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  Talent in Penngrove
March 11, 2009
Penngrove Elementary School performed its 2009 Talent Show on Friday, February 27th in the multi-use room. Sophia Vachini, Domenic Vachini, and Stormy Anderson are seen above performing a song by Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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  And the winner is...
March 11, 2009
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Library’s 2009 Art Show exhibit attracted more than 700 visitors with over 500 voting for the People’s Choice pick. Raul Pablo won by a large margin for his watercolor of Armstrong Woods.
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  Time may be right to convert to Roth IRA
March 11, 2009
Do you regularly contribute to a Traditional IRA? If so, you’re taking an important step toward building financial resources for retirement. But it’s possible that you could take an even bigger step- by converting your IRA to a Roth IRA. And you may have two especially good opportunities to make...
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  Making tax-wise gifts to loved ones
March 11, 2009
There’s little good to say about the current financial meltdown. However, one gift tax strategy can still provide long-term financial and tax benefits. Under gift tax law, gifts to loved ones and others are subject to the gift tax. This tax is imposed on the value of the gift at...
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  How to handle common dental emergencies
March 11, 2009
From a toothache to a broken jaw, you can take steps to lessen the pain and damage while you seek treatment.  First, it is important to remain calm and contact your dentist as soon as possible.  Keep a copy of your dentist’s after hour and daytime phone numbers in a...
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  Your mental health choices
March 11, 2009
As the field of mental health treatment has grown, the number of different types of service providers has expanded as well.  This can make it more challenging to find the best kind of professional to work with your specific needs.  While most clinicians provide somewhat overlapping services, it’s helpful to...
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  Plyometric push up
March 11, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra Plyometrics is a form of power training. When combined with a consistent strength training program, plyometrics training can be very affective in building power. This weeks exercise is the plyo push up. Note: It is important to consult with your doctor before following this and or...
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  Water conservation project leads effort to conserve water and improve quality
March 11, 2009
The County of Sonoma is a leader in efforts to conserve water and improve water quality through landscaping and site design. The Regional Parks Department has completed several improvements to the landscapes at the County Administration Center between Steele Lane and Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa. The primary goals of this...
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  Spring blooms bring promises of things to come
March 11, 2009
Winter seems to leaving us quickly after that warm weather and now we are finally getting our rains. (Hopefully they will continue until we meet our rainfall needs!) The garden is in bloom and there is much promise of things to come as well.  Flowering quinces, beginning forsythias, Osmarea burkwoodii(Osmanthus burkwoodii),...
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  Financial assistance from the RP Shelter
March 11, 2009
Knowing how tight everyone’s wallet is right now, we have a couple of specials you might be interested in.  First of all, good news - our voucher program is back.  We are again offering financial assistance to Rohnert Park residents that need help in order to get their pets altered. ...
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  Change of Plans?
March 11, 2009
In a ruling February 24, the U. S. Supreme Court Case No. 07-526, Carcieri v. Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, the court ruled in favor of the State of Rhode Island and against new “tribes” taking land into trust. The 6-3 decision states that land to trust status should have...
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  Merger Idea an Old One
March 11, 2009
The idea of Cotati and Rohnert Park merging municipalities, as reported in Sunday’s Press Democrat and Monday night’s TV news, is not a new one. Way back in 1962 before Rohnert Park incorporated, the idea was discussed, and even then, residents didn’t feel their philosophies of life would merge very...
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  Political Payback
March 11, 2009
One does not need to look to Illinois with its Blagojevich/Burris embarrassments to see political scandal. Rohnert Park offers it right here in Sonoma County. The City Council majority (Amie Breeze, Gina Belforte and Joe Callinan) is apparently unable to understand financial statements and basic elements of city governance, such as...
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  Taking the reins
March 11, 2009
Losing the love of your life is devastating, there’s no doubt about it. But what if that loved one was an icon in the community? Would you try to continue on with their work? Or throw in the towel and call it a day? There are only two choices and...
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  SSU theater arts major now Miss Sonoma County
March 11, 2009
It was probably inevitable that Kimberly Stout  would be chosen Miss Sonoma County at the yearly pageant held in Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The 22-year old, a theater arts major at Sonoma State U, obviously has a sense of humor. You got an inkling when the 11 candidates...
