Alameda

The USS Hornet Museum will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, with a series of speakers, events, tours and other fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The formal program begins with the USS Hornet Big Band performing from 10 to 11 a.m. Bill Fee Boatswain (Ret), USS Hornet crew member 1968, will welcome the audience at 11 a.m. and lead the ceremony. BSA Troop No. 152 of Oakley will present the color guard while the USS Hornet Big Band performs the Star Spangled Banner.

The Carnegie Innovation Hall team announced the group will end future plans to restore the old Alameda Carnegie Library on Nov. 5. The announcement came in a letter from Michael Sturtz, the leader of the Carnegie Innovation Hall team.

It appeared the plan to restore the Carnegie Library building was a sure thing. The city had approved a lease on the building at its Oct. 15 meeting. Final ratification of the ordinance to approve the lease term was expected at the Council’s Nov. 5 meeting. 

The City Council discussed in closed session whether to release the audio of a meeting between former City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie at its Nov. 5 meeting.

Final ratification of an ordinance introduced at the Oct. 15 City Council meeting, to approve a lease with Carnegie Innovation Hall that will rehabilitate and restore the Carnegie Building and Foster House, is expected at the Tuesday, Nov. 5, Council meeting.  

Fine artist Christine Gonsalves was born in Alameda and grew up in the Oakland flatlands. 
“I always loved Alameda, so I moved back when I was 22 and in college,” said Gonsalves. 

After earning numerous degrees, her disapproving father asked, “What are you gonna do with all those art degrees?” 

Gonsalves said, “Everything!”

Fast forward to 2019; Gonsalves owns Whales & Friends, a successful gift store with two locations in Alameda, plus nature and arts-oriented wholesale businesses with her partner Steve King.

Children from Temple Israel’s Hebrew School helped out on Sunday, Oct. 27, at a loading party to help fill an Alameda Food Bank truck with more than 225 bags of groceries. The congregation donated the groceries during the temple’s High Holy Days food drive. The temple gave its congregants grocery bags on Rosh Hashanah, which fell this year from sunset Sept. 29 to sunset Oct. 1. These days mark the beginning of 10 days of repentance that end with the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, this year from sunset Oct. 8 until nightfall Oct. 9. 

Cliff-hanger touchdown can’t save San Leandro, 13-12

Encinal High School senior Jets linebacker Jezaiah Naigulevu had seen this before. Last year the San Leandro High School Pirates had put the ball in the hands of a senior leader who scored a game-winning touchdown, defeating the Jets, 18-13. 

This year Naigulevu was ready. The linebacker stuffed Pirates running back Osaro Aihie on a game-winning, two-point conversion attempt that fell just short of the goal line, giving Encinal a 13-12 victory.

The Alameda Soccer Club boys’ Under-16 team the Alameda Falcons took first place at the San Ramon Fall Shootout Sept. 29.

The Alameda Holiday Boutique, a four-decade tradition in the Island City, takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albert H DeWitt O’ Club at Alameda Point. The event showcases local artists and artisans who display handcrafted works, gourmet food items, antiques, collectibles and more for sale as gifts for the holidays.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and the City of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board will honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofits at the annual Community Service Awards Ceremony next Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.  

This event is open to the public and free of charge. A light dinner will be served. Reserve seats by tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, at https://2019community-service-awards.eventbrite.com.

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