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Hundreds of East Palo Alto students received backpacks filled with felt-tip markers, paper, rulers, pencils and pens, among other items, through a collaborative effort between Samaritan House South and One East Palo Alto and contributions from local businesses, community groups and religious…

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Victor Zappettini, a WWII Marine Corps Veteran and retired San Francisco Firefighter, celebrated his 103 birthday on Friday, Aug. 9, at Brookdale Senior Living in Redwood City. He was presented with an award by Jose Velo, deputy chief of Administration from the San Francisco Fire Department …

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Julia Streeter, back center, 2019 Audubon graduate and an Independent Girl Scout Troop 96389, presented a kindness rock garden, along with community volunteers, to Audubon Elementary School for the new school year. After putting in 80 hours of work plus over 450 other hours from volunteers, …

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On July 30, students from the School of Diagnostic Imaging at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center filled new backpacks with school supplies donated by staff, volunteers and doctors for distribution by Samaritan House. (Left to right) Jahzeel Morales, Justin Delos Santos, Brittany Knab, Danielle R…

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At the Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Farmers Market, three military veterans who are staff members at the medical center, were handing out service appreciation pins to patients and members who are also veterans. From the left, Lily Brockmeier, Executive Admin, a former Marine, Cheryl Rathje…

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San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe addressed more than 85 attendees at the Workers’ Compensation Action Network Town Hall on Friday, July 26. Investigating workers’ compensation is a top priority for his office, which has two prosecutors and four investigators dedicated to …

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San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District officials joined with Foster City officials to celebrate groundbreaking of the new elementary school in Foster City during a Thursday, July 25, ceremony. The school under construction at the former Charter Square shopping center is expected to…

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Lindsey Pantuso, of San Mateo, graduated from Bucknell University.

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Nine Lives volunteer Jules Pierce plays with some of the many kittens available for adoption at the Nine Lives Foundation shelter located in Redwood City. For more information visit www.ninelivesfoundation.org or call 368-1365.

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San Mateo police officers meet with residents during the Coffee With A Cop event Saturday, July 13, at Hillsdale Mall.

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Rebecca Prozan, Google government affairs and public policy; Adrian Schurr, Google.org manager; Erin Hattersley, Google.org manager; Maurice Goodman, president of the San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees; San Bruno Mayor Rico Medina; Megan Wheeler, Google.org manager…

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This patriotic pooch, painted in red, white and blue, marched in the Fourth of July Family and Dog Parade held at the Leo Ryan Park in Foster City. The all-day event included music, family games and concluded with a fireworks display over the lagoon.

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On June 23, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA in Burlingame hosted The Doctor and the Chef, a discussion and demonstration of plant based cooking. The presentation addressed dietary facts and misconceptions about calories, consumption and the impact of diet on overall health. Here, Che…

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Fifty-six restaurants, wineries, breweries, florists, catering establishments along with local farmers located in San Mateo County and Palo Alto received the ‘As Fresh as it Gets’ award acknowledging their commitment to sourcing fresh and locally grown products. Pictured are: Sheila Laucheng…

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Lynette Caballero, a graduate of Capuchino High School, was accepted to UCLA.

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Curator Dana Neitzel works on the exhibits for the ‘Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant Experience in San Mateo County’ that opens June 29. Neitzel is pictured working on a section of the gallery that will speak about migration to the Peninsula from other states — why they left where they wer…

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Over Father’s Day weekend, the Burlingame Girls Softball program put on the 28th installment of the Billie Sue Memorial Softball Tournament. Each year, softball players from around the Bay Area come to Burlingame to compete and pay tribute to a young softball player named Billie Sue Cuhna, a…

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Sheri Winkenwerder of the El Camino Reelers does an ‘allemande left’ during a square dance demonstration at the San Mateo Pride Festival held in San Mateo’s Central Park on Saturday, June 15.

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Nicholas Ward, Andrea Ortega, Nichole Woo, Mariah Padilla, Umar Patel, Ainsle Rosenthal, Sydney Lee, Mary Padilla, Mikayla Wong, Matthew Liu and Jackie Tan, of El Camino High School, Matthew Tom, Ariana Barraza, Tanya Lissette Coreas, Christine Rahm, Ronin Lee Celio, Ritvik Kumar, Aubrey Ash…

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On June 15 the Golden Gate Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) celebrated Flag Day with its 27th Annual Flag Day Run, a fundraising bike ride to the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. The proceeds from the event will go to the American Legion. Other rides throughout the year…

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Tasia Tsiplakos and Nicholas Deluna, of San Mateo, Jaclyn Kruljac, of San Bruno, and Kate Marinkovich, of Menlo Park, graduated from the University of Mississippi.

