Daily Archives: March 17, 2012

Update, 7:02 pm: The Library confirms it will also be closed tomorrow, Sunday.

The Berkeley Public Library is closed today (Saturday) and probably tomorrow. A fire alarm went off and sprinklers went on automatically, causing water damage.

Julie Wong reports passes the news on from the BPL’s Facebook page: “The fire took place in one of the public bathrooms and it is unknown how it got started. All staff are OK and the public was evacuated. The main task now is to clean up the water from the very effective fire sprinkler system which has left a significant amount of water to be cleaned from the floors. It is likely that the Library will also be closed tomorrow, Sunday March 18th, but we will update you when we know more. Thanks again to you all, BPL staff appreciate your concern!”

Check the library’s website for updated information on opening.

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Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

The news this week continued to be dominated by the fall-out from the actions taken by Berkeley Police Chief Michael Meehan in the wake of a north Berkeley community meeting held to discuss the murder of Park Hills resident Peter Cukor. We reported on:

In other news, we reported on the imminent closure of Berkeley’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Berkeley Patients Group will likely move location rather than shutter.

And readers loved, just loved, our Monday story about an owl staking her territory on a Berkeley trail by, among other things, swooping down on dogs (prompted by the great photo sent in by Andy Fremder, above). KTVU loved it too and shot a segment there later that day.


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Dead body washes up on Berkeley Marina

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Update 4:00 p.m. According to Sgt. David White from the Berkeley Police Department, a citizen call was received at 7:45 a.m. this morning where a body in the water at the south end of the marina was reported. Police and fire responded to the call. The fire department declared the adult male dead at the scene. According to White, there was no sign of foul play. No further information is available at this time.

Original story: Police and investigators from … Continue reading »

Adopt at Pet: Sweet feline sisters Helene and Marie

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Helene and her sister Maria are super lovable, active, playful, affectionate kitties. These great girls are in a foster home now in the East Bay. They need a real home now. They are great cats!

Fun-loving, but also purring lap kitties, they have been with The Milo Foundation since May of 2010, and are desperate for a loving home.

They are friendly and sweet with people, and are adorable together, cleaning and preening each other.

They are beauties with different styles that complement each other. Helene is the fluffier beauty, and Maria is the caretaker and protector, playing games when they get a chance. Maria is more interactive with people, Helene is more independent. Maria will wash your face for you. … Continue reading »

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