Daily Archives: March 17, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 03.17.11

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U.S. Surgeon General visits UC Berkeley, Edible Schoolyard

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The U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, came to Berkeley today where she delivered a lecture on her vision for a healthy, fit nation at UC Berkeley, as well as being greeted warmly by a group of enthusiastic school children.

After her morning visit to the campus, Dr Benjamin dropped in to the Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School at about 2:30pm. A welcoming party was there to greet her, which included, among others, King’s Principal Jason Lustig, BUSD Superintendent Bill Huyett, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, food reformer Joy Moore, and restaurateur Alice Waters who led Dr Benjamin on a tour of the garden. The Edible Schoolyard is a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation. … Continue reading »

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Site decisions close for Berkeley’s new charter schools

Victor Diaz with his children/Photo: Rachel Gross
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Berkeley’s new Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement (REALM) middle school may be located in a commercial property at Addison and 8th Street, and there is a “high likelihood” that its high school will be located at BUSD’s West Campus site according to Victor Diaz, REALM’s principal.

The location of the middle school has stirred controversy because of potential plans to place it at Willard Middle School, which would have displaced the music program, a classroom and an office.

“We don’t want that solution,” said Diaz. “We don’t want to disrupt Willard’s program. We think we’re coming close to a deal on the commercial property, and we’re still on course to announce plans by April 1.” … Continue reading »

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BAHA’s Spring Tour will focus on villas of Arlington Heights

An Arlington Heights home. Photo: BAHA.
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The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association‘s annual Spring Tour, which takes place on Sunday May 8, will this year be devoted to the villas of the Arlington Heights neighborhood in north Berkeley.

Always a popular event for architecture enthusiasts, the tour will include homes designed by architects including Bernard Maybeck, Edwin Lewis Snyder, Walter H. Ratcliff, Jr., John Hudson Thomas, Sidney & Noble Newsom, Henry H. Gutterson, Joseph M. Walker, and Rowland & Rowland.

The hilly neighborhood east of … Continue reading »

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Berkeley editor’s home vandalized for third time

Michael Lerner
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Hours after Tikkun magazine held a gathering to celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary, the house of the editor was vandalized.

Vandals plastered posters on the garage door of Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Cragmont Avenue home Tuesday night, according to Berkeley police.  The posters depicted pictures of a Nazi carrying away a Jew, according to a press release by Berkeley-based Tikkun Magazine.

“Lerner’s name is put on one of the Nazis and “Islamic extremists” is written on the other Nazi, and the innocent Jew is identified as the State of Israel,” said the release. “The perspective of the attackers is clear: “Rabbi Lerner is a Nazi assaulting Israel.”

This is the third incident of vandalism at Lerner’s home since March 2010. … Continue reading »

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Remembering Stacy Raye: an educator with a gift for life

Stacy Raye on Kee Beach in Hawaii, November 2010.
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Stacy Allison Raye, the co-Founding Director with Heather Mitchell of Berkeley’s Monkey Business Camp and Girls on the Go Camp, died on on February 17th after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago. Below, three people who knew her well share their memories of Stacy.

Heather Mitchell, Stacy’s partner, and Nancy O’Connor, Stacy’s mother, write: Stacy Raye was born on December 15th 1960 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. At the age of 11 Stacy saw the movie “Auntie Mame” and fashioned her life around Mame’s dictum “Live, Live, Live” until her death on February 17th. … Continue reading »

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