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The Ark newspaper, the nationally award-winning weekly journal serving Tiburon, Belvedere and Strawberry since 1973.

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  • Unsafe bay bacteria levels close third beach in Tiburon
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 18/07/2019 at 8:32 pm

    Public-health officials appear to be no closer to identifying the source of bacteria that continues to render Blackie’s Pasture and Greenwood Cove beaches off-limits to walkers and waders — and the polluted water has now affected the accessibility of a third local beach. Representatives […]

  • Kemnitzer takes over as Belvedere’s new mayor; Campbell returns as vice mayor
    by Hannah Weikel on 18/07/2019 at 8:29 pm

    Belvedere Councilmember Nancy Kemnitzer is the city’s new mayor, elected to her first term at the helm by her City Council colleagues on July 8, while Councilmember James Campbell will serve as vice mayor. Bob McCaskill, who served as Belvedere’s mayor for the past year and presented […]

  • Resident’s walking tours offer a glimpse into Tiburon’s past
    by Emily Lavin on 18/07/2019 at 8:27 pm

    During his daily walks with his dog, Lili, along the Tiburon waterfront, Elliott Brown would frequently see people disembark the ferry to spend the day in town. Often, he says, he would catch them looking around, trying to get their bearings. Being a gregarious guy, Brown says, he was quick to […]

  • Strawberry rec district eyes state grant to help fund community center
    by Emily Lavin on 18/07/2019 at 8:24 pm

    The Strawberry Recreation District is hosting a series of meetings to solicit public feedback on its planned community center as part of its effort to win a multimillion-dollar California State Parks grant for the building’s construction. The district plans to apply for the competitive grant […]

  • Richardson Bay agency moves to limit new boats on anchorage
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 18/07/2019 at 8:21 pm

    The Richardson Bay Regional Agency is attempting to actively limit the number of derelict boats brought into the troubled anchorage between Belvedere and Sausalito — and it will have a new harbormaster and outreach coordinator to help enforce the rules and provide help to anchor-outs living […]

  • Albert “Tim” Harris
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 18/07/2019 at 8:13 pm

    Albert “Tim” Harris, a former Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department chief and a longtime member of the Tiburon Fire Protection District board of directors, died July 7 from kidney failure after a period of declining health. He was 86.Mr. Harris was named to replace Belvedere Chief David […]

  • Valda Holleman Carter
    on 18/07/2019 at 8:12 pm

    We celebrate the life of Valda Holleman Carter, born in Rapid City, South Dakota, on June 3rd, 1937, to Clarence Holleman and Vera Emma Worrall. Valda graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1955, Northwestern University in 1959 with a B.A. in Theater and completed her Master’s in […]

  • County scientist looks to create ‘living shorelines’ at Tiburon Peninsula beaches
    by Gretchen Lang on 11/07/2019 at 12:57 am

    A team of scientists led by a county engineer plans to create three man-made beaches in Tiburon and Strawberry, replacing mud scarp and construction debris with gently sloping sand and gravel. Once completed, the beaches would guard against shoreline erosion, engineers say, and provide a friendlier […]

  • Mina, Caprice restaurants seek Paradise Drive valet operations in Tiburon
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 11/07/2019 at 12:54 am

    Two highly anticipated downtown restaurants will head to the Tiburon Town Council to make their cases for valet-parking operations on town land — including in a loading-zone space popularly used for ferry commuters. Respective representatives for Michelin-starred celebrity chef Michael […]

  • Police: Two-time felon from East Bay is suspect in Tiburon carport bike theft
    by Hannah Weikel on 11/07/2019 at 12:53 am

    Authorities say a possibly armed man who stole two unlocked bikes from a Hilary Drive carport early June 26 is an East Bay resident who has two prior felony convictions for burglary and firearm possession. Tiburon police are working with other Bay Area law-enforcement agencies to build a case that […]

  • Tiburon Peninsula businesses brace for potential days-long blackouts
    by Hannah Weikel on 03/07/2019 at 8:59 pm

    For Waters Edge Hotel in downtown Tiburon, an extended power outage would mean more than the guests not having overhead lights or hot breakfast in the morning. “We wouldn’t be able to access to our reservation system or program key cards for our rooms,” says hotel General Manager […]

  • Belvedere man’s work with Operation Encore helps singer-songwriter vets, military members
    by Alex Madison on 03/07/2019 at 8:58 pm

    Belvedere resident Guy Jaquier says when he heard about Operation Encore a few years ago through friends, it “lit a spark.” The organization, founded in 2015 by three men who had careers in the military and a passion for music, helps veterans and active-duty military men and women and […]

