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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.

The deadline to file for an exemption from the Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) Measure A parcel tax is Tuesday, June 30. Under the terms of the ballot measure, the school district can grant two types of exemptions:

 Senior citizen exemption: The applicant must turn 65 years old on or before June 30, 2016, and own and occupy the property as a primary

 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) exemption: The applicant must receive SSI and own and occupy the property as a primary residence.

Girls Inc. of the Island City recently announced the appointment of Alameda resident Christine Chilcott as the organization’s new executive director. She has served the last four months as Girls Inc.’s interim executive director. She also served as director of program services.

In her tenure as director of program services, Chilcott saw the expansion of Girls Inc.’s services to include nine different schools on the island, covering 41 percent of eligible girls, up from 37 percent.

Each year the Frank Bette Center for the Arts sponsors “Alameda on Camera,” a juried event that involves 48 photo-based artists, who roam the city over a 48-hour period to capture images of select neighborhoods. The photographers received their assigned neighborhoods by drawing numbers.

Cha Levias drew number 27. She learned that meant she would be taking her pictures in an area on the north side of town.  She needed to scout out Area 27 and photograph something in that area that intrigued her and something she hoped just might intrigue the jury.