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  Rancho Cotate Sports Ticker
May 19, 2009
JV/V baseball Feb. 24    JV/V    at Petaluma    V: W, 8-5; JV: W, 10-1 Feb. 28    JV    Cardinal Newman*    JV: W, 7-4 Mar. 9    JV/V    Analy    V: W, 6-0; JV: W, 7-0         Mar. 11    JV/V    at Elsie Allen*    V: W, 5-1; JV: W, 14-1     Mar. 12    JV    at Sonoma    JV: T, 5-5 (11...
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  RCHS scoreboard
May 19, 2009
Baseball Varsity 15-9, 7-7 May 06 RC 1 vs. Ukiah 2 May 07 RC 3 at Cardinal Newman 4 May 08 RC 8 at Piner 4 JV 18-5-1, 10-3 May 06 RC 4 vs. Ukiah 0 May 07 RC 3 at Cardinal Newman 4 May 08 RC 14 at Piner 6 Softball Varsity 20-2, 12-2 Apr 30 RC 2 vs. Santa Rosa 0 May 05...
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  Sometimes you hunt, sometimes you harvest
May 19, 2009
The reports are in from the Bay Area morel hunters of last weekend. They are coming home with baskets of the tasty fungi. There are good years and bad in mushrooms. Sometimes you don't hunt, you harvest. Other years the species you are after doesn't show at all. For example, this...
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  Operation: Chili (a rescue mission)
May 19, 2009
Driving with one hand on the wheel and the other firmly holding down the lid of a two-gallon crock pot full of chili in the passenger’s seat, I wonder what the aftermath of a car accident would look like with four full crock pots in my car. “Oh my god, it’s...
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  Barich sanctioned by council
May 19, 2009
About 15 people gathered in support of Cotati Council member George Barich Wednesday evening in front of Cotati City Hall. After being persecuted for posting a photo of himself in blackface superimposed on the city's logo on his personal blog about a month ago, Barich said it "feels fantastic" to...
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  When schools are in need, Education Foundation delivers
May 19, 2009
It wasn’t green, and it didn’t have the faces of any dead presidents, but Rohnert Park-Cotati schools got a paper delivery Monday - a big one. The Education Foundation of Rohnert Park and Cotati delivered an entire pallet of copy paper - about 50 cases, each containing 12 reams - to...
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  Poueu's extra inning single gives Rancho playoff win
May 19, 2009
For Rancho’s Oriana Poueu, it was just business as usual. With the score knotted at zero and runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Poueu singled up the middle to score catcher Kirsten Lambertson from second base to win the first round of the...
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  Things are looking up
May 19, 2009
Rancho freshman Kailani Yamanoha performs a straight backdive at the North Bay League dive competition at Santa Rosa Junior College May 8.
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  Attention A & B Section residents of Rohnert Park
May 19, 2009
In order to improve our delivery system, we are making a few changes. We want to hear from you! If you would like to continue uninterrupted free delivery of The Community Voice to your home, please let us know. Call us at 584-2222 or e-mail delivery@thecommunityvoice.com. If we do not hear from...
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  These days we all could use a 'Tuna' treat at Spreckels
May 19, 2009
Actors would surrender their tasseled moccasins, Nikes or signed Warhol print for a role in "Greater Tuna." The comedy, now on stage in Spreckels Performing Arts Center, calls for just two guys. But they each play multiple roles, male and female, from teen brats and would-be high school cheerleaders to...
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  Securing a bank loan for your business
May 19, 2009
Getting a bank loan for your business may be more difficult than usual in today’s troubled economy. However, if you give your bank a thorough, organized, and well-supported loan proposal, you’ll increase your chances of getting the money your business needs. • Apply early. Applying early shows that you’re planning, not...
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  Cutting losses can be more painful than you think
May 19, 2009
Why do stock prices fall? Various factors are involved, but in a nutshell, prices drop when more people want to sell stocks than buy them. Conversely, the more people who buy a particular stock, the faster that stock’s price will rise. If you’ve studied basic economics and the law of...
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  Turns out swine flu isn't that bad
May 19, 2009
Media hype of the world epidemic swine flu has had many Americans and the world in a state of near panic. Fear sells in our country - remember when the killer bees were approaching? The truth is scientists see this flu strain as relatively mild. In fact, the current outbreaks of...
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  One leg anterior reach
May 19, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This exercises helps create stability and balance through a movement pattern on one leg. This exercise is great for enhancing your coordination as it forces both the nervous and muscular systems to work in sync. It is important to consult with your doctor before following this...
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  If the shoe fits...
May 19, 2009
You are familiar with the proverb, “If the shoe fits, wear it,” and may have noticed there isn’t one for the shoe not fitting - except for a verse the evil step-sisters might have sung. What we are going to consider today is the metaphorically fitting shoe, as well as...
