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  Birth announcement
June 5, 2009
Born May 31 at 4:11 p.m., Kenzie Marie Uwins Johnson weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Tracy and Dave of Rohnert Park. Their message: “We welcome you, we love you, we’re amazed by you everyday!”
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  Smart financial moves for 'empty nesters'
June 5, 2009
It’s graduation time at colleges across the country. If you have children graduating from college, you’re probably excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for them. But once your last child leaves home, and you become an “empty nester,” you also may find some good opportunities for yourself - opportunities...
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  2009 law extends tax relief for business losses
June 5, 2009
Is your small business struggling in this uncertain economy? Some tax relief is now available for certain companies and other business entities. Instead of carrying back a 2008 net operating loss (NOL) for only two years before carrying it forward, you may be eligible to carry back the loss for...
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  A humanitarian and a scientist weave their lives together with yoga
June 5, 2009
Don Cropper and Linda Garcia seem very much in love. Both have gracefully eased across the midpoint of life and seem to have built an alliance that is timeless and healthy. Don, 66, and Linda, 59, are both retired (Linda just earlier this year) from intense and meaningful careers and...
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  Reverse grip bent-over row
June 5, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra Summer is here and it’s time to get active. This month we are focused on strength and will bring you a variety of exercises commonly known as compound exercises, which help to strengthen and tone areas such as legs, back, chest and shoulders. The reverse...
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  Planting your own food can be delicious and beautiful
June 5, 2009
In these economic times it gives great satisfaction to grow your own food. Some fine plant groups are the fruit trees, nuts, berries (cane and strawberry, blueberry, honeyberry), besides the regular veggies. You will eat healthier, gain a great sense of pride and satisfaction from both growing and then harvesting...
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  Proper disposal and use of fireworks
June 5, 2009
People of all ages thoroughly enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July, but it is important to remember that fireworks can be dangerous. Improper use of fireworks can cause severe injuries, especially to children. Fireworks can also cause structure fires and wildfires. The safest and most environmentally sound way to enjoy...
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  Marguerite Hahn Elementary School Lifeskill Award winners for 'Sense of Humor'
June 5, 2009
The Lifeskill Award winners for Sense of Humor at Marguerite Hahn are Tyler Allen, Brian Groszek, Zechariah Graves, Jackson Jones, Spencer Sory, Jocelyn Tovar, Tim Phuong, Cameron Hinman, Ben Urban, Lexi Orloff, Brandon Stibich, David Codoni, Noah Crouchet, Casey Kelly, Gabriel Morgan, Matthew Marty and Casey Corcoran.
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  This week's artist
June 5, 2009
Bailey Davidson, age 7
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  Animal protection agencies protest the Carson and Barnes Circus
June 5, 2009
Carson and Barnes Circus is coming to Sonoma County June 8-11 with stops in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. With them also comes the menagerie of animals whose lives are full of misery behind the scenes. While laws and regulations are now in place to offer some protection of animals who perform...
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  Wake up, Cotati
June 5, 2009
I was shocked to learn from at least one honest city leader who actually returns phone calls and e-mails, that there are huge lawsuits against the City of Cotati that the city won’t share with him. My question is, how do you manage a town if you don’t know about...
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  Oppose the recall
June 5, 2009
The spurious arguments against Barich such as he voted against federal money is laughable. Cotati or any other city was not going to be “rescued” by the Feds, just like California will not be bailed out by the government either. Also, to single him out for taking up city staff time,...
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  'Barich's foofaraw'
June 5, 2009
I read Jud Snyder’s failed attempt at sarcastic humor with anachronistic references entitled “Barich’s foofaraw.” While it is any competent journalist’s venue to attack politicians, or in this case, a would-be statesman whose positions are antithetical to his own, it is the writer’s duty to at least establish a reasonably...
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  Etching out the future
June 5, 2009
Cotatian Chris Jehly is only 26 but his plans for his future are mapped out with as much detail as the fine lined intricacies of his art. Laid back and soft-spoken, Jehly’s demeanor and appearance is an artist in every aspect. He has a strong focus, vision and fervent determination...
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  A surprise visit from President Obama
June 5, 2009
Marilyn Murray of Rohnert Park and friend Natasha Sandor were surprised when five Secret Service agents made a sweep of the restaurant they were in last week. But then in walked President Barack Obama. The friends got a rare photo op with the President at Five Guys Restaurant in Washington...
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  'Sticker shock' in the works?
June 5, 2009
Maybe it’s a sign of municipal maturity. A city reaches a certain growth level and the question of setting up a neighborhood parking permit system to cope with shrinking homeowner parking space has to be debated. It’s happening in Rohnert Park’s M and R sections where student-owned cars from Sonoma State...
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  State wants city taxes with 'severe fiscal hardship' plea
June 5, 2009
Last month, California’s Dept. of Finance proposed to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that the state “borrow” more than $2 billon from property taxes of cities and counties to help balance the deficit-burdened state budget. This “borrowing” wasn’t anything new. It was fairly OK in economic boom times of 15 or 20 years...
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  Free CPR classes offered at library
June 5, 2009
If someone was unconscious or choking, how many would know what to do? CPR could save a life in those first few minutes before help arrives. On Saturday the Rohnert Park-Cotati Library held its regular bi-monthly family and friends free CPR training course for residents. The class is taught by...
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  School district and teacher's union peppered with questions at budget forum
June 5, 2009
Teachers and parents were given a chance to ask questions about the future of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Tuesday night to the people who would be able to answer them. But many of the questions had responses of “wait and see from Sacramento.” School district CFO J. Wade Roach...
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  RP police logs
June 5, 2009
5/26 7:49 a.m.: Check the welfare on Corte Moreno, false bomb/etc. report to police and false report of emergency. 11:52 a.m.: Meet citizen on Golf Course Square, misdemeanor vandalism. 1:11 p.m.: Traffic stop on Boris Ct./Southwest Blvd., 37-year-old male arrested for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and misdemeanor violation of probation. 1:26 p.m.: Report...
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  Cotati police logs
June 5, 2009
5/28 10:44 p.m.: Drunk driver on Adrian Dr./Burton Ave., 41-year-old male cited for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent. 5/29 1:14 a.m.: Report of assault with a deadly weapon on La Plaza. 1:43 a.m.: Traffic stop on...
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