With New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, the Berkeleyside team wanted to wish all of our readers a safe and happy new year.
There’s no question that Berkeley’s recent protests and the November 2014 election were among the most significant — and most read — news in the community this past year, but other articles were huge hits with readers as well. In this round-up, we look at which other stories drew the most attention solely by the numbers.
Authorities have identified the man who was shot to death in Berkeley on Monday night as 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton of El Sobrante.
There was no shortage of news in Berkeley in 2014, but a few issues stood out, and they informed Berkeleyside’s list of the most important stories of the year.
By Sylvia Rubin
Sadly, I won’t have the opportunity to include Seth Rogen’s The Interview in this year’s list. Of course, as I find Mr. Rogen about as funny a case of shingles, it probably wouldn’t have made the list anyway. Thanks, Guardians of Peace and/or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, for sparing us all. Here, then, are my favorite films of 2014 (click on the title if it’s hyper-linked to read the full review):
Alba Witkin, who moved to Berkeley in 1978, was a generous philanthropist who gave to schools, legal programs, and children’s organizations. Witkin, who had endowed a fund with her late husband, Bernard Witkin, an eminent attorney and author, died Dec. 26 at the age of 95. She was surrounded by her children as she passed.
Throughout history, mandarins were used as stocking stuffers along with chocolate coins.
PG&E officials are warning that strong winds are expected to sweep Berkeley and other parts of the East Bay beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30. They are expecting that some homes will lose power because of downed power lines.
Update, Dec. 30, 9:40 a.m. Berkeley police sent out an alert around 9 a.m. Tuesday to say San Pablo Avenue is open in both directions at University Avenue. They added: “BPD appreciates your patience as we conducted our investigation.”
Alba Pichetto Kuchman Witkin, a civic activist and humanitarian who donated millions of dollars to educational and legal causes, died at her Berkeley home on Shasta Road on Dec. 26, surrounded by her children and two dogs. She was 95.