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Prop 13 Concerned about diminishing school funding, local parent examines effects of 1978 property tax measure, and makes some startling discoveries. Section 2
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Menlo seniors, from left, Roxana Meyers, Vikram Padval and Deborah Wohl reflect the latest Bloomingdale’s fashions.
Menlo School showcases spring fashions Menlo School’s 60th annual benefit, “Dream,” will be an allday party Friday, March 19, celebrating the graduating senior class. The event will feature luncheon and dinner fashion shows, where seniors will model the latest fashions from Bloomingdale’s and entertain with dancing vignettes. The benefit is the Atherton school’s main fundraiser for financial aid. More than 1,600 parents, alumni and community members are expected to attend the two shows, staged in a large tent on campus. All proceeds, including funds raised in online and live auctions, will go toward financial aid. “Day Dream,” the luncheon show, begins at 11:30 a.m. “A Dreamy Evening,” the dinner show, starts at 6 p.m. Continuing their 14-year-old partnership with Menlo School, the Stanford and San Francisco
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Menlo School parents Debbie Rosenberg, left, of Atherton and Julie Douglass of Hillsborough are chairing the school’s 60th annual benefit.
Bloomingdale’s stores will fill the runway with the season’s latest fashion trends. Models will wear spring fashions by top designers, including Rebecca Taylor, Nanette Lepore, Hugo Boss, Eli Tahari, Theory, and RLX by Ralph Lauren. Dress designer Tadashi Shoji
will make a personal appearance featuring his 2010 collection. Mr. Tadashi’s clients include celebrities Helen Mirren, Queen Latifah, Beyonce, and Deborah Messing. The evening gala begins with cocktails, including a vodka bar and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner will be catered by McCall Associates. There will be a live auction with such “dreamy” items as a 10-day rafting trip in Chile, a vacation at Le Sereno Hotel in St. Barts, and Christmas or New Year’s week at a home in Aspen. After the fashion show and dance productions, there will be dancing to DJ Lou Loiben. Co-chairs Debbie Rosenberg and Julie Douglass have spent the last year working on the benefit, supported by a committee of more than 130 adult volunteers. Students pitch in on the day of the event, doing everything from helping with See FASHION, page 17
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Jennifer Bestor of Menlo Park took a close look at property tax rates for downtown businesses and for an Allied Arts neighborhood, and began to think about ways to lessen the growing tax burden imbalance that favors commercial property owners. Photo by Michelle Le. See story, Section 2.
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TOWN OF ATHERTON COMMITTEES/COMMISSIONS RECRUITMENT Join us and Make a Difference The Town of Atherton invites dedicated volunteers to submit an application for the following committees: Finance Committee – 2 vacancies – 2 year term expiring April 30, 2012 1 vacancy – 1 year term expiring April 30, 2011
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