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Eric J. Kos &nbsp&nbsp Dr. Frank DeStefano gestures to one of the 15 stained-glass windows ensconced in St. Joseph’s Basilica. The works are particularly notable as they reflect design reforms imposed just prior to the church’s construction.

St. Joe’s Celebrates a Century on Chestnut

Feb 27,2020

After the original St. Joseph Basilica of the 1870s burned, the current facility replaced it in 1920. This year then marks the 100th anniversary of the present-day basilica at 1109 Chestnut St. As part of its centennial celebration, the basilica hosted a tour led by art historian Dr.

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Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp An excavator with a hydraulic breaker goes to work on concrete remnants outside the Del Monte warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue.

Del Monte Project Moving Forward

Feb 25,2020

Real estate development and acquisition company Wood Partners announced last December that it would soon break ground for Alta Buena Vista, a 372-unit luxury mixed-use project at 1501 Buena Vista Ave., the site of the long-closed Del Monte Warehouse (“Del Monte Project Rebooted,” Dec. 17, 2019).

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Dennis Evanosky &nbsp&nbsp Alameda Marina, LLC, has begun Phase I of its project to transform the marina. Demolition of the first building to make way for “The Launch,” — a 368-unit apartment project that will include 49 affordable units — got underway last week.

Marina Begins Work on Redevelopment

Feb 13,2020

With a unanimous vote in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2018, the City Council approved Alameda Marina, LLC’s, plans to transform Alameda’s northern waterfront.

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New APC Housing Plan Up for Review

Feb 06,2020

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) filed design-review plans for housing at its McKay Avenue wellness center with the city on Jan. 20. According to the plans, APC will be working with San Francisco’s Mercy Housing as its development partner.

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Eric J. Kos &nbsp&nbsp Alameda’s top five spellers for 2020 include, left to right: Benjamin Kapelke, Akhil Mummidi, Grace Tan, Callista Frederick and Julian Chea. The top ten finishers all received prizes from local Alameda businesses.

Official Bee Honors Island’s Top Spellers

Feb 04,2020

The 2020 Alameda Spelling Bee was held last Saturday at Otis Elementary School. Roughly 45 students from more than a dozen schools participated in the competition, which included a written test followed by an oral spelling competition.

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Richard Bangert

Matrix 4 Film Crew Sets up in Alameda

Jan 28,2020

Film production crew members have been spotted at Alameda Point recently setting up cameras and other film equipment. It is believed the crew is preparing to film scenes for the upcoming The Matrix reboot, scheduled for release in 2021.

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Above, file photo; below, courtesy Google Maps &nbsp&nbsp Above, 1723 Central Ave. and its neighbors as they appeared around 1900 when the Queen Anne architectural style was the prevalent building style in Alameda. Below, the same home at right managed to escape the wrecking ball while its two neighbors became apartment buildings in 1966 and 1970.

1973 Measure A Pros, Cons Aired at Meeting

Jan 23,2020

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Planning Board hosted a Measure A “workshop,” opening for discussion what many consider the city’s political third rail. Members of the City Council subcommittee addressed the 1973 Measure A and its 1991 counterpart.

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Photos by Dennis Evanosky.      A group of young women from Girls Inc. of the Island City joined the Women’s March held last Saturday from coast to coast. Alamedans marched to express their displeasure with President Donald Trump and his party’s stance on abortion.

Women March to Unseat President

Jan 21,2020

Alamedans participated locally in a nationwide demonstration last Saturday intended to send a message of disapproval to U.S. President Donald Trump. Following in the pattern of the Women’s March held in 2017, the women aimed to send “a resounding message that we reject President Donald Trump.

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