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What local city and school officials hailed as a the first politically viable solution to school overcrowding in Foster City is already facing backlash from parents and teachers. The recommendation in August to rebuild Bowditch Middle School and shift Foster City fifth graders to its campus came from a 12-member citizen committee called SCORE, which was formed by San Mateo-Foster City School District Superintendent Cynthia Simms. The estimated $65 million proposal includes rebuilding the 45-yearold school and adding two separate sites—one for fifth and sixth graders and one for seventh and eighth graders. The number of students on the site could spike from close to 1,000 to more than 1,500 if fifth grade is added. The proposal was made on Aug. 2 by SCORE, short for Superintendent's Committee on Overcrowding Relief. The committee was tasked over the summer with finding a solution to overcrowding and capacity issues in Foster City and explored other ideas such as building a fourth elementary school on various sites, using the the city's parks to accommodate more portable classrooms, instituting a multi-track year-round calendar at all schools and closing school libraries to shuttle students to public libraries. Trustees have not voted on the proposal, and may not do so until more input is gathered from parents and teachers starting in September, said Superintendent Cynthia Simms. The proposal is facing backlash, jeopardizing a $130 million bond the school district hopes to pass next November. Leslie Thompson, a Brewer Island first grade CONT’D: See “Bowditch,” page 3
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Nearly 40 solutions to solve Foster City’s school overcrowding problems were examined by the 12-member SCORE committee of residents, parents and businesses owners. Ultimately, the committee looked at three "options" proposed by an education land use consultant around the idea of tearing down Bowditch Middle School and rebuilding a new campus that accommodates more students. The committee reached consensus on so-called "Option B," though some members expressed serious reservations about traffic congestion and putting young children in a junior high school setting. Option A: One large school (1,500 student 5-8 grade school with shared core spaces) Option B (right): One large school with grades separated The proposed site plan accommodates 1,500 students on a single fifth to eighth grade campus which raises the student per acreage from 72 to 120, but increases the amount of field space by 24 percent, according to a report by a school district consultant. Separate buildings and administrative areas will be designed to keep fifth and sixth graders apart from seventh and eighth graders. Option C: Two schools on one site (500 student k-5 elementary school and 1,100 student 6-8 middle schools)
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A new development that is expected to start construction next spring will displace some businesses, which have had mixed luck in finding new locations. Property owners at Foster City Executive Park on Pilgrim Dr. and E. Hillsdale Blvd. have submitted proposed plans for a development that includes a 166-unit multi-family residential complex, 43,000 square feet of commercial space and 7,000 square feet of retail. Proposed plans haven’t been officially approved by the city yet, but construction could start by next spring. The 5-acre site was sold by Foster City Executive Park Partners to Delaware-based CV Triton, LLC earlier this year, public records show. Businesses there have made significant upgrades in recent years─Boogie Woogie Ballroom, for example, opened its doors in September 2008 after renovating the space with a 3,800 square foot dance floor and four private dance studios that attract patrons from all over the Bay Area. Vera Shamis, the owner and director of Allegro Music and Dance School, said she’s made more than $30,000 in upgrades, not including the purchase of two grand pianos, all of which she is still paying off. “We put a lot of money here,” said Shamis, referring to a new dance floor and concert hall installed at the 5,700 square foot location since the business opened in 2007. “If we move out of town we have to start from scratch,” said Shamis, who was informed in June that her lease would be terminated by December. “It would destroy us completely.” CONT’D: See “Triton,” page 5
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After a major renovation project that started last year, two of Foster City's parks will fully open again in September. In Feb. 2011, the City Council approved adding synthetic turf to Sea Cloud and Port Royal parks—by March of this year, parts of the sites were closed off for construction. A ribbon-cutting marking the re-opening of both parks is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. for Sea Cloud Park and 8:30 a.m. at Port Royal Park. Sea Cloud Park saw the installation of
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Foster City Library reminds ‘Bowditch’ New top cop announcedhome-bound residents of delivery service By Alexa Hemken
ter City Library. A 21-year veteran of By Alexa Hemken “We work with them to the Foster City Police Editor get a sense of their readDepartment will take over ing interests and and Recent cuts to Craig when current Chief public would make regular delivtransit retires in October. Courtinin Foster City have eries and pickups to their librarians Martell, about worried Matt 46, homes,” he continued. homebound residents' currently a captain in Martell, Courtin “When we found out the ability of field out books. charge to checkoperations, Connections service was The Foster on Library will take over CityOct. 10, a military police officer in being Army. is one several in the 61, shortlyofafter Courtin, San the U.S. discontinued, we thought is about members Mateo County library sysretires on Oct. 9. He active in of the community no lontem that offers theoversee As chief, he will Homecommunity activities, ger as the Foster the bound Program for $9.1 the city's roughlypeople such having access to City Library,” said Perez. physically unable budget, million police to get to Rotary Club, the American After years Bay Area, the library. about a third of the city's Red Cross of debate by the Foster City Council The Proannual Homebound fund general where he was recognized over whether they should gram, which expenditures,is free, offers and 49 as Volunteer of the Year be 2007 in is a past Foster City including 36 employees, residents who in fundedandlight of budget deficits, of previously sign up a chance to still sworn officers. commodore twothe Coyote free Yacht Club. obtain Library materials, "I know that Matt will Pointshuttles were eliminatedam excited that I said outstanding leader be anAlex Perez, circula"I this year. The able to serve the tion manager for the Fosfor our police department, will becity announced serensuring the continued community in a new excellent service provided capacity and to lead our by the department to our police department in a community," said City continuing tradition of Two arrested for chasing bicyclists down Manager Jim Hardy in a excellence," said Martell statement. in the statement. near the intersection of Martell was hired as a By Alexa Hemken Martell, a Foster City Fourth Avenue Master's Foster City police officer Editor resident, has a and Grant Street in 1991 and moved up Degreeat 3:45 p.m. in Emergency The driver the ranks. He previously Services truck's Administration drove the vehicle at in Two in the Antioch worked people suspected and a Bachelor's Degreethe bicyclists, forcing one of chasing two boys on Organizational Behavior.of Police Department and as the juvenile males to jump bicycles with a pickup off the bicycle before the truck in San Mateo on truck drove over the bike June 17 in the afternoon and onto the sidewalk, were arrested that day, police said. police said. The two victims were Police responded to uninjured. Witnesses reports that the driver of described the incident to a gold pickup truck was officers, leading police trying to hit the bicyclists
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Assistant fire marshall retires $130 million bond postponed a third time
By Alexa Hemken By Alexa Hemken Editor Editor
For the third time in a After the San Mateoyear, 10 years of Foster City School District working for Foster City Board of Trusteesservice, and 28 in the fire shied away from asking Marshall Assistant Fire voters to approve a bond measure. Lee Bach retired on June On Aug. 9, trustees 30. decided was call off wellto most the Lee $130 million community measure known in the until next the charge of for leading November a week after they heard a the Foster City Community committee’s proposal to Emergency Response rebuild (CERT), aand add Team Bowditch handsa fifth gradepreparedness on disaster to alleviate overcrowding at Foster training program. City schools. be involved,” “I'll still "This Lee, gift of time," is a who said will said Board President Lory help with the program Lawson, citing the need transition to a new leader. forCERT time to educate more has captivated the community aboutmore many residents, with why the district going through than 650 seeks a bond to six-week facilities at 20 a improve course offered school sites inDepartment by the Fire Foster City and San Mateo. since it was launched in six years ago. Bach was tasked by now-retired Fire Chief
teacher, told the school board in a letter that vice is “inequitable” Conit for the Red Line to nections Shuttle, which have a kindergartenfollows the same route as through-fourth grade SamTransinbus 251, and campus Foster City for the Blue Mateo.Shutand not San Line tle, A letter circulated which serves grocery stores, the Foster City Liby Foster City parents, brary and other commuwhich was obtained nity The Lagonian, calls by locations would end on June 29. of putting the proposal The cost of the shuttles fifth graders in a junior totaled “scary.” $235,000 The per high year, although adid not letter’s author majority of that was paidseeking through return calls grants and the city’s gas comment. tax revenues. Brewer Island Currently, about five parents have started residents with long the organizing against term illnesses are signed their proposal because up for the HomeboundaProgram, school started month said Perez. before Audubon Elementary and Foster City Elementary.
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to locate a pickup truck Support for bond still lukewarm among voters suspected of being the same truck used to chase poll in July of 408 school district the bicyclists. voters in Foster City and San By Alexa Hemken CONT’D from pg. 1 Police arrested San Mateo, and found that placing Editor Mateo residents Jason architecture for the project. a $130 million bond would only Hernandez-Lopez, 24, Triton Pointe would be the second phase of the Pilgrim Triton Master Plan to be Support for31, on a potential bond receive about 59 percent support. and Dian Burton, constructed—the55 percentapproved in 2008 for the 20.75-acre area around Pilgrim plan was is needed to pass, to pay assault with suspicion of for modernization in San St. and Triton and the poll had a margin of error Dr. Mateo and Foster City schools still a deadly weapon and The first phase4of the plan, The Plaza Apartments Foster City next to Taco Bell, is doesn't They were of percent. The last major bond, conspiracy. break the 60 percent mark, currently under construction and is scheduled in be ready for the first residents this a school district consultant said on a $175 million bond passed to E-mail booked into San Mateo fall. It will Aug. 2, before hearing a proposal to feature 300 high-end units, including 20 percent affordable housing, a park February 2008, passed with 75 County Jail. email@example.com and 17,000 square feetsupport. rebuild Bowditch. percent of retail. Overall, the plan callslike it to be higher,square feet of commercial or industrial office for up to 296,000 but it’s Brian Godbe, a popular local "We'd for more info use, up residential units and said Godbe. political consultant, conductedtoa730 a great place to start,"at least one acre of open space.
At the meeting, Shopping Center, where several members of the Post Office is located, the superintendent’s as the "preferred site" committee that of a fourth Foster City recommended rebuilding elementary school. Bowditch with a fifth grade For months, the board said they were confident of trustees remained quiet in the solution and would about the Charter Square help volunteer to help proposal, citing closedto “sell” the measure to session negotiations, residents. while at the asame time Cert members and city officials attended retirement The decision party for Lee Bach, left, to June 19. an architect and on hiring postpone the bond public opinion consultants Tom Reaves to district's Mateo fire departments, highlights the start the for the project. CERT program for Foster which now March a chief, share historical uncertainty over At a 2012 City after overcrowding continue to merge, which addressing a grand jury meeting where the board report found in too few that Foster may soon place $130 problems expected to impact aFoster City CERT. residents in the county City, but represents million bond on the ballot, were trained disaster “It than 100 residents the first timein different more will only get better,” preparedness. said Bach, adding it will stakeholders have united and businesses, including allow both cities to share on“Itsolution.lot of blood, a was a the property owners of sweat and tears,” said Bach resources and "bring fresh Last August, the board Charter Square, voiced of getting the program up ideas to the table." pulled a $25 million bond opposition to building a and the Nov. 2011 this is Bach, a at the site. In fromrunning. “Now,ballot, new school Redwood City the good part.” resident, Superintendent shortly before announcing response, said she looks forward to The program decision the controversial now has Cynthia Simms spending created 21 mark Charter Foster more time with her two to trainers who areSquare SCORE. City residents and conduct daughters, Monica, 9, and Sofia, 13 and her husband classes. The Foster City and San Peter.
