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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…

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San Mateo Credit Union encouraged members to use their SMCU debit and credit cards for a purpose on Oct. 15, International Credit Union Day. For every use that day, SMCU pledged to donate 25 cents to Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley. In all, SMCU members conducted nearly 40,000 deb…

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Daisy and Gordon Urbina-Jones are youth volunteers bagging lettuce for the Pie Ranch Food Hub pack out with key funding provided by Bank of America. The effort was to provide food for families in time for Thanksgiving. Pie Ranch, in Pescadero, is using its youth program staff to deliver food…

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Dayna and Jeffrey Karp, of San Carlos, gave birth to a baby girl at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City Nov. 14, 2020.

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Editor in Chief Willow Taylor Chiang Yang, with senior Grace Holmes takes notes on stories in back. Nueva High School students received news a few weeks ago that their school newspaper, The Nueva Current, is a finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association’s prestigious Pacemaker comp…

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San Mateo mayor Joe Goethals cuts the ribbon on the grand opening of Montara, a new building in the Bay Meadows development that features 68 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments affordable to families with incomes up to 30%-60% of Area Median Income. Thirty-four of the 68 homes offer even…

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On Nov. 18, Burlingame Mayor Emily Beach participated in a veterans event at The Trousdale and presented each of the veterans with a special certificate of appreciation from the city of Burlingame. The ceremony included personal stories from some of the veterans.

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Velma Kuhlman turned 100 Oct. 26 at the San Carlos Elms assisted living center. She had more than 20 family members ZOOM in for a birthday party. San Carlos Mayor Ron Collins, her son-in-law, read her proclamation in her honor.

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Boy Scout Troop 321 and Cub Scout Pack 65 members from San Carlos held a socially distanced ceremony at the San Carlos Elms Living Facility to honor Veterans Day.

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The South San Francisco Unified School District will receive a $250,000 donation from the South San Francisco Rotary Club Foundation to support the opening of learning hubs in November at Sunshine Gardens Elementary School, the district’s two high schools, and the Paradise Valley clubhouse o…

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San Francisco Opera’s Senior Costume Production Supervisor Galen Till stands in the Opera’s Burlingame scene shop with costumes to be sold to benefit the Opera’s artist development and educational programs. More than 500 costumes worn in performances of The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus and Ta…

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Moe, Lary and Curly of ‘Three Stooges’ fame take part in a spooky rendition of ‘Jeopardy!’ at 1121 Furlong Street, Belmont. Belmont's Parks & Recreation Department held its first Annual Halloween Decorating Contest! The winner for ’Spookiest’ category had custom-made sets and props the o…

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Redwood City Elks Lodge #1991 members Amy Anderson-Giugliano, Carol Irvin and Lyle Personette presented a check for $5,000 to Shobana Gubbi for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. The donation will be doubled to $10,000 because of two generous families offering a $1 for $1 match for donations …

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Bay Area native Manuel Morales, Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class and husband of Cari Lees from Burlingame, aboard the USS Nimitz during COVID-19.

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Joe Becerra (top row, second from left), leads his neighbors on Cortez Avenue in Burlingame’s eighth annual citywide drill on Saturday, Oct. 10. A total of 324 residents joined 31 groups to practice responding to an

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Officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for Firehouse Square Apartments, an affordable rental community being developed by MidPen Housing. It will have 66 below-market-rate units for those making between 30% to 80% of the area median income and 3,300 square feet of ground-floor retail at 1300…

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13-year-old Olivia Sze raised $1,085 to help her community through her ‘Hidden Treasures’ fundraiser. SMCU President and CEO Wade Painter, left, and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine were on hand to help with the donation.

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Iven Cazaresramirez, a culinary specialist from San Mateo, seasons kabobs in the galley aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

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Operations Specialist 3rd Class Ahjena Hughes-James, from East Palo Alto, communicates with the combat information center while standing watch on the bridge as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) transits the Luzon Strait in the South China Sea.

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San Mateo Councilwoman Amourence Lee, left to right, Councilman Rick Bonilla, Public Works Deputy Director Matt Zucca, Public Works Deputy Director Azalea Mitch, City Manager Drew Corbett, Mayor Joe Goethals, Public Works Director Brad Underwood, Police Chief Ed Barberini, Deputy Mayor Eric …

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Citizens and event organizers conducted a caravan census this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the King Center in North Central San Mateo to raise community awareness.

