MONTCLARION: June 17, 2016
It’s Father’s Day weekend, and thoughts turn to dads, past and present. My own father was a tall, slender man with hazel eyes that seemed to dance when he laughed. A traveling salesman from Chicago who loved a good steak smothered in button mushrooms, he was more than just the breadwinner in our house. He was my pal. Continue reading
EASTBAYTIMES.COM: May 27, 2016
There’s nothing like a ghost to make history come alive. Touring the old Fischer-Hanlon House (circa 1850) in Benicia, my husband encountered a specter. And it made quite a spectacle of itself — popping open not one, but two, cabinet doors. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: May 27, 2016
It’s a blow to claustrophobics everywhere. Starbucks won’t be moving out of its cramped Montclair quarters and into the long-empty storefront at Mountain Boulevard and La Salle Avenue. The old Raimondi’s location seemed perfect for a coffee and wine bar — but the two sides reportedly couldn’t agree to terms. Continue reading
MONTCLARION: June 3, 2016
The little storybook firehouse: It was one of the first things that drew me to Montclair. Could there finally be some interest in fixing up this wonderful, whimsical structure that’s been closed since the Loma Prieta earthquake? Continue reading
Interior of the Browns’ home in the Oakland hills. After 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown are putting the home up for sale. Its asking price is $2,595,000.
We’ve been neighbors for a decade, and we’re finally getting the nod to come over. Too bad there’s nobody home. Still, it’s fun to pop into Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown’s house on Skyline Boulevard. On the market for almost $2.6 million, four families could live in this four-level home if it weren’t for the parking and zoning.
This newly discovered painting by Elliot Daingerfield titled “TwiligHt” was sold at auction Sunday at Oakland’s Clars Auction Gallery for $39,325 — over four times the estimated price.
Montclarion: April 22, 2016
It’s the stuff of movies — a rare painting found hidden behind the backing of a mirror. It happened recently, at Oakland’s Clars Auction Gallery. Continue reading
Andy Hawkey is the dairy goat leader for the Montclair 4-H Club and her goats just had babies. The goats will be featured at the Montclair 4-H’s April 30 “Meet and Bleat” fundraiser.
MONTCLARION: April 15, 2016
There’s a mom in Montclair who has 25 kids. Really. Andy Hawkey is the dairy goat leader for the Montclair 4-H Club and the goats in her charge just had babies. Black kids, brown kids, little gray and cocoa kids. These fuzzy critters are tottering all over the pen. Continue reading