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Brad Beedle September 11, 2012 at 04:54 pm
A great event raising money for programs benefitting you the community we serve. Kudos to ourRead More business partners and all involved in helping carryi the memory of Steve Rucker a person who deeply loved his community he served. I invite anyone who wishes to be part of this event next year to contact Novato Fire and help keep Mr Rucker a honored member of our community. Brad Beedle Board Member
Bob September 2, 2012 at 11:57 am
When I first met Steve Rucker I thought "this guy is to nice to be real". But what you sawRead More was who he was. He was the real deal. He was to young to leave us but it is good to see that he is being remembered in a worthy cause.
Brent Carlson September 2, 2012 at 06:29 pm
Bob, He was my "Big Bro" (Brother-in-law) and I thank you for the comment on Steve andRead More his legacy. He led his life always by example and he always helped others. A very exceptional human being. I think they broke the mold after he was born.. Brent
Eleanor Sluis September 4, 2012 at 03:13 pm
Congratulations to the new Leadership group hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for beingRead More willing to participate in learning more about Novato and taking time for eight months in this endeavour. Your projects are helpful, especially the one where you teamed with the Rotary to fix the fountain and beautify around it with mulch and plants. So many people appreciate this. Thanks to the Chamber in providing this course in Leadership. I took the class in 2005 and our team worked on supporting School Fuel. It was rewarding to work together and take action on a project as a team. This is what is so great about Novato: working together to continue to foster a community spirit of cooperation. Again, thanks.
Sylvia Barry September 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm
Thanks, Eleanor. Clarification - the Fountain Landscape project was done by three service clubs -Read More Novato Sunrise Rotary, Novato Rotaract and Soroptimist International of Novato, while the median is adopted by the Soroptimist International of Novato. http://novato.patch.com/blog_posts/just-do-it-to-make-a-difference However, the project was inspired by the Leadership Class 2012 Blue Team's project, where the team developed a comprehensive marketing campaign for Novato Streetscape to encourage Adoption of a Median (and tagged on Keep it Green concept). The Campaign developed includes a power point presentation, video presentation, brochure and a website. This website has links to the brochure, the medians available for adoption as well as adopted, and one of the video presentations. Here is link for the website www.NovatoStreetscape.org Just want to give credit where credit is due.
Craig Belfor August 5, 2012 at 03:06 pm
We need to set a trap outside the city council meetings, where we have an apparent colony collapse,Read More where the mindless zombies are circling the developer's light. That $15.5 million nest will be empty after someone gets a computer to save workers and space.
Anne Tique August 6, 2012 at 02:55 pm
We've been keeping a close eye on the bees in our yard and will do so more as the zombee seasonRead More approaches. Yay, SFSU for taking the lead on this important work!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 1, 2012 at 01:57 pm
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are permitted to read this, thank a veteran. ThankRead More you, MAAS. We have so many veterans, because we become complacent and forget what has happened in the past, repeat our past mistakes, and have to fight the same wars - again and again..
Brent Ainsworth July 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm
Thanks for a great comment, Marian. Welcome to Novato.
Amy Wigton August 20, 2012 at 01:49 pm
I have such great memories of growing up in a town that had a local theater. It was a hub for usRead More and it added alot to our downtown culture. I wish the same for Novato!
Patricia Warren October 4, 2012 at 09:26 pm
As a 40 year resident of Novato (and school board member for 9 years), i was sad that a performingRead More arts venue was not included in the Vintage Oaks project. I hope this program is successful. Patricia Warren
Tammy R July 26, 2012 at 03:46 pm
quite sad, I hope the project can continue! when is the next fundraiser?
Jenay Cottrell July 27, 2012 at 11:22 am
So sad. With people like June Haugen involved, the Novato Screen Savers will do well. Thanks toRead More everyone in this group for all they're doing to revitalize the Novato Theater!
Al Dugan July 27, 2012 at 02:52 pm
The citizens of Novato need to help moving this project forward. It will be a great asset and cleanRead More up an eyesore in the middle of downtown Novato. I will send a contribution today.