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Supervisor Dave Pine; Warren Slocum, president of the Board of Supervisors; George Smith, vice chair of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission; Ed Kiryczun, County Veterans Services officer; and Darren Adkinson, outreach, County Veterans Service Office; at the raising of the POW/MIA flag i…

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 On Wednesday, Aug. 12, nearly 170 physicians in San Mateo County received personal protective equipment in a drive-through event at the offices of the San Mateo County Medical Association. The event was part of a partnership between the California Office of Emergency Services, the Californi…

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Local students received free wisdom teeth extractions from Foster City Oral Surgery, with hopes they will be able to spend the money they saved during the pandemic on school supplies. Koral, left, is a Peninsula High School graduate planning to start this fall at the College of San Mateo.

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The Burlingame Spirit Run, raising money for the Burlingame Community for Education, will take place virtually during Labor Day weekend. Registration costs $35, and the revenue will benefit local schools. Visit bcefoundation.org for more information.

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A volunteer hands out backpacks at the San Mateo County Event Center Saturday, Aug. 1 for client families at the Samaritan House. While the backpack giveaway is usually done at the center, it was done in a drive-thru format because of coronavirus. More than 2,000 backpacks filled with school…

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The Magnolia of Millbrae hosted food trucks for the ’front line’ workers and physicians at Mills Peninsula Hospital last week. International cuisine was enjoyed by many. The Magnolia of Millbrae Residents and staff thank Mills Peninsula Hospital for all that they do to take care of our commu…

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Millbrae Mayor Reuben Holober and Vice Mayor Ann Schneider joined Millbrae Cities Commission Chair Robert Gottschalk, Commissioners Kathleen Kimura and Tom Dawdy and Millbrae Recreation Department coordinator for a bell ringing ceremony in front of Millbrae City Hall Aug. 5. Tom Dawdy, of Da…

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Zoe Neil, an Aragon High School student, worked with friends and classmates to donate hundreds of books to families strugglng amid the pandemic. 

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 105 of Redwood City accepted 1,000 non-medical face masks donated by Lindsey & Ana Yang who wanted to assist veterans. The Auxiliary will distribute two styles of masks: ‘Pround veteran’ for patient/vets and ‘Supporting veterans’ for health workers & vo…

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Nina Taylor, 9, holds the head of a 6.8-pound sunflower she grew with her father Scott Taylor in the Parkside neighborhood of San Mateo. While the plant itself to her left was 7 feet tall, the diameter of the flower was 16.5 inches and the circumference was 4 feet 2 inches. 

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Michelle Ahl, 12, is the U.S. Hunan Association and AC Star Performing Culture Arts Center’s youngest member and representative. During COVID-19, she has voluntarily delivered more than 12,000 surgical masks to hospitals, senior centers, preschools, family services, etc. The masks were donat…

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Eveyln Larsen celebrated her 101st birthday Saturday, July 18, at San Carlos Elms. Though family members were unable to attend, a Zoom call was arranged. 

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Culinary Specialist Seaman Cazares Ramirez from San Mateo spices kebobs aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 11, is deployed conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. 

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Lauren Lin, left, Catherine Debenham, middle, and Tobey Solomon started The Big Munch with Stephanie Shields to raise money for a new nonprofit each month through a model that is similar to an extended bake sale. The Big Munch collects cookie orders throughout the week and delivers the cooki…

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Reyhan Sabesan, a San Mateo High School rising junior, donated 3D printed face shields to protect Caminar staff. Kaitlyn Paris, RN, gratefully accepted the donation, which took Reyhan over 50 hours to produce. Reyhan generously contributed his handiwork to Caminar, recognizing the importance…

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Terri Falvey, Patty Hampton and Vicki Tung, three Parkside Montessori School mothers, organized a peaceful family march June 27 that brought together 250 people. The march was an opportunity for the San Mateo community, especially the children and youth, to build solidarity with the Black Li…

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The San Carlos Chickens’ Ball donated $17,000 to the San Carlos Elementary School District. The funding — drawn from sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and more — will finance the school system’s visual and performing arts program. The Chickens’ Ball is a biennial variety show presented b…

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From left, Foster City students William Guo, Ethan Guo, Julien Bergeron-Palmer won first place in the state’s eCybermission challenge for the National Science Competition. 

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Local Boy Scout Andrew Dodson, a junior at Woodside Priory, focused his Eagle Scout project on food security for children. With Covid-19 closing schools, many children have limited access to food. Only planning on 250 food boxes (tuna, Mac & Cheese, oatmeal, protein bars) became 1,100+ m…

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Elena Tuck of Redwood Shores  showed her deepest  appreciation for the hard work of local police departments. She made and delivered these sweet thank you messages to the folks who keep our neighborhoods safe. 

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Ruby Reyes, Lea Wadhams, Paris Quinney and Claire Schick participate in a Senior Grad n Go safe celebration event at San Mateo High School for the class of 2020.