Alameda

Imagine going back in time and strolling along Park Street in the 1950s. If you’re anything like me, you’d be paying attention to the cars parked on the street as much as the shop windows.

That’s what it was like last Saturday at the downtown Alameda Classic Car Show. There were more than 400 cars in attendance, so many that the show spanned six blocks of Park Street between Buena Vista and Encinal avenues. The weather was a perfect 75 degrees and thousands were on hand to enjoy the show but not so many that spectators couldn’t take their time.

Alamedans gather to send message to U.S. senators

Local activists, concerned constituents and community leaders gathered at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 3, to send senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein a clear message: Vote “no” on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. The activists cited that his “hostility toward women and lack of credibility make him unfit to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.” 

The City of Alameda recently studied the six public access pathways along Fernside Boulevard and Eastshore Drive to assess what recreational uses are possible there. City staff will now solicit community feedback, bring a recommendation on the uses of each of the pathways to the Recreation and Parks Commission and return to the City Council for final approval.

Residents of Alameda can weigh in on the status and future of these small parks at three upcoming events. 

Ospreys returned again this year to nest at Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon. But midway through the rearing process, the female became the sole provider and protector of her three chicks, after the male became entangled in fishing line. Such osprey single parenting is unheard of. The nest on an old Navy light stand at the entrance to the Seaplane Lagoon is familiar to the ospreys, having raised young here before. The crown of sticks has become part of the fixture, decorated by the ospreys with “arts and crafts” bits of fabric and string. 

Local students Braydon Honegger, Jayden Biggs, and Milan and London Rushworth started their school years on Monday. Honegger attends Frank Otis Elementary School, Biggs attends Paden Elementary School and the Rushworth sisters attend Haight Elementary School. Alameda Unified School District’s 16 schools are now open across the Island, and the Alameda Sun reminds everyone to drive safely and protect the young students who walk and ride their bicycles to school. The speed limit in nearly every place in Alameda is 25 miles per hour.

Candidate disqualified for not having his checkbook

City Council candidate Amos White appeared at City Hall to file his final papers to run for City Council on deadline day, Wednesday, Aug. 15. He said that he arrived about 5:30 p.m., which gave him 30 minutes to complete the process. This meant filling out the necessary papers and making a payment. 

Alameda police join East Bay raid

Two major arrests were made last week that have connections to Alameda.

Multi-City Raid
SWAT teams from several East Bay police departments, including the Alameda Police Department (APD), arrested four armed-robbery suspects on Wednesday, June 6, in relation to recent armed robberies at cellphone stores. 

The Berkeley Police Department (BPD), along with the Oakland, Hayward, Brentwood and Pittsburg police departments were also involved in the multi-city operation. 

A bicyclist pedals down Eagle Avenue Monday morning after a hailstorm pelted Alameda. The street in front of the rider is covered with bits of ice that measured approximately the diameter of a dime. The intense storm struck during the morning commute and lasted a good 20 minutes or so. Intense rain and some claps of thunder followed. News outlets reported the storm cell delivered nearly four inches per hour of precipitation. Natives of Alameda expressed awe at the storm, with some more senior residents reporting never having seen a storm this intense hit the Island City.

Posey Tube Reopened ahead of schedule

The Posey Tube was entirely closed for repairs Monday, March 19, during the day and reopened at midnight, after causing major traffic problems not seen often in the City of Alameda.

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.)  

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