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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French - April 2016


Cotati Heart & Soul - April 2016

by Deborah Taylor-French

Cotati K-9 Team Officer Brian Deaton and Remo 

An odd yet comforting feeling comes over me when I watch our traffic officer on his Harley-Davidson, using a hand held radar. Most days of the week he positions himself to catch speeders and to stop distracted drivers from racing though downtown. In our neighborhood, we have a challenging left-hand turn, when we want to go north on Old Redwood Highway. I’m sure that our traffic officer receives dozens of silent words of gratitude for calming traffic. A neighbor on Valparaiso Avenue posted a sign on their front yard. It states, drive like your dog got out. I like that. How about posting this version? Drive like your kid got out.

“Law enforcement officers issued 116 citations in Cotati traffic sting” by Randi Rossmann, The Press Democrat, February 10, 2016, 3:23pm:

“’…Officers issued 116 citations in Cotati traffic sting…violations included cellphone use, unbuckled seat belts and speeding, according to Cotati police. Sonoma County law enforcement working together to focus on traffic safety,’ said Cotati’s Lt. Bill French. ‘The effort involved five local agencies and included 21 officers on motorcycles and two in patrol cars.’

Plus 40 drivers were given warnings and two vehicles were impounded. The most serious case of the morning involved a person arrested…on a no-bail warrant involving a drunken-driving case.”

Roses fragrant, rambling, near and dear at Garden Valley Ranch  Want the real deal on growing roses? Garden Valley Ranch, which was planted in 1980 with over 8,000 rose bushes makes the top of my garden list each year. This February we brought home a second Eden, a climbing rose. Eden and a hybrid musk rose, Buff Beauty, continue to delight visitors to our garden. Both rose varieties come highly recommended by Rayford Clayton Reddell. Reddell founded, built and ran Garden Valley Ranch, specializing in rambling, climbing and fragrant roses. Best known for his book, The Rose Bible, Reddell published a garden column for the San Francisco Chronicle and regular contributor to Horticulture magazine.

Rancho Cotate HS Eco-activists Work for Better Communities 

Global Student Embassy, an annual exchange program, brings youth leaders from our partner communities in Ecuador and Nicaragua to work with our partner schools in Northern California. Rancho Cotate High School students worked side by side their international peers to build planter boxes out of the redwood that was milled from the trees cut down last year.

Soil and mulch were generously donated from local businesses as are the seeds we will be sowing this year at a dedication ceremony for the schools new garden. The dedication ceremony will take place during Unity Week, when Rancho Cotate students will also learn more about the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua this summer to reconnect with the friends they made and support local school garden projects in Chacareseca.

We are so proud of our student leaders and our amazing teacher partners for turning this challenging situation into an incredible lesson for students and asset for the school for years to come. Visit to learn more and to join us in developing community leaders through action oriented environmental education.

Recreation Classes with Ongoing Enrollment 

City of Cotati Recreation hosts ongoing classes at the Ray Miller Community Center.

Aikido on Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-8:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Eagle Room. For information or to enroll, see the instructor immediately prior to class.

Karate Classes for Adults and Children on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Eagle Room. Please contact Karen MacDonald for enrollment and to offer a class call 707-206-8393.