December 2009

Cars parked overnight may be ticketed

Kids home from college? Relatives up from LA? If you’re having overnight guests in the next week, Menlo residents beware. Unlike past years when the ban on parking from 2:00 am to 6:00 am  was not enforced from Christmas Eve through New Years to accommodate residents who were having guests stay the night, this year’s […]

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Banish winter skin blahs – tips from Chantale

Like many sole proprietors, Chantale Doine survived the turbulent economic times of the past year “thanks to the loyalty of my clients.” The esthéticienne, who is originally from Nantes, France, has been offering skin care treatments at Chantale’s European Skin Care in Menlo Park for 10 years but has worked in the field for 30 […]

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Big pizza, small price – today at Round Table

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first Round Table Pizza on El Camino in Menlo Park, the restaurant is selling a large cheese and pepperoni pizza for the 1959 price of $2.26. “This is our way of celebrating the pizza and the people who have made Round Table a family and […]

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Spirit of the Taizé Community

It was a “time out” with a payoff tonight in the chapel at Trinity Church in Menlo. Those gathered said “stop” to all the holiday madness and spent 45 minutes in the “spirit of Taizé,” an ecumenical Christian community of brothers located in a small village in Southern Burgundy, France. Each day the brothers and […]

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Menlo Park at its pretty and watery best

The 42% of Menlo that is covered by water (according to USGS data) can be quite scenic, as this recent bay front photo shows. High tide, and a calm bay reflect the foreground plank bridge, as the Dumbarton Bridge looms in the background on a bright, crisp winter day.

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UPS cyclist delivers in time for naughty and nice

Bruce was a bit startled when this contributor raced across the street to get a photograph. She ‘d heard whispers about these cart pedalers descending on mid-Peninsula residents; an internet search confirmed that UPS was deploying about two dozen in the area. Writes Mike Cassidy in the San Jose Mercury: “You might think UPS’s bike […]

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Fire safety during the holidays

The Menlo Park Fire Department holds an annual fire safety demonstration at its Bayfront training facility near the Dumbarton Bridge. This year’s demo highlighted the hazards of solid fuels that are most often the cause of holiday fires – candles, firewood and fireplaces, and, as seen here, Christmas trees. Menlo Park has seen three fatalities […]

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Holiday treats for Menlo’s trash men

It’s not infrequent to see a box of donuts set atop curbside garbage cans, especially at this time of the year. But this Menlo household went a step further, putting a ribbon around a two-package presentation  in advance of the Friday morning pick up as thanks for the team’s good work.

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Stopping at stop signs means cyclists, too

Rolling stops at neighborhood stop sign intersections are common here in Menlo, enforced usually by stealth Menlo Park motorcycle cops. Such was the case early this morning on the corner of Lemon and Oak. A motorcycle officer had positioned himself just out of view of traffic traveling west on Oak. His first offender was not […]

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Take a break from holiday stress – explore planet Mercury courtesy of the USGS

While many (most?) Menlo residents are frantically preparing for the coming holiday festivities (and failing to make full stops at intersections), the scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (a Menlo mainstay) are sharing their excitement about showing off the 55% of the planet Mercury never before seen. According to  just-released news from USGS: “When the […]

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Chef Greg Russi balances tradition and change

Greg Russi, chef at Cafe Primavera at the Allied Arts, has a confession. “I grew up in Los Altos Hills so I didn’t know about the long tradition of the lunch/tea room at the Allied Arts Guild,” says the now Menlo Park resident. “But both my mother and my aunt quickly filled me in!” Russi […]

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