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The Spectrum.DEC.2011

Table of Contents

Inside The Spectrum – 4

RCSD Corner – 5

Redeemer Students Take on

Washington DC – 5

“As I Was Saying...” – 6

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Comes to Redwood City for the

19th Year – 8

Cultural Events – 11

Community Interest – 12

Angels in Our Community – 13

The Thrill of Skating Outdoors

and Indoors Year-Round in

Redwood City – 14

Shop Redwood City – 16

Insurance Tips: Simple Ways to

Lower Your Car Insurance – 18

Senior Activities – 18

Redwood City Welcomes New

Police Chief – 20

A Minute With Shawn White – 26

Welcome!

As this year comes to an end and our community celebrates the holiday season, we welcome you to The

Spectrum’s December 2011 edition.

The city of Redwood City has been providing opportunities for our community to gather in

neighborhood parks and community facilities, and now they have partnered with local businesses like

Redwood General Tire to bring a skating rink to our “community living room” on the downtown square.

Contributing writer Julie McCoy will tell you about all of the activities there and introduce you to the Ice

Oasis, which is a year-round ice skating rink in the Friendly Acres neighborhood.

We also have stories on the recent premiere of a Redwood City–based film and an introduction to our

new police chief.

Publisher Steve Penna checks out his own predictions from the Nov. 8 election in his column, “As I Was

Saying….” He also writes about who will be our next mayor and the new police chief.

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

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

our community. In the spirit of that, and the holiday season, 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 continue to bring you our regular features on senior activities, news of community interest, cultural

and entertainment events, insurance tips from Hector Flamenco, information from the Redwood City

School District and the popular feature “A Minute With.”

We also have a special advertising section highlighting businesses in the Main Street area. If you

have not visited that area lately, you will like the changes and activities there and will definitely find

something to do.

If you are looking for up-to-the-minute information on our community, visit us online at www.

spectrummagazine.net.

Happy Holidays, Redwood City!

Steve Penna

Owner and Publisher

penna@spectrummagazine.net

Anne Callery

Copy Editor

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Dale McKee

Julie McCoy

Nicole Minieri

Contributing Writers

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James Massey

Graphic Designer

007massey@gmail.com

James R. Kaspar

Cover/Cover Story Photography

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Contact Information:

Phone 650-368-2434

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Inside The Spectrum: Cover Story Photo Shoot

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Spectrum Publisher Steve Penna assigned this month’s cover

shoot to photographer James Kaspar and asked him to capture

images at the downtown outdoor skating rink and at the Ice

Oasis indoor facility on Bay Road.

This is the first year that the City of Redwood City has offered

this activity to our community and visitors. To all appearances, it

is already a success. The cost to bring the rink to Redwood City

was $40,000, not including operation costs, according to Director

of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Chris Beth. Local

businesses have contributed $30,000 and the expectation is to raise

$10,000 through skating sales. Another indication of how partnership

between government and private industry can work.

The Ice Oasis is located at 3140 Bay Road in Redwood City and

serves as home ice for the Stanford hockey team. Kaspar took some

photos during a practice of one of the youth hockey teams that

play at the facility. He took shots from different angles as well as an

outdoor picture of the facility.

The facility also offers its annual Nazareth Ice Oasis Holiday Show

— “An Elf Christmas” — on Dec. 17 & 18. Information about the show

can be found at www.iceoasis.com.

Kaspar visited the outdoor rink on several occasions, and it was

decided to use multiple images on the cover to show just how

responsive the community has been to the activity. Penna happened

to drive by on one of those occasions and captured Kaspar in the

photo seen here.

Redwood City is fast becoming the entertainment spot on the

Peninsula, and this winter’s activities and the year-round rink prove

to be valuable contributors to that image. The Spectrum salutes the

efforts made to bring our community together.

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RCSD Corner: News From the Redwood City School District

TCommunity Committee Grapples With Enrollment Challenges, Program Offerings

he Redwood City School District has had record enrollment over the

last several years, with especially strong demand for several of the district’s

four Schools of Choice — schools that have no neighborhood

boundaries and to which all students in the district can apply to

attend. Besides strong demand for enrollment at these districtwide schools,

several neighborhood schools throughout the district have had more

kindergarteners register than the school can accommodate. Hawes School, for

example, one of the smallest schools in the district, had 150 students register

for 60 kindergarten seats. In addition, several K–5 schools have expressed

interest in expanding to offer sixth grade, or sixth through eighth grade.

Recognizing that issues of enrollment, space capacity, grade configuration

and program focus are interrelated and that proposed solutions must align with

the needs and desires of the local community, the Redwood City School District

board of trustees recently approved Superintendent Jan Christensen’s

recommendation that the district form a committee made up of parents,

teachers, principals and community members to study the issues connected

with grade configuration, enrollment and school programs and make

recommendations for the next steps needed to address the district’s challenges.

“As with past decisions that have the potential to impact the broader

community, we wanted to engage a cross section of our parents, staff and

local citizens to analyze our challenges in the context of our community and

our current program offerings,” said Christensen.

Christensen explained that since the Redwood City School District opened

its first school, Central, in 1895, it has made continued adjustments to its

academic offerings depending on the number of students enrolled, the needs

of the community and ongoing evaluation about how to best prepare students

for high school and the workforce. Over the years, the school board has made

many important decisions on school openings, closings, program offerings

and grade-level configurations. In 1990, for example, the district formed a

Citizen’s Advisory Council that worked over a period of several years to form

a magnet school plan that resulted in each school forming a themed focus that

enabled the district to win a large federal grant.

The federal grant, awarded in the 1995–96 school year, resulted in the

implementation of program choices such as a two-way Spanish immersion

program at Adelante, a marine science focus at Clifford, a performing arts

focus at John Gill School and the formation of North Star Academy, available

to students who academically qualify to participate in a program that compacts

curriculum in order to make time for students to participate in multi-grade,

specialized, elective enrichment classes. When the federal grant funding ended

in 2004–05, the district transitioned to its current Schools of Choice program.

The Grade Configuration, Enrollment and Programs Committee,

comprising 33 members, held its first meeting on Sept. 27 and met three

times subsequently. The meetings were moderated by Chris Maricle, an

administrator with the California School Boards Association who assists

school districts in strategic planning. At the first and second meetings,

members were briefed in detail by Chief Business Official Raul Parungao

on the space currently available at each school throughout the district and

the factors that influence use of space at any given school. Parungao showed

participants an interactive spreadsheet that demonstrated the long-term

impacts of adding classes at any given grade level at any school. For example,

participants could ask what happens to space availability at Hawes if the

school adds an additional kindergarten class in 2012–13, or if a K–5 school

were to expand to K–8. In a few keystrokes, Parungao was able to show how

the total classrooms available at any school would change over time as a

new kindergarten class moved on to grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, or as a new sixth

grade moved on to grades 7 and 8. Parungao was also able to show what

happens if the state restores funding for K–3 class sizes of 20 students per

teacher in 2014, as the state has suggested it may do. K–3 class sizes in the

district currently stand at 30–31 students.

“It is daunting how complex [space capacity] is, not only in terms of considering

the situation right now, but there are so many unknowns, such as whether the

district will be able to return to class sizes of 20 in the future,” said Julie Brodie,

a parent participant on the committee. “It is tricky and complicated to figure

out the right direction, as well as where needs are versus where the space is.”

During the third meeting, Deputy Superintendent John Baker, who

oversees the district’s Schools of Choice program, presented a history of the

program choices in the district. Interestingly, Baker, who has been employed

with the district since 1981, served on the 1990 Citizen’s Advisory Council.

During the fourth meeting, Baker presented information on the trends and

evolution of educating sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in the

United States. A panel of principals from a variety of schools in the district

shared the differences between 6–8 and K–8 schools in Redwood City.

“Over the years, I have seen the district adapt to the needs of the

community by changing or altering the programs at a number of schools,”

said Baker. “I’ve had the privilege of seeing schools grow and thrive based

on decisions made in the mid-1990s. After 20 years, it is a good time to reexamine

current community needs, and revisit earlier decisions to see if

adjustments need to be made or new programs offered.”

Members of the committee were selected through an application process

that ensured that every school had at least one parent or staff member

represented. The committee will continue to meet and will begin to formulate

recommendations for the superintendent at the next few meetings.

Redeemer Students Take on Washington DC

As part of Redeemer Lutheran School’s biannual week in Washington, D.C., seventh- and eighth-graders

were chosen to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Below: Cameron Cosentino, Daniel

Hayes, Amanda Hawley and Katey Zimmer were given final instructions by the U.S. Army Honor

Guard. These four students were selected based on a blind judging of their essays on what it would mean

to them to lay a wreath at the tomb. They were both nervous and excited to be a part of this very special

privilege. The wreath-laying happens after a changing of the guard at the tomb. The entire ceremony is

both awe-inspiring and emotional to witness, especially as the bugler plays taps to end the ceremony.

