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Just in time for school, a worker stands beside a traffic-calming island on Grand Street near Wood Middle School. The island is the finishing touch on a project initiated by parents at Franklin Elementary School and includes other traffic-calming measures complete with native plants. New redwood trees in Ritter Park are also part of the project.

Tickets are now on sale for the sixth season of Live@the Library. This concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s top names in jazz and American music to an intimate performing space in the Regina K. Stafford Rooms at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St.

This year’s lineup includes Jamie Davis on Saturday, Sept. 20; the Marcus Shelby Trio on Saturday Oct. 11 and a "guitar summit" on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Marcus Shelby Trio features Kim Nalley. The guitar summit will bring Terrence Brewer, Steve Erquiaga and Calvin Keys together.

The San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed former City Councilman Frank Matarrese in his bid to regain a seat on the council.

The teachers’ union, the Alameda Education Association, has announced its continued support of Mayor Marie Gilmore in her bid to stay on as mayor. This endorsement came in spite of Alameda Unified School District trustee Trish Spencer announcing her bid for the mayor’s seat (see Point-Counterpoint on this weeks’ Opinion page, page 6.).

An Alameda man was sentenced to 32 years to life in state prison last Friday, Aug. 15, for masterminding a marijuana robbery plot that turned fatal in 2011.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson sentenced Chistopher Donaldson Jr., 22, of Alameda, to the prison term for his role in the death of Oakland native William Adrian Falcon Sapp in April 2011.

Rolefson said his prison sentencing was justified because Donaldson "masterminded it (the robbery plan), he orchestrated it and he saw that it was carried out."

Pilgrim Faire celebrates days prior to Machine Age

The medieval blacksmith worked with anvil, tongs and bellows. His shop seemed a magical place. He fashioned iron, the "black" metal, into weapons, armor and shields. He worked at his forge making objects needed to build and shape society: hammers and nails, axes and pokers; even decorative objects.

This set him apart from those who fashioned the "white" metals, silver and gold, into more delicate objects. His workplace, his forge, gave his trade a name.