Faces of Menlo

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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Trinity Church in Menlo Park launches climate change initiative, “Reclaiming Eden”

“Reclaiming Eden: Stopping climate change one household at a time” is a new initiative by Trinity Church in Menlo Park. “All around us, the ramifications of climate change are becoming more real,” said the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, rector at Trinity. “The earth is under pressure, and she is not doing well. And when the Earth, […]

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Local non-profit takes on “Oily Wells” with a planned March for Fossil Fuel Freedom

Menlo Park resident Nicole Kemeny has a long history as an activist/advocate, initially around affordable housing and lending discrimination when she lived in Chicago. Now as president of 350 Silicon Valley, she is taking on “Oily Wells” in an effort to have Wells Fargo Bank be the first major bank in the U.S. to go […]

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Long-time Menlo Park resident Emmett “Mac” MacCorkle dies at age 77

Long-time Menlo Park resident Emmett W. “Mac” MacCorkle III died March 2, 2019, after being struck by a delivery truck while walking in the Casa Dorinda retirement community in Montecito where he had moved last year. He was 77. Mac was a larger-than-life figure, in spirit, personality, and physique. He bore a physical resemblance to […]

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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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