiting Galway City, Ireland and only hours before he turned over his mayoral duties to fellow City Councilman Ray Mueller, who will serve for the next year. Our questions focused on his experience as Mayor as well […]

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M-A classmates remember “where were you?” on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated

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We were sophomores at Menlo-Atherton High School on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President John Kennedy was assassinated. We may have thought we were sophisticated young citizens of the world — if we had a thought at all. In reality, while we’d already had one scare in high school — the Cuban missile crisis the previous Fall […]

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Menlo Park author Bill Fernandez transports readers through his Hawaiian childhood adventures

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It’s not often that a Hawaiian oli (chant) echoes through the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. Let alone one uttered by a retired Santa Clara County Superior Court judge. But when it happens, it’s a sure sign that native Hawaiian author and part time Menlo Park resident Bill Fernandez is back in town. On November 16, Bill […]

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And the walls come tumbling down at Park Theatre in Menlo Park

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Following a pre-demolition sale held last weekend where the “marquee letters” proved the biggest seller, according to an article in the Almanac News, the Park Theatre on El Camino in Menlo Park faced the wrecking ball (or rather jaws) today. For Baby Boomers who lived to Menlo Park and Atherton in the 50s and 60s, […]

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Salon Menlo looks back at War of the Worlds on its 75th anniversary on October 27

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Salon Menlo returns with a Halloween Celebration on the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles” classic War of the World radio broadcast. This science fiction radio drama, presented in the form of a real time news report, caused panic in the streets, convincing listeners that Martians were attacking New Jersey. With World War II approaching, fear […]

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Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary Celebration at Menlo Park

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We stopped by today’s celebration of Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. It was a wonderful family event – lots to see and enjoy. Here are some photos of today’s celebration!

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Friendship agreement signed between Menlo Park and Galway City, Ireland

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Almost exactly one-year ago Gerry Hanley came from his hometown of Menlo (or Menlough, the anglicized version of the Irish Gaelic Mionloch, which means “small lake”), now a section of Galway City, Ireland, to Menlo Park with a personal mission to establish a friendship relationship between the two cities. His point of contact here was […]

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