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Consistent with other Bay Area cities, the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) will begin billing residents and commercial building occupancies for fire responses to false alarms from built in and both monitored and unmonitored fire alarm systems starting Monday, Oct. 1. 
AFD defines a fire false alarm as any fire alarm sounding situation where fire suppression activities are not needed upon arrival. 

The Alameda High School Hornets will visit Encinal High School at Willie Stargell Field to face off against their cross-town rival Jets this Friday, Sept. 7, in the annual Island Bowl. The Hornets bring a 3-0 record into the game starting with an impressive 60-14 win over American High School of Fremont. The team then shut Berkeley High School out 16-0 and scored big against Pleasant Hill’s College Park High School, winning 52-14.  

Six young ladies from Alameda Girl Scout Troop 33373 wanted to promote making new friends and stomping out bullying. So they took time from their vacations this summer to build and paint two “Friendship Buddy Benches,” which they finished just in time for the start of the new school year. The scouts, pictured above, left to right are Olivia Aney, Aja Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Alice Onderwater, Meadow Mihok and Jennifer Proffitt. They will donate one of the benches to the Kinder Yard at Otis Middle School and the other to St. Philip Neri’s Share-Care Yard.

The Alameda Elks Lodge No. 1015 recently contributed time and funds to the Alameda Parks and Recreation Department (ARPD) so that it might continue the famed T-shirt baseball league based at Krusi Park. “I cannot express how important it is to our children participating in this program,” said Lodge Chaplin Dan Timney. “It helps them become better people, develop socially and brings enthusiasm to their young lives.” Elks’ funding went directly to the kids through the purchase of T-shirts, sponsorships that help low-income parents with enrollment and baseball equipment for the year.


A new “Introduction to Meditation” class will begin Tuesday, Sept, 4, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Alameda Center for Buddhist Meditation located at 1134-E Ballena Blvd, No. 8. In this 12-week class, students will undertake a graduated course in mindfulness of breathing to develop calm, inner strength and clarity. These can then become a basis for wiser choices. The Samatha method is derived from the Buddhist traditions of Thailand and will be taught by long-time practitioner and teacher Chris Morray-Jones.