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  American Philharmonic plays the ???Rite??? notes for spring
April 18, 2008
There’s something about the exciting renewal of spring that makes artists just a little rebellious, even somewhat crazy. They seem to hear the call of the wild more strongly than the chords of classical convention. The three composers featured by the American Philharmonic’s April 27 “Rite of Spring” concert epitomize this...
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  Unusual combo of cello octet with mezzo-soprano hits Spreckels
April 18, 2008
A truly unique musical presentation will be on stage for a lone matinee performance Sunday April 20, in Spreckels Performing Arts Center. This is “Conjunto Iberico,” a cello octet, a touring classic string ensemble with a strong Latin American flavor that’s played for audiences worldwide. Included with the octet will be...
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  Monet, Beethoven and Magic Johnson?
April 18, 2008
Is basketball an art? Well, if splatterpaintings sell for thousands of dollars, surely the no-look alley-oop can be considered. SSU is hosting the Harlem Wizards, an “experienced band of players which hold backgrounds ranging from college and professional level players to street ball stars and hoopsters,” says an SSU press release....
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  Developing your mental skills
April 18, 2008
Systems thinking is a discipline for applying connection dynamics and concepts/systems theory to solve business problems. An entrepreneur must engage in these disciplines, tactics, and techniques that need to be studied, mastered and put into practice in order to be successful in business. Systems thinking skills can only be enhanced...
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  Who???s looking out for individual investors?
April 18, 2008
If you’ve been investing for a while, you know that there are few guarantees in the investment world and that, in one way or another, you’re going to be taking some risks with your money. Still, you’d like to know that you’re participating in a system that is fair to...
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  A big 2008 tax break for your business
April 18, 2008
New tax breaks for small businesses could make investing in new equipment a tax-smart move in 2008. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 offers generous business expensing and depreciation limits to encourage capital purchases. But like most IRS breaks, there are a few strings attached. The new rules increase what...
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  Enroll your child in school with good health
April 18, 2008
Spring is here! It’s time to enroll your child for their first year in school, either kindergarten or first grade. Children who will turn 5 years old on or before December 2, 2008 are eligible for Kindergarten in the 2008-2009 school year. Registration packets are available at any elementary school...
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  Spotlight on Carol Lindeman
April 18, 2008
This week’s Spotlight is on Carol Lindeman. Carol was brought to our attention by her Personal Trainer, Laura Gish. Laura, a Health and Fitness Coach who runs a private gym in Cotati, describes her 73-year-old client as “absolutely amazing.” Carol is a retired Registered Nurse and also served as the Dean...
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  We grow, we change
April 18, 2008
Generally speaking, donning someone else’s old clothes is not an idea supported by Feng Shui. Do we want to wear the energy of another person? How about the energy surrounding an experience while wearing a particular garment? Quite often: No! Well, wait a minute. Let’s think about this. The economy isn’t...
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  Compostable plastics: A waste?
April 18, 2008
Most of us will agree that the use of compostable plastic (CP) products is preferred over conventional plastics. However, are CPs truly compostable? Will these products eliminate the plastic pollution that we see in our local creeks and river? Is it sustainable to substitute our dependence on single-use plastic with a...
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  Two different ideas for asparagus
April 18, 2008
Crab and asparagus soup Ingredients: 2 quarts chicken broth 3 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh asparagus, preferably thin, sliced on the diagonal 1 ear of fresh white corn, kernels cut off, or 1/2 cup frozen white corn kernels 1/2 cup dry sherry 1 tablespoon freshly ground white pepper 1/2 cup cornstarch mixed...
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  Earth Day trash pick up Sunday in Cotati
April 18, 2008
All the plastic that has ever been made still exists and will probably exist forever. This is a stunning thought when you think about how much that we buy and use everyday is made from plastic in one form or another. This and more was the message given by Stuart Moody,...
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  Did someone say pork?
April 18, 2008
For the next few weeks, Grizzle on the Griddle will be sharing the experience of competing for the first time in a serious chili cookoff. Stay tuned for weekly updates in this special series. Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, someone suggests pork. Team Chili Vanilli had its chili...
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  Oprah takes on puppy mills
April 18, 2008
Did any of you see the Oprah Winfrey Show last week about puppy mills? This was a significant moment for the humane movement as not only does Oprah reach a huge audience, stories on her show frequently are picked up by the mainstream news or talked about elsewhere in the...
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  Honor Daggett
April 18, 2008
The new stadium at Rancho Cotate High School nears completion and we can take pride in this wonderful addition to our campus. While we at The Ranch are happy to finally get our stadium I am shocked at the decision to rename the stadium. It is misguided to change the name...
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  Honest criticism
April 18, 2008
Your page under the title of The Health Connection made me cringe when I read it, so I hope you are well enough grounded to take some honest criticism. First of all Wealth of Health by Sally Harper should be labeled as it is, an advertisement. Of chiropractors I give you...
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  A costly mistake
April 18, 2008
I disagree with Mr. Donley’s assertion that “The city’s function is to raise revenues through taxes, not lower the revenue.” The city’s function is to govern and provide services for its residents at minimal cost. Absent from the new city hall explanation is the cost. According to the city records,...
