Daily Archives: February 11, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.11.11

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Pre-schoolers celebrate Chinese new year

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A group of pre-schoolers from Claremont Day Nursery marked Chinese New Year today with a procession up Claremont Avenue in Berkeley. Dressed in red, and led by a teacher sporting a dragon head, the kids made for an adorable sight. This year Chinese New Year began on Feburary 3 and it is the year of the rabbit.

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Joy Moore: Community food reformer

Joy Moore teaches elementary school kids about nutrition, as featured in Lunch Love Community./Photo: Sophie Constantinou
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Retired City of Berkeley health outreach worker Joy Moore, 59, is anything but retired.

A long-time local food activist, Moore has played a key role in community efforts to reform school lunch in the Berkeley Unified School District, co-founded Farm Fresh Choice, which brings quality, affordable produce to people of lesser means, and was a member of the Berkeley Food Policy Council, a coalition of community and city groups founded in 1999 to increase community food access and improve health for all the city’s residents.

One of the council’s projects: Farm Fresh Choice, which provides local, sustainable fruits and vegetables to residents in West and South Berkeley neighborhoods who may have economic, transportation, or cultural obstacles that prevent them from, say, shopping at Berkeley Bowl or frequenting the regular Berkeley Farmers’ Markets. The Ecology Center serves as fiscal sponsor for both farmers’ market options.

Nowadays, Moore can be found tending the school garden, talking up healthy eating, and serving fruit smoothies and sauteed greens at the other high school in town Berkeley Technology Academy (B-Tech), designed for students who struggle to succeed at Berkeley High. She also runs an after-school cooking program at the school her grandson attends, Claremont Middle School in Oakland. … Continue reading »

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New Helios building rises rapidly in downtown Berkeley

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Last summer it was a diggers’ delight of a demolition site, warranting a special outing for many young Bob The Builder fans. Today construction is well under way and the stories are rapidly going up on what will become the new Helios Energy Research Facility at 2151 Berkeley Way at Shattuck.

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Berkeley’s Bradley Manning resolution is watered down

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The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday will consider a watered-down version of a bill regarding Bradley Manning, the army private suspected of leaking the WikiLeaks documents.

Instead of declaring Manning a hero, the revised bill calls for Manning to be treated “humanely” in prison.

The switch in emphasis came after there was a huge national outcry from conservatives around the country that Berkeley was once again honoring a man some considered a criminal. Berkeley city officials had also been concerned with the original bill since it declared Manning a hero for a crime for which he has not been convicted nor admitted doing. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley reinstates three teams, baseball & men’s gymnastics out

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Baseball and men’s gymnastics will still be eliminated at UC Berkeley next year, but women’s gymnastics and lacrosse will be preserved and rugby will not be demoted to a club sport, according to an announcement made today by the university.

“After a comprehensive, sport-by-sport review of the philanthropic commitments, unfortunately, it was determined that the pledges for baseball and men’s gymnastics fell short of the criteria provided to potential donors: sufficient funding to support team expenses for the next seven to 10 years and the presentation of a feasible plan for sustained financial independence,” read the press release. … Continue reading »

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Doctor Who fans: did you spot TARDIS in Berkeley?

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Fans of British cult science-fiction TV series Dr Who were in for a treat recently when the iconic TARDIS police box, through which the aforementioned doctor takes his time- and space-traveling journeys, made a brief appearance in Berkeley when on a surprising journey of its own.

The blue kiosk was photographed on the roof of Birge Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on January 29.

Berkeleyside’s on-campus spies climbed to the top of Sather Tower yesterday to try … Continue reading »

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