December 2017

Fire at church on Ravenswood Avenue quickly extinguished

It only took about 15 minutes for firefighters from Menlo Fire to extinguish a fire involving bamboo, a fence and garbage cans next to Church of Christ Scientist on Ravenswood Avenue in Menlo Park yesterday morning. In total, five fire engines, one ladder truck, Battalion Chief and Training Chief comprising 21 personnel from the Menlo […]

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Facebook’s new “snooze” option might offer holiday respite!

Menlo Park-based Facebook is launching Snooze, giving users the option of temporarily unfollowing a person, Page or group for 30 days, which coming at this time of the year, may lighten your holiday load. By selecting Snooze in the top-right drop-down menu of a post, you won’t see content from those people, Pages or groups […]

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Al Gore comes to the Peninsula as part of Kepler’s Literary Foundation speaker series

The truth continues to be inconvenient, according to former Vice President Al Gore who appeared on the Peninsula earlier in December as part of Kepler’s Literary Foundation‘s speaker series. The Nobel Laureate talked about his latest book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, in conversation with Angie Coiro (top photo), who is now the Literary […]

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Encinal Students have the “write stuff” when it comes to thank you notes

This Fall students at Encinal Elementary School in Atherton added something extra to their weekly library time. They combined kind thoughts and skilled hands by writing letters to some very special people, with leadership from teacher librarian Denise Healy. As the North Bay fires raged on in early October students began writing “thank you notes […]

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Menlo Park is the launch site of the No-Gasoline movement

Coltura, a nonprofit working to phase out gasoline vehicles by 2030, launched the No-Gasoline movement at a private gathering in Menlo Park last week. Similar to the No-Smoking movement, the No-Gasoline movement raises awareness of the harm to public health of driving gas and diesel vehicles, and calls for a transition to cleaner alternatives. Attending […]

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Five fun things to do with gumdrops – even on a busy December weekend

Gumdrops just make me happy. They are bright, colorful and festive any time of year.They are also one of the most versatile of all the goodies in candyland. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them. Yellow gumdrops with a sprig of rosemary make instantly festive pineapples. Much more convenient than a trip to Hawaii! Gnome […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park school district administrators at Farmers Market

Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister, Oak Knoll principal Kirsten Garcia and Hillview associate principal Joan von der Linden (pictured left to right) were on had at the Menlo Park Farmers Market this morning. They were there to say “thanks” to the community for voting “yes” on proposition X and to answers questions […]

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Turn restrictions coming to Willows neighborhood in Menlo Park on Monday

On Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, the following turn restrictions will be installed within the Willows neighborhood (purple section on map): No right turns from Chester, Durham & O’Keefe to Willow Road, 3:00 to 7:00 pm weekdays (except SamTrans and school buses) No left turns from Woodland to Baywood, 3:00 to 7:00 pm weekdays These restrictions […]

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Attention Menlo Park Dish walkers/joggers: it’s closed until Sunday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in parts of the Bay Area, particularly at higher elevations, from 10:00 pm Friday, December 15, to 10:00 am Sunday, December 17, due to a dry weather system moving into the region that is expected to bring gusty winds and low humidity. A Red Flag […]

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Eboo Patel speaks about his work as founder of Interfaith Youth Core

Social entrepreneur and founder of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), Eboo Patel (pictured right) was in Menlo Park earlier this week appearing at a couple of events sponsored by Christ Church in Portola Valley. “IFYC was founded on a simple premise that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division,” he […]

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Toy drive for Ravenswood students extended — 1 more day to help!

Despite the towering pile of toys taking over Dana Shields’s living room, there’s still a need for hundreds more to ensure that every child in the Ravenswood City School District receives a gift at Saturday’s holiday party. As she has done for the past few years, Dana, a Design and STEAM teacher for the District […]

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