Feature Articles

In 1890 this station at Park Street and Tilden Way replaced the one that A. A. Cohen had built for his San Francisco & Alameda Railroad in 1864. Cohen sold his railroad to the Central Pacific Railroad in 1868. The very first transcontinental railroad train stopped here on Sept. 6, 1869. An Oil Changers stands on this spot today.

The Healthy Kid Project is a free educational online program that serves as a call to action for kids and their families to eat healthy. The project, which starts tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 18, has a six-week curriculum that introduces children to a diet of at least 75 percent plants, abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This starkly contrasts with the typical Western diet, heavy in meat and processed foods.

Homeowners on College Avenue own property with a chain of title that stretches back to San Francisco Sheriff and Texas Ranger Jack Hays and his deputy sheriff and fellow Texas Ranger, John Caperton. The pair sold the property to Peder Sather (of Sather Tower and Sather Gate fame), who in turn leased it to Alameda’s Methodist community. The Methodist cut a road through to the school from today’s Encinal Avenue. There, the Methodists established a “college” that they named Oak Grove Institute.

Scorching weather attracted people to Crown Beach over the Labor Day weekend. Most beachgoers ignored Alameda County’s face-covering and social-distancing mandates. Crown Beach falls under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District, which has closed the Mackay Avenue parking lot and the Crab Cove Visitors Center. The district states on its website that it is “educating visitors to please keep the 6-foot distance (and) wear face masks.”

The Fireside Lounge, the Hunter Public House and Calafia Taqueria have teamed up with the West Alameda Business Association and the West End Arts and Entertainment District to create the Al Fresco Dining Park at Wester Street and Taylor Avenue. They presented their first live show last Friday. The evening also celebrated Edwina Maye’s birthday, shown here on the far left. Maye started Superhero Desserts on Webster with fellow musician Mike Phillips. They give back to the community by using money they make from sales at their shop for homeless outreach.