Neighborhoods

After three days of rain, Menlo Oaks looks like the land of lakes. Lots of puddles and little lakes by drains that didn’t drain very well–a common occurance. Though not enough water for swimming, this mallard pair found plenty to snack on. Walking through the neighborhood is becoming quite the nature walk these days.

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Neighborhood walking: Math street art near the Dutch Goose

Menlo Park resident Cindy Tipton tipped us about this math art in front of math expert Paula Hamilton’s house near the Dutch Goose. Paula explained the project: “We created the math street art this past Monday. We’ve so enjoyed everyone else’s street and sidewalk designs and wanted to contribute to the community in a mathy […]

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Blue ribbons adorn trees/fences to cheer on hospital workers

One block of Stanford Ave. in the University Heights neighborhood is sporting blue ribbons in a number of front yards, a gesture started by one resident who bought enough supplies for six homes and prefers to stay anonymous. Purchased from an Amazon merchant, GiftWrap.Etc, he’s hoping others will jump on the idea. “They’re colorful, inexpensive […]

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Menlo Mystery: Where did the wild turkeys near downtown come from?

We’re hoping that there are some wild turkey experts out there who can explain where these wild turkey could have come from before setting up temporary camp near downtown Menlo Park. Joyce D emailed:  “A couple of days ago, I turned onto Lee Drive (just off Valparaiso, near downtown), and saw some big birds rooting […]

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Neighborhood walking: Stroll around Atherton on an April evening

Emailed Laura Pitchford: “I had a pretty stellar stroll around Atherton tonight” [April 3]. We selected photos that caught our attention for being a bit “artsy” for one reason or another, or just because they were so, so lovely. Laura’s walk included Almendral Ave., Adam Way, Austin Ave., Tuscalosa Ave., and Amador Ave. Reminder: We’re […]

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Neighborhood walking: Bright and cheerful walkway on Corinne Dr.

We got a tip from Portola Valley resident Sarah Lucas (who has a new blog, more about that to come) about a friend of hers, Menlo Park resident Melissa Freeman, who has created a colorful and cheerful walkway leading to the front door of her house on Corinne Dr. We checked in with Melissa who […]

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Spotted: “Don’t give up” rock in Menlo Oaks

Menlo Oaks resident Judy Horst emailed this photo with a comment: “It’s quite the fad I think. I read about it, but this is the first one I spotted.” So I guess we’ll need to be looking down for the rocks and up and around for the teddy bears as we walk!

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Spotted: Big Teddy Bear in a tree on Oak Dell Drive

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Neighborhood walking: Blooms in University Heights neighborhood

Thanks for the great response about sending flower photos that people can spot doing neighborhood walks while observing shelter-in-place. By coincidence two residents of Stanford Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood sent in photos. We feature Kristi Elliot’s tulips (above) and Charles Schmuck’s violets (correct me flower fanciers if that’s not correct!).

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Help your neighborhood during the COVID-19 emergency by becoming a Block Coordinator

If you are healthy, have a computer or phone, and are fit enough to walk around a block — please sign up to be a Block Coordinator (BCs) in Menlo Park. BCs are urgently needed until the COVID-19 emergency is over. To be a good BC, you mostly just need to be a good neighbor. BCs […]

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How to help your neighbors during the current shelter in place

Ask them if they need specific things like toilet paper and share what you have. Note if they fail to pick up their newspapers or put out their recycle bins and call them to see if they are ok. Offer to shop for them if they are in a vulnerable/high risk group. Hold virtual meals/happy […]

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