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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Ideopolis

Re: “Building a Better Hearing Aid

how small is Lyric Hearing Device ??

Posted by Hitham on 02/10/2009 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The Science of Play

Play is not only important for children to learn, it is important for adults too. Play relieves stress and encourages problem solving and positive metal states, when done genuinely. Play brings about interaction and connection, softens us, and helps us think and see more clearly. So it is not only important to encourage children to play, it important to be playful ourselves--at any age. Being playful ourselves, also, has the benefit of being the example by which children can learn to play, genuinely and responsibly.

Posted by Darren Newenhouse on 12/16/2008 at 12:03 PM

Re: “The Science of Play

Thanks for writing comments and sending suggestions on more great places for children. Author did not have space for all of the places possible and stores etc. in this article. We support all programs for children in East Bay--all toys donated to Toys for Tots and to Toy Go Round and others. Hope everyone will spend quality time with their kids doing play and creative activities including music, art, reading books and making something new from cardboard boxes for example, visiting local playgrounds. The entire community needs to keep exploring what can be done in this area to enrich the playtime for all children Visit
Lets play!
Stevanne Auerbach, PhD/Dr. Toy

Posted by stevanne auerbach on 10/23/2008 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Engaging Women of Color

Important article by talented writer. This is the kind of feature that helps everyone gain a positive slant and gives good solid insights into what people are contributing and doing in many areas, Hope many will be interviewed by the author in the future. Most of all I hope all women regardless of ethnicity will get involved in voting and expressing their views. This is what makes America great after all. All voices heard loud and clear and respected.
Stevanne Auerbach, PhD.
Berkeley CA

Posted by stevanne auerbach on 10/23/2008 at 10:08 AM

Re: “The Science of Play

I'm sure it was an oversight that your reporter failed to mention Habitot Children's Museum (Berkeley), the East Bay's 10-year-old discovery museum that recently won "Best Museum for Little Kids in the Bay Area (2008)" by Nickelodeon's Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach) has also served on Habitot's Advisory Board for years. Over 750,000 people have visited Habitot, which celebrates unstructured play for children with hands-on exhibits, lots of loose parts and art materials in an interactive space. A core part of the museum's mission is to engage parents and other other adults in playfulness with their children. In fact, Habitot co-sponsored the January 2008 "Play Around the Bay" Symposium which attracted almost 100 play leaders, recreation planners, museum people, educators and others who are working to address this issue. Incidentally, Habitot has been seeking a larger and more accessible facility, with parking and outdoor space, for several years, and is eager to work with any community group in any East Bay city eager to make this happen. I can be reached at 510-647-1111 x 11 or Gina Moreland, Founder & Director, Habitot Children's Museum

Posted by Gina Moreland on 09/29/2008 at 3:33 PM

Re: “The Science of Play

MOCHA Museum of Children's Art located in downtown Oakland, is not only committed to ensuring that the arts are a fundamental part of lives of all children, but additionally, MOCHA is getting ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary serving Bay Area children.

Since 1989, MOCHA has encouraged hands-on learning in the arts and has promoted art as a way to help children of all backgrounds develop as healthy, resourceful, and involved citizens. More than 20,000 Bay Area children participate in MOCHA programs annually, ranging in ages from 18 months to 18 years, from all economic and ethnic backgrounds. MOCHA has been recognized both locally and nationally for our program excellence and has established a reputation for quality, sustainability, and dedication.

Explore your creativity in our dynamic studios located in Old Oakland, one bock away from the 12th Street/City Center Bart Station or stop by our website, for a complete list of program offerings.

MOCHA Museum of Children's Art
538 Ninth Street Suite 210
Oakland, CA 94607

Posted by Jessica Yarris on 09/29/2008 at 12:20 PM

Re: “The Science of Play

I couldn't agree more with you Dr. Toy. Not only are kids scheduled from dusk till dawn, many parents, especially working parents, share the same fast paced lifestyle. Often times parents involve their kids in activities in which the kids have no interest, however it consumes those free time hours out of the day in which the parent knows their child is being watched.

The unfortunate net result is the fact children are not being forced to use their imaginations and creativity. Recognizing the problem is one thing, bringing a solution is quite another. Unfortunately I don't have an answer, but whatever it takes to force children to use their own minds rather than simply following along I'm all for!

Steve Cohen
ZinkoTek (

Posted by Steve Cohen on 09/26/2008 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Give Peace a Wall

Good point. Here is their web site: -- Editor

Posted by Stephen Buel on 08/27/2008 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Give Peace a Wall

I would like to work with this woman - how can I find her? why don't you share her website or other info for people who might want to volunteer?

