Boy Scout Presents Piano as Eagle Project

Nathaniel Basco, Boy Scout of Troop 11 in Alameda, created a public piano installation as a part of his Eagle Scout project. Alameda artist Deirdre Freeman painted the piano. Anchor Alameda...

The attitude toward public art — like this sculpture familiar to anyone who strolls the Oakland Estuary near the foot of Grand Street — has changed. The City Council will take these changes into account.
Public Art Ordinance Comes before City Council

At its July 20 meeting, the City Council discussed an ordinance that intends to make amendments to Alameda Municipal Code (AMC) Section 30-98 regarding public art requirements for future...

Framed by newspapers, Stan Hallmark is back at selling papers and observing life at the newsstand at Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue
Stan Returns to Park Street

There are parts of Alameda that feel like a time warp. Park Street spans the gamut; a neon-lit diner, a buzzing arcade, to an alive and kicking video-rental store. And then there’s the little...

Coffee with a Cop

Shalom Bruhn demonstrates her point while speaking with Alameda Police Department (APD) Chief Nishant Joshi last Tuesday, July 20, at Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks on Park Street. Nishant joined...

White smoke spews from cars “performing” an illegal sideshow on July 4 at Alameda Point.
Sideshows Continue Unabated at Point

Sideshow activity and drag racing at Alameda Point has now become a weekend routine. Despite community outrage and being given a host of ideas on how to curb the activity, the city appears to be...

Oakland Public LIbrary, Oakland History Room
Enjoy Old-Time Baseball at Washington Park

Dennis Evanosky

This Saturday, July 11, the Oakland Colonels will treat Alamedans to a base ball (two words, please) game that follows 1886 rules and etiquette. The players will use 1886...

Alamedan Wins NCAA 5,000 Meter

Last Friday, June 11, in Eugene, Ore. at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Alamedan and University of Oregon runner Cooper Teare won the 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) with the second fastest time...

Hornets Swarm Jets in Season Finales

Alameda High School (AHS) basketball swept the Island Bowl on Saturday, June 5. The men’s team defeated the Encinal High School (EHS), 49-34, while the Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Jets, 62-48....

Encinal High School’s Water Polo poses for Senior Night before defeating Alameda High School, 12-2, on May 21.
Encinal Water Polo Remains Perfect

Encinal Women’s Water Polo defeated Alameda 7-5 on May 29 for the WACC League Championship. With the win the Jets finished a perfect 8-0 this season.

“I was super proud of the team,” said...

Photo & story by Rafael Arredondo  Encinal sophomore Soral Richardson battles for position against Alameda High School’s Quinn Dooley.
Hornets Down Jets in Soccer Island Bowl, 2-1

Alameda High defeated Encinal High, 2-1, at Don Grant Field on May 13. The island rivals battled for the first time this season as the Hornets won a spirited match.

“We should have kept...

Alameda County should consider increasing the payments for jury service and all businesses should pay employees for time off for this crucial act of civic participation.
Bring the Power and Privilege of Diverse Juries to Alameda County

A jury of 12 Minneapolis residents’ five men and seven women, four Black, six White and two multi-racial found Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder for the killing of George...

Dr. Natalie Gelman
Pandemic Emotional Update

I have written a few articles since the pandemic began. This is not the first one to address the emotional response to this event. We have all been affected, and no professional is able to...

Vanessa Jimenez, a medical assistant with National Labs, administers a COVID-19 test to Drew Sarratore, principal of Paden Elementary School. The Alameda Unified School District is launching a comprehensive COVID- 19 testing program for employees and teachers this month.
Teachers, Staff Get Tested

Sun Staff Reports

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) initiated the first phases of a comprehensive COVID19 testing program of staff on Feb. 3. The testing is a key component of the...

Got Medicare? Get Free COVID-19 Test

If you have Medicare and want to be tested for COVID-19, you should be aware that Medicare covers tests with no out-of-pocket costs. You can get tested in your home, doctor’s office, a local...

Seema Verma
How to Get Medicare Services at Home Now

At Medicare, we understand people may have concerns about going to a doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, Medicare beneficiaries are...

Sky Brown: dancer, surfer, snowboarder and now Olympic skateboarder.
Skateboarder to make history...again

The 2020 Summer Games begin tomorrow and about 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries will converge on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. Sky Brown will be among the athletes at the opening...

Alameda Free Library: Events for Kids

You may have noticed on Monday, July 12, the Alameda Free Library moved to Phase 4 of it’s reopening process. In this newest phase the library has removed browsing time limits and maximum inside...

Help Kids Grow

Parents wonder about what to expect: when should their child begin to talk or walk? They wonder about behaviors like tantrums and showing affection. They want to know what it takes to build a...

Pinball Museum Flips It Back On

Larry Freeman

Alameda’s world-class Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM) fired up its vintage games once more as the Bay Area reopens, and the long-dark bulbs of backglasses and playfields shine...

