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The Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a national organization of women educators whose mission is to promote professional and personal growth of educators, recently held a fundraising event. The speaker was Gail Tsukiyama, a Bay Area resident, bestselling author of seven novels and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Literary Award.

She was a vibrant speaker who used a sense of humor and told the audience of mostly educators, about her writing process and the inspirations for her many novels.

More than 115 guests enjoyed wine, cheese, desserts and coffee. Their attendance supported Delta Zeta community projects. These included citizenship awards for fifth- and eight-grade Alameda students; Sweet Dreams Holiday Gifts for Alameda homeless families, and support for the school district’s new teachers.

The Delta Zeta chapter would like to thank Gail Tsukiyama for her time and her engaging presentation and to the Trinity Lutheran Church that was the perfect location for the event. We thank everyone who supported our Alameda projects.

— Marlynn Kaake, Past President, Alameda Delta Zeta Chapter


Thank you for recognizing the efforts of the great young men and women who make up the Alameda Rugby Club ("Islanders Begin 11th Year of Rugby Club," Jan 30.)

The club is poised to have a fantastic 2014 season. We welcome all newcomers and it is not too late to join the 2014 team.

Feel free to drop by training at Tillman Park Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Go Alameda!

— Austin Britts


This happened a couple of blocks away from my home in Oakland ("Alamedan Murdered in Oakland," Jan. 30). I heard the shots fired. I can tell you that this is very unusual for this neighborhood.

From seeing the crime scene first hand, reading the paper and talking to friends and neighbors it seems that Mr. Kent (the victim) may have been the intended target. That may be the reason why the "police have not determined" why Mr. Kent was in the Walgreens parking lot on High Street.

Those of us alarmed by this shocking crime in our neighborhood would like the police to be more forthcoming with details.

Was this a mugging or a drug deal gone bad?

— John Berg