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VOTE NOVEMBER 5 th!
* Jeff Gee * John Seybert
Council Member Council Member & Vice-Mayor
Redwood Shores Community Association
For Redwood City Council, RSCA Endorses:
* Diane Howard
After meeting and listening to all six Candidates at the Shores forum on September 4th, the Board of RSCA has endorsed and strongly encourages Redwood Shores voters to elect these three candidates to the three open seats on the Redwood City Council.
former Council Member
• Save The Music – Sunday – October 6 11am - 5:30pm – Twin Pines Park • Halloween Walk – Saturday – October 26th 1pm - 2pm – Marlin Park • Santa Comes To The Shores – Sunday • Light Up The Shores - Judging February 12, 2014 - RWS Library December 8th - 1-3pm – RWS Library • Election Day - Tuesday, November 5th • OktobeRun – Saturday – October 12
We feel that the current Council and City government are working and committed to serving all of their communities, so we see every reason to reelect the two incumbent Council Members. We also feel that Ms. Howard’s previous Council experience will benefit the City over the next four years.
Experience is especially important as the City faces both budgetary and quality-of-service challenges.
• RSCA Annual Meeting - Wednesday
(We use our email list to keep you informed about events and issues important to the Shores. You can join our email by simply going to our web site at RSCA.org. On the home page, simply click the yellow “Join our email list” button and keep up to date on what’s going on in the Shores.)
We will send an email mid-October on any endorsements we decide, or you can look for our endorsements in the November PILOT.
RSCA decided to consider endorsements of candidates for the Belmont Redwood Shores School District and to decide a position on Measure R (the new parcel tax) ONLY after we had heard from all seven candidates on September 23rd. (he Belmont-Redwood Shores PTA Council and RSCA co-sponsored a forum that Monday evening to allow the public to meet and hear all seven candidates address District issues and concerns at one time.
For the Belmont-Redwood Shores District Board of Trustees & Parcel Tax Measure R:
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THE PILOT is a monthly publication of the Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA). Circulation: 6,000 Redwood Shores Households & Businesses
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We estimate that there are almost 8,000 potential voters in the Shores. The San Mateo County Clerk shows about 6,500 registered voters. In 2011, just 4,646 votes earned a seat on the City Council.
Being a voter also increases the importance of the Shores with local officials. They look closely at how many of those eligible actually vote, and the higher that percentage the more influence we can have as a community.
Shores residents are among the most civic-minded people in this local area. Being a voter is one of the most basic ways each of us exercise our most fundamental right to express our opinions about our local governance.
Be a Voter!
President’s Memo for September 2013
Just as I was finishing this month’s column, we were saddened to learn that long-time Shores resident Pete Hughes had passed away.
We Mourn the Loss of Pete Hughes
by Harris Rogers
Pete was a member of the RSCA Board for over 15 years and was a valued asset to this community.
If you enjoy walking or exercising on our levees, you have Pete Hughes to thank. Over 15 years ago Pete conceived the idea, arranged corporate sponsorship, worked with the City, and almost single-handedly managed RSCA’s first Levee Clean Up. The Levee Clean Up, where scores of community volunteers pick up trash all along our levees and in many public areas, was always “Pete’s project” and quickly became an annual Shores event. Pete was also responsible for making RSCA’s Annual Meeting an important forum where our community could get information from and question local officials about issues – like the levee crisis – that specifically affected Redwood Shores.
In both of those elections the top vote getter only received just over 5,000 votes. In 2007 and the last contested election to the BelmontRedwood Shores School Board of Trustees, the second Trustee was elected with only 3,429 votes.
In 2009 when two of this November’s candidates were first elected, it required only 3,724 votes to earn a seat on the City Council.
If you at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, please make sure that you are registered to vote! If you haven’t yet registered or need more information, go to www.shapethefuture.org where you can register online and find information about the candidates and issues that will be on the November ballot.
With 8,000 potential voters and over 6,500 already registered in the Shores, we CAN have an impact on these elections, but ONLY if we show up and VOTE!
Pete served our children and taxpayers as member of the Redwood Shores General Improvement District (GID) I-64 Committee, as a volunteer on New Shores School Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Measure C Bond Oversight Committee. (Measure C provided the funds that were required to build our new Redwood Shores Elementary School.) Pete’s civic devotion and commitment to the community was truly exceptional. He was active with the Redwood City Police Activities League, the Peninsula Celebration Association, and Casa de Redwood Senior Housing. Pete and his wife Ginny both served on the Board and were strong supporters of the Kainos Home and Training Center for developmentally challenged adults.
