Tim Patterson is one of many Berkeley residents who make their own wine. Read our story. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Berkeley’s first Sunday Streets on Shattuck Avenue on Oct. 14 was deemed a tremendous success, both because of the turn-out — estimates put participant numbers at 30,000-40,000 — and because of the feedback received by organizers. More than one Berkeleysider wished the car-free fest could be a monthly, or even weekly, event.

The pursuit by police of two residential robbery suspects, interrupted mid-crime in south Berkeley, put two elementary schools and a convalescent care center on lockdown on Wednesday. More than one reader questioned whether the response was an over-reaction.

Other stories that proved popular: Are we ready for a repeat of the 1868 earthquake?; Six Berkeley restaurants snag Michelin Bib Gourmands; and Home winemaking: a particularly Berkeley pastime (pictured above).

Meanwhile, election fever is heating up as our coverage, our Opinionator section, and the hundreds of reader comments attest. Visit Berkeleyside’s Voter’s Edge Berkeley for complete coverage and tracking of the city’s ten ballot measures. And visit Berkeleyside’s Election 2012 section to see all our coverage in the run-up to Nov. 6.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...