Alameda News

An illegal “sideshow” took place last Saturday on the west side of Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon, which is fast becoming the site of frequent sideshow activity. Tugboats were maneuvering the Maritime Ready Reserve Ship Keystone State as drivers spun out nearby.    

In a heated competition that resulted in a head-to-head match up that went back and forth between the final two competitors, Academy of Alameda seventh grader Thomas McMuldren emerged victorious at the Alameda Spelling Bee last Saturday. The final duel with Adriana Argyriou, a fifth grader at Haight Elementary School, came down to the words “isthmus” and “rogue” which McMuldren spelled correctly to earn the 2018 title of Island’s Top Speller. (McMuldren finished second in the 2017 Bee.)  

Alameda Island Poets’ monthly free reading Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., will celebrate Black History Month with local poets Amos White and Wanda Sabir. 

White is an award-winning American haiku poet, author, producer, director and activist, recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. He has been published in several national and international reviews and anthologies. 

Educators in this city are lowest paid in Alameda County

The Alameda Education Association (AEA), the union that represents teachers in Alameda’s public school system, began reaching out to businesses along Park and Webster streets on Tuesday. Teachers wearing red T-shirts visited shops in the city’s two major business districts. They asked the business owners to post AEA signs in their windows. The signs feature an anchor, the teachers’ campaign logo.

Natel, a company at Alameda Point, is developing small-scale turbines that can harness water flow to produce electricity without a dam. Rivers have been harnessed for the production of electricity since 1882. That’s when the world’s first hydroelectric dam was built across the Fox River in Appleton, Wisc. But dams are costly public works projects with negative environmental consequences, including the flooding of vast watersheds and blocking fish migration. 

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