Feature Articles

Alameda children played a special role in ushering in the High Holidays by crafting their very own ram’s horn instrument, known as the shofar, at Chabad of Alameda’s “Shofar Factory” workshop Aug. 26 at Lincoln Park.

According to “The Super Bowl of Beekeeping” an article by Jaime Lowe in the Aug. 9, New York Times Magazine, “About one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat wouldn’t exist without bee pollination.” While local gardeners may not be feeding the world from here in Alameda, the Island City does have a farming history and it does host a lot of fruit trees.  

So providing pollen for bees, which is essential for the growth of seeds and fruits, is a big deal. Whatever the size garden, there are many ways gardeners can help promote, protect and feed our precious pollinators. 

Alamedans Paul and Valerie Ackerman were married on Sept. 13, 1958, in Toronto, Canada. The couple will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren at a gathering this weekend at a seaside hotel near Half Moon Bay. Two of their daughters, Jillian Saxty and Dr. Katherine Valois, live in Alameda, while a third daughter, Marnie Jackson, lives in West Marin. Their son, Rob, lives in Seattle.

Mayor Trish Spencer and the City of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board are currently seeking nominees for the fifth annual 2018 Community Service Awards. The awards honor extraordinary contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations in serving the Island City. Applications are now open to nominate deserving persons and organizations for the following awards:

The recent attack on Alameda Citizens Task Force (ACT) (“Alameda Politics: Not What is Seems” Aug. 23), is a prime example of the very worst kind of politics that the writer purports to detest. Instead of engaging in a conversation to publicly debate the issues, the writer makes false claims with the intention of damaging ACT’s reputation.

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