Alameda News

Just in time for school, a worker stands beside a traffic-calming island on Grand Street near Wood Middle School. The island is the finishing touch on a project initiated by parents at Franklin Elementary School and includes other traffic-calming measures complete with native plants. New redwood trees in Ritter Park are also part of the project.

An Alameda man was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison last Friday, Aug. 15, for masterminding a marijuana robbery plot that turned fatal in 2011.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson sentenced Chistopher Donaldson Jr., 22, of Alameda, to the prison term for his role in the death of Oakland native William Adrian Falcon Sapp in April 2011.

Rolefson said his prison sentencing was justified because Donaldson "masterminded it (the robbery plan), he orchestrated it and he saw that it was carried out."

Pilgrim Faire celebrates days prior to Machine Age

The medieval blacksmith worked with anvil, tongs and bellows. His shop seemed a magical place. He fashioned iron, the "black" metal, into weapons, armor and shields. He worked at his forge making objects needed to build and shape society: hammers and nails, axes and pokers; even decorative objects.

This set him apart from those who fashioned the "white" metals, silver and gold, into more delicate objects. His workplace, his forge, gave his trade a name.

Once work is completed, Seaplane Lagoon will be transformed from its present state (top) to liveable space that includes condos and a promenade (below).

City Council gives stamp of approval

If all goes as planned, condominiums on tree-lined streets and a community-oriented pomenade will stand in place of the vast expanse of concrete on the northern shore of Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon.

Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.

He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.

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