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Welcome to The Island, Archives Edition
1, May 6, 2011 – 6:00 am | No Comment

The Island is a website that covered local news in Alameda, California from February 2008 through April 2011. If you need information about anything that happened in Alameda during those years, you may find it here.

Q & A with Alameda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans
1, April 29, 2011 – 6:02 am | 2 Comments
Q & A with Alameda County Master Gardener Birgitt Evans

Tomatoes for planting. Photo by Birgitt Evans.

By Heather Lyn Wood
As explained in an earlier article, Alameda gardener Birgitt Evans is certified as an Alameda County Master Gardener through the University of California at …

City Hall Confidential
1, April 29, 2011 – 6:01 am | No Comment
City Hall Confidential

Russo’s out … in the open
After months of speculation about what has to be the worst kept secret in Alameda, John Russo’s selection as Alameda’s next city manager is out in the open. On Tuesday, …

Thank you, Alameda
1, April 29, 2011 – 6:00 am | 66 Comments
Thank you, Alameda

This morning I have a difficult announcement to make: After more than three years of being your daily local news source, The Island is shutting its doors.
Why? Simply put, the site become too successful for …

Island Sports: Alameda Little League update
1, April 28, 2011 – 12:03 am | No Comment
Island Sports: Alameda Little League update

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Majors Division
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Pontar Real Estate Management Rays 5, Emerald Packaging Rockies 4
Brannen Elshire went two for two with three runs scored, including the winning run on a walk-off shot to left center by Jacob Smith in …

THE BIG STORY: History fades at Alameda Point
1, April 28, 2011 – 12:02 am | 6 Comments
THE BIG STORY: History fades at Alameda Point

Dick Rutter expertly guides his Jeep Grand Cherokee through the gray maze of streets on Alameda Point, and each turn yields fresh details that bring the silent, moldering buildings that line those streets back to life.

Here are the Bachelor Officers Quarters, where Rutter lived for three years in the early 1970s when he was a Navy navigator; further along the route is the control tower where he worked 24-hour watches, and enjoyed sunrises and sunsets. Another turn yields the base’s old church.

Alameda Open Homes (printable)
1, April 28, 2011 – 12:01 am | No Comment

Here’s a printable version of our Alameda open home guide for the weekend of April 30-May 1. (Just click the link and a PDF will appear on your desktop!) For a text version of the …

Island Talkback: City doesn’t owe Cowan a swap
1, April 27, 2011 – 12:04 am | 3 Comments
Island Talkback: City doesn’t owe Cowan a swap

By Robert T. Sullwold
At a special meeting on April 13, City Council voted to “explore” developer Ron Cowan’s proposal – whose existence had been kept secret, and even denied, for two years – to swap …

Alameda Food Bank names new director
1, April 27, 2011 – 12:03 am | 5 Comments
Alameda Food Bank names new director

New Alameda Food Bank Executive Director Hank Leeper. Contributed photo.

The Alameda Food Bank has named a former volunteer and retired Coast Guard officer as its new executive director. Hank Leeper will take the reins on …

PENSIONS: What they were thinking
1, April 27, 2011 – 12:03 am | 17 Comments
PENSIONS: What they were thinking

Beverly Johnson had been on Alameda’s City Council for less than two years in 2000 when city staff approached her and other council members about upgrading public safety workers’ pensions.
Three months earlier, …

The Blotter
1, April 27, 2011 – 12:01 am | No Comment
The Blotter

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Monday, April 18
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FORKLIFT THEFT: Police are investigating the theft of a forklift from the 600 block of West Hornet Avenue near the USS Hornet Museum and Hornet Field. According to authorities, the vehicle belongs to …

Point Being: Are Point veggies safe?
1, April 26, 2011 – 8:52 pm | 9 Comments
Point Being: Are Point veggies safe?

 
Fruit and vegetables were gathered for study in this area near Alameda Point’s old Main Gate. Photo by Richard Bangert.

By Richard Bangert
Is it safe to eat vegetables grown at Alameda Point? A little-known EPA …

Firefighters quell Clement Avenue blaze
1, April 26, 2011 – 8:50 pm | 3 Comments
Firefighters quell Clement Avenue blaze

Alameda firefighters are seeking the cause of a blaze in a long-vacant building on the 2200 block of Clement Avenue.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, said Alameda Fire Captain Doug Long, who acted …