Growing Up and Ready to Blow Up!
Also in this issue:
Reveille: “A Privilege to
Serve Men and Women
Who Have Given So
Much for Our Country”
The Spectrum Turns 4,
Hannig Birthday, Precise
Plan in “As I Was Saying…”
Youth Queen, Football,
Water Polo, Track,
Test Scores and More
“Redwood City’s fi refi ghters urge you to vote NO on Measure W.
Measure W is a misleading proposal that will be costly to Redwood
City homeowners and taxpayers. It has been called a lawyers’ dream
that could cost the city millions in lawsuits and election costs. Firefi ghters
and public safety leaders are concerned that Measure W will divert critically
needed dollars from anti-gang programs, emergency response programs, and other public safety
needs. We are proud to join the broad coalition urging you to vote NO on Measure W.”
– Adrian Anderson, President, Redwood City Firefi ghters Association
To learn more, please visit www.VoteNoMeasureW.com or call (650) 368-3554
Citizens Against Costly Initiatives, No on W, a coalition of homeowners, public
safety leaders, recreation groups, senior citizens, businesses, labor and local
landowners, with major funding by DMB Associates and Oracle USA, Inc.
9/22/08 2:23:52 PM
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
E-mail addresses listed above
Welcome to The Spectrum’s September 2008 and fourth anniversary issue. We are excited to bring you
more stories and features about the things you enjoy reading about — Redwood City!
The focus of this month’s issue is our youth. Our cover story is on a group of Redwood City teenagers
who are poised to make it big in the entertainment industry. They are a talented group of musicians who,
as you will discover in contributing writer Michael Erler’s story, have a grasp on what it will take to
become successful and, more importantly, how they want to do it on their terms.
We also have features on the Sequoia and Woodside football teams, youth water polo and track
standouts, and a local girl getting a crown. We hope these stories will inform and create confidence that
these are just a few of the youths in our community who are worthy of notoriety. In the months to come,
we will present more.
We have a special “pull-out” election section to inform you of the Redwood City measures that are on
the November ballot. Both measures and the outcome of the voting could have a serious impact on our
local governmental structure, so we want to provide our readership with information that will inform
you of the choices that need to be made. We will also provide the same with different information next month.
We also proudly bring you our regular features on community interests, senior activities, financial
advice by David Amann, “Redwood City Through the Years,” information from the Redwood City
School District, the popular feature “A Minute With,” publisher Steve Penna’s column, “As I Was
Saying…” and information on how our readers can get involved with a local nonprofit group.
During this special month, we encourage you to support our advertisers by using their services when you
are out enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family, shopping and dining. Many have
special offers for you, so please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and
We thank our advertisers for their loyalty and commitment to providing community news and quality services.
We also say a special “thank you” to you loyal readers who have made this anniversary so special and
for supporting Redwood City’s only community publication. We know that we could not do what we do
without your readership and support.
It may sound clichéd, but the best is yet to come!
Inside The Spectrum – 4
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
RCSD Corner – 7
RWC Hosts Moment of Silence – 7
Shop Redwood City – 8
You Are Not Forgotten – 10
Sequoia Football Rebuilds – 12
News Briefs – 13
Parker Pours It On – 14
Redwood City Through the Years – 16
Lane Four Sound Startlingly Mature – 18
Nonprofits in Action – 21
Cultural Events – 22
‘08 Woodside Like ‘04 Squad – 23
Festival Queen Giusto – 26
Olive Festival – 26
Woodside’s Bolt – 29
Community Interest – 32
Finance: Prepay Mortgage or Invest? – 33
A Minute With Dan Smith – 34
Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
Kaspar with Lane Four bass player Austin Dunn after the photo shoot.
We have heard rumblings about the local teenage rock band Lane Four for the past
two years. It wasn’t until earlier this month, after hearing them perform at Shoreline
Amphitheatre, that we decided they were the real deal and not just another of the
Redwood City garage bands that come and go every year.
Our staff agreed it was time to inform the community of the band’s activities, so
publisher Steve Penna arranged a cover photo shoot with the Lane Four lead singer’s
mother, Shelby Blackburn, for Sunday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. in the crosswalk at the
corner of Broadway and Jefferson Avenue.
Penna arrived early to chat with some people at the Talk of Broadway restaurant on
Broadway and to start thinking about how the shoot would begin and proceed. Cover
story photographer James Kaspar arrived about 10:45 a.m., and the two discussed photo
ideas and which crosswalk to use. They were soon joined by the band members and
It was suggested that we recreate the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover. At first
it seemed a little pretentious, but after bouncing the idea around, we all agreed it was
a tribute to the older generation by a group of youngsters who hope to achieve onemillionth
of the acclaim the Beatles did.
The shoot began at the designated corner, and with the street being blocked off for
Target Family Days, it worked perfectly. As the shoot continued, many people stopped
to check out the action and several commented on the “tribute.” One young boy walking
with his mother even commented, “Look, they are trying to be like the Beatles.”
After that, everyone moved to Courthouse Square and shot some individual
and group pictures. The entire shoot took around two hours and, once it had been
completed, all felt like they were united in supporting another youth effort.
The Spectrum salutes and supports any young people in our community who go
after their passions and dreams. The members of Lane Four are not “trying to be” like
anyone. They are a unique group of educated, well-mannered, focused and talented
teens who are rising to exciting heights in the entertainment industry. We, as well as
our community, hope they find their own Abbey Road!
San Mateo County Historical Association
Invites you to
Discover an Old Place
in a New World
San Mateo County
Friday, OCTOBER 10
11 am & 2 pm A HAUNTED HOUSE
Our STORIES FROM THE PAST PROGRAM presents a story about a
ghost that haunts an old mansion. Explore Behind the Gates of the
Great Estates and The California Dream exhibits.
Saturday, OCTOBER 11
11:30 am— 2:30 pm COLUMBUS DAY CELEBRATION
Become Italian during the Italian-American Heritage Celebration
featuring Italian music, food, wine and entertainment by Trio Amore.
Tickets are $20 for adults. Call 650-343-7981
PASSING YOU BY?
Don’t miss our outdoor
dining and shopping!
Anchored by Century Theatre (20 Screens)
Cost Plus World Market, Shoe Pavilion and
fine Restaurants, which offer sidewalk dining...
Located in Downtown Redwood City
Saturday, OCTOBER 25
11 am TIMOTHY GUY PHELPS
Our COURTHOUSE DOCKET PROGRAM presents Tom Brennan as
Timothy Guy Phelps talking about political corruption in the 1850s.
More than you expected . . . Surprise Yourself!
Children 5 and under FREE
San Mateo County
2200 Broadway, Redwood City
1.5 Hours Free Parking in designated City lots,
4 Hours Free Parking with validation from Century Theatre!
The Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,
Redwood City, is providing the
following activities that are open to
Monday Morning Movie Madness (MMMM)
Classic Horror Movie Month
Every Monday, 10 a.m.–noon
After the movie, enjoy lunch for only $4.50. Call
Michele at 650-780-7344 for more information.
Oct. 6: “Dracula” (1931)
Oct. 13: “The Blob” (1958)
Oct. 20: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935)
Oct. 27: “The Body Snatchers” (1956)
Free Friday Movies for Everyone
Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Oct. 3: “The Bank Job”
Oct. 10: “Leatherheads”
Oct. 17: “Under the Same Moon”
Oct. 24: “War, Inc.”
Oct. 31: “Prom Night” (2 p.m.)
Wednesday Wii Bit of Fitness!
Every Wednesday, 9:30–11 a.m.
Use the latest and greatest Nintendo technology to
focus on your fitness goals while having fun. Free
for all! For more info, call Michele at 650-780-7344.
An Inspiring Afternoon/Evening with Sr.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 7–8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1–2 p.m.
Sister Roseanne Murphy will discuss her book
about the life and death of Sister Dorothy Stang,
who gave her life to the people of the Amazon, to
the cause of saving the rain forests and healing the
planet. Sister Murphy will be available for book
signing after the free lecture.
West Bay Community Band Performance
Friday, Oct. 17, 7–9 p.m.
Enjoy the wonderful sounds of the West Bay
Community Band, a symphonic band led by Doug
Miner (conductor, educator, recording artist and
performer). $10 per ticket in advance or $15 per
ticket at the door. Evening will include wonderful
music, light fare and a no-host bar. Please call
650-780-7264 to make reservations today!
San Mateo County Flu Shots
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.–noon
San Mateo County health officials advise
older residents and those with chronic medical
conditions to consider getting an influenza
vaccination at one of several county-sponsored
clinics this year. $5 donation requested,
appointments not necessary, Medicare not
SamTrans Free Shuttle Info Lecture
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1–2 p.m.
Hear directly from SamTrans staff about the free
Redwood City shuttle bus and how it can serve
you! Questions are encouraged.
VMSC Halloween Lunch and Party
Friday, Oct. 31, noon–2 p.m.
Dust off your Halloween costume and come for
a fun-filled lunch with games, costume contest
and prize drawing. $6 fee includes lunch and
entertainment. Call 650-780-7259 for reservations.
To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, call 650-780-7270.
COLUMBUS REPLICA SHIP
THE ‘NIÑA’ TO VISIT
PORT OF REDWOOD CITY
September 24 – October 14, 2008
DISCOVER THE NIÑA
While in port, the public is invited to visit the ship for a
walk-aboard, self-guided tour. The ship is open daily
from 9:00a.m.–6:00p.m. Prices are $5.00/adults,
$4.00/senior citizens and $3.00 for students. Children 4
and under are Free. Public parking is Free.
Teachers wishing to schedule a 30-minute guided tour
with a crew member should call the ship directly at
Phone:1-787-672-2152. Minimum group size is 15.
No Maximum. Visit www.thenina.com.
DIRECTIONS: from Hwy 101, Exit onto Seaport Blvd,
Left turn at Seaport Ct, The Niña is docked at far end of
Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063 ~ Tel: 650-306-4150
As I Was
Publisher | Steve Penna
I am sure you have been following the news about
the No More Jails in Redwood City campaign.
Well, here is what I hear the outcome of that
situation will be. The county is now looking
at the property behind the county’s child care
facility at the corner of Brewster and Middlefield
as a location to build the new jail facility — it is
currently a parking lot. Should that be the case,
the current child care facility would be turned
into a facility for rehabilitation services and
the child care center moved to the other side of
Highway 101, adjacent to where the women’s jail
is now. This, of course, could all change after this
November’s election, so we will have to wait and
see. How the Sheriff’s Office will staff any kind
of new facility adequately without federal funding
is something that is considered to be a mystery.
Guess we will have to wait a little longer to see
how that will work out.
Local attorney Ted Hannig recently celebrated
his 50th birthday (not another one!) at a surprise
party given by his co-workers and friends at
Chantilly restaurant on El Camino Real. In
attendance were, among others, Mayor Rosanne
Foust; Council Members Jim Hartnett and
Alicia Aguirre; elected officials Art Faro
and Don Horsley; city board members and
commissioners Nancy Radcliffe, Janet Borgens
and Jeri Richardson; community leaders Paula
Uccelli, Jack Castle, Pete and Ginny Hughes,
Warren Dale and Georgi LaBerge and dozens more.
Well-wishers were treated to a film honoring
Ted and a tribute from his family and friends
that was put together by Danford Foundation
administrator Diego Patterson. Ted’s family was
all there to share in the fun, and a donation was
made to the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation
in his honor. Here’s to another 50! Or, as some
say, the Big FIVE-O!
As if the City Council and staff don’t have
enough issues that are delaying progress in our
city, now a judge has ruled in favor of Joseph
and Roberta Carcione, whose lawsuit claimed
the city failed to properly study the precise plan’s
potential to create shadowing downtown and its
impact on historic buildings.
Judge Marie S. Weiner issued a final ruling
on the Carciones’ lawsuit that challenged the
environmental documents for the plan, which
had been approved by the City Council last May.
The ruling has already caused several developers
to put their plans on hold until an outcome is
reached, but others are more optimistic and are
moving forward, believing that the plan is in the
best interest of the city and wanting to continue
to support their housing/retail projects. That, of
course, is great news to the city, which is trying to
create more housing downtown. Three proposed
projects alone have some 158 multiuse units
planned in the area.
If you are interested in viewing those and
other proposed projects under the Downtown
Precise Plan, you can do that by going to maps.
redwoodcity.org/downtown. You will notice that
there are projects proposed to bring a total of 324
housing units and additional retail space.
The city is in the process of deciding if they
should change the Downtown Precise Plan
documents — can’t see that happening, since
they obviously feel they followed environmental
impact procedures correctly or they would not
have presented the plan in the first place or
appealed the decision. The council will discuss
the issue at its Monday, Oct. 13, meeting.
It is really hard to believe, especially after the
past year, that your community magazine, The
Spectrum, is turning four years old this month.
