Last Sunday morning, local swimmer Craig Coombs, 57, completed a swim around the Main Island of Alameda in 7 hours and 13 minutes, shaving some 25 minutes off the previous record of 7 hours, 38 minutes and 39.5 seconds set in 1951. Coombs began his swim at 3:15 a.m. and faced some choppy waters around 4 a.m.
Investigators from the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department (EBRPD) and the Alameda Police Department (APD) consulted with the Alameda County District Attorney’s (DA) Office on the current investigations relating to attempted sexual assaults and sexual harassment in the area of Robert Crown Memorial State Beach.
The Alameda Free Library and Wonderfest.org present the opening session of the 2018-19 Social Science event series on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. Dr. Michael Wehner, Senior Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will speak on his current research concerning the behavior of extreme weather events in a changing climate, especially heat waves, intense precipitation, drought and tropical cyclones. Changes in the magnitude and frequency of extreme weather are likely the most serious consequence of human-induced global warming.
Members of the Encinal High School DECA club are working to raise money so they can attend DECA’s “New York Experience” event in New York City this winter. The club is currently seeking donations of clothes, electronics, DVDs/CDs, furniture, bicycles, school supplies, toys, video games and jewelry to supply a yard sale set for Saturday, Sept. 22.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, at noon, local skateboarders who frequent Alameda’s Cityview Skatepark, 1177 W. Red Line Ave., will host the fourth annual “Land or Slam Skate Jam” fundraiser there in memory of the late Clay Harding, an Alameda skateboarder who lost his life in 2014. The event is free, open to all ages and features barbecue, local art and music and a skateboarding contest. Prizes donated by local skate shops will be given in three age categories. Registration for the contest starts at 11 a.m. with a $5 entry fee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the skatepark.