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  Valedictorians ready to walk at the head of their classes
June 17, 2009
Rancho Cotate valedictorians, left to right, Emilio Jimenez-Gopar, Antonia Pearson and Michael Mitchell stand in front of the Robert Ellison sculpture “Sweep” in front of Spreckels, representing “the essence of an award, the gesture of a performance next to a circle symbolizing an embrace,” according to the artist.
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  RP budget wrangle continues
June 17, 2009
They’ve been struggling valiantly with Rohnert Park’s budget deficit since January 2009. But now the city council’s asking the Dept. of Public Safety to come up with more cuts. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council approved dismantling the animal shelter, laying off three community service officers (CSOs), the youth services specialist...
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  Rent board OK's Valley Village tenant eviction
June 17, 2009
By a unanimous 5-0 vote on June 4, Rohnert Park’s Rent Appeals Board approved a March 26 decision by Hearing Examiner Leland Dibble ordering Valley Village mobile home park owners to evict three tenants from their leased home. The dispute concerns Mr. and Mrs. Monroy, Frances and Miguel, and their tenant,...
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  Perfect season
June 17, 2009
The Rohnert Park Girls Fastpitch Softball Under-12 Cal Bears had a perfect season, finishing with a record of 19-0. They are the 2009 1st place team for the Minors Division. In front is Heather Sanchez; second row (left to right): Kat Helgren, Amanda Navarro, Brianna Turner, Madision Hanson and Destiny...
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  They'll let anyone on the course these days
June 17, 2009
Christian Pickman tees up for a shot at the 20-30 Club of the North Bay’s 2009 Hillbilly Hackfest at the Foxtail Golf Course Friday, June 5. All proceeds from the annual event go to underprivileged children in the Rohnert Park and Cotati area.
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  Cobra subsidies at work
June 17, 2009
The new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a health insurance "discount" for certain employees who lose their jobs this year. Part of the burden is being shifted to their former employers, but that cost may be recouped through a new payroll tax credit or reduced deposits. The new...
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  Investment ideas for newlyweds
June 17, 2009
June is a popular month for weddings. If you're getting married this month, you have a lot to think about, but after the wedding - well, you'll have even more to think about. And one of those topics should be your investment strategy. In these days of economic uncertainty, it's...
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  Barbell front squat
June 17, 2009
With Chris Barbour and Will Dutra Compared to a back squat, which works more of the posterior parts of the body (low back, hamstrings and glutes), the front squat will help to prioritize more of the quads from the hip joint to the knee. It is important to consult with your doctor...
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  Stress eating doesn't help the economy
June 17, 2009
Are the headlines about the crashing economy making you turn to food for comfort? Stress eating can take the edge off your worry - too bad the comfort doesn’t last. Stress eating doesn’t improve the situation, and it often makes you feel worse both physically and mentally. In times of stress,...
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  Will gardening re-take its place as the number one passion in U.S.?
June 17, 2009
You may not know that birdwatching, at some point, silently flew by gardening to become America’s number one hobby. But now we have Michelle Obama in the White House, and, unless you live under a rock (or are too busy gardening), you’ve heard about the transformation of the White House...
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  Japanese maples bring variety to any landscape
June 17, 2009
Japanese maples are small trees or shrubs, considered among the most cherished and beautiful subjects for the garden. There are hundreds of varieties available and the range in leaf size, shape, color bewilders the imagination. Likewise, the ultimate size of the mature plant varies. The growth habits of each variety will...
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  Purebreds at the shelter
June 17, 2009
Are you one of those people who think that shelters only have mutts and problem dogs? That is a common misconception, but national statistics show that approximately 25 percent of dogs in shelters are purebreds. Not all of them come with papers, of course, but many people pay good money for...
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  Thomas Page Elementary Lifeskill Award winners for the trimester
June 17, 2009
Jackson Comiskey, Lilly Glenn, Jolissa Baez, Sebastian Vaca, Edgar Enriquez, Lupita Enders, Kylie Perry, Dylan Barella, Briana Murillo, Michele Bush, Jasmine Medeiros, Deamionne Rinker, Shantel Shaw, Evan Avalos, Elias Gutierrez, Jazmine Grudzielanek, Cameron Davis, Nancy Enriquez-Cornejo, Nathan Hayes, Ashley Martinez, Jordan Totten, Kathleen Nguyen, Jackson Comiskey, Lilly Glenn, Jolissa Baez,...
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  Grandstand somewhere else
June 17, 2009
I didn’t vote for George Barich to Cotati City Council but I certainly will cast my vote to get him out. Joan Simon phrased her letter of Friday, May 29 perfectly. The state of affairs everywhere are in dire straits and we need positive people to help our community move forward...
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  Mouse that roared
June 17, 2009
I am writing to offer you my congratulations to Yatin, publisher of The Community Voice, and to Yiren Lu, columnist, for winning at the Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. It is heartening and inspiring that a community-based publication and its writers should be...
