Alameda News

At a ceremony hosted by Alameda veterans groups Monday, members of the public gathered at Alameda’s Veterans Memorial Building to honor those who fought to protect American freedom. As part of the ceremony, veterans and members of the public were treated to a performance by The Sting, Alameda High School’s (AHS) marching band (above). 

The young musicians, led by AHS music director Mitchell White, performed with reverence and received rousing applause from the audience. 

The City of Alameda recently disclosed that it is not going to proceed with the preparation of an environmental impact report on the Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient and columbarium project at Alameda Point, as previously announced in February. 

A town hall meeting where veterans can learn about benefits and services available to them takes place Thursday, Nov. 7,  from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Alameda Veterans Building, 2203 Central Ave. The town hall will be preceded by a women veterans’ mixer at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft,  along with representatives from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Women Veterans Alliance will host the gathering, which is open to all veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

On Nov. 7, 2017, City Council adopted the Cannabis Businesses ordinance. This ordinance became effective Dec. 21, 2017. The City Council also adopted an ordinance to amend the Alameda Municipal Code, repealing the prohibition on cannabis business activities and specifying the zones where certain types of cannabis businesses may locate. This ordinance became effective Jan. 18, 2018. 

When it comes to Halloween, Alameda has a great sense of humor. The Island has been preparing for the hordes of young ghosts and goblins to descend on the city Thursday night, some developing elaborate, decorative displays to convey their enthusiasm for the macabre holiday. A resident on Grand Street, above, will likely host hundreds of trick-or-treaters and chose to invoke psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead with their display. Other Alamedans have set up a haunted carnival, a scene from Disney’s Fantasia, glowing ghouls and more.

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