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Alamedans Pitch In

Local residents join letter writers across the country

More than 100 Alamedans have written 30,000 letters with personal messages to voters urging them to cast their ballots in our national...

Museum Hosts Car Show

Visitors to the Alameda Naval Air Museum’s twice-annual vintage car show and swap meet admire a 1912 Overlander automobile, one of about 20 cars on display at the museum last Saturday. The museum...

Discussing How to Restructure Police Funding

Alameda is joining numerous cities across the country in rethinking how we provide policing before next year’s city budget is prepared. What level of policing we want and expect from the Alameda...

Two ferries moored at the terminal on May 12 during testing of power-operated passenger ramps.
Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal Completed

The Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal was completed in August, but the opening is on hold until ferry ridership from the Alameda Main Street Terminal to San Francisco is on the upswing. Currently,...

Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp Pennzoil’s above-ground storage tanks at the company’s Grand Street property (above) are slated for removal along with the company’s building at Clement Avenue (below). The company ceased operations in August.
Plans for Pennzoil Moving Forward

Shell Oil, the owner of the property that houses the Pennzoil plant on Grand Street, has announced plans to demolish the buildings and above-ground tanks at the location.

In its remedial...

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...

Sergio Silva
Youth Team Wins Title

The Alameda Devils, a fourth-grade boys youth basketball team, beat the Hoop Rats to win the local Alameda Basketball Championship on March 1. The Devils beat the Hoop Rats, 38-16, in 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...

Original artwork by Colin Close &nbsp&nbsp Thyroid disorders can disrupt the production of the hormones they produce, in turn causing your metabolism to speed up or slow down.
Two Talks on Thyroid Health Coming Up

A pair of presentations regarding health of the thyroid will take place this month as part of the series of health talks at Optimized Wellness Center. The talks are free and open to the public. ...

Alameda Education Foundation &nbsp&nbsp A Love Elementary School second-grader busies herself with distance learning.  A generous donation to the Alameda Education Foundation from the Bank of Marin helps ensure equitable access to distance learning during the pandemic.
Bank Donates to Support Education

Bank of Marin has donated $50,000 to the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) to help support Alameda public schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has brought to the forefront...

Students Call for Peace

The Students of The Child Unique/Montessori Elementary School of Alameda have taken on a new challenge in celebration of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. In addition to creating the peace...

A Call for Kids to Eat Healthier

The Healthy Kid Project is a free educational online program that serves as a call to action for kids and their families to eat healthy. The project, which starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 18, has a...

Equipped 4 Success Prepares Alameda Students for School

The annual school supplies and backpack drive for low income Alameda students was held in mid-August, readying children for the Aug. 27, school year opening. The Alameda Education Foundation...

AUSD Announces Intro to Ethnic Studies Class

Beginning this fall, students at Alameda High School, Encinal High School, and ASTI will be able to take an Introduction to Ethnic Studies class designed to help them learn to think critically...

Local residents join letter writers across the country

More than 100 Alamedans have written 30,000 letters with personal messages to voters urging them to cast their ballots in our national election by Nov. 3.

Sandra Biroc (left) stands with one tray among thousands of letters sent to the post office. She is a member of All Rise Alameda, which spearheaded the project locally. “We wrote things like ‘a strong democracy relies on everybody voting,” she said.

Feature Articles

Birgitt Evans &nbsp&nbsp Demonstration of straining compost
Feature Articles
Oct, 08 2020

It’s officially autumn now and while some people persist in blowing away the falling leaves, it’s so much healthier to use, not remove, them.

Feature Articles
Oct, 08 2020

Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda's destination for global arts and culture, presents the Halloween MashUP - A Virtual Costume Dance-Party with Live Entertainment and Bingo on Saturday, October

Rick Lewis &nbsp&nbsp A Caspian tern feeds its young at a beach in Alameda. Caspian tern families with fledglings showed up at Crab Cove, the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary and the San Francisco Bay side of Bay Farm Island this year before leaving for their winter locations in South America.
Feature Articles
Oct, 01 2020

While we were sheltering in place earlier this year, birds that raise their young in Alameda were doing just that, laying eggs and raising chicks. How did some of “our birds” do this year?

File photo &nbsp&nbsp In 1911, Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia built Alameda Belt Line’s Locomotive No. 3 for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.

Workers are currently removing railroad tracks on Clement Avenue that began carrying trains more than 100 years ago.

The Students of The Child Unique/Montessori Elementary School of Alameda have taken on a new challenge in celebration of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

LIFESTYLE

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...
Island Arts
Jul, 16 2020
The “Front Porch Blues” feted East End neighbors to 90 minutes of live music, which enlivened an...

History

Park Street Frozen in Time

The two photos shown above often come up as topics of conversation on social media. They are seldom shown as a pair, however. These photos were taken minutes apart some time after 1906. The...

Courtesy Arthur A. Shilt &nbsp&nbsp This sketch shows James D. Farrell’s home “Homebush” in today’s Lincoln Park.
Three Families Once Called Today’s Lincoln Park Home

The first lived on a small estate name ‘Homebush’

Part one
Vigilante James Farwell, Consul Frederik O’Hara Taaffe and Steamboat Captain Robert R. Thompson and their families once...

File photo &nbsp&nbsp In 1911, Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia built Alameda Belt Line’s Locomotive No. 3 for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.
Belt Line Railroad Served City’s North Shore

Workers are currently removing railroad tracks on Clement Avenue that began carrying trains more than 100 years ago.

In 1918, the City of Alameda invested some of the profits from its...

All Aboard on Park Street

In 1890 this station at Park Street and Tilden Way replaced the one that A. A. Cohen had built for his San Francisco & Alameda Railroad in 1864. Cohen sold his railroad to the Central Pacific...

Charles Kuchel & Emil Dresel, Lithographers &nbsp&nbsp In 1855, the Methodist church built this school in the Federalist style complete with a portico and a cupola. The two-story building that stood on College Avenue housed a dormitory and classrooms.
What’s in a Name? College Avenue

Homeowners on College Avenue own property with a chain of title that stretches back to San Francisco Sheriff and Texas Ranger Jack Hays and his deputy sheriff and fellow Texas Ranger, John...