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  ???Vagina Monologues??? now on stage
March 25, 2008
It’s been called witty, irreverent, hilarious and wise, but “The Vagina Monologues” can never be called boring or mundane. In summation, it could be said after seeing a performance of Eve Ensler’s play, no one who looks at a woman’s body or thinks of sex, will never quite react the...
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  Romance and tragedy coming to SSU
March 25, 2008
Who likes romantic theater? I do! Well, I like two romantic plays, to be exact, “Romeo and Juliet” and “West Side Story.” Both are soon playing at SSU. The Shakespeare piece is being put on by students in the SSU theater department and runs April 10 - May 10. The classic...
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  Stations of the Cross
March 25, 2008
Miguel Solis, portraying Jesus, carried a cross down East Cotati Avenue behind La Plaza Park in the second station of St. Joseph's Stations of the Cross reenactment Friday.
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  What can investors learn from gardeners?
March 25, 2008
Spring is here. If you’re a gardener, like me, you know it will soon be time for you to put in your flowers or vegetables. But even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still take advantage of the season by “planting the seeds” for the growth of...
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  Income tax breaks for seniors
March 25, 2008
When it comes to taxes, growing older has its advantages. Here are some of the tax breaks available as you reach a certain age. Higher standard deductions. You’re eligible for a higher standard deduction once you reach age 65. On your 2007 tax return, you can claim an extra $1,300 deduction...
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  Gas too expensive?
Make your own

March 25, 2008
With gas prices predicted to hit $4 per gallon by Easter, more and more folks are looking into alternative fuel such as biodiesel. Many pros and cons, myths and facts are floating around regarding this natural fuel but one thing is a definite about biodiesel, “It stinks,” says Dave Hurwitz, owner...
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  Entrepreneurs need a vision
March 25, 2008
Entrepreneurs must have a vision of where they want their company to be now and in the future. The entrepreneur must be able to communicate this vision in an effective and exciting manner to employees and investors.    Vision provides motivation to both the leader and employees. It gives employees something...
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  Katie Couric???s colorectal cancer prevention crusade
March 25, 2008
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Katie Couric’s Crusade - Colorectal Cancer: “Get Tested” is the feature article in the “Healthy Smile” magazine that I am sending to all my patients this spring. I can speak personally to the importance of being tested for colorectal cancer. It has been three...
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  Who???s been an inspiration to you?
March 25, 2008
We are seeking Spotlight articles that tell the story of people who have had success in their lives in the area of health and fitness.  Maybe it is someone who has had success in losing weight, or, someone who has had a breakthrough in rehabilitating themselves from an injury, or...
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  Students restoring native garden at Hahn Elementary
March 25, 2008
On Monday afternoon a handful of Hahn School fifth graders were laboring in a discreet corner of their campus. Dressed in requisite shades of St. Patrick’s color, students wielded shovels and rakes underneath the canopy of the evergreens and oaks that anchor the school’s native garden. The garden was planted when...
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  Get yourSelf free
March 25, 2008
Paul Simon sang, “There must be fifty ways to leave your lover.” That number increases if we add Feng Shui to the plan, Stan. If life feels like you are standing in glue unable to move forward, I hope these simple suggestions will bring a softening. Several cohabitating combinations exist. For...
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  Bridget???s Mom???s meatloaf
March 25, 2008
Ingredients: 10 lbs ground beef 4 eggs 2 cups oatmeal 2 cups chopped onion 2 cups catsup 1/4 cup Worcestershire 1 cup finely chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped garlic 1/4 cup parsley Salt and pepper to taste To find out how your raw meatloaf tastes, or if there is enough salt and pepper, form a small ball and cook until done...
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  The ???no kill??? debate rages on
March 25, 2008
The debate about No Kill and what it means continues - stoked on by a recently released book by Nathan Winograd titled “Redemption: The Myth of Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America.” The title alone is enough to polarize people and get ruffs standing on edge. Winograd, a Stanford...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
March 25, 2008
The shelter is located at 301 Rogers Lane off Redwood Drive. Hours are Wed. 1-6:30; Thurs-Fri-Sat 1-5:30; Sun 1-4:30 For more information call 584-1582 or visit www.rpanimalshelter.org
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  Sewer ballot
March 25, 2008
Citizens have just begun the signature gathering for a ballot measure to role back sewer rates that were in effect on January 1, 2006. Rates will drop by about a third. Rohnert Park’s Municipal Code (full text at http://municipalcodes.lexisnexis.com/codes/rohnert) states that the city sewerage system operate as a self-supporting...
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  Set the record straight
March 25, 2008
I am writing to set the record straight on city sewer fee increases. Unfortunately, a statement I did not make about city sewer services was attributed to me in a front page article in the Voice on February 29, and then repeated in a letter to the Editor on March 14. ...
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  E Section eyesore
March 25, 2008
Attention E Section residents, tired of seeing that ugly Antenna/drying rack (I use this term loosely, because the existing drying rack from years prior did not even break into sight of the houses located in E Section)? I know I am. Well there’s something we can all do! We all don’t...
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  Submit a letter to the editor
March 25, 2008
The Community Voice encourages and welcomes readers to submit letters to the editor. It is an excellent way for citizens to share their opinions on issues. Letters must be signed and must include the author’s telephone number. The Voice will call to verify the origin of the letter. The Voice...