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As I Was

Saying… Publisher

| Steve Penna

Let’s get right to the results of my predictions

for the races that were of concern to Redwood

City voters in the Nov. 8 election. Out of the 17

predictions I made, I was correct in 13 of them.

Usually I am over 90 percent correct, but I went

out on a limb on a few races, thinking voters

would actually read all the information given

and then come out to vote. Obviously voters did

not come out to vote, given that the winner of the

Redwood City council race got only a little more

than 5,000 votes. But I was still really accurate.

In that City Council race, where there were

four incumbents — Alicia Aguirre, Ian Bain,

Rosanne Foust and Barbara Pierce — facing

off against political newcomer Paul McCarthy, I

predicted the incumbents would all be re-elected

and they were.

Aguirre was the top vote-getter and ran the

most aggressive campaign of all the candidates,

and she deserved to place first. McCarthy got

2,870 votes, which could be accounted for by the

anti-incumbent vote and the minimal support

he had, considering he did not run the active

campaign the others ran. He has announced

he plans to look at another run in 2013. It will

be interesting to watch his involvement in our

community leading up to that run and whether

he plans to work within the system to gather the

experience and knowledge needed to serve on

the council. He is an attractive candidate for so

many reasons, and doing so would just bolster his

credibility and name recognition.

.…

In the Sequoia Union High School District race,

trustees Lorraine Rumley and Olivia Martinez

faced competitors Allen Weiner, Larry James

Moody and Carrie Du Bois. I predicted that both

incumbents would win as well as Du Bois. Well,

I was a little off there. Du Bois was the top votegetter,

followed by Weiner. For the final spot, the

two incumbents battled it out until the final results

were announced more than a week later. If you

do not think your vote counts, consider that on

election night Rumley was winning, but when the

final results were tallied, Martinez won the final

seat by 77 votes. The teachers union campaigned

hard against the incumbents and, considering the

outcome, voters listened to them.

I hope Rumley stays involved in our community

as she is a valuable asset and over the years has

proven to be a detailed thinker and decisionmaker.

Her contributions have been valuable to

the students and community she serves. There is

another place for her and I hope she finds it.

.…

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In the Redwood City School District race,

incumbents Alisa Greene MacAvoy, Shelly Masur

and Dennis McBride faced competition from

parent volunteer Lea Cuniberti-Duran. I predicted

all three incumbents would win and they did.

But just like in the Sequoia district, there

seemed to be an undertone of discontent as the

challenger Cuniberti-Duran got some 3,021 votes

without attending campaign forums or spending

virtually any money. Hope the district status quo

are listening as they plan to ask voters for an

additional tax next November.

.…

All three incumbents on the San Mateo County

Community College District board — Dave

Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen

Schwarz — ran for re-election and were challenged

by Jaime Diaz, Joe Ross and Michael Stogner. I

went way out on a limb and predicted Ross would

unseat one of the incumbents. That was incorrect,

as all incumbents won. Despite an impressive

campaign waged by Ross, it is hard to overcome

the advantage that incumbents have in such a large

voting district, and he fell more than 8,000 votes short.

.…

Measure H had the San Mateo County Community

College District asking us to pass a $564 million

bond. I predicted it should and would fail, and it

did. Now it is time for the district board that we

just re-elected to start representing the taxpayers

of their district and not all the “special interests”

they have been in the past. They have to make

some hard but much-needed cuts to balance their

budgets, and not at the expense of the students or

the community.

.…

Measures I and M asked Redwood City voters

to increase the city’s hotel and business taxes.

I predicted the business license tax increase,

Measure M, would fail (it passed) and the hotel

tax, Measure I, would pass (it did).

What is interesting about those results is comparing

the votes each measure got. Measure I passed

with 6,061 votes and Measure M with only 4,554

votes, with 3,082 voting no on the business tax.

You can mark that victory up to the Redwood City

firefighters who walked door to door handing out

literature in support of the measure, and some of

the council candidates.

I also thought it was interesting that the

Redwood City Residents to Protect City Services

group — which ran the campaigns — used

vendors that are all outside of Redwood City to

support the campaign with design services, etc.

Now that is the “Shop Local” spirit!

I also predicted that Measure K, a charter

amendment regarding the sale and purchase of

property, would pass and it did.

.…

Now the big question. Who will be Redwood City’s

next mayor and lead our community for the next

two years? If you are a council watcher, this is not

a hard call at all. Aguirre will get the position. She

is next in line on the rotation (council members choose

the mayor every two years, and even though it

does not always go that way, it will this year).

She has worked really hard the past two years

as vice mayor to prove to her colleagues and to

our community that she is ready to lead us and

deserves to lead us. She has done both.

Although the normal rotation would have Bain

appointed vice mayor, I don’t think that will happen.

Pierce might be considered, considering that

she is in her last term due to term limits and could

serve as vice mayor and end her term on the council

in four years as mayor. I don’t think that will

happen either. Councilman John Seybert will not

be considered, and current Mayor Jeff Ira could serve

as vice mayor or mayor, but that won’t happen.

So that leaves Jeff Gee. He will get the nod

because he has jumped right into his position on

the council (elected two years ago) and has shown

he is knowledgeable about the issues facing our

community and also willing to listen to community

members while making decisions. He comes from

a family of Redwood City–based involvement and

is the only representative on the council from the

Redwood Shores neighborhood. He is also wellliked

by his colleagues on the council.

.…

On another note, Aguirre hosted an election

night party at her home for all of the incumbents,

including those from the Redwood City School

District. Noticeably, no invitations went out

to the challengers in those races, which is

too bad, considering that one of the goals of

our community is to unite regardless of our

differences. The challengers should have been

included and given support from the “status quo”

for standing up with some new ideas. They just

might have one that would be good. Instead they

are ignored for having the audacity to challenge

an incumbent — not good.

Within the status-quo clique there are several

who do not support or agree with others, but

they are not left out. I for one like it better when

candidates stand on their own, at least on election

night, and thank family, friends and supporters

individually with their own events. It gives

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O Little Town of Bethlehem Comes to Redwood City

for 19th Year

A

ny day now, the empty lot on the corner of

Middlefield and Cassia in Redwood City

will start to transform into the ancient

village of Bethlehem on the night of the first

Christmas. Bethlehem A.D., mounting up for

its 19th year, has become a cherished holiday

tradition for thousands of South Bay residents

who appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the

true “reason for the season.”

The phrase “living Nativity” is inadequate

to describe the interactive sights, sounds and

experiences of Bethlehem A.D., where visitors,

called “pilgrims,” walk through the Bethlehem

village and are immersed in the life and vitality

all around them as they interact with a cast of 200

costumed characters and a menagerie of animals

A South Bay newspaper once declared Bethlehem

A.D. “the Disneyland of Nativities.”

Joy to the World

Especially in today’s economy, any reminder of

the true spirit of Christmas is a source of real

hope and good cheer, and the gift of the Messiah

was a free gift. Bethlehem A.D. is likewise free

to the public. It can remain free of charge due to

the donations of money and time from a large

group of volunteers representing members of

Redwood City’s Tapestry Church (which owns

the Bethlehem A.D. lot and hosts the event),

Peninsula Covenant Church in partnership with

Tapestry, and Templo La Luz as well as volunteers

and sponsors from many other congregations,

civic groups, corporations and businesses in the

South Bay.

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Deck the Halls

Bethlehem A.D. brings together diverse people

from all faiths and ethnicities to strengthen

the sense of community and camaraderie so

appropriate at Christmas time. Through the years,

Paula Paulin and Karl Dresden, of San Carlos,

have taken on the roles of creative and technical

directors. It’s akin to mounting a large-scale

theatrical production, complete with elaborate

sets, costumes, lights, sound and myriad technical

details, made all the more challenging because

the event is held outdoors in any weather! In 2010,

a huge storm threatened to prevent Bethlehem

A.D. from opening its gates, but miraculously

the clouds moved away at the last minute and

the show went on as scheduled. It may rain over

Bethlehem A.D., but it never rains for long!

The Friendly Beasts

It’s been warned, “Never work with children or

animals,” but at Bethlehem A.D., the animals are

major attractions and the baby is the star of the show!

The animal cast can include alpacas, llamas, sheep,

goats, calves, Brahman bulls, a zedonk (zebradonkey)

and several camels. The menagerie lives

on the Middlefield Road lot for three days, and in

the afternoons before the show starts, they are a

pop-up petting zoo for Redwood City residents.

