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ix local residents have been named Lifetime of Achievement honorees by Avenidas Inc., the senior services organization based n Palo Alto. Photos by Veronic Weber The six honorees are Bill Floyd Among the six honorees are these residents of the Almanac of Portola Valley, Phyllis Moldaw circulation area: Bill Floyd of Portola Valley, Phyllis Moldaw of Atherton of Atherton, Kenneth Sletten of and Kenneth Sletten of Woodside. Woodside, Jean Coblentz of Sunnyvale, and Boyd Smith and Jill Johnson Smith of Palo Alto. supporter of the San Francisco for 27 years, where she served The six were recognized dur- Museum of Modern Art. two terms with Associates of ing a private reception at the She also participated in Com- Stanford Libraries. She is also an Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto munities in Schools, a national honorary member of the PTA. on Feb. 9. network that serves the lowest Boyd Smith and Jill Johnson Each year, Avenidas, a senior- performing schools and the Smith founded the Golden Gate services organization, recogniz- students most vulnerable to Family Foundation and coes members of the community dropping out. She is a former founded the California Family who are older than 65 as Life- president and current trustee Foundation. At Stanford, they times of Achievement honorees of the Contemporary Jewish co-endowed the Housing Assisfor their work as philantance Program for families thropists, community lead(Escondido Family Fund), ers and fundraisers. the Martin Luther King Jr. â€œIt is a thrill for Aveni- The six are honored for their work Centennial Professorship das to shine the spotlight Chair and Martin Luther as philanthropists, community on this group and give King Jr. student scholarleaders and fundraisers. them the recognition they ships. deserve,â€? Avenidas CEO They both served on Lisa Hendrickson said in an Museum in San Francisco. the advisory board of Stanfordâ€™s announcement. Ken Sletten was a partner, Center for the Study of Families, Bill Floydâ€™s community efforts founder and CEO of the gen- Children and Youth. range in scale from local to eral contracting firm Rudolph Boyd Smith has chaired the statewide. He has chaired and & Sletten, known for its con- boards of the YMCA of the Midserved on many nonprofitsâ€™ struction of such projects as the Peninsula, Avenidas, Silicon boards, including Lytton Gar- Monterey Bay Aquarium, Lucile Valley Community Foundation dens, Community Housing Inc., Packard Childrenâ€™s Hospital and and Childrenâ€™s Health Council. YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, Skywalker Ranch. He was on the Board of GovChildrenâ€™s Health Council and He serves on the boards of ernors of Stanford Associates, Avenidas. Habitat for Humanity, Stanford currently serves on Stanfordâ€™s He has been a member of Athletics, the Stanford Universi- Hoover Institution Board of Yosemite Conservancy Board ty DAPER Investment Fund and Overseers, and is a member of since 1993, a UC Berkeley Foun- the Palo Alto Club. He received the Lucile Packard Childrenâ€™s dation trustee since 1994, and a Purple Heart for his service in Hospital Foundation board. chair of the Berkeley Engineer- the Korean War. Jill Johnson Smith has been ing Fund Board since 1996. Honoree Jean Coblentzâ€™s com- on the board of RoadRunners Phyllis Moldaw financially munity involvement goes back Sports Club for youth at Onetta supports and participates in to 1953, when she co-founded Harris Community Center in charitable and community orga- the board for Stanford Univer- Menlo Park. nizations, particularly those sityâ€™s Cap and Gown Women Avenidas will host a garden focusing on the underprivileged Leaders Honors Society. She has party for the honorees on Sunand underserved. She was a lead been a volunteer and officer of day, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., donor for the Moldaw-Zaffaroni the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary along with its community partclubhouse of the Menlo Park in Menlo Park and raised money ners, the Palo Alto Weekly and Boys and Girls Club, a lead for what became Packard Chil- Palo Alto Online. Proceeds from donor and board member of drenâ€™s Hospital. the garden party help fund the Moldaw Family Residences at She is chair of the Auxiliaryâ€™s programs offered at Avenidas. Palo Altoâ€™s Taube-Koret Campus Development Committee and a Visit avenidas.org or call 289for Jewish Life, and a significant development officer at Stanford 5445 to buy tickets for $75. A
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NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS BID PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR WOODLAND AVENUE SIDEWALK PROJECT The City of Menlo Park invites qualiďŹ ed contractors to submit sealed bid proposals for the construction of the WOODLAND AVENUE SIDEWALK PROJECT. Work required as part of this project consists of the installation of concrete sidewalk, curb/gutter, driveways, handicap driveways and access ramps; asphalt concrete roadway and driveways; trafďŹ c signage; pavement striping and a storm drain piping system at ďŹ ve locations along Woodland Ave. within the City of Menlo Park; all as shown in the contract documents. Performance of this work requires a valid California Contractorâ€™s License Class A, C8 or C12. Project documents and copies of the prevailing rate of wages can be obtained from the Menlo Park Engineering Division, located in the Administrative Building at 701 Laurel St. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held to discuss the project scope of work on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the City Administration Building, 701 Laurel Street in Menlo Park, CA. Sealed bid proposals will be received at the Engineering Division ofďŹ ce until 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at which time they will be opened and publicly read. Additional information can be obtained on the Cityâ€™s website: www.menlopark.org/cip
