Fire on Central Avenue

Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded in force to the report of a house fire at Central Avenue and Grove Street last Monday. Everyone was evacuated safely. There were no reports of injuries....

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf A boarding team member from the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf stands atop an interdicted low-profile vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on Feb. 1 and seized 3, 439 pounds of cocaine. Cartels design low-profile vessels like this one to evade law enforcement and to ferry large quantities of illicit contraband while riding low in the water.
USCG Trifecta: Crews Interdict Three Vessels

Sun Staff Reports

Crews aboard Alameda-based Coast Guard cutters Munro and Bertholf interdicted three suspected drug-smuggling vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean between Jan. 26 and Feb....

Two More Seed Libraries Grace the Island City

When Girl Scout Leader Jill Proffitt learned of the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) Free Seed Library, she saw an opportunity for the Girl Scouts to help. Girl Scout Troop #33373 of Alameda, which...

Courtesy Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently received her COVID-19 vaccination. She encoruages all Alamedans to do the same.
Perseverance Succeeds

Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft

Like landing on the surface of Mars, registering for a COVID-19 vaccine takes perseverance! But scheduling your vaccine should be less daunting than slowing NASA’s...

Historic Fence on High Street Takes Another Hit

About 8:30 a.m., last Monday a driver jumped the curb with his pickup truck at Santa Clara Avenue and High Street.

He slammed into and damaged the cast-iron fence that defines the boundary...

Back in the swing

(Pictured at the right): Pepper and Paige thank each other with a golf-club tap after a match during the Alameda Junior Golf Club’s (AJGC) successful 2020 season. The players all wore masks, as...

Galen Walker &nbsp&nbsp Shortstop Jeriah Lewis batted .371 in his four-year career at Encinal High School.
Encinal Announces Athletes of the Year

Encinal High School (EHS) has recognized six scholar-athletes for their work in the classroom and on the field. Volleyball player Madelyn Macaskill has been named EHS Female Athlete of the Year...

Congrats to 2020 Grads

Encinal High School graduates including Danielle Payopay, left, celebrated their graduation at Alameda Theater on May 26. The Alameda Sun is planning a graduation special edition to be mailed to...

Keepin’ it Clean

Vince Hal, cashier at Alameda Natural Grocery, sprays disinfectant onto shopping baskets and carts. Shoppers enter incrementally after washing hands at the portable sinks or using hand-sanitizing...

Those Were the Days ...

The Alameda Sun shone bright in sunny Arizona where Lawrence Sasaki and friends had fun at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., back when everyone thought the season would proceed on a normal schedule...

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...

Courtesy CDC &nbsp&nbsp The “social distancing” measures currently underway are designed to “flatten the curve” and extend medical resources and facilities’ ability to keep up with necessary care. Common sense behaviors prevent all kinds of illnesses.
Doctor Recommends Virus Precautions

In the 1970s, James Robb, MD FCAP — renowned pathologist, microbiologist and former professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego — became one of the first molecular virologists...

Original art by Colin Close &nbsp&nbsp A sensible diet and regular exercise are two keys to a healthy heart.
What the ‘Heart’ Can I Do to Stay Healthy?

Nearly 1 in 3 deaths in America are related to heart disease. More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed as February American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease many attribute...

Art Auction Starts Today

Sun Staff Reports

Art and pet lovers can log on now to take part in the first-ever “Paw Prints,” a collaborative fundraiser for the Frank Bette Center for the Arts and Friends of the...

Junior Golf Season Ready to Begin

Sun Staff Reports

Alameda Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and Youth on Course is busy getting ready for the 2021 junior golf season. AJGA boardmember and volunteer Lynn Perata is giving out...

See the Amazing Bubble from Comfort of Home

Sun Staff Reports

Explore the magic and science of bubbles this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. with Louis Pearl, otherwise known as “The Amazing Bubble Man.” Pearl combines comedy, science...

How to Start off Young and Smart

J onah Linville, 1.5, shares the latest Island City news with his buddy Curious George after apparently taking last week’s article to heart. “What’s Black and White and Read all Over?,” Jan. 21...

