A crowd nearing 50 people joined in the fun Saturday when Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos, local historians and publishers of the Alameda Sun, led a tour of Bay Farm Island’s original dry land. The duo lead tours through the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department’s Alameda Walks program. 

Local residents meet up every Saturday morning to walk for about an hour. Tour leaders and locations vary week to week. 

Find out more about the walking program at 


City to open case file on lot local hotel denies it owns

Steve Meckfessel has put down deep roots in Marina Village. He came aboard when Vintage Properties started developing the former site of the Bethlehem Steel shipyards. Vintage sold the property about 10 years ago, but Meckfessel stayed. Today he is the managing investor for SRM Managing Investors, owners of the Marina Village Yacht Harbor. “We are honored to be the stewards of this special place. We take this honor seriously,” Meckfessel said. 


Alamedan just misses Olympic medal

The U.S. Olympic rowing coxed men’s eight team ended its bid at an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro after finishing fourth in the final last Saturday, Aug. 13.


The Frank Bette Center for the Arts held its first event since its closure in March last Friday, Aug. 12, with a reception for its annual Plein Air Paintout exhibition.

Paintings featured in the exhibit captured various scenery throughout Alameda. Awards were given out at the ceremony to artists for their work, which was mandated by exhibit rules to be created between Aug. 1 and 6. 


On Monday, Aug. 8, the City Council voted 3-2 to place a doctored version of the city-sponsored landlord-friendly rent ordinance (City Code 3148) on the ballot. The city tampered with the ordinance using last-minute language that can nullify months of effort by Alameda residents to ensure passage of a meaningful and effective rent stabilization law that plugs loopholes in City Code 3148.


A global water sports equipment company will be holding a paddleboard demonstration in Alameda next Thursday, Aug. 18.

Jobe Watersports will be conducting the demo at Mike’s Paddle, 1150 Ballena Blvd., at 4 p.m. The demo is free and open to the public. Visitors at event will have the chance to try Jobe stand up paddleboards (SUPs) and experience products from tour co-sponsors Johnnie-O clothing, Bai Natural Drink, Eagle Eyes, CLIF Bar®, JoFit, Eagles Nest Outfitters, GU Energy Gel and Rockview Farms.


The Alameda Junior Golf Club continued its summer season with the Club Championship tournament at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex last Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Conor Neal won the championship on the boys’ side with a 76 (37 on the front nine, and a 39 on the back). Elizabeth Scholtes won the tournament on the girls’ side with a 72. She shot a 36 on both the front and back. 

In other competition, Jacob Katanski beat Harrod Tang in a tiebreaker to win the 16- to 18-year-old boys’ division. They both shot a 78. Peter Del Prete shot a 79 for third place.



The public is invited to a free event tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 12, 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). The shelter is celebrating its newly remodeled offices. Visitors will see the new lobby, meet shelter staff and volunteers and get a tour of the facility.  

The open house will also offer the opportunity to meet adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits and enjoy a free ice cream treat provided by Tucker’s Super-Creamed Ice Cream. 


The U.S. Olympic men’s eight rowing team was unable to qualify for the rowing final after its preliminary race Monday, Aug. 8. However, the team was given a reprieve in the repéchage race yesterday, Aug. 10.

In Olympic format, the winner of the two heats automatically qualify for the final race, which will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13, while the other teams compete in the repéchage for a chance to compete in the final. 

The U.S. team competed in Heat 2. The U.S. drew the heat with the 2012 men’s eight gold medalist team Germany.