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String of grants will help non-profits communicate

12/02/2015
Some local nonprofits will soon be spiffing up their websites, creating new promotional videos and brochures and undertaking other outreach improvements, thanks to the West Marin Fund. Twenty-five organizations received a total of $54,900 from the fund this fall, in grants meant for improving communications ranging from about $850 to...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part four: The canary in the gold mine

11/25/2015
“Our findings of rapidly increasing rates of breast cancer in Marin County… serve as a ‘canary in the gold mine’ as regards breast cancer incidence in educated or affluent women.” – Cancer Prevention Institute of California, 2002 In 1994, the Cancer Prevention Institute of California announced that the rate of...

Path of Lights to switch venues this year

11/24/2015
Toby’s Feed Barn will not be the site for homemade pozole fundraising dinner and a visit from Santa Claus, for this year’s Path of Lights celebration. Instead, pozole will be dished out in the Dance Palace’s atrium, alongside the crafts fair, and the adjacent Papermill Creek Children’s Corner will host...

SPAWN legal fees get a lookover

11/24/2015
A judge overseeing a pricey dispute between the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network and Marin County regarding SPAWN’s legal fees wrote last week that he needed more time to work out just how much the nonprofit may be entitled to. SPAWN has requested almost $1 million as compensation for successful...

This day we call “Thanksgiving”

11/24/2015
Upon arriving in this country, I knew something about what they called el Día de Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving), a strange celebration something like Christmas, according to what I learned in Mexico from TV programs and American films, where sometimes, people were shown having a large meal that featured a...

Beth Setrakian opens Bo bakery

11/24/2015
It was Beth Setrakian’s lifelong dream to own a storefront bakery. At her first one, which she opened in Mill Valley in 2011, sales were strong but she learned how tough it is to make a profit while using more expensive organic ingredients. A resident of Bolinas for 17 years,...

Methoprene denied at mosquito district, but agreement uncertain

11/24/2015
The board of trustees for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District shot down a controversial resolution by a 6-12 vote last Wednesday that would have allowed an unpopular pesticide, called methoprene, to be used in septic systems in West Marin starting next year. Long opposed by residents, methoprene has...

Shoreline, seeking new leader, debates administrator roles

11/24/2015
The search for a new superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District was the focus of talks at last Thursday’s board of trustees meeting, when a debate took place over how to reconfigure Shoreline’s administration in the wake of deep budget cuts. Aside from replacing former Superintendent Tom Stubbs, who resigned...

Housing nonprofit buys Forest Knolls mobile home complex

11/19/2015
In a win for affordable-housing advocates, the nonprofit San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association on Tuesday formally agreed to purchase the historic Forest Knolls Trailer Court for $1,395,000 from Marin County, which had purchased the property from its original owners last October. The sale came with a pledge to maintain...

Community services loses major funder just before holidays

11/19/2015
This week, the director of West Marin Community Services’ Resource Center, Socorro Romo, began rolling out empty barrels and setting them in front of the Palace Market in hopes of filling them with donated toys and food for West Marin’s needy kids and their families. Local donations are even more...

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