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Word on Webster: Smiling through hard times

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Left to right: Terri Wright, Alameda Economic Development Department; Dr. Huong Le, Dental Director, Asian Health Services; Dr. Jared Fine, Dental Health Administrator, Alameda County Public Health Department; Yvonne Carter, Chair, Dental Assisting Program, College of Alameda; Peter Simon, Dean, College of Vocational Training. Contributed photo.

By Steve Gerstle

Good dental care is necessary for health and well being, but during these difficult economic times many do not have dental insurance or the ability to pay for dental care. The College of Alameda Dental Clinic may be able to help you.

The dental clinic is a partnership between Asian Health Services, the City of Alameda and the College of Alameda. It is open to residents of the City of Alameda and students at the College of Alameda. The clinic focuses on preventive care with an emphasis on children. It is affiliated with the UCSF School of Dentistry and the Lutheran Medical Center.

The clinic opened in July 2010 and now sees about 80 patients a month. There is currently a three-week wait for an appointment. In addition to English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Tagalog and Spanish is spoken.

The clinic provides general dental care such as cleaning, fillings, crowns and basic root canals. More advanced needs are handled at its Oakland-Chinatown office, just through the Tube. Services are available to those who receive Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and for people without insurance who demonstrate financial need, based on a sliding scale. Potential patients must provide documentation verifying residency and income. The clinic will also provide assistance in applying for Medi-Cal and the Healthy Families plan.

For additional information, call 986-6812. The clinic is located in Building “A” at the College of Alameda in room A219. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The clinic is also hosting a “Give Kids a Smile” event from 9 a.m. to noon on February 12. On that day, the clinic will provide free treatment to uninsured children.

News Bits

The New Zealander Restaurant and Pub is closed, at least for the time being. The sign in the window says that the owner is on vacation, but no re-opening date is mentioned. The telephone has been disconnected. Word on the street is that there has been a dispute between the old and new owners that resulted in the liquor license not being transferred.

Façade improvement work is taking place on the buildings at 1606-1614 Webster Street. The work includes restoration of the transom windows. Businesses located in these buildings include Star Light Donuts and Leann’s Nails.

As of mid-December, there was no visible evidence of construction taking place at the site of the former Tillie’s, which is planned to become Café Jolie. Construction had been moving ahead very slowly over the past few months. An official with the City’s Economic Development Department said that Café Jolie still plans to open in January and that the delays are due to undisclosed issues with the County Health Department.

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