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  There???s always something to celebrate at this house
March 25, 2008
Holidays and seasons never go unacknowledged or unnoticed at one particular home in Cotati. Decorations change along with yearly revelries and it’s never a dull porch-front amidst the simpler structures along the avenue. On one-and-a-half acres of land there sits a lone quaint house surrounded by a white picket fence....
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  Tale of two MOUs
March 25, 2008
The Pomo Indian tribe has formally agreed to a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Sonoma County concerning their River Rock casino near Geyserville. This makes two tribes in the county who have embraced an MOU pact. Rohnert Park was the first when it approved an MOU with the Federated Indians...
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  Cotati to begin webcasting Council meetings
March 25, 2008
Citizens will soon be able to view Cotati City Council meetings in the comfort of their own homes. Cotati will soon begin webcasting its City Council meetings. The Council approved unanimously March 12 for the city to move forward with a plan to spend no more than $36,311 to install at...
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  Weightlifting championship draws ???big guns??? to SSU
March 25, 2008
Sixty three-year-old Raymond Newkirk doesn’t look like a weightlifting champion with a baggy sweatshirt on. But the Pleasant Hill native took the Pacific Weightlifting Association title for the Masters Class Sunday at Sonoma State University. He took second place in the Junior Nationals at age 17, but then quit the sport....
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  Two Democrats vs Migden only thrill for June 3 ballot
March 25, 2008
Political junkies seeking a few thrills from the June 3 primary elections in California are already buffeted by gloomy predictions of a low turnout of voters. The only competitive contest is the Third District State Senate seat now held by Democrat incumbent Carole Migden. It hasn’t always been tame like...
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  Meet the bunnies - and learn how to care for them - at RP Animal Shelter
March 25, 2008
They’re fluffy, soft, cuddly and cute. No, they don’t lay eggs and a giant one doesn’t sneak into the house in the dead of night and leave a basket of candy. But they do get adopted this time of year more than any other. That’s right, it’s bunny season and...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
March 25, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Library offers the following programs for children: Wiggle Time Storytimes for ages 1 and 2 with songs and fun are on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  Pre-School Storytimes for ages 3, 4 and 5 with stories and songs are Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. There will be...
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  RP officer named in fatal shooting
March 25, 2008
A Rohnert Park Public Safety officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a shooting incident Sunday on Cornell Avenue in Rohnert Park left a woman dead. Heather Kathleen Billings, 31, was shot by the Rohnert Park officer and died en route to the hospital. A 911 call at 3:46 p.m....
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  State Farm puts on a new public face
March 25, 2008
State Farm purchased a vacant lot on a Rohnert Park corner in the 70s and moved into the building in 1977. The trees planted since then have grown but the land remained dull and unattractive. All that changed in March 2006 when an architect in corporate design began a landscape...
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  Memorial Wednesday, March 26 for teenager killed in crash
March 25, 2008
A memorial at the crash site on Camino Collegio will be taken down Wednesday, one day after what would have been Kevin Carr-Grillo's 17th birthday. He died March 20 in a solo car accident. Another passenger was taken to the hospital and the driver has been released from the hospital. All...
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  RP Police logs
March 25, 2008
3/13 12:22 a.m.:  Report of annoying repeated phone calls to residences, 26-year-old male arrested for prowling, peeping on Laguna Dr. 12:42 a.m.: Report of prowler on Mulberry Ct., unfounded. 3/14 10:54 a.m.: Report of industrial accident on J. Rogers Lane. 1:10 p.m.: Report of petty theft, suspect in custody on Redwood Dr.,  38-year-old male arrested...
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  Cotati police logs
March 25, 2008
3/12 5:05 a.m.: Suspicious circumstances on Old Redwood Hwy., 21-year-old male arrested for felony vandalism. 3/13 10:40 p.m.: Two female suspects, 33 years old and 45 years old, arrested for use/under the influence of controlled substance on Larch Ave. 10:52 a.m.: Domestic battery with injury call on W. Sierra Ave., 36-year-old male arrested for...
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  Rancho golf profile: Nick King
March 25, 2008
Nick King first began playing golf when he was three years old. He began playing in junior tournaments at the age of 7 locally on what now is The First Tee of the North Bay Summer Tour and made golf his only competitive sport by his freshman year of high...
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  Back to first
March 25, 2008
Senior Gabe Dell’osso slides safely back to first base and later scores in Rancho’s game at home March 14 against Cardinal Newman.
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  Pitcher helping her own cause
March 25, 2008
Varsity sophomore Cougar pitcher Stephanie Sarris takes a cut against Elsie Allen March 13 at home. She later got a hit and scored a run in this second-inning at-bat.
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  Stallions win national cheer championship
March 25, 2008
The Santa Rosa Jr. Midget Stallions cheer team, comprised of 15 Rohnert Park and Santa Rosa girls, placed first at the USA Jr. Nationals Cheer Championship at Disney’s California Adventure. This first place win awarded the team the title of “National Champions,” a first time event in the history of...
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  SSU sports update
March 25, 2008
Baseball The Sonoma State baseball team moved up one spot in this week’s Collegiate Baseball national rankings without even winning a game. Of course, with no games on the schedule last week, they didn’t lose a game either and with losses by Ouachita Baptist, the Seawolves moved into the No....
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  Little League opens with sunshine
March 25, 2008
Even with the threat of rain looming over their heads, the Opening Day Parade for Rancho Cotati Little League went off without a hitch.  The opening ceremonies speech was given by League President Sean Lowe, the first pitch was thrown by Cotati Council member Geoff Fox and the National Anthem...
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