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6 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

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1. Butterflies galore in the East Bay hills
2. All you ever wanted to know about the Berkeley downtown initiative 
3. Park advocates disappointed there won’t be bond measure on November ballot
4. ‘Paleo Diet’ restaurant to open in North Berkeley
5. Whole Foods to open in West Berkeley in November
6. Popular beer garden poses challenges for neighbors

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In Memoriam: Ron Cauble, founder of The Bone Room

Ron Cauble in The Bone Room. Photo: Kaia Diringer
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Ron Cauble, who founded two iconic stores, The Bone Room and Vivarium, died unexpectedly July 19.

Cauble, who also went by the nickname “Old Bones,” was a brilliant scientist and natural historian, with a doctorate in chemistry, experience with rocket science, and 23 years in the study of herpetology. He was a treasure in the Bay Area community. He is survived by many of his loyal customers and friends, his devoted employees, and his loving long-time partner Diana. Read a … Continue reading »

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Ron Cauble, founder of The Bone Room, Vivarium

Ron Cauble in The Bone Room. Photo: Kaia Diringer
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A remembrance of Ron Cauble, from The Bone Room:

Today, we’re not celebrating Bad Bones Tuesday. Rather, we’re honoring today as Old Bones Tuesday in honor of someone very special, someone who often used “Old Bones” as his moniker. It is with a heavy Bone Room heart that we recognize and commemorate the loss of our beloved owner and founder, Ron Cauble.

Ron passed away on the evening of Saturday, July 19. He left us too soon and too … Continue reading »

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Gallery: Fans celebrate Berkeley art museum milestone

Crowds turned out Thursday evening to celebrate a milestone in the new Berkeley art museum project downtown. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Thursday evening, community members turned out in droves to sign the final steel beam for Berkeley’s new art museum before it was lifted high into the air by a crane and set in place.

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is undergoing a complete rebuild in a new downtown Berkeley location, west of Oxford Street between Center and Addison, with its opening set for January 2016.

The “topping out” celebration was a chance for art fans to sign the final beam before watching it be set into place by construction workers shortly after 7 p.m. Addison Street between Oxford and Shattuck Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic during the event, as attendees enjoyed music from 14-piece brass band Mission Delirium and wrote messages on every surface of the beam using colorful markers.

Photographs from the event, by Berkeleyside reporter Emilie Raguso, appear below. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Spark 2.0 lights up Civic Center Park

The second Berkeley Spark! festival was held Saturday at Civic Center Park. Photo: Darius Wekwerth
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Civic Center Park was turned into a Burning Man west (of sorts) Saturday as hundreds of people came to enjoy food, music, crafts, sculpture, performance, dance and art at the second Berkeley Spark festival.

One of the highlights of the festival was a giant metal bear with a moving arm made from recycled metal. Named “Ursus Redivivus” by its creators, most of the bear’s parts came from an escalator at an old Ross Dress for Less store. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.18.14

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.17.14

Share the Road by NRubin8. Taken on July 15, 2014

Share the Road by NRubin8. Taken on July 15, 2014

BAMPFA: Halfway point for UC Berkeley’s new art/film museum (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley: A look back 75 years ago (Berkeley Voice)
Cal sports great Earl Robinson passes on (CoCo Times)
Cal interim Athletic Director on the job (CoCo Times)
Berkeley appoints chief resilience officer (Patch)

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Op-ed: Berkeley restaurant is approved: Let’s let it open

Comal's owners are planning to open a new restaurant at 2635 Ashby, but may be delayed by a lawsuit. Photo: Google Maps
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Last year, the owners of Comal restaurant in downtown Berkeley applied to the city to open a new restaurant in the Elmwood neighborhood. Community meetings were held, the proposal was vetted by the city’s zoning board, there were public hearings, as well as an appeal. Ultimately, the plan was given the go-ahead.

Then a group called the Elmwood Neighborhood Association filed a lawsuit against the city and the restaurant’s owners, claiming that Berkeley violated environmental laws when it made a “negative declaration” that determined the new restaurant, at 2635 Ashby Ave. near College Avenue, would not create significant noise, parking or odor problems.

April Gilbert, who has lived in the Elmwood for eight years, and Berkeley for 40 years, had never heard of the association. In an Opinionator piece published by Berkeleyside, she argues that this small group does not represent her, nor, she believes, the many local residents who support the idea new restaurant. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.16.14

Gilman St. skate park by Avi

Gilman St. skate park by Avi

Places of worship in Berkeley for many religions (Daily Clog)
Los Cilantros restaurant in La Pena Cultural Center is a find (Express)
Tilden Little Farm and merry-go-round back in business (CoCo Times)
Bringing Burning Man to Berkeley (Express)
Family mourns 18-year old Berkeley woman slain in Oakland (Inside Bay Area)
Cal grads try and save Peace & Justice program (Express)

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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SLASH DENIM Slash Denim at 2840 College Ave. has reopened its doors two months after a smoky fire damaged the inventory. The store, which sells high-end denim, is adding a mix of vintage clothes from its vintage store downstairs, according to owner Carla Bell. She opened Slash Denim eight years ago and the vintage store 35 years ago. The denim store will still carry new jeans, but will expand its vintage Levi collection, she said. On May 7, a light fixture fell from the ceiling and set part of the wall on fire, said Bell. Two people from the 7-11 store across the street spotted the flames and ran to a nearby fire station. The fire department responded at 4:20 a.m. and quickly extinguished the flames. Slash Denim held a 25%-50% off sale for two months while it was fixing the store, said Bell. The store was not insured, said Bell. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.15.14

Full Moon Rising by Ira Serkes

Full Moon Rising by Ira Serkes. Taken on July 12, 2014

Berkeley pushes for cancer warning stickers on cell phones (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley will have to reduce spending according to report (Daily Cal)
Oakland slaying victim, 18, recalled as being full of promise (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley allows homeless to remain under Gilman Street overpass (Daily Cal)
Berkeley Rotary honors Judy Heumann and Ed Roberts (Daily Planet)
Missing UC Berkeley student found safely (Daily Cal)

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