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Three community workshops are planned to solicit views on enhancing transit in Berkeley, Emeryville and West Oakland in the next week.
The federally funded EBOTS — Emeryville, Berkeley, Oakland Transit Study — focuses on transit in neighborhoods west of San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley and Emeryville, and west of Market Street in Oakland.
The study will model transit demand, analyze gaps, compare modes and institutional structures, and plan for transit to support and be supported by economic development. The goal is a phased plan addressing short- and long-term needs to 2040. The study includes both local connections to regional transit and connections between the three areas.
A couple who helped a man who lost part of his leg after being hit by a train in Berkeley earlier this month has set up a fund to collect donations for his medical care.
Shelly Jones, 27, and Sean Stallmeyer, 29, were driving in West Berkeley when they witnessed the accident on Oct. 7.
They were driving toward Target at about 10:40 a.m. when they stopped for the southbound Union Pacific train to pass. As the gates came down to halt traffic, Stallmeyer said he saw a man with a shopping cart standing between the north- and southbound tracks. … Continue reading »
Authorities say two good Samaritans who sprung into action after a train accident took a man’s lower leg Monday morning may well have saved his life.
The accident happened at about 10:40 a.m. Sean Stallmeyer, 29, of Richmond said he and his girlfriend were driving toward Target when they stopped for the southbound Union Pacific train to pass. As the gates came down to halt traffic, Stallmeyer said he saw a man with a shopping cart standing between the north- and southbound tracks.
“I told my girl, ‘This guy is going to get hit,’” he said Friday morning. The man appeared to be trying to get across the tracks, and seemed to have cleared them. But he didn’t make it far enough. “The arms came down. I think he just froze. The force of the train just knocked him over. He tumbled down. He must have just fallen underneath the train.” … Continue reading »
A man who was struck by a train Monday at the Union Pacific railroad crossing at Gilman Street in West Berkeley lost his leg as a result, authorities said.
Few details have been available from officials so far this week.
Berkeleyside readers alerted us to the incident, reporting “a very large number” of Berkeley Police and Berkeley Fire vehicles at the train tracks at Gilman on Monday morning, and said the roadway was closed down in both directions.
Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said, in a written statement, that Berkeley firefighters were called to the scene at about 10:40 a.m. Monday for a report of a man who had been struck by a train at Gilman. The man lost a leg in the accident and was taken to the Trauma Center at Highland Hospital for medical care. An update on his condition was not available Tuesday afternoon. … Continue reading »
Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year.
Councilwoman Linda Maio’s office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.
Three of the city’s four homicides this year have taken place in West Berkeley. In February, Zontee Jones, 34, was shot in broad daylight on Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue. In August, on the other side of San Pablo at Delaware, Dustin Bynum, 24, was shot at close range in front of Bing’s Liquors. Then, in September, 22-year-old Anthony Medearis Jr. died in a shooting near Eighth and Camelia streets.
“Our West Berkeley residents are deeply shaken,” wrote Maio in a statement about the walk planned for Thursday, Oct. 3. ”I think of this as a broad expression of concern and reclaiming our streets for safety.” … Continue reading »
Family members have identified the man who died Sunday in a shooting in West Berkeley as Anthony ‘Lil Tone’ Medearis Jr.
The 22-year-old lifelong Berkeley resident and father of three children, ages 1, 4 and 7, loved to dance, and was a compassionate family man and “social networker” who was very popular in the community, said two cousins who spoke with Berkeleyside on Monday.
But Medearis also faced difficulties. Relatives said he was raised by his great grandparents and had not found a steady job since leaving high school. There were also some indications from friends that he had ties to Berkeley’s Waterfront gang.
Family members described him as a “wonderful kid” who was “proud of where he was from,” and often wore Cal Berkeley clothing to represent his love for the city.
“He was a shining star, the life of the family,” said cousin Maria Stewart, who said the two grew up much more like siblings. “He was easy going, and always open to advancement.”
Stewart described Medearis as generous, even when he didn’t have much to give.
“He helped other people and, even if he only had 30 cents in his pocket, he’d say, ‘You can have this,’” she said. … Continue reading »
A man in his 20s was shot twice in the chest in West Berkeley around 5:40 p.m. Sunday, and has died of his wounds, according to friends and neighbors.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman officer Jennifer Coats confirmed at 9:30 p.m. that there had been shooting, that the victim was taken to the hospital, and that he was pronounced dead after he arrived there. She said police were still at Eighth and Camelia, where officers were canvassing for evidence and speaking with witnesses. Homicide detectives were on scene, and the roadway on Eighth south of Camelia remains closed off during the investigation, she said. She said police are not releasing any further details at this time.