Yep, four years old. I remember when we first
started and how many ex-publishers and media
executives in the area told me we would not
succeed. “The community and businesses will
not support a Redwood City publication,” many
of them told me with cautious support. I respected
them but knew my community. And I knew that
if we gave our readers something of value to read,
we would succeed. If we did not — oh, well,
nothing ventured, nothing gained. I could walk
away and hold my head high. But here we are four
years later, and all is well and we are the largest
distributed publication in Redwood City.
But there are still those in our community who
do not know who or what we are. It just goes to
show how diverse and how large our city really
is. Those are the ones we are going after this year,
and we want to give our current readers reasons
to continue reading while we attract new ones.
But then, maybe those who don’t know are just
As the years have passed, I have been lucky
to be associated with some fantastic people who
have shared the same goal and desire as I do, and
I would like to thank them now. Judy Buchan
— always there to lend a hand or share some
information. Her writing talents are so valuable
to us all. Anne Callery — what a find we have
in her. She is always so positive and professional
and, to be quite honest, she is the reason you
can understand my writing. James Kaspar — a
talented photographer who brings out so many
different aspects in his pictures. We are fortunate
to have him, and he is a good friend too. James
Massey — a new daddy and a fantastic graphic
artist. Thanks for all your hard work.
Our contributing writers are among the best on
the Peninsula — Michael Erler, Nicole Minieri
and Valerie Harris. The uniqueness and care you
show to your subjects, whether an organization or
a person, really do come through in your writing.
I get so many comments on your stories and am
so proud of all of you.
Other people who add to the team — Devin and
Gavin Wright, Dale McKee, John Edmonds
and Naomi Hunter — all of you are valuable to
us for what you do.
Of course, I want to take this opportunity to
thank the loyal and remarkable advertisers in
our publication. I cannot think of any of them
that do not contribute to our community through
nonprofit groups or just by giving their time or
money. They are a part of our team, and we hope
you will tell them you like seeing their ads when
you see them.
Of course, of course — you, our readers! In
the media industry, it is almost impossible to find
a publication in San Mateo County that is not a
free publication. Although many of our readers
pick up our magazine at one of our 345 free stops,
we are a paid subscriber–based publication with
over 1,921 readers who get The Spectrum mailed
directly to their homes each month. Remember,
you can have it mailed to your home too.
Thanks to all of the above and to those whom
I will thank in private. I would never be able to
do this without you, and I value your continued
support and work.
Here’s to another four years and beyond… Are
As I was saying…
RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
Redwood City Schools Show Gain in Test Scores
Public elementary schools in Redwood City have had strong, steady gains
in test scores over the last nine years, according to STAR test scores released
in early September by the California Department of Education. STAR (short
for Standardized Testing and Reporting Program) test scores are based on
the standardized tests that second- through eighth-grade students in the
Redwood City School District take each spring.
The results from the STAR tests are used to calculate the state’s Academic
Performance Index (API), which measures the growth schools are making
in student learning. The STAR test is also used to calculate Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP), which measures whether or not schools are meeting a
specific, statewide target of the number of students at proficient or advanced
levels toward meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind
Redwood City School
API Growth Scores
Adelante 592 799
Clifford 734 807
Cloud 812 877
Fair Oaks 372* 694
Ford 655 794
John Gill 622 778
Hawes 533 720
Hoover 460 705
Kennedy 644 670
MIT 495* 699
Orion N/A 870
North Star 938 988
Roosevelt 613* 712
Selby Lane 598 715
Taft 444 774
API Growth Scores
*2000 Growth API score not available; score listed is the 1999 Base API score.
Growth API scores are released each fall; Base API scores are released in
the spring and are a recalculation of the previous year’s Growth API to reflect
changes in the STAR test for the coming year.
Twelve of the 16 schools in the Redwood City School District scored higher
than 700 on the API, and seven Redwood City schools increased their API
scores by 12 to 21 points over last year. North Star Academy, at 988, had one
of the highest API scores in the state, and three others — Clifford (807), Roy
Cloud (877) and Orion (870) — exceeded the state target of 800. Four other
schools are within striking distance of the 800 target: Adelante (799), Henry
Ford (794), John Gill (778) and Taft (774).
Several schools in the Redwood City School District have made
phenomenal gains since the API was introduced in 1999. Taft, a school with
one of the highest percentages in the district of students learning English
and of students whose family income qualifies them for the federal free and
reduced lunch program, went from an API score of 444 in 1999 to an API
score of 774 today, only 26 points shy of the state target.
Fair Oaks, Hoover and Hawes, schools with similar demographics to Taft,
have also made tremendous gains over time. Fair Oaks, at 372 in 1999, today
has an API of 694; Hoover, at 460 in 1999, is at 705 today; and Hawes, at 533
in 1999, is at 720 today.
For the second year in a row, Taft and Hawes, both previously designated
by the state as “program improvement” schools, met the federal AYP
benchmarks in both English language arts and math, required under the No
Child Left Behind Act.
Superintendent Jan Christensen attributes the academic gains to deliberate
strategies implemented over the last few years, including professional
development for staff, implementation of new curriculum and instruction
strategies, regular assessment of students and interventions for students who
“Test scores don’t tell the whole story about a school,” said Christensen,
“but when they are analyzed thoroughly at a school, classroom and individual
student level, they can be an extremely effective tool in improving the
quality of instruction and student understanding. That’s what we are doing in
Redwood City, and we are very pleased with the outcome this year!”
Christensen added that the new strategies are designed for more than
just increasing test scores. “Our district’s mission is to educate every child
for success, and we believe the test scores are an important measure of our
progress toward that goal. We plan to press on until every student is reaching
his or her potential.”
RWC Hosts a Moment of Silence
Redwood City Police Chief Louis Cobarruviaz lit a candle
at 5:47 a.m. on Sept. 11 before a moment of silence at
the historic San Mateo County Courthouse Square.
Seven years to the minute after hijackers crashed
American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade
Center in New York City, one candle was lit by
a group of about 30 who gathered outside the
historic San Mateo County courthouse.
A delegation of clergy, firefighters, law
enforcement and a few residents lit a candle at the
plaza outside Redwood City City Hall at 5:46 a.m.
The “Day of Remembrance” was coordinated by
the Peninsula Clergy Network — a group of clergy
in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties.
A short memorial was available throughout the
day, allowing anyone to reflect. In addition — as
is tradition for the group, which began the annual
event in 2006 — paper was rolled out for anyone
to add their thoughts.
Redwood City Police Chief Louis Cobarruviaz
was asked to light the candle, followed by a
moment of silence offering everyone personal
time for reflection.
“This candle represents a focal point, light
in what feels like a dark place,” said Rabbi Jay
Miller, Peninsula Clergy Network executive director.
Additionally, the day is a way of coming
together to realize we can move on, he said.
For those in attendance, it truly was a day of
“I wonder how many people right now are
thinking where they were when [the planes] hit,”
said Redwood City resident Millie Cole. “I don’t
think we’ll ever forget. … So scary, so sad, so
Her friend Kathleen Mahany recalled being
shocked but not surprised by the attacks.
Assemblymember Gene Mullin, D-South San
Francisco, was also on hand for the ceremony. He
recently arrived to the Peninsula from Sacramento
and said it was important to be with others on this day.
For Foster City Police Chief Craig Courtin,
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Shop Redwood City: And Look in The Spectrum for Sizzling Coupons!
Shouldn’t you make the commitment to shopping locally? Check out our Best of the Best
selections — businesses that not only provide excellent service but also contribute to our
community. When you are shopping, we urge you to shop local and shop often! You will
benefit because your sales tax dollars stay local and help us all.
Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Redwood General Tire was
founded on the principles of good customer service and quality products
at fair prices. Many satisfied customers have been with them since their
founding. Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or need repair work
on your vehicle, this Redwood City institution has been providing quality
vehicle services since 1957.
Eating and Catering:
Angelica’s Bistro – 863 Main St.
– Located in the back of an antiques
emporium, Angelica’s Bistro feels
like it has been here since the 18th
century. Sit in a cozy alcove and
listen to romantic live music as you
enjoy your meal. Lean at the counter
and order a microbrew beer. Or sit
in the garden among fountains and
sculptures for afternoon tea. Visit
www.angelicasbistro.com for menu
and live entertainment offerings.
Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road
– Nestled in the quiet neighborhood
of Emerald Hills, the Canyon Inn
is a popular stop for bicycle touring
clubs and local sports celebrities.
The restaurant is noted for its
burgers and also offers hot and cold
sandwiches, hot dogs, fish and chips,
pasta and more. Use the coupon
in this month’s Spectrum to get 10
percent off all meals.
Diving Pelican Cafe – 650 Bair
Island Road, Suite 102 – “Sit on the
patio overlooking the water to see all sorts of waterfowl. My favorite item
is the Mediterranean salad. A great breakfast is the Eggs Bennett: freshly
made Hollandaise sauce over two poached eggs with smoked ham on wholewheat
English muffins. This is truly a very comfortable, laid-back, warm and
friendly place to enjoy a meal.”
Encore Performance Catering – 2992 Spring St. – Owner Dave Hyman’s
menu goes on for eight pages of mouthwatering suggestions for everything
from continental breakfasts to appetizers and formal dinners. He participates
in many community events and contributes leftovers to St. Anthony’s Padua
Dining Room. Plus, his business products are nearly 100 percent recyclable.
Need a caterer? Call Dave at 650-365-3731.
Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good restaurants. There are bad
restaurants. There are okay restaurants. Then there are those places, the
magic ones. You come back again and again because the food doesn’t just
taste good and satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.” Senior
citizens receive $1 off and children under 12 dine at half price. www.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant – 2098 Broadway – “Their chips and
salsa are great, and their agua fresca selections are usually really good. Their
taco salads are so ginormous and tasty. But the true standout is the huevos
rancheros. Words can’t do it justice. Huevos en fuego. It’s phenomenal!” As a
special to Spectrum readers, they offer 2-for-1 margaritas during Happy Hour.
Just mention you saw this and enjoy!
Business Profile of the Month
San Mateo Credit Union – Two Redwood City locations
(650-363-1725) – As a member-driven organization, SMCU
does everything possible to ensure that all of your financial
priorities are anticipated and fulfilled. Some of the more
popular offerings include free personal auto shopping
assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate home loans
and lines of credit, a full range of investment options and
advice, financial fitness programs to assist with money
management, tax-advantaged health savings accounts and
Once you become a member, you are eligible to apply
for a loan or credit card, or take advantage of services
such as checking, money market accounts, certificate
accounts and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). You
must meet SMCU eligibility requirements for membership.
Contact them at 650-363-1725 or 888 363-1725, or visit a
branch for additional information. Learn the advantages of
American Coast Mortgage – 650-365-2144 – Whether you need to purchase
property, refinance or obtain a home equity loan, owner Paul Sanfilipo has
been helping thousands do just that for over 25 years. Sanfilipo is a registered
mortgage underwriter, a certified review appraiser, a notary and much more.
Call now for a complimentary
Edward Jones – 702 Marshall St.,
#515 – For decades, Edward Jones
believed in building relationships
through face-to-face interaction
and adherence to a strategy of
recommending quality investments that
have proven themselves over time. So
does investment representative David
Amann, who manages their Redwood
City office and will help you reach your
Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino
Real – Hannig Law Firm LLP provides
transactional and litigation expertise
in a variety of areas. The professionals
at HLF are committed to knowing and
meeting their clients’ needs through
long-term relationships and valueadded
services, and to supporting and
participating in the communities where
they live and work.
Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. – A women-only, bodypositive
fitness center in downtown Redwood City. Services include classes,
weight and cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage and
skin care. Flexible pricing, with several options available for members and
nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.com or call 650-364-9194.
Re:Juvenate Skin Care – 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 140 – Whether you are
seeing a Re:Juvenate clinician for acne, sun damage, skin tightening, wrinkle
reduction or laser hair removal, the process starts with a complimentary
consultation with a member of the aesthetic staff. Call 650-261-0500 and
mention The Spectrum Magazine.
Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded in 1985, Lewis Carpet
Cleaners has grown from one small, portable machine to a company of six
employees and five working vans. The Lewis family works and lives in Redwood
City and is committed to our community. Ask about their Spectrum special: Get
100 square feet of carpet cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today!
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You Are Not Forgotten
By Nicole Minieri
Military personnel awake each morning to reveille, a ritual in which the playing of a
bugle or drum call is used to start the day. The purpose of this customary tradition
has now been incorporated by a steadfast service group from Peninsula Covenant
Church (PCC) in Redwood City that assists fully and speaks volumes to rouse public
awareness about addressing the needs of severely injured soldiers in the brain and
spinal cord trauma unit at the VA hospital in Palo Alto.
The collection box at Peninsula Covenant Church.
