On June 28, faith and community intersected at a trailblazing event! Myself, Pastor Henry Bens, along with the Rehoboth Christian Fellowship Church the Encinal High School Jets football team and its head coach Keith Minor, collaborated in a wonderful community event. Twenty Encinal student athletes worked off some community service hours by helping the Rehoboth Church family in a “Clean Up” day. They moved furniture, boxes and many items to help make room for Rehoboth’s free academic tutoring in math and English, which starts in the fall.
The USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum hosted representatives of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday, July 3, as they swore in 76 new United States citizens. Among the newly minted United citizens were: Youssef Wasfy Hanna, Semere Haili Gebremedhim, Aveleyn Velmonto Chico, Teofilo Pina Mercedes, Kwong Chun Lai and Surya Gapaladasu. They are proudly holding their certificates of naturalization. The new citizens also had the opportunity to register to vote aboard the Hornet.
Ruth Abebe, Emily Abundis-Alcala, Ginikachi Amuzie, William Anderer, Toni Anderson, John Asubar, Cameron Ba, Leonard Baron, Rebecca Bartley, Chanelle Bautista, Alma Becerra, Joshua Bernaldo, Chloe Campion, Jordan Carey, Jose Castaneda, Sofia Cervantes, Nathan Chin, Ryan De Castro, Julia De Leon, Paulo Del Rosario, Jamie Edgerly, Michaela Escorcio, Jose Esparza, Daisy Espinoza.
The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team performs rifle acrobatics at the second annual Coast Guard Festival in Alameda on July 4. In celebration of Independence Day, local Coast Guard units participated in Alameda’s annual Fourth of July parade and Coast Guard Festival, showcasing the service’s heritage and role in the community. Local Coast Guard units traveled the parade route — one of the longest in the nation at 3.3 miles — and continued to Alameda Point for the festival.
Gardeners at the Bay Eagle Community Garden (BECG) had their wish for a new shed granted through the generosity of Oakland’s Home Depot. BECG’s appeal for a new shed was substantiated by the Alameda Food Bank (AFB) with whom BECG shares surplus vegetables. The garden’s original shed had prevailed through winter winds and rain, but the sliding doors had long left the tracks leaving the entrance accessible to nocturnal critters.