This aerial view highlights the recently restored dunes, beach and boat launch next to Encinal High School.
Dune Restoration, Beach Project Done

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) completed its beach and dune improvement project at Alameda Point in December 2020. The complete facelift comes on the heels of the city upgrading the...

Rosefield Village bordered by Webster Street on the left; Constitution Way on the right; and Buena Vista and Eagle avenues is a work in progress. Alameda Unified School District is asking the City Council to move ahead with plans to revamp the complex so it can house more families.
Council Considers Rosefield Village

Dennnis Evanosky
At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council in its role as the successor agency to the city’s Community Improvement Commission (CIC) considered a funding request from the...

2020: A Difficult Year in Review

The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most challenging in Alameda and world history. Events that gripped the nation also had a lasting impact on the Island City as well. From the COVID-19...

Sewage Spill Plagues Bay Farm Lagoon

Second EBMUD electrical failure in four months spills 97,000 gallons

Residents living on local waterways have experienced two wastewater spills in the last four months.
An unexpected...

Stroll Down Island City’s Christmas Tree Lane

Known as Thompson Avenue for most of the year, just one particular street in Alameda undergoes a transformation into an expression of holiday joy. Along the block between High Street and Fernside...

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...

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. ...

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...


Kin Projects, a collaborative project by All Good Living, came together to provide toiletry kits with basic essentials for Alameda schools to give away to homeless and kids in need. Embrace Church...

Encinal Orchestra Continues Winter Tradition

On Thursday, Dec. 17, Encinal Jr. Sr. High School’s orchestra held its annual Winter Concert. The concert was held over Zoom with student musicians, parents, teachers and friends in attendance....

Alameda Boy Scout Troop 11 Kicks Off Annual Christmas Tree Pick Up Program

Alameda Troop 11 Boy Scouts (from left to right): Miles Grayson, Tanner Mackenzie, Cameron Page, Jeremy Harris, Austin Hensley, Gael Page, Shogo Stuck, and Nathaniel Basco aboard cargo of...

Enroll Now for Jr. Golf’s 2021 Season

Alameda Jr. Golf
Junior Golfers (left to right) Allyson Esguerra, Corine Tam, Alexis Esguerra and Lauren Tam celebrate their wins during Alameda Jr. Golf’s 2020 summer program. Registration...

The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) completed its beach and dune improvement project at Alameda Point in December 2020. The complete facelift comes on the heels of the city upgrading the nearby boat ramp. The area is accessible from Central Avenue next to Encinal High School.

Feature Articles

Feature Articles
Jan, 13 2021

A series of new trees were planted in Franklin Park last month, among them are three southern magnolia trees.

A monarch butterfly laying its eggs in an Alameda garden
Feature Articles
Jan, 13 2021

Butterflies are perennial favor¬ites for young and old alike. People love to watch them flutter past and feed from flowers.

Feature Articles
Dec, 30 2020

Each year, Donna Eyestone and her daughter, Emma — pictured at the right with their 2017 creation of the Masonic building on Park Street— fashion a gingerbread house that replicates an iconic Alame

Feature Articles
Dec, 25 2020

Alameda’s traditional New Year’s Eve Pipeathon is taking a different tack this year due to the ravages of the pandemic in what has been a devastating year.


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...


Revered poet and Bohemian George Sterling so impressed Chauncey and Josephine Pond that they named the street in their East End development for him.
What’s in a Name: Sterling Avenue

Dennis Evanosky
In 1916 Dr. Chauncey Penwell Pond and his wife, Josephine Kibby Pond, filed a plat map with Alameda County. They had purchased the Hawley tract on the east side of High...

This 1887 map labels the entire peninsula “City of Alameda.” The city was incorporated in 1872 by combining the three towns of Alameda (1), founded in 1852; Encinal (2), founded in 1854 and Woodstock (3), founded in 1864. Note that the city is still a peninsula. The estuary that created the Island City was cut through in 1902.
Back in Time: A Trip through Alameda’s Three Towns

Dennis Evanosky
Before 1872, visitors found three independent towns — Alameda,Encinal and Woodstock — on the Alameda peninsula. William Worthington Chipman and Gideon Aughinbaugh, who...

Remember Restaurants this Holiday Season

Alameda news publishers — going back to the Encinal’s publisher Fred Krauth who piloted the city’s first influential newspaper in the late 1860s — become connoisseurs of local business. As the...

Meet an Alameda Pioneer: Captain Alonzo Green

Among the many fascinating lives that played out at least in part here in the Island City was California Pioneer Alonzo Green. Ship captain, hotelier and city trustee (City Councilmember), Green...

Alameda Hospital Owes Existence to Female Founder Creedon

The famed playwright William Shakespeare and his wife, Ann, had three children. Their two youngest — Hannet and Judith — were twins.

In her novel Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell relates a story...