Faces of Menlo

Menlo Park City Council member Drew Combs reflects on the his first year in office

When Menlo Park City Council member Drew Combs and his wife moved to the Bay Area from Southern California, a priority was a community with a walkable downtown. They found that in  Menlo Park, eventually settling in the Willows where they can also amble over to Cafe Zoë. Formerly a journalist and now a Privacy […]

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Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park wins the 2019 Barista Competition

Telling a beautiful coffee love story featuring Single Origin Costa Rica as the main character, Hallie Mrizek from Peet’s Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue won the 2019 Barista Competition. Her presentation was a combination of calm coolness and meticulous technical skills. She impressed the crowd by serving a chilled espresso beverage with honey lavender, […]

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Menlo Park 6th grader Munveer Singh selected a Scholastic Kid Reporter

Menlo Park sixth grader Munveer Singh has been selected as one of 50 Kid Reporters to join Scholastic Kids Press, an award-winning team of young journalists, ages 10–14, from around the world. During the program’s 20th anniversary year, Munveer will report “news for kids, by kids,” sharing stories from his community while covering critical topics […]

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Sugar Shack 2.0 debuts in downtown Menlo Park

No, you’re not seeing things when you drive into the parking lot adjacent to Draeger’s. The Sugar Shack is back — just in time for Halloween and the holidays! “It’s really a Sugar Shack pop up,” explained owner Suzi Tinsley during a recent preview visit. “I’ve assumed the lease from Anthem for a year. If […]

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Mid-Pen alum Ryan Michaels to sing at half time at the 49ers game

When Mid-Peninsula High School alum and country singing star Ryan Michaels talks about “Hail Mary”— a song he co-wrote with his singing partner and wife, Shannon Haley — he says it’s about “overcoming adversity” and the challenges the duo faced as musicians. But as he reflects on his time at Mid-Pen, the song could just […]

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Zach Plante’s new band – Pass by Catastrophe – releases its first EP

Menlo Park native Zach Plante’s musical interest started in the classical realm. Growing up he took piano from Katherine Oh and performed in recitals at his parents’ house. “Around age 12, I made the switch from classical to more popular styles,” he said. “Today, I’m still working on discovering where my musicality lies, although it’s […]

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New tombstone for beloved Hillview School teacher Nick Colasanti

Lots of Hillview School grads, including this one, took notice when Erik Colasanti posted a photo of his father Nick’s new tombstone on the Facebook group Do You Remember the Old Menlo Park, which featured two hawks, the school’s mascot. Mr. Colasanti, who died in 2016, grew up and was educated in New Jersey but took his […]

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“We Art the Willows” is inaugural neighorbood fair set for this Saturday

“We Art the Willows” may be taking place in the Willows at the corner of Gilbert and Menalto on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, but all of Menlo Park is invited to attend this inaugural neighborhood fair. Willows resident Ann Ryals, who paints and also does ceramics, is one of the […]

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Menlo Park kid hits the big time at Times Square in New York

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. […]

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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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