Volume 42 Number 1

Redwood Shores Community Association

Approximately 560 children and parents joined Santa at RWS Library to celebrate Santa Comes To The Shores. The children marveled as they shared their wishes and wish lists with Santa. Pictured below, the Community Room was filled with joy as holiday music was played on the piano by students of Sumi Nagasawa, Karen Morss read from her book Flying Poodles, A Christmas Story, coloring activities were provided by the Library, and refreshments were provided by the library and enjoyed by all. Thanks RSCA and RWS.

A Resounding Event

Redwood Shores Annual Meeting

January 2012

This is your opportunity to hear from our Redwood City Officials on issues that affect the home & family of every Shores resident. Sponsored by RSCA

Wednesday, February 8th 7:00pm at the Redwood Shores Library

Save The Date!!

Light Up The Shores see page 4

Gi v e t i m e to l ov e, g ive t ime t o s pea k, a n d gi v e ti m e t o s ha re t h e precious t h ou gh t s in yo u r min d.

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270 Redwood Shores Parkway, PMB #205 Redwood Shores, CA 94065 - 1173 rsca.org

2011 Board PRESIDENT Harris Rogers...............................harris.rogers@comcast.net VICE PRESIDENT Sue Nix...............................................smn3333@gmail.com SECRETARY Lynn Adams........................................randladams@aol.com TREASURER Ian Gunderman..............................igunderman@yahoo.com PAST PRESIDENT Doug Crisman.......................................djcrisman@aol.com BOARD MEMBERS Lynn Adams Michelle Atno-Hall Nina Boire Doug Crisman Jim Cvengros Carol Ford Celli Frost Ian Gunderman Mike Mancusi Carol Mertens Sue Nix Jerry Patrick Theresa Pineda Harris Rogers Robert Schmidt Clemencia Rodriquez Michael Whatmore Andrew Young

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San Mateo, California 94402 www.aelawllp.com (650) 212-0001 Table of Contents 411 Borel Avenue, Suite 501

Design & Review Board Inquiries: Jim Cvengros cvensr@aol.com Carol Ford carol_ford@sbcglobal.net Sue Nix smn3333@gmail.com

THE PILOT 531 Shoal Circle, Redwood City, CA 94065 CPmert@comcast.net Editor, Carol Mertens............................................595-1595 Advertising, Carol Mertens ..................................595-1595 Circulation, Carol Mertens....................................595-1595 Shores Press ..........................................................593-2802

DEADLINES DEADLINES!!! The deadline for the February issue of the Pilot is 16th to the 20th of January

The Board of Directors meets promptly at 7pm, the third Thursday of each month at The Redwood Shores Library

For CC&R Copies, Carol Ford - carol_ford@sbcglobal.net

The opinions published in the Pilot are those of the authors and not the expressions of RSCA unless so officially designated.

THE PILOT is a monthly publication of the Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA). Circulation: 6,000 Redwood Shores Households & Businesses

Chinese New Year is a very old celebration, a time for repaying debts, enjoying feasts, giving “red envelopes” of lucky money to friends and relatives, and remembering ancestors. In 2012, the Dragon is welcomed back after the 2011 year of the Rabbit. Each of these animals are thought to bestow their characteristics to the people born in their year. This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership

President’s Memo Light Up The Shores New Garbage Rates, PAL Man Of The Year Vice Mayor, Jeff Gee Are Banks Helping Our Real Estate Values Gout, Early Treatment New Piano For RWS Elementary Therapist’s Corner RWS Tennis Club, Recycling Center Tax Tips Brownie Troop Spreads Cheer This Year Will Be Different Free Fridays

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Why do we keep asking for your email address? It’s all about MONEY! It costs RSCA a minimum of about 45¢ just to send a postcard, and almost triple that to send a letter. An email takes less time to prepare, and there are no printing or postage costs. Each email costs just fractions of a penny. So we can send information much more frequently than we do postcards or letters, and… Each email address you provide saves RSCA more than $2.00 each year! That’s money the we can use for events like our Eggstravaganza egg hunt, the Summer Concerts, Halloween Walk for our children, and Santa Comes to the Shores. With over 5,300 residences and 700 business in the Shores, we use our email list to keep more people informed about our community and events during the year. If you would like to be on our email list, simply go to RSCA.org and under “Feedback”, click on the “Join our email list” button to sign up.

Join Our Email List (please?)

Presidentʼs Memo for January 2012

I think that even some of those who presently “disagree” with what we are trying to do will be surprised at some of the simple things we can do around our open areas that should make a big difference to the cleanliness of our parks, walkways and lawn areas. We are making every effort to begin to disseminate the information we’ve gathered later in January. This information will be mostly applicable to property managers for our local HOAs and business properties, and to Redwood City for the park areas, especially those on the waterways. But we’ll also provide information on the national scope of the problem caused by these “no longer migrating” birds. If you or your children, grand-children, nieces, nephews, cousins, or friends of the family participate in any of our events, you should join RSCA.

by Harris Rogers We have been working closely with federal and state wildlife officials since last spring to find out what we can and can NOT do to help mitigate the problem of the increasing amount of goose feces left in our parks and on our walkways and open lawns.