  • Tiburon’s Elly Hakami inducted into NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 03/07/2019 at 8:47 pm

    In her teens and early 20s, Tiburon's Elly Hakami played in all four of the Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian, French and U.S. opens and Wimbledon, making seven of her nine grand-slam trips before the age of 21. At the height of her professional career, Hakami was ranked No. 32 in the world in […]

  • Strawberry teen’s girls camp aims to spark passion for science
    by Emily Lavin on 03/07/2019 at 8:44 pm

    The dozen middle-school girls scattered in groups across the lawn at the Branson School in Ross were hard at work designing fizzy rockets, water bottles that propel into the air when filled with the right combination of pressurized vinegar and baking soda. After a few test runs, the girls were […]

  • Tiburon artist draws her inspiration from water
    by Diane Smith on 03/07/2019 at 8:27 pm

    The major theme of Joan Distin White’s paintings is water. “I adore water, and I feel the most at home when I’m near it,” White says. The Tiburon artist will display some of those works in the exhibit “In the Flow,” running through Aug. 31 in the upstairs […]

  • Unique-looking sticky monkey flower easy to spot and identify
    by Joan Linn Bekins on 03/07/2019 at 8:23 pm

    Children love the sticky monkey flower. The stem is truly sticky when squeezed between a thumb and forefinger. The bright orange flowers resemble smiling monkeys and are easy to spot and identify. The trumpet-shaped blossoms are about 1 inch across with green leaves and 2-3 inches long on very […]

  • Tiburon council approves $600k contribution to library expansion
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 27/06/2019 at 1:35 am

    Tiburon will contribute $600,000 to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library expansion project — just over half of the $1.12 million library officials had requested from the town. The Town Council at its June 19 meeting voted unanimously to contribute $150,000 a year over the next four years to the […]

  • Website aims to educate Belvedere residents on flood risk
    by Hannah Weikel on 27/06/2019 at 1:32 am

    Belvedere residents curious about how the city would fare against rising sea levels and significant storm events can now see for themselves, thanks to a new interactive website that lays out the area’s earthquake and flood risks and explains how the city plans to mitigate them. The […]

  • Martha Co. enters talks about preserving Tiburon Ridge land
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 27/06/2019 at 1:31 am

    The Martha Co. has agreed to a formal appraisal of its undeveloped 110-acre property on the southern Tiburon Ridge, clearing one of the big hurdles to the Tiburon Open Space group acquiring and preserving the land, known as Easton Point. “It’s a giant step,” said real-estate […]

  • Tiburon council votes to ban drones over schools, town events
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 27/06/2019 at 1:29 am

    Drones will be banned from flying within 400 feet of Tiburon’s three public schools and town-permitted public events under new regulations set to be enacted by the Town Council. The council voted unanimously at its June 19 meeting to approve a new ordinance prohibiting the unmanned aircraft […]

  • Long-time taekwondo instructor takes a final bow after 27 years
    by Hannah Weikel on 27/06/2019 at 1:24 am

    Taekwondo instructor Alex Miller says one of the most rewarding aspects of his decades-long career has been seeing students carry the lessons they learn in his academy over to their everyday lives. Miller, who retired last week after 27 years teaching the Korean martial art at the Belvedere […]

  • San Francisco’s Presidio a perfect close-to-home escape
    by Marybeth Bond-Sheppard on 27/06/2019 at 1:18 am

    With the famous span of the Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop, the Presidio is San Francisco’s great escape. This huge national park is nestled along the bay and Crissy Field, extending through 262 acres of historic forests to the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. The location is absolutely […]

  • Controlled burn at Old St. Hilary's preserve slated to begin June 24
    by Kevin Hessel on 21/06/2019 at 7:30 pm

    Fire agencies and Marin County Parks are planning a controlled burn of some 150 piles of cut vegetation beginning June 24 in the Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve above downtown Tiburon, county officials say.If conditions are appropriate, preparations would take place Monday. If smoke dispersal […]

  • Belvedere homes in on flood-fix plan
    by Hannah Weikel on 20/06/2019 at 11:13 pm

    Belvedere is moving forward with a raft of flood fixes — including raising flood barriers on San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road — that could cost up to $26 million. The Belvedere City Council at its June 10 meeting unanimously accepted flood-protection and seismic-upgrade recommendations […]

  • Health officials question source of bacteria off Blackie's Pasture beach
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 20/06/2019 at 11:12 pm

    Greenwood Cove and Blackie’s beaches remain off-limits more than a month after a nearby pipe break dumped a reported 670 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain that empties into Richardson Bay, prompting officials at the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin and Marin County Environmental […]

