From the Desk of the Executive Director

Courtesy photo     Halloween on Webster was a fine, festive and perhaps frightening event for the whole family.

The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) had a very successful Halloween. Webster Street was alive with families and balloons. I received this email regarding the Halloween on Webster event: 

On behalf of my family and a couple of other families, we wanted to say “Thank you!” for organizing a really fun, neighborly event. Our kids really enjoyed it. And as parents, it was fun to stroll down Webster into Neptune Plaza in a leisurely way to enjoy each business and meet the owners. There were many I had never stepped into and made mental notes to come back. It was great, thanks again!  
— Sakura Lee 

To Sakura and all the other families who enjoyed WABA’s holiday event this year — you are most welcome. Please mark the calendar now for our next event on Saturday, Dec. 15, when we will have Kris Kringle in house for Santa on Webster. It will be another great family event on the West End. 

Meet & Greet Set

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Beacon Business Bank at 1442 Webster St. will be hosting a Community Meet & Greet. This event is being sponsored by CABA – the Coalition of Alameda Business Associations: Alameda Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Alameda Business Association, Greater Alameda Business Association and WABA. Representatives from Alameda Food Bank will present the food bank’s new Community Cookbook. Bring a food donation for the holidays as an entrance fee. This is a great event to meet and network with businesses from all over the Island. Everyone is welcome.

WABA Board Elections
WABA’s Board Elections were held on Oct. 24 at India Palace. Sandy Russell and Marie Riccobene were elected with results certified by Irma Glidden, assistant city clerk. The event was well attended with Elie from Alameda Grocery Outlet hosting a wine tasting featuring assorted delicious cheeses. India Palace provided a great space to meet with great appetizers and ambiance. 

Community Service Awards
The City of Alameda Community Service Awards were held last Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Elks Lodge. WABA nominated longtime West End businessowner Kent Rosenblum, posthumously. Kent was selected to receive the Community Service Award — Business Person.

As always, it is a great pleasure to represent and advocate for West Alameda. I can be reached at: linda@westalameda business.com or 523-5955.