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June 5 | Connecting Hillside Club and FOFW

Friends and neighbors: On Monday, June 3, members of Friends of the Fountain and Walk presented an illustrated talk about the connections linking Berkeley’s venerable Hillside Club with the development of our Northbrae neighborhood and the construction of the original Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk. The talk was very well attended, with about 80 people filling the Hillside...

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April 29 | FOFW on Stage at the Hillside Club

Friends and neighbors: You may have wondered: Why is there a classically designed fountain flowing on an island in the middle of one of Berkeley’s busiest intersections? Why is it surrounded by a Beaux Arts balustrade? Why does upper Marin Avenue climb straight up to Grizzly Peak while all other roads in the area – many named for California counties...

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March 18 | A Walk and a Talk About the Fountain, Walk and Northbrae

Friends and neighbors: Mark your calendars for a pair of events chronicling the history of the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk and their Northbrae neighborhood: Circle/Walk/Northbrae Walking Tour On Saturday, May 18, join the Friends of the Fountain and Walk and the Berkeley Historical Society for a walking tour of the Northbrae neighborhood that is home to the...

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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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