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  Water Agency held EIR hearing in RP March 4
March 17, 2009
Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) has been holding a series of public meetings on an environmental impact report (EIR) concerning SCWA’s “Water Supply, Transmission and Reliability” project. Roughly translated, it means continuing the reliability of the SCWA to supply its customers with a supply of fresh water for the next...
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  Cotati-RP School Board grapples with budget crisis
March 17, 2009
The local school district budget deficit could mean laying off 55 staffers including teachers, creating more crowded classrooms and reducing services including counseling and library hours. In an emergency meeting held Thursday night, March 5, the board heard again the hard facts of the bad news from J. Wade Roach,...
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  More grim news for schools
March 17, 2009
Joe Schiebold effectively summed up what many parents have been feeling in this California budget tornado. After saying he knows his statement, “won’t change anyone’s mind,” at Tuesday night’s Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District board meeting, he told the board, “I’d rather have my (local) elected officials fight for what...
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  Music Boosters' Friday night bingo scores big
March 17, 2009
A crowd packed the Codding Recreation Center (formerly the RP Senior Center) Friday, Mar. 6 to take part in the fun Friday night bingo hosted by the Rancho Cotate High School Music Boosters. The activity has been a surprise hit, creating the only place to play Friday night bingo in...
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  RP hires internal auditing firm to help with finance
March 17, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council voted Tueday night to hire Urban Futures, Inc. to take on an internal auditing analysis of the city’s financial problems. The vote was 4-1 with Pam Stafford dissenting. “I have no problem with hiring an internal auditor,” she said. “But the city council has not been very...
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  It's pure 'Lunacy'
March 17, 2009
Tech High’s robotics team is looking for a return to glory in this weekend’s regional tournament in San Jose after finishing in the middle of the pack last year. Team 675 took a trip to the “Super Bowl of Robotics,” the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) National...
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  Rancho posts shutout in home opener
March 17, 2009
Mike Lepiane threw five shutout innings and the Cougars’ offense came alive to capture a 7-0 win over Analy in the team’s home debut Monday. Lepaine was the star of the game, fanning six batters and throwing a no-hitter through four innings of work. In the fifth, Lepaine lost his bid...
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  No. 5 ranked SSU men's golf seizes second place in spring debut
March 17, 2009
Deemed the fifth best team in Division II golf by Golf World/Nike Division II National Coaches’ Poll, the SSU men’s golf team captured second place in the Cal State University Bakersfield Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield on Feb.22-24, to set the tone for the spring season. The Seawolves...
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  'Candide' comic opera at Cinnabar
March 17, 2009
The immortal satire “Candide” by Voltaire and turned into a comic opera by Leonard Bernstein, opens March 20, at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma. Rohnert Park’s Will Hart Meyer has the title role with Sheila Wiley as the subject of his eternal, elusive love. It plays weekends with Sunday matinees and...
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  Powerful party
March 17, 2009
Powerfit Personal Training held a grand opening party at it’s Cotati studio February 27. About 120 people came for the live music, food and health and fitness seminars by the staff, including owners Chris Jantz and John-Logan Coots. Pictured are Powerfit staff members, including Jantz (with gold scissors) and Coots...
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  Mammoth stimulus law includes tax breaks
March 17, 2009
The new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains numerous tax breaks for individuals and businesses. Here’s a brief summary. You may claim a “Making Work Pay” credit of 6.2 percent of earned income or $400 ($800 for joint filers), whichever is less, in 2009 and 2010. The credit phases...
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  It???s definitely a man-made drought now
March 17, 2009
One question hung in the air for many months after a landmark ruling by a federal judge in Fresno severely limited amounts of water the huge pumps in the Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers can send to much of the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California and...
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  Plyometric box jump
March 17, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra As we continue our month of plyometric training, we bring to you the plyo box jump which uses not only body weight but gravity to help build muscle and explosive power. Plyo box jumps help to increase the muscle tension, which gives you a more...
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  Woman-owned farms on the rise
March 17, 2009
According to the recently released 2007 Census of Agriculture, the number of women farmers has grown nearly 30 percent from 2002 to 2007. Full time farmers continue to be in the minority, with farmers who had off-farm jobs increasing by 10 percent during that five-year period. Less than half of...
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  New chili, new name
March 17, 2009
Chili Vanilli, one of the brightest surprises of the culinary universe in 2008 will follow up its award-winning performance with another novelty-turned-delicious idea at this year’s Petaluma Chili Cookoff. Sources close to the team say the chili is rumored to have an international flare. Exciting meat choices coupled with imported spices...
