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Published by: San Mateo Daily Journal on Dec 25, 2012
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Vol XII,Edition 111
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165 N. Amphlett San Mateo www.rudolphsinteriors.com
By Michelle Durand
Who gives a whoop,you might ask?The answer is health officials — and thegeneral public who,because of strenuouseffort to get children immunized beforeschool enrollment,has seen the number of whooping cough cases in San Mateo Countydrop dramatically over the last year.“I’m extraordinarily surprised how low weare,”said Dr. Scott Morrow,the county’s pub-lic health officer.Whooping cough,the common name for thecondition officially known as pertussis,appeared six times to date in 2012 comparedto 59 in 2011,according to the county’s com-municable diseases quarterly report.One case happened in the third quarter thisyear compared to 10 cases in 2011.Pertussis runs in five to seven year cyclesbut the radical difference also proves that theaggressive education outreach and new immu-nization requirements are working,Morrowsaid.Whooping cough,also known as pertussis,is a contagious illness causing severe cough-ing attacks that can last for months and makeit hard to breath. Infants too young for vacci-nations are particularly vulnerable and are atrisk of hospitalization and even death which iswhy the prevention campaign targeted adultsin close contact with the young — “cocoon-ing,”Morrow said — along with those enter-ing school.A California law that began July 1,2011requires students in grades seven through 12in both public and private schools to prove
Whooping cough rates drop dramatically
Health prevention campaign,school immunizations credited for lower number of cases
Court names interim headduring federal investigation
Temporaryprobationchief takesoffice helm
By Michelle Durand
The county’s Probation Department isin the hands of one of its four deputieswhile the chief probation officer remainsunder federal investigation on suspicion of possessing child pornography,accordingto Presiding Judge Beth Freeman.Freeman placed Chief Probation OfficerStuart Forrest on paid administrative leavelate last week after learning of the investi-gation and named Roy Brasil to the post for the interim. Brasilis the deputy chief probation officer in charge of institutionslike the juvenile hall.
Furniture fixture closing shop
By Ashley Hansen
Great Western Furniture,a Redwood City store for the past57 years,will officially close its doors Jan. 31.The family-owned business at 1748 Broadway lost its leasewhen their building went up for sale.“We’ve always offered great customer service (and) pricinghas been good; we’ve tried not to carry the same thing that yousee everywhere else,said Phil Gelb,co-owner and vice pres-
Dancers from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose entertain for a Las Posadas event at the Main San Mateo LibraryDec.19.The nine-day celebration,a Latin American cultural tradition for the whole family,includes candlelight processions,music,refreshments,stories and crafts.
By Heather Murtagh
Students and staff scurried about the student union atRedwood High School throughout the morning Thursday pick-ing up hot cocoa and treats.Some stopped to chat while others just cruised through tosay hello. There was talk of marshmallows,warm cups of cheer and the holidays as volunteers helped man a small holi-day party.Holiday parties aren’t exactly unique at schools. ButRedwood High School has a fluid movement of students.
A community PTA
Mike Garoutte,volunteer from Trinity Presbyterian Church inSan Carlos,serves freshly made hot chocolate to a RedwoodHigh student Thursday.
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Baseball Hall of Famer RickeyHenderson is 54.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
the first recorded cele-bration of Christmas onDec. 25 took place inRome.
“My idea of Christmas,whether old-fashioned or modern,is very simple:loving others.Come to think of it,why dowe have to wait for Christmas to do that?” 
— Bob Hope,American comedian (1903-2003)
Former WhiteHouse adviser KarlRove is 62.Singer Dido is 41.
In other news ...Birthdays
Santa was spotted riding through the streets of San Carlos on Monday afternoon.
Christmas Day:
Breezy. Rain likely. Highsin the lower 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph with guststo around 45 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night:
Isolated thunderstorms inthe evening. Showers. Lows in the mid 40s.Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph...Becomingwest 10 to 20 mph after midnight.
:Breezy. Showers likely in the morning...Then achance of showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s.Northwest winds 20 to 30 mph. Chance of showers 60 percent.
Wednesday night
:Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers.Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chanceof showers 20 percent.
:Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 50s.
Thursday night and Friday:
Partly cloudy.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are Solid Gold,No.10,in first place;California Classic,No.5,in secondplace;and Lucky Star,No.2,in third place.Therace time was clocked at 1:47.03.(Dec.23)
(Answers tomorrow)WAFER SMELLDENOTE PELLETYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Santa’s helper was suffering from —LOW “ELF” ESTEEMNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
©2012 Tribune Media Services, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
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In 1066
,William the Conqueror was crowned king of England.
In 1776,
Gen. George Washington and his troops crossed theDelaware River for a surprise attack against Hessian forces atTrenton,N.J.
In 1868,
President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditionalpardon to all persons involved in the Southern rebellion thatresulted in the Civil War.
In 1887,
Conrad Hilton,founder of the hotel chain bearing hisname,was born in San Antonio,Territory of New Mexico.
In 1926,
Hirohito became emperor of Japan,succeeding hisfather,Emperor Yoshihito.