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Why Be an RSCA Member?

The contact information your provide is for use only by Redwood Shores Community Association in contacting you. We do not share, sell, or provide your contact information to any other person or organization.

Once More on our “resident” Canada Geese: In addition to emails, I’ve had several people approach me at Nob Hill and at our recent Santa event with criticism that our December PILOT gave the impression that opinions in the Shores regarding our “Canada Goose problem” were fairly evenly divided. That criticism was justified. In an attempt to provide a forum for differing opinions, we over-compensated. Let me say again, as I have said several times before, that when we polled Shores resident last winter well over 80% ranked the issue of goose feces as one of the highest issues affecting the quality of life in the Shores. The only issue that ranked higher was public safety, e.g., police and fire protection.

If you believe that events like our Eggstravaganza egg hunt, our summer concerts, or other holiday events contribute to the quality of life and value of our community, you should join RSCA. If you believe that a geographically distinct community like the Shores needs a dedicated voice and advocate for our unique issues like the recent levee crisis, you should join RSCA. If you read The PILOT (provided at no cost to you) each month, you should join RSCA.

You either received a membership letter from us in November, or will be getting one this next week. Use either the card and envelope we mail you, or tear off and return the card below. And, please…give us an email address if you have one.


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“Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the Shores, the homes were all lit, including their doors. Christmas lights hung from the eves with care, in hopes that RSCA elves soon would be there.” As always, it is challenging to select our favorites - our Shores neighbors take pride in their homes and always seem to take their Christmas decorating seriously! We added a new category last year - “Light Up The Shores Hall of Lights” - in recognition of those who consistently go all out to create a brilliantly lit and decorated home. 602 545 790 469

Light Up The Shores!!

602 Harbor Colony

545 Cringle

Harbor Colony Cringle Mediterranean Barkentine

And the winners are....

790 Meditterranean

469 Barkentine

532 Cringle 23 Admiralty 3009 Seabrook 552 Dory Lane 2 Waterside 568 Dory 632 Dory 502 Marlin 2064 Rockport


532 Cringle

23 Admiralty


3009 Seabrook

552 Dory Lane

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145 Eyelet 7 Portofino 53 Dockside 420 Compass 495 Barkentine

2 Waterside

568 Dory

The RSCA 632 Dory elves will be visiting each winner to give them their prizes.

502 Marlin

2064 Rockport

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Redwood City – In brief, the rate increase is due to higher costs and lower revenues than originally anticipated, during Recology’s first year of service and projected for service to be provided in 2012. Also, the new Household Hazardous Waste curbside collection service that is being considered, which I think you’ll agree is a great idea, contributes a small percentage to the proposed increase.

New Proposed Garbage Rates

As you may know, rates charged to customers must reflect Recology’s actual cost of providing service, and must take into account the contractually-agreed upon revenues (typical in the garbage/recycling collection industry). Each year an analysis is done of the prior year’s and upcoming year’s expenses and revenues. A rate recommendation is made by SBWMA, which is then considered by the City Council. Based on that analysis for 2011 and 2012, the proposed 7.81% rate increase is made up of: • 2.3% to cover anticipated cost increases for 2012 • 2.9% to cover cost increases that occurred in 2011 • 0.61% to cover the proposed Household Hazardous Waste Collection service • 2.0% to cover anticipated revenue shortfall in 2012 due to cart-size reductions (customers choosing to move to a smaller cart, at a lower cost)

“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the many years of service Marty has provided to PAL,” said Jim Gordon, President of the PAL Board of Directors. “His meaningful contributions of time and energy, high standards of community involvement, and many skills and talents have been of great value to the entire community of Redwood City.” During his more than 14 years of service to PAL, Marty Cooper has performed as a board member, accountant, and Treasurer. This award recognizes his exemplary efforts and passion to help manage PAL’s financial health, significantly helping the organization to grow from its earlier years of serving 200 kids, to its present level of success with over 3,500 youth and community members involved each year.

Redwood City, CA – The Board of Directors of the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) has announced that the recipient of the 2011 “Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year” Award is Martin Cooper, a reserve officer with the Redwood City Police Department, and PAL volunteer.

Martin Cooper, PAL Citizen of the Year

If the proposed rates are approved by the City Council at the public hearing on January 9, the rate increase would be effective the following day, January 10, 2012. Notices of the proposed increase have been sent to all garbage/recycling service customers in Redwood City. Customers have the opportunity to protest the proposed rate increase in advance of the public hearing by writing to the City.

Finally, in the interest of keeping you fully informed, I want to mention that in spring of 2012 the City will need to propose increases in water and sewer rates, due to continually escalating costs in those services (for a number of years, we’ve informed you that rate increases for those services would likely be an annual occurrence, for the foreseeable future). As I said, we understand that these increases are a challenge for many residents, and we continue to work very hard to keep necessary increases to a moderate level.

