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Faith-based urban farm opens in Berkeley

Sunday marked the grand opening of Urban Adamah, the first faith-based, modern urban farm in West Berkeley, at 1050 Parker Street near San Pablo Avenue, opposite Fantasy Studios. The one-acre farm with Jewish roots offers a residential fellowship program for young adults, summer camps for kids and teens, and plans to help feed the needy in the community.

The unforgettable Sixties at Ashkenaz in Berkeley

Over in San Francisco, the legacy of the psychedelic era might be shrouded by severed synapses. As Grace Slick (or was it Paul Kantner?) said, “If you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there.” Well, Joe McDonald was there, and he recalls just about everything. Working with the Berkeley Historical Society, he’s busy preparing for the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary with an October 2017 exhibition, “Soundtrack to the 60s: The Berkeley Music Scene.”

Crime in Berkeley: Man asks for his own arrest, gun found in car after medical cannabis buy, fraud arrest, more

Police recovered a number of guns and made arrests in connection with many of them; asked for help — and released a new suspect sketch — to solve a murder on Grizzly Peak; and arrested four people in connection with identity theft. One of the guns, which was loaded, was taken to school by a BUSD student. Another one, also loaded, was found in the purse of a woman who had just purchased marijuana from a medical cannabis dispensary, police said.

Pasquale Scuderi on his first year as head of Berkeley High

Pasquale Scuderi accepted the position of Principal of Berkeley High School one year ago this month, succeeding Jim Slemp, who headed the school for six years. Scuderi came to the district in 2006 and was formerly a Vice Principal at BHS before moving to a post in the district administration.

Berkeley in 2010: A year of making news

It’s been a relatively quiet year in Berkeley compared to some other turbulent decades, but there were a number of developments that were significant to the city. Berkeleyside takes a look at 2010’s most important trends.