March 2013

Egg hunts scheduled for Saturday, March 30 in Menlo Park and Atherton

There are two Easter egg hunts scheduled for Saturday morning, March 30. Menlo Park’s Community Services Department is sponsoring an egg hunt at Burgess Park for children ages 8 and under. Festivities, from 10:00 am to noon, include  bounce houses, crafts, and pictures with the Bunny. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire District. […]

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Trinity School in Menlo Park works with edu-tech incubator to craft learning tools

Teachers at Trinity School, an independent elementary school (preschool through 5th grade) in Menlo Park, are taking the lead in working with educational technology and software developers to evaluate, beta test, and provide  real world classroom feedback for the development of new tools. When integrated effectively, technology allows teachers to craft powerful learning activities that […]

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M-A accreditation review complete – school praised for its many strengths

On March 20th, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) concluded M-A’s six-year accreditation review. For the three day visit, which M-A had been preparing for over the past 18 months, a seven person team visited all classrooms, met with focus groups, and verified M-A’s self-study report. WASC will send a 45-page validation report to follow […]

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Oprah Winfrey interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at Menlo Park’s Flea Street Cafe

Editor’s note: Jesse Cool, owner of Menlo Park’s Flea Street Cafe, hosted two well-known women – Oprah Winfrey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg – who engaged in conversation over the restaurant’s signature biscuits. The interview (and the biscuits) are featured in the just-released April issue of O Magazine and will be aired this Sunday, March 24 at […]

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SLAC lecture on March 26 examines new fuel cell catalysts on

The next SLAC public lecture is titled A Blueprint for New Fuel Cell Catalysts given by Daniel Friebel on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm at Panofsky Auditorium Glaciers are shrinking, gas prices are rising – so is our energy-hungry way of life doomed? We believe, no. Every day our sun provides us with more […]

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Then and now: Self-service car wash once site of Menlo Park Hotel

After the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad was completed in 1863, Menlo Park became a popular destination for vacationers. To accommodate these and other travelers,  brothers Martin and Diedrich Kuck opened a hotel in 1868 on the north side of Oak Grove Avenue next to the RR tracks (presently the site of a self-service […]

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Spotted: Spring cleaning = time to get rid of the Christmas tree!

We spotted these two still standing but very brown Christmas trees near downtown Menlo Park this morning. Can it be that the official start of spring yesterday, reminded the folks who owned the trees, it was time to put them on the curb for trash pick up?

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Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki participates in Peninsula Volunteers’ Mayors for Meal Days

Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI) Meals on Wheels program, which is celebrating 35 years of home-delivered meals to south San Mateo County, held “Mayors For Meals Day” as their part in the nation-wide “March For Meals” campaign yesterday (3/20). Mayors Peter Ohtaki of Menlo Park (pictured with Genevieve Bettini, age 100, and PV Jayne Williams), Elizabeth […]

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Sprinkle of rain overnight in Menlo Park

To my pleasure and surprise, one of my gauges showed .1″ from last night’s almost-spring rainfall. That brings the total in my backyard to 16.05″ in the rain year that began July 1, 2012. This compares to 7.1″ a year ago on this date.

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Marsha Genensky expands her passion from singing to the Orange & Black (aka Giants)

Marsha Genensky has long been passionate about singing. “I always made weird noises,” she says, “and grew up singing Joan Baez, Kingston Trio, Joni Mitchell. As an undergrad, I studied music and folklore. But as a grad student, I decided I wanted to sing rather than watch people sing.” She’s been doing just that since […]

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Local real estate market strong in 2012 – outlook optimistic for 2013

All the numbers are in, and they show that 2012 was a year of gains both in the national economy and in our local housing market. Real estate values in 2012 recouped losses sustained in 2009 and 2010 and in most cases, surpassed the previous highs of 2007 and early 2008. As shown in the […]

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