Details of the protest procedure were included in the mailing, and are also available online, along with more information on the proposed rates, at: www.redwoodcity.org/garbagerates.

The Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year Award honors and commends Mr. Cooper’s tireless efforts in establishing a strong information technology system and set of process for PAL, helping it to be much more efficient and therefore better able to serve the community. As a ‘jack of all trades’ for PAL, Mr. Cooper willingly stepped up and worked in many areas of PAL including establishing a new payroll system, securing insurance coverage, and setting up the PAL Document Binder – in effect helping to further organize the PAL operation and maximize its efficiency. Additionally, for many years Mr. Cooper has been directly involved in PAL’s annual Blues Festival fundraiser in Downtown Redwood City, making sure that this special day goes off smoothly. Known throughout the PAL community for his generous commitment to helping the organization reach its goals, Marty Cooper’s work has had a lasting, positive impact on how PAL serves the community.

The annual Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year Award, named after long-time PAL supporter, past president and Redwood City businessman Alpio Barbara, recognizes the most admirable and commendable individuals for their exemplary efforts to bring PAL and its programs to the greater community. With the help of the great volunteers who give of their time and energy, Redwood City PAL focuses on intervention, prevention, and alternative programs for at-risk and economically challenged youth in Redwood City, offering a positive influence to thousands of children and teens each year. Visit the PAL website at: www.redwoodcitypal.com.

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I want to thank my council colleagues for your support and confidence. I am humbled and honored to serve as your Vice Mayor. I look forward to supporting Mayor Aguirre as the new mayor of our great city, and working together with the Council. For me, being a council member is about being a member of a Team of seven, working hard to make Redwood City a great place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. I know that each one of us is committed to preserving and improving our quality of life in our own ways. However, it takes all seven of us working together to make real progress and positive change. It is that spirit of teamwork and commitment to collaboration that makes me most proud of being a member of this city council. One of the things that I am most proud of is when a member of our community, whether it be our Redwood City community or the greater San Mateo County community, comments on the respectful way in which we lead, listen, disagree, and make decisions. We don’t yell at each other or engage in hurtful behavior because we are the voices of the community at city hall. We must set the example for respecting your neighbor, finding common ground, listening, and making common sense decisions that are in the best interest of Redwood City. I cannot imagine conducting ourselves any other way. As a Team, we work well together and we get things done. I have appreciated the opportunity to work * With Council members Bain and Pierce in looking for solutions to our flooding issues; * With Council members Pierce and Foust on high speed rail, * With Council members Foust and Ira on economic development * With Mayor Aguirre on promoting and celebrating our community’s diversity, and * With Council member Seybert on Depot Circle, land use and development. These are just examples of us working together, making Redwood City a

I am Humbled and Honored to Serve as Your Vice Mayor

better place to live and work. I would also like to thank the community, which came together on Election Day to support the future of Redwood City by approving Measures I and M to generate critical new revenue for Redwood City’s budget. Asking our community to help generate new revenue in this economy was not an easy task. The Council laid out a 3-point vision towards achieving financial sustainability: improve how we deliver city services, ask our employee groups to help with increased employee contributions to healthcare and retirements, and finally, some very modest revenue increases. Working together as a council, with the Chamber, our local businesses and our residents, BOTH Measures I and M were passed with solid voter support. I want to thank my council colleagues, Council member Seybert, the Chamber, our local business community, our employee groups, and our residents for their help and support in passing I and M. Beyond just passing I and M, I look at the passage of these two measures as more than just a major step towards financial sustainability. I see the support for I and M as a commitment that we as a council need to uphold. We have been entrusted with more of our community’s dollars. For the trust that we have been given, we must act with integrity, trust and confidence and be worthy stewards of our City. As your Vice Mayor, I pledge to each of you, my council colleagues, our residents and our businesses to continue to lead our community with integrity, trust and confidence. We need to live in the present, but we also need to keep an eye out on the future so that future generations can enjoy the same quality of life and sense of community we cherish about Redwood City today. Respectfully, Jeff Gee

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Most parents are aware of the damage to the teeth caused by putting a child to sleep with a bottle of milk or other sweetened beverage. The condition it can cause, “baby bottle cavities,” usually involves the upper teeth because the tongue protects the lower teeth during bottle-feeding. These decayed baby teeth can become infected, and may need to be removed. Now, a recent study suggests that the prolonged use of spill-proof cups with bill-shaped extensions can also cause “baby bottle cavities.” Putting a child to sleep with either a bottle or a spill-proof cup can cause damage to the teeth. The reason is that milk or other carbohydrate containing liquids stay on the teeth and allow bacteria that are normally present in the mouth to attack the teeth by forming “plaque acids.” These acids create holes in the teeth (cavities) and can lead to deeper infections of the tiny nerves within them. The susceptibility to cavities is also increased because the flow of protective saliva is greatly reduced during sleep. A recent study identified 186 children who used either a bottle, spill-proof cup, or were breast-fed after one year of age. The children drank a variety of sweetened beverages. The results confirmed that drinking from a spill-proof cup was just as damaging as from a bottle. Infants and young children should not be put to bed with a bottle or spill-proof cup containing milk or any other sweetened beverage. If your child must use a bottle or spill-proof cup, try substituting water or something unsweetened, otherwise use a pacifier instead. It is also important to clean your baby’s teeth with a moist cloth (from 6-12 months) or a childsized toothbrush with a tiny amount of toothpaste (from 1-4 years) before bed.
Dear Neighbors—


