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Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - November 2015


Penngrove Station by Lyndi Brown - November 2015

by Lyndi Brown

Tusler Papers Go To Bancroft Library Collection

What’s a columnist to do when her husband’s papers enter the Bancroft Library? Correct -- put it in my column! The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley has added the personal papers, articles and photographs of Anthony Tusler to its Disability Rights and Independent Living Movement archive (DRILM). Tusler’s materials recognize  his 40-year leadership in the disability rights movement nationwide and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He captured gritty, on-the-street photo images of disability rights activists who pressed for the signing of Section 504 during  their 26-day sit-in of the San Francisco Federal Building in 1977. The occupation led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Tusler’s  archives are part of two Bay Area exhibits. His photographs, beggar’s cards and protest buttons are included in the Bancroft Library’s exhibit “Nothing About Us, Without Us: 25th Anniversary of the ADA”  at the Doe Library, UC Berkeley through February 12, 2016. A second exhibit is "Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights" at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, through December 18, 2015 (organized by SFSU’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability). On Monday, November 2, at 11am: Tusler leads a guided tour of the exhibit. The  Ed Roberts Campus is above Ashby BART. The exhibit is also online at 


The Girls Around the Corner

I’m glad I met the Mahoney family at our Penngrove neighborhood’s block party last month. Heather Mahoney is a 6th grader at Corona Creek school. She  plays soccer and lives with sister Hadley and parents John and Melodese in Penngrove. The 11-year old started racquetball lessons at age 6, and is ranked #1 in the nation and #3 worldwide in her age group. She’s even sponsored by racquet manufacturer Ektelon. The family will travel to the World Championships in Dominican Republic early this month. “It’s cool to make new friends from all over,” she said. She won her #3 ranking at last year’s World Championships in Colombia, where she enjoyed the beautiful beaches “and ate a lot of rice and beans.” 

Dad John introduced her to the sport, and “my coach Brian Dixon is great and really works with me” at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club.  “I practice year round,”  said Heather. “I’m on a traveling soccer team, and in Girl Scouts.”  Fourteen-year old sister Hadley Mahoney pursues her own interests, as a volunteer at Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She likes to read, write fiction and songs and play guitar. She’s an 8th grader at Kenilworth Junior High. “I do geometry and advanced English,”  said Hadley. “I want to try out for volleyball and football and learn drums.” She reads action adventure, historical books “and about Greek gods.”  This is a family to keep an eye on!


Penngrove Mural 

The mural wall at Penngrove Store is happening. At press time, the primer is done and artist Jason Holtz got to work. We’ll have a scene of the Sonoma hills, dotted with animals. Come and see!


Drive Like Your Kids Live Here

The Woodward Street neighborhood is sporting three new red and white signs: Drive Like Your Kids Live Here. Thank you to the family that acquired the signs. Check out the website or Facebook group by the same name for your own neighborhood efforts. 


Petaluma Shout-Outs: Walnut Park Renovation Ribbon-Cutting was held October 16. Congratulations to the 230 supporters who bring us new sidewalks, benches, a seating cap on the Children’s playground wall, fresh paint on both the gazebo and restroom building, a Peace Pole, commemorative bricks and landscaping! Thanks are due to all, and a wave to lead supporters Friedman Home Improvement, Lagunitas Brewing and Shamrock Materials. The project was organized by seven service clubs dubbed Petaluma Service Alliance and project chairperson Maureen Frances. Maureen, may you join Walnut Park’s 19th Century founder, Addie Atwater, in the annals of Petaluma history.