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A GROUP OF CUBAN SOMMELIERS has been visiting Sonoma County and touring various wineries. One of the stops last week was the Benziger Family Winery on Glen Ellen. They posed for a picture with the winery in the background.

Cubans sample Wine Country’s best

A typical Cuban breakfast is tostada (toasted bread) and cafe con leche (coffee with milk). Last Wednesday morning, several Cubans gathered around a long table at Ramekins Culinary School on East Spain Street for a somewhat heartier breakfast of eggs, sausage, potatoes and other fare.

City Council vote encourages dog lovers

A pattern is forming in the years-long debate over allowing dogs in Montini Preserve, with environmentalists decrying the idea, dog owners decrying the lack of natural space set aside for them and their dogs, and the Sonoma City Council opting in favor of deciding for themselves whether to someday consider the option.

THE SONOMA CITY COUNCIL will again take up the issue of dogs in the Montini Preserve when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the Community Meeting Room. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune file photo

Another decision day for the dogs

Two topics near and dear to Sonoma Valley residents are scheduled to come before city council members Monday for discussion and possible action: allowing dogs in Montini Preserve, and the prospect of a new community pool.


The answer to the ultimate question

Forty-two. It’s the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. At least it was for Douglas Adams and fans of his “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy books.” It’s also the age I will turn this weekend. I’ve been reconciling with the notion this past year and, besides Adams’ spin on the… Continue Reading >>

People with EBT cards can purchase fresh food at the Tuesday night farmers market on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

EBT cards making headway at farmers markets

Every Tuesday night at the Plaza farmers market, amid the bustle of milling shoppers, live music and popping kettle corn, a few people have discovered a good use for their EBT cards.

FRIDAY NIGHT’S FIREWORKS display attracted thousands of spectators. James Fanucchi/Index-Tribune

Another fine Fourth

It couldn’t have been a pleasanter morning Friday as thousands packed the Plaza for Sonoma’s famous Fourth of July parade.

Council talks energy at Monday session

Monday’s city council meeting should be of interest to environmentalists and energy-industry watchers, with two items on the agenda prompting discussion on how Sonomans get their power. The first item is essentially a request by Councilmember Steve Barbose for direction from fellow council members on how to proceed in an upcoming vote by Sonoma Clean… Continue Reading >>

City Council OKs $29.4 million budget

It may have been the quickest council meeting ever. The Sonoma City Council got together for a special meeting Monday evening with the express purpose of approving the city budget for fiscal year 2014-15. They did so in a 5-0 vote, with minimal comment from either council members – who had already picked over the… Continue Reading >>

New health center to open July 22

It’s been a long road, but the anticipated opening of Sonoma Valley Community Health Center’s new facility is now just three weeks away.

An artist installs a CornerStone exhibit. File photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

CornerStone deal falls apart

Despite statements to the contrary last February, a deal to purchase CornerStone Sonoma, the popular art-garden property on Highway 121 south of town, appears to have fallen through. But the presumptive buyer, Walter Thompson of GenerX Real Estate Services, LLC, has not given up hope, stating in an email Thursday, “I have wonderful plans for… Continue Reading >>

Tier 1 nonprofits make pitch amid budget talks

This is budget season, and the Sonoma City Council is knee-deep in workshops, discussions and presentations as it considers a $29.6 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 that is set to be approved this Monday night. Until then, the discussions continue, including a several-hour study session last Monday afternoon – during which the city’s department… Continue Reading >>

CITIBANK WILL BE CLOSING its branch in Maxwell Village in September and transferring all accounts to Napa. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Citibank to close Valley branch

A recent letter from Citibank to local customers contains some possibly unwelcome news: The branch at Maxwell Village Shopping Center will be permanently closing its doors this September.

Rideshare services make inroads

The new “ridesharing services” offered by high-tech companies Uber and Lyft – both of which launched in Sonoma County over the past few weeks – are deceptively simple.


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