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EmErgEncy PrEParEdnEss,

safEty &BEing thankful

Accidents, disasters and emergencies happen all the time, and are
often without warning. e theme of this edition of e PILOT
is not exclusive to this month, and should be part of our daily
lives. e following pages have many suggestions and checklists
to help you prepare for a range of situations. Take the time to
read, plan and make sure that you and your family are prepared.
A special insert is also included this month! For several years
RSCA has provided each household with a RED/GREEN
Disaster Signal Card designed to help emergency responders
quickly assess who needs immediate hELp and who is OK.
(We also send this card to new Shores homeowners as part of our
welcome package.)

Calendar of RSCA Events

Santa Comes to the Shores Library
Sunday, December 11 th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Bring your cameras to capture
those magical moments of your
children on Santas lap sharing
their wishes. Mingle with
neighbors, hum along to Christmas Carols
played on the piano, and enjoy a craft project
with Redwood Shores Library sta members
while waiting for your turn to see Santa.
Dont be late! The line to see Santa can be long

Light Up the Shores Contest

Entries due by December 17th

(Picture submissions by email only; see Page 26
for more details on how to enter your home.)

RSCA 2017 Annual Meeting

Wednesday, February 8 th , 7:00pm
Redwood Shores Library

Keep this card where you can locate it quickly!

Also keep tape nearby so that you can quickly put it where it
can be seen clearly from the street. is may be in a front
window or on your front or garage door. Especially if you need
assistance, this card will help you get the quickest response.

Show Your Cards Drill on November 19th!

On Saturday, November 19th our local CERT organization,
working with Redwood City Fire Department, will again be
conducting a home-to-home survey looking for the GREEN/OK
cards displayed where they can be seen from the street. help
CERT make this drill a success and on November 19th, Show
Your Cards. (At random times during the drill, the teams will select
a home where someone is displaying their card to win a prize!)

You can always nd more information about these

and other community events on our web site at

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274 Redwood Shores pkwy, pMB #603
Redwood Shores, CA 94065 - 1173
2016 Ocers
Sue Nix
Jim Cvengros
Lynn Kathleen Adams
Bob Slusser
Harris Rogers

Board of Directors Members

Nina Boire
Carol Ford
Shannon Guzzetta
Don Long

preparedness, Safety & Being ankful 1

Calendar of RSCA 1
From the Mayor / ASK the MAYOR 5
Light up the Shores Contest 5
At home in the Shores: Closet 8
Architectural Design Review 8
Getting Disaster 12
pack Your Go Bag/ e what if 11
plan, prep Your home, Gather Supplies 12
when & how to Turn O Gas 12
More prep, Safety & ways You Can help .............page13
School Safety / Sandpiper 14
Eagle Scout Stops 14
Blood Donation Event @ Shores Library 14
Tennis Club 2016 Season 17
pull up Goose! / prep for your pets 18
Shores Library interpretive 20
Library Events in November 21
Classified Ads 23
Lynns Kitchen 25
preparedness & Gratitude Go hand-in-hand 26

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Mike Mancusi
Connie Munevar
Clemencia Rodriguez
Andrew Young

RSCAs Board of Directors meet at the

Redwood Shores Library on the 2nd ursday of
each month, 7:00 p.m. Our next Board Meeting will be:

November 10th, 2016

ARchitEctuRAL DESign REviEW BoARD (non-hOA areas):

Jim Cvengros
Carol Ford
Sue Nix
For CC&R copies & information, email <>


Deadline for space reservation is normally the end of the first
week of each month for the following months issue.
Email <>
for a precise schedule.
PUBLISHER: Redwood Shores Community Association
e PILOT is the ocial monthly publication
of the Redwood Shores Community Association

Circulation: 6,000 Shores households & Businesses

Opinions published in e piLOT are solely those of the
authors and not the expressions of RSCA unless so
ocially & expressly designated.

FRom thE

m AyoR

anksgiving is my favorite holiday! why? Not because my

birthday falls during that season, nor that there is copious
amounts of great food around. i love anksgiving because
i believe living out of an attitude of gratitude leads to a deep
sense of satisfaction in our lives. anksgiving provides us
an opportunity to pause and truly focus on being thankful;
something i know i should do more often.
in 2001, i had the opportunity to participate in the first of
a few trips ive made to the southeastern sections of Africa;
experiencing firsthand the poverty id always heard and read
about growing up. Seeing people suering in some of the
poorest areas of the planet had a profound impact on my life.
however, what had an even greater impact on my life was
the deep sense of thankfulness the people had for the simple
things in life. with all that i have been blessed to have and
experience, i know that i could be a great deal more thankful.
what are you most thankful for? Let me suggest an idea:
besides the obligatory this year i am most thankful for...
statements we all make as the mashed potatoes are passed
around the table, id encourage all of us to take some time
each day during this month and focus on something were
thankful for. Go one step further, make a point to thank
someone special in your life, each of those days, for what
they mean to you.
At the risk of leaving some out, as i think about our
community during this season, i am thankful for: our
dedicated sta, my colleagues on the City Council, safety in
our community, those who volunteer and serve others, our
freedom, our parks, our libraries, the many non-profits and
organizations that serve the needy, the businesses that invest
in our community, our schools and teachers, those who have
served in leadership in past years, and most of all my friends
and family who support me with their encouragement.

