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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 June 5 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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April 17 | Another Northbrae fountain: Part 2

Friends and neighbors: Our previous post on the fact that the Northbrae development had at least one other fountain operating at one time drew a lot of interest. (If you haven’t yet read it, you can find it here.) It also led to a lot of sleuthing by a number of people to try to help determine just where this...

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April 7 | Another Northbrae Fountain …

Friends and neighbors: Recently, an antiques and ephemera collector contacted Friends of the Fountain and Walk with an intriguing pair of photographs he’d found among others in an old photo album he’d purchased. The photos pictured a young woman in early 20th century clothing posed near a pair of fountains. One of them was the Fountain at The Circle. The...

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January 4 | Happy New Year! (Part 2)

Friends and neighbors: With wet weather arriving, our energetic volunteer maintenance chief Scott Dunlap (that’s him above) went ahead and took down all the holiday decorations on and around the fountain Wednesday morning, so the island is back to its simply beautiful self for another year. We hope you enjoyed the annual decorations as much as we did. With better...

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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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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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