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  Thomas Page Elementary Lifeskill Award winners
May 19, 2009
Lifeskill Award winners at Thomas Page Elementary are Robbie Cardenas, Miguel Cruz, Sarah Hockstein, Joshua Torres, Leslie Cortez Jimenez, Ana Karen Gonzalez, Sebastian Marcelino, Hailley Healon, Eliana Padilla, Kamryn Aitkin, Morgan McGuire, Cecelia Rodrique, Makayla Michelsen, Colton Davis, David Desvaux, Donny Sheldon, Baily Diaz.
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  Evergreen Elementary Student Citizenship Award winners
May 19, 2009
Student Citizenship Award winners for the month of May at Evergreen Elementary School are (left to right) Kylie Alire, Amanda Palmigiano, Brenna Stevens, Sara Taylor and Makyla Aldana.
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  This week's artist
May 19, 2009
Angel, age 6
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  Shelter volunteers appreciated
May 19, 2009
We have a great group of volunteers. A strong committed group of community-minded animal-lovers is what allows us to go the extra mile for the animals in our care. We recently had an appreciation dinner to thank these good-hearted people for all the time and energy they donate to the...
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  District's dark hour
May 19, 2009
Today nearly 30 teachers, including nine of my colleagues verified their addresses so that their final layoff notices could be delivered. In my 29 years as a Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District teacher there has never been an economic situation as there is today. In his inaugural speech President Obama said,...
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  Not his fault
May 19, 2009
I wasn’t very happy to read a letter in your paper last week that laid the blame for the Rohnert Park’s problems at the feet of Councilman Joe Callinan. I mean, it’s pretty clear that he is in a little over his head and all (not being able to understand...
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  Prevent permanent layoffs
May 19, 2009
I am a teacher with the Cotati-Rohnert Park USD (CRPUSD). I am one of 42 teachers who has received a layoff notice. CRPUSD is a great district. As teachers, I feel we receive the support we need from the district office. I have participated on many committees and have always...
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  Some people want it, some don't
May 19, 2009
A casino? Some people want it. Some Don’t. But, “Why not?” you may ask. But think about it. When people lose money, they might raise a fuss. If a person was to get drunk, he might start a dangerous fight. But what can we do about it? We could protest, raise a...
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  Education is a disaster
May 19, 2009
I must agree in some points with Venus Maher. Yes, education, in not only California but in the United States in general is a disaster, but it is not for the lack of funds alone. We must follow Europe and the rest of the civilized world in setting a national...
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  50,000 pounds of food
May 19, 2009
The Letter Carrier Food Drive was a huge success due to postal employees and our fantastic customers. Over 50,000 pounds of food was picked up Saturday from postal customers in Rohnert Park and Cotati alone. The Community Voice has been supportive in our efforts to feed the hungry in Sonoma...
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  Woman of the Year
May 19, 2009
March 16 was a special day for Rohnert Park’s Leslie Aboudara. Taking a trip to Sacramento, Aboudara was honored as the 6th District’s Woman of the Year. “I was surprised to have been nominated,” she said. Assembly member Jared Huffman, (D-San Rafael) heads the awards each year and makes the final...
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  Public Safety director gives harrowing budget report to Council
May 19, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council spent a lot of time Tuesday night discussing its number one priority - a city budget with an $8 million deficit tag attached to it. The five-members scrutinized reports from department heads and a 10-page report from Urban Futures, consultants from Orange County. All had recommendations...
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  RP officer justified in 2008 shooting
May 19, 2009
A Rohnert Park police officer was justified in the March 16, 2008 shooting death of a mentally ill woman, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office said. Heather Billings died from multiple gunshot wounds sustained in a confrontation at her home with Rohnert Park police officer Robert Lankford. Reports said she refused...
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  Explosion caused by hash oil
May 19, 2009
An explosion at a Rohnert Park townhome led to the discovery of a drug-making operation. At about 7:15 p.m. Monday RP police responded to calls of a powerful explosion inside a Creekwood Square townhome. The explosion was so powerful, said police, that it shattered a sliding glass door and knocked it...
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  Gun-wielding man turns out to be victim
May 19, 2009
A man arrested with a handgun in a motel parking lot in Rohnert Park was actually a victim of an attempted stabbing, RP police officers said. Jeff Nunes, 26, of Windsor was arrested in a field across from the motel at about 10:30 p.m. May 7 after being identified by the...
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  Tiger salamander habitat back to 74,000 acres
May 19, 2009
They can’t let the tiger salamander alone. Last month’s decision by the Ninth District Court of Appeals in San Francisco restores its Sonoma County habitat of 74,000 acres from a 2005 decision the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made of just 21,000 acres. This puts the rarely seen endangered species...
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  Over $1,500 donated to Boys and Girls Club
May 19, 2009
Dr. Patrick Walsh was thanked by the kids and staff at the Boys and Girls Club in Rohnert Park last week as he donated a record $1,515 to the club. He has donated money raised by a day’s worth of chiropractic work at the Home and Garden Show in Santa...
