January 2010

Rainbow and blue skies – latest rainfall update

The sun poked through late morning in Menlo Park but showers persisted. The mix made for good rainbow viewing. According to rainfall watcher Bill Russ, ” The rainfall for the week is 6.1″ bringing my [backyard] year-to-date total to 12.85″. That compares to 5.8″ at the same time last year.”

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The “Sugarcide” brings a sobering message

Maybe we’re not the only ones startled to see a vintage, fuchsia green 1974 Cadillac ambulance trolling the streets of Menlo Park. Alas, it’s not a permanent fixture but a rotating marketing stratagem of the Lite for Life franchise (whose corporate office also happens to be in Menlo). Explains Linda Hicks, owner of the local […]

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Through it all, Kepler’s endures

Kepler’s Books is, simply put, a Menlo Park legend. “Our story is so public that there’s little that’s not known about either the store or the family,” says Clark Kepler, son of founder Roy. But for those just tuning in, the highlights: Opened in 1955 by World War II conscientious objector Roy Kepler Shocked local […]

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The deluge descends upon Menlo – latest rainfall and flooding updates!

A mid-morning deluge swept the Peninsula, flooding streets (Middle Ave. is seen here) and bending trees with high winds, like the Palm pictured near the corner of Middle and El Camino. There were reports of even deeper water racing over the sidewalks and lapping at shop doors near Valparaiso and El Camino. The storm subsided […]

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The slog through the morning commute

Color it sloggy everywhere, with standing pockets of water that made it even slower going for the morning commute in Menlo Park. We await the latest rainfall totals from our contributors…

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With the rain, the creek rises

During a mid-afternoon break in the serial rain storms currently passing through Menlo Park, the sun came out inviting residents outdoors. Not only are lawns now soaked, street gutters filled, and tree branches scattered haphazardly around, but the flow in the San Francisquito Creek is rapidly increasing as shown in this photo taken from the […]

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Day dawns wet after last night’s thunderstorms

Rain-drenched windshields were part of most Menloite’s  back-to-work AM commutes today after the MLK day break. Overnight thunderstorms and high winds clobbered the mid-Peninsula and South Bay, depositing nearly an inch of rain locally (.9″ according to Menlo’s ace backyard meteorologist Bill Russ). Forecasters say an even bigger storm is headed our way over the […]

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And the rain came, along with the wind

The rain that’s been predicted finally arrived in full today, after just some hints on Sunday. The holiday for many translated into a light commute on Sand Hill Road (pictured). But woe to the driver who was heading east on Santa Cruz Avenue late morning; as recounted in the Almanac News, the top of a […]

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Vote is in – best front yard topiary!

If you happen to be cruising by foot or vehicle past this Oak Dell neighborhood front yard, it’s hard to miss the topiary showcased in the front yard. But it takes a little investigation to uncover exactly what it is. InMenlo has the scoop, thanks to residents Carol and Darren: “The topiary is a horse. […]

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Valérie Orsoni stays fit in Menlo Park

When Valérie Orsoni has only 30 minutes to exercise, she doesn’t waste time driving to the gym. She just steps out her front door and walks around her Menlo Park neighborhood. When she has more time, she cycles to Burgess Pool and does laps. “The pool’s domed during the winter and there’s a fitness trail […]

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“Center’d” in downtown Menlo Park

Note: This is the first in our series on start up businesses in Menlo Park. If you’re part of a start up – investor, executive or staff – let us know what your company is doing by emailing us at: tips[at]inmenlo.com. Want a  cheap, kid friendly restaurant where you can eat outdoors and have fun […]

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