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On eve of retirement, a look back atTim O’Keefe’s tenure

On Tim O’Keefe’s first day as Rossmoor CEO, on Nov. 16, 2015, his predecessor Warren Salmon handed him a couple of folders, and a hefty to-do list therein. “He said, ‘Tim, you’re going to negotiate the Comcast contract and oh, by the way, we’re right in the middle of finalizing the design plans for a $10 million renovation of the Fitness Center … a...
Posted on November 29, 2022
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A Piece of the Past Reborn

How Rossmoor Stables found a new home Just off Bear Creek Road, west of Briones Regional Park and north of Orinda in the unincorporated hamlet of Briones, are several equestrian-related properties. One of them is accessed by a gravel turnoff marked by signs that say “Hossmoor.” Being as “hoss” is a dialectal variant pronunciation of “horse,” it’s n...
Posted on November 29, 2022
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Rossmoor resident brings stones to life

Michael Rizza has made over 500 sculptures Rossmoor resident Michael Rizza has been sculpting for 61 years, completing hundreds of pieces ranging from tabletop size to cast bronze works over 10 feet tall. His materials encompass nearly everything used in sculpture: many kinds of stone, bronze, aluminum, plaster and composites from all over the worl...
Posted on November 29, 2022
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Studio users ready to pack up,make way for renovations

Woodshop, lapidary, RAA part of Phase II work Agroup of people gathered Oct. 28 in the woodshop at Gateway clutching various knives in little bags. They were part of what has become a twice-a-month ritual for brothers Al and John Kaufman, spending Friday morning sharpening knives of all descriptions and sizes for Rossmoor residents. Robert Fletcher...
Posted on November 22, 2022
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TV station makes Rossmoor tick

Staff Spotlight Staff makes move to the digital age look easy Though it’s been a familiar, treasured staple for more than three decades, Rossmoor Television is in a new era. Branded for years as Channel 28, the operation has blossomed in recent months into much more than a Comcast channel. Its programming can be viewed on smartphones and tablets vi...
Posted on November 22, 2022
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EV chargers to launch in December

Shopping center almost ready with stations It has been a longer wait than initially anticipated, but electric vehicle owners soon should be able to get quite a charge from a new charging station at Rossmoor Shopping Center. Electrify America EV chargers are expected to go live on Wednesday, Dec. 7, according is expected to open in spring 2023, acco...
Posted on November 22, 2022
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Water recycling – what comes next for GRF

It appears that all options for bringing more water to Rossmoor, in whatever form is most practical, are still on the table after an Oct. 26 town hall forum in Lafayette. And none of them is likely to yield quick results. Given the high cost of delivering recycled water to Rossmoor and surrounding areas, other options – including “potable re-use” w...
Posted on November 22, 2022
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Planning Committee prioritizes capital projects

List includes maintenance projects, to go before Board The GRF Planning Committee on Nov. 10 voted to recommend the GRF Board approve a list of capital projects for 2023 that includes $600,000 in additional pickleball court funding, pedestrian access control measures for the front gate, $125,000 for tennis court resurfacing at Buckeye and $175,000 ...
Posted on November 15, 2022
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‘I’m kind of a little miracle’

Becky Smith back home after May 18 accident Becky Smith was never so glad to be home in her life. It was Friday, Nov. 3 at about 5 p.m., about 5 ½ months after she had last left her Canyonwood Court home to walk with her small dog to a nearby parklet. The days had grown much shorter now than when she was last there. “The bunny from last Easter neve...
Posted on November 15, 2022