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Letter(s) to the Editor: The Degreening of Temescal Creek Park

May 9, 2013
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Letter(s) to the Editor: The Degreening of Temescal Creek Park

  (RE Oct. 16, 2012 Letter to the Editor from Eric Gascoyne: Cut Spending, Save the Trees at Temescal Creek Park) To the Editor: Thanks (to Eric Gascoyne) for writing his letter. I went to the City Council meeting and spoke on behalf of the trees and the hawks. I’m glad we have saved them for now. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the park project has made a park with lots of potential into an ugly “inner city”-looking park. They paved over the entire grassy area, giving ample room for vandals to break glass, urinate, and tag on the abundant hard surfaces. If you urinate on grass or on a tree, nature will deal with it, this is not the case for man-made materials. Will Emeryville parents really want their kids riding trikes through busted glass and human urine, passing by swear words tagged all over the play structures? Do you remember who actually hung out on the former play structures? Usually they were not children. This combined with Emeryville taking over the Oakland school on Adeline and 53rd Street, sending waves of high schoolers up 53rd – littering, loitering, selling drugs and even trying to steal my cell phone, has

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Children Matter: New Family Resource Center, and What’s New at Emeryville Child Development Center

May 2, 2013
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Children Matter: New Family Resource Center, and What’s New at Emeryville Child Development Center

New Family Resource and Wellness Center! Several years ago, John Sugiyama, interim superintendent of Emery Unified School District, put together a small working group to look at services in Emeryville for children birth to 5 and their families.  There were many gaps in services and families looked to Berkeley and Oakland for support.  Using information prepared by the working group, Superintendent Sugiyama wrote a federal grant to bring resources to these families and fill the service gaps.  Emeryville USD received a federal grant of $250,000 to open a Family Resource Center and alleviate some of the difficulties families faced. The grant’s main purpose is to provide a “rainbow of services” targeted at children and families of all ages.  This grant provides funding to set up the Family Resource Center and implement a unique city-wide, birth to 5 project—”The 5 Bold Initiatives”—that encompasses (1) search and serve, (2) promoting  school readiness, (3) building community capacity to access services, (4) a coordinated network of service providers, and (5) early screening, identification and referral. The Family Resource and Wellness Center opened on March 26th at the city’s recreational building, 4300 San Pablo Ave.  The 5 Bold Initiatives Project has been incorporated into EUSD’s

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Check Out Documentary “Girl Rising” at Emery Bay

April 28, 2013
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Let’s go to the movies! Girl Rising:  Stories of 9 young girls from developing countries overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates. Now playing at UA Emery Bay Stadium 10, 6330 Christie Avenue, Emeryville. If you enjoy films or documentaries without car chases, explosions, or Dolby sound so loud it hurts your ears, support Emery Bay Stadium, the city’s first movie house. Only $5 on Tuesdays! (To comment, or to read the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, then scroll to the bottom.)  

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‘Residents United for a Livable Emeryville’ Thanks Local Businesses for Support!

April 27, 2013
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‘Residents United for a Livable Emeryville’ Thanks Local Businesses for Support!

Residents United for a Livable Emeryville (RULE) wishes to thank and acknowledge our local businesses and professionals who so generously donated their goods and services for our first annual free raffle at Emeryville’s 2013 Earth Day last Saturday (April 20). Dr. Parissa Peymani, Emeryville Chiropractic, 5858  Horton St., Ste. 155, Emeryville Eric Pascuale,  Cafe E-22, 1366 Powell St., Emeryville Inna Jam (purveyors of organic jams), 1307 61st St., Emeryville Summer Summer Thai Eatery, 5885 Hollis St., Emeryville Wendy Yoshimura, Oakland Artist and congratulations to our winners!! (To comment, or to read the comments of others, click on the headline to go to the story page, then scroll to the bottom.)

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City partners with Clean Water Program for Bag Give Away at Pak ‘N Save

February 24, 2013
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City partners with Clean Water Program for Bag Give Away at Pak ‘N Save

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority’s single-use plastic bag ban went into effect on January 1, 2013.  In response, the Clean Water Program (www.cleanwaterprogram.org) provided stylish reusable bags for give-away events staged all around the County over the past couple weeks. At the Emeryville Pak N Save, the Friday before the Super Bowl, 230 of these reusable bags just about flew off our table.  To say the bags were well-received is an understatement! Chinook Book also donated 120 of their popular sustainable product coupon books to give away to customers (normally a $20 value!). Encouraging shoppers to use reusable bags is one way to reduce litter that harms wildlife, clogs storm drains and just looks bad.  Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated 1 million disposable plastic bags. In Alameda County storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. This means that litter and other pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the Bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals and birds.  Plastic bags and other lightweight plastic litter don’t biodegrade and are particularly hazardous

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Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

January 27, 2013
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Clean Water Program Curbs Plastic Bag Pollution – Get Your Free Reusable Bag Friday at Pac N’ Save!

