About The Alamedan

About The Alamedan


The Alamedan’s mission is to promote civic engagement and transparency by providing high quality, nonpartisan news coverage, and to create a local institution that supports and is accountable to our Island community. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive and reliable record of Alameda's civic life, serving as your watchdog over Alameda's major civic institutions and your voice in local affairs. The Alamedan is a publication of the Alameda Community News Project, a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.


Editor: Michele Ellson

Over her two decades as a journalist, Michele Ellson’s work has appeared in more newspapers than she can count. In 2004 she won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting for her work on a series that exposed questionable homeland security grant spending practices, and in 2007, an Associated Press News Executives Council award for a four-part expose on substandard care in homes for developmentally disabled people that led the state to resume annual inspections of the homes. In 2008 she started a pioneering local news website, The Island, which reached a peak monthly audience of 16,000 and, through a partnership with The Bay Citizen, earned her a byline in The New York Times. Her work has also appeared in the Sacramento Bee, the San Jose Mercury News, the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times. You can reach Michele at michele@thealamedan.org.

History columnist David Baker moved to Alameda when he was 7 years old, and had the great privilege of growing up here. In the mid-1990s when the USS Hornet foundation began the process of turning the ship into a museum, his dad became involved, and he was able to spend a good deal of time on board helping to restore the ship to its current state. This experience started him on a path of loving history. In 2004 he completed a bachelor’s degree in history from Andrews University, followed more recently, by a master’s degree in military history from Norwich University in 2012. Now he has found his way back to Alameda, where he is lucky enough to be able to share this city’s history with The Alamedan’s readers.

Blogger Marty Beene, owner of Be The Runner personalized running coaching, is a Level 2 USA Track & Field certified endurance coach, as well as a certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist and senior fitness specialist (through the National Academy of Sports Medicine). He coaches adults of all abilities through Be The Runner, and serves as an assistant coach at Alameda High School for cross-country and track. Marty is active in fitness-oriented media, including guest blogging on several sites and appearing in a series of how-to videos on Livestrong.com. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, Marty has been a competitive runner for over 35 years, and has been nationally ranked in outdoor age group track for the past two years. He has competed in track races from 60 meters through 5,000 meters, and in road races ranging from one mile to the marathon.

Blogger Dave Bloch lives with his wife Speranza Avram on their 41-foot sailboat "Buoyant" at Alameda's Marina Village. They moved to the Island in 2008 from Grass Valley where he was the webmaster for the County of Nevada. Dave became an officer of the Island Yacht Club almost immediately after arriving and has since held several titles, including Commmodore. Now semi-retired, you'll often find Dave hanging with sailors in the virtual world Second Life, plus exploring serious uses of virtual worlds in education and healthcare. In previous lives (real, not virtual), Dave was an instructional media specialist in Ohio, a cable television mobile production manager (which brought him to Alameda in 1982; he never forgot the place), a radio/TV production teacher in Sacramento and a long-time independent Internet consultant and webmaster. Dave and Speranza are here until 2014, when Buoyant will take them away to Yucatan, Mexico, and other places known and unknown.

Dave Boitano is a veteran Bay Area reporter and editor. His tenure at the former Tri Valley Herald daily newspaper in Livermore included serving as the paper’s San Joaquin bureau chief and city editor. For the Bay Area News Group, Dave worked as editor of the Berkeley Voice and El Cerrito Journal weekly editions and as Sunday editor for the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. He has won a spot news award from the Associated Press and best agricultural reporting award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In addition to working for The Alamedan, Dave’s work can be seen in the Montclarion and on Examiner.com, where he covers the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Little League blogger Bill Collins is an avid Major League Baseball baseball fan and a former assistant coach for the Alameda Little League who watched his young son play six seasons with the league. He has lived in Alameda for eight years with his wife and two children.

Donna Eyestone has been making audio and video recordings for most of her life. She's lived in Alameda since 1991 and can often be seen commuting around town on her tandem bicycle with her daughter. She is a online faculty member for Lake Tahoe Community College and teaches violin and movie making classes for kids through the Alameda Education Foundation. She is also the resident gingerbread house maker for the Island. She has degrees in Electronic Arts and Music and is on the board of The Woolman School (Quaker High School) and Bike Walk Alameda.

