InMenlo’s most read 2012 posts: The Top 10

by Linda Hubbard on January 1, 2013

Happy new year! We complete our review of the posts that caught the most reader attention in 2012, looking at number one through ten.

1. Female Facebook engineers reach out to potential engineers of the future

Facebook’s move to Menlo Park was big news, so it follows that one of the first events on its campus  reaching out to local female teenagers who might one day be engineers  captured readers attention. (OK, so it helped that both Facebook staff and the M-A teenagers circulated the link!)

2. Scientists create first atomic x-ray laser, opening door to new range of scientific discovery

When it “happened in Menlo Park” generates worldwide attention, so do our number of readers. SLAC’s ongoing scientific work is one example.

3. X-ray vision exposes aerosol structures in ground-breaking research at SLAC in Menlo Park

Ditto above!

4. New Sunset editor Kitty Morgan returns West to build on the magazine’s legacy

There are two important “S’s” in Menlo Park. Sunset joins SLAC as two place of the most important employers, so arrival of a new Sunset editor is big news. Photo of editor Kitty Morgan at top right by Scott R. Kline

5. Spencer West talks about “redefining your possible” on Feb. 13

The author with an inspirational story came to Menlo Park for the second year in a row and generated much interest.

6. Fino Fino owner Carolyn Busch says “hats off!” to Kentucky Derby and Kate Middleton

This hat shop has been in Sharon Heights shopping center for a over a decace, but Kate’s hats have brought it new attention.

7. Annular eclipse, set for Sunday, May 20, is just partial eclipse locally

The annular eclipse of the sun, during which  the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, was just a partial eclipse in Menlo Park, but locals wanted viewing information nevertheless.

8. Portola Kitchen brings new rustic Italian menu, sophisticated vibe to Ladera Country Shopper

West Menlo mainstay Mike’s Cafe got a redo and locals have been flocking there ever since.

9. Susan Sarich brings SusieCakes and other goodies to downtown Menlo Park

The chain of baked good stores that began in Southern California came to downtown Menlo last March, a place not only to buy but to hang out. Photo of Susan Sarich (above) by Irene Searles

10. Zimride CEO Logan Green talks ride sharing – and the service’s introduction in Menlo Park

One local resident heads a start up that’s funded by Facebook  and now used by the social networking company’s employees.


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