october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 1 The Highlands October 2010 The Highlands Community Association Newsletter Volume 56, Number 9 www.highlandscommunity.o rg Community Input On The Youth Services Center Is Welcomed by Stuart Forrest, Chief Probation Officer, San Mateo County exchanged about the decon- struction of the Hillcrest facili- ty has been timely, accurate, and broadly distributed. Major security lapses have been addressed, and structural prob- lems are being corrected. During the next few weeks, I would like to meet with Highlands residents to discuss As a Highland’s resident for over 50 years, I came the condition of the berm, or barrier, which separates to the position of Chief Probation Officer determined the facility from homes on Cobblehill Place, that the Youth Services Center will make every effort Allegheny Way, and Ticonderoga Drive. This is a to be a good neighbor to my community. This effort major issue that impacts community and facility safe- includes: ty as well as the ability for adjacent homeowners to • Maintaining security measures that protect the enjoy the security and privacy of their properties. community as well as the facility For several months, various security and landscap- • Encouraging input and dialog about department- ing options have been thoroughly studied. We now community issues require your input after you have an opportunity to • Providing the most reliable information available. see and hear clear and reliable information. So far, I feel that the collaboration between The meeting (date, time, location) will be department staff and representatives of the Highlands announced through the mail and Internet. Your partic- Community Association has been productive and ipation will be greatly appreciated. mutually supportive. As a result, information Highlands Community Association Election The annual election of the HCA Board of Directors takes place at the November General Meeting. Nominations take place at the October meeting. Come out and participate! Questions? email email@example.com HRD Meeting lowdown Deadline HCA Meeting Tuesday, November 9, 7 p.m. Friday, November 5 Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. Rec Center Social Room Rec Center Social Room october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 2 The Highlands 2 October 2010 FROM THE HIGHLANDS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Indian summer weather has come of the PTA fundraising projects that support the school’s back as this lowdown is being prepared educational programs. See the article on page 9 for and children are already concentrating other ways you can help the hard-working PTA volun- on their Halloween costumes. No matter teers. what the weather will be like on that hol- Sad News: I was very sorry to learn of the deaths of iday night, if you’re driving, be sure to two long-time Highlands residents, Nancy Risso and keep your eyes open for kids who don’t Caroline Bookspun. Nancy passed away in September. Rick Priola always watch where they’re going when She and her family purchased their Highlands home HCA President they’re excited and wearing masks. when it was only a year old. Many remember her late Check page 4 for information about the Rec Center’s husband, cartoonist Mario, and his designs for July 4th Halloween Family Fun Night. It’s always a winner. t-shirts. Their son Steve is currently a Rec employee. Youth Services Center: The September HCA meet- Caroline lost her long battle with leukemia on ing heard a presentation about the Youth Services Center October 8. She and husband Arnie also raised their fam- by San Mateo County’s Chief Probation Officer (and ily in the Highlands. Their son Mike also worked at the Highlands resident), Stuart Forrest. He emphasized the Rec for a while after college. A celebration of Caroline’s importance of keeping our neighborhood informed about life will take place in a month or two. the facility’s plans and receiving our feedback. We will As always, I look forward to meeting you and be meeting with him on Oct. 18. See his article on page seeing you at the HCA meetings. If you have ques- 1 of this lowdown, which explains the process he intends tions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at to initiate for this