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A restaurateur, Easter Egg hunt coordinator and the vice president of the Humane Society weigh in on the springtime holiday.

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Wildflower power

OpenDoor

The Coastside bursts into color as wildflowers bloom.

Moss Beach family decked out for spring. 40

BY JULIA REIS PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

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Stand up and paddle

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The trend has been hot for a while. Have you tried this unique way to enjoy the ocean? BY MARK NOACK PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

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Coastside teens spread their wings and earn their Eagle Scout badges. BY MARK NOACK PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

Pelikans provide people power for Dream Machines. 32

One of the most spectacular bluff-top trails plus two-fisted cheesesteaks. 42

Words on a word Different takes on the springtime holiday. This month: Easter 8

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Storm, the Chocolate Lab. 38

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Brittany Haggard and Christina Jarvis, from Jacksonville Beach, FL. view pictures they took in the field of oxalis in Moss Beach. Photo by Dean Coppola 2 3

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ith a great deal of effort, I spend several weekends per year trying to keep our garage organized. I call it a garage, though, like many, a car has never actually entered the space. It is more like a place for stuff that doesn’t fit in the house. Extra mattresses, unwanted bar stools, tables that need refinishing, chairs that need repairing. Then there is the climbing gear that has not seen a rock in a decade, rollerblades that were out-of-date before I bought them, and camping supplies more suitable for the Smithsonian than the Sierras. I have an out-of-tune piano that serves as a 500-pound shelf and a box full of VHS tapes with nearly every episode of “Dora the Explorer.” I keep them in case my 14-year-old daughter wants to buy a VCR and a compatible TV and rewatch them. Seems likely. The problem is that all this stuff actually works. If it didn’t, I’d certainly be more likely to bring it down to Ox Mountain and get rid of it. But dumping a box full of mixed tapes, even if they do include the Thompson Twins or Flock of Seagulls, straight into the trash to rot in a landfill doesn’t sit well. But what to do with them? Strange as it may sound, there may actually people who still like mid-’80s pop and would be thrilled to own them. So here’s the thing to do: Gather up all that good stuff. Dust it off. Put it on your driveway with a 25cent sticker on it and sell it at the spring Coastside Garage Sale on April 26. You’ll clear a small spot in the garage, give useless items new use, spare the landfill, meet your neighbors, and maybe make a little pocket money. And the Hippity Hop that doesn’t sell? Bring it to the Goodwill truck that will be positioned in town after the event. Registration is free at hmbreview.com. Sign up to get on the published map and pick up your garage sale kit at our office. Now you just have to figure out where to hang your robe once your Nordic Track sells.

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Toque Blanche Cooking Newsletter

A Matter of Taste

At Toque Blanche, we don’t like to mess around when it comes to food. We are constantly looking for the best quality food items to sell because cooking comes down to two things: technique and ingredients. We want to be here to help you get the best out of what you are cooking, whether that means sharing a recipe idea, helping you with a technique, finding the right cooking tool for the job, or sharing an amazing food product that will add that little something extra do your dish. Our passion is sharing love of cooking and food, and it is time once again for our annual Food Fair where you get to meet the specialty food vendors and producers, taste their products and creations and watch cooking demonstrations.

The Food Fair is Saturday, May 3rd at La Piazza, 604 Main Street Half Moon Bay, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

He’s The Tops!

This year’s Food Fair headliner will be the incomparable Chef Suvir Saran of New York’s Devi restaurant (the first Indian restaurant in the U.S. to get a Michelin Star) and contestant on Top Chef Masters. Chef Saran’s next venture takes him from his farm in upstate New York to his new restaurant in the Mid-Market St. area of San Francisco, thanks in part to Joyce Goldstein convincing him to come to the Bay Area and not L.A. We have long been fans of his playful twists on everyday foods, whether an Indian dish from his childhood or an American classic, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Coastside, where he will conduct a cooking demonstration and sign books at the Food Fair.

Question of the Month

What Makes Sonomic “Almost Vinegar”? If you’ve ever tasted Sonomic “almost vinegar” you know there is not much else like it. Most people compare it to an aged Balsamic, but it is actually more like Balsamic’s cousin, Saba. They begin with the juice from California grapes--cabernet sauvignon and gewürztraminer--and through a special heating method, cook down the juice, which intensifies the sweetness. Then they add a locally-made, grape-based vinegar, so you get both the sweet and the slightly tart. They call it "almost vinegar" because it doesn't have the same amount of acid you'd find in a true vinegar. The consistency is like a 15-year aged balsamic, but Sonomic is not aged. We are pleased to have Sonoma Valley Portworks returning for this year’s Food Fair, as they are always a fan favorite!

Book of the Month Masala Farm

– by Suvir Saran, Charlie Burd and Raquel Pelzel

Masala Farm is Suvir’s homestead in upstate New York where he raises heritage-breed animals, cooks his Indian-inspired dishes and makes sure his guest rooms are always full of people to feed. His book of the same name is a wonderful insight into this chef, the influences of his past and present and stories of life on the farm. Chef Saran takes inspiration from many cultures and has an almost freeform cooking style, easily casually blending these influences but never letting the recipes get cluttered. The technique of frying the spices and herbs in oil used in the recipe below is classic Indian technique; the rest of the recipe is all Italian. His farm-to-table ethic is a great fit for Northern California, and a few recipes from his book utilize some of our great local product

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The timing of its construction was bad for Italian immigrant Emmanuel Daneri who built the hotel. The devastating earthquake of 1906 caused heavy damage only one year after it opened its doors. The second-floor verandas and corner tower are no more, but San Benito House — originally known as Hotel Mosconi after its first operator Charles P. Mosconi — has maintained its charm as an historic inn. According to Dave Cresson, president of the Half Moon Bay History Association, the original San Benito House was located a stones throw away from the current hotel. HMB

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Wordsonaword The word: Easter

Easter, of course, is a religious holiday. But it also brings cultural connotations such as Easter eggs and family gatherings. We asked three people with ties to the coast to tell us what the holiday means to them.