Jerry July 24, 2012 at 08:47 pm
A wonderful person indeed. She was a tireless worker for great community causes. RIP.
Patty Maher July 24, 2012 at 09:14 pm
I'm very sorry for her family and for the communities she helped. By all accounts, she was aRead More fabulous woman.
Michael Scott July 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm
my name is michael scott and i grew up in novato , lived on sunnyhill rd moved to southern cal. inRead More 1971 contact i84shovel1@aol.com hearwhatimeant
Karen Green July 9, 2012 at 08:45 pm
It is shameful that a theater company that has been in Novato for nearly 90 years and operates inRead More the black will probably have to leave Novato for another home. My family and I have enjoyed their shows for years, and my daughter attended their wonderful summer camp. What a loss for our town.
Novato Theater Company July 10, 2012 at 03:57 pm
Hi Joe. NTC looked at Pini (the back warehouse half, not the front retail have where the price isRead More prohibitive for NTC) and we walked away because the cost to NTC is too great. There are no fire sprinklers or ada toilets. There is parking (rah!) and the zoning is right (rah!,) but resources for NTC are just not there. We are relooking at it as a potential temporary space if the City fire code approveNTC using it without fire sprinklers (it has none) and with using rented toilets, the fancy ones that flush and have sinks and all like they use at the farmers market at Civic Center, Sundays and Thursdays. I actually priced them yesterday and the price is not prohibitive. Another question, will the City let us renew the 6 month temporary permit again and again as we build our resources. Many questions, and we are keeping all options open. Remember, the only place that is zoned for assembly is Grant Ave., shopping malls (where retail prices are usually prohibitive,) and recreation areas. We checked and the only available recreation zoned spot for us in a vacant lot next to the skateboard park. Parks & Rec are using the old gym, so that is not available. Also, in Novato, there variances to change zoning is not available. It cost $8,800 to apply to the general city planning department for a zone change, and typically only landlords do that, not tenants.
Novato Theater Company July 10, 2012 at 04:21 pm
That's funny Brent. I do think everyone will get it. I also want to let everyone know, I wasRead More elected at the general board meeting on April 16, not on Sunday.
Jennifer Baldwin July 9, 2012 at 07:03 pm
LOVE IT! Heifer International does fantastic work, and in such a meaningful way, by investing inRead More individuals and allowing them to become self sufficient. Novato Brownie troop 30969 and Cadette troop 31067 also donated their cookie money, to The Kayla Rose Fund. I love that our Girl Scouts are living what they learn and reaching out to others! Way to go Girl Scouts!
Steve Disenhof July 10, 2012 at 10:11 am
Awesome, thank you Girl Scouts! In over 40 years of working with non-profits professionally and as aRead More volunteer, working at Kenya's Daraja Academy the past two summers has been one of the most gratifying experiences I've ever had. 104 amazing girls and a school that will truly change a corner of our planet. Thank you Scouts for your donation to this school! (www.daraja-academy.org)
chris sleight July 19, 2012 at 11:55 am
It is truly heartwarming to see young people look outside themselves, and help those in need. Woot,Read More woot, troop 31184! I am proud that you are part of Novato
BJL July 10, 2012 at 05:13 pm
having had my daughter and her small dog attacked by a pit bull in Novato, now I take the offenseRead More whenever seeing one of those dogs. If it ever made a move at me or anyone around me, I would tear its head off and feed it to the owner! Then, I would continue to beat the owner... ya probably get in some trouble - but sometimes stupid people just don't get it and need a little forced education. Pit Bulls should be exterminated...
