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At the Write Home Project, the young homeless are heard

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By Victor Casillas Valle

Nestled behind St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Bancroft Way in Berkeley, is one huge set of steel steps covered in rust and foliage. Walking up them, there’s a feeling of urban beauty, something that is calming with a rush of city excitement. Reaching the top, you enter a high-ceilinged auditorium with huge windows and an airy sense of natural light. Every Monday, the room is filled with conversation rising from the writing workshop, or occasional open mic, provided by the Write Home Project.

Conceived and run by two UC Berkeley alumni and working poets, Gabriel Cortez and Natasha Huey, The Write Home Project facilitates creative arts work by homeless youth (under 25). Write Home provides an outlet for its participants to be heard while they tell stories about, and create a dialogue around, the state of homelessness. … Continue reading »

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1,000 new apartments planned for downtown Berkeley

A rendering of 2701 Shattuck Avenue by Todd Jersey Architects
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The view from the L-shaped deck off the penthouse apartment at 2055 Center St. is spectacular. One side looks west toward San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Another side offers a sweeping vista of Berkeley’s downtown and hills.

For $6,300 a month, the amenities ought to be top-of-the-line, and at the recently opened Berkeley Central — formerly known as the Arpeggio Building — they are. From Bosch appliances and stainless steel designer lights to the wood floor (dark or light, depending on the unit), the six penthouse units on the ninth floor promise an urbane, urban lifestyle.

The building, which the developer CityView acquired in a fire sale in July 2012 for $60 million, has been open for about seven weeks, and about 35% of its 143 units have been leased, according to Natasha Moses, a property manager for Riverstone Residential Group, the leasing agent. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley church holds preach-in on global warming

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By Tim Sullivan    

On Sunday, Berkeley’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church took part in a national preach-in on global warming which linked hundreds of congregations across the country together as they reflected on their responsibility towards the planet and social action.

The Reverend Arthur Boone linked the responsibility for Christians to act on the issue of global warming to Christ’s admonition to love one another. Citing Paul’s letter to the Corinthians “Love does not insist on its own way…,” the Reverend argued that the United States, with 3% of the world’s population, cannot in good conscience continue to consumer 25% of the world’s energy resources. “If we are to love our fellow humans, we cannot insist on our own way of consuming ever more energy,” he said. … Continue reading »


Pets are blessed too at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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Twenty dogs, two cats, two rats and their assorted guardians came to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley on Sunday for a Blessing of Pets.

The traditional ceremony is held annually on the Sunday following the feast of St. Francis Assisi, a saint revered for his kindness to animals (and the homeless). This year, the event place took at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of the church at 2300 Bancroft Way.

Following the blessing, the pets took a break and reconvened in church.

Tim Sullivan, a member of the church, said the blessing of pets is often a “howling good time” — with dogs matching notes with the organ. “One year, a pet rat showed up and drove the terriers crazy,” he said. The absence of terriers this year prevented that particular problem.

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