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The Berkeley Wire: 02.25.13

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NOSH Link Love 02.25.13: Daily East Bay food news

Alameda Point Collaborative, dew on leaves. Photo: Dominick
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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Feb. 14-20

There were 20 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley from Feb. 14-20, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 29 reported the prior week. Click the map to see a list of incidents.
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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate tips about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.)

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Feb. 14-20, there were 17 burglary reports20 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comTen robberies and 17 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Feb. 14, Thursday

Two vehicles were reported stolen, first at 8 a.m. from the 1400 block of Curtis Street and then at 5 p.m. from San Pablo and Ashby avenues.

There were four reported home burglaries: at 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Arlington Avenue; at 11 a.m. in the 1200 block of Blake Street; at noon in the 2400 block of Channing Way; and at 1 p.m. in the 1200 block of Parker Street. A commercial burglary also was reported, at 5 p.m. in the 2000 block of Francisco Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley library stays relevant with shift to digital

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2012 was a year of big changes for the Berkeley Public Library. Two of its branches, Claremont and North, reopened after extensive remodeling. Two other branches, South and West, closed for their own redos.

As Donna Corbeil, the library’s director, put it in the library’s annual report, “library spaces have moved far beyond the traditional hushed reading room.” Instead of just offering books at brick and mortar locations, the library is providing services to “Berkeley’s continuum of learning and inspiration,” according to Corbeil.

This means lending books, magazines, music, and films the way people want them, whether from traditional paper book format to downloadable eBooks and music, to online digital formats. … Continue reading »

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Police arrest 5 in home-invasion robbery attempt

Police responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery on Saturday night. Image: Google maps
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On Saturday night, Berkeley police arrested four men and one woman who tried to force their way into an inhabited bedroom on Allston Way in the downtown area, according to authorities.

Just before 10 p.m., police responded to a possible robbery in progress in an apartment in the 2100 block of Allston, near Shattuck.

Officer Jennifer Coats, police spokeswoman, said the group attempted to force its way into the bedroom of two males, then made threats and demanded the victims’ property.  … Continue reading »

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Juhu Beach Club: Indian street food to Temescal

Juhu decor
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Indian street food is coming to Temescal, but under a roof rather than at a mobile stand. Preeti Mistry, a former Top Chef contestant, is slated to open Juhu Beach Club, her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, on March 1 in the former SR24 space at 5179 Telegraph Avenue.

The restaurant, which is named after the city beach in Mumbai known for its street food, flying kites and homes of Bollywood stars, was designed by Mistry’s partner — in life and business — and Mistry describes the look as “crazy.” The cozy space is decorated with sari-bold colors, swirly flowered wallpaper, and a collection of vintage Bollywood movie album covers, as well as nickel-cage fan lighting.

Dishes on offer will include chaat items such as seasonal Sev Puri, Crispy Gujarati-Style Samosas and Vindaloo Chicken Wings with Point Reyes Blue Cheese Raita; Pavs — slider-sized sandwiches, with buns baked by Starter Bakery in Oakland — such as Mumbai Street classics Vada Pav, a potato puff with pickled red onions and ghost pepper hot sauce; as well as original creations like the Holy Cow Pav, a slow-braised short rib curry with cucumber raita. Expect also saucy curries such as a whole chicken leg and buttery curry leaf shrimp. Desserts will center on Straus Dairy vanilla soft serve ice cream with a variety of toppings. … Continue reading »

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Scream Sorbet in Temescal likely to close, in debt

Scream Sorbet by Emilie Raguso
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Update, 02.26.13: Nathan Kurz told Berkeleyside NOSH that ideally he would like to be able to continue making and selling Scream Sorbet even if they are forced to shutter the store. “We would like to be able to do so, but don’t yet have a way. The store is the more profitable side of the business, and essentially supports the markets through the winter. But we’ll see what we come up with,” he said.

Original story: The owners of Scream Sorbet at 5030 Telegraph Avenue, which crafts luscious, creamy sorbets made largely with Farmers Market produce, say they will be forced to close down next month if they can’t find an investor to help turn around the business. … Continue reading »

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Nosh Talk: Hugh Groman, Phil’s Sliders

Hugh Groman
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Nosh Talk is a regular Q&A with an East Bay chef, restaurateur or food artisan, published on Berkeleyside Nosh, in which we snoop for inside intelligence…

What is always in your refrigerator?
Eggs, aged cheddar, orange juice, cranberry juice, and produce from our weekly Full Belly Farms delivery. But, honestly, there wouldn’t be any food in there at all if it weren’t for my husband. I work all the time and would probably just eat out if left to my own devices.

What do you cook up for a late night snack?
I love making a shake of frozen bananas, milk and unsweetened cocoa. It is a completely satisfying and guilt-free dessert.

Where/what do you eat on your day off?
I love to eat at Tacubaya on Fourth Street, or Venus in downton for a delicious brunch or dinner, or Cha Am for yummy Thai food, or Café Rouge, or Kitchen 388 in Oakland, or 900 Grayson for lunch. I love Gather. I love Kirin Chinese on Solano or Shen Hua on College. The house-fried wontons at both of those places are incredible. We just tried Potala which has vegan Tibetan food and it was delicious. Fentons is a lifelong family favorite. … Continue reading »

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