Feature Articles

First show will open in January

The City of Alameda conducted a random lottery of 36 Art in City Hall applications and selected the following artists to display their works in City Hall during 2020:

Thanks to the generosity of the Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter will be offering free adoptions just in time for the holidays.Through this Sunday, Dec. 1, the pets at FAAS will cost nothing to adopt. More than 100 dogs, cats, kittens and bunnies are looking to have a festive holiday with a new family. 

Neptune Gardens Avenue remembers railroad baron James Fair’s resort that once graced the San Francisco Bay shoreline not far from Webster Street and Central Avenue. While Fair was completing construction of his narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad through Alameda, he realized the value of opening a resort on his railroad line. Patrick Britt had already sold his beachfront farm to a party that planned to build “The Long Branch Swimming Baths.” Britt invested $6,000 of the $21,000 he received for the sale in a handsome hotel across from Long Branch (“What’s in a Name, Britt Court,” Nov.

Donation bins are now ready for the 2019 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program, which ensures all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children up to age 12 and gift cards for their youth ages 13 to 17. Donors are encouraged to place new, unwrapped toys (please, no gun-style toys) in the boxes before final pickup on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Toys needed most include: scooters, remote-controlled cars, sports balls, board games, Legos and educational toys.               

“Croll’s.” That’s what nearly everyone calls the handsome, three-story building on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Webster Street. Alamedans remember the Croll family who moved into the three-story, Italianate-style building with its handsome third story’s Mansard roof in the 1890s. However, most forget or remain unaware of another family, the one without whom the building would not stand there today, the Britts.