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Reporters’ notebook
November 22, 2013, 05:00 AM

Can’t wait for the new county jail to be built? Bide the time watching the construction by the Sheriff’s Office live streaming the work at 1300 Maple St. in Redwood City at


The playground at Huddart Park will be closed temporarily through mid-December to allow for tree removal and resurfacing, according to the county Parks Department. The playground is located near the Werder Shelter and meadow area. Any questions? Call the ranger office at 851-1210.


RethinkWaste customers can get information on the agency’s programs, compost and garbage collection services and report service issues through its new free “my-waste” mobile app. The app is available for both Apple and Android systems.


Those who want to help out the victims of Typhoon Haiyan can bring non-perishable goods to drop-off sites, including to the parking lot in front of Sears at Tanforan Shopping Center, 1150 El Camino Real in San Bruno 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Call the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Services Center at 873-2000 for more information. There will be a Relief Drive by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter at Millbrae Square Shopping Center, 655 Broadway, starting Dec. 6. It runs 3 p.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and noon-7 p.m. weekends. Call 259-1750 for more information.


There will be disaster and emergency preparedness organizations at the Health and Safety Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Tanforan Shopping Center, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno on the second level near JCPenny. Call 349-2200 for more information.


Feel like you live in a safe city? Well, if you live in Foster City, Pacifica or Belmont you do, at least according to The Internet site examined data from the most recent FBI Crime reports and combined it with its own research to produce a comprehensive list of the 50 safest cities in California, with 20,000 residents or more, as of 2011. Foster City was ranked 19, Pacifica was ranked 23 and Belmont was ranked 46. The number one city? Saratoga.


Fingers crossed for San Mateo’s Mike Frentz, currently the 24th ranked competitive Scrabble player in North America. Frentz will be defending his title at the sixth annual California Open Scrabble Tournament in San Francisco this weekend.


Allied Waste Services of Daly City and its affiliated partners, are donating $25,000 to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Philippine Islands.


Have overdue library books? The Redwood City Public Library, in partnership with the libraries of San Mateo County, San Mateo and Daly City and the Second Harvest Food Bank are accepting donated food in place of fines as part of the “Food for Fines” program. The program, in its fourth year of existence, will run over the month of December. Just bring nonperishable food items to the library during regular business hours. Libraries can accept only store-sealed items, and cannot accept glass containers. The higher the amount of someone’s unpaid fines, the more food they can donate.

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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