The Alameda Fire Deparment received some help from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, last Friday, during the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch hosted by the department. Kids of all ages get to take a home a free pumpkin each year at the event which took place for the 19th year. The man behind the patch (and behind Presley’s sunglasses) is Alameda firefighter, Adam Sizemore, who has organized the event at Franklin Park for many years.
The city is seeking parties interested in restoring and leasing the Carnegie Building and, perhaps, the adjoining Foster House. The 1903 Carnegie Building, one of the first three libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie in California, is on the National Register of Historic Places. C.H. Foster, the contractor who built the library, lived in the house next door.
The No on K committee held a rally Saturday, Oct. 13, in front of 470 Central Ave., the first Alameda apartment building to experience a complete eviction of its occupants. The committee is working to defeat Measure K to keep Alameda’s rent law, Ordinance 3148, from being added to the City Charter.
“Our renters are not second-class citizens,” said Cheri Johansen the committee’s field coordinator. “They deserve true protections; an end to no-cause evictions and annual caps on rent increases.”
The Alameda Museum is looking for residents who want to get involved as members of its board of directors. The museum is especially in need of people willing to volunteer time to provide guidance and leadership for both the museum and the Meyers House. Duties include attending quarterly board meetings, participating in and responding to electronic communications and committing time to a specific area of the museum’s operations.
On Sept. 18 City Council adopted a resolution to form a Sister City relationship with the City of Varazze, Italy. The Alpicella Family Club was established in Alameda in 1941, and continues to thrive today with several of its leaders and members tracing their roots to Varazze, a seaside town on the Italian Riviera.
The Alpicella Club worked with the Alameda Sister City Association to facilitate a year-long dialogue with the Varazze Committee in Italy to define the Sister City partnership and connect Alameda with the club’s ancestral origin.