“Uncle” Ray Balberan, a 67-year-old Mission resident, is one of three people receiving a $25,000 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation for his extensive work with at-risk youths in the Mission. He will be honored Nov. 17. What does it mean to you to win this award? It feels good. It means a lot to me that someone from the Mission neighborhood, like myself, gets recognized for working in the Mission district. We’re all coming up. The community is doing something for itself and I just feel good about it. Read More
It’s hard to forget the sight of a man twitching on the canvas, as was the case when a single Nonito Donaire left hook decked Fernando Montiel in February. But after scoring the most significant victory of his career, the Belmont-San Mateo resident has done little to keep his name in the boxing spotlight. That is, until now. Donaire will end his self-induced hiatus Saturday against Argentine Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez at the Madison Square Garden Theater. The fight is Donaire’s first in New York City and last at 118 pounds. Read More
The dean of University of San Francisco’s School of Nursing and Health Professions was instrumental in the recent addition of the Master of Public Health program.Can you talk about the inception of the program? We’re very excited to add to our portfolio of programs. We’ve had the School of Nursing for over 50 years, but one of the things we’ve been fully aware is that in order to advance the mission of the university to increase access to health care, we need to really provide educational opportunities. Read More
As one of the co-founders of Getaround, a Bay Area peer-to-peer car-sharing service, Jessica Scorpio, 24, is dedicated to battling car overpopulation. The service is free to join via Facebook. Hourly rental rates vary, and car owners can make a few thousand to $10,000 a year.How did this concept come about? We were students at Singularity University, a graduate studies school in the Bay Area near Mountain View. We were trying to come up with a big idea that would have a positive impact on the world. We thought our transportation system needs a lot of help. Read More
As Lookout Mobile Security’s director of communications, Alicia diVittorio talks about the company’s goal of protecting digital data. Lookout is an app that helps protect smartphones. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.What does it mean to join the National Cyber Security Alliance? Joining the partnership is really just showing support and spreading the word that your smartphone is actually a computer, too, and that people need to take steps to protect it. Read More
Jenna Bayer, owner of Jenna Bayer Garden Design in Mountain View will participate in Holidays on a High Note, a benefit for Peninsula Family Services and Foothill Auxiliary. For tickets to the Monday event at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, call Eileen Sullivan at (415) 309-3412. Twenty percent of the event proceeds will benefit Peninsula Family Services. Read More
It was 1986 when a young Sammy Holmes first witnessed the Blue Angels soaring above Andrews Air Force Base in his native Maryland.
“It was a childhood dream of mine” to work with the Navy’s premier flight demonstration squad, he said. Holmes gets to wear the traditional blue-and-gold garb donned by members of the Blue Angels, but he realizes his job is one that Fleet Week air show attendees will likely overlook. Read More
Ron Root, a 51-year-old from Citrus Heights, is the reigning champion of the 38th annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Monday. He won last year with a 1,535-pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin.
How do you feel about defending your title? Well, I’m bringing a bigger pumpkin than last year’s; I don’t know what it will weigh until we hit the scales, but it will be pretty tough this year. I saw a couple pumpkins down in the Santa Rosa area that are just potential world records. Read More
Editor’s note: Alexis Terrazas took a ride through the Bay Area skies with Team Oracle, the stunt team that is performing as part of Fleet Week this weekend.Whether it was a conscious decision or not, I think skipping breakfast — and lunch — was a good idea.
Roughly 24 hours before strapping on a parachute and boarding the Oracle Extra 300L at San Carlos Airport, I was asked if I wanted to take a media flight with Sean Tucker, the world-renowned aerobatic pilot for Team Oracle. Read More
Scott Franklin Manning, Redwood City native and co-founder of CSA California — which links sustainable food growers to their communities — will kick off his Grateful Dance Virtual DJ Tour at S.F.’s Wish Bar and Lounge at 9 p.m. today. Read More
As folks gear up for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 15-16, they’ll do so with all of the festival info available at their fingertips. Joe Falcone, 52, along with Roy Salume and Kon Lovett, developed the smartphone app iPumpkin, which is now available for download via Apple.
Tell us a little bit about the app’s inception. It was kind of a long evolution. I did a demo app for a job interview. For whatever reason, this company wasn’t interested. And then we worked on a game. Then it just struck me. Read More
San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies, lead by dean Kenneth Monteiro, will honor various individuals today at Medjool restaurant for their contribution to civil rights and ethnic studies. Award recipients are Dolores Huerta, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Janice Mirikitani, Jerry Varnado and siblings Paula Gunn Allen, Lee Francis III and Carol Lee Sanchez Allen.
How were the winners picked? Each person we choose, we choose them not just because of their individual contribution, but because they are people who worked with a piece of the movement. Read More
As Belmont gears up for its ninth annual Save the Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 58-year-old festival chairman Alan Sarver talks about the significance of the event being held at Twin Pines Park. For more information, visit schoolforce.org/save-the-music. Read More
When Adm. Chester W. Nimitz ordered the formation of a flight demonstration team by World War II’s end, no one really knew if the ploy to uphold civilian interest in naval aeronautics would stick.
But nearly 65 years after the inception of the Blue Angels Squadron, the blue and gold Navy fleet remains the heavyweight attraction at this year’s Fleet Week, San Francisco’s premier air show and display of military might. Though much has changed for Nimitz’s band of birds, his message remains the same. Read More
Robert Maggiora, Palo Alto native and leader of the 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band, will be performing at the 12th annual Oktoberfest By The Bay at Pier 48 from Friday through Sunday. Read More