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  Golden hands of healing
November 28, 2008
Many a book has been written on the topic of alternative healing. While most may seek modern Western medicine to heal their ailments, the disappointment of not finding a modern solution for physical, emotional or spiritual pains has sent many on a quest for something more. This “something more” can usually...
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  No more busing for Boys and Girls Club
November 28, 2008
About 150 students will have to find a new way to their after-school care now that the Boys and Girls Club of Rohnert Park is not able to pick them up from school. “We basically don’t have transportation anymore,” said Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County CEO Jennifer Weiss. The...
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  RP hires new police chief
November 28, 2008
Rohnert Park’s new director of the Dept. of Public Safety will take over DPS chief Tom Bullard’s job Monday. He’s Brian Masterson, 50, and is a captain with Alameda County’s Sheriff’s Dept. He and his wife and two adult children will be moving to RP. His daughter is a student...
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  Locally-grown produce making bigger impact in smaller chain supermarkets
November 28, 2008
Finding locally-grown produce on supermarket shelves these days is fairly routine. Yet, early Rohnert Park homeowners in A Section were doing it every year. No big supermarkets, just Sissa’s grocery on Southwest Blvd. But they probably had Crane melons in their produce section. After all, the Crane acreage was just...
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  Former Scandia employee arrested for molestation
November 28, 2008
A former Scandia employee was arrested Tuesday morning on four counts of child molestation which occurred at the family fun center in October. Nicholas Andrew Dittmore, 23, was arrested for “inappropriate touching of children who were patronizing the Scandia Family Fun Center,” said RP Public Safety. The alleged crimes occurred on...
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  How to save water
November 28, 2008
Erin O’Reilly prepares the soil for planting for the water efficiency demonstration garden across from La Plaza Park in Cotati Saturday afternoon. O’Reilly, along with Penny Livingston-Stark and Dustin Kahn are the designers of the garden, a permaculture community.
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  Roller derby finishes season 11-4
November 28, 2008
Honey D. Luxe of the Wine Country Homewreckers knocks down Booty Vicious of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls in the last bout of the season Saturday, Nov. 15 at Cal Skate. The Homewreckers finished with a 92-75 loss to end the season but an 11-4 overall record.
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  Creekside technology instructor nominated for Teacher of the Year
November 28, 2008
In October Creekside Middle School technology teacher Sandy Piazza of Sebastopol was announced as a nominee for the California League of Middle Schools Region One Teacher of the Year. Principal Sandy Kuzma submitted the nomination before September’s deadline and made the announcement that Piazza was officially nominated at the school’s...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
November 28, 2008
The Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The library will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 10-6 p.m. and closed Thursday, Nov. 27and Friday, Nov. 28. The library will be open on Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10-6 p.m. Anthony Hoskins of Sonoma County Library’s History and Genealogy Library will...
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  Rebuilding Together update
November 28, 2008
Rebuilding Together National Conference was held November 6-8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sonoma County was well represented with Rohnert Park-Cotati’s Barbara Denlis, President and Diane Broadhead, Executive Director; Tarina Hall, Executive Director, Santa Rosa; and Jane Hamilton, Executive Director and Victoria O’Riley, Program Director Petaluma. Rebuilding Together celebrated a milestone in the...
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  Rancho playoff run ends in second round loss
November 28, 2008
The Rancho volleyball team’s playoff run came to a close with a 3-0 defeat at No. 2 Las Lomas Saturday in the North Coast Section Div. II volleyball quarterfinals. The No. 7 Cougars were stunned in consecutive sets, 25-17, 25-12, and 25-17. “My girls went in there scared,” said head coach...
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  Cougars wrap up season strong to earn No. 3 seed in NCS playoffs
November 28, 2008
Rancho capped off their near flawless season as they coasted past Santa Rosa, 34-20, November 14 at Cougar stadium. The win coupled with the Cougars’ record (9-1, 6-1) earned them a No. 3 seed and a first round bye in the 2008 North Coast Section playoffs. Running back Brian Dworkin and...
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  Host of awards for Piranha swimmers
November 28, 2008
Piranha Swimming participated in the Vallejo Meet at John F Cunningham Aquatic Complex October 31-November 2. Boys 8 and under Nicolas Carico garnered first place in 100-yard Freestyle as well as 100-yard Individual Medley. He also took 2nd in the 50-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Backstroke, 50-yard Backstroke, 3rd in 50-yard Breaststroke and 100-yard...
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  RCHS scoreboard
November 28, 2008
Football Varsity 9-1, 6-1 RC 63 v. Piner 7 RC 34 v. Santa Rosa 20 JV 6-4, 4-3 RC 40 v. Piner 0 RC 28 v. Santa Rosa 6 Frosh 8-1-1 (league champs) RC 18 v. Cardinal Newman 18 RC 35 v. El Molino 20 Volleyball Varsity 20-11, 12-2 NCS playoffs: RC 3 v. Northgate 2 RC 0 v. Las Lomas 3 NCS Scholastic Team finalists (Minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA) Varsity...
