January 2014

Caltrain celebrates 150 anniversary of rail service with a stop in Menlo Park

The Sons of the Golden West presented a plaque commemorating the Menlo Park Train Depot (1867) to Menlo Park Mayor Ray Mueller as other City Council members looked on this morning. The occasion was the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad from Francisco to San Jose. Photo by Clay Curtin

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Sequoia Big Picture High School is new charter school being proposed by local residents

We first learned about Sequoia Big Picture High School when we received a notice that a community meeting was planned for Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park. So we decided to find out more by talking to two founders/steering committee members, Charlene Margot (left) and Sally Stewart. Charlene […]

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Laura Hawkins breathes new life into her backyard garden using recycled plants

The two large hedges in Laura Hawkins’ backyard had been a source of annoyance for some time. “They made both the yard and the house so dark,” she said. “Finally, I pulled them out, but that left a big bare space.” Rather than going out and buying new plants, Laura hatched the idea of using […]

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Spotted: Please don’t feed the coyotes! Really?

A favorite walking route for west Menlo Park residents is the trail along San Francisquito Creek, which stretches from near the end of Oak Avenue at Sand Hill Blvd. to the San Mateo Drive bike bridge. Today we spotted a coyote alert sign warning people to monitor their pets. Coyotes are not an unusual sight […]

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Frances Freyberg photographs of sacred places on exhibit at Mercy Center Gallery

Menlo Park-based photographer Frances Freyberg currently has an exhibit, “Sacred Places of the World”, at the Mercy Center Gallery. The exhibit runs through February 28; the Gallery is located at 2300 Adeline Dr. in Burlingame; hours are Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The exhibit includes photographs from across the Middle East, […]

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Menlo Park honors Café Zoe owner Kathleen Daly for service to community

Just years after a series of armed robberies threatened a block of stores in Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood,  Menalto Corners has become a vibrant community hub. Key to the turnaround has been Café Zoe, the go-to spot for local moms, home-office workers, and dealmakers, whose owner, Kathleen Daly, is on a mission to bring the […]

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Caltrain celebration of 150 years of Peninsula service continues with free train ride on Jan. 18

Caltrain continues its celebration of 150 years of the Peninsula Commute Service. The next event will honor the completion of the line from San Francisco to San Jose. The line was completed in January of 1864. A special 150th Anniversary train, free to the public, will depart from San Francisco and return from Santa Clara Saturday, […]

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Cathy Ellis and Laura Pohlen bring contemporary home furnishing and design to ParkGate in Menlo Park

With the Christmas clutter packed away and a New Year begun, it may be that your thoughts are turning to how to spruce up your home a bit. We stopped by ParkGate, the new home interior and design store located next to Keplers to get some ideas from co-owners Cathy Ettel and Laura Pohlen. Cathy […]

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MROSD invites residents to learn more about its vision plan for the next 20 to 40 years

Menlo Park is lucky enough to have in its own backyard, miles of open space, some of which is managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which will be holding two meetings this month that individuals and families are invited to attend. On January 14, the MROSD’s Board of Directors will review the data […]

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Making the most of that camera in your pocket – an iPhone – using Instagram and Snapseed

The best camera is the one you have with you when you need to create a photograph. Professionally, I am a portrait photographer, but I have always enjoyed graphically strong images without people. Since my iPhone is always in my pocket, I snap these whenever I see something interesting. Using a few apps, I quickly […]

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Friendship with Galway City results in visit to Menlo Park from Senator Cáit Keane

Senator Cáit Keane, who grew up in Galway City and represents South-West Dublin in the Seanad Éireann, the upper house of the Oireachtas (legislature) of Ireland, visited Menlo Park last Tuesday, Jan. 7th. She met  with Menlo Park Council Member and last year’s Mayor, Peter Ohtaki, at City Hall. She was here on holiday to visit […]

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