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Reporters’ notebook
August 16, 2013, 05:00 AM

On Wednesday, Aug. 14, representatives from Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the city of Burlingame attended a celebration in honor of the new installation Ode to Joy, a series of eight cast-aluminum bird sculptures by artist Douwe Blumberg. Blumberg created artwork for Ground Zero in New York City.

Mayor Ann Keighran, Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin and Blumberg attended. The event was held at the corner of Trousdale Drive and El Camino Real in Burlingame.


Someone cut out copper wire from Franklin Elementary School in Burlingame this week. The damage will cost the contractors working on the site about $2,500 to $3,000 to fix, according to the Burlingame Elementary School District.


Happy birthday to ... well, us. The Daily Journal is celebrating its 13th year Aug. 17. Hope it’s a lucky 13.


The Redwood City Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 17 between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. at three undisclosed locations.


Looking for something new to click at? How about the significantly redesigned website of RethinkWaste. The new site is easier to navigate, more visually appealing and includes new features like interactive carts, a map of the Shoreway Environmental Center and a home diversion calculator. See for yourself at


You have one minute. Now krunk. Or twerk. Or do the running man. Heck, do the waltz. Amateur dancers between the ages of 13 and 30 can compete in the “Battle of the Year” a one-minute dance contest at the Shops of Tanforan in San Bruno. In connection with the opening of the new film “Battle of the Year,” Sony Pictures and DanceOn are looking for the best dancers or dance crews to battle it out in a dance competition. The prize? A cool $500. It’s from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.


Facebook representatives will join the Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce today for a free workshop called “Facebook’s Small Business Roadshow” to give small business owners and entrepreneurs the tools to use the social network. The workshop is from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Foster City.


Nearly everyone knows downtown San Mateo has a pretty extensive selection of restaurants. The rest of the city has some fairly good options as well. Now, the city of San Mateo is competing to win the Best Food category in the Rand McNally “Best Small Town” competition. So how can you help? Simply visit and vote!


This Saturday’s Mutt Strutt Dog Walk-a-thon will have two special guests — canines from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Unit. Both Detector Dog Everett and Tyco will be there. The Mutt Strutt takes place at 11 a.m. at Coyote Point Park with registration and pre-walk entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. The event raises money for the Peninsula Humane Society and features contests including “Most Talented” and “Best Pet Costume.” For more information go to


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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