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Gladys Martines of Woodside, who did not go to school and grew up in the fields and orchards of the Santa Clara Valley picking fruit for 23 years, went on to design barns all over Woodside, including this one in Woodside for John Sculley, former Apple Computer chief executive. Michelle Le/The Almanac
By Dave Boyce Almanac Staff Writer
he term “odyssey” is customarily reserved for an extraordinary journey, and it seems appropriate in describing the life of Gladys Martines, a resident of Woodside. Ms. Martines, now 78, was one of 14 children born to farm workers in the Santa Clara Valley in 1932, the height of the Great Depression. Saddled with illiteracy and a youth living in tent camps, she picked fruit for 23 years. She also went on to a career that engaged her in project management, architecture, land development and the local equestrian community. On Jan. 11, the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County named her the 26th “Outstanding Horseperson of the Year.”
From child laborer to child benefactor, Gladys Martines helped develop Woodside’s extensive system of horse trails Ms. Martines is the fourth woman to be so honored by this men-only Woodside-based equestrian club. The award recognizes personal qualities such as an active role in the community, leadership in a profession or charity, and/or “outstanding” contributions to equestrian trails, facilities and horse-riding in San Mateo County. The patrol “is deeply honored to present this year’s award to Gladys Martines for her tireless, lasting contributions to our community for over 50 years, totally dedicated to improving and preserving our
countyís horse culture, trails and stabling,” said spokesman and former award-winner Bill Wraith in a statement. Ms. Martines spoke with The Almanac from her ranch in Penn Valley in Nevada County, just west of Grass Valley. A working childhood
To say that Ms. Martines has seen changes come to Silicon Valley is to understate the matter. How many people can drive by the San Antonio Shopping Center in Mountain View and truthfully say that they
once lived in a tent pitched on land now occupied by the Sears department store? That was in the 1930s, when her family survived by picking greens and fruits, whatever was in season, Ms. Martines said. The family would seek work from April to November in what were then agricultural fields throughout the Santa Clara Valley. Another frequent camp site was near the Uvas Reservoir in Morgan Hill, she said. She became “a daredevil,” she said. “I’ve never had anything to lose. What worse could you do than
On the cover: Gladys Martines of Woodside on the Mounted Patrol grounds with Zorro, a Tennessee Walking Horse. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
living in a tent by the water?” While she eventually bought property in Woodside after having been married at 17 and having born two children, those first 28 years had some rough spots. Schooling, for example, did not happen for her. “That was the hardest part” of her childhood, she said. The long harvest season would not allow it. And she didn’t want it. An accident with fireworks at age 4 had left her burned over 75 percent of her body, including her face. “I looked like an old lady,” she said. The movie and short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” about a man who is born old and grows younger, reminded her of herself, she said, and added: “Now my scars match my age.” Her mother would try to change See GLADYS MARTINES, page 19
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Community Health Education Programs Palo Alto Center, 795 El Camino Real
Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real
Lecture and Workshops Getting Back in Rhythm: New Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation Presented by Shaun Cho, M.D., PAMF Cardiology Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hearst Center for Health Education, Level 3, 650-853-4873
Lecture and Workshops 650-934-7373
Hypertension, Salt and Chronic Kidney Disease Health Lecture Series Presented by Toby Gottheiner, M.D., PAMF Nephrology Monday, Feb. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. San Carlos Library, 650-591-0341 x237
The Obesity Epidemic For Your Health Lecture Series Presented by Lynn Bennion, M.D., PAMF Weight Management, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7 to 8 p.m. Third Floor Conference Center
HMR Weight Management Program 650-404-8260
Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-853-2961 Adult Weight Management Group Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Heart Smart Class Tuesdays, Feb, 15 & 22, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bariatric Orientation Every second Tuesday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m.