Also make the decision now whether you plan to vote by mail or go to the polls on election day, November 5th. If you are not already signed up for “Vote by Mail”, you can do that at the same web site, too.
Whatever your opinions or politics, and whether you agree with our endorsements or not, this promises to be an important local election, both for our Redwood City Council and for the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. You need to be part of it, so…
What was most extraordinary about Pete Hughes is that, due to his level of involvement, service to the community, and credibility in both Redwood Shores and Redwood City, you could mention “Pete,” and everyone would know that you were referring to Pete Hughes. He impacted so much, and his influence was pervasive.
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Pete’s friendship and inspiration will be missed. RSCA suggests that expressions of sympathy be made as a donation to Kainos, and you can find their information at http://www.kainosusa.org.
All of these nice folks who are trying to get this new parcel tax passed are forgetting one big piece of the puzzle. That piece is the taxpayers of Redwood Shores. Specifically the taxpayers who do not have school age children. This is the largest voting bloc in our community.
There has been a buzz in the Shores in the last month regarding this issue. Articles in local papers are predicting doom and gloom if the parcel tax is not passed. One candidate running for the BRSSD stated, “The last thing we need to do is screw over our kids by taking away funds we already have”. Another candidate for the Board said, “Yes. Renewal of existing parcels, without raising taxes will prevent cuts in funding…”
In August, the Belmont Redwood Shores School Board of Trustees (BRSSD) voted to place a new parcel tax on the November 5, 2013 ballot. The Trustees are calling this a “renewal” of two previous parcel taxes. In fact it is a new parcel tax which will now continue your payments until the year 2025.
Re: New Parcel Tax Ballot Measure Reasons to Vote No
Belmont-Redwood Shores School District Update
A Successful (if Late) Start in Modernized Schools
In November you will be voting for three out of five School Board positions and there is also a new School Superintendent for BRSSD. Let’s give them a chance to establish their direction and communicate with the voters before we approve another ten years of parcel tax. Matthew J. Reising, 18 Year Redwood Shores Resident HOA Treasurer, CERT Member
REASONS TO VOTE NO: • Current Parcel Tax Expiration Dates: Existing parcel taxes don’t expire for 1.5 and 2.5 years respectively. • No Rubber Stamp: Parcel taxes are meant to be a temporary solution to a funding problem. They should not be used indefinitely or as a permanent subsidy for local education. • Funding: The school board should wait until the new “California Local Control Funding Formula” is in place before panicking. The state budget for 2013-14 fiscal year is being increased by $8 billion over 2011-12. Property values continue to rise in our community meaning more tax revenue for schools. • Accountability: The voters have approved bond issues and parcel taxes totaling close to $90,000,000 for building and remodeling of schools and there are still not enough classrooms for the current student population. •San Mateo Grand Jury: Investigating the practice of Cash Out Refunding, the Grand Jury (2007-08) reviewed the BRSSD’s refinancing of a $12 million school bond without voter’s knowledge or approval. The cost of cash out refunding was very expensive in respect to the return and the legality under California law is doubtful. Transparency and communication with the taxpayers is essential and needs improvement.
These voters have been paying the two non-tax deductible parcel taxes for the last eight years and should look at the following before voting to raise their taxes for the next ten years.
