Summer 2018

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The Town of Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District shared an summer intern through the NexGen Regional Internship Program for local government interns.

The Regional Summer Internship program is coordinated through the Two County Next Generation Committee and is designed for every city, county and special district in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to offer an internship for college level or above interns.

The Human Resources Department for each agency teamed up to advertise, interview and select an applicant. Laura Roias, a San Mateo native and Junior at California State Fullerton began her internship the week of July 9, splitting her time with the Fire District and the Atherton Police Department.

Laura’s duties carried more responsibility and accountability than just aiding in office administration. The goal was to immerse Laura into the departments through meaningful projects that would also benefit both agencies.

Laura’s accomplishments during her seven-week shared internship include:

Atherton Police Department 

•Inventoried and refreshed supplies and equipment in the disaster shed so that the Town is able to use the materials in an emergency.

• Updated the Town’s Emergency Action Plan so that it references updated reports and locations and complies with FEMA mandates.

• Helped prepare the Emergency Operation Center for the Yellow Command exercise by reviewing the plan and identifying the appropriate injects and desired responses.

• Collaborated with ADAPT to develop an exercise plan for September 2018 so that Town resources will be ready to support their operational needs.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District 

• Social Media alignment project (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite)

• Customer Communication Management (CCM) Program Core Management Annex documenting and describing the process details around CCM core tasks, including lesson plans

• CCM ISV Project support, applying decals and lettering to Incident Support Vehicle

• CERT Class field day logistics support at National Night Out handling distribution and event photography

“She has been super enthusiastic about her time here,” said her Sergeant Sherman Hall. “She rolled up her sleeves to get the disaster shed inventoried and cleaned, even bringing a mop from home. She has been a welcome addition to the PD for the summer.”.

Photo of Laura Roias with Atherton Police Officer Johnathan Massagli, who assisted with the heavy lifting when cleaning out the shed.

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“Sing” screens at Burgess Park on Aug. 31

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The 2018 Menlo Movie Series features free outdoor movies at Burgess Park. Grab a chair, blanket and some snacks to enjoy a free community movie night with your friends and family. The animated movie Sing screens on Friday, Aug. 31 at 8:00 pm. In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo in the books

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Another great Tour de Menlo — my fourth — held on Saturday, August 18. Taking off from Menlo-Atherton High School, stops included Crystal Springs, Portola Valley and Stevens Canyon Park on the 65-mile ride I did. Whether riders chose the 65-, 46- or 35 mile ride, they all returned to M-A where there was lunch […]

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Downtown Menlo Park block party offers good music and fun for kids

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The annual Downtown Menlo Park block party last night brought summer to a close, if not by actual calendar, at least by the start of school year. Menlo-Atherton High School started last Wednesday. Menlo Park City schools start on August 23, and Las Lomitas schools start on August 30. Stretching from University Avenue to El […]

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Lee’s Bees return to Cafe Zoë this Saturday with more honey products

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Heather and Jason, the two Willows neighborhood kids behind Lee’s Bees, make their second annual appearance at Cafe Zoë on August 18 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. They’re offering an expanded product list, all created — or inspired — from the honey made by bees in their grandmother’s backyard. Sandy Lee started the hives […]

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2018 Menlo Charity Horse Show is a wrap after six days of competition

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After six days of competition, the 49th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show wrapped up yesterday. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most, who himself competed in the show in the amateur adult hunter jumper class some years ago, sauntered over to capture some of the action — and activity — over the weekend. On Sunday, the competition […]

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Saturday’s Facebook Festival had an island vibe theme

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Saturday’s Facebook Festival theme was “Celebrate Summer with Island Vibes & Reggae Beats!” Attendees enjoyed a free kids’ zone; roots and island culture; summer drinks and street food tasting for charity (100% of sales to local nonprofit); farmers’ market; art, music and cultural performances; Ferris Wheel; and live music from Rafa, Audiodub & China Cats. Proceeds […]

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Amazing sunflowers grace one Menlo Park backyard

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The sunflowers planted by Menlo Park resident Robin Tobias are again providing cheer for her and everyone else that sees them. She emails: “I planted more than past years, 140 or so, an estimate because  I got dizzy counting! “My favorites are still the little Teddy Bears, that grow into bright yellow pom poms! But […]

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Menlo Park downtown Block Party set for August 16

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Hosted by the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Menlo Park’s downtown Block Party is one of the community’s favorite summer events and Set for Thursday, August 16 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, there will  be live music, kid friendly fun and free activities for all ages, inching a petting […]

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Horses come to downtown Menlo Park – and the Menlo Circus Club – for the Menlo Charity Horse Show

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The Menlo Charity Horse Show begins tomorrow at the Menlo Circus Club.  But that’s not the only place horses have shown up. They’re in downtown Menlo Park, too. Well, not the live kind, but rather those springing from the hands of artists. Jill Layman, owner of A.Space Gallery has assembled an exhibit titled A Noble […]

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Spotted: Legendary jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich at Portola Vineyards

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One of the gifts that Portola Vineyards vintner Len Lehmann gives back to the community each year is a summer series of jazz concerts. There are still tickets available for the last one featuring Charged Particles on August 19. Sunday night featured legendary jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich, who peppered the two sets with memories of the […]

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