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The Spectrum.NOV.2011

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Nonprofits in the News – 7

Challenger McCarthy Takes on

Incumbents in Council Forum – 8

Let the Good TImes Roll After 5 – 10

P.S. The People Speak:

Letters to the Editor – 13

Nonprofits in Action – 14

Community Interest – 15

Cultural Events – 16

Chris Sakelarios: Overcoming

Obstacles and Inspiring Those

She ‘Walks’ With – 18

RWC Youth Hold Rally to Halt

Bullying – 20

Insurance Tips: Six Ways to Save

Money on Life Insurance – 23

Senior Activities – 23

Mayor’s Beautification Recognition

Awards – 25

Shop Redwood City – 30

Crossword: Know Your

Community Puzzle – 32

A Minute With Uncle Sam – 34


While Redwood City is experiencing a warming start to winter, the ice is ready to come to Courthouse

Square and The Spectrum is anything but chilly in bringing you our November 2011 edition.

The Spectrum tries to feature businesses and business owners who perform charitable acts in our community.

This month we have two such stories. Contributing writer Julie McCoy profiles lifelong Redwood City

resident Chris Sakelarios. She recently won two gold medals at the Hunstman World Senior Games and

is also the owner of a downtown area coffee shop.

Redwood City resident Bob Lutticken has been in the food services business for 30 years and contributes

to our community through donations and volunteerism. He recently expanded his Menlo Park business to

include a wine bar that has customers flocking to experience the food and great atmosphere.

Publisher Steve Penna predicts the outcome of the races Redwood City voters will be watching on Nov. 8

in his column, “As I Was Saying….” He also writes about a new change to the downtown parking meters.

We also have the Mayor’s Beautification Awards list, a section on nonprofits in the news and an advertising

section highlighting businesses in the Main Street area. If you have not visited the area of late, you will

be pleasantly surprised by the changes and activities.

Once again this month, we continue to bring you our regular features on senior activities, items of

community interest, cultural and entertainment events, letters to the editor, insurance tips from Hector

Flamenco, information from the Redwood City School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

If you are looking for our News Briefs section this month, you will notice it is not there. We have

discontinued the section and will be running those types of stories, along with up-to-the-minute

information on our community, online at

Businesses are an important component of all communities because they create sales tax revenues that contribute

to the overall city budget while providing much-needed services for the community. In that spirit, we

encourage you, our readers, to support our valuable Spectrum advertisers by using their services when

you are out shopping, dining or enjoying yourself in our community with friends and family. Many

of them have special offers for you to cut out and present, including discounts on services, food and

beverages, so please take the time to look over their ads this month and use their coupons and discounts.

Until next month, enjoy Redwood City and don’t get hurt on the ice!

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writers

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

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Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

The photo shoot for this month’s cover subject, Chris Sakelarios, was

arranged by Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna for Tuesday, Oct. 25,

at 1 p.m. at the Backyard Coffee Company (formerly Sportivo Coffee

Bar) at 965 Brewster Ave.

Photographer James Kaspar arrived first and scoped out the coffee shop,

which was to be the backdrop for the afternoon. Sakelarios arrived next,

coming from a training session, and the two got the opportunity to meet and

talk a bit before Penna arrived after attending a meeting.

Penna’s and Sakelarios’ paths have crossed several times over the years.

Both are Sequoia High School graduates (Penna was in the same class as

Chris’ sister Nina) and they also attended Hoover School together. The two

exchanged hugs and went to work.

The trio started out in the main area of the coffee shop and then moved into

the second area of the facility, which serves as a private physical training and

weight room area. Of course, they needed the photos to highlight recent medals

won by Sakelarios, but they also wanted to incorporate her occupation. Hence

the coffee cup, whipped cream, exercise equipment and medals.

Toward the end of the shoot, Sakelarios’ father, Nick, joined the group,

and he and Penna exchanged several memories about old-time Redwood

City history. They took some pictures of the father/daughter team and it was

heartwarming to watch.

The entire shoot took about an hour.

Sakelarios has conquered many obstacles in her young life, many of

which have led her to where she is today: a community-involved person,

business owner, award winner, inspiration to many and a trainer too. All

are characteristics that improve the lives of others. When you look at her,

maybe she is training us all? After all, roads or paths — whether we are

crawling, walking, running or dreaming — are said to be paved with good

intentions. Sakelarios is a perfect example of just that. The Spectrum salutes

community-minded business owners like Sakelarios and introduces her to

our readers in the hopes that she will inspire you to contribute as well.

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

SHundreds Run for Redwood City Education

everal hundred eager runners and walkers, perfect California weather

and a robust community spirit all joined together Oct. 15 to result

in the hugely successful, inaugural OktobeRun Half Marathon and

5K Run/Walk. Nearly a thousand runners, walkers and community

volunteers participated in the event, organized by the Redwood City Education

Foundation and sponsored by 18 local businesses and 37 generous families.

Numbering among the racers, ranging from age 3 to 86, were district

teachers, staff and students, many sporting T-shirts emblazoned with their

school’s logo, including Clifford fourth-grade teacher (and San Mateo

County’s 2010 Teacher of the Year) Shannon Cody, who was ultimately

the 10th-place overall finisher (and fastest female) in the half marathon,

completing 13.1 miles in almost exactly 90 minutes.

Superintendent Jan Christensen was also among the racers, completing the

3.1 miles comprising the 5K Run/Walk. “We’re so pleased about this event,”

said Christensen. “This is going to be a yearly event, and we so appreciate the

support of our foundation, because they are so awesome and fantastic and do

so many great things for our students.”

Race Director Rick Hunter, who also sits on the board of directors for RCEF,

and Course Director Ron Talain recognized a unique opportunity both to create a

race event in a region where none has been held for the past several years and

to benefit the students of the Redwood City School District in the process.

Early estimates indicate that this first-time event raised an incredible $25,000

to support and enrich the education of the district’s 9,200 students. Said Hunter,

“This was an all-volunteer event and we owe every volunteer a huge debt of

gratitude. We thank the Sequoia High School cross country team and leadership

class who cheered you on and all the race day volunteers who got up early to

work. Most of all, we thank the Race Organizing Committee, who put their lives

on hold for several months and spent probably thousands of hours working on every

detail. With the first successful year under our belts, next year’s planning will

be easier and focused on adding to and improving what we did in 2011.”

The OktobeRun coincided with Redwood City’s second annual

Oktoberfest, further incentivizing runners with the prospect of great food,

cold drinks and live entertainment to reward a race well run.

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As I Was

Saying… Publisher

| Steve Penna

It’s the most wonderful time of this year or any

election year! I absolutely get enthralled by

elections and more so by the candidates and their

campaigns. Even though this election has been

low-key, some important decisions will be made

on Nov. 8 and I am going to predict right now

what voters will say.

Let’s start with the Redwood City City Council

race, where we have four incumbents — Alicia

Aguirre, Ian Bain, Rosanne Foust and Barbara

Pierce — facing off against political newcomer

Paul McCarthy.

In Redwood City and, to be truthful, in all areas,

it is hard to beat an incumbent. You need major

name recognition, a long history of community

involvement, money, money and more money.

There is a slim chance that McCarthy would be

able to unseat one of the incumbents, but I don’t

see it happening. He has gained some momentum,

endorsements and support, but not getting his message

out to the masses of voters and not issuing a candidate’s

statement in the voter guide will definitely hurt his

chances regardless of momentum he gains. But he

is also the only candidate who is not in favor of

the two local tax increases on the ballot. But how

do voters know that?

What those election watchers will be waiting

for on election night is to see in what order the

candidates finish. Will the snub from labor groups

and emergency services groups bump Pierce

from her usual top vote-getter spot? She has

firm support in other areas of our community.

Have the environmental militants lessened

Foust’s popularity? She also has strong support

throughout all community neighborhoods. Has

Bain gained more support in our community and

will not finish fourth? If he has a strong finish, he

might be in line for a vice mayor spot.

And, maybe most importantly, will a top-ofthe-group

finish secure Aguirre to take over as

mayor in January 2012? Needless to say, I predict

the incumbents will all be re-elected.

I will disagree with Mayor Jeff Ira (who

called McCarthy’s campaign “sad”) and give

huge CONGRATULATIONS to McCarthy for

making them all campaign hard for it and giving

our community the opportunity to discuss some

issues that needed to be discussed. Since when is

it not the right of anyone to run for political office

if qualified? And who is to say how one should

run a campaign? Just because a candidate is not

collecting thousands of dollars or spending his

own thousands of dollars does not mean he is not

serious or is running a “sad” campaign. I guess

the voters will determine that.


In the Redwood City School District race,

incumbents Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Shelly Masur

and Dennis McBride are facing competition from

parent volunteer Lea Cuniberti-Duran. There

are many issues facing the district, some of which

are very controversial and important to students

and the community and home values.

Given that the district’s per-student spending is

lower than in neighboring districts, most feel the

current board members are doing an adequate job,

and those parents who don’t feel that way send

their children to private or charter schools. Nobrainer

here — all three incumbents will win.


In the Sequoia Union High School District race,

trustees Lorraine Rumley and Olivia Martinez

are campaigning against Menlo Park resident

Allen Weiner, East Palo Alto resident Larry James

Moody and Carrie Du Bois, San Carlos School

District trustee. Despite the teachers union’s

disapproval of the incumbents, they will both be

re-elected and Du Bois will also be elected.


All three incumbents on the San Mateo County

Community College District board — Dave

Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen

Schwarz — are running for re-election but are

being challenged by Jaime Diaz, Joe Ross and

Michael Stogner.

Of the challengers, Ross has raised and spent the

most money and has also gained the endorsements

of State Assemblyman Rich Gordon, County

Supervisor Dave Pine, school district board

member Shelly Masur, the San Mateo Community

College Federation of Teachers AFT Local 1493

and the San Mateo County Labor Council.

I don’t know if he will be able to overcome the

obstacles of unseating an incumbent in such a

large district. The district is virtually all of San

Mateo County and covers all three community

colleges: Cañada, San Mateo and Skyline. But

given the strength of his campaign, the recent

dissatisfaction with decisions made by the current

board and the controversy surrounding Measure

H, I think he might be able to do it.

So I will go way out on a limb and say Ross will

unseat one of the incumbents; I just can’t say which one.


Measure H has the San Mateo County

Community College District asking us to pass a

$564 million (yes, $564 million) bond. This is not

that hard to predict — it should and will fail. It

is time for district board members to start doing

their jobs and make some hard decisions about

cuts to classes or continual salary increases for

administrators. As one opponent of the measure stated,

They need to tighten their belts just like anyone else.”


