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Jean and Nina Cornil and Jean-Francois and Lindsay Gerber Cornil of Portola Valley and Woodside are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son and brother, Julien, to Ashley Kellenberger, daughter of Steve and Annie Kellenberger of Los Altos Hills as well as sister to her twin Sara and brothers Justin and Shawn and wife Kari. The bride is a graduate of St. Nicholas School, St. Francis High School and the University of San Diego, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphics and Art History. Ashley currently works in San Francisco where she is an account manager at Godfrey Q and Partners, a tech advertising firm. The groom is a graduate of Woodside Elementary, MenloAtherton High School and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. Julien currently works as a Commercial Market Developer with Comcast Inc. in San Francisco. Julien and Ashley reside in San Francisco and are planning a September 10, 2011 wedding in the Chapelle de St. Jeannet, France (South of France) Both American and French relatives will be attending the wedding there. Courtesy of the Harold Zwierlein family
Harold Zwierlein was a rodeo star as a young man, traveling the national rodeo circuit, winning big prize money and breaking many of the bones in his body. This photo was taken in 1950.
Harold Zwierlein, Woodside farrier, councilman and rodeo star, dies at age 83 By Barbara Wood
road commissioner. Mr. Zwierlein was a thirdgeneration native Californian, and his grandfather, William Pajaro King, was the first white
Zwierlein, owned shoe stores. The family moved to Woodarold Zwierlein, who side in 1941 and the teenage lived in Woodside for Zwierlein went to work for nearly 70 years, died at Holt’s Country Store afternoons his home in Woodside and weekends. Mr. Zwion Nov. 9. A rodeo star as erlein said he worked Harold Zwierlein in the a young man, Mr. Zwierat the Holt gas station, back yard of his home in lein toured the country ice house and the soda Woodside in October. on the rodeo circuit, fountain — all at the competing in venues same time. “It wasn’t that Memorial services as exalted as Madison busy, so basically I could Memorial services will be Square Garden. handle all three,” Mr. held at the Mounted Patrol Mr. Zwierlein spent Zwierlein said. Grounds, 521 Kings Moundecades as a farrier When he moved to tain Road in Woodside, at 2 in Woodside, shoeing Woodside, a decade and p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. many of the horses in a half before the town Photo by Barbara Wood town until he retired in was incorporated, the 1991. population was under He also served a term on the child born in Watsonville, fam- 500, he said. In those days, it was Woodside Town Council, for a ily members said. considered a building boom, he short time owned the Hitchrack In an interview on Oct. 19, Mr. said, “if three houses were built saloon, was a volunteer fire- Zwierlein reminisced about his in Woodside at one time.” fighter and a founding member life. Mr. Zwierlein grew up around of the San Mateo County Horse- He was born in Palo Alto on horses and he began competmen’s Association, running the Dec. 24, 1926, and attended ing in rodeos at a young age. “I Junior Rodeo for them for 31 Addison, Lytton, Channing and started riding calves at the age of years. Palo Alto High schools. His 10,” he said. He also served on Woodside’s mother was Elfleda King ZwiContinued on page 10 History Committee and was a erlein and his father, Edmund
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A year later, no answers in girl’s death n Hit-and-run “person of interest” remains at large. By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
6-year-old girl riding in a car with her parents died after a street racer broadsided their Toyota Camry at the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road early on a clear fall afternoon last year. Lisa Xavier was her parents’ only child. The family still lives in Menlo Park, according to acquaintances. Despite witnesses and video recordings of the Nov. 12, 2009, accident, there’s still no sign of an arrest. Witnesses saw the driver of the black 1989 Ford Mustang that struck the family’s car exit his vehicle and jump into a white Honda involved in the race, which then fled the scene, police said. Video from a surveillance camera at Sun Microsystems showed heavy traffic at the scene of the collision, and that at least one vehicle ran a red light before colliding with the vehicle carrying the family, according to police. Shannon Fox, the 25-year-old East Palo Alto man who drove the Mustang and named a “person of interest” by police, is no longer in the Bay Area. “We are working nonstop to find him,” said Cmdr. Lacey Burt of the Menlo Park Police Department. Mr. Fox is described by police as a black man, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 220 pounds and muscular. The police also know him by other names: Shanon Steven Hodgson
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Photos of Lisa Xavier with family and friends adorn poster boards at vigil at Laurel School in 2009.
