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Last month we met Charles Minturn and A. A. Cohen and leaned the roles their ferry boats played in our history. In this month’s story, we’ll ride the South Pacific Coast Railroad’s ferry boats — Newark, Garden City, Bay City and Encinal. We’ll also learn the interesting fates of two of these ferries.

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When Police Chief Paul Rolleri was hired as an officer for the Alameda Police Department, in 1992, he competed with nearly 500 other test takers for the same job.

“It was almost like winning the lottery if you got in,” Rolleri said.

Today, though, he might only see 100 to 125 applications come across his desk – and not all of those are from qualified people, he said.

Photo by Patti Cary.

Our lives are complex arrangements that usually take all our time to maintain. Work, school, home care, shopping, maintenance - just getting everything done is a challenge and usually consumes our attention.

Photo by Jenn Heflin.

Bubble Farm Soap Co. is all about the bees. As the name implies, the company’s line of soaps –made by hand with beeswax and an assortment of essential oils – is the heart of the business.

There's an interesting conflict going on right now in the professional running world, one that none of us "regular people" will likely ever be involved in.

Schools leaders seeking state seismic repair funds for fixing Historic Alameda High are in a race against time.

One of our two cats - Bessie - has diabetes. We're currently settled into a routine: fill her bowl first thing in the morning and then inject one unit of insulin around the nape of her neck.

Alameda's administrative services director is heading to Tracy.

Stephanie Garrabrant-Sierra is leaving the Island for an assistant city manager's post in Tracy. She starts work in that city on September 1.

Everywhere you look these days, you see the phrase "couch to 5k." For the uninitiated, it's a way to describe a training program for people who currently don't or barely exercise, especially in terms of running.