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I have been volunteering at Alameda Point Collaborative’s (APC) Education Center for eight years, helping formerly homeless, elementary school-age children with their homework.

Sometimes they share their hopes or frustrations with me, making me realize how lucky I am to have stable housing and access to appropriate medical care. 

Now APC is moving ahead to repurpose abandoned federal buildings at McKay Avenue by bringing housing and health services to medically fragile, homeless seniors. 

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, one of mine is to support our community’s efforts to help vulnerable seniors live with dignity, with basic health and wellness services, and with a roof over their heads.  


Kathryn Sáenz Duke


The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children would like to thank all the people who donated money in December. Their generous gifts help keep the shelter open. Two donors chose to remain anonymous.

Jeff Delaney, Val Gerhart and Louis Toepfer each helped the shelter with a donation in December. Tomorr Haxhimali donated generously as did Jay Dawson, Alameda Christian Reformed Church, Christine Buck and Mary Scott.

The Pipkin-McGrath family sent a donation last month. They were joined by Marian Williams, Gloria & John Nolan, Ginny Krutilek, Dawn Graeff and William Taylor. Pam & Willem VanDeKamp donated, as did Judy Hom & Winston Fong and Gabrielle Dolphin & Alan Pryor.
Jackie MacMillan donated as a Christmas gift for Virginia Crinnion. Jim Hager, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Maria B. Kerosky, Ph.D., Mary Buck, Karen Butte and Susanne & John Gallagher donated last month. Shirley Sutherland, Carolyn West, Ulrich & Ursula Greczmiel and Shirley George-Ross joined them with their donations. 

Jean Smith-Castle, JoAnn & Roger Dorn and Debbie & Roland Gregoire sent checks last month. They were joined by Emily & Joseph Shea, Beverly Church, Alameda Hospitality Club and Lois Pryor. 

Lance & Sandra Russum donated in memory of: Drucilla Wright, Kent Rosenblum, Burt Reynolds, Robert Doumitt, Karin Lucas, Robert Ruark, Carmen Vinella, Donna Jurdy and Reba Ramos. Mary McNamara sent a donation in honor of Jackie MacMillan; Mr. and Mrs. Sassolini gave to honor Suzanne Rasmussen.

Claire Meehan & John White sent a donation in December, as did Kathy & Glenn Henderson, Bob Brown, Susan Foreman and Cindy & Walt Grady. Brian & Kathleen Schumacher donated to the shelter last month as did Joanne Robinson, Edward Atkinson Jr. & Jolane Findley. 

Robert & Heidi Larsen gave generously, as did Suzanne Bryant, Patricia Sahadi, Jeff & Theresa Rude and Lon & Connie Harvey. Pamela Williams sent a check to help Midway, as did Nadine Barbera, Jason Cannva & Melissa Black, Renee & William Sheehan, Roger & Judy Ecker, Rose Huig, Mary Lou Kurtz and C.J. Kingsley. 

If you’d like to see your name listed with the January 2019 donors send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 357-0205, ext. 206 or visit www.midwayshelter.org


Ginny Krutilek


I’m an Alameda resident and homeowner. I’m the type of person who goes to City Council meetings, is an active member and organizer in many local community groups and stays up to date and in the know on all town gossip and news. And I am embarrassed to admit, that even I was duped by the petitioners for the “open space initiative” on the southern shore. 

I don’t recall the exact wording the petitioner used, but they were telling me how there’s a project underway to get more open space in Alameda. In my mind, I was thinking it had to do with Jean Sweeney Park, so I mentioned that, and the petitioner looked puzzled. They then kept rattling on about this project. I slowly realized what this was actually about and firmly, but politely, removed myself from the discussion without signing. In hindsight, wish I had done more — stuck around to dissuade other people from signing or lectured the (likely paid) signature gatherer about what they were actually selling.

It is my opinion, when you need to pay signature gatherers to lie to people, you do not have a good petition or cause. If you have a good cause, volunteers will spread the word, and the facts speak for themselves. 

These NIMBY neighbors near McKay Avenue are just out to keep “their road” theirs. They have no intention of actually turning anything into a park, and neither will the city or the East Bay Regional Parks district. Their aim is to keep the status quo, because it benefits them and their properties — not what benefits our town. 

They seem willing to spend hundreds of thousands of our city’s tax dollars on a ballot initiative that will result in nothing but a delay in the proposed project that would rehabilitate abandoned buildings, and help our most vulnerable neighbors. And for what purpose? 


Lilli Keinaenen