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  Gunshot leads to arrest on Lancaster Drive
October 17, 2008
A 55-year-old Rohnert Park man was arrested on Lancaster Drive Monday afternoon after a fight with his mother for control of a gun ended with the weapon being discharged in the front yard of the residence, said RP Public Safety. Authorities attempted to establish contact with George Dekle by phone and...
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  'Three of a Kind' comedy show is one of a kind performance
October 17, 2008
A packed crowd came to see comedians Dave Burleigh, Andrew Norelli and Chris Voth in their “Three Of A Kind Comedy Tour” at Spreckels Saturday. Burleigh started the show off with an array of different jokes ranging from dating to airplanes. Burleigh, a bay area native and stand-up comedian for 15...
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  Is converting to a Roth IRA for you?
October 17, 2008
For many individuals, a Roth IRA is preferable to a traditional IRA, especially as retirement nears. But you may have built up a nest egg in a traditional IRA, or several IRAs, over the years. Should you convert your traditional IRA to a Roth? It’s a simple question, but the...
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  Will the election affect your investments?
October 17, 2008
Now that both political parties have held their respective conventions, the campaign season shifts into high gear. As a citizen, you’ll want to hear how the candidates plan to address issues of importance to you. But as an investor, you might be particularly interested in how the election results can...
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  My personal story of using yoga to transform my life
October 17, 2008
Today in class, Erika, who is returning after a several month absence, comments that I look like I have lost “a ton” of weight. Before replying, I take a moment to feel the compliment and then I chuckle because I feel as if I have lost 2,000 pounds. I don’t have...
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  Double duty tools: Toothbrush and floss
October 17, 2008
Toothbrushes make excellent cleaning tools. And you don’t even have to buy them for that purpose; just use your old one when it’s too worn out for its intended use. It is best to replace your toothbrush every three months or whenever you have been sick, anyway. So, here are some...
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  Inner power
October 17, 2008
The five secrets to fitness begin with finding your inner power. Emotions drive action. The two most powerful motivators that drive humans to take action are pain and pleasure. You must tap into the power of these two emotions to drive you to take action. If you don’t, nothing happens. How...
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  She's 81 years young
October 17, 2008
It is no longer a secret that regular exercise reverses the aging process in the muscles of older adults, especially that which includes some form of resistance training. What better way to support this finding than to hear from someone who has experienced it. In the Spotlight this week is Marion...
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  Stress like there's no tomorrow
October 17, 2008
When we experience emotional tension or pressure to respond to a situation, we feel stress and our body secretes adrenalin which dilates our blood vessels and air passages, gets more oxygen into our lungs and sends more blood to our muscles to increase physical performance with short bursts of energy. This...
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  Spay and neuter vouchers a little too successful
October 17, 2008
I never thought the free spay and neuter voucher program would be so wildly successful, or that the need was great in our little community. It just shows that if you offer something for free people will take advantage of it. And some people do just that - take advantage of...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
October 17, 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
October 17, 2008
This week's artist: Maiya Anderson, age 8
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  More affordable housing
October 17, 2008
I totally agree that Rohnert Park could use more affordable housing. I have been on the waiting list for almost a year. I’m a single mom and my income is about $900 a month. I just can’t live. Lisa Palmer Cotati
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  Disappointed in parade
October 17, 2008
I just read the article in the paper regarding Rancho’s Homecoming and Parade this Saturday night. I am a graduate of Rancho Cotate, 1983, and Homecoming has always been a big deal at the school as it is at most high schools I would suspect. I have to say I’m...
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  Separation of Church and State
October 17, 2008
I have had enough of the current nuisance coming from right-wing voters claiming Obama is somehow related to being a Muslim. I am also fed up with the “encouragement” they are getting for the “hate-mongering” they are espousing from the media. Our National media has shown how corrupt they are. Just...
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  It wasn???t Obama
October 17, 2008
The statement in your newspaper in a letter from a resident that “a certain young senator was sworn in using the Qur’an/Koran” insinuates that this certain young senator is Barack Obama. It was not. In fact, it was Keith Ellison, (D-MN), who is the first Muslim U.S. senator. It is his...
