Top 3 Tuesday: Donut Shops in Marin

  1. Donut Alley, Larkspur

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2. Johnny Doughnuts, San Rafael

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3. Golden Cream Donut, San Rafael

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Photos:

http://www.donutalley.com/da-map.html

http://www.bunrab.com/dailyfeed/2014November/dailyfeed_november-14_p1.html

http://www.citysearch.com/profile/1053866/novato_ca/golden_cream_donuts.html

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Top 3 Tuesday: Ice Cream Shops in Marin

Nothing says summer like a big bowl of ice cream. These sweet spots are perfect for getting a scoop on a hot day.

1. Fairfax Scoop, Fairfax

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2. Silbermann’s, San Rafael

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3. Three Twins, Larkspur

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Photos:

http://www.bunrab.com/yummychow/Reviews/SFReviewsFrameset.html?FairfaxscoopReview.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/silbermanns-ice-cream-san-rafael?select=g_9WlzXq1G6vDW2IWWXVxw

https://ricoaroma.wordpress.com/

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The Golden Gate Bridge Opened 79 Years Ago Today

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BY BROCK KEELING MAY 27, 2016

Today marks the 79th anniversary of the city’s most iconic structure, the Golden Gate Bridge, the world’s most photographed bridge. On May 27, 1937, approximately 200,000 people crossed the bridge in honor of its opening, paying a sum of $0.25 to cross.

Structural engineer Joseph Strauss was the mind behind the design, coming up with plans for the span connecting San Francisco with Marin. He is honored with a statue at the start of the southern portion of the bridge. Charles Alton Ellis, however, is widely credited for coming up with the Golden Gate Bridge’s structural design.

Some other fun facts about the bridge:

  • It cost $35 million, finished early, and came in under budget
  • Up until 1964, it was the longest suspension bridge main span in the world until the opening of New York’s Verrazano–Narrows Bridge
  • Horrifying to think, but the U.S. Navy tried to get the bridge painted black with yellow stripes out of concern that ships would hit the bridge
  • From 1937-1970, pedestrians had to pay to cross
  • The color of the bridge is International Orange, a hue also once used by NASA astronauts
  • Opening day was studded with flyovers from small airplanes, something we cannot imagine happening today
  • The bridge has played host to many protests, with advocated climbing the cables to protest everything from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the logging of redwood trees
  • The Southern Pacific Railroad company protested the bridge’s construction for fear it would ruin their successful ferry business
  • In its review of the bridge, the Chronicle referred to it as “a thirty-five million dollar steel harp”
  • High winds have thrice closed the bridge, per the Chronicle, “in Dec. 1, 1951 (69 mph), once on Dec. 23, 1982 (70 mph) and Dec. 3, 1983 (75 mph).”
  • During construction, a net was placed under the bridge, which saved the lives of 19 men who became known as the “Halfway-to-Hell Club.”
  • It is always being painted. Always.

Source:

http://sf.curbed.com/2016/5/27/11797888/golden-gate-bridge-birthday

 

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Pacific Union Monthly Economic Report: April 2016

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Top 3 Tuesday: Best Public Golf Courses in Marin

Ready to perfect your swing? These scenic public golf courses are great local spots for a round of golf.

  1. Peacock Gap Golf Club, San Rafaelpeacock gap

  2. Indian Valley Golf Club, Novatoindian valley gc

  3. Bay Club StoneTree, Novatostone tree

Photos:

http://swedishgolfonline.com/category/travel/

https://www.greenskeeper.org/northern_california/san_francisco_and_north_bay_area/Indian_Valley_Golf_Club/

https://golfguide.net/directory.php?id=1170

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Keep Your Smart Home Safe From Hackers

As Internet-connected devices in homes grow more popular, so do the risks of unwanted intruders

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Is your refrigerator spying on you? Probably not. But online-security experts caution that homes with “smart” technology—thermostats, security cameras, lights and appliances that connect to the Internet—are vulnerable to being hacked.