School started last month on September 11, about three weeks later than usual. This “long summer” was scheduled ahead of time to allow for us to complete our summer construction and modernization projects at six of our seven district school sites. The late start means that school will end later than usual this year, on June 25, 2014. We are very appreciative to the community for your patience and financial support as we made these substantive improvements. Over the last 16 months, we have successfully completed $63 million in construction (approximately $54 million funded by the community and $9 million in state matching funds) across all seven schools in the district, adding 28 classrooms overall, improving infrastructure, and upgrading our wiring to allow for the increased use of technology in our classrooms. We are proud of the fact that this construction work was completed on time and on budget. Because of our community’s appeal to families with school-age children, school district enrollment continues to climb. Consistent with past years, we have added roughly 200 new students this year. In fact, we’ve averaged 200 additional new students per year for the last six years. Back in 2007, our enrollment was 2,600. Now it’s 3,800, an increase of 46%. Throughout this time, we have been funded as a basic aid district. That means that our revenue is a product of our property taxes and secondary sources of income such as supplemental state funding and donations. We do not receive more funding as a product of our enrollment growth. Our revenue in 2007 was $25.1 million compared to our present revenue of $28.9 million, an increase of 15%. Finding a way to educate 46% more students with only 15% more revenue is a pressing challenge for the school district. We have begun the process of putting together a representative task force of staff and community members to assess our options and plan for future enrollment growth. The Enrollment and Facilities Task Force meetings are open to the public and advertised on our website (www.brssd.org). Community input is welcome. Give us a call at 650-637-4800 (x1003) if you would like to learn more. Thank you for your interest in and support of our school district. If you have questions about our work or suggested topics for future updates from me, do not hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-637-4800 (x1003). Michael Milliken, Ph.D. Superintendent Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
Continued Enrollment Growth
Our Downtown will be alive with OktoberFest & Run activities - food, music, color-blasted runners, and more. A great event for the whole family. Event Parking: County Garage We want to remind you (especially for big events like this one) that there is FREE event parking at the County Garage on Middlefield Road just off Veterans Boulevard. The County Garage converts to FREE public parking during evenings and weekends. With its quick access to and from Veterans Boulevard, the County Garage will be a short 3-block walk to Courthouse Square! OktoberFest & Run brings a trio of races and a fun, family-friendly celebration to downtown Redwood City. OktobeRun (Starts at 8am) Runners have a choice of the OktobeRun half marathon or 5K run, and the new 5KoloRun, where they get blasted with color! Runners are automatically entered in a drawing for a Lease on a new 2014 Jetta. OktoberFest (Starts at Noon) OktoberFest is free for all ages and has food, drink, and entertainment to suit everyone. Family t-shirt sponsorship opportunities still available, but just until September 22! Proceeds benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation and the Redwood City Rotary Club’s H2OpenDoors project. Details Saturday, October 12, 2013 OktobeRun Races: 8am OktoberFest Party: 12 noon Courthouse Square, Downtown Redwood City Event Parking at County Garage, Middlefield Road just off Veterans Boulevard More Information: * Register to run * Family t-shirt sponsorship: Please email us * Sponsorship opportunities: Please email our sponsorship staff. * See event webpage for full details at www.OktoberFestivalandRun.org
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The website BayWise (http://baywise.org/residents/your-toilet) has this report. Disposable wipes are growing in popularity - and wreaking havoc on sewer systems.
“Wipes Clog Pipes” was the theme for national Pollution Prevention Week September 16-22, reports SBSA Pollution Prevention Specialist Susan Hiestand.
“Wipes Clog Pipes”
These products stay largely intact as they travel through sewer pipes and can easily get caught on roots or other debris, increasing the risk of clogs and sewage overflows.
Unlike toilet paper, disposable wipes (even those labeled “flushable”) do not quickly disintegrate in water. Consumer Reports tested several brands of wipes labeled “flushable” and found that while toilet paper disintegrated after about eight seconds, the wipes still hadn’t broken down after 30 minutes.
“Flushable” Wipes Should NOT be Flushed The “flushable” label simply means they will go down your toilet when flushed. What you should be concerned about is what can happen next.
Many consumers use disposable wipes because they’re convenient for cleaning and disinfecting. Even people who would not normally embrace disposable products because of concern for overburdened landfills are using wipes that are being marketed as “flushable.” They don’t toss them in the trash; they flush them down the toilet, believing they’ve done the right thing.
As disposable wipes grow in popularity, sewer agencies are being forced to commit additional resources to removing mounds of wipes clogging up public sewer lines, pumps, and treatment facilities.
Disposable wipes are an even greater threat to your home’s sewer pipe, which is much smaller and more easily clogged. In addition to potentially causing clogs and overflows, many of the cleaning and disinfecting wipes contain chemicals that are difficult for sewer treatment plants to remove, and they can thus pollute local waters. If you use disposable cleaning/disinfecting wipes, moist towelettes, baby wipes, personal hygiene wipes or similar disposable or “flushable” products, put them in the trash, never in your toilet. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down your toilet. Taken from the SBSA Newsletter
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The good news is that recent studies suggest that certain exercises decrease the chance of ACL injury. Athletes should be examined by a health professional such as a physical therapist to assess strength, flexibility, and mechanics. It’s best when these exercises are started with young athletes before poor technique becomes a difficult habit to break. With the help of a coach, trainer, or therapist, an athlete can implement an exercise program to prevent the chances of ACL injury.
