September 2020

Today, people in Washington DC are paying their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by viewing her casket which is in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall. On Friday, she becomes the first woman to lie in repose at the U.S. Capital before being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary.

You can pay your respects right here in Menlo Park thanks to Suburban Park resident Nick St. John who has created a banner in his front yard where people can post notes.

“When I found out about Justice Ginburg’s passing, I was overwhelmed with grief and concern for our country,” Nick says. “It was impossible to sit with feelings like that, so I wanted to create something for people to come together and honor her.

“The project is local and personal to me. I’m hoping when people see the banner, they can think about Justice Ginsburg’s legacy and what each of us can do to pick up her mantle.”

Nick encourages people from all over Menlo Park to come by his front yard at 139 Dunsmuir Way and add notes to the banner. “I’ll add more sheets if necessary!” he says.

Photos by Robb Most (c) 2020

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Kindergarten and first grade students will return to MPSCD schools on September 28

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Webb Ranch Pumpkin Patch opens September 24

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Bay Area Urban Search and Rescue Task Force returns to Butte County for the second time in two years

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Learn about community college transfers on September 24

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered by illustrator Lauren McGinnis

Menlo-Atherton High School graduate Lauren McGinnis continues her artistic endeavors at Washington University in St. Louis where she is a senior. Here’s her lovely drawing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last  Friday. You can see more of Lauren’s work on Instagram.

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