News Briefs

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. 

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.” 

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today that it will close the Posey Tube in mid-January for cleaning and other maintenance.

The Posey Tube, leaving Alameda, will be closed as follows:

Council Considering New City Manager

The Contra Costa Times is reporting that Moraga Town manager Jill Keimach has accepted the position of Alameda City Manager. Moraga mayor Mike Metcalf told The Times that Keimach notified him recently she had accepted the Alameda city manager position.