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    PG Middle School Honored

    Pacific Grove Middle School named a Distinguished School under the 2021 California Distinguished Schools Program. Amid the backdrop of uncertainty and hardship facing all California schools this past year, this recognition is especially remarkable. The only other school in Monterey County to be so recognized is San Benancio Middle School.

    PG Middle School Principal Sean Roach said: Being one of only two schools in Monterey County to receive this award is quite an honor. It is entirely a team effort, our faculty and staff all pulling in the same direction, with our eyes on the same prize! We’re especially proud of reducing the achievement gap and seeing big improvement in our at-promise students! PGMS is Proud!”

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    Panetta wants $12 Million to save Monarchs

    Congressman Jimmy Panetta held a press conference at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History Saturday to announce reintroduction of the bi-partisan Monarch Act and the Highway and Pollinator Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Panetta said these acts will commit over $12 million to “stem the imminent risk of extinction of the Western Monarch species, a major pollinator for our crops and bright icon for our culture”.

    The full story will be presented in the next issue of the Cedar Street Times online Friday April 2, 2010.

    Panetta Press Conf. Protect the Monarch Butterflys

    On Saturday, March 27 at 2:30PM PT, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) will hold a press conference on the introduction of his two bills to prevent further decline of the Western Monarch Butterfly.  Congressman Panetta will be joined by Mayor Bill Peake of Pacific Grove and Mayor Donna Meyers of Santa Cruz in the Central Coast Native Plant Garden at the Natural History Museum in Pacific Grove.  A staff representative of the museum will be in attendance to answer questions surrounding the native plant garden, which is home to local plants that attract the Western Monarch and play a crucial role in the species’ conservation.

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    Pacific Grove Library Concert

    For a wonderful live musical performance and
    a peek into the Pacific Grove Library

    The Monterey Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will broadcast its next virtual performance from the newly renovated library on Saturday, March 27 at 4:00 p.m. (PDT).

    This 30 minute Balcony Session features the MSO’s principal flautist Dawn Walker and cellist Mark Walker with a special guest appearance by MSO Executive Director and violinist Nicola Reilly.

    To view the performance follow either link to Vimeo video sharing platform or the MSO YouTube channel.

    Library Manager Diana Godwin reminds us that “The light and warmth of the library is a beautiful backdrop for a classical music concert, and library staff are looking forward to hosting the Monterey Symphony. We are also pleased to be able to provide a look into the library.”

    Full program details and artist’s bios can be found at the Symphony’s website: www.MontereySymphony.org

    The Monterey Symphony was founded in 1946. The Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

    PG Museum Opens April 9

    PG Museum Announces Reopening Plans

    In preparation for reopening with guidance from State, City, and public health authorities, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History announced today limited operating days and hours, a new ticketing reservation policy, and health and safety measures so everyone can safely enjoy visiting their favorite local Museum.

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    Good Old Days Program, 2016

    Coyotes Spotted Around Pacific Grove

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on September 3, 2014

    Interpretive Boulder/Panel Project Nears Completion

    To be placed at the site of the Chinese Fishing Village: Dedication September 20

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    Thinking of opening a business in Pacific Grove?

    New Web Tool Smooths the Path

    Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed in the United States. These employers are a key element to creating strong communities, but their first interface with local government often relies upon pen, paper and in-person visits to City offices. Read more…»

    City Council Action 12-18-13

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on December 18, 2013 include: Read more…»

    Community Calendar of Events 2014 Available

    Are you planning your year (or part of it) and want to know what’s going on in Pacific Grove and nearby communities? Are you planning an event of your own and want to be sure not to conflict with someone else’s? Here’s a place to start. The Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce has put out a calendar of events and we’ve added a few that we know about. If you want your event to be added to the calendar, please drop us an email at editor@cedarstreettimes.com

    It’s a pdf. Feel free to download it and print it out and post it on the wall! Here’s the link:


    Don’t Eat Sport-Caught Shellfish from Monterey Bay

    Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water: Well, you can go in, and you can even do some clamming, but don’t eat the clams. Or mussels. Or scallops.

    CDPH Warns Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Monterey Bay or Inner Tomales Bay Read more…»

    City Council Actions 11/20/13

    Major actions taken by the Council at its regular meeting on November 20, 2013 include: Read more…»

    We get a little rain and we forget to put the rain gauge in…

    …despite our faithful rain reporter’s best efforts.

    Rainfall for the week ending 11-21-13 is 0. 36”

    This year cumulative rainfall to date is 1.02”

    The historic cumulative average to date is 2.82”

    Summary of City Council Action 10-16-13 meeting

     Recognized Emil Font, a Pacific Grove resident, for his actions in accosting a burglar in his home and assisting Police in the follow-up investigation, which led to Read more…»

    4th Annual Blessing of the Monarch Sanctuary Sept. 22, 2013

    An overflow group of butterfly enthusiasts joined hands in a circle — that became more like an amoeba — to hear and repeat prayers in the Ohlone language, listen to a chant offered by the Rinpoche, partake in a smudging cleaning ceremony and toss flowers and native herbs into the sanctuary to bless the trees and pray for the return of the butterflies. Louise Ramirez, Tribal Chairwoman of the Ohlone-Castanoan-Esselen Nation of the Central Coast presented a plaque to Mayor Bill Kampe, as well as gifts to Helen Johnson and to Bob Pacelli.

