Trial for 2018 Murder Begins Next Monday

According to Alameda County Superior Court records, the jury trial for the murder of 61-year-old restaurant owner Cindy Le will begin Monday, Dec. 12.

The two alleged defendants are Paul...

Photos by Gunther Schneider
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Tree Lane)

Once again a one-block stretch of Thompson Avenue has magically transformed into the mythical “Christmas Tree Lane” through the end of the season. Local homeowners go all-out with elaborate...

City of Alameda &nbsp Contractors with the City of Alameda have begun a pavement reconstructing project on Mariner Square Drive.
Contractors Begin Paving Mariner Square Drive

The City of Alameda began reconstructing the pavement on Mariner Square Drive between Constitution Way and Marina Village Parkway on Dec. 5. According to the city, the project is expected to take...

Traffic Fatality Near Webster Tube

An adult male died after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a light pole on Webster Street, just outside the Webster Tube, at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. According to the City of Alameda...

Mayor Shares Thoughts on New Beginnings, Happy Returns

Thank you, Alameda for re-electing me to be your mayor another four years. It has been my honor and privilege to serve this special community these past four years, working with City Council and...

Noah Yiu -- Encinal Senior Omar Babikir drives by a SJND defender during the Jets' 53-49 loss to the Pilots.
Pilots Hold Off Jets in Island Classic Showdown

The Saint Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) Pilots fended off a late comeback attempt from the visiting Encinal Jets, beating their city rivals, 53-49, on Friday, Dec. 2.

The game between these two...

Jim Price -- The EHS women’s soccer team defeated Kennedy High of Fremont, 4-0, in their season opener.
High School Sports Results: Nov. 28 to Dec. 4

Men’s Basketball
• St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) defeated Encinal High, 53-49 (Dec. 2); lost to Mt. Eden High of Hayward, 43-35 (Dec. 3).
• Alameda High School (AHS) defeated James...

Joshua Linville --  EHS junior Sofia Layzer was named WACC Shoreline League women’s tennis player of the year.
Alameda Athletes Selected to All-League Teams

Women’s Cross Country
Encinal High School (EHS) sophomore Katelyn Shafer was named the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline League women’s runner of the year for the 2022 Fall...

Bill Thomas -- Hornet running back A’Jhuan Parker was named the Shoreline League Offensive Player of the Year.
Hornets' Parker Named League’s Best

Alameda High School (AHS) running back/defensive back A’Jhuan Parker was named the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Shoreline Division Offensive Player of the Year.

Parker, a junior,...

Alameda Soccer Club -- The Alameda Soccer Club 2013G Red team celebrates after winning the NorCal Premier State Cup Gold 3.
ASC Islanders Win U10 Premier Cup

The Alameda Soccer Club (ASC) 2013G Red team won the NorCal Premier Soccer U10 Gold 3 championship after defeating Tiburon Peninsula Soccer Club Sharks 2013 Girls team, 2-0, in the finals on Nov....

Dr. Natalie  Gelman
Raising Children

I continue to be surprised at how many parents do not teach their children to participate in responsibilities around the house. We set a model for how our children will be as they grow, and we...

Dr. Natalie  Gelman
We Are Able to Change

I saw an interview with Merry Clayton. She was a back ground singer in the 60’s. The documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom included much of the work she did. She was a Raylette, when she worked...

PG&E Offers Californians Lifesaving Tips for National Preparedness Month

Sun Staff Reports

The fall season has begun, and bone-dry drought conditions have made the western United States a tinderbox prime for wildfires. That, combined with the threat of...

Alameda Family Services to Assist City in Responding to Mental Health Crises
Alameda Family Services to Assist City in Responding to Mental Health Crises

Karin Kim Jensen

At the September 21st City Council meeting, the Council authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an agreement with Alameda Family Services (AFS) to provide...

The Generation Gap

A few years ago, the font on my email became very tiny. I explored trying to figure out how to change it, and I was unsuccessful. I called my daughter and asked her to help me. She told me to go...

WMS PTA and Science Department Host Arts Festival x Astronomy Night

The Wood Middle School (WMS) community gathered for a night of art and star gazing with the East Bay Astronomical Society. The event was a collaboration between the Wood Middle School PTA and...

Allan Mann -- Alameda Scouts and adult volunteers sort and pack donated food for delivery to the Alameda Food Bank.
Alameda Scouts Collect More Than Seven Tons of Food for Neighbors

Alameda Scouts delivered seven tons of food to the Alameda Food Bank, the bounty of this year’s Scouting for Food Drive. The non-perishable food donated by residents throughout Alameda Saturday,...

Alameda Food Bank -- The Lincoln Middle School Leadership Council donated four pallets worth of food to the Alameda Food Bank.
Alameda Youth Provide Goods to Food Bank

The Alameda Food Bank recently received food donations from two different youth groups to distribute to families in need during the holiday season.

