Photos by locals near and far show off quality of winter light

Menlo Park residents who’ve been out and about this holiday season have taken some lovely photographs that show off the wonderful effects of winter light. We’re hoping this photo essay brightens your day! If you’re out and about this winter and capture the beauty of the low sun and/or clouds, send your photo to tips[at]inmenlo.com. […]

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Schwarz dies unexpectedly, memorial planned for Jan. 15

Michael Schwarz, a longtime Menlo Park resident with a gift for documentary storytelling, died unexpectedly on Dec. 1 at age 66 as a result of a fall in his home. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Stanford Memorial Church from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. His untimely death […]

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Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band celebrates 60th anniversary on Jan. 1, 2020

In 1960, two Stanford University roommates, Jim Harvey (pictured fourth from right above) and Don Nelson, assembled a loose cadre of friends interested in playing music and drinking beer and created what would become known as the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band (LTWCMB). Band members and their invited guests will be celebrating the occasion […]

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Sports, local landmarks, historical moments, coyotes, yarn arms – just a sample of what happened in 2019

There are a number of threads woven through the soon to be completed year of 2019. Here’s what captured readers’ attention in 2019 on InMenlo. Showing just how creative they can be, families and young children came out in force for the annual Halloween parade in downtown Menlo Park. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most captured […]

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The saga of Alpine Inn aka Zott’s over the years

Editor’s note: Our hunch that the re-opening of the Alpine Inn was the biggest attention grabber of 2019 bore out in the in the number of readers’ views on InMenlo and on Facebook. Its saga is featured in our end-of-year coverage for today. Tomorrow we’ll offer a roundup of other people and places that got […]

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Patriot fandom on display this morning at Cafe Borrone

Before the New England Patriots took on the Miami Dolphins today, we spotted a number of fans all decked out in that football franchise’s clothing of one type or another. Two brothers Peter (the taller of the two) and Andrew noticed a darling puppy a few tables away – who was also wearing Patriot blue! […]

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Surprise breakfast for Cheeky Monkey employees brings holiday cheer

An anonymous Menlo Park family from Upper Laurel School  provided a surprise hearty breakfast from Stacks to all 19 employees at Cheeky Monkey last Saturday, Dec. 21. Emailed our anonymous tipster: “This family has shopped there for years, and the mom of twins is deeply grateful for all the help she has received whenever she’s […]

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Bigger, brighter Heartcore workout studio comes to downtown Menlo Park

Peninsula native Alisa Scannell spent time in Los Angeles with the hope of getting into acting. She recalls “being surrounded by fitness studios.” But when she hurt her foot she was unable to do many of the high impact workouts she’d enjoyed. Hollywood dreams abandoned, she was back north and selling solar. “But along the […]

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Glad tidings to all and peace on earth!

Photo of Salvatierra tree by Robb Most (c) 2018

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Promise of Cioppino scores Menlo Park couple photo with 49er cheer squad

Long-time Menlo Park residents Tana and Bob Budelli are also long-time San Francisco 49er fans. They scored this fun holiday photo with the team’s cheerleaders with a promise to host a Cioppino dinner. Cioppino, for those who don’t know, is fish stew that originated in San Francisco. Here’s a bit of history according to Wikipedia: […]

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Whoops! Those are stars overhead at Zott’s – not a tent

On Sunday, Dec. 15, we walked from the Ladera Shopping Center to the Alpine Inn for lunch. When we got there, we were delighted to find that the outdoor beer garden had been tented. What a great way to winterize that big outdoor eating area, we wrote on InMenlo. That got the attention of one […]

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