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The abused women and children at Midway Shelter would like to extend their thanks to those individuals and groups who e contributed to the shelter in October; several donated more than once. Three donors chose to remain anonymous.

Midway would like to thank Alan & Kathryn Hanley and Lois Pryor. Lance & Sandra Russum in memory of: John (Jack) Henderson, James W. Bottoms, Conrado Tapado, Carol Wallace, Valerie Hove, Lucy Manown, Anamaria Robles, David B. Wood, Frank Roybal, Mike Brennan, Earl Rivard and Rita Bourdet.

Virginia Krutilek send a generous donation, as did Jay Dawson, Gary Gee, D.T .Dessling, Alan Pryor & Gaby Dolphin and Kelly Marx.

If you would like to see your name listed among the generous November donors, send a check to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. To learn more, call (510) 357-0205, ext. 206 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek

Dear Mayor Ezzy Ashcraft and City Councilmembers:
Jackson Park is being renamed because of the actions taken by President Andrew Jackson in forcibly removing the native peoples from the eastern regions of our country. This resulted in great suffering. We think that it would be appropriate to name the park after the Ohlone Indians.

Prior to the invasion by the Spaniards, the Ohlone inhabited this region for more than 3,000 years. We have seen that a number of our neighbors prefer the name “Alameda Park” as a fitting name for Alameda’s first city park.

At first glance, that seems like a good idea. However, “Alameda” is a Spanish name meaning a grove of poplar trees or a tree-lined avenue. Thus, our belief is rather than name the park with the language of the invaders responsible for the displacement and demise of our local native peoples, Ohlone Park would be a wonderful way to memorialize the original inhabitants of our island city. And, in one small gesture, endeavor to heal the wounds inflicted on them.

— Gary and Mary Ann Cates

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Christmas Tree Lane will be open this year, from Saturday, Dec. 1 through New Year’s Eve with most neighbors planning to decorate their houses. Some block traditions will be canceled or scaled back this year to follow Alameda County Health Department recommendations and to discourage gatherings of people.

For example, Santa and his sleigh will not be on the block this year, and we won’t have the usual performance groups. Santa’s Mailbox will be set out for letters to be dropped off, and letters with legible return addresses will still go to the North Pole for a reply from Santa himself!

More details to follow.

— Neighbors on Thompson Avenue (aka Christmas Tree Lane)

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.