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  Cotati says 'Namaste' to new restaurant
October 24, 2008
Cotati Mayor Pat Gilardi cuts the ribbon Monday for new Indian restaurant Masala Jack’s with owner Rupinder Garcha and his family, right, and members of the Cotati Chamber of Commerce.
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  Checklist for surviving a financial crisis
October 24, 2008
Over the past few weeks, the news has been almost incomprehensible. It’s hard for many of us to make sense of the failure of major Wall Street firms and large banks and the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector. And it’s hard for investors to be calm when stocks...
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  Little time remains to claim extra depreciation
October 24, 2008
A valuable business tax break is scheduled to expire at the end of December. That’s the special bonus depreciation allowed on the purchase of new business equipment. It was included in the stimulus legislation passed earlier this year. Now, you shouldn’t run out and buy new equipment just to earn a...
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  Only buy what you need
October 24, 2008
These are indeed trying times. Now, more than ever, a good, well balanced financial plan is important. Since the market will always go up and down, a good financial plan will have taken this into consideration. One of the more paramount features of a good plan that unfortunately is sometimes overlooked...
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  Discipline for the mind and body
October 24, 2008
This week’s Spotlight is on a small aikido school, “Aikido of Cotati” which holds classes at the Cotati Recreation Center two times a week. The school is operated by husband and wife Pete and Ginny Breeland. Pete has studied aikido for 34 years, Ginny for 30 years and each hold...
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  Fall trash pick-up to become annual event
October 24, 2008
Cotati Creek Critters hosted a successful cleanup last weekend, spanning the Laguna de Santa Rosa waterway from Liman Way to Commerce Blvd. Over 70 volunteers participated in collecting trash. The creek cleanup was in collaboration with the City of Cotati, Sonoma County Water Agency, Redwood Empire Disposal, Concerned Citizens of Rohnert...
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  Tuna lovers unite!
October 24, 2008
Rarely am I allowed to maintain the frivolity of Grizzle on the Griddle for two consecutive weeks, but the response to last week’s article warranted comment. Last week’s article was a heart-wrenching tale of a man and search for the Holy Grail of tuna recipe books. Truly newsworthy stuff, I assure...
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  Halloween can be scary for pets
October 24, 2008
Which is scarier, a witch or a monster? A ghost or a bandit? A space alien or a punk rocker? If you don’t know and you live with a dog, you will find out next week as little creatures come trick or treating at your door. To keep things safe and...
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  This week's artist
October 24, 2008
Dorian
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  Be cautious of the ???BBC???
October 24, 2008
The trio of Belforte, Borba, and Callinan seems bent on a push against the current Rohnert Park City Council majority. I strongly urge voters to be cautious. The “BBC” agenda is to return us to the “good ol’ days” when Rohnert Park was run by the “good ol’ boys” like...
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  Can???t wait to vote
October 24, 2008
Rohnert Park residents should be glad to know that in Shirlee Zane, they have a candidate for 3rd District County Supervisor who really listens. She isn’t afraid of tough issues like the casino and its impacts on traffic, crime and the environment. Shirlee has shown over and over that she...
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  Political card trick
October 24, 2008
In 2003, against the emphatic wishes of the rest of the City Council, Jake Mackenzie invited the Graton Rancheria Tribe to bring their casino to Rohnert Park. So far, he has successfully played a political card trick and hidden this from the voters. He, Tim Smith and Vicki Vidak-Martinez continue to...
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  Strife, gloom and bankruptcy
October 24, 2008
Dawna Gallagher, candidate for Rohnert Park City Council, wants to tear down our community. That’s what her record shows. Her antics when she was on the City Council in the 1990’s brought shame and ridicule to our City. She promotes outside malcontents who have filed a lawsuit against Rohnert Park...
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  Effective independent leaders
October 24, 2008
This is a difficult time for Rohnert Park, our county and our country. Our challenges are enormous. Water, transportation, economic development and responsible city management with shrinking state and local funding sources are just a few of the concerns our city leaders must face. These issues are extremely complex, take...
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  Exactly what the city needs
October 24, 2008
I wanted to get the word out about one of the wonderful candidates we currently have running for City Council - Gina Belforte. I have had the pleasure of working with Gina Belforte on a variety of different community boards for many years and have also partnered with her on...
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  Looking out for residents
October 24, 2008
I’m voting yes on Measure L. The Rohnert Park City Council raised our sewer rates without our permission in order to finance the “Sewer to Nowhere.” In today’s economic market, the developer-driven constant-expansion model isn’t going to work and it’s exactly what’s ruined the finances of many other small cities in California. These...
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  Sister, sister
October 24, 2008
From the surface one would think that Rohnert Park soccer stars Megan and Lindsay Catton have many similarities. In soccer, the sisters both play the defender position and played together at Rancho Cotate High School and Sonoma State University. However, beneath the surface it is easy to see the distinctions...
