Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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There were a lot of puddles spotted on a neighborhood walk in the Menlo Park this morning under a slight drizzle.

Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Just in from a walk, and the best I can report is .05”. That is 7.4” for the season. What I did notice was birds chirping and the absence of those crabby blackbirds.”

Alas, they were still out and about only a few blocks away in our neighborhood.

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Here are some diversions that may help pass the time while you shelter-in-place

Think the streets of Menlo Park are quiet? For some armchair travel, take a look at how some of the world’s top tourist destinations look like amidst the coronavirus pandemic. To celebrate World Theatre Day, BroadwaySF has curated some of its favorite theater videos in a BroadwaySFromHome YouTube playlist and songs in a BroadwaySFromHome Spotify playlist. […]

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Ideas to bring some brightness to your shelter-in-place neighborhood here in Menlo Park

From Julie Hayes: “Looks like Friday, March 27, will be rain free [with maybe some showers on] Saturday, March 28, so get ready to chalk your sidewalk, driveway or curb. You pick your residential canvas while following social distancing guidelines. Fun for the kids, a release for adults. Many thanks to Nicole Gesher in The […]

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Observations from a shopping trip to Safeway on El Camino Real

We’ve not been to the Safeway on El Camino in Menlo Park since the shelter-in-place order was issued on March 16. Our experience this morning is that the staff there is working hard to provide a system that helps people practice social distancing while getting shoppers out of the store as quickly as possible. After […]

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Rep. Anna Eshoo to hold Tele-Town Hall Meeting the evening of March 26

On Thursday, March 26, from 7:35 to 8:35 pm PDT, Rep. Anna Eshoo will hold a Tele-Town Hall Meeting to update constituents on what Congress is doing to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and answer questions. In a statement released by her office, the Congresswoman said: “During these challenging and uncertain times, it’s essential […]

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-times #3 – “long reach hoses”

When parked for a red light near the Shell Station on El Camino, we spotted this sign assuring people that the pumping hoses were long and that cars could be on both sides of the gas pumps. filling up at the same time with drivers remaining six feet apart when out of their vehicles. Photo […]

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Hey Big Dish walkers/joggers – please follow these new guidelines

While the Stanford Dish is currently open for walking and jogging, the Alpine Gate (which is closest to Menlo Park) will be closed starting Thursday, March 26. The three remaining gates remain open: Stanford Ave., Gerona and Frenchmans. But before you all head to those gates, please read and adhere to the guidance issued by […]

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Portola Valley Farmers’ Market to open as a “drive-thru” for three Thursdays taking online orders only

As part of the SAFE (Sanitary Allocation of Food Essentials) initiative, the Portola Valley Farmers’ Market is joining forces with the Town of Portola Valley to bring shoppers goods and produce from the Thursday market during the shelter-in-place order. Beginning Thursday, March 26, for three weeks (including April 2 and April 9), the SAFE Portola […]

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Spotted: Signs-of-the-times #3: “alternative hiking area: Matadero Creek Trail”

Big Dish walkers and joggers pass this sign, a reminder that there’s a nearby alternative to walking/jogging the Dish. Here’s more information about the Matedero Creek Trail posted by Stanford when the Dish was closed five years ago. My recollection is that I somehow picked up another trail for a loop but I can’t confirm […]

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Overnight rain stays in place for a few morning drizzles

It was drizzling slightly when we headed outside for some morning exercise this morning, but then the sun came out and warmed things up. Reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ: “Sometime last evening and night .15” fell into my gauge. Now 7.35” year-to-date.” Photo by Robb Most (c) 2020

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Initial Meals of Gratitude dinners delivered to Stanford hospital workers

Yesterday Meals of Gratitude, an effort started by Flea Street Cafe owner Jesse Cool and local resident Holly Tabor, delivered the first 75 meals to front line workers at Stanford hospital. Ingredients were purchased from local farmers, ranchers, and producers. Says Jesse: “Just so everyone knows, we are in the process, after our first trial week, […]

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