The political action committee Redwood City Residents

to Protect City Services (made up of elected

officials and status quo alike), which is in favor of

Measures I and M to increase the city’s hotel and

business taxes, has run an unimpressive campaign,

but predicting the outcome of this is not easy.

My gut feeling is that both measures will not

pass, but firefighters and union personnel have

been walking precincts trying to create awareness

and approval. In a low voter-turnout election like

this is expected to be, that is so valuable and usually

leads to passage. Also, voters are just not that aware

of City Council politics and will be voting in trends,

and it is not trendy right now to approve taxes at all.

Given all that, I will go out on a limb and

predict the business license tax increase, Measure

M, will fail and the hotel tax, Measure I, will pass.

When asked last time, voters rejected the business

license tax, and the mood of the voters is not good

right now. We are tired of taxes no matter how

small the campaigns tell us they will be. Maybe

the third time will be a charm?


Measure K, a charter amendment regarding the

sale and purchase of property, is also on the ballot

and unfortunately has not gotten more attention. It

generally takes away a charter-protected safeguard

for residents that property sold is done so to the

“highest bidder,” thus creating the most revenues

possible for general services. Changing the charter

gives our City Council the flexibility to take other

“factors” into consideration when selling property.

Many feel this might lead to favoritism toward

one developer or another and that it will change as

the dynamics of the council do. Regardless, this

measure will pass just because no one is informed

or understands the issue.


You may remember I told you about the “option 2”

on the new downtown parking meters, which gives

one the opportunity to add time to an existing meter

payment without having to pay again for time that

has already been paid for but not used up yet. This

option proved very popular with seniors, young

teen drivers and those who do not use credit cards

frequently. It’s fast, easy and convenient and if

someone leaves time on the meter, the one coming

in after can benefit from the time remaining. Why

should we pay for the same service twice?

I was a bit surprised when I got a few messages

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Nonprofits in the News

Redwood City Woman’s Club

Clubhouse Centennial Celebration

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2–4 p.m.

Clockwise from center left: Georgia Jack gives a Woman’s Club history lesson. Club

President Sally Newman cuts the cake. Councilwomen Rosanne Foust and Barbara

Pierce pose with former Mayor Jim Hartnett.

The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established in 1909 and a member of the

California and General Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets at its historic

clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149 Clinton St. the first Thursday of each month

from September through June. Typical agenda: social at 11:30 a.m., lunch

at 12 p.m., followed by meeting and program. Guests and new members

are always welcome. For more information about membership or clubhouse

rentals, call 650-363-1266, email or visit

Tim Griffith Foundation Gala

It’s not too late to register for the seventh annual Tim Griffith Foundation

Gala, A Warm Winter’s Eve. Please join us!

Where: Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, 650-345-4886

When: Saturday, Nov. 12

Times: 4:00 croquet (optional), 5:30 champagne reception and silent auction,

7:30 three-course seated dinner, 8:45 live auction and Fund-A-Need

Donations to: Tim Griffith Foundation, 570 El Camino Real #150-427,

Redwood City, CA 94063

Note: Carpooling will be provided to the croquet tournament. Please meet at

the Elks Lodge at 3:45. Or just come for the evening!

Charter Auxiliary for Children

Charter Auxiliary for Children raises money for Lucile Packard Children’s

Hospital through big monthly rummage sales at its facility at 1228 Douglas

Ave. in Redwood City.

All items are donated; all staff are volunteers. The group’s first sale in the

Redwood City facility was in October 2010.

The sales are on the third Friday of each month from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

and the Saturday following that from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., except in December

when the sale is held the first weekend of the month.

In December the group has an Annual Holiday Boutique & Rummage Sale at

which they have a large selection of holiday merchandise as well as items from

their regular stock of collectibles, antiques, silver, crystal, china, jewelry, art,

toys, books, clothing for the entire family, shoes, linens, kitchen items and more.

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Challenger McCarthy Takes on Incumbents in

Council Forum — Election Nov. 8






Five candidates vying for four seats on the City

Council of Redwood City told a local audience

why they are the best fit for the job.

For the four incumbents, that means

piggybacking on previous work and future plans.

For the lone challenger, it is the chance to infuse

some new blood.

While the roughly dozen and a half attendees

at the League of Women Voters–sponsored forum

may know the incumbents — Barbara Pierce,

Rosanne Foust, Ian Bain and Alicia Aguirre —

newcomer Paul McCarthy took the chance to introduce

himself as a 12-year resident with children

enrolled in local schools and military experience

building infrastructure and balancing budgets.

McCarthy credited the City Council for turning

the city from mundane to vibrant, adding his belief

that he also “could make a positive contribution to

the continued growth of Redwood City.”

McCarthy, a California Highway Patrol sergeant,

is purposely not collecting donations or using

traditional campaigning methods like fliers and

lawn signs.

Meanwhile, each incumbent said they are proud

of the accomplishments already under their belts

as council members and hope to continue work

on downtown redevelopment, new economic

opportunities and even perceived areas of blight.

“I want to leave a mark on this community in a

positive way,” said Bain.

Public safety and the budget took center stage

as well as other city needs like infrastructure.

“If we don’t have funding, we really can’t have

priorities,” Aguirre said.

Bain pointed out the council’s efforts this

year to balance the budget without deep cuts

and layoffs but said the future needs improved

property values and sales tax from new business.

“We’re a first-class city. We should not settle

for looking like a second-class city,” Bain said,

referring to his desire to improve by cleaning up

areas like Woodside Road.

McCarthy also listed public safety alongside

quality of life priorities like parks and believes

they can be funded by the existing tax base.

Expanding opportunities, like turning the old

theater off Highway 101 into an auto row, will

make the city work even better, he said.

Foust reminded the audience the council

members live in the city and don’t make decisions

without also feeling the impact personally. Foust said

she supports the business license and transient

occupancy taxes, both on the November ballot.

McCarthy disagrees with all the incumbents

and does not support either tax-increase measure.

These taxes, “imposed on a small constituency

who create jobs,” would burden “a nonrepresented

constituency,” he told The Spectrum Magazine.

The incumbents were less ready to commit

to a stand on the proposed development of the

Cargill Saltworks site, saying they need the

environmental review process to play out first.

“I think we’re really a long way from taking a

position right now,” Aguirre said.

Pierce said she is committed, though, to a

thorough and transparent process ending with “a

very spirited debate.”

McCarthy, who toured the site, called it

“impressive” but said “this is so far down the

road, it’s just planning stages and has some very

significant hurdles.”

He has concerns about possible conflict

between residents moving into a formerly

industrial area but, like the others running, said it

is just too early to know.

All the candidates heralded the revitalized

downtown, including its popular summer

programs and cultural events, but had different

ideas on how to foster them.

McCarthy thinks partnering with businesses

makes sense and Foust wants to ask the

community, program participants and possible

corporate sponsors what they want. Pierce said

she approaches it hands-on, as she does most

issues, and pointed to her current work like

“begging with buckets” for donations during

events. Another idea she put forth is working

with the Parks and Recreation Department for

a dedicated revenue stream. Aguirre called the

downtown the city’s living room and said the

current funding, redevelopment money, is too

uncertain to rely upon. Like the others, she thinks

corporate partnerships are one possibility along

with getting the community behind the effort.

Bain is less hopeful businesses can fill the void

if redevelopment funds disappear.

“I’m not as optimistic as some of my colleagues

that we can raise that money through corporate

sponsorships,” Bain said.

Affordable housing downtown and throughout

the city has been hampered by the state environmental

review requirements, Foust and Pierce said.

McCarthy suggested giving the aging

population in stand-alone homes with empty

rooms opportunities to move into new

developments downtown.

High-speed rail is the best transportation

opportunity for Redwood City, Aguirre said,

adding she hopes it is home to a major stop.

She also thinks cities need to work together rather

than stand divided based on their individual needs.

On the other hand, Bain said he is torn. He

voted for it yet is conflicted over eminent domain,

the number of tracks and other unknowns.

“I am very skeptical of a stop in Redwood

City,” he said.

McCarthy thinks high-speed rail was wellintentioned

but called it unsustainable.

“You can never use the fare box to make this

pay for itself,” he said.

He also said dozens of grade separations, at a

minimum, are necessary to avoid fatalities. He

prefers electrifying the Caltrain corridor.

When it comes to issues such as ending human

services funding to homeless shelters, the candidates also

said the domino effect needs to be considered.

Bain, who did not join the rest of the council

earlier this year in ending the funding to

nonprofits, said the city needs to find replacement

money and take a broader look at the effects.

McCarthy thinks the city should use county

resources for needs like homeless shelters rather

than allocating its own precious dollars.

The county is the funding source of last

resource, also being cut, and fewer dollars means

tough choices to keep priorities afloat, Foust said.

“I don’t want to make a choice between public

safety and human services funding,” Foust said.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Michelle Durand,

appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper. Additional

quotes were added by Spectrum publisher Steve Penna.



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Let the Good Times Roll After 5

By Nicole Minieri, contributing writer

If you ask Redwood City resident Bob Lutticken

how he feels about wine, he will more than likely

reply, “Wine is life!” And perhaps that old adage was

the push behind his recent decision to completely

remodel the interior of his health-conscious delicatessen

in order to accommodate an opulent yet cozy wine bar

environment, “After 5.” Exclusively owned and operated by

Lutticken himself for the last 30 years, Lutticken’s Deli, at

3535 Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park, is now freshly

adorned with contemporary wicker chair sections coupled

with customizable tables. A rich black leather couch with

throw pillows and matching oversized chairs surround

a custom-made, modern wooden coffee table. Exotic plants are

positioned everywhere against a background of newly painted

walls, nice wood floors, fine woodwork, state-of-the-art ceiling

fixtures, a gorgeous fireplace and a sizeable flat-panel TV.

“Lutticken’s has always been a deli and catering business, and I finally decided

months ago to develop a wine bar open after 5 p.m. since we had not been open at

night for a number of years, but also because there are not a lot of wine bars

in the area where we are located,” said Lutticken. “Plus, I wanted to create

a nightlife atmosphere where a husband and wife, along with their families,

could feel comfortable coming in for a drink. Interior designer Michael Black,

who happens to be one of my regular customers, came up with the entire interior

concept. I then gave him a budget to work with and he did a fantastic job in

staying within that budget. We even remodeled the outside patio area, which

is moveable. I love it and really enjoy coming here. It’s almost like Sonoma!”