Fox; Shannon Steve Brooks. Wherever Mr. Fox currently is, he remains a source of anguish in Menlo Park. “It still is an open wound. It’s an open wound for me personally, an open wound for our community, this wonderful small child of ours we couldn’t
protect,” said Councilman Heyward Robinson. “I feel like we failed her. And now ... we can’t even apprehend (the people responsible) so they can be held responsible for their actions, and that keeps it an open wound,” he said. The councilman called for the
community to remember Lisa and her parents. “I think there ought to be some kind of public display. ... (We need to say) that we’re just not going to tolerate this in our community. We’ve got one of the best police departments around; if they can’t track these people down, it’s not for
lack of effort.” A public display, Mr. Robinson hopes, may put pressure on anyone who knows where Mr. Fox is to help deliver justice in the death of a little girl. Go to AlmanacNews.com to see pictures of suspect.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage acquires Cashin Company Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced Nov. 11 that it has acquired the assets of Cashin Company Realtors. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Founded in 1995 by Emmet J. “Skip” Cashin III, Cashin Company has 270 real estate agents in seven offices in San Mateo County and accounted for more than $1 billion in sales volume in the last 12 months, said Coldwell Banker spokesman Steve Maita. Cashin offices will now oper-
ate under the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage name, he said. Cashin, which is owned by Skip Cashin and his partner Chuck Alloo, is headquartered in Menlo Park and has offices in Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside. Coldwell Banker, whose Bay Area operation is headquartered in San Ramon, has offices in Menlo Park and Woodside. Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Bay Area, announced
the acquisition to Cashin staff, agents and managers at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park. For Cashin, the benefits are the “added technology and tools and vast network of Coldwell banker agents,” said Mr. Turley in an interview. “For Coldwell Banker, we’re going to enjoy the distinction of the wonderful clientele (Cashin has) built up over the years.” Mr. Turley also noted Coldwell Banker’s name recognition around the world, which is criti-
cal to the Silicon Valley market. A prospective client in China, for example, might not know to search for Cashin. There are no immediate plans to close offices or lay off people, “but it would be silly to say we are not evaluating” duplications and possible synergies, he said. With this acquisition, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has 60 offices in the Bay Area with 3,500 sales associates who accounted for more than $11 billion in sales last year, Mr. Maita said.
Cashin Company is “a perfect fit with Coldwell Banker in terms of our respective cultures, our core values and our strength in the local marketplace, especially in the luxury market,” Mr. Turley said in a press release. “During this economic climate and challenging real estate market, it’s more important than ever to be the clear industry leader.” Mr. Cashin said in a press release that his firm had many See coldwell, page 7
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R EAL E STATE Q&A by Gloria Darke
Council joins chorus against Cargill project By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
nother voice â€” the Portola Valley Town Council â€” has joined the chorus of opposition to a proposal by Minneapolis-based Cargill Salt Corp. and an Arizona developer to convert 1,436 acres of salt flats off Redwood City into five residential communities that would house up to 30,000 people. Residents and officials in Atherton, Woodside and Menlo Park have let their opposition be known. Portola Valleyâ€™s contribution came Wednesday, Nov. 10, at a council meeting before a group of about 30 residents of The Sequoias retirement community at 501 Portola Road. (The council meets at The Sequoias about once a year, usually in the fall.) Jon Silver, a former mayor and former San Mateo County planning commissioner, captured the mood as the first speaker in the public comment period. â€œThere are certain ideas that are so bad that you just donâ€™t need to study them much,â€? he said. â€œThe days of pillaging the Bay for money ought to be over. ... If we canâ€™t oppose something this bad, we might as well pack it up.â€? There could be as many as 19 regional and six federal agencies with oversight, including the town of Woodside (which borders Redwood City), according to a 99-page study by the Redwood City Planning, Housing and Economic Development Department. Portola Valley is not listed but as a member of the public, the town can submit comments ahead of the Feb. 28 deadline for this first stage in a lengthy environmental study. On Dec. 8, the Portola Valley council also plans to take a step that the Woodside council considered but declined: issuing a strongly worded resolution in opposition to the project. A staff report recommended that Portola Valley monitor
