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Editor:

Thank you so much for including the wonderful article by Fernanda Castro ("Author Pens Haunting Tale", Sept. 25). I have already gotten a phone call from a friend who purchased the book at the book launch at the Alameda Museum.

Basically she didn’t know what to say. Speechless is the word I’m looking for. I believe the events of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide will affect many more people as they read the book.

Your getting the word out about the book and the genocide is most appreciated. Thank you.

Ellen Sarkisian Chesnut

Editor:

Thanks to the generous Alameda community, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) made 62 Adopt A Classroom presentations in September. This is 23 more adoptions than were made the entire 2009-2010 school year.

Research shows that teachers spend an average of $513 of their own money annually to support their classrooms. The foundation’s Adopt a Classroom provides teachers with a $500 gift card that they may use to supplement learning opportunities for their classrooms. AEF gives 100 percent of the funds received to the teachers and leaves the decision of how that money is used to those who know best, the teachers,

AEF would like to thank the following donors: the Rotary Club of Alameda; Wells Fargo and Arvin and Catherine Lee, parents of Branden Lee; Diana Pace; Kelly family grandparents; the Jew family; the Dolqueist/Benjamine family; Jensen and Cochran families and friends in memory of Helen Cochran; Tony and Shirley Abbott, grandparents of Marcus Taylor; Linda Schowalter; the Long family and the Khan Family.

We’d also like to thank Captain and Mrs. Mark Manes; Anonymous; the Crame, Peddada and Long families; Appreciating the Most Important Jobs in America Fund; Aaron and Lisa Smusz; Alameda Collision Repair; the Kubiszewski family; Farmstead Cheeses and Wines; Kane and Associates Realtors, Anthony Berg; Thu Le; friend of Ms. Kernkamp’s classroom; Colin and Erin Smith family; Financial Benefits Credit Union; the Spellman and Christensen family; the Archer family, Joanne and Dave Archer; Tom and Luzanne Engh; Whitenight Ohana; the Scott family; the Ryan family; John and Maggie Maiers; the Coffey family; Bev and Bob Buhnerkempe.

A complete listing of adopted teachers and their donors may be found at www.AlamedaEducation.org. Our goal is to adopt 170 teachers in 2014-2015. Visit the AEF website to make an adoption.

Kathleen C. Woulfe, AEF Adopt a Classroom chair

Editor:

Mark Greenside’s op-ed piece ("Right Location, Wrong Plan," Oct. 9) has it exactly right. Most Alamedans, I think, would like to see the old Del Monte site developed — but in a way that is respectful of the current zoning laws and in a process that preserves the family-oriented nature of Alameda.

The density of the Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) proposal is simply unworkable for the space available. Not only does it skirt the open space requirements (as described by Greenside), but it also aggravates an already difficult traffic condition on the Island.

Further, the type of housing proposed here (studios, lofts, etc.) will do little to address the need for affordable family housing in Alameda.

Rather, it will attract individuals who are likely to be using Alameda as a bedroom community and who will have little commitment to the quality of life here.

It seems clear and understandable — that the developer wants to maximize the number of housing units, since that will maximize profits for the developer. But that goal should not be our City Council’s major concern. Rather, the Council should be considering what is best for Alameda and how best to preserve its unique character.

If TLC is not willing to modify its proposal (i.e., reduce its profit objectives) for this development, then the Council should seek alternative ideas from other developers. Perhaps the city, itself, should consider how it might play a significant role in developing this site.

Philip A. Schwartzkroin

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