Alameda’s top speller, Ella Banchieri, an eighth grader at Lincoln Middle School, has been certified as an Alameda County Champion and will represent the county at the California State Spelling Bee, Saturday, May 4. Banchieri took second place at the Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee on March 16. She came behind first-place speller Anisha Rao, an eighth grader at Fallon Middle School in the Dublin Unified School District.
Last month’s event “March for Meals” recognized federal legislation signed in March 1972 that helped create Meals on Wheels America programs nationwide. Alameda Meals on Wheels began in 1973 and has served hot, nourishing meals to homebound Alameda residents 365 days a year ever since.
In celebration of March for Meals 2019, Alameda Meals on Wheels invited Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda County Meals on Wheels Board Member Dave Neumann to help out.
Bertholf first Coast Guard cutter to ply the Taiwan Strait
Last Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25, were historic days for the United States Coast Guard. The service’s Legend-Class Maritime Security Cutter Bertholf joined the U.S. Navy’s USS Curtis Wilbur in what the Navy spokesperson Lt. Joseph Keiley called “a routine Taiwan Strait transit in accordance with international law.”