A decade worth of Atherton remodeling history is available online

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Atherton residents — and others — can now access information on every single remodeling and construction project that has taken place over the past ten years through BuildZoom’s Permit Mapping project. The map can be accessed here. This is the first application of its kind to provide homeowners with details on every home improvement project in their […]

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Nancy Andrus, named “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, got her start in Menlo Park

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When Menlo Park resident Nancy Andrus learned she had been designated a “Mover and Shaker” by the national publication, Library Journal, she was reminded where she got her start — right in her hometown. “I had a terrific English teacher at M-A, Shannon Griscom, and all the writing I do for the Make HER blog, I […]

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg co-chairs Second Harvest Food Bank’s Stand Up for Kids Campaign

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Studies show that kids who don’t get enough to eat can suffer emotional and physical effects that hamper their ability to do well in school and succeed later in life. Despite the enormous wealth in Silicon Valley, one in three local kids struggles with hunger. That’s why Second Harvest Food Bank has launched its Stand […]

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High school trip to Israel leads Menlo Park native to ponder the differences between living there and here

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For Kehillah High School juniors, it’s a tradition to take a three-week class trip to Israel. We recently travelled up and down the entire country, from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv to the Syrian and Lebanese borders. Having lived my entire life in Menlo Park, I came back having much to reflect on in the way […]

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Menlo School is hosting MenloHacks this weekend

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Menlo School students are hosting a 24-hour hackathon this weekend in the Athletic Center. Dubbed MenloHacks, the event brings together about 250 high school students to build anything pertaining to software or hardware. MenloHacks encourages students of all experience levels to collaborate to create apps, websites, and other code-based projects. The event also features games, such as a Tapé […]

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New X-ray laser at SLAC brings promise of never-before-seen views of nature

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Construction has begun on a major upgrade to a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park. The project will add a second X-ray laser beam that’s 10,000 times brighter, on average, than the first one and fires 8,000 times faster, up to a million pulses per second. The […]

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Kepler’s book store receives Sustainability Award from San Mateo County

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Emails Praveen Madan: “I am very pleased to share that Kepler’s has won a significant award for our work on transforming the bookstore into a sustainable cultural institution. Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) recently selected Kepler’s from many qualified nominations to receive their Sustainability Award. This exclusive award recognizes businesses, community groups, and individuals in […]

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Deany Brady pens second memoir, Higher than Yonder Mountain

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To kids and parents at Laurel Elementary School where she volunteers, Deany Brady is Grandma Brady. When she stops in once a week at Whole Foods Market, where she worked for 20 years, that’s what her former colleagues call her as well. But on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 pm, she’ll be called “author Brady” during an appearance at […]

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Photographer Susan Carnahan participates in wildlife-related exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat

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Menlo Park-based photographer Susan Carnahan‘s photos of cranes are among those on exhibit at Keeble & Shuchat from April 13 through May 11. The show is called Wildlife Beyond Borders and features the work of five other photographers and their photos of endangered animals — gorillas, polar bears, lemurs, songbirds, elephants, and wild horses. The […]

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Allied Arts Guild head gardener Kathleen Bryan Aquiar is all set for spring garden tour

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When we visited with Allied Arts Guild head gardener Kathleen Bryan Aquiar, accompanied by photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow, the wisteria, planted in 1932, was in bloom. “It’s original to the property,” Kathleen explained. “It’s so old that it’s pulled the post out of the ground! People do love coming here to see it.” While it […]

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Amy Marie Briones joins Menlowe Ballet and will appear in three ballets this Spring

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Amy Marie Briones, who recently joined Menlowe Ballet, has been practicing her craft since she was four years old. Her professional career began when she joined the Silicon Valley Ballet in 2006. She’s danced her childhood dream role, Kitri in Don Quixote, as well as leading roles in Jorma Elo’s Glow-Stop, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous and Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. […]

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