In a recent survey of 4,065 adults in the U.S., real-estate brokerage Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that 45% of respondents own smart-home technology or plan to invest in it this year. Yet only recently has security become a priority. While there have been few reported incidents, online-security experts expect smart-home hacking to increase. Luxury homeowners—often early adopters of technology, executives with access to corporate data or simply wealthy individuals—can be appealing targets.

The risks range from relatively harmless (pranksters cranking up the heat) to outright criminal (disabling security cameras to orchestrate a break-in). One of the biggest dangers is that poorly secured smart-home devices could be used as a “backdoor” to gain access to more sensitive information.

Chubb Personal Risk Services, a division of the insurance firm, asks homeowners about protections on their home-automation systems as part of its initial client interview, and recommends ways to beef up security, said Don Culpepper, a premier risk specialist with Chubb based in Atlanta.

For the last couple of years, Seattle and San Francisco-based Concentric Advisors has provided corporate-level security services for homeowners. Services start at $500 a month and include setting up and monitoring home networks.
Basic steps that security experts recommend include: changing the password on your device from the default, protecting your WiFi network with a password and ensuring that your wireless router uses some form of encryption. If you have given a password to someone who should no longer have it (like a former dog-walker), it is important to change it immediately.

Architect Scott Jaffa, 53, installed a Crestron home-automation system in combination with a Lutron lighting system in his Park City, Utah, home to test the technology for potential clients. The system cost $135,000 in 2012. He chose the provider partly because of its reputation for tight security, and liked that the installation company could monitor the system remotely and shut it down in the event of fraudulent activity. “I’ve been very happy with the system,” he said

Source and Photo

http://www.wsj.com/articles/keep-your-smart-home-safe-from-hackers-1463495714

 

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Top 3 Tuesday: Hardware Stores in Marin

As summer approaches, it’s time to tackle some of those long awaited home improvement projects. Find your materials and supplies at one of these local hardware stores!

  1. Jim Corbet’s Ace Hardware, Larkspur

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  2. Waterstreet Hardware, Sausalito

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  3. Jackson’s Hardware, San Rafael

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Photos

http://www.corbethardware.com/gallery/

http://www.oursausa…

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson’s+Hardware,…

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Pacific Union’s April 2016 Real Estate Update

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Marin County homebuyers acted with particular urgency in April, snapping up single-family homes in an average of 36 days — more than twice as fast as in rainy February. The median sales price rose to $1,225,000, slightly surpassing levels recorded last fall.

The MSI has been dropping for the past couple of months and ended April at 1.4. The average Marin County seller took in 101.8 percent of the original price after eight straight months of getting a bit below list.

Defining Marin County: Our real estate markets in Marin County include the cities of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.

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Top 3 Tuesday: Bookstores in Marin

With the amount of time we spend looking at screens, it can be a welcome change to crack open a book. This week’s Top 3 Tuesday features local bookstores that have managed to survive and thrive in a digital age.

  1. Book Passage, Corte Madera

  2. Depot Bookstore & Cafe, Mill Valleydepot bookstore

  3. Whyte’s Booksmith, San Anselmowhytes booksmith

    Photos:

    http://laviniaspalding.com/event/the_book_passage_travel_writers_photographers_conference

    http://mapio.net/s/1830126/

    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/whytes-booksmith-san-anselmo

 

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Top 3 Tuesday: Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat your mom to a great brunch on Mother’s Day! These fun spots are in close proximity to phenomenal trails and would be a special treat after an invigorating hike.

  1. Mountain Home Inn

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  2. Olema Farmhouse Restaurant

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  3. West Point Inn

    west point inn

Photos:

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en…

http://www.hotel-r.net/im/hotel/us/mountain-home-inn-22.jpg

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:West_Point_Inn,_Mt._Tamalpais_State_Park,_Mill_Valley,_CA_5-11-2013_4-58-49_PM.JPG

 

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