Alameda

 

An Alameda resident will be competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a member of the U.S. rowing team.

Hans Struzyna, 27, is a member of the men’s eight U.S. rowing team that will compete in the Olympics starting this weekend. The team earned its trip to Rio by taking first place on May 24 at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.

 

The 80th Annual Junior Golf Championship took place on July 18 and 19 on the Earl Fry Course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

Golfers from all over the Bay Area took part in the two-day event. Participants totaled 175 golfers in all between the ages of seven and 18. 

 

Members of the Alameda Fire Department (AFD) won a gold medal for softball at the California Firefighters Olympics (CFO) last Thursday, July 21.

They went a perfect 7-0 in three days of competition on the way to their gold medal. AFD took down firefighters from the Southern Marin Fire Department 19-15 in the gold-medal game at the Twin Creek Sports Complex in Sunnyvale.

 

Children’s book authors and illustrators, Darleen Sherman and Nancy Mongerson, are happy to announce the release of their fifth published book, Tickle Your Taste Buds. Sherman and Mongerson describe the newest title as “where humorous rhymes combine with good eats.” The duo are both Alameda residents and former teachers with the Alameda Unified School District. Their books also include lesson plans on how to use them in the classroom.

 

An initiative backed by Alameda property owners that would offer an alternative rent ordinance option appears unlikely to make it on the November ballot.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s office could not verify if the signatures attached to the initiative were valid during the random sample check process.

“It is a pretty complicated process,” said Alameda City Clerk Lara Weisiger. “The Registrar’s office has their own way for calculating whether the signatures are valid during a random sample.”

 

The local nonprofit dedicated to supporting seniors, veterans and other local residents who need meals delivered, Alameda Meals on Wheels (MOW), held its annual wine tasting fundraiser for the 20th straight year July 17. All proceeds from the event go directly to purchasing meals. A live band, restaurants and wineries participated in the event at their own expense to support the nonprofit’s free programs. 

“Alameda is very generous to our programs,” said executive director, Rosemary Reilly. “The wine tasting was especially well attended this year.” 

 

The city of Benicia’s first and newly crowned poet laureates will attend the monthly reading of the Alameda Island Poets this month. Joel Fallon and Johanna Ely will appear Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Green Fare Cafe, upstairs in the Mariner Square Athletic Club, 2227 Mariner Square Loop. An open mic follows the featured poets. Food will be available for purchase.

 

The city of Alameda announced last week that a sewer replacement project began last Thursday at the intersection of Park Street and Otis Drive. The project is estimated to take four weeks to complete. Work will be done at the intersection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Sewer service will not be interrupted and no roads will be closed, but motorists and residents may experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of on-street parking, an increase in noise levels and dust during construction.

 

While writing a story about Alameda resident Lyle La Faver’s poetry, I discovered that I had much more to tell. I learned that, not unlike me, ink flowed in La Faver’s veins. He spent most of his life writing not just poems but news copy — lots of news copy. 

 

Several sailboat racing teams based in Alameda are competing in the Pacific Cup (Pac Cup) “Fun Race to Hawaii,” which kicked off last week.

The Pac Cup is a sailboat race that spans 2,070 miles. Participants start at Point Richmond and finish at the Kaneohe Yacht Club on the island of Oahu. There are eight racing competitions in the Pac Cup. The series began on July 11 — some races started after July 11 — and it usually takes teams 10 to 14 days to complete. 

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