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or years we had our large family Easter celebration here on the coast. A few times we all gathered at the Sweetwood campsite (at Half Moon Bay State Beach). We had my dad’s service there on Easter after he passed, since that was his favorite family outing. We did Easter brunch at the restaurant, then went on to the campsite for a good old-fashioned campout. After a lavish buffet brunch made by Jose Luis, a few of us would head to Sweetwood while some stayed behind to clean up, and we would hide eggs all over the large site, even in trees. Then we set up the tents. Everyone else arrived later and we watched the kids on their massive egg hunt. It was such a special holiday for us when the kids were young and enchanted with baskets, hunts and campouts. Now that we will be open for Easter brunch at Gibraltar, we will have those memories to keep the holiday special.

aster to me means children and the Easter Egg Hunt. For the past 18 years, the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside and the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club have sponsored the Easter Egg Hunt on the Saturday before Easter. When planning for an event, you have to be prepared for the unexpected. The first event was scheduled for the high school football field, but we couldn’t hold it there after we saw how wet the field was — and more rain was due to come in. We thought we could hold it in the multiuse room (at the high school) and scatter the eggs all over the floor. In the end, we changed the location to the softball field and decided that we should put all the candy out on the field and wait for the kids. Much to our surprise, the sun came out and melted our chocolate candy. Luckily, it wasn’t all melted. Traditionally, the event has gone off without a hitch. … The most amazing part of this egg hunt is that it is over in five minutes. Everyone has learned that you cannot be late to the Half Moon Bay Easter Egg Hunt.

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Naomi Patridge, a City Council member, has always helped organize the community’s Easter Egg Hunt. This year it is set for 11 a.m., April 19, at the Cunha Intermediate School soccer fields.

Scott Delucchi is senior vice president of community relations for the Peninsula Humane Society.

or years, “Buy chocolate bunnies, not real ones!” was the Peninsula Humane Society’s Easter message. Our shelter regularly took in more than 600 unwanted rabbits annually. Most arrived two or three months after Easter, like clockwork, when the novelty wore thin for parents who made impulse buys. We had a limited market for adopters and, tragically, many healthy, young bunnies were euthanized. We really hated the season. Years of corny slogans paired with hard facts turned the trend. By 2003, we took in just 300 bunnies per year. In recent years, we’ve hovered just above 200, spread evenly throughout the year, and now find homes for healthy rabbits. This Easter, buy and eat chocolate bunnies! Please also consider our new slogan: Get Your Hands On Our Buns. We gladly match bunnies with individuals and families who understand that bunnies are fragile — not the best match for young children — and enjoy being handled far less than a guinea pig or rat. There is also the fact that our re-branding of Easter flopped. The Easter Rat went over about as well as a package of stale Peeps.


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Upcoming

~ Smell the wildflowers

April 11 Celebrate springtime with events, art and fun on the Coastside. First, enjoy a variety of art by Coastside and Bay Area artists at the Spring Landscapes and Wildflowers show hosted by the Coastside Land Trust in its gallery at 788 Main St. in Half Moon Bay. Twenty-one artists will display 31 oil, watercolor or acrylic paintings, photographs and more. The show opens with an artists reception today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, to which the public is welcome, and runs through May 30. The next day, April 12, is Coastal Wildflower Day, with two events to celebrate the spring. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Half Moon Bay State Beach at 95 Kelly Ave., tour a native plant garden, get native plants and seeds for your own garden, help restore native plant habitat and enjoy kids’ games. At the same time, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery, enjoy an open house with potted native plants for sale. There will also be the Native Plant Landscaping Workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the gallery with tickets at $20 per person; space is limited. For information, call the Land Trust at 726-5056.

~ Coastside Garage Sale

April 26 Back by popular demand, the Half Moon Bay Review will be hosting a spring version of the Allied Waste Coastside Garage Sale. A great time for some spring cleaning! Put usuable items back into circulation, keep them out of the landfill, get to know your neighbors, clean up your garage and earn a little money at the same time! A donation truck will be on hand after the event to take your unsold, but still useable, items. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donation truck at Ted Adcock center from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Register at hmbreview.com or in person at the Half Moon Bay Review, 714 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay. Free.

~ High school sports action

April 3 The Half Moon Bay High School gymnastics team plays host to a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League meet, starting at 5:30 p.m. April 4. The six-team meet features Gilroy, Christopher, St. Francis, Burlingame, Mercy of Burlingame and the host Cougars, and takes place at Gymtowne Gymnastics in Moss Beach. There is no admission charge. Also, the Half Moon Bay softball team hosts a threeday tournament, starting April 3 and continuing to April 5. Eight teams, including the Cougars, are expected to participate in the tournament. There is no admission charge. For further information, go to http://hmbhs.schoolloop.com/cougar-athletics.

~ Books are blooming in the springtime

April 5 The Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library will hold a Books in Bloom spring book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Library at 620 Correas St. in Half Moon Bay. Bestsellers to foreign-language books, children’s stories to cookbooks and more, are available. 726-2316. 11 0

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~ It’s magic

April 5 The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay presents the third annual Magic of the Coastside beginning at 6:30 p.m. today, with dinner, live entertainment and an online auction, to benefit the Coastside RotaCare medical clinic and Rotary’s local and international service projects. There will also be the presentation of the “Service Above Self” Volunteer of the Year Award honoring a volunteer from the Coastside community. Tickets are $65. For tickets, information and details on the online auction go to hmbrotary.org.

