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Pacifica Resident National Finalist for 'Deck the House'

Mary Ellen Forrest is one of 24 national finalists in the Patch 'Deck the House' contest. Be sure to vote to help local public schools win $100,000! Forrest is the only resident in San Mateo County in the running for the grand prize.

Mary Ellen Forrest has a chance at winning a $100,000 donation for the Pacifica School and Jefferson Union High School districts.

Forrest is one of 24 national finalists in the Patch 'Deck the House' contest.

As a finalist she is guaranteed $500 to help pay those holiday-sized electric bills and a shot at winning a $100,000 donation for her public school districts.

Forrest said she will be spreading the word to friends and family around the country to vote for her.

"If there's a chance to help the Pacifica schools then I am all for it because this is a very poor school district," she said.

Please click here to vote! National voting in the Deck the House contest began on Dec. 30.

Vote once a day, every day, for your favorite — and feel free to share the link on all your social networks! Voting ends at midnight ET on Jan. 8.

Forrest's photo submission for the Patch Deck the House contest only shows one scene from her spectacular front yard.

While the photo shows Santa sitting in an antique red sleigh surrounded by glowing Christmas trees and led by lifelike reindeer, it fails to capture the full-on nativity scene equipped with this year's addition: camels for the wise men.

Forrest said she has been decorating her Amapola Avenue home since she bought the house in 1991. Each year she has been adding to her holiday display.

She originally decked out her house for her little nieces and nephews to enjoy, but now the neighborhood children keep her motivated, she said.

"The kids in the neighborhood literally guilt you into it," Forrest said.

In addition to at least eight Christmas trees, Santa with reindeer and the nativity scene, remote speakers play Christmas carols.

Forrest is accustomed to car loads of people taking pictures of her front lawn. "There are pictures of it probably everywhere," she said.

Bren December 31, 2011 at 08:47 PM
If I won this contest, I would be extremely angry about the $100,000 going to the Laguna Salada school district, as opposed to my bank account or some worthy charity.
Conrad Peterson December 31, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Could you be more negative? If you don't like the prize, don't be in the contest. At least Mary Ellen Forrest will be happy if she wins $100,00 for Pacifica schools. So will I.
A native Pacifican January 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Bren, you must be the Grinch! Thank you Mary Ellen for contributing to the community!
Bren January 02, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Hmmm... It appears my previous comment was flagged and removed. That was the comment in which I stated that I personally had suffered psychological and verbal abuse at the hands of Laguna Salada School District teachers. I was not alone in this; many Pacifica kids from my generation suffered similarly. It's quite chilling that anybody from our community would seek to silence the voices of abuse victims. I stand by my assertion that there are much better uses for a $100,000 than handing it to the school district.
Joyce Endo January 02, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Mary Ellen, All the Good Luck to win for the community, beautiful display! xo ~Joyce Endo
Chris Corbett January 03, 2012 at 07:19 PM
one word: wow!
Vicki Moore January 06, 2012 at 02:21 AM
The house is adorable! Go Mary Ellen!
Pretty Asian... January 07, 2012 at 07:00 AM
hope it will be "deck the school" contest next time to avoid any conflict.
WEACHATER August 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Very interesting that you are a prominent posted here as well as for the metro Milwaukee market as well. So who exactly are you, a mouth piece for this liberal rag called Patch of maybe some DNC plant?
Bren August 24, 2012 at 02:08 AM
WEACHATER wrote: 3:27 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2012 Very interesting that you are a prominent posted here as well as for the metro Milwaukee market as well. So who exactly are you, a mouth piece for this liberal rag called Patch of maybe some DNC plant? -------------------------------------------------- Weachater, would you care to explain why you've posted this exact same comment under at least three different Patch articles? That's called spamming. Furthermore, as previously stated, I have zero recollection of ever posting any comment in Milwaukee Patch, but I guess whatever I said must have really upset your right-wing sensitivities. Could you please provide a link to the Milwaukee article in question? Thanks.

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