Daily Archives: December 14, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 12.14.12

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

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LAST WORD READING  Lucille Lang Day and Alison Luterman will read their poetry at 7 p.m. on Friday at Nefeli Caffe, 1854 Euclid Ave.. The event is part of the Last Word Reading Series, and includes an open reading. Lang Day was born in Oakland and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her recently released memoir, Married at Fourteen, has been praised as one of the great American memoirs. Alison Luterman is the author of two books, The Largest Possible Life, and See How We Almost Fly.

BERKELEY VIDEO FILM FESTIVAL The 21st annual Berkeley Video Film Festival continues Friday at 1939 Addison St., at the East Bay Media Center’s new screening facility. Organizers say the idea is to provide a venue for independent producers to present their work alongside Hollywood’s best. More than 40 independent and student films will be shown throughout the festival, which started Dec. 9 and continues through Dec. 21. See the full schedule here. … Continue reading »


This week on NOSH: Wood-fired pizza, news, egg nog cake

Benchmark oven. Photo: Fer Fernandez
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Benchmark: Wood-fired pizza comes to Kensington Formerly of Oliveto and Dopo, as well as Chez Panisse, a husband and wife team’s new restaurant brings wood-fired pizzas to Kensington.

12 drinks a drinking: Reasons to rejoice at FIVE Ms Barstool treated herself to an early holiday gift by sampling from the Twelve Cocktails of Christmas featured during December at Berkeley’s FIVE Bistro & Bar. Now it’s your turn.

Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening New Caribbean joint Miss Ollie’s opens in Oakland, new restaurant Assemble going into BoilerHouse space in Richmond, and Paul Canales about to open Duende. This, and much more food news, in Bites.

Contest: Name that nosh At the time of writing, nobody had yet correctly identified the delicious looking dessert, and which restaurant makes it, pictured in our contest! … Continue reading »

‘Today seems like a day to hug our kids a little harder’

The campaign aims to raise campus awareness of sexual harassment and improve preventive measures including increasing formal education relating to the issue.
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Berkeley High’s Principal, Pasquale Scuderi, this afternoon sent an emailed letter to the BHS community in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, this morning. In it, he addresses how the school has dealt with communicating news of the mass shooting at an elementary school to BHS students, issues of security on campus, and shares guidelines on how to talk to our children about such a senseless and potentially traumatic incident.

We publish the letter here in full:

Dear BHS Families:

This morning, following the devastating news we all received from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, we made a brief announcement to the staff and students updating our community on what we knew to be the facts, and encouraging us all to support one another as a school community. We simply asked that as a staff and student body we keep our thoughts and positive energy moving in the direction of the families, children, and fellow educators who are in the midst of a tragedy whose dimensions are still nearly impossible to fathom. … Continue reading »

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UC pulls new logo amid criticism, ‘controversy’

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The University of California released a statement Friday that it would cease use of a newly released logo following “a significant negative response by students, alumni and other members of our community.”

Daniel M. Dooley, senior vice president for external relations at the University of California Office of the President, released a statement Friday that was posted on UC Berkeley’s News Center website shortly after noon.

Dooley wrote that the response to the new logo had resulted in an unfortunate community controversy. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley mailboxes: Now you see them, now you don’t

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Last month Liza Lutzker noticed that in the space of a week, three out of her four neighborhood USPS mailboxes, all within walking distance of her Berkeley home, had disappeared.

Lutzker wasn’t the only Berkeley resident to notice that mailboxes were being removed. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who serves District 6, said that, beginning in late September, her office started receiving calls from constituents saying that neighborhood mailboxes were disappearing without any notice being given to the community.

Wengraf made several calls to the Berkeley Post Office, and was told there were plans to remove up to 40 collection boxes. Boxes are earmarked for removal if there are fewer than 25 letters a day left in them, she was told. But the Post Master would not provide details on which boxes were affected, saying that was “classified information.” … Continue reading »

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Low tides at Marina lead to impromptu clam bake

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The high tides on the San Francisco bay — part of the annual King tides phenomenon — also bring with them extraordinary low tides.

On Thursday, while many locals were out documenting through photography the impact of the King tides, others were planning on taking advantage of nature’s effect on our shores with more recreational ideas in mind.

On Thursday evening the Cal Sailing Club, the Bay Area Sea Kayakers, and the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center held a clambake on the Ashby Shoal, the muddy sandbar that only becomes an island when the tide is very low. Paul Kamen (who happens to be chair of the city’s Waterfront Commission) was there and took the photos. … Continue reading »

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Police Blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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December 2:

Commercial Burglary Attempt, 2500 block of 10th Street
On Sunday, December 2, 2012 between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, a commercial burglary attempt occurred in the 2500 block of 10th Street.   Any unknown suspect broke the window, but was unable to gain entry to the interior of the building.
December 3:

Stolen Vehicle, 700 Regal Road
On Monday, December 3, 2012 at approximately 4:45 PM, a vehicle was stolen in the 700 block of Regal Road.  The victim reported parking his vehicle on the street and then going into the nearby park.  He returned and discovered an unknown person stole his vehicle.  Taken was a silver, 1998, Acura TL, four-door. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, III

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Bites is Berkeleyside Nosh’s round-up of restaurant, bar and food-related news in the East Bay. To stay up-to-speed with all that’s going on locally, read our daily Nosh Wire, and check out previous editions of Bites. We always love receiving food-related tips at nosh@berkeleyside.com.

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MISS OLLIE’S After months of build-out work, Miss Ollie’s opened last week in the former Jesso’s space on Washington Street in Oakland. Chef-owner Sarah Kirnon, formerly at San Francisco’s Front Porch and Oakland’s Hibiscus, named her new restaurant after her grandmother, and is serving Caribbean dishes including fried chicken, curry goat and plantains. Right now, it’s only open for lunch, Tuesday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with expanded hours soon. Miss Ollie’s, 901 Washington St., Oakland, 510-385-6188.

THE BUREAU Tablehopper alerts us to the fact that The Bureau just opened on Hollis Street in Emeryville. James Sansangasakun, owner of Summer Summer Thai across the street, brought on Edward Higgins (chef de cuisine at Quattro Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto) to consult on the menu. There are burgers and sandwiches with global influences including the Chips n’ Salsa Burger (jalapeño, tortilla chips, roasted tomato salsa, lettuce, nacho cheese), and Tempura (fried rock shrimp patty with wasabi mayo served on a rice “bun”). The Bureau5800 Hollis St., Emeryville, 510-595-1000. … Continue reading »

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