The Alameda Sun received this letter with an early 20th century water bill attached.

Hello Dennis and Eric!
I have enjoyed reading your series on Thompson Avenue’s namesake and his water company. Attached please find the front and back of a 1912 Alameda water bill sent to my great-grandfather Anton (although his last name and Alameda are misspelled). 

“Read Carefully The Other Side” for sage advice on life from the water company.

For the Corporation


I am closing out 2018 with an optimistic assumption, with the efforts of the West Alameda Business Association (WABA) board of directors and our merchants, we will have an amazing 2019. Thank you to everyone in advance for our continued success!

A local non-profit religious organization is holding an event to help a five-year-old Alameda native.

The Chabad of Alameda is putting together the “Swab for Norah” event Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Italian American League (IRL) Hall.



There is no shortage of fun things to do on the West End this New Year’s Eve.

The Fireside, at 1453 Webster St., has a no-cover event featuring a Rockabilly band called The Revtones. Dance to their rocking sounds from 8 p.m. until well into the New Year. The Revtones are an eight-piece band dedicated to presenting the hits of the 1950s and ’60s. 

A great big thank you to all the participating businesses and artists who graced Downtown Alameda with their creative and awe-inspiring artistry during the holiday window contest. Thanks to the panel of judges who visited each and every window display and had the difficult job of choosing winners. Congrats to one and all.