News in Brief

Scout Master Chris Freck awards Kevin Mercado the Eagle Scout  neckerchief he earned in 2012.

News in Brief

Chief’s Daughter May Be Next American Idol
The dulcet tones of Rachel Rolleri, 17, daughter of Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri, can be heard nationwide tonight, as the American Idol XIII auditions in San Francisco will air as part of tonight’s show at 8 p.m. on Fox channel 2. 
The Danville resident, whose father protects and serves the Alameda public, sings and plays acoustic guitar before the show’s three judges, performing a rendition of “Stay” by Sugarland. 
Fans will have to tune in tonight to find out if she’ll advance to the main show taped in Los Angeles. 
Learn more about Singer-Songwriter Rolleri at


Alameda Troop honors new Eagle Scout
Troop 73 of the Alameda Boy Scout Council held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Jan. 10 for local resident Kevin Mercado. Mercado earned the honor in 2012 but the ceremony recognizing the achievement was delayed until last week.

For his Eagle Scout project, Mercado organized and ran a used bike drive for Changing Gears Bike Shop at Alameda Point, collecting more than 100 bikes at three locations in town on Earth Day. 
Mercado thanked his scout leaders, scout parent committee, fellow scouts and the community of Alameda for their support. Kevin just finished his first semester at UC Berkeley.


Schools Can Warn Clean Water Grant Money
The Clean Water Program (CWP) of Alameda County is looking to fund projects in local schools to educate students and teachers about the connection between storm drains and local creeks, wetlands and the Bay.

The program will review projects that raise awareness about keeping water healthy and clean while also reducing the littering behavior of students.

CWP is looking to fund multiple projects, each focused on a specific age group. Proposals for $10,000 or more per project and school year will be considered, for a total of up to $125,000 per year, for up to four years.

Eligible organizations include for-profit and non-profit groups, as well as government agencies.

Submit proposals by March 17.

To find out more about the program, visit www.cleanwater