Daily Archives: June 22, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.22.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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

Amoeba MusicAurora Theatre: SalomaniaBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyContemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not DestroyDowntown Berkeley AssociationEcology Center StoreFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratoryThornwall PropertiesTom Miller & Friends … Continue reading »

Greater Good Science Center: On the fine art of gratitude

Practicing gratitude appears to work for Emiliana Simon-Thomas, who will talk up the science of gratitude at an event Saturday. Photo: Courtesy Simon-Thomas
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Practicing gratitude is all the rage (witness the popularity of Oprah’s gratitude game) and perhaps a perfect Berkeley-based pastime — when peace-loving residents aren’t embroiled in road rage in the parking lot at a Berkeley Bowl.

Indeed, since 2001 the good people at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center have taken it upon themselves to study the fine art of gratitude. Beginning in 2004 they launched the Greater Good magazine (now solely online) and the site also features the award-winning Raising Happiness blog, aimed at parents, who, on any given day, may need a gentle reminder about the joy to be found in rearing offspring — whether babies, toddlers, or teens.

Why is gratitude good? Feeling a sense of abundance, an enjoyment of simple pleasures, and an appreciation of others can lead to stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure, more joy, optimism, happiness, and other positive emotions, increased generosity and compassion, and decreased loneliness and isolation, scientists suggest. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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Off The Grid food truck fest to launch on Telegraph Avenue

Off The Grid by Paul Miller:CC
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Off The Grid, the popular gathering of food trucks that has already proved a hit in North Berkeley, will launch on Telegraph Avenue on Thursday, July 12.

Just like the North Shattuck Wednesday food fest, “Off The Grid: South Side Berkeley on Telegraph” will feature a rotating selection of eight to ten food trucks every Thursday night. They will be located on Haste Street, just west of Telegraph, and the area will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event which runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Along with the trucks, some seating, lights and music will be provided.

Matt Cohen, founder of Off The Grid, says he sees the new market as complementary to the one in the Gourmet Ghetto as it will feature few of the same trucks. He hopes it will appeal to students and families in particular, and help bring foot traffic to an area that has had its share of problems. … Continue reading »

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Police Blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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June 17

Commercial Burglary Arrests – 600 Block of Gilman Street #2012-32287
On Sunday, June 17, 2012 at about 23:24 hours, a BPD patrol officer interrupted a burglary at a recycling center in the 600 block of Gilman Street. Two male suspects had entered the Community Conservation Centers Berkeley Recycling Center by using a bolt cutter to cut  portion of a fence on the perimeter of the business. Once inside the yard of the business, the suspects smashed a window leading to the cashiers office. BPD officers found the suspects hiding in the bushes. BPD arrested one suspect, a 37 year old Oakland man for PC459 – Burglary. BPD also arrested the other suspect, a 22 year old Oakland man for PC 459- Burglary, Violation of Felony Probation and a No Bail Felony warrant. BPD booked both men into the BPD Jail. … Continue reading »

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