The man, who is reported to have attended Berkeley High School, was said by several who knew him to be visiting friends in an apartment near Eighth and Camelia just before the shooting. Neighborhood residents said he was shot near a church on Camelia, then ran through an alley onto Page Street west of Eighth. He ran to a neighbor’s door to ask for help, but then collapsed on the ground, according to witnesses. The victim called out, “Help me, somebody, help me,” according to a woman who came across him on her way to the grocery store, but asked not to be named. “He looked so scared,” she said. … Continue reading »
Founded by children’s book author, illustrator and Berkeley resident Thacher Hurd and his wife, Olivia, in 1983, Peaceable Kingdom is a manufacturer of stickers, greeting cards and cooperative games for kids. Berkeleyside intern Julia Hannafin spoke separately with the company’s creative director, Sueellen Ehnebuske, and marketing manager, Tara Barnes, at its headquarters in Berkeley.
What is your mission?
Barnes: Our mission is, in short, to make good, do good, and be good.
Ehnebuske: Our mission is to provide connectivity. A way for children to connect with art that is non-licensed with some creative fun involved in it: to connect children to children. … Continue reading »
“As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going, and we are one tough crowd here! We are not giving up,” said designer Stella Carakasi addressing a crowd of shoppers and supporters at the grand opening of her Stella Studio store at 1370 10th St. in West Berkeley on Wednesday. The event also celebrated Stella Carakasi’s parent company Two Star Dog‘s 20th anniversary.
The new Stella Studio store is located in the Gilman corridor, a once booming shopping area of Berkeley that was dealt a blow by the recession. “We have seen this area be a bustling business area, but when the economy went down in 2008, it literally became a ghost town,” said Carakasi. … Continue reading »
Green Skies Vertical Farm (GSV Farm) on Channing and Fifth Street is even more hyperlocal than a farmer’s market. The food is grown, harvested and sold from 739 Channing Way, a once-vacant lot that now is home to stacked planters full of strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and dozens of other edible plants.
David Ceaser started GSV Farm on April 15 this year and said “it’s still really an experiment.” He goes by the lot that he leased several days a week, spending “two hours here, three hours there.” He has several other jobs, Ceaser said, but this is his passion.
Ceaser was formerly the business manager of an organic farm in the Central Valley, but soon realized the “inefficiencies” of the business model. Transporting bushels of food from the valley out to various farmers’ markets came to appear to him to be incredibly wasteful, he said, and, once the farmer gets there, he or she may not sell even half the produce in the stall. The stall across the way might also have the same products, but for half the price. … Continue reading »
Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on HS Lordships, 199 Seawall Drive, at the Berkeley marina. (Click to see the menu.) The meal was decadent, the service was friendly and accommodating, and the view can’t be beat. Go hungry and linger. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. Have other all-you-can-eat brunch favorites in the East Bay? We want to hear about them. (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »
When an electrical fire devastated the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church last October, it gutted a community stalwart and one of Berkeley’s true architectural landmarks.
Designed by architect Charles L. Bugbee in 1878, Good Shepherd is the oldest church in continuous use in Berkeley and the city’s second oldest building. The church, on the corner of Hearst Avenue and Ninth Street in West Berkeley, has a rich history: it once housed a preschool for the Black Panthers, and it was the founding site of Head Start, the federal program for preschool education and nutrition. Today, the church remains a community staple, feeding 200 people a week with hot lunches, groceries and fresh organic produce supplied by the Good Shepherd Free Farm. … Continue reading »
Police have arrested an Oakland man in connection with the premeditated killing of Zontee Jones, who was fatally shot Feb. 4 on Delaware Street near San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. Jones, 34, was the city’s first homicide of 2013.
Jevon Calland, 21, was arrested June 16 on suspicion of murder. He’s being held without bail at the Berkeley Jail, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon.
On Feb. 4 at approximately 11 a.m., Berkeley and Albany police officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired, with a victim down near the intersection of Delaware and San Pablo. They found Jones suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. … Continue reading »