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Floral Designer Gabriela Reid of Colorful Events in San Mateo prepares to take part in Bouquets to Art, underway June 4-9 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. Marking its 35th anniversary, Bouquets to Art is a week-long display of floral designs that take inspiration from the works of…

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Through Team IMPACT’s program at Division I Stanford University, 13-year-old Jahbriah Kaho of San Mateo became an official member of the women’s volleyball team. As a team member, she will attend Cardinal practices, games, team dinners, events and more. Team IMPACT is a Boston-based nonprofi…

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American Legion Auxiliary District 26 welcomed their Girls State high school junior delegates last Sunday. High schools represented: Aragon, Belmont, Burlingame, Capuchino, Carlmont, Credo, Design Tech, Half Moon Bay, Hillsdale, Mills, Oceana, Petaluma, Rancho Cotate, Scotts Valley, Sequoia,…

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The San Bruno Lions Club 79th annual Posy Parade is taking place 11 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at Kains and San Mateo avenues. This year’s theme (chosen by a student) is “Super Heroes of Diversity.” There are eight marching divisions: 1). sports, 2). carriages/walkers, 3). small floats or wagons, …

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Boy Scouts from Troop 42 in San Mateo meet Officer Jason Becker before performing color guard to kick off the San Mateo Police Activities League Stride for Awareness 5K Run/Walk for Student Health and Mental Wellness May 11, at Coyote Point Park. Pictured from left to right, Assistant Scout …

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In the common clichés, dogs are fawning creatures needing constant social interaction while cats are independent and aloof. The most generous thing one can say about both characterizations is that they are gross generalizations not supported when one observes many individual animals. Better,…

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On Thursday, May 9, Proterra and the Burlingame Citizens Environmental Council were joined by Burlingame Mayor Donna Colson, Vice Mayor Emily Beach and members of the City Council to support Bay Area Bike to Work Day and promote zero-emission transportation. An Energizer Station was set up a…

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Little Laelia Margaret Steinberg arrived just in time for Mother’s Day at Sequoia Hospital. Laelia is the first child of Erinn and Scott Steinberg, who were delighted by the timing. It was especially significant for Erinn, as it is also National Nurses Week — she is a Registered Nurse in the…

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Nurses from Mission Hospice & Home Care during National Nurses Week: Colin Crabtree, Susi Mickelsen, Lydia Claesson, Christine Duncan, Ruth Fullmer, Jennifer Caucutt, Nancy Cavallero, Maymay Ocampo, Kay Coskey, Elisabeth Craig, Elle James, Mary Peart, Lori Orlando, Kathy Stults, Gabriell…

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Wedding dresses from the San Mateo County History Museum’s Millie Collection of Vintage Clothing will be modeled at Wedding Fashions Throughout Time, presented at the San Mateo County Historical Museum in Redwood City at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Here Pat Yulo practices tossing her bouquet wh…

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Harry Costa, of the San Bruno Lions Club at his ‘Just Things’ shop on San Mateo Avenue where he takes in donated eyeglasses. Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low and middle income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions collect…

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Dina Tozzini of San Carlos celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday, May 3. Dina loves to sing and was happy to celebrate with her son and daughter-in-law Leslie and her new friends living at San Carlos Elms.

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Shay McNamara, left, and Deano Roberts bring their car off the track at the 2019 Woodside Soapbox Derby held at the Town Center in Woodside on May 5. Their car was a tribute to ‘cloud computing’ in Silicon Valley, and won First Place in the Most Original Car category.

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On Saturday, April 20, David Grabel, Xian Chen, Claudia Sarconi and Kelly Yeung planted a cherry tree on Radio Road in Redwood Shores as part of a CityTrees (citytrees.org) Arbor Day project, sponsored by California ReLeaf. The group planted 29 trees in the area. Joining eight members of the…

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Eight elementary schools from Burlingame (six public, two parochial) sent their top three finalists from their own individual school contests to compete at the 11th annual Burlingame Lions Citywide Spelling Bee April 30, at the Lions Hall in Burlingame.

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American Legion riders Gary Shweid, Thomas Day and George Smith repaired the graffiti on a pillar at Golden Gate National Cemetery along El Camino Real.

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The Magnolia of Millbrae, a senior retirement community, held its 20th anniversary for residents. All celebrated in style with an afternoon casino, Moulin Rouge cabaret lounge show and a five-course French dining experience, including a patisserie.

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Damaris Bonner, of Notre Dame de Namur University, was named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, for her work tutoring students in the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District. Campus Compact is a nonprofit which recognizes excellence in higher education. As part of her fellowsh…

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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley opens The Legendary Vault during its April 27 fundraiser, allowing guests to view hundreds of props and costume pieces. TheatreWorks Board members (left to right) Rose Hau, Sarah Donaldson and Ronald Hayden have a little fun with some of the treasures found in the…

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The community gathered and applauded on April 11 as Jay Katz of El Granada received the Richard Rampton Volunteer of the Year Award at the Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County, Inc. Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. Also honored were all of the 35 Vol…

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Roosevelt Elementary School hosted last month a Maker Madness Challenge, during which students participated in design challenges such as building popsicle bridges supporting the weight of textbooks and building catapults that launch Ping-Pong balls.

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Belmont Dream Dinners gathered more than 300 volunteers at Hillsdale High School to package 50,000 meals for underprivileged communities. The meals will be distributed throughout the county and abroad through the Friends & Family Community Connection, which accommodates communities needi…

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The Burlingame Elementary School District is seeking nominations for the H. Jay Burns Award, recognizing volunteers who contributed to local schools. Nominees should exhibit service at the district for a substantial period of time, improve the education for students and demonstrate leadership.

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TransForm’s Chris Lepe, regional policy manager (center); Shireen Malekafzali, senior manager for policy, planning and equity (left); and Jo Ann Prompongsatorn, interim co-executive director were lauded by Sustainable San Mateo County for the organization’s focus on promoting walkable commun…