And luckily, being the only after-hours, family-friendly wine bar along the

Alameda de las Pulgas strip has already worked to Lutticken’s advantage.

“Over the last few years, the economic downturn has had a big effect on this

area. Business was slow and it was getting to where the rent was so high that

we were going to have to make some decisions as to whether Lutticken’s Deli

was going to remain on the property or go. But now my business has really

picked up and is very good as a result of the remodel. Our customers keep

coming back and back; it’s not just a one-time visit.”

During dusk hours, returning Lutticken’s Deli customers get to order topquality

fine wines by the bottle or glass and an assortment of various beers

ranging from domestic to micro, in addition to small-plate entrees of sliders,

ribs, nachos, chicken wings, pizza, quesadillas, salads and cheese plates.

During the daylight hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lutticken’s Deli still offers a

unique breakfast and lunch menu that has given the establishment nothing but

top ratings. “My deli in Menlo Park is a nice operation and has gained quite a

reputation for being the best in the area for many years,” said Lutticken. “We

offer a very good variety of deli food selections. Our salads are exceptional

and we make excellent paninis. We also have a full-service specialty coffee

bar. Our customers really appreciate what we offer and are the best in the world.”

According to comments posted on review websites such as Yelp,

Lutticken’s customers think the world of him, his deli and his newest venture,

too! Customer feedback includes: “The Valencia Reuben — think coleslaw,

not sauerkraut — was the best sandwich I’ve had in a while.” “Bob does a

tremendous job with his sandwiches. The ingredients are always fresh and

that’s what really makes the difference.” “We had so much fun. Food, service

and wine were all fabulous.” “Great deli. Friendly and relaxing. Clean with

air conditioning. Wi-Fi is available. Good food. I had a nice chef’s salad.

Easy parking. I will be back.” “Have you been to Lutticken’s lately? OMG,

the place has been totally remodeled and looks great. Same great staff and

solid deli food, but now add a glass of wine or a beer or a coffee. A place to

go and now to stay. You have to check it out.” “This place rocks!”

Besides eating reasonably priced, fabulous food within a friendly and

fun climate that “rocks,” loyal customers will soon have even more to look

forward to. On Saturday, Oct. 15, Lutticken hosted his very first vintage

wine tasting bar. The introductory event attracted everyone from the local

avid wine taster to a group of curious women who stumbled upon the venue

during their quest for a safe place to enjoy the evening. And because the night

was a real success, Lutticken is planning on having a wine tasting bar on

Saturday nights once a month. He is also planning on having a karaoke night

once a month, as well as a spot during the week for local-celebrity bartending

night. “We are going to choose people in the neighborhood and people in the

area who are well-liked and well-known to come and bartend for the night,”

said Lutticken. “It’s going to be a fun thing to do!”

Selecting superstars within the community should be an easy task for

Lutticken since he has longtime roots in the immediate area. “I was born

and raised in San Francisco,” he said. “I got married 30 years ago and after

having a store in Redwood City, I decided to move here. My family and I

have really enjoyed living in this area. We always go to all of the Redwood

City downtown events and think it’s absolutely such a great place. And,

Redwood City has been very good to me too, because most of my repeat

customers happen to come from here. I’m very lucky!”

“We offer a very good variety of

deli food selections. Our salads

are exceptional and we make

excellent paninis.”

But Lutticken is not only fortunate to have a steady stream of recurring

customers, he is equally blessed with a dedicated team of more than 30

employees, including manager Judy Congdon, who has been Lutticken’s

right-hand person for the last three decades. “My staff is great,” said

Lutticken. His team members are currently dispersed between the home deli

in Menlo Park and several off-site locations. “We have a deli at the Stanford

Outpatient Clinic in Redwood City, which does exceptionally well, and two

other locations at Stanford Hospital that are considered to be the best within

the hospital area,” added Lutticken.

Whether you are looking to enjoy your first cup of gourmet java in the

morning, want some delicious food and snacks midday, or just want to let the

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P.S. The People Speak: Letters to the Editor

No on Measure H and to all college board incumbents

Dear Editor,

The trustees’ priorities have gone astray. They are spending money on pet

projects. Instead of focusing on learning and retrofitting classrooms, they

are building a mega-campus that cannot be sustained. They have built a feebased

health and fitness center, which competes with other businesses and

nonprofits like the Jewish Community Center and the YMCA. New blood is

needed! The college board always votes unanimously. They are using bond

measures like credit cards, not realizing what the end result will be (which

will be more future bonds to sustain the campus). And, on a personal note,

what’s very disturbing to me is that CSM will no longer have a horticulture

program. Theirs is the last in San Mateo County. A parking lot will replace

the greenhouses that are there now. Shame on the trustees.

Sonia Picone, Redwood City

Voters should reject Measure H

Dear Editor,

Voters should reject Measure H, a $564 million bond for the San Mateo

County Community College District (SMCCCD). When added to past bond

measures of $675 million, the total not including interest would exceed $1.2

billion! The owner of a $500,000 property would pay more than $6,000 to

service this debt over its lifetime.

SMCCCD can’t find money to give “students the classes they need.” Yet

they found money to build (in their words) first-class faculty housing with

stunning views and rents at half the market average. One cluster of housing

was built on Cañada College property, formerly the home of a checkerspot

butterfly colony. The new faculty housing is also tax-exempt, meaning they

won’t pay their new tax on us!

The district should sell the faculty housing and get out of the real estate

business. If they want to subsidize staff housing, it should show in their

budget as part of the compensation package. They should also sell their

property in Half Moon Bay.

The district has used past bond money to create a luxurious private athletic

club, which competes with taxpaying health clubs. And, don’t think that

salaries won’t go up.

New money for buildings frees up old money for salary increases.

Jack Hickey, Redwood City

Surprise fan in the Sequoia stands

Dear Editor,

In a world where sports professionals seem so detached from the real world, it

was refreshing to see such an incredibly busy sports figure in our stands one

Friday night. That man is the head coach of our San Francisco 49ers, Mr. Jim


To the amazement of the fans in the stands at Terremere Field, Mr.

Harbaugh sat with his darling daughter and watched our Sequoia Cherokees

play. Needless to say, the kids in the stands were thrilled to see him. He gave

a kind handshake and graciously spoke to any student who dared approached

him. I am sure his world is a busy one, but I do not know if he realizes how

much that half-hour he shared with the students at Sequoia meant to them.

They are being raised in a society that elevates athletes and professional

coaches. In turn, many of these professionals act unapproachable and

arrogant at times. I want to thank Jim Harbaugh for showing the kids that

there are true gentlemen in the sports world who still care about and enjoy the

Friday night lights.

Karen Lopiparo, Redwood City

The Saltworks proposal is the solution to flooding

Dear Editor,

Enough is enough. Our community at Friendly Acres is tired of flooding

every year and managing it alone.

Our canal can’t handle the level of incoming water from Atherton, Menlo

Park and other places; we’re tired of spending our hard-earned dollars and

time cleaning up the mess on our own. The city needs to acknowledge our

community, the impact of excessive levels of water, and solve this problem.

Our community was relieved to see that the Bay Conservation

Development Commission met to vote on the Bay Plan Amendment. Finally,

the authorities have addressed the impact the rising bay and excessive water

can have on Redwood City and throughout the Bay Area — but we still need

a solution.

The Saltworks proposal, which includes a three-mile levee to protect

against sea-level rise, water overflow and a tidal restoration area, is a real

solution. And, it is paid for by the developer. Finally, we have a solution to

protect Friendly Acres and so many of our neighbors.

Magdalena Mora, Redwood City

Another neighbor says it would increase flooding

Dear Editor,

I live in Harbor Village on East Bayshore Road and was flooded as recently

as January. I had to wade through water to get in and out of my house. This

has been happening for years, and Cargill has never lifted a finger to help

us. In fact, the levees they have built around the salt ponds have actually

prevented water from being able to flow out to the bay like it would naturally

— backing up in our neighborhood instead. If the salt ponds are developed,

city reports say that the project could actually increase flooding because of

all the new impermeable surfaces they would build (see page 61 of the Notice

of Preparation). In addition, 30,000 more people would be at risk of being

flooded since all they would have protecting them from rising sea levels is

Cargill’s new levee, and no levee is disaster-proof. It may be convenient for

developers to claim that increasing the population of our city by 30,000 will

“reduce” traffic, or that putting 12,000 houses below sea level will “reduce”

flooding, but that doesn’t make it true. Their willingness to bend (or entirely

subvert) the truth should give pause to all of us who truly care about the

future of our city.

Linda Brockett, Redwood City

Vote McCarthy for City Council

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter in support of Paul McCarthy, who is running for a seat

on the Redwood City Council. I have known Sgt. McCarthy since I joined the

Senior Volunteer Program at the CHP Redwood City area office in 2005. This

is one of the best volunteer programs I have been privileged to belong to!

I just want to let the public know what a wonderful human being Paul McCarthy is.

He has always supported/encouraged our Senior Volunteer Program and

has an open-door policy for all of us. He makes sure we have lots of activities

to keep us busy all year long. We are treated as “family” at the Redwood

City California Highway Patrol. They invite us to all of their special CHP

functions. It’s amazing how lovingly and respectfully all of the officers and

staff treat us senior volunteers. And we love it!

Paul has never sought public office and he is not accepting contributions

for his campaign. The Redwood City business community is a critical

component of our local economy and he wants to ensure that their concerns

are addressed. He believes that we have one of the greatest communities on

the Peninsula and he wants to make a positive contribution to the future of

our magnificent city. Paul wants to assist in the growth and development of

our Redwood City revitalized downtown.

Colleen Clarke,, Senior Volunteer for CHP Redwood City Area Office

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Nonprofits in Action

Advocates for Children

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 www.AdvocatesFC.

org or call 650-212-4423 for more information.

City Talk Toastmasters

Join the City Talk Toastmasters to develop

communication and leadership skills. The club

meets the second and fourth Wednesday of

each month 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Community

Room at the Redwood City Main Library, 1044

Middlefield Road. Contact John McDowell at or 202-390-7555 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 www. for a listing of events, dates and how to join.

Family Connections

This nonprofit group is the only parentparticipation

preschool in San Mateo County

focusing on low-income families. Their Redwood

City classrooms offer children through age 5 and

their parents a tuition-free learning environment

that’s supportive and fun. They are always

looking for volunteers to play with the children

while moms and dads attend parent-ed classes,

organizers to help coordinate fundraisers,

and people from the business world to initiate

new corporate partnerships. Check www. for more information.

