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FISH holds volunteer meeting on March 27

FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, is actively seeking volunteers for a number of opportunities that include dispatching, driving and assisting in the Food Room, and will host an orientation meeting for prospective volunteers at 10 a.m. Thursday, Match 27.

WITH THE PROGRAM BOARDS sitting on the floor, Claudia Mendoza-Carruth and Kevin McNeely discuss the upcoming festival. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma gears up for 17th film festival

In three weeks, Sonoma’s historic Plaza will be bustling with at least a partial who’s who in the film industry – from promising new filmmakers and award-winning directors to veteran producers and renowned actors – and thousands of eager event attendees. The Plaza park will transform into Sonomawood as the Sonoma International Film Festival kicks off its 17th year with opening activities starting on Wednesday, April 2, and closing events slated for Sunday, April 6.

“Dickie,” the Sonoma Police Department’s K9 deputy, helped found 50 pounds of pot along with $14,000 during a traffic stop Thursday. Courtesy Sonoma Police Department

K9 helps find 50 pounds of pot

Sonoma’s newest police officer, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix named “Dickie,” helped with a marijuana bust Thursday that landed a Brookdale (Santa Cruz County) man in jail.

This I-T photo from October 2005, shows crews plowing the pool under.

School pool resurfaces

The possibility of building a new swimming pool at Sonoma Valley High School resurfaced again.

Sonoma City Council tackles tasting rooms

The agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting includes one of the most contentious issues to hit Sonoma in years: whether, and how much, wine tasting rooms around the Plaza should be regulated.

IRS scam nets $2K from Sonoman

When a 59-year-old Sonoma woman got a phone call from the IRS, telling her she owed $10,688 in back taxes from “previous mis-filings,” she was instantly intimidated.

Contractors Tuesday repave the intersection in the final construction stages of the long-awaited left-turn signals at Broadway and Leveroni Road causing some traffic delays on the heavily traveled roads.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Repaving intersection

Contractors Tuesday repave the intersection in the final construction stages of the long-awaited left-turn signals at Broadway and Leveroni Road causing some traffic delays on the heavily traveled roads.

CODY BINKLEY, co-owner of Burgers & Vine on First Street East, has drawn a line in the sand over the restaurant’s pirate flag. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

‘Line in the sand’

If it weren’t for the planter boxes, the current fight over a pirate flag at Burgers & Vine might never have happened.

Yankovich retires from chamber

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that longtime executive director Jennifer Yankovich has decided to retire from the chamber effective immediately.

Burglars picking empty vacation rentals

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has seen a huge spike in vacation rental home burglaries. Since September of 2013, detectives have tracked 52 burglaries countywide including two in Boyes Hot Springs and one in Agua Caliente.

Parks to unveil structures report

California State Parks will host a presentation on Wednesday, March 19, to share highlights of the recently completed Historic Structures Report (HSR) for the Toscano Hotel complex and Servants’ Quarters of Sonoma State Historic Park.

STATE SEN. NOREEN EVANS and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin told family members of Sonoma Developmental Center residents that they are fighting to keep the facility from closing.

Sonoma Developmental Center parents speak out

At the Sonoma Developmental Center on Saturday, John Doyle, chief deputy director of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), told a gathering of parents and guardians of SDC residents, “Resources must be available in the community before transition takes place. We’re aware of the concerns and we take them very seriously.”

AMONG THE 100-PLUS ATTENDEES at the $1 million donation distribution were these check guardians, from left, George Hamel, Jr. of Hamel Family Winery; Joe Anderson, Benovia Winery; Tom Klein, Rodney Strong Vineyards; Katie Jackson, Jackson Family Wines; (behind Katie) Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse; Honore Comfort, Sonoma County Vintners; Squire Fridell, GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery; Dan Goldfield (in sunglasses), Dutton-Goldfield Winery; Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance; Rep. Mike Thompson; Supervisor Efren Carrillo; Supervisor Susan Gorin. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Wine Country Weekend raises $1M for charities

The Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has been a highly successful fundraiser, taking in some $12 million in charitable donations since it was first established in 2008. But by any standard, 2013 was a banner year.

Planning Commission eyes food truck use permit

A diverse menu of items will fill the plate of Sonoma Planning Commissioners Thursday, starting with a review of a use permit for TIPS Tri-Tips, a mobile food trolley at 455 W. Napa, where Sorrento Imports and Café Scooteria are located.

CODY BINKLEY, co-owner of Burgers & Vine on First Street East, has drawn a line in the sand over the restaurant’s pirate flag. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Not-so-Jolly Roger

It’s a new week, which means a new debate is brewing over the décor of a Plaza business.

MARIANNE JOSKE, a volunteer at Pets Lifeline, smiles at Bessie. The shelter has been seeking a new home for Bessie for more than a year. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Bessie’s looking for a ‘forever home’

Who can deny those big brown eyes? Bessie, a 3-1/2-year-old female black lab mix, has been at Pets Lifeline for more than a year now, and staff at the shelter are making it a priority to find her a “forever home.”