~ Toss a horseshoe

April 17 The Half Moon Bay Horseshoe Club will hold a club tournament beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Smith Field, and anyone interested in horseshoes is welcome. There are 16 horseshoe pits and horseshoes are provided. Contact Charlie Hall, 726-5549.


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April 17 Coastside businesspeople are welcome to the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce Network@Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Harley Farms Goat Dairy at 205 North St. in Pescadero. It’s a chance to learn what the Chamber does and mingle with your fellow business professionals. Appetizers, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages are available. 726-8380.

~ Learn about community nonprofits

April 21 The Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women welcomes the public to its regular meeting that will feature speakers from the Boys & Girls Club and the Police Activities League to discuss how those organizations benefit the community. The meeting takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church at 777 Miramontes St. in Half Moon Bay, and is free. For information email gaelerickson@gmail.com.

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~ Need compost to feed your garden?

April 22 Start your own growing season by collecting up to two cubic yards of organic compost for your garden when Republic Services of San Mateo County teams up with the city of Half Moon Bay to give away free compost in celebration of Earth Day. Stop by the Half Moon Bay City Hall parking lot at 501 Main St., Half Moon Bay. (650) 592-2411.

~ Start your dream machine

April 27 More than 2,000 20th- and 21st-century mechanized marvels for street, track, home and air will roar into the Half Moon Bay Airport for the 24th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. From vintage to jet-powered, fascinating to whimsical, classic to custom, it’s all there for you to marvel at and to benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. Admission is $20/adults, $10/youth 11 to 17 and seniors 65 and up, and free for kids 10 and under. 726-2328. APRIL

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The fields near Pigeon Point Lighthouse take on a vibrant shade of yellow in the spring.

WILDFLO THE COASTSIDE BURSTS WITH COLOR BY JULIA REIS / PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA

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Oracio Bautista poses with one of the many sheet-metal sculpted dinosaurs along Highway 92. The area has become a landmark for curiosity seekers.

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Stripes of blue, green and yellow near Cowell Ranch State Beach.

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Richard Hansen, of Decoratve Art, sits at his desk amongst various treasures he has collected over the years.

The state flower

Eschscholzia californica may sound like a magician’s spell, but it is the scientific name for what is more commonly known as the California poppy. The poppy became the state’s official flower in 1903. Here are a few facts that you may not know about the bright orange plants. ✿ April 6 is California Poppy Day ✿ Early Spanish settlers referred to these flowers as “copa de oro” meaning “cup of gold.” ✿ Contrary to popular belief, there is no law against cutting or damaging the California poppy, but there is a law that requires written landowner permission to remove and sell plants from land that a person does not own. This doesn’t prevent a landowner on private land from collecting these plants, however.

for the garden every Monday. It plays host to numerous varieties of native wildflowers, which Boutell knows at first glance. After all, she co-wrote the book on local native plants, along with Coastsiders Nancy Frost and Toni Corelli. “That’s blue-eyed grass,” she says, pointing to a purple-flowered plant that is often seen at Cascade Field at Año Nuevo State Beach. “It’s not a grass and it’s really purple.” From March through June, wildflowers burst on the scene on the Coastside, appearing in swaths of bright yellow on the side of Highway 1 and cliff-top patches of white, orange and purple. Locals know about the abundance of these blossoms in the


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Volunteer Susan Boyer waters native plants at Half Moon Bay State Beach in Half Moon Bay.

Coastal Wildflower Day

Will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Half Moon Bay State Beach, at the western end of Kelly Street in Half Moon Bay. Bring your family out to enjoy children’s games and activities, buy native plants and seeds, and tour the beach’s native plant garden, which is usually closed to the public. For more information, contact Cecily Harris at CHarris@ CoastsideStateParks.org.

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springtime, but out-of-towners can be pleasantly surprised by all that color. “I had friends visiting from the East Coast, and they were so shocked that something so beautiful and natural could exist so close to a major city like San Francisco,” Boutell said. Right in Half Moon Bay, wild mustard greets passersby on the Naomi Patridge Trail. A short drive north on Highway 1 from Half Moon Bay you’ll find the aforementioned fields of neon yellow, the sight of which often causes drivers to pull over and take pictures. This wild mustard is not native to the Coastside, Boutell says, “but it is really a draw for tourists and visitors. It’s so pretty.” In Montara, California poppies can be found at the south entrance of Montara Mountain, where they will be shorter and a lighter orange color than their southern counterparts. The whipping wind on the Midcoast washes out some of the color, says Wildflower Farms’ Jennifer Segale, but these paler poppies are of the same species as the brighter ones on the South Coast. “There is an array of different poppies,” Segale said. “Someone could spend one to four hours hiking Montara Mountain.” After a long hike or a relaxing trip to the beach, La Costanera diners will be pleased to see a meadow of purple and white agapanthus on the north end of the restaurant property. These flowers should be in bloom by May, Segale says. A few miles south of Half Moon Bay, fragrant meadows of oxalis, a bright yellow flower that looks like clover, can be found on the north end of the Cowell-Purisima Trail. Venture further down Highway 1 toward Pescadero and you’ll come across Año Nuevo State Park, a locale known as


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Brittany Haggard, left, and Christina Jarvis, from Jacksonville Beach, Fla. take pictures in a wildflower field off Cabrillo Highway near the airport in Half Moon Bay.

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The book “Plants and Plant Communities of the San Mateo Coast,” co-authored by Avis Boutell, Toni Corelli and Nancy Frost, is available at Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pigeon Point Light Station and Año Nuevo State Park. It can also be purchased at Coastside Land Trust, located at 788 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.

