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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...

Library of Congress &nbsp&nbsp Well-wishers look on as Pilot Ed Musick and his crew board China Clipper in Alameda on Nov. 22, 1935, for their historic flight to Manila. Note that the numbers on the wing end with 16. This gave the plane its nickname “Sweet 16.”
Pan Am Flew Alameda into the History Books

In its Nov. 21, 1935, edition, the Oakland Tribune informed its readers that “The largest mail load ever carried by an airplane was placed aboard one of Glenn L. Martin Company’s flying ships...

File photo &nbsp&nbsp This home on Bay Street was Julia Morgan’s first Alameda creation. She and Ira Hoover designed the residence in 1909 for investment banker George Walker and his wife, Lucy in the Tudor Revival style.
Take a Hike: Morgan Homes in Alameda

Part Two

In more normal times, Eric J. Kos and I lead a tour that features seven Julia Morgan-designed homes on the Island City. This year, we invite our readers to step out and have a look...

California Civil Liberties Public Education Project (CCLPEP) &nbsp&nbsp This map by the Ben Pease of the Japantown Atlas Project shows the Japanese presence in Alameda in 1940. Japanese businesses included florists, grocers, photographers, shoe repair shops and a midwife.
Japanese Once Disappeared, Today They Have Story to Tell

Ask a Japanese child to count to three. The youngster will beam at knowing the answer and reply, “Ichi, ni, san.” Japanese who live outside their native land use these three numbers to define...

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. ...

The proposed ecological wetland park at Alameda Point, known as DePave Park, is another step closer to becoming a reality. On Sept. 15, four members of the city council gave thumbs up to moving forward with seeking a $2 million grant to pay for a master planning process.

“I am super-stoked about this project; it’s better than I ever imagined,” said Councilmember Jim Oddie, who has led recent efforts at City Hall to get action on this park. “I was really touched when I saw the drawing. I broke down in tears it was so beautiful.”

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City of Alameda &nbsp&nbsp This view looks across the wetland park planned for the west side of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point. The city hopes to remove the pavement currently at the site and return it to nature.
Front Page News
Sep, 24 2020

The proposed ecological wetland park at Alameda Point, known as DePave Park, is another step closer to becoming a reality. On Sept.

Photo by Lisa Winner
Front Page News
Sep, 22 2020

Mourners gathered at City Hall last Sunday evening to mark the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Front Page News
Sep, 17 2020

Last Wednesday wildfires surrounding the Bay Area produced an unprecedented amount of smoke over the Bay Area.

Richard Bangert &nbsp&nbsp Alameda Housing Authority’s six-unit townhouse apartment buildings, on the left and top center of photo, are in the process of demolition at a cost of approximately $2.5 million. Exact same units on the right were rehabbed and are now being rented for $4,205 to $4,265.
Front Page News
Sep, 15 2020

Units could have housed homeless

Richard Bangert &nbsp&nbsp Navy removed petroleum contamination near Building 5 on West Tower Avenue in rare cleanup action that involved digging up all the soil down to the water table and hauling most of the contaminated dirt away.
Front Page News
Sep, 10 2020

Cleaning up petroleum contamination in soil and groundwater is pretty straightforward and usually accomplished by one or more tried-and-proven methods that rely on inserting PVC pipe into the conta

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...

Night Life and Entertainment

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Annual New Year's Pipe-A-Thon Set

Alameda Pipe-athon 2019 – Hitting cancer for Six!

For the sixth year in a row, the Alameda Pipe-athon will be hitting the bars of the Island City on New Year's Eve, Tuesday...

Courtesy photo.    A scene from a previous New Year’s Eve celebration aboard the USS Hornet shows guests mingling among the exhibits.
Celebrate New Year’s with the USS Hornet Museum

The Island’s big New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on the West End, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Enjoy a big-band dance performance by 3 O’Clock Jump while fundraising for the...

Clayton Mitchell Photography
Menorah Lighting Celebrates Chanukah

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft marked the beginning of the Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah, last Friday at the Bridgeside Center by lighting a 10-foot menorah. Chabad of Alameda hosted the...

Courtesy photo. Temple Israel’s celebration last year brought light to South Shore Center. This year’s event also features a table for the public to light their own menorahs Monday, 23.
Menorah Lightings Coming Up for Local Families

 Sunday, Dec. 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Chabad of Alameda will host a free Hanukkah Community Celebration. The third annual menorah lighting will feature a fire and LED light show as well as...

40th Holiday Sale Slated

The Alameda Holiday Boutique, a four-decade tradition in the Island City, takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albert H DeWitt O’ Club at...