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  Waiting for touch down
April 14, 2009
Students of John Reed teacher Lisa Leighty eagerly reach out to catch a homemade hot air balloon at the elementary school April 1. The class made tissue balloons as part of a science lesson and launched them with a propane tank. Each balloon got off the ground, but didn’t go...
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  Council member sees black face faux pas as 'non-story'
April 14, 2009
For George Barich, moving from the audience where he was a tireless citizen commentator, to a seat up on the city council’s raised platform, was merely for a more comfortable chair. It didn’t alter his political stance. Nor did it muffle his criticism of council issues or blunt his sharp...
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  Fixing what's broken
April 14, 2009
It started out just like a storybook. Dan Hoekstra always dreamed of owning his own auto repair shop. He started fixing things even as a young kid, beginning with the mechanics of his bicycle. He landed a job as a mechanic as a teen and years later saw his dream come...
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  Katherine Roberts, former Cotati mayor, dies at 85
April 14, 2009
Former Cotati City Council member and mayor Katherine Roberts died Tuesday at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa after suffering a heart attack. She was 85. Born on a Chippewa Indian reservation in Wisconsin, Mrs. Roberts is best known in Cotati as a major figure in establishing rent control in the city’s...
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  Casa's size, experience outmatch Rancho Cotati
April 14, 2009
Rancho’s James Stevenson was brilliant from behind the net, posting 16 saves and recording a .516 save percentage on the blistering hot afternoon, but the exceptional ball movement and size of the Gaucho attackers proved to be too strong for the Cougars as Casa Grande beat up on the Rancho...
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  Rancho tops Ursuline
April 14, 2009
Junior Stephanie Sarris pitches the last half of the varsity softball game at Ursuline April 2. She helped the Cougars to a 9-4 win. Rancho is now 11-1, 5-1 in NBL play.
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  No Nationals this year, but Tech High Robotics brings home new award
April 14, 2009
Technology High School’s robotics team made it far into the two competitions it entered this year in San Jose and at UC Davis. Though they did not make it to the National Championship, the robot worked well and the team did not go home empty handed. The safety group of the...
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  Katherine Roberts, former Cotati mayor, dies at 85
April 14, 2009
Former Cotati City Council member and mayor Katherine Roberts died Tuesday at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa after suffering a heart attack. She was 85. Born on a Chippewa Indian reservation in Wisconsin, Mrs. Roberts is best known in Cotati as a major figure in establishing rent control in the city’s...
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  Invest today for tomorrow's goals
April 14, 2009
The tax-filing deadline is next week. Will you be getting a refund? If so, take the time to consider how best to use it - because, when used wisely, your tax refund can give you a few added steps on the road toward achieving your financial goals. Of course, if...
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  Review withholding and estimated tax payments
April 14, 2009
If you expect a large tax refund this year, or if you’ve already received one, chances are you’re happy. But why give the government an interest-free loan? Why not keep more of your money and invest it throughout the year for your own benefit? Whether you pay your taxes through...
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  Roundhouse kick
April 14, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra As we continue to focus on metabolic conditioning, we bring to you a basic exercise that is very effective in raising your heart rate and increasing that metabolism. Try combining roundhouse kicks with a few other quick pace exercises in a tabata style format (20...
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  The realities of Multiple Sclerosis
April 14, 2009
Former talk show host Montel Williams, 52, has raised awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since his diagnosis in January 1998, raising more than $1.5 million for funding MS research. Williams was born and raised in Baltimore, where his father was the city’s first African-American fire chief. He joined the Marines and...
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  Goat: The other red meat?
April 14, 2009
Who’s been making headlines in the New York Times? Were meat goats the first idea to pop into your head? No? How about Bill Niman, former owner of the hugely successful Niman Ranch (natural beef), who left his company and is now raising goats in Bolinas? Well, it’s true! America is...
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  Oh My God, It's Everywhere determined to stick with goat in chili
April 14, 2009
Goats are not easy to deal with, especially when they’re dead. That’s the word coming out of Oh My God, It’s Everywhere’s chili think tank headquarters. This stubborn meat refuses to be taken lightly, and time is ticking toward the May 9 Petaluma Chili Cookoff. Will Mount Chilimanjaro be ready by...
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  John Reed Elementary Students of the Trimester
April 14, 2009
Third, fourth and fifth grade Students of the Trimester at John Reed Elementary School are Leslie Chavez, Raul Cruz Rosalino, Bianca Gutierres Hernandez, Uriel Perez, Yasmin Banuelos, Cristian Cardenas, Alex Ghiringhelli, Jimena Jimenez, Denise Almendra Contreras, Leslie Banuelos, Ahtziri Rivera Mondragon, Melvin Vasquez, Jessie Aguilar, Christopher Gonzales, Elizabeth Gonzales, Elkha...
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  Dye the eggs, not the rabbits
April 14, 2009
I remember when I was a child, right around Easter each year stores would be promoting little pastel colored chicks and adorable baby bunnies. The most unlikely stores, too, would have these cute animals on display. Clothing stores, grocery stores, everyone would use these symbols of spring and Easter to push...
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  John Reed Elementary Honor Roll Students
April 14, 2009
Third, fourth and fifth grade Honor Roll Students for the second trimester at John Reed Elementary School are Mya Diaz-Kiles, Azriel Medina, Martin Flores, Jason Miller, Joshua Hirschmann, Nathalie Nava, Leslie Lozano, Faizah Patel, Cassandra Banuelos, Brandon Ramos, Jose Garfia, Larose Randall, Devante Harris, Lorena Sanchez, Yadira Higareda-Inocencio, Conner Sorenson,...
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  Police: Helpful, or harmful?
