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Grae Wallace is no stranger to the bicycle business. As a youngster he remembers his brother Chris working at Joe’s Bike Shop on Webster Street. The shop, which opened just after World War II, had already been doing business for about 30 years. Chris helped out there assembling bicycles.

After Joe died, the new owners kept the name, but moved the shop to Encinal Avenue near Morton Street. They hired Grae on as a mechanic.

Community members are encouraged to apply for a vacant seat on The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The seat left vacant when Niel Tam passed away in late May, district leaders announced today.

Applications for the seat vacated by the late Niel Tam are available on the AUSD website and at the front desk of the district’s office at 2060 Challenger Drive. The deadline for submitting the applications is noon on July 1.

Let’s Move Alameda will be presenting a special one-hour walk with Mayor Trish Spencer on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This walk is part of a series of community walks, Alameda Walks, taking place this summer and fall throughout neighborhoods of Alameda.

The walk starts and ends at Alameda Hospital. Walkers should meet at the main entrance of the hospital adjacent to the parking lot. The walk will meander down the shoreline and back around to the hospital. Children and all levels of walkers are invited.

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.