Soul powerhouse Rhonda Benin plays Bay Area (SF Chronicle)
Memorial service set for Berkeley firefighter killed in accident (Mercury News)
Drought affecting breeding of newts at UC Botanical Garden (ABC Local)
Berkeley elected officials ponder asking for a raise (CoCo Times)
Protests planned for Whole Foods Oakland, Berkeley (Mercury News)
City Council denies appeal to stop UC Berkeley development project (Albany Patch)
Refreshingly fishy: Bonita Fish Market in Berkeley (Edible East Bay)
East Bay Summer Camp Guide 2014 (510 Families)
Berkeley slaying victim was once “Noteman” suspect (SF Chronicle)
Nation’s largest student co-op may change after drug overdose suit (HuffPo)
Federal watchdog criticizes post office broker’s dual role (CoCo Times)
The Berkeley City Council has taken steps to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of schools, including menthol cigarettes, popular as a sweet-smoke with a slight tingle; flavored roll-your-own tobacco, which comes in such tastes as mint, black cherry and vanilla; and cigars.
Berkeley’s menthol move came the week before the launch of major statewide public health campaign on the marketing and availability of tobacco products and junk food.
“The tobacco industry continues to find cheap, new ways to entice our youth. Flavored products that appeal to youth are often marketed just a few blocks from schools,” said Dr. Janet Berreman, director of Berkeley’s public health division. … Continue reading »
Berkeley residents who participate in community crime prevention efforts met with police this week to share concerns and learn about recent crime trends.
Block captains and members of the Berkeley Safe Neighborhoods Committee shared updates on everything from break-ins and vehicle thefts to thoughts about a recent homicide.
Aggressive door knockers, a new approach underway by police to deal with residential alarms, recurring auto burglaries and tips about surveillance cameras were among the issues discussed by neighbors Monday night. … Continue reading »
It’s probably less of a surprise that a stylish, all-things-vegan shop has opened in Berkeley than the fact that it took so long to happen.
Republic of V opened less than three weeks ago on University Avenue east of Sacramento Street, and has won fast approval from vegans around the area.
“If you’ve ever been to Rainbow and felt like you were in a vegan toy store, your mind will be blown at Republic of V,” said one Yelper. Wrote another, “Vegan dreams are made a reality at this store!”
Recent Berkeley transplants Joe Haptas and Noelle Callahan opened Republic of V in mid-February, and have a grand opening celebration planned for March 16. Expect free tastings, “name that ingredient” food contests, team trivia, Gong Show-inspired festivities and more. … Continue reading »
The city of Berkeley has brought back its popular “free dumpster” program to turn a neighborhood desire for free garbage hauling into a passion for disaster preparedness activities.
To increase community participation in disaster planning and public safety, neighborhoods that regularly collaborate with the city’s emergency planning programs will be eligible to reserve a 16-cubic-yard dumpster without a fee. … Continue reading »
Soul powerhouse Rhonda Benin plays Bay Area (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley Police have identified the first homicide victim of the year as 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier. They are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or suspects, responsible for what they describe as the murder that happened in the 1100 block of Addison Street.
On Friday, Feb. 28, at approximately 11:48 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a welfare check request from a member of the community who was concerned because they had not seen Fuselier for several days. The 54-year-old lived in an apartment on the 1100 block of Addison Street, just east of San Pablo Avenue.
According to the Berkeley Police Department, officers obtained access to the home, and discovered Fuselier deceased in the apartment. Further investigation of the scene determined that he had been murdered, police said. … Continue reading »
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC The three-day residency of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Cal Performances this weekend focuses on the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, with three concerts, a symposium bringing together scholars from both Berkeley and Vienna, and pre- and post-concert talks. Friday night’s concert, conducted by Lorin Maazel, features Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mahler’s Fourth. Saturday night, conducted by Andris Nelsons, has Haydn’s 90th, Brahms’ Third and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn. Sunday afternoon, Franz Welser-Most conducts the orchestra in Mozart’s 28th and Bruckner’s 6th, as well as a new composition by Viennese composer Johannes Maria Staud. The symposium, The Vienna Philharmonic 100 years after the outbreak of World War I, examines the intermingling of arts and politics, and in particular the role an arts institution can play in the course of history. The symposium and other residency events (but not the concerts) are free: RSVP to reserve your place, seating is first come, first served. Tickets for the concerts at Zellerbach Hall are available from Cal Performances. … Continue reading »
The San Jose-based construction company that employed a man killed during a work-related accident last August in Berkeley has been fined more than $20,000 for two related safety violations authorities said led to the man’s death.
The state Division of Occupational Safety & Health, OSHA, concluded its five-month investigation into the man’s death Jan. 30, Berkeleyside learned Wednesday.
OSHA issued two citations totaling $23,200 to the Robert A. Bothman Construction in connection with the alleged safety violations, which include not keeping under “positive control” the three-axle dump truck that crushed 62-year-old Oscar Marquez of Livermore on Aug. 27 while he was working on the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School track renovation project. … Continue reading »
Whether you call it fate, karma, or kismet, the friendship of Claire Duplantier and Nicole Rodriguez exemplifies the power of seizing an opportunity when it’s ripe. They’ve spent the past five years pouring their energy into downtown Berkeley’s Subterranean Arthouse, a cozy and invitingly bohemian performance space and art gallery in the historic Odd Fellows Lodge building at Fulton and Bancroft.
An essential East Bay cultural outpost particularly known for presenting singer/songwriters and South Indian classical music, the Subterranean marks its fifth anniversary Saturday with a fundraising “Benefest” featuring music by the Doppler Trio, Dirt Wire, the Camille Mai Trio, a silent auction, and a showing by East Bay visual artists Hugh D’Andrade and Daniel Lipincott. … Continue reading »
Police in Berkeley are looking for an assailant reported to have stabbed a 60-year-old man in the arm multiple times early Tuesday morning, authorities said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
The assault took place Tuesday at 5:14 a.m. in front of Berkeley Clothing Company at 2530 Bancroft Way.
The victim walked into the UC Police Department lobby, at 1 Sproul Hall, to report the stabbing. UCPD is the agency that released Wednesday’s statement. … Continue reading »
A guided walking tour of North Berkeley with Quirky Berkeley (Berkeley Reporter)
Gay priest ousted by conservative bishop (East Bay Express)
Berkeley announces measures on water conservation (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Rep season announcement (SF Chronicle)
Local 123 has started roasting its own coffee (Sprudge)
Gift to UC Berkeley establishes the Hellman Graduate Awards program (UCB)
UC Berkeley ranks 6th in “Most reputable” college rankings (Forbes)
TAYLORBLUE Home design studio Taylorblue is now up and running in its new store at 2911 Claremont Avenue (at Domingo) in the 1913 firehouse that was formerly home to Giorgi art gallery (and, more briefly, the Golden Gate Creativity Center). Taylorblue owner Lani Blue Taylor worked out of the San Francisco Design Center under the name The Sherrill Collection for 30 years before relocating to Berkeley. The showroom carries home furnishings and accessories from brands including Sherrill, Hickory White, and Artistica, as well as original works of art. … Continue reading »
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