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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Be on the alert for scams related to COVID-19 urges SMC District Attorney

Today, San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe advised San Mateo County residents and businesses to be alert for scams related to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, it is common for scammers to exploit the uncertainty and anxiety associated with emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic to take people’s money or steal […]

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Menlo Park closes additional recreation facilities, urges better social distancing

To reduce crowds at local parks and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Menlo Park is taking additional safety measures and closing all park restrooms, all public tennis courts and all public basketball courts. These new closures are in addition to the already closed playgrounds and skate park. These changes are effective […]

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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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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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Schools will continue to be closed through May 1

Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their six county superintendents of schools have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. The safety and wellness of students, school personnel, […]

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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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Updates from city about construction and from county about staying home

In an updated announcement, the City of Menlo Park reminded residents today that construction remains suspended. “Building construction requires regular inspection services to ensure that completed work complies with both issued permits and applicable building standards, and waiving such inspections increases the risk of defective and unsafe construction,” read a statement. “The City has extremely […]

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A bit of cheer on National Puppy Day courtesy of two local photographers

These photos bring a smile to my face — and hopefully to yours.  They’re the result of a happenstance meeting between two InMenlo contributing photographers, Irene Searles and Laura Hamilton, who live just a few miles apart in Woodside and Ladera respectively. “I’d gone for a walk along Portola Rd. with my new camera and […]

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COVID-19 clinical testing expanded thanks to collaboration of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, CZI and UCSF

Supported by an executive order from California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub), and UC San Francisco (UCSF) are helping frontline healthcare facilities and local authorities better fight the COVID-19 pandemic, using their capabilities to increase the volume of local clinical testing. UCSF’s goal is to achieve […]

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