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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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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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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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$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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Share your spark: How Spark Program helps middle school students

Recently, Spark Program hosted the Share Your Spark event at Facebook in Menlo Park. Share Your Spark is a celebration of learning and community where students and mentors participating in Spark’s mentorship program showcase their career and interest-driven projects in a science-fair style setting. Projects ranged from building drones, to self-walking programmable LED smart shoes, […]

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Bomb threat at Facebook facility reported but no suspicious devices found

At 4:32 pm Monday, Dec. 11,  Menlo Park Police communications center received a call from the New York Police Department Crime Stoppers Unit that they received an anonymous tip of a bomb threat at a Facebook facility located at 200 Jefferson Dr. in Menlo Park. Facebook management, as a precaution, requested buildings in the surrounding […]

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New Frank Gehry designed building expands Facebook campus in Menlo Park

Facebook announced the completion of its latest building, MPK 21, designed by architect Frank Gehry and featuring a 3.6-acre rooftop garden with 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway. Bringing the outdoors into the office space, The Town Square (photo top) is a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees, and The Bowl (photo below) is […]

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Community Boost comes to Facebook in Menlo Park

As part of Facebook’s pledge to train one million people by 2020, its Community Boost program landed at its Menlo Park headquarters this week. It’s part of a 50-city tour across the U.S. to train small businesses and entrepreneurs in digital skills needed to compete in today’s economy. Participating as a panelist on Monday was Joshua Kozak […]

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Year Up Bay Area launches job training program at Facebook in Menlo Park

Year Up Bay Area (“YUBA”), a non-profit workforce development program for motivated and talented young adults, has launched a new Year Up site at Facebook in Menlo Park. The new site, which is Year Up’s first employer-based site on the West Coast, will serve 80 young adults in its first year, allowing the organization to […]

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Menlo Park family takes action on immigration policy with fundraising campaign

Update: The Willners have now raised over $20 million of a end of June. It was the photo of a young girl at the border about to be separated from her mother that caught Menlo Park resident Charlotte Willner’s attention. She decided to take action, and along with her husband Dave and friend Malorie McGee, […]

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