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a spot to find elephant seals. But it’s also home to Cascade Field, north of the main entrance, which has a history dating back to the Ohlone tribe’s presence on the coast. “It’s one of the few examples of native prairie that exists along the coast,” Boutell said. “The Ohlone would burn it to make sure brush and trees didn’t move in. It’s allowed wildflowers to grow there ad be harvested for seed.” Finally, drive down to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse near Pescadero. Just south of the building is a field of mustard and sourgrass. Pull over on the side of the road and step out to enjoy the spring wind whipping through the wildflowers on the bluff. Segale suggests that wildflower enthusiasts make two trips out to the Coastside, one in mid-April and one in early to mid-May, to see the difference in the flowers after several weeks have passed. For the first time ever, there will also

be an event to celebrate local wildflowers. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, visitors can stop by Half Moon Bay State Beach to tour the native plant nursery, take a wildflower hike with Corelli, buy native plants and seeds for your garden and more. The event is meant to celebrate spring and mark the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, says Coastside State Parks Association Executive Director Cecily Harris. “(It’s a way) to have an educational event and hands-on things for people to do here, (and) a way to partner with other agencies and nonprofits on the theme of coastal wildflowers,” Harris said. Whether you scavenge for these flowers on a coastal mountain hike or snap a smartphone selfie in a mustard meadow, now is the time to get out and enjoy spring on the Coastside. HMB


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Martha Higdon, of Half Moon Bay, on her stand-up paddle board in the Pillar Point Harbor.

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Casting off on the water was what she describes as a sublime experience, she recalled. “It was the most amazing experience,” she said. “I was out there, there were dolphins in the distance, and I thought this is so cool.” She was hooked, and she’s certainly not the only one. Stand-up paddleboarders are instantly recognizable as the lanky rowers on the water who, if they just wore snappy outfits, would resemble the oarsman on a Venice gondola.

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For those who never tried it before, the activity is hot right now, and has been for the last few years. In fact, some consider it to be the fastest growing watersport in recent memory. More than 1.5 million people tried standup paddleboarding in 2012, according to a report by the nonprofit Outdoor Foundation. Of those participants, 56 percent that year reportedly were trying it for the first time, far surpassing any other watersport. Stand-up paddleboarding fans trace its origins to Hawaii, like all surfing. But the sport didn’t really become developed into a standalone activity until recently. As regular surfing was first being introduced worldwide in the early 1930s, some experimenters tried variations, including riding waves while standing up on a canoe. That didn’t work too well – the canoe would fill with water and sink. But it prompted fans to engineer better and better boards that were more buoyant.

Today many SUP fans point to the versatility of the sport as a major draw. Participants have the mobility and power similar to a kayak so they easily go distances on the water. For those who want to ride the waves, that mobility is a huge boon for maneuvering into position, said Doug Connor, co-owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company. In fact, the ease of surfing waves on a SUP someone riles up traditional surfers. “The short boarders are usually jealous because they can’t catch as many waves,” he laughed. Conner was an avid kayaker, and he competed in the 1990s on the U.S. Wildwater Team competition. But once he tried standup paddleboarding, he never went back to his kayak. “I tried it, and I absolutely loved it,” he said. There was a learning curve to getting

Stand-up paddle boarding basics A PFD (personal floation device) is highly recommended, especially for beginners.

Feet should be shoulder width apart, side to side, knees slightly bent.

The boards are much larger than regular surfboard, usually about 32 inches wide compared to about 20 inches for a regular board. They are also significantly thicker to provide better floatation. Advanced riders will often use shorter, lighter boards.

The paddle should be about 6 inches taller than the paddler.

The use of a leash will prevent the board from being lost in the event of a fall. In surf, a leash is always used.

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Scott Leiss, of Montara, pulls into an overhead wave at Montara State Beach. Paddleboarders will often wait outside of the lineup and takeoff early.

Denton Chase, of Miramar, has his board mounted on a home-made bike carrier in Princeton.


A surfer pulls off a ‘floater’ at Surfer’’s Beach.

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Martin Gates, of El Granada, paddles his 14 foot SUP in the harbor.

the skills of stand-up paddleboarding down pat, Connor said. The 51-year-old had trouble at first mastering his footing and balance, and that meant plenty of falls into the water and “looking like a dork.” Today, Connor has become more than adept at maneuvering a SUP and he occasionally teaches lessons to others. He’s also become one of the regulars taking his SUP out among the surfers at Mavericks point in hopes of braving a good wave. Skerry was drawn to the stand-up paddleboard for slightly different reasons. She enjoys the tranquility and exercise of the sport, and she’s already recruited a friend to join her on the water. Martha Higdon, a 61-year-old Half Moon Bay resident, remembers Skerry excitedly urging her last year to come try out standup paddleboarding with her. Now both of them are hooked. “The hardest lesson I had to learn was to just relax,” Higdon said. “You’re trying to control something with a lot of freedom. But if you fall in, it’s no problem. You can just get right back up on the board.” Between the two of them, one of their favorite activities to partner stand-up paddleboarding with crabbing. It’s not easy, but Skerry and Higdon have learned how to balance a pair of crab pots on the boards. They’ll typically row to the outer water beyond the harbor, drop the pots and leaves them there overnight to provide plenty of time for the bait to work its magic. When they collect the pots the next day, they’ll have a challenging journey making it with the full pots back to the shore, but it’s worth it. Higdon says she hasn’t had to pay for crab all season. Costs vary for the gear for standup paddleboarding, depending on the length and material of the board. New boards can range from $800 up to $2,000 or more. Paddles can cost upwards of $100. Those interested in trying out a standup paddleboard will also probably want to wear a wetsuit. Renting a board can be a much cheaper proposition for those with some reservations about plunging into the activity. The Mavericks Surf Shop rents boards and paddles for $30 for four hours. Wetsuits cost $10 for four hours. Half Moon Bay Kayak rents boards, paddles and wetsuits for $25 per hour. California Canoe and Kayak rents plastic or Softtop boards for $20 per hour. Composite board go for $30 per hour. HMB 24

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After years of hikes, drills and hard work toward merit badges, a Boy Scout faces one final challenge before ascending to the top rank. The Eagle Scout project looms as the true test for each Scout. It comes after 21 merit badges and requires a plan for some community service and the commitment to see it through. In past years, Scouts locally have cleaned up graffiti and built signboards and community gardens. More than 2 million young men have earned the honor across the country, and the Coastside can boast of its share. Here’s a look at four local teenagers who completed their Eagle Scout project this year.

