October 24 | Fountain Fixed and Running Again

A quick update: The electrical work seems to have reset the timers that run the pumps that run the fountain, so it was not running this morning (Thursday, Oct. 25). It will be addressed and back in full operation soon. Friends and neighbors: After several weeks of waiting for parts to arrive, the electrical system of the Fountain at the...

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October 22 | Fountain Goes Dark So There Will Be Light

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle has been temporarily drained and left dark in the evening in order for some needed repairs to be made to its electrical system. It was drained Sunday, Oct. 21; the repairs are scheduled to take place this week. Draining the fountain was necessary to allow for the inspection and likely replacement of...

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October 15 | Campaigns: Please Keep the Fountain Sign-Free!

Friends and neighbors: This news just in (on 10/19/18): The city has made clear that campaign signs on public medians are illegal and has ordered campaigns to remove them or risk the voters’ wrath by forcing it to use funds for park improvements to do so. Here’s the story: Berkeley warns campaigns to remove median signs — or divert taxpayer money...

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October 14 | Marking 25 Years of Friends of the Fountain and Walk

Friends and neighbors: This year is the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Fountain and Walk, your all-volunteer neighborhood nonprofit that has partnered with the City of Berkeley to restore and care for the historic Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk in the heart of Berkeley’s Northbrae neighborhood. We came into existence in 1993 when neighbors...

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September 19 | Repairs, Recycling — and an Anniversary Celebration

Friends and neighbors: A few bits of news and updates from your friends at Friends of the Fountain and Walk: Lights out: If you have been by The Circle after dark recently, you may have noticed that the lights that usually illuminate the lower pool of the fountain have been dark. An inspection by City of Berkeley electricians has determined...

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July 14 | We’re Going Paperless!

Friends and neighbors: Just as we aim to preserve and maintain our wonderful neighborhood landmarks, the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk, our group also wants to be responsible in helping preserve other resources. To that end, we have begun a move to use less paper in whatever ways we can. This past month, we sent a note to...

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June 12 | The Circle in Bloom

Friends and neighbors: If you have passed through The Circle in recent days, you may have wondered why the ordinarily emerald green ground cover on the island that contains the fountain and some of the parking strips around the perimeter suddenly look like they’ve had a dusting of snow. The answer: The Kurapia planted there late last fall is flowering....

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May 28 | Spring Has Sprung on Fountain Walk

Friends and neighbors: Just thought we’d share a look at historic Fountain Walk as the plantings lovingly maintained by FOFW Friend and walk neighbor Wendy Wells are springing into bloom. If you are out for a walk in Northbrae, make sure to take in the walk. In case you’re not sure where it is: It runs up along the eastern...

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May 20 | Reminder: Keep the Fountain Sign-Free

Friends and neighbors: The November 6 election is fast approaching, and the candidates and ballot measures are working hard to get your attention and your vote. Campaign signs are popping up everywhere, including around The Circle — always a popular spot due to the high volume of traffic that moves through it every day. So please share this reminder with...

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May 5 | Where There’s a Weed There’s a Way

Friends and neighbors: Every first Saturday morning of the month — at least when the weather allows — volunteers with Friends of the Fountain and Walk turn out to help keep the historic area around the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk ship-shape. On May 5, we took on a big project: Clearing weeds and other invasives from the...

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