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At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

Above, Alameda resident Les Hilger kisses Poe after paying for the privilege. Hilger’s organization, Alameda Support Foundation, donated $5,000 to the Angel Fund for sick and injured animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Poe has a neurological condition, but he’ll still be in the kissing booth at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St., from 2 to 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when a donation to the Angel Fund will earn you a kiss from Poe.

Anita Hollerer-Squire has lived in Alameda for three years. She is originally from Austria, and has spent many years travelling around the world. Her husband is part of Artemis Racing, the Swedish team that took part in the 34th America’s Cup races in 2013. Artemis was based at Alameda Point during the races and many of the team’s families took up residence here.

“Since we arrived, the people in Alameda have been so welcoming and friendly and have included us into their community,” she said. Hollerer-Squire would like to repay this kindness and give something back.

Alameda Resident Abigail Leong, has been awarded a President’s Scholarship worth $25,000 a year — along with the opportunity to earn even more from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Wash. Leong was chosen from among the 500 incoming first-year students who apply for the scholarships each year.

PLU offers merit scholarships to recognize academic achievement, leadership and service. The President’s Scholarships are renewable for three additional years of undergraduate study.  

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis will visit Alameda Free Library by live video stream Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Shalvis will discuss her bestselling romance novels just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Shalvis is the author of more than 50 contemporary romance novels, including her award-winning Lucky Harbor series. She lives in a small Sierra town full of quirky characters. 

Visit jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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