First, the Alameda Recreation and Parks...

Photo credit: Emily Pabarcus -- Encinal High’s Model UN team on the campus of UC Berkeley for the school’s Fall Conference on Nov. 12.
Encinal’s Model UN Attends Debate Conference

Encinal High School’s Model United Nations (MUN) attended UC Berkeley’s Fall Conference Nov. 12-13.

“I’ve attended online conferences before, but this is my first in person conference,”...

Kristen Smeal -- Fourth graders Victor Kemp and William Markus saving fava beans at St. Philip Neri Garden.
School Gardens Bridge the Gap Between School and Community

During World War I, school gardens materialized as an effort to utilize idle land on urban and suburban school properties. Food was grown at schools for local community food security, to increase...

Caltrans is scheduled to begin repaving and making other improvements to Encinal Avenue (SR-61) between Broadway and Sherman Street in December. The improvement project is designed to provide motorists with a smoother ride and enhancing safety for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

Feature Articles

Mia Schneider -- La Mixta Criolla performs at Fiesta Alameda last Saturday.

The West End Arts District organized their final event of 2022, in celebration of the Latin music and culture in the Bay Area.

Rick Lewis -- What is that duck? A common question as birders try to identify a duck riding the waves off of Alameda's coastline during the Oakland Christmas Bird Count.
Feature Articles
Nov, 09 2022

Last year, on the third Sunday in December, I walked with four other birders along the path from Otis Street at the Bay Farm Island bridge to Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, along the beach to Washing

Rick Lewis -- This Western Gull with a fishhook caught in its bill will have trouble catching and eating food and may starve to death.
Feature Articles
Oct, 20 2022

Alameda’s long, accessible Bay shoreline offers ample opportunity for recreational fishing. At some times of the year and in some places, the fishing can be excellent.

Pat Bowen -- Kiwanis Club Division 2 Lt. Governor Jim Becker installed Henry Ching as Kiwanis Alameda’s new president at the Early Autumn celebration on Oct. 12.
Feature Articles
Oct, 19 2022

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda will celebrate its 100th anniversary all year long, from the beginning of the Kiwanis Year, Oct. 1, until its conclusion, Sept.30, 2023.

Feature Articles
Sep, 06 2022

About this time each year, as I scan any gathering of gulls resting near the shore in Alameda, I suddenly stop. Why does that mid-sized gull look grey, rather than white or smudged brown?


City of Alameda
Island Arts
Dec, 08 2022
Friday, Dec. 9 AHS Winter Concert — In person, 6:30 p.m.; AHS Kofman Auditorium (2200 Central Ave...
Leo Li -- The cast of Encinal Drama’s The Wolves.
Island Arts
Dec, 07 2022
Following the successful musical production of Legally Blonde (“Encinal Drama Club Goes Legally...
Christmas Tree Lane Facebook -- The grand opening of this year's Christmas Tree Lane on Saturday, Dec. 3 is some of the events taking place in Alameda in the next few weeks. (a picture from last year's Christmas Tree Lane.)
Island Arts
Dec, 01 2022
Saturday, Dec. 3 Corica Park's 2nd Annual Small Business Holiday Fair — In person, 10:30 a.m....
Courtesy photo -- The Alameda High School (AHS) drama department will be performing Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory this weekend.
Island Arts
Nov, 15 2022
For this year’s Fall play, the Alameda High School (AHS) drama department is putting on Radium...
Island Arts
Nov, 11 2022
Saturday, Nov. 12 Hands-On Composting Workshop — In person, 10 a.m. to noon; APC Farm2Market (...


Special Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Exhibits Displayed at the USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum is displaying several exhibits celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage. The three special exhibits are in the Hangar Bay for guests to...

Bataan Death March 80th Anniversary Commemoration at the USS Hornet Museum

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum, in partnership with the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society and the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor...

Museum Hosts Black History Month Exhibit

The USS Hornet Museum is partnering with the Walking Ghosts of Black History to present a special exhibit for Black History Month.

The African American Medal of Honor Winners, Significant...

Firefighters were able to  stop the flames from jumping Park Street except  at Webb. Flames spared the rest of the west side  of Park, but badly damaged the east side.
The Great Park Street Fire

Smoke still pours from a fire neighborhood east of Park that destroyed much of the Street along Santa Clara and Webb avenues on Jan. 7, 1920. This is a detail of a panorama taken from Webb by an...

A close look at this painting  reveals the fence that now  defines the entrance to Lincoln  Park. The home pictured here  was once the residence of R. R.  Thompson, who supplied the city  with its drinking water. Thompson  Avenue bears his name. Read more  about Thompson and the fate of this  palatial mansion .
Steamboat Captain once Called Alameda Home

A close look at this painting reveals the fence that now defines the entrance to Lincoln Park. The home pictured here was once the residence of R. R. Thompson, who supplied the city with its...