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Local author, D’Anne Burwell,  received three Eric Hoffer Awards for her memoir, Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home. D’Anne’s book was published last August and since her first appearance at Menlo-Atherton High School last fall, she has continued to speak frequently throughout the Bay Area telling her story — breaking the silence — about her son’s drug addiction and what can happen to a family trying to navigate the current drug crisis.

“Don’t think that drug abuse can’t happen to you, or to your child, it can happen in any community. It’s all around us. It happened to mine,” D’Anne tells her audiences. She grew up in Menlo Park, raising her two children with her husband in a quiet community in the Silicon Valley.

The Eric Hoffer Award, founded at the start of the 21st century, honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.

Saving Jake has been awarded the 2016 winner in Memoir, winner of The 2016 First Horizon Award (given for superior work by debut authors), and short-listed as a Grand Prize Award Finalist.

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Marsh Road closure begins on Tuesday, May 31

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The Town of Atherton will close Marsh Road on May 31 between Middlefield Road and Fair Oaks Avenue for construction to replace the Atherton Channel walls and floor. Scheduled reopening is August 11, 2016. A detour plan with roadway signage plan can be downloaded here. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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New M-A Leo Club is chartered at kick-off dinner

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On Saturday, May 21, the Lions Clubs International celebrated the Charter Night for Menlo-Atherton High School’s new M-A Leo Club at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Redwood City. The M-A Leo Club is sponsored by the Peninsula Veterans Lions Club. The event welcomed the M-A Leo Club to the Lions Clubs International — the world’s […]

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M-A teacher, Menlo Park and Las Lomitas school districts – all honored with Kent Awards for outstanding programs

Emailed Carrie Du Bois, President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association: “This Monday evening (May 23) the San Mateo County School Boards Association will be holding our 36th annual Kent Awards Dinner…These awards honor outstanding educators and programs in San Mateo County.” Carrie had attached a list of the winners and we were delighted […]

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Beltramo’s will close doors, property to be sold

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As reported by Barbara Woods on Almanac Online today, Beltramo’s, one of the few remaining Menlo Park landmark businesses, will be closing its doors and selling the property, which commenters suggest is worth more than the business itself. The owners are retiring. According to the book about Menlo Park, Beyond the Gate, the first Beltramo’s opened in […]

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Squeezing out a bit more rain over the past few days in Menlo Park

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Saturday, I measured more than a trace and less than .1″. I add in .05″ bringing my season-todate total to 20.6″.” Photo of  “Mother’s Day roses” by Linda Hubbard (c) 2016

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Patrick Reed is contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

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Menlo Park native Patrick Reed is wrapping up his college career with a bang. Before graduating with honors from American University in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, he took time out to be a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The episode will air tomorrow at 11:30 am on KGO locally (always smart to […]

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Kuk Sool Won™ kick-a-thon on May 7 at Burgess Park

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Expect to see more than 100 students from local martial arts academy, Kuk Sool Won™ of Menlo Park in long kick lines on Saturday May 7th at Burgess Park in Menlo Park for their 7th annual Kick-A-Thon fundraiser. “Over the years, this has become a family favorite event,” says Kristin Quintana, owner and chief instructor […]

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Quick action by neighbor minimizes fire damage, saves pets at home in the Willows

  A neighbor noticed smoke coming from a home on Concord Drive in the Willows late Monday afternoon and heard a smoke detector sounding inside the home. The neighbor called 911, entered the home, and found a dryer on fire on the second floor. Before leaving the structure, the neighbor saved the family dog and bird by […]

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Locals urged to be extra cautious on Laurel School’s “walk and wheel” day May 4

Laurel School is having a “Walk and Wheel to School Day” this coming Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Children who attend Laurel School will be participating in this event by walking and bicycling to school. The children will be traveling along Ringwood Avenue to Laurel School, and along Coleman Avenue to Laurel School. Please be advised […]

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Esther Baran’s spring art show benefits local-nonprofit

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Artist Esther Baran will host a Spring Art Show and Mother’s Day Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. She will be in attendance from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The sale will feature 10 to 20% off watercolors and color etchings. All proceeds benefit the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness. The studio is located in […]

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