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  Jim remembers and relaxes
April 8, 2009
Jim McIntyre was an Army brat. As he talks about his parents, he gets a little taller as his spine straightens. His mom had the tough job of raising a house full of kids while his dad was away. His dad, a career helicopter mechanic and crew chief for the armed...
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  Wedding announcement
April 8, 2009
Rusell J. Vezzali Jr. and Jennifer Marie Green are happy to announce their upcoming wedding, taking place April 9 at 11 a.m. Rusell J. Vazzali and Nadine R. Vezzali, parents of the groom and Tieu Arasshiro, the mother of the bride will be attending.  They are looking forward to seeing...
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  Need additional time to file your return?
April 8, 2009
If you need more time to file your 2008 income tax return, you can get an extension - and no explanation is necessary. You may have a very good reason for wanting more time to file your 2008 individual income tax return. For instance, you might want to hold off funding...
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  ABC band pulls
April 8, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This month’s focus is metabolic conditioning. This helps boost that metabolism and get your body lean and tight. Many of the exercises we will be using this month are closely related to an Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) style of training and are designed to blast...
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  Flowering cherry creates memorable display
April 8, 2009
Here I will mention some of the cultivated cvs. of flowering cherry. These have a difficult parentage but nonetheless are very showy landscape specimens. Most often placed under Prunus serrulata. Ama no Gawa is fastigiated, very upright in growth habit. It will fit in the narrowest place and has semi-double pink...
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  Hahn Elementary Students of the Month
April 8, 2009
Third, fourth and fifth grade Students of the Month for March at Hahn Elementary School are Tina Phuong, Kaitlin Point, Michael Bartolozzi, Christian Buechler, Mariah Lamaison, Lupita Gonzalez, Tate Little, Armondo Chasco, Ryan Kilmurray, Dalton Kowalski, Mariah Dunn, Benny Young, Kenneth Shinn, Morgan Gebhart, Keegan Leighty, Sara McKinzie, Justin Vivas,...
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  Spring dangers include heat, foxtails
April 8, 2009
You don’t naturally think of spring as a particularly dangerous time for our pets but it can be. We all know about the dangers of winter, not to leave our pets out in the cold and rain and everyone knows that our intense summer heat can be deadly, but spring?...
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  Noise Element ignored
April 8, 2009
Last Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. a very small group of citizens came to the discussion of the Rohnert Park Housing Element. There was a presentation of the ideals of the Housing Element and a presentation by one developer. Where was the public? A General Plan and its mandatory elements...
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  One exception to Earth Hour
April 8, 2009
Earth Hour was observed on the Las Vegas Strip, the brightest spot on Earth from space. Every major casino participated, with one exception: Station Casinos.  Although they had agreed to participate, they withdrew because Earth Hour would have interfered with the company’s “Win a Million in March” giveway, where prizes...
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  RP's historical archives finally get city-donated dry space
April 8, 2009
Rohnert Park’s long-ignored historical archive now has a dry-roofed, spacious storage place for its collection of early day memorabilia. City Hall staffers in the community development and housing department, notably Brian Goodman and Linda Babonis, found and then wangled permission to donate “two or three” rooms in 120 Avram Avenue, next...
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  Schools' art comes alive
April 8, 2009
When the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District began working on its Strategic Art Plan last spring, Lois Donaghey and Mary McDougall from the district and Spreckels, respectively, thought it would be a nice idea to have a celebration of the arts. So that’s just what they did Tuesday at Spreckels. The...
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  Petition to oust mobile home tenant aired in RP public session
April 8, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Mobile Home Spaces and Rent Appeals Board held a four-hour meeting Thursday morning in city hall to discuss a Valley Village petition to evict a tenant. It was the first such petition to ever reach this stage with the board. The hearing was chaired by Leland Dibble, a Hearing...
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  RP home to Sonoma County Junior Miss winner for second consecutive year
April 8, 2009
For the second year in a row, Sonoma County’s Junior Miss is from Rohnert Park. Kelly Cai has been crowned Sonoma County’s Junior Miss 2009. The scholarship program’s 40th year was held at Spreckels Saturday night. Looking at the other contestants, Cai, 16, was “pretty iffy” about her chances. But the...
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  What to do with that old computer
April 8, 2009
You know how it is. You’ve accumulated a collection of cell phones that are hard to manage, one or two obsolete computers and monitors, ancient TV sets with or without rabbit ears, worn-out answering machines and primitive fax machines, taking up garage and closet space. You can’t easily recycle them....
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  RP-Cotati Library news
April 8, 2009
Sonoma County Master Gardeners presents a program on Conserving Rainwater for Your Garden. Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wildflowers of Sonoma County, a talk and digital slideshow presented by Liz Parsons, will be held Saturday, April 25, 2-3:30 p.m. Liz Parsons is a fellow and past-president of the Milo Baker...
