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Above, left to right, poll workers Thomas Zenner, Dylan Aubrejan and Louise Reed were ready to help voters cast their ballots Tuesday. Zenner and Aubrejan just missed the deadline for registering to vote as they are both not quite 18. Instead the high school seniors chose to get involved working at the polls. “Seeing the process has made me excited to vote,” said Aubrejan. In what is being described as the most contentious midterm election in history, America seemed poised to render its verdict on the presidency of Donald Trump at the ballot box this Election Day.

Local rabbi rallied with 5,600 others in Brooklyn event

On Nov. 4, Rabbi Meir Shmotkin, of Chabad of Alameda, joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 states and more than 100 countries at the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The annual event, the largest Jewish gathering in North America, follows on the heels of the Oct. 27 anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh, Pa., that left 11 dead. 

Island witches take Halloween ride

Halloween must have cast a powerful spell over Alameda long ago. It has such a special love for Halloween. It’s a magical time of year on this Island.

A group of Alameda’s finest and most powerful witches took a casual group bike ride on All Hallows’ Eve. They enjoyed the sights and sounds of autumn in Alameda and spread a few smiles. The purpose was simply to joy ride through space in a pack. 

 

The 550-member Alameda Education Association (AEA), the union that represents the city’s public school teachers, says that its negotiators have reached an impasse in contract talks with the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The union has turned to the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) to step in and moderate.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has put together a 2019 calendar with some help from Alameda’s first responders. Members of both the Alameda Fire and Police departments posed with cats, dogs and one rabbit that were adopted from FAAS. Above, firefighter Mike Navarro shares the frame with his buddy, Squeak. FAAS is asking $15 per calendar. All proceeds benefit the shelter pets. Stop by and get one at 1590 Fortmann Way or at any of the animal clinics in town. They are also available online at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.

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