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Last Saturday, the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) sponsored Alameda Walks program strolled through both history and current events. The all-ages group learned about the Mastick family and famed architects Felix Marcuse and Julius Remmel who helped shape the Island City. Myself and Alameda Sun co-publisher Dennis Evanosky (far left) led the tour with help from ARPD’s Karen Kenney and Jackie Krause of the Mastick Senior Center. Toward the end, the tour stopped by the recently completed mural at 1128 Lincoln Ave.

 

The American Red Cross bus will visit Alameda Point Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Red Cross asks donors to “make someone whole again. Without A, B and O, we can’t save anybody. You are the #MissingType we need.” 

The bus will be parked at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda’s West End. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: AlamedaPoint, or call 800-733-2767. Donors can streamline their experience by completing reading and health history questions at www.redcrossblood.org.

 

The 64th annual City of Alameda Swim Championships took place last weekend at the Encinal Swim Center. Hundreds of swimmers with ties to Alameda competed in 90 meets at the event.

The event started Friday, Aug. 3, with the girls’ 13- to 14-year-old 1,650-yard freestyle. Molly Boyle won the race with a time of 19:43.53. The boys’ 15- to 18-year-old 1,650-yard freestyle meet also took place Friday. Kevin Habek finished with a time of 17:23.15 to beat out four other swimmers and earned the victory.

About 75 people attended the first public tours of the City of Alameda’s newest park, the 21st in the Alameda Recreation and Park Department (ARPD), Jean Sweeney Park, last Saturday. Another tour is set for today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

Tours gather at the park entrance on Sherman Street. Both tours explore how the construction is progressing. The park is expected to officially open in October or November.  Recreation and Parks Director, Amy Wooldridge, leads the tours and share points of interest. 

 

At its July 28 meeting, the City Council reviewed a report on the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, which remains a work in progress. According to the report, the city’s plan focuses on actions targeting industries that will drive the city’s growth over the next five to 10 years. Once implemented, the plan would allow the city to concentrate on ways to strengthen its many retail districts and attract new businesses and visitors to the Island City. 

Among the features of the report:

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