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Dr. Emerita Orta-Camilleri, Superintendant of the Belmont/ Redwood Shores Elementary School District. informed us that Redwood Shores Elementary School now has 356 students. “We are solvent,” said Dr. Camilleri. There are reserves for the two schools for two more years. The calendars are full for the year with a class size of 25 to 1. The Parcel Tax and School Force funding help with speciality programs. She sees a possible danger in the next three years just because they grow, doesn’t mean they’re going to get any more money. Sandpiper also needs work done due to water damage. Dr. Camilleri’s contract is up this year so she will be leaving us. Continued on page 4
Election of New Board Members – RSCA Board members serve two year terms. Once a year at the Annual Meeting, new members are elected and existing members are re-elected. RSCA Secretary, Lynn Adams conducted this part of the meeting.
Because of scheduling conflicts, Police Chief J.R. Gamez spoke first. He came to Redwood City from the San Jose P.D. His visions are: communication ability through the media, town hall meetings a priority, community policing and more police presence in Redwood Shores. He is very interested in working with a City that is so diverse.
New City Manager, Bob Bell, introduced City department heads that were in attendance and stated they would be available at the end of the meeting to answer questions.
Harris mentioned: “There are over 5,300 residences and just under 700 businesses in the Shores. RSCA attempts to contact every one of these several times each year. We do that with both postal mail and email. At present rates it costs us about $500 to send a simple postcard, but just a fraction of that to send you an email. If you are NOT on our email list, we would really appreciate your helping us save some money by letting us contact you by email!!”
Harris Rogers, RSCA President, opened the meeting thanking Sumi Nagasawa and her students for their performance in a special concert before the meeting. He called attention to the posters on the walls around the room. These posters represented just a few of the community events organized or sponsored by RSCA throughout the year, part of what RSCA does, and has been doing for over 40 years.
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LOCK UP! LOOK OUT!
There were two residential burglaries in the Shores this past month, and in both it was a neighbor who called police because “something didn’t look right.” In one RWC Police arrested a suspect still in the home, in the other the neighbor took a photo of the suspect’s vehicle which directly led to another arrest. Please LOCK UP! Lock your cars, lock your homes, and don’t encourage a break in by leaving valuables in plain sight. And LOOK OUT for your neighbors. If it doesn’t look right, call the police — 369-3333 — and let them check it out. If you SEE something, SAY something! Don’t hesitate to call and let the police check out anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary.
President’s Memo for March 2012
The rains came, the crows went… at least in my neighborhood. The common American crow is considered by wildlife officials a “species of least concern”, that is, not in any way threatened or in need of protection. Crows and ravens seem to be showing up all over the Bay Area, and as best I can tell, there’s not a thing we can do about them, EXCEPT: Keep your yard clean, and keep garbage where they can’t get to it.
… and Unbelievable!
Many areas of the Shores are posted for no door-to-door solicitations, but we still seem to be getting (these mostly young) people going from home to home with one sales pitch or another. With only a few religious or charitable exceptions, anyone going door to door should have a Solicitation Permit issued by Redwood City. Remember, knocking on doors is one way to find out if anyone is home or if the home might be empty. If a solicitor shows up at your front door, ask to see their Permit and identification. If they can’t provide those two items, call RWC Police immediately. Even if their purposes turns out to be legitimate, RWC Police want the chance to check on these people will free up nearly three dozen spaces. Will this make your search for parking easier? Try to park in the library lot directly behind the main library and you’ll find that many city vehicles occupy several spaces. However, the Redwood City City Council recently gave the go ahead to staff to open up Lot C to the public, which would raise an estimated $37,000 in meter fare. “This is great news because it means more and more people are
A man was spotted walking in the Shores on New Year’s Eve with what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun. Several RWC Police cars & officers responded immediately, and among those who responded was our new Chief of Police. The next day the Chief received a complaint from a Shores resident about “too many police here on New Year’s Eve.” You have got to be kidding…
More Downtown Parking Coming to Redwood City – The lot behind the downtown library
parking and patronizing downtown,” said the city’s engineer Peter Vorametsanti. These 33 spaces in the downtown could ease crowding as more and more people frequent the area. They will be pay-by-space like many of the city’s parking lots.
RSCA: What we do The primary purpose of the Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA) is to be THE advocate on issues that affect the quality of life in the Shores. The mission of the Association is to represent the interests of both residents and businesses in Redwood Shores. RSCA is an inclusive organization that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of our community. RSCA endeavors to: 1.provide a forum for united community action by all groups within the Shores, and to assist homeowners and maintenance organizations in achieving common goals. 2.disseminate, by newsletter and other means, information of significance to the Shores utilizing the PILOT (a monthly newsletter), the internet, and our roadway signboards. 3.encourage and promote a safe and healthful environment for family life. 4.present social, cultural, and other events for the Shores community. 5.advocate fairness in taxation of property in the Shores. 6.encourage responsible growth of property development in the Shores. 7.carry on any business in furtherance of any of the above activities, or any other activities which the Association shall deem to be in the community interest. 8.implement the CC&Rs of Redwood Shores Subdivisions No. 1 and No. 2, Marlin Subdivisions No. 1 through and including No. 6, and Dolphin Subdivisions No. 1 and No. 2, to appoint members of the Architectural Design Review Boards to those Subdivisions, and to coordinate the enforcement of the CC&Rs of Redwood Shores Subdivisions No. 1 and No. 2 Marlin Subdivisions No. 1 through and including No. 6 and Dolphin Subdivisions No. 1 and No. 2 with the City of Redwood City.
