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As I Was Saying…
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Table of Contents
Inside The Spectrum – 4
RCSD Corner – 5
“As I Was Saying...” – 6
Cultural Events – 11
Shop Redwood City – 12
Community Interest – 13
Farmers Markets Are a
Great Way to Have Fun,
Shop Wisely and Support
the Community – 16
Senior Activities – 20
As summer approaches and our community begins to change its pattern from indoor
pleasures to outdoor barbecues, kids’ baseball games and community activities, we here at
The Spectrum Magazine welcome you to our May 2012 issue.
We were thrilled with the response we got from last month’s cover story on Chris Beth and
we hope you will enjoy this month’s cover story just as much. Farmers markets have been
a popular activity in our community for years. Three nonprofit organizations have started
their own markets in hope of providing fresh, quality foods along with opportunities for our
community to gather and, by so doing, raise much-needed funds for our community. We hope
our cover story will encourage you to support and attend one or all of the markets.
In his column, “As I Was Saying…,” publisher Steve Penna writes again about the county
supervisor race and about a new twist in the Cargill Salt property issue.
We continue to 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.”
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 also want to remind you that when you are looking for up-to-the-minute information about
our community, you should visit us online at www.spectrummagazine.net.
We are very proud to be Redwood City’s main source of community information and thank our
readers for making us so.
Wrestling and Encouraging
Kids to Learn and Improve
in a Very Positive Way – 23
Bundling Your Bills – 28
A Minute With
Florence Nightingale – 30
Owner and Publisher
James R. Kaspar
Cover/Cover Story Photography
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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot
Pictured on cover: Jerry Lami and Lilia Ledezma (front row). Caroline McHenry, Don Gibson
and Regina Van Brunt (back row).
Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna knew exactly where and when the
cover story photo shoot should take place. He reached out via email
to get those involved with the three Redwood City farmers markets
there on Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m.
Penna arrived first at the Saturday downtown market and was greeted
by Kiwanis Club organizer Caroline McHenry. Penna walked around
the market and after cover subject photographer James Kaspar showed
up, the two discussed potential areas for the photos to be taken.
As the representatives of the three community nonprofit groups
that organize the markets started to arrive, they all moved to an area
that had a perfect backdrop of fruits, vegetables and flowers. That is
where the cover shot was taken.
Each group then posed for the shots that are seen next to their
corresponding organizations in the middle section of The Spectrum.
Since it was a Kiwanis event that day, they had a large volunteer
group representing them. Former councilman and one of the original
organizers of the Saturday market Fernando Vega could not attend
because of health problems, and he was missed.
Kaspar walked around the market and took several shots of people,
vendors and items that are also featured in this month’s issue. Penna
walked around the market with the others until they all joined up and
the shoot was a wrap.
The entire shoot took about one hour. The Spectrum salutes those
in our community who give their time and efforts to bettering the
lives of so many. The farmers market concept is a great example of
using community-based events to help raise funds for our nonprofit
organizations. It makes attendees feel they are not only supporting a
community event but also helping to contribute to a fundraiser of sorts.
Those who take the time and effort to organize these events are heroes
in our community because they help so many. See you all at the
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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District
ODistrict Proud of Students Who Achieve English Fluency
f the roughly 9,200 students served by the Redwood City School District,
slightly greater than half are considered English learners. These are
students with a limited mastery of the English language, which can
compromise their potential to learn new concepts and complete required
coursework on pace. Part of the district’s mission of educating every child for
success, naturally, involves promoting English fluency for all students.
Every spring the district honors English learner students who have been
deemed proficient in English. This represents a major accomplishment for
these students and their families, and often two separate events must be held
in order to accommodate all the students, their parents and other relatives,
and proud teachers and other district staff in an auditorium. In the 2011–12
school year alone, an incredible 673 students, including representation from
all 16 district schools, were reclassified, requiring four separate recognition
ceremonies. This was the most ever to reclassify in a single school year in
district history. Numbering among the native languages of these students
are Spanish, Hindi, Russian, Vietnamese, Tongan, Turkish, Thai, Cantonese,
Mandarin, Urdu, Korean, Tagalog, Japanese, Danish, French and Greek.
“We have never seen so many students achieve reclassification in just one
school year and we couldn’t be prouder of these students, who have worked
so hard toward this milestone in their life and education,” said Director of
English Learner Services Rosemarie Pérez. “It is clear evidence that the programs
and strategies we have in place to support these students in acquiring the
English language are working. These students now have the necessary tools
to be successful in high school and beyond — we really believe there is no
limit to what these kids can do.”
What does it mean to reclassify? Reclassification is a district-level determination
made on a student-by-student basis based on established criteria by the
school board in compliance with applicable state law. School districts take
into account the student’s individual scores on the CELDT (California
English Language Development Test), an assessment administered statewide.
Other criteria considered are the English learner’s progress in basic skills
as compared to the level of progress of students who are native speakers of
English within the same age group, teacher evaluations, and the opinions of
and consultations with parents or guardians.
This year’s four ceremonies were held over two days, March 19 and 26.
Students were presented with Certificates of Recognition and gold star pins,
and shook hands with school board trustees, the district superintendent and
other administrators, their principal and officers representing the District’s
English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Some even had the opportunity
to have their picture taken with Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre.
School Board President Hilary Paulson, who herself addressed students
and parents in both English and Spanish, said, “To have achieved biliteracy
will prove a huge advantage to these students as they grow and become our
future community leaders and tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. We truly hope
that while they continue to develop and perfect their reading, writing and
speaking skills in English, that they will at the same time maintain fluency in
their first language.”
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As I Was
| Steve Penna
It’s everything politics in one form or another this
month. So here we go. First, in an unexpected
turn in the “Battle for the Bay,” Councilwoman
Rosanne Foust proposed at a recent City Council
meeting that there be discussion of forming
an ad hoc committee to “consider placing an
advisory vote on the November ballot, to gain the
voters’ perspective on the proposed Saltworks
development” and on how the city should move
forward or whether it even should.
Needless to say, the usual small minority in and
outside of our community sounded off with their
displeasure and criticism of the idea and Foust.
Let me just state that I have known Foust for several
years and consider her a friend. She does not need
me to defend her. She is very capable of doing
that on her own if she feels the need, and I would
not insult her by trying to. In fact, she has done
nothing wrong and therefore I don’t feel the need
to. Since when do we expect our elected officials
to not speak their minds? Well, I won’t get into
that, but you get my thoughts in this scenario.
So let’s forgo any of the mindless and tasteless
sidetracking discussions and get to the issue at
hand — her suggestion. Foust asked the council
to consider “calling for an advisory vote on the
project description” after it is presented to the
city. The council and city staff are currently
waiting for that document to be completed.
In her statement, she expressed concern about
how the project is continuing to divide the community
and is taking a “tremendous toll” on the council
and city staff. The measure would, she said,
“allow the council to hear from the public at large
in addition to the various ‘interested’ groups.”
“I feel that a well-crafted project description
that includes fundamental community benefits
would be enough to present to the voters of
Redwood City,” Foust said. That seems fair enough.
Why would you not want to engage in discussion
on a project that did not include those attributes?
Shouldn’t the council be searching for projects
that have “community” benefits? That is a given.
About a week later, Mayor Alicia Aguirre sent
out a press release: “This is an opportune time
to explore various options in moving forward on
this unprecedented project for the community of
Redwood City,” she said. “Prior to re-engaging
in that process, the City Council may want
to consider whether the revised project is of
interest to the community and worthy of further
exploration and analysis.”