Some years there is even a blessed event such

as the birth of a baby goat in the middle of a

performance! Volunteers from the 4-H Club —

organized by Redwood City’s Penny Richardson

— make sure that all animals are well cared for,

under the direction of Richardson’s husband and

chief animal wrangler, Jeff Richardson. Anybody

watching Jeff Richardson walk a camel to its pen

would not guess that his day job is as a pilot for

American Airlines! All skill sets and talents come

to play amid Bethlehem A.D.’s diverse cast and crew.

Away in a Manger

Three special babies (and their parents) get to

be the stars of the show in the role of the baby

Jesus and the Holy Family. And it’s an equal

opportunity manger where the Christ child

is played by newborns of all ethnicities and

occasionally even by baby girls. If anything, the

manger is partial to Redwood City civic leaders.

For 2011, the parts of Mary and Joseph will be

played by Jeri Richardson-Daines, who has served

on Redwood City’s Housing and Human Concerns

Committee, with her husband, Colton, and baby

Brady. On another night, the manger will feature

Shawn White, who serves on Redwood City’s

Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Commission, with his wife, Robyn, and baby

Olivia. From year to year, the babies and their

parents experience something very blessed about

being in the manger at Bethlehem A.D. Babies

don’t seem to cry in the crèche. Parents share a

precious bonding time with their infants, despite

the gaze of thousands of spectators. Spectators

who view the manger feel deeply moved by the

recognition that the King of Kings came into the

world so humbly as a baby. And a reminder that

“the king of the Jews” was born a Jewish baby in

a Hebrew town under Roman rule.


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

It is important to Bethlehem A.D. to represent ancient

Bethlehem with its Jewish roots intact, complete

with Jewish prophets discussing the prophecies of

the promised Messiah. A small “Hebrew school”

is set up, where rotating groups of children (called

“the tribes” after the tribes of Israel) spend some

time with teacher Dennis Logie (a Redwood City

retired pastor), who keeps the children hanging on

his every word as he teaches them some Hebrew

words, tells them the Hanukkah story and lights

the Hanukkah candles, and imparts to them the

meaning of the Ten Commandments.

March of the

Bethlehem Soldiers

Children also get to spend time in the Roman

legion campsite, where they are shown authentic

Roman armor and weapons by the men of Legio

X Fretensis (a California group that re-enacts a

first-century Roman legion). Among Bethlehem

A.D.’s own centurions, the chief centurion is

played by Todd Hurst, a member of the Redwood

City police force. Even Steve Penna, the publisher

of The Spectrum magazine, plays a centurion

at Bethlehem A.D.! Roman centurions march

through the village and along Middlefield Road,

even helping with crowd control.

God Rest Ye Merry,

Gentlemen

The liveliness of the Bethlehem village is due in

big part to the large cast of costumed “villagers”

who take the roles of craftspeople (carpentry

shop, metal shop, pottery) and marketplace

vendors, and even as cooks, preparing chicken

and lentils at outdoor stations. There may be “no

room at the inn,” but there is hot soup inside the

inn. While only the costumed cast can partake of

this food, free refreshments are served to visitors

in the courtyard of Tapestry Church across the

street. Bethlehem A.D. has become famous for its

homemade doughnuts! There is also a warm place

to sit in the sanctuary, where the “Angel Cam”

broadcasts live video from the manger.

We Three Kings

(from City Hall)

Although the Bethlehem A.D. animals may “come

from the east” (from ranches in the Central Valley

of California), the “kings from the east” come

from just down the block — from Redwood City’s

own City Hall!

It has become tradition for the roles of the Wise

Men to be played by civic leaders, including

current and past mayors of Redwood City, council

members, the chief of police, the fire chief, the

superintendent of schools and the sheriff of San

Mateo County! When that group includes a

woman, she is not required to wear a beard, but

she’s nonetheless a Wise Man for the evening!

For decades this illustrious group of Wise

Men has been organized and recruited by Will

Richardson, a former Redwood City “Man of the

Year” and “Citizen of the Year” honored for his

community service and philanthropy. Richardson

also plays a Wise Man and has recruited an

impressive lineup to join him in following the

“star” to the manger in 2011:

Jeff Ira, mayor of Redwood City

Jim Hartnett, former mayor of Redwood City

Diane Howard, former mayor of Redwood City

Barbara Pierce, current Redwood City

council member

Ian Bain, current Redwood City council member

Carlos Bolanos, former Redwood City chief

of police and current undersheriff, San

Mateo County

Bill Butler, owner of Butler Construction

O Come, All Ye Faithful

This year, if you embrace the true spirit of

Christmas, it’s a good time to visit Bethlehem

A.D. as a spectator and it is a good time to join

the cast and crew in helping them mount up the

ancient village on the corner of Middlefield and

Cassia. No experience is necessary and all skill

sets are welcome. They say “many hands make

light work,” and the Bethlehem A.D. cast and crew

could use some new hands this year. If you can

hammer a nail or sew on a sewing machine, or if

you enjoy acting, your skills and help would be

welcome. Every Saturday at 1305 Middlefield,

there will be other like-minded people building

and dressing the sets or helping sew and organize

the costumes. With last-minute needs, a lunch

is served at noon for all volunteers. There is a great

sense of camaraderie and accomplishment among the

Bethlehem A.D. extended family of volunteers. If

you have ever been blessed by the gift of Bethlehem

A.D. to you and your family, this would be a great

year to give back a donation of your volunteer time.

If you are a business, your donation or financial

sponsorship would be very welcome, and your

company name and logo could appear on signage

and programs as a Bethlehem A.D. sponsor.

Bethlehem A.D. has been sponsored in recent

years by Cargill Salt, San Mateo Credit Union,

Terrace Heritage and many other local businesses.

If you have goods that could be donated, there is

always a need for lumber, hay bales, pita bread

and loaves of rustic bread for the marketplace, or

coffee and napkins to serve visitors in the church

refreshment area.

We Wish You A Merry

Christmas

2011 promises to be another wonderful year to

awaken the true spirit of Christmas on a vacant

lot at Middlefield and Cassia, and to keep alive

a South Bay tradition in its 19th year of blessing

the residents of Redwood City. Bethlehem A.D.

starts on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. and runs for three

consecutive nights, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. nightly.

For more information, contact Paula Paulin at

paulapaulin@juno.com or 650-281-9170, or visit

www.BethlehemAD.com.

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Events Around Town Election Night November 2011

From top left: Redwood City School Board winners Dennis McBride, Shelly Masur and Alisa Greene MacAvoy. Nancy Radcliffe with Councilwoman Barbara Pierce. Councilman

Ian Bain. Councilwoman Rosanne Foust with husband Jim Hartnett and daughter Lydia. Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre with County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault. Waiting for the results.

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Cultural Events

The Main Gallery

1018 Main St., Redwood City

650-701-1018

www.themaingallery.org

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.

Top left: Elfi Altendorfer, “Uptown,” unique dangle

necklace inspired by the new classic black and white

fashion trends. Handmade lampwork glass beads,

sterling silver designer beehive beads, silver laser-cut

tubes and sterling silver toggle clasp. 2011. Top right:

Belinda Chlouber, “Of Love,” handmade book. 2011.

Above: Doris Fischer-Colbrie, “Color of Rain,” ceramic

tumblers. 2011.

2011 Holiday Show

This year find your unique artistic gift at The Main

Gallery’s 2011 Holiday Show in Redwood City.

The holiday show is in progress and runs through

Dec. 24. The gallery will host a reception with the

artists on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Some of the special gifts you will find at the

2011 Holiday Show are Susan Wolf’s porcelain

ornaments, including a few fish, and some openwork

porcelain birds, all created with underglazes with

a gold luster. Wolf also has charming angels that

can be hung from a tree by their halos or placed

over tealights for a pleasant effect.

The “entertaining vessels,” pitchers, cups and

tumblers Doris Fischer-Colbrie has on display

will create a unique and fun atmosphere for the

holidays. In addition, she has vases for setting a

festive scene and ornaments for added decoration.

Nina Koepcke has cardinal bird sculptures,

cardinal ornaments and bird menorahs that are

fun and festive and would help make your holiday

truly special. One of the gallery’s newest artists,

Elfi Altendorfer of “TresChic” Handcrafted

Fashion Jewelry, says, “As a jewelry artist, I am

inspired to design and craft jewelry that reflects

the soul and beauty of the materials. Jewelry that

accentuates the wearer’s personality and style is

fashion forward, beautiful yet affordable. Whether

classic or contemporary, each piece is unique and

meticulously handcrafted.” These unique jewelry

pieces might be the perfect gift for that someone

special! And Belinda Chlouber’s handmade books

with words of love and “figure drawings” will be

a cherished gift for your loved one.

Meet the artists and enjoy an evening viewing

art and preparing for the holidays at The Main Gallery!

