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.
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.
“Be a Warrior & Donate” was the theme at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex and Cinema Grill in the quest to raise funds for the Golden State Warrior’s Community Foundation during this year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs. As an official Warrior’s watch party venue, the theater presented the games on its large screen.
The theater also organized raffles, giveaways, trivia quizzes, dance contests and theme events to help raise money for the foundation. On “Swag Nite” fans competed to see who could don the most Warriors attire.