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

The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival was held at Alameda High School this week. Videographer Donna Eyestone got an inside look.

Freelance writer Janice Worthen signed up for a Covered California plan on October 1, the first day the health care exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act was open for business. You can read about her experience here.

Alamedans have been known to be less than enthusiastic about the idea of chain stores on the Island. But people who stopped and shopped at Alameda’s new Target store Tuesday night were quick to declare their excitement that the discount retailer had opened an outlet in town.

“I love it,” said Meka Brown, who was strolling the toy aisle during the store’s VIP opening Tuesday evening. “I like that I don’t have to drive to Richmond or San Rafael.”

Target is holding a job fair to fill 300 positions in their new Alameda store. Video by Michele Ellson.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking for the first phase of the Alameda Landing development was a party that city leaders have been waiting more than seven years to hold. They and Landing developer Catellus greeted the pending arrival of a new Target-anchored shopping center and hundreds of new homes with an impromptu food truck buffet and white-clothed tables festooned with tiny plastic construction hats spread out across a vacant lot.