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Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

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Encinal High School junior Kaeleigh Thorp is the winner of the Alameda Rotary Club’s speech contest, which was held on February 9. Thorp won a $100 prize and a gift from the Bank of Alameda for her five-minute speech incorporating the theme, “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands,” and she is eligible to move on to other area-level, Rotary-sponsored contest.

Thorp was one of four students nominated by local high school teachers to participate in the contest. Kiara Heath, also a junior from Encinal; Tia Gangopadhyay, a junior from St. Joseph Notre Dame High School; and McCaulay Singer-Milnes, a senior from Alameda High School, each earned second-place honors.

“All participants are winners in our eyes, as they benefit from increased personal knowledge, a fuller understanding of the value of service above self and greater confidence in public speaking,” said Stephen G. Andrews, president and CEO of Bank of Alameda and the chair of this year’s contest.

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

Don’t park your RV on the street …

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

The Alameda Police Department has announced that they will begin enforcing new regulations that prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles, boats, boat or other trailers on city streets starting March 1. On that date, the department will begin issuing tickets to people who violate the new regulations. Starting April 1, they will issue tickets and tow the offending vehicles.

Additional regulations to be enforced include a new rule that requires cars to be moved a distance of a mile every 72 hours, up from one-tenth of a mile. The city has also rescinded a rule that allowed heavy commercial vehicles to be stored in residential districts if they are garaged.

The new regulations went into effect on February 6. The fine for violating the rules is 35 bucks.

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

Local artists invited to join new county registries

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

The Alameda County Arts Commission has announced the opening of an application period for two new public art registries. The first registry, for permanent, site-specific projects, is open to artists across California; the second, for small-scale, wall-mounted work, is open to artists with studios in Alameda County. Artists must register in order to be considered for the projects.

The application deadline is March 19. More information is available here; to register, click here (and search for Alameda County).

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

College of Alameda program wins $1 million stimulus grant

Thorp takes Rotary speech contest

The College of Alameda’s recently launched Alameda Transportation and Logistics Academic Support (ATLAS) Initiative has just received a $1 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant. The program is expected to provide training in warehousing, transportation, distribution and logistics to 250 unemployed or underemployed people over the 15 month term of the grant.

The program was started in 2008 as a partnership between the College of Alameda, The Workforce Collaborative and Oakland Adult and Career Education. The grant comes on the heels of a $500,000 California Clean Energy Workforce Training Program grant the program received in October 2009.

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