ASK thE mAyoR

here is this months question and answer:

Q) when will the roadway on Marine parkway between

island Drive and e Redwood Shores Elementary School
be repaved? (Submitted by Susan K.)
A) Yes. Marine parkway is in our pipeline and a high
priority. we should complete the design this fiscal year and
construction will be done next fiscal year. Our crews
continue to do temporary repairs like spot repairs, crack
sealing and pot hole repairs as they come up.
Do you have a question to ASK
ThE MAYOR? Email it to
include ASK ThE MAYOR on
the subject line. One question
will be selected and answered the
following month. if your question
is chosen, youll win a prize!

Mayor John Seybert

City of Redwood City

Light Up
the Shores!

Dress up your home and yard with lights, snowmen,

reindeer and ornaments and win prizes! winning homes will
be featured in e PILOT and
To submit your holiday decorations for consideration and
publication in e PILOT, simply take a photo of your
home, apartment, condominium or townhouse, and submit
it to our Board of Directors for their ocial judging
process. Of course, its best that this be a dusk or night time
photo so we can see how brilliantly the lights and
decorations shine in the darkness.

in Septembers piLOT article, i announced a new plan to

encourage open-dialogue in the community. Join us at the

november 12th, 9:30 am 12:00 noon

Fox Forum 2411 Broadway, Redwood city

Each photo should be emailed to <>

with your name and street address (including apartment or
unit number if applicable.)
photos must be submitted no later than the end of the day
Saturday, December 17th, as our elves will be judging all
applicants by Monday, December 19th!
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five Easy Ways to add

space in your closet

Shelf dividers create

order, which helps
make a small closet
space seem larger.

Everyone wishes they had more of something. Money and

time might top the list, but one thing thats quickly and easily
achievable is closet space. whether you need to store bulky
ski jackets, a large shoe collection or just find a place to stash
your emergency preparedness supplies, here are five simple
solutions to make even tiny closets feel more spacious.

Photos are courtesy of

e Container Store;
closet solutions are
available in-store or at

5. Install a closet organizer system.

The most customizable way to add space is to install a
closet organizer system. Two options to consider are those
by California Closets and the Elfa shelving system from
The Container Storelets compare. California Closets
offers free in-home consultations, and solutions that are
completely customized to your unique closet needs.
Additionally, the systems look more built-in since they
have completely enclosed drawers and a wider selection of
finishes. The Elfa shelving system from The Container
Store is less expensive that California Closets, but offers
sturdy, modular organization options that are affordable
and easy to install.
Liza Riguerra is a technology professional
turned award-winning interior designer who
lives in Redwood Shores. Connect with her on
Houzz, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Elfa is a metal-mesh-based closet system from The Container Store.

1. Install a second rod. if it sounds like a no-brainer, its

because it is. By adding a second rod below, youre instantly
doubling the size of your closet. hang shirts and blouses
above, while skirts and pants can hang out on the lower rod.
2. Use the door. Adding hooks to empty door space creates
instant storage for scarves, bags or shoes perhaps the
simplest and quickest way to add space.
3. Utilize empty wall space. Consider every inch of empty
space in your closet. is there extra space near the ceiling or
above the door? install a shelf or hooks to hang seasonal
items, handbags or even suitcases.
4. Add shelf space. You dont have to add a whole new shelf
to achieve extra shelf space. under shelf baskets clip easily
to the existing shelf, and make great storage accessories.
Adding clip-on shelf dividers may not technically add space,
but can provide much needed organization.

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Did you Know...

... that EVERY residence in the Shores

is covered by Covenants, Codes &
Restrictions (CC&Rs)?
whether you live in one of our many
home Owners Associations (hOAs)
or in the original sections of the
Shores, there are CC&Rs on ALL Shores homes!
You should have received a copy of the CC&Rs when you
purchased your home. But if you live west of Shell and
NOT in an hOA, that might have been some time ago.
if you need a new copy, email <>.

