Faces of Woodside

Lurline Matson Roth Coonan passes away at age 97

Lurline Matson Roth Coonan, who grew up at Filoli, passed peacefully with her family at the age of 97 on August 13, leaving a deep and enduring legacy to the estate. Lurline first came to Filoli in 1937 as a 17-year-old when her parents, Lurline Matson Roth and William P. Roth, purchased the estate. She often […]

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Horse enthusiast Margie Lee is farrier by trade

If you’re not a horse person, you might not know that horses need new shoes every six weeks, and that making those shoes and attaching them to the horse’s hooves is both an art and a craft. It’s tough work that requires skill, training and strength. As such, being a farrier is not typically considered […]

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The Rev. Ama Zenya hosts a Village Hub for Woodside residents

One of the things that the Rev. Ama Zenya heard when she first came to Woodside Village Church in 2015 was that people felt Woodside didn’t have a community gathering place. “Parents at Woodside School felt a strong sense of community, but when their kids graduated and went on to high school, they lost it,” she […]

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Catching up with Tim Stannard with the opening of the Village Bakery in Woodside

If you assumed the new Bacchus Management Group restaurant in Woodside, the Village Bakery, is just a clone of its sister, Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto, one look at the interior dispels that idea. The palette is grays and blacks, making it feel a tad more formal, although clearly much less so than its […]

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Sneak peek of new Village Bakery through a photographer’s eye

Along with InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow, we were at the soon-to-be-opened Village Bakery last week to get a preview of this latest venture from Woodside resident Tim Stannard and his colleagues at Bacchus Management Group. Staff training was going on at both the bakery and cafe along with menu tasting, which, when complete, will […]

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Meet Maggie Wilde: Master organizer and de-clutterer

Maggie Wilde is a master organizer and de-clutterer. What started as a “fun” side project helping friends is now a full-time business for the Woodside resident. “What I love about this job is the people,” she said standing amidst items to be sorted through at one of her client’s home. “No two days are alike. Some […]

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A visit with new Filoli Executive Director Kara Newport

We are always interested in how and why people stumble (jump?) into their professions. So that was the first questions we asked Kara Newport, who was recently named Executive Director of Filoli. “I was raised on a sheep farm in Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for college, thinking I’d  be a liberal arts […]

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Former Atherton mayor and avid equestrian, Nan Chapman, dies at 80

Woodside resident Nan Chapman, who served as the first female member of the Atherton City Council and was involved with the Menlo Charity Horse Show since its inception, died on May 9 from lung cancer. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, at 4:00 pm at the Menlo Circus Club (190 Park Lane, […]

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Catching up with Menlo Charity Horse Show founding committee member Nancy Robinson

Nancy Robinson smiles when people ask her how long she thinks she’ll be involved with horses. “Guess they don’t understand that once you’re hooked it’s a lifetime thing!” she says. Nancy’s “hook” was visiting an uncle’s farm each summer in Missouri. She rode there and later began a show career that lasted until 2007. But […]

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Marissa Muller takes off on cross country trip riding a solar-powered electric bike

Sacred Heart Prep grad Marissa Muller started her professional career as a journalist at CNN before taking a hard right turn and working for companies focused on sustainability. As she embarks from Southern California on Thursday atop a solar-charged electric bike on a cross-country trip — which she will be chronicling along the way — you could conclude she’s […]

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Robert Rhodes transforms his passion for trail running into a business, Bay Trailrunners

Robert Rhodes has been a familiar face behind the bar at the Village Pub in Woodside off and on for a dozen years. Recently, on a just-slow-enough-night, we got a chance to learn about his passion for trail running and vowed to schedule time to hear more, which we did. Rob told us that he first got […]

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