Aguirre announced that Councilwoman
Barbara Pierce and Councilman Jeff Ira
will serve as an ad hoc committee to research
and report on options regarding the Saltworks
development application, which has been on file
with the city for nearly three years.
This is just a subcommittee that will explore the
option and then suggest going forward or killing
the idea. That is what the merits of any discussion
should be based upon. Should we as a community
have the right or “opportunity” to advise the council
on whether they should proceed with any type of
project description or not? Plain and simple.
In 2008, Measure V asked Redwood City voters:
“Shall a Charter Amendment requiring majority
voter approval for future development of the
Cargill Lands, consisting of approximately 1,450
acres east of Highway 101 and south of Seaport
Boulevard, with exemptions for takings and vested
rights, be adopted?” It was rejected by voters.
Given that, one would assume that voters are
comfortable with the process of the city staff
and council dealing with these types of issues.
It can also be assumed that voters do not inform
themselves and are not given all the information
needed to make such important decisions, and
therefore we elect people to do that for us. I for
one am comfortable with that process.
But that was four years ago. Many things
have changed and our community is headed in
a different direction. To gauge the community’s
preference might not be a bad idea. But I am
concerned about the parameters of such a vote and
the precedence it sets. Those issues will have to
be addressed in any recommendation the ad hoc
A large concern is the opposition to the
project and their unwillingness to compromise.
After Foust made her original suggestion, she
was attacked from all angles. You would think
that those opposed to the project, who had
expressed their desire to eliminate the process
and move on with discussions on restoring the
so-called wetlands, would be thrilled to have the
opportunity to vote on the issue instead of just
trying to pressure the council. Not the case.
In fact, one critic even suggested that Foust’s
use of the word “benefits” in her suggestion was
an indication of her support for the project. It is
just silly and destructive toward our community.
Which is exactly what she was referring to
when she expressed her feeling that this issue is
dividing our community.
It is not the majority of residents who are doing
that; it is those in the minority of this issue who
are not letting the process work. Unfortunately, I
do not think that they will hear the majority even
if a vote is taken. I guess that is just democracy at
Here is an update on the District Four San Mateo
county supervisor race, important to Redwood
City. Since the last time I wrote about this race,
there have been a few developments that could be
described as “game changers.”
The former elections chief and assessor–county
clerk–recorder for San Mateo County, Warren
Slocum, entered the race and raised $10,950 in the
blink of an eye. Because of name recognition he
must be considered an instant front-runner.
Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith joined the race at
the same time as Slocum and loaned her campaign
$10,000 to raise her total war chest to $25,342.
In another important development, East Palo
Alto Council Member David Woods has been
disqualified from the race. Each candidate must
pay a $1,171.46 filing fee with official candidacy
paperwork. But according to county election
officials, the check he submitted had been
returned for “insufficient funds” twice. He was
endorsed by outgoing incumbent Rose Jacobs
Gibson. There is no word on whether she will
endorse another candidate in the race.
Redwood City School District board member
Shelly Masur’s connection with County
Supervisors Don Horsley and Dave Pine is
paying off quite well for her. She has been given
the endorsement of labor unions and special
interest groups, which brings in contributions
and volunteers. Not coincidentally, she is also
the leader in contributions to date with $60,940,
including $32,738 during the most recent
San Mateo County Board of Education member
Guillermo “Memo” Morantes raised the secondhighest
amount, $49,166. He raised $11,836 in the
latest reporting period. East Palo Alto Council
Member Carlos Romero dipped into his own
pockets and loaned his campaign $35,000 to bring
his total to $41,450.
Ernie Schmidt, vice chairman of the Redwood
City Planning Commission, began fundraising in
December and has collected a total of $12,299,
none of it from loans. Menlo Park Council
Member Andy Cohen has loaned his campaign
$8,000, bringing his total to $9,610.
So what does this all mean? Let me try to break
it down. If none of the candidates running were to
gain 50 percent or more in the June election, there
would be a runoff in November between the two
highest vote-getters. That will happen.
With the election just weeks away, none of the
candidates has campaigned widely enough (this
is a countywide election) to take the election
outright. Therefore predicting who will be the top
two candidates to move on to November is a bit
difficult. But I will try.
For the sake of nothing more than just
explaining that I have been following local
elections for many years and have been quite
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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.
Nina Koepcke, “Crow Tells Me,” 14” x 9” x 11”, stoneware, 2012
Teresa Silvestri, “Wise Sheep,” 20” x 16”, watercolor, 2012
Tony Williams, “Escaping Art,” 18.5” x 12”, archival inkjet print
Belinda Chlouber, “Gentle Things,” 30” x 23”, mixed media, 2012
Ginger Slonaker, “Mr. Gold,” 12” x 24”, mixed media
The Poetic Image: A Collaboration
of Words and Images
On view now through May 26 at The Main
Gallery is the exhibition “The Poetic Image” with
Belinda Chlouber, Pixie Couch, Diana Herring,
Nina Koepcke, Terrie Wilson Moore, Andrea
Rosenman, Ginger Slonaker, Teresa Silvestri and
Here is a small sampling of what you will find
from the exhibition:
When Belinda Chlouber’s mother, Carla Chlouber,
whom she loved dearly, passed away last year
after a tragic illness, she left many poems and short
stories. Belinda states, “I have been working with
her poetry and recently started working with my
grandfather Arthur Sweet’s poetry after I found
a long-lost notebook of his poems at Christmas.
Their poetry has greatly inspired my recent mixedmedia
work and I feel I am collaborating with
them in spirit. Two of the pieces in the show are
based on my mother’s poems ‘Sunday Evening’
and ‘Blackberry Wine,’ and another is based on
my grandfather’s poem ‘Gentle Things.’ The small
monoprints I am showing also have bits and pieces
of both of their poetry. Working in this way with
their poems has expanded my imagination, helped
me heal the loss and see the invisible thread
that runs through generations where life is a
continuation, not an ending.”
Mary Oliver, the American poet who is known
for her poignant observations of the natural world,
inspired Teresa Silvestri’s watercolor paintings.
Silvestri comments, “In my new painting ‘Wise
Sheep,’ I could imagine the long life and maturity
in the sheep’s eyes: She has seen much and is the
wiser for it.” Oliver expresses the sentiment this
way in her poem “Messenger”: “Are my boots
old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young,
and still half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on
what matters, which is my work, which is mostly
standing still and learning to be astonished.” For
Silvestri, the New England setting of Oliver’s
poems also reminds her of her own recent trip to
Cape Cod, which inspired her to capture a few of
those special memories with her paintings.
For his photograph “Escaping Art,” which was
taken at the de Young Museum in San Francisco,
Tony Williams wrote his own poem to accompany
the photograph. He is also showing a series of
poetic desert landscapes. Williams will also
have a display of his perspective image work at
Kondeterei in Portola Valley for the month of May.
In interpreting the theme of the poetic image,
Diana Herring chose to focus on the process of
creativity. One piece in the show is entitled “Can
the Poet Carry the Meaning of Life Across the
Bridge of Art Into the Land of Joy?” The other
is a description of the “Seasons of Creativity” —
spring, summer, fall and winter. Another piece,
in a slightly different style, is a comment on the
great blues song “Mother Earth,” as sung by
Memphis Slim. Herring states, “These are similar
to previous work I have done in that I can only get
inspired by a humorous approach to life”.
