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Bay Area Teens Launch 'Lacrosse Against Hunger' To Collect Food Donations During COVID-19 OutbreakOrinda teens Owen Estee and Zach Appel found a way to both teach the sport that they love and help feed people in need when their lacrosse season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
North Beach Neighbors Band Together to Boost Restaurants' Business With Volunteer DeliveriesRestaurants have been hit hard during the pandemic but one neighborhood in San Francisco is banding together to help them -- perhaps setting an example for the entire Bay Area.
Oldest Living United States Marine Celebrates 105th Birthday in StocktonNot even a pandemic could quash the birthday bash for Maj. Bill White, believed to be the oldest living U.S. Marine, who celebrated turning 105 at his home in Stockton on Friday.
SF's Healthy Streets Offers Shelter Assistance, Hotel Rooms To HomelessIn recent weeks, some San Franciscans have raised concerns about a longtime problem they believe has suddenly gotten worse.
COVID-19 Testing Site Opens in San Francisco's Potrero HillResidents of Potrero Hill worked together to open up a walk-up COVID-19 testing site in their neighborhood.
Bay Area Teens Pitch In To Fight COVID-19A website begun by Bay Area teenagers to connect local businesses with personal protective equipment providers has quickly grown into a nationwide effort to help communities stay safe.
Bay Area Mom Hands Out Ice Cream In Memory Of Her Son To Help Make-A-Wish FoundationA Bay Area mom is honoring the memory of her son by putting smiles on the faces of others. When people donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she gives them free ice cream.
Sunnyvale Charity Hands Out Backpacks With School Supplies To Needy ChildrenWhile most kids will be learning remotely when they go back to school, some children in need are still lacking essential supplies.
Morgan Hill Goes All-In With Outdoor Dining as Pandemic Wears OnMorgan Hill is feeling the same economic pressures from the pandemic as any other place but this community is showing how much can be accomplished when you embrace change rather than try to resist it.

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North Beach Neighbors Band Together to Boost Restaurants' Business With Volunteer DeliveriesRestaurants have been hit hard during the pandemic but one neighborhood in San Francisco is banding together to help them -- perhaps setting an example for the entire Bay Area. John Ramos reports. (8-2-20)
Oldest Living Marine Celebrates 105th Birthday in StocktonMaj. Bill White, a multi-decorated Marine who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, celebrated his 105th birthday surrounded by friends and well-wishers at an assisted-living facility in Stockton on Friday. Adrienne Moore reports. (8-1-20)
SF Potrero Hill Gets Testing Site Amid Rise in Coronavirus CasesThanks to a community-wide lobbying effort, a San Francisco neighborhood with a high rate of COVID-positive cases finally gets its own testing site, and more. Sharon Chin reports. (7-30-20)
Livermore Mom Hands Out Free Ice Cream to Honor Deceased SonA Bay Area mother is honoring the memory of her son and helping to raise funds for Make a Wish Foundation by handing out free ice cream in Livermore. Don Ford reports. (7-27-20)
Sunnyvale Charity Hands Out Backpacks With School Supplies To Needy ChildrenKiet Do reports on Sunnyvale Community Services helping children in need go back to school with backpack giveaway (7-27-2020)
Morgan Hill Goes All-In With Outdoor Dining as Pandemic Wears OnMorgan Hill is showing how much can be accomplished when you embrace change rather than try to resist it. John Ramos reports. (7-25-20)
Oakland Teen's Turnaround Lands Him a New Car for GraduationJasin Saunders graduated from one of the toughest high schools in Oakland after he turned his academic record around with help from a special mentor. Don Ford reports. (7-23-20)
East Bay Couple Steps Up To Care For Others Affected By Pandemic, Even As They Were StrickenIn March, Jennifer and Todd Arrouzet came down with what doctors thought was COVID-19. Todd recovered quickly, Jennifer did not. But even while sick, Jennifer Arrouzet was determined to help others. Allen Martin reports. (7/22/20)
Michelin Star Restaurant Petit Crenn Closes Doors To Serve Needy In San FranciscoPetit Crenn is closing its doors through January 2021 to make roughly 300 meals every Monday through Friday to be distributed through GLIDE, an organization that has served San Francisco's most vulnerable for 57 years. Don Ford reports. (7/21/20)

