Last Monday was the first day of school for the public schools in Alameda. Playgrounds like the one at Franklin School, above, have been quiet for months but are now bustling with students. Remember to obey the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit both in school zones and just about everywhere else in town. Many kids walk and bike to school and their safety depends on safe drivers.
Both current and prospective Coast Guard Pacific Area commanders, Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray and Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, inspect the honor platoon during the change of command ceremonies last Tuesday, Aug. 15, at Coast Guard Island. The command’s area of responsibility encompasses six continents, 71 countries and more than 74 million square miles of ocean.
Water company sliplining Alameda Interceptor Pipe for wastewater
Residents who have witnessed the arrival of 42-inch wide, 200-foot long pipes along Grand Street and Clement Avenue this week are seeing the beginning of an East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) project to slipline a major wastewater pipe called the Alameda Interceptor Pipe.
A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. It is the first-of-its-kind on the West Coast. With seals starting to use the new platform, a milestone has been reached culminating two-and-a-half years of citizen advocacy to maintain a resting site for harbor seals at Alameda Point. A ferry maintenance facility is slated to begin construction this summer where the seals have been finding solitude for more than a decade. The new float will be anchored 100 yards from the facility.
Alameda’s most prominent street fair that brings original art, rides, live music and creative foods to Park Street, the Art & Wine Faire, took place last weekend. Thousands attended the two-day festival. Locals and visitors to Alameda alike could enjoy fried rutabaga, cauliflower- and potato-based fair foods (above left) that had a distinct vegetarian flair. Eleven local bands performed on two stages over both days. Event organizers with the Downtown Alameda Business Assocation said Saturday afternoon’s crowd was among the largest ever seen at the fair.