February 2010

Waging peace in Menlo Park: Dick Duda

If anyone in Menlo Park meets the definition of polymath (a person of wide ranging interests), it’s likely to be West Menlo’s Dick Duda. With a PhD from MIT (in electrical engineering) Duda has served stints at SRI, Fairchild and Syntelligence investigating fields like artificial intelligence, neural networks and pattern recognition. Currently a visiting professor […]

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M-A students turn to online journalism with great success

Walk into room E26 on the  Menlo-Atherton High School campus and you find yourself entering not just a classroom but a newsroom. Take the first announcement yesterday: Kate Reardon and Regina Mullen had been dispatched to cover the plane crash in East Palo Alto. Hours later they posted a story for M-A Bear News with a […]

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Spotted: on the “Boulevard…”

True, there are no streets in Menlo Park, as far as we know, which contain a ‘boulevard’ in their name (though there is a City planning project dubbed “Grand Boulevard,” apparently aimed at sprucing up El Camino Real). However, there is this very shiny motorcycle, a Suzuki Boulevard, spotted at Hudson Auto Care, aka the […]

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Going greener, thanks to Menlo entrepreneur

Entrepreneur Brett Battles presides over a virtual entity known as Castanea Labs from the comfort of the office in his West Menlo home. From there, he marshals far-flung forces to produce start ups like his current effort, EcoRebates, a single-source stop for all ‘green’ rebate programs nationwide. At heart a very large database, EcoRebates has […]

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Italian American Social Club – Hub of a community for 80 plus years

If you’re an Italian-American living in the Menlo Park area, the place to be on the first Tuesday of each month is the Italian-American Social Club on Oak Lane. That’s the night dinner is served. The original 33 members built their clubhouse on Oak Lane in 1929. At the time the area was still removed from […]

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Menlo residents wave the flag for Valentines

Menlo Park residents are fond of displaying fun, seasonal flags, and Valentine’s Day is clearly on their radar. For cynics who think Valentine’s Day is “just another Hallmark holiday,” a quick look at the history reveals that the blame (or thanks!) goes a lot further back with early Christians, a captive French Duke, and the […]

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Jesse Cool – Menlo Park’s food matriarch

Can it be true?  Jesse Cool’s Flea Street Cafe – founded on the principles of local and organic – has been around since 1981, a very long life in restaurant terms. “It’s fabulously busy,” Cool exclaimed on a recent Saturday night. “We’re very, very lucky.” The almost 30 years haven’t always been easy for the […]

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“In the pink” bubblies for Valentines Day

Sparkling wines appear to leap from the shelves as Valentine’s Day approaches. We turn once again to long time Beltramo’s wine expert Gary Mulleneaux, who last offered “turkey day” selections, to provide recommendations for “hearts and flowers” day that go beyond the usual suspects of well-marketed brands and vintages. To keep things in the pink, […]

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Menlo’s sweetest store: Sugar Shack

Given that she’s the owner of the Sugar Shack, it’s probably not surprising the Suzi Tinley’s kids like candy. More surprising is that there are seven of them! The retail location on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo, which opened three years ago, is just one part of the business. Two Sugar Shack candy carts […]

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Spotted: Nose to nose in Menlo Park, but 80 years apart

They both have four wheels and four cylinders, and the caché of being a much-desired mode of transportation in their era, and the two happened to be parked nose-to-nose in the parking lot of the Menlo Park Trader Joe’s. The green car is thought to be a Ford Model A coupe, circa 1930, and the […]

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More Menlo rock memories circa 1970 at Peninsula School

Corry Arnold has followed up his fun post on his Lost Live Dead blog that recounted the intersection of Menlo Park and the Grateful Dead (with a little Ken Kesey lore thrown in for good measure) with another about an April 29, 1970 performance of the New Riders of the Purple Sage – with Jerry […]

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