READY TO ROLL ... The Magical Bridge Playground in Mitchell Park welcomed a special visitor last weekend — Angela Piazza, the reigning Ms. Wheelchair California. In a Facebook Live video from the event, Piazza read from the book "The Adventures of KatGirl" by Katherine Magnoli, about a girl in a wheelchair confronting a bully. She also sat alongside Jay Gleckman, director of education at the Magical Bridge Foundation, who sang for the crowd gathered around Levy Huey Community Stage. The afternoon event on Jan. 18 also featured a Q&A with Piazza, wheelchair test drives and hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and Math) activities. In addition to her state title, Piazza is chair of special events for the San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, according to her Facebook profile. She also serves on Redwood City's Housing and Human Concerns Committee.
CHECKING IN ... The Garden Court Hotel in downtown Palo Alto has a new general manager in Brayton Gosling, who was named to the position earlier this month, according to a Jan. 14 press release. Jan Henningsen, COO of Hotel Crafters, the management company operating the hotel, applauded the appointment. "We are thrilled for Brayton to join the team and know his strong leadership abilities, hospitality background and relationship building skills will enhance the experience of our guests," Henningsen said in the press release. Gosling, who has worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, most recently served as general manager for Hotel Los Gatos. Gosling is a known figure among local hoteliers, having served on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce board of directors, where he was president for a year and a half. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of California, San Diego.
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