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  Golden Globe nominee to star in local production
September 30, 2008
Golden Globe nominee Daniel Benzali will star as Willy Loman in Santa Rosa theater 6th Street Playhouse’s production of “Death of a Salesman.” Benzali leads a cast of professional actors, including John Craven of Cotati. Benzali was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1996 for his portrayal of attorney Ted Hoffman...
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  Now is the time for a tax review
September 30, 2008
The beginning of fall is a great time to get a head start on your 2008 taxes. You can review earnings and deductions and organize your records while there’s still time to make adjustments for maximum 2008 tax savings. Start your review by pulling out a copy of last year’s return...
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  Mental illness: Our mind's Boogeyman
September 30, 2008
In our country and in most places around the world, we view mental illness differently than other physical problems or diseases. We stigmatize it, avoid learning about it and try not to see it in ourselves or others we care for. Like other things we do, there are good reasons...
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  Quest for the perfect fried egg sandwich
September 30, 2008
The fried egg sandwich sounds so simple. Fried eggs, toast, maybe some butter. But it’s that simplicity that makes it so difficult, because every inaccuracy stands out like a fly in the mashed potatoes. It honestly should be no problem to walk into a restaurant and order this. But some restaurants...
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  Up, down and all around
September 30, 2008
Your world is multi-level and multi-dimensional. So, is your home? Are you experiencing ups and downs in your life? Not always sure which way is up? A split- or tri-level home is not optimal Feng Shui and can be confusing to the flow of energy as it enters your home and...
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  Glendi celebrates 20th year in traditional, tasty fashion
September 30, 2008
Sonoma County takes a lot of things for granted. When traveling outside of the state, people are impressed by wine from Sonoma, they’re astounded by fresh goat cheese and have never heard of spanikopita. But thanks to Glendi, we know about that and many other Greek delights. The international food festival...
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  This week's artist
September 30, 2008
Rosalia Murray, age 6
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
September 30, 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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  Include pets in emergency preparedness
September 30, 2008
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. If that doesn’t get you thinking about the emergency preparedness, certainly Hurricane Ike and the devastation it brought should have brought it to mind. Kind of ironic that September was designated as such considering that it’s in the height of hurricane season, so if you...
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  So much for 'community'
September 30, 2008
While reading your article, “Few adverse effects,” regarding the Rohnert Park School closures, it felt very reminiscent of a rag magazine. I felt like I should be standing in line at the grocery store reading it. For a “community” newspaper, you’re not providing a very good service of keeping our community...
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  No rollback
September 30, 2008
Rolling back our sewer rates is wrong. Rohnert Park is not an island. We are one of several municipal users in partnership and are financially obligated to our sub-regional sewer system. If we want to flush, we must pay and plan financially, which the city leadership is doing. As a taxpayer...
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  Concrete skatepark
September 30, 2008
The North Bay has a thriving skateboarding scene as evidenced by successful skateparks in Healdsburg, Windsor and now in Sebastopol. However, at this time, Rohnert Park lacks a place where its children can safely ride their skateboards. With childhood obesity on a well-documented rise in this country and the fact...
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  Taxes are inevitable
September 30, 2008
The first thing every Republican says is “The Democrats will raise your taxes.” The Republicans say that everything is basically fine. Hmm. Since Reaganomics and the trickle down theory along with privatization, have you seen the price of stamps go down? Have you seen anything go down? Do you feel safer...
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  Don???t postpone program
September 30, 2008
This year about 400 students will go without an education on drunk and reckless driving, speeding and the many distractions we may face behind the wheel. These 400 students will be leaving high school and moving on with their lives, and there is a huge chance they will be provided...
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  Family camping 'old style'
September 30, 2008
When most people “just want to get away from it all,” touristy places like Yosemite or Hawaii pop up as obvious choices. But Bob and Joanne Sotelo of Rohnert Park scorn the obvious and they really, I mean really, know how to shed typical 21st century burdens. They take part...
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  Wilfred-Dowdell one step closer to annexation
September 30, 2008
The process to add land to the city is a long one, but the much-hullabalooed Wilfred-Dowdell annexation got a significant boost at Tuesday Night’s Council meeting. The site in question is a 24.7-acre chunk of land east of Dowdell Avenue running along Dowdell Avenue. It runs about one-third of a mile...
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  'Out of compliance' fence triggers closer look at RP Municipal Code by Council
September 30, 2008
When told his new fence was out of compliance, Lew Taber was shocked, to say the least. He looked around, and saw many of his neighbors had similar fences, and he had even seen the construction of these happen without a peep about Rohnert Park’s Municipal Code. Instead of ranting and...
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  Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan approval makes RP eligible for more grants
September 30, 2008
Rohnert Park City Council approved the updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Tuesday night with a unanimous, 4-0 vote. Vice-Mayor Pam Stafford was absent. The plan was first approached in the 2000 General Plan when it called for a Bicycle Master Plan. Management Analyst Eydie Tacata said times have changed and...
