Health Matters



When someone with Medicare finds his or her way to my office phone, it’s often because of a complicated and snarly issue that’s going to take time to fix. However, it’s sometimes a Medicare beneficiary who found my number somewhere and called for some basic help in understanding their coverage. I love those calls because I have a quick and easy answer for folks like that. 


Medical Clown Project works to help patients heal with laughter

In the run up to Halloween, clowns have been scaring people but not all clowns are out for mischief. Alameda residents Jeffery Raz and Sherry Sherman are co-founders and part of a team of performers who bring clowning to a new level. 


Last year while facing a record-breaking drought, a homeowner association on Bay Farm Island decided to do its part and take action. The community of more than 400 homes known as the Casitas Alameda Homeowners’ Association replaced 25,000 square feet of water-intensive lawn at Verdemar Drive and Catalina Avenue with new landscaping that saves water, increases biodiversity and prevents stormwater runoff. 


The Alameda Free Library is proud to welcome local East Bay author Nathanael Johnson this Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. for a Talk and Walk, as part of the Libraries Outside program

Johnson will speak about his book Unseen City, and then lead a walk to help residents learn how to see and explore small wonders even in the most civilized areas of a town. Unseen City has been praised in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post and by the Associated Press as a “modern classic of nature writing.”