Berkeley Historical Society gets governor’s award

– Bay City News and press statements
Friday October 19, 2001

The Berkeley Historical Society received the governor’s Historic Preservation Award on Oct. 5 for its local history publication “Tales from the Elmwood, A Community Memory” by Burl Willes.  

The awards are presented annually under the sponsorship of the Office of Historic Preservation of the California Department of Parks and Recreation to organizations and groups, and federal, state and local agencies whose contributions demonstrate outstanding commitment to excellence in historic preservation.  

The book recounts almost a century’s worth of stories about people and events, using oral histories, photographs, and local trivia. The book is currently in its third edition and tells how actress Jane Fonda met her husband-to-be activist Tom Hayden at the counter-culture nursery school Blue Fairyland. We learn that Eldridge Cleaver was also planning to write his own book about the Elmwood. There are tales of the community meeting place Ozzie’s Fountain, local stores, and the early storefront for the Berkeley Repertory Theater. The history of the Judah Magnes Museum, St. John’s Presbyterian Church and Willard Junior High is also included. 


Food not bombs needs help 



East Bay Food Not Bombs is looking for volunteers. They pick-up food, cook, serve, clean and compost. Contact: Food Not Bombs, 3124 Shattuck Ave. or 644-4187.  



Survey for parents with a disability raising a teenager 



Through the Looking Glass, a nonprofit organization servicing families with disabilities, is conducting a nationwide survey to learn more about the experiences of families in which a parent with a disability is raising a teen, 11-17. The research is being supported by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. 

Department of Education. 

Contact Nancy Freed at 848-1112 ext. 174 or (800) 644-2666; TTY: (800) 804-1616; FAX: (510) 848-4445; EMAIL: nfreed@lookingglass.org; Website: www.lookingglass.org