  • Reed school district projects $24.1 mil budget for 2019-2020
    by Emily Lavin on 20/06/2019 at 11:10 pm

    The Reed Union School District’s 2019-2020 budget shows it operating in the black — but not by much. The district’s board of trustees on June 10 unanimously approved a $24.1 million budget that shows about $24.2 million in revenue, for a slight surplus of $73,500. The […]

  • Belvedere OKs hike to garbage rates, switch to dual-stream recycling
    by Hannah Weikel on 20/06/2019 at 11:09 pm

    Garbage and recycling rates in Belvedere are set to increase by 3.93 percent starting July 1, while city officials have also OK’d a permanent switch to a dual-stream recycling method that would require Belvedere residents to continue separating paper products from other recyclables in an […]

  • Faulty Belvedere water pipe that broke twice isn’t on replacement list
    by Hannah Weikel on 12/06/2019 at 11:41 pm

    Marin Municipal Water District says it has no plans to replace a more than half-century-old cast-iron pipeline under Cove Road that burst twice in seven months, with district officials pointing to a backlog of pipes across its 911-mile system that are older and faultier. A sudden break of the […]

  • Reed school district to put parcel tax on Nov. 5 ballot
    by Emily Lavin on 12/06/2019 at 11:38 pm

    The Reed Union School District will ask voters in November to approve a 12-year parcel-tax renewal and extension, money officials say is critical for maintaining district programs and attracting top-notch teachers. District residents are paying about $571 under the current tax, which was approved […]

  • Tiburon again delays library contribution as it reviews draft $12.6-million budget
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 12/06/2019 at 11:37 pm

    Tiburon will spend money in fiscal 2019-2020 to raise police salaries, repair the town’s storm-drain system and continue the Yellow Bus Challenge — but the town’s budget doesn’t yet include a potential $1.1-million contribution to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library expansion. The […]

  • Tiburon council approves hike to garbage rates
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 12/06/2019 at 11:35 pm

    Garbage and recycling rates are going up July 1. At its June 5 meeting, the Tiburon Town Council voted 4-0 to approve Mill Valley Refuse Service’s request for a 4.01-percent rate increase. The rate increase comes with a previously approved move to dual-stream recycling, designed to reduce the […]

  • Vaccination rates for kindergartners at 95 percent at Tiburon Peninsula schools
    by Kevin Hessel on 12/06/2019 at 11:32 pm

    The rate of Reed Elementary School kindergartners who have received all of their required vaccinations is 95 percent this school year, above the minimum 92-94 percent range the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is needed to achieve herd immunity but a slight dip from recent years.For […]

  • Passion for skin care drives owner of Margarita Cosmetics in Tiburon
    by Diane Smith on 12/06/2019 at 11:29 pm

    There’s a new skin care and massage shop in downtown Tiburon: Margarita Cosmetics, owned and operated by skin-care and makeup expert and developer Margarita Copeland. Growing up in the resort city of Pyatigorsk in Russia’s North Caucasus region — about halfway between the Black […]

  • Tiburon jazz musician aims to forge connections through music
    by Emily Lavin on 05/06/2019 at 4:49 pm

    Over the course of his decades-long career as a professional musician, Richard Howell, who moved to Tiburon about three years ago, has gone from playing saxophone for the likes of Etta James and Chaka Kahn to putting out five albums of his own compositions and leading two bands, the Richard Howell […]

  • Waters off Blackie’s beach in Tiburon remain closed two weeks after sewage spill
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 05/06/2019 at 4:48 pm

    It’s still not safe to wade into the waters at the beach at Blackie’s Pasture and Greenwood Beach Cove some two weeks after a nearby sewage spill dumped thousands of gallons of raw sewage onto the street and down the stormwater drainage system, officials say. For the full story, pick up […]

  • Reed schools district honors teachers and staff at end-of-year celebration
    by Emily Lavin on 05/06/2019 at 4:32 pm

    Paul Devoto was named the Reed Union School District's Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019 — one of more than a dozen teachers, classified staff and retirees honored at the district’s annual year-end Celebration of Education, held May 29 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in […]

  • Trails group appeals ruling over access to private Tiburon Ridge property
    on 29/05/2019 at 11:27 pm

    The Tiburon Peninsula citizens group battling for public access to trails on 110 acres of private property on the Tiburon Ridge is appealing a Marin judge’s ruling in favor of the landowner, the Martha Co. The Martha Co., a coalition of heirs of John L. Reed, wants to develop 43 homes sites […]

  • Break in Tiburon spews at least 670 gallons of sewage into Richardson Bay
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 29/05/2019 at 11:26 pm

