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  A tale of two Stephanies
April 24, 2009
Why have one ace pitcher when you can have two? Stephanie O’Dell and Stephanie Sarris have been the workhorses for the Rancho softball team all season long. The pair have combined for all 13 of Rancho’s wins and are the main reasons why the Cougars are one of the top teams...
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  Schindler-Hendrikusovna wedding
April 24, 2009
Jules Schindler of Novato and Elena Levitskaya Hendrikusovna of Rostov, Russia are tying the knot Saturday, April 25 at a private residence in Cotati. Jules and Elena have known each other for over 10 years, corresponding and traveling Europe together. She moved to Novato April 8. Jules, 74, and Elena,...
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  Tax strategies for IRA holders
April 24, 2009
Do you own an IRA that has declined in value this past year? At least you may be able to take advantage of certain tax-saving opportunities for IRA owners. For instance, you might convert a regular IRA to a Roth IRA when the account balance is at a low level....
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  Follow up 'Tax Freedom Day' with tax-smart investments
April 24, 2009
You won’t find it on your calendar, but April 13 was Tax Freedom Day. And although it’s not a national holiday, it can still be meaningful - if you use it as a starting point to review your own tax situation. Tax Freedom Day is the date when average Americans will...
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  Do you get enough to eat?
April 24, 2009
The headlines make it clear that Americans eat too much, yet I often find that people don’t eat enough at the right times. Skipping meals or eating small meals seems like an obvious way to cut calories, but it doesn’t work. In an ironic twist, eating too little can ultimately...
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  Speed punches
April 24, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra To conclude our month of metabolic conditioning we bring to you one of our more basic exercises, but extremely effective when included in a consistent conditioning style routine. You can either use a bag for this exercise or have someone hold pads or focus mitts...
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  Twisting wisteria now in bloom
April 24, 2009
Wisterias are twining woody vines of exceptional beauty and grace. They are long lived and easy to care for. These versatile plants can be grown as vines to cover fence and arbor, and some of the most memorable displays are vines in bloom on a trellis. With judicious pruning, they can...
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  An eruption of flavor from Mount Chilimanjaro
April 24, 2009
It’s not just the weather that’s heating up. The competition for the Petaluma Chili Cookoff crown is getting intense, and the quest to find the perfect balance of spice and savory is nearing its end. This year’s most-hyped team, Oh My God, It’s Everywhere, has started this delicate process now that...
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  It's not too late to spay
April 24, 2009
Is your female cat, or the stray you have been feeding, looking fatter? More than is justified by the amount of food you are offering? You know what that means! Soon there will be more mouths to feed. But it’s not too late to have her spayed and end the pregnancy...
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  'Category killers'
April 24, 2009
I have been traveling on business to Asia off and on for the last few months and was very dismayed to read that the Rohnert Park Wal-Mart is planning an expansion over 40,000 square feet to become a Supercenter. I have been in the commercial real estate lending, loan sales and...
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  Snider Than Thou
April 24, 2009
My, my, my - the vitriol, the sarcasm, and the sneering attitude displayed in Mr. Snyder’s April 17 column about Cotati setting a new goal in snarky punditry. Not since Ambrose Bierce roamed the west or Rush Limbaugh cowed the left has such vituperation been unleashed. I have doubts however,...
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  Government is not the answer
April 24, 2009
I remember a time in the life of America when we glorified and enjoyed the creator and sustainer of life, liberty and true happiness. I remember the unalienable rights of every man and women to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I remember when the schools would teach about...
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  Sami Disharoon Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary
April 24, 2009
What does a new comprehensive cancer center at UCSF have to do with Cotati and Rohnert Park? The answer is obvious to the Disharoon family. “Our goals are, of course, to save the children,” said Gary Disharoon. That goal will soon be one step closer thanks in part to the Sami...
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  Rohnert Park's 'hidden' field
April 24, 2009
Nestled in the confines of Sonoma Mountain Village, at the former Agilent Technologies campus in south RP lies about five acres of grassy areas and a softball and soccer field known as the Sonoma Mountain Village Athletic Fields. A well kept secret, the fields have become homes for a handful...
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  Water resource questions could be answered in USGS study
April 24, 2009
A thorough survey of the groundwater underlying the entire Santa Rosa Plain is projected to be completed sometime in 2010. It’s a five-year study. At its April 14 meeting, Rohnert Park’s City Council approved another payment to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to pay expenses of the survey. RP’s share...
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  A new king is chosen
April 24, 2009
Greg Lawson, court jester sends Sean Haut, picked from the audience to play King Richard of England, to a far away land  in the Traveling Lantern Theater production of “Robin Hood” at the RP Library April 16.
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  April food pantry statistics
April 24, 2009
With the help of Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati volunteers and financial assistance, NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) was able to provide food to a large number households this week of April.   Week of April 15 Total households: 210 Total in households: 754 Number under age 18: 293 Number over age 60: 128 Weight of food...
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  Where you goin' tonight?
April 24, 2009
Have you ever wanted to see where you’re going before you get there? Is there a line? Is the place empty or packed? To know what’s happening before leaving the house isn’t just for the psychically gifted anymore. It’s called Barspace.tv and it’s live real time action at bars...
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  Still time to volunteer for Rebuilding Together's Rebuild Day Saturday
April 24, 2009
National Rebuilding Day 2009 is here. Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park/Cotati, along with more than 200 affiliates throughout the United States will be volunteering their time to rehabilitate over 10,000 homes and nonprofit centers all day Saturday. The need is at an all time high, as low-income homeowners fight to keep homes...
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  RP police logs
April 24, 2009
4/1 9:56 a.m.: Narcotic activity on Snyder Ln., two juvenile males cited for possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana. 10:17 a.m.: Report of misdemeanor battery on person Southwest Blvd. 1:09 p.m.: Report of petty theft, in custody on Rohnert Park Expressway, 23-year-old male arrested for prevent/dissuade witness/victim by threat/force, felony threatening...
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  Cotati police logs
April 24, 2009
4/1 4:08 p.m.: Petty theft/in custody on East Cotati Ave., 23-year-old male arrested for shoplifting, 4/2 3:40 p.m.: Under the influence of drugs on Helman Ln., 26-year-old female and 38-year-old female arrested for use/being under the influence of controlled substances. 5:23 p.m.: Report of a suicide on Charles St. 5:57 p.m.: Petty theft/in custody on...
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  The wondrous world of Hopland
April 24, 2009
I rode along with local guy Preston Smith to Hopland on Friday, our mission was to do our part in keeping the beautiful Demple Ranch, well, beautiful. It was very warm after a windy, cold and miserable week after Easter. We were in metropolitan Hopland at 8 in the evening, hungry...
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  Sports Scoreboard
April 24, 2009
Baseball Varsity 12-5, 4-4 Adam Westcott Tourney: Apr. 13 RC 6 vs. Eureka 2 Apr. 14 RC 9 vs. Drake 10 Apr. 15 RC 15 vs. Redwood 4 JV 13-1-2, 6-1 Petaluma Tourney: Apr. 13 RC 7 vs. Petaluma 12 Apr. 14 RC 9 vs. Drake 6 Apr. 15 RC 8 vs. C. Newman 7 Frosh 11-3 Apr. 20 RC 11 at C. Newman 1 Analy...
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  Desperation time as May 19 vote approaches
April 24, 2009
You always know politicians are desperate when they begin threatening the voters who elected them. So it is today in California, where voters are being told that if they don't okay all six statewide ballot propositions before them May 19, they will suffer grave circumstances. In fact, voters do face a Hobson's...
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