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Spotted: Willows flamingos corraled for speaking out

We recently spotted the Willows flamingos rounded and up penned behind a fence. Had they disobeyed? Started taking flight? Neither. The posted sign explains what’s going on: “First Amendment Area. This area has been set aside for individuals or group exercising their constitutional first amendment rights. The Fictional Park Service neither discourages, or otherwise endorses, […]

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Spotted: Big Easter inflatables celebrate the season

You probably don’t need to be a member of the clergy to be asking “Will Easter ever get here this year?” Yes, it’s late. In fact, it hasn’t been this late for almost 150 years (going back to 1875 – there’s only so much time to spend on trivia research!) And was later only once […]

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Now this is a spotted! President Obama in Menlo Park

Only earlier this morning, this correspondent was bemoaning the fact that Facebook, where President Barack Obama is appearing today at a town hall meeting, had yet to move its headquarters to Menlo Park. But optimism grew for a Presidential “spotted” when we saw the barricades go up along Sand Hill Road and, then shortly after […]

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Spotted: Prom ride circa spring 2011

If you haven’t noticed by the number of young women getting their nails and hair done, it’s prom season on the mid-Peninsula. Menlo-Atherton High School’s prom was last weekend, so what was this huge stretch Hummer doing on a Menlo Park street earlier this evening? After a thorough bit of investigative reporting, we found it […]

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Summer weather brings kids and bunny ears to Fremont Park

Just (4:00 pm) walked by Fremont Park. The hot weather – temps in the high 80s – apparently motivated a crowd of middle school students to gather there for some ball play and fun. The bunny ears gave it an Easter feel.

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Spotted: St Patrick’s Day – or Christmas?

Get out of your car in the Safeway (El Camino) parking lot today and you’re likely to hear the familiar yuletide bells of The Salvation Army. According to the bell ringer we spoke to, it’s a one day only effort to raise money for disaster relief work in Japan led by volunteers from Redwood City. […]

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Spotted: No order to these flamingos

It’s hard to be in the Willows neighborhood and not swing by and see what the Laurel St. flamingos are up to. Most recently, they were “out of order.” Hopefully artist S2, who shepherds this flock, will get them back on track.

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Spotted: Stocking up for Super Bowl Sunday

The hand- painted signs out front at Trader Joe’s on Menlo Ave. in Menlo Park are rarely boring and usually fun. Such is the case with the current offering promoting stuff to nimble on and drink Super Bowl Sunday. We went inside and asked  what was the most popular item filling the shopping carts, but […]

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Spotted: Sculpture or just wreckage?

We spotted this old fire engine in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s training ground near the Dumbarton Bridge. Somehow amidst the decay, we saw a spark of art with just the right amount of abstraction.

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Spotted: Abominable snowman displays new talents

Not sure why this Abominable Snowmen – spotted in the Allied Arts neighborhood – became affixed to soccer net but it seems like a seasonable photo, even if it’s rain we’re getting, not snow. And maybe the new trend in recyling!

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Spotted: Pink flamingo migrates westward

As chronicled on InMenlo, the major pink flamingo action in Menlo Park takes place in the Willows, thanks mostly to artist S2 and his ever changing front yard. But the plastic birds evidently have devoted followers in west Menlo as well. We spotted this flamingo – all decked out for the holidays with Santa hat […]

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