Blogger Natalie Gelman's first career was as a high school teacher. She enjoyed working with adolescents. She made the decision to become a psychologist so that she could work with all age groups. She has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Merrill-Palmer Institute and pursued her doctorate at Center for Humanistic Studies and Union Institute. She had a full-time private practice in Michigan for 26 years and a part-time practice in Maine for 11 years. She moved to California in 2011 and began a practice in Alameda. Gelman works in a relationship with her clients to contribute to growth and change. She believes everyone is able to set a goal and achieve it.

Kristen Hanlon, a Bay Area native, has lived in Alameda for eight years. For several years she edited an annual literary journal, Xantippe. Her poetry and book reviews have been published in many journals; a chapbook of poems, Proximity Talks, was published by Noemi Press in 2005. She is currently working on a novel for young adults. When not working, she likes to hang out with her kids in Alameda’s wonderful parks and libraries.

Marcy Morrison

Denise Shelton, food and wine writer

Art writer Michael Singman-Aste is an award-winning photographer, curator, and blogging junkie. He started writing as a freelance reporter for the Daily Californian newspaper in the ’80s, while a Women’s Studies major at UC Berkeley. Originally from LA, he has been a proud Alamedan for two decades. Michael enjoys gallery hopping, reading big important books, and second-guessing “The Bachelor.” In 2012 Michael was named best local blogger by ABC 7 in their Bay Area A-List. Twitter: @Postdiluvian

Janice Worthen moved to Alameda in 2013 after finishing her MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, but her grandmother grew up in Alameda, where she met her husband, a Chief Petty Officer for the U.S. Navy. Janice spent her childhood in Idaho. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from University of Idaho and interned with the literary journal Fugue. Janice is a freelance writer, blogger, and poet. Her work has appeared in The Rectangle, Switchback, and Your Impossible Voice Issue 2. Her poem "Fire Closest Kept" won University of Idaho's Banks Award. She was one of the featured poets for LitCrawl, an event within San Francisco’s 2012 LitQuake. Janice also works as a warehouse assistant at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley. She has lived in various parts of Washington, Idaho, and the Bay Area, but she considers Alameda home.

Blogger and licensed acupuncturist Tracy Zollinger is an Alameda mom, resident and business owner. She runs a green business and donates five percent of her profits to non-profits primarily in Alameda in addition to volunteering her time with Alameda Rotary as a board member. Her passion for health, Alameda and the arts is represented in the other boards she serves on, which include the Alameda Hospital Foundation and Rhythmix Cultural Works Community Advisory Board. Tracy can be reached at 299-0057 or www.tracyzollinger.com.

Advisory Committee

Blogger and committee member Jack Boeger is the owner of Superclean Web Services, a web design and optimization firm since 1995. Jack's community projects include building the AlamedaPointInfo.com website and Alameda's America's Cup website, AlamedaWaterfront.com. He currently serves on Alameda's America's Cup commission, and has been a strong advocate for the local swimming community. Jack will blog about the America’s Cup and the maritime community.

Blogger and committee member Morton Chalfy is a retired entrepreneur with experience in department store and specialty store retailing and manufacturing, natural foods and arts and crafts. He lives with his recently-reconnected-with college sweetheart Isadora Alman, a noted columnist and psychotherapist, and blogs regularly about being human. Chalfy brings his column, Amblin’ Alameda, to the site.

Lorrie Murray is a former Alameda business owner who has turned her attention toward improving schools. During her three years in an executive leadership role at Washington Elementary School PTA, she was part of the design team that helped transform Washington into Maya Lin, Alameda’s new arts integrated and inquiry-based magnet school; the school’s name was drawn from her suggestion. She currently sits on the Measure A Oversight Committee. As a business owner, she actively helped promote the West End; her business Astropitch, located on Webster Street for nearly six years, produced all the music and marketing materials for Concerts at the Cove and the Webster Street Jam from 2008-2011.

George Phillips, committee member

Terry Winckler is editor at the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice. Previously, he worked for nearly three decades in print journalism, including stints with the Alameda Times-Star and Oakland Tribune, and as editor of both The Hayward Daily Review and San Mateo County Times. He and spouse Laura Oda (chief photographer of the Tribune) are 10-year residents of Alameda, have two sons in school, and are active in Little League and Boy Scouts.



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