Jax August 7, 2012 at 02:43 pm
i believe some people should be exterminated but that's never going to happen. Do you only believeRead More that ONLY pitbulls bite? no you hear it because it's a pit bull. Wake up! smell the coffee! I was attacked by a tiny dog, the kind with a barrette in it's hair when I was about 6. The bugger bit me right on the nose and i was scared of dogs for years. No one put the dog to sleep. It was my fault and it was my parents fault and the owners fault for NOT paying attention. Each person has the right to their own opinion, but when killing a life is your best option i can think about murderers, rapists, drunk drivers, drug users, bad parents, etc that should probably be "exterminated"
janna nikkola September 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm
When I'm out walking in Novato, I often see a man with a pitbull that starts snarling and pulling onRead More his leash when he sees me or anyone else walking toward them. The owner has to stop and try to calm it down. I walk to the other side of the street when I see it or any other pitbull. Try googling "pitbull attacks in the US" and see what you find and the statistics about pitts. They are now banned in some countries, including England. They can bond with their owners, so the owners mistakenly believe the pitts are that way with everyone, but that's not how it is. Pittbulls regard any human they don't know as a threat. Talk to any mail carrier about pittbull attacks, or Google "Pitbull attacks on mail carriers" for more statistics. They are dangerous and vicious animals and they scare the dickens out of me. Even if they're in a locked yard, they should have chained leashes on them because they've been known to escape from these yards and go after any human they don't know. When a new neighbor moved in next door with a pitbull, I made a point of having the neighbor "introduce" me to the pitbull, and let him smell my hands so he was familiar with my scent, and had the owner bring it into my backyard so he could check it out and know what was on the other side of the fence, but it was still nervewracking have that pitt right next door and fearing it might get loose. The person in Bahia was lucky to have only been bitten and not mauled.
John Kuhlman May 26, 2012 at 02:06 pm
In 1955 as an NROTC graduate from University of Oklahoma, I sailed on the USS Iowa (BB61) as aRead More Midshipman in training. BB61 was part of a flotilla of about 15 ships. We sailed from Norfolk, VA taking 14 days to cross the Atlantic to the port of Gosport in England. The crossing was longer than normal because of various Navy and Marine manuevers at sea. In Gosport, we were welcomed by the Mayor of Gosport with a huge celebration event where we were served "strawberries and cream". Leaving England we sailed through the Straits of Gibralter into the Mediterranean to ports in France, Spain and N. Africa/Turkey. Before returning to Norfolk we spent several days in Guantanmo Bay, Cuba (pineapple juice was the drink of the day. Many gallons of it on very hot days!) and conducted gunnery practice with the island of Culebra as the target. Firing BB61's 16" guns broadside was a memorable experience. One other experience. The ships news came out one day inviting all Midshipman to join the ship's crew for swimming off the fantail at 1600 hours. Told us to put on swim suit and bring our towels. So there we Midshipmen were in the middle of the Atlantic ocean on the fantail (stern of ship) and all of the ships crew standing on decks above us waving their towels telling us to go ahead and jump of the fantail! Of course the water was mere 30 to 40 feet below the fantail and the ship was steaming full ahead at 25 knots! John Henry Kuhlman IV johnkuhlman@comcast.net Novato, CA
Brent Ainsworth May 26, 2012 at 02:24 pm
I salute you, John! Great story. Thanks for sharing.
Marla May 17, 2012 at 01:49 pm
Next Key is 32 units on a little less than an acre. Not disingenuous at all. In fact, it is a bitRead More higer density than what is proposed. It is lovely isn't it? Quiet, clean, 2 story spanish style with tile roof and a beautiful organic garden out front. We love to go there to pick blackberries in the summer as they line the fence in front.
janet mccray May 17, 2012 at 02:06 pm
Sunn is nothing more than a front for developers and southern marin money. The Marin CommunityRead More Foundation funnels their money into big developments , gets a tax credit for "low income housing" and guaranteed rents from the government. Its a win-win for them. The neighbors of these projects hve to endure increased criminal activity, drain on the already overburdened infrastructure and a decrease in property values. SUNN needs to own what they are, nothing more than a Lobbying group for big money developers.
carmen h. May 20, 2012 at 01:49 am
Hi Janet and thank you. SUNN doesn't talk about the endless public services that are needed forRead More the people they say they want to help so badly. How elitest to put a bunch of poor people in a housing project and say that is neighborly. Two people that are "founders" of Neighborly Novato live in VERY LARGE HOUSES away from any possible housing projects. Talk about being NIMBY
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