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Can anyone imagine anything more unnecessary than a Walgreen’s at Park Street and Lincoln Avenue?

There’s a CVS not three blocks away in addition to there already being a Walgreen’s in South Shore Center and another on Webster Street. Do people do any kind of research about which kind of business to open here, and where?

Ken Hensley


In 2013, the first-ever Police Canine Competition was a great success. The event showcased more than 50 canine teams from across the state. These teams came together to compete in narcotic detection and patrol scenarios which resulted in the largest attendance in recent history of the Western States Police Canine Association (WSPCA). More than 300 spectators and local media groups watched these special handler/canine teams in action.

Funds from the 2013 competition were used to cover competition costs; the remaining monies were donated to the memorial fund honoring the Galt Police Department canine officer who was killed in the line of duty.

None of the aforementioned successes would have been possible without the generous support and donations provided by the businesses, organizations and communities. This year, we are donating monies to the Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation.

Alameda Police Department’s (APD) is preparing to host the 2014 Annual Police Canine Competition. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the San Leandro Ball Park, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The public is welcome, but please leave pets at home as they can distract competing teams. Food vendors, police association booths and SWAT vehicles will be present.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.gofundme.com/2014k9trial.

Alameda Police Department


The Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood — the need is constant.

An upcoming blood drive at Alameda Hospital is an impactful way people can give back and share their health with patients in need. The event takes place Friday, Aug. 15, noon to 6 p.m., at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. Blood drives in neighboring Oakland are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paramount Export Company, 175 Filbert St., Suite 201; Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland State Building, 1515 Clay St.; and Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline St.

To make an appointment to donate blood at these and other drives around the East Bay, and more, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Sara O'Brien, External Communications Manager, Red Cross