The Rockridge News

Rain or Shine, Let's Go to the Halloween Parade!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Rain or shine, the 25th Annual Rockridge Children's Halloween Parade is happening Sunday, October 30th starting at noon and ending at 2 PM, as always! Participating merchants will host trick-or-treating along both sides of College Avenue, from Alcatraz to Broadway.

Join the costumed procession: Meet at Halloween Central in front of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Avenue, at 11:45 a.m. At precisely noon, we’ll kick off trick-or-treating, leading the first group along the avenue.

In Memoriam Ray Raineri (1938-2015)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA) community has lost a guiding light with the passing of local historian and tour leader Raymond Raineri. Ray, as he was popularly known, devoted himself to collecting memories of his childhood North Oakland neighborhood, and his Italian American heritage. Following his retirement, Ray's enthusiasm for North Oakland and Temescal history found a wide range of outlets including curating numerous exhibits at the History Room at the Oakland Main Library, and contributing articles to local newspapers such as the Piedmonter and the Montclarion.

RCPC Projects, Rockridge Today, the Area's Emerging Future

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rockridge today is a long way from its near-undoing when construction of the Grove-Shafter freeway - Highway 24 - in the late 1960s wiped out more than 3,000 homes and many area commercial buildings, crippling businesses and leaving significant College Avenue storefronts boarded up. Was the evolution due to community involvement? Mere chance? Market action? The answer: all three, in that order.

Community Involvement

Merchants' Years of Service: A Home and Business Location on College Avenue Since 1886 Houses Kletz and Moll, Attorneys

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Queen Anne Victorian at 5315 College Avenue, shown above, first opened its doors to the Charles Shields family. Charles was a scene painter for Oakland's dramatic theatres, and the Shields family lived there until 1936. Records are not clear about ownership after that, but in the mid-'70s, the building housed an antique shop.

City Invites Neighborhoods to Join National Night Out Festivities

Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's time to organize your block party, barbeque, ice cream social, or other outdoor event that brings your neighbors together.

Rockridge News Seeks Memories, Photos of More Recent Early Days

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Did you or relatives of yours live in Rockridge at the time of the construction of Highway 24 and BART? Would you like to share your experiences?

The Rockridge News wants to hear your story from during that time, and see any photographs you may have showing the neighborhood of the day. Your story could be part of a series of articles reporting on what it was like then for Rockridge residents.

Redwood Tree Removal Now on Hold

Monday, March 9, 2015

Recently, the six redwood trees on the former Shell station property at College and Claremont were individually red-tagged for assessment as to whether each tree should be removed. Many neighbors and College Avenue shoppers have expressed concern and dismay that Rockridge may be losing a valued community asset, especially in a location that is otherwise, for pedestrians, a bleak sea of asphalt and concrete.

College Avenue Commerce: Decades of Service, Part 7

Monday, March 9, 2015

• Yasai Market, at 6301 College Avenue, was opened in 1980 by John Amano. John's sister-in-law is the owner of Berkeley Bowl; John was raised in the vegetable business and worked at Berkeley Bowl before opening Yasai (which means vegetables in Japanese). John sold to current owners Michael and Bu Pak in 1992; they kept the name. When I spoke with Bu about the impact of the Safeway construction, the conversation topic drifted to competition. She reminded me that small stores aren't automatically noncompetitive.

Art on the (Other) Avenue: Deco Art

Monday, March 9, 2015

Among a short string of businesses on the northwest side of Claremont Avenue just before it passes under the Grove-Shafter Freeway toward Temescal, Deco Art's stylized green sign stands out. In a location where the Bay Printmakers Society originally made its home in the mid-'50s, a neighborhood artmaking tradition carries on.

When Peter Pan Came to Town

Saturday, April 5, 2014

If you pause in front of 5451 College Avenue, you'll see this signature inscribed in cement: "Mary Martin 1985." Look closer and you'll see the handprints, now faint from age, that the Broadway legend left in the sidewalk.

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