Gleaning — an ancient practice that goes back to Biblical times — is not scavenging (to search for things that others have discarded), nor is it foraging (gathering foodstuffs from the wild). It is, in essence, gathering food that has been overlooked. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines gleaning as “the act of collecting excess fresh foods from farms, gardens, farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, state or county fairs or any other sources in order to provide it to those in need.”


Enjoy a day of revelry in Downtown Alameda in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17. Put on some green attire, gather some friends and prepare to embark on a cultural journey. In addition to the abundant plates of traditional corned beef and cabbage, diners will find culinary treats such as corned beef sliders, Reuben sandwiches, pints of Guinness and all-day drink specials.

Here are a couple of recommendations for celebrating Irish-American culture in Downtown Alameda:


As the April 9 special election is getting closer, it is becoming apparent that the Measure B campaign is employing underhanded practices of repeatedly spreading misleading, fear-based information and telling outright lies to further their cause. After doing extensive research, we would like to break these down for our fellow Alamedans.


Recent letters to the editor have raised questions about the Alameda Sun’s policies regarding the opinion page. The Sun recently edited a letter. The writer emailed the Sun demanding that we run her original letter unedited in its entirety along with a second letter she submitted. 

She told the Sun that if both letters didn’t run exactly the way she wrote them, she would report the paper to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for violating her rights. She followed her written demands with a phone call. 


Morton Chalfy’s recent column (“The Great Remixing,” Feb. 21), describes a society absent racism where only the “strongest” genes survive and everyone is brown. Surely it provides a better ground in which equal opportunity, pursuit of happiness and other founding ideals can flourish. But I always get a late winter chill from a call for sameness, one big happy family. It reminds me of classless, ethnic and ideological utopias of the previous century, those experiments in sameness that didn’t work because they required a non-volitional buy into the collective.