Community

City Encourages Annual Block Parties as Anti-Crime Tool

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This year every party will receive at least one visit from a team of city officials, police officers, or city employees, so register early.

Frequently Asked Questions: National Night Out

A Year in Senegal Reveals a Path to Personhood and Decision

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Following her graduation from Oakland Tech, Rockridge resident Kaitlyn Johnke lived in Senegal under the auspices of Global Citizen Year (GCY). In a "bridge year" program, participants live and work with local residents of cities in Africa and Latin America on projects in education, technology, health and the environment. Rockridge News columnist Judith Doner Berne wrote in October 2013 of Kaitlyn's impending odyssey with GCY. Below, Kaitlyn writes of her experience and education in Senegal.

National Village Movement Honors Oakland

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Only three years after opening its doors, North Oakland Village (NOV) has won national recognition for its warm, personal support of seniors continuing to live independently in their own homes - instead of moving to retirement centers.

Dr. Patte Bishop of Rockridge, retired pediatric surgeon and NOV board member, was named Volunteer of the Year at the annual meeting of the national Village to Village Network, representing 120 Village organizations from Boston to San Diego.

Garden Stewards and Volunteers Sought for Broadway/Keith Pollinator Garden

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rockridge residents have come to appreciate the beauty of the new Broadway Pollinator Garden site being developed by the Oakland Landscape Committee and community volunteers.

This two-acre Caltrans-owned site at the intersection of Broadway and Keith Avenue has hundreds of roses, lavenders, and thousands of pollinator plants providing habitat for bees, butterflies and birds.

Lisa Klein, Rockridge: Mother of the Year

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Lisa Klein of Rockridge was honored as Oakland's Mother of the Year in a May 10 ceremony in the Oakland Rose Garden. Councilmember Dan Kalb was part of the presentation. Klein is the founder and CEO of Twice Loved, a non-profit charity that collects and donates used baby clothes to needy infants. Her work was featured in Judith Doner Berne's "Eyes on Rockridge," The Rockridge News, May 2014.

Story of a Bowl; Story of a Community

Friday, May 9, 2014

Opening the door to find Kingsley Moore on my front porch is not a common occurrence; he hardly ever visits. Yet, there he was - the antiques dealer, textile specialist, restorer and preserver of "beautiful old things," and owner and proprietor of Talisman Antiques on College Avenue.

"Uh, Kingsley?" I asked.

Protecting Pets From the Foxtail Scourge

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

This is a message for everyone who has or cares about dogs and cats.

Foxtails are out and ready to spread. They can work their way into every orifice of the animal - eyes too - and can cause great damage. They are barbed like fish hooks. They go in easily and are difficult to remove.

5th Annual Claremont Middle School Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Once again, the Rockridge Masonic Lodge, Claremont Dads Club and Rockridge District Association (RDA) invite you to join us Saturday, April 26, at the historic Rockridge Masonic Hall for the 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast.

A hearty breakfast, including pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, coffee and tea, is generously donated and prepared by members of the Masonic Lodge. Four seatings are offered: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Lorax Project Plants Over 100 New Trees in Rockridge

Saturday, March 8, 2014

In December 2013, the Lorax Project was announced in the pages of The Rockridge News. Three months later, a line of redwood trees has been planted and is taking root along Highway 24.

Concerned by scientific research that demonstrates negative health effects from exposure to pollution for people who live, work, or attend schools near major freeways, Lorax Project founders sought to create a tree barrier which research has shown significantly decreases the transmission of air pollution.

The Lorax Project: More Trees Near Chabot

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Children living or going to school near freeways face increased health risks. A tree wall can significantly reduce the transmission of air pollution. The Lorax project is working to plant redwood trees adjacent to the highway at Chabot Recreation Center Area and Chabot Elementary School as well as offering trees to residents on Miles Avenue between Patton Street and Presley Way.

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