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Editor:

Looking for a way to reduce your taxes and contribute to your community? Donations to restore the Isabelle Clark Memorial bench in Jackson Park will help preserve this Alameda landmark and contributions are tax deductible.

Donations can be made either through the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) website at www.alameda-preservation.org, or by mailing a check to the AAPS, PO Box 1677, Alameda, CA 94501. Please write "Save the Bench" in the memo section of your check.

Thank you on behalf of the "Dumb Friends" bench.

Jim Manning, Save the Bench

Editor:

Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) wishes to respond to Frank D’Amico’s letter to City Clerk Lara Weisiger regarding tractor trailer activity at the Del Monte warehouse, which we understand has been a nuisance to neighbors. ("TLC has little regard for community," Nov. 20).

To clarify, TLC is not the owner of the Del Monte warehouse and DAMCO leases space from the current owner. TLC is in contract to purchase the property and currently has a plan before the city to transform the site into an updated mixed-use development with housing, walkable retail and a revitalized waterfront. Our plan will permanently eliminate the tractor-trailer activity and traffic to and from the warehouse.

When we were made aware of increased tractor-trailer activity at Del Monte last week, TLC worked with the city and DAMCO to help mitigate the noise and congestion. In fact, DAMCO contracted with the Alameda Police Department to monitor activity and calm traffic. We have heard back from neighbors that the issue is indeed being resolved.

We look forward to being a part of the community and creating new uses for the warehouse that complement the existing residential neighborhood.

Mike O’Hara, Director of Forward Planning Tim Lewis Communities

Editor:

The Alameda Community Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12, at the Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave.

The band is a gem of cultural enthusiasm that should be better known. Every band member was either once a professional musician or still is, so the musicianship is quite beyond the "amateur" level one might expect of a community band.

The band’s October concert was an eclectic and lively mix of new music and old standards that included the "Emperor Norton March," conducted by composer Richard Frazier and the gospel song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."

The band also performed a medley of Broadway tunes and "Elements," a petite symphony for earth, air, water and fire.

I am sure that December’s program will be interesting and tuneful. There is lots of room in the Kofman Auditorium so Alamedans can get a good seat to watch and hear their community band play.

Susan Jeffries

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