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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.

Alameda residents Ermalee and Kenn Hess will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary, also known as a platinum anniversary, this Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

The Hesses met on Halloween 1948 in Topeka, Kan., at a USO dance where Kenn played the saxophone in the Air Force Band. They were married that Christmas Eve at the Topeka Air Force Base. 

In 1955, the Hesses moved to Naval housing in Alameda. Three years later they purchased their home in Alameda that they live in today.


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.