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The California Association of Realtors recently released the results of its 2014 investor survey. In its report, C.A.R. stated that rising home prices have induced an increasing number of investors to flip houses instead of renting them.

“In 2014, 28 percent of investors flipped their property, up from 20 percent last year. Fifty-eight percent of investors rented their properties in 2014, down from 73 percent in 2013,” C.A.R. reported.

For the third time in the past four years, a series of introductory classes in Buddhist Samatha ("calm concentration") meditation will be offered in Alameda.

Samatha meditation offers a way of training the mind towards peace, stability, clarity and freedom. As the mind becomes calmer and less reactive, a capacity for clear seeing of things as they are begins naturally to emerge. This path from calm to insight was followed by the Buddha himself and lies at the heart of all Buddhist meditation practice.

Meditation is a practical matter. By regular daily practice, the

High-speed Internet access at home is more important than ever to the success of students in East Bay public schools. Families who do not currently subscribe to Comcast and who have one or more children who qualify for free or reduced-cost school lunches are eligible for six months free broadband service, with a charge of $10 per month thereafter.

Tanyah Smith, 6, selects her backpack for the first day of school (above). She is one of the 1,016 low-income students in Alameda who received backpacks filled with school supplies through Equipped 4 Success.

The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) managed this community-wide school supply drive. Backpacks were distributed by AEF’s community partners: Alameda Unified School District’s McKinney-Vento program for homeless families, Woodstock Community Development, Alameda Head Start, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club and Girls Inc. of the Island City.

The new St. Joseph Basilica Knights of Columbus, Council #15965 was installed on Thursday, Aug. 14. The Council currently consists of 26 members and invites any Catholic men who would like to join. The organization engages in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate. For information contact Robert Ramos at theramosfamily@comcast.net or 522-6988, or visit the Knights of Columbus national website at www.kofc.org.