Mid-Pen alum Ryan Michaels to sing at half time at the 49ers game

When Mid-Peninsula High School alum and country singing star Ryan Michaels talks about “Hail Mary”— a song he co-wrote with his singing partner and wife, Shannon Haley — he says it’s about “overcoming adversity” and the challenges the duo faced as musicians. But as he reflects on his time at Mid-Pen, the song could just […]

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Zach Plante’s new band – Pass by Catastrophe – releases its first EP

Menlo Park native Zach Plante’s musical interest started in the classical realm. Growing up he took piano from Katherine Oh and performed in recitals at his parents’ house. “Around age 12, I made the switch from classical to more popular styles,” he said. “Today, I’m still working on discovering where my musicality lies, although it’s […]

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Bill Peterson makes Zinfandel wine from his home-based operation

Bill Peterson, who’s lived in the same house in Atherton for 60 years, is a celebrity of sorts. It has nothing to do with his 30 years of service with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Instead, it has to do with the day he broke the law. “I’d had trouble finding a red wine […]

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Hillview Middle School sixth grader writes and illustrates a children’s book

Eleven-year-old Charlotte Anthony wrote and illustrated a new children’s book, Loud. She is donating a portion of the proceeds to DonorsChoose.org to help teachers buy school supplies for their classrooms. Charlotte is a 6th grader at Hillview Middle School and a recent graduate of Oak Knoll Elementary. In the book, the character Calliope is constantly chattering […]

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Menlo College hosts TEDx conference with theme “This is America”

On September 21, 2019, Menlo College launched its first ever TEDx conference, centered on the theme This is America. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At these events, TED Talks, video and performances combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a smaller setting. […]

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Bert Keely and band perform a deep dive into Stanford & psychedelia at Angelica’s

It’s a reunion of sorts for Bert Keely who’s enlisted his old Stanford pal Jeff Pera to play drums for what he’s calling “Deep Dive #7: Stanford and Psychedelia,” which he and his band mates will be performing this Friday, Oct. 4 — and again on Friday, Oct. 18 — at Angelica’s in Redwood City. […]

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Thanks for a life saved at Burgess Pool celebrated at ceremony

Menlo Battalion Chief Chris Pimentel was in his office at Menlo Park Fire Station 1 on Friday, June 28, 2019, shortly before 5:00 pm when he heard the report of a drowning at Burgess Pool with CPR in progress come over the Police radio. He immediately told crew members on Engine 1 and Truck 1 […]

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Busy day at the Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch

It was packed shortly after opening at the Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch today. Not only were there pumpkins to be bought, but animals, birds and reptiles to meet. The Pumpkin  Patch, located at 2718 Alpine Rd., is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through Halloween. Check the website for schedule of activities. […]

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Trying for a tropical feel on a chilly night at Park James Hotel

The wind was brisk but the spirit was warm at the Park James Hotel Saturday night (Sept. 28) at a Taste of the Tropics event hosted by the hotel’s developers Jim and Jeff Pollock.  The event also served to launch the new Club 1400 “to engage our community as a place to build relationships, share […]

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Kids make the most of inaugural We Art the Willows

The inaugural We Art the Willows event, taking place at the corner of Menalto and Gilbert in Menlo Park’s Willow neighborhood today, promised “fun activities for the kids,” and the verdict of some youthful attendees was thumbs up! One group of young people was selling used books to raise funds for future events. The art […]

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As retirement approaches, Tim Molak reflects on his years at Woodside Priory

The Woodside Priory has been central to Tim Molak’s life for the past 30 years. In June 2020, that will change when he retires as Head of School. “There’s a cool retirement app,” he said when we visited him at the combined middle/high school a few weeks back. “I have nine months, 18 days, 12 hours […]

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