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  • State halts indoor dining in Marin amid coronavirus surge
    by Kevin Hessel on 09/07/2020 at 1:02 am

    JULY 6 — Less than a week after being given the green light to reopen, restaurants across the Tiburon Peninsula and the rest of Marin have again been forced to shut down indoor dining. The California Department of Public Health mandate, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. July 5, will last […]

  • A smooth start for ‘slow streets’ in downtown Tiburon
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 09/07/2020 at 12:59 am

    Tiburon’s Main Street was transformed into a car-free outdoor dining space over the weekend, the first in the town’s summer-long “slow street” initiative. There were lines for both the gelato counter at Servino Ristorante and the ice cream line at The Candy Shoppe and, at […]

  • Pandemic stalls city progress on Belvedere seawall project
    by Hannah Weikel on 09/07/2020 at 12:58 am

    Belvedere’s multimillion-dollar project to shore up its seawalls — previously on track to move to the next phase this summer, with financing discussions and technical analysis — remains in a holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced city meetings online and […]

  • Marin civil grand jury: Local governments should prioritize cybersecurity
    by Hannah Weikel on 09/07/2020 at 12:57 am

    Marin County’s civil grand jury is calling for local governments to double-down on efforts to protect against cyberattacks, like the breach that disabled the town of Tiburon’s computer system for more than three days last year. Cybersecurity experts say it’s more important than […]

  • Sebastian Paul Kobus-Bergin
    on 09/07/2020 at 12:55 am

    Sebastian Paul Kobus-Bergin August 5, 2002 - June 24, 2020On June 24, 2020 we lost our sweet beautiful Sebastian.He lived a short time on this earth but lived it with passion, intelligence and creativity.He loved to read, loved to watch movies, and even worked at our local movie theater.His […]

  • Richard Stanley Kassberg
    on 09/07/2020 at 12:54 am

    Richard Stanley Kassberg, born January 11, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died June 22, 2020, in Reno, Nevada, at age 94.For seven happy years, Richard lived at Snug Harbor in Belvedere with his true love and wife of 62 years, Mai Ingeborg Kassberg (Johansson), before moving to Reno to be close […]

  • Tiburon OKs summer Main Street closures
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 24/06/2020 at 11:17 pm

    Amid a strong showing of support from the community, Tiburon’s lower Main Street will be closed to cars on weekends this summer to encourage physically distant outdoor dining and retail during the coronavirus pandemic. The Town Council voted unanimously at its June 17 teleconference meeting […]

  • Tiburon, Belvedere police move toward ‘8 Can’t Wait’ reforms
    by Hannah Weikel on 24/06/2020 at 6:41 pm

    As the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked nationwide protests to reform and defund police departments, Tiburon and Belvedere officials are examining first-step changes to their own use-of-force policies under the guidelines of the growing “8 Can’t […]

  • Coronavirus roundup: Salons, gyms, indoor dining can start June 29 as county wins variance to move faster, Tiburon sees new cases
    by Kevin Hessel on 24/06/2020 at 6:26 pm

    JUNE 23 — Marin public-health officials have announced residents can now join 12-person “social bubbles” and added that indoor dining, hair salons and barbershops, nail salons, hotels, motels and short-term rentals can resume operation this month, alongside gyms and fitness […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula shops test waters as county lets indoor retail resume
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 17/06/2020 at 4:42 pm

    Retail shops on the Tiburon Peninsula can once again welcome customers inside under the latest changes to the county’s shelter-in-place order, as long as they follow new distancing and safety rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Yema, an athletic-wear boutique at 10 Main St. […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula residents protest racial injustice
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 16/06/2020 at 10:38 pm

    Holding handmade signs reading “Silence equals violence,” “Equal justice under the law” and “Racism is a pandemic too,” more than 50 people lined Tiburon Boulevard near Tom Price Park June 11 to rally against racial injustice and police brutality and show their […]

  • Belvedere seeking interim replacement for resigning councilmember
    by Hannah Weikel on 16/06/2020 at 10:24 pm

    Belvedere will seek an interim appointment to fill an impending vacancy on the City Council, rather than hold a special election, after longtime Councilmember and Mayor Marty Winter steps down effective June 30. Winter announced last month he would be resigning as he and wife Barbara plan to move […]

  • Coronavirus roundup: Marin plans to reopen more sectors as cases rise; antibody test value unclear; protesters should get free tests; outbreak at San Quentin
    by Kevin Hessel on 16/06/2020 at 10:17 pm

