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  'Barbarians' invading RP
February 25, 2009
The RP Barbarians Rugby Club is comprised of Rohnert Park middle and high school students competing against local high schools in the area including Elsie Allen, Montgomery, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and Redwood in San Rafael. Head coach Afa Wongking has been coaching Barbarians youth rugby since 1997. He has provided kids...
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  Chamber of Commerce push
February 25, 2009
“Economic Development for the City of Rohnert Park” is a time-worn phrase. Committees, sub-committees, commissions, Chamber of Commerce brochures and volunteer experts have been wrestling with this subject for more than a decade. Results would fit on a 3x5 filing card. But now the new president of the RP Chamber of...
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  La Fiesta school site now making money for district
February 25, 2009
With the budget in such a state of crisis, the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District is doing what it can to bring in some extra revenue by taking advantage of the empty school sites of La Fiesta and Gold Ridge. Since the schools have closed, La Fiesta has been rented out...
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  Possible ways to trim your 2008 taxes
February 25, 2009
Time is short, but it’s not too late to trim your 2008 tax bill. Here are some last-minute moves to consider and deductions you shouldn’t overlook. Maximize your 2008 IRA contribution. You have until April 15 to make deductible 2008 contributions. The maximum contribution is $5,000 for 2008 ($6,000 if you...
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  State of the City
February 25, 2009

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  Overhead medicine ball throw
February 25, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra As we continue to focus on the strong man style of fitness, we bring to you an exercise that simulates a keg toss. The overhead medicine ball throw is great for your posterior chain - all the muscles that run from your calves to your...
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  Good time to snag great deals on plants
February 25, 2009
The winter season has its merits, among them the cost saving protocol of buying many deciduous plants in their dormant period. Things like fruit trees and roses come immediately to mind, but there is much more selection if you look. When deciduous plants are dormant, they can be handled strongly, even...
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  Swooping birds and bright sunlight
February 25, 2009
Brrr. Am trying to envision daffodils and tulips, hungry birds swooping into the garden, and holding my hand over my brow shielding the bright sunlight. These images are not working. It’s still chilly - thank you, Punxsutawney  Phil! With spring so close and all of us weary of cabin fever, let’s...
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  Creekside Middle School January Students of the Month
February 25, 2009
Pictured are Creekside Middle School’s Students of the Month for January. Sixth grade: Hannah Koneck, Johann Grayson, Amiee Gopar and Chris Glenboski. Seventh grade: Kyle Goff (not pictured), Avery Taylor, Alejandro Moreno and Anthony Matteri. Eighth grade: Haley Parra-Craine (not pictured), Will Felton, Perla Olmeda Cuevas and David Griffith.
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  Shelter confusion
February 25, 2009
After an article ran last week about Humane Society workers losing their jobs, we received several calls from concerned citizens who know us and wondered who was losing their job. I appreciate the concern, and believe me, we have our own budget problems which are tied to the City’s budget...
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  Unspoken rule?
February 25, 2009
There seems to be an unspoken rule that you can’t complain about a coach or referee. I understand and support the rules of good sportsmanship, but over the last few years I have seen some egregious and blatant bad refereeing in middle school and high school athletics. Kids deserve to...
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  Take your cat
February 25, 2009
This letter is to the person who has abandoned their cat on Civic Center Drive.  Your cat is white with ginger patches. You kick it out at night I believe and it comes to my house and my neighbors howling in pain and hunger. Your cat’s fur is not enough to...
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  Reducing costs
February 25, 2009
With the caveat I do not know all the details of the city budget, I offer some thoughts and comments. Using surplus land to balance a budget is not a fiscally responsible strategy when the inventory of the land is not finite. I am aware of a major corporation that used...
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  Helping the hungry
February 25, 2009
“We see the need (for food) increasing all the time,” said Herman Johnson, a chairman on the board of directors for NOAH. “Last week we served over 280 units who’d signed in,” he said. “That represents over 1,000 people altogether, with the number of seniors and children in the families.” What...