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  Truly grassroots campaign
October 17, 2008
As a volunteer in Dawna Gallagher’s campaign for Rohnert Park City Council, I’ve become aware of the extensive costs involved in a campaign. Large signs require a considerable amount of money. It would be interesting to know whose money is behind the huge signs some of the candidates have scattered...
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  Broken trust
October 17, 2008
I’ve noticed at least two articles in the Community Voice highlighting the Public Safety officers’ union endorsement of specific candidates for Rohnert Park City Council. They were written as though this was an accepted, acceptable practice. Maybe in Rohnert Park, but when my husband was a police officer in LA it...
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  Shirlee is our champion
October 17, 2008
While Sharon Wright was busy lobbying for her business/developer friends, Shirlee Zane was busy lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of the thousands of residents that live in mobile home parks. She worked diligently with Assemblywoman Noreen Evans to pass the bill that would put a major obstacle in the pathway...
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  The scrapbook life
October 17, 2008
It’s a surprise that Linda Beltz doesn’t have a scrapbook about gnomes. Anyone who knows her probably just got a good chuckle, but those who don’t are probably scratching their heads. Allow me to explain. The longtime Rancho Cotate language teacher and current videographer for the City of Rohnert Park makes...
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  The heart behind that waving sign
October 17, 2008
Mother always said “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to Roc Hutchison. He’s 52, has lived in Rohnert Park for three years and was born with cerebral palsy. Like many people in these challenging economic times, Hutchison went quite some time...
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  RP man arrested for gang graffiti
October 17, 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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  Teachers' union endorses incumbent Karyn Pulley in school board race
October 17, 2008
During its Representative Council meeting in September, the Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association (RPCEA), a 450-member teacher group representing schools in RP and Cotati decided to endorse candidate Karyn Pulley as board member for Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District. With two open spots for the trustee position, this year’s election...
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  Santa doesn't need stockings, he's busy filling shoeboxes
October 17, 2008
What would it feel like to be Santa? To bring such incredible joy to countless little children? Gail Knecht and Angie Watkins, employees at Expressway Self Storage along with many volunteers for the Shoebox Bazaar don’t have to wonder. They live it each year. Saturday marked the third annual Shoebox Bazaar in...
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  Cougar Repertory Company performing Miller's 'Crucible' at Spreckels Oct. 23-26
October 17, 2008
“Come on kids, make it tragic!” yells director Brian Abbot to a group of high schoolers in the lunchroom. The Cougar Repertory Company is making a splash with it’s first production of the year. The Rancho Cotate drama production group is waving goodbye to the multi-use room and stepping into Spreckels’...
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  Man arrested for false letter claiming child was 'stolen'
October 17, 2008
A letter handed out at and posted outside Wal Mart in Rohnert Park making claims of an illegal adoption of their daughter may have had some residents rattled, but it didn’t shake up anyone more than the 7-year-old girl in question or her adopted mother, Pamela Vasserhelt. The letter lists Larry...
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  History of the tea garden explained
October 17, 2008
Eric Hagiwara-Nagata, owner of Garden Delights Nursery in Penngrove and great-grandson of Baron Makoto Hagiwara who brought the first Japanese Tea Garden to the United States via Golden Gate Park in 1894, gives a lecture about the history of the tea garden at his nursery October 8.
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  'Demonstration garden' shows Cotatians how to conserve water
October 17, 2008
What in the world is a demonstration garden and why is Cotati putting one downtown? It all started for Cotati when the City and the Sonoma County Water Agency entered into a Cooperative Agreement for Funding and Administration. The agreement included conservation programs as a top priority, specifically naming the water...
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  Frozen yogurt shop a tasty addition to 'Downtown' RP
October 17, 2008
RP residents Jeff and Sandie Schach came up with the idea of running a self-serve soft-serve frozen yogurt store after becoming frustrated with how expensive it was to buy ice cream for their children. “I like the concept a lot,” said Jeff, a full-time firefighter in Petaluma. “We’ve been in to...
