December 2019

There are a number of threads woven through the soon to be completed year of 2019. Here’s what captured readers’ attention in 2019 on InMenlo.

Showing just how creative they can be, families and young children came out in force for the annual Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the action, including a multi-generational family dressed like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

There was a visit by Henry Winkler, much beloved as The Fonz on Happy Days, whomingled with kindergartners through third graders at Sacred Heart School after reading from his latest children’s book. The fun connection is that Laura Pitchford, who did photo duties that day for InMenlo, had met him years ago when she was a teen.

There was good news with the reopening of the Alpine Inn and a celebration of Round Table’s 60th anniversary. And then there was dismay: the building that housed Beltramo’s for was leveled and what was once the Oasis beer garden now houses VCs.

Balancing the comings and goings was the opening of a remodeled Peet’s across from Fremont Park, and there were cheers all around when Suzi Tinsley brought the Sugar Shack back to downtown Menlo Park.

Sports remained front and center. The community celebrated Menlo-Atherton High School football team’s first football championship. And two graduates of Oak Knoll School and Sacred Heart Prep, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, were members of the USA soccer team that defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win the Women’s World Cup. And that wasn’t the only soccer news: Menlo School grad Sophie Jones was named Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

An ongoing situation is a roaming coyote (or more) that has killed a number of house cats this past fall. It’s been spotted in the area between San Mateo Drive and the Alameda in west Menlo Park and also in Sharon Heights. Residents are warned to keep small pets indoors at night.

And then there was the still unsolved mystery of the yarn arms hugging telephone poles on Santa Cruz Avenue. The  knitted hands began appearing in April and proved a colorful photo essay for InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most.

Suzi Tinsley in re-opened Sugar Shack by Irene Searles; M-A coach and football tame by Lena Kalotihos; Sophie Jones and family and Steve Young by Linda Hubbard; all other photographers credited in the post

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The saga of Alpine Inn aka Zott’s over the years

Editor’s note: Our hunch that the re-opening of the Alpine Inn was the biggest attention grabber of 2019 bore out in the in the number of readers’ views on InMenlo and on Facebook. Its saga is featured in our end-of-year coverage for today. Tomorrow we’ll offer a roundup of other people and places that got […]

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Little more than a drop in latest rain storm

Steady rain was predicted for yesterday afternoon, but the result was slightly more than a drop. Emails InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “.15” this afternoon. I am now 4.55” season to date. 4.65” a year ago on this date.” Bill’s gauge had just a trace this morning. A dry spell is predicted as we head […]

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Menlo Park police searching for suspect who shot a dog

On December 29, 2019 at approximately 8:38 pm, Menlo Park Police Officers responded to the 1100 block of Hollyburne Avenue in Menlo Park on a report of gunfire. Upon arrival, officers located a dog suffering from a gunshot wound being tended to by its owner. The owner advised police that an unknown Hispanic male, in […]

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Patriot fandom on display this morning at Cafe Borrone

Before the New England Patriots took on the Miami Dolphins today, we spotted a number of fans all decked out in that football franchise’s clothing of one type or another. Two brothers Peter (the taller of the two) and Andrew noticed a darling puppy a few tables away – who was also wearing Patriot blue! […]

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Take part in laughter yoga on Jan. 7 at Menlo Park Library

Come to the Menlo Park Library on Jan. 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm for an hour of easy, fun, playful, and stress-reducing laughter and breathing exercises, followed by guided meditation. No special clothing, shoes, or equipment needed. Laughter yoga is a modern exercise involving prolonged voluntary laughter. This type of yoga is based on […]

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Surprise breakfast for Cheeky Monkey employees brings holiday cheer

An anonymous Menlo Park family from Upper Laurel School  provided a surprise hearty breakfast from Stacks to all 19 employees at Cheeky Monkey last Saturday, Dec. 21. Emailed our anonymous tipster: “This family has shopped there for years, and the mom of twins is deeply grateful for all the help she has received whenever she’s […]

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Spotted: Lots of mice on the Christmas table and cake

We are fortunate to have Christmas dinner with family and friends each year at the home of a close friend we’ve known since grade school and her husband. There are always beautifully decorated trees but the highlight is always the dinner table decor, not to mention the cake baked by Studio Cake in Menlo Park. […]

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The Costanza-Fong Family String Trio performs at Woodside’s First Friday on Jan. 3

The Costanza-Fong Family String Trio will be performing Iconic Works by Beethoven and Dohnany. The evening will feature performances of two brilliant works for violin, viola, and cello. The group showcases the musical talents of husband Christopher Costanza (cello) and wife Debra Fong (violin) and their daughter, Isabella Costanza (viola). Debra and Chris are Stanford […]

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Bigger, brighter Heartcore workout studio comes to downtown Menlo Park

Peninsula native Alisa Scannell spent time in Los Angeles with the hope of getting into acting. She recalls “being surrounded by fitness studios.” But when she hurt her foot she was unable to do many of the high impact workouts she’d enjoyed. Hollywood dreams abandoned, she was back north and selling solar. “But along the […]

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2020 tennis keys for Menlo Park courts available starting January 2

Annual tennis keys for 2020 will be available for purchase at the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium (600 Alma St) starting Thursday, January 2 and the Onetta Harris Community Center (100 Terminal Ave.) starting Monday, January 6. The Arrillaga Family Gymnasium office will be open: -Thursday, January 2 -Saturday, January 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

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