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06/12/2013

 
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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
 Jan.24,2013
Vol XII,Edition 137
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
A growing interest in having stu-dents learn Mandarin means twohigh schools could offer the lan-guage in the fall,if teens actuallysign up.Students at BurlingameIntermediate School are amongthose in San Mateo County with theopportunity to take Mandarin.Many children from that school goon to Burlingame High School,however,which does not offer theforeign language. Parents havesought to change that. In the fall,theSan Mateo Union High SchoolDistrict is hoping to start offeringMandarin at San Mateo andBurlingame high schools. Theclasses will start if enough studentsenroll — a caveat that worries par-ents who don’t want to sign up for aschool that won’t offer the programthey seek.“Kids really want it too,saidAndy Parsons,associate superin-tendent of instruction for San MateoUnion. “The bottom line is we’regoing to do what we can do to sup-port parents.”Last week,parents submitted aletter to the district asking for afirmer commitment. Parsons saidthat Mandarin is offered at MillsHigh School and there is confidencethat the demand for a class at SanMateo will be strong.For the Burlingame ElementarySchool District,the focus is makingsure the high school program isaligned with what’s offered at theintermediate school,said TrusteeMichael Barber.Burlingame’s program has beengrowing stronger each year. Parentswho want the program offered at the
Schools see growinginterest in Mandarin
San Mateo and Burlingame high schools hoping to start offering language this fall
City CouncilOKs church’scampus plan
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
After years of planning to expandits campus in downtown San Mateo,officials with St. Matthew CatholicChurch were finally given the greenlight by the City Council Tuesdaynight to add much needed parking tothe campus and to build a new12,000-square-foot gymnasium.The decision comes after resi-dents in the Parrot Park Homeowners Association and alongAragon Boulevard have stoodagainst the church’s expansion plansfor years,contending streets nearthe church already get clogged withtraffic and parking as parents dropoff and pick up their children fromthe private kindergarten-eighthgrade school.But the council voted 4-0,withCouncilman Brandt Grotte absent,to approve the plan,contendingimprovements to the campus willhelp alleviate parking conditions inthe surrounding neighborhoods.
St.Matthew Catholic in San Mateoto add parking and gymnasium
By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
An agreeable increase in both payand contributions to health benefitsis keeping teachers and the SanMateo County Office of Educationfrom reaching an agreement on acontract for the current school year.Negotiations with a mediator arescheduled to start next week for thetwo sides. Teachers,who work inthe county’s community schools andwith special needs students,say theyhave not gotten a raise in more thanfive years while costs of health ben-
Officeof Education,teachers at impasse
Contract negotiations head tomediator;teachers want raise
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By Heather Murtagh
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Little fish crackers had beenpassed out to the kindergarten stu-dents when George Ellis started put-ting stickers on the hands of hispint-sized students.Hot dogs,ostriches,zebras,French fries and hamburgers wereamong the small sticky picturesplaced on the hands of the 5 yearolds at Belle Air Elementary Schoollast week. Ellis was setting up a les-son about unfair situations. Minutesafter passing out the stickers,hebegan to excuse students to recessby the sticker. Student teacher JamieWhite,who was given an ostrich,was able to leave a little sooner thansome of the kids resulting in a not-so-quiet comment of the unfairnature from a student near the door.The kids are starting to learnabout Martin Luther King Jr. andhow things can sometimes be unfair.But White is also learning. She’s astudent at Notre Dame de NamurUniversity who is part of a partner-ship between the college and theSan Bruno elementary school.Working together came at the end of the 2011 academic year when the
An educational partnership
Notre Dame de Namur,Belle Air School work together to support student achievement
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Thursday
 Jan.24,2013
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As a public service,the Daily Journal prints obituaries of approximately 200 words or less with a photo one time on the date of the family’s choosing.To submit obituaries,emailinformation along with a jpeg photo to news@smdailyjournal.com.Free obituaries are edited for style,clarity,length and grammar.If you would like to have an obituary printedmore than once,longer than 250 words or without editing,please submit an inquiry to our advertising department at ads@smdailyjournal.com.
Actor Ed Helms is39.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
2003
The U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity officially opened as its head,Tom Ridge,was sworn in.
“All men wish to have truth on their side;but few to be on the side of truth.” 
— Richard Whately,British theologian (1787-1863)
Comedian YakovSmirnoff is 62.Actress MischaBarton is 27.
In other news ...Birthdays
REUTERS
Huskies pant during a training session at Feshiebridge,in Aviemore,Scotland.
Thursday
:Mostly cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. A slightchance of showers in the morning. Highsaround 60. Northeast winds around 5mph...Becoming northwest in the after-noon.
Thursday night:
Partly cloudy in theevening then becoming mostly cloudy.Lows in the mid 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday
:Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwestwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night:
Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers.Lows in the mid 40s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chanceof showers 20 percent.
Saturday
:Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers. Highsin the mid 50s.
