TheatreWorks founding director Robert Kelley has a theory why Jane Austen’s works remain so popular two centuries after she wrote them. “She was what we might call one of the early feminist writers. It’s fascinating to see what it was like for her,” says Kelley, who directed TheatreWorks’ acclaimed production of Austen’s “Emma” and is now at the helm of the American premiere of the stage version of “Sense and Sensibility” at the Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View. Read More
Juliana Pena spends every day of her young life fighting to keep it. The 2-year-old South San Francisco girl was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer in April. But thanks to family friend CoBlooded the Great, Juliana will have some help as she battles the deadly disease — and some music to enjoy. Bay Area hip-hop and rap artists will come together in early September to raise money for the toddler. Read More
Ian Cauble, the lead sommelier and beverage director at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, won the title of TOP| SOMM on Aug. 7. The title is given after a series of extremely intense local, regional and national competitions, featuring nearly 200 competitors.
How did you get your start in wine? I went to Sonoma State, where I played tennis and had a lot of friends in the restaurant business. I was exposed to a lot of great wines and my junior year I decided to travel to Chile for a wine program. Read More
Jason McHugh, a Southern California music fan returning from North Carolina for this weekend’s Outside Lands music festival, didn’t plan far enough ahead to pack an extra layer of clothing.
“I am on the road sludging through heat and humidity and didn’t pack well for my next stop,” McHugh wrote from somewhere on the way back to his Bay Area birthplace. “But I just scored a flight jacket at a local thrift shop — and it’s orange and black to boot, so I am now ready to rock.” Read More
The financial director of the Stanford Solar Project is heading to Australia this fall along with other student project contributors from the university to race a new solar car. The group is planning to race Xenith in the 3,000-kilometer World Solar Challenge, which is the most competitive solar car race in the world. Read More
An unidentified female pedestrian was struck and killed on the Caltrain right-of-way in Burlingame on Wednesday morning.It was the 12th such fatality this year, and third in roughly two months to delay train service to a Giants game. Giants fans poured out of the San Francisco station arriving late to Wednesday’s 12:45 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates seemingly unaware of the reason for the delay. Read More
Like other parents of autistic children, classical musician Stephen Prutsman faced the challenging task of finding summer activities for his son to participate in. So he came up with the idea of a camp suited to such children. Prutsman, who approached the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department with the idea, has seen his vision come to fruition at Camp Azure. This summer, the four-week-long Glen Canyon summer camp has accommodated 32 autistic children from ages 6 to 12. Read More
The San Francisco user experience designer will be competing for the $10,000 top prize in the National Scrabble Championship in Dallas beginning today. This will be his fourth National Scrabble Championship. He also set the record for highest tournament game at a competition for the 2010 West Coast Scrabble Championship. Read More
Three years after South San Francisco Unified School District was looking at potential bankruptcy, it is cutting costs and creating jobs by partnering with one of the country’s largest solar energy companies.
The district is using funds provided by Measure J to pay Chevron Energy Solutions, whose parent company is San Ramon-based Chevron Corp., to create the largest K-12 solar and energy-efficiency program in San Mateo County, projected to save the district $1.5 million a year over the first five years in energy costs. Read More
San Bruno recently banned medical marijuana dispensaries, a move that is in line with actions taken by other Peninsula cities.
Only two cities in San Mateo County — San Mateo and San Carlos — currently allow and regulate medical marijuana operations, according to a report presented to the San Bruno City Council by City Attorney Marc Zafferano. San Mateo currently has two collectives in operation, but San Carlos doesn’t have any. Read More
Dennis Koller, executive director of the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, is sponsoring a So You Think You Can Kiss? contest Saturday at Pier 45 to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II. The contest, which features a life-size statue of the famous Times Square kiss, runs from noon to 1:30 p.m., with sign-ups starting at 11 a.m.
What is the historical significance behind the Times Square kiss?
The famous picture of the same name symbolizes the end of World War II. Read More
Brisbane police are currently investigating the cause of a collision between two boats Wednesday in the water near San Francisco’s Hunters Point that left a man dead.
“We are still in the initial stages of the investigation,” Brisbane police Sgt. Mario Garcia said.
The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Minh Troung of San Francisco.
Troung, 30, was boating with his father when their 19-foot Boston Whaler was hit by a much larger motorboat around 12:25 p.m. Wednesday. Read More
The social worker with an office in Hayes Valley has been chosen to become a test question writer for the Association of Social Work Board’s licensing examinations used in the United States and Canada. Brame is also an assistant professor in the UC San Francisco Psychiatry Department.
Why did you want to be a test question writer? This is a really unique opportunity to support my colleagues and the profession. I really think this will help me be a better therapist. Read More
Aundray Rogers, an Army veteran and single father of three, worries that he and his children will be living on the street come September.
Rogers, one of several hundred thousand U.S. veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to help pay for his education, will need to make some difficult decisions Monday, when changes to the law take effect.
“I personally think that I am going to be homeless,” Rogers said. “I will take any job to supplement the bills. We are the guinea pigs of this GI Bill.” Read More
Pacifica is outsourcing its police dispatch to save money, but although residents who call 911 will soon reach South San Francisco dispatchers, police say they won’t wait any longer for assistance.“The same police officers will be responding, so there should be no delay in response time,” said Pacifica Police Capt. Dave Bertini. The only way callers will encounter delays is if they call the department’s after-hours business line instead of 911. In that case, they will have to wait for their call to be routed to the dispatch center in South San Francisco, Bertini said. Read More