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Students at Bay Farm School recently responded to First Lady Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive dance challenge by learning this dance, featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The challenge is part of the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to boost Americans' physical fitness.

When my family and I moved to Alameda, in 2005, the Island was a veritable burger desert. Fast-forward a decade, and it seems that the Island’s burger SOS has been answered by a bevy of patty-slinging outlets ranging from local startups to national chains.

I don’t eat burgers very often, but have to admit I was curious who had the best burger. So I set out on a nine-day burger odyssey.

Park Street lacked a brewery where hops lovers could enjoy some high quality suds. But that space is now being ably filled by the brand-new Alameda Island Brewing Company, a welcome addition to Park Street and the Island that sits on the old Cavanaugh Motors spot just a stone’s throw from the Park Street Bridge.

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The developer behind one of the most prominent, most litigated projects in Alameda has restarted the permit application process. Some key details have changed since his last push, according to newly available documents.

Cinema Grill, on the corner of Central Avenue and Oak Street, isn’t your average restaurant. Co-owner Elgina Conner said her vision for Cinema Grill, which opened quietly late last year, was to create a place that is hip but fun and accessible for your whole family.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your two-sentence weekly news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Dave LeMoine was inspired by our recent column on the first families of Bay Farm Island to offer his own personal history on The Alamedan.

Dating back to the last two centuries, Alameda’s history has included farmers who worked the land. At Ploughshares Nursery, that history has come full circle.

I was excited when I heard there was a new BBQ place opening up here in Alameda. Being from the South, I crave the slow-cooked smoked meats of my youth and have had a hard time finding good places that do it right. So, last Sunday my family and I ventured out to Alameda South Shore Center to give the Best Lil’ Porkhouse a try.

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What better way to celebrate the change in seasons than with a tequila/margarita tasting? My companion for this agave-filled adventure was Kimberly Skuta, a friend and certified tequila expert who earned her master’s degree from a program run by the venerable Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. Her knowledge of tequila is endless, and it helped me navigate through a dizzying array of types and brands of tequila last Saturday night.

 
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

Alameda police are rescinding a ticket they gave a homeless veteran on a charge he was illegally living in his car. On October 1, the department asked the Alameda County Superior Court to dismiss a ticket issued to Aaron Colyer after police found him sitting in a parking lot in his van.