Lucile Spurlock is newest Menlo Park Hometown Hero for getting food to those in need

What does a local hero look like? In this case, she is a diminutive 88-year-old with a big heart. Today Lucile Spurlock was named the newest Hometown Hero by Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller. Lucile is a regular driver for “Trinity Tuesdays, Season of Gleaning.” On Tuesday mornings from 8:00 to noon, community members […]

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New book, The Parent Compass, helps guide parents toward healthier relationships with their teens

When the Operation Varsity Blues scandal erupted in 2019, Menlo Park resident Cindy Muchnick‘s phone “started exploding,” she recalls. That wasn’t surprising given that she’s an expert in the college admission process, having run a private study skills and college counseling business for over 15 years in Southern California before moving north in 2018. Since closing her […]

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Hometown Hero Maria Tanaka organizes community to bring supplies to those in need

Today’s COVID-19 Hometown Hero nominee is Menlo Park resident Maria A. Tanaka. Maria has been using Nextdoor to bring together and organize community members to bring supplies and goods to those in need. Her work started in Menlo Park and then grew virally to other locations on the Peninsula. Her inspiring journey of kindness and […]

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Menlo Park City School District School Board votes to submit waiver application for in-person instruction for Kindergarten and 1st grade

At its meeting on September 10, the Menlo Park City School District School Board voted unanimously to submit a waiver to the San Mateo County Health Department requesting to open for in-person instruction for kindergarteners and first graders with a targeted opening date of September 28. Since delaying this vote at its September 3 meeting, […]

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Painterly portraits along the Skyline above Menlo Park on “Orange Wednesday”

Menlo Park resident Robb Most and Atherton resident Doug Klein both headed to the hilltops when the sky turned orange over the Peninsula yesterday afternoon. Doug’s photo (t0p) was taken at Russian Ridge Open Space mid-afternoon about the same time Robb was taking a photo of Windy Hill. Photos by Doug Klein and Robb Most […]

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Isaac wins Teen Video Contest sponsored by Menlo Park Library

  Congratulations to Isaac, the winner of our Teen Video Contest: “My Community During Quarantine!” We love his creativity and humor. Isaac will receive e-gift cards from stores in Menlo Park thanks to the Friends of the Library, and his video will be featured on local TV stations thanks to Midpen Media Center. Watch Isaac’s […]

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Sandy Guja draws from her native Peru to launch alpaca outwear brand Llamita

In launching the luxury alpaca outerwear brand Llamita, Menlo Park resident Sandy Guja says she’s combined “all the things I really love.” Sandy was born in Peru, moving to New York when she was three but visiting her native country every summer to visit relatives. “I went to the Andes and watched the handweaving of alpaca caps […]

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Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition offers bike maintenance tips for cyclists

In a recent Weekly Wheeler newsletter, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition offered these maintenance tips for cyclists: Since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March, a bicycling boom has been evident across the country. Local bike shops are reporting huge increases in bike sales and maintenance requests to service bikes. If you’re in need of […]

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Banyan Tree Women’s Collective launches with free series of wellness workshops

Melissa Fabreo-Montelongo co-founded the non-profit Banyan Tree Women’s Collective with one thing top of mind – to give access to wellness/fitness choices to a wide and diverse group of people. “Living here in Menlo Park, access is really reserved for certain groups, those who can afford to pay,” she says. “But I don’t want anyone […]

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Tom Terrific take two – all around good guy

Atherton resident Laura Daschbach Pitchford read Tim Goode’s account of taking batting practice against Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver and text her own Seaver memory with a bit of Tim thrown in: “Love [the Seaver] story. My brother Mark played Little League with Tim Goode. And we sat next to Tom Seaver once on […]

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Remembering the time I took batting practice from Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver

I was saddened at the news of the passing of baseball great Tom Seaver on Wednesday. He was one of the best pitchers ever, and as a fan I enjoyed watching his rare mixture of grace and power that allowed him to win 311 games over a 20-year career that finished in 1986. He was […]

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