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Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter for abused women and their children during the month of May. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times last month. There were two anonymous donors in May. 

The shelter tips its hat to Betty Sanderson, Karin Jensen, Barbara Anderson and Virginia Krutilek. Isle City Institute #51 YLI gave generously as did Portia Albee, Maxine, Fred Lovell and Richard and Susan Osanna. 

Lois Pryor, Rich and Susan Sherratt, Mary Butler, Barbara Capon, Dick and Jean Spees all opened their hearts and their pocketbooks. Guy Mayes and Nancy Issel-Mayes donated to the shelter in May as did John and Andrea Medulan, Virginia and David Miller, James Stehr and Cynthia and Lynn Withrow-Jones, Bridget Gulseth sent a generous gift. She joined Andrew and Meghan Thornton, Douglas J. Skinner, Kathleen Paget, Virginia Neuhoff and Louis Toepfer, who also gave to the shelter last month.

The Students of St. Joseph Notre Dame High School sent in a gift. Camilla Whyte, Cheryl Filar, Harlyn Trayne and Dianne Richmond also helped support the shelter. Marian Williams sent in a donation, as did Barbara Gibson, Sam and Helen Sause, John and Maggie Maiers, Sothera Sang and Paula Patillo-Dupree, Christine M. Price joined Richard and Dale Price in giving in Robert Price’s name. In closing, the shelter would like to thank Susan Wainright, Ronald and Evelyn Coffman, Joyce and David Denyven, Mark Fraser, Alice Garvin, Suzanne Martin, Karen McCloud and Harlan and Ann Richter. 

 If you’d like to join this list of generous people, send a donation to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda, CA 94501. To learn more, call 523-2377 or visit www.midwayshelter.org.

— Ginny Krutilek


On May 8, the Mastick Senior Center Thrift Shop hosted its annual thrift shop fashion show and luncheon fundraiser. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Mastick Senior Center advisory board, which serves as the active advisory committee for the senior program. The board provides funding for building improvements, scholarship program, presentations and workshops, classroom supplies, special events, computer equipment and maintenance and more.

The event was a huge success and a lot of fun. This was made possible by our fantastic Mastick volunteers, models, the dedication of the Rotary Club of Alameda and the generous nature exhibited by the merchants of our community. 

We would especially like to thank the following merchants: 1400 Bar and Grill, Abigail’s Moroccan Cuisine, Acapulco, Alameda Beauty Center, Alameda Natural Grocery, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Angkor Grill, Asena, Avalon School of Cosmetology, Beanery, Bluefin Sushi Thai, Bowzer’s Pizza, Buttercup Grill & Bar, C’era Una Volta, China Villa Restaurant, Dog Bone Alley, Dragon Rouge, East Ocean Seafood Restaurant, High Street Station, Island City Café, Jim’s Coffee Shop, Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden, Kim’s Nails, La Penca Azul, Loard’s Ice Cream, Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House, Marti’s Place, Otaez, Pacific Pinball Museum, Pasta Pelican, Peet’s Coffee, Pier 29, Rock Wall Wine Co., Speisekammer, Starbucks,Sumbody,Total Woman Gym and Spa, Trader Joe’s, Tucker’s Ice Cream, We Are Nails and More, WesCafé and Wes Café Creamery.

This event was made possible by the kindness and support of the community. We thank you for making our event and Mastick Senior Center a wonderful success! 

— Bill Soares, Fashion Show Chair


In answer to writer Kevin Barrett’s letter (“On schooling other town’s students,” May 29) there are at least four good reasons for allowing students living in Oakland to attend Alameda public schools.

First, their influx has promoted racial integration in the Alameda schools. Alameda enjoys a unique position in that most, if not all, other school districts have integrated their schools only by moving students who live within the district. 

Second, as long as a student from Oakland does not utilize a fraudulent address, the student’s attendance in the Alameda schools is lawful. We can assume that the students or their families choose Alameda schools for good reasons, including higher test scores, safety and superior all-around sports programs. Their attendance in the Alameda schools boosts Alameda’s average daily attendance (ADA) and thus increases Alameda’s allocation of education funds from the state of California.

Third, in all likelihood, the Oakland attendance at Encinal High School (EHS) is a principal reason why the school remains open. In the last 40 years, eight school districts in the East Bay alone have been forced to close a combined total of nine comprehensive high schools because of declines in enrollment (two of the schools were merged into a single and much larger school). 

The breaking point seems to be 1,000 students, which would be very close to the size of an Encinal student body minus the students from Oakland. Would the existing facilities at Alameda High School (AHS) be able to accommodate 1,000 additional students? Keeping EHS open is a better use of taxpayer dollars. 

Fourth, closing EHS would also harm AHS’s athletics program. The teams could draw from more students and might be more successful in interscholastic competition. However, AHS would have lost its natural rival. Anyone who compares the crowds at Alameda-Encinal games with the crowds at other contests can see which games generate more — by far — proceeds for the two schools.

Would Barrett accept a decision by the city of Oakland to close Doolittle Drive and Ron Cowan Parkway to Alamedans who wish to travel to Cal State East Bay, the airport, the coliseum, the University of California, BART, and San Francisco? If it did, then Alameda would be in a pickle. 

Bay Farm Island residents could vacation on the main island, and main islanders could vacation on Bay Farm Island. You think the Bay Farm Island Bridge is crowded now. Besides, young people and adults both enjoy travelling through the tubes and across the old-time bridges which set Alameda apart from most cities. 

When most Alamedans say, “Go Jets,” they are not saying, “Leave, Jets.” They are saying, “Soar, Jets.” 

— John Zugnoni