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Op-Ed: Do Tenants have rights? Some in Sonoma wonder if anyone cares Special

Sonoma - The holiday season does not look too bright for the tenants of the Casa de Sonoma apartment complex not far from the main plaza or as some call it, 'The Square.' Long-time residents like John Emil Brians are perplexed

Op-Ed: Docent at Jack London State Park says why Jack remains so popular Special

Sonoma - At the Day of the Dead memorial earlier this month, there was a photo of Jack London. While his death was almost 100 years ago,

Review: Author of family memoir deeply moved by show of support Special

Sonoma - Local author and longtime Sonoma Valley Broker/Realtor, Catherine Sevenau, was deeply moved by the friends and family that showed up at her book reading and signing event on Nov. 13 at Readers' Books in Sonoma.

Op-Ed: Studio 35 where artists of the canvas and of the page converge Special

Sonoma - There's that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Words and images often go together so it is no surprise that Studio 35 would have a poetry reading on Oct. 10 to compliment its art display.

Op-Ed: Jack London State Park open thanks to public-private partnership Special

Sonoma - Back in 2011 the California State Parks and Recreation announced that it would have to shut down 70 parks due to budget cuts. Over the past two years, public-private partnerships were formed to help keep the state parks open. Among them was the

Op-Ed: Father is proud of son's career path as Flight Instructor Special

Sonoma - Receiving his Federal Aviation Administration Airmen Certification, two years ago was an honor and a proud moment for Sonoma native John Philip Cabaud, Jr. He is now a flight instructor at Sonoma Skypark Airport.

Op-Ed: Santa Rosa cafe is 'like home' to many who enjoy home cooking Special

Santa Rosa - Walking into Sam's For Play Café has that diner feeling to it. Yet amid the memorabilia on the walls, there is a sense of family here that is more than just another family-style restaurant.

Op-Ed: Movie night at Sonoma Skypark flickers with aviation history Special

Sonoma - For those who fly planes and love aviation, any excuse to talk about or study air planes is a welcome activity to the daily routine. This is especially so for the pilots and members of Sonoma Skypark air field.

Mentoring program receives gift from Sonoma Skypark Special

Sonoma - In a community like the wine country of Sonoma, each business and organization impacts one another in a variety of ways. Yet no matter how small or everyday, the connections they make touch so many lives and make all the difference in the world.

Op-Ed: Two sisters sell their designs to feed the hungry, in gratitude Special

Sonoma - Sisters Pam Arnold and Kim Courier love to make jewelry and both have been doing so for decades. Yet even with the struggles they have faced, they still make time to donate their time and crafts to help feed the hungry of their parish and community.

Sonoma requests millions for damage caused by Napa quake

Santa Rosa - A third county in Northern California's wine country has declared a state of emergency following last week's 6.0 earthquake that caused tens of millions of dollars in damage to the city of Napa.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Writers Group has the 'Write Stuff' for over 15 years Special

Sonoma - Perhaps their longevity as a group is a generational thing? Yet, if that were so, then the group would be simply social and not an outpouring of literary treasures. The moods can vary as do the styles, but each month the group presents original work.

Op-Ed: Unit Trusts and global investing are of merit says advisor Special

Sonoma - While regional VP Zack Clow of Invesco was eager to talk about some specific financial products that Invesco offers, he wanted to share with his audience the importance of recognizing the global market that is now part of most investment portfolios.

Op-Ed: Sonoma's Studio 35 is more than an art gallery, it's community Special

Sonoma - With a bundle of canvas in her arms, artist Sonja Bakalyar was literally just walking in the door of Studio 35 on Patton Street as sculptor/painter Marsha Klein was taking her works down off the wall.

Op-Ed: Winemaking family now in second generation a Sonoma gem Special

Sonoma - On warm evenings there is always a gathering of people outside a cottage-house just off the square on West Spain Street. Unassuming, yet friendly and inviting, the Roche Winery tasting tour is low-key and unpretentious.

Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.

Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.

Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.

Organic Sonoma produce opens crepes and coffee brunch place Special

Sonoma - Focusing on a very simple menu of crepes, coffee and salad, The Divewalk Cafe is open only for three days a week. "That's just for now to get started," said owner Lorene Reed

Op-Ed: Mel's might be closing, but Pearl's in Sonoma is going strong Special

Sonoma - In a place where just about everything is for tourists, this reporter often asks, "where do the local people go?" Many go to a little diner called "Pearl's." Away from the square in an almost non-descript corner

Op-Ed: Bubbles for summer are in sparkling wine, not just soda Special

Sonoma - Like the lyrics in the Gershwin tune, "Summer time and the living is easy," what can be more relaxing and refreshing about summer time than a cool drink. Usually when most people think cool drink, they grab for a beer or a soda. But what about wine?

Op-Ed: Vella Cheese of Sonoma is home to a 'dry jack' sealed with cocoa Special

Sonoma - Away from the town square or plaza is the other cheese maker in town, Vella Cheese Company who like the Sonoma Cheese Factory was also founded in 1931. But uniquely Vella has its own signature cheese

Op-Ed: Architect envisions a community kitchen while baking scones Special

Sonoma - Putting on an apron, Cynthia Owings owner of Cynthia's Scones was eager to get to work. "I have some standing orders to fill and then I got to pick up the kids from school. Oh and try my latest scone, 'gluten free' peach raspberry," she said.

Op-Ed: Fill your retirement bucket before you kick the bucket Special

Sonoma - In the second of his "summer school" for financial success talks, financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones said, "Think about how you want to fill your bucket of retirement money before you 'kick-the-bucket?' It is important to think about this."