Non contact ACL injuries usually occur with sudden stopping, awkward landing from a jump, or pivoting with the foot planted on the ground. The consequences of an ACL injury potentially include surgical repair, a long rehabilitation period before returning to sports, and in the long run, a higher risk for knee arthritis.
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1) Squats - Lower into a mini squat by bending at your knees and hips. Make sure that your knees go straight forward (in the same direction as your feet) and they stay behind the front edge of your toes. Maintain the space under the inner arches of your feet and draw in your abs to make sure your spine stays neutral. At the bottom of your squat, your shoulders should be in line with your knees and toes and the side of your hip should stay in line with your heels. 2) Single leg heel raises - This exercise is to improve balance, core strength, and leg strength. With very little or no hand support, stand on one foot and rise up to the ball of your foot. Make sure your ankle stays in alignment with your foot and leg, your spine stays neutral, your hips stay even, and your knee stays straight. 3) Jumping- with feet about 4” apart, use the squat technique and heel raise technique from above to launch your jump. Try jumping in place, forward, backward, and side to side and turning. With every jump, make sure that the alignment described in the first two exercises is maintained. Your knees should stay 4” apart just like your feet.
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Remember, the most important aspect of these exercises is to perform them correctly, not to feel the “burn”, or push until you can’t • Use technology / social media to do more. Start by doing them in front of a mirror and then take foster two way communication • Add school capacity where enrollment increase is located these techniques to the field, gym, or dance studio!
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Did the celebration of Halloween begin because it was the day before All Hallows’ Day (All Saints) or because it was the Celtic way of celebrating the time of harvest? I don’t know. All I know is that every year it is taking on the enormity of Christmas decorating and people are really into it! I have some friends who became “Halloween central” and threw the best costume party every year until they moved away last October. Now all of us are looking at each other like “Hey, why don’t you have the party at your house?” But nobody wants to touch it, partly because we don’t have all the Diddams decorations like our friends did, and partly because we are relieved that we don’t have to come up with a better-than-last-year’s Halloween costume. We don’t miss the costume stress but we do miss the party and the fun. I guess the history behind Hallows’ Eve is that every extreme kind of thing busted out all over before Hallows’ Day and all the saints got center stage – kind of like binge eating before going on a diet. Somewhere in there I think we developed this misconception that anything that has to do with God is uptight and no fun, and everything that does not have to do with God is really fun. So, if you had to choose between celebrating a bust out Hallows’ Eve or a buttoned down Hallows’ Day, who wouldn’t choose Hallows’ Eve? And here we are.
it’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas, i Mean Halloween!
If I were God I would be greatly offended by that. After all, who created fun? Who created childlike play and creative costumes and friends with whom we party and chill? Who created the good times that make us laugh until we cry, and the joy that comes from one bite of a snickers bar? It’s time we uncovered the lie and give God credit for the fun and give somebody else credit for being uptight and no fun. You know, now that I think about it, maybe Halloween isn’t so far from Christmas after all. Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Jesus said he came to bring joy in all its fullness, so I say let’s have fun and give God all the credit. I’m not saying that every crazy thing associated with Halloween is the joy Jesus had in mind, but I think he went to better parties than we do, and finds joy in our joy. So, when the costumes this Halloween make you smile and you lighten up and enjoy your kids and your friends a little more, know that this too is holy (hallowed) ground. Pastor Mary Graves - www.trinity-pres.org
Dear Editor, I’d like to thank all the board members, past and present for allowing my husband, Pete Hughes to be a part of this organization. I know Pete thought a lot of all of you in RSCA, and he often talked about Carol, what a fine job she did, and how the Pilot had become one of the things he looked forward to reading. Again, thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness shown to him. The memorial will be Sunday Oct. 6, 2013 from 1-4pm at the American Legion, 651 El Camino Real in Redwood City. Thank you, Ginny Hughes
