Benjamin Jenkins, Alameda resident of 20 years and veteran of the United States Marine Corps and United States Air Force, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II on Feb. 21.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award bestowed by the U.S. Congress. In 2011, Congress awarded the medal to the Montford Point Marines, a segregated unit, of which Jenkins was a member.
The Alameda Police Department (APD) personnel went to the Santa Rita County Jail Sunday, March 23, to order the immediate release of a man who was falsely accused of attempting to kidnap a nine-year-old Alameda girl.
Brian Rourock of Alameda, was arrested for suspicion of battery, kidnapping and annoying or molesting a child after he allegedly grabbed the victim around 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, on the 3200 block of Madison Street.
When Alameda resident Susan Freeman visits a local grocery store and notices a shopper reaching for a plastic bag, she offers them one of her homemade cotton produce bags. Freeman intends to help Alameda become a “city without plastic bags.”
“I make them and I give them away,” Freeman said. She carries the 13x10-inch bags in a larger shopping bag in order to conveniently share them with fellow shoppers.
Engineers developing self-sailing drone technology in warehouse space
Mechanical engineers Richard Jenkins and Daryl Owens are crafting the future at Alameda Point. Their company Saildrone designs and builds drones — not those that fly above us, but those that can sustain themselves on the open sea and that are capable of carrying payloads as heavy as 220 pounds. The design of the company’s 19-foot-long, 7-foot-wide vessels allows these drones to sail in shallow waters and through marine debris, enabling them to go where ships cannot.
The Planning Board took a first look Monday at a plan intended to blunt the traffic to and from Alameda Point. The Transportation Commission will offer its recommendation on the draft transportation demand management plan on April 23, and the City Council could approve it on May 19.