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  Rebuilding homes, building character
May 5, 2009
Rebuild Day is when it all pays off for Diane Broadhead. The executive director of Rebuilding Together-Rohnert Park Cotati gets a lump in her throat when she talks about the stories of people whose houses were fixed up last weekend on National Rebuild Day. Describing the story of Wayne and Angelika...
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  Cleaning up more than just graffiti
May 5, 2009
Removing the stains of graffiti in moments, leaving no trace of the tag once defiling a wall, Andy Jaskela wants to help Rohnert Park look its finest. But he’s also cleaning up his own life a bit. “I moved up here about eight months ago to change my life around,” he...
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  Probable swine flu detected in Sonoma County
May 5, 2009
The first probable case of swine flu has been detected in Sonoma County. Sonoma County Department of Health Services said today a “probable” case has been detected in the county. Though it is not confirmed, hospital tests showed an adolescent girl “with recent travel history to Mexico” had a flu virus...
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  In loving memory of Nicole E. Mattson
May 5, 2009
Thinking of you on what would have been your 22nd birthday. Wishing you were here... Remembering you with a heart of love and an ocean of tears, as our hearts still ache in sadness. Forever missing you and loving you forever. Mom, Dad, Sis Kendra, family and friends No. 22... Never forget.
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  Changes to the homebuyer credit
May 5, 2009
It didn’t take long for Congress to tinker with the “first-time homebuyer tax credit.” This tax break, created by the housing law enacted last year, has been enhanced by the new economic recovery law. But major limitations still exist. On 2008 home purchases, the housing law authorizes a refundable credit for...
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  You can help move a mountain (of cash)
May 5, 2009
In an uncertain economy, it’s natural for people to “tighten their belts” by cutting down on their spending. And yet by having too much cash on hand today, you could actually slow your progress toward your financial goals of tomorrow. Before we get to the possible pitfalls of hoarding cash, let’s...
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  Turning your salespeople into selling machines
May 5, 2009
This is part one of a three part series special to The Community Voice by nationally acclaimed sales coach Rod LeGrande. If only a human being could be consistent like a machine, cranking out sales rhythmatically and consistently instead of letting the influences of his outside life dictate his erratic performance....
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  Bosu squat press
May 5, 2009
This month we will focus on exercises that help to increase balance while working particular muscle groups at the same time. In these exercises we will be using a piece of equipment known as a bosu. Balance is important for people of all ages and fitness levels not only in...
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  How dry am I?
May 5, 2009
I apologize for this week’s dental health article about Sjögren’s syndrome. I am afraid my writing this week is rather dry, but what do you expect from a disease that causes dry mouth? Maybe dry humor? Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease in which people’s white blood cells attack their...
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  California grasslands and birds
May 5, 2009
Historically, 8 million hectares (about 20 million acres) of grassland was found in California, mostly in the Central Valley. Today, only 36 percent of that remains. This includes native perennial grasslands, annual grasslands (mostly introduced species) and pasture. Grassland is an important yet overlooked habitat in need of public attention and...
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  One last journey up Mt. Chilimanjaro
May 5, 2009
With one scheduled test batch left to make, Oh My God, It’s Everywhere is poised to make chili history. “Mount Chilimanjaro” is expected to be the first goat-based chili in the history of the prestigious Petaluma Chili Cookoff to take home an award. It’s confirmed as delicious level seven. That’s out...
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  Cotati Creek Critters calendar
May 5, 2009
What: Birds of California Grasslands (hike at Tolay Lake Regional Park). When: Sunday, May 3, 9 a.m.-noon. Where: Tolay Lake Regional Park. Who: This is a collaborative event with Cotati Creek Critters, PRBO Conservation Science and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Service. The walk will be led by Lishka Arata, a...
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  Hahn Elementary School 4th-5th grade Lifeskill Award winners
May 5, 2009
Fourth and fifth grade Lifeskills Award Winners for the month of April at Marguerite Hahn Elementary School are Garrett Clark, Brooke Follansbee, Katy Higdon, Elias Khoury, Ross Simmons, Dolly Wamboldt, Anthony Antonio, Amanda Bedoka, Sadie Gaus, Sadie Lawson, Lindy Lindgren, and Andrew Rico.  
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  Hahn Elementary School K-3 Lifeskill Award winners
May 5, 2009
Kindergarten through third grade Lifeskills Award Winners for the month of April at Marguerite Hahn Elementary School are Randy Belanger, Dante Canty, Mason Feagin, Karina Rodriguez Gudino, Denzo Harris,  Austin Johnson, Katelyn Kenneally, Emily Loureiro,  Reese Schrier, Samantha Svanda, Kayla Wamboldt-Dixon, Joey Condoni, Makenna Kalstad, Benjamin May,  Stefan Merel,  Troy...