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PERIOSTAT AND GUM DISEASE Periostat: a new drug for the war against gum disease The leading treatments for gum disease are scaling and root planning (deep cleaning of the gums) and surgical gum treatment in more advanced cases. Antibiotics are sometimes used in conjunction with these other therapies, often with the goal of killing bacteria that is causing the gum disease. Recently, there is a new drug, which instead focuses on controlling our body’s reaction to these bacteria. The new drug is called Periostat. To understand how Periostat works, we need to have some understanding of how bacteria in the mouth cause the loss of gum tissue and bone around the teeth. Oral bacteria cause a chronic infection in the mouth of people with gum disease. This infection causes the body to release chemical substances called cytokines, which in turn cause a cascade of reactions within the gum and surrounding tissue. One of the substances released is a family of enzymes known as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). One of the MMPs is collagenase, an enzyme that breaks down the gum and bone. Periostat is a new application of a not so new drug, doxycycline. Doxycycline is a derivative of tetracycline. Periostat is a 20 mg capsule of doxycycline that should be taken twice a day over several months. Periostat helps to inhibit the body’s production of the destructive collagenase. Unlike higher doses of doxycycline or tetracycline that can be used to prevent the multiplication of some bacteria associated with gum disease. Periostat protects our body’s “over reaction” to bacteria, and its lower dose has far fewer side effects. Periostat is not intended to replace the need for excellent oral hygiene or other traditional gum treatment. It is a drug that clinical research has shown that will modestly improve gum disease when taken in conjunction with professional deep cleaning of the gums and a thorough oral hygiene regimen. Musical Bridges 3 on Sunday Oct 27 at 2.30pm, once again, promises a concert, “A Celebration of Youth Music”, that will take you on an inspiring journey of music, from great classical masterpieces to folk music, dances, jazz and rock’n roll! Do join us for a wonderful afternoon of music by award winning, acclaimed and passionate young pianists at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1106 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Carlos. Performing students are from the studio of Concert Pianist, Sujeeva Hapugalle.
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The Young Performers are thrilled to perform an exciting repertoire for their MB3 audiences! The preparation of music has given wings to their mind, soul and imagination, and flight of excitement to communicate their music! They have worked well through the academic year to win many accolades at leading state/international competitions in the Bay area. Student accomplishments include winners of the American Fine Arts Festival (that led to performances in NY) scholarship winners and selected artists to the roster of International Young Artists at the highly regarded Music at Menlo International Chamber Music Festival, the winner of the MTAC Young Artist Scholarship, First Place and 2nd Runners up at the Menuhin Dowling Competition, 2nd Prize at the SF Chopin Competition, First and 2nd place awards at the CMTANC International Competition, 14 Prizes amongst 10 students at the US Open Intl Music Competition, including 2 Outstanding Gold Medalists and 2 First Prizes, and among other events, awards and recognition at the Russian International Music Competition . Submitted by Sujeeva Hapugalle, Concert Pianist and Teacher
Thanks to our communities, Ms. Hapugalle, her students and their families extend their warmest thanks to all the community who have extended their gracious support through generous donations to the musical community beneficiaries of our past Musical Bridges Programs (details in concert advertisement on page 24), graced and inspired the studio young performers with valued presence at their concerts.
Over one hundred very endearing letters of appreciation from students and school teachers that benefited from the support of Musical Bridges 2 last year, encouraged us to reach out again to them. We are once again going to collaborate with the San Francisco Symphony and it’s Upper Peninsula League, to support hundreds of students from lower economic schools of San Mateo County to benefit from an extended Education program of the SF Symphony, describes Ms Hapugalle.
“The Studio Project, Musical Bridges - Bridging the passion and excellence of youth music to serve our community,” was born in our studio as a project to develop the performing talents of young musicians and to make a difference in our community through their music.
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Insomnia can be defined as poor sleep followed by daytime fatigue. Most sufferers experience the inability to fall asleep while others frequently awaken and never reach a deep level of sleep. Causes of insomnia may stem from stress, depression, irregular work schedule, medications, or pain from physical conditions including hyperthyroidism and arthritis. Physical tiredness, depression, difficult concentration, irritability and lethargy are associated symptoms that accumulate and can linger for days, months or years if insomnia is left untreated.
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In Oriental Medicine, we believe insomnia relates to the heart, which houses the sub-conscience and controls your sleep pattern and the pericardium, which protects the heart. Overtime, insomnia will put unnecessary stress on the liver, which in turn affects the health of the nerves.
Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nerves and is a great remedy for disturbed or restless sleep. Unlike medicated sleep aids, there is little to no side-effects with acupuncture. Each treatment is patientspecific, the practitioner will address all underlying issues to bring the body into balance. Acupuncture works to improve the body’s ability to adapt to stress. A minimum of 6 visits of acupuncture is recommended to inspire change. The effect is cumulative. Common acupuncture points for insomnia can be found on the back, scalp, arms, feet and ear.
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Through the years of pet sitting I have encountered all too many cute or amusing situations with animals. Any pet owner has plenty of stories of the funny things their fur kids have done. I thought I would tell you about some of my more memorable ones. I took care of a cat who liked to stay under the bed when we arrived. We would try coaxing her out using a soft voice to outright bribing her with food. None of our attempts worked. We could tell Sheba was a sweet cat, so we worked very hard to coax her out. One day, one of my sitters arrived to take care of Sheba. She called me later to tell me that Sheba came out from under the bed for her. I was amazed! When I inquired as to what her trick was, she replied that she simply “meowed” to Sheba. After a few “meows”, Sheba came right out to visit! We now use “meow” with Sheba! In the early days of business, I took care of a lab. “Killer” as he was called was the sweetest most loving dog around. One evening I went into the backyard to check Killer’s water bowl. I turn to look to see Killer jumping up a good six feet trying to reach an unseen object. The next morning I returned, went into the backyard. This time Killer was fine. I again returned that same evening and Killer starts jumping at some unseen object. I’m chuckling at his behavior and cannot figure out what is causing him to do this. After playing detective, I discover whenever I turned the outside light on, Killer would try to jump for it. When the light was turned off, he just ignored it, but when it was turned on, all bets were off. I don’t know if Killer thought this light was a ball or what. Thank goodness the light was mounted up high and Killer could not reach it! Katie was a dog we would take care of once or twice a year. Each time we would arrive, Katie would exhibit all signs of being scared and not wanting us to approach. “Uh-oh” I thought to myself, “we’re going to have a problem here”! As I was mentally considering what would be the best way to handle this, I also happened to reach for her leash. The second Katie saw the leash in my hand, she changed her tune. She trotted right over to the door, sat down and waited for me to put on the leash. Now, we know when we visit Katie to just grab the leash and she will not give us any problems! Jan Brown is the Owner of Jan’s Pet Sitting and is a Pet Tech® Pet First Aid Instructor. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Most of us love a sweet treat, yet forget the simplest of all: fresh, perfectly-ripened fruit. It’s guilt-free and absolutely delicious when it’s in season. Packed with great taste and huge nutritional value, add these easy-to-find fruits to your shopping list this fall: 1. Apples - From mild and sweet to extremely tart, there are more than 7,000 varieties of apples worldwide. They are a powerful source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, beta carotene and vitamin C. This means apples are good at neutralizing free radicals that cause cellular damage in our bodies if left unchecked. Apples also contain B vitamins, as well as minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium. And they are high in pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower cholesterol levels, improve intestinal function and ward off hunger. According to the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, studies show apple consumption to be consistently associated with reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes compared to other fruits and veggies. Pick apples that are firm, crisp and vibrant in color. Wash thoroughly and eat with the skin on for maximum nutrition. Try Jonagold, Honeycrisp or Cameo apples – all excellent with any organic nut butter. 2. Pears - With over 3,000 varieties worldwide, pears are related to apples, though softer, sweeter and juicier, with a slightly grainy texture. Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc and Comice are the most commonly found pears in the US. With most nutritional value in or just below the skin, pears contain a good amount of vitamin C
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and copper, as well as B-complex vitamins, iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium and antioxidant phytonutrients. Like apples, they are a good source of dietary fiber. Unlike apples, pears need 2-5 days at room temperature to fully ripen. They taste best when they yield slightly to gentle pressure. Once ripe, store in the fridge and eat within a few days. 3. Figs - There are several hundred varieties of figs, with Black Mission, Kadota and Brown Turkey figs being most commonly found at our markets. Another excellent source of fiber, figs are often recommended to tone the intestines. They contain a very high amount of calcium compared to other fruits (especially when dried), making them exceptionally alkaline and helpful in reducing over-acidity that can result from such things as stress and junk food. They also contain iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin K, and free radical-fighting antioxidants. Ripe figs are soft, but not overly soft, bruised or showing signs of mold. They are highly perishable, so buy and eat within a few days. Experiment with varieties of all of these fruits to find what best suits your taste. Consider a fall fruit salad combining your favorite diced apples and pears with figs cut in quarters. If you want a little extra sweetness, try a dash of coconut sugar or 100% pure maple syrup. Enjoy! By Lauren Picciani Health Coach, email@example.com
