Marion Softky, longtime Menlo Park Almanac writer, dies

Marion Softky in front of the Almanac’s offices. File photo from the Almanac. Marion Softky, who wrote thousands of articles for the Menlo Park-based Almanac over more than 40 years, died at a Portola Valley nursing home on Christmas evening of complications from long-term abdominal cancer, the Almanac reports. She was 84. Softky started at the Almanac in 1965 and her bylines continued to appear until two years ago. Her favorite topics included the environment, local history, the town of

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Mardell Ward, former Almanac ad director, dies

The Almanac — the weekly serving Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley — reports that its advertising director from 1971 to 1989, Mardell R. Ward, has died. She died March 23 in Palo Alto at age 84. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Ms. Ward had a career in journalism and advertising that included working at Sunset Magazine, the Menlo Park Recorder, Wank, Williams & Neylan advertising agency, and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. “She was

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Weekly publisher sees end of print edition

Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson said Monday that four or five years from now his newspaper and others in his chain might drop their print editions and only appear online. Other papers his company owns include The Almanac (Menlo Park), Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly, Danville Weekly and Pacific Sun (San Rafael). The Palo Alto Weekly, which had been printing two editions a week, dropped its Wednesday edition in September and now only comes out on Fridays. In a

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