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. 

Part Two
On Oct. 19, 1880, the City of Alameda founded its fire department. That same year Artesian Water Company founder Robert R. Thompson’s mansion was rising up on High Street, not far from the street that bears his name today. On Nov. 17 three fire-fighting companies formed. One, Thompson Hose Company No. 1, bore his name. 


As an Alamedan, this time of year in our city is so merry and bright: holidays lights illuminate the Christmas tree in front of City Hall, our main streets sparkle with festive window dressings and I get sentimental when I see Santa and the Dancing Christmas Trees brighten the faces of strolling families on Thompson Avenue. 

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to let everyone know how much Medicare parts A and B will cost in 2019.

Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital visits, skilled nursing and some home health services. The vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries don’t have to pay Part A premiums since they or their spouses paid Medicare payroll taxes for at least 10 years. Part A inpatient hospital deductible that beneficiaries pay when admitted to the hospital will be $1,364 in 2019, a $24 increase over 2018.