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Word of Alameda’s giant Halloween celebration must have spread to other galaxies as some unidentified flying objects recently landed outside Angela Hill and Matt Hunnicut’s home on Santa Clara Avenue. The couple annually presents a masterpiece in Halloween decorations featuring original art, animatronics, a smoke machine, "Pigs in Space" and lots more. Keep an eye out for little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating for Halloween the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31. The Gold Coast and East End neighborhoods should expect lots of traffic.

A Sunday evening fire at two adjacent homes brought every on-duty Alameda firefighter — a total of 59 — to the 100 block of Norwich Road. The first firefighters on scene answered a 6:23 p.m. alarm. They faced heavy fire coming from a single family home. The fire had also reached the home next door.

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.