Dave Winters, a former U.S. Marine, founded
Reveille at PCC last January. He had become
partial to military servicemen and servicewomen
while serving an active tour in Albania in
2001. However, it would take a brief encounter
with a VA hospital nurse several years later to
prompt him to act upon his affinity and reach
out to soldiers returning home with catastrophic,
“I was waiting for my car to be repaired
and I noticed a nurse dressed in a VA hospital
uniform,” explained Winters. “I approached her,
saying, ‘Your job must be very rewarding.’ Her
answer was yes, but she also said that is was
very sad at the same time, because there were a
lot of critically injured troops from Afghanistan
and Iraq coming to the VA. Up until that point, I
seven crew members, which happened to be my
friends.” With profound sadness, Scott continued,
“There were 21 children together left fatherless,
and six wives pregnant. So when you ask me to
stand on Memorial or Veterans Day, that is what
I remember. The names may have faded from my
memory, but not their sacrifice.”
And it’s precisely that kind of sacrifice
that propels Winters, Scott and a nucleus of
approximately 15 faithful PCC members to take
on a diverse blend of “needs and deeds” for the
recuperating band of soldiers at the brain and
spinal cord trauma unit, along with their families
staying at the Fisher House, which is adjacent
to the VA hospital. For a petite service group,
Reveille has earned a colossal reputation of
“moving the earth” in getting both the little and
brain and spinal cord trauma unit with Bibles, CD
players accompanied by a wide variety of music,
webcams, quilted blankets, specialty soft pillows
from Ikea and high-end hygiene and grooming
products donated by Redken. Soldiers who were
well enough attended Giants and Stanford games
with their families. Reveille also hosted an NFL
barbeque and put on a classic car show this
September for everyone to enjoy.
Reveille is recognized for granting magical
wishes to the healing soldiers and their family
members as well. “There was a mother from
Durango, Colo., visiting her son in the trauma
unit with his grandmother,” said Scott. “We
could see the anguish in her eyes over how badly
her son was injured. Then the day came when
they found out that he would be discharged. The
“There is something to be said about strength coming from a small number.”
didn’t realize there were so many injured soldiers
right here in our very own backyard. Since it’s
always been on my heart that more needed to be
done for our soldiers and their families, I felt like
this was a good time for me to get involved.”
Winters stepped up to the plate and, during a
Sunday worship service at PCC, expressed his
mounting desire to help the critically wounded
soldiers returning home from the volatile,
war-torn battlefields of Afghanistan. The PCC
congregation was highly receptive and Winters
was able to recruit enthusiastic volunteers on the
spot. One was Douglas Scott, a retiree from a
successful career in finance and accounting as
well as the U.S. Air Force.
“Although my wife and I have spent a lifetime
of giving back to the community, we still had this
internal, yearning drive to be more connected,”
said Scott. “When I sat and listened to Dave make
his military appeal to PCC, deep down I knew it
was something that I needed to be a part of.”
A harrowing experience changed the course of
Scott’s life back in 1962. Single and just two years
out of college, Scott had everything going for
him: a very nice apartment in the best residential
part of Kansas City, Mo., and an excellent job that
offered plenty of potential and room for growth.
Then he was suddenly called to active duty in the
U.S. Air Force.
“My job was placed on hold and I moved into
the barracks and took an 85 percent pay cut,”
explained Scott. “I didn’t think that it could get
much worse, but then on Friday, Dec. 21, I was
pulled to KP, kitchen patrol. The day started
at 5 a.m., and I drew probably the worst job
— steam cleaning the garbage cans outside in
the freezing wind and cold. By 3 p.m., I didn’t
think anything more could go wrong. Then the
word came down. A few minutes earlier, one of
our planes crashed short of the runway, killing all
larger things done for the shaken trauma unit.
“There is something to be said about strength
coming from a small number,” said Scott.
“Reveille generally meets the second or third
Friday of the month to pray and discuss what
needs to be done, what should be done and how
can we make it happen. And believe me, we do
whatever it takes to make it happen.”
“When we formed Reveille last January, we
came up with this little idea on how we could
take care of the wants and desires to these injured
soldiers, but we also wanted to give them the
respect that they deserved,” said Winters. “We
started out by bringing cookies to the soldiers at
the trauma unit once a week. Now we are hosting
and delivering full-course dinners for them and
their families twice a week. We make these
recovering soldiers feel normal again so they can
focus on their families as opposed to focusing on
Aside from providing a smorgasbord of
consumable goods, Reveille also pays very close
attention to the commodities that are given to the
soldiers. “You have to give them things that are
really going to work for them,” said Scott. “We
just devised gift bags for the soldiers that were
“When people know that there are ways to help,
they help. No one has ever turned us down.”
assembled on my dining room table between the
hours of 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.” Some of the items
included in the gift bags were white socks,
sunglasses, hats, stress balls and a journal. “Many
of the VAs are in wheelchairs and some of them
have reason to go to other parts of the campus.
They stand out in the sun and wait for a bus
that may take a couple of minutes to load them.
Therefore, there is the important need for hats
and sunglasses to shield their eyes. We are also
currently in the process of supplying umbrellas
and wool caps for the upcoming winter season,”
This past year, Reveille generously endowed the
mother turned to me and said, ‘I really wanted
him to see the Pacific Ocean.’ So Reveille said, go
ahead, we’ll pick up the bill.”
Reveille’s attention is no longer restricted to
just the brain and spinal cord trauma unit at the
VA. “Whenever we announce at church that there
is a specific need for the soldiers, the members
just reach into their pockets and give whatever
they have,” said Scott. “When people know that
there are ways to help, they help. No one has ever
turned us down.”
Because of the overwhelming success of
contributions from PCC members and the public,
American troops still serving an active tour in
Afghanistan are now receiving direct support
from Reveille. Seventeen boxes packed with
necessities will be shipped to military personnel
every quarter, along with various toiletries that
will be distributed to the rising number of Afghan
soldiers made homeless by the war. Reveille
is also planning to send over 250 cards with
personal handwritten messages and signatures to
our troops overseas.
As their first year of ample serving comes full
circle, Reveille’s objective remains the same: to
continue to work wonders for the severely injured
soldiers and their families. They will continue to
provide an abundance of assistance and support
during the rough pockets throughout the year at
the VA and abroad.
“Most nonprofit organizations go all out for
these soldiers only around Thanksgiving time or
Christmas,” said Scott. “But Reveille goes dark
when other organizations come in. And then we
go back in after the holidays. We do this because
we want to make sure the soldiers are covered
through the whole year and not just once a year.”
“Reveille considers it a privilege to serve these
men and women who have given so much for our
country,” said Scott. “Afghanistan may be hailed
as the forgotten war, but Reveille is here to say
that you are not forgotten. You are very much
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The Spectrum 11
Sequoia Rebuilds, But No Walk-Over Win
Jose Ramirez burst on the scene last season but will be
a marked man this year as one of the Cherokees’ few
known offensive weapons.
The Sequoia football team was a feel-good story
the past two seasons. In both 2006 and 2007,
the Cherokees won their final five games of the
season, finishing with a 5-5 record in 2006 and
6-4 in 2007. In Ocean Division play, the numbers
are even better: a 10-4 mark the last two seasons
combined and a second-place finish last season.
The Cherokees could be back to struggling this
season after the bulk of the players who led to
success have graduated.
“We’re very low on skill position players,” said
co-coach Fine Lauese.
That being said, however, Lauese believes
Sequoia has turned the corner in regard to being
a competitive team. He believes that even though
the Cherokees are rebuilding this season, it’ll still
be a team to reckon with.
The Cherokees are pushovers no more.
“That’s been our goal — to be competitive. It’s
gone in our favor the last couple of years,” Lauese
said. “Hopefully, it keeps going.”
The cupboard isn’t completely bare for the
Cherokees, who have a competent quarterback in
Bobby DeLaCruz and a speedy running back in
Jose Ramirez. Both had breakout games during
a 60-42 win over Hillsdale last year. DeLaCruz,
making his only start of the season, led the
Cherokees on two scoring drives to open the
game while Ramirez, part of a three-pronged
rushing attack, busted loose for 127 yards and two
touchdowns on just 16 carries.
Both were only part-time players last year,
however. This year, they will be counted on to
lead the team.
“[DeLaCruz] is making progress,” Lauese said.
“We need a quarterback and we’ll see what we
Making things easier offensively is the fact that
four of the five offensive linemen return from
last season. Add tight end Sifa Lauese and the
Cherokees should have the beef to open holes
for Ramirez and give DeLaCruz time to find
While the Cherokees may not have the talent
they’ve had the last two years, they have the drive
and dedication Lauese and co-coach Sam Lopez
have spent the last several years instilling in the
team. In the past, those qualities were lacking,
but through constant work the coaching staff
has turned the attitude around. Lauese said the
players now realize the level those before them
have set, and they have the pride and attitude not
to let the program slip too far on their watch.
Academic eligibility was always a big concern.
Over the past three seasons, the number of
players lost to bad grades has dwindled thanks to
aggressive academic support — the team has a
one-hour study hall every day before practice.
“We’ve stressed the academics and the kids are
getting it,” Lauese said.
The Sequoia coaching staff also wants players
to shoot for the top on the field as well. To that
end, Lauese has scheduled a brutal nonleague
schedule not only to toughen up his team but also
to show the Cherokees what a big-time program
is. They open with Leigh, which finished 5-5
last season but play in the tough Mt. Hamilton
Division, before games with Palma and Terra
Cupcakes they are not.
“We schedule them for our kids to see what a
big-time program is,” Lauese said. “Our goal is
to be in the Bay [Division]. I think the kids are
aware of what we want to do.”
Co-coaches: Fine Lauese/Sam Lopez, 4th year
2007 record: 5-2 Ocean Division, 6-4 overall
Key returners: Sifa Lauese (TE, sr.), Jake
Cottrell (OL/DL, sr.), Jack Guida (OL/DL, sr.),
Brian Newell (OL/DL, jr.), Bucky Meyer (OL/
DL, jr.), Jose Ramirez (RB/DB/K, sr.), Bobby
DeLaCruz (QB, sr.)
Key newcomers: Matt Talakai (DB, jr.), Cameron
Conti (LB, jr.), Jesse Torres (LB/FB, jr.)
2008 schedule (home games in CAPS): 9/26
at Terra Nova, 7 p.m.; 10/3 vs. EL CAMINO,
7 p.m.; 10/10 vs. Mills at Burlingame, 7 p.m.;
10/17 at Hillsdale, 3 p.m.; 10/24 BURLINGAME,
7 p.m.; 10/31 at King’s Academy, 7 p.m.; 11/7
Ocean Division crossover game, TBA; 11/14
CARLMONT, 7 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the
Daily Journal newspaper.
RWC Hosts a Moment of Silence (continued from page 7)
Sept. 11 is a day that marks tragedy of epic
proportions for public safety.
Seven years ago, American Airlines Flight 11 hit
the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 5:46
a.m. local time, causing a stir that turned all eyes
on the Twin Towers. United Airlines Flight 175
crashed into the South Tower at 6:02 a.m. local
time, an event broadcast live around the world
by camera crews that had their cameras on the
building after the earlier crash.
American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the
Pentagon at 6:37 a.m. local time, and United
Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field in southwest
Pennsylvania, about 150 miles northwest of
Washington, D.C., at 7:03 a.m. local time, with
parts and debris found up to eight miles away.
The final death toll remains elusive but around 3,000.
Memories written from the 2006 remembrance
were posted in the square with sentiments of peace.
“We need more peace in this crazy world we
live in,” one message said.
Another sentiment read, “Out of the ashes of
9/11, may peace and understanding arise.”
A short but simple message said it all with,
It was this note that resonated with San Mateo
Fire Chief Dan Belville.
“We said, ‘Let’s never forget,’” he said. “It’s
seven years later. It’s a bit calm now. … But it’s
still a tragedy of terrorism that is painful and we
should never forget.”
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the
Daily Journal newspaper.
And You Think Trying to
Control Your Teen Is Hard?
Authorities are searching for one of two teenage
boys who escaped from a residential treatment
program in unincorporated San Mateo County
near Redwood City.
The two boys, ages 14 and 15, who are both on
juvenile probation, escaped from the Canyon Oaks
Youth Center at 400 Edmonds Road at about 12:30
a.m., according to sheriff’s Sgt. Bryan Raffaelli.
Sheriff’s deputies conducted a yard-to-yard
search with canine units and located the 15-yearold
boy at Cordilleras and Bennett roads about 20
minutes after the escape, Raffaelli said.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the
whereabouts of the second boy. He is described
as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing
160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray
sweatshirt and gray pants.
The Canyon Oaks Youth Center is operated
by the San Mateo County Health Department’s
Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
Health department spokeswoman Beverly
Thames said the facility is an unlocked group
home that accepts referrals from juvenile
probation as well as the county’s human services
agency and the school system.