Living Well with Diabetes Tuesdays, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Bariatric Pre-Op Every second Tuesday of the month, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Living Well with Prediabetes First Monday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m., and third Wednesday of every other month, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Every other fourth Wednesday of the month, Redwood Shores Health Center, 290 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood City
Bariatric Shared Medical Appointment Every ﬁrst Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Healthy eating. Active lifestyles. Orientation, Tuesday, Feb. 15, class starts on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Healthy Eating Type 2 Diabetes Third Wednesday of every other month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
New Weigh of Life Thursdays, Feb. 3, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Redwood City Center, 805 Veterans Blvd., Suite 201, Redwood City Sweet Success Program (Gestational Diabetes) Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m
Post-Stroke Caregiver’s Workshop 650-565-8485 Thursday, Feb. 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
Free orientation session. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Living Well Classes 650-934-7373 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Nine-session program, Mondays starting on Feb. 7, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Nutrition and Diabetes Classes 650-934-7177 Bariatric Surgery Orientation Session Third Tuesday of every month, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Diabetes Management Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Monday & Wednesday, or 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Tuesday) Healthy eating. Active lifestyles. Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Living Well with Prediabetes Tuesdays or Thursdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 1:30 to 5 p.m. New Weigh of Life Mondays, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sweet Success Gestational Diabetes Class Wednesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Heart Smart Class Mondays or Tuesdays, dates vary by referrals and registrations, 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & Child Care Classes Breastfeeding – Secrets for Success Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m. New Parent ABC’s – All About Baby Care Mondays, Feb. 14 & 28, 7 to 9 p.m. PAMF Partners in Parenting Monday, Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Preparing for Birth/Fast Track Three-session class starting Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. Prenatal Yoga First Thursday of every month, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Your Baby’s Doctor Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 to 9 p.m. For all, register online or call 650-853-2960.
Support Groups Bariatric 650-281-8908 Cancer 650-342-3749 CPAP 650-853-4729
Diabetes 650-224-7872 Drug and Alcohol 650-853-2904
Healing Imagery for Cancer Patients 650-799-5512 Kidney 650-323-2225 Multiple Sclerosis 650-328-0179
Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Child Care Classes Baby Safety Basics Thursday, Feb. 10, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Breastfeeding Your Newborn Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 7 & 8 and Mar. 7 & 8, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Childbirth Preparation Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 3, 4, 5, Mar. 3 & 4, 6 to 9 p.m. (Thursday & Friday), 9 a.m. to noon (Saturday) Feeding Your Young Child Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
Infant Care Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Feb. 23, 26 & Mar. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m. to noon (Saturdays) Infant Emergencies and CPR Wednesday, Feb. 16, Mar. 2 & 16, 6 to 8:30 p.m. OB Orientation Wednesday or Thursday, Feb. 9, 17 & 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m. What to Expect with Your Newborn Tuesday, Feb. 15, 7 to 8 p.m. For all, register online or call 650-934-7373.
Free Appointments 650-934-7373 HICAP Counseling; Advance Health Care Directive Counseling; General Social Services (visits with our social worker)
Support Groups 650-934-7373 AWAKE
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Camellia Society stages annual show Celebrating its golden anniversary, the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will hold its 50th annual show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13, at the Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. in Redwood City. The show, which is free and open to the public, will feature more than 1,000 camellia blooms, a sale of new and hard-to-find camellia plants, and a workshop on rejuvenating old camellias. Show hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be free blooms at the end of the show. The public may enter blooms in the show between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. Camellia Society members will be on hand to help prepare the blooms, which will be judged later that morning. Forty trophies will be awarded. A highlight of the show will be a workshop led by professional gardener Gene Fleet, who will show how to prune, pot, and plant neglected camellias. It is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Caroline Beverstock, Camellia Society president, says the show provides an opportunity for “people who are intrigued by camellias to learn about these plants, which are so suited to our area.” At her home in Atherton, Ms. Beverstock tends camellias, planted by her mother 60 years ago, at the home she inherited. A member of Friends of Filoli, she is a docent for its camellia and fruit tree collections, as well as the house and garden in general. What was then called the Peninsula Camellia Society was launched in San Mateo in 1961 by a dozen members. It affiliated with the American Camellia Society and later joined neighboring groups to form the Northern California Camellia Council. The groups set dates for shows on different weekends each February and March, when camellias are at the peak of bloom. Many camellia growers travel the circuit, entering blooms in each show and serving as judges and clerks if needed, says a society
mals that ever lived. They’re smart to get you off them and dumb to let you on in the first place.” She regularly reaches out to children of substance abusers by throwing them Christmas parties that include Santa Claus, toys, live music and hayrides, Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac Mr. Wraith said. She offers her help to Gladys Martines with Zorro, a Tennessee equestrian organiWalking Horse, at the Woodside stable of the zations throughout Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County. the Bay Area, includMr. Wraith said. With her 2008 ing the Woodside Horse Own“Horseperson of the Year” coun- er’s Association (WHOA), the terpart Rick Debenedetti, she Woodside Day of the Horse, and helped preserve more trails in the Woodside junior rodeo. The Charter Oaks Stables in subdividing the Lawler estate. She worked as a personal con- Woodside has grown under her cierge for some Silicon Valley management with education entrepreneurs, including John and charitable events at no cost Sculley, chief executive of Apple and with her sponsorship of Computer; the Weigand family, food, beverages, and judges, Mr. founders of Tandem Computer; Wraith said. She found the stables afflicted and chief executive Craig Conway by “poor management, filth, of PeopleSoft Corp. Asked to explain the eclectic and cruelty to animals,” he said. trajectory of her career, she could “Within two months of applying not. “It was God taking care of her high standards for cleanlime,” she said. “I don’t know how I ness and safety, she turned it ever got started. “ I just learned it. around to again be one the most I asked a lot of questions. I learned glamorous, modern state of the art barns.” and I learned.” Said San Mateo County equesOn horses trian Holly Winnen in nominatMs. Martines was instrumental ing Ms. Martines for the award: in the construction of many barns “It would be hard to find anyone and was a longtime equestrian. who has had more impact on the Asked for a comment on horse culture of our countyís horses, she replied: “They’re community over the past 50 the smartest and dumbest ani- years!”
