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Reporters’ notebook
January 24, 2014, 05:00 AM

The Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce that just after opening its community garden on Sept. 13, 2013, it has been able to donate more than 50 pounds of produce to the local charity, Call Primrose House in Burlingame. At Thanksgiving, the garden donated 30 pounds of vegetables, including beets, kale, swiss chard, parsnips and lettuce. Just before Christmas, it also donated about 20 pounds of assorted vegetables. For more information about the Burlingame Community Garden please contact Nicole Rath at the Burlingame Recreation Department, 558-7300.

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San Mateo Mayor Robert Ross was presented with a large sign for his office that read “Open 24 hours” to show his commitment to “always being there working” for the city by the United Homeowners Association, the city’s umbrella group of homeowners’ associations. Anna Kuhre, the president emeritus of the association, decided on the honor for Ross. The new president of San Mateo United Homeowners Association is Ben Toy.

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Congratulations to former San Mateo planning commissioner Kelly Moran, who was recently reappointed to the state’s “Green Ribbon Science Panel.” The panel brings together 15 dedicated scientists, engineers and business leaders to advise on critical aspects and components needed to implement the Safer Consumer Products regulation. Its goal is to ensure that when Californians go to the store to purchase products for their children and themselves that they can know that those products won’t be harmful to their families or to the environment.

And if you know anything about Moran, and her commitment to the environment, you know she is a true benefit to this panel’s work.

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The city of San Carlos is among the 30 brands and companies nominated for a Connect World Award. The honor marks innovation for the Internet and the city’s nomination is for its Smart Parking project on Laurel Street. Winners will be announced next month.

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Millbrae celebrated the grand opening of Nothing Bundt Cakes at 140 S. El Camino Real yesterday afternoon with city officials present.

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Congratulations to the winners of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Business Awards. The winners are: Barulich Dugoni, small business award; Whole Foods Market, medium business award; Sutter Health, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, large business award; Outback Steakhouse, good neighbor award; Leadership, San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, Hillsborough, community award; Asiya Shriners, mayor’s award; and Margaret Taylor, Frances Bohannon Nelson legacy award.

An awards ceremony will take place Thursday, Feb. 13 at the San Mateo Marriott. Installation of the chamber’s Board of Directors and officers will also take place at the event. For more information call (650) 401-2440.

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San Francisco Bay Area residents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints rushed humanitarian aid efforts to the island group of Ha’apai, Tonga in support of disaster relief and recovery following the devastation of Cyclone Ian Jan. 11. Tongan Latter Day Saints members collected in-kind donations that were distributed in eight 8-foot-by-4-foot shipping containers Wednesday at the Cultural Hall in San Bruno.

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The Sequoia Yacht Club, based within the Port of Redwood City, celebrates its 75th year in 2014. In honor, the San Mateo County History Museum will debut a new photographic exhibit next Thursday, Jan. 30, entitled “Salute to the Sequoia Yacht Club. The museum is also working on a new exhibit about the county’s maritime history which opens March 16.

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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