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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Almanac honored in California Journalism Awards contest

The Almanac took home nine awards among all California weekly newspapers in its circulation category in the California News Publishers Association's (CNPA) 2019 California Journalism Awards, according to results announced last week.

Tuesday, 3:03 PM | No comments yet
Facebook announces $15 million to support small Bay Area businesses

Weeks after Facebook announced it would put $100 million into a program to offer grants to small businesses around the world, the Menlo Park-based company announced today that $15 million of that is set aside for Bay Area businesses.

Tuesday, 12:39 PM | No comments yet
Interim superintendent Gina Sudaria to lead Ravenswood school district on a permanent basis

After serving just over a year as the Ravenswood City School District's interim superintendent, Gina Sudaria has been selected as the K-8 district's permanent superintendent.

Tuesday, 11:40 AM | No comments yet

Monday, April 6, 2020

San Mateo County announces mandatory quarantines, isolation for coronavirus patients and their contacts

Residents of San Mateo County who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been ordered not to leave their homes except to get necessary medical care or in an emergency that requires evacuation, according to an April 6 mandate.

Monday, 6:09 PM | 9 comments
Emergency child care now open to essential workers in county at Atherton campus

San Mateo County's essential workers who need child care can now send their kids to Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton on weekdays.

Monday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Menlo College to offer transfer slots to students of 'challenged' Notre Dame de Namur University

Menlo College in Atherton has offered to take in students who attend Notre Dame de Namur University, which may close because of enrollment and financial issues.

Monday, 3:30 PM | 1 comment
Volunteers help Stanford search for COVID-19 clues in blood samples

Hundreds of volunteers from throughout Santa Clara county on Friday and Saturday participated in a Stanford survey that could help us understand how many people actually have COVID-19 virus, even if they aren't showing symptoms.

Monday, 12:09 PM | No comments yet
Menlo Park resident's 'Porchraits' offer snapshots of everyday life during shelter-at-home order

A Menlo Park resident spent her spring break taking photos ‚Ä" from at least 10 feet away ‚Ä" of her neighbors to raise money for a local charity.

Monday, 11:29 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Menlo Park moves to online permit center amid coronavirus pandemic

Menlo Park has moved to an online permit center to handle existing permit applications and ongoing projects while public facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 7:58 AM | 1 comment
Troop 206 sends two more scouts soaring with the Eagles

Two local scouts -- Kevin Box and Hazen Stribling -- received their Eagle award from Troop 206 at a Court of Honor held in January at Trinity Church in Menlo Park.

Sunday, 7:58 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Collision brings wires down, shuts down portion of Woodside Road

Woodside Road remains closed from Fox Hill Road to Skyline Boulevard, according to an alert sent out by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Sunday morning.

Saturday, 7:18 PM | No comments yet
Volunteers help Stanford search for COVID-19 clues in blood samples

Hundreds of volunteers from throughout Santa Clara County on Friday and Saturday participated in a Stanford survey that could help us understand how many people actually have COVID-19 virus, even if they aren't showing symptoms.

Saturday, 3:50 PM | No comments yet
Coronavirus weekend update: More parks close, Santa Clara County cases reach 1,148

A roundup of coronavirus news in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The latest available data shows Santa Clara County has 1,148 cases and 39 deaths; San Mateo County has 538 cases and 13 deaths.

Saturday, 10:11 AM | 12 comments
Nonprofit starts virtual discussion group for early learning programs

A Menlo Park-based nonprofit is launching a virtual discussion group for early childhood education program administrators as many cope with the challenges of continuing to provide services during the statewide shelter-in-place order.

Saturday, 9:30 AM | No comments yet

Friday, April 3, 2020

Local small businesses are taking bold new steps to keep their doors open. Help may be on the way.

As small businesses along the Peninsula shutter in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the owner of Old World Designs in Menlo Park, Linda Mendenhall, is doing everything she can to adapt to the new world of digital business.

Friday, 5:56 PM | 7 comments
New Atherton city attorney takes the reins

Mona Ebrahimi has stepped into the role of Atherton's city attorney. Her biggest project? Helping the town wrap up its new $31.6 million civic center.

Friday, 2:02 PM | No comments yet
Atherton: Civic center construction still on hold

Atherton officials are considering resuming construction of a new police station during the shelter-in-place order, but safety concerns around risks of spreading the virus remain.

Friday, 1:39 PM | 2 comments
Peninsula Clean Energy to offer $100 bill credits to low-income households countywide

To help low-income households pay their energy bills in the next few months, Peninsula Clean Energy will be providing a free $100 credit to about 30,000 customer households on their monthly PG&E bill in April.

Friday, 11:37 AM | No comments yet
School closures heighten low-income families' fears that their students will be left behind

For local low-income families, the coronavirus is exacerbating the economic, educational and technological inequities that already loom large without the threat of a public health crisis.

Friday, 11:26 AM | No comments yet
Counties change tune on face protection, but not on N95 or surgical masks

Bay Area public health leaders are now asking residents to cover their faces with a cloth before leaving their homes, heeding advice released by the state on Wednesday.

