Daily Archives: November 21, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 11.21.12

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How to give more than thanks over the holidays

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David Buchholz spent Tuesday afternoon at the Berkeley Food Pantry distributing food to over 250 families. Many of them stood in the rain for an hour or more waiting to pick up the donations. “Monday was just as busy. Today promises more of the same,” he told Berkeleyside.

“I just wanted you to know how much contributions are appreciated and how badly people need basic necessities that for the most part we often take for granted,” he said.

There is still a pressing need for donations to local agencies that help the under-served throughout the year. Many food banks are reporting higher than usual demand this year. The holiday season is as good a time as any to dive in. Below is a list of resources and agencies, with details on how you can help (hat-tip to Councilman Jesse Arreguín who sent out much of this information to his constituents):

The Berkeley Food Pantry is at the Friends Church, 1600 Sacramento Street (at Cedar). Contact them to learn how to volunteer, make a financial donation, how to donate food (and which types of food items are preferable), at 510-525 2280 or berkeleyfood@hotmail.com. … Continue reading »

Express thanks online, get happier with new Cal study

The staff of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, from left to right:  Dacher Keltner, Vicki Zakrzewski, Christine Carter; Ann Shulman, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith and Jesse Antin, and Elna Brunckhorst. Photo: Elyna Anderson
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With gratitude on everyone’s mind this week, a recently launched online study at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center makes it easy to, in one fell swoop, give thanks and contribute to a growing body of research on the subject.

The endeavor is based on the work of UC Davis psychology professor Bob Emmons, who has found that students who kept gratitude journals for a short period of time experienced strengthened resilience, became less vulnerable to daily stresses and suffered less from minor health complaints such as rashes and headaches.

Emmons teamed up with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley to launch a new website, Thnx4.org, earlier this month. The website functions as an interactive, shareable gratitude journal, as well as an online database for researchers who are studying gratitude. Entries made by participants are kept private (for research purposes only) unless participants elect to share them, either via an anonymous public feed or through their own social networks. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police seek help on series of burglaries

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Berkeley police are seeking community help to catch a burglar.

The suspect depicted in the photos above is believed by police to be responsible for two burglaries and one attempted burglary in Berkeley, along with other burglaries in neighboring cities. The suspect gains entry by smashing a window, then enters and steals cigarettes. According to police, the suspect is in and out of a store “in a very short amount of time.”

The suspect is described as an African American … Continue reading »

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Wayne Harris: Bringing music and stories to The Marsh

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Wayne Harris isn’t your typical happy hour act. Recently awarded Best of SF Fringe for his blues-steeped show “Tyrone ‘Shortleg’ Johnson And Some White Boys,” the vocalist, actor and raconteur has been holding forth Fridays at the Marsh Arts Center, accompanied by a series of musical guests.

Part of a recent effort by the Marsh’s artistic director Stephanie Weisman to attract street traffic and offer entertainment before events in the Marsh’s theater, the happy hour shows are held in the space that was formerly Anna’s Jazz Island, Berkeley’s last bona fide jazz club. Harris return on Friday with a jazz quintet and special guest Kat Parra on vocals. He closes out his run on Nov. 30 with potent East Bay R&B combo The Intones. … Continue reading »

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Ann Judith Chandler: Served city with infectious smile

Ann Judith Chandler
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Update, Jan. 13, 2013: A celebration of the life of Ann Chandler will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, 1-3 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m., celebration, including songs, begins at 1:15 p.m. Refreshments will follow the program.

Original article: Ann Judith Chandler (Aug. 6, 1941 – Nov. 17, 2012) passed away peacefully at 9:24 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. She is mourned by her children, Dr. David Eli Fish and Michael Paul Fish, her daughter-in-law Ami Fitch, her grandchildren Maalik and Noah Fish, her sisters Elaine Hoffman and Nada Chandler, her brother Dr. Joseph Chandler, as well as family members and friends from Rhode Island, Maine, Quebec, Massachusetts, Texas, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Oregon, California, and Florida.

Ann was laid to rest on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in a family plot in Rhode Island.

Many Bay Area residents remember Ann as a compassionate public figure, dedicated to public health issues, particularly as concern the elderly and HIV/AIDS activism. She strove to see every side of an issue, both scientifically and emotionally, and to connect with and understand the people involved before choosing a course of action. Steadfast in her belief in civility and kindness, Ann determinedly maintained an open dialogue as she pursued what she saw as the best path. … Continue reading »


Whole Foods likely to open second store in Berkeley

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Whole Foods looks set to open a second store in Berkeley after pulling out of negotiations to build a new store in Albany in September. The site would be at 1025 Gilman St., in the location currently occupied by Office Depot.

Read more about the new Gilman shopping district on Berkeleyside.

Office Depot is slated to move across the street to the Gilman District, which will give it about half the space of its current 30,000-square-foot store. “That’s as much space as it needs,” said Doug Wiele of retail developers Foothill Partners, who is about to close on buying both properties this week in partnership with Marin-based property management company The Pratt Company. … Continue reading »

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Alcohol, marijuana use decline in Berkeley schools

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Students in Berkeley schools are reporting declining substance use rates and decreasing exposure to violence, according to responses to a biennial survey administered across several grade levels, and at Berkeley Technology Academy, in January.

Berkeley Unified School District officials reported preliminary results from the 2012 California Healthy Kids Survey on Wednesday night, Nov. 14, to the Board of Education and school administrators.

The survey data came with a range of caveats, but Student Services Director Susan Craig and Evaluation and Assessment Director Debbi D’Angelo told the board and co-superintendents that the results are “promising” and “reveal a change” in a pattern of “exceedingly high use rates” for marijuana and alcohol. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 12:50pm: “Another BUSD parent” got it right. This is a newly built trellis at Codornices Park on Euclid across from the Rose Garden. Congratulations on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Nancy Rubin.

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