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DNA tests have helped positively identify three Army airmen who perished aboard a Martin B-26 Marauder over Belgium in 1944. Two men who called Alameda home are among them.

First Lt. William "Billy" Parker Cook and fellow pilots of the 397th Bomb Group, called the "Bridge Busters," took off about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, 1944, from Péronne France. They had their orders: take out the Eller railroad bridge, a vital link in the German military supply line across the Moselle River.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Sila Nanotechnologies announced it will open a 31,000-square-foot headquarters on Mariner Square Loop. The company has patented a technology that makes batteries lighter, smaller and less expensive.

The City of Alameda held an official ceremony designating a half-mile stretch of Monarch Street as "Spirits Alley," Friday, Oct. 17, on Alameda Point.

Spirits Alley has been defined as the cluster of artisan distilleries and tasting rooms that have gradually formed along Monarch Street. Beginning with the opening of St. George Spirits in 2002, Spirits Alley has been a well-known visitor destination with six premium distilleries, wineries, and specialty beverage companies, including:

• Brix Beverage

• Building 43 Winery

(Steeltown Winery)

The community came together last Sunday morning In the Rathskeller at the Alameda Elks Lodge at a pancake breakfast that raised funds to help support the victims of a series of alleged arson fires across Alameda.

The city’s Social Services and Human Relations Board worked with community members to help organize the event. Participants enjoyed Jan Nichols’ guitar music as they socialized over pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage. The morning’s proceeds — some $6,500 — went to the American Red Cross.

Update on Suspects

One of the two suspects arrested for allegedly setting several arson fires in Alameda last month was released from jail after posting bond last Thursday, Oct. 16.