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{"As I Was Saying..."

La Victoria:

It’s all about


The Spectrum.FEB.2012

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

Get ‘Sauced’ at La Victoria – 7

Community Interest – 10

Cultural Events – 11

‘Music of Our Times’

and Finding Love at Woodside

Terrace – 14

Shop Redwood City – 18

Welcome to the February 2012 printed edition of The Spectrum Magazine.

Our cover story this month is twofold. We had originally wanted to present a business profile

of the Woodside Terrace facility on Woodside Road, but when contributing writer Julie McCoy

started to do her story research, she met Joe Lavoie and Kathleen “Kay” Knauf-Lavoie, who

were to celebrate their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple. Needless to say, the focus of

the article changed and now includes their love story. Enjoy the journey.

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

community interest, cultural and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco,

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

We also have an advertising section highlighting businesses in the Main Street area, tips on

where to shop locally for Valentine’s Day and a great business profile of La Victoria on Main Street.

In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” publisher Steve Penna writes about the restoration of

a popular parking meter feature, the mayor’s State of the City address and some exciting

changes coming to the July Fourth celebration downtown.

As in all communities, businesses are an important component of ours because they create

sales tax revenues that contribute to our overall city budget while providing much-needed

services for our 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.

We have been updating our website daily, so if you are looking for up-to-the-minute

information about our community, visit us online at

Happy Valentine’s Day to The Spectrum’s special someones — our readers! Without you we

would not have been able to become Redwood City’s most-read publication.

Insurance Tips:

Risk Retention and

Reduction for Low Auto

Insurance – 24

Senior Activities – 24

A Minute With Cupid – 26

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Contributing Writers

James Massey

Graphic Designer

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

The Spectrum 3

Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

Spectrum publisher Steve Penna arranged this month’s cover

photo shoot after contacting cover subjects Joe and Kathleen

“Kay” Lavoie. Penna thought it would be a great idea to start

the shoot at Redwood City Florist at 440 Woodside Road, across the

street from where the Lavoies live at Woodside Terrace. The windows

there are always decorated so nicely for special events and it proved

a great backdrop to capture the Valentine’s Day spirit.

Penna arrived first and was quickly joined by the Lavoies. Cover

subject photographer James Kaspar arrived shortly after. All greeted

each other and shared a few laughs about finding love. They started

shooting images in front of one of the displays featured in the shop

that had heart-shaped images and “kisses.” The employees of the

shop joined in and the shoot took about 20 minutes there. The couple

were given a red rose from the shop, and Penna then led them to

Woodside Terrace to capture a few images of the facility.

Once at the independent and assisted living facility, the Lavoies

said their goodbyes (they were to leave the next day on a 10-day

cruise) and Penna and Kaspar were greeted by Alan Brauner, the

sales and marketing director.

The trio walked around the facility and viewed the various areas. As

they walked, Kaspar captured images that would show our readers

the environment that serves as home to so many seniors in our community.

The entire shoot took about one hour.

The Spectrum salutes businesses like Woodside Terrace for

providing a nurturing and caring environment for seniors in our

community. We also salute those seniors for living life to the fullest

and, yes, even finding love in their golden years. Happy Valentine’s

Day, Redwood City!

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

SNorth Star Academy Earns Nomination for National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

tate Superintendent of Public Instruction students. Not only do our students study hard but they

Tom Torlakson has selected North Star also enjoy choice in many of their assignments — a

Academy, a third- through eighth-grade time in their day to pursue unusual and different

School of Choice in the Redwood City topics in a flexible learning environment.”

School District, to be one of just 35 schools in To be eligible for the Blue Ribbon nomination,

California to be nominated for the prestigious schools must meet or exceed the 85th percentile

2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The on statewide tests or number among the top 10

program recognizes schools exhibiting student percent of schools serving a socio-economically

achievement at the highest levels or that have disadvantaged student body showing consistent

made exemplary progress toward bridging the improvement over the past five years. “These

achievement gap.

schools all share a deep commitment to the

North Star serves 540 third- through eighthgrade

students and was designated a California Torlakson in a statement. “We’ve recognized

education and well-being of their students,” said

Distinguished School in 2010. Its curricula and them on the state level, and now I hope their

enrichment offerings are designed to meet the outstanding work and remarkable progress will be

unique needs of students identified as gifted and further spotlighted nationally.”

high achieving through specific instructional Contingent upon its students meeting all

strategies. In the 2010–11 school year, the school prescribed targets on the 2012 statewide standardized

earned an API (Academic Performance Index) tests, and also meeting or exceeding its target

score of 992 (out of a possible 1,000), making it overall API, North Star will be eligible to receive

the highest-performing school in San Mateo County. the coveted distinction in September of this year.

“[North Star’s] students and teachers work hard “We are thrilled that North Star has been recognized

to ensure that the needs of our students are being by Superintendent Torlakson and are so proud of

met with challenging, thoughtful and purposeful everything our students and staff have accomplished

curriculum,” said North Star Principal Wendy through hard work and collaboration,” said

Kelly. “Achieving 992 was a true testament to the Superintendent Jan Christensen.

hard work, dedication and determination of our

Woodside Terrace

A.M. Kiwanis





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The Spectrum 5

As I Was

Saying… Publisher

| Steve Penna

Let’s get you caught up on a few issues I have

been writing about for a while. First, the issue of

the “option two” choice on the downtown parking

meters. You may remember the City of Redwood

City took away that option because they said users

were confused by having so many options (there

were only two). Option two has now been restored.

Option two makes it more convenient for

seniors, teens and those using cash to add time

and also use existing time left on the meter from

previous users (which I appreciate so much).

This is great news and will eliminate some of the

frustration many people have with the meters, and

this definitely makes them more user-friendly.

Hopefully those who have been discouraged by

not having that option and have started shopping

elsewhere out of that frustration will return and

enjoy downtown again.

Kudos to city officials for listening to us.


Second, a few years back I started writing about

the Fourth of July activities (parade, festival,

carnival and fireworks) and the organization

that sponsors them, the Peninsula Celebration

Association (PCA). There was great concern

when the parade route was changed during the

construction of the cinema complex and then not

moved back once it was complete.

The concern was because the new route went

around the downtown area and, in parts, even out

of the area on Veterans Boulevard. The festival

and carnival were also moved, relocated to the

east side of Middlefield Road backing up to

Veterans Boulevard and around County Center.

