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 don't often write about the top levels of competitive running, since most of us are so far removed from it. It seems like something from another planet. But this past week in Beijing, the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships have been going on.
Alameda's City Council returns from a one-month break next Tuesday to consider a trio of development issues.
My days all include a little time for checking Facebook, right after I go through my e-mails.
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.
Photo by Eric Braun.
A cast of nearly 70 local youths will offer a production of Seussical The Musical this weekend.
The show, based on the books and characters of children's author Theodor Geisel - a.k.a. Dr. Seuss - is presented by the popular local children's theater group Tomorrow Youth Repertory and directed by Amy Marie Haven.
Physical events become more meaningful as we age. What may have seemed minor when we were younger takes on an added perspective because the consequences are usually more significant.
Residents at the Atlantic Apartments were among the celebrants of National Night Out. Photo by Cassie Paton.
Residents who gathered at 20 locations throughout the City of Alameda on Tuesday were among the nearly 38 million people celebrating National Night Out.
Every city, Alameda very much included, can be mapped in many ways: geographical, population distribution, fauna and flora, wealth, politics and religion. Its most important map for those of us who live here, however, is its commercial one.
Local author Denby Montana – a.k.a. Owen Mould – is a man of adventure. Having “hitchhiked north to south in this country,” gathered experiences in a slew of different odd jobs and earned a masters degree in creative writing, he seeks to “restore a sense of humanity” in his work.