    Despite a surge in the rate of new COVID-19 infections across Marin that’s outpacing the county’s increase in testing, health officials last week continued to reopen the economy by issuing new public-health guidelines that allow for indoor retail, automotive sales and household cleaning […]

  • Summer camps roll out in smaller groups with daily temperature checks
    by Emily Lavin on 16/06/2020 at 10:12 pm

    Kids heading back to summer camp on the Tiburon Peninsula this week will have a full schedule of games, crafts and outdoor sports — all accompanied by daily temperature checks, frequent hand washing and increased physical distance under a host of safety protocols designed to reduce the spread […]

  • Algae bloom turns Richardson Bay waters green
    by Gretchen Lang on 16/06/2020 at 10:08 pm

    Richardson Bay homeowners found their blue-water views turned slimy green last week as a large algae bloom choked harbors, lagoons and miles of shoreline along Strawberry Point. The lime-green algae appeared early last week, carpeting shallow waterways and shorelines from Sausalito to Aramburu […]

  • PG&E details plans to reduce size of forced power outages this fire season
    by Hannah Weikel on 16/06/2020 at 10:04 pm

    After an extensive power shutdown last October left nearly 3 million Californians — including residents of Tiburon, Belvedere and Strawberry — in the dark for several days, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said it’s devising ways to lessen the impacts of outages this fire season, […]

  • Anchor-outs promise fight as Richardson Bay agency OKs anchorage transition plan
    by Gretchen Lang on 16/06/2020 at 9:56 pm

    The Richardson Bay Regional Agency will move forward with its transition plan to clear the bay of unseaworthy vessels, despite complaints from stakeholders the plan lacks specifics and warnings from the anchor-out community they won’t go along. The agency’s board of directors voted […]

  • Longtime Tiburon resident Mary Rogers was pioneer in helping women become financially literate
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 16/06/2020 at 9:37 pm

    Longtime Tiburon resident Mary E. Schmidt Rogers, whose pioneering 1978 book “Women and Money” taught women how to take control of their financial lives, died June 6. She was 103 years old. The book, released when Mrs. Rogers was 65, predated celebrity financial author Suze […]

  • Serge Martial
    on 16/06/2020 at 9:35 pm

    French former rock star Serge Martial passed away on May 27, 2020, at his home in Tiburon where he lived for the past 42 years. After being given 4 months to live when he was diagnosed for pancreatic cancer in early 2012, he went straight to the battlefield, refusing to let the killer disease take […]

  • Jay Pearson
    on 16/06/2020 at 9:34 pm

    It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Jay Pearson on July 2, 2020, after a short, one-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Jay was born at Marin General Hospital to John and Lee Ann Pearson on July 26, 1967, and lived most of his life in Marin County. Jay was a […]

  • Belvedere man charged in boating death of 11-year-old son
    by Hannah Weikel on 12/06/2020 at 6:11 pm

    Prominent land-developer Javier A. Burillo of Belvedere has been charged with manslaughter, child endangerment and drunken driving in a September boating accident near Angel Island that killed his 11-year-old son and severely injured the boy’s older brother. According to a criminal complaint […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula students march to amplify black voices
    by Emily Lavin on 11/06/2020 at 2:42 am

    A group of about 40 Del Mar Middle School students and parents walked Blackie’s Pasture and the Old Rail Trail June 6 to protest racial bias and show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The local event was one of two peaceful protests against racism and police brutality […]

  • Tiburon police chief apologizes after outcry over Marin City protest warning
    by Hannah Weikel on 11/06/2020 at 2:36 am

    Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin last week apologized for his word choice in a warning to residents that a peaceful protest in Marin City against racism and police brutality could result in mayhem that targeted Tiburon. Cronin’s initial June 1 message drew an immediate and vocal response […]

  • Tiburon makes it easier for businesses to expand outdoor dining and retail
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 11/06/2020 at 2:33 am

    The town of Tiburon will enable daily outdoor dining on Fountain Plaza and make it easier for merchants to do business outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic — the latter move already paving the way for Luna Blu, Salt & Pepper and Waypoint Pizza to bring new options to Main Street. At its […]

  • Coronavirus roundup: Outdoor worship, protests, swimming return as coronavirus cases pass 500, county battles infection surge among Latinos
    by Kevin Hessel on 11/06/2020 at 2:22 am

    JUNE 9 — Worship and cultural ceremonies, peaceful protests and use of swimming pools are among the outdoor activities that can resume on the Tiburon Peninsula and across Marin under a surprise announcement from the county last week, which came even as Marin has the highest coronavirus […]

  • Tiburon projects $227,000 deficit on draft $13.04 million budget
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 11/06/2020 at 2:19 am

