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Reporters’ notebook
April 11, 2014, 05:00 AM

The first- through fourth-place winners of RethinkWaste’s Second Annual Trash to Art Contest will be recognized at an April 12 Earth Day event at the Shoreway Environmental Center in San Carlos. First place, shown here, was submitted by a fifth-grade class at Highlands Elementary School in San Mateo and chosen from a pool of 12. Photos of all the winners are posted online at www.facebook.com/rethinkwaste.

The Coastside Land Trust in Half Moon Bay is hosting a native plant landscaping workshop Saturday, April 12. Attendees can learn from local plant expert Peigi Duvall about how to incorporate natives into your landscaping. The emphasis will be on drought-tolerant species and plants will be available for purchase. The event is 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 788 Main St., Half Moon Bay. Tickets are limited. For more information visit www.coastalwildflowerday.org.

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In 1937, Dr. Gregory A. Ross’ father built their home on Lexington Avenue in Burlingame. While the Ross family has seen many buildings sprouting up around them, one of the few things that has watched those changes along with them is the Lexington Pathway. Over the past 75 years, it was only repaved three times and the unsafe condition was prohibiting people from using it. During the election campaign, incumbents and candidates met Ross who then voiced his concern over the hazards of the pathway. Parks and Recreation Director Margaret Glomstad and Parks Supervisor Bob Disco rallied the troops and soon the pathway was repaved. 

As a thank you for bringing this important change to their attention, the Parks Department asked Ross to be the first person to walk the pathway. Ross and his dog Woofer ceremoniously did the first walk through on the beautiful new pathway. 

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The Burlingame Lions Club will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast April 19. In preparation for this year’s annual Easter egg hunt, Preston’s Ice Cream and Candy in Burlingame have prepared 5,000 chocolate Easter eggs. They will be given away during the Annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Washington Park, immediately behind the Burlingame Lions Hall at 990 Burlingame Ave. This is one of the community’s favorite Easter egg hunt activities, and is sponsored each year by the Burlingame Lions Club.

It should be over by 11 a.m. The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and includes pancakes, ham, fruit, coffee, milk or juice. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. The egg hunt begins at 9 a.m. The hunt is a free event, and the proceeds from the breakfast help to offset the cost of the event.

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The county’s budget team now has a new name and a new home. The Office of Budget, Policy and Performance can be found on the first floor of 400 County Center. The new name is meant to reflect its major priorities, including policies, and an emphasis on outcome evaluations and performance reviews.

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The county’s Fatherhood Collaborative is hosting a conference April 17 to discuss programs and strategies to support fathers. The keynote speaker is Ralph Harper, author of “Stepped-Up: The Urgency for Fatherhood.” Register at SMCisSteppingUp.eventbrite.com and get more information from Carine Verdusco at 802-5090.

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Redwood City artist Karen Chew will be featured at the Eating Cultures art exhibit at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco for the month of May. The multidisciplinary art exhibit is part of the United States of Asian American Festival.

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For the 14th year, the county Controller’s Office has won a “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award, which is the highest recognition for governmental accounting and reporting, honors the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that ended June 20, 2013.

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The public artwork at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new San Carlos campus began installation earlier this month. The art “Three Gates” required a crane and construction crew to lift and place each of the six separate carved and etched pieces of granite. Each piece is nearly 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The keyhole passage through all three pieces will be between 3 feet and 5 feet wide, with the interior sides polished and etched. PAMF is on schedule to open in November 2014.

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San Carlos resident Raule Hurtado, 88, was one of 30 World War II veterans and guardians who traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of Honor Flight of Northern California to sightsee and visit the WWII Memorial. The flights are privately funded. Hurtado, according to the USO, was a member of VPB71 The Black Cats who was shot down during an invasion of Luzon and took off his life jacket for a fellow crew member. For saving the crew member’s life, Hurtado was awarded the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross.

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San Mateo County Children’s Fund partnered with the Assistance League of San Mateo to help 40 foster youth and low-income teens prepare for prom and graduation so that they look and feel their best on these special days. Three shopping dates were available at Turnstyle, a clothing store in San Mateo, to help teens shop for their special events and Burlingame’s Sephora donated makeup samples.

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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