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Reporters’ notebook
February 07, 2014, 05:00 AM

The Bicycle Sundays crowdsourcing initiative by the county’s Parks Foundation met its $10,800 goal, funding for three months the closure of Cañada Road for non-motorized activities. Congrats!

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Flu update: As of Thursday, there were five deaths under the age of 65 of which four had underlying medical conditions and 18 flu-related ICU hospitalizations.

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The Shoreway Environmental Center’s free tour program drew a record number of visitors in 2013 and more than 11,000 people have checked out the San Carlos recycling facility since January 2012. The tours include seeing the transfer station where garbage, food scraps and yard trimmings are handled, the materials recovery facility which processes recyclable, the Environmental Education Center with its reuse art and talking robot and an outdoor area with a 10,000-gallon rainwater harvest tank. See it yourself by contacting www.rethinkwaste.org or calling 802-3506.

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When it came to naming its 2013 person of the year, the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce had a couple in mind — literally. The chamber named husband-and-wife team Jim Hartnett, an attorney and former councilman, and Rosanne Foust, the current vice mayor and president/CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association. The award is the second for both. Hartnett was named person of the year in 2001 and Foust in 2009.

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The San Mateo County Fair won 20 2013 Achievement Awards by the Western Fairs Association which evaluated 500 entries from more than 30 fairs. The 2014 fair runs June 7 to June 15 and two headliner acts are already announced: Air Supply and The Marshall Tucker Band.

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Former assemblyman Ira Ruskin donated $10,000 to Project Read, a literacy program, and $20,000 to the Redwood City Library Foundation for its Early Childhood Learning Center. The center helps children age 0-4 develop six early literacy skills.

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Burlingame has contracted with Bay Area Tree Specialists to prune the city-owned eucalyptus trees on the 800 and 900 blocks of Burlingame Avenue from Jan. 27 to Feb. 14. There may be road closures, coned off areas and no parking signs posted. For more information contact the Parks Division at 558-7330 or email gborba@burlingame.org.

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Sustainable San Mateo County will honor the winners of its 2014 Sustainability Awards next week. The awards recognize businesses, groups, programs and individuals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices. The winners are the Grand Boulevard Initiative to beautify and improve El Camino Real through the Peninsula, North Shore Montessori School and educational product and toy company Reach and Teach. At the same ceremony, Ricky McGlashan will receive the Ruth Peterson Award and Green Building Awards will go to the Fifth Avenue Alternative School and 7555 Mission St. in Daly City.

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The USO celebrated 73 years on Tuesday and this year also marks 48 years of service at San Francisco International Airport. The SFO USO operates round the clock every day of the year and in 2013 had 27,262 visits and 145 volunteers working 12,425 hours. To mark the milestones, the USO launched Every Moment Counts: USO Love Notes which lets Americans send notes of support and appreciation using USOmoments.org or #USOmoments and Facebook.

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Busy Bakers, at 444 San Mateo Drive in San Bruno, will host a Valentine’s Day party noon.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

It will have a dessert table for customers to enjoy, a special store sale going on, a free kids sugar cookie decorating project and a lovely French macaron decorating project for adults with Hilary from The Sugar Studio. The French macaron decorating project runs from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

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Curious about the notables of Pacifica? Check out a book signing for Chris Hunter, author of “Legendary Locals of Pacifica.” Hunter, who is also chief of staff for Supervisor Don Horsley, will put his John Hancock on copies 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 at Costco, 600 El Camino Real in San Francisco. The book is available at bookstores or through Arcadia Publishing at www.legendarylocals.com.

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With nearly 2 million veterans in California and a generation of veterans returning from two wars, a cooperative of innovative library systems, including San Mateo County’s, has launched, War Ink, an online exhibit of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran memorial tattoo art. War Ink will launch on Veterans Day 2014 at smcl.org, and represents a platform to explore the unfiltered record of war that veterans have documented on their body.

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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