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her mind, but working was for her a refuge. “I became very, very good in the field,” she said. “I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write, I couldn’t understand much of anything,” she said. At 11, her older sister got her enrolled in a San Francisco school, but her first report card came back with all Fs. “That was the end of my school career,” she said. She settled in 1961 in Woodside, where she built a house and a barn on Turkey Farm Road. To make ends meet, she took what work came her way, including fence building and painting, house cleaning, ditch digging, and selling wine for wealthy landowners, she said. Her rise began with a job with a vacuum tube manufacturer, for which she begged, she said. At the time, she could not fill out a job application, she told Bill Wraith, who wrote an account for The Almanac. She didn’t know the difference between one half of something and one third of it. But she learned. In four months, she was training new employees, Mr. Wraith said. After 10 years, she quit to try her hand at owning a working stable. Then she helped others in Woodside with their horse shelters, including 15 barns and more than 100 stalls. In the process, she helped develop Woodside’s extensive system of horse trails, Mr. Wraith said. Ms. Martines was chosen to oversee the subdivision of Woodside’s Why Worry Farm in 1986,
spokesman. The society’s Best Bloom in Show trophy honors the late John Houghton Hall, who died as a young man, while serving as president of the group in the late 1970s. The Best Novice Japonica trophy honors the late Howard Oliver, who started a public garden of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas at the USGS in Menlo Park, where he was a geophysicist. The Camellia Society donates plants to public gardens and parks throughout the Peninsula. It also rescues plants at risk of destruction and that need to be relocated. In 2005, it coordinated the transfer of a large Woodside collection to sites at Stanford University and Strybing Arboretum. The annual show is the local society’s major event. In early years, it was held in various cities. Now it is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about the show, call Linda Kancev at 574-1220.
Caroline Beverstock of Atherton, president of the San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society, holds a bloom of a “Debutante” camellia planted 50 years ago by her mother at the family home.
WEST BAY SANITARY DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District Board of West Bay Sanitary District will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday evening, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the District’s Administration Office located at 500 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025. The purpose of the Public Hearing will be to consider a proposed increase in the existing residential and commercial customer rates, effective March 1, 2011 for the collection of waste/recyclable materials in the West Bay Sanitary District for calendar years 2011 and 2012. The need for this increase was discussed by the District Board at the December 8, 2010 Board meeting. WHAT ARE THE PROPOSED MAXIMUM RATES: Approximately seventy-eight point six percent (78.6%) of residential service containers are a 32 gallon size. The new rates for 2011 for a 32 gallon container would increase from $20.26 per month to $27.47 per month, equating to a $7.21 per month increase. The District’s proposed rates would remain amongst the mid-range of all the South Bayside Waste Management Authority agencies. The following table shows the current rates and proposed rates to be effective beginning March 1, 2011.
Rates for Other Services In addition to the monthly collection charge, various miscellaneous costs for special services such as back yard service or overage events will be charged to the customers who subscribe to these services. These rates are also proposed to be adopted effective March 1, 2011 and were provided in the Proposition 218 Notice. If you would like additional information on the proposed rates, please call the District at 650-321-0384. Any person interested, including all solid waste/recycling collection customers of the West Bay Sanitary District, may appear at the public hearing and be heard on matters related to the proposed increase in rates. West Bay Sanitary District Board of Directors San Mateo County, California
/s/ Phil Scott District Manager Dated: December 28, 2010
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Seeking treasures for â€˜Vintage in Vogueâ€™
intage in Vogueâ€™ is the theme of Treasure Market 2011 to be held March 25, 26 and 27 at Stanford University. The fine arts and antiques sale, benefiting Stanfordâ€™s Cantor Art Center, is seeking donations of art, silver, jewelry, china, crystal, linens, fine furniture, and more, especially from the vintage eras of the 1920s to the 1970s. Treasure Market will be held at the Arrillaga Center, Galvez Street at Campus Drive East, on