Alameda kicked off the second half of 2017 in typical fashion: with the longest parade in the nation. (The annual 4th of July Parade spans 3.3 miles.) This year, more than 170 entries and 2,500 participants marched across town whilemore than 60,000 spectator cheered them along the route. As always, the celebration included floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians (and one zebra), dance troops, bands and classic cars driving dignitaries.
Alameda is a mecca to the architectural historian, featuring homes and commercial structures spanning most major architectural movements since the mid-1800s.
The city recently became home to a property representing the next bold leap in construction — container architecture.
The new Big Discount Tire Pros shop incorporates 21 previously used shipping containers into its design. The company moved here from its former facility on Park Street, a historic brick-veneer structure dating back to the 1950s.
Alameda firefighters were dispatched to assist in fighting two Southern California blazes, one near Ventura, the other in the hills northeast of Los Angeles.
At the recent open house at Fire Station 3, Alameda Fire Department (AFD) Chief Edmond Rodriguez said that the City of Alameda recently received Engine 296, a California Office of Emergency Services Type I Fire Engine. He said that Engine 296 is equipped to provide critical fire and emergency medical service response to the community.
Alameda Fire Department to host open house, ceremony
The Alameda Fire Department and the city’s Public Works Department are hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station No. 3 and the adjoining Emergency Operations Center at 1625 Buena Vista Ave. and 1809 Grand St. this Saturday, Dec. 2. The festivities begin at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to join Alameda’s new fire chief, Edmond Rodriguez, on a walk through the facilities. Light refreshments will be served.