Last Thursday, Sept. 20,Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, an “extreme-value” grocery retailer, opened its newest location at 730 Buena Vista Ave., creating 35 new jobs in the community. 

At its grand opening celebration the grocery store donated $2,487.13 to the Alameda Food Bank, presented by independent owner-operators, Rita and Elie Zgheib. The amount that shoppers saved on their grocery purchases during the new store’s first hour of operation determined the total donation amount.

I would like to express special thanks to Richard Bangert for his story (“Urban Shield Practice at Point Included Gunfire,” Sept. 13). This is a very important and concerning report about the failure of agencies tasked with stewardship at the “nature reserve” to follow the procedures identified in their own 2013 Environmental Assessment.


The annual “Bike for the Parks” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event starts and ends at Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. and offers a 25-mile ride around the Island City, with a shorter eight-mile ride for younger children and their parents. The ride offers a “team challenge” with groups of six riders or more judged on spirit, appearance and teamwork. 

The fourth annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival on Webster Street took place last Sunday. Appreciators of good food, beer and music got to listen and dance to famed local blues acts: Blue Cedar, Tia Carroll & Her Awesome Blues Band, Quinn DeVeaux and Rick Estrin and The Nightcats.

Another stage, sponsored by the Fireside Lounge, featured DJ Tom LG.

As I’ve mentioned before, many of the trees on Webster Street were infested with aphids. I would like to say “thank you” to Jesse in the Public Works Department for taking care of the issue. The aphids may be gone, but the mess they left on our sidewalks is evident. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) will be spot power washing, tree by tree, until the sidewalks are clean again. 

There are two great events coming up this month on the West End.