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Cottage food startups flourish on coast BY MARK NOACK PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA
The Solar Age
HMB-founded startup refines solar farming BY MARK NOACK PHOTOS BY DEAN COPPOLA
Love on the Coastside Local valentines share stories of how they met and what makes their relationships successful
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If you want to strike up a conversation, just go to the Coastside Adult Community Center at lunchtime. You will always find friendly faces and people eager to share their experiences. Now, ask them what they think of getting older and stand back. America is rapidly aging. One-third of U.S. counties now boast populations with an average age of 50 or better, according to one Harvard study. In 15 years, there will be 33 million more Americans over the age of 65. Clearly, aging is on a lot of minds. The folks waiting for lunch at the Senior Center have plenty of opinions on the joys and struggles that accompany aging. We asked three of them what they thought about the process of aging and were rewarded with both humor and insight.
ging is an accumulation of experience, and you can use it wisely and well or you can moan about your groans and pains. You have to affirm the positive in order for your life to be more enjoyable. I had no idea what it would be like until I got there, any more than I didn’t know what Korea would be like until I got there. Some things you have to approach and then you can assess it, and aging is one of those things.
y advice is, if you can avoid it, don’t do it. I sometimes wish that people who are older than I would give me little clues as to what I can look forward to as I age. They don’t, so some of the things that happen to you become surprises. For example, aches and pains, oftener than you would think. Some of us get wisdom and some of us don’t. It’s like those people who stay 24 forever and never age.
’d say that getting old is not for sissies. It takes more effort to do everything and you wake up every day with a new pain. If you are lucky, it goes away; and then you have a new one the next day. If you are not lucky, then they build up. You still feel like the same person in your head. Then you hit 70 and it surprises you. Of course, senior discounts help. Retirement is good. Not having to get up in the morning and go to work is good.
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Flashback Pages from the past july 6, 1961 In 1961, Miss Half Moon Bay, otherwise known as Miss Judy Cunha, represented the Coastside at the San Mateo County Fair and Fiesta. Miss Cunha, 16, was given her title at a beauty contest held at the Miramar Hotel. Miss Patricia Riley, 19, of Montara was awarded second place. A lead story alerted residents to a rat poison drive in the Pilarcitos area. About 300 pounds of poisonous grain was placed along Pilarcitos Creek banks in â€œspots most likely to be visited by the rats.â€? Residents were advised to keep small children and poultry away from the creek. Other stories included an assumption that a killer whale had bitten a harbor seal in half and the installment of Louis C. Foster as the new superintendent of Half Moon Bay High School District. The editorial page alerted readers that work would begin on a master plan that would shape the look of the Coastside for the next 10 years.
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~ A rollicking look at ~ Look beyond our own shores Feb. 16 The Half Moon Bay branch of the American Asrelationships Feb. 6 It’s hailed as the secondlongest-running off-Broadway musical while it’s one of the longestrunning human conundrums. “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” takes a comedic look at the myths, legends, triumphs and struggles of those who have won or lost love or just gotten involved in a “relationship.” The Coastal Repertory Theatre production runs at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 28, with tickets ranging from $27 to $45. 569-3266.
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Feb. 28 Short-form comedy improvisation based on audience suggestions and sprinkled with musical numbers, will fill this evening beginning at 7 p.m. That’s when improvisational actors from Blue Blanket Improv cut loose at Fit Studio in Strawflower Village in Half Moon Bay. Tickets are $10/adult and $5/ youth age 12 and under. blueblanketimprov.com.
