The Rotary Club of Alameda announced it is now accepting applications for the club’s annual Community Grants program for Alameda-based 501(c)(3) non-profits.

Local organizations dedicated to serving the community are encouraged to apply for these funds now. 

Rotary grants are not available to political organizations.

Grant applications are available on the Rotary Club of Alameda website at Applications must be received via email by Friday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m.


Please share the poet inside of you, and celebrate the history of LGBTQ. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, my friend, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., you’re invited to attend.

“A Night of Poetry” and joy, you bet, presented by Alameda’s Poets Laureate. Along with the LGBTQ Round Table, Come read your sweet verse, if you are able. Or share a dear poem, that you hold in your heart, at Books Inc., 1344 Park St.


The Golden State Warriors Community Foundation unveiled two newly refurbished basketball courts at Alameda’s Upper Washington Park at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 29. Hundreds of Alamedans were in attendance. 

The Warriors worked in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, Aquafina and the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex to bring the new courts to Alameda. The courts are painted in Warrior blue. The Warriors’ logo now appears at the half-court line and the Alameda Recreation and Parks logo along the sidelines.


The Alameda Unified School district website has a wealth of information on helping kids understand the news. Visit for more tips like these. 

Be understanding. Not everyone responds the same way in times of crisis. It’s common for children experiencing trauma to become more quiet or withdrawn, while others may become irritable or act out. Remember that these are all normal reactions. Respond in a calm and caring way.


Tai Chewpanich had no problem winning the Alameda Women’s Golf Club’s (AWGC) 86th Club Championship last Thursday, Sept. 28, on the Earl Fry Course.


The Encinal men’s and women’s cross country teams won their respective meets at the West Alameda County Conference Shoreline event Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event was held at Crab Cove.

The men’s team beat out Arroyo of San Lorenzo, Mt. Eden of Hayward, Hayward and San Lorenzo on way to victory. Senior Luis Booth finished the 5,000-meter race in third place with a time of 18:52. Junior Michael Chen finished in fifth place with a time of 19:03. 


Hello Member Ashcraft:
Thank you for learning so much about the cannabis industry in such a short amount a time. It’s definitely a learning curve, and I appreciate the effort you have put forth to educate yourself on an industry that is unfamiliar territory. The more knowledge of the industry one possesses, the better prepared one is when voting to regulate such an industry. 

The following are comments and corrections regarding your  recent commentary:


Monday, Oct. 9

  • 7 p.m. Planning Board. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 

Thursday, Oct. 12

  • 7 p.m. Recreation and Parks Commission. Council Chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 



City Manager Jill Keimach announced on Tuesday that the city has appointed Edmond Rodriguez, 51, as the city’s new fire chief. He is replacing Doug Long, who retired on Sept. 20 (“Fire Chief Steps Down,” Sept. 28). Rodriguez, who currently serves as the chief of the Salinas Fire Department, will assume his responsibilities on Nov. 13, the city stated in the press release announcing his appointment. 


“A huge industry coming up from the underground!” is how Chamber of Commerce President Mike McDonough described the prospect of cannabis producers and distributors operating in Alameda. The Chamber’s 2017 Business Expo and Conference, held Sept. 20 at the College of Alameda, included representatives from state agencies and cannabis-industry stakeholders.