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said immigrants and By Bay City10, 1925 - August 9, 2012 the entire adult December News Service school system could be undereducated adults Wire Service Mary died peacefully at home surrounded -- forgeloving family. She by her better lives for destroyed by changes was the belovedin the state budget and wife of the late Thomas Milton Meyersieckand mother and more themselves Hundreds of departed son, Thomas. She will be dearly missed by her surviving rallied successful futures for their school funding. children, John outside a school for adults (Barbara), James (Pat), Kenneth (Lindsey), and Elizabeth, "Adult school funds children. and by June in San Mateo on her beloved grandchildren Thomas, James, Madeline, Andrew and can now be used for "In the moment when Audrey. 12, hoping to preserve other programs, and Gov. adult schools are most state funding Mary was born and raised in St. budget Missouri, and graduated from for adult needed, we have to be Brown's current Louis, Washington University/St. proposal includes a new education programs that Louis. She enjoyed membership in the Alumni Associations there," Harper said. of both Washington U. and funding Phi, maintaining friendships in the local and Pi Beta formula that remain under threat if Rep. Jackie Speier, national chapters. the governor's budget is D-San Mateo, whose would eliminate dedicated Mary was an avid tennis player and golfer. She was a brilliant bridge player, San approved. funding for adult schools mother taught in the and played almost weekly with her many close friends up until just days before her passing. Students, teachers Mateo adult education entirely," Teshara said. Mary was committed to and education advocatescountless charitable causes. She served as President of the system for more than 40 Adult students carried Hillsborough the sun gathered in Auxiliary to Poplar Recare, as well"I Need years, said state legislators signs that read: as President to the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Group the San Mateo her to children attended outside and was an active member in many parent Me," as needfive "keep their hands English, Please Help clubs school,School, protesting as the"I Am a Mom, Help High School Mother's Club. most notably serving and President of the Serra off Adult adult education Mary changes at the traveling the world with dozens of herin California." proposedspent her later yearsMe Help My Children." programs closest friends. She level great enthusiast statewas a that could allow of the fine arts, specifically ballet and classical music, as she "We need an educated Bob Harper, director attended performances of school districts to siphon both on a regular basis. and population, and the of Campbell Adult money away from adult adult school makes that Community Education schools depending on happen," Speier said. for the Campbell Union Seymour Keith Kreitman other needs. High School District, "Adult education October 8, 1925 - August 17, 2012 that adult programs San Mateo Adult School isn't dispensable, it's said director Larry Longtime Foster City resident, arts reviewer and politicalshe said. Teshara indispensable," columnist help people -- especially
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• Roots f0r Kids afterschool program will be moving into Beach Park Plaza as former tenant DNH • The soon-to-open Plaza at Triton Realty Solutions relocates to Pilgrim Park Apartments in Foster City took Dr. applications through Aug. 3 for 60 below-market rate apartments set • Local business startup, Balluun, aside for low- to moderate-income announced the launch of its online fashion designer and wholesale singles and families. marketplace. • The U.S. Food and Drug • Interrnet radio provider Administration approved Gilead Live365 announced the release of Sciences’s Stribild, a four-in-one pill a new music listening application that treats HIV patients. optimized for the Apple iPad. • Sciclone Pharmaceuticals, maker of the Zadaxin hepatitis drug, reported a 22 percent increase in 2nd quarter revenues compared to a year ago while earnings rose sharply. • QuinStreet, an online vertical marketing and media company, reported 2nd quarter earnings that were unchanged as revenues fell 8.9 percent on a year-over-year basis.
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CONT’D from pg. 1 She said she was well aware the the business park was located within the boundaries of the Pilgrim-Triton Redevelopment project when she signed her lease in 2007, but hoped to stay through 2014. The school’s 120 students signed up for the school year, she said, and thinks it would be better if the school could be allowed to stay through the spring. Shamis said she hired a realtor to help find a new location in Foster City, where the majority of her students are from, but found it tough to find a site that complies with the city’s zoning laws for a private school. Prabha Sanjay, the owner at Odyssey Preschool located a few feet from Allegro, had the same challenge, but
she said she finally found a location close by that will help her grow her business. Sanjay started Odyssey, a Montessori program for kids, out of her home before moving to the business park in 2010, and said the move to an even bigger location later this fall will allow her to triple her capacity from 35 kids to 90. She’ll also be launching a new Mandarin immersion program to complement the Spanish immersion program she currently offers students. Most of her students are from Foster City and she said she is very grateful for the “great community support” that sustains her business. Sanjay said that although she was initially upset at being notified she would have to move, she quickly tried to move on and said when she first signed her lease, the owners were “very frank” about the proposed development project.
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The Pilgrim-Triton Master Plan, approved in 2008, is a development project to rebuild 20 acres of office and commercial space to add housing and retail. Phase A, a 300-unit apartment complex with some retail, is located next to Taco Bell and is expected to complete construction this October. Plans for ‘Triton Pointe,’ Phase D, have been submitted by the developer and construction may start next spring. Other phases of the project have faced difficulty finding financing during the recession.
New law mandates recycling in apartments, businesses
By Kay Zhang Correspondent
A new state mandate will now require residents at multi-family dwellings and businesses to hop on the recycling bandwagon. Assembly Bill 341, a law that took effect this July, aims to reduce statewide trash disposal by 75 percent by the year 2020 and create “green” jobs by providing more materials for recycling manufacturing facilities. In 2000, the state met a 50 percent diversion goal set in 1989, meaning half of all garbage was diverted to recycling. The new law requires recycling at multi-family dwellings, which make up two-thirds of housing units in Foster City and includes apartments or attached units with homeowners associations. Businesses that produce at least four cubic yards of solid waste each week are now also mandated to recycle. Only one business in Foster City did not subscribe to any kind of recycling service before the law was put in effect, said Tamera Del Bene, recycling manager for Recology San Mateo County, the waste collection service provider contracted by RethinkWaste, a joint powers authority comprised of 12 member agencies including Foster City. Del Bene added that the law may not have a very significant impact — all residential customers in Foster City and the majority in San Mateo County already subscribed to Recology’s CartSMART Program which was rolled out late 2010, and includes single-stream recycling, compost, and garbage collection services, sad Del Bene. By comparison, only only 40 percent of California residents at multi-family units had access to a convenient recycling program, according to CalRecycle, the state agency that manages California’s recycling and waste management programs.
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Over a dozen crab poachers cited at Tunitas Beach
By Bay City News News wire
More than a dozen people were cited for crab poaching on Aug. 19 at night on the San Mateo County coast, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies spotted the poachers' vehicles parked at the Tunitas Beach turnout on state Highway 1 north of La Honda Road on a Wednesday night, at an hour when it is unusual to see so much activity in the area, according to Lt. Larry Schumaker. Deputies were able to look down from the cliff top and see numerous people fishing for crab from the beach, which is isolated and rugged. A warden from the California Department of Fish and Game was called to the scene and when the poachers returned to their vehicles around midnight, the warden and deputies stopped them and confiscated 83 crabs. A total of 13 people were cited for Fish and Game infractions and fined amounts ranging from $400 to $900. Another person was cited for a Fish and Game misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $1,400. Most of those cited were adult males from Redwood City and East Palo Alto, Schumaker noted. With the season for recreational crab fishing closed, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office has recently received multiple reports of crab poaching on the coast, Schumaker said.
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The Lagonian • September 2012
Man on the street
Opinion & Perspective
Should Bowditch Middle School be rebuilt to include a fifth grade?
“No. Rebuilt yes, but not to add fifth graders. They’re not mature enough to handle the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. They should rebuild Bowditch for the 6-8th graders, but not to add fifth graders. You’re making them grow up too fast by putting them together.” ─Linda Shapiro, Foster City
“I’ve always felt that it’s nice to have that intermediate of middle school. Both my children went to Bowditch. My daughter was very mature and could handle that transition. My son, it was a challenge. I think a lot of times it depends on the individual child, their developmental and emotional state, and maturity level. I come from a country where there was no middle school. It was primary school, and then high school. I didn’t like that. I think having middle school as sixth, seventh, and eighth is good.” ─Jenny Moscini, Foster City “Absolutely. I think it’s a good idea and we’ll probably save some money. It’s a beautiful site and the students are welleducated here, and I’m very proud of Foster City.” ─Mary Connelly, Foster City
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my step daughter going to a junior high in fifth grade. She’s a fourth grader this year, and next year I wouldn’t want her to be in junior high.” ─Jason Morris, Foster City
“Yes, I do. I definitely think the fifth graders should be included.” ─Jennifer Demellopine, Foster City
“Yes, if they rebuild it, the kids will have more facilities. They rebuilt Foster City Elementary recently and it looks awesome.” ─Manasa, Foster City
Letters to the Editor
Democrats kicking debt burden can down the road to nation’s children Dear Editor, Here are the facts: both parties have helped get us into the mess we are facing today in America. Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues─the ones controlling the power-have not passed a budget in 1,200 days and are playing politics with America's future. Democrats continue to kick the can down the road leaving our children and grandchildren with a crushing debt burden. Do they not understand that unemployment has just reached 8.3 percent and we have almost $16 trillion in debt? We believe the time has come to support candidates who believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, rights that protect the people from government tyranny; candidates who believe that their duty is to leave America in better shape than how they found it. We can no longer afford career politicians who do a very good job of taking care of their own interests while leaving the rest of us out to dry. Be very careful how you vote in November, choose your candidates wisely, learn what they really believe and stand for before you vote along party lines. Become informed before you vote and if you can't bother to do that... don't vote at all. The future of this country and prosperity for your children and grandchildren are in your hands. Use common sense and do the right thing for them. ─John and Karen Kennedy, San Mateo Vote ‘no’ on anti-union Prop 32 Dear Editor, Prop 32 is a vicious attack on labor and our ability to participate in the political process. Labor’s voice is a legitimate voice in the political debate and it belongs there. Proposition 32 is not campaign reform and it won’t stop special interest money in politics. Prop 32 will restrict unions but corporate billionaires and independent political action committees will have no restrictions at all. The deluge of money into our election system has made many politicians more interested in helping the wealthy CEOs who fund their campaigns than helping the rest of us who contribute less. Corporations already outspend unions 15 to 1 on political contributions. Unions speak up for education, foreclosure prevention, healthcare, affordable housing, workplace safety, public transportation, workforce development, homeowner rights, living wages, consumer and environmental protections. On Labor Day we honor all workers. We deserve a voice in the political process. Vote no on Prop 32. Your time and consideration is much appreciated. ─Shelley Kessler, executive secretarytreasurer at the San Mateo Labor Council City needs to resolve pension problems Dear Editor, I read Mayor Art Kiesel’s column, Pension Reform [Aug. 1, www.lagonian.com]. I have discussed pensions with numerous residents of Foster City and members of United HOA of Foster City, a group which is now some 50 homeowners associations strong. Many have voiced their concerns regarding the [city] budget passed in June along with what I feel is a cave-in of pension reform to city employees. For some reason the City Council does not understand the economic turmoil we are experiencing and will continue to experience for years to come. Why do they not take the lead from the private sector regarding health care benefits and pensions? The private sector does not saddle their jobs with all the perks the public sector receives. That is the reason why so many cities are going bankrupt and as Kiesel stated in his column, there are more to come. When will our elected officials get that message─we are out of money due to excessive spending and benefits to both the public sector along with unions. The public has shown its annoyance on how government officials spend our money. San Jose and San Diego voted to slow down the monies given to city employees along with unions. Our cities can no longer afford the payouts that are being given. At some point Foster City will experience exactly what is happening in Vallejo, Stockton and other bankrupt cities. I am very concerned on how our money is being spent. I would think that Kiesel, who comes from the private sector, would also be concerned with the direction Foster City is taking. ─Walter Rick, Foster City resident and co-founder of United HOA of Foster City
Sheesh, get a leash!
