Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Halloween Candy? Who Cares. Try Cupkate’s Cupcakes

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Kate McEachern is a blonde, cheerful woman whose main goal is to make people happy.

By feeding them cupcakes.

Two months ago, McEachern, a former editor for Dwell, a high-end architecture and lifestyle magazine, turned her attention to baking. She rented space in a commercial kitchen in Richmond, sought out high quality ingredients, and put together a delicious menu of sweets.

Since then she has loaded up an old taco truck (redone and slapped with an endearing logo designed … Continue reading »

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Geeky detail on the Bay Bridge

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Sci-Experiments.com has exquisite detail on the repair — and the failure of the previous repair — to the Bay Bridge. Brings back memories of taking structural engineering 33 years ago.

Schools

Lots of Spirit at Berkeley High Rally

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The hallways, courtyards, and football field at Berkeley High were covered in a sea of red and gold Friday as thousands of students dressed up to celebrate Rally Day.

Teenagers painted their faces and chests red and gold, topped their heads with colored pom poms, and donned a lot of gold lame to declare their affection for Berkeley High.

After a day of shortened classes, the students gathered on the football field where they watched representatives from each year — … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.30.09

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Arts

Street art mystery solved

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About a month ago on our previous site, we wrote about a mysterious work of street art on the corner of Ashby and Telegraph. A reader figured out it was by artist Jesse Hazelip. Now Hazelip writes in to explain:

The project is about American historical lessons that we have ignored as a society. We pushed the buffalo to the brink of extinction, and with WWII we saw a glimpse of what our end might … Continue reading »

Schools

The double meaning of Spirit Day at BHS

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It’s Rally Day today at Berkeley High School. My freshman son has enjoyed his first Spirit Week at BHS, as he has enjoyed most of his BHS experience so far. But Spirit Week seems to have a different meaning for some students.

Here’s the gist of a thoughtful email BHS parents and guardians received from Mark van Krieken of the BHS PTSA:

Rally Day has traditionally been a day for students to demonstrate their spirit for their … Continue reading »

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Community

The Berkeley Wire: 10.29.09

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Goodbye on Beat 8

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Ever since we moved to the Elmwood, we’ve received regular, informative emails from Roderick Roe, our Beat 8 police officer. Roe leavened the usual litany of break-ins and car thefts with helpful advice and a distinct, personal voice.

I’ve just received his latest email, which is a goodbye:

Believe me, after twenty-one years as a police officer, I’ve seen too much and need a break from law enforcement.  So, as of Nov. 12thclose-of-business, I will become a private … Continue reading »

UC Berkeley

Does big-money sports make sense at Cal?

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The relationship of big-money sports to the university will be the focus of next week’s Academic Senate meeting at UC Berkeley. The Chronicle published a front-page analysis of the debate the other day, and the university has just released Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour’s 22-page question-and-answer document.

Some facts from Barbour’s FAQ that I wasn’t aware of:

The three most highly compensated coaches (football’s Jeff Tedford, men’s basketball’s Mike Montgomery and women’s basketball’s Joanne Boyle) all … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 10.28.09

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When the bridge is out, what about the ferry?

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With no Bay Bridge, wouldn’t it be nice to have a ferry from Berkeley into the city?

That’s always been my thought, but I’m being persuaded otherwise by David Fielder, a friend who is one of the most visible opponents of the planned Berkeley Marina ferry service.  Certainly when you begin to look at the Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s plan, it’s hard to make the numbers add up. The cost of the plan is $57 … Continue reading »

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Bay Bridge Update: Thursday Earliest for Reopen

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The earliest the Bay Bridge will reopen is tomorrow, Thursday, and it could be several days after that, according to Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney who spoke to Kron4.

Read the full report here.

[Photo: farm1.static.flickr.com]

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Prepare for the Dia de los Muertos

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The Fond Farewell speakers series at Grace North Church has a timely presentation tonight. The Oakland Museum’s Lisa Lemus will be helping participants build their own Dia de los Muertos altars. Carol Redmount, professor of archaeology at UC Berkeley, will also speak about death in ancient Egypt.

If you’re interested in building your own altar, you should bring a photo of the person you are honoring and flowers, candles and other items to offer.

The Dia de los Muertos … Continue reading »

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