April 2017

La Entrada in Menlo Park is named a California Gold Ribbon School

La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park received the California Gold Ribbon Award (formerly California Distinguished School Award) this year, previously given that designation in 1999 and 2010. It was one of only four San Mateo County schools to be recognized for excellence in educational programs. The others were Burlingame Intermediate School, Borel Middle School (San Mateo/Foster City ) […]

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Local libraries offer free “Check It Out!” energy and water saving toolkits

Beginning April 25, county library users can borrow a “Check It Out!” Energy and Water Savings Toolkit from any community public library in San Mateo County. Outfitted with tools, supplies, measuring devices and a user-friendly guide, the toolkits can help residents conserve water, use less electricity and save money by taking a few simple actions. […]

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Menlo Fire rescues man from basement under construction in Atherton

For the second time in the last nine months, Menlo Park Firefighters used specialized rescue techniques and technical rope and rigging equipment to safely remove a construction worker from a large residential construction projects basement, after the 33-year-old male worker fell from an incomplete first floor assembly. On April 21, 2017, Firefighters on Menlo Engine 3 were dispatched […]

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Dariusz Paczuski draws on his Polish heritage in founding Rocket Vodka

Dariusz Paczuski admits “vodka is in my blood.” That’s one reason he started Rocket Vodka in his Menlo Park garage. Dariusz’s family fled Poland to escape communism when he was about a year old, eventually settling in Norway, where he was a member of the Norwegian National Swim Team. When he was 20, a  swimming scholarship […]

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USGS lecture on April 27 looks at untreated groundwater

The topic of the free USGS public lecture on April 27 at 7:00 pm is “Potential Corrosivity of Untreated Groundwater in the United States.” The talk will be given b Kenneth Belitz, Chief Groundwater Assessment, National Water Quality Assessment Program and take place in Rambo Auditorium, Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park.

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Portola Valley School District to host inaugural School Maker Faire on April 28

Portola Valley School District’s School Maker Faire is a one-day event being held on Friday, April 28th from noon to 4:00 pm at Corte Madera School in  Portola Valley. Open to the public, the event will showcase kindergarten through 8th grade projects created by inventors, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, crafters, artists and DIYers of all kinds, […]

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Update on various Menlo Park Fire Protection District news & activities

Lots of news coming from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, thanks to updates from Chief Harold Schaplehouman. Community meeting in Belle Haven There will be a community meeting on April 29, 2017 at 10:00 am at Fire Station 77 located at 1467 Chilco Street to discuss the future of essential fire and emergency services in […]

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A visit to Runnymede Sculpture Farm in Woodside is perfect Earth Day outing

Imagine going on a treasure hunt in a secret garden, one that ranges over 120 acres. Such was the treat today when Runnymede Sculpture Garden was open to the public, part of an Earth Day celebration sponsored by the towns of Woodside and Portola Valley that also included sustainable landscaping information and garden-focused vendors. Like […]

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Woodside High School Foundation’s online auction is live April 22-27

The Woodside High School Foundation is raising money through an online auction from April 22 at 9:00 am until April 27 at 8:00 pm.  Featured are fantastic getaways, fun parties, , dining, sports events, wine, home and garden, personal services, just to name a few. Many special gift items to choose from, including a luxury vacation […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School hosts second annual environmental fair

On Wednesday, April 19, the seemingly endless rain stopped and the sun came out, as if it wanted to celebrate Earth Day with students at M-A’s environmental fair. In the center of the fair, groups played cornhole while listening to a student band perform live music. Around the perimeter, students and local businesses, such as […]

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Menlo Park’s Earth Day celebration is at Bedwell Bayfront Park

Celebrate green living in at the very green looking Bedwell Bayfront Park on Earth Day, April 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. At this free event, you can learn more about water conservation, drought tolerant planting, alternative energy and more. You can also get involved by participating in one of the hands-on volunteer projects. Enjoy: […]

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