Pixie Couch likes to transfer poems or pieces
of poems onto clay surfaces. The words are either
imprinted or written, and the clay is formed to reflect the
scene or feelings of the words. “I’m working with
two local poets. Marian Slattery is a potter/poet
and lives in Palo Alto. Her poetry evokes a range
of images,” writes Couch. A line from “Drawn
to the Dark” by Slattery holds special meaning for
Couch: “mythic forests hung with tangled fronds,
that way calls me.” Couch continues, “Philip Hubbard
is a potter/poet living in San Francisco who writes
haiku as a daily diary. After a walk he recorded
the event as this haiku: ‘Spring flowers swaying
by the San Andreas fault — it’s only the wind.’
Bringing that to a clay expression is just plain fun.
Usually my work is thrown on the potter’s wheel, but
all the work for this show will be hand-built. Much
of it uses varieties of clay and natural geologic
stains for color.”
Nina Koepcke tells us, “The pieces that I made
for this show are outgrowths of my interest in and
observations of ravens, crows and other birds. I
read a great many poets’ writings before settling
on the works of four poets. Two, Charlotte Muse
and Len Anderson, are personal friends and two,
Philip Levine and Charles Wright, are former
national poet laureates. Each poet had something
unique and inspiring to say about birds and their
relationship to the human condition. I spent a
great deal of time thinking about these poems and
how I might best interpret them in ceramic form.”
Koepcke will be traveling to Berlin, Budapest
and Prague with nine other artists from around
the U.S. at the time this show opens. They will be
visiting galleries and artists’ studios and sharing
images of their work with artists in all three cities.
She will also be visiting Barcelona on her own at
the end of this trip to see the Gaudi sculptures there.
Erna Metzger is showing handmade paper pieces
with a simple, earthy feel to them. Metzger states,
“I found the process of making a visual response
to poems very stimulating and discovered many,
many great poems to inspire future works.
Alara Slonaker, Ginger Slonaker’s 14-yearold
daughter, wrote a poem entitled “Mr. Gold,”
which inspired her mother to create a diptych
after the poem. Alara states her poem “is about
sacrificing what’s really important for artificial
reputations and material wealth. … It’s about
The show richly mixes famous poets with local
poets and aspiring poets then giving the poems
a visual voice. The closing reception will host
poetry readings and artist talks and is scheduled
for Saturday, May 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the
gallery. Please come join us where you can enjoy
hearing the art and seeing the art!
Fox Theatre and Club Fox
2209 Broadway, downtown Redwood City
Tickets available at www.clubfoxrwc.
com, 650-369-7770 or tickets.foxrwc.com
• ABBA – The Concert. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Peninsula Symphony Presents the “New World”
& a Virtuoso Debut. 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.
• Silly Sunday (Comedy). 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
• The Marshall Law Band (Club Fox Blues Jam).
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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
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Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under
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The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With
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John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315
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Redwood City Police Chief Hosting ‘Town Hall’ Meetings
Redwood City Police Chief JR Gamez will be hosting a series of four
town hall–style community meetings in the coming months. Each town
hall meeting will be held in a different area of the city, in order to provide
the opportunity for people to participate along with others from their own
neighborhoods, and to discuss issues that may be of importance to that
“I’m eager to meet and talk with a lot of Redwood City residents during
our town hall meetings,” said Gamez, who started the job here in December
of last year. “These gatherings are an important way for residents and police
to create partnerships, to learn from one another and to build trusting,
cooperative relationships that are the very foundation of a strong, safe
community. We can only do this if we talk to each other, and that’s what
these town hall meetings are all about.”
The meetings offer a way for people to meet the chief and his command
staff, create connections between the community and the Police Department,
exchange information and engage in small-group discussions around
neighborhood issues. From these town hall meetings, the chief and his
staff will also gain the community’s perspectives and concerns on law
enforcement and related issues for each area.
Each meeting will be facilitated by the collaborative group Redwood
City 2020, working with Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Community
members are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in the police
chief’s town hall meeting for their areas:
• June 5, 7–8:30 p.m. — Centennial, Stambaugh-Heller, Friendly Acres
and Redwood Village neighborhood areas at the Boys & Girls Club, 1109
• July 10, 7–8:30 p.m. — Woodside Plaza, Oak Knoll/Edgewood Park and
Farm Hill neighborhood associations at the Veterans Memorial Senior
Center, 1455 Madison Ave.
• October 9, 6:30–8 p.m. — Redwood Shores community association area at
the Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway
Anyone who is not sure which neighborhood area they live in can easily find
out by visiting www.redwoodcity.org/neighborhoodassociations or by calling
The Redwood City Police Department’s website is at www.redwoodcity.
org/police, where residents can learn about the department, get burglary
prevention tips, sign up for alerts and newsletters, report a minor crime
online, get police reports, view Redwood City’s crime map online and more.
Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org
for information about the city and its services, the community, recreation
programs, education and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s
newsletters and other city documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.
8th Annual Redwood City Poker Run May 12
It’s a great fundraiser benefiting the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities
League, the Redwood City Police Activities League and After School Sports.
Combined, these organizations serve thousands of children each year with
after-school program opportunities, athletics, educational programs, civic and
cultural activities and more.
This year’s Poker Run will be held on Saturday, May 12, starting at Dudley
Perkins (333 Corey Way, South San Francisco). Registration begins at 8 a.m.,
with the ride starting at 10 a.m. This is a great opportunity for motorcycle
riders to ride along with police motorcycle officers along the scenic coast
of San Mateo County. The ride ends at Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage (975
Industrial, Suite B, San Carlos) at 1:30 p.m. with a barbecue, raffle and live
music. Last year’s event was a huge success, attracting over 275 motorcycles
and raising over $40,000 to support the youth of San Mateo County.
Go to www.redwoodcitypokerrun.com for more information and to register.
Sierra Club to Host Special Events
Western Arctic: Adventures in Alaska
Monday, May 7, 6:15–8:30 p.m.
Downtown Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Debbie S. Miller, noted naturalist and author of the book Midnight
Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will draw
you into her three-year journey with a team of photographers that included
hiking and canoeing over 600 miles, discovering the largely unknown
western Arctic. She’ll speak about why we should not drill in the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge and will also share her love of the natural beauty
and adventure of the refuge and the Alaskan wilderness. Social and light
dinner precedes the presentation
Wolf Recovery in the Western U.S.: A Primer for California
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Downtown Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Carter Niemeyer, a respected Wildlife Society–certified biologist, is the
author of the 2010 book Wolfer and the former head of wolf recovery for
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Idaho. Since its reintroduction to
Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho in 1995, the gray wolf has been
the subject of intense field study. A lifelong naturalist and trapper, Niemeyer
tells it like it is, regarding working with wild wolves and dealing with the
social aspects of controversy surrounding wolf conservation in the western
Register for both events on Meetup.com at www.meetup.com/lomaprieta or
by emailing PRGeventinfo@gmail.com.
Local Obituary: Marvin Cooper, 65
Marvin Bernard Cooper of Redwood City
passed from this world on April 17 at the
age of 65. He was born Dec. 10, 1946, in
San Francisco. Marvin was a graduate
of Sequoia High School, class of 1965. A
member of International Brotherhood of
Teamsters Local 85, he worked for Gillis
& Lane Paper Company. He was an active
member of the Redwood City American
Legion Post 105 and car club Golden Gate
Goats. He was a Redwood City resident
his entire life and coached Little League
for many years. Marvin served in the U.S.
Army and was stationed in Germany. His
pride and joy were his children, grandchildren
and his 1964 GTO. He attended
Grace Bible Church regularly and was a
wonderful husband, father, grandfather
and friend. He will be missed by many.
He leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, son
Todd (Ericka) of Anderson, daughter Lisa (Dave) of Redwood City, stepdaughter
Wendi (Jim), six grandchildren Ryan, Derick, Cecilie, Olivia, Garrett
and Eva L’ren, and his best
friend since high school, William “Uncle Bill” Wright of Patterson. Memorial
services were held April 28, 9 a.m., Grace Bible Church, 2225 Euclid
Ave., Redwood City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name
may be made to Grace Bible Church (650-366-9923) or Kainos (650-363-
2423). The family wishes to thank Nazareth Classic Care Community for
their outstanding care and excellent staff, as well as Vitas Hospice Care and
Bay Area Care Home, especially Lina and Roberto.
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Events Around Town
Sequoia Hospital Foundation Gala
The Sequoia Hospital Foundation hosted a sold-out ballroom of guests to an elegant invitation-only evening with Bill Cosby on March 24. Proceeds from the $1,000-per-plate event benefited
Sequoia Hospital’s world-class Heart & Vascular Institute. Fully 50 percent of the new Sequoia Hospital, currently under construction and opening in 2013, will be dedicated to cardiac
services. Event chairs Paula Uccelli and Tamara and Dr. Hardwin Mead are pleased to announce that the event raised more than $400,000, with donations continuing to come in. The
legendary entertainer donated his time and performance as a special honor to his childhood friend, Sequoia Hospital’s Edward Anderson, M.D. Anderson is a well-respected cardiologist with
the Peninsula-based Silicon Valley Cardiology practice and grew up in the same neighborhood in Philadelphia as Cosby. Guests included former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Giants
legend Willie Mays, Assembly Member Rich Gordon and members of the boards of the foundation, the hospital and Dignity Health. Photos by Drew Altizer Photography.
Farmers Markets Are a Great Way to Have Fun,
Shop Wisely and Support the Community!
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Farmers markets are a great way to get healthy,
fresh, often organic food at reasonable prices.
They’re also a great way to support California
farmers. And this year, there happens to be plenty
of local farmers markets from which Redwood
City residents can choose.
In addition to the Kiwanis Club Farmers Market,
which has been held in downtown Redwood City for
37 years, there are two new options — a Rotary Club
Farmers Market that is also being held downtown
and a farmers market at Cañada College.
Kiwanis Club hosts city’s
oldest farmers market
At the Kiwanis Club Farmers Market — held
on Saturdays from April through November
— you’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs,
fish, nuts, honey and popcorn, among other
things, according to Kiwanis President Caroline
McHenry, who manages the market. “Anything in
the way of produce, you’ll find it at our market,”
she said. Flowers also are for sale. The market has
different music each week and offers free facepainting
The Kiwanis Club has a database of 90 vendors,
according to McHenry. All potential vendors go
through a thorough background check and must
meet a lot of requirements before they are allowed
to participate. “We are selective of who we have,”
Once farmers start selling their produce at the
market, they stay, McHenry pointed out. “We
don’t really lose our farmers,” she said. “Usually
if we do lose them, it’s to death.”
Not everyone who participates in the market is
a farmer. For example, the Redwood City Senior
Center will have a booth at the market twice a
month, McHenry said.
The senior center, which used to participate in
the market but hasn’t been able to do so the past
few years due to funding, is making a comeback.
“We’re real excited to have them back,” McHenry
said. “And they’re glad to be back.”
Each year, the Kiwanis Club puts the money it
has raised from vendor booth fees back into the
community, McHenry stressed. She estimates
that each year the club donates $25,000 worth
of revenue from the market to charity. Some of
the money is used to take kids shopping before
school starts and during the holiday season. The
Kiwanis Club also gives money to the Padua
Dining Room at St. Anthony Church in Menlo
Park on the border of Redwood City, which
provides hot meals to people on a daily basis,
and Operation Access, a San Francisco–based
nonprofit that brings medical professionals and
hospitals together to provide donated outpatient
surgical and specialty care to the uninsured and
underserved. Additionally, the Kiwanis Club
provides college scholarships with the money
raised through its farmers market. “We divide it
up on where we see it needed,” McHenry said.
“We look at the need.”
The Kiwanis Club Farmers Market was
launched in 1975 by John Hensill, a Redwood City
resident and biology professor at San Francisco
State University who came from a family of
farmers. “He was a backyard grower, growing
vegetables in his own backyard,” McHenry
explained. “That’s how it started.” The market
was simply called the Downtown Farmers Market.
In 1977, Hensill, who was in his 70s, asked the
Kiwanis Club to take the market over, which it did
and has done ever since.
Rotary Club Farmers Market
a fun Tuesday night pastime
The Rotary Club Farmers Market, which made
its debut on May 1 and continues through Sept.
25, is open on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and
features fruits and vegetables, honey, pastries,
cheese, beef, fish and more, according to Rotary
Club President-elect Lilia Ledezma, one of the
organizers of the event.
Scarlett RedMoon, who operates Magic Mermaid
Jewels out of her Fremont home, is selling her jewelry
at the Rotary Club Farmers Market. “I cut the
glass, then I design the jewel and then I high-fire in
a kiln at home,” she explained.
RedMoon brings her jewelry tools and shows
kids how to make jewelry. She takes what they
make home with her, puts it in the kiln and then
the kids can come back the next week to pick it
up. Additionally, RedMoon is selling jingle skirts.
Everything is handmade and one of a kind. Most
of what she is selling is in the $20 range, she said.
A certified massage therapist, RedMoon also
brings a massage chair with her and will provide
a complimentary five-minute massage for those
who want it. She will provide a longer massage
for $1 per minute.
RedMoon, who takes care of her dad at home,
doesn’t want to worry about having to take care
of her dad and run a store at the same time, so she
has found selling her products at farmers markets
to be an ideal situation. “This really is a dream come
true for me,” she said of the Rotary Club Farmers
Market in particular. “It just came to me like magic. For
me, it is everything I have always wanted. This
market is the best market. I can do anything.”
Nancy Wilder of Montara, who takes wool fiber
and turns it into objects and fabric in a process
known as felting, is selling her creations at the
Rotary Club Farmers Market. Wilder makes such
things as felted jewelry, felted soap and even
felted lamp shades.
“A lot of people are getting into it as a craft,” Wilder
said of felting. “It’s relatively new as a home craft.”
Wilder pointed out, “There’s unlimited possibilities
with felting. I have learned more about wool and
sheep than I’ve ever wanted to know.”
Wilder participates in the Land and Sea
Farmers Market in Half Moon Bay. She also
participates in craft fairs and sells her work at
boutiques, including Mischief in Montecito and
By Hand in Berkeley.
Said Wilder: “I want to sell my wares and I’m
not into doing it online as much. I don’t want to sit
at my computer trying to promote my business. …
[The farmers market] forces me to be creative. It
gets me out interacting with other people, getting
feedback from people as to what they like.”
The Rotary Club has its own booth at the event,
said Redwood General Tire owner Alpio Barbara,
who also is organizing the farmers market. “We
invite the community to visit the Rotary booth
and come and learn about what we do,” Barbara said.
The market is a family-oriented event, Ledezma
stressed. There is a balloon man and face-painting
for the kids. There is also entertainment. For example,
the Rotary Club has invited musical groups such
as the Sequoia High School band to participate.
By having the Rotary Club Farmers Market
on Tuesday evenings, people can shop after they
leave work, Barbara said.
Having the market on a Tuesday will add
more traffic on what is typically a slow night
downtown, said Chris Beth, director of the city’s
Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Department. Dancing on the Square is also held
on Tuesday nights, so people can come and enjoy
both events, Beth pointed out.
