Daily Archives: December 13, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 12.13.11

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Misconceptions about scientists, this one at Berkeley Lab

Daniel Parks self-portrait
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Daniel Parks is one of Berkeleyside’s favorite photographers. You will have seen, and probably admired, many of his images here over the years, including “Storm over Berkeley”, the photograph we recently offered as a gift to readers who lent their support to the site.

Parks is not, it may surprise you to learn, a professional photographer. He is, in fact, based at the Berkeley Lab, doing research for his doctorate.

Parks recently uploaded to the Berkeleyside Flickr poolContinue reading »

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Truancy high, but improving, at Berkeley High School

Berkeley High School. Photo: Charlotte Wayne
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In the last two weeks, Berkeley High officials have sent out close to 2,000 letters telling students they have been truant, but they are regarding the number as an achievement.

While it might seem worrisome that 60% of the school’s 3,300 students are routinely skipping class, the situation is actually better than last year thanks to new programs on preventing truancy, according to Daniel Roose, the dean of attendance.

While in 2010, only about 90.7% of the students attended regularly, the number is up this year, said Roose. Attendance in September, October, and November of 2011 was more than 94%, he said.

“It’s still way too high,” said Roose. “The state of California would like all California schools to be in the high 90s. We are below average for our peer schools in California.” … Continue reading »

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Tonight: Jazz for 50 years of Berkeley eatery Giovanni

Giovanni’s daughter, Anastasia serving long time regular, Julio Jefferson. Photo: Giovanni
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John Schott doesn’t make a habit of approaching neighborhood eateries for gigs. But the capaciously creative Berkeley guitarist couldn’t resist reaching out to the owners of Giovanni, one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in town, when he stopped by for dinner with his family one night and heard Miles Davis playing on the house sound system. A Berkeley resident since 1988, Schott had eaten at the restaurant before, but that was when it wasn’t owned by the original Schipani family.

“I live around the corner and last year I walked by and saw them remodeling,” says Schott, who performs at Giovanni tonight with bassist John Wiitala and drummer John Hanes. “I struck up a conversation with one of the Schipani daughters and heard they had repurchased it. It’s a huge place with a great feel that reminds me of Italian restaurants I went to as a kid.” … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

Craftsman design shop
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CRAFTING A LOOK Michelle Nelson has now opened her eponymous home design studio at 2842 Prince Street. The space was formerly Personal Pizzazz clothing store which, as reported in August, moved into the space formerly occupied by The Craftsman Home, around the corner at 3048 Claremont Avenue. Nelson, who began her career in the garment industry with a focus on textiles, worked under leading arts and crafts dealer Isak Lindenauer, and then out of The Craftsman Home, before setting up … Continue reading »

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