This did not sit well with residents, the City of

Redwood City and businesses alike because

activities like this bring visitors to the downtown

area and foster commerce for all.

Well, after much debate, Councilwomen

Rosanne Foust and Barbara Pierce along with

City Manager Bob Bell were instrumental in

working with and creating communication with

members of the PCA that has resulted in big

changes for this year. You are hearing it here first.

The parade will be moved back to the original

route, which starts on Arguello Street, goes west

on Middlefield Road, east on Main Street and

Marshall Street and ends on Warren Street. The

festival (arts and crafts, etc.) will run completely

down Broadway from Main Street to Winslow

Street. Courthouse Square will be full of

activities too. The city is working with member

of the Kiwanis Club of Redwood City to move

the carnival to where it was before, which was

in the parking lot on Middlefield Road, backing

up to the railway. The complete map of all

activities can be viewed on our website at www.

All this is great news for our business

community. Main Street has gone though some

tremendous positive changes, and new businesses

there and all over downtown have been working

hard to bring customers into their respective retail

shops and restaurants. The route being changed

back to travel down there will be a huge boost to

revenues and exposure. Which is exactly what

special events like the Fourth of July activities are

supposed to do.

Moving the route back makes it literally

encompass all of the downtown area. No

activities, however, are planned for the 2600

block of Broadway, but, with the exception of

one year, they never have been. That block and

the restaurants there do very well on the Fourth

and they attract a more local crowd. Remember,

there are estimates of up to 100,000 visitors to

our community on that day. City Pub celebrates

its anniversary on the Fourth, so many stop by to

enjoy the food and discounted beverages.

Now, are you sitting down? The annual

fireworks display will most definitely be coming

back after a two-year absence. An unofficial

group of residents and business owners is working

with the city to raise the money needed (there is a

plan to start outreach to businesses and residents

alike to contribute) and is also working on the

logistics to make sure our city shines once again

and provides the spectacular show that is enjoyed

by our community and so many surrounding

communities. It may not — and I use the word

“may” strongly — be the big show we are used to,

but it should be something similar to the fireworks

seen during Hometown Holidays in December.

It is really up to us all to step up and contribute

to make the fireworks return.

This is all great news and is an opportunity

for our community to rally around the PCA and

help them to make this the biggest Independence

Day celebration our community has ever seen.

The group has been organizing this event for our

community since 1939, and I am sure they need

volunteers for something. We have to step up

and help. I have done so on many occasions and

have participated in activities from setting up

trash receptacles to being a parade announcer. I

have also participated in, and even ridden in, the

parade. I plan on doing so again this year. Please

join me.

There are plenty of individuals and groups

in our community that can step up and offer to

help. If you are interested in volunteering or

contributing, contact the PCA at 650-365-1825,

463 Brewster Ave. # 4, Redwood City, CA 94063-

1724. They also have a website:

Come on, Redwood City! Our Fourth of July

activities are the envy of all other communities,

and this year we will all work harder to make it

so once again. What better way to celebrate our

independence than by helping and then enjoying

our community with family and friends.


These two changes come on the heels of Mayor

Alicia Aguirre taking the helm. Whether or not

this is a coincidence, it looks good for her. She

plans to do things a bit differently and concentrate

partly on more human-interest issues. These types

of results fall within her plan.

One change Aguirre has already made is in

regard to the State of the City address. The annual

event, which informs our community of where we

are on all fronts and where we are going, is held

with sponsorship from the Redwood City–San

Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. Many feel

that although the chamber is a good outlet for the

event, one should not have to pay a fee to attend.

The chamber charges a fee to cover the cost of the

facility rental and a light breakfast for attendees.

It is also filmed and can be seen on the city’s

website and local Comcast cable channel 27.

This year the chamber event was held on

Friday, Jan. 20, at the Oracle Business Center. But

before that, Aguirre decided to give the address

at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, inviting

residents to attend without having to pay to do so.

Great idea! It must be noted that, as mayor a few

years back, Foust held a similar event at the senior

center, but it was after the chamber event. This

definitely is a welcomed change for our residents.

In her speech this year, Aguirre was optimistic

about our city’s future regardless of the

elimination of redevelopment funds on Feb. 1

($7.8 million in Redwood City). She pointed to

projects in the works like the projects at 640

Veterans Blvd. (264-unit apartment complex on

the old Dodge dealership site), 240 Marshall St.

(116 units) and Depot Circle (the 2.3-acre area

consisting of the 2-acre “Block 2” bordered by

Jefferson, Middlefield and the Caltrain tracks, and

the 0.3-acre Winslow parking lot).

She also talked about building partnerships,

collaborations, contracting out for services,

all the usual political rhetoric. An interesting

potential cost-saving collaboration in the works

she mentioned is talks with the Sequoia YMCA

to build a new facility that could be used by

that organization and the citizens of Redwood

City. The Red Morton Center is in dire need of

renovations, and this potential partnership could

be very helpful as funds will be hard to come by in

the next few years.

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Get ‘Sauced’ at La Victoria

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer


he secret is in the sauce at La Victoria. The

authentic Mexican taqueria in Redwood

City serves its food with a secret orange

sauce that gives customers’ taste buds a treat and has

them coming back for more. The special sauce is

made using a recipe created by Marcelino Barrita

that has been in the Barrita family for about 15

years. “It’s creamy, spicy,” said manager Teresa

Barrita. “It’s tasty. They [customers] like that it goes

with everything they eat.” The sauce is always

served on the side, not on the food itself. “People

have gotten hooked on it,” said Teresa Barrita’s

son, Fidel Barrita, who also works at the taqueria.

While the exact ingredients in the sauce are

kept top secret, it is organic and doesn’t contain

any dairy products, lard, MSG or peanuts, Fidel

Barrita said. Customers can buy the sauce in a

bottle and take it home.

The sauce is so popular that it is world famous,

according to Fidel Barrita. He said it is shipped

not only to Southern California and the East

Coast, but also to Europe and the Middle East.

Competitors have tried to mimic the sauce but

haven’t succeeded, he said. “We have a saying,”

he said. “Always imitated, never duplicated. We

have people trying to imitate the sauce but they

never get it right.”

