After almost three decades of business in the City of Cotati, Friar Tucks Pub, located at 8201 Old Redwood Highway in the heart of Cotati, is closing its doors. I discussed the decision with owner Cheryl Nixon and her sons Rudy and Randy on Monday afternoon by phone. The Nixons announced the sad news on social media shortly thereafter. An exact date to close their doors has not yet been set but they’ll likely “go dark” according to Rudy by the week of January 18. Rudy said he wanted to give the public an opportunity to come by, take pictures and say goodbye.
With 2020 officially in the past, it’s time to look forward to what 2021 will provide. For new Mayor John Moore and the rest of the Cotati City Council it was time to get to work. Tuesday marked the first council meeting of the new year. With this came the welcoming of two new council members.
New Mayor Gerard Giudice gaveled the first council meeting of 2021 into session on Tuesday, January 12. The three- and one-half-hour meeting was packed full of agenda items. Many of them routine in nature, but not all. As usual, a proclamation or recognition led off. This time it was to recognize and thank Grocery Outlet for their community contributions during COVID-19. The store stepped forward to provide groceries to needy residents and donated to local organizations such as Redwood Empire Food Bank and Neighbors Organized Against Hunger.
Soccer Stars coordinator Riccardo Oliva has soccer in his blood. He reminisces about being a 7-year-old boy playing soccer barefoot and then his first pair of shoes arrived. Since Oliva’s goal was to play professional soccer, he decided it made sense to sleep in his soccer cleats because he was so excited to have them. Ever since then, Oliva has been about soccer and nothing else. Three years ago, in conjunction with the City of Rohnert Park and Rohnert Park Community Services, Oliva started Soccer Stars, a recreational league intended to teach the game of soccer to children ranging from 5-10, both male and female.