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Belmont City Council works to improve Twin Pines Parks

Belmont City Council works to improve Twin Pines Parks

Leela Stuepfert, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

After many years, the Belmont City Council has finally acquired future plans to upgrade Twin Pines Park. “Twin Pines is one of the jewels of Belmont, but it can use some updates and polishing,” said Charles Stone, a Belmont council member. “The Twin Pines Master Plan outlines an ambitious vision that...

The underestimated importance of vaccines

The underestimated importance of vaccines

Zachary Khouri, Scot Scoop Editor

April 9, 2019

Three-hundred and fourteen individual cases of measles were recorded between January and March of this year in 15 states of the U.S. Of the 157 cases recorded in Rockland, New York, 82% had not gotten a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. It’s been 2015 since the last person died of measles in the U.S., and another 12 years before that. Eighty-one flights traveling in the U.S. in the past year had at least one person on board with the disease. But why is this a problem? If one person in the vicinity is infected with measles, 90% of the individuals around them will also be infected. The disease was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. And it’s not just measles. For the first time in 30 years, a child has contracted tetanus in Oregon. It took $800,000 to save him, but, according to most doctors, would have only taken a single shot to prevent it from happening at all. For epidemiologist Jennifer Pavon*, this rapid rise of illnesses is due to vaccine resistance, which she attributes to a lack of education on the subject.  “I think with any misinformation crisis, it really boils down to an educational crisis, where people aren’t educated enough to seek out fact-checked, correct information,” Pavon said. “People...

Options for Bay Area animal lovers are readily available

Options for Bay Area animal lovers are readily available

Alyssa Huang, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Household pets are notorious for providing easygoing affection and companionship, whether it be a dog, reptile, or anything in between. What these pets have to offer have won them homes in 84 million American households as of 2017, which is over 64% of all households in the U.S. But as most sources o...

Lawsuit against ‘Flintstone House’ still underway

Lawsuit against ‘Flintstone House’ still underway

Sjoerd Huitema, Staff writer

April 8, 2019

The town of Hillsborough filed a lawsuit against Florence Fang, owner of the "Flintstone House" and former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Mercury News, the town called the house a "highly visible eyesore," and seek to have metal constructions of prehistoric animals removed from it alon...

News Brief: Carlmont senior arrested for alleged child molestation

News Brief: Carlmont senior arrested for alleged child molestation

Anna Feng, Managing Editor

April 3, 2019

Tavi Benelli, a Carlmont senior and Belmont resident, is facing charges for possession of child pornography and molestation of a child after he allegedly touched and took inappropriate pictures of a 7-year-old girl. Benelli was working at the bounce house Pump It Up on 1303 Elmer St. on April 1, where...

A local nonprofit strives to change the way we think

A local nonprofit strives to change the way we think

Evan Ajuria, Staff Writer

March 31, 2019

BraveMaker is an emerging nonprofit based out of Redwood City, seeking to make a difference in not only the way we look at each other, but the way we look at change. Its goal is to provide a platform for filmmakers to share brave stories centered on injustice and discrimination. On March 25, Brave...

ScotSkim: changes

ScotSkim: changes

Maya Benjamin, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019

Father of Sandy Hook victim dies in apparent suicide Another person with a connection to a mass shooting has committed suicide. Jeremy Richman killed himself in his office on Monday, March 25. His daughter, Avielle Richman, was one of the 20 children killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School s...

Women’s self-defense class teaches safety

Women’s self-defense class teaches safety

Taisiia Yakovenko, Staff Writer

March 27, 2019

March, the women’s history month, saw the popularization of events that made the public more aware of the daily problems that women have to face. One of the main problems women face is fear of assault, and the Women’s Self Defense class aims to minimize that fear by teaching women how to protect t...

Carlmont Village Shopping Center elicits mixed feelings among students

Carlmont Village Shopping Center elicits mixed feelings among students

Mariela Ramirez, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

Whether it’s to purchase food or just to hang out with friends, the Carlmont Village Shopping Center provides a wide variety of options for everyone. The main attraction that draws students to the center is the amount of food available. After school, students can get quite hungry, and the closest plac...

Realities of unkept roads are driven over by society

Realities of unkept roads are driven over by society

Camran Hitchcock, Staff Writer

March 25, 2019

There is no doubt that driving is dangerous, however, that danger stems not only from the act of driving but from the road itself. And for some, this danger could affect the rest of their lives. Cracks, potholes, and tree roots in roads are quite hazardous for vehicles to maneuver around. Such an...

ScotSkim: anticipation

ScotSkim: anticipation

Nina Heller, Staff Writer

March 23, 2019

Mueller report is complete, findings are still unknown After months of expectation, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has delivered his report to Attorney General William P. Barr on his investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department. This rep...

Wildflower Walk provides a relaxing and informative hike

Wildflower Walk provides a relaxing and informative hike

Pablo Pinilla, Staff Writer

March 21, 2019

After a rainy couple of months, San Mateo residents were more than excited to enjoy a sunny walk in the historical and diverse Edgewood Nature Reserve. Last Saturday, March 16, 60 people gathered outside the small educational center at Edgewood Park in Redwood City to take part in the Wildflower Walk....

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