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When it comes to trends, most people just want to know how they can stay current and look relevant from season to season. Here are some ideas on how to work a few of the trends this season. Trend: Saturated colors (especially red and blue), plus pale pink, plus olive green. (There are others; text 22828 to join my mailing list and get the full scoop on Fall colors in my September newsletter.) How to work it: The cardinal rule about color is that if it is one of ‘your’ colors, you can wear it lightly or from head-to-toe. If it isn’t one of ‘yours’, use it as an accent color and preferably not near your face. If it’s your color, why not invest in a coat? It’s very popular this season in a variety of shapes and colors. Remember – if a color is one that you look great in, it can serve as a ‘neutral’ for you. Trend: Plaids and tweeds How to work it: Plaids can be a bit tricky because you can easily start to look like a lumberjack or a prep-schooler. If you’re loving this trend, incorporate plaid into your accessories – perhaps some pumps or a clutch-purse. If you plan on wearing plaid, keep it to one item and use one of the colors in the print as the primary color to pair with it. Tweeds/the menswear-look are really big this season, and are ideal for the corporate world because they look so professional. If you love tweed, this is the year to stock up on it because we don’t see it every year. Trend: Leather (and faux leather) everywhere How to work it: Because leather is literally everywhere, from trim to side panels to full-on all-leather dresses, this is a good year to stock up. If you’re a leather-lite kind of person, try a dress or top with a bit of leather trim; otherwise pick up leather-paneled dresses or pants (not to mention the motocross jacket another hot trend this year.) I don’t recommend wearing leather head-to-toe unless you’re a rock star, a model, or an actual biker, but this is definitely the year to stock up on unusual presentations in leather. Adena DiTonno is a wardrobe and image consultant in Redwood Shores. Visit her website for useful tips and to sign up for her monthly Style Bulletin: www.adenadesigns.net
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We like to make Yankee Pot Roast for a family Sunday dinner, but with a California twist to the more New England traditional recipes. Pick up a beautiful grass fed 2 lb. boneless chuck roast, and an assortment of root vegetables to serve with the tender pot roast. Select parsnips, carrots, fingerling potatoes, shallots, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes but roast them to sweet deliciousness! Comfort foot at its best, especially with a nice glass of our favorite Navarro Pinot Noir Deep End Blend! YANKEE POT ROAST Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2 LB boneless chuck roast 1/3 C. Unbleached All Purpose Flour Fresh ground black pepper Kosher Salt I Large Yellow Onion, chopped into small pieces 2 or 3 Carrots, peeled and chopped into small pieces 2 or 3 Cloves Garlic, peeled and diced Olive Oil 1 Cup Red Wine 1 to 1 ½ Quarts Beef Stock (Low Sodium) 1 Large Turkish Bay Leaf (California Bay Laurel is too strong/aromatic for this recipe) 6 Sprigs Fresh Thyme Fresh Flat Leaf / Italian Parsley – about ¼ Cup chopped and for garnish Season the chuck roast with salt and pepper, then dredge with flour until evenly coated. Place Dutch Oven (we always use “Big Blue” our favorite 4 ½ Quart Le Creuset dutch oven and yes, I name my pots and pans!) on stove top and add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil – heat on medium and brown the roast on all sides. Remove roast from pan. Add chopped onion, carrots and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent, and carrots slightly softened. Add red wine, beef stock (start with one quart), bay leaf and thyme sprigs (don’t worry, the little thyme leaves will fall off during the cooking process and you can extract the bare sprigs along with the bay leaf before serving!) and the roast. Bring to boil, and then cover the pot and place in oven on middle rack. You will need to cook the pot roast for 2 – 2 ½ hours, until meat is fork tender and almost falling apart. If necessary, add a bit more beef broth. The goal is to only have about 1 or 2 inches of the roast above the liquid. Check the roast when you come in from the garden for a glass of water or at half-time during the game, and flip it over so the bottom becomes the top. When cooked, remove roast from pot, set onto platter and cover with foil to rest. Strain the liquid into smaller pan to remove any thyme sprigs, or bits of carrots and onions. Bring liquid to boil and then lower heat to slow boil, stirring to reduce and concentrate the flavor. (You can thicken by adding 1 teaspoon cornstarch to 1/3 Cup cold water, stirring, and then adding to hot liquid.). To serve, arrange the roasted root vegetables on the platter alongside the pot roast and pour some of the juices over the roast and sprinkle with fresh parsley. ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES This is so easy – just take an assortment of shallots, fingerling potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips or butternut squash – whatever is local and just harvested at the farmer’s markets! Peel (or not depending upon selection), slice into similar sizes, toss with olive oil and salt & pepper, and place in separate roasting pan in the over for approximately 60 minutes, stirring once or twice when you check on the pot roast. Lynn has been a RSCA Board Member since 1994
If it’s Autumn then it’s Time for Yankee Pot Roast! When the cool weather begins to set in, and we are outdoors tending to our autumn gardening chores, or merely relaxing on a weekend afternoon, watching college and NFL football games, nothing smells more wonderful than a nice pot roast cooking in the oven. Aside from the initial preparation, it really cooks itself and only needs an occasional “chef check” to flip it over a few times to make certain it is browning properly.
