Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri speaks with Melinda Ornburg and Jeff Cambra at “Coffee with a Cop” at Starbucks Coffee Shop on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The coffee klatsch offered residents of Alameda the opportunity to speak with their police officers, ask them questions about the department and voice their concerns about crime in the city. There was no agenda or speeches, just a chance to get to meet the men and women who do their best to protect and serve the City of Alameda.
The Navy has completed the final round of inspections and cleanup of the last traces of the radioactive metal called Radium-226 in Building 5 at Alameda Point. The aircraft hangar complex is where the Navy refurbished its planes, including repainting tiny instrument dials, switches, and markers with glow-in-the-dark paint that contained radium.
Radium is a naturally occurring element found in miniscule amounts in soil and water posing no health risk. Its risk comes from ingesting the element regularly, such as in industrial settings.
A special ’Round the World Festival and Fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Oct. 8, will dedicate 50 percent of its proceeds to those recovering from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). The event is family-friendly and will feature performances by Babá Ken & The Nigerian Brothers, Taller Bombalele, Michael Nejad and Capoeira by Sumido of Capoeira Mandinga.
The City of Alameda recently closed escrow on the sale of the 50,000-square-foot Building 91 at West Tower Avenue and Pan Am Way on Alameda Point, across West Tower from the powertrain manufacturer Wrightspeed. The transaction marks the city’s first successful sale of property for private development at the Point. The commercial developer is currently restoring the 73-year-old former storage facility for modern-day commercial use.
The City of Alameda is providing two discounted taxi programs for seniors and people with disabilities: Premium and Medical Return Trip Improvement Program (MRTIP).
Vouchers for the premium program cost $1.50 each. Enrolled riders can use this service for different trips like shopping and doctor appointments. The premium program is available to residents of Alameda that are 70 years old or older, are enrolled with East Bay Paratransit and individuals are limited to a maximum of 30 premium taxi vouchers every three months.
Alameda once again did the nation proud with its display of patriotism and local flavor, presenting more than 160 entrants in the annual Mayor’s Fourth of July Parade. The 3.3-mile parade route was lined end-to-end with spectators on both sides of the street with very few gaps between them along the way.
Chapter 400 of the Vietnam Veterans of America invites all veterans to join them for the dedication of a plaque that honors those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Ave. in Oakland.
Chapter 400 is also hosting a Memorial Day service, Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial Park, at Veterans Court near Doolittle and Island drives on Bay Farm Island. The service begins at 11 a.m. and will remember all the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country.
Harbor Bay Landing hosts 19th annual Spring Festival
Last Saturday Harbor Bay Landing held its 19th annual Spring Festival with a strong Year of the Rooster theme. Organizers reported the largest crowd in the event’s history.
The festival packed color into the Harbor Bay Landing shopping center. Flowers and orchids were given away and most in attendance brought their own colorful lawn chairs to take in the multi-colored events that ran continuously like a cultural marathon.
This year Alameda marked the 47th celebration of Earth Day with a gathering celebrating inclusion and diversity along the shoreline. Hundreds of Alamedans joined hands in a reprise of “Hands Across Alameda” last Saturday morning (above). A beach cleanup along Robert Crown Memorial Beach was held prior, and Earth Day festivities followed in Washington Park. In addition to the many informational booths set up in the park an outdoor aquarium exhibit courtesy of the East Bay Regional Parks District drew a lot of attention (right).
In what was predicted to be the last major rainstorm of the season last Thursday night wind gusts that reached 80 mph in some parts of the Bay Area caused a five-story tree to become wedged between two Alameda homes. Fairfield’s Arbor Unlimited needed to coordinate the efforts of three cranes in order to extract the tree without further damaging the Gold Coast homes at the intersection of Grand Street and San Jose Avenue.