Alley Oop Kids new project focuses on sending foster kids to a sporting event

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We visited with Shay Patel and his family last August soon after he started Alley Oop Kids to raise money to bring athletic equipment to 60 low-income kids involved in after school basketball at the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, East Palo Alto Chapter. That project was successfully completed in October, 2014 with $6,000 raised. […]

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Bruce Ives takes the helm of Menlo Park-based InnVision Shelter Network

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An H-P guy now leading a non-profit? It’s not such a leap, explains Menlo Park resident Bruce Ives, who was named Chief Executive Officer of InnVision Shelter Network in March, after being at Hewlett-Packard for 19 years. “There is a common thread to my career choices, and it’s public service,” he said. “I made a conscious […]

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Menlo Oaks holds annual neighborhood picnic with many time residents in attendance

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Approximately 100 children and adults attended Menlo Oaks annual neighborhood picnic yesterday (6/14) sponsored by the Menlo Oaks District Association. Rich Collyer (pictured top), who grew up in Menlo Oaks, was head chef, spending four hours, prepping the fire and grilling chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and vegi burgers. Neighbors pitched in with salads and desserts. Children spent […]

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Star and stripes out in Menlo Park on Flag Day

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If you’re looking for an afternoon stroll, you could go on a flag counting stroll through west Menlo Park. We counted a dozen or so spread out over a couple mile radius. Most are standard size flags hung from poles attached to porch or driveway. But in the case of Bill Russ’s house on Cotton, […]

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Rebecca Dines looks at her career on stage – in particular, at TheatreWorks

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Talking to actor Rebecca Dines in person or seeing her on stage in the current TheatreWorks production, Fallen Angels, it’s hard to believe she was once painfully shy. But that’s her story and she’s sticking to it. “[Growing up in Australia] my Mom, who taught voice and communications, got me started by teaching me some […]

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Meredith Ozbil has been the go-to person for Jazzercise in Menlo Park since 1996

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There’s a common refrain people utter when entering Meredith Ozbil’s Jazzercise class for the first time: “I kept driving by the sign [on Middle Avenue] and finally decided to come in!” Meredith has been offering Jazzercise in Menlo Park since 1996, first at Encinal School, then Laurel School, followed by Menlo-Atherton High School. Thanks to […]

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All day “weeping” adds to Menlo Park rain total

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Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Hooray! The all day weeping [on Wednesday] accumulated to .15″ in both my backyard gauges. This brings my season-to date-total to 18.1″. My threshold for a ‘good’ year is 20″. June is not done!” The rainfall here in Menlo Park usually falls at a midpoint between what is recorded […]

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Diaper Derby and classic cars are featured at summer block party on June 17

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Get your little crawler hydrated and ready to race! The “Diaper Derby” is returning this year to the 9th Annual Summer Block Party on June 17. Sponsored by Cheeky Monkey and West Bay Sanitation, the “Diaper Derby” is a fun competition for children under age one. Little crawlers race across the giant rainbow mats into the arms […]

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Atherton resident Jessica Fry wins Beach Blanket Babylon dance compeition

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Menlo School grad Jessica Fry was the winner of the The Steve Silver Foundation & Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts” in the dance category. She received $10,000 to be used for college education and plans to attend Stanford, where she will pursue a degree in physics. Jessica competed against two other dance finalists at Club Fugazi […]

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Menlo-Atherton Little League AA team, the Orioles, wins championship

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The little Menlo-Atherton Little League AA Team that could, the Orioles, completed a colossal journey last Saturday morning (June 6) by winning the Championship! They came together in March, most never having met nor played together, and at least one of the 12 was a newcomer to baseball. Under the very able and positive guidance of […]

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Footsteps Preschool owners feted at retirement party in the Willows

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Throngs of well-wishers showed up in the Willows on Saturday, June 6, to surprise longtime owners of Footsteps Preschool — Abby Munro (third from right, above) and Margaret Nelson (far left) — with a loving, homespun retirement celebration. Guests reminisced, enjoyed potluck snacks and drinks, and celebrated these two local heroes. Fittingly, the festivities were […]

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