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

The Nutcracker. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

• Peninsula Ballet Theatre Presents Bruce

Steivel’s Nutcracker. 2, 4 or 7 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 10 – Sunday, Dec. 18.

Club Fox

• SEVA (featuring Hristo Vitchev and Weber Iago).

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

• Led Zepagain. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

• Frank Bey (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7.

• In the Spirit of Lennon — An Intimate Acoustic

Evening. 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

• Salvador Santana & Band plus Scribe Project,

SOL, Taylor Lee. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

• A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. 7 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 11.

• Monique Ranae’s Comedy Extravaganza. 8

p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

• Silly Sundays December featuring Key Lewis,

Luke Francis & Alvin Williams. 8 p.m. Sunday,

Dec. 18.

• Sista Monica (Club Fox Blues Jam). 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 21.

• Phil Berkowitz and the Dirty Cats (Club Fox

Blues Jam). 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28.

San Mateo

County History Museum

2200 Broadway St., Redwood City

650-299-0141

www.historysmc.org

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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

children 5 and under

The History Museum is housed inside the historic

1910 County Courthouse. Over 50,000 people

visit the museum each year, and the number of

local residents who hold memberships is growing.

The History Museum teaches approximately

14,000 children each year through the on- and

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.

Free First Fridays

Starting in January, admission will be free at the

San Mateo County History Museum on the first

Friday of each month. Explore the entire museum,

enjoy storytime and embark on a guided history

tour. For more information and tour times, call the

museum at 650-299-0104.

‘First Fridays’ Storytime

California Rancho: Stories From the Past

Friday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m.

Come hear the story of a real California Rancho.

Listen to the tale of Secundino Robles and his

family. Then create a “dancing señorita” to take

home. Afterwards, explore the exhibit Nature’s

Bounty to learn more about the Spanish and

Mexican periods in California history. Free.

New Exhibit at History Museum

Honoring Steve Jobs

The San Mateo County History Museum is proud

to announce a new addition to our permanent

exhibit San Mateo County History Makers:

Entrepreneurs Who Changed the World.

The new exhibit features an original 1988 NeXT

computer and will discuss NeXT Inc., the company

local Woodside resident Steve Jobs founded in

Redwood City after leaving Apple in 1985. Tim

Berners-Lee used NeXT technology to create the

World Wide Web and, according to Jobs’ 2005

Stanford commencement speech, “the technology

… developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s

current renaissance.”

Also on view are books, brochures and an original

NeXT decal given away free with the purchase of

the computer.

Free Admission Day

Family Past-Times Program Holiday

Tree Treasures & Handbell Choir

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Create holiday ornaments to take home! Try your

hand at making these old-fashioned holiday tree

treasures: baubles with old-time images, colorful

gingerbread ornaments, Dresdens, gewgaws,

Sebnitz ornaments and Christmas cornucopias.

The San Francisco State University Handbell Choir

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

in conjunction with Redwood City’s Hometown

Holidays celebration and free to the public.

New Exhibit at History Museum

Playing Grown-Up: Toys From the

Harry P. Costa Collection

Feb. 14 – Dec. 31, 2012

The San Mateo County History Museum is

opening a unique exhibit, Playing Grown-Up:

Toys From the Harry P. Costa Collection. Playing

Grown-Up will explore those toys from the

1930s, 1940s and 1950s that allowed children to

mimic the activities of adults. Objects highlighted

will include an antique pedal-car fire truck and

airplane, Tonka work trucks, a fully electric 1929

Lionel stove and oven, a G-men fingerprint set,

a “Miss Friday” mechanical doll and a working

Lionel train, just to name a few.

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Community Interest

PAL Plans Woodside Plaza Kick-Off for the Holidays:

Pancake Breakfast (and Neighborhood Meeting)

Support PAL at this great pancake breakfast for just $5, then head downtown

to enjoy the fun, festive Hometown Holidays the rest of the day!

Saturday, Dec. 3, 8–10 a.m. (neighborhood association meeting 10–11 a.m.)

Kennedy Middle School, 2521 Goodwin Ave.

Get a full breakfast for $5: pancakes (with or without chocolate chips),

sausages, hot chocolate and Tang. All proceeds go to Redwood City PAL.

There will also be short movies for the little ones (like Rudolph and Frosty),

a great time to chat with your neighbors and make new friends, then a

Woodside Plaza neighborhood meeting. While you’re there, you can sign up

for Nextdoor, the neighbor-to-neighbor social network in partnership with

Redwood City. For more information call John Nelson, Woodside Plaza

Neighborhood Association chair, at 650-888-4408.

Support the Redwood City Education Foundation

Need a Christmas tree for your office, shop or store? Honey Bear Trees

in Redwood City, a local family-owned business and Redwood City–San

Mateo County Chamber of Commerce member, has a special all-inclusive

commercial deal that includes delivery and pickup after Christmas, a stand

and a CA-required fire-proofing tag. Or you can get only the tree at their lot

at 955 Woodside Road in Redwood City. Trees are beautiful noble, grand or

Fraser firs and are sustainably grown in Oregon and freshly cut!

Be sure to mention the Redwood City Education Foundation and Honey

Bear Trees will donate 15 percent to the RCEF to help send fifth-graders

in the Redwood City School District to Jones Gulch in La Honda for a

memorable week of outdoor education.

Contact Aaron Boyle for more information at 650-576-4711 or aaboyle@

gmail.com. Find the tree lot at www.honeybeartrees.com or 650-364-3507.

Second Harvest Food Drive and Membership Special

at Every Woman Health Club

In conjunction with their eighth annual food drive for Second Harvest, Every

Woman Health Club is offering a great deal for new members! Simply donate

at least six cans of food (or other nonperishable food items) when you become

a member, and they will waive the enrollment fee (regularly $99). This offer

is good through Dec. 4.

For more information, see their website at www.everywomanhealthclub.

com, give them a call at 650-364-9194, or just stop by the club!

Sequoia Alumni Donate $5,565 to Sequoia Teachers

The Sequoia High School Alumni Association announced it has awarded

$5,440 to teachers at Sequoia High School under its annual Cherokee Grants

program as well as $125 to the Cheer Team. The Cherokee Grants program

was established to fund the purchase of instructional equipment, materials

or services that are not included in the current Sequoia Union High School

District budget. Grant applications are given to every Sequoia High School

teacher. The Cherokee Grants Committee studies each request and makes a

decision as to how money can best be spent to benefit the most students or the

most worthy programs. Several thousand dollars have been awarded since the

program was instituted in 1987.

This year, 22 teachers have been awarded grants to fully fund or help

contribute to items and programs, including a class set and audio CD sets of a

book regarding immigration for International Baccalaureate Spanish, a field

trip to Ardenwood Farm in Fremont for special education, a trip to France for

the French class, art supplies for the art program, a field trip to the Aquarium

of the Bay in San Francisco for special education, books for English

literature, whiteboards for ninth-grade algebra support, geometric solid

figures for geometry, subscriptions for the French class, motivational posters

for mathematics, graphing calculator software for mathematics, registration

fee to attend the National Association of College Admissions Counseling for

the Guidance Department, a subscription for World Language, CD players

and batteries and battery chargers and carrying cases for books on CD for

English Reading Special Day Class, training and support for interdisciplinary

work for English language development/mathematics/art, stuttering severity

instrument for special education, newspaper staff attendance at the National

High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, sewing machines for the

clothing class, a 50-inch plasma HDTV for dance and P.E. dance classes

and a trip for first-generation college students to tour colleges in Northern

California and Oregon for the Advanced Via Individual Determination class.

Members of the public who wish to donate to this worthwhile program

can do so by making a check payable to the Sequoia High School Alumni

Association, P.O. Box 2534, Redwood City, CA 94064, stipulating that the

funds are to be used for the Cherokee Grants program, or via Paypal on the

association’s website: www.sequoiahsalumniassoc.org.

Redwood City Toy and Book Drive Kicks Off

What makes this program different?

The Redwood City Toy Program is a cooperative effort that is orchestrated by

members of the Redwood City Police and Fire Departments, Police Activities

League and the Fair Oaks Community Center. While all of these entities share

equal parts in providing the muscle to direct the program’s efforts, the Redwood

City community is truly the backbone to its success. It is the empowerment

and strong leadership of city department heads and city officials that enables

great community giving campaigns like the Redwood City Toy Program.

A unique approach (operations)

It begins with social services, where struggling families must meet qualifications

through a financial background check and interview. The family is then assigned

a number that represents their address, number of children, age and gender.

At that point, the number and information attached to it are passed to the Fire/

PD team, which organizes multiple events that lead to the ultimate distribution of

the toys.

The first events are a series of pre-bagging parties, where a predetermined

number of toys, games and books is distributed to each family. The toys are

then relayed from the warehouse to the Red Morton Community Center for

the annual wrapping party. All of these events are driven by volunteers from

throughout the community.

