Community Corner: Streetlight renovation, teacher of the year and more

Community Corner: Streetlight renovation, teacher of the year and more

Michele Ellson

Alameda High School math teacher Michael Lamb has been named the school district’s 2013-14 Teacher of the Year. Lamb, who has taught at Alameda High for 21 years and serves as the school’s math department chair, will compete for Alameda County Teacher of the Year honors in the fall. Candidates for the local honor are nominated by parents, students, staff and community members, and are selected by a committee of their peers. Members of the committee said they selected Lamb for his attention and willingness to got he extra mile for students and for his commitment to supporting his peers. Finalists for the honor included Edison Elementary teacher Jo Korpuz, Lincoln Middle School’s Jenny Hartigan and Suki Mozenter of Paden Elementary School.

A citizens group called Save the Bench has initiated a petition drive seeking support for the rehabilitation of the Clark Memorial Bench in Jackson Park. An apron for the bench, installed in 1920 and paid for by Isabelle Clark, was damaged during a wind storm earlier this year, and city staffers recommended removing it due to its poor condition and criminal activities they say are taking place there. The petition is available online. The group will also launch a fundraising campaign if needed and is seeking volunteers; anyone interested in volunteering or signing a hard copy of the petition can contact Denise Shelton at

Alameda will celebrate Harvey Milk Day with a series of events. The celebration will kick off with a screening of the movie, "Milk," at 7 p.m. May 21 in the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Avenue. Encinal High School's drama department is offering a production of "The Laramie Project" at 7 p.m. May 22 at the school, which is at 210 Central Avenue. The East Bay Gay Men's Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. May 30 at the First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Avenue. And the Alameda Free Library will host a children's art project, poetry and poster contest from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 31 in the Main Library, 1550 Oak Street. All of the events are free and open to the public. A Harvey Milk Day fundraiser will precede the events, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at High Street Station, 1303 High Street. The cost to attend the fundraiser is $14, and it includes dinner.

Alameda Municipal Power has kicked off an effort to restore 684 historic streetlights located throughout the Island. The utility plans to refurbish as many as 60 streetlights a week until the project is finished. Affected streets include Lincoln Avenue, Buena Vista Avenue, Central Avenue, Encinal Avenue, Broadway, High Street, Santa Clara Avenue, Windsor Drive, Cambridge Drive, Eagle Avenue, Second Street and Grand Street. Residents and businesses near the streetlights to be renovated will receive 48 hours’ notice of planned work, and lights are expected to be completed within five working days. Additional information is available on the utility’s website.