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  Apply the law
June 17, 2009
Mayor Amie Breeze did a great job at the huge turnout at the Rohnert Park City Council meeting Tuesday regarding the Rancho Verde Mobile Home Park conversion.  Mayor Breeze said their job was to apply the law regardless of their personal opinions. The applicant followed through with all the city hoops...
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  More than just a preschool
June 17, 2009
I am writing to you in regards to the Adult Education Program funded through the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. As I understand, the program is likely to be gravely effected by vote of the Board of Education in June. As a Board member of our local Cotati Rohnert Park...
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  Need canned food for relay
June 17, 2009
Rohnert Park’s Relay For Life is looking for canned goods and here’s why. In the years past at Relay For Life (June 27-28) we have used sand for our luminaria bags. These bags (3,000+) line the track at Creekside Middle School with names of people that have lost their lives to...
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  A New Kind of Dojo
June 17, 2009
Very soon a new dojo, Japanese for “a place of the way,” will be opening in Penngrove. A dojo is a place to practice and train the way of anything, as long as the way leads you to enlightenment. But this isn’t just any dojo, this place of enlightenment is...
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  RP to seek help for possible tax measure on 2010 ballot
June 17, 2009
Rohnert Park’s City Council has been asked to approve the hiring of a professional firm to quiz residents on a possible “tax measure or some other form of revenue enhancement” for the November 2010 ballot. The suggestion came from Interim City Manager Dan Schwarz at Tuesday night’s council meeting. It was...
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  Outdoor Summer Market debuts Sunday at RP Community Center
June 17, 2009
The Second Sunday Summer Market begins June 14 outside at Rohnert Park’s Community Center. It’s an expansion of last year’s Old and New Market, said Wendy Audiss, recreation supervisor and coordinator of the series. “This year we’re trying something different,” said Audiss. “We’re combining a farmers market, arts and crafts exhibitors...
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  Rebuilding Together finishes 'Heroes at Home' project
June 17, 2009
Rebuilding Together volunteers recently gathered together at the home of Wayne and Angelika Seavers for a quick briefing with House Captains Michael Du Par, Brian Babine and Keith Murphy before starting the first phase of a four phase project known as a “Heroes at Home” project. The Seavers were one of...
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  RP Summer Day Camp opens June 15 for kids 6-12
June 17, 2009
Despite the recession, Rohnert Park’s Summer Day Camp program for boys and girls carries on. It’s sponsored by the city’s Recreation Department. The first day is Monday, June 15. This popular camp for children 6-12 years old, will be held Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Burton Avenue...
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  NOAH food pantry report
June 17, 2009
NOAH (Neighbors Organized Against Hunger) statistics for the week of June 3: Total households: 211 Total in households: 700 Number under age 18: 255 Number over 60: 90 Pounds of food bought: 6146 Number of volunteers: 22 Hours worked: 81 Pounds of food purchased per household: 29 The Redwood Empire Food Bank supplied potatoes, onions, broccoli, lettuce, oranges,...
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  Rohnert Park summer sports are heating up
June 17, 2009
As summer dawns upon us so does the wide array of sports that are offered in RP. The city offers a range of different sports for all types of skill levels and ages, but what’s summer without a splash in the pool? In water The Piranha Swimming Club gives kids ages 5-18...
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  RP police logs
June 17, 2009
6/2 6:16 a.m.: Report of vandalism on Lombard Way. 6:59 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Laguna Dr., felony burglary, petty theft. 7:12 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Snyder Ln. 7:22 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Santa Alicia Dr. 7:42 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Golf Course Dr. 8:01 a.m.: Report of auto...
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  Cotati police logs
June 17, 2009
5/31 9:14 p.m.:  Possession of controlled substance on Old Redwood Highway. 6/1 8:27 a.m.: Report of burglary on Myrtle Ave. 11:17 a.m.: Report of battery on Terrace Dr. 4:55 p.m.: Burglary on Page St. 9:16 p.m.: Report of burglary on Keyt Way. 6/2 8:24 a.m.: Domestic disturbance on Creek Ct. 6/3 8:53 a.m.: Report of auto burglary on Metteri Ci. 6:29...
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  Living with a skunk
June 17, 2009
Sometimes you just get skunked. This weekend I was hunting for wild boar with friends, but we found only old, weathered signs of their rootings in the grassy cover. The week before I was fishing with my cousin on the Napa river, the striped bass catch was being touted as fast....
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  Feinstein farm jobs bill may lead to immigration fix
June 17, 2009
There's a slowdown all along the Mexican border. Border Patrol agents caught fully 27 percent fewer illegal immigrants trying to sneak into the United States between November 1 and April 30 than during the same six months a year ago. Some of this slowdown stems from intensified enforcement efforts ranging from...
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  Cobra subsidies at work
June 17, 2009
The new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a health insurance "discount" for certain employees who lose their jobs this year. Part of the burden is being shifted to their former employers, but that cost may be recouped through a new payroll tax credit or reduced deposits. The new...
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  Investment ideas for newlyweds
June 17, 2009
June is a popular month for weddings. If you're getting married this month, you have a lot to think about, but after the wedding - well, you'll have even more to think about. And one of those topics should be your investment strategy. In these days of economic uncertainty, it's...
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