interaction. firstname.lastname@example.org HCA Board Election: At the October HCA meet- ing, the Nominating Committee will present a slate of HCA Meeting Tuesday, October 26, 7:30 p.m. nominees for the 2011 HCA Board of Directors, and the Agenda floor will be open for nominations. The election takes I. Call to Order place at the November meeting. With questions or for II. Review and Approval of the Minutes more information, e-mail email@example.com. III. Sheriff’s Dept/CHP/CDR Cal Fire New Garbage Cans: I don’t think I’m the only one IV. Treasurer’s Report who is a little confused about the different categories of V. Reports garbage and trash that we will be dealing with when the A. First Vice President new company’s program goes into effect. The required B. Second Vice President composting will begin after January 1. If you have any C. Treasurer questions or are not sure about any part of the garbage D. Membership and trash collection, call (650) 595-3900. You won’t be E. lowdown put on hold, and you’ll get the information you need F. Public Utilities Committee promptly. G. Emergency Services Committee Highlands School PTA: You can support H. Land Committee Highlands School and get rid of those used printer ink VI. Old Business cartridges that somehow manage to pile up by dropping VII. New Business/Announcements them off at the school office for recycling. This is one HCA Board Officers for 2010 HCA Committee Chairs for 2010 President: Rick Priola 574-8313 Land: Sam Naifeh 572-8787 First VP: Jean-Pierre Bernard 357-7644 Public Utilities: Wil Pinney 345-2546 Second VP: Gene McKenna 346-7348 Emergency Services: Pam Merkadeau 280-9046 Treasurer: David Krakower (415) 398-1100 Membership: Liesje Nicolas 773-7805 Secretary: Denise Haas 372-0373 Technology: Beverley Madden 574-1593 lowdown Editor: Dorothy Greene 341-1752 lowdown Co-Editor: James Nemschoff 570-5023 october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 3 The Highlands October 2010 3 HCA MINUTES by Denise Haas, Secretary gathered concerning the natural HCA Meeting gas line the runs under/near Tuesday September 28, 2010 homes in the north part of the I. Call to Order – the meeting Highlands. The Area 1 PG&E was called to order at 7:39 p.m. by SAVE ENERGY supervisor who oversees the nat- President Rick Priola. 92% EFFICIENT RADIANT ural gas line in our area is Frank II. Review & Approval of the Salguero (415) 722 7954. Minutes – Motion to approve the G. Emergency Services minutes of July 27, 2010, was Committee – no report moved by Wil Pinney, seconded H. Land Committee – no by David Krakower, and carried report unanimously. Serving the Highlands Community Since 1976 IV. Old Business – none III. .Sheriff’s Department/ V. New Business/ California Highway Patrol/CDF 650-787-6286 Announcements – Chief Deputy Ward reminds residents to Probation Officer Stuart Forrest call the Sheriff if concerned about reported that in the next few solicitors. Cal Fire is working with announced the deadline for sub- weeks, the Youth Services the HRD to offer CERT training missions for the October lowdown Center would like to invite resi- for residents in October. is Friday, October 8. dents to discuss the security of IV. Reports F. Public Utilities Committee – the facility, the security of peo- A. 1st Vice-President – J.P. Wil Pinney is open to questions ple who live near the berm, and Bernard announced that the HRD from people who are concerned landscaping plans. He encour- budget was passed in August. about the natural gas line. Email ages and solicits feedback from Margaret Glomstad reported on him at Wilpin@coastside.net. Jay residents. repairs to the Rec Center deck, Beard, a Highlands’ resident, VI. Adjournment – The meet- pool resurfacing, and the proposed reported on information he has ing was adjourned at 8:38 p.m. child development center funding. J.P. Bernard reported that he is forming a nominating committee for the HCA Board elections. B. 2nd Vice-President – no report C. Treasurer – David Krakower presented the balance sheet, which reflects a surplus at this time. D. Membership – Liesje Nicolas reported on the membership and welcome party held in September. E. lowdown – Dorothy Greene Free Estimates * Free pick-up & delivery * Free rental car Two generations of Highlanders providing their neighbors with personal service and top quality auto body repair. CALL RICK OR THOM AT 341-1100. 