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  Rebuilding Together update
April 8, 2009
Rebuilding Together National is offering a free “Online Energy Efficiency Workshop” for Volunteers and Homeowners, as part of the new Rebuilding Together Green Housing Program. The purpose of this program is to provide easy and cost-effective strategies that anyone can use to make a home more energy efficient. Implementing one...
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  Penngrove's world of pure imagination
April 8, 2009
Willy Wonka (Conner Kato-Reidy) pats the head of young Charlie Bucket (Emily Ingram) in Penngrove Elementary School’s production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Thursday, March 26. The school worked extensively on the backdrop and props, much to the delight of all who attended. The standing-room only crowd marveled...
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  Quest to convert Rancho Verde mobile home park into condos continues
April 8, 2009
A settlement between the City of Rohnert Park and the owners of Rancho Verde mobile home park was approved by the council March 24.. The park owners, formerly Indian Springs Ltd., now RVP Rohnert Park LP, have agreed to settle their differences before going to trial. For several years, park...
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  RP council OKs General Plan update
April 8, 2009
RP’s City Council unanimously approved the annual update on the city’s General Plan March 24. It was noted a former “community separator” designation west of Home Depot was removed and the area is now open to development. The area includes the Northwest Specific Plan and the site Station Casinos plans...
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  Cotati downtown plan EIR hearing April 6
April 8, 2009
Cotati’s Planning Commission will scrutinize an Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan at its Monday April 6 meeting. Their comments and decision will be passed on to the city council for public hearings in late April or early May. The Planning Commission meeting is at 7 pm in Cotati...
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  RP police logs
April 8, 2009
3/25 12:58 a.m.: Report of an occupied suspicious vehicle on Redwood Dr., 56-year-old female cited for possession of a narcotic controlled substance and 46-year-old male cited for displaying false proof of registration. 2:07 a.m.: Report of an occupied suspicious vehicle on Snyder Ln., 22-year-old male arrested for use/being under the influence of...
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  Cotati police logs
April 8, 2009
3/24 12:09 a.m.: Report of violation of probation on Hwy 116 South, 20-year-old male arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and felony violation of probation. 12:54 p.m.: Report of received property under an assumed ID on Eucalyptus Ave., felony obtainment of credit/etc. 3/25 1:25 a.m.: Drunk in public on Charles St., 51-year-old...
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  Here's lookin' at you
April 8, 2009
Senior Josh Silva helps the varsity Cougars take first place in the 200-meter medley at Honeybee Pool Thursday, March 26 against Cardinal Newman.
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  Rancho wrestler takes third in state
April 8, 2009
Rancho freshman wrestler Kayla Aggio took third place in the California Girls Invitational at Hanford West High School January 30, but her finish was not a piece of cake. After suffering defeat against Savanna Nickols of Arcata, Aggio went on to win eight straight matches to bring home the 132-pound...
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  Pigs and turkeys - where were you?
April 8, 2009
We arrived at the beautiful Demple Ranch in Hopland last Friday afternoon for a weekend of hunting wild boar and turkey. Bob Demple told me of a rash of pigs in the last few weeks, one group shot three in one day. The turkeys were roosting in the trees along...
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  Safe!
April 8, 2009
Cougar senior Kylie Goltze slides safely into third base in Rancho’s game against Napa Tuesday, March 24 at Rancho.  
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  Solid finish for Cougars in Stanford Invitational
April 8, 2009
Senior Matt Egelhoff's ninth place finish in the high jump and the boys' 21st place run in the 4x800 meter relay capped off a solid weekend for the Rancho track and field squad at the prominent Stanford Invitational at Stanford University on Friday and Saturday. "It's the most important early...
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  Solid finish for Cougars in Stanford Invitational
April 8, 2009
Senior Matt Egelhoff's ninth place finish in the high jump and the boys' 21st place run in the 4x800 meter relay capped off a solid weekend for the Rancho track and field squad at the prominent Stanford Invitational at Stanford University on Friday and Saturday. "It's the most important early...
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  Quest to convert Rancho Verde mobile home park into condos continues
April 8, 2009
A settlement between the City of Rohnert Park and the owners of Rancho Verde mobile home park was approved by the council March 24.. The park owners, formerly Indian Springs Ltd., now RVP Rohnert Park LP, have agreed to settle their differences before going to trial. For several years, park...
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  RP council OKs General Plan update
April 8, 2009
RP’s City Council unanimously approved the annual update on the city’s General Plan March 24. It was noted a former “community separator” designation west of Home Depot was removed and the area is now open to development. The area includes the Northwest Specific Plan and the site Station Casinos plans...
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  Cotati downtown plan EIR hearing April 6
April 8, 2009
Cotati’s Planning Commission will scrutinize an Environmental Impact Report for the Downtown Specific Plan at its Monday April 6 meeting. Their comments and decision will be passed on to the city council for public hearings in late April or early May. The Planning Commission meeting is at 7 pm in Cotati...
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