To find out what’s happening at M-A, check out the twice weekly M-A Today

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There was a steady buzz the Tuesday morning we visited John Giambruno’s TV Communication and Production class on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus. Half the class was preparing to air a live show called M-A Today. The other half was working on Friday’s show. Both air on highschoolCUBE. And while, yes, they are high school students, […]

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Annual Cultural Arts Day at Encinal School celebrates the British Isles

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Cultural Arts Day has been part of the fall curriculum at Encinal School in Atherton for the past decade. This year the spotlight was on the British Isles. There was a lot of ground to cover. In addition to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, the British Isles include over 6,000 smaller islands! “We have students […]

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Margaret and Jamis MacNiven honored for their many years of service to Woodside community

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An abundance of laughter and silliness filled the  Woodside High School Performing Arts Center last night. It was a fitting way to salute two people who’ve provided their community with a steady dose of both over the years, as well as many charitable good deeds Margaret and Jamis MacNiven (pictured with their family), owners of Buck’s of Woodside, […]

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Surprises at both ends of the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning

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At the Crane Street end of the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning, shoppers were greeted by a robot while at the Chestnut Street end, they could buy a live Dungeness crab. Yesterday was the first day of commercial crab fishing, and Pietro Parravano had brought back a bountiful catch. “There were plenty out there,” he reported. […]

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J David Cummings writes award-winning book of poems about use of atomic weapons at end of WWII

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J. David Cummings, known as David, is quick to assure his visitors: “I’m all ‘right’ now!” It was his succinct summation of his journey from theoretical physicist to technical writer to award-winning poet, a decidedly right brain activity after years of thinking left. “I actually wrote my first poem in high school,” he explains. “But […]

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MPAEF hosts 5th annual Gift Boutique, opening tonight with more shopping Friday

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The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) Gift Boutique — a local holiday tradition — celebrates its fifth anniversary tonight and tomorrow at the Allied Arts Guild. Open to the entire community, the Boutique showcases over 20  local, unique vendors; 20% of the proceeds benefit Menlo Park schools. Searching for a fun, community-oriented way to raise funds for MPAEF and […]

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Rescue horse Scooter is inspiration for children’s book

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Can inspiration and wisdom be passed across the boundaries of living species? Is it possible for the valuable lessons that are the building blocks of human existence to be garnered from a horse? Portola Valley resident Wilson Farrar believes that it can and has written a children’s book about it based upon her experiences with […]

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Lisa Deal brings long commitment to healthcare to her role at Mission Hospice

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From a very young age, Atherton resident Lisa Deal knew she wanted to be involved in healthcare. “I’d go around in my head — nurse to doctor to nurse to physical therapy,” she recalled. “But I don’t remember wanting to do anything else.” Eventually it was the connection with people that prevailed, and Lisa got a bachelor’s […]

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City of Menlo Park hosts community celebration to mark State of the City on November 13 featuring free food and entertainment

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The City of Menlo Park is literally rolling out a “green carpet” and inviting residents to a picnic-style event to mark the State of the City. The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Chestnut St. Paseo in Downtown Menlo Park. Reusable artificial turf will be placed on the Paseo for […]

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Terri Bullock and Henry Bullock offer $200,000 matching gift to support Music & Memory

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Emailed Atherton resident Terri Bullock (pictured right): “My sister, diagnosed seven years ago with early onset Alzheimer’s, had become almost totally non-verbal and immobile. For her birthday, our family spent the day watching her listen to a playlist of her favorite music, singing along and even standing to dance with her husband. It was truly […]

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Local couple raising funds to support children’s shelter in Thailand for New Years/birthday party

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Menlo Park residents Nalin and Mark Decker founded the DASchild charitable organization in 2007 with an aim to protect children from trafficking in Thailand. DASchild works closely with a shelter — Baan Nana (Thai for Childlife) Shelter — in Northern Thailand, which is home to over 80 children who have been saved from such conditions. Baan Nana […]

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