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  To rake or not to rake?
November 5, 2008
Look down and see last spring’s sprouting miracles crunchy and curly under your feet. Depending upon your trees, possibly millions of former miracles are under foot. To rake or not to rake, that is the question - one of them, anyway. That’s all very nice but just look at this mess...
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  Jimmie Wayne Rogers
November 5, 2008
May 26, 1932 - October 15, 2008 Jimmie Wayne Rogers passed away peacefully at home Oct. 15, 2008 at the age of 76 after a five year battle with cancer. Jimmie was Rohnert Park’s best friend, his passion was Rohnert Park. He helped build most of the city and his clients donated...
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  Harman-Bruno wedding
November 5, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. David Harman from Milpitas, California are proud to announce the wedding of their daughter Miss Tamara Harman of Milpitas to Mr. Daniel Bruno of Rohnert Park, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bruno of Rohnert Park. Tamara is a graduate at Sonoma State University and Daniel is a...
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  Obituary
November 5, 2008
One of Cotati’s oldest native citizens, Lillian Jasperson, died October 17 at the age of 94. She is sadly missed by her many friends. She was the daughter of Robert C. Ross, who came to Cotati in 1906 after losing his bookstore business in the San Francisco earthquake and fire. He...
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  Pacific Alliance Stage Company presents 'Same Time Next Year'
November 5, 2008
After a four year stint on Broadway,  “Same Time Next Year” remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays.  The plot follows a love affair between two individuals, Doris and George, who are each married to other people.  Manners and morals are comically examined in this comedy that bends...
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  New spa in Cotati
November 5, 2008
Cotati Chamber of Commerce President Gerard Giudice cuts the ribbon for Radiant Skin Spa with co-owners Jaime Berry and Amber Buttke, lef of Giudice, October 23 in downtown Cotati.
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  Organizing your vital records
November 5, 2008
Nobody wants to address their own mortality, but knowing that your life is organized in the event of incapacitation or death can be very comforting. You certainly want to spare your family members the sad task of rummaging through all of your drawers and files in order to locate important...
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  What should you do with an inheritance?
November 5, 2008
Will you ever receive a sizable inheritance? You can’t plan on it. But if you do get one, you can plan on using it to help achieve some of your key financial goals. Once you get word of an inheritance, what steps should you take? Above all, don’t rush to act....
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  When energy reaches its peak
November 5, 2008
“The South direction creates heat, heat creates fire, fire creates bitter flavor, bitter flavor creates the heart.” - The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic Energy that moves upward and inward is metaphorically referred to as “Fire.” We can see this most easily in a match flame or a fire in our home fireplace....
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  Don't forget to get your flu shot
November 5, 2008
Fall is upon us and the daylight hours are becoming shorter. Even with beautiful warm days, there is a definite chill in the morning. It is time to get a flu shot. The flu season is from November to April, with most cases occurring between late December and early March. Getting...
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  Colorful chrysanthemums bloom in fall
November 5, 2008
Now is a premier season in the garden. It is the time for chrysanthemums! There are almost endless forms and sizes of flowers in a wide color range. Flowers from under an inch to almost a foot across are all possible within the range of this wonderful easy care perennial. Garden grown...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
November 5, 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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  Pitbulls a favorite family pet
November 5, 2008
October 25 was Pitbull Awareness Day - who knew? I can’t keep up with all the designated days, can you? So even though this topic is a few days late, it couldn’t be more relevant. Most shelters these days are filled with pitbulls. Would you adopt one? Why not? First let’s...
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  This week's artist
November 5, 2008
Julie
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  Rams win the division
November 5, 2008
Mountain Shadows Middle School has a stellar 7th grade girls’ basketball team. The Lady Rams have a record of seven wins and one loss in league play. What makes the team so great is not their ability to win, but their teamwork, hard work and positive attitude. This has catapulted the...
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  He listens
November 5, 2008
We need Robert Coleman on the Cotati City Council because he understands that a strong resilient community requires a responsive, open city government; thoughtful stewardship of city resources; citizen/city partnerships; equitable priorities that include everyone, even low-income residents and elders; forward-thinking strategies to support local businesses; and attention to not...
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  Lost a friend
November 5, 2008
The Rohnert Park Senior Center staff and our seniors want to convey our deepest sympathy to one of our original fund raiser committee members, Joyce Rogers. We want her to know how much we appreciate everything her husband Jimmie Rogers did for our Center. Some of the donations he made to...
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  Breath of fresh air
November 5, 2008
Gina Belfonte visited my home and she would be a breath of fresh air on the Rohnert Park City Council. She thinks of our welfare and the good of our community for a change. She owns and operates her own successful business, something that the incumbents cannot say. She will...
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  We've seen the minutes
November 5, 2008
As a response to the “Dawna Again?” letter, we would like to make it known that we three Sonoma State students did take time to go down to City Hall and look at the minutes from 1992-1996 when Dawna Gallagher was on City Council. We saw that Dawna brought the...
