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Edwin Siegfried was born in Alameda in 1899, one of John and Sophie Siegfried’s nine children. His father came from Germany at age 18, and his mother was a native Alamedan. John was a tea importer. He owned his own firm in San Francisco and was a prominent figure is mercantile circles in San Francisco and the Orient. 

The Urquhart Memorial Concert Band of Oakland — also known as the Oakland Band, the Oakland Community Band, and even the Oakland “Parks” Band — was founded in 1922 as the Oakland Letter Carriers Union Band. It has evolved since then into a community band and a service band in the San Francisco Bay area. “Community” means that players at every level of ability are welcome. “Service” means almost all the band’s gigs are done for free in service of worthy causes. Joel Toste is the band’s director.

A festive holiday fundraiser for the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), a supportive housing community that uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, has been set for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. 

As the holidays approach, some might be searching for a gift that truly has meaning this year. The American Red Cross reminds us that a simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones: a blood or platelet donation. 

In a unanimous opinion issued Friday, Nov. 13, the California Court of Appeal found the complaint filed by Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant in 2011, alleging unlawful termination, was without any merit and dismissed the lawsuit in total. The city was awarded some $250,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and will be able to recoup additional attorney’s fees from a previous defense.

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