The toys are distributed over the course of three delivery nights. The teams

are led by Santa, who is accompanied by volunteers from police, fire and

their families. At this point, the teams set out to distribute the toys and an

unforgettable holiday experience to the assigned families. This has become

a very popular event and it’s not uncommon to find department heads, City

Council members or other community champions riding shotgun as St. Nick’s

helpers on the deliveries.

Toy donations

The toys that support the program are donated by community members to the

following four sources: businesses around the community (listed on the program’s

website) that sponsor toy barrel drop-offs, fire station and police department

drop-offs, holiday parties with a “toy theme” hosted by individuals or businesses

in the community, monetary donations that contribute to the purchase of new toys.

After the fire

In addition to the qualified families who receive toys, the program is also

used to touch those families whose lives have been impacted by adverse

situations. Typically, when firefighters and police officers are interfacing with

the community on emergency responses, it’s because someone is having a

bad day, maybe even the worst day they’ve ever experienced. City leaders

have helped shape our culture into one that affords us the ability to help make

positive impacts on these people’s lives — and the program does that through

the giving of toys. Whether it is a fire around the holidays, a child with cancer

or a parent taken from their children, this program is empowered to give aid

to these families without a bunch of red tape.

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Angels in Our Community

In November, members of the Adobe Youth

Voices Peapod Academy in Redwood City

welcomed the entire community to the Fox

Theatre for the screening of their original short

film, “Angel in My Sky.” Written, produced,

directed, filmed, edited and acted by some of the

talented teen members themselves, this influential

coming-of-age film focuses on the astonishing

metamorphosis of a young man who is clearly

headed down a destructive path as a result of

the tragic loss of his close, older brother. But

he ultimately triumphs because of a new-found

reverence and unshakable faith in God (and

angels). “Angel in My Sky” not only has the

power to catapult today’s fallen teens back on

a good track and motivate Generation Xers and

Baby Boomers to fulfill unrealized dreams of the

past, but it also has the same powerful force to

turn the unbeliever toward belief in a Holy Spirit

that has a special plan and purpose for their life.

“ ‘Angel in My Sky’ has impacted me in so

many ways,” said Daniela Gasparini, former

Redwood City mayor and member of the board

of directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the

Peninsula, who also served as the master of

ceremonies at the film’s premiere. “I first am

proud of the talent these young men and women

possess in this creative world. Their acting talent,

technical talent, musical and lyrical talent, writing

and producing. Then, after seeing the short film,

I realize the access they have been given by

such amazing community partners like Adobe

and Peapod Academy is a once-in-a-lifetime

experience, and it was our local Boys & Girls

Club of the Peninsula [that] was chosen to receive

these partnerships of philanthropy, equipment

and talent. Our Boys & Girls Club applied for

this grant and was awarded, and seeing what they

were able to do with this funding proves to me if

we give our youth access to education, access to

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equipment and technology, and access to mentors,

they will succeed as they did in this film. The

final part that struck me is the notion that these

young men and women do have faith. And they

do talk about it and they do believe and hope for a

more tolerant world.”

The film stars Redwood City’s Diamonte

Horton as Dominic and Richard Kaho as Angelo,

in addition to other cast members Ruby Gonzalez,

who plays Dominic’s best friend, P.J. Guzman,

Taulango Sofele, Eduardo Deras, Fabio Aguilar,

Junior Tupou, Tyler Gil-Contreras and Codie

Louie, who portray the gang members. A year

in the making, “Angel in My Sky” was filmed

on location in various sections of Redwood City,

Foster City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and

Stanford by cinematographers Roberto Guzman,

Gil-Contreras, Francisco Espinoza Torres Jr.,

David Sanchez and Peter Pheap. The film was

directed as a group effort at the Adobe Youth

Voices Peapod Academy and was edited by

Marcos Gonzalez, P.J. Polai, Roberto Guzman,

Gil-Contreras, Edward Flores, Francisco

Hernandez, Deras and Victor Ortega. The film’s

music was composed and/or performed by

Horton, Kaho, Polai, Tupou, Marvin Burgarini,

Jose Saavedra, Arthur Renowitzky, Pheap and

Ivan Reyes Martinez.

However, the ultimate success of “Angel in

My Sky,” as well as other media projects at the

Adobe Youth Voices Peapod Academy, is found in

the continuous hands-on experience and creative

skills each member acquires from committed

individuals who provide outstanding mentorship

in the areas of acting, music, multimedia production,

computer programming, web design and cultural

studies. Guiding these precocious teens throughout

the making of this inspirational short film were

Gabriel “Blanco” Lomeli Jr., Martinez, Torres,

Pheap, Tony Gapastione, Sanchez and Diego Pettersson,

who was the mastermind behind the collaboration

between the academy’s Somewhere2turn

partnership with the NOH8 Campaign in 2010,

which received national attention.

“I go to the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices

Academy one day a week for a couple of hours,”

said Gapastione, an accomplished actor, writer

and filmmaker. “I help cultivate and work with

these kids on all aspects of storytelling by doing

really specific storytelling-type teaching in basic

elements of a story, and what makes a good story.

We do a lot of brainstorming and work on starting

the foundation of a story and how to create a story

that is worth watching, investing and producing.

Every time we have a class, we do a short story

challenge where we read them out loud and

improvise. We also try to find elements in their

own stories and in their own personal lives and

then put them into movies that we are making. For

example, the gang theme in ‘Angel in My Sky’ is

a very pertinent, significant issue with all of our

teens because it’s the truth in their own world. It’s

a chilling reality to the pressure these kids face on

a regular basis of their everyday life.”

Gapastione, who is currently the full-time pastor

of adult ministries at the Peninsula Covenant

Church in Redwood City, was involved in several

outreach programs while working with Broadway

By the Bay when he was initially introduced to

the Boys & Girls Clubs, which happens to be

directly linked to the Peapod/Adobe Youth Voices

program in Redwood City. “When I first heard about

the mentoring opportunity, I thought this was a

great chance to get to know people on the other

side of my town,” explained Gapastione. “But

then I was totally blown away at how the lives of

these kids are really centered and spiritual around

God. And the spiritual overtones that came up in

‘Angel in My Sky’ were on their own accord. I

think it’s really neat to see these kids reaching and

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The Thrill of Skating Outdoors and Indoors

Year-Round in Redwood City

By Julie McCoy, contributing writer

Ice skating is a popular pastime in the winter. If

it happens to be something you enjoy, now is

a great time to lace up and set those blades in

motion. This year, there happen to be two rinks in

Redwood City where you can glide the day away.

Downtown has been transformed into a winter

wonderland with Holiday Skating on the Square,

an outdoor rink right on the Courthouse Square.

There’s also Nazareth Ice Oasis, a year-round indoor

rink that has been in the city for more than 30 years.

Skating on the Square a hit

among people of all ages and abilities

Holiday Skating on the Square — which opened

on Nov. 18 and will continue through Jan. 16 — is sure

to be a hit among people of all ages and abilities.

The rink is open in the afternoon and evening,

and the cost is $10 per person on weekdays and $12

per person on weekends. People can bring their

own skates or get them on-site at no additional cost.

Redwood City resident Christina Ochoa, a

sophomore at Cañada College who loves to skate

and has taken to the ice since she was a little girl,

learned about the rink on Facebook and braved

the rain with her boyfriend, Havier Ayala, to be

there on opening day.

“This is a fresh [rink] and it’s exciting,” said Ochoa,

who has mostly skated indoors. Ayala added that,

“It’s good because [Redwood City has] never had

this.” Ochoa and Ayala plan to come one more time

before mid-December.

Up to 100 people can be skating on the rink at

one time. Staff will be available to assist and there

also will be a first-aid kit for the unfortunate event

in which someone becomes injured. The rink may

have to shut down in inclement weather.

Rink uses synthetic ice,

but you won’t notice a difference

The 60-foot-by-76-foot rink uses synthetic ice, but

you won’t notice a difference because it performs

like regular ice, explained Chris Beth, director of

Redwood City’s Department of Parks, Recreation

and Community Services. Synthetic ice is more

environmentally friendly than regular ice, since

no machinery or power is needed to keep the ice

continuously frozen. Cruise ships, malls and some

ice-skating shows also use synthetic ice.

Bringing people downtown

How did the idea for Holiday Skating on the Square

come to fruition? The Parks, Recreation and

Community Services department looked at how to

bring people to “the new downtown” and realized

there wasn’t much to bring people downtown in

the winter, and the idea of opening an ice-skating

rink came up, Beth explained.

With Holiday Skating on the Square, “You bring

people downtown,” he said. “It’s fun. It creates a

sense of community [and then people will want to

come back]. You’re bringing people to the doorsteps of

businesses.” Beth added, “It’s a new experience,

a fun experience for families and kids. We hope

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people discover restaurants and other places to shop.”

