News Briefs

Poetic Alamedans come celebrate, Wednesday, April 25, is the date.
At Books Inc., at 7 p.m.,

You’re invited to read 
a beloved poem!
So bring your Chaucer,
Angelou and Plath.
Read some Walt Whitman,
(the polymath),
Some Gluck, or Haas,
Dickinson or Brooks.
Share from your head,
Or read from books!
Silverstein, Bob Frost,Cathy Dana,
Amos White, Sappho, 
and Gene Kahana,
For ’tis our month,
It’s designated,
And why blessed words,
Were first created!

The Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) will host a public meeting on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave., in the second-floor conference room. The meeting will discuss the current City Council decisions and what ACT feels is the outsized influence of public employee unions and developers on almost every aspect of city government. The meeting will explore the formation of an independent political action committee to support candidates in the November election. 


Friends of Rosemary McNally, who passed away in January, are hosting a memorial fundraiser picnic in her honor. The picnic will be held from noon to 5 p.m., this Saturday, April 14, at the Mariner’s Lagoon picnic area at Crown Memorial State Beach, Eighth Street and Otis Drive. 


City Councilmember Frank Matarrese is reporting that the city has contracted with landscape architectural firm, Design Workshop (DW) to conduct a feasibility study for six East End paths that lead to the Oakland Estuary and to San Leandro Bay — three are on the east side of Fernside Boulevard between High Street and Thompson Avenue and three further south along East Shore Drive. 


Each year the Rotary Club of Alameda confers academic scholarships to outstanding students attending high schools in Alameda.  This year the club will award more than $20,000 ranging from $500 for vocational scholarships to $3,000 for academic scholarships. Criteria include academic achievement, community service involvement, extra-curricular activities participation, financial need and quality of the oral interview.

In addition, two $500 fine arts scholarships will be awarded based on nominations from high school principals.