Neighborhoods

Norbert the Ladera neighborhood dinosaur is all decked to to start school. Alas, a Zoom outage, now fixed, almost impacted the Las Lomitas School District first day back this morning, all from a distance, of course.

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Big redwood tree destroyed by lightning in the Willows

Emails Mari Chazen, a Willows neighborhood resident since 1995: “We lost an amazing 80 foot redwood tree to a direct lightning strike early Sunday morning. It’s amazing that none of us were hurt. “It impacted four yards/homes – the damage is hard to believe! It splintered but we could smell burning, and there are burned pieces.”

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Scavenger hunts organized by mother and daughter provide some fun in pandemic times

When COVID hit our county and schools were closed, my daughter Olivia and I shared our kitchen table — her with distance learning classes at M-A and me with Zoom meetings and Google hangouts. We also had daily afternoon walks and were always bumping into other families doing the same. She and I discussed how isolating […]

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Walsh Road siren test to take place on July 30

The semi-annual Walsh Road siren test will take place on 07/30/2020. In the event of a fire or flood, there is a warning siren installed at the Cal Water facility on Reservoir Road. The siren can be activated by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District or the Atherton Police Department to advise residents that an […]

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Bug fogging canisters trigger fire at home in Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park

San Mateo County Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) received a single call from a watchful neighbor who reported smoke coming from a single story home on the 1300 block of Madera Avenue in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park at 11:57 am, Tuesday morning. Shortly before the firefighters arrived, neighbors also reported hearing some […]

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Spotted: Norbert the dinosaur decked out for Mavericks

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Spotted: Festive front yard in honor of Blaine’s 12th birthday

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 […]

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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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