San Jose, San Francisco and Walnut Creek have

outdoor skating rinks, and the thought was that

it would be good for Redwood City to be able to

offer the same thing, Beth pointed out.

Local businesses chip in

The cost to bring the rink to Redwood City is $40,000,

not including operation costs, according to Beth.

Local businesses have contributed $30,000 and the

expectation is to raise $10,000 through skating sales.

With businesses contributing so much money,

it will be easy to break even, Beth pointed out. “It

makes our target for break-even that much easier,”

he said. After the break-even point, profits will be

used to help fund concerts, movies, programs and

other special events.

Businesses that have sponsored Holiday Skating

on the Square include the Fox Theatre, Fresh Takes,

Saba Café, Pamplemousse, Harry’s Hofbrau, Sakura,

Peninsula Infinity, Barrett Insurance, State Farm

Insurance, Lacewell Realty, San Mateo Credit

Union, T.W. Bay and Redwood General Tire. These

businesses have their names featured on the inside

of the rink, so skaters are aware of who helped

make Holiday Skating on the Square possible.

“We are extremely thankful to see that the city

is devoting as much energy to bringing patrons

[to] downtown Redwood City in the winter as they

do in the summer months with the very popular

Friday Night Concert Series,” said Fox Theatre

owner Eric Lochtefeld.

He added, “We think the skating rink will be

a wonderful attraction for families as well as people

looking to get outside over the holidays. We believe

that its popularity will greatly benefit businesses

in the downtown area by bringing in customers that

would otherwise not visit Redwood City during

the winter.

“We believe that Redwood City is overwhelmingly

becoming the premier city for entertainment in

Silicon Valley. The skating rink is just one more

sign of this city’s commitment to fulfilling this goal.”

Peter Liebengood, executive director of Fresh

Takes, a digital arts center that opened in June

and provides training to people of all ages, said,

“We’re a new company, a nonprofit. We need to

make sure people know we’re here. I feel, in a way, we’re

also being in this incubator for entertainment.

It just seems like a natural thing to do. It’s such a

great event.” Fresh Takes is in the same building

as the Fox Theatre. “I literally overlook [the rink],”

said Liebengood. “It’s a great idea.” Liebengood

said he wants people to “to feel this is a happening

place” and the rink helps do that.

Ryan Morris, general manager of Saba Café,

suggested that people come downtown only for a

specific reason. “People will come for the movies,

park, go to the movies and leave. What we’re trying to

do is bring people to Redwood City for a specific

reason, yes, but we want them to stroll. Mingle. Bring

the whole Redwood City together as a whole

instead of every company fending for themselves.

I definitely think it will bring the holiday spirit

here. We want [people] to experience Redwood

City and experience what it has to offer. People

need to come check it out for themselves. It’s a

very nice area now,” he said.

“Any traffic is good traffic here,” said Kelli Manukyan,

owner and pastry chef at Pamplemousse, which

sells high-end French pastries. “The city, for financial

reasons, is not doing as many events as in the past.

Ice-skating rinks and bakeries, they go hand in

hand. That’s the main reason I wanted to be part

of it. It’s perfect for the people who want a nice,

casual afternoon out.” Manukyan plans to thank

her regular customers by giving them passes to

the rink. “It’s something really smart that the city

has done,” she said.

Ice Oasis a ton of indoor fun

If you want to skate without worrying about the

cold, wet weather putting a damper on the fun this

winter, Nazareth Ice Oasis Ice Skating & Hockey

Club, at 3140 Bay Road, is the place to go. The

24,000-square-foot facility is equipped with locker

rooms, a lobby, bleachers, a pro skating shop, a

pro hockey shop and a restaurant.

“We strive to differentiate our rink from the others

by being more customer-oriented,” explained

general manager Hanna Hanhan. “My first day

at the rink I wondered, what are we selling here,

the skate rental or renting the skate surface? I

realized that we are selling the thrill of skating.

Seeing the smile on a 6-year-old after completing

a full round without holding the rail, or a 15-yearold

who just did her first double axel, or a hockey

player who scored the winning goal for his team

that night, or the goalie who made that incredible

save, you maybe realize that none of these

examples has to do with renting skates or renting

the ice surface. What makes us different is that we

provide the tools needed for the experience and

we become part of the thrill and it is wonderful.”

He added, “We maintain our facility the best we

possibly can, not just aesthetically. We do have one

of the best ice surfaces in the area and that brings

our customers back every week. Maintaining the

ice surface is both a science and a passion.”

Ice Oasis has programs for people regardless of

their age or ability, from the beginner learning to

skate to advanced workshops and clinics. It offers

skating schools taught by professional coaches.

Additionally, Ice Oasis has the Black Stars hockey

program, open to children and youth between the

ages of 4 and 17, with or without prior hockey

experience. Kids wanting to get started with

hockey begin with the starter hockey program.

The next levels are a rookie camp and a league.

Teams are organized by age, and each team has a

head and assistant coach.

“Being open year-round gives us the ability to

implement these programs in a progressive and fun

way to keep the customer engaged and interested

and always looking for that weekly session, whether

it’s a 30-minute session or a 90-minute game,”

said Hanhan.

Winter is the busiest time of year for Ice Oasis.

The skating business is cyclical,” Hanhan explained.

“It slows down in the summer because that’s when

outdoor sports thrive, and in the winter, our customers

return home.”

Ice Oasis is the home rink for the Stanford

University Hockey Club. The Redwood City Ice

Theatre (RCIT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

and co-ed team representing Peninsula Skating

Club, also practices at Ice Oasis.

Ice Oasis has been in Redwood City since the

late 1970s, according to Hanhan. It started as a

practice rink for figure skating. Adult hockey was

introduced in 1997 and youth hockey was added in

1999. Ice Oasis has had several different owners

throughout the years, and each has added a little

to it, Hanhan explained.

Skating is a fun activity for individuals as well

as families, and with two great places to skate in

Redwood City this winter, why not take advantage

of it? You don’t have to be Kristi Yamaguchi —

just get out there and have a great time, all while

getting some exercise, too!

Interested in going?

Holiday Skating on the Square

Location: Courthouse Square

Open: Nov. 18–Jan. 16

Hours: Monday through Thursday 2–9 p.m.,

Friday 2–10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m.,

Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

Cost: $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

(Weekend rates begin at 6 p.m. on Fridays.)

Skates can be rented at no extra charge.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance by

visiting the city’s website at www.redwoodcity.

org/events.

Ice Oasis

Location: 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City

Open: Year-round

Public hours: Mondays 10–11:30 a.m. and 2:30–

4:30 p.m., Tuesdays 10–11:30 a.m. and 2:30–4:30

p.m., Wednesdays 10–11:30 a.m., Thursdays 10–

11:30 a.m. and 2:30–4:30 p.m., Fridays 10–11:30

a.m. and 3:30–5:30 p.m., Saturdays 12:30–2:30

p.m., Sundays 12:30–2:30 p.m.

Without skate rental: Adults $10, children ages

5–17 $8, 4 and under $4, seniors $8

With skate rental: Adults $12, children ages 5–17

$10, 4 and under $5, seniors $10

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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

Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi – 2198 Broadway

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

toward families and children, and the meals are

plentiful and flavorful. Five stars for great service,

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

there yet, go!”

The Sandwich Spot – 2420 Broadway – With

a motto promising to change your life “one

sandwich at a time” and a menu and atmosphere

that has already made it a popular spot in

downtown Redwood City, the Sandwich Spot will

have you wondering where this place has been all

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

their signature Bomb Sauce to go.

Financial Institutions:

San Mateo Credit Union – Three Redwood City

locations – As a member-driven organization,

SMCU does everything possible to ensure that

all of your financial priorities are anticipated and

fulfilled. Offerings include free auto-shopping

assistance, members-only car sales, low-rate

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

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

advantages of membership banking.

Home Improvements:

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

in 1985, Lewis Carpet Cleaners has grown from

one small, portable machine to a company of six

employees and five working vans. The Lewis

family works and lives in Redwood City and is

committed to our community. Ask about their

Spectrum special: Get 100 square feet of carpet

cleaned for absolutely nothing. Call today! Get

your home ready for entertaining during the year.

Legal Services:

Hannig Law Firm – 2991 El Camino Real –

Hannig Law Firm LLP provides transactional

and litigation expertise in a variety of areas. The

professionals at HLF are committed to knowing

and meeting their clients’ needs through longterm

relationships and value-added services,

and to supporting and participating in the

communities where they live and work.

