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Silicon Valley Open Studios, in association with Silicon Valley Visual Arts, lets visitors speak with artists and view their work. Here, first time presenter Susan Grabowski stands with her paintings, prints and note cards in her San Mateo studio. Open Studios continues 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sep…

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Coins for Cops founder Rachel Lassman, fourth from left, thanks officers with the San Mateo Police Department as part her effort to show support and appreciation. She decided a good token of appreciation would be a hand written ‘Thank You’ card with a one-of-a-kind Challenge Coin. Lassman ha…

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Peninsula locals graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, including Lucas Becher of San Carlos with a Bachelor of Arts in television production and studies, Victoria Sanna of South San Francisco with a BA in dance and psychology and Allison Starks of South San Francisco with…

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About to cut the ribbon at the new gymnasium at Bayside Academy. From left to right:Amy Ruffo, district director of Facilities and Construction, Bayside Academy Principal John Cosmos; district Superintendent Diego R. Ochoa; Trustee Noelia Corzo; board Vice President Alison Proctor; Trustee L…

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San Mateo’s Anika Shivkumar, a student at Stratford Elementary School, was honored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth for her academic excellence. The honor also grants Shivkumar access to CTY’s online and summer programs where she’ll have the opportunity to develop a community w…

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A 100-point 1937 Horch 853 Cabriolet earned ‘Best of Show’ honors at the 65th annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, held on Sunday, July 18, at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame.

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Woodside’s Margaret Phipps was named to the spring semester Dean’s List at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, for earning a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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A group of four Redwood City female youths from Oracle’s Design Tech High School under the team name 5940 Bread was awarded runner-up at the FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm for their invention called Circulatio, compression sportswear that reduces the pain of menstrual cramps. 

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The 2021 graduating class of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, included Maria Garin of San Carlos with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Communication and Roverto Alvara of Hillsborough and Aya Faham of Burlingame, both with Bachelor’s of Arts in Media Arts Production.

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Officials and builders commemorated the official topping out Millbrae’s new Recreation Center. Signifying structural completion, the milestone is a major step forward in delivering this long-awaited community resource following the arson fire loss of the original building in 2016. Delivered …

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A new nonprofit, Bikes for the Bay, dropped off their first load of nearly 50 bikes gathered from donation events around the Bay to the children of the Boys & Girls Club of South San Francisco June 16.  The group founded by Zackary Tuzar, Jack Murphy, Oscar Morganstern, and Devak Pardasa…

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San Bruno’s Crestmoor High School Class of 1971 reunion committee will be hosting an alumni reunion the weekend of Oct. 1 to Oct. 3. For more information visit crestmoor71.com or contact Janet Burris’s Ginger at strawberry46@sbcglobal.net or lizng@yahoo.com.

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On June 16, 2021, Mrs. Thompson, a local first grade teacher at Brewer Island Elementary School got a heartwarming sendoff after 40 years of teaching. Two parents from her 2006 class organized a drive-by parade where students from 2002 to present, staff, friends and family all came out to pa…

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Girl Scout Troops 62453, 62459, and 62556 earned Bronze Awards and Phoebe and Kathryn earned their Gold Award (the highest award that a Girl Scout can earn). Phoebe raised awareness about athletes with anemia and Kathryn set up a tri-bin recycling system at Ralston Middle School.

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Clifford Elementary School in Redwood City received a ‘green’ facelift May 22 when 20 volunteers planted 30 native oaks on campus. It was a partnership between Rotary Clubs of District 5150, the school district and CityTrees. Rotary supplied major funding, the school district dug the holes a…

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Two boys hold signs that read, 'Support our teachers' and 'We love our teachers' during a rally supporting Burlingame teachers at Burlingame Caltrain Station on Friday June 4. Teachers and the school district are at an impasse over their contract over salary and budget concerns.

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Mia Arrunda, a junior at Design Tech High School, won the first annual Solutionary Fair hosted by the San Mateo County Office of Education. The fair showcased student solutions to local and global issues. Nearly 100 students from 20 schools participated in the event featuring 66 projects.

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Frankie Sapp, program director, San Mateo County Pride Center; Maria Lorente Foresti, director, Office of Diversity and Equity, SMC Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; Zachary Comtois, co-chair of the San Mateo County Pride Initiative; Supervisor Carole Groom; Dana Johnson, co-chair, SM…

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Marco Rice from Boy Scout Troop 28 in Burlingame earned his Eagle Scout Award this month. He completed his project in the middle of the pandemic. For his Eagle Scout project, he worked with Coyote Point County Park and organized a group of his fellow Boy Scouts to build a much needed fence t…

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Auxiliary San Mateo County District 26 honored their 2021 California Girls State (CAGS) delegates and alternates at a reception on May 16. Only one rising senior is selected per school. Pictured are Delegates & Alternates from Aragon, Carlmont, Design Tech, Hillsdale, San Mateo, Nueva, P…

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Azalea Mitch, San Mateo Public Works director; Police Chief Ed Barberini; City Manager Drew Corbett; Sheila Canzian, San Mateo Parks and Recreation director; Councilmember Diane Papan; Mayor Eric Rodriguez; Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla; Councilmember Joe Goethals; Councilmember Amourence Lee; a…

