Feature Articles

Harvey Milk was the nation’s first openly gay person elected to public office. He served as a San Francisco City and County supervisor. He served almost 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. He fought for equality, lived a courageous life and inspired many until his assassination on Nov. 27, 1978.

Milk’s political career centered on making government responsive to individuals, gay liberation and the importance of individual neighborhoods to the city of San Francisco as a whole.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda recently honored eight Alameda eighth graders at the club’s annual Hope of America luncheon.

This award recognizes eighth-grade students who demonstrate leadership, ethical and moral character and academic competency. Kiwanis asked teachers to nominate students.

Members of the Kiwanis Club joined Mayor Marie Gilmore and School Board Vice-president Trish Herrera Spencer in choosing the award winners.

Gilmore presented the students with city certificates, and Kiwanis President Jim Franz, gave each student a commemorative plaque.

The Lincoln Middle School Marching Band recently accepted the first-place award for its performance in this year’s Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.  Students and parents from the band and music director Tyra Ingram-Cable expressed their excitement at winning the award before a packed house of more than 500 guests that included parade organizers and participants along with Miss Chinatown and her court of attendants.  

Newspaper plates discovered on workshop’s roof

When Mara and Robert Bathiany replaced the roof on their backyard workshop on Marina Drive, they discovered that a previous owner had used aluminum printing plates from a 1964 edition of the Alameda Times-Star to protect the roof. 

The Pacific Pinball Museum (PPM), which continues its fundraising efforts to secure a permanent home at the Alameda Carnegie Library recently announced a series of events taking place in May.

Art shows
The museum will be opening two new exhibitions of artwork this month starting tonight at 7 p.m. with Pinball Style by PPM curator Melissa Harmon.