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Comment Archives: stories: Best of the East Bay: People & Places

Re: “Best Men's Group

These men shine the light of powerful, protective and non-violent masculinity that can change the world. Their integrity and commitment to community service and personal growth inspires my optimism for the future.

Posted by carolepert on 07/22/2010 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Best Men's Group

Bravo~ These guys are so great - a rare breed - and Heroes in our Midst - the Bay Area is a much better place as a result of the amazing altruism and enthusiasm and gusto these men demonstrate. I'm a fan. Page Larkin SF Examiner

Posted by pagelarkin on 07/20/2010 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Best Alternative Religious Event

correction correction; no one "started" ecstatic dance. I've been doing it in one form or another, in groups, for all my life (I'm in my 40's) and it had been going on long before me. Your big island friends may have done much to popularize it in it's current form (and that's great!), but they certainly did not start it. Ecstatic dance is alive and well where I am in Portland OR, and I meet people from all over the country who do it where they are, too!

Posted by doog on 07/15/2010 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Best Alternative Religious Event

This authorless article did not check the facts. Mathew Fox has nothing to do with Ecstatic Dance. Also, it is not Christian (which is implied by calling it non-denominational) or religious in any way. Spiritual, physical, musical, social, not religious.

Posted by Jacqueline on 07/15/2010 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Best Alternative Religious Event

Correction: Ecstatic Dance is not an off-shoot of Techno Cosmic Mass, although they do share similar visions. Ecstatic Dance was started on the Big Island by Max Fathom in 2000, who had learned of Gabrielle Roth's 5 Rhythms
and Conscious Dance through Body Choir in Austin, Texas, and successfully merged conscious dance with DJ culture. Donna and Tyler brought Ecstatic Dance from the Big Island to Oakland in 2008, and have combined the best of the SF music culture with the conscious dance scene at the Historic Sweet's Ballroom, rooting it in a solid community of like-minded movers. Check it out at

Posted by Ecstatic Dance on 07/15/2010 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Best Public Transportation System, Retired

You might also remember how cheap this system was to ride. However, the system as a whole operated at a loss. Operations were subsidized by real estate interests who financed these transit systems in order to make their developments accessible and desirable, helping them tap into speculative land markets and spurring on the rise of home ownership. Once the East Bay was largely parceled up, developed, and sold , it made little sense to continue these non-profitable transit system, especially at a time when the automobile was becoming the preferred mode of transportation for Americans.

Posted by grb on 07/14/2010 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Best Encounter with Polka Dancers in the Forest

I'm really excited to get on my ledderhosen for the Biergartenfest coming up August 2nd. I've had an amazing time whenever I go there. Great food, music, dancing, and drink.

Posted by E on 07/26/2009 at 10:53 PM

Re: “Best Inspiration for Active Seniors

I never had Jack as a teacher, but I joined his morning running group at "King Jr. High" way back in the early 70's. He introduced me to the joy of running just for the fun of it. When I went to BHS, the focus of the cross-country team was more on winning than having fun, and I quit the team (but kept running and bicycling on my own).

Posted by Lee Trampleasure on 07/21/2009 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Best Community Garden

Wonderful article and Ms. Casale is out there making a difference in young people's lives. Wish I lived closer. Would be volunteering if they'd have me.

Posted by Sharon Raupach on 07/21/2009 at 5:42 PM

Re: “Best Place to Shunt the Boys Out of the House To, Whatever Their Age

This year will mark the 140th anniversary of the completion of this line as part of the original Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. The bridges were originally built before 1869, but the more "modern" steel spans that currently exist replaced the original wood trusses between 1896 and 1906. These still use the stone abutments that were built between 1866 and 1869.

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Posted by rrrarch on 07/19/2009 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Best Church Name ... In the Twilight Zone

Good, but I also like The Church of Perfect Liberty on Park Blvd above 580. I don't think it has such a history, but it is painted a stunning green and just invites speculation about what goes on inside.

Posted by Sandra E. Bressler on 07/16/2009 at 9:23 AM

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Posted by eileen on 06/18/2009 at 2:26 AM

Re: “Best Philanthropist: Kind-hearted generosity from a donor who makes a difference

I have gotten to know Dr. Idowu in the last couple of months and I have to say, he is an amazing fellow. The work that he and his team are doing is beyond comprehension. They are all doing it as volunteers and without the support of any government or other agency. Just the support of friends and supporters of his cause.

Check out his developing website. They are going on another mission to Nigeria and will need as much help as they can get. Checkout their website and contribute what you can....

Posted by Stan Sneed on 10/11/2008 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Best Hometown Parade

You know the Parade is at its end when you see Abasolo Tows Tow Truck
its allway the last Parade Vehicle and Tiny the Doig riding shotgun barking
at everyone thats her way of saying happy fourth of july!

Posted by Randy on 07/07/2008 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Best (Retired) High School Teacher

Like the late Michael Rossman, Rick is an inspiration to his students and their parents. Thanks, Rick, for all you have done and continue to do to create a better world, one student at a time.

Posted by Tom Miller, General Counsel, Global Exchange on 06/27/2008 at 8:44 PM

Re: “Best Library

The Orinda Library is definitely a treat, the other libraries nearby all have their own charm, but the Orinda library
with it's open air feel and great light it is definitely an artistic architectural delight.

Posted by Robbin Milne on 06/26/2008 at 1:30 PM

Re: “Best Library

I second the motion! The Orinda Library is a gem. It is so peaceful and the architecture is very warm and inviting inside. Definitely worth a visit, or two or three.... also the Friends of the Orinda Library have a great little bookshop just outside the library door. Open 1-4 pm Mon-Sat, except until 6 pm on Thursday. Those expensive $15 paperbacks are $3 here, and the money goes to buy more library books. Worth checking out.

Posted by Linda Landau on 06/25/2008 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Best Urban Wildlife Display

Nice of you to credit this animal wonderland! But your article doesn't mention Worth A Dam (the nonprofit dedicated to keeping the beavers) or its website where one can find out all about our happy colony. The city subcommittee report, in which 6/7 members concluded that any city smarter than a beaver could cope with a beaver, is posted there as well. Flooding has not been a concern since the dam was lowered and the leveler installed. It has been safely lower than three feet since January.

Posted by Heidi on 06/25/2008 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Most Charitable Person, Place, or Thing: An emergency room doctor devoted to his community

Being a direct witness of Dr. Carson's true love for neighbor, I would like to add that he also
is a wonderful person to work with. Keeping the crew in the ED alive and those of us that left
after the unfortunate TENET fiasco still keep fond memories of him. KUDOS to you Dr.
P.S: I still remember the great ribs you cooked that memorable day in the ED.

Posted by ed on 03/20/2008 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Best Rock House: Rockiest hard place

My mom lived in this house from 1977-2003. As a newcomer to the Bay area, she was apprehensive about earth quakes, so she bought at house that was literally anchored to rock. During the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, the house stood so still that she didn't know there had been an earth quake until she turned on the news!

When we were restless 20 somethings, we used to climb its rock face to enter the house rather than use the stairs carved into the rock.

Thanks for picking her house!

Dan W

Posted by Danw on 12/04/2007 at 6:34 PM

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