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  Obituary
May 30, 2009
Roy E. Moss Jr., beloved husband, father, friend and coach passed away peacefully at his home in Cotati May 15 at the young age of 43 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. His loving wife Tija and many friends and family were at his side. Roy is survived by his...
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  Time to boost your college savings?
May 30, 2009
Do you have school-age children? If so, the end of the school year means that your kids are now one year closer to college. That means you have even more incentive to launch a college savings strategy - which is essential these days. During a tough economy, states are scrambling to...
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  Pros and cons of the new car deduction
May 30, 2009
If you’re thinking about buying a new car, there’s a powerful tax incentive to make the purchase: A new tax deduction authorized by the economic recovery law signed earlier this year. But this new deduction isn’t available to all taxpayers and, surprisingly, may be passed over by others. Here are the...
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  Heartburn can lead to tooth decay
May 30, 2009
About 25 million American adults suffer daily from heartburn, that burning sensation felt behind the breastbone and sometimes in the neck and throat. Occasional heartburn is nothing to be concerned about, but anyone who has heartburn on a regular basis should consult a physician. Constant exposure to stomach acid can irritate...
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  One-leg squat
May 30, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra This is a great exercise for building balance and muscle control in the legs, especially when performed slowly and with precision. The one-leg squat is also beneficial to help build each leg evenly so that one leg isn’t dominantly working over the other. It is important...
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  Too many fruits can deplete next year's crop
May 30, 2009
Now is the time for thinning the excess immature fruits on your fruit trees. This involves removal of crowded or imperfect fruit. With the larger sized fruits, this only means to remove excessive amounts of too many fruits in order to improve the quality of those remaining. This practice allows the...
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  The great debate
May 30, 2009
Grizzle on the Griddle Grill Summer is officially cookin’. Memorial Day is opening day of grilling season, and no food is safe. There’s a debate as to which grill is better: Gas or charcoal. Pff, as if it were even a question that need be asked. Charcoal has that smoky flavor that...
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  Budget cuts may force shelter's closure
May 30, 2009
I’m sure it’s not news to anyone that the city is in a financial crisis. The economic downturn is affecting everyone - municipalities, private businesses and individuals. It’s all you read about or hear in the news. Not surprisingly, it is affecting the animal shelter, too. The shelter is run by...
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  This week's artist
May 30, 2009
Antonio Guasco, age 8
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  Special Olympic success
May 30, 2009
During these very difficult financial times, it is always endearing to see people thinking of others and supporting those less fortunate. On a rainy Monday, May 4, members of Rohnert Park Public Safety and members from the Cotati Police Department came together for a Special Olympics fundraiser, Tip-A-Cop. This fundraiser was...
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  Can't afford bad judgement
May 30, 2009
Whether George Barich is a fun guy who sings karaoke and may or may not be a racist is totally irrelevant to why he should be recalled. His handful of mostly non-Cotati supporters ignore some facts. City records show that Barich has cost Cotati tens of thousands of dollars in city...
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  A functioning senior center
May 30, 2009
Mayor Amie Breeze suggested any of those who attended last week’s meeting of the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee could best express their thoughts via e-mail. May I say the city’s Web site is not exactly set up to do that. However, after reading the packet for the subject meeting, may...
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  New scenery for Betty
May 30, 2009
Hey. Guess what? Betty Ferra’s moving to Alaska and taking her mah-jongg set with her. Yeah, OK, you’re right, that opener deserves an explanation. Betty Ferra started Rohnert Park’s Fun After Fifty Club in 1972 and then organized the Kitchen Kut-ups music and dancing troupe just to be even more active....
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  RP Council OK's condo conversion at Rancho Verde
May 30, 2009
Rancho Verde won its long-sought request to convert the mobile home park into a condominium conversion park. The city council on a 3-2 vote approved the change after an hour of comments from Rancho Verde residents and non-residents.  The council was split on whether or not to approve and so were the...
