Feature Articles


The Alameda Firefighters Toy Program ensures that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children ages newborns to age 12 and gift cards for youth ages 13 to 17.

Families needing toys can sign up at the Alameda Food Bank now through this Saturday, Dec. 15. Visit www.alamedafoodbank.org or call 523-5850 for hours and locations. Families need to bring proof of Alameda residence and a medical card or birth certificate for each child 17 and younger.


Teachers who go above and beyond to help students, families and colleagues deserve recognition. The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) honors such teachers with the annual Teacher of the Year award. Nomination forms for AUSD’s 2019 Teacher of the Year program are available now at www.alameda.k12.ca.us/employeerecognition.  Anyone can submit a nomination; the deadline to do so is Monday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m.

The Music Ministry of First Congregational Church will present its annual Christmas Music Concert, “StarGlow” on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Celebrate the awe of the Christmas season across musical genres featuring the Chancel Choir, Resounding Joy Handbells, soloists, duets, rap, carols, steel drums and other instruments.

Admission is free. Donations requested. Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers. 


At Christmas time, it is important to realize that many of today’s powerful conservatives, CEOs and millenial professionals are following the lead of President Donald Trump and some of his associates by eschewing metaphysics, religion and spirituality for the objectivist philosophy of the late atheist author Ayn Rand.

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Each December, homeowners who live on the stretch of Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street transform their street into Christmas Tree Lane. Captain Robert R. Thompson once owned this property, which held the fresh water he tapped for his Artesian Water Company.