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The Midway Shelter for abused women and their children thanks the generous individuals and groups who contributed to shelter in June. A number of the listed donors contributed several times during this month; two donors chose to remain anonymous. 

The shelter tips its hat to Mary and Pat Walter, the Rotary Club of Alameda, Ashley Jones and Leslye and James Robey. Midway couldn’t survive with generous gifts from people like Diane Coler-Dark, Kenneth Jones and Helen Horvath. Second grader Acton Mingo-Juric sold artwork and donated the proceeds to the shelter.

Gloria and John Nolan gave in June. They were joined by Ruth L. Gray, Barbara Wildman, Virginia Krutilek, John A. Johnson and Robert McBride. Amelia Earhart Elementary School’s Rock, Paper, Scissors Grou and Alameda High School’s Midway Club donated in July, as did Paul and Ellen Hallowell, Carl and Louise Champion and Cathy and Richard Hagen.

The woman and children at the shelter would also like to thank Luzanne and Thomas Engh, Frederica Kapp, Kelly Marx, Sarah, Katherine Bowen and Modesta Jimenez.

It would not be possible to help the folks at the shelter without generous donors like Emily Shea and Malyon Booth, along with Brian and Kathleen Schumacher. They were joined by Luise A. Roke, Ron and Shirley Goodman and Lois Pryor. June was brighter at the shelter because of donors like C.J. Kingsley.

Winifred and Frank Ghiglione joined Melissa Dowdy, Robyn Wu, Sothera Sang and Paula Patillo-Dupree, with generous gifts. The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation and Isle City Institute #51 YLI helped round out June’s gifts to the shelter. 

If you’d like to see your name among the Midway Shelter donors next month, make a check payable to the Alameda Homeless Network and mail it to the Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek


There have been drastic cutbacks at the Harbor Bay Safeway in items from manufacturers other than Safeway. There are also far fewer produce and organic produce items available. 

In addition the store’s employees with the longest tenure have told me that Safeway has threatened them with transfer to Oakland’s Fruitvale Safeway. 

Mega-mergers like Comcast with Time Warner and DirecTV with AT&T benefit only the companies in question and not the consumers. I’ve heard that if the Safeway-Albertson merger is allowed later this year, the plan is to possibly downsize Safeway stores. 

I have noticed that Safeway has plastered both its Alameda stores with ads promoting entry-level jobs. I’m afraid that that could infer that Safeway wants to get rid of tenured employees to hire less-expensive workers to take their place. If this is true, it’s a total disgrace.

— Mike Lano


As I watch residents of Alameda go by my newsstand, I try to get a sense of who we are as a people. I know we are a diverse lot. We have representatives from all the continents of the world. Our adult population is a mixture of young and old, with little in between. There are so many of us at each end of the age spectrum, that we squeeze the middle ages down to a small bubble. We differ economically. Some of us drive new cars and the rest of us drive old ones. 

Our differences are somewhat masked by our love of casual clothes. The exception is a few merchants who wear suits and ties. Our general preference is: t-shirts, jeans, shorts, joggers, windbreakers and sweatshirts with college names that we did not attend. Our teenagers take casual one step further by going uni-sex. 

We love our dogs and kids, hopefully, not in that order. The morning hours belong to the dogs. They come in all sizes, but when the light turns green, they all drag their owners across the street. We are a family oriented city. I see little girls go by riding on their daddies’ shoulders. I see little babies in slings around their mothers’ necks. I see a chain gang of innocence go by with a line of three year olds holding on to a rope.

— Stan Hallmark

Editor’s note:
Stan Hallmark operates the San Francisco Chronicle’s newsstand at Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue.