Holidays

File photo. The New York Sun’s 1897 letter: “Yes, Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus” has proved true as a former California news reporter will attest.

Kids’ Letter Leads to Meeting Real Santa

Dec 23,2015

In 1973 I was a reporter for a small town California newspaper. One of my jobs that year was to read “Dear Santa” letters that children sent to the newspaper and select the best ones for publication. 

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A history tour visits the historic terminal at Oakland Airport.

‘Tis the Season to be Shipping

Dec 22,2015

Oakland International Airport (OAK) recently announced FedEx and UPS have entered their holiday peak season schedules. During peak season scheduling more cargo aircraft arrivals and departures from Runway 30 will take place through Saturday, Jan. 9, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  

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Guide to Properly Recycling this Holiday

Dec 23,2015

Since the holiday season comes but once a year, while good cheer and celebration is the focus, these celebrations cause trash bins to fill up with extra waste. This year, don’t be so quick to toss everything in the trash, because a lot of items can be recycled, and remember, Santa is watching.

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Donna Eyestone (right) and her 11-year-old daughter, Emma. Courtesy photo

Gingerbread Masters Unveil ‘Crab Cove’

Dec 23,2015

Donna Eyestone (right) and her 11-year-old daughter, Emma, have created the seventh in a series of Alameda gingerbread replicas. This year’s creation is the Crab Cove Visitors Center on McKay Avenue.

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Courtesy photo  Safia Pigott, Abby Hayton, and Vivian, Daniel, and Evan Pell proudly show off their holiday spirit, as captured in their painstakingly decorated gingerbread houses.

Local Kids Get a Taste of Holiday History

Dec 10,2015

Recently the news has been full of reports about terror and violence. The cause is often ethnic and religious differences. For a refreshing change of pace, here is some good news about our youth here in the East End of Alameda. 

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Steve Sokil

Wild Turkey Needs a Ride

Dec 10,2015

A native California wild turkey found its way to the Island City just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. It seems colder weather might attract the birds closer to the relative warmth of the bay waters as nearly every winter these turkeys pay a visit.

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Golfers Name New Board, Donate Toys

Dec 19,2013

The Alameda Women's Nine Hole Golf Club held its Holiday Party at Pier 29 on Friday, Dec. 9 where members collected donations for Toys for Tots and food for the Alameda Food Bank.

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