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  Council to try again on pact with Avram Avenue developer
February 25, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council’s still hesitant about approving an agreement with Sherman Associates to come up with a plan to develop the north side of Avram Ave. between Commerce Blvd. and the new city hall. It was discussed at length during the council’s February 10 meeting but the only decision...
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  Officer dragged by truck in alcohol sting operation
February 25, 2009
A Rohnert Park police officer was dragged by a truck February 13 while conducting an alcohol sting operation. According to RP Public Safety, officer Matt Snodgrass attempted to apprehend a man who had just purchased a six pack of beer for an under age decoy at about 10:30 p.m. When Snodgrass...
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  Rebuilding Together update
February 25, 2009
Rebuilding Together is busy with the preparations for Rebuild Day 2009. Now that the projects have been identified, a meeting for interested House Captains has been scheduled for February 26 to select a project. The House Captain is a key player in the Rebuilding Together operation. He or she is...
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  Admiring his art
February 25, 2009
Penngrove school third grader Shane Melanson, 8, checks out his clay plates, each with a different Pokemon hero, in the halls of Penngrove School. The school is displaying art from over 25 students in sculpture, drawing, sewing and other medium.  
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library news
February 25, 2009
There will be a poetry slam at the Rohnert Park Library Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. This is part of the Sonoma County Poetry Slam, now in its eighth year.  Contestants should bring three poems for the competition. There is also an open mike session at the beginning where...
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  RP police logs
February 25, 2009
2/11 12:19 p.m.: Report of battery on Camino Colegio, 21-year-old female arrested for misdemeanor battery on a divorced/ex spouse/date. 1:09 p.m.: Report of battery just occurred on Redwood Dr., 26-year-old male arrested for misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor violation of probation. 4:08 p.m.: Petty theft/in custody on Golf Course Dr. 4:30 p.m.: Report of battery...
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  Cotati police logs
February 25, 2009
2/8 12:50 a.m.: Report of vandalism on Arthur St., 32-year-old male arrested for vandalism of less than $400 and misdemeanor violation of probation. 2/9 11:57 p.m.: Report of possession of a controlled substance/narcotic on Adrian Dr./East Cotati Ave., 27-year-old male arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and felony violation of probation. 2/10 9:28...
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  Here comes the rain
February 25, 2009
The Wild Steelhead Festival was a huge success. The docent-led talks at the visitor’s center at Lake Sonoma included a view of the entire hatchery process. The first step was the adult fish returning to the hatchery for their last swim. My favorite was watching the giant fish jumping over the...
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  Undefeated in league, wrestlers gear up for finals
February 25, 2009
Rancho wrestling completed their quest for a perfect 7-0 league season by coming out on top against Maria Carrillo, 52-30, Wednesday, February 11. Junior T.J. Coughlin sought revenge against his opponent after suffering defeat against him earlier this season, conquering him with a pin. Fellow junior classmate Frank Smith edged his...
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  Fast break points
February 25, 2009
Rancho Senior Jared Burkman makes two points against Piner in the first quarter of Rancho’s 64-48 loss at home February 13.
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  Player profile: Kirsten 'Scrappy' Lambertson
February 25, 2009
At 5 feet, 3 inches one wouldn’t think that senior Rancho guard Kirsten Lambertson would have game on the basketball court. But “Scrappy,” as her teammates call her, has proven the critics wrong throughout her three years on the Rancho Cotate varsity basketball team. While she may be the shortest player...
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  Overtime loss
February 25, 2009
Rancho varsity senior Luisa Haunga takes a shot in Rancho’s 50-48 overtime loss to Ukiah February 12.  
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  Rancho frosh boys perfect again
February 25, 2009
The Rancho boys’ freshmen squad remained undefeated in league by whooping Piner, 54-25, Friday, Feb. 13 at Rancho. Rancho finished the season with a crisp 22-2, 14-0 record. Perhaps even more remarkable, the Cougars accomplished the same sparkling North Bay League record feat last season as well. With only one more...
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