Daily Archives: July 13, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 07.13.11

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Reward grows for information about killers of Chilean man

Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Photo courtesy of the Celedon family
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The reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the men who killed Adolfo Ignacio Celedón has increased to $20,000, thanks to a new donation made by the Chilean government.

Celedón was killed 10 months ago on Sept. 12, 2010, at the intersection of Adeline and Emerson streets. He and his fiancé, Amber Nelson, were walking home around 3:41 a.m. from a concert at Ashkenz when two black males jumped out of a black SUV and attempted to rob them. Celedón was shot and killed as he tried to protect Nelson. It was Celedón’s 35th birthday.

“The tragic death of Adolfo Celedón … is a high priority and sensitive matter of concern to the Chilean Government,” said Consul General of Chile Rolando F. Ortega, according to a press release put out by the Berkeley Police Department. “The Consulate General of Chile and the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs support an expeditious investigation and prompt resolution to this case.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley street style: Stars in stripes

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By Dana Smith

Patriotism is alive and well in the People’s Republic of Berkeley if the display of red, white and blue during the city’s Fourth of July festivities was any indication.

Even before Independence Day, we had noticed a proliferation of primary hued stripes on the streets in the form of scarves, skirts, and maritime-inspired tops.

I know my closet is filling up with bold stripes and I’m finding one of my favorite ways to wear them are together. Layering stripes — think black and white striped cardigan over thick green and blue striped tunic, or vertical striped pants with a horizontal top — is a fresh way to update the classic motif.

Or, go the deconstructed route, like many of the families at the Berkeley Hills BBQ I attended did: each family member representing one color of Old Glory.

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Plum Gorgeous: Celebrating the deliciousness of fruit

Almond meringue with rose cream and red currants. All photos: Sara Remington
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Romney Steele’s new book, Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard, showcases the romance and beauty of fruit.

Steele, an occasional contributor to Berkeleyside, is a writer, cook, artist and food stylist. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Lolly Fassett, creators of Nepenthe Restaurant at Big Sur, the subject of Steele’s previous book, My Nepenthe. She lives in Oakland with her two children, Trevor and Nicoya.

Steele will be reading from Plum Gorgeous at Mrs Dalloway’s book store at 2904 College Ave. in Berkeley on Friday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Berkeleyside: What inspired you to write the book?

I lived in a particularly prolific orchard more than a dozen years ago, and was fishing around for a new book idea when I came across an old notebook from that time. It was basically a blueprint to this book – with my drawings, recipes, and the idea pretty much in print. I hadn’t remembered that I wanted to do this so long ago. Interesting how dreams come true when you put them down on paper, and you create the space to allow them to happen. … Continue reading »

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Whither the sun?

A foggy morning overlooking Berkeley
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A gray, dense fog dripping moisture has settled over the Bay Area, bringing with it the region’s customary summer gloom. Temperatures are a full 10 degrees lower than average.

Today and tomorrow in Berkeley should start with fog and clear by the afternoon. Friday will bring clear skies, but it won’t warm up until the weekend. Temperatures will not top 60 in town until Saturday, according to WeatherUnderground.

Are you a fog fan? Or a sun fan?

Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 10:00 am: Jeff Leyser is this week’s winner! He guessed correctly that this telephone box is at the northeast intersection of Sacramento Street and Hopkins Street.

Photo: Neil Mishalov.

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