Author Archives: Tracey Taylor
Berkeley Police have identified the first homicide victim of the year as 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier. They are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or suspects, responsible for what they describe as the murder that happened in the 1100 block of Addison Street.
On Friday, Feb. 28, at approximately 11:48 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a welfare check request from a member of the community who was concerned because they had not seen Fuselier for several days. The 54-year-old lived in an apartment on the 1100 block of Addison Street, just east of San Pablo Avenue.
According to the Berkeley Police Department, officers obtained access to the home, and discovered Fuselier deceased in the apartment. Further investigation of the scene determined that he had been murdered, police said. … Continue reading »
TAYLORBLUE Home design studio Taylorblue is now up and running in its new store at 2911 Claremont Avenue (at Domingo) in the 1913 firehouse that was formerly home to Giorgi art gallery (and, more briefly, the Golden Gate Creativity Center). Taylorblue owner Lani Blue Taylor worked out of the San Francisco Design Center under the name The Sherrill Collection for 30 years before relocating to Berkeley. The showroom carries home furnishings and accessories from brands including Sherrill, Hickory White, and Artistica, as well as original works of art. … Continue reading »
Berkeley may be a foodie’s idea of heaven, but just one of the city’s restaurants made it into a recently released Top 100 restaurants in the country ranking — and it’s not the one you probably thought of first.
The list is is something of a riposte to more elevated rankings like the Michelin Guide, in that it is based on the views of the ordinary man or woman on the street rather than food critics. … Continue reading »
Berkeley Police officers are investigating what they say was the homicide of a man in his 50s in the 1100 block of Addison Street, near San Pablo Avenue, in West Berkeley.
On Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:46 a.m. police received a call for a welfare check at an apartment building in the 1100 block of Addison, authorities said in a statement released Saturday at 9:49 a.m. The 1100 block of Addison runs for two blocks, between San Pablo Avenue and Curtis Street.
Officers arrived at the home and found a man in his 50s who was dead. … Continue reading »
A new shopping destination is emerging at the intersection of 10th and Gilman streets in West Berkeley. Three new businesses have just signed leases to move into Gilman Crossings, a commercial hub whose transition was kickstarted by Whole Foods’ decision to move into the area last year.
Soccer Pro and Road Runner Sports are both opening up in the complex formerly known as Gilman Village, and Jason Mann will open the first west coast outlet of Farm Burger, a farm-to-table restaurant that will hopefully incorporate a boutique-style craft brewery. … Continue reading »
TCHO, the high-end chocolate company founded in 2005, will move its entire production and retail facility from San Francisco’s Pier 17 and an East Bay warehouse to 3100 San Pablo Ave. (just south of Ashby) in southwest Berkeley.
The company has signed a 12-year lease, with an option to grow, for 49,000 square feet in the Marchant Building, part of a 395,000-square-foot property consisting of retail, office, R&D, and light industrial space. The move will begin in April.
TCHO’s recently appointed CEO, Andrew Burke, said the move was prompted by the need for more space as the company is growing fast. “We looked extensively for a long time, but could not find the space we needed in San Francisco. The Marchant Building was the ideal mixed-use space –manufacturing/warehouse/
When Jessica Rollison started making her homemade ice cream available to her friends — who quickly spread the word to their friends — people went crazy for it.
“They would be calling me and saying, ‘I really need more ice cream, it was so good,’” she said. As she packaged up pints of Spiced Chai or Goat Cheese and Blackberry, she joked to her husband that she felt a little like a drug dealer.
Five months after rolling out her flavors and gleaning feedback from those original customers, Rollison has launched Bootleg Creamery, selling hand-packed pints online that are available for delivery or pick-up in the East Bay and San Francisco. Rollison also hopes to open a brick-and-mortar store one day in Berkeley. … Continue reading »
[See details of the memorial service for Tony Nunes at the foot of this story.]
Berkeley firefighters are mourning the loss of their colleague, 54-year-old Tony Nunes, who died over the weekend in an accident on his family property in Martinez.
Nunes, who would have celebrated his 28th year with the department today, was killed on Sunday Feb. 23 after the tractor he was driving overturned and rolled down a steep hill at about 6:40 p.m. He died at the scene, according to California Highway Patrol who are investigating the accident.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said Berkeley firefighters were informed of the details of his passing today and the department is focused on helping to support the needs of Nunes’ family which has a legacy of public service.
“It’s going to be a tough week for the fire department,” Chief Dong said Monday. “As we grieve we encourage people to take a moment and think about Tony’s family.”
Dong described Nunes as having a personality that would always light up a room. He always had a smile on his face, he said. … Continue reading »
Authorities responded to significant flooding in the area of California and Parker streets in Berkeley on Friday afternoon after what has been reported to be a water main breakage.
Crews from EBMUD and the Berkeley Fire Department were on scene from around 5 p.m. working to turn off the water supply in the area. Communications between authorities heard on the scanner suggested Public Works was asked to bring sandbags. … Continue reading »
PARLIAMENT Christopher Newell, Davina Dickens and Jason Bradford have just thrown open the doors to Parliament bar at 811 Washington St. in Old Oakland’s historic neighborhood — an increasingly buzzy gourmet neck of the woods that is also home to Swan’s Marketplace and restaurants like Cosecha and Desco. The bar, which features exposed brick walls and a contemporary decor, has a bar stocked with a full array of premium spirits, domestic and imported beers and house-crafted cocktails. Parliament, which we first tipped you about in Nov. 2012, is also available to hire for private or corporate events. … Continue reading »
The Oscars are coming to downtown Berkeley this year for the first time with a glitzy new event at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza that promises to give those who go a taste of the red carpet, and the chance to support our homegrown movie-making engine, the Berkeley Film Foundation.
Berkeleywood, on Sunday March 2, the night of the 86th Academy Awards broadcast, offers the chance to watch the ceremony live on the big screen while enjoying delicious food and wine prepared by Stephane Tonnelier, executive chef of Five restaurant.
Political satirist Will Durst is the emcee for the evening and the special honored guest is Academy Award winner Rita Moreno. … Continue reading »
RASA CAFFE Rasa Caffe, at 3140 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at Adeline), had its soft opening on Valentine’s Day and will be open intermittently between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. until its official opening on Saturday March 1. Owner Rasa Sun Mott said the soft opening was principally to thank the new business’s crowdsourced backers and the local community. Mott, an Oakland native and the son of two high-profile Black Panther activists, raised $16,252 on Kickstarter to help him open the new coffee shop. As we reported in October 2013, Bicycle Coffee is being served (sweet spiced coffee with nutmeg is a speciality), as well as chai from his own recipe, and a selection of locally sourced pastries. Rasa Caffe is in the former Alchemy Café space, next door to Firehouse Arts Collective with whom Mott intends to collaborate for events. The café will be featuring prints by artist Emory Douglas for its opening. … Continue reading »