Menlo Park

In its weekly update, the San Mateo County Health Department released the number of COVID-19 cases as of May 28. There are 2,061 cases county-wide; the confirmed cases in InMenlo’s coverage area:

-Menlo Park: 80, an increase of 17 from last week

-Atherton: 13, two more than last week

-Portola Valley: 10 cases, last week was less than 10

-Woodside: 12, two more than last week

-Unincorporated west Menlo Park: less than 10, the same as last week

-Ladera has less than 10, the same as last week.

Complete data for all Peninsula cities is available on the San Mateo County Health website.

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Spotted: “Oak Faithful” on White Oak Drive in Menlo Park

Kathy Oppenheimer was walking in her neighborhood this morning and came upon this geyser. “I remarked to the Cal Water worker, ‘Have a nice day,’ to which he replied: ‘Not so far!’” Photo by Kathy Wright

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“What’s in a species name” is topic of USGS lecture on Sept. 28

John B. French, Jr., Center Director USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center will discuss: What have museum collections taught us about invasive diseases? When is an endangered species not a species? How can birds in a museum help protect airline passengers? How do geology and biology govern what species we find on the Channel Islands? The […]

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Community Town Hall with MPCSD incoming Superintendent Erik Burmeister set for Feb. 16

There will be a Community Town Hall meeting with Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) incoming Superintendent Erik Burmeister on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Cypress Room at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street, Menlo Park. Topics include public school funding changes impacting all California communities and the state of […]

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Hidden streets of Menlo Park: Croner Avenue

At least to this observer, “avenue” implies a larger roadway than Croner Avenue, a narrow passageway sandwiched for about a quarter mile between North Lemon and Orange avenues in Menlo Park. We ambled upon it one day while walking the dog and talked to one of the residents who indicated that some of the houses on the […]

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Menlo Park and Atherton are among top 5 cities on 2016-17 property assessment roll

With a percentage growth of 12.5%, Menlo Park led San Mateo County in increased property tax assessment for 2016-17. Atherton was fourth on the list with a gain of 9.25%. Others in the top five include #2 Redwood City (+9.86%), #3 Foster City (+9.25%), and #5 Hillsborough (+7.79%). “The [Property Assessment] Roll is now nearly […]

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Menlo Park – the perfect staycation destination!

So declares today’s San Francisco Chronicle in a special section labeled Silicon Valley. Our town is described as “the little Mayberry that’s the cherry on the top of Silicon Valley, where tree-lined streets and top-rated public schools lure families to live there.” Menlo Park establishments mentioned include the Rosewood Sand Hill and its restaurant, Madera; Refuge, […]

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Menlo Park and Atherton plan National Night Out events on Aug. 5

The City of Menlo Park is asking those planning National Night Out neighborhood or block parties on Tuesday, August 5 to sign up in advance. One planned event is at Menalto Corners in the Willow neighborhood. Emails Cafe Zoe owner Kathleen Daly: “[There will be]Bounce houses at Spa in the Park, Menlo Park trivia contest sponsored […]

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City of Menlo Park provides online information about the proposed Specific Plan Ballot Initiative

The City of Menlo Park has unveiled a new section of its website to provide the community with factual information about the ballot initiative proposed to revise Menlo Park’s El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan. The online information summarizes the proposed ballot measure’s primary elements and clarifies how the Specific Plan currently addresses relevant key issues […]

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Menlo Park ranks 5th among richest small cities in U.S.

Today the real estate blog Movoto published a ranking of the richest small cities in the U.S. — and Menlo Park is ranked fifth. Explains spokesperson Chad Stiffney via email: “We looked at the 950 places with populations between 30,000 and 80,000, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. We ranked them by looking at per capita […]

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As practitioner and church leader, Elizabeth Schwartz anchors her life through Christian Science

Vocation and avocation converge in the life of Menlo Park resident Elizabeth Schwartz in her dual roles as Christian Science practitioner and First Reader at her local church. While she was raised a Christian Scientist, she acknowledges that she “made my faith my own while in college.” “It was then that I recognized that it […]

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