2107 Palm Avenue, San Mateo october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 4 The Highlands 4 October 2010 HIGHLANDS RECREATION CENTER Preschool Highlands Science Camp November. Pilates is a great class We currently have Toyology 10/13-11/10 whether you are just beginning or open enrollment for Mystery Science 11/17-12/15 have never practiced the tech- our Early Education Science Adventures changes to nique. Pilates is a series of over 35 Program, which serves Highlands Science Camp. The exercises that can be performed on children ages 2.5-5. Our play- Highlands Rec Center will now be the mat, including flexion, exten- based program runs Mondays running the Science Adventures sion, lateral flexion, and rotation through Fridays from 8 a.m. to classes, and very few changes will exercises. A combination of basic, 12:30 p.m. Please call Rebecca be made. The times and dates will intermediate, and advanced exer- Hitchcock at (650) 341-4251 or be the same, with just a one-week cises are introduced as you devel- e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org delay on the first session. All class- op strength, flexibility, coordina- for more information! es will run from 12:05 to 1:30 tion. and mental awareness. No p.m., with a built-in children’s experience is necessary; all levels Preschool Nite Out lunch time prior to the start of the are welcome. Friday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m. class. The Highlands Rec Staff will Sign up your children ages 2.5- ensure that Highlands Science Underwater Pumpkin Patch 5 for a night of dinner, movie, and Camp keeps the same quality of Sunday, Oct 24, 2-4 p.m. fun at the Rec! $22 per child, with trained staff and selected science Come pick a $5 sibling discount. projects as Science Adventures out a pumpkin at during this transition period. For our annual Halloween Family Fun Night more information call Jeff at (650) aquatic pumpkin Friday, October 29 $5/person 341-4251. patch. Entrance Be a part of this year’s is free. Carving tools will be pro- Halloween Family Fun Night Pilates Mat Class vided. Pumpkins will cost $6-$11, 2010. Highlights include: BINGO, Wednesday, 11/3-12/15 based on size. Hot apple cider and with multiple prizes from local 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rec Gym other goodies will be for sale. businesses, Haunted House, Candy $60/65 Walk, Costume Contest, and many Pilates Mat class with instructor other family-oriented activities. Laura Wratten will be back in Rec Programs: to page 10 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet friends in the neighbor- SYLVIA MERKADEAU hood and enjoy a spooky night at Preview Property Specialist the Highlands Recreation Center. Bus 650.558.6840 Res 650.573.9108 Highlands Hoopsters 2011 email@example.com January 22-March 12 www.sylviamerkadeau.com Highlands Hoopsters is right around the corner. This co-ed instructional basketball league is BE AN INFORMED VOTER scheduled to run for seven weeks. Three divisions include: K-1st Go to THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS website Grades, 2nd-3rd Grades, and 4th- www.smartvoter.com to learn more 5th Grades. Sign-ups begin on about the issues in the November 2 election November 1. october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 5 The Highlands October 2010 5 COMMUNITY NEWS Water System Upgrades are Underway by Dorothy Greene Skyline Boulevard has been closed Among the pleasures of life in between the southbound exit of the Highlands is our proximity to Highway 280 and the intersection the beautiful, serene Crystal with Crystal Springs Road. This Springs Reservoir. But the reservoir closure will last at least three years. is more than a stunning view from In late October, the Crystal our cars or excursions on Sawyer Springs/San Andreas Transmission Camp Trail. The Upper and Lower System Project will begin to Crystal Springs Reservoirs, togeth- upgrade the system of pipelines, er with San Andreas Lake, make up After upgrading, this part of the Crystal structures, and facilities that move the 23,000-acre Peninsula Spring Dam’s outlet structure will be water from the reservoirs to our Watershed, which provides the submerged