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It Occurs To Me: Lucky

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Guest post by Loretta Gavin

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I DON’T HAVE A LOT OF WHAT I would call close friends, but I’m OK with that.

I thought that was because it takes me a long time to really get close to someone, or let them get close to me. But my best friend pointed something out to me just the other day.

She said I test.

When I asked her what she meant, she said I test people to see if they’re going to stick around.

When I thought about it, I had to admit, she was right.

Maybe the reason I test is because some of them didn’t stick around. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by beniciaherald

February 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Posted in News

A Different Drummer: Old ways die hard

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By Steve Gibbs

I TEACH TECHNOLOGY AND ALL, but as for my own home equipment, it’s funky old. I have a habit, which I tout as a strategy, of owning something until it is completely worn out. I wait for holes or bad reception before I trade things out. When I buy electronics, I buy the latest models, but then I keep them until they break. When I buy furniture, once it has shaped to fit my body, I won’t let go of it, easily.

Years ago, Bryan, a former student of mine, hardwired my entire house for the Internet, before Wi-Fi was available. I have network jacks in every room and the garage. When Wi-Fi came along, I figured, big deal. I’m fully hard-wired.

I was reluctant to give that old system up. I would bring my totally Wi-Fi-capable laptop to the living room and run a network cord over the couch. I drilled holes through the wall long ago to pass cable from my den to Susan’s den. They have nice covers. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by beniciaherald

February 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Features

Solano SBCD helps small businesses

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By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

What new business owners don’t know can hurt them, Charles Rieger said.

In fact, the interim director of the Solano College Small Business Development Center said, one of the gravest risk factors is that new entrepreneurs don’t know what they don’t know.

Unfortunately, they often learn things in a hard and costly way, he said in a report to the Benicia City Council Tuesday. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by beniciaherald

February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Posted in News

DBA to hear pro-rating update

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By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

The Downtown Benicia Alliance will hear Chairperson Leah Shelhorn’s update Monday on the organization’s decision last month to pro-rate assessment dues.

After a decision at last month’s board meeting, Shelhorn wrote Benicia Interim Finance Director Brenda Olwin Jan.23, explaining that the DBA would be copying the way the city pro-rates its business license fees. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Still time to get flu shots

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By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

Although influenza season is underway, and the state has recorded more than 200 flu-related deaths, Solano County health officials are recommending unvaccinated residents to get flu shots, Stephen Pierce, Solano County public communications officer, said.

Solano Public Health will have two clinics, one of which is Tuesday afternoon in Vallejo, where vaccinations will be given free of charge.

Seasonal flu vaccinations only will be given at those clinics, Pierce said. Pneumonia and whooping cough (Tdap) vaccines will not be available. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Solano cases get day in court

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By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

What is it like in Solano County Superior Court?

One morning in Judge Tim Kam’s courtroom, 321 Tuolumne St., Vallejo, where criminal cases were being heard, had an agenda that ranged from setting appointments to deciding convicts’ fates.

Nothing that morning led to dramatic revelations such as “Perry Mason” last-minute witness confessions. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by beniciaherald

February 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Jeff Burkhart’s ‘Rhyme and Reason': Sanity by Majority

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WHEN WE DEFINE INSANITY
It all comes down to numbers
The folks who see things differently
Might find themselves encumbered
The problem is reality
Can be somewhat subjective
And therefore our society
Needs sanity detectors
When a person deviates
And starts behaving weird
They might get questioned on a couch
By men with pipes and beards
Let’s find out who is crazy
Raise your hands; a vote will do
Just hope the inquisition
Isn’t coming after you

Thoughts? jeffburkhart@primetimerhymes.com

Written by beniciaherald

February 9, 2014 at 7:00 am

Posted in The Arts

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