    After several years of operating with a surplus, the town of Tiburon is projecting a quarter-million-dollar budget deficit in fiscal 2021, largely due to projected declines in sales and hotel taxes caused by the coronavirus-related economic shutdown. The town’s draft $13.04 million budget […]

  • Reed school district projects a balanced budget while planning for coronavirus impact
    by Emily Lavin on 11/06/2020 at 2:14 am

    The Reed Union School District’s 2020-2021 budget shows the district nearly breaking even on expenditures and revenue — but officials caution the district may need to dip into its reserves by up to $2.2 million to cover unforeseen costs related to the coronavirus pandemic. The […]

  • Wildflower Watch: Watch for signs of spittlebugs on walks or in the garden
    by Joan Linn Bekins on 11/06/2020 at 2:05 am

    Whether on a hiking trail or in your garden, you have probably seen small white sticky, frothy masses on plants. These are the bubble homes of spittlebugs, related to aphids and cicadas in the order of Hemiptera, identified by botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1758. On a recent hike on Mount Tamalpais, I […]

  • Coronavirus roundup: Outdoor dining, retail firing back up; Tiburon to consider seated service on Fountain Plaza, Main Street; offices, curbside library service, beaches can also reopen
    by Kevin Hessel on 04/06/2020 at 3:05 am

    JUNE 1 — Seated outdoor dining at restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and pubs on the Tiburon Peninsula and across Marin County was given the green light to resume this week as public-health officials issued new guidelines for reopening the local economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. In […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula communities have fewer than 10 cases each
    by Kevin Hessel on 04/06/2020 at 2:57 am

    Tiburon, Belvedere and Strawberry each have fewer than 10 cases of the coronavirus, according to new Marin County public-health data that for the first time breaks down infection figures countywide by community. Released May 29, the data show the number of cumulative infections, but not tests, […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula businesses aim to adapt as coronavirus rules slowly relax
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 04/06/2020 at 2:42 am

    Diana Maureen swung open the top of the Dutch doors at her Boardwalk Shopping Center gift and toy store, Diana’s of Tiburon, on May 18, ready to serve customers for the first time since mid-March, when most retail shops throughout the county were forced to close to help prevent the spread of […]

  • Schools get creative as pandemic reshapes graduation ceremonies
    by Emily Lavin on 04/06/2020 at 2:39 am

    Redwood High School’s June 12 graduation ceremony will look decidedly different than in years past. The coronavirus pandemic has stripped away much of the traditional pomp and circumstance that typically accompanies the long-awaited rite of passage. For Redwood’s class of 2020, there […]

  • Longtime surgeon Lawrence J. Duke served on Town Council during contentious time
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 04/06/2020 at 2:29 am

    Dr. Lawrence J. Duke, a former mayor and councilmember, died May 24 at his Tiburon home after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 75.Dr. Duke was a vascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, spending 43 years affiliated with Marin General Hospital. He also served four years on the […]

  • Tiburon's Jason W. Jennings was bestselling business author and coveted speaker
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 04/06/2020 at 2:28 am

    Tiburon resident Jason W. Jennings, a New York Times bestselling author who wrote seven business advice books, died May 19 at Marin General Hospital, 11 days after suffering a ruptured abdominal aneurysm. He was 67. Mr. Jennings’ books had been translated into 34 languages, and he was a […]

  • Lawrence J. Duke, MD
    on 04/06/2020 at 2:26 am

    Lawrence J. Duke died peacefully on May 24, 2020, in his home in Tiburon after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 75 years old. Larry was the cherished husband of Darby; devoted father of Suzanne Duke and Catherine (James) Ricker; beloved grandfather of Jack, Michael and […]

  • John J Doherty
    on 04/06/2020 at 2:25 am

    John J Doherty Jr., 64 years old, passed away unexpectedly on May 24, 2020, due to suffering a heart attack while on a Sunday morning motorcycle ride, a local tradition which he so enjoyed. He was surrounded by his good friends that have ridden together with him for decades. John was born in Forest […]

  • Garden plot: Invasives can wreak havoc on the garden
    by Diane Lynch on 04/06/2020 at 2:23 am

    I’m not sure if I’m just seeing my garden with renewed interest or if it really is having a very nice spring, better than many others. I’ve had two amaryllis produce giant blossoms this year and don’t recall them blooming in the past. The nasturtiums decided to clamber up […]

  • Coronavirus roundup: Marin groomers can reopen; case surge due to contact testing; health order now open-ended
    by Kevin Hessel on 27/05/2020 at 11:18 pm

