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.
I heard someone this past week refer to the old saying (a prayer, originally, now often used by organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous) about accepting what you can't control and having courage to take action to control what you can. This is an important concept in physical fitness and comes up in many contexts.
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.
With classic charm and skill, the talented members of Period Events & Entertainment Re-creation Society (PEERS) have been spreading their special kind of magic throughout the Bay Area for decades. Dedicated to education through historical re-creation, PEERS is a nonprofit organization that firmly believes art is something you do, not just watch.
From their headquarters right here in Alameda, PEERS organizes and hosts balls (Age of Innocence, Victorian 12th Night), local picnics (Alice In Wonderland) and weekly dance lessons where they artfully weave the culture, romance, and grandeur of 18th and 19th century arts in to the fabric of our modern-day lives.
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.
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.