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atthew Berkey admits he never was much of a hockey player or fan, but anyone who does love the sport might want to thank him. For his Eagle Scout project, Berkey, a 17-year-old high-school senior, built a badly needed equipment shed for the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastside rink at Half Moon Bay High School. For years, local roller hockey teams have had to make do with a lone cargo container that lacked enough room to store all the equipment. The same container also served as the snack stand at games, making the space an even tighter squeeze. As Berkey began looking around for an Eagle Scout project, he ran into local hockey organizers who said they could certainly use his help. With the help of about a dozen people, Berkey designed and built a shed for the hockey rink. Completed in November, the project cost about $2,500. “I’ve never done anything like this,” Berkey said, while standing in his mostly empty building. He learned a lot about carpentry and construction in the process. Berkey expects to graduate this year from high school with plans to go to the College of San Mateo. He hopes to eventually enlist in either the U.S. Marine Corps or Air Force.


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he Heritage Grove Trail at Sam McDonald Park is Thomas Simons’ pride and joy. Simons is now intimately familiar with the 4.5-mile loop after fixing large sections of it as part of his Eagle Scout project. He and his helpers mended fences, leveled out imperfections, and installed drainage along the trail. That job took eight volunteers and one solid day of sweating. Simons has visited Sam McDonald Park before. In fact, he previously cleared trails there as part of a Scout service project. He learned about the need for sprucing up the heritage trail through his scoutmaster. Simons says he aspires to be an environmental engineer and he is currently deciding between a few colleges. But he didn't have his career goals in mind as he was looking for an Eagle Scout project, he said. “It was just a coincidence,” he said. “I was desperate and looking for the quickest project to do.” Nonetheless, he says he hopes to continue with the Scouts as an adult leader and continue going on trips and hikes with them. HMB


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ou couldn’t have a Pacific Coast Dream Machines without people like Bob Pelikan. He’s a former event chairman, but more importantly, he’s the sort of tinkerer who turns mechanical dreams into motorized reality. Pelikan lives not far from the Dream Machines annual home at the Half Moon Bay Airport and the cars he has built over the years seem to be all over his El Granada neighborhood. He’s got a roadster and a custom motorcycle sidecar in his own garage. The neighbor across the street bought one of his trucks. At 75 years of age, he maintains his infectious enthusiasm for things that roar with the turn of a key and he’s passing on his skills and interest to his grandson. Kenny Pelikan is a senior at Half Moon Bay High School, and together they have built a roadster that bears little resemblance to the wrecked Subaru it was in an earlier in-carnation. They plan to show it off at this year’s Dream Machines. We managed to slow Bob and Kenny long enough to have a chat about Dream Machines and their hobby in the garage where it all comes together.

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By Clay Lambert Photos by Dean Coppola Kenny, right, and his grandfather Bob Pelikan with his ‘27 Track T Roadster in El Granada.

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Clay Lambert: Tell me how all this got started. Bob Pelikan: Well … I built my first car from scratch when I was in high school. It had a water pipe frame, it had a plywood body and I welded it together and put a Crosley engine in it. You’ve probably never heard of a Crosley, but it was a car that was made in the late ’40s and early ’50s. I drove it to school a couple times and then somebody offered me $250 for it and that was $200 more than I had in it so I sold it.

you think you will be doing this kind of stuff with your kid? Kenny Pelikan: It would be nice to keep the tradition going. If I have time and money I will.

CL: What year would this have been? BP: This was 1956.

CL: Google cars are supposed to be driving us in five years. I just wonder whether all this is going to feel really anachronistic? BP: True. On the other hand, people in my generation are driving the cars we wish we could have afforded in high school. I think in the future they will still be driving Honda Elements and things like that.

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help. CL: Do you enjoy Dream Machines, Kenny? KP: It’s an awesome show. I like how it’s not just cars, it’s airplanes, motorcycles, food and all the activities. CL: How did you get involved in Dream Machines, Bob? BP: We moved to the coast 15 years ago and it had already been going for nine years when I moved here. When we first moved here we lived downtown and I had a shop remote from where I lived, next to (current Dream Machines Chair) Chad Hooker’s house in downtown Half Moon Bay. We were talking over the fence and he saw all my cars and he said, “You ought to get involved with this Dream


Machines,” because Bob Senz, who founded it, was getting ready to pull back some. So I went to a meeting. I had been on a number of boards and had some good organizational skills so within a year I was sitting at the head of the table running things. CL: That’s what happens when you go to a meeting. BP: I know, I should never go to a meeting! CL: What did you do professionally? BP: Well, my education is in mechanical engineering. I went pretty much right into sales out of college. I started a number of small manufacturing companies selling different kinds of products. Everything from testing equipment for nuclear power plants to solar energy systems to water-well products like pumps and tanks.

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CL: I noticed the pelican hood ornament. BP: Yeah. All of my vehicles have a pelican hood ornament.

CL: Obviously, those have technical components to them so maybe your vocation and avocation came together in some ways. BP: Right. And being an independent manufacturing rep gave me the time to do stuff like this.

