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Twenty-five years ago today, the first QuipTide column was published in the Half Moon Bay Review, making this the silver anniversary. What little hair I still have matches the occasion.

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The Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Co. has named Debbie Lynn Carriger as its new artistic director. Carriger is an accomplished theater professional who has worn many hats: director, producer, acting teacher, costume designer and theater company manager.

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Our inner children still snicker, chortle or even guffaw at perfectly decent words that just sound obscene. “Oh, grow up!” we scold our concealed brats, but our inner children have selective hearing, just as supposedly “mature” people do.

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Artists and shoppers enjoyed a busy weekend along the coast. From Montara to Half Moon Bay, bright signs directed traffic to dozens of artists who opened their studios and even their garages to show their creations to a steady stream of guests.

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When we had only one dog, a shepherd mix named Pearl, we were without any children. We came to call Pearl our “dog-daughter,” but as soon as we had our first bio-daughter, Pearl turned the tables on us by treating the newcomer as her daughter. 

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This November, libraries all over San Mateo County are participating in San Mateo County Reads. This is the fourth year that San Mateo County is partnering with its local libraries to spotlight specific themes of books and authors.

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Coastal Rep Kids Theatre will offer four performances of the musical “Something Rotten!” this weekend at the Coastal Rep in Half Moon Bay. The play is an effervescent comedy, but staging it was serious business.

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We all know about Día de los Muertos, the Nov. 1 and 2 holiday celebrating our cultural connections with our departed loved ones, musically rendered in Disney’s “Coco,” and known by some as All Souls Day.

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“And then we’re gonna do, ‘And you’ll see, it will be only the beginning,’” said choreographer Julia Thollaug during a fast-paced rehearsal with the all-youth cast of “Something Rotten!” “Stand and look at the audience and convince them you are right about this.”

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“It’s difficult to find a pumpkin in Portugal,” exchange student Diana Pereira laughed when talking about the differences between Half Moon Bay and her home country. The contrast in fall holiday celebrations is just one of the surprises the high school senior has already discovered as she em…

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U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo laid out changes to Medicare for hundreds of Peninsula constituents who tuned in virtually for a town hall last week, highlighting revisions coming as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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The spooky ritual is nearly upon us — a day when people of all sizes pretend not to be themselves, hiding their true identities while promising rewards or threatening punishments. No, it isn’t Election Day, it’s Halloween, though the description is equally apt.

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Nov. 2 marks Día de los Muertos, a cultural practice that originated in the ancient Aztec world in what is now modern-day Mexico. The Day of the Dead lives on in events across the world, including here on the San Mateo County coast.

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When AAUW’s Half Moon Bay branch was asked to write for this Seniors page, several members were bewildered. Yes, we have many senior members, but the American Association of University Women is  a multigenerational organization. Our newest member is enrolled at College of San Mateo and not y…

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Lawyers are like Kleenex, when you need one your need is desperate. At other times you’d prefer they sit in a box somewhere. We lawyers don’t hold the highest esteem, even among ourselves. Woodrow Wilson quipped, “I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.”

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The Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women focuses primarily on providing scholarships to local students and other programs to support the education of women. A journey to meet nomads in Mongolia and address “period poverty” might seem distant from this mission,…

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Bob Dylan said "the times they are a-changin'" and that sums up what's happening now for real estate, both on the coast and in San Mateo County. Just looking at the accompanying chart would have you think otherwise, so keep reading.

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Each fifth of October is World Teachers Day, a date set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. In the United States, there’s National Teachers’ Day in May, followed by Mother’s Day, which teaches us why most students don’t know when to use apos…

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Spirits were high on Friday as board members from the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee carefully measured the windows upstairs at the Half Moon Bay Library before hanging the prints of past posters from the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. 

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When Becki Rocha Tower was a kid, her mom told her, “Someone is going to get your dream job, so it might as well be you.” That’s the same advice Tower gave to Half Moon Bay High School students on Thursday when she spoke as part of the inaugural career panel, hosted by the Cabrillo Education…

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Local author Robin Chapman, author of “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” and “Historic Bay Area Visionaries,” is out with a new book, “The Valley of Heart’s Delight: True Tales from Around the Bay.” It was released on July 25 by The History Press.

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With another election ahead on Nov. 8, we can expect the usual partisan bombast for and against every candidate and ballot initiative. You’d think these people were from warring species.

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Throughout his illustrious career as an attorney, Joe Cotchett has supported environmental causes and organizations by fighting to protect public lands and prevent the sale of irreplaceable natural resources. In one case, his free legal services on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation helped r…

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After two years of having to postpone its annual Fall Harvest event, Puente was once again able to host the celebration on Saturday at Harley Farms. More than 200 community members, donors, sponsors, families and friends of the organization attended.

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We each have our micro-addictions, habits that we’ve followed for so long that they have become second nature. They can be harmless, helpful or unhealthy. They guide our daily agendas. 

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To call Brad Friedman an Agatha Christie fan is an understatement. He’s read and reread the books, watched the films and series, and now runs a mystery blog, ahsweetmysteryblog.com, where he frequently writes about the likes of Poirot and Miss Marple.

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They are our servants, masters, desires, burdens and expressions of who we are. With the aid of several enthusiasts, let’s examine the ties that bind us with our cars.

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, and the premiere of the 2022-2023 Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Film Series, the organization is hosting a screening of “Los Hermanos/The Brothers,” on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows Lodge, 526 Main St. 

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A local news story recently received wide attention. It’s one part “Reno 911,” one part Keystone Kops, and two parts 1960s version of the Batmobile — a true tale too bizarre to be ignored.

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While best known for its Sidewalk Book Sales, the Friends of the Half Moon Bay Library does much more than just collect book donations. The group's mission is to support library programming, including literacy and outreach, but also cultural events. 

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A new mural commissioned by the City of Half Moon Bay will deck the wall of Cunha Country Store. It will celebrate 50 years of the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. 

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As August 2022 comes to its end, we enter that time of year we most associate with family and good food, the holidays. We celebrate them on the same days, but not in the same ways.

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Five international educators arrived in Half Moon Bay earlier this month for the start of the school year. Their presence marks the return of the Amity Institute intern program at Hatch Elementary School for the first time since the 2019-20 cohort rushed home at the start of the COVID-19 pan…

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Schools are back in session and mostly back in person, but not everything’s how it used to be in the old schoolhouse. Thank heaven.

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The 30th anniversary Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the I.D.E.S. grounds. Admission is free.

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What’s your last name? Does your surname have a meaning, as Miller, Peterson, and Smith do? Many people choose their surnames. Issur Danielovitch Demsky became Kirk Douglas to advance his film career, just as Marion Morrison became John Wayne.