A plethora of options for those

who love Mexican food

Bright and cheery with an orange and yellow

interior to match the orange sauce, La Victoria, at

847 Main St., sells burritos, chile relleno burritos,

breakfast burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos,

enchiladas, tostadas, flautas (rolled taquitos filled with

chicken or beef, topped with salsa, guacamole,

sour cream and lettuce on the side), tortas (French

rolls with your choice of meat as well as mayo,

beans, lettuce, tomato and avocado) and nachos.

“We’re very careful in our recipes every day,”

Teresa Barrita said. “It’s fresh cooked.”

The most popular sellers are the super burritos,

super tacos and super quesadillas, she said. There

are plenty of items on the menu for vegetarians,

including veggie burritos, veggie tacos, cheese

quesadillas and chile rellenos. The nachos can be

ordered without meat as well.

Everything can be custom-made, so if you don’t

want sour cream or beans, for example, with your

meal, no problem; La Victoria will make your

meal without it.

La Victoria’s prices are reasonable and suitable

to anyone on a budget. Most items are in the $2 to

$6 range. The most expensive items — the flautas,

Owner Teresa Barrita pours that special sauce.

chile rellenos and plates (which include your choice

of meat, beans and rice on the side with your

choice of corn or flour tortillas) — are just $9.25.

Family friendly

La Victoria is a family-friendly restaurant. Kids

are welcome at any time. “We get a lot of families

with kids,” Teresa Barrita said. “A lot of people

bring their kids. No problem.” Kids can get a

burrito for just $3.75.

Customer service the top priority

Customers come first at La Victoria, Teresa

Barrita said. She said the restaurant tries not to

have any customers waiting. “Everybody is in a

hurry, especially at lunch,” she said, noting that

between 11 a.m. and 2 or 3 p.m. is the busiest time

of day.

Loyal customer base

La Victoria has a lot of loyal customers, many

of whom come three to four times per week and

often order the same thing, Teresa Barrita said.

Redwood City resident Melissa Tinsley, who

eats at La Victoria about three times a month, gets

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Community Interest

Fun After Fifty Club Installs New Officers

to classes that will help in those areas.

Students will be learning medical terminology, math needed for dosages

and, if needed, writing development.

With limited space, the program expanded to start with 38 people on Tuesday,

Jan. 17. Students will take between 14.5 units to 18.5 units per semester as a

group depending on their skill level. “It’s not easy; it’s accelerated. [These

students] can all succeed if they put the time in,” Hayes said.

Hayes is optimistic the program can be duplicated starting this fall if the

funding continues. Given the need and interest, a database was created of

those who were interested.

This isn’t the first time the college has offered free training. More than a

year ago, English and accounting courses were offered in Menlo Park. Last

year, thanks to a different grant, Cañada offered home energy retrofitting

training. Despite the budget challenges, Hayes noted more and more people

need job retraining. Hayes and her staff are always looking for new ways to

meet those needs. To learn more about the program visit

The Redwood City Fun After Fifty Club installed their newly elected officers

at their first meeting of 2012. The swearing-in ceremony was officiated by

Bruce Utecht, manager of the Veterans Memorial Senior Center.

Marilyn Centoni continues as president. David Desideri stepped up to vice

president, with Dolores Siegfried as second vice president. Money managers

Chito DeLeon and Rudy Grana remain executive treasurer and treasurer,

respectively. The secretarial pool of Fran Benedetto, (membership), Margaret

Powers (correspondence) and Dolores Weigand (recording) remains intact.

Newly elected trustees Sandi Williams and Stanley Butler join trustees

Maureen Grover (immediate past president), Karl Girardi (past president) and

Gloria Stent to fill out the team.

Dennis Berglund and his 11-member dance band will continue to entertain

the center with music of the ’40s and ’50s from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the last

Friday of the month. Jack Hickey will continue to serve the club in an appointed

role as public relations chair. The club-sponsored Fun After Fifty Bowling

League continues at Bel Mateo Bowl after the Mel’s Bowl shutdown.

Fun After Fifty congregates each Tuesday in the VMSC Sunset Room at 10

a.m., with meetings beginning at 11 a.m. in the theater. This is followed by

lunch and bingo. The club has two websites: the interactive

site created by Marilyn Centoni with the assistance of her son Scott and the

original created by Hickey. These will eventually be combined


Cañada College Offers Free Job Training

Those hoping to train in a new field are faced with numerous challenges —

rising unit fees, book cost and limited space in classes.

Cañada College in Redwood City recently launched a free medical administrative

assistant certificate program. Originally limited to 30 students, the grantfunded

program will run over two semesters. The program is totally free to

those accepted, and students will leave prepared for the testing required to

apply for jobs in the growing field. “I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity,”

Linda Hayes, dean of Cañada’s Workforce Division, said.

The program covers tuition fees, textbooks and material fees. It provides

students the training to get started in a front office position and possibly start

earning a livable wage. Once a person is employed, he or she can return and

cover the costs — thanks to the new salary or financial aid — for back office

training, said Hayes. “You can keep developing those skills to climb the

ladder,” said Hayes.

Jeri Eznekier, who is coordinating the program, explained interest has been

high. About 200 people inquired about the program and 85 applied, she said.

“So many people need retraining,” said Eznekier.

Getting a medical assistant position isn’t as simple as applying. Eznekier

explained many offices require a number of tests to be completed before a

candidate will be considered. Through the program, students will have access

The Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of

Commerce Announces Award Recipients — Golden

Apples and 2011 Business Woman of the Year

In recognition of the contribution of business to education, the Port of Redwood

City and Honey Bear Trees will receive the Redwood City–San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Apple Awards this year for their

commitment to local education. The Golden Apples will be awarded at the

chamber’s annual dinner and awards recognition banquet at the Hotel Sofitel.

The Golden Apple recognizes businesses that strive to make a difference in

city schools. Nominated by Jo-Ann Sockolov, the president of the Redwood

City Education Foundation, the Port of Redwood City is being recognized

not only for being a lead sponsor of the RCEF’s premiere fundraising event

“Benefit for a Brighter Future,” but also because with their support the

RCEF was able to expand the “Music for Learning” program to reach 4,000

students. The port also sponsors regular visits by historic tall ships, which

offer educational tours and programs on their vessels to local school children.

The port has a history of supporting the schools for more than 25 years. The

port’s annual “Port Poster Contest” is conducted as an opportunity for Redwood

City elementary school children to compete for prizes while learning about their

hometown port. The winning school also receives a generous donation from the port.