Keep an eye on our web site, RSCA.org, for at least a preliminary document regarding things we can begin to do to deal with our Canada goose problem here in the Shores. The City Attorney, Pamela Thompson, and her staff have been diligent in helping to resolve some small technical issues involving actions on private vs. public properties, and I want to thank Ms. Thompson and the City Attorney’s office for their help in advising on what might have been some minor “gotcha’s” and for proposing changes to an old City ordinance that conflicted with state & federal wildlife regulations and recommendations. While we had hoped to have every aspect covered, I suspect there are going to be some small details that we’ll need to resolve as we go through this year.
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• Geese – RSCA, specifically Harris Rogers, has been working with Chris With this kind of tenure, some of our staff are at some point going to Beth, PRCS Director, Fish & Game and other agencies on developing retire, and in fact all government is seeing a lot of retirements these days – guidelines and recommendations for property owners and home owner which means that succession planning is on our critical path – we need associations. to ensure that we maintain a talented pool of staff to ensure that our • Street Lights – With the downturn in the economy, a number of unique organization knows our community and that we can continue providing responses have occurred, including thieves that are stealing copper the level of services that you expect of our City. wiring for recycling. This is the case with a number of our street lights and signal light interchanges. I ask for your vigilance in keeping an eye Over the last few years at the State of the City addresses, the Mayor out for individuals that may be cutting the wiring in our street lights and and Vice-Mayor have shared with our community quite a bit of bad signaled interchanges. news about the economy – City cutbacks, revenue shortfalls, deficits, and • Recycled Water – Several years ago, our community was embroiled is a budget problems. passionate debate about the use of recycled water. Through a special task force convened by the City Council, the goal was to reduce/save We are not out of the bad economy woods yet, but I am pleased to 2,000 acre feet of water by 2020. In 2011, over 3,000 acre feet of water share with you that we have put the City on a much more sound financial has been saved through conservation, use of synthetic turf and recycled foundation, and today I have more confidence about our fiscal stability water. Over 20 Homeowner Associations have converted or are in the than at any other time in the last few years. process of using recycled water for landscape irrigation – without using it in parks, playgrounds or schools, something that the Shores commuWe have done this with the leadership of the City Council and executive nity should be very proud of.” Continued on page 10 staff of Redwood City, and the great work of the staff. We did it by
Redwood City has employees who have been with us for just a few Before I turn the remainder of the evening to our Mayor to discuss the months. And we have employees who have been with us for decades. State of Redwood City and her vision for our community, I want to take a moment to share with the Redwood Shores community some very ShoresIn fact, I’ll share with you that our most-tenured employee, Richard Del specific issues. Ben Sr. in our Public Works Department, will mark 45 years with Redwood City on April 1. We also have a number of others who have • Marlin Park Renovation – Construction bids were received in early February. As soon as the construction contract is awarded, Chris Beth, been here over 30 years, and I’d say that speaks to the remarkable positive our Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) will culture within our organization – people want to work here, and want to share with our community the construction schedule. make their professional home with the City of Redwood City.
And of course the business community’s and the community’s support of our recent ballot measures I and M was a great illustration of the partnerships through which we can achieve our goals – and I want to thank you Yes, we did lose staff and eliminated positions during the economic downfor being so supportive and contributing to the success of these measures. turn. However, those who work in the organization today are discovering and developing new ways to work more efficiently, using new tools to get Across the board, our staff came up with new ways to achieve our goals – the job done, and they are bringing new ideas and strategies to ensure that to name just a few… our community continues to thrive. * Implementing paperless processes * Sharing services with other agencies, and selling services, which the We have many employees who live here in Redwood City and others who Mayor will talk a little about in her remarks live elsewhere on the peninsula – some come from other nearby counties, * Reorganizing divisions, boards and commissions for more efficiency and in fact we have a number of employees who live in the East Bay * Putting a new focus on economic development and beyond. * Enhancing our use of time saving technology, and technology to help us use less energy Our city and our employees enjoy a very strong positive reputation among municipal governments – other cities come to us to learn how we do the * Partnering with sponsors and supporters to leverage our limited dollars and still provide community events and programs things we do. In just the last year, about a dozen staff members received recognition from others in their professions In short, the City Council developed the public policies for bringing Redwood City into financial health; the executive staff created plans and Several of our departments have also been recognized and honored – this programs to carry out those policies; and our City staff, from top to bottom, illustrates the depth of talent and skill that we are so proud to have here in put those programs into operation every day, and the result today is our City. something that I am very proud of.
