2009

Frosty!

Intrepid early-morning trekkers noted frost on the ground and even ice on puddles as they made their way around Menlo early this morning. Garden thermometers were mostly recording temperatures in the very low thirties.

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Overnight rain totals are in

The overnight storm  brought snow to the western hills of the Santa Cruz Mountain range but none fell as low as Menlo Park. (Or, if it did make brief appearances during the night, it didn’t last – or stick).  As of 7:30 am, the rainfall from the storm registered .6″, bringing the total in central […]

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The Santa flags are up

Where once a turkey in a pilgrim hat flew, there is now displayed a very jolly Santa, caught in the late afternoon light. With storms expected through out the coming week, many Menlo residents made a big push to get their outdoor holiday decorations in place.

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Santa and snow arrive on the 7:25

Santa and Mrs. Claus, arrived at the Menlo Park Caltrain station about 7:25 pm this evening where a  large crowd – mainly parents with their preschoolers – had gathered for the festivities. A holiday tradition of sorts (with some years more elaborate than others), the six car, non-passenger train was festooned with decorative lights and […]

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Holiday festivities are everywhere today

Breakfast with Santa kicked off the day at the Recreation Center in Burgess Park this morning. Menlo firefighters stood by as children presented their wish lists to Santa and his elf. Later in the morning, the Russian Orthodox church annual Christmas bazaar debuted, featuring free and very inexpensive gifts for adults and children (for which […]

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Crew comes to land-locked Fremont Park

Nor Cal Crew was using the grass at Fremont Park to show off its rowing skills this morning, an event that included a fund raising bake sale. The organization, which rows out of the Port of Redwood City, is a competitive rowing program for high school and junior high students from around the Peninsula.  According […]

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Spotted: On the Finishing Touches home tour

A group of sustainers was spotted this morning coming out of the only home in Menlo Park that’s part of the Junior League of  Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula’s Finishing Touches home tour.  The fund raising event continues tomorrow and includes admission to a marketplace featuring local vendors as well as bus transportation between the homes. Tickets can […]

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It’s Christmas Tree Day!

With a nasty winter storm bearing down on Menlo Park that is scheduled to arrive sometime tomorrow or Monday – and a forecast for a week of blustery weather ahead – today became our day to go get this year’s Christmas tree. As we’ve done for the last several years, we headed to the Nativity […]

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Sparkling downtown for 23 years

Mercedes and Charles Horvath, proprietors of The Jeweler on Santa Cruz Avenue have been offering their services in Menlo for 23 years. The couple came to Menlo Park after 18 years in Chicago (“The winters were awful,” says Mercedes) where they also ran a jewelry business. The Horvaths hail originally from Hungary. Today The Jeweler […]

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Rosewood Sand Hill: All lit up for the holidays

The Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill has been open less than year but this evening’s first holiday party of the season appeared to be an instant tradition. Families were packed into the lobby for the tree lighting while the bar was hopping with the [usual?] Thursday night see-and-be-seen crowd. That the in-hotel jewelry boutique, Stephen […]

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Walkin’ the dog – and doing it well!

Fourteen-month-old Raymond was spotted walking Pero down Santa Cruz Avenue, near Crane Street earlier this week. The precocious youngster had walked (with a little help from mom) from his home near San Francisquito Creek on a bright, but decidedly chilly morning.

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