Berkeley schools overall showed slight improvement in California’s Academic Performance Index (API) results, which are based on the state’s Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.
When 414 workers at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals vote on a new contract on today, Anita Holloway won’t be among them.
The Berkeley Muslim community gathered in San Pablo Park today to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Citizen reporter Jim Emerson, who lives across the street from he park, took the photo above at around 11:30am today.
Update, 09.01.11, 8:55pm: As of 8:45 p.m. today, the City of Berkeley Police Department has made no arrests for the vandalism of tires in South Berkeley. The investigation is continuing and officers are pursuing some potentially viable leads. The total documented count of vehicles that had tires damaged is now 74 (61 in Berkeley, 13 in Oakland).
The Berkeley Folk Dancers are celebrating 70 years of folk dance instruction this year. “International dance lets you try many different styles and experience many different cultures,” says folk dancer Marian Snyder. “At Berkeley Folk Dancers, you can do a Greek line dance, a Scottish set dance, Czech polka, an Argentine tango, an American square dance, or an Israeli hora. We do dances from more than 40 countries and regions.”
Today was the first day of school for over 9,000 students in the Berkeley Unified School District.
Violent crime in Berkeley declined by 4% in the first half of 2011, while property crime declined by 16%, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Berkeley Police Department.
TROVELESS After six years in Berkeley, interior design and home furnishings store Trove will shutter its two outlets at Gilman Village — but only once it has sold off all its inventory. Bargains are in order now with most items discounted 60-75%. Owner Diane Haydon says she plans to take up painting again.
Documentary filmmaking is intrusive by nature: filmmakers must gain the trust and respect of their subjects long before the cameras begin to roll. In the early ‘90s, documentarian Steve James earned the trust of Chicago’s Gates and Agee families, resulting in 1994’s Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams. No one-trick pony, James demonstrated similar skill with 2002’s Stevie, in which he revisited a deeply troubled young man he’d previously mentored as a Big Brother.
The Cheese Board Collective marked Gourmet Ghetto neighbor Chez Panisse’s 40th birthday by serving free slices of its legendary pizza to customers on Saturday night. The celebrations were curtailed at around 10:30pm, however, after the police, acting on a call from the public, asked that crowds disperse and the party be wound down.
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A fund has been established at Berkeley High School to support Dinesh Kumar, the school’s day custodian, whose family was the victim of a vicious home invasion on Friday which resulted in the death of Kumar’s mother.
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