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  Enjoy the beauty of nature around us
March 17, 2009
What do foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and elk have in common? They are all native wildlife and can still be found in this area. We are very lucky to have an abundance of wildlife living around us; it helps keep our environment healthy to have such diversity of life. If...
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  Leaving her mark
March 17, 2009
March is recognized as the National Women in History month. This week, Cecelia Belle is acknowledged for her leadership, perseverance and determination to connect and reach out to local families in need through SCAYD. “When I first got involved, I never realized it would turn out to be my major life...
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  It took Abravaya a while to get on stage
March 17, 2009
“Yes, in a sense it’s autobiographical,” says Gene Abravaya of his new play, “The Book of Matthew.” It has its world premiere in Spreckels Performing Arts Center March 19. “It’s hard to do. I began working out the basic plot back in the 1980s,” he adds. “That first draft took me...
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  Rohnert Park 4H Club revitalized
March 17, 2009
How does one milk a cow? Or show a pig? If someone wanted to raise chickens, how does that work? For answers to these questions, one doesn’t need to look any further than the 4H Foundation of Sonoma County. With 28 clubs and 29 directors across Sonoma County, including Cotati,...
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  Meeting Wednesday on Penngrove sidewalk plans
March 17, 2009
Penngrove residents are invited to attend a community meeting Wednesday, to look at plans for installation of new sidewalks along Main Street. It will be held in the Penngrove Community Clubhouse, beginning at 6 p.m. The address is 365 Woodward Ave., one block above Main Street. The proposal calls for widening...
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  Rebuilding together update
March 17, 2009
Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati is preparing for the upcoming National Rebuild Day (April 25). Projects scheduled range from major to minor improvements, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, plastering, painting, glazing, weather-stripping, security improvements, trash removal and yard work. Rebuilding Together is in need of three House Captains with carpentry skills. The House...
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library news
March 17, 2009
This month's book discussion is Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. The book discussion will take place March 18 at 11:30 a.m. Come to the library Reference Desk to pick up a copy of the book. Ayurveda the Science of Good Health with Dr. Erika Crotta, a licensed Naturopathic Doctor,...
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  RP police logs
March 17, 2009
3/4 10:37 a.m.: Report of graffiti on Camino Coronado, 17-year-old male cited for misdemeanor violation of probation and minor purchase/receive/etc. tobacco. 11:19 a.m.: Report of battery on Snyder Lane. 2:33 p.m.: Flagged down by citizen, two 18-year-old females cited for petty theft - shoplifting. 3/5 3:55 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle occupied on Redwood Dr., 30-year-old female...
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  Cotati police logs
March 17, 2009
3/1 12:15 a.m.: Traffic stop on Old Redwood Hwy., 35-year-old male arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. 3/2 12:09 a.m.: Party disturbance on Pinewood Ct. 3/3 12:09 a.m.: Report of a drunk driver on George St./Old...
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  Clear water means more visibility for undersea divers
March 17, 2009
My friend Paul Damgaard sent me an e-mail I want to share with you: “Clay Vaughn and I decided at the last minute to dive out to Salt Point for a photo and video dive shoot. We were treated to 25-foot visability, dead-calm sea at 65 degrees. I just had to...
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  Owning the match
March 17, 2009
At No. 1 singles for the Cougars, Wes Skelton returns a serve against Piner’s Kyle Benelli March 6 at Magnolia Park. Skelton ruled supreme, earning 6-2, 6-0 win against Benelli to own the match.
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  Spreckels and schools team up for 'Community Celebration of the Arts,' March 31
March 17, 2009
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and Spreckels Performing Arts Center are joining together for the "Community Celebration of the Arts," Tuesday, March 31, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center. Student artwork will be on display showcasing pieces from students of all levels attending the public schools in the...
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  SSU parking on East Cotati Ave. gets chilly reception from Council
March 17, 2009
A proposal to allow car parking on both sides of East Cotati Ave. between M and R sections didn't get very far with Rohnert Park's City Council Tuesday night. Instead, the council quintet decided to send the Transportation Issues Subcommittee recommendation was referred to the subcommittee, Dept. of Public Safety...
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  RP/Cotati junior cheerleaders at national finals
March 17, 2009
Rohnert Park Cotati Youth Football and Cheer’s cheerleading squads participated in the USA National Cheer Competition on Saturday February 28 in Disneyland. The Pee Wees placed second, Mitey Mites placed third and the Midgets placed fifth.
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