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n a sunny afternoon in Half Moon Bay, Audrey Seaton is doing her daily waltz around her kitchen. Mixing batter, prepping ingredients and pulling pastries from the oven, she maneuvers between two ovens and eight burners in her kitchen with the efficiency of a pro. And a professional is exactly what she is. Seaton is proprietor and sole employee of Born, Bred & Buttered, a barely 1-year-old bakery startup run out of her Spruce Street house. Her marketing is little more than a Facebook page and a circle of supportive friends, but nevertheless her little pastry factory has found a steady stream of customers. Her products — including Kahlua bars, carrot cakes, and red-velvet cupcakes — are being featured already in one downtown coffee shop, and she’s in talks to expand to others. Filling those orders has essentially made her home bakery a full-time job. “The thing I’m most proud of is I make everything from scratch in small productions,” she said. “Everyone knew I was always baking. Once I put it out there that I was starting it, it was just word-ofmouth.” Seaton is one success story in a relatively
Ram Subedi makes up a batch of his homemade chai.
new surge of cottage food startups that are bringing the creations of home chefs into the wider marketplace. The program was first launched statewide in early 2013 through the California Homemade Food Act, a state bill that, for the first time, authorized small-scale food producers to sell their wares under less stringent guidelines. The bill was somewhat controversial, as health inspectors across California were nervous that allowing home chefs to sell their products could put food safety on the back burner. But many across the state were clamoring for a simpler alternative for small-scale food startups. Prior to the cottage food law, the only option for small food producers was a certified commercial kitchen, which was extremely costly. A certified commercial kitchen requires specified training, electrical wiring, ventilation, plumbing and sanitation. Outfitting a space to meet that bar can fetch a six-figure bill. Since kicking open the doors for the program, the San Mateo County Environmental Health Department has approved just fewer than 70 applications for producers of all manner of culinary treats, including specialty biscotti, cake pops, butterscotch and toffee. The programâ€™s guidelines allow for a range of products, but state health officials donâ€™t allow any potentially hazardous foods that would require refrigeration, particularly dairy or meats. All food items must be on an approved list from state health officials. â€œIn general, everything appears
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to be working as for public health,” said Heather Mellon, county environmental health director. “Our biggest challenge is to remind business operators that anything they want to make has to be listed by the Department of Public Health.” A total of 13 entrepreneurs have launched cottage food startups on the Coastside with names such as the Saturday Morning Bread Club, Rustic Tart, and Spread the Love. Like Seaton, the majority are bakers, but even the pastry world allows a lot of room for creativity. Kings Mountain Baking owner Nathalie Swanson decided to launch her home pastry startup last year as a way to
put to use her skills from a baking course. As a mother of two, she likes that the home business gives her plenty of time for her family. Over the months, she’s come to focus her talents mainly on the art of bread baking, particularly sourdough made with her own yeast starter. She makes about a dozen loaves each week, which she mostly sells to others in the close-knit community. It’s a small operation, but she likes it that way. Her baking operation wouldn’t be a reliable way to put bread on the table, so to speak. “It pays for the ingredients and a little bit more, but that’s it,” she said. “It gives me
Cecilia Mello, left, of Montara, and her son Xavier Jones, 11, talk with a visitor at Here Comes the Sun in Montara.
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Love on the coast
“So how did you guys meet?”
f you have a significant other, chances are you’ve been asked this question before. And chances are,
your response may be one that cannot be answered simply. Rather, it may involve a story that is unspooled every time the inquiry arises, one that instantly takes you back to the moment you first caught sight of your partner. The question is interesting enough that it’s become fodder for
research. Stanford University sociologist Michael Rosenfeld has explored it by surveying couples in a study entitled “How Couples Meet and Stay Together.” In collecting data in sets over the last several years, he found in his initial 2009 survey of 3,000 participants that 23 percent of heterosexual couples met through the Internet versus 61 percent of gay participants. The youngest study participants, between the ages of 18 and 24, were least likely to find their significant other online.
