Daily Archives: April 18, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 04.18.11

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A magnitude 3.8 earthquake with its epicenter just south of Pacifica shook Berkeley at 2:57 p.m. today. A distinct judder passed through Berkeleyside’s office in the Elmwood. The quake occurred on the 105th anniversary of the Great 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco. Did any Berkeleysiders feel anything beyond a mild judder?

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Will pharmacy war lead to new restrictions in Berkeley?

This Walgreens on Shattuck is moving within two blocks of a CVS store
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[This story was updated on 4/19/11.]

As the retail war between CVS and Walgreens heats up in Berkeley, Mayor Tom Bates is calling for a new law that prohibits any new pharmacy from locating within 1,000 feet of another pharmacy.

Bates will ask the City Council on April 26 to consider the new restrictions. If adopted, the planning department would work to amend the city’s zoning ordinances to add the changes.

“Everywhere you turn you see a Walgreens or … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High students raise funds for disabled

Berkeley High students on Best Buddies walk-a-thon
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About 15 Berkeley High students joined dozens of other students at Crissy Field on Saturday to raise money for Best Buddies, an international group that encourages one on one friendships between people with and without disabilities.

Every Tuesday, Berkeley High students who have physical and mental disabilities meet to have lunch with other Berkeley High students. They talk, socialize, play games, and make friends with people who are very different from themselves.

There are 1,500 Best Buddies groups around … Continue reading »

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Berkeley lighting business creates winning green space

Metro Lighting store
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Instead, the couple behind Metro Lighting have fashioned a work space in keeping with the handcrafted light fixtures they create. And their commitment to design and sustainability has paid off. This month Metro Lighting’s showroom and manufacturing operation at 2240 San Pablo Avenue was awarded the Acterra Business Environmental Award for its impeccable green credentials.

Lawrence Grown and Christa Rybczynski, who met at architecture school in Cincinnati, OH, moved to Berkeley 20 years ago. Architecture work was hard to find and Grown took a job at Ohmega Salvage. It was there he formed a passion for rebuilding antique lighting and, in 1993, he and Rybczynski decided to open a business restoring and crafting light fixtures.

He named the store, a 600 sq ft pace on Delaware Street, “Organically Grown Design Work”, a nod both to his name and to his mission. However the moniker did not immediately resonate with some customers. “We used to have people coming in asking us if we sold drugs,” said Grown. … Continue reading »

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Say hello to spring: celebrating Holi

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Berkeleysider David Trachtenberg came across a glorious gathering on the campus Sunday and sent in these wonderful photographs. “I stumbled upon this amazing event at lower Sproul Plaza,” he writes. “It’s called the Holi Festival — a welcoming of Spring. Pure Joy!”