Local Weather ForecastLotto
 The Daily Derby race winners are No.02 LuckyStar in first place;No.03 Hot Shot in second place;and No.10 Solid Gold in third place.The racetime was clocked at 1:46.17.
(Answers tomorrow)WHARF MOUTH PLEDGE YONDERYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:Heidi Klum was working the minute she stepped offthe plane because she was — ARUNWAYMODELNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
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In 1813,
the Royal Philharmonic Society was formed inLondon.
In 1848
,James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget atSutter’s Mill in northern California,a discovery that led to thegold rush of ’49.
In 1908,
the Boy Scouts movement began in England under theaegis of Robert Baden-Powell.
In 1942,
the Roberts Commission placed much of the blamefor America’s lack of preparedness for Imperial Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Lt.Gen. Walter C. Short,the Navy and Army commanders.
In 1943
,President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British PrimeMinister Winston Churchill concluded a wartime conference inCasablanca,Morocco.
In 1961,
a U.S. Air Force B-52 crashed near Goldsboro,N.C.,dropping its payload of two nuclear bombs,neither of whichwent off; three crew members were killed.
In 1963,
a U.S. Air Force B-52 on a training mission crashedinto Elephant Mountain in Maine after encountering turbulenceand losing its vertical stabilizer; seven of the nine crew mem-bers were killed.
In 1965,
Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
In 1978,
a nuclear-powered Soviet satellite,Cosmos 954,plunged through Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated,scatter-ing radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
In 1987,
gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators AlannSteen,Jesse Turner,Robert Polhill and Mitheleshwar Singh.(All were eventually released.)
In 1989,
confessed serial killer Theodore Bundy was executedin Florida’s electric chair.
In 1993,
retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshalldied in Bethesda,Md.,at age 84.Actor Jerry Maren (“The Wizard of Oz”) is 94. Actor MarvinKaplan (“Top Cat”) is 86. Cajun musician Doug Kershaw is 77.Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is 74. Singer-songwriter NeilDiamond is 72. Singer Aaron Neville is 72. Actor MichaelOntkean is 67. Actor Daniel Auteuil is 63. Country singer-song-writer Becky Hobbs is 63. Bandleader-musician Jools Holland is55. Actress Nastassja Kinski is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singerTheo Peoples is 52. Country musician Keech Rainwater(Lonestar) is 50. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan is 47.Comedian Phil LaMarr is 46. Olympic gold medal gymnastMary Lou Retton is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sleepy Brown(Society of Soul) is 43. Actor Matthew Lillard is 43.
Trader Joe’s raisesprice of ‘Two-Buck Chuck’
SANTA ROSA — The popular wineknown as “Two-Buck Chuck”will needa new name after the bargain beverage’sprice was raised.The Santa Rosa Press Democratreports that over the past decade shop-pers at Trader Joe’s California stores paid$1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw shirazor cabernet sauvignon.The new $2.49 price tag had shopperssearching for new names. Some cus-tomers joked that the brand should nowbe called “Inflation Chuck”or“Upchuck.”Trader Joe’s sold about 5 million casesof the wine last year.The maker,Bronco Wine Co.,said itwas able to keep the price so low becauseit owns 45,000 acres of vineyard,whichinsulated it from large fluctuations ingrape prices.But bad crops in 2011 and 2012impacted the price.
Norway cheese fireshuts down road tunnel
OSLO,Norway — A road tunnel innorthern Norway will be shut for severalweeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweetgoat’s milk cheese caught fire.Regional traffic department chief GeirJoergensen says flames engulfed the tun-nel last week and gases from the melting,brown load hindered firefighters. It took four days to put it out.The driver was not hurt and no othervehicles were in the 2.2-mile tunnel atthe time.Joergensen said Wednesday that thetunnel near the small Arctic municipalityof Tysfjord,some 840 miles north of thecapital,Oslo,likely will be closed fortwo more weeks.Goat’s milk cheese,a sweet delicacywith a high sugar and fat content,is anessential part of many Norwegiansdailydiet.
Irish plant shuts overnew horsemeat in burgers
DUBLIN — Food quality officials saidThursday they have identified morehorsemeat traces in beef burgers pro-duced in Ireland and pinpointed theproblem in an imported ingredient.Ireland’s second-largest manufacturer of supermarket beef patties shut down itsproduction line in response.The Irish Agriculture Department saidnine of 13 burgers analyzed Tuesdaytested positive for horse DNA. In apotentially crucial finding,it said seveningredients added to the product alsowere tested — and only one,importedfrom an unspecified European country,tested positive for horse DNA. It said thesix Irish-produced ingredients did notcontain any equine material.“Identifying the source of the one(ingredient) contaminated is good news.We’re getting there. The fact that theburgers were contaminated isn’t a sur-prise,if an ingredient was positive,”saidMike Gibney,director of the Institute of Food and Health at University CollegeDublin.The processing plant at the center of the controversy,Silvercrest Foods in theIrish border county of Monaghan,announced it would suspend operationsindefinitely pending further investiga-tions into why horsemeat keeps gettinginto its products. The company alreadyhas recalled around 10 million beef burg-ers from supermarket shelves here and itsmain export market,Britain.Ireland ordered the fresh testing of Silvercrest burgers hours after the coun-try’s Food Safety Authority publishedtest results Tuesday of 27 brands of beef burgers on sale in November andDecember at Irish supermarkets. It foundhorsemeat in 10 of them. While virtuallyall had only minuscule traces,one pro-duced for British supermarket giantTesco had 29 percent horse content in itsmeat.While that discovery poses no threat topublic health — horsemeat is on themenu in some European and Asian coun-tries — Ireland says it highlights eithersloppy practices,fraud or both in the pro-duction of processed meat products.Gibney said supermarkets’focus onselling food at the cheapest possibleprice could be part of the problem.