Local valentines share stories of how they met and what makes their relationship successful
The Pew Research Center has also delved into the subject of how technology has changed courtship. While more people feel that online dating is a good way to meet people — 44 percent of survey participants answered this question positively in 2005 versus 59 percent in 2013 — only 5 percent of those in a committed relationship met their spouse online. In asking the question of our readers through social media, we received several responses from couples that had unique tales to tell about how they first met, courted and committed to their sweetheart. Read on for these profiles of love on the Coastside. By Julia Reis / Photos by Dean Coppola
Devon Yoshimine, 23, of Half Moon Bay, and Michelle Marconi, 23, of El Granada Met in 1997, began dating in 2009
he day they first met was nearly 20 years ago, so forgive Devon Yoshimine if his memory is a little cloudy on the subject. What he does recall is standing up in front of his second-grade class at Hatch Elementary School and introducing himself, saying his family had just moved to the coast from Los Angeles. And he remembers a little girl walking up to him at recess and introducing herself as Michelle Marconi. They played tetherball and they were friends from that day forward. Then, as students at Half Moon Bay High School, each began to think of the other differently. When Marconi’s friend accused her of having a crush on Devon, she denied it but then realized she did have feelings for him. Meanwhile, Devon thought it better to keep his feelings to himself, lest he ruin their friendship by telling her. But shortly after graduation, Yoshimine, out of town for a family event in Southern California, texted Marconi that he had something to tell her. “I asked him, ‘Devon, do you love me?’” Marconi said, sitting beside Yoshimine on a bench outside Hatch Elementary. “He texted yes, and I said ‘I love you, too.’” “If I was in town I would have told you in person,” Yoshimine said. It’s been five years since that fateful text-message exchange that led to Yoshimine and Marconi becoming a couple. Yoshimine
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credits their longtime friendship with helping build a foundation for a solid relationship. “It helps to have a strong friendship in place before,” he said. Marconi described their common personalities and interests, saying they’re both “kind of nerdy” and enjoy comic books. “We try to understand and listen to each other and make each other laugh,” she said. “Being there for each other has helped us a lot.” FEBRUARY
didn’t have a Sunday sports section. “So now I’m weighing whether I should do interviews for something I can’t write anyway, or go to the city and have this date,” he said. “It was a lifechanging thing, really. As soon as the game ended, I was in a dead sprint for the parking lot.” They laughed over drinks at Lefty O’Doul’s in San Francisco, and within two weeks Bruce had moved in with Martha and her roommates in Montara. Fast-forward a few years to when the two attended a rehearsal dinner for a roommate’s wedding. Bruce was giving a toast to several attendees and acknowledged his then-girlfriend by saying, “And Martha, the woman I plan to marry.” “I didn’t know I was going to say it,” Bruce Jenkins said. “I felt bad because I sort of stole the show for a minute.” An attendee promptly fashioned Martha an engagement ring out of wire from a champagne glass, which she still has. They wed with a waterfall as their backdrop in Hawaii in 1994. The couple has three children, two from Bruce’s previous marriage and a daughter who is a sophomore at Half Moon Bay High School. Today they reserve their biggest arguments for which sporting event they should watch first on television. “People have always said marriage is a lot of work,” Bruce Jenkins said. “Getting married to Martha, nothing changed. It’s never been any work.”
