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  'Cautious optimism' by Council on NW corner plans
September 19, 2008
Rohnert Park’s City Council got a chance to see what’s planned for the Southeast Portion of the Northwest Specific Plan at its Monday night meeting. This is a 31.4-acre chunk of unincorporated county land on the west side of Redwood Drive. Wilfred Avenue’s on the north, Business Park Drive on...
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  Wedding Announcement
September 19, 2008
Mandy Matis and Ssg. Patrick Perez were married on August 9 at the Woodside Village Church in Woodside, California at 3 p.m. Mandy and Patrick are both from Rohnert Park and enjoyed a 10-day honeymoon in Orlando, Florida.  
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  O'Sullivan-Huerta engagement
September 19, 2008

Megan O’Sullivan and Miguel Huerta are please to announce their engagement. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Ralph and Kathleen Beltz of Rohnert Park. She graduated from the SRJC nursing program and is currently a registered nurse at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa. The future groom is the...
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  Be aware of 'variables'
September 19, 2008
In almost any endeavor you can think of, your success depends on a number of different factors, and the same is true of investing. You can create a strategy to help you achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, but your results will depend a great deal on...
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  Your business should have this vital document
September 19, 2008
What will happen to your business if you die, retire, or become disabled? If you are the owner of a small business, you need a means for the transfer of that business in the event something happens to you. With a “buy-sell” agreement, you are able to plan for many contingencies...
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  Jerome Bettis tackles asthma
September 19, 2008
With the beginning of the NFL season, it is a good time to talk about one of football’s great running backs, Jerome Abram Bettis, better known as “The Bus.” Bettis was famed for shaking off bone-rattling tackles as he flattened players on his way to the endzone. He is quick...
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  Trainer Chris returns home
September 19, 2008
For those of you that may not know, I started a health and fitness column here around four years ago and that original column grew into the page you’re now reading, “The Health Connection.” I took a hiatus from writing earlier this year and since then have been inundated with...
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  A kinder, gentler celebration of the tomato
September 19, 2008
Unlike traditional tomato festivals in Spain, no tomato battles erupted at the sold out 12th annual Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, held in Windsor September 6. Yes, according to Mimi Luebberman’s latest book, “The Heirloom Tomato Cookbook” (inspired by this festival), Spanish tomato festivities include splattering each other with red orbs...
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  Preparing for rainy season
September 19, 2008
When drops of rain turn to drizzle, then to downpour, the rainstorms wash over the land carrying pollutants into nearby waterways. The water that flows across the land is called storm water runoff. In vegetated areas such as forests and fields rainwater can seep into the ground and filter out pollutants....
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  Pick up a friend at 'Moonlight Madness'
September 19, 2008
It’s September and we’re in full swing of kitten season. So it’s not unusual to have a full house at this time of year, but somehow it feels different right now. We have never had four rooms full of adoptable animals. Add in Forgotten Felines’ room and that means five rooms...
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  'Field day' at animal shelter
September 19, 2008
Employees from Novato insurance company Fireman’s Fund spent their Day of Sharing Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the RP Animal Shelter weeding the dog fields. “It was a ton of work and they made a huge difference in two out of three of the fields,” said Shelter Supervisor Mickey Zeldes. Pictured,...
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  Fighter for all what is right
September 19, 2008
If I had a magic wand to cast on the city budget to get it out of the red, I would. The past city council members have bled this city dry regarding our financial situation. We are dipping into reserves that are used for major catastrophes. If we had a...
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  Missed opportunity
September 19, 2008
Despite the predictable left-wing rants in his Coffeegrounds column, Jud Snyder often provides an interesting read in terms of keeping up with local political lunacy and achievements. However, he missed a great opportunity to drive a salient point home in his September 12 edition about the low regard California voters...
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  Grave misfortune
September 19, 2008
It is a grave misfortune that the scheduled Every 15 Minutes program is cancelled this year for Rancho Cotate High School. Although I sympathize with the program in that it wants to avoid “re-traumatizing” those who were affected by the death of 16-year-old Kevin Carr-Grillo, it is horribly ironic that...
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  Short life's work
September 19, 2008
“Bamboo” is green at Sumigawa Nursery in Cotati. The words below it on the tall roadside marquee, however, “It’s not just for pandas,” are blue. Just one of the many quirks of the 50-year-old nursery that’ll get you thinking. The nursery specializes in bonsai, a pruning technique that keeps trees small...
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  Few adverse effects reported from school closures so far
September 19, 2008
Though some schools saw an increase in students and class sizes, the school district so far this year reports little ill affects in the classrooms from the closure of two elementary schools last year. Due to budget cuts and declining enrollment the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District closed La Fiesta and...
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  'Small' supermarket in Cotati?
September 19, 2008
Cotati’s Downtown Specific Plan might soon have its first new tenant when it was revealed a supermarket has placed in escrow the purchase of two acres on the west side of Old Redwood Highway across from Walgreens Drugs. “It’s ‘Fresh ‘n Easy,’” said Orrin Thiessen, owner of the property. “They’re an...
