Event a success for Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter
“Clear the Shelter,” which ended Sunday, marked the third free-adoption event this year sponsored by the Alameda Support Foundation (Mary Elena Goodan and Les Hilger) for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). The two organizations might hold one more before the end of the year depending on shelter population.
Neighbors of Franklin Park and Park Street, among other places, have noticed the sudden appearance of unattributed aphorisms this week written in chalk on the sidewalk. An unidentified poet has been hard at work executing positive messages in impeccable hand writing on the concrete in various places in the city.
At its Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting, the City Council is scheduled to consider acquiring properties from the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) using the power of eminent domain. The properties in question include 1.56 acres that made up part of the historic railroad right-of-way along today’s Tilden Way and 2.8 acres once part of the southern and western fringes of the Alameda Belt Line’s railroad yard in today’s Jean Sweeney Park.
An organization known as “Pet for Vets” reaches out to veterans who suffer from physical and emotional injuries relating to their time in the service. “Sometimes it is very difficult to transition from military to civilian life,” said Debbie George, a member of the organization’s Alameda chapter. Medical studies have shown that companion animals can significantly improve both mental and physical health. These animals can reduce stress, depression and anxiety that many serving in the military experience.