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suitors in recent years, but decided that Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage was the right choice in terms of the scale and scope of the company, agent support, technological tools, networking opportunities, and cultural fit. Mr. Cashin will not have a â€œleadership role, but will certainly be consulting for us,â€? Mr. Turley
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Woodsideâ€™s ongoing monitoring of the project, but that idea faded after members of the public reminded the council of Portola Valleyâ€™s view of itself as an environmental leader. â€œItâ€™s not Portola Valley and Woodside. Itâ€™s Portola Valley,â€? resident Ward Paine said. â€œItâ€™s not Palo Alto. Itâ€™s Portola Valley. We have more stroke than the 4,500 people who live here. What we do will be a lot more important that what other people do.â€? â€œItâ€™s not a time to meditate,â€? added resident Marilyn Walter. â€œItâ€™s a time to act.â€? Climate-change-induced sea level rises â€œshould be a far more important element in this discussion than it has been,â€? said Portola Valley resident Marion Softky. Council views
â€œI canâ€™t believe weâ€™re sitting here and that this (project) is even a possibility,â€? said councilman and architect John Richards after the public had spoken. Councilwoman Maryann Derwin, who summarized the topic for the council ahead of the discussion, noted that she has read the Redwood City study. â€œAfter I was done, I was even more alarmed than when I began,â€? she said. The traffic in and out of the communities would be â€œa nightmare.â€? Fresh water would come via a swap with Kern County, where the developer owns water rights for up to 70 years, but getting it to Redwood City will require the participation of intermediary public agencies that get their water from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir and the San Joaquin Valley, Ms. Derwin said. The projectâ€™s location on a salt flat would necessitate a levee, she added. The study describes a perimeter levee 14
said in the interview. Chuck Alloo, who has served as chief operating officer and co-founded the firm with Mr. Cashin, will continue in a senior management role, Coldwell Banker said. Cashin is the latest in a list of acquisitions of Northern California brokerages by Coldwell Banker. Others include Fox & Carskadon, TRI, Contempo, Del Monte Realty, Cornish & Carey Residential Real Estate, Grubb
feet high, including an extra 4 feet to deal with â€œanticipated sea-level rise.â€? Go to tinyurl.com/CargillStudy for a copy of the study. A U.S. Geological Survey map depicts the site as bright red, Ms. Derwin noted, meaning that itâ€™s vulnerable to seismic rupture and liquefaction â€” sedimentary soil liquefying by a sudden infusion of ground water. Ms. Derwin contended that a combination of a major earthquake and a break in the levee could be disastrous for that community. Liquefaction is a problem, resident and geophysicist Sheldon Breiner said in an interview, but such land can be made safe by piling on soil and driving long stabilizing posts deep into the ground. â€œThere are solutions to it, but it takes money and it takes engineering,â€? he said.
You Fix It! Dear Gloria, We bought our house five years ago and actually paid over asking for it. We bought it with no contingencies and there were a number of things we had to fix, although they were fairly minor. We have now had to put our house back on the market for financial reasons. We are fortunate that we have an offer, although it is below our asking price and the buyers are asking us to fix everything that was in the inspection report. We are just livid and tempted to tell them to forget it. Do buyers have the right to do this? Dana W. Dear Dana, Two things you mention are most illustrative of the change in the market from when you bought in 2005 and here at the end of 2010. What a difference five years makes. Weâ€™ve gone through an enormous stock market plunge, amassed huge national debt, have
For answers to any questions you may have on real estate, you may e-mail me at gdarke@apr. com or call 462-1111, Alain Pinel Realtors. I also offer a free market analysis of your property.
& Ellis, and Pacific Preferred Properties Inc. The acquisitions have helped Coldwell Banker build its position in the luxury market in Northern California, the company said. Year to date, the company accounted for the sale of more than one out of four properties priced above $3 million and one out of three properties above $5 million in the Bay Area, according to MLS Listings, the company said.