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  RP garbage rates will go up 2 or 10 percent Dec. 1
September 19, 2008
To the surprise of absolutely no Rohnert Park resident, garbage collection fees will be going up December 1, 2008. The city council, in a work session held Sept. 8, unanimously approved this (no vote was taken). The council was given two choices: An increase based on a modified percentage or...
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  Cotati farmer's market wraps up successful season
September 19, 2008
The Cotati farmer’s market wraps up the 2008 season with a bang. “This was the most successful (season) ever,” says Suzanne Whipple, Director of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the seasonal market. With vendors and attendees already planning their return, next year’s farmer’s market season promises to...
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  RP skatepark dream rolls toward reality
September 19, 2008
Rohnert Park came one official step closer to making the dream of a skatepark a reality Monday night. The Recreation and Parks Commission agreed to pass the recommendation to have a park located behind the Callinan Sports Center to the City Council. “It’s an idea whose time has come,” said Suzanne...
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library news
September 19, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. On Saturday, 3-5:30 there will be special lower prices. A bag of books will be $4 and individual titles will be half price. Don’t miss the great bargains on...
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  Public Safety officers' union supports challengers
September 19, 2008
Dale Utecht, representing the Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers Association announced September 11 the organization’s support for Rohnert Park City Council challengers John Borba, Joe Callinan and Gina Belforte. The union did not endorse any of the incumbents running for re-election, Tim Smith, Jake Mackenzie nor Vicki Vidak-Martinez. Also left...
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  D???Jango Memorial Poker Run
September 19, 2008
The Cotati Police Department is holding a fund raising poker run for the K-9 Unit this weekend. Meet at Michael’s Harley Davidson in Cotati at 9 a.m., to take part in the D’Jango Memorial Poker Run. D’Jango was the Cotati Police Department’s only K-9.  He passed away on July 22 of...
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  Physical therapy workshop
September 19, 2008
Anyone who has an interest in hands-on therapies is invited to attend Sonoma State University Kinesiology Department’s free “Clinics in Physical Therapy” workshop. The workshop will be taught by physical therapist Eddie Rosen. The next workshop is at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 25. It will be held in...
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  Low cost health examinations at SSU
September 19, 2008
Low cost physical examinations and health appraisals for well adults and children are being offered at Sonoma State University through December 10. The SSU Nursing Department’s Family Nurse Practitioner program will be offering this service every Wednesday, October 15-December 10. The service is only available to Sonoma County residents. The cost...
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  Alternative transportation fair
September 19, 2008
Transition Cotati will be holding an alternative transportation fair called “SMART Moves”.  This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25 at the Ray Miller Community Center in Cotati. There will be a presentation and discussion illustrating other methods of transportation that are open to Cotati residents besides cars....
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  RP Police Logs
September 19, 2008
9/10 12:51 a.m.: On Redwood Dr., 19-year-old female arrested for prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 5:36 a.m.: Report of suspicious circumstances leading to felony burglary on Commerce Blvd. 9:52 a.m.: Report of grand theft on Tree Dr. 11:58 a.m.: Report of felony burglary on Beverly Dr. 1:00 p.m.: Report of petty...
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  Cotati Police Logs
September 19, 2008
9/9 8:45 p.m.: Report of vandalism on Page St. 9/11 6:05 a.m.: Report of burglary on Aaron St. 11:01 p.m.: Party disturbance on Windmill Farms Dr. 11:54 p.m.: Party disturbance on Page St. 9/12 1:04 a.m.: Out with subject on Old Redwood Hwy., 26-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drugs or toluene and misdemeanor violation...
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  'Top of the Bay' to you
September 19, 2008
Rancho senior Ashlee Sand jumps and spikes the ball against Livermore in the Top of the Bay Tournament at Piner High School last week. The Cougars went on to win 21-25, 25-10, 15-8 against the Cowboys and finished third in the tournament.
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  Varsity girls' soccer off to strong start
September 19, 2008
After a disappointing season last year, the Rancho Cotate girls varsity soccer team is off on a good foot to start the 2008 season. The lady Cougars won their first North Bay League game, 2-0, on the road against Ukiah Saturday. “We were a pretty comparable team in talent,” said head...
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  What's jumping in the boat?
September 19, 2008
We are in a more “normal” weather pattern for late summer, cool - warm - cool - warm. This has produced calm seas and better near shore conditions for anglers. It is time to get off the porch and go fish’n. Right now the action by many of the Sportfishing boats...
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  RCHS Scoreboard
September 19, 2008
Football Varsity 1-0 RC 56 v. Terra Linda 10 JV 1-0 RC 41 v. Terra Linda 6 Freshmen 1-0 RC 20 v. Terra Linda 6 Volleyball Varsity 7-7 RC 3 v. San Marin 1 RC 1 v. Rodriguez 3 RC 3 v. Casa Grande 0 Top of the Bay Tournament 3rd place JV 9-6 RC 2 v. San Marin 0 RC 2 v. Rodriguez 0 RC 1 v. Casa Grande 2 Freshmen 3-2 RC...
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