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Reporters' notebook
January 04, 2013, 05:00 AM
Three University of California campuses in the area have made Kiplinger Personal Finance's annual list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges. UC Berkeley ranks eighth, UC Davis ranks 23rd and UC Santa Cruz ranks 54th. The best value, according to Kiplinger, is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which has ranked No. 1 since the list was created in 1998.

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Are you a woman who loves to sing? The Peninsula Choraliers are looking for new members for its 2013 spring season.The Choraliers are an SSA women's ensemble that performs on the Mid-Peninsula at senior citizen residences and at civic functions. Its programs contain popular songs through the decades, folk music and Broadway selections. Rehearsals are held at the Millbrae Recreation Center, 477 Lincoln Circle, Millbrae, and will begin Jan. 10. Rehearsals are from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Prior choral experience and music reading ability are helpful, but not necessary. The Choraliers are directed by Janice Gunderson.

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The Coastal Arts League Gallery and Museum will host a photo exhibit called "Mavericks: Everest of the Seas,” starting Jan. 18 and running through Feb. 24. Some photos will feature surfer Jay Moriarity's early runs on the massive waves. Moriarity was the subject of the 2012 film "Chasing Mavericks.” The gallery is located at 300 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.

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A Pacifica bookstore is selling commemorative "Last Ride on Devil's Slide” T-shirts as the tunnel project along the coast nears completion. When the Tom Lantos Tunnels at Devil's Slide opens in the coming months, the windy stretch of Highway 1 south of Pacifica will be converted into trails for recreational use. Find the shirts and other Devil's Slide related items at Florey's Book Co. at 2120 Palmetto Ave. in Pacifica.

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Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager was unanimously elected chair of the Peninsula Joint Powers Board yesterday replacing Adrienne Tissier. Tom Nolan, chair of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, was named vice chair of the agency that operates Caltrain. A replacement for Liz Kniss has not been named yet as she was recently termed out of her seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

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Sleep Train's Toy Drive for Foster Kids collected more than 40,000 toys for foster children, which is a more than 15 percent increase over the 34,000 toys donated during last year's drive. In total, during 2012 Sleep Train garnered more than 200,000 items for foster kids and more than $630,000 for extra-curricular activities. Those who didn't get to participate can still help with the annual Pajama Drive for Foster Kids, which begins Monday, Jan. 7 and runs through March 3. Donations of new PJs in all sizes – infant to adult – can be donated at any Sleep Train store.



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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