What if high equity homeowners were entitled to dip into a portion of

My aha moment came with the realization that the banks likely choreographed their recovery from toxic loans by forcing borderline homeowners who had a lot of equity to tank. The mess happened in a blink of an eyelash when a few repossessions caused entire neighborhoods to take on water. Meanwhile small businesses dried up when those who owed them money drowned, and found themselves in arrears by association. They didn’t have “enough” income to qualify for a refinance or loan modification with income-to-loan ratios unreasonably high in an unreasonably down economy.

From my perspective in the real estate world, I’m surprised more people haven’t marched sooner. Because we’re all on the same boat— what affects our neighbor’s home affects ours. We’ve been hijacked by the banks who are hoarding money, refusing good loans by qualified buyers, reasonable refinance and loan modification, likely because they make more money in the investment pool than they do lending on houses, prices for which have yet to stabilize. Per many economists, this is the root cause of our spiraling, tanking economy.

A lot of people agree with Newt Gingrich that the Occupy folks should go home, take a shower, and get a job. Others say that we’re on the brink of anarchy, and that positive press fuels the negative tendency toward socialism. What most seem to agree with is that there’s no unified voice navigating the occupy movement.

Are Banks Helping Our Real Estate Values?

their equity at least to try and catch up—for a slightly higher interest rate for a limited amount of time? While the concern seems to focus on the unfettered business of banks, the banks have not unfettered their mortgage owners to help bring back some hope of recovery. The Occupy movement isn’t so much about socialism, as it is about capitalism—homeowners who should be able to dip into their own capital. Banks are quick to underwrite companies which outsource more than half their workforce, while those who work and live here in the U.S. can’t get any help. Those CEO’s should be told to occupy the countries they support—go there, live there, school their kids there, retire there.

It’s common knowledge that the small business middle class homeowner pays the bulk of American taxes—for the poor on welfare and for the owners of outsourcing companies to deduct their underwear. A small biz friend of mine with equity worth more than half their devalued home but lower than waterline income ratios, was recently denied a refinance by Deutsche Bank. But it’s the homeowner’s equity; their money. It would make more sense to help Americans catch up a little bit and fairly dip into a portion of their equity for a limited time, interest rate and term, and continue to occupy American instead of German taxes, occupy American instead of overseas jobs, and light American instead of other countries’ Christmas trees—supported by our showered, employed, unified voice. KT. Eckardt, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, Northern California

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Symptoms of gout include a sudden onset of swelling, stiffness and burning pain in the affected joint—in many cases the big toe but sometimes in the foot, ankle or knee. The pain is often described as throbbing or excruciating, and the skin near the joint feels warm, turns red and becomes very tender. Some people experience acute cases of gout that last days or weeks and then go away for months or years, while others experience chronic pain. Left untreated, gout can eventually damage the joints, tendons and other tissues around the affected area.

Gout, a type of arthritis that typically affects one joint, became a serious health concern in the 19th century. It was coined “rich man’s disease” because people believed it was caused by eating a lot of meat, which was only available to the upper class. Gout affects more people now than ever, but the good news is that we know much more about the condition, what causes it and how to treat it.

Gout: Early Treatment Is Key

Gout is caused by excessive uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a bodily waste product eliminated by the kidneys, but sometimes this process isn’t completely effective because the body either makes too much uric acid or has a hard time eliminating it. When excessive uric acid builds up in the blood and other fluids surrounding a joint, hard uric-acid crystals may form and cause the joint to become inflamed. Anyone can get gout, but it’s most common in men. Although it’s more common in older age, gout can develop in young individuals as well. We don’t know why some people are prone to having too much uric acid, or why some bodies tolerate high levels of uric acid while others get gout. Not everyone with high blood urate levels (called hyperuricemia) develops gout; up to two-thirds of individuals with hyperuricemia never develop symptoms.

During a gout attack, it’s important to rest the joint. Taking Ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory medication may also help. Don’t take aspirin, however, because it can raise uric acid levels in the body and exacerbate gout symptoms. Diet and lifestyle changes may help prevent gout. This includes drinking plenty of water, eating moderately and exercising regularly. Avoid the daily intake of meat, seafood and alcohol—especially beer. It may help to avoid purine-rich foods such as organ meat, anchovies, sardines, herring, dried beans, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, yeast and oils. Gout can be very painful, but people who receive prompt treatment and make lifestyle changes can relieve their pain and live a normal, healthy life.