(Or how a former Connecticut Yankee embraced California Cuisine) – Lynn Kathleen Adams
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There is also a truth of a wine’s provenance (think appellation), where, for example, in Spain’s Rias Baixas region, the world’s first Albariño is produced. Since it rocketed to fame many years ago, Albariño is now being produced elsewhere, but the truth of its origins, and the unique way an Albariño smells and tastes in its birthplace is what separates it from its hopeful, but lesser competitors. The same can be said of the wines from other appellations. Consider the unique profiles of France’s Cote Rotie, Italy’s Brunello and Greece’s Agiorghitiko (aka St. George). Nobody makes them like they do and better than they do.
Besides the literal meaning, wine truths appear in other forms. There is the verity of a grape’s intrinsic character (that underlies the wine into which it is made.) Each grape varietal is unique, and each reveals itself via its particular qualities of tannin, acidity, alcohol, body and dryness. That’s why, for example, a Pinot Grigio tastes totally unlike, say, a Sauvignon Blanc, and neither is remotely similar to a Semillon. And in the hands of a competent winemaker one can expect each of those wines to always smell and taste the way they do, glass after glass, time after time.
Wine, as many oenophiles know, was the beverage of choice at the Greek Symposia (for men only) and Roma Convivia (for women only), wherein topics of political and philosophical importance were discussed and debated throughout the night while eating finger food and sipping wine. However, unlike the alcoholic beverages of the Germanic tribes, the Greeks (primarily) and the Romans (less so) watered-down their wines so as to keep the intellect open and in check during those festivities.
In Vino Veritas. Students of Latin know that the preceding means, “In wine (there is) truth.” Scholars attribute the phrase to Alcaeus of Mytilene, a 6th century BC Greek poet. But since the quote has been passed on in its Latin form, it has been more often attributed to Pliny the Elder, a Roman historian who, unfortunately, was sipping wine too near Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. The implication of the phrase is that being under the influence of wine’s liberating alcoholic properties, one is more apt to be candid about what is on one’s mind.
Last, but certainly not least, is the important truth about wine’s reason for existing. While the buzz—that gentle, euphoric and altered state of mind—may have been why the ancients pursued the pleasures of wine, modern man enjoys wine for more civilized reasons—as a food item, but more specifically as an accompaniment to be enjoyed with family and friends at the dinner table. Nothing does it better.
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Thank you to the Redwood Shores community! After living overseas for three years, my cats and I recently moved back into our home in the Shores. I have more than one cat, and the more adventurous cat, Berkeley, went missing shortly after we moved back in. After I posted “Cat Missing” posters all over the area, I received many phone calls with “Berkeley” sightings, excellent suggestions, and offers to help find him. One afternoon while I was checking under decks I heard some folks calling his name. People I didn’t even know took it upon themselves to look for him! My missing cat was found by Tammy one evening at the corner of Davit and Marlin. She was as excited as I was to have found him! I want to thank everyone who took an interest, offered moral support and actively searched for him. It certainly “takes a village” in this case to find a beloved pet and I so appreciate it! Thank you for making the Shores a truly wonderful and caring community. Lighthouse Cove Resident, Nancy Glaser
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