In making the nomination Sockolov said, “We are proud to partner with the

Port of Redwood City. Its commissioners and staff are stalwart advocates of

our students and schools and they have chosen to make a solid investment in

our children’s and our community’s future.”

Also receiving a Golden Apple is Honey Bear Trees, whose nomination by

Jane Taylor, chair, Local Business Program of the Redwood City Education

Foundation, recognizes them for their enthusiastic support of Redwood City

schools. Honey Bear Trees has a school fundraising program. They donate 15

percent of the sales of Christmas trees to a particular school or educational

foundation when a customer mentions it when purchasing their tree. Taylor

said, “I think what I find significant is that Honey Bear Trees started their

fundraising effort in 2007, and they continued to expand the program as the

downturn in the economy started and when many small businesses were

eliminating any charitable giving that they were doing.”

The chamber’s Golden Apple Award was started 16 years ago by its Education

Committee to recognize what business does for the educational community.

Golden Apple Award recipients the Port of Redwood City and Honey Bear

Trees both exemplify a commitment to education and demonstrate what great

partnerships with the business community can accomplish.

The chamber’s Business Woman of the Year Award for 2011, co-sponsored

by United American Bank in Redwood City, was presented to Nori Jabba,

director of community affairs for DMB Associates.

Jabba obtained her master’s in urban and regional planning from George

Washington University in 1991 and then began working for Pacific Gas and

Electric Company. At PG&E she traveled throughout the state studying and

forecasting land use and development patterns and later managed real estate

transactions and strategic planning for the northern half of PG&E’s service territory.

(continues on page 17)

Cultural Events

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.

Pixie Couch, “Wall Angel,” ceramic raku fired porcelain, 2012

Susan Wolf, “Butterfly Teapot,” stoneware, 2012

Mainly Clay

The Main Gallery is excited to announce its

annual Mainly Clay show, which opens Feb.

15 and runs through March 18. This year the

gallery’s ceramic artists have come together to

bring you an exciting new body of work. The

gallery will host a reception with the artists on

Saturday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Here is a small sampling of what you will find

from the gallery’s three-dimensional artists for

the Mainly Clay show:

“For amusement I have been playing with animals

in utilitarian ware and in wall pieces. Some have

taken the form of cake testers and others appear

on platters. Birds populate wall pieces. All aim to

delight,” states Doris Fischer-Colbrie. In addition,

Fischer-Colbrie’s constant exploration of surface

treatment of vase forms continues.

By pressing clay bits onto cardboard boxes

she uses for molds, Pixie Couch says she makes

“boxes from boxes.” After making two of the

same box, the pieces are joined together to make

a closed box form. A hole in the top and feet are

added and — voilà — they become small vases,

making wonderfully unique gifts.

Couch is also continuing her wall angel series,

stretching out clay for wings, and incorporating

the human face into the pieces. Couch exclaims,

“I have a new lovely white matte glaze that I’m

using for my functional bowls, cups and plates. It

gives the brushwork decoration a soft, pastel quality.”

Although Susan Wolf doesn’t think of it as a

theme, most of the work she presents for this show

has to do with butterflies. The Rain Forest Exhibit

at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

inspired Wolf and she knew she needed to do

something with butterflies. Wolf goes on to say

that when she makes butterflies out of clay, “they

are far more earthbound than I had hoped, but

then, clay is about as far away from butterfly

wings as one can get. I’m getting some of the

colors that I want, and at the moment I am trying

to finish a set of teapots with butterflies that, I am

hoping, will convey some of the lightness!”

Fox Theatre and Club Fox

2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City

Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.

com, 650-369-7770 or

Fox Theatre

• Colbie Caillat. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

• Tony Orlando. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18.

• Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s

Pirate Adventure. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24

• Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s

• Pirate Adventure. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 25.

• An Afternoon of Bridal Planning. 11 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26.

• Fly Fishing Film Tour. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Club Fox

• Paula Harris & Blu Gruv (Club Fox Blues Jam).

7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha. 9

p.m. Friday, Feb. 10.

Tempest with Ol’ Cheeky Bastards. 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11.

Silly Sunday with Sal Calanni and Kirk

McHenry hosted by Al Gonzales. 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12.

Nancy Gilliland “Incurably Romantic”

Valentine’s Day Concert. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Feb. 14.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Fred Eaglesmith. 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

Purple Haze (Jimmy Hendrix cover) and Kevin

Russell’s Cream of Clapton. 8 p.m. Saturday,

Feb. 18.

Junior Watson (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Arab Comedy by the Bay. 8:30 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 23.

Journey Unauthorized. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Kim Baker & Heather Combs with Garrin

Benfield. 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

Lara Price Blues Revue (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7

p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29

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

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

visit the museum each year, and the number of

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

The History Museum teaches approximately

14,000 children each year through the on- and offsite

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.

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.

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Get ‘Sauced’ at La Victoria (continued from page 7)

While they’re at the taqueria, “we’re workers,” he

said. “At home, we’re family.”

Heart in San Jose

La Victoria started in San Jose in 1998 and

today has three locations in that city at 140 E.

San Carlos St., 131 W. Santa Clara St. and 5015

Almaden Expressway.

The first San Jose location, on E. San Carlos

Street, which is near San Jose State University,

attracted students and became so popular that the

decision was made to open two more locations

in San Jose, Teresa Barrita explained. The three

San Jose locations are run by Marcelino Barrita,

who is Teresa Barrita’s husband’s brother (and her


From jewelry to Mexican food

Prior to opening La Victoria, the Barritas used

to run a jewelry store, Three BBB, which opened

in Redwood City in 1983. With their last name

beginning with B, they played with that in

choosing the name of the store. After the jewelry

store closed, they decided to open La Victoria,

which has now been in Redwood City for about

two and a half years.

Teresa Barrita was born in Mexico and came

to the U.S. when she was just 4 years old with her

parents. Her husband, Fidel Barrita, is originally

from Mexico as well.

The Barritas love running their taqueria in

Redwood City and always welcome new and repeat

customers. So why not head on down to Main

“It’s tasty. They [customers] like that

it goes with everything they eat.”

The Barritas’ son Fidel helps out every day in this

family-owned business.

a burrito, nachos or a quesadilla when she comes,

she said. She likes that the food is authentic. “It’s

not Americanized,” she said. “I just like their food.”