Gout treatments include oral medicines and corticosteroid injections. These treatments typically bring relief within a few days, assuming treatment starts soon after the onset of symptoms. People with chronic gout may benefit from an ongoing medication to reduce uric acid levels in the blood.

To avoid long-term pain and joint/tissue damage, it’s important to see a doctor at the first gout flare-up. The doctor will likely perform a physical exam and ask questions regarding personal and family medical histories, as well as lifestyle habits including diet and exercise. The doctor may also order a joint-fluid sample to check for uric acid crystals, or a blood test to check uric acid levels.

People who are overweight, drink alcohol, or eat a lot of meat and fish containing chemicals called “purines” may have a greater tendency toward gout. Those with a family history of gout are at higher risk. Another risk factor is taking certain medications such as hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic pill used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention that rids the body of extra water and salt through urine. People with diabetes, kidney disease or leukemia or other blood cancers may also be at higher risk.

By Alireza Shafaie, M.D.

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New Piano Delivered To RWS School

Academy, CA Technologies, SAP, Marcos & Marcos, DDS, and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Musical Bridges 1 is a project serving growth in education, performing arts & community building via music by the studio of concert pianist Sujeeva Hapugalle. The students, their families, and Ms. Hapugalle are delighted to have raised funds to give a Boston Upright Piano and make additional financial contributions to the music program of Redwood Shores Elementary School.

We would like to thank all of our individual and business sponsors including: Sherman Clay, Riverbed Technology, Donna Marie Baldwin, Greg Celotti, Jackie Cockreham, Clock Tower Music, Kimberly’s Fine Foods, Affinity Badminton Club, Dr. Gregory Loomis, DDS, Delia Fei, Yang Orthodontics, Silicon Valley Tennis

As our community continues to respond to a variety of needs, our Brownies and Girl Scouts worked together to organize a Toy Drive that brought gifts of cheer to the many needy boys and girls at Christmas. Happy Holidays to All! Cherie Ho, Principal

In December, a performance by our Show Choir showcasing our new piano donated by our community piano recitals, put on by our student pianists, enhanced the program even more. We also want to thank our PTA Reflections program for supporting our students in the arts, as they display thematic work, “Diversity Means…”. Art in Action in the upper grades will display student work in the office as work is completed and the LEAP program for music, visual arts and performing arts will begin after the New Year. We are so grateful to our PTA for all their work in providing these programs for our students.

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Please don’t take this as a recommendation to give up on making such resolutions just because they so often result in frustrating failure. Actually, I’m suggesting something quite different. Just add another to the list: thinking more about gratitude. As we get caught up in the stress of everyday life, the concept of gratitude is too often overlooked. Are your kids healthy? Can you get them medical care when needed? Are you able to shower with warm water everyday? Do you have 3 meals a day? We all know there are families in places not far from us where such ideas seem to be just that: an idea, but not a reality. Of course, we could also just think of some of the simple pleasures of living in Redwood Shores: a walk on the levy, watching the mother goose and her offspring stop traffic as they cross the street, and being able to walk or bike to the Marketplace for coffee, ice cream or a smoothie.

We all know what the most common New Year’s resolutions are since most of us have made them at some point(s) in our lives. Losing weight, exercising more, and quitting smoking are all too familiar. Add getting out of debt, saving money, and quitting drinking as well as volunteering and spending more time with family and we pretty much have covered those which are mentioned most often. Many New Year’s resolutions are admirable pursuits and may even be critical to our health and well-being. Of course, many are also long forgotten by February as we get caught up in the grind of everyday life. We often then start feeling frustrated and guilty and begin making promises to ourselves and others to start them on some Monday which never seems to come.

Gratitude: A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

The Therapist’s Corner

Scott M. Granet, LCSW is a long-time resident of Redwood Shores, and is director of the OCD-BDD Clinic of Northern California in Redwood City. He would like to hear your suggestions for future columns, and can be reached at 650-599-3325 or sgranet@ocd-bddclinic.com.

Gratitude doesn’t mean ignoring life’s struggles. That would just be foolish. It does, however, mean developing a different perspective which allows seeing the big picture. It may not cure anxiety or depression, but it may provide some much needed relief. Some people find it very useful to think about something each day for which they feel grateful. It’s worth trying. It may even be one New Year’s resolution which lasts beyond Groundhog Day.

Yes, our world often seems to be in a state of constant turmoil, and it’s easy to become despondent over the list of tragedies which seem to never end. This past year has been a trying one for millions around the world as each season seemed to bring a new disaster. Who will ever forget the images of destruction from the tsunami in Japan or from the numerous blizzards, hurricanes and tornadoes which hit various parts across the U.S.? Of course, there’s also the slow economy, the lay-offs and foreclosures, all of which have had at least some impact on all of us.

