“The Princeton Review” offers some guidelines to escaping the same-old homework habits. Try these study tips and get the brain boosted in time for back to school.

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year as all of their schools’ supply lists are now posted on  

With just one or two clicks, parents can find their childrens’ exact supply lists and then click right over to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Amazon and more to purchase their list and have supplies shipped right to their homes. Target, Walmart and Office Depot also offer in-store pick-up. Super easy, super convenient.  


The 64th annual City of Alameda Swim Championships took place last weekend at the Encinal Swim Center. Hundreds of swimmers with ties to Alameda competed in 90 meets at the event.

The event started Friday, Aug. 3, with the girls’ 13- to 14-year-old 1,650-yard freestyle. Molly Boyle won the race with a time of 19:43.53. The boys’ 15- to 18-year-old 1,650-yard freestyle meet also took place Friday. Kevin Habek finished with a time of 17:23.15 to beat out four other swimmers and earned the victory.

During its regular meeting on July 16, the City of Alameda’s Public Utilities Board presented a check for $10,881 to the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF). The check represents funds collected in the 2017-2018 fiscal year by Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) for Power Up for Learning, a joint program of AMP and AEF. The funding supports an Island-wide robotics program for Alameda public school students.

Girls Inc. of the Island City presents feminist writers, activists, and educators Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl sharing their latest installment in the New York Times-bestselling series “Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Ages 10+),” 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, Books Inc., 1344 Park St. A portion of the sales will benefit Girls Inc. of the Island City. For more information call Books Inc., 522-2226.