Let me start by reminding all of us that our city government is really a service organization. As a service organization, it is our staff that provides those critical services to all parts of our community. If there is one thing that I have learned in my time on the Council, it is that our organization is made up of a group of remarkable, talented, and dedicated professionals. Today, the City has 450 full-time employees, plus another 42 part-time employees.
Jeff Gee, Vice-Mayor Address To The Audience – “As we have seen over the last few years, the economic challenges we all have faced – in business and in government – have been unparalleled. Yet, we continue to make positive progress by working hard, and through our commitment and dedication to our shared goals, we succeed.
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* Organizational Efficiencies * Labor Concessions * Revenue Generation
implementing our recognized and respected “three-pronged approach” to fiscal stability:
The leadership and collaboration of Staff members at every level of this organization were a critical part of successfully implementing this strategy.
In fact, you may recall that the National Football League used these same three prongs to get the football season started last year.
Avoid being a victim
Recent burglaries in the areaThe majority of these burglaries are occurring during the day when people are away from home. The pattern of these suspect/s is that they usually knock at the front door to see if you are home. Suspect/s often use these means to enter your home: unsecured rear yards, unlocked sliding glass doors, garage doors, unlocked, or open windows. The age range of the suspect/s in recent burglaries has been 15-21 yrs.
1. Lock all your doors, gates, & windows 2. Immediately report suspicious people & activity in your neighborhood 3. Consider buying a home alarm, alarm stickers, motion lighting 4. Make it appear as though someone is home when you are not
Recent Residential Burglaries and Prevention Tips
Be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood
Be vigilant and don’t hesitate to call 911 for activity you believe to be suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Our department is actively working to solve these crimes by using uniformed and plain clothes personnel to conduct investigative follow-up in your neighborhood. You can go to our website http://www.Redwoodcity.org/police/ to see other prevention tips. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter for more facts and resources.
Items most commonly stolen from homes
3. Cash, Credit Cards & Checks 2. Jewelry, especially gold
1. Electronic devices, iPods, iPads, Laptop computers, cameras
FYI – A transient man was arrested evening of February 8th after police caught him inside a Redwood City home during an apparent burglary, police said. Officers responded to a 7:54 p.m. call about a suspicious person in the backyard of a home on Riviera Circle. Arriving officers found an open door at the back of the home, police said. They checked the home and found Omar Rogers, 25, a homeless man who frequents Redwood City and San Mateo, inside. Rogers was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and booked into San Mateo County Jail. Provided by The Redwood City Police Department.
Be the eyes and ears of the neighborhood!
4. Flat screen TV’s and DVD Systems
RSCA Harris Rogers – “We do believe the Shores is a unique community, The Bay Area Maker Faire will be held on May 19th and 20th at and that our little island has a personality and needs that differ greatly the San Mateo Event Center.
There are three areas that I really want to highlight as we move forward and make progress in the next year. * One is Depot Circle, which is an exciting and ambitious project that will create a new, welcoming gateway to our Downtown. It is currently a City parking lot on Middlefield Road adjacent to the Redwood City Cal/Train station, and the Winslow Parking Lot across the street. It’s the most ambitious project since the retail-cinema project and it will feature a wide, elegant traffic circle centered with a monument – a dramatic focal point, surrounded by medium-rise buildings with residential, office, retail, and hopefully a boutique hotel. I would like to thank Vice Mayor Gee, and city staff for their hard work on this project, which resulted in tremendous interest from private developers and five outstanding proposals. * Second, Phase II of our recycled water program is gearing up for construction, and that means 10 miles of new pipeline west of Highway 101, which will provide the backbone infrastructure for Redwood City to become the regional recycled water supplier. * Third, our housing stock is kicking into high gear, with nearly 400 units currently under construction, and another 500 units proposed, including an affordable component in the project at 333 Main Street and at the old Dodge dealership on Veterans Blvd. A good amount of this new housing is proposed in or near Downtown, which is a critical component for a thriving, active downtown area.
Right now, we’re providing services to 24 different agencies, including cities, the county, non-profits, the state, and others, through 38 contracts in a variety of service areas. These agencies know that Redwood City has the expertise to provide services more efficiently and cost-effectively. Through these contracts, we’re bringing in revenue to the City, and reducing our expenses by sharing services.
We’ll now formally adjourn, but please come and meet our guests from the We’re fortunate in that our new General Plan and Downtown Precise Plan City here tonight with your questions & comments.” are already encouraging development and creating great opportunities for private investment that is going to help buffer us as the economy recovers. So redevelopment is one big challenge, and the other major one is simply the economy and how we can maintain critical City services amidst the uncertainty in our revenues. We’ve created an Economic Development Action Plan, and in addition to some key action items, the foundation of it is simply staying more connected with our business community, as partners in our shared efforts. Economic Development vs Redevelopment: job development and regional collaboration.