and no longer visible. water pipes. emergency and supplementary tions indicated that replacement is After Skyline Bridge is demol- drinking water supply to San Mateo necessary. Demolition of the bridge ished, the SFPUC plans to add 9 County and the City and County of will also pave the way for upgrades feet at the top of the dam, widen San Francisco. in the dam itself. This project got the dam’s spillway and enlarge the Its infrastructure is old, and deterioration threatens the future of underway in early October, and Water System: to page 10 this vital resource. The City of San Francisco owns the reservoir as part of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Eva E. Voisin, Esq. Water System, and with the passage Senior Real Estate Specialist of a $4.6 billion bond, the city’s Public Utilities Commission (SF Licensed California Attorney PUC) is launching a series of proj- Experienced Negotiator ects to address needed improve- ments in the system. Some will Highlands Resident since 1973 affect the roads and areas near the Highlands. Realty World - Martinelli Properties Skyline Bridge, which is the Crystal Spring Shopping Center FOAM ROOFING section of Skyline Boulevard atop Cell 650-440-0095 the lower Crystal Springs Dam, was found to be seismically unsafe firstname.lastname@example.org in 1986, and subsequent inspec- New Construction - Reroofs - Recoats - Repairs JACKSON CONTRACTING INC. (650) 578-1500 or (510) 483-1500 Specializing in Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing and Waterproofing “The Last Roof You Will Ever Need” october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 6 October 2010 The Highlands 6 COMMUNITY NEWS New Residents Welcome Party Was A Great Success More than 60 people turned out for the HCA- Liesje Nicolas and her co-host Melissa Wilson, the sponsored Welcome Party for new residents at the event featured four types of ice cream and a casual Rec Park on September 21. The weather cooperated atmosphere that encouraged people to connect. The as children enjoyed the playground while their par- trade-mark Highlands energy was there in full force. ents had a chance to meet each other and Highlands Twenty Highlands homes have been purchased “oldies” who came out to meet the newcomers. since September 2009, and there are new residents Among the latter were HCA President Rick Priola, who are renters as well. All receive free six-month Sylvia Merkadeau, Florence and Rolf Beier, and membership in the Rec Center from the HRD. We Dixon Reilley. Organized by HCA Membership Chair look forward to their joining the HCA in 2011. Nonpartisan Election Information Walter Yee 744 Polhemus Rd. San Mateo, CA 94402 650-341-1288 Many people have already voted, but if email@example.com you’re still in need of nonpartisan voter information, see www.shapethefuture.org, HOME – AUTO – LIFE – UMBRELLA – COMMERCIAL – LIC# 0804834 our county’s Chief Election Officer’s #1 Highlands Agent website, or smartvoter.org, the League of Woman’s Voter Service website. CURRENT LISTINGS 50 Lundys Ln.- Dramatic high-end contemporary cul-de-sac location w/panoramic views. 4BD/3.5BA, office, fam rm, 2 re-finished wrap around decks. Listed @ $1,698,000 1256 Laurel Hill Dr.- Spectacular Mediterranean style Whitecliff home features 4BD/2.5 updated BA, 2 offices, 3 car garage w/gourmet style kitchen. 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We plan to provide some Our choice for November 2 simple as possible for my family hand-outs and refreshments. is Evidence of Things Unseen by survivors. Preparation and mainte- Holiday Potluck: Be sure to Marianne Wiggins. It has been nance of a survivor guide is essen- Save December 16 for a Holiday called an uncommon masterpiece. tial. It is not an easy task, but with Potluck lunch at the Donleys. The novel deals with the ethical the help of some expert advice it is Look for more information in the and emotional issues arising from doable and well worth the effort. next lowdown. World War II and the use of an If you have similar wishes and atomic bomb to bring it to an end. Our book for December 7 is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. 