• Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

    NEW JEWELS Brothers John and Moshe Quillinan, just 22 and 24-years-old respectively, have opened Q & Q Estate Jewelry at 1751 Solano Avenue. The brothers, who have been in the estate jewelry and antiques business for over 15 years combined, specialize in fine jewelry, objets d’art, antiques, silverware, precious metals, precious gemstones, pearls, coral, jade, ivory carvings, and fine art. The store is open 12:00-6:00 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment by calling 510-846 1521. Q & Q Jewelry will be holding a Grand Opening event, with refreshments and 15% off selected items, on Saturday, February 4th, 6:00-10:00 pm. [Hat-tip: Nancy Rubin]

  • $17,000 reward for information about Warren murder

    The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the murder on Jan. 26 of Kenneth Warren.

  • Teenage skateboarder seriously injured by car

    Update, 10:30 am: Berkeley police report that the injured skateboarder is an 18-year old man who is in “grave condition.” Since he is an adult, he is not required to wear a helmet while skateboarding. Berkeley police are still investigating to determine who is at fault in the accident, the driver or the skateboarder, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. The victim’s name will not be released for privacy reasons.

  • $250,000 for Berkeley schools thanks to Lonely Island

    The largest-ever single donation to Berkeley Unified School District will be made thanks to a Super Bowl contest for Doritos. Doritos, part of the Frito-Lay division of Pepsico, is working with The Lonely Island on its Crash the Super Bowl competition. The three members of comedy music and video group The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, have been friends since Willard Middle School.

  • Love books? Help give away 1 million of them

    Book lovers around the world are planning to give away millions of books on April 23 – and they are looking for Berkeley readers to help them.

  • Codornices Creek: Happy ducks in place of concrete

    Update, 01.31.12: Susan Schwartz, President, Friends of Five Creeks, provides an informative clarification on the history of this section of Codornices Creek. (This is why we love the Berkeleyside community so much — our expert readers always bring the latest intelligence to the table!):

  • Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

    It was a news-heavy week, one dominated by the shocking murder on Thursday evening of 32-year-old Kenny Warren, father of five, who was gunned down outside a friend’s home after leaving his job at a barbershop in south Berkeley. Berkeleyside was early to break the news. We followed up with an in-depth piece by Frances Dinkelspiel, who talked to Warren’s family, friends and neighbors. At the time of writing, the police have not made any arrests.

  • Julia Morgan-designed home for sale in Berkeley

    A home designed by Julia Morgan is always worth a second look. The early 20th-century architect’s designs are woven into the very fabric of Berkeley, with many residential projects to her name, and two notable public buildings: the Berkeley City Club on Durant, and the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts on College.