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Sacred or Satanic?! The cormorant, which often may be seen drying its extended wings, is sometimes associated with nobility and sacrifice because of the resemblance of the pose to the the Christian cross. In contrast, Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” describes the devil as assuming the form of the cormorant. In Nordic countries, the cormorant is commonly seen as a good omen, representing the spirits of loved ones lost at sea. 

Alameda resident and longtime cooking school owner Weezie Mott is the subject of a new documentary on her life by Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Sher which premieres this Sunday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m. at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. 

A new stained glass window depicting the Santa Clara Avenue entrance of Mastick Senior Center has hung in the center’s office as of Oct. 2. The window faces into the Mastick courtyard. 

While Anto Aghapekian led the project and produced the window himself, he was quick to point out that many seniors contributed support and encouragement throughout the project. They included: Robert Hammond, the late Alex Reisbord, Kester Watters, Chester Fong, Debbie Fong, Paul Benton and Joan deSteffano, who is known internationally for restoring and salvaging church windows. 

During the Great Depression a developer decided to scale back on some homes he was building on Tregloan Court in Alameda. He accomplished this by cutting the size of the dwellings by either two-thirds or three-quarters. The completion of these smaller homes gave rise to a pair of urban legends that survive to this day. As with all fables, these tales have no basis in fact. 

The USS Hornet Museum will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, with a series of speakers, events, tours and other fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The formal program begins with the USS Hornet Big Band performing from 10 to 11 a.m. Bill Fee Boatswain (Ret), USS Hornet crew member 1968, will welcome the audience at 11 a.m. and lead the ceremony. BSA Troop No. 152 of Oakley will present the color guard while the USS Hornet Big Band performs the Star Spangled Banner.