Faces of Menlo

Local artists open their studios this weekend as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios

Artists from Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside are opening their studios May 4-5 as part of Silicon Valley Open Studios. Among them is poet turned painter Elaine McCreight (pictured), who we visited with last year. In response to how she prepares for the Open Studios tour, she said: “I prepare differently for opening […]

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Laurel Principal Linda Creighton honored as Principal of the Year at awards ceremony

Menlo Park City School District’s Linda Creighton (center), Principal of Laurel Elementary School, was honored for receiving the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) Region 5 Principal of the Year Award at a ceremony on Thursday, April 30. ACSA Region 5 includes San Francisco and San Mateo counties, with over 300 schools and 158,000 students. […]

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Adriano Farano’s goal is to bring back “living bread’

Adriano Farano, a journalist by trade who came to California from Paris on a Knight Fellowship at Stanford, is on a mission to create what he calls “living bread.” “As a journalist, I try to question assumptions and dig  to find answers,” he said, sitting in the backyard of his Menlo Park home. “While there’s […]

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Gamble Garden Spring Tour 2019 invites visitors to “Enter the Garden”

That Joan Sanders is President of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden in Palo Alto should surprise no one who knows her — particularly those who have admired the garden at her Atherton home. She fancies herself a kind of garden whisperer, or more accurately, a person who believes gardens should […]

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Artist and gallery owner team up for fundraiser in support of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

You could make a case that Marcela Del Alcazar and Ron Silzer were meant to discover each other in what they both term “retirement.” Marcela opened her gallery Marcela’s Village a year ago June with the idea of showcasing local and Latin American arts and crafts. “The is my retirement job,” she said. “It’s fun […]

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Alkalign in Menlo Park celebrates 10th anniversary on April 13, offers free fitness class to celebrate

The markets crashed and spending tightened, but the perilous circumstances didn’t dissuade Erin Paruszewski from diving into a new business venture headfirst. After years as an investment banker and Six Sigma consultant, Erin left corporate America. She and her husband Tony drew down every last penny of their home equity line one week before the […]

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Chef Jason Dalling heads the kitchen at new Menlo Tavern

A new restaurant, Menlo Tavern, overseen by a new chef, Jason Dalling, opened on March 11 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. The interior space of the former restaurant has been totally redesigned, offering homage to Stanford Eating Clubs. Booths now line one side of the space, and a book case filled with […]

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Menlo Park “kids” grow up to launch business maintaining scooters

Two guys with Menlo Park roots — Rich Branning and Nate Thomas — have banded together in Southern California to launch a new business that is quickly spreading nationwide “The focus is the Last Mile Space,” said Rich. “Scooters are more prevalent here than in the Bay Area. The novelty is to ride the scooter somewhere […]

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Shalini Bitzer combines creativity and international influences in designing luxurious fabrics

Beautifully patterned fabrics made of silk, linen and cotton adorn every inch of wall space of Shalini Bitzer’s shop tucked into a rear corner of the Allied Arts Guild. They are designed by Shalini who says she often gets her ideas from old books or movies. “Sometimes I draw the image, other times I photograph […]

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Charles Schmuck, founder of Peninsula College Fund, is recipient of Santa Clara University’s Ignition Award

Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck is this year’s recipient of  Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Award which “publicly recognizes those Santa Clara University alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion, and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity” Charles is […]

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Menlo Gates officially dedicated, fittingly on St. Patrick’s Day

The reproduction of the historical Menlo Gates near the library was officially dedicated this afternoon, recalling Menlo Park’s Irish roots. The construction of the Gates was a project of the Menlo Park Historical Association (MPHA) and members Jim Lewis (bottom photo) and Jym Clendenin (pictured speaking) made brief remarks today along with Mayor Ray Mueller […]

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