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A $90,000 grant from the California ReLeaf Network, funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, given to the all-volunteer group CityTrees means 240 new trees will be added to five school campuses and three 

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Pastor Warren Dale, left, and Lt. David Vargas display the $5,000 check donated by First Church, Redwood City to the Salvation Army Redwood City Corps. Other nonprofits receiving donations from First Church are Street Life Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of the Peni…

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Former ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ star LeVar Burton, center, was the guest speaker at HIP Housing’s ‘Cheers to 50 Years!’ anniversary celebration Thursday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. He is seen here with HIP Executive Director Kate Comfort Harr, left, and Associate Executive Di…

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Foster City Girl Scouts Livey, Anna, Sadie, Camille and Ryanna share their poppy cards. May is Poppy Month for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 105 — the poppy is the symbol and remembrance of those who wore our nation’s uniform in service to our country. Foster City Girl Scouts Troop 6182…

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On Saturday May 21, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will transform Redwood City’s Fox Theatre for its spring fundraiser, A Muse Ball, where guests can enjoy delectable eats and wines, live performances, a local arts market and a dance party. TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Executive Director Phil …

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Tuesday at The Kids Company, owned by Chris Davis, Bill Koefoed, Betsy Koefoed and Davis, ushered six Graco car seats and three booster seats over to the care and custody of Chief Kristina Bell and Sgt. Jesse Meyers of the San Carlos division of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Koefoed…

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Community members turned out to the San Bruno Wellness Fair this Wednesday where local organizations including the Peninsula Healthcare District, San Bruno Park School District Nutrition Services, the San Mateo County Pride Center and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County offered informa…

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Burlingame Lions Club President Bernice Macchia, right, recently presented an $8,000 check to Kathy von Mayrhauser from the Burlingame Public Library in support of their Children’s Reading Program.

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A united goal to get more Sequoia Union High School District students into higher education has inspired a partnership between the district, Cañada College, San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay. ‘Sequoia Union High School District is committed to education…

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A camellia-pruning seminar was held in San Mateo’s Central Park Sunday, May 1. Experts from the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society taught students how to properly prune and shape their Camellia bushes. Students then had an opportunity to practice their skills on the Park’s own camellia…

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A group of San Mateo County residents was among the spring 2022 graduating class at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, including Danielle Bourque with a Bachelor of Science in communicative disorders and deaf education, Hanna Kaplan with a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts, Donna Morhain w…

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CityTrees planted 35 new trees on the Henry Ford Elementary School campus. Redwood City School District’s Director of Bond Programs, Don Dias, oversaw the project in partnership with Henry Ford’s Principal Jennifer Knopf, and CityTrees, Redwood City’s urban forestry organization. The project…

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More than 150 local dignitaries, educators, students and local stakeholders came together last week for the 20th annual South San Francisco Chamber Education Foundation luncheon.  Thirty students who are local residents graduating from South San Francisco high schools and seeking university,…

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Bay Area Bike to Wherever Days organizers have named the winners of the 2022 Bike Champion of the Year awards. Given to individuals for inspiring bicycling in their Bay Area communities, this award recognizes individuals in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties for their commitment to bic…

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John Hutar, Teipo Brown, Mary DeRosa, Carole Self, Rosalynn Sarvi, Nova Maldonado, Karla Najera, Gina Atwood, Kevin Fong and Joan Dentler at the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau annual tourism luncheon where a new name and branding identity was announced: The …

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Volunteer docents from the Woodside Storekeepers presented Old Woodside Store Day, a chance for guests to get a taste of life in the 1880s.  The event was held Sunday at the historic Woodside Store, and was sponsored by the San Mateo County Historical Association. Activities included making …

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For the past year, Composer in Residence and Minnesota resident Wynn-Anne Rossi taught music composition at Musicians In The Making, a Peninsula music school that offers virtual programs created to give its students a seamless online instructional experience. She made a surprise visit to the…

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‘GOLD!’ learners cried as they excitedly held up real flakes found in the sand and dirt at their feet. Though the calendar reads 2022, the year was 1849 at San Carlos Charter Learning Center’s Gold Rush Days event April 7-8.  At San Carlos Charter’s recent Gold Rush Days event, learners, sta…

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This weekend, thousands of aspiring young engineers will be gathering in Houston, Texas, for the annual First Robotic International Championship. From April 20-24, students from all over the world gather together to compete, attend workshops, and participate in conferences. This year, the Ha…

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San Mateo County Health Foundation and Samaritan House of San Mateo County announced a new food partnership which will distribute more than 250 food boxes weekly to food insecure families served through the San Mateo Medical Center in San Mateo, Fair Oaks Health Clinic in Redwood City and cl…

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Hailey LaTorra, middle, bags some plastic waste, while sister Katie, left, and mother Sarah look on. The theme for this year’s Rotary District 5150’s Day of Service was ‘Protecting The Environment’ and members came to Coyote Point Saturday to remove trash from the shoreline. Rotary Internati…

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Students at Redwood City’s North Star Elementary School enrolled in Workshop Education’s after-school program, in which they learn about entrepreneurship and the challenges associated in opening a business.

