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Thanks to inMenlo reader Patti for alerting us that Stanford has postponed the pavement work scheduled for this week on the Big Dish paths. The University said it would make a further announcement when the work is rescheduled.

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Weekend Wayfarer: Sam McDonald County Park

In one respect, Sam McDonald County Park is empty. On a Sunday afternoon, on a five-mile loop, I ran into a total of zero people. In the place of people is some of the most impressive old-growth redwood forest on the western side of the Santa Cruz mountains, as well as a silence most conducive […]

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Get ideas about explorations close to home on Nov. 27

Discover the joys of being a tourist in your own back yard at the Menlo Park Library on Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Get to know the best, least-known places in San Mateo County — as well as some of the best-known places you may have never considered visiting — with Silvia Eckert of UntilSuburbia.com. […]

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Spotted: Wildlife, warnings and dawn on the Dish

The clouds were pretty going up the Big Dish pathway this morning shortly after dawn. A warning sign at the gate alerted walkers and joggers of recent mountain lion sightings and the high fire danger. The only creature spotted today was a young buck that scampered down the hill and across the pathway. Given the […]

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Hilary Stevenson thrives in her work with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Growing up in the South Bay until the age of 10, Menlo Park resident Hilary Stevenson would frequent Deer Hollow Farm. When she came to Stanford after living out of state, her interest in biology and environmental science, along with wanting to do public service, was firm. She now has what she describes as her […]

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Big Dish will be closed for two weeks starting July 21

Locals used to getting a daily or weekly Big Dish fix will need to find other hills to walk or jog up and down when the Big Dish area on the Stanford campus closes for two weeks starting July 21. After undergoing maintenance, it is scheduled to re-open on August 4. “The Dish area has […]

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Spotted: Young coyotes and Buck deer roaming the Dish

Hey Menlo folks who enjoy walking or jogging the Dish. While the turkeys that are normally out in abundance were no where to be seen early this morning, we got a special show from two young coyotes — we’re guessing this year’s litter — and a Buck deer. Neither coyotes nor deer seemed the least […]

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Spotted: Dozens of turkey chicks atop Big Dish

Jogging along the ridge leading to the Big Dish this morning, a number of pairs of turkeys and their offspring emerged from the tall grass, eyeing the oncoming human traffic that was coming in both directions. Looking left and then right, the eventually scurried across to the other side. Note to Menlo Park Dish users: […]

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Annual visit to Cozzolino’s Christmas tree lot in Half Moon Bay

While Tony Cozzolino (or his father Alex) brings a few trees to the Menlo Park Farmers Market each Sunday, you get the best selection by heading over the hill toward Half Moon Bay to the Cozzolino tree lot located on Highway 92 near Spanish Town. We found Tony and wife Stephanie both on hand to […]

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La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve opens to the public today

A new MidPeninsula Regional Open Space park, La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, opens to the public today. Previously, this area was only opened to visitors by special reservation. Hikers and equestrians will have free daily access to six miles of trail from a new parking lot at 900 Sears Ranch Road in La Honda.. […]

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Where to donate – and what’s needed – for victims of North Bay fires

Seaport Storage, just off of Woodside Road and Highway 101, has arranged to deliver needed items for fire victims to its facility in the North Bay. A complete list is below. Justin Wethington, manager of Seaport Storage, is in direct communication and cooperation with the shelters in the wine country. The list was sent to […]

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