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  Submit a letter to the editor
April 18, 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 not publish any unsigned letters or e-mails and does reserve...
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  The golden years of fitness
April 18, 2008
If you’re a devotee of Callinan Sports Center you’ve probably met Al Acosca. He’s not exactly a high profile athletic buff, after all he’s only 5-5 and 140 pounds. But he’s working out there seven days a week. What makes him unusual is he’s 86 years old and a retired...
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  Planning Commission denies pot club
April 18, 2008
The Cotati Planning Commission voted April 7 against allowing a medical marijuana dispensary on East Cotati Avenue near Charles Street. In what the applicant’s attorney Lisa Gygax called a “ceremonial” vote, the Commission voted 4-0 to deny the zoning clearance for a license application at the proposed location. Cotati City Council passed...
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  Planners OK Stadium EIR, reject rezoning
April 18, 2008
The long-awaited Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Stadium Area Master Plan won approval from Rohnert Park’s Planning Commission April 10. But the commission turned down a request from the developers to amend the city’s General Plan to rezone part of the site to high-density residential use. Rejection of the rezoning is...
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  RP, Healdsburg, Windsor Boys and Girls clubs merge
April 18, 2008
The Boys and Girls Club in Rohnert Park has seen an increase of almost 800 percent in membership in the past three years, and now the Boys and Girls Clubs in Healdsburg, Windsor and Rohnert Park have unified to become the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. The...
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  Rejuvenate Rohnert Park
April 18, 2008
There’s some foul graffiti on the old Levitz building, facing Scandia. It’s visible from the parking lot of the popular miniature golf spot, but nobody’s done anything about it in over a month even though many phone calls have been made to people with the power to resolve the problem....
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  Rancho color guard and drumline impress in first year competitions
April 18, 2008
April 5 marked the final fiesta-style competitions for Rancho Cotate High School Winter Percussion and Color Guard at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. In their first year of competitions, Rancho’s Color guard walked away with three first place trophies in the Novice B Division against Casa Grande High School and...
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  Cotati artist ends one show, looks for next one
April 18, 2008
You pack up one show and then cast about for the next one. That’s one way of life for the freelance artist and Cotatian Ron Pasquariello is no exception. He’s got examples of his work in Healdsburg and San Rafael shows and the one he’s packing up was in the...
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  Fisherman rescued from Jenner cliff
April 18, 2008
A fisherman was rescued Sunday by helicopter near Jenner after he became stranded on his climb down a 300-foot cliff. At about 9:30 p.m. a motorist driving on Highway 1 near Jenner was flagged down by a pedestrian, said the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department. The pedestrian reported that around noon he...
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  Moth madness
April 18, 2008
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week there were important hearings in Sacramento about a moth. Not just any moth, the Light Brown Apple Moth, native to Australia, that triggered the aerial spraying of pheromones over agricultural and urban areas of Monterey County by the California Department of Food and...
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  Fishing with the Chilkat
April 18, 2008
The outgoing tide in the bay was not until afternoon so I was able to sleep in some Saturday morning. We met at Black Point launch at the mouth of the Petaluma River. The launch recently reopened with a new concrete dock. Unfortunately, they only installed one dock for the...
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  Piranha swimmers fare well at Far Western Tournament
April 18, 2008
Over 1200 athletes from all over North America came to compete at the Far Western Swim Championship in Pleasanton last weekend. Teams from all over California, as well as, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Virginia, and even Canada were present. “Just making it to this event is an honor,” said one of...
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  Racing on his ???home??? turf
April 18, 2008
Ben Bostrom went to high school in Petaluma and now competes in the AMA road racing championship. He is seen here in a test run at Infineon Raceway April 1. The AMA Nationals at Infineon Raceway in May.
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  Volley with Newman
April 18, 2008
Rancho senior Andrew Jetson rallies with Cardinal Newman’s Jack McCullough at No. 1 singles April 11 at Magnolia Park. Rancho lost, 6-1.
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  ???I???ve got it!???
April 18, 2008
Senior Mitchell Rowan catches a line drive in the top of the third inning in the Cougars’ varsity matchup against Piner April 11 at Rancho. The Cougars won, 2-0.
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  One at a time
April 18, 2008
One half of Rancho’s new varsity pitching team, junior Stephanie O’Dell knocked down the Vikings one at a time in the Lady Cougars’ matchup against Montgomery April 10. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Cougars lost, 6-4.
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  Rancho Cotate Lacrosse crushes Berkeley
April 18, 2008
The Junior B Rancho Cotate Lacrosse team was victorious on Saturday, defeating Berkeley Lacrosse, 10-5. Jesse Coulter had four goals in the win and the defense kept the Berkeley offense scoreless in the second half. On Sunday the Junior B team was defeated by Novato in a close scoring game,...
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  SSU women in Div. II lacrosse championship
April 18, 2008
This weekend the Sonoma State women’s lacrosse team will compete in the Women’s Western Lacrosse League (WWLL) Division II Championships in Chico. “This team is unparalleled to any team that has come through Sonoma State,” said head coach and business major, Adam Bokmeyer, 22. SSU finished second in the North Division...
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