In 1981, Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office decided it was time to celebrate and thank police dispatchers. From Anderson’s idea grew National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, a celebration that runs from April 9 to 15 this year.
The festivities began early for many dispatchers who attended the 32nd Annual Alameda County Public Safety Dispatcher Recognition Banquet last Saturday, April 8. While this was a special night for some, other dispatchers stayed behind at their respective agencies and held down the fort.
Mayor Trish Spencer invited a few of her friends — all baseball fans — to join her on the City Hall steps last Friday. The United States Conference of Mayors has invited Spencer and other mayors across the land to “Play Ball” in a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Above all “Play Ball” hopes to reach out to kids who don’t normally play the game. This year’s program aims to energize communities like Alameda and generate support and love for baseball and softball.
The executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), Nancy S. Baglietto, announced on March 13 that she is leaving Alameda. She has resigned and accepted a position as the executive director at Hospitality House, an emergency homeless shelter in Grass Valley, Calif. Her last day at FAAS will be next Friday, March 24. She will begin work in Nevada City on Saturday, April 1.
Baglietto joined FAAS as executive director in February 2015. Her departure comes in the midst of negotiations with the city over the organization’s future funding.
The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is sponsoring “Made in Alameda: A Local Showcase” at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. from noon to 5 p.m., this Saturday, March 18. The event will showcase more than 20 authors, artists, artisans and inventors.
The afternoon includes nine authors giving talks, three do-it-yourself workshops and information tables set up in the Stafford Community Room. Visitors will have a chance to chat about all the different works. Some participants may also have items for sale.
February brought significant challenges to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The sudden, tragic passing of Board of Education trustee Solana Henneberry shocked us all. The AUSD community and community at large mourn her loss. Solana fought a very tough and brave battle with cancer, showing commitment and resilience despite great personal challenge. We will always remember Solana for her service to the children and families of Alameda.
An amendment to the City of Alameda’s Public Art Ordinance will be considered as part of the Planning Board’s Monday, March 13, meeting agenda. The changes will improve the regulations governing the ordinance.
Among the proposed changes are essential definitions of the program and some of the language describing the purpose behind the ordinance, as well as nearly every aspect of how the ordinance is administered. New language has been proposed discussing how both developers and artists will need to adhere to the program.
Shallow Waters can be viewed in its entirety online
A documentary film on one of the most painful events in Alameda history attempts to answer the question: how does a mentally ill person drown himself in a few feet of water at a crowded beach on Memorial Day? Shallow Waters: The Public Death of Raymond Zack documents the events surrounding the 2011 death of Zack, an Alameda resident.