CL: Did you construct this thing right here? BP: (He walks into the garage and points at the cement floor.) You can see on the ground there are some marks. What I did was I put the fiberglass body on the floor and I drew around it. Then I put it away and built the frame to fit inside the marks.

CL: So what are we looking at in your driveway? BP: First of all, let me tell you how this came about. I like to go to car shows and two years ago September a hundred of us drove to Indianapolis for a big car show there. And they have what they call autocross racing. You go out one at a time in a big parking lot and you drive through cones in a prescribed course and whoever goes fastest gets the bragging rights. And so I was watching the guys autocrossing and I thought, “That looks like a lot of fun.” I used to do that in the ’60s in a Porsche I had and I was pretty good at it then. So I thought instead of just sitting around looking at cars in these car shows, I’ll build one and compete. So I thought, “What will it take for a 75-year-old man to be competitive with these 20-year-olds in their Mustangs and Cameros and stuff. I thought it’s got to be lightweight, all-wheel drive and have a lot of horsepower. So I bought a wrecked Subaru, WRX STI, which is their high-performance version, and I made the frame and I bought a

CL: Wow. BP: Then I just popped the body down on the frame. CL: Now, are you a married man, Bob? BP: Very married. CL: And she lets all this stuff go on in her home? BP: (He points to the roof of the garage, which is underneath his home.) Anything down below this level here is mine. She has one little cabinet where she keeps some leftover pots. The rest is mine. CL: How much help have you been with this project, Kenny? KP: Well, I helped with the wiring. Cutting the body, cutting the fiberglass.

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Summer cAmp in HAlf moon BAy That’s something to smile about!

Bob Pelikan and his grandson Kelly at a car show in Oakland.

Starting June 16th , camp runs weekdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm at the Adcock community center in Half moon Bay. it’s perfect for working parents! At Y Camp, kids have the opportunity to make friends, have fun, get active and discover what they can achieve. Parents have peace of mind while they’re at work knowing their kids are having a fun and characterbuilding experience when school is out. Our camp activities, which range from arts and crafts to sports, fun games, field trips and weekly adventures, help kids become confident today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow. Camp starts June 16th and registration is now open! Call 650.286.9622 or visit our website to get started:

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car it’s always like, “Do you think your grandpa can help me?” BP: I did a sort of show and tell for the shop class and it was supposed to be for Kenny’s class. I brought my 1931 Buick, which is parked in his garage. I did a little PowerPoint to show how you build a hot rod. The teacher thought it went pretty well, so I spent the whole day there doing all the classes. Consequently, all the kids know me. CL: When I was your age, Kenny, I was in vocational auto classes. Do they have anything like that for you? BP: They have a small engine class. CL: Lawnmowers and two-cycle engines… KP: Some people bring their dirt bikes and stuff like that. CL: Do you worry about that, Bob? People like myself are a lot more ignorant than we used to be. No one changes

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his own oil any more. BP: It is a concern, you know. Boys and girls ought to know the basics like how to change the oil or how to change a tire. If you are going to own a car you ought to be able to take care of it. CL: That is what your cell phone’s for. BP: There are a lot of kids who don’t necessarily belong in college. They should be in some sort of a trade because that is where their skills are. I think there is a pretty good auto shop at Skyline College. CL: I had a flat tire the other day and it took me an hour to find the jack handle. BP: That’s what the owner’s manual is for. CL: What are you driving to school these days, Kenny? KP: Right now it’s a ’66 Chevy C-10 pickup. It’s parked up there. BP: He painted it himself.


KP: Right in front of my house. It took me a week to grind the old paint off and Bondo it, then I painted it right in front of my house. I just used spray cans. BP: It turned out pretty good. KP: You just have to do it a certain distance and angle and wait till it’s not windy. CL: You mean like with the little spray cans you get at Walmart? KP: I bought them at (Hassett Hardware). It took about 20 cans and it would get paint all over my thumb. But it’s cheaper and if you are good at it you can make it look good. CL: What’s the next project? BP: A 1932 Model A pickup truck. CL: Why? Why do you decide on one project rather than another? BP: Because I think they are cool. I want to put one of these engines (similar to the roadster) in the back so I can put my feet way up where the engine is supposed to be because they are so small. I’ll just take the firewall out and move it way forward and put the pedals way forward so I can stretch out. People were like 5-foot-2 in 1932. It’s hard for a tall guy to fit in one of those cars. CL: I had a flat tire the other day and it took me an hour to find the jack handle. BP: That’s what the owner’s manual is for.

Pacific Coast Dream Machines

What: The 24th Dream Machines will feature more than 2,000 antique, classic or just plain cool mechanical marvels. Expect hot rods, military equipment, homebuilt aircraft and more. There will also be plenty of food and entertainment – all in a single day this year. The event is the signature annual fundraiser for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center, which provides support for seniors and their caregivers all aimed at keeping people as independent as possible as they age. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27 B Half Moon Bay Airport, on Highway 1 about a mile north of Half Moon Bay. Admission: $20 adults, $10 ages 11 to 17, $5 for kids 10 and under. Info: 726-2328

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Coastside Canines

Storm Chocolate Lab Age: 4 (estimated) At a recent party at the Hansen home, an occasional phrase “Sit pretty!” filtered through the murmur of conversation. At that sound, all eyes turned toward Storm, the Hansens’ big chocolate lab, sitting up expectantly with her paws dangling, waiting for a treat. The same invisible source that offers treats to Storm, Jane Hansen might say, brought them together in the first place in April 2011. “The universe brought us together,” she said. She had lost two dogs but wasn’t ready to get another until one early morning when she “woke up and decided, I need a dog today.” She drove to the Peninsula Humane Society. As she waited for the doors to open, she heard a woman call to her: “Are you looking for a dog? I have a dog.” The woman had brought a chocolate lab she had found wandering alone, to turn over to the society. “We negotiated in the parking lot,” said Hansen. “I was like, is the universe providing? We just happened to be there at the same time.” The woman’s efforts to find the dog’s home proved fruitless. Storm was underweight and her coat was scraggly. She wasn’t housetrained and was “clueless” about leashes. When left alone, she whined sadly and chewed up some television remotes. But, Hansen said, “with love and food she gained 15 pounds and started feeling secure that she has a home.” And that’s where she’s sitting pretty now. “She sits like, ‘Look, I’m sitting pretty,’” sad Hansen. “And, ‘You have to give me something.’”

