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Members of Cub Scout Pack 1015 hosted their fourth annual day-after Halloween clean-up in the Fernside District Nov. 1. Scouts ages 6 to 11 and their families collected almost 100 pounds of trash in one hour. Some families on the East End plan for more than 400 trick or treaters to visit their homes on the great spooky holiday. Whenever that many people (and their friends and parents) get together, there’s bound to be a mess. These intrepid scouts did their part to clean up the Saturday morning after all the fun and celebration.

The best teen writer in town can win a new 16 GB iPad mini in Alameda Free Library’s essay contest for kids ages 13 to 18. Essays must be written on the subject of war and how it relates to their lives.

The contest is a part of California Reads’ War Comes Home Project, which aims to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities.

The grand prize winner will receive the iPad. All participants will receive a prize.

After steep increase in August, September home prices ease up, according to C.A.R. report

California home sales remained firm in September, as home price gains eased back from an unusually high increase in August, the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently reported.

A biker passes the construction zone where Shorline Drive turns into Westline Drive. A lane of both Westline and Shoreline drives will turn into a two-way cycle track as part of a plan announced in 2012.

The Shore Line/Westline drives Cycle Track project got underway this week with crews appearing to begin construction on the project. The cycle track will provide an area protected from car traffic just for cyclists, while the existing path will be meant for pedestrians.

In the wake of the arson fires in Alameda that occurred on Sept. 28, local small business owners, Joe Dalipe of Island Print Express and Christopher Tam of All Good Living have put their own operations on hold in order to give back to the community.

Dalipe and Tam created the Alameda Relief Fund and have been integral in rallying the community to help out the victims of the fire.