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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. “Bob was and remains a legend in the Menlo community,� wrote Norm Colb, newly retired as head of school at Menlo. “Even 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.� 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 site’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 committee’s report does not favor moderate-income homes not affiliated with an existing commercial enterprise. Such projects, if they arise, should be preceded by “very, very public discussion,� Mr. Warr said. Passersby should not see “a discernible difference between the rest of the town and where the unaffiliated housing would be.� 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 to read the committee report and associated documents. Go to to add your comments to the discussion.

mary use,� 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 “needs more teeth so that the housing actually gets built,� 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 — $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 master’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 “collector of bad horror movies,� say family members. He is survived by his wife Ellen, children Marcus, Aida and Lura; and six grandchildren. A son, Thomas, died in infancy.


Big Time Tot Rock band. June 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Special Events Windrider Film Forum hosts independent films and filmmakers in three-day film festival. Q&A’s with the filmmakers. Schedule available online. June 27-29, 7-10 p.m. $10 general; $5 seniors and students. Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Charged Particles Portola Vineyards’ third annual concert series begins with the jazz of Charged Particles, tastings of the vineyard’s Santa Cruz Mountains pinot, and a picnic (that attendees can bring). June 23, 5:30-7 p.m. $8 adults, $4 children, plus ticketing fee. Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley. event/6067651509?ref=ebtnebtckt Menlo Park Library Teen Summer Reading Porgram (ages 12-18) runs June 10-August 16. Register online or at library. Read books, write reviews and enter weekly raffles for prizes. Library barbecue at noon June 21 at Burgess Park. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Call 650330-2530.

Kids & Families ‘Kidchella’ Alison Faith Levy performs with

‘Paws for Tales’ On the fourth Saturday of each month, children ages 5 and up can sign up to read to a trained service dog. Through Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton. Call 650-328-2422. ‘Reading Is So Delicious’ Storytime & Craft Woodside Library event features crafts, stories and snacks. Signup required. Ages 5 to 10; parents welcome to attend with child. June 22, 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside.

Et Alia El Camino Youth Symphony gives preview performance of its Central Europe tour before it embarks on international tour. ECYS alumni and former concertmaster of SFYO, Yujin Ariza, perform Sibelius Violin “Concert in D Minor� and works by Shostakovich and Rossini. June 22, 7:30 p.m. $8/$15. MenloAtherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton. Joan Steinau Lester, author of “Mama’s Child,� will be at Kepler’s. Book deals with relationship between a white mother and her biracial daughter. June 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321.

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