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  RP-Cotati merger deflated
March 11, 2009
Before anyone gets their undies in a bunch… The rumor going around that these two vastly different cities are merging is completely false. What started out as a simple suggestion, mushroomed and transformed, creating quite the hoop-la amidst both communities. But what started it? In Sunday’s Press Democrat there was a big story on...
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  Faculty-staff gulf widens at SSU
March 11, 2009
A blistering report from Peter Philips, sociology professor at Sonoma State University, has cast a harsh light on the fractious relations between SSU administrators and the faculty. Called “Building a Public Ivy, Sonoma State University 1994-2007: A Study of Student Racial Diversity and Family Income at SSU Compared to Other California...
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  Cotati hires tax consultant
March 11, 2009
The City of Cotati is stepping gingerly across a minefield labeled raising taxes. Instead of blindly charging ahead and boosting taxes, the city council approved hiring the Lew Edwards Group to “solicit feedback” from citizens. The choice they face is to further cut back city services to residents or raise...
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  Aggressive two-pronged campaign in RP reduces sale of alcohol to minors
March 11, 2009
Back in May 2007, Rohnert Park’s City Council approved a new ordinance setting up a use permit fee schedule applying to merchants who sell alcoholic beverages. A total of 70 merchants were sent invoices from $75 to $1,500 as outlined in the new ordinance. “About one-third didn’t respond,” said Interim City...
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  Local schools compete in Sonoma County Regional Spelling Bee
March 11, 2009
Indomitable. Perseverance. Tenacious. While one can most likely read these words without any difficulty, how many could spell them without looking?  These words, though maybe not a part of the spelling bee, also describe student participants to a T. Beginning Feb. 24 the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) hosted four Regional spelling...
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  Wal-Mart grant helps Meals on Wheels program
March 11, 2009
The Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the national Meals on Wheels Association and the Wal-Mart Foundation. “With this grant we will be able to feed more of our senior clients and make a tremendous impact in the community,” said Marianne McBride, development...
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  Green Music at SSU receives $500,000 grant
March 11, 2009
The Vadasz Family Foundation has contributed $500,00 to Sonoma State U’s Green Music Center. The donation is divided into $250,000 for underwriting for the Student Practice Suites at GMC with its seven practice rooms and $250,000 for private lessons and scholarships  for music majors at SSU. “We are confident that the...
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  Free tax help every Friday
March 11, 2009
It’s always nice to have help filling out your income tax return and in Rohnert Park the Codding Recreation Center has free assistance for tax payers of all ages. Located on the corner of Enterprise and Hunter drives, the former RP Senior Center. Hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, Fridays...
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library News
March 11, 2009
Adult Programs “Living into Art: Journeys Through Collage” is a program presented by Lindsay Whiting on March 7 at 2:00 p.m. In this presentation she outlines a unique approach to art and imagination that can be used for inner growth, activating imagination and living a more psychologically and spiritually engaged life. This...
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  RP police logs
March 11, 2009
2/25 12:28 a.m.: Traffic stop on Redwood Dr., 21-year-old female arrested for driving unlicensed. 3:29 a.m.: Traffic stop on No Name St./Southwest Blvd., 26-year-old male arrested for obstructing/resisting/etc. a public/peace officer and felony receiving/etc. known stolen property, 24-year-old male arrested for felony receiving/etc. known stolen property, 19-year-old female arrested for felony receiving/etc....
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  SR prevails against RP Barbarians
March 11, 2009
The Rohnert Park Barbarians Rugby squad’s strong second half was not enough against Santa Rosa as they endured defeat 21-12, in their first match of the season at home on Friday. In the first half, Santa Rosa used their strong defense to gain primary possession of the rugby and hold RP...
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  Hunters checking out new DFG regulations
March 11, 2009
I was in Healdsburg over the weekend, the river looked great, high and muddy. Too much rain to do much outdoors, except hunt mushrooms; I stayed dry. The California Dept. of Fish and Game sent out a booklet, THE HUNTING DIGEST, “Upland game for spring” is the feature, two big toms...
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  Rancho wrestlers grab 20th spot in NCS Championships
March 11, 2009
Rancho wrestling came in 20th place in the NCS Championships over the Feb. 27-28 weekend. Bud Guinn at 287 pounds finished in second place and qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation Championship  which will be held in Bakersfield today through Saturday. Last season, Guinn went 4-2 in the state meet to...
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