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KPIX Anchors, Reporters Take Hair Matters Into Own Hands Amid Coronavirus Shelter-In-PlaceIt's been five weeks since Newsom's announcement. While life may seem to be at a standstill for millions of people, it's not necessarily the case for their hair. The stay at home order called for the shutdown of non-essential businesses, which included hair salons and barbershops. This has left many to fend for themselves, when it comes to their monthly color touch-ups or haircuts. The on-air talent here at KPIX is no exception. Many of our anchors and reporters have had to turn to YouTube videos, tutorials or just plain luck for their hair maintenance. 
Coronavirus Update: Current Best Practices For Safe Shopping During Essential Grocery TripsAs Californians begin their 4th week of the coronavirus pandemic sheltering-in-place, many are adapting to ever-evolving guidance for safe grocery shopping, which now includes wearing a mask and disinfecting the groceries themselves.
South Bay Nurses Sing To Honor Essential Workers Amid Coronavirus PandemicSanta Clara Valley Medical Center staffers Chelsea Seradilla Benigno and Nanami Takeuchi wanted to salute their fellow health care workers so they performed Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" before their shift .
Talking To Your Child About Coronavirus and Shelter-In-PlaceKPIX morning anchor Michelle Griego sat down with her middle school-aged daughter to see how she's feeling about this uncertain time.
Disinfectant and Social Distancing: How KPIX Crews Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus
KPIX Workout Challenge: Staying Fit While Staying InsideDuring these uncertain times, one thing is for certain; nothing beats the endorphin-rush of getting a good sweat. At-home workouts have become a go-to while social distancing. Fitness studios, professional athletes, and celebrities have taken to their living rooms to get their daily dose of exercise. KPIX sports anchor, Dennis O'Donnell, jumped on the home-exercise bandwagon. He delivered his sports report while on his treadmill during Monday's 6PM newscast. 

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U.S. Census Hiring Part-Time San Francisco Bay Area Work ForceU.S. Census officials are in the process of hiring a large temporary San Francisco Bay Area workforce to collect information.
State To Hire Nearly 2,000 Temporary Staffers To Help Manage Surge In Unemployment ApplicationsThe state Employment Development Department plans to hire nearly 2,000 temporary full-time and hourly staff members in the coming weeks to hasten the delivery of unemployment benefits to workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Army Of Contact-Tracing Workers Being Recruited To Help Combat Coronavirus PandemicExperts say contact tracing is going to play a critical role in fighting the coronavirus. It’s been practiced for decades, used to fight SARS, Ebola and AIDS, but never on as big a scale.  
Surge In Meal Kit Demand Boosts Hiring At Blue Apron East Bay Fulfillment CenterTo meet a surge in demand from consumers stuck at home, Blue Apron has hired more than 300 people at its fulfillment centers which include a facility on Regatta Blvd. in Richmond.
Coronavirus Update: These Companies Are Currently Hiring New EmployeesMore than 4.5 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since mid-March. If you are among them here's a list of companies were are currently hiring.
Coronavirus Update: California 'Gig' Workers Now Allowed To File For Unemployment BenefitsAfter of waiting weeks for some form of state assistance, thousands of unemployed gig workers in California could finally begin filing for unemployment benefits on Tuesday.
Instacart Hires 300,000 Workers In A Month, Plans To Hire 250,000 MoreInstacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic.
Coronavirus Update: Gov. Newsom Boosts Financial Assistance For Self-Employed, Undocumented WorkersGov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday outlined the financial relief being provided to the state's most vulnerable residents losing work amid the coronavirus emergency, including undocumented residents, those who are self-employed and contract workers.
Securitas Hiring Security Guards Across Bay Area, California To Protect Businesses Closed By Shelter-In-PlaceAn international security firm is planning to expand its workforce in California and the Bay Area to help protect businesses closed by the coronavirus shelter-in-place.
Coronavirus Jobs: Federal Dept Of Labor Hiring Bay Area Wage and Hour InvestigatorsThe U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday that its Wage and Hour Division will be hiring 45 additional investigators, including five in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Mountain View High School Music Teacher Wrestles Tech to Keep Choir in Sync and OnlineMeet the Madrigals, one of five Mountain View High School choirs that continue to practice after the shelter-in-place closed their campus in March.
Students Rising Above Organization Helping Lift Struggling Students During Coronavirus PandemicWhen we first met Students Rising Above Scholar Ysabella Donlan last fall, the then 21-year-old junior was looking forward to the year ahead at University of California, Santa Cruz. Now she's at home, finishing her classes on line, far away from her support system at school. It's a situation she never expected to be in, and one she has found to be difficult.
Audible Offers Free Audiobooks For Kids Stuck At Home During Coronavirus CrisisAs most schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon, is offering free streams on selected children’s stories.
SF Dance Company Performs At Home To Raise Money For SFUSD Students, Families In NeedBay Area arts organizations have gone dark since the COVID-19 shelter in place, but their creativity is shining bright. World-renowned dance company Robert Moses Kin has created a powerful online performance from their homes, to help students and families in need during the shelter in place.
Federal Student Loan, Tax Payments Delayed Due To Coronavirus PandemicAs the country grapples with an unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic that's thrown millions of Americans out of work, the U.S. Department of Education is automatically giving most federal student loan borrowers a break from their monthly bills until at least October.
Parents Battle 'Huge Pressure' Of Enforcing Education, Screen Time Limits For Kids During Coronavirus QuarantineParents were already struggling to limit screen time for kids when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.