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One woman’s dream is becoming reality. Jean Sweeney — "The Little Engine that Could," a fellow journalist called her — is no doubt smiling to see that dream take shape. The city announced last week that Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) would be giving the city $2 million to help develop Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

Business as usual at the corner of St. Charles Street and Lincoln Avenue will never quite be the same again as after 65 years at the location, Pagano’s Hardware Store will be moving. Alamedans have enjoyed Pagano’s labrynthine aisles, hidden nooks and charming staff since 1950 when Andy "Mr. Alameda" Pagano opened the store that bears his name.

Executives from Wrightspeed joined officials from the city in front of Building 41 at Alameda Point to announce the company’s plans to move to Alameda.

Cutting-edge Wrightspeed will occupy Building 41

On Jan. 20 the city announced that Wrightspeed founder Ian Wright has inked a deal to move his company to Alameda Point. The company will lease Building 41, a 110,000-square-foot hangar built in 1945 to accommodate Navy seaplanes that taxied ashore using the adjacent lagoon. Wright’s move will almost quadruple his current 30,000-square-foot workspace in San Jose.

The only connection that the Pan Am Clipper has to Building 41 is the mural, seen in the background of the above picture. Despite the 1995 date on the painting, the mural was likely placed there after the Naval Air Station closed in 1997. Pan Am did have hangars for their Clippers, but they stood near Alameda Airport, which lies buried under the air station’s runways. Pan Am tore its hangars down in 1939.

On Dec. 21, 2014 the Oakland Raiders honored four students and one school principal with academic honors awards. The award recognizes local students and educators for their academic achievements and positive impacts within the community.

Pictured from left to right are students Diego De La Rosa, Malachi Francois, Eli McGowen, Seamus McGuiness and school principal John Melvin.

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