January 2015

Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller hosts office hours Sunday at Cafe Zoë

UPDATE: After this item was published, the time was changed to 9:00 to 11:00 am. On Sunday morning, January 25, Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller is holding office hours at Cafe Zoë from 11:00 at to 1:00 pm. He will be discussing issues surrounding the Willows, Menlo Park and the Bay Area. Cafe Zoë  is located at 1929 Menalto.

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Herb Wong tribute concert at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on Jan. 25

Emails Patricia Boyle, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance board member: “This concert by members of the Woody Herman Orchestra is a special tribute to Herb Wong, an internationally known jazz educator and promoter, who died last spring at his home in Menlo Park. Many of the 16 orchestra members knew Herb personally. “The Palo Alto Jazz […]

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Building of world’s most powerful camera by SLAC in Menlo Park gets green light

Plans for the construction of the world’s largest digital camera at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received […]

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M-A teacher Chris Rubin appears on Wheel of Fortune with his brother Josh

Chris Rubin, a Menlo-Atherton High School teacher and alum, and his brother and fellow M-A grad, Josh Rubin, who teaches a Woodside High School, were contestants on Wheel of Fortune last month. Upon request from his brother, Chris (left in photos) filled out an online application for the show. He explained: “It was totally random. He [Josh] probably […]

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Lauren Goodkind is on mission to get more females playing chess

When she was eight, Menlo Park resident Lauren Goodkind learned to play chess, thanks to her mother. To her, it was just like any other game she played with her family, like Monopoly or Checkers. Now as a chess teacher, she hopes that other females will embrace the game. “When I was 15, my twin […]

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Artist James Caldwell paints portraits of automobiles

By artist James Caldwell’s own admission, “Cars are my thing. It’s hard to say when my obsession started,” he explains, standing amidst a studio jam-packed with portraits of automobiles. “Painting cars is fascinating to me. Reflective objects are some of the hardest to capture.” James, who grew up in Woodside and now lives in Menlo Park, has […]

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MLK Freedom Day set for Jan.17 in Menlo Park

MLK Freedom Day will be held on Saturday, January 17 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Onetta Harris Community Center, 100 Terminal Ave. in Menlo Park. Youth, young adults, and community builders are invited to join us as we work together on social justice, building Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Beloved Community” through […]

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Owner of Menalto Cleaners arrested – charged with 40 felony counts

The Menlo Park Police Department issued an arrest warrant this morning for the owner of Menalto Cleaners, Edwin Gary Smith, 63. The warrant is for 40 felony counts that include violations of California Penal Code sections: 530.5-identity theft, 484(g)-credit card fraud and 368(e)-elder fiduciary abuse. The bail on this warrant is set at $500,000. This afternoon the suspect […]

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David Lehmann owns a vintage trailer, a 1958 Diablo

David Lehmann and wife Soni Bergman don’t actually live in their 1958 Diabl0 trailer nicknamed Rosarita — even though David describes it on his business card as “our little house on wheels.” “We’ve had it for three years and do take trips with it,” he says while showing his visitors the spiffily-decorated interior. “We took four this […]

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Rotary Club of Menlo Park announces new grant money to local non-profits

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park has announced that $20,000 will be made available to local non-profit groups who identify a compelling public need in Menlo Park or a surrounding community, and project to help solve that problem. The grants will range from $1000 to $10,000, and will be awarded by March 31, 2015.   The […]

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Fit4Mom programs coming to Menlo Park in late January

Sara Mooser (right in photo) and Michele Lewis got the idea of applying to open a Fit4Mom franchise on the mid-Peninsula about the same time. Four years ago, the two joined forces as partners. They’ll be bringing the mom-tailored fitness programs to Menlo Park later this month with a grand opening, family fun day at Menlo […]

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