By Scott Delucchi Peninsula Humane Society
There’s a leash law in San Mateo County. When out in public, your dog needs to be leashed and under your control unless you’re in a designated off-leash dog park. Some people have trouble with the first part of this. I see people running with dogs, sans leash, and people walking on busy streets with unleashed dogs. For many of them, it comes down to this: they don’t want to bother because their dog minds them, or they think it’s pretty cool to be that guy – the guy who can show everyone else that his dog is so wellbehaved, he doesn’t need a leash. Don’t be that guy. Taking a chance like that with your loved dog is about as cool as wearing sunglasses inside. Jack Nicholson gets away with it; the rest of us look like jack___. Of course, dogs should have time to be offleash, even though a long, brisk walk on-leash is underrated. But, their leash-free time should be in a place that’s also free of hazards. All it takes is that one time for a so-called “voice-controlled” dog to encounter something that tests this control, like a cat, squirrel or skateboarder. Our Humane Society officers are responsible for enforcing the leash law and for responding to calls for loose or stray dogs, and dogs hit by cars. I can’t stand the sight of an injured animal. I’m
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Back to school─already?
We all know that the summer wasn’t long enough─at least, that’s what our children kept telling us. School has been in session for Brewer Island since August 1 while the first day of school for Foster City Elementary, Audubon and Bowditch started August 29. Our summers in Foster City are relaxing days spent at the swimming pool. On Friday evenings we go to the free concerts at the amphitheater. Vacations are spent with family members who are too busy during the school year to have much quality time together. We get re-acquainted on our family vacations and set up outings and play dates with neighbors and classmates. Our kids enjoy the relaxing schedule over the summer. Moms are torn between being sad and relieved that summer vacation is over as they pick up on chores that just weren’t getting done while the kids were home… Enrollment at our Foster City elementary schools have increased again this year. Growth in our schools has been steady with Brewer Island expected to have 726 students this year, Foster City projected to have 830 students, Audubon likely to get a headcount of 645 and Bowditch Middle School topping out with 967 students. Foster City Elementary has reached the point where they now have an assistant principal assigned to help their longtime principal, Dave Holcomb – an amazing man who seems to get shuffled around a bit because he works miracles when they are needed. All the schools are reducing the maximum student count in grades kindergarten through third grade from 26 children per class in 20112012 to 24 children per class in 2012-2013 — with a couple of exceptions. Grades four and five are still held at 30 students as they have been in the past. It’s no wonder that the populations at our schools keep increasing CONT’D: See “Amaya,” page 7
The 'Mutt Strut' dog walk-a-thon raises money for Peninsula Humane Society's 'Hope Program.' the guy in the movie theater who’s thinking “don’t hurt the dog!” to the burglar or bad guy on screen. But, for our officers, seeing injured animals CONT’D: See “Leash laws,” page 7
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CONT’D from pg. 6 is a daily occurrence. When they stop someone disregarding the leash law, it’s for good reason. Generally, they won’t issue a citation. But, a repeat offender or nasty person can change that. For the most part, we subscribe to the “get more flies with honey” adage. Our officers see themselves more as educators than enforcers, because they firmly believe that this is the best approach to ensure animals’ safety and the public’s safety. In my opening, I said some people have trouble with the first part of the leash law - the being onleash part. There’s also the “under your control” part. I’m going to ruffle feathers, but here goes. Let’s make flexi-leads illegal. Granted, some people use them responsibly and tighten up the slack when they are in heavily trafficked areas. Other people are clueless, and let their dog spool out 15-20 feet ahead or to the side.
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If this dog bites someone, or causes someone to fall off a bike, witnesses would say the owner clearly did not have his/ her dog under control and the owner would be responsible, even though his/her dog was on-leash. Absolute worst case: a dog allowed to walk with his owner off-leash runs into the street, is struck and killed by a motorist, who swerves to avoid the dog and hits something or someone else. The dog owner loses his dog and is responsible for all damages caused by the driver. I can’t end with that awful scenario. Here’s something much better. If you enjoy walking your dog on leash and want to help the Peninsula Humane Society provide much-deserved second chances for stray or unwanted animals who arrive at the shelter with medical or behavioral conditions, sign up for our August 18th “Mutt Strutt” dog walk-a-thon. Visit http://www.phs-spca. org/ for more information. though Great Schools, the country’s leading source of information on school performance, which rates schools on a scale of one through ten. Brewer Island and Foster City Elementary top these charts with a score of 10 while Audubon and Bowditch come up with a score of 9. I would have to say that the most exciting change this year is the transitional kindergarten class starting up at Audubon. The new minimum age requirement to start kindergarten this year is for the child to be five years of age by November 1, 2012 whereas in the past system the cut-off date would have been December 2. To assist with this change, children with birthdates that fall within this gap are eligible for transitional kindergarten. This class will be such an advancement over regular preschool that these fortunate children will emerge very well prepared for kindergarten the following year. With the past system, children with birthdates that fell in this gap often had to work harder to keep up in order
It’s $26 to register. We also kindly ask that you collect donations from friends in support of you, your dog and the cause: our shelter’s good work. All funds raised benefit our Hope Program, which enables us to make these animals well and then place them into new loving homes. Currently, we meet about 200 animals every month, and the medical cases are often the easy ones. Broken spirits are much harder to fix than broken bones. If all registrants collect $10 from 10 friends, we’ll have our most successful Mutt Strutt by a mile. And, you don’t need a mutt to strut - folks can take the meandering 3k stroll through pristine trails in Coyote Point Park without a dog. And you guys, of course, don’t need a leash. Would be kinda weird if you had one. This column was first published on Patch.com. Scott Delucchi is a San Mateo County native who joined PHS/SPCA in 1998. to make up for the fact that they were definitely younger than the majority of their classmates. It is the goal for the district to move this date earlier each year, thus allowing more children to enter into transitional kindergarten instead of regular kindergarten, until the cut-off date is set at September 1 where it will stay. One of the main reasons I love writing for The Lagonian is that I can boast about my home town. I feel like a mother bragging about her children to a relative — it’s allowed because it’s a pride that we all share. We have a wonderful community with fantastic schools that somehow just keep getting better! Regardless of how frustrated we often feel when we hear about how California’s schools don’t always keep up with those in the rest of the nation, we at least can feel reassured that it doesn’t hold true for OUR schools. We definitely are not the average school district in California — we excel and we intend to continue doing so.
CONT’D from pg. 6 since, once again, our Foster City schools top the charts as far as 2011 test scores go in the San Mateo / Foster City School District. Brewer Island is the top school in the district with an API (Academic Performance Index) score of 951. Foster City Elementary ranks second in the district with an API score of 936 while Audubon comes in fourth with a score of 901 — and this is out of 16 elementary schools! Our middle school Bowditch, ranks first in API scores amongst our district middle schools with an API score of 909 — the second ranking score in the district is far behind with a score of 829. Check out the ranking of the different schools at http://www.smfc. k12.ca.us/achievement_ success — it’s always rewarding to see how well our schools perform and to feel a sense of satisfaction that we’ve chosen to live in a city with highly-ranked schools. There is a rating system
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Foster City residents have recently discovered the benefits and convenience of shopping at the local farmers market. It’s a healthy habit shared by residents from all over San Mateo County. Every Tuesday or Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., parents in Pescadero and La Honda pick up their kids from school and head over to their own local farmers markets for some arts and crafts. They turn their attention to businesses with colorful names like Fly Girl Farm, Farmaggedon, Farm House Frosting and Buttercup Cakes, and Kidding Around with Chocolate. Not only are the stands filled with locally grown produce,
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fruit, flowers, meat, cheese, chicken, eggs, and fish, but there are also vendors selling homemade salsas, moles and tortillas. "The market is a great opportunity to buy local, meet friends, catch up with old friends and eat healthy," said Rita Mancera, Program Director of Puente de la Costa Sur which operates Pescadero Grown! Farmers’ Markets and serves the San Mateo County South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar, and San Gregorio.
Castroville, California may be the artichoke capital of the world, but shoppers don't have to drive 80 miles to Monterey County when local producers here in San Mateo County like Andreotti Family Farm (Half Moon Bay), Cabrillo Farms Farmer’s Daughter (Moss Beach) and Giusti Farms (Half Moon Bay) sell these tasty edible buds right at our doorsteps.
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Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association pcfma.com/markets.php 25th Avenue Farmers Market, San Mateo Belmont Farmers Market Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Farmers Market Kaiser South San Francisco Farmers Market San Bruno Farmers Market San Mateo Event Center Farmers Market South San Francisco Farmers Market Rotary Club of Redwood City redwoodcityrotary.org Rotary's Farmers Market in Redwood City Urban Table urbantable.org/#!markets/cdsb PJCC Farmers' Marker, Foster City Downtown San Mateo Urban Market Millbrae Chamber of Commerce millbrae.com/index.php?page=8 Millbrae Farmers Market Burlingame Chamber of Commerce burlingamechamber.org/fresh-market Burlingame Fresh Market Coastside Farmers' Market coastsidefarmersmarket.org Coastside Farmers' Market, Half Moon Bay Rockaway Beach Farmers Market, Pacifica
Harbor Village Merchants Association harborvillagefarmersmarket.blogspot.com Land and Sea Farmers Market- Harbor Village, Half Moon Bay West Coast Farmers Market Association westcoastfarmersmarkets.org Brisbane Community Park, Brisbane Charter Square Shopping Center, Foster City Cupertino Oaks Shopping Center, Cupertino Cañada College, Redwood City Redwood Shores Public Library Urban Village urbanvillageonline.com/markets California Avenue Farmers' Market, Palo Alto Puente de la Costa Sur puentedelacostasur.org Pescadero Farmers' Market La Honda Farmers' Market Collective Roots collectiveroots.org East Palo Alto Community Farmers' Market Fresh fish! Fresh-caught fish is sold retail "offthe-boat" directly to the public at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay seven days a week. For more information, call (650) 726-8724.
San Mateo County's mild weather produces a wide variety of berries that can be enjoyed especially in the summer. Local favorite Webb Ranch (Portola Valley) is known for its blackberries, boysenberries and olallieberries, raspberries and, of course, strawberries. Wait─what's an olallieberry? It's a cross between the loganberry and the youngberry, each of which is itself a cross between blackberry and two more berries─the raspberry and dewberry. To make it more fun for families, Phipps Country Store and Farm (Pescadero) lets you grab a basket and pick your own strawberries and olallieberries from the berry patches themselves.
Head over to your local farmers' market, and you'll find red, ripe tomatoes. Probably a day ago, they were still hanging on vines over at T&E Pastorino (Half Moon Bay) and Webb Ranch (Portola Valley). No one has been able to answer the ageold question of whether the tomato is a fruit or vegetable. Local shoppers are just happy to be able to pick up this affordable treat which is so prevalent that it ends up in everything from salads to sauces and from pastas to pizzas.
Foster City resident Eunice Chee bought fresh figs and watermelons at the Redwood Shores Farmers' Market on Friday, Aug. 24.
PHOTO CREDIT: KAREN CHEE
If you pick up cucumbers at the local farmers' market, chances are you're getting them from G. Berta’s Produce (Half Moon Bay) or Webb Ranch (Portola Valley). Originally from India, the cucumber comes in all sizes with various textures and thickness of skin. And, of course, they can be sliced and tossed into your salad or pickled to end up in your hamburger.