As you might guess, the 800-pound gorilla of challenges in the upcoming year is learning to live without a redevelopment agency or its funds. Although there are still unanswered questions, it’s clear that the loss of Redevelopment is going to have a number of significant impacts to Redwood City. We’ll likely see less affordable housing, since our ability to acquire property and assist developers will be diminished. There’s going to be less funding for us to address blight, putting more pressure on property owners to undertake that action. Our ability to directly support development in the redevelopment areas will be hindered. The City’s funding of events and other activities to bring people Downtown will be lessened, meaning we need to increase our recruitment of sponsors and supporters, and find other ways to raise funds for these programs
Mayor Alicia Aguirre – Address To The Audience – Redwood City has made great strides in the last year, in coming to terms with the economic realities we all face. As a result, we’re in a much better place today than we were a year ago, we need to continue to confront our challenges, seek opportunities, and keep building the foundation for the future. Unpredicted times require innovation.
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I want to thank you all for joining us tonight. But before we close, if you live in Redwood Shores, I want to ask for your help. Your Redwood Shores Community Association is human resource limited. By that I mean that we see lots of things we could be doing in this community, but we just don’t have the volunteers. If you have a little time, and if you see something or have an idea that you would like to champion, or if you have skills that you think we might use, come see me, get my card, and let’s find a time to talk. Also before we close I want to mention Pete Hughes. Pete was a long-time member of RSCA’s Board of Directors and has for many years been an advocate for and a force in the Shores community. Pete has been a mentor to many of us. Pete for many years organized this annual meeting and was responsible for our Levee Clean Up each summer. Pete has been in ill health recently, and we ask that you keep Pete Hughes in your thoughts and prayers.
from the surrounding communities. We like to say that in our relations with the City, RSCA is aggressively co-operative, and we are finding that that spirit of co-operation has become a mutual effort. I want the Council and City staff to know that the dialog we currently enjoy is greatly appreciated.
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* Andy Norman, who claims to be a bird lover, suggests letting your dogs off leash to chase us. Dogs, we are ready for you! Our most delightful game is when a smaller dog charges us, barking to end all, and when it gets close, we open our wings real big and hiss. What great fun to see the fast, whimpering retreat!
* We geese don’t really like the words “excrement” or “filth” to describe our leavings. Personally, I prefer “droppings”. And you need to understand that, being wild animals, we don’t have much control over when and where we eliminate. Our “droppings”, by the way, are great fertilizer.
* Speaking of hunger, we are in full support of not feeding us. That white bread is bad for our digestion, but it tastes so good most of us have a hard time saying no, can you relate?
* Another writer suggests that next humans will be replacing grass w/ AstroTurf, but you already did that to two of our hangouts, the athletic fields at Sandpiper Community Center and Marlin Park. We don’t mind it, but it doesn’t really satisfy our hunger.
* A writer, John Sanford, suggests we geese shouldn’t be here at all. We feel the same, but in reverse, and WE were here first. Sorry for sounding so juvenile, but it’s a fact.
For some time now, we geese have been concerned about the angst building over our presence here in Redwood Shores. Like you humans, we are not all in agreement as to what should be done about the situation, so in bullet form (no pun intended) here are some thoughts from a goose’s perspective:
A Goose Speaks Out
* But I support an approach suggested by Will Travis, Executive Director of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in the 11/20/2011 SF Chronicle Insight section, “We can’t go back to how it used to be, we have to try to figure out what we want and design for it.” We have to work together somehow to figure a way to co-exist. * Finally, we geese are in complete agreement with a Ms. Drummy, that those nasty crows are a problem, but aren’t they wildlife, too? As told to Dave Parrent, (Boardwalk resident)
Redwood Shores bit by bit with the ultimate goal of eliminating all human presence and given low interest rates it is now plausible. Those on the council who support the idea see it as a very humane alternative to the final solution suggested by some (ambiguity intended).
* For some time now the goose council has considered purchasing
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There is, of course, a tremendous difference between normal, healthy anxiety and that which warrants being defined as a disorder. While forty million adults are believed to suffer from anxiety disorders, children are by no means immune to it. In fact, the Anxiety Disorders Association of America notes on its website that anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children. Left untreated, anxiety disorders in children may contribute to substance abuse, social difficulties, and academic problems.
I’m often asked how someone can get rid of anxiety. The answer is simple: we can’t and nor should we try. Anxiety is normal. It helps to protect us, and can optimize our performance in a multitude of situations. Any driver has had this experience: you’re driving on the freeway and suddenly you notice the car next to you coming into your lane. Your heart beats faster; your breathing becomes more rapid. You react quickly, swerve out of the way, and hopefully drive off safely. Without some anxiety propelling you into action, the outcome of such a situation may be very different. There are many other, far less dramatic examples of how anxiety helps us, such as in taking a test, in a job interview, and in playing sports.
