Monthly Archives: February 2010

Kids

Berkeley intersection memorial to a life cut short

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Saturday February 27 marked the year anniversary of the death of 5-year old Zachary Michael Cruz. His family and friends have kept the stop sign at  Warring and Derby — the site of his death — continuously decorated. This weekend pots of yellow tulips and other spring flowers surrounded a picture of Zachary. Three sheets of poster board were tacked to a nearby wall for people to leave comments.

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UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Wire: 2.26.10

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Police statement on last night’s violence

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Berkeley Police Department’s Public Information Officer Andrew Frankel emailed neighborhood crime prevention leaders with a report on last night’s violence on Telegraph Avenue, near the university (sent to Berkeleyside by Laura Menard):

Here is what I can share with regard to last night’s events:

At 1:41a.m. we responded to a request for emergency assistance made to us by UCPD Dispatch.  They were monitoring approximately 200 protesters who had occupied a building on campus and now … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Pick of the listings: A total revamp in the Elmwood

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We have been watching the work being done on this newly listed property at 2746 Garber Street for some time. Much time and effort was spent getting it all spick and span for its moment in the spotlight — which is now as it hits the open market.

A vision in lemony yellow, what we have here is a “compound”: a restored 1900 duplex and a two-bedroom cottage, as well as a BAHA award winning garage (now … Continue reading »

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Arts

Top honor for Rita Moreno

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Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno yesterday received the nation’s top cultural honor, the National Medal of Arts. President Obama presented the award to the star of stage and screen after spending the day in healthcare lock-down mode.

Moreno is the only Latina actress to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony for her dance and acting work. She was recently seen in a revival of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Berkeley Rep.

A total of  20 artists, performers and writers … Continue reading »

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Events

Something for the weekend

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Concerning Strange Devices — and that’s only part of the title. Berkeley Rep commissioned Naomi Iizuka to write this “sexy and intriguing” play, which opens in previews tonight (see video above by actor Johnny Wu). Friday, 8 p.m. at Berkeley Rep. Fifty years of hurt: Cal’s men’s basketball team can clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 championship by defeating second place Arizona State. Saturday, noon at Haas Pavilion. What could be better than Bach? … Continue reading »

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Local business cleans up after vandalism

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Rigoberto Alonso, manager of the Subway at Telegraph and Bancroft, surveys a window broken during protests by students last night.

Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel.

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Riot? Let’s not get carried away

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A number of news sources are terming a tussle last night on the corner of Telegraph and Durant as a “riot”. The only on-the-scene coverage seems to be the Daily Californian, which has been picked up and sensationalized by the Huffington Post (Berkeley RIOT: Fire, Destruction is the balanced headline, complete with the all-caps “RIOT”).

Reading the Daily Cal’s report, watching the YouTube video above, and having driven through the area this morning, riot seems a hugely overblown … Continue reading »

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Trouble on Telegraph after UC Berkeley protest

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More than 200 people swarmed onto Telegraph Avenue early this morning, turning a protest against fee hikes into a rampage against local merchants.

Students and other angry protesters gathered at Sproul Plaza around 11 pm to rally against the hikes, but soon departed for Telegrpah Avenue, where they lit dumpsters on fire, broke shop windows and danced in the streets in the melee. Others broke into Durant Hall and sprayed paint on the walls, according to news reports. Four … Continue reading »

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Sports

Scouting Berkeley: Biking 101

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A few weeks ago, at the age of 25, I learned how to ride a bike. Yes, I had been taught as a child; but upon trying to ride after over ten years with virtually zero bicycling experiences, I realized that riding as an adult is quite different. Luckily, our local Berkeley REI offers a class just for folks like me.

At 10 a.m. on SuperBowl Sunday, I met five other adults … Continue reading »

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Berkeley History

The Berkeley Wire: 2.25.10

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Green

Ideas to reduce your carbon footprint

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Last year, we attended a carbon footprint workshop and since then we’ve had a steadily diminishing amount that isn’t recycled or composted. Others in Berkeley seem to have done the same, which is one of the reasons why refuse revenues in the city are down.

But the planet is a more important cause than city revenues, so you can learn how to reduce your footprint tonight at a free workshop run by the City of Berkeley, the Ecology … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Pick of the listings: Mid-century modern on Summit

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This newly listed home at 1419 Summit Road will likely appeal if you want a leafy bolt-hole up in the hills with a mid-century modern vibe.

Built in 1948, it’s on one level and comes with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, tall ceilings, plentiful redwood walls and views over the South Bay. It’s also a hop and a skip away from Tilden Park and Lawrence Hall of Science.

Coming in at 1,688 sq ft, it is priced at $815,000 … Continue reading »

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