BIRTHDAY BASH FOR BONNIE ... Many people have taken to Zoom to celebrate their birthdays with virtual calls as they shelter in place, but Susie Borton plans to take it up a notch for her mother, Bonnie Borton, who's turning 90 years old this Sunday. To mark the milestone, Susie is organizing a surprise social distance parade to mark the milestone in the tight-knit Los Arboles neighborhood in south Palo Alto, where the birthday celebrant has lived since 1960. Susie described her mother, who lives independently in her own home, as "quite energetic for her age. She's still ambulatory. She walks with a cane, but she's really quite physically capable," Susie said. On May 24, Bonnie will be dressed in her best attire and seated on a "throne" during the afternoon outside of her home where people can greet her — from a safe distance, of course. She'll wear a flower crown made by Susie's friend and will most likely have Layla, her 10-pound black-and-tan dachshund, by her side. Guests will be treated to Bonnie's favorite dessert from her childhood — a chocolate cupcake with green mint icing and stuffed with a dollop of whipped cream. "She's not a person who likes huge parties where she's the center of attention, but I think she'll like this because she really does love her neighbors."
TEAM EFFORT ... There are few face shields to go around during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a group of more than 260 Bay Area residents, businesses and nonprofits has teamed up to provide the equipment to front-line workers amid the public health crisis. They were able to design and purchase parts for the shields, which they then assembled and distributed to hospitals, nursing homes and emergency service providers. More than 30,000 shields were distributed to facilities in need over a 45-day period. The final stop was at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where former Marine Officer Michael McNally and other volunteers donated the final 100 face shields that were accepted to Bill Ball, chief of voluntary and hospitality services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. McNally is a volunteer manager at the Riekes Center, a Menlo Park-based nonprofit that works with middle- and high school-aged student-athletes.
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