Alameda News

A firefighter stands on the roof of the apartment building at 2020 Santa Clara Ave. as a fire engulfs an apartment below him.

A pair of kitchen fires that started in apartment buildings within two and one-half hours of each other kept Alameda Fire Department (AFD) firefighters busy last Sunday evening.

According to AFD reports, the first alarm sounded at 4:07 p.m., the second at 6:35 p.m.

Last Thursday, Alameda firefighters set up a glowing memorial outside Station No. 1 on Encinal Avenue to the firefighters who lost their lives following the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The firefighters arranged 343 luminarias in the shape of the number "343" to honor each of the New York Fire Department members who perished that fateful day. Above, a member of the public takes in the presentation of names and faces while members of Alameda Fire Department look on in the background.

Power Box Art, a partnership of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), the Park Street Business Association and Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) will celebrate the unveiling of Alameda’s newest public art on AMP’s power boxes around town. The reception to honor the power box artists and sponsors begins at 6 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 12, at RCW, 2513 Blanding Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

A view from the second story balcony inside Capone’s shows the former bank vault behind the bar at right. The building once housed the First National Bank of Alameda.

Owner drawn up on charges as ‘mega-bar’ held grand opening that included owner fighting with police officers

The grand opening of Capone’s Speakeasy featured everything from cocktails, 1920s-style décor, a DJ and the arrest of the bar’s owner.

Described as a "man of the people," and a "man of great integrity" Hadi Monsef passed away last Thursday.

Hadi was appointed to the City Council on May 17, 1983, to fill the vacancy left by Anne Diament when she was elected mayor. Alameda voters elected Hadi to the City Council in his own right in 1985 and he served as vice mayor from May 21, 1985 to May 19, 1987. He continued serving on the council until April 18, 1989.