Galileo’s dragon boat victory

Galileo High School’s Dragonboat team won first in its division in a July competition. photo: Courtesy Galileo High School

The Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, a public high school located at 1150 Francisco Street, is charged with providing its students “with career pathways in biotechnology, environmental science, health, hospitality and tourism, computer science, and creative media technology.” The mission statement should now add “world-class dragonboating.”

Galileo’s dragon boat team took first place in the July 18–19 Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival, we have been told by proud parents. The Galileo Dragon Boat Team #1 won first place and gold medals in the high school A division, and the Dragon Boat Team #2 won first place and gold medals in the high school B division.

Galileo also took third place for its age division in June at the International Rio Tinto Alcon Dragon Boat Festival races in Vancouver, Canada. That competition featured 30 teams from around the world that competed over two days on June 20–21.


Union Street Goldsmith, whose 1909 Union Street store was damaged by a late-night fire, has set up temporary shop a few blocks up the street. Luckily, no one was injured in the fire (which occurred in the back of the building) and none of the jewelry was damaged. People with questions about the business can reach them at [email protected].

A fond farewell to Dianne’s Estate Jewelry, which closed its 2181 Union Street location. Dianne’s had been in business for 26 years.

And a hearty welcome to Sugarfina, one of the newest stores to open up shop on Union Street. Located at 1837 Union Street, the unique candy boutique was started by Rosie and Josh, who offer a back story that is every bit as sweet as the things they sell. On the couple’s third date, they watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which got them fantasizing about creating “an innovative candy shop for grownups.” In addition to treats such as licorice cubes and super mango gummies, Sugarfina works to make its business as sustainable as possible, and it goes a step further by supporting nonprofits with a percentage of its profits. So your heart can feel good while you make your stomach feel good.


As part of the National Night Out 2015, SFPD’s Central Station is holding a neighborhood public safety fair on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5–8 p.m. The free event will take place at Saints Peter and Paul Church (680 Filbert Street).

Bring the children for finger painting, a bounce house, face painting, and meeting Chipper and McGruff. Learn about safety and crime avoidance, get information on earthquake preparedness, and enjoy barbecued food from the Central Station police.

LEO VAN GALEN, 1933–2015

Condolences to the family and friends of Leo van Galen, owner of Van Galen Upholstery at 2150 Union Street, who passed away June 20 at the age of 81 following a brief illness. Van Galen Upholstery, which has been in business for more than 50 years, reportedly will continue operation as a family business.

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