December 2011

Miki Cristerna connects M-A kids and services, showcased by New Voices for Youth

Editor’s note: It’s great to discover a largely unsung hero like Miki Cristerna, whose work with M-A students is reported by M-A Bear News reporter Becca Sanchez in this post. Of interest to the broader Menlo Park/Atherton community is the fact that Miki’s salary is paid by M-A’s Foundation for the Future rather than the […]

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Spotted: Over-the-top, uniquely-shaped holiday tree

InMenlo contributor Ag Lee sent in this photograph with an email that read: “Here’s a gloriously decorated tree, ‘over the top’ for its size and shape. It’s on Menlo Avenue, just across the street from Trader Joe’s. It’s a charming sight.”

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Spotted: All that’s left of a reindeer made out of chocolate cake

For those of you needing more proof that the cake Beth Ann Goldberg of Studio Cake created for a Christmas dinner — a totally edible reindeer pulling a sleigh full of presents featured yesterday on InMenlo — we stopped by today to assess the “morning after.” All that remained was half a reindeer body with head still […]

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Cj Becker: Reflections on Walden from a Menlo Park perspective

Cj Becker came to Menlo Park 30 years ago when his psychologist wife got a job at the VA. The oil crisis taught them the dangers of relying on the automobile, so they settled close to work in the Willows in a cottage (since expanded) that had been trucked in by a Army Quarter Master […]

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You think it’s a decoration – we know it’s a cake!

A Peninsula hostess enjoys doing themed Christmas dinners for her family and close friends, and this year’s dining table featured large beaded reindeer scattered among a sea of deep red roses. But how to carry that theme out when it comes to dessert? Beth Ann Goldberg of Studio Cake in Menlo Park to the rescue! […]

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Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

Season’s greetings from Santa and every one at InMenlo! We hope your holiday is filled with peace, love and joy. Photo by Laura Hamilton

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Christmas Chills – 28 degrees in Menlo Park!

On this merry Christmas morning, Menlo Park is a wee bit chilly – see the 28 degree reading from the Weather Underground’s weather station at Allied Arts!

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Check for $10,000 dropped in Menlo Park Salvation Army kettle

Jason Green writes for the San Jose Mercury News: “On Friday, someone slipped a $10,000 check into a bell ringer’s kettle at the Menlo Park Safeway…”

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The Nativity in miniature is theme of crèche collection

Kay Melchor’s collection of miniature crèches started inauspiciously. “I had a cheap plastic one when I was a child,” she recalls. “Then I bought one when I went to the Santa Fe Indian Market when I was in my 20s and got another as a wedding present. So all of a sudden I had two. […]

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Spotted: Chickens out for a holiday stroll

We know that chickens are an increasingly popular backyard addition. Some Menlo Park residents have even turned what began as a hobby into a small business (Little Cluckers). But we were nevertheless startled to see a rooster and two hens pecking away at seeds on the front sidewalk of a west Menlo home. Thinking that […]

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Menlo Park resident and Navy veteran Carl Clark receives military service awards

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo announced this week that Carl Clark, a veteran living in Menlo Park, will receive formal commendation awards from the Navy.  Carl Clark, an African-American who served during World War II as an E-6 Steward First Class, will receive and be formally presented with the the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat […]

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