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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has been chosen as the City of Alameda’s initial selection for the launch of ReadAlameda, an annual Island-wide book club. Alameda residents voted and choose The Underground Railroad to be the inaugural title. The book was published in 2016 and received broad praise, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Whitehead’s book is also a New York Times Bestseller and an Oprah’s Book Club selection. 

Property owners of rental units in the City of Alameda are now required to pay a Rent Program Fee. On June 6 the City Council adopted a resolution that sets the fee at $120 for each rental unit that was rented or available to rent as of July 1, 2017. 

Landlords will begin receiving a registration form and invoice from the city this week. The fee will cover the period from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. Registration forms and payments must be returned no later than Jan. 1, 2018.

The city is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Commission on Disability Issues. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380, by phone at 747-4800, or on the city’s website, www.alamedaca.gov.

Interested persons are encouraged submit applications to the City Clerk by Thursday, Dec. 7. Contact the City Clerk’s office at 747-4800 with any questions.

 

On April 13, Alameda’s oldest Catholic congregation removed the cross from the bell tower where it sat since 1927. The church took down the cross and restored it after powerful windstorms caused the congregation to be concerned for the 90-year-old cross’s welfare. This morning at 8:45 a.m., the church will hold a ceremony to reinstall the refurbished cross at 1109 Chestnut St.

Fr. George Alengadan, Pastor of St. Joseph Basilica, will unveil and bless the cross in the presence of  the parish community, St. Joseph  Elementary School and St. Joseph Notre Dame School.

Teens are invited to experience a whole new world at the Alameda Free Library. Visit this Saturday, Nov. 18, to try out an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset. Use the headset and controllers to experience space, build robots and much more. 

Take the chance to try this new technology from 2 to 4 p.m.. This fun event is planned by teens for teens. While waiting for a turn to play the Oculus Rift, teens can learn and play board games. Snacks will be provided. 

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