If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2020 Almanac Online <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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 over 1,150 confirmed cases as of Monday, March 30.]]> <![CDATA[Portola Valley suspends construction due to virus]]> Construction projects in Portola Valley have been put on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.<br /> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[California Grocers Association urges people to stop hoarding goods]]> ]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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.]]> <![CDATA[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. ]]> <![CDATA[San Mateo County supervisors launch relief fund with $3M in seed money]]> The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors launched an emergency relief fund on Tuesday (March 24) to support those who are particularly affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak.]]> <![CDATA[Atherton suspends most construction amid coronavirus crisis]]> Atherton has cut non-essential construction in town, including much of the work on its $31.6 million civic center project, until a countywide shelter-in-place order is lifted. The town is also moving toward a garbage service change.]]> <![CDATA[Coronavirus-testing tents pop up on Stanford campus and in Menlo Park]]> Stanford Health Care is gearing up for larger-scale testing of people with COVID-19 symptoms, erecting tents on the Stanford campus for use starting soon, a spokeswoman said. A site in Menlo Park is already functioning.]]> <![CDATA[Editorial: Atherton shows how not to be a good neighbor]]> The notion that Atherton taxpayers, who own some of the highest-valued property in the entire country, are somehow being abused by having to bear a higher proportion of the cost for emergency services in the wider community is absurd.]]> <![CDATA[Menlo fire district creates new pandemic response unit]]> In the wake of placing six emergency workers off duty because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District now has a Pandemic Emergency Response Unit.]]> <![CDATA[Construction halted in Menlo Park amid COVID-19 shelter-at-home order]]> ]]> <![CDATA[The jazz boys]]> Indygo Rhythm Section, a professional jazz band made up of Woodside High students, was on course to be crazy busy this month. But cancellations due to the coronavirus threat have slowed the pace.]]> <![CDATA[A message from our publisher on the crisis we face]]> Today's public health emergency, and the economic devastation that threatens all small businesses, may very well be the final blow that ends local journalism as we know it. ]]> <![CDATA[Unlimited online access during coronavirus crisis]]> In order to make available important local information on the coronavirus health emergency to all residents of the area, The Almanac is providing unlimited access to its website,, effective immediately.<br /> ]]>