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the What if Project

Getting Disaster Information

SMC Alert is a notification system used to immediately contact

you during urgent or emergency situations with useful
information and updates by sending text or email messages. SMC
Alert is free, however your carrier may charge you a message fee.
Register for SMC Alerts at
During a disaster the following radio stations will be broadcasting
update information if they are able:


Pack your go Bag


A vital component of your disaster kit is a personal Go Bag. is is

the one thing you would grab if you have to leave home
immediately. items should be stored in an easy to carry bag (such
as a backpack), and should be stored in an easy to access place as
near as possible to the door. prepare a Go Bag for each member of
your family (make sure bags for kids are small enough for them to carry).
Remember that you may not be at home when an emergency
strikes, so keep some additional supplies in your car or at work,
considering what you would need for your immediate safety.
Here are suggested items:
Flashlight (store batteries separately)
Radio solar, crank or battery operated (and extra batteries)
whistle (for signal purposes)
First aid kit & dust masks
pocket knife or multi-tool (including solid blade)
Emergency cash in small denominations & coins
Sturdy walking shoes or boots, a change of clothes, a warm hat
(underwear and extra socks are a really good idea!)
Some water & food
Local maps
Trash bags
Matches (wind / water proof )
Duct tape, permanent marker, and paper
photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
List of emergency contact phone numbers
Extra keys to your house and vehicle
Extra prescription medications, eye glasses, hearing aid or other
vital personal items (including sanitary items for women)
hygiene items: deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper
Make it personal -- pack any special-needs items for children,
seniors or people with disabilities. Dont forget to make a Go
Bag for your pets (see Page 18).

Reviewing what if scenarios can be a really helpful planning and

emergency preparation tool. Consider the worst-case scenarios for
when (not if ) the next big earthquake hits. But remember that
there are other disasters that could have a significant impact on
our daily lives, and these might require us to be self-sucient for
at least several days. Consider the following situations:
whAT iF there is an over-topping of the levees with major
flooding in the Shores?
whAT iF a sewer pipeline bursts or there is a major fire that
sweeps through large portions of our neighborhood?
whAT iF there is a security emergency at your childs school?
whAT iF youre at home, your spouse is at work, your child
is at school or any mix of those situations.
will we be able to connect with all of our family members and
get them home? Does each family member know where to go
to reconnect? (Phone numbers and addresses should be memorized
or in writing. Do not plan to rely on electronics!)
Do we have an out of state contact to check-in with in case
local phone lines are inaccessible?
is each person properly equipped to get to the meeting point?
(If family members spread out a lot on any given day, members
may need to carry sturdy shoes or some sort of transportation with
wheels, and everyone should keep supplies at hand so theyre each
prepared in any situation.)
whAT iF disaster strikes in the middle of the night, so family
members are likely together and at home? Do we know how
to stay safe?
Do we keep shoes under our bed in case of broken glass?
will we have on hand enough food and water to sustain us?
where is the first aid kit?
will we be able to maintain hygiene during those days when we
may be cut o from basic services such as water and electricity?
whAT iF were traveling and caught in an emergency
situation? Do we know how to get to safety?
Do we know the exit path if its pitch black?
Do we have a working flashlight handy?
Did we leave our home secured and can someone check the
status of things for us?
have we accounted for our pets?
Are we overwhelmed by the concept of emergency/disaster
prep? Dont let this prevent us from taking small steps.
probably most important is a Go Bag because it can contain
all the important stu in case we have to grab it and go, or if
we stay home and deal with the aftermath.
have we considered taking a class to help process possible
options and how we can react? Redwood City/San Carlos has
a fabulous Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
All training units are online at or sign
up for a training session the next time its oered. Our
community can always benefit from more helpers, and the
CERT program is perfectly geared toward that.
how can you help others? (See page 13 for a short list of options.
By being self-sucient you are better able to help the community!)

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create a family disaster Plan

where will your family be when disaster strikes? ey could be

anywhere: at work; at school; or in the car. how will you find each
other? Disasters strike quickly and without warning. You can be
forced to evacuate your neighborhood or be confined to your home.
what would you do if basic services water, gas, electricity,
telephones, cable and internet were cut o? Local ocials and relief
workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach
everyone right away. Families can and do cope with disaster
by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Knowing
what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.
Follow these steps to create your familys personal disaster plan:
1. Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare
for disaster. Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely
to happen. Explain what to do in each case.
2. pick two places to meet: right outside of your house, by a tree
or street light and a second meeting place outside of your
neighborhood, at a friends home, for example. in case you
cant return home, everyone must know the address and
phone number of the chosen location.
3. Ask an out-of-state friend to be your family contact. After
a disaster, its often easier to call long distance. All family
members should call this person and tell them where they are.
Everyone must know your contacts phone number.
4. Quiz your kids every 6 months so they remember what to do.