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Moss Beach family decked out for spring

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Homeowner: Peter and Alice Finch Contractor: Greg Rocha, Rocha & Son Construction Goal: Outdoor living with easy upkeep Constuction time: One month, plus four months for project approval from county Approx. cost: $44,000

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eter and Alice Finch expected contractor Greg Rocha to build them a deck for their Moss Beach home. What they didn’t expect is for him to take on another critical role – dogcatcher. While Rocha and his partner were out in the Finch’s backyard, Rocha noticed a dog that looked like Posey, the Finch’s pet, standing outside the gate. “I’ve got four dogs, so I love dogs,” Rocha said. “So I’m out there working and I see a dog cruise by and I said, ‘Is that Posey?’” It was Posey, who had gotten away during a walk on the Moss Beach bluffs and ran across Highway 1 to get home. He made another daring dash across the highway when Rocha and his colleague went after him. Finally, Rocha coaxed Posey toward him with a piece of chicken from his co-worker’s lunch and brought him back to the Finch residence. “Greg was our hero,” said Peter Finch, who is an anchor and reporter for KGO Radio. “He built us a deck and saved our dog. That’s what you want from a contractor.” Suffice to say, the Finches were pleased with Rocha’s job on the deck addition, as well. They opted for a Trex Transcend deck because of the simplicity of maintenance and upkeep. “The benefit is, you don’t have to seal it, stain it or paint it,” Rocha said. “The other benefit is that these days redwood is more scarce, so this one is more economically friendly.” The Finches lived in San Francisco but owned the Moss Beach home for nearly two decades. They moved to the Coastside recently and thought a deck would add a nice touch. “We have a front row seat for Dream Machines,” Finch said. “My wife says it’s like we added another room. We look out from the dining room and it’s so much more open.” While it only took a month to build the deck, it took four months to get the plans drawn up and approved by San Mateo County. Rocha cautions that homeowners should expect a several month process before builders get the green light. “It’s better to start sooner than later,” he said. “Getting the plans together and acquiring a permit could take several months.” Peter Finch says that those thinking of getting a new deck should be prepared to be patient. “It took a little longer than we originally thought and cost a bit more, but we’re really happy with how it turned out,” he said. — Julia Reis

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Cowell Ranch State Beach is at the north end of the Cowell-Purisima Trail. Start your journey by gazing into the permanent telescope mounted on the blufftop. Photo by Bill Murray. 43 2

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PLACE TO GO Jersey Joe’s CowellPurisima Trail

Cowell-Purisima Trail Location: Just south of Half Moon Bay; northern trailhead is approximately 3 miles south of the intersection of Highway 1 and Route 92. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset, weekends and holidays. Fees: None Trail Difficulty: Easy with one steep section BILL MURRAY

This 3.6 mile section of the California Coastal Trail opened in 2011. The trail offers spectacular views of the ocean and the gently sloping foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The northern end of the trail begins above Cowell State Beach and continues southward across three bridges and past rich, productive farm fields to a bluff-top overlook. The trail is open to hikers and cyclists and, with the exception of a section that passes through the steep banks of Purisima Creek, is accessible to wheelchairs though the trail is unpaved. Parking and restroom facilities are located at both ends of the trail, and interpretive signs provide visitors with information about surrounding natural and cultural resources and the adjacent farming operation.

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Although the blufftop trail follows miles of beach, the only one available for visitors is Cowell Ranch (pictured). All others serve as wildlife refuges and closed to the public. Harbor seals, pelicans, hawks and wildflowers are common sights. Cowell Ranch Beach parking lot on your right when heading south from Half Moon Bay. To reach the parking lot at the south end of the trail, continue a little more than 3 miles and turn in to the right. The parking lot is quite isolated and break-ins do occur. Hide all valuables or take them with you.

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Scan here for a trail map and more information about the area.

Jersey Joe’s A relatively new addition to the Half Moon Bay restaurant inventory is Jersey Joe’s in the Stone Pine center. Work up your appetite on the trail and make some room for enormous cheesesteak sandwiches or freshly made burgers. (Try it Jersey style with grilled onions.) Also big hits are the fish sandwiches with a huge hunk of deep fried cod and packed Cobb salads. Pizza fries? Sure, why not? Cold beer on tap for the grown ups and a fancy soda dispenser popular with the kids. More than a dozen big screen tvs fill the dining room which are always tuned to local sports action. 40 Stone Pine Road, 726-4043. Or if so inclined, use the OrderAhead app and have your cheesesteaks waiting for you.

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ith Spring in the air, bulbs flowering and gardens coming more and more to life, this is the perfect time of year to plan your garden — and to think of gardening in a new way. As Californians, we are well aware of looming droughts that are a perennial obstacle.They are an occurrence we are reminded of each Winter and Spring as we get less and less rain, and the Summer months get warmer. Even a single dry year in California can pose problems for activities that are wholly dependent on unmanaged water supplies, such as dryland farming, livestock grazing or gardening. Living in a small agricultural community, like Half Moon Bay, I can’t help but notice and be effected by the lack of rain we are having this year.

