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On behalf of Alameda Family Services (AFS), we thank the many members of the community who so generously supported our second annual Shoots and Ladders fundraising basketball game on May 16 between the Alameda police and fire departments. First and foremost, we thank chiefs Paul Rolleri and Mike D’Orazi for agreeing to participate on our behalf and the two teams who played their hearts out on the floor. A close game decided that the the trophy will remain at the police department.

We thank our sponsors: Catherine Bierwith, broker, Alain Pinel Realty; Alameda Theatre and Cineplex; Chief Paul Rolleri; Churchward Pub; German Auto Service; Harbor Bay Group of Companies; Lucky 13; McQuire and Hester Company; Omega Termite and Pest Control; and Perforce Software. 

Donations included pizza from Bowzer’s Pizza, printing by Island Print Express and basketballs from Bank of the Orient. Raffle prizes were donated by Scooter Importer, Big O Tires, Scolari’s, Seelenbacher and VF Outdoor/the Northface.

The event was supported by the Alameda Police community volunteers Gaylord Gelle, Gerry Gelle, Thomas Hugel, Marie Reyes, Andreana Mevoli, Brenda Harrigan and Georgia Wyatt, coordinated by Mike Sapinoso; Alameda High School Staff Brad Thomas and Lizz Wong; the Alameda High cheerleaders led by Reyna Stefani and Shannon Skiles; referees Randy Marmor and Mark Clement; John Peralta; and Tom Cobb. 

A big thanks to Ron Matthews for calling the game and using his own sound system so that he could be heard! Our own award-winning photographer Victor Miller took the action shots that can be seen on APD’s Facebook page.

We are most grateful to all of the above as well as to the people who attended the game. It was a great night for all and it raised more than $6,000 for AFS programs: Head Start/Early Head Start, School-Linked Services, Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, a clinical training program and DreamCatcher, the only emergency shelter in Alameda County for runaway and homeless youth between the ages of 13 and 18. 

We look forward to a Round Three next spring!

— Kathy Moehring, President and Dani Musso, Secretary, AFS Board of Directors

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to the members of the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board of trustees.

Dear Board Members:
I’m writing to express a concern of mine that affects many teachers.  I know you are aware that teachers never have enough planning time. Many of us use time during breaks to work in our rooms. I just received a Smartboard last week and am receiving training for it on June 25. I was looking forward to trying what I learned following the training and create curriculum for my students.

I checked with several principals and they all had the same thing to say. At the principal’s meeting they were told by Superintendent Kirsten Vital that all teachers were to turn in their keys and could not get into their classrooms until the end of August because teachers disrupt the custodians and cleaning. 

This is the first time in my 21 years in this district that this has happened. I really believe that teachers and custodians can work together, we do all year long.

Since custodians now rotate from school to school for summer cleaning, it seems that teachers should be allowed in before and after their school is cleaned.

I hope you can look into this matter and find a solution. With Common Core and other new curriculum, most of us would love and need time to plan in our rooms.

— Debby Meyer


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