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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.

The Alameda Food Bank is issuing a call to the community for 1,000 turkeys and the fixings to go with them to be distributed this holiday season to the families it serves.

All turkeys need to arrive at the Food Bank by Monday, Nov. 24.

Each year in November and December the food bank distributes turkeys and bags of special holiday food items to its clients. It relies upon the generosity of local residents and businesses for its donations.

The group dedicated to encouraging local gardening, the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG), has announced upcoming presentations at its monthly meetings into 2015.

First up is "Selecting and Planting Fruit Trees on the Island of Alameda" with Eve Holguin, Irene Rakochy and Linda Carloni on Monday, Nov. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This discussion will focus on selecting and planting fruit trees that will thrive here. The audience is invited to share their experiences and ask questions.