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Reporters' notebook
November 16, 2012, 05:00 AM
Curry Up Now, which started as a mobile food truck business before opening up a restaurant in downtown San Mateo, will open up its second brick and mortar restaurant in Palo Alto Monday on Hamilton Avenue in addition to continuing to serve Indian food out of its three gourmet food trucks.

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Come one, come all to the Senior Showcase information fair today at the Foster City Recreation Center. Free admission and everyone is welcome. More than 40 exhibitors will be on hand and there will be plenty of free services and prizes. The recreation center is at 650 Shell Blvd., in Foster City. The fair takes place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 344-5200 for more information.

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The Sheriff's Office is now using a state-of-the-art command vehicle with advanced computer and telephone systems. The vehicle, purchased with approximately $800,000 in federal grants, would have been perfect for a disaster like the San Bruno explosion, according to sheriff's officials. But, being only about a month old, the vehicle has mostly responded so far to search and rescue missions.

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Pile driving has started at the Port of Redwood City as part of its reconstruction of wharves one and two. Demolition of the old wharves and adjacent warehouse is nearly done and the new concrete wharf will be supported by 113 concrete pilings. Pile driving began Nov. 15 and will run through roughly the end of the year during the day.

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Those wanting to donate to the fund for Ben Pessah, the Burlingame man shot in the head while leaving a San Francisco Halloween party last month, can still use the online site gofundme.com/1f0bb0 but the family has also established a mailing address for those who prefer that method. Checks should be made out to Ben Pessah or the Pessah family and mailed to Ben's Fund, Attn: Jason Sutherland, 205 DeAnza Blvd. No. 126, San Mateo, CA 94402.

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Karen Kline, a San Carlos mom originally from New Jersey, was quick to find ways to help her community back home after Superstorm Sandy.

She sent out an email to her friends in the Bay Area, asking for items such as clothing and toys to send back to a friend on the Jersey Shore. Every day, she would take these boxes to Fedex, and ship them to a friend who personally delivered these items to the Toms River community, which was badly hit.

In addition, her sons, Casey and Brady, along some friends, Jake diTargiani, Jack Pedrotti, Joey Scatena, Jasmine Oda, Carly Ramirez, Tali Beres and Jack Rosenberg started selling lemonade in front of their home. The sales went on for five days, and the boys raised more than $800. Kline has been getting gift cards for the families to use for whatever they needed.

The generous people of San Carlos were very quick to respond to lemonade sales, and often times, paying more for their cups of lemonade.

Many children lost their backpacks for school in the flood so the community is in great need of these. If anyone wants to help, contact Karen Kline at Seagull_Strong@yahoo.com.

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Looking for other ways to help those affected by Sandy? Dojo USA located in San Bruno has chosen to help victims on the East Coast as their Thanksgiving drive. Getting into the Thanksgiving workout from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. requires the donations of any of the following: household cleaning items, medicines, baby products (diapers, wipes etc.), pediatric medicines, personal hygiene products and winter clothes. Dojo USA will send the donations to the Breezy Point Community Relief Center.

For more information call 589-9148.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 11, noon, Summit Auto Body & Painting in Belmont had a donation ceremony honoring a veteran. Chris Zammit of Summit worked for moe than six months to put a car together to donate to a struggling veteran. Zammit, working with the Belmont Rotary Club, made this gift possible.

Many contributed to make the day happen including: ABC, Auto Wreckers, Jacks Auto Tops, Kohlweiss Auto Parts, San Mateo Locks, Kirberg Motors, ABS Automotive, Magnussen Lexus, Mikado Technology, Napa Auto Marts, Action Towing, Wheelworks San Mateo and Phoenix Digital Printing. The folks at Molly Stone's Market donated the food for the party.



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


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