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OPEN POSITIONS The Menlo Park City School District is seeking potential candidates to fill open positions on the Bond Oversight Committee. In June 2006, voters within the Menlo Park City School District boundaries approved the Measure U Bond to modernize and provide new school facilities. The Bond was passed per Proposition 39, which requires the creation of a Bond Oversight Committee. This volunteer committee was created in September 2006 and is responsible for performing oversight activities such as review of bond expenditures and preparation of annual reports as set forth by Proposition 39. The Committee meets at minimum on a quarterly basis. The Committee is comprised of seven people from different segments of the Community. The District is currently seeking to fill three vacant positions. One position for a person active in the business community, one position for a person active in a senior citizens’ organization, and one position for a person active in a bona fide tax payers’ organization. The person must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the School District. For any further questions, please call Ahmad Sheikholeslami at 650-321-7140. If you are interested in this position, please submit a Letter of Interest as well as background information about yourself and the organization in which you are active to: email@example.com or to: Menlo Park City School District Attn: Ahmad Sheikholeslami 181 Encinal Ave. Atherton, CA 94027
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‘Flash mob’ shows how to move at Laurel School In an era of growing childhood Beyonce’s “Move Your Body.” obesity, second-graders at Laurel Principal Linda Creighton School are learning how much said they had been practicing the fun staying fit dance for sevcan be: They’re eral weeks — moving their The kids entertained a four-minute bodies to highworkout that bake sale goers on energy music. has been a comcampus with a ‘flash ponent of First Thanks to a Jeanie Ritchie Lady Michelle mob’ dance. Grant from the Obama’s “Let’s Menlo Park-Atherton Education Move” initiative to fight childFoundation, all second-graders hood obesity. are exploring balance, motion, “The ‘Move your Body’ rouand the joy of dance with Deb tine promotes dance as a fun Stevens-Sterling, a hip-hop and way to exercise, stay at a healthy Zumba dance teacher. weight, and keep moving (and On Feb. 9, the kids entertained balancing!) your body,” Ms. bake sale goers on campus with a Creighton explained in an “flash mob” dance to the tune of email.
Two-year investigation nets 26 drug arrests By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
enlo Park police joined federal and local agencies in Operation Phallen Gardens, a task force investigation of drug suppliers and gangs, police announced last week. More than 900 police officers executed at least 30 search warrants on Feb. 7, rounding up drugs, guns, money, and cars, according to a press release issued by the FBI. The two-year investigation, which targeted people suspected of supplying cocaine and methamphetamine to gangs in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, resulted in 26 arrests. The FBI said it’s searching for six more people in connection with the investigation: Tony Giovanni Joseph, 30; Derrick Lane, 39; Shawn Curtis McKnight, 49; Charles Edward Menifee III, 20; Jesus Segura, 31; and Joey Earl Williams, 48. All 33 suspects were indicted by a federal grand jury or charged on drug trafficking charges, the agency said. “This operation resulted in a significant blow against the scourge of gangs, drugs and violence in our communities,” East Palo Alto
Chief Ronald Davis said in the press release. “As gangs evolve and grow beyond jurisdictional boundaries, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies must collaborate and use our shared resources to effectively disrupt their activities and stem the violence.” Amid the chaos of helping to execute the search warrants, a local police officer spotted a stolen car. The Menlo Park officer recovered a gray 2000 Acura ATL, reported stolen out of San Mateo, in the 1200 block of Madera Avenue shortly before 6 a.m., according to police reports. In addition to a stolen car and 26 suspects, the U.S. Attorney’s office said the multi-agency task force confiscated $100,000 in cash, nine guns, and “a significant amount of drugs.” FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn corrected an initial report that 27 had been arrested Mr. Segurais not yet in custody. Menlo Park police have recovered 157 stolen vehicles during the past three years — 28 taken from Menlo Park, and 129 reported stolen from other jurisdictions, according to spokeswoman Nicole Acker. A
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Second-graders at Laurel School, including Ivan Castillo (front left), join dance teacher Deb StevensSterling in a “flash mob” routine on campus last week. They’re dancing to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body,” which she wrote in support of the national “Let’s Move” initiative.
