Archive for June, 2011


Posted in EVENTS on June 30, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert
Friends and Family,
Looking for something fun this weekend?  Look no more. This Sunday’s FREE Oakland East Bay Symphony at The Craneway Pavilion offers exciting entertainment for the whole family.  Enjoy live music, food and spectacular fireworks over the waterfront!
Hosting the event for the 3rd consecutive year is the historic Craneway Pavilion on SF Bay, near Pt. Richmond.  The Craneway’s companion restaurant — Boilerhouse Restaurant — will seat guests at 5pm and remain open throughout the evening. RESERVATIONS are recommended (510) 215-6000 The bike-&-walking trail, wharf area and parking open at 5pm. 
KBLX Kimmie Tayor is this year’s emcee.  At 6:30 the music begins with Khalil Shaheed and Oaktown Jazz Workshops. By 8 pm the conductor of OEBS Michael Morgan will lead the orchestra, playing popular and rousing works
BYOB means Bring Your Own Blanket — or folding chair. Seating is limited, even through the Craneway venue is 45,000 sq feet and held a sell-out crowd of 4,500 fans at the recent Wavvy Gravy birthday party concert.The entire Craneway building is more than 500,000 sq feet. It was built in 1930 by Albert Kahn  for Henry Ford’s auto factory. In 1941 women took over and made tanks. Soon the Rosie the Rivetor WW II Homefront War museum  will be relocated by The Craneway Pavillion.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…

Posted in EVENTS on June 22, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert


My family joined both Giants and A’s fans over the Father’s Day weekend to cheer their favorite teams (we like both teams).  Baseball season is an exciting time for fans of all ages.


Sadly, one of the biggest fans will be missed.  Tim Moellering is no longer here to cheer on the SF Giants or CAL Bears. His favorite teams of all are the many youth baseball teams he coached through the years. There have so many Little League and high school teams in Tim’s career it’s hard to count them all.  As important as coaching were his roles as teacher and mentor.  My sons Rob and James were lucky enough to have Tim as their coach for the Mudhens, in North Oakland Little League.


One of the memorable moments of the team came during playoffs on a hot, late afternoon game in Contra Costa.  The Mudhens were trailing, but pulled ahead in one of the last innings.  Suddenly, the ref called the game — mid-inning — because he thought it was getting too dark to continue play. So the score reverted back to the previous inning, when the Mudhens were losing.  Irate Mudhen parents (myself included) were outraged and ran out onto the field.  The only person calm and rational was Tim.  He reminded parents and players to keep it in perspective.  He said the ref called the game from a viewpoint of safety.  He said the Mudhens played a good game and a great season, with many more to come.  It was almost like Moses turning back the Red Sea.  The players shook hands with their opponents.  We said our goodbyes and left the field with our heads held high.


These rules were passed out at the Memorial Service for Tim held January 29, 2011, at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California.

(1) Have empathy for everyone.

– If you remember or read Tim’s favorite book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” you’ll learn from Atticus Finch. “Crawl in someone’s else’s skin and walk around in it.”

(2) Tell the truth.

– When you tell the truth you have less to remember. You know you never lied and eventually everyone will trust you.

(3) Be reliable.

– Do what you say you are going to do, even if it means showing up on time. People will trust you.

(4) Assume positive intent.

– Assume everything everyone does is with good intentions. If they are incompetent, so be it, but it doesn’t hurt you to assume they are doing their best. You will be able to understand their actions when you don’t judge.

(5) Be physically active.

– Better than any drugs. It’s fun; it can be a big boon in your social life. If you are running an errand, walk or ride a bike because you will feel better. It may not be obvious at first, but it adds up.

(6) Just do it.

– If the choice is between sitting around and doing nothing or doing something, do something every single time.

(7) Don’t blame anyone.

– THIS IS KEY. No one is to blame for anything. Only you can change what you do. If you blame someone else then you can’t solve the problem…instead, you are telling someone else to solve the problem. If you don’t blame other people then you will be able to take control.

(8) Your possessions can be replaced.

– People are obsessed with their possessions. It’s a terrible way of living by letting your possessions control you. When you let go of your possessions, you become free. There’s little relationship between wealth and happiness.

(9) Carpe Diem.

– “Seize the day.” Accomplish something everyday, otherwise you are wasting your time. There’s always something wonderful to experience, go do it.

(10) Solve your problems.

– Some people like to have problems so that they have something to complain about. Don’t waste your time. It also gives you something to do, something to strive for.


Tim Moellering Juniors-Seniors Scholarship Fund

If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to continue Tim’s legacy of leadership and service to our local youth, please make a check payable to “NOLL-SOLL Tim Moellering Scholarship” and mail it to the league address:

North and South Oakland Little Leagues

PO Box 11383, Oakland, CA 94611

Father’s Rule!

Posted in BERKELEY on June 16, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Friends and neighbors,


If you’re a dad or have a dad, you’re probably thinking about Father’s Day. It’s almost here. Enjoy your dad. Celebrate! Here’s a photo of my sons James and Rob with their dad  Fred.

Father’s Day shows our appreciation of parenting by dads as well as moms.  The first Father’s Day was in 1908.  Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton wanted to honor the memory of her father.  He had died in a West Virginia mining accident that claimed more than two hundred miners, most of them fathers. Through the years, it took a while for Father’s Day to become a recognized holiday. But in 1972 Father’s day was proclaimed a permanent national holiday.

Make everyday Father’s Day – and Mother’s Day too.


High Hopes

Posted in BERKELEY on June 8, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

It’s inspiring to know that some young people move above and beyond difficult circumstances to create a better future for themselves, their families and ultimately, for all of us.

The Berkeley Community Fund honored 16 Berkeley High students Monday night at the High Hopes Scholarship Awards Ceremony. We could hardly stop applauding the young scholars, who have achieved so much.  Each was presented with scholarship  supplements and a commitment for mentoring through four years of college

The 16 soon-to-be Berkeley High

grads won scholarships toward college.

The event was held at the recently renovated YMCA Teen Center, 2111 Martin Luther King, in downtown Berkeley–near Berkeley High. The Teen Center is an amazing story of its own

                                                                                                                                                                      A colorful mural painted by students in the 

 hallway of the new YMCA Teen Center.

Keynote speaker was The Honorable Leo Dorado, Alameda Superior Court Judge, who revealed the challenges of his own childhood growing up in a loving but poor Hispanic family, surrounded by violence and poverty.  Dorado encouraged the scholarship recipients to keep on giving their all. And he left them with advice from one of America’s most well-know and popular authors:

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”

                                                                                – Mark Twain

(left) Susie & Rob Goodin with longtime friend (right) Judge Leo Dorado. (center) Bob Stein is a supporter of Berkelely Community Fund and is married to Jessica Pers, President, Board of Directors (not shown).

(from left) Hillary Perkins, John Abrate, Alan Carr, Pennie Finnie, Skip Battle, Fred Nachtwey, and William Lee. Abrate and Lee representing Union Bank are interested in learning more about how the bank might support Berkeley Community Fund.

(left) Penny Finnie, VP, Board of Directors, with Alan Carr who helped conduct student interviews. (right) Hillary Perkins and her husband, Skip Battle, have given several scholarships.