Alameda

The fourth annual Alameda Running Festival took place Sunday, Sept. 15, at Alameda Point. The half marathon, 10K, 5K and the family fun run were all held on the same day.

The 106th annual Alameda Tennis Tournament took place the weekend of Sept. 6 to 8 at Krusi and Lower Washington parks.

Dung Pham won the men’s singles Division 4 tournament by defeating Terry Chea 6-0, 6-1 in the final Sunday, Sept. 8 at Lower Washington Park. Pham beat out 13 other competitors to win Div. 4. Pham beat Luis Hernandez 7-6, 6-2 in the first round on the day before. He followed that with a 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 victory over Anton Patton in the quarterfinal. Pham beat Edgar Setton 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal.

This Saturday, Sept. 21, Alameda Meals on Wheels will host its third annual “Fall Fest — An Island Celebration of Craft Beers, Wine, Music and Games.” The beer-centered fundraiser runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Encinal Yacht Club, 1251 Pacific Marina. 

Alameda’s new City Manager, Eric J. Levitt, came into office on April 12. The Alameda Sun interviewed Levitt recently and asked questions about his new role, challenges and plans for the city. The City Manager is appointed through the City Council. Roles of the City Manager include: providing policy support and recommendations to the Council and leadership and direction for all city departments. Levitt comes with 18 years of city management experience at his former positions in Simi Valley, Calif.; Janesville, Wisc.; and Sedona, Ariz.

Alameda native Keelan Doss is coming back home after the Oakland Raiders re-signed him Monday, Sept. 9.

The Alameda native signed a one-year deal with the Raiders to fill the void left after the team released wide receiver Antonio Brown Saturday, Sept. 7. Brown was released after numerous clashes with team management. He eventually signed with the New England Patriots.

Dialing “211” in Alameda provides individuals and families in need with a shortcut through what can be a bewildering maze of health and human service agency phone numbers. By simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance can be referred — and sometimes connected — to appropriate agencies and community organizations.

Dialing 211 helps direct callers to services for, among others: the elderly, the disabled, those who do not speak English, those with a personal crisis, those with limited reading skills and those who are new to their communities.

The City of Alameda announced it will host two community meetings with local, state and federal tsunami experts to help residents prepare for a potential tsunami. The first is specifically geared to assist the maritime business community and live-aboard resident boaters in protecting their assets. The second meeting will discuss what Alameda residents in general need to do to prepare for a tsunami. 

Alameda recently hosted the first Bay Area display of the youth-led “Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful.” Kaia, Laila, and Alexandra show some of the butterflies that they created as part of a youth-led program to craft 15,000 butterflies to symbolize the plight of 15,000 children the federal government is holding in detention centers along America’s border with Mexico. As of last Tuesday, contributors had created 8,135 butterflies, 54 percent of their goal. The movement chose butterflies because the creatures symbolize that migration is beautiful.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council considered adding a “prosecution unit” to City Attorney Yibin Shen’s office. Council’s approval would allow Shen to hire an assistant city attorney to work as city prosecutor and a paralegal to act as an 
investigator. 

The new prosecutor would have the authority to “prosecute all violations of city ordinances.” In addition Council’s approval would upgrade an administrative services coordinator position to management analyst to help sort through the complexities of this new unit.

The Coast Guard arrested 19-year-old Michigan native Coast Guard Seaman Ethan Tucker at Coast Guard Island on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Tucker stands charged with the Jan. 26 murder of his shipmate Seaman Ethan Kelch. Both were serving aboard Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro near Dutch Harbor, Ak., when the alleged murder occurred. The pair were on liberty.

According to the Coast Guard, Tucker strangled and struck his victim on the head with enough force to cause severe injury. Tucker then placed the incapacitated Kelch in the water and left him to die.  

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