Mary Enbom, Marin IJ

Mary Enbom

Marin IJ

San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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Past articles by Mary:

Marin breast imaging doctor urges early screening

For years, physicians were alarmed by Marin County’s breast cancer rate, considered among the highest in the nation. But after peaking in 2001, it began a steep descent, and Marin now equals the st… → Read More

Borders books’ Christine Bronstein aims to boost women in publishing – Marin Independent Journal

Christine Bronstein, whose family launched Borders, has fond memories of working in the flagship Ann Arbor, Michigan bookstore as a teenager. The bookstore was vibrant – the first with a café and m… → Read More

Kentfield video shop keeps ‘old school’ renting alive

Like gigantic cellphones, new-wave music and big hair, most video rental stores have faded into history. Bette’s Flicks is the last in Marin, and by some news reports, among only 2,200 left in the United States.Owner Bette Wolczanski → Read More

Kentfield cafe owners lay big bet on wee fruit

Bee Belanger and Mike Rupers opened Rio Rock Açai Café last month in Kentfield with no fanfare, hoping for limited customers and a chance “to slowly get (our) act together.”“Good luck with that,” Rupers sai → Read More

Kentfield gym, a 40-year fixture, closing amid lawsuits

A Kentfield gym that has been a neighborhood staple since 1978 closes its doors Thursday.“This has been a universal shock. It’s such a happy community of people there,” Kentfield Fitness owner Chris Barry said.With a → Read More

Greenbrae improvements coming to Eliseo entrance

The Eliseo Drive entrance to Greenbrae is slated to have its walls painted beginning May 21. Oleanders will be added along with annual colorful plants, irrigation and mulching.“We want to upgrade the look and elegance of our entrance, → Read More

Marin gym for seniors faces uncertain future

A physical therapy clinic with a gym tailored to older people had its lease terminated at its longtime site at Marin Country Mart, leaving elderly clients worried they’ll have nowhere to go.Select Physical Therapy, previously called the → Read More

Kentfield school launches public art project

School leaders didn’t expect acclaimed artist Rafael López to actually say yes when they invited him to Bacich Elementary School.“I get a lot of invitations,” he said. That may not come as a surprise considering Ló → Read More

Larkspur dog Gracie ‘as sparkly as ever’ after canyon rescue

Gracie stopped 10 feet behind her owner, perhaps lingering to sniff something or to chase a squirrel. All Ed Bernstein knows is he turned around and his 12-year-old dog was gone.“I heard nothing. That was the hardest part,” he sai → Read More

Ross School’s virtual reality is a rarity

Thirteen-year-old Izzy Riley built a stately white castle in computer class. She decorated it finely with modern furniture, scenic artwork and lots of books. For fun, she added a few sheep and ducks outside.They looked like typical computer ima → Read More

New Marin General Hospital wing taking shape

Marin General Hospital’s massive expansion project is a third done. Concrete is being poured on the decks; the steel frame is fully erected; and the sizable silhouette of a new wing is now obvious.In March, the “skin” will → Read More

Kentfield nurse brightens cancer patient’s life

Ada Mo was 16 and on her high school track team, so polishing off a 5-mile run was child’s play. Until the day she suddenly stopped breathless after just a block, unable to continue. Later, she noticed red dots on her feet and legs.Mo, o → Read More

Larkspur’s Tutu School turns 10

In all likelihood, it was foolhardy, admits Genevieve Custer Weeks.Just as the recession readied itself to knock out small businesses like a sledgehammer, the professional ballerina launched a boutique ballet school for young children in San Fr → Read More

Ross sandwich shop gains new life

There are few places in Ross more familiar than Eddie’s.Almost a century old, the corner market — originally a soda fountain — has been an institution in this tiny town, surviving floods and providing more than milkshakes a → Read More

Kentfield schools linked by a chain of kindness

On a strip of bright red construction paper, a boy wrote that he carried someone’s groceries. He taped the ends together, making it into a paper chain link. On a yellow link, a girl wrote that she asked a lonely child to play at school. On anot → Read More

Kentfield teacher offers heartfelt tribute to SF

People have been pounding on Barbara Libby-Steinmann’s door for speaking engagements ever since she was chosen Marin County teacher of the year.And that was before last week, when the Bacich Elementary art instructor was named a top 12 f → Read More

Ross girl, 7, raises money for diabetes research

Life has changed dramatically for 7-year-old Reese Goodenough of Ross in the past year.A Type 1 diabetes diagnosis means Reese no longer can sneak candy from the cupboard. She can’t sleep over at friends’ houses, or eat cake and i → Read More

Greenbrae dentist fights tooth decay while her dog fights nerves

There’s a worrisome spike in tooth decay among U.S. preschoolers in the past decade, with dentists reporting a marked increase of 2- to 5-year-olds needing extensive dental work. Too antsy or scared to sit through long procedures of multiple fi → Read More

Kentfield: Scout’s apple trees cut down at Kent Middle School

A grove of apple trees was cut down at Kent Middle School this summer to make room for a new music building and restrooms.“I’m really upset,” said Taylor Sherman, 23, a former student who planted the trees as an Eagle Scout → Read More

Greenbrae: Cancer warrior pampers women

She took a cab from the hospital after a double mastectomy and came home to an empty house. First, ovarian cancer; this time, breast cancer.“I’ve been there and I understand what women go through,” said Daphne Evans, founde → Read More