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  RP man arrested for gang graffiti
October 14, 2008
The discovery of fresh graffiti by two RP Public Safety officers led to the arrest of an active gang member. Ernesto Monter-Gonzalez, 18, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 9 at his Southwest Blvd. home and a search of his home the next day turned up gang-related clothing, writing and paraphernalia. Two Public Safety...
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  Anniversary announcement
October 14, 2008
Tim Azevedo and Phyllis Stephens were married October 27, 2007. It was an intimate cliffside ceremony at Portugese Beach on the Sonoma Coast.
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  Birth announcement
October 14, 2008
Tim and Phyllis Azevedo would like to announce the birth of their baby girl, Deena Mae Azevedo, born May 5. She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21.25 inches long.
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  Masterful portrayal of American struggle in 'Death of a Salesman'
October 14, 2008
A man’s lonely shuffle across the stage set the scene in an instant. His footsteps echoed hauntingly throughout the theater as Golden Globe nominee Daniel Benzali brought Willy Loman to life - and death - in the opening performance of “Death of a Salesman” by Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse...
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  High-earners can suffer from excess debt too
October 14, 2008
Millions of American households are behind the eight ball when it comes to excess debt. It might surprise some people to learn that even those with high earnings are not exempt. The ability to pay one’s debts is not always a matter of earning enough money. Many of those in debt...
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  What the rescue plan means to individual investors
October 14, 2008
If you’ve watched the news from Wall Street and Washington the past few days, you’ve seen a hefty amount of drama. But in the end, what will it mean to you? Lawmakers have agreed on a $700 billion plan, called the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, to revive the credit...
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  Ten tricks to avoid Halloween treats
October 14, 2008
The candy is coming. It is already in stores near you, and soon it will be making its way into homes, offices and candy bowls everywhere. Those Halloween candy bars might seem innocent - after all they are so little. But if you eat a couple during your morning break,...
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  The energetic movement of wood
October 14, 2008

“The East direction creates wind. Wind creates wood. Wood creates the sour flavor. The sour flavor creates the liver.” -The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic The energetic movement of a growing tree is up and outward. Metaphorically, we call such movement wood. In the external world this type of movement manifests in...
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  Glute extension
October 14, 2008
This week’s exercise is great for isolating the glutes as well as the hamstrings. We suggest trying this exercise toward the end of a leg workout to help create a burnout for the glutes. Note: It is important to consult with your doctor before following this and or any other...
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  Heritage gobblers making a comeback just in time for Thanksgiving
October 14, 2008
Bourbon red, blue slate, narragansett and Spanish black are exotic sounding names compared to the “white breasted” turkey. These are heritage turkeys you’ll find listed on the “threatened” and “watch” lists of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. But here in Sonoma County, these old varieties are alive and, well, happily...
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  No drugs down the drain
October 14, 2008
Are unused and expired medications filling up your medicine cabinet? Don’t flush them down the drain or throw them in the trash. Help protect your family and the environment by taking your unwanted medication to a take-back location. This fall, in conjunction with the “No Drugs Down the Drain” statewide campaign,...
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  This week's artisit
October 14, 2008
Branden Slate, age 7
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
October 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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  Foreclosures hurt animals, too
October 14, 2008
Considering what’s going on right now on Wall Street and in our banks it’s no surprise that the waves are rippling down to affect even our companion animals. As more people lose their homes and jobs, everyone is tightening their financial belts yet another notch and that often means that...
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  Thanks to Saenger Chor
October 14, 2008
As a Cotati resident and a member of the Redwood Empire Saenger Chor I enjoyed your article and pictures of the Oktoberfest in downtown Cotati. We had “Viel Spass” indeed.  However, it would have been nice if your writer also had mentioned our choir that entertained the crowd for the...
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  Dixon's not bankrupt
October 14, 2008
I am a Dixon resident and I must comment on the misinformation reported in the “Rebuttal to argument in favor of Measure L.” The city of Dixon is not bankrupt. The city of Dixon is not “spending all of its reserves” and is not “facing long term debt because of...
