August 2009

Tour de Menlo kicks off

The sixth Tour de Menlo kicked off between 8:00 and 10:00 am this morning from Menlo-Atherton High School and riders – whether they were pedaling the 65-, 46- or 35-mile route – headed west on Valparaiso. They planned to gather for lunch at Picchetti Ranch before returning to the high school. The ride is sponsored […]

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Menlo Park’s train station is oldest in state of California

Looks like the winner for oldest building still standing in Menlo Park is the train station, which now serves Caltrain passengers. It was constructed in 1867 by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company and is the oldest railroad passenger station in California. The Victorian ornamentation was added in the 1890s when the station […]

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Driveby ‘shooting’ in Menlo

Your contributors are on the go in Menlo, capturing events as they happen, such as the Meet UP/Drive Up event hosted by Into Mobile in the parking lot of the Tesla dealership tonight. Early on in the evening, the food was going untouched – and the preso had yet to happen. But the light was […]

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Mail boxes aren’t boring in Menlo

In fact, most mail boxes are as predictable and mundane in Menlo Park as in other suburban communities. But walk the neighborhoods and you’ll see a bit of innovation, some whimsical design, and pronounced personality, such this mail box spotted on Princeton Road. And yes, the house it serves also sports distinctive architecture.

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Faces of Menlo: Thomas Kieninger

Thomas Kieninger is the second Kieninger to make and repair furniture at the Barn Wood Shop, taking over the business from his father Al. He devotes Saturdays to caning – and reports demand is steady. The Barn Wood Shop has been in business for 80 years in its location – you guessed it! – at […]

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Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Menlo Park

Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! A great byproduct of the new Rosewood Sand Hill is that its a terrific place to watch the sunset from either the outdoor patio adjacent to the bar or Madera restaurant. Food is tasty (although pricey in the restaurant) and view towards the western hills is awesome. Heads up #1: While umbrellas provide […]

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A Bit of Woodstock in Menlo

Forty years ago this weekend a half a million people gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York for Woodstock, a musical event that defined a generation and one that’s likely to remain unequaled. Today, there was a little bit of Woodstock at Menlo’s farmer’s market. Street musician Suzanne Holland brought her lovely voice, […]

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Allied Arts Guild Shows Off Treasures

The Allied Arts Guild is hosting “Treasures in the Gardens” today, billed as a neighborhood summer yard sale along with blood drive and docent tour, all in support of  Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. And there was stuff for sale at flea market-like tables set up in the Sunset Terrace and Patio, plus special […]

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Carpaccio – where everybody knows your name

A fixture on Crane Street since 1987, Carpaccio is the definition of neighborhood restaurant – consistent quality, fair prices, and friendly staff (pictured left to right: Diego, Mark, Ciya, Luis).  Loyalists come for perennial menu pleasers like the lasagne on Wednesday and Friday nights as well as weekly seasonal specials. And  it’s fanbase is sufficient […]

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Lazy days of summer in Sharon Park

When temperatures are warm and the days to back-to-school draw near, it’s a good time to pause at the newest of Menlo’s parks – and the only one with a pond – Sharon Park. New by Menlo standards means that it’s been around for for only a little over 40 years – about the time […]

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Everybody in Menlo was in downtown Menlo

Yep, there may be a lot of Menlo residents who are enjoying the last week away before school starts next week. But it seems that everyone who was left in town came out for the second block party of the summer that closed Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino to University. The crowd took advantage […]

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