Alamedan Blogs

After the long dry spell, the rains came! As befitting Alameda however, the rains came overnight, the winds stayed reasonable and Saturday morning dawned bright, sunny, mostly under clear skies and sparkling with the beads of water that had fallen through the hours of darkness. A dry Saturday morning means a trip to the farmer's market, and so we hied ourselves thitherward.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 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 Alameda week in review. Here’s your Island news for this week.

The San Leandro Bay Bridge – better known to locals as the Bay Farm Island bridge – will be getting a bit of a facelift. The car bridge will be closed nights starting in October. The bike bridge, meanwhile, will be shuttered for some daytime and some evening hours.

Golden Gate Park was the scene of a large race last Sunday: the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5k. Over 7,000 runners finished one or the other of the races.

In 2006 my former father-in-law, Jesse, was hospitalized after falling at home. He had fallen on more than one occasion and my mother-in-law, Florence, was not able to get him up. She was 89. Medicare was not going to cover most of the in-home care he required. There was no one to help with showering, dressing, etc. Eventually, he ended up in a nursing home to get the care he needed. There simply was no way they could afford to keep him at home.

Ben and Joanie Randolph lived on Marina Drive, 17 houses from the High Street Bridge. They loved having us teens around; it also gave them control, as we knew that Ben was in charge, and we loved being there. Another father figure. We were adopted, fed, loved, and disciplined. It was the place to be on the weekends.

This past week was a humdinger in the sense that my activities brought much of the future of Alameda into stark relief - with no relief in sight. The week was really "ramblin' Alameda," rather than amblin' (which wouldn't have covered nearly as much territory).

The Historical Advisory Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 5 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’s what happened on the Island this week.

Yes, we usually think of track as a sport for the spring and summer months, but here in California we get to run outdoor track year 'round. But isn't track racing only for elite competitive athletes? No!

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