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The Rotary Club of San Mateo and San Mateo Scout Troop No. 42 have formed a tree-planting partnership with the San Mateo-Foster City School District to help combat Climate Change. The picture shows their inaugural effort of planting six gold medallion trees at LEAD Elementary School in North…

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Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter, Jr. visited the Samaritan House Kitchen and Pantry Friday to help distribute 1,000 boxed meals donated by Home Court Assist presented by Chase, a community outreach effort with the Warriors. The meals consisted of rice balls prepared by Onigilly res…

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Come this June, the San Mateo County Office of Education will be welcoming veteran education administrator Kristen Shouse to its office as associate superintendent of the Educational Services Division.

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As an amateur astronomer, I had always wanted to see, what is considered to be one of the wonders of the world, Chichen Itza.

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We continue to observe Canis Major in the west sky. Again, if we could see Monoceros, it’s to the left of Orion. Above Monoceros is Canis Minor, below it is Canis Major. Canis Major has the distinction of having the brightest star in it, Sirius.

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Dancing ensues at the 2022 Holi festival in Foster City Sunday. Approximately 500 people gathered in front of the library building from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food, music and lots of colors were in abundance to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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Belmont’s Notre Dame de Namur University will be welcoming two new members to its Board of Trustees after President Beth Martin tapped James Revell and Sheila Smith McKoy to fill the vacancies.

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Adin Drabkin of Burlingame, Andrew Dollente of Menlo Park, Nihal Karim of Belmont, Alex Beaver of Portola Valley, Austen Dollente of Menlo Park, Kyra Cruse of Foster City, Brian Lee of Palo Alto, Kirby Saligo of Burlingame and Tal Larsen of El Granada were named to the fall 2021 Dean’s List …

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Crocker students from left: Colin Beim, Koga Miyoshi, Dillon Yeh and Madison Wu. Seventh grade students at Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough recently spent time celebrating the Korean culture. Guided by Korean teachers and volunteers who brought history to life, Crocker students particip…

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The Mills High School Jazz Band and several band members received top place awards during the 2022 Folsom Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz competitions in the state. Under the leadership of Director David Gregoric, the jazz band placed first in the A division and earned unanimous super…

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The National Special Districts Coalition is promoting a scholarship contest for high school students designed to encourage young people to engage with local government to enhance their civics education. The scholarships are designed as awards for a student video contest operated through the …

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Nominations are now open for the Sequoia High School Alumni Association’s Purple Patriot award, an honor for both individuals and organizations that have provided Sequoia High School with outstanding service or significant benefit.

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The North Central Neighborhood Association 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. art contest took place in January, with the theme of “Keeper of the Dream.” In it, elementary students from San Mateo and Foster City, students in the San Mateo Union High School District, members of the NAACP San Mat…

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Members of the A C Star Performing Camp performed a Happy New Year Dance at the Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival held Saturday. Two blocks of Broadway were devoted to the food and culture of the Asian community.

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Families gathered in front of San Carlos Central Middle School last month for the first-ever ‘Tour de Family’ Ride, the latest event added to a long-standing San Carlos tradition, Week of the Family. The ride was led by San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies on bike patrol and cheered on by nei…

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Members of Lion Dance Me perform traditional Lion and Dragon dances to welcome the Lunar New Year, Saturday at the Hillsdale Shopping Center. The Lunar New Year is annually linked to one of 12 zodiac animals. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger.

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The Redwood City Education Foundation has named its interim executive director to be Pati Ortiz after Jason Galisatus, the current director, announced he will be stepping down. 

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Jay Quetnick of Hillsborough celebrates his 101st birthday on Jan. 17. This centenarian graduated Stanford, entered World War II as an officer, started a construction company, and enjoyed 75 years in civil aviation. JQ attributes his longevity to ‘being realistic and practical, eating well, …