Beginning Feb. 1, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) welcomes girls, ages 11 to 17, to fully participate in all scouting activities including: camping, high adventure, earning merit badges and the Eagle Scout rank (the highest awarded in BSA). On Jan. 5, several groups of Alameda girls and adult volunteers eagerly filled out applications to start Scouts BSA Troops, formerly known as Boy Scout Troops. Girls, ages 7 to 10, are already welcome to join Cub Scouts.
The Sea Scouts — the specialized program organized to help young people learn boating skills and promote knowledge of maritime heritage — maintains a ship for the scouts to use, the SSS Sea Fox. Sea Scout units, called “ships,” focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats, power vessels or paddle sports. To keep the Sea Fox afloat and available for training, the scouts need community support.
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.
At this evening’s meeting, the newly seated City Council will decide how to move forward with a proposed wellness center on McKay Avenue. On Nov, 28, 2018, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters qualified the “McKay Avenue Open Space Initiative” for the ballot. If approved, the measure, put forward by the Friends of Crab Cove, would change the land-use designation for a 3.65-acre parcel on the northwest corner of McKay Avenue from “Office-Administrative-Professional” to “Open Space.”