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  Cotati City Council meeting cancelled
April 17, 2009
Cotati City Council has cancelled its April 22 meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting is Wednesday, May 13. No reason was given for the cancellation. The City Council is meeting Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. for a “special joint meeting and study session” with the Board of Directors of the...
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  RP Council meets Tuesday April 14
April 17, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council meets Tuesday April 14, in city hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm. Preceding the meeting will be a lengthy session on the city’s budget including a presentation from the city’s temporary interim auditor, Urban Futures, Inc. This budget meeting begins at 4 pm The regular meeting...
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  Oil spill snarls traffic on Commerce Blvd.
April 17, 2009
An oil spill tied up traffic on Commerce Blvd. just north of RP Expressway Thursday afternoon. Mike Lockwood of disposal company Northbay Corporation said he received a call about 3:30 p.m. to help clean up an oil spill in Rohnert Park. At 4 p.m., about six from his crew and others...
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  Obituary
April 17, 2009
Jerry “Papa” Gillespie devoted his life to coaching and nurturing kids in Petaluma and Rohnert Park in his favorite sport of baseball. Jerry passed away April 9 after losing his battle with cancer. He is survived by his children Val Kahaulelio, Cindy Gillespie, Rick (Renee) Gillespie; grandchildren Chey and Jake Kahaulelio, Casey...
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  Get started on cutting 2009 taxes
April 17, 2009
Once you’ve filed your 2008 tax return, you may be tempted to file away your records and relax a little. However, you could be missing a perfect opportunity to save on your 2009 taxes. With your completed 2008 return in one hand, and a recent paycheck stub in the other,...
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  How to invest during a recession
April 17, 2009
We are now finishing the 16th month of the recession, which began in December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Not only is this a long recession, but it’s also a severe one, marked by painfully high levels of job losses, a sharply reduced credit flow and...
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  Unforeseen dangers of cell phones
April 17, 2009
Cell phones were first commercially introduced in 1983. They were the size of a brick, cost $3,500 apiece, had very limited coverage and you could do no more than dial, talk and listen. Today, cell phones have virtually replaced land lines for most people in the world. They are smaller than...
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  Grasshoppers
April 17, 2009
As we continue to focus on metabolic conditioning, we bring to you an exercise known as the grasshopper. Grasshoppers are a quick conditioning exercise that requires flexibility and will definitely get your heart rate up. Try including this exercise into a tabata style routine (20 seconds exercise, 10 seconds rest...
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  Looking for the right side of the bed?
April 17, 2009
Restful sleep is one of life’s great pleasures. With it we awake on the right side of the bed. Without it, there is no right side. Can the location of our bed within a room affect how restful our sleep is? The ancient Chinese thought so when they practiced Feng...
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  Warm weather tips for spring time
April 17, 2009
With the warm weather we are having and plants blooming all around, here are a few tips to help the gardener. Remove spent flowers on ornamental plants (unless they will produce showy fruit later on). This is especially important with flowering shrubs such as forsythia, spirea, kerria and others. Simply remove...
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  Properly secure your loads
April 17, 2009
Sonoma County residents share a responsibility to keep Sonoma County local roads and highways safe and clean. You can help reduce roadside litter and prevent accidents from happening by using tarps, nets and tie-downs to secure your loads. One of the primary sources of litter on roadways is from trucks and...
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  Volunteer opportunities abound at shelter
April 17, 2009
Volunteering seems to be on the increase recently - which is good news to nonprofits and other agencies that are faced with budget crunches and employee downsizing. Certainly we wouldn’t be able to do all that we do for the animals with just our tiny staff of nine employees -...
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  Yeah. Right. Whatever.
April 17, 2009
In response to Ms. Moon’s letter published in the April 10 edition, is this not just a typical example of our self centered, single minded, inconsiderate opinions of our present day young people? The only positive aspect of this letter was that the four young ladies had, sensibly, decided not...
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  Political spin?
April 17, 2009
Although I respect the fact that you covered the story regarding George Barich’s serious lack of judgment I felt the Community Voice could have taken a more critical stance against this type of ignorance. Your version of the news sounded more to me like political spin. Even if people don’t...
