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Menlo Park Updates

Mar 24

Library space needs study results revealed on Tuesday

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 9:36 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Susan Holmer

Following six months of intense study of the existing library structure and extensive staff and public involvement, the results of the space needs study of the Main Library will be presented to the City Council at their March 28 meeting. The presentation will examine the deficiencies of the current building as they pertain to the vision of future library services for the Menlo Park community. Options to be described include both reusing and replacing the current structure and expanding library space by approximately 30 percent.

Library space needs study results revealed on Tuesday
Mar 24

Menlo Park gymnast qualifies for State!

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 9:34 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Karen Mihalek

On March 4 Sophie Simons competed in the Pot of Gold Gymnastics Meet. This meet was the last opportunity to qualify for the State Gymnastics competition where the top finishers have the opportunity to participate at the national level in Regionals. Sophie had her best uneven parallel bar routine ever and scored a 9.05, placing third. She also placed second on vault and third on balance beam and floor exercise landing her third all-around in the competition and securing her place at States. Sophie has continued to improve all season and is an inspiration to her team mates and the children in the developmental program. We all wish her luck.

In the last 10 years, Menlo Park Gymnastics had 10 girls qualify for States. Last year we had our first female gymnasts qualify for regionals, Sophie Simons and Alexa Thomasas. Sophie was second on bars and fourth in the all-around at Regionals in Level 7. Sophie went on to be the Level 7 State Bar Champion at the State Competition.

Menlo Park gymnast qualifies for State!
Mar 24

Welcome new assistant community development director

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Arlinda Heineck

The Community Development Department is very happy to introduce the Department’s newest member – Mark Muenzer – who will be serving as the assistant director overseeing the Planning Division. Mark started with the City Monday, March 20.

Mark is joining the City of Menlo Park from the City of Evanston, Illinois, where he was the community development director for a community that is home to Northwestern University and immediately adjacent to Chicago. Prior to that he served in several roles for the City of Chicago, including managing the City’s Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. His first job in the Chicago area, where he has lived for the past 15 years, was as community development director for the City of Countryside, Illinois. He holds a bachelor’s in Political Science from Gannon University (PA) and a Masters of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati.

A native of Michigan and Pennsylvania, in his free time he likes running and working out, which he hopes to do more of outside now that he is in a milder climate (Hurrah!). He is also a big sports fan – including Penn State football, University of Cincinnati basketball and Chicago Cubs baseball (World Champs!). He has been enjoying reconnecting with friends in the Bay Area and spends a ridiculous amount of time walking, hiking and throwing the tennis ball to his 10-year-old chocolate lab Ludlow.

Welcome new assistant community development director