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  Student Valedictorians
June 11, 2008
Valedictorian for Rancho Cotati High and Technology High pose in their caps and gowns on the campuses.
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  Have you seen this toilet?
June 11, 2008
If you have, you already know you’re pocketbook is being beckoned. But in case you see it in the future, don’t panic - it will be removed if you cooperate. Collodi Sewer/Drain and Plumbing are involved in the 2008 Relay for Life raising money for American Cancer Society. Lisa Collodi,...
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  Rohnert Park Police Logs
June 11, 2008
5/28 8:44 a.m.:  Report of auto burglary on Goodson Way, suspicious circumstances. 9:34 a.m.:  Report of felony burglary on Magnolia Ave. 10:17 a.m.:  Report of burglary on Commerce Blvd. 1:34 p.m.:  Report of stolen vehicle on Cristobal Way. 3:16 p.m.:  Report of narcotic activity on City Center Dr. 5:04 p.m.:  Report of petty theft: purse...
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  Residential structure fire on Adrian Drive
June 11, 2008
At 6:09 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, RP Public Safety received a call that there was smoke and flame coming from the rear yard of the residence at 7003 Adrian Dr. Arriving units found the rear of the building was fully ablaze. Initial interior conditions hampered firefighter's efforts to battle the...
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  Yearbook disappointment
June 11, 2008
I am deeply concerned about the article on “dirty jobs” in this year’s Rancho Cotate High School yearbook, specifically the profile of student Edgar Ramirez working at a Rohnert Park rabbit slaughterhouse. The article clearly glorifies the student as a rabbit “assassin.” With gruesome description of blood sprayed onto walls, “organs...
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  Old & New Summer Market
June 11, 2008
The Old & New Summer Market will be held on three Saturdays: June 28, July 26 and August 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rohnert Park Community Center located at 5401 Snyder Lane. Vendors will be located outside the Dorothy Spreckels Theatre and the Community and Sports...
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  Ordway & Worden anniversary
June 11, 2008
On June 7, 1958, Ray Ordway and Kathy Worden were united in marriage at the First Church of the Nazarene in Owassa, Michigan. Soon thereafter they moved to Rohnert Park, where they lived most of the next 38 years. They were blessed to parent four children, Mari (Bill) Adams and...
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  Why listen to the new music?
June 11, 2008
Why should we listen to modern music? The audiences listening to art music of the 1950s and 1960s felt besieged by dissonances of arbitrary patterns coming off the pens of such pioneering masters as Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg, and especially Anton Webern and Edgard Varèse. This...
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  Tax breaks for summer business trips
June 11, 2008
Do you plan on mixing pleasure with business on a trip this summer? There’s no problem from a tax perspective as long as you follow a basic precept: The primary purpose of the travel must be business-related. Otherwise, you’ll forfeit valuable tax deductions. On the other hand, if you stick to...
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  Newlyweds need to reconcile
June 11, 2008
June is one of the most popular months for weddings. This may be due, in part, to June being named for Juno, the Roman goddess of women and marriage. Of course, Juno and her husband, Jupiter, probably had very little trouble with money, but if you are getting married this...
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  Jiu-Jitsu champ Michael 'Espoleta' Stratton
June 11, 2008
This week we are spotlighting a remarkable young man, 26-year-old Michael “Espoleta” Stratton, who, on March 28 took the gold metal at the Pan-American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Michael has been training under professor Aparecido “Bill” Faria.  Bill is the owner of the Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school located at 1 Padre...
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  Daylighting the soul
June 11, 2008
Years ago I heard an architect talk about piercing through the roof of an old brick building to bring pools of sun into the rooms below. He used the verb daylighting which tickled me. So I recently asked architect Craig Williams of Archwise Designs in Sebastopol if this was really...
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  Gracefully moving from our center
June 11, 2008
You’ve probably had the experience of watching a dancer, gymnast or other athlete perform and felt that they possess an intrinsic grace, balance and power.  You’ve probably also watched someone move, perhaps simply walking down the street, and felt that there was something off, something missing in their ease or...
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  Rediscovering the true nature of the honeybee
June 11, 2008
The Melissa Garden is a new honeybee sanctuary being created by a team of bee enthusiasts and experts at the home of Barbara and Jacques Schlumberger in Healdsburg. Nestled within 40 acres stewarded to support native vegetation, the garden consists of two landscaped acres designed and planted purely with honeybees...
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  Using less water means more in our rivers and reservoirs
June 11, 2008
While our region received average rainfall this past winter, the spring has brought us more rays of sunshine than drops of rain.  The historic lack of rainfall has once again brought to our attention the need to use less water this summer.  Our pristine water supplies, wildlife habitats and world-class...
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  Teach empathy, not violence
June 11, 2008
Hunting, fishing and raising animals for meat has been around for centuries. Those that live closest to the earth, indigenous people in many cultures, recognized the sacrifice they were asking of animals and said prayers for them before their hunts. We seem to have lost that respect for the animals...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter Pets of the Week
June 11, 2008
The shelter is located at 301 J. Rogers Lane off Redwood Dr. 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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  The reality of American politics
June 11, 2008
Over the past couple of months I have been working with some other people trying to get enough signatures for a local ballot measure to qualify for the November 2008 election. I am not going to discuss what the ballot measure is about. Instead, I am going to reflect on at...
