Part One
The year is winding to a close so it is a good time to review the major feats acheived by Alameda student athletes in their respective sports over the first half of the year.

As is often the case the St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s basketball team was the premiere basketball team on the Island. The SJND Pilots once again were crowned state champions after they defeated St. Bernard of Playa del Rey 55-50 on March 24, in the California Interscholastic Federation Div. V title game. 


Florentino M. Morata, 85, is sitting in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin accused of trying to murder his wife. 

According to police, Morata came into Crown Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 815 Westline Drive, at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. He entered his wife’s room and allegedly shot her twice. He then turned the gun on himself. Not only did security cameras record the incident, but, according to police, Morata openly admitted that he had shot his wife. Both survived what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt. 


Eleven Lincoln Middle School teachers led their students through coding lessons during the Computer Science Education Week that ran from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13. The teachers used special tools and techniques developed to fit into an “Hour of Code.” The students at Lincoln did not work in a vacuum. This year some 200,000 educators in more than 180 countries participated in the program. 

In a strange turn of events, in 2017, not only will I be leaving the Island for a few weeks, I’ll be leaving the whole entire United States. This is unprecedented in Alameda Sun history. Never have I been more than one coast away from Sun world headquarters while actively publishing. 


At its Tuesday, Dec. 13, meeting the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda (CoA). Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the college since 2014. His tenure as president begins Jan. 3.


Chef John Thiel recently announced his restaurant, Pappo, will host its ninth annual Soup Kitchen this Saturday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The restaurant is able to open its doors to those in need once a year thanks to donations and support from the community. Anyone that could use a hot meal and some fresh toiletries and clothes is invited to attend.

The restaurant will begin accepting donations today after 4 p.m. Donors may drop off items as late as 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. 


All Alameda County Courthouses, with the exception of the Wiley W. Manuel (WWM) courthouse in Oakland, will be closed to the public for a holiday break from Friday, Dec. 23, to Jan. 2, 2017.

The closures are part of the Alameda County court system’s Voluntary Time-Off Program, according to an Alameda County Superior Court (ACSC) press release. Staff who participate will take five business days off without pay. The program is aimed at cutting costs without having to lay staff off. 


The 2016-2017 high school basketball season is in full swing and Alameda teams already picked up some impressive victories last week.

St. Joseph Notre Dame
St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) men’s team won the 29th annual Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic in Concord Saturday, Dec. 10.


Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) has been talking about developing a community solar facility in Alameda for several years. Funding for such a project will be available starting next year. The former city trash dump next to the Bay Farm Bridge is the perfect location. Now is the time for our Public Utilities Board (PUB) to launch the effort.


The Alameda Art Association will be hosting an art raffle and silent auction on Saturday, Dec. 17, to help raise money for the victims families of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. The association will donate 100 percent of the proceeds. The event will be held at the association’s gallery space in South Shore Center. For more information, visit

Online crowdfunding for the victims’ families is also taking place at and