Recognizing Anxiety Disorders in Children
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Kids may not always be able to put words to their feelings, and so as parents it is especially important to be mindful of signs which could indicate the presence of an anxiety related problem. These include: physical symptoms such as persistent headaches, stomach aches and fatigue, as well as concentration problems, avoiding school, shyness, social isolation, sleep disturbance, nightmares, crying spells, and bedwetting. In addition, behaviors such as tapping, nail biting, skin picking, pulling out of one’s own hair, counting and excessive hand-washing all can be signs that anxiety is causing problems.
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 email@example.com.
As with many psychiatric problems, people with anxiety often experience considerable shame and may suffer in silence without sharing their fears with anyone. This is no different with children. Knowing the warning signs is an important step in identifying a problem before it becomes a more significant issue. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are generally quite treatable, whether through counseling, medication or a combination of the two.
For most kids these symptoms will be transient and often will go away on their own without any intervention. Just as for adults, however, there is reason for concern when the symptoms persist and begin interfering with normal functioning. In addition, it is important to know that anxiety disorders come in many different forms. These include: separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias (i.e., social anxiety, fear of heights), and posttraumatic stress disorder. Identifying which may be present is often a complicated process and is best explored with a professional, such as the child’s pediatrician, or a mental health clinician.
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One important drug that is often left off the medical history form at the dental office is aspirin (ASA, Ecotrin, Empirin, Easprin and Measurin). The reason appears to be that the perception of their potency is often underated. When we are asked about taking any medications, most of us think about prescription medications, and waiting in line at the pharmacy. We are much less likely to think about the bottle of aspirin we picked up at the supermarket. Aspirin is a potent drug that is used for a wide variety of conditions. The primary function of aspirin is to reduce pain, swelling and fever. Aspirin is often used to ease the discomfort associated with a toothache, headache, reduce the risk of a second heart attack, relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and other medical uses. Despite its importance, one important side effect of aspirin is that it can increase bleeding. This is of critical importance to any doctor who is performing a surgical procedure. This includes your dentist when providing certain types of dental treatment. The dental procedures expected to cause bleeding include dental extraction, deep cleaning under the gum-line, gum surgery, and biopsies. The daily use of aspirin can cause excessive and prolonged bleeding during and after these procedures. It is also important to remember that the aspirin used in combination with other blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfin sodium), Ticlid (ticlopidine), and Persantine (dipridamole) can increase bleeding even more than aspirin alone. In some cases, aspirin should be avoided for at least one week prior to dental procedures that are expected to cause bleeding. The decision to alter your aspirin intake should be made with the consultation of your family doctor (or specialist) and your dentist. You should always include any dentist’s medical history form, especially aspirin and aspirin containing compounds.
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She could often be seen on the Sandpiper campus in her paint splattered smock with a smile on her face as she prepared to teach the children about artists such as Van Gogh or Monet. Teaching brought her great joy. Donations can be sent to: Sandpiper School c/o Lana Ferguson 801 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065 Please make checks payable to Sandpiper PTA. The deadline to contribute is Friday, April 14, 2012.
It has been said that a teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Connie Morgan did all these with exuberance. She had an in incredible gift for being able to bring out the best in every child who crossed the threshold of her classroom door. All those who were lucky enough to be taught by Mrs. Morgan will remember her as a teacher who believed in them and prepared them for success in life. She always went above and beyond her teaching duties to ensure the happiness of not only her students and their parents, but also her colleagues.
In memory of Connie Morgan, beloved Belmont Redwood Shores School District teacher for over twenty years, the Sandpiper PTA is accepting donations to purchase a mosaic tile bench to be placed in the school garden. The hand crafted bench will represent some of Mrs. Morgan’s passions in life: gardening, art, and children.
In Memory Of Connie Morgan
Studies show that sleep-deprived subjects have increased appetites for calorie-dense foods with high sugar and fat content. These foods may offer immediate gratification when eaten, but they leave you feeling even more energy-deficient and tired a couple hours later. The worse you feel from sleep deprivation, the more likely you are to eat all the wrong
Sleep deprivation contributes to weight gain by actually altering the regulation of hormones in your body that are associated with hunger and stress. Lack of shut-eye will boost the production of your hunger hormone (ghrelin) and reduce your appetite-suppressing hormone (leptin).
Sleep impairment can lead to accidents and errors, from automobile crashes and industrial disasters to medical and other critical workplace mistakes. Lack of sleep also increases your risk of developing some chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and obesity.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 30 percent of all U.S. adults report sleep deficiency. If you log fewer than six hours of sleep, wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep, or wake up in the morning not feeling refreshed and ready to seize the day, you’re probably sleep-deprived.
Are you feeling grumpy and tired today? If so, it may have something to do with how well you slept last night. Research shows that quality of sleep has a huge impact on mood, energy level and body weight.
How Sleeping Well Can Make You Happier, Healthier, Thinner
Sleep, Mood and Food By Darcie Ellyne, M.S., R.D., CDE
* Cut back on caffeine. Caffeinated beverages, foods and medications rev up the nervous system and reduce the hormone melatonin, which helps you sleep. In the morning, try limiting yourself to two caffeinated beverages, and don’t consume any caffeine after 1 p.m. Continued on page 25
Eat healthy foods and exercise to get a better night’s sleep, improve your mood and slim down. Here are a few diet tips to help you get a good night’s sleep and feel great:
You can combat sleep deprivation and weight gain by establishing a regular and relaxing bedtime routine that doesn’t include TV, computers or intense/ emotional discussions. Use your bedroom only for sleep and intimacy.
Sleep deprivation also reduces your muscle mass and increases your fat deposition by lowering human growth hormone (HGH) levels and increasing cortisol (stress hormone) levels. During your deepest sleep cycles, your body produces HGH, which is responsible for repairing muscle. When you don’t get enough sleep, you make less HGH. This depletes muscle mass and slows your metabolism, leading to weight gain. Sleep deprivation also triggers elevations of cortisol levels and promotes insulin resistance, which creates more belly fat and puts you at higher risk for obesity and diabetes.
foods—putting you at higher risk for obesity and diabetes.
24th year, hosts monthly intra-club tournaments followed The club also sponsors a yearly tennis weekend getaway Open play dates are scheduled at least once a month. by friendly and fun socials.
The Redwood Shores Tennis Club, currently in it’s
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Join us for tennis and fun at the 2012 Membership Mania!!
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Last month the headlines in the local newspaper were ablaze with “Dog Walker Gets 35 Years to Life”. The so-called dog walker was found guilty of burglary from some clients.
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Does the company perform background checks on their employees? Does the pet sitting company provide references? Is their staff trained in pet first aid/CPR?
Do they have a website? While not all pet sitters will necessarily have a website, having a website can be an indication you are dealing with a legitimate company.
Ask how long the person has been in business.
At the top of my list, ask if the company is insured, bonded and ask if they have a business license. Do they show you proof of liability insurance and bonding when they meet with you? (Be aware that there is no formal licensing for pet sitters. If you hear of a pet sitter advertising they are “licensed” it is only a business license and nothing more.)
So, you ask, what should you the conscientious animal owner look for when hiring a pet sitter or a dog walker?
My heart fell because I knew that this news would only serve to put pet sitters in a bad light. From what little research I did on the internet, there was no reference to this dog walker or to their company, telling me this person is what we commonly refer to as a “hobby sitter”.
Does the pet sitting company belong to any professional pet sitting organizations or local pet sitting network groups? While your pet sitter may not have all of these items listed, it should serve as a good starting point for clients looking for a pet sitter. At the very least your pet sitter should be bonded and carry liability insurance.
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It may seem attractive to hire someone with little or no credentials, but sometimes you get what you pay for. The pet sitters I know are honest, hard-working and ethical. To the pet owning public, please do your due diligence when looking for a pet sitter. Jan Brown is the Owner of Jan’s Pet Sitting and is a PetTech® Pet First Aid Instructor.
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KISS ME, I’M IRISH – PART II Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day? Great parades, Irish wolfhounds, step dancing Irish lasses and laddies, a pint of Guinness and of course, the traditional corned beef and cabbage (although corned beef is an American, not Irish, tradition)! It always seemed as though the Chicago and New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parades were the most intriguing and colorful. I couldn’t wait to see those elegant and shaggy Irish wolfhounds – it was one of the highlights of watching the parades.
If you are like my wife and I, you enjoy having dinner with friends—no matter who is hosting. Recently, one of our friends, who are part of our multi-family, rotating “Gourmet Club,” invited us to their home. This evening it was just the four of us—not the entire group. As we sat down the husband brought out a couple bottles of wine. One was a Pinot Noir; the other, a minor appellation Bordeaux. I was excited by the variety, but upon closer inspection, I noticed the bottles were less than half-full. I commented that they appeared to be the same types of wines they served us when they hosted one of the recent club dinners.
By Tom Barras
ADAMS’ SPECIAL CORNED BEEF GLAZE ½ Cup Dijon Mustard ½ Cup Honey 1/3 Cup Sherry Wine Vinegar 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil Combine all ingredients into small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat to simmer while whisking glaze, and continue simmering for approximately 8 minutes. Pour glaze over briskets, cover with foil, and pop into preheated oven for approximately 15 – 20 minutes until glaze has caramelized. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes, then carve against the grain and drizzle a little of the glaze over the corned beef. Serve with your favorite St. Patrick’s Day side dishes or try the suggestions above for a yummy and satisfying dinner. Irish eyes are smiling! Lynn has been a RSCA Board Member since 1994
ADAMS’ FAMOUS CORNED BEEF WITH SPECIAL GLAZE 2 3 Pound Corned Beef Briskets 1 Tablespoon Pickling Spice 2 12 Oz. Bottles Guinness Stout Rinse corned beefs under cold running water. Place them into large stockpot and cover with cold water; bring to a boil and continue rolling boil under medium high heat for 5 – 7 minutes. You’ll see a cream colored “scum” forming on the top of the water. Remove corned beefs and set aside. Dump out the boiling water, and wash and rinse pot. Place hot briskets into pot, add cold water to cover, 1 Tablespoon of pickling spices, and put back onto burner. Again, bring to boil, being careful not to let pot boil over. Reduce heat to low and add two (2) bottles of Guinness Stout (and yes, it is OK to taste the stout!), bring heat up to medium for a slow rolling boil, then cover pot and reduce heat to simmer. You will need to simmer approximately 1 hour per pound, so two briskets should be fork tender after 3 – 3 ½ hours. Turn the briskets over a few times during their simmer, and make certain they remain covered with the cooking liquid. When done, remove briskets and place into large roasting pan. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees, and make glaze (recipe below).
