March 2020

Now that we’re being encouraged to exercise in our own neighborhoods to curb the spread of COVID-19, we thought it would be fun and informative to identify some points of interest that can be seen along the way as well as spotlight the flowers and trees that make spring so beautiful in our towns.

Tomorrow we’ll look at a historical landmark; these flower photos are from today’s amble around one west Menlo Park neighborhood.

Every spring there’s a poppy explosion on Brandon Way (top) in a front yard that’s been part of past Native Plant Tours. “Gone native” since 1992 when the owners planted California poppies, they added Coastal poppies (more yellow, less golden in color) 10 years later and the two varieties have since crossed to produce a hybrid.

The daffodils (above right) tell only a partial story, like about one-tenth. Dozens and dozens of daffodils stretch across two front yards on Oak Dell near Lemon.

And finally, the explosion of tulip color was spotted on Ambar.

Is your neighborhood  blooming with beauty? Please send flower photos with type of flower and what street to [email protected]

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View from the Bike Lane: Reminder about cycling courtesies

The lifestyle changes that all of us are making as the result of Coronavirus pandemic are challenging. But there are some positive effects occurring. From my kitchen window, I see so many more families out cycling together. Given good weather and a noticeable reduction in traffic, cycling is more enjoyable than ever. Along with increased […]

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Spotted: Sidewalk chalk with a positive message

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Online Trivia Night at Cafe Zoë features Mayor Cecilia Taylor on April 2

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Updates on various financial and health resources while sheltering in place

Editor’s note: We thank the town of Atherton for putting this list together. The Cantor Arts Center  launched a new program for visitors, Museum From Home. To see what you can watch, read, and listen to visit the Cantor Arts Center museum from home visit: https://museum.stanford.edu/museums-home. San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved an initial […]

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Atherton City Council to hold special meeting on April 1

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Spotted: Deer enjoying breakfast near Big Dish

Glad to report that while people walking and jogging the Big Dish this morning were practicing social distancing, the deer were not. We came upon a foursome munching on tree leaves. It was a nice spot of nature in these tough times. Skies were blue overhead with a few patchy clouds, unlike yesterday afternoon’s rain […]

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative commits $25 million to speed development of COVID-19 treatments

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Shoppers obey new rules set in place this Sunday at Menlo Park Farmers Market

Shoppers who ventured to the Menlo Park Farmers Market today found new rules in place and a slightly different look. Thanks to the City of Menlo Park allowing the use of some additional car park space, the stalls were spread further apart, providing a wider aisle, making it is easier for people to observe social […]

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-times #5 – “AREA CLOSED”

In response to a request from Town of Portola Valley public officials, Windy Hill Open Space Preserve was  temporarily closed on Saturday, March 28, until further notice. In a statement Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District said: “Throughout the remaining accessible open space preserves, Midpen will continue to assess visitor use levels and public compliance with […]

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Other ways to “stay safe” – and lighten the load on emergency responders

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