September 2019

Menlo Park is recruiting 16 crossing guards to help students who walk and bike across busy streets/intersections to get to school.

The Safe Routes to School program team worked over the summer to develop a citywide crossing guard program serving the three elementary school districts.

These extra crossing guard locations will add to existing crossing guard programs, creating a wider network of safe corridors for students and their families.

The citywide crossing guard program is a collaboration between:
-City of Menlo Park Safe Routes to School program
-Los Lomitas Elementary School District
-Menlo Park City School District
-Ravenswood City School District

Facebook is funding this effort for an initial 5-year term, with a 5-year extension in the future.

For the Los Lomitas School District, and Menlo Park City School District  apply online or call 800-540-9290; for Ravenswood School District, call 650-444-0359 to reach Delma Camacho, RCSD coordinator.

Photo of Izola, an Oak Knoll School crossing guard, by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Bert Keely and band perform a deep dive into Stanford & psychedelia at Angelica’s

It’s a reunion of sorts for Bert Keely who’s enlisted his old Stanford pal Jeff Pera to play drums for what he’s calling “Deep Dive #7: Stanford and Psychedelia,” which he and his band mates will be performing this Friday, Oct. 4 — and again on Friday, Oct. 18 — at Angelica’s in Redwood City. […]

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Thanks for a life saved at Burgess Pool celebrated at ceremony

Menlo Battalion Chief Chris Pimentel was in his office at Menlo Park Fire Station 1 on Friday, June 28, 2019, shortly before 5:00 pm when he heard the report of a drowning at Burgess Pool with CPR in progress come over the Police radio. He immediately told crew members on Engine 1 and Truck 1 […]

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Busy day at the Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch

It was packed shortly after opening at the Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch today. Not only were there pumpkins to be bought, but animals, birds and reptiles to meet. The Pumpkin  Patch, located at 2718 Alpine Rd., is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through Halloween. Check the website for schedule of activities. […]

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Trying for a tropical feel on a chilly night at Park James Hotel

The wind was brisk but the spirit was warm at the Park James Hotel Saturday night (Sept. 28) at a Taste of the Tropics event hosted by the hotel’s developers Jim and Jeff Pollock.  The event also served to launch the new Club 1400 “to engage our community as a place to build relationships, share […]

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Kids make the most of inaugural We Art the Willows

The inaugural We Art the Willows event, taking place at the corner of Menalto and Gilbert in Menlo Park’s Willow neighborhood today, promised “fun activities for the kids,” and the verdict of some youthful attendees was thumbs up! One group of young people was selling used books to raise funds for future events. The art […]

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Spotted: Mid-Peninsula High School students walkout for climate change

Drivers honked their horns in support of Mid-Peninsula High School’s student walkout for climate change on Friday, Sept. 27. The walkout, led by the student-driven Environmental Club, follows the charge of teens around the world who have participated in walkouts during this week’s UN Climate Summit. Students stood in front of the school along Willow […]

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As retirement approaches, Tim Molak reflects on his years at Woodside Priory

The Woodside Priory has been central to Tim Molak’s life for the past 30 years. In June 2020, that will change when he retires as Head of School. “There’s a cool retirement app,” he said when we visited him at the combined middle/high school a few weeks back. “I have nine months, 18 days, 12 hours […]

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Spotted: Decked out Halloween front yard

The calendar still reads September but this decked out Halloween yard on Encina Ave. in Menlo Park is all ready for October. Must be three dozen or so Halloween props of one kind or another! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Film about storytellers Michael D. McCarty screens on Sept. 30

Michael D. McCarty’s packed schedule doesn’t leave time for him to make it to Menlo Park — for now— so we’ll watch the new film about his remarkable story on Monday, Sept. 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. After the film, we’ll have a video chat with Michael, so you can […]

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New tombstone for beloved Hillview School teacher Nick Colasanti

Lots of Hillview School grads, including this one, took notice when Erik Colasanti posted a photo of his father Nick’s new tombstone on the Facebook group Do You Remember the Old Menlo Park, which featured two hawks, the school’s mascot. Mr. Colasanti, who died in 2016, grew up and was educated in New Jersey but took his […]

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