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Telegraph Ave. scrubbed, cleaned in beautification effort

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The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days.

The “Big Splash” effort by Kentucky-based firm Block by Block began March 14, kicking off a year-long, $240,000 ambassador pilot program on Telegraph. Ambassadors have been engaged in a similar revitalization effort in downtown Berkeley since early 2012.

Telegraph Avenue — cherished by some for its political history and quirky institutions, and avoided by others for its large transient population and public drug use — has faced steep declines in sales tax revenue over the past several years. Rat-infested empty lots and graffiti-covered vacant storefronts have not helped the situation. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Moe’s Books honored with historical plaque

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Moe’s Books, Berkeley’s famous Telegraph Avenue bookstore, was yesterday honored with the installation of an historical plaque.

The 55-year-old bookstore, which was founded by Moe Moskowitz and his wife Barbara, is now run by the couple’s daughter Doris Moskowitz who said the new plaque made her and her team feel very proud.

The plaque was bestowed on Moe’s by the Berkeley Historical Plaque Project which was established in 1997 with sponsorship from the City of Berkeley and its Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and the Berkeley Historical Society.  … Continue reading »

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In photos: A scavenger hunt through Berkeley shops

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Saturday was Small Business Saturday. To get the word out, Looking Glass Photo & Camera held their second annual ‘Local on the Hunt’ photography scavenger tour . Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos set out to participate with his daughter Coco and son Teo in tow. Here are the results (read the captions to see what challenge led to the creation of the image.) All are visual reminders that our local merchants are wonderful places to visit year-round, not just in the gift-buying season. … Continue reading »

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The It List: 5 things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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ART SHOW The Berkeley Art Center will hold its opening reception for its latest show, New Media Combinations. The show features a mix of traditional media and digital technologies that have been “merged to create new frameworks for contemporary artists interested in exploring a realm of infinite combinations.” Participating artists include Kim Anno, Rebeca Bolinger, Lia Cook, Don Farnsworth, Bella Feldman, Rupert Garcia, Talia Greene, Jeannie O’Connor and Elizabeth Sher. The free (donations accepted) event takes place Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at 1275 Walnut St. … Continue reading »

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The vegetable season: Books for all tastes

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Spring running to summer, and the cookbooks keep arriving. Many of the season’s books focus on vegetables – there’s plenty to do with items home grown or picked up at farmer’s markets.

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Classic or artisan: books for golden age of mixology

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Matching the renewed interest in classic and artisanal cocktails at the bar, there are a number of interesting books on the subject as well. The rediscovery of classic drinks from the early 20th century, and the explosion of interest in developing new and ever more complex cocktails puts us in a golden age of mixology.

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Three cookbooks to savor, from kimchi to preserving

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Stanislaw Sobolewski, cookbook manager at Moe’s Books, gets lost reading three beautiful cookbooks that cover home cooking, kimchi and preserving. Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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Snapshot: Doris Moskowitz, owner, Moe’s Books

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By Pete Rosos

Doris Moskowitz was born in 1966, the youngest daughter of Moe and Barb Moskowitz. After graduating from Mills College 1990 with degrees in English and Music, she began working with her dad, Moe, at the legendary Berkeley store he founded in 1959 on Telegraph Avenue. Now it is Doris who owns and operates Moe’s Books, keeping her father’s legacy alive. In 2003, she and her husband, Johnny Williams, opened Boss Robot Hobby on College. Their son, Eli Williams, is a freshman at Berkeley HIgh. She is a proud resident of Berkeley, graduate of Griffin Preschool, Walden School and Berkeley High, and a member of an elite class of those who attended the Berkeley Co-op’s popular “Kiddie Corral.”

When did you arrive in Berkeley?
I was conceived in Berkeley on McGee street. I was born at the French Hospital in San Francisco because my dad, Moe, wanted to be a part of my birth on his birthday in 1966. I grew up on the most beautiful street, Lewiston, near College and Woolsey.

What’s your ‘hood?
I am most often found on The Ave or in the Elmwood… where I grew up.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
For a while a wanted to be a vet, but I don’t handle blood very well. Then a forest ranger. Then a great writer. Then a torch singer. I still wish this were true! … Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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VIDEO NO MORE After 22 years in business, Video Maniacs at 1482 University is shuttering its doors at the end of the year. Owner Henry Bhukhan said rentals are half what they were two years ago because of Netflix and online streaming. The closure leaves only two freestanding videos store in Berkeley – Five Star at 1550 University Avenue, and Blockbuster at 2390 Shattuck (near Channing). And, as we reported last month, the latter is scheduled to shut down in 2012 when a branch of Chase Bank takes over the space.

COLD OUT, SPICY IN Yogurt Harmony at 2259 Shattuck Avenue (between Allston Way and Kittredge) has shut its doors. Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, which “brings the flavor and atmosphere of a New Orleans neighborhood restaurant to downtown Berkeley,” is filing for a permit to expand into the 1,013 sq ft space, which is located next door to its current location. … Continue reading »

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Shop Telegraph to help it recover from fire

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Update, 5:18pm: Writing in the Berkeley Voice, Doug Oakley reports that the owner of the Sequoia Building will begin tearing it down Monday, but it remains in danger of collapsing and is a public safety problem until that happens, according to city officials.

Roland Peterson, executive director of the Telegraph Avenue Business Improvement District, tells Oakley that a demolition permit was issued late Wednesday and he has been told that what remains of the structure will be taken down to … Continue reading »

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Photo essay: Edible learning at the Berkeley Art Museum

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On Saturday, the grounds of the Berkeley Art Museum were transformed into an open campus and living kitchen as myriad food makers and food-related initiatives were displayed to the public — or at least those who had reserved (free) reservations for the event.

OPENEducation was held to commemorate the 40th birthday of Chez Panisse restaurant (wasn’t everything this weekend?). Hundreds of visitors strolled the museum’s gardens and terraces, sipping watermelon agua frescas, tasting fresh-made vegetable tacos while learning about bee-keeping, … Continue reading »

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Were you a winner in our Caltopia raffle?

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The two days of Caltopia were quite a whirl for students, faculty and staff, as well as for exhibitors like Berkeleyside. From the tens of thousands who passed through the self-proclaimed “greatest days on planet Earth”, we were able to have conversations about local news with hundreds of people, we launched OneNews/Berkeleyside, our exciting new citizen journalism app, and we even found some potential new journalists.

But what about the Berkeleyside raffle? We partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses … Continue reading »

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