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On Sunday, Oct. 12, I decided to stroll up Park Street from Lincoln for some exercise. As I passed the Park Street businesses I couldn’t help noticing how many of them had few, if any, customers and the intense heat shooting out of so many of these stores clearly explained why so many of them were empty. The panting employees inside were a sad sight also.

I’m sure air conditioning is quite expensive, but I’d imagine it not being anymore expensive than operating businesses with no customers.

I’d advise these businesses to begin thinking about their customers’ (and their employees’) comfort because it appears unsettled and unpredictable weather will be with us for quite some time.

Could this be why there seems to be such a high turnover of businesses on Park Street?

Ken Itensles


Thank you so much for including the wonderful article by Fernanda Castro ("Author Pens Haunting Tale", Sept. 25). I have already gotten a phone call from a friend who purchased the book at the book launch at the Alameda Museum.

Basically she didn’t know what to say. Speechless is the word I’m looking for. I believe the events of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide will affect many more people as they read the book.

Your getting the word out about the book and the genocide is most appreciated. Thank you.

Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut


Thanks to the generous Alameda community, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) made 62 Adopt A Classroom presentations in September. This is 23 more adoptions than were made the entire 2009-2010 school year.

Research shows that teachers spend an average of $513 of their own money annually to support their classrooms. The foundation’s Adopt a Classroom provides teachers with a $500 gift card that they may use to supplement learning opportunities for their classrooms. AEF gives 100 percent of the funds received to the teachers and leaves the decision of how that money is used to those who know best, the teachers,

AEF would like to thank the following donors: the Rotary Club of Alameda; Wells Fargo and Arvin and Catherine Lee, parents of Branden Lee; Diana Pace; Kelly family grandparents; the Jew family; the Dolqueist/Benjamine family; Jensen and Cochran families and friends in memory of Helen Cochran; Tony and Shirley Abbott, grandparents of Marcus Taylor; Linda Schowalter; the Long family and the Khan Family.

We’d also like to thank Captain and Mrs. Mark Manes; Anonymous; the Crame, Peddada and Long families; Appreciating the Most Important Jobs in America Fund; Aaron and Lisa Smusz; Alameda Collision Repair; the Kubiszewski family; Farmstead Cheeses and Wines; Kane and Associates Realtors, Anthony Berg; Thu Le; friend of Ms. Kernkamp’s classroom; Colin and Erin Smith family; Financial Benefits Credit Union; the Spellman and Christensen family; the Archer family, Joanne and Dave Archer; Tom and Luzanne Engh; Whitenight Ohana; the Scott family; the Ryan family; John and Maggie Maiers; the Coffey family; Bev and Bob Buhnerkempe.

A complete listing of adopted teachers and their donors may be found at www.AlamedaEducation.org. Our goal is to adopt 170 teachers in 2014-2015. Visit the AEF website to make an adoption.

Kathleen C. Woulfe, AEF Adopt a Classroom chair