This is the latest in a string of juvenile walkaways
and escapes from youth facilities in San
A 16-year-old boy was caught after walking
away from a minimum-security juvenile detention
camp in La Honda. He was found hiding in a
bathroom the day after walking away from the
Camp Glenwood facility.
Adrian Sedano, 16, a resident of unincorporated
San Mateo County was arrested after walking
away from Camp Glenwood and killing a 23-yearold
outside an apartment complex at 551 Geneva
Ave. in Redwood City. He was arrested and is
facing murder charges.
In February, 17-year-old Josue Orozco escaped
from the San Mateo County Juvenile Hall where
he was awaiting a murder trial. Authorities have
not found him.
Career Criminal Gets
November Robbery Trial
A 44-year-old man accused of beating a
Redwood City convenience store clerk and
stealing $300 without stopping his cell phone
conversation will stand trial in November. Derick
Charles Robertson has pleaded not guilty to the
charges. He was set to begin trial, but the date was
moved for a third time to Nov. 17 — more than
one year after his alleged crime.
On Nov. 1, Robertson, according to the District
Attorney’s Office, entered the 7-Eleven on Fifth
Avenue while speaking on his phone, demanded
money from the clerk and struck him in the face.
Robertson reportedly fled with nearly $300 from
the register while still in the midst of the same call.
If convicted, Robertson — who already has
been to prison five different times — could return
to state incarceration. Robertson also has two
other pending cases: a Nov. 15 charge for drug
possession and a Nov. 16 charge for assault on
a peace officer during a jailhouse skirmish for
which he is now seeking damages from San Mateo
County. Robertson remains in custody in lieu of
Sentence Upheld for Traffic
With only three weeks left on his time, a 43-
year-old man serving a year in jail for lying in
traffic court cannot finish the term at home with
electronic monitoring, a judge ruled.
Andrew Bamberg, 43, is nearly done with his
sentence and should be released the third week of
September. Bamberg asked for his sentence to be
modified because his mother’s health is poor, but
the court denied the motion.
Bamberg’s legal trouble began in 2005 with a
mundane $215 traffic ticket for allegedly running
a stop sign on Whipple Avenue at King Street in
Redwood City. The matter attracted no attention
until two years later when Bamberg was convicted
of perjury and presenting false evidence in court
while fighting the ticket.
Bamberg submitted five photographs to
Traffic Commissioner Susan Greenberg, who
suggested two of the shots were of a different
location. Greenberg reportedly said she would
investigate the scene herself and prosecutors
claimed Bamberg switched the Whipple Avenue
street signs. A jury deliberated less than two hours
before finding Bamberg guilty on four counts.
Not Guilty Plea in Stabbing
A 24-year-old South San Francisco man accused
of stabbing a store clerk was driven by his mother
to Redwood City to buy drugs the night of the
incident, according to prosecutors who charged
him with attempted murder.
Kenneth Normal Tuttle III allegedly entered
the Main Street Market at approximately 7:50
p.m. Aug. 1 and, without provocation, stabbed a
clerk in the side with a kitchen knife. The clerk
sustained a 4-inch gash and Tuttle reportedly said
nothing to the two other people inside the store
before fleeing. Nothing was taken from the store.
The clerk was treated at a nearby hospital and
Using Tuttle’s license plate, Redwood City
police tracked Tuttle to his mother’s South San
Francisco home, where they reported finding him
in the midst of shaving his head. It is unclear if
Tuttle was trying to avoid detection or simply
changing his hairstyle.
Tuttle’s mother admitted driving her son to
Redwood City that day but said she knew nothing
of the stabbing at the market. She also said her son’s
excessive drug use may have caused ongoing mental
issues, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Tuttle pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted
murder, the use of a deadly weapon and causing
great bodily injury. He returns to court Sept. 18 for
a preliminary hearing with a two-hour estimate.
He has a number of previous criminal cases in
San Mateo County, according to court records.
He remains in custody on no-bail status.
No Contest Plea in Fatal
The Manteca man accused of kicking his
girlfriend’s Chihuahua severely for soiling the
couple’s bed pleaded no contest to one felony
count of animal abuse in return for time served.
Ariel Aspedilla, 26, changed his plea in return
for an immediate sentence of nine months jail with
credit for time served. Aspedilla is also forbidden
from owning or participating in activities
Aspedilla’s defense attorney previously tried
having the case dismissed outright, arguing
prosecutors allowed the animal’s body to be
destroyed before testing by defense experts. The
request was denied and now Aspedilla faces up
to three years incarceration if convicted of killing
Chiquita, a female Chihuahua mix.
Around 8:30 a.m. March 6, according to
prosecutors, Aspedilla awoke at his girlfriend’s
Redwood City apartment to discover her female
Chihuahua mix dog, Chiquita, had defecated and
urinated on the bed as they slept.
Aspedilla reportedly became so enraged
he kicked the dog four or five times. The dog
sustained five broken ribs, punctured lungs and
liver and a substantial blood loss, according to the
Animal cruelty cases can be charged as either
felonies or misdemeanors. The stiffer convictions
are more difficult to attain because the penal code
requires demonstrated maliciousness and intent.
Aspedilla has been in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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Woodside’s Parker Pours It On
Woodside’s Hayley Parker scored nine goals in the
Wildcats’ 11-7 win over Menlo School during a tournament
at Castilleja earlier this month.
Woodside High School is not generally considered
a water polo power. Sophomore Hayley Parker is
hoping to change that.
After a breakout freshman year in which she
helped the Wildcats to the Central Coast Section
quarterfinals, Parker has picked up where she
left off. She recently led the Wildcats to arguably
the biggest win in the program’s history, an 11-7
win over perennial power Menlo School during a
tournament at Castilleja High School in Palo Alto.
And she did it with a flourish, scoring nine of
her team’s 11 goals — eight coming in the first
For her efforts, Parker was named the Daily
Journal’s Athlete of the Week.
“Last year, they killed us. This time, I would
just keep swimming and just kept shooting and
they kept going in,” Parker said. “It’s an amazing
feeling to finally beat a private school.”
Parker has come a long way in a short amount
of time. She started playing water polo just three
years ago after a decade of swimming.
“I just got sick of it [swimming]. I got sick
of staring at the black line on the bottom of the
pool,” Parker said.
Some friends told her to give water polo a shot.
She took to it like a fish to water. But it wasn’t easy.
“My first game, I was horrible,” Parker said. “I
had no idea what I was doing.”
She started her water polo career with the
Stanford Water Polo Club before moving to
Golden State this past summer. Any surprise that
after a strong season, Stanford wants her back?
“I felt I wasn’t getting enough playing time at
Stanford,” Parker said. “At Golden State, I got to
play a lot more.”
Her swimming background helped in her
water polo development. As a middle-distance
swimmer, she was used to training in not only
sprints but also long distances. That work serves
her well in her position as driver — a player who
is in constant motion. Drivers initially set up on
the perimeter before driving toward the goal.
Drivers are in almost constant motion — not only
on offense, but defense as well. Drivers have to be
in shape to transition from offense to defense at a
“You need to be in really good shape. You need
to be able to swim a lot,” said Woodside coach
Josh Rubin. “She’s constantly moving.”
Said Parker, “I’m used to it now. At first it was
hard swimming up and down the pool.”
As good a player and shooter as Parker is,
Rubin is hoping she can develop into a team
leader. She is on her way. During a drill in
practice, Parker chastised a teammate for not
“My main goal for her is to make sure she’s
working with the other players on the team. We
have a lot of players who have come out [for the
team] that haven’t played before,” Rubin said. “I
want her to step up as a team leader.”
Parker doesn’t have to do it alone. Goalie Ruth
Milne is a senior and reigning league MVP and
Jamie Breen is a senior attacker and hole set. That
trio gives Woodside a good base from which to
build. As for Parker’s leadership role, she’d rather
lead by example.
“I just want to play as hard as I can and not
have those games where I don’t give 100 percent
effort,” Parker said. “We played two matches [in
the tournament]. We played St. Francis and got
killed 14-2. I was disappointed by that so I came
out against Menlo and just went for it.”
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the
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THROUGH THE YEARS
War and Rememberance
By James O. Clifford Sr.
War memorials often reveal
more about the living than the
dead. To paraphrase the ancient
Greeks, the glory of warriors will
die unless their sacrifices and deeds
are sung — or not. For example,
San Francisco recently erected a
waterfront monument honoring
the communist-backed Lincoln
Battalion of the Spanish Civil War
that, if moved less than a block,
would literally and figuratively
overshadow one that lists the names
of San Franciscans killed in the
Does Redwood City have a
collection of war and remembrance?
Yes. One just has to seek it out.
The list includes three monuments
in front of City Hall, the muchheralded
war memorial at Sequoia
High School, the American Legion
hall, a World War II tank, the
Veterans Memorial Senior Center,
Union Cemetery and the seldomseen
wreckage of a Navy destroyer.
The City Hall monuments, all
large rock slabs adorned with
plaques, remind passersby of
sacrifices made in World War II,
the Korean conflict and the war in
Vietnam, but not in chronological
order. The World War II plaque
lists the names of the 42 men
from Redwood City, a town with a
population of only 12,400 in 1940,
who died in what historian Ken
Burns called simply “the War.” In
much bigger lettering, the Vietnam
War memorial lists 15 names from
a city that had 55,686 residents in
the census of 1970. Off to the side
in what seems an afterthought is a
piece of granite dedicated to those
who fought in the Korean War.
There are no names listed on what
the memorial calls “the Forgotten
War.” Redwood City’s truly
forgotten war, however, is World
War I. The omission is perplexing
when one considers the “lest we
forget” effort made to pay homage
to local men who died in what many
hoped would be “the war to end all
war.” Memorial Park in La Honda
was established on July 4, 1924, as
a living monument to San Mateo
County’s dead in what was then called
the Great War or the World War.
“Of all Peninsula communities,
perhaps none was more profoundly
affected than Redwood City,”
opined Michael Svanevik, who
teaches history at College of San
Mateo. He said 284 Redwood City
men served and 10 died. The figures
are for a city that had only 2,442
residents when the census was taken
in 1910, seven years before the
United States went “over there.”
Well, World War I was a long
time ago, you say. So was the Civil
War, yet that bloody conflict is
recalled in a Grand Army of the
Republic plot at Union Cemetery.
The cemetery, which dates back to
1859, a six-acre site off Woodside
Road, contains the remains of about
40 Civil War veterans. Not one
was killed in the war — or born in
Redwood City. A statue of a Civil
War soldier, complete with rifle,
looks out over the graves from atop
a base that reads “to the memory
of California’s patriotic dead who
served during the War of the Union.”
The names of two of the 10 men
killed in World War I, Lloyd Thrush
and James Wilson, are, however,
engraved on the six-foot tall, 54-
inch wide, gray granite monument
at Sequoia High School that lists
the school’s alumni who died while
serving in the armed forces. Unlike
the monuments at City Hall, the
Sequoia one does not break down
deaths into conflicts, but Thrush
and Wilson clearly are lost among
the many more men who died in
World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
More than 700 people turned out
in 2005 for the dedication of the
high school’s monument, which was
largely the work of Dee Eva, class of
1961, who lost three friends in the
Eva said the memorial, which is
surrounded by 22,000 square feet of
lawn as well as redwood trees, has
become so well known people are
using it “to remember friends and
family members even though they
did not attend Sequoia nor serve in
She said people purchase concrete
benches or bricks and engrave them
with the names of relatives. Some
buy boulders and place plaques on
them. One impressive bench honors
18 veterans from the Carini family,
dating back to Giuseppe Carini
from World War I.
The huge monument was not the
first at Sequoia High. Nearby is a
plaque the class of 1955 dedicated
to those “who gave their lives in
the service of their country.” The
plaque rests on a stone donated by
the class of 1962.
A football field length or so
from the campus is the American
Legion hall, a one-story structure
at El Camino and Brewster fronted
by a large lawn, a flagpole and
welcoming signs announcing bingo
games and a bar that’s open to the
public. The hall opened in 1949,
replacing the legion meeting place
at Mezes Park, where a World
War II light tank still stands guard.
If visitors look to the right after
walking through the front door,
they will see a photo of Post 105’s
most famous member, Mitchell
Paige, who was awarded the Medal
of Honor for his exploits at the
Battle of Guadalcanal. Paige, who
went to the final muster in 2003,
was a marine sergeant on Oct. 26,
1942, when, with all his men either
dead or wounded, he moved from
machine gun to machine gun as
he fired into the advancing enemy.
Then, when reinforcement arrived,
he led a bayonet charge, according
to his citation.