April 14, 2009
On Friday, April 3, I went with some of my friends to a very small house party. I knew that there would be marijuana and alcohol, so I didn’t drive my car; my friend’s parent dropped us off thinking it was just a slumber party. I went to this party with...
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  The real noise pollution
April 14, 2009
Mr. Stutrud’s letter published in the April 3 edition fails to address the main source of “Noise Element” pollution here in Rohnert Park. Whenever and wherever I am in this city’s environs, I have never, never been imposed upon by noise from railroads, freeways, airports or factories.  On the contrary,...
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  Everyone needs to give
April 14, 2009
Economic times are tough. As parents of school age children we have suffered layoffs and pay cuts. We’ve lost our jobs, our health care benefits and money from our 401k plans. We’re living in the same economic mess as district employees. With a multi-million dollar budget shortfall staring us in the...
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  Easy money
April 14, 2009
With all of the budget cuts threatening our schools, there is an easy way that the community can help.  Most schools collect box tops or soup can labels as a way to pay for sports equipment and other helpful things. These labels come on many of the foods we buy...
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  Debate may be in order
April 14, 2009
A woman who spoke at the School Board meeting Tuesday night suggested that teachers, administrators and a few members of the Board of Trustees have a debate as they wrangle with this year’s budget shortfall. While I think the word “debate” may turn some people off, a community forum of...
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  Local author brings a bit of RP history to life in new book
April 14, 2009
The three friends were inseparable. Two fell in love, two made a pact, and then two were killed by a drunk driver, leaving the third to grieve and find the strength to keep his promise and honor the pact he’d made by pursuing his dream of having a career as...
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  Teen arrested in stabbing at apartment complex
April 14, 2009
A fight in a Rohnert Park apartment complex resulted in a man being taken to the hospital with multiple stab wounds early Monday morning. A man in his mid-20s was in critical condition in intensive care Tuesday afternoon after a fight left him with stab wounds to his arms and legs....
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  Weaver's toothpick sculpture headed to San Francisco
April 14, 2009
Scott Weaver’s 100,000-toothpick masterpiece is now where it belongs - in a professional art gallery in San Francisco. “I’m excited that it’s finally getting into The City,” said Weaver, days after installing the nine foot-tall sculpture in the city after which it is made. His goal when he started making the sculpture...
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  RP Chamber of commerce postpones business showcase
April 14, 2009
The Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase has been postponed this year. Originally scheduled for May 16, Chamber President Roy Gugliotta said he only had five businesses sign up, a far cry from the 80 he was hoping for. He will try again next spring. “I tried to do something larger,”...
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  Monthly Cabaret Night at Codding rec coming soon
April 14, 2009
The first of monthly Cabaret Nights in Rohnert Park’s Codding Recreation Center will be held Saturday, May 9, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s an evening of live entertainment, dancing on a polished dance floor, a pasta feed with wine at every table and a genuine nightclub setting. Semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets...
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  Afternoon of live music at Codding Rec
April 14, 2009
The next “Musical Extravaganza” hosted by vocalist Joe Tringali and his talented troupe of musicians will be staged Friday, April 24, in Rohnert Park’s Codding Recreation Center, beginning at 1 p.m. It’s a matinee performance of live, song-filled entertainment with veteran show biz musicians Tringali has collected over the years. Part...
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  Rebuilding Together update
April 14, 2009
Congress recently passed legislation dramatically expanding the AmeriCorps program, and President Obama is expected to sign the legislation this week. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act will expand AmeriCorps from 75,000 participants to 250,000 participants.  Two new programs that serves part of the Rebuilding Together mission, will be created:  The...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
April 14, 2009
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 Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. She has written many articles on gardening with California native plants...
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  New support group at Rancho Cotate for parents
April 14, 2009
If you would like to improve communication with your teenage daughter or son, consider attending a new free drop-in Parent Empowerment Support Group at Rancho Cotate High School Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. in Room N-16 (at the back of the campus) year round. Group is led by Lana Sremba, MA,...
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  Sports scoreboard April 1-7
April 14, 2009
Baseball Varsity 9-3, 3-3 Apr. 1 RC 4 vs. C. Newman 5 Apr. 3 RC 8 at Ukiah 9 JV 11-1-1, 6-1 Apr. 1 RC 14 at C. Newman 4 Apr. 3 RC 7 at Ukiah 5 Frosh 8-2 Mar. 31 RC 3 vs. C. Newman 0 Apr. 2 RC 11 vs. Ukiah 1 Softball Varsity 11-1, 5-1 Mar. 31 RC 7 vs. Maria Carrillo 6 Apr....
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  Cougars fall to wildcats
April 14, 2009
Rancho junior Brandon Wall faces off against his Ukiah opponent April 1 at Magnolia Park. The Cougars lost, 5-2.  
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  Cougar sighting at Infineon
April 14, 2009
Jim Gallucci exits turn 4 at Infineon Raceway in his 1967 Mercury Cougar this weekend. The Classic Sport Racing Group (CSRG) held two days of races for competitors in various classes and will return to the Sonoma raceway in September for another weekend of road racing.  
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  Cougar sighting at Infineon
April 14, 2009
Jim Gallucci exits turn 4 at Infineon Raceway in his 1967 Mercury Cougar this weekend. The Classic Sport Racing Group (CSRG) held two days of races for competitors in various classes and will return to the Sonoma raceway in September for another weekend of road racing.  
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  Rancho tops Ursuline
April 14, 2009
Junior Stephanie Sarris pitches the last half of the varsity softball game at Ursuline April 2. She helped the Cougars to a 9-4 win. Rancho is now 11-1, 5-1 in NBL play.  
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