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.
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.)
The Alameda Race Violence Task Force and the Alameda NAACP Organizing Committee chose “Now is the Time” as the theme for last Monday’s 39th annual Martin Luther King Service Day celebration. Marchers gathered at noon at Haight Elementary School, where a movement is afoot to rename the school to better suit modern-day values.
Many in the community feel that the school’s present-day namesake, Henry Huntly Haight, who served as the governor of California from 1868 to 1872 and lived in Alameda, does not represent those values. (“Elementary School Renaming in Works,” Dec. 21).
Alameda is a mecca to the architectural historian, featuring homes and commercial structures spanning most major architectural movements since the mid-1800s.
The city recently became home to a property representing the next bold leap in construction — container architecture.
The new Big Discount Tire Pros shop incorporates 21 previously used shipping containers into its design. The company moved here from its former facility on Park Street, a historic brick-veneer structure dating back to the 1950s.
Many people in Alameda know that I was born and raised here. I attended local schools and my parents have been active members in this community for more than 50 years. In April, I will begin my 26th year as a member of the Alameda Police Department (APD). It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be the Chief of Police in the city where I was born. I am committed to doing everything I can to make Alameda, my hometown, as safe as possible.
Martinez-based MCK Services, Inc. has a contract with the city to pave Lincoln Avenue. As the work progresses, the company needs to leave its heavy equipment overnight where that equipment is readily available the next morning.
The neighbors on St. Charles Street and those living on neighboring streets wonder how MCK got permission to park on St. Charles Street 24-hours a day, including a weekend.
Last Sunday’s Halloween Hoopla on Webster Street was another success this year. It brought several scary figures to the West End for some festive fun. The West Alameda Business Association (WABA) hosted the Hoopla last weekend, prior to Halloween. Among the attendees were the Loorz family of Alameda (above) dressed as characters from Nightmare Before Christmas. Family members include: Felicia Chavez-Loorz as Barrel, Rob Loorz as Mr. Oogie Boogie, Lilith Chavez-Loorz as Shock and Xavier Chavez-Loorz as Lock.
Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri speaks with Melinda Ornburg and Jeff Cambra at “Coffee with a Cop” at Starbucks Coffee Shop on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The coffee klatsch offered residents of Alameda the opportunity to speak with their police officers, ask them questions about the department and voice their concerns about crime in the city. There was no agenda or speeches, just a chance to get to meet the men and women who do their best to protect and serve the City of Alameda.