Editorial

Courtesy photo  The benefits of massage are clear to those who have experienced them

How Massage Benefits Us

Dec 17,2015

The most common reason individuals seek to receive a massage is they desire relaxation. Whether they are experiencing mental, emotional or physical stress, massage therapy is a great way to initiate or aid in the healing process. 

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Courtesy photo  Safia Pigott, Abby Hayton, and Vivian, Daniel, and Evan Pell proudly show off their holiday spirit, as captured in their painstakingly decorated gingerbread houses.

Local Kids Get a Taste of Holiday History

Dec 10,2015

Recently the news has been full of reports about terror and violence. The cause is often ethnic and religious differences. For a refreshing change of pace, here is some good news about our youth here in the East End of Alameda. 

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‘Tis the Season at the Frank Bette Center

Dec 10,2015

The Frank Bette Center’s wheels of organization and creativity have been spinning for months in preparation for their current annual holiday boutique. Lots of red and green and sparkle have transformed the center into an inviting showplace for gifts galore, ranging in price from $3 to $200.

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Courtesy photo  Alameda resident Bryan Schwartz has penned Scattered among Nations that describes isolated Jewish communities throughout the world.

Book Explores Jewish Diversity

Dec 10,2015

On Dec. 8, Bryan Schwartz released Scattered among the Nations, a collection of photos and stories from the world’s most isolated Jewish communities.

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Landlords Must Think Before They Act

Dec 03,2015

As a longtime Alameda resident and property owner, I’ve watched with great sadness what is happening in our community as the housing crisis worsens in the Bay Area. It is unfair to take advantage of market shifts by disrupting tenants, especially the disadvantaged and elderly.

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Look to Vallejo to Solve Rental Crisis

Dec 03,2015

From past experience I propose a possible solution to Alameda’s rent issue. With about 12 years on the rent review board in Vallejo, with two years as chairman, I know Vallejo’s ordinance could be used for renters and landlords in Alameda as it has been for properties in Vallejo. 

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Don’t Ruin the Park Street Gateway

Nov 26,2015

Since at least 2000, with the city’s visioning process, the gateways to Alameda, particularly the one at the intersection of Park Street and Blanding Avenue, have been recognized as very important and deserving of special architectural treatment.

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How To Celebrate ‘Thanksgetting’

Nov 26,2015

Corporate America, in its beneficence, infinite wisdom and noble pursuit of perpetual profit, has finally created a holiday truly worth celebrating, a holiday that honors what really matters: acquisition. This holiday — currently known as Black Friday — will now be called “Thanksgetting.” 

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