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The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) wishes to thank the generous donors who have supported Alameda public school teachers through AEF’s Adopt-A- Classroom program.  
Thanks to the donors, teachers received $500 checks to help support their classrooms. One donor chose to remain anonymous. 

AEF’s hats are off to the Yee and Yeh families, Annabel Long, Diana Pace and the Wager family. Anne McKereghan donated in appreciation of Rachel and Jeff Stevenson, Alison & Paco Aubrejuan made a donation in October, as did Carol Vickers, Sherry Price & Howard Brizendine and the Zenner family, 

Fix Auto Alameda sent a check to help the teachers, joined by Julie Wagner & Merle Cannon, Kyra Yee and Frank & Winifred Ghiglione. Farmstead Cheese and Wines donated in October, as did Beverly Buhnerkempe, Mile’s grandparents, Graham’s grandparents and Michael & Harriet Humphrey. 

The Bullock-Humphrey family, Little Bird Publicity, Julie and Tom sent money to help the teachers, as did Mary Thomas and Sarah Grace Powell. 

Thirty-two teachers were adopted in October at Alameda High, Encinal High, Haight Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Otis Elementary, Paden Elementary and Wood Middle schools. On average, teachers spend more than $500 of their own money each year to enhance learning opportunities for their students. 

AEF’s Adopt-A-Classroom program enables the community to help teachers by making a donation matching that amount. Learn more about how you can support Alameda’s teachers at 


Kathleen C. Woulfe AEF Adopt A Classroom Chair

The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) will distribute more than 1,000 turkeys this month to Island families struggling to get enough food on the table for the holidays. The food bank will also make traditional Thanksgiving foods such as mashed potatoes, yams and cranberries available. 

AFB needs the community’s help to meet this commitment. Bring one or more turkeys (preferably frozen) to the food bank at 1900 Thau Way (corner of Atlantic Avenue and Constitution Way) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have a large number of turkeys, call 523-6064 to arrange to drop off them off at AFB’s warehouse. 

You can also donate non-perishable food from your pantry during the annual Scouting for Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 17. Canned goods, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, coffee and tea will help the more than 2,100 families who receive assistance from AFB stretch their food budget during the holiday season. 


Cindy Houts Executive Director Alameda Food Bank

As an Alameda resident for more than 25 years I am amazed at the rapid decline over the past few years of basic driving courtesy here. 

We love our island for the amazing beauty and peace of mind and sense of community that it affords to us. We are rather dismayed over the current apparent lack of basic respect and awareness of others from drivers on our island. 

This past Friday at 11:30 a.m., while walking along Central Avenue, my wife and I witnessed three cars driving over the posted 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. They nearly hit a frail senior attempting to cross Central. Two cars had already stopped to allow this pedestrian to cross Central.

Unbelievable and quite disappointing in broad daylight in Alameda, we had to wave down cars on Central to come to a stop to allow this frightened senior citizen to cross safely. 

This is not what we would expect in a beautiful family focused community such as Alameda. Do we need speed bumps set up on Central and other main thoroughfares to enforce some basic driver common courtesy on our island? We are better than this. We all need to make it a point to focus and slow down to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all.


Robert Dimig