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  Still no contract
June 11, 2008
The Thomas Page School Staff has been hard at work since August, 2007 without a contract. All the teachers at the other sites in our Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District have been working in good faith, too. We want the District administration to show the same good faith and settle...
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  Settle the contract
June 11, 2008
Why can’t the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District settle the contract with the teachers? It has enough money to pay what the teachers are asking which is far below this past year’s COLA (Cost Of Living Adjustment). The district has enough money to pay all of its employees this modest...
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  Thank You, Rotary from RCHS
June 11, 2008
On behalf of the Rancho Cotate High School Business/Computer Department, we would like to thank members from Rotary Clubs of Rohnert Park and Cotati who came to Rancho Cotate and spoke to our students about their careers. Many different careers were represented by: Sandy Geary, Kristine Redko. Mike Pastryk, Greg...
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  Loren Wilson RPCEA teacher of the year award recipient
June 11, 2008
May 29 at Friar Tucks in Cotati the Rohnert Park-Cotati Educators Association (RPCEA) held its annual end-of-the-year party for 17 teachers in the Rohnert Park-Cotati Unified School District who will be retiring this year. Site representatives for each school district-wide attended. Each retiree received a carnation along with recognition and...
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  Peet's Coffee plans to replace vacant Frank's Freeze in Cotati
June 11, 2008
There are Peet’s Coffee shops in Santa Rosa and Petaluma and now they’re eyeing Cotati as their next Sonoma County location. Cotati’s Design Review Committee got the first look at Peet’s proposal at their Thursday June 5 meeting. Plans call for taking over the vacant Frank’s Freeze restaurant where Gravenstein and...
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  The Big Give
June 11, 2008
“I watched Oprah’s Big Give all during the writers’ strike,” said Beth Craven of the Rohnert Park-Cotati Mothers’ Club. “I thought it was really exciting so I thought I’d just put it online on our eGroup (for the club) to see if it was something our club would be interested...
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  25 year reunion for Piranhas Swim Team
June 11, 2008
Celebrating their silver anniversary is going to be a big deal for the Rohnert Park Piranha Swim Team. Former alumni, former and current coaches along with team members will be putting on those goggles and taking a dip for an Intra-squad red vs. blue deck-enter “just-for-fun” swim meet as part...
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  Kids' Day in Kotati
June 11, 2008
Let us explain: Theme for this summer’s Kids’ Day Parade in Cotati is “The Magical Kingdom of Kotati,” and a sample of what can be done was provided by Emily Wiseman of RP’s Cultural Arts Committee to parade sponsors. Participants can be togged out in paper maiche headgear for a...
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  RP Chorale performance Saturday
June 11, 2008
The Rohnert Park Chorale will hold their 26th annual Spring Concert tomorrow afternoon, Saturday June 7, beginning at 3 pm. Under the direction of chorale founder and leader, Margot Godolphin, the concert will offer a melange of seasonal favorites under the title of ”Everything’s Coming up Roses.” In addition to the music,...
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  R.E.S.C.U.E. weight management course
June 11, 2008
The Rohnert Park Recreation Department presents an eight week class where students will learn how to manage their weight without the fear of failure and disappointment. R.E.S.C.U.E. is an eight-week system that easily integrates into your life style. You’ll be asked to stretch, to grow and to change the way you...
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  Food Bank needs volunteers for lunch project
June 11, 2008
The Redwood Empire Food Bank is seeking volunteers to help operate its annual summer lunch program for low income children in Sonoma County. Beginning June 9 and continuing through early and mid August, the Food Bank will provide nutritious lunches to thousands of children who count on school meals from September...
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  Farmer???s market opens in Cotati
June 11, 2008
Cotati’s Prue Draper samples some cherries from Mario Ortiz at the first Cotati farmer’s market of the season May 29. Ortiz is fond of cherries, but his favorite crop is arugula. The market is held Thursdays through September from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in La Plaza Park.
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  RP-Cotati Library News
June 11, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library will be holding a Summer Book Sale today and Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. On Saturday from 3 to 5:30 there will be special prices of a bag of books for $4, or half price on all individual books. Get Ready to “Catch the Reading...
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  Cotati Police Logs
June 11, 2008
5/27 2:54 p.m.: Report of possible dead body on W. Sierra Ave. 5/28 1:50 a.m.: Report of domestic related incident on Henry St. and Old Redwood Hwy. 7:38 a.m.: Report of traffic stop: speeding and no license on E. School St and W. Sierra Ave. 5/29 11:55 p.m.: Report of felony burglary on Marsh Way. 5/30 2:00 a.m.:...
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  Vintage motorcars at Infineon
June 11, 2008
It’s a genuine classic car at Infineon Raceway’s Wine Country Classic last Saturday. Whipping its way out of turn 7 is a 1915 Saxon Speedster, owned and driven by Tom DeMund of Sausalito. It was the oldest car on the track. On Sunday, the car was unfortunately pushed off the...
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  The way it used to be
June 11, 2008
Coming downhill at Infineon Raceway last weekend is an assortment of sport racing cars from the 1955-60 era. Classic marques such as Ferrari, Lotus, Lister, Elva and Devin all took part in spirited competition in two days of racing at the Sonoma County track.
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  Happy little anglers
June 11, 2008
Having fun with your kids is always a treat. My children are grown now but they vividly remember our annual trips to Smith’s Mt. St. Helena Trout Farm. Each year, until they were ten, they looked forward to their special trip to Smith’s. You don’t need to be an angler...
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