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In 2008 the Heinz company commissioned a survey on vegetable popularity, which concluded that Brussels sprouts are “the most hated vegetable in America.” Here on the Coastside, this is nothing short of blasphemy. Stick to your ketchup, Heinz.

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Art vibes are now flowing from the crisply remodeled building at 727 Main St. in Half Moon Bay, home of the new M Stark Gallery. The inaugural show, “Protagonist,” opens Sunday, featuring sculptures by assemblage artist Jerry Ross Barrish, who many Coastsiders know as the longtime artistic d…

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March 16, 2020, seems like it was just yesterday. That’s the day all non-essential workers were ordered to shelter in place for a then-unknown period of time. I began a series of 10 QuipTide columns featuring the reactions of He and She, a semi-fictional couple, to living in constant compani…

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The new year is underway, and that means book clubs are launching their 2023 lineups. A comparison of reading lists for three Half Moon Bay book clubs reveals that each compilation is tailor-made. In fact, it would be possible to read every book on every list without ever repeating a title, …

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A retrospective of the work of local legend Ken Paul opens Thursday at the Coastal Arts League Gallery. Organized by Half Moon Bay artist Maury Walcott, “The Peaceful Warrior: Sculptures, Prints and Paintings” features work spanning more than five decades.

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Michelle Yoshimine is a Best Buddies International success story. After joining the nonprofit organization as a jobseeker in 2018, the Half Moon Bay resident is now embarking on a three-year tenure as a Best Buddies state ambassador.

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Beach Break Entertainment will host its first film festival today through Friday. The Beach Break Film Festival lineup features films by California filmmakers with a heavy emphasis on documentaries.

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You don’t have to use your new Christmas cellphone simply to text friends and play sedentary games. Midpen Regional Open Space District offers a series of free digital tools that can help you get outside and explore more on the coast and beyond.

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First Hispanic writer to hold honorary post. Jorge Argueta, a Daly City resident, has been unanimously selected by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors as the county’s next poet laureate. A native of El Salvador, Argueta is the county’s first poet laureate of Hispanic descent.

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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has completed construction work on the well-known red barn at La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. The barn is an official historical landmark in San Mateo County. Leigh Ann Gessner, a Midpen public affairs specialist, said the barn is also a geograph…

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My hunting weapon of choice is a camera, but once each year the family and I go a-hunting armed with much more serious hardware. And we know how to use it.

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For the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Half Moon Bay High School music department was able to host its full winter concert last week. The marching band and the concert band played on the first night, Dec. 6, and the jazz band and the chorale performed on Dec. 7.

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Earlier this month, members of Girl Scout Troop 61981 traveled to San Juan Bautista to participate in an Adopt-a-Family holiday celebration. Event organizer Kate Chinca explained it was an informal party with a purpose.

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Farallone View Elementary School in Montara presented a smorgasbord of holiday festivities on Saturday, drawing a large and merry crowd despite the rain.

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Remember Dorothy? Well, she’ll be back in Oz visiting her pals Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion for “Christmas in Oz,” a holiday musical presented by the Coastal Repertory Theatre.

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On a recent Tuesday, just past lunchtime, Lori Burnett visited Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel on Main Street with her 2-year-old granddaughter, Bowyn. After walking to a sectioned-off area at the back of the store, the pigtailed girl timidly approached a large cage filled with a bed of hay an…

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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.