August 2016

Experience Corps Bay Area is recruiting literacy volunteers for Selby Lane Elementary in Atherton

Experience Corps Bay Area’s volunteer literacy program is expanding into San Mateo County schools and needs 50 adult volunteers to help elementary school students boost their reading scores. The ECBA program will provide literacy volunteers in five schools, including Selby Lane Elementary in Atherton (pictured). ECBA is a program of the human services agency, Aspiranet, […]

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Home solar program delivers sun-powered energy to its 10th low-income homeowner in Belle Haven

Menlo Spark, Facebook, and GRID Alternatives Bay Area have completed solar power installations for 10 low-income homeowners in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. Additional funding from Facebook will bring clean, renewable energy to 15 more homes in this community. With the tenth solar installation, the program, which began in March of this year with help from the City of Menlo Park, will […]

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Spotted: Cantaloupe-sized tomatoes from Webb Ranch

Those who miss the Webb Ranch produce stand can find produce grown at the Ranch at Bianchini’s market at the Ladera shopping center. We spotted a bin of heirloom tomatoes the size of cantaloupes there this morning. They’re organic and selling for $2.99 a pound.

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Local indie band, The Corner Laughers, performs at Menlo Park Library on Aug. 28

The Menlo Park Library will host a free summer concert on August 28  featuring local indie pop band, The Corner Laughers. The band is led by singer/ukulele player Karla Kane, with bassist Khoi Huynh, drummer Charlie Crabtree, and guitarist KC Bowman. The group describes their music as intelligent pop with heavenly vocals, jangly guitars, delicate […]

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Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust swims 21 miles across Lake Tahoe

Watching the Olympics, people witnessed the athletic feats of thousands of athletes from all over the world. Last month, Menlo Park orthodontist Scott Kaloust accomplished an amazing feat of his own, completing the 21-mile swim across Lake Tahoe and raising over $4,000 on water.org to provide clean water to those in need. During the swim, a […]

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Sitar concert featuring 12-year-old takes place at Woodside High School on Aug.27

Twelve-year-old Kailash Ranganathan, who has been a sitar student of Pandit Habib Khan for the last 6 years, will be performing a solo sitar concert on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 3:30 pm at Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. This is a free concert, followed by dinner. However, an RSVP is required.

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Sights and sounds on an August Sunday in downtown Menlo Park

Was it our imagination, or did downtown Menlo Park appear to be jumpy more than it was for many a summer month? By mid-morning, the line at always popular Cafe Borrone stretched almost to El Camino — something we don’t see very often. While there we spotted new signage for the British Banker’s Club nextdoor […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo finishes at Menlo-Atherton High School

We got the easy job, stopping in at M-A as the riders from the 2016 Tour de Menlo concluded their 35-, 45-, or 65-mile ride today. Weather conditions were near perfect, mid-70s with a slight breeze. The riders we visited with remarked that the Tour de Menlo is always a well-planned, good event. Fast Freddie Rodriguez, […]

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Putting drones to work for scientific research is topic of August USGS public lecture

Geographer Jeff L. Sloan of the USGS National Unmanned Systems Project Office will give a free, public lecture on August 25 at 7:00 pm. The title is: The New Eyes in the Sky: Putting Drones to Work for Scientific Research. He address: Why is there so much interest in unmanned technology? What are the rules […]

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Local athletes Seth Weil and KK Clark complete their Olympics in Rio

Menlo Park native and M-A grad Seth Weil, along with Henrik Rummel, Charlie Cole,  and Matt Miller, were thought to be medal contenders at this year’s Olympics. But the four-men rowing team finished fourth in the semis. Only the top three in each heat go to the A final (a total of six teams) with a shot at medals. The U.S. team rowed in […]

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Former M-A athletes gather for lunch at the “O” prior to Canada Athletic Hall of Fame dinner

A group of M-A grads who played baseball during high school and then at Canada College gathered at the Oasis before this year’s Canada Athletic Hall of Fame dinner. From left to right: Dick Budelli (a St. Francis interloper!), Rob Brassea, Tom Vignou, Lou Vanoli, Bob Budelli and Gary Cunningham. Of note: Menlo Park resident […]

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