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  Stabbing suspect arrested
September 30, 2008
Rohnert Park Police are seeking witnesses and information about last week’s stabbing of a homeless woman behind Motel 6 in RP. The woman, 55, was not identified by police but was sleeping in an encampment in a creek behind the motel at the time of the stabbing. As of Tuesday, she...
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  Homewreckers take down Nor Cal Roller Girls
September 30, 2008
Jammer Biggy Smallz of the Nor Cal Roller Girls takes a hard fall in the Wine Country Homewreckers’ 183-43 win at Cal Skate Saturday night. Everyone won, though, because 10 percent of the proceeds from the night were donated to United Against Sexual Assault’s Teen Outreach Program.
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  St. Joseph church celebrates 100 years in Cotati this weekend
September 30, 2008
September is a special month for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cotati as they bring in their 100th birthday this weekend. St. Joseph’s was first established as a mission in 1908 at the corner of West Cotati and William streets. Members of the mission set out to raise funds to build...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
September 30, 2008
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 3-4, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday from 3 until 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...
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  Rebuilding Together seeking House Captains
September 30, 2008
Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati is gearing up for Fall Rebuild Day, scheduled for October 18, and is in need of a few House Captains. What is a House Captain? A House Captain is responsible for planning and managing a safe, quality project that will be a meaningful and enjoyable experience for...
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  'Sleep Warm' project tops 1,800 quilts
September 30, 2008
For over eight years, Vida Jones’ Sleep Warm project has provided over a thousand quilts - 1,800 to be exact - to homeless people in Sonoma County. Though the turnout wasn’t as high as previous years, Saturday’s workshop at the Ray Miller Community Center in Cotati proved effective. This winter, 27...
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  A different shade of 'Green'
September 30, 2008
“Going green” isn’t just for light bulbs and plastic bags. The eco-friendly trend has hit the fashion industry on a local and national level. Cotati clothing and knick-knack store, Knimble (formerly Cotati Clothing), supports the eco-fashion trend locally. “It’s not easy to integrate eco-friendly products, but we’re committed to it,” says...
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  Volunteers needed for Cotati Oktoberfest
September 30, 2008
The Chamber can’t do it without you. Volunteer two-hour shifts are needed for Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. All volunteers get a free beverage (beer, wine, root beer or bottled water) and a free bratwurst. Call Suzanne at 795-5508 to sign up to help.
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  Police beat
September 30, 2008
RP Police Logs 9/17 10:03 a.m.: Report of battery on Boris Ct. 11:48 a.m.: Report of fraud on Snyder Ln., felony obtaining of money/etc. by false pretense. 5:58 p.m.: Report of suspicious circumstances on Burton Ave., 49-year-old male arrested for kidnapping, misdemeanor battery on person and felony threatening of a crime with an intent...
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  Cougar defense dominant in 27-6 win
September 30, 2008
A little rain did not stop the Cougars as they stormed past the Jesse Bethel Jaguars, 27-6, on a wet and drizzly Friday night Sept. 19 at Cougar Stadium. The Cougars dominated on defense, holding the Jaguars to six points and scoring two touchdowns in the game. The defense established itself...
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  Coastal views
September 30, 2008
Changes in the weather pattern have brought in the typical late summer, early fall days on the coast. The more moderate exchange of coastal fog to inland heat rewards the saltwater folks with generally calm conditions. The Redwood Empire Divers (RED) reported that they were camped at Van Damme State Park...
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  Rancho Cotate scoreboard
September 30, 2008
Football Varsity 2-0 RC 27 v. Jesse Bethel 6 JV 1-1 RC 13 v. Jesse Bethel 30 Freshmen 1-1 RC 13 v. Vintage 24 Volleyball 8-8, 1-0 RC 1 v. Heritage 3 RC 3 v. Ukiah 1 JV 10-7, 1-0 RC 1 v. Heritage 2 RC 2 v. Ukiah 0 Freshmen 4-3, 1-0 RC 0 v. Heritage 2 RC 2 v. Ukiah 0 Girls’ Soccer Varsity 6-3-2, 2-2 RC 6 v. Elsie Allen 1 RC 1...
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  Nice header, but not enough
September 30, 2008
Cougar freshman Kayla Aggio heads the ball away from a Puma defender in Rancho’s 2-1 junior varsity loss at home to Maria Carrillo Monday.
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  RP Warriors can???t catch Stallions
September 30, 2008
The Rohnert Park Mitey Mites Warriors team came alive in the fourth quarter with a touchdown but could not overcome the Santa Rosa Stallions’ early lead in a 21-7 loss at Montgomery High School Sunday. Running backs Gentry Glascock-Padua and Nick Goldthorpe led the Warriors offense with carries up the middle...
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  Lady Cougars battle Pumas
September 30, 2008
Cougars’ sophomore Danelle Meuse battles it out with a Maria Carrillo defender in Monday’s 2-1 loss at Rancho Cotate.
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  JV Cougars stymied by Jaguars
September 30, 2008
Rancho junior James Dory attempts to break past Jesse Bethel’s defense in the third quarter of the junior varsity matchup Friday, Sept. 19. The Cougars lost this game at home, 30-13.
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