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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009 -- Page 5 One more time for. Thyme Square By Paula Wrenn This column segment was in draft form when I learned that our city will now pur- chase the property once slated for the Thyme Square mixed-use project. Two things then occurred to me. First, this news clears the way for me to re-visit a topic I've handled gently due to the high emotions surrounding it. The financial disruption of the developer's finances and the economy dashed the hopes of many here for speedy realization of a gourmet market. I saw it as an opportunity to do the project better, but until now I might have been labeled as negative for declaring so. My second thought upon reading of this turn of events: I'm so glad it isn't my job to explain how the city can afford to buy the Thyme Square property at this time. City finances are complex and I don't fully "get" ................. them, either. City leadership will hopefully be patient Havo I and thorough with the many, many repetitions of this I explanation that will be necessary in the next few Continues I months. to I No one among us is happy about our collective *re [ economic pickle and the havoc it continues to wreak on our neighbors, but I'm genuinely happy we have a chance to re-visit this important gateway project. As regular readers know, I have always felt the plan moving forward in early 2008 was loaded with compromises more appropriate to an in-fill project for a much larger city. I still think we would have lived with unforeseen consequences for decades to come and that we've likely dodged several bullets. Parking compromises concerned me. Adequate parking for shoppers prevents them from intruding on residence parking. This can be a night- mare for the disabled or young families with small children. Imagine traipsing across a hot parking lot (or in the rain) single-handedly lugging two unhappy kids. You can't leave children in the car to take packages inside and you can't leave them alone in the apartment to bring packages in, either. Affordable housing that doesn't improve conditions for its occupants sets up a petri dish opportunity for problems down the road. The lack of adequate, safe play space was a huge deficiency in the original Thyme Square plan, in my view. Most importantly, our city should work with developers who demon- strate their desire to make Cloverdale a better place. When they show poor judgement, we need to speak up on behalf of Cloverdale's future. Example: The last Thyme Square developer justified to planning, city council and many in our community that backing a grocery store immedi- ately up to the high-priced condos made sense. The housing market was still viable, but perhaps the condo project didn't initially sell because buyers didn't want to shell out big bucks to listen to delivery trucks in the early morning hours. It was a poor plan, but most people focused on the market and not the overall plan. We have a chance to fix that now. Whatever is built on that site, let's think about long-term benefits and how placement and space affects the surrounding area. We need the construction jobs and on-going employ- ment opportunities such a project brings, but it only takes one messy project to stir up publicity that contradicts our goals and achievements to date. This time, let's use the time, muster the courage to speak up, and do the hard work to get it right. Much ado about golden silence With so many important thingst0 do at City council eegs, I:gr6aned : when I read about the Cotati chap who succeeded in banning the pre- meeting moment of silence. Is everyone required to keep chatting right up until the gavel falls so there's no time to reflect or have a private thought? There is an alternative. In Cloverdale we can hit the gavel, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and then do a deep breathing exercise. Public speak- ing nerves will be steadied and those who feel emotional can relax if everyone present participates in taking three deep breaths. Repeat as needed between agenda items. My ode to normal winter weather Rain, rain - please, please stay, I've missed you so and long to play. * Forget misty, unproductive fog, winter umbrella walks for my happy dog. Water from above, on my forehead that plops, so what if they laugh when I dance among chilly drops? Damp, cool, refreshingly brisk on the face, how much cheerier returning home to a warm fireplace. A rain chant this isn't, not much of a poem either, just a wish these stanzas will slow landscape's wither. It's been so dry, there's much to wish, for plants, land animals, humans and fish. My awareness is increased about protecting our streams, concerns over water waste dominates my dreams. Rain, rain - please, please increase, lest toilet flushing we are required to cease! Do you have a suggestion for this column or another viewpoint? Write to Paula Wrenn c/o the Reveille, or email paula@thewriteangle.com. PERSONAL, FRIENDLY PROFESSIONAL Stephen Tice Electrical "Let there be light!" 