The Veterans of Foreign
Wars post, named after the
aforementioned James Wilson,
meets at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center on Madison Avenue
near Community Park. Opened
in 1956, the center resulted from
lobbying by the VFW and the
American Legion to get the city
to build a meeting place for their
organizations, according to a center
publication called “Honoring Our
Legacy.” Today the operative word
in the center name is more senior
than veteran. Offering scores
of activities for senior citizens,
nearly 3,000 people use the center,
resulting in 10,000 visits per month.
Now, about that destroyer: The
hulk in bay mudflats about a mile
off Redwood City is all that remains
of the USS Thompson, a World
War I “four piper” that was used for
target practice by planes in World
Boaters often boarded the 314-
foot ship after the war and some
did a bit of pirating, according to
Bob Hoffman of Redwood City, a
past president of the Recreational
Boaters of California.
“Local sailors mined the hulk
of the Thompson for lead from
practice bombs, which they then
used when building keels for
sailboats,” he said.
Although it never fired a shot in
anger, the sunken vessel has such
a storied past that it “could be a
national monument,” he said.
The story of the Thompson was
chronicled by Peter Evans in the
May 1997 issue of Latitude 38.
The ship survived one of “the
worst peacetime naval disasters in
U.S. history,” Evans wrote.
On Sept. 8, 1923, the Thompson
was part of a flotilla of 14 destroyers
sailing from San Francisco to San
Diego. The first ship in line made a
wrong turn in thick fog near Point
Conception and smashed onto the
jagged rocks at Honda. Eight of
the ships in the lead vessel’s wake
followed. Seven ships were lost and
23 sailors died. The Thompson was
the last in line, which Evans called
its “good fortune.”
The Thompson wasn’t so
fortunate when it fell into civilian
hands before returning to the
Navy for target practice. Proving
that there will always be a local
angle, the Thompson was used as a
breakwater in the 1930s in a failed
attempt to resurrect the Pacific City
amusement park at Coyote Point,
which had a short run a decade
earlier. As an added indignity, the
Thompson became a restaurant and
bar during Prohibition.
Editor’s note: If any readers know
of other monuments that deserve
recognition, please contact the archives
at the Redwood City Public Library.
Parties Around Town
Time to Take Your
Fingers off the
And Come Join Us at the
Chamber of Commerce’s
United American Bank
2400 Broadway St.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
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A Restless Development:
Teenage Lane Four
Sound Startlingly Mature
By Michael Erler
That’s the first
thought that pops in
your head, knowing
information about Lane
Four that you know,
but having never heard
their music until 30
seconds ago. No f------
Left to right: Austin Dunn, Layla Allman, Eric Perkins & Nick Loiacono.
It is simply impossible that this sound — the
vocals, the guitars, the beat, pacing, rhythm,
everything — is being produced by four 15-
year-olds. It’s much too polished, too slick.
“Professional” is probably the most fitting
word. Lane Four is a professional band.
Slide them in your friend’s iPod Shuffle with
15 other contemporary indie acts and dare
her to figure out which song was made by
a quartet of 10th-graders. Give her three
guesses, just to be sporting.
It’s an easy way to win a free lunch.
“Austin, Nick and I decided to form a band,
but we didn’t have a singer. Layla came to
us, saying, ‘You guys are looking for a singer,
and I’m looking for a band.’ That’s how it
officially started,” explained Eric Perkins,
Lane Four’s drummer. The Austin to whom
he referred is pal Austin Dunn, the bass
player, and Nick Loiacono is their guitar hero,
the designated shredder. Skinny as a rail,
with blond hair hiding nearly his entire face,
Loiacono certainly looks the part. Listing
Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses among his
influences, he sounds it as well.
All of this is perfectly typical and clichéd
for any band, except the guys are a decade
younger than they’re supposed to be. They’re
not trying to juggle rehearsal times and gigs
with their crummy jobs at the record store or
pizza parlor. Their parents aren’t constantly
nagging them to give community college
another shot, “before it’s too late.”
Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The boys
are quite serious about their education and
very levelheaded about the odds of making
“I am committed to the band but I won’t
sacrifice my education lightly; there has to
be a solid and reliable incentive not to go to
college,” said Dunn, while Perkins also made
it clear that he’s not doing this to impress
the prom queen, saying, “Both the band
and school take up almost all of my time,
so outside of school I don’t have time for
anything else besides the band.”
The other tiny detail that makes their story
peculiar is the fact that their lead singer,
the Layla in Perkins’ story, is Layla Allman,
daughter of Gregg Allman, the singer,
songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist of the
legendary Allman Brothers Band.
Perhaps you’ve heard of them.
“One can tell by simply listening to 10
seconds of a single one of our songs that
my dad’s influence only reaches my desire
to be a rock singer,” said Allman with just a
trace of annoyed-teenager pique. However,
she’s obviously correct. The loud wailing
of Loiacono’s guitar on their single “One
Foot out the Door” is in stark contrast to the
peaceful hippie groove of “Mountain Jam”
that Allman’s father is known for, among
other hits. The two bands couldn’t be more
That doesn’t mean Allman doesn’t respect
her old man, though.
“My father’s success in music has
predominantly played the role of a motivation
in my mind, as I feel that a career in music
is tangible due to the fact that my family has
for musical respect among their older peers.
Generally, young bands know who their
audiences are and act accordingly, because
let’s face it, there is a substantial amount
of money to be made if everyone just plays
“As a band and as individual people, I
would say that our greatest fear would be
being portrayed and appearing as a ‘kid’
band, because that’s absolutely not what we
are or are trying to be. We’ve had a few bad
experiences of being booked and assumed
to be a light kid band, and have usually
ended interestingly,” Loiacono recalled,
while Allman echoed the sentiment, defiantly
declaring herself the anti–Miley Cyrus.
It’s an issue that she doesn’t take lightly.
“I hold great importance in the fact that
we need to be taken seriously as a young
rock band, not another sell-out kid band who
are only in it for the fame. We are strongly
committed to performing only the music that
we write ourselves within our genre. We’re
incredibly active on stage; that is a huge part
of us in putting on an entertaining live show,
so I’m wearing clothes that I feel comfortable
in because I think that’s significantly more
important that wearing some cutesy or
revealing outfit to compromise my image,”
she said, explaining why she often wears
jeans and a T-shirt on stage.
That Lane Four would even have to defend
themselves on this issue becomes moot
upon hearing them play. Ask them who
they think they sound like and you get a
wide range of responses, from Blessthefall
and Paramore to Avenged Sevenfold and
Scary Kids Scaring Kids, up-and-coming
acts all, but hardly household names. The
most mainstream comparison you get is
AFI. Allman’s singing voice seems to be
channeling Amy Lee, and while she hasn’t
yet reached Lee’s depth and range, it’s worth
noting that Allman is 11 years younger than
the Evanescence frontwoman and the only
question about her pipes is not the “if” but
“Austin, Nick and I decided to form a band, but we didn’t have a singer. Layla came to us, saying,
‘You guys are looking for a singer, and I’m looking for a band.’ That’s how it officially started.”
already succeeded in this area. My dad is
one who is convinced that in order to achieve
something, you must work for it on your own,
as he did. He is quite the opposite of a pushy
‘stage dad’ and offers encouragement but
nothing more, [so] I need to make it on my
own personal efforts,” she said.
Genetic history aside, one can’t help but
go back to their age. You go back to what
your band sounded like at 15. You go back
to what your voice sounded like. There are
plenty of kid bands out there and there have
been for quite some time, with perhaps
the Jackson Five being the most famous,
and now of course Miley Cyrus of “Hannah
Montana” is all the rage. The common
thread among all of them, however, is that
while they certainly have appeal, they sound
like young people singing songs for young
people. Their charm is more in a generational
“my first album” niche than a striving effort
rather the “when.”
The others similarly acknowledged that
they haven’t hit their peaks yet, even though
their current level is substantially more
accomplished than that of many of their
“As a musician, no matter how good or
bad you are, you always have room for
improvement,” agreed Loiacono,” adding,
“I also believe that we are too young to
consider ourselves ‘professional’ musicians.
But we do play shows and events that most
professional bands normally would.”
Professional or not, Lane Four rock hard
and they were chosen as one of three bands
from 150 Bay Area entrants in MTV’s “Rock
the Revolution” contest to play at Shoreline
Amphitheatre last August at the “Projekt
Revolution” concert, which was headlined
by Linkin Park, The Bravery and Chris
Cornell. Not only were they not intimidated
by the venue, but the band used the show to
hobnob with industry bigwigs and became
emboldened by the positive feedback they
received from the other acts.
“We get good feedback from people in the
business. However, we are striving to bring
it to the next level to blow them away. We
don’t want slack given to us just because
we are young. We want people to think
‘How do these kids do it,’” Dunn said of the
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Parties Around Town
A Restless Development: Lane Four
One person who became a believer long
ago is Allman’s mother, Shelby Blackburn.
While she’s quick to point out that she’s not
the band’s manager, explaining that all the
parents participate equally in the process,
she does do the lion’s share of the schedule
“I was in the music business long before
Lane Four came along,” Blackburn said.
“In the ’80s, I worked at two major record
labels in Los Angeles. In fact, I moved out of
Hollywood to Redwood City when Layla was
3 so she did not grow up in the show-bizkid
lifestyle. The fact that these kids chose
to put a band together in middle school
came as a surprise to all of us. The fact that
they have stayed together and kept going
strong through thick and thin is of their own
doing. You can’t ‘stage mom’ a band to be
committed and successful. I can, however,
use some of my knowledge to help them get
to the next level.”
Blackburn insisted that education is still
the first priority, saying, “The kids only
practice on weekends, unless they have a
big performance coming up; then we work
in additional practices occasionally. We turn
down more gigs than we play in order to
maintain a balance.”
However, she’s not blind to what’s
happening in front of her. In her next breath
she mentions that “performing is in Layla’s
blood” and isn’t naive about the fact that her
daughter, already a dead ringer (but taller) for
Hayden Panettiere of the popular TV series
“Heroes,” has the looks that may well indeed
help the band stand out even further from
other, equally talented, acts.
So far, everything is progressing as it
should, and there have been few, if any,
bumps in the road. The band is using
the Internet to full advantage (www.
lanefour) and has lined up gigs at Whisky a
Go Go in Hollywood and the Beale Street
Bar & Grill in San Francisco. They’ll be
playing at the Hometown Holidays festival
on Dec. 6 at the Courthouse Square here
in Redwood City and are about to enter a
competition to win a record deal with Wicked
Cool Records as well.
Lane Four, the adult alternative band that’s
trapped in high school anonymity, will grow
up and blow up sooner rather than later. Will
they make any compromises to get there
faster? No way.
Nonprofits in Action
Advocates for Children
For as little as 10 hours a month, you could make
a lasting difference in the life of an abused and
Each year, 600 to 800 San Mateo County
children enter the foster care system as a result of
abuse and neglect. Advocates for Children, CASA
of San Mateo County, is actively seeking caring
and consistent adults to mentor and speak up
for the best interests of these children. Over 130
children are waiting for someone who cares.
If you would like to become a volunteer
advocate, or just want to learn more, please attend
an orientation held in their San Mateo office. Visit
their Web site (www.AdvocatesFC.org) or call
650-212-4423 for more information.
City Talk Toastmasters
Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop
communication and leadership skills. The club
meets Wednesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Council
Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road.
Call Manny Rosas at 650-780-7468 if you would
like to check out a meeting or just stop in. Visit
www.toastmasters.org for more information about
the Toastmasters public speaking program.
CityTrees is a nonprofit working with the Public
Works Department to enhance and care for
Redwood City’s urban forest. They usually plant
or prune on the third Saturday of each month.
Check their Web site (www.citytrees.org) for a
listing of events and dates.
Family Service Agency of San
Looking for a dependable source of skilled,
reliable workers? Family Service Agency of San
Mateo County provides employers with mature,
ready-to-work, experienced workers who are 55
years and older. Employers contact the service
because they appreciate the superior work ethic
and the commitment to quality that mature
workers possess. There are no fees for hiring
candidates. Contact Barbara Clipper at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4368, to place your job order.
For those who are looking for work and are
at least 55 years of age, Family Service Agency
provides a range of services, including referrals
for classroom training, vocational counseling,
job referrals and on-the-job training for qualified
participants. Contact Connie Tilles at 650-403-
4300, ext. 4371, if you are looking for work.
Friends for Youth
Do you like to play video games, shoot hoops,
watch baseball games or just have fun? Then you
have what it takes to be a mentor!
As a mentor, you can hang out with a young
person like Reggie. He’s a 12-year-old who
loves pizza, baseball and cars. He lives with his
grandmother and three sisters and would love to
hang out with a guy and have fun. There are 30
boys like Reggie waiting to be matched with a
mentor like you. Most of the boys wait more than
a year to meet their mentors.