Graphic by Colin Close
Summer Activities: Beat the Heat

In these dog days of summer when the mercury just keeps going and staying up, indoor activities begin to look better and better. Here are some ideas to beat the heat by staying indoors and still...

Sideshow activity and drag racing at Alameda Point has now become a weekend routine. Despite community outrage and being given a host of ideas on how to curb the activity, the city appears to be
doing nothing about it. Even the private security detail is absent when needed.

Feature Articles

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., is open to view Gerry Traucht’s exhibit Friday through Sunday, July 23 to 25 and July 30 to Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Friday Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feature Articles
Jul, 21 2021

Egrets return to their Alameda egret colony every year in spring to a calm accessible neighborhood by the water to an experience like no other in a Bay Area city.

Dr. Natalie Gelman
Feature Articles
Jul, 15 2021

A question was submitted to me asking me to make a recommendation of how to handle the feeling of loneliness.

Shorebirds’ aerial displays make for exciting watching as they rise in large groups and flash from light, to dark, and light again as they fly in tight formations designed to evade predators.
Feature Articles
Jul, 14 2021

Visiting Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary at Crown Beach last week, I noticed a lonely looking flock of about six marbled godwits, large cinnamon-colored shorebirds, resting with their heads tucked into

White smoke spews from cars “performing” an illegal sideshow on July 4 at Alameda Point.

Sideshow activity and drag racing at Alameda Point has now become a weekend routine.

This is a rendering of the Group Delphi temporary housing the city wants to erect to house a portion of the city homeless population

City Council will examine several site locations and structure types for a possible housing community for Alameda’s unhoused population at its July 20 meeting.


photo credit Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) announced that Pam Williams retired on June 17, 2021 after an extraordinary 36-year career with the organization
Island Arts
Jun, 24 2021
Sun Staff Reports Williams served as the Director of Alameda Island Kids (AIK) licensed...
These illustrations, perhaps appropriate and stylish for the time, accompanied an article and advertisements in the Encinal. The depictions of policemen in the image at left may have meant to discourage drunken revelers and “roughs” known to frequent Alameda’s bayside resorts and multiple drinking establishments.
History|Island Arts
Apr, 08 2021
On an auspicious date in Alameda history often overlooked, Aug. 8, 1902, at 7:30 a.m., the Alameda...
Island Arts|Kids Stuff
Nov, 05 2020
The Alameda Education Foundation brings together artists Salma Arastu, Nia Jourdan (Virginia...
Maurice Ramirez &nbsp&nbsp A Gamelan Sekar Jaya dancer entertains students during a live performance before the COVID-19 outbreak. Zoom performances are now the norm. Rhythmix Cultural Works will host a Zoom program on Saturday, Aug. 29, to help raise funds for its PAL program.
Island Arts
Aug, 20 2020
Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW) is embarking on one of its most ambitious arts undertakings this year...
Island Arts
Aug, 20 2020
Once made promises Daily now badly broken History repeats.


A clipper ship is a three-masted, full-rigged ship built for speed. Pan Am borrowed the name of this sea-going vessel when it christened its fleet of airplanes.
Aboard a Flying Machine

Pan American World Airways fleet at Alameda Airport consisted of three M-130, “flying ships” that their builder, the Glenn L. Martin Company, called “Martin Ocean Transports.” In keeping with a...

What’s in a name? Alameda

Creek and rancho (pictured in the 1878 map on the left), township, town and city: all with the name “Alameda.” So how did our fair city fit into this puzzle? See the story on page 12, and find out...

The gray areas in this map show the land before the Navy built the air station, whose outline is shown. Three airports are visible on this map: Alameda Airport now buried under runways; Benton Field, now covered by part of the mall and San Francisco Airdrome, on the site of today’s College of Alameda.
Alameda: The Airport City

The Alameda Naval Air Station opened on November 1, 1940. The Navy arrived in a city with an aviation history that stretched back to 1909 and Sunset Aviation Field

The first mention of...

To celebrate the 1864 completion of the San Francisco & Alameda Railroad, A. A. Cohen commissioned Joseph Lee to create two paintings. This one features Bird’s Hotel with Cohen’s first train on the wharf in the distance. This area became Woodstock, one of three towns that became part of the City of Alameda 8 years later. See the companion painting and read about all three towns on page 12.
Three Towns Make One City

Before 1872, visitors found three independent towns — Alameda, Encinal and Woodstock — on the Alameda peninsula.

William Worthington Chipman and Gideon Aughinbaugh, who purchased the...

Alameda Museum; Oakland Wiki Caroline Maclean first married William Worthington Chipman, left; five years after William’s death, she married John W. Dwinelle, right.
City Founders Led Tragic Lives

Part two of two

Alamedans today have little connection to the city’s founders. No standing monument to their achievement, no statue or plaque commemorates what the two founding families,...