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Cooper D., a fifth grader at Hoover Elementary School in Burlingame, won RethinkWaste’s annual Trash to Art contest for repurposing refuse into a chessboard. Amen Y., a fourth grader at LEAD Academy in San Mateo, won second place. And Cassily L., a fifth grader at Nueva School, won third pla…

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The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College is offering small business grants to local companies struggling amid the pandemic. The program is possible through a $157,000 contribution from the San Bruno Community Foundation. Grants between $3,000 to $7,000 are available. Email baec@sm…

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Girl Scout troop No. 61937, who are 12th graders, organized a cleanup event along El Camino Real in Burlingame over the weekend. They walked from Ray Drive to Broadway and then down Broadway and picked up three large bags of trash to help clean up their city and celebrate Earth Day. This tro…

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Redwood City Mayor Diane Howard, second from left, and wielding the scissors in the center is Sheila Gilson (in sunglasses) senior vice president and area manager, and Dr. Grace Firtch, physician in chief of the medical center, wearing a white lab coat, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday fo…

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Hillsdale High School will digitally present its spring production of ‘Urinetown’ online, starting Sunday, May 16. The show is unique, because most other local high schools postponed spring drama performances due to the pandemic. Visit hillsdaledrama.com for more information about ways to watch.

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Ryan Cheng, Elliot Chin, Sebastian Deery, Melissa Kraus and Kikhil Thakur, of Nueva School, advanced to the finals in the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge. The international challenge is one of the most prestigious competitions in the field of math modeling.

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Bee hives were installed at Roy Cloud, Clifford and Roosevelt elementary schools in Redwood City as part of a UC Berkeley program designed to spread awareness about the importance of pollinators. The initiative was possible through a grant by the Redwood City Arts Commission. 

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Kwanee Price, a One Step Beyond Employment Development Program Job Coach and Stephanie, a One Step Beyond participant, volunteered as flaggers at the Golden Gate Regional Center COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. One Step Beyond, which has locations in San Carlos and San Mateo, empowers its member…

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Odyssey Middle School in San Mateo collected 604 pounds of food, which was donated to Samaritan House of San Mateo County. 

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Ralston Intermediate School in Belmont and Burlingame Intermediate School earned recognition as California Distinguished Schools by the state Department of Education. Distinguished schools are those which showed progress in closing the achievement gap and improving school performance. 

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Airman Noah Fitzhugh, from San Mateo, California, performs maintenance on a catapult aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), in the Atlantic Ocean, February 28, 2021. Ike is on a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe and …

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San Bruno Vice Mayor Marty Medina and Romano Teran during a community cleanup of the Caltrain lot Saturday, Feb. 20. The two were part of a larger group of about 100 that was commended by David Canepa, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

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On Feb. 23, the National Council of the Boys Scouts of America presented one of their highest awards, the Meritorious Action Medal for lifesaving and heroism to Eagle Scout Connor Lovell, 17, of Troop 44 and Search & Rescue Post 830 after he saved the life of a critically injured motorcy…

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The Senior Citizen Organization of Burlingame donated $245,000 to the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Foundation to aid construction of the city’s new community center. The donation was made through the Jenia Johnson Trust, and will be allocated toward building and furnishing the Jenia Johns…

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Nathan Ho, 2, is sleeping much better now that his longest friend, a well-loved stuffed bunny named “Bun-Bun,” is back home with him. Nathan’s bunny had been left in an elevator at the Kaiser Permanente San Mateo Medical Office, and Adult Primary Care

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Oleksii Chuiko, director of Operations, Asiya Shriners; Howard Feinberg, Potentate 2020, Asiya Shriners; Steve Norris, Second Harvest Food Bank; George Terry, Potentate 2021, Asiya Shriners; Gary Stephens, recorder, Asiya Shriners present a check of $2,680 on Feb. 8, to the Second Harvest Fo…

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‘Tafoni —Accentuating the Negative,’ a collection of images by photographer Alan McGee, is on view throughout February at the Portola Art Gallery, within the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park. While there will be no formal reception due to COVID-19 safety precautions, McGee will…

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The 11 Brownies in Troop 61733 of Foster City collected more than 500 coats for the annual One Warm Coast drive. It took three vehicles to deliver the coats, with Spencer and Arya, above, delivering the coats with troop co-leaders and a parent

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Six Bay Area American Legion Auxiliary Units donated 60 gifts for VA-Menlo Park long- and short-term patients. Gifts were coupled with handmade holiday cards created by Foster City Girl Scouts Troop 61724. Unit 105 Redwood City pictured, left to right: George Smith, Carol Rael, Pauline Robin…

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The Zoetic Tapestry Project is presenting the work of artist John Sutti in an outdoor exhibit at San Mateo's Central Park through Dec. 15. Sutti's multi-media artwork, combining live plants, sheet metal, and oil paint, can be viewed Fri. through Sun. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shown are Zoetic T…

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The Gingerbread House decorating tradition continues at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo. Mary Jane Gomez, left, and daughter Lucienne proudly display the cookie house they decorated witha variety of sweet trimmings. Houses start at $45, which includes all the confections. Up to two pe…