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Dressed in their holiday best, longtime San Bruno residents Ron and Pam Herriot watched the lighting of the Christmas tree at the San Bruno Veterans Memorial Recreation Center on Thursday, Dec. 5.

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The Leadership Class of Aragon High School in San Mateo hosted its biennial Lip Dub on Nov. 22. The whole school lip-synced to music and performed choreographed dances portraying the variety of people, clubs, and sports at Aragon.

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The Latino Committee, a division of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, hosted a toy drive for Samaritan House Nov. 19.

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The following students were named to the fall 2019 quarter Dean’s List at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West campus in San Jose: Matthew Hoang of San Mateo, Benjamin Laycock of Redwood City, Justin Lew of South San Francisco, Cody Miller of Pacifica, Maxwell Moore of Portola Valley, Kelly…

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Fusion Academy San Mateo students and staff are dedicated to a Blanket Drive that is supporting pediatric cancer patients. It was started by seventh grader Bebe, pictured bottom right, who survived cancer and felt that the hospital was very cold and the blankets were too thin to keep her war…

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New Eagle Scouts Brendan Smith and David O’Connor and their parents, from left, Adrian and Kathy Smith, Gail and Michael O’Connor, were honored Sept. 22 at St. Matthias Church in Redwood City, and Virsik was awarded the rank of Eagle on Nov. 15, 2018. Smith, a senior  at Woodside High School…

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Corinne Wingate, of the Nueva School, received the Caroline D. Bradley scholarship from the Institute of Educational Advancement. She joins 27 other gifted seventh graders from across the nation who will received a full-tuition scholarship to their high school of choice.

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Hoover Elementary School in Redwood City has new benches and tables, along with weeded planter boxes and more enhancements, with assistance from volunteers from Kaiser Permanente Redwood City and Kaiser’s construction arm, National Facilities Services. The volunteers built, spread a lot of m…

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The National Civil War Association held a Civil War re-enactment on the grounds of the historic Johnston House on Higgins Canyon Road in Half Moon Bay on the weekend of Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Camps from both the Union and Confederate armies were re-created exactly as they were in the 1860s. Dr…

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Erin Decker, Greg Fatigati, Kaitlin Guerin, Dillon Zell and Kathleen Luu at the Ninth Annual Will’s Dream Foundation Fundraiser took place on Saturday Oct. 26, at the Congregational Church of San Mateo. Erin is the mother of a winner who was not able to attend. The other winners are Kaitlin,…

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Ladies of San Mateo’s American Legion Auxiliary donated food supplies for veteran students attending College of San Mateo. Students Corina, Gerrimae, Brian and Moises happily accepted protein bars, snacks, coffee and soup. Luis Padilla (center), Veterans Resource Opportunity Center’s adminis…

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Menlo-Atherton High School will host a performance of “Urinetown: The Musical,” running Friday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 17, and the following weekend, Friday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 24. All shows in the school’s performing arts center, 555 Atherton Road, are at 7:30 p.m., except…

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Tomochika Uyama, consul general of Japan in San Francisco, presents the Commendation of Japan’s Foreign Minister to Kyoko Mase Kerr, principal of San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen, one of the few remaining Saturday schools in the Bay Area that teaches Japanese Culture to children from kindergarten to…

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The San Mateo Public Library celebrated its 25th Birthday at a Community Day party held Oct. 26. Guests were treated to performances by the Hillsdale Jazz Band and the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Taiko Drummers. Serving cake were, left to right, County of San Mateo Supervisor Carole Groom; Cit…

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Siena Youth Center and Culture Collection of North Fair Oaks led community members on a Dia De Los Muertos Mural Bike Tour on Saturday, Oct. 26. The five-mile loop began and ended at the Siena Youth Center. The five-mile ride visited public art in North Fair Oaks including murals, utility bo…

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Don de Marco shared his 1955 pristine Chevy Bel Air all decked out for Halloween with residents and staff from The Magnolia of Millbrae, a senior retirement community, as they celebrated Halloween. The afternoon included live music and camaraderie.

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Washington Elementary School’s Dads' Club emerged victorious taking home both the Judges' and People's Choice award from the 23rd Annual Roosevelt Chili Cookoff in Burlingame Oct. 13. Their entry was appropriately named Red Hot Chili Daddies and featured a unique latkes garnish. Photographed…

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Halloween was celebrated in a big way at the historic Carolands Château in Hillsborough Oct. 31, 2019. Moving projections, flying witches and macabre tableaus greeted trick-or-treaters of all ages. Here, a headless Bob Ledoux helped the many guests have a ghostly good time. The château is no…

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Cathy Kirby, director of Maternal Child Health, cuts the ribbon opening four new labor and delivery rooms at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City with doctors, nurses and staff. The new rooms will expand services at the new hospital, expected to deliver more than 2,100 babies this year, a 25% incr…

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Adventurous Burlingame resident Linda Yelnick visited Burlingame, Kansas, this month bringing special gifts and a special letter from Mayor Donna Colson that she presented to Carolyn Strohm, Historical Preservation Society president who also runs the Schuyler Museum. Linda also met Jerry Hil…

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California Water Service hosted a plant giveaway for its customers at its San Mateo Bayshore District Customer Center Saturday, Oct. 19. The plants that were given away use low amounts of water and are considered to be fire resistant, according to Cal Water.