Coastways Ranch (Pescadero) offers a variety of affordable fruits, with a fan favorite being kiwis─a treat to be savored during the summer season.
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Arts & Theater
Foster City native, now Berkeley nutritionist, offers insight on food
By Sophia Ho Arts Correspondent
My mother's favorite beverage is hot water. To most Westerners this may seem like an uninspiring choice. However, Mom would rather go thirsty than drink the iced water the waiter brings her. Turns out Mom is right, because according to Nishanga Bliss, author of Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All Day Energy (New Harbinger Publications, 2012), Chinese medicine dictates that ice shocks the system and inhibits digestion. Bliss, a certified acupuncturist, integrative nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, shared some of the principles from her book with an audience of about 25 in the Teen Room of the Foster City Library on Saturday, August 11. With a smile as enlightened as the Buddha himself, Bliss, who grew up in Foster City, quickly engaged us with an easy familiarity and warmth. Yet in the next breath, she can rattle off chemical compounds with machinegun speed. After a brief introduction in which she credited growing up in Foster City for exposing her to a Pan-Asian influence, Bliss explained her book title. "Real food" refers to unpackaged food that your grandmother would recognize, preferably from the farmer's market. "All year" means you need to change your diet as the seasons change for maximum health and energy. She went on to discuss that although her training in holistic nutrition, which promotes raw foods for retaining nutrients, and Chinese medicine, which favors cooked foods for easy digestion, are sometimes at odds with each other, she's developed a hybrid view that incorporates both. In general, she believes, "You're not what you eat, but what you digest." Because it's summertime, Bliss read an excerpt from the summer chapter of her book before explaining some of the harmful food choices Americans make during the warmer months and offering some solutions to counter those harmful foods. For
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Foster City artist chosen to exhibit at Filoli
By Sophia Ho Arts Correspondent
Foster City–artist Inna Cherneykina has been chosen to exhibit her work at the current Filoli art exhibit “Handcrafted Through the Lens: Nature Interpreted” in Woodside. Out of 252 submissions, 46 pieces were selected for the show by jurors Jan Rindfleisch, former executive director of the Euphrat Museum, DeAnza College, Cupertino and Lucy Cain Sargeant, art instructor at San Jose State University and former assistant art director, Illustration, at Sunset Magazine. Hoping to meet the artist, I attended the special Meet the Artists event on Sunday, August 19. Visitors can talk with artists about their inspiration and methods as well as buy original pieces, prints and notecards. “This event allows the artists to bring in other work not related to the exhibit theme. For example, one photographer brought his other pieces, including a
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“The two pieces chosen for the Filoli exhibit reflect Cherneykina’s impressionist approach to painting.”
photograph of JFK,” said Jerry Barrack, co-curator of the Friends of Filoli Art Committee. Unfortunately, Cherneykina wasn’t there, but I saw her paintings. Cherneykina still life oil paintings, entitled “In Yellow” and “Peonies,” are displayed in a locked case. “Her pieces were the first to be sold,” said Barrack. After art school in Russia, Cherneykina continued studying watercolor, drawing, painting, graphics and received her Masters in Art and Graphics. She came to California to work as a computer game artist, creating CG environments. In 2007, Cherneykina decided to dedicate more time to painting and took the Ala Prima class at College of San Mateo with Jim Smyth. The two pieces chosen for the Filoli exhibit reflect Cherneykina’s impressionist approach to painting. “The still life compositions and landscapes I paint . . . fuse together the real world, my vision of the world and my emotions brought to life by beautiful flowers or by gorgeous sunsets.” Aside from Cherneykina’s work, the exhibit includes photography, paintings, multiple-media paintings, collage, a mosaic image and even a photograph that is quilted. My eye immediately went to a piece, entitled “The Power of Life,” by Kathi Qi of Cupertino. From far away the piece resembles black ink on white paper but closer inspection reveals a grayblue sky and dark green branches. It’s a colored photograph of a big elm tree at Filoli shot from the ground looking up. Qi, a software engineer and self-taught photographer, said that when she stood next to the tree she felt a strong emotional reaction. “I noticed the small buds, like fractals, from the branches of the big tree. The big tree reminded me of an old man fighting against fate but still strong and powerful.” Inspired by Hemingway’s Old Man by the Sea, Qi spent a lot of time with the elm getting the right shot. In fact, the tree has inspired her to do a series of the elm throughout the four seasons. After viewing the exhibit, I toured part of the 16-acre Filoli English Renaissance garden. Framed by the arch of the gateway, my first glimpse of the garden with its green shrubs, blooming flowers, trees and the view of the blue sky beyond was breathtaking. I noticed several photographers with tripods and artists with sketch pads. Apparently, the beautiful light and lush gardens draw many local artists. Filoli even offers artists special access to the Garden after hours where they can paint plein air. Overloaded by the colorful blooms and maze of pathways, I only managed a cursory tour of the Filoli house, a 36,000 square foot Georgian country house, which includes features that modern-day visitors may CONT’D: See “Filoli,” page 10
Nishanga Bliss smiles as she gives a lecture at the Foster City Library. Bliss advocates eating fresh foods and being seasonally-minded.
“Eating fermented foods, such as soy sauce, fish sauce, miso, tamarind, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, capers, creates stomach acids that help you digest food.”
example, Americans enjoy barbecuing this time of year. However, when the fat from the grilled meat burns, it creates a harmful compound. To combat this carcinogenic effect, you can marinade the meat with foods that are high in antioxidants, such as ginger, garlic, red wine or citrus juices. In addition, you can also serve the meat with a condiment containing parsley or cilantro. High in vitamins A and C and rich in antioxidants, these herbs even have an organic compound that fights cancer and carcinogens. Bliss pointed out that parsley is abundant this time of year and much cheaper than blueberries. (Looking out for my pocketbook, too? I like this lady!) Armed with a food processor, Bliss made her recipe for Green Sauce to serve with grilled meats. The sauce includes cilantro, garlic, and green onion from Chinese cooking as well as fermented capers (to help with digestion), tarragon, lemon verbena, lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil. (I appreciate that her recipe was not only tasty but also similar to the chimichurri or pesto that I already make, only with a few tweaks for extra health benefits.) Before taking questions from the audience, Bliss spoke briefly about the benefits of fermentation, which makes foods easier to digest. Eating fermented foods, such as soy sauce, fish sauce, miso, tamarind, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, capers, creates stomach acids that help you digest food. "Most women over forty do not make enough lactic acid on their own so eating fermented food can help," said Bliss. (Hey, I enjoy kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles. What an easy fix for digestion problems!) Whether you suffer from digestion problems or simply want to learn more about eating seasonal foods for your health and global sustainability, Bliss's book should serve as a useful guide. The book includes a chapter entitled "The Foundation for Energy," chapters explaining the way each season affects your body, and recipes for each season. For more information on "eating the right food at the right time," visit
Top: In Yellow. Above: Peonies.
By Leslie Chang Managing Editor
The Foster City Historical Society has been seeking a permanent space to store and display city artifacts since it officially formed as a nonprofit in 2003, but has seen little success. In the past few years, the organization has approached several shopping centers─Charter Square, Edgewater Place, and the Ranch 99 complex─hoping to secure a location. Members have also lobbied for space during discussions of development projects at City Council meetings, but all of their efforts have been to no avail. Since it does not have a permanent museum or archival space, the organization currently stores their equipment and artifacts in various locations around the city. For instance, the storage unit company 5A Rent-A-Space on East
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Hillsdale Blvd. is home to their event equipment, like a tent, tables, chairs, and posters. But many of the actual historical artifacts are stored at the Foster City Corporation Yard─the city-owned headquarters of the public works department─on two enormous shelves, covered by dusty blue tarps. Artifacts such as maps, old signs, a quilt, and art pieces are all stored in plastic bins neatly labeled with black marker. There are boxes upon boxes of old, yellowing editions of Foster City newspapers like the Foster City Islander and the now defunct Foster City Progress. Everything that doesn't fit at Corporation Yard is kept in the personal garages of Historical Society members. "People say, Foster City is only 50 years old, why does it need a historical society?" said Historical Society president Catherine Miskow, who was born and raised here. "They say the city isn't old enough to have artifacts. But if we don't start saving and archiving things, we won't have any artifacts in the future," she explained. As an example, she cites the unfortunate loss of the lifeguard chairs that used to sit on the beaches of Foster City parks lining the lagoon. In addition to the lack of permanent space, the Historical Society, which has five core members, has been struggling with funding and membership, but they are stuck in an unfortunate catch22─they don't have enough staff or money to create a strong presence at events like the Arts and Wine Festival, which are opportunities to disseminate information about their organization. And without a strong city
Foster City Historical Society seeks a home for its many photos, artifacts
Conditions at the Corporation Yard are not ideal for storing historical artifacts, due to the moist, salty air of the Bay. presence, they cannot create a solid membership base to raise money. The Historical Society is currently in a fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 that will go toward the future museum space, organizing events, creating publicity, and purchasing archival materials. When asked what would have school, sports, SAT classes..." She shrugs, but seems optimistic about the program for this fall. The library has already received applications from elementary school students. Now all that remains is finding their teen volunteers. Rider hopes to advertise Teen Leader Reader at schools like San Mateo High, Aragon, and Burlingame. Other libraries in the area, such as Belmont and Millbrae, also run the Teen Leader Reader program. For more information, contact Cynthia Rider at (650) 574-4842 ext. 236 or firstname.lastname@example.org. be the ideal permanent space, the club's Vice President Lucy Williams replied simply, "4,000 square feet." "With a security system," Catherine Miskow added. The group is thankful for the help they've received thus far, such as grant funding for the storage spaces. But they still dream of finding a home. Once that happens, the Foster City Historical Society hopes to hold regular museum hours so that residents and school groups can enjoy the artifacts that weave together the history of the young city.
CONT’D from pg. 9 find fascinating, such as a dumbwaiter, switchboard, vault, ballroom and ship room (that’s a room filled with a collection of model ships, each in a bottle). You can see “Handcrafted Through the Lens” for free with admission to the Filoli historic site. For information about touring Filoli, visit filoli.org or call (650) 364-8300, ext. 507. The next Meet the Artists event will be held Saturday, October 20, 10:00–3:00 and Sunday, October 21, 11:00–3:00. The exhibit runs through Sunday, October 21.
Foster City Library looking for teen volunteers
By Leslie Chang Managing Editor
This fall, the Foster City Library will once again be running the Teen Leader Reader program, in which high school volunteers are paired up with elementary school students. The pairs meet up at the library once a week for ten weeks to read together. The library has organized the Teen Leader Reader program for the past two school years, and the summer version of the program has been around for six years. In the summer, there are usually about 40 reading pairs, and during the past two school years, there have been at least five every semester. This fall, the library hopes to increase the number of reader pairs to 10. Foster City librarian Cynthia Rider admits it's been hard to find to high school volunteers for the program. "High school students are just really busy─they
Samtrans launches new El Camino Real weekend service
By Bay City News Service News wire
In late August, SamTrans combined two routes on El Camino Real and launched the new ECR weekend service as a pilot project. The new ECR route runs between the Palo Alto Caltrain Station and the Daly City BART station every 20 minutes through most of the day, serving all BART stations, Muni and Caltrain connections along the way. The new route combines the 390 and 391 routes and will provide a single schedule that is simpler and more convenient, SamTrans officials say. In addition, it is expected to improve ontime performance and provides greater flexibility to SamTrans in managing its bus schedules. The ECR route is the result of an 18-month study looking at ways SamTrans can better serve passenger. If the new route is a success, service on it could be expanded to weekdays.