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Real Estate:

Michelle Glaubert at Coldwell Banker – 650-

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

real estate agent since 1978. With a proven

track record, she has helped buyers achieve their

dreams of home ownership and sellers make

successful moves to their next properties. The

majority of her business is garnered through referrals

from her many satisfied clients. Living in Emerald

Hills, she knows the area well and is involved

in the community. Count on Michelle’s years of

experience to guide you through your next real estate

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

Specialty Businesses:

Davies Appliance – 1580 El Camino Real –

“Davies helped me with my appliance purchases

and they know what they are doing. All they

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

anything else. Leave it to them to assist you with

your kitchen remodel and you will be very happy.

I recommend Davies to anyone who is interested

in great pricing and even better service. The focus

is appliances and service.”

Every Woman Health Club – 611 Jefferson Ave. –

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

Redwood City. Services include classes, weight and

cardio equipment, personal training, therapeutic

massage and skin care. Flexible pricing, with

several options available for members and

nonmembers. Visit www.everywomanhealthclub.

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

Hector Flamenco Insurance (State Farm) – 956

Main St. – Hector has been in the insurance

business and with State Farm for 20 years. He

specializes in auto and business insurance. A local

resident, he also provides servicio en español!

Visit his website at www.flamencoinsurance.com.

Saf Keep Storage – 2480 Middlefield Road – The

friendly and reliable team at Saf Keep is ready

to assist you with a variety of storage products

and services to suit all your storage needs. Visit

their website at www.safkeepstorage.com to see

exactly what products and services are available.

Compare them to other facilities and you’ll see

why their service makes the difference.

Schoenstein Physical Therapy – 363A Main St.,

650-599-9482 –The clinical approach of this

independent, community-based physical therapy

practice focuses on thorough physical therapy

assessment, specific treatment strategies and

patient education. Individualized treatment

programs are designed to help meet patient goals

of restoring function, returning to sport or

occupation and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

would never go anywhere else.” Whether you are

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

shopping local does not get better than this.

Woodside Terrace – 485 Woodside Road, 650-

366-3900 – Woodside Terrace understands that

in choosing a senior living community, residents

are looking for much more than a comfortable

living environment to call home. Brookdale

Living’s Redwood City community delivers

inspired independent living with the promise of

exceptional experiences every day. As residents’

needs change, they are provided with a variety

of ancillary services and a personalized assisted

living environment that encourages them to

continue to live as they please.

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Insurance Tips: Simple Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

By Hector Flamenco, Special to The Spectrum

In today’s world, many of us are taking a close look at our finances and examining

every possible angle to lower our bills. Your car insurance could be an area of

opportunity to save a little money. Let’s take a look at some tips you can use

to help you significantly lower your automobile insurance premiums.

Shop around

Make sure you are getting a good rate. Get price quotes from several

companies before deciding whom to go with. In order to ensure you are

comparing apples to apples, be sure to get quotes for the exact same coverage

from each company.

Raise your deductible

While this may seem scary, it truly is the number-one way to slash your

coverage costs. Keep in mind, the chances of you having to use your

insurance are pretty low. The amount you save by raising your deductible is

almost always more than what you will pay in accident repairs.

Remove any unnecessary coverage

Many times we don’t even know what we are covered for. Be sure to review

your policy with your insurance provider and don’t pay for items you really

don’t need. For example, many of us pay for towing and rental car, and these

are not always necessary or worth paying for.

Buy all of your insurance from the same company

Almost all insurance companies offer insurance in savings bundles. For

example, it is almost always cheaper to purchase car and homeowners insurance

under the same policy. Make sure you ask for a multi-policy discount.

Know your credit score

Most insurance companies are now basing your policy pricing in part by

your credit score. The higher your credit score, the lower your cost for

insurance will be. It will be beneficial for you to monitor your score and to do

everything you can to have a good credit rating.

Determine if you are eligible

for group insurance premium savings

Be sure to check with your employer and any organizations you belong to for

group insurance policies. Many companies offer reduced insurance premiums

through a specific insurance provider.

Research rates before buying a new vehicle

Insurance premium rates can vary drastically from one vehicle to another.

Sometimes what you think might have a lower rate will actually carry a higher

price tag. Be sure to contact your insurer before purchasing a new vehicle to

find out what your premium will be. Many times there will be discounts for

car safety features. You may want to ask your insurance provider what they

offer discounts for and keep that in mind when searching for a new car.

Drop coverage on older cars

If you are driving an older car that does not have much value, you may want

to consider dropping collision. This will cut your rate and allow you to keep

the extra money in your pocket.

Pay your premium all at once

If at all possible, pay your six- or 12-month premium all at once. While

most companies offer a monthly payment plan, it almost always comes with

tacked-on convenience fees.

Ask your insurance company

how you can get further discounts

It never hurts to ask. Be sure to ask your insurance company flat out if there

is anything else you can do that will lower your rates. Many times you can

get a discount for taking a driver safety course. Other discounts can include a

senior discount, safe driving record, low mileage, etc.

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

professional consultation. Always seek specific information from a licensed insurance

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

www.flamencoinsurance.com.

Senior Activities

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

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!

Dec. 2: “Larry Crowne”

Dec. 9: “Cowboys and Aliens”

Dec. 16: “The Help”

Dec. 23: Center closed for the winter holiday — no film today

Dec. 30: Center closed for New Year’s — no film today

Holiday Gift Bag Assembly

Monday, Dec. 5, 9:30–11 a.m.

Redwood Room

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

providing gift bags to elderly Redwood City residents who are homebound

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

780-7343 to sign up.

SamTrans Trip Planning Meeting

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

Goldstar Room

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

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

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

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

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

AARP Driver Safety Class

Dec. 10 & 17, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

$12 AARP members, $14 non–AARP members

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

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

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

Leave your full name and phone number.

Holiday Closure

Please note: The center will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, through Jan. 6

and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 9. Happy holidays to all!

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.

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this change in leadership while maintaining our

motivation and commitment to the citizens of

Redwood City.”

The Sergeants Association is 100 percent

supportive of Bob Bell’s appointment and extremely

excited to welcome Chief Gamez,” said Redwood

City Police Sergeants Association President Paul

Sheffield. “Chief Gamez will be a wonderful addition

to our organization and one the community deserves.”

promoted to sergeant on May 15, 1994.

As a sergeant, Gamez supervised patrol

officers and was selected to work as a supervisor

in the following specialized assignments:

Juvenile/Missing Persons, Narcotics and Covert

Investigations, DEA Task Force, Night Detective

Detail and Special Operations – Street Crimes/

METRO Unit. He was promoted to lieutenant

on Feb. 16, 2003. He served as a patrol watch

“I am impressed with the department, its officers. They

are professional and have an outstanding reputation”

After a seven-month nationwide search,

Redwood City City Manager Bob Bell has

announced the appointment of Capt. J.R.

Gamez of the San Jose Police Department as the

city’s new police chief.

“We had a lot of very qualified candidates and

they went through an exhaustive process that

included meeting with department and community

members, city staff and myself. J.R. demonstrated

strong leadership skills, a great vision for the

department and community, and he had a proven

track record of working with the community and

implementing innovative programs that improve

the quality of life for residents and businesses

alike. He is a thoughtful and articulate individual

and he really understands the importance of working

with the community. We are fortunate to have him

accept this position,” Bell said.

Gamez will take over the department on Dec. 2.

He will be paid a salary of $15,582 a month, or

$186,984 annually, and was hired as an “at will”

employee as part of the executive management group.

The Redwood City Police Department has a total

of 94 sworn officers and numerous support staff.

Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira said the decision

was Bell’s, and one he wholly supports.

“I removed myself 100 percent from the hiring

process, and Bob would let me know how it was

going and when he would be making the final selection,”

said Ira. “I am confident in [the] process and

confident in Bob, and knowing Bob, it must be a

great choice,” he said of Gamez’s appointment.

The decision is also supported by the Redwood

City Police Officers and Sergeants Associations.

The POA has great faith in Bob Bell and his

ability to recruit and appoint a highly effective

leader for our department. Our members welcome

this new era ... with Chief Gamez at the helm with

enthusiasm and optimism,” said Redwood City

POA President Mike Reynolds. “We will embrace

“I will be relocating to Redwood City in the

next few months,” Gamez said. He will first move

into a rented apartment until his son graduates

from high school in June. The family will then

relocate here permanently. They currently live in

Morgan Hill.

The appointment comes nine months after the

resignation of former Police Chief Louis Cobarruviaz

on Feb. 16. He was sworn in as chief on Jan. 18, 2007.

At the time, Cobarruviaz was the fifth-highestpaid

city employee with a salary of $213,279.

There is no date set for Gamez’s swearing in.

Ironically Gamez worked under Cobarruviaz

when he served as the chief of police of San Jose

from 1991 to 1998. In fact, he appointed Gamez to

sergeant in 1994.

