Weekly Newsletter • May 13, 2022
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Welcome to this week’s issue of the Alameda Post newsletter!
This week’s articles include Alameda’s new Interim City Manager, Dirk Brazil, Dennis Evanosky’s Voter’s Guide for the June Primary, Karin K. Jensen reports on revenue measures considered for November’s ballot, Dennis tells us about the South Pacific Coast Railroad that ran down Encinal Avenue, and more! Also featured is the latest installment of retired firefighter Dave LeMoine’s memories of growing up in Alameda and becoming an Alameda firefighter.
Don’t forget to listen to episode three of the Alameda PostCast, available in all podcast players or by asking your smart speaker to “Play the Alameda Postcast podcast.”
The Railroad Town of Alameda
Join us us to explore Alameda’s role as a railroad town. Tours are led by award-winning historian and Alameda Post Editor Dennis Evanosky.
Saturday, May 14. The narrow-gauge South Pacific Coast Railroad arrives. Meet at the fountain at the intersection of Encinal Avenue and High Street. See map below.
Saturday, May 21. Alameda’s Belt Line railroad. Meet in the public parking lot across from the entrance to Jean Sweeney Open Space on Atlantic Avenue.
Saturday, May 28. A. A. Cohen brings the transcontinental railroad to town. Meet by the entrance to the gas station in the Nob Hill parking lot on Blanding Avenue. (Originally scheduled for May 7).
Visit our tour information page at AlamedaPost.com/Tours for details of upcoming tours throughout the summer.
Voter’s Guide for June Primary
Dennis Evanosky lists how to vote and the offices and measures to be voted upon by Alameda residents on June 7, 2022.
Council Nixes $95M Infrastructure Bond Measure
In a 3-2 vote, City Council voted against a $95M infrastructure bond measure, but approved exploration of an increase to the hotel tax 4-1. Karin K. Jensen reports.
House Fire on Buena Vista Ave.
A woman, 80, her husband, 85, and their dog died after injuries sustained in the Monday morning fire. Their grandson was also injured in the fire.
1601 Central Ave.
Kate McAnaney shares her fascination with 1601 Central Ave. and details her search of its potential use as a Russian Embassy.
2253 San Antonio Ave.
A. W. Pattiani designed the “Miniature Eastlake Villa” at 2253 San Antonio Ave — Steve Gorman on today’s Alameda Treasure.
South Pacific Coast Narrow-Gauge Railroad Once Traversed Alameda
South Pacific Coast Railroad trains used to run down the length of Encinal Avenue in Alameda on narrow-gauge rails. Gandy dancer Dennis Evanosky traces their history.
You Don’t Want to Be 29 Again
Denise Lum tells how to plan for healthy weight loss with small steps steps to drop your “quarantine fifteen…” or 29, or more.
Open Sesame – Bear’s Eye View
Mouf and his human companion Jeff Cambra teach about Alameda's nyctinastic flowers, which respond to the onset of darkness by closing up.
This One’s a “Keeper” — We Players Coming to Alameda
Alana Dill writes about We Players, who are bringing Ava Roy's one-woman show ‘The Keeper’ to Alameda Point for five weekends, starting May 27.
Summer Day Camp at the Boys and Girls Club
Alameda Boys and Girls Club will be offering kids summer day camp at their facility on Third Street from June 13 through August 12.
Grants for Cultural Arts Available
The City of Alameda is soliciting applications for $60,000 in grants to fund cultural arts and arts programming. The grants will consist of four $5K and four $10K awards.
Memories of Bay Farm Island and the AFD
Retired Alameda firefighter Dave LeMoine grew up on Bay Farm Island in the 40’s and 50’s, before he joined the Alameda Fire Department in the 60’s. He has shared his memories with the Post to serialize. New installments are posted every Friday.
Now You Know I’m Whacky!
"To my knowledge, I’m the only firefighter on two legs to be first into the scene of a fire, extinguish it single handedly and not have to write the report." — Dave LeMoine
Upcoming Events / Community Calendar
Shrek the Musical Jr - Tomorrow Youth Repertory, weekends thru May 22.
16th Annual Alameda on Camera Reception - Frank Bette Center, May 13, 6 p.m.
Growing Rare Fruit in Alameda - Alameda Backyard Growers, Zoom, May 17, 7 p.m.
Clement Ave. / Tilden Way planning – City of Alameda, Zoom, May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Clement Avenue/Tilden Way: In Person Open House – City of Alameda, Main Library, 11:30 a.m.
Island City Waterways Art Walk: Uprooted – Rhythmix Art Works, West Mall Square, May 21 - 22.
World Goth Day Festival: Above the Waves - The Menagerie, USS Hornet Museum, May 21.
Our community calendar is located at AlamedaPost.com/Events. If you’re interested in posting your own events, register at AlamedaPost.com/Submit-Event.
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Thank you again for supporting independent Alameda news!
Publisher, Alameda Post