Faces of Menlo

Five-year-old Viena Ivana Knoss, who lives in Menlo Park, will be featured on the video screen in New York’s Times Square on Sept. 14 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) 25th annual NYC Buddy Walk.

Viena’s photo was among those selected from over 3,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos.

Emails Viena’s aunt Katarina Milicevic: “My sister Jelena and brother-in-law Vince will also be attending the Buddy Walk in Central Park, which brought together more than 2,000 people in 2018 and raised over $145,000 in programs that benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families.”

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There’s one mighty woman, Helen Wilmot, behind one big project – the building of the new Stanford Hospital

Each workday morning Helen Wilmot hops on her bike and leaves her central Menlo Park home to make the short journey across the creek to her office at the Stanford Medical Center where, since 2012, she’s been Vice President of Facilities, Services and Planning. It is Helen who oversaw the building of the new 824,000-square-foot […]

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Madera restaurant receives 2019 Grand Award from Wine Spectator

Madera, the restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, was honored in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards, receiving the Grand Award, known as the ultimate recognition for restaurants with wine programs. Wine Spectator’s annual Restaurant Awards celebrate restaurants that offer extensive and unique wines that are appropriate to their cuisines and appeal to a […]

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An appreciation of Jesse Cool and Flea Street Cafe on its 39th anniversary

I’m a long time fan of Flea Street Cafe, which owner Jesse Cool has shepherded through good times and bad before celebrating its 39th anniversary yesterday. “I really don’t know how I did,” is how she succinctly summed up the accomplishment. I first dined there in the early ’80s when visiting my Menlo Park parents, […]

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Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor holds office hours on Aug. 24

Have a question or concern about Menlo Park? Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor is holding office hours on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Neighborhood Service Center (871 Hamilton Ave.) and would like to talk to you. This is a great opportunity for people who don’t usually attend City meetings […]

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Cafe Zoë among the recipients of the 2019 Golden Acorn Awards

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce has announced the  2019 recipients of the Golden Acorn Awards. They are: Business Excellence Award: Cafe Zoë A business that leads by example to effectively develop and encourage positive contributions to the Menlo Park community. (Pictured above, cafe owner Kathleen Daly and daughter Zoë) Community Service Award: Tour de Menlo […]

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Kerry Hoctor is busy closing up shop at Village Stationery in Menlo Park

We swung by Village Stationery Thursday afternoon to say thank you and good bye to the wonderful staff who’ve served Menlo Park so well for over four decades — and found owner Kerry Hoctor up a ladder taking down fixtures. The store is closing on Saturday, Aug. 17. Kerry said he’s been overwhelmed with all […]

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Equestrian Diann Lewis dons volunteer cap for 49th annual Menlo Charity Horse Show

For the past 10 years, Menlo Park resident Diann Lewis has volunteered at the Menlo Charity Horse Show, which starts today at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, overseeing some of the food served at the Sponsor Tent. “I rode with a couple people on the show committee, and my daughter Amy competed at the […]

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Under Executive Chef Reylon Agustin, Madera restaurant in Menlo Park continues to shine

“Cooking chose me,” declares Reylon Agustin, the Executive Chef at Michelin-starred Madera restaurant located within the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park. “My parents wanted me to go to law school or be a doctor. But when I was 15 1/2 years old, I got a workers permit which led to a job peeling potatoes at Trader […]

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School board member Caroline Lucas switches hats to become part-time teacher

Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Erik Burmeister announced this week the hiring of School Board Member Caroline Lucas as a part-time Spanish teacher.  As California law prohibits district employees from simultaneously serving on the School Board, Lucas, who is vice president of the Board, has resigned from her Board position effective August 1, 2019. […]

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Maria Fadiman returns to her roots with a story telling performance

Maria Fadiman is returning to her Menlo Park roots in a story telling performance set for August 3. “It’s about about my experience of being a National Geographic Explorer, researching around the world and being a self-proclaimed cool tough person! “Then I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder (reaction to mold) and my world collapsed around […]

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