The 2018 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program (AFTP) is underway. The program will ensure that all low-income Alameda parents who sign up at the Alameda Food Bank receive age-appropriate holiday toys for their children from newborns to age 12 and $25 gift cards for youth ages 13 to 17.
Parents needing toys can sign up at the Alameda Food Bank on or before Saturday, Dec. 8, by visiting alamedafoodbank.org or calling 523-5850. The program especially needs donations of crafts, sports balls and items for older children.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) reports that thieves helped hemselves to the contents of its two payment drop boxes at 2000 Grand St. over the weekend. According to AMP, the Alameda Police Department responded to a call on Sunday, Nov. 18, that a resident noticed that the drop boxes appeared to be open. APD determined that the boxes had been pried open.
The Camp Fire in Butte County started Thursday, Nov. 8, and impacts were felt in Alameda almost immediately. Air quality quickly reached unsafe for sensitive groups. Smoke from The Camp Fire, the most destructive and deadliest fire in California history, continued to worsen Bay Area air quality to hazardous levels. Residents were advised to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed and close fireplace dampers. When outside, residents were encouraged to avoid exertion and wear properly fitted N95 respirator masks.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters released its 10th election update at 9:15 p.m. Nov. 17.
The registrar’s office appears to be counting about 1,000 ballots per day. New information has tended to widen the gap in most races as it has been released.
In the race for Alameda Mayor, Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft has a lead of 1,329 votes over next closest contender Mayor Trish Spencer. Ashcraft has 41.97 percent of the vote and Spencer, 37.45 percent. There were also 181 write-ins.
The extraordinary generosity of the congregation at Christ Episcopal Church continues again this year with the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. As they have done for many years, volunteers with the church prepare and serve Thanksgiving turkey dinners with all the fixings to anyone in need of a hot meal and some friendly conversation. Admission is free. The church is located at 1700 Santa Clara Ave. at Grand Street.