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  Paying for sewer twice
November 5, 2008
The city of Rohnert Park is fighting against measure L, which would roll back sewer rates to January 1, 2006.  Since that date the city has entered into a number of agreements to install new sewers and a new line to the regional plant with capacity for both existing and...
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  Your voice in county government
November 5, 2008
I am supporting Shirlee Zane for Third District Supervisor. Shirlee has a proven track record of caring for the community. As CEO of the Council on Aging, a $4 million nonprofit agency, she helps provide 1,000 meals every day to seniors in our community. Shirlee also cares about the environment. That’s...
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  The only rational action
November 5, 2008
We’ve been told that some people don’t support Ed Gilardi for Cotati-Rohnert Park School Board because he voted to close some schools last year. We believe that Ed used common sense in joining the other board members in making the hard decisions needed to preserve dwindling funds in the school...
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  Demonstrated skill
November 5, 2008
When I decide who to support as a candidate for Board of Supervisors, issues of leadership, character, integrity, ability to work with diverse groups and demonstrated abilities shape my choice. Sharon Wright has the abilities and experiences to positively lead Sonoma County in these very trying times. We are all witnesses...
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  Support our local government
November 5, 2008
The current economic times are very difficult on all of us. However, it is important that we support our local city government. If Measure L passes Rohnert Park will face an additional fiscal crisis. Public health law requires the City to provide adequate sewer services. Rolling back the sewer rates...
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  Only takes three
November 5, 2008
In its ongoing attack against the three incumbent City Council members, the Public Safety Officers Association have really outdone themselves this time. They blame the city’s financial problems on three people who did not even have a majority on the City Council until 2005. We all know that these problems had...
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  Time for a change
November 5, 2008
When we moved our family to Rohnert Park in 1971 we found a growing vibrant community. We quickly became a part of the community as our children started school, started playing sports, and joined scouting. The people who ran the city in its early days were also heavily involved in the...
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  Financial boondoggle
November 5, 2008
On the Cougar stadium issue, what ever happened to the portion of the bond money designated for the performing arts center? How is it that there is just enough for the sports facility? No talk of how we will pursue the arts center, except to say we will wait for...
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  Time for change
November 5, 2008
I usually refrain from writing letters to the editor, however with the upcoming City Council election for Rohnert Park I felt a strong desire to let my opinion be known about some of the candidates. How can anyone vote for Tim Smith when he just ran for the Board of...
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  Time to put the pride back
November 5, 2008
I love Rohnert Park! My family has four generations living in the friendly city and it has been very sad for all of us to watch the decline of our city over the years.  One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to see the Redwood Pioneers and...
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  It's up to all of us
November 5, 2008
I encourage my fellow Cotatians to vote for Robert Coleman for City Council. Why? For starters, he has served on the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission, where he has demonstrated that he is responsible and fair minded. This experience has prepared him to take a seat on the...
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  Get him off school board
November 5, 2008
Elect Karyn Pulley, she answers phone calls, communicates with her community members, knows the issues, cares about students, recognizes that teachers are the most important force in effecting essential education, and understands the budget. Ed Gilardi should not be re-elected.  He is an apologist for the state and refers to staff...
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  Time to be united again
November 5, 2008
Gina Belforte and I met several years ago in a meeting of the parent teacher group presidents in the school district just a few days after the September 11 attacks.  It was a unique meeting with a talented group of women; the goal was to meet with the Rohnert Park...
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  He???s an obvious choice
November 5, 2008
One of the most important things that a city council member does is represent the city on a number of state and regional committees and commissions. This requires an even temperament and someone with proven experience in the politics of give and take.  So who in Cotati  can we rely...
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  Have proven track record
November 5, 2008
Why vote for Janet Orchard, Mike Kurvers and Susan Harvey? Cotati, like other cities across the nation, is facing difficult challenges ahead. On November 4, Cotati citizens need to think carefully about who will lead Cotati down the correct path to economic stability, smart growth, and community preservation. As someone...
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  Has needed persistence
November 5, 2008
I would like to urge the readers of The Community Voice to vote for Robert   Coleman for Cotati City Council. The current council is in need of an infusion of energy and new ideas.  For a few years now, the gateway to our downtown has been a boarded up gas...
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  'Trimming the fat'
November 5, 2008
The Community Voice: I find it ironic that George Barich, Cotati City Council candidate, infers if you want less police officers “count him out.” This is the person who was arrested for cultivating marijuana in his Cotati neighborhood of which he is a Neighborhood Watch Captain, (maybe so he knows when...
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  No on Measure L
November 5, 2008
We need only turn on the TV, radio, read a newspaper or talk to our neighbors, friends, family and work colleagues to get a taste of these trying, difficult economic times.  It seems intuitive to say, I can save money, therefore vote yes  on Measure L.  I invite each one...
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  The 'Fence at the Top'
November 5, 2008
Former NFL player and Rohnert Park resident Honor Jackson is developing an RP-based youth mentoring program called Fence at the Top. The program was established in 2007 and began accepting children earlier this year. The main goals of Fence at the Top are to build strong character traits in kids, increase...
