Feature Articles

Rick Lewis &nbsp&nbsp The the size and color of this bird’s bill help identify it as a Caspian, not least a least tern.

Caspians: The Largest of the Terns

Aug 20,2020

While many of us know that the City of Alameda hosts the largest colony of Least terns during the summer nesting season, most of us do not know that we also host a nesting colony of the largest tern species, the Caspian tern.

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When Times Are Hard

Aug 20,2020

When times are hard
And your heart is breaking
Seek others also hurting.
A simple smile
Or similar courtesy
Can make another day worthwhile.
Or don a glove
And when about
Discard found litter
To show your love
For our small city

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Rites of Passage

Aug 20,2020

When does a bud become a flower?
When does a sapling become a tree?
Is there a moment when all that has come before
coalesces and makes space for something new?
We call that a rite of passage.
We mark that moment with pomp and circumstance.

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Star Gazing

Aug 20,2020

One night when my son was three
we looked up at the clear night sky
and I asked him,
“What do you think those stars are?”
He paused a moment and answered,
“Those stars are shining down on me
and I’m gonna shine back.”
Graduates, now is your chance!E

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AFD Offers Safety Help

Aug 13,2020

The Alameda Fire Department’s (AFD) Home Safety Program provides much-needed services to low-to-moderate income residents older than 62 and to the disabled of any age. The program provides and installs the required 10-year-maintenance-free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Library of Congress &nbsp&nbsp Well-wishers look on as Pilot Ed Musick and his crew board China Clipper in Alameda on Nov. 22, 1935, for their historic flight to Manila. Note that the numbers on the wing end with 16. This gave the plane its nickname “Sweet 16.”

Pan Am Flew Alameda into the History Books

Aug 13,2020

In its Nov. 21, 1935, edition, the Oakland Tribune informed its readers that “The largest mail load ever carried by an airplane was placed aboard one of Glenn L. Martin Company’s flying ships China Clipper.

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“Bad Portraits” by Natalie Krystine &nbsp&nbsp Los Hermanos Cobo. Pepe the Postman (pictured left) and Juan the Penman (right.) Under normal circumstances, Natalie could be found outside the Fireside during Webster Street 2nd Friday Art Walk. Visit nataliekrystine.com for more info.

From Swerve of Shore to Bend of Bay

Aug 13,2020

Looks like I get one last Gonzo rant in after all. So, what’s happening on the West End? At the very least, we’re looking slightly less post-apocalyptic these days thanks to the resilience and perseverance of our local business leaders. As covered by Ms.

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Birgitt Evans &nbsp&nbsp Locals can make use of the seeds at the Alameda Backyard Growers’ seed library on San Jose Avenue. Available seeds include Glass-gem popcorn, Straight-Eight cucumbers and collards.

Free Seed Library Comes to the Island City

Aug 13,2020

Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) was founded 10 years ago by Amanda MacLean Bruemmer and Janice Edwards in response to the economic meltdown as a way to build community, learn about growing food and give back to those in the community in need.

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Distance Learning Begins Aug. 27

Aug 06,2020

Alameda Unified School District will open all classes in distance learning on Thursday, Aug. 27 Students in the Remote Learning Program will do all online learning for the whole year.

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