Feature Articles


The City of Alameda provides three affordable transportation options for older residents or those with disabilities: the free Alameda Loop Shuttle service and two discounted taxi programs. The city would like to hear feedback from riders to help ensure these programs are meeting the community’s needs. To weigh in, riders may:

Members of the East Hills 4H Club have a project called the “Kindness Club”, based here in Alameda. Recently the children did some great community service work by gathering at Lincoln Park and making “blessing bags”. Blessing bags are Ziploc gallon bags filled with personal essentials, snacks, water and a positive note to give to our homeless. This was organized by 4H leader Rosanna Diggs. The children love being part of such a simple way to show compassion.

Alamedans have the opportunity to visit an animated wonderland of lights and fantasy at the Alameda Naval Air Museum this holiday season. Museum volunteer and Alameda resident Al Hugger has chosen to display his vast collection of primarily Department 56 miniatures that occupy the facility’s entire stage. For a limited time, the museum is offering free admission for an adult with a child. 


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 residents Ermalee and Kenn Hess will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, also known as a platinum anniversary, this Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

The Hesses met on Halloween 1948 in Topeka, Kan., at a USO dance where Kenn played the saxophone in the Air Force Band. They were married that Christmas Eve at the Topeka Air Force Base. 

In 1955, the Hesses moved to Naval housing in Alameda. Three years later they purchased their home in Alameda that they live in today.