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Daring to be different: Davisites recall their involvement in the civil rights movement

Erie Vitiello always knew her parents weren’t like the rest of the family. Vitiello’s parents, Betty and Bill Pearson, welcomed civil rights lawyers into their Mississippi home during the civil rights era. Betty advocated for the desegregation of the local public schools, and Bill joined the delegation that gave Mississippi blacks a voice at the […]

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Captain Christmas’ entertains the neighborhood

* Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series taking a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an elaborate Christmas display. Drive down Cowell Boulevard anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and you’ll likely be halted in your tracks by a sudden blaze of lights from a single home. Every edge of the narrow […]

December 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

How to create ‘a Christmas explosion’

When Derrick Bang begins setting up his elaborate outdoor Christmas display, he keeps the neighbors in mind.

Three times per evening during the holiday season, Bang’s front yard at 4350 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis dances through a Christmas light show. Sixteen different strings of lights burst on and fade out in time to jazzy music. Sometimes a crowd gathers to watch.

Bang, who worries that the music and crowds might bother some people, is grateful to have “great neighbors on both sides,” he said.

The artistic process of a neighborhood legend

Derrick Bang remembers the first time he put up Christmas decorations, 30 years ago.

“I thought, ‘Let’s do something a little out of the ordinary,’ ” he recalled.

Bang, who grew up in a family that was “very serious about Christmas,” intended to put a traditional Santa and reindeer in the front yard. But he wanted his decorations to be unique.

So he built them himself, basing his painted plywood figures on characters from a Sandra Boynton Christmas card.

Since then, Bang’s holiday display has grown. And the Bang house, at 4350 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis, has become quite the neighborhood legend.

“Strangers stop and ask, ‘What’s going to be new this year?’ ” Bang said. “The problem with developing a reputation is you have to live up to it.”

Howzat! Cricket tradition grows in Davis

The bat strikes the ball with a solid thock sound. Spectators cheer as the batsman dashes toward the wicket …

Wait. Batsman? Wicket?

Another solid thock. This time the bat connects fully and the ball really takes flight, arcing up and over the group of players, past the edge of the field. The crowd goes wild.

Welcome to the world of Davis cricket.

No, this isn’t baseball. And if you head out to Arroyo Park on a fine Sunday in the fall, the crowd of ball players isn’t clustered around home base but around the pitch, a rectangle of well-worn grass in the center of a round field.

Unitrans persists through changing times

In 1968, when the Associated Students of UC Davis decided to start a bus system for UCD students, they considered contracting with a school bus operator. But the little-kid image associated with a yellow school bus “wasn’t what students wanted,” said Unitrans general manager Anthony Palmere. “The idea was to make the service attractive to […]

October 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local teacher and artist turns 100

Kathy Bitzer received a special gift for her 100th birthday: a photo album with pictures of all the dolls she’s made. Bitzer, who turned 100 on Aug. 6, celebrated her birthday with family and friends at a party thrown by members of the Davis Doll Collectors Club. Bitzer, who made reproductions of antique dolls by hand, […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

100 years’ worth of stories

Bud Meyer just had his first birthday. His first triple-digit birthday, that is. Bud turned 100 on Tuesday, an occasion that he celebrated with family and friends. Bud lives in Davis with his wife, Maude, and a caregiver. Though he sometimes forgets what he said a minute before, Bud still recalls stories from his youth nearly a […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Celebrations | Tagged ,

Well-known artist will be juror for exhibition

Gregory Kondos, a landscape painter, will be the juror for the upcoming “Art Farm” exhibition, YoloArts announced Thursday. YoloArts will accept submissions for the exhibition through 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The exhibition will open Friday, Oct. 3, at Gallery 625 at the County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. According to a YoloArts new […]

August 28, 2014 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

‘We’re the ones who are being trained': Assistance dog helps boy, family

Tyler Abbanat faces more challenges than most other 10-year-old boys. Tyler, who goes by Ty, has been in and out of the hospital for a severe bowel condition. One year, the Davis boy was hospitalized seven times. At age 4 1/2, he underwent surgery. Then, when he was 6 years old, Ty was diagnosed with autism. Repeated hospitalizations have […]

August 14, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fleet Feet Sports: ‘From the couch to the finish line’

Fleet Feet Sports of Davis has been open for barely a minute on a Monday morning, and the small store is already bustling. A customer browses running socks amid racks of workout wear. Another admires the shelves of shoes that cover the walls almost to the ceiling. And two customers sit on benches at the back of the […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Public opinion sought about Nishi Gateway

The city of Davis is seeking public participation in a community-based planning process for the Downtown University Gateway District project. Community members are invited to share their opinions and ideas for the project in an online survey at NishiGateway.org. The project site encompasses the Nishi property — a wedge-shaped piece of land west of downtown, between Interstate […]

September 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Businesses will welcome students at Discover Davis event

Downtown businesses will roll out the welcome mat for UC Davis students at Discover Davis on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Central Park. The event will be offered alongside the weekly Picnic in the Park celebration hosted by the Davis Farmers Market. Discover Davis is free for UC Davis students, and will include music, […]

August 12, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Master Gardeners will host tomato tasting

Community members are invited to taste heirloom tomatoes grown by Yolo County Master Gardeners at the Woodland Farmers Market’s seventh annual Tomato Festival. The free event will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at Heritage Plaza on Main Street in downtown Woodland. The tomato taste test will help the Master Gardeners discover the […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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