All of the money that the Rotary Club gets from
vendor fees and sponsorships is going to go back
into the community, Barbara stressed. “Rotary is
not going to keep any of the money,” he said. “It is
going to go back into the community.”
The goal is to raise $40,000 this year in fees
and sponsorships, according to Barbara. “For the
community, that is the key,” he said. “It is going
to stay here in the community.”
Arts and crafts vendors will each donate a piece
of their work at an auction to be held later in the
year, and again all of the money will go toward
the Rotary Club, Barbara said.
“We have a lot of companies that are behind us
on this project and know it’s going to do well,” he
said. “It’s just going to get better as we keep going.”
Cañada College Farmers
Market in beautiful setting
The new farmers market at Cañada College,
which made its debut April 15, features a variety
of fresh produce, said Jerry Lami, executive director
of the West Coast Farmers Market Association,
which helped bring the market to fruition.
“It’s great working in a market that everyone
supports,” he said. “We’ve got the support of the
entire college community and the mayor.”
Lami was a vendor at farmers markets when he
was with Spring Hill Jersey Cheese in Petaluma
and Home Maid Ravioli Co. in San Francisco. He
worked to open the farmers market in Cupertino
last October and now the market at Cañada College.
Many of the farmers at the market in Cupertino
have followed him to Cañada College, he said.
Kettlepop, which has a warehouse in Benicia
and also has a location in the Great Mall in Milpitas,
is selling its kettle, caramel and cheese corn as well as
lemonade at the Cañada College Farmers Market,
said market representative Ryan Solorzano.
Farmers markets are the biggest revenue
generator for Kettlepop, which also does catering
and participates in festivals.
“If we didn’t have farmers markets like this, we
wouldn’t be around very long,” said Solorzano.
“Hopefully we can get some good weather and a
lot of people to come out.”
San Leandro–based Hummus Heaven is selling
its hummus at the Cañada College Farmers
Market, said salesman Omen Hussein.
“I like the atmosphere,” he said. “I like the
people. It’s a really good way to establish yourself.
It’s a very good way to put your name out in the
public. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also a family-oriented
thing. I’ve got customers who come out with their
kids and that’s how they spend the weekend.”
Hummus Heaven currently participates in 70
different farmers markets all over the Bay Area,
whereas four years ago it was participating in
only four, according to Hussein.
“Now we’re at the stage where we have to pick
and choose [the farmers markets we want to be
at],” he said. “We only have so many vans.”
Emy Rodriguez, who operates Hollister-based
Las Hermanas C.C. Produce, is selling carrots,
Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, green onions, green
garlic, celery, broccoli, leeks, cauliflower and
beets at the Cañada College Farmers Market.
“We kind of want to go around different locations,”
she said. “We thought a new place would be good.
Just spreading the word about no pesticides, about
clean product. No chemicals. Fresh.”
Rodriguez also sells her produce at farmers
markets in San Jose, San Francisco and Brisbane.
Starting this month, she is adding Modesto,
Stockton and Sacramento farmers markets to her
schedule as well.
In her first year as a farmer, Rodriguez plans
to sell her produce not only at farmers markets
but also in stores. “We want to get Las Hermanas
growing,” she said.
Katie Griffin, “Prez Bean” of Hayward-based
Nut ’n Bean, is selling her company’s nut butter
and raw vegan cashew cheese at the Cañada
College Farmers Market. “We are going to be in
all of the new ones that they’re [the West Coast
Farmers Market Association] opening. We’re just
totally stoked to be a part of any of them. Just
driving up here and seeing the view, we’re really
Nut ’n Bean moved from San Diego to the
Bay Area for the volume of farmers markets.
“This is a nice venue to get our stuff out. We’re
really excited about the response we’re getting.
Knowing that we’re going to be successful is very
Sherrie Keller, of Loma Rica–based Calolea,
is selling extra-virgin olive oil, aged Italian
balsamics, olive oil conditioner, olive shampoo
and olive body lotion. “This is a great location,”
she said. “I do the Olive Festival [on campus]. I
know there’s a good market here. As soon as the
word gets out, it is [going to be] a great market.
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Events Around Town
Chamber Mixer Hosted by Spectrum Magazine and Spa Luxe
The Spectrum Magazine and Spa Luxe in Redwood Shores hosted the monthly Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce mixer. Enjoying the fun (from top left):
Councilman Jeff Gee, Clem Maloney, Planning Commissioner Ernie Schmidt and chamber CEO Larry Buckmaster. Former Mayor Georgi LaBerge and Warren Dale. Assemblyman
Jerry Hill, chamber President Stacey Wagner, Judith Clause and Mayor Alicia Aguirre. Hosts Roger Spring, Sky Hill and Spectrum publisher Steve Penna. Gee, Aguirre and Planning
Commissioner Nancy Radcliffe. Redwood City firefighters with Schmidt and former Mayor Dani Gasparini.
Farmers Markets Are a Great Way to Have Fun,
Shop Wisely and Support the Community! (Continued from previous page)
It is an excellent location. This college has been
wonderful.” Keller noted, “People are a little more
experienced with olive oil in this area. They know
the difference between certified and noncertified.”
Karen Brochier of Redwood City bought
fennel and leeks at the Cañada College market
on opening day. “We had heard that this was
starting up. We go regularly to the Redwood City
farmers markets. We wanted to check it out,”
she said. “We like supporting farmers markets.
We like supporting the local farmers. It’s a nice
community event where you might see people you
know. You see things that are fresh and in season.
It encourages you to try cooking with things that
you’re not familiar with. We would like to support
it and see it grow. It’s great to have one in your
neighborhood that you can walk to.”
Natalie McMahon, who lives in Woodside and
found out about the Cañada College Farmers
Market at the Woodside post office, got some
lettuce, shortcake and carrots on opening day.
“This fit our needs for today,” she said. “What
they have is super and I’m sure over time it will
grow to be bigger. It’s great. I hope a lot of people
in the community come out and support it.”
In the past, McMahon has had to venture to the
Palo Alto and Menlo Park farmers markets, so
she is excited to have one closer to her. “It’s nice
to have one in this area instead of Palo Alto,” she
said, noting,“This is right in my neighborhood.”
The Cañada College Farmers Market is the first
farmers market to provide dog-sitting, Lami said.
Your dog can have bones and water and even be
groomed while you’re walking around the market.
“They’re going to be pampered,” he said. “It’s
going to be a good place to be a dog if you’re
going to come to our market.”
Open: Saturdays, April
Location: Downtown, in
the parking lot at the corner of Hamilton and
Hours: 8 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Open: Tuesdays, May
Location: Hamilton Street
between Marshall and Winslow streets and on
Broadway from Theatre Way to Winslow Street
Hours: 4–8 p.m.
Open: Saturdays, year-round
Location: 4200 Farm Hill
Blvd., Lot 7
Hours: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
Redwood City Police Department
ABBA THE CONCERT
with VIP pre-party
Meet and mingle with Sheriff Greg Munks, Undersheriff Carlos Bolanos and
new Police Chief JR Gamez along with the fine men and women from these
law enforcement agencies to raise much needed funds for youth programs in
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
VIP Party 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Concert starts 8:00pm (No host bar available at this time)
Fox Theater, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City
$100 per person
Tickets available online with the following link:
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The following activities are open to the public during the month of May 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! Please note: Movies may be changed at any
time due to availability.
May 4: “The Descendants”
May 11: “War Horse”
May 18: “Joyful Noise”
May 25: “The Grey”
Glucose Screening & Understanding the Results
Wednesday, May 9, 8:30–11 a.m.
