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.
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.
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.
By Eli Wolfe
We asked you to share your July 4th with us, and share you did. We are happy to present photos from Berkeleyside readers and staffers which provide a glimpse into how many Berkeleyans spent Independence Day.
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 for local hospitals. Martin had surgery for cancer and now only has one kidney. He can’t play contact sports but otherwise he’s doing well — and he can swim.
By Susan Helmrich
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.
There’s not a single story to how a community celebrates July 4th — it’s a kaleidoscope of images and experiences. Berkeleyside asked its community to tweet, Facebook, send photos to Flickr, blog and comment on how it spent a Berkeley 4th. We used Storify to tell the tale.
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.
By Susan Helmrich