Pick Up A Free Reusable Bag, Friday Feb 1, 3-5 pm, Pac N’ Save Foods In support of the countywide reusable bag ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1, Alameda County’s Clean Water Program will give away reusable bags on Friday in front of Pac N’ Save, San Pablo Avenue at 40th Street, 3 pm to 5 pm. The ordinance prohibits stores that sell packaged food or alcohol from giving away single-use bags at checkout, and requires them to charge a minimum of 10 cents per paper or reusable bag, as an incentive for shoppers to bring their own reusable bags to the store. Each year, the equivalent of 100,000 kitchen garbage bags worth of litter end up in our local waterways, including an estimated 1 million disposable plastic bags. In Alameda County, storm water does not pass through a water treatment plant. This means that litter and other pollutants carried into the storm drain system by wind and water flow directly into creeks and the Bay, where they harm fish, marine mammals, and birds. So get your reusable bag and pledge to bring it to the store, doing your part to keep our creeks and the Bay clean and

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Emeryville Public Market Unveils First E. Bay Outdoor Exhibits from Exploratorium

January 11, 2013
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Emeryville Public Market Unveils First E. Bay Outdoor Exhibits from Exploratorium

Reprinted from Heraldonline.com Published: January 10, 2013   One of several Exploratorium exhibits at the Public Market in Emeryville ________________________________________________________ TMG Partners and the City of Emeryville welcome the public to discover the science of sustainability in eye opening new “Green Living Room” SAN FRANCISCO — Today, developer TMG Partners, in conjunction with the City of Emeryville, unveiled a unique place for Bay Area residents to play and learn as officials cut the ribbon on new permanent exhibits from the Exploratorium at the Public Market in Emeryville. Woven throughout the outdoor walkways and plazas of this popular shopping, dining and work destination, the Exploratorium’s hands-on science displays represent the world-renowned museum’s first outdoor presence in the East Bay. Public Market recently sold to City Center Realty Partners/Angelo Gordon who are working with TMG to continue to create a unique mixed-use community at Public Market. The Exploratorium’s exhibition is a key feature of the Public Market’s “Green Living Room,” an artful, interactive living park that will engage the Public Market’s 3,000+ daily visitors to discover how the latest in green design and management revitalized this private, mixed-use project. The Green Living Room was funded in part by a $1.35 Million California Catalyst

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Emeryville Police Chief Ken James Supports Bill Regulating Ammunition Sales

January 9, 2013
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Emeryville Police Chief Ken James Supports Bill Regulating Ammunition Sales

Assemblymember Nancy Skinner Unveils Bill Designed to “restrict the bullets that are ravaging our communities.” Reprinted from Berkeleyside January 7, 2013  by Berkeleyside Editors Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) today unveiled a bill to regulate the sale of ammunition, and said it was time buying bullets required the same scrutiny as buying guns. Skinner, D-Berkeley, held a news conference on Monday morning outside the Oakland state office building on the day Alameda County students returned to school after the winter break and in the wake of the Dec. 14 Newtown, CT, elementary school massacre. “Assembly Bill 48 aims to restrict the bullets that are ravaging our communities,” Skinner said in a statement. “Tragic but true, it is easier to buy ammo than to buy cold medicine, alcohol or tobacco. It’s time for buying deadly bullets to fall under the same controls as guns and Sudafed.” Emeryville Police Chief Ken James, who also serves as the chair of the California Police Chief’s Association Firearms Committee, said: “Like pseudoephedrine is the precursor to methamphetamine, bullets are the precursor to gun violence. If we can control the precursors, we may avert tragedies like the ones at Oikos University in Oakland, Aurora and Newtown.” AB 48 would establish

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Emeryville Taiko Group Moves to W. Oakland Due to Noise Complaints

November 28, 2012
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Emeryville Taiko Group Moves to W. Oakland Due to Noise Complaints

Emeryville Taiko, a Japanese drumming group, has been without a set practice place for years due to noise issues. The group’s latest home is Soundwave Studios in West Oakland.  (Reprinted from Oakland North.) By Samantha Masunaga     Drums boomed from every corner of the West Oakland studio. At the front, a small drum called a shime tapped out a rhythm, setting the beat for the six other drums in the set. At the back, a large drum called an odaiko was suspended in midair by a wooden stand, two drummers pounding furiously on either side, framed by a black backdrop and some velvet curtains. With a red floral carpet underfoot, six women and one man pounded out a happy rhythm with relatively serious faces. “Smile!” Susan Horn, director of the group, called out to her players. Her players obliged, with embarrassed grins. Taiko, by its nature, is a loud activity. Players are encouraged to use their entire bodies to produce a clean, crisp and reverberating sound. Even the process of learning songs is auditory—kuchi shoga, or the phonetic, repeat-after-me method used to teach taiko, is the only way music is taught. Nothing is written down, only spoken. Big hits

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Buy Local: Never Too Old! Find Your Inner Monkey at The Athletic PlayGround

August 14, 2012
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Buy Local: Never Too Old! Find Your Inner Monkey at The Athletic PlayGround

“I thought maybe I could get a little fitter, and do some cartwheels.” These were the modest ambitions of Zach Fischer, 27, when he joined Athletic PlayGround in Emeryville a few years ago.  But Fischer shocked himself. “I can do a backflip now. And that is something I never thought I could do. I thought I’d missed my window of possibility long ago, when I was a kid.” Fischer has even started teaching an acrobatics class at Athletic PlayGround. Athletic PlayGround draws its inspiration from the circus, and provides a place where people discover “they can do things they never thought they could do,” says David Grace, who started Athletic PlayGround in 2008 with Shira Yaziv. And like the circus, the atmosphere is playful, high energy, and, well, alittle wacky. One member often dances around the gym between rigorous sets of strength and balance exercise. Two others always appear with colorful, mismatched striped socks. And there are monkeys everywhere – monkey toys, monkey murals, and humans doing monkey-like things. “Monkeys are very strong … and very playful!,” says Grace, adding that the gym offers Monkey Conditioning classes every day of the week. In addition to weekly classes, Athletic PlayGround offers

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