Catering for companies,


La Victoria does catering. Businesses rely on La

Victoria to provide Mexican food for meetings

and parties, or simply to bring in lunch for

employees as a token of appreciation for their

work. Individuals contact La Victoria to cater for

parties as well. The catering service is “open to

the public,” Fidel Barrita said. “It doesn’t really

matter.” Teresa Barrita estimates that catering is

about 20 percent of La Victoria’s business.

A family affair

It’s truly a family affair at La Victoria. Teresa

Barrita and her husband, Fidel, run the taqueria,

along with sons Fidel Barrita, 27, and Ezequiel

“Kiki” Barrita, 25. Fidel and Ezequiel “Kiki”

Barrita help at the front with customers and take

their orders. Fidel Barrita also helps train new

employees. The Barritas’ other son, Humberto

Barrita, 14, comes to the taqueria as well but

doesn’t work because he is not old enough.

Fidel Barrita said it isn’t difficult to separate the

family relationship from the business relationship.

La Victoria’s Redwood City location serves the

same food and has the same décor as the three

San Jose locations. “We want people to know that

we’re from San Jose and it’s the same one,” Teresa

Barrita said.

A lot of people know La Victoria is in San Jose,

but they don’t know it’s in Redwood City, Teresa

Barrita said. The Redwood City business is “not

stable like San Jose, but we think it’s going to get better.”

The Redwood City location is using Groupon

to generate more business. Teresa Barrita said

she’d like to see more events in Redwood City

because when there are more events, it draws

more customers.

Street and enjoy some great authentic Mexican

food? You’ll be doing your part to help a local,

family-owned and operated business that has become a

South Bay icon and is the only Mexican restaurant

that serves its world-famous orange sauce. “We

want people in the community to come in and

give us a try,” Teresa Barrita said. “They will see

that we are different from other taquerias.”

La Victoria

847 Main St.

Redwood City, CA 94063


Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.–10 p.m.,

Sunday 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Cultural Events (Continued from page 11)

New Exhibit at History Museum

Playing Grown-Up: Toys From the Harry P. Costa Collection

Feb. 14 – Dec. 31

The San Mateo County History Museum is opening a unique exhibit, Playing

Grown-Up: Toys From the Harry P. Costa Collection. Playing Grown-Up will

explore those toys from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to

mimic the activities of adults. Objects highlighted will include an antique

pedal-car fire truck and airplane, Tonka work trucks, a fully electric 1929

Lionel stove and oven, a G-men fingerprint set, a “Miss Friday” mechanical

doll and a working Lionel train, just to name a few. Objects will be displayed

with a backdrop of images that represent the real activities of adults that

children were mimicking through play.

St. Pius Young People’s Theater Presents

‘Annie: The Musical’

1100 Woodside Road, Redwood City

Showtimes are Friday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m.

General admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children at the

door. Reserved seating is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children.

Student performers include Alex Watson Tremellen as Annie, Caitlin

Bohaboy as Grace and Jackson Barrett as Warbucks. Karen Elmore has been

running the Young People’s Theater for over 30 years at St Pius.

For any questions regarding tickets or showtimes, please call Karen at 650-207-7682.

Society of Western Artists

2625 Broadway, Redwood City

The Society of Western Artists will be presenting a watercolor demonstration

by award winning artist Myrna Wacknov on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

Wacknov is originally from Kansas City, Mo., and has attended

Washington University in St. Louis, Kansas City Art Institute, College of San

Mateo and San Francisco State University. She has also studied with many

famous artists, including Frank Szaz, and is an extremely accomplished

portrait artist with many awards and exhibitions to her credit. Her

demonstration will be on how to texture a surface in various ways with gesso

and then paint with watercolor paint.

Visit the SWA headquarters gallery at 2625 Broadway, Redwood City. The

gallery is in the first block off El Camino; see www.societyofwesternartists.

com for directions. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 3 p.m. For additional information, please contact Judith Puccini at 650-


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‘Music of Our Times’

and Finding Love at Woodside Terrace

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer

Love is in the air at Woodside Terrace.

Kathleen “Kay” Knauf-Lavoie and Joe

Lavoie both moved into the Redwood City

retirement community a couple of years

ago. They met one another in the dining room

and soon discovered they had a lot of common

interests. For example, both love to travel and to

dance. They began to take dance classes together.

It wasn’t long before they fell in love, and last

August, they got married. Two weeks afterward,

they held a reception at Woodside Terrace to

which all residents were invited. This Valentine’s

Day will no doubt be special for the newlyweds

as they celebrate their first Valentine’s Day as a

married couple.

It’s not every day that two people find true

love and tie the knot while living in a retirement

community. Knauf-Lavoie and Lavoie’s relationship

is evidence that love can come at any age, at any

time and in unlikely places. “It’s been very nice,”

Knauf-Lavoie said. “We hadn’t been expecting

this.” Added Lavoie, “It surprised the both of us.”

This is the second marriage for both Knauf-

Lavoie, 82, and Lavoie, who turns 92 in March.

Knauf-Lavoie had been married for 48 years when

her husband died, and Lavoie had been married

“60 years and one week” when his wife died.

Based on their previous long-lasting marriages,

this one should go well, too.

Knauf-Lavoie came to Woodside Terrace after

living alone in a big house in Bakersfield for a

number of years. She was tired of being lonely,

she explained. Additionally, she was tired of the

heat and poor air quality in Bakersfield, she said.

Knauf-Lavoie, who has a son in Redwood City,

decided to sell her home and come to Woodside

Terrace. “When the opportunity came, I moved

fast,” she said. “My house sold fast.” Lavoie, on

the other hand, was living with his daughter in

Modesto and simply wanted to be independent.

“I just wanted to be on my own,” he said. He had

previously lived in San Bruno for 55 years and

San Carlos for three years.

Independent and assisted living

So what’s it like at the retirement community that

Knauf-Lavoie, Lavoie and many other seniors call

home? Situated between highways 101 and 280

and just minutes away from Redwood City’s civic

center and shopping and restaurants, Woodside

Terrace, at 485 Woodside Road, provides both

independent and assisted living to seniors, according

to Connie Haworth, executive director protem.

Of the four buildings on campus, three provide

independent living and one provides assisted

living. Those in independent living live primarily

on their own but receive help with such things as

housekeeping and maintenance-related issues in

their apartments. “They don’t even have to change

a light bulb,” Haworth said.

