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Kitty Aquino-Esparrago -- An Alameda student speaks to the crowd at Monday’s protest of the possible closure of Bay Farm Middle School.
Alamedans Hold Protest Opposing Proposed Middle School Closure

On Monday, Jan. 23, Alameda students organized a student-led protest to voice their displeasure with Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) proposal to close Bay Farm Middle School. The proposal...

Mia Schneider -- Ruby Labrie (center) speaks to the crowd at the Bigger than Roe march Sunday, Jan. 22 at City Hall
Rally Held to Support Women’s Reproductive Rights

On Sunday, Jan. 22 at the women’s rally in front of Alameda’s City Hall, more than 50 supporters met with a unified rallying cry: It’s Bigger than Roe. The rally took place on the 50th anniversary...

Crystal Le -- Encinal High senior Diego Cerna scores a layup against Alameda on January 21.
Hornets Complete Season Sweep of Jets

The Alameda High School (AHS) men’s basketball team held off a spirited late comeback attempt by the host Encinal High School (EHS) to season sweep over their city rivals on Jan. 21.

The...

APD
Suspect Arrested After Brandishing Firearm at Drive-Thru

On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Alameda police officers responded to the Jack in the Box on Park Street for the report of a robbery. Officers learned that a man approached a car in the drive-thru and...

City of Alameda -- A grand opening ceremony will be held for the new Bohol Circle Immigrant Park Saturday. Jan. 21.
New Alameda Park Honoring Filipino American Heritage to Hold Grand Opening this Saturday

A grand opening ceremony will be held for the Bohol Circle Immigrant Park Saturday, Jan. 21. The event is scheduled to take place from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and...

Alameda Recreation and Parks Department -- As the popularity of pickleball in Alameda grows, finding an available court to play in might become a problem
Pickleball Frenzy Sweeps the Island

Pickleball, the latest craze in racket sports, experienced a surge in popularity as Americans sought a socially distant outdoor activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 1965, three...

Crystal Le -- Encinal High senior Diego Cerna scores a layup against Alameda on January 21.
Hornets Complete Season Sweep of Jets

The Alameda High School (AHS) men’s basketball team held off a spirited late comeback attempt by the host Encinal High School (EHS) to season sweep over their city rivals on Jan. 21.

The...

Malia Gordon -- Encinal High sophomore Jazzy Alcantar scrambles for a loose ball against SJND on Jan. 10.
High School Sports Results: Jan. 9 to 15

Men’s Basketball
• St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) lost to Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 53-45 (Jan. 11); lost to San Leandro High School, 48-47 (Jan. 13); lost to Saratoga High School, 59-47 (Jan...

AGSA
Alameda Girls Softball Registration Still Open

The Alameda Girls Softball Association (AGSA) extended its spring season registration. Registration for the 8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under, and 14-and-under divisions were extended to Jan...

Kaleb Westbrooks -- Encinal High sophomore Jazzy Alcantar scores two points in Jets’ 67-43 loss to Alameda High on Saturday, Jan. 7.
High School Sports Results: Jan. 2 to 8

Men’s Basketball
• St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) lost to Piedmont High School, 62-46 (Jan. 6).
• Alameda High School (AHS) defeated Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 63-53 (Jan. 6); defeated...

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...

Alameda Free Library Presents All the Feels to Alameda Readers

There is still plenty of time for Alamedans to complete the Alameda Free Library’s “All the Feels” Winter Reading Challenge.

The Alameda Free Library is challenging the community to read...

Alameda High School students Gabriel Pagal, Christopher Dwa, and Isaac Ballerini created this logo for Franklin Elementary School.
Alameda High Students Design Logos for Local Organizations

Last month, several Alameda High School (AHS) students unveiled their logo designs for local non-profits and Alameda-based businesses.

The logo project was part of AHS’ Advanced Multimedia...

Alameda Unified School District -- An Alameda Unified student prepares food to donate to charity.
Students, Staff Connect with Community During Holidays

Every year toward the winter holidays, students and staff across the school district engage in charitable efforts to help people in the community.

This year, students and staff at Bay...

AUSD--Bay Farm School students took the top three places in a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest about the Second Continental Congress (which met from May 1775 to March 1781).
Bay Farm School Students Win Essay Contest

Three Bay Farm School students who placed first, second, and third in a Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. Teacher Will Green encouraged his students to submit essays about which...

Alameda Unified School District -- Alameda Unified School District official Shanti Croom (left) and Arapaho and Comanche Heritage Wood Middle School student Orion Tenhorses organized the event celebrating Native American Heritage.
Wood Middle Students Attend Native American Heritage Event

During lunch on November 30, students at Wood Middle School (WMS) gathered for a student-centered celebration of Native American Heritage month.

Students were given reading materials about...

On Monday, Jan. 23, Alameda students organized a student-led protest to voice their displeasure with Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) proposal to close Bay Farm Middle School. The proposal has outraged the community who say they weren’t given any prior communication or indication this was a possibility.

“There has been zero community engagement and lack of transparency,” said Martin Medeiros, a parent of a Bay Farm Middle School student. “Even school staff and administration were unaware.”

Feature Articles

Rick Lewis  -- The two adult Bald Eagles that are building a nest on Bay Farm Island survey their surroundings from a eucalyptus tree.
Feature Articles
Jan, 17 2023

When the news came out that there were nesting Bald Eagles in Milpitas, the birding community was astounded and concerned.

Girls Inc of the Island City -- The 2023 Women Who Dare awardees were announced on Jan. 5. Denyven will receive a lifetime achievement award.

On Jan. 5, Girls Inc. Of the Island City (GIIC) announced its 2023 Women Who Dare awardees.

Jan Greene -- The new Books for Friends bookstore logo is held by (from left): Karen Butter, Karen Manuel, Philip Barry, and Serena Hom of Friends of the Alameda Free Library.
Feature Articles
Dec, 22 2022

Selected Berkeley Community College student’s design for new retail store

The bookstore inside the Alameda Free Library selected a new logo designed by a local college student.

Rick Lewis -- An adult male Western Bluebird feeds a chick by putting the food in the chick’s throat.
Feature Articles
Dec, 14 2022

Throughout the spring-summer breeding season, people watch carefully to see how successful “our” birds are at raising their young, and many want to hear about the year’s successes and failures.

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.

LIFESTYLE

Island Arts|News Briefs
Jan, 27 2023
The City of Alameda will soon be launching a public art website to publicize the artworks of...
Both photos by Remi Langwerowski -- The team eats orange slices during a moment of levity in the play.
Island Arts
Dec, 15 2022
On December 9-10, the Encinal Drama Department put on its anticipated production of The Wolves, a...
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....

History

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...