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More than 400 umbrella-less participants took advantage of the clear skies overhead last Friday evening as they strolled along Downtown Alameda’s Whiskey Stroll route. Ticket holders visited 11 unique businesses to savor perfectly paired bites from local downtown chefs paired with premium whiskeys from around Northern California. 

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I work part-time as the Senior Safety Program Coordinator for the Alameda Fire Department (AFD). This program provides free smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms and safety modifications to qualified seniors living in Alameda. In this job I get to drive the streets of Alameda a lot. One of my favorite things about this city is the historic signage.


At its Feb. 19 meeting, the Alameda City Council approved a project to move overhead utility lines underground in the area near the intersection of Otis Drive and Broadway. In an undergrounding project, overhead main lines and service lines — including telephone, electric, cable television and other telecommunications — are moved underground in a trench.

The City Council’s decision means that utility lines will be placed underground: 


The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the newly required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

The program can also provide and install grab bars, handrails and raised toilets. Safety items including nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are also available. Alameda residents may call Maria Young at 337-2133 to qualify for the program.

Scheduled meetings to take place at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Council Chambers, third floor unless otherwise noted. For more information see www.alamedaca.gov.

Tuesday, March 5

  • 7 p.m. City Council. Meetings held first and third Tuesday of each month.

Monday, March 11

  • 7 p.m. Planning Board. Meetings held second and fouth Monday of each month.

Tuesday, March 12