As the search for a chief was conducted, Bell

appointed two highly respected Redwood City

Police captains, Ed Hernandez and Chris Cesena,

as rotating acting chiefs. Both of them applied for

the chief position.

“[We had] internal candidates for the position

and they were very qualified, the competition

was very tight and my objective was to hire the

best individual for the job that had a variety of

experiences working with a diverse community,”

Bell said. “I included a lot of people in the assessment

process, and at the end of that process and in my

follow-up interviews with J.R. and those he had

worked with, it was clear he was the best person

to lead our Police Department. It was a difficult

decision but I believe the right decision for our

department and the community,” he added.

“This is a huge appointment for our

organization,” Ira said. “We have been in limbo

waiting for a new police chief, and moving forward

this will be positive for our Police Department

and community in so many different ways. …

There is no question in my mind that there will be

100 percent support there from the organization

and I am looking forward to that,” he said.

Gamez was born in San Francisco and

graduated from San Francisco Christian High

School in 1980. He then attended Fresno Pacific

College and San Francisco State University.

Gamez joined the San Jose Police Department

on April 18, 1986. He is currently the Western

Division commander. He worked in patrol and

was then selected to work in the following

specialized assignments: Special Operations –

Narcotics Enforcement Team, as a detective with

the Narcotics and Covert Investigations Unit, and

as task force agent with the DEA. Gamez was

commander, lieutenant of the Special Operations

– Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, and as the

commander of the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit.

Gamez was promoted to captain on Feb. 6, 2009,

where he currently serves as the Western Division

patrol commander.

“I am ready for it. I am prepared to take on the

responsibilities,” Gamez said. “I am not planning

[to] bring the San Jose Police Department here but

the experiences I have had.”

The city’s website describes the Redwood

City Police Department as “an organization of

professionals who are dedicated to integrity,

customer service, the rights of individuals,

and the needs of a constantly changing society.

We are a progressive police department which

recognizes that by working in a partnership with

our community, we can best meet our goals of

protecting life and property, improving the quality

of life, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and

maintaining a safe community.”

“I am an outsider coming in with fresh eyes,”

Gamez said, adding that he would be “doing

an assessment of the department for the next

90 days.” He said he will be meeting with all

individuals within the department while gathering

community input on the department.

“I am impressed with the department, its officers.

They are professional and have an outstanding

reputation,” Gamez said. “This is a great fit for

me,” he continued and said he plans on working

as a team and “taking it to the next level.”

“I truly believe we have the finest police

department of any city and we have found an

individual that can lead the department well

into the future. I believe under Chief Gamez’s

leadership, the department will be an even better

partner and leader in making our community

safer and stronger,” Bell said.

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supporters and friends the opportunity to make the election night rounds and

meet others who support the same candidates and also meet their families, etc.

It is just awkward going to an event where you want to congratulate someone

and have to do so with those you don’t want to congratulate or have not supported.

It just creates a false scene of acceptance and support that in reality is not there.

In case you have not heard, Redwood City has a new police chief. Although

I was secretly hoping one of the internal candidates (Captains Chris Cesena

and Ed Hernandez, who both applied and served as interim chiefs) would get

the appointment, I must say that after meeting J.R. Gamez, I am impressed

with City Manager Bob Bell’s decision.

It would have been so much easier for Bell to appoint one of the internal candidates,

but since taking over, he has not been too intimidated to make decisions he feels

are in the best interest of our community. The council, the Police Officers

Association and the Police Sergeants Association have all come out publicly

and stated their support for Bell and his decision. I don’t think it is just standard

public relations either, as I feel both associations would have expressed their

displeasure had it been there.

During the process of selecting a new chief, I had the pleasure of getting to

know both the internal candidates better as they were out in our community

attending meetings and events. We are not always given that opportunity

because our officers are so busy and can’t be out doing public relations all

the time. But the positivity it brings should be considered and continued. I

hope that they both continue to do so, as they represent our officers in such a

positive and professional manner.

Happy Holidays to everyone.

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Angels in Our Community

striving to understand reality and understand their

world from a spiritual perspective, that there is

something greater and bigger and that they were

created with a purpose. And what I experience in the

classroom is supernatural as I watch how these kids

process their lives.”

The Adobe Youth Voices Peapod Academy is a

joint alliance between the Adobe Foundation, pop

group the Black Eyed Peas and the Entertainment

Industry Foundation, which has academies stationed

in Redwood City, San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles

and New York City. All academies are year-round

and specifically designed to empower and endow

youths from underserved communities with extensive

training in the arts by way of state-of-the-art digital

technology and coaching from industry professionals.

“This is a very powerful experience for these

young people,” said Miguel Salinas, senior manager

of Adobe Youth Voices. “ ‘Angel in [My] Sky’ is

an example of the magic you see that can happen

when you connect young people with the tools,

encouragement, mentorship and the technology

to be able to creatively express themselves and tell

their stories. These young people are keeping a

positive attitude while staying focused on pursuing

their dreams despite their circumstances. That’s

inspiring and what Adobe Youth Voices is all

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work for a great company that has a commitment

to educating younger people and I am able to help

Adobe and their foundation accomplish this.”

In return, these up-and-coming gifted youths are

doing the best job ever in redefining their own destiny

and eloquently impacting their community through

their collaborative, creative projects in music and

filmmaking at the same time. They have found

their niche and voice within the arts and “Angel in

My Sky” is a phenomenally expressive example

of this. “I do really feel this short film will impact

our community,” said Gasparini. “I hope the

community listens to the message of hope and change

and overcoming adversity. [And] I hope the community

will see these high school students and know

we must support our schools and youth-serving

organizations like Boys & Girls Club of the

Peninsula. I am so proud of the staff and leaders

of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. They

have such amazing staff, and to mentor these kids

as they do each day is amazing to me. I just can’t

describe how impactful this staff is. They hold the

members of BGCP to a high standard. They have

high expectations of these kids and hold them

accountable. I feel very strongly about one of their

mantras: ‘graduate with a plan.’ So programs like

the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices help youths find

their passion, stay in school and map out their future.”

And “Angel in My Sky” is already responsible

for mapping out a promising future for all of the

remarkable teens who worked on this short film.

It’s a very well-written and well-made film abounding

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with powerful scenes that embody layers of deep,

compelling messages of having hope, keeping

the faith and trusting in God, especially during

very dark and trying times. The most universal,

profound affirmation in this short film was made

by Angelo (played by Kaho): “Everyone can hear

what the heart says to them, but not everyone has

the courage to follow it. Sometimes you have to

risk everything to gain everything.” Perhaps that’s

something an angel would say as well!

Viewers of all ages can visit the Adobe Youth Voices

Peapod Academy media gallery online, where they

can watch “Angel in My Sky” along with an archive

of many other artistic projects from all of the

existing academies, at youthvoices.adobe.com/

youth-media-gallery.

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A Minute With: Shawn White

Shawn White was born in Redwood City and attended all local schools, graduating from

Sequoia High in 1996. He then attended Bethany University in Scotts Valley, where he

studied church leadership and business administration. After that, he attended the San

Francisco State University business administration program.

Shawn currently lives in the Palm Park neighborhood with his wife, Robyn, and

daughter, Olivia.

He was first appointed to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services

Commission in June 2004. He was reappointed in May 2008, and his term expires in

May 2012. He recently applied for an open seat on the Planning Commission.

His community involvement includes the Pride and Beautification Committee, and he

was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice

and Delinquency Commission.

He works at Keynote Systems and is currently vice president of operations in

information technologies.

He is also involved with PARCA, Tapestry Church, the Redwood City–San Mateo

County Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem A.D. and Redwood City International, and

he serves as secretary of the West Sequoia Village homeowners association.

Shawn’s hobbies include mountain biking, running, brewing beer and total fitness.

The activities planned by Parks, Recreation and

Community Services are?

Amazing!

Redwood City is?

A great place to live, play and work.

If you were stuck on a desert island, which one

book, movie or person would you want to take along?

Person: my wife. Book: copy of my Bible or survival books.

Something few know about you?

I did professional cheerleading for 10 years, where

we were nationally ranked.

What phrase do you most overuse?

Where’s my cape?

Last movie you saw?

The King’s Speech” — it was amazing.

Favorite restaurant in Redwood City?

Suisha House.

What is your motto?

Dream beyond your imagination and capabilities.

Memorable moment?

The birth of my daughter.

You still can’t believe?

That we have empty shops in the downtown area.

What is a dream you have or something you’d

like to accomplish in your life?

Start a nonprofit with my wife in the education field.

What would life be like if you had wings?

Incredible.

Favorite song?

Too many, I don’t have one.

Who or what is the love of your life?

My wife and daughter.

Anyone you got on your mind?

My wife and daughter.

At this time next year you will be?

Incredibly proud father and husband.

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