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1318 Broadway, Burlingame • (650) 344-8277
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This cozy restaurant boasts authentic Italian cuisine. My uncle ordered the Gamberi alla Vesuvio ($19.95), which had tiger prawns sautéed with garlic, tomato, bell pepper, mushrooms, green onions, feta cheese and wine. I prefer this dish at Viva La Vita (788 Laurel Street, San Carlos), where the prawns are fresher and the sauce is more flavorful. Top left: Pasta Special. Top right: Risotto Al My Risotto al Frutti di Mare ($21.95) Frutti di Mare. Below: Gamberi alla Vesuvio. was cooked in fish broth with mixed seafood, saffron, and marinara sauce. I was thrilled by the dish’s exceptionally generous portion of seafood and the enjoyed the perfectly cooked, creamy risotto. My mom’s Frutti di Mare al Pomodoroe Zafferano ($20.95) consisted of a divine saffron tomato sauce with prawns, scallops, squid, clams, and mussels. Though the seafood broth was a tad too salty, I would still highly recommend this dish to readers who love a great cioppino. The Pasta Special ($22.95) was essentially the Frutti di Mare al Pomodoro e Zafferano with pasta. My grandma raved about how great her al dente angel hair pasta tasted with the savory saffron sauce. In fact, she enjoyed it so much that she surprised everyone by finishing her plate. I will definitely be coming back for their excellent saffron dishes.
Nini’s Coffee Shop
1000 N Idaho St, San Mateo • (650) 348-9578
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This charming, family-owned diner offers American breakfast and brunch. My friend and I started with a cup of Nini's coffee ($2.25), which is made from fresh ground, hand-selected gourmet beans. I ordered the Chicken Apple Sausage Omelet ($10.45), which was cooked with Jack cheese, red bells, mushrooms, sour cream, and chives. This incredibly cheesy, fresh omelet had chunks of sausage in every bite. A plate of Teriyaki Steak & Eggs ($13.95) brought a giant piece of juicy, tender steak and two eggs Top: Eggs Bennedict. Below (l-r): Teriyaki Steak cooked to your choice. This signature and Eggs, Chicken Apple Sausage Omelet. favorite tasted delicious with the sweet teriyaki sauce. Another friend enjoyed her Eggs Benedict ($9.95), which consisted of a grilled muffin, open face topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise, and bacon bits. The eggs were perfectly poached and tasted great paired with the crunchy bacon. Our dishes also came with hash browns, which were disappointingly bland and dry. Though Nini's dishes out large portions and has a friendly wait staff, I would only come back for the teriyaki steak.
Sweet Dreams Garden
110 S B St, San Mateo • (650) 342-2388
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This newly-opened, unpretentious café dishes up Asian-style desserts and snacks. My friends and I shared the Green Tea Snow Ice ($5.95) and the Mango Honey Toast ($6.95). Although the snow ice lacked its signature silky sheet consistency, it had a pleasant green tea flavor that blended well with the sweet red beans and condensed milk. Still, it can’t compete with the cheaper and more authentic snow ice at 37 Degrees (1155 Taravel St., San Francisco), which melts effortlessly in your mouth. I was more impressed with the honey toast. This massive block of toast was hollowed out and filled with miniature cubes of toast. Drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with a scoop of mango ice cream, mangos, and melons, this dessert is large enough to share among two to three people. Though the ripe mangos didn’t meld well with the chocolate syrup, they still tasted delectable with the crispy toast. While I don’t recommend coming here for the snow ice, Sweet Dreams Garden has the potential to carve a niche for itself with their honey toast.
La Viga Restaurant
1772 Broadway St, Redwood City • (650) 679-8141
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This hidden gem is a haven for seafood lovers. La Viga Restaurant offers upscale Latin food at bargain prices. My friend and I each started with a cup of mango and guava Agua Fresca ($2.50). These refreshing drinks were freshly juiced in the house and had a thick consistency from the sweet nectar. For her main course, my friend ordered the Vuelve a la Vida ($15) from the chef’s daily specials. This nicely done ceviche cocktail of succulent oysters, shrimps, fish, and octopuses tasted incredibly fresh. The tart cocktail sauce was flawlessly mellowed out by the cool cucumbers and creamy avocado garnish. I ordered their popular Paella Mixta ($15), which had chorizo, prawns, chicken, mussels, saffron rice and lime. This tantalizingly delicious dish was exquisitely prepared. From the abundance of perfectly cooked seafood and meats to the explosion in spices, La Viga truly makes the most spectacular paella in the region. To finish off my delicious meal, I ordered the flan ($3.75). It took everything I had not to order seconds of this petite, wonderfully creamy dessert.
Top (l-r): Flan, Agua Fresca, Vuelve a la Vida. Below: Paella Mixta.
L-r: Mango Honey Toast and Green Tea Snow Ice.
1058 Shell Blvd Ste G, Foster City • (650) 570-6609
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This local, family-owned eatery has been dishing up Japanese fare for the past 31 years. My friend and I started with the Tofu Steak ($5.75). This pan-fried soft tofu was topped with a disappointingly vapid teriyaki mushroom sauce. For her main course, my friend ordered the Moriawase ($18). This sashimi dish came with an assorted variety of sake, hamachi, maguro, and saba. While we both enjoyed the fresh sashimi, we weren’t impressed. For the same price, I’d go back to Joy Sushi (30 S B St, San Mateo) for their Chirashi Deluxe Sushi, which has a larger portion and assortment of higher quality sashimi. My Sashimi and Sukiyaki Combination ($15) came with five pieces of maguro and my choice of meat for the sukiyaki. This value meal also included salad, miso soup, and ice cream for dessert. Though my sukiyaki’s beef was chewy, the sweet broth was comforting and appetizing. All in all, I would recommend Tokie’s Top: Tofu Steak. Bottom: Moriawase. for their combination meals.
235 El Camino Real, San Bruno • (650) 872-8858
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Tribu Grill offers an extensive selection of authentic Filipino fare at decent prices. Since they ran out of their popular Melon Shake ($3.49), I chose their Mango Freeze Smoothie ($3.49), which tasted too artificial and saccharine. I recommend starting with the Lumpiag Shanghai ($5.99). These fried, bite-sized pork and shrimp spring rolls had delectably crispy skins and were served with a sweet chili sauce. For my main course, I ordered Tribu’s signature Binagoongan Fried Rice ($11.99). Served in a large cast iron bowl, this dish is perfect for sharing among 3-4 people. The Binagoongan’s salty shrimp paste-flavored pork, scrambled eggs, refreshing roma tomatoes, and sweet mangos packed on a symphony of bold flavors. But although I enjoyed this dish’s lively essence, I likely won’t order it again. My friend’s Adobo Rice ($9.99) consisted of marinated pork cubes, served with tomato and hard-boiled eggs on a bed of garlic fried rice. I preferred this dish, over my entrée, for its appetizing pork cubes, which were stewed in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic.
Left to right: Lumpia, Adobo Rice and Bagoong Rice.
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Foster City Police Blotter
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Grab-and-run: Friday, Aug. 3, 11:21 a.m. Occurred at Vintage Park Dr. and Chess Dr. Police assisted San Mateo officers for a grab-and-run from Ulta. A perfume was taken. Auto burglary: Friday, Aug. 3, 4:39 p.m. Occurred on E. Third Ave. Police receive a second-hand report of a suspicious male in the parking lot of the golf course. He was gone on officers' arrival but two vehicles were located that had been broken into via a rear window smash 30 minutes before. Auto burglary: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2:17 p.m. Occurred El Torito restaurant on Vintage Park Dr. A person reports that he found a subject not known to him inside his vehicle and described the subject as possibly a white male with short brown hair, wearing a white t-shirt and dark colored baggy pants with tattoos on his neck. Drugs: Monday, Aug. 6, 3:49 a.m. Occurred at Vintage Park Dr. and Chess Dr. A 29-year-old was arrested and booked into county jail for possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. Drunk in public: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 11:49 a.m. Occurred at Courtyard By Marriott on Shell Blvd. A person reports that an extremely intoxicated subject came asking to check in but had no credit card. A 56-year-old man from Foster City, was arrested for being drunk in public and transported to the hospital for a medical clearance where he walked away while unsupervised. Auto burglary: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 12:50 p.m. Occurred at El Torito on Vintage Park Dr. A person reports his rental car was burglarized. A black laptop bag containing a laptop was taken through a left passenger window smash. Battery: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 9:57 p.m. Occurred at IHOP on Foster City Blvd. Two subjects were arguing and wrestling. A 47-year-old woman from Foster City resident was arrested for domestic battery. Suspicious person: Aug. 8, 7:30 a.m. Occurred at Windsurfer Park on E. Third Ave. A person reports that a man is collecting golf balls from the protected wetlands. The person called back to report that he had confronted the subject, advised him the lands were protected and that the police were coming. The subject left in a hurry in a maroon Toyota truck with a yellow boat on top and was gone on police arrival. Drunk in public: Aug. 8, 7:56 p.m. Occurred at Safeway Supermarket on E. Hillsdale Blvd. A person reports that white 15-year-olds wearing tank tops and basketball shorts are "reeking of alcohol." False imprisonment: Sunday, Aug. 19, 7:56 a.m. Occurred at Costco. A woman reports that her boyfriend, a 30-year-old Oakland man, whom she is taking a break from, showed up at her work and wanted her to stay in her vehicle with him and go somewhere to talk. When she refused, he grabbed her shirt and attempted to sit her on his lap. She ran away calling 911 and police took a case for false imprisonment with no prosecution desired. Warrant arrest: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4:22 p.m. Occurred at Costco. A person reports that a subject is panhandling in the parking lot. A 24-year-old transient was arrested for an outstanding $40,000 petty theft warrant out of San Bernardino County. Warrant arrest: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 3:43 a.m. Occurred at Citihomes on East Court Ln. A person reports a Pacific Islander male in his late 30s or early 40s who said he was visiting a relative but then tried to hide. Police located the subject and arrested him on a misdemeanor warrant from San Mateo police. Fake pot: Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:43 p.m. Occurred on Chess Dr. A 911 juvenile caller reports that his mother smoked some fake marijuana and is barely breathing. Police determined it was a misunderstanding by the juvenile. BB gun fired: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 12:27 p.m. Occurred on East Court Ln. Two landscaping employees report that they were hit by a BB or pellet gun. A juvenile was arrested, rifle confiscated and released to a parent at the police station. Drunk in public: Sunday, Aug. 26, 1:19 p.m. Occurred on Foster City Blvd. A 35-year-old white male fell down twice, bumping his head and causing a bleeding gash to his forehead. He was arrested and transported to First Chance.
