Bellumori auction raises money for M-A Partnership for Success


Local Realtors raised more than $18,500 in an auction honoring the late Steve Bellumori at their annual holiday party, which also celebrated the life of the longtime Realtor who died in August.

Funds will go to the M-A Partnership for Success, of which Mr. Bellumori was a strong supporter.

Mr. Bellumori was an early Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation Board member and remained committed to supporting economically challenged students in the community throughout his life.

Partnership for Success is a project of the Menlo-Atherton High School Foundation for the Future, which connects at-risk students with services on and off campus.

Top Realtors

Keri Nicholas and Hugh Cornish of the Menlo Park office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are ranked among the top 200 Realtors in the U.S. by Real Estate Executive Magazine.

Ms. Nicholas and Mr. Cornish are two of eight Bay Area Coldwell Banker agents listed in the top 200.

Hewlett Foundation

Vidya Krishnamurthy is the new director of communications for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

She comes to the foundation after nearly a decade with the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., most recently as its communication director.

She holds a master's degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

From jockey to artist

Tom Chapman will speak about his life, "From Professional Jockey to Full-time Artist," at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway in Redwood City.

Mr. Chapman was a professional jockey in the Bay Area for 20 years, competing in more than 20,000 races. For the past 21 years he has painted in oils, specializing in horses, pets and wildlife. He teaches weekly classes in oil and acrylic painting at University Art in Redwood City.

The talk is free with the price of admission to the history museum ($6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students).

Licenses online

Business owners in Menlo Park can now apply for a license or renew it online.

Click here to process your license. According to the city, the goal is to have make the process completely paperless by 2016.

Bag fee

If you didn't bring your own, expect to pay 25 cents per bag provided by the retailer in the new year. "Got Your Bag?" reminder stickers and reusable bags are available while supplies last at City Hall, located at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

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