Volunteer to visit the elderly locally

For the holiday season in 2014, Ann Bloxberg found her holiday spirit in visiting local skilled nursing and rehab facilities right before Christmas to spread holiday cheer among the residents. At first she and her volunteers gave gifts to about 150 elderly folks. In 2018 her project had grown to reach more than 300. This year, she anticipates reaching as many as 400.

Keeping kids safe, 1950s-style

Children are Alameda’s most-valuable and most-vulnerable treasures. Too many of these treasures have to face danger on the way to and from school, as well as at school. While preparing to write this story, I read the tips and advice on Bike Walk Alameda’s website. One piece of advice addressed making sure that young children cannot open doors leading to the outside of the house.

The City of Alameda has released the audio and transcript of the August 2017 meeting between former Alameda City Manager Jill Keimach and Councilmembers Malia Vella and Jim Oddie, Wednesday, Nov. 20, on its website.

In the one-and-a-half-hour meeting, Keimach expressed her exasperation for the perceived pressure she received from now-former Alameda Firefighters Union President Jeff Del Bono to hire Domenick Weaver as the city’s new Fire Chief. Weaver was backed by the firefighters’ union. At one point in the audio Keimach describes a conversation she had with Del Bono. 

All six Alameda high school cross-country teams competed in the North Coast Section (NCS) Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 23, at Hayward High School.

Women’s Competition
The Alameda High School (AHS) women’s cross-country team had the best out of the Alameda high school teams. The Hornets finished in second place in the Div. III competition out of 20 teams. Campolindo High of Moraga won the overall competition.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter will be offering free adoptions just in time for the holidays.Through this Sunday, Dec. 1, the pets at FAAS will cost nothing to adopt. More than 100 dogs, cats, kittens and bunnies are looking to have a festive holiday with a new family. 

The director and music composer for the new film discussing the life and career of Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, that opened Nov. 22, both grew up in Alameda. Marielle Heller directed and Nate Heller composed the music for the film.

First Congregational Church of Alameda invites the public to discuss the film with the Hellers’ parents, Alameda residents Steven and Annie Heller, Sunday, Dec. 8, at 12:15 p.m. The transformational message of the film aims to foster more kindness, understanding and civility in every neighborhood, community and the world.

“Croll’s.” That’s what nearly everyone calls the handsome, three-story building on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Webster Street. Alamedans remember the Croll family who moved into the three-story, Italianate-style building with its handsome third story’s Mansard roof in the 1890s. However, most forget or remain unaware of another family, the one without whom the building would not stand there today, the Britts. 

With six minutes remaining before halftime, the Encinal Jets found themselves down 8-0 to Fortuna High School (FHS) in the first round of the North Coast Section (NCS) Division V playoffs.

The Huskies had just finished an 11-minute, 13-play drive that was punctuated by a Daeden Taylor touchdown run. But the No. 1 seed Jets needed just 14 seconds to respond. Senior Micah Konapiliahi hauled in a 63-yard touchdown catch from senior quarterback David Romero-Reinholz to narrow the Huskies’ lead to 8-7.

The West End Arts and Entertainment District (WEAED) will launch fundraising efforts for Alameda’s Animate Dance Festival 2020 tonight, Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix, 2315 Lincoln Ave. The party features donated items from local businesses including cocktails, food, wine and beer. Music from DJ Tanoa and hip hop and Argentine tango performances will be among the offerings.

In the course of investigating impacts to the Island City in the event Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) orders a public safety power shutdown, (“Some Insights on Island’s Hometown Power Supply,” Nov. 7) an Alameda resident expressed concern over the city’s water supply during a power shutdown off Island.