Faces of Menlo

Dr. Kari Nadeau seeks to end food allergies

Pediatric allergist Dr. Kari Nadeau (pictured center above) understands allergies not just from her medical training but from first hand experience. “I grew up on a houseboat in New Jersey and became allergic to molds,” she says. “That led to terrible asthma attacks. At times, my life was terrible.” As a teenager she began to […]

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Barbara Coll discovers bird photography after a life time of wildlife watching

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds. “The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the […]

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Menlo Park-based foundation receives key funding to support goal to cure genetic form of epilepsy

Menlo Park- based TESS Research Foundation (TESS) is the recipient of a $450,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Rare As One Project. TESS was selected due to its innovative, patient-led approach to finding a cure and treatments for SLC13A5 Deficiency, a rare genetic epilepsy that causes a lifetime of debilitating seizures that begin […]

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Nak’s Market owner Sam Kurose passes away

Editor’s note: Beloved Nak’s Market owner Sam Kurose passed away at the end of January. The following remembrance is provided by his daughter Tamami Hansen. Seikichi (“Sam”) Kurose was born in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of four children. He was no stranger to hard work, and from an early age, he worked several jobs while […]

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New paintings by artist Mitchell Johnson on display in Menlo Park in February

Forty two, relatively new paintings by Menlo Park-based artist Mitchell Johnson will be on exhibit in downtown Menlo Park from Feb. 7  to 24. The show takes place daily at 883-1 Santa Cruz Avenue  from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. “This is a chance for people to view the artwork in person and talk to me […]

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Stephanie Ekoniak gets inspiration from Thread jewelry makers around the globe

In the ’90s, Menlo Park resident Stephanie Ekoniak was in the Peace Corps and later worked in business development in Eastern Europe. But, as she explains, she “drifted from that path, went to business school and worked in high tech.” “So when I found out about Threads,” she continues, “I connected with it right away. […]

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Menlo Park teen Sarah Pistorino selected for San Mateo County Hall of Fame

Teen advocate and volunteer Sarah Pistorino, a senior at Lydian Academy, will be inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 7 following RISE 2020, the Women’s Leadership Conference, along with three others. The award ceremony will be held at 4:15 p.m. March 7 at Skyline College, 3300 College Drive in San […]

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Erin MacGeraghty celebrates 45th anniversary of Erin Mac Jewelry

The party was just getting started — and will continue until 6:00 pm today — when we stopped in at Erin Mac Jewelry where owner Erin MacGeraghty is celebrating 45 years in business at her store in the Sharon Heights shopping center. Think of Erin as the jewelry wizard of Menlo. Her specialty is transforming what […]

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Bob Budelli and crew cheer the 49ers on to victory over Green Bay

Long time Menlo Park resident Bob Budelli (second from right) was with his “crew” — Mike Budelli, Dick Budelli, Alex Ingram (former Niner punter) and No. 1 Son Bobby Budelli at Levi Stadium yesterday cheering  the 49ers on to victory over the Green Bay Packers. Bob emailed that he’s been a season ticket holder since […]

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Two Sacred Heart Prep grads named among the 15 best athletes in past decade

Sacred Heart Prep grads Tierna Davidson and Ben Burr-Kirven were selected by MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens as among the 15 “best of the decade” to compete in Bay Area prep sports. Tierna was ranked #7 and Ben #10, based 75% on high school performance and 25% on post-prep credentials. Both grew up in Menlo Park. In […]

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Surprise breakfast for Cheeky Monkey employees brings holiday cheer

An anonymous Menlo Park family from Upper Laurel School  provided a surprise hearty breakfast from Stacks to all 19 employees at Cheeky Monkey last Saturday, Dec. 21. Emailed our anonymous tipster: “This family has shopped there for years, and the mom of twins is deeply grateful for all the help she has received whenever she’s […]

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