Build an Emergency supply kit

Keep enough supplies to survive on your own, or shelter in place,

for at least several days. if possible, keep these materials in an easily
accessible, separate container or special cupboard. One possibility
is to store all the emergency supplies in large, black garbage bags in
a clean, rain proof garbage can stored outside in a secure location.
Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you
change your clock during daylight savings time.
here is a starter list for your kit. personalize it for your family.
One gallon of DRiNKiNG wATER per person per day (store an
additional gallon per person per day for sanitation / hygiene)
Non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods (and a can opener)
First aid kit (personalized with any necessary medications)
Flashlight (store the batteries, plus extras, separately)
whistle (for signaling help)
Crank / solar / battery-operated AM/FM radio & batteries
water filter, iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach
for disinfecting water
personal hygiene items: soap, toilet paper, large black garbage
bags, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush / toothpaste, etc.
Child and pet care supplies or other special care items specific
to your family members (pack some comfort items)
Blankets or sleeping bags

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Prepare your home

e more precautions you take to safe-guard your home in advance,

the better chance you have of reducing risks.
install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and learn how to use it.
Check that all tall furniture (bookshelves, china cabinets, etc.)
are anchored to walls.
use earthquake picture hooks for all pictures and especially
wall hangings above beds.
Check that your water heater is strapped to the wall.
install latches/locks on doors of cabinets where you store your
best dishes or glassware.
After an earthquake, your escape doors may be stuck. Buy a
pry bar, store it in your home to use to force open doors.
Keep your RED/GREEN Disaster Card provided by RSCA
where it can be easily displayed.
Consider reading other emergency preparedness materials or
take a class for more information. Check out

When & how to turn Off gas

if you are in a house and smell gas, you and your family should leave
the house at once, leaving windows and doors open as you go.


Once everyone is out of the house, turn o the gas. it is important
to know exactly where your gas meter is located so that, in the
event of an emergency, you can shut it o.
For a single family house, the meter will be located where it can
be read on the outside of the house. it may be located in a cabinet
that opens to the outside. As you face the meter you will see a
pipe running from the ground to the meter. Approximately 6 to
8 inches above the ground there is a shut-o valve running parallel
with the pipe (see diagram).

use a wrench or a gas shuto tool (sold at all large home stores) to
turn the valve until the valve is crosswise to the pipe. You will find
the valve is hard to turn so use a long tool to get a lot of leverage.
(Do not turn the gas o just because someone tell you to -- only turn it
o if you smell gas or your meter is rapidly spinning to indicate a leak.)

Do NOT Turn Gas Back ON Yourself !

Contact pG&E to safely turn the gas on and relight pilots.

disaster Preparedness in the shores

we want to reinforce the need for you and your family to be

personally prepared for an emergency. it might be a big
earthquake, or some other natural or man-made disaster. Some
of the tips in this issue are about being prepared for a large scale
disaster like the big one, but others could help you recover from
a more local event like a house fire.
Redwood Shores is an island. we live in a community that is
physically separated from our Belmont, San Carlos, and Redwood
City neighbors by water on three sides and a multi-lane freeway
on the fourth. Our access to the outside world uses two overpasses
that could become inaccessible in a large seismic event.
Although we have a fire station located here in the Shores, we
need to assume that in response to a large earthquake or other
emergency ALL area fire and police resources will be pulled
toward hospitals or other city centers deemed more critical than
our local neighborhoods. is may not be what we would want,
but it is the reality.
we are fortunate to have an airport which if undamaged
would likely be heavily used for local emergency relief services.
But we cant even rely on that.
ese simple facts mean that all Shores residents should plan for
such emergency events as though we will be without the most
basic services for some period of time, possibly a week or more.
Try to really understand the total disruption that a truly large
seismic event would bring!
You MUST assume that:
ere may be NO emergency services in the Shores. Fire and
police resources will be pulled toward hospitals or other centers
deemed more critical than residential neighborhoods.
You may have NO electricity or gas service.
You may have NO city water.
You may have NO way to communicate with the outside world.
NO phones, NO cable television, NO internet service!
You may be advised to vacate your home because of probable
aftershocks. (Aftershocks sometimes cause more damage than
the original earthquake.)
Your ONLY source of information may be AM radio.
use this issue of e PILOT to plan and get your household
ready. in the words of the Boy Scouts motto

Be careful Out there

As the rainy season approaches, our streets get wet and slick, and
we still see speeds of 45-50 mph. is is much too fast in our
residential neighborhoods! Take a few extra seconds to get where
youre going and SLOw DOwN on your way in to, out of, or
around the Shores.

how you might help in an Emergency

when a large-scale emergency does happen, each of us will need

to be ready. Emergency personnel will be overwhelmed with
demands and we all need to be ready to survive on our own for
at least several days if not longer! in addition to being selfsucient, think about what skills or equipment you have that
might be of use to your neighbors in an emergency.
if you have military or any medical training, you can help.
if have a ham radio and are not already a member of our
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)*, you can help.
if you have a motorcycle or ATV that might be able to get
around on broken or blocked streets, (or a boat) you can help.
if you have a gas powered chain saw that could clear downed
trees, you can help.
ere are certainly other skills or equipment you might have that
could be used to help. Dont wait to be asked.
Know your neighbors and look for who might be missing!
Be prepared to find and go to the nearest emergency response center.
(is may not be a shelter, just a coordination center.) at spot will
probably be next to the fire station on Redwood Shores parkway.
*interested in training? Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) training can help you become a trained and ready
community volunteer making you an invaluable asset. Additional
information is available online at:

The most common emergencies are the small and

unpredictable ones. Random occurrences like a rocket igniting
inside an RV on 101N at the Holly exit on 10/20/16, which
caused horrendous traffic problems affecting the entire
peninsula for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
Did that event provoke anyone to consider how isolated our
little island can be? Did anyone else notice the ambulance
heading down Marine parkway AwAY from the freeway and
wonder how that ambulance would make its way back to a
hospital or care center, since wed all been in 3 lanes of
unmoving cars for 20-30 minutes? Did anyone take action to
get off the roadway so as not to contribute further to the traffic
congestion? Did this (or any other emergency) event help you
learn how to handle the situation better next time?

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S c h o o L S A F E t y i S E L E m E n tA R y
Each of our schools has a safety plan that is annually reviewed
by each schools Site Council, which includes parents and sta.
in each emergency plan there are county-wide protocols
(known as e Big Five) that each school practices periodically.

e Big Five School Safety Protocols:

1. Drop, Cover and Hold On is the response protocol
during an earthquake. Last month, on October 20th our
schools participated in e Great Shakeout, a statewide
earthquake drill.
2. Evacuation is the response protocol when any unsafe
condition exists inside a building and students need to leave.
3. Shelter in Place is the protocol for an external hazard,
like smoke or toxic fumes. Students and sta remain in the
building, instruction continues, and the sta turns o the
air conditioning and shuts windows.
4. Secure Campus is typically used when there is law
enforcement activity in the area. in this case, students and
sta remain inside with locked doors, and class continues.
5. Lockdown/Barricade is initiated by a direct threat on
campus that compromises everyones security. Doors are
locked, lights are turned o and students/sta remain quiet.
Teaching stops, and classrooms are released by the police.
ese protocols have been developed over several years and
are endorsed by the San Mateo County police Chiefs and
the County Sheri. it is critical that we use county-wide
protocols because our school district is spread across two
cities and two police departments.
we sincerely appreciate e piLOTs
focus on emergency preparedness, and
we are grateful for the communitys
ongoing support. if you have questions
or feedback, call me at 650-620-2703 or
write to <>.
Michael Milliken, Ph.D., BRSSD Superintendent

give Blood | Save Lives

on Sunday, november 27th from 12pm to 4pm

at the Redwood Shores Library Parking Lot
Be a hero by visiting the Blood Centers of the Pacific
Donor Coach at the Redwood Shores Library. You can
schedule your life-saving appointment online at, then click Find a Location and enter
Sponsor Code: RWSLibrary. Bring a photo iD, EAT
heartily and drink plenty of wATER prior to your donation.

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Sandpiper Schools Expansion

we continue to work on the planned expansion of Sandpiper
School to include grades 6-8. we expect the environmental
impact report, including a trac analysis, to be published for
the community in November. we will partner with RSCA
to inform the community about where to find the report on
the Redwood City website and how to give public comment.
Sandpiper principal Tami Moore has begun outreach to
stakeholders as we design the upper grade program features.
Nesbit school in Belmont is two years ahead of Sandpiper
in developing a K-8 program, so we are applying our Nesbit
learning to Sandpiper. e K-8 program will give students
a high quality local alternative to Ralston Middle School.
is will better serve our diverse student population and
reduce overall trac into and out of the Shores.

Redwood Shores Scout Works to Stop Hunger!

while on vacation last February, Jay patel and his son Rohan
discussed his Eagle Scout project options. Rohan started
researching, planning and obtained Boy Scout Council
approval to find 40 volunteers, raise $2,990 and package
10,000 meals with STOP HUNGER NOW. ShN is driven by
the vision of a world without hunger. On September 17th,
over 60 Boy Scouts, families and members of the RwS
community gathered at Sandpiper Community Center and
assembled 14,256 meal packages, having raised $4,187!
e packages will feed school children in Vietnam and the
philippines through ShN aliates. Not only did Rohan
complete his Eagle project, he surpassed his goals and is
already planning to work with the Shores community to
repeat the eort again next summer!! photos and details are
posted at:
ank you, Rohan, for your eorts to bring the
community together to help other people!

Full page for

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Septembers Mixed Scramble

by Monique Seibel

Septembers complex draw guaranteed no one played with, or

against, the same person throughout the day. players appreciated
diversity in their matches. Sometimes its fun to play up or
down even if it means winning or losing by large margins.
Smita and Sundar Venkateswaran hosted the evening social. e
theme was a double take on indian Summerindian flavors
making use of seasonal produce. After dinner, prizes (massage
tools!) were awarded to winners Robin George and Sundar.
Many thanks to director June walker, Karen Brodersen for the
draw, ivn Quiones for courtside refreshments, Cynthia
hunton for prizes, and John hogan for photography.