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The study lists 17 categories of concern (such as air quality and biological resources), which are subdivided into 88 issues. Of that total, 72 (82 percent) are listed as potentially significant, including all of the issues identified for air and water quality, biological and cultural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, population and housing, public services and recreation. While this list looks foreboding, the study noted, preparing an environmental impact report requires such an explicit listing of issues. â€œMany of the potentially significant impacts identified in this checklist could be avoided through changes in design or mitigation, both of which will be developed during preparation of the EIR,â€? the report says. â€œAgencies are encouraged to submit comments proposing mitigation measures to address impacts subject to their jurisdiction or expertise.â€?
a new 3.8% health care tax on gains from selling your house (at certain levels) and have a tax structure that leaves buyers, investors and most everyone guessing what the future holds. In 2005 we were experiencing double digit appreciation on real estate in this area so if you didnâ€™t buy the house you wanted this month, next month you would pay more. If there were items to be fixed, as long as it wasnâ€™t major, such as a foundation or roof, most buyers were willing to buy a property â€œas isâ€? and just happy if they got it. These are different times and sellers need to come to terms with that. While I feel the market is steadily improving, offers are being made subject to inspection contingencies. You might be well advised to negotiate with the buyers on what might seem like reasonable requests and put both you and the buyer in the frame of mind that neither of you got everything you want but itâ€™s a good transaction.
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BevMo fight really over? n Store plans February opening. By Sandy Brundage Almanac Staff Writer
ven before voting to let BevMo keep its use permit for a store the chain wants to open in a strip mall at 700 El Camino Real, the Menlo Park City Council was bracing for the consequences. City Attorney Bill McClure explained the options remaining to anyone who didn’t like the outcome. Either side could contest the decision in court; those asking for a denial of the use permit could also go before the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. He also told the council that legally they weren’t allowed to protect one business from competition, citing a case where the courts upheld the Davis City Council’s decision to allow a Borders bookstore to open. Maureen Hogan, who filed the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval that brought the decision to the council, said she won’t file an appeal of the council’s decision with the ABC. At the Nov. 9 council meeting, Ms. Hogan presented a succinct argument for denial based on lack of need and convenience, but in the end lost the appeal with a 3-2 vote by the council to uphold the permit. “I appreciate that the City Council faced a difficult decision and deliberated at length. †While
I wish the outcome had been different, I respect their decision,” Ms. Hogan said. Council members Kelly Fergusson and Heyward Robinson disagreed with their three colleagues. Mr. Robinson later sent an opinion piece to local newspapers, saying he wishes he’d been able to persuade his colleagues to deny the permit. He cited high rents charged by the property owner as the primary reason the spot has sat vacant for 18 months, and doesn’t think it was, as Mayor Rich Cline said at the meeting, “a choice between BevMo or nothing.” Dan Beltramo did not respond to questions about whether his family’s company will appeal the decision to the ABC. The amount of correspondence the city received from the public before the Nov. 9 meeting, much of it from Beltramo’s supporters, filled a 5-inch binder, such an “overwhelming amount” that management decided it would be a huge time drain for staff to count the total number of comments received, according to the city clerk’s office. Jeff Sealy, vice president of real estate for BevMo, said the company was excited, and anticipates opening the store by mid-February. “It was never our intent to come to Menlo Park with an eye to Beltramo’s,” he said. “They have a respected business, as do we.”
Menlo College president resigns Menlo College President G. Timothy Haight is resigning his post on Dec. 31, to be replaced by the college’s provost and executive vice president, James Kelly, according to the college. Mr. Haight began his tenure in December 2006. Responding to the question of whether Mr. Haight was leaving voluntarily, Julie Filizetti, president of the board of trustees, said: “It is not Menlo College’s policy to discuss personnel matters; however, it is important that we recognize the valuable contribution Dr. Haight has made to Menlo College during his four-year tenure as president. “The most essential issue is that we have continuity moving forward with the leadership of the college.” Menlo College, located at 1000 El Camino Real in Atherton,
announced the change in leadership in a press release issued the night of Nov. 10. The announcement noted that Mr. Kelly has worked closely with the current president “in carrying out Menlo’s mission and regaining its reputation as a premier, nationally recognized business college.” In a prepared statement, Ms. Filizetti said: “We are deeply grateful to President Haight for his leadership during this time of transition and growth for Menlo College. He was faced with a number of significant challenges over the past few years and has worked with the faculty and staff to make sure we are in a much stronger position academically and financially, as well as with our enrollment, our faculty and our accreditation agencies. We owe a great deal of our success to President Haight.”
