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Longtime Menlo School teacher and coach dies A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29, for Robert W. F. Jones, who died June 7 at his home in Menlo Park from complications associated with leukemia. He was 77. For 40 years, Mr. Jones was associated with Menlo School, teaching Latin, English, Spanish and creative writing. He led the Drama Club for many years,
the annual Ugly Man contest, and was faculty adviser to the student paper. He also coached track, football, golf, wrestling, basketball, and other sports. His health forced him into retirement in 2000. â€œBob was and remains a legend in the Menlo community,â€? wrote Norm Colb, newly retired as head of school at Menlo. â€œEven today,
when graduates reminisce about what made their experience so memorable, Bob Jones tops the list. He was a brilliant teacher whose dedication to his students literally knew no bounds.â€? Mr. Jones was born in Columbia, South Carolina, moved to Hollywood as a toddler, then to New York City, and, eventually, to Westfield, New Jersey.
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multi-family zoning, a spokesman for the state Department of Housing and Community Development told the Almanac. A provision in the Blue Oaks subdivision set land aside in 1991 for eight small below-market homes, but they were never built. The siteâ€™s topography and the high cost of building in Portola Valley dimmed their chances among potential developers. The town sold the site in late 2012 for $2.88 million. The committeeâ€™s report does not favor moderate-income homes not affiliated with an existing commercial enterprise. Such projects, if they arise, should be preceded by â€œvery, very public discussion,â€? Mr. Warr said. Passersby should not see â€œa discernible difference between the rest of the town and where the unaffiliated housing would be.â€? A pesticide clean-up issue led the council to allow to expire a
purchase contract for a former plant nursery for a small number of condos at 900 Portola Road. This proposal for unaffiliated homes drew vigorous opposition from nearby singlefamily homeowners. It was not long after that contract expired that the council opted for the Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Committee to consider the issue over three months and prepare a report. Former mayor Steve Toben chaired the committee. The other members were Carter Warr, Bud Eisberg, Judith Hasko, Susan Dworak, Wanda Ginner, Judith Murphy, Jon Myers, Andrew Pierce and Onnolee Trapp. Go to tinyurl.com/PV1002 to read the committee report and associated documents. Go to tinyurl.com/PV1004 to add your comments to the discussion.
mary use,â€? including agricultural or undeveloped land, such as the Hawthorn Estate at the corner of Portola and Alpine roads. The committee also favored assigning a percentage, typically 15 percent, of a new subdivision to below-market-rate homes. This program â€œneeds more teeth so that the housing actually gets built,â€? committee member Carter Warr said. The Association of Bay Area Governments sets quotas for affordable housing. Under those quotas, between 2014 and 2022, Portola Valley should plan for 21 homes for very-low-income residents, 15 for low-income residents, and 15 for moderate incomes â€” $86,500 for an individual in San Mateo County, and $123,000 for a family of four. Granny units address much of the need, but state law requires
During his stint in the U.S. Army, he was sent to the North Pole. After service, he graduated from Lafayette College. He then headed west to graduate school at Stanford University, where he earned a masterâ€™s degree and supported himself by working at the Oasis Beer Garden in Menlo Park and betting on the horses, say family members. He accepted
a teaching position at Menlo School in 1960. Mr. Jones was a golfer, accomplished guitarist and pianist, avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan, and â€œcollector of bad horror movies,â€? say family members. He is survived by his wife Ellen, children Marcus, Aida and Lura; and six grandchildren. A son, Thomas, died in infancy.