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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Guest opinion: What we've lost in the pandemic, and what we'll (hopefully) gain

In an op-ed, Hillview Middle School student Arhaan Gupta-Rastogi reflects on what we've lost in the coronavirus pandemic and what positive developments could come out of it.

Sunday, 8:16 AM | No comments yet

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Update: Peninsula Target stores removed from temporary closure list

Target has temporarily closed stores throughout the country following looting at some of its stores nationwide during protests this week in response to the death of George Floyd.

Saturday, 10:46 PM | 1 comment
Woodside: Surveillance video leads to arrest of burglary suspect

A 19-year-old Redwood City man was arrested Friday in connection with a residential burglary Monday, May 25, in Woodside.

Saturday, 9:14 AM | No comments yet
Obituaries: Regina Clyne, Sherman Tietz, Walter R. Day Jr., Beverly Granger Vignau, Kermit Holderman, Loretta Emert, George Fugazi Brown, Frank R. Gage

Read obituaries about the lives of local residents in Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside who died recently.

Saturday, 9:06 AM | No comments yet
Coronavirus weekend update: The latest COVID-19 news

The biggest news from this past week is the revised San Mateo County Health order that allows for the reopening of places of worship and in-store retail shopping.

Saturday, 9:03 AM | No comments yet

Friday, May 29, 2020

Layoffs. Reduced police enforcement. A shuttered community center. Bracing for lean times, here's what Menlo Park is cutting.

Faced with enormous anticipated budget shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year, the Menlo Park City Council authorized budget cuts totaling about $11.7 million to city operations Thursday night.

Friday, 4:44 PM | No comments yet
Life in motion

This year's winning images in the Peninsula Photo Contest expose the power of creativity, patience and anticipation of unexpected moments.

Friday, 3:54 PM | No comments yet
Curbside pickup — a step forward, but far from a lifeline for businesses

While store owners eagerly wait for the all-clear to reopen for in-store shopping, so too, apparently, do customers. Some have gotten so used to at-home delivery options that the offer of curbside pickup is not all that enticing.

Friday, 11:49 AM | No comments yet
Menlo Park: Pandemic signals end for J Floral Art, longtime floral design and event planning business

After three decades in the business of floral design and event planning, Jeffrey Adair and Craig Kozlowski of J Floral Art in Menlo Park plan to close their shop and relocate to Southern California.

Friday, 11:45 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus central: Total of Latinx residents with virus in San Mateo County nearly doubles other races

The coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula. On Thursday, Santa Clara County reported 2,701 cases and 140 deaths. San Mateo County reported 2,022 cases and 82 deaths on Wednesday.

Thursday, 4:51 PM | No comments yet
Facing a shaky financial future, Stanford projects budget cuts, layoffs

Stanford University, projecting a $267 million loss from the first six months of the coronavirus shutdown, is planning for program reductions and layoffs in the next fiscal year.

Thursday, 4:48 PM | 1 comment
Interactive: A by-the-numbers look at the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on daily life

To show how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted daily life, the Palo Alto Weekly has woven together local, regional and national numbers into a series of interactive infographics.

Thursday, 2:57 PM | No comments yet
Woodside: Opening of new fire station brings improved facilities, expanded capacity

The San Mateo County Fire Department marked the opening of the new Fire Station 58, serving Kings Mountain, La Honda, Upper Woodside and Skyline Boulevard.

Thursday, 11:24 AM | No comments yet
Coronavirus central: San Mateo County to allow places of worship, in-store retail starting Monday

Beginning Monday, San Mateo County will permit, with restrictions and safety measures, places of worship to hold services and retail stores to have customers inside.

Thursday, 11:23 AM | 2 comments
Almanac to resume print edition June 12

With businesses slowly restarting operations over the next few weeks, The Almanac will resume its weekly publishing on Friday, June 12, Embarcadero Media President Bill Johnson announced today.

Thursday, 9:06 AM | 8 comments

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Menlo Park council OKs cuts to traffic enforcement, library services

As the end of the fiscal year starts to loom sooner and sooner, the Menlo Park City Council debated late into Tuesday night over what city costs to cut in order to create a balanced budget by July 1.

Wednesday, 11:55 AM | 18 comments
Community briefs: Sacred Heart Prep holds drive-in graduation; Hillview Middle School student donates handmade face masks

In this week's community briefs, Sacred Heart Prep students get a very special graduation and a Menlo Park teen does his part to fight the coronavirus.

Wednesday, 11:19 AM | 1 comment

Monday, May 25, 2020

State reopens places of worship, retail — but hair salons still off limits

Places of worship and retailers can now reopen statewide, with limitations, the California Department of Public Health announced Monday. However, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties' orders do not allow these reopenings locally.

Monday, 5:36 PM | No comments yet
Heat wave to last through Thursday

A heat wave will linger through Thursday night, with record-setting temperatures possible, forecasters said.

Monday, 1:42 PM | No comments yet
New Bay Area Community Resources website launches

A group of Stanford students and faculty volunteers has launched a new website where Bay Area residents can find a broad variety of critical resources.

Monday, 1:19 PM | No comments yet
Redesign of Sudden Oak Death Blitz due to coronavirus pandemic

The Sudden Oak Death Blitz, an annual survey of the spread of sudden oak death (SOD) throughout the state, has been redesigned this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-at-home order.

