December 31 | Happy New Year! (and an update)

Hi, folks. A quick update: The lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island in The Circle will be taken down today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) ahead of the expected rains. They were to stay up until Saturday, but the wet weather expected today means it is better to take them down now, so they can be dry when stored...

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December 26 | At Year’s End, Good News and Bad

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note as we reach the end of 2017. First, briefly, the bad, or maybe sad, news: After several vandalism-free months, the Fountain at The Circle had detergent or some other soap tossed in it on Christmas night. It’s discouraging, especially after we felt we had had some success raising consciousness in the community over...

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December 2 | Happy Holidays from Friends of the Fountain and Walk!

Friends and neighbors: The holiday season is here, and the Fountain at The Circle has donned its annual holiday finery. Here’s a sampling of images of volunteers and neighbors turning out on Saturday, Dec. 2 (the first Saturday of every month is our scheduled volunteer maintenance day — come join us!) to add lighted swags of greenery and wreaths and kippahs...

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November 16 | Update: New Landscaping at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: By now you have likely seen the results of a flurry of activity around the Fountain at The Circle over the past few weeks. Most noticeable is the re-landscaping that has taken place, removing the old, weed-ridden sod on the fountain island, the planting strips surrounding The Circle and the median between Los Angeles and Mendocino with new...

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October 29 | Update: Major Work at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: If you have been by The Circle in recent days, you may have seen city crews at work digging and planting locator flags on the center island and the surrounding parking strips. They have been carrying out various pieces of long-planned projects, some of which are finally coming to fruition. Following on the heels of the recent resurfacing of...

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October 6 | Big Improvements at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: On Friday, Oct. 6, contractors for the City of Berkeley began a long-awaited project to re-route the drainage of the Fountain at The Circle from the city’s storm drains to the sanitary sewer. This changeover is required by state law, and will put the fountain in compliance for the first time since the law began requiring it....

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September 6 | September work day is this Saturday

We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! This Saturday, the 9th, is our postponed (and definitely cooler) workday. We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning at the Fountain. Bob Young will be stepping in for Jim Reynolds, who is on Holiday, to help coordinate the effort. Please sign in at the tool shed if you can make it....

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August 17 | Date Change for September Work Party!

Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers (and would-be volunteers): Because the next first Saturday of the month, our normal volunteer work party day, is part of the Labor Day holiday weekend, we are moving September’s Circle and Walk maintenance day to the following Saturday, Sept. 9. We hope that will make it easier for those with holiday plans to join us...

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August 5 | Fountain at The Circle: A Few Updates

Friends and neighbors: In an effort to discourage the kind of vandalism that has left the Fountain at The Circle awash in soap suds and other substances about a half-dozen times in the past eight months, we are trying a new strategy: shutting the fountain off completely during the early hours of the morning. We will be testing this out...

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August 2 | First Saturday in August at the Fountain

Hello Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers, This Saturday, August 5th, is the first Saturday of August, and we look forward to seeing you at the Fountain!  Please join us any time from 9 to 11, if you are available.  Jim Reynolds will be organizing the effort this month. He will have the volunteer sign-up sheet on a clipboard...

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