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.

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

Friends of the Redwood City

Public Library

The Friends support the mission of the four

Redwood City libraries to fully serve the

community. Through membership and sales of

donated books, the Friends fund a variety of

community programs, including school literacy

outreach at Redwood City grammar schools. The

Friends fund approximately $65,000 in programs

each fiscal year.

Visit their newly expanded bookstore at the

Main Library (1044 Middlefield Road), where

they sell a wide variety of books in excellent

condition and at extremely low prices. Or visit

them at the Redwood City Farmers Market on

Saturday mornings, where they sell books for 50

cents each. When you visit the store, consider

becoming a Friend — support starts at only $10.

Funders Bookstore

If you haven’t wandered into the Funders

Bookstore, you have missed one of Redwood

City’s hidden treasures. This project is a

volunteer effort by a group of dedicated people

interested in supporting the San Mateo County

History Museum and simultaneously providing a

community bookstore for everyone’s pleasure. A

large collection of hardback first editions, trade

paperbacks, children’s books, cookbooks and

an entire room of $1 paperbacks are featured.

Bookstore hours are Tuesday through Saturday,

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is on the lower level of the

San Mateo County History Museum at 2200

Broadway, with the entrance facing Hamilton

Street. Stop by for a browse!

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit

organization that seeks to eliminate poverty

housing and homelessness from the world, and

to make decent shelter a matter of conscience

and action. Formed through the merger of

Peninsula Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for

Humanity San Francisco in August 2008, Habitat

for Humanity Greater San Francisco provides a

unique solution to the local housing crisis and

has enabled nearly 150 families to purchase

affordable housing. Contact Jennifer Doettling,

communications director, at 650-568-7335 or Visit their website at

Get Involved!

Hearing Loss Association

of the Peninsula

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 questions.

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 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 website at

Optimist Club of Redwood City

Optimist International is one of the largest service

organizations in the world, where “bringing

out the best in kids” has been their mission for

over 80 years. The Optimist Club of Redwood

City meets every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at Alana’s

Cafe, 1020 Main St. For information, visit www. or call President Ed Rosen at 650-

366-7589 or Membership Chair John Butterfield at

650-366-8803. Or just come join them for lunch to

learn more about how you can make a difference

to the youth in our community.

Peninsula College Fund

PCF enables underrepresented graduating high

school seniors from the Peninsula to achieve

their dreams of college education by providing fouryear

mentors, summer jobs and internships, and

critical four-year scholarships. PCF needs your

support. Become a mentor; provide a summer job

or internship; spread the word with your public

relations, marketing or grant-writing skills; help

read applications or interview candidates; become

a donor or create a donor team; or contribute to the

general fund. Visit www.peninsulacollegefund.

org or contact Charles Schmuck at cschmuck@ or 650-561-9534.

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

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Community Interest

Sequoia Hospital Celebrates Topping Off:

New Hospital Pavilion Now Halfway Complete

Sequoia Hospital announced the “topping off” of their new hospital pavilion.

The pavilion’s concrete structure is now halfway complete and the toppingoff

celebrates the last structural concrete pour being placed within the new

structure. The new pavilion will deliver care in larger, private rooms with

clinically advanced equipment.

The existing hospital, including the Emergency Department and the Birth

Center, is being remodeled, modernized and brought up to all state-mandated

seismic requirements of California SB 1953. Overall, the new hospital

campus is designed to meet the needs of future generations, carrying on a

60-plus-year tradition of providing award-wining care to the community.

“Our new pavilion is all about the patient,” said Glenna Vaskelis, president

and CEO of Sequoia Hospital. “We are known for personalized, outstanding

care. Our new medical campus provides our physicians, nurses and staff with

new technology, a patient-friendly environment and the resources they need

to take special care of every patient who comes through our doors.”

“Sequoia’s new campus is designed for patients and their families,” said

Stanley Deresinski, M.D., president of the medical staff. “Physicians in the

community are very excited to see Sequoia’s vision come to reality, providing

patients with award-winning care and physicians with a place to provide that

care using the most advanced medical techniques.”

New Pavilion Highlights:

• Four-story pavilion with 104 new beds. Total campus bed count will

remain the same at 167.

• 148,000 square feet

• Girdlestone Family Lobby on the garden level

• Award-winning Heart and Vascular Institute

• Women’s Integrated Health at Sequoia

• State-of-the-art medical and surgical services, diagnostic and procedure areas

• Three floors of larger, home-like private patient rooms with guest

accommodations and free wireless access

• Advanced technology, including Hybrid Cath Lab and Hybrid OR

• Terraced landscaped areas with fountain and rooftop healing garden

and investment services. Many value-added services — such as free online

bill pay, paperless eStatements, members-only vehicle sales and the no-cost

service of a personal auto shopper — will also be featured.

About San Mateo Credit Union: Founded in 1952, SMCU is a memberowned

financial institution that currently serves more than 68,000 individuals

and manages more than $600 million in assets. Headquartered in Redwood

City, the credit union currently has seven branches throughout San Mateo

County and in the City of Palo Alto. For more information or to locate a

branch, visit or call SMCU’s Contact Center at 650-363-1725

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2011 Women’s Health Conference

Saturday, Nov. 12

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club

2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park

Sponsored by Peninsula Urology Center & Sequoia Hospital

The public is invited to attend this essential Women’s Health Conference

presented by leading Bay Area physicians who practice at Sequoia Hospital.

Today’s most important health topics will be covered. Learn about current

thoughts on women’s heart disease, healthy cooking, vitamin supplements

and bone health as well as restoring our bodies. Learn how to take the stress

out of your life. Become a healthier you! See all topics and speakers at www.

This free conference includes a complimentary breakfast and lunch

prepared by the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. The conference is

limited to 165 participants. To register, visit or

call 650-306-1018. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to improve your

overall health and well-being.

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) Corporate Real Estate oversees the new

pavilion project. Sequoia Hospital was built in 1950 and will meet all statemandated

seismic requirements of California SB 1953 when the rebuilding

is fully complete in 2013. Additionally, the hospital remains open and

fully operational during construction. To learn more, please visit www.

Redwood City’s Lourdes Carini Named SMCU Manager

of New EPA Branch

San Mateo Credit Union (SMCU) gears up to open its newest branch in East

Palo Alto. This will be the eighth branch location, and SMCU President and

CEO Barry Jolette has announced Lourdes Carini as branch manager. The

former manager of SMCU’s North Fair Oaks branch on Middlefield Road in

Redwood City, Carini has been with the credit union for two years.

“We are delighted that our new branch will be presided over by Ms.

Carini,” states Jolette. “Her skills and talents have served our members well,

and her experience at our North Fair Oaks branch as well as her service in the

community will be a valuable asset in East Palo Alto.”

Adds Carini, “San Mateo Credit Union is a great fit in East Palo Alto. I

am pleased that SMCU has given me the chance to provide comprehensive

financial services to East Palo Alto. I am honored to be a part of this exciting time.”

The new branch will be located 1735 East Bayshore Road in the

Ravenswood 101 Shopping Center. Members can take advantage of

traditional financial services, including savings, checking and money

market accounts; credit cards; auto loans; mortgages; retirement accounts

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Cultural Events

Fox Theatre and Club Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.

com, 650-369-7770 or

Fox Theatre

• Kalapana Live! 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

• Broadway by the Year. 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov.

17 – Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Fab Four. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

Club Fox

• Cold Feat (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The Stone Foxes and Vanaprasta. 9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10.

• New Sun CD Release. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

• Aja Vu Steely Dan Show with Alien Cowboys.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

• Silly Sundays featuring Rodger Lizaola, Alvin

Williams and Frankie Quinones. 8 p.m. Sunday,

Nov. 13.

The Night of Tele-Evangelists (Club Fox Blues

Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The Coffis Brothers & Allofasudden. 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17.

• Journey Unauthorized. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

• Damage Inc., Roses and Guns, Points North and

• Bad Boy Eddy. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

• Gelb Music Presents Gelbapalooza I. 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20.

• Daniel Castro (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23.

• An Evening of Pink Floyd with “House of

Floyd”. 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

• Kaye Bohler (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30.

San Mateo County

History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City


Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

$5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students,

free for children 5 and under

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.

‘First Fridays’ Storytime

Big Red Barn: Stories From the Past

Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

Come listen to a story about life on a farm. Hear

the story “Big Red Barn” and make your own

miniature sheep to take home. Then join us in the

museum’s Nature’s Bounty exhibit to learn about

farming in San Mateo County. General admission.

Hands-On History

Origami Holiday Fun With Linda Mihara

Saturday, Nov. 12, 1–4 p.m

San Mateo County History Museum will present

a lecture on origami, followed by an origami

workshop led by Linda Tomoko Mihara. Mihara

began folding origami at the age of 5. She is a

third-generation Japanese American who learned

the art from her parents and grandparents. Attendees

will learn how to create an easy Santa, a tree and

star just in time for the holidays. A materials fee

of $3 for members and $7 for nonmembers will be

charged. RSVP by Nov. 4 as space is limited.

New Exhibit at History Museum

Honoring Steve Jobs

The San Mateo County History Museum is proud

to announce a new addition to our permanent

exhibit San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.

The new exhibit features an original 1988

NeXT computer and will discuss NeXT Inc., the

company local Woodside resident Steve Jobs

founded in Redwood City after leaving Apple in

1985. Tim Berners-Lee used NeXT technology

to create the World Wide Web and, according to

Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech, “the

technology … developed at NeXT is at the heart

of Apple’s current renaissance.”

Also on view are books, brochures and an

original NeXT decal given away free with the

purchase of the computer.

Tribal Communities in a Bountiful

LandscapeLifeways of the Ohlone

Indians of the San Francisco and

Monterey Bay Area

On the Courthouse Docket

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

Local archaeologist Mark Hylkema will discuss

the archaeology and ethnography of the ancestral

Ohlone people.

In 1769, when the first Spanish expedition

reached Monterey and learned of San Francisco Bay,

they encountered numerous tribal communities

that lived in a bountiful landscape. Over a period

of over 10,000 years, tribal communities adapted

to several major environmental transitions, and

archaeological research has found that tribes

Cruz County coast developed an early focus

on marine resources. Neighboring tribes of the

Santa Clara Valley and San Francisco Bay shore

developed a different economic focus, creating an

exchange system that eventually promoted more

complex levels of social organization.

Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist

for California State Parks and manages cultural

resources within 32 parks in an area ranging

from San Francisco to the Pajaro River. Hylkema

also works on many other projects throughout

the state and has 31 years’ experience in

California archaeology, with an emphasis on

Native American culture. In addition to his role

with State Parks, he is an adjunct professor of

anthropology at Foothill College and has taught

anthropology courses at Santa Clara University,

University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza

College, Ohlone College and Cabrillo College.

After the presentation, visit the Nature’s Bounty

exhibit and see a chert scraper over 5,000 years

old that was discovered during Hylkema’s dig

at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. It is the oldest

artifact found in San Mateo County.

The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series

of lectures, presentations and performances

exploring different themes in local history. The

program is held in the San Mateo County History

Museum’s historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse

Docket 2011 series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn

Heritage Foundation.

Images of America: Woodside

Author event and book signing

Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2–4 p.m.

Local authors and historians Thalia Lubin and

Bob Dougherty will sign copies of their new

book, “Woodside.” The town prides itself on

having no traffic lights and giving horses the

right of way. Just released, this book contains

dozens of images of the village and surrounding

countryside. The book sells for $21.99.

Free Admission Day

Family Past-Times Program

Holiday Tree Treasures & Handbell Choir

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Create holiday ornaments to take home! Try your

hand at making these old-fashioned holiday tree

treasures: baubles with old-time images, colorful

gingerbread ornaments, Dresdens, gewgaws,

Sebnitz ornaments and Christmas cornucopias.

The San Francisco State University Handbell Choir

will perform a variety of holiday tunes at 1 p.m. Held

in conjunction with Redwood City’s Hometown

Holidays celebration and free to the public.

58th Annual Exhibition for

the Society of Western Artists

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

The Society of Western Artists will be presenting

visit the museum each year, and the number of

a demonstration of a three-color watercolor

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

painting on Nov. 19, 1 p.m., at the SWA Gallery,

The History Museum teaches approximately spread along the San Mateo County and Santa 2625 Broadway, Redwood City.

14,000 children each year through the on- and (continues on page 22)

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Chris Sakelarios:

Overcoming Obstacles and Inspiring Those She ‘Walks’ With

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer

A runner most of her life

Sakelarios, 52, who won gold medals in both

the 3K and 5K racewalking events her first time

participating in the Huntsman World Senior

Games, has been a runner nearly her entire life.

In fact, she began running two weeks before her

sixth birthday.

When Sakelarios was about 9 years old, she

was the first woman to run in the Bay to Breakers.

At a time when women were not allowed to

participate, she and her father, Nick Sakelarios,

entered the event as father and son, and, well, it

worked. After all, Chris is a unisex name and she

had short hair, so no one noticed. She also ran the

Half Moon Bay to Marine World Marathon when

she was 9. (Marine World was then in Belmont.)

By age 12, Sakelarios was already a seasoned

pro when it came to running. She started racing

worldwide at 14. She is a state and national track

and field champion. “She’s been athletic most of

her life,” said her father, who coached her in track

and field for a number of years.

Trained by a long-distance coach

Sakelarios has a coach, Philippe Gonzalez of

France, whom she met while training at San Jose

City College. Gonzalez, who has been her coach

for a year, has gone back to France but, via email,

gives her specific exercise drills and records what

she does. “He can tweak it a little if need be,”

Sakelarios said. “He writes my program.”

Battle with breast cancer a

mere bump in the road

There’s a saying, “That which doesn’t kill you

makes you stronger,” and for Sakelarios, this

certainly is the case. In 2003, she was diagnosed

with breast cancer and underwent a right breast

mastectomy. There was a time when she couldn’t

run due to the cancer, but she never let it consume

her. “It was becoming my life,” she said. “[But] it

was just part of my life.” The bout with cancer has

made her a stronger, more courageous person. She

has had yearly mammograms and has fortunately

been cancer-free ever since.

A certified personal trainer

In addition to keeping herself fit with her own

athletic endeavors, Sakelarios, a certified personal

trainer who specializes in biomechanics, helps

other people get fit, too.

Menlo Park resident Monica Ewing has

known Sakelarios since the spring of 2009 and

is currently receiving personal training from

Sakelarios. A friend of Ewing’s, Tim Heath,

invited her to Sakelarios’ workout class and she

got hooked. “I was impressed with her from

the very beginning,” Ewing said. “She has an

unassuming way of instructing all her clients,

whom she universally refers to as ‘athletes.’

Chris is super-knowledgeable about the body. She

never ceases to amaze me how she can diagnose

imbalances and causes of pain just by watching

someone walk.”

When Ewing first met Sakelarios, she was “an

out-of-shape asthmatic who had never run a mile

in her life.” But after working out with Sakelarios

for a few months, she was “running miles and loving it.”

Said Ewing, “She always makes you feel like

you can do anything, and she shows respect to

everyone. Instead of the stereotypical trainer who

screams in his or her athlete’s faces, Chris quietly

says ‘please.’ And her style works better than

any I’ve seen. Athletes who could hardly walk

because of knee pain are running miles pain-free

to this day.”

Ewing added, “Chris knows and loves everyone.

She and I have become close friends, and whenever

I go anywhere with her, she always stops to talk

to someone or waves at a passing car. I joke that

if she were to visit Antarctica, she would find

someone she knows. And she always remembers names.”

Said Ewing, “Chris is a hard worker and passionate

about what she does. She works long hours and

puts her heart into her work. She is determined to

succeed and never listens to the naysayers. To her,

negativity is not worth her time.”

Ewing has recommended Sakelarios as a personal

trainer to many of her friends. “When it comes

to personal training, she is a miracle worker,”

Ewing said. “And she does it without working you

to exhaustion. Weeks go by with seemingly little

effort, then one day you realize you’re in much

better shape than expected. Chris also is a great

friend, a great boss and a great teacher.”

Sakelarios, who trains people of all ages,

believes that being older isn’t an excuse for

not being in shape. For example, she trains her

94-year-old great-aunt, Louise Rucker. She

also trains former Redwood City Mayor Georgi

LaBerge. “Not only is she a very capable trainer,

but she has a very generous spirit,” said LaBerge,

who was mayor from 1990 to 1992 and currently

serves as executive director of the Redwood City

Library Foundation. “She will do almost anything

for someone who needs help. She is able to spend

time with you. She is very much able to identify

problems you might be having and to help you

deal with it. She gives a lot of time to clients she

Sakelarios with her father, Nick

works with at the gym. She does that for almost

anybody that comes to her path.”

LaBerge said, “I just can’t say enough about

what a good trainer she is. She is quiet and shy,

but she really understands how to help a body

do its best. She’s very generous. She’s very

kind. She’s appreciative of everything. She has

a wonderful family. We hope she’ll continue [to

compete] next year and break some records.”

LaBerge added that Sakelarios helped her to become

a racewalker and that she has more energy.

LaBerge and her husband, Warren Dale, were

with Sakelarios at the Hunstman World Senior

Games in Utah. In fact, LaBerge competed as

“She can’t say no to anybody. She’s a do-gooder.

She can’t help anybody enough.”

well and won two bronze medals, thanks to help

from Sakelarios.

Victor Vari, a professor at Santa Clara

University, and his wife, Julia, also receive

training from Sakelarios. “She is a very giving

person, very dedicated to her work,” Victor Vari

said. “The main quality of the young girl is she is

very dedicated.”

Added Julia Vari, “She’s an exceptional lady

and very serious about her relationships. Always

caring about all the people she works with. She’s

just an exceptional person. We are still operating

because of her. She goes all out to assist those

with very serious problems. When she becomes

your friend, she’ll just do anything for you. She’s

very bright. She’s a charmer. Very pleasant.”

No challenge is too big for Sakelarios, who also

helped Shirley Martin, a 600-pound woman, lose

200 pounds. “No one wanted to take a chance of

helping her because of liability,” she said. “I was

honored to train her, to help her, to see the light

come back to her eyes again. It was exhausting,

draining, [yet also] rewarding. I was just as driven

as she was. To me she was living in black and

white and I helped her find color.”

“We call her Mother Chris (like Mother Teresa),”

Nick Sakelarios said. “She can’t say no to anybody.

She’s a do-gooder. She can’t help anybody enough.

She’s actually quite shy. Other people will ask her

for help and she will never turn them away. That

is how Chris is. Because of her personal training,

people say, ‘I have this problem.’ Then she says,

‘Let me see what I can do.’”

A business owner, too

As if being a star athlete and personal trainer

isn’t enough, Sakelarios also owns and operates

the Backyard Coffee Company, formerly

Sportivo Coffee Bar, at 965 Brewster Ave. in

Redwood City. She recently learned that her

great-grandmother had a restaurant called The

Backyard and decided to honor her.

Sakelarios’ dad; her mom, Beverly; her sister

Nina and her brother Nick Jr., who all live in

Redwood City, and even her 94-year-old greataunt

help out at the shop.

Like most businesses, Backyard Coffee

Company — which also houses a gym in which

Sakelarios provides her fitness training — has had

a hard time in this sluggish economy. But even

though business is slow, she believes in the people

of Redwood City and remains optimistic. “You

just get up in the morning, put your feet on the

floor and go through the day,” she said.

Sakelarios credits her landlord, Bill Caplain, for

helping her out in these challenging times. “I will

pay him back every penny owed, but he has just

been very lenient in hard times,” she said. “He has

helped me and then I help people. It’s just one big circle.”

The Backyard Coffee Company donates money

to local schools and you’ll find artwork from local

artists hanging on the walls.

Chris often thinks up new, innovative ideas to

make her business better,” Ewing explained. “Some work;

some don’t. But she always keeps trying. She

loves spending time in the coffee bar, especially

on Sundays, chatting with her customers. She

hugs everyone. She grew up in Redwood City and

knows and cares about her community.”

Helping to bring back the fireworks

For the last couple of years, Redwood City has

been unable to hold fireworks on the Fourth

of July due to the financial constraints of the

Peninsula Celebration Association, which

sponsors the show. Sakelarios has met with two

City Council members to let them know she

has started a committee to raise money so that

Redwood City can bring the fireworks back next

year, and they have said they will do anything to

help. Sakelarios would like to hold some kind of

fundraiser at the Backyard Coffee Company and

donate the proceeds to the fireworks celebration.

She estimated that if each person in Redwood

City, which has a population of about 76,000

people, contributed just $1 to the cause, it would

cover the costs needed.

