Neighborhoods

Walking on Stanford Avenue today in the University Heights neighborhood of Menlo Park, we spotted this festively decorated front yard celebrating Blaine turning 12. Great job! We later discovered the balloons were the work of Vibin’ the Valley Decor, a business run by two stay at home moms. Here’s how to get in touch: [email protected] And the lawn signs were from a San Mateo company called Sign GypsiesPhoto by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Norbert the dinosaur is decked out for the 4th of July

While this 4th of July will be quieter for many due to the pandemic, leave it to Norbert the Ladera dinosaur to get in the spirit. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Neighborhood walking: The story behind the Fromhertz House on Portola Road

Editor’s note: We continue to highlight some of the stories behind buildings that you may have walked by many times before but never knew their history. The Fromhertz House, located at 210 Portola Road in Portola Valley, was originally built by George Fromhertz who was born in Baden, Germany in 1840. When he first came […]

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Spotted: Rubber duckies with inspiring messages

Menlo Park resident walks her dog in her neighborhood and comes across inspiring messages thanks to rubber ducks. “The owners of this house on 14th Avenue rearrange the rubber ducks regularly into different configurations and sayings during this shelter-in-place time,” she reports, adding that she’ll send additional the resident yellow ducks. Photo by Janet Bell […]

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Spotted: Camarillo Pacific Railroad delighting neighborhood children

Jim Camarillo reports that operating the Camarillo Pacific Railroad in the University Heights neighborhood in Menlo Park has a two-fold benefit: “It gives me something to do during shelter-in-place and delights neighborhood children who stop by when they are out walking.”

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Norbert the dinosaur wishes everyone “Happy Earth Day!”

Walking the hills of the Ladera neighborhood this morning, we were instantly cheered by Norbert the dinosaur’s Earth Day outfit. He was sporting butterfly wings and was holding earth in his ample mouth. And here’s a couple more ways to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Nicole Kemeny, president of 350 […]

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Roses and roses to brighten a Monday by photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow

Hoping these roses photographed by InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow on a morning walk brighten your Monday. Photos by Betsy Sergeant Snow (c) 2020

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Neighborhood walking: Bright and cheery roses

Laura Daschbach Pitchford snapped “Sunday’s variety of colors! ” when on a walk in Menlo Park this morning. Enjoy!

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Neighborhood walking: Colorful cow is new addition to Lindenwood front yard

A very colorful cow has joined a pig and frog — who often sport seasonal bows — on Greenoaks Drive in Lindenwood, as spotted by Judy Horst on a neighborhood walk. We were lucky enough to catch the first Cow Parade, as they are called, in Chicago in 1999, and this cow is very reminiscent […]

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Neighborhood walking: Select a soap to brighten your hand washing – and help local non-profit

Last Sunday, Shosh Cohen put soaps out at her home, writing on Nextdoor: “Yes, it’s true that the coronavirus is no match for good old fashioned soap and water! If you are tired of nagging your kids to wash their hands, stop by the corner of Oak Avenue and Ambar Way while you are out […]

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Neighborhood walking: What is a photo of Pat Burrell doing on a porta potty?

Well, we’re pretty sure that’s Pat Burrell who takes up one side of a porta potty spotted on a neighborhood walk in The Oaks. Being a huge baseball fan, we have great memories of him when he played for the San Francisco Giants. For those who’ve forgotten: Burrell signed with the Giants during the  2010 season, […]

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