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The Berkeley Wire: 12.17.12

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Residents air concerns about College Ave. Safeway plans

Dozens of local residents attended a community meeting Dec. 13 to hear the latest about the College Avenue Safeway plans. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Update, 5:23 p.m.: Via Stuart Flashman, “After another five hours of negotiating today (following up on two hours over the weekend) the agreement has been finalized. The RCPC Board (which has been primed for a vote since Friday) promptly approved the agreement by electronic vote. The other two groups (FANS and BPOD) will be voting tonight, but the community negotiators are unanimously recommending approval.”

Original story, 2:15 p.m.

With what may be the final major approvals for a new Safeway store on College Avenue set to take place Tuesday night before the Oakland City Council, residents came together for an update late last week.

About 60 community members attended a session Thursday night run by several mediators who have, along with Oakland Councilwoman Jane Brunner, helped broker a deal to get Safeway to respond to neighborhood concerns and bring negotiations to a close so the project can move forward after seven years in development. … Continue reading »

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Fallen branch takes down power line, closes Ashby

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A large branch which fell onto Ashby Avenue just outside Whole Foods Market earlier today took down a power line and closed the busy road.

The branch fell at around 12:45 p.m. The Berkeley Fire Department arrived on the scene rapidly and closed Ashby to deal both with the tree and the power line. When Berkeleyside’s Tracey Taylor took the photograph above, Ashby was closed between Shattuck and Telegraph. … Continue reading »

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Persian community celebrates longest night of year

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I am slicing up watermelon cubes to bring to a party — not the usual dish for a December celebration, but this is a special event, the Persian fête for the longest night of the year, called Yalda.

Knowing my interest in food and culture, my new friend, Monier Attar, owner of  Zand’s Market on Albany’s Solano Avenue, invited me to accompany her to a party at The Golestan Center, her granddaughter’s Persian-immersion pre-school on Berkeley’s Fifth Street.

I first met Monier last spring when I noticed an intriguing display table in her shop for another Persian secular holiday, Norooz, which honors the first day of spring. Monier kindly answered all my questions about this ancient celebration and I wrote an article about it. … Continue reading »

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Lemon trees everywhere: A pie for Berkeley

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My sister used to refer to Berkeley as the place with giant lemon trees everywhere. And it’s pretty much true, don’t you think? I got my own little lemon tree about a year ago and I’ve been watching it ever since. While my tree can’t compare to the prolific and giant ones around town, I was thrilled to pick its first fruit a few weeks ago: three beautiful, succulent lemons. Intent on turning them into something unusual that would really let their flavor shine, I made rich, creamy lemon curd and nestled it in a crust made of crisp meringue. Here’s the recipe. … Continue reading »

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Rain dampens crowds, not enthusiasm, at Telegraph fair

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By Ted Friedman

The 30th annual Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair opened this weekend, but crowds were sparse at times because of the rain.

Booths went up Friday morning under a light drizzle, which worsened by 1 p.m. Early Saturday afternoon, umbrellas went up during a downpour which lasted around an hour and a half. It was mostly overcast on Sunday.

“It was not a good day for me,” Clifford Seely, 79, a jeweler who has been selling at the fair for 30 years, said Friday as he packed up to leave around 3 p.m.

“It was worth my time, but not as good as last year,” said David (Doc) Sammon, a regular Telegraph Avenue vendor. … Continue reading »

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Adults, children attend candlelight vigil for Newtown

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About 50 people came out to Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley on Saturday evening, despite the rain, to take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, on Friday. The gathering was organized by Suzanne Teran and Sheela Jivan, who were inspired by a Move.org initiative to hold vigils at the same time across the nation this weekend. Other Bay Area vigils were held in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Richmond, Alameda, and Oakland.

“I think folks appreciated being able to come together as a community — many mentioned that,” said Teran. … Continue reading »

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