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Business Beat: 05/15/2014

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New plans for AT&T cell tower in Kenwood

Last year, AT&T submitted a use permit application to the county for a cell tower off of Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood, but had to withdraw that application because of a land use conflict particular to that property. Now AT&T is back with a new tower proposal on a different parcel up the road, this one for 8057 Sonoma Hwy.

The telecommunications facility would consist of a 60-foot high faux water tank with twelve antennas. The ground equipment would be enclosed within 11.5- by 12-foot equipment shelter, with a back-up generator on a concrete pad. The entire facility would be surrounded by a fenced enclosure.

The facility would address what AT&T calls a “significant coverage gap” in the area.

According to the use permit application, the tower would be 1,400 feet from Sonoma Hwy. on the back of the two-acre parcel, and would not be visible from the highway.

Any comments on the proposal or requests for more information can be directed to the county planner assigned to the application, Misti Harris. She can be contacted at 565-1352, or

Job fair for new Aventine Restaurant in Glen Ellen

Aventine Glen Ellen will be opening up soon in Jack London Village, and there are some great opportunities to work in a dynamic restaurant environment under an experienced owner and chef, Adolfo Veronese.

Aventine is holding a Job Fair May 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Jack London Village, 14301 Arnold Dr. Veronese is looking for a host/hostess, servers, bussers, food runners, bartenders, cooks, dish washers, banquet staff, and an assistant general manger. Bring your resume and references, and be ready to interview.

Aventine will be the third location for Veronese, having opened Taverna Aventine in 2007 in San Francisco, and Aventine Hollywood in 2012.

Open Mic at Vineyards Inn

The Vineyards Inn Spanish Bar & Grill in Kenwood will be hosting an Open Mic on Monday, May 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

Now's your chance to sing, recite, yodel - you name it. Bring your family and friends!

Vineyards Inn is located at 8445 Sonoma Hwy. They can be reached at 833-4500, or check out their website at

Buy tickets now for Sonoma Lavender Festival

Every year, the Sonoma Lavender Festival in Kenwood sells out, so don't dawdle this time.

The Sonoma Lavender Festival is held on a five-acre lavender farm in Kenwood, and celebrates lavender and its many beautiful and aromatic uses.

This year, the event takes place June 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 8537 Sonoma Hwy.

There will be educational demonstrations, a lavender plant sale, u-cut fresh lavender, massage, face painting, lavender honey, craft-making and more. The days include guitar music by Nate Lopez, wine by Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood, and BR Cohn Winery, lavender cuisine by WOW! With chefs Evelyn Cheatham and Mary Bergin, sparkling wine by Breathless, Lagunitas beer, and Broadway songs by Transcendence Theater.

Free seminars will be available, including “Growing Lavender,” “Lavender Fields of America,” and “Cooking with Lavender.”

Cost for the Lavender Festival is $15, children under 12 are free. Proceeds benefit the Education for the Arts program at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, which provides live performances for 30,000 children a year.

Go to to buy tickets. For more information, call 523-4411, or email

New online resource for well owners

If you have a private well, there is a new one-stop source of information about everything well-related,

The well management website educates and helps guide private well owners through the maze of ownership. Well owners - particularly those fairly new to a rural environment - need information they can easily access on maintenance tips, tricks and tools, common well water and equipment issues, and locating service providers.

Sonoma County alone has more than 50,000 operating wells, serving more than 25 percent of the overall population.

On the website, there is extensive information about types of wells, water supply basics, water systems, water contamination, governmental oversight and regulations, and emergency help. There is also a reference library and a glossary of commonly used well terms.

The website also has an open community forum where private well owners can speak to each other and service providers.

So for the latest well management news and information, go to, or check out the Facebook page at

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