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How nice to see Mercedes, Juan and staff at Ladera Garden and Gifts this morning and learn that they are now taking email/phone orders. Here’s what you need to know: “Email your order to [email protected] or call 650-854-3850. Our new business hours for curbside pick up and delivery ONLY are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.” We can report that all the plants looks fresh and healthy.

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Staying on the floral theme, Jeff from J Floral Art reports that he and Craig are working to fulfill orders without other staff: “We are taking online orders and doing deliveries with social distancing. No contact with recipients. We leave the flowers outside at door, then call the client to let them know something is waiting for them.

“We still have limited inventory to make arrangements and are asking people to be flexible and choices and preferences as we don’t know day-to-day what we will have. It’s a new big learning curve, but we are making it work!”

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From Marina Borrone: “Announcing our GoFundMe campaign to ‘KEEP CAFÉ BORRONE ALIVE.’ We are all feeling the tremendous impact of COVID-19 and we realize many independents and businesses need help. It took us some time to come to the realization that if we did not ask for help from our community, we may have failed them if we were not able to re-open our doors. We are amid many unknowns and we are barely able to hang on to our beloved café. We are humbled to ask for your help. We are extremely grateful for our loyal customers who have shared their concerned with us during this time. Thank you for your contributions or sharing this message. We appreciate you sharing your experiences and memories. You may visit our website for the GoFundMe link. Thank you!

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San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee joins Silicon Valley Community Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education in announcing the launch of the COVID-19 Education Partnership. The goal of the partnership is to help local school districts address immediate challenges and longer-term recovery efforts related to COVID-19.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation will seed the COVID-19 Education Partnership effort with $1 million. In addition, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, has matched the foundation’s commitment with $1 million to support PreK-12 students, teachers, and schools as part of the company’s COVID-19 pandemic response in service of public health and emergency community needs. Donate online.

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Facebook is is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. To be eligible to apply, you must:

-Be a for-profit company
-Have between 2 and 50 employees
-Have been in business for over a year
-Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
-Be in or near a location where Facebook operates

Find out more.

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From Kepler’s Literary Foundation: “REFRESH THE PAGE is our new series of online conversations, classes and seminars. It’s our way of keeping in touch, offering you the fine quality programming we’re so proud to share with our community. We have more programs in the works; keep checking back for new listings!” You can also support the Foundation with a donation.

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From Peter Carpenter, who sent a link to a Medium post – So, You’re Going Outside, along with two these two important paragraphs from the article:

“We can see that, if you’re coughed on by people who aren’t wearing masks, a 4-foot sidewalk is wayyyy riskier than a 6-foot sidewalk! But fortunately, the difference disappears when people put on masks: infection probabilities tank to near-zero.

“If everyone coughs on you while passing you, you have a 19% chance of getting infected after passing 100 people in SF at a 4 foot distance, but only a 0.8% chance at a 6 foot distance. Truly, masks and distancing each make a world of difference. Masks and distancing make a god-like level of difference.”

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Updates on resources, schools, and events related to the COVID-19 pandemic

The news just kept coming today. Here’s information related to COVID-19 and our local communities. Menlo Park City Council member Ray Mueller worked with Stanford hospital workers on a PSA video reminding parents to not let their children play with other children —- and to stay home. Facebook is awarding $15 million in Facebook grants […]

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Facebook announces $20 million to combat COVID-19

Mark Zuckerberg just announced $20 million in matching donations to support global relief efforts for COVID-19. This commitment includes $10 million for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly established COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Facebook Fundraiser, and $10 million for the CDC Foundation, which will launch their Facebook Fundraiser in […]

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Human Sign participants assembling to highlight important issues in 2020

Bay Area Action, one of the organizers of the demonstration in front of Facebook on January 18, is planning another demonstration on Friday, Feb. 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Facebook headquarters (1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park). “Bay Area Action is an environmental education and social action group famous for its human signs in […]

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Protesters again gather at Facebook to urge fact checking of political ads

Facebook users, investors, and neighbors gathered outside the Menlo Park-based company headquarters late yesterday afternoon demonstraitng against the company’s refusal to fact-check political ads run on their site. “We are unhappy with [Facebook’s] decision to not fact check their political ads on their platform,” emailed Laura Stec of Bay Area Action. “We expect Facebook to […]

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Raging Grannies join other groups in protesting Facebook’s political ad policy

Local members of the Raging Grannies Action League (left in photo) joined with representatives from Media Alliance and Global Exchange in a protest in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park yesterday to call attention to the social media company’s practice of accepting political ads even if they have demonstrably false information in them. “As culture […]

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Meeting on the proposed Belle Haven Community Center and Library Project set for Jan. 11

Learn about Facebook’s offer to build a Menlo Park community center in the Belle Haven neighborhood on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:00 am to Noon at the Menlo Park Senior Center, 110 Terminal Ave. Provide your thoughts and input on how you’d like to use the proposed facility. Understand the process and timeline going forward and how […]

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Spotted: Local Raging Grannies participating in #FacebookBlackout days

Menlo Park resident Gail Sredanovic (pictured in pink jacket) was among the Raging Grannies that joined a protest in front of the Facebook thumbs up sign on December 9 (International Anti-Corruption Day) calling for a 48-hour Facebook blackout. The campaign was spurred on by Facebook’s decision in October to amend its political advertising policy — exempting politicians […]

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Facebook offers tips for small businesses to get ready for the holiday shopping season

Facebook  recently hosted “Boost with Facebook Holiday Bootcamp” — a training program designed to help small businesses and nonprofits learn how to grow and get ready for the holiday shopping season — at its company headquarters in Menlo Park, along with other offices worldwide. “About 500 local businesses attended,” said Rich Rao, Facebook’s VP for Small […]

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$25 million gift from Facebook will fund housing for teachers in local school district

Facebook is contributing $25 million to build new housing for teachers and other public service workers as part of a partnership established with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and several local school districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the company announced today. The 90- to 120-unit community will be built on 1.5 […]

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Funding for new Belle Haven library and community center proposed by Facebook

During a meeting of the Belle Haven Neighborhood Association on October 2, Facebook  offered to fund and build a new multigenerational community center in partnership with the Neighborhood Association, which will include new facilities for seniors, youth, and a new library. “This facility will enhance the accessibility, and quality of recreational and gatherings spaces available to […]

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