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SiminHashemi@yahoo.com HIGHLANDS RESIDENT october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 8 8 The Highlands October 2010 COMMUNITY NEWS Grow & Thrive This Winter with Highlands lowdown Community Education Editor and Business Manager: Dorothy Greene by Lily Lau, Director of Community Education, San Mateo County Community phone: 650-341-1752 College District email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy the sunset colors of fallen Cornucopia Floral Design on mailing address:1879 Lexington leaves, the crisp, cool weather and 11/21. Impress your guests with the Ave., San Mateo, CA 94402 these opportunities to nurture your perfect bottle of bubbly after taking The lowdown is published mind and soul this winter. Whether Sparkling Wines Around the World monthly except August and December by the Highlands you are looking to develop your on 11/6. Grace your family and Community Association (HCA), skills, explore an interest, get friends with your personal touch 1851 Lexington Ave, San Mateo, CA healthier, or grow professionally, and creativity by making Gifts for 94402. Entire contents copyright 2010 by The Highlands Community Community Education has some- the Holidays in our workshop on Association, except where noted. All thing great for you! 11/6, or Ye Olde Gingerbread rights reserved. Grow & Thrive! Develop your House on 12/6, or Create a Unique Opinions expressed are those of the contributors. Acceptance of brain to the next level and thrive Upcycled Shopping Bag on 11/13. advertising does not constitute with Level 2 of: Guitar (starting Broaden your world and dis- endorsement of any products by the 10/26), Conversational French cover a wide range of classes, HCA. Editor reserves the right to accept or reject and/or edit any (starting 10/30), Spanish (starts workshops, and fun activities material submitted for publication. 10/14), or Italian (beginning 11/3). offered locally, at convenient times, Articles, Letters, and Photos Move beyond shooting digital pic- and affordably priced. For more must include your name, address tures on auto mode and expand information, visit us online at and phone number. Any material accepted may be edited to fit space your photography skills in Digital http://CommunityEd.smccd.edu, or or lowdown standards. Items may Photography 102 (on 10/23). call us at (650) 574-6149. You can be submitted through any of the fol- Discover! Want a great winter also give someone special the gift lowing means, in order of prefer- ence: email lowdownedi- workout? Enjoy the art of Belly of a Community Education e-gift email@example.com, or typed double Dance for Fitness and Fun, begin- card, good toward their choice of spaced, or legibly handwritten. ning 10/28. Discover how you can any class, workshop, or activity we Photos can be color or black/white and can be delivered to the email or become a Notary Public in one day offer. postal address. Mail or drop off on 11/13. contributions to lowdown, 1879 Get Ready for the Holidays College of San Mateo’s Spring Lexington Ave., SM 94402. Semester (academic classes) begins Ads should be submitted in Create a warm and welcoming electronic format, preferably January 18, 2011. The spring 2011 home environment by making your Schedule of Classes became avail- Microsoft Word or Quark. Display own Natural Scented Festive ad rates are $12.50 per column able online at collegeofsanma- inch. Ask about inserts. Classified Candles on 11/20 or prepare a teo.edu/schedule on October 6 and ads must be paid for in advance. beautiful centerpiece for your in the community (printed publi- Cost: $3 up to 15 words, $1 for Thanksgiving table with cation) on October 18 and 19. each additional five words. Classified ads are free for anyone giving away or swapping Eichler fixtures or providing repair tips. Neither the lowdown nor the HCA is responsible for the accu- racy of any information in the display or want ads. Readers are encouraged to check that licenses are current and to get references. Subscriptions for Services offered include training reinforcement, non-residents of the Highlands are $25 per year. Individual exercise, and overnight care for issues are $2.50 each,if avail- your loving critters. october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 9 October 2010 The Highlands 9 HIGHLANDS SCHOOL, UMC, AND COMMUNITY NEWS Highlands School UMC News Attention