We always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional boiled New England dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, yet even as a youngster, it seemed to me that everything tasted the same, i.e. of boiled corned beef. I longed for more distinctive flavors. It wasn’t until I moved to Mill Valley, CA that I started my quest to discover more flavorful presentations. I longed for succulent corned beef, but finished off with a little more pizzazz and distinction. Hence discovery of a few ingredients to make a tasty glaze to cover the cooked corned beef for a few minutes in a hot oven to set the meat and give it a little more sophisticated taste. Boiled cabbage bored me to tears, but sautéed red and green cabbage with red onions, olive oil, butter, salt & pepper, a few caraway seeds, fresh egg noodles (precooked), a splash of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar livened up the taste and presentation. I adore fresh baby carrots, and whole carrots with their trimmed green stem, sautéed with a little butter, brown sugar, as splash of Guinness and freshly chopped dill enhance their delicious sweet flavor. Ho-hum on the mashed potatoes, or even Colcannon – I opted instead for a potato casserole that could be prepared ahead, with grated russets, butter, sour cream or crème fraiche, Dubliner cheddar cheese, sprinkled throughout with freshly chopped chives and green onions for that touch of green. And Maureen’s Irish Soda Bread, of course. All of these ideas finally came together beautifully with the start of the traditional Adams Annual Irish Dinner.
If you drink wine infrequently and won’t or can’t do the above, then still initially put it into the fridge, but use it periodically in your cooking. Deglaze the pan in which you’ve roasted that chicken or leg of lamb. Or, add a half cup or so to your purchased or homemade spaghetti sauce. The alcohol burns off but flavor lingers. Or, if you have a near-full bottle and don’t plan to use it sometime soon, chop up some onions, carrots, celery and garlic and sauté them a bit. Add the wine and an equal amount of chicken or beef broth, a pinch or two of thyme and savory, and reduce the mixture by half. Taste the sauce along the way and adjust flavors as needed with salt, pepper, etc. Freeze it for later use. When its time to use it, add some butter to enrich it and pour over your grilled steak or whatever else is on the plate. And then uncork a fresh bottle and pour yourself a glass.
If you’re a routine dinnertime wine drinker, put your unfinished wines immediately into the refrigerator, even if it’s red. The cold stabilization slows down the oxidation. If it’s white, and is within several days, uncork it and enjoy a glass. No special treatment needed. If it’s red, uncork it, pour it into a tumbler and “nuke” in the microwave for about five or six seconds and enjoy it with your food of the moment. (Trust me, it works and doesn’t affect the wine.) If, on the other hand you’re concerned about affecting an otherwise special wine by nuking it, then remove it from the fridge and let it come down to your preferred drinking temperature.
They informed me that they were not just the same “types” of wines; they were, in fact, the very same bottles left over from the dinner they hosted six weeks earlier! They had re-corked and stored the bottles in a cabinet for the last six weeks! Other than being “pour-able,” or “roto-rooter quality,” I do not know enough wine tasting descriptors to charitably describe them. They were not just “over the hill,” they were comatose, barely on life support. The point being, other than storing them until they are dead, what does one do with left over bottles of wine? One of my brothers used to pour all leftover dinner wines, no matter how varietally different, into one bottle. A sort of Zinfandel/Cabernet/Pinot Noir, “Tailgate Red” as it were. Interesting, but…
Photo Caption: Darcie Ellyne is a registered dietitian at the RWC City and RWS Health Centers of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
By making a few lifestyle changes to get a better night’s sleep, you can become a healthier, happier person. If you’re interested in learning more about sleep, mood and food, please join me at a free presentation at the PAMF Palo Alto Center on Tuesday, March 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Third Flood Conference Center, Lee Building, 795 El Camino Real.
