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  Van makeover version 2.0
August 14, 2008
Eighteen-year-old Jake Manzo never had a car of his own. That is, until Thursday, July 31, when the Extreme Van Makeover project culminated in the unveiling of Jake’s new car rebuilt and refinished with donations from the Rohnert Park community. Wait a second - haven’t we already been through this once...
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  New principal announced for Rancho Cotate
August 14, 2008
The mystery is solved. The wondering is over. The secret identity of Rancho Cotate High School’s new principal was finally brought to light when Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District announced his identity Tuesday morning in a press release. The governing board will officially appoint Robert Steffen of Eureka as new Rancho...
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  Teen girls saga - from Hashimoto to RP, now both back to Japan
August 14, 2008
Saturday at this time, Airi Kobayashi of Hashimoto, Japan, and Sophia Grubb of Rancho Cotate High School, will be winging their way westward across the Pacific Ocean. It’s another successful accomplishment of Rohnert Park’s Sister Cities Relations Committee, a group of volunteers who over the years have created a lasting...
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  Foxtail unveils GPS for golf carts
August 14, 2008
Leave the pencils at the clubhouse. Tell your caddy to take the day off. You won’t need either if you’re playing Foxtail’s North Course thanks to a new GPS system installed on all of the course’s golf carts. The system went live on the carts Friday, July 18, and aside from...
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  Gee, that???s a funny car
August 14, 2008
Winner of the Nitro Funny Car category Robert Hight does a burnout before his run at the 21st Annual Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway July 26 and 27. Hight, a member of the John Force Racing team made it three straight event wins for the team in the Sonoma...
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  Piranha girls dominate Redwood Empire swim meet
August 14, 2008
Piranha Swimming participated in the invitation only Redwood Empire Swim League Closed Championship Meet in El Cerrito July 26-28. Girls 8 and under Emily Young took 4th in the 25 Fly and 100 Individual Medley, 5th in the 25 Backstroke, 6th in the 25 Breaststroke, 8th in the 50 Freestyle. Boys 8...
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  When our shoulders start complaining, we should listen
August 14, 2008
Shoulders are miracles. When they are working well they move in seemingly every direction, reaching up to the top of the closet, reaching to the back seat, reaching down to hold a child’s hand. They lift and work tirelessly, doing our bidding without complaint, on a good day. Because they do...
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  ???The Music Man??? on stage in SR
August 14, 2008
Professor Harold Hill, played by Rohnert Park’s David Yen, tries to get young Winthrop, played by Troy Evans, on his side in River City.  Meredith Willson’s classic “The Music Man” returns to the stage in Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse. It opens Aug. 15 and runs weekends including Saturday and...
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  Top ten tips for living in retirement
August 14, 2008
Like everyone, you hope for a comfortable retirement. That’s why you should put money away in your 401(k), IRA and any other retirement plan available to you. But once you reach retirement, which financial and investment strategies should you follow to help yourself enjoy the lifestyle you’ve envisioned? 1. Map out...
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  Hey, cabbage breath!
August 14, 2008
Pulp and paper mills produce nasty gases that smell like rotten eggs or rotting cabbage or even the smell of rotting meat. Did you know your mouth is like a pulp and paper mill? In your mouth these gases are called VSCs, volatile sulfur compounds. The bacteria that naturally live in...
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  Finding nourishment other than food
August 14, 2008
I’ve worked with many people who eat healthy meals and yet still struggle with their weight. It’s the times when they are not actually hungry that is a problem. Eating for reasons other than hunger is challenging; it is subtle and not very responsive to logic or knowledge. I’ve come...
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  Soup: The meal that keeps on giving
August 14, 2008
In the royal court of leftovers, soup is most assuredly king. Or queen. Definitely not duke and certainly not jester. Homemade soup is always a treat because you can customize it to your liking. Endless tweaking of any recipe is encouraged, for recipes for soup are generally very forgiving. It’s also...
