Fourth of July fireworks preparation begins 

San Bruno Fire and Police Department officials said that they are already putting the wheels in motion to prepare for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. While San Bruno and Pacifica are the only two cities that allow so-called "safe-and-sane fireworks" to be used in city limits, officials say that a hefty education component delineating the hazards of fireworks will start hitting the schools, the local cable TV channel and local community groups soon. Last year, there were no significant fireworks-related injuries reported in either city.

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Hockey fans encouraged to catch train to watch game

Just as the San Jose Sharks hope their "Cheechoo Train" can roll through the Motor City’s Red Wings, Caltrain wants hockey fans to leave their cars at home and take the train to Stanley Cup playoff games on April 30 and May 2.

The trains drop riders off across the street from the HP Pavilion "Shark Tank," and although the last trains typically leave the station heading north by 10:30 p.m., they are delayed 15 minutes after games to give fans time to hop on. For information about schedules and fares, call Caltrain’s Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com.

HALF MOON BAY

Informational passport classes will be held this weekend

Two local post offices will hold passport fairs on Saturday. The classes come after new restrictions requiring U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico and Canada to purchase passports caused a rush to sign up, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

The first fair will be at the Half Moon Bay Post Office, 500 Stone Pine Road, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The second will be at the Sunnyvale Main Post Office, 580 Mary Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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