Spectrum May 2012 Issue - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood ...


Spectrum May 2012 Issue - The Spectrum Magazine - Redwood ...

Farmers Markets

Shop wisely, have fun and support the community!

Wrestling makes

a strong comeback

As I Was Saying…

& much more

The Spectrum.MAY.2012

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

Insurance Tips:

Bundling Your Bills – 28

A Minute With

Florence Nightingale – 30

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


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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

farmers market!

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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

Saying… Publisher

| 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

committee gives.

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

its worst.


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

reporting period.

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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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.

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

painting, 2012

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

Tony Williams.

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

Fox Theatre

• ABBA – The Concert. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Peninsula Symphony Presents the “New World”

& a Virtuoso Debut. 8 p.m. Friday, May 18.

Club Fox

• Silly Sunday (Comedy). 8 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

The Marshall Law Band (Club Fox Blues Jam).

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Auto Care:

Redwood General Tire – 1630 Broadway –

Redwood General Tire was founded on the

principles of good customer service and quality

products at fair prices. Many satisfied customers

have been with them since their founding.

Whether you are looking for a new set of tires or

need repair work on your vehicle, this Redwood

City institution has been providing quality vehicle

services since 1957. They even have free Wi-Fi

Internet hookups so you can work while you wait

for your vehicle to be serviced.

Eating and Catering:

Canyon Inn – 587 Canyon Road – Tim Harrison

and the staff at Canyon Inn serve everything from

their famous hamburgers to pizzas, all kinds of

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

specialties while various sports play on the big,

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

closed patio for your next party — it has heaters,

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

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

too for all occasions!

D. Tequila

Lounge and

Restaurant – 851

Main St. – “We

went there and it

was fabulous! We

were impressed

by their food

menu, and the

burger I had was tasty. They have 21 big-screen

TVs for watching your favorite sports team, having

a drink with friends or dancing the night away.”

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

restaurants. There are bad restaurants. There

are OK restaurants. Then there are those places,

the magic ones. You come back again and again

because the food doesn’t just taste good and

satisfy hunger, but helps heal the heart and soul.”

Senior citizens receive $1 off and children under

12 dine at half price. www.littleindiacuisine.com

The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With

a motto promising to change your life “one

sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere

that has already made it a popular spot in

downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will

have you wondering where this place has been all

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

their signature Bomb Sauce to go.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City

locations – As a member-driven organization,

SMCU does everything possible to ensure that

all of your financial priorities are anticipated and

fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping

assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate

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

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

advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvements:

Lewis Carpet Cleaners – 1-800-23-LEWIS – Founded

in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from

one small, portable machine to a company of six

employees and five working vans. The Lewis

family works and lives in Redwood City and is

committed to our community. Ask about their

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet

cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –

Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional and

litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed to knowing

and meeting their clients’ needs through long-term

relationships and value-added services, and to

supporting and participating in the communities

where they live and work.

Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert at

Coldwell Banker – 650-722-

1193 – Michelle has been a

full-time, top-producing real

estate agent since 1978. With a

proven track record, she has

helped buyers achieve their

dreams of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties. The

majority of her business is garnered through referrals

from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald

Hills, she knows the area well and is involved

in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of

experience to guide you through your next real estate

transaction. Visit her online at www.glaubert.com.

John Nelson at Coldwell Banker – 650-566-5315

– John has been a resident of Redwood City for

21 years and has been a real estate agent for 18

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

keeping them up to date with new listings and

conditions as they impact the market. He will make

the process as pleasurable and stress-free an experience

for you as he can. Let John guide you through the

complexities of buying or selling your home,

eliminating hassles and stress. Visit him online at


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even better service. The focus is appliances and


Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –

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

Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and

cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic

massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with

several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.

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Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956

Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance

business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local

resident, he also provides servicio en español!

Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.

Saf Keep

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Middlefield Road

The friendly

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their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see

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Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St.,

650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of this

independent, community-based physical therapy

practice focuses on thorough physical therapy

assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment

programs are designed to help meet patient goals

of restoring function, returning to sport or

occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are

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

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace

– 485 Woodside

Road, 650-366-3900

– Woodside Terrace

understands that in

choosing a senior living

community, residents

are looking for much

more than a comfortable

living environment to

call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City

community delivers inspired independent living

with the promise of exceptional experiences

every day. As residents’ needs change, they are

provided with a variety of ancillary services and a

personalized assisted living environment that

encourages them to continue to live as they please.


Community Interest

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

specific area.

“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

Hilton St.

• 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

United States.

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

for children.

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,”

McHenry noted.

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.”


Kiwanis Club

Farmers Market

Open: Saturdays, April

through November

Location: Downtown, in

the parking lot at the corner of Hamilton and

Winslow streets

Hours: 8 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Rotary Club

Farmers Market

Open: Tuesdays, May

through September

Location: Hamilton Street

between Marshall and Winslow streets and on

Broadway from Theatre Way to Winslow Street

Hours: 4–8 p.m.

Cañada College

Farmers Market

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



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

our communities.

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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Senior Activities

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

are OK.

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

Redwood Room

$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.

Main Building

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.

Redwood Room

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

Presents the

8th Annual Redwood City Poker Run

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Benefiting the Youth of San Mateo County







20 12

Day of Ride Information:

Start Location:

Dudley Perkins, Co. (333 Corey Way, SSF)



Ride out:

10am Sharp

End of Ride/BBQ Lunch: Sparky’s Hot Rod Garage (975 Industrial, Suite B)

Length of Ride:

Approx. 100 miles (1 gas stop)

Registration Fee:

$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

Special thanks

to our chapter sponsor:

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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

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the bond agent is responsible does

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WHO WE ARE: The San Mateo County

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of a group of licensed and experienced

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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

the bond.

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,

you may be expected to help the bondsman

find the defendant, to pay the

bondsman’s expenses for finding the

defendant, and to pay the full amount

of the bond if the defendant cannot be


How do I contact a bondman?

Call any one of the bail bondsmen listed

on our website below. The defendant

and a cosigner will be required to sign the

bond agent’s contract.

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

wrestling shoes.

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

City Defenders.

“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

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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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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.

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.

Editor’s note: Please note that this article is for general information only and is not a

professional consultation. Always seek information from a licensed insurance professional.

Hector Flamenco is an agent with State Farm Insurance. Visit his website at www.



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

showing now.

Get out and enjoy our community.







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As I was saying…

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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.

Memorable moment?

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.

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