May 2016

Spotted: Tree planting in Fremont Park in celebration of Arbor Day

On Friday, May 20, in celebration of Arbor Day and to commemorate Menlo Park’s sister city status with Galway, Ireland, the City held a tree planting ceremony at Fremont Park. The tree planted was an oak related to the oaks that grow in Galway. City Council member Kristen Keith read a proclamation. She and Council […]

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Thanks to Ceci Wong – the woman and the store – there’s still a jewelry store in downtown Menlo Park

Ceci Wong, owner of the jewelry store by the same name in downtown Menlo Park, thinks she might want to write her autobiography. And a quick perusal of her life’s journey bears that out. Born in Hong Kong. Educated in London. Lived in Paris and New York. Employed by Tiffany’s and Neiman Marcus before going out […]

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USGS evening lecture examines effects of Yellowstone supereruption on May 26

USGS hydrologist Larry Mastin will give a free public lecture titled Forecasting Ashfall Impacts from Yellowstone Supereruption on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm. Yellowstone is one of a few dozen volcanoes on Earth capable of “supereruptions” that expel more than 1,000 cubic km of ash and debris. The plumes from such eruptions can rise 30 […]

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Brian Tetrud draws on family granola recipe when founding Ladera Foods

Brian Tetrud is a Ladera born and raised guy who grew up eating his mother’s homemade granola. So it’s no surprise that he’s named his company Ladera Foods and the first product was granola based on her recipe, now called Almond Pecan Granola. “She still bakes her own granola,” he says. “I made it for roommates […]

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M-A teacher, Menlo Park and Las Lomitas school districts – all honored with Kent Awards for outstanding programs

Emailed Carrie Du Bois, President of the San Mateo County School Boards Association: “This Monday evening (May 23) the San Mateo County School Boards Association will be holding our 36th annual Kent Awards Dinner…These awards honor outstanding educators and programs in San Mateo County.” Carrie had attached a list of the winners and we were delighted […]

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Schoolhouse Rock run raises money for Menlo Park schools Sunday morning

Photographer Laura Hamilton – and Menlo Park parent – sent  photos of this morning’s Schoolhouse Rock 5K run, which took off from Oak Knoll School and raised money for the Menlo Park City School District. Laura (white visor, kneeling)  participated with a Girls on the Run team from Laurel School. Over 1,400 runners and walkers participated. […]

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Everyone loves a parade – especially when it features a slew of old fire trucks

Earlier today, the Menlo Park Fire District celebrated its 100th anniversary with a parade down Menlo Park’s Santa Cruz Avenue. Under cloudy skies, families were out in force with their kids to watch and wave to the firemen as they paraded and drove a great assortment of both historical and current fire fighting equipment. I […]

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Spotted: 7th grade science project focused on hearts at Hillview School open house

Hillview Middle School held it open house on Thursday evening, May 19th. It kicked off with the announcement that Principal Wally Haug’s wife had given birth to a baby girl earlier in the day, along with some updates about the school’s new mission statement and testing procedures. After that families went around to look at projects […]

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Wine seller Gary Mulleneaux advises Beltramo’s customers for three decades

For over 30 years, Gary Mulleneaux has been providing expert — and personalized — advice to his loyal customers at Beltramo’s. So, it didn’t come as a surprise that folks were lining up to get his final recommendations before the store closes within the next month or so. What did surprise us is how he […]

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Rotary Club of Menlo Park awards scholarships totaling $125,000 to local high school seniors

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park awarded academic scholarships totaling $125,000 to local high school students at the 31st annual scholastic achievement awards ceremony this past Monday, May 16.  These need-based scholarships aim to alleviate the financial burden of students who have proven themselves with high academic achievements. Scholarships to attend four-year colleges were awarded […]

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Atherton plans a number of events related to Earth Day this weekend

Atherton is hosting a town-wide celebration of Earth Day with a series of events and activities. The series will kick-off  on Friday, May 20, with a screening at 6:30 pm of Robert Stone’s environmental classic, Pandora’s Promise, followed by a Q&A with one of the movie’s stars. The screening will take place at the Menlo-Atherton Performing […]

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