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April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
Jennifer McGaffey April 15, 2014 at 11:10 am
I saw the eclipse begin, at 11 pm through (very) thin clouds. I came back outside and watched it toRead More totality at just past midnight, with clouds getting heavier (so sometimes it was nearly blurred out, sometimes it was almost clear - I could see Spica nearby and Mars a little further away). And then I went to bed - didn't try to watch it come out.
Maureen Haesloop April 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm
I was bummed out. I could barely see the moon through the light fog, as the earth started to blockRead More the moon, but when it was a total eclipse, and because of I guess the blood shade of red, it became completely viewless. Boo Hoo. The night before would have absolutely been the perfect night.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 11:23 am
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 02:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
April's blood moon eclipse will show itself on April 15, 2014. Photo Credit: jurvetson, via flickr creative commons
Paul Kamen April 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm
It cleared up nicely for the eclipse, as viewed from the upper deck of Berkeley Yacht Club. TheRead More theme of this year's eclipse class was 15th Century Chinese Survey Techniques. By observing the same eclipse at widely separated locations, and then measuring the time difference to meridian transit of a known star or planet (using a water clock), ancient map-makers could establish longitude with surprising accuracy. Last night us amateurs came within 23 seconds of getting the time of the start of totality correct (after averaging all the guesses), which is only a 4.5 mile error in longitude. We'll do this again in October.
wendy April 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Mesmerizing!!! Couldn't stop watching! I I got some eerie interesting fotos.
Nicki Layne April 15, 2014 at 12:37 pm
@wendy ~ I hope you share them! We tried to get pictures but they weren't turning out and I wouldRead More love to have a few...
Livermore89 April 7, 2014 at 08:40 am
If you would like to get better informed about how to protect you and your family, and how you canRead More be asset to your neighborhood and community, the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department is offering FREE CERT (COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM) training. Call: (925) 454-2361 or Email: CERT@LPFire.org for more information.
April April 7, 2014 at 09:12 am
After the 89 quake we learned a lot, like DO NOT turn off your gas main, could be months before itRead More is restored. Gas smalls like onions or another foul stench, yet- the aroma doesn't akways mean a gas main is broken. Keep aplastic garbage can in the garage, put your batteries, fl;ashlights, can goods, can opener, tp, wet ones, first aid, kids comfort items (blankies, teddies) in there too, makes kids feel safe to know they have those things. Water and water, candy bars, energy bars, some clothing, windbreakers, etc. change that water out, doesn't last forever. Maybe even your camp gear- after 89 we didn't want to go back inside, too many aftershocks. My fireplace poker flew across the room like supernatural forces! Have a plan for your kids- a pick up tree of sorts, so the kids know they will be fetched eventually in the case of a major quake. You can be stuck in an elevator for 12 hours- you can be stranded at work-make a family plan and you will feel less anxiety.
christopher papazoglow April 7, 2014 at 04:28 pm
If you work in "the city" keep a pair of sturdy boots at work. In 1989, several people iRead More know found themselves having to navigate their way home through broken glass and "rubble", such as concrete and stone that had fallen from the facings of buildings.
Roger Tyson April 1, 2014 at 11:17 am
"When April Fool's Turns Tragic": Sure, it's all fun and games...Read More http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9xWdeWtHag ...until somebody REALLY gets hurt! [Note: The above is actually a 1 minute COMEDY video!]
Michael John Torrey April 2, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Attn: Mrs. Ms. Autumn Johnson In answer to your question "What is AprilRead More Fool's day?" It is a practical joke day that was actually created to honor Court Jesters who's job it was to keep the hierarchy happy & laughing at their silly routines. That is my understanding. "The biggest fool at last is the one who comes after April Fool's day has past". Michael John Torrey E-mail-mjohntorrey54@yahoo.com Alameda, CA. 94501-1875
Mr. Pickles March 31, 2014 at 10:00 am
Watch out! Accuweather predict 1/4 inch of rain for Livermore. Run to high ground.
maria March 31, 2014 at 01:37 pm
Hi Everyone! As I write this it's pouring rain outside and it's forecast to remain this way for aRead More few days. I know it's Spring Break for AUSD, so I just wanted to remind everyone that if you are in town and if you are looking for something to do INSIDE, you are all welcome to check out a free class for your child at our school, The Original Alameda Martial Arts on Bay Farm. (www.alamedamartialarts.com.) A lot of our regular students are on vacation elsewhere so we've got room and we are open. If you have a hard time, enrolling online, no worries, just arrive a few minutes early, wear some comfy clothes and come on down. Monday/Wednesday: Kids (White belt 6-9) 4:00- 5:00 Teens (White belt 10 & Up) 7:00-8:00. Tuesday/Thursday: Pee Wees (4-5) 4:00-4:30 Teen Yoga (10 & up) 4:30-5:30 Family Class (moms and dads welcome to join kids) 6:30-7:30 (Thursdays only:) Self Defense 101 for adults 7:30 Email me if you have questions: alamedamartialarts@gmail.com
Trader Lu March 31, 2014 at 04:47 pm
Mr. Pickles, we already have had .57 inches. So glad you warned me.