Citizen assist: Aug. 10, 11:50 a.m. Occurred on Compass Ln. A person reports his 8-year-old son got hold of his older brother's handcuffs and handcuffed himself to a lamp. The person is unable to find the key. Drugs: Monday, Aug. 20, 8:51 p.m. Occurred on Vespucci Ln. A person calling from work reports that her brothers, 18 and 28, are at the residence in a verbal argument. Police received a call from the 18-year-old, who is locked inside his room with his 17-year-old girlfriend, who states his brother threw his cat's litter box and threatened to hurt his cat. Police arrested the 28-year-old for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Welfare check: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Occurred on Widgeon St. A person requests a welfare check on her 9-yearold daughter who is on court-ordered visitation with her father but he is not allowing telephone contact. Grand theft: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 12:02 p.m. Occurred at 5A Rent-A-Space on E. Hillsdale Blvd. Two storage units were reportedly broken into. $7,000 in camera equipment was taken from one unit. Entry was made via a lock cut/pry. Civil dispute: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2:45 p.m. Occurred on Loon Ct. A person seeks advice regarding an ongoing landlord/ tenant issue. Citizen assist: Aug. 8, 11:31 a.m. Occurred on Crane Ave. A person flags down an officer to report a suspicious black male sitting on a neighborhood fence belonging to a nearby residence on Crane Ave. Police contacted the subject and determined he was on a walk from a nearby residence. Lost property: Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2:59 p.m. Occurred on Shearwater Isle. A person reports that his iPad 2 was lost at 9 a.m. after leaving it on top of his vehicle. Welfare check: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7:37 a.m. Occurred on Gull Ave. A parks employee reports a white female who says she was kicked out and slept in the park the night before. The person was determined to be a walk-away from a care facility and was transported to her residence. Warrant arrest: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 9:45 a.m. Occurred on Surfbird Isle. A person reports a Hispanic subject sitting in a black vehicle for the last hour. Police arrested a 40-year-old San Jose man on a warrant and transported him to county jail. Residential burglary: Friday, Aug. 17, 10:47 a.m. Occurred at Waters Edge Apartments on E. Hillsdale Blvd. A person left for India two days earlier and arrived home to find $3,200 worth of technology and jewelry items missing. Reckless driving: Friday, Aug. 17, 6:12 p.m. Occurred on Crane Ave. A person reports her car was almost hit by a white female in her 20s with blonde hair who was driving a small black Audi. The person confronted the driver, who said someone was following her then started yelling obscenities and sped off. Police contacted both drivers and determined a minor road rage incident occurred.
Battery: Saturday, Aug. 4, 10:30 p.m. Occurred on Blythe St. A person reports that her boyfriend was in a fistfight with a suspect who stole his cell phone from his vehicle. The suspect is described as a white male, 5'10, who was last seen driving toward Shell Blvd. in a gray or blue vehicle with a blond female passenger. DUI: Saturday, Aug. 18, 4:08 a.m. Occurred at Catamaran St. and Shell Blvd. A 25-year-old Foster City resident was arrested for drunk driving.
Credit card fraud: Saturday, Aug. 4, 6:53 p.m. Occurred on Bobstay Ln. A person reports two females entered a store and tried to use his credit card number in Massachusetts. Officers contact Stoneham Police and the victim will follow up with them on Monday. Suspicious: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5:57 p.m. Occurred at Pitcairn Dr. and Sea Cloud Dr. A person reports two suspicious white males in their 20s or 30s, the driver with a beard and a clean shaven passenger, who were parked across the street before they made a u-turn, parked next to him and opened their doors. Trespassing: Friday, Aug. 17, 8:44 p.m. Occurred on San Miguel Ln. A person reports a black male is trespassing and fishing on San Miguel Ln., a private beach. Welfare check: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7:59 p.m. Occurred at Baffin St. and Timberhead Ln. A person reports a homeless white male, who is about 35 years old, is asleep on the land bridge between Foster City and Redwood Shores. Disturbance: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2:33 p.m. Occurred at Leeward Ln. and Baffin St. Police receive a report of several juveniles playing ball in the street and refusing to move for traffic. Police contacted and admonished the juveniles.
Exhibition of a firearm: Thursday, Aug. 2, 11:10 a.m. Occurred on Edgewater Blvd. A person reports that the day before, during a disagreement over a soccer game, the other party went to his vehicle, retrieved a handgun from the trunk and brandished it. Commercial burglary: Thursday, Aug. 16, 10:11 a.m. Occurred on Rock Harbor Ln. A person reports that sometime the night before the clubhouse was broken into but nothing was missing. Battery: Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:03 p.m. Occurred on Biscayne Ave. Police respond to a family dispute and arrest a juvenile. Disturbance: Friday, Aug. 17, 9:04 p.m. Occurred at Somerset Ln. Police assisted an adult in preventing juvenile birthday party guests from running in the street. Suspicious circumstances: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 10:18 p.m. Occurred on Rock Harbor Ln. A person saw someone walking through the parking lot looking into cars and checking doors. Officers determine it could have been a subject who was placing business fliers on vehicles. Injury accident: Thursday, Aug. 23, 9:13 a.m. Occurred at Edgewater Blvd. and Beach Park Blvd. A vehicle vs. bicyclist is reported. Disturbance: Sunday, Aug. 26, 1:39 a.m. Occurred on Port Royal Ave. A person reports a verbal altercation with a newspaper delivery person.
Suspicious vehicle: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:26 p.m. Occurred at Marlin Park. A person states his grandchildren were playing at the park at around 6 p.m. and a person in a white van drove past them several times, apparently watching them. Dumping: Monday, Aug. 6, 5:45 p.m. Occurred at The Jumps on Beach Park Blvd. A person reports that subjects unloaded "ratty" furniture from a U-Haul truck onto the levee. Police contacted the subjects, who agreed to remove four couches. Suspicious: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 11:57 p.m. Occurred on Sail Fish Isle. A person reports seeing an Asian male coming from his neighbor's side yard at 10 p.m. The caller also now noticed a boat in the water shining a light into the backyard of residences. Civil case: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m. Occurred on Albacore Ln. A person reports that she feels she was possibly stalked by an unknown subject. A review of her court paperwork indicates that the subject may be a private investigator connected to her civil case. Soliciting without a permit: Sunday, Aug. 26, 12:14 p.m. Occurred at Foster City Blvd. and Beach Park Blvd. A person reports that a white female in her 20s with a baby is holding up a large cardboard sign asking for money from male passersby. She puts the sign down when females pass. Police contacted and admonished her.
Family feud: Thursday, Aug. 2, 2:32 p.m. Occurred on Compass Ln. A caller reports that her daughter and son-in-law admitted to taking her credit card information to make online purchases without authorization. The caller has been in the process of evicting the two suspects who are still at her home. Vandalism: Friday, Aug. 3, 8:40 p.m. Occurred on Ketch Ct. A person reports that her son-in-law's front windshield was chipped and "egged" sometime in the last four days. Petty theft: Sunday, Aug. 5, 12:05 p.m. Occurred on Foresail Ct. Items valued at $310 were taken from an unlocked vehicle at between 1 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Solicitors arrested: Saturday, Aug. 18, 1:44 p.m. Occurred on Trimaran Ct. A person reports two solicitors in the area with what they claimed was a permit. Two subjects were contacted by police and had expired permits. One, a 26-year-old Oakland man, was arrested on a warrant and taken to county jail. Animal call: Sunday, Aug. 19, 9:56 a.m. Occurred at Starbucks on Foster City Blvd. Police admonished a woman who left two dogs inside her car with the windows up while it was under the sun. 911 hangup: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 12:36 p.m. Occurred at the Foster City Mini Mart on Shell Blvd. A juvenile was admonished and parent was notified after police received a 911 hangup from the payphone. Commercial burglary: Thursday, Aug. 2, 5:01 a.m. Occurred at Lido St. and Catamaran. An officer locates three juveniles with a boat that does not belong to them. They were arrested and released to their parents for commercial burglary, petty theft, conspiracy and a minor in possession of alcohol.
Suspicious: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8:34 a.m. Occurred on Altair Ave. Police receive a complaint of a barking dog, and conduct an exterior check of the residence due to burglary call the day before. Nothing unusual was noted. Unlicensed driver: Wednesday, Aug. 1, 4:29 p.m. Occurred at Polaris Ave. and Castor St. A person reports that a former classmate was driving a green Subaru. Police contacted and admonished a juvenile. Petty theft: Monday, Aug. 6, 7:10 a.m. Occurred on Mira St. A vehicle was broken into and a wallet, GPS device and about $150 in cash were taken. Suspicious: Tuesday, Aug. 7, 11:47 a.m. Occurred on Rigel Ln. A person reports that a white man in his 40s, who is 5'10, chunky, with dirty blonde hair and wears a white t-shirt and blue jeans, was in her backyard at 10:30 a.m. and ran towards Edgewater Blvd. when she opened the slider door to yell at him. She believes he is the same person she saw at 2 a.m. looking into her front window. Vehicle theft: Saturday, Aug. 11, 1:29 p.m. Occurred on Centaurus Ln. A person would like to speak to an officer about possible vehicle theft that occurred earlier in the morning. Battery: Sunday, Aug. 19, 5:05 p.m. Occurred at Arco on E. Hillsdale Blvd. A case was taken for assault and battery with no prosecution desired. Family fight: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:11 p.m. Occurred on Cygnus Ln. A juvenile reports that her father and uncle are fighting and they almost hit her mother. When police arrived, one party had left and physical contact was denied.
Battery: Thursday, Aug. 2, 9:38 p.m. Occurred on Shell Blvd. A person reports that her son-in-law hit her 38-yearold nephew. Police took a case for assault and battery with no prosecution desired. No injuries were sustained and both parties left. Found toddler: Friday, Aug. 3, 10:19 a.m. Occurred at Polynesia Dr. and Comet Dr. A three-year-old Indian boy was found alone and about to cross the intersection. The parents were located and stated that the child was supposed to be at Brewer Island--they will bring their child back to school to go over school rules. Incorrigible juvenile: Friday, Aug. 3, 4:16 p.m. Occurred at the bridge on Foster City Blvd. Police receive a report of two white, 14-year old to 16-year-old males with shaggy blonde medium-length hair who are wearing swimming trunks and appear to be about to jump into the water from the bridge. Police contacted and admonished them. Accident: Friday, Aug. 24, 3:28 p.m. Occurred on Polynesia Dr. A person discovered a dent in her vehicle and believes a driver in the area hit it. It was determined it would be impossible for the suspected vehicle to have caused the damage. Welfare check: Saturday, Aug. 25, 7:57 p.m. Occurred on Bounty Dr. A person reports two toddlers in diapers outside unattended. A male at the apartment eventually got the children back inside. Police contacted the father, who mistakenly thought the mother had closed the door.
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Foster City Lions Club
The club focuses on social and charity activities. Meetings are the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Foster City Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City. Visit www. fostercitylionsclub.com.
September 2012 Events
Saturday, September 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Luz Fine Art Gallery in 969 Edgewater Boulevard, Foster City • Student artists, age seven to 60, will display oil paintings in an exhibition opening party. There will be an array of international food and beverages available. For more information, visit www.luzfineart.com.
Foster City Mother’s Club
The club focuses on charity and parent networking. Metings are the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd. Visit www. fostercitymothersclub.org.
Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at Sea Cloud Park in Foster City • An induction ceremony will be held by Foster City Parks and Recreation Department to induct the following individuals for their contributions and dedication to community sports: Ginny Spaulding Hall, American Youth Soccer Organization; George Nunez, Foster City Little League; Robert Peagler, Foster City Little League and Pop Warner Football; and Denise Roux, Foster City Youth Softball Association.
Foster City Community Sports Wall of Fame Ceremony
Foster City Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
The group provides emergency communication for Foster City. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Sunfish Room at the Recreation Center, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City. Visit www. fcares.org.
Foster City Toastmasters Club
The group helps members improve public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Foster City Community Center, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd. Visit www.fostercitytoastmasters. com.
Wednesday, September 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Crane Room, Recreation Center at 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City • The Foster City Village is holding a public focus meeting to update seniors and others on the Village progress. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (650) 378-8541 or visit www.fostercityvillage.org.
