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The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke- and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Maria Young at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.

Alameda natives Jack and Sue Mathieson recently returned home from a nostalgic 1,500-mile-long journey along old Route 66. Jack and Sue were both born and raised in Alameda. Jack is a second-generation, lifelong Alameda resident. The couple lives in the family home that Jack’s parents bought in 1925.

Both Jack and Sue are retired school teachers. Both taught elementary school here for 30 years. 

TC Smith, a member of Alameda High School’s (AHS) Class of 2008, is currently submitting her short film script Come Softly to film festivals across the country. Smith based Come Softly on her full-length screenplay that has received kudos from industry professionals. Smith is now seeking to have the script produced into a feature film.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda in partnership with the Alameda Fire and Police departments and Bay View Women’s Club sponsored the annual Safety Town Training events at the Emergency Operations Center on Grand Street held in October.

Safety Town was started many years ago to educate kindergarten students about fire, personal and street safety. Sparky the Fire Engine and Officer Ruff are always a hit with the kids as they talk about fire safety in the home as well as bike and helmet safety. 


A new event in the Island City called “Sensory Santa” designed just for kids with sensory-processing disorders or other special needs has been set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at the office of Chiropractor Dr. Heidi Wroebel. The idea behind the event is to provide private visits and photos with Santa in a low-stimuli environment with no crowds and no loud sounds or music. The location is wheelchair accessible and no spotlights will be used. Varied seating options and sensitive elves to help with accessibility will be available.