Friends of the Alameda Free Library will hold its annual book sale from Friday, May 16, to Sunday May 18, at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club at Alameda Point, 641 Redline Ave. This is a change from the original date of May 2 to May 4.
An early bird preview sale will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 16; admission is $5, admission for Friends of the Library members is free. Admission is free to all both Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m.
Welcome Home, Stratton
Friends and family were excited to greet their loved ones aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as it returned home to Coast Guard Island last Sunday. Since departing Jan. 6, Stratton completed a 22,000-mile patrol in support of joint counter-drug operations off the coast of California and in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned the Stratton at Coast Guard Island on March 31, 2012. She is the official sponsor of the Stratton and is the first First Lady to sponsor a Coast Guard cutter.
Hornet Settles Up
The Hornet Foundation delivered a $215,385 check to the city of Alameda to pay its outstanding lease obligation. This demonstrated the foundation’s commitment to keeping the historic aircraft carrier museum here. Five years ago the city’s lease with the Hornet recognized the foundation’s past due rent of $555,000 and challenged them to pay half, in return, the city would write off the remaining balance. The payment delivered meets that challenge.
The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) is considering tacking $9.55 per year for the next 10 years onto property tax bills.
The authority states that it needs the money to support the countywide household hazardous waste program. This program provides collection and disposal services for household hazardous waste like paint, solvents and pesticides.