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Reporters’ notebook
July 19, 2013, 05:00 AM

The Heart and Vascular Institute at Sequoia Hospital was given the highest possible ranking by The Society of Thoracic Surgery for the quality of a common cardiac surgical procedure performed at the Redwood City hospital. It received a 3-star rating (out of a possible three) for Aortic Valve Replacement surgeries performed over a three-year period between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals in the study received a 3-star rating for the Aortic Valve Replacement measure.


San Mateo firefighters have become regular visitors to the 17-story tower on Fifth Avenue near downtown San Mateo as they have repeatedly been responding to false alarms at 55 W. Fifth Ave. as a long-term construction project is underway. Firefighters responded to a false alarm Thursday at 1:34 p.m. and a fire official said it went off because of sheetrock dust that set off a smoke detector. Fire crews were also at the building Friday, July 5 at 10:15 p.m. and then 11 hours later at 8:50 a.m., Saturday, July 6. Both were false alarms. Residents have told the Daily Journal they are no longer evacuating the building because the fire alarm rings so much and there is never a fire. The building was sold last year to Equity Properties, which immediately started updating it by adding washer and dryer units in each apartment.


The San Carlos Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanies and the America Library Association to present a five-part series entitled “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.” The library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities council nationwide selected.


The San Mateo Public Library is looking for volunteers with human resources experience to help unemployed workers with job research.Visit apply http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/volunteer for a full description and online application.


A new art gallery is in the works in Millbrae. Masterpiece Gallery is slated to open at 1335 El Camino Real in September. The owner, Lillian Wu, is an artist and landscape designer. The gallery will feature paintings, fabric art and sculpture of western and eastern cultures. Appointments can be made by email at lillianwu@att.net.


The Burlingame Lions Club Ninth Annual “Cars in the Park” event is planned for Saturday, July 27. The fun begins at 9 a.m. under the trees of Washington Park. It will feature more than 200 antique, hot rod, custom and unique cars and a barbecue lunch too. For more information about the event or the Lions Club contact Dan Anderson at 349-0799.


Foster City Councilman Steve Okamoto and his family along with the San Mateo chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League are hosting a benefit dinner at the College of San Mateo next month to introduce the Kimochi Japanese tradition of care to the Peninsula. Kimochi will open a home for seniors next year on San Mateo Drive. Jan Yanehiro will be the mistress of ceremonies at the event which will feature a sushi and sake reception, dinner and program with a silent and live auction. The event is Aug. 17. To learn more call (415) 931-2294 or go to www.kimochi-inc.org.


AcquaPazza Ristorante on Third Avenue in San Mateo appears to be closed. Taking its place will be Roti Indian Bistro.

The reporters’ notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff. It appears in the Friday edition.



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