December 2013

rainy_windsheildThe year closed out under bright blue skies, once again. Emailed InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ:

“Oh my, only 2.2” of rain fell in the initial six months of the rain year, which began on July 1, 2013 and will end on June 30, 2014.

“In terms of calendar 2013 my total was 4.05″ — a truly drought total. I’m hoping for lots of rainfall reports in the next six months.”

The photo shows what rain can look like in Menlo Park, in case anyone has forgotten.

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InMenlo’s most read posts of 2013 – #11-20

Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2013. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The top 10  list will be published tomorrow. 11. Called early to ordained ministry, The Rev. Elizabeth Riley joins staff at Trinity Church in Menlo Park  Once an aspiring dancer, Elizabeth Riley (pictured right) […]

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M-A’s New Voices for Youth needs to raise final $1,320 before midnight to continue

M-A mom (and InMenlo photographer) Irene Searles emailed that the high school’s New Voices for Youth (NV4Y) program — profiled on InMenlo in November — is just short of its campaign goal of $15,000 to continue in 2014. “(The fundraising goal) is short $1,320 and the campaign has only hours left,” emails Irene. ” If 102 people […]

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Elena Battles brings dogs and owners together through

What’s a Wagaroo? According to Menlo Park resident Elena Battles, it’s the mix of a happy dog’s tail motion and the signature “aroo” howl of a beagle. Elena says it’s also a word “that makes you smile,” and Elena will have an even bigger smile if her matchmaking pet service is a success. In Wagaroo terms, […]

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Nominations open for city of Menlo Park’s 2014 Environmental Quality Awards

The City of Menlo Park’s Environmental Quality Commission is now accepting applications from community members for the 2014 Environmental Quality Awards. Awards are given to people, projects, efforts or property designs that contribute to environmental quality improvement in Menlo Park. Last year’s award recipients included: Hillview Middle School for incorporating the use of sustainable building […]

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Caroline Mustard’s newly-minted iPad artists show off their work after six-week Menlo Park Rec Dept class

To four kids ages 10 to 15, crayons and paints are, if not a thing of the past, at least “old” media. They spent four weeks the past Fall in Caroline Mustard’s iPad class, offered through the Menlo Park Recreation Department. Their creations range from artistic renderings of animals to people — things of personal interest […]

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Mark your calendar for Dec. 24, 2014 to see west Menlo’s fabulous luminarias

Driving west on Santa Cruz Avenue on Christmas Eve, we came upon a dazzling sight. Three streets between SCA and Valparaiso – Cotton, Hobart and Hillview – were lined with hundreds of luminaries. It took us awhile to get the facts behind the display (hence this delayed post). This is the second year the luminaries […]

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Spotted: Full moon over Menlo Park lighted holiday tree

There’s Ansel Adams famous Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. And now there’s Moonrise, Menlo Park. Emails local resident Ag Lee: “…I was ‘on the right corner at the right time…The moon seemed to be peeking at the Menlo Park tree, taken last week, corner of Ravenswood and El Camino.”

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Spotted: Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are totally edible cakes!

Beth Ann Goldberg and the folks at Studio Cake in Menlo Park have done it again. This year’s “can-this-really-be-a-cake?” were none other than Mr. and Mrs Santa Claus. We’re lucky enough to eat Christmas dinner at this Peninsula household each year. Here are links to past cakes: 2012 (mice and yarn), 2011 (reindeer pulling sleigh), 2010 […]

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A few great memories from photography explorations in 2013

Looking back over a year is something many of us do at this holiday season. I’ve enjoyed looking back at 2013, as it appears in my Lightroom catalog of images captured over the year. I find it sort of amazing that Lightroom reports I’ve taken 7,697 images in 2013. Good grief! I recently put together a […]

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

InMenlo co-founder and photographer Scott Loftesness took a stroll down Santa Cruz Avenue a few days ago with the thought of chronicling Menlo Park street scenes in preparation for Christmas. It’s our card to you – wishing you a happy holiday!      

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