August 13 | What a waste — of water and time

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle is a marvel, not just esthetically but mechanically. With a little routine maintenance — clearing it of leaves and other debris, cleaning the filters of the pumping system, checking the water chemistry — it flows and flows, recycling the same 5,000-plus gallons of water day after day. Except, that is, when someone...

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August 3 | FOFW Featured in Local Magazine

Friends and neighbors: Please keep an eye out for the August issue of Berkeley Hills Living magazine. It features a cover story on Friends of the Fountain and Walk board member Jim Reynolds and his wife Ruth. Jim has been a board member of FOFW for several years now, and heads up our monthly workday volunteer crew with fellow board...

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July 9 | Another Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: On Thursday, July 7, a large truck entering The Circle from The Arlington ran up onto the the center island and knocked down two of the concrete bollards on the rim of the island. Some neighbors who witnessed it managed to get the ID of the company that apparently owns the truck and get that to police...

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June 28 | SOLVED!: A seed-napping on Fountain Walk?

An update: Shortly after this note was posted, a neighbor contacted us to say they had removed the Love-in-a-Mist cuttings in an effort to keep Fountain Walk clean. The cuttings and seed pods have been recovered and will help beautify the lower Walk planting beds in the future. Friends and neighbors: For many years now, Fountain Walk neighbor Wendy Wells...

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March 3 | A More Walkable Fountain Walk

Friends and neighbors: Every day for more than a century, Berkeleyans have been traversing the two-block length of Fountain Walk between the south entrance to the Solano Tunnel and The Circle, home of the landmark Fountain at The Circle. In the previous century, it provided a connection for commuters moving between local trolleys on The Circle and trains heading to...

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January 27 | Repairs at The Circle Underway

Friends and neighbors: This morning (Jan. 27), almost a month after a large truck knocked over several of the bollards lining the perimeter of the fountain island in the middle of The Circle, repairs got underway. A city crew was out early digging up the toppled bollards, assessing the damage, and re-erecting the pillars that form protective barrier. It seems...

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December 28 | An Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: This was to be a year-end note expressing our gratitude to everyone who has shown their support for Friends of the Fountain and Walk this year, especially our devoted volunteers and those who have responded so generously to our annual holiday mailing. It is truly touching to see just how much this community values the Fountain at...

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December 5 | Fountain Dressed for the Holidays!

Friends and neighbors: The holiday lights and greenery are up on the Fountain at The Circle. Volunteers were out Saturday, Dec. 4, to string lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island and to adorn the fountain’s grizzly bear cubs with wreaths and kippot.       They also carried out the monthly cleanup of The Circle, Fountain Walk...

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November 23 | Fountain-Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Friends and neighbors: The holiday season of this second year of pandemic is almost upon us. We hope that you and yours have been  staying safe and well. This note is to remind you that the ‘SHOP” page of our website is active again. Here you will find lovely fountain-themed photographs, note cards and greeting cards, magnets, bear cub T-shirts,...

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September 11 | Celebrating 25 Years of the (New) Fountain at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: In September 1996, a few thousand people gathered in and around The Circle in Northbrae to dedicate the newly reborn Fountain at The Circle. The fountain, which replicated a landmark 1911 fountain that had been destroyed in a huge truck crash nearly 40 years before, was the result of an amazing community-led effort that also led to...

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