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  League champs
November 28, 2008
Quarterback Ricky Garcia makes a 22 yard touchdown  on a scramble in the last minutes of the second quarter of the Cougars’ 35-20 win against El Molino November 13 at home. The freshman Cougars finished with a league-best record of 8-1-1 after a tie with Cardinal Newman last week.  
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  Vida Nueva begins new life
November 28, 2008
Individuals of different races, genders and ages listened intently to an array of speakers the evening of Nov. 19 regarding the new development on West Rohnert Park Expressway in RP called Vida Nueva. The turn out was “double what we expected,” said Mona Shane, executive assistant from Burbank Housing Development Corporation....
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  Youngsters feed the hungry
November 28, 2008
Pastor Newt Kerney welcomes the young and thoughtful pre-schoolers at Cross and Crown Lutheran School who conducted a food drive in order to donate to NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger). Giving to NOAH was a November project for all of the classes at Cross and Crown, including pre-school, junior kindergarten,...
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  The lithesome rules of love and marriage
November 28, 2008
OK, take everything you always hoped for in love and marriage and throw your ideas and thoughts out the window, because here comes Doris and George in “Same Time Next Year” to make their own set of rules for love and marriage. This would be “Same Time Next Year,” featuring Tara...
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  Take action before year end to cut your 2008 taxes
November 28, 2008
As 2008 winds down it’s time to assess planning moves you can make before year-end to minimize your federal income taxes. Gauge your AMT exposure. Check for items offering potential tax savings under ordinary income tax rules that are partially or fully disallowed in alternative minimum tax (AMT) calculations. These “preference”...
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  Time for annual 401(k) review?
November 28, 2008
Once you’ve started contributing to your 401(k) plan and funded it with investments that are appropriate for your needs, you might think you’re in good shape and that your 401(k) is now on “autopilot.” But that type of thinking can actually be counterproductive, because to get the maximum benefits from...
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  Urban streams: Balancing humans and habitat
November 28, 2008
No matter where we live our lifestyles directly affect the creeks in our watershed. These creeks tirelessly accumulate the various byproducts of our civilization from our streets, driveways, lawns, hard surfaces, and waste places and ultimately carry them to the ocean. There are many actions we can take along this...
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  Think twice before giving the gift of gadgetry
November 28, 2008
I apologize to anyone who’s ever given me a neat-o, time-saving, as-seen-on-TV kitchen gadget. They’re all worthless. Don’t give a kitchen gadget as a gift. I realize it may be tempting, especially on Black Friday, especially the day after the cooking explosion. I wonder how many double ovens are installed shortly...
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  Cotati Creek Critters calendar
November 28, 2008
What: Creek Stewardship Day Where: Alongside the Laguna de Santa Rosa in Cotati When: Sunday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Details: Having planted a mile of native trees and shrubs alongside the Laguna de Santa Rosa in Cotati and a small section of Rohnert Park, Cotati Creek Critters is now focusing on...
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  Purifying the body with yoga
November 28, 2008
One of the aims of yoga is to live in a state of purity, or Saucha as it is called in yoga’s traditional language, Sanskrit. Until an experience on a recent retreat, I had always thought of this aim as having to do with cleanliness. Yoga offers a wide array of...
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  Who???s been an inspiration to you?
November 28, 2008
We are seeking Spotlight articles that tell the story of people who have had success in their lives in the area of health and fitness.  Maybe it is someone who has had success in losing weight, or, someone who has had a breakthrough in rehabilitating themselves from an injury, or...
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  This week's artist
November 28, 2008
Kacey Owens
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  Pets are thankful, too
November 28, 2008
Our pets have a lot to be thankful for, especially if you compare them to the animals at the shelter. If you share your life with some furry (or feathered or scaly) critters I would like to speak for them this Thanksgiving. In an ideal world every pet would be...
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  Rohnert Park Animal Shelter pets of the week
November 28, 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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  Privileged in California
November 28, 2008
As a 45-year-old married woman with three daughters I am both embarrassed and greatly concerned about the passing of Proposition 8 in California. (Based on our Sonoma County vote tally, we did not support this Proposition - I am proud of this fact.) I chose to move to California in...
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  Howzat?
November 28, 2008
In the wake of the complete rout of the Republicans, on Nov. 4 several prominent members of the party were asked, on TV, what they thought was the cause of the debacle. Not one had the backbone or the honesty to state the real reason, namely, the Bush presidency is...
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  Leaving ???The Friendly City???
November 28, 2008
I am living in a neighborhood that has had many foreclosures. Unfortunately, many of us cannot sell our houses to relocate for jobs, due to divorce, etc. Two former neighbors, one across the street and one two doors down, have started renting their four-bedroom houses to Sonoma State University students....
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  Alleen confesses she 'can???t stop dancing' at her 85th birthday fete
November 28, 2008
Then there’s the fairy tale about the ballerina with red shoes who couldn’t stop dancing. They made a movie about it, much changed and romanticized starring Moira Shearer. Alleen Graves knows the movie and her mind set is similar. “I have to keep dancing.” She confessed this at her 85th birthday reception...
