News Briefs


This is an important time of the year for Alameda’s Jewish community. Temple Israel marks this Saturday with three events. They have a Torah study and “Art for All!” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. Call 522-9355 to confirm the time for the Torah study. 

Then, at 8:30 p.m., in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, there will be a reading of the penitential poems and prayer, the Selichot, followed by nosh and conversation. 


The Guinness Book of World Records’ “largest garbage collection event ever organized,” California Coastal Cleanup Day, has been set for this Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to join the expected 60,000 statewide volunteers in helping remove waste from the shoreline at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. Volunteers will meet at the beach near Park Street and Shore Line Drive.


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.