Meanwhile, those in assisted living are dealing

with chronic health conditions. Some have

emphysema while others are diabetic or have

heart problems such as congestive heart failure,

Haworth said. They often are put into assisted

living because they are not eating well or need

help taking their medication. They receive

assistance with such things as bathing, getting

dressed and taking medicine. There are 24-hour

nurses on staff in the assisted living building.

One big difference between independent living

and assisted living is that those in independent

living often come by choice, of their own free

will, and they often want to give up the trouble of

having their own house, whereas those in assisted

living are often there because their families believe

it is best for them and it provides their families

with peace of mind, Haworth pointed out.

Woodside Terrace has the capacity to house

180 seniors in independent living and 88 seniors

in assisted living and is currently at 97 percent

capacity, according to Haworth.

Most residents at Woodside Terrace are in

their 80s, with the average age being 85. Many

residents are in their 90s and there are even some

who are 100 and older.

Enriching seniors’ lives

Woodside Terrace’s mission statement is:

“Enriching the lives of those we serve with

compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.” It

has been in Redwood City for 24 years and has

always been in its current location, according to


Operated by one of the largest

providers of senior housing

The community is operated by Brentwood, Tenn.–

based Brookdale Senior Living, a for-profit, publicly

traded company that is one of the biggest providers

of senior housing, according to Haworth. She

pointed out that Woodside has access to a lot of

resources because it is owned by Brookdale.

Innovative Senior Care program

Woodside implements Brookdale’s Innovative

Senior Care program, a proactive wellness and

therapy service that helps residents retain or

enhance their independence. ISC is designed

to improve certain physical conditions before

they can become problematic. By increasing

a resident’s strengths now, the impact of

future complications can be limited or avoided

entirely. ISC professionals are able to provide

rehabilitation care, education and wellness

programs, physical and occupational therapy, and

a host of support services. Each resident receives

a regular assessment and a “Personal Pathway to

Better Health.”

Optimum Life philosophy

Additionally, Woodside Terrace follows

Brookdale’s Optimum Life philosophy, which

emphasizes residents living well through six

dimensions. Those six dimensions involve making

sure their lives are purposeful and taking care

of their emotional, physical, social, spiritual and

intellectual needs.

A wealth of amenities,

activities for residents

There is a plethora of amenities and activities

for residents to enjoy at Woodside Terrace. The

community has a heated indoor pool in which

they can do water exercises. “A lot of them go to

the pool exercise class,” Haworth said. “That’s

socialization plus exercise.” There also is a whirlpool.

In January, Woodside Terrace began offering

residents the opportunity to participate in tai

chi after hearing from them it was something

they would like to do. There also are libraries

on campus with hardback and paperback books.

Other activities include bingo, crossword puzzles,

movies, chair yoga, Wii games, writers groups,

dance lessons and Spanish classes. Additionally,

residents can do volunteer work and use the

Internet, Haworth said, noting that Internet usage

among the elderly is higher than you would think.

They email the grandkids,” she said.

Woodside has a large bus, a van and a town car

that can take residents off campus, so there are all kinds

of ways for them to get around, whether it’s to see

a movie, go shopping or eat at a local restaurant.

Food taken seriously

Food is taken very seriously at Woodside Terrace,

Haworth stressed. There is an executive chef on staff

and seniors receive healthy entrees as an option.

The dining experience is important to seniors,”

Haworth said. “It’s something they do three times a

day.” Woodside Terrace takes a “fresh approach”

to food and uses very few canned goods, Haworth

said. There are separate dining areas for those in

independent living and those in assisted living.

Staff well-trained

The 120 people on staff at Woodside Terrace

receive extensive training that covers the community’s

and Brookdale’s mission and vision. They also

receive one to two weeks of on-the-job training,

depending on the department in which they are

working. The most important qualities for staff

are attitude and willingness to learn, Haworth

stressed, noting that it is more important than

the amount of experience someone has working

with seniors. “You can train them to work with

seniors,” she said. “You can’t train them to care.”

Seniors give $50,000 to hourly staff

At the end of every year, seniors at Woodside

Terrace pool money together and give it to the

hourly staff as a holiday bonus, Haworth said. At

the end of 2011, seniors gave a total of $50,000

to hourly staff and personally presented each of

them with checks. Each staff member received

an average of nearly $495, Haworth said. “There

were a lot of staff members in tears when they got

those checks,” Haworth said. “They felt like they

were being thanked.”

(continues on next page)

“We hadn’t been expecting this.”

Added Lavoie, “It surprised the

both of us.”

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‘Music of Our Times’ and Finding Love at Woodside Terrace

(continued from previous page)

A different theme each year

Every year there is a theme at Woodside Terrace.

This year the theme is “music of our times.”

Each month, a different genre of music will be

highlighted. January, for example, showcased bigband

music, which flourished in the 1930s as the United

States recovered from the Great Depression.

What’s in store

This year should be “a great year” for Woodside

Terrace, Haworth stressed, noting that it will focus

on continuing to provide great service and great

training for staff. Who knows, maybe there will be

more stories of people finding love at Woodside

Terrace this year or in the years to come.

Woodside Terrace

485 Woodside Road

Redwood City, CA 94061


How to find an independent living and/or assisted living facility

Choosing an independent and/or assisted living community is a very big

decision and an important step for seniors and their families.

If you are in the process of trying to find such a community, what’s the best

way to find one? What are some things you should do and consider?

It’s a good idea to visit the community at different times of the day, for

example, at morning and at night, said Connie Haworth, executive director

protem at Woodside Terrace in Redwood City.

During your visit, take note of whether residents seem to be happy. Are

they playing cards with one another and in general do they seem to be

enjoying life?

Also, are staff friendly, smiling and talking to residents?

It’s important to trust your instincts when you visit, Haworth said. Go with

what your heart and mind are telling you. If you visit and feel like it would be

a good fit, it probably will be. And if you don’t feel like it’s going to work for

whatever reason, it’s a good idea to continue looking.

You should always read the contract carefully before you sign it, Haworth

stressed. It is important to make sure you understand everything for which

you are going to be charged.

Community Interest (Continued from page 10)

Jabba came to DMB in 2006. In her role as director of community affairs

she is responsible for all local sponsorships and contributions as they

demonstrate DMB’s commitment to the community and the improvement of

the local quality of life. Jabba has a thorough understanding of the local and

regional community as well as the planning and development business. She

listens to and communicates with community members and industry experts

to help make Redwood City a great place to live.

