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David Tapper

GLENVIEW FIRE IN SAN BRUNO CALIFORNIA

 

 
I’m sure by now everyone has heard of the tragic fire in San Bruno this past Thursday, 9-8-10.
 
Unfortunately,  lives were lost, and many more hurt. Some still missing. Please say a prayer for those who have lost everything. This is not about religion, just the well being of others.
As one of the Realtors in the area, I have sold many homes in San Bruno and have had the opportunity to meet not only the older generation of Home Owners, some who have lived in the same home almost 40-50 years, but also the newest Home Owners as well. These are decent, down to earth good people, and it certainly showed. 
 
Less than an hour after the explosion, my youngest son Kevin asked if and how we could help. I told him yes, I just didn’t know how. Yet.
 
My wife Fay, who is also a Realtor,  just last week helped a nice family, Hector, Luisa and their children find a home just two blocks from where the explosion started. They were evacuated, but safe, and very confused. They had only been in the U.S.  less than two weeks.
 
Hector, ( The New Consul General From Honduras) also had his mother, sister and her child visiting when they were left stranded at the Bayhill Shopping Mall with many of the others who were evacuated. Most of the Hotels and Motels were already full so we were very happy when they called us and we were able to host them in our home for the night.
Sometimes, It takes a terrible tragedy to bring out the best in people.

 It wasn’t until the 11:00 news that I saw first hand the great outpouring of love for those in need. Many, good hearted people stopped by the San Bruno Rec Center in San Bruno Park dropping off water, food, blankets…

 Why is it that it always takes a tragedy to see the good in people? I guess it’s human nature. Within hours the Rec Center had many supplies. How great was that?
 
With the victims going through  this terrible tragedy, their neighbors were there for them, in their time of need. What a site to behold. I have never been so proud of the community!
 
Times are tough right now. Many folks are out of work, and many others have had to take severe pay cuts. Sometimes we don’t realize how good life can be, when it can be taken away in just a blink of an eye.
 
On Friday, the day after the fire I visited the San Bruno Rec Center and asked what they needed. The common theme was money and blood donations.
If you are able to donate anything, anything at all, it will help those in need. If you cannot donate money, that’s OK, maybe you can donate blood?
 
I’m very proud to be a Realtor. On Friday, the day after the fire, I received an email from ( SAMCAR) the San Mateo Board of Realtors asking all the agents for a donation. This is the time for us to step up when others are down.
 
It was also nice to see  the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s will be donating a portion of their ticket sales from games next week to the fire victims and their families.
My heart goes out to all who have lost a loved one, lost a pet or their home. At the same time,  I am also proud of the way the community came together when needed most.
WE TRULY LIVE IN A WONDERFUL PLACE.
 
Thank You
Brendan Aiello

Bay Area Hike #1 – Larry Lane Trail in Portola Valley, CA

With the nice summer weather finally here. My girlfriend and I decided that we would start hiking local trails in the area. While Sawyer Camp Trail is very beautiful and a perfect place to walk, we decided for a change in scenery.

With a quick Google search, I found BAHiker.com to be a great resource for anyone wanting to hike the bay area. After clicking around we decided to start our trekking at the Larry Lane Trail in Portola Valley (Click Here to View the BAHiker.com Trail Profile). Open to equestrians and hikers this trail as a gradual elevation change and under a 4 mile round trip distance. With the mild nature of this trail I would recommend it to almost anyone.

When driving up Sand Hill Road / Portola Valley Road, keep a keen lookout for Hayfields Road as it is very easy to pass. Driving up Hayfields Road you will see a wood post that says “Larry Lane Trail” a few feet before that is a turnout that is to be used for parking for 2-3 cars.

This trail is mainly used by locals whom have houses that backup to the trail. All of which we encountered were very  nice and accepting to have us on their trail. Almost at the end of trail there is a lovely shaded area with hitching posts and picnic tables.

Only a few hundred more feet will lead you to the end of the trail where you will find a bench that looks out to the peninsula/south bay with astounding views!

Brendan Aiello

Video of Shenzi & I @ The Peninsula Humane Society

Hi Everyone,

Just noticed that it’s been a while since anyone has posted on the blog. I’m guessing it’s due to the recent buzz in the local real estate market that is making business pick up.

I’ve been putting in a lot of effort towards work so I decided to focus some energy on the “greater good”. I am a huge animal lover; especially dogs. However, due to working long hours and having a home that is currently unsuitable for pets. I decided to start volunteering at the Peninsula Humane Society. It’s truly been an amazing and rewarding experience.

Anyhow, I have only put in about 5 hours there and have already been caught on video tape. Here is a short video of a dog currently available to adopt, Shenzi. In the background you will see me bribing Shenzi with treats around the agility course.

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Brendan Aiello

Passport To Dry Creek – My Favorite Wine Tasting Event!

Good Morning Everyone!

For those of you who know me well, you may know that I am a bit of a wine snob  enthusiast. I’m often known for finding good deals on some of my favorite wines or being a go to guy when planning trips to Napa, Sonoma or Paso Robles.
Passport To Dry Creek Wine Event Logo
Last year I went to my first “Passport to Dry Creek” event. While many vineyard-plentiful regions hold this type of event I’m going to tell you why this is my favorite one. Dry Creek Valley is located primarily in Healdsburg, CA — Sonoma County. This is an area known primarily for its amazing Zinfandels. However, many wineries in the Dry Creek Valley also produce award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

I vowed I would never publicize this event because of how hard it normally is to obtain a ticket. Normally you have to know someone, be a highly active wine club member of a participating winery (all participating wineries are members of Winegrowers of the Dry Creek Valley) or be one of the limited few who acquires tickets through a raffle system. However, tickets don’t be seem as hard to come by this year, maybe because of the economy, or maybe because of the awesome new first come, first sever system that the winegrowers office set-up this year? Tickets run $120 for the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) or $70 for Sunday-only. Saturday is considered the best day to attend (and most crowded) but they do not offer a Saturday only ticket.

Want tickets for the event? (being held April 24th & 25th) Visit www.wdcv.com.

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David Tapper

David Tapper’s First Video Testimonial

Hello Readers,

Sorry, this video is a few months old. I posted it on my twitter account when it was uploaded to YouTube, but forgot to post it here! For those of you on the fence what Realtor to choose in your home search, hopefully this video of my clients will help you out 😉

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