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Reporters' notebook
September 23, 2010, 02:54 AM

Rumor has it the infamous and recently reopened Castro District sandwich shop Ike’s Place will be opening a shop somewhere in Burlingame. The popular former San Francisco shop closed after a fight with the landlord. It has since opened locations in Palo Alto and Redwood Shores, the latter only takes phone orders.

Although Burlingame officials were unaware of a potential opening or location, the Ike’s Place website lists the city as one of the places it plans to open shop. Burlingame does allow food establishments under a certain size which would not contain a full kitchen to open without some of the permits. Maybe that’s why the plan to open shop has been so quiet.

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Burlingame is $8,000 shy of raising the $70,000 goal to keep the Easton branch library open this year. Stephen Hamilton, Burlingame Library Foundation treasurer, told the City Council Monday that $62,000 has been collected from over 200 donors since the effort began this summer. This is part of the plan to keep the residential branch open. Fundraising will continue to create a $1 million trust for the branch. To support Easton visit www.saveeastonbranch.org.

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County Sheriff Greg Munks joked Monday night that he might need a new head of the jail planning unit. The faux pas? Lt. Debbie Bazan scheduled a community meeting on the subject that evening at the same time as the San Francisco 49ers football game.

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Planning on partying this weekend?

If you are and happen to drink a bit too much while enjoying a night out, a relatively new service called My Sober Drivers will make sure you and your car make it home safe. The nonprofit agency, based in San Mateo, will send a team of licensed professional drivers to bars, restaurants or house parties to take care of those who may of had a bit too much alcohol. To make a reservation online visit www.mysoberdrivers.org or call (800) 787-6617.

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Got thoughts, complaints or compliments on the county’s Environmental Health website? Let the county know by completing a survey to improve the site at www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/SMC/survey?sid=52681&lang=en.

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Will.I.Am had a ball Tuesday night when he hit up Broadway in Burlingame to dine at Broadway Grill. Rumor has it he planned to go back Wednesday night. Anyone see him?

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Redwood City Rotary is busy hosting "Night of the Stars” to raise money to create a youth digital arts center in Redwood City. The center will house "Fresh Take Films,” a free film academy for kids 12 to 18 years old. The event will feature emcee and comedian Bob Sarlette, headline entertainment by Dean Martin impersonator Matt Helm and honors for independent film director Victoria Raiser and Pixar’s Ratatouille producer (and former San Carlos councilman) Brad Lewis.

Check it out from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City.

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Burlingame Rotarians better look out! The San Carlos Rotary is gunning for you! The two clubs along with those from Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica and the San Francisco Airport will compete Thursday at Kohl Mansion in a fierce culinary throwdown. Burlingame is the reigning champs but might not be for long if the others have their way. Best part? Judges can be bribed by the chefs, family and friends!

The event will include two no-host bars, live music, appetizers and desserts donated by local restaurants and the chance to see some local Iron Chefs in action. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Burlingame Rotary, P.O. Box 408, Burlingame, 94011. Every dollar benefits local charities.



The reporters’ notebook is a weekly collection of facts culled from the notebooks of the Daily Journal staff. It appears in the Thursday edition.


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