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November 19 | Fountain Empty, Waiting for Rain …

Friends and neighbors: You will notice that the Fountain at The Circle is empty and dark this evening (Monday, Nov. 19). That is due to a second act of vandalism in a week. Someone(s) put detergent in the fountain to create soap suds sometime late Sunday or early Monday. A pointless and aggravating act that only results in wasted water,...

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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 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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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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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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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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