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This past December, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) said goodbye and thank you to Nancy Evans who has served as FAAS’ board president since its founding in September 2009. Evans, a real estate professional with Harbor Bay Realty, co-founded FAAS with Lizette Weiss in an effort to raise private funding for the medical care of the animals living at the municipal shelter. 

“There was a great need to support the medical care of the animals and volunteers, like myself, wanted to make a difference,” said Evans. 

In honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City of Alameda Public Works Department’s Clean Water Program will be hosting a shoreline cleanup along with Alameda Point Partners. 

The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon and will focus on removing litter from the shore and parking lot along the Oakland Estuary, west of the Main Street Dog Park. Following the cleanup activities Alameda Point Partners will host a lunch to thank volunteers.  

The Alameda Free Library will welcome New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen via a live video stream on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main library, 1550 Oak St. Gerritsen will converse with the audience from her home in Maine about her bestselling novels, including her thrilling Rizzoli & Isles series, which inspired TNT’s popular television show. The event is a part of the Library Talks project.

Lifelong Alameda resident Randy Denton retired from Waste Management after working for 38 years. Denton started his career in 1977 with Alameda Disposal as a trash collector, in the days when the men would pack a barrel on their shoulders as they entered backyards in the city to pick up residents’ garbage. 

Denton’s father, Emil Radloff, inspired him. Radloff was a truck driver and very involved in the Teamsters Union. Denton remembers when young children would look forward to him pulling up in his truck and neighbors would greet him with holiday treats. 

For the second year in a row, Alameda resident Andy MacKay and Team Pipe-A-Thon visited 19 bars in Alameda on New Year’s Eve, bagpiping “Auld Lang Syne” to enthusiastic patrons. In the process they collected more than $3,200 for the American Cancer Society.

MacKay collects the donations to remember his father, Bertie MacKay, who died in the United Kingdom in February after losing his battle with cancer.