Posted by evelyn on 08/21/2008 at 12:51 PM

Re: “We Know Who Did It

Interestingly enough...The Mikado is playing this weekend for free at Buena Vista Gardens, SF...wonder if the Zodiac will show up?

Posted by moss on 07/21/2008 at 4:31 PM

Re: “We Know Who Did It

Its just a cover up for the rampant racism in Solano county at the time. Up until the 80's, there was a NAZI FLAG flying on east 5th street and the Ice Cream truck played 'DIXIE'... plus almost all the victims were mixed race couples...

Posted by John L Foster on 07/19/2008 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The Recycling Realtor

I've just recently started working with Maxine in our hunt for property in the Bay Area. I had no idea she was doing such a great thing outside of her work as a realtor! Working with her I've found her to be very nice, patience, thoughtful and committed to meeting my needs - so hearing that she is doing such meaningful thoughtful work outside of her job as a realtor is not a surprise at all! Keep up the good work Maxine. I'll see you soon + I have a huge bag of dead batteries I've had for over a year and now I know what to do with them :-)

Posted by Latondra on 07/14/2008 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Rethinking the Corner Store

WOW - Congratulations on making the healthy choice in Deli business !
Would love to visit.

Posted by alfa on 07/12/2008 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The Recycling Realtor

Wow! Maxine really puts her heart where it belongs - helping others. I don't think she's out just trying to pick up business; I think she's really out there trying to help. She's also working with the very young and the very old She's the kind of person I would want over anyone else to hire for any service. There's an old Italian saying: "Never do for the very old or the very young - they can't repay you." It seems Maxine has taken the higher road and is not looking for "repayment." The point made regarding her husband following her in another car I though was absolutely precious. They must be a wonderful couple. I'm glad you're out there Maxine. And I'm proud of this paper for highlighting your story. Mickey DeFalco; Brentwood

Posted by Michele DeFalco on 07/06/2008 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Rethinking the Corner Store

I think that A and son's is an example of what a corner store used to be like. Now every corner store/deli is also a liquor store and it attracts a lot of drug dealers and problems. I hope that other deli's will follow their example and maybe we can have a safer environment to shop and live in. I wish them the best! Hagage "AJ" Masaed

Posted by Hagage Masaed on 06/29/2008 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Rethinking the Corner Store

Excellent idea, we should have included it. It's 5650 Market St, Oakland; just south of where Adeline and Market converge.

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 06/23/2008 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Rethinking the Corner Store

please list the address or corner so we an support this merchant. thanks

Posted by liz on 06/19/2008 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Eugene Tsui Says It's Time for Thinking Big

An article on this architect's opinion: evidence of a "slow news day."

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Posted by Manuel DePiedra on 06/02/2008 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Framing Issues Is Hard; Just Ask George Lakoff

Point of clarification: Federal law and regulations grant organizations like the Rockridge Institute which receive charity status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code certain room for lobbying and electoral activity without risking their tax-exempt status. That Rockridge Institute, like a fair number of other nonprofits, did not appear to fully exploit that advocacy latitude stands as a reminder of public confusion surrounding the nonprofit sector reflected in the piece above.

Under IRS regulations, "lobbying" represents communication to legislative bodies (or urging the public to contact lawmakers) intended to influence specific legislation. Communications towards other decisionmakers (including those who enforce the laws), and around broad policy issues don't count as lobbying. Charities providing public analysis or opinion as part of a campaign aren't engaged in lobbying unless they call upon upon legislators to adopt specific provisions of law; or ask citizens to engage legislators with respect to a certain legislative action.

Charities can also engage in electoral activity. Nonprofit activity on ballot initiatives or referenda campaigns are allowed, because communications target voters who, in turn, act as the lawmakers (i.e. "direct lobbying"). And as long as charities avoid indirectly endorsing or opposing specific candidates, they can find effective ways to participate in election year activities as well, including nonpartisan issue analysis, voter registration, and candidate forums.

For more guidance:

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest -

Alliance for Justice

OMB Watch

Posted by Tan Reiner on 05/18/2008 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Drink Your Beef Tea and Pipe Down

Nice article, Eliza, and a good overview. But no mention of a tasting--did they let you try the food? For all the complex nutrition science involved, the flavors of the food and the way my body feels great after a Three Stone meal make this place special.

Try it out: pick up is at their West Berkeley kitchen Wednesday evenings and Thursday morning. See threestonehearth(dot)com.

Greg Barker, Berkeley

Posted by Greg on 04/03/2008 at 3:37 PM

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