Monday, 8:49 AM | No comments yet

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Guest opinion: Peninsula Volunteers adapts essential programs for seniors during COVID-19 and beyond

In an op-ed, Peninsula Volunteers CEO Peter Olson writes about how the organization has adapted its programs to continue to serve seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday, 8:07 AM | 1 comment

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Coronavirus weekend update: The latest on COVID-19 cases, deaths

Here's the latest news over the Memorial Day holiday weekend about the Midpeninsula's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, 9:31 AM | 8 comments
Letter to the editor: Menlo Park should not lay off essential workers

In a letter to the editor, Menlo Park recreation coordinator Jarrod Harden writes about his concern that the city may lay off essential workers due to budget cuts stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday, 8:56 AM | 3 comments

Friday, May 22, 2020

New report: State job losses like 'nothing before seen'

Statewide unemployment numbers for April spiked higher than projected, jumping an unprecedented 10.2%, according to a state jobs report released Friday. Two Midpeninsula cities also reached double-digits: Atherton's and East Palo Alto.

Friday, 6:00 PM | 1 comment
Facebook rethinking commitment to fund studies for Dumbarton Rail project

Facebook is reconsidering its commitment to pay for studies to help plan for a new rail line across the Bay, a company official confirmed Thursday.

Friday, 4:31 PM | 2 comments
Blaze burns 10 acres after Menlo Park encampment catches fire

Menlo Park firefighters contained a blaze in a grasslands area on the Baylands after a homeless encampment caught fire Friday. The Menlo fire chief says firefighters have had to put out blazes in the area three times in a week.

Friday, 1:07 PM | 6 comments
Community briefs: M-A student wins science award; Menlo College hires new dean

In this week's news briefs about the community, read about a Menlo-Atherton High School student's research award and Menlo College's new dean of its school of business.

Friday, 11:51 AM | No comments yet
Mask on, gloves off: How to stay safe as counties loosen restrictions

Even as residents are gradually allowed to step outside, Dr. Jonathan Blum of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center said stopping the spread of COVID-19 is an ongoing mission.

Friday, 11:35 AM | 1 comment
Coronavirus central: Total of Latino/Hispanic residents with virus in San Mateo County nearly doubles other races

The coronavirus continues to take its toll on the Midpeninsula. On Wednesday, Santa Clara County reported 2,688 cases and 140 deaths. San Mateo County has 2,022 cases and 82 deaths.

Friday, 11:21 AM | No comments yet
Facebook to undergo long-term shift to permit more remote work

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that half of the Menlo Park company's workforce could work remotely in the next five to 10 years. What does that mean for the future of Menlo Park?

Friday, 9:37 AM | 1 comment

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Tonight: Woodside Fire Protection District hosts COVID-19 panel

Woodside Fire Protection District is hosting a meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight (May 21) on the state of the district in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 3:29 PM | No comments yet
Facing unprecedented budget shortfalls, Menlo Park council favors keeping child care centers, police dispatchers

With an estimated $12 million shortfall expected in Menlo Park in the upcoming fiscal year, the City Council took its first stab Tuesday at figuring out how to slash about a quarter of the city's budget.

Thursday, 11:54 AM | 22 comments
What's closed and what to do on Memorial Day during COVID-19

Check out our list of what's closed on Memorial Day this Monday, transit agencies' modified schedules and virtual events scheduled to mark the federal holiday.

Thursday, 11:33 AM | No comments yet

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New changes announced to Facebook Willow Village proposal

Several major changes have been made to Willow Village, Facebook's 50-plus acre development proposal in Menlo Park, based on refinements to the proposal submitted to the city of Menlo Park Tuesday by the developer.

Wednesday, 10:43 AM | 2 comments
Flood of food deliveries keeps hospital staff in high spirits

It's been good eats lately for physicians, nurses and hospital staff at El Camino Hospital, as local restaurateurs have been donating hundreds of freshly cooked meals in a show of appreciation.

Wednesday, 10:26 AM | No comments yet
Home sales: Woodside estate sells for $20.5M

A complete list of home sales on the Midpeninsula, where Woodside recorded the highest sale at $20.5 million for a seven-bedroom home on a 32-acre parcel in the Woodside Hills neighborhood.

Wednesday, 10:16 AM | No comments yet

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Wednesday: Panel discussion on public schools and COVID-19

On Wednesday, May 20, Menlo Park City Councilman Ray Mueller will lead an online discussion with three superintendents on the state of local schools amid the coronavirus shutdown.

Tuesday, 11:56 AM | 7 comments
During pandemic, Facebook expands high-end grocery donation program

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook is providing free and heavily subsidized food to local families facing food insecurity.

Tuesday, 11:55 AM | No comments yet

Monday, May 18, 2020

Obituaries: Ernestine Zabala, Beverly M. Oaks

This week in obituaries, read about the lives of Ernestine Zabala, a centenarian resident of Menlo Park, and Beverly Oaks, 94, a former nurse and Woodside resident.

Monday, 5:30 PM | 1 comment
New San Mateo County order to allow curbside retail pickup, dog grooming

San Mateo County has amended its shelter-in-place health order to allow additional businesses to reopen on Monday, May 18, an action that aligns the county with the state's plan.

Monday, 11:17 AM | 1 comment
Faced with telling toddler daughter she can't hug her grandparents, local doc pens kids' book

How do you explain to a toddler that she can't hug her grandparents right now?
Like many parents of young kids right now, Dr. Ben Lindquist, who works at Stanford Hospital, struggled to answer that question. So he wrote a book.

Monday, 11:01 AM | 1 comment
After sharp decline, crime climbs back to pre-pandemic levels

Reports of crimes, which dropped during the first weeks of the coronavirus shutdown, are trending back upward in three Midpeninsula cities, daily police records show.

Monday, 10:59 AM | 1 comment

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