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  RP could be flat broke by 2012 even if staffing cuts are made
May 30, 2009
RP Administrative Services Director Sandy Lipitz provided the latest update on the deficit-ridden 2009-10 budget. The bad news was received at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. “Our reserve fund balance is at only $1.3 million, or 4.2 percent,” she said. This is a perilously low figure, she intimated. Lipitz brought in...
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  RP-Cotati Library News
May 30, 2009
On Saturday, May 30, the SOS CPR, a Training Center of The American Heart Association will offer CPR classes at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. For more information or to pre-register and secure a space, call 707-795-4444. Friends of the Library Book Sale is Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 10...
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  Tubas, clarinets and snare drums are packed for Rancho's Washington trip this weekend
May 30, 2009
By the time you read this, Rancho Cotate High School’s band will be in Washington DC, possibly right now playing for thousands at the rededication of the Lincoln Memorial. The road there was not an easy one, as the band had to raise $60,000 in a tanking economy. Not to...
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  RP Swimpool changes take effect this season
May 30, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council has known since February 2009 that all five city swimming pools are in need of improvements to conform with new regulations. Alicia and Ladybug pools need the most upgrades and both have been mentioned as logical choices for closure this summer. Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz recommended...
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  Large crowd of seniors quiz RP officials on Senior Center's future
May 30, 2009
They had to round up every chair in the Codding Recreation Center, formerly RP’s Senior Center, to handle the standing room-only crowd of seniors last Thursday afternoon, April 21. It was triggered by a bundle of anonymous flyers dropped off sometime the night before, according to Betty Tringali, CRC staff...
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  Rancho Cotate juniors working with SSU scientists this summer
May 30, 2009
Some kids will go to summer camp. Some will learn how to drive. Others may spend the season with a relative in a vacation hotspot. But a pair of Rancho Cotate juniors will be working with plasma membrane proteins and telemetry at Sonoma State University this summer. Sophia Grubb and Eric...
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  Food Pantry report
May 30, 2009
NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) food pantry statistics for the week of May 19. Total households: 223 Total in households: 749 Number under age 18: 281 Number over 60: 83 Pounds of food bought:* 1,433 Number of volunteers: 13 Hours worked: 48 Pounds of food purchased per household: 6.4* *Amount of food purchased...
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  American Philharmonic offers a chance to sit in with the orchestra
May 30, 2009
American Philharmonic - Sonoma County, formerly the Cotati Philharmonic will literally open its chairs to the public Friday, June 5 at Courthouse Square in the Arts District in downtown Santa Rosa. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. the orchestra will perform a free rehearsal while placing empty chairs between the players....
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  RP Police logs
May 30, 2009
5/19 7:31 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Civic Center Dr., misdemeanor vandalism. 9:09 a.m.: Report of trespassing on Snyder Ln. 2:15 p.m.: 530.5 report on Allan Ave., felony getting credit/other’s ID. 2:31 p.m.: Report of trespassing on Southwest Blvd., male juvenile cited for trespassing. 7:57 p.m.: Possession of counterfeiting equipment/material on Commerce Blvd., misdemeanor...
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  Cotati Police logs
May 30, 2009
5/20 10:53 p.m.: Party disturbance on Meadowbrook Ct. 5/21 5:11 p.m.: Report of domestic battery with injury on La Plaza, 19-year-old female cited for misdemeanor battery on a divorced/ex spouse/date and misdemeanor violation of probation. 11:05 p.m.: Warrant attempt on Henry St., 22-year-old male cited for three misdemeanor outside warrants. 11:17 p.m.: Report of vandalism...
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  Cougars fall to No. 1 seed in playoffs
May 30, 2009
Rancho senior Scott Morrow is greeted by coach Jeff Ogsten at third base after advancing from his run-scoring double in Rancho’s win against Concord May 19. That game put the Cougars into the NCS Div. II quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Alameda May 22, but Rancho lost that game, 9-1....
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  Wine Country Classic this weekend
May 30, 2009
The blue 1932 Miller Scofield Ford of John Kerr leads the 1933 Winfield Ford of Terry Larson through turn two at Infineon Raceway in last year’s Wine Country Classic. The Raceway will host the 23rd annual Wine Country Classic again this weekend. Over 300 cars from 1917 through the 1980’s...
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