Alameda

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and the City of Alameda’s Social Service Human Relations Board will honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and nonprofits at the annual Community Service Awards Ceremony next Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge Ballroom, 2255 Santa Clara Ave.  

This event is open to the public and free of charge. A light dinner will be served. Reserve seats by tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, at https://2019community-service-awards.eventbrite.com.

Alameda Police Department (APD) officers were called to San Leandro Bay near Driftwood Lane after a call that a dead body was floating in the water Saturday, Oct. 26. A few residents congregated behind Small Size Big Minds Preschool near Driftwood Lane while APD was investigating the situation.

“I first saw a women talking to an officer,” said Alameda resident  Joshua Linville. “When I looked down, I saw another officer near the water next to a floating body face down.” 

Thousands of Alameda residents were left without power for a few hours Sunday, Oct. 20, after a utility pole on Eagle Avenue was damaged. The power outage began at 9 a.m., according to reports. It affected about 2,700 residents on the city’s West End. 

Porches on the East End last Saturday became impromptu cabarets as part of the first-ever Alameda Porchfest — East End edition. Organized with the intention of sharing the talents of the Island City’s young musicians, the event proved a success with 10 seperate acts spread out over three porches: on Broadway, Central Avenue and Fountain Street. The Fountain Street Stage, above, featured four bluegrass acts: Jubilee, Minor Strings, CUBG and The Tone Rangers. The award-winning musicians of Jubilee are shown performing above.

Rushing in where even fools fear to tread, I thought I would look at the rent question from a slightly different angle: the economics of the situation.

There are many different types of landlords. There are wealthy professional investors and aspiring professional investors, who attempt to leverage the little that they have into something bigger. Older people often attempt to add to retirement income by renting property. All of these people face similar costs. 

Family works with Guatemalan artisans to host event

In a one-day special event set for Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Frank Bette Center for the Arts (FBCA), 1601 Paru St., will play host to a Guatemalan Mercado (Market). This colorful sale of crafts from Guatemala comes to Alameda through the work of Curt Porter.

Porter and his family have been working with the indigenous people of Guatemala since 1985, buying hand-made goods at fair market prices directly from families they’ve gotten to know. 

The 2004 ASC Islanders honed their soccer skills last June during a once-in-a-lifetime, 10-day soccer tour of France and England. This truly unique soccer experience combined professional training sessions run by highly acclaimed French and English coaches, skills testing against local teams and cheering on their Women Soccer heroes at two Women’s Soccer World Cup matches — USA vs. Chile and Argentina vs. Scotland.  

Pauline Stahl, Ed.D., a veteran teacher in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), was selected as one of two Alameda County Teachers of the Year at the 30th annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards ceremony in Castro Valley, Oct. 3.

The City Council must act on De-Pave and Northwest Territories Parks with a sense of urgency. Acting on both follows policy set in the city’s recently approved Climate Action Plan and the worsening climate crisis demand launching work on these parks now.

Unfortunately, the city’s track record is not good as it’s been more than a year since negotiations with East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) started on turning the 147 acres in the north west corner of Alameda Point into a regional park. The same goes for “De-Pave Park”. 

Student leaders at Alameda Science and Techonology Institute (ASTI) held a schoolwide assembly last month to help their peers learn that mental health issues are normal, that talking about them is helpful and that resources are available to discuss them. The student leaders facilitated the process by having their classmates take a quiz.

The quiz helped the students learn about the stigmas that surround mental illness and taught them about symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

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