Foster City Village Update Meeting
Wednesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco • Phase2Careers, a Foster City-based nonprofit that provides services to unemployed people over 40, presents bestselling author Susan RoAne. She will present her book, “How to Work a Room: Savvy Networking in a Digital Age.” Cost is $20 for pre-registered guests before Sept. 5 and $25 after Sept. 5. For more information, visit www.phase2careers.org.
Author talk: how to work a room
Foster City Rod & Gun Club
The club focuses on outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting. Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 8 p.m.) at the Harborside Clubhouse, Lord Ivelson Ln., Foster City. Visit www. fostercityrodandgunclub.com.
Good Sam Mateans RV Club
The club focuses on social activities, charity and RV travels. Meetings are usually the first weekend of the month. The August meeting will be at Case Fe Fruta in Hollister. For more information, contact Norm Dingle at (650) 573-1262 or dinglehaus@ comcast.net.
Saturday, September 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boat Park at corner of Foster City Blvd and Bounty Dr, Foster City • Back by popular demand and in appreciation of resident participation in the CartSMART yard trimmings and organics collection program, RethinkWaste and the City of Foster City have teamed up to give away free compost. Residents may take up to 1 cubic yard of compost (about six full garbage cans) at no charge. For more information, call (650) 286-3215.
Foster City compost giveaway
Saturday, September 29, noon - 8 p.m. in Downtown Redwood City • Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 5th annual Salsa Festival! Three stages featuring Latin Rock, Salsa, and Latin Jazz music; Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory. Plus, there's Tequila Tasting, free hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more!
5th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival
Filipino-American Association of Foster City (FAAFC)
Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 801 Gull Avenue in Foster City • The Foster City Lions Club will be holding its annual garage sale with all proceeds going to going to Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA). To arrange donation of items by September 12, call (650) 346-9548.
Foster City Lions Club Garage Sale
The club aims to educate the community about Filipino heritage. Meetings are once per month. Visit www.faafc.com.
Foster City Historical Society
Saturday, September 8, 8 a.m.at Seacloud Park • The fall season for Foster City AYSO soccer season kicks off with an opening ceremony and introductions to team sponsors.
AYSO Fall Opening Day in Foster City
The club maintains an archive of local historical artifacts. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 650 Shell Boulevard, Foster City. Visit fchistorysocy.homestead.com.
Rotary Club of Foster City meets every
The club focuses on social and charity activities. Meetings are Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at the Foster City Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Dr., Foster City. Visit www.fostercityrotary.org.
Daughters of the British Empire
Windsor Rose Chapter in Foster City/ San Mateo meets the first Wednesday of each month. For more information about meetings call (650) 341-5397 or visit www.dbenca.org.
Friday, September 21, 6 p.m to 9 p.m., 461 Beachpark Blvd. in Foster City • Foster City Elementary School's largest fundraiser kicks off on Friday, September 7th and culminates with a school-wide celebration for Foster City School families. The carnival night celebration will be held in the upper playground where students use their Falcon Fest tickets, earned during Falcon Drive, to play games, buy concessions (cotton candy and popcorn), participate in the Falcon Fest Raffle, and many other fun activities for the entire family.
Foster City Elementary School's Falcon Fest
Sunday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway Street in Redwood City • Come and catch up with some of your favorite local artists! Up to 60 Peninsula fine-artists will be featured in this first time Redwood City event! The art will represent people, places and scenes of Redwood City and will be auctioned and showcased, as well as sold in booths around Courthouse Square. There will be music, beer, wine and local restaurant specials for festival goers. Children will be encouraged to paint on the big Art Center board, which will be on Display in the Art Center afterward.
Paint the Town - Redwood City Arts Festival
Sunday, September 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Burlingame Avenue and Park Road • Free children’s crafts and activities, the latest clean green cars, entertainment and lots of giveaways will be part of this fifth annual event. The first 500 visitors will receive a free gift. The event is presented by the Burlingame Citizens Environemental Council and has 18 sponsors and 60 vendors.
Burglingame ‘Green’ Street Fair
Kiwanis Club Of Greater San Mateo
The club focuses on social and charity activities and serves the Foster City/ San Mateo area. Meetings are every Tuesday at the Poplar Creek Grill at 12:10 p.m.. For more information, visit www.div34.org.
Thursday, September 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the PJCC, 800 Foster City Blvd. • Bring your baby and check out all the exciting activities the PJCC has just for you. Participate in mini-trial classes, including Baby Sign Language; Tummy Time, Get Fit with Baby and more. The event is free. For more information, call (650) 212-7522.
‘Baby and Me’ fair at the PJCC
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Rotary International Director speaks to Foster City Rotary Club
At the Rotary’s Aug. 8 meeting, Foster City Crowne Plaza owner Solomon Tsai and Hotel Manager Scott Castle were awarded with the club's Paul Harris Awards. Rotary International Director Ken Boyd also spoke at the meeting. ─Alexa Hemken
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Foster City resident donates 100th pint of blood at Lions Community Blood Drive
Michael Greco’s donations will help as many as 300 patients in need of blood products. The next drive will be at the Foster City Recreation Center on Oct. 13. Donors will receive a complimentary continental breakfast and should be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have traveled in a malaria area in the last year. For more information, contact Jessica at (415) 317-7177 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ─Alexa Hemken
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Rotarians honored for 36 years of perfect attendance
Past President Mary Bates and 2012 President Noemi Avram honored Foster City Rotarians Dr. Jon Grant and Greg Kuhl for 36 years of perfect attendance at the club's weekly Aug. 15 meeting. At the meeting, the club also presented Hillbarn Theatre Executive Director Lee Foster with a $2,500 check. The Hillbarn, a Foster Citybased nonprofit, is the sixth oldest continuously operating amateur theater company in the country and is the oldest in San Mateo County. ─Alexa Hemken
Michael Greco received a San Francisco Giant blood drive t-shirt after donating his 100th pint of blood on June 9 in Foster City. L-r: Noemi Avram, Scott Castle, Ken Boyd and Solomon Tsai.
City receives check for July 4 festivities
At the Aug. 6 City Council meeting, Foster City Lions Club President Martha Sandy presented Mayor Art Kiesel with a check for $14,080, the net results of the Lion Club's efforts to collect parking fees at Parkside Tower during the Fourth of July festivities. The contribution will help subsidize the overall cost of the event to the city. ─Alexa Hemken
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San Mateo hosts ‘Night Out’
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L-r: Mary Bates, Noemi Avram, Jon Grant, Greg Kuhl.
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San Mateo public safety officials with McGruff the Crime Dog. A record 53 neighborhood block parties were hosted in San Mateo during the annual National Night Out event on Aug. 7. There was also a crowd at the Martin Luther King Center in the North Central neighborhood, where the San Mateo Police Activities League served up popcorn and gifts to children. Block captains and neighborhood watch members, along with San Mateo’s Neighborhood Watch Coordinator John Rink, helped publicize the event. Police officers visited every party. San Mateo has more than 300 Neighborhood Watch Blocks. ─Alexa Hemken
L-r: Noemi Avram, Bob Hope and Lee Foster. The club donated $2,500 to the Hillbarn Theatre on Aug. 15.
Cities host levee celebration
San Mateo, FEMA and local and state officials celebrated the completion of the South Bayfront Levee improvements on Aug. 25. The ceremony, hosted by the San Mateo Department of Public Works, started with a press conference at Seal Point Park on Third Ave. ─Alexa Hemken
L-r: Vice Mayor Pam Frisella, Mayor Art Kiesel, Councilman Charlie Bronitsky, Lions Club President Martha Sandy and Councilman Steve Okamoto.
First Foster City Relay for Life raises more than $48,000
The first annual Foster City Relay for Life kicked off on Aug. 25 with an opening ceremony in the morning, and the event eventually grew to have 150 volunteers and participants. A vigil to honor those who have struggled with cancer was held at sundown, with luminaria lining the sidwalk at Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park. Twenty teams exceeded organizers’ original $20,000 fundraising goal─in all, about $48,100 was raised as of press time on Aug. 29. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit American Cancer Society. During the event, a variety of companies and organizations each had volunteers and their own booth, tent, activities and slogans in the park’s meadow. Top fundraising teams for the event included the Foster City Lions Club with $14,976; Claudette and Jim Main with $7,030; volunteers for the Manor Association with $4,955; the Foster City Chamber of Commerce with $3,937; a team organized by Vice Mayor Pam Frisella with $2,315; the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) with $2,116; the Foster City Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) with $1,345; a team organized by Vanessa Koelling with $1,205, the Peninsula Special Interest Lions Club, which is based in Foster City, with $1,200; a team organized by Councilman Steve Okamoto with $1,105; the Foster City Mother’s Club with $1,061 and the Foster City Police Officers Association with $700. ─Kay Zhang
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Redwood Shores hosts weekly farmers market
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Self-proclaimed "watermelon expert" Carlos Nunez helped Pauly Rose of Redwood City bag her groceries at the Redwood Shores Farmers' Market on Friday, Aug. 24. The popular Farmers' Market offers many booths and stands of fruits, vegetables, and baked goods. It is open every Friday from 11am6pm at the Redwood Shores library parking lot. ─Karen Chee
A luminaria vigil in the evening at Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park’s amphitheater honored those who have struggled with cancer.
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Residents enjoy fundraising events benefiting local causes
Rod & Gun Club to host “Wild Game Feed”
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Residents turn out for blood drive
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Foster City resident Imelda Young reads while donating blood at the Foster City Lions Club's blood drive on Aug. 11 at the Recreation Center. The drive has been held six times a year since 1970, and a continental breakfast is served to donors. ─Elyse Dixon
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Lions celebrate Barkan Day
The 26th Barkan Day on June 16 brought together the California Pacific Medical Center O p h t h a l m o l o g y community for a lively day of presentations and discussions. It was followed by the annual picnic hosted by The Lions Eye Foundation of CalNV and Foster City Lions Club where approximately 50 people spent the day at the scenic West Bluff Ampitheater on Crissy Field. ─Alexa Hemken
Foster City resident Melly Metcalf, center, with Visa employees. Visa was an event sponsor. Left to right behind Metcalf: Louise Levi, Corinne Fok, John Carr, Tina Llora and May Taylor.
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Club members John Rosinski, Darold Givens and Ken Bertelsen holding up king salmon caught outside the Golden Gate on Bertelsen’s 41 ft. Tiara sport boat, the Lisa Anne. At their Sept. 5 meeting, the Foster City Rod & Gun Club will host a Wild Game Feed, where members will be cleaning out their freezers so they can fill them again as the hunting season begins. ─Alexa Hemken
Lions Club members, l-r: Wendal Quan, Program Coordinator for the Lions Eye Foundation Mark Paskvan; Don Stanaway, Macy Tan, Sam Lerner, Fred Sommer and Mark Olivier.
