Majestic stands of Live Oak trees once thrived on Alameda, along with willows and other species. Development and the passage of time have taken many historic trees, but some remain and many have been replaced, as Alameda values its urban forest. Designated a Tree City USA in 2011, Alameda protects its oaks and other heritage trees by restricting their removal.
But more trees are needed. Adding trees to Alameda and protecting current trees improves our environment and our well-being:
Alameda Pipe-a-thon 2018 ‘takes the fifth’ against cancer
For the fifth New Year’s Eve in a row, the Alameda Pipe-a-thon hit the bars of the Island City, with Scottish ex-pat and Alameda resident Andy MacKay playing “Auld Lang Syne” on the bagpipes in 21 bars and restaurants on the Island. In the process, he raised just shy of $5,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
MacKay was accompanied again by Team Pipe-a-thon, including “Jake and Elwood Blues” (Joe and Jamie, in kilts) along with Rod, Tony, Feargal and Bruno “The Pipe-mobile Drivers.”
Alameda was designated a Coast Guard City, one of 12 in the nation, in 2006. Many Coast Guard families live on the Island and Coast Guard Island, a part of Alameda. These service members aren’t receiving paychecks during the government shutdown, yet they are still out there working to keeping Americans safe. For some, especially those with kids, things are getting pretty tough. The East Bay Coast Guard Spouses have begun a drive to collect items in need to take some of the pressure off.