Our final tournament was scheduled for November 12 – unfortunately, rained out. Our final event of our season will be our holiday party, held in January. A new season will start in March 2012 with our Membership Mania event. Over the year, I’ve had a lot of inquiries regarding tennis opportunities and tennis lessons in the Bay Area. Here are some frequently asked questions and my answers. Please visit www.rstc.org for more information about our club and joining next year! What is the Redwood Shores Tennis Club? We are a non-profit, volunteer neighborhood club located in Redwood Shores. We hold friendly tournaments once a month on the public courts in Redwood Shores and we have fun potluck parties in the evenings after the tournaments. We have other events as well. Please visit www.rstc.org for more information about our club. What level do you have to be? We welcome players of all levels but most of our players are 3.0 or 3.5 with some 4.0s. It is more important that you are more interested in having fun than in winning every point. In order to enjoy the tournaments (and have others enjoy playing with you), you should be able to serve the ball into play and rally a moderately paced ball. Where do you play? We play primarily on the public courts in Shorebird Park and Dolphin Park. There are two other tennis court sites in Redwood Shores, at Marlin Park and Preserve Park. How often do you play? We have 9 tournaments a year, from March to November. In addition we have Open Play opportunities and a Tennis Weekend Away event. How much does RSTC cost? Basic membership is $35 a year; tournaments are additional $10 per event and socials are free for members. A tournament membership is $75 and includes all tournaments for no additional cost. The social membership at $25 is for a non-player (such as a spouse) to attend the socials. Do you have a USTA team? RSTC does not have USTA teams. It’s difficult to host USTA matches in Redwood Shores as we do not have a site with at least 3 tennis courts. Nearby clubs that do have USTA teams are the Pacific Athletic Club, the San Carlos Tennis Club, and the Foster City Tennis Club. PAC (recently renamed to the Pacific Sports Resort Redwood Shores) is a for-profit private club located on Redwood Shores Parkway. In addition to lighted tennis courts and indoor courts, they also have a full fitness facility, swimming pool, etc. SCTC and FCTC are non-profit neighborhood clubs like RSTC and they play on public courts. More information on all three groups is available on their respective websites. Do you offer lessons? RSTC is not a teaching organization. Sports in Action is a non-profit organization that offers tennis clinics to Redwood Shores children at Preserve Park. Redwood City Parks & Recreation Department offers tennis clinics at Red Morton Park. PAC has excellent private and group instructions for adults and children. The Silicon Valley Tennis Academy offers tennis clinics and private lessons to adults and children at their San Carlos location. How do I join RSTC? Membership Mania will be in March and we will publish the date on our website, in the Pilot, and on the Redwood Shores Community Board (announcement board on Redwood Shores Parkway) once it is determined. You can come meet us and pick up an application. We usually offer refreshments and an opportunity to play some tennis as well. Alternatively, you can join at any time by submitting an application on www.rstc.org. I hope this FAQ helps you find the right venue for you to enjoy some tennis. Karen Brodersen, President, Redwood Shores Tennis Club

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Starting a diet? Why not have a cat buddy help you. Adopt one of our overweight kitties and get in shape together. Cats are very supportive and understanding. Plus they won’t tell anyone if you sneak that cookie at the end of the day. Want a mellow lap cat? Check out our senior cats. They would like nothing more than to enjoy a cozy home and an afternoon nap with you. Watch the Super Bowl with your new “old” cat. Want a friend for your cat? Lots of our kitties are very easy going. They are used to living with many cats without any problem. Our volunteers know which cats are the most social. Ready for a pair of kittens? Don’t bother buying that big screen TV. Kittens are like having a 24 hour, “Ahh Channel.” Kittens are cute when they are running around playing and wrestling together or just crashed out on your lap. It’s your own “Cute Overload” show. Whichever type of kitty you are looking for, our friendly adoption volunteers know the personality of every cat and will find you the purr-fect match. Visit the Nine Lives Foundation Shelter at 3016 Rolison Road in Redwood City. www.ninelivesfoundation.org For kittens, call Debbie our kitten coordinator at 650-670-7056 We are also looking for volunteers to help with adoptions, events and fundraising. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you like. Please call us at 650-368-1365 Happy New Year from Nine Lives! Mary Ellen Hills lives in Redwood Shores and volunteers at Nine Lives Foundation
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Making the portability election The estate of the first spouse to die must make an election to allow the surviving spouse to use the unused exclusion. Until and unless the IRS revises the Form 706 to expressly contain the computation of the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount, the election will be made by timely filing a “properly-prepared and complete” Form 706. There is no need to make a statement that they are making the election to share the exclusion, and there is no box to check. The election is made by filing the form. This means that if an estate chooses to share an unused exclusion amount, a complete 706 must be filed even though no estate tax is due. Considering the uncertain future of the estate tax, it seems that this election should be made for all estates that do not use the full $5 million exclusion amount. The current $5 million exclusion amount and maximum 35% estate tax rate are only in place through 2012. If Congress does not enact any new estate tax provisions prior to 2013, the exclusion amount will drop to $1 million with a maximum estate tax rate of 55%. Even if Congress does act on the estate tax, we do not know what the future exclusion amounts will be, so it would be wise to protect any unused exclusion amount in case it is needed later. Example: Fred and Ethel have an estate valued at approximately $3 million. They own everything as community property, and the assets are split evenly. Fred dies in 2011, and all of his assets are inherited by Ethel. Fred only used $1.5 million of his $5 million exclusion amount, leaving $3.5 million to share with Ethel. If Ethel dies in 2013, and Congress has not acted on the estate tax, she would only have $1 million exclusion amount to apply to her estate. Assuming no appreciation or gifting, and that she has not eroded her estate over the two years, her estate tax would be computed as follows: Gross estate $3 million Exclusion ($1 million) Taxable estate $2 million Estate tax (55%) $1.1 million If Fred’s estate had filed a Form 706 in 2011, Ethel would not owe any estate tax because her exclusion amount would be $4.5 million (her $1 million + Fred’s unused $3.5 million). Article provided by B.L. Pang EA. B.L. can be reached at (650) 593-7522 or email him at pangcorp@aol.com

