December 2015

Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers during 2015. Results include only posts that went live during the past 12 months. The top 10 list will be published tomorrow.

#11: M-A grads Greg Kalin and Rich Branning take ClosetClicks to its next phase 

These buddies since Hillview School days are founders of a grown-in-Menlo-Park startup.

#12: Debora Ferrand is at the helm of Mademoiselle Colette in downtown Menlo Park

Debora’s patisserie quickly becomes Santa Cruz Avenue’s new hot spot.

#13: Road rage leads to armed robbery on Oak Grove Avenue in Atherton

Yes, gun violence can happen even in leafy, affluent Atherton.

#14: The “mother of all demos” took place in Menlo Park 47 years ago today

Who would have thought the invention of a “mouse” would get so much attention, particularly when its name is not Mickey.

Sunset photo by Scott Loftesness

#15: Sunset leaves Menlo Park for new headquarters in Oakland’s Jack London Square

For as long as we can remember, Menlo Park and Sunset were synonymous. No longer.

#16: Jogger hit and killed by car early this morning in Menlo Park

A late in the year tragedy captured readers’ attention.

#17: Mia Wurster is a contestant on MasterChef Junior season three, airing on Tuesday, Jan. 6 

Menlo Park got a celebrity when Oak Knoll 5th grader Mia was a contestant on MasterChef Junior.

Wolf lead photo

#18: A wolf comes calling at Hillview School in Menlo Park

We have to admit that this was one of the most fun stories we did in 2015. How many times do you get to interview a wolf?

#19: Scholarship created to honor long-time M-A college advisor Alice Kleeman 

The community of M-A grads and parents responded when a scholarship was created to honor long-time college advisor Alice Kleeman.

#20: Former Menlo Oaks resident recalls growing up in the same neighborhood as Gayle King

Not everyone in town knew that Oprah’s best friend attended Menlo-Atherton High School.

Photo of Greg Kalin and Rich Branning, and the wolf at Hillview School by Irene Searles; photo of Sunset magazine building by Scott Loftesness.

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