Menlo Park kids and parents takes to the street to celebrate the 4th of July

A couple hundred kids and their parents paraded down Santa Cruz Avenue just before noon today — most on a wheeled vehicle of some kind — on their way to more 4th of July festivities at Burgess Park. Here’s what captured our attention. Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2019

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Old Glory still flies on Bay Laurel thanks to Bill McClure

You may recognize the name “William L. McClure” as in “Menlo Park city attorney.” But he’s also Bill McClure, Menlo Park native son. “I grew up on San Mateo Drive and went to Oak Knoll with the Notthoff kids,” said Bill. “Their house was on Bay Laurel where Hermosa comes in. The first thing you […]

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Suspicious package removed from Facebook mail delivery building in Menlo Park not hazardous

A package suspected of containing the hazardous material GB Sarin was removed from a Facebook mail and delivery building on Hamilton Court in Menlo Park early this morning. “At approximately 11:00 am PDT on July 1, 2019, mail delivered to one of our mail rooms in Menlo Park was deemed suspicious,” said Facebook spokesperson Anthony […]

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Reminder: Fireworks are prohibited in Menlo Park

The Menlo Park Police Department reminds local residents and visitors that all forms of fireworks and gunfire are strictly prohibited in Menlo Park. This includes “safe and sane” fireworks, as the potential for fires is extremely high due to hotter temperatures and dryness of grass and brush. It only takes one spark to start a […]

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Aerial Arts of Menlo Park will perform at the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival

Aerial Arts of Menlo Park will be performing at the San Francisco Movement Arts Festival 2019 (SFMAF), taking place at Grace Cathedral on Friday, July 19, from 5:15 pm until 7:30 pm. “This is such an amazing venue and a great opportunity for our local organization,” said Moni Santini-Kelly who teaches aerial arts at the […]

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Artist Naomi Mendel is featured at Art Ventures Gallery in downtown Menlo Park

Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park is exhibiting the work of Israel-based artist Naomi Mendel through August 2nd. She participated in the Gallery’s Artist Residency in Half Moon Bay this past February and March. “My work explores the moment in visual perception that precedes interpretation — the moment when the world overwhelms the gaze with a […]

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Menlo Park tops San Mateo County cities with highest percentage growth in assessed property value

Menlo Park — with a 10.5% increase in assessed property value — edged out Foster City (10.2%) to lead the list of San Mateo County cities. “It’s hard to celebrate tax assessment increases. But the flip side is that they are a reflection of the desirability of our community and the value people find in […]

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Bicycle safety improvements in downtown Menlo Park completed

Work on permanent treatments for the bicycle facilities along Oak Grove Avenue, Crane Street, Live Oak Avenue and University Drive in Menlo Park are now complete. Final construction of the project began in May 2019 and consisted of refreshing the faded painted lines from the pilot project with reflective thermoplastic striping. Between El Camino Real […]

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Facebook expands its arts programs with Artists in Residence and Analog Research Lab

Tina Vaz (pictured top), previously the deputy director, Global Communications at the Guggenheim, is joining Facebook to become Head of Facebook’s Artists in Residence Program & Analog Research Lab. In this role, she will be responsible for the worldwide Art programs. Jennie Lamensdorf (right), previously the director & curator, Art-in-Buildings (Time Equities, Inc.), is becoming […]

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Linda Boroff wins award for her memoir but writing screenplays is her passion

We had reached out to Menlo Park resident Linda Boroff after learning she’d won first prize in the Ageless Authors competition for her memoir, What’s So Funny? A Love Story. The judges noted she used “an extensive vocabulary and attention to detail to chart a family’s humorous descent out of the middle class.” “I never expected to […]

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Two Menlo Park City School District students become Superintendent for the Day

Menlo Park City School District hosted guest superintendents for two days earlier this month. Laurel School third grader Jacob Atkins (pictured above) and Hillview sixth grader Arhaan Gupta-Rastogi won the “Superintendent for the Day” item at the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation’s annual auction. The students shadowed MPCSD Superintendent Erik Burmeister, who planned activities of interest […]

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