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A Berkeley block is dedicated to its very own ‘first family’

Edwards Street Sign 03.04.2016. Photo: courtesy Bob Gantz
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By Robert Glantz and Judy Kennedy

Friends and neighbors gathered March 4 to celebrate the unveiling of a sign dedicating the 2300 block of Edwards Street in Berkeley to the memory of Eugene and Mary Tarrant — community organizers who became known as “the Mayor and First Lady” of Edwards Street.

“Gene” and Mary Tarrant were the first African-American family on the block (which runs between Bancroft and Channing), and when they moved into their home, in 1953, they were greeted by protesters. According to Gene, he politely told the assembled crowd that they could picket all they wanted, but he and Mary planned to stay and to be good neighbors.

The couple made good on that promise through perseverance and hard work. Among other things, they were instrumental in forming the block watch association, launching the neighborhood newsletter and organizing the annual Edwards Street block party. That event will celebrate its 42nd anniversary this summer. … Continue reading »

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A community rallies to find a much-loved missing dog

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It started as a story of a lost dog and a message posted on a neighborhood list-serve by its distraught owner. “Our dog Buddy escaped today from a friend’s house in Temescal,” wrote Alison McCauley on her local NextDoor board on Jan. 25. “He is a German Shepherd mix with white and brown coloring. He was wearing a blue and gray collar and is likely to be scared (he has stranger anxiety). Please call if you have seen him or have any additional information.”

But, as McCauley recounts below, it quickly became a story about community — one that involved the creation of a dedicated website, a Google “sightings map,” lots of advice and encouragement, and which ended with a gathering on Sunday, 15 days after Buddy disappeared, for a chance to meet the hero of the story, and to thank those who rallied to help find him. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley MLK breakfast builds community, calls for action

Pastor White asked everyone to "give a hug and a sloppy kiss" to the person next to them. Councilman Laurie Capitelli complied with his neighbor Mayor Tom Bates. Photo: Mark Coplan
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The third annual community breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr. brought together more than 350 Berkeleyans for rousing addresses, joyous music, calls to action, awards to young students, and plenty of hugs.

The theme of the breakfast was “beyond the dream… standing together,” and many of the speakers emphasized the importance of the community working together on many challenges, from the academic achievement gap, to unequal health outcomes, to violence in many neighborhoods.  … Continue reading »

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All Berkeley comes together, celebrates hope on MLK Day

It felt like all of Berkeley was represented at yesterday morning’s Martin Luther King breakfast celebration down by the bay.

They came from seminaries and temples, political groups, law enforcement, schools, neighborhood associations and government departments — our assemblywoman, mayor, and chief of police were there, as were many church and community leaders, councilmembers, teachers, students, business men and women, and children. (Watch the slideshow of photographs, above, by Nancy Rubin.)

On a crisp winter morning, nearly 400 local people gathered to mark Martin Luther King Day, to share breakfast and to watch together live-streaming of the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High family loses home to fire — needs help

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A student at Berkeley High School and his family recently lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire. They need help — in particular donations of furniture, kitchen utensils, clothing, shoes or any other items you feel able to donate which you think would be useful in their time of need.

Berkeley High’s Parent Resource Center is coordinating donations. Contact Irma Parker at BHS on (510) 644-8524.

Update (18.47): The BHS Parent Resource Center was “overwhelmed” with responses … Continue reading »

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