San Mateo County Blue Star Moms fundraiser, Saturday

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posted by Brenda Ternullo
Fri, April 11, 2014
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San Mateo County Blue Star Moms is an organization in which our “children” are or were in the military.  We send out care packages to those that are deployed overseas fighting to keep our freedom.  We also provide dinners to the veterans at the Menlo Park V.A. Hospital once a month. 

In order to help with the funding of these projects we are having a fundraiser on Saturday April 12 at the American Legion Post 105 in Redwood City at 651 El Camino Real starting at 4:00 and the last seating will be at 7:30. 

If you are a military mom or dad please contact us.  We would love to hear from you.

info@sanmateocountybluestarmoms.org

 

Square Peg’s annual benefit: The best Kentucky Derby Party in the West!

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Fri, April 11, 2014
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The best Derby Party in the West is just around the corner! Book a table [link] for your office, your friends or your family. Square Peg has been a Coastside Non Profit Since 2004 serving kids who know what it’s like to be a “Square Peg” with educational, recreational and job training programs.

 

Sheriff’s blotter, April 9

posted by Barry Parr
Thu, April 10, 2014
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2988
04/09/15
2000 block of Purissima Creek RdUn-incorporated
Misdemeanor warrant
Deputies made contact with subject wanted on a misdemeanor warrant out of San Mateo County. He was cited and released on his promise to appear.
Male, age 44 of Unincorporated SM County

2959
04/09/12
SR1 @ Spindrift, HMB
11-81-Traffic collision
Traffic collision-minor injury

2952
04/08/01
Capistrano RdWest of SR1, Princeton
14601.1(A)VC-Drive with suspended license
Driver cited for driving with a suspended license.
Male, age 40 of HMB

2948
04/08/00
0-100 block of Miramontes Pt Rd, HMB
Felony warrant602(N)(1)PC-Trespass: Refuse to leave property466PC-Possess burglary tools148(A)(1)PC-Resist or obstruct officer
Deputies were dispatched to report of unwanted guest at a hotel, who refused to leave. The subject was found to be wanted on a warrant out of Foster City. She was also found in possession of three small lock picks, a drill set, and a book on lock picking. The woman was arrested and transported to SM County Jail.
Female, age 36, Transient

 

Summer Camp Fair, Saturday

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posted by Barry Parr
Thu, April 10, 2014
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There will be a Summer Camp Fair this Saturday, April 12, from 10am to 2pm at New Leaf Market in Half Moon Bay, rain or shine. There will be a free Raffle and BBQ benefiting the Coastside Child Development Center, and a live band.

Learn about Coastside summer camps and make this a summer your child will remember for a lifetime. It’s an easy way to plan your child’s summer all at once. Many of the local camps in one spot – for one day only.

Camps scheduled to attend include:

  • La Petite Baleen Inc Swim School
  • Fly On The Wall Gallery & Art School
  • The HEAL Project, U.S.A
  • Half Moon Bay Junior Guards
  • The Lazy “H” Ranch
  • Montara Adventures Day Camp
  • Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.
  • Moss Beach Ranch
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside
  • Coastal Adventures
  • Kul Sool Won
  • Camp Jones Gulch YMCA
  • Hoop Dreams Basketball Camp
  • Coastside Volleyball Camp
  • Summer at Sea Crest School
  • Coastside Children’s Programs (CCP)
  • Half Moon Bay Yacht Club
  • Shely Pack Dancers
  • Ms. Kitty’s Harmony Road
  • Raul Castillo Martial Arts
  • Coastside Naturalist
  • UK International Soccer Camps / AYSO

Questions? Contact Stephanie Ulto Weber at sweber@ourmarketingperson.com or see their Facebook page.

 

Odds increase for El Niño next winter

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posted by Barry Parr
Thu, April 10, 2014
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The consensus forecast of the odds of an El Niño developing in the winter of 2014/15 has increased 52% to 64% since early March. 

However, the forecast is still uncertain. Spring forecasts of Winter El Niño are problematic.The El Niño/Southern Oscillation discussion at NOAA notes,

Despite this greater model consensus, there remains considerable uncertainty as to when El Niño will develop and how strong it may become. This uncertainty is amplified by the inherently lower forecast skill of the models for forecasts made in the spring. While ENSO-neutral is favored for Northern Hemisphere spring, the chances of El Niño increase during the remainder of the year, and exceed 50% by the summer.

