The Alameda Sun recently had an interesting go-round with a reader. This member of the community called me and asked that I write up a story about a series of events, post my story online, run it in the newspaper and post the events in the calendar — all for free. I fulfilled the first three requests, but went on vacation without posting the events online.


The Encinal Drama Department just completed a highly successful and most entertaining run of the musical Annie. Rarely would a reviewer give top priority to the technical staff, but this time it is warranted: The challenges presented by the play and the venue were certainly daunting but the crew, like true Jets, soared above the snags, setbacks and obstacles.


How Frank Bette’s wish to turn his home and business building into an art center came to be is an interesting story. Gretchen Fleischer was quite surprised to learn that she was named in Frank’s will. She thought maybe he had left one of his books or a print for her. 

Fleischer had gotten to know Frank from the Writers West group and became one of his friends. She gave him rides to writers group meeting, grocery shopping, breakfast at Ole’s Waffle Shop or field trips to the Oakland hills to visit “his trees.” 

Columnist returns with series on life, death and how to handle both well

End of life. Yes, that would be death. And death is the end? No one is sure when it will come, nor what — if anything — comes after. But we are all familiar with the huge realm of possibilities that might precede it.


In his recent commentary (“Corrections to Myths about Charter Schools,” March 24) Mark Irons completely missed the point of Patti Wilczek’s original commentary, (“Dispelling Charter School Myths,” March 17) in which she extolled the virtues of Alameda’s wide range of public school choices.