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Altarena Playhouse’s current show, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, is an old favorite. You may know it from the Robert Redford-Jane Fonda 1967 film version of the same name, where a young couple take on married life without knowing very much about each other. Simon made his screenwriting debut in this wistful domestic comedy set in Greenwich Village that centers on Paul and Corie Bratter in a fifth-floor walkup. Much of the play’s comedy focuses on the apartment’s Spartan furnishings, lack of heat and those dreaded five flights of stairs (six, if you count the stoop).

The China Clipper taxis on the waters just off Alameda Airport on Nov. 22, 1935, set to take off on Pan Am’s first commercial flight acrosss the Pacific Ocean. The airline initiated passenger service to the Far East on Oct. 21, 1936. The Navy buried Alameda Airport beneath its runways in 1940.

Alameda Friends of the Parks Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports the parks and the programs that utilize the parks, announced the election of Lena Tam to its board of directors and Mario Mariani to its advisory council.

Tam manages water-resource planning for the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She served on the City Council from 2006 to 2014, including a stint as vice-mayor in 2006. Mariani is a Realtor with Gallagher & Lindsey, Inc.

As the second quarter of 2014 drew to a close on June 30, the city’s coffers contained almost $300,000 more in sales-tax revenue than they did on June 30, 2013, the latest figures show. The city’s share of sales-tax revenue from April to June 2013 amounted to $1.67 million; revenue during the same period last year equaled $1.97 million, a 17.9 percent increase.

One woman’s dream is becoming reality. Jean Sweeney — "The Little Engine that Could," a fellow journalist called her — is no doubt smiling to see that dream take shape. The city announced last week that Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) would be giving the city $2 million to help develop Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.

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