With her usual “do-gooder” attitude, Sakelarios

said of the fundraising goal, “We’d be able to do

it.” We bet she will.

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RWC Youth Hold Rally to Halt Bullying

Curbing bullying can start by simply reaching out

— a message local teens emphasized during an

anti-bullying rally and concert at the Fox Theatre.

Started last year, the Young Dreamer Network

is a youth development program run by the

Redwood City–based nonprofit Dream Volunteers.

Working with local teens, the program focuses

on volunteer and leadership opportunities. Its

first big event will focus on a topic chosen by

the teens: bullying. Teen members of the Young

Dreamer Network hosted a concert and rally on

Oct. 24 for about 800 local middle school students

to launch an anti-bullying campaign.

“Bullying is very important in our lives right

now,” said 16-year-old Angelina Laus, a junior at

Summit Preparatory High School in Redwood City.

Laus added that all the teens in the Young

Dreamer Network could relate to having seen

bullying or being bullied. The event’s goal is

to stress the importance of sharing instances of

bullying with others, she said.

Sean Story, a 16-year-old sophomore at Everest

Public High School in Redwood City, added that

the group decided to focus on middle school students

since kids are often finding themselves and their

friends at that time. In addition, Story thought it

was an impressionable age during which, with the

right influences, negative habits could be changed.

Making a change, Story said, comes through

communication. Many programs separate the bully

and the person being bullied. Story believes the

two should work together to solve the problem.

The rally is to bring about awareness and to

join forces,” said Story, who wanted middle school

kids to be empowered and feel good about themselves.

The event presentation included a challenge to

those in attendance to befriend those who may be

getting bullied. Bystanders, the teens explained,

are important. They have the power to befriend

those going through a difficult time or explain to

another why their actions are wrong.

While smaller efforts have been taken on by the

group, this is its first big event.

“Dream Volunteers empowers youths to be

difference makers,” said Dream Volunteers

Executive Director Brian Burtz.

The group meets weekly after school and began

“Dream Volunteers empowers youths to be

difference makers”

to brainstorm for an idea in the spring. Students

worked hard on the content while adults helped

with logistics. Getting the content led to partnerships

like working with a local company to make

documentary and public service announcement–

style videos that can be shown, said Burtz.

Sam Sobell, a 16-year-old junior from Summit,

described the concert as the beginning. The

group hopes to do more things to curb bullying

in the future. While there are no plans set, Sobell

mentioned training groups of students at different

schools with tools to deal with the problem. In

addition, Sobell encouraged parents to talk with

their kids about bullying.

“For kids, it can be hard to start the conversation,”

he said. “If parents start it, it could be easier.”

For more information about the Young Dreamer

Network, visit

Editor’s note: This article, written by Heather Murtagh,

appeared first in the Daily Journal newspaper.





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Cultural Events (Continued from page16)

Joyce Barron Leopardo is an award-winning

watercolorist, juror, teacher and current president

of the SWA board of trustees. Her paintings are in

many public and private collections, and her bold

use of color makes her work exciting.

SWA demonstration meetings are free and open

to the public. For additional information, please

contact Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084 or see for directions.

Fall Show Begins Dec. 2

The Society of Western Artists has its fall show

at the SWA Gallery, 2625 Broadway, Redwood

City, through Dec. 2, judged by Diana Jaye, SWA,

Deborah Matlack, SWA, and Jeanne Nordness, SWA.

The first-place award went to Evelyn Nitzberg

for “Persimmon,” second place to Edna Acri for

“Hello Spring” and third place to Will Maller for

“Path to the Baylands.”

The show’s participants are Acri, Alisan Andrews,

Tom Ayers, Tom Chapman, Lynette Cook, Catherine

Streets Delfs, Carrie Drilling, SWA, Maller,

Nitzberg, Betty Olson, Anne Oseberg, Jan Priseo,

Camilla Roos, Decker Walker, SWA, and Sherry

Vockel, SWA.

For additional information, please contact

Judith Puccini at 650-737-6084 or see www. for directions.

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City


The Main Gallery, an artists’ cooperative with

23 members, showcases the work of some of the

best local talent in the Bay Area. The gallery is

located in the historic yellow Victorian cottage at

the corner of Main and Middlefield. The gallery is

open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

and weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sea Shells and Sonatas

The Main Gallery is proud to present the show

“Sea Shells and Sonatas” with Susan Wolf and

Arup Biswas, which will run now through Nov. 20.

Inspiration for an artist comes from many

sources. After being given a book of seashells last

Christmas, Wolf was reminded of how beautiful

they can be. She says she really enjoys making

beautiful things. “My shells are not all turning

out as I’d expected! Some of the particular shells

I’d envisioned have not gotten beyond the first

thought. Others, which I’d thought to give only a

passing mention, have become points of focus.”

Most of the ceramic, hand-built pieces are porcelain

with much underglazing, some with a clear overglaze,

some just raw. A few are made of coarser sculpture

clays. But all are unique and find their own inherent

beauty inspired by nature!

Biswas was born in India in the foothills of the

Himalayas. The pristine Himalayan beauty instilled

in him a love for nature, which he rediscovered

when he moved to the United States in 1992 after

acquiring a master’s degree in computer science.

That’s when he bought his first camera and started

photographing landscapes across the country.

Biswas reminisces, “I remember crying in front

of the Merced River in Yosemite after seeing the

first snow in my life.”

Music has influenced Biswas profoundly in all

his photographic works. Although music and

photography are experienced by two different

senses, both mediums strive to evoke similar

emotional responses in the human psyche. For

Biswas, a well-executed photographic print, in

many ways, he says, “is like a well-orchestrated

musical symphony.” He states, “Trees are my most

favorite subjects to photograph. I rarely get excited

by grand landscape panoramas. But the blooming

dogwoods in the spring, the yellow and orange

aspens in the fall and the dramatic redwood

trees covered in snow make me feel alive; I start

experiencing the color, form and shape throughout

my whole body. I respond with my camera.

The results are the recording of these intimate

conversations with nature — visual sonatas.”

Redwood Symphony Presents:

The Ring Without Words

Saturday, Nov. 19, 8–10 p.m.

Cañada College Main Theatre

4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City

$10 (adult student), $20 in advance, $25 at

door, free for children under 18

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme

of Paganini (Daniel Glover) Wagner/

Maazel: The Ring Without Words

Redwood Symphony

Eric Kujawsky, music director

Daniel Glover, piano soloist

Conductor Lorin Maazel created a 70-minute

symphony comprising sections from all four of

Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung operas, including

“Ride of the Valkyries” and other famous sections.

About Redwood Symphony: Redwood Symphony

is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to the

performance of ambitious, contemporary repertoire

as well as the orchestral classics. The innovative

programming and emphasis on education are two

reasons so many of the most talented musicians

from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area volunteer

their time to play, and why our audience and local

critics are so enthusiastic.

Insurance Tips: Six Ways to Save Money on Life Insurance

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

It’s very important to purchase a life insurance policy when you are young so that

you can protect your as well as your family’s future. The policy gives you the

opportunity to provide income for your family to meet their most essential

needs when you will no longer be with them. By starting early, you realize the premium

savings of those in good health and lock in that rate for the term of the policy.

You buy a life insurance policy to secure the future of your family

members and, at the same time, save money. These six tips will help you save

money when buying a life insurance policy.

Shop thoroughly before buying a policy

Different insurance companies charge different premiums on the same types

of insurance policies. Take time to find out the most suitable insurance policy

for your needs, with the most affordable premium you can pay. Thus, it is

very important on your part that you shop around carefully before you decide

to buy a life insurance policy.

Buy an insurance policy only if you need it

Buying a life insurance policy is important, but first you must understand

your financial responsibilities to secure the future of your family members.

Find out how much money your family would need to maintain their

lifestyles in case you pass away. Consider carrying coverage that will pay off

the mortgage on your home to relieve your spouse of that burden.

Make your premium payments annually

It is better to make the premium payments on your insurance policy on a yearly

basis. Most of the insurers permit you to make monthly, quarterly, semi-annually

or annual payments. It may sound suitable to pay your premiums on monthly

basis, but you’ll end up paying an installment fee in addition to the premium.

Try to improve your health

If your health is not good, you will find it difficult to buy a life insurance

policy. Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure can

make life insurance costly. The healthier you become, the lower your life

insurance premium will be.

Purchase life insurance as the need arises

One good advantage to buying a life insurance policy at the earliest possible

time is that you will have a low premium to pay on your insurance policy.

The policy becomes more costly as your age increases. You will find that

most of the insurance policies give you a choice to renew your coverage

before the term of the policy ends without submitting to a medical exam.

Request a reassessment in case your health improves

Once you buy a life insurance policy, visit your doctor regularly and follow

his advice. As your health improves, you can get quotes on another policy

based on your new healthier lifestyle.

Apart from this, it’s a good idea to get as much insurance as you can for as

little as you can. Search for a policy that will provide you more coverage

at low cost, such as term life. The cheapest option is usually no-load life

insurance, where agents take a small fee for servicing the policy rather than a

large commission.

Editor’s note: This article is for general information only and is not a professional consultation.

Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance professional. Hector Flamenco is

an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at

Senior Activities

The following activities are open to the public during the month of November

at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City.

Friday Movies for Everyone

Every Friday, 1:15 p.m. (unless otherwise announced)

Come to the Veterans Memorial Senior Center for a free feature movie in our

state-of-the-art movie theater!

Nov. 4: “Buck” (postponed from an earlier date)

Nov. 11: Center closed for Veterans Day

Nov. 18: “Water for Elephants”

Nov. 25: Center closed for Thanksgiving

Veterans Day

Friday, Nov. 11

The center will be closed for Veterans Day.

Thanksgiving Gathering Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 17, noon, Redwood Room, $7

We will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal and musical entertainment

will be provided. Please call 650-780-7259 for your reservations.

West Bay Community Band Concert

Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30–9 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., $10

Ask anyone who has attended one of the concerts performed by the WBCB

and they will tell you this is an event not to be missed! Come enjoy the music

provided by these talented musicians! Call 650-780-7270 for more info.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 24 & 25

The center will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Senior Center Decorating Party

Monday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.–noon

Get into the holiday spirit by helping to decorate the VMSC with your friends

and family. A winter-themed extravaganza will take over the rooms and lobby

of the center. A complimentary pizza lunch will be provided for those who

sign up and come to decorate. To sign up, please call Christina at 650-780-7343.

