Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

has written 4025 article(s) for InMenlo.


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Earlier this month there was a rededication ceremony of Our Lady of Lourdes statue/grotto that had been “hidden” away on the Sacred Heart School upper campus for some time. SHS alum Laura Pitchford provided InMenlo with some background:

“The original Virgin (she is the same but with a facelift!) was located outside of the Siegal Building which was torn down to make room for a new building. The Grotto, which was dedicated by alums in the late 1800s, needed to be moved. The staff took it apart rock by rock and reassembled it in the current location.

“[Head of school] Rich Dioli thought the quickest way to complete the project was to copy the grotto at Notre Dame in South Bend. He then called upon two Notre Dame/SHS families to help with fundraising.”

At a visit to the Grotto last week, Sister Nancy Morris, who Laura profiled on the occasion of her 90th birthday last year, filled in some historical details, explaining that the Folger family gave Sacred Heart the statue in 1903. “It was really hidden on a part of campus that wasn’t developed at the time,” she said. “We referred to it as the Lourdes forest.

“When I was head of school — and Sacred Heart was all girls — we’d parade over there on her feast day each year, the girls in white veils, all leaving flowers behind. Now that the school is co-ed, that kind of thing probably can’t happen. Alas, at a time when there is so little reverence in the world.”

The Lourdes Grotto at Sacred Heart is one of many scattered around the United States and the world. Lourdes, France, rose to prominence in 1858 when the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized, claimed to see Marian apparitions. The city with the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes became one of the world’s most important sites of pilgrimage and religious tourism. There people who are ill are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water.

“Lourdes is perhaps the most famous holy site in the world,” said Sister Morris. “There are hundreds of crutches, etc. stacked near the grotto, symbols of cures. The church is beautiful, and the waters of Lourdes are distributed in small bottles to those who need them (I have one).”

Photos courtesy of Sacred Heart Schools

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Menlo Park resident Kyle Vogel takes over at the Woodside Deli

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New Woodside Deli owner Kyle Vogel has a good problem: There’s a lot of pent up demand for sandwiches and other offerings after a nine month closure. That means the lunch rush is extending all the way to 3:00 pm. “It’s a bit like a tidal wave breaking,” he said with a smile. Kyle, a […]

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Menlo Park Fire Drone Team deployed to Butte County to provided aerial damage assessment

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The Menlo Park Fire Protection Districts UAS/Drone Team is working for the Butte County Sheriffs Department along with personnel from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties Sheriffs’ Departments and the Union City and San Francisco Police Departments to provide aerial damage assessment mapping for the City of Paradise, Migalia and other areas of Butte County. On […]

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Spotted: Restrooms being worked on at Jack Lyle Park

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Menlo Park has a lot of good parks of various sizes, but most lack restrooms. So it was great news when it was announced that permanent restrooms were coming to Jack Lyle Park on Middle Avenue with a completion date of “early 2019.” Walking by today, it looked like the prefabricated restrooms may be completed […]

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Spotted: First of the season crab at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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Fisherman Pietro Parravano brought the first crab of the commercial season to the Menlo Park Farmers Market today, offering both live (pictured) and boiled crab for sale for $9.95. He said that his pots were filled with crab of “good medium size.”

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Go Fund Me campaign launched for long-time Menlo Park family who lost home in Paradise

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We were alerted by Menlo Park resident John Reis that Stan Shelsta, who grew up locally and had a home in Menlo Park for many years, lost his home in the Paradise fire. Emails John: ” He relocated to Paradise not long ago [with his son Dan], and although they survived the fire, they lost […]

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Spotted: 1899 Fire House being moved to its new location in Menlo Park

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We were in downtown Menlo Park at the right time this morning and saw the top portion of Menlo Park Fire District’s 1899 Fire House being moved to its new home near Fire Station 6 on Oak Grove Ave. The 119-year-old “Carriage House” is one of the oldest Fire Houses in California. The Fire House was […]

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Local schools have different responses to serious air quality issues

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UPDATE: Late Thursday evening MPCSD Superintendent Eric Burmeister issued a statement saying schools would be closed on Friday. He posted a comment on this post; you can read his statement by clicking on “comments.” On Friday morning, the San Mateo County Office of Education reports that in addition to Menlo Park City Schools, Las Lomitas […]

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Two M-A students share Sugar Plum Fairy role in Pacific Ballet Nutcracker performance

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Menlo-Atherton High School senior Tara Ellingson (pictured right) and junior Toni Shindler-Ruberg are sharing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Pacific Ballet Academy‘s 28th annual Nutcracker performance at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts the weekend after Thanksgiving. Emailed parent volunteer Diane Lee: “Tara will be dancing the role of Sugar […]

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Spotted: Red globe of a sun rising in smoky skies

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The rising sun had an extra eerie glow early this morning as it rose surrounded by the smoke that still lingers over Menlo Park, the result of the devastating fire in Butte County. The birds of Bedwell Bayfront Park took little notice.

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Spotted: Lake at Sharon Park sporting a fall hue

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InMenlo founder Scott Loftesness captured this pretty fall scene, which we think if worth sharing with our followers. Think of it as a bright start to a day!

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