Hero and Zero: An anonymous good samaritan and a closure of history

by Nikki Silverstein

HERO: Claire Devine, a realtor in San Rafael, stopped at Bordenave’s bakery and the San Rafael Animal Hospital and then headed to Sacramento on a recent Saturday. When she arrived at her destination, she realized there her wallet, which contained cash, credit cards, a driver’s license and even her social security card, was gone. Bordenave’s didn’t have it and neither did the vet. Claire figured she’d never see it again. Surprise. On Monday, a San Rafael policeman knocked on her door and handed her the wallet, with everything intact. The person who found the wallet asked to remain anonymous. Well, Anon, Claire sends her heartfelt thanks. Let’s also give a nod to the San Rafael PD. Who knew that they made house calls to return lost items?

ZERO: We were saddened to learn that the Marin History Museum, after 80 years, is calling it quits at the end of the summer, due to lack of funding. Come fall, where will we see the fascinating Marin relics that were on display at the Boyd Gate House in San Rafael? Hard to know, since the museum has been quietly auctioning off pieces of Marin’s history. Board members insist that they have the right to sell non-donor restricted items. We bet that the generous folks that donated the items might not be too happy that their Marin artifacts have left the County and gone to the highest bidder. We find the museum board’s behavior to be absolutely disgraceful. We suggest that they pay to bring the items home.

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