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Gossamer Grove: Shafter's largest home development takes flight

Builders are keeping busy with steady work on the homes at the Gossamer Grove development in southeast Shafter.

A huge, pre-recession housing development along 7th Standard Road has come back to life and could see people moving in as soon as October.

Gossamer Grove, a more than 3,000-home community with two planned schools and nine parks, was among several area projects halted by the housing crash.

It’s unclear when, or if, those other projects, totaling another nearly 6,000 homes, will come to fruition.

So far only 400 of Gossamer’s homes have been approved by the Shafter City Council; five to 10 of those homes, plus a park, will be built by the end of this

Narducci's Cafe on East 21st Street is closed for now but the new manager intends to open on Sept. 1.

What's up with Narducci's Cafe?

It’s a good thing picon punch and pickled tongue are not hard to come by in Old Town Kern since Narducci’s Cafe turned away all comers this week, the restaurant/bar temporarily closed as a new manager prepares to take over the iconic establishment. Angel Gonzalez, who owns the Bull Shed bar and

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