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Above, Jesse and Olivia Aney of Alameda dance together at the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s (ARPD) annual Father-Daughter Dance Party, held last Friday for the 15th year. The event, put on in association with Girls Inc. of the Island City, gives girls and their favorite male role model a chance to dance, create arts and crafts, enjoy refreshments and other fun together. The dance, held on the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day, is extremely popular and often sells out well in advance. This year was no exception.

City Council is asking Alameda residents for their input on a concept to make Central Avenue, between Main Street/Pacific Avenue and Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue, safer at the Feb. 24 City Council meeting. City staff’s goal is to make Central Avenue safer for Alamedans traveling by car, bicycle or on foot. 

City staff has already created a design proposal and is requesting the Council’s approval at the Feb. 24 meeting. However, the council wants input from the community before they approve the plan. 

Disability commissioner, school board pres. remembered 

The 1300 block of Park Street features a new public bench styled to make rising from it easier for seniors and people with disabilities. The bench was dedicated with a plaque honoring longtime community member Nielsen Tam. 

Tam served on the Alameda Unified School District board from 2008 until his death and as its president from 2013. He also sat on the city’s Commission for Disability Issues. He passed in May 2015. 

At a screening of the documentary film Shallow Waters, The Public Death of Raymond Zack, last Sunday, Alamedans struggled with the import of a particularly unfortunate turn of events that resulted in the death of Alameda resident Raymond Zack in 2010. 

Zack succumbed to hypothermia after several hours in the bay waters off Shore Line Drive near Willow Street. First responders, limited by budget and training restrictions, damaged water-rescue equipment and convoluted communications did not act to bring Zack back to shore in time to save him. 

The body of a Berkeley woman who had been missing for six days was found floating in the Oakland Estuary last Thursday, Jan. 28.

The body of Diana Gail Hajisaari, also known as Gail Saari, was located by the Oakland Police Department Air Support and Marine units about 2:45 p.m. that Thursday in a tidal canal behind homes on the 3300 block of Fernside Boulevard. Family members reported Gail missing on Friday Jan. 22.