December 2014

Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2014. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The top 10 list will be published tomorrow.

#11: Erin Paruszewski offers fitness and fellowship at The Dailey Method in Menlo Park

Erin’s goal is to be the best hour of each client’s day.

#12: Menlo Park ranks 5th among richest small cities in U.S.

Among 950 cities in its size group, Menlo Park takes fifth in Movoto ranking.

#13: Cherith Spicer’s Namesake Cheesecake keeps favorite Peninsula cheesecake recipe alive and well

Rickey’s cheesecake recipe is kept alive thanks to Cherith Spicer.

Cherith Spicer of Namesake Cheesecake builds an artisan food business.

#14: MPPD investigating credit card fraud at Menalto Cleaners in Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park

Locals take notice when a popular local business gets investigated for fraud.

#15: West Nile Virus detected in mosquitos in Menlo Park – fogging scheduled for Aug. 11

Fogging was cause for concern in the affected neighborhoods.

#16: Café Zoë opens second location with fundraiser for local mental health nonprofit

It’s news when a popular cafe opens new location in Redwood City.

#17: Menlo Park women shine at Nike Women’s Half Marathon today

Fog didn’t deter Menlo Park runners from completing the popular race.

#18: Menlo School’s Mock Trial team wins state championship

Menlo’s prosecution team beat out three-time defending state champions LaReina High School from Ventura County.

#19: Atherton resident Jessica Bird named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2014

Jessica was selected from a field of more than 30,000 youth volunteers from across the country.

#20: Menlo Park-based USGS issues update on the West Napa earthquake that struck yesterday

When an earthquake strikes anywhere in the country reporters and citizens turn to USGS.

Top photo of Erin Paruszewski by Rebecca Flanagan; photo of Cherith Spicer by Scott R. Kline

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Reviewing Menlo Park’s rainfall at the end of the calendar year, mid-way through the season

Happy New Year to all the InMenlo readers. With no rain in sight today, I feel confident providing a rain report as of 12-31-2014. My total since July 1st [the beginning of the rain calendar year] is 13.60″. That compares to 2.2″ as of 12-31-13. A better comparison is 12-31-2010 when the figure was 9.25″. The […]

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Looking back on 2014: InMenlo popular posts #21-25

It’s time to look back on what captured InMenlo readers’ attention over the past year. We’ve previously looked at the top 20 posts, but this year we’re expanding that to the top 25. Like last year, the criteria is that the posts went live during the 2014 calendar year. Before reviewing #21-25, we thought it might […]

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Ann’s Coffee Shop is downtown Menlo Park landmark

Ann Gilbert opened Ann’s Coffee in Menlo Park in 1946, making it one of downtown’s oldest continuing establishments. Three different owners have carried on her legacy by enhancing the menu but never removing any items or straying from her original recipes. Ann’s still possesses paintings from the 1960s, which embody a unique style, admired by many […]

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George Burns tribute show takes place on January 3

The community is invited to witness a joking, singing, dancing George Burns live and in concert, as performed by Duffy Hudson. The free show is presented by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library, on Saturday, January 3, at 2:00 pm in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers. Stage and film actor Duffy Hudson brings George Burns’s wit […]

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M-A freshman participates in state science fair showcasing his safe flight simulator program

Some students spend their free time playing sports, reading, watching TV, or any number of relaxing activities. Others, however, such as Menlo-Atherton High School freshman Patrick Kao, spend their free time designing a space flight simulator program. Early in September, Kao was a semifinalist at Broadcom MASTERS, an exclusive state science fair. MASTERS requires its competitors to […]

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A plea to get medical/health records on mobile phones

About two and a half years ago the daughter of a good friend of mine, Emily Benatar, lost her life to bacterial meningitis. She was 19, a freshman in college. Each year, Emily’s family organizes a project in her honor, leading up to her birthday on February 11th. This year they are trying to get as many people as […]

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Wishing everyone in Menlo Park and Atherton a Merry Christmas!

For our Christmas post, we’re spotlighting a grapevine Christmas tree made by long time Menlo Park resident Marcia Friedly. She explains: “The grapevine is on my fence in the front yard. It’s a Roger Red vine, and you have to trim it every winter. In the past, I’ve used the cuttings, which are very pliable, to […]

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Santa Claus comes calling to west Menlo Park

A west Menlo Park holiday tradition is a neighborhood party held in conjunction with a tree lighting in Pam and Oscar Salvatierra’s front yard. This year both the Menlo Park Fire Department and Santa Claus came calling. We love the goofiness of Pam and Oscar’s grand kids and the regal poise struck by Mr. Knightly, a Standard […]

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Tokyo Subway owners say “farewell” this Christmas Eve

After three decades in Menlo Park, Toshio and Sakiko Akabori are closing Tokyo Subway after lunch today and looking forward to retirement. “We truly appreciate you letting us serve you with our chicken teriyakis, miso ramen, dragon rolls, and our handmade gyoza,” they wrote on a flyer posted on the tiny restaurant’s front door. “Thank […]

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Luminarias light up Menlo Park streets thanks to Jim Schott and his neighbors

For the past two Christmas Eves, around 900 luminarias have lined three streets off of Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park — Cotton, Hobart and Hillview. And they’ll be making an appearance again this year. The luminarias are the work of Cotton Avenue resident Jim Schott, whose inspiration came from his brother who lives in Cranbrook, NJ, where half the […]

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