    A May 17 sewer-main break just west of Blackie’s Pasture spewed thousands of gallons of raw sewage onto the street and down into the stormwater drainage system, with at least 670 gallons of sewage making its way into Richardson Bay wildlife sanctuary waters before the spill could be […]

  • Tiburon OKs dual-stream recycling, to consider increase in garbage rates
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 29/05/2019 at 11:24 pm

    Tiburon officials have authorized a switch to dual-stream recycling — requiring customers sort out clean paper products from other types of recyclables — but even with the cost-cutting measure, residents and businesses face a 4.01-percent increase in garbage and recycling pickup rates. […]

  • Belvedere may remove cap for construction fines
    by Hannah Weikel on 29/05/2019 at 11:24 pm

    Belvedere officials are considering unlimited penalties on delinquent construction projects in an effort to speed up home builds that can sometimes stretch for years. Under the proposed ordinance change — most recently approved by a unanimous vote at the Planning Commission’s May 21 […]

  • Tiburon teen takes on leadership role as Tam district student trustee
    by Emily Lavin on 29/05/2019 at 11:23 pm

    Lauren Steele didn’t know much about the Tamalpais Union High School District board of trustees when she decided to run for a seat as Redwood High School’s student representative on the board. However, after she found out the district was going to spend the 2018-2019 school year […]

  • Fine-art dealership Trinity House now open on Ark Row
    by Diane Smith on 29/05/2019 at 11:20 pm

    Trinity House Paintings founder Steven Beale opened his first art gallery in 2006 on his home turf in the Cotswolds, England. Since then, Trinity House Paintings has become an international art dealership. A second gallery opened in 2009 in Mayfair, London, and a third in 2011 in New York City. Its […]

  • Tiburon resident helps lead University of Washington rowers to Pac-12 victory
    on 29/05/2019 at 11:19 pm

    Tiburon’s Dana Brooks helped the University of Washington women’s rowing team claim victory at the Pac-12 Rowing Championships, held in wet weather May 19 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma.For the full story, pick up this week's edition of The Ark on newsstands or […]

  • Wildflower Watch: Herb native to California has more than 200 species
    by Joan Linn Bekins on 29/05/2019 at 11:17 pm

    Phacelia is an herb native to California and is confined to the western part of the U.S. It is a genus that has more than 200 species in the order Boraginales. Clusters of phacelia flowers range in lovely colors from pinkish blue to various shades of lavender and purple. Most are annuals. In Marin, […]

  • Tiburon teen's YouTube videos prompt police investigations, student walkout at Redwood
    by Hannah Weikel on 22/05/2019 at 11:13 pm

    A Tiburon teenager with nearly 1 million followers has become the subject of at least one police investigation and a student walkout for inflammatory far-right videos she’s posted to her YouTube channel, including one in which she threatens to kill the CEO of YouTube and her children. The […]

  • Tiburon signals it will help pay for library expansion
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 22/05/2019 at 11:10 pm

    The Tiburon Town Council appears poised to contribute cash to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library expansion project but won’t make the decision until at least June 5, voting to wait until it can review the library’s revised $1.1-million request to share costs in context with the town’s […]

  • Revamped garden takes root at Reed Elementary School
    by Emily Lavin on 22/05/2019 at 11:06 pm

    A long-overgrown garden at Reed Elementary School is springing back to life. The small patch of land, tucked into a corner of the campus that backs up to Lyford Drive, was just a few months ago filled with weeds, a couple of neglected garden beds and some scattered planter boxes. Now, the area […]

  • Belvedere to dip into reserves to tackle city projects
    by Hannah Weikel on 22/05/2019 at 10:32 pm

    Belvedere officials anticipate the city will have to dip into its savings by more than half a million dollars next fiscal year to fund $1.6 million in capital-improvement projects, to provide raises and training to nearly all staff and to continue operations of its full-service Police Department […]

  • Tiburon to move forward with drone ban over schools
    by Deirdre McCrohan on 22/05/2019 at 10:31 pm

    At the urging of the Reed Union School District, Tiburon is planning to ban drones from flying over the town’s three public schools. The Tiburon Town Council at its May 15 meeting voted unanimously to direct staff to develop an anti-drone regulation that could be in place by the start of the […]

  • Patricia (Pat) Goetz
    on 22/05/2019 at 10:28 pm

    Patricia (Pat) Way Goetz passed away peacefully on May 2, 2019, in Carmel, CA. She was 91. Pat was born July 24, 1927, in Illinois to George and Irene Way. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, in 1944 then went on to earn a BA in English from Duke University in 1948. There, she […]

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