Each year the Alameda Business Network (ABN), holds a fundraiser for the Alameda Welfare Council, Alameda Food Bank and Toys for Tots. This year’s fundraiser took place at the Alameda Elks Lodge on Dec. 3 was a financial success, and took up a collection of food and toy donations. On Dec. 29, ABN donated $15,000 to the Alameda Welfare Council. ABN is a professional networking group and also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Rathskellar of the Elks Lodge.
Jay-walkers got a nasty surprise when Alameda police set up a crosswalk sting in late June. Some 168 citations were issued to pedestrians who disobeyed traffic laws to jaywalk. About 80 percent of the citations were for pedestrians; however, drivers were also ticketed for distracted driving and speeding.
On New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold his last-Thursday-of-the-month office hours” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Blue Danube Café, 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and share comments on city issues. He will also be at the Farmer’s Market the following Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Call him at 747-4726 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mountain Wave Search and Rescue team in Washington State is not your average emergency response team. Using volunteers and no paid responders, the team has logged more than 150 rescues in more than 7,000 hours while covering some 60,000 miles — in just one year.
In September they invited Alamedan Randy Lantz, lead instructor with the Alameda-based safety training company, Cool Safety, to attend an advanced training program in the shadow of Oregon’s Mount Hood.