August 2009

The Webb Ranch acreage may be on Stanford land but  its bounty – and that of other local organic farmers – is on display at its produce stand on Alpine Road in Menlo Park. It was a second generation Webb – Stanley – who first opened the stand in 1961, although the family had been farming the land since 1922. The Webb Ranch fields are CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers) compliant. Both its U-pick berry operation and pumpkin patch attract Peninsula families year after year. Operating months are usually April through November, although a Christmas tree lot opens Thanksgiving weekend.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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Faces of Menlo: Lydia smiles – and smiles

Checker Lydia has been dispensing smiles and cheer at  Draeger’s supermarket (a Menlo mainstay) for 19 years. Her checkout counter often features a treat dish for the kiddies and she always can be counted on for just the right amount of conversation while getting groceries quickly scanned and shoppers are on their way.

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Solar Power on Display in Menlo Park

When the Northern California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar), a non-profit solar education organization, released the latest findings on the significant growth of solar energy installations for 163 cities in 10 Bay Area counties during 2008., Menlo Park found itself in second place in solar systems per capita but further down the list at 11th […]

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The resting place for over 5,000 souls

There has been a cemetery located in Menlo Park where Santa Cruz Avenue takes a  jink since the late 1860s. According to the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the Church of the Nativity (located on Oak Grove Avenue) acquired it in 1883 and named it Holy Cross Cemetery. The initial design and landscaping was done by […]

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Enforcing sanity

A Menlo Park PD motor officer busily enforced traffic laws in the vicinity of Oak Knoll School this A.M. Rolling stops and ill-advised u-turns seemed to be the most common sins. Oak Knoll School is in the midst of a large construction project which, combined with the usual crush of school traffic and a home […]

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Personal memories #2: Hillview Drive

This contributor was fortunate enough to grow up on Hillview Drive in Menlo Park. Her parents, John and Edith Hubbard, were original owners, purchasing 1100 Hillview Drive in 1951. She can still remember the names of the other three families that lived in the first four houses on the east side of the street, going […]

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Menlo photo fun

Menlo Park, traditionally a bedroom community, doesn’t offer the spectacular cityscapes of more urban settings (like San Francisco), but it definitely has moments and places that are worthy of a photographer’s time and attention. Carts at Draeger’s caught one contributor’s eye this morning.

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First day of school

All of Menlo Park’s elementary schools (Encinal, Laurel and Oak Knoll) as well as Hillview Middle School started the 2009-10 academic year this morning, prompting a mass turnout of bikes, children, parents, grandparents – and even pets – in Menlo streets this morning.

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Personal Memories #1: Hillview School

A whole lot of years ago, this contributor began kindergarten at Hillview School (yes, that’s how many years ago – during the era that Hillview, Oak Knoll and Encinal were all K-8). One of the few “growing up in Menlo” things she has is her Block H sweater with two stars. Because her parents (who  […]

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Faces of Menlo: Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett

When you’re a preacher, it doesn’t matter when your first official day on the job was, it’s on Sunday morning that you make your real debut. And that’s what the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett did this morning at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Father Matthew and family – wife Kate, daughter Madeline and son Max – moved […]

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Add jack hammering to the tweets and toots

Beginning tonight and continuing through Thursday (August 27), Menlo Park neighborhoods adjacent to the Caltrain tracks will hear new noises about the time the louder tweets and toots are put to bed for the night. Work on Caltrain’s Grade Crossing Improvement Program at Encinal, Glenwood and Ravenswood Avenues will take place from 8:00 pm to […]

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