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Temple Israel celebrated its 95th year in Alameda with a gala last Saturday. The temple traces its roots to a meeting held in the Tucker Building on Park Street. According to the history that accompanied the gala’s program, "One November night in 1920 on the second floor of Miller’s Drug Store (a group of families) came together with one thing in mind — the establishment of a Jewish community in Alameda."

The public can learn and participate in a discussion about the newest developments in Alameda from the people leading the way Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. "Alameda in the Making" is a free community discussion of development and related issues in Alameda. Speakers will include representatives from the city, Housing Authority and developers with current projects in town. There are currently 16 active residential/commercial development sites in the Island City.

Carnegie Library’s best hope is PPM

Local residents often note Alameda’s historic architecture as part of the reason they enjoy living here so much. One particular gem hiding among so many Victorian-era buildings is the long-vacant Carnegie Library at the corner of Oak Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Just one block from bustling Park Street, indeed, directly across from Alameda City Hall sits a building of particular historic value filled with some dusty paperwork, rarely visited by anyone.

An Oakland man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the fatal shooting of an Alameda resident five years ago.

Daquan Lane, 25, entered a guilty plea before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Allan Hymer for his role in the fatal shooting of Eric Lamont Franklin outside his residence on the 700 block of Eagle Avenue on Sept. 11, 2010. Police say Franklin was shot three times outside his apartment. He was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland where he was pronounced dead. He was 35 years old at the time of his death.

The city invites the public to visit the southwest shoreline of Alameda Point at 3:30 p.m., next Monday, Oct. 26. The area was an environmental cleanup area known as Site 2 and includes wetlands and a covered landfill.

The visit offers an opportunity to see first-hand a normally off-limits scenic part of Alameda Point on property that belongs to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Meet at City Hall West, 950 W. Mall Square at Alameda Point.

The city is not providing a bus. Transportation to the site is by carpooling only.