Archive for July, 2011

Not for Women Only — Everyone’s Invited!

Posted in BERKELEY, EVENTS on July 27, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

 Happy 100th Birthday!


  Berkeley / Albany / Emeryville

Founded 1911

                  Please join us!


League of Women Voters BAE

Community Luncheon

Thursday August 18, 2011

Hs Lordships, Berkeley Marina

11:30am           Meet and Greet

12-1:30pm       Luncheon and Program

SPEAKER Christina Romer

Professor of Economics, University of California

Chair, President’s Council of Economic Advisers 2009-10

“The Challenges of Economic Policymaking: Inside View”


“Honoring League Presidents since 1911. They have steadfastly guided our League for 100 years, through their concern for democratic process, civic involvement and diligence.”

 Honoree Fran Packard for 40 years of service

(see information card below)

 Also honoring Berkeley Community Fund


See Information Card below (click image to make bigger)


Win a replica of Susan B. Anthony’s famous handbag!

Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and can be ordered by mail through LWVBAE office.

Reservations by Saturday, August 6th


Posted in BERKELEY on July 20, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Tim Moellering in plaid shirt

Baseball teaches us about winning and losing, and other important life lessons. Perhaps the best summary of life lessons is “Tim Moellering’s Top Ten Rules to Live By.” As a youth baseball coach, educator and mentor, Tim influenced and inspired kids and adults.

Tim’s “Top Ten Rules” are many people’s refrigerators – including ours. So here they are, back by popular demand.












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

July 4th Revisited

Posted in EVENTS on July 13, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

The Parkside neighborhood in Berkeley once again celebrated Independence Day with a parade and other festivities.  For the past 50 years or so, residents of all ages have joined together for songs, speeches, food and fun.  This year Adrian McEvilly helped make snow cones when he wasn’t cooking hotdogs from Star Market.  Adrian grew up in the neighborhood which is near and dear to his heart.

A picture’s worth a thousand words so here is goes…

Go for the GOLD

Posted in EVENTS on July 8, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

During the riots in Athens came an email news flash from my husband, Fred.  He and seven of his nine siblings were there, to cheer for their sister in the Special Olympics.  The third of ten children, Mary Louise had walked her way through competitions in the Midwest before being chosen for the 400 and 800 meter events. Her nickname was “Lob” short for Louie Lobster.  Her siblings, in-laws and nieces and nephews wore matching  “Team Lob” t-shirts with pride.

Lou as always was totally on message: Go for the Gold. 


“Lou won the gold medal for the 800 meters today!” reported Fred.
“She started off slow but passed her competitors one by one, and led
the entire last lap. We were in  tears when we she came down the last hundred meters, totally focused, exhausted, exhilarated.”


Lou had this to say: “I was always was a good walker. I loved to walk

home from school with my brothers, when they would let me be with  them.”


For Lou this experience was more than her personal best. As a toddler she had brain damage with some retardation from meningitis. She suffered from frequent seizures, and more than once her sisters pulled her out from the bottom of a swimming pool. Lou always took strong medications to control the seizures but the side effects slowed her down mentally and inhibited her personality.  Despite this disability, Lou kept a steady job for more than 15 years, cleaning rooms at the Drury Inn in Springsfield, IL.


A few years ago, Lou’s siblings decided it was important for her to become more independent gave the go ahead for Lou to have brain surgery in order to decrease the need for the meds.  Lou underwent successful brain surgery and really came into her own without the strong medications. 

Remarkably, Lou never complained despite her struggles. All her life people thought she couldn’t keep up, didn’t understand, and would never be independent, and always would be different.

Her father, Robert Nachtwey, a physician, made a point of telling everyone: “Mary Louise is my favorite child.”

Yes, Lou is different. Now and forever she’s a Gold Medalist. If only her parents could have lived to see this day!


Celebrating Friendship at The Craneway Pavilion

Posted in EVENTS on July 6, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert


Karen O’Neill, my friend since third grade in St. Louis, joined me for an Independence Day Concert performed by the Oakland East Bay Symphony

The spectacular setting was the historic Craneway Pavillion on the edge of  SF Bay, perfect for viewing one of the best fireworks shows ever. Beforehand, people enjoyed food provided by Boiler House Restaurant  and strolled along the bike trail that runs from Emeryville to Richmond.

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Pre-concert performances were by Khalil Shaheed and Oak Town Jazz Workshops.  The Symphony’s musical program included popular songs from The Sound of Music. Amazing was a piano concerto by 13-year-old Misha Galant, a winner of the OEBS Young Artist Competition.

When the fireworks began, Michael Morgan, music director of OEBS, led the orchestra in a rousing patriotic medley.  Afterwards, the symphony played more familiar songs for those who lingered.  Learn more about the upcoming season Subscribe & Save! 510.444.0801. 

The title sponsor of this free event is Target along with other local sponsors, who make it possible to have incredible evening of entertainment.