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Just read the article (“Illegal Anchor Outs Return,” May 29) and would like to respond. I am so frustrated with the illegal anchor outs. 

When the houseboat first anchored on the Oakland side of the Estuary between the Fruitvale and High Street bridges, my neighbors and I started calling all the authorities.

The Coast Guard came many times, but did nothing. The police came and did nothing. Everyone who came did nothing. Then he sunk and still no one has done anything. 

Your article said the boat is abandoned. It is not abandoned. The guy is now living under the pier, collecting garbage and tying big ropes to the pier to try to bring it up from the bottom. The garbage grows; the mess grows and still no one does anything about it. 

Although I hate sarcasm, I sarcastically have to say, “what a wonderful view from our beautiful Bay Trail.”

— Joy Davis


Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children during the month of May. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times last month. There were two anonymous donors in May. 

The shelter tips its hat to Betty Sanderson, Karin Jensen, Barbara Anderson and Virginia Krutilek. Isle City Institute #51 YLI gave generously as did Portia Albee, Maxine, Fred Lovell and Richard and Susan Osanna. 

Lois Pryor, Rich and Susan Sherratt, Mary Butler, Barbara Capon, Dick and Jean Spees all opened their hearts and their pocketbooks. Guy Mayes and Nancy Issel-Mayes donated to the shelter in May as did John and Andrea Medulan, Virginia and David Miller, James Stehr and Cynthia and Lynn Withrow-Jones, Bridget Gulseth sent a generous gift. She joined Andrew and Meghan Thornton, Douglas J. Skinner, Kathleen Paget, Virginia Neuhoff and Louis Toepfer, who also gave to the shelter last month.

The Students of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School sent in a gift. Camilla Whyte, Cheryl Filar, Harlyn Trayne and Dianne Richmond also helped support the shelter. Marian Williams sent in a donation, as did Barbara Gibson, Sam and Helen Sause, John and Maggie Maiers, Sothera Sang and Paula Patillo-Dupree, Christine M. Price joined Richard and Dale Price in giving in Robert Price’s name. In closing, the shelter would like to thank Susan Wainright, Ronald and Evelyn Coffman, Joyce and David Denyven, Mark Fraser, Alice Garvin, Suzanne Martin, Karen McCloud and Harlan and Ann Richter. 

 If you’d like to join this list of generous people, send a donation to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek


On May 8, the Mastick Senior Center Thrift Shop hosted its annual thrift shop fashion show and luncheon fundraiser. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Mastick Senior Center advisory board, which serves as the active advisory committee for the senior program. The board provides funding for building improvements, scholarship program, presentations and workshops, classroom supplies, special events, computer equipment and maintenance and more.

The event was a huge success and a lot of fun. This was made possible by our fantastic Mastick volunteers, models, the dedication of the Rotary Club of Alameda and the generous nature exhibited by the merchants of our community. 

We would especially like to thank the following merchants: 1400 Bar and Grill, Abigail’s Moroccan Cuisine, Acapulco, Alameda Beauty Center, Alameda Natural Grocery, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Angkor Grill, Asena, Avalon School of Cosmetology, Beanery, Bluefin Sushi Thai, Bowzer’s Pizza, Buttercup Grill & Bar, C’era Una Volta, China Villa Restaurant, Dog Bone Alley, Dragon Rouge, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, High Street Station, Island City Café, Jim’s Coffee Shop, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Kim’s Nails, La Penca Azul, Loard’s Ice Cream, Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House, Marti’s Place, Otaez, Pacific Pinball Museum, Pasta Pelican, Peet’s Coffee, Pier 29, Rock Wall Wine Co., Speisekammer, Starbucks,Sumbody,Total Woman Gym and Spa, Trader Joe’s, Tucker’s Ice Cream, We Are Nails and More, WesCafé and Wes Café Creamery.

This event was made possible by the kindness and support of the community. We thank you for making our event and Mastick Senior Center a wonderful success! 

— Bill Soares, Fashion Show Chair