Pajaro Dunes Weekend

A highlight of the tennis year was our annual trip to pajaro

Dunes. Friday evening everyone gathered for a progressive
dinner, each stage hosted by 6-8 people who got quite creative
with themesfrom beach zombies to willy wonkas
Chocolate Factory.
e next morning four teams competed in a wild tournament.
e results were all over the place, from 8-0 to 4-4. e
comments from the sidelines were as hilarious as some of the
points: I didnt see that, but it was out. After a courtside lunch,
people dispersed to pursue activities ranging from more tennis
to a long walk on the beach to shopping in Carmel, or just a
nap. at evening we gathered for the traditional cioppino
dinner prepared by irene Muzio and Michael Garb, and we
applauded the tournament winners: Team Robins, captained
by Micki Carter.
Sunday morning there was more tennis for anyone interested
in playing. it was a beautiful weekend with cool nights and
early mornings, warming to sunny days with no wind, against
the backdrop of a sunlit ocean and white breakers beyond the
dune grass.
Special thanks to Michael Garb for organizing the weekend!

Octobers Tournament

inspired by e PILOTs focus on Emergency preparedness,

Safety and Gratitude, we reflected on our wonderful club. we
are GRATEFUL for the friendships we have found in RSTC.
No matter what our age, we are grateful to continue to be able
to play tennis in a supportive environment. we are mindful
of SAFETY, particularly as more of us get sports injuries.
proper warmup and equipment helps us stay injury-free.
ER PREPAREDNESS: prizes this month were first aid kits!
Everyone expected Octobers Fixed Mixed tournament to be
rained out, but the weather cleared long enough for a fun day
with many close scores. anks to John Jordan and Michael
Garb who were out early to sweep puddles from the courts.
e rain returned as guests were arriving at the evening social,
at the home of Jay and irene Muzio. e theme was
halloween, just to put everyone in the mood for greeting
those little trick-or-treaters who show up at our doors later in
the month. Nicola Tidwell and John Jordan were the
tournament winners.
e November 12th tournament is the last of the season.
RSTCs holiday party takes place in January, and after that we
take a break until Membership Mania and the 2017 season
kick-o in March. For information, schedule of activities, or
to join, visit Lets play tennis!

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Pull Up!
Pull Up!
by Harvey Radin

You know sometimes

when youre on the phone and youre gazing
out the window at the same time... well, thats
me a few days ago, and what im seeing is this large
goose. Shortly after takeo, its slowly climbing,
vigorously flapping its wings, but will it clear the roofs and
chimneys up ahead? Now, no oense to geese, but they ARE
a little ungainly, especially on takeo.
So as i'm watching this goose attempting to gain altitude,
i'm thinking: No worries. Right? No worries. e goose
will be okay. Geese fly all the time. ey must know the
metrics -- or is that physics -- of flight? ey must realize they
have to reach a certain velocity and achieve some specified
air flow under their wings to do what they need to do. Right?
But what if this particular goose was daydreaming during
flight training? eres that question and shred of doubt in
my mind. And as im watching that goose and i'm so riveted
on its flight path, im silently, suddenly yelling to myself...
PULL UP! PULL UP! And then... And then... e goose
somehow defies the laws of aerodynamics and clears all the
homes, with what appears to be only inches to spare.
what a dierence compared to other birds around the
Shores! To hawks, for example. Do you see hawks flying over
sometimes? eyre eortlessly soaring overhead, catching
air currents, hardly flapping their wings. if they werent
looking around for something to eat, theyd probably be
yawning up there, thats how relaxed they look. ose hawks
sure are graceful, that is until theyre soaring like fighter jets
when theyre going after lunch.
And how about those herons? im not an expert, but arent
herons the birds with really long legs and quite a wingspan?
with just a casual flap of their wings -- with hardly any
eort -- they rise many feet. So you have hawks that seem
like fighter jets and herons that are kind of like ballerinas.
And geese. what can they be compared to?
(After a career in corporate
communication, Harvey Radin
wrote books and articles about
public opinion and PR. His articles
have been published in Business
Insider, American Banker and
regional news media. e Radins
have lived in the Shores since 1984.)

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Are Your Pets


by Jan Brown

As this months issue of e PILOT is devoted to emergency

preparedness, it is only fitting to address the topic of animals
and disasters. As humans, weve been told to have enough
food, water, flashlights, battery powered radios and the like.
But, for pet owners, it is also imperative you have a plan in
place for your animals!
Let me take you back to a little more than 27 years ago
October 17, 1989 the day Loma prieta struck. in 1989
i was living in San Francisco. i arrived home to find some
broken glass, some plaster that had fallen, and no electricity.
My damages were minimal compared to what other people
suered that day.
As any good pet owner did, i promptly put my cat in his
carrier as i did not want him stepping in the broken glass.
within two hours my nice, docile cat managed to chew his
way out of his carrier (yes, it was a corrugated-type carrier),
and my only working flashlight died on me. Luckily,
approximately 4 hours later we had our electricity back on.
e Loma prieta quake only served to illustrate how
unprepared i was, especially when it came to the welfare of
my beloved animal.
So, here is a list of some of the things you should have in
place for your pets, before you need them:
Sturdy carriers (one for each animal)
Enough food and water for at least 7 days
A photograph of your pet(s)
A copy of your animals vaccination/medical history
Extra medicine if your animal requires medicine
An extra leash, collar and identification tag
Extra litter box or piddle pad
A pet first aid kit
Take a pet first aid class!
if you focus on completing one item at a time your task
will not seem so overwhelming.
And in no time you will
be well-prepared for
your animal.

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Updates Needed for Shores Library Interpretive Center

e Redwood Shores Library and interpretive Center were
opened in 2008. e entire interpretive Center is a
museum-quality educational interactive center designed
to help children discover the wonders of the Bay and of the
Bay wetlands, honoring the bio-diversity of these wetlands.
it teaches children about the balance between community
needs and the environment around us.

Heres what Redwood Shores parents are saying:

Shannon: I'm personally excited about the Foundations plans
for the Interpretive Center. My children really enjoy our library
and in particular, the interactive play area. e fish have
always been a popular feature for everyone!
Lina: My 18 month old son loves the interactive features of the
Interpretive Center. He is always excited when we park near
the Library. We are looking forward to seeing the upgrades!

How you can help:

ere are several features of the interpretive Center that are

faded and need replacement. we need to replace signage at
the entry and signage in front of the aquarium. e
countertop is particularly faded. we would like to make the
screen of micro-life in the Bay more compelling. Several
Redwood Shores parents also suggested we re-design the bird
footprint interactive area to make it easier to use.
e current interactive computer game runs on an almost
four-year old Mac-mini. we would like to update the game
to a touchscreen interactive. e current game shows animals
that can be pulled out of the mud. e survival game was
designed for kids to find food, a home and to find a mate for
the creature before the time ran out. updating the game,
making it more interactive and educational, and updating
the equipment will be one of the goals of this campaign.

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e Redwood City Library Foundation is participating in

#GivingTuesday on November 29th. it is an international
day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate.
Donate online ( or mail your check to:
Redwood City Library Foundation
1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063
invite your friends and family to dine at Amicis in
Redwood Shores on November 29th and 25% of your
bill will support the interpretive Center at the Redwood
Shores Library. Dont forget to mention Redwood City
Library Foundation. (Flyer on opposite page.)

Please help us raise

money for upgrades in
the Redwood Shores
Interpretive Center!
Message from
Rouslana Yaroslavsky,
Executive Director of the
Redwood City Library
Foundation &
Redwood Shores Resident


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local student selected for youth advisory Board

at harvards making caring common Project
On October 24th, Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of
the harvard Graduate School of Education, announced the
members of its second Youth Advisory Board (YAB). e board
represents a diverse group of young people who will work with
Making Caring Common over the next year to make schools and
communities more just, caring, and respectful places.
Kaitlin Wong (Katie) from Carlmont High School in Belmont,
CA was selected from nearly 200 nominees. e 2016-2017 Youth
Advisory Board includes 26 members who represent 15 states across
the nation and a diversity of backgrounds and identities. All YAB
members demonstrate a strong commitment to MCCs mission of
building just, caring, and respectful communities.
we are incredibly excited to work with such a passionate group of
young people who are committed to cultivating a culture of kindness
in their schools and communities, said MCCs Research Director,
Luba Falk Feigenberg, who leads the Youth Advisory Board. Now
in its second year, the Youth Advisory Board contributes a critical
perspective that shapes our work with parents and educators.
Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the harvard
Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and
communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their
communities, and committed to justice. Learn more at

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(How a Connecticut Yankee embraced California Cuisine)
Lynn Kathleen Adams


anksgiving is our absolute favorite holiday. its not just

about all of the wonderful food, or a fresh oven roasted turkey
that has been brined the night before in water, apple cider,
herbs and salt, but about friends and family gathering
together for a festive dinner, good conversation, and enjoying
each others company. e annual Macys anksgiving Day
parade (this is our morning tradition!) keeps us company
while baking the familys requested desserts, which can range
from apple pie, pumpkin pie, mincemeat pie, pecan pie
(flavored with a touch of Kahlua), pumpkin chion
cheesecake, fresh pear tart, or any of the other traditional
desserts that we all enjoy. My family is always looking for
new ideas for a special anksgiving dessert, and recently
discovered this recipe in a very old Sunset magazine while
cleaning out our garage. e Fuyu is a non-astringent variety
of persimmon and are eaten while still firm like an apple.
ey are used in salads, salsas and chutneys, but add a
wonderfully interesting taste to this lovely autumn Bundt
cake. weve modified it a bit from the original recipe to make
it a little spicier with the addition of allspice.


