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  Employment assistance a la Feng Shui
January 19, 2009
If you have stopped whistling “Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho - it’s home from work we go,” it is my intention that this article get you singing again. There are several different Feng Shui life areas to examine for employment assistance. We are going to limit ourselves here to the two that figure in...
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  Obituary
January 19, 2009
Brent Burrell, 88, passed away in his Rohnert Park home January 8 after a year-long battle against throat cancer. He was best-known in the community as a member of the Kitchen Kut-Ups band in their many performances in senior venues. Mr. Burrell was the bassist of the band, occupying one end...
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  Birth announcement
January 19, 2009
Malea Brooklyn Si was born December 6, 2008 at 6:40 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Kelvin and Tracy Si and “super sweet big brothers” are Riley and Kade Crandall of Rohnert Park.
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  Will new administration affect your strategies?
January 19, 2009
Next week, President-elect Obama will become President Obama. Like people across the country, you will no doubt be greatly interested in how his actions will affect a wide variety of domestic and foreign-policy issues. But from a personal point of view, you may also be thinking about what an Obama...
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  Congress passes emergency pension tax relief
January 19, 2009
One of the final pieces of tax relief legislation passed by Congress in 2008 was the Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act of 2008. Approved by Congress on December 11, the bill temporarily suspends required minimum distributions from 401(k) plans, IRAs and similar retirement accounts. Normally, you must begin withdrawing money...
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  The new year flowers in the winter
January 19, 2009
The rosebush has lost its petals and finished sculpting a premium crop of rosehips. Now it retracts its life force deep into the roots. Above ground the nasturiums have wilted and turned to slime with the deep frosts that have already visited our garden this year. These are the darkest days...
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  Isometric stability ball hold
January 19, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra You may have a stability ball for in-home use or have access to one at your fitness facility. The isometric hold is mainly an abdominal exercise, but if done properly can help build over all core strength as well as shoulder and hip stability. It is...
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  Five ways to improve your health this year
January 19, 2009
What are your health goals this year? Have you been putting off improving your diet because it seems too hard? Healthy habits can keep you well, all it really takes is to pay attention and to make conscious choices. Keep it simple by focusing on these five things. Eat fruits and...
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  Search for liverwurst leads to a new favorite Web site
January 19, 2009
Liverwurst is a dish best served, well, either all the time or never, depending on who you ask. Ask me and my pal Katie, and it’s all the time. Ask anyone in my office, and it’s never. So what can one do with liverwurst? An informal poll around the office shows...
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  Adding another pet to the family
January 19, 2009
Adding another pet to your household is not as easy as you might think. There are lots of variables to consider when selecting the animal to bring in. If there are other creatures already sharing your home it’s not just about you and what you might like. If you have a...
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  This week's artist
January 19, 2009
Elu Guerrero, age 10
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  Thanks, Bunko Babes
January 19, 2009
The Rohnert Park Animal Shelter and the Animal Shelter League would like to thank Darlene Shepard and her Bunko Babes for doing another successful donation drive for us. They gathered bag after bag of towels, toys, biscuits and other useful items not to mention several hundred dollars to help us...
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  Feat of an angel
January 19, 2009
The life of a dancer can be challenging and the experiences unforgettable. One such dancer lives in Rohnert Park and continues her journey not only as a dancer, but as a teacher, choreographer and friend to those with special needs. Vaoileti Poueu Peleti has made great strides in the lives of...
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  Looking for a sign of spring? How about 19,000 daffodils?
January 19, 2009
Public Works unpacked a palette of 19,000 total daffodil bulbs delivered to RP florist Flowers by Karine on Tuesday. The bulbs, which are already sprouting, will be planted throughout the city as a coordination between local nonprofit Dream One World’s Rejuvenate Rohnert Park project and the RP Chamber of Commerce’s...
