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Growing Up and Ready to Blow Up!

Lane Four

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 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.

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The Spectrum.SEPT.08

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Judy Buchan

Contributing Writer

Valerie Harris

Contributing Writer

Michael Erler

Contributing Writer

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writer

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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

The Spectrum

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

their parents.

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


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



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


Our COURTHOUSE DOCKET PROGRAM presents Tom Brennan as

Timothy Guy Phelps talking about political corruption in the 1850s.

More than you expected . . . Surprise Yourself!


$4 Adults

$2 Student/Senior

Children 5 and under FREE

San Mateo County


2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Tel: 650-299-0104

1.5 Hours Free Parking in designated City lots,

4 Hours Free Parking with validation from Century Theatre!

Senior Activities

The Veterans Memorial Senior

Center, 1455 Madison Ave.,

Redwood City, is providing the

following activities that are open to

the public.

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.

Roseanne Murphy

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

Sunset Room

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.

Redwood Room

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.




September 24 – October 14, 2008


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

DIRECTIONS: from Hwy 101, Exit onto Seaport Blvd,

Left turn at Seaport Ct, The Niña is docked at far end of

parking lot.

Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063 ~ Tel: 650-306-4150

The Spectrum

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. 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

not interested?

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

you ready?

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

Act (NCLB).

Redwood City School

District Schools

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

are struggling.

“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,

(continues on page 12)

The Spectrum

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.

Auto Care:

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 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!

Financial Institutions:

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

retirement accounts.

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

membership banking.

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


Personal Improvement:

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

financial goals.

Legal Services:

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 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.

Home Improvements:

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!

Michelle Glaubert

650.598.2366 VM

650.722.1193 Cell

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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,

debilitating injuries.

“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

their injuries.”

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,”

explained Scott.

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

appreciated and we are here to help you in the

little ways!”

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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

receivers downfield.

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

Returners: 7

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,

“Never forget.”

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.

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News Briefs

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

Mateo County.

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

$100,000 bail.

Sentence Upheld for Traffic

Court Perjurer

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

Dog Beating

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

involving animals.

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

half alone.

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

moment’s notice.

“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

working hard.

“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.”

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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

Vietnam War.

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

Vietnam fighting.

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

the military.”

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

War II.

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

Computer …

And Come Join Us at the

Chamber of Commerce’s


Networking Mixer

Hosted by

United American Bank

2400 Broadway St.

Redwood City

Wednesday, Sept. 10

5–7 p.m.

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A Restless Development:

Teenage Lane Four

Sound Startlingly Mature

By Michael Erler

No way.

That’s the first

thought that pops in

your head, knowing

the biographical

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

it big.

“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

famous peers.

“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

neglected child.

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 ( 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 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 ( for a

listing of events and dates.

Family Service Agency of San

Mateo County

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 For more information on

RCEF, check out

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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Cultural Events

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

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

Historical Association.

Ongoing Exhibits

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

Changing Exhibits

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,

2200 Broadway

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/

DL, sr.)

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

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 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 or visit the group’s

Web site at 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.

YES Reading

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 Visit the YES

Reading Web site at

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a nonprofit organization and want your

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it to or The

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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

Redwood City.

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. 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

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




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Woodside’s Bolt

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 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

got tired.

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

national stadium.

“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

your dream.”

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

an eighth-grader.

“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

Usain Bolt.”

Nicolopulos raves about Simpson’s attitude

and skills, but there’s one thing that gets to the

irascible coach.

“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

Jamaica proud.”

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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Belly dance performance,

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Franklin Method Balls and Bands

Saturdays, Oct. 4–18, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

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a basic understanding of how the

simple use of functional anatomy

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significant changes for your back,

shoulders and neck. Positive change

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of this three-week series focuses on

a specific area. You may attend one,

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Oct. 4: Focus on pelvis

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Oct. 18: Focus on spine

Introduction to ThetaHealing:

Creating Positive Body Perception

and Beliefs

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

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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

the world.

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

after docking.

Woodside Boosters Selling

Entertainment Books

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

Nominations Now Being

Accepted for Sequoia Award

Student Scholarships

Nominations are being accepted to

recognize students, a Redwood City

Citizen of the Year and a Business of

the Year.

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

High School.

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,

uncompensated community

service. The Sequoia Awards fund

provides opportunities to dozens

of students each year and is the

largest scholarship group awarded in

Redwood City.

Sequoia Appoints New

Business Officer

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

both options.

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

Activities League?

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

now retired.

What is your most treasured possession?

My kids.

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.

Memorable moment?

Birth of my children.

First word that comes to mind?


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