News by Christina Brown Highlands Artists by Mary Tsao Open Heart ~ Open Minds by Nancee McDonell Open Doors The 2010-2011 school year is Silicon Valley in full swing and the kids, parents, The Crystal Springs United Open Studios is now and staff are adjusting well to the Methodist Church is beginning a accepting applica- new 8 a.m. start time. We hope it’s Samoan Language Ministry serv- tions for next spring. working for the greater Highlands ice. The Sunday schedule begin- A group of us in the community, too. ning in October will be as follows: Highlands participat- Thank You to all of the 10:00 a.m Main Worship ed last May. It was a great way to Highlands parents and community service in English show and sell our work. Check it members who have made a contri- 10:30 a.m Sunday school for out at www.svos.org. We can get bution to the Highlands all children a discount on our fee if we have a Educational Enrichment Fund 11:00 a.m Fellowship for all lot of participants. (HEEF). We are working on final- 11:30 a.m Children’s choir The next meeting of the izing a proposal to bring music for all. Highlands Art Group will take instruction to our students. This is 12 noon Samoan service place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, one of the many programs directly Vaili Certifified Nov. 10, at Melissa Wilson's Lay Speaker home. For more information and funded by the PTA that wouldn’t On the first Sunday of every to RSVP, call (650) 345-4304 or be possible without your support. month we worship and have Holy Recycle Ink Cartridges e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Communion together at 10 a.m. Thank you also to those who support Highlands School by bringing in ink cartridges for recy- cling. Drop yours off at the school office. Every little bit helps. How to Contribute If you would like to help Highlands School with a contribu- tion to HEEF or to learn more about the Highlands Parent Teacher Association (PTA), con- tact co-presidents Linda Siguenza (email@example.com) or Ed Chang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Dates for Your Calendar October 26 – PTA Board Meeting October 27 – Family Dinner Night at Jack’s Prime, 3723 South El Camino Real, San Mateo. It’s a gourmet burger restaurant. (Tell them you’re there to support Highlands Elementary!) October 29 – Halloween Parade on the Highlands School campus october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 10 The Highlands 10 October 2010 COMMUNITY NEWS Rec Programs: from page 4 Water System: from page 5 QuickBooks Specialist Needed stilling basin. Other projects will quarterly Fact Sheet mailed to our We are currently looking for a also follow. neighborhood. We’ll try to keep QuickBooks specialist who can See www.sfwater.org/SCT for you updated in the lowdown too. help with the transfer of data from information on all the SFPUC’s the old version to the newer ver- local projects, and look for the sion. If you can help or have a ref- erence to someone you know, Plans for Rec Early Education Center please call Jeff at the Highlands by Margaret Glomstad Recreation Center, (650) 341-4251. The Rec has almost to serve infants through pre-k, Highlands Rec on Twitter completed a decade- complete with three classrooms Please follow the Rec Center on long project on an and two playgrounds! The new our new Twitter account: Early Education facility will also include an adult www.twitter.com/highlandsrec. Center. The plans are multi-purpose room complete with Updates will be sent regarding currently in the San Mateo County courtyard! In addition, the build- upcoming Events, Classes, and any Building Department for approval. ing will have an office and two news about the Rec Center. The financing of the project is also bathrooms. Keep your eye out for in progress. The center will feature new information on this develop- Pool Closing all day care from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ing story. The Rec Center pool will be closed from 11/1-12/17 for retiling and refiberglassing. If you have a monthly membership, you will not Relocating in the Sacramento Area be charged for that time period. If you have paid for the year, your membership will be extended the length of time the pool is closed. The Swim Team will continue to practice during this time at the College of San Mateo with the same practice hours. Please call Bryce if you have any questions at (650) 341-4251. PIERSON 20TH CENTURY DESIGN MID CENTURY DANISH MODERN AND FOUND INDUSTRIAL OBJECTS BUY SELL WED – FRI 2 TO 6 SAT 12 TO 5 AND BY CHANCE OR APPOINTMENT 1630 PALM AVE. 