After Newtown: Lockdown drill Wednesday, vigil Thursday

As the community continues to try to come to terms with Friday’s school tragedy in Newtown, CT, at least two Berkeley events this week respond to the deadly shooting. A vigil to remember the victims took place over the weekend in Berkeley, and messages from school leaders and staff members have been going out daily to […]

Adults, children attend candlelight vigil for Newtown

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 initiative to hold vigils at the same time across the nation this […]

Candlelight vigil today to remember Newtown families

There will be a candlelight vigil in Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley this evening to remember the families of those murdered yesterday in Newtown, CT. The vigil is being organized by Suzanne Teran and Sheela Jivan. “We were moved by a message from a MoveOn member to hold vigils around the country at 5:00 p.m. tonight,” said […]

Tango with a Z: Playing the seductive dance in Berkeley

With its seductive conflation of eros and combat, tango has beguiled many a music and dance lover, so there’s nothing surprising about Bendrew Jong’s obsession with Argentina’s most passionate export. What’s unexpected is that his expertise in tai chi and kung fu provided ideal physical and mental training for mastering tango’s intricate dance moves, and […]

Berkeley schools implement $2M safety plan

When gun violence in the school’s neighborhood forced LeConte Elementary School to go on lockdown earlier this month, second grade teacher Pamela Diebel and her colleagues weren’t able to lock their own classrooms, and students in bathrooms and hallways missed the announcement on the loudspeaker. But the next campus in the district to go on […]

Berkeley Police team wins local Urban Shield contest

A team of Berkeley Police officers took first place at a recent Bay Area competition to gauge their preparedness in a 48-hour series of grueling emergency response drills, authorities said this week. The fifth annual Bay Area Urban Shield event, which is organized by the Alameda County sheriff’s department, took place Oct. 25-28 in locations […]

The Berkeley Wire: 01.09.13

Stanford women beat Cal in Pac-12 basketball in Berkeley (Mercury News) Berkeley and Oakland gear up for restaurant weeks (East Bay Express) BUSD approves working group to help close achievement gap (Berkeley Schools Report) UC Berkeley and East Bay Bike Coalition offer bicyclist traffic school (SF Chronicle) Berkeley Central Arts Passage unveils its first show (East Bay […]

Nancy Skinner unveils bill to regulate ammunition sales

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) today unveiled a bill to regulate the sale of ammunition, and said it was time buying bullets required the same scrutiny as buying guns. Skinner, D-Berkeley, held a news conference on Monday morning outside the Oakland state office building on the day Alameda County students returned to school after the winter break […]

‘Today seems like a day to hug our kids a little harder’

Berkeley High’s Principal, Pasquale Scuderi, this afternoon sent an emailed letter to the BHS community in the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, this morning. In it, he addresses how the school has dealt with communicating news of the mass shooting at an elementary school to BHS students, issues of security on campus, and […]