.Hero & Zero


Many of us are wondering how we can help animals affected by the Australian wildfires. When Auli Sookari, of Tam Valley, learned the Oakland Zoo was collecting pouches for the animals, instead of picking up her thread and needle alone, she recruited 17 volunteers from her neighborhood to join her in sewing the much-needed pouches. Orphaned baby marsupials require the substitute pouches for comfort and support.
Auli organized a two-day workshop, donated her studio space and provided recycled fabric and tools to the volunteers. Together, they made 105 pouches for the young marsupials, which they will be sendt to animal-rescue teams in Australia.
Thank you to Auli and her team of crafters for providing relief to the Aussie animals.


Last week, two thieves ripped off the Sports Basement in Novato’s Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. The remarkable aspect of this crime is the audacity displayed by the shoplifters. They simply walked out of the store laden with armfuls of high-end jackets. The pair made absolutely no attempt to conceal their score. After loading the stolen clothes into a silver BMW, they left the scene.
Two days later, the man and a different woman returned to Vintage Oaks. A witness to the Sports Basement crime contacted the Novato Police Department. Officers quickly responded and caught up to Marcus Anderson of Oakland. On this excursion, Anderson entered several stores in the shopping center and returned clothing without receipts. This guy is brazen. He allegedly steals stuff and then returns it to the store for a refund.
The police checked out the silver BMW at the scene and found more new apparel and a device used to remove tags from clothing. Anderson, it seems, was a busy boy.
Police booked himHe was booked into Marin County Jail on several counts of burglary and organized retail theft. They should add a charge for chutzpah, too.

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Nikki Silverstein
Nikki Silverstein is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Pacific Sun since 2005. She escaped Florida after college and now lives in Sausalito with her Chiweenie and an assortment of foster dogs. Send news tips to [email protected].


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