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A certain phrase caught my attention in Harry Hartman’s commentary (“Do the Right Thing When Driving in the Island City,” Jan. 29). He mentioned “not allowing parking too close to certain corners so drivers can’t see cars coming down the street.” 

I live off Otis Drive near the South Shore Shopping Center. Cars often park (albeit legally) close to the intersections. This makes it very difficult to make a left- or right-hand turn onto Otis. Many drivers approach these intersections going over the 25-mph speed limit, making things more dangerous. 

Can the city increase the setback at these intersections so that cars will no longer be allowed to park so close to them? 

— Pamela Eve Brodie


The 16th Annual Chili Cook-Off held by the Kiwanis Club of Alameda was a big success. Three local chefs and the attending general public chose from among 12 contestants to choose the best chili in town.

The People’s Choice awards went to: Alameda Education Foundation, first place; Chili 2.0, second place and the 1400 Bar & Grill in third. The Judge’s Awards went to H&R Block, first place; Two Beach Nuts, second place and the High Street Station Cafe in third.

The Kiwanis Club raises money through the Chili Cookoff, barbecue dinner, silent auction and raffle to distribute grants to local nonprofit organizations. The Kiwanis have supported many non profit organizations through the grants. These include Girls Inc. of the Island City, The Alameda Music Project, Alameda Homeless Network, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Education Foundation, Midway Shelter, Ala Costa Centers, Rhythmix Cultural Works and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. The Alameda High School and Encinal High School Key Clubs volunteered at the event decorating, staffing tables, selling raffle tickets and cleaning up.

The Kiwanis would like to thank all of their sponsors, participants and supporters for making this event another success, including lead sponsors Mark Sorensen and Tom Squire.

Thanks especially to Bank of Marin and Edward Jones for their help. H&R Block, Custom Kitchens, Jan Nichols-Franz Piano Studio and Alameda Associates Insurance contributed, along with Hewitt, Jones and Fitch, Russ and Linda Grant, Harbor Bay Realty, and Harry Hartman Insurance.Cheryl Saxton, Denise Gasti, Kari and Alan Thompson also helped out.

Sponsors-in-kind helped make the event a success, including: Excel Graphics, Gold Coast Grill, Wescafe, and Sound Explosion.

La Penca Azul, City of Alameda Recreation and Parks Deptartment and Dance 10 Performing Arts also contributed.

Three cash donors helped fill the grants program coffers: The Palmer and Friends holiday fundraiser, Poco and Alison Aberjuan, and Jim Franz.

Denise Gasti Kiwanis Club of Alameda


Recently I visited some of the birds that came from Alameda beaches and were afflicted with the mystery goo ("Gunk Coats Bay Birds," Jan. 22). The feathers of these birds arrive with a rubber cement-like substance on them and must be individually cleaned. Without the assistance of volunteers these surf scoters, scaups, horned grebes and goldeneyes die of hypothermia.

I saw the cleaned birds in stabilizing pens as well as healthier recovered birds in large water tanks. Many birds have secondary afflictions to their feet that must also be treated before they can be released.

As director of Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), I was pleased to give the International Bird Rescue (IBR) folks a check to pay for the lengthy process of rehabilitating these birds. Animal welfare is an important part of our mission at ASF. It costs $6,000 to $8,000 a day to treat the 323 birds at IBR.

I recommend that other non-profits and individuals in Alameda consider making donations to IBR. Donations can be sent to International Bird Rescue, San Francisco Bay Center, 4369 Cordelia Road, Fairfield, CA 94534.

Les Hilger, Director Alameda Support Foundation