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Regular shoppers at the East End’s Encinal Market may have noticed one of the usual smiling faces waiting to serve them has gone missing. Lorine Lingemann, a long time resident of Alameda and grocery store clerk, had to take a break from her gainful employment due to her battle with leukemia.

Jason Rice and Tarrin Petersen-Rice joyfully welcomed their first child when Theodore Richard Rice was born Feb. 15 at 6:01 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Theo is the grandson of John Petersen and Laurel Yeates of Alameda and Richard and Connie Rice of San Jose. His great-grandmothers are Sherry Yeates of Alameda and Ruth Rice of Modesto.

Also eagerly awaiting his arrival were his aunts, Alicia Rice of San Jose and Meagan Petersen of Silverdale, Wash., along with his cousin, Tessa Jepsen, also of Silverdale.

The Alameda Food Bank’s board of directors named Alameda resident Cindy Houts the new executive director for the food bank recently. According to outgoing executive director Troy Gilbert, Houts brings a wealth of nonprofit management experience to the position.

For the previous seven years, Houts was executive director of Alameda County Meals on Wheels, where she had overall strategic, financial and operational responsibility for staff, activities, expansion and execution of the mission.

Grae Wallace is no stranger to the bicycle business. As a youngster he remembers his brother Chris working at Joe’s Bike Shop on Webster Street. The shop, which opened just after World War II, had already been doing business for about 30 years. Chris helped out there assembling bicycles.

After Joe died, the new owners kept the name, but moved the shop to Encinal Avenue near Morton Street. They hired Grae on as a mechanic.

Community members are encouraged to apply for a vacant seat on The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The seat left vacant when Niel Tam passed away in late May, district leaders announced today.

Applications for the seat vacated by the late Niel Tam are available on the AUSD website and at the front desk of the district’s office at 2060 Challenger Drive. The deadline for submitting the applications is noon on July 1.