MONTCLARION: June 27, 2014
This is the tale of two Oakland entrepreneurs. Both are millennials — young, bold and determined to make a difference. (more…)
MONTCLARION: June 6, 2014
Is Montclair losing its post office? This is the question David Sarber posed in a recent email. Even though he no longer owns a camera shop next door, Sarber has seen what he calls “a subtle but steady” decline in services at our village postal branch. (more…)
MONTCLARION: May 23, 2014
I’m going out on a limb with this. I sincerely hope no one’s offended. Of all the Greek wines I tried last weekend, there’s one I will not buy again.
I do not like retsina. I do not like this Greek wine. I don’t like it with Dolmas. I don’t like it with lamb. I won’t even drink it with green eggs and — you get the point. (more…)
MONTCLARION: May 16, 2014
“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” That’s what Dick Callahan told my students recently at Saint Mary’s College. The longtime public address announcer for the Oakland A’s knows something about dreams — as one of only 30 people in the world who do what he does — announce major league baseball games. (more…)
MONTCLARION: April 24, 2014
His friends call him “grandpa” or “old survivor.” He’s a towering figure in Oakland — his frame straight, tall and furrowed by age.
He lives along Horseshoe Creek — in the hills near what’s now Merritt College. And if he could talk, he’d have some incredible stories to tell. (more…)
MONTCLARION: April 10, 2014
The year was 1985. I was a young, brash reporter for the number-one morning radio show in the Bay Area — KSFO.
One of my early assignments was to cover a story involving the Oakland Zoo. They’d just been named one of the top 10 worst zoos in the country. At the time, it was pretty shocking, and a rap they probably didn’t deserve. (more…)
MONTCLARION: April 4, 2014
It was a mother and child reunion — one of those sweet, fleeting moments where two generations meld into one.
And while most women bond over shopping, we take a different tack. We love country music.
My 24-year-old daughter and I drove to San Jose, the other day, to see Jennifer Nettles in concert. She was playing at an intimate downtown venue — City National Civic Auditorium. (more…)