As a mentor with Friends for Youth, you will
have access to group activities like bowling,
miniature golf and camping trips, plus free tickets
to Giants, 49ers, Warriors and Sharks games and
more. In just a few hours a week you can make a
difference in the life of someone like Reggie.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor,
you are invited to attend a one-hour information
session in Redwood City. For upcoming
sessions, call 650-482-2871 or e-mail mentor@
Hearing Loss Association of the
Hearing Loss Association is a volunteer,
international organization of hard-of-hearing
people and their relatives and friends. The
nonprofit, nonsectarian, educational organization
is devoted to the welfare and interests of those
who cannot hear well but are committed to
participating in the hearing world.
A day meeting is held on the first Monday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave. Educational
speakers and refreshments are provided. A
demonstration of assistive devices is held on
the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
in the second-floor conference room at the
Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield
Road. Please call Marj at 650-593-6760 with any
Nursing Mothers Counsel
Nursing Mothers Counsel, a nonprofit
organization since 1955, provides free
breastfeeding education and assistance by highly
trained counselors (moms who breastfed for at
least six months). To speak with a counselor (no
fee), call 650-327-MILK (327-6455).
NMC also offers free breastfeeding classes.
Moms (including babies), dads, grandmas and
friends are welcome. Classes are held the first
Saturday of each month at Mills Hospital in San
Mateo from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 650-327-MILK
(327-6455) to RSVP.
NMC also has breast pumps and breastfeeding
supplies available for purchase and rent. Call
650-364-9579. If you’d like to become a trained
counselor, call 650-365-2713. Visit their Web site
Optimist Club of Redwood City
The Optimists invite you to become a member of
Optimist International, one of the largest service
organizations in the world, where “bringing out
the best in kids” has been their mission for over
80 years. Whether you’re a club officer or a club
member who enjoys the fellowship and friendship
of others with a common greater good, Optimist
International needs and wants you as a member.
The Optimist Club of Redwood City meets
every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Bakers Square, 949
Veterans Blvd. For information, call President
Anita-Mae Lollar at 650-366-7515 or John
Butterfield at 650-366-8803. Or come join them
for lunch to learn more about how you can make a
Peninsula Hills Women’s Club
Founded in 1960, Peninsula Hills Women’s Club,
a member of the General Federation of Women’s
Clubs and the California Federation of Women’s
Clubs, is a philanthropic organization serving the
community through charitable, educational and
service programs. Meetings are held the third
Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. For additional
information, contact PHWC, P.O. Box 1394,
Redwood City, CA 94064.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
In addition to sheltering and finding new homes
for stray and unwanted animals (100 percent
placement for healthy dogs and cats since 2003!),
PHS/SPCA has vital programs for people. The
shelter drives its mobile spay/neuter clinic into
low-income neighborhoods, offering owners free
“fixes” for their pets. PHS/SPCA also provides
a free animal behavior help line in English and
Spanish. Call 650-340-7022, ext. 783 or 786.
And domestic abuse victims who wish to leave
their abusive situation but are fearful of doing
so because they have pets can receive temporary
sheltering for their pets through PHS/SPCA. Call
650-340-7022, ext. 330.
Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club
The Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered
in April 1988. In the years since that time, the
club has met weekly at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and
to hear a speaker at the Waterfront Restaurant at
Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City. The club, with
22 members, has frequently been honored as an
outstanding small club by Rotary District 5150,
which includes San Mateo, San Francisco and
part of Marin counties. For more information or
to join, call Marc Manuel at 650-306-9606.
Redwood City Education
The Redwood City Education Foundation is an
all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated
to providing students in the Redwood City
School District with a strong education that lays
the foundation for future success. They raise
private money to provide enrichment programs
to all students in the district. Their funding is
focused on academic achievement, music and
art, and health and wellness. They are currently
seeking new board members. Board members
are responsible for attending monthly meetings,
chairing board committees, participating
in fundraising and outreach activities, and
promoting RCEF in the community. If you are
interested in the possibility of serving on the
board, please contact Adam Borison at 650-363-
7271 or email@example.com. For more information on
RCEF, check out www.rcef.org.
Redwood City Rotary
Redwood City Rotary performs many service
projects, provides college scholarships and
donates to international relief efforts. The 50-
member club meets in a spirit of good fellowship
and fun each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia
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Will Shakespeare Eludes Parents, Escapes to London
Parents Cry, ‘Hey, Shakespeare, Get a Job!’
computer technology, medicine and finance.
Nature’s Bounty explores how the earliest people
of the Peninsula used natural resources and how
those resources were utilized to help build San
Francisco after the discovery of gold in 1849.
Includes interactive displays for young children.
Journey to Work describes how transportation
transformed San Mateo County from a frontier
to a suburb, with “touch-and-learn stations” and
historical photo opportunities.
Charles Parsons Ships of the World features
24 historic model ships handcrafted by Charles
Parsons of San Carlos. Based on the historic plans
for the ships, each model is completely unique
and intricately pieced together.
San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame honors
athletes who have made significant contributions
to their sport. The exhibit pays homage to John
Madden, Barry Bonds and Tom Brady, among others.
Politics, Crime and Law Enforcement is the
theme of the Atkinson Meeting Room, including
a display of the Walter Moore Law Enforcement
Collection of historic badges.
“Hey Shakespeare — Get a Job!” will be
performed on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. and Oct.
19 at 2 p.m. at McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane
St., Redwood City. Friday, Oct. 17, is Free Senior
Night for anyone over the age of 65.
Tickets are only $8 for general seating and
$10 for premium seating. Call 650-482-5980 for
reservations, or stop by the North Star Academy
office at 400 Duane St., Redwood City.
Will Shakespeare is talented, motivated … and
in serious trouble with his parents! In the world
premiere of “Hey Shakespeare — Get a Job!” the
students of North Star Academy and John Gill
School bring exciting scenes from Shakespeare’s
plays to the stage, and the playwright’s parents
are in the audience. Will they approve?
For an interesting perspective on the life
of Shakespeare and a good way to introduce
the artist to young and old alike, don’t miss
this production written and directed by Neva
Hutchinson. It’s an evening of Shakespeare as
you’ve never seen it before.
This co-production between North Star
Academy and John Gill School features students
from the fourth through eighth grades. A
bilingual play, it combines Shakespeare’s writing
with a modern twist.
North Star Academy is a public Redwood
City school. It was established in 1997 to serve
the unique needs of high-achieving students in
grades 3–8. John Gill Elementary School, also in
Redwood City, is a performing arts magnet school
that strives to meet the needs of the “whole” child
through a curriculum that engages the minds,
bodies and spirits of its students, grades K–5.
This play has been made possible through
grants from the Redwood City Civic Cultural
Commission and the Wellesley Foundation.
If you’d like more information about “Hey
Shakespeare — Get A Job!” or to schedule an
interview with Neva Hutchinson, author and
director, please contact Martha Traynor at 650-
367-1250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Mateo County History
2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
$2–$4; free for children 5 and under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic
1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people
visit the museum each year, and the number of
local residents who hold memberships is growing.
The History Museum teaches approximately
14,000 children each year through the on- and
off-site programs. The museum houses the
research library and archives that currently hold
over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and
documents collected by the San Mateo County
The Grand Rotunda is the architectural
highlight of the restored 1910 building. Its stained
glass dome is reported to be the largest on the
Pacific Coast in a public building.
Courtroom A, restored to its 1910 appearance,
features a stained-glass ceiling and is the oldest
courtroom in San Mateo County.
Living the California Dream is an object art
theater exploring the development of the suburban
lifestyle on the Peninsula. Sit down and enjoy the show.
Land of Opportunity: The Immigrant
Experience in San Mateo County features the
cultural groups that formed the county, including
the Irish, Filipino, Portuguese, Mexican, Chinese,
Japanese and Italian.
San Mateo County History Makers:
Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World
follows a timeline of innovation in business and
industry with “touch-and-learn stations” about
Behind the Gates of the Great Estates on the
Peninsula (through Nov. 9). Enter the world of
refined Victorian mansions, elaborately carved
furniture and formal dining that set the tone for
gracious and elegant living, where good manners
were highly valued while questionable behavior
was not discussed in polite conversation … except
in secret, behind the gates.
Gabriel Moulin’s Photos of San Francisco
Peninsula from 1910 to 1930 (through Nov. 9).
Be transported back to the days of elegant living
by viewing photographs of the great estates in
San Mateo County by Gabriel Moulin (1872-
1945), California’s premier society photographer.
The treasures of his photographs are the most
beautiful mansions we will never see except in
rare photos. It is an era that is gone with the wind.
“History Was My Beat” on the Courthouse Docket
Saturday, Nov. 8. $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and
students, free for members
Jim Clifford presents “History Was My Beat.” A
journalist, Clifford will discuss the local stories
he covered and the features he wrote during his
40-year career. He will give special emphasis
to the story behind the story: the changes in
reporting he witnessed during a career that went
from typewriter to computer.
The City of Redwood City
Presents: Scare on the Square
A series of free Halloween-inspired movies at
Courthouse Square in downtown Redwood City,
Saturdays at 6:45 p.m.
Oct. 4 – “The Addams Family” (PG-13)
Oct. 11 – “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (PG)
Oct. 18 – “Edward Scissorhands” (PG)
‘08 Woodside Resembles ‘04 Championship Squad
Woodside High School football coach Steve
Nicolopulos doesn’t like to make comparisons.
But almost everything he says about this year’s
team — its chemistry, sense of purpose and
talent — in some small way conjures up images
of the 2004 squad. Those Wildcats, of course,
won a Central Coast Section championship. That
doesn’t mean the ’08 version will, but you can
bet it will better last year’s 2-8 mark, the worst
finish under Nicolopulos as he enters his 10th
year as Woodside’s head coach (this is his second
stint at the school, with the first coming from
Indeed, the Wildcats are looking to quickly
erase the nightmare that was last season. Out
of their eight losses, six came when they either
led, were tied or trailed by seven points entering
the fourth quarter. That can’t — and probably
won’t — happen this season. For the sake of
Nicolopulos’ sanity, it better not.
“I don’t remember all the scores [of the
close losses]; you kind of want to forget your
nightmares,” he said. “I don’t like to compare past
teams. I’ll just say things are starting to look a lot
Woodside returns 11 starters, including
dazzling senior tailback Jason Simpson, whose
game-changing ability makes him a threat to
score each time he touches the ball. The Wildcats
actually had trouble consistently running the ball
last year because of offensive line issues.
That forced them to pass more than they
wanted to, leading at times to a rash of turnovers.
But running shouldn’t be a problem this season,
not with the improved play of the offensive line.
Center Fernando Perez, guards Edgar Martinez
and Matt DeLeon and tackles Alex Chao and
Ben Kahriman look to open up some big holes
for Simpson, who needs only a little amount of
daylight to run wild.
“I think our O-line is better off because they’re
more mature,” Nicolopulos said. “Obviously
the line was suspect last year because they
were young and inexperienced. A couple of
the same kids who played last year are now
starters and anchors. They have fairly good size
and quickness, and that’s going to help us stay
balanced. They say balance is good; having
balance will keep other teams off-balanced.”
For the first week of practice as many as four
quarterbacks were taking reps in practice, but
Cory McDonald seemed to be the favorite to
start the season opener. Possessing nimble feet,
McDonald will give Woodside another option
in the run game, but Nicolopulos said he can
do damage in the passing game as well. Junior
backup quarterback/running back Kenya Price
should see plenty of action because of his speed,
something the Wildcats have plenty of this year.
“I think team speed will be more of a factor for
us,” Nicolopulos said. “We have more team speed
than we’ve had the past couple of years, and we
had good team speed when we won CCS.”
Wide receivers D’Andre Bowens, Brian
Barrow and Brandon Carey all have the potential
to stretch defenses and make some big plays.
Nicolopulos said the defense is working to get up
to speed, but he knows he can rely on returning
all-league defensive end/tight end Sekope
Kaufusi, who is an absolute force on both sides of
the ball, as is linebacker/fullback Jeff Thomas.
Additional impact players include linebacker/
tight end Eddie Lara, offensive tackle Brian
Pineda and defensive tackle and Sequoia-transfer
Julio Rodriguez. In addition to the influx of
talent, Nicolopulos likes what he’s seen from his
players and what they did in the offseason.
“It sure helps to have team unity and have guys
on the same page,” he said. “If the guys aren’t
together, they’re divided.”
One thing is for certain: Just like the ’04 team,
this Woodside squad will have no shortage of
motivation to draw upon.
“That ’04 team had a lot to prove coming off
an embarrassing situation, and maybe these
guys want to prove they’re not a 2-8 group,”
Nicolopulos said. “I definitely hope so [the team
makes the playoffs]. If we don’t, it means we’re
finishing fifth or in last place. And that means
we’re barely winning one game [in Bay Division
Said Simpson: “I think this team can make
a huge turnaround. All the work we put in [the
offseason] is going to make a difference.”
