The West Alameda Business Association hosted another fantastic Lunar New Year event last Saturday. Featured performers from the Toi Shan Family Association. 

More than 50 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February American Heart Month. Every year doctors announce new magic pills or surgical techniques to cure heart problems. Cardiovascular disease has been attributed to smoking, eating habits, weight problems, high-cholesterol, high blood pressure and just plain genetic bad luck. 


Take a chance and fall in love! The Alameda Free Library’s ever-popular “Blind Date with a Book” is back! Visit the the Main Library to pick up your mystery book (and some chocolate). 

Also, just for teens: Enjoy chocolate while working on homework, studying or doing other projects during open study hall at the library. The next Chocolate Study Hall takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the library’s Teen Department at 1550 Oak St.

To view more events at the library, visit the all-new www.alamedafree.org


It has been painful to listen to people who should know better opine about the causes of the terrible fires and loss of life in Paradise, Calif. Too many trees. Too much brush and litter. Too much or not enough logging. Unique weather event. I listened to similar stories after the Oakland hills fire of 1991, Malibu in 1993 and Santa Rosa in 2017, where a high school friend lost her home.


Morton Chalfy
The best guesstimate for the appearance of an infant with full-blown homo sapiens syndrome is between 150 and 200 thousand years ago. Not really that long in geological terms but beyond anyone’s memory. How long it took to go from one to a family and from a family to a tribe is unknown but it took a while and a fair amount of luck I think.