Feature Articles

Should developers be required to provide space and other necessities for community gardens in new projects? That is a question for cities to consider as neighborhoods of single-family residences give way to multi-family housing.  

The East Valley Tribune which covers the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale and Queen Creek, Az., reported on the 104th birthday celebration for Mesa resident Albert Vargas on May 4. Vargas was born in 1915, in the middle of World War I.

Vargas enjoyed a party featuring cake, live music, gifts and positive energy, organized by his close friend Richard Stauder. Vargas attributes his long life to a “healthy lifestyle” starting with an active childhood by the sea growing up in Alameda.

A new meeting will take place in Alameda for those who seek to recover from sexual addiction. Going by the name “First Things First,” the program is part of the international, 12-step recovery program Sexual Compulsives Anonymous. First Things First will meet on an ongoing basis at First Congregational Church of Alameda, 1912 Central Ave., at Chestnut Street, in the second-floor Miracle Room.

The minimum wage in the City of Alameda will increase to $13.50 per hour on Monday, July 1, for all employees working two or more hours a week.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed by the Alameda City Council on Oct. 2, 2018, increases the minimum wage to $13.50 on July 1, and to $15.00 on July 1, 2020, for all businesses in Alameda, regardless of the number of employees.

Marnell Xavier’s West Coast Dance Theatre (WCDT) is now preparing for its 46th annual musical song and dance productions, “Dance to the Music.” Two different productions on two different days, but both are a cavalcade of fluorescent colors, pop tunes and funky, fancy footwork. 

“Under The Sea,” a one-act production celebrating 46 years of one, two and three generations of West Coast Dancers takes place Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. The performance will showcase tiny tots to adults with four months of professional experience.