Hidden Menlo

SLAC celebrates 50th anniversary: What’s gone on underneath Menlo Park?

Even though the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating its 50th anniversary today, we’re guessing that what goes on at SLAC is probably a mystery to most local reasons. In addition to our conversation earlier this week with Dr. Sidney Drell, one of SLAC’s founding scientists, we asked Media Relations Manager Andrew Freeberg to unearth […]

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Not just science, SLAC shows off its artistic side with campus sculpture

Amid SLAC’s buildings and byways in Menlo Park are a number of outdoor sculptures and technical artifacts that should inspire some amount of awe and wonder among employees and visitors alike. Presented here are eight works, ranging from science-inspired commissions to retired equipment. Waveguide Sculpture Location: outside Panofsky Auditorium (Building 43) Designers: SLAC’s Arnold Eldredge and […]

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Calling all geeks – and people who want to learn – to the triennial USGS Open House in Menlo Park

The triennial U.S. Geological Survey Open House — being held today and tomorrow (5/20) in Menlo Park — is a little shop of wonders, not horrors. While most of the exhibit booths are decidedly geeky, each is staffed by scientists eager to pass on their knowledge about earthquakes, water quality, volcanoes, coastal and marine geology, mineral and […]

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Perry Tree #2 continues to be center of a neighborhood

When the Valley Oak that had stood in the middle of Perry Lane (officially Avenue) for 200 years fell in January 2005, it took a lot of the once colorful neighborhood’s history with it. (Ah, if only a tree could talk!) In the early 60s, the rustic cottages on the short block in the University […]

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Royal Badminton Academy is training ground for elite and recreational players

We’re guessing that it’s a surprise to most Menlo residents that in their midst is a training center for young athletes on the way to becoming elite, international players. That center, Royal Badminton Academy, is holding an open house today (1/7), so we stopped by to learn more. Owned since July 2010 by the husband […]

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10 things to be thankful for in Menlo and Atherton

How can you walk, bike or drive around Menlo Park and Atherton at this time of the year and not be immediately thankful? The most obvious prompted us to put together this Thanksgiving top 10 list. 10. Yes, the obvious at this time of year — the fabulous Fall color. Is it our best kept […]

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Camarillo Pacific Railroad debuts special new bridge

There have been some major renovations of the Camarillo Pacific Railroad since we first visited, none more spectacular than the new eight-foot bridge built by Colin Camarillo in memory of his good friend, Bryce Gilbert, who passed away last year. “Bryce’s father gave me a really special locomotive — there are only a few hundred […]

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Tricky Software: Maker of fun-to-play mobile games

While on sabbatical from Electronic Arts, Zach Waibel looked to the future and saw two things — games would be digital and he’d be creating them himself. “Like a lot of startups, Tricky Software began in our house,” he said. “The space was so small that I had to walk through my son’s room to […]

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Badgeville CEO Kris Duggan on social gaming and loyalty programs

Like a dozen or so other startups, Badgeville is hiding in plain sight in a nondescript downtown Menlo Park office building. But that doesn’t mean it’s going unnoticed. According to CEO Kris Duggan, the 18-month-old company, which recently received an additional $12 million in funding, is expected to do between $5 and $10 million in sales […]

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From Fairwinds to Arbor House: The saga of one of Menlo’s most historic homes

As you transit the narrow winding section of Arbor Drive that runs beside St. Raymond Church and School, you may notice a large, rather elegant house set back from the road surrounded by a couple acres of lawn. This 16-room three-story house, built 100 years ago (1911) on an 11-acre plot, was first occupied by […]

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Under Menlo: Middlefield Road crosses San Francisquito Creek

A plaque placed on the south side of the Middlefield Road bridge by the City of Palo Alto in 1969 implies that a ford at this location was the earliest regular crossing of the San Francisquito Creek by north-south travelers. The plaque reads: “Before 1852 ‘El Camino de en Media’ crossing of San Francisquito Creek […]

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