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Lincoln Park came alive last Saturday with a celebration that recalled "Alameda 1902." Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society (PEERS) showed the way to a time 112 years ago when the Oakland Estuary opened to boats and barges from San Francisco Bay to San Leandro Bay. The free picnic and dance featured Victorian- and Edwardian-era costumes and music from the band Bangers & Mash. PEERS welcomed suffragettes to the party as long as they wore their "rational" costumes.

Alameda resident Elhassan A. Ibrahim has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

"NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement," said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and chief executive officer. "Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel and service projects both on campus and in the community."

The city began repairing city streets last Monday. The $1.9 million project will affect traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through early September. Construction is expected to impact traffic and parking, and restrict street access. The streets impacted include:

 Central Avenue, from Grand Street to Sherman Street

 Weber Street, from Central Avenue south

 Third Street, from Central Avenue south

 Robert Davey Jr. Drive, from Packet Landing Road to Oyster Pond Road

 Otis Drive, from Willow Street (east) to Willow Street (west)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, State and Regional Water Boards, and environmental groups announced the Clean Water Act settlement agreement with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and seven East Bay cities at a media conference at Crown Memorial State Beach Monday, July 28.

The settlement requires EBMUD, seven East Bay cities (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont) and the Stege Sanitary District to stop sewage discharges into the San Francisco Bay.

Three major events this weekend drew people from around the region and nation to the Island City. Dr. Buzz Aldrin, of second-man-on-the-moon fame, arrived Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his return to earth when the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down into the Pacific Ocean and was rescued by the Hornet itself. Aldrin brought some celebrity to the Island, and a very significant audience.

He talked about his childhood, his experience as a fighter pilot prior to becoming an astronaut, and about the voyage to the moon and back.

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