Katharina Powers brings contemporary, meaningful art to downtown Menlo Park

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Intellectual property attorney on Sand Hill Road. Then owner of a coffee company in Germany called, of all things, San Francisco Coffee Company. Returning to  Menlo Park five years ago, Dr. Katharina Powers is now the owner of Art Ventures Gallery, which opened on Santa Cruz Avenue last fall. Growing up in Germany, Katharina recalls […]

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Finally, moisture again falls from the sky on Menlo Park

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Yesterday’s rain, which started before noon and produced a good gully washer around dinner time, totaled just over a half an inch, according to InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ who emailed: “This was better than expected. Now at 3.9” season-to-date. That compares to 9.85” this date in 2017 and 6.8” in 2016, so we are still behind.” […]

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20 years ago today the oldest and first bridge across the San Francisco Bay caught fire

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Shortly before 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 3, 1998,a fire at, or near, the abandoned Sportsmen’s Gun Club located off of University Avenue at the tip of the City of East Palo Alto was reported to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Acting Battalion Chief (B/C) Harold Schapelhouman (pictured below), now the District’s Fire Chief, […]

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Local band gathers instruments for victims of Sonoma County fires

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One way that people — especially children — who lost their homes during the wine country fires can get some pleasure and start rebuilding their lives is to start playing musical instruments and participate in the bands and orchestras like they did prior to the fires. The members of the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching […]

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Michelle DeWolf’s aim is to get people to stick to their healthy New Year’s resolutions

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For Menlo Park resident Michelle DeWolf, what started as a volunteer project teaching cooking classes at Oak Knoll School  morphed first into cooking classes and party planning for kids and parents, and, more recently, health and wellness coaching. And it’s all under the umbrella of The Festive Table. “This is what I was born to […]

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Looking back on 2017: Most viewed posts #1-10

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Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2017. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The #11-20 rankings were published yesterday. #1: Country Corner’s beloved owner Bob passes away For the second year in a row, the death of a beloved resident got the most notice. Last year it […]

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Looking back on 2017: Most viewed posts #11-20

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Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2017. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. (Remembering downtown Menlo Park back in the day, first published in 2012, continues to be in the top 20 year after year.) Today’s post focuses on #11-20; the top 10 list will be […]

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Memorial tree grows over 50 plus years, as does the person who planted it!

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection District celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016/17. As part of a year-end wrap-up, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman sent out a fun “then and now” photo. The first, captured in May, 1961, shows a very young Bob Blach helping plant a tree at Menlo City Center with his sisters, grandmother and […]

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M-A Leo Club initiates Virtual Giving Tree for homeless veterans in Menlo Park

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Throughout the month of December, the Leo District 4-C4 created and executed the first Virtual Giving Tree for veterans. The Leos provided gifts to approximately 50 veterans, all part of the Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP) at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park.  Elise Kratzer and Dina Zheng, Leo District 4-C4 Board First VP […]

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83 “blessed” bats at Menlo Park home rescued, pronounced fit, and released

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This has the makings of a perfect Onion story, yet it’s true. Workers removed a mural of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, from an exterior wall of a Menlo Park home only to find it housed the living quarters of 83 bats. According to Peninsula Humane Society spokesperson Buffy (can’t make […]

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Menlo Park is inviting citizens to apply for new Advisory Districting Committee

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Menlo Park is recruiting to fill up to nine seats on the City’s newly created Advisory Districting Committee. This Committee will be responsible for reviewing and recommending City Council district boundaries for the 2018 election. Eligibility requirements are this: Application due by 5:00 pm, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 Registered voter Menlo Park resident and resided […]

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