Oven Temp 350 degrees (best in regular oven, not convection)

3 to 6 firm Fuyu persimmons peeled and diced enough to
make 3 cups (depends upon their size)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sifted white unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup walnuts, chopped finely (pecans may be substituted)
3/4 cup golden raisins

Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Blend baking soda with
chopped persimmons. Set aside.
in a large bowl beat butter with sugar. Add eggs, lemon juice,
vanilla and orange zest, and beat until fluy. Stir in chopped
persimmons. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, allspice,
ground cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into
persimmon mixture until just blended. Stir in walnuts and
raisins. pour (or spoon, it will be thick) into prepared bundt
pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick
tests clean. Do not overbake or the cake will be dry. Cool in
pan 15 minutes. Turn onto baking rack to cool.
when cool, dust with powdered sugar if desired, or you can
add an orange glaze to make it more decorative for the holidays.
To make an orange glaze, combine 2 cups confectioners sugar
and 1/4 cup fresh orange juice; whisk until smooth. Drizzle
over bundt cake and garnish with more fresh orange zest.
Enjoy with coee, tea or a nice large glass of milk!
(Lynn has been an RSCA Board member since 1994.)

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Preparedness & Gratitude Go Hand-in-Hand

is November provides several unique reminders for all of us to

reflect on whats important in our lives, and express our appreciation
and gratitude for any number of things for which we feel thankful.
Sunday, November 6th is the End of Daylight Savings Time.
Clocks are turned back so we gain an
hour, while sunset and darkness occur
earlier as we move toward winter.
Daylight Savings Time changes are an
ideal time to put fresh batteries in all
smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
around the house. how will you spend your extra hour?
Tuesday, November 8 th is Election Day,
marking a new era no matter who leads.
(This edition of The PILOT is expected to arrive
ON Election Day.) D ID YOU VOTE ?
Friday, November 11th
is Veterans Day!
Schools & many businesses
are closed for this holiday in
order to take the opportunity to
recognize and thank those who have served our
country, both domestically and abroad. ey sacrifice so much
for the sake of others in the mission to keep all of us safe.
Saturday, November 19th will be a busy day for community
volunteers around Redwood Shores!

ursday, November 24th is

Thanksgiving Day!
what plans and traditions
do you have for the holiday?!
Friday, November 25th is known as
Black Friday, which ocially kicks o
shopping for the holiday season.
Be safe out there!
Saturday, November 26th is increasingly being promoted as
Small Business Saturday to encourage shoppers to support their
local stores and providers. please try supporting our community
shops here in the Shores.
On Sunday, November 27th from 12pm to 4pm, you can
GIVE BLOOD | S AVE L IVES. Be a hero by visiting the Blood
Centers of the pacific Donor Coach at the Redwood Shores
Library. You can schedule your life-saving appointment online
at, then click Find a Location and enter
Sponsor Code: RWSLibrary. Bring a photo iD, EAT heartily
and drink plenty of wATER prior to your donation.
Monday, November 25th is known as Cyber Monday for online
shopping deals. Did you know that a lot of online shopping can
also benefit non-profit organizations such as our Shores schools?
Consider using which gives a percentage back
to a charity of your choice!
Tuesday, November 29th has been dubbed Giving Tuesday and
youll find a lot of fundraisers and charity events taking place. pages
20-21 have event details benefiting our Redwood Shores Library!

On Saturday, November 19th, Boy Scout Troop 27 and

Cub Scout Pack 61 will be Scouting For Food in
Redwood Shores as part of the largest one day food drive by
the Boy Scouts of America. items needed include canned
foods such as stew, chili, soup, fruits/vegetables, fish and meat.
Cereals, peanut butter, and juice boxes are also needed. Food
collected will be delivered to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Last year over 1,100 lbs. of food was collected to help feed
the hungry. Scouting for Food is one way that our scouts live
out the Scout slogan Do a Good Turn Daily. Find out more
at and
Show Your Cards Drill on Saturday, November 19th!
utilizing the RED/GREEN Disaster Signal Card provided
in this issue of e PILOT, our local CERT members will be
conducting a drill in Redwood Shores on Saturday, 11/19.
please display the GREEN/OK signal in a window or on a
door visible from the street. For more information visit

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Any time throughout the year is a good time to thank our local
police and fire departments. Since May 1998, residents have had
the privileged of Station 20 being located on Redwood Shores
parkway, within a mile of almost every resident. e Redwood City
police are also committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe.
Lets show our appreciation to police, firemen, city ocials, health
care professionals and caregivers by respecting their eorts to keep
us safe and healthy. Lets compliment them by modeling our
behaviors after theirs. Lets pay attention to precautions and take a
little time to prepare for situations we may find ourselves in that
wont allow for expert help. Take the time, make the eort to make
your home, car, and oce as safe as possible and make plans for the
what if scenarios and for when (not if) the next disaster strikes.

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