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  Rebuilding Together RP-Cotati update
October 17, 2008
Cold mornings, warm afternoons, shorter daylight hours and cold nights are sure tale signs that winter is fast approaching. With winter also comes failing furnaces, leaking roofs, electricity and plumbing problems that require immediate attention. Last winter Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati responded to more than a dozen emergency calls for roof...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
October 17, 2008
Basic Internet training will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. No advance signup necessary. The winners of the August Guessing Jar Contest in the children’s room were: Jackie Babatunde, grand prize winner; Sammy Ramirez, runner-up. Congratulations winners and thanks to everyone who participated. Wiggle Time for ages 1 and 2...
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  Rancho grad Nordin rising in ranks
October 17, 2008
Army 2nd Lt. Adam Nordin, graduate United States Military Academy West Point class of 2007 and Rancho Cotate High class of 2003 is stationed southwest of Baghdad in the village of Owesat near the city of Yusafiyah, Iraq. Since graduation, Adam completed several officer leadership schools, Airborne School and Ranger...
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  School district not informed of 'Walk and Roll to School Day'
October 17, 2008
On October 8 in Sonoma County 33 schools participated in the International Walk and Roll to School Day, but not one was from the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. “None of us knew anything about it,” said Superintendent Barbara Vrankovich. “So I don’t know that I’d call it any kind...
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  Cotati Historical Society finds a home
October 17, 2008
The true meaning behind that old adage “time marches on” becomes all too clear for many once adulthood is reached. Before you know it, that old pasture in town is now a subdivision and where’d Mom’s Boarding House go? While time marches on, it’s the little things barely noticed that...
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  Hahn students walk for $30,000
October 17, 2008
Students at Hahn Elementary kickoff their 2008 walk-a-thon with an excited pace Friday, Oct. 3. With the final tally yet to be officially recorded, the annual fund raiser has so far brought in almost $30,000 for the school.
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  RP Police logs
October 17, 2008
10/8 8:23 a.m.: Report of felony commercial burglary on Redwood Dr. 11:33 a.m.: Report of burglary just occurred resulting in a person wanted for threatening of a crime with an intent to terrorize, vandalism for less than $400, felony false imprisonment and petty theft from building on Holly Ave. 12:34 p.m.: Report of...
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  Cotati police logs
October 17, 2008
10/9 12:59 a.m.: Traffic stop on Henry St./Old Redwood Hwy., 34-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol 0.08 percent. 10/10 1:04 a.m.: Report of drunk in public on Old Redwood Hwy., 23-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug, toluene. 9:54 a.m.:...
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  Creekside girls basketball stays undefeated with pair of wins
October 17, 2008
The 8th grade girls’ basketball team from Creekside won both of their games last week to stay undefeated for the year. With a 42-29 victory over Windsor on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and a 41-33 win two days later against Petaluma, the Lady Falcons are eyeing the league title for this...
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  Touchdown run
October 17, 2008
Cougar junior Jeremy Misbach scores a touchdown against the Pumas in Rancho’s junior varsity 28-22 win Friday, Oct. 10 at Maria Carrillo. The JV Cougars improved to 4-1, 2-0 on the season.
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  You've just gotta go tuna fishing
October 17, 2008
The big tuna are coming in close to shore. In Eureka the report is 16 miles out for schools of tuna. If you have not fished for tuna, you’ve gotta go. Sometimes they will hit anything in the water, sometimes you can catch so many that it is hard to...
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  RP Warriors clicking on all cylinders
October 17, 2008
It wasn’t the start head coach Ben Frey or his staff envisioned to begin the season, but after losing their first four games the Jr. Midget Warriors have started to hit on all cylinders. Led by another outstanding performance from running back Patrick Jones the Warriors rushing attack tallied over...
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  Rancho girls' golf falls at home to Ursuline
October 17, 2008
The Rancho Girl’s Golf team lost to Ursuline 334-262 Tuesday at Foxtail Golf Club in RP. The loss brought the lady Cougars’ record to 2-11 on the season. The lady Cougars played well despite competing on a different part of the Foxtail Golf Course. The team usually plays on the south...
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