Retired M-A teacher and administrator “Bud” Fellows passes away at 89

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Wilbur Lombard “Bud” Fellows, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 9, 2016 in San Diego. Born in San Francisco to Horace and Madeleine Fellows he lived a long, healthy and fulfilled life. He was married for 63 years to Coralie (Hill) Fellows who passed away in April, 2014. Mr. Fellows is much […]

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Menlo Park Library centennial celebration – take two

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Following our visit to the Menlo Park Library centennial celebration last Saturday, InMenlo contributing photographer Gina Hart stopped by to check out what was going on later that afternoon. In addition to face painting, kids could get a temporary henna tattoo, something much in demand. The 1001 Arabian Nights section featured both belly dancing and visits with an Arabian […]

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partner on rehabilitating three homes in Menlo Park

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In honor of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Rebuilding Together Peninsula and Facebook partnered yesterday to rehabilitate three homes in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. Approximately 80 Facebook employees worked alongside Rebuilding Together Peninsula staff and other community members, including Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller (pictured below right), to create safe and […]

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Flags come out in Menlo Park on the 15th anniversary of 9/11

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As has been the case in previous years, American flags adorn the front yard of Menlo Park residents Sally and Bill Russ, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Menlo Park Fires Station 6 on Oak Grove is also displaying flags. Last year, Menlo Fire Chief Harold Shapelhouman wrote […]

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Menlo Park Library celebrates its centennial by bringing books to life

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Menlo Park’s library held a birthday party for itself today, celebrating its 100th year by bringing books to life with costumed characters, to the delight of kids and adults alike. There were mini sets from The Great Gatsby (where you could grab a glass of “champagne” aka sparkling cider) and Treasure Island (with a big pirate ship), among […]

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Peck family with long-time Menlo Park roots, own and operate JP Digital Imaging

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JP Digital Imaging may be located in Mountain View, but there’s a lot of Menlo Park in the building. Jim, wife Leslie, and daughter Ashley are all Menlo-Atherton High School grads, and they all grew up here. Jim was first a photographer, shooting architectural interiors for his mother, much-respected local interior designer Mary Peck. “I started […]

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Artist Badri Valian focuses on the beauty of the human body in her paintings

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If you get a sense that the human figures in Badri Valian’s paintings are moving, that’s exactly what the artist hopes. “I paint standing up and put on music, and the rhythm of the music makes me move,” she says. “Drawing or painting is a dynamic activity.” Badri moved to the United States from Iran three […]

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Author Jeanne DuPrau reflects on best-selling Ember series

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While author Jeanne DuPrau views herself as “always a writer,” she didn’t write fiction until she was in her 40s and wrote the best-selling The City of Ember. “I was a big reader as a child — C.S. Lewis, The Borrowers, Mary Poppins, that kind of thing,” she said sitting in the garden of the Menlo […]

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Linda Salter is featured artist at Portola Art Gallery with exhibit “Summer Farewell”

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“Summer Farewells,” a collection of pastel and oil paintings by Linda Salter, is the featured exhibit for September at the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. In this exhibit, Salter includes a number of pastel plein air paintings […]

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Jen Ratay leads the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund in support of nonprofits and social enterprises

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An East Coast transplant, Jen Ratay now couldn’t imagine living anywhere else but here. “I deeply love the outdoors, and this area is so beautiful,” said the Ladera resident. “People are passionate and intelligent. And there’s no better place to do social innovation work.” The latter is key as Jen is the Executive Director of the […]

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M-A alum Susan Samuels Drake chronicles her work with labor organizer Cesar Chavez in a book

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Susan Samuels Drake grew up on Walsh Road in Atherton, graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and then attended Occidental College. It was a life, she says, that was both “white and privileged” —  hardly the background that would lead to working for and volunteering with the California farm workers movement in the ’60s. “Looking back, when […]

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