Bruce & Martha Jenkins Sports columnist and former photographer for the San Francisco Giants Met in 1990, married in 1994
ruce Jenkins was coming out of a relationship that ended poorly when he first caught sight of Martha at a press conference for a book about the 1989 World Series, and neither knew the other had contributed to it. Bruce was, and still is, a sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, while Martha had just gotten a job as the photographer for the San Francisco Giants. “We were going to meet somehow, because she was shooting at the ballpark and I was writing at the ballpark,” Bruce Jenkins said. Bruce made the initial move after a baseball game waging Giants’ front office staff and players against the media. Martha
took photos at the game and asked afterward if anyone wanted to see the pictures. Bruce quipped that he did, and later mailed her a letter requesting certain photos, then ended it saying, “I’m one of the 150 guys who has a crush on you.” “I asked my friend Karen what it meant and she said, ‘He likes you!’ and I was like, ‘Oh yeah, duh,’” Martha Jenkins said. They scheduled a date night for when their Saturday game assignments were over. She was covering an event at Stanford; he was at Game 4 of the 1990 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and the Oakland Athletics. When that game ended, the Reds had swept the championship at the Oakland Coliseum. Bruce debated whether he needed to get quotes from the players, though at the time the Chronicle
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Deb and Michael Wong, 62, of Moss Beach Professional photographers and owners of Spring Mountain Gallery Met in 1959, married in 2002
here are many eye-catching photos lining the walls of Spring Mountain Gallery on Main Street, but there’s one — on a wall leading to a back room — that shows how Deb and Michael Wong met. It’s of a fourth-grade class at Westview Elementary School in Pacifica, a school that no longer exists. Deb points to the image of herself and then a young Michael in the row below. “He was really cute,” she says, standing behind the counter as her husband works on framing a photo. “Deb was the cutest girl in the whole class,” he chimes in. Their story begins in 1959, in the second-grade at Westview, where they became fast friends, then childhood sweethearts. “We used to play marbles and play on the monkey bars. We would hold hands,” Deb Wong said. Deb liked to draw horses as a child, an interest that often drew peers to her desk to watch her in action. Michael was one of those classmates. One day he asked her to draw a horse for him, to which she sketched a stick-figure horse, crumpled the paper in a ball and threw it at him: her subtle way of showing her jealousy over his showing interest in another girl.
“And then he disappeared,” Deb Wong said. Michael’s family moved to another part of Pacifica in the middle of the school year, and though they didn’t see each other again as they grew up, they still remembered the other fondly. “We don’t remember details, but you remember feelings and people in general if they make you feel happy,” Michael Wong said. Years passed. Michael opened a photography and framing business on the coast in 1980. Each had been married and had a daughter, and both frequented classmates.com, sharing memories of growing up in Pacifica with fellow classmates. One day, Michael looked up the page for Oceana High School. “I went, ‘Oh, wow!’” Michael said. He’d found Deb. He wrote to her through the message board, to which she replied, “You were my first boyfriend.” “There was no turning back after that,” Deb Wong said. They wed in 2002 and reside in Moss Beach while running the downtown Half Moon Bay gallery together. “Now everything is combined — our lives, our business. … He’s my other half,” Deb Wong said. “I just need her in my life,” says Michael Wong. As for the stick-figure horse, shortly after they reunited Deb drew him a better horse. That drawing is in a frame hanging on their bedroom wall. FEBRUARY
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Software company CEO and former psychiatric nurse Met in 1996, married in 1998
ulie had visited San Francisco from Scotland a few times before, but it wasn’t until she was on sabbatical from her nursing job in 1996 that she met Greg, who had stopped by a mutual friend’s house in San Francisco to return a book. Neither of them was looking for anything in particular relationshipwise, and Julie was due back at work thousands of miles away in a month. But Greg offered her a ride across town to where she was staying on her visit, and on the way they detoured to “the diviest bar in the Mission (District).” “He was being chivalrous,” Julie Sarab said of the offer of the ride home. “It was across town and not a nice area at the time,” Greg Sarab said. They learned of their common interests and tastes in music, like a fondness for the British band Marillion, over drinks at the Albion Bar. Over the next few weeks, they continued to spend time together. “We just kept hanging out. And right before I was leaving, he starts to get smoochy,” Julie Sarab said. “So, of course I had to come back.”
They were a couple when Julie returned to Scotland. She came back to the United States around Thanksgiving of that year to meet Greg’s family in New York, and he met Julie’s parents in Scotland the following February. That’s when they decided to get married, not wanting to keep up the longdistance aspect of their relationship. “Greg said, ‘We should just do that marriage thing,’” as Julie Sarab tells it. “Sometimes you have widely branching choices; this is one of those situations,” Greg Sarab said. “We knew it wouldn’t work out if we went back and forth, so we rolled the dice.” They wed at Memorial Park in Loma Mar, in 1997, and their wedding presents were food and beverages donated by their guests. Their honeymoon was a trip around California in a friend’s borrowed car. The Sarabs have now been together nearly 20 years and have two young children. “He’s very positive,” Julie Sarab said of her husband. “She likes adventure,” Greg Sarab said. “Not just like treasure hunts, but not being afraid to turn over an entire life and try something new.”
