News Briefs

AFD Responds to House Fire

Alameda firefighters were called to a house on the 1600 block of Paru Street to put out a blaze Saturday, June 27.

The firefighters arrived at the residence around 1:56 p.m., said Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Captain James Colburn, after the occupants discovered smoke in the attic of the one-story home. The firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in less than 20 minutes, according to Colburn. Damage was limited to the attic and goods stored there.

A Buddhist response to climate change

A day of meditation on the subject of climate change, Stable Heart – Stable Climate, will be held this Saturday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda.

The monastic daylong meditation with a pair of Theravadan Buddhist nuns: Ayya Santacitta and Ayya Santussika, will use Buddhism’s core teachings to bring forth "the inner strength and resilience to wisely respond to the most important issue of our times."

West End schools locked down

A report that someone with a weapon was in the neighborhood of Encinal High School caused the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to place the school on lockdown at 11: 45 a.m., Thursday, June 11. AUSD also contacted the Alameda Police Department (APD).

AUSD spokesperson Susan Davis said that as a precaution, the district also locked down other West End schools, including the Woodstock Child Development Center, Paden and Ruby Bridges elementary schools and Island High School.

City Council Meets Tonight

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. this evening, Thursday, June 11. The Social Service Human Relations Board is scheduled to present its homeless survey.

Councilmembers will discuss the collection of delinquent business license and garbage collection fees through property tax bills.

Donate to Sweeney Park When Shopping Online

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