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Menlo Park resident Gail Sredanovic (pictured in pink jacket) was among the Raging Grannies that joined a protest in front of the Facebook thumbs up sign on December 9 (International Anti-Corruption Day) calling for a 48-hour Facebook blackout. The campaign was spurred on by Facebook’s decision in October to amend its political advertising policy — exempting politicians from Facebook’s community standards and fact-checking in the name of free speech. A Ms Magazine article has details.

Photo courtesy of Raging Grannies; the Granny in the Statue of Liberty costume in the background is Billie Norman of Redwood City.

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Spotted: St. Nicholas making his annual visit to Trinity Church

How do you get the attention of young children when there’s a bishop in church? No problem when you’re the Bishop of Myra aka St. Nicholas. For over 30 years, St. Nicholas – as played by Woodside resident Dick Livermore – has been visiting Trinity Church on the Sunday closest to his feast day (Dec. […]

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Spotted: Festive trees at Allied Arts Christmas market

Skies were a bit drippy but the decorated trees — including those being auctioned off (pictured top) — brought a festive air to the Allied Arts Christmas market, held annually by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary. Proceeds benefit the Lucile Packard Children’s Market. Photos by Robb Most (c) 2019

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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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Spotted: Melba Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine, speaking to Hillview 7th Graders

Menlo Park City School District seventh graders are embarking on a unit within their English classes called The Resilience Project. The students are diving into literature based on resilient characters such as The Lions of Little Rock, When My Name Was Keoko, The Island on Bird Street, I Am Malala, and Trevor Noah: Born a […]

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Spotted: Peet’s reopens on Santa Cruz Avenue

The Peet’s on the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue has reopened after renovating its interior. This is a historical Peet’s as it was the second one to open in the Bay Area in 1971, following the first Peet’s in Berkeley. The Peet’s located near Safeway on Middle Avenue will close as of […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park doctor performs first surgery at new Stanford hospital

Menlo Park resident Brendan Visser (pictured third from right), a Stanford liver and pancreas surgeon, was part of the team that performed the first operation in the new Stanford Hospital — a whipple! Photo courtesy of Carmen Visser

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Spotted: Students picking out books at Belle Haven School

Students at Belle Haven School loved being able to select five books each at this pop-up book fair. Gently used books were collected by All Students Matter volunteer Amy Bonforte. She opens this pop-up book fair three times a year on the Belle Haven School campus.

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Spotted: Is “Mr. Tiger” hanging out in Menlo Park

On a morning walk, we stumbled upon a van with the license plate Kaline6. Could it be that Hall of Fame Al Kaline, known as “Mr. Tiger” for his long time association with the Detroit Tigers, is in town? Alas, not. It’s the van owned by Tiger fanatic Colt Rosensweig, Menlo Park dog walker extraordinaire. […]

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Spotted: Victoria Manor neighbors continuing a 20+ year Halloween tradition

Jan Mackenzie emailed InMenlo a couple of photos from the long standing Victoria Manor tradition of celebrating Halloween with neighbors on Victoria Drive, Leon Drive and Douglas Way. Pictured here are Andrea Luskin, Dana Shelley, Donna Wada, and Chris Brosterhous.

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Spotted: Bigger and better Halloween maze on Vine St.

A couple of years age we talked to William Floyd about the Halloween maze he constructed in the front yard of his family’s home on Vine St. in Menlo Park. We walked by a few days ago and were struck with how it had evolved. William emailed some comments: “My maze didn’t really evolve between […]

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