Adaptive PE Room, Wellness Center
Glucose testing and free healthy snack 8:30–10 a.m. Questions about your
results will be addressed 10–11 a.m. This health event is sponsored by the
Sequoia Hospital Health & Wellness Center. Suzanne Lim, RN, will be the
presenter. Please call ahead to reserve your space and time (650-368-7732). A
four-hour fast is required for the screening; however, water and medications
AARP Driver Safety Course
Saturdays, May 12 & 26, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Room 20, Wellness Building
AARP members $12, nonmembers $14
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.
Veterans Honorary Luncheon
Friday, May 25, Noon
$7 general/$5 veterans
Every Sunday: Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Early bird game begins at 11:30 a.m.
Regular game begins at 12:30 p.m.
First & third Wednesdays of each month: Doors open at 4 p.m. Game begins
at 6:30 p.m.
Support our senior programs by embracing the classic game of bingo! Come
and have fun with other bingo enthusiasts. Everyone ages 18 and older is
welcome. An ATM is available and our gift shop is open during bingo hours.
“Old People Driving”
Wednesday, May 23, 7 p.m.
Redwood City Main Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
The Senior Affairs Commission is presenting the film “Old People Driving.”
Never in human history have we had so many older people driving on our
roads. This incisive and entertaining film presents a cautionary tale about the
sorts of difficult conversations we should be having with family members
and elderly friends. Two aged drivers are followed through their day, and the
serious issues around driving and aging are discussed.
Fun After Fifty Club Dance
Last Friday of the month, 7:30–10 p.m.
Members $5, nonmembers $7
Dance to live music on the last Friday of the month. Free punch, water and
coffee. Snacks available. For more information, call 650-747-0264.
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 www.redwoodcity.org/parks.
HURRY! Space still available for riders!
Golden Gate HOG Chapter
8th Annual Redwood City Poker Run
Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Benefiting the Youth of San Mateo County
Day of Ride Information:
Dudley Perkins, Co. (333 Corey Way, SSF)
End of Ride/BBQ Lunch: Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage (975 Industrial, Suite B)
Length of Ride:
Approx. 100 miles (1 gas stop)
$25/Motorcycle ($30 w/passenger)
(Early registration prior to April 27th, 2012)
1 Ride T-shirt per bike, 1 Ride Patch, BBQ lunch,
Poker Hand, and Raffle Ticket.Passenger receives
BBQ lunch only.
For More info please call Alpio at 650.245.4653
to our chapter sponsor:
WHAT WE DO: A bail bond agent, or
bondsman, is any person or corporation
that will act as a surety and
pledge money or property as bail for
the appearance of persons accused
in court. Although banks, insurance
companies and other similar institutions
are usually the sureties on other
types of contracts (for example, to
bond a contractor who is under a
contractual obligation to pay for the
completion of a construction project)
such entities are reluctant to put their
depositors’ or policyholders’ funds at
the kind of risk involved in posting a
bail bond. Bail Bond agents, on the
other hand, have a standing security
agreement with local court officials,
in which they agree to post an irrevocable
“blanket” bond, which will pay
the court if any defendant for whom
the bond agent is responsible does
WHO WE ARE: The San Mateo County
Bail Agents Association is comprised
of a group of licensed and experienced
owner operated businesses
in Redwood City and throughout the
County. Members of our association
will ensure you receive professional
and courteous service.
For the past three decades we have
successfully maintained an ongoing
relationship with the San Mateo
County Sheriff’s Department. Our Association
will continue to maintain and
improve our relationship with all local
city and county departments and law
HOW WE HELP KEEP OUR COUNTY
STREETS SAFE: **There are two
primary methodologies to bail in
America: one run by the privatesector,
commercial surety bail (bail
agents), and the other run by the
government pretrial release agencies.
One costs the public nothing,
the other consumes (much needed)
tax dollars. One system ensures that
their client goes back to court to face
charges, and ensures they commit
fewer crimes while awaiting that court
date. The other option has a poor
track record on both of these counts.
One picks up almost all of its fugitives,
the other seldom, if ever, does.
One works and the other does not.
The system that works is commercial
surety bail (bail agents) and the one
that does not is government-run pretrial
Local law enforcement is strapped for
resources and bondsmen fill the gap
by apprehending absconded defendants.
Commercial bail not only operates more
effectively and safely, but it is a private
enterprise and operates at no cost to
the public. In fact, it pays premium
taxes to the public, and if it fails, it
pays cash forfeitures to the state.
What is bail?
Bail or bond (in this case, bail and bond
mean the same thing) is an amount
of money in cash, property, or surety
bond for the purpose of making sure
that a person attends all required court
appearances. Bond allows an arrested
person (defendant) to be released from
jail until his or her case is completed.
Who can post bond?
Any person can post his or her own
bond. If the defendant can’t afford to
bond himself or herself out of jail, any
other person age 18 or older can post
Why would I hire a bondsman?
If you don’t have the cash to cover the
full bond amount and the Sheriff’s fee,
you may wish to hire a bondsman to
bond yourself or someone else out of
jail. Also, sometimes the Court keeps a
cash bond. If you are bonding someone
out of jail and you don’t want to take the
chance that all or part of your cash will
be used to pay the defendant’s court
fines, fees and restitution, you might
want to hire a bail bondsman.
If I’m a consignor, what will I have to do?
If the defendant misses a court date,
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Wrestling and Encouraging Kids to Learn and
Improve in a Very Positive Way
By Julie McCoy, contributing writer
Twice a week after school, 11-year-old
Brett Kinsella, who is in sixth grade at
Kennedy Middle School, participates
in Redwood City Defenders, a newly
created wrestling program for middle school
students that is offered though the city’s Parks,
Recreation & Community Services Department’s
After School Program.
Each practice starts off with some warmup
exercises. Then Brett — decked out in his
Redwood City Defenders shirt, a pair of shorts,
wrestling shoes and protective headgear —
hits the mat. He’s learned some new wrestling
techniques, such as how to do a single-leg
takedown. “I like the coaches,” he said. “They’re
really nice. They’re helpful. They’ll help you a lot.
Some drills I don’t get, and they’ll go hands-on
with you and help.”
One of the largest wrestling
programs in Mid-Peninsula League
Currently 22 youth are enrolled in Redwood City
Defenders, making it one of the largest in the
Mid-Peninsula League in terms of the number
of participants, according to John Peavler of
the Parks, Recreation & Community Services
Department. The program is open to both boys
and girls and currently has one female wrester.
The cost of the program is $50 plus the cost of
Fulfilling a need
“There is a tremendous need in Redwood City
for the sport of wrestling,” Peavler explained.
“There’s a tremendous interest. We have created
this program that has tremendous community
support.” In fact, he noted, “It has taken off like a
wildfire as far as community support.”
Practices held at Kennedy Middle School
Redwood City Defenders hold practices at
Kennedy Middle School, 2521 Goodwin Ave.,
on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Kennedy Middle School is allowing the use of its
gym and mats for free, Peavler noted.
Meanwhile, dual meets or tournaments have
been held on select Wednesdays at the Red
Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt
Ave., as well as at JLS Middle School in Palo
Alto, Charles Armstrong School in Belmont and
Riordan High School in San Francisco.
Long-awaited program comes to fruition
The city’s Parks, Recreation & Community
Services Department has wanted to create a
wrestling program for middle school students
for several years, and this year, thanks to the
collaboration of several individuals and entities, it
came to fruition, Peavler explained.
