Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.23.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Amoeba MusicBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCal Youth CampsCarolyn Jones at The Grubb CompanyFantasy T-ShirtsFive RestaurantFocal PointGourmet GhettoThe Grubb CompanyJewish Music FestivalLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMechanics BankMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratoryPsychotherapy InstituteSutter East Bay Medical FoundationThornwall PropertiesTom Miller & Friends Lawyers, and UC Berkeley Optometry.

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50 years ago: President Kennedy speaks at UC Berkeley

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Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy came to the Berkeley campus and delivered a rousing speech in honor of Charter Day, the anniversary of the university’s founding.

It was the second time Kennedy had visited Cal. The earlier visit was in 1940 when he attended a football game.

“In its first graduating class it [UC Berkeley] included a future Governor of California, a future Congressman, a judge, a State assemblyman, a clergyman, a lawyer, a doctor — all in a graduating class of 12 students!” said Kennedy to a capacity crowd at Memorial Stadium. … Continue reading »

Berkeley school gardening, cooking programs face cuts

Sharing the pleasures of an outdoor table: The delicious revolution at Malcolm X.
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Three of Berkeley Unified School District‘s elementary schools — Malcolm XRosa Parks, and Washington — are in jeopardy of losing their entire cooking and gardening program funds beginning in October this year.

Under existing guidelines, the schools will no longer qualify for federal funding because they have fewer than 50% of their students enrolled in the free and reduced-lunch program, according to Leah Sokolofski, who supervises the program for the district.

Berkeley has an international reputation for its edible schoolyards, where public school children of all economic means learn what it takes to grow a radish and sauté some chard. Such funding cuts to the program, whose total budget is $1.94 million a year, would represent a significant setback in the city’s pioneering efforts to date.

School gardening and cooking champion Alice Waters, whose Chez Panisse Foundation helped fund the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, expressed dismay at the potential budget cuts to programs. “It’s inevitable cuts will come — people think these programs are dispensable and the state of California is in a financial crisis — but it’s a tragedy,” she said. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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Auto Burglaries: Lawrence Hall of Science
In recent months a series of auto burglaries have occurred in the parking lot at Lawrence Hall of Science. UCPD recommends taking the following steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:

  • Do not leave valuable items visible in your car.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas.
  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.
  • Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. … Continue reading »
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