A 76th anniversary commemoration of the famed Doolittle Raid, America’s first counter-strike against Imperial Japan in World War II, will take place this Saturday, March 31, as the Alameda Naval Air Museum (ANAM) does its fourth reprise of the event.
The bold, long-shot raid was “Alameda’s contribution to the war effort,” said Robbie Dileo Secretary Treasurer for ANAM. “We want to commemorate what Naval Air Station Alameda did in America’s first, profound step towards a long, hard-won victory.”
More than 500 people showed up for a “March for Our Lives” vigil on Saturday, March 24, at Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. The crowd swelled with Alamedans showing their support for the children and expressing their wishes to see an end to gun violence in schools.
The demonstrators proceded down Park Street in a line stretching an estimated five blocks, serenaded by loud cheers and honks of passersby.
Hundreds of Alameda students marched through the rain Wednesday, March 14, as part of a national movement calling for gun reform and improved safety measures in schools. Students marched down Central Avenue to a rally at Lower Washington Park. The rally included student and adult speakers as well as tables for voter registration, letter-writing campaigns and education around gun laws. Quite a few local media outlets, march-safety volunteers and Alameda Police were present to ensure the event occured safely.
Lincoln Middle School student Hazel Purins qualified for the state championship by taking second place at the ninth annual Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee held last Saturday at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Just the top two contestants advance to the state competition. Purins and her “rival” Anisha Rao will represent Alameda County at the Junior High State Spelling Bee Championship set for Saturday, May 5, in San Rafael.