Save the dates:

SamTrans Trip Planning Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1:15 p.m., Goldstar Room

A travel training meeting for a trip to Westfield San Francisco Centre on

Wednesday, Dec. 14. Learn how to use the SamTrans KX bus for a round trip

to San Francisco from Redwood City. Sign-ups for the San Francisco trip will

be taken at the Dec. 6 planning meeting. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Reservations are required. Call Donna at 650-369-6650 to sign up.

Holiday Gift Bag Assembly

Monday Dec. 5, 9:30–11 a.m., Redwood Room

The VMSC is sponsoring our annual Holiday Giving Project. We will be

providing gift bags to elderly Redwood City residents who are homebound

and children in need. Join us to fill the gift bags. Please call Christina at 650-

780-7343 to sign up.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Dec. 10 & 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., $12 AARP members, $14 non–AARP members

This is an eight-hour class held over two Saturdays. Both sessions must be

attended to obtain the insurance discount certificate. Enrollment is limited to

20 people, so sign up early. Call 650-780-7270 and press option 2 to sign up.

Leave your full name and phone number.

To learn more about the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, call 650-780-

7270. Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department

provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and

supplies building and custodial services for city buildings. Redwood City

Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks

Community Center, providing social, educational and cultural activities, as

well as information, referral and counseling services to persons living in

Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more

than you think! Its website is located at

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Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 14)

Get Involved!

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 650-556-9380, ext. 3.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula

RTP is a Redwood City nonprofit that provides

free home repair and renovations for lowincome

families, seniors and people living with

disabilities throughout the Peninsula. RTP’s

mission is to promote independent living in safety

and warmth through volunteer partnerships

with individuals and groups in the community.

RTP is currently seeking skilled volunteers and

construction captains for its annual National

Rebuilding Day, when thousands of volunteers

and sponsors unite to rehabilitate the homes and

community facilities of our low-income neighbors

and revitalize communities across the Peninsula.

Come see how one day of your time can make a

difference in someone’s life. If you are interested

in volunteering, call 650-366-6597. For more

information, visit

Redwood City Art Center

The Redwood City Art Center promotes

creativity and community by providing art

education, exhibitions, studio space for artists

and outreach to the local community and

schools. The Art Center has been involved with

several local events, offering fun, creative art

projects for children, and the center hopes this

is just the beginning of their involvement with

the community. For scheduling or donation,


For more general information, visit www. or call 650-369-1823. Or

visit in person at 2625 Broadway, Redwood City.

Redwood City Eagles #418

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international

nonprofit united in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice

and equality. They support our police, firefighters

and others who protect and serve. The Eagles

have provided support for medical centers across

the country to build and provide research on

medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer,

spinal cord injuries, kidney disease, diabetes and

Alzheimer’s disease. They raise millions of dollars

every year to help handicapped kids, uplift the aged

and make life a little brighter for everyone.

They meet on the second Tuesday of each

month at the Eagles Hall, 1575 Marshall St., at 6

p.m. for a social hour and dinner meeting. They

play cards on the third Thursday and would love

to have you join them. For more information,

call President Ryan Herbst at 408-489-6582 or

Secretary David Tomatis at 650-575-3225, or

check out their website at

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 Orators

Toastmasters Club

Learn effortless public speaking as a beginner

or polish existing skills. Join the Redwood City

Orators Toastmasters Club, a fun, friendly,

supportive and diverse group that meets every

Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. at St. Peter’s

Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St. (at Brewster).

Look for their sidewalk sign or check them out at

Redwood City Rotary

Redwood City Rotary performs many service

projects, provides college scholarships and

donates to international relief efforts. The club

meets in a spirit of good fellowship and fun

each Tuesday at 12:15 at the Sequoia 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 Dr. Paul R.

Piccione at

or 650-703-5957, or visit

Redwood City Señors Softball Club

These recreational and tournament-level senior

men and women play slow-pitch softball all year

long. Membership is open to anyone at least 50

years old within the calendar year. Many of the

players are in their 60s and 70s and still going

strong. Club members play every Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday morning at Griffin

Field at Red Morton Community Park. For more

information or to join the club, contact Joe Kirby

at 650-366-5299 or

(include “Senior Softball Club” in the subject line).

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 Woman’s Club

The Redwood City Woman’s Club, established

in 1909 and a member of the California and

General Federations of Women’s Clubs, meets

at its historic clubhouse, built in 1911, at 149

Clinton St. the first Thursday of each month

from September through June. Typical agenda:

social at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12 p.m., followed by

meeting and program. Guests and new members

are always welcome. For more information about

membership or clubhouse rentals, call 650-363-

1266, email or visit

Sequoia High School

Alumni Association

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 or e-mail

Sequoia High School Education


The Sequoia High School Education Foundation

is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving

the high school experience for all students.

Their mission is to support student success by

investing in projects and programs that will have

a substantial impact on the school community.

If you applaud and appreciate Sequoia’s rise

to academic prominence, consider a financial

contribution that will guarantee the continuation

of the programs and resources that have made

Sequoia a winning school. For more information,

go to

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City Announces Winners of

Mayor’s Beautification Recognition Awards


rom landscaping to remodeling, garden design to historic

renovation, and architectural design to neighborhood improvement,

the annual Mayor’s Beautification Recognition Program

highlights the best projects from throughout the community of

Redwood City. This year’s winners were honored at a special

reception and ceremony at a City Council meeting, where

each honoree received a special plaque, along with the congratulations and

thanks of the mayor and the council, in honor of their civic pride.

The annual Mayor’s Beautification Recognition Program, coordinated by

the city’s Pride and Beautification Committee (

government/bcc/pride), is designed to recognize the efforts of residents, nonprofit

agencies and businesses to maintain or improve Redwood City neighborhoods.

The program encourages attractive structural and landscaping improvements

in our community. Single- or multi-family residences, apartment complexes,

homeowners associations and nonprofit or commercial properties are eligible.

A panel of volunteer judges screened the entries, and the final selection process

included a site visit to all the entries.

As a community, the way in which we use, improve and maintain our homes,

landscaping, buildings and gardens expresses an image of Redwood City. The

Mayor’s Beautification Recognition Program helps to promote and enhance this

image both within Redwood City and beyond our borders. The awards show

our neighbors and visitors that Redwood City recognizes the importance and

value of keeping our city beautiful.

Below is the list of 2011’s winners in each category. Sponsors and supporters

of the annual program were Allied Waste Services, Cheryl Angeles, Glenborough

Pauls, Maria Martinucci, the Muhlker family, Recology San Mateo County,

Peninsula Building Material Co., Port of Redwood City, Redwood City Civic

Cultural Commission, Redwood Oaks Neighborhood Association, Sequoia

Health Services, SIMS Metal and Wells Fargo Bank.


Steve & Lisa Deal

1119 Fairview Ave.

Steven Howard

907 Katherine Ave.

Christine Bahr

1187 Lyons St.

Chad & Chian Robinson

3708 Farm Hill Blvd.

Rick & Barb Urrutia

423 Bark Drive

M.A. Malone

287 G St.

Lee & Karyn Warner

Frank & Liza Bizzarro

1640 Hopkins Ave.

Dan Crawford

2707 Hopkins Ave.

Matthew & Peggy Klein

2236 Hopkins Ave.

Structural Remodel/Design

David Kassouf

The Sandwich Spot

2420 Broadway St.

Jesus & Yolanda Lopez

Mi Rancho Market

150 Charter Ave.

Spencer Arton & Zareh


Circle K Service Station

602 El Camino Real

Michael Giotinis

1808 El Camino Real

Brian Jensen & Michael Bickford

In-N-Out Burger

949 Veterans Blvd.

Ryan Sand

Verizon Wireless

2501 El Camino Real

Yume “Sportcourt”

1204 & 1280 Middlefield Road

Frank Shih & Lin Wang


2206 Broadway St.

Kevin & Julie Bazzell

155 Fulton St.


503 Whipple Ave.

Dennis Jang & Bill Demas

Turn Inc.

835 Main St.

Rick & Courtney Caccia

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Experience and Integrity

Re-Elect IAN BAIN for Redwood City Council

Endorsed by

Former Mayors

Bob Bury

Dick Claire

Dani Gasparini

Jack Greenalch

Diane Howard

Georgi LaBerge

“Help me continue my

work to raise standards

and make this a

community we can all be

proud of.”

Paid for by Ian Bain for City Council 2011 * FPPC# 1255762 *



San Mateo Credit Union’s On Broadway branch has it all.

From Auto Loans to Credit Cards, we can answer your

questions and find you a better product to help

your budget.


830 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City

(650) 363-1725 |



San Mateo Credit Union has a special Mortgage Center,

staffed by our mortgage experts.

Come in and ask a question about your current mortgage.

We love those! We want to give you the best loan with the

most reasonable payments.

619 Bradford Street, Redwood City

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world” - LA Times

November 26

TickeTs On sale nOw


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Never late for the Theatre

when you eat at Little India.

All You Can Eat Lunch

Mon - Fri 11am - 2pm

Regular $9.95 Vegetarian $7.95

All You Can Eat Dinner

Mon - Sat 5 - 9pm

Regular $12.95 Vegetarian $10.95

Little India


917 Main St., Redwood City

650-361-8737 •

10 % off

with your Parking


• Catering

• In-House Parties


• Takeout


Neighborhoood Toy Store Day


Nov 12, 2011

10am - 5pm

Jigsaw Java

of Redwood City will donate

5% of sales to benefit the

Special Education Parent Teacher

Association for Redwood City

SEPTAR brings families and educators together

to meet the special education needs

of children in Redwood City.

Face Painting!

Blue Orange Demos

sContests and Giveaway

from 10am - 1pm!


Jigsaw Java

846 Main Street

Redwood City, CA


(650) 364-3634

SEPTAR 750 Bradford Street

Redwood City, CA 94063


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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. They even have free Wi-Fi

Internet hookups so you can work while you wait

for your vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison

and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from

their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of

sandwiches and pastas, and South-of-the-Border

specialties while various sports play on the big,

flat-screen TVs. Don’t forget to reserve their

closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,

fans and a big-screen TV (no extra charges). Why

cook when you don’t have to? They do catering

too for all occasions!

D. Tequila Lounge and Restaurant – 851 Main St.

– “We went there and it was fabulous! We were

impressed by their food menu, and the burger I

had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen TVs for

watching your favorite sports team, having a

drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

Little India – 917 Main St. – “There are good

restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There

are OK 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.

Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi – 2198 Broadway

– “Large tables, the chefs and staff are very warm

toward families and children, and the meals are

plentiful and flavorful. Five stars for great service,

food and prices. Well worth it! If you haven’t been

there yet, go!”