In 1931,
New York’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast an entire liveopera over radio for the first time:“Hansel and Gretel”byEngelbert Humperdinck.
In 1937,
the NBC Symphony Orchestra,led for the first time byconductor Arturo Toscanini,performed a Christmas concert fea-turing works by Vivaldi,Mozart and Brahms.
In 1941,
during World War II,Japan announced the surrender of the British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong.
In 1962
,the movie version of “To Kill a Mockingbird,adaptedfrom the Harper Lee novel and starring Gregory Peck,opened inLos Angeles.
In 1989
,ousted Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu and hiswife,Elena,were executed following a popular uprising.
In 1991
,Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev went on televi-sion to announce his resignation as the eighth and final leader of a communist superpower that had already gone out of existence.
In 2009,
passengers aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 foiledan attempt to blow up the plane as it was landing in Detroit byseizing a man who tried to set off explosives in his underwear.Actor Dick Miller is 84. Author Anne Roiphe is 77. ActressHanna Schygulla is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards(The Spinners) is 68. Actor Gary Sandy is 67. Singer JimmyBuffett is 66. Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer LarryCsonka is 66. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 64. Actress SissySpacek is 63. Actress CCH Pounder is 60. Singer Annie Lennox is58. Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) is 58.Country singer Steve Wariner is 58. Singer Shane MacGowan (ThePogues,The Popes) is 55. The former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers,Christina Romer,is 54. Actress Klea Scott is44. Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) is 41.
Asian toad stowaway getsnew home in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG — They say catshave nine lives. Now a Chinese toad has joined that club of wily survivors.South Africans are marveling at theendurance of a toad that got trapped in acargo shipment from China to CapeTown after jumping into a porcelain can-dlestick that was made there. SouthAfrican officials reportedly planned toput down the creature,fearing it wouldcause harm as an invasive species if itwere let go in the wild.But the toad got a last-minute reprieve.Mango Airlines,a South African airline,transported the toad on Friday toJohannesburg for delivery to an animalsanctuary after officials decided to find away to let the globe-trotting toad live.The two-hour flight was a breeze com-pared to the trip from China,an odysseyof many weeks and thousands of kilome-ters (miles) across the Indian Ocean.Airline spokesman Hein Kaiser saidthe toad got “first-class treatment,sit-ting in the cockpit in a transparent plasticcontainer with escort Brett Glasby,ananimal welfare inspector. There was evena mock ceremony in which the toad’sboarding pass was handed to Glasby.“He was the star of the show on theflight,Kaiser said of the amphibiouspassenger. “I think every passengerstopped to have a look.”On landing in Johannesburg,the toad,dubbed Jack B Nimble,was brought outof his container for a celebrity-stylephoto call.Observers said the mottled brown toadseemed like a cool customer. “Prettychilled,as Kaiser put it.It belongs to the Asian Gold Toadspecies,which breeds during monsoonseason. It is believed to have survived thetrip from China by hardening its skin toprevent it drying out and also slowing itsbreathing and heart rate,methods thathelp the species survive in times of drought.“We’ve had snakes in the importedtimber,scorpions in fruit. We were calledbecause it was right inside the candle-stick and we had to break it to get it out,”Glasby,the inspector,told The Star,aSouth African newspaper. “It was manu-factured in China and the box was notopened between China and the storehere,so we can deduce it has come allthe way from China.”
A huge collection of odd TV stuffneeds a home
LOS ANGELES — James Comisar isthe first to acknowledge that more than afew have questioned his sanity for spend-ing the better part of 25 years collectingeverything from the costume GeorgeReeves wore in the 1950s TV show“Supermanto the entire set of “TheTonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”Then there’s the pointy Spock earsLeonard Nimoy wore on “Star Trek”andthe guns Tony Soprano used to rub out amob rival in an episode of “TheSopranos.”“Along the way people thought I wasnuts in general for wanting to conserveKeith Partridge’s flared pants from ‘ThePartridge Family,”’the good-natured for-mer TV writer says of the 1970s sitcomas he ambles through rows of costumes,props and what have you from the begin-nings of television to the present day.“But they really thought I needed apsychological workup,Comisar,48,adds with a smile,“when they learned Iwas having museum curators take care of these pieces.”A museum is exactly where he wantsto put all 10,000 of his TV memorabiliaitems,everything from the hairpiece CarlReiner wore on the 1950s TV varietyprogram “Your Show of Shows”to thegun and badge Kiefer Sutherland flashedon “24”a couple TV seasons ago.Finding one that could accommodatehis collection,which fills two sprawling,temperature-controlled warehouses,however,has sometimes been as hard asacquiring the boots Larry Hagman usedto stomp around in when he was J.R. on“Dallas.”(The show’s production com-pany finally coughed up a pair after plen-ty of pleading and cajoling.)Comisar is one of many people who,after a lifetime of collecting,begin torealize that if they can’t find a permanenthome for their artifacts those objectscould easily end up on the trash heap of history.
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. The front door of a residence waskicked in and the house was ransacked on thefirst block of North Grant Street before 10:59a.m. on Thursday,Dec. 20.