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  Seriously doubt it
April 17, 2009
I am writing in response to a letter published in the community voice by Ms. Moon (4/10) alleging misconduct by the Rohnert Park police dept. After admitting that you knew drugs and alcohol would be at the party and lying to your parents you expect us to believe that you...
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  Who cares?
April 17, 2009
Why would Cotati Council Barich’s black face be more racist than Michael Jackson’s attempts to show a white face? Who cares? Rudolf Stueck Cotati
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  Wake up people
April 17, 2009
I like how Jud Snyder begins his columns: Nobody asked me but... it’s high time we heard from teachers - on the record - about why they think they are the only ones who shouldn’t have to compromise when it comes to their pay in this terrible, awful, no good,...
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  Rescuing the animals
April 17, 2009
Three miniature horses, two small dogs and one large cat reside with Pat and Ed Gilardi with their daughter, Marissa, in their Cotati home. The property used to also house about 20 sheep, but Anthony, now 22, got tired of raising them and Marissa, 16, is more into horses. Most of...
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  New neighbors for Scandia include 'quick lube' business
April 17, 2009
The property next to Scandia Fun Center on Redwood Drive in Rohnert Park is nearly completed, but what will it be? “For this project, it looks like we’re going to be done in about two and half months,” said developer Ernest Ramirez of KLPM, Inc. “So in June we should be...
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  Meditation in motion
April 17, 2009
It’s listed as an “active seniors program” from Santa Rosa Junior College. That’s a misnomer. Students from their 20s on up to 80s are discovering Tai Chi in a free weekly class hosted by Cotati’s Recreation Department. It’s one of the many classes offered by the city this spring and...
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  Digital bookmobile Coming to RP Library
April 17, 2009
The Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library will host the Digital Bookmobile, an immersive download experience inside a 74-foot, high-tech trailer Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Readers of all ages are invited to engage in digital downloading through interactive demonstrations and experience Sonoma County Library’s audiobook download service at this free...
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  Rebuilding Together update
April 17, 2009
Rebuilding Together is still in need of a couple of House Captains for several small projects for Rebuilding Day, April 25. If we don’t have House Captains for these projects, they cannot be done at this time. This year, check-in and late registration begins at 7 a.m. April 25 at the...
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  RP-Cotati Library news
April 17, 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. 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 based...
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  NOAH food pantry report
April 17, 2009
With the help of Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) was able to provide food to a large number households.                    Week of April 8 Total Households: 223 Total in Households: 784 Number under age 18: 291 Number over 60: 84 Weight of food bought: 5,700 pounds Number of Volunteers: 14 Hours Worked: 44 Weight...
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  Cooking your catch
April 17, 2009
Abalone Divers are reporting good visibility in the near shore waters, which means better breath-hold time for skin diving. Funny thing, even after 35 years, I get longer bottom time when I can see the bottom from the surface. It is all in my head, I know, but those are the...
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  Making contact
April 17, 2009
Rancho sophomore Beau Lewis makes contact, good for two RBIs in the second inning of Rancho’s home game against Elsie Allen Friday, April 10.  
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  Sports scoreboard
April 17, 2009
Baseball Varsity 11-4, 4-4 Apr. 08 RC 4 vs. Piner 5 Apr. 10 RC 16 vs. Elsie Allen 1 Apr. 13 RC 6 vs. Eureka 2 (Adam Westcott Tournament at Casa Grande) JV 12-1-2, 7-2 Apr. 08 RC 2 vs. Piner 4 Apr. 10 RC 11 vs. Elsie Allen 0 Boys Golf 5-7 Apr. 10 RC 383 vs. Maria Carrillo 369 Boys Tennis 3-5 Apr....
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  Tough tackle
April 17, 2009
Kyle Smith from the RP Barbarians makes a hard tackle in the Friday, April 10 loss, 10-5, against Windsor at Comstock Middle School in Santa Rosa. The first half went with no scoring from either side, in the second half the Barbarians scored and Windsor quickly followed with a try...
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  More stringent fireworks rules this year
April 17, 2009
April seemed like as good month to discuss fireworks, a full 90 days before Independence Day and offering plenty of time for Rohnert Park's City Council to iron out wordage in the existing ordinance. What the council was asked to do last August was to work with other cities in Sonoma...
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