Psychologists Lori and Tom Plante co-author book to help college students graduate with honor

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Menlo Park residents Lori and Tom Plante have enjoyed separate careers in the field of psychology, she as a clinician with a practice downtown and he as a member of the faculty at the Santa Clara University. Now they’ve come together to co-author a book that may prove helpful to parents of college-age or college-bound kids as well as college […]

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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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Ravenswood Education Foundation fundraising gala raises $600,000 to enrich school programs

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“Ten Years – Making A Difference Together” was theme of the Ravenswood Education Foundation’s fundraising gala held earlier this month. For the past 10 years, the Ravenswood Education Foundation (REF) has partnered with the Ravenswood school district to provide well-trained teachers, classroom supplies, science labs, libraries and other essential resources that make a difference in the […]

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Alan McGee’s photographs examine landscape as metaphor

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“Beauty and Terror: Landscape as Metaphor” by photographer Alan McGee of Portola Valley is the featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery (75 Arbor Road) in March. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The show features photographs from 35 years of Alan’s explorations on the beaches […]

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Menlo Park Fire District partners with local company to develop drone capabilities during emergencies

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Menlo Park Fire District  Chief Harold Schapelhouman recently received authorization from the Fire Board to officially partner with Matternet, Inc. to collaboratively explore drone options for delivery during emergencies. The Menlo Park-based company develops autonomous drone logistics systems. The Fire District officially started its drone program in 2014 and was one of the first emergency response agencies […]

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NCL 2019 Class builds creative outdoor space at All Five pilot school in Belle Haven

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Over the past year, the 2019 Class of the Mid-Peninsula Chapter of the National Charity League took on a grant project to improve the outdoor space at a preschool in Belle Haven. Twenty two girls from six different high schools, including Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, and Sacred Heart Prep, had served at a variety of local non-profits, […]

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Physician David Axelrod shares his experiences at Standing Rock with Menlo Park community

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Before last year, Menlo Park resident David Axelrod, a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford Hospital, had not heeded the call to be a medical volunteer. Standing Rock and the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline changed that. David went twice, for four days in December, where he did, as he describes “more digging out of snow, […]

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St. Raymond School places first in Academic Decathlon

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For the fourth year in a row, the St. Raymond School Academic Decathlon team was named the “Overall Winner” for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  The annual competition, featuring 12 schools, was held on March 4 at St. Pius School in Redwood City. The Academic Decathlon is a competition for students in grades sixth through eighth, consisting […]

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From interior design to furniture – a journey that leads to Moxiemade

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For the past seven years, Nancy Evars and Dimitra Anderson have offered interior design services, bringing, as they say, “a bit of moxie” to their work. “We are driven women, both from New Jersey,” said Dimitra. Added Nancy: “We love to work, we love to be creative.” Today they’re launching a new business called, fittingly enough, Moxiemade, offering a […]

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In new book, Menlo Park resident Alexander Kugushev ponders why American education lags

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Editor’s note: Menlo Park resident, author and publisher Alexander Kugushev has written a new book We’re 34th in Education – It’s Our Culture. Here he offers his opinion about what is right and wrong about our educational system. The United States ranks 34th in the world in education (per the Program of International Student Assessment — 2014/2016). […]

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Rich Gordon is among the winners of the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

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Former state Assemblymember and Menlo Park resident Rich Gordon was named “Water Champion” by the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards Coalition. He will be honored, along with the other winners, at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 22, a free event that requires advance registration. Gordon served in the California State Legislature for six years, and […]

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