Stolen vehicle.
A person witnessed their truck being stolen on South Delaware Street andFirst Avenue before 5:01 a.m. on Thursday,Dec. 20.
Suspicious circumstances.
A woman reportedsomeone put something in her beer that madeher vomit on the 500 block of South Norfolk Street before 7:32 p.m. on Wednesday,Dec. 19.
. A security guard chased anddetained a shoplifter at a grocery store on thefirst block of 42nd Avenue before 1:46 p.m. onWednesday,Dec. 19.
. Gift cards were stolen from a businesson the 1600 block of Bayshore Highway before2:04 p.m. on Monday,Dec. 17.
. A student brought a bullet toschool on the 1700 block of Quesada Waybefore 12:31 p.m. on Monday,Dec. 17.
. A computer was stolen on the 1700block of Quesada Way before 7:56 a.m. onMonday,Dec. 17.
. An iPad,cellphone and credit cardswere stolen from a vehicle parked at a hotelparking lot on the 100 block of Anza Boulevardbefore 9:11 a.m. on Sunday,Dec. 16
Police reports
A man complained for being over chargedfor a cigar on the 1400 block of Broadway in Burlingame before noon onMonday,Dec. 17.
By Terry Collins
SAN FRANCISCO After a brief reprieve across the northern half of the stateon Monday,wet weather was expected tomake another appearance across most of California on Christmas Day.Flooding and snarled holiday traffic werealso expected in Southern California.The wet conditions led to the early-morningrescue Monday of a man who was clinging forhours to a clump of bushes in the fast-movingLos Angeles River. Firefighters spent nearlytwo hours using various measures to rescuethe man as an inflatable boat was able to reachhim in the waters estimated to be traveling at30 mph.He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.The rain also made it difficult for morningcommuters. A big rig crashed in Sylmar short-ly before 1:30 a.m.,causing a fuel leak andforcing the closure of Interstate 5 for morethan three hours.Meanwhile,the severe storms that saturatedNorthern California over the weekend havehelped give a much-needed boost to regionalreservoirs and created ideal skiing conditionsalong the Sierra.The downpours have kept the grass greenfor cattle feeds and replenished reservoirs,San Joaquin County AgricultureCommissioner Scott Hudson said Monday.“It’s much better than what it was at thistime last year when we were fairly dry,”Hudson said. “This year’s rain has come inintervals where it’s keeping us saturated,butnot flooded.”Hudson said the rain has not only help growgrass for cows to feed on,but also helpedbuild the water supply.“That is a welcome sight for us,Hudsonsaid. “As far as the reserves,what we get nowwill help our crops grow next summer.”And the moisture has allowed ski resorts toenjoy fresh snow on the slopes. Squaw ValleyUSA near Lake Tahoe reported receivingmore than 3 feet of new snow between Fridayand early Sunday morning.Resort spokeswoman Amelia Richmondsaid the new snow is helping assure SquawValley reaches its second largest ChristmasDay snowpack since 1970.“The conditions are phenomenal especiallyfor those who like fresh snow,”Richmond saidSunday. “It’s an incredible setup (for the holi-days),and we’re looking forward to a verywhite Christmas.”The resort has received some 200 inches of snow so far this season,compared with nearly250 inches of snow on Christmas Day,2010,when the region was en route to a snowpack twice the normal average. Squaw Valley aver-ages 450 inches of snow a year.As the entire state is expecting more rainand snow,a winter weather advisory has beenissued for the northern Sierra for ChristmasDay,the National Weather Service said.In Northern California,where the ground isalready saturated from the previous rain,floodwatches remained for Sonoma and NapaCounties,particularly for small creeks,streams and roads,Mark Strudley,a WeatherService hydrologist said Monday.
Storm gone for now,more rain coming
“It’s much better than what it was at this timelast year when we were fairly dry....This year’s rain hascome in intervals where it’s keeping us saturated,but not flooded.” 
San Joaquin County Agriculture Commissioner Scott Hudson
A two-alarm fire that damaged a home nearStanford University on Sunday may havebeen caused by a floor heater malfunction,according to the Palo Alto Fire Deportment.Firefighters responded to a 5:02 p.m. reportof house fire in the 2100 block of YaleAvenue,a block west of El Camino Real. Theblaze was reported by a neighbor who hadseen smoke spewing from a vent,fire officialssaid.When crews entered the 900-square-foothome,they saw flames in the living room andupgraded the response to two alarms,callingin crews from Mountain View,according tothe fire department.The fire was extinguished,and the home,which was unoccupied,sustained extensivesmoke damage with fire damage confined tothe living room,fire officials said.No one was injured,and the Santa ClaraValley chapter of the American Red Crossprovided assistance to the lone resident of thehome,officials said.The cause of the blaze remains under inves-tigation,but it may have been sparked by afloor heater,according to the fire department.Fire officials said the incident should serveas a reminder to residents to have their floorheaters serviced and to keep them away fromany combustible debris.
Floor heater may have sparked two-alarm house fire

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