    MAY 26 — Little Fluffy can now get a trim at the groomer, as long as your dog or cat is dropped off and picked up at curbside, sans collar and leash, in a no-contact system that allows you to depart before your pet is taken inside.Pet groomers were among the five new sets of industry-specific […]

  • Visitors flood Tiburon for holiday weekend
    by Hannah Weikel on 27/05/2020 at 11:09 pm

    Traffic on the Tiburon Peninsula over Memorial Day weekend climbed to the busiest it’s been since the coronavirus shelter-in-place order was issued on March 16. Between 6,000 and 7,000 cars were counted traveling inbound on Tiburon Boulevard each day over the three-day weekend, maintaining […]

  • Local food-assistance effort focuses on Hilarita and senior housing
    by Emily Lavin on 27/05/2020 at 10:41 pm

    A group of locals is building on their effort to help feed families in need during the coronavirus pandemic by providing weekly groceries to residents of The Hilarita and several other Tiburon Peninsula affordable-housing complexes.The effort, dubbed Bags of Love, started in March as a way to […]

  • Tiburon and Belvedere dues to bay agency will jump 26%
    by Gretchen Lang on 27/05/2020 at 10:37 pm

    The Richardson Bay Regional Agency will increase member dues by 26 percent next fiscal year to help fund a staff restructure that includes eliminating the agency’s part-time executive director and promoting the current harbormaster to oversee operations. The agency’s board of directors […]

  • Station facelifts, wage increases in Tiburon fire district budget
    by Hannah Weikel on 27/05/2020 at 10:32 pm

    Despite the economic shake-up caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Tiburon Fire Protection District is projecting a balanced $9.07 million budget next fiscal year — though the budget’s razor-thin $510 surplus would leave the district with little wiggle room before it would have to […]

  • New home-goods store Ground granted use permit on way to June opening
    by Hannah Weikel on 27/05/2020 at 10:23 pm

    A new nursery and home-goods store on Tiburon Boulevard is one step closer to opening as coronavirus restrictions on retail loosen in Marin — and with the approval of a conditional use permit from the city of Belvedere. The owners of Ground, a shop that will sell plants, hand-knotted rugs and […]

  • Nina Rutan Wells
    on 27/05/2020 at 10:16 pm

    A ray of light, Nina Rutan Wells passed April 24, 2020, in a sudden and sad accident at the age of 21. Born and raised in Marin County, California and Blue Hill, Maine, she was a spirited young woman unified strongly with her two sisters, Madison and Cecilia.A talented artist, Nina was uniquely […]

  • Barbara Wulf Browne
    on 27/05/2020 at 10:15 pm

    In the early morning hours of May 7, 2020, Barbara Wulf Browne’s life gently slipped away. She spent her final days in her beloved home of 48 years, in Tiburon, California, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.Barbara’s life journey began in Chanute, Kansas, January 14, 1940. She was the […]

  • Coronavirus roundup — Next steps: Pet grooming, dining, malls and hair salons?
    by Kevin Hessel on 20/05/2020 at 9:50 pm

    MAY 18 — While Tiburon Peninsula retailers began rolling out curbside sales this week under Marin’s newly relaxed public-health orders, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced counties may also reopen outdoor museums and galleries, as well as select services like car washes and pet grooming, […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula rolls out curbside retail; lots for local parks, trails to remain closed
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 20/05/2020 at 9:48 pm

    Most Marin County retail stores can reopen for curbside pickup and most parking lots at outdoor recreation areas can reopen to vehicles under an updated public-health order that went into effect May 18 — though Tiburon officials say parking at Blackie’s Pasture and other town parks will […]

  • 20 businesses get first round of grants from Tiburon Peninsula chamber fund
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 20/05/2020 at 9:46 pm

    Twenty local businesses have received $2,025 grants from a relief fund spearheaded by the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to help businesses weather the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The chamber doled out the checks May 15, giving each business that applied an equal share of […]

  • Belvedere plans for virus-related economic fallout in draft budget
    by Hannah Weikel on 20/05/2020 at 9:37 pm

    Belvedere’s anticipated budget for next fiscal year braces the city for the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic by postponing annual raises for city staff, freezing hiring for a police officer position, eliminating funding for the public-lane initiative, withholding a contribution […]

  • Reed school district adopts new grading policy for coronavirus closures
    by Emily Lavin on 20/05/2020 at 9:25 pm

    The Reed Union School District will adopt a simplified grading system during the coronavirus-related school closures that officials say is designed to reflect the challenges of distance learning. Under the system, approved unanimously by the district board at its May 12 teleconference meeting, Del […]

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