Daily Archives: June 11, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.11.12

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Photo essay: Berkeley’s 42nd Live Oak Park Fair

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This weekend, Live Oak Park in north Berkeley came alive with crafts, food and family fun for the 42nd annual Live Oak Park Fair. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin was there to capture the flavor of the festivities.

View her full photo gallery.

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Major paving work to begin mid-June on Ashby Avenue

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For any and all Berkeleyans who live close to Ashby Avenue, it may be time to get stocked up on earplugs. Starting soon — mid-June is the official date —  Caltrans will begin resurfacing Ashby (otherwise known as State Route 13), from Hiller Drive west to San Pablo Avenue.

As requested by the city, all construction work, which includes grinding and resurfacing, will take place on weekdays only during the daytime hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Night-time work will be limited to digout repairs at the intersections of Ashby and Telegraph, and Ashby and Shattuck, according to a statement released by Caltrans. All final striping for the project will be done during daytime and nighttime hours.

The work is expected to be completed by early fall 2012.

The first stage of the work will be on the Tunnel Road section, with the intention of completing all construction there as quickly as possible to accommodate emergency responders as we head into the fire season. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley library welcomes back yarnbombing on racks

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Some stories do have happy endings. Readers may remember in April when something of a brouhaha erupted over the “yarnbombing” of a bicycle rack outside Berkeley’s North Branch Library.

Local yarnbomber Streetcolor had decorated the circular racks before the grand reopening of the library, but the knitting was removed by librarians concerned over the distraction it might cause when they wanted all attention to be focused on the beautifully remodeled building.

Donna Corbeil, Director of Library Services, said at the time that it was  important for the community to experience “the completed project fully, without anything covered up or altered since it was the grand reopening.”

She also added, however, that the library would be glad to talk to the anonymous street artist about putting the yarn back up at a future date. … Continue reading »

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Ojai North: A jewel in Cal Performances’ crown

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By Jason Victor Serinus

In only its second year, the artistic excellence of Cal Performances’ Ojai North festival already rivals anything that San Francisco’s venerable Opera and Symphony produce in late spring.

Ojai North opens today, June 11, and runs through June 14, less than a week after the annual Ojai Music Festival (OMF) concludes its 66th season in its idyllic open air Ventura County setting. Berkeley’s Ojai North offshoot will reprise a good chunk of the performances that … Continue reading »

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Derby Playing Fields set to open for baseball season 2013

Current BHS baseball players including Hunter Rieger (left) & Jesse Barber (second left)
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On Saturday, a crowd of committed Berkeley High School athletes and parents, along with neighbors and public officials, came to Derby Park for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Derby Field sports complex.

Construction is set to begin in early July and be completed by February 2013, just in time for baseball season. The new facilities will include a baseball field, a soccer field, and a basketball court to be used by the Berkeley High baseball team, students at B-Tech, and members of the community.

In the works for 15 years, the project was finally made possible by the passage of bond Measure 1, which will provide the funds to curve Derby Street and build the multi-sport complex. Extra amenities will be financed by donations, including a $10,000 contribution for a new scoreboard by The Lonely Island, a music-comedy group made up of three Berkeley High alumni: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. … Continue reading »

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