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On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a total of $10,000 was presented to five nonprofit organizations that won the most votes from Alameda residents in the recent “Give Back” contest hosted by the Bank of Alameda/ Bank of Marin. At the ceremony, taking place at the Otis Drive branch, the five winning organizations — Alameda Boy Scouts, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Alameda Food Bank, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Rhythmix Cultural Works — each received a check for $2,000 from the bank.

Almost 10 months have passed since the three-story commercial building at 1201 Park St. caught fire on March 26, 2013. Other than boarding up the windows — the owner has yet to make any repairs. Business owners on Park Street are questioning when the deteriorating structure will see new life.

Gov. Jerry Brown may help City Hall attain one of its key legislative objectives this year: Reclaiming the right to use property taxes to help finance the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

In a budget plan released last Thursday, Jan. 9, Brown began backing off his 2011 elimination of the state’s redevelopment program. His plan offers to expand the use of existing special districts that allow cities to leverage future property taxes for military base reuse.

The Shakespeare Club of Encinal High School (EHS) will host a citywide William Shakespeare monologue competition on Saturday, Feb. 1. The competition is open to all high school students who live or attend school in Alameda. 
“We established our club this year to offer EHS students the opportunity to come together to read, talk about and perform the works of William Shakespeare,” said club president Linnea Arneson. “Now we’d like to share our interest in the bard with all of Alameda.”

The latest exhibit opening at Park Street Plaza’s Gary Francis Fine Art, titled Urban Grit, is described as a portrait of urban life. The show opens tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m. and will be on display through Feb. 2. 
According to curators Gary and Kavita Francis, “The layers of life in the urban ecosystem. grind and grate together. The tenseness and determination of urban life and lifestyle regenerates and evolves.”