The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With

a motto promising to change your life “one

sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere

that has already made it a popular spot in

downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will

have you wondering where this place has been all

your life, and whether or not you can get some of

their signature Bomb Sauce to go.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City

locations – As a member-driven organization,

SMCU does everything possible to ensure that

all of your financial priorities are anticipated and

fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping

assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate

home loans and lines of credit. Call 650-363-1725

or 888-363-1725, or visit a branch to learn the

advantages of membership banking.

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! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

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 longterm

relationships and value-added services,

and to supporting and participating in the

communities where they live and work.

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Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker – 650-

722-1193 – Michelle has been a full-time, topproducing

real estate agent since 1978. With a proven

track record, she has helped buyers achieve their

dreams of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties. The

majority of her business is garnered through referrals

from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald

Hills, she knows the area well and is involved

in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of

experience to guide you through your next real estate

transaction. Visit her online at

John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315

– John has been a resident of Redwood City for

21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18

years. He is known for doing his clients’ legwork,

keeping them up to date with new listings and

conditions as they impact the market. He will

make the process as pleasurable and stress-free an

experience for you as he can. Let John guide you

through the complexities of buying or selling your

home, eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him

online at

Specialty Businesses:

Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –

“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases

and they know what they are doing. All they

carry is appliances; you don’t have to worry about

anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with

your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.

I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested

in great pricing and even better service. The focus

is appliances and service.”

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –

A women-only, body-positive fitness center in downtown

Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and

cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic

massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with

several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.

com or call 650-364-9194 to get started.

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956

Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance

business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local

resident, he also provides servicio en español!

Visit his website at

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The

friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready

to assist you with a variety of storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit

their website at to see

exactly what products and services are available.

Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St.,

650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of this

independent, community-based physical therapy

practice focuses on thorough physical therapy

assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment

programs are designed to help meet patient goals

of restoring function, returning to sport or

occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – “This is a

great jeweler! Phil, the owner, is amazing. He

crafted a ring on time and on budget. He has an

incredible eye for detail. I can’t say enough. I

would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are

looking for men’s or women’s quality jewelry,

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-

366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that

in choosing a senior living community, residents

are looking for much more than a comfortable

living environment to call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City community delivers

inspired independent living with the promise of

exceptional experiences every day. As residents’

needs change, they are provided with a variety

of ancillary services and a personalized assisted

living environment that encourages them to

continue to live as they please.

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Know Your Community Puzzle


4. Former first name of Redwood City tequila lounge

6. A first performance at the Fox Theatre, for example

9. Historic theater now home to Martins West


10. 4th of July parade organizers (abbrev.)

12. Live “Jazz on ___” on Mondays all summer

13. What you might do at Crippen & Flynn

14. A quick greeting

15. Found at the Port of Redwood City

17. Former bakery at the current Kaiser Hospital site

20. Council member Jeff

21. A paid portion of The Spectrum

24. Redwood City’s largest park

25. Redwood City’s first Parks & Rec. director Morton

26. Grab a burger at ____-N-Out

27. Old factory that moved into the downtown

theater complex

29. Found at Gelb

31. Council member Jeff (the other one!)

33. Cañada College degree (abbrev.)

34. “Much ____ About Nothing”

35. Assembly member Jerry

36. Original business on the site of Mervyn’s Plaza

38. Redwood City’s largest employer

42. Redwood City has an upper and a lower Emerald one

43. Redwood City’s Tapestry

45. Industry pioneer recording company located

in Redwood City

47. If your vacuum is this, take it to Ralph’s on

Main Street

49. Not “me” but who?

50. Spectrum’s annual edition “People With


52. Not “know” but this

53. Redwood City’s only cemetery

54. Cañada College “fruit” festival in October

55. Paula of Pete’s Harbor

56. Kaiser Hospital employee’s degree (abbrev.)

58. Alameda de las Pulgas = avenue of these

61. “Hometown ____” the first Saturday in December


1. Born in Redwood City, NASA astronaut Rex

2. Blues Festival organizers

3. Caltrain: “All ____!”

4. Stephen Wagstaffe’s title (abbrev.)

5. Callery’s Spectrum job

7. DMB’s John

8. Mezes Park is also known as “____ Park”

11. Redwood City’s sister city (Mexico)

12. Redwood City’s original name

16. Redwood City General Tire’s Alpio

18. What you read The Spectrum for

19. “As I Was Saying…” author Penna

22. “____ Best by Government Test”

23. SFPUC’s water system “Hetch ____”

27. California’s first district hospital

28. 2011 Miss Redwood City Sasha

30. Do this at Angelica’s open mic night

32. Dr. Howard Rose cares for this

37. Redwood City Fire Chief Jim

39. Sequoia High School’s former mascot

40. Redwood City video game company (abbrev.)

41. Former governor of California and owner of

Rancho de las Pulgas (now Redwood City)

43. Redwood City’s governing body

44. San Mateo County Supervisor Carole

46. Redwood City’s City Council is 57% this

48. Redwood City–based home and training center

for adults with developmental disabilities

51. Worn by many a graduating senior from

Woodside, Sequoia and Summit

57. ____ Kapadokia Restaurant

59. Spanish yes

60. Sequoia Hospital medical professional (abbrev.)


Crossword provided by Alex Wright.



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Call Us



As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)

from readers telling me that “option 2” had been eliminated from the meter system

and they were no longer going downtown to spend sales tax dollars because

they felt it was an unfair thing for the city to do. After checking it out for myself, and

then not overreacting, I contacted the city to get some answers. Here is what I found out.

According to the city: “Recently, City Council members and staff have received

comments and complaints about the number of options and complexity of the

menus on the parking meters and the time it takes when selecting ‘option 2’ to

add more time. So staff took a look at how to simplify the process.

“First, they looked at the statistics — it turns out that only about 5 percent

of users utilize the ‘add more time’ option. When they do, it can be quite slow

as the system has to access the Internet via Wi-Fi to get to the database —

in fact, sometimes the delay is so lengthy that the system times out and the

screen reverts to the first menu, requiring the user to start over.”

Not to be rude, but shouldn’t they have thought about that before purchasing

the system in the first place? The option is there for a reason.

“So, in order to simplify the system by reducing the number of options, the

decision was made to delete option 2. This way, the user has just the one menu

selection — pay for parking, quick and easy.”

I agree, and it creates more revenue for the city.

“If they do want to add more time later, they can just pay again, as if they

[had] just parked. If they do this before the meter has actually expired, then

there may be a little overlap that they’re paying for (we built in several minutes

of ‘cushion’ to help people with the transition). The cell phone option (which

requires an easy registration and small fee) still offers the ‘add more time’ option.

“We feel that this responds to the concerns that have been expressed and

adequately simplifies the process for the greatest number of customers.”

I love it that governmental entities are always looking out for what is best

and more convenient for us.

Don’t forget to VOTE!


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Call Us Today 650.368.2434

As I was saying…

Nonprofits in Action (Continued from page 24)

Sequoia Stamp Club

This club was established in 1947 and welcomes

all attendees to their bimonthly meetings. The

club meets at the Community Activities Building,

1400 Roosevelt Ave., at 7 p.m. on the second and

fourth Tuesday of each month. 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

Soroptimist International by the Bay

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. They meet the second

Thursday of every month. For more information,

please contact their president, Teresa, at 650-743-

1073 or

Sustainable San Mateo County

Established in 1992, this local nonprofit

is dedicated to the long-term health of our

county’s environment, economy and social

equity. Programs include an annual report, an

annual awards event with over 450 attendees,, green business workshops

and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact

the SSMC office at 650-638-2323 or advocate@ For more information,


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 Tuesday

evening 6–7 p.m. at Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El

Camino Real (one block north of Woodside

Road). They invite you to come to their meetings

and check out the club’s website at www.

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

Get Involved!

sale held on the fourth Wednesday of each month

in the main lobby at 485 Woodside Road, open to

the public.

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 one-on-one

tutoring for elementary and middle school

students reading below grade level. 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

website at

Editor’s note: If you are connected with a nonprofit

organization and want your information printed in The

Spectrum, send it to or The

Spectrum Magazine, P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064.

Let our community know your contributions and maybe they

will want to join you.

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A Minute With: Uncle Sam

In the spirit of Election Day, we thought we would refresh your knowledge of

Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam is a common national personification of the American

government originally used during the War of 1812. He is depicted as a stern

elderly man with white hair and a goatee beard. Typically he is dressed in

clothing that recalls the design elements of the flag of the United States — for

example, a top hat with red and white stripes and white stars on a blue band,

and red and white striped trousers. The first use of Uncle Sam in literature was

in the 1816 allegorical book “The Adventures of Uncle Sam in Search After His

Lost Honor” by Frederick Augustus Fidfaddy, Esq.

The well-known “recruitment” image of Uncle Sam was created by James

Montgomery Flagg, an illustrator and portrait artist best known for commercial

art. The image of Uncle Sam was shown publicly for the first time, according to

some, in a picture by Flagg on the cover of the magazine Leslie’s Weekly on July

6, 1916, with the caption “What Are You Doing for Preparedness?” More than

four million copies of this image were printed between 1917 and 1918. The image

also was used extensively during World War II.

Sam’s hobbies include being the most famous poster boy in American history,

encouraging voting, patriotism and wearing a hat.

Any plans to run for elected office?

No, my time has passed.

If you were stuck on a desert island, which one book,

movie or person would you want to take along?

The United States Constitution.

Something few know about you?

During World War II, America was code-named

“Samland” by the German intelligence agency


What phrase do you most overuse?

I want you.

Last movie you saw?

I don’t know that I have ever seen one.

Favorite restaurant in Redwood City?

Any that have hot dogs and baked beans.

What is your motto?


Memorable moment?

I was memorialized twice, both of which

commemorate my life: the Uncle Sam Memorial

Statue in Arlington, Mass., my birthplace, and

a memorial near my long-term residence in

Riverfront Park, Troy, N.Y.

You still can’t believe?

I am still relevant today.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

To give my finger a rest.

What would life be like if you had wings?


Who or what is the love of your life?


At this time next year, you will be?

Probably in the same poster.

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or Opinions & Letters, The Spectrum Magazine,

P.O. Box 862, Redwood City, CA 94064

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phone number where we can reach you.

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Alpio Barbara and

the team at

Redwood General

Tire are involved

in our community

and urge all to be.

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