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  Guardino chosen as new Cotati mayor
January 19, 2009
In a unanimous, 5-0 vote, Cotati City Council selected John Guardino as mayor at Wednesday night’s meeting. Guardino held the position of vice-mayor until the selection took place. He replaces out-going mayor Pat Gilardi. “I look forward to making some long-overdue improvements with how the city conducts business,” said Guardino after the...
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  RP looking at $8 million deficit for 2008-2009
January 19, 2009
The cold, hard figures were spelled out Tuesday as Rohnert Park’s City Council sat down in a work session on city finances to ponder remedies for the deficit-laden $34 million figure. Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz noted at this mid-year point in the budget, “It projects a $5.8 million deficit for...
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  Local students to attend inauguration
January 19, 2009
It’s been an exciting week for several students of Sonoma State University. Eleven students left last Friday night for an adventure in Washington DC for Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration with a 12th SSU student leaving this weekend as part of a separate program. All 11 signed up through the extended education...
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  Councilman Mackenzie back from United Nations climate change summit in Poland
January 19, 2009
Rohnert Park City Council member Jake Mackenzie and Sonoma County First District Supervisor Valerie Brown have returned from a United Nations Climate Change Conference laden with binders and data on how the world’s coping with global warming. It was held in Poznan, Poland, a city of about 600,000 between Warsaw...
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  Worldly knowledge
January 19, 2009
Left to right, 8th grader Chris Del Santo, 7th grader Daniel Grubb and 8th grader Kira Anderson finished in the top three in Mountain Shadows Middle School’s Geography Bee Tuesday. Grubb, the top finisher, will now take a test to see if he qualifies for the state level competition. To...
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  Rebuilding Together update
January 19, 2009
Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati recently launced a Web site and invite interested parties to preview it at www.rtrpc.org. Volunteer applications are available to print or to complete online - be sure to complete one in time for this year’s Rebuild Day. Each year RTRPC is receiving an increase in the...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
January 19, 2009
Wiggle Time Storytime for ages 1-2 with songs, stories and fun for the youngest child are Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. November 4, 18 and 25 (not November 11). Pre-School Storytime for ages 3, 4 and 5 - stories and fun for pre-schoolers, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., November 5, 12, 19 and...
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  RP police logs
January 19, 2009
9:52 a.m.: Report of a stolen vehicle on Commerce Blvd. 4:07 p.m.: Report of battery on Snyder Ln., misdemeanor battery on person. 5:45 p.m.: Traffic stop on Holly Ave./Snyder Ln., 35-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under a suspended/revoked license. 6:45 p.m.: Report of burglary...
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  Cotati police logs
January 19, 2009
1/7 1:57 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on West School St./West Sierra Ave., 25-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 11:53 a.m.: Report of suspicious circumstances on Old Redwood Hwy., 67-year-old male arrested for public intoxication of alcohol, drug or toluene. 1/8 11:46 p.m.: Drunk in public on...
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  Rancho fends off late run to top Montgomery at home
January 19, 2009
After gaining a 39-23 lead after three quarters of play, Rancho Cotate allowed Montgomery to get back into the game with a 22-9 run in the decisive fourth quarter. A key steal and bank shot by Alec Kobre with a little over a minute remaining gave the Cougars a scare...
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  Spring in January?
January 19, 2009
Saturday I met Cotati resident Kelly Earnshaw and Penngrove’s new Caledonian, Steve Henricksen for a mushroom foray near Yorkville, north of Cloverdale. Our drive took us to a secluded north-facing mountainside, the cover is mature madrone, doug fir and tan oak. The leafy, rich, moist soil was perfect for our...
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  Wrestling to a strong finish in Sonoma
January 19, 2009
On January 9-10, the Rancho Cotate High School wrestling team competed in the tough Valley of the Moon tournament in Sonoma, finishing 11th out of 27 teams in the grueling two-day event. Top finishers for The Ranch were Bud Guinn (285) and Steve Riffle (140). Guinn pinned his opponent from Napa...
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