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The Alameda County District Attorney’s (DA) office announced on Thursday, Feb. 5, that it has filed new charges against Andrew Gutierrez, 22, and Stephen Petersen, 27. Last September, the Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested the pair for setting seven arson fires that caused $3 million in damage to homes and businesses here.

On Oct. 31, 2014, the DA dismissed the arson charges against Petersen.

Left to right, Alameda’s best spellers: Hazel Purins, first place, fifth grade, Otis Elementary; Dylan McGrew, fifth place, sixth grade, Academy of Alameda; Ella Banchieri, fourth place, fourth grade, Edison Elementary; Liam Hofmann, third place, fifth grade, Earhart Elementary; Brenden Dalipe, second place, fifth grade, Bay Farm Elementary and alternate Lavanya Kumar, sixth grade, Wood Middle.

Sun newspaper foots bill for six spellers’ entry fees

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) board of trustees has selected Philip Hu to fill Mayor Trish Spencer’s seat. Spencer’s election as mayor last November required her to vacate the seat. The board chose to select a new member rather than pursue a more-expensive election.

Hu was among 23 applicants for the seat. The candidates included former school board members Barbara Rasmussen and Mike McMahon. The number was whittled to 19 when four of the applicants either withdrew or failed to show for the first stage of the screening process.

Alameda Point is on the cusp of a new era in civilian reuse. Plans for construction of residential neighborhoods and commercial space are taking shape, alongside growing productive reuse of aircraft hangars. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is poised to begin the first phase of its $240 million clinic and columbarium project. In addition, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is studying plans for accommodating their increasing ferry ridership.

Altarena Playhouse’s current show, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, is an old favorite. You may know it from the Robert Redford-Jane Fonda 1967 film version of the same name, where a young couple take on married life without knowing very much about each other. Simon made his screenwriting debut in this wistful domestic comedy set in Greenwich Village that centers on Paul and Corie Bratter in a fifth-floor walkup. Much of the play’s comedy focuses on the apartment’s Spartan furnishings, lack of heat and those dreaded five flights of stairs (six, if you count the stoop).

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