Coach: Steve Nicolopulos, 10th year
2007 record: 1-6 Bay Division, 2-8 overall
Returning starters: 11
Key returners: Jason Simpson (RB/CB, sr.),
Sekope Kaufusi (DE/TE, sr.), Matt DeLeon (OL/
Key newcomers: Kenya Price (QB/RB, jr.), Julio
Rodriguez (DT, sr.)
2008 schedule (home games in CAPS): 9/26
vs. ALISAL, 8 p.m.; 10/3 vs. MCCLYMONDS,
8 p.m.; 10/17 vs. ARAGON, 7 p.m.; 10/24 vs.
MENLO SCHOOL, 7 p.m.; 10/31 vs. SOUTH
CITY, 7 p.m.; 11/7 at Terra Nova, 8 p.m.; 11/15 at
Menlo-Atherton, 2 p.m.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the
Daily Journal newspaper.
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Club, 1695 Broadway, to hear speakers and plan
community benefits, including the annual July 4
raffle that raises $80,000 for 12 local charities.
For more information about joining, contact
President Alpio Barbara at 650-369-0351.
Redwood City Sunrise Lions Club
This group is small but has a growing
membership. All members either live or work
in our community and share a common goal of
making our city a better place to live. This club
is one of over 44,000 Lions Clubs in 199 nations.
Chartered in 1966, the club has been vigorously
active helping eyesight-impaired youth in our
schools and seniors who are hearing-impaired.
Join them for breakfast! The Lions meet every
Wednesday at Bob’s Court House Coffee Shop,
2198 Broadway, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Call Bill
Gibbons at 650-766-8105 for more details.
Redwood City Women’s Club
Redwood City Women’s Club meets at the
clubhouse, 149 Clinton St., the first Thursday of
each month September through June. Social at
11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon, followed by meeting
and program. For information, visit the group’s
Web site at rwcwc.com.
Sequoia High School Alumni
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each
month at the Sequoia District Board Room, 480
James Ave., at 7 p.m. All alumni and friends
of Sequoia are welcome to attend. For more
information call Nancy at 650-592-5822, visit the
Web site at sequoiahsalumniassoc.org or e-mail
Sequoia Stamp Club
This club was established in 1947 and invites
community members to visit. The club meets
at the Community Activities Building, 1400
Roosevelt Ave., every second and fourth Tuesday
at 7:45 p.m. There is a program every meeting and
refreshments are served. The dues are only $3
per year. Contact Hank at 650-593-7012, e-mail
email@example.com or visit the group’s
Web site at www.penpex.org. Sequoia Stamp Club
sponsors a free stamp show at the same location
on the first weekend in December.
Soroptimist International of South
The Soroptimists invite you to become a member
of Soroptmist International, the world’s largest
service organization for business and professional
women, where “improving the lives of women
and children” has been their mission since 1921.
Soroptimists work through service projects to
advance human rights and the status of women
locally and abroad. Soroptimist International
of South Peninsula needs and wants you as a
member. While helping women’s and children’s
causes, you will enjoy fellowship and lasting
friendships. They meet the second Thursday of
every month. For more information, please call
their president, Maria, at 650-366-0668, Monday–
Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club
Since October 1956, the Woodside Terrace A.M.
Kiwanis Club has been devoted to community
service in Redwood City. Through the decades,
the club has provided funds to help many worthy
community programs and continues to add more
community projects. The Key Club of Sequoia
High School, sponsored by the Woodside Terrace
A.M. Kiwanis Club, was chartered in 1994 and
has been involved in raising money and donating
time and effort to many programs.
The Woodside Terrace A.M. Kiwanis Club
meets every Wednesday morning 7:15–8:30 a.m.
at the Waterfront Restaurant, 1 Uccelli Blvd. (at
Pete’s Harbor). They invite you to come to their
meetings and check out the club’s Web site at
Woodside Terrace Optimist Club
This is a unique club made up of senior citizens
who want to stay involved. Most, but not all, come
from the residence at Woodside Terrace. The club
is open to all of the community and provides an
opportunity for seniors to be useful.
The club’s funds are raised by a card, candy
and necklace sale held on the fourth Wednesday
of each month in the main lobby at 485 Woodside
Road, open to the public. All greeting cards are a
dollar each. They sell See’s and other candy bars
and hold a See’s fundraiser for holidays. One of
their members makes beautiful necklaces and
sells them for $10 or more if one wishes to make a
larger donation to the club.
The club has a tutoring project at Taft School
and has contributed to school libraries, the
Children’s Cancer Campaign, the Optimist
Volunteers for Youth Camp near La Honda
for needy children, the Optimist Jr. World
Golf program, Challenge Day and many other
programs for kids.
Lunches/meetings are at 12:30 p.m. on the
second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in
the Assisted Living Dining Room at Woodside
Terrace. Guests are welcome. Please call president
Jack Murphy at 650-780-9891 or Millie Cole at
650-366-1392 for reservations.
This local organization is dedicated to
empowering students through literacy and
investing community members in underserved
public schools. YES Reading recruits and
trains community volunteers to provide oneon-one
tutoring for elementary and middle
school students reading below grade level.
The organization partners with historically
underresourced public schools and works closely
with classroom teachers to provide curriculumbased,
results-oriented intervention for lowperforming
YES Reading operates several reading centers
on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, including
a site at Selby Lane School in Atherton. If you
are interested in becoming a reading tutor for a
child who needs your help, please call 408-945-
9316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the YES
Reading Web site at www.yesreading.org.
Editor’s note: If you are connected with
a nonprofit organization and want your
information printed in The Spectrum, send
it to email@example.com or The
Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood
City, CA 94064. Let our community know your
contributions and maybe they will want to join you.
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11th Annual Arts & Olive Festival Set for Oct. 5 at Cañada College
The 11th annual Arts & Olive Festival will be
held Sunday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Cañada College. Admission and parking are
free, but a $5 donation is requested to support
the Cañada College Student Scholarship fund.
The college is located at 4200 Farm Hill Blvd. in
The annual celebration on the spectacular
college campus overlooking the Santa Cruz
Mountains mixes olives, olive oils, vinegars and
food with local artists, musicians, dancers and
performers on two stages. A list of participating
olive vendors and artists is available at www.
olivefest.org. There will also be an olive curing
demonstration and production presentation from a
local olive grower and a kids’ corner.
Cañada College used to be known as the “Olive
Orchard” many years ago, when cattle roamed
across Sand Hill Road and the roundup cowboys
brought them to this hilltop to chew grasses under
the trees. When construction of the college began
more than 35 years ago, the olive trees were
carefully removed for protection and were planted
temporarily in a long trench off the main site. The
trees were replanted in 1968, just in time for the
college’s official opening, and have been thriving
ever since. Some 350 olive trees can be counted
today throughout the campus grounds.
For more information, contact Julie Mooney at
650-306-3428 or visit www.olivefest.org.
Giusto Named Festival Queen
Last month, Jenine Giusto of Redwood City was
named the North Fair Oaks Community Festival Queen.
The festival, an annual multicultural event celebrated
this year on Aug. 24, aims to build bonds between
law enforcement and the community, raise money for
the Sheriff’s Youth Activities Fund and encourage
community celebration. Activities include the crowning
of the queen.
Giusto is a recent graduate of Woodside High School who is heading to
San Jose State University in the fall to study business and theater arts.
“I was jumping up and down and packing for college at the same time,”
Giusto said about receiving the news. “It was just the cherry on top of the cake.”
Giusto will receive a $4,000 scholarship underwritten by Chavez Supermarkets.
Two semi-finalists, or princesses, were also named. Alice Rivera and
Evelyn Garcia will each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Rivera graduated
from the East Palo Alto Academy and will begin studying pre-medicine
at the University of California at Santa Cruz in the fall. Garcia graduated
from Sequoia High School and plans to study broadcast journalism at the
University of California at Davis.
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to finalists Laura Tovar and
Viridiana Acosta. Tovar, a Menlo-Atherton High School graduate, plans to
study political science at UC Santa Cruz. Acosta, a Sequoia graduate, plans
to study pre-medicine at UC Davis.
For more information about the North Fair Oaks Queen of the Festival
competition, call Catherine Tompkison-Graham at 650-368-2497 or visit
NOT JUST WHAT WE PICK UP.
IT’S WHAT we DELIVER.
On August 28, the South Bayside Waste Management Authority (SBWMA) representatives chose
Norcal Waste Systems of San Mateo County without dissent as the best choice to provide a newer
and higher level of recycling, organics and solid waste collection services to central San Mateo
County. The SBWMA communities include Burlingame, Hillsborough, Foster City, San Mateo,
Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Menlo Park, parts of San Mateo
County and the West Bay Sanitary District.
While being ranked #1 was a remarkable honor, it was the reasons for that selection we found most
rewarding: demonstrated responsiveness and reliability. Value pricing that ensures we meet and
exceed our customer’s quality expectations. And last, but far from least, national leadership in
sustainable environmental programs like recycling and organics composting.
In short, we were awarded top marks in this objective and independent process simply because we
live by the three powerful thoughts you’ll find emblazoned on each and every one of our collection
trucks, our facilities, our uniforms and even our always-printed-on-recycled-paper business cards:
People. Service. Environment.
These words represent an unshakable commitment. A decisive plan of action. The standards by
which we expect to be judged.
Over the next several months we’ll be talking to all of the jurisdictions in the SBMWA about
how we put those ideas into practice. What that means for each community. And how it
will directly benefit you.
In the meantime, we’d love to start a dialogue about the opportunity to improve service in
your area. Please send your ideas or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we get to know each other, I think you’ll find one thing is true about Norcal. Sure, our job
is picking up. But it’s what we deliver that makes the difference.
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When Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set world
records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in the
Beijing Olympics, few people were prouder than
Woodside High senior Jason Simpson.
The Jamaican-born Simpson, 17, looked on with
pride and wonder as Bolt electrified the world.
Now Simpson is looking to provide a similar bolt
of energy to the Wildcats, who are coming off an
atypical 2-8 season, and open the 2008 campaign
at home against Sacramento. The 6-foot, 200-pound
tailback/defensive back enters his third varsity
season as one of the best players in the Peninsula
Athletic League, if not the Central Coast Section.
Possessing speed, agility and underrated
strength, Simpson totaled more than 1,200 yards
from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns last
year. Able to turn the corners and outrun defenders
with ease, Simpson worked hard in the offseason
to improve his power.
“I think last year I looked too much to outrun
people,” he said. “This offseason I got into the
weight room and got after it. I’ve never worked
this hard before. I’m bigger, faster and stronger. I
wanted to take those hits, lower my shoulders and
drive my legs on more plays.”
Even though Simpson is looking to hit the hole
harder and show he’s not just about speed, the fact
of the matter is few players can keep up with him.
Simpson has been timed by his coaches in the 40-
yard dash in 4.3 seconds, but even he admits the
4.52 time he clocked at the Scout.com combine in
the summer is probably more accurate. The point
is Simpson can flat-out fly.
Over the last two years, Simpson has eluded
defenses with his ability to find a hole and
accelerate into the open field. Once he gets there,
it’s all over for the opposition. Before Simpson
gets the ball he pores over the defense for a presnap
read. Then he says a few words to himself
before his instincts take over. Perhaps it’s no
coincidence Simpson has a tremendous burst.
Growing up, Simpson was just like any other
Jamaican kid — he ran.
And ran. And ran. And kept on running until he
In Jamaica, kids start school at age 3, and
shortly after that they get involved in the country’s
favorite sports: soccer and track, Simpson said.
Each school would have its own mini Olympic
competition, and the best runners got to compete
in the national championships in Jamaica’s
“You just run to run,” he said. “That’s how it
all starts, and that’s why you see so many fast
Jamaican sprinters. You start running at an early
age for the love of it, and then you start realizing
While track was Simpson’s first love, he
developed an affinity for soccer as well. Simpson
and his friends played soccer barefoot even though
he could afford shoes. They collected milk bottles
and juice cartons and made a soccer ball out of
them, and used cans as the goal. When Simpson’s
family immigrated to Chicago in 1999, Simpson
had no understanding of American football.
“I only knew American football as rugby,” he said.
Simpson didn’t take a liking to football at first.
He watched the Chicago Bears on television only
because he couldn’t find soccer games on the tube.
Simpson only started to get into America’s most
popular viewed sport after playing the Madden
football video game. He moved to the Bay Area in
2002 and started playing Pop Warner football as
“For a guy who hasn’t played football that long,
it’s amazing to see how far Jason has come,”
Woodside coach Steve Nicolopulos said. “The best
part is he’s only going to get better. He’s stepped
up and has become one of our team leaders.