Redwood City Defenders was created with
the effort of not only the Parks, Recreation &
Community Services Department but also the
Redwood City School District and Fernando
Muñoz, a recreation major and wrestler at San
Francisco State who helped work on the program
as part of an internship.
“It’s a great outlet,” said Muñoz, who has
been wrestling for about nine years and wrestles
at West Valley Community College and San
Francisco State. “It’s something new. Wrestling is
something where there is a lot of teamwork and a
lot of hard work goes into it. Kids naturally like to
wrestle. A lot of kids don’t know about it.”
Expanding wrestling from high
school to the younger crowd
Sequoia High School in Redwood City has a
wrestling program and there was a need for a
similar program for younger people as well,
said Erin Niemeyer, recreation coordinator for
the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community
Services Department. “The success of Sequoia
High School wrestling and the excitement of
that program has shown us the need and the
desire to have a wrestling program that starts at a
much younger age, and the Redwood City Parks
and Recreation Department has dedicated the
resources to make that a reality,” she commented.
Sequoia High wrestling students
volunteer their time
Sequoia High School wrestling students are
volunteering their time to help coach the youth in
Redwood City Defenders.
Brianna Carroll, 17, a senior at Sequoia who
competed in the state wrestling championships as
both a female and a first-year wrestler this year, is
one of the volunteers.
“For me, it was just something I did for fun,”
she said. “It took me all the way to state. I can’t
imagine not sharing that, with kids especially.”
Carroll, who has three younger siblings, is used
to working with kids, she said.
“Seeing these kids wrestle with each other
and getting the hang of it is really rewarding,”
she noted. “I don’t do it for myself. They really
respect me and the other coaches there. I just like
teaching them what I learned.”
The kids don’t think they can do something, so you
have to show them how to take risks, Carroll explained.
Abhineet Ram, a senior at Sequoia who turns
18 this month, also is volunteering with Redwood
“I like working with kids,” he said, noting that he
also volunteered last summer with the Boys & Girls
Clubs. “We work hard at practice. When you’re out
there on that mat, you’re out there by yourself.”
He added, “I just really hope the kids learn. The
thing about wrestling is it’s about how much you
want something. If you really want something in
your heart, you’ll do it.”
Building physical strength,
learning life skills
Youth who participate in wrestling not only
increase their physical strength, self-confidence
and self-awareness but also learn life skills such
as respect, discipline and decision-making,
Peavler pointed out. “Once you have wrestled,
everything in life seems to come easier,” he said.
“We’re already seeing these kids blossom. They’re
more social. They’re more active.”
Peavler, who is the head wrestling coach at Sequoia
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7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9.
Ruth Gerson Band. 8 p.m. Friday, May 11.
Aqua Nett and A Piece of My Heart. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.
Cold Feat (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16.
Led Kaapana and Mike Kawwa with Fran Guidry. 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17.
Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cha Cha Cha. 9 p.m. Friday, May 18.
The Miles Schon Band plus Mad Jack and Crimes of Passion. 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 19.
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20.
Terry Hanck (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.
Pride & Joy. 9 p.m. Friday, May 25.
An Evening of Pink Floyd with “House of Floyd.” 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26.
Bluestate (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 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 & under
The History Museum is housed inside the historic 1910 County Courthouse.
Over 50,000 people visit the museum each year, and the number of local
residents who hold memberships is growing. The History Museum teaches
approximately 14,000 children each year through the on- and off-site
programs. The museum houses the research library and archives that
currently hold over 100,000 photographs, prints, books and documents
collected by the San Mateo County Historical Association.
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Steve Jobs Exhibit Continues
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
New Exhibit at History Museum
Playing Grown-Up: Toys From the Harry P. Costa Collection
This unique exhibit 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.
Old Woodside Store Day
Sunday, May 6, 12–4 p.m.
The San Mateo County Historical Association invites the public to a free day at
the historic Woodside Store at the corner of Tripp Road and Kings Mountain
Road in Woodside. The volunteer docent group, called the Woodside
Storekeepers, will greet the public and invite visitors to experience life in
the 1880s. This special family day will focus on the history of the store and
the redwood logging activities in the area. Children will enjoy cutting a log
with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet and froe, competing in a
seed-spitting contest, making dolls and other activities. The Woodside Store
is a San Mateo County Park operated by the San Mateo County Historical
Association. For more information see www.historysmc.org or call 650-299-0104.
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Insurance Tips: Bundling Your Bills — When It May Not Be Right for You
By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum
If you have more services than you use in your bundle, it might be time to
cut back. Saving money by paying for things you never use is not saving you
anything at all. There is a good chance you can find the services that you
really need and cut out the services you don’t need at a lower price than you
get through a bundled service. Very few people fit into the one-size-fits-all,
cookie-cutter mold that bundles are made for.
What is a bundle?
Bundled bill packages are usually offered by companies that provide several
different types of services. The most common bundles are sold by cable companies,
which allow customers to combine their Internet service, phone service and
cable service into a single package. Insurance companies that offer different
kinds of policies also tend to offer bundle packages for customers who need
more than one type of insurance coverage. Most bundles are advertised to have
low introductory rates, but their prices usually go up after the first year of service.
Good things about bundling
There are some advantages to bundling your bills together. It can be
convenient to pay a single bill for several services each month. You won’t
have to worry as much about missing a bill and you can call the same
company for questions about several different problems. Buying a bundle
is also faster and easier than shopping for each service separately. The
introductory pricing on bundled packages can be incredibly low, which can
save you a substantial amount of money during the posted introductory
period. Make sure you are aware of the regular price and can afford it once
the introductory period is over.
Downsides to bundled bills
While it is faster to shop for a bundle of services rather than individual
services, the packages offered by many vendors can be confusing when
you try to compare them directly. Some promotional offers also include
additional purchases that might not be obvious in their ads. For example, you
might be offered an excellent rate on Internet service but you have to spend
additional money up front to buy the modem that is needed to receive that
Internet service. Some bundle agreements require contracts for up to two full
years, with hefty cancellation fees for those who decide to switch services
during the contract agreement. Read the fine print carefully before you agree
to a bundle, especially if the pricing seems too good to be true. Bundled
service deals tend to change constantly to try to attract new customers. It
is not uncommon to see an introductory rate that is far lower than the one
they offered you only a few months after you sign your contract. Since you
are already a customer, you don’t qualify for the new rate until your current
agreement is over. Watching the rates fluctuate can be frustrating, especially
if you could have saved money by waiting a month or two.
Consider cable usage compared to cost
One of the biggest reasons to think twice about bundled services is that you
might end up paying for something that you hardly ever use. Cable television
bundles usually require you to purchase one of the larger programming packages
in order to receive the best deal. You might receive hundreds of cable channels,
but do you really watch a lot of TV? There is no reason to pay for a bundle
that includes several television stations that contain programming you aren’t
even remotely interested in. You may be able to save money by purchasing a
smaller cable package and the Internet service separately from different providers.
Less expensive alternatives
Many people have stopped paying for cable service altogether. Online streaming
services provide access to current television programs and recent feature
films for a fraction of the price of a cable subscription. If you buy a fast
Internet service, you can use that to find most of the programming you would
watch on a typical cable network. Netflix and Hulu both offer access to cable
and local network programming for less than $10 per month. Many television
networks also post videos of their recent programs on their own websites.
Do you still use the landline?
Telephone landlines are quickly becoming obsolete. Many landline subscribers
are cutting their subscriptions because they love the convenience and competitive
pricing of cell phones. If your services are purchased through a bundle, you
might be paying for a landline service that you hardly use anymore. It is easy
to forget that the landline is included in your monthly service bill because it
has always been such a common part of your everyday life. Think about how
often you really use your phone and cut the service if you realize that it would
not make a big difference in your life if you lose it.
