December 2016

Happy kids get Christmas toys thanks to St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room

The rain cooperated this morning turning into light drizzle as hundreds of kids lined up for a toy giveaway at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, an event co-sponsored with the Menlo Park Firefighters Association. “So far, we have never turned anyone away” said Betty Steidel, the volunteer coordinator of the giveaway. “Other organizations require families to register. We […]

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Spotted: Activity at Borrone MarketBar and British Bankers Club

Lots going on today at what’s been a quiet corner of the Menlo Center. Marina Borrone, who owns MarketBar, was having a pop-up featuring all the MarketBar favorites, many of which were displayed in pretty jars in the front counter. She promises more activity there in the months to come. Nextdoor, the British Bankers Club has […]

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A replica windmill and a school have a combined history in Portola Valley

Everyone who travels on Portola Road in Portola Valley notices the whimsical windmill that has stood on the corner of Georgia Lane for 99 years. Some probably know that it isn’t really a windmill; rather it’s a structure placed atop a well by William Fitzhugh, the owner of an estate called Catoctin, today’s Grove and Stonegate. […]

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Guitarist Carlos Pavan brings Argentinian sounds to Menlo Park on Dec. 28

On December 28 at 7:00 pm, the Menlo Park Library will host a guitar recital by Carlos Pavan, featuring music from Argentina as well as the musician’s own original compositions. Argentine-born Pavan is a composer/guitarist who performs an original blend of tango/folk, classical technique and jazz harmonies. Living in New York since 2000, he has […]

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Suspects tied to Willows neighborhood burglaries arrested

During the past month, there has been an increase in daytime residential burglaries in Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood. Due to this rash of burglaries, Menlo Park Police patrol units have been providing extra patrols in the area. Along with the marked police officer patrols, the Menlo Park Police NET (Narcotics Enforcement Team) and Detective units have […]

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M-A junior Holly Newman heads to D.C. to serve in the Senate Page Program

While the rest of her classmates at Menlo-Atherton High School are walking the halls of campus this winter and spring, junior Holly Newman will be walking the halls of Congress. Nominated by Senator Diane Feinstein, Holly is one of only 30 high school juniors in the country who will be taking part in the Senate Page […]

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Menlo Park Fire hires twenty new firefighters after rigorous training

The Menlo Park Fire District has hired 20 new firefighters and firefighter/paramedics over the last year, the largest, single most aggressive hiring effort since at least the 1980’s, if ever. The 20 new personnel represent almost a quarter of the 90 safety, or line staff personnel, who respond to 9,000 emergencies per year and live […]

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More on the mushrooms popping up all over Menlo Park

We heard from Menlo Park resident Eric Sabelman who discovered black mushrooms in his yard last year: “The black mushrooms of last February have not re-appeared as yet, but there seems to be a bounty of different fungi enjoying our recent wet weather. I haven’t had time to research what species these are. “The photo with […]

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You’ll go nuts for these Christmas crackers

It’s not Christmas until my great aunt Nita sends us a batch of her infamous “Dilly Crackers.” Totally delicious, totally addictive. This year I whipped up a few batches to give out as gifts and enlisted a crew of NUTS to watch over the CRACKERS. Aunt Nita’s Dilly Crackers 2-12 ounce packages oyster crackers l-1/4 cups vegetable […]

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Brisk start to a sunny, late autumn day in Menlo Park

Lots of white roofs in Menlo Park this morning as well as a frosty Maserati. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “No rain to report of course, yet if readers care it is 30.7 degrees as I type this at 7:15 am. My low is 30.4. I would be curious if anyone has seen it lower?”

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Painterly-looking, golden leaves provide a spark of holiday tranquility

InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most took a stroll around his west Menlo Park neighborhood yesterday, following Thursday’s storm, which pretty much stripped the remaining leaves off of trees. We liked, in particular, the gold leaves near a gate along with the same leaves mixed with pale rose (can’t quite describe the color!) ones sharing space atop […]

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