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  Supporting incumbents
October 14, 2008
The economy is tough for Rohnert Park families. My family and friends and I are voting to re-elect Vicki Vidak Martinez, Jake Mackenzie and Tim Smith to the Rohnert Park City Council. Of the seven candidates they are the only three with the experience, temperament and character needed to guide...
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  The Wright choice
October 14, 2008
I have known Sharon Wright for nearly 30 years and have found her to be extremely dedicated to her community as well as a very savvy business person. I think we find ourselves, all too often, electing our government officials who are expected to run the business of government and totally...
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  Mickey Mouse for President
October 14, 2008
It was reported on CNN during the week if September 22 that when a certain young candidate took his oath of office for the U.S. Senate, he took that oath on the Koran, not the Holy Bible. I really don’t think Sonoma County would relish living under Shariah law. Therefore,...
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  Dawna again?
October 14, 2008
Lately, you have published several letters from people who say that Dawna Gallagher is “down to earth” and “clear about the issues.” Are these people talking about the same Dawna Gallagher who was on the City Council in the early 1990s? If so, before casting their vote for this woman, they...
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  Natural grocery
October 14, 2008
I would love to see a natural foods grocery store across from Walgreens as I shop there frequently and get my prescriptions there. It would be handy to just go across the street to pick up some groceries, etc. Patricia Harte Rohnert Park
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  Maintain neutrality
October 14, 2008
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 32 years, I would like to clear up some misunderstandings Mr. Galipeau has about us (Letters, 10/3). He said we are supporting Prop. 8. In a nutshell, we do not participate in the world’s governments no matter where we live on earth. We maintain...
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  The proof is in the pool
October 14, 2008
University of Southern California swimming head coach and Olympic swimming instructor Dave Salo left Rohnert Park 30 years ago to set out on his path to becoming one of the best swimming coaches in the country. Since leaving RP Salo has gone on to do big things for collegiate and Olympic...
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  RP celebrates new City Hall with opening ceremony Saturday
October 14, 2008
Rohnert Park will celebrate the opening of a model of sustainability Saturday with a ribbon cutting of the new city hall building. It’s not just a grip n’ snip, but a community celebration from 1-5 p.m. with musical performances and a mini-fair. “I get the feeling that people want to get...
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  Cider the old-fashioned way
October 14, 2008
Gravenstein, I presume? Local apples are coming into season as Koleah Bayen, left and Leah Newton make apple cider the old-fashioned way at a cider-making demonstration at Frogsong Cohousing Saturday.  
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  Mountain lion spotted at SSU
October 14, 2008
A mountain lion sighting has surprised the campus at Sonoma State University. “We had not heard of anything like this before,” said SSU Media Relations Coordinator Jean Wasp. “Normally, we just see deer.” The cat was spotted Tuesday morning by a contractor working on the new Tuscany Village student housing on the...
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  No more boys' gymnastics in RP
October 14, 2008
After running a boys’ team for 14 years, RP Gymnastics owner Mike Steffen has decided to discontinue the competitive boys’ gymnastics team in Rohnert Park. “At this point, I’ve decided to focus our energies in other areas,” he said. According to Steve Donaldson, a parent of a former team member, the team...
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  Big bikes in little Penngrove
October 14, 2008
Choppers lined the streets of Penngrove Saturday for the eighth annual Penngrove Motorcycle Company Poker Run. Preliminary estimates say about $5,000-$6,000 was raised for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation of the North Bay. That’s a bit down from last year’s total, $6,300, says Penngrove Motorcycle Co. owner Dale Christensen. About 350...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
October 14, 2008
It is time again for the Big Read Sonoma County. Join readers across Sonoma County in reading this year’s selection, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. Copies are available at all branches of the Sonoma County Library. All libraries will be hosting a discussion and some will also feature...
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  Rancho Homecoming parade treks down Synder Lane Saturday
October 14, 2008
Rancho Cotate High School’s homecoming parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. This is the second annual parade. Last year’s homecoming parade was a hit as school clubs, sports teams, themed floats and the marching band lined the streets from the RP Community Center to Richard Crane Alternative Education Campus. This...
