Feature Articles

Michele Ellson announced her resignation as the editor of The Alamedan on June 16. Over the last three and one-half years Ellson established the gold standard for quality local news coverage. She is rightfully proud of what she and The Alamedan have accomplished.

The Alamedan is not going away. The site will continue to post blogs, letters to the editor, "Community Journal" pieces and event listings. Ellson asks that local writers continue to send blogs, story pitches and fundraising suggestions, all of which she will continue to edit and post.

The Delta Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International sponsored citizenship awards to 33 Alameda students. This marks the 24th year that the society has sponsored the awards.

Teachers selected the nominees, using exemplary citizenship, not necessarily academic achievement, as the main criterion. The winners received engraved plaques.

Alameda Boy Scouts Cedrick Becerra, Branden Christman, Joshua O’Neil, Nicklas Gardner and Adam Reyes each received Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Scout award, during a recent Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor.

Over several years, these scouts worked their way through the various ranks. They each earned at least 21 merit badges and served in multiple leadership positions. Each scout also planned and implemented a community service project.

Seven fourth- and fifth-grade students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School placed second among 63 teams in their category at the Destination Imagination Global Finals competition that took place from May 20 to 23. The team is the first ever from Alameda to place in the top three and one of just three California teams to do so in 2015.

The team, DI Express, consisted of Nicole Cramer, Adam Elmansouri, Cooper Gunning, Katy Hosokawa, Devin Kaneshiro, Amanda Lee and Maylee Witte.

It was great to see the party line from the Alameda morning coffee gang on the Alameda Sun’s editorial page ("Let’s Be Clear on Union’s Influence," May 28). Eric Cross put to paper what he and his fellow caffeine fans have been muttering around Alameda’s finest coffee hangouts, and occasionally pontificating at City Council for years, now in one easy-to-read document.