News Briefs

Applications are now open for the $5,000 Ken and Shirley Van Sickle Scholarship. This college scholarship is open to graduating seniors from the city’s public high schools who are also residents of Alameda. Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

On Dec. 17 students and staff at Lum Elementary School bid their office manager Vickie Levitch a fond farewell. Principal Lawrence Gotanco called Levitch the school’s hero and ally. 

“Vickie will be leaving us to embark on an exciting new phase in her life journey,” Gotanco said   “I can personally attest to the fact that for our school, she has been a smiling face, a hearty laugh, a comforting guide, a calming presence, a dedicated professional, a passionate advocate.” 

Alameda County Transportation Commission has joined with transit partners AC Transit and Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority/Wheels to host transportation open houses in Oakland, Hayward and Fremont this month. These open houses will provide opportunities to learn more about and discuss public transit, major streets and roadways, trucking, goods movement and shipping.  

For the second year, Alameda Civic Ballet has joined Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails at South Shore Center for a fundraiser. On Monday, Jan. 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday patrons can come for lunch or dinner (or anything in between), mention the ballet and Trabocco will donate 10 percent of your bill to Alameda Civic Ballet.

This fundraiser raised a significant amount last year, and we hope you can help us again this year. Reservations at the restaurant are recommended; call 521-1152.

Last summer Alameda High School student Andrew Zhen traveled to Peru with VISIONS Service Adventures, an international community service program for teens. Zhen was part of a group of high school students who lived in a neighborhood in Urubamba, a small city at the base of the Andes Mountains, and took part in community service projects in outlying rural villages. 

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