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Beginning sometime next month Caltrans plans to begin giving the Bay Farm Bridge and the adjacent bicycle bridge a $3.4 million makeover. Workers will pressure wash and paint the bridge, as well as service the span’s hydraulic system. They will also modify the bridge’s catwalk to ease maintenance work on the span and replace the bridges’ traffic and pedestrian gates. Caltrans says that it also plans to outfit the bike bridge for better maintenance access.

The Public Works Department, in collaboration with the East Bay Regional Park District, is sponsoring the city of Alameda’s Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. This annual event allows Alamedans the opportunity to improve the appearance of the coastline by removing trash, litter and debris from the city’s shoreline. Last year, some 400 volunteers cleaned up Alameda’s shoreline and removed more than one ton of debris that otherwise would have harmed the marine ecosystem.

Local students explore history on anniversary of horrific event in 2001

The freshmen in Brian Rodriguez’s "Modern World History" class at Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) were babies on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked and crashed four airliners on the East Coast.

A multi-agency collaboration by scientists investigating the "mystery goo" that affected more than 500 waterbirds in the East Bay in early January has identified the sticky substance as polymerized oil, most similar to vegetable oil.

The mysterious substance, ranging from an oily or gummy consistency to a hard varnish, coated East Bay waterbirds, severely limiting their ability to stay warm, float, fly and locate food. Investigators were unable to locate a pure sample of this material from a source, which in part is why the specific material has not been identified.

Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) and the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) have been impacted by the wildfires that has left a path of destruction in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

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