Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 2

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Editor’s note: Here is the second part of a story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao. It was reported and written by Menlo-Atherton High School students Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. The first part can be found here. Finally, in 1985, Lao and his sister’s family arrived in Los […]

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Posh Bagel’s Anthony Lao shares his refugee story – Part 1

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Editor’s note: From time to time, we’re pleased to spotlight the good work being done by Menlo-Atherton High School journalism students. This story about a downtown Menlo Park merchant, Anthony On Lao, seems particularly timely. It was reported and written by Megan McDonnell and Jackson Confer with photos by Erica Miner. Due to it’s length, we […]

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Urban Botanica comes to Allied Arts offering flowers and plants

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After a career in commercial real estate and property management, Lisa Berlin-Solberg (pictured left) took a break. She decided to enroll in a floral design class, which led to working part-time at a florist in Lafayette. She then went back to her career while she researched how to make a living as a florist. Eventually, she found a floral […]

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Beloved heritage oak tree falls at Laurel School

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Laurel School principal Linda Creighton sent a message out today telling the Laurel community that a much-cherished heritage oak tree next to the main arbor at the Lower Campus fell last night. “This tree has always been a breathtaking icon of Laurel School,” she wrote in an email. “We are incredibly fortunate that it fell during the […]

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Best-selling authors team up to raise money for vital senior services on the Peninsula

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The 26th Annual Author Salon Luncheon, a fundraiser for Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI), will take place at  the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club (2900 Sand Hill Road) in Menlo Park on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. The line up of best-­selling authors include: Award-winning journalist and author of Tangled Vines: […]

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Master storyteller Charlie Chin comes to Menlo Park to share Chinese folktales in the “tea house” style

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Master storyteller Charlie Chin will be sharing “Traditional Chinese Folktales in the Tea House Style” at the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, March 4, at 11:00 am, “The Tea House style is a technique in which several stories are embedded in a ‘Story Frame,’” he explains. “This allows a continuous story that can be expanded or […]

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Ed Dobbs, local business owner and mentor to many, passes away at age 68

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Edward Francis Dobbs, 68, passed away on February 22 at his home in Redwood City after a short and aggressive battle with brain cancer. He will be missed for many reasons, but most certainly for his warm smile and his love of life. A memorial service for Ed will take place at Peninsula Bible Church (3505 Middlefield Rd) […]

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Menlo College faculty and students raise funds for Syrian refugees

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Menlo College Associate Professor Marianne Marar Yacobian and Menlo College students began raising funds and awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015. The war in Syria and the ban on immigration in America have increased the need for aid as the numbers of refugees from Syria surge. In response to the current climate, Dr. […]

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Snacks to eat while watching the Academy Awards on TV this Sunday

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Editor’s note: We’ve come to count on Menlo Park resident Alexis Murphy for showing us how to make celebrations and holidays special. Here she takes on the Academy Awards, which will take place this Sunday night (2/26). Oscar Night has always been one of my favorites. The stars, the fashion, the movies and most importantly, festive […]

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Three Menlo Park teens named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Three residents of Menlo Park — Jamie L. Cleron (Crystal Springs Uplands School), Alexa Thomson (Sacred Heart Preparatory; photo right) and Andrew D. Yates (Menlo-Atherton High School; photo below right) have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2017. […]

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Need some winter cheer? Check out these rain-soaked blooms in Menlo Park

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What’s that? Blue sky and sunshine overhead? Yes, it does feel that it’s been raining forever in Menlo Park. In particular, that was some deluge that started mid-afternoon yesterday and lasted into the early evening. Then came the gusty winds overnight. Reported InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ at 7:30 am this morning: “28.5” is my season total. That […]

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