Local organizes all-star benefit Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, Mickey Hart expected at Menlo Park event By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac
hen Mikey Hoag of Atherton lost her dad to Alzheimer’s disease five years ago, it was a deep personal loss. But when she started to notice “every third friend has a family member with Alzheimer’s” she realized “this is the time ... to increase awareness” — and do something big. That something turned out to be a fundraising gala headlining Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, Mickey Hart and Bill Walton. Ms. Hoag is chair of “Part the Cloud,” a cocktail, dinner and dancing party that will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park starting at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to set up a tent outside the ballroom and seat some 330 guests for dinner. Tony Bennett will serenade the guests, some speakers will talk about the disease, and then everyone will move indoors to hear former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and his band. The Grammy-award winner has a new album coming out in April. Ms. Hoag says Mr. Hart has invited his friends to join him,
Mikey Hoag of Atherton has organized the event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease research.
singer/songwriter Joan Baez of Woodside, and basketball star Jim Walton. Other celebrities are expected to attend, as well. The performers have agreed to pro bono appearances, enabling all of the proceeds to go toward research that the Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring in Northern California. “We’re hoping for a sellout, to raise $300,000 to $400,000” at this inaugural event, says Ms. Hoag, leaving open the possibility of turning it into an annual
fundraiser. In a letter she wrote to encourage early sponsors, she writes that Alzheimer’s is “the only disease in the top 10 causes of death without a way to prevent it, cure it, or slow its progression.” To further illustrate the need for more research, she repeats the Alzheimer’s Association statistics: “The number of Americans who die each year from Alzheimer’s has increased 66 percent since the year 2000. One in eight baby boomers will get the disease after they turn 65.” The Obama administration has asked for an increase of $156 million in money spent on Alzheimer’s research. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, funding for Alzheimer’s research was at $450 million, compared to $3 billion for HIV/ AIDS, $4 billion for heart and cardiovascular disease, and $5.8 billion for cancer research. In her attempt to raise more money for Alzheimer’s research, Ms. Hoag has attended fundraising galas for Alzheimer’s in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. When she decided to devote her energy to planning a local See BENEFIT, page 6
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event, she assembled a steering committee of â€œwomen who have Alzheimerâ€™s in their family, and feel itâ€™s time to do something in this areaâ€? to educate and inspire Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to get involved. The committee includes Sue Foley and Laurie Lacob of Woodside; Lulu Frye, Anne Lawler, Bren Leisure and Sally Robinson of Atherton; and Liz King and Betsy Matteson of Menlo Park. Ms. Hoag says Tony Bennett agreed to sing at the event because he has heard some stories from fans that after listening to his songs some people suffering from dementia have â€œcome
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A funeral Mass for Howard M. Daschbach of Atherton, who practiced law in Menlo Park for 43 years and was a 57-year parishioner of St. Raymond Catholic Church, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Mr. Daschbach died Feb. 9 at the age of 87 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. An Army veteran of World War II who fought in Europe, the Philippines and Japan, Mr. Daschbach earned his degree from Stanford University Law School after the war. During his law school days, he met the “love of his life,” Leonore, according to his family. He was a man of deep faith, attending daily services at St. Raymond, and bringing the sacramental Holy Communion to those who were unable to attend Mass due to physical infirmities,
his family said. He was installed as a Knight of the Order of Malta, one of the oldest of the Catholic orders, in 1982. He was a member of the Serra Club of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, and Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, where he Howard played tennis Daschbach until his health forced him off the courts. In addition to his wife of 59 years, Leonore Rooney Daschbach, Mr. Daschbach is survived by his daughters, LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, and Lisa Fuerst and Laura Pitchford of Atherton; sons Rooney Daschbach of Sunset Beach, and Mark Daschbach of Atherton; a sister, Jeanne Miller of San Francisco;
18 grandchildren; and two greatgranddaughters. His youngest daughter, Michele Fast, was killed last October during a shooting rampage in Seal Beach that left eight people dead. A rosary will be said in Mr. Daschbach’s memory at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at St. Raymond Church in Menlo Park. The funeral Mass the next day is also at St. Raymond. A reception for family and close friends will follow at Menlo Circus Club. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to the donor’s favorite charity, or to organizations close to Mr. Daschbach’s heart: St. Raymond School, the Oakwood Retirement Home of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Order of Malta, and SmileTrain.
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Top official leaving MP school district Ahmad Sheikholeslami, in charge of renovating four Menlo Park City School District schools since 2006, is moving on to a position with the South San Francisco Unified School District, where he’ll manage its $162 million Measure J bond program. Starting on Feb. 22, he said, his time will be split 50-50 between South San Francisco and Menlo Park. He plans to leave the Menlo Park district for full-time work in South San Francisco at the end of June. “I took the position because it was the right challenge for me. The timing and location were also an important decision factor,” he said. With the renovation of Hillview Middle School expected to be finished by September, the new opportunity comes at the right time, according to Mr. Sheikholeslami.
Mountain lion report near PV school Someone reported seeing a mountain lion near the back fence of Corte Madera School in Portola Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 8, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office reported. The cat was reportedly seen at about 11 a.m. in the area of Alpine Road and Corte Madera Road, said Lt. Larry Schumaker of the Sheriff’s Office. The middle school, which serves fourth- through eighthgrade students, was not evacuated, he said. As a precaution, however, the Sheriff’s Office sent two depu-