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  Casino opens in RP
October 14, 2008
RP Vice-Mayor Pam Stafford deals at the blackjack table at the Rancho Cotate Cougar Boosters’ casino night, held at the RP Community Center Saturday night.
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  Purchase of office buildings by city displaces local businesses
October 14, 2008
When the city of Rohnert Park planned to buy two buildings on Avram Avenue and replace them with a new city hall and affordable housing, many businesses and people in those buildings were forced out. Chiropractor Sally Harper, who has run her chiropractic business at 100 Avram Ave. for over...
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  Rebuilding Together helps in times of economic crisis
October 14, 2008
The current economic crisis continues to capture our full attention as we strive to take one day at a time with the hope that tomorrow will be better than the day before. Imagine for a moment, yourself as an elderly man or woman living alone, no family in the area or...
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  RP Police Logs
October 14, 2008
10/1 11:05 a.m.: Report of grand theft in Raley’s Towne Center. 11:45 a.m.: Report of fraud on Rohnert Park Expressway involving felony fraud, felony non-sufficient funds to back checks with priors and petty theft. 11:24 p.m.: Out with subject on Redwood Dr., 33-year-old male arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. 10/2 2:43 a.m.:...
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  Cotati Police Logs
October 14, 2008
9/30 6:21 p.m.: Report of burglary on East Cotati Ave. 10/1 2:02 p.m.: Report of petty theft from a motor vehicle on West Sierra Ave. 10:39 p.m.: Drunk in public on West Sierra Ave., 47-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drugs or toluene and misdemeanor violation of probation. 10/2 11:11 p.m.: Party...
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  Offense comes alive in 33-0 romp over Montgomery
October 14, 2008
The Rancho Cotate Cougars’ offense was in full form Friday, Oct. 3 as they romped over the Montgomery Vikings, 33-0. The Cougars’ offense got down to business in the second quarter with a strong drive by quarterback Cody Allen and running back Brian Dworkin. Allen started the drive with a 12-yard...
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  Creekside girls sweep rival Mountain Shadows
October 14, 2008
Creekside middle school 7th and 8th grade girls basketball won both games against their rival Mountain Shadows October 2. The 7th grade Lady Falcons scored a major upset, capturing their first league win of the season, 18-13, after getting defeated soundly by Petaluma and Kenilworth in their first two league...
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  Get ready for the Big Squirrel Round-up
October 14, 2008
We were at the south end near Jess Valley out of Likely, just south of Alturas, a remote part of Northeast California I love. I had not been to the pristine Blue Lake in maybe 10 years, when we camped there when my children were young. Things were going great until...
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  First win of the season for RP peewee football
October 14, 2008
Led by a five-touchdown performance from running back Patrick Jones, the RP Warriors decisively won their first game as a new organization Sunday at Piner High School. The Junior Midget Warriors beat the Dixon Rams, 41-14, for their first victory of the season. Jones scored on the second play from scrimmage...
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  First league win
October 14, 2008
Rancho senior Chris Florinano gets a step on his defender and scores a goal in the Cougars’ 4-2 varsity win at Piner October 2. The Cougars improve to 2-6, 1-5 in league play.
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  RCHS scoreboard
October 14, 2008
Football Varsity 4-0, 1-0 RC 33 v. Montgomery 0 JV 3-1, 1-0 RC 13 v. Montgomery 6 Freshmen 3-1 RC 28 v. Ukiah 6 Volleyball Varsity 11-9, 4-1 RC 1 v. Maria Carrillo 3 RC 3 v. Elsie Allen 1 JV 12-8, 4-1 RC 0 v. Maria Carrillo 2 RC 2 v. Elsie Allen 0 Freshmen 5-5 RC 2 v. El Molino 0 RC 1 v. Casa Grande 2 Girls’...
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  Big win for JV Cougars
October 14, 2008
At Piner October 2, Rancho sophomore Arnufo Ramirez keeps the ball away from a Prospector in the junior varsity 7-0 win. The team improved to 3-2-1 in league play, 5-2-1 overall.
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