Sharing unused exclusions For deaths in 2011 and 2012, the estate of a surviving spouse may qualify to use the unused exclusion amount of his or her predeceased spouse. Note: This provision does not apply for deaths in 2010. The applicable exclusion amount for a surviving spouse who dies in 2011 or 2012 is the sum of: * The basic exclusion amount (currently $5 million); and * The “unused exclusion amount” of the last predeceased spouse. The law specifies that the unused exclusion is the last predeceased spouse. This means if a surviving spouse remarries, he or she loses any unused exclusion amount from his or her first deceased spouse if he or she also outlives the second spouse. If a surviving spouse is predeceased by more than one spouse, the amount of unused exclusion that is available is limited to the lesser of: * $5 million; or * The unused exclusion of the last such deceased spouse.

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Redwood Shores Brownie Troop #62117 spread holiday cheer with a delivery of home-baked cookies to the Redwood Shores Fire Station on December 8th. The troop, comprised of 2nd and 3rd grade girls attending Sandpiper Elementary School, Redwood Shores Elementary School, and Challenger School, baked and decorated more than 150 cookies for this community outreach project. The three firemen on duty were excited to receive the fresh-baked goodies and in turn gave the girls a treat – a tour of the firehouse and fire engine, complete with a math problem to calculate the total length of the fire hoses! Cookies were also delivered to the Redwood City Police Headquarters on Maple Street. In addition to this holiday project to thank our local heroes, the girls of Redwood Shores’ Brownie Troop #62117 made and decorated over 100 holiday cards to send to Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine personnel currently deployed overseas. The girls enjoyed giving back to the community and reaching beyond Redwood Shores to make an impact this holiday season. Look for the girls of Redwood Shores Brownie Troop #62117 mid-February as they begin their annual sale of those delicious Girl Scout Cookies!

