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AUGUST 15, 2012
Teen meets herself in cross-country bike trip By Dave Boyce
through mail drops for the parents. The American Challenge, organized by the Massachusettsayley Korman, a Wood- based youth-adventure outfit side resident and soon Overland, did not allow social to be a junior at Cas- media devices. Did she miss tilleja High School, has an inop- them? “Honestly no. You learn erable cellphone. She is going to how to be rid of your phone and take her time replacing it, having your computer. You learn how recently learned how to live, and to live without that,” Hayley be happy, without it, she said. said. “This trip really taught me If that sounds unusual for to live in the moment. Life’s too a 15-year-old girl, perhaps it’s short to want to be someplace a consequence of her unusual else all the time.” six-week summer adventure she The riders also chose to turn described to the Almanac in a in their watches. “We just wantrecent interview. ed to be into what we were She and 10 other teens — doing,” Hayley said. Hours five girls and six boys — from passed quickly and weeks flew around the United States rode by, she said, but not the days. their bikes 3,000 miles, startThis was not your mother’s ing June 23 from a beach on an cross-country bike trip. There island off Savanwere no support nah, Georgia. vans leapfrogThey wound Hayley Korman and ging ahead to the through small 10 other teens rode night’s camping towns in the Deep spot to prepare their bikes 3,000 meals and tents. South, across the Mississippi River, miles, from Georgia The kids, with up steep climbs two college-aged to California. and down steep guides, carried descents in the all their gear on Ozark Mountains of Missouri, their bikes. They broke camp across the Kansas flatland, up and made camp, shopped for and over the Continental Divide groceries every day, shared in Colorado, past a canyon responsibilities and rode until that is grand in Arizona, and they found a place to sleep: a through a downpour — includ- campground, a backyard, a ing wading across what amount- church yard. “There are a lot ed to a river — in the Mojave of churches throughout the desert. On the last night, they South,” Hayley said. The riders made camp one last time in depended on the kindness of the mountains overlooking the strangers, she added, unaware of lights of Los Angeles. The next that phrase’s literary provenance day, Aug. 3, it was on into the in the Deep South. metropolis and a second splash “Southern hospitality is no in saltwater, this time at a beach myth,” Hayley said. Residents of in Santa Monica. the small towns they visited — Conversations with home and they were all small towns; were done via U.S. mail, by the route avoided cities — postcard for the riders and appeared to have close, strong
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Celebrating at a Santa Monica beach on Aug. 3 are Woodside resident Hayley Korman, center, and her cycling buddies. The teens completed a 3,000-mile bike trip across the United States, carrying all their gear and sometimes depending for shelter on the kindness of strangers.
relationships among themselves and were “really welcoming,” she said. “Small communities were just that. They were communities. ... It’s a nice change of pace from what most of us are used to. It’s how the rest of the country lives. It’s a whole new world.” Twice a week, they were allowed to buy their meals, often at a fast food joint. On average days, they spent nine or 10 hours on their bikes, logged 85 miles and consumed 10,000 calories. After their longest day — 121.7 miles — they spent $260 at a Burger King, she recalled with a smile. “A really great group of people,” Hayley said. “Everybody was super hard working. Everyone was super committed to the See TEEN BICYCLIST, page 18
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An invigorating moment for Woodside resident Hayley Korman, center, and her cycling buddies on their way across the United States. They camped out, prepared meals and got to know each other and themselves over the 3,000 miles of a guided teen bike trip known as The American Challenge.
Facebook wants to make ‘clean’ site even cleaner $5.7 million West Campus remediation would exceed legal requirements By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
hen Raychem was sold in 1999, it left behind about 40 acres of land and groundwater contaminated with industrial chemicals on its Constitution Drive campus. The next company to occupy the property in Menlo Park spent seven years scrubbing the soil until toxin levels were acceptable
for commercial and industrial use, according to the state. That’s not clean enough for Facebook. According to the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the social networking company proposes to keep cleaning, even going so far as to have the dirty soil and the 11,400-square-foot cap installed over the contaminated area hauled away for dis-
posed at a licensed facility. The toxins include polychlorinated biphenyls and other chemicals associated with electronics manufacturing. “We didn’t want there to be any question whatsoever about our interest in meeting the appropriate standard,” said Facebook spokesman Tucker Bounds. A DTSC representative estimated that the proposed remediation
will cost $5.7 million. Once that’s finished, Facebook plans to knock down the existing structures to create a 440,000square-foot “West Campus” at 312-314 Constitution Drive that can accommodate up to 2,800 employees in five two- to four-story buildings clustered around a courtyard, according See FACEBOOK, page 19
COMMUNITY MEETING: The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will hold a community meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Menlo Park on the cleanup plans for Facebook’s West Campus. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Senior Center at 110 Terminal Ave. Public comment may be submitted until Sept. 6 to project manager Chip Gribble at CGribble@dtsc.ca.gov or 700 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley CA 94710.
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CAN THE WRONG SUNGLASSES BE WORSE THAN NONE?
When selecting sunglasses, do not allow yourself to be misled into thinking that darker lenses necessarily filter out sunlight and protect your eyes better than lighter lenses. There are lighter sunglasses lenses that provide 100 percent UV protection. On the other hand, sunglasses that do not block 99 to 100 percent of the light can prove more harmful to eyes than not wearing sunglasses at all. The fact is that dark lenses make your pupils
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dilate, which is the eyes’ response to allow in more light. If that light is not being properly filtered to block ultraviolet rays, it can inflict more damage. Therefore, be sure the sunglasses you choose block 99 to100 percent UV rays. The message has gotten through that too much sun is bad for the skin. But the damage of ultraviolet rays is not limited to the skin — your eyes are also at risk. Whether you spend time at the beach or just drive or walk outdoors, it is important to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses with UV ray protection. At MENLO OPTICAL, we offer a large selection of sunglasses for everyone’s taste and lifestyle. Please call us at 322-3900, or visit us at 1166 University Drive, on the corner of Oak Grove Avenue and University Drive. P.S. Larger lenses and wraparound sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent UV protection provide the most benefit by covering more of the eyes and face. Mark Schmidt is an American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners Certified Optician licensed by the Medical Board of California. He can be easily reached at Menlo Optical, 1166 University Drive, Menlo Park. 650-322-3900.
