Feature Articles


Kids of all ages escaped the oppressive heat on Alameda Beach this past weekend as temperatures soared to well above 100 degrees in cities further from San Francisco Bay. As reports of global climate change persist, temperatures continue to set new records around the Bay Area. As recent as June 18, some Bay Area cities experienced outages due to power demand during an extreme heat wave. 


The Alameda Free Library has brightly colored adventure backpacks ready to loan out to adventurous kids in the Island City. Individuals, families or groups looking for fun in the outdoors who might be planning excursions like picnic lunches, hikes on new trails or maybe just watching bugs crawl can take advantage of a new library backpack-lending program.


Boy Scout Troop 89, of Alameda, takes time to catch up on the Alameda Sun while attending summer camp on sunny Santa Catalina Island. Scouts spent the week at Camp Emerald Bay swimming, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, mountain biking and (war) canoeing along with traditional Scoutcraft programs. More info on Troop 89’s year-round Scouting program can be found at www.troop89alameda.webs.com or at www.beascout.org.


A rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco went on display at the inaugural Coast Guard Festival on July 4 at Alameda Point (above). Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer participated in a demonstration by the Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team (below) involving bayonetted rifles. Other demonstrations and displays complemented the celebration of the U.S. Coast Guard. The event also included presenting awards to the parade winners (see front page).


The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) and its community partners are working to eliminate the struggle of poverty that some Alameda families may face. The annual “Equipped 4 Success” school supple drive provides students with the necessary tools to learn such as quality new backpacks and school supplies. Members of the community may support the drive by making financial donations online at www.AlamedaEducation.org or by mailing checks to AEF, PO Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94502.