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Fire Station 3 is positioned on a corner in the center of town. I always liked responding from this station as we covered both ends of the city and didn’t have those infernal ambulances. Built in 1923, it has two single apparatus rooms: one faces Pacific and the other faces Grand. A long path cuts through the grass to a brick porch with two steps up, under a metal awning to the heavy oak door.

On Sunday mornings when both of us are in town, my friend Larry, his three legged dog Maggie and I go for a walk. We walk at Maggie's pace - which, oddly enough, is not affected by her loss of a leg but by the number of spots visited and marked by other dogs.

The pace falls into a clear rhythm: 10 or 12 steps, stop and sniff, squeeze out a few drops of urine to mark her presence and then on for another dozen steps. Twice along the way Maggie blithely drops several mounds of poop, which Larry obligingly picks up poop in a plastic bag and carries it to the next drop off spot.

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

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.