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Sonoma city employee Jesse Mazza wipes dust from the Purple Heart City plaque he installed on a lightpost on Napa Road and Jones Street. The city received four of the signs that were donated by the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation. 
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Purple Heart City

Sonoma city employee Jesse Mazza wipes dust from the Purple Heart City plaque he installed on a lightpost on Napa Road and Jones Street. The city received four of the signs that were donated by the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation

Supervisors get living wage report

At some point Friday, Blue Sky Consulting Group is expected to present the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors with a detailed living wage analysis. Commissioned by the Supervisors last June, the report is expected to reach conclusions about poverty and quality of life within the county and offer Supervisors a road map for the possible creation of a county living wage.

‘Starfish Throwers’ to be screened in Burlingame Hall

“Starfish Throwers,” the third and final in a series of fall films being sponsored by Transition Sonoma Valley and the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Burlingame Hall.

Developers ditch Broadway hotel

Developers have scrapped plans for a 36-room hotel on the site of the former Truck and Auto dealership on Broadway, opting instead for more living units and an “expanded culinary promenade,” according to a city staff report.

Boy Scout Michael Aubin, 14, and Bob Piazza lower a damaged American flag into a fire pit. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, a small ceremony was held in front of the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building to retire, according to the Flag Code, those flags that are too old or too damaged to display. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Retiring old flags

Boy Scout Michael Aubin, 14, and Bob Piazza lower a damaged American flag into a fire pit. On Tuesday, Veterans Day, a small ceremony was held in front of the Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building to retire, according to the Flag Code, those flags that are too old or too damaged to display.

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The Plaza will sparkle with thousands of glowing LED lights in the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Following the lighting, join the festivities at Sonoma State Parks Holiday Campfire Program at 6 p.m. in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard with nature talks, songs and a marshmallow roast. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Plaza holiday lighting

Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse will throw the switch to illuminate the Plaza at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. The Plaza will sparkle with thousands of glowing LED lights in the inaugural “Lighting of the Plaza.” Following the lighting, join the festivities at Sonoma State Parks Holiday Campfire Program at 6 p.m. in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard with nature talks, songs and a marshmallow roast.

Work was halted months ago on these two homes on Highway 12 and Moon Mountain Road. The county's PRMD red-tagged the project after numerous violations were discovered. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Debacle at Moon Mountain

The vivid blue sign at the corner of Highway 12 and Moon Mountain Road hasn’t changed in months, and neither have the half-built structures behind it.

School board to get costs for new pool

Counterpoint Construction will give the Sonoma Valley Unified School District board a report on estimated costs for a long-discussed new swimming pool when it meets Wednesday evening.

Work on Highway 116/121 intersection years off

Like a string of angry, blinking red Christmas lights, the line of cars on Highway 121 between Bonneau Road and Highway 12 can often stretch to the Schell-Vista Fire Station and beyond during evening commutes.

New water bills encourage conservation

The monthly water bill Sonoma residents receive is going to look different next month. The new bills will include a breakdown of their monthly water service charges, showing where they use water, how many gallons per month and what changes they can make to save both water and money.

David Bush opened Oso Lounge on East Napa Street last month. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Oso Lounge features eclectic menu

When you decide to name your lounge after the California state bear, you are telling the world California is a separate animal altogether.

Jim Lamb fill out some paperwork Saturday prior to getting his flu shot at Vintage House senior center. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Last minute paperwork

Jim Lamb fills out some paperwork Saturday prior to getting his flu shot at Vintage House senior center.

Rod Mahoney measures a door at his space next door to the Bon Marche Thrift Shop. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bon Marche fire ruled accidental

The three-alarm fire that destroyed Bon Marche Thrift Store on Riverside Drive last Thursday was ruled an accident by Sonoma Valley Fire officials.

Eleanor Coppola sits outside a straw-bale structure created inside the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art as part of her show. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Eleanor Coppola: Reflections of a quiet force

Eleanor Coppola speaks softly but distinctly, a wisp of a woman with short, fine, white hair above perfect features and a complexion revealing no age. Her eyes are kind and attentive.

FIREFIGHTERS FROM EIGHT AGENCIES battled a blaze at the Bon Marche Thrift Shop on Riverside Drive Thursday morning. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bon Marche goes up in flames

More then six-dozen firefighters from throughout Sonoma County responded to a three-alarm blaze Thursday morning at the Bon Marche Thrift Store on Riverside Drive. Nobody was hurt, but much of the business was charred and gutted during a fire-fight that began at 9:30 a.m.

Gary Edwards, Madolyn Agrimonti and Rachel Hundley finished one, two and three in Tuesday's city council election.

Three new faces on City Council

The biggest surprise in this season’s race for Sonoma City Council may be the success of Rachel Hundley. A 31-year-old newcomer – to both political campaigns and Sonoma itself – Hundley was Tuesday’s third-highest vote-getter in the eight way race.

VFW again hosting flag retirement

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 will be hosting an early Veterans Day activity starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, with a flag retirement ceremony.