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Reporters’ notebook
August 02, 2013, 05:00 AM

After 22 years with San Mateo County, deputy county manager Mary MacMillan bid adieu and retired Friday, July 26. Mary asked for no fanfare with her departure but coworkers planned a farewell fundraiser for her favorite charity, Puente, and raised a few thousand dollars, Puente serves the coastside for health, literacy, employment and leadership development.


Seeking new furry friend? Visit the T.A.I.L.S. graduation at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City to meet Flash, Chespita, Clifford, Violet and other dogs ready for adoption after weeks of training and socializing by county jail inmates. The program, Transitioning Animals into Loving Homes is a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the Peninsula Humane Society. Friday’s graduation marks its 15th session.


The Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, in association with the Coastal Arts League, is launching its eighth annual Poster Design Contest for the 2014 festival. The winning entry will receive $1,000 as well as the honor of having their design featured as the centerpiece on all promotional material for the prestigious festival held every October in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay.

The contest is open to all and there will be additional prizes. Submission deadline is Sept. 1. Contest details, guidelines and entry forms are available online at For information email


The Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo will be welcoming the Rev. Benjamin Walker Meyers as the new minister this Sunday, Aug. 4 when he conducts his first service, entitled “The Blessings of Imperfection,” followed by a reception honoring him and his wife, Kate.

After a two-year search, Meyers was unanimously elected to serve as UUSM’s new settled minister at a congregational meeting in April.

Rev. Meyers holds a master’s degree of divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry and a Bachelor’s of arts in music from California State University at Sacramento. Ordained by the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont in 1996, Meyers most recently served four years as contract minister for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Berkeley.

The Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo hold worship services weekly 10 a.m. Sundays at 300 E. Santa Inez Ave. (corner of North Ellsworth Avenue), in San Mateo.


An agreement between Kaiser Permanente Redwood City and the San Mateo Medical Center will provide aspects of Kaiser’s emergency neurological and neurosurgery services  for patients of the county-operated medical center. Emergency room physicians at the San Mateo Medical Center will be able to consult quickly — electronically — and securely 24/7 with the neurosciences department at KP Redwood City and quickly transfer patients with critical cranial conditions, according to Kaiser officials.

Kaiser’s Redwood City performs nearly 2,000 complex procedures ever year. Emergency neurosurgical care that will be provided includes cranial aneurysm cases, intracranial and subcranial hemorrhage surgery. The agreement began mid-July.  


A 1933 Packard 1005 convertible owned by Aaron and Valerie Weiss of San Marino was named Best in Show at the 57th Annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, held Sunday, July 21 at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame.

The 2014 event date was also announced as Sunday, July 20.


The San Mateo County Bar Association has been selected to receive the 2013 State Bar of California Bar Association Diversity Award. The awards will be presented during the State Bar Annual Meeting Diversity Awards Reception in San Jose Saturday, Oct. 12.

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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