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Reporters’ notebook
June 21, 2014, 05:00 AM

Looking for a new furry friend? The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is hosting a Pajama Party Adopt-a-thon Saturday with hopes to find forever homes for nearly 200 pets. The Center for Compassion at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame will stay open until midnight and adoption fees are waived for those donating a blanket for the animal shelter. Visitors are encouraged to show up in their pajamas and can also enjoy animal-themed movies and popcorn at the event which starts at 11 a.m. All adopters will receive a free night’s stay at a Wag Hotel which has facilities in Redwood City and San Francisco. PHS/SPCA urges interested adopters to complete a one-page profile prior to visiting. For this profile and a sampling of available animals visit


Congrats to the winners of the 2014BizSMART@Work Awards given by ReThinkWaste to recognize businesses and multi-family complexes for reducing waste. The winners in the recycling category are Diddams Party Store in San Carlos and Sand Cove Apartments in Foster City; composting category winners are 300 Alpine Road LLC at the West Bay Sanitary District,  Bayshore Christian Ministries in East Palo Alto, Donato Enoteca and Milagros, both in Redwood City, Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, Oak Grove HOA/Manor in Menlo Park, Papillon Preschool in San Mateo and Promontory Point in Foster City. The recycling and composting category winners are Abbott Vascular in Menlo Park, Back Yard Coffee Company in Redwood City, Catered Too in East Palo Alto, Embarcadero Capital Partners LLC in Belmont, Hassett Hardware in San Mateo, The Plant Cafe in Burlingame, Rocket Fuel in Redwood City, Sweet Production in San Carlos and Villa Lucia’s Pizza in San Mateo County.


Because blood donations tend to decline in the summer, the American Red Cross will be holding several donation opportunities from July 1-15 in this area. There will be blood drives 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 5 at the Church of Latter-day Saints, 975 Sneath Lane in San Bruno; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 8 at the Hillsdale Garden Apartments, 3500 Edison St., in San Mateo; and noon-6 p.m. July 15 at Marshall Realty, 683 Jenevein Ave., in San Bruno.

For more information call (800) RED CROSS.


Sares Regis Group of Northern California announced the completion of construction on the 158-unit luxury apartment community, 888 San Mateo.

SRGNC partnered with the project’s owner, the AFL–CIO Building Investment Trust during construction. The development is currently 70 percent leased and 60 percent occupied. Average rents are between $2,600 and $4,000 per month, according to Sares Regis.

The development took the place of the long-vacant Shen Chevrolet buildings at the corner of San Mateo Drive and Peninsula Avenue.


The city of San Mateo invites the public to participate in its annual City Services Academy to see firsthand how city government works. The academy is most Wednesday nights between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. starting Aug. 27 and continuing through Nov. 12. The academy will be held at various locations and participants will attend a reception, receive a graduation certificate and be recognized by the City Council. For more information contact academy coordinator Laurie Strange at (650) 522-7000 or visit


Kaiser Permanente’s medical centers in Redwood City and South San Francisco have granted more than $600,000 to 40 nonprofits in San Mateo County. The grants are being awarded to local organizations that support behavioral wellness along with healthy eating and active living initiatives. Among the local grantees is The Second Harvest Food Bank, which also provides nutrition education to its clients and a program, called “Kids Cook with Heart” sponsored by the American Heart Association.


Looking for family entertainment this summer? Burlingame is hosting Family Fun Nights starting June 17.

Free tickets for the nights are available at the main library in Burlingame, 480 Primrose Road, beginning 10 a.m. the Saturday before each performance. Everyone, even babies, must have a ticket, as space is limited.


South San Francisco councilmembers will be attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization International Convention in San Diego June 23-26. Additionally, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, will moderate a forum June 25 about South San Francisco’s exclusive role in making biotech history.

For live coverage of the event, check out and to learn more about the history of biotech in South City, visit


The Burlingame Criterium will take place on 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 22. On Sunday morning there will be no parking zones on the following streets: Chapin Avenue from Primrose Road to El Camino Real, Donnelly Avenue, Primrose Road from Douglas to Donnelly avenues, Lorton Avenue from Donnelly Avenue to Bellevue Avenue and Bellevue Avenue from California Drive to Primrose Road.


The Reporters’ Notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff.



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