November 8 | Fountain-Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Dear Friend of FOFW, The holiday season of this very strange year is almost upon us. We hope that you and yours have been and are staying safe and well. This note is just to let you know that the ‘SHOP” page of our website is active again. There you will find lovely photos, note and greeting cards and magnets;...

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October 1 | Oct. 8 T1 Bond Meeting

Dear Friends of FOFW, In November 2016, Berkeley voters approved Measure T1, a $100 million bond measure to repair, renovate, replace or reconstruct elements of our city’s aging infrastructure. Phase 1, approved in 2017, has funded more than 45 projects through 2021, including renovation of the North Berkeley Senior Center and Live Oak Community Center, as well as various park upgrades,...

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September 27 | Ruth Bear Ginsburg?

Friends and neighbors: Or maybe Ruth Bader Grizzly? Over the weekend, someone adorned one of the Fountain at The Circle’s grizzly bear cub sculptures with a collar reminiscent of those famously worn by the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (see the attached photo). In general, we discourage anyone from going onto the fountain island for any reason, or...

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September 10 | Why the Fountain Has Been Dark This Week

The landmark Fountain at The Circle has been dark and dry much of the past week. There’s nothing wrong with it: the pumping system is fine, the lights have not been dimmed by a power shutoff, and water, thankfully, remains plentiful for now. The fountain is off because, for the third time in less than a week, someone decided to...

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June 19 | Misinformation at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: Sometime in the past few days, someone posted a flyer around The Circle claiming that Friends of the Fountain and Walk had removed a banner that had been hung on a nearby fence. That is not true, and, as far as I can tell, whoever posted that information did not contact our organization to ask if it...

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June 8 | Protest and Pettiness at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed the past few days some young people out around the Fountain at The Circle carrying out a small protest action in solidarity with those going on around the country and the globe regarding racial justice. They are holding signs and encouraging passers-by to show support. As a rule, Friends of the Fountain and...

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May 29 | Fountain Off for Repairs

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note to explain why the Fountain at The Circle has been off or empty a few times recently, including this weekend. In late April, a problem developed with one of the pumps that powers the fountain and with a circuit breaker for the fountain lights. Our partners in the city’s maintenance crew investigated, and...

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April 13 | Please Stay Safe and Be Well

Friends and neighbors: We hope everyone is doing all they can to be safe and sound during the continuing shelter in place situation. We at Friends of the Fountain and Walk encourage you to follow all the guidelines that have been put forward to help ensure your own health and the health of others. Just like the community effort it...

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March 24 | Greetings from Friends of the Fountain and Walk

Friends and neighbors: Just a note to say we hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy during this ongoing health crisis. Our community has been through numerous challenges since the Fountain at The Circle was first installed in 1911: two world wars, a Great Depression and recession, a global flu pandemic, the upheaval of the 1960s to...

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March 11 | Fountain at The Circle Off Briefly

Friends and neighbors: Just a note to say if you noticed the fountain not operating the last 24 hours or so, not to worry. It will be back up and running very soon. A small but important component of the fountain pumping system needed repair. That work is being done, and the pumps should be back on sometime today. Thanks...

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