Bay Farm Island


Encinal High graduate returns as keynote speaker

Memorial Day in Alameda has long been commemorated with a ceremony at Veterans Park near the Bay Farm Island Bridge on Veterans Court. The annual ceremony is set for Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Patrick Harris who graduated Encinal High School in 1966. Chief Harris retired from public service in 2003, serving as the first chief of staff of the Maritime and Land Security Office of the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security. 

An employee of All Ways Towing braved the waters of a mini-lagoon on Monday to hook up an automobile that had hydroplaned into the marsh off Doolittle Drive just south of Harbor Bay Parkway. 
Because it traverses the marshland between Alameda and San Leandro, this stretch of Doolittle is especially treacherous when the roads are wet. If an automobile hydroplanes chances are good that the vehicle can wind up in the soggy marsh as this car did.


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 

The city of Alameda Public Works Department held a community meeting to discuss staff recommended parking improvements on Adelphian Way and Mecartney Road Tuesday at Bay Farm Elementary School’s multipurpose room.

The city and the Water Emergency and Transportation Agency (WETA), the agency that runs the ferry service, have been working together to come up with a solution to provide more parking for ferry riders near the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. 

Alameda is a charming little town. It’s the only place in California where you can live an island life, beach included, minus the island weather. Where downtown is only a short walk or bus ride away.

What gives any town its charm, though, are its inhabitants, who bring rich history and culture: the things that stay while everything else changes.

Italy, the Embracing Circle: Il Circolo, My Past, My Future, by Donna Marie Ferro, an Alameda resident, takes readers through her own journeys to Italy while helping illustrate Alameda’s historical charm.