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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.

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Girl Scout Troop 61937 of Burlingame is busy completing their Gold Award Projects. Gemma and Sydney, pictured above, each did over 80 hours of community service to help their local community. Gemma worked with Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Sydney worked with the Burlingame Girls Softball. 

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Because of a $3,000 donation from the Palestinian American Coalition-San Francisco, Samaritan House received 170 meals May 21 to help those struggling during the pandemic. PAC–SF, the host of Palestine Cultural Day in Foster City every September, had the meals delivered from Dishdash.

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San Mateo Police Chief Ed Barberini and command staff take a moment of silence to remember Sgt. Gordon Joinville, who was shot and killed May 23, 1968 at the scene where a light post was dedicated to him at Fifth Street and Claremont Street in San Mateo.

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Monica Sagullo, Christina Aquino and Michele Evans deliver face shields to the home health care workers at the Bougainvilleas on behalf of the Rotary Club of South San Francisco. The club wanted to recognize the work of home health care providers. The club provided medically approved face sh…

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Meghan Mitchell, class of 2023 at Notre Dame High School-Belmont and San Mateo resident, created more than 100 prepacked snacks for first responders. Here she is delivering them to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Wednesday, May 6.

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South San Francisco Mayor Richard Garbarino visited Aegis Living San Francisco Saturday, May 9, to celebrate longtime Bay Area resident Rhoda Marie Kay on her 100th birthday. Mayor Garbarino was joined by Rhoda’s family and friends as they surprised her with 100 balloons and cheered her on, …

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Forty teachers at George Hall Elementary School participated in a teachers’ parade for their students on Friday, May 8. They drove through the streets on San Mateo Village and Bay Meadows to greet their students who they have not seen in person since March 12.

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The Burlingame Elementary School District is accepting nominations for the H. Jay Burns Award, recognizing those who demonstrate outstanding commitment to improving the Burlingame school community.

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South San Francisco fire and law enforcement personnel celebrate Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco health care workers.

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The Lisa Diaz Nash campaign for San Mateo City Council organized a Mother’s Day Drive for Samaritan House. Nash, a 30-year resident of San Mateo County, and former nonprofit CEO, said in five days the campaign was able to raise $2,500 for the purchase of newborn supplies to be donated to the…

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Maddie Mitchell, class of 2021 at Saint Ignatius College Prep and San Mateo resident, coordinated a contactless food drive so she could give back to her community during SIP. San Mateo residents supplied more than 500 boxes of food and diapers. Here she is delivering items collected during h…

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The Magnolia of Millbrae, a senior retirement community, had a live outdoor concert on Millbrae Avenue at the corners of Magnolia and Lewis. Residents were able to enjoy the music from their windows. 

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Millbrae Councilwoman Gina Papan and San Mateo Councilwoman Diane Papan volunteered with the Millbrae Lions Club to hand out needed masks to the Millbrae Community. Six-thousand masks were donated to 600 families, elders and students while using social distance protocol.

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Fed up with a surge of visitors each weekend crowding beaches and occupying parking spaces amid the COVID-19 crisis, a growing number of Half Moon Bay residents are calling for a permit parking program to limit access to the area.

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Jordyn Nawrocki, a seventh grader at Burlingame Intermediate School, feeling the COVID-19 restlessness, started painting rocks she found on a nearby trail. She hid them in the neighborhood for fun to see if they’d be moved the following day. She never expected all the compliments posted on N…

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Geese with goslings at Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City Sunday, April 19. 

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San Mateo police Master Officer Lupe Mejia helped deliver Easter baskets in the city through the Police Activities League and the Police Officers' Association last Sunday.

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Yesena Jacques from Hassett Hardware with representatives from Kaiser Redwood City as she donates about $2,000 in personal protective equipment from the local hardware store group with stores from Palo Alto to San Mateo. ‘In this difficult moment it is extremely gratifying to be able to supp…

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Ted and Kaori Jackson found a way to lift the spirits of their neighbors on Hemlock Street in San Carlos by dressing up a metal decorative dinosaur using health-conscious methods of a mask and hand sanitizer.

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In this self-taken photo, Gino De Grandis was inspired by kids’ chalk drawings on the street and decided to do his part in the San Mateo Village neighborhood. The painting was made using non-toxic washable temperas and took about seven hours. Hidden in the flowers there is a phrase by Corita…

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Richard Leavitt, owner of Kindercourt Preschool at 211 S. Delaware St., now at home self-isolating, plays saxophone with his neighbor, a student at Borel Middle School on North Idaho Street in San Mateo.

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Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, spent to morning of Friday, March 6, shadowing Mitzi Zwierlein at her job at McDonald’s in San Mateo. Earlier in the morning, Ms. Zwierlein and her family met with Mullin to discuss her special support needs as she transitions to living indepe…

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The Hawaii State House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution in honor of women surfing advocates and women world champions. The Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing supports future state of Hawaii legislation requiring all sports competitions that award prize compensation, …

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The city of Burlingame celebrated its 41st year as a ‘Tree City USA’ at the city’s annual Arbor Day Event in Washington Park west end.  Four trees were planted to commemorate this special day.  Children from Washington Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, St. Catherine’s of Sienna S…

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Boy Scout Troop 321, of San Carlos, helped save the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly and the Callippe Silverspot Butterfly. Over 20 members of the unit removed hundreds of invasive species of plants, such as French Broom, and sowed more than 280 native species of grasses and flowers in Buck…

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South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell, Councilwoman Buenaflor Nicolas, Councilman Mark Nagales, Vice Mayor Mark Addiego, Mayor Richard Garbarino, Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto and South San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi break ground Friday on a new 44,000-square-foot police op…

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Sydney Fleming, of Burlingame, earned a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor available through the organization. She partnered with the local softball league to complete a project that encouraged younger girls to play competitive sports.

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Heumberto and Isabel Romero got married at the San Mateo County Clerk’s Office on Valentine’s Day. The county extended their hours from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and performed a ceremony every half hour.

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Seniors, California National Guard servicemembers and friends put finishing touches on valentines this week. More than 2,200 valentines were made at the South San Francisco Magnolia Center during 'Operation Valentine' to send them to servicemembers serving overseas and at home. The annual ac…

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Nettie Roozeboom, a NASA Ames aerospace engineer, shows off an 8-foot-long test model of the next rocket that will return astronauts to the surface of the moon.

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Woodside Elementary School students enrolled in workshop education’s after-school program, in which they learned about entrepreneurship and the challenges associated with opening a business. 

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Students from Ms. Fong’s class at Central Elementary School crafted pouches from donated and repurposed materials for victims of the wildfires in Australia.