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The Burlingame Woman’s Club was selected as the 12th annual winner of the Beautification Commission’s Business Landscape Award. The club’s landscape is always well maintained and helps brighten up the local surroundings, contributing to the enjoyment of all who pass by the property along Par…

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L’Academy, a language immersion preschool, cut the ribbon on the opening of its new San Mateo facility, located at 608 El Camino Real.

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Colman Conner, of Henry Ford Elementary, Dominique Mostafavi, of Brewer Island Elementary School, Jezsiah Smith and Hanna Pham, of Franklin Elementary School and Tomoki Urata, of Tierra Linda Middle School, were among the winners of this year’s SamTrans art contest. Winning entries will be p…

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Aragon High School was the first in its district to join the Tri-M Music Honor Society, which is one of the largest arts education associations in the world for middle and high school students. The school’s music program performed an induction ceremony Friday, Oct. 10, at the Aragon High Sch…

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Kallista Leonardos, of El Granada, and Margaret Eichler, of Redwood City, graduated from Emerson College, where they were also named to the dean’s list. Noah Bender, of Foster City, Kasey O’Connell, of Hillsborough, and Rachel Perkins, of San Bruno, were named to the dean’s list at the schoo…

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Genentech granted $2 million to the South San Francisco Unified School District to support science education and assist officials in rolling out new science curriculum.

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UMC Nursery School in Burlingame won top honors at the Burlingame Pet Parade for ‘Out in Space,’ a float dominated by a giant silver rocket ship with French bulldog Finnigan, 5, peeking out of a porthole. Second place went to McKinley School and third place was awarded to Roosevelt School, b…

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Valeria Acosta, 13, of Burlingame, was the grand prize winner in the Burlingame Pet Parade for her ‘Jurassic Pets’ mini float featuring Milo, a 1-year-old northern blue-tongued skink, and an array of plastic dinosaurs and vegetation on a bed of rocks. She also won the ‘Most Unusual Pet’ cont…

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With the donations from San Mateo’s Elk Lodge and the greater San Mateo County community, American Legion Auxiliary of San Mateo ladies assembled 125 toiletry bags for veterans attending the Stand Down in Foster City Oct 3-5. Foster City Daisy Girl Scouts Troop 61829 inserted cards with word…

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Although we’re certainly not always kind to them, people’s feelings about dogs can be considered a longtime love affair. But when did that begin … ? We now have evidence of a first date going back further than previously estimated for here in North America. Scientists recently presented a pa…

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A Summer Social Open House was Sept. 7 for the retirement community at The Magnolia of Millbrae. Classic cars by the Mid-Peninsula Old Time Auto Club were on display and refreshments were served. Music included Petaluma Pete the piano player and the San Francisco Banjo Band.

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Youth volunteers help collect trash during last year’s annual Bayfront Cleanup in the city of San Mateo. This Saturday, Sept. 21, marks the 35th annual event, a local contribution to the California Coastal Cleanup Day. The statewide volunteer event helps keep plastics and waste out of Califo…

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‘Song Garden’ duo Corrie Dunn, left, and Mary Gospe will perform at ‘Cats Rock,’ a wine tasting benefit for Redwood City's Nine Lives Foundation on Sun. Sept. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at Nature Gallery, 296 State St. in Los Altos. For more information, visit ninelivesfoundation.org.

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Evan Johannet, of San Mateo, was named to the dean’s list at Muhlenberg College.

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San Mateo County Sheriff Transit Police investigate a seven series BMW that was hit by a Caltrain on the tracks on 25th Avenue in San Mateo, Friday evening. The solo driver was transported to Stanford Hospital.

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There are several theories about the history of Labor Day but none I’ve found pay any attention to the other than human animals used in labor, and that seems an oversight. The history of animals used in labor is frankly neither humane nor pleasant (and although perhaps much the same can be s…

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Parkgoers enjoy the nice weather on a shady bench in San Mateo’s Central Park. The nice weather will continue through Labor Day with sunny conditions and temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, according to forecasters.

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William Carhart and Lauren Mohrman, of Menlo Park, Joseph Dessinger, Jenny Joyner, Megan McDonnell and Glenn McDonnell, of San Carlos, Christopher Favetti, Liam Gallagher and Kyle Maloney, of Burlingame, Kimberly Anne Ho, Lauren Keelan, Jad Shami, Cameron Zarringhalam, Scott Kolnes and Matte…

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U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, came to Aragon High School in San Mateo Aug. 26 to talk to the students about current events and share her observations about the workings of the government. Aragon student Will Tong, a writer for the school newspaper, Aragon Outlook, took the opportunit…

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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.