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t 51 years old and divorced for 14 years, Margulies had given up on getting remarried. But Margulies’ friend Sara told her that she knew someone she might strike a chord with: Sara’s cousin Gary, who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. Margulies already planned to come out to San Francisco from St. Louis on Sept. 4, which happened to be Sara and Gary’s birthday. While Sara invited Nancy to attend their birthday party, Margulies figured she should introduce herself before crashing the celebration. So she emailed Warhaftig a note with a poem, to which he replied with a phone call. They talked for hours, following up their initial conversation with a couple more. And that’s when they decided to get married. “We knew we were meant to be together,” said Margulies, as she sat beside her husband in their oceanside Montara home. “I would never advise anyone to get engaged to a stranger, but I knew he was the right person.” They soon met in Texas, where Margulies was visiting on a business trip, followed by an excursion to St. Louis where Gary met Nancy’s children from her previous marriage and bought her an engagement ring. Then they traveled to New Zealand for another business trip. “That was our second date,” Warhaftig said. On their return to the United States, the couple realized they needed to move up their wedding, planned for the spring of 1999, because of their fathers’ ailing health. They chose the day after Thanksgiving in St. Louis, where all of Margulies’ family would be gathered. But some of Warhaftig’s relatives were too frail to travel from California, and the two wanted to find a way to ensure that they, too, could see the wedding. They realized they could stream it via a remote satellite system, but they lacked the technology themselves. So they were married at a Kinko’s copy shop in St. Louis. “It’s true that life can change on a dime,” Warhaftig said. “The French have a word for what happened to us, and it translates to ‘hit by lightning.’” Their whirlwind meeting has since settled down
Nancy Margulies + Gary Warhaftig into a companionship each of them appreciates. Margulies has retired from her corporate job into a life of writing, and both work from home, spending each day around each other. “We’re always around each other and it never gets old,” Warhaftig said. The couple attributed their successful marriage to not holding grudges and doing things for each other while not keeping score of their efforts. “The real key is, we respect and admire each other; it makes for a great marriage,” Margulies said. “I wasn’t planning to marry, but that’s what I wanted to do.” “Lucky me,” Warhaftig said with a smile. HMB
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couple’s first dance as man and wife is a cherished wedding tradition. For those couples who need a little musical inspiration, turn to many of the modern hits you’re bound to hear on the radio which may help you to shine in that first dance.
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri: “Twi-hard” fans enjoyed this romantic song during the pivotal wedding scene between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in the popular “Twilight” movie “Breaking Dawn.” “All of Me” by John Legend: It’s been hard to escape this popular love song by R&B artist John Legend. An ode Legend wrote to his wife, this song has quickly become a popular choice for a couple’s first dance. “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles: This
peppy song by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles is a good choice for couples who prefer being nontraditional. It’s faster paced and less sentimental than many other wedding songs.
“Better Together” by Jack Johnson: Johnson is known primarily for his soft rock and acoustic guitar work blended with catchy lyrics. Also an accomplished surfer, Johnson’s work is enjoyed by many but may be especially prized by couples who want to their reception to be a laid back affair full of fun and whimsy. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz: Another acoustic ditty, this song has a country influence and talks about not giving up and staying in a relationship for the long haul. Couples can make that first moment on the dance floor a special experience by choosing modern classics for their first dances.
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eddings are a careful balance of many elements that culminate on one special day. Making all of the components of a wedding come together seemlessly requires a well organized bride and groom and the cooperation of professional wedding vendors who understand their unique roles. Vendors, including florists, transportation companies, musicians, and dressmakers are essential to a successful wedding. Competent wedding vendors will remove much of the worry and work from a couple’s shoulders.
