Town of Portola Valley

In  its weekly update, the San Mateo County Health Department released the number of COVID-19 cases as of May 8. The confirmed cases to date in InMenlo’s coverage area:

-Menlo Park: 55; 16.2 cases for every 10,000 resident

-Atherton: 12; 16.7 cases for every 10,000 residents

-Portola Valley: 10; 21.8 cases for every 10,000 residents

-Woodside: 10; 18.0 cases for every 10,000 residents

-Unincorporated west Menlo Park has 10 (case per thousand not reported)

-Ladera has less than 10 (no other information available)

Countywide data is available on the health department’s website.

Yesterday Gov. Gavin Newsom and Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly presented the guidelines for the second-phase plan for reopening businesses, including what business owners are required to do to get back to business beginning today.

But San Mateo County and five other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley are keeping the current shelter-in-place guidelines through at least May 31 despite the changes to the state’s order. The counties and Berkeley will continue to prohibit curbside pick-up at non-essential, non-outdoor businesses.

The complete California resilience roadmap is online.

InMenlo file photo of downtown Menlo Park (c) 2019

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San Mateo County Health releases COVID-19 cases by zip code

This chart is updated weekly on Fridays. The next scheduled update will be May 8th.

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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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Woodside & Portola Valley Safety Day is Oct. 26

The Woodside & Portola Valley Safety Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Portola Valley Town Center, 765 Portola Road. All ages are welcome at this free event. There will be a costume parade at 1:00 pm. • See Sheriff cars, Fire Engines, SWAT vehicles, communication equipment and […]

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Rossotti’s Alpine Inn begins another chapter – with new offerings of food, drink and games

Rossotti’s Alpine Inn, aka Zott’s, made a triumphant return when it re-opened for business last Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm. There’s much to like! It now looks more like a proper beer garden that its roadhouse roots. The outside picnic tables with adjacent heaters and overhead lights seem to extend for miles. And they were […]

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Rain in Menlo – but there’s snow on top of Windy Hill!

Just rain overnight in Menlo Park, another .2” , which adds up to 11.75” season to date, according to InMenlo weather watchers Sally and Bill Russ. The bigger news is that there’s snow on Windy Hill! Menlo Park resident Kristy Holch made a special trip up the hill. She emails: “I was not the first! A family […]

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Turkeys enjoy their freedom at Portola Valley Ranch

While recently on assignment at a residence at Portola Valley Ranch, both photographer Robb Most and I quickly realized that their should have been warning signs that said “slow for turkeys” because they were everywhere. Local free-range turkey are also found along the trails above the Ranch as well as in abundance at the Stanford Golf […]

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Portola Valley goes ECO100: the first city to have 100% renewable electricity supply as default

Portola Valley is the first city in the country to have 100% renewable energy as the default power supply for all customers in its jurisdiction. All cities in San Mateo County now buy their electric power from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), a joint powers authority. Peninsula Clean Energy gives customers the choice of ECOplus, a […]

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Portola Valley and Woodside team up for Earth Day Fair on April 22

Bring your family and join your Portola Valley and Woodside friends and neighbors at beautiful Runnymede Sculpture Farm  (980 Runnymeade Road) for a day of fun and information. Learn how to design landscaping that is beautiful now and will remain beautiful through dry and wet seasons. The event is sponsored by the Woodside Sustainability & Conservation […]

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Enchanting stone buildings are all that remains of Willowbrook Farm in Portola Valley

  Some of the most intriguing buildings in Portola Valley are the quaint stone houses at 451 Portola that look like castles from a Grimm Brothers story. Was that window in the tower the one where Rapunzel stood and hung down her hair for the prince?  Was it the castle where Cinderella, dressed in her finery, went […]

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