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Construction halted in Menlo Park amid COVID-19 shelter-at-home order
Construction in Menlo Park must stop immediately due to the statewide shelter-at-home order, the city said in a statement.... Last comment 3 minutes ago | 24 comments

Editorial: Atherton shows how not to be a good neighbor
When Atherton leaders first began making noises about how the town was paying far more than "its share" in taxes to the fire... Last comment 13 hours ago | 48 comments

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Judge sends local mom to prison for college admissions scam
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 | 1 comments

Stay-at-home order extends to May 3, with 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

Coronavirus central: San Mateo County death toll now stands at 10
On Tuesday, San Mateo County health officials confirmed four more people died from coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 10. The county reported a total of 309 confirmed cases on Monday. Tuesday, 4:20 PM | 2 comments

Neighbors helping neighbors in a time of crisis
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

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 | 3 comments

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 over 1,150 confirmed cases as of Monday, March 30. Tuesday, 8:28 AM | 7 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

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 comments

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. Monday, 9:03 AM | 4 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 comments

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

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

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

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

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

Coronavirus weekend update: Five more deaths reported in Santa Clara County

San Mateo County supervisors launch relief fund with $3M in seed money

Coronavirus-testing tents pop up on Stanford campus and in Menlo Park

Atherton suspends most construction, including civic center project, amid coronavirus crisis

Editorial: Atherton shows how not to be a good neighbor

Construction halted in Menlo Park amid COVID-19 shelter-at-home order

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