Courtesy photo The Gardner family, left to right: Alex holding baby Curtis, Erin and Avery.
Bay Farm Yetis Sighted in December

Members of the Bay Farm School community and local cryptozoologists tipped us off about a recent sighting of a yeti on Bay Farm Island. The yeti is actually a product of the Gardner family, the...

When Girl Scout Leader Jill Proffitt learned of the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) Free Seed Library, she saw an opportunity for the Girl Scouts to help. Girl Scout Troop #33373 of Alameda, which includes eighth-graders Jennifer Proffitt, Meadow Mihok and Alice Onderwater, recently built, painted, and installed two additional seed library boxes to earn the Girl Scouts Silver Award. The Silver Award is a community engagement project that asks the Scouts to examine issues within their own neighborhood and think about what they can do to make a difference.

Feature Articles

Feature Articles
Feb, 25 2021

Alameda Recreation and Parks Department just released the attached map reflecting suggested design changes to the western end of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Feature Articles
Feb, 17 2021

The City of Alameda is seeking community input on proposed designs for a new mural located on Blanding Avenue. This artwork is part of the city’s public art grant, originally awarded in 2018.

A city work crew has been working to improve drainage along Shore Line Drive. Longtime residents know that among the first places to flood in Alameda are low spots along the south shore.
Feature Articles
Feb, 11 2021

The City of Alameda has been at work addressing the fact that Shore Line Drive regularly floods when it rains since last November.


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.
Editorial|Island Arts
Aug, 13 2020
The season to return to school is near, A time of woe for some, for others cheer, Tradition was...
Maurice Ramirez Photography &nbsp&nbsp Caaliyah Forrer (left) and Logan de Lay (right) paint one of the bike racks in the art filled space. Dozens of volunteers came to build, plant and decorate the Webster Street Healing Garden July 31. The idea for the conversion of the mostly unused parking lot into a garden and outdoor dining space was sparked by Sandy Russell, owner of The Fireside.
Island Arts
Aug, 06 2020
The Community Garden Project on Webster Street was a huge success. On my way over I grabbed every...


Laying the Rails to History: The Arrival of the Transcontinenal Railroad in Alameda and Oakland

Dennis Evanosky
Part one of six.

An Alameda man and his uncle by marriage played key roles in bringing the transcontinental railroad to the West Coast.

Rodman Gibbons and his...

File photo Members of Alameda Fire Department Station No. 1 on Webb Avenue stand in front of their hook and ladder truck and the station in 1910. The first wooden firehouse on Webb Avenue rose up in 1877 to house the Citizens Hook and Ladder Company. The building in this photograph went up in 1908. A hook and ladder apparatus required two drivers, one to steer and control the horses, the other to steer the rear wheels; both are in position in the photograph. Firefighters use ladders to gain access to fires
Ordinance 175 Created Alameda Fire Department

Pull up the Alameda Daily Evening Encinal edition of Sept. 29, 1891, and printed inside is a copy of the original text that created Alameda Fire Department (AFD). Ordinance 175 delinated how AFD...

Celebrate Black History Month with Local Panel on Literature

Sun Staff Reports

Join several local writers and poets at a special event titled “Black Writers & Poets on Black Voice in Literature” on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m.

Two airports served Alameda and one the Army Air Force before the United States Navy arrived in 1940. (From left to right): Alameda Airport opened in 1929 on a strip of land along the Oakland Estuary. Benton Field opened in 1927. This Army Air Force field was bounded roughly by today’s Pan Am Way, West Red Line Avenue, Monarch Street and West Tower Avenue. In 1930, planes began landing at the San Francisco Airdrome, which stood on the site of today’s College of Alameda. The light blue on the map defines the
Alameda: The Airport City

Dennis Evanosky

The Alameda Naval Air Station opened on November 1, 1940. However, the Navy arrived in a city with an aviation history that stretched back more than 30 years to 1909 and...

Janet Beatty’s ancestor’s Valentine isn’t in the best shape being about 175 years old. Further it hasn’t been opened since around 1950 when her grandmother opened it to copy the message, then sewed it back together. The card presents quite the tribute considering the Valentine’s recipient rejected him.
Enamored Swain of 1843 Rebuffed on Valentine’s Day

Old Valentine cards used to range from the lacy sentimental to the sassy sophisticated. They carried on a tradition that began nearly 1,400 years before, when the first paper Valentines appeared...