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But not every couple ends up with top-notch wedding vendors. Research, planning and verifying references are some ways to ensure your vendors make your wedding day that much more enjoyable.
Seek recommendations from trusted friends and family members. Talk to friends and family members whose insight you value about which wedding vendors they used. If you attend a wedding or another party and find the flowers or the music particularly well done, ask for the name of the florist or band. Word-of-mouth advertisement is a great way to find quality wedding vendors who will help make your dream wedding a reality. Consult with a wedding planner. If budget allows, work with a wedding planner. He or she will have an extensive list of wedding vendors you can contact. A wedding planner wants the job to get done right and efficiently, and many wedding planners have already vetted and verified certain vendors as quality workers. Always ask for references and don’t ignore them. Busy wedding vendors should provide you with a list of names of satisfied customers. Talk with couples who used the vendors’ services in the past and ask the questions that are most important to your decisionmaking process. Unbiased feedback also may be available through online review sites, but direct contact with references may make you feel more comfortable. If a vendor fails to provide references, this should raise suspicions about the person’s reliability. Deposits should be a fraction of the total price. Avoid wedding vendors who insist on hefty deposits. A deposit is a good-faith agreement to hold the date of the wedding, and it should be a small percentage of the overall cost of the services.
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Do not pay balances too far in advance. Many wedding vendors require the balance be paid on the day of the wedding or shortly before. Good vendors realize couples will not want to pay the tally until they have received the products or services they signed up for. A photographer may ask for the final payment when albums are delivered. The exception may be a caterer or reception site that needs the funds to order food and beverages a few weeks in advance. Paying off a vendor too early means you run the risk of that vendor having your money and then not coming through on the wedding day. It’s difficult to track down a person for a refund, plus you’re left with finding a replacement at the last minute. Contracts are your friends. Every agreement should be in writing. You have a better chance of fighting for a refund or restitution in court when you have a contract in writing. Consider wedding insurance. Even the best-laid plans can go awry on a wedding day. Anything from freak weather events to illness to vendor absences can wreak havoc. The Better Business Bureau advises purchasing wedding insurance to protect yourself when weddings are especially costly. Such insurance may cover vendors who fail to show up, cancellations, inclement weather, military deployment, medical emergencies, and travel delays. With wedding insurance, you won’t lose money if plans change. A basic insurance policy that covers loss of photos, videos, attire, presents, rings, and deposits usually costs between $155 and $550, depending on the amount of coverage you want.
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Brief clips and highlights: Few people want to sit through their entire wedding day frame-by-frame. Montages of key elements of the day are much more popular than a chronological unfolding of the ceremony and reception. Some videographers like to show snippets of what’s to come at the start of the wedding video, then go into more extensive segments later on. Special filters or film: Filters and lighting effects can give a wedding video an entirely different feel. For example, filming in 8mm can lend a grainy touch to the video and make it seem ethereal or even part of a home movie collection. However, few people want the stark reality of a high-definition camera that highlights every flaw. Film chapters: Dividing segments of the video into different chapters allows viewers to fast forward to the parts they want to see and pass those they can skip. This saves the hassle of having to watch the video in its entirety.