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  Sign of the times
November 5, 2008
If you ask Joe Callinan’s campaign manager and wife, Janet, the political season has taken a turn for the juvenile in Rohnert Park. Yard signs for City Council candidates have been disappearing from homes and businesses in the city, and Janet Callinan feels it’s childish. “I just feel like, gosh, are...
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  SSU student finds a home while finding herself
November 5, 2008
If there was ever a student that proved determination and perseverance is the remedy for success, it would have to be Constance Bravos of Rohnert Park. Now in her third year at Sonoma State University, Bravos is the proud recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement,...
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  Tax rebates cut for seniors, blind and disabled
November 5, 2008
October has been a disappointing month for many seniors, disabled and blind persons who filed for Homeowners and Renters Assistance Claims for the 2007 tax year. Volunteers at the Rohnert Park Senior Center Tax Clinic had prepared claims for this rebate for close to 300 people. Senior homeowner rebates totaled $14,326.13...
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  Cotati gets spooky
November 5, 2008
The darkened figure slowly crept up to her as she sat behind the counter. His lips peeled back, the dim light reflecting off the whiteness of his fangs revealing a small trickle of thick “blood” oozing down the side of his mouth. “One soda, please,” said Bryan Anderson, 10, of Cotati....
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library news
November 5, 2008
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 English literature at Santa Rosa Junior College. The subject of her book, Ella Young, an...
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  Rebuilding Together RP-Cotati update
November 5, 2008
Want to know the best-kept secret in nonprofits? Volunteers! Yep, without volunteers, many organizations would cease to exist. The Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati are all volunteers. House captains, project workers (skilled and unskilled) are all volunteers. These amazing people come together at least once a year, some come...
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  M&M&M's
November 5, 2008
Hahn teachers (left to right) Jan Forni, Sarah Gross and Mary Ann Allen hope they don’t melt in the sun at Marguerite Hahn’s third annual Halloween Carnival Saturday. It was extra special this year with the addition of almost 100 new students. There were over 20 game booths, a haunted...
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  Get out your wickets for indoor croquet in RP
November 5, 2008
Rohnert Park was the site of a croquet tournament Sunday. The first annual Indoor Croquet Tournament was held at the University of Sports indoor turf field to raise money for charity. Aaron Locks, president of University of Sports, and former NFL player, Jerry Robinson teamed up to host the event. “Besides the...
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  RP Police Logs
November 5, 2008
10/24 10:36 a.m.: Report of petty theft just occurred in Raleys Towne Centre. 11:24 a.m.: Follow up/investigate on Southwest Blvd., 16-year-old female and 18-year-old female arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm). 1:30 p.m.: Report of forgery on records/certificates/etc. on Commerce Blvd. 4:47 p.m.: Report of battery just occurred on...
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  Cotati Police Logs
November 5, 2008
10/21 8:48 a.m.: Report of petty theft on Olof St. 3:34 p.m.: Hit & run misdemeanor on East Cotati Ave. 7:44 p.m.: Report of felony burglary on East Cotati Ave. 10/22 9:31 a.m.: Report of felony burglary on Old Redwood Hwy. 3:04 p.m.: Report of petty theft on Charles St. 11:08 p.m.: Report of burglary on Hwy...
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  Last minute win keeps Cougars undefeated
November 5, 2008
Rancho pulled one out on the road against Ukiah, defeating them 35-32 on a last-minute passing play Friday, Oct. 24 to keep league title hopes afloat. Down by five with less than two minutes remaining, head coach Ed Conroy decided to go for it on fourth down and five. Luckily, Conroy’s...
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  Get ready for cod-crab combo catches
November 5, 2008
Fishing Upper Sacramento: Trout fishing continues to be very good from Redding all the way to Red Bluff. The bite has been good on Glo-Bugs and egg patterns, fly fishermen were also doing well on nymphs like rubber legs, pheasant tails and golden stones. Some days the bite doesn’t turn...
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  Rancho boys upset by Piner, 3-2
November 5, 2008
The Rancho boys’ varsity soccer team was upset by Piner, 3-2, Tuesday at home. Israel Sandoval and Will Paraedes each scored goals for the Cougars, but the loss brought Rancho’s record to 2-12-1 overall. The game went back and forth between the two teams. Rancho climbed out of the gate...
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  That's using your head
November 5, 2008
Rancho senior Karli Jantz knocks a header forward in Rancho’s varsity loss, 3-0, against Montgomery at Cougar Stadium October 24.  
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  RCHS Scoreboard
November 5, 2008
Football Varsity 7-0, 4-0 RC 35 v. Ukiah 32 JV 4-3, 2-2 RC 0 v. Ukiah 14 Freshmen 6-1 RC 28 v. Analy 14 Volleyball Varsity 16-10, 9-2 RC 3 v. Santa Rosa 0 RC 1 v. Maria Carrillo 3 JV 17-8, 10-1 RC 2 v. Santa Rosa 0 RC 2 v. Maria Carrillo 1 Freshmen 7-10 RC 2 v. Windsor 1 RC 2 v. El Molino 1 Girls’ Soccer Varsity 10-8-2, 6-7 RC...
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