Op-Ed: Summer school for financial topics now in session in Sonoma Special

Sonoma - 'Investing for the Long Term' was the theme of financial advisor Daren Blonski's talk on June 3 held at the Sonoma office of Zainer Rinehart Clarke.

Op-Ed: Seeing a flying pig in Sonoma, means a BBQ is happening Special

Sonoma - If driving along Highway 37 to or from Sonoma, and you see a smoking pig with wings, chances are a Barbeque event will be taking place. "Follow the Cochon Volant van if you love BBQ and enjoy some of the best BBQ pork, beef and lamb in the Bay Area,"

Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Job counselor with a pioneering journalist past Special

Sonoma - Ah the wine country! Beautiful vineyards, charming boutiques, with fine restaurants this region is a weekend get-a-away. And, what more perfect example than in the Old Mission town of Sonoma,

Op-Ed: 'Buddy-poppies' appearing, it is Memorial Day, time to reflect Special

Sonoma - As summer approaches, just about everyone knows that Memorial Day is the official day that ushers in the summer season. But for veterans and those that still remember the wars Americans fought in to preserve freedom, Memorial Day is one of honor.
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For job listings in the Sonoma County area  The Santa Rosa Press Democrat remains as a reliable reso...
For job listings in the Sonoma County area, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat remains as a reliable resource.
Alex was preparing the grill that day  when this reporter stopped by on March 31  2014. He managed t...
Alex was preparing the grill that day, when this reporter stopped by on March 31, 2014. He managed to get some grilling done before a down pour of rain.
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
Singer Amanda King delighted the dinner audience at the Plaza Bistro on the square on Friday June 14...
Singer Amanda King delighted the dinner audience at the Plaza Bistro on the square on Friday June 14, 2013. She sang the jazz standards people know and some songs not so well known. Musicians Brendon Essex (see here on bass) and Shota Osabe on piano accompanied the live performance that evening.
An altar of remembrance was set up outside the Sonoma Community Center not far from  the square   on...
An altar of remembrance was set up outside the Sonoma Community Center not far from "the square," on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathta...
The view of the vineyards and surrounding hills in back of St. Francis Winery in Kenwood is breathtaking and well worth a visit. It is a great spot for a picnic.
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street  East does not provide tours  but visitors are always welcome....
Vella Cheese Company on Second Street, East does not provide tours, but visitors are always welcome. And, yes, they offer plenty of cheese samples.
Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma  CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at ...
Lisa Phillips is manager/co-owner of Flag Emporium in Sonoma, CA. Her golden lab greets everyone at the door.
San Francisco realtor John Barry made a visit to Shafer s home in Sonoma County to view one of the m...
San Francisco realtor John Barry made a visit to Shafer's home in Sonoma County to view one of the many model houses he has built.
Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food cart...
Owner Nick Grimm of Sorento Imports specializes in customizing Italian motor scooters into food carts. "I have designed and customized about a dozen so far, each one very unique," he said.
Pecan and nut chocolate disks are made with rich luxurious chocolate  all freshly made with high-qua...
Pecan and nut chocolate disks are made with rich luxurious chocolate, all freshly made with high-quality gourmet chocolate.
 John has been looking for a new location for at least two years   said fellow artist and frame shop...
"John has been looking for a new location for at least two years," said fellow artist and frame shop competitor Scott Sherman. "It really helps when the proprietor owns the shop, saves on over-head costs," he said.
The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman ...
The items on the menu at Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma change frequently. Executive chef Moaya Scheiman likes to take people's taste-buds to higher levels; "giving the palate a three-dimentional experience," he said. This hazelnut-espresso chocolate chip, candied-orange cookie is just one delicious example of the many unique culinary creations a patron will find at the bake shop on West Napa Street, not far from Sonoma's town square.
Mission San Francisco de Solano is the 21st and last of the California Missions built along the El C...
Mission San Francisco de Solano is the 21st and last of the California Missions built along the El Camino Real (or King's Highway) by the Spanish settlers of the 17th and 18th Centuries.
 Not having a beneficiary clearly stated on a fund or on an account can be frustrating. People don t...
"Not having a beneficiary clearly stated on a fund or on an account can be frustrating. People don't realize that if a beneficiary's name is not on that account or fund, and the official will says something else, we as financial advisors can do nothing," he said. Daren Blonski of Edward Jones Investments
Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regardin...
Financial advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones Investments hosts monthly talks on subjects regarding investments and retirement plans. All of his outreach in this effort is strictly to inform the community and is free of charge.
Sidewalk in front of Napa s 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Au...
Sidewalk in front of Napa's 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Aug. 24 earthquake.
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Even with things still in preparation mode  Studio 35 was already at full capacity as artists from a...
Even with things still in preparation mode, Studio 35 was already at full capacity as artists from all over Sonoma put their art up on the walls for the grand opening that last week of July.
 The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply   said Sonoma res...
"The Code of Conduct and Code of Support as it was read aloud moved me very deeply," said Sonoma resident Kathy Ostram.
Stick to your investment strategy. As this graph illustrates  for a one-uear holding periond in the ...
Stick to your investment strategy. As this graph illustrates, for a one-uear holding periond in the stock market the difference between the "best" and "worst" is dramatic. In fact, it might look as if an investor gambled with money rather than invested it. However, adding more time to the holding period of an amount invested helps to paint a different picture. (Sources for this info are from Morning Star and Edward Jones monthly data, 2014).
Courtesy of Daren Blonski and Edward Jones Investments

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