Friday, 9:14 AM | 13 comments

Thursday, April 2, 2020

A month after Super Tuesday, some votes are still being counted

Remember the primary elections last month? Since then, a global pandemic has struck, leading to lagging local vote counts. San Mateo County certified its results Wednesday, while Santa Clara County lags behind.

Thursday, 11:47 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Safety net for low-income Menlo Park residents spreading wider

As the coronavirus whips across the Bay Area, many low-income residents living on the edge are being put at risk. What's the solution? In Menlo Park, one answer comes in the form of a $112,000 fund to support residents in need.

Wednesday, 6:38 PM | 1 comment
County rolls out overflow COVID-19 treatment center at San Mateo Event Center

In a cavernous room at the San Mateo County Event Center, 250 hospital beds lie waiting for an emergency that county officials hope will never come.

Wednesday, 2:44 PM | 1 comment
Top state officials: Schools likely won't reopen this academic year

In a letter issued Tuesday, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond signaled that public school students won't return to their campuses before the end of the school year.

Wednesday, 9:29 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Judge sends Atherton mom to prison for college admissions scandal

An Atherton woman who paid more than $500,000 to help her children get into college through a nationwide admissions scandal was sentenced on Tuesday to seven months in prison, according to prosecutors.

Tuesday, 5:14 PM | 10 comments
Bay Area extends stay-at-home order to May 3, adds new business restrictions

With the number of coronavirus cases rising and health systems bracing for a surge of patients, Bay Area health officials extended on Tuesday the regional stay-at-home order until May 3 and announced new restrictions on businesses.

Tuesday, 4:15 PM | 4 comments
Neighbors helping neighbors

Even as the dark shadow of COVID-19 sweeps across our communities, lights of local organizations are popping up as neighbors help neighbors in Menlo Park.

Tuesday, 2:30 PM | 1 comment
Menlo Park district decides to place parcel tax on March 2021 ballot

Menlo Park City School District officials chose not to place a measure to renew or replace an existing parcel tax on the November ballot during a March 12 meeting.

Tuesday, 11:51 AM | 17 comments
A pandemic on the rise: Charts reveal how virus has spread at different rates in two counties

Through a series of charts, track how the coronavirus has infected and killed people in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which have a combined total of nearly 2,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday, April 7.

Tuesday, 8:28 AM | 8 comments
Portola Valley suspends construction due to virus

Construction projects in Portola Valley have been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

Tuesday, 8:24 AM | No comments yet

Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus central: 61 new cases brings Santa Clara County total to 1,285

Santa Clara County has a total of 1,285 coronavirus cases, 61 of which were announced Tuesday. One more person died of the disease, raising the death toll to 43. San Mateo County has 589 positive cases, 159 of whom were hospitalized.

Monday, 10:54 AM | 3 comments
Atherton: TV-watching burglar sentenced to probation

Vallejo resident David Lee Jeffrey Magris, who was arrested for breaking into two garages at an Atherton home in December, has been sentenced to three years of probation. When he was arrested, police say, he was watching TV.

Monday, 9:00 AM | 1 comment

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Home sales: Woodside has week's top seller with $18.4M estate

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $18.4 million for a five-bedroom farmhouse-style estate built in 2003. The property last sold in 2011 for $12.5 million.

Sunday, 8:37 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Coronavirus weekend update: Number of Santa Clara County cases makes up over a quarter of the region's total

A roundup of news about the coronavirus in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Saturday, 9:46 AM | 2 comments
Magda Fischel Levy, artist and Holocaust survivor, dies at 97

Former Menlo Park resident Magda Fischel Levy, who drew on her experience as a Hungarian Holocaust survivor, artist and maxillofacial prosthetician to provide reconstructive facial prosthetics for cancer survivors, died on March 18.

Saturday, 8:39 AM | 1 comment

Friday, March 27, 2020

California Grocers Association urges people to stop hoarding goods

The California Grocers Association has a message for people flocking to the grocery stores to stock up on supplies amid the coronavirus crisis: Don't buy so much.

Friday, 1:46 PM | 4 comments
Menlo Park COVID-19 update: City officials announce closure of additional park facilities

Menlo Park city officials on Thursday, March 26, announced the immediate closure of additional recreation facilities in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Friday, 11:12 AM | 8 comments
The high cost of sheltering in place

Though the shelter-in-place order, first implemented by six Bay Area counties and quickly followed by the statewide mandate, applies to all Californians, it has affected families unequally across the class spectrum.

Friday, 8:51 AM | No comments yet

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Caltrain to slash weekday service by more than half starting next week

Caltrain announced on Thursday (March 26) that it will reduce its weekday train service by more than half starting next week amid sharp ridership losses due to the novel coronavirus.

Thursday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
San Mateo County schools to remain closed through May 1

Hundreds of public schools in six Bay Area counties, including in San Mateo County, will remain closed through May 1, county health officers and school superintendents have decided.

Thursday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet

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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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