* Keep dinner light—between 500 to 700 calories. A high-protein, fat-laden meal will speed up your metabolism and keep your digestive system active when you want it to relax and retire. Choose light, fastdigesting foods such as vegetables; salad; whole grains; low-fat milk; and lean meat, fish or poultry. Make breakfast or lunch your larger meal. * Skip spicy and gas-forming foods. If eating spicy peppers and sauces sends you in search of antacids, it’s best to skip them in the evening. Feeling uncomfortable and gassy can keep you tossing and turning all night. * Avoid alcohol, especially within two hours of bedtime. A nightcap may help you fall asleep more quickly, but alcohol is known to disrupt the second, deep phase of sleep called rapid eye movement (REM). Insufficient REM is associated with poor-quality sleep and nighttime waking. * Sneak in a snack. A light carbohydrate snack one to two hours before bedtime may help you sleep more soundly. Try air-popped popcorn, a slice of toast with jam or cereal with milk. Carbohydrates increase your serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps with relaxation and allows you to fall sleep. * Eat well and exercise. A well-balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for good health and weight management. A recent Stanford University study showed that healthy adults with mild sleep problems who exercised for at least 40 minutes, twice a week fell asleep faster and slept 45 minutes longer than people who didn’t exercise.
Sleep, Mode and Food - Continued from page 18
When this slogan was first introduced by Clairol in the 50’s, it spoke to the intimate relationship a woman had with her hairdresser. This relationship remains to this day one of the most personal in a woman’s life. However the question now is “Does your current hairdresser know “for sure” about you and your needs when it comes to your hair? Even though I am not a hair stylist, our hair is an integral part of our overall image. In order for us to look our very best, our hair must reflect who we are at every stage of our life. In order for our stylist to give us the best service and for us to feel like we are spending our “maintenance dollars” in the best possible way, we must be honest with our stylist and/or if our stylist isn’t asking the right questions of us, we must take the initiative and introduce the subject(s) that are troubling us. With that in mind, here are a few tips and teasers to get you thinking about what you might want to discuss with your stylist at your next appointment. 1. Does she ask about your hair? “How is this cut working for you?” “Tell me what’s going on with your hair since you were in last.” 2. Do you have a thorough discussion with her about what’s required in order to achieve the look you think you want? Are you willing to use the proper products and take the time necessary for the style, or is it too much of a bother? She should be willing to honestly discuss whether a style is appropriate for your face shape and lifestyle, as well as whether the color you want is actually achievable and, as important, appropriate for your coloring. 3. Does your stylist deep condition your hair (not just the quick condition when they are washing your hair?) This is especially important if you are doing any kind of processing on your hair, whether it is color, bleach, permanent or straightening. 4. Does your stylist allow enough time for the overall treatment of your hair – including color, conditioning and cut? Sometimes it’s easy to feel like we’re being rushed through the salon, and some things (like color, for instance) just can’t be hurried. Likewise, have YOU allowed enough time in your schedule so you’re not pressuring the stylist to hurry through the process? (Sometimes, we’re our own worst enemy with our over-booked calendars, yes?!) 5. Are you doing your part? Just like with our skin, our hair (and nails) reflect our diet. Don’t forget your vitamins too – besides your multivitamin, both biotin and primrose oil can be a big boost to your hair and nails. Are you using the proper equipment (like a boar bristle brush?) Are you deep conditioning once a week – putting a shower cap on and heating it up with your dryer for 10 minutes or so, so the conditioner can penetrate? Maybe your stylist has given you other guidelines to help maintain the condition and style of your hair – are you following them? 6. Are you willing to adapt your style and color as you age? Just as we have to modify our color palettes for our clothing somewhat as we age, the same is true for our hair and make-up. The style and color we’ve always worn just may not be appropriate for us twenty years later. Are you open to discussing this with your stylist so that she can use her talents to make suggestions?
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do... Lastly, if you’re not satisfied with your current stylist, maybe you should try someone new. It’s difficult for us women to even think about “cheating” on our stylist, but it’s also important that we feel we’re getting the very best care and advice possible. Don’t forget our part in this: we have to be honest with our stylist about our needs and limitations, what we are and are not willing to do, what we are and are not willing to pay. When the communication and cooperation is a two-way street, truly your stylist can know you “for sure” and you’ll be all the happier for it. Adena DiTonno is an image and wardrobe consultant in Redwood Shores. www.adenadesigns.net
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The San Mateo County History Museum is located at 2200 Broadway within the 102 year old “Old Courthouse” in Redwood City. It features exhibits related to the use of natural resources, suburban development, ethnic experience and entrepreneurial achievement on the Peninsula from the times of the Ohlone Indian through to today. The Museum is open every day except Monday, from 10:00 until 4:00. The Free First Fridays Program is sponsored by AT&T and Safeway. For information contact www.historysmc.org or 650.299.0104.
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Music, Games and Stories in English and Spanish Dad & Me @ the Library with Magician Ash K, the Pretty Good
Tuesday March 27 • 6:00pm We will discuss Jose Saramago’s Death With Interruptions. For more information & to RSVP, visit www.meetup.com. Saturday March 17 • 11:00am The magic! The mystery! The moustache! Saturday March 10 • 11:00am Join Valéria for music and stories. For ages 1-4.
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