A member of the Redwood City–San Mateo County Chamber of

Commerce, Jabba has been co-chair of the Ambassadors and in 2008 was

named Ambassador of the Year. She serves on the Kainos Benefit Golf

Tournament committee, sits on three other committees and is a stalwart

worker on the Annual March Madness membership drive. Jabba’s hand

reaches far into the community, being involved in Rotary, the Police

Activities League, the Historic Resources Advisory Committee for the City

of Redwood City and the Girl Scouts of America. She lives in Redwood City

with her husband and three daughters.

Jabba will receive $1,000 from United American Bank, to be donated to a local

charity of her choice. United American Bank continues to make an impact as

a great partner in the business community in helping to not only recognize deserving

woman, but this year to again help a local charity meet their financial goals.

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Check out our Best of the Best selections below. Shouldn’t you

make the commitment to shopping locally for Valentine’s Day

and every day? When you are out shopping, dining or enjoying

some entertainment, everyone benefits because your sales tax

dollars stay local and help us all. These businesses not only

provide excellent service but also contribute to our community.

The history of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and lovers

The roots of Valentine’s Day go back to ancient

times, when people paid honor to the Roman god of

fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia

and was celebrated even then on Feb. 14.

The traditions of Valentine’s Day are broad and

many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts.

Chocolates and jewelry are the big hits of this

holiday, as are romantic dinners.

It is a romantic event for lovers and a fun event for

kids and family. Many a couple become engaged

or wed on this day. For others it is a day to fall in love.

Did you know?

While 75 percent of chocolate purchases are made

by women all year long, during the days and

minutes before Valentine’s Day, 75 percent of the

chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1 billion

of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day.

Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi – 2198 Broadway

– A special Valentine’s Day restaurant that will

have your special someone clapping their hands!

The tables are intimate, the chefs and staff are

very warm toward lovers, 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 why you have not taken your special

someone there before to celebrate in a casual and

fun atmosphere. On Valentine’s Day they will

offer selected $1 beers with your sandwich if you

tell them The Spectrum said so.

to your hot Valentine’s Day date — according to

the Car Care Council. This Valentine’s Day, treat

your car to regular care. 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.

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

During the Roaring ’20s, criminal activity was

high in many parts of the U.S. Alcohol was

banned, spawning the rise of bootlegging and

mob activity. Chicago experienced more than its

share of mobs and gangsters. On Valentine’s Day

in 1929, four gangsters dressed up as policemen

massacred seven members of a rival gang.

Did you know?

Feb. 14 was formerly thought to be the first day of the

mating season for birds. This sparked the custom

of sweethearts sending valentines to each other.

Dining out:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison

and the staff at Canyon Inn will make a casual

night a special night for you and your special

someone. They 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. Why cook to show your Valentine

they are special when you don’t have to?

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 that all Valentines want to come to.

You and your special someone will be so happy

because the food doesn’t just taste good and

satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.

What more could you want on Valentine’s Day?”

Practical gifts:

Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real – Show

some love to your kitchen this Valentine’s Day

with new appliances! With the increasing trend of

retro kitchens, red appliances are becoming more

and more popular. Everything from refrigerators

to grills are now available in hot red hues, and we

suggest you snatch them up now! Give them as

gifts to the ones you love this Valentine’s Day, or

treat yourself to one of these fun appliances —

you deserve it! Davies carries only appliances;

you don’t have to worry about anything else. The

focus is appliances and service.

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave.

– While a heart-shaped box of chocolates is a

perfectly appropriate indulgence for Valentine’s

Day, why not take the opportunity to also

indulge your body by getting active? Every

Woman Health Club is a women-only, bodypositive

fitness center in downtown Redwood

City. Services include classes, weight and cardio

equipment, personal training, therapeutic massage

and skin care. Flexible pricing and gift certificates

are available for your special someone! Call 650-

364-9194 to get her started.

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway – Your

car doesn’t want flowers or balloons or even

candy this Valentine’s Day — it just wants a

little love in the form of an oil change, tune-up,

tires and basic service. There’s no debating the

value of preventive maintenance to keep your car

running well — not to mention getting you safely


St. Regal Jewelers – 850 Main St. – Other than

love, nothing is more precious than jewelry for

women. Few things in life carry as much meaning

as jewelry. Jewelry speaks when we can’t find

the words, and the reaction is often priceless. So

stop by this Redwood City gem to view some

favorite Valentine and heart-shaped jewelry and

create your own special memories. Whether you

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

shopping local does not get better than this.


Redwood City Florist – 440 Woodside Road –

There is no better feeling than showing your love

on a memorable holiday like the most romantic

one: Valentine’s Day. Redwood City Florist is here

to help you make the day spectacular for the one

you love, Valentine’s Day and any holiday. Send

flowers from this Redwood City favorite to make

your love’s holiday that much more special. You

can rest assured they’ll be fresh from the fields

and will arrive at their destination at whatever

time you specify, no questions asked.

heart would flutter with pride to see how loyal

the company’s following remains. Your special

someone will be drooling.

SweetCakes – 810 Bradford St. – Everyone

will love to receive fresh, spectacular-tasting,

frosting-topped cupcakes this Valentine’s Day!

SweetCakes bakes throughout the day with fresh

local ingredients. The old-fashioned recipes

used are updated to today’s tastes for a truly

transcending cupcake experience. Valentine’s

Day flavors include red velvet, chocolate vanilla,

carrot, gingersnap, mocha, strawberry and lemon

buttercream. Call in your order early (650-238-

5577) to make sure they don’t run out. Your

special someone will love this special treat.

Sweets for your sweetie:

See’s Candies – 1027 El Camino Real – Hearts

abound this time of year, especially at See’s

Candies. At the shop in Sequoia Station, chocolate

lovers of all kinds stop by for reasons as varied

as the assortment behind the glass cases. They

come to pick out gifts, try a free sample or satisfy

a craving for a favorite treat, like the company’s

seasonal, limited-time-only strawberry truffle.

This heart-shaped treat, made of berry-flavored

pink buttercream enrobed in white chocolate, was

introduced last year and brought back by popular

demand. No doubt founder Mary See’s own

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A choice of floor plans,

elegant dining with

chef-prepared meals,

recreation, clubs and

social activities.

Great retirement living means upsizing

your life without downsizing your lifestyle.

That’s what you’ll find right here. All the

comforts of single-family living without the

hassles of home maintenance. You’ll enjoy

great food, great neighbors and great times

everything you may want today or need

tomorrow to enjoy an Optimum Life ® .

