The Rockridge News

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 In a location where the Bay Printmakers Society originally made its home in the mid-'50s, a neighborhood artmaking tradition carries on.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.

Tech Engineering Academy: Bridges to Learning

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's so quiet, you can hear a bridge break. Two hundred collectively held breaths finally release when the balsa and glue creation collapses with a crack under its load. Once "8 lbs for bridge #50" gets recorded, the annual Engineering Academy Bridge Competition officially ends.

Rockridge Real Estate: 2013 Review

Saturday, March 8, 2014

In reviewing real estate statistics for 2013, we are happy to announce that Rockridge home values have clearly returned to pre-recession levels. In fact, we have recovered better and more quickly than most other neighborhoods in Oakland or Berkeley. It seems that, despite our endemic urban problems, Rockridge retains its appeal as a vibrant premier residential neighborhood in the East Bay.

The Rockridge Muse, by Ortrun Niesar

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Last month, Patricia Bracewell’s first historical novel, “Shadow on the Crown,” the story of 11th-Century Emma of Normandy, was launched with great fanfare and a reading at Diesel Books. Reviews have been mostly in the 4-5 star category and Patricia is “over the moon” happy.

A Writer’s Journey

Rockridge News to Notch 25th Anniversary in March

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Spawned from the union of an early Macintosh computer and PageMaker software, Vol. 1, No. 1 of The Rockridge News hit the streets March 13, 1986, amidst a surge of growth and change proposed for Rockridge.

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