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All San Mateo County Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies’ 911 Dispatch Centers are now equipped to receive and respond to mobile phone 911 text messages. All phones or devices must include a text or data plan, be text capable, and have their location services enabled to send a text message to 911.

This technology directly benefits members of our deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired communities as they will now have a more efficient and effective way to request emergency services in times of need. Additionally, those who find themselves in a situation where it may be too dangerous to dial 911 will have another option to call for help during an emergency. Examples include: a domestic abuse situation, an active shooter incident, or an incident that has caused injury resulting in an inability to speak. Otherwise, it is always best to dial 911 and speak with dispatcher directly.

Here are some helpful tips when using the Text to 911 service:
– Always provide the exact location of the emergency
– Text messages should be brief and easy to understand
– Do not use abbreviations, emojis or slang

Texts can only be received in English at this time; this service will be available in additional languages in the near future

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Menlo Park City School District is looking for substitute teachers

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Menlo Park City School District is seeking substitute teachers. If you’re looking for an engaging was to spend the day, remain active with the youth of our community, and earn some extra income, come join the MPCSD team as a substitute teacher with our wonderful students. A Bachelor’s degree, the California Basic Education Skill Test, […]

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Fire at Robert S Drive home results in death of two pets – and estimated $2 million in damages

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A fire at a home on Robert S Drive in Menlo Park Friday afternoon led to the death of two family pets and damage estimated to be $2 million. The large 5000 square foot, two-story home was built in 2005. Roughly 1500 square feet of the first floor of structure was significantly damaged by the fire […]

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Heads up Menlo Park Dish walkers/joggers – entry closures in October

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Access through Piers Lane in Menlo Park to Stanford’s Big Dish will be closed October 22 – 25, 2018, due to the Lagunita Diversion Dam Removal and Creek Restoration Project. Access through Frenchman’s Gate on Junipero Serra Blvd. to the Dish will be closed through the end of October due to roadway construction in the […]

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Ethanol, not cyanide, is culprit that sickens UPS driver yesterday in Menlo Park

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Responding to a medical aid call yesterday, Menlo Park Fire District personnel found a 41-year-old male next to a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery vehicle. He identified himself as the driver and stated that he believed that he had been exposed to some type of chemical spill inside the back of the vehicle. The UPS driver was transported […]

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Willow Road at Highway 101 slated for closure the weekend of Oct. 5-7

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Willow Road at 101 in Menlo Park will be completely closed, including the on- and off-ramps, starting Friday, October 5, at 10:00 pm until Monday, October 8 at 4:00 am. Ramps will reopen at 6:00 am on Monday. This closure will not occur during regular commute traffic, only weekend hours and only on Willow Road. […]

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“Impressions of Indonesia” is featured exhibit at Portola Art Gallery in October

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“Impressions of Indonesia,” watercolor paintings by Yvonne Newhouse of San Mateo, is the featured exhibit at the Portola Art Gallery in October. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit includes scenes from her travels earlier this year. Although the paintings were completed in the studio, […]

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Hillview School sixth graders get a lesson in creating Magical Bridge playground

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Sixth grade art students at Hillview Middle School received a special lesson from Jay Gluckman of the Magical Bridge Foundation as part of a playground design unit with their teacher Anna Kogan. Jay talked to the students about the differing abilities of children for whom Magical Bridge playgrounds are designed, what surface types are used, […]

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Menlo Park City School District hosts speaker series beginning Oct. 3

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Menlo Park City School District offers a speaker series, featuring excellent, well-known speakers and timely topics. The community is invited to attend any of these free events at Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Avenue, Menlo Park. The events include refreshments, and free childcare for potty trained children. The first event is Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 […]

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SafeSpace teens create videos to help break silence about mental health problems

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Members of the SafeSpace Youth Advisory Board created, wrote, directed and produced a collection of videos entitled, “SafeSpace New Conversations.”  with the intent of challenging current media portrayals of mental illness as a hopeless condition and ask the question, “What would happen if we told the truth about our lives?” The videos will be offered […]

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Menlo Oaks first neighborhood-wide yard sale a big success

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More than 20 driveways and yards in the Menlo Oaks neighborhood were filled with items for sale and for free in the community’s first annual yard sale. Sponsored by Menlo Oaks District Association (MODA), the yard sale spanned 10 streets, including Menlo Oaks Drive, Berkeley Avenue, Colby Avenue, Peninsula Way, Arlington Way, Madison Way and […]

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