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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your 60-second news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda’s adult literacy program, Alameda Reads, is gearing up for its anniversary celebration. In honor of learner and tutor accomplishments, Alameda Reads will hold a celebration from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. September 23 at the Alameda Free Library’s main branch.

One of the most basic differences in ways to exercise is whether to exercise with others or alone.

There is nothing quite like pain to concentrate the mind. We share this trait with all other living beings. There is nothing that will take your mind off the mundane facts of life and nail it into one place than an action like poking oneself in the eye. Suddenly the rest of the world comes to a standstill while your brain focuses on the pain and what to do to make it go away.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

In this week’s Development Alert, we’ve got hearing dates for the Del Monte development project, finalists to develop a commercial campus (or outlet mall) at Alameda Point and some updates on plans and projects to come.

One of the interesting quirks of running is that it's possible for a person to excel without having started at a young age.

The discussions about preparing to die prompted me to come home and look at my will. When I went to get it out of my safe, it was not there. Eventually I surmised that I had accidentally disposed of it in the process of downsizing when we moved to California a year earlier. I went to an attorney and prepared a new one.

I was aware that this was something I was experiencing differently than I had when I did the original 20 years earlier. The content was the same, but the sense was that it was no longer something that would be invoked in the far future. I did not feel an urgency, but the purpose of having it felt more necessary and valuable than it had years earlier.

It seems Alameda’s firefighter and teacher unions aren’t the only groups seeking to influence this fall’s races. The leaders of Harbor Bay Neighbors – the community group fighting developer Ron Cowan’s (now stalled) proposal to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now sits and (still in motion) plan to build a new one a few miles away – say they intend to “support candidates for Mayor and City Council that support us.”

So what does that mean?

We live with two cats, siblings from the same litter of gray tabbies: A male named Leon, after Leon Redbone; and a female named Bessie, after Bessie Smith. They are very nice cats, as cats go. They're happy with us unless the food bowl is empty, at which point they begin to make their displeasure known by sitting and staring at us until their telepathic message gets through. (It's a simple message: FOOD!)

The Library Board meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 10 in Conference Room 224 at the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street.