Obviously he’s pretty fast. Maybe we have another
Nicolopulos raves about Simpson’s attitude
and skills, but there’s one thing that gets to the
“He gets upset when I juggle the football in
practice,” Simpson laughed.
Simpson tries to mold himself after one of
his friends, Desarte Yarnway of Sacred Heart
Cathedral. Yarnway, a tailback, is one of the toprated
players in Northern California. Simpson
is receiving interest from Division I schools
at cornerback. Although he would like to play
tailback, he’ll have no complaints about playing
defense at the next level.
For now, Simpson is focusing on the upcoming
season, doing whatever he can to make sure
Woodside returns to the playoffs. Can the Wildcats
go from 2-8 to PAL Bay Division champions in
one year? Simpson says yes, even though others
might feel differently. After all, no one expected
Jamaica to dominate the Olympic sprint events,
and they just about swept them.
“There was a huge sense of pride there,”
Simpson said. “My family and I stayed up late
and watched all the events together. They made
Spurred by a sense of pride of his homeland,
Simpson is looking to make his own mark in a
country he’s grown equally proud of, America.
Editor’s note: This article appeared first in the
Daily Journal newspaper.
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Saturday, October 18,
10 am - 2 pm
Belly dance performance,
chair massage, refreshments,
Drop in for classes or to work out
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Franklin Method Balls and Bands
Saturdays, Oct. 4–18, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Each session $15, or all three for $39
Release tension while you improve
alignment and posture. You will gain
a basic understanding of how the
simple use of functional anatomy
and imagery along with Franklin
balls and Thera-bands can create
significant changes for your back,
shoulders and neck. Positive change
is just an image away! Each session
of this three-week series focuses on
a specific area. You may attend one,
two, or all three sessions.
Oct. 4: Focus on pelvis
Oct. 11: Focus on shoulders
Oct. 18: Focus on spine
Introduction to ThetaHealing:
Creating Positive Body Perception
Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Workshop fee: $20
Learn about ThetaHealing and how
it can be used to change negative
beliefs, feelings and thoughts
about how we perceive our bodies,
ourselves and the world around us.
We will discuss how beliefs are held,
where they come from and how to
check for them. We will talk about
positive energy teachings such as “I
know how to appreciate my body,”
“I know what it feels like to trust
my body/myself,” “I know how to
listen to my body,” etc. In addition,
we’ll do a visualization meditation
that changes your brain waves from
beta (talking/awake) to theta (deep
sleep/meditation), which allows you
to connect to the part of yourself
that is a place of instant change and
Pre-registration recommended for all
workshops. For more information or to
register, call 650-364-9194 or e-mail
Columbus Replica Ship Still
Here to Visit
The Nina, a replica of Columbus’
favorite ship, opens in Redwood
City Wednesday, Sept. 24.
The ship will be docked at the
Redwood City Municipal Marina,
adjacent to the Seaport Conference
Center, until its early morning
departure on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Built completely by hand and
without the use of any power tools,
Archaeology magazine called the
ship “the most historically correct
Columbus replica ever built.” The
craftsmanship of construction and
the details in the rigging make it a
truly fascinating visit back to the
Age of Discovery while adding
a unique perspective to the Age
of Sail. The Nina was used in the
production of the film “1492,”
which starred Gerard Depardieu and
was directed by Ridley Scott.
The ship has been touring
continually since 1992 as a
“sailing museum” for the purpose
of educating the public and
schoolchildren on the “caravel,” a
Portuguese ship used by Columbus
and many early explorers to discover
While the ship is in port, the
general public is invited to visit
for a walk-aboard, self-guided
tour. Prices are $5 for adults, $4 for
senior citizens and $3 for students.
Children 4 and under are free. The
ship is open every day from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Teachers wishing to schedule a
30-minute guided tour with a crew
member should call the ship directly
at 787-672-2152. Minimum of 15;
no maximum. Visit www.thenina.
com. The ship arrives Tuesday,
Sept. 23, and there will be a private
viewing of the ship for the media
Woodside Boosters Selling
Woodside High School Music
Boosters are selling Entertainment
’09 books in September and October
as a fundraiser for the music
department. Books contain coupons
worth 50 percent off or two-forone
at many local businesses (and
throughout the Bay Area) for dining
out, fast food, entertainment and
sports, hotels, retail and services.
Books are $25 each. To purchase a
book, contact Debbie Marsh at 361-
8287 or email@example.com.
Nominations Now Being
Accepted for Sequoia Award
Nominations are being accepted to
recognize students, a Redwood City
Citizen of the Year and a Business of
If you think you must have
straight A’s to win a great
scholarship, think again. The
recipients of this scholarship win
due to their levels of volunteerism
in the community. To qualify for a
Sequoia Award scholarship, students
must also be residents of Redwood
City and seniors in high school.
Last year, a total of 27 corporate
scholarships worth over $104,000
were awarded to deserving senior
high school students who showed
exemplary volunteerism in the
community. The winner of the
largest scholarship of $10,000 was
Alicia Beekman, from Woodside
Last year’s Citizen of the Year
was Sister Christina Heltsley and
the Business of the Year was Wells
Fargo: true examples of giving back
to the community.
Please visit www.sequoiaawards.
org for more information and to
obtain the required nomination
forms. Nominations must be
received by Oct. 31. The event date
is Thursday, March 5, 2009.
The Sequoia Awards were
established in 1990 for the purpose
of recognizing outstanding
volunteerism in the community
among students, individuals and
businesses. For nearly a decade,
the Sequoia Awards scholarship
program has awarded hundreds
of thousands of dollars to
outstanding high school seniors
who have performed extraordinary,
service. The Sequoia Awards fund
provides opportunities to dozens
of students each year and is the
largest scholarship group awarded in
Sequoia Appoints New
Redwood City resident James
Lianides was named the Sequoia
Union High School District assistant
superintendent and chief of business.
Lianides will join the district
on Oct. 1 after nearly a decade
with the Pacifica School District,
where he served as director of
administrative services and, since
2006, as superintendent. He will
fill the position left vacant by the
departure of Ed LaVigne. During
his work in the six-school Pacifica
district, Lianides strengthened the
commitment to standards-based
curriculum, established a highly
effective program for special
education students, oversaw a $70
million modernization project and
actively participated in this year’s
successful parcel tax campaign.
“The depth and breadth of
Jim’s leadership experience in
public education in California
makes him the ideal complement
to our leadership team,” said
Superintendent Patrick Gemma.
“The fact that Jim resides in our
district and graduated from our own
Woodside High School is a reflection
of his built-in affinity for the district
and our schools.”
In his new role, Lianides will
oversee the district’s construction
activities as well as budget and
finance, information technology
and services, maintenance and
operations, purchasing, food
services and transportation.
Following graduation from the
University of California at Berkeley,
Lianides taught bilingual classes
in Los Angeles and Redwood
City public schools and served as
principal of public schools in the
Half Moon Bay and Mountain View
school districts. In 2006, Lianides
earned his doctorate in education
through a joint doctoral program in
leadership for educational equity
sponsored by UC Berkeley and
California State University.
Firefighters Fill Their Boots
Redwood City firefighters’ “Fill the
Boot” event raised $5,000 for the
Muscular Dystrophy Association on
Aug. 15, when a dozen dedicated
firefighters and interns volunteered
their time to hit the streets.
Coordinator Greg McCarthy and
his team continued the success of
Local No. 2400 in San Mateo County.
MDA gave a heartfelt “thank you” to
the Redwood City community and
to the Redwood City firefighters for
their hard work and dedication.
4th Annual Taft Community Fair
Taft Elementary School celebrates
its third annual Community Fair
with food, games and local agencies
at 903 10th Ave. in Redwood City.
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Finance: Should You Prepay Mortgage or Invest?
By David Amann, Special to The Spectrum
If you’re fortunate enough to have
some disposable income lying
around, you might want to use it to
advance your long-term financial
goals. If so, you can choose among
many different options. Here’s one
such decision: Should you make
extra principal-only mortgage
payments, or should you invest the
There may not be a clear-cut answer to this
question, because each choice — to prepay or
invest — has some merits. So before making any
decisions, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with
To begin with, you might try to calculate
whether prepaying or investing gives you the
greatest financial return. To come out ahead by
investing, you’d need to find an investment vehicle
that paid more than your fixed mortgage rate. For
example, if you pay off a fixed-rate mortgage of
5 percent, you are in effect “earning” a 5 percent
return, so if you found an investment that paid 6
percent or 7 percent annually, you could say that
you’d be better off making the investment rather
than prepaying your mortgage.
At first glance, you might think your choice
is clear. After all, you reason, it shouldn’t be too
hard to find an investment that pays 6 percent
or 7 percent. Over the past 80 years, largecompany
stocks have returned on average more
than 10 percent annually, according to Ibbotson
Associates, a leading investment research firm.
And yet, despite these figures, you can’t
necessarily conclude that investing always beats
prepaying. For one thing, as you’ve no doubt
heard, “past performance does not guarantee
future results.” And those impressive long-term
stock market returns are just averages; though the
market has trended upward over the long term,
it can also go through extended periods of low
returns or even sizable losses. But when you pay
down your mortgage balance each year, you’re
earning a regular, low-risk “return” in the form
of interest savings. So you need to ask yourself if
you can accept taking on greater investment risk in
exchange for a potentially higher return.
Furthermore, you might find it psychologically
beneficial to pay off your mortgage as soon as
possible. And the less you owe on your house, the
greater your profit when you sell it.
But other factors may weigh against
prepayment. You generally get a tax deduction
on your mortgage interest, and this deduction,
especially in the early years of your mortgage, can
be considerable. Even more important, though, is
the need to diversify. If you have all your money
tied up in your house, and the housing market
slumps, as it has recently, your net worth might
suffer more than if you had spread your money
around a variety of assets, including stocks, bonds
and government securities. (Keep in mind, though,
that diversification by itself cannot guarantee a
profit or protect against loss.)
Clearly, you’ll need to weigh all these factors
before deciding whether to prepay your mortgage
or invest. Fortunately, it’s not always an “eitheror”
question. One month you could pay more on
your mortgage while the next month you could
invest any money you have available. It’s your
choice — so make the most of it.
Community Interest: Continued
The festivities will begin at noon and end at 4 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The celebration will feature Taft students and
local performers, delicious home-cooked meals,
inflatable jumpers and good, clean fun for the
entire family. The school is also celebrating the
fact that after many years of hard work it has
met its API two years in a row and is no longer a
program improvement school!
The event is open to the public, but friends,
family, alumni and those in the surrounding area
are particularly encouraged to attend. The school
is constantly looking to add activities to the fair
and include more social service agencies. For
more information, call 650-369-2589. All are
welcome to join in this delightful event.
A bit about Taft Community School
Taft Community School, one of 17 schools in the
Redwood City School District, promotes student
success by focusing on the broad community
context in which education and learning happen.
The fundamental belief guiding this approach is a
conviction that schools, families and communities
can work together for their common good.
Community schools draw from several disciplines
such as education and community youth development.
Taft Community School is committed to a
schoolwide focus on literacy and technology.
During the 2006–2007 school year, 496 students
were enrolled in grades kindergarten through five
on a year-round, balanced calendar.
Parents play a crucial role at Taft Community
School through active participation and
involvement in the School Site Council, Parent
Advisory Board, Community School Task Force,
English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC),
District English Language Advisory Committee
(DELAC) and other support committees. Parents
are strongly encouraged to volunteer at school
events and in classrooms.
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A Minute With: Dan Smith
Dan Smith was born in Arizona. He moved to Redwood City in 1970.
His father, James Smith, was the first city manager of Foster City and
went on to take the city manager position in Redwood City, where he
stayed for 10 years.
After graduation from Serra High School, Dan attended college at the
University of California at Berkeley. He then received a master’s degree
in public administration from Notre Dame in Belmont.
Dan and his wife, Kem, have been married for 20 years. They have
twin sons. Dan has been on the police force for 10 years and is
currently the executive director of the Police Activities League.
He is also a member of the Peninsula Sunrise Rotary, American
Legion Post 105, Redwood City National Little League and the Elks club.
What is the main purpose of the Police
To provide structured and safe activities for the
youth in Redwood City.
One word to describe the effect it has on our
Redwood City is?
A great place to live and work.
Which living person do you most admire?
My father-in-law — he is a military veteran and
What is your most treasured possession?
What talent would you most like to have?
[To be] a sports athlete.
Something no one knows about you?
Lived in East Africa for two years.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“It is what it is.”
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Productive citizen of society.
What is your greatest regret?
My father dying before my children were born.
What is your motto?
Get it done.
Why do you get up in the morning?
The love of life.
Anyone you got on your mind?
My family — they are always on my mind.
Birth of my children.
First word that comes to mind?
You currently feel?
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