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.

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Menlo-Atherton High School principal Simone Rick-Kennel, was recently named  the 2020 Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators [ACSA] – Region 5.

ACSA Region 5 is comprised of 25 school districts and considered one of the most competitive regions in California due to its highly ranked schools and distinguished leaders. Simone was recognized for her incredible leadership and commitment to Menlo-Atherton High School.

“During her tenure at Menlo-Atherton, Simone has always worked diligently to establish a clear vision, cultivate strong relationships, ensure inclusivity as part of M-A’s core values, and support the development of both students and staff,” wrote Superintendent Mary E. Streshly.

“All of us that work closely with Simone know how much she loves her school community and how fortunate we are to have her leadership within our district.”

Photo by Katrina Wijaya from M-A Bear News (c) 2015; used with permission

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-Times: COVID-19 Bay Trail Safety Rules

In an attempt to beat the heat, we headed north for walk on the Bay Trail near Coyote Point. You can’t escape signs-of-the-times anywhere! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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M-A junior David Cope is starting Menlo Park/Atherton branch of Zoomers to Boomers

Menlo-Atherton High School junior David Cope launched a Menlo Park/Atherton branch of Zoomers to Boomers earlier this week. Zoomers to Boomers is a non-profit organization that strives to deliver food to those who physically can’t purchase groceries during this pandemic. “We don’t charge any premiums on our courier service, and we can assist those who […]

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Congratulations to Sacred Heart Prep class of 2020

On May 23rd, Sacred Heart Preparatory graduated 155 students at its 122nd commencement ceremony. Graduates from the Class of 2020 will attend at least 68 different institutions: at least 56 students will study in California, and at least 96 will study out of state. Twenty-four students earned recognition by the National Merit Scholarship program and […]

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How does your garden grow, David Sowerine?

David Sowerine bought his Menlo Park house in 1972 but, as he explains, “I’ve moved in four times.” Non-profit work that he and wife Haydi did in Nepal took them out of the country for long stretches of the time. But they moved back for good in 2005 and that’s when he got serious about […]

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Spotted: Family shadow art to pass the time

We spotted these three girls who were passing the time by drawing chalk outlines of their bodies, using each other’s shadows. It’s a nice sunny day for such activity. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Encampment and neighboring grass fire in Menlo Park raises larger social issues according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman

Numerous calls to Menlo Fire were received shortly after 11:00 am yesterday reporting “bushes on fire behind the [self storage] facility” and “homeless encampment fire.” Arriving on scene Menlo Fire Captain Hendrix and crew on Menlo Fire Engine 1 arrives on-scene at 11:19 am, reporting “heavy smoke visible and a working fire behind the storage […]

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Recreational areas on Memorial Day weekend: what’s open and what’s not?

In Menlo Park, Bedwell Bayfront Park is open for Memorial Day.  Visitors are required to: -Maintain a distance of 6 feet from those outside their household -Carry a face covering for use in the parking lot, public restrooms and when encountering others along the trails. The restrooms are open, but restricted to one person in […]

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Number of COVID-19 cases in InMenlo’s coverage area

In its weekly update, the San Mateo County Health Department released the number of COVID-19 cases as of May 20. There are 1,783 cases county-wide; the confirmed cases in InMenlo’s coverage area: -Menlo Park: 63, an increase of 4 from last week -Atherton: 11, one less than last week -Portola Valley: less than 10, the […]

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Gathering succulents for planter box at Cheeky Monkey

Posted Valerie Frederickson on Nextdoor: Someone stole all of Cheeky Monkey’s pinwheel decorations from the dirt planting box. The owner Ana Chow has accepted my free offer to plant their planting box with succulents so that when they can reopen their front doors to the public (some time in June) it’ll look gorgeous and be […]

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Aidan Wong collects toiletries for homeless shelters with major drive this weekend in Menlo Park

Thirteen-year-old Aidan Wong, who attends Menlo School, continues to collect toiletries for homeless shelters, and this weekend will be hosting a major drive on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and  May 24.  Drop off toiletries from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm in a bin on the front porch of 16 University Drive, Menlo Park (with […]

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