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Earlier this month 10 gull chicks just learning how to be Western Gulls in San Francisco Bay were helped by a group of youngsters learning how to be sailors.

The gull chicks had been raised at the International Bird Rescue (IBR) in Fairfield. Brought there as injured or orphaned chicks and after weeks of care, even surgery in at least one case, the birds were old and well enough to be released. The youngsters were sailing students at the Alameda Community Sailing Center’s (ACSC) summer sailing camp, which meets at the Encinal Boat Ramp on the West End.

Alameda Boy Scouts Miles Abadia, Charles Carvalho, Aidan Potts and Mutaaz Whitehead received the Eagle Scout award during a Boy Scouts of America National Court of Honor held last spring. Each Scout, over a several-year commitment, has worked his way through the various ranks earning at least 21 merit badges, served in multiple leadership positions and planned and implemented a community service project to earn Scouting’s highest achievement.

The lovely city of Alameda is once again revered in her annual Plein Air Paintout (PAPo), an event in which 40 artists from all over the nation spend a week recording her many and apparent assets. This year, the artwork that comprises the PAPo exhibition create the happy quandary of too many excellent artists and too many interesting themes. 

Public Art Commission Special Meeting Tonight 
A special meeting of the Public Art Commission has been set for today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, third floor, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
Agenda items include: 


As of Tuesday all three candidates for mayor had been qualified and the nomination period closed. Alamedans will select among Trish Spencer, Frank Matarrese and Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft for their next mayor. 

The field for councilmember at large now includes latest addition George Mun Leung. Candidates John Knox-White, Tony Daysog, Jim Oddie and Stewart Chen had their candidacies qualified as of Tuesday, while Leung, Amos White, Robert Matz, Robbie Wilson and Robert Hayes had pulled papers but not filed them yet.