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A "fact sheet" from the 1978 Bay to Breakers race. Photo by Marty Beene.

Welcome to my second annual Bay to Breakers wrap-up blog!

I've run this race about 15 times. It was my very first road race, way back in 1978; a then-unheard-of 12,000 runners ran it that year. Someone stepped on the heel of my shoe in the first couple hundred yards, so I had to duck into a doorway to get it back on and avoid getting trampled.

Another year I noted in my logbook that it was impossible to "run" because of the estimated crowd of 135,000 people.

House fire, 1984

We find another three-story Victorian with smoke coming from the eaves. The house is a little like the one in the movie Psycho.

After walking and driving the streets of Alameda for the past five-plus years, I began to think that I know this town pretty well. Intellectually I knew that was an overstatement, but emotionally, the feeling that Alameda was filling the place in me where "hometown" resides was very strong.

To my delight, I discovered how many streets of Alameda I hadn't yet been down or along this past Sunday.

Planning Board, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, council chambers, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

Island drivers, prepare: Overnight closures of the Park Street Bridge began this week. The closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until August 14.

It's mid-May, so you know what that means, right?

Bay to Breakers!

I wrote about race strategy and my 2014 experience last year, and I wrote about training for the "B2B" earlier this year. This week, let's cover the overall scene.

Welcome to the first post for my new blog for The Alamedan, one that offers news from Bay Farm Island. Living here since 2001, I have come to love and cherish this corner of the universe and consider it unique, perhaps even special.

Station Four, 8:30 p.m. December 23

I’m lieutenant at Alameda Fire Station Four, Harbor Bay Isle, and John Laramie is the engineer. We’re looking forward to a quiet shift being that Harbor Bay is in the suburbs.

The only thing keeping us awake this afternoon is the constant thud of golf clubs on the 16th hole of the golf complex and an occasional ball bouncing off my office wall. A trip to the store, some familiarization, and back home for a quick workout; the day is done. It’s so different from our inner city stations.

We are spending the weekend with friends and family from out of town, who are here to celebrate my sweetie's birthday. These are old friends who have come from the East Coast and Southern California and are themselves the presents my sweetie requested.

We ate breakfast in a local restaurant this morning and it was quite a sight: Five old geezers around the table, pretty much laughing our heads off and enjoying each others' company.

The Restoration Advisory Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in Suite 140 at City Hall West, 950 West Mall Square, Alameda Point.