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SONOMA CITY COUNCILMEMBER Ken Brown pulled nomination papers Monday at City Hall. Brown will be running for his fifth term in the November election. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Filing for Nov. 4 general election starts

Monday, July 14, was the first day candidates could file nominating papers for the Nov. 4 general election. And Ken Brown was the first candidate to pull nominating papers for the Sonoma City Council – at 8 a.m.

Hohorst, Rymer file for hospital board

Peter Hohorst and Joshua Rymer filed Monday for the two open positions on the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board of directors. The two candidates have declared the intention to run together for the four-year positions that will be filled in the November election.

Cash card scam nails another victim

In a repeat case of a common scam, Sonoma police were alerted on July 8 that a 70-year-old man had purchased a $500 Green Dot card at a West Napa Street convenience store after receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be “Mark Rogers” with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. “Rogers” informed the man that his wife had not showed up for jury duty and that he would have to pay an immediate fine or she would be arrested.

Competitors start at last year's Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Napa-Sonoma Half Marathon soars

The popularity of the Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon continues to soar, and it is now one of the most prestigious races in the country, attracting some of the best names in the distance running.

ARDEN KREMER, who has been teaching swimming classes for 20 years, currently uses the pool at Hanna Boys Center for swimming lessons. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Kremer: Community pool a must

Swimming saves lives. That’s why Arden Kremer’s been teaching swim lessons for 20 years, 300 kids each summer, and why she’s adamant that Sonoma needs a community swimming pool.

Alejandro Villanueva, with Skyline Scaffolding in Sacramento, was part of a two-man crew putting up scaffolding outside the Blue Wing Inn Thursday morning. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Scaffolding going up

Alejandro Villanueva, with Skyline Scaffolding in Sacramento, was part of a two-man crew putting up scaffolding outside the Blue Wing Inn Thursday morning.

Group honors SVH’s skilled nursing facility

Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility is one of only 77 nationally to be named as a 2014 recipient of a Silver Commitment to Quality Award recognizing its commitment to improving quality care.

Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance kicks off campaign at market

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA), a marketing organization representing more than 100 Sonoma Valley wineries and 140 winegrowers, will join the Valley of the Moon Farmers Market Tuesday, July 15, to engage the community in its efforts to tell the Sonoma Valley wine story.

GLEN ELLEN’S LEXY FRIDELL will perform in a one-woman show running for two nights, Saturday and Sunday, as a part of Transcendence Theatre Company’s Artist Series. The two shows are sold out. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Lexy Fridell gets wired

Someday, it seems clear, there will be a category of musical-theater-comedy with her name on it.

Union Bank celebrates 150 years

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., was founded as The Bank of California on July 5, 1864, by financier William Chapman Ralston and was the West’s first incorporated commercial bank. Last Saturday, the bank that financed many aspects of the mining industry through California’s Gold Rush years, and handled more gold bullion than any other private institution in the United States, turned 150 years old.

ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.” Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

‘Full Monty’ donation

ETC Artistic Director Cat Austin and ETC Producer James Wood presented the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation board with a check for $5,200 from the proceeds from opening night of “The Full Monty.”

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.

UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE of a California Highway Patrol officer, youngsters at the Sonoma Charter School practice bicycle safety during a recent bicycle rodeo at the school. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

City sponsors bike training class

The City of Sonoma is sponsoring a free one-day bicycle-training event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, featuring Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycling Family Workshop.

FESTIVITIES AT THE RECENT Toyota/Save Mart 350 raised more than $210,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

NASCAR raises $210K for charities

More than $210,000 was raised for local charity groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20 to 22.

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.

DA: No charges in Lopez shooting

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch released a long-awaited decision Monday that the shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, on Oct. 22, 2013, was not cause for criminal charges against Erik Gelhaus, the Sheriff’s deputy who killed the boy as he carried a toy replica of an AK-47 assault rifle on a Santa Rosa sidewalk.

Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District eyes hazard plan remarks

The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD) is one of two county sanitation districts that will seek public comment in July on hazard mitigation planning efforts to increase the reliability of sanitation facilities during natural disasters, such as an earthquake. The other district is the Russian River County Sanitation District.

Sonoma Valley Library hosts summer programs

The Sonoma Valley Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” now under way, continues through Friday, Aug. 1 for preschoolers, grade-schoolers and teens.

 
 

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