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The Alameda Sun received a request recently to provide space for a very special message. The message is addressed to a particularly dedicated Sun reader and Sudoku solver, Justin Tilson.

My Dearest Justin:

You have blessed our lives in so many ways over these past seven years together.

Your unconditional love, support, humor and commitment to Natalia and me make loving you so effortless, and an honor. Through all of life’s valleys and peaks, your dedication to us has proven to be honest and true.

The Alameda Fire Department Home Safety Program provides services to low-to-moderate income residents over 62 and to the disabled of any age.

The program provides and installs the newly required "10-year maintenance-free" smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. The program also installs grab bars, handrails, raised toilets and provides nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks.

The program is available free for Alameda residents and their families.

On Friday, Aug. 14, Bank of Marin’s South Shore Alameda branch encouraged residents to bring boxes of documents for shredding and donate new school supplies at the same time.

The bank’s Alameda marketing manager John Jacobs joined Vicki Sedlack, the executive director of the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) to help collect 30 backpacks, 12 boxes of school supplies and cash donations with a combined value of more than $1,500 for the "Equipped 4 Success" school supply drive.

Photographer Jenn Heflin specializes in taking photos to help clients and businesses communicate who they are and what they do. "People deserve to have strong images representing themselves in the world, and it’s more affordable than you think," Heflin said.

Heflin developed her photographic eye as a marketing manager in the arts, non-profit and tech spaces, where she captured CEOs, clients and events to communicate to audiences their significance in the marketplace.

Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., will host an open house and resource fair from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26. This is the fourth year of this event that showcases some of the work done by Mastick members.

The fair also gives all adults and working seniors a chance to receive information regarding the programs offered at the center. Local organizations will be on hand providing information relating to health care, transportation, safety, meals and general well-being.