Peninsula Mariachi Band with awardwinning Chef Joanne Weir, second from left, who hosts KQED’s television program Cooking with Confidence, with Foster City resident Gretta Garden, second from right. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association, a nonprofit trade group, hosted charity events on Aug. 5 that were attended by local residents. One charity benefit, produced by SFChefs.com, in conjunction with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, included tasting for foodies at the Mijita Resturant in San Francisco's historic Ferry Building. A second charity event was hosted at in the Union Square Francis Westin Hotel with spectacular views, drawing crowds and food samples from around the Bay Area. Benefiting from the events were the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's scholarship fund, which has given more than $48,000 this year to 13 students interested in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The Meals on Wheel program, which serves home-bound adults, was also a recipient. ─Bobbi Bon, special to The Lagonian
Foster City man competes at National Scrabble Championship
Jerry Lerman, 62, a bank risk manager and Foster City resident, garnered an 18-13 record and a +451 point spread to finish in 14th place among 350 contestants at the 2012 National Scrabble Championship in August. At one point, he moved ahead to first place among Division I players with a 10-2 record and +941 point spread. Lerman was an invitee to the World Scrabble Championship in 1993 and 2005. His hobbies include reading and chess. ─Alexa Hemken
Foster City nonprofit for over-40 workers receives donation
PHOTO CREDIT: RON VISCONTI
Crowd kicks off fundraiser with San Mateo High's Mr. Tribuzi
About 200 people honored Attilio Tribuzi at a Redwood Shores fundraiser for the San Mateo High School music department as part of an effort to raise $50,000 for new instruments and marching band/color guard uniforms.
Foster City farmers market continues to draw crowds
L-R: Greg Young, Vice-President, Community Development Officer for Wells Fargo, Jake Bursalayan, Pat Houston and Phase2Careers’ Executive Director Ron Visconti. A $5,000 donation from Wells Fargo will be used to support Foster City-based nonprofit Phase2Careers, which helps job seekers who are more than 40 years old find new career opportunities through employment roundtables, job search panels, job search workshops, job fairs and networking events. ─Alexa Hemken
Boothbay Overnighter: family fun
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Raphaele Gerber, 38, picks out fresh produce from the stand of Calvillo Brothers Organics at the Charter Square Shopping Center farmers market on Beach Park Blvd. and Shell Blvd. The market is hosted every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot, and visitors can stop by a wide variety of stalls featuring everything from fruits and vegetables to organic hummus and jam. ─Kay Zhang
Families setting up tents to prepare for a fun-filled night. The Foster City Lions Club and the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department teamed up to host a familyfriendly overnighter at Boothbay Park on Saturday, Aug. 18. The annual event was attended by 20 families with 75 participants playing games in the park, eating barbeque prepared by the Lions and ending the evening with a campfire and s’mores. The families spent the night in their tents and woke up to muffins, coffee and hot chocolate. ─Elyse Dixon
Attilio Tribuzi accepts a handmade quilt during the celebration of his 20 years at San Mateo High School. The quilt was made by Donna Retherford.
PHOTO CREDIT: MAI OKASAKI
Foster City Rotary Club donates $3,000 to Samaritan House
The Foster City Rotary Club made the donation at their Aug. 22 meeting. Samaritan House provides safety net and healthcare services for needy people in San Mateo County. The nonprofit has about 1,000 volunteers who serve at a homeless shelter, clinic and dining hall, among other locations. ─Alexa Hemken
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Editor presents at the library
Rotary Club president Noemi Avram presents a check to Samaritan House Executive Director Kitty Lopez.
Paniz Amirnasiri, student editor of the Aragon High School Outlook newspaper, taught Write Direction, the first in a series of children's fiction writing workshops at the Foster City Public Library on Aug. 25. ─Alexa Hemken
The event commemorated Tribuzi's 20th year at the school, where he has directed musical theater productions as well as acclaimed music programs, including the Jazz Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, String Orchestra and Choral classes. The event, sponsored by Oracle Charitable Giving, was highlighted by tributes presented to Tribuzi, such as a hand-made quilt made out of t-shirt fronts from San Mateo High musicals and pep bands over the years. He was also presented with two original seats from the demolished Performing Arts Center. A surprise production of "Mr. T's" own symphonic work, Finale 1999, was played by an orchestra comprised of current and former students and was directed by Hillsborough schools Music Director Lester Chun. A music teacher since 1986, he joined San Mateo High in 1992 and has composed pieces for amateur and professional performing groups. Last year, he won San Jose Stage's Top Honor as best musical director for San Mateo High School's The Wedding Singer and was nominated again this year for the school's Guys and Dolls. For more information about the fundraising drive, visit www.bearcatmusic.org. ─Alexa Hemken
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SINGLE FAMILY HOMES Address Price Address Price Age Bed Bath $/Sq. Ft.Ft. Sq. Ft. Lot (Sq. Ft.) Age Bed Bath $/Sq. Sq. Ft. Lot (Sq. Ft.) 1080 Hatteras Court $1,250,000 41 34 4 3 3|0 $529.66 2,360 8,540 2|1 $679.72 2,170 6,060 1001 Monterey Avenue $1,475,000 516 Saint Vincent Lane $1,302,800 25 39 4 5 3|0 $566.43 2,300 6,460 2|1 $485.82 2,680 6,181 480 Biscayne Avenue $1,302,000 700 Bahama Lane Blvd $1,258,000 26 39 3 4 2|1 $546.96 2,300 5,795 2|1 $438.41 2,760 5,459 $1,210,000 121 Beach Park 604 Cornwallis Lane $1,250,000 33 34 5 4 3|0 $555.56 2,250 6,100 2|1 $547.96 2,210 5,335 1032 Monterey Avenue $1,211,000 $1,100,000 35 39 3 4 2|0 $521.33 2,110 760 Coronado Lane 7,686 2|1 $521.01 2,380 4,857 $1,240,000 324 Dolphin Isles 509 Trinidad Lane Lane $1,005,000 36 35 3 3 2|1 $500.00 2,010 5,005 2|1 $513.39 2,240 4,600 710 San Miguel $1,150,000 235 Puffin Court $930,000 47 7,020 2|0 $472.46 2,360 5,225 212 Surfbird Isles $1,115,000 46 4 4 2|0 $522.47 1,780 779 Gull Avenue 47 5,737 3|0 $440.82 2,450 5,208 780 Marlin Avenue $900,000 $1,080,000 45 4 4 2|0 $508.47 1,770 1126 Blythe Street 34 5,766 2|1 $434.78 2,300 5,355 $1,000,000 43 4 4 2|0 $533.15 1,810 1358 Halibut Street $965,000 1060 Jamaica Street 5,888 2|0 $524.15 1,760 5,225 791 Widgeon Street $934,000 $922,500 42 47 3 4 2|0 $573.01 1,630 881 Marlin Avenue 6,650 2|0 $487.77 1,640 5,664 $799,950 46 47 3 3 2|0 $440.86 1,860 649 Crane Avenue $820,000 5,734 786 Marlin Avenue $790,000 45 41 3 2|0 $417.99 1,890 Averages (11 listings) $1,129,667 $504.21 2,268 6,422 CONDOS/TOWNHOMES Address Price Age Bed Bath $/Sq. Ft. HOA Address Price 37 Age Bed Bath $/Sq. Ft. HOA 1005 Lido Lane $810,000 2|1 $378.50 $553 3 $800 2|1 $399.36 $311.15 $335 700 Promontory Lane Ln #1203 $692,000 14 4 2 Point 1118 Lord Nelson $750,800 37 2|1 $220 2|1 $398.24 $392.16 $335 $600,000 42 3 3 1423 Marlin Avenue $677,000 37 705 King Lane 2|1 $435 $652,000 23 3 3 $426.14 $220 1041 Helm Lane 1463 Marlin Avenue $656,000 42 2|1 2|1 $428.76 $175 $457.25 $220 965 Vasco Da Gama $631,000 38 3 3 42 1455 Marlin Avenue Lane $667,000 2|1 2|1 $456.85 $245 2|0 $503.52 50 Commons Lane $570,000 24 3 2 $463.41 $435 23 1000 Stern Lane $715,000 2|1 $800 $256.18 $435 700 Promontory 1059 Hull Lane Point Ln #1209 $580,000 22 2 3 $590,000 23 2|0 2|1 $475.81 $435 $600,000 23 2 2 $483.87 $435 1104 Outrigger Lane $550,000 23 1106 Outrigger Lane 2|1 2|0 $348.10 $335 $403.03 $220 $532,000 40 3 2 832 Rigel Avenue 1475 Marlin Lane $540,500 42 2|1 1|1 $418.99 $590 $326.90 $451 880 Meridian Blvd #7 $525,000 14 2 3 39 926 Beach Park Bay Lane #209 $525,000 2|0 2|0 $482.98 $220 $585.42 $590 1549 Beach Park Boulevard $507,000 $562,000 42 2 2 13 860 Meridian Bay Ln #224 2|0 1|1 $375.56 1214 Admiralty Lane $400,000 $265.78 $481 2|1 Averages (10 listings) $594,400 47 28 3 $410.55 $426 815 Sea Spray Lane #309 $387,000 31 $460 1 1|0 $406.09 $340,000 47 3212 Admiralty Lane 2 1|1 $340.68 $513 $295,000 47 8209 Admiralty Lane $295.59 $532 2 1|1 47 7202 Admiralty Lane $275,000 $530 2 1|1 $275.55
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SINGLE FAMILY HOMES
Enhance your curb appeal
Thinking of selling your home? Or simply want it to look its best? Either way, you will want to enhance your curb appeal. Grilling is a favorite pastime. With good food and good friends you can’t go wrong, and you have less clean up afterwards! I’d like to share with you some ideas for your What’s a Good Approach? next barbeque. First, identify what you need to work on. Take an objective look at your property. What impression does it convey? Do you feel welcomed? Which features are attractive or not? As you critique, list what needs to be cleaned up, repaired, or improved. And know that improvements don’t always involve additions. Sometimes increasing appeal means removing something like shrubbery that hides the best features from view. Next, prioritize your list to tackle repairs first. Why? Even minor problems, when not handled, can detract from the overall appeal of your home regardless of other improvements made.
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Although every home is different in terms of specific things to be done, I typically recommend that homeowners focus on these key areas: • Cleanliness - Keep your yard free of debris and clutter. Clean windows, gutters, and downspouts. Kill mold and mildew wherever it grows and pressure wash dingy decks. • Repairs - Fix structural flaws and anything else • Marinate the meat before you grill it, approximately one cup of marinade for that detracts from your home’s appearance, such every pound of food. It tenderizes the meat as well as adds flavor. You can make as broken windows and loose screens, roofing, your own, but there are many delicious store-bought varieties. or shutters. • Use tongs instead of a fork to flip the meat. A fork will punch holes in the meat • Landscaping - Keep lawns mowed and get rid of weeds. Add flowers or greenery and trim and allow the natural juices to escape, causing the meat to lose flavor and become shrubbery. Remove dying vegetation and rake leaves. chewy. • Facade - A good coat of paint can do wonders especially if you color coordinate. If your home • Grill your vegetables as well. Rub them with olive oil and place them over indirect has siding or stucco, consider a good power wash. heat. Most vegetables cook quickly on the grill, so keep an eye on them. • Lighting - Improve evening curb appeal with well-placed lighting that spotlights your home’s • For moist meat every time, place an open beer can or other liquid over the best features. And be sure your entryway is well-lit and has inviting potted plants and an hottest part of the fire and close the lid. When the beer boils it will saturate the air attractive front door with gleaming hardware and kick-plate. inside the grill keeping the meat moist. • Wait until the end to add the barbeque sauce. Most sauces, especially sugarBased on experience, I’m confident that with these suggestions and your great ideas, you can and tomatoes-based ones, tend to burn easily. improve your home’s curb appeal. So work on these areas, as you can, and watch your home’s beauty and values grow. Please email Robert with your thoughts and opinions at Robert@ Check out these web sites for great grilling recipes: www.barbeque.allrecipes.com robertpedro.com. and www.www.grillingmag.com. Enjoy!
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