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Junior League to tour Atherton homes The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula will hold its third annual fundraiser, “Finishing Touches: A Holiday Tour of Fine Homes and Boutique” from Dec. 2 to 5. The tour will include several homes in the Atherton area decorated for the holiday season by local interior and floral designers, as well an expanded boutique for holiday shopping. “Finishing Touches” is based at Sacred Heart Schools, 50 Emilie Ave. in Atherton, where guests can park and check in, and then take a shuttle bus to each home. Guests can shop in the holidaythemed boutique, which features local vendors. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5. Sponsors include Emily Joubert, Florabella, Sprinkles, Frette, Tomís Teak Furniture and Tiny Prints. An opening night celebration at a local residence kicks off the event Thursday, Dec. 2, and features cocktails, gourmet food, and a raffle. In addition, the League will throw a festive luncheon Friday, Dec. 3, at the Menlo Circus Club Krista Skehan, Personify Visual Communications. in Atherton. It includes a home- Florabella’s floral design and decor creates a welcoming entry. tour ticket that can be used for a Friday-only, self-driven tour, or for the shuttle-guided tour on Tickets for the weekend tour are $40 in advance Saturday or Sunday. and $50 at the door. “Finishing Touches” supports such League The Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula projects as Done in a Day, First Teachers, Fos- is made up of about 1,200 local women. Each year, tering Families, and Shelter Network, as well as the League contributes more than $400,000 and community grants the League makes to non- an estimated 35,000 volunteer hours to the comprofit organizations. munity, a spokesperson said. Its offices are at 555 Go to juniorleaguehometour.com to buy tickets. Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park.
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In wake of fatality, bike lane could be coming to Alpine Road/Interstate 280 By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
bike lane could be in the works for the ambiguous two-and-a-half-lane section of Alpine Road that runs westbound under Interstate 280. The road is two lanes at a stop sign before the ambiguous section and two lanes after it: one for through traffic into Ladera and the other for traffic headed on to I-280 southbound. Bikes headed into Ladera must somehow get to the through lane by crossing the freewayentrance-ramp lane, a dangerous maneuver in traffic. The half lane between these two lanes is where Los Altos cyclist Lauren Perdriau Ward, 47, died on Nov. 4 after colliding with the left side of a big-rig cab headed for the freeway. Investigators from the California Highway Patrol have not yet determined what happened. Will that half lane will be re-striped with a bike lane? It depends on whether the California Department of Transportation and the local public works department agree that there ■ Briefs
Trial set for BBC assaults A busboy and a cook at the British Bankers Club will stand trial for four counts of sexual assault on Monday, Dec. 6, in San Mateo County Superior Court. Moises Rojas, 26, and Juan Gustavo Robles-Alejo, 30, allegedly assaulted two women at the club on June 9, according to the district attorney’s office. The women went to an upstairs room to sleep after becoming intoxicated, and reportedly awoke to find Mr. Robles-Alejo fondling them while Mr. Rojas kept a lookout. The district attorney’s office said the incident was caught by the club’s security cameras.
