News in Brief

Alameda Sun to help with new Alameda Spelling Bee

The Alameda Elementary Spelling Bee, a new event just getting underway has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Otis Elementary School, 3010 Fillmore St. (adjacent to Krusi Park).

All participants must be in the fourth, fifth or sixth grades and live in the city of Alameda.

Prizes will be given to the winning spellers. In addition, the top five students will be sponsored to participate in the Alameda County Spelling Bee, to be held on Saturday, March 14, in Castro Valley. Winners of the Alameda County Bee will be sponsored to participate in the California State Spelling Bee, to be held on Saturday, April 18, in Stockton.

The Alameda Sun, Alameda’s only locally owned and operated newspaper, will be the event’s lead sponsor.

"It’s long been a goal of mine to have Alameda’s local paper sponsor a local spelling bee," said
Alameda Sun Publisher Eric J. Kos. "To that end, I’ve agreed to fund
Alameda’s best speller on his or her journey to national competition."

This event needs students and parents to participate in order to be a success. To register your child, visit the registration page at www.alamedaspellingbee.org.

For more information or to volunteer for this event, write to alameda
spellingbee@gmail.com.

Alameda voted among the ‘most caring’

Movoto, the real estate brokerage site, recently ranked America’s suburbs using data from the census and FBI crime reports to determine which were the "most caring." Criteria included community services, pet shelters, student-to- counselor ratio and more.

Alameda ranked as the ninth most caring suburb in America according to Movoto. Visit www.movoto.com to see the entire list.

Movoto studied a total of 109 suburbs defined as any large population center near one of the nation’s 50 largest cities and defined as a suburb online or in some official document.

Alameda was the only city from California represented. Most of the suburbs ranked hailed from the South, with Silver Springs, Md. topping the list. Three cities in Maryland made the list.

Island City Opera opens
this weekend

A new organization bringing culture to Alameda, Island City Opera, will host its opening performance of Lucia di Lammermoor tomrrow night, Friday Jan 16 at 7:30 p.m. The opera will run for five performances at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts written by Gaetano Donizetti in 1835. The Italian language libretto is loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.

A lecture by the maestro begins at 6:30. Additional performances will take place on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Sundays Jan. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $55 or $35 for matinees.

For more information or tickets, visit www.islandcityopera.org or call 263-8060.

Employers team up
for training

Two of Alameda’s largest employers, College of Alameda and Bay Ship and Yacht, outlined a new collaborative training program that aims to prepare job seekers and prospective employees for careers in the maritime industrial field.

Bay Ship and Yacht, one of the top shipyards on the West Coast, specializes in construction and repair of super yachts and commercial and military vessels.

The "Working Waterfront Cohort Comprehensive Training Program" will combine classroom education at the college with hands-on experience in the field at Bay Ship and Yacht’s active facility.

Program graduates will be given first consideration for available jobs at Bay Ship and Yacht. For more information, contact the College of Alameda at 522-7221.

LWVA rent control talk set

The League of Women Voters of Alameda (LWVA) is offering the first of a series of monthly political discussions on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St., from 2 to 4 p.m. The topic of the moderated discussion will be: "Should the City of Alameda Adopt a Rent Control Policy? Pros and Cons."

This free discussion session will be moderated by LWVA member Elizabeth Tuckwell. Preregistration is required due to the small room available at the library.

For more information about the event, contact LWVA membership chair Ruth Dixon-Mueller at 869-4969 or via email at membership@LWVAlameda.org.

Capone’s hosting pre-gala

In support of Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Capone’s speakeasy at 1400 Park St. will host a pre-gala party Monday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP is required at info@alamedabgc.org or 522-4900 x102.

Proceeds will benefit youth at the club located at 1900 Third St.