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Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.

He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.

Alameda native Nicholas Obenchain died Monday night at Highland Hospital after succumbing to injuries he received in a car crash in Oakland Friday, July 18.

Obenchain, 25, was riding in the passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette when he was ejected from a vehicle onto an Oakland highway in what investigators are calling a DUI crash. The Corvette struck a curb and a light pole and overturned on Interstate Highway 580 near Park Boulevard around 3 a.m. Friday, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Photo courtesy Timothy Manning. Alameda Museum Curator George Gunn (second from right) received an award for the Meyers House and Garden from California Heritage Council honorary board chairman John J. Hodges (left) and President Christopher Layton (right) Jeannie Graham, who suggested this honor for the Meyers House, is standing next to Gunn.

The elegant Saint Francis Yacht Club welcomed California Heritage Council (CHC) members last month for their annual awards dinner.

Photo by Jun de la Cruz

A mother and grandmother are still mourning almost three years after the death of three-year-old Eden Marie Lynch. The little girl passed away at Children’s Hospital in Oakland after suffering what the Alameda County Coroner called "blunt force trauma to the head."

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