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  'Be Kind to Animals' week
May 5, 2009
This coming week (May 3-9) is national “Be Kind to Animals” week. It’s the oldest week of its kind in the nation, being first established in 1915 by the American Humane Association. Are you prepared to celebrate? Here’s a list of things you can do all the time to be kind...
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  Two shows in one
May 5, 2009
When you watch the Rohnert Park City Council meetings you get two shows in one. First, “Rohnert Park’s Got Talent,” starring Jake Mackenzie, Pam Stafford and Gina Belforte. Second, “The Rohnert Park Amateur Hour,” starring Joe Callinan and Amie Breeze. Every time an important decision has to be made Amie and Joe...
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  Political rhetoric
May 5, 2009
The uproar and spin regarding the George Barich blackface photo could not be more incorrect. In following the newspaper articles that have been generated, and reading quotes from members of the NAACP at the Cotati City Council meeting, I am embarrassed at how wrong political correctness can become. I’ve known George...
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  Kibbe's deep into youth sports
May 5, 2009
While checking out the list of community volunteers in SCAYD’s “Run for the Roses” gala May 2, Jay Kibbe’s name popped out amid the list of nominees. Jay Kibbe! Sure, Redwood Pioneers baseball in the old Rohnert Park Municipal Stadium, right-handed pitcher for a month more than two years, then called...
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  RP police officers' jobs saved by Federal grant
May 5, 2009
Faced with a $600,000 budget deficit this year the City of Rohnert Park was not looking forward to staffing cuts, particularly in the Dept. of Public Safety where three officers could be laid off. To the rescue came the U.S. Dept of Justice and its Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program. Under...
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  Students become the teacher
May 5, 2009
Mark Bradley is now in his second semester with the student mentoring program offered through the Business and Economic department at SSU. With this program, Sonoma County businesses have found a way to streamline their business with mentoring by the students. Taught by Professor Nick Gurney, this four-month course has been...
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  Kitchen fire started by French fries
May 5, 2009
A kitchen fire left a disabled resident displaced from her Rohnert Park apartment Sunday. RP Public Safety received a call shortly after 4 p.m. of a fire in the Copeland Creek Apartment Complex, with visible flames coming from the kitchen area. About two minutes later, fire crews were on scene and...
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  RP history buffs keeping busy organizing new archive space
May 5, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Historical Society now has a clean and dry storage place for the city’s collection of background material. Called the “Archive Center” by Tim Danesi, president of the group, it’s located at 120 Avram Ave. next to the new City Hall. The suite of rooms are without electricity but...
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  First anual RP 5K run May 16
May 5, 2009
The first annual Running with the Pack five kilometer Walk and Run will be held Saturday, May 16 at the RP Community Center. It’s a benefit for Special Olympics Northern California. Sponsored by the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety, Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Recreation Department, it begins...
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  Food pantry statistics
May 5, 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. NOAH assisted 227 families, which means 881 individuals in a single day.   Week of April 22 Total households: 227 Total...
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  Fledderjohn graduates
May 5, 2009
Army Pvt. Thomas D. Fledderjohn has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics,...
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  RP poised to explore further 'economic stimulus' funding
May 5, 2009
Economic stimulus funds flowing out of Washington may not be big as bailout dollars given to banks and auto companies, but to cities the size of Rohnert Park they’re as welcome as daffodil bulbs. RP’s Dept of Public Safety has already received an OK to apply for a $114,425 grant from...
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  Probable swine flu detected in Sonoma County
May 5, 2009
The first probable case of swine flu has been detected in Sonoma County. Sonoma County Department of Health Services said today a “probable” case has been detected in the county. Though it is not confirmed, hospital tests showed an adolescent girl “with recent travel history to Mexico” had a flu virus...
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  RP police logs
May 5, 2009
4/21 1:26 p.m.: Report of battery on Snyder Ln. 10:51 p.m.: Report of a prowler on Mateo Dr. 4/22 12:57 a.m.: Report of burglary on Copeland Creek Dr., felony burglary. 1:23 a.m.: Report of an occupied suspicious vehicle on Camino Coronado/Camino Corto, 42-year-old male arrested for possession/etc. of burglary tools. 6:07 a.m.: Report of auto burglary...
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  Cotati police logs
May 5, 2009
4/22 1:55 p.m.: Report of burglary on East Cotati Ave., felony burglary. 4/23 12:36 p.m.: Report of petty theft on East Cotati Ave., 19-year-old male arrested for felony shoplifting and misdemeanor violation of probation. 11:29 p.m.: Drunk driver on Old Redwood Hwy., 26-year-old male cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,...
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  RP poised to explore further 'economic stimulus' funding
May 5, 2009
Economic stimulus funds flowing out of Washington may not be big as bailout dollars given to banks and auto companies, but to cities the size of Rohnert Park they’re as welcome as daffodil bulbs. RP’s Dept of Public Safety has already received an OK to apply for a $114,425 grant from...
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