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Winter wonderland

Hundreds gathered in downtown Tiburon on Dec. 3 for the annual tree-lighting ceremony on Fountain Plaza, which featured carols by the St. Hilary School children's choir with cookies and hot chocolate from Belvedere Hawthorne Nursery School. The event was part of the daylong Tiburon Holiday Festival, which kicked off with old-fashioned horse-drawn-carriage rides before Santa Claus arrived downtown on a Tiburon Peninsula Fire Department fire truck. The day's events also included holiday ornament- and gingerbread house-decorating.

(Elliot Karlan / For The Ark)

 

Pop-up fest allows for one-stop donations to charities

By DIERDRE McCROHAN
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Pamela Dunn of Tiburon was sitting at the Thanksgiving dinner table, a guest alongside her 14-year-old son, feeling she had much to be thankful for. When the discussion turned to charities and how to give in a meaningful way, an idea came to her: People want to be giving, she thought, and it would be wonderful to make it easier for them to give.

Dunn, a marketing and event-management professional who has planned events for high-tech companies around the world, sprang to action, organizing a one-stop, "One Day of Giving" pop-up donation festival at which local residents could bring donations of money and toys and other gifts for their favorite charities to a single place.

The festival is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the parking lot of the old Shark's Deli at 1600 Tiburon Blvd., at the corner of Tiburon Boulevard and Beach Road. Commercial property owner ACV Argo Tiburon LP donated the use of the lot for the day.

"We're offering one place where you can take everything," Dunn says. "Everyone wants to give. We're making it easy for people to give. I think people will feel good about it."

Dunn has lined up more than a dozen local charities and nonprofits to participate, from ReCares, which redistributes donated medical equipment and home health-care supplies, to One Warm Coat, which distributes donated coats to the homeless.

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Tiburon, Belvedere among best in nation for green-energy use

By MATTHEW HOSE
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Tiburon and Belvedere are now getting about half of their overall electricity from renewable resources, joining other Marin municipalities that dominate 13 of the top 15 spots on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of Green Power Communities for 2016.

Using numbers from 2015, 49.7 percent of Tiburon's and 48.9 percent of Belvedere's residential and commercial electricity came from renewable sources, placing the cities sixth and seventh, respectively, on the EPA's list. That list ranks the percentage of green power used as part of total electricity use among Green Power Communities, or communities that have partnered with the EPA to meet or exceed the agency's minimum green power requirements.

In Marin, only Fairfax, Mill Valley and San Anselmo ranked higher on the list of 62 communities, with all three using just above 52 percent green power.
Both Tiburon and Belvedere have doubled their renewable resource usage for electricity since just 2012, when 23.9 percent of Tiburon's and 23.3 percent of Belvedere's electricity came from renewable resources.

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Mill Valley schools tax passes by a hair; Strawberry votes no

By MATTHEW HOSE
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A parcel tax that would continue funding 20 percent of the Mill Valley School District's budget will likely pass by just two-dozen votes.

Measure E, a ballot measure voted on by Strawberry residents, has earned 66.79 percent of votes counted in the Nov. 8 election.

With a parcel tax requiring two-thirds of the vote, that means the tax will likely pass by just 24 votes out of the 18,674 people who voted in the race.

"It is unbelievable, and I think it's truly a lesson that every vote counts," said Emily Uhlhorn, the Measure E campaign chair.

Assistant Registrar of Voters Melvin Briones said all of the votes have been counted in the race, but election officials planned to wait until 4 p.m. Dec. 6 to certify the election.

"We just want to make sure that we look through everything we have here to make sure there's no ballots unaccounted for," Briones said.

If it were up to Strawberry voters, though, the measure would have failed. With a turnout of 88.2 percent in the election, just 62 percent of Strawberry voters were in favor of the measure.

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