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  Lentil Bulgur Soup
August 14, 2008
Ingredients: 4 cups vegetable stock 11/2cups chopped spinach leaves 1/2 cup dried bulgur 1/2 cup dried lentils, washed and drained 1 clove garlic, crushed Salt and pepper, to taste 1 can (14oz) chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp dried basil Procedure: Lentils take less time to cook than most other legumes, making them a good partner for a quick-cooking...
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  Cowgirl Creamery gallops into downtown Petaluma
August 14, 2008
In Europe, handcrafted cheeses have been the norm for centuries. But here in the United States the trend toward fewer farmers and more urbanites has meant less diversity in cheese. We lost flavor and variety and made up for it in “bulk” - with “American” cheese and packaged boxes with...
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  We???re lucky to have Forgotten Felines
August 14, 2008
Whenever someone calls the shelter with a question about feral cats we refer them to Forgotten Felines. We are so lucky in our county to have an organization like them dedicated to helping feral cats - domesticated cats that have reverted to a wild state. Many areas have no agency...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
August 14, 2008
The shelter is located at 301 J. 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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  Artist of the week
August 14, 2008
Leena Abdel-Rahim, age 11
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  Bittersweet exit
August 14, 2008
This month Pacific Markets is losing two valuable, dedicated and exemplary employees - Culinary Director Dan Berman and our RP Store Manager Jeff Lipe. While their exit is bittersweet as we are sad to see them go, both are starting new and exciting adventures in other states.  We wish them...
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  You should care
August 14, 2008
Have you ever paid property taxes?  Have you ever been to the Sonoma County Animal Shelter?  Have you ever obtained a building permit?  Have you ever been married or had a child in Sonoma County? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you have been directly served by...
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  Rent control
August 14, 2008
This proposal to end rent control does not involve just parks in Cotati.  Mobile park owners have for years harassed and manipulated the working poor, families at poverty level and seniors who have put the last of their savings into a place to live in mobile parks because no other...
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  No ???former glory???
August 14, 2008
With regard to Walter Kovacs letter regarding Rohnert Park sewer rate roll-backs, Walter states, “I think most of Rohnert Park’s residents would like to see the parks, tree-lined streets, schools and neighborhoods restored to their former glory and would be gracious at the ballot box over this sewer issue.” The...
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  What would you do?
August 14, 2008
This letter is in reply to a letter printed last Friday (Would you feel safe?). It’s heart wrenching to hear something like this and for our Public Safety officers to put them off as described in this letter is upsetting. I would like to say to the 911-Dispatch and the officers...
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  Submit a letter to the editor
August 14, 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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  Nonprofits depend on fireworks sales as major fundraisers
August 14, 2008
The 16 local nonprofit organizations were not disappointed with the turn-out of patrons purchasing fireworks this past Fourth of July, giving their clubs an extra boost for fund raising this year. Fireworks have been an ongoing debate across Sonoma County, and Rohnert Park remains one of the few cities that allowed...
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  Students weigh in on housing
August 14, 2008
As Sonoma State University students return to town, the question on their minds is whether the economic state of Sonoma County will help or hurt them in their search for housing for the academic year. Some students were so worried about finding suitable and most importantly affordable housing that they started...
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  Will L-Pool see the budget ax?
August 14, 2008
It’s been an issue for quite some time that budget cuts for the city of Rohnert Park may include closing two or more pools. Rumor has it that Ladybug Pool on Liman Way could be one of them. “I haven’t officially received notice,” said Tasha Hatch, manager of L-pool. “But...
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  Offers roll in to buy Weaver???s SF toothpick sculpture
August 14, 2008
Scott Weaver’s San Francisco toothpick sculpture has ballooned into a much larger project than he’s envisioned. Now he’s had an offer to buy it and place it in a museum. Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum in San Francisco was immediately interested after Weaver won Best of Show for his 9-foot...
