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Here are the winners of this year’s Rotary Scholarships, which were presented May 19 at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. First row, from left: Ayana Bohannon, Angelean Johnson, Louisa Aaron, Madeleine Rostami, Georgia Reid, Virginia Magana, Adriana Ortiz, Constance Carresco and Katy Leon; Second row, from left: Diana Marin-Melo, Dayana Sandoval, Kayte Toscano, Johanna Cortez, Talmai Abarca, Carolyne McBirney, Mayra Garcia, Robert DeGeus, Ernesto Carriel, and Randy Lopez. Third row, from left: Fabian Chavez, Ruth Gomez, Mouianga Fehoko, Susan Vunga, Jose Sanchez, Andre Gomez, Ryan Young, Juan Lopez Casildo and Gurjeet Chahal.
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wenty-seven graduating seniors from local high schools received scholarships at the 28th annual Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholastic awards ceremony May 19 at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. In addition to the scholarships, just over 100 students received academic achievement awards that were selected and presented by the principals or headmasters of their school. Rotary Club president Glen Rojas welcomed about 300 parents and friends of the students after the Menlo-Atherton High School Jazz Band performed several numbers to the delight of the crowd. Former Rotary Club president Tim Leary introduced the featured speaker, Dr. Charles Prober, the senior associate dean for medical education and professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at Stanford Medical School. In an uplifting speech, Dr. Prober exhorted the students to continue to strive for educational excellence and find and pursue their passions in life, and then turned the podium over to two residents from Stanford, who shared their life stories.
The need-based scholarships, totaling $128,000, were provided by the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation for students attending four-year colleges and local community colleges. Members of the club’s scholarship awards committee interviewed the applicants and made the final decisions on the winners. Seventeen students who are attending four-year colleges and 10 who will attend community colleges received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $12,000. Here are the recipients of this year’s Rotary Club of Menlo Park scholarship awards: ■ The Tsui-Tang Family Math and Science Scholarship went to Menlo-Atherton student Georgia Reid, who will attend Lewis and Clark College. ■ The John D. Russell Scholarship went to Menlo-Atherton student Madeleine Rostami, who will attend Northwestern University. ■ The Crittenden Family Scholarship went to home schooled student Carolyn McBirney, who will attend Cal Poly. ■ The Robert G. Paroli Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student
Dayana Sandoval, who will attend UC Santa Cruz. ■ The Doris and Orm Rector Scholarship went to Sacred Heart Preparatory student Diana Marin-Melo, who will attend Georgetown. ■The Edward Mintz Scholarship went to Sacred Heart student Fabian Chavez, who will attend Santa Clara. ■ The Business and Professional Scholarship went to Sacred Heart student Ruth Gomez, who will attend Loyola Marymount. ■ A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Ayana Bohannon, who will attend Emory. ■ A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to East Palo Alto Academy student Gurjeet Chahal, who will attend UC San Diego. ■ A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarshp went to Eastside College Preparatory student Johanna Cortez, who will attend Connecticut. ■ A Menlo Park Rotary Foundation Scholarship went to Eastside College Preparatory student Jose Sanchez, who will attend Bates. See SCHOLARSHIPS, page 6
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Atherton cops to crash at Watkins House pad By Barbara Wood Special to the Almanac
therton police officers who need to catch some shut-eye between 12-hour shifts will soon have a pretty nice place to do just that: Holbrook-Palmer Park’s Watkins House, empty since the city manager declined the traditional offer of free housing. Police Chief Ed Flint said at the May 21 Atherton City Council meeting that the arrangement offers numerous benefits for the town. “We have a problem with the officers’ not getting enough rest,” Chief Flint said, explaining that officers work 12-hour shifts three or four days a week, and some live hours away. When an emergency arises, if officers are in Atherton when off-duty, “they’re not an hour and a half away” if needed, he said. “It also gets them off the road.” Chief Flint said the availability of a local place for officers to stay would also be “a good recruiting measure.” In addition, officers would be requested to stroll the park when there, adding some security benefits, he said. All four council members supported the plan. Atherton is currently short one council member, due to Jim Dobbie’s resignation in March.
Officers who live out of town will have a place to sleep between shifts “I think the town needs to maintain the house in the park” as a housing option for future city managers, said Councilman Bill Widmer. “We may not be able to get who we want if we don’t have the option to house them.” Councilman Rick DeGolia said the plan could also help the town recruit new police officers. “We need to find tools and carrots that we can use,” he said. “This is going to help.” Chief Flint said the Atherton Police Officers Association would be responsible for File photo by Michelle Le housekeeping, while the town The Watkins House in Holbrook-Palmer in Atherton has long been the home of the city manager. would continue to take care of maintenance and repairs at the house. Furniture would be town to give him six months An opinion by City Attor- also keep an eye on the park donated if needed, and locks to move into the Watkins ney William Conners seemed and provide some security would be added to bedroom House, and also received a to preclude renting out the qualifies because it benefits doors. $2,500 monthly allowance to home to a private individual the park, he said. The agreement would also offset his housing and com- or for some use not related to A few public speakers be immediately revocable if mute costs. He later told the the park. When the land and opposed letting police crash at the town needed the house for town that he would not be able buildings were donated to the the house. “This is an asset of another reason, such as a new to move to Atherton and asked town, the park was to be used the town and we need to make city manager who wanted to for a $30,000 raise instead. only as “a first-class recre- some money from it,” said live there. He got the raise, but lost the ational facility,” he said. Hav- resident Walter Sleeth. “That’s When George Rodericks monthly allowance, and the ing someone, such as the city better than having this be some was hired as city manager in town began looking into alter- manager or police officers, sort of a playhouse for some of October 2012, he asked the native uses for the house. live in the home who could our town employees.” A
Residents want right to build larger homes By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
oodside Heights, though within the borders of Woodside, is a community apart: It sits east of Interstate 280 and it is adjacent to West Atherton, where market values tend to be higher by comparison. The landscaping resembles that of West Atherton: The homes are somewhat hidden from the street by the trunks and foliage of large heritage trees. Unlike Atherton, the floor area of primary houses in Woodside Heights is limited to 4,000 square feet. And there’s the rub, as recently presented in a 14-page proposal to the Wood-
side Town Council. Residents of Woodside Heights, represented by Greg Smith of Eleanor Drive, asked the council on May 13 to amend the zoning of their properties. The proposal, “Woodside Heights: Rethinking Our Zoning,” asks the council and town government to change the municipal code by taking 1,500 of the 15,000 square feet of permitted floor area on a oneacre lot and reallocating it to primary houses. Such a change would allow a primary house a maximum of 5,500 square feet. The proposal requests that this be done in three months’ time. Council members were sym-