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Winter on the Coastside means the oxalis is bloom, like in this field near Poplar Beach. Dean Coppola 45 4
inter might not seem like the most gardeninspiring time, but, believe me, there are many awesome places to visit for inspiration. Here are just a few of my favorites: Highway 1 and Purisima Canyon. The oxalis and mustard are gorgeous right now! All you need to do is simply drive the Coastside and get inspiration. I like to drive Purisima Canyon and see the different ferns and wildflowers in bloom. These drives always remind me to buy my wildflower seed and sow them for spring flowers. Whether you want to replace your lawn or have a few empty perennial beds, creating a wildflower meadow is a droughttolerant, colorful addition to any sunny garden. Purisima Creek Redwoods State Park always has a lovely display of ferns and mosses. I love hiking through there as a reminder that you don’t always need flowers for a garden to be lovely. See for yourself: http:// www.openspace.org/preserves/ pr_purisima.asp San Francisco Botanical Garden, Arboretum and Conservatory of Flowers. When was the last time you visited? You can easily make a day trip to the arboretum and surrounding gardens. On a rainy day, hang out in the greenhouse for some tropical warmth and good plant vibes. Check out the ever-changing exhibits and see what’s blooming in the moment. If you are lucky enough to see some gardeners out there working, be sure to
ask a question or two for your own garden. You might learn some tricks of the trade from these interesting professionals. And while you are in the city, drive through some of the gorgeous neighborhoods for small-space ideas. Last week I cruised through Sacramento and California streets and found some lovely houses with clipped boxwood and herb gardens. Learn more on the Web at http://www.sfbotanicalgarden. org/ and http://www. conservatoryofflowers.org/ Filoli. This is our hidden treasure only about 15 minutes from downtown Half Moon Bay! Filoli opens up from its slumber in early February. It kicks off 2015 with a “Branches, Blossoms and Buds” celebration, Feb. 13 and 14. The flowers will be mostly camellias and a stunning array of bulbs, but seeing the freshly sprouted boxwood and older, established shrubs and trees is worth the visit too. For the schedule, see http:// www.filoli.org/ For more information on places to visit and order from, check out the resource page on my website at http://www.gardenapothecary. com/resources/`
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Half Moon Bay yard gets family-friendly upgrade DETAILS: Homeowner: Whitney and Jeff Mills. Contractor: Blue Sky Designs Inc. Goal: Spruce up front and backyard. Construction time: Three months. 47 6
here were no problems with the Mills family’s Half Moon Bay front and backyard space per se, just a desire for improvement. The driveway was cobblestone, making it a lessthan-smooth surface for young children to ride their scooters and bikes. The grass was abundant in the backyard, and many of the plants in the front yard were not drought tolerant. “When it came to plants, we weren’t too picky,” said Whitney Mills. “We said we wanted low maintenance. I don’t personally have a green thumb, so whatever won’t die on me would be great.” Blue Sky Designs redid the Millses’ driveway over a month last summer in the first phase of the remodel, followed by extensive work to the front and backyard shortly thereafter. The latter entailed replacing the expanse of grass in the back with a smaller patch of artificial turf, planting native plants as well as small lemon and lime trees, putting in new stonework and subterranean work to relocate the gas line for the fire pit. The Blue Sky crew also helped install a hot tub and added a unique, familyfriendly touch to the backyard: an engraved basketball key, complete with a cut-in 3-point line. “It was a cool idea,” Mills said. “Dad loves that one probably the most.” Ken Coverdell, of Blue Sky Designs, said that besides
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planting more drought tolerant plants and the artificial turf, he installed drip irrigation for planted areas. “Instead of putting out water 11 gallons a minute, it’s 11 gallons an hour and water is going exactly to each individual plant,” Coverdell said. “We were really careful to pick things well suited to the Coastside and very drought tolerant.” Coverdell added that the project turned out well in part because the Mills allowed him to put together a master plan and didn’t mind the work being completed in two separate phases. “That’s what we really appreciate — when people give us the ability to design for the ultimate project, and if we have to slow down on installation, it’s OK,” he said. Mills advises that unless you know a lot about permitting and construction, leave this type of job to the professionals. “Some say the way we went costs more, but it was worth every penny,” she said.
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Tunitas Creek Beach One of the most striking views on all of the Coastside is the view travelers get while heading northbound on Highway 1 just after San Gregorio. The road dips down and the sweeping vista of Tunitas Creek Beach appears. The shear cliffs rise directly out of the water forming a magnificent backdrop.