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FOSTER CITY 
Reckless driving
. Someone reported a drivingwho was weaving and using an iPad at theintersection of East Hillsdale and Edgewaterboulevards before 6:20 p.m. Saturday,Jan. 19.
Battery
. A customer was attacked at CostcoWholesale on Metro Center Boulevard beforemidnight Friday,Jan. 18.
Disturbance
. A man was disturbing cus-tomers by having a loud argument while on hiscellphone on Triton Drive before 4:50 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 17.
Vandalism
. A man’s car was keyed on PizarroLane before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday,Jan. 17.
Grand theft.
A person attempted to steal thetires of a vehicle parked in a secured area onFoster City Boulevard before 4:44 p.m. onWednesday,Jan. 16.
SAN CARLOS
Arrest
. A man was arrested for driving with asuspended license on the 600 block of Whipple Avenue before 4:12 p.m. onThursday,Jan. 17.
Accident
. A traffic accident occurred on HollyStreet and El Camino Real before 12:30 p.m.on Thursday,Jan. 17.
Arrest
. A person was arrested for having anoutstanding warrant on the 300 block of Bradford Street before 11:30 a.m. onThursday,Jan. 17.
Arrest
. A woman was arrested for being inpossession of a weapon which was a violationof her probation on the 300 block of PhelpsRoad before 1:29 a.m. on Tuesday,Jan. 15.
Police reports
Hot pants
Approximately 30 pairs of jeans werestolen on Walnut Street in Redwood Citybefore 1:43 p.m. Thursday,Jan. 17.
By Bill Silverfarb
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Peninsula Art Museum Executive DirectorRuth Waters has had a busy few months as sheand a set of other artists have been packing upmost of their belongings from studios inBelmont for a new home in Burlingame.The museum and Peninsula Art Institute havesigned a 10-year lease for a two-story buildingon El Camino Real next to the BurlingamePolice Station and crews are busy getting thespace ready for a grand opening in March.“We are making it our own,”Waters saidabout the building at 1777 California Drive.Waters is leaving her old studio at the 1870Art Center on Ralston Avenue in Belmont andis getting ready to move a large art collectionfrom the Manor House at Twin Pines Park toBurlingame.The new space will feature artist studios,fourgalleries,a museum store and space for classes.The Burlingame facility will now house sev-eral different groups of artists once spread outover several facilities in Belmont,including theBarrett Community Center,an old schoolowned by the city.With Belmont as its landlord,however,Waters was unable to negotiate a new leasewith the city to keep the artists in place so shewent out looking for a new artists’space. Andshe couldn’t be happier.“The serendipity has been wonderful,shesaid.Her son even asked her why she just won’tretire since she’s been a fixture in Belmont fordecades.“Why retire? Retirement is not part of myvocabulary,she said.The museum’s long-term goal was always tofind a better space to showcase local artists’work,she said.About 14 artists that once called 1870 ArtCenter home will relocate to the Burlingamespace,which has been subdivided into twowings with lots of rooms.“The space is better in reality than on paper,”she said.The building now,though,is essentially ablank canvas with all the walls painted RichardMeier White.“We can hang art everywhere,Waters said.As a nonprofit,one of the goals is to addteaching components to the facility. The muse-um is hoping to have Paintbrush Diplomacyconduct classes at its new facility.Paintbrush Diplomacy encourages awarenessof international issues and supports children’scauses through a variety of programs includingeducational exchanges,community exhibitsand special events.Waters is hoping to integrate art with scienceto give children an exciting way to learn.“The creativity level and tech level is so highin this area. It’s a perfect match,she said.The museum’s grand opening will be March16.
For more information visit www.peninsula-museum.org.
Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email:sil-verfarb@smdailyjournal.com or by phone:(650) 344-5200 ext. 106.
‘Making it our own’
Peninsula Art Museum transforming new home
 
BILL SILVERFARB/DAILY JOURNAL
An empty building in Burlingame is being transformed into the new Peninsula Museum of Art. The blank walls now will be covered in art in March when the museum opens to the public.

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