Alameda

The Alameda Unified School District offers free or reduced-price nutritious meals to students from low-income families every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Afterschool Snack Program. Through June 30, 2020, families with household incomes less than or equal to the federal guidelines are eligible. 

As I sit on a stool across from Stanley Hallmark in his 16-square-foot newsstand at the corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue, I feel like it’s the hub of the Island. As the sign above proclaims, the edifice has existed since 1939. While I was hoping to learn the history of the iconic newsstand, I soon realized the story of the man behind the news was what I was really after.

The annual Senior Health and Wellness Carnival took place July 31 at The Waters Edge Lodge on Bay Farm Island. The event drew seniors from Alameda and across the Bay Area. It featured games and activities designed to assess and improve seniors’ strength, wellness and capabilities for daily living.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft recently joined 166 Mayors (and counting) from across the country in signing a letter to senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, urging them to immediately call the Senate back to Washington, D.C., to take action on bipartisan gun safety legislation. 

Today I notified Alameda City Manager Eric Levitt that I am withdrawing my request that the City reimburse legal fees I had incurred responding to allegations made by the former city manager. 

I do so in the spirit of allowing me and the City to fully focus on the teamwork necessary to addressing the tough issues of school safety/security, housing affordability, homelessness 
and vital services for all Island families.

I want to thank the community who have so vocally supported the City and my vision over the last several years.  

Alameda’s City Council is committed to working with community partners to address homelessness. The city supports the CARES for Alameda’s Homeless team (Collaboration Advancing Research, Efforts and Support). This business, nonprofit and public partnership explores and implements strategies to reach, support and resolve the Island’s homelessness challenges.  

Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of the admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Essays let schools learn more about students by giving them a chance to set themselves apart from other applicants. Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.

The Frank Bette Center for the Arts’ (FBCA) 14th annual Plein Air Paint Out (PAPO) is currently underway through this Saturday, Aug. 3. Some 40 juried artists will paint homes, streets, shorelines and all over town.

Alamedans who have visited Alameda’s shoreline parks, Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Crown Beach or Seaplane Lagoon have likely seen the elegant snowy egret. The Audubon Society’s Guide to North American Birds describes the snowy egret as, “A beautiful, graceful, small egret, very active in its feeding behavior in shallow waters. Known by its contrasting yellow feet, it could be said to dance in the shallows on golden slippers.”

The lineup of makers at the Alameda Mini Maker Faire was announced last week. More than 75 exhibitors will display their works and get people involved in making. 

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