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On Friday, Falcon’s Court, a non-profit educational organization that presents living history programs at schools throughout California, brought the Renaissance to Wood Middle School to show the seventh graders what life was like in Western Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries.  Students spent the morning meeting falconers, a minstrel, a country dance fiddler and a master swordsman. 

A man died after drowning in the Oakland Estuary just after 7 a.m., last Saturday morning when the vehicle he was driving plunged into the waters off the Bridgeside Shopping Center. The victim reportedly drove his SUV through the shopping center parking lot at Blanding Avenue and Broadway, past Nob Hill Foods and through a metal railing before sinking into the estuary waters.  

Witnesses later said that the driver did not brake and ended up in the estuary. 

Union boss calls Mayor Spencer, Councilman Daysog ‘derelicts’

On April 29 the city inked a memorandum of understanding to create an “Other Post-Employment Benefit” (OPEB) trust fund that would set aside and accumulate funds to cover payment of these benefits for sworn employees in the fire and police departments who pay into the trust and retire after Jan. 1, 2019. 

Oakland International Airport (OAK) recently announced FedEx and UPS have entered their holiday peak season schedules. During peak season scheduling more cargo aircraft arrivals and departures from Runway 30 will take place through Saturday, Jan. 9, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  

The Port of Oakland apologized in advance for any disturbances or increase in aircraft noise. Aircraft noise concerns may be directed to OAK’s Noise Hotline at 563-6463 or

Congresswoman honors Lincoln Middle School students’ efforts 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee honored Alameda middle school for its ongoing contribution to improving the environment. Through the Ocean Guardian program, which is run by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Lincoln Middle School students are replacing invasive plants along the San Leandro Bay shoreline with native ones, as well as picking up trash.