When a dairy farm existed in Menlo Park close to where Avy is today

Editor’s note: With the new year, we’ll be looking at some of the historical roots of Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley. This post originally ran in 2012. John Murray and his wife Mary were both Irish immigrants who came to New York City in 1848 or ’49 and met and married there. Mary […]

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Laura Pitchford visits the markets of Santiago, Chile

Atherton resident Laura Pitchford journeyed to Chile last fall to visit her niece who is teaching college English in Santiago. One trip highlight was the chance to have dinner with one of the descendants of Faxon Dean Atherton who was one of the first property owners in the mid- Peninsula. His wife was Chilean, and […]

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Today kicks off “January is for the birds” in Menlo Park

Anyone who’s ever thought to themselves that the month of January is for the birds is right; at least that’s the case at the Menlo Park Library. Over the course of the month, the library will be offering an avian-themed slate of films, science talks, crafts and special guest appearances. Judy Irving and Mark Bittner, […]

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year

Here’s to a great 2019 with a sentiment by Menlo Park resident Tim Goode posted on Facebook — “health, happiness and a dose of luck to all” — accompanied by a photo by another resident, and longtime InMenlo contributing photographer, Frances Freyberg.

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Here’s what captured the attention of InMenlo readers in 2018

We usually look back at a year with a top 20 list of most read posts. But reviewing both our webpage and Facebook stats, what quickly emerges is that a group of topics got people’s attention. High on reader’s interest list is news that revolved around restaurants and chefs, with the unsuccessful efforts to save […]

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Memorial for retired Atherton arborist Kathy Hughes Anderson set for Sunday, January 13

The Town of Atherton is holding a memorial for Menlo Park resident Kathy Hughes Anderson on Sunday, January 13, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Pavilion in Holbrook-Palmer Park. “Kathy, who served as the Town Arborist for 22 years and retired in 2011, was beloved by many within our community for her generous and […]

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The Girl + The Fig’s Sondra Bernstein + her famous fig and arugula salad

Chef and restaurateur Sondra Bernstein, founder of Sonoma’s wildly popular wine country farm-to-table eatery the girl & the fig, is this month’s featured Changemaker. Bernstein, whose mantra is “doing one thing is boring,” is someone I have long admired. A one-women show, Bernstein is credited with “putting Sonoma County on the big-league culinary map 20 […]

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Torah stitch by stitch: Re-creating the Bible’s first five books through cross stitching

A Facebook post by Menlo Park resident Amy Bayersdorfer got our attention. It was a photo of cross stitch panel that we learned was part of world-wide movement called Torah Stitch by Stitch. Started by well known fibre artist Temma Gentles, more than 1400 stitchers of all faiths in 27 countries are cross stitching the […]

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Again, trust us. These are spectacular Christmas cakes

Each year we travel to the home of a fellow Menlo-Atherton High School grad (and friend since grade school) for Christmas dinner. And each year the dinner has a theme, with The Nutcracker the choice this year. The decor is always spectacular, the food scrumptious and the catching up great. But the highlight is always […]

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Sunny skies add to Christmas cheer in Menlo Park

The rain on Christmas Eve cleared the air and dusted off the streets in Menlo Park, giving way to sunny skies on Christmas morning. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “What a lovely Christmas present to have a rain report on Christmas Day.  The rainfall for yesterday and today is 0.4”.  Total rainfall to date […]

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Ravenswood students and families celebrate early holiday thanks to huge community response

A few weeks ago we reported on the urgent need for donations to the annual holiday party held for students of the Ravenswood City School District and their families. The Willows neighborhood group spearheading the effort had less than a week to recruit volunteers and collect toys, gift cards, and blankets to serve the more […]

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