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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.

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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…