News Briefs


The driver who caused the deadly Memorial Day weekend collision on Park Street faced the judge last Monday. Jaime Ernesto Africano, 19, was arraigned on felonies that include three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.


The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Senior Safety & Accessibility Program is celebrating Falls Prevention Awareness Day next Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The community event will empower older adults to stay active, independent and safe in their homes and communities. Activities will include yoga poses for fall prevention, medication management tips, tricks to prevent falls from a physical therapist and an introduction to AFD’s Community Paramedic Program. 



The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Maria Young at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.


The following monthly events geared for Alameda youth have been on hiatus in August. All programs have since resumed.

Storytimes: Mama Goose for 18 mos. to 3 years old, Saturdays, Main Library, 10 a.m.; Peter Rabbit for youth 2 to 5 years old, Wednesdays, West End Library, 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays, Main Library, 10 and 11 a.m.; School age for Kindergarten to third grade, Wednesdays, Main Library, 3:30 p.m.; and family storytime for all ages takes place Tuesdays, Bay Farm branch, 7 p.m.


Residents and businesses can now drink and cook with Alameda Point’s water. Water throughout Alameda Point’s drinking water distribution system has been deemed safe by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water. This water once again matches EBMUD’s high quality water supply consistent with other areas outside of the Alameda Point water system.