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 for small businesses, saying in a press release: “We heard loudly and clearly that small businesses need financial support — in fact we saw that 96% of US small-business owners were already feeling the impact of coronavirus. That’s why we’re supporting businesses of all sizes in any way we can.” Businesses can now go to to check their eligibility and get more details on the program.

Menlo Park resident Peter Carpenter sent along a YouTube video 10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home.

Atherton resident Julie Kaufman, a long-time TheatreWorks board member, emails that there will be “an initial stream of TheatreWorks’ recent production of “Pride and Prejudice”, a musical with book and music by Paul Gordon… filmed with a professional film crew. I hope it’s good! Certainly the performance I saw in-person was very worth watching. I believe that it is free only this Friday for the two performances at 3:30 and 7:00 pm PDT.” Sign up to view online.

Menlo Park City Council member Betsy Nash forwarded a weekly message from the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. It touched on:

Schools to remain closed for the remainder of the year: After recently announcing campuses would remain closed for in-person learning until May 1, Bay Area counties took action to review their closure timelines following statements by Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond suggesting that California’s students would not likely be able to return to campus for in-person learning for the remainder of this school year.

Stanford Blood Center (SBC) will begin convalescent plasma collections from potential donors to help support patients battling COVID-19. The new investigational treatment recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be used by hospitals initially for critically ill patients and later also in the setting of clinical trials in patients in different stages of the disease.

SBC will be working with Stanford Medicine on this new initiative that involves taking plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients and transfusing that plasma into COVID-19 patients in hopes that the antibodies in the donated plasma will help save the lives of the recipients. More information is available online.

Dan Clendenin shared a link to a talk Director of the National Institutes of Health Frances Collins gave on COVID-19, science and faith.

And finally, what’s with the poppy photo? We missed that yesterday was California Poppy Day, doubly sad as we had this great poppy photo taken by Betsy Sergeant Snow.

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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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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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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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Vendors at this morning’s Menlo Park Farmers Market get creative

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Selby’s introduces take out along with update on offerings by local supermarkets

While a number of local restaurants — Camper, Menlo Tavern, Portola Kitchen, Village Bakery, to name a few — temporarily closed when the “shelter in place” order was issued, others continue to evolve ways to serve local diners — and keep their staff working. Flea Street Cafe, Left Bank, Vida, and Lulu’s are all offering food to […]

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Downtown Menlo Park a bit of a ghost town this Sunday morning as coronavirus numbers continue upwards

On Friday, Cafe Borrone in Menlo Park was heralding “Friday vibe, clear blue skies and lots of sun.” Then came the rain — and the announcement that the popular downtown eatery would no longer be open for dinner starting Saturday, March 14. And then that they’d be closing entirely from today through Sunday, April 6, […]

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Stephanie Ekoniak gets inspiration from Thread jewelry makers around the globe

In the ’90s, Menlo Park resident Stephanie Ekoniak was in the Peace Corps and later worked in business development in Eastern Europe. But, as she explains, she “drifted from that path, went to business school and worked in high tech.” “So when I found out about Threads,” she continues, “I connected with it right away. […]

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Spotted: Humongous artichokes at Menlo Park Farmers Market

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