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As I Was Saying… (Continued from p6)
consistent in my evaluations, I am going to try to predict this one.
In my opinion, this race will come down to three of the candidates: Masur,
Morantes and Slocum. The other candidates have not raised the money or
gained the countywide endorsements or name recognition needed to continue
on in the race. Schmidt, however, has done a fantastic job in campaigning
and if he is not elected in this race, he will be a formidable candidate if he
considers running for a seat on the City Council when three seats are up for
grabs in November 2013.
Of the three, my gut feeling is that Morantes and Slocum have the name
recognition and funds to get their messages out, and that should be enough
for them to continue on. But Masur has a large support base, and San Mateo
County residents are notorious for electing women. She has union backing
plus the Sierra Club and the San Mateo Democratic Party campaigning for her.
Morantes, on the other hand, has heavy countywide support and the most
sought-after and coveted endorsement in this election: Congresswoman
Jackie Speier. Slocum has the San Mateo County Association of Realtors
and the open endorsement of the San Mateo County Labor Council.
Given all that and, of course, trying to gauge what voters are feeling, I will
predict that the November runoff in this race will be between Masur and
Morantes. Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, June 5.
Citing family and personal reasons, San Carlos Mayor Andy Klein
announced he was resigning his seat on the City Council immediately. Klein
said, in a letter to city officials, he is suffering major setbacks in his personal
life, including the dissolution of his marriage.
“While juggling my personal and public life I have not afforded myself the
time and care to appropriately cope with this loss. I have made decisions in
my personal life that have become detrimental to my health and others. I have
begun treatment to address my situation and ask everyone to allow me the
time and privacy to do so,” he wrote in the letter.
Now I am not going to get into the personal reasons for his decision or even
speculate, as so many are. I am just going to offer praise to him for taking
responsibility for his actions — whatever they may be — and putting himself,
his family and his community over continuing in a position that would have
added more stress to his situation.
There are so many elected officials who, when faced with the same
decision, choose to continue in their positions and let their egos and
stubbornness guide them over doing what is right.
I am positive we have not heard the last of Klein in political circles, and
I hope that when he returns, he does so with the same convictions he is
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A Minute With Florence Nightingale – In Honor of National Nurses Day on Sunday, May 6
Florence Nightingale is one of many nurses who are known internationally. She is usually credited with
founding today’s nursing profession. When she was a teenager, Nightingale believed that a divine voice called
to her and wanted her to become a nurse, but her social status definitely didn’t fit the job, as she was born and
raised in a very well-off British family.
In 1851, she was given permission from her father to go to Germany in order to study nursing. In 1853, the
Crimean War between Germany and Russia broke out, and since she was in the vicinity, Nightingale was
sent to a Scutari army hospital in order to help care for wounded and dying soldiers. While doing her job as a
nurse, Nightingale also took the time to look around and figure out why so many of the soldiers were dying.
She realized that the hospital conditions were a wreck and soon became a strong advocate for cleaning and
fixing up hospitals. She was also able to use her mathematical skills to come up with improved ways to look at
medical data that was collected. She continued to work in the hospital until 1857, when she returned home.
In her later years, Nightingale spent most of her time writing manuals and books for public use, especially
by medical schools. Her literature would eventually help shape what we know as nursing today.
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965. In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland,
an official with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, proposed that Pres. Dwight D.
Eisenhower proclaim a “Nurses Day,” but he did not approve it. In January 1974, the decision was made to
celebrate the day on May 12 because it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.
How stable is the nursing profession in Redwood City?
Very stable. Lots of facilities to choose from.
Redwood City is?
Something few know about you?
I was dubbed “the lady with the lamp” after my
habit of making rounds at night.
Whom do you most admire?
Sidney Herbert, a brilliant politician who was
Secretary at War (1845–46). Look up why.
What phrase do you most overuse?
Can I help you?
What is your motto?
Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom
And flit from room to room.
Several. In 1883, I was awarded the Royal Red Cross
by Queen Victoria. In 1904, I was appointed a
Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John (LGStJ)
and I became the first woman to be awarded the
Order of Merit. In 1908, I was given the Honorary
Freedom of the City of London. My birthday is now
celebrated as International CFS Awareness Day. I hope
you don’t think I am bragging.
What is a dream you have or something you’d
like to accomplish in your life?
Wrestling and Encouraging Kids to Learn and Improve in a Very Positive Way
(Continued from page 23)
High School and is a former Division 1 wrestler,
said he’s seen kids on the verge of dropping out of high
school turn their lives around because of wrestling.
Opportunity to rekindle
friendships and make new friends
While the majority of youth in Redwood City Defenders
are in middle school, Brett Kinsella’s 5-year-old
brother, Troy, has also been allowed to attend.
Brett has the opportunity to make new friends
and see old friends from his days at Henry Ford
Middle School, while Troy has been able to meet
“all-new big kids,” noted their mother, Laura
Kinsella. “It’s been great physical fitness,” she
said. “It’s a great physical act for them. They
come home exhausted and sweaty.”
Supporting and encouraging youth
in a positive way
Jeremy Ezrin, 14, who is in eighth grade at Clifford
Elementary in Redwood City and also participates
in Redwood City Defenders, said, “There’s a lot of
coaches, so you get individualized attention. During the
tournaments, they’ll actually be out there helping you
as you go. The coaches are all good guys and they
help you learn stuff that other kids don’t know to help
you win. They’re all super-experienced. I have created
friendships with the kids my age. They just help
you with everything. Like if someone pushes you,
how to do a somersault and land back on your feet.”
Jeremy’s father, Tom Ezrin, said, “Jeremy has
definitely found his comfort zone and niche with
wrestling, which he is very passionate about.”
Ezrin further noted, “He loves wrestling and is
really enjoying his experience with JP [Peavler]
and the rest of the staff. I can tell you that JP
and the other coaches on the team are obviously
very talented — not just in their knowledge of
coaching the sport, but what impressed me more
than anything was how JP and the other moreexperienced
wrestlers supported the younger kids
and encouraged them to learn and improve in a
very positive way. These guys know how to relate
to kids and obviously get the bigger picture that
the experience and personal development is more
important than winning and losing.”
Learning how to do a double-leg takedown
Masa Danovitz, 12, at San Carlos Middle School,
has learned how to do a double-leg takedown in
Redwood City Defenders, he said.
“My dad wrestled in high school, and I was looking
for a new sport to do and I thought wrestling would
be kind of fun,” he explained. “I enjoy it. I like
learning new techniques and I like to do action or
fighting. I got to meet new friends, and also wrestling
my friends is really fun. It’s just really fun. I’d
like to do it again in high school. The volunteer high
schoolers, they really help to learn the new techniques.
I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I get to talk about it at
school with them [my friends].”
The tip of the iceberg
The current Redwood City Defenders program is
just “the tip of the iceberg,” Peavler stressed. The
goal is to expand the program into a comprehensive
K–12 program that serves all age groups, he explained.
“The number [of youth] is infinite,” he said.
“We’ll just need to hire more coaches.”
While the current Redwood City Defenders
program ends this month, the expanded program
would be offered year-round. There would be four
three-month programs, in the spring, summer, fall
and winter, Peavler explained.
San Carlos, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Belmont
and Woodside don’t have wrestling programs, so there’s
a lot of opportunity for expansion, Peavler noted.
“There’s just a mecca here where we could go,” he said.
Alpio Barbara and
the team at
the new Rotary