Pregnancy Resource Center 1320a Grant Ave, Novato, CA94945 The state-licensed Pregnancy Resource Center is a mostly volunteer-run operation on Grant Avenue that assists pregnant…More women from the pre-natal period through the 28th week of pregnancy. All consultations are free and confidential whether the pregnancy is planned or unplanned. Help is given whether the client has insurance or not. The staff is trained to counsel teens and women about pregnancy, abortion and adoption, and it makes outreach efforts in the community to educate teens on sex education. The center is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011.
The internationally accredited district, founded in 1926, serves nearly 64,000 people and covers 71 square miles. As…More a district, it is not part of the city government and survives mostly on assessments from local property taxes.
The district traces its history to the establishment of a volunteer fire brigade in 1894. The first vehicle purchased by the district was a 1923 Ford that remains on display at the Fireman's Fund Insurance building on San Marin Drive, and it is driven in the annual Fourth of July Parade. In fact, the fire district is 34 years older than Novato, which was incorporated in 1960.
The district, overseen by Chief Marc Revere, has five stations around the city: Redwood Boulevard (Station 1), Atherton Avenue (Station 2), San Marin (Station 3), Ignacio (Station 4) and Hamilton (Station 5). Its annual budget is approximately $23.5 million.
In August 2009, the Center for Public Safety Excellence granted international acceditation to the district, a first for Marin County and only the fifth time a California district received the honor. The district has a Fire Explorer program for teens interested in firefighting as a career, and it offers countless classes on public safety awareness for the public.
Gnoss Field on Novato's northern outskirts is home to Squadron 23 of the Civil Air Patrol, formed in 2003 after…More Hamilton Air Force Base closed. Lt. Col. Ray Peterson of Petaluma and Lt. Col. Laurence Steffan of Novato were instrumental in creating the squadron. Squadron 23 is part of Group 5 of the national Civil Air Patrol and has 44 members -- 25 adults and 19 cadets (ages 12 - 18) -- from Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.
The Civil Air Patrol traces its roots to the ominous months before the United States was drawn into World War II by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and others believed a stable of civilian pilots could help monitor the homeland skies and free up military forces for more urgent tasks. Shortly after LaGuardia created the patrol, the pilots started patrolling coastal areas, helping ships in distress and even bombing German submarines.
Today, volunteers -- from teens to senior citizens -- prepare for emergency situations; contribute to homeland security; and promote aerospace education. The patrol's cadet program is the introduction to air service education for many teens, and guides them toward acheiving a pilot's license and, on occasion, toward entry into a service academy. At Gnoss Field, the cadets meet at 7 p.m. every Monday to learn leadership, discipline and science skills.
Squadron 23 has possession of a Cessna 206 N50MB, a single-engine plane. The group operates out of a double-wide trailer at the south end of Gnoss Field. Messages left on its answering machine are checked on average once a week.