Daily Archives: February 21, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 02.21.11

Print Friendly

Large tree down on Piedmont Avenue and Channing

Tree crews work to remove a large tree from Piedmont Avenue on Saturday morning. Photo: Tracey Taylor.
Print Friendly

A large tree came down this weekend on Piedmont Avenue at the corner of Channing.

Police closed off access to Piedmont from the roundabout as tree crews worked under persistent rain to cut down and remove the tree debris, including the trunk and a significant number of branches, from the street.


Eight Berkeley firefighters promoted at pinning ceremony

Eight promoted firefighters take the oath in order for them to be sworn in.
Print Friendly

A row of parked fire engines made an impressive sight on a rainy Friday afternoon on Addison Street as, inside the Berkeley Repertory Thrust Theatre, eight Berkeley firefighers were promoted in a badge-pinning ceremony which also served to remind the audience what an honorable group of men and women serve and protect the Berkeley community.

Led by Fire Chief Debra Pryor, the February 18 ceremony saw close friends and family members — wives, children, mothers — proudly pinning new badges onto the lapels of the newly promoted firefighters.

Several of the firefighters being honored spoke of the sacrifices being made by their families, but the camaraderie of the force, and its ability to act as a second family to many of those who serve, was also in evidence.

Continue reading »

Tagged , , ,

Out of control car causes wrecks, injuries on Solano

Albany fire department uses jaws of life to extricate a Honda Civic driver/Photo: Jane Tierney
Print Friendly

A seemingly out-of-control BMW careened careered down Solano Avenue Sunday morning, sending at least two people to hospital and damaging seven other cars. Shahram Farshchi, the driver of the car, told Albany Patch, “I believe I had a seizure, or something like a seizure, because I don’t remember anything.”

Farshchi, a 56-year old biochemist who lives in Berkeley, was arrested by the Berkeley police and released with a misdemeanor citation.

Farshchi was driving west on Solano when he first … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , , ,

Mr Mopps’ new owners cut ribbon on reopened toy store

Print Friendly

Mr Mopps’, which has been selling toys in Berkeley since 1962, reopened for business last week after being bought by new owners in October just before the venerable store looked like it might be going out of business for good.

On Friday February 18, the new owners, Devin McDonald and Jenny Stevenson, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store, which was attended by Mayor Tom Bates, councilmember Laurie Capitelli, and the Chamber of Commerce’s newly elected joint CEOs, Polly Armstrong and John DeClercq, among others.

Continue reading »


Sumo Grub’s outrageous food captures TV attention

Print Friendly

Jason Sum specializes in fried Twinkies. And fried Oreos. And fried pizza. And fried macaroni and cheese.

Sum, the owner of Sumo Grub, a tiny restaurant squeezed into a squat blue building right across from Berkeley High, has become so well known for his tempura-battered novelties that the Food Network came to film them on February 15. Sum and his creations will be featured on a show called “Outrageous Food,” hosted by Tom Pizzica.

The show is billed … Continue reading »

Tagged , , , ,