Community Corner: Equipped 4 Success, seeking tattooed vets and more

Community Corner: Equipped 4 Success, seeking tattooed vets and more

Michele Ellson

Mayor Marie Gilmore and members of the Alameda Kiwanis Club recently honored eighth graders who earned the club’s Hope of America awards. Pictured winners are, front row, left to right: Amanda Gorham Kelly (Will C. Wood Middle School), Isabel Luna (St. Philip Neri School), Esther Alice Solomon (Alameda Community Learning Center), Ada Barreto (Academy of Alameda). Back row, left to right: Phuoc "Lucky" Nguyen (Wood Middle School), Gabriella Gustafsson (Encinal Junior Jets), Mary Malkic (Lincoln Middle School),and Christina Pirrotta (St. Joseph Elementary School). Contributed photo.

The Alameda Education Foundation and its nonprofit partners have kicked off their annual Equipped 4 Success school supply drive. The nonprofits’ goal is to collect enough backpacks and school supplies to prepare 1,000 Alameda students for school, which begins on August 25. New backpacks and supplies can be dropped off in bins that are set up around the Island; locations can be found on the foundation’s website. Anyone interested in supporting the program can also purchase specific items online; make an online contribution; or mail a check to the foundation at AEF, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, Calif. 94501 with “Equipped 4 Success” in the memo. Donations will be collected through July 28, and items will also be collected during Summer Beats concerts at Alameda South Shore Center in August.

The San Francisco Bay Ferry has opened enrollment for a new service, BayAlerts, to deliver service alerts and news to riders. The service will begin delivering information on July 21 via text message, e-mail or voicemail, depending on customer preference. The ferry agency will discontinue its existing voicemail and email systems will be discontinued. Additional information and enrollment are available on the ferry service’s website.

The Alameda Free Library is seeking tattooed veterans to participate in War Ink, a California State Library and StoryCorps project that seeks to tell the story of the state’s veterans, in ink. The library is looking for one to two recent veterans with memorial tattoo art it can send to a photo shoot and audio recording session. Anyone interested in being part of the project can e-mail their name, contact info, city of residence, branch of service, and a photo of their tattoo to Jason Deitch at; additional information is available on the library website.

AC Transit has made some changes to fares. The local bus service has eliminated transfers and instituted a day pass program that costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for youths, seniors and disabled people. Regular cash fares will remain the same, with discounts for Clipper card users; monthly adult bus passes will be reduced to $75. Additional information is on the AC Transit website.

The public works department's Clean Water Program and PM Realty Group are seeking volunteers to participate in a litter cleanup at Alameda Point from 8:30 a.m. to noon on July 19. Individuals and groups interested in signing up can do so online, or on the day of the event at the Shoreline parking lot on Main Street, west of the dog park. Participants are asked to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and to bring their own reusable bucket or bag and work gloves; volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.