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  Bradley Video leaving RP
November 28, 2008
Jon Fain was in the middle of a transaction when Bradley Video higher-ups came in and told him to stop. “I was renting people movies and they walked in and told me they were closing the doors.” That was about a month ago, and now the popular independent video store...
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  Appeals Court reverses decision on OWL lawsuit
November 28, 2008
The City of Rohnert Park won a decision by the First District of the California Court of Appeals last week when it reversed a previous ruling by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Knoel Owen. The Appeals Court said the city’s Water SupplyAssessment (WSA) was a valid document and met the...
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  Barich surges ahead in Cotati Council race
November 28, 2008
George Barich seems to be on his way to City Hall, but instead of dishing out criticism from the podium in the audience, now he’ll be on the receiving end. Updated vote totals from November’s election show Barich with a five-vote lead over Mike Kurvers for the third and final seat...
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  RP set to figure out ways to cope with Measure L impact
November 28, 2008
When voters approved Measure L, the sewer fee rollback proposition on the Rohnert Park ballot, the city had two options: Fight it with injunctions and immediate lawsuits, or, accept the decision and then figure out ways to cope with the 52 percent voter approval count. The City Council chose the latter....
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  Interact helps out with Shrimp-a-Peel
November 28, 2008
Left to right, Rancho Cotate’s Interact Club seniors Kalya Carpenter, Ashley Antonio, Katelyn Miller and Nicole Borah help with Saturdays Shrimp-a-Peel fundraiser for the RP-Cotati Rotary Club at the RP Community Center.
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  The saga of Mike Schmidtman
November 28, 2008
At times, Mike Schmidtman was making roughly $40,000 a month as a mortgage broker. He traveled from his Cotati home to China often for business, and when he came back from his last trip he found the financial markets collapsed, and his bank account empty. “I was humbled,” he said,...
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  New home for 20-30 Club
November 28, 2008
The Active 20-30 Club now calls Sonoma Mountain Village home, with Sally Tomatoes owner Gerard Giudice accepting the ceremonial flag from 20-30 Club of the North Bay President Tanner Moulding at a meeting last week. The Active 20-30 Club is a group of young business professionals in their 20s and...
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  Rebuilding Together update
November 28, 2008
With the approach of the winter rains and the bitter weather, brings an increase in the number of applications being received, requesting help with urgent repairs. Most of the urgent or emergency requests received this time of the year require a specialty contractor, creating hardship on the budget. With the increasing...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
November 28, 2008
Anthony Hoskins of Sonoma County Library’s History and Genealogy Library will give a workshop on the latest in Online Genealogical Research on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library. Join him in a hands-on examination of case studies and methods of using the Internet and online...
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  RP police logs
November 28, 2008
11/19 7:02 a.m.: Report of a 23-year-old male arrested for lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age. 8:25 a.m.: Follow up/investigate on Southwest Blvd., two 12-year-old males cited for felony battery on a person with serious bodily injury. 11:54 a.m.: Report of grand theft on Landsdown Cir. 2:10 p.m.:...
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  Cotati police logs
November 28, 2008
11/18 11:18 a.m.: Report of grand theft - fraud on Commerce Blvd. 11/19 8:18 a.m.: Violation of court order on El Rancho Dr., 31-year-old female arrested for battery, domestic violence of spouse/ex spouse/date/etc and disobey court order. 11/21 7:02 a.m.: Follow up/investigate possession of controlled substance paraphernalia on E. Cotati Ave. 11/22 2:03 a.m.: Out with subject...
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  Rancho Cotate 2008-2009 boys and girls basketball previews
November 28, 2008
After a disappointing 8-17 overall record, including a 4-10 league finish last season, changes needed to be made for the Rancho Cotate boys’ basketball team. Gone is head coach Scott Himes, who guided the Cougars the past two seasons. Enter new head coach Chris Walton, who has vowed to bring...
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  Rancho Cotate 2008-2009 boys and girls basketball previews
November 28, 2008
Following a disappointing season that saw the team finish in second to last place in their conference, the Rancho Cotate girls’ basketball team enters the season revitalized. Tony Corey will return as head coach of the lady Cougars for a second season. Corey spent the past seven years as junior varsity...
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  School hopes education's enough to deter student athletes from steroid use
November 28, 2008
With anabolic steroids, street drugs and alcohol being consumed by student athletes at an alarming rate, random drug testing has been designed to help prevent athletes from taking these substances, and to create an even playing field. With the high cost of random drug tests however, schools in the local...
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  Racing with the big names
November 28, 2008
Damon Podolny of Rohnert Park (No. 121) raced in two amateur classes Friday, Nov. 14 at the Supermoto races at Infineon Raceway. Saturday and Sunday were for the professionals. Supermoto is a combination of pavement and dirt with left and right turns along with jumps along the course. The bikes...
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  Flying high in formation over Petaluma
November 28, 2008
The Young Presidents Organization hosted an air show at the Petaluma airport last week featuring stunt pilot Sean D. Tucker in an Oracle Challenger biplane with Eric Tucker in the Oracle Xtra 300L, Bill Stein in an Edge 540 and Ben Freelove in a Xtra 300L with Tutima on the...
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