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  RP in mourning for Jimmie Rogers
October 24, 2008
One of Jimmie Rogers' favorite instructions was “just tell them to get the hell out of the way.” Too bad he couldn’t tell the doctors the same thing when insidious signs of cancer made their appearance more than a year ago. Funeral services open to the public will be held Saturday,...
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  Cotati's financial future looks grim
October 24, 2008
For the fourth consecutive year, Cotati will be operating in the red. If budget projections come true, the city will continue losing money through 2011 and be forced to either increase revenue or cut programs, the latter of which is a more probable scenario. When this thought is added to...
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  Spike in bike vs. car accidents in RP
October 24, 2008
Rohnert Park has seen a spike in the past two weeks in bicycle and pedestrian accidents involving cars. In fact, according to RP Public Safety traffic officer Gerald Vincent there were five accidents in eight days, four of which involved middle school-aged kids on bikes which turned out to be...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
October 24, 2008
Basic Internet training will be held Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. No advance sign-up necessary. Author Rose Murphy will speak about her book “Ella Young: Irish Mystic and Rebel” Sat., November 8 at 2 p.m. Rose Murphy lives in Sonoma and has taught Irish literature at Sonoma State University and...
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  Gunshot leads to arrest on Lancaster Drive
October 24, 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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  Boys and Girls Club bids farewell to Hubley
October 24, 2008
Dan Hubley, former Executive Director of the RP Boys and Girls Club puts the final touches on a Sugarberry tree planted in his honor at the RP Boys and Girls Club on Santa Barbara Drive Friday, Oct. 17. After three years with the club, bringing enrollment from under 25 to...
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  Fearsome foursome, plus one
October 24, 2008
Left to right, Tom Miller, Richard Rackerby and Ken McCoy hold Foxtail General Manager Jon Lafever with Sandra Geary striking a pose in front. Lafever was on hand on a par three to offer “pro-shot mulligans” at the RP Chamber of Commerce “Hacktoberfest” golf tournament at Foxtail Friday, Oct. 17....
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  Rebuilding Together RP-Cotati news
October 24, 2008
It’s that time of the year when Rebuilding Together starts preparing for April Rebuild Day 2009. National Rebuilding Day is the signature annual event. This event occurs the last weekend in April (April 25, 2009), mobilizing hundreds of volunteers in our community to join with local affiliate leaders to repair...
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  Scare yourself silly close to home this Halloween
October 24, 2008
Too old to trick or treat? What else is there to do in Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove on October 31? If you’re a football fan you may not want to miss the scary football game at Rancho Cotate Cougar Stadium. The Cougars will be playing rival Cardinal Newman at 7:30...
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  RP Police Logs
October 24, 2008
10/16 10:14 a.m.: Follow up/investigate on Southwest Blvd., individual charged with misdemeanor battery on a school employee. 5:58 p.m.: Report of burglary on Flores Ave. 10/17 12:07 a.m.: Party disturbance on Eleanor Ave. 1:39 a.m.: Out with subject on Commerce Blvd., 59-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 8:09 a.m.: Report of...
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  Cotati Police Logs
October 24, 2008
10/14 2:41 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on Charles St./East Cotati Ave., 23-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. 10/15 1:45 a.m.: Report of a stolen vehicle on Marsh Way. 10/16 3:52 p.m.: Report...
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  Hope rain comes soon
October 24, 2008
The latest reports from the coastal fishing industry are dismal at best. Last week I read the latest information from the bait shops and commercial boats, they reported “great fishing.” Somehow the reality of extremely low, landed-fish counts became a tangled line with the need to attract customers. Reliable sources are...
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  Final minute theatrics for Wine Country Homewreckers
October 24, 2008
With 1:30 left and the Wine Country Homewreckers’ jammer in the penalty box, it looked like the Port City Roller Girls were going to take the lead in Saturday night’s roller derby bout at Cal Skate. But the Homewreckers managed to block Port City jammer 2quik long enough for The...
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  Sun sets too early on JV Cougars
October 24, 2008
Rancho quarterback Matt Hunn, sophomore, attempts to make a pass to sophomore Dustin Bishop near the end zone with only seconds left. But Elsie Allen held on for a 12-7 win October 17 at Cougar Stadium.  
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  Rancho Cotate High School scoreboard
October 24, 2008
Football Varsity 6-0, 3-0 RC 58 v. Elsie Allen 0 JV 4-2, 2-1 RC 7 v. Elsie Allen 12 Freshmen 5-1 RC 14 v. Windsor 13 Volleyball Varsity 15-9, 9-1 RC 3 v. Ukiah 2 RC 3 v. Montgomery 0 JV 16-8, 9-1 RC 2 v. Ukiah 1 RC 2 v. Montgomery 0 Freshmen 6-10 1-4 at the Sacred Heart Frosh Tourney RC 1 v. Ukiah 2 Girls’ Soccer Varsity 9-7-2, 5-6 RC 1 v. Santa...
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