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Clearing out the notebook

By Aaron Kinney
Monday, May 21st, 2007 at 6:27 pm in Uncategorized.


We wrote a story a couple of weeks ago about four sixth-grade girls who organized a silent auction fundraiser to benefit Coyote Point Museum. (Three are pictured above, from left to right: Alexa Stefanko, Abigail Crispin and Elaina Huang.)

Here’s a brief follow-up: Stefanko, who spearheaded the effort, emailed us last week to say the May 12 event raised $4,000. Still determined to reach the goal she set of $10,000, the Crocker Middle School student said she will be writing letters to Peninsula corporations to ask for matching donations.

Stefanko ended her email in characteristically enthusiastic fashion: “Protecting the environment rocks!”

New restaurant on the Avenue

A month or so ago, one of the posters over at the Burlingame Voice predicted that Towles Cafe, which closed its doors last year, would be replaced with a Burger Joint restaurant.

Well, they were right. We got a call a couple of weeks ago from Meg Patt, who, along with Maureen O’Rourke, ran Towles and owns the Burlingame Avenue building. She told us Burger Joint, which has two locations in San Francisco and one at SFO, is preparing to move in.

As for Patt, she’s taken a job with Asqew Grill in San Jose as catering manager, where she’ll be concentrating on corporate sales. O’Rourke has landed at Romano’s Macaroni Grill in San Mateo. She’s bar manager there and is thinking about introducing live music programs, Patt said.

Tom the Tree

In a few hours, the Burlingame City Council will take up a proposal by Mayor Terry Nagel to consider making part of Easton Drive one-way in order to ease safety concerns posed by the eucalyptus in front of the Easton Branch Library. From what we’ve heard, she’s going to have a hard time persuading her fellow council members. We’ll see what happens shortly.

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