This month, Central Baptist Church in Alameda will serve as a collection site for Operation Christmas Child — the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. The annual Samaritan’s Purse project is a favorite of many Alameda residents, families, churches and groups who spread joy to millions of children around the world by filling shoeboxes with items like a doll or soccer ball or other fun toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.
It seems as if it were yesterday when I was interviewed at Twin Towers Methodist Church (TTUMC) and given the customary tour of the building. My memories working at TTUMC are vivid: greeting and serving the public, scheduling weddings, organizing and publishing the church’s newsletter and helping the poor.
Nearly 40 contributors and supporters gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Carriage House in the gardens of the Meyers House this past Sunday afternoon. The event featured a proclamation from Mayor Trish Spencer, remarks and thanks from Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn, and homemade refreshments.
Among those in attendance for the autumn afternoon were Vice-Mayor Frank Matarrese, docents and volunteers at the Meyers House and Garden, current and former museum board members, as well as Meyers House and Gardens supporters and contributors.
The East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) will become the owner of a disputed three-acre parcel on McKay Ave in Alameda which will lead to the expansion of Crown Memorial State Beach.
EBRPD’s purchase resolves an eminent domain action by the United States government against the state of California and EBRPD to seize control over portions of McKay Avenue, the main access road to Crab Cove.