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Although Valentine’s Day is when we commercially celebrate love and our loved ones, I feel we should celebrate another national holiday all year round.

Help the world turn kind by celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week taking place through Feb. 23. Introduced by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in 1995, its mission has been: to change schools, the workplace, families and society through kindness. What a wonderful mission to carry on not just during Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb. 17) or Week, but throughout the year. 

With a unanimous vote in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2018, the City Council approved Alameda Marina, LLC’s, plans to transform Alameda’s northern waterfront. Last Friday, the marina demolished its first building to implement part of those plans — making way  for “The Launch,” 368-unit apartment project that will include 49 affordable units. The marina expects to complete “The “Launch” mid-summer 2022. 

Right now, an average of 122,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the National Kidney Foundation. A little more than 100,000 of those people are waiting for a kidney. The median wait time to receive a kidney is more than three and a half years. Most people do not survive that wait. In fact, 13 people die each day while waiting for a kidney transplant.

In the early 1900s, Alameda was home to nearly 900 Japanese Americans and a thriving Japantown. Japanese-American owned businesses bustled on Park Street: a dry cleaner, florist, shoe repair, nursery, beauty shops and two spiritual institutions, the Alameda Buena Vista United Methodist Church and the Buddhist Temple of Alameda. 

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