A personal note: My first published story was in the Palo Alto Times when I was in six grade. I contributed to the paper when I was in high school. Lots of guys I knew growing up here were paper boys delivery the afternoon paper to household in Menlo Park.

I was lucky enough to be hired at the Peninsula Times Tribune when I moved  back to Menlo Park in 1990. (The Times had been combined with the Redwood City Tribune, a not very smart move by its Midwest owners.) I got to work with great colleagues, a number of whom I still see. It was a sad day for community journalism when the paper closed on March 12, 1993. Thank you to the anonymous person who emailed the photo of the last issue.

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Alas, the Oasis has been gone a year

Menlo Park resident Tim Johnston reminded fellow members of “Do You Remember the Old Menlo Park” on Facebook that as of March 7 the Oasis has been gone for a year. Valiant efforts were made to save it, and locals lined up for blocks for a last beer and burger. Tim enhanced a photo using […]

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Atherton resident Lou Matas celebrates his 105th birthday at Harry’s Hofbrau

Last night (Tuesday, January 29th) Atherton resident Louis (Lou) Matas [red cap] celebrated his 105th birthday at Harry’s Hofbrau in Redwood City surrounded by family and long-time friends. Lou lives alone at the house he’s resided in for many years. A representative of the Carpenters Union #217 — where Lou has been a member the […]

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Left Bank Menlo Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer

If you were in the area in the late ’90s, you’ll remember what an instant hit Left Bank was when it opened in downtown Menlo Park. Chef Roland Passot, who grew up in the culinary capital of France — the city of Lyon — opened the restaurant in the summer of 1998. Ten years earlier — […]

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Café Zoë is celebrates its 10th anniversary today

Café Zoë is celebrating its 10th anniversary today, Tuesday, June 19, and the InMenlo team swung by in time for a champagne toast. The Café — its people and events — has been featured at least four dozen times over the years on InMenlo, which launched just a year later in the summer of 2009. […]

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4th of July tribute to Col. Joe F. Cotton in his birth town of Rushville, Indiana

Friends and family of Col. Joe F. Cotton, a longtime Atherton resident before his death in 2016, gathered in his birth town of Rushville, Indiana, yesterday to dedicate a bridge in his honor. Emails the Colonel’s daughter, Connie Jo Cotton: “There was a Cotton Alley for many years — we actually have the signs at [my […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered on the fifth anniversary of her death in Seal Beach shooting

October 12th marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Michele Daschbach Fast, the Atherton native who was among eight victims of a shooting at the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California. Friends and family celebrated Michele’s life with a Mass at St. Ann’s Catholic Church followed by a gathering at a Memorial dedicated to the lives […]

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Two Menlo-Atherton High School students earn Eagle Scout Awards

Menlo Park residents Thomas Andreae and Andrew Fichou, along with Redwood City resident Robby Claude, have earned Eagle Scout Awards from the Boy Scouts of America. All members of Troop 222, they will be recognized in ceremonies on Saturday, June 6, at the Boy Scout Service Center. Approximately 5 percent of all Boy Scouts attain […]

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Michele Daschbach Fast remembered in open water swim organized by family members

On a fateful day in October 2011, Rooney Daschbach got a frantic call from his mom, Atherton resident Leonore Daschbach. She asked him to drive a mile north from his Southern California home in Sunset Beach to Seal Beach where a shooting had taken place at a local hair salon. Leonore told him that his youngest […]

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It’s unanimous: “We miss you, Coach Parks”

One by one they took the podium to pay tribute to a man so beloved, that even the most gifted speakers among them ran out of superlatives. Menlo-Atherton High School’s legendary Coach Ben Parks was eulogized today as teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, wounded defender, friend, family man, confident and counselor. “Who didn’t fall in love with Coach […]

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Sally and Michael Lussier: Celebrating 45 years of marriage

Occasionally we get a bit personal here on InMenlo, especially as it pertains to growing up on Hillview Drive, as this contributor did. It was a Wonder Years type existence, walking the short distance to Hillview School (then a K-8) and playing outside on the street with the neighbor kids until it got dark during […]

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