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Caltrans responds to ‘adopt road’ question A spokesperson for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has responded to an Almanac inquiry regarding a story that ran in the Jan. 4 issue and online about a local group’s nine-year quest to adopt a stretch of Woodside Road in Woodside. As reported in the story, Susan Doherty of Woodside applied in 2007 to adopt a two-mile stretch of Highway 84/Woodside Road between Southgate Drive and Martin Lane. She finally received a response from Caltrans in the spring of 2016 and has signed a contract on behalf of Over The Hill Club, a group of local bike riders, promising to pick up litter on both sides of the roadway through May 2021. Caltrans did not respond to a number of Almanac requests for comment on why it took nine years to get permission to adopt the roadway.
Filoli names retail head Raymond McKenzie brings more than 20 years of experience in retail to his new position as head of retail Raymond operations at McKenzie Filoli, the historic Woodside estate. He comes to Filoli after five years in retail for the Asian Art Museum and six years at the Museum of Craft and Design, both in San Francisco. “I came to Filoli because I have a personal passion for the country estate living of the late 19th and early 20th century,” Mr. McKenzie says. With his museum store experience, “Ray will bring the already beautiful garden shop to a new level,” Filoli Executive Director Kara Newport says.
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After the Almanac went to press, the agency responded. Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro said maintenance records show that stretch of highway was adopted by the Woodside-Atherton Garden Club from February 2008 to February 2013. The garden club opted not to renew its contract and “there was a waiting list of five groups for it,” Ms. Navarro said. “After review,” she said, Ms. Doherty’s application surfaced. Ms. Navarro said she is uncertain why there was a three-year gap between contracts, but said somewhere along the line a longtime Caltrans employee retired in the district involved and a new director was hired, and that may have interrupted the process.
City meets on home burglaries By Kate Bradshaw Almanac Staff Writer
n response to a number of residential burglaries in Menlo Park’s Willows neighborhood, the city will hold a public meeting to discuss the problem at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Laurel School Upper Campus (275 Elliott Drive). Police spokesperson Nicole Acker said undercover surveillance is continuing in the Willows, where there were 15 residential burglaries in 2016, three more than in 2015 and the most of any Menlo Park neighborhood. Of those 15 burglaries, 12 occurred from September to December, she said. On Dec. 20, two 16-year-old boys from East Palo Alto were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary in the Willows. They were booked into Hillcrest
Anita Hedberg Douglas August 5, 1929-December 7, 2016 Anita Hedberg Douglas passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home in Portola Valley on December 7. Born in Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden to Conrad and Esther Hedberg, Anita came to the United States at age 22 looking for work and adventure. Within two weeks she found a job with the Scandinavian Travel Bureau in Rockefeller Center, and it was in New York that she eventually met Hugh Douglas of the Arizona branch of the Douglas copper-mining family. They married in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1953 and returned to New York for a year before her husband’s work took them to Turkey and then on to Libya. During that time the couple had three sons. They returned to the U.S. in 1962, eventually settling down in Atherton where Anita had a daughter in 1969. She loved art, travel, cooking, and was an active volunteer in numerous civic organizations, including SWEA, Allied Arts Guild in Palo Alto, where she was due to receive her 50 years of service recognition in 2017, and the Kiwanis. She was known among family and friends for her cooking, especially her Christmas Eve smörgåsbord. She happily passed her recipes on to her children and grandchildren. Anita parlayed her love of travel into her work as a travel agent, establishing her own travel agency in 1984 with a partner until 2004 and then continued working as an independent travel agent thereafter. Anita traveled the world, visiting more than 100 countries. Her most recent trip abroad was to France last June, when she spent two weeks participating in a French language program and then hosting a two-week family reunion in Provence for all 16 members of her immediate family. She was still working up to the day of her passing. Anita is survived by her children Hugh (Amy), Ian (Dany), Craig, and Ann Jessen (Leif); and her seven grandchildren Will, Erik, Ethan, Peter, Anita, Catherine, and Henry; and her brother Sture (Gudrun) in Sweden; her mother-in-law Betty, and sister-in-law Laurenne (Carl). She will be deeply missed for her compassion, wisdom, generosity, ebullient spirit, optimism, graciousness and love of adventure. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held at Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood, Menlo Park at 2pm on January 21, 2017. PA I D
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Juvenile Detention Facility on two counts of residential burglary each. At the meeting Wednesday, Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, Police Chief Bob Jonsen, Police Commander William Dixon and city police officers will discuss how they are addressing the burglary problem and answer questions. Detective Jason Poirier will talk about crime prevention “through environmental design.” The concept, according to the
city’s website, is that people can reduce crime near their homes by “eliminating criminal opportunities in and around your property.” Well-maintained, well-lit and difficult-to-access properties, for instance, can be less appealing targets for burglars. Community Service Officer Gonee Sepulveda will talk about the police department’s neighborhood watch program. Go to tinyurl.com/burglary348 for more information. A
Patricia Nell Ferguson Weaver August 9, 1944 to September 16, 2016 Resident of Palo Alto Patricia Nell Ferguson Weaver passed away peacefully in her sleep September 16, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Dallas, Texas, Patricia Nell Ferguson the daughter of Julia and Charles Ferguson, spent her elementary and junior high school years moving back and forth between Texas and California as her father’s jobs in the insurance industry changed. Graduating from John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, she attended Stanford University where she earned a BA in French and an MA in Education. While at Stanford, she met Richard Weaver whom she married in 1966 following a two-year courtship. Patricia and Richard settled in their “forever house” in Palo Alto, where they lived since 1974. Patricia’s professional path always involved teaching. Before interrupting that career to have children, she taught French, History, and Girl’s Physical Education at Hopkins Junior High and Irvington High in Fremont. When her children got older, she returned to teaching, as an SAT tutor, as a grader for Advanced Placement History and English classes, and occasionally as a classroom teacher, teaching English at Menlo-Atherton High School and Sacred Heart Prep as a long-term substitute or as a temporary replacement. However, her enthusiasm for helping people learn to think and write led her to fulfill her real passion which was to develop a tutoring and mentoring practice that she actively continued until just a few months before her death. In addition to working with students, Patricia helped to develop curriculum for local high school English departments while mentoring teachers, helping them to hone their skills. Always a committed Christian, Patricia loved the Lord. Her twenty-seven year battle with breast cancer energized her to share God’s love with all whom she came in contact. Instead of being embittered by her condition, she enthusiastically embraced each day as a gift from God that was to be lived with dignity and grace. Her ability to actively listen to others, empathize with their situations, and to provide thoughtful suggestions for solutions to their problems made her a much sought after friend, counselor, and companion. Although family and friends sorely miss her, they all rejoice in the certainty that she is in heaven, free from her earthly pain and suffering. Patricia leaves behind her husband of 50 years, Richard Weaver of Palo Alto, CA, her daughter and son-in-law Tricia and Charlie Moss of San Francisco, CA, her son and daughter-in-law David and Katelyn Weaver and her granddaughter Clara Anne Gravelle Weaver of Seattle, WA, and her stepmother Bobbie Mitchell Ferguson of Palm Desert, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to the women’s cancer help organization – Sense of Security California, 2636 Judah Street #133, San Francisco, CA 94122. http://www.senseofsecurityus.org PA I D
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