Faces of Menlo

Organizers of Community Equity Collaborative seek to increase educational equity

Editor’s note: We can’t think of a better way of commemorating International Women’s Day than highlighting the important work being done by three Menlo Park women. Through school involvement and other community work, Menlo Park residents Timi Most, Dayna Chung (both pictured above) along with Heather Hopkins began to realize that there were a number of […]

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Local 6th grade basketball team headed to national championship this weekend

Meet the National Junior Basketball League All Net 6th grade boys basketball team, 99% Menlo Park residents, including their coach, recent Menlo-Atherton High School basketball star Jhavante Hill. These boys have played an outstanding season and won their Northern California All Net 6th grade boys championship title! They are now off to play for all […]

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M-A wrestler Lauren McDonnell receives CIF Spirit of Sport Award

Menlo-Atherton High School senior Lauren McDonnell is the female recipient of the prestigious “2018-2019 Winter California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Spirit of Sport Award.”  The award, which recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated the 16 principles of “Pursuing Victory with Honor” and exemplary sportsmanship, school and community service, and leadership, comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Lauren is […]

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Two local teens have leads in Shrek the Musical in Peninsula Youth Theatre production

Two local teens are cast in the upcoming Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) production of Shrek the Musical, a multi-layered fairytale, playing at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts this month. Atherton resident Charlie Hammond plays Shrek and Menlo Park resident Samantha Belding plays Fiona as members of the Fairytale cast. “I’m 15 years […]

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Aida Dalati crafts beautiful brocade jackets in her Allied Arts boutique

It comes down to this for Aida Dalati: “I’m particularly interested in the last layer you put on before you leave the house. It’s the self you want to project.” So, it’s not surprising that her shop at the Allied Arts Guild is filled with what she describes as “wearable art jackets” made from French […]

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Soody Tronson works to bring to market a line of smart nursing bras to make mothers’ lives easier

Menlo Park resident Soody Tronson describes herself as an “engineer and problem solver,” although her career path has been broader than that, including practicing law at Hewlett-Packard Inc. along with numerous technical and management positions. Her latest venture is Presque, which is French for “almost, nearly.”  She founded the company in 2016 with the goal of developing […]

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Starla Jerome-Robinson slated to become the next Menlo Park City Manager

Starla Jerome-Robinson, the current interim city manager and Menlo Park resident, has been identified by the Menlo Park City Council as its choice for the permanent city manager position. The City Council will formally consider the appointment at its February 26, 2019, meeting. Ms. Jerome-Robinson has overseen city operations on an interim basis since October […]

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Menlo Park couple own and operate Leather Leather Furniture Gallery on El Camino

Not sure what it is about family-owned furniture stores in Menlo Park; there have been a number over the years. Since 2003, this has included Leather Leather Furniture Gallery on El Camino, owned and operated by Willows residents Tricia and Sean Mulcahy. [Note: Yes, there are two leathers; Sean knew a company in Texas that went […]

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Daniel Engels is third generation involved with Gray’s Paints in Menlo Park

Daniel Engels has been the manager at Gray’s Paint in downtown Menlo Park for two years now. But that just scratches the surface of his involvement with the store. “I’m the third generation of my family to be part of this business,” he explained. “My grandfather, Bob Gray, opened the first store in Redwood City […]

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Oros oversees Ace Hardware in Menlo Park – and its 45,000 products

What Menlo Park residents could always count on was a hardware store on Santa Cruz Avenue, that is until 2001, when Menlo Hardware closed. Four years later it was reborn, thanks to Vasily Oros, a Romanian immigrant who also operates Handy Handyman in San Francisco. “I was a handyman myself,” explained Oros, who is known […]

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Girls from La Entrada School in Menlo Park take part in Women’s March

A group of girls from La Entrada School in Menlo Park (and their moms) participated in the Women’s March that took place in San Francisco yesterday. Reports InMenlo contributing photographer — and Ladera resident — Laura Hamilton: “Zoe Gostyla, a sixth grader at La Entrada, did an art piece about ‘heroes’ and included the women’s […]

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