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Napa on Patch, Month 4: February 2011

Napa Patch posted 149 articles in February. Here’s a sampling, as we continue the month-by-month countdown to our first anniversary Nov. 22.

Obituaries

Remembering a "fearless soul" who "pushed people to live."

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At Starbucks on Soscol, co-workers and friends remember a beloved barista who lost his life at 18.

Police & Fire

Bay City News reports that Claude Foulk, who was arrested at the hospital almost a year ago, was found guilty Thursday of sexual acts against his adopted son.

By Bay City News Service.

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Monday night's incident ended when a troubled individual was coaxed off the overpass by authorities.

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District attorney's office says shooting was justified.

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No, it wasn't an Obama visit: Those helicopters flying over Napa yesterday were from television stations eager to cover the search for a 7-year-old who turned out to be at a friend's house.

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With the help of a new video-surveillance system, Napa police say they've identified seven middle-schoolers suspected in a string of break-ins and vandalism on Napa Valley Unified School District property.

By Bay City News Service.

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Ceriani Drive residents had to jump from the second floor to evade the early-morning fire, which is under investigation.

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A police dog found the suspect in a creek near Buhman Park after a woman said he used a knife to demand money.

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Napa residents and officials discussed the controversial red-light program this week.

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On Saturday, another 17 Napans completed FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team training. I was one of them.

House Hunt

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A townhouse or condo could be the solution for first-time homebuyers.

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Four bedrooms, under $400,000 -- even in Browns Valley.

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Check out these "Mad Men"-era homes for sale around Napa, all built between 1960 and 1969.

Opinion

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George Webber is a one-of-a-kind historian, giving locals and tourists a personal glimpse into Napa's past on his popular walking tour

The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District celebrates its fourth year.

You've read about the "jovial gathering" that celebrated the fourth anniversary of the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District last week at the Napa River Inn -- Now you can see who was there in these 15 photos from the event.

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A transplant discovers a welcome sense of community in downtown Napa.

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I’ve grown more confident with my molecular gastronomy kit and have been experimenting with ways to upgrade comfort food in my tiny Napa kitchen.

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Winter is a wonderful excuse to simmer something on the stove all day: You generate heat and make the house smell great.

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On Valentine's Day, my heart beats for a fridge freshly filled with the perfect provisions with which to prepare a sumptuous feast for my one true love.

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From the executive director of Arts Council Napa Valley.

Images of Napa people all over town -- and even in Sonoma.

Business

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The two branches of Charter Oak Bank, which had been in receivership by the FDIC, will become Bank of Marin branches on Feb. 22.

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Michael Murray from Napa Valley Investment Group LLC shares some information for customers of the failed Charter Oak Bank.

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Jeremy Fox departs Rotisserie and Wine after five months to pursue other projects.

Community News

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Devoted community members provide love and training to the abandoned cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals in need of permanent homes.

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At a meeting with developers, residents learned of the proposal to build low-income and moderate-income apartments at the end of Valle Verde Drive.

Arts

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"Art on First" project aims to put some pizzazz into First Street's empty storefronts.

The "dead end" of First Street hasn't been this busy in decades.

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The biennial singing contest is back at the Napa Valley Opera House. Contestants in Round 1: Berkeley Rousseau, Adeliz M. Calderon, Shelby Lanterman, Tori Langfitt, Grance Beirao, Lucy Bunter, Pedro Paniagua and Shelby Higginbotham.

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Contestants in Round 2 of the teen singing contest: Kyle Cuddy, Itzel Fernanda Sanchez, Alec Higginbotham, Caroline Hynote, Katelyn Leveque, Chloe Madison Jakubowski, Samantha Moore, Anna “Belle” Mourraille and Brandon Carrigan.

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Contestants in Round 3 of the teen singing contest: Janelle Borges, Kylie Dreyer (winner), Emily Duncan (winner), Alexis Guiterrez, Madi Lippmann (winner), Tessa Mattfield, Colin Powers, Maija Starr, Mattea Williams and Katelyn Young.

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A 13-year-old and a 15-year-old move on to the final round of the singing contest, Saturday night at the Napa Valley Opera House.

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A snapshot of the final results in the biennial singing contest.

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Refresh your senses with a visit to di Rosa, where you can bask in art and nature at the same time.

Schools

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Parents can't count on walking their children to the neighborhood school any more, but open enrollment offers the chance to choose a campus. Be sure to have a second choice -- at some schools, demand outnumbers the available classroom seats.

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