894-8423 (TICE) cell: 479-4046 e-maih steve tice@juno.com Lic. #310393 iii!i!iliiiiiiiiC iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii From the Editorial Desk... Clover Springs players will present old time radio shows Feb. 20-21. Pictured are cast members Bob and Carol Levy. Old Time Radio Show hits the airwaves once again This year the fair returns for 117th time The community is once again getting ready for the Cloverdale Citrus Fair, which starts this Friday and runs through President's Day Weekend. The fair is a beloved tradition for the city and has been in existence, though somewhat intermittently at first, since 1893. In its early years the fair featured numerous "Citrus Exhibits," which is the term for the still elaborate displays that are constructed by local clubs like the Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis. The next category is "sculpture," which is a more one dimensional display. All are created from foodstuffs and citrus fruits only and include such food items as rice, grains, oatmeal, prunes, .raisins, and of course oranges and lemons. There may not be as many main Citrus Exhibits as there used to be, but the ones that are created are absolutely fantastic and are great fun to view. Local clubs start working on and planning their exhibits almost as soon as the Citrus Fair is over. Prize money for the exhibits amounts to thou- sands of dollars and the clubs use that money to support their many worthy local projects. The Citrus Exhibits are just part of the fair. Many people work hard to share their talent and creativity for all of us to enjoy. From the opening night Citrus Fair Queen Pageant, to the parade, to the exhibits and pro- grams, the Cloverdale Citrus Fair is Cloverdale's signature event and its timeless attraction is comforting in these days of uncertainty and concern. If you remember listening to "The Shadow," "The Life of Riley," "Es- cape" and "My Friend Irma," you'll enjoy a re-creation of these and oth- er radio shows of yesterday. The Clover Springs Players, using origi- nal scripts of the "30s, 40's and'50s, will present entertainment that is guaranteed to bring back memo- ries. If you are not old enough to re- member these radio shows, you will still enjoy the production, see- ing how sound effects were made and laughing at the commercials of the day. The show will be presented at the Fire Creek Clubhouse at Clover Springs, 210 Red Mountain Drive, Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. Survivors rally to support American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society in- vites individuals who want to cele- brate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the dis- ease to join its Relay For Life, sched- uled for June 6-7,2009 in Cloverdale. In 1985, Relay For Life began with one man who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours raising $27,000. This year, Relay For Life is coming to you in more than 00 communRies kickoff rail !y The Relay For Life will be held Friday, Feb. 20/5:45 p.m. at the Downtown Plaza, At this event, families, caregivers can- cer survivors, schools, companies, etc., get together to kick off annual Relay For Life activities. The American Cancer Society Re- lay For Life is an overnight commu- nity celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds to fight cancer. At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. To join a Relay For Life in your community, call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit www.RelayForLife.org. Call Shanda Arreguin at 495-7880 or E- Mail shannrelay@live.com or visit the Mail Center. -Sue Jackson 21, shows will begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday, Feb. 22 performance will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the clubhouse or you may call 894-8770 for ticket in- formation. As in the past, a portion of the proceeds will be used to sup- port children's theatre in Clover- dale. The 14 cast members are all from the Clover Springs community. In previous years, this troupe has per- formed "The Lone Ranger," "Fib- ber McGee and Molly," "Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen" and "Who's on First," among other old time radio shows. A special feature this year will be a barbershop quar- tet vocalizing songs of the era. And Angelo Criscione, master of the keyboard, will feature pre-show en- tertainment in addition to being a featured cast member. Introduce your children and grandchildren to what entertain- ment was like before television, and take a trip down memory lane yourself. The show promises to be a couple of hours of good fun. -Jean Williams Dave, Delaney, an Avery Garland A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you. XOX0-Mama To My Sweetheart, Thanks for all that you do for ourfamily! Happy Valentines Day ! Love, Denee' For a real friend in the real estat  business call  Ellie Na.H ....... . GRI SRES - Senior Real Estat Specialist EcoGreen Certifi d (707) 481-3457 onaill@' tbbn.eom www.ellienaill.n.t CA DRE Lic #01131016, Century 21 s Ryan Realty Serving Cloverdalc Sonoma. Vlendocino and Lake Counties ome prices are ow, rates are great, don't wait! -- CALL US-- Have equity? 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