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Be warned, however. There are no easy ways down. There are several trails that lead from the dirt parking area, but all are quite steep. One trail even has a rope to help guide the descent. Watch for poison oak and slippery conditions. This is a beach for adventure, not for coolers or barbecues. This is not a state park and there are no amenities. Do not leave any valuables in your car.
If you are touring the coast, it is well worth a stop to enjoy the view. If you have more time, and are the advernturous sort, an exploration down to the sand will reward you with one of the most wide-open beaches in all of San Mateo County.
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If you do manage to make your way to the beach, explore both ends. To the north, you’ll find the beautiful, tall cliffs that really give the visitor the sense that they are at the edge of the continent. To the south, the visitor will find a series of caves that can be explored at low tide. The surf can be quite good at certain times of the year, but the access will limit the number of takers. Be sure to pack up all your trash as there are no receptacles.
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A watchful eye The radar towers at Pillar Point create a distinctive silouette above the harbor as a beautiful winter sunset lights up the sky. While most Coastsiders would have opted for more precipitation in January, the clear skies have made wonderful weather for outdoor activities on the coast. Dean Coppola / Review
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Pamela A. Moyce
423 Palma, El Granada
Robert and Jennie Zelis
John S. and Pamela J. Taliaferro
356 Grove St., Half Moon Bay
Douglas J. and Marta A. Gardner
Hsiue-Te and Change H. Tu
2221 Bayhill Court, Half Moon Bay
Basheer and Emiko Janjua
Janet L. Kidd, trustee
433 Granelli Ave., Half Moon Bay
Daniel C. and Kristina D. Tomalesky
Judith Wilson, et. al.
400-408 Redondo Beach, Half Moon Bay
Coastside Estates LLC
321 Magellen Ave., Half Moon Bay
Boston Private Bank and Trust, trustee
30 Pembroke Court, Half Moon Bay
Clyde E. Beffa Jr., trustee, et. al.
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Irvin C. and Sharon A. Blomquist, trustees
vacant land, Loma Mar
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Irvin C. and Sharon A. Blomquist, trustees
vacant land, Loma Mar
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Kevin E. and Kirsten E. Barron
168 Sixth Street, Montara
Dr. Linda S. and Earl Moss, trustees
Gerald R. Straw
vacant land, Montara
Eraclio and Adriana N. Serrano
Thomas J. and Lisa P. McCaffrey
374 El Granada Blvd., El Granada
Todd M. Cirissey
Ronald E. Johnston and Wanda J. Johnston
106 Dolphine Ave., El Granada
Michael T. Ireland
vacant land, Half Moon Bay
Jeffrey A. and Carrie G. Sims
Jayne Kenyon, trustee
361 Eagle Trace Dr., Half Moon Bay
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Christine A. Hanson, trustee
27 Terrace Ave., Half Moon Bay
Orlando and Marissa B. Tabios
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Edward F. Jr. and Ruthie L. Fitzgerald
Kate M. Ridgway
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Gary J. Arata, trustee
185 Verde Road, Half Moon Bay
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Patricia L. Brett, trustee
590 Miramar Dr., Half Moon Bay
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James C. and Wendy L. McConachie, trustees
265 Cuesta Road, La Honda
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40 Afar Way, Montara
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vacant land, Half Moon Bay
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Ly B. Tran and Le-Mai T. Duong, trustees
133 Spyglass Lane, Half Moon Bay
Peter J. and Dorothy L. Rado, trustees
25 Spyglass Court, Half Moon Bay
John M. and Nancy S. McGwire
Mildred R. Golder, Trustee
76 Patrick Way, Half Moon Bay
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William F. Jr. and Ann M. Moreland
9 Le Havre Pl., Half Moon Bay
Michael P. and Lisa A. Murphy
Chi-Shin Wang; Kai Y. L. Wang, co-trustees
135 Cypress Point Rd, Half Moon Bay
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