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  Full house for first ever RP Health Faire Saturday
August 14, 2008
Booth and display space for the Community Health Faire to be held in Rohnert Park Saturday has been sold out, guaranteeing a full gamut of healthy lifestyle updates for the entire family. It will be held at the Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. Added...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
August 14, 2008
The Wild Catahoulas, a Cajun Zydeco band, will perform at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library Tuesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. The performance is free to the public. Here are some of the things that will be happening for the library’s “Doggie Days of August: • Summer Reading Club Participants can come...
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  Library hosting second photo show
August 14, 2008
Ten outstanding photographers will display some of their best work at the upcoming Photography Show 2008 to be held in the Sonoma County Regional Library in Rohnert Park August 19-30. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19 in the library’s Armando...
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  Special one-day cat sale
August 14, 2008
More than 150 cats and kittens from the Sonoma County Animal Shelter will be on sale Saturday, August 9.  Each kitten or cat will be on sale for just $30.00.  This special adoption fee includes Feline Leukemia testing, vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, microchip, collar, I.D. tag and travel box. The...
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  Splish, splash in La Plaza Park
August 14, 2008
Cotati’s La Plaza Park hosted an evening showing of “Splash” Friday, August 1. The movies in the park occur the first and third Fridays of the month at dusk. Next movie is “Firehouse Dog” August 15. Call 765-3939 for more information.
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  RP speed skater, 12, sets record
August 14, 2008
Zachary Sergeant-Simons, front, 12-year-old speed skater with the North Coast Inline Racing Club is on his way to setting a new 500-meter national record in his class at speed skating championships held recently in Lincoln, Nebraska. His winning time was 49.2 seconds. Another Rohnert Park entrant, 14-year-old Jaemee Scahill, won...
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  RP loses one, Cotati gains three in city council election contests
August 14, 2008
City Council candidates in Rohnert Park were lowered by one when newcomer to the list, Michael Glenboski, decided to drop out. That leaves the three incumbents Jake Mackenzie, Vicki Vidak-Martinez and Tim Smith facing challengers Joe Callinan, John Borba, Dawna Gallagher, John Hudson, Paul Stutrud and Gina Belforte, for a...
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  Many hats for this RP business attorney
August 14, 2008
Shawn Jackson has worn many hats as entrepreneur, business consultant and attorney, but his newest passion involves serving the community that has served him so well. Through classes, a business incubator and articles, Jackson shares his experience and wisdom to help organizations better manage themselves. In this community, he feels owners...
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  Cotatian named CSU alumni advocate of year
August 14, 2008
In late April, Sonoma State University honored Cotatian James Ford with the California State University Alumni Advocate of the year award. Twenty-three California State University campus alumni advocates were present at a formal luncheon given by the CSU Alumni Council at the annual Legislative Day in Sacramento. Jean Wasp, media relations...
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  RP Police logs
August 14, 2008
7/31 12:17 a.m.: Advised of fireworks on Hollingsworth Cir. 12:22 a.m.: Foot pursuit on Camino Colegio, 34-year-old male arrested for obstructing/resisting/etc. a public/peace officer and public intoxication with alcohol, drug or toluene, 23-year-old male arrested for obstructing/resisting/etc. a public/peace officer and misdemeanor violation of probation, and 21-year-old male arrested for obstructing/resisting/etc. a...
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  Cotati Police logs
August 14, 2008
7/31 3:14 a.m.: Report of a traffic accident with an ambulance enroute on 101 Southbound/Petaluma Blvd. North. 2:48 p.m.: Report of an audible alarm and receiving/etc. known stolen property on Hahn Way. 8/1 9:35 a.m.: Report of a burglary on Robin Ave.
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  Rancho boys soccer tryouts begin Aug. 18
August 14, 2008
Tryouts begin for the 2008 season on Aug. 18 at RCHS.  There will be two sessions daily, 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You must have your student/athlete eligibility packet complete to attend. Packets may be obtained at the RCHS office or the RP Chamber of Commerce. E-mail any questions to...
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