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Reporters’ notebook
September 13, 2013, 05:00 AM

Come one, come all to the Burlingame Pet Parade Saturday, Sept. 28. Now in its 10th year, the parade will feature a team of miniature horses, beginning at 10 a.m. on Broadway in Burlingame. Pet owners who wish to march with their pets must report by 9:30 a.m. to the parking lot near Broadway and Chula Vista Avenue. There is no charge to participate. This family-friendly event offers free entertainment and art projects for children. Every participant receives a souvenir ribbon and fancy ribbons are awarded for the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed Pet; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon. The grand prize winner receives a special prize. Judging takes place immediately after the parade at Broadway and Capuchino Avenue. For more information visit www.burlingamepetparade.com

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Congrats to the county’s Fair Oaks/Child Support Services softball team, “99 Problems but Pitching Ain’t One of Them.” On Aug. 10 and 11, the team won the county’s softball tournament by beating the “Mighty Flea Bags” from Environmental Health 13-9.

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Redwood City Councilman Jeff Ira told an audience Monday night he is a “real nerd” because his three favorite phone apps are PBS, the History Channel and the Smithsonian Channel.

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San Mateo County has more farmers’ markets per capita than any other county in the state, according to county Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder who dropped that bit of trivia while delivering the annual crop report to the Board of Supervisors.

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is marking 40 years — not to mention more than 62,000 acres of open space preservation — with its inaugural Founder’s Day Festival 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the historic Monte Bello Open Space Preserve on Page Mill Road. Come honor the founders with a hike, family-friendly activities and food trucks.

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The San Mateo Event Center is bidding farewell to assistant general manager Dana Stoehr but giving a welcome to Ronny Tompot as her replacement. Stoehr is headed to the Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond where she will serve as general manager. During her seven-year tenure, the county fair saw its attendance increase. Tompot worked for Ovations at the Event Center.

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Talk about heavy lifting. A 1.2-ton, 100-cubic-foot commercial washing machine was lifted by crane onto the roof of the Hilton San Francisco Bayfront Hotel yesterday morning.

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San Mateo County’s quarterly communicable disease report was released this week. Woohoo! Where else can you learn fun facts like Hepatitis B cases are significantly down so far over last year while pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise? There is also an explanation of a new virus called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus — MERS-CoV for those who like acronyms. Find it on the county’s health website.

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Looking for an armchair trip abroad? Listen to Patricia Snowden Saturday share stories of her recent visit back to her natie Mayanamr, then called Burma, as part of a Friendship Force humanitarian supply delivery effort. Patricia will share images and tales of fishermen who row their boats with one leg and the Padaung or “giraffe neck” women who elongate their necks with brass rings. The program “Mystical Myanmar, land of golden pagodas” is 2 p.m. in the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. in Redwood City.

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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