Alameda News

Container ship struck whale, dragged carcass into estuary

Employees of the Mariner Square Drystack and Marina at the foot of Mariner Square Drive had a surprise waiting for them when they arrived at work last Thursday. The discovered the carcass of a whale bobbing at the foot of the company’s dock.

According to the Coast Guard, a container ship with business just across the Oakland Estuary at the Port of Oakland struck the whale on the open ocean and dragged its carcass through the Golden Gate and into the Oakland Estuary on Monday, Aug. 24.

Friends of the Parks presents the "Play for the Parks" golf tournament, dinner and auction at the Corica Golf Complex, 1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd., 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14. Dinner and auction follow at Lincoln Park, Santa Clara Avenue and High Street, with Alameda’s own Don Ratto and his crew preparing the barbecue.

The auction includes many items, including a basketball shoe signed by Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors. The golf game is a scramble that offers the most enjoyable afternoon possible.

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Measure A Oversight Committee. Measure A, a parcel tax passed by Alameda community members in 2011, raises $12 million per year for core programs, including AP classes, neighborhood schools, small class sizes in grades K-3, athletics, enrichment, and technology. It sunsets in 2018.

2014 arson fires come to mind

The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) responded to reports of several fires within a four block radius of each other on the west end of Alameda last Thursday, Aug. 27.

AFD were notified of the first blaze early Thursday morning and arrived at the 1800 block of Ferry Point at 3:44 a.m. Four engines, two ladder trucks and two medical units were dispatched to the scene, along with the duty chief, to fight the fire.

As part of its ongoing "Living Ship Day" program, USS Hornet recently honored the members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and its rescue of the "Lost Battalion."

The 442nd, formed in 1943, was a segregated U.S. Army unit composed mostly of second-generation Japanese-American soldiers.

Most Japanese Americans who fought for the United States in World War II were Nisei, born in the United States to immigrant parents.