Feature Articles

The Alameda Powerlifting team drove up north in October to the mountainous town of Portola, Calif., to compete at the second annual Plumes Thunder Powerlifting Classic promoted by the American Powerlifting Association.
The team represented itself in a big way. Many records were achieved as well as two best lifter awards. 
Kevin Costa broke the multiply 198-lb. open class state record with a 490-lb. bench press in a strong attempt at 500 lbs.

A festive holiday fundraiser for the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a supportive housing community that uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, has been set for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

As the holidays approach, some might be searching for a gift that truly has meaning this year. The American Red Cross reminds us that a simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones: a blood or platelet donation. 

In a unanimous opinion issued Friday, Nov. 13, the California Court of Appeal found the complaint filed by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant in 2011, alleging unlawful termination, was without any merit and dismissed the lawsuit in total. The city was awarded some $250,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and will be able to recoup additional attorney’s fees from a previous defense.

Three local poets will release their new poetry books at a special event Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Cathy Dana, Vince Storti and Natica Angilly have new collections of poetry and will read from their books at the monthly Alameda Island Poets meeting at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA). The event is free or by donation. Open mic follows. FBCA is located at 1601 Paru St. For more information, visit www.frankbettecenter.org.