El Niño can lead to significantly wetter winters in northwest Mexico and the southwest United States, including central and southern California. The Coastside is on the edge of the affected area, but some climate scientists are predicting that if there is an El Niño next winter, it could be particularly strong.

 

Reception for Spring Landscapes and Wildflowers Show, Friday

Coastside Land Trust Gallery
"Pillar Point Harbor View" by Barbara Greensweig
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posted by Barry Parr
Thu, April 10, 2014
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You’re invited to the Coastside Land Trust Gallery on Friday April 11 from 5 to 8pm for the opening and artists’ reception of the gallery’s Spring Landscapes and Wildflowers Show. California’s flourishing spring season is expressed in 31 original pieces by 21 local artists. Meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments, and view scenes of Half Moon Bay flower fields, central valley almond orchards, and more.

All art is for sale. The show will run April 11 to May 30, Thur & Fri 11-2pm, Sun 10–2pm and by appointment.

Opening and Artists’ Reception
Spring Landscapes & Wildflowers Art Show
Friday April 11, 5–8pm
788 Main Street, HMB
Free, light refreshments

 

Pescadero Marsh wildflower walk, Saturday April 19

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Wed, April 9, 2014
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MCC to review MRSOD plans, Big Wave at Wednesday’s meeting

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MROSD "Top Tier Priority Action Locations"
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posted by Lisa Ketcham
Mon, April 7, 2014
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The Midcoast Community Council April 9 agenda is posted with supporting documents on the MCC website.

The Midcoast Community Council holds its regular meeting April 9 at 7pm in the Granada Sanitary District meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District General Manager Steve Abbors will give a presentation on the recently completed Vision Plan and the June 3 Ballot Measure AA, Regional Open Space Access, Preservation and Restoration Bond.  This is an informational item only.

Initial MCC comments regarding Big Wave Project North Parcel Alternative will be considered (draft comments are posted on the MCC website [pdf]) The project application is not yet complete, but Planning Department staff is requesting early comments from various agencies by April 11.  Comments at this time are focused on completeness and accuracy of the application.  This is not the time to weigh in with opinions on the project as a whole, which should be directed to the Planning Commission, who are the decision makers, later in the process.

Last November MCC hosted an informational presentation by Big Wave Project Engineer Scott Holmes, followed by Q&A. A pdf of the presentation, plus meeting minutes and video, are available on the MCC website on its Big Wave issues page.

County staff tentatively plans to circulate the project environmental review document for 30-day public comment in July, followed by Planning Commission hearings in August and September.

 

Coastal Trail pedestrian bridge over Pilarcitos Creek is closed

You won’t be doing this for a while.

posted by Barry Parr
Sat, April 5, 2014
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California State Parks reports that the pedestrian/bicycle bridge crossing of Pilarcitos Creek on the Coastal Trail is closed.  The brides is between Venice Beach and Francis Beach.  A section of the bridge failed and State Parks has started the process to “replace” the bridge. The bridge is closed “until the replacement or repairs occur”.

 

Avoid seal pups on Coastside beaches

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Marine Mammal Center recovering a baby sea elephant on March 27
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posted by Barry Parr
Sat, April 5, 2014
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Harbor seal pups are now being born on Bay Area beaches, and the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advises beachgoers against interacting with any seal pups on the beach. Newborn harbor seal pups, born in late winter and spring, could suffer permanent harm if they are moved. Because seals are federally protected animals, you could also incur legal penalties.

Each year, healthy harbor seal pups are separated from their mothers by people who mistake them for orphans. Harbor seal mothers normally leave their pups unattended on beaches while feeding at sea. They will later rejoin and nurse them. The presence of humans or dogs near a seal pup could prevent a mother seal from reuniting with her young one. “The rule of thumb is, if a seal reacts to your presence – you’re too close,” said Jan Roletto, sanctuary marine biologist. “Avoid eye contact and back away slowly until they no longer notice you.”

You can report suspected orphaned or injured pups to a park ranger, or to the Marine Mammal Center at 415-289-7325 24 hrs a day

About a fifth of the state’s harbor seals live in the Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary. The largest breeding grounds are in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. In San Mateo County, the rookeries are mainly at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Bean Hollow. Harbor seals haul out in groups ranging from a few to several hundred. Females generally give birth on sandy beaches or rocky reefs to a single pup, which nurses for three to four weeks.

 

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