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  Cotati law team wins suit filed by Mead developers
January 14, 2009
Lost in the welter of holiday events and the country’s financial woes was the fact a lawsuit against the City of Cotati was dismissed by a judge’s order. This was a suit asking the court to set aside two conditions imposed on property owner and developer Michael Mead concerning his proposal...
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  RP car burglars caught in act
January 14, 2009
A group of five would-be car burglars were caught, two of them in the act, by Rohnert Park police Wednesday, Dec. 31. An officer patrolling Santa Alicia Drive noticed a shattered rear window on a pickup truck early in the morning December 31. When he stopped to investigate, he found two...
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  Lady Cougars fall to Maria Carrillo
January 14, 2009
The Lady Cougars couldn't overcome a large first half deficit as they fell at Maria Carrillo, 50-37, Tuesday night. The loss opens Rancho's league play on a sour note. The Lady Cougars began playing lackadaisical and lethargic as they let the Pumas get off to an 11-0 advantage to start the...
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  Rancho JV boys open league play with inspiring record
January 14, 2009
Rancho Cotate junior varsity boys’ basketball heads into the tough North Bay League schedule with an impressive 9-3 record. In non-conference competition, they were winners of the Petaluma and Dave Blackney Memorial tournaments. The Cougars wrapped up their non-league play by coming up just short in the San Marin tournament, as...
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  Obituary
January 14, 2009
Harold “Sil” Sillery of Rohnert Park died December 30, 2008. He was 73 years old. Sillery was born in Louisiana June 26, 1935. He was raised in New Orleans and Houma, Louisiana. Sillery graduated from McNeese College in Lake Charles and attended LSU Law School. Harold served in the U.S. Army from...
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  Enjoy a one year holiday from RMDs
January 14, 2009
Although it sounds strange, you may encounter situations in which you have to accept money even if you’d rather not. Such is the case with required minimum distributions (RMDs) from your traditional IRA, 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. But thanks to recent legislation, you can ignore the “required” part of...
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  New IRS numbers that may impact you
January 14, 2009
The tax law requires that certain tax numbers be adjusted for inflation each year. Use these 2009 numbers in your 2009 tax planning. • The standard mileage rate for business driving drops from 58.5 cents per mile to 55 cents per mile, effective January 1, 2009. The rate for medical and...
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  Taking care of mentally ill loved ones
January 14, 2009
One of the greatest challenges we may face in our lives is the need to provide care for a family member with a mental disability. For children, we could be dealing with autism, retardation, attention deficit or a number of other developmental disorders. With siblings, we may be faced with schizophrenia,...
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  Dumbbell snatch
January 14, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This exercise focuses on the posterior chain, also known as the hamstrings, glutes and low back. The one-leg Bosu RDL is a great exercise for the hamstrings and the low back. Along with working these muscle groups, the unstable surface of the bosu ball forces...
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  The next generation of Penngrovian farming couples
January 14, 2009
Ask anyone interested in farming today what the biggest obstacles are to being successful and you’ll most likely hear - access to land and lack of capital. Viability of farming is an issue globally, not just in the United States, as a recent New York Times article pointed out with...
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  Can't take owner-surrendered dogs
January 14, 2009
If you’ve been following any of the current economic news, you probably aren’t surprised to hear that our shelter is brimming full of animals whose owners can no longer care for them. We have twice as many dogs right now as we did in January last year and it hasn’t...
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  This week's artist
January 14, 2009
Catarina Sharp, age 7
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  Excellent coverage
January 14, 2009
At the beginning of 2009, let me take this opportunity to thank The Community Voice for all your excellent coverage of important local events. Our Tax Clinic at the newly-renamed Codding Recreation Center (formerly Rohnert Park Senior Center) is always listed in your weekly calendar and you have covered our...
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  Senior complex gets some comfort after attack
January 14, 2009
She was 81 years old when, in the early evening hours of November 2, her bedroom window provided an entrance for an intruder who shoved her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her for 40 minutes. The victim, whose name is being withheld due to the nature of the crime,...
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  New denizens at Wildlife Rescue hope to soon have bigger quarters to roam
January 14, 2009
“The mountain lion cubs are growing up. You can tell, they’re starting to lose their spots,” said Doris Duncan, Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue Center director. She was with a reporter-photographer team from The Community Voice, inside an enclosure on the center’s hilly Mecham Road acreage. The six-month old cubs, now...
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  Cotati to pick new mayor and vice-mayor Wednesday
January 14, 2009
Highlighting Cotati City Council’s first meeting of the new year Wednesday, Jan. 14, will be the selection of a new mayor and vice-mayor. Two new members and one incumbent will also take their oaths of office. New members Bob Coleman and George Barich will join incumbent Janet Orchard to occupy council...
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  Three... two... one... Happy New Year!
January 14, 2009
Revelers rejoice in falling balloons at University of Sports at “midnight” for a New Year’s celebration December 31. The balloons dropped at 9 p.m., which is midnight on the East Coast, so children would be able to take part in the celebration without having to stay up too late.
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  Exit 'RP Senior Center' - enter Codding Recreation Center
January 14, 2009
Recognizing the times “they are a-changing,” Rohnert Park’s Senior Center is now called Codding Recreation Center. This is in acknowledgement of changing geriatric borderlines as aging boomer generation members shift into the senior domain with a different set of recreational values. The new name for the center is a tribute...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
January 14, 2009
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 19 for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The next Adult Book Discussion group will meet Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 11:30 a.m. This month’s book is “The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox.” For a copy of the book, come to the Adult Information Desk. Wiggle Time...
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  Rebuilding Together update
January 14, 2009
Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati is currently scheduling appointments with applicants to do site previews. Previews are performed prior to making a determination for the collection of homes that will be selected for repairs to be scheduled for Rebuild Day, April 26. Once the homes have been selected, RTRPC then meets with...
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  RP police logs
January 14, 2009
12/30 7:58 a.m.: Report of a stolen vehicle on Eleanor Ave. 9:53 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Rohnert Park Expressway, grand theft from motor vehicle and felony vandalism. 12:14 p.m.: Civil situation on Heartwood Dr., threatening of a crime with an intent to terrorize. 1:01 p.m.: Report of attempted burglary on Medical Center...
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  Cotati police logs
January 14, 2009
12/29 1:52 a.m.: Drunk in public on Charles St., 33-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene and 33-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene and misdemeanor violation of probation. 2:44 p.m.: Report of vehicle tampering on East Cotati Ave., theft of vehicle parts. 7:24 p.m.:...
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  Sciatica prevention and care
January 14, 2009
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in our bodies. We need it to walk, run and even to crawl and it controls the lower half of our anatomy. It is essential for adequate performance in any sport as well as daily life. The sciatic nerve is about as large as...
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