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ABC has picked up a new comedy built around "a feisty young food blogger" named Gabi.

Any resemblance to Santa Rosa-born Gabi Moskowitz is highly intentional.

Gabi is the 2000 Santa Rosa High alum who's on fire as a cookbook author and San Francisco-based blogger on matters related to food and life. A recent post:

"I have been written about in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine, and yet, nothing makes my father (Santa Rosa attorney Larry Moskowitz) giddier than when someone from his synagogue says something nice about me."

Gabi played a role in the creation of ABC's "Young - Hungry." The star of the show, Emily Osment of "Hannah Montana," portrays a food blogger who yearns to be the personal chef to a young tech entrepreneur played by Jonathan Sadowski.

Production begins any day now in L.A.

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HE ISN'T WALKING, yet.: But nearly three months after Healdsburg cook Joel Billman damaged his spine in a fall on Fitch Mountain he's working through the pain and feeling hugely thankful.

"It's kind of a slow, long road," said Billman, who's 52 and was last on the kitchen crew at Chalkboard.

Largely paralyzed from the waist down, doctors tell him the pain and other sensations he feels in his legs are hopeful signs that he may regain the ability to walk.

Meanwhile, he wants Healdsburg firefighters and REACH copter crewmembers to know he credits them with his life. He also thanks everyone who's helped him or donated relief funds to PayPal through his wife Nance's email, peacenance@gmail.com.

"I'm not sure if I'm going to be cooking again," Billman said. We'll hope.

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STUPPIN EVEN BOLDER: Jack Stuppin, renowned for his audaciously vibrant landscapes, now is showing alongside Highway 101.

The Sonoma County Museum chose his Russian River scene of blue hills and patchwork vineyards for its new billboard by the southbound lanes, between Coddingtown and College Avenue.

It's grand treatment of one of Jack's paintings of nature in hyper-colors that people will swear make them feel happier and more alive. Jack says the county museum has that same effect on him.

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RIDING FOR MARK: The gleeful cyclist who succumbed to heart failure while riding in Annadel just after Christmas will be there in spirit at two memorial rides later this week.

Members of the Caravanning Club at Maria Carrillo High will dedicate their Friday morning ride to school to Mark Harrington. His wife, Ely, teaches at the school.

Watch for the ride between about 7:30 and 8 along Sonoma Highway, Mission Boulevard, Montecito Boulevard and Calistoga Road.

Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Harrington will be on the minds of cyclists who'll meet at the Cobblestone trailhead on Channel Drive and head into the state park that was one of his favorite spots on earth.

(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.)

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