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A funeral mass will be celebrated at 1:30 pm today, Thursday, Nov. 9, at Nativity Church (210 Oak Grove Avenue) in Menlo Park for Matthew Cruz, Andrew Gonzales and Ricky Torres, followed by a procession to Skylawn Cemetery at 4:00 pm.

A joint memorial and viewing service held was Wednesday evening at Nativity to an overflowing crowd estimated to be 800.

The three young men, who all attended Menlo-Atherton High School, lost their lives on October 31, 2017, in a single vehicle accident on Highway 35 near Bear Gulch Road in Woodside. Two of the three, Gonzales and Torres were Menlo Park Fire District Explorers and Torres was the oldest son of the Fire District’s Master Mechanic Rudy Torres who has worked with the Fire District for 14 years.

Rather than accept donations or flowers, the families have decided start a Go-Fund-Me account to do something to help prevent further loss to other families. They feel that if the guard rail in that location along Highway 35 would have been in place their boys might still be alive today. To donate:  https://www.gofundme.com/7fmg8u-help-prevent-another-tragedy

All on-duty and off-duty Menlo Park Fire District personnel will be attending the funeral services and surrounding fire agencies will be covering the Fire District.

Photo supplied by Menlo Fire taken by Ricky Torres – top of memorial Timmy Torres (brother), bottom of memorial Barbi Torres (mother), right of memorial Andrew Gonzales, left of memorial Matthew Cruz and couple embracing Cassandra (girlfriend) and Ricky Torres.

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Two of the teens killed earlier this week were Fire Explorers – Menlo Park Fire District mourns the loss of promising lives

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The three teenagers — Ricardo Torres, 19; Andrew Gonzales, 19; and Matthew  Cruz, 18 — who were killed in a vehicle accident on Halloween night on southbound Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) were not only very close friends, two belonged to Fire Explorer Post 109 sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District, and one was the oldest son […]

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Spotted: Swim/water polo teammates from M-A circa ’67

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The Menlo-Atherton High School class of 1967 is holding its 50th reunion this weekend. Four who swam and played water polo together gathered for a pre-reunion lunch in downtown Menlo today: left to right: Jeff Lapiere, Frank Aronoff, Tod Spieker and Rob Jensen. They’re most famous teammate (Lindsay Buckingham) is MIA . Photo by Dennis Nugent […]

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Talking farm management (and sports!) with fourth generation Webb, Atlee Frechette

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We’d driven out to Webb Ranch to talk with Atlee Frechette, a fourth generation Webb who earlier this year got involved in the farming side of the business — there is also a horse side — for the first time. Along the way we talked volleyball and baseball. About the latter, Atlee is indeed named […]

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Here’s your chance to hear great bluegrass music – Menlo-Atherton High School style!

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The finest bluegrass pickers to emerge from the halls of Menlo-Atherton High School are getting together this Saturday, July 15, for a special show at Club Fox in Redwood City (2209 Broadway). Since graduating in 2004 and 2005, Ryan Breen (banjo), Henry Warde (guitar), Kyle McCabe (bass), and Andy O’Brien (mandolin) have developed into some […]

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Kim Young works with POST to preserve and protect Peninsula lands

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Looking back, Kim Young realizes she was too young to fully appreciate the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford. “I went straight into the program after graduating from Dartmouth,” she recalls. “Most of the people were older. It was a bit intimidating.” During her studies, which focused on poetry, she did meet writer and environmental activist Stegner, […]

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Ed Dobbs, local business owner and mentor to many, passes away at age 68

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Edward Francis Dobbs, 68, passed away on February 22 at his home in Redwood City after a short and aggressive battle with brain cancer. He will be missed for many reasons, but most certainly for his warm smile and his love of life. A memorial service for Ed will take place at Peninsula Bible Church (3505 Middlefield Rd) […]

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M-A grad Alan Masaoka is respected glass artist with many private and public installations

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Given his robost portfolio of private and public glass art, Menlo-Atherton High School alum Alan Masaoka surprised us: He didn’t go to art school nor even study art at either M-A nor the College of San Mateo. During a recent visit to his Carmel Valley studio, he explained: “I’ve always been interested in art and was […]

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Lifelong Menlo Park girlfriends double down on the Women’s March, walking in Oakland and The City

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One was not enough for a group of friends who grew up in Menlo Park and all graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. Julia Sommer, Rebecca Strehlow, Rachel Fox, and Leah Worthington (pictured above, left to right, at Oakland Women’s March on Saturday) crossed the Bay Bridge to also participate in the San Francisco March. There they were joined […]

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Jordan Stone is taking “solar suitcases” to Kenya as part of a PG&E program for students and teachers

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Menlo Park resident Jordan Stone may teach social science at Independence High School in San Jose, but it’s solar energy that’s taking him and two students to Kenya this February. “I got an email from another teacher about PG&E’s We Share Solar Suitcases® program,” Jordan explained. “It looked like a great opportunity to learn about solar design […]

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Spotted: M-A Class of ’66 parties on at Zott’s today

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The Menlo-Atherton High School Class of ’66 held its 50th reunion last night at the Elks Lodge in Palo Alto, the same location they’d held their grad night festivities. And like most every other reunion that takes place locally, Sunday meant a “morning after” reconnection at Zott’s in Portola Valley. The inclement weather had them […]

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