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A train blew up outside Croll’s in 1903

 

Famous pugilist Jim Corbett lay asleep in his bed when the sound of an explosion awakened him at 7 a.m. He was in town with his brother Harry training with J. C. Croll. Jim was staying in a house on Railroad Avenue (today’s Lincoln Avenue) near Sixth Street. He thought little of the noise, rolled over and went back to sleep. “I thought it was an earthquake,” he later told Harry. 

California’s housing market started the New Year still bearing the scars of 2014’s tight housing inventory and low housing affordability. Statewide home sales not only fell from December 2014, but from January 2014 as well, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently announced. 

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 351,890 units in January, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local Realtor associations and their multiple listing services statewide.

This evening, Thursday, Feb. 26, Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Danube Coffee House at 1333 Park St.
The councilman regularly hosts these events where he is available to answer questions and offer comments on city issues. 

Daysog will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market the following Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. He will provide coffee and cookies. 
Contact Daysog at 747-4726 or tdaysog@alamedaca.gov.

In recent weeks I helped host a citywide spelling bee in Alameda that was thought to be the first such event in recent memory. It has come to my attention that a district-wide spelling bee in 1900 holds an important place in Alameda history. 

Alameda artist Katherine Meyer will display a collection of her charcoal drawings called Finding Your Place at the Morris Graves Museum of Art (MGMA) in Eureka, Calif. Some of the drawings take their inspiration from views here in Alameda, where Meyer lives. 

The solo exhibition will run from Saturday, March 7, through Sunday, April 19, with an opening reception set for March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. during First Saturday Night Arts Alive — an art celebration occuring monthly on Eureka’s Main Street. Meyer will also hold an artist’s talk Sunday, March 8, from 2 to 3 p.m.

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