Alameda

A national real estate website named Alameda the most charming small city in the U.S. According to rentlingo.com, Alameda was given the distinction because they had the highest score on their “Charm Index.” The study describes small city as one with a population between 75,000 and 200,000.

According to the rentlingo.com study, the Charm Index uses data to visualize the best/worst places to live in a city. They pull in information on local businesses, crime, local lifestyles (e.g., bike trails, gyms in the area, etc.) and more to create each score. 

Eleven talented wildlife photographers will present their works in the Stafford Meeting Rooms at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., starting this Sunday, Feb. 28. Their works include vivid photographs of wildlife, all taken in Alameda.

Organized the Friends of Alameda Wildlife the exhibition offers an opportunity to learn about species that called the Island City home. These include harbor seals, least terns, snowy plovers and brown pelicans. 

 

The runways of the former Alameda Naval Air Station appear just peeking into the top of a photograph taken from outer space by International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Kelly posted the image with the message, “#GoodMorning #SanFrancisco! Hoping for a great day today! #SuperBowlSunday #SuperBowl #YearInSpace.” 

The image can be viewed at espn.com or via Kelly’s twitter account: @StationCDRKelly.

 

 

Alamedans celebrate the 168th anniversary of the California Gold Rush

Members of the Alameda community gathered at Alameda Island Brewing Company Monday, Jan. 11, to attend the 2016 Relay For Life of Alameda Kickoff event.

Attendees represented churches and schools, fraternal organizations and businesses, families and friends, all present to get ready for Alameda’s 22nd year of participation in Relay For Life, supporting the American Cancer Society.

The 43rd Annual Elks Hoop Shoots Alameda city finals contest was held Friday, Jan. 8, at the Alameda Point Gym.

The hoop shoots contests consists of a free throw shooting competition where each contestant has 25 opportunities to shoot a basketball into the hoop.
The contestants that participated in the city finals must live in Alameda or attend an Alameda school. The participants also had to qualify by winning the initial round tournament played at different parks in Alameda. 

Alameda Point Partners (APP) has been working with design consultants, park planners, a Planning Board subcommittee and city staff to prepare detailed designs for the individual buildings and parks within Site A.  

APP has submitted an application for design review for a 2.63-acre Phase 1 of the waterfront park along the northern edge of the Seaplane Lagoon that is intended to be constructed concurrent with Block 11. 

The Navy’s next Alameda Point Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting will be held this evening, Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at 950 W. Mall Square on Alameda Point. Everyone is welcome to attend to hear updates about the Navy’s cleanup and talk directly with the Navy and regulatory agency representatives about issues at Alameda Point. 

Learn more at the Navy’s website www.bracpmo.navy.mil; click on BRAC bases, California and Alameda NAS.

The California Bureau of Real Estate has filed a complaint against Alameda landlord Don Lindsey. As a founding member of Alamedans for Fair Rents, an organization of the city’s property owners and managers, Lindsey has stood front and center in the recent rent debate in the city.

2016 Spelling Bee Registration Open

Registration is now open for the second annual Alameda Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Alameda Elks Lodge and the Alameda Sun, to be held at Otis Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

All students in grades 4 through 9 who reside or attend school in the city of Alameda are eligible to participate. Prizes will be given to top spellers, and winners from both the elementary and middle-school grade levels will be sponsored to participate in the Alameda County Bee, set for Saturday, March 12.

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