Feature Articles

The following Veterans Day reflections were written by Alamedan lrv Hamilton, on Nov. 03, 2003. He deeply believed and was most patriotic when it came to his thoughts about our soldiers and the great services they have provided to our country. He passed away last Memorial Day. 

The Quiet Heroes

For the eighth year, students at Ruby Bridges Elementary School gathered to elect members of the student council. This year the 14 candidates who vied for the offices of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer reflected the school’s diversity. The students elected Teo Kamacho as president; Tuesday Bakker, vice-president; Mia Furuichi-Fong, treasurer; and Lauryn Yi, treasurer. As in past years, the student council will provide leadership opportunities for these students.

Students from Nea Learning Academy and schools around the Alameda Unified School District visited Rhythmix Cultural Works for a special Performance Art and Learning (PAL) event last Thursday at the local arts center. The Rhythmix PAL program provides arts learning opportunities for children whose access to such programs dwindles along with funding for the arts.

Music education accessible to all children regardless of their economic circumstances is hard to come by these days. But one organization in Alameda is working to change that. Alameda Music Project is an orchestral-based after school music education program serving the social, emotional, cultural and academic needs of children in Alameda.

Performing Shakespeare, although a demanding theatrical challenge, can be richly rewarding for both the actors and the audience if the Bard is performed well. On a rustic outdoor, minimalist stage, the Encinal High School Drama Department hit that high water mark in its recent production of Romeo and Juliet.

Director Gene Kahane and company are to be congratulated on a production that brought freshness, vitality and clarity to a play drafted more than 400 years ago.