~ Fill in with succulents

My favorite drought-loving succulent is Echeveria (pictured). I planted mine along the bottom of my fence to fill in the gaps where the water would wastefully drain into the street. It looks great, flowers and needs zero care or extra water. It even helps retain water in your garden. You can find these at any nursery for about $4.98 for a 4” size pot.

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~ Plant by Seed

Have you seen vegetable prices soar at the grocery store? Talked to Farmer John or the Andriotti’s about this weather lately? Have you noticed the phrase “California’s Drought” plastered all over the news? The drought is here, in full effect, and something to think about all year long, not just when your have to begrudgingly turn your irrigation system on in February. Being water-wise in your home and garden — all year long — will greatly improve our water supply. Below are some easy tips on how to start training yourself, your family and your garden to be a little more water-wise.

I planted my Sweet Peas by seed this year. I find that they need less water while they are growing if I sow them directly by seed, instead of planting them from plugs from the nursery. My favorite place to buy Sweet Pea seed is at ReneesGarden.com

— Jennifer Lee Segale, GardenApothecary.com Photo by Rob Co

~ Look for Leaks

Remind yourself and your family to look around the garden each week for any leaks or water run-off. Adding a rain-chain or re-directing your gutters to a water barrel for reuse is hugely helpful, but a really easy and free way of saving water is simply looking around for the excess. If you have a leak or run-off, be sure to address it immediately or consult a professional for help.


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RealEstate Address 1170 Main Street, Montara Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 3 Single Family 3356 square feet Year Built 2001 Sale Price $1,100,000

RECENT SALE

Photos courtesy century 21 SUNSET PROPERTIES

Water’s edge

Dramatic ocean view custom home right across the road from Montara State Beach. This Mediterrean style home was built in 2001 and consists of 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms in a spacious 3356 of living space. The new owners were attracted not only to the lovely details of this home but the ocean views and close proximity to the water.

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Juliette Kulda • Realtor on the Half Moon Bay Coastside since 2003. • 2013 Voted one of the Favorite Realtors on the Coast • Closed over $30 Million in Real Estate transactions in 2013

Spanish flair

The tile roof gives this recently sold Montara home a warm and inviting presence. Steps from Montara Beach, it is true ocean lover’s paradise.

PESCADERO FARM HOUSE ON 8 ACRES Here's an adorable turn of the last century farm house situated on approximately 8 mostly level acres. There are several additional out buildings including a 1 bedroom 1 bath cottage that's used as a rental. But best of all are the impressive grounds that are set up for horses with 2 fenced-in pastures as well as several areas for growing flowers and vegetables. Located on Pescadero Creek Rd just east of downtown.

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RealEstate

Transactions Jan. 29 - Feb. 25, 2014

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Buyer

Amount

Punsima Ridge Partners

1177 Miramontes St., Half Moon Bay

John N. Romero, trustee

$200,000

Carnoustie LLC

301 Bayhill Road, Half Moon Bay

David Botstein and Renee Fitts

$1,447,500

Beth L. Williford

8150 Pescadero Creek Road, Loma Mar

Loma Mar Store LLC

$620,000

Kevin P. and Lynne M. Magee

868 Linda Vista St., Moss Beach

Daniel Baarts and Nicole A. Bolson

$726,000

Anna M. Oviedo, trustee

846 Columbus St., El Granada

Daniel Zoughbie

$566,000

Peninsula Open Space Trust

541 Alsace Lorraine Ave., Half Moon Bay

David E. and Patricia K. Lea, trustees

undisclosed amount

Purissima Ridge Partners

505-509 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada

Ray W. Heckert

$191,000

Jerald L. and Elizabeth A. McCarthy, et. al.

538 Ferdinand Ave., El Granada

Craig E. and Linda P. Meyer

$696,000

Nancy K. Underwood and Robert Capian, trustee

40 Trace Lane, Half Moon Bay

Patrick J. Barron Jr., trustee

$680,000

Ronald P. and Jodi M. Isenberg, trustees

140 Amesport Landing, Half Moon Bay

Jason Pittock

$460,000

Christopher P. Smith

23 Alameda Ave., Half Moon Bay

Jason S. Goecker and Miriam S. Guerrero, trustees

$1,320,000

Michael B. and Joanne G. Allen

599 Highland Ave., Half Moon Bay

Michael R. and Toni L. Charlesworth

$1,325,000

Brandon Tolany

350 El Granada Blvd., El Granada

Michael J. Rowehl & Amy S. Wong

$1,399,000

Michael Bykhovsky, trustee

764 Pilarcitos Ave., Half Moon Bay

Geoffrey M. and Lesleen Riley

$1,475,000

Timothy R. Swillinger, et. al.

37 Erin Lane, Half Moon Bay

Diana M. Brandolino

$767,000

Susan J. and James E. Stanchfield, trustees

644 Magnolia St., Half Moon Bay

Edward C. Hattyar and Lianne M. Araki

$980,000

Jamie and Linda Banducci, trustees

vacant land, La Honda

Tim Sullivan

$415,000

Roy and Jennie T. Harlan

170 Main St., Montara

Don M. Heinshhn, et. al.

$1,100,000

Karen Trilevsky, trustee

355 Nevada Ave., Moss Beach

Maureen D. Mcevoy, Korrine Skinner

$715,000

Rosalia and Jose Becerra

9690 Cabrillo Highway, Moss Beach

Timothy Petrocchi,

$494,500

Neil and Alix Curry, James C. McIntosh

1419 Pescadero Road, Pescadero

Neil and Alix Curry

$375,500

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Monthly magazine covering the unique people and places of the San Mateo County Coastside. Published by the Half Moon Bay Review.

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