June 2018

Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner, who along with her husband Dave, launched a fundraiser on Facebook that has raised $20 million to support migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border spoke at the Families Belong Together rally at Courthouse Square in Redwood City this morning

Reports another Menlo resident, Robin Tobias, who emailed photographs to InMenlo: “I’d esimate there were about 3,000 people in attendance. In addition to the Willners, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo spoke about her experience in Texas.”

Earlier this month the Congresswoman toured the McAllen Border Patrol Processing Center and the Port Isabel ICE Detention Center.

“Press reports indicate as many as 2,500 children have been separated from their parents, however HHS, has not been forthcoming about where and in what conditions the children are being housed, and how the Administration plans to reunite them with their families,” Eshoo wrote in a letter Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar.

Today’s rally was held in solidarity with the national Families Belong Together Day of Action. A group of Hispanic dancer entertained attendees.

Photos by Robin Tobias (c) 2018

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Coffebar is a welcome addition on Chestnut St. in downtown Menlo Park

Editor’s note: We welcome a new InMenlo contributor, Bita Arabian. The Menlo Park resident is a health coach for Kurbo Health where she teaches kids, families, and teens to make good choices around food, and to plan out daily exercise. She also writes a  healthy recipes food blog called OvenHug.  In her free time she dances for exercise and […]

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Spotted: Colorful Fleet Feet runners participate in Rainbow Run

Yesterday, Lisa Taggart and Jim Gothers, owners of Fleet Feet in downtown Menlo Park, hosted a Rainbow Run to celebrate diversity and inclusivity as part of Pride Month. About 45 runners wore bright and colorful clothing for the flat 4.5 mile run through the city. Post run, the gathered for some drinks and snacks behind […]

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Single buyer emerges victorious in Alpine Inn bidding war

Lucy Neely sent this email today with latest new of the who appears to be winning entry in efforts to buy the Alpine Inn aka Zott’s: “It is with both a light heart and great joy that I share good news: a single buyer has emerged victorious in the poker game, and Portola Valley Community […]

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San Mateo County is seeking a new Poet Laureate for the 2019-2020 term

The mission of the Poet Laureate is to elevate poetry and celebrate the literary arts within the County by making poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives. The appointed applicant will serve as the County’s third Poet Laureate, and their term will commence January 2019.  Applications from published San Mateo County residents are […]

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Menlo Park City Council approves balanced budget for fiscal year 2018-19

The Menlo Park City Council has approved a $143 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, marking the end of an annual process of assessing the city’s financial health, community priorities, infrastructure investments and day-to-day operations. At last week’s City Council meeting, city staff presented proposed additions to the draft budget that were […]

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M-A student gets a taste of Russian life during a visit to Saint Petersburg

A week in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is spent by most visitors on a tour or cruise, seeing the numerous historical attractions the city has to offer. From Mikhailovsky Palace to the Hermitage, tourists are ushered from their hotel or ship to each destination, an experience ultimately granting little contact with locals and limited exposure to […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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“Zootopia” will screen at Holbrook Palmer Park on June 29

Zootopia is the free outdoor movie that will screen at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton on Friday, June 29, at 8:30 pm. Bring a blanket/chairs, a jacket, your family, and enjoy a movie under the stars on the lawn. Popcorn provided; bring your other refreshments. No glass please! Attendees can set up anytime after 7:30 […]

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David Bertini is named Menlo Park Chief of Police

Menlo Park Interim Police Chief David Bertini will assume the post permanently on  July 8, 2018. “Since stepping up as interim chief in January, Dave has shown me that he is the right person to serve this community and lead the department,” said City Manager Alex D. McIntyre, who made the announcement today. Bertini is […]

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Spotted: Two porta-potties at Fremont Park

Yes, they do allow porta-potties at Fremont Park, we say tongue-in-check. In a bit of irony, the day InMenlo ran an opinion piece suggesting that porta-potties be brought to the Park during the summer concert series, these two potties were planted in the park. They were there during the Emergency Preparedness Drill that took place […]

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