February 2010

Hillview’s Kim Staff: Working on the dream

Kim Staff is a teacher because she wants to give back: “My middle and high school teachers helped me a lot – really a lot,” she says. Kim, an Angelino, had never heard of Menlo Park, before coming north to do her graduate work at San Francisco State. Shortly after graduation she saw a job […]

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A wall that’s both functional and elegant

Michael Lambert lives in the house he grew up in on San Mateo Drive (at Middle Avenue). He wanted to construct a tall wall on the side and front of the house to screen a future bedroom addition. But he faced the dilemma for many homeowners on corner lots: The approximately 600 square feet of […]

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Menlo Park’s musical lore – Jerry, the Dead, Vince and more

In a touch of irony, while the InMenlo team was talking jazz with KCSM’s Alisa Clancy yesterday, two different blog posts appeared about music related events and lore that happened in 94025. There’s a terrific recap  about the Grateful Dead – including its various offshots – and Menlo Park on the Lost Live Dead blog. […]

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Alisa Clancy talks about a life filled with jazz

“A Morning Cup of Jazz” co-host Alisa Clancy was in Menlo today talking about Billy Strayhorn at a program sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Clancy, who’s married to New Orleans style musician Clint Baker, has been part of the Bay Area jazz community for 25 years. Those who know her as […]

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Willow Garage: Menlo Park’s little shop of wonders

The visitor was, to say the least, amazed as Willow Garage CEO Steve Cousins conducted an impromptu tour of what must surely be one of Menlo Park’s (if not the world’s) premier robotics research facilities. Asked what might be interesting, Cousins replies, “Everything!” Privately-funded Willow Garage is committed to research and development aimed at jump-starting […]

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Clear skies after last night’s rain

Streets were full of puddles but skies were clear after last night’s rain, measured in Bill Russ’s backyard at .55″ bringing the year to date total to 13.80″. That compares to 6.1″ at the same time last year. “We are moving steadily to our normal of 16 to 18 inches,” reports Russ.

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Help Project Read provide the gift of literacy

Project Read Menlo Park is hosting a benefit at Cafe Zoe tomorrow night that’s a win-win for attendees and beneficiaries.  Listen to some good music – provided by Chris Jones and Monsters Are Not Myths – in a relaxing atmosphere and give people the gift of literacy. “We have helped 2,000 adults learn to read […]

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Flegel’s – 56 years of providing fine furniture

It’s nearly impossible to visualize downtown Menlo Park without including one of its most enduring fixtures, Flegel’s. That the furniture store has survived 56 years, including a major fire in 1983, is due in large part to the tenaciousness and vision of the Flegel family. “My father was in the furniture business in San Mateo […]

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A new look at Church of the Nativity

What a difference a bit of technology can make! The photo above – similar in composition to the one on the Church of the Nativity website – seems to leap off the page. I shot this particular photo over the weekend using a Canon PowerShot S90 compact digital camera – a camera that I’ve been […]

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Lauren John gives her Valentine book picks

It’s February 1st and the countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. Librarian and group book leader Lauren John, who facilitates The Book Discussion Group on the last Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Public Library, weighs in with creative suggestions for gifts that come with covers: “Buy a beautiful blank […]

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