Downtown plan update Members of the Menlo Park Downtown Alliance, a group of local business and property owners, told the city they’re concerned that the draft environmental impact report and fiscal impact analysis of the proposed downtown specific plan could be publicly released in early December, when most people are preoccupied with holiday celebrations. Nancy Couperus, founding member of the organization, listed several components of the plan that the alliance thinks needs closer scrutiny, including eliminated parking in the plaza behind
is room for one, said Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro. How can a cyclist safely negotiate such an interchange? “(It) depends on the skill level of the cyclists, road conditions, traffic volumes (and) road design,” Ms. Navarro said. Asked to comment, former Menlo Park mayor and prominent cyclist Steve Schmidt noted that cyclists of all skill levels use that intersection on Alpine Road. “There’s very little guidance on the road in the form of striping to put or direct cyclists into that situation where they’re not in conflict with vehicles headed for the freeway,” he said. A boldly striped bike lane sets some ground rules for traffic, Mr. Schmidt said. Several days after the accident, he and representatives of the San Mateo County Public Works Department stood at the Alpine Road/I-280 intersection for about 45 minutes to watch cyclists’ behavior. “A lot of people stay to the right too long and get trapped (in the approach to) the southbound onramp,” Mr. Schmidt said. At the other end of the spectrum are “hyper-experienced
or hyper-assertive” cyclists, Mr. Schmidt said. These cyclists make the crossing early by approaching the stop sign on the white line separating the two lanes. As they bravely thread the needle in this cramped space, the advantage as they head into the two-and-a-half lane section is that everyone starts from zero, Mr. Schmidt said. There are mid-road bike lanes where I-280 meets Woodside and Sand Hill roads. The first was done in cooperation with the town of Woodside and the second with Menlo Park and the San Mateo County Bikeways Committee, Ms. Navarro said. One scenario that Mr. Schmidt found agreeable in making the Alpine Road intersection safer would restrict the left-hand through lane to Ladera traffic and the right lane to freeway traffic, with a dedicated bike lane in between that begins before the stop sign. Caltrans is aware of the safety issue for “non-motorized users” of the roads. “We are in the process upgrading freeway interchanges to better provide for cyclists and pedestrians,” Ms. Navarro said.
Trader Joe’s, a lot used by farmers’ market shoppers on Sundays, and the partial closure of Chestnut Street, which may interfere with vendor traffic.
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City seeks planning commissioner With Kirsten Keith elected to the City Council, Menlo Park’s Planning Commission has a seat to fill. The city is now accepting applications; the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8. The newly appointed commissioner’s term will last until April 30, 2012. Applications are available on the city’s website. Residents can also obtain copies by e-mailing City Clerk Margaret Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the Civic Center 701 Laurel St. For more information, call 330-6620.
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Twisted Christmas If the grocery store decorations didn’t give it away, the holiday season is now in full swing. The Menlo Park Chorus will hold its free winter concert, titled “Twisted Christmas,” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Menlo Park Library at 800 Alma St. Why the concert title? According to the flier, “The Menlo Park Chorus will perform seasonal songs that you know, but not like you’ve ever heard them sung before.” April McNeely will serve as musical director, and John Iosefa as accompanist. Free van service is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. Call 330-2512 or e-mail rlroth@menlopark. org for more information
Sunday memorial for Diana Real Goldberg A memorial service for 10-year Woodside resident Diana Real Goldberg is set for Sunday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the headquarters of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County at 521 Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. Ms. Real Goldberg, 46, was a native of Ottawa, Canada, who earned a bachelor’s degree in
geology and a master’s degree in psychology and did consulting work for the high-technology industry. Ms. Real Goldberg is survived by her husband Stan Goldberg; her father Roderick Real of Victoria, Canada; and her brother Robert Real of Ottawa, Canada. The couple have two children. November 17, 2010 ■ The Almanac ■ 9
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Woodside rodeo star, councilman Harold Zwierlein dies at 83 Continued from page 3
