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The Berkeley Wire: 08.30.11

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School year opens in Berkeley with over 9,000 students

Superintendant Bill Huyett speaks on the first day at Rosa Parks Elementary. Photo: Rachel Anderson
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Today was the first day of school for over 9,000 students in the Berkeley Unified School District.

“From my sense, it was a very calm start to the year,” said Superintendant Bill Huyett. “It was really, ‘Let’s get going. We’re ready to go.’”

Huyett visited six of Berkeley’s schools today. He said he usually tries to visit all the schools by the end of the first week.

Berkeleysider Rachel Anderson sent in the photo (right) of Huyett at Rosa Parks … Continue reading »

Violent and property crimes decline in Berkeley

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Violent crime in Berkeley declined by 4% in the first half of 2011, while property crime declined by 16%, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Berkeley Police Department.

The statistics are based on preliminary data from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics for 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

“While violent crime is of paramount concern, the City of Berkeley Police Department has increased its efforts in dealing with the significant level of property crime in the City,” the … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: Design store in, one out; new Korean eatery

Donkey & Goat winery now has weekend tasting hours
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TROVELESS After six years in Berkeley, interior design and home furnishings store Trove will shutter its two outlets at Gilman Village — but only once it has sold off all its inventory. Bargains are in order now with most items discounted 60-75%. Owner Diane Haydon says she plans to take up painting again.

CRAFTY MOVES Michelle Nelson, former design consultant for The Craftsman Home at 3048 Claremont which, as we reported last week, has closed, is opening an Arts and … Continue reading »

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Berkeley man makes a (really rather nice) dumpster home

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Gregory Kloehn lives in central Berkeley and he makes things for a living. His latest creation may be his most inventive yet, for Kloehn has fabricated a home out of a dumpster — yes, your regular dumpster, known primarily as a receptacle for trash.

This isn’t the first home Kloehn, 41, has made. Working from a workshop in Oakland, he has crafted homes, offices, and sound studios out of shipping containers. He also knows his way around a remodel. In … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: The Interrupters

Ameena Matthews, a violence interrupter in the new documentary "The Interrupters". Photo courtesy of Kartemquin Films
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Documentary filmmaking is intrusive by nature: filmmakers must gain the trust and respect of their subjects long before the cameras begin to roll. In the early ‘90s, documentarian Steve James earned the trust of Chicago’s Gates and Agee families, resulting in 1994’s Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams. No one-trick pony, James demonstrated similar skill with 2002’s Stevie, in which he revisited a deeply troubled young man he’d previously mentored as a Big Brother.

In his latest film, The Interrupters (opening this … Continue reading »

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