Call now to schedule your personal tour

and ask about our move-in specials!

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Insurance Tips: Risk Retention and Reduction for Low Auto Insurance

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

Everyone knows one of the most dramatic ways to lower your car insurance

rate is to eliminate coverage. Some do this by dropping liability limits while

others drop collision and comprehensive coverage on older vehicles. When

you do this, you are assuming more risk and creating less risk for the insurer.

If your car is worth less than $2,500, why insure it with collision and

comprehensive? The extra cost to insure it will probably surpass the value of

the car within a year or so.

The truth about deductibles is that having a higher deductible will lower

your premium. Do you really want to pay up to $1,000 to get your car

repaired or replaced? For many people, $1,000 isn’t all that easy to come

by. A common deductible — and a better choice for most drivers with

comprehensive and collision — is $500. The deductible is the amount paid by

you for each incident.

In summary, anytime you put the risk on yourself, you’ll pay less in

premiums. Risk retention is accomplished by selecting lower limits of

coverage and higher deductibles.

Reducing risk is the second-best way to lower your auto insurance rates.

According to insurance companies, your risk is reduced when you buy the

sedan versus the sports car, when you drive less than 7,500 miles each year

and when you keep your driving history clean of tickets and car accidents.

The final way to make sure you are getting lower auto insurance rates is by

comparing the wide variety of plans available. Some insurance companies are

built to save more for senior citizens while others are set up to save more for

newer drivers. It’s really tough to tell which company will offer the best rate

since each company rates so many factors — differently.

There is a chance that if you own your own home, you will be seen as a

more responsible individual. Or perhaps the insurance company will offer

you a lower rate in hopes of also selling you homeowners insurance either

now or down the road. There are many ways we show our responsibility. Of

course, maintaining a clean driving record is one of the best ways to maintain

a low auto insurance rate.

Editor’s note: Please note that 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

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Senior Activities

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

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

Please note: The center will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, to celebrate

Presidents Day.

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!

Feb. 3: “Money Ball”

Feb. 10: “Ides of March”

Feb. 17: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

Feb. 24: “Real Steel”

AARP Tax Assistance

Wednesdays, Feb. 2 through April 11

By appointment only

Call to make your AARP tax assistance appointment at 650-489-6023. Leave

your name and phone number and an AARP volunteer will return your call

to make the appointment.

Valentine’s Day Luncheon

Tuesday, Feb. 14, noon

Redwood Room


Come join the fun! We will have a special Valentine’s Day menu. Call 650-

780-7259 to make your reservation now.

3rd Annual Hot Rod Bunko

Saturday, Feb. 25, 4:30–9 p.m.

$50 per person

This fun-filled event benefits our Redwood City Special Needs Program

and is hosted by Golden Gate Street Machines Unlimited and Chuck and

Anne Camilleri. The event includes Bunko, dinner and door prizes. Kick

back and spend the evening with great people having a great time for a great

cause. The event will be held at 975 Industrial Road, Suite A, San Carlos. For

further information, contact Chuck or Anne at or

call 650-568-0565.


AARP Driver Safety Renewal Class

Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Wellness Center, Room 20

$12 AARP members, $14 nonmembers

This is a renewal class. You must have taken the full two-day class within

the past three years. You may be able to receive a discount on your insurance

after completing the class. To enroll in the class, call 650-780-7270, leave

your name and number and you will be contacted to confirm your enrollment.

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

As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)

I was surprised, and have been surprised, that Aguirre and Vice Mayor

Jeff Gee did not have or give a stronger stance on the issue of high-speed

rail. Both are taking a wait-and-see approach to the issue, as is the council.

I guess it is their prerogative to not take a side, but it would be nice to hear

someone state that a high-speed


station is


not something we want or need in

our community. Just saying.


In regard 6


to redevelopment funds, or now the lack thereof, many in our

community are concerned about the activities on Courthouse Square,

including 5the Friday night concerts, movie nights and special activities. They

are provided by those funds, and one would think that since the money is

going away,


so will they. Well, not entirely correct.

There is a group of concerned city staff, business owners and residents

who want the activities to continue. Those people have attended a downtown

events “stakeholders” workshop to “discuss the sustainability of Downtown

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workshop was organized by the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and

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A Minute With: Cupid

Cupid has always played a role in celebrations of love and lovers. He is known as a mischievous,

winged child whose arrows would pierce the hearts of his victims, causing them to fall deeply

in love. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of

love and beauty. To the Romans he was Cupid, and his mother Venus.

One legend tells the story of Cupid and the mortal maiden Psyche. Venus was jealous of the

beauty of Psyche and ordered Cupid to punish the mortal. But instead, Cupid fell deeply in

love with her. He took her as his wife, but as a mortal she was forbidden to look at him.

Psyche was happy until her sisters convinced her to look at Cupid. Cupid punished her by

departing. Their lovely castle and gardens vanished with him, and Psyche found herself alone

in an open field.

As she wandered to find her love, she came upon the temple of Venus. Wishing to destroy

her, the goddess of love gave Psyche a series of tasks, each harder and more dangerous than

the last. For her last task Psyche was given a little box and told to take it to the underworld.

She was told to get some of the beauty of Proserpine, the wife of Pluto, and put it in the box.

During her trip she was given tips on avoiding the dangers of the realm of the dead, and she

was also warned not to open the box. Temptation overcame Psyche and she opened the box.

But instead of finding beauty, she found deadly slumber.

Cupid found her lifeless on the ground. He gathered the sleep from her body and put it back

in the box. Cupid forgave her, as did Venus. The gods, moved by Psyche’s love for Cupid,

made her a goddess.

Cupid’s hobbies include archery, matchmaking and flying.

What are you looking for on Valentine’s Day?

Single people in need of love.

Looking forward to?

Some rest.

Redwood City is?

Very passionate.

Something few know about you?

In paintings and sculptures I am often portrayed in

the nude.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Are you in love?

Last movie you saw?

“Love Story.”

What is your motto?

There is someone for everyone.

Memorable moment?

Introducing Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Three times, actually.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

To prove to Kim Kardashian that you have to be

honest to find love.

Favorite quote?

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be

a hundred minus one day so I never have to live

without you.

What would life be like if you had wings?

I do. Haven’t you seen me?

At this time next year you will be?

Playing matchmaker once again.

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