From there he progressed to steers until, at the age of 18, he could ride bulls. He also competed in bareback bronc riding and steer wrestling. He practiced at least three or four nights a week in his father’s lighted arena. “My dad had a big ring on his property. He had 10 acres on Olive Hill Lane.” From 1946 to 1952, Mr. Zwierlein competed as an amateur and was the Tri-State bareback champion of the Cowboys Association of America in 1952, when he was 26. The next year he turned professional, the beginning of a 12-year career. “I was a very good cowboy,” he said. “I was probably one of the 10 best bronc riders in America.” He competed all over the country, sometimes in two or three rodeos in a weekend. He won in several big rodeos — and lots of small town ones. In Madison Square Garden, at a 28-day competition, Mr. Zwierlein came in sixth out of 80 bronc riders. He placed second
in bronc riding at the world’s biggest one-day rodeo at the Los Angeles Coliseum, in 1956. The rodeo days weren’t all glory, though. “When I first started out I basically didn’t have any money,” Mr. Zwierlein said. Instead of paying for hotels and restaurant meals, he brought a sleeping bag and sandwich along. With wins came prize money and improved traveling conditions, until finally he found himself able to “travel in a friend’s airplane, a Cessna 171.” “I was probably the best bronc rider that ever came out of San Mateo County,” Mr. Zwierlein said, rather matter-of-factly. In steer wrestling, “I still hold the record down at Redwood City,” he said. “I have the fastest time ever recorded in the 30 years of rodeo,” at 4.4 seconds. Injuries suffered in the rodeo days, including a broken toe, ankle, elbow, left arm and ribs (twice), a wrecked knee and a fractured spine, have kept Mr. Zwierlein off horses for the past six years. “I can’t touch my toes and I can’t put my foot up high enough for the stirrup,” he said. The injuries weren’t what got
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him off the rodeo circuit, though. What did? “Age. I quit at the age of 36. That’s getting up there Ö. the average guy maybe only goes to age 28, 29 because of the injuries,” Mr. Zwierlein said. “I just got tired of driving up and down the road, and thought I’d stay home.” Staying home wasn’t entirely successful, though, and at 39 he went back “because I had some of the young guys calling me a has-been and I wanted to show them that I could still do it.” He placed first in the first two rodeos and was third in the third rodeo. “At the end of the season I was selected to repre-
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sent California at the finals in Reno,” he said, one of only five cowboys from California. Then he retired for good. Except Ö “I still wrestled (a steer) at the Mounted Patrol at the age of 50. They asked me to fill an event,” Mr. Zwierlein said. “I did it — I did very well — I threw one in 9.6 seconds — and that was the first time I’d steer wrestled in probably 12 years.” Mr. Zwierlein competed in four sports in high school — basketball, baseball, football and swimming. In Woodside, he formed a men’s basketball league, soon after what is now the Sellman Gymnasium was completed. “I played in that gym from (when) I was 21 until I was 50,” he said. “We played any team that would volunteer to come up.” Two memorable games were against 49er football players, which the public was charged admission to watch. “They beat us,” he admits.
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Others on the team included: Cliff Andrews (recently deceased); Ross Stewart, Gene Decker (a vet), Don Acker (a horseshoer), and Tom Lagerquist (an attorney who still lives in Woodside). Mr. Zwierlein served as president of the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association in 1970 and 1973, a position his father Ed had held before him. Ed Zwierlein was a professional baseball player, announced at the Fourth of July rodeos, and was twice captain of the Mounted Patrol. The Zwierlein picnic area in Huddart Park is named after Ed Zwierlein, in honor of his work promoting recreation, including serving on the Riding and Hiking Trails Committee of the state parks commission. Harold Zwierlein always loved to tell a good story. Some of his oft-repeated favorites include the time he rode his horse into the Pioneer Hotel bar at the age of 16; the time he was baptized by an old classmate who had become a preacher who was just supposed to be baptizing his daughter, or the time a bucking bronco fell on him, fracturing his spine, and the rodeo doctor, who Mr. Zwierlein suspected was actually a vet, wanted to shoot him up with morphine and send him back into the arena. Mr. Zwierlein said he led a good life. “I’ve been a very, very lucky person,” he said. “I had good parents. Moved up here to Woodside. Went to Palo Alto High School, I enjoyed that.” He was able to spend his working life outdoors, he said, adding: “I don’t think I’ve had too many bad days in my life.” Mr. Zwierlein is survived by his wife, Irenne Zwierlein of Woodside; his daughter, Carolyn of Ben Lomond; son Kurt; granddaughters Allison and Ashley of Acampo; his older brother, Edward Zwierlein of Palo Alto; and three stepchildren, Garrett Auger, Danniel Auger and Michelle Zimmer, who all live nearby with their children, Garry Zimmer, Andrew Mendez, Phoenixx Auger, Christopher Zimmer, Nora Whiting, Shelby Zimmer, Hailee Auger, Preston Auger, Kylie Auger, and Kaitlynn Lane. Memorial donations may be made to Sutter VNA & Hospice (suttervnaandhospice.org) or the San Mateo County Horseman’s Association (sncha.org). A
Barbara Wood is a freelance writer, photographer and gardener from Woodside
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Woodside merchants seek exemption from new rules restricting parking By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