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  Long awaited CalTrans work will start soon
May 19, 2009
Ghilotti Construction has already taken over the southeast corner of Commerce Blvd. and Golf Course Drive where The Boulevard restaurant and bar used to be. Work will begin this summer on connecting Wifred Avenue on the west side of 101 freeway with Golf Course Drive. This will be accomplished by...
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  Two first annual RP walks take place this weekend
May 19, 2009
Two first annuals walks are scheduled to happen Saturday morning at the Rohnert Park Community Center at 8:30 a.m. The first event is called “Running with the Pack,” a 5k walk and run supporting the Special Olympics of Northern California. Spearheading the event, Rohnert Park Public Safety Chief Brian Masterson has...
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  Rohnert Park-Cotati Library News
May 19, 2009
Peter Fletcher, classical guitarist will perform Saturday at 1 p.m. Fletcher will perform a variety of well-known pieces by J.S. Bach, Edvard Grieg, Erik Satie and Andrew York. The concert will culminate with Koyunbaba by Italian guitarist and composer Carlo Domeniconi. Mr. Fletcher has played throughout the country and in...
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  Rebuilding Together update
May 19, 2009
Rebuilding Together Rohnert Park-Cotati just completed its ninth Rebuilding Day, with a menu of nine homes and two community projects to choose from. More than 200 volunteers showed up ready to work on April 25. Volunteers were greeted with a light breakfast choice that included a beautiful selection of fruits including...
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  Senior center director plans to retire June 30, no successor named
May 19, 2009
Vicki Wilkerson, executive director of Rohnert Park's Codding Recreation Center, formerly the Rohnert Park Senior Center, is retiring June 30. When contacted by The Community Voice, Wilkerson didn't make an official announcement but said, "I have to have surgery on my right wrist, there's severe carpal tunnel syndrome there and...
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  Man arrested in Cotati for possession of loaded firearms
May 19, 2009
A 26-year-old man was arrested in Cotati for possession of loaded firearms. Ethan Stockton, a resident of Sebastopol, was spotted by Officer Andrew Lyssand at the corner of Gravenstein Highway and Redwood Drive in Cotati in a vehicle with an obscured license plate matching the description of a suspect vehicle...
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  RP police logs
May 19, 2009
5/5 11:02 a.m.: Foot pursuit on Laredo St./Madrigal St., 44-year-old male arrested for failure to obey a peace officer’s lawful order and felony bench warrant. 5/6 5:08 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Snyder Ln. 8:03 a.m.: Coroner’s case on Country Club Dr. 8:11 a.m.: Report of a commercial burglary on Commerce Blvd. 8:40 a.m.: Narcotic...
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  Cotati police logs
May 19, 2009
5/6 2:12 a.m.: Battery on Old Redwood Hwy., 23-year-old male cited. 12:10 p.m.: Felony receiving/etc. known stolen property on East Cotati Ave., 24-year-old female arrested. 5/7 4:14 p.m.: Report of burglary on East Cotati Ave., 26-year-old male cited for felony shoplifting. 4:15 p.m.: 911 disconnect/unknown on Lincoln Ave., dog license required and potentially dangerous dogs. 6:59...
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  SSU Baseball drops conference title game but advances to West Region Tournament
May 19, 2009
After defeating CSU Los Angeles in its first two games, 4-0 and 10-9, SSU met its match when it ran into UC San Diego, suffering a 16-1 loss in the team’s first game and a close 8-7 defeat in the CCAA Championship game Saturday at Palm Springs Stadium in Palm...
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  SSU Softball falls in NCAA West Regional Championships
May 19, 2009
Despite gaining its first trip to the West Regionals Championship game, the Seawolves couldn’t get it done against CSU Stanislaus. They were defeated, 2-1 and 7-1, in a double-header Sunday at HSU Softball Stadium in Arcata to end their season. In the first game, the Warriors tallied two runs in the...
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  Don't forget to breathe
May 19, 2009
Rancho Sophomore Michelle Spratt takes a breath in the 500-meter freestyle preliminary round at the North Bay League swim competition at Santa Rosa Junior College May 8. The girls took fourth place with 253 points.
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  Nursery school hosts carnival
May 19, 2009
Andrea Honey and her grandfather Tim Haddad take a break from the spring carnival Saturday hosted by the Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-Op Nursery school on West Sierra Avenue in Cotati.  The nonprofit nursery school raised funds for outdoor equipment as well as supplies and repairs for the school.
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  Senior center director plans to retire June 30, no successor named
May 19, 2009
Vicki Wilkerson, executive director of Rohnert Park's Codding Recreation Center, formerly the Rohnert Park Senior Center, is retiring June 30. When contacted by The Community Voice, Wilkerson didn't make an official announcement but said, "I have to have surgery on my right wrist, there's severe carpal tunnel syndrome there and...
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