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.
Alameda’s 4th of July Parade is the longest in the nation with a route that spans 3.3 miles. This year, more than 170 entries, 2,500 participants will march across town and more than 60,000 spectator will watch along the route. The hometown celebration includes floats, marching bands, 150 equestrians (and one bull), dance troops, bands and classic cars driving dignitaries. The Coast Guard’s color guard leads the parade (above).
On Tuesday, June 6, the City invited its residents and officials to gather on the City Hall steps to celebrate the message “Love Our Island, LGBTQ Pride” (above).
Some members of the pride community decided they did not wish to stand with Mayor Trish Spencer. Vice-Mayor Malia Vella decided she would pose with a seperate group, instead of on the steps with Spencer.
With 2016 rapidly coming to a close, the Alameda Sun looks back over the top news stories in Alameda this past year. This week will cover January through June and next week will feature news from July through December.
The Water Emergency Transportation Authority worked to have a new dock for harbor seals delivered to Alameda Point in April, ahead of the start of construction for the ferry maintenance terminal. The maintenance facility’s berthing dock would displace the seals’ previous resting spot.
Mayor Trish Spencer, seated lower left, invited city staff and her friends to join her on the City Hall steps on Monday. Spencer was responding to an invitation from the United States Conference of Mayors to “Play Ball,” a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. That focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages widespread participation in the sport.
Disability commissioner, school board pres. remembered
The 1300 block of Park Street features a new public bench styled to make rising from it easier for seniors and people with disabilities. The bench was dedicated with a plaque honoring longtime community member Nielsen Tam.
Tam served on the Alameda Unified School District board from 2008 until his death and as its president from 2013. He also sat on the city’s Commission for Disability Issues. He passed in May 2015.
In a brief press conference in front of City Hall, Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the mayor's race to Trish Spencer today at 11 a.m. She congratulated Spencer on her win and also congratulated Frank Matarrese and Jim Oddie on winning City Council seats.
Mayor Trish Spencer invited a few of her friends — all baseball fans — to join her on the City Hall steps last Friday for the annual celebration of the start of the baseball season. The United States Conference of Mayors invited Spencer and other mayors to “Play Ball” in a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Above all, “Play Ball” hopes to reach out to kids who don’t normally play the game. The program aims to energize communities like Alameda and generate support and love for baseball and softball.
The Alameda Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) held a grand opening ceremony for the new Estuary Park last Saturday, Jan. 20.
The eight-acre park is located at 200 Mosley St. on the estuary side just east of Alameda Point and the Main Street Ferry Terminal. The park is built on land that was conveyed from the Navy to the City of Alameda in 2009.
Several Alameda dignitaries spoke at the event including Mayor Trish Spencer, Alameda Little League Board President Ron Matthews and ARPD director Amy Wooldridge. Also in attendance was Stomper, the Oakland A’s mascot.
The City of Alameda, the Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks took a little more than two weeks to put an idea into action to collect much-needed items for the wine country fire survivors. The Elks filled a 48-foot trailer donated by Rodgers Trucking with some help from Otto Wright at The Local, the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the Downtown, Greater and West Alameda business associations, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda Business Network. The Alameda Education Foundation partnered in arranging for the purchase of backpacks full of school supplies for students.