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Volunteer to visit the elderly locally

For the holiday season in 2014, Ann Bloxberg found her holiday spirit in visiting local skilled nursing and rehab facilities right before Christmas to spread holiday cheer among the residents. At first she and her volunteers gave gifts to about 150 elderly folks. In 2018 her project had grown to reach more than 300. This year, she anticipates reaching as many as 400.

The City of Alameda has released the audio and transcript of the August 2017 meeting between former Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie, Wednesday, Nov. 20, on its website.

In the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, Keimach expressed her exasperation for the perceived pressure she received from now-former Alameda Firefighters Union President Jeff Del Bono to hire Domenick Weaver as the city’s new Fire Chief. Weaver was backed by the firefighters’ union. At one point in the audio Keimach describes a conversation she had with Del Bono. 

An Alameda resident and student at Bishop O’Dowd High School, Abigail Gonzalez, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2019 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The annual gathering promotes social justice and solidarity by challenging people to participate in caring for others. The main talking points of the weekend were climate justice and immigration.

Keeping kids safe, 1950s-style

Children are Alameda’s most-valuable and most-vulnerable treasures. Too many of these treasures have to face danger on the way to and from school, as well as at school. While preparing to write this story, I read the tips and advice on Bike Walk Alameda’s website. One piece of advice addressed making sure that young children cannot open doors leading to the outside of the house.

Owner and head chef at Pappo Restaurant, John Thiel, displays a pair of the turkeys he dropped off as a donation to the Alameda Food Bank last week. In all, Pappo donated 64 turkeys to the food bank to assist in the annual Thanksgiving turkey drive. The restuarant is also known for hosting an annual community soup kitchen for the less fortunate on Christmas Eve. Now in its 12th year, the soup kitchen will take place from 11:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Pappo is located at 2320 Central Ave.

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