otorists â€” potential customers, actually â€” have been seen driving away from downtown Woodside after not finding a place to park, according to members of the townâ€™s retail business community. â€œThey make two or three circuits (of the full parking lot) and leave and donâ€™t come back,â€? Jamis MacNiven, the owner of Buckâ€™s of Woodside restaurant, told the Town Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting. With Mr. MacNiven were Roberts Market owner George Roberts and several other retailers who do business at the corner of Canada and Woodside roads. No-parking signs have been up along Woodside Road west of the intersection since September. The signs, along with more oncampus parking at Woodside Elementary School, seem to have ended an endemic 10 to 15 minutes of stop-and-go crawl that occurred twice a day as parents arrived at the school to drop off and pick up their kids. The California Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over Woodside Road. The town, which erected the signs at Caltransâ€™ behest, did so in antici-
pation of feedback. A Sept. 10 letter to Town Manager Susan George provided some. â€œWe merchants ... would like the town to consider helping us with the lunch parking by exempting the no-parking restriction between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. seven days of the week,â€? the letter said. The town has some discretion in making exemptions to the no-parking rules. The letter to Ms. George was signed by Mr. MacNiven, Mr. Roberts and five other retailers. Their proposal would allow a total of about 200 feet of bike lane on both sides of the road, thereby increasing capacity by about 10 spaces. The council agreed on a temporary exemption while town staff discusses the matter with Caltrans. The parking problem came to Caltransâ€™ attention when at least one cyclist complained about the blocked bike lanes that had been the consequence of the school traffic twice a day. Caltrans wrote to the town in September 2008 to propose noparking signs to â€œremind drivers of the prohibitionâ€? on parking in bike lanes not wide enough to accommodate vehicles. A
Ormondale Schoolâ€™s Turkey Trot set to run and walk on Saturday Rain or shine, the sixth annual Turkey Trot is all set for Saturday morning, Nov. 20, at Ormondale School in Portola Valley. Once again, the fun run and walk will loop around Shawnee Pass and Cervantes Road, and traffic will be blocked off in the area. Volunteers with the Portola Valley Parent/Teacher Organization have just extended the registration deadline, allowing all community members to sign up for a discount as long as the forms are handed in to the Ormondale or Corte Madera school offices by Nov. 19. The race starts with check-in and registration at Ormondale, at 200 Shawnee Pass, at 8 a.m. The 5K Fun Run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to all runners and walkers (no bikes
or scooters). The 1K Fun Run/walk will then start at 10. It is only open to those in kindergarten through third grade, and closed to adults, bikes and scooters. Afterward, the awards ceremony will include prizes for the 5K male and female winners in each grade level up to eighth grade, and in the high school and adult categories. Go to pvsd.net to get registration forms. The entry fee includes food and refreshments. Individuals may enter for $10 before race day, or for $15 the day of the race. The family rate is $20 before race day and $25 on race day. Long-sleeved T-shirts featuring student art will be for sale at the race for $15.
Priory presents â€˜Huck Finnâ€™ Woodside Priory School Theater will present the play, ĂŹThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,ĂŽ at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 18-19, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Performances will be at the Rothrock Performance Hall at the school, 302 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Among those in the cast are Bruno Geoly, left, as Tom Sawyer and Graham Hughes as Huck Finn. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. The Mark Twain classic was adopted by Matthew Francis for the stage. John Sugden is chair of the Performing Arts Department at Woodside Priory.
Committee for Green Foothills celebrates life of Mary Davey The Committee for Green Foothills is holding a ĂŹWonderful, Marvelous Celebration of LifeĂŽ in memory of Mary Davey, a longtime local environmentalist and a founder of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, who died of heartrelated illness on Oct. 2. The family of Mary Davey and Hidden Villa are joining in the event, which will be held from 2 to
4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton. There will be light refreshments and an open mike for ĂŹshortĂŽ memory sharing, according to Cynthia Dâ€™Agosta, executive director of the Committee for Green Foothills. Car pooling is highly recommended as parking is extremely limited.
E-mail email@example.com or call 968-7243, ext. 314, to contact the Committee for Green Foothills for more information. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Committee for Green Foothills and Hidden Villa in lieu of flowers. Go to tinyurl.com/MaryDavey2010 to read more about Mary Davey.
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