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The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to Shirley Nelson of Summit Bank in Oakland. 

Dear Ms. Nelson:
On behalf of the Alameda High School (AHS) Boosters and the varsity and junior varsity baseball teams, we would like to thank you for your generous gift of $250 for the 2014 fundraising event held on Feb. 22. Your continued commitment to the high school baseball programs in Alameda is sincerely appreciated.
The event was a successful evening full of friends and supporters brought together for a great cause.
Each year, the AHS baseball fundraiser supplies the main source of financial support necessary to run these great programs. As the cost of running a good public school athletics program continues to grow, it becomes more and more important every year to obtain the outside support of civic-minded companies such as Summit Bank.
Your gift combined with that of others help supply the team with uniforms, equipment, field maintenance and other essential items needed to keep Alameda baseball alive and well.
We look forward to the possibility of a continued relationship between this program and Summit Bank for many years to come. On behalf of the baseball loving community of Alameda, the fundraising committee, the coaches and the student-athletes and their parents, we thank you. Go Hornets!

— Debbi Nakahara and Vali Ebert, Event co-chairs


I have enjoyed your ongoing coverage of the City/AUSD land swap. I am sure that you have received your share of acrimonious emails concerning your lack of support for the city, lack of support of the school system, or variations on those themes. I salute your sense of journalistic integrity. 
I know that it is hard to cover the stories that have the potential to polarize the community. Your most recent article (“Land Swap Ignores AUSD Adjacent Parcel,” March 13) resonated with me. 
The marinas on the Island are today what trailer/mobile home parks were 20 to 30 or more years ago. 
Many of the inhabitants live full time on their boats, and many are retired, older, or live on fixed incomes from disability, unemployment. 
Some have no visible means of support at all.

— Rob Schmidt


Some 100 people wearing name tags wandered Park Street last Saturday, compliments of Chuck Kapelke, who created a 40-clue scavenger hunt that gently forced Park Street business to accept songs, questions, game playing, photo shoots, silliness and small purchases along the way. All this to honor his 40th birthday.  
As a newcomer to Alameda, I appreciated the opportunity to explore some of Park Street’s treasures that I hardly even knew existed. Many of the merchants and employees had been prepped for the onslaught and others were taken a bit by surprise. 
I want to thank the Park Street businesses for playing along in the game Kapelke created because it was great fun for us as participants. “I loved the periodic pockets of positivity provided by the party participants,” one merchant said. Can you guess which store that alliteration came from?  I may have embellished it a bit; but it was the spirit of Books Inc. 
Thank you, Chuck, for your cleverness, and thank you, Park Street, and the 40 or so participating merchants. 

— Heather Fine