    Young, old, residents and a few surprised tourists took part. The Sanctuary paths are clean and smooth, the butterfly trees are roped off, and butterfly bench donated years ago via Ro Vaccaro has been repaired and powder-coated. All that we need now is some butterflies.

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    Sprucing up the neighborhood

    by Dixie Layne

    The day we lost 9 trees.Thank you, Pacific Grove.

    It has been some years in the making but the businesses that surround Fountain Avenue at Lighthouse are feeling pretty good these days. We have been lit, paved, painted, and soon to be washed. We are feeling so good about things these days that we believe we’ll get our trees back.  Good things are happening all around our neighborhood.

    It has been “a long and winding road” but life is returning to our neighborhood.

    The deterioration of our neighborhood started many years ago – a “sink hole” formed in the middle of the parking lot and the roots from one tree near the bus stop caused the sidewalk to buckle; the theater closed and Holman’s was desperately in need of some TLC. About three years ago motorists took out two of our street lights – one above Lighthouse and the other below. Then to top it all off, PG&E came in to replace a transformer and managed to set fire to Favaloro’s Bistro, and for the past couple of years uninvited visitors began finding their way down Gardner’s Alley to pinch recyclables and sleep behind the buildings. Was the sad state of our neighborhood just the inspiration someone needed to break into Hauk Fine Art? Things were not looking good around the neighborhood. Read more…»

    Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns Chalk Fest coming

    The Feast of Lanterns Chalk Fest will be held Saturday, July 20 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Chalk will be provided at this free event. During a day dedicated to Pacific Grove folklore, Read more…»

    Aggressive deer reported in Pacific Grove

    The Pacific Grove Police Department Animal Control Officer has received reports of deer acting aggressively.

    Deer are not inherently aggressive animals. However, a doe may become aggressive if she perceives that her young are threatened and act in defense of her fawn, especially if she perceives a dog as a predator.

    To reduce the likelihood of an unfavorable encounter with deer, please adhere to these tips: Read more…»

    More info in Pacific Grove’s app

    Pacific Grove released their free new mobile application today, which allows users to quickly get information about the community, find businesses, learn about upcoming events and report issues using their Android or iPhone device. Read more…»

    Working to redeem the hyperbaric chamber (pictures)

    It and its monoplace predessor have treated an estimated 400 patients since 1966 but Pacific Grove’s hyperbaric chamber has been offline for a number of months for, of all things, insurance reasons. Read more…»

    We’re leaving for Nicaragua Feb. 14: What are you doing Valentine’s night?

    T.A.S.K 4 U & ME ~ Together Achieving Successful Kindness along with members of Monterey Pacific Rotary will be traveling to Nicaragua for the fourth straight year along with eight students from Pacific Grove. The group will be returning to Nicaragua, servicing five cities in six days!

    In a 4-year period these two programs together have connected hearts not just in Nicaragua, but right here in our own country. Read more…»

    Pot holes? City’s getting a smart phone app for that

    Pacific Grove will soon be able to get news to residents and visitors via a native smart phone application. Read more…»

    Architects tell timetable for Fountain Ave. project

    Ken Yamauchi, Architect presented an update to the school board at their recent meeting on the site improvement behind the Middle School which will create a permanent division on Fountain Avenue between Hillcrest Avenue and Sinex Avenue with cul-de-sacs and form a pedestrian walkway from the campus to the athletic field. Read more…»

    Popular elephant seal becomes a big bully

    By Thom Akeman

    The large elephant seal that has been visiting Pacific Grove on and off for the past six weeks turned mean this week and started chasing the smaller harbor seals off the beach they frequent at Hopkins Marine Station. Read more…»

    A great link to a newsletter about home remodeling and more, with an emphasis on the historical properties here in Pacific Grove

    Edmonds Design & Construction-

    Jeff Edmonds -Pacific Grove, Ca. 93950 /831-402-1347 www.edmondsconstruction.com


    Updated vote counts as of 5:00 PM on 11/16/12

    BILL KAMPE 4,846 70.42%
    CARMELITA GARCIA 2,036 29.58%
    Total 6,882 100.00%

    PACIFIC GROVE City Council (Top 3) Read more…»

    PGHS’s Arwa Awan takes Poetry Out Loud at County

    Now it’s on to Sacramento for Pacific Grove’s fourth year running

    Arwa Awan took first prize at the county level of Poetry Out Loud with her dramatic recitations of Emily Dickinson’s It was not Death for I Stood Up and The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada. Lyla Mahmoud, PGHS runner-up, recited Cartoon Physics by Nick Flynn.

    Runner-up in the County competition was Chloe Reimann of Santa Catalina, who recited Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins and The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound. Santa Catalina’s runner-up was Mary Cho who recited Ecology by Jack Collom.

    Former Pacific Grove Poet-In-Residence Garland Thompson acted as emcee for the event. He told how, in 2007, he was driving down the highway near Spreckels and heard a broadcast on NPR about Poetry Out Loud. He was so amazed and excited that he pulled his car over and made the phone contacts that eventually brought the opportunity to Monterey County schools.

    Arwa will now go on to Sacramento to compete at the state level. Her three predecessors, Kylie Batlin (2009), Morgan Brown (2010) and Robert Marchand (2011) all went to the State level, and Brown and Marchand went on to the national level.

    My mommy sings a paean to PG thrift stores

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