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Call Mike Kinsey, CLEANING - Reliable, dependable, 650-679-4552. many Highlands references. Call RETIRED BUILDING CONTRACTOR 299-8985 for free consultation. looking for smaller jobs, including dry rot repair, tile work, windows, crown molding, RESPONSIBLE 8th GRADER AVAIL- and roof skylights. References about license ABLE to pet-sit dogs or small animals. available. Call 650-637-7748. Call Jonathan at 346-4215. Hwy 280 or 101 to Hwy 92 • De Anza Blvd., Polhemus Road • San Mateo, CA Allstate Insurance: Bob O'Loughlin 286-2140 Stephen R. John, D.D.S., Periodontics 571-1900 & Mike Munday 286-2141 Little Hunan Restaurant (Home Delivery) 571-1575 Alterations to Go 341-6360 Merry Maids 572-8200 The Bar Method (Yoga, Pilates, Ballet ) 573-3330 Papagayo Mexican Grille (Catering) 578-1966 California Cancer Care 341-9131 Rainbow Pizza (Home Delivery) 571-1848 Crystal Springs Chiropractic, Dr. Jordan Savara 574-1456 Realty World, Martinelli Properties 578-1300 Crystal Cleaning Center 342-6978 Renew Laser Clinic, Dr. Adele Makow, 341-3600 Dental Care -- opening soon Laser Skin Care Renew Life Center, Dr, Julieta Gabiola 341-3600 Crystal Springs Fish & Poultry 212-7921 Primary Care, Internal Medicine Crystal Springs Pet Hospital 341-3438 Ritz Salon & Spa 570-5750 Citibank (West) FSB 525-9028 Safeway 341-4039 CVS Pharmacy (572-2514, Drive Up) 572-2438 Shoe Repair 349-4209 Design Jewelry 345-7870 Starbucks Coffee 345-0483 Dianda’s Italian Pastry 570-6260 Tasty Treats - opening soon Esposto's Deli (Catering) 525-1970 U.S. Postal Services 570-5562 Japanese Kitchen Wakuriya 286-0410 Wireless Link-Verizon 577-9700 The Feeling of a Country Village San Mateo's Own Quality Shopping Village october finalfinal:August.qxd 10/18/2010 9:30 AM Page 12 EMERGENCY 911 Highlands Community Association PRSRT STD NUMBERS 1851 Lexington Avenue U.S. Postage Paid San Mateo CA San Mateo, CA 94402 Permit #189 Sheriff: Fire: Medical: From Cell Phone: 363-4911 PGE 800 743-5000 Cal Water 343-1808 Fire Prevention: 573-3846 Sheriff’s Office: 363-4763 Printed on recycled paper A VIEW FROM THE HIGHLANDS Newcomers Bring Energy, Talent, and Creativity to the Highlands by Florence Beier Kevin and Eric Russell and Gretchen Mark Luechtefeld and Betty Chen Michelle Michaels came here from Seattle moved next door to us in July. The Chen, who after Eric got a new job with an on- former owner, Marcia Pagels, was settled here line game company. Gretchen gave an environmental leader, so we were just one month up winery work to focus on her art, all happy that Mark has been an ago, are new- environmental lawyer, representing lyweds ready San Francisco Baykeepers. Now he to establish a is in software sales. Mark and Betty family in the came to the Highlands with 5-year- Highlands. old Kati in search of a neighborly Their story is community. They report that they so romantic! have found it, with friends on all They met for sides, a block party, and the wel- one day in Hong Kong, dated “long come event at the Rec Center. distance,” and then Kevin quit his They’ve put a new slate floor in good job in San Francisco to court their house, and are looking forward Michelle in Hong Kong. After a civil modern painting on acrylic panels. to planting a vegetable garden, rid- ceremony in San Francisco, they She has already joined the ing bikes, and hiking at Edgewood plan another celebration in March. Highlands Art Group. With 8-year- Park. Kevin, a UCLA grad, is an attorney, old Elizabeth and 3-year-old and Michelle worked in banking and Katarina happily attending software engineering. They are trying Highlands School and HRD pre- out new ideas about carpet and paint, school, they all feel fully involved but mostly need furniture. When I in the community. So far in their asked what language their children- house, they’ve removed the wall to-be would learn, Kevin replied, paper and painted the dark brown “negotiation.” ceilings white. Their hobbies are surfing, cooking, and wine.