News Briefs

Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Alameda Fire Chief Mike D’Orazi announced that he will retire on Dec. 27. City Manager John Russo said that he will appoint Deputy Chief Doug Long as acting fire chief.

In a message to his colleagues D’Orazi thanked them for their support and assistance over the last three and one-half years he has worked as chief and during his 35-year association with the city.

"I have never been so impressed with the level of professionalism and competence shown by our management team," he said.

D’Orazi began his career with the city as a firefighter in November 1979. Nine years later he was wearing a lieutenant’s uniform. He was promoted to captain in 1999. As captain, D’Orazi served as the department’s training director and as an acting division chief.

He retired in July 2007. Four years later, D’Orazi came out of retirement to serve as fire chief.

Russo called D’Orazi "a visionary leader in the fire department."

"We will miss his experience, wisdom and future-oriented perspective," Russo said.

Long graduated from Alameda High School in 1981. He joined the fire department here as a firefighter in 1988. In 1997 he was promoted to lieutenant, and to captain in 1999.

In 2011 Long earned a promotion to division chief. He worked as a shift platoon commander. Earlier this year he stepped into the deputy fire chief position and has had oversight of the department’s operational divisions, including fire prevention.

His employment experience in town include stints at Tucker’s Ice Cream and Svendsen’s Boat Works.

AHS Drama to Present Clue

Alameda High School presents the popular play Clue in the Little Theater at Central Avenue and Walnut Street.

Clue is a play about six guests, a butler and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of six people. The guests all meet at Hill House. The audience learns that Professor Plum works in our Nation’s Capital, where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with Mrs. White’s husband, and so on.

When Mr. Boddy, who is blackmailing each guest, gives them each a weapon, he tells them they should kill Wadsworth, the butler, to avoid being exposed. With Mrs. Peacock’s craziness and Mr. Green’s clumsiness, the whole group finds themselves tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity.

The curtain goes up at 7 p.m., this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13, 14, and 15. General admission tickets are $10; student tickets are $7. Tickets are available online at and at the door.

Daysog Office Hours

Councilman Tony Daysog will hold office hours from this evening, Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Blue Danube Coffee House, 1333 Park St. He will be available to answer questions and address community concerns about city issues.

He will also be available at the Alameda Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contact Daysog by calling 747-4726 or by emailing tdaysog@alameda

Naval Air Museum Celebrates 10th year

The Alameda Naval Air Museum In celebrating its 10th anniversary with an open house this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16. The museum houses a unique collection of artifacts and exhibits that highlight the role the Alameda Naval Air Station played in the defense of the United States and as an integral part of the city of Alameda.

The museum is located in the former Air Terminal Building #77, 2151 Ferry Point (near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Ferry Point) and is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum’s open house is free both days.

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City board needs help

The Alameda City Council is soliciting applications from residents who would like to serve on the Social Service Human Relations Board (SSHRB).

The board was established to assess the social-service needs of the community. This includes the formation of private social-welfare organizations; fostering good will among community groups; spreading information about social-service and regulatory agencies; and reporting to the council on the social-service needs of residents.

The SSHRB meets the fourth Thursday of each month except during the holidays, at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The appointee will serve a partial term expiring June 30, 2015. Interested persons are encouraged to apply by Monday, Nov. 26.

Application forms may be obtained from, and filed with, the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380. Forms are also available by phone at 747-4800 or on the City’s website at: commissions/888.

Run for a good cause

A 5K run/walk along the shores of Bay Farm Island will be held in support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Saturday, Nov. 22, at 9 a.m.

The race starts and ends behind sponsor Harbor Bay Club’s clubhouse. Entries cost $30 online in advance or $35 on the day.

Find out more and purchase tickets at