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This year’s tree was lit in the same spot as always, next to City Hall, but the ceremony had some major differences.

Burlingame’s annual tree lighting goes virtual

Alex Kelly, Webmaster December 17, 2020

The Burlingame Tree Lighting took place virtually on Dec. 4 — another community event closed down because of the pandemic. The tree lighting was one pre-recorded video with multiple different performances...

The San Mateo Union High School District plans to push back the date for which schools will reopen. This is in response to Gov. Gavin Newsoms stay-at-home orders, an issue San Mateo County is expected to soon follow, that will create restrictions on the ability of schools to reopen for in-person learning.

SMUHSD unsure of school reopening likelihood — state orders bring setbacks

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor December 16, 2020

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held their monthly board meeting, where they were scheduled to discuss the possibility of reopening schools sometime in January,...

The original schedule for BIS to return to school, one that will not be put in place because of new restrictions.

BSD walks back reopening plan, leaving no clear plan for reopening Burlingame schools

Alex Kelly, Webmaster December 10, 2020

The Burlingame School District (BSD), including Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) was planning on returning to in-person learning with a hybrid learning program on Dec. 2. But with an increase of cases...

Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Burlingame School District parent Sari McConnell created a petition to rename Burlingame Intermediate School after the late justice. The petition can be found on, where it had accumulated 804 signatures as of Dec. 2.

A parent’s push to rename Burlingame Intermediate School after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor December 2, 2020

The nation mourned when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this September. While many people across the nation honored her life and the strides she made for women throughout her 27 year run...

Downtown Burlingame’s Pizza My Heart posted their requirements for service.

Students respond to San Mateo County’s return to purple tier

Isaac Bostonmaer, Sports Editor December 1, 2020

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, San Mateo County falls back into the purple tier, increasing restrictions previously in place over the summer. As of Nov. 28, after only two weeks of being in...

Almost two months after a tree branch fell, city officials deter people away from the scene with caution tape as the city continues their investigation.

Tree branch falling in Washington Park leaves one dead and two injured

Lizzy Wan, Senior Reporter November 24, 2020

On Sep. 26 a 60-foot tree branch fell in Washington Park leaving two people injured and one dead. The San Mateo residents were enjoying a casual Saturday picnicking in the park when the incident occurred.    There...

California wildfires have burned more and more acres in the past years.

Burlingame community works to address wildfires

Hubert Chen, Senior Reporter November 23, 2020

To date, the 2020 California wildfires have burnt over 4.1 million acres of land, more than doubling the previous record of 1.9 million acres in 2018 as estimated by CAL FIRE. Although the wildfires may...

Four ideas are proposed by the San Mateo Union High School District Board to bring students back into the classroom. All four involve an A/B system, in which only one half of the school will learn in-person, while the other half remain online at a given time.

SMUHSD Board proposes in-person learning

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor November 13, 2020

On Nov. 12, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held their monthly board meeting, with the topic of bringing students back to school being on the forefront of everyone’s minds.   The...

A sign at San Carlos Library’s voting center prompts voters to drop their ballots in the correct box.

Proposition 18 would allow 17-year-olds to vote in some elections

Mattingly Germack, Copy Editor November 2, 2020

Proposition 18 (Prop 18) is a statewide ballot measure that would give 17-year-olds the right to vote in special and primary elections, given that they will be 18 by the next midterm or general election....

The SMUHSD Board of Trustees are in the midst of an election for 2 open spots.

The SMUHSD Board of Trustees candidates: Why they matter and what matters to them

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor November 1, 2020

With two days until a major national election, attention and publicity has been drawn to one small corner of the ballot. But for students, parents and other constituents within the San Mateo Union High...

The Oak Grove Market is located to the left of the Burlingame High School’s football field and was a popular place for students to visit after school.

Distanced learning causes a decrease in students visiting small businesses near the school

Clara Porto, Staff Reporter October 28, 2020

Small business owners in the Burlingame community and across the United States have been struggling with the impact of the pandemic. Not only has the fear of spreading the virus restrained many from going...

The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel looks out to the SFO airport, a key piece to their business that is not functioning in the pandemic.

COVID-19 complicates hotel industry in Burlingame

Alex Kelly, Webmaster October 27, 2020

The hotel industry is prominent in Burlingame, and with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting travel, this industry has been hit hard as these hotels benefit from their proximity to the San Francisco International...

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