Photos: At our Open Office, a chance to meet, catch up

Thank you to all of you who came to Berkeleyside’s latest Open Office on Wednesday evening at WeWork Berkeley, where Berkeleyside has its HQ. It was lovely to see so many of our talented contributors there — including Nancy Rubin who took all the photographs published here — as well as many loyal readers and members. […]

Ferguson demo in Berkeley: Injuries reported, tear gas deployed, businesses and property vandalized; arrests

The Berkeleyside team kept this live blog running continuously from Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 7 at about 2:45 a.m. See continuing, comprehensive Berkeleyside coverage of the Berkeley protests. Update, Dec. 7, 2:45 p.m. Police are preparing for additional demonstrations Sunday night in Berkeley in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown and […]

Berkeley school district takes over troublesome BHS pool

After complaints about the swimming pool at Berkeley High went ignored for years – including reports of hair loss and eye irritation in swimmers – the Berkeley Unified School District last month decided to overhaul its system of monitoring the pool, shifting responsibility from the school administration to the district’s offices. The change came after […]

Swim Across America helps Bay Area cancer research

By Eli Wolfe Susan Helmrich was just 21 when she fought her first battle with cancer at Sloan Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York City. In the 37 years since that first treatment, she has been diagnosed with and survived two more cancers, the last one in 2009. But Helmrich has not let cancer keep […]

Swim Across America checks fund local cancer research

Grant Martin, 11, swam under the Golden Gate Bridge in September, and he says he’ll do it again. Why? Because Martin wants to follow in his mother Desanne’s footsteps, who also participated in the local effort of nonprofit initiative Swim Across America, and because he has benefited directly from the funds the nonprofit has raised […]

Swimmers cross Bay to raise funds for cancer research

About a year and a half ago, Steve Barbour, the CFO of Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream, decided to take up swimming to get back in shape. While he had loved the water while growing up in southern California, he had stopped exercising regularly and his inactivity was beginning to show on his 52-year-old frame. Barbour […]

Over eggs, toast, First Lady seeks campaign support

Over eggs poached with fresh morels, shaved asparagus, and fresh berries, a crowd of 250 Barack Obama supporters cheered on The First Lady as she made a pitch at the Claremont Hotel Tuesday morning to support the President’s reelection. Lamenting the fact that she didn’t get to eat the breakfast prepared by Alice Waters and […]

Berkeleyans brave the Bay to Swim Across America

On September 25 Berkeleyan Susan Helmrich will dive into the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay and swim across America. Not literally, of course, but she may feel she is swimming for her life. Helmrich, a health and wellness coach who lives in south Berkeley, is a three-time cancer survivor. This time last year […]