Avenidas presents the 9th Annual
Family Caregiver Conference Saturday, September 15, 9 am - 3 pm Mountain View, CA Topics will include: Forgiving yourself Long-term care costs Safe medication use Dementia care challenges Avoiding burnout Help for hoarding Free tours of Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center at 3 pm! Register at Avenidas.org or call (650) 289-5435.
Resources and programs for positive aging
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Derby winner John French, a trainer in Woodside, won the $10,000 International Hunter Derby on Aug. 9 during the Menlo Charity Horse Show in Atherton. Dr. Daryl Hoffman, left, of Atherton, presents the blue ribbon and award to Mr. French. This was the first International Hunter Derby held in Northern California. Dr. Hoffman sponsored the event, which presents the horse and rider with a faster, more challenging course than the standard hunt course. The jumps are more difficult and higher, and are placed to showcase the horse’s agility. Winners qualify for a national championship in 2013, and the winners of that qualify for international competitions.
Wave of property crimes hits Menlo Park A walker, a generator, computers and a gun were among the items stolen in a wave of property crimes in Menlo Park over the past several days that included seven burglaries and three cases of theft, according to police reports. Among the residential burglaries, the largest loss — $5,620 — involved a broken bedroom window and the theft of a laptop computer, diamond ring, platinum ring and checkbook from a house on Hillview Avenue in a case reported Aug. 5. Two other home burglaries, both in the same block of Woodland Avenue, involved thefts of jewelry and electronic
gear on Aug. 7. In neither case did police report a value for the losses, but both involved entries through unlocked portals, in one case a window and in the other a garage door. Someone stole a generator valued at $1,200 from the bed of a truck after cutting a hole in the fence of a parking lot on Haven Avenue, according to a report for Aug. 6. In an Aug. 4 report of a commercial burglary on Bay Road, someone stole a wallet containing $65 in cash from the Flood Park Ranger Station. Another wallet was stolen on Aug. 7 from an unlocked residence on Henderson Avenue. The report
did not include an estimate of losses. Someone stole two pairs of jeans and five tank tops in a package delivered to a house on McKendry Drive and reported on Aug. 5. In that same case, someone broke a side window of the house, but nothing was missing from inside, police said. In three thefts reported on Aug. 4, 5 and 7, theifs stole a bicycle valued at $4,000 from a bike rack on a vehicle parked on Laurel Street, a handgun valued at $500 from an unlocked vehicle on Newbridge Street, and a walker from outside a residential back door on Crane Street, police said.
er. In many parts of the country, if it’s sticky, it’s summertime. “It was crazy hot in the South, and super humid, too,” Hayley said. “We’re so lucky to live here, with what we have.” And tempered by insects, particularly mosquitoes and gnats. Theirs is a simple demand, one that goes back millions of years: “Be still!” To which these riders replied, “Shoo!” A low-tech approach and not terribly effective, but preferable to a bug repellant that, once applied, became like a sticky second skin, Hayley
said. They showered about once a week. There were other animal sightings, but they lacked variety. “There are a lot of stray dogs in the South,” Hayley said, adding: “The South was full of armadillo carcasses (on the road). Lots of dead armadillos.” One resident told her she’d lived there 60 years and had never seen a live armadillo. Hayley is the daughter of Liz and Marty Korman. She has one younger brother and the family lives in Woodside’s western hills.
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group. We learned how to live with other people and keep a positive attitude. ... Even when we didn’t want to be there, we all really wanted to be there.” She brought along four outfits, a pair of flip-flops, a pair of bike shoes and two pairs of socks. “You really don’t need that much to get by,” she said. “Good friends and good vibes. You can be happy like that.” Happiness tempered by weath18 N The Almanac N TheAlmanacOnline.com N August 15, 2012
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Farmers’ market makes sole appearance By Dave Boyce
nearby artisans and farmers. They sold out, but a new sense n the 1954 movie “Briga- of a Skylonda community had doon,” a rural Scottish vil- begun to insinuate itself, resilage and its residents exist in dents said. a never-never land, appearing The fact that it sold out “just for just one day every 100 years. goes to show that everybody is Substitute a rural Woodside cor- ready for it,” said Maggie Foard, ner at Highway 84 and Skyline a La Honda township resident, Boulevard, a farmcookbook author ers’ market instead and chocolate Woodside halts maker who came of a village, and a recent afternoon, up with the idea of market but and therein lies a the market. Skylonda backers local tale. “This was just On Wednesday, kind of little and hope to work Aug. 1, between sweet,” Skylonda something out. resident Mary 3 and 7 p.m., for the first and so Jane Lyons told far only time, a small farmers’ the Almanac. “I’m a supporter market appeared in a parking of the farmers’ market and it’s lot shared by two businesses: gone. It’s just a shame because the Mountain Terrace, where it was nice for the community people celebrate events such as to share fresh produce without weddings, and Penelope’s Den, having to drive down the hill.” a craft store. The residents of Wednesday, Aug. 8, did Skylonda and a few passing indeed come and go without cyclists wandered among seven a reappearance of the market. or eight tables of fresh produce, The town had advised the homemade cheese, sunflowers market organizers that the and other goods, the efforts of conditional use permit for the
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Woodland fire contained By Dave Boyce Almanac staff writer