Residents of the homes along Jackson Park gathered Tuesday evening, Aug. 5, to celebrate National Night Out. Neighbors have been gathering for this event for 32 years. The concept was established in 1984, when an estimated 2.5 million people gathered in 400 communities. National Night Out is a crime prevention program that emphasizes building partnerships between the police and fire departments and the community. People gather the first Tuesday in August for block parties, cookouts, parades, contests, youth activities and seminars.
Members of several tenant advocacy groups congregated at the front steps of City Hall on Monday, Aug. 8, to voice their displeasure with the evictions and other harassment taking place at Bay View Apartments.
Principal Babs Freitas, teacher and Go Green coordinator Michele Kuttner and Media Center teacher, Roxanne Clement traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition ceremony to accept the award for Bay Farm Elementary School. Bay Farm was one of 47 schools honored. The local school was the only public school nominated for this federal program by the California Department of Education Green Ribbon School committee in 2016.
“It was so exciting to represent Alameda for the first time at this event,” said Kuttner.
Radio Day Live! By The Bay held July 24 was a full day of events at Kofman Auditorium hosted by the California Historical Radio Hall of Fame (CHRS) based at 2152 Central Ave. Radiophiles from all over the globe flew in to celebrate radio’s colorful history.
Former Rolling Stone magazine editor Ben Fong-Torres attended and discussed his roots in radio. Fong-Torres is the author of many best-selling books covering topics ranging from his days in radio to musical acts like the Grateful Dead, Eagles and Doors.
Members and guests of the Alameda Women’s Golf Club took part in a massive invitational tournament last Thursday, July 26.
The invitational tournament consisted of 140 participants, 81 of those were guests. Participants were divided into teams of four. The 35 total teams were separated by five flight groups depending on their handicap scores. The tournament was played in a “Best Net 2 Ball” tournament in which each team’s two best balls on each hole counted toward the score.
On Friday, July 29, Diantay Powell stood in Judge C. Don Clay’s courtroom and apologized for murdering two teenage girls in 2012. Clay was unmoved by the apology and sentenced Powell to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 65 years for murdering Bobbie Sartain, 16, and Raquel Gerstel, 15, on Minna Avenue in Oakland’s Allendale neighborhood on Nov. 25, 2012.
Brand new exhibition considers implications of upcoming vote
Ten artists whose images challenge viewers to consider the implications — and unintended consequences — of the votes we cast this November will display their artwork this month at the popUp Gallery at 1517 Park Street.
Opening this Saturday, Aug. 6, Be Careful What You Vote For explores many of the issues that will confront the next President and Congress. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Tracy Blackman will perform.