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I was reading an article recently about WELCOME TO 2012 (Can you believe it?!) Best wishes to all readers for a peaceful, prosperous Germany’s wine regions, and it called to mind and health New Year! one of my experiences about the (perceived) (Preheat oven to 350 degrees OLD-FASHIONED CHICKEN POT PIE quality of wines that are consumed while vacationF) ing in another country. Some years ago my wife Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Helga and I visited her relatives in Germany, and : For the Pastry Crust while there we made a number of exploratory side 3 Cups All Purpose Flour trips to various Michelin and relative-recommended 1 ½ Teaspoons Kosher Salt destinations—scenic lakes and towns, ancient and 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder picturesque castles and well-known winegrowing ½ Cup Vegetable Shortening regions. One of our more memorable side trips was roaming ¼ Pound Cold Unsalted Butter, Diced the circuitous, grapevine-laden wine roads of Baden-Württemberg, a ½ to 2/3 Cup Cold Water beautiful wine producing region southeast from Helga’s hometown. 1 Egg, beaten with 1 Tablespoon Water, for Egg Wash We gassed-up my brother-in-law’s spunky Volkswagen Beetle, filled Flaked Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper a small tin flask with homemade Schnaps, a clear fruit-based brandy Mix the flour, salt and baking power in the bowl of a food processor fit(courtesy of Helga’s uncle), and headed out to sample and savor the ted with steel blade. Add the shortening and butter and mix quickly with food and wine of that appellation. your fingers until each piece is covered with flour. Pulse 10-15 times or until the butter is the size of peas. With motor running, add the ice water Those were the carefree, reckless days of traveling without hotel and process only until the dough is moistened and it just comes together. Dump the flour mixture onto a floured board and knead quickly into a reservations, when the dwindling twilight moments were often spent ball, then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow it to rest in the refriganxiously searching small, storybook forest towns for life-saving erator for 30 minutes. “Zimmer Frei” (room available) signs. But during the daylight : For the Filling hours, however, the first order of business was touring the vineyards, 3 Whole (6 split) Chicken Breasts (Bone In / Skin On) sampling the wines and drinking them again in the local, quaint, half3 Tablespoons Olive Oil timbered, family owned inns that served the hearty dinner faire of Kosher Salt schnitzels, bratens, kartofelsalats, as well as the local specialties, Freshly Ground Black Pepper maultaschen and spaetzle. Life was not just good, it was Sehr Gut! 5 Cups Chicken Stock 2 Chicken Bouillon Cubes After sniffing, swirling, and spilling our way through the various red, 12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (1 and ½ sticks of butter) white, and salmon-colored wines, we eventually found a wine that 2 Yellow Onions, chopped (about 2 Cups) stood out from the rest. It was pinkish, semi-dry and lively, which is ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour where our palates were at the time. Weissherbst—Germany’s version ¼ Cup Heavy Cream of a delicate Rosé—was perfect for casual midday sipping and 2 Cups Medium Sliced Carrots, blanched for 2 minutes snacking, and an ideal partner with our lunchtime or evening food. 1 Package Frozen Peas (10 ounce package) – About 2 Cups It quickly became our “go to” wine while we were there. Moreover, 1 ½ Cups Frozen Small Onions since Weissherbst was not available in the States, we decided why ½ Cup Minced Fresh Parsley not bring a few bottles home and share them with our friends? Place chicken breast on a baking sheet and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper, and roast in 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, or Indeed, why not? until cooked through. (Time will depend upon size of chicken breasts!) Set aside until cool, then remove meat from bones and discard skin. Cut We invited them for dinner, plated the food and poured our special, of pull apart the chicken into bite sized pieces - you should have 4 to 6 show-and-tell wine. After the first sip, my wife and I exchanged cups of chicken. several panic-filled glances. It was not even close to what we rememIn a saucepan, heat the chicken stock and dissolve the bouillon cubes in bered. It was simple and no better than common tafelwein (table the stock. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter and sauté onions wine), which, in the clarity of hindsight, it was. Our friends, over medium –low heat for 10-15 minutes until translucent. Add the gracious as always, praised it as a “very nice” wine. We were flour and cook over low heat, stirring continually, for 2 minutes. Add the crushed. Our memorable experience in Germany was not duplicated hot chicken stock to the sauce and simmer for 1 minute more over low in the least. Why didn’t it excite us as it first did? Was our original heat, stirring until thickened. Add 2 Teaspoons Salt, ½ Teaspoon Pepper, perception flawed by too much food and drink? and the heavy cream. Add the diced chicken, carrots, peas, onions, and parsley. Mix well. The answer, I feel, lies with the notion of context—the circumstances . Bump up heat on Oven from 350 degrees to 375 degrees that comprise the setting or environment. It has to do with ambience, Divide the filling equally among 4 ovenproof bowls. Divide the dough mind-set, expectations and quite possibly, even hopes and dreams. into four equal pieces, and roll each into an 8 inch circle. Brush the outIt affects how one perceives music, food, wine or any other uniquely side edges of each bowl with your egg wash, and then place the dough on personal experience. In our case, we were vacationing and in a top. Trim the circle to approximately ½ inch larger than the diameter of relaxed, romantic frame of mind. We were enjoying the food and the bowl, and crimp the dough to fold over the sides, pressing it to make wine of a lake and forest-filled, castle-dotted country, and the accuit stick. Brush the top of the dough on each bowl with the egg wash, and mulated impressions of that dreamy tour all conspired to make that make several small slits in the top for steam to escape while baking. Sprinkle top with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Place on baking wine, and indeed the entire experience, seem very special to us. Was sheet and bake for one hour, or until the top is golden brown and filling it any wonder, then, that it could not be duplicated—indeed, relived in bubbling out. Enjoy! Lynn has been a RSCA Board Member since our dining room at home? 1994


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I promise! Why? Because you’re going to take a few minutes and think about what you’d like to accomplish with your personal image this year, and then you’re going to write it down. You’ve probably made the usual diet and exercise resolutions before, but have you taken the time to assess your overall image? This often starts with analyzing what’s going on in your wardrobe. The process can be very enlightening and very freeing. Here are a few to get you started: I Won’t: * buy something just because it’s on sale. * wear anything that doesn’t fit properly, either too big or too small. * buy or wear something just because it’s the trend; if it doesn’t fit my style personality – forget about it! * on the other hand, I won’t be afraid to look at new ways to express my style; nothing says “old and tired” like being in a fashion rut. * hang on to items in my wardrobe just because I paid SO much for them. If they don’t work for me anymore, they’re gone. I Will: * reassess my wardrobe and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit/can’t be altered to fit, OR I haven’t worn in the past two years OR is damaged beyond repair OR doesn’t suit my style/age any longer. * buy only what I love and what works with the rest of my wardrobe. * take care with my appearance every day, even if I’m only working around the house. I like to look good even for myself. * have some fun with fashion and look for creative ways to express myself. * project my best self to the world…people often only have a few seconds to form an impression of me and I want it to be a good one. Whether I’m making a new friend, or applying for a job, or meeting with a new client, I want them to want to know me better. * find out what IS my style personality and then stick to it. Have a wonderful, stylish 2012! Adena DiTonno is a wardrobe and image consultant in Redwood Shores.


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