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There are a number of threads woven through the soon to be completed year of 2019. Here’s what captured readers’ attention in 2019 on InMenlo.

Showing just how creative they can be, families and young children came out in force for the annual Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured the action, including a multi-generational family dressed like Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.

There was a visit by Henry Winkler, much beloved as The Fonz on Happy Days, whomingled with kindergartners through third graders at Sacred Heart School after reading from his latest children’s book. The fun connection is that Laura Pitchford, who did photo duties that day for InMenlo, had met him years ago when she was a teen.

There was good news with the reopening of the Alpine Inn and a celebration of Round Table’s 60th anniversary. And then there was dismay: the building that housed Beltramo’s for was leveled and what was once the Oasis beer garden now houses VCs.

Balancing the comings and goings was the opening of a remodeled Peet’s across from Fremont Park, and there were cheers all around when Suzi Tinsley brought the Sugar Shack back to downtown Menlo Park.

Sports remained front and center. The community celebrated Menlo-Atherton High School football team’s first football championship. And two graduates of Oak Knoll School and Sacred Heart Prep, Abby Dahlkemper and Tierna Davidson, were members of the USA soccer team that defeated the Netherlands 2-0 to win the Women’s World Cup. And that wasn’t the only soccer news: Menlo School grad Sophie Jones was named Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

An ongoing situation is a roaming coyote (or more) that has killed a number of house cats this past fall. It’s been spotted in the area between San Mateo Drive and the Alameda in west Menlo Park and also in Sharon Heights. Residents are warned to keep small pets indoors at night.

And then there was the still unsolved mystery of the yarn arms hugging telephone poles on Santa Cruz Avenue. The  knitted hands began appearing in April and proved a colorful photo essay for InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most.

Suzi Tinsley in re-opened Sugar Shack by Irene Searles; M-A coach and football tame by Lena Kalotihos; Sophie Jones and family and Steve Young by Linda Hubbard; all other photographers credited in the post

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Surprise breakfast for Cheeky Monkey employees brings holiday cheer

An anonymous Menlo Park family from Upper Laurel School  provided a surprise hearty breakfast from Stacks to all 19 employees at Cheeky Monkey last Saturday, Dec. 21. Emailed our anonymous tipster: “This family has shopped there for years, and the mom of twins is deeply grateful for all the help she has received whenever she’s […]

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Support local merchants and restaurants on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving,  may get all the publicity, but there’s also Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019! Local businesses are the cornerstone of a strong community. Menlo Park supports Small Business Saturday, a national campaign to celebrate local entrepreneurs, where you can find that special gift at a downtown shop (think […]

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Spotted: Painting of Stanford University on display at Marcela’s Village Gallery

Miquel Aymerich, originally from Barcelona, Spain, and now a Bay Area resident, is an architect — and artist by heart. His watercolor paintings of the buildings and churches he’s encountered while traveling in Europe and Latin America are beautifully detailed. The Stanford University campus water color he has painted can be viewed at Marcela’s Village Gallery […]

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“Getting downtowns moving with convenient and sustainable access” is topic on Nov. 6

Many downtowns in the Bay Area are facing some version of this challenge: Customers and workers, residents and visitors all need to be able to get downtown and parking can be a barrier. In this talk, experts will discuss a variety of strategies to improve access to downtown, reduce congestion, and improve the environment. -Billy […]

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Sugar Shack 2.0 debuts in downtown Menlo Park

No, you’re not seeing things when you drive into the parking lot adjacent to Draeger’s. The Sugar Shack is back — just in time for Halloween and the holidays! “It’s really a Sugar Shack pop up,” explained owner Suzi Tinsley during a recent preview visit. “I’ve assumed the lease from Anthem for a year. If […]

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Ryan Carrington’s art and sculptures are featured exhibit at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park

Ryan Carrington’s art and sculptures showcasing patriotism are on display at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park through October 27. From Grandma’s Apple Pie to an American Flag created from carpenter’s pants, suits, collared shirts and neckties, Carrington captures the spirit of grassroots Americana . Carrington grew up in a family that values labor, hard […]

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Spotted: Sugar Shack is coming back

We happened to run into Suzi Tinsley a few weeks back and got the good news that she’s bringing Sugar Shack back to Menlo Park. The sign is up at the new store, which is located across the parking lot from Draeger’s. Stay tuned for opening details.

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Kerry Hoctor is busy closing up shop at Village Stationery in Menlo Park

We swung by Village Stationery Thursday afternoon to say thank you and good bye to the wonderful staff who’ve served Menlo Park so well for over four decades — and found owner Kerry Hoctor up a ladder taking down fixtures. The store is closing on Saturday, Aug. 17. Kerry said he’s been overwhelmed with all […]

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Spotted: Sugar the Golden Retriever visiting the Pet Place

We were lucky enough to run into high school chum Cynthia Lovewell at the Pet Place in downtown Menlo Park. She was there with her new puppy, a 12-week-old Golden Retriever named Sugar “because she’s so sweet!” Pet Place owner Lynn Macy made her feel very welcome, natch. Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Shalini Bitzer combines creativity and international influences in designing luxurious fabrics

Beautifully patterned fabrics made of silk, linen and cotton adorn every inch of wall space of Shalini Bitzer’s shop tucked into a rear corner of the Allied Arts Guild. They are designed by Shalini who says she often gets her ideas from old books or movies. “Sometimes I draw the image, other times I photograph […]

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