September 2012

Kepler’s reopens its doors – full line up of events planned over the next week

The wait is over. Following a two-and a half month retooling and renovation, Kepler’s opened its doors this morning at 11:00 am. Shortly before, we got a sneak peak while staff was still busy restocking the book shelves, which included a quick visit with the husband and wife team of Christin Evans and Praveen Madan, […]

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Through her work with Planned Parenthood, Karen Grove keeps difficult conversations going

Even with her mother and sister’s long involvement with Planned Parenthood, Karen Grove admits she spent many years “complacently pro choice.” “When my kids were young, I figured my volunteer contribution would be small and local,” she said recently, sitting in the living room of her Menlo Park home. “Initially, it was the Iraq war […]

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Fitch rates Menlo Park bonds at AAA

Fitch, one of the country’s leading bond rating agencies, released late last week a AAA general obligation bond rating for the City of Menlo Park. Triple AAA is the highest rating possible, and, according to Menlo Park Finance Director Carol Augustine, a “spectacular rating given the state of the California economy and the recent State […]

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USGS public lecture on Pacific Nearshore Ecosystem Mysteries on Sept. 27

Pacific Nearshore Ecosystem Mysteries is the topic of the next free USGS public lecture on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm given by research wildlife biologist James Bodkin. He’ll cover topics relating to these facts: Nearshore marine ecosystems face unprecedented challenges, regionally and globally, with threats from adjacent lands and oceans Sea otter populations are experiencing […]

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Swimming helped mold Tod Spieker’s competitive edge

To many locals, Tod Spieker is synonymous with real estate property management. He founded his company, Spieker Properties, Inc, in 1981 and has around 3,000 multi-family units under management in Silicon Valley. He’s also known as a generous donor of aquatic facilities at his two alma maters, Menlo-Atherton High School and UCLA in 2001 and 2009, […]

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Menlo Park photographer’s images selected for Carmel Art Institute exhibit

Four of Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard’s images have been selected to be part of an upcoming show, The Magic of Point Lobos, at the Carmet Art Institute, Sept. 28 thru Oct. 18. One of those images, Kelp Abstraction (pictured), is also the cover image for the fall issue of Point Lobos magazine. Voting is also under way for […]

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Bond Girls on hand at Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation fundraising party

Last night, one West Menlo home was transformed in to all things Bond — James Bond, that is. And, of course, there were Bond Girls representing all the different 007 movies, including (from left to right) Julie Carr, Janet Falkner, Janelle Sanford, and Julianne Ohtaki. The theme party was one of several events going on this […]

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Where were you in ’62? These folks were graduating from 8th grade at Encinal, Hillview and Oak Knoll

Twenty years ago, a group gathered a bit ad hoc at Sally Moffet Lussier’s home in the Santa Cruz Mountain to relive some memories shared while they were students at Hillview School during the late 50s/early 60s. That school, like Encinal and Hillview at the same time, were all K-8, serving the early Baby Boomer […]

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Menlowe Ballet presents fall season of three ballets Oct. 5-7

Menlowe Ballet presents Encore, Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 pm, at Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Ave, San Mateo, 94403. Tickets, ranging in price from $28 to $45 may be purchased online  or by calling (800) 595-4849. The fall season program features choreography […]

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Add “geocaching” to fun weekend activity for Menlo Park families

I took my family “geocaching” in our Playborhood for the first time recently . It was an amazing experience for all of us. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that you play whenever and wherever you want. “Caches” – containers stuffed with little treasures – are hidden in nooks and crannies all over the world. […]

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M-A teacher Marei Kane named San Mateo County Teacher of the Year

Menlo-Atherton High School English and English Language Development (ELD) teacher Marei Kane has been selected as the 2013 San Mateo Country Teacher of the Year for middle/high school. “Ms. Kane is remarkable for her many skills and talents, but in particular, for how she meets the needs of all learners, scaffolding rigorous and engaging lessons […]

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