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Last week technology industry experts recognized that an Alameda-based start-up company is making the world a safer place. “Liquidity,” which manufactures water-purification products based on a membrane technology, came home from TechCrunch Disrupt in New York with an impressive trophy and the $50,000 grand prize for its “Naked Filter.” 

The company’s prize-winning entry is the result of more than 15 years of research and development at Stony Brook University on the north shore of Long Island and at the company’s Marina Village headquarters. 

Dear Flora: 

My name is Betty Beagle, and my guardian is a really good guy.  I gotta say, I don’t know why, but when we are out for a walk, he sometimes places his foot on my back near my tail, pushes down with his foot, and says “Sit, sit, sit!” while he’s doing it! 

A senior from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School (SJND) will have his photograph grace the halls of Congress. Each spring, the Alexandria, Va.-based non-profit Congressional Institute sponsors “Congressional Arts Competition, An Artistic Discovery,” a nationwide high-school visual-art competition. The institute works with Congress to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. 

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.

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