Dan March 29, 2014 at 10:15 am
Any rationale why the spike in prices? Gas in Danville is over $4/gallon.
Anne K. March 29, 2014 at 10:57 am
Glad I have a hybrid and not a gas guzzling SUV!
David March 29, 2014 at 04:39 pm
Its just that time of year when the refineries do mandatory maintenance and that takes supply out ofRead More the market. This always makes gas jump up weather its justified or not. Counter the jump by having OIH in your portfolio.
Screenshot of California Lottery Powerball draw.
terryhi March 24, 2014 at 06:11 am
"Herder" Road? Somebody needs to try "Harder".
karth turnage March 26, 2014 at 10:38 am
Hey Terry, Don't be so herd on them,give them a little respect.
mr magoo March 19, 2014 at 01:31 pm
Anyone know a lawyer that'll sue the patch for my lost chance at half billion? Seriously why sendRead More this the day after the lottery?
Jon Spangler March 12, 2014 at 07:37 pm
The link to this story showed up Wednesday night at 7:14 PM -- "a day late and a dollarRead More short" to be useful as a warning.
Margaret Tong March 12, 2014 at 07:38 pm
it was a grand day for getting your washing dried
Autumn Johnson (Editor) March 12, 2014 at 08:21 pm
@Jon: This was posted yesterday at 1:24 p.m. on all of the East Bay sites, which is shown at the topRead More of the article.
Stewart Gooderman March 8, 2014 at 03:31 pm
Over 5000 complaints and not even 300 tickets? 4500+ complaints were bogus?
Roger Coryell March 16, 2014 at 09:34 am
This self-annoited board can take a flying leap. Their authority has no legitimacy.
Al Nymous March 5, 2014 at 11:26 am
..And the federal parks are now used as a hostage whenever the administration can't get what itRead More wants.
Al Nymous March 5, 2014 at 11:28 am
If it was Bush you hippies would have burst into flames.
novato 3per March 5, 2014 at 07:37 pm
This article only underscores the tragedy and stupidity of closing parts of said park system for 4Read More month periods for no good reason. Next it will be 6 months, then forever. Creeping Socialism, everywhere I look. Renee, you posted this article about the same time as the other one on the Mational Park closure allegedly on behalf of seals , where you waiting for someone to put the two together? Ironic.
novato 3per March 4, 2014 at 06:17 am
The Irish Department of Health's deputy chief medical officer has warned that people who live nearRead More wind turbines risk having their health and psychological well being compromised. The Irish Examiner reports that, following a review of research on the effects of wind turbine noise on human health, the deputy CMO said, "There is a consistent cluster of symptoms related to wind turbine syndrome which occurs in a number of people in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines." ‘Wind turbine syndrome’ is a condition suffered by people living within earshot of the noise made by wind turbine blades as they spin round. The blades are known to make infrasounds, vibrations that we cannot consciously "hear", yet still have an effect on the inner ear. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headache, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia. "There are specific risk factors for this syndrome and people with these risk factors experience symptoms. These people must be treated appropriately and sensitively as these symptoms can be very debilitating," the deputy CMO added. The Irish Department of the Environment looks set to ignore the advice, however. It has dismissed the deputy CMO's findings as "a preliminary literature review and not a recommendation of the Department of Health." The Department of Health is also choosing to downplay the warning, saying that it was "general overview of the literature in this area" that "did not constitute expert advice."
novato 3per March 4, 2014 at 06:31 am
Report: DC’s green-approved buildings using more energy Washington, D.C. may have the highestRead More number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good. The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/02/report-dcs-green-approved-buildings-using-more-energy/#ixzz2v0L0HRwO
Leslie kemp March 4, 2014 at 07:18 am
If you're going to report on the rain shouldn't it be current. This article was written on 2/28 andRead More it's now 3/3. Doesn't make sense after the fact. Just sayin'.
Bart Grossman February 27, 2014 at 10:58 am
Why do these articles always begin with the announcement that rain makes no difference in a drought?Read More It's a stupid and pointless assertion.
SM February 27, 2014 at 11:47 am
I don't think it's stupid. Maybe it will remind people that they still need to conserve.
Gary Matalucci February 28, 2014 at 04:56 am
Wash away the Bulb.