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Reporters’ notebook
December 20, 2013, 05:00 AM

HIP Housing, a nonprofit organization that provides a place to call home for thousands of people in San Mateo County, recently selected winners for its 2014 calendar contest. Children in grades K-5 were asked to draw a house and explain “What my home means to me.” The calendar will be used to help educate the community about HIP Housing’s services and will go to 2,500 homes and businesses throughout San Mateo County.

Every entry is posted on its Facebook page at For more information visit


An adult Great Horned Owl is flying free again — albeit with one sighted eye. The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA treated the owl after it was found in a San Francisco backyard with blood pooling in both eyes likely caused by head trauma. The left eye was permanently blinded but the right eye regained sight after more than month of care. PHS officials say the owl will be fine with only one good eye because due in part to asymmetrical ear positions on the head it is able to perceive depth and hunt accurately.


Know any heroes? The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is seeking nominations for its annual Hero Awards, which recognizes members of the community who have shown courage, dedication and character through acts of heroism and kindness. These people could be your neighbors, coworkers, friends or family. The categories are Lifesaving hero, both adult and youth; Act of Courage hero; Act of Kindness and Philanthropy hero; Community Service hero, both individual and organization; and Animal Rescue hero.

A committee of San Mateo County community leaders will select the Hero Awards recipients. All nominees must work or reside in San Mateo County, although the heroic acts may have occurred elsewhere. The heroic act must be in 2013. The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 31. To make a nomination go to


Along with many public libraries nationwide, the San Mateo County Library now offers free e-music to its library card holders. Customers have access to their favorite music on Smartphones, tablets and/or computers. There are more than 6 million song titles to choose from, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. The collection includes music from 28,000 labels, originating from more than 85 countries. There is no software to download, and no digital rights management restrictions. E-music is available 24/7 to check out via Best of all there are no due dates.

Visit with a San Mateo County Library card to start enjoying music today.


Organizers of the popular Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show returning to to a single-day event in 2014. The 24th annual show will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Half Moon Bay Airport. Show chairman Chad Hooker said while two days had some advantages, a single-day show is more pragmatic.


Congrats to the the Redwood City Police Department that won a “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” award from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. The award honored the best practices and innovative services of government entities in the Silicon Valley region. The police department was honored for innovative use of technology due to its extensive social media program which includes Facebook pages in both English and Spanish and a live “video chat” with officers.


There’s a free family program featuring Puppet Art Theater presenting two showtimes for Jack and the Beanstalk at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 21. It takes place at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road. Free tickets are available at the Children’s Desk and are required for entrance.


The Burlingame Streetscape Project is now in a holiday shutdown, which will continue until January 2014. However, light work on both sides of Burlingame Avenue between Park and Primrose roads may consist of minor planting, street furniture installation and cleanup during night work hours only.

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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