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Alameda students in grades nine through 12 who have written speeches with the theme: “Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela” will receive cash awards for their efforts Saturday, March 22, noon to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The city-wide speech contest is held in celebration of the international Season of Non Violence each year. Participating schools select the best speech writers to compete. 
Find out more by writing jfranz@ci.alameda.ca.us.

The League of Women Voters of Alameda are sponsoring an evening with Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board President Margie Sherratt and Superintendent Kirsten Vital. The pair will discuss the achievements and challenges in Alameda’s public schools, from facilities and funding to curriculum and student achievement.

The “land-swap” package deal came before the Alameda City Council on Tuesday after the Alameda Sun went to press. The Sun offers this synopsis of the package that, as of this writing, pundits were predicting that the council would have already passed.

City gets more value for its land

Part Two in a Series

Research this past week into the Tidelands property at Encinal Terminals revealed that the contract that sealed the "swap" 14 years ago involved not just the 6.34 acres that the Alameda Sun reported (AUSD, City’s New Land Swap Deal," March 6) but an adjacent 10.65-acre parcel. This means that the city is receiving 17.05 acres for $750,000.

While Alameda’s local schools are friendly rivals for sure, the class presidents representing the student leadership of Alameda, Encinal and St. Joseph high schools have teamed